Calls Me Home @daddyslilheartbreaker
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Title: Calls Me Home

Summary: A journey through seven seasons of Supernatural through the eyes of two Winchesters and a Singer.

Characters: Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, Ruby Singer, Bobby Singer, John Winchester, and a whole ton of others.

Disclaimer: Everything you see here belongs to Eric Kripke and Co. The title belongs to the song "Calls Me Home" by Shannon LaBrie.

Author's Note: I would just like to say that the timeline is so screwed up at some points. It's almost mind boggling.

Chapter Fifteen

Sleep didn't usually come easily to Sam since Jessica's death though he still managed to get in a few hours here or there. After their last case though, the exhaustion from being kidnapped and everything was simply too much for him. He had a full night's sleep for once and actually felt pretty good in the morning. After getting ready for the day, he headed out to get breakfast deciding to let Dean and Ruby sleep a bit longer. The pair were still asleep when he returned and knocked on their door. They stirred awake and calmed down when they realized it was just Sam. Seeing the state they were in, Ruby quickly pulled on a shirt not realizing it was Dean's shirt. He tugged on some underwear and tossed on a shirt before moving to open the door.

"Hey. I brought breakfast." Sam held up the bag of food and tray of coffees.

Ruby smiled warmly at the taller Winchester. "You are a lifesaver. Thank you."

"You're welcome. I..um..hm." He noticed their appearances and couldn't help smiling at the pair.

"Sam, don't start." Dean grabbed his coffee taking a sip only to nearly choke at the sight of Ruby in his shirt.

She shook her head blushing slightly. "I'm just going to go shower real quick."

"It's about time." Sam chuckled once Ruby had disappeared into the bathroom.

"It just kind of happened." He shrugged taking another sip of his coffee.

"So does this mean you guys are..."

"We haven't even spoke about it. Only just woke up." Dean cut him off with a look.

It wasn't long before Ruby left the bathroom fully dressed for the day. Dean went in to shower leaving her and Sam to make small talk. He walked back out not too long after fully dressed. It was then that Sam chose to speak up again.

"So I did a little looking around and I think that I may have found our next case. Chicago, Illinois. Woman was found dead in her apartment. Windows and doors were locked. Security alarm was on." He filled them in on the potential case.

Ruby furrowed her brow finishing her breakfast as she listened to him. "I mean, that doesn't rule out that it was someone she knew who also had a spare key to the place and knew the alarm code."

"No, I guess it doesn't, but what is the likelihood of that happening? The cops didn't find any prints at the scene other than the victim's." Sam countered as Dean finished packing his things.

"It sounds like it's worth looking into, at least." He agreed with his brother walking out to the Impala.

Ruby put her bag in the car and then checked them out of the motel. She returned to the car climbing into the backseat making herself comfortable for the drive ahead. By the time they reached Chicago, the hunters had a game plan in mind. Dean would go talk to the police to get information about the case, Sam would look into the security company, and Ruby would look into victim's background. They agreed to meet up at the scene of the crime, the victim's apartment, afterward. The Winchester brothers were dressed as security techs posing as workers from the security alarm company. Ruby, on the other hand, was in a pants suit posing as a detective. The landlady let them in easily enough. The place was pretty neat despite being the scene of a murder. it was the first thing that struck them as odd. Then the landlady revealed that she had found the body which looked like it had been attacked by an animal. The three hunters shared a look and it wasn't long after which they let the landlady leave. Once she was gone, they started examining the apartment. No signs of sulfur, ectoplasm, or anything else supernatural could be found.

"So according to the logs at the security company, Meredith's alarm was turned off after being on for a few hours, but then it was turned back on pretty quickly. It wasn't turned back off again until the police arrived." Sam recalled still looking around.

The blonde sighed stopping to look over at him. "Well I didn't find too much. No significant other. Didn't have too many visitors over usually. She had a job, but it was at a local bar so I didn't get a chance to ask around yet."

"And what did the cops say?" He looked over at Dean.

"Amy? She's perky and a Sagittarius." Dean noticed the look Ruby was giving him and cleared his throat. "Landlord's story pans out. No prints or weapons found. No indications at all that someone was here other than Meredith. There was something withheld from the newspapers though. Her heart was missing."

Her blue eyes widened a bit. "Looked like an animal attack and her heart was taken? So we're dealing with a werewolf then."

"Nah, the lunar cycle isn't right for that. Can't be a wolf. Even if it was a creature, they would have left some trace behind. Maybe it's some sort of phantom." Sam shook his head as he considered the facts that they had.

"Hey, hand me the tape." Dean stood above the spots of blood that had soaked into the carpet.

Ruby handed him the roll of masking tape biting her lip as their hands lingered for a moment. Snapping out of it, Dean knelt down and started applying tape to the carpet. It was when he was done that the three of them were surprised. The tape formed a symbol that they didn't recognize. Ruby took a picture studying the symbol for a few moments before sending it to her dad. Not finding much else, they removed the tape and left the apartment.

"Talked to bartender. Nothing to find out there. I mean, Meredith worked here waiting tables and was friendly with everyone. Nothing unusual about her. Didn't do or say anything odd before her death. Did either of you find anything out about that symbol?" Dean said once he returned to their table at the bar where the victim had worked.

Ruby shook her head and sighed. "Nope. It wasn't in John's journal or in any of the usual books. Dad's looking into it and reaching out to other hunters that our dads know."

"We do know one thing though. There was a victim before Meredith. His name was Ben Swardstrom. His mutilated body was found last month in his town house. Same deal as Meredith. The door was locked and the alarm was set." Sam filled them in on what he had found. "No connection between them yet aside from how they died. She was a waitress and he was a banker. Never met and never knew anyone in common. Two completely separate worlds from what I can tell."

She bit her lip in thought. "So either they were chosen at random or they have something in common that we're just not seeing yet."

Before Dean could respond to her, they watched as Sam stood up walking over to a different table. A woman with an almost platinum blonde pixie style short haircut greeted him with a smile. Ruby and Dean shared a look though neither recognized her. They strolled over to the table just in time to hear him call her Meg and watch them hug. It was a name that neither had ever heard him mention. Both briefly wondered if she was someone he knew from his time back at Stanford.

"You're from Chicago?" The taller Winchester eyed her in surprise.

She shook her head and smiled. "Oh no, I'm from Massachusetts. Andover. I can't believe we ran into each other again."

"Yeah, I know. Kind of figured I'd never see you again." He shrugged as Dean cleared his throat.

Meg smiled more at him. "Well I'm glad you're wrong. Hey dude, cover your mouth."

"Oh, uh, sorry. Meg, this is my brother, Dean and my best friend Ruby." Sam introduced them.

She raised her eyebrows at that. "So this is Dean, huh?"

"You've heard of me?" Dean looked at her in surprise.

Meg scoffed at him. "Sure I've heard of you. Nice, the way you treat your poor brother like luggage. Stop dragging him all over God's green earth. Why won't you let him do what he wants?"

"Meg, it's alright." He assured her as Dean had to hold Ruby back.

He took her over to the bar while Sam continued talking to Meg. Sam learned that her last name was Masters and even got her phone number. After having a beer, Dean walked out of the bar with Ruby who was still fuming a bit over what Meg had said about him. It wasn't long before Sam joined them outside. The three of them walked over to the Impala as Ruby calmed down some more.

"So who the hell was she?" Dean glanced over at Sam.

"I'm not sure. I only really ever met her once. Never expected to run into her again." He shrugged his shoulders.

"I treat you like luggage? You were bitching about me to some random chick?"

"I'm sorry, Dean. It was back when we had that huge fight. I met her in that bus stop in Indiana." Sam admitted with a sigh.

"So is there any truth to it? Am I keeping you against your will, Sam?" Dean stopped and looked at him as Ruby touched his arm to calm him.

"No, of course not. Now would you listen? I think there's something strange going on."

Ruby scoffed rolling her eyes at the thought. "Yeah, you're telling us. Something is clearly off with that chick."

"I think Ruby's right. It's just too odd. I met Meg weeks ago on the side of the road and now I'm randomly running into her in some random Chicago bar that was the workplace of a woman who was just slaughtered by something supernatural? That is definitely... not right." Sam pointed out.

"Random coincidence. It happens." Dean shrugged.

"Yeah, but not to us. Okay we could be wrong, but I'm just saying that there's something about this girl that I can't quite put my finger on."

"I bet you'd like to though." Dean smirked playfully at him.

Ruby smacked his arm. "Dean!"

"Just do me a favor. Check and see if there's really a Meg Masters from Andover, Massachusetts. Also see if you guys can find anything else on that symbol." Sam asked with a sigh.

She smiled slightly at him. "Sure, no problem. Wait, what are you going to do?"

"I'm going to watch Meg."

"I bet you are." He laughed at his younger brother.

"I just want to see what's going on with her. Better safe than sorry."

"Alright, you little perfect." Dean snorted chuckling a bit.

Ruby smacked his arm again. "Dean! Just be careful, Sam."

"I will. Call me if you guys find anything." He gave her a reassuring look before getting into the Impala.

Taking her hand, Dean watched Sam drive away and then walked across the street to the motel. She enjoyed holding his hand probably a bit more than she should have.

"What was so wrong with that? It'd be nice to see him get back out there again." Dean chuckled softly.

Ruby shook her head. "Dean, I think it's going to be a while longer before he's ready to get back out there again. He was pretty serious with Jessica."

"Yeah, I know. I just.. thought it'd be good for him, you know?"

She squeezed his hand as they walked into their motel room. "Yeah, I know. It's hard, but you just have to let him go at his own pace."

"I'll try. Look, um, about last night." He shut the door letting go of her hand and rubbed at the back of his neck nervously.

Ruby gazed at him and smiled. "Dean, it's alright. I have no expectations. Don't worry about it."

The phone was on speaker and she elbowed Dean gently. "Ignore him, Sam. Anyway, yeah, sorry, she checks out. There's a Meg Masters in the Andover phone book. We even pulled up her yearbook photo. It's her."

"What about the symbol? Any luck?" He kept his eyes on Meg's place watching her carefully.

"Now that we did have luck on. It's Zoroastrian. Very, very old school, like two thousand years before Christ, old school. It's a sigil for a Daeva." Dean filled him in.

"A Daeva?"

Ruby glanced down at the research. "It translates to 'Demon of darkness'. Zoroastrian demons and they are savage, animalistic, real nasty attitudes. Kind of like demonic pit bulls."

"How'd you figure that out?"

"I called Dad's friend Caleb. He told me." Dean sighed. "Anyway, here's the thing. These Daevas, they have to be summoned, conjured."

"So someone's controlling it?" Sam raised his eyebrows.

Ruby nodded her head tucking her hair behind her ear. "Exactly and it's pretty risky. These suckers tend to bite the hand that feeds them."

"What do they look like?"

"Uh, nobody knows. Then again no one has seen them for a couple of millennia. I mean, summoning a demon that ancient? Someone really knows their stuff." Dean paced a little.

"Alright, well see what else you guys can find. I'll be back soon." Sam hung up as Meg walked out of her house.

He followed her to a warehouse which she entered through a camouflaged door. Sam waited a moment before following her inside. He made his way upstairs staying quiet and hidden. When he reached the top, he was able to peer through a gate into a dimly lit room. In the center was a black altar. Meg walked over to it picking up a silver bowl filled with what appeared to be some kind of blood. She swirled her finger around in it speaking an incantation in an ancient language that he didn't recognize. Meg then started having a conversation with someone which only confused Sam. When she was done, she set the bowl back down onto the altar and blew out the candles before leaving the room. Sam quietly crept in and took a look around. He looked at the altar where several human hearts lay on the table along with other ancient items. In the center of the table was the Zoroastrian symbol drawn in blood. He quickly and quietly left the building heading straight for the motel.

"Dude, I got to talk to you." The Winchesters said simultaneously which only made Ruby laugh a bit and then she grew serious as Sam filled them in on what he saw.

Her blue eyes narrowed in disgust. "I knew that little bitch was nothing but trouble."

"So Sammy's got a thing for the bad girl." He chuckled. "And what's with the bowl again?"

"She was talking into it. Communicating with someone. Someone who was giving her orders. Someone who is coming to that warehouse." Sam pointed out only for Ruby to gasp in shock.

Ruby smacked the files in her hands. "Sam, we got the complete records of the two victims. I knew we were missing something, but.. alright just look at this."

"What?" Sam and Dean looked at the files with her.

She sighed pointing at a certain spot on one of the pages. "The first victim, the guy, he spent his whole life in Chicago, but he wasn't born here. Look where his place of birth was listed."

"Lawrence, Kansas." The taller Winchester swallowed hard.

Ruby nodded her head moving on to Meredith's file. "Now Meredith, the second victim, she was adopted. Guess where she is from."

"Holy crap." Sam's eyes widened seeing Lawrence, Kansas on the paper again.

"It's where everything started. That's where the demon killed Mom. So do we think Meg's tied up with the demon?" Dean suggested looking at them.

"It's a definite possibility, but I don't get it. Where do the Daevas fit in? What's the significance of Lawrence?" Sam questioned clearly confused.

The blonde ran her fingers through her hair pacing a bit. "I don't like it. Something just doesn't feel right. What if it's a trap? I mean, come on, John said he's getting close to the demon and then this all happens? You have to admit that's kind of sketchy."

"We should still stake out the place. See who is going to show up." Sam said as he began to gather up their weapons.

"Yeah and we really shouldn't do this alone." Dean moved to call their father.

Ruby bit her lip slipping outside and calling her own dad. Once they were done with the calls, they finished getting ready to go. Then Dean blocked Ruby from leaving the room. She looked at him questioningly and he pulled her into a kiss. The blonde kissed him back confused until she realized that he was saying goodbye. She pulled back narrowing her blue eyes at him.

"I know what you're going to say, but.. just stay here. Please. I can't lose you too." Dean whispered staring down into her eyes.

Ruby frowned at him then sighed giving in. "Alright, fine. Just be careful. You two better come back in one piece."

"Thank you. We will." He kissed her head softly.

She smiled slightly not wanting him to go. "Just.. keep an eye on Sam, alright? With Jessica and all, we don't really know how he'll react to seeing this thing that killed her. He might not think straight and I don't want him getting hurt because of that."

"Hey, Sam will be fine. I would never let anything happen to him." Dean assured her placing another kiss to her lips.

The blonde kissed him back and smiled. "Alright, good. Now get going before I change my mind."

"Yes, ma'am." He smiled at her.

"God, can you imagine if we actually found that damn thing tonight? The demon?" Sam enthused walking back in and grabbing his bag of weapons.

"Let's not get ahead of ourselves here, Sammy."

"I know, I know. I'm just saying. What if we do? This whole thing could be over tonight. Man, I'd sleep for like a month straight. Go back to school. Be a normal person again." He smiled softly thinking ahead.

"You want to go back?"

"Well yeah once we're done hunting the demon. Something wrong with that?" Sam raised his eyebrow. "Why? What are you going to do when it's over?"

"Sam, it's never going to be over. There's always going to be others to hunt." His tone was even as he finished packing the weapons.

"But there's got to be something that you want for yourself..." He trailed off watching as Dean's gaze flicked over to Ruby for a moment before he looked back at him.

"Yeah, I want you to stay. I don't want you leaving the second this thing's over, Sam."

"Dude, what's your problem?"

"Why do you think I drag you everywhere? Why do you think I picked you up at Stanford in the first place?" Dean's voice raised a little bit.

"Because Dad was in trouble and you wanted to find the thing that killed Mom." Sam's shoulders shrugged.

"Well yeah that, but there's more than just.. that, man. You, me, and Dad. I mean, I want us... I want us to be together again. I want us to be a family again." He admitted sadly.

"Dean, we are family. We'll always be a family. I'd do anything for you. You know that. But things will never be the way they were before. I don't want them to be. When this is all over, Dean, you're going to have to let me go my own way." They shared a look and Sam walked out of the room taking one of the bags to the car.

Ruby instinctively walked over to Dean wrapping her arms around him in a hug. "It's okay. He says all that, but we don't really know what it's going to be like once this is over. We just got to focus on dealing with the situation at hand, alright? Whether he goes back to Stanford or not can be dealt with later."

A muffled okay could be heard from Dean as he held her tight burying his face in the crook of her neck inhaling her scent. It calmed him down and he sighed softly. He knew she was right. The heartbroken look on his face had broken her own heart. Dean pulled back and she wiped the few tears away from his eyes kissing him again. He kissed her back and she smiled softly at him.

"Ruby..."

The blonde cupped his face gently in her hands. "No matter what happens, you'll always have me, Dean."

It wasn't long after that the brothers left for the warehouse. Ruby stayed in the motel room for as long as she could before she ultimately chose to follow them. It didn't take too long to track them down thanks to Sam's descriptions of the graffiti on the outside of the building. They were already inside by the time she reached the building. The two of them tried to be quiet, but Meg still managed to sense that they were there. The brothers were tied up and were even more grateful that Ruby wasn't there unaware that she was actually outside. While Sam distracted Meg, Dean managed to pull out his knife in an attempt to free himself from his restraints. Unfortunately Meg was too smart for them and caught on to it grabbing the knife tossing it away.

She smirked at them. "Try something like that again and that pretty blonde hunter of yours outside becomes victim number three."

"Touch her and you're dead!" Dean yelled out glaring at her.

"Not if we stop you first." Sam stood up towering over her after freeing himself with his own knife.

"Sam! The altar!"

He pushed past her kicking the altar over spilling everything onto the floor. It seemingly freed the Daevas from her control and they sent her flying through a window to the sidewalk below. Ruby gasped in shock, but was then relieved when she saw the body was just Meg instead of one of the boys. She turned to leave only to see John. He gestured for her to be quiet and walked away. It angered her, but it was Dean's voice that stopped her from following the eldest Winchester.

"I told you to stay in the motel."

She frowned looking at him. "I know. I'm sorry. I just.. I had to make sure you guys were okay."

"I'm just glad you're alright. The demon didn't show up. Meg's dead. Guess we're done here." He shrugged taking her hand leading her toward the Impala.

The three hunters returned to the motel a short time later. Dean opened the door to the room only for them to see a man standing inside with his back to them. The boys raised their guns, but Ruby knew full well that it was John. He turned around to face his sons and they lowered their guns. She stood back letting the Winchesters have their reunion.

"I got there just in time to see the girl take a swan dive. She was the bad guy, right?" John asked looking at his boys.

"Yes, sir."

"Good. That doesn't surprise me though. Not the first time it's tried to stop me." He sighed at the thought.

Ruby raised her eyebrow at that. "The demon?"

"Yeah. It knows that I'm getting close and that I'm going to kill the bastard. Not just exorcise it or send it back to hell. Actually kill it." John admitted.

"How?" Dean looked at his father in surprise.

"I'm working on it." He smiled at his sons.

"Let us come with you. We can help." Sam blurted out with a hopeful tone to his voice.

"Sam, no. Not yet. Try to understand, this demon is a scary son of a bitch. I don't want you guys caught in the crossfire. I don't want you getting hurt. Bobby would kill me if you guys tagged along and something happened to Ruby." John spoke to Sam only to get cut off.

Bobby Singer appeared in the doorway of the motel room and scoffed. "You're damn right, you idjit. Leave my little girl out of this."

Her face lit up and she ran toward her dad greeting him with a hug. "Daddy!"

"Dad, you don't have to worry about us." Sam insisted.

"Of course I do. I'm your father. Look, Sammy, last time we were together, we had one hell of a fight." John paused.

"Yes, sir."

"It's good to see you again. It's been a long time." He smiled at his youngest son.

"Too long." Sam said and then they hugged crying a bit.

When they pulled apart, it was silent for a moment, but then John was flung across the room. Bobby pushed Ruby behind him outside of the room protectively. The Daevas attacked the Winchesters though Bobby tried to help the men the best that he could while also keeping his daughter safe. Ruby wanted to help them, but she knew there was no getting past her dad. Then she spotted it out of the corner of her eye.

Ruby got her dad's attention gesturing to the object on the floor. "Dad! The flare!"

Bobby quickly grabbed the flare looking at the guys. "Shut your eyes! These bastards are shadow demons so let's light em up!"

The flare was lit then tossed it inside filling the room with smoke and a bright white light. Dean helped his dad up while Sam grabbed the bag of weapons. The Winchesters left the room and the Singers followed them out to the parking lot. Sam put the bag in the trunk of the Impala and sighed.

"Alright, come on, we don't have much time. As soon as the flare's out, they'll be back." The youngest Winchester reminded them as he shut the trunk.

Ruby stayed by her own father watching them.

"Sam, wait. Dad, we can't go with you." Dean admitted with a sigh of his own.

"Dean, we should stick together. We'll go after those demons..."

"We almost got dad killed! Don't you get it? They're not going to stop. They're going to keep trying to use us to get to him. Meg was right. Dad's vulnerable when he's with us. He's.. he's stronger without us around." Dean narrowed his eyes at his brother.

"Dad, no. After everything, please, I've got to be a part of this fight." Sam pleaded with their father.

"Sammy, this fight has only just begun. We're all going to have a part to play. For now, you've got to trust me, son." John looked at his youngest son sadly.

Bobby frowned glaring a bit at the eldest Winchester. "Over my damn dead body. My little girl will not have a part to play in this fight, John Winchester."

Ruby bit her lip walking over to the boys as their fathers bickered. "Why don't we go back to my dad's? Just lay low for a little bit and then look for another case?"

"Yeah.. yeah we can do that. You alright?" Dean looked her over though not seeing any obvious signs of injury.

She gave him a reassuring smile. "I'm fine. Dad kept me out of harm's way. Look, I'm going to ride with him, alright?"

"Good. Yeah no, that's fine, Rubes. We'll see you when we get there." Dean smiled softly at her.

She leaned up pressing a soft kiss to his lips and then pulled away. Ruby gave Sam a comforting hug and then walked over to her father's truck. Bobby gave a nod to the boys as he followed his daughter back to his truck getting in. She watched as the boys said goodbye to John and watched him drive away.

The drive to Sioux Falls was quiet until Bobby huffed finally deciding to speak up. "So you and that Winchester boy, huh?"

Ruby froze blushing slightly. "I don't know what you're talking about, Daddy."

He rolled his eyes as they drove down the highway. "I'm not stupid, sweetheart. John and I saw you kiss his boy."

She shook her head and sighed. "That was nothing. Hunters and relationships don't mix. Everybody knows that."

Bobby snorted glancing at his daughter for a second before returning his full focus to the road ahead. "So it seems, but I actually know at least one married couple that happen to be hunters. They're still going strong so I wouldn't stay hunters and relationships don't work."

Ruby smiled slightly at that. "Really? Well that's nice. I don't think marriage is in the cards for me. At least not for a long time. I'm still young, you know?"

He tapped the steering wheel as he drove. "Uh huh. Yeah, you are still young."

She sighed smiling over at him. "Dad, if I were in a relationship with anyone, you know I would tell you. I promise."

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