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Fox verse: "Alec's Name is Mud"

Title: Alec's Name is Mud
Author: lori_leaf
Beta: minx999
Rating: PG-13 for language
Summary: There was something irresistable about the large pile of mud behind Bobby's house. No ten year old boy could possibly keep his distance.
Author's Note: This is part of my Fox 'Verse. It works as a stand-alone story. The only thing you need to know is this is a crossover between Dark Angel and Supernatural. I've messed with both timelines. It's 2007, Dean is 19, Sam is 15. John found Alec in a school during an undercover mission. Alec is 10 years old. He's been living with the Winchesters at Bobby's house for a few weeks.

Alec dug his bare feet into the mud. He relished in the gritty texture and cool temperature against his skin. It squished satisfyingly between his toes. He dipped one finger into the dirt and dragged a grayish brown glob up his shinbone. It stood out starkly against his pale skin. He dipped in a hand and created a careful handprint on his rolled up jeans. The mud clung to the denim and he could feel dampness slowly settling into his jeans.

He pondered that for a moment before lowering his bottom to sit in the mud pile. Sure enough, a steady dampness soaked into the seat of his pants. He grinned and thrust both hands into the mud pile, admiring how thoroughly the mud coated his skin. War paint!

He smeared the dirt across his face like he had been taught to do to create camouflage. Alec knew he had to look like a warrior now. He re-dipped his hands and then stared at the smooth white side of Bobby’s house. He was in the backyard. No one would ever notice. He carefully pressed his hands against the stark whiteness and beamed as his hand prints clearly shown. Alec Was Here. There it was, clear as day. Unable to resist, he rolled in the mud pile and then pressed his entire body against the wall before jumping back to admire his work. It was beautiful! There he was, arms outstretched, a full body print like a stamp. Perfect. It was Alec. A clear picture of Alec where before there was nothing.

A shadow moved behind him, marring his perfect mud print. Alec whirled around, unhappy to have been caught. Dean Winchester stared at him for a moment before he burst into laughter.

“What the hell are you doing, kid?”

Alec refused to feel silly. It wasn’t silly. It was camouflage. It was tactics. There was nothing silly about being covered in mud. He toed at the dirt, “Nothing.”

Dean reached out to pluck at Alec’s mud crunchy hair but the kid dodged with a scowl.

“This doesn’t look like nothing. This looks like lots of something. Shit, kid... Bobby sees this crap on his house, he’ll kick your ass.”

Alec tried to brush the mud off the wall but only succeeded in smearing it. He shrugged in an attempt to look nonchalant. “Don’t care.”

Dean obviously didn’t believe him. “Sure...”

The kid crouched down over the mud pile and squished a glob of mud in his fist. “It was fun.”

The older boy attempted to look far too adult to be interested, “Looks like it.”

Alec looked up with a grin and held out a muddy hand. “You wanna?”

Dean was tempted but shook his head no. “Dad catches you doing this, worst he’ll do is pop you on the butt a few times. It’d be embarrassing but over in a few minutes. He catches me making mud angels on Bobby’s walls though, and he’ll have me running. I hate running. I’ll be out in the sun for an hour and then I’ll suffer for a week while my muscles are all pissed at me. No thank you.”

Alec seemed disheartened by this news, “John’ll be mad?”

“Probably, but hey, we can fix this.” Dean grinned, “How do you feel about taking a swim?”

Alec didn’t like the idea at all. Swimming meant endless laps or lung capacity tests. Neither option was particularly appealing. It was still better then facing John’s disappointment though. “Sure, swimming is... awesome.”

“Don’t worry, I won’t dunk you. We’ll just get the mud off and tell Dad you fell in. He’ll be less pissed at a wet son versus a muddy one.” Dean put a hand on the back of Alec’s neck and ushered him towards the creek.

It was going to be cold, but Alec was a trooper. If Dean planned it right, the kid would only be outside for another few minutes.

Alec looked at the water with distrust. “So... swim?”

Dean nodded. “Yep.”

The boy sighed and then walked in the water fully dressed. He hunched down and scrubbed at his clothes then attacked his face and hair. Dean half expected that the kid would find some joy in splashing around in the water after his adventures in the mud pile, but Alec was fully focused on the task at hand. It only took him a few minutes before he scuttled out of the water, wet, but clean.

Alec shook himself like a wet dog before staring up at Dean miserably. “Okay I’m clean. John won’t be mad now?”

Dean looked around making sure no one was nearby before making grabby hands at Alec’s clothes. Alec began peeling off his layers as Dean laid them out on some branches to dry. The older boy wrapped his flannel shirt around his brother before pursing his lips, mentally steeling himself for the conversation he was about to start.

“Why don’t you call him ‘Dad’?”

Alec pulled the flannel shirt tighter around himself, his wet hair soaking the collar. “John?”

Dean smacked him on the back of his head. “Who else would you call Dad?”

Alec scowled. “He’s your dad.”

“Yeah and he’s Sammy’s dad too, doesn’t make him any less my dad or your dad.”

“He’s not my dad. I’m engineered. I’m like a really awesome toaster oven you order from a catalogue. I might look like your old toaster oven, but I’m not the same. All my insides are different and I’m manufactured to be better. We share DNA, Dean, but you guys don’t owe me anything.”

Dean’s eyes narrowed. “You’re a little shit, you know that? You’re not a toaster oven, you’re my brother. My shitty little brother.”

Alec patted at Dean’s chest, “Sure, Dean,. I’m your brother.”

Dean knocked his hand away. “Don’t be condescending, you little jerk! You’re my brother. How many times we gotta talk about this? You may be an unexpected addition to the family, but you’re not an unwanted addition to the family.”

Alec just shrugged.

Dean huffed. “Look, just call the old man ‘Dad,’ okay? Maybe you don’t pay attention but every time we go into town and you call him ‘Daddy,’ he gets all misty eyed and happy. Then we get back to Bobby's, and you call him ‘sir’ instead and he clams up. It makes him feel like crap that you don’t treat him like family. He doesn’t deserve that, so if you don’t feel like he’s your dad, just do a better job of faking it.”

“You call him ‘sir,’” Alec countered.

Dean poked at the kid’s chest. “I sometimes call him ‘sir’ as a sign of respect. I also call him ‘Dad’... as a sign of respect. He’s not ‘John’, he’s ‘Dad.’ Got it?”

Alec dug his bare toes into the ground looking shamefaced before smiling mischievously at Dean. “Sir, yes sir.” He completed his bit of sass with a well-executed salute.

Alec barely ducked Dean’s swat to his head. “Smart ass.”

The kid shifted from foot to foot. “It’s cold, Dean. Not that I’m not grateful for you making me sit in an icy cold creek and then taking all my clothes away from me... but it’s cold.”

“I gave you my flannelshirt.”

Alec repeated, “Cold.”

Dean groaned. “Fine. We’ll get you inside and I’ll come back for your clothes in a few hours when they’re dry. It won’t be the first time I helped a little brother avoid trouble.”

Dean surveyed the path through the woods and then looked down at Alec’s bare feet before sweeping the kid up and onto his back.

“This is called a piggyback ride. It’s a very important lesson in covert operations and far more effective then a fireman's carry... at least when the subject is scrawny.”

Alec tightened his grip on Dean’s neck. “I’ve had a piggyback ride before Dean.”

Dean feigned innocence. “Have you?”

Alec knocked his ankle into Dean’s side. “You’ve given me a piggyback ride before.”

Dean beamed. “Great. That means you can hold on and I don’t need to use my hands.” And with that, Dean released his grip on Alec’s knees and took off at a break neck speed towards the house.

Alec clung on for dear life as Dean took great pleasure in barely avoiding tree branches and roots. By the time they got to the house, Dean was out of breath and Alec’s hair had gone from ‘soaked’ to barely ‘damp.’ Dean took another careful look around before sneaking Alec into the house and up to his room.

Alec was putting a dry pair of jeans on when John entered the room. Both boys tried to look innocent.

John ignored their looks and sat on Sam’s bed. “Did I ever tell you guys about Deano’s laundromat when he was three?”

Dean grimaced, “Dad...”

John continued, “Dean, here, decided to save his mom some time when he was about three years old and bathe both himself and his clothes at the same time. I guess he figured that everything had to get wet and soapy to get clean and it’d be a waste of time to clean a kid and his clothes separately. So, Dean hopped into the tub with everything on, shoes and all. Mary comes in and sees her little angel beaming up at her, so proud of himself.”

Dean covered his face with his hands.

John grinned. “She couldn’t decide if she should spank him or take a picture.”

Dean turned red and Alec casually positioned his hands over his butt.

“She took a picture.” John laughed. “Mary took a picture. ‘Course that only worked the first time Dean did it. The second time, he earned himself a spanking. Kids get away with cute hijinks once. They get warned, then they suffer the consequences if it happens again.”

John stood up and tousled Alec’s hair. “Hope you had a fun day, kiddo. Consider this your picture for the baby album.”

John had his hand on the doorknob, ready to leave, when Alec’s voice stopped him. “Thanks... Dad.”

John beamed, and then tried to hide it under a veneer of sternness. “Sure thing, son. Now get dressed and help Bobby wash the mud off his house.”

John made it all the way down the hallway before he burst into laughter. “Little boys and mud piles... I suppose it was inevitable.” Dad. He said Dad. That’s his kid. His kid.


( 51 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 28th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)

It's the best Friday ever cuz you posted Fox 'verse fic! This was awesome! Dean is such a cool big bro. Love how he talks to Alec about calling John 'Dad'. And John's story about "Deano's Laundromat" was perfect LOL.


Mar. 28th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! *g* And honestly, what little kid HASN'T gotten into the bathtub completely dressed including little velcro shoes? It's like smushing cake on your face. It simply has to be done at one point or another.
Mar. 28th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
"It was beautiful! There he was, arms outstretched, a full body print like a stamp. Perfect. It was Alec. A clear picture of Alec where before there was nothing."

That was incridible. You really do remember what it was like to be a kid, don't you? A wonderfu, enjoyable story!
Mar. 28th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
Wow, you guys give instant feedback! I only posted this two seconds ago. *g* And I may or may not still find mud piles irresistable... allegedly. I also babysit, so yeah, whatever memories I don't have of being a kid, I quickly remember once a munchkin approaches me proudly, heralding some disaster in some room they shouldn't have been in in the first place.
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Mar. 28th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
hahahahahahaha, I LOVED this. Oh Lori, you made my day. Great job and now you simply MUST write that fic with Dean and getting into the bathtub fully clothed, both times lol.
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
Little kids have the best ideas and you have to admit the logic of washing yourself and your clothes all at once, is pretty sound. And we'll see about the wee Dean story. Right now life is INSANE. I actually sat on this ficlet for awhile because I figured if I waited a week or so to post it then maybe people wouldn't notice when it takes me another month to update anything.
Mar. 28th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
This was so cute. Loved Dean's big brother approach to cleaning Alec. John's laundromat story is priceless. Love his humor in explaining the moral of the story. It made me *g*. Thanks for sharing!
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
*g* Dean's logic makes sense... soggy kids OBVIOUSLY would get in less trouble then muddy kids... sure Dean. And every story has to have a moral. The moral to this story is laundry and bathing can be accomplished in one easy step (as Dean illustrated as a three year old and as a nineteen year old). *g*
Mar. 28th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
This is great!

I love little Alec enjoying the mud. The ideas just springboard off of each other until suddenly we end up here. It was beautiful! There he was, arms outstretched, a full body print like a stamp. Perfect. It was Alec. A clear picture of Alec where before there was nothing.

So perfect! Such a great description of the simple joys of childhood.

And I love John's reaction. So onto the boys.

Great story. Thanks so much for this.
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
There's something incredibly fun about getting filthy, especially as a kid with limited impulse control. I can't be the only kid who started off going "I'll just get my hand dirty... I can wash my hand" and end up covered in mud.

And John's a good dad. *g* He'll let his kids get away with things occationally so long as no one gets cocky about it.
Mar. 28th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Oh, you posted it! Like I said in my email, I absolutely adore how cute Alec is here acting like the little kid he is. Love how Dean even considered for a moment to join in on the fun too. You know he wanted to! Ha!

Love that Alec called John 'Dad' at the end. That just made me all melty.

I really do love this series.
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
I sometimes get stuck in Alec-is-a-soldier mode. It's nice to remember he's also a kid. And mud is fun! I might have problems resisting a really good pile with someone who's obviously already enjoyed the dirt.

Thanks again for betaing! Your suggestions were fantastic. *g*
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
I've missed your Fox verse so much-this was a welcome treat! You did a great job, sweetie!
Mar. 28th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
*g* Thanks hon! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Mar. 28th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Man, I enjoyed the heck out of this. I love Dean looking out for Alec. I especially love the heart to heart and Alec's innocence. Why would Dean think of him as a brother? Ah, Alec. He is your brother. Thanks for the read.
Mar. 28th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
*g* I'm glad you liked it! And I always pictured Alec's unit without the sibling relationships of Ben's unit. So the Winchesters attachment to Alec is a little baffling to him.
Mar. 28th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
OMG! You wrote moer Fox!verse! *SQUEE* <3!!!! Such cute interaction between Dean and Alec.... and then John's story! OMG <3

Great job!
Mar. 28th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
*g* Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the feedback.
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Mar. 28th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
If the world was a more perfect place, I'd have more paying work AND more time to write. Unfortunately real life keeps interfering with writing. I'll keep trying to write when I can though. Thanks for the feedback!
Mar. 28th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
Awesome, one of the coolest parts of this 'verse! *dies*
Mar. 28th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks sweetie!
Mar. 28th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
I love this verse so much! *____*
Alec is the cutest thing and his interaction with John (and omg, I LOVE your John!) and Dean (bestest best big brother EVER) and Sam (the poor sandwich-kid in the middle XD) is so adorable. *__* This part made me melt. Mud + Alec = looove.
It was so sweet how Dean told him to call John "Dad" because he realized how much this means to his father. Dean is actually very sensitive and food with people. And Alec just won´t realize hoch much they all adore him. You silly boy. *hugs him*
Please please please - say you´re going to write more in this verse? *makes puppy dog eyes*
Mar. 28th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
Dean is actually very sensitive and food with people.
*lol* That was kind of freudian since I´m so hungry ... XD Of course I meant he´s good with people.

Gah, I love Dean looking out for Alec - and I love big!badass!hunter!John turning into a big pile of mush, because he adores his little boy.
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Mar. 28th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Okay, this was awesome beyond reason.
I love your writing, and I'm jealous of your descriptive prowess. The mud!
The interactions between Alec and Dean make me so happy. Dean is just the perfect big brother, what with his piggyback rides *dies from cuteness* and his obvious longing to join in on the antics *dies from cuteness again*
And I adore your John. He's so stern and sweet at the same time. I was wondering when Alec would realize that calling John "Dad" in close personal quarters was clearly the thing to do. *smishes them*

Thank you so much for adding more to this 'verse. :D
Mar. 28th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Dean has a lot of practice being a good big brother. *g* And John has to let the kids get away with things every once in awhile. Thanks for the feedback hon! I'm so glad you liked it. I freakin' adore your Wellspring!
Mar. 28th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Awwwww! This is lovely and sweet and funny, too. Just made of warmth and youth and it makes me feel all good inside. Thanks, darlin'.
Mar. 28th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thank YOU for commenting. *g*
Mar. 29th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
I"m so glad you posted that!! It really made my day and I enjoyed it so much. I know John loved the fact alec called him dad, but how sincere was it? and of course every ten year old loves mud <3
Mar. 29th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
Alec definitely hasn't quite embraced the idea of a family, but he's willing to give it a try.

Thanks for the comments!
Mar. 30th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
Yah, more foxverse!

Dean’s eyes narrowed. “You’re a little shit, you know that? You’re not a toaster oven, you’re my brother. My shitty little brother.”

I love how Dean can spit insults and tell someone how much he loves them at the same time.
Mar. 30th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Nothing's a bigger declaration of love in Dean-speak, then calling someone a little shit. *g*
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
aww i'm so gooey inside. just to remind you i love this verse. update again please *blinks rapidly, tries to look sweet*

pretty pleaaaase??
:D ryan
Apr. 5th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
I promise you this series WILL be updated... just not any time in the near future. If you look at my recent entries there's a post where I freak out about how much stuff I have to get done, and another post where I list my accomplishments for the day. That's my schedule for the next five weeks so it's almost a guarentee that there won't be any new Fox 'verse for at least a month. :( I'm sorry hon. But I do promise, I will update when life calms down a little!
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Apr. 29th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Man, I love these stories. Just re-read them. Hope to see more this summer!
May. 1st, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comment! I'm always so pleased to see a surprise comment in my inbox. It makes my day immediately better and you had great timing because I needed a little boost. I'm definitely going to write more, but it'll be another few weeks before I can start writing again. My real life is extremely hectic at the moment and my job is in a creative field so I find that when I get home, I have no energy to write. Things should calm down in about two weeks and hopefully I'll be back to writing regularly. Thanks for sticking with me!
May. 17th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Awwww! Very sweet. I hope you'll do more of these stories soon. &hearts
May. 17th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks hon! I definitely plan to attempt more soon. Life has (very) temporarily calmed down a bit and I'm catching my breath. Hopefully I'll write something soonish before the momentum picks up again.
Aug. 15th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Aug. 16th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
*g* Yay! Thank you!
Nov. 18th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
I'm kinda new just reading all the stories of other people. This was a great stories, they were so cute, I always wonder what it would be like if they had another brother. Vary good storie I liked them vary much. Thanks for writing them.
Nov. 22nd, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks hon! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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Jan. 24th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC)
so did alec call him dad to make john happy or did he do it to gain tactical advantages (dean did say it would make him misty-eyed, something i'm sure alec would view as a sign of weakness) or is he finally starting to get the whole winchester family thing?
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
All of the above. :) Part of being a good soldier is knowing your place in the unit. Alec's starting to figure out how units and families are similar and different.
Feb. 16th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Aww for the cute brotherly moment between Dean and Alec =D

It's weird how John seems to know EVERYTHING that happens but I guess that's why he is the best.

That can't be the last of the universe?!?!?! I LOVE THIS!!!!

Alec comparing himself to a toaster oven....LOL
Alec calling John 'Dad' when in the privacy of their home......aww!!!! =D
Jun. 28th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
Really, really, adorable.
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