Dead Man's Blood
The boys and I were sitting a diner. Sam, as usually was on his laptop, Dean was looking at the newspaper, while I was filling in my journal from the last hunt.
“Well dude. Not a decent lead in all of Nebraska. What've you got?” Dean announced as he put down his paper.
“Well, I've been scanning Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota. Here. A woman in Iowa fell 10,000 feet from an airplane and survived.” Sam said.
“Sounds more like 'That's Incredible' than, uh, 'Twilight Zone'.” Dean commented then Sam murmured an agreement. “Hey you know we could just keep heading east. New York. Upstate. We could drop by and see Sarah again. Huh? Cool chick man, smokin'. You two seemed pretty friendly. What do you say?” Dean said as he smirked and I smiled a bit. On one of our last hunts Sam and Sarah seemed to hit it off pretty well. It was nice to see Sam just a bit happy for once and actually get the girl.
“Yeah, I dunno, maybe someday.” Sam smiled. “But in the meantime we got a lot of work to do Dean, and you know that.” I rolled my eyes and went back to my journal. In my journals I had put all the little details I could remember from the show. Even the memories I have been getting lately. There was some stuff about angels, demons, monsters, leviathans, and even some places and things. Although I had to hide these journals because what comes with knowledge comes power.
“Yeah all right. What else you got?” Dean asked.
“Ahh, man in Colorado, local man named Daniel Elkins, was found mauled in his home.” Sam said and my eyes widened. Dean started to look through his Dad’s journal.
“Daniel Elkins is dead?” I asked a little shocked Sam.
“You knew him?” Sam questioned.
“Yeah I met only twice, he was a good hunter, a good man. Your dad knew him too.” I mentioned and Dean kept flipping through his dad’s journal. “What else does it say?”
“Sounds like the police don't know what to think. At first they said it was some sort of bear attack and now, they've found some signs of robbery.” Sam told me.
“There, check it out.” Dean said to Sam as he handed the journal to him.
“You think it's the same Elkins?” Sam asked and I peaked at the page. It had his number and name.
“It’s a Colorado area code.” Dean mentioned.
At night we arrived at Elkins’ house. It looked like a complete mess. But I had to try and find his office, probably will hold something there, a clue maybe. I have only dealt with vampires twice before not including the hunt with John. They were pretty rare to find but not completely extinct. Vampire leave one hell of a footprint too, a specific way of doing things.
I found the office and it looked messier than the rest of the house. There was a lot more blood here. The door was busted down and the big skylights were both broken. Evidence of at least three suspects.
“So how did you know him?” I heard Dean ask me from behind, I went to his desk and shuffled some papers around.
“I met him on a hunt some time ago. We didn’t meet under the most best circumstances though. He specialized in a certain kind of monster, one of best at hunting them.” I mention as my eyes find a old box on the ground with thirteen indentations for what looked like bullets. Now this seemed vaguely familiar.
“You guys find anything?” Sam asked as he went into the room.
“ Nothing other than there were more than one assailant, but Elkins was good in hidden messages there is bound to be something.” I mention.
Dean later found some scratches on the ground that seemed to lead to a mail drop. So while the boys went to the post office, I went to the morgue to look at the body. It was barely recognizable but there were still clues. There was scratches of what seemed like a bear, but there was also bites marks that wasn’t a bear. Vampires.
So I went back to the motel to wait for the boys, since the boys would already be there. We had separate rooms this time, so I knocked at their door. Sam opened it but he seemed a little tense. What happened this time? Another fight?
“You okay Sam?” I asked him as I walked in, only to stop short when I saw John sitting in a chair. “Oh okay.”
“Kat.” John greeted.
“John.” I said then looked at the boys. “So what brings you to town?” I said awkwardly.
“I heard about Elkins. He was a good friend.” John told me.
“Then you know it was vampires that killed him.” I mentioned and he nodded. Still not a man of many words.
“Wait you knew about vampires too?” Dean asked. I looked at him and furrowed my brows. Wait they didn’t know about them?
“You didn’t tell them?” I questioned John as I crossed my arms.
“I thought they were extinct.” John denied and I just shook my head. So much communication issues between these three.
“So mail drop?” I asked the boys.
“It was a letter for my Dad.” Sam said from the side of the room. “It was about some antique colt.” My eyes widened and I turned to John.
“The colt? By like Samuel Colt.” I asked John. It was the only thing I know to kill a lot of supernatural things other than an angel blade.
“Oh you know about that too? Somehow I’m not surprised.” Dean said sarcastically and I gave him a look.
“I read a lot okay. No reason to be mister grumpy.” I glance at John and Sam. “Other than the obvious one.”
“The vampires have the colt, so we’re going after them.” John mentioned. There was an awkward silence.
“Okay well, I’m going to be right next door.” I started to back up towards the door. “You know since my room is there and all.” I went out the door and quickly went into mine. I sat on my bed and started to catch up on some lore for vamps.This whole situation is going to end badly.
I have only worked with John twice before and both times proved difficult. Honestly sometimes I believe the only person who could work with John is John. How Sam and Dean worked with him before, blows my mind.
A knock sounded at my door, woke me up. I look at the clock, it was about 4 in the morning. Getting up, I silently hope it isn’t John. When I open the door I’m met with the unfortunate view of John Winchester.
“John, it’s four in the morning.” I told him. He said nothing, so I just opened my door wider so he could come in, then closed the door.
“So what do you know about the demon?” John asked. I sigh then grab my journal and turn to a section.
“I know that you have been telling Ellen to keep a tab out for it, but so have I, along with other things.” I told him. “This demon comes with warning before it like cattle mutilations, electrical storms, just abnormal activity about a week before a house burns down. Just like it did in Kansas.”
“All stuff I already know, but how do you know that?” He questioned.
“I had a lot of time on my hands living in my Dad’s old house. So I started to do a lot of research and a lot of digging.” I replied. Most of it I already knew from memories of the demon’s MO.
“Did you tell the boys?” He asked and I looked away for a moment.
“No, I want that thing gone as much as you do. But if I told them, they would be stupid enough to go after it themselves in hopes of finding you.” I answered, he nodded.
“Look when we finish this job and find the colt. I don’t want you around my boys anymore.” John chimed in and I look at him confused. “You know a lot of stuff and are followed by a lot of dangerous things. I don’t want that to put them in danger. Do you understand?”
“What?” I breathed with an irritated laugh. “Don’t you think that should be their decision?”
“Well this is my decision, so I suggest you leave Lawrence.” John told me about to leave.
“What brought this up? I mean I didn’t piss you off or anything.” I said to him.
“Every time I delve into something related to that demon or anything else just as dangerous, your name pops up. So you are going to leave before something happens to them or we’re going to have a problem.” He explained with a threatening look.
“You know John, that is complete bull shit. I can handle my own because I’m a Lawrence, I was born to protect and the whole time I have been with them, I’ve been protecting them, saving them, being there for them. Something you weren’t doing. So don’t get pissy at me because I’m doing my job right.” I argued with an calloused tone. “Now get out of here before we do have a problem.” He looked at me for a moment then a radio sounded. It was the police scanner in John’s hand and it was talking about a possible 207 or kidnapping. John went out of the room to get the boys.
We went out to the scene to find out it was vampires because of a tooth, left behind. John figured they were heading west. When we were there, I couldn’t help but smirk at the fact John got a little mad that I was close with the boys. Not my problem really.
So now I was in my car behind the Winchesters in theirs, driving along this long road. It’s nighttime and Bon Jovi was playing softly on the radio. My finger kept tapping on the steering wheel, a nervous tick I’ve been developing along with playing with my hair. Earlier I had also called Caleb, I was low on some supplies so I asked him to place an order for me. I’ll pick it up once I’m done with the hunt.
Then Dean had called from the car ahead. Looks like Sam was already having trouble with John, no surprise there. I was thinking about what John said earlier, that I attracted trouble. He wasn’t wrong I’ve had multiple times where I was attacked by monsters because I was a Lawrence, but the Winchester name is getting just as bad. So us being together is a beacon, that says, “Look at me, I’m a target!”.
In front of me, I saw the impala speed up and swerve in front of John’s truck. I stepped on the brake and went to immediate stop. And it begins…
Jumping out of the car I jog over to the boys and John, they were already having a heated argument. I went beside Dean and we looked at each other. He had an alarmed look, but probably the same one he has had many times before.
“About everything. Where we going Dad? What's the big deal about this gun?” Sam fired off.
“Sammy, come on, we can Q and A after we kill all the vampires.” Dean spoke up and I sighed. Why can’t he be on his brother’s side for once?
“Your brother's right, we don't have time for this.” John agreed about to walk away.
“Last time we saw you, you said it was too dangerous for us to be together. Now out of the blue you need our help.” Sam started to get loud. “Now obviously something big is going down, and we wanna know what!”
“Get back in the car.” John order monotonously.
“No.” Sam said getting close.
“I said get back in the damn car.” John repeated louder this time.
“Yeah. And I said no.” Sam repeated. I wanted to smile but I would probably be reprimanded by Dean.
“Ok you made your point tough guy. Look we're all tired, we can talk about this later. Sammy, I mean it, come on.” Dean tried as he grabbed Sam and pushed him towards the impala. I went to walk to my car, but stopped when I heard Sam say something.
“This is why I left in the first place.” Sam mumbled and my eyes widened. Shots fired.
“What'd you say?” John asked and Sam swung back to face him.
“You heard me.” Sam countered as he walked back.
“Yeah. You left. Your brother and me, we needed you. You walked away, Sam.” John agreed as he hit Sam chest. This was going to end badly wasn’t it.
“Sam…” Dean warned as he saw Sam’s reaction.
“You walked away!!” John yelled as he grabbed Sam. OH shit.
“Stop it, both of you.” I yelled at them getting ready to break them apart.
“You're the one who said don't come back Dad, you closed that door not me. You were just pissed off that you couldn't control me anymore!” Sam boomed. Dean took Sam, I took John and we forced them apart.
“Listen, stop it, stop it. Stop it!! That's enough!!” Dean yelled as we did.
“That means you too.” Dean said to John and I looked at Dean. Well he is getting a bit better defending Sam. Sam and John walked back to their cars. While Dean and I stayed in the middle of the road.
“Terrific.” Dean commented then looked to me. “At least I don’t have to worry about you and my Dad fighting.” I irritated chuckle.
“I’m not a fan of working with John, Dean. I wouldn’t completely count on that. Plus we aren’t on the best terms right now.” I told him with a peeved expression.
“Please… just try to get along.” Dean practically begged me. I looked at him for a moment. His green eyes looked tired from trying to put up with Sam in the car and to deal with the stress of having them argue. They say Sam has a puppy face but so does Dean and when he uses it, he looks like a boy trying to keep his family together. A boy afraid of being alone. I sighed.
“For you, anything.” I told him then gave him a one sided smile before I walked back to my car. Once I got back in the car I take a deep breath. These boys will be the death of me, especially Dean. The cars started to drive away in front of me and I followed shortly after.
It was daytime and we had finally arrived at the location of the nest after looking at a lot of abandoned buildings. We scouted out the building and now we were getting ready for the raid. Apparently it was John’s idea to walk right in and get the Colt. I open my trunk and go for my machete and a couple knives. I place everything in their respective places. A knife in my boot sleeve, side of me leg, and jacket. My eye catches my bow, I couldn’t bring it… not yet. It was the first thing I learned to shoot when I was with my sister, we learned together. It seemed so long ago, it doesn’t even seem like it was my memory. I’m practically a different person now, a colder one.
“You good Kat.” I broke out of a memory and look to the side, it was Sam.
“Fantastic.” I told him as I slammed the trunk closed.
“Dad told me about the gun. It suppose to kill anything supernatural.” Sam informed me but I already knew that.
“Well if he is going to be after that Demon, he gunna need it.” I mention to Sam.
“He also mentioned that you were leaving after this hunt.” Sam said and I turned to John. He caught my eye and had a stubborn look. I almost went up to John to tell him off but Dean walked up to him. I promised Dean I wouldn’t start with John. So I took a deep breath. Let this go Kat, I told myself. Then I turned to Sam.
“Yeah, I have to do a couple things. But it won’t be so bad, you’ll have your dad. You’ll be perfectly fine without me.” I told him with vile taste in my mouth.
“You're leaving for good?” Sam asked with a sad tone. I felt like I was punched in the stomach when I saw his expression. John is dead next time Dean is out of the way.
“I’ll always be around Sam. Always a phone call away, like old times.” I reminded him and he gave me a one sided smile.
“You guys ready to go?” Dean asked as he walked up to us.
“Yep.” I told him shortly. We all started for the building and I stayed a bit behind. Dean caught my arm.
“Kat are you really going?” He asked. I looked forward and saw John.
“Apparently that’s I’ve been told.” I said to him before I continued walking. I glance back at him to see him confused.
There was a door on the side of the abandoned barn. One by one we all went through. John, Sam, me, then Dean. The were vamps sleeping in hammocks, the boys and I walked past them but Dean tripped a bit on something. I turned to look at them to see if they would wake up but they didn’t. Then I gave Dean a look saying ’watch your step’ and he sent one back saying ‘sorry’. I started to look on one side of the barn and the boys were on the other.
After I found nothing, I rounded back towards them to see Dean trying to open a door and Sam trying to free a girl. I saw that she was starting to stir, but also something else, there was blood on her mouth. My eyes widened.
“Sam no!” I whispered yell. She woke up and gave an unearthly roar. Sam fell back and I went to him to help him up. Then looked around, looks like the vamps woke up to join the party.
“Run!” John yelled from the other room. I didn’t need to be told twice so I started to run alongside the boys. We busted through the barn doors and ran to the cars. We looked back and try to see if John followed.
“John!” I yelled. I may be mad at him but I didn’t want him dead.
“Dad!” Sam yelled, a few moments later John came running.
“Thought I was going to save your ass again from vamps for a second there John.” I told him with a slight smile. Maybe if I remind him that I’m actually a good person, he’ll change his mind about me. But he just glanced at me then turned to the boys.
“They won't follow. They'll wait till tonight. Once a vampire has your scent, it's for life.” John spoke up as he approached us.
“Well what the hell do we do now?” Dean asked.
“You gotta find the nearest funeral home, that's what.” John answered quite ominously. I groaned a bit.
“So not my favorite part.” I said disgusted. Getting dead man’s blood is freakin’ gross. The boys looked between John and I confused.
“Remind me again why I agreed to come with you?” I asked Dean as he picked locked the door to the funeral home. He picked the final pin and smiled up at me.
“Because I’m your favorite.” Dean answered and I shook my head as he opened the door for me. “After you.” I rolled my eyes and walked in. Walking inside I saw an alarm system on the wall. Great.
“Dean, we have seven minutes.” I told him and he nodded. Immediately we rushed to find morgue. It was in the basement. We looked through all the cabinets. My eyes caught a cabinet that had a medical hazard sign on it. I went over and opened it up. Jackpot. “Thank god it’s already in the bottle. Last time I had to get the blood manually.” I mention to Dean as he grabbed a bottle.
“Okay let’s get-” he was cut off by walking upstairs. The walking sounded like it was headed for us.
“Crap.” I whispered. Looking around I found what seemed to be a broom closet. So I grabbed Dean and dragged him over to the closet. I opened the door, it was a freaking small space. Looks like it was going to be a squeeze. I pushed him in then went inside myself and closed the door.
“You know Kat if you wanted to kiss me, I don’t think the dead would have minded, we didn’t need to go in the closet.” Dean whispered with a smirk. His entire body was against mine. I gave him a look.
“Dream on Winchester.” I whispered, but I found my eyes flickering to his lips for some reason. His were doing the same. So to distract myself and him I tried to move and get in a more comfortable position.
“Kat, if you keep doing that I may not have control of what happens next.” Dean whispered.
“Dean for the last time you aren’t going to ki-” I was cut off by a sudden pressure pushed against my lower stomach. “Please tell me that isn’t what I think it is.”
“Well Kat, when a beautiful woman pushes-” I cut him off when I covered his mouth cause I heard the basement door open. Since the door was solid I couldn’t see whoever was down here. After about a minute a walkie talkie sounded.
“False alarm. No one on the premises.” I guess a cop said. He walked up back the stairs. We waited for at least five minutes then I practically jumped out of the closet. I was breathing pretty hard and so was he
“You might want a cold shower now ,Winchester.” I told him as I started to walk towards the steps. “Next time at least buy me dinner first.” I added with a chuckle.
“Noted.” He acknowledged with a smile matching mine. “Will I at least get that kiss?” He asked as we made it up the stairs.
“If you’re a good boy then maybe.” I went along with it.
“Oh, if I do something wrong, will I get punished?” Dean insinuated. We got to the door and I looked back at him.
“Severely.” I answered with a smirk. Dean looked frozen, like he didn’t expect that answer. Now I rarely make comments like that but it was fun to mess with him a bit. “Now come on, we have to run to the car when we trip the alarm again.” I told him, he didn’t react. So I snapped my fingers in front of his face. “Earth to Dean.” He blinked at looked down at me.
“What did you say?” I rolled my eyes, then sighed.
“You are definitely going to need that cold shower.” I told him as I went out the door.
We had gotten the chick vamp in an ambush with Dean as bait. Dean had just tossed some stuff into the fire that smelled freakin’ horrible. But I guess that’s the idea.
“Dust your clothes with the ashes, and you stand a chance of not being detected.” John told Sam and Dean.
“You sure they'll come after her?” Sam asked John. I stood by the fire as the boys talked to their father.
“Yeah. Vampires mate for life. She means more to the leader than the gun. But the blood sickness is going to wear off soon, so you don't have a lot of time.” John mentioned to Sam.
“A half hour oughta do it.” Sam guessed.
“And then I want you out of the area as fast as you can.” John said and I walked away in order to not hear the fight they were about to have. But when I heard no yelling after like a minute, I headed back.
“Dad, all due respect but, uh, that's a bunch of crap.” I heard Dean say as I got close and stopped. No way did Dean just say that? I peeked over my car to see what was happening.
“Excuse me?” John said also surprised. Man did I love the expression on John’s face, priceless.
“You know what Sammy, Kat and I have been hunting. Hell you sent us on a few hunting trips yourself. You can't be that worried about keeping us safe.” Dean mentioned and John looked stumped.
“It's not the same thing, Dean.” John said.
“Then what is it? Why do you want us out of the big fight?” Dean asked getting frustrated.
“This demon? It's a bad son of a bitch. I can't make the same moves if I'm worried about keeping you alive.” John explained.
“You mean you can't be as reckless.” Dean corrected. You know if I was there I would have been rooting for Dean. Finally stepping up for his brother.
“Look... I don't expect to make it out of this fight in one piece. Your mother's death ... it almost killed me. I can't watch my children die too. I won't.” John told his boys and I looked down for a second.
“What happens if you die? Dad, what happens if you die, and we coulda done something about it? You know I been thinking. I ...think maybe Sammy's right about this one. We should do this together.” Dean argued to John and Sam nodded. “We're stronger as a family, Dad. We just are. You know it.” John looked at them
“We're running out of time. You do your job and you get out of the area. That's an order.” John commanded them then walked to his truck. The boys stood there dejected and I sighed. When is John going to realize he can’t do this alone.
“Kat.” Someone called from beside me, I jumped. Accidentally tripped and fell. I looked to the up and saw John. “I trust you to get them out of here. You should get going now.” I nodded and he started to walk away but stopped and held a hand out for me. Wearly, I take the hand and he pulled me up. “Stay safe Kat.” Then he walked away, and I looked to the boys. They were still standing by the fire.
“They’re here.” I whispered to the boys. We had gotten back from freeing the people who were locked up at the abandoned barn and were currently out to help John. I had a quiver on my back and my bow in my hand, along with a machete strapped to my side. Dean had a crossbow and Sam had a machete in hand. We saw as John’s truck slowed to a stop in front of the vamps and eventually get the gun, but the vamp chick had more strength then he realized. John was pushed back and then the leader backhanded him into the side of the truck. Our turn.
As the leader went to approach John again, I quickly shot an arrow at one of the vamps. The nest quickly realized that they weren’t alone, so we rushed out. Dean and Sam went to attack the rest of the vamps as I poisoned all the minor ones with my arrows. As I was about to shoot the last ones, I heard Sam struggle.
“Don't! I'll break his neck. Put the blade down.” He ordered Dean holding Sam in a tight headlock. “Put down the bow sweetheart.” Dean and I looked at each other before dropping our weapons. “You people. Why can't you leave us alone. We have as much right to live as you do.” Technically they’re already dead… so I don’t know how that is going to work out for them. Then I saw John with the Colt behind the leader
“I don't think so.” John said then shot the leader in the head. Sam escaped from his struggle and stood back to see what would happen. The vamp flashed a bit before finally falling down to his knees, dead.
The one who was with the leader went for John but stopped when another vamp pulled her back. The remaining vamps that weren’t poisoned or dead drove off. I take a look at everyone, no one seemed hurt… well badly anyway. That’s a plus right.
I sat on my bed with my hands in my lap and my head down, feeling like a kid again.
“You defied a direct order... again.” John told me. “You were suppose to get them away from here.”
“Yeah, me against two giants would have ended quite well for me.” John gave me look, he knew I was capable of doing that but I would never hurt the boys. “Plus I couldn’t leave you for the vamps. I never have and never will.”John sighed.
“Kat I get that you’re a good kid-”
“I’m not a kid anymore, I’m turning 25 and neither or them.” I stood up. “This demon is a nasty son of a bitch. You have been hunting this thing for half your life but they have for their entire. You need help and they’re willing and so am I. I’ll leave if that’s what it takes. Just don’t hunt it alone…” I started for the door with my bag in my hand.
“Just watch your back out there…” John warned me. I looked back to him and smiled a bit.
“As long as you guys watch yours. Good luck John and to your boys too, because you know what’s the right decision.” I walked to my car and threw my bag in the trunk then over to the boys room.
“Looks like this is the end of the line boys.” I spoke up from the door, which was open. They were both packing but they stopped to look at me.
“So you are leaving.” Dean stated and I shrugged.
“I have some stuff to take care of and ammunition I’m running low on.” I explained as I walked up to them.
“Is it because of my dad?” Sam asked knowingly.
“No.” I said sarcastically. “I wouldn’t be too sad though. I have a feeling that you are still going to have a team of three.” I hinted.Then I walked up to Sam and gave him a hug. “Bye Sammy.”
“It’s Sam.” He said shortly. I chuckled and let go. Then I turned to Dean.
“Goodbye Winchester.” I told him. At the same time we went for a hug, my head was on his shoulder. We stayed like that for at least half a minute, then I pushed off. “Well I should get going.” I started to back up towards the door. “ Good luck you guys.” I stopped at the doorway and gave them one last look. Carry on, I thought. Then I started for my car and drove off.