There’s No Place Like Home

(Story 3 of the Brothers Lost series)

Cowritten by @nightmares06 and @neonthewrite

The newly-minted team of hunters runs into some downtime between cases. Sam and Dean Winchester, cursed to live at a fraction of their original height, agree to a new trip with Jacob; this time on the road home to reassure his mom he’s still alive and kicking.

An uninvited guest throws this family reunion into a mess, and suddenly Jacob’s left alone to piece together what happened…

Characters: Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester, Jacob Andris, Mariana Andris, Bobby Loran

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What would spritly Sam’s and Walt’s first meeting be like? Or any other borrower?

Spritely Sam would be fascinated to hear about the borrowers!

People just like him that live close to the humans? It’s like wraith sprites, only these would be his people without the quills! Sam would have so many questions– How do they survive, where do they get the supplies from, how have they gone unnoticed for this long???

Walt would be scratching his head, especially when he finds out that this kid grew up in the sunlight, out in the forest. It sounds so unprotected! So… open. His back itches to think about no ceiling over his head.

Also, Sam would have terrible nightvision, so he’d end up quite lost in the walls if Walt was showing him around.

Avenues of life?

And, after a long time full of guesses and fun, we have a winner!

In Avenue of Life, Stan Baker has to decide what to do with his life, now that it’s been given back to him. After being enslaved by a witch, the future is completely open, and that’s a terrifying notion for someone new to freedom.

How many roads must a man walk down?

–The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Time for a sneak peek!


“Well,” Sam started, having difficulty beginning, “you see…”

“We’re not going to make your decisions for you,” Dean interrupted, taking over for Sam. He folded his arms on the table. “As far as we’re concerned, your life is your own.” That statement was near and dear to his heart. After seeing the borrower’s mistreatment at the hands of the witch, Dean wasn’t about to be a party to anything like that.

“So if you want, we can keep you with us and find your old home,” Sam offered, listing out the choices the brothers had come up with during the long ride, “or we can find you somewhere else to live, somewhere away from humans.”

Dean shrugged, hampered slightly by the way his arms were crossed. “Or you can skip out on us now. We’re not keeping you a prisoner just because we’re bigger.”

Stan blinked, a confused frown pinching his brow as his attention switched from brother to brother as they spoke. The notion of being allowed a choice for his life was a foreign concept that didn’t process fully in his mind. To him, it made no sense. Sam and Dean were bigger, much stronger, therefore they held Stan’s more insignificant life in their hands. That made him theirs.

Didn’t it?

“I-I,” he stammered when he realized they were waiting for a response from him. He really didn’t know how to answer.

His only other experience with humans was Nicholas, and the witch would occasionally ask him questions that sounded like the answer would be an opinion or a choice, but there was only one true answer that would make him happy. What the brothers were offering didn’t sound so dissimilar to those, and even if they were otherwise different from Nicholas in almost every way, he didn’t want to make them unhappy.

Your littles are at 1:18 scale. Dean, Sam, and mini Stan are watching an adaptation of The Borrowers set at 1:14 scale. The original Borrowers book sets them at 1:12. It just amuses me how many scales are involved right now. (my younger sibs and I just watched that adaptation of The Borrowers tonight and the scale was mentioned in the special features. The books scale I worked out when I first read them, using the fact that Pod is 6″ tall.)

Scales are fun to play around with! Though I do prefer the smaller scales than the original Borrowers stories have. They’re a little big for me in those stories.

(BA smols are at a 1:19 scale)

Dean would be pretty amused to see Stan next to Pod. He’s so much teenier!

August 17th excerpt:

Sam gave up on that search. There was something niggling at the back of his mind, and on a hunch, he put in ‘tiny people living in the walls,’ unable to shake the thought that he’d heard of something like that while growing up. Not from his father or Dean, but from school and other kids. Something that, despite his experience with the supernatural, had never seemed quite real compared to what he dealt with on a daily basis.

This search yielded an instant result, bringing up a movie from 1997 that made Sam’s eyes light up. 

The Borrowers.

August 7th excerpt:

“She’s gonna get seen! ” Stan hissed, clutching at his hair in distress. His nerves were strung taut and tightened further the longer Arrietty spent in the open, nowhere near cover. All the boy would have to do was glance over, and she’d be noticed.

Sure enough, as Arrietty was getting up to leave, she knocked over an action figure, and it clattered to the floor far below. Stan couldn’t hold on a gasp or keep himself from backing up an inch or two as the human on the screen was alert and after the borrower in his room instantly.

August 6th excerpt:

Stan did pipe up with a comment after a few minutes, tilting his head when he noticed a word the borrowers in the movie kept saying. “ ‘Beans’…?” he wondered aloud. “Oh, human beings, they mean,” he nodded, scrunching his nose in displeasure and confusion. “No one’s called them ‘beans’ in ages.”

Dean smirked. “Well, that’s good,” he said lazily, nudging Stan in the side with a finger. “I think ‘bean’ fits you better than it fits us…” His finger moved up to mess Stan’s hair yet again before backing off.

August 5th excerpt:

“Kind of,” Stan replied quietly. There were plenty of shots in what little of the movie they’d seen so far to convey just how big the human family was. Lots of close-ups on enormous hands and angles that made the people seem distant yet towering. While none of the humans were aware of their smaller housemates, their dangers were that of an ignorant, unintentional manner.

Except for the boy setting traps.

“For humans, they do a good job of showing how things look to us,” he commented, relieved when it seemed that the danger was over for the moment.

August 4th excerpt:

“Is that what we look like to you?” Dean asked as he saw the perspective of the humans trying to get ice from the machine, very nearly knocking the kids out of the fridge door.

Stan gave a small jump as the question broke through the trance connecting him to the film. He spared the human a glance, still huge and looming even in his lowered position on the bed. His arms alone were thicker than Stan was tall, and that was just a fact of the enormity of humans.

Sam of Wellwood

(Story 1 of the Brothers Asunder series)

Cowritten by @nightmares06 and @neonthewrite

After having her plans thwarted so often by Dean Winchester, Celeste decides to up the stakes in her newest attempt, this time not even trying to curse the older Winchester. Instead, she removes him from the equation completely and sends Sam far, far away.

Into a forest where a certain familiar village resides, out of sight and out of mind.

Characters: Sam Winchester, Bowman Leafwing, Jacob Andris, Scar Wolfblind, Cerul Elanwyn

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