A long way from home - Chapter 2
A long way from home – Chapter Two
Disclaimer: BTVS doesn’t belong to me. It is property of Joss Whedon and Supernatural is property of Eric Kripke.
The sun shined on the black impala as it rode through another small town. Those were where Sam, Dean, and Dawn took most of their cases. The small towns need more help than they appear, and that’s what led them to Sunnydale in the first place.
Dawn stared out the window as she slowly came out of sleep and back into consciousness. She wore a partial smile as her eyes adjusted to the light shining through the window. She was used to sleeping in the back seat of the Impala.
Sam turned around in the front seat. “Oh, Dawn, good you’re awake. We found another case.”
Dawn’s half smile turned into a full one as she leaned back against the interior. “Good, where and what is it?”
Dean pulled into an old looking motel before Sam could answer. “We’ll tell you once we have a room and some food.” Dean said throwing the door of the impala open.
The doors closed and Dawn opened hers as soon as the boys were at the trunk. She lied against the car as Sam handed a bag to her. She slung the bag over her shoulder and walked towards the counter with them.
Dean walked up to the lady behind the counter and gave her his flirty smile. She smiled back as he pulled out his wallet. “We’d like a room, preferably with three beds.”
The lady smiled at Dean as she handed him their bedroom key.
“All I’m saying is she looked like a nice girl, Sammy.” Dean said as he threw his bag on one of the three beds.
“Yeah right, Dean. You forget I’ve known you longer than you’ve even liked girls.” Sam said in retaliation towards his brother.
“That can’t be proven bitch.”
Sam sighed as he took a seat on his chosen bed. “Jerk,” Sam said. “Dawn, how did you deal with this while I was gone?”
Dawn smiled not wanting to get into one of their squabbles. “I just ignore him. I’m really good at ignoring older siblings. I’ve had plenty of practice.”
Dean scowled at her. “Come on, Dawnie, I’m not that bad.”
Dawn came to sit on her bed against the wall, opposite the door. “I’m going to have to take Sam’s side on this one. You’re one big flirt, Dean.”
Dean huffed as he walked over to the small fridge and pulled out a beer. “There’s no such thing as flirting too much.”
Sam grabbed a paper off of the table next to his bed and handed it to Dawn. She studied the paper for a second. “A ghost, is that all?” She handed the paper back to Sam.
“Yeah, but it’s in LA so I thought we could drive through Sunnydale.”
Dawn grabbed the paper from his hands again and looked at the top. She sat back with a glum expression on her face.
“I thought you’d be a little happier to go back there. I mean it’s been seven years.”
“Yeah but I left that place with you guys for a reason.”
Sam thought about it for a second. “Well, wouldn’t you want to see your old friends?”
Dawn sighed and then smiled. “I guess it would be nice to see Xander, Willow, and Tara.”
Sam smiled along with her. “I was hoping to see a smile on your face.”
“You kids need to get some sleep – we leave first thing in the morning.” Dean said as he lay down on his bed.
Dawn laid back thinking of her friends as her eyes felt heavier and heavier until she finally drifted off to sleep.
When Dawn woke up she was being shaken by Dean. “What, what’d I miss?” Dawn said.
“There’s someone outside, just stay quiet.” Dean said as Sam walked over to the door with his gun in his hand.
Sam peered out the window but didn’t see anyone. He changed positions and went to other side of the window but still saw nothing.
“Dean, I’m not sure what you heard, because I don’t see anyone.” Sam said. He took a seat at the table and put his gun down.
Dean walked over to the windows too, to double check what Sam had already confirmed. “You’re right but I was sure I heard something out there.”
Dawn looked between the Winchesters. “Should we try to get some sleep?”
“You can sleep in the car, we need to go.” Dean said packing his bag.
Dawn let out a sigh followed by a groan and then started packing her bags. She grabbed her leather jacket, a gift from Dean when she turned eighteen, and followed them to the impala.
The impala raced down the road and all Dawn could hear was the sound of an AC/DC song and the roaring of the engine. She peered out the window and saw the signs that let her know they were close to where she had once lived, the place she had to leave, and the place she never thought she’d come back to.
She looked out the window more as it started to rain. She watched the raindrops roll down the window then disappear at the bottom.
“Dawn, are you excited at all to see your friends again?” Sam asked after turning down the music.
Dawn gave a weak smile. “Yeah, I’m happy, but I ran away for a reason.”
“Your sister, right – I remember.” Dean said.
Dawn’s gaze turned downward as she remembered her sister, her mom, and the reasons she left. “I’ll be fine -- I should go and see how everyone’s doing.”
Sam turned around in his seat. “I’m sure they’ll be glad to see you.”
Dawn forced a smile. The last time she talked to any of the scoobies was when her sister had died. Only a week after the funeral she decided to leave. It seemed like the only thing she could do at the time. It was what led her to the Winchester family and her new life, which ironically was still in the business of hunting monsters.
The powers that be must think they’re a riot setting her up like this. She wasn’t really looking for a normal life but this was clearly not what she was going for either. Dean was like Xander to her except without the crush that she had on Xander. Sam – Dawn liked Sam – had a crush on Sam even but that was before he left for college. She did a lot of growing up since then.
The car came to an abrupt stop. “What’s wrong, why did we stop?” Dawn asked from the backseat.
Dean pulled open the car door and was followed by Sam to the front of the car. “Dawn you might want to see this.” Dean said.
Dawn opened the car door and walked over to where they were standing and stared forward. She saw what they were looking at and her eyes widened.
“What – in the hell happened here?” Dean said as they all three stared at the crater that was Sunnydale.