nightmares06 (Heather) has been writing since early 2014, and hopes to make a career out of it one day by publishing her own characters and storyline, something she’s always had in the works while working through high school and college. She currently works full time, has a husband who goes outside in the morning to heat her car up, and a devilish cockatiel named Smaug. When not working or attempting to have a normal life, she’s writing or coming up with new ideas for the Brothers Apart multiverse, which has become a huge part of her life.
And the winning story, with 47 out of the 73 votes received, is…
Clash of the Hunters!
Returning to the idyllic Wellwood Forest after his trials feels like a blessing for Jacob Andris while he’s struggling with the trauma from a past case.
Yet this peace won’t last as the quiet in the forest is shattered with the entrance of a new hunter on the scene, one who’s nothing like the Dean Winchester that saved Jacob’s life before…
We return to Brothers Found in the aftermath from the horror story just in time for a visit from the infamous Logan Guthrie, a hunter that appears in Bowman of Wellwood!
The second Jacob’s hands were on the cage, Dean was on the move.
As dangerous as it was to attack with Sam still in the line of fire, there would be no better chance. The hunter had lost his gun. Jacob was free and had his hands on the cage containing the sprite, reducing the chances of collateral damage of a fight between the older hunters.
Sam knew the risks as well as Dean.
So while Jacob was backing off from the hunter with Bowman safe, Dean was already sprinting through the field. Long legs covered the ground that had taken Sam a half hour to cross in seconds. His boots dug fissures in the ground with the force of striking the ground, all to propel him towards his enemy. It was enough that if any of the sprites were in his way, there would be nothing left of them.
But they knew when to keep clear and when to attack. Scar was a good leader, and would see his opening just as Dean had found his.
The hunter hadn’t fully turned in Dean’s direction when there was suddenly a fist slamming into his jaw. Dean didn’t waste a second in his attack. The man was thrown backwards from the force, and his pocket slammed away with him. Only a passing guilt hit at the fact that Sam was about to be in the center of two dueling humans. He would do what he could to keep Sam safe, even during the deadly fight.
It was for this reason that he didn’t use his knife right off the bat. Instead of a vicious follow-up, Dean’s hands sealed around the other hunter’s wrist, preventing him from falling at the same time as he prevented a counterattack. Either could be disastrous for Sam.
“You think you can come in here and terrify a bunch of peaceful sprites?” Dean snarled. “Threaten to cut their wings off and trap them in cages? This forest is under my protection.”
A flurry of leaves blew up around them as the wind kicked up.
Given that you said borrowers had been made into pets since the 1950s in Brothers Kept, something tells me that it would all be Arrietty Clock’s fault for all the borrowers’ sucky situation in either needing to hide better or getting put into cages.
Oh, I’m absolutely certain Arriety had something to do with the state of this AU! She’s got just as much bad luck as any of the boys we have in it now, and hated what became of her people after the incident.
Perhaps one day someone can right the wrongs of this universe, but for now they struggle to even understand each other’s point of view.
Comment: What kind of shenanigans do you think would rain down on our boys if they had a run in with the trickster? Hopefully nothing as morbid as the mystery spot!a
But I have fun imagining Dean being made into something smaller than normal – like getting turned into a child again, the age he was when Sam was cursed to get like “a second chance” that’s all fucked up because Dean as a child won’t be able to drive or pay for the motel rooms or anything. Or maybe turning into like a raccoon or something (those tiny hands!) where he has to struggle to convince sam that he’s not a feral animal while being severely hindered in the communication department. Anyway, if he was smaller than normal but still big to Sam so we could see like a different size dynamic idk.
Love you and all that you do!
Aww, thank you so much! It means everything for us to hear that you love our stories!
The trickster is certainly getting up to shenanigans in the BA multiverses, and though I can’t guarantee he’ll ever appear in the original BA, he’s already shown his face in Brothers Found, in the epic tale of Jacob in Wonderland, and he’s also planned to show up in other stories, with various plans in mind.
Age fics are always cute, and it would be interesting to see Sam with a scrawny teenaged Dean! Dean would be pretty upset (if he still has his memories) that he’s now too young to buy any beer.
As for animals, I generally don’t do animal transformations, but I recommend checking out @wolfie180g‘s stuff! They have a lot of this, and they also do a lot of g/t oriented stories with Sam and Dean.
Comment: I feel REALLY bad for poor Bree in Brothers Consulted. In a way, aside from Mark and Anita who had to deal with being under Euan’s control for years, Bree had to undergo being taken away from her family (at least Mallory most likely survived this au), being forced to become a pet to a family of criminals with all sans one treating her like a doll, THEN getting shipped away to London and away from the only stability in her life (aka Beth) to get marked with a brand, and had she not gotten rescued, who knows what would’ve happened to her. And, unlike the others, she’s kind of alone in the whole situation. Mikael, Kara and Christian have each other. Anita and Mark got reunited. Even Dean and Sam were lucky enough to stick together through their whole ordeal on making it to London. Bree’s got nobody and since her family is back in the US, she’ll have to make the biggest adjustment of all since she has to probably learn how to borrow all over again.
Yes, Bree absolutely has the roughest path of the Americans they saved! Luckily for her, the British borrower population is very welcoming. Anyone that Sam and Dean are in contact with would take her in with open arms, and of course at the moment she can stay with the Winchesters during her initial recovery.
Her most important issue will be keeping her separate from humans, since right now she’s the most conditioned out of the crew they rescued. They can’t have her going back to humans and end up where she started at.
Comment: I love the ba multiverse so much! I just devoured the stories when I found them and I feel like the characters and world are tangible, after so many people have shared so enthusiastically in it together!
Anyway, I’m also a huge fan of Schitt’s Creek, and I have so much fun imagining a bizarre crossover. Moira meeting Dean, expounding on the simple pleasures in life (elitist things that totally go over his head), and Dean inexplicably waxing poetic about pie (trying to impress Moira, I’d imagine). Alexis saying “ew, David! I think I saw a mouse!” “Ohmygod what?! Where?” As Sam makes a run through the motel…
Anyway just wanted to say I love what you do thank you for sharing with the world you humble me.
It’s great to hear! We’ve put a lot of love into these characters and stories, and hope to continue doing so for a long time!
I haven’t personally seen Schitt’s Creek, so I can’t say much about it, but I do love me a good crossover! It’s fun to see these guys in all the different situations we can throw them into!
Comment: Okay, so we know how small the borrowers are to a normal-sized human, but being the weirdo I am, I had wandered how BIG humans must appear to borrowers just for fun! So I was doing some calculations (although I kinda figured you probably already did them) of how big regular humans would look to the borrowers.
So, on a 1/19 scale that you have them, for an adult borrower equivalent to be ranged between 5 foot to 6 foot (or 152.4 cm to 182.8 cm), they would be between 3.2-3.8 inches (or for the metrically inclined, 8.1-9.6 cm). Of course, Sam (and likewise Jacob) being 4 inches (10 centimeters), would be considered taller than most, meaning most borrowers wouldn’t even make the double digits in centimeter height.
This would mean that an adult human ranging between 5 ft-6ft/152cm-183cm, would appear to them as 95 to 114 feet (29 to 34.7 meters)!
So, with human (or formerly human-sized) characters that actually have a confirmed canonical height, they would probably appear to the canonical littles as followed (WARNING: some might be off):
Dean Winchester (6’0): 114 feet/(183cm)34.7 meters Sam Winchester (6’4): 120.2 feet/(193cm)36.6 meters Bobby Singer (5’11): 112.2 feet/(180cm)34.2 meters John Winchester (6’0): 114 feet/(183 cm)34.7 meters Jacob Andris (6’5): 122 feet/(195.5cm)/37.2 meters Sherlock Holmes (6’0): 114 feet/(183 cm)34.7 meters John Watson (5’6): 104.5 feet/(167.6cm)31.7 meters Stan Baker (6’0): 114 feet/(183 cm)34.7 meters Mycroft Holmes (6’1):115.5 feet/(185.4cm)35.2 meters
There’s a strong chance I got some of the characters’ height wrong (ex. I don’t know if Dean’s 6’0 or 6’1), but the main gist they’re around that height give or take.
Now, to compare borrowers to humans without going into the specifics of the 2d4d or and height factors, the average length of a male middle finger would range around 3.7-4 inches for men between 5 and 6 feet. Of course, this isn’t exactly accurate due to genetic variables and the like, but it’s roughly there. Meaning most borrowers would be shorter than an middle finger or even the index finger. Heck, some of the REALLY shorter borrowers (like Oscar, Moira, and ESPECIALLY Kiddo Sam and Kara for example) wouldn’t even make it to classify as ankle-height to some of the taller humans!
To put this in perspective, if the Statue of Liberty walked off her base and put her arm down, she’d be 111’6 feet (34 meters) tall, making her shorter than most of the main human characters (who are already on the tall side). All of them would be taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro since it is 98 feet/30 meters tall without the base. And an elephant (which can range from 9-13 feet/3-4 meters to the shoulder) would be like a chihuahua or any toy breed dog AT MOST. Or going off of fictional examples, a Gundam (usually around or 59.5-65 feet/18-20 meters) suited to a borrower scale would be the size of a young child at 3.57 feet or 1.06 meters.
Needless, to say, the borrowers/littles have my sympathies. They’re even smaller than the Mary Norton’s borrowers (who, at 1/12 scale, would mean a six inch borrower would be freakishly tall to your borrowers). Personally, I prefer your scale since it’d give them the ability for them to hide more easily and get away with more stuff lol. But boy do they have their work cut out for them just trying to survive!
Also, love your stories! Was just nerding our on scale differences!
This is amazing! Thank you so much for this!
We definitely have a few select heights worked out for the giant along with the borrower scale (Dean, Sam, Jacob, ect…), but not everyone, so I’m going to store this in our reference section! There can never be enough nerding out on the scale differences, tbh.
I feel bad for the borrowers, too, lol! Growing up I always like the 4 inches or smaller scale, but when I originally designed this story I wanted the borrowers to both be v v smol, but also able to be independent and able to survive without any assistance. 6 inches was always too big for me to really enjoy, and 4 inches seemed like a good compromise. Now it’s my official favorite scale! I tend to avoid writing stories that go larger, though occasionally I like adding in a third mini-giant scale (like in Jacob in Wonderland).
As for Dean, we have him set at 6′1″, which gives him just enough height on Stan and Sherlock that he gets to strut.
Sam’s hands are pretty huge, so his fingers would be longer than all the borrowers. Dean’s aren’t small, either, so it’s hard to be tall enough to outsize his finger. Borrowers might be able to beat the length of regular-sized people’s fingers, at least. Those Winchesters (and Jacob!) run tall.
Don’t really know if you’re doing asks right now so I’m sorry if I’m being a little annoying but humans are often cause for conflict in these stories but has Sam and Dean ever encountered a borrower villain before or will in the future? I just thought it’d be kind’ve interesting.
We’re always open for asks, so don’t worry about it!
Truthfully, I keep wanting to do more on the blog, but the exhaustion levels from RL things right now are high, so I mostly end up just staring at a blank screen for a while before giving up. Getting an ask in always cheers me up, so feel free to message us anytime!
Borrower villains are definitely a thought that has occurred to us in the past, and I hope to be able to do more about them!
Originally, when I was following closer to the original Supernatural plot we were going to have Max (one of the original ‘special children’ from the series) show up as a borrower, much like Sam, with his same telekinetic abilities, which are killer for a borrower to have. I even had another OC planned for him, an empath that can influence how others feel.
This storyline got scrapped when I got rid of the original The Eye of the Beholderstory, but I still have it in the back of my head a lot, always wondering if I’ll be able to pull elements from it into a future story.
There are also a lot of options in the London side of things, where the borrower population is higher in density. More people means more chances for the bad to show up, and we certainly have plans one day!
Just because they’re smol doesn’t automatically make them innocent, and this is a theme I’m very much interested in exploring further with our crews!
I just hope to get my energy up higher soon so I can jump back to the editing and writing without feeling down.
Technicality Question: I know all the BAAU is Supernatural fanfic, but the ones with Jacob and Bowman… are they Bowman of Wellwood fanfic, or AUs? Considering that the original BoW author is cowriting the BAAU stories.
So I tried to do a little searching to figure this out. Most of what I found referred to published authors doing fanfiction of something other than their own work, so it’s tough to draw any conclusions.
With that in mind, the intent is that they’re all basically Supernatural/BoW crossover fanfiction AUs. I do have ideas for “official” AUs of BoW, but they’re not written at all.