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 Forty Three
Sam Winchester was dead. It was completely unfathomable to Ruby. Her father wanted to give Sam a proper hunter's funeral. She couldn't bring herself to do it. Dean refused to let anyone try to give his brother a funeral anyway. The Singers gave the elder Winchester space while also trying to make sure he took care of himself as well. Sam's body just laid there motionless on a bed in an abandoned house in the same godforsaken ghost town that he had been killed in. Ruby hated it, but there was nothing much that she could do at the moment.
"I'm your big brother. I was supposed to watch out for you, Sammy. I was supposed to take care of you. I couldn't even do that right. How am I supposed to do this without you? I can't. I need my brother." Dean shook his head wiping his tears away.
He stayed like that for a while then stood up walking out of the room. Ruby had fallen asleep, but Bobby was still awake. The sound of the Impala's engine roaring to life caught his attention. It was gone by the time he got outside. Dean, however, drove to the nearest crossroads. He got out of the car taking a deep breath before summoning a crossroads demon. It appeared in the form of a beautiful woman and she smirked when she realized who had summoned her.
"Dean Winchester, what a surprise. What can I do for you?" The crossroads demon smirked at him.
"You know what I want. Make the deal. Give me my brother back. Ten years right?" His voice cracked as he narrowed his eyes at her.
"Mm, normally yes, but for you, it's one whole year. Do you know how many other crossroads demons would kill to make this deal?"
"A year? Are you kidding me? How about nine years? Eight?" Dean huffed at her.
"Not kidding. Take it or leave it." Her shoulders shrugged at him.
"Fine. I'll take it." He relented with a sigh.
"Excellent. Oh and Dean? Break this deal and I'll drag you both to hell." She smirked before pulling him into a kiss sealing the deal.
Back at the house, Sam woke up with a gasp. He sat up looking around in confusion. It was Bobby who found him first. He did the usual tests then hugged Sam. The older man was unsure of how Sam was alive, but he was grateful all the same. Dean walked in not that long after and sighed in relief when he saw his brother. They hugged and Dean waved off his brother's confusion assuring him that he had only been lightly injured. That concerned Bobby, but he didn't say anything about it just yet. Not wanting to be in Cold Oak any longer, they carefully got a sleeping Ruby into the car and drove off back to the Singer home.
The blonde woke up the next morning feeling somewhat refreshed, but was confused when she realized that she was back at home. She went through her usual morning routine then went downstairs to the kitchen starting a pot of coffee. It wasn't long before her dad and Dean walked into the kitchen as well. Ruby started to make breakfast for them only to freeze when the youngest Winchester walked in. Bobby gave his daughter a look as if to say that it was okay. Her face then lit up and she ran over hugging him happily.
"Whoa! Hey. I'm okay." He chuckled softly as he returned the hug.
Ruby sniffled a bit then sighed in relief. "Sorry. I just... I thought we lost you."
"Well you didn't lose me. I promise." Sam assured her with a smile as he pulled away.
"I for one am starving. Let's have breakfast." Dean cleared his throat turning back toward the stove.
The blonde gave him a weird look, but then shook it off happily moving to help him. The four of them then sat down and ate breakfast contently. Afterward Sam helped Ruby clean the dishes while Bobby went to speak with Dean privately. The older man led him outside into the junkyard. Dean knew what was coming and he sighed softly.
He turned around looking at him upset. "Don't Bobby me, boy. You and I both know damn well that Sam didn't suffer some minor injury. He was dead, Dean. So what did you do?"
"I know, Bobby, but he's my brother."
Bobby narrowed his eyes at him. "What did you do?"
"I made a deal. I had to save my brother." Dean admitted with a sigh.
He shook his head at him. "Stupid just like your daddy. How long you got?"
"Um, a year. I have a year."
Bobby scoffed pacing a bit. "A year? Oh that's just great. I told you not to hurt her, Dean."
"I know. I never wanted to hurt her, but Sam's my brother." He frowned.
Ruby and Sam had ventured outside when they heard the raised voices. The two men acted like everything was fine. Before either of the other two could question it, a sound in the junkyard caught their attention. They looked around only to see Ellen Harvelle. She did the tests showing that it was really her. Ruby then ran over hugging her tightly. The five of them then headed back inside the Singer home. Bobby poured Ellen a drink as they sat down.
"I'm sorry, but how are you even here?" Sam asked having been filled in on what happened the night before.
"It was the craziest thing. We ran out of pretzels so I made a run to the store. Pretzels, can you believe it? When I got back, well, you saw it." Ellen explained after taking a long sip of her drink.
Ruby softened toward her. "Wait what about Jo? She wasn't..."
"Jo is fine, sweetie. She wasn't there when it happened." The older woman assured her.
"Well that's a relief. Do you know what Ash wanted to tell us?" Dean asked her.
"No, but he called me while I was out. Ash said to look in the safe. I found it in the rubble when I got back and emptied it. He stashed this in there. I figured it was important." Ellen handed over the papers she had been carrying.
"It's a map of Wyoming." Sam revealed spreading out one of the papers on a nearby table. "There's five points marked on the map."
Bobby took a look at the map. "Those are all abandoned frontier churches that were built by Samuel Colt. See here, these are private railway lines that connect each church."
"And if you connect them all..." Sam connected the dots with a marker. "You get a Devils Trap."
"A Devils Trap made of iron which means the demons doubly can't cross it." She pointed out.
He nodded his head in agreement. "No full blood demon could get in there, at least. In the center is an old cowboy cemetery. You know, this makes sense. There was a lot of demonic activity around Wyoming except for this one spot. It must have been here."
"What could Sam Colt have been trying to protect there?" The younger Winchester asked.
"More like what was he trying to keep in there." Dean pointed out.
"Wait that's it. That is why Azazel needed a special kid. Even with our powers, we're still human so we can get in there." Sam realized aloud.
Ruby sighed shaking her head. "Well now we know where we have to go."
Her father looked over at her like she was crazy. "We who? You're staying right here."
She looked at him in disbelief. "You guys need all the help you can get. I'm a hunter."
Bobby scoffed at that. "Sweetheart, the diner was way too close a call. I refuse to lose you to a demon too."
Ruby grew upset at him. "He won't hurt me while I'm wearing this necklace."
He sighed surprising them all by relenting. "Fine. I know you'll just hop in a car and follow us anyway."
It was quiet as Jake entered the cemetery in Wyoming. He approached the giant stone door pulling out the Colt. There was a slot in the stone that would fit the Colt perfectly. Before he could insert the Colt, the hunters popped up out of hiding. He was stunned to see Sam standing there looking very much alive.
Jake blinked wondering if it was some kind of trick. "You were dead. I cut right through your spinal cord."
Sam looked surprised and honestly a bit unnerved by that. Jake laughed using his powers to make Ellen point her gun at herself. His eyes even flashed yellow briefly. He instructed the hunters to put down their guns then turned around inserting the Colt into the lock of the stone door. As the gun began to spin in the lock, Sam retrieved his gun and coldly shot Jake a few times killing him. It worried Ruby and Dean. Bobby informed them that they were in front of a Hellgate. Dean rushed forward tugging the Colt out of the lock. The hunters then took cover as the stone doors blew open. The force breaks the iron train lines allowing the demons to enter and leave the cemetery. Bobby, Ellen, and Sam got up running toward the doors trying their best to close them. Before Dean could help, the yellow eyed demon caught his attention and he tried to shoot him. Using his powers, the demon takes the gun away sending Dean flying into a headstone. Sam tries to help only to get pinned against a tree. Ruby crawled over checking on Dean.
"You know, Dean, I really have to thank you for bringing Sam back. He was always my favorite. Unfortunately I couldn't bring him back myself because demons can only resurrect someone if a deal is made." He smiled at him. "I know. Red tape, it'll make you go nuts. Are you sure what you brought back was Sammy though? The way he killed Jake... wow."
Ruby's face paled at that realization and she moved back away from Dean. The demon mocked him again then raised the Colt to shoot him. Before he could, however, the spirit of John Winchester appeared and grabbed the demon pulling him out of his meatsuit. He struggled against John then returned to his body once he got free. It was then that the yellow eyed demon realized that Dean had the Colt now. Dean aimed the Colt at the demon and pulled the trigger. The demon gasped then collapsed to the ground dead. Just then Bobby and Ellen finally get the doors shut. John's spirit placed his hand on Dean's shoulder. He nodded over at Sam with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face. A moment later the spirit of John Winchester vanished in a bright light. After a few moments, the brothers regrouped and looked over the demon's body.
"Do you really think Dad climbed out of hell?" Sam asked his brother curiously.
"The doors were open and he was stubborn enough." He shrugged his shoulders.
"I can't believe it's finally over. I don't even know what to say." He chuckled lightly.
"I do." Dean then kneeled down beside the demon's body. "That was for our mom, you son of a bitch."
"You made a deal to get me back? Dean, you shouldn't have done that." Sam frowned at his big brother.
"I had to, Sam. It's my job."
"Yeah well it's my job to protect you too. I'll find a way out of this deal for you." Sam assured him.
Dean smiled a bit at that. Bobby and Ellen then approached them.
"Lots of demons escaped through that gate." Ellen remarked.
"It's an army." Sam frowned.
Bobby nodded looking at both of the brothers. "Well I hope you boys are ready because the war's just begun."
"We've got work to do." Dean tossed the Colt into the trunk of the Impala then shut the trunk.