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SPN Fanfic: Clearing the Line - CaffieneKittySpace
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SPN Fanfic: Clearing the Line
Title: Clearing the Line
Characters: Dean, Sam (Stanford Era)
Rating/Warnings: GEN, PG.
Word Count: This one, 350-ish.
Beta: The astounding ciaranbochna! \o/
Disclaimer: Not mine, no ownership claimed.
Summary: Text messaging is considered as the fastest and most reliable means of communication. Communication is the key.
A/N: One of likely three otherwise unconnected "Texting with the Winchesters" fics written for heidi8 who donated to Haiti relief efforts in the lightning round of help_haiti. I am so sorry for being the slowest lightning ever. More to come. [LJ-only]



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Clearing the Line
by CaffieneKitty
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Sam hadn't answered his phone since he left for Stanford. Dean had called a few times, just to make sure he got there okay, didn't get caught in a zombie gerbil migration or something on the way to California. No answer. He'd called and left messages until the politely mocking 'voice mailbox full' voice had started answering. Sam was probably fine. Just busy, or ignoring Dean's messages, but he had to at least be checking them and that would clear them from the voicemail box. Except it wasn't.

Dean tried to be calm, kept trying to tell himself Sammy'd be okay, he could handle himself. Sure. Sam was capable of protecting himself from...

Each time before Dean finished the thought, he was dialing Sam's number again.

Dad was out when Dean's phone made the noise he thought of as 'the last sound a marshmallow chicken makes' indicating someone had sent him a text.

[dtchd old phn. got new.]

The letters burned on the tiny screen and were followed by a number with a San Mateo County area code. Sam. He'd ditched his old phone. Dean had the number half-dialed when his phone *SKWEEP*'d again.

[dont call. emerg ONLY. dont tell dad]

Sam was okay. Sam was okay and had a new phone. That was enough. Dean glanced at the number on the screen. Except... Sam only said 'Don't call'. He didn't say 'don't contact me'. Dean picked up his phone and tapped out a message.

[thx Sammy]

He hesitated, thumb over 'send', then deleted the last two characters and sent the message. Antagonizing Sam wouldn't help anyone.

Dean stared at the phone a few minutes before he put it down on the counter and pulled out the gun-cleaning kit.

It was something. Sam wasn't gone forever. It was enough. It didn't matter if Sam didn't respond. But Dean kept glancing at the phone, laying the brushes and swabs out onto a clean rag on the table.

*SKWEEP*

He dropped the round brush and picked up the phone.

[no prob]

Dean grinned, put away his phone and picked up the brush again. Everything was going to be okay.

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(that's it for this one)

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Comments
heidi8 From: heidi8 Date: February 25th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOVE this. It says so much in so few words, metaphorically and literally. THANK YOU!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 25th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you like it! There's two more coming yet and the combined word count will be quite a bit more than 500 in the end. :-)
irismay42 From: irismay42 Date: February 25th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dean should have left the text as "Sammy"! Awww.

I much prefer this idea of Dean after Sam's gone to Stanford - worried and concerned and missing him, but not falling apart completely as he is in a lot of fic.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 26th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I imagine there would be good days and bad days while Sam was gone, worse when communication closed two years before the Pilot. This is early days with lines open though, so it's a good day.
brigid_tanner From: brigid_tanner Date: February 26th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Sam only said 'Don't call'. He didn't say 'don't contact me'. I love Dean logic ;)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 26th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Best logic going. :-)
dendritejungle From: dendritejungle Date: February 27th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
...aaand now I'm grinning. *happy sigh* Thank you!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 27th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad it made you grin!
lnhart From: lnhart Date: February 27th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you had Dean delete the "my." Those small moments of occasional grace balance Dean's more irritating tendencies. Very true to the show Dean.

Thanks.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: March 11th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Whoops! I missed responding to this. Dean does occasionally demonstrate social savvy, especially where Sam is concerned.
samalander_dawn From: samalander_dawn Date: March 11th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
does Sam have a history of trouble with zombie gerbils? (sorry :) )

really very much love Sam not totally writing off his family and Dean letting Sam grow up a bit :)

awesome :)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: March 11th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
does Sam have a history of trouble with zombie gerbils? (sorry :) )

*giggles* The horde of zombie gerbils is from one of the Gurps books. I had to throw it in somewhere.

samalander_dawn From: samalander_dawn Date: March 12th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
COOL!

oh absolutely you did! it's like there should always be a mention somewhere of invisible deceased turtles *nods*

and somehow I suspect Sam just would be the one to run into them if they were lurking out there somewhere.... :)
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