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.
Author's Note: Happy Birthday Dean and Jessica.
Chapter Thirty Nine
"Hollywood?" Sam gave his brother a skeptical look.
"Yeah. We can see the sights and just relax. Get your mind off of things for a bit." Dean gave him a reassuring smile.
Ruby bit her lip in thought. "I don't know. Are you sure California is a good idea? I mean, Jessica..."
"Damn. I didn't consider that. I'm sorry, man."
"No it's fine. I mean, Hollywood isn't that close to Palo Alto. I'll be fine. Let's do it." Sam smiled softly at them.
The blonde studied his face to make sure he was really okay with it then relented. "Alright. We're going to Hollywood."
It was admittedly a nice ride back to the west coast. Ruby was worried about the effect being back in California would have on Sam, but she didn't want to be overbearing when it came to her worry for him either. So she ultimately decided to just keep an eye on him. When they reached Los Angeles, they got settled in at a motel then went to lunch. It was actually pretty nice to not have to worry about a case for once. After doing a little research, Dean drove them down to the movie studio lots. They picked one and joined the tour of the lot. It was kind of fun seeing the behind the scenes stuff. At one point, Sam got off of the tour ride. Dean and Ruby shared a look before following him. They strolled through the lot only to hear a scream. It led them to a horror film set and Dean was particularly excited because the lead actress was Tara Benchley, one of his favorite actresses.
Of course it wasn't long before they overheard people on set talking about a stagehand dying and even Tara was saying that she saw a ghost. Ruby didn't seem to fully believe it, but the boys agreed that it was worth looking into. It didn't take long for them to realize that Ruby was right and that the supposed death was faked to drum up publicity for the film. They left the set and headed back to the motel.
"Hey guys. You might want to check this out." Sam said the next morning as they sat down to breakfast.
Ruby took a sip of her coffee and looked at him. "What's up?"
"Apparently a studio executive was found dead in the middle of that horror film set, Hell Hazers II: The Reckoning. This time it's definitely real. There was a body and everything." He filled them in.
"Looks like we're going back to the set then." Dean sighed taking a long sip of his coffee.
"Well you sound disappointed."
"It was supposed to be a vacation, man. Clear our heads after what just happened. Go swimming in pools and all that stuff." He admitted.
"This look like swimming pool weather to you, Dean? It's practically Canadian." Sam pointed out.
The blonde smiled softly at them. "Hey we had a little bit of a vacation. Now we have to look into this and see if a spirit did kill this man. That doesn't mean we can't continue to try to have little breaks here and there. It could do us some good, you know."
"Yeah we can sure try." The younger Winchester gave her a smile.
It didn't take them long to get back to the set and they tried their best to blend in. To their surprise, the EMF detector wasn't detecting anything. Ruby briefly wondered if the power on the set was messing with the detector. The director spotted the blonde and walked over to her. The guys busied themselves pretending to be PAs.
"Are you an actress? You're stunning." McG the director approached the blonde.
Ruby looked caught off guard then she blushed smiling at him. "I'm an extra. Ruby Daniels."
"Well I want you in my movie. One of our actresses left the film. It's a horror film. You don't have to be that good of an actress." He explained to her.
Realizing that it would be a good way to investigate the set, Ruby nodded her head in agreement. "Really? That would be great."
"Excellent. Here's the script. Read it over. Your part will be Cora Jade." McG handed her the script. "Head on over to Wardrobe then Hair and Makeup."
The blonde smiled at him. "Alright. Thank you."
"You really think that's a good idea? Someone already died on the set." Dean voiced his concern once they were off the set.
Ruby gave him a reassuring look. "It'll be fine. You guys will be right there. Besides it makes it easier for us to investigate the set if one of us has to be on it."
"She has a point. You go get ready. I'll look into the history of the set." Sam assured her.
She smiled at them and walked away to get ready for her part. Ruby did her best to memorize her lines while in hair and make up. She wasn't used to having so much make up on, but it was also kind of fun. Ruby returned to the set and worked on her scenes for that day. It was kind of exhausting since she wasn't used to acting, but it was also kind of fun. Dean had gone from being confused as to what a PA was to actually kind of embracing the job. At one point, he brought Ruby over a plate of mini cheesesteak sandwiches and some lemonade. Luckily she had a break from filming so she had some time to eat.
"So back in the 1920s, a young actress was wooed by a studio executive. He wound up dumping then firing her. She killed herself as a result and is now buried at the Hollywood Forever cemetery." Sam filled her in keeping his voice low.
Ruby nodded her head as she ate. "So we salt and burn tonight."
They watched with amusement as Dean fanboyed over Tara a bit. Later that night, Ruby was done filming for the day so she met up with the Winchesters off set and left the lot. Dean drove them over to the Hollywood Forever cemetery. Something didn't sit right with Ruby about this solution. She knew it was better safe than sorry though. The boys dug up the grave salting and burning the late actress' bones.
The blonde bit her lip as she watched them rebury her. "There's something that doesn't fit though. Why would this spirit strike now after all of these years? There's been plenty of films made on that set between then and now."
"She does have a point. It wouldn't hurt to investigate a bit further." Sam shrugged his shoulders.
When she returned the next day to the set, Ruby was shocked to find out that one of the producers on the film had died on set. Filming continued and she had a scene with Tara where they were holding camcorders. To Ruby's surprise, she could see the spirits on the screen of the camera she was holding. She passed that information along to Dean who was enjoying a taquito from the food table. The Winchesters had gone over the footage from the day before and today though nothing unusual appeared. To Sam's amusement, Dean had left the footage paused on Ruby. It was Sam who looked over her script only to notice the Latin words that were part of it.
"Hey those Latin words in the script look like a real summoning ritual." Sam pointed out to one of the writers.
"Oh yeah that. Any authentic rituals that are in the script are all that remains from the original script that was written by Walter Dixon." The writer, Martin Flagg, admitted.
"They got rid of the original script?" Dean asked handing him a coffee.
"It happens all the time in Hollywood. Studio executives decide they want to go in a different direction with a film. Either the original writer agrees to rework it or someone else gets brought in to write." Martin explained taking the coffee gratefully then walked over to the director who wanted to speak with him.
"Maybe we should talk to this Dixon guy then." The younger Winchester suggested with a sigh.
"Probably should, but uh, I don't know if leaving is a good idea right now." Dean's gaze traveled over to Ruby who was talking to Tara.
"I'm sure she'll be okay, but you might be right." Sam agreed with him.
Later that night, Martin Flagg approached the set. Filming had ended for the day not that long ago. The Winchesters followed him quietly. Another man walked out on set holding a talisman. Martin looked surprised to see him.
"Walter? What are you doing here?" Flagg looked at the original writer of the film.
Walter Dixon glared at him. "It's over, Martin. You tore my script apart. It was perfectly authentic. You trashed it trading in realism for cleavage and fart jokes."
"Ghosts aren't real, Walter." He assured him.
He smirked as the Winchesters lifted up the camcorders seeing the ghosts appear. "Oh yes they are. There's so much you don't know because unlike you, I actually do the research."
"Then you'd know that messing with things like this is quite dangerous." Dean spoke up getting their attention.
Walter looked over at them. "Yeah it's true. I was summoning real ghosts and using them to kill those responsible for destroying my script."
"You're crazy." Martin gasped moving behind the Winchesters.
Before they could stop him, Walter took the talisman and destroyed it. "There. It's done."
"Oh Walter. You don't get it, do you? Destroying that talisman freed the spirits that you were using and now they are enraged at the fact that you used them to murder people." Sam explained to him.
They could only watch helplessly as the ghosts turned on Walter killing him. Thankful for being saved, Martin kept quiet about the Winchesters, but added in his experience to the script. The three hunters stayed in California just long enough for Ruby to finish filming her scenes. At the end of her last day of filming, Sam walked by a trailer only to be surprised when the door opened and Dean walked out with a post coital glow. The older Winchester brother turned back toward the trailer only to grin when Ruby appeared in the door.
The blonde smirked at him as she buttoned her shirt. "You're one hell of a PA."
"I can't with you two." Sam laughed as Ruby walked out of the trailer.
She held Dean's hand as the three of them seemingly walked off into the sunset. It was actually a set piece that was moved past them a few moments later. The three of them went back to the Impala leaving the movie studio behind. They hung around Los Angeles for a bit longer taking a much needed break.
"You weren't that bad in the role, Ruby." Sam assured her with a smile as he took a sip of his beer.
Ruby giggled at that. "Thanks Sam. We pretty much act for a living when we go on hunts and pretend to be people we aren't, you know. So it wasn't that hard to act. I'm more surprised that Dean is actually into horror films considering he knows what is actually out there."
"The cheesy B rated horror films are pretty fun though. You have to admit that." Dean chuckled softly.
"Okay yeah you might have a point there." The younger Winchester agreed.
The blonde grinned softly at them. "It was a nice little escape from everything, to be honest. So thank you Dean."
"You're welcome." He smiled at her then pressed a kiss to her head.
Ruby took a sip of her drink. "Also made a pretty decent amount of money so that was nice. Maybe we'll stay in an actual hotel next time."
"It's your money. Spend it however you want." Dean assured her.