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Second Chance - Part One

Originally posted by luuuuuke-evans

Alright guys, here is the first chunk of that Gaston x Reader fic that I posted about a few nights ago. I’ve never written a Reader fic, haha. But I’ve had this idea ever since seeing the movie the first time and I suggested it to other writers but I’m impatient so here it is. I also feel like I should thank @sannvers for editing it and telling me “YO THIS PART IS WEIRD FIX IT”, so thanks.

Title: Second Chance

Pairing: Eventual Gaston x Fem!Reader

Rating: T

Words: 3,753

Summary:You try to stop Gaston from shooting the Beast and falling to his death, but you arrive too late to save him. As you sit there, sobbing, the Enchantress offers you a second chance to save him.

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Hellhound!Dean and Breaking the Authoritarian Mindset

I’ve spoken a lot in the past few weeks about Dean’s mark of Cain storyline, as well as his developing relationship with Crowley, as strongly framing Dean as fulfilling a Hellhound type of role for the King of Hell. As early as Dog Dean Afternoon where Dean literally took on a canine mindset there have been clues that a master/attack dog dynamic was being set up. And this isn’t the first time the show has highlighted the tendency towards a simplistic mindset within Dean, that such a comparison has been made…

Dream!Demon!Dean: You’re as mindless and obedient as an attack dog.

Although I don’t think for one moment that the events of Dream A Little Dream of Me were foreshadowing (different showrunners, different agendas afterall), I do think Carver may be intending on going back to themes that could have been explored back in Season 3, and if Season 10 is going in the direction I think it may be (and hope it will!), Dean’s experiences under the corruption of the mark of Cain could lead to him taking huge steps towards change for the better once humanity has found him again.

Dean’s authoritarian upbringing is one of the fundamental sources of the current issues we see in him, and while I don’t think enough traits manifest in him that he would be labelled as having an authoritarian personality per se, I do think there are authoritarian aspects to him he inherited from John’s military-esque approach to parenting.

The authoritarian personality (e.g. Adorno, Frenkel-Brunswik, Levinson, & Sanford (1950)) can be considered a mindset in which obedience to authority is paramount, both in oneself to superior others, and in inferior others’ obedience to self. The theorising speaks of strict, authoritative parenting as instilling both anger and fear into a child that is suppressed and manifests as an idolising of authority figures and desire for adherence to hierarchical social structures. A mindset I feel is highly applicable to Dean and his relationship with John.

John gave orders and he expected them to be followed, precisely, with any deviation from given directives to be greeted with punishment. We saw back in Something Wicked a snapshot of some of the emotional punishment Dean would suffer when, as a child, he hadn’t complied with instructions, and we needed only a glimpse of Dean’s face in Dark Side of the Moon when speaking with Sam about his running away to get an idea that punishment could likely be harsher.

I’ve spoken before of Dean fitting a fearful-avoidant attachment personality (an orientation that is characterised by both high anxiety and avoidance in relationships, producing an approach to interactions whereby the emotional intimacy such a person strongly desires with others is limited to avoid the perceived inevitability of abandonment and rejection). A person of this orientation highly values loyalty, which is why we see in those few people that Dean has allowed himself to be close to he is fiercely loyal to, oftentimes to his own detriment… Combine loyalty, emotional vulnerability, and valuing authoritarian structure, and what you have is someone who gets a sense of highly-coveted acceptance through complying with perceived superior others (‘If I do what I’m told then I’m part of the system, I belong somewhere’) and gets their validation through being useful to others: We have Dean. It’s why in earlier seasons we saw his idolising of his father as well as adherence to his law, why we saw anger in Dean towards John in episodes such as In My Time of Dying and Dream A Little Dream of Me, and why we also see Dean take a rather authoritarian approach to Sam; while he loves Sam and highly, highly, values him, his status as 'younger brother’ sees him fall beneath Dean in the hierarchy and therefore in a position to follow orders.

Abaddon: Obedient… and suicidally stupid. I like that too.

Loyalty is of course highly valued, but the extent to which Dean is willing to go due to the loyalty he feels towards those he loves and feels responsible for is drastically unhealthy. I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here is a perfect example of this.

Dean’s loyalty to Castiel sees him put himself through this. Yes it’s moving that he cares for Castiel this much, but his devotion to fulfilling his role as being useful is literally killing him, which symbolically works perfectly: his loyalty and devotion is killing who he is as an individual. Dean doesn’t value himself, he values what he can do for others, how he can fulfill the role his father assigned him as a child. This needs to change. Dean needs to see that who he is matters, he is more than the tool he has created of himself to be used by others, more than a member within a hierarchical doctrine he lives by, he is a human deserving.

Which is why I feel the framing of Dean as a dog and, more recently, a Hellhound to his demonic master is both tragic and yet hopeful for Dean’s evolution: I genuinely believe that Season 9’s set-up for demon!Dean in a Hellhound position for Crowley is a means to see him break free from the authoritarian leash he has tethered himself with all his life.

Crowley: See, that’s the thing about demons. They’re only obedient to a point

Dean’s authoritarian mindset, low self-esteem and strong desire for acceptance were the perfect combination for Crowley to manipulate into becoming a Hellhound of sorts for him to use for his own benefit: A 'dog’ such as Dean can have his loyalty and devotion be taken advantage of and used for sinister purposes (see here for how I think Crowley will continue to manipulate Dean now that he has become a demon) and it’s my gut feeling that, at least initially, Crowley will indeed reap the rewards of his new Hellhound acquisition. Season 9 (as particularly highlighted by Do You Believe in Miracles) saw Crowley set himself up as a figure of guidance of sorts, one with authority. In particular, one could interpret the new dynamic between Crowley and Dean as one of being a twisted father-son relationship. yaelstiel, pirrofarfalla and myself discussed here what may have been suggested in the final scene of Do You Believe in Miracles, that Crowley has positioned himself as a father/sire to this new demon!Dean creation and as such may elicit obedience of the sort that John had conditioned into Dean as a child.

In this sense, Carver may intend to use this storyline to address the issues we have seen Dean struggle with since we were first introduced to him 9 years ago. The authoritarian mindset that dictates he still follow John’s directives in taking care of Sammy, looking out for his brother above all else, may finally be broken when the leash Crowley has put him on snaps. Because it will snap, the above quote concerning loyalty I think foreshadows that nicely. Because in Cain’s struggle between his duty to Lucifer and his love for Colette, love won. And that’s the dichotomy that needs to be addressed within Dean. Duty versus love. Obedience versus autonomy. Dean’s descent into darkness should be a massive learning curve for him, because it is his authoritarian nature and perception of worth as intrinsically linked to what he can do for others that will see him walk a dangerous, bloody path in the beginning of Season 10 (and indeed has seen him on many times before), but it will be love that saves him. Love that helps him to realise that he is more than the tool he has made of himself for Crowley (and therefore more than the constrictive role that John assigned him) and that it is who he is and not what purpose he serves that gives him worth.

If indeed that is Carver’s intention for Season 10, then I think Dean being framed as a Hellhound is the start of a truly transformative journey for him, and one that may see him in the healthiest place he’s ever been in.