Dean woke up cranky. Sam had set the alarm clock for the most annoying radio station he could find. Dean had woken up to some noisy, crap music that had succeeded in waking him up but had also given him a headache. To make matters worse, Sam wasn’t even in the room. Dean found a note by the computer that said that Sam had gone to breakfast and he’d bring something back for Dean.
“There had better be an extra-large order of bacon in there,” Dean muttered as he made his way to the bathroom to take a shower.
After his shower, Dean got dressed and started loading their stuff in the car. If Sam took too much longer, Dean was going to go find him. There were two eateries in the vicinity that were walking distance from the motel, so Dean knew where to look. He was ready to get on the road again but first they had to figure out where they were going. For that, Sam had to use his computer mojo and find their next hunt.
In another room of the motel, a freshly showered Leila was pacing. She was trying not to chase her sister down. Avery had left a note saying that she had run into Sam Winchester last night and they’d made plans to get breakfast this morning. She said that she would bring something back for Leila, too. Leila wasn’t hungry though, she was just trying to keep herself from dragging Avery back to the room. Avery was right, Leila had to let her have a little freedom or things would become strained between them. The main reason for her agitation at Avery’s absence was who her little sister was with. Leila was wary of the Winchesters for more than one reason.
On Avery’s father’s deathbed he had revealed a secret to the girls’ mother from his past. When he was younger, he’d made a deal with a demon to save someone that he loved. He gave the demon permission to enter their house and feed blood to their infant daughter, Avery, when she was 6 months old. As a result, Avery had gained a supernatural power a little over a year ago. Leila was afraid that other hunters, should they learn this, would hunt her sister.
The other reason that she worried about the presence of the Winchesters was also tied to the fact that they were hunters. Hunters had a tendency to leave. Avery and Leila got attached to people easily. It was their way. It was why Leila tried so hard to stay away from Dean last night, despite her obvious attraction to him. Dean was a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of guy, she could tell. Sam might be a different story but the brothers traveled together. Someone was going to get hurt in this arrangement.
Feeling restless but not wanting to go get her sister and drag her back just yet, Leila grabbed some change off the dresser and went to get a soda. She was counting the change in her hand and not looking where she was going when she bumped into someone.
“Sorry,” they said in unison before looking at who they were talking to.
“Oh, it’s you,” Dean said in full crank mode.
“Well, let me assure you, I am just
as happy to see you,” Leila said with sarcasm.
“Whatever,” Dean mumbled as he kept walking to the car with his bag.
Leila, suddenly irrationally afraid that she had hurt his feelings, followed him.
“Do you want any help?” She asked, sincerely.
“I got it.” Dean answered.
“So, you guys are taking off soon?” Leila was surprised as a sudden sorrow flooded her at the thought.
“Yep,” Dean said opening the trunk and tossing his bag in. “If Sam ever gets back here.”
“Yeah. I’m waiting for Avery, too,” Leila explained not quite ready to walk away from the conversation. “I mean, how long does it take to eat?”
Dean closed the trunk and pinched the bridge of his nose as he realized what was taking his brother so long.
“They’re together, aren’t they?” He asked. Another headache was coming on, he knew it.
“Yeah. You didn’t know?” Leila asked surprised that Sam hadn’t felt the need to let his brother in on what he was doing. Sam had seemed more responsible than that.
Dean just shook his head.
“This is gonna be trouble,” he muttered.
“Here they come,” Leila said looking past Dean.
The two younger hunters were talking and laughing as they carried the food back for their siblings. Then, Avery noticed Leila and Dean watching them and pointed them out to Sam.
“Uh,oh.” Sam almost stopped in his tracks when he saw Dean’s glare. “I think he knows what we have planned.”
“Divide and conquer?” Avery asked.
. You’re not going to want to be there when he explodes,” Sam explained.
Avery grabbed Sam’s hand and gave it a squeeze. She wanted to kiss him again but knew that now was probably not the best time.
“Good luck.” Avery said with a wink.
“I don’t need luck,” Sam said squeezing her hand back. “I have bacon.”
“Seriously though, if I don’t see you again…”
“We can do this,” Sam said cutting her off. “It’s gonna work.
Avery wasn’t so sure. She knew that she could talk Leila into it but Dean was another story. Dean was stubborn. She nodded though, willing to put her faith in Sam, and hurried up to Leila.
“Sorry it took so long,” she apologized while pulling her sister back to their room.
Dean waited leaning against the trunk of his car, arms crossed, for Sam to get to him.
“As promised,” Sam said handing Dean the Styrofoam container holding his breakfast.
“No.” Dean said.
“What?” Sam asked though he knew what Dean was talking about.
“They’re not coming with us.”
“Let’s just go back to the room and talk about this,” Sam reasoned.
“No. Get your stuff. We’re leaving.” Dean said not bothering with the food.
“Dean, we should talk about this. And we should do it where people won’t stare when the yelling starts,” Sam tried again.
“I’m not going to yell at you, Sam,” Dean said calmly. “Because we’re leaving, just the two of us. Now.”
“I’m not just leaving her, Dean.”
“What’s going on here, Sam? You just met this girl last night. Not even long enough to have a real conversation. So, what, you ran into her this morning and decided over breakfast that you can’t live without her?” Dean ranted.
“That’s not exactly what happened,” Sam said not looking Dean in the eye.
Dean groaned when he realized that there were more details that he didn’t know.
“Fine. Let’s go back to the room and you’re going to fill me in on all the details of what I missed. While you pack.”