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Title: The Care and Feeding of Your New Family Pet
Author: lori_leaf
Betas: The amazingly wonderful nocturnal08 and girlfan1979
Rating: PG-13 for the liberal use of curse words
Summary: It's been six days since the Winchesters escaped. Alec hasn't been sleeping. A trip to Bobby's is in order.
Author Notes: The time lines have been adjusted slightly. It is 2007, but Dean is 19, Sam is 15 and John's still around. The Manticore escapees ran away two years ago when they were eight. X5-494 (Alec) is now 10 years old. I have based his appearance on how I imagine Jensen Ackles looked like as a kid, and not on the appearances of either young-Dean, or young-Ben from Supernatural or Dark Angel.

This is also part of the same universe as the "Conceal a Fox" series. It isn't necessary to read that first, but it might help. *g*



John was worried. Alec didn't sleep. At first John thought it was just that the kid wasn't sleeping much. Then he realized that the kid wasn’t sleeping at all. Alec would climb into bed at the same time as his boys. Alec faked it well. He’d lay there all night, eyes closed, breathing even, but he wasn’t really sleeping. The kid may have mastered the sound effects of sleep, but he couldn’t let his body relax enough to actually drift off. The kid would fake naps in the car, but John quickly figured out that Alec was just laying low and gathering info on the Winchesters. For all that he thought the kid trusted him, it was obvious there was no trust at all.

It had been almost a week and Alec hadn’t slept. John was seriously freaked out. He remembered what happened to soldiers without sleep. The longest John ever managed was three days and then he crashed hard and felt like shit for a week afterwards. Six days for a ten-year-old, even a genetically enhanced ten-year-old, would almost certainly cause a mental breakdown, right?

“Alec, c’mere boy.”

In yet another hotel room, Alec cautiously approached John. Someday John hoped to get the scared animal look out of Alec’s eyes.

“You’re not sleeping, son. Why’s that?” He rested a hand on Alec’s shoulder, tried to get the kid to relax.

Alec just shrugged, “I sleep.”

John tightened his grip and gave the kid a level look. “No you don’t. And don’t lie to me. If you’re looking for a sure fire way to piss me off, lying is the way to go.”

The kid back-peddled, “What I mean is, I don’t need much sleep.”

John stared at him for a second, looking for any tell-tale twitches of guilt. Nah, the kid wasn’t lying. But the kid did look like shit. It looked like someone pressed thumb shaped bruises under Alec’s eyes. The kid was a sallow pale color. John could feel tiny tremors through his hand on Alec’s shoulder. The kid may not need much sleep, but he was definitely running on empty.

John tried to remember how he got Dean to sleep when he was young and stubborn. Well, younger, and more stubborn. No one could accuse his oldest of being a polite easy-going young man. Dean could dig his heels into the ground with the best of them, and damn, the boy had a smart mouth on him. John didn’t know where he got it from. It certainly wasn’t a trait he encouraged in his boys, but never-the-less, both excelled in back-talk.

He remembered when Dean was four and nothing was right in the world. Dean would try to make himself stay awake all night to keep Sammy safe. The only way he got his little soldier to sleep, was to pile both boys on his chest and promise to take first watch. Dean would fall asleep listening to his daddy’s heart beat and holding Sammy like a teddy bear. Somehow John doubted that tactic would work well with Alec.

“Okay, look kid, you need sleep. You tell me what I gotta do so you sleep.”
Alec shrugged again, “I’m alright.”

John gave the boy a gentle shake and a stern look. “You tell me what I gotta do so you sleep.”

“I dunno.” Alec squirmed under his scrutiny. “No really, I don’t At Manticore I slept okay most of the time. But I... I don’t sleep so well without my unit.”

John scrubbed his face with a callused palm. “Okay. You know you can think of us as your unit now, right? We’ve got your back.”

Alec smiled brightly, “Sure I know that.”

Liar. That kid could lie through his teeth.

“Alright Alec. We’re driving to a friends’ house today. He’s got my truck and the Impala is a little small for four people. Will you do me a favor and at least try to sleep in the car today?”

Alec opened his mouth to insist he had been sleeping in the car, but John cut him off. “Really sleep. None of that playin’ possum, like you have been. Kiddo, I’ve raised two boys on my own... I can tell when a kid is faking.”

The boy forced himself to grin. “Sure thing. I’ll sleep.”

Yeah, right.

John loaded his kids into the Impala once again, but steered Dean towards the backseat with Alec. He spoke quietly to his son. “See if you can get him to crash?”

Dean raised an eyebrow, but nodded as he climbed in the backseat, physically shifting Alec closer to the door. “Shove over kid. Some of us have long legs.”

Alec scowled at John. Kid had heard every word. Crap. What did John do to deserve a son with enhanced senses? It’d be helpful on a hunt, but damn inconvenient everywhere else. But John wasn’t going to argue with a half-pint ten-year-old, even if the kid in question did have super hearing. Unapologetic, he pointed one finger at the boy and ordered, “Sleep.”

“Fine,” Alec said, leaning against the door moodily and feigning unconsciousness. This time he wasn’t fooling anybody.

John sighed and pulled out. It was a good two-day drive to Bobby’s. Even without his sleep deprived child-soldier, he had enough on his plate just trying to keep the other boys from killing each other. Sam and Dean usually got along pretty well, but they were two teenage boys stuck in very close quarters. John expected obedience, but not miracles. He knew there’d be a squabble or six before they got to Bobby’s. What he didn’t expect was Sam’s look of pure jealousy when he realized Dean actually did get Alec to fall asleep.

Dean was sprawled out on the backseat, snoring softly. His left hand and left foot were on the floor, and his right knee was crammed against the door. He was a little tall to be sleeping in the backseat, but somehow he managed to do it. After all, Sam and Dean had both been raised in this car. If anyone could figure out a way to bend himself into an impossible sleeping arrangement, it was Dean. Alec was limp-limbed and loose, stretched out over Dean’s chest like a human blanket. Dean’s right arm was flung across the kid’s back, keeping him from wiggling in his sleep. Alec looked like an oversized carnival toy, with not even a flicker of consciousness or tension in his body.

Sam was staring at the cozy scene with a sullen look on his face. John scoffed. Great, that’s all they needed. Sammy Winchester with middle child issues.

Sam caught his dad looking at him and slunk lower in his seat, “What?”

John decided to ignore the attitude, “How’d Dean do it?”

Sam jeered, willing to enlighten his father. “Same thing he did when I was little. Said he wanted a nap but the backseat wasn’t big enough. He use to manhandle me into being his stuffed animal, said it was cold. It pissed me off at first, but he wouldn’t let go and soon with the rocking of the car and Dean being all warm and pillow-like, I’d fall asleep. Guess that trick works on any kid.”

“Alec hasn’t been sleeping. I told Dean to try one of his Sammy-tricks.” John tried to defuse the potential conflict between the boys, but Sam just frowned.

“He’s taken a nap in the car everyday That kid sleeps for hours ”

“You keep your voice down ” John hissed, not wanting to wake up the boys in the back. “He hasn’t been sleeping, Sam. He’s faked a nap in the car everyday. Take a look in the backseat and tell me if that looks like the same sleeping Alec as yesterday.”

Sam twisted around in his seat and huffed. “He’s a little faker. Bet he lies too.”

John shrugged, “Yeah, but he’s new. He’ll figure out the rules. I need you and Dean to be a good example for him. I don’t think he’s used to normal people.”

Sam laughed, “Yeah, we’re totally normal.”

John just continued as though he hadn’t been interrupted, “You’re always complaining about being the baby, Sam. This is your chance to be the big brother. I know I can trust you to be a good influence.”

“You know I wanted to be a big brother when I was five and my best friend in kindergarten just got a new baby sister. I haven’t asked for a sibling since then.”

John sighed. Yep, Sammy was jealous and it hadn’t even been a week. “You may not have asked for one since then, but you got one.”

Dean cleared his throat and both Winchesters glanced in the backseat. Dean was awake, and from the rigidness of Alec’s body, the kid was too.

“Shit.” John gave Sam a hard look and the fifteen-year-old didn’t even have the decency to look a little guilty. “Alec, how long have you been awake, son?”

There was no answer.

Sam just glowered at the kid, “Faker.”

John smacked Sam across the back of his head. “Ow What was that for? He is faking ”

“I know this is difficult, son, because you’re fifteen and your hormones make you crazy. But try to not piss me off, okay?”

Sam grumbled, but nodded, rubbing the back of his head.

John could hear Dean murmuring quietly to the kid. Something about teenagers being clinically insane and something about being glad Dad found him. Whether it was the quiet reassurances or the warmth emanating from Dean, Alec drifted off to sleep again and didn’t wake up for fourteen hours.

John was worried again. This time because Alec wouldn’t wake up. He could, and did, manhandle the kid out of the car, into his arms, and carry him into the diner. The kid stayed asleep, even when John propped him up against the wall so the rest of them could eat. Luckily the waitress seemed amused by the sleeping kid, instead of concerned that John may be a pedophile with a supply of chloroform or something.

Of course, it was only when John got his boys loaded into the hotel room, and was getting ready for bed himself that the kid woke up. And when Alec woke up, he really woke up. His color was back to normal and those circles had receded. He looked a lot healthier, bouncing slightly on the bed, his feet kicking the baseboard.

“Do we have to go to sleep? I’m not tired anymore.”

His other sons looked balefully over at John’s bed. They were both under the covers already and Sam was eyeing his pillow and John could plainly see the internal debate between covering his head with it and hurling it at the offending source of noise. One raised eyebrow from John, had Sam covering his head with the pillow. Smart boy.

“Alec, I’m really glad you got some sleep in the car, but we didn’t.” He sighed, trying to think of a way to quietly appease the boy. “You can either read a book in the bathroom until you’re tired, or watch tv very, very quietly.”

Alec grinned, “TV ”

John rolled his eyes, “Yeah, of course tv. You’re a product of Dean’s DNA all right.”

He got the kid set up in front of the television and climbed back into bed. One nice thing about Alec’s super-hearing was the kid could watch music videos with the volume practically on mute. John had no problem falling asleep despite the flashing lights of the television.

When morning came, he wasn’t really surprised to see Alec still firmly planted in front of the tv. John clicked the tv off and ignored the kid’s look of disappointment. He nudged his other boys awake, “C’mon, shower if you didn’t take one last night. We’re seeing Bobby today.”

Despite the early morning grumbling, he got the kids in the car by nine am. He stuck Sam in the backseat with Alec. Figured they’d either work it out, or they’d kill each other and hey, that’d be fewer mouths to feed.

Silence prevailed for almost an hour before Sam cracked. “Sorry ‘bout yesterday.”

It was a good thing Alec had excellent hearing, because he needed it to understand Sam’s mumbling. “Yesterday? I believe I was asleep yesterday.”

Sam’s eyes narrowed, “You are such a little faker ”

“Whatever.”

The teenager glared, “Yeah. Whatever.”

Oh it was a fun six hours trapped in the Impala, driving to Bobby’s.

John had the foresight to warn Bobby about the addition to his family, but that didn’t stop the older hunter from staring when faced with Dean’s look-alike.

Alec had the audacity to actually strike a pose, “Take a picture. It’ll last longer.”

Dean lightly smacked the back of his head, “Dude, that’s such a cliché.”

Alec protested, “It’s a common saying It’s meant to indicate that someone is staring ”

“I know what it means, short-stack. But it’s still a stupid cliché.”

“Whatever.”

Dean called over to John, “Dad, are you sure that Alec is made from my DNA? He sounds like Sammy ”

Sam and Alec both bristled at that, “Hey ”

“I think that just proves my point.” Dean smirked.

Bobby managed to snap out of his trance enough to hug Sam and Dean. “How are you boys doin’? Sammy, you’ve grown since I saw you last ”

Sam grumbled, “It’s Sam. And you saw me a month ago.”

Bobby just scrubbed a rough hand across Sam’s head, “Doesn’t mean you haven’t grown.”

John sent Sam and Dean to unload the car as Bobby cautiously approached Alec. “Hey kid.”

Alec stood up taller, “Hey old man.”

John’s eyes narrowed, but Bobby just laughed. “Yeah, kid’s the spittin’ image of Dean.”

John sternly made introductions, “Alec, this is Bobby. He’s my friend and I trust him. While we’re staying with him, his word is law. You show him the same respect you’d show me. Hear me, kid?”

Alec just shrugged.

John crouched down to the boy’s level, “That’s not an answer. I said, do you hear me?”

Alec executed a perfect military salute. “Sir, yes, sir ”

John’s hand itched to smack some smart-aleck butt. It wasn’t really fair to spank a kid who just got out of a government hell hole though. He took a deep breath and counted to ten in his head. When he trusted himself not to strangle the kid, he gave him a gentle shove towards the house. “Go help Sam and Dean, and behave.”

Bobby watched the kid scurry away, and gave John a hand up. “You sure got your work cut out for you, John.”

“Yeah. He’s gonna be a fun one.”

***

Bobby could hear his dog growling. It wasn’t the “I see a rabbit in the bushes” growling either, it was the “I see a dangerous predator and I’m gonna get it” growling. Fearing the worst, Bobby grabbed his shotgun and followed the noise. When he saw the dangerous predator Rumsfeld was so concerned about, he carefully dropped the shotgun and raced towards the tussling pair. Rumsfeld, his giant junk yard dog, was laid out on his back with John’s kid pinning him. The dog, which must have outweighed the kid by nearly forty pounds, was trying his best to wriggle out of the hold, using his teeth to try and snap at the kid’s limbs. The kid was making a low threatening noise in his throat in response.

Bobby yanked the kid up by the waist and yelled at his dog, “GIT ”

Rumsfeld reluctantly scurried away, but barked once he was out of kicking range. The kid positively froze in his arms. Bobby repeated the order, “Git ” and the dog disappeared.

Bobby sat down on the front steps and dropped the kid, face down across his lap. He wasted no time at all in delivering several hard handed swats to his denim clad butt. “What the hell is the matter with you, boy? What kinda game you think you’re playin’ with that dog? He coulda bitten your damn face off. You coulda gotten yerself killed, ya damn idjit. Your daddy raised you with more sense then that.”

The kid was hollering and squirming like Bobby was beating the stuffing out of him. Bobby aimed some swats lower, where butt met thigh, “Dean, settle down ”

The kid immediately froze. It took Bobby a second to realize his mistake. “Aw, shit.”

He lifted the kid off his knees and stood him up in front of him. “Alec, I didn’t mean that. You scared the crap outta me, boy. I’ve known Dean since he was littler then you, so when you were givin’ me a heart attack, I forgot that Dean’s a young man now and John found you. I shouldn’t have swatted you either. John gave me permission to treat his boys like my own, years ago. But we don’t really know each other, do we?”

Alec’s lips were pinched together tightly and he looked a little like a wounded animal.

“You scared me, boy. You can’t go messin’ around with junk yard dogs. They ain’t pets. If something happened to you...”

“Cause I look like Dean. You’d be sad because of Dean.” Alec nodded matter of factly.

“No Alec. I’d be sad because of you. We might not be friends yet, but we’ll get there. Now your daddy told you to mind me, so listen when I tell you not to mess with the dogs.”

Alec protested, “He threatened me first And he’s not my daddy. He’s Dean and Sam’s father.”

Bobby was confused, “He threatened you? Rumsfeld? And John is your daddy. You and Dean are basically twins. John’s Dean’s daddy. That makes him your daddy too.”

Alec didn’t look convinced. “Rumsfeld tried to bully me, so I pinned him first. Now he won’t mess with me. And Mr. Winchester’s not my father. He was an unwilling sperm donor.”

“Kid, I swear to god I don’t have energy for this. Just... don’t mess with the dog and you mind your... you mind John. The way I understand it, he may not have known you existed but he’s damn happy to find you. He wants to be your dad. Way I see it, that place you grew up in didn’t give you a daddy, so you might as well let John adopt you. He’s not the best father in the world, but he loves his boys. You could do a lot worse then having a man like John Winchester as a dad.”

Alec examined the toe of his shoe, “Yessir.”

Bobby tilted the kid’s chin up to look him in the eye. “Now did I hurt you? ‘Cause you were hollering like a stuck pig when I swatted you.”

Alec grinned, “Nah. I just figured if I cried a lot you’d stop quicker. I was right too.”

Bobby sputtered and landed another hard smack to Alec’s butt. “Damn kid, you are related to Sammy. Go get washed up for supper. And no dogs ”

The kid laughed and danced out of the way of Bobby’s hand. “Yessir ”

Bobby just shook his head in wonder as the kid disappeared into the house. “Winchesters...”

***

The boys were fed and given orders to get ready for bed. The sleeping arrangements were typical. The boys would sleep in Bobby’s small spare bedroom while John took the couch in the living room. Of course with one extra body, Alec would either be using a sleeping bag on the floor and take his chances sleeping with a flailing teenage boy on a twin mattress. John had a feeling the kid would be on the floor tonight. His boys were good boys, but hardly anyone was charitable enough to share a twin mattress once they grew tall enough to ride carnival roller-coasters.

The two hunters sat in front of the fire, nursing their beers. John noticed the way Bobby kept looking at him like he was waiting for the perfect moment to speak. John just rolled his eyes, “Bobby, you got something to say to me, just say it.”

Bobby looked uncomfortable, “I smacked your youngest today.”

John glared at the staircase as though his kid would be able to feel his displeasure through the wood. “What’d Sam do now?”

“Not that youngest. Your other youngest.”

John’s head whipped back around towards Bobby. “Alec? What’d you do that for? He’s still prickly I know, but the kid’s been through a lot. I’ve been takin’ it easy on him.”

“That’s the thing John, I forgot it was Alec. The boy was wrestling with Rumsfeld. They weren’t playin’ either. They were out to hurt each other. So when I got him off the dog, I... forgot.” Bobby looked at his beer guiltily.

“Rumsfeld, huh?” John sipped at his drink, “The same dog that the boys have been playing with for years?”

“I don’t understand it John. That dog is the most tolerant animal I know. Hell, he let Sam take rides on his back when the kid was small enough for it. Rumsfeld has never acted like that towards any human that wasn’t possessed or something. Do you think...”

John interrupted, “No. The kid’s normal... well not quite normal. Guess he wasn’t lying about the gene splicing.” At Bobby’s puzzled look, he continued, “He was cooked up in a lab, right? Well Alec said that some of his improvements come courtesy of animal DNA. I thought he was kidding about most of it being feline DNA.”

Bobby laughed, “That’d explain it. Cat-boy... Johnny you got your work cut out for you.”

“Tell me about it.” John knocked back the last of his beer. “So you spanked him, huh? How’d he take it? The school he was in beat on him pretty bad. I don’t know about that Manticore thing either. I don’t think they were a share and care kinda environment though.”

“He was okay. Whined a bunch while I paddled him, but afterwards he was just dandy. Joking around like nothing happened. To be honest, he was more upset about me calling him Dean, then me smackin’ him.”

“Sounds about right. The kids are having jealousy issues. Sam looks at Alec like he’s some sort of spy in our midst, while Dean’s torn between treating the kid like a mini-Sammy, or a DNA thief. Alec keeps arguing with me that I don’t have to be nice to him because he looks like Dean and treats the boys like potential threats to his safety. The Impala has become a quiet war zone. My boys know better then to mouth off, but it doesn’t stop Sam from glaring, Dean from staring, and Alec from instigating half of the conflict.” John groaned, pinching the bridge of his nose to stave off the impending headache.

Bobby just shrugged, “They’re boys. They’ll figure it all out. You’re doing the right thing Winchester in taking that boy in.”

“Thing is, it’s not just him. He was telling me about a twin who ran away two years ago. There’s another kid out there with Dean’s DNA, only I have no way to find him. Alec keeps insisting he knows how to go to ground. He can fend for himself. And if the government hasn’t found 493 yet, I don’t know how I can.”

Bobby’s eyebrows furrowed in concern, “I’ll send a photo of Alec to Ash. If the missing kid looks exactly like your boy, it shouldn’t be hard to get other hunters to keep an eye out for him. Just because the government hasn’t found him yet, doesn’t mean we can’t. After all, the government hasn’t figured out half the shit we deal with every day. Give me a hunter over a lackey with a computer any day.”

John smiled, “Thanks Bobby.”

***

It was a little known fact that if you sat in the bathtub of Bobby’s upstairs bathroom, you could hear the conversations going on in the living room below. Sure it was a little muffled and weird sounding because of the tiles, but Dean was an expert at interpreting covert conversations from his sentry in the bathroom.

‘Figuring that most of the juicy info was out in the open, he left the bathroom and shoved his way into the tiny spare bedroom.

“Alec, off my bed, dude.”

Alec scowled at Dean, but obediently slid off of the tiny twin bed by the door. Sam was already submerged in his covers and looked ready to sleep or kill anyone who tried to prevent him from sleeping.

Sam’s eyes remained closed as he mumbled in the general direction of his big brother, “Didya bring the Tylenol? My legs hurt.”

Dean threw the bottle, taking great pride when it smacked Sam in the face. “That’s ‘cause you’re growing like a freak. Are you sure no one cursed you? Well, with height anyway. I know someone cursed you to be ugly as hell.”

Sam grumbled but gratefully took some pills. “You’re ugly.”

“Awesome come back, dude.”

Sam was annoyed enough to open one eye to glare at Dean, “It’s late. I’m tired. I’m sorry if I’m not entertaining enough for you at the moment. How about you shut the fuck up and let me sleep?”

Dean clucked his tongue, “Language Samantha We have children present.”

A pair of dirty socks hit Dean square in the face. The teenager looked disgusted and glared at the grinning Alec. “Lame, kid. That’s totally lame.”

Alec just shrugged, “I’m sorry. I don’t know any better. After all I’m just a child.”

Revenge time It was Dean’s turn to grin. “A child who got his little butt spanked by Bobby.”

This information was interesting enough that Sam actually sat up. “Really? Bobby spanked him? How do you know?”

Dean shrugged towards the bathroom. Sam nodded, “The tub.”

Alec’s face turned a unique shade of red. “I’m still in the room you know.”

The Winchesters ignored him. Sam leaned towards Dean, “What’d he do?”

“Fought Rumsfeld.”

Sam sputtered, “Rumsfeld Why? That dog is the nicest dog I know ”

Alec stomped a foot. “I’m right here ”

Dean didn’t even spare the kid a glance as he whispered conspiratorially to Sam, “I know It’s because of his cat genes.”

Sam shook his head, “Weird.”

“Totally. So Bobby spanked him.”

Both boys laughed as Alec steamed. “You suck Dean Winchester. And you suck too Sammy.”

Sam finally looked at Alec, though his loud cackles didn’t suggest any sort of remorse. “You’re right Dean, being a big brother is awesome.”

Dean took pity on the kid and slung an arm over his shoulder, “Don’t be pissy Alec. The grownups were having a conversation. It’s rude for the kiddie table to interrupt.”

Alec casually took Dean’s thumb and in one quick move twisted underneath the older boy’s arm, and pinned his hand to the middle of Dean’s back. The awkward angle of his shoulder made Dean wince and rise up on his toes. Alec smiled, “It may be rude, but the kiddie table is interrupted. Don’t be an asshole.”

Dean swept a leg behind him and managed to trip Alec, freeing his hand. He shook out his sore joints and stared at the kid in surprise. “Looks like the kitten bites ”

Sam glanced nervously at the door. “Guys, cut it out. Dad’s gonna come up if you start fighting.”

Dean glowered at Alec but backed away with his palms up, “Fine.”

Alec started to rush towards Dean again, but Dean hissed quietly at him, “You don’t want Dad coming up here.” Alec looked unconvinced so Dean spelled it out for him. “I’m sorry for teasing you about Bobby, but if Dad comes up here you’ll be getting your second spanking of the day. Personally, I’m a little too old for that sort of thing, so I do my best to not piss the old man off. I recommend you do the same.”

Alec scowled right back, “Fine.”

Dean nodded, “Fine.”

Sam just groaned, “Hey Doublemint Twins, how about instead of repeating the same word over and over again, we all just go to bed.”

Dean shrugged. “Whatever.”

Alec unfurled the sleeping bag and crawled inside as Dean flipped off the light and yanked his covers up. The room was silent for a few minutes before Dean whispered into the dark, “Hey, Alec?”

The kid wasn’t sleeping, “Yeah?”

There was silence for a moment before Dean worked up the courage to ask, “Is it true what my dad said about another twin?”

Alec curled himself into a tighter ball in his sleeping bag, “493? Yeah. He ran away two years ago. He’s a traitor.”

Dean sounded affronted at that, “Technically so are you.”

Alec’s voice was resigned, “I know.”

For a little while all they heard was the even sound of Sam breathing. When Dean finally spoke again, his voice was small. “I’m sorry.”

It wasn’t clear if he was sorry about Alec being a traitor, having another brother, or for the teasing earlier. Alec just sighed in the dark, “S’okay.”

Dean whispered, “You alright?”

Alec’s voice was tight and thin but he sounded genuine. “I’m always alright.”


Next story in this series - "When I Find Myself in Times of Trouble"

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kara_winchester
May. 5th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
YAY I love this series! I'm loving the tension happening between all three of the boys-the more tension there is, the more likely they are to get their butts spanked :) Part of me wishes John had come up and found Dean and Alec fighting, lol! But I guess Alec had gotten it once earlier in the day-have to ease the kid in to the whole spanking thing.

I love what you're doing with the plot of this story regarding Ben. Makes me wonder if John's going to have four boys on his hands soon :) I'm so excited that you posted this! Thanks sweetie!
lori_leaf
May. 6th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
There probably won't be too many spankings in this series, unless it's really necessary to the plot. I definitely see John as a spanker, but if it's an everyday occurance, it lessens the impact. This one felt important because Bobby mistook Alec for Dean. I don't want to mislead anyone into expecting a spanking every chapter or even every couple chapters.

I'm really glad you're liking this series Kara! I'm having fun exploring the new family dynamics. *g* Thanks for the feedback.
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littlestarling
May. 6th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
I never want this to end! ♥
lori_leaf
May. 6th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
I never want YOUR series to end. *g* I'll write more if you write more. Please, please Shea write more. I'm addicted to your fic like crack. *g*
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minx999
May. 6th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Fantastic! This was great! You have a great way with bringing life to each of the characters and have managed to keep true to them from the shows, so that they are believable here.

I love how all three boys have sibling rivalry issues and love the snarky dialogue between Dean, Sam and Alec - pure gold. You've got the teenage mouthiness and jibes down perfect. Had me cracking up in a quite a few places.

I could feel John's weariness and impatience with Alec and I loved that he way he holds off on spanking Alec even though he really wants to (and I hope he eventually does!). :)

And Bobby's reaction to catching Alec and Rumsfeld fighting was awesome. I can see him just automatically thinking it was Dean because Alec is so new to him. Oh, Alec, I'm not so sure you want to tell John spankings don't hurt because I have a feeling he'd make sure his did, ha!

The story itself is interesting and I'm constantly waiting to see what happens next. You've made it quite believeable to have Alec in the Winchester world and it's so much fun adding him to the mix here.

This has become one of my new fave series to read. :D
lori_leaf
May. 6th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
In small quarters, I can't imagine a family NOT having issues with a new member being added. Add in a little dose of teenage hormones, and it's like a fun dysfunctional party! *g*

Poor John needs a nap. That's half the reason he came back to Bobby's. This way he's not the only adult around.

And once I had the mental image of a ten year old wrestling a dog to establish dominance, I couldn't resist having Bobby freak out and react as though the kid was Dean... just further pushing some of the family dynamic issues.

I'm really glad you're enjoying it Minx! Thanks for commenting. *g*
atalantaj
May. 6th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
You wrote a one shot with Alec getting spanked. Awesome! I loved this. I liked Dean helping Alec to fall asleep, and I'm starting to enjoy Sam's mixed feelings about everything. How he's having those middle child issues but also enjoying being a big brother too. It's sweet. I was surprised it was Bobby who spanked Alec as well, but it came off as incredibly natural in this, so good job with that also. It's great to get another fic in this series. Thanks for sharing, can't wait until you write more.
lori_leaf
May. 6th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Well Sam remembers all the times Dean pulled the "I'm a big kid" card out on him. He's reveling in using it against a younger brother for once. *g* I couldn't resist having the brothers gang up on Alec a little bit. After all, you gotta establish the pecking order!

The whole family needs to adjust to the shift in dynamics.

And it seemed natural to have Bobby react out of fear and instinct when he saw one of his boys in danger and being stupid.

Thanks for the feedback! *g*
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lori_leaf
May. 6th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The Winchesters certainly do have a strongly established hierarchy don't they? *g* It's been fun to shake that up.
mayalaen
May. 6th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
This was so cute! It had me snorting at a few places, too :D The scene of Alec sleeping in the back seat with Dean was just too adorable! Glad that you're continuing this, and can't wait to see more!
lori_leaf
May. 6th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks Maya! I'm working on more as we speak!
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lori_leaf
May. 6th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
*g* Thanks for reading!
malamysza
May. 6th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Sweetie, just so that you know - you are a wonderful, WONDERFUL woman and an absolutely awesome writer. And this fic is one of the best spn/da crossovers I've read. I love the way Alec is already smart - alecky and, oh yeah, this infamous 'I'm always alright' of his :) The bickering of all three boys is really funny but there is also this warmth and tenderness in the way Dean's approaching Alec. And the scene where Bobby is all worried about Alec so much as to give him a spanking and the kid's disappointment when he thinks the old man was scared for Dean and not him was sad and touching. I love the way you combine all these elements into one VERY FINE piece of work *hugs*
lori_leaf
May. 6th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the great feedback Mala. *g* I really REALLY appreciate the nice words (todays been a sucky day). *hugs right back*
serena64
May. 6th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yay. Thank you. I'm so glad you've written another episode
I love the fact that you have not glossed over the difficulties introducing Alec into the family would bring. It's going to take a while for them all to adjust.
And the image of Rumsfeld and Alec wrestling was fantastic.
*hugs you*
lori_leaf
May. 6th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
If adding a goldfish to a family is difficult, I imagine adding a genetically engineered child-soldier to a family would be much more so. *g* The mental image of a ten year old trying to physically pin Bobby's huge dog was actually what sparked this whole chapter. Thanks for reading! *g*
deanangst
May. 7th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Oh I love this series. I can't wait for the next part.
lori_leaf
May. 7th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *g*
luvspnl
May. 8th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
OMG! I absolutely I adore your series! Alec is such a great addition to the Winchester family! You've really captured each character's individuality, down to Rumsfield!, and made it amazing! And I love that not only is Alec accepted as a Winchester because of his ties to Dean, but prior to even knowing that! And John looking for Ben! That's just so amazingly brillant! Gah, this is awesome :D
lori_leaf
May. 9th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
*g* Hee! Thanks hon.
astrangerfate
May. 9th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
That felt incredibly realistic, especially Alec trying to adjust to a new type of world and Bobby and the Winchesters making the mistake of thinking of him like Dean, like he's used to it. :) I really do love your series here!
lori_leaf
May. 9th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks Cam! And yeah, Alec is in a whole new universe and it's a big adjustment.
tigriswolf
Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this 'verse! They'll find Ben, right? And keep him and be a happy family?
lori_leaf
Jun. 3rd, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
*lol* We'll see...

Thanks for the feedback!
hucknclem
Jun. 11th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Wow, my suckage knows no bounds - late again. :) Awww, poor boys, all with their own issues. Funny, but I actually felt the most sorry for John, LOL. Life has he knew it was hard enough, but throwing Alec into the mix just rolls the world right off its axes. I love this series - thanks for sharing it. :)
lori_leaf
Jun. 11th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Once again I'll happily accept late comments. *g* Poor John has to be the responsible one... as if he didn't have enough issues. Thanks for commenting!
scarletamethyst
Jun. 18th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I really enjoy reading this series, especially the interactions between Alec and the Winchesters. Heh, Sammy with middle child syndrome and Dean's oldest child issues are so amusing. Looking forward to more from this series.
lori_leaf
Jun. 19th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm waiting for real life to calm down a little before writing more. Hopefully I'll start writing again next week though. I'm glad you enjoyed the stories! Sorry I haven't been updating lately!
nogitsune4590
Jul. 13th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Awesome story...cant wait for more...
See-ya
lori_leaf
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm slowly working on more now. That pesky real life is interfering. *g*
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twasadark
Jul. 31st, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Awwww! I really enjoyed this story! Especially the way Dean was able to get Alec to sleep, and how they had to lug him into the cafe while still asleep, lol. Also loved the part with Rumsfeld.

More, please? *makes puppy dog eyes*
lori_leaf
Jul. 31st, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
*g* You have a fox icon too! And if you check my most recent entries, I just updating this series with a new story.
rafikiven
Aug. 10th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Still loving this 'verse! More is needed!!!
lori_leaf
Aug. 10th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you again! *g*
rei17
Mar. 28th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Me again. ^^
You said you based Alecs appearance on how you imagine Jensen Ackles as a kid and I wondered if you knew this picture of kid!Jen (who is probably the most adorable thing ever):
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/Reilein/hscntphp.jpg

I mean, gah! Just look at his freckled little face and the ears and that adorable smile. He makes me feel all mushy and protective, when I imagine him like that, and I keep thinking that's probably the way John Dean and maybe even Sam feel all the time when they look at him. ;)
lori_leaf
Mar. 28th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
I've seen the picture, but honestly it's a little uncomfortable that that's online. It's one thing if an actor shares his baby pictures, it's another if it's leaked. So I saw it once and then proceeded to never look at it again.

Instead I just imagine a shrunken Alec with dirty blond hair and freckles as opposed to the tall, handsome kid they cast in Dark Angel. I picture him as scrawnier and cute instead of handsome.
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longbca
Aug. 15th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
I love MiniAlec...I wanna hug him...and wrestling with Rumsfield was awesome...
lori_leaf
Aug. 16th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
*g* Cat DNA and dogs don't mix well. Thanks for the feedback!
asiajournal
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
(He lifted the kid off his knees and stood him up in front of him. “Alec, I didn’t mean that. You scared the crap outta me, boy. I’ve known Dean since he was littler then you, so when you were givin’ me a heart attack, I forgot that Dean’s a young man now and John found you. I shouldn’t have swatted you either. John gave me permission to treat his boys like my own, years ago. But we don’t really know each other, do we?”)

It's not enough, old man. I didn't hear a word "sorry" in that.
lori_leaf
Apr. 4th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, hunters aren't always the best at apologies.
dark_spn_angel
Feb. 16th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
I LOVE THIS UNIVERSE!!!!!

“Really sleep. None of that playin’ possum, like you have been. Kiddo, I’ve raised two boys on my own... I can tell when a kid is faking.” -John (LOL on the possum comment)

Aww, Alec can only sleep when Dean's arms are wrapped around him like a blanket of protection. So adorable!

'Sammy Winchester with middle child issues.' - Poor Sam

[Dean called over to John, “Dad, are you sure that Alec is made from my DNA? He sounds like Sammy ”
Sam and Alec both bristled at that, “Hey ”
“I think that just proves my point.” Dean smirked.] - LOL!!!
wicked_liz
Jun. 28th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
I'm loving this. Alec is such a Winchester, it's hilarious how much he is like Dean, though probably less moody.
wise_old_crone
Aug. 20th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
Completely adorable! And no, I'm not gonna read up on the entire series in one greedy sitting. oh wait... I am too :-D
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