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Hedgehog Chapter: Scurry

Hedgehog Scurry
By PaBurke
Summary/Challenge: Dean went to Hell and was hauled out of Perdition only to be turned into a 4/5-year-old version of himself. This complicates the plans of both Heaven and Hell.
Reminder: Sam. Is. An. Addict.
Disclaimer: So not mine
Rating: teen-ish



Bobby was running as he hit the door to the ice cream parlor. The door crashed open, but no one gave him a dirty look. The owner of the shop pointed to the back door before Bobby could even ask the question. Bobby muttered a relieved ‘thank you’ and ran for the back. Without pause, Bobby kicked the door open and moved to the side in case Sam had prepared an ambush.

Sam hadn’t.

Sam wasn’t anywhere to be seen. Bobby caught a glimpse of Ruby’s backside as she turned the corner on the far end of the alley. He leaned forward to chase after her.

In the corner of his eye, he could see Charli stand. Sensei Okada called, “Singer-san” at the same time. Bobby lost his balance. He didn’t fall, but he felt (and he was sure he looked) damn awkward.

Dean climbed to his feet at Charli’s side and Bobby felt weak in the knees. He gathered Dean in his arms. “You’re safe. You’re safe,” he muttered. Dean was shaking. Bobby just picked him up. Dean was a little big to be carried, but these were extenuating circumstances. Dean didn’t even complain about being treated like a baby; he just held on tight and hid his face in Bobby’s neck.

“How did Sam not see you?” Sensei Okada asked Charli.

“Sometimes, if the grass is tall enough and you lay really still, people won’t see you.” She looked sad. “But you have to remember to stay still even if you hear something horrible.”

Bobby didn’t want to consider what nightmare-inducing sounds Charli had heard when she had first learned that horrible lesson in her Sudanese village. He knew that he would eventually have to ask what they had heard in the last five minutes.

Dean put his mouth right next to Bobby’s ear. “The hell skank wanted to put a demon in Charli and Joel and it took Sammy a looooonnnngggg time to say no.”

Bobby didn’t have time to deal with that kind of trauma now. “We’re going on lockdown. Charli, your sister should be waiting for us at the dojo. She can call your uncle. Joel, we’ll pick up your mom and sister on our way out of town. Everyone is staying at the garage until Sam leaves.”

“I’ll drive Charli’s family,” Sensei Okada suggested. “You’re going to have a very full truck with only Joel’s.”

Bobby nodded, accepting the truth. “Let’s get.”


Joel’s mother, Martha, and his sister, Jenny, didn’t take much convincing to leave everything and move into Bobby’s house for a couple days. Martha had a duffle bag full of necessaries for each member of her family resting near the back door of their house. They could leave at the drop of a hat. The three kids sat on the duffle bags behind the bucket seats of Bobby’s truck and Martha sat in the front as Bobby drove them home. Martha didn’t think that Bobby was blowing the situation out of proportion. She had seen and survived some of the worst humans could dish out to each other.

“What might Dean’s brother do?” she asked quietly.

Bobby was a bit surprised that she would venture onto this topic with the children right there but Martha had kept her kids alive by telling them the truth. “I don’t know,” Bobby admitted. “Sam was thinking about using Charli and Joel to get to Dean though. He didn’t used to be like this.”

“They never were,” Martha breathed.

Bobby spared a moment to wonder what Martha’s husband had been when they had first met. He looked in his rearview mirror and saw Sensei Okada following with Charli’s family. “Once we get to the junkyard, we’ll be safe.” He looked in the mirror again and nearly swerved off the road. Castiel was flying behind them, with something in his hand that was as bright as the sun. They literally had a guardian angel on drag.

“We will be safe.” This time the words were easier to promise.



( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 9th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Not reading yet but excited to see this :)
Feb. 1st, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
lol. hope it lived up to the hype.
Jan. 9th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
So happy to see more in this universe. One of my favorites!
Feb. 1st, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
glad it worked despite the short chapter.
Jan. 9th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
Dammit Sam! So stupid, he doesn't even realize thinking it.
Awesome update!

Edited at 2013-01-09 06:39 pm (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
yes! that's exactly what i wanted the reader to get.
Jan. 27th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, I love all the relationship interplay in this series. Especially the fact that BOTH Bobby and Cas are protective of Dean. That last scene there was - woah. I can hardly imagine what Bobby is seeing, Cas with his wings spread and a glowing ball of light in his hand, trailing behind them? Awesome.
Feb. 1st, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
That wonderful review will keep me grinning for a while.
Jan. 30th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
I love the Bobby and Dean interaction in this series, but God Sammy makes my heart hurt.
I really really want someone, anyone to gank that hell bitch and put Sam in forced detox, even if it wont solve any bigger issues and mess up the dramatic plot line, it'll make me feel better.
Hope there will be more soon.
Feb. 1st, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm right with about killing Ruby, but she's too smart to be caught by anyone who could. Not sure when there'll b more, seems to be a story i work on around Christmas upon request.
Feb. 7th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
I really, really like this story. I like the way Bobby is like a father to Dean and the way Dean is: non quite a baby, not quite an adult, which makes sense. And I love the way you wrote Castiel: without and adult Dean to pull Castiel to the side of Free-will there was need of a new reason. Even better it's Castiel who is beginning to doubt without prompting by anyone.
The new characters are simply fantastic:their actions speak their actions speak for themselves. They don't know the supernatural evil in the world but they have known another kind of evil, one that is tipically human. So they better than anyone else can undestand Dean.
And Sam... well to tell the truth I liked the way it is characterized. It is not a good way, but it is believable. He is an addict and he is convinced of being right. In the show we saw this aspect of his personality. He believes he is doing the right thing and can't see the wrongness in his ways.
So, great, wonderful work! I hope you will write more for this verse.
Feb. 10th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
It's reviews like this one that feed the muse, so thank you! I'm glad you like the OCs, I work hard to keep them real and a tiny bit broken by human evil.
Feb. 18th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
Okay, so here I am sorting through bookmarks, feeling nostalgic for SPN, and what do I find? Update! Beautiful beautiful update! Though I continue to be disappointed in Sam, it is good to see everyone else (& Castiel!) pulling together.
Feb. 21st, 2013 10:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the timing worked out. thx for the review!
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