Dead Already

Time is Up

Dean could feel the timer ticking down through the next day. They only had one pit stop, and he found himself silent the whole time.

Before they went off to their respective vehicles, Sam pulled him off to the side. "Are you okay, Dean? You seem really off."

"Yeah, dude, I'm fine." Dean assured him.

Sam frowned at him for a moment. Dean hated when Sam gave him that look- those pitying sad eyes that felt like they were looking right into his head. Finally, he said, "You know you can tell me anything, Dean. If there's something wrong..."

Dean felt like his throat close up on him. "Sammy, I told you, I'm fine." He wanted to tell him the truth about his deal, but he knew exactly what Sam would say. He'd want Dean to just let him die, and Dean was not prepared to do that.

After that, they went on driving.

They managed to find an abandoned truck a few hours later that still had gas in it. It was a lucky break, really. Dean quietly prayed for another.

When it got dark, they all agreed it was best to stop. Dean brought it up, knowing it was the only way this was going to happen.

"I agree. I think we could all use a rest." Ruby agreed, pursing her lips and raising her eyebrows. Dean wasn't sure she helped at all, but he knew why she did it. She wanted him to go through with it. He was a little worried that if he chickened out, Ruby would do it herself.

Dean waited for everyone to fall asleep. Ruby, of course, didn't need to, but she hung out in the car, silently, as Dean snuck out.

He quietly opened the car door where Megan was sleeping. He thought about just picking her up and praying she didn't wake up, but he knew she would. Finally, he decided on just waking her up himself. "Megan," He whispered, gently shaking her arm. He kept an eye on Sam, who was fast asleep beside her.

Megan opened her eyes slowly. "Dean? What is it? Is something wrong?"

Yes. "No, nothing. I just... can you come with me?"

Megan looked hesitant, but finally nodded. "Yeah. Sure..."

He helped her out of the truck, and led her out past the road. There was a lot of trees all around. They walked for a while, listening to the sounds of bugs and squirrels.

"Where are we going, Dean?"

I don't know. Far enough away so that nobody hears us. "I just thought I'd go for a walk."

"Then why am I here?"

You don't want to know. "I... I just thought you'd like to come..." He knew she wasn't falling for it. It was pretty obvious. He knew he had to do this quick, but he was trying to work up the nerve.

Megan smiled slightly.

"Whats so funny?"

"Nothing," Megan shook her head. "It's just... funny. That's all."

"What is?"

"You know you're not getting laid just cause you take me out on a walk, right?"

"What? No! No, that's not-"

"Okay! Okay! Sorry, you're right. This is a very lovely walk." Megan grinned to herself.

Dean clenched his fists. He had to do it now. He was running out of time, and he couldn't take it any more. He didn't know what was going to happen when he got back, but it didn't matter. It would be over.

He could feel the vile in his pocket as he pulled out a knife. "Megan," his voice was shaky. He hid the blade behind his back, trying to think of what to say. Maybe if he explained his situation, she would help him. But no... giving her blood to the demon was only asking for more trouble. It was insane... this whole plan was insane.


She turned to look at him, and her eyes met his. He looked into her eyes, and knew he couldn't do it. Not to her. "Uh... you should go back, now."

Megan frowned. "What? Why?"

He carefully slid the knife away. "I just... I need to take care of something."

"I knew you'd chicken out." They both turned to Ruby's mocking voice. She had followed them out into the woods. She knew Dean would never do this alone.

"What are you talking about?" Megan glanced between the two of them, who were glaring at each other. "Dean?"

"Dean here hasn't told you everything." Ruby smirked.

"Shut up, Ruby. You don't know what you're talking about." Dean growled, walking slightly in front of Megan.

"Oh really? So you weren't taking her out here so you could get some of her blood?"

"What?" Megan couldn't understand anything they were saying. "Dean, what the hell is she talking about?"

"The other part of his deal for Sam's life."

"Megan, go back to the car." Dean ordered, not taking his eyes off of Ruby.

"No, Dean, I-"

"Now!" Dean yelled, making Megan flinch.

She ran off, hesitantly, at first. But as she thought about it, things were starting to make sense. Oh God... She realized. I have to get Sam...

Ruby crossed her arms, frowning. "Well, great, now she's gone. What are you gonna do now, genius?"

"You know what, Ruby? I don't like you. Not at all. And I certainly don't trust you." At this point he was just trying to distract her long enough for Megan to get back to the group. He was also trying to postpone the decision he had to make. "But you might be a necessary evil. So I'm going to let you stay. But you will not touch her, you got it?"

"Fine. I'll leave her be. But what are you going to do? You didn't get her blood."

"I'll figure it out. Just... go back to the group and stall for me, okay?"

"Sam! Sam!" Sam woke up rather abruptly to Megan's face hovering over his.

"Megan? What's wrong? What are you-"

"It's Dean!"

That was all that was needed to get Sam's attention. He shot up immediately. "What about Dean?" Where is he?"

"He's out in the woods with Ruby. But Sam- I think Dean did something stupid. Ruby was talking about his deal, and-"

"What's going on?" Bobby appeared beside her. He heard them talking from the other car.

"I think Dean ran out of time."

"What are you talking about? He has months left!" Sam argued, worriedly. Dean couldn't be out of time... not yet! Sam still had time to save him...

"I can explain that." Ruby strolled out of the woods, calmly.

"What did you do to my brother?" Sam accused, stepping out of the car. "Where is he?"

Ruby held up her hands in mock surrender. "I didn't do anything to him. He did this to himself."

Dean paced back and forth in the crossroad. The demon said she would meet him here- he just had to wait.

"Oh good, you made it." Dean heard her voice from behind him. He spun around to face her. She wore a short black dress and heels. He could feel his body trembling.

He took the filled vile from his pocket. "I give you this- and the deal is final. No changes- no take backs."

"No changes. No take backs," she repeated, holding her hand out, expectantly.

He tried to stable his hand as he placed the vile on her palm. Her fingers curled around it, greedily. She grinned, holding it up in front of her face. "So you really did it? I'm surprised, honestly."

"Well, a deal's a deal. We good?" Dean didn't want to be here any longer than necessary.

"Just a moment." She unscrewed the top, exposing the blood. The demon dipped the tip of her finger into the vile and pulled it back out. Her eyes flickered to Dean as she held it up.

"What kind of fool do you take me for?"

"Excuse me?"

Dean jumped at the sound of the vile being crushed in her hand. Blood and glass fell to the ground. In an instant, she was right in front of him, her hand gripping his arm. She tore down his sleeve, exposing a fresh cut. "You think I'm that stupid? This isn't her blood! It's yours!"

God dammit... God dammit! "You're sure he went this way?" Sam asked Ruby for the thousandth time.

Ruby groaned. "Yes, I'm sure. I watched him go this way. He's obviously going to the nearest crossroad, anyway."

"I can't believe he was that stupid!" Sam muttered, mostly to himself. Was Dean ever actually planning on going through with this? Giving a demon Megan's blood? Who knew what she was going to do with it?

But now... he was going in empty handed. There was no way the demon was going to handle it well. They had to get there fast, or Sam feared the worst.

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