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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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from: spiniform
date: Dec. 28th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
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I love this! :D Dean being sort of wonderful with kids is such a great part of canon.

Also, I came here via hoodie_time, so I certainly don't mind you crossposting (I noticed you were asking)!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 28th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Aww, thank you!

I love the fact that Dean is awesome with kids. I think it's one of my favourite parts of the canon. Big bad Dean Winchester, kind of a gooey softie on the inside. ;)

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labseraph

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from: labseraph
date: Dec. 29th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
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OMG so cute!!! And I had some tears in my eyes too. Just lovely, so lovely.

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 29th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! :)

I'm not usually one to write completely happy endings, but hey, it's Christmas! ;)

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::twiglet::

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from: twigletmoo
date: Dec. 29th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Fabulous!! Loved it!

Made me feel all warm and christmassy!!!

*hugs*

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Dec. 29th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Excellent, I'm very pleased you liked it. The boys don't often get a happy Christmas, after all. :D

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twoexcluded

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from: twoexcluded
date: Jan. 2nd, 2010 11:16 am (UTC)
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This was heartwarming in the best way! (- spiced with humour)

I really enjoyed the descriptive style and the attention to details, like in this paragraph

The song is a long one, and he amuses himself by watching their faces, seeing which ones stumble on the harder lines, which ones are standing up and singing confidently, and which ones are trying to fake their way through it. He suspects that they're probably not all in key, but it hardly matters.

and the one that followed - it gives both a great sense of Dean's perspective as well as creating a lovely lively and colorful scene you can really see before your eyes :)

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Jan. 2nd, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for your lovely comment! Glad you liked it.

I don't think this story would have worked without an injection of humour.

I remember singing Christmas carols with the kids from my school, teacher and all, and that's how we were: fidgety and giggly, and some of us sang as confidently and as loudly as we could while others tried to pretend they were and still others sang completely off-key. So I just took that and ran with it.

The good thing about kids singing Christmas carols is that no one really cares if they get it "right." That's not the point, and Dean gets that, too, I think.

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Mika

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from: meeks00
date: Jan. 10th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
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Oh, this was just lovely! So original and insightful, and so compelling throughout. I think you have both of their voices down pat, which is an incredible feat considering there isn't actually much talking--though I suppose you give 'communication' a more well-rounded definition here, and with such character. It was also such a hilarious situation, awkward and utterly adorable, and I just loved this. Can't wait to read more! I noticed you mentioned you have a long fic in the works, so I'm quite excited to see more! Good luck!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Jan. 10th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
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Thank you for your lovely comment!

I do indeed have a longer fic in the works. Hopefully I'll have it done sometime this week, and then I'll inflict it on some unsuspecting beta, and then it'll get posted.

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Awash in Ennui

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from: faunaana
date: Jan. 26th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
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Just to let you know, we've recced this in this week's crack_impala found here. =D

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immortal_jedi

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from: immortal_jedi
date: Feb. 13th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
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I found this via spngenlove, and I really liked it.

Out of curiousity, why did you make Dean deaf for this story- is there any backstory to this?

Also, I asked my mother, who's an ASL interpreter, about conveying the syntax of sigh language in writing, and she said that your solution was pretty good, that it'd be confusing to write ASL down directly.

I'm sending her the link, because she was interested in the whole thing (though she knows nothing of Supernatural.

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immortal_jedi

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from: immortal_jedi
date: Feb. 13th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
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So, I thought you'd like to hear what my mother had to say on this story.

Nice story. I like the way she handled it. She's referring to how you handled transcribing sign language. Also, she's assuming you're female. (I don't know if you are or not.)

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Mouse(y)

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from: roguemouse
date: Feb. 16th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Amazing. I would've never figured a fic like this was possible.
But you totally made it work. It was lovely, and cute, and sweet... and just-the-right-amount of heartclenching.
Better than gingerbread cookies :D

Thanks for this!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Feb. 16th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
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Oh, hey there! Thank you so much! I'm very glad you liked it.

Actually, tifaching picked up the same prompt and did something different and equally cool and nice with it, if you're interested: Angels We Have Heard on High

Thanks again!

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cxw1065

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from: cxw1065
date: Apr. 17th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
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lovely, lovely, lovely

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Apr. 18th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh, hey there! Thank you, I'm very pleased you liked it. :)

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Nobody's laughing now

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from: lavinialavender
date: May. 27th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
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asdklfja;lksdfjadf I love this so much. It's so interesting reading about the boys with disabilities, and I love it when it's not completely depressing. Oh man, I love the boys' first conversations signed here, how they still insult each other and Dean teases Sam about not knowing "bigger" words, and then the moment of Sam's guilt for turning his back on Dean.

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: May. 27th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
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:D

Thank you!

My idea here was that the boys have been living with this for so long that they don't even think about it that much, so the deaf thing just kind of fades into the background for them most of the time. They're still the boys. :)

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Emily.  Just Emily.

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from: darth_firefly
date: Aug. 1st, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Found this after reading your most recent work - Long Before The Sky Would Open -

... and I am soo looking forward to more in this verse!!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Aug. 1st, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad you liked it! This was one of my really early works, and I'm very fond of it.

I'm looking forward to exploring just what the difficulties of hunting are when one of your partners is deaf.

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Silent Night

from: taylorariel
date: Aug. 2nd, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
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This was very enjoyable! And my name is Sharon so I definitely will be waiting for my coffee with Dean :) Thank you.

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Re: Silent Night

from: ratherastory
date: Aug. 2nd, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
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LOL

Glad you liked it! Can't promise Dean will deliver on that coffee. You and I both know he's a bit of a player. ;)

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Caroline

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from: dawnintheforest
date: Aug. 2nd, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
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Told you I was on my way here! (Based on my rambly comment on your latest fic, the prequel to this one.)

I would have enjoyed this had I read it first, but having read the prequel just made this so much richer! I'd approve very much if you decided to expand this 'verse even further!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Aug. 2nd, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
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Hello again!

I am definitely planning at least one more story in this 'verse, probably more. It's all about managing my time properly. ;)

Glad you liked it!

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carocali

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from: carocali
date: Aug. 14th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Very sweet story. I'm not familiar with your deaf!Dean verse (as I tend to stick more to the Sam centric stories) but it was just lovely! Sorry I missed it the first time around.

:D
Caroline

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Aug. 14th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

I think you started reading a couple of months after I posted this story, anyway. You started reading around the time of "Take Me Home," if memory serves. Right?

Anyway, I'm glad you liked it! There are only two stories in this 'verse right now, but I'm planning more. :)

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Damerel

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from: damerel
date: Sep. 9th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
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This is absolutely lovely. It's definitely going to be something I return to whenever I need a pick-me-up - thank you!

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ratherastory

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from: ratherastory
date: Sep. 10th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Aww, thank you! I'm so pleased you liked it. :)

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