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Epilogue: Family Law
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There was a pause in the pain. The pause stretched to a moment and then a heartbeat. The heartbeat lengthened to breath.

Ben looked up wondering what new torture this was. A tall man in a suit was ordering around Ben’s torturer –who currently resembled Max. Ben’s torturers refused to surrender X5-493. They never called him by his chosen name. Standing at the tall man’s side was that girl, the one who had watched so much of his pain. Her black eyes were watching now, but they were more wary and her hand was tight around the knife.

Finally Ben’s torturer relented and submitted to the suited man.

“Cut him down,” the suit ordered the girl. She obeyed.

It hurt. Oh, it hurt to be off the rack. Ben spent precious minutes breathing and trying not to scream as circulation returned to his bloody arms. Now would be a perfect time to escape and evade, if only he could work his limbs or knew where he was. “Do you want to go to the High place, Ben?” the suit asked.

“Yes,” he gritted out the truth. He wondered how this was going to turn on him.

“You help me keep the peace and they’ll let you into the High Place.”

Manticore had used similar terminology. “Who do I have to kill for you?”

“No one, Ben. Those we deal with are already dead. We just capture them and bring them to court. Think you can follow my orders and do that?”

“Will I be helping the Blue Lady?” he asked.

“At times, directly.” One thing about this place –this Hell- was that truth was told because often it hurt more than lies. You’ll never leave. You’ll never work for the Blue Lady. She has abandoned you to us. You betrayed her and she lets us punish you for it.

Ben believed the stranger. “I will follow your orders.”

The tall man smiled and there was more innocence and joy in that smile than the rest of Hell. “Good. You screw up and you’ll be back here and you’ll never get out again. Come.”

Ben followed the stranger. The girl with the odd knife took drag. The journey out was painful in different ways. He saw all those staying behind. He heard all the curses hurled at his protectors. He heard the screams that never stopped.

He walked to a barred door where a white warrior was standing guard.

“Thanks for holding the door, Cas,” the tall man told the white warrior.

“It pleased me to assist, Samuel.” The shining white blinded Ben as he looked but he couldn’t look away. The suited man covered Ben’s eyes so he only heard the white warrior say, “Be wise in your parole, Ben. May the Father bless your endeavors.”

Ben heard wings and the hand was removed from his face.

“You can’t look straight at Castiel, Ben,” the man told him. “He’ll blind you and I need you seeing.”

“Yes, sir.”

“Here, put this on.” The suit handed him a silver, six-pointed star.

‘Marshal’ was inscribed on the star. He remembered bits of Manticore’s history lessons. “Are we working in the Wild, Wild West?” he asked.

“No, worse.” He took a step forward and Ben followed. The chaos that he saw before him was mystifying. “Welcome to Purgatory, the main battle ground between Heaven and Hell.” He smiled again and Ben had to smile back. “You’ll fit right in here.”

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jujuberry136
Jun. 14th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
This was such an awesome blending of the two universes. Loved seeing Dean with CJ, Ben, and Alec. Ghost Town was a really cool experience - plus trading in cheese might be a smidge easier to disguise from the feds than pure vitamins.

I'm so curious what Max's reaction would be to the extended Winchester clan. I can't decide how's she would react to Dean (let alone Sammy and Cas).

Thanks for sharing, this was a fun read!
faithburke
Jun. 17th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for the wonderful review. I wasn't sure either how Max would react, so I didn't write it. Anyhow, glad you enjoyed Ghost Town, come back and visit anytime.
ramblin_rosie
Jun. 14th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
Love, love, love this story. If you have a mind to make it a 'verse, I'll happily read more, but if you don't, I may just have to come back and re-read it a few times. :)
faithburke
Jun. 17th, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
lol. Glad you enjoyed it. Not sure about a 'verse (though my version of purgatory would be a fun to flesh out).
mandraco
Jun. 15th, 2012 04:31 am (UTC)
How is there not more to this??? Le sigh.

This is fantastic! (Not that I expected any less.) I especially loved the last bits with Alec and Ben B bonding. I also loved the epilogue with Sam busting Ben out of hell.

But now I really want some goat's cheese.
faithburke
Jun. 17th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
I hope you found some really good goat's cheese. :) thanks for pointing out your favorite bits. I shows me what I need to work on.
cghardy
Jun. 16th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
This was great. It was interesting seeing how everyone reacted with each other and I liked the ghost kids.
faithburke
Jun. 17th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
thank you! I think the ghost kids were my favorite OCs.
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