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A Candle or a Fuse... (fanfic)

Title: A Candle or a Fuse...
Fandom: Supernatural
Characters: Dean Winchester
Pairings: none
Rating: PG
Word Count: 344
Warnings: none, just a wee bit of angst
A/N:
 Set Post AHBL2, no real spoilers.  The POV could be seen as Dean's or that of an omniscient third-person narrator.  Thanks to engel82 and skye2477 for being ever-helpful betas!  Will be cross-posted to sn_fic and dean_sam
Disclaimer: I own nothing and no money is being made, no copyright infringement intended!  "Supernatural" and its characters are owned by Eric Kripke, Warner Brothers, the CW network, et al.  This is fiction written entirely for entertainment purposes only.  Not mine; don't sue, please. I repeat: not mine.
Summary: When the end comes, how will Dean face it?


Every day, as the minutes tick down and the seconds fly by, Dean Winchester wonders if his life is like a candle or a fuse…
 
As his last years slips away, heartbeat by heartbeat, his life slowly draining into the earth, expanding into the universe until the hell hounds come to collect their prize, will he slowly melt and diminish and finally sputter until the wax of life is gone, and a tiny breeze snuffs him out, gone forever? Will he leave behind only a puddle of unfinished business, melted and indecipherable, stuck to the surface of the earth, but not enough to be really useable—an extinguished candle, no longer providing light?
 
Or is his life burning down, sizzling and sparking away, glowing like embers, hissing with anticipation of the explosion it promises when time is up? Will Dean leave his mark upon the world like an explosion, reshaping and reforming everything in its wake? Bending life and death and form, leaving the universe forever changed. 
 
Is his death the end, an abyss of nothingness, uselessness, passivity—at least on earth? Will his soul languish and suffer in hell without any ability to affect the world above? When he’s gone, will he be gone, powerless—able to fight no more?
 
Or is his death the beginning, a nascent promise that grows and swells and builds as the days and months burn away? Will his death be an opportunity? A chance to break out and fight anew—unbounded power as his soul is released? Whether a destructive force for retaliation against the forces of hell or a constructive vanguard, ushering in a new era, a role of influence nonetheless—Dean Winchester fighting back against a lifetime of sacrifice?
 
Of course, candle wax can be reformed around a new wick, and sometimes fuses burn out too early (or their bombs are duds), but Dean thinks, I’d rather not sputter and die or melt away, but let loose with a bang, go down with a fight. His life, his decision; not a candle, but a fuse.
 

Comments

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engel82
Oct. 16th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
Ooh I love the little change you made at the end!!

I think you really captured what Dean's reflection on his death can be, and how he would want to approach it.

Dean Winchester fighting back against a lifetime of sacrifice?

I love the power of this line. Well I love the whole piece, but that line is just so.. *sigh* :)
paleogymnast
Oct. 16th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
That was skye's idea!! Or partially her idea. She said that the fic sounded somewhere between Dean's POV and that of a true third-person narrator, so I decided to make it clear what his thoughts were, and well, make it more decisive.

Glad you loe tht line, Dean's been sacrificing and suffering for so long, he has to claim something as his own, even if it is his own death. (Awesome avi by the way!)
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paleogymnast
Oct. 16th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Thank you, I was in kind of an abstract mood, so I hope the metaphors weren't too heay handed. Glad that you liked it.
skye2477
Oct. 16th, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
Love it Twin, Love it! course the his life, his decision is just soo him... can't help but smile at that line!
paleogymnast
Oct. 16th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Yay!! You commented!! :D Thank you so much, and I'm relly glad tat you like it, and that you're smiling at something for being true to Dean even when it's really, really sad!
lovetheguys
Oct. 16th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
There is no doubt in my mind that Dean Winchester is, was and always will be, a fuse. Love, Robin
paleogymnast
Oct. 16th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I would say that Dean agrees. Or at least the Dean in my fic does. :)
warriorgal
Oct. 16th, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC)
Loved that. Dean is definatley a fuse.. Great work.
paleogymnast
Oct. 16th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I just hope that Dean doesn't actually burn out or explode this season (or if he does, that Kripke and the writers put him back together again).
julsus
Oct. 20th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC)
Ah Paley!

I love how your fics make me think. It's a pleasure to read anything that you write.

Of course I must concur with everyone else...Dean...a fuse for sure.

***hugs***

- Suze :)
paleogymnast
Oct. 21st, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it (and that you concur). I just had this idea while I was supposed to be reading... Constitutional Law was it?? Well, anyway, I just wrote it and that's how it turned out. :D
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paleogymnast
Oct. 22nd, 2007 08:21 am (UTC)
Hey belle! I'm glad you likedthe analogy. And yes, Kripke had better fix the Winchesters or well, I'm sure he'll face a mass fan revolt. :D But who can blame him, they're so fun to break! *evil grin*

BTW, I love your avi! Thanks so much for reading! :D
a_phoenixdragon
Nov. 11th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
Well, done, m'love! Well done!!

*hugs*
paleogymnast
Nov. 11th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading!! :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!
labseraph
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
By the last line, one is breathless. The pain and tiredness that permeates him resonates through your words.

If you'll excuse me, I'll be whimpering in the corner, thank you.
paleogymnast
Nov. 15th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
*hands out tissues*

Yeah, I enjoy writing whimpery Dean stories (in case you can't tell)... he's just so angsty and fun to play with, and I really feel for him. I'm glad you liked it! :)
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