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Not Exactly Expected

Summary: Sam didn’t quite expect what he found when he attempted to reforge his bond with his brother.

Sammy, it’s me. I just want to talk. Just tell me you’re alright, okay?

Hey, Sam. I guess you’ll delete this without listening to it, but anyway - happy birthday, bro.

You’re starting law soon, right? Not that I know or anything, but… little know-it-all like you… I’m sure you made it.

I know you haven’t picked up in years, and I shouldn’t be trying to reach you anyway, so I won’t anymore. I get it. Take care, Sam.

These were just a few of the messages Dean had left him over the years. Contrary to his brother’s expectations, he’d listened to and kept every last one of them.

The last one had been left over two years ago. At first he hadn’t believed that Dean would give up, but eventually he’d admitted to himself that he had never picked up, had never called back. Even someone as stubborn as his brother would give up after a while.

Even though he’d felt at the time that he had to leave, and was still convinced he had done the right thing, it had hurt to leave Dean behind. Of course he hadn’t understood; how was he supposed to believe that the little brother he’d looked after all his life moving away would be a good thing?

There had been a fight. Dean had been stubborn, but it was Sam who’d told him not to contact him, that he would never react if Dean tried to reach out.

He’d regretted the words soon enough. He wondered what the last few years would have been liked if he’d reached out and he and Dean had been able to work through their differences; imagined visits from his big brother, trying to embarrass him in front of Jess.

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On this day in music history: October 17, 1987 - “Bad” by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for 2 weeks on October 24, 1987. Written by Michael Jackson, it is the seventh R&B  and pop (eleventh overall) chart topper for “The King Of Pop. The title track from Michael Jackson’s seventh album is originally conceived as a duet between the pop superstar and Prince. Portrayed as fierce rivals in the mainstream media, Jackson and producer Quincy Jones will conceive the idea of the two megastars collaborating together. Jones will contact Prince about the idea, but will decline the invitation, feeling the song will be a hit without him. The single features a number musicians that have played on previous Michael Jackson albums including Greg Phillinganes, Michael Boddicker (synthesizers), John Robinson (drums), David Williams (guitar), Jerry Hey, Gary Grant (trumpets), Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Williams (saxophones) and Paulinho Da Costa (percussion) Veteran jazz organist Jimmy Smith will add the crowning touch to the track, playing the Hammond B-3 organ solo on the track. The song will also be backed by an elaborate eighteen minute long short film directed by Martin Scorsese, debuting in a half hour long special on CBS on the albums’ release date of August 31, 1987. The film also features one of the first appearances by a then unknown actor named Wesley Snipes. Released as the second single on September 7, 1987, it will be another immediate smash. "Bad” will parodied by comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic in 1988 as “Fat”, even parodying Jackson’s short film which will win Yankovic a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video in 1989. The video will be parodied a second time for the anthology film “Moonwalker” in 1988. Titled “Badder”, the clip will feature child actors and dancers filling the roles originally played by Jackson and the other cast in the original.