Elevator Devil

After death reverses in South Dakota, and after Bobby kills his late wife, Sam and Dean just want a break from the Apocalypse thing. When a hunt pops up in Rapid City, South Dakota, it seems the perfect way to get back in the business.
{Battle of The Fandoms Entry; Supernatural}

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13. All Those Who Wander

"So, you think you'll be good?"

"No." Jessica replied. "I just saw two people die. I think I'm in for a lifetime of counseling."

Dean nodded awkwardly. He was no good for this sort of stuff, normally, he would have been long gone by now.

But he had stayed and he might as well finish the job.

"Sorry about that."

"Sorry?" Jessica's eyes widened. "If it wasn't for you, I'd be dead by now."

"Looks to me like you saved yourself. No need for our help." Dean replied.

"Yeah but," Jessica paused, "I would have never figured it out if it weren't for you guys."

Reila, Helios and Sam joined them. Haro was still out cold and Sam placed him on the floor beside him.

"Is he okay?" Jessica asked.

Sam nodded, "Still alive." He looked at Dean, "We got to him in time."

"Or rather Jessica got to him in time." Dean said, "How did you do that by the way?"

"Like the words she said that got the black smoke?" Reila asked.

"What was that?" Helios asked.

"Exorcism, words in Latin that if you say them right can send a demon back to Hell. Not many people know them, except if they're hunters." Sam said, simplifying it a bit for the kids. He knew that they had a rough day, what with the revelations that monsters are real and their best friend was a demon in disguise.

"H- Haro was a demon?" Reila hesitantly asked.

"Not anymore." Jessica said. "He was possessed, now he's 100% Haro."

"How do you even know all this stuff?" Dean asked. "Not to offend you or anything, but you're not exactly hunter material- people who know monsters exist and hunt them to stop them from killing people." He amended, catching Helios' and Reila's questioning looks.

Jessica sighed and for the first time, Dean noticed the symbols stitched neatly on the edges. They looked like-

"Anti possession symbols." Jessica said, catching Dean's gaze. "I had hoped to keep my secret." She said quietly, looking at them.

"Jessica-" Sam tried to say.

"Never mind. You all shared yours, so I suppose it's my turn." Jessica said.

"It requires a bit of backstory." Jessica started.

"Six years ago, I wasn't the same person now. I know that's kind of cliche to start a story, but it's true."

She looked up at them, blue eyes steady.

"I had just started school, and some people immediately disliked me. They made this fact very clear every day."

Dean had a bad feeling about this.

"I ignored them, as people often do about people who disliked them, but it seemed, over time to get worse and worse as those people grew to hate me for not listening to them."

"It's the nature, I suppose, for bullies to want their victims to listen, to listen just how worthless they think they are. For them to fight back and get torn down every time and watch the fight leave them." Jessica looked at them. "It was the same with mine."

She breathed out, "It's the little things that get you in the end. Dealing with loneliness everyday, listening to them over and over again, that sort of thing, you get used to it. Human beings, if you tell them they're one thing over and over again for a long period of time, they will start to believe it, no matter how much they didn't want to to."

Jessica ran her hands through her hair and settled them down on her lap.

"I started to believe them. Every single word, offhand comment. I took every stare as a sign of disgust. I took their word as nothing but the truth, because if they were wrong, why didn't anyone say so? Why did I believe it?"

Jessica paused. "I did okay though, because, my sister, she helped me, made feel not so alone."

She took a deep breath, and grimaced, "Then one day, as she was driving to pick me up, there was a crash. It wasn't her fault, a truck had came out of nowhere and plowed into the side of the car. She went into a coma." Jessica gasped as if she was about to cry, "They told me that she might never wake up."

Sam felt sick. It was almost parallel to Dean. Coma. Never wake up. He felt as if he was going to cry too.

"I was so alone." Jessica said. "I was the one who told her to pick me up. I thought it made it my fault. My fault my sister was in the hospital. I was so angry."

"I hated myself." She confessed.

"It was harder to believe I wasn't useless or worthless. Would a person of worth have everything taken from them? Would a person of use have people telling them the opposite every day?" Jessica asked.

"Then one day someone told me to kill myself. They had told me that a hundred times, a million times before, but this wasn't like those times. I thought that was a good idea. Contemplated it even. Planned it out, down to the exact time."

"You planned your own death." Helios said, in a shell shocked voice.

"Yes. I knew that nobody else would be in the house. By the time my father would have found me I would have been long dead." Jessica replied.

"What stopped you?" Sam asked, wanting the end to the horrible tale.

"I got into the bathtub and turned on the water. Then I sat there for a long time, knife to my throat, watching the water rise. I tried, told myself all the mistakes I made, everything I believed." Jessica said. "I couldn't make myself do it. I sat there for hours, trying to muster up the will to move the knife. My dad found me there, chest deep in water with the knife to my throat. He wrenched it away from me and called the police. He didn't know what to do."

Jessica sighed. "I was angry and confused. I didn't understand. I thought that everything would be better, if I died. Instead he just became even more sad and angry. When I saw my sister, that was when I started to understand. He would have been alone."

"Like in a Disney movie, everything got better after that. My sister woke up, a miracle, everybody said. So that's my secret. I once tried to kill myself."

"Oh my God." Reila said, "Oh my God."

"I- I never knew about this." Helios stuttered.

"Why should have you known?" Dean asked.

Reila looked at him, "We went to the same school, all of us."

"You what? You let her get to a point like that? Where she tried to kill herself?!" Sam exclaimed, shocked that anybody would let it get that far.

"Guys, stop. Everything turned Disney after that. I tried to understand why I was wrong, and my sister recovered. When she found out thought, that was scary." Jessica laughed.

"Afterwards she went and bought me a book as an apology." Jessica opened the bag.

She brought out a book. Sam and Dean recognized the cover immediately.

"That?" He said disgustedly.

"Yes." Jessica replied. "Dean, Sam."

"I read it. At first I thought it was stupid, two guys going around killing monsters. But it's more than that, it's about family and even though you're dealt a crappy hand in life, you push through. It's about love and yeah I know it's Disney but it's true. The phrase 'love conquers all' is a cliche but there's a reason why it's such a widespread one and that's because it's true." Jessica said, as if she wanted to convince them about the book's greatness.

"It's about when the odds seem impossible, you do it anyway because it's the right thing to do. It's this, wonderful, it's about not giving up. It's all there." Jessica smiled. "Just hidden a thick layer of macho."

"It- The message. It got me thinking. Yeah, I had a crappy time now, but so did them, and did they give up?" She asked, "No. It was one of the things that were able to keep me going, whenever someone called me a name or told me just how little they thought of me, I thought about these. How Sam and Dean never gave up."

As an afterthought she added, "I don't condone Wincest, Dean."

"What?" Dean said.

Jessica held up the book. "I know."

"What?" Dean said, seemingly able to only speak those words now.

"You're the Dean in the books, aren't you? And you," Jessica looked at Sam, "You're Sam."

"Yes." Sam said.

"I'm so sorry." Jessica said. "You've had a pretty crappy life." She paused. "From what I know of anyway. The series obviously ended a few years before for you guys. You were talking about things that weren't in the books."

"Wait what?" Reila asked. "What are you talking about?"

Jessica turned to her and said, "There's a book series about them."

"Oh." Reila said.

"I would very much like to read these books." Helios announced.

"No! No you don't!" Dean cried out, lunging forward with his exclamation.

Helios looked mystified. "But they tell of the heroic adventured of you and Sam. You helped me and all of us, why wouldn't I be inclined to want to read more of your tales?"

"Dude, stop talking like you're in medieval times. Talk modern, man." Dean said, having enough of Helios' antiquated speech.

"I kind of like it." Reila said.

Helios looked at her, alarmed.

"In a friendly way, I promise!" Reila said, suddenly understanding why he looked at her that way. "In a friendly non sexual way."

"What happened?" Jessica asked again. "Obviously something did as Dean is back."

Dean didn't want to talk about it, and he looked at Sam meaningfully. Sam didn't catch it though and spoke.

"An angel pulled Dean out." Sam said. "Angels are real."

"I guess that makes sense." Jessica said. "If there's below there must be above, right?"

"Yeah but, angels are dicks." Dean jumped in.

"What?" Helios and Jessica said together.

"Angels are unkind?" Helios said, looking confused.

"Yeah." Dean said.

Helios looked like someone ran over his puppy and then spat on the dead body.

"What happened?" Jessica asked, "An angel pulling someone out must be pretty serious."

"Yeah, turns out we had to stop the Apocalypse from happening." Dean answered.

"Apocalypse?" Jessica asked, "Like biblical full on fire and brimstone, End of Days, Apocalypse?"

"Yahtzee." Dean said.

"I started the Apocalypse." Sam said.

"What?" Jessica exclaimed, "I'm pretty sure you didn't, you aren't the person to start something that would possibly kill everybody."

"But I did, I killed Lilith." Sam argued.

"Lilith? You're going to have to explain a bit because I'm lost." Jessica said, Helios and Reila nodding to agree with her.

"After Dean went down to- you know," Sam started, "I worked with Ruby, and she got me-"

"Hooked on demon blood." Dean finished.

"What?" Jessica asked, "Why?"

"I thought it would make me a better hunter, I could use the gifts. I could exorcise demons with my mind, even kill them."

"That's, great." Jessica said, "Really great. Uh, not the demon blood thing, that sounds nasty."

"Yeah, it is." Sam said, "It turned into an addiction."

"Yikes." Jessica said, "That really sucks."

"Then Dean came back and suddenly we had to stop the Apocalypse. I tried to keep it a secret from him, but he found out."

"Yeah, I did." Dean said, "Why would you even hide it?"

"To keep you happy?" Jessica guessed, "I mean, I don't know but that seems the most likely reason. Like the uh, Mystery Spot thing, you tried to keep things the same."

"I guess." Sam said. "He told me to stop and I did I really tried, then the angels came and told us that there were sixty-six seals we had to stop from breaking. If we failed, Lucifer would be set free."

"I was pretty determined for Lilith to die, she killed Dean." Sam said. "I got hopped on demon blood, and went after her and killed her, I thought it was the right thing to do, she was the one breaking the seals. I could take revenge and save the world."

"Lilith was the final seal." Dean said. "Her death was the final seal, if you killed her when sixty five seals were broken, Lucifer would be set free."

"Sixty five seals were broken." Jessica said.

"Yes." Sam said. "So it was my fault."

"You didn't know, right?" asked Jessica. "You couldn't have known."

"That still doesn't change the fact I should have. It was my fault." Sam retorted.

"Okay, so say it was your fault." Jessica said, "Why did you kill her?" Jessica asked.

"Because she killed Dean, why did she kill Dean? To complete the deal. Why was the deal made? Because you were dead. Why were you dead? Because Jake killed you. Why did Jake kill you? So he could survive. Why did he have to survive? Because Azazel made all of you kill each other for the strongest leader to lead the demons. Why did he do that? I'm guessing Lucifer told him to. Why did Lucifer tell him to do that? Because he wanted to get out."

"What's the point-?"

"Why did he want to get out? Because he was locked up. Why was he locked up? Because he rebelled against God, or at least that's what the bible says. Why did he rebel? Long story short, he didn't like humans. Why didn't he like humans? Basically because we existed. Why do we exist? Because God." Jessica pointed up.

"So, it's all God's fault." Jessica finished.

"But, he couldn't have known-" Sam started.

Jessica raised an eyebrow.

"Oh."

"You couldn't have known either, Sam." Jessica said. "It's not your fault."

Sam nodded, though his face showed disbelief.

Jessica swatted him on the arm. "Believe it. Trust me, I'm not a liar."

"What happened after that?" Helios asked, "You were at the part where," He paused, "Lucifer was released."

"We're trying to stop him." Sam said, "We're trying to find God."

"God? What do mean find? Is he gone or something?" Reila asked.

"He skipped town a couple million years back." Dean said.

"Wow, a person finds out that Heaven and Hell are real, then they find out God probably doesn't care." Jessica said. "Whoosh, there goes my belief system."

"So much for a loving God." Helios said, looking crushed.

Jessica looked like she had just remembered something. "So, you know about the books."

Dean snorted. "You can say that."

"I suppose you met the author?" She asked, "To find out what was going on?"

"We met Chuck, yeah." Dean replied.

Jessica scrunched her face, "Chuck?"

"Carver Edlund's a pen name." Sam explained.

Jessica nodded in understanding. "I- I'm probably going to sound like a stalker, but where does he live?"

"He lives in-" Sam cut himself off. "How about I just write it down? Do you have a paper and a pen?"

Jessica dug out both out of her bag and handed them over. Sam took them and scribbled on it.

"Tell him you know about the Winchesters, that will make him listen to you." Sam said.

"Winchester?"

"Our last names." Sam explained.

"Wait," Reila said. "What happened? Lucifer is still free?"

Dean nodded. "Yeah, and causing havoc, all the weird stuff on TV? That's probably demons and whatnot causing a whole lot of damages bills."

"How do you stop him?" Helios asked.

"Honestly?" Dean said, "We don't know. We know jack shit about ending the Apocalypse other than letting it play through, and that's not an option. Our only hope now, is God."

Jessica sighed. "It seems like a hopeless situation, doesn't it?"

"Yeah, but we'll pull through, like we always do." Dean said.

"I- I don't know what I can do to help." Jessica said. "But- I- I'll be cheering for you guys, I guess. I know that's not much, but it's not like I can fight, I don't know anything about that. But, yeah, I believe in you guys, I believe you can do this."

"As do I." Helios agreed. Reila nodded.

"Lucifer."

"Who said that?" Reila said.

"Lucifer."

Haro twitched.

"I perhaps think it is Haro who whispers in his unconscious state." Helios replied.

Sam went over to him, "Whoever it was, they stopped now."

Haro twitched again and his eyes fluttered. He groaned as he slowly blinked his eyes and looked around.

"Ugh. What the hell happened?"

"JESSICA!"

Jessica recognized the familiar voice instantly.

"MARION?!" She yelled back, whipping her head around.

A blonde was hurtling at full speed across the mall.

When she reached them, she skidded to a stop and grabbed Jessica by the arms.

"Are you okay?!" She all but screamed into Jessica's face.

She started inspecting Jessica's arms and torso, looking for wounds.

"Are you hurt?" She asked, in a quieter tone.

She dropped Jessica's arms, and looked around, then she started yelling, 

"What were you thinking?! I was worried! Do you know how long it's been?! Two hours! Two hours with you in there and when you get out? No! Nothing! You don't even bother to tell me that you're okay!"

"I-"

"And don't try that thing about not being able to, Jessica Theresa Williams! You have something called a phone. Use it."

"Marion-"

Marion noticed Sam and Dean.

"And who are they?" She demanded. "I don't know who they are."

Jessica looked a bit lost, Marion looked at her with all the expectations of an older sister, and Jessica seemed to snap out of it.

"Uh, Sam and Dean Winchester. Taller one is Sam."

Dean looked offended. "I don't need reminding." He grumbled.

"And what are they doing here?" Marion raised an eyebrow.

"They were in the elevator with us?" Jessica said with trepidation.

Marion nodded, "Good answer."

"Now, say goodbye, you're coming home. Now."

Marion walked a few steps away to give them a bit of privacy.

Jessica looked a bit embarrassed. "Uh, bye?" 

She turned to Helios and Reila, "See you at school."

Then she looked at Sam and Dean. "It's been a really weird and to be honest, terrifying two hours."

Jessica paused for a moment. "Two hours? I could've sworn that it was less than that."

She shook her head, "Anyway, I'm just really glad you were there, and thanks for the address." She held up the piece of paper.

"But, there's this one other thing, uh, in case there's another monster?" Jessica trailed off.

"Oh! Yeah." Sam dug out a card and handed it over to Jessica.

She smiled.

"So, uh, good luck."

Jessica walked over to her sister and they both left.

ELEVATOR DEVIL

"So that was one weird day."

"You can say that."

"Meeting the fans, wow, never thought I'd see a sane one."

"Not exactly, she was still carrying around salt."

"That means we're crazy."

"Maybe we are."

Dean was driving as usual while Sam rode shotgun.

"You think we can actually do this? Beat the Apocalypse?"

"So long as we keep fighting, yeah we can."

"Saving people, hunting things, the family business, right?"

"Yeah Sammy."

"Don't call me Sammy."

ELEVATOR DEVIL

"Are you sure this is the place?"

"That's the address they wrote."

"I still can't believe you're going to the author's house."

"Shut up, you know you love the series."

"Fine! Okay."

Jessica walked up to the door.

She knocked.

"Hello? Who are you?"

"Hi, I'm Jessica and this is Marion."

"What are you doing here?"

"We know about the Winchesters."

"You'd better come inside."

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