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body of proof; masterpost.

Title: body of proof
Fandom/Genre: Supernatural; Hurt/Comfort, Experimental
Pairing(s): n/a
Rating: Mature
Word Count: ~7,300
Warnings: discussion and description of past canonical (and non-canonical) rape and sexual assault. Slurs. Please proceed with caution if the subject of rape is an uncomfortable one.
Thanks: To komodobits for betaing and you flist-people for encouragement. <3
Notes: Fills the "non-linearity," "dialogue-only," and "epistolary" squares on the spnspiration bingo card.
Summary: There are things Sam hasn't told his brother. They're all in the envelope laid on Dean's pillow.


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katzenspn
Jun. 27th, 2015 04:52 am (UTC)
I'm probably going to have to read this three or four more times before I have anything really incisive to say about it because I am firmly in the "feeling feelings" stage. But I wanted to leave a comment because it's beautiful. You took something very delicate and crafted it really skillfully. It's not overwrought, it's not cliched, it's not on-the-nose, it's delicate and careful and heartfelt. I ached, especially in the second and fifth chapters. (All were beautiful; those hit me hardest.)

I know you labored over this. It paid off. I'll have more thoughts when I can sit with it longer. <3
steeplechasers
Jun. 27th, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
thank you so much <3 and thank you for listening to me ramble about it on skype this last week!
frozen_delight
Jun. 27th, 2015 03:10 pm (UTC)
WOW! I really want to hug Sam - and you!

I love the different styles of narration you've tried here. Every chapter is so meaningful and unique on its own, and yet between them they beautifully compose such a tragic and horrifying narrative. The Ruby chapter was a particularly chilling. The ending is absolutely devastating.
I have a bit of problem with the possession equals rape part in chapter seven, not because I don't think it's accurate, but because the show has never treated this metaphor consistently (there's simply no way Sam would treat other victims of possession the way he does if we were to take the matter seriously!). But that's really not an issue with your writing, just one of my issues with the show in general. All the kudos to you for putting this together!

Of course what I'd really like to know is what happens next, because I can't help but think that no matter how much he might try, Dean wouldn't be able to deal with this in a sensible, supportive fashion. (And I say that as someone who loves Dean with all her heart.)

Thank you so much for writing this and sharing this with us! ♥
steeplechasers
Jun. 27th, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
thank you so much for reading it! <3

not that it matters, because your criticism is completely valid, but my reasoning for including the possession (and, for that matter, lindsey) was more to highlight this theme of sam losing control over his body. rape is a huge part of that, of course, but so is being forced to ingest demon blood, or being forced to play vessel. (especially because consent is the defining trait of angelic possession in particular, and so horribly ignored in that instance.)

I'd really like to know is what happens next

i intended for this to take place between 10.03 and 10.04 during their "down time" so make of the ending, in terms of canon, what you will!

thank you again for reading and sharing your thoughts <33
gatorgurl94
Jun. 27th, 2015 08:13 pm (UTC)
You did an incredible job with this. You handled this topic with such honesty and sensitivity. It was brutal and heartwretching and unbelievably well executed. Chapters two and five broke.my.heart.

Thank you for finally giving Sam a chance to tell his story.
steeplechasers
Jun. 30th, 2015 03:30 am (UTC)
thank you so much for reading <3
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