Title: Wearing and Tearing
Characters: Dean, John
Rating: PG-13 for language and mature themes
Spoilers: None. Pre-series
Summary: With Sam at school, John and Dean must find a way to connect and survive. When John is hurt on a hunt, Dean is forced to pick up the pieces. However, when ghosts threaten to take Dean down, it's up to his father to keep him from fading.
Disclaimer: They're not mine. More's the pity. Story title from Led Zeppelin song of the same name.
One time only a/n: This story assumes some facts gleaned from TV canon, with my own interpretive modifications. I haven’t read the published “John Winchester Journal,” nor have I looked anything up online pertaining to that work. It’s more out of laziness than stubbornness on my part, but I figured what’s shown on TV is universal—the other works, not so much.
I’m going with this timeline: Sam began attending Stanford in the fall of 2001 at the age of 18. Dean would have been 22. Dean states in the Pilot, “You know, in almost two years I’ve never bothered you, never asked you for a thing.” This story assumes Sam was actually in his fourth year at Stanford when Dean arrived asking for his help to find John, and that Dean’s statement was actually in reference to an unknown event mid-way through Sam’s college career where the brothers parted ways—Dean to hunting, Sam to school—and ‘lost’ contact.
With that, I wanted to say up-front that Sam is in this story through reference and memory only. This is an exploration of a particular father/son relationship; it centers on John and Dean in the weeks and months that follow Sam’s departure. If you choose to read, I do hope you enjoy.
( Wearing and Tearing, Part 1A