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Title: The Haircut
Word Count: 495
Genre: Gen
Rating: G
A/N: Written for my comment-fic meme, the prompt was from mymuseandi , who wanted Dean to give Sam a haircut to save money. It was up to me whether the haircut was good or not.

Summary: When you can't afford a hairdresser, your brother will have to do...

Sam watched as Dean squinted at him and unconsciously pressed his tongue to the side of his mouth in concentration. It was doing nothing for Sam’s nerves. Dean tugged at Sam’s hair.

“Dean...”

“Shhh,” Dean said. “Don’t talk, you move your head too much when you talk.”

Sam glared.

“I think the right side is a little shorter than the left, give me a sec,” Dean said. “I just need to even it out.”

“Dean, you just supposedly evened out the left side,” Sam said.

“Yeah, well, you’re the one that wouldn’t let me use the clippers, it’s not my fault this is difficult,” Dean replied.

“You’re the one that wouldn’t let me get it done professionally!” Sam said, “And I don’t want it short.”

“Yeah, well, credit fraud is a tricky business,” Dean said. “I promise I’ll get us a new card soon, but in the meantime, we gotta save where we can.”

“I know,” Sam said. “Just, don’t make it too short.”

“Yeah, yeah, don’t see why, though, this ridiculous mop of yours is hardly practical,” Dean replied.

“Can’t I have one thing that’s not practical?” Sam asked quietly.

Dean frowned, and then moved out of Sam’s line of sight, seemingly deciding that the sides were alright and it was time to work on the back. Sam closed his eyes and tried to tell himself this hadn’t been a horrible mistake. He had just taken consolation in the fact that hair grows, when he heard the clippers whir to life.

“Dean!” Sam said, instinctively ducking out from under Dean’s hands.

“Relax, man,” Dean said. “I’m just shaving the back of your neck. No girl is ever going to touch you if you have that much goddamn neck hair.”

“Oh,” Sam said, relaxing back into the chair, and letting his head fall forward to give Dean better access.

“Alright, go check it out,” Dean said, when he was done. Sam practically ran to the bathroom, both wanting to confirm that he still had hair, and dreading what he might see.

It...was pretty good, actually. A bit shorter than usual, but then, that was sort of the point of haircuts. It still curled a little around his ears, while his long bangs tickled the edges of his cheekbones, highlighting rather than hiding them. Also, instead of lying flat and annoying on his head, his hair seemed to have a little – well, movement and life to it. Dean appeared behind Sam in his reflection, standing uncertainly at the bathroom door.

“And?” Dean said.

“It’s good,” Sam said.

“Good,” Dean said. “I uh, gave you some layers – so you know...um...body.”

“Yeah,” Sam said, “I like it.” He waited until he saw Dean’s proud smile, and then he added, “You totally missed your calling Zohann.”

“Oh shut-up,” Dean said. “Come on, I believe you promised that, if I didn’t ruin your pretty princess hair, you’d buy me a beer and some pie.”
Sam laughed and got his coat.

fin

Title: The Winchester Boys
Word Count
: 500
Genre: Gen
Rating: G
Summary: Written for my comment-fic meme, this request was from yourkidney , who wanted the boys to go shopping at Goodwill and then out for coffee - where Dean would read Gaiman and Sam would read National Geographic.


“Whatta ya got for me, man?” Sam’s voice came from the other-side of the rack of jeans.

“Three pairs of longs that might fit,” Dean replied, handing over the jeans that were slung over his left arm. “Anything good for me in the shirt racks?”

“Yeah,” Sam said smiling widely, “I found that brand you like in three colours!”

“Awesome,” Dean said, “hand them over.”

As Sam thrust a handful of hangers into Dean’s hand, Dean caught sight of the other shirts Sam had piled over his other arm.

“Orange, man? Really?” Dean said. “I know you like plaid, but please remember that I’m the one that has to look at you.”

“They do up with snaps...” Sam shrugged. “I like snaps. Orange isn’t that bad.”

“Man, no wonder you never get laid,” Dean said. “Go try on the jeans, make sure they fit – denim don’t make good rags.”

Fifteen minutes later, they were shuffling slowly through the cash, and then out into the sunshine again. Dean dropped his change in the hat of the homeless dude sitting outside on the sidewalk, and then they walked the three blocks over to the Laundromat.

“Go get me some coffee, while I wash these perfectly clean clothes,” Dean told Sam, already taking the Goodwill bag out of Sam’s hands.

“Dean, you know they spray those stores with pesticides,” Sam said. “It’s not healthy.”

“Our whole lives aren’t healthy,” Dean muttered.

“Doesn’t mean we should compound the problem,” Sam replied. Dean just rolled his eyes and shouldered his way into the Laundromat, while Sam jogged across the road to the donut shop.

Ten minutes later, Dean was wedged into an uncomfortable plastic chair, beside a whirring washing machine. He had just fished his worn copy of Anansi Boys out of his jacket pocket, when Sam plunked a box of donuts and a coffee down on the small table beside him.

“How many times have you read that book now?” Sam laughed.

“Shut-up, I like it,” Dean said, taking a sip from his coffee.

“Oh cool,” Sam said, causing Dean to look up from page 42 long enough to see that Sam had caught sight of the National Geographic that someone had left on the table. At Dean’s look, Sam said, “shut-up, it has a fold-out map of ancient Rome.”

“Right, because I hate it when I end up in ancient Rome without a road-map,” Dean said.

“Dude, you never know,” Sam replied, and Dean had to concede the point.

Dean leaned up against the dryer to his side, and put his feet up on Sam’s lap.

“Really?” Sam said. “At least take your shoes off!”

“You do it, I’m trying to read, and I'm still sore from that frickin’ poltergeist,” Dean replied. Sam sighed heavily and opened his geeky magazine, and Dean went back to reading. He smiled to himself, when, two minutes later, he felt Sam’s hands carefully undoing his bootlaces. Yeah, Dean loved Hunting, but sometimes he loved the time in between cases more.

fin

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( 36 comments — Leave a comment )
borgmama1of5
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
I believe I already said HOW MUCH I LOVE THESE but I will say it again :)
hells_half_acre
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Thank you very much...yet again! :) I'm glad you like them when everything is spelled correctly too ;)
auntmo9
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for putting a smile on my face in the middle of my day!
hells_half_acre
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Anytime! (Or at least - as often as I can!)

Thanks for reading!
tsuki_no_bara
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
the boys in goodwill and then the laundromat made me grin. i love that even tho they're adults now, dean is still picking out clothes for sam to try on. and sam is looking for stuff for him as well. and dean gives homeless guys his change! i totally buy that.

>>“Right, because I hate it when I end up in ancient Rome without a road-map,” Dean said.

“Dude, you never know,” Sam replied, and Dean had to concede the point.<<

HEEE. i love that little exchange.
hells_half_acre
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
I love that exchange too! And not just because I wrote it...actually, after I wrote it, I couldn't help but picture all the shenanigans the boys could get up to in ancient Rome :P

I'm glad you liked the story! :)
jennytork
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
I adored these slices of life! I love to see how they live between hunts and these were completely believable and sweet!
hells_half_acre
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Thank you! I love the little domestic stuff too - I'm thrilled every time we see a little piece of it on the show.

Thanks for reading :)
katsheswims
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
So cute!!! I love the way you write Sam and Dean's relationship. I think you just capture their voices very well, and you show their more caring (codependent) sides.
hells_half_acre
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Thank you! I do my best, and I'm so happy it works for you :)
farfadine
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
It's awesome, all simple and well written.
And yay for Neil Gaiman (even if I haven't read this book of him).
hells_half_acre
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
I haven't read this book from him either. I've got a hold on it at the library though, so I will soon.

Thank you for the kind words :)
galwithglasses
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
So much fun. I love the banter.
hells_half_acre
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. :)
strgazr04
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
aww so cute! that first one is my fav. i kinda wish they would do something like that on the show or at least mention it somehow. it's a cute lil insight to their lives.
hells_half_acre
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Me too - I just love any little Winchester-domesticity scene they give us on the show...I want MORE...

I'm glad you liked my little version of it :)
phyllis2779
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
These were so good -- those times when you can just picture the boys just being themselves.
hells_half_acre
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Thank you!
seesmooshrun
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Loved these little slice-of-Winchester-life stories. Thank you!
hells_half_acre
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Thank you! I like them too :)
msninacat
Jan. 26th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Loved both of these to pieces. I yearn for the downtime and somewhat normal moments in the boys lives and they aren't written nearly enough. You did them beautifully and they slot right into character. Also, I think it's ironic that you picked Anansi Boys for Dean when you hadn't read it yet. You'll see what I mean. ;D
hells_half_acre
Jan. 26th, 2011 07:27 am (UTC)
Thanks! I must admit, I did read the publisher's synopsis before I assigned Dean his reading...I saw the word "brothers" and figured that Dean might be interested in it :P But, perhaps there's more to it than that even?

I'm still on the waiting-list for the library copy, so who knows when I'll find out! :P

We get so very little of Winchester downtime - it is more precious than gold! I'm glad you liked my little version of it :)
msninacat
Jan. 26th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
I didn't even think of all the things that are aligned to the Winchesters entire story until you mentioned him reading it and now I'm giggling about it.

It'll be well worth the wait. But just read the story without that in your head and then you can go back and apply fandom clashing. ;D

You should definitely write more of it. ♥
hells_half_acre
Feb. 12th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
I have now read Anansi Boys, and I wanted to tell you that you are right: It is the perfect book to be a favourite of Dean's :)
jespretender
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
Oh they were absolutely lovely! Aw!
hells_half_acre
Jan. 27th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
ashmeadows
Jan. 28th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Both of these are wonderful! I love the peek into the downtime/domestic side of Winchester life, and they're both so true to character.
hells_half_acre
Jan. 28th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!



marlowe78
Feb. 1st, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
So freaking adorable! Both are so nice, feel like a vacation somehow, and Dean being able to cut hair? So cool!

I love Sam's Zohann-comment!

The image of Sam and Dean in the laundromat-thingy, with their books and that map, and the slowness of the whole scene makes me wanna join them, solely to observe.

The molesting might come later.

And dude... Now I want Sam and Dean in ancient Rome...
hells_half_acre
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thank! And yeah, after I wrote it, I kind of wanted Sam and Dean in Ancient Rome too :P

...the molesting always comes later ;)

I'm not sure how many people got the Zohann reference. From my life-experience, it seems to me that that movie was way more popular in Germany than it was in North America.
marlowe78
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
*chuckles*

Now that movie I didn't watch. But it was popular. Just not my cup of tea, I guess.
hells_half_acre
Feb. 1st, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
I only watched it because a German guy forced me too ;)
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hells_half_acre
Mar. 31st, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I think this is the only show where the fans would be happy if they gave us a plotless episode where all we do is watch the boys do their laundry and be snarky/jokey with each other for an hour.

The keyword for the icon I'm using is called "Dean/Books OTP" - so, yeah, that's how much I love it when Dean reads.

(And yes, I also wanted to smack Sam for making fun of Dean's EMF meter...also for not hugging Cas. Cas needs a hug, and Dean's EMF meter is awesome. *shakes fist at Sam*)
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hells_half_acre
Mar. 31st, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Well, in defense of Sam, and speaking as someone who grew up in a non-physically affectionate family where even the females are masculine in their way of dealing with emotions...um...yeah, I wouldn't have been able to bridge that gap in Heaven and Hell either. It's not like I wouldn't have WANTED to hug Dean - it's more that I can imagine the thought process of "oh my god, I want to hug him...does he want me to hug him? Would that make things better or worse? Should I touch him at all? He's not even looking at me - maybe I shouldn't touch him. What do I say? I think I just said the wrong thing. Ah crap. Oh, now he's pulling himself together. If I hug him now, would it be weird? Ok, he apparently it's time to get back on the road...I guess...I guess I should have just hugged him, but it's too late now. Maybe he would have been mad at me anyway. Yeah, probably."

As for Swan Song...I don't think either Winchester could have taken a goodbye or a goodbye Hug. I think the only way Sam could go through with the plan was to live in partial denial about the fact that he was never going to see Dean again.

But yeah, this is all off topic, but that's basically the extent of my opinion on the matter anyway. You can of course, disagree. But we all come from different places - and to me, the not-hugging felt true to characters.
lindaleriel
Mar. 12th, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
Yes, finding jeans for tall thin men at thrift stores is frequently futile, my hubby isn't as tall as Jared but the man is all legs, so I've been there, nice little detail. The orange shirt that he like just because it snaps up amused me as well, basically you just described a thrift store trip with my husband here.
hells_half_acre
Mar. 12th, 2013 05:49 pm (UTC)
Haha, and my own thrift store experience...except with different fitting problems. :P Well, except for the orange shirt business - I look horrible in orange!

Glad you enjoyed it! I had actually forgotten that I wrote these little fics. :)
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