Teaser/Summary: An AU sparked from a songfic challenge, The Unknowns is based on Season One Episode Nine, Dean met reader in Lawrence as a child and they created an unbreakable bond. At the end of The Unknowns, reader decided to stick with her boys because she felt something coming but she holds secrets; one she holds close to her heart and a few that she doesn’t even really know yet.
Word count: 4768
Lines borrowed from season one episode sixteen, “Shadow” in Bold.
Dean snapped the phone shut after yet another pointless message. There was no way in hell John would make it. He could be anywhere and he’d never answered their phone calls in person up until this point, why would that change now? Maybe y/n was right. Maybe this was too neat.
“Yeah.” He stood and looked at the fully loaded bag Sam dropped on the bed. He glanced up, “did you see her?”
That puppy dog look appeared then his gaze dropped to the bag, “yeah. She said she just needs some time.”
Dean nodded and looked into the bag, “it’s better if we keep some distance or it just…” He waved his left hand between his chest and his brother’s, “we have to break the loop, she calls it. She can’t calm us both down so… it’s probably worse now with the bond.” He lifted three books needing to get his head off what he had done and looked at Sam.
Sam shrugged, “I ransacked it. I’m not sure what to expect so I guess we should just expect everything.”
He picked up a gun and started prepping it and Sam followed his lead watching him from the corner of his eye. “Nervous?”
“No. Are you?”
“No. No way.” Sam clenched his jaw then looked down. “Can you imagine if we actually found that damn thing and killed it?”
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.”
“I know, I’m just sayin, what if we did? What if this whole thing was over tonight? Man, I’d sleep for a month. Go back to school. Have something normal again.”
Dean glanced at him, “school, huh?”
“Yeah, what about you guys? I mean you and y/n could actually have a life without me around all the time as the dorky third wheel.”
“You’re not a dork. You’re a nerd, there’s a difference.”
After things have wound down, after seeing that his crew is safe, after they’ve wished him happy birthday with warm grins and laughter, Jim slips his hand into Bones’ and they head back to their temporary lodgings at Yorktown. They take the long way, because they’re so used to only walking the same corridors over and over. It’s different. It makes Jim have to tell him.