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Supernatural. John. G, gen. Four times Papa Winchester didn't come home. Approx. 400 words. Title from the Eagles.


Early summer of ninety-two he's in Tennessee and the boys are in Flagstaff, in what passes for home. He said he'd be back for Sammy's birthday. He said he'd see the end of the year school awards ceremony. Sammy was up for everything but perfect attendance.

Dean begged but followed orders. And John said, Next time, son. You can come next time. When I don't... When it's safer. When I know it's safe.

Sammy asked and sulked for days. And his father answered, Next year, Sammy. I promise. I'll be there next year, okay?

From a pay phone in Memphis, he calls and runs out of time before Dean can ever get the phone away from his brother. He hasn't got another quarter.

::

He says goodbye to the old millennium in a North Carolina bar. There's a group of drunk college students singing karaoke and when the clock strikes twelve he calls, but nobody answers. The boys tell him later that they were out.

There were fireworks at the park, says Dean when he calls back the next day. He pauses. And then, When are you coming home, dad?

He sighs, leans his forehead against the wall. Soon, son. It's almost over. I'll be home soon.

::

On the road to San Antone, a diner waitress twenty years younger than him leans too far over when she collects his plate and leaves him a bill with a seven-digit number scrawled on the back in red ink.

He goes back to his room and picks up the phone, dials Jim's instead.

He says, Your boys miss you, John. And John says, I know.

Dean says, It's been weeks. Come home, dad. And John says, can't, son. Not until it's done. Can't walk out on a job. This is important.

Sam turns eighteen in three days. He doesn't come to the phone at all.

::

After Jericho, Dean leaves him messages every few days, usually just casual updates, but every so often he's worried. Panicked. Hurt. He'll say, Please, dad, and We need you and then he'll sigh before the line goes dead, like he doesn't expect an answer. He never expects an answer.

John starts erasing most of the messages without listening at all. His hands shake like the very first time he held a gun, but at least it keeps him from calling back.

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Date: 2006-09-17 04:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] embroiderama
I really like all four of these snapshots, but that last line--that's a killer. It's perfect.

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Date: 2006-09-17 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
Thank you. :O)

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Date: 2006-09-17 04:13 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] teffy.livejournal.com
Gah! I love this. *whimper*

And this line...

Sammy was up for everything but perfect attendance.

...was just so perfect and speaks volumes about those boys' childhoods.

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Date: 2006-09-17 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

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Date: 2006-09-17 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] la-folle-allure.livejournal.com
I'm sad because people think they can post before me *GLARES* but then I'm SUPER happy you wrote Papa!fic, but then I'm sad AGAIN because it's CRAZY good Papa!fic! OH THE ANGST!!!!!!!!! *drowns in it*

*LOVES*

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Date: 2006-09-17 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
It occured to me while I was writing this that poor John might just be more emo than both of the boys put together. Oh Papa. *snuggles him*

*AND SNUGGLES YOU BECAUSE I LOFF YOU SO* You'll get those tricksy first reviewers next time, baby. *kisses*

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Date: 2006-09-17 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] la-folle-allure.livejournal.com
And all this *AFTER* I friended your journal to make SURE I was first lol.

And YES, Papa is so VERY obviously the Chris Carabba to Jensen's Gerard and Sam's Burt.

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Date: 2006-09-17 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
Irony's a bitch. *CLINGS TO YOU*

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Date: 2006-09-17 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
Thank you. :O)

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Date: 2006-09-17 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missyjack.livejournal.com
*hugs you and all the Winchesters*
lovely sad fic. Love you view of John here.

John might just be more emo than both of the boys put together
Oh I agree. I just re-watched Home</>, and the scene at the end with John? Just broke me. He so wants to be with his boys.

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Date: 2006-09-17 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
God, Home. That episode... *flaily hands*

Thank you. :O)

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Date: 2006-09-17 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plutogirl10.livejournal.com
God, I must be a masochist because the pain here? mmmmmm, tasty. : )

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Date: 2006-09-17 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
I think that's really what SPN fandom is all about. :O) Thank you!

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Date: 2006-09-17 03:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tsuki-no-bara.livejournal.com
damn, i really like this. the thing that kills me is john thinks he's doing the right thing - he thinks his distance is keeping his boys safe. when in reality it's just making them distant.

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Date: 2006-09-17 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
I maintain that he may not have done the best things for his boys growing up, but he did the best he could under the circumstances. Poor Papa. *huggles him*

Thank you! :O)

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Date: 2006-09-17 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berne.livejournal.com
This is lovely and heartbreaking and the last line's perfect. It's especially lovely because of the Desperado reference. It's ridiculous how well that song fits John.

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Date: 2006-09-17 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
It really is the perfect song for him; I spent at least ten minutes trying to pick a title from the lyrics because there were so many perfect lines.

Thank you so much. :O)

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Date: 2006-09-17 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vaznetti.livejournal.com
These are very nice -- heartbreaking, I mean. For some reason, this was the line that really got to me: From a pay phone in Memphis, he calls and runs out of time before Dean can ever get the phone away from his brother. He hasn't got another quarter.

And the slow breakdown of communication here, and Dean asking John when he'll be home, and how much John wants to call back. Just lovely.

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Date: 2006-09-18 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! :O)

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Date: 2006-09-18 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brynnmck.livejournal.com
Oh. Oh. Ow. *sniffles*

I love the progression here, the slow drift. Even though it makes me ache.

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Date: 2006-09-18 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2006-09-18 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamstealthyone.livejournal.com
Nicely done. You did a good job communicating everyone’s pain here, and in a very short amount of space.

Favorite lines:

Dean begged but followed orders. And John said, Next time, son. You can come next time. When I don't... When it's safer. When I know it's safe.

Sammy asked and sulked for days. And his father answered, Next year, Sammy. I promise. I'll be there next year, okay?


I really like the contrast here. Of course the boys would have different reactions to John’s absence, and you nailed them perfectly.

John starts erasing most of the messages without listening at all. His hands shake like the very first time he held a gun, but at least it keeps him from calling back.

Ouch. I feel for John here, I really do.

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Date: 2006-09-18 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
Thank you. :O)

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Date: 2006-09-19 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misshallelujah.livejournal.com
John starts erasing most of the messages without listening at all. His hands shake like the very first time he held a gun, but at least it keeps him from calling back.

You really made me feel this line.

This was beautiful. Thank you!

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Date: 2006-09-19 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wheebubbles.livejournal.com
Particularly since they no longer have Ruud. *sulks and kicks things*

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Date: 2006-09-19 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misshallelujah.livejournal.com
Yeah, but that hasn't stopped them from hanging around the top of the Premiership table, no?

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