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"The Man Who Sold the World" (SPN bday fic for dotfic!) (PG, gen)
the arch of the eyebrows gives it away
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Hey, it's dotfic's birthday! She gave me the prompt that makes the first line of this ficlet, and I actually had to Google it to figure out what it's from (d'oh!). Ah, well. C, this one's for you - happy birthday, honey! (Spoilers through 3x10 and my love to janissa11 for not letting me get lazy with this one.)


"The Man Who Sold the World"


"'You step into the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to,'" Dean repeats. "That what you said?"

"Yeah," Sam says absently. "Look, up ahead on the right. Pull in." He adds, "It's Tolkien."

"Oh, God," Dean groans, coasting to a stop and tipping his head back until his skull hits the headrest. "Tell me that's not the plan."

"What plan?" Sam can't remember being this perplexed by a conversation made up mostly of monosyllables before.

"You're not planning on getting me out of hell with some geekery cooked up after reading too many books about hobbits and dwarves and shit, right?"

"What? No," he says. Lies, maybe. It's not like he has a plan.

"Because that would be just plain sad, you know? If Bobby's library had not one thing that would work but random nerds had the answer tattooed on them?" Dean gives a theatrical shudder.

Sam laughs when he gets it; this is Dean confirming that he meant what he said about wanting to stay with him, showing him that this is just one more thing to get through together, even to joke about.

"For you?" Sam says, feeling a smile stretch his mouth for the first time in way too long. "We might have to go a little deeper into the children's room, dude. Phantom Tollbooth, maybe?"

"That would hurt, Sam, if I'd read it." Dean's clutching his heart with one hand and smacking him upside the head with the other.

"You know, succeeding at a quest, and not knowing it was impossible until after you'd won."

"Huh," Dean says, looking thoughtful for all of half a second before his stomach growls. "C'mon, I'm starvin', and I need something to get the taste of that ass-root outta my mouth." He ducks out into the rain and jogs for the diner entrance.

Sam scrambles to follow him, thinking it's time to do a little rereading.

"Books aren't the answer, Sammy," Dean yells, ignoring the other patrons huddled under the awning and waiting for his brother. He holds the door open and Sam sweeps inside. He's got water in his ears, but he can still hear distinctly, from behind him, Dean saying, "Now, song lyrics. That's a whole different story."


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As always, I'd love to hear what you think.
(Title from the David Bowie song.)

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Aw, geeky boys. *heart*

It's kind of astonishing how geeky they are, isn't it? Thanks!

The boys getting their geek on! Awesome.

"C'mon, I'm starvin', and I need something to get the taste of that ass-root outta my mouth."

*snort*

Hee, they are the cutest geeks ever. And Dean is all class, baby.

Nicely done. I like how you captured them between hunts. Nowhere in particular they have to be, and so they can have some relaxed conversation and banter, which is always enjoyable. :)

Favorite lines:

Phantom Tollbooth, maybe?"

"That would hurt, Sam, if I'd read it."


*snickers*

He's got water in his ears, but he can still hear distinctly, from behind him, Dean saying, "Now, song lyrics. That's a whole different story."

*g*

Hee, this one wanted to be all angsty and then 3x10 came along and Dean realized he deserved better, so . . . happy time!

Glad you liked - thanks!

Happy time is good. :) The boys can't angst all the time. (Though they angst ever so nicely that I don't really mind loads of angst. I'm easy to please when it comes to Sam and Dean.)

I'm always pleased when the boys get a break from sorrow, no matter how beautifully they angst. I want there to be tons of fun-fic! Tons of happy moments! Because, seriously, Dean is *such* a dork and Sam finds him endlessly amusing.

I want there to be tons of fun-fic! Tons of happy moments! Because, seriously, Dean is *such* a dork and Sam finds him endlessly amusing.

*nods* And happily, this fandom delivers an awful lot of fun-fic. :)

Hee. Winchesters take geekdom to a whole new level of adorable. Loved it.:)

Dude, they take EVERYTHING to a whole new level of adorable. They are DANGEROUS!

Thanks!

I'm here! I'm reading! Hee, I love how you worked in the prompt. And the Phantom Tollbooth, gah, what are you trying to do, give me a plot bunny? Because that made me think of Sam and maybe Dean trying to get out of hell and going through this weird Phantom Tollbooth kind of trip on the way.

Frodo Dean lives! \o/

Thank you honey, I adore this. It's kind of surreal, except it's just Sam and Dean talking, and it makes a weird kind of sense, the way Sam looks for answers in stories. (There's no icon I could use more appropriate here than my default icon).

Remember that longer version I was telling you about? It had Dean being angry that Sam kept insisting he could save him, and then the "impossible quest that becomes possible in the doing" idea from PT hit me *so hard* and I was all set . . . and then Dean had his revelation and put paid to that little idea.

Anyway. I'm so thrilled you enjoyed this! Happy birthday, sugar!

So fun! They are both such geeks beyond words. Dean may try to cover with his Books? Who, me? act, but NO ONE IS FOOLED. :D:D:D

Dean totally doesn't realize his butt is hanging out of his camouflage underpants.

WE KNOW, DEAN.

Aw, they're so cute. And Dean needs to give the Phantom Tollbooth a chance! (Now, Tolkien, I don't think Dean would make it through the first chapter. I know I didn't. :) )

I think Dean would have a really hard time identifying with Milo, because Milo has no purpose in his life, and that's one thing Dean's pretty much never been without. But I do think if he had the patience to keep reading, he'd dig the book.

(Totally with you on Tolkien.)

Thanks!

nerds! nerds! such cute nerds, tho.

I have to say, that's one of the things I love the most about the show - it would have been so easy to make boys this good-looking and brave such boring, heroic types. But they gave us NERDS instead! Lovely, adorkable, nerdy badasses!

Yay! Glad you liked!

Oh, Sammy. Totally a secret Tolkein fan. Love the Dean.

Hee, Sammy is a geek and a half. But Dean? Possibly King of the Dorks.

"Because that would be just plain sad, you know? If Bobby's library had not one thing that would work but random nerds had the answer tattooed on them?"

So brilliant. I love it.

Hee, Dean thinks he's so clever!

Hee! Boys! :D Adorably nerdy and geeky and all. :D

In actual fact, they are too precious for this world.

Thanks!

"Now, song lyrics. That's a whole different story."

Oh, Dean. I love how them this is. Perfect little story :)

"Because that would be just plain sad, you know? If Bobby's library had not one thing that would work but random nerds had the answer tattooed on them?" Dean gives a theatrical shudder.

First grin of the day, and it was VAST. =) HEE! This is great!

Aw, boooooyyyyysssssss. So very them and so very lovely.

:)

AW Lovely and heh, I would love it if that was the answer!!!!!

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Mile after mile after mile after mile after mile....

And bonus Bowie, too! Awesome.

I just love them so much when they're being all brotherly and boyish. Thanks!

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