Title: Calls Me Home
Summary: A journey through fifteen 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.
Chapter Thirty Seven
After making sure that he had gotten home alright, Ruby had confided in her father about how the Trickster had recognized the charm on her necklace. Bobby assured his daughter that the necklace she had inherited from her late mother wasn't anything more than a good luck charm. She still felt like it was odd that the trickster recognized it, but her father's words made her feel better. The Winchesters had already found another case by then and Ruby was glad to have something to distract her. At least until they had informed her of their risky decision.
Her blue eyes widened as she looked at the Winchesters in disbelief. "You want to drive on the same stretch of road on the same day and time as the victims?"
"We'll be driving at a reasonable speed. You know we would never put you in danger." Sam assured her.
"It will be fine. We know what we're looking for out there. At the very least, we'll be preventing someone else from getting hurt." Dean added.
Ruby sighed running her fingers through her hair. "Alright fine. At least we know what we're dealing with here."
"Hey I know you're worried, but it won't be like last time. We'll be okay." The older Winchester brother assured her as he pulled her to him pressing a kiss to her head.
She relaxed in his embrace closing her eyes for a moment. "I know."
Sam smiled to himself and let them be. It was only a little while later that they were back on the road. Ruby was still unsure of this plan, but she also trusted the Winchesters. The Impala suddenly jerked and she could hear the squeal of its brakes. That was it. She opened her eyes only to sigh in relief when she realized they didn't crash. The headlights shone upon the road before them where a frantic looking woman stood looking at them. Her jacket was torn and covered in blood. The three hunters got out of the Impala doing their best to try not to frighten her.
"Please help me! I crashed my car off the road into a ditch. When I came to, my husband David was gone and this creepy guy started chasing me." She explained panicking.
"Alright. What's your name?" Sam's face softened toward her.
"Molly. Molly McNamara."
The blonde smiled lightly at her. "It's going to be okay, Molly. I'm Ruby. This is my boyfriend Dean and his brother Sam."
"Uh, why don't you come with us and we can get you somewhere safe?" Dean suggested to the upset woman.
"No! I have to go back. Can you please take me back to my car?" Molly insisted frantically.
The three hunters shared a look before Dean nodded his head agreeing with her. The four of them piled into the Impala then Dean began to drive again. Molly did her best to direct him over to where she had crashed her car. Upon reaching the site of her accident, he stopped the car only for Molly to rush out of it. They followed suit watching as she discovered her car was gone.
"I.. I don't get it. The car was right here." Molly stared at the spot completely stunned.
Ruby glanced around the area not really seeing much of a sign of a car accident. "Well I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation."
"Yeah maybe." At a loss, she began to walk back down the hill toward the Impala.
"We really should get her out of here. That guy could come back at any minute." Sam glanced around keeping an eye out for anyone approaching.
"If we tell her the truth, she'll take off in the other direction." Dean pointed out.
Ruby rolled her eyes and then sighed. "So we play along. Just follow my lead."
"Alright." He sighed as they followed her down to the Impala.
The blonde approached the upset woman smiling reassuringly at her. "Why don't we get out of here? We can call the non emergency line and find out where the closest police station is located. You can give your statement and I'm sure they can help you find David."
"I..I don't know. What if he's still out here? That guy could hurt him or worse!" Molly frowned glancing around frantically.
"If he loves you then he would rather you be somewhere safe." Dean spoke up assuring her.
"He does. Okay you're right. I'll go." She gave in moving to get into the Impala.
"We were supposed to be in Lake Tahoe celebrating our five year anniversary." Molly admitted as they drove down the road.
Ruby and Dean's gazes met for a moment in the rearview mirror. She turned her attention back to Molly giving her a sympathetic smile. As they drove down the road, the radio began to mess up as the radio dial moved on its own. The dial suddenly stopped and a song began to play. Molly's eyes widened as she recognized the song.
"That's the song that was playing in my car when we crashed." She pointed out.
The male voice hissed low in the background of the song. Staring out at the road as he drove, Dean saw the man that had been chasing Molly. He pressed the gas pedal driving straight through him with no hesitation. The four of them glanced behind them only to see the guy had completely vanished into nothing. Dean focused on the road ahead of him again continuing to drive. It was only a few minutes later that the Impala stopped on its own as if the battery had completely died. At least Dean was able to maneuver it over to the side of the road. The guys shared a look then got out of the car moving back toward the trunk. Molly followed them before Ruby could stop them and her eyes widened when she saw the weapons that filled the Impala's trunk.
"Oh my god. What the hell is wrong with you guys? You're crazy." She shook her head and started to move away from them.
"It's not a coincidence that we were out here, Molly." Dean pointed out to her.
The blonde sighed following her. "There's this local farmer, Jonah Greeley, who we believe is the same man you're running from. We're tracking him down. He died fifteen years ago on this road. Jonah reappears every year on his anniversary and haunts this road. We're here to stop him before he hurts anyone else."
"I..I guess I could take you guys where I last saw him." Molly wasn't sure if she believed them, but she did feel a sense of safety from being around them.
"Thank you." Sam said after shutting the trunk.
Molly led them back over to where a farmhouse stood. They walked in finding a room containing a surgical table covered in stale blood. There were also vicious bloodstained tools. Clearly it was a makeshift hunting cabin, in a sense. The boys searched around while Ruby remained beside Molly.
"What are you looking for?" She watched them feeling a little confused.
"His grave so we can salt and burn his remains. It banishes the spirit for good. Usually." The younger Winchester explained.
"And this will help David?" Molly looked at them hopefully.
Ruby gave her a reassuring look. "It should help both of you if we can find Greeley's remains."
"Alright then how do we find it?" She asked.
"Not sure. After he died, his wife claimed his body and that was the last anyone saw of her. So our best guess is that she brought him back here, but they had a thousand acres. He could be buried anywhere on em." Sam further explained.
"So this is really what you guys do huh?" Her brows raised at that. "Like the Ghostbusters or something."
"Minus the jumpsuits. Look this conversation is fascinating and all, but this highway is only haunted once a year which means we've only got till sunrise to wrap this thing up. What do you say we move it along, okay? Great." Dean remarked walking out of the farmhouse.
They walked around trying to find a path that would lead them over to the Greeley home. Molly screamed catching their attention and they looked at her only to see the spirit of Jonah holding her. Dean carefully aimed shooting the spirit right in the head making it disappear. They moved to her side ensuring that she was okay. It was then that Dean spotted the path they had been searching for or at least he hoped he did.
"Follow the creepy brick road." He gestured toward the path before leading the way being relieved when the path led around to a house. "Just once I'd like a path to not lead right to a creepy looking house."
Unfortunately there were no obvious signs of a grave so they continued to look around. The front door creaked open as the four of them ventured into the house. Molly followed Sam upstairs while Ruby stayed downstairs with Dean looking around. They didn't find much downstairs, but upstairs Molly found a photo album that also included a love letter written from Jonah to his wife.
"How could a man so in love with his wife like this turn into such a monster?" She asked as she set the things aside.
"Spirits like Greeley are kind of like wounded animals. In so much pain that they just lash out. They just haven't moved on because something is holding them here. Unfinished business. Revenge, love, or hate. Whatever it is, they just hold on too tight and can't let go. So they're trapped. Caught in the same loops. Replaying the same tragedies over and over." Sam tried to help her understand.
"You almost sound sorry for them." Molly pointed out.
"Well they weren't evil people. Not all of them anyway. A lot of them were good. Just.. something happened to them. Something they couldn't control."
"Sammy's always getting a little J. Love Hewitt when it comes to things like this. Me, I don't like em. And I sure as hell ain't making apologies for em. There's nothing downstairs. You find anything up here?" Dean leaned in the doorway of the room the two were in.
"Uh, just about every piece of mail and receipt this couple ever had. Looked through a few of them, but no mention of a grave yet." Sam admitted.
Rolling her eyes, Ruby pushed past Dean and entered the room. "Do you see that?"
"Yeah I see it." The elder Winchester brother followed her moving a cabinet aside away from one of the walls. "There's something behind here."
The blonde felt around the obvious door shaped area of the wall and frowned. "It's locked from the inside."
"Watch out." Dean nudged her back then kicked at the wall.
It didn't budge which surprised him. He braced himself then kicked the door again. It fell inward. He grabbed his flashlight then crawled through the door followed by the girls and Sam. Once they were in the hidden room, they stood up brushing any cobwebs away. There was a weird smell and it only took one glance around with the flashlights to discover Mrs. Greeley's corpse hanging from the ceiling.
"She didn't want to live without him." Molly remarked softly.
Ruby and Dean's eyes met for a moment before Sam moving a chair caught their attention.
"Dean, give me a hand." He set the chair down near the corpse.
"Really?" Dean looked at his brother.
"We can't leave her like this. She deserves to be put to rest." Sam's voice was gentle and understanding.
Dean sighed and nodded moving to help Sam get the corpse down. They brought her outside then set her down before digging her a proper grave.
"So if you manage to put Greeley to rest too, what happens to them?" Molly asked softly.
"Lady that answer is way above our pay grade." Dean glanced over at her.
"You hunt these things, but you don't know what happens to them?" She looked at him in disbelief.
"Well they never come back. That's all that matters." He continued.
Ruby frowned at that then turned to Molly. "No one really knows. After they let go of whatever is holding them here, they just go. Even when we salt and burn their bones. We hope they find some sort of peace, but we really just don't know what happens. I guess that's why we all hold onto life so hard. We're all just scared of the unknown."
"The only thing I'm scared of is losing David. I have to find him." Molly sounded determined. "I have to."
The four of them made their way back into the house after Mrs. Greeley was laid to rest. They continued looking for any sign of where Jonah could possibly be buried. Splitting up, Sam and Molly searched one half of the house while Dean searched the other half with Ruby.
Ruby frowned glancing over at him. "We should tell her the truth."
"And have her run off thinking we're nuts? Not a chance. At least not yet. We'll tell her after we're finished with Jonah." Dean scoffed flipping through some papers.
The blonde rolled her eyes at him. "What's gotten into you, Dean? You've been acting like such an ass ever since we found Molly."
"Nothing. It's just... if I hadn't been saved in Nebraska or by Dad making that deal... I would have been like Jonah." He shook his head and sighed.
Ruby softened toward him. "You would never have been like him because I never would have stopped trying to save you."
"Yeah and it's not worth losing you to save me." Dean looked at her.
She smiled warmly at him. "Then we'll just have to survive together. I still think we should tell her the truth though."
The same song that had played in the car started to play again. The two of them followed the sound of the music to another room where they find Molly standing near a window and a jukebox playing the song. The plug to it wasn't even connected to the wall. Dean and Ruby shared a look while Sam entered the room looking around. The music suddenly stopped and they all looked toward the window when Molly screamed only to see Jonah smash the window grabbing her. The three hunters ran over just to find that both of the spirits had vanished. They looked around for any traces then headed back inside of the house. There was still a small window of time before they would have to wait until next year to save Molly. The three of them focused on searching for any leads as to where Jonah had been buried.
"Oh my god. I'm an idiot! Why didn't I think of it before?" Sam spoke up as he looked at one of the photos in the photo album that Molly had been looking through earlier.
Ruby smiled slightly at him. "You're not an idiot, Sam. What did you find?"
"This photo was taken outside of the hunting cabin on February 6th, 1992. That's about two weeks before the accident. A tree is missing." He pointed out.
"A tree?" Dean looked confused for a moment before starting to catch on.
"It's an old country custom to plant a tree as a grave marker." Sam explained.
"You're like a walking encyclopedia of weirdness." He gave his brother a bewildered look before heading outside of the house again.
Ruby giggled lightly at that. "And we're lucky to have you, Sammy."
They hurry over to the hunting cabin where they find Molly hanging inside by her wrists. Jonah was circling around her digging marks along her face and stomach with his fingernails. Dean ran through the door shooting at him with a round of rock salt making the spirit vanish. Sam found a shovel and ran over to the tree digging as fast as he could. Jonah suddenly reappeared behind the eldest Winchester throwing Dean against the wall before grabbing a knife. Ruby had just freed Molly from her restraints when she saw Jonah raise his knife to stab Dean in the chest. She pulled out her gun and was about to shoot when Greeley suddenly became engulfed into flames only to then disintegrate into dust. Ruby sighed in relief and ran over checking on Dean.
"Hey hey, I'm alright." He caught his breath wrapping his arms around her.
Ruby hugged him squeezing her eyes shut for a moment. "You scared me."
"I'm sorry. Sammy!" Dean pressed a kiss to her head then called out for his brother looking around.
"All good. Bones are salted and burned. You alright?" Sam assured them then looked at his brother in concern.
"Yeah I'm fine. Just a close call. Let's get out of here."
"Okay look, I appreciate the help, but where's David? What happened to him? I know you guys know something." Molly huffed as they approached the Impala.
"David is alive. We'll take him to him, Molly." Sam assured her.
She relented and got into the Impala with them. Dean sighed in relief when Baby started right up. They drove away happy to put that hunt behind them. Well mostly as they still had to help Molly find peace. It was a bit of a long drive, but they eventually pulled up to a house. Molly got out of the car and went right up to the front door only to see David through the window kissing another woman.
"I... I don't understand. He looks older and who is she? What's going on?" Molly looked confused as she looked between David and the hunters.
Ruby gave her a sympathetic smile. "That woman is David's wife."
"But I'm his wife. What? It's..." She trailed off looking at her alarmed.
"It's 2007, Molly. Fifteen years ago, you and David were driving down that stretch of road. You hit Jonah Greeley and you both died from your injuries. David survived and eventually he fell in love again." Dean explained to her.
"Every year on the anniversary of his death, Jonah decides to punish someone for what happened to him. That someone is always you and you've been running out onto that road pleading for help every year." Sam continued.
"I... I need to talk to David." Molly stood there clearly in shock as the truth sunk in.
Ruby looked at her in understanding. "If you want to go in there, we won't stop you, but David will surely be freaked out for life. Molly, you've suffered enough. It's time for you to be at peace."
"Let go. I know it sounds hard, but it's for the best. You'll move on to a better place. Jonah couldn't let go and look what happened to him." The younger Winchester spoke up.
"Well..." Molly looked toward David again smiling sadly before turning away. "You're right. I'm just happy that he is safe and happy."
"Goodbye Molly." Dean nodded his head at her.
"It's beautiful." She walked toward the bright light of the sun rising only to vanish.
Ruby smiled softly as she followed the brothers back into the Impala. "I hope she does end up in a better place."