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 Ain't it Fun?, Sam
Lawrence Tarwick
 Posted: Sep 28, 2017 | 3:14 pm
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It was midnight, the roads empty besides one lone beat up Chevy trundling down a road. The dull headlights lit up a sign for the town he was entering and the man driving barely seemed to register it as he rolled on by. The town was quiet, his trucks rumbling engine making it feel more isolated than it really was. Soon the flickering neon sign for the motel came into his vision he breathed a sigh of relief. Slowing down he flicked his turn signal on and rolled into the parking lot. Parking in front of the office he shifted into park and turned off his vehicle. The silence seemed to draw on as he opened his door, the hinges creaking in protest. As his booted feet hit ground he shut it behind him with a dull clunk. Groaning he stretched, back popping as he did, a few staggered steps and a yawn and he headed to the front door. Rubbing one eye he glanced at the desk owner, "Called about'a room? Name'a Tarwick?" The man behind the desk hardly even looked at him as he slapped the room key on the desk.

"Thanks." Grabbing them up he headed out, grabbing his bag from the passenger side of his truck. Then off to the room, leaving his truck parked where it was for now. Once inside he dropped the bag in a chair and pulled the newspaper out of his bag, the very thing that had brought him here. A ghost. or ghosts plural, he wasn't sure yet. He was good with ghosts though, he'd gotten to know them well enough. The article he had used to get here was the first thing he looked over, pulling out a battered notebook from the same place he looked through his notes. In the morning he'd have to talk to the local leo's, victims family, coroner. For now he needed sleep, eighteen hour drives alone were brutal even for him. With a swipe of his eyes he got out of his travel clothes and then flopped back on the bed to get some sleep before the next day.

The blaring alarm the next morning was nearly blaring and sent shock waves through the headache and grogginess as he fumbled for his phone to turn it off. Glaring one-eyed at the blaring digital 0700 stared at him. Groaning he forced himself to get up, started some coffee on his way to the shower and was quickly swept away in his day. In a nice suit with fake ID's like he was in a bad tv sitcom. The day was spent talking to witnesses, family, police and coroner. Turned out there had been a serial killer here back in the day, lived in an old place by a graveyard south of the main town. He knew enough by then to get by with and was soon back at his motel room, comfortable, and looking over any other instances of the what he presumed was the ghosts activities. A little strange, maybe, but something seemed strange about the behavior. By sundown he had shaken his feeling of bad vibes and made a decision. Yawning and blinking he made more coffee and once he had drank half the black liquid, chasing away fatigue, he headed back out. Time to go end a ghost or two.

Luckily for him the place he was going was mostly in an abandoned area, the old house condemned. As he shifted his truck into park he peered out his windshield at the creepy building. It was rather large and he had to wonder at whether the house was creepy because it was condemned, or because a serial killer had once lived here. Whichever it was he didn't want to stay out here any longer. Night only lasted so long and he'd really appreciated getting the hell out of this town after this. The hair on the back of his neck raised and he had a feeling he was being watched. Great. How was he supposed to find a body, that cops never had, and get rid of it while the ghost was breathing down his neck? Shaking it off he climbed out of his truck. Plucking a shovel from the back he hooked a small backpack with it so he could retrieve salt and lighter fluid.

The house gave him the creeps as he swung the bag over one shoulder and held the shovel in the middle, intent on using its iron as a ghost deterrent. Taking a breath he then strode toward it, up the creaky and rotten stairs to the porch. The door knob was missing so he pushed the door open. Everything was covered in dust and cobwebs. He didn't miss, however, the look of footprints on the floor. Odd. Local kids? Local police? Nothing he'd heard suggested anyone having come here. Maybe it was a squatter? Alarm bells were going off in his head though and he brought the shovel into both hands as his eyes scanned the room. No panicking, Tarwick, you got this. Nothing like a littler internal pep talk right? There were two doors to either side, a staircase in front and a hallway to the left of it. Nothing like clearing rooms on your own. Breathing out he chose to go left, pushing open a door and trying to monitor both behind and in front of him.

What he wasn't ready for was the door, on swing hinges, to slam into him and send him reeling to the dusty floor. Winded he slammed the shovel up out of instinct as a body came at him. Could ghosts have solid form? No, right? At least they hadn't thus far. Sure they could technically touch but this was a little to animated. With a grunt of effort he jerked the shovel, slamming it to the right to force whatever, or whoever, it was off him. Rolled onto his right side now he blocked the attacker as it came again, slamming his back against the wall near the door. To strong. Dammit if he'd been wrong. There was no way this was a ghost. Getting a good look at it, however, it looked human. A squatter like he had thought? This posed new problems however. If it was human he couldn't kill him. It couldn't be a ghost. But the strength was surprising. Maybe he was on drugs? Whatever it was he had no time to worry about it as another figure made its presence known and Lawrence began to feel cold dread.



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Sam's life had become a series of exploits on the internet. Sure, he could say that it wasn't much different from the way things normally went, except this time, it was a self imposed sense of duty that kept him glued to his computer. There was little for him to do out on Bobby's junkyard (well, what used to be Bobby's junkyard before... before he died...)except site by the computer and scan the message boards. He supposed he should be thankful that he even had internet out here, but it was one of the modern amendments that Caelene made when she took over the yard. He was grateful for it, especially since Dean spent a lot of his days recovering from his injuries.

It made for a restless life. Ever since Dean came back, Sam did not know what to do with himself. He fussed over his brother, and he helped Caelene out as much as he could with the yard, He could not go far while Dean recovered, and while he wanted Dean to get better, Sam was having a hard time seeing what lay beyond that. Since Dean showed up at the home he shared with Jessica, and told him that their father her not come back from his hunting trip, Sam's life had been one catastrophe after the next. It kept him busy, and it kept him distracted. This slow life was.... not good for him. Every time his mind wore down, it left room for other thoughts.

So, he avoided down time. He read as often as he could, and Bobby did leave behind an extensive library. One week in, and Sam had not made a dent in it. One week in, and Sam was being driven insane from staring at the same walls. He was starting to wonder how he ever got through law school. By day nine, Sam was looking for any reason to escape, and he turned towards the message boards. He was sending out replies and inquires about anything within a thirty minute drive of the junkyard... And that proved to be very limited. Turns out, Bobby did an excellent job at protecting his own neighborhood, and the demon population was still recovering.

So, when a report pinged up on his RSS feed about local cops constantly being called out to the same house, only to find nothing five times, he thought that he might give it a look. For all he knew, he would find a family of raccoon that lived in an basement, but it would get him out. After making sure that Dean was deep in his sleep enough to not wake up, and being sure that he could get out with Caelene noticing, he took the Impala, and drove toward town.

The GPS brought him to a place that was a little out of the way. He did not hold to superstition that much anymore, but the more he drove, the more the fog rolled in. The first tombstones that he could see from the street were barely obscured when he first arrived, but by the time he got to the front door, the fog was thick enough to bury all except the tallest markers. When he came upon the truck, he had to slam on his breaks to avoid plowing into it. That was all he needed... to wreck the Impala. But... who the hell was out here, anyway? It wasn't a cop, called out for another strange sighting, so...

Sam left the car where it was, exactly where he had slammed on the brakes, and cut the engine. He usually left the keys in the car in case the need for a quick get away, but with another person running around out there, he needed to play this one safe. The appearance of someone else turned this situation from a casual outing to potentially dangerous. For all he knew, he was about to stumble into a meth lab or some other mundane explanation for the constant cop calls. The gun that he brought with him would need to have special and standard shells ready to be loaded.

Other than that, he did not know what he would be walking into . There was a standard supply he should have with them. A pocket of salt was essential, along with an iron knife, and some holy water. Any more than that, and he would be over-preparing and weighing himself down. He closed the trunk, careful not to slam it loudly, and carefully approached the house. The closer he got, the more he was certain that he was not alone.. and his own boredom made his steer clear of caution.

Waiting outside, Sam could hear movement inside. It did not sound polite. And whatever was going on on the other side of that door could not wait for him to sneak around the back... You told Dean you were going to be more aggressive... so... Same kicked in the front door. With the fog swirling behind him, leaking into the room, the light from the high moon back-lighting him, Sam entered the room to find... nothing. So much for a dramatic entrance...

But the sounds did not stop. The room was clear, but sounds were still coming from another room. To the left... His long legs helped him cover the distance, and he looked through the door... There was already action in process. A man on the ground and another towering over him. His eyes flickered back and forth between the two of them. They both looked... normal. In the middle of a fight, and the one on the ground was clearly worse for wear, but he still looked normal.

Quickly, Sam, make a choice... Sam raised his shotgun, and fired it in the air. The scatter shot was enough to send some of the plaster from the ceiling raining down. The man who was standing fell back. Sam himself had to shield his eyes from the raining plaster, and when he looked up... he was gone. He took a moment to look around, covering the room with a glance, before looking down at the man o the ground. “You wanna tell me what I just walked in on?”

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Vaguely there was a part of him that realized he had come into this fight only half prepared and got himself completely blindsided. That rang clearer when he heard the front door, which he knew he had shut behind him, slam open. Okay so maybe he had really, truly, misjudged this situation. Perhaps he was starting to see supernatural creatures everywhere when this could just be a brand of human nonsense. Sometimes it was the human nonsense that turned out to be the worst thing he could encounter. There was no time to think about this new development, not with this guys, things, whatever it was, hand grabbing his only defense and putting way to much pressure on it. Grunting with effort he planted his feet and tried to kick at the guy to make him back off. His feet planted on his abdomen but he only succeeded in sliding across the floor some. To much weight. Or strength. Whatever it was it wasn't good.

Luckily for him the sound of the door of this room opening caught his attention. Crap. Heart hammering out an anxious beat he got his first glance at the person who had now joined them. Enemy? Friend? Something in between maybe? Whichever option it was the guy was tall, very very tall. Just as the strength in his arms started to flag this new presence fired the shotgun he had with him at the ceiling. The sound enough to make him jump, his right arm caving to the pressure of his attacker. Thankfully the sound of the gun going off made whoever it was standing over top of him think twice. Covering his face with his arms to protect against the rain of plaster he coughed a little at the dust it kicked up. Coughing again he peeked out from under his arms to see that the coast was clear. Whomever had been attacking him had vanished.

Now there was an entirely new situation he had to deal with. Already on the floor, the shovel handle laying across his chest, he was in a compromised fighting place. This guy had the upper hand with the gun, and he weighed that heavily as he started to move. Brushing plaster off himself he pushed his back off the ground, sitting now and warily eyeing the tall stranger. "Well uh...suppose that depends on what y'wanna know." Now was not the time for sarcasm and yet he honestly couldn't help it. Defense mechanism one against tall, handsome, gun-toting strangers. Not that now was even an appropriate time to be ogling someone who very clearly had more control of this room at the moment. Maybe once he got his legs beneath him he'd feel a bit better, but for now he was determined to get plaster away from his eyes.

"I mean. You ask me and you most definitely did not just walk in on me getting my ass handed to me, that's for sure." It was the truth though, one more moment alone and he may not have been just sitting on the dusty floor making sure he wasn't about to be blinded by plaster. Once sure he had gotten rid of the plaster and dust he blinked away the rubbing and peered up at Sam, unconsciously letting his left hand rub and knead at his right forearm. Okay, he really needed to stand up. Being down on the floor definitely made him feel a lot smaller than he knew he was. Guy might be tall but he himself wasn't tiny. Not really. Okay, maybe a little but he'd never admit it out loud. "Wanna give me a hand?" Putting his right hand out to the man to see what he would do. A sure way to at least put the tables in his court, get the man to give him a hand up so he could get that gun from him. Nothing personal, really, but he'd been shot enough in his life already.



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Something about the whole situation set Sam's hackles on end. The assailant had disappeared all too quickly. Usually, it was not a good sign when things were able to move in the blink of an eye. He had his concerns, but there was a complication now. Sam didn't know what he was expecting when he walked into the building after seeing that truck parked out front, but he had not been prepared to walk onto the scene mid-brawl. He had his doubts about completely lowering his weapon, but he certainly not going to let down his guard.

The Sam of five years ago probably would have appreciated the levity from the other man's sarcasm. Hell, the Sam of a year ago, before his nation wide journey by himself, chasing (figurative) ghosts, probably would have chuckled at least a little. This new Sam, though... He felt like a shadow has passed over his life, and that this was all that was left for him. If his moment did not bring about another catastrophe in his life, then it would be the next moment, or the one that followed right behind it. After being reunited with his brother, he felt like he felt little joy in his life. One random meeting was not going to change that...

Looking down at the prone man, he considered his options. For all he knew, this was someone that should not be trusted. He could be a townie coming here to stir up trouble. He could be a fellow hunter. He could be a supernatural entity posing as a defeated human. None of these endeared him anymore to the man. He had been burned enough time to know that none of those things meant that he could be trusted. Humans, he discovered, could be a bigger risk than anything he hunted. Still, the man was prone, and what were his other options, anyway? Without a sense of caution eating away at his skull, he unshouldered the shotgun, finger slipped away from the trigger but the safety still off, he reached down his hand to help up the stranger.

An that gun was still unshouldered when he helped him up. The skin-to-skin contact did not cause a tragedy. At least, there was no obvious tragedy, so it was a “so far so good” kind of scenario. Still, he kept his stance guarded and his senses alert. He knew he was not exactly giving off the most friendly of auras, but Sam had been feeling less than friendly lately. He did offer an incredulous look at the “not getting his ass handed to him” statement. “Oh yeah, I was sure that you had the situation completely under control,” he said, not without sarcasm of his own.

He took careful measure of the man. He was shorter than Sam but almost a half foot, though that in itself was not a shocker to the Sam who knew he was usually the tallest person in the room. He also appeared to be unarmed, unless that shovel that he had with him counted as a weapon. That part of everything he eyed with impunity. He did not like it. But he needed to know more before he leaped to conclusions. “You need to be careful out here, or you might get yourself ganked.” He dropped the slang word into the end of his sentence. Sam could not recall a single person who knew the word “gank” without an explanation outside of members of the hunting community. It was not a foolproof way to if this guy was in the know, but it was a start. a

All was quiet for the moment, anyway, and who knew when that was going the change.

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It felt like an eternity laying there on the dusty floor. The slow build of anxiety had started accumulating and he could feel his chest getting tight as he waited to see what this other guy was going to do. When the gun finally lowered he let out a breath he hadn't realized he was holding, shaky and uneven and loud, at least in his ears. So he wasn't about to be shot, yet, which came as little relief tot eh shaky panic that had flooded out of him. People were almost more unpredictable than these monsters. At least monsters had a goal they were working toward, usually nefarious. Humans though? One could never tell what they were up to.

With the gun down and the man offering a hand up he felt that perhaps he wasn't needing to take the weapon from him. At least not right now. Starting a fight where there was none, against this guy, wasn't exactly on his to do list. Not with a monster that he was almost entirely sure, now anyway, wasn't a ghost. Whatever had attacked him wasn't human either, it had moved way to quickly for that. The fastest guy he'd know would still not have been able to just disappear like that thing had. Unfortunately he couldn't really do anything about it until he'd cleared up whatever confusion there was between him and this newcomer.

Now the only problem was getting this stoic giant who seemed to almost radiate a 'I'm not your friend' vibe. Back on his feet he felt a shift in his gut when he realized standing didn't really make him feel any better in the mans presence. He was tall. Very very very much so. With a sheepish grin he opted to be the friendlier of them and not take the others negativity to heart. There were plenty of veterans who acted this way too, so it wasn't exactly new to him. "Well hey, you saw me mid fight, not exactly equal footing. Besides, you startled the hell out of me with the door. What were you trying to do, break it down? It was already unlocked." The front door had been unlocked the last he'd known anyway.

"The shot to the ceiling, though, brilliant." Dusting himself off he eyeballed Sam warily. Not really sure what to do about this development he sort of leaned his weight on his right foot. Ganked. It surprised him to hear the term and he found himself relaxing a little. "Oh thank you God, you're a Hunter." Honestly that was the best thing he could think of happening to him right now. The only time he'd heard that term was his brief run in with an older, crankier, man who had given him a basic lecture and told him he wasn't about to 'babysit'. "Name's Lawrence." He put out his hand, hoping against hope he could get this guy to talk to him just a little bit.



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There was one thing that he had to say about this man, he certainly had character. He was in surprisingly good spirits for someone who just had someone attempting to snuff the life out of him. Either he was crazy, or used to this... and Sam was not about to judge him on that. He was, frankly, in the same place in his life. If anything, man or monster, tried to kill him, he would spend no time finding a way to joke about it. It was a survival tactic, learned by those who faced it every day. So maybe, he should not have been surprised when the other man seemed relieved that Sam was a Hunter, and picked up on the code word.

Of course, nothing about the man, this Lawrence, made him automatically trust him. He had been burned before. Granted, they were in the minority, and that voice in the back of his head that had been popping up more and more frequently. Stress made it worse... he knew that from trial and error of living with it for a year, so he took a deep breath, and forced it quiet, down and down again. He closed his eyes. He counted to five. And when he opened them again, he was looking at a hand being stretched out for him.

He blinked for a moment, rewiring himself for actual human interaction. Had it been so long since he met a stranger? Caelene didn't count. Garth had vouched for her almost immediately, and Dean's survival counted on him trusting her right away. With some delay, though without reluctance, he took Lawrence's hand and gave it a shake. “Sam,” he replied with his own name. First name basis for now? All right, he could do that.

The floor above them erupted with the sound of running footsteps. Heavy, Booted. The sudden thunder of them after their quiet introductions made Sam jump and reflexively ducked. His eyes tracked the sound, from one end of the hallway to the next above them. Away from the stairs... away from them... Somewhere upstairs a door slammed, and then everything was silent again. Sam waited a heartbeat, waiting to see if there were any more sounds, however minute, before turning to look at Lawrence. “Well, you were first Hunter on site. What do we have here?” It was an unspoken etiquette that first Hunter on site was the one in charge, and Sam just assumed that because he got here late, Lawrence already knew what was going on. So, he eagerly looked to the other.

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This whole situation was definitely turning for the weird. Weirder he supposed. This guy was definitely on the fence about him, which was okay he totally understood that. Lawrence didn't expect an utter stranger to just trust him after all, that was just plain insanity. Besides the more he did this hunting stuff the more he realized why that was. People had ulterior motives that weren't really clear until they smacked you in the face. If one didn't possess a little bit of reluctance towards others he'd be suspicious too. Which was likely why he needed to learn to tone down the nervous blabbering and overall friendly face he always had. It was likely why so few Hunters seemed to want to talk to him right off the bat.

So when the man accepted his outstretched hand to shake he was deeply relieved. Sam. "Well, its nice to meet you Sam." Releasing his hand and looking over him again he realized it definitely fit the other. It was likely a shortened version, probably Samuel, but he wasn't about to just ask despite his nerves. This was obviously a more experienced hunter than himself too. The urge to just ask a million questions burned just beneath the surface, and likely showed in his eyes. He'd been told that no matter how controlled he got his face his eyes always gave him away. Which was fine, honestly, he wasn't trying to hide anything. Not really anyway.

All thoughts disappeared when he jumped a little, gripping the shovel still in his one hand tighter. His eyes on the ceiling he swallowed thickly, wondering exactly what he was dealing with. What he had thought were just ghosts had turned into something he wasn't even sure what to call. Whatever it was it had been solid, much more solid than any ghost he had run into yet. And yet he knew it was a supernatural monster, especially convinced after it had disappeared when Sam joined the scene. There had to be a better way than to learn on the go. It baffled him that the hunter community didn't have some sort of unity when it came to these things. New hunters couldn't be that uncommon after all.

"Uh...well..." The sudden full attention of the other hunter made him uncomfortable. Did he admit outright that he had absolutely no clue what was going on and confirm that he was in over his head? What were his other options? Get someone hurt? He stiffened at his own thought and finally just blurted out the truth. "Honestly, I thought this was ghosts. But there's no way, like, none. That thing was to solid, not acting like a ghost at all. And I gotta say, I'm in way over my head here." Flushing from slight embarrassment as he looked back at the ceiling to avoid seeing whatever reaction Sam might have. "Ghosts and vampires and I'm good but...I've been flying blind otherwise." Which is where he was now, completely stumped.



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Well, it was nice to see that he was not unreasonably jumpy when it came to the sudden sounds. If he had been the only one who reacted, he would have been oddly put off, either because it meant that Lawrence had no survival instincts, or he was so unphased by sudden sounds that he was too calloused to care anymore. He didn't know why he was focusing in on that particular detail about Lawrence. Sam had been through the ringer before, with the wool firmly pulled over his eyes. He thought he used to able to read people well. He was going to be a lawyer, for Christ's sake, it was going to be part of his job description. The part few years had taught him to trust no one... Either you don't trust them and survive, or trust them and end up losing them anyway.

That hurricane that had become a constant in the back of his mind threatened to roar forward again, but he was on a job. Narrowing his focus, he brought his thoughts back to the now. He was starting to get the feeling that Lawrence was a little green around the gills. Sam could not help but made him jump into the “profession” in what was comparatively later in life. No, Lawrence didn't look like some kind of geriatric man, but for a lot of hunters, it was a family business. The Winchesters were not exclusive in that. Usually in those cases, though, by the time a hunter was well into their twenties they had a lot more experience. Maybe something happened to Lawrence to make him get involved... some lost loved one or mystery.

Whatever the case, Sam opted to take a little more of the lead. “Vampires and ghosts, huh?” he said. “Well, welcome to the masters class...” As for right now, the thing in the house was upstairs, and he had not heard it move. Either it could go back and forth between being corporeal and not, or it was cornered. “I know about as much as you do, so this is the part where we either look for more clues” which seemed a little cheesy and time consuming, “or run up there and confront it with all the pluck we have,” which could end with less than ideal results. Sam was never the type to run off without having as many details as possible. “I personally prefer getting a look around first... A lot of creatures leave something behind. If we know what it is, then we at least know what to do.”

There was another option, of course. “Or we leave.' It was not that Sam considered it himself, but it was just one more way that he could read Lawrence. If the man decided to leave, then it meant Sam would just have to continue on with this hunt alone. If he stayed, then he knew at least he was dedicated. He hated having to test people like this, but he had been on the receiving end of the same treatment from other hunters, and hopefully he was being nice enough about it that Lawrence would think he was just making friendly conversation. Gun still shouldered defensively (not because of Lawrence, but because of the mystery creature upstairs) he walked back from the hallway to the front door. If Lawrence wanted to leave, this was where they parted ways, but it was where Sam was going to start his own investigation.

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Masters class. That insinuated that whatever he had stumbled on was for sure not in his experience wheelhouse. If that was the case he was probably incredibly lucky that another hunter had been anywhere near him. Whatever it was upstairs hadn't left yet, they would have heard that right? Regardless he wondered what kind of creature would stay in a house it wasn't bound to. As far as he knew only Ghosts seemed to have any sort of ties to a certain place or object in some cases. Of course there was also the sounds it had made going upstairs. I mean, a ghost wouldn't need to make that much sound right?

Lawrence could get behind looking for other clues, especially seeing as how this hunt had already gone a bit sideways. The option got a little thing around the whole 'rush up there and confront it'. That just seemed reckless. Seeing as how he'd already tangled with the very corporeal being once he could safely say initiating a round two might not be in their best interest. Thus he was quite a bit relieved to hear that Sam was of the mind to take a look around. It was somehow very reassuring to know this guy had a level head. It was undeniably important not to take unnecessary risks if one could help it.

"That makes sense. I mean, looking around to see if it left anything. Following it might not be the best thing. I mean it was totally-" pausing to stop himself from saying the creature had, indeed, been kicking his ass. He was trying to inspire some sort of trust here after all, no good admitting that he'd been taken off guard. "Really strong and all." That and the element of surprise had been shot well before Sam had kicked the front door in. All things considered having Sam come through that door and not another thing was pretty much the highlight of his week.

"Leave? Oh hell no. That thing, whatever it is, has been killing people. Even if I kill it on accident I'm not letting it get by another night." Even if he'd been unprepared for this to be anything but a ghost he couldn't in good conscience leave now. People were getting killed and it would suck if this thing got anyone else when he could have stopped it. As Sam, gun still shouldered in a way that made him nervous, left the room he glanced around. Well he could stand here like an idiot or he could follow him. At this point he doubted his shovel would do any good. "So uh...I guess you've been doing this for awhile huh?"



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This was almost good. Sam hadn't been on a proper hunt in months. Everything that he had been doing had been to chase something at the end of a long line of clues. First it had been Katherine: It had been a long road that lead him to a dead end at the edge of a cliff, but it had been a long journey to get there. That was why he felt so world weary about it. It was not as though Katherine and him had broken up, or got into a fight. The last time he saw her, he had kissed her goodbye as she was setting herself up in the bath. He had smiled at her. He had told her that she loved him... and that love hadn't died... It had only thrived to become a pit; a dark hole that he fell into the moment that sneering lips of the skinwalker with his brother's face told him the truth... told him where Katherine was... It was a pit he fell deeper into when he was told that he had to choose: opening up the gates of Hell to plunge deeper into them than he should safely go.... or leave her there...

He had wanted to. He wanted to burn the world for Katherine but... did he have the right to? He could find a way... it was not like he hadn't been there before. He could find a way back. Every time he talked himself out of it because it was not the right thing to do. How could he damn the world for the sake of his own heart? But the deeper his hole dug, the closer he was getting to Hell, anyway... and Lucifer was not shy about reminding him of that...

Getting out of the house was good. Everything was a reminder of something terrible. Dean's recovery reminded him of Sam's own failures at saving his brother sooner. Calene's presence just accented that she was not Bobby... That Bobby was just another dead face he knew. Being alone right now had been the better option than staying at the salvage yard, and keeping quiet about just what being there did to his thoughts.

But he wasn't alone, was he? He watched the door for a few heartbeats, mostly expecting Lawrence to enter his vision just long enough to exit it. Instead, he heard the voice behind him continue to talk, and continue to plan, and then ask a question. Well, that was that, then. If he was going to stay, then Sam was going to go all in, too. Finally, his muscles relaxed, even just a little, and the gun lowered that last little bit. He was still ready to raise it and fire it off it he needed to, but there was no need to be so aggressive if someone was trying to be a... well, Sam was going to call him an “ally” for now.

“Since I was a kid, in one way or another.” he said, moving away from the front door. “Took a break to go to college but...” Just another thing Sam had lost, wasn't it? “Law school didn't stick.” He moved away from front door and survey the next direction to go. The door they had just left behind led to another door at the end of it. Maybe a kitchen or a bathroom. In the other direction, still off the main room, was a door that led to the other side of the house, and the stairs. “First floor first?” he said, walking over to the door. He looked back at Lawrence, and nodded. Now was the time for him to prove if he was going to have Sam's back. “Cover me.”

Defensively raising the gun again, he took a deep breath in, and on the exhale pushed open the door. This led into a room... a dark room... Sure, it was night outside, but there should be some kind of ambient light from outside shining in the room. This was nothing, which left just the one option for Sam... Reaching into his pocket, he took out his flashlight and shined it into the room. He really didn't want to go completely blind for too long. Now, the only sources of light were the limited light from the open door behind him and his flashlight. Carefully, gun still ready cautiously, he walked into the room.

....and immediately stepped on something wet.... and sticky... with a little bit of a crunch. Suddenly, he regretted taking point. ”Lawrence... can you see...what is under my boot?”

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As he exited the room he'd been in and came back into the front room he noticed Sam standing there. There was no doubt that he had relaxed some, heck he saw the way he did, even lowering the weapon a little more. Maybe it was something he had said that made him more at ease. At least be less likely to fight him in the end maybe. Honestly he felt bad, he seemed nice enough but it was clear something was bothering him. Above and beyond the obvious trust issues anyway. Something was eating at the taller man and he wasn't about to digging in places he shouldn't.

Besides that they had work to do to figure out what this was. Lawrence was just glad the other guy was willing to help him, this had gotten way above his ability the moment he'd stepped through the adjoining room door. Had Sam thought he was just going to up and leave? I mean a normal sane person probably would he rationalized. Him though, no, he had a stronger stomach than that. Honestly the idea of leaving whatever this was alone to kill again made him stomach churn nastily. No way in hell was this sucker living to see another morning if he had anything to do with it.

Wow, since he was a kid? What kind of a person let their kids hunt monsters? Not that he was judging, everyone had circumstances that brought them to where they were in their lives. "I feel unprepared." He admitted, smiling faintly in an attempt to lighten the air a bit between them. Couldn't hurt to try right? "Spent longer fighting human monsters when the real things have been out here." Thought it was more surprising to hear that he had gone to law school briefly. The one thing he had never done and never wanted to, School had never been his bag and he was envious of those who enjoyed it.

Of course he didn't have long to ponder this as Sam mentioned doing the first floor first. If he hadn't known any better he would have wondered if he'd been military. Clearing a place bottom to top was a good practice. "Right behind you." He said instantly, and he meant it, walking backward to keep an eye out behind them and following Sam's pace. Luckily there was no offshoot doors where they were going, but he kept peeking back to check on Sam and the direction they were headed. The second the pitch black room was opened he felt chills down his spine. That didn't bode well.

Uneasy about this he slowly followed Sam as the other went inside with his flashlight. Whatever Sam had stepped on was audibly crunchy. Suddenly he wished he was a bit more deaf than he was. Regretfully he knew he couldn't ignore having heard it, nor could he ignore the request. "Yeah...yeah um...yeah." He managed in return, moving closer and squatting a little. Thank god for his shovel now. With the limited light he couldn't do much but scrape whatever the hell it was and move it to get a better look. "What the hell..."



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Sam did not like the sound of Tarwick's tone. He was compliant, though, so it was nice that he was willing to act as part of a team. Lawrence moved into the room, and Sam lifted his boot so that he could get a look at what it might have come into contact with. When Lawrence showed that he had still brought his trusty shovel along, Sam had legitimately felt grateful. He was starting to wonder exactly what would have happened if he had been out here by himself. Despite how he had been feeling lately, with his depression and general sense of woe, he did not want to die. He just didn't know what else he wanted instead.

If there had been an audible crunch when he had put the boot down, there was an equally audible, if not wetter, sound when he lifted it. It was the sound wet duct tape made when pulled off rotting wood. He felt his face pull back in a reflexive cringe. He had been through worse, but something about the sound told him that whatever he looked at was going to be of the gross variety, and while he had become desensitized to a lot over the years, this job had proved more than capable at throwing new horrors in his direction.

Tarwick obliged to help him with the shovel, and he hoped that it meant that most of what was on the bottom of his boot was left on the floor. For a moment, he felt like he looked like a cat who had just stuck his foot in water. Whatever aura he had given off before, about being some kind of badass hunter with a mile long list of experiences, it sure had to be a shattered illusion at this point. He could feel some sort of residue when he placed the foot back down, but no scraping was going to be perfect. He didn't know what he would have done if Lawrence wasn't here, though. For all Sam knew, he just crushed a key piece of evidence.

He turned around to look at Tarwick. He didn't know what to say, really. I felt awkward to say something, but rude to say nothing. All he could do was look at him, awkwardly. Slowly, he shrugged his shoulders, his eyebrows raising up towards his hairline. He went to say something, stopped, and then decided that the moment had passed and they should just move on with everything. He took his flashlight, and turned the beam down to the floor, by the shovel, to see what they would see.

At first, he didn't know what he was looking at. Sam had expected something dark, and maybe with a smell to it. Th flashlight, though, immediately picked up on something white, with a shimmer to it. As high as his eyebrows had shot up before in embarrassment, they were conversely lowered and pinched in confusion and curiosity. He looked up at Lawrence, silently asking if this was like anything that he had ever seen before. If this had been blood Sam would have been less confused. Before he could stop himself, Sam was kneeling down and reaching his bare hand down to touch it with his fingertips. He had expected it to be gooey, but again he was wrong. His hand came back sticky, yes, but there was a firmness to whatever this was. He rolled it between his fingers, getting a feel for it. It was very sticky, like old silly string, like...

“Webbing?” he guessed. He looked up at Lawrence. He directed the light back down, just to get a better look, and his light danced against the walls and floors... and it was only when he saw that same white shimmer reflected back at him that he realized what they had walked into. Slower this time, Sam passed the beam over the walls and floor. The walls were so coated that they were blocking the windows. Sam doubted he would have been able to see light coming through had the sun been up. At night, it made it even darker. Webs covered the the walls and floor. A few more steps in, and there might have been some real trouble. It was all like a people sized.... “Spider web....”

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The substance he had scraped up was definitely gross. And reminiscent of something else. Narrowing his eyes he scraped some of it up to get a better look. What was it? The sound Sam's boot made when it left the substance had made the hair on the back of his neck stand up and he immediately put it out of his mind so he could focus on what they were doing. Honestly he was entirely grateful he'd had the shovel on him now. Even if this wasn't ghosts like he'd thought the shovel was coming in handy. If he'd had to put his hand out into whatever that was without seeing it first he may have been a bit more freaked out than he was.

"Man...am I glad you took point." Lawrence said when Sam turned to him, a faint grin on his face. The taller man had seemed a bit terrifying when he'd first met him. Seeing him standing there all grossed out with one foot held up and away from the offending nastiness had put Lawrence somehow more at ease. Honestly it was good to see a reaction of any kind from him, the blankness on his face had been more unnerving than this current one. He'd seen plenty enough to know that a look like his could go a couple of ways, and he hadn't quite been sure he was even right. I mean, he didn't know Sam all that well, but it didn't take a genius to figure that this line of work did a number on a person.

When Sam turned to look at him he seemed at a loss of what to say, though he looked on the verge of trying to say anything. Poor guy. Just when he thought he, himself, was the awkwardest human being alive he had somehow run into another who might be even worse at human interaction than him. When he just shrugged and went back to investigating he made note of it but let it go, there was a time and a place and they certainly didn't really have the time. Maybe once they had axed this monster then he could talk a bit more with the guy, see if he was alright.

Turning back to the task at hand he followed the flashlights beam to the floor and frowned. What...was that? Was that...spider web? That was certainly unexpected. The sound it had made when stepped on had left him believing they were about to walk into unpleasantness. This did count, but it was a different unpleasant than he'd been expecting. Casting his eyes about as Sam knelt down to exaime the substance, not wanting to be caught off guard by any giant spiders while he did so. When Sam confirmed his dears he almost laughed, the sound coming out as a semi-amused huff of air. They were after a spider? A giant one if the webbing looked like this, no way it was anything else.

As the webbing caught the walls he froze, was it...all over the walls too? When Sam's flashlight came back to slowly look it over it was confirmed. Spider web. Frowning a little his eyebrows came down as he contemplated what that meant. "Yeah...yeah definitely spider web but...the thing that attacked me definitely looked human..." Which brought up an entirely new slew of things. If Sam hadn't shown up when he did would he have ended up as lunch? Considering how much, and how thick, this webbing was they were definitely against a supernatural creature. Eventually he got out a small, not fearful, no way, nu-uh: "Why did it have to be spiders."



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