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Title: Imperfect
Summary: 12.14 Drabble. Dean and his Mom.
Rating: PG13
Genre/Spoilers: Gen. Spoilers for Season 12.
Warnings: Unbeta'd
Word Count: 100
Disclaimer: I don't own Supernatural that privilege belongs to CW, Kripke and Co, I'm simply borrowing them for a while. I'm not making a profit, this is just for fun and all the standard disclaimers apply.

Imperfect

Dean used to have a Mom who cut the crusts off his sandwiches, made tomato rice soup, and prayed for angels to watch over them.

Now Dean has a Mom, and she's a hunter who tells lies and keeps secrets.

It takes being petrified of losing her for him to realise that somewhere between the two, is the person that Mary's been trying to find. Dean's not a kid, and she's not a perfect memory any more, but an imperfect person who makes her own decisions.

But Dean does have a Mom, and she's standing right in front of him.




A/N: I loved this episode! The family drama was so well written; things said in the heat of anger, and pointed and painful words spoken. It was also wonderful to see a resolution to this in the same episode too, and I thought I'd explore this here. I also enjoyed how we've been seeing Sam play the pacemaker between Mary and Dean, and how this mirrors Dean's experience of being in the middle of Sam and John - I'm not sure if this was done purposefully, but I love it! I'm fascinated with Sam seemingly able to see the bigger picture of a monster free world and how many people they can save, but I'm sure that once he finds out that the BMoL don't see that shade of grey that the boys do, that they'll clash big time. I really want the boys to find out about Magda and the special forces team - whether that will be the catalyst or a case they work together - only time will tell, but I'm excited for more!

                                                                                                     

Date: 2017-03-07 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borgmama1of5.livejournal.com
I was taken aback by Dean's quick forgiveness of Mary at the end--I wish there would have been something showing his anxiety about Mary as he was driving to the BMoL place. Sot his helps!

Date: 2017-03-07 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madebyme-x.livejournal.com
Thank you! It would have been nice to see his emotions play out, but I guess with the twins on the way they were pushed for time for Dean. That's one of the reason I thought I'd focus on him here, because he had a big emotional journey, and while I'm grateful that we heard it his thoughts, it would have been nice to see a bit of it too.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Take care :)

Date: 2017-03-08 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roxymissrose.livejournal.com
Dean's not a kid, and she's not a perfect memory any more, but an imperfect person who makes her own decisions.

But Dean does have a Mom, and she's standing right in front of him.


Oh, that says it all about that scene. I totally get that Dean's feelings are hurt--he spent all his growing up life worshipping this person who seems not to want anything to do with them, and I can't blame him at all that he strikes out a little. On the other hand, what would any of us do, presented with this huge men sliding towards middle age and being told that "these are your babies?" It's a hard life for all of them.

This was perfect! Thank you!

Date: 2017-03-08 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madebyme-x.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your thoughts. You're right, it's hard for them all which was why the argument scene worked so well for me, because you could see everyone's perspective; you could Dean's pain and disappointment, but you could also understand that the boys don't really know their Mom either, like she said, she's not just a Mom, she's a her own person and she isn't perfect.

Thanks again and take care :)

Date: 2017-03-09 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] were-lemur.livejournal.com
Most of us have decades to wrap our heads around the fact that are parents are, in fact, human. Poor Dean's only had, what, a couple months?

Date: 2017-03-09 11:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madebyme-x.livejournal.com
Yes, exactly!!! And I think that perhaps the view he had of his Mom was so very precious to him that he's idolized it a bit, made her into this perfect person, when like you say, she's only human, and she's not perfect and she makes mistakes. I do love how Show has shown us this, that Mary isn't perhaps what we all expected, and how she's her own person as well as a Mom.

Thank you for reading and stopping by! Take care :)

Date: 2017-03-09 07:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowroad3.livejournal.com
The four-part structure of this one works really well to get across Dean moving from nostalgia-childhood-dream to adult reality. And yeah--that childhood Mary was a reality, but also a fantasy, since those few memories Dean has, the touchstones he likes to talk about (and that you show us here) are the only thing he has of her that aren't aftermath, that aren't Mary-as-ghost (or angel?) He's met her as a hunter, sure, but that was before she was Mom. <3<3

And I also wonder about the grey-area issue: I mean, does Sam want to "pick a side" and have that side be the MOL, if the MOL is essentially monster genocide? Wonder about all the things said between Mary and the boys that we haven't heard; lots of suggestion that the surface narrative isn't all. (Or maybe they'll just do easy brother v brother, but I hope not!)

Date: 2017-03-09 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madebyme-x.livejournal.com
Thank you for kind and thoughtful words! I wanted to expand on Dean's thoughts about his Mom; the Mom he thought he knew from childhood, and the now reality, and how perhaps somewhere between the two is person that Mary's trying to find the balance for. But also yes, the idea that perhaps Dean's childhood memories of her are a bit idolized and maybe only partly a true reflection of who she is as a person; she isn't this perfect memory anymore, but a flawed human who makes mistakes, but at the same time she is here and he does now have her back. I do love how Show has given us a Mary that perhaps we didn't expect?

I think that when Sam finds out that the BMoL don't see this grey area like the boys do, that they'll clash over it. I'm hoping that somehow he'll find out about Magda and the special forces too. Perhaps this will be a deal breaker? I'm sure looking forward to finding out more.

Thank you for stopping by :)

Date: 2017-03-09 01:33 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-09 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madebyme-x.livejournal.com
It was a painful scene, especially seeing Dean and Mary argue, but I'm glad that they were able to clear the air by the end of the ep. I liked too how the argument was quite balanced; there was no wrong and right, and I could see it from both of their perspectives.

I wanted to expand on Dean's thought processes a little more here.

Take care and thanks for stopping by :)

Date: 2017-03-11 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tyrsibs.livejournal.com
Yes--this is the crux of the relationship, isn't it? And you've managed to encapsulate it in 100 words. Nicely done.

Date: 2017-03-13 01:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madebyme-x.livejournal.com
Thank you - what a lovely comment! I'm loving how complex this family relationship is! It truly felt to me like I see both sides of argument, there was no right and no wrong, but I did love how they came together at the end.

Thanks again for stopping by :)

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