Title: To Fight in the Shade
Word Count: 52,675
Warnings: sweaty, brutal training, h/c, darkfic, sad/angry Sam, beatings. No death, no slash, no permanent bruises or maiming.
Summary: During a hot summer in a cabin in a remote part of Alabama, John trains Sam and Dean for their future as hunters. Dad expects the boys to pay attention and work hard. Dean loves hunting and is happy as can be. The only thing that makes him mad is the fact that Sam is as unhappy as he can be because Sam doesn’t love hunting or anything to do with it. To Sam, it’s the summer from hell because the only thing he wants to do is go to school and play soccer. But they’re not in school, and Dad thinks soccer will attract the wrong type of attention so he’s forbidden soccer to Sam.
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My artist this year was kazue7294, and I was LUCKY to have her pick my story. I thought her style, sort of animae meets the Winchesters, was a perfect match. Plus she was enthusiastic about the subject matter, and let me send her tons of research and pictures and suggestions, and I think the result is perfect. Her art lets me see my story (and Sam's misery!) through her eyes. I have included her artwork in the story, where it seemed to fit, but you can also go to her lj and view it there.
My lovely amothea offered once again, as she has the most generous of spirits, to create ebook versions for readers who have those devices. Here are the links:
This story is a combination of my kinky need to write beating stories, and my anal-retentive need (almost puritanical in nature) to have those very same beatings exist in a context that gives them meaning. Without that context, they're just beatings, you know? Also, this story is part of the Sparta verse, but I've written it so that it can stand alone.
This story is dedicated, as always, to my beloved amothea (aka amalthia), for her spirit and her care and her consistent use of the phrase, "You gotta read...." for without that, I would be lost in a sea of fan fic.
This story is also dedicated to all the fans of the Sparta verse who wanted me to do something nice for Sam. This one's for you, my dears....though not in the way you would have wanted, bwa ha ha!
Long Author's Notes
Click the link to read long author's notes, and when I say long author's notes, I mean LONG! I ramble. I'm not kidding.