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SPN Ficlet: Why Sam is Taller than Dean - CaffieneKittySpace
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SPN Ficlet: Why Sam is Taller than Dean
Title: Why Sam is Taller than Dean
Characters: John, Dean, Sam
Classification: kidfic, pastfic, ficlet
Rating: General? K?
Warnings: None
Word Count: 390 words
Disclaimer: Not mine. I'd feed them soup.
Summary: Just an overgrown drabble sprung from memories of a long car ride stuck in the back seat with my infant nephew, who is now six foot five. Kid!Winchesters fluff.

Originally posted September 20, 2006 at fanfiction.net

Why Sam is Taller than Dean
by CaffieneKitty
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In the rear view mirror, a small hand reaches over and feeds another fry into the baby's open mouth.

"Eat your own dinner, Dean. Sammy's not ready for big-boy food yet."

"Yes, Daddy," says Dean, not quite meeting his father's eyes in the rear-view mirror.

John returns his eyes to the road, but can see Dean watching him from under that mop of hair. Baby Sammy bounces in his car seat, hands opening and closing in fists, reaching towards Dean, who hasn't stopped turning most of his hamburger into baby-sized bites. John says nothing, keeping his eyes on the road, watching sidelong in the rearview mirror. This one little stubborn point of Dean's, John doesn't mind so much.

Ever since Sammy's started eating solids, Dean's been stuffing half his own dinner into his brother's mouth, like he's feeding a baby robin. Not that it all stays in Sammy's mouth. John had scowled, and warned, and flat-out told Dean to stop at first, but Dean still does it.

Dean sneaks a bite of burger across the back seat and into Sammy's mouth. The baby grabs Dean's arm and gnaws on the burger, fingers and all. Dean extricates his arm from the baby's clutches with a silent "Yuck" face and wipes the baby slobber and burger bits off onto Sammy's sleeper.

Sammy had still been breast-feeding when Mary was taken from them. After the fire, every busybody and know-it-all had made it very clear that keeping Sammy properly fed at this young age was vital to his mental and physical development. As though John would starve his youngest son without the benefit of the child-rearing opinions of strangers.

Dean, listening avidly, had absorbed the 'feed Sammy' part, but the properly... well, at least John's youngest would develop a tolerance to grease, and a fortified immune system. The five-second rule is a myth in the backseat of the Impala.

"Guh-plach!" says Sammy, and something moist ricochets off John's ear.

"Wow!" says Dean before clamping his hands over his mouth, remembering he was trying to be sneaky. Sammy giggles and gurgles.

"Do I want to know what that was?" John says, leveling a stare at Dean in the rearview mirror.

Dean's eyes meet John's and then slip down towards the floor, but there's a little grin the boy can't hide. "Um. Daddy? I don't think Sammy likes pickles."

"Hm. Noted," says John gruffly, and keeps driving.

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Current Music: "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" ~ Led Zepplin

26 comments or Leave a comment
weesta From: weesta Date: October 24th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
So.Freakin'.Adorable! Sammy spitting out the pickle and hitting John had me laughing outloud! But I love that John just sort of rolled with it because Dean was doing his best to "feed Sammy". Too cute!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 25th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm of the "John was trying his best" camp at the moment regarding the boys' upbringing. Sam and Dean as adults are so cute, they couldn't be anything but adorable as little kids.

(You're making me realize I need to make more icons because I dont have a suitable one for this comment! Hehe!)
From: dolimir_k Date: November 3rd, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
What an adorable story! I loved this whole set up. And the two ending lines just cracked me up!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 3rd, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! :-D
shallowz From: shallowz Date: November 10th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
This is just so cute!

Guh-plach! Hee...
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: November 10th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Awww, cute icon! :-D
raincitygirl From: raincitygirl Date: December 12th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
That cracked me up SO MUCH. I loved the way you described John's view of it, with Dean feeding Sammy like he was a baby robin. Particularly because I've *seen* how much baby birds eat. Also, the visual of Little Dean as a harried daddy robin desperately trying to keep up with his offspring's voracious appetite was hilarious. Particularly because clearly Sammy *isn't* a baby robin, and doesn't want to eat absolutely everything.

But sad as well, because of Little Dean trying so hard to be a good big brother and fixating on what the adults said with a childlike lack of proportion. Sharing their food is a big deal for small children.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: December 12th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I'm very glad you liked it.
azdaja_dafema From: azdaja_dafema Date: July 8th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Babyrobin!Sam is now my canon. SO cute.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: July 8th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
:-D Thank you!
seergirl From: seergirl Date: September 14th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Super cute!

Oh Dean.... *hugs* That boy is SO damaged and in such unique ways.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: September 15th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
He truly is. *smishes him*
cmdc From: cmdc Date: April 15th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really liked this. Thank you for sharing it. I liked how Dean latched on to the neighbors advice. Little pitchers and big ears.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: April 17th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm glad you found it!
fic_obsessed From: fic_obsessed Date: July 20th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Soooooo cute!! And kinda hilarious. I love that wee!Dean was brave enough to be a little bit cheeky with the pickle comment at the end... And that John totally went with it instead of growling. Also, YOUR TITLE IS MADE OF WIN!! Hee.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: July 20th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
ladyhatshepsut From: ladyhatshepsut Date: October 10th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would go into more detail about how much I love this story, but I'm laughing too damn hard. First rate! Thanks for posting.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: October 11th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, glad you liked it!
antrazi From: antrazi Date: May 12th, 2012 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
after reading this I just want to hug wee!Dean and give him lots and lots of food
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: May 13th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find that feeling applying to big Dean quite often too.
mimi_sardinia From: mimi_sardinia Date: May 12th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Between this and the possibility that Dean continued sacrificing his own food needs in favour of keeping Sam fed during lean periods while they were growing up... Yeah, that might have kept him the shorter.

(Sam could have also had a tendency to eat healthier than Dean all his life - eating more vegetables while growing up can result in a person exceeding their predicted height. I know this first hand because it happened with my brother.)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: May 13th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
dollysdoodles From: dollysdoodles Date: May 13th, 2012 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
This is really really really freakishly adoreble man !!
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: May 13th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
dont_hate_me01 From: dont_hate_me01 Date: May 13th, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL!!! This was such a treat.
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: May 13th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you liked it!
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