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 Six
Ruby wasn't sure what to think when Sam revealed to her and Dean that a demon wanted to help him. Sure, the woman had helped save Sam when they were dealing with the seven deadly sins, but that didn't mean Ruby trusted her. She didn't trust any demon after Sam had died. Not that she had any reason to trust them before that. Thankfully he was alive again and Ruby was determined to keep him that way.
The blonde gave him a skeptical look from the backseat. "I don't know. What could she possibly say for you to even consider her help?"
"She said that she could help me keep Dean out of Hell."
Ruby softened toward him when she heard that. "Sam, you heard what Dean said. If we try to break the deal, we'll lose you both. Demons know what makes you vulnerable and that is what they latch onto to get to you. All I'm going to say is be super careful and play it really smart if you aren't going to gank her."
"I still say that it's incredibly stupid and you should have just ganked her already." Dean remarked then a phone rang.
She checked her phone then shook her head. "Not mine."
"Not mine or yours." Sam pointed out checking their phones.
"Uh, check Dad's. It's in the glove compartment. I keep it charged up just in case one of his old contacts calls." He gestured toward that part of the Impala.
"Hello? Uh yes, this is Edgar Casey. What? No, no, no, that's alright. You don't need to call the police. Just put the lock back on it. I'll come up and look everything over. Yes. Thank you for letting me know. Uh, what was the address again? I don't have it with me at the moment. Right, uh huh, thanks." The younger Winchester pulled the phone out of the glove box and answered it.
Ruby furrowed her eyebrows at him once he hung up. "What's going on?"
"Did Dad ever tell you that he brought a storage unit in Buffalo?" He asked writing the address down then placing the phone back into the glove department.
"No. Never. Why?" Dean asked glancing at him for a moment before looking back at the road.
"Because apparently it was broken into last night." Sam told them.
She rolled her eyes scoffing at that. "Of course he didn't tell you guys. John never told you guys anything."
"Ruby..." Dean trailed off.
The blonde sighed relenting a bit. "Sorry."
They drove up to Black Rock, Buffalo, where the storage unit was and it was filled with a lot more stuff than they had expected. Her heart broke a little when the boys found Sam's soccer trophy and Dean's first sawed off shotgun. It was nice that John had cared enough to keep some of their memories safe, but it annoyed her that he never bothered telling them about the storage unit. There was a symbol painted on the floor in red along with several bloody footprints. It was Dean who pointed out the tripwire which was attached to the shotgun. John had clearly been guarding something. The three of them carefully followed the footprints to a door in the back which had a cut chain attached. They cautiously entered the back room where there were shelves filled with boxes that had symbols etched on them.
"Holy crap. Look at this. He had land mines which they didn't take. Or the guns. I guess they knew what they were after." Dean pointed out to them.
"Hey look at these boxes. You see these symbols? That's binding magic. These are curse boxes." Sam explained.
Ruby involuntarily shuddered and Dean wrapped his arm around her. "They're built to contain the power of the cursed object, right?"
"Yeah exactly." The younger Winchester nodded his head.
"Well Dad's journal mentioned a lot of stuff, you know? Dangerous hexed items, fetishes, he never said where they ended up though." He shrugged his shoulders.
Her blue eyed gaze drifted over the shelves. "This must be where he stashed it all away and it looks like there is one missing."
"Maybe they didn't open it." Dean sounded hopeful.
After locking the storage unit back up, the three of them got a look at the security footage. Luckily the thieves weren't smart enough to cover their license plate. The three hunters were able to trace the thieves down to an apartment block. Dean pulled the Impala into the alley beside the building and sure enough the car that was also parked there had the matching plate to the thieves' car. He parked the Impala then the three of them went inside where there was a faint trail of blood toward the elevator. They got onto the elevator and Dean pressed the buttons for every floor. It was on the third floor that they saw blood again. They followed it down the hall until it stopped. The three of them looked around until Sam pointed out a piece of bloody gauze on a doormat nearby. The boys picked the lock then went into the apartment with their guns out. Ruby lingered behind them staying out of sight. She could just make out what one of the guys was saying. The boys burst into the room with their guns drawn.
"Freeze, Freeze! Nobody move!" Dean yelled out aiming his gun at them.
"Don't move!" Sam added aiming his gun as well.
"What is this?" Wayne looked at them. "Are you guys cops?"
"Alright, give us the box and please tell me that... " Dean trailed off as he got cut off by their brother.
"Oh they did." Sam confirmed then watched as his brother shoved Wayne against the wall.
"What was in the box?" He looked at Wayne.
Wayne glanced over at the coffee table where a rabbit's foot sat. Dean followed his gaze unsure of what exactly he was looking at. Wayne took that opportunity to knock the gun from Dean's hand causing it to hit the floor making it fire. Ruby ducked staying out of view while the bullet ricocheted off the radiator and hit Sam's gun causing him to drop it. The bullet then ricocheted again and broke a lamp. Sam and the other thief, Grossman, both dove for Sam's gun. Grossman shoved Sam toward Dean making Dean fall back onto the coffee table launching the rabbit's foot into the air.
"Sorry!" Sam apologized to his brother.
Grossman then dove onto Sam knocking them both to the floor and began punching Sam in the face. Instinctively, Ruby wanted to jump in and help. The sight of Wayne picking up Dean's gun freezes her. As he aims for Sam, he hits Dean square under the chin knocking him down again while Grossman is trying to strangle Sam. The blonde sat there out of view feeling completely helpless. Sam reached for the rabbit's foot which is almost too far from him. He managed to grab it and knocked Grossman off of him kicking him back into a corner.
"Dean, I got it!" He called out to his brother.
"No, you don't." Wayne cocked Dean's gun in Sam's face.
Ruby watched in horror as he pulled the trigger, but then nothing happened. She sighed in relief when the gun jammed. Wayne panicked trying to clear the chamber only to be approached by Dean. Startled, he stumbled backward tripping over a rug and fell over the couch knocking himself out. The Winchesters shared a confused look then Grossman stood up pointing Sam's gun at Sam. As he moves, books from a nearby bookshelf fall off hitting him in the head knocking Grossman out as well. Sam's gun flew out of his hands only for Sam to catch it.
"Is that a rabbit's foot?" Dean asked clearly perplexed.
"I think it is." Sam held it up.
Ruby handed Dean his gun then hugged them both. "That was way too close. Let's just get out of here."
"Seriously?" Sam gave his brother a look later that day when he got back into the Impala and held out a scratch off lottery card.
"What? We might as well get something good out of it." He handed him a coin as well.
"This is ridiculous." The younger Winchester rolled his eyes scratching the card then handed it back to him.
"Holy crap. You just won us twelve hundred dollars." Dean grinned in disbelief.
Ruby shook her head at them and focused on the phone call. "Yeah hold on, Dad. Let me put you on speaker."
Bobby waited then cleared his throat. "You touched the damn thing? Damn it, Sam!"
"Look, Bobby, we didn't know. If I hadn't, we'd all be dead. Dad never told us about this thing or his storage place at Black Rock." Sam explained.
He let out an exasperated sigh. "His lockup? Yeah I knew. Hell, I built those curse boxes for him."
Ruby's eyes widened a bit. "Wait a minute. Why didn't you tell me then?"
Bobby took a sip of his drink. "Because I didn't want you anywhere near that lockup."
"Hey, what aren't you telling us?" Dean asked becoming concerned.
He sighed again. "This is a serious problem. That isn't some joke rabbit's foot. It's real Hoodoo, Old World stuff. It was made by a Baton Rouge conjure woman about a hundred years ago."
"It's a hell of a good luck charm." Sam remarked.
Bobby scoffed at him over the phone. "It's no good luck charm. It's cursed. It was made to kill people. You touch it, you own it, and yeah sure you get a run of good luck to beat the Devil. But you lose it? That luck turns bad. Real bad. So bad that you're dead inside a week."
"Okay so I won't lose it, Bobby." He sounded determined.
He laughed sarcastically at him. "Everybody loses it."
"So how do we break the curse then?" Sam asked.
Bobby shook his head though they couldn't see him. "I don't know if you can. Let me look through my library and make some calls. Just sit tight and boys? Do not under any circumstances let my little girl touch that damned thing."
Ruby rolled her eyes though she was touched by her father's protectiveness. "I wasn't planning on it. Wait, Dad, how would someone know to look for it at the storage unit? One of the thieves said something about how they were supposed to give it to someone else."
He took another sip of his drink. "I don't know. As far as I'm aware, John never told anyone else about his lockup. I sure as hell never told anyone about it."
She sighed a bit. "Alright thanks Dad. I'll be super careful. I promise."
After hanging up, the three hunters got out of the Impala. Sam shoved the rabbit's foot into the pocket of his jacket as they walked toward Biggerson's restaurant. Walking inside, they were suddenly bombarded with camera flashes, balloons, and a big check. One of the staff members announced that they were the restaurant's millionth customers. Dean seemed thrilled about it, Sam seemed annoyed, and Ruby was just worried about the FBI seeing the photos. Her face was mostly hidden by Sam thankfully.
"Look, we just need to lay low until Bobby gets back to us." Dean suggested once they were sitting in a booth together.
Before either of them could respond to him, a pretty waitress arrived and took their drink orders. There was something off, but Ruby couldn't quite figure out what. The boys watched her walk away and Ruby rolled her eyes at them. Dean immediately gave her an apologetic look. When the waitress returned, she set their drinks down. Ruby took a sip then watched as the waitress knocked Sam's water all over him. She made a show of apologizing and leaned over helping to wipe up the drink. The waitress then walked away to get more napkins. It was moments later that Sam realized that the rabbit's foot was no longer in his pocket. The three hunters quickly left the restaurant only for the older two to suddenly stop when Sam fell behind them. Dean looked back at him in disbelief while Ruby knelt down to make sure that he was okay. Thankfully he was alright, but the waitress seemed to be long gone.
"Well now what?" Dean sighed once they got Sam safely back into the Impala.
Ruby tried to relax in the back seat. "One of them mentioned that they were supposed to give the rabbit's foot to a stuck up bitch. It's got to be the waitress."
"So it stands to reason that they would probably know her real identity." Sam pointed out.
Dean drove them back over to the apartment block. He parked the car then the three of them went back inside. Ruby stayed out of view again while the Winchesters approached Grossman. The man was clearly upset and in disbelief. He told them the story of how they came to and Wayne tripped falling backwards into the kitchen landing on a barbecue fork. It impaled him through the back of his neck and out the front. Grossman had watched helplessly as Wayne died. Ruby frowned clearly worried about what was to come for Sam.
"We know you stole the foot for someone and we believe she is the one that stole it from my brother." Dean mentioned to him.
"Uh, yeah. Bela. Her name is Bela Lugosi. She paid us to steal it. Half up front." Grossman admitted to them.
Bobby chuckled slightly a little later on over the phone. "Bela Lugosi? Yeah no that's just a name she uses. Her real name is Bela Talbot. She is very knowledgeable about supernatural artifacts and stuff. She acquires supernatural objects for very wealthy clients. But if it is Bela, at least I might know some folks that know where to find her."
"Thanks, Bobby. Again." Dean smiled slightly.
He sighed a bit. "Just look out for your brother and my daughter, ya idjit."
"Always do." He hung up the phone then looked at them. "Well he found a heavyweight cleansing ritual that should do the trick. He also might know some people that know where to find Bela."
Ruby gave him a look. "Hot chick? Really? That's how you describe her?"
"I mean, she was nowhere near as hot as you." Dean smiled at her sheepishly.
She rolled her eyes then glanced over at Sam. "What's wrong?"
"I lost my shoe." Sam admitted dejectedly.
Dean looked down at Sam's sock clad foot and sighed in annoyance. He rolled his eyes and walked away. Sam hung his head and Ruby softened finding the whole thing a bit adorable. She linked arms with Sam and walked him back to the Impala carefully. It was a short while later when they arrived at a motel. Bobby called letting Dean know that he could find Bela in Queens, New York. He gave him the address then hung up. Dean hesitated then told Sam to stay put while they went to get the rabbit's foot.
Ruby gave Dean a look. "I'm not leaving him here."
"It's safer if you do." Dean pleaded with her.
She stubbornly refused to go so he relented leaving without her. Everything was quiet for a bit aside from Ruby's soft assurances to Sam. It did cheer him up a little. Feeling that he was safe for now, Ruby left the room walking over to a nearby convenience store.
Meanwhile Dean drove to Queens and tracked down Bela's condo. Thankfully it was nighttime so he was able to sneak right up to her door. He quietly broke in and glanced around only to hear the tell tale click of a gun. He turned aiming his gun at her.
"How stupid do you think I am?" Bela asked with her gun aimed at him.
"Not that stupid. Bela Lugosi? That was actually pretty clever." He admitted with a slight smirk.
"Thank you. I know what you want, but you can't have it. I have a very wealthy, fairly psychotic buyer lined up to purchase this thing." She smiled proud of herself.
"How'd you even know where to find the damned thing?"
"Oh I just asked the right questions." Bela gestured to the spirit board that was set up on a nearby table.
"Look, you stole the foot from my brother and now he's going to die. Let me destroy it." He pleaded with her.
"Oh I'm well aware of how it works. Alright you can have it." She smiled at him.
"Sure, for the price of one point five million dollars." Bela smirked.
"Yeah right. Let me just call my banker. So you know what's out there and this is what you decide to do?" His brows raised at her.
"I procure unique items for a select clientele."
"Yeah, you're a thief." Dean corrected her.
"I'm a great thief." She gave him a smug smile. "We're all going to Hell, Dean. Might as well enjoy the ride."
"Hah. I actually agree with you there. Well anyway this has been charming, but I really got to go. Oh and this? You're not the only one with sticky fingers." Dean smirked holding up the rabbit's foot.
Bela swore and shot at him only to miss hitting her wall instead. Dean ducked running out of her apartment and back into the Impala.
Returning from the store, Ruby brought in their snacks and sat down with Sam. They ate peacefully then he sneezed. It turned into a domino effect. The A/C started to smoke and caught on fire. Sam quickly got up to put the fire out and got tangled up knocking himself out. Ruby sighed getting up and putting the fire out herself. She unplugged the defective appliance carefully then checked on Sam. It was then that she felt the cool metal of a gun against the back of her neck.
Sam slowly came to finding himself tied to a chair. He glanced around only to not see Ruby. Panic made him suddenly alert. There were two men he didn't recognize in the motel room. One of them had a gun in his hand. Before he could pull the trigger, a pencil soared through the air and landed in the barrel of the gun. He was then knocked out with a well timed punch. Dean threw the TV remote at the second guy hitting him in the forehead knocking him right out before he could get shot.
"I'm Batman." Dean grinned at his brother.
"Yeah right. You're Batman." He chuckled looking at his brother like he was absurd.
"Laugh it up. Wait where's Ruby?" The elder Winchester untied his brother.
"I don't know." He rubbed his wrists then glanced around again.
Unable to talk due to being gagged, Ruby kicked at the bathroom door when she heard her boys talking. The door opened a moment later and she relaxed when she saw it was Dean. He removed the gag and she sighed in relief. Once he freed her from the ropes, she threw herself into his arms hugging him tightly.
"I'm sorry. I'm so sorry." Dean hugged her back holding her close to him.
She sighed relaxing in his embrace. "It's okay. We couldn't have known that they were after Sam."
"Wait what?" They both looked at her in confusion.
The blonde walked out of the bathroom with Dean and hugged Sam. "I'm okay."
"Good. I'm glad. What do you mean they were after me?" He returned the hug.
She pulled away looking at the two unconscious men then pointed at the one who was going to shoot Sam. "He said God led him here. I definitely got the feeling he was calling the shots between the two of them. I think in some crazy way he blamed Sam for the demons getting loose and thinks that he will still go along with the yellow eyed demon's plan."
"Well it wasn't his fault and that is never going to happen. I got the foot. Let's get out of here and destroy the damn thing." Dean pressed a kiss to her head then walked with them out of the room.
He drove them to a cemetery a few towns over after ensuring they had everything that they needed for the ritual. Dean got the fire going, but before they could start, a familiar brunette showed up.
"I don't think so. I'll be taking back my foot now." Her gun was aimed at Dean.
"As long as I'm holding it, you can't shoot me, Bela." He taunted her back.
"Oh yeah? Well I can still aim." She smirked and pulled the trigger shooting Sam in the shoulder.
Ruby's blue eyes widened toward her. "What the hell is wrong with you?"
"Should I aim at you next, sweetie?" Bela raised her eyebrows at the blonde.
"Alright, here. Catch." Dean tossed the rabbit's foot to her.
Bela caught it then swore instantly when she realized that she was touching it. She relented after a few moments and gave the rabbit's foot back to Dean. He performed the ritual watching the rabbit's foot burn in the fire. Once she knew it was done, Bela walked away. The fire was then put out and they got back into the Impala.
"At least we still have these bad boys." Dean went to pull out his winning scratch off cards only to frown when he was empty handed. "Son of a bitch!"
Later that night, they settled into a motel and Dean remover the bullet from Sam's shoulder patching him up. Ruby returned with food just as Dean finished applying a bandage to his brother's shoulder. She passed out their food then sat down comfortably to eat her own. Dean went to dig in only to pull out a few scratch off cards.
Ruby gave him an innocent look. "What? You and Bela aren't the only ones with sticky fingers. I took the first few for safe keeping. So you at least still have twelve hundred dollars there."
"That's my girl! Ruby, that's... thank you." He smiled at her in awe.
She shrugged her shoulders and smiled. "You're welcome. She better hope we never see her again."
"I'm okay, Ruby." Sam assured her with a smile.
The blonde relaxed a bit. "Yeah I know. It was just too close. First those guys and now her. I don't like it."
"Tell you what, how about we go back to your Dad's and let Sam heal up a bit?" Dean suggested to her as he started to eat.
Ruby's face lit up a bit. "Okay."