How Do You Love Someone

Chapter Eight

Chapter Eight:

"What about her?" asked Sam completely confused.

Ryder sighed. "I need you to stay away from Ruby. She's using you." She needed to tell him the truth, and it was best she do it now, rather than later.

Sam stared at her shocked at what he just heard. Did he hear her right? Of all the things he was expecting her to say, that wasn't even remotely close to what he had in mind.

"What do you mean? How do you even know about her?"

Ryder looked at him like he was stupid. "Did you forget about the part where I told you Jenna and I are from season ten? Which means we already seen all this happen. We know what's going to happen if you continue to be with her, and I don't want to watch it happen. I can't."

Sam could see the sincerity in her voice, and he could tell she was telling the truth. But he couldn't. This was something he had to do, and as much as he liked Ryder, he would still do it.

Sam shook his head, "I know she's a demon, and they can't be trusted-"

"Exactly!" Ryder cut him off throwing her hands in the air.

"-but I need her. She'll help defeat Lilith. If you meant when you said you fell in love with me, then trust me when I say I know what I'm doing."

"The demon blood isn't going to help you, nor will using your powers. It'll only cause more problems, and Ruby is only making it worse!" Ryder yelled out.

Ryder couldn't believe what she was hearing. It was happening all over again. She couldn't let Sam go down the same road her and thousands of other people had seen. She opened her mouth to finally tell him what Ruby was up to, but was interrupted.

"I'm done talking about this," Sam said walking back into the room leaving a very pissed off Ryder. He didn't want to just leave her, but he felt this was what was needed to be done.

If it were anyone else who talked to her like that, she would have knocked them out. He's so lucky I love him, she thought.

Sam wasn't prepared for the conversation that would await him in the room. He left the door opened for Ryder to come in, and when he looked up he saw a scared Jenna and an angry Dean.

"You're using your powers?"


Dean was talking with Jenna when he heard yelling. It sounded like Ryder. He thought she was in trouble, until he heard,

"The demon blood isn't going to help you, nor will using your powers. It'll only cause more problems, and Ruby is only making it worse!"

He couldn't believe what he just heard. Sam told him he wasn't using them anymore. He lied! He was shaking in anger, and when his brother walked in the room, he was tempted to hit him for his stupidity.

Dean and Sam went through the same argument they had in the show. Sam explaining he's helping more people than they were when they were using the old method, and Dean saying it was wrong.

Ryder didn't want to do it, but she had to. She was never a fan of snitching, but she had to let Dean in on what Sam was doing. Both women knew the only person who had a right to yell at Sam was Dean, and even though Ryder wanted to do it, she stepped back.

While Dean and Sam were 'talking,' Ryder finally had the opportunity to talk with Jenna. She never heard the girl speak, so it was nice to finally hear her friend talk.

Jenna was happy she finally got her voice back, because she honestly never thought she would ever be able to speak again.

"So how does it feel to talk again?" asked Ryder holding Lilith. She felt so much better when she was holding her, and it made her happy that Lilith like it too.

Jenna smiled, "I love it. I could finally talk to him." She had a feeling that Ryder had something to do with it, and she was already thinking of ways to show her gratitude.

Their talk was interrupted when Dean's phone went off. He answered still glaring at Sam who just rolled his eyes. Ryder really wanted to knock some sense into him, but turned away.

"Who was it?" asked Sam when Dean got off the phone. He wanted the conversation to divert from him. He knew that Dean would be pissed at him, and he went through different scenarios on what would happen, but he wasn't ready. He wanted Dean to understand that he was saving more people, and that it was the whole point of being a hunter.

"A hunter needs our help in Carthage." Dean began to pack his bag, and motioned for Sam to do the same.

Sam didn't like that he was being ordered around, but at the moment he didn't want Dean to get anymore pissed so did as he was told. When they finished packing they remembered about the girls and the baby.

"Look, I don't want you girls getting involved in this hunt. So when we get there, I need you to stay in the motel room, okay?" Dean didn't know if they could handle themselves or use weapons, and there's also the fact they had a baby with them.

"We can help," informed Jenna. Now that she could talk, she wanted to spend as much time with Dean, and if that meant helping out with hunts then so be it.

"Actually, that's okay, " Ryder said cutting in before Dean could object. "We'll stay in the motel room." She gave Jenna a look that said to shut up and she'll explain later, so Jenna nodded.


When the boys left to go on their hunt, Jenna was watching TV, and Ryder changed than fed Lilith. She really hoped she was wrong, but if she wasn't then what was she supposed to do? She had been thinking about it for awhile, and the more she thought about it, the more depressed she got. Ryder hated even thinking about it, but couldn't deny the possibility.

She didn't want the future to play out like she had seen in their own world. She gave it some thought, and when it came down to it, could she really do it? The years she had seen weren't great all because of a certain race. They caused not only Sam and Dean heartache but others as well, and if she could put an end to it, why wouldn't she? It was the role hunters had, right? To protect those who fell victim to the supernatural. Neither she nor Jenna were hunters, but should that stop them from helping where they could?

Jenna could see the emotions flashing across her best friend's face, and it broke her heart. She had a feeling that whatever was going through Ryder's head wasn't going to be good. She turned off the TV, and faced Ryder.

"Alright, so are you going to tell me what's going on with you?"

Ryder didn't speak for a few minutes, but Jenna was patient. It wasn't the first time this happened, and it sure wasn't going to be the last.

"If we found a way, would you want to go back?" It wasn't what Ryder wanted to say, but she found herself curious to what Jenna would say.

Jenna was surprised, she had thought about it, of course. It didn't take long for her to make up her mind. Going back to a world where her dad hated her, and on the verge of failing college wasn't much of a choice. She would rather be here with Dean who she loved and believed could love her. She could be here and help the boys, and build a life here. Even if she had a great life where she came from, she would still choose the brothers.

"No."

Ryder smiled. "Good, neither do I." She watched as Lilith rolled around the bed.

"So, do you want to tell me what's really on your mind, or do I have to guess, and you know how much I suck at guessing games?" She thought about the time where it took her almost an hour to guess what Ryder bought her for her birthday. Ryder had wanted to tell her a few minutes into the game, but Jenna was too stubborn to give up. In the end, Ryder grew irritated and bored and finally told her. It was a necklace, and Jenna was nowhere close to what it was.

"Do you remember season eight?" Ryder thought it would be good to just hurry and get to the point, but she never looked at Jenna. It helped her to get through what has been on her mind for sometime now.

Jenna wasn't expecting that. She didn't understand why Ryder would ask that. After a moment passed without either speaking, Jenna finally understood what she meant. She sighed deeply. "Please tell me you're not thinking what I think you're thinking?"

Ryder chuckled, then grew serious. "It would save a lot of trouble for the boys. If we could do it, then most of what we saw won't happen. They-"

Jenna got to her feet in anger, "But you know what would happen when the third trial is completed."

Ryder did know it, "Think about it. Without the demons around, a lot of people would be saved. I could do that."

"So you want to be a hero?" Jenna and Ryder hardly ever fought, and when they did it was always something serious. They would never let the little things get in the way of their friendship, after all up until now they were all each other had.

Ryder scoffed. "Of course I don't, but you saw the finale. After all Sam did through the trials, Dean couldn't let him go. With Hell closed off, Lucifer wouldn't be able to escape, Abaddon wouldn't cause the shit she did. Without her, Dean wouldn't need the Mark, therefore he won't become a demon. Crowley being a dick would be locked up along with them."

Jenna could tell she had given it some thought. She knew Ryder was right and she hated it. "What about Sam? How could you leave him?"

Ryder shook her head smiling sadly, "Sam is too busy with Ruby right now to be thinking about me." It broke her heart when she said it aloud. They may have been dating for a short time, but Sam was still thinking of Ruby. Regardless if she wanted to kill her, she needed Sam to see the truth before she could do anything.

Jenna didn't bother fighting the tears that began to fall. "What about Lily?"

"I know you'll take care of her for me. You always did want to be a mother."

Jenna bowed her head in defeat knowing she was losing the argument, "What about me?"

Ryder fought hard against the tears that wanted to be released, but she was failing. She pulled Jenna into an embrace, and whispered, "You were doing just fine before we met. You'll be fine when this is all over. You won't be alone this time. You'll have Dean with you, not to mention Sam and Lily."

Jenna tried to smile, but it came out more like a grimace.


Sam and Dean drove back to the motel in silence. None wanting to talk about the hunt. Dean not even thinking about the man Sam had to kill, but what Sam told him. Dean hated that Sam thought he was looked at as a freak, but he couldn't blame him. He never did anything that would suggest otherwise. Dean didn't think Sam was a freak, if anything they were both freaks. Dean just didn't want his brother to do something he would regret later on down the road. He hated that Sam was using his powers, and even more that he was with Ruby. He had thought by the way he was looking at Ryder that they were together. He would much rather have him with her, than with a demon.

Sam didn't like this hunt, he had seen what could happen to him if he continued to use his powers, and even though he felt good when he used them, he didn't want that to happen to him. He didn't want to be a monster. Right now all he wanted to do was go back to their room, and be with Ryder. He didn't want anything to do with Ruby or the demonic powers. He realized he had a good thing with Ryder, and he would be stupid to give that up.

As they entered their room, they could tell the girls were in the middle of a serious conversation. Sam didn't want to waste any time, so he dropped his bag and walked right up to his girlfriend.

"How was the hu-"

Ryder was cut off when Sam pressed his lips to hers. She wrapped her arms around him, and kissed back. She had a feeling why he was acting like this, and she loved it. She wanted him to know what could happen, and if he realized that, then she was happy.

Dean ignored the sudden intimacy, because he was thrilled his brother chose a human over a demon. He wanted to do it too. Even though he wasn't completely himself since his return, he wanted to. He followed his brother's lead, and did the same to Jenna. He wanted the love he felt from her, and it made him feel good. He wanted to be loved. He knew his brother loved him, but it wasn't the kind of love he needed. He could find exactly what he wanted from her, and he was willing to return it.

"So what were you ladies talking about?" Dean asked when they all broke apart for the air their lungs needed.

Jenna and Ryder shared a look, but when Jenna shook her head Ryder just shrugged, "Nothing, girl talk."


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