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Brotherly Manlove by Winchesters (23) - Manlove by the Family Winchester
Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
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Brotherly Manlove by Winchesters (23)
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smilla02 From: smilla02 Date: December 1st, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow!
Lame I know, but I'm in awe, you always manage to outdo yourself, and I didn't think it was possible after your Devil's Trap's catalogue. You completely rock my world. All of it is sheer beauty, but two part especially stood out for me:

He couldn't promise it before, because this vow means "forever," and he couldn't bear forever. Now, want and need are both too dense to separate, and what comes of that mix is the ability to make this vow

Sam is all in this, his journey toward his brother; the re-discovery of Dean and perhaps a new awareness of Sam himself. I love it to bits because it shows that Sam, even being lacerated by his wants, can't deny his needs anymore, and he needs Dean on such a primal level, and it just blows my mind the way everything that happened in first season seems to have taken him straight "here".

and this:
Nine time out of ten, he'll readily share what is going on, or what happened in the past. He just won't share how that makes him feel.

It's such a perfect insight into Dean, because he does come out as more sharing than Sam, but just on this superficial level where things are objectified, distant from what he feels deep down, from how they hurt him.

But I like to think that Sam knows, that he's realized and "understood" Dean during the last year, recognized his loyalty for what it is.

This is brilliant!
sargraf From: sargraf Date: December 7th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry this is late! *hangs head*

Oh wow!
Lame I know, but I'm in awe, you always manage to outdo yourself, and I didn't think it was possible after your Devil's Trap's catalogue.


I mentioned this a little in my other comment, but it was enormously intimidating to write this meta. It's a beautiful hour of manlove, but it's almost entirely big and bold, rather than layered and gritty like ELaC. So I felt pressured to meta up to its standards (not possible) and also to find some layer to explore. Episodes like Salvation and CSPWDT are easier to meta because the characters go through some sort of evolution, but episodes like IMToD just… are. How do you meta beauty? It's impossible. I tried my best to do it justice. I suppose that's all we can do…?

it just blows my mind the way everything that happened in first season seems to have taken him straight "here".

It has been such a wonderful set-up for where they are currently, hasn't it? Everything adds up. That's a terrific feeling as a viewer, to know that things won't be forgotten.

But I like to think that Sam knows, that he's realized and "understood" Dean during the last year, recognized his loyalty for what it is.

I truly believe that, while he may very well have known certain things about Dean from their childhood years, he grew to understand Dean at last through this past year. That said, the lost years of childhood are overflowing with potential for the same sort of shared understanding. I sincerely hope we get flashbacks in the future, showing us something not quite so predictable as was the case with SW (bless its heart). I'd love to sneak at teen!Dean through Sam's eyes. What all did he understand? Did it prompt him to leave, or was it one of the hardest breaks? They've never really explored that aspect, Dean's part in Sam's choice.
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