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 Five
"He fell on his saw?" Sam eyed his brother skeptically.
Ruby walked out of the motel room's bathroom and looked at them. "What's going on?"
"I think I found a case in Cicero, Indiana. Guy fell on his power saw." Dean explained to her.
The blonde nodded her head then her blue eyes widened in realization. "Cicero, huh? Gumby Girl really? Are you kidding me, Dean?"
"Wait who's Gumby Girl?" The younger Winchester asked equally confused and amused.
Ruby gave Dean a look before speaking again. "Her actual name is Lisa. She was a yoga something or other. They had a weekend long fling and he calls her Gumby Girl because she is very bendy."
"No you're right. I'm sorry. I really do think there might be a case with this power saw guy though." He sighed giving her an apologetic look.
The blonde rolled her eyes at him. "You're lucky I love you. This is your one and only freebie. Don't do anything too crazy and be safe about it."
"Seriously?" Sam looked at her in disbelief.
Her shoulders shrugged at him. "Yeah I know. It's not like we've had the labels or exclusivity talk yet. One last hurrah with Gumby Girl and then he's all mine... for the rest of the year. Even if he doesn't sleep with her, we should probably still check out the power saw guy thing anyway. Better safe than sorry."
"Fine we'll look into the case then." Sam relented breaking the awkward tension in the room.
"Ruby..." The elder Winchester trailed off watching her.
She shook her head carrying her bag out to the Impala. "It's your year, Dean. Do whatever you want with it."
There were a few cars parked in front of the house and in the driveway. Balloons on display signified that there was indeed some sort of party going on. Taking a deep breath, Dean got out of the Impala and walked up to the front door. He rang the doorbell and it was a few moments later when a pretty brunette opened the door. Her eyes widened and she grinned softly when she recognized him.
"Dean!" Lisa Braeden greeted her former fling.
"Uh hey. You look great." Dean smiled at her.
"Thanks. Come on in. So what brings you by? God, it's been like, what, nine years?" She let him in and shut the door behind him.
"Yeah something like that. Oh well I was in the area and remembered you lived here so I thought I'd see how you were doing. Nice party." He glanced around noticing that it was clearly a birthday party for a child.
"It's my son Ben's birthday. He's eight years old." Lisa gestured outside where a boy resembling Dean a good bit was standing.
A clearly distraught woman approached Lisa just then. Dean gave them space and went outside to the party. He ate a slice of cake while keeping an eye on Ben. The boy's appreciation for his new AC/DC album was quite surprising to Dean. The similarities were striking, in his opinion. Throwing the empty plate and fork away, Dean made his way back inside to Lisa who by then was done talking to her friend.
"You've got quite the kid there. Eight years old too. Is he my son?" He came right out and asked her.
"I know what you're thinking, but no, he's not. I like classic rock too, you know." Lisa assured him.
"Right. Well I should probably get going. It was good seeing you. I'm, uh, glad that you're doing well." Dean chuckled awkwardly.
"It was good to see you too, Dean." She smiled at him.
As he left her house and walked back to the Impala, Dean knew deep down that he never would have been able to go through with it. He loved Ruby too much.
With not much to go on, Ruby and Sam split up to do research. He opted to go into town while she stayed back at the motel using her laptop to look into the victim's background and to see if there were any similar cases. The roar of the Impala's engine caught her attention after a bit and she was surprised that Dean was already back. It was quiet when he walked in and she could tell by his demeanor that something was off.
Her brows raised at him. "Hey. Everything okay?"
"Uh yeah. Where's Sam?" Dean asked not seeing his brother.
Ruby shrugged her shoulders. "He went into town to look further into the case."
"Oh. Right." He sighed dropping the keys onto the table then running his fingers through his short hair.
She frowned slightly and stood up walking over to him. "What's wrong?"
"I saw Lisa. I didn't sleep with her. I couldn't bring myself to even try. She's not you." Dean admitted to her as he wrapped his arms around her waist.
Ruby smiled at him. "I'm happy to hear that."
"There's something else though. She has a kid. Ben. He just turned eight years old." He made a face.
The blonde froze in his arms. "Dean..."
"He's not mine. At least she said he isn't. She seemed pretty sure too." Dean quickly assured her.
Her face softened toward him. "If you're not sure, you could ask for a paternity test."
"No. I couldn't put the kid through that. It's fine. She seemed absolutely certain that he wasn't mine so I'm going to believe her." His shoulders shrugged.
Ruby cupped his face gently with her hand. "I'm sorry."
"Nah, It's okay. I'm going to be gone in a year anyway. It wouldn't be fair if the kid was mine." Dean admitted leaning into her touch.
She forced herself not to frown at that and leaned in kissing him softly.
"Ugh French fries are so good! They're like deep fried crack." The mystery blonde smiled as she sat down with a plate of fries across from Sam at a diner in town.
"It's you." His green eyes widened in surprise.
"Yeah it's me. Nice to see you again, Sam." She smirked dipping a fry in ketchup before eating it.
"Who are you? What do you want?" Sam couldn't help asking her curiously.
"I'm a hunter. You can call me Kristy. It's nice to meet you properly. I've heard a lot about you. Especially being the sole survivor of that whole psychic kids thing with the yellow eyed demon."
"And I've heard absolutely nothing about you. Where'd you get a knife that can kill demons?" His brows raised at her.
"Oh I got lucky. You know, I have a thing for tall guys." She giggled softly at him.
"I'm being serious here. What do you want, Kristy?"
"I just want to help, Sam. Don't believe me? Look into what happened to your mom Mary and her friends. Give me a call and let me know what you find. It was nice seeing you again, Sammy." Kristy stood up and walked away leaving behind an empty plate along with a confused Sam.
"So there's definitely something here. Ruby and I uncovered four other accidents that went unreported in this town recently. It can't be a coincidence." Dean revealed to his brother a short while later.
"Yeah it can't be. Let's look into the victims further then. See if we can find a common link." He suggested.
Ruby sighed as she stood up. "So far the only common link I can find is that they are all parents, but I'll keep digging."
"Alright. We'll go check around the victims' houses. Maybe we'll find something." Sam nodded his head.
The Winchesters and Ruby left the motel splitting up. Ruby and Sam visited the victims' houses only to find the same thing. Two small splatters of blood on a windowsill. They spoke with the mothers and noted a strange red mark on the back of their necks. The kids would also stare at them intensely from the window.
At the nearby neighborhood park, Dean walked by only to spot Ben Braeden sitting on a bench looking sad. Dean knew he should probably focus on the hunt, but he couldn't help checking on the kid.
"Hey kid. Why the long face?" He asked as he sat down beside him on the bench.
Ben sighed shaking his head. "That kid over there bullies me. He just took my new game from me and won't give it back."
"I could go ask him to give it back to you." Dean offered.
He made a face at that. "Only bitches send a grown up over and I'm not a bitch."
The elder Winchester brother considered that for a moment then encouraged him to fight for it back unaware that both Lisa and Ruby were watching. Ben walked over kicking his bully between the legs. He got his game back, but his mother clearly wasn't happy.
"Benjamin Braeden, you know better." Lisa admonished then glared at Dean. "He's not your kid. You had no right. Just leave us alone."
"I.. I'm sorry." Dean apologized as he stood up watching them walk away.
Ben let go of his mom and ran back hugging Dean tightly. He hesitated then returned the hug. Wiping her tears away, Ruby quickly left before Dean could see her.
"I'm telling you something is off with the kids in this town, man." Dean said as he walked back into the motel room.
"Yeah because they're changelings. They kidnap the kid, take their form, and feed off the mother for a few weeks. It's why the mothers end up with strange red marks on the back of their neck." Sam explained.
Ruby nodded her head in agreement. "It does fit what we have found which means the actual kids could still be alive somewhere."
"Well at least we know how to gank a changeling. We torch them." He smirked slightly.
"Yeah we do." Sam chuckled slightly as they got ready to look for the missing kids.
"Wait there is something I need to check first." The elder Winchester sibling said once they were in the Impala.
They were confused when he drove over to a house and watched him check out the outside. Ruby's heart sank when she saw Lisa answer the door. Ben stared at Dean coldly and encouraged his mother to send the man away.
"You heard him." Lisa glared at him and shut the door.
"They've got Ben." Dean sighed as he got back into the car. "It wasn't blood that was smudged on the window sill either."
"What was it then?" Sam asked.
"Dirt." It was all he said as he drove over to a construction site in town.
The red dirt there matched the smudged marks on the window sills perfectly. It was a vacant home under construction. The three hunters entered the house and quietly looked around. They cleared the rooms then found a door that led downstairs to a basement. The missing kids were down there locked in cages. They weren't alone, however, as the mother changeling was there. She had taken the form of a neighborhood realtor.
While Ruby distracted her with punches and kicks, the brothers made quick work of freeing the kids from the cages. Ben helped Dean get the kids out of the basement through an open window while Sam moved to help Ruby. Ben was the last kid out of the basement and once he was out of view, they had the mother changeling subdued enough to torch her. As she burned, all the changeling kids vanished into thin air.
The real kids were returned safely to their parents. Dean and Ruby took Ben back to his house. Lisa ran out giving him a big hug. He hugged his mom back then hugged Dean thanking him. Ben then went inside to listen to his music while Lisa ran up to Dean thanking him with a hug and kiss.
"I... you're welcome. He's a great kid. Uh, so you're sure he's not mine?"
"I had a blood test done after he was born. You're off the hook." Lisa gave him a reassuring smile.
Dean nodded his head though he couldn't help feeling a bit disappointed as he walked back to the Impala.
"So I got your call. I'm guessing you found something." Kristy said as she sat down in the motel room.
"Uh yeah, I found out that all of my mother's friends and family were killed one at a time." He admitted to her.
"Ah yes, now that would be the work of the yellow eyed demon covering his tracks." She pointed out to him.
"Who are you?" He stared at her.
"No really, who the hell are you?" Sam glared at her only to take a step back when her eyes turned pure black. "You're one of the demons that got set free."
"Now don't be so quick on the trigger." She held her hands up as he pulled out a flask of Holy Water.
"Why shouldn't I?" He glared at her.
"Because I'm here to help you. I don't know why the yellow eyed demon killed them all, but it has something to do with what he did to you when you were a baby and I want to help you find that out." Kristy explained.
"Now why would I want your help?" Sam eyed her skeptically.
"I can help you save your brother from his deal." She smiled at him.
"Okay talk to me. You've been acting weird for a few hours now." Dean pointed out as they stood outside the motel later that night.
Ruby frowned a bit. "It's just not fair. We were supposed to get married. We were supposed to have the baby. We were supposed to be happy."
"Hey we can still be happy." He assured her as he pulled her into his arms pressing a kiss to her head.
She relaxed in his embrace sighing contently. "I guess we can. I'm trying my best to be, at least."
"Good. Listen, I owe you an apology, beautiful."
Ruby glanced up at him in confusion. "For what?"
"For making the deal without properly considering everything first. After the djinn, I promised you that we could still have the marriage and the kid someday if that was what we really wanted. I made that deal and broke that promise to you. So for that, I am truly sorry, Ruby." Dean admitted apologizing to him.
She smiled softly at him. "Apology accepted. You haven't broken that promise to me yet. I still have hope that we'll get through this. It's what we do, remember?"
"Yeah I remember. I just hope you're right." He smiled slightly at her.