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23 April 2019 @ 03:35 pm
Drabble Fic - The Photo (14.18)  
Title: The Photo
Summary: 14.18 Drabble. Sam burns his most treasured photo of his Mom.
Rating: PG13
Genre/Spoilers: Gen. Season 14 spoilers.
Warnings: Unbeta'd.
Word Count: 100.
Disclaimer: I don't own Supernatural that privilege belongs to CW, Kripke and Co, I'm simply borrowing them for a while. I'm not making a profit, this is just for fun and all the standard disclaimers apply.

The Photo

It's Sam's most treasured photo of her. Maybe it's because she looks like the Mom he always pieced together from snippets of Dean and Dad's memories; maybe it's because she looks like the younger version he once met, or the one he used to dream about; the care-free Mom, that could smile like that because she was happy and whole and complete.

Sam Winchester had a Mom, and he got a chance to meet her, to talk to her, to know her.

It's not her body they're burning, but this is her picture, and this is how he'll remember her.

A/N: I'm sad to see Mary go, even though it did feel like there were some missed opportunities with her character (I was hoping for more family time, and flashbacks, and memories). I wanted to focus on Sam burning the photo here, as I wondered why he did it. As always I'd love to hear your thoughts too; on the episode, on the drabble, on everything (just no spoilers please). Take care :)
ellerkay: Sam hair sadellerkay on April 23rd, 2019 03:29 pm (UTC)
Lovely; you evoke such bittersweetness here. I love that you focused on Sam's gratitude that he got to spend time with her.

I'm sorry to see Mary go, too, even though I never totally fell in love with her character. I feel like there were missed opportunities, too, and that the writers never really knew what to do with her. I thought it was nice this season the way she was finally firmly in their lives, even if she wasn't around all the time. I would have liked more chances to get to know her and to see her relationship with the boys and with other characters.
madebyme_xmadebyme_x on April 23rd, 2019 04:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you - you're too kind!!!

Exactly! I think they could have done so much more with her, but instead it became that Cas situation, where if she wasn't there they had to explain why (which irritates me!) I think it was time to say goodbye to her, but it did feel like a missed opportunity.
The Long and Winding Roadamypond45 on April 23rd, 2019 04:09 pm (UTC)
Great drabble. I wondered about the picture, too. I assumed it was his favorite picture of her, and he was offering it up as a kind of sacrifice, but I'm probably reading too much into it. The Winchesters and hunters in general seem to take a lot of their rituals from ancient warrior cultures like the Vikings. I wonder if they burned all her things, too? (Except her journal -- or is that John's journal on the table at her memorial reception in the bunker?)
madebyme_xmadebyme_x on April 23rd, 2019 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, it certainly felt like a sacrifice of some sort; like he was giving away something that was her, or something that meant something to him about her. But you're right, it all feels very ritualistic, and I'm probably reading more into it!

I haven't seen the least episode yet, but I would think that they would keep some things of hers; weapons, journals, etc. Even if it's purely practical. Thank you for stopping by :)
JJ1564: waistcoatjj1564 on April 23rd, 2019 05:46 pm (UTC)
I like your take on why he burned the photo, the last line says it all. I'm pleased Sam got a chance to get to know his mom, even if she made a lot of mistakes and didn't seem to appreciate her sons until this season.
madebyme_xmadebyme_x on April 24th, 2019 10:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! I kept thinking about that photo, and why he burned it and I liked the idea that he wanted to sacrifice something that was her, because the body wasn't.

I liked what they did with Mary for the most part, but I do think they missed some huge opportunities with her character. Thank you for stopping by :)
Dizzojay's Dean Dreamsdizzojay on April 23rd, 2019 08:31 pm (UTC)
Perfect reflection of that moment!
Thank you :)
madebyme_xmadebyme_x on April 24th, 2019 11:03 am (UTC)
You're too kind - thank YOU for reading and leaving such a sweet comment! :)
tyrsibs: pic#121849039tyrsibs on April 24th, 2019 03:02 am (UTC)
An insightful glimpse of what Sam might have been thinking—beautifully done, as ever!
madebyme_xmadebyme_x on April 24th, 2019 11:04 am (UTC)
I couldn't stop thinking about that photo, and that scene made me tear up, so I felt like I had to revisit it. Thank you so much for our lovely words and support :)
casey: spn s/d big hugcasey28 on April 24th, 2019 07:46 pm (UTC)
I like your thoughts on why he chose that picture. That it reminded him of the mom from his dreams, who was "happy and whole and complete."

I feel the same way... sad to see her go, but there were missed opportunities. It's like they knew she'd be gone by the end of the season, so they gave her relationship with the boys some development, but not nearly enough. I would've liked to have known her better.
madebyme_xmadebyme_x on April 25th, 2019 09:24 am (UTC)
Thank you for stopping by! I'm happy that you enjoyed the drabble; seeing Sam burn the picture brought a tear to my eye, and I really wanted to focus on his motivations a bit.

I feel the same. I like what they did with her initially and how we got to know the real Mary and not just the mythical Mary of Dean's memories. But after that, it sort of felt like they weren't sure what to do with her, or the family dynamic. It's a shame really; I think they could have done much more with her.