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Silent Night

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Dec. 24th, 2009 | 01:38 am
mood: peacefulpeaceful

So this was from a prompt at the spn_hurtcomfort Christmas h/c commentfic meme.

Title: Silent Night
Prompt: From the lovely and talented roque_clasique:Deaf!Dean. Sam steps out for some eggnog and in his absence a bunch of carolers come to the door. They're little kids and Dean doesn't have the heart to tell them he's deaf, so he just lets them sing. Original prompt and my reply is here.
Spoilers: Spoilers up to 3.08. So, y'know, nothing recent.
Word Count: 3,042
Disclaimer: Kripke made me give 'em back because he said I was breaking his toys. Meanie.
Neurotic Authorial Disclaimer: No beta, no nothin'. Probably riddled with typos, malapropisms, and unhappy syntax. Proceed at your own risk.
Extra Neurotic Authorial Disclaimer: I am not deaf, nor Deaf. I know just enough about the culture to get myself in trouble. I also know that ASL has its own grammar and syntax, but I have no idea how to convey that in writing, so please bear with my excessive use of italics, mmkay?

:::ETA:::

riama82 has made some gorgeous, gorgeous fanart! It's included at the end of the fic, along with a link to her LJ. All hail riama82!

:::FURTHER ETA:::

elsewhere_kels has made a podfic of the story! Go here for the downloads. :)




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[meg]

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from: earthquakedream
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
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This is just awesome. Heartbreaking but sweet and it's good to see that Dean's still got a way with girls even when he's deaf. I really hope you do write more. :D

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

Dean wouldn't be Dean if he wasn't a charmer. That's my take on it, anyway.

Yes, there will very likely be more. :)

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lelaro

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from: lelaro
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
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this is an awesome story.
i sincerely hope that you make it a verse,
do you mind if i friend you to keep up with your stories?

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Friend away! I am very flattered. :)

You can blame roque_clasique, but it's definitely turning into a verse.

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riama82

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from: riama82
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Well, Roque asked very nicely so... here I am! Nudging you encouragingly! -_^

This was awesome! So heartbreaking and sweet. Way better than those crappy Xmas movies running on tv right now.

You voiced the characters perfectly. Even Deaf!Dean (with a capitol D) is credible. I'm soooo glad there's going to be more... ^-^

Happy Holidays!!!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Aw, thank you!

Roque has a LOT to answer for, but luckily it's mostly good. ;)

I have a soft spot for Christmas specials, to be honest. They make me all fuzzy inside.

I'm very glad I seem to have pulled off the boys' voices, even with Dean being Deaf (I decided on Deaf rather than deaf, but at the risk of rambling on at length, my current theory is that Dean is straddling both worlds, trying to fit in with his father's universe because that's what John wanted, and trying to make his own way now that John is gone. Or something.).

Fics in which the boys don't sound like themselves put me off like nobody's business, so I try to pay attention to my dialogue and inner monologues as much as possible.

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from: saschi212
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Awww, I love this! I'm all full of Christmas spirit now :) Sooo, I hear there's going to be more of this? SOON?? Haha

Thanks so much for this! Merry Christmas!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Always happy to spread Christmas cheer. *hands out eggnog*


There will be more, but after Christmas. It's a little busy around here these days. I write fast, but not THAT fast. ;)

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maychorian

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from: maychorian
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
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Ah, that was so very cute! Loved Dean's softness, though he can't help flirting, too. And Sam was such a good little brother, too. ♥

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

I think poor Sam doesn't get nearly enough credit for all the shit he puts up with from Dean, sometimes. ;)

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donutsweeper

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from: donutsweeper
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
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oh this is awesome! More SEE than ASL, but still great, I love deaf!Dean and how sweet he was to 'listen' to the kids!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I suppose it *is* more SEE than ASL, but I think that's due to the medium rather than the intent. I can't actually write ASL, I don't know how, or if it's even possible.


Thank you for commenting! Feedback = win. :)

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surevesta

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from: surevesta
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
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This is wonderful! An awesome read for Christmas! Dean really is a softie. :) Great job!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! It's really awesome to get all these nice comments. :)

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followingabdiel

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from: followingabdiel
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
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You did a nice job with this story, and it was totally believable! I'm with roque clasique on this one--we definitely need more! Thanks for agreeing to go further with this--awesome job!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much!

Yeah, Roque is nothing if not persuasive. ;)

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agent_jl36

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from: agent_jl36
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
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I really really liked this! I must admit I am NOT a holiday story fan, I'm kinda a scrooge about that. But I am a fan of this and if you don't mind I would like to friend you so I can catch your upcoming fics!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. :)

I like my holiday stories with a side order of angst, thanks. :P

Friend away, it's always nice to have new people aboard.

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roque_clasique

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from: roque_clasique
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
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haha holy shit i really did blow up your LJ.

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 24th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
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I'll be sweeping up debris for WEEKS.

Luckily it's all good debris, so...

(I really need to stop procrastinating and finish wrapping these last gifts...)

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One Moment of Clarity

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from: clarity159
date: Dec. 25th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
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Aww, great story and it makes me happy to read it on Christmas Eve night! I was nudged here by Roque, and I join the chorus of "Write more, please!"

*waits patiently*

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 25th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Hi, and thanks!

Roque has a lot to answer for: she blew up my LJ. ;)

There will be more, probably in the New Year.

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tifaching

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from: tifaching
date: Dec. 27th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Hey! So I read upthread that you are mouseme! Cool! I surfed over to your journal after you unlurked to me but while it was entertaining, I couldn't find any fic. So I'm glad that now I know where it is and it's awesome so I've got some catching up to do. And you write Harry Dresden? I've only read a couple of the books but I loved the show and can't wait to see what you do with the characters. Can't wait for more deaf!Dean, but you know, no pressure!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 27th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Heh, busted. ;)

Yeah, I don't post fic at my regular LJ. It's just me nattering about mundane things.

I have one incomplete Harry Dresden fic. I got kind of snagged on a plot point, but I'm hoping to figure it out and just finish the thing. :)

Deaf!Dean is in the works. It's nowhere near complete, but I'm hoping that the first installment will be ready early in the New Year.

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From a little spark may burst a mighty flame

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from: dante_s_hell
date: Dec. 28th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
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Hi!

I was directed over here by tifaching and I'm sure glad she did!

Dean "listening" to the carols without saying he's deaf is such a Dean-thing to do.

Oh, and I totally love the fact that the boys sign.

This is such a feel-good story. Thanks very much for sharing.

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 28th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
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Oh hi! Welcome. :)

I hadn't really thought of this as a feel-good story, but I guess it does qualify. It's Christmas, and I already wrote one really depressing Christmas story, so I tried to balance it out with some happier ones. ;)

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mtee

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from: mtee
date: Dec. 28th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
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That was wonderful! I really liked it. More more more!

Dean and kids and getting emotional. What's not to love?

Thank you

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 28th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I'm very pleased that this little ficlet is getting such a great reception. :)

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sothcweden

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from: sothcweden
date: Dec. 28th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
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This was great. I loved Dean not realizing he was crying until he felt the tears freeze on his face. And then managing to turn from tears to flirting. Only Dean, I swear.

I have a major fickink for communication issues (from deafness to just being bad at it and everything in between), and would love to see more of this version of Sam'n'Dean. Thanks for brightening the holidays.

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 28th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Ah, Dean. He can do a full-stop and a 360 on a dime. :D

I have a thing for miscommunication, too, and thanks to a fair bit of prompting from roque_clasique, I am in fact working on more of this version of Sam and Dean. Stay tuned!

Thank you for commenting!

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