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Title: Leaving Reno
Characters: Sam, Dean, Nevada
Tags/spoilers/warnings: outsider POV/weird POV; chains/cuffs, suggestion of; sin, suggestion of, conflation of sex/trauma; Wincest
Notes: for [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal 's fabulous art prompt!



Not much could contain their mischief. And I was built for sin. Pleasure dome. Prison-castle. Dun-geon. Whatever the passing-throughs wanted, these gamblers and their girls and their ghosts. But they weren't just passing-throughs, these. Not like the others, and there were some, that wanted--bloods and spoils, these chances, and each other.

*

Once I was more, more wanted. Made of desert--Ne-va-da, or hell, sage and silver and snow; said out loud, these, as reasons for being, for names. I was a place and then another place, over bones, animal, human; and bloods, human and earth, glittering. So the mirrors say, and that's sky.

*

Demons have been here. Miners and traders and law; cuffs.

But they chased a gambler's ghost through my skins, Sammy Sammy Sammy whose jangling was a coin, charged; unluck. The other gripped, callus-to-frame, bowed; ripped-blind and shredded-up-shag--and made me, made me again. A bed.

I think this place knows us, he said.

Dean!

*

Canyons of slots.

They ended in one of my basements.

Sex dungeon, the Dean said, knocked my brick, do ya want to?

I was closed. But what I was built for: proposition. After-palace-before-condo: sin. Pawn. And the passing-throughs; this.

Sam!

Coin-and-iron through skin, spike and heel; railroad, hell, this past. They chased a gambler’s ghost, six and a killer, black and jack, through my skins, torn-down-and-after—

not killed.

*

I was hell.

They built a fire. Put it out quick.

Shit, the Dean said, but this was a suite, freaking murderer's ghost.

After all the hells, the Sam said, and that was a quake, like a gasp.

They were cut-up, dripped; demolition. Whispering, water-than-dust.

Don't...

…hurt me.

Never.

Sounds, keys ; tongues and boards. Fingers fit, the ceiling said. And pulled.

*

Once I was more, more wanted.

Feed me, they said.

I don't know bodies as well--slot and tongue and arch; good bones. But they were painted, in the places they bound each other up. In hair.

Strip, said the Sammy-one, me.

Mirror: mouth to mark and wrist and unchained. Binding and unbinding is, I’ve heard,
cage and prison and mark. Said out loud, these, as reasons for being,

for names.

*

Not much can contain, maybe mountains. Those around.

Buildings do not. Or vaults. My next-doors, though, with people and passing-throughs; I have eyes. A safe. For once it was soft out and demons weren't, you’d think, or angels or killers or gambler's ghosts. Just bloody bed and Washoe wind their car kicked up, but--

brothers, silver and sage and what I was built for--

you'd be wrong.

Date: 2017-02-26 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] milly-gal.livejournal.com
Oh wow! Honey I don't even know how to reply to this without it all coming out in garbled brain dead drizzle! This is stunning. The strange POV really adds a frisson to it, like the place in which all these actions and thoughts and happenings resides will eventually become a sentient being all of it's own.

We each carry our own memories, I've long believed placed can be embedded or imbued with the memories of activities carrying out in them!

Like I said, garbled drain drizzle, lol.

Thank you so much for taking that prompt and playing with it. It's beautiful!

Date: 2017-02-28 07:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowroad3.livejournal.com
"We each carry our own memories, I've long believed placed can be embedded or imbued with the memories of activities carrying out in them!": Me too! I'm so interested in place and memory, have thought about these things a lot!

And I am so happy you like this! Your art made me think of representations of hell on the physical plane, rescues, structures and all the violence they must see (esp. any that have tried to contain Winchesters)...also about how a lot of writers probably could have/would have come up with something a lot more naughty, heh.


Date: 2017-03-02 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] milly-gal.livejournal.com
Pish, woman stop it! This was wonderful!!! I really enjoyed it :DDD

Date: 2017-02-26 04:49 pm (UTC)
kalliel: (free fall)
From: [personal profile] kalliel
I especially love this line: I don't know bodies as well--slot and tongue and arch; good bones. And the intermixing of the histories of the West with the contemporaneity of Sam and Dean, as well as the slippage between rock formation and body. <3

Date: 2017-02-28 07:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowroad3.livejournal.com
"And the intermixing of the histories of the West with the contemporaneity of Sam and Dean, as well as the slippage between rock formation and body": this is something I'm intensely interested in, in terms of Winchesters/frontiers and in non-SPN ways too (if those exist, heh)! Maps and formations and geographies and histories and placescapes and bounds and borders and lack thereof. I feel like this is something we share. <3

Date: 2017-02-28 04:49 pm (UTC)
kalliel: (free fall)
From: [personal profile] kalliel
This is definitely something we share!! (And is also basically the dissertation chapter I'm currently writing, though I can't bring myself to be interested in it in that form, in that context, at present. XD)

<3

Date: 2017-02-26 05:03 pm (UTC)
laughablelament: (BunnyDean)
From: [personal profile] laughablelament
How... how do you even do this? So gorgeous--you and the west and (like kalliel says,) rocks and bodies. Awestruck. ^_^

Date: 2017-02-28 07:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowroad3.livejournal.com
Always appreciate you, l., as ya know. Feel like rocks/bodies is more your domain, particularly the bodies--so you got to school me. <3

Date: 2017-03-01 12:42 am (UTC)
laughablelament: (BunnyDean)
From: [personal profile] laughablelament
*cough cough* Colorado *cough cough*

:p

Date: 2017-03-01 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowroad3.livejournal.com
LOL, that canyon's gonna haunt me.

Date: 2017-02-27 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jj1564.livejournal.com
I love your weird, wonderful, poetic stories and this one is no exception! I love the POV and the imagery. I love this...

They ended in one of my basements.

Sex dungeon, the Dean said, knocked my brick, do ya want to?


So very Dean! Great use of Milly's artwork, loved it.

Date: 2017-02-28 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowroad3.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you so much for appreciating my weird stuff...I feel lucky to have inspiration like milly's and kind readership like yours! Also so glad you heard Dean, because I'm not a natural at Dean-voice.
Edited Date: 2017-02-28 07:20 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-02-28 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jj1564.livejournal.com
I love your weird stuff! And you know I mean weird in a good way, don't you?!

Date: 2017-02-28 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowroad3.livejournal.com
I did take weird and wonderful as a compliment ( : And it made me very happy. Thank you so much for the <3.

<3!

Date: 2017-02-27 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jj1564.livejournal.com
I love your weird, wonderful, poetic stories and this one is no exception! I love the POV and the imagery. I love this...

They ended in one of my basements.

Sex dungeon, the Dean said, knocked my brick, do ya want to?


So very Dean! Great use of Milly's artwork, loved it.

Date: 2017-03-06 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] z-publicizes.livejournal.com
This is wonderfully disorienting, flipping things--the nature of things--over and over and finding new angles. You are amazing at the idiosyncratically mythic--mythic that doesn't feel like it's trying to be larger than life, it just is, y'know?

Date: 2017-03-09 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowroad3.livejournal.com
I just wrote to you about something similar--how you combined mythic/not in "Vagabonding"! This is one of the things I love best about SPN: idiosyncratically mythic. So I'm glad you found some of that here. <3!

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