The guide tells them that the pic is of the Foxx sisters, Kate and Margaret. And here’s where the plot devise I spoke of earlier kicks in. Kate, the younger sister, had the talent. She could levitate objects and foretell one’s death. But she was troubled.
Margaret, the elder sister, was not a natural psychic.
Dean breaks in: So, full of crap.
*rubs heart* Part of me knew he wasn’t just saying that because of the fake psychic extravaganza around him. He saw the similarities in the stories even before the guide continued – and it dug at him. He was talking about himself there.
Guide: She didn’t have her sister’s charisma, but she looked after Kate. Sometimes one’s true gift is taking care of others.
Dean’s face flinches and he closes his eyes briefly. I felt a real pang for him then, especially now as I work my way back through the story. I’ll get to this in a bit, but the subtext of similarities between the Foxx sisters and the Winchester brothers goes beyond (IMO) just the older being the caretaker, younger one having the powers.
Dean asks what happened to them and the guide says they lived in Lily Dale all their lives. Tells them that the sisters are buried in the cemetery. Sam’s face closes up; he’s heard what he needed to.
Sam: Thanks. That was very educational. Thank you. Dean.
He walks off with a distinct air of Finally! A solution! We can close this up and part ways again! Dean turns to follow him when the guide grabs his arm. Dean looks down at the guide’s hand and up at the guide with dangerous eyes but before he can say anything, the guide asks him if he knows an Elenore or an Ellen. Dean blinks, then gapes, speechless.
Guide: She’s very concerned about you. She wants to tell you, “If you don’t tell someone how bad it really is, she’ll kick your ass from beyond. You have to trust someone again, eventually.”
I LOVED THAT. My only regret was that Sam didn’t hear it. I wish so bad Sam had been within earshot. Because this shows that it’s so much more than just Amy. There is more eating away at Dean than just lying to Sam, feeling guilty about keeping this secret from him.
It’s everything – it’s not getting a break, not even one. It’s never having really left Hell behind. It’s nightmares of breaking on the rack, of starting the apocalypse. It’s losing Lisa and Ben. It’s living for months with Soulless Sam. It’s dying to get Sam’s soul back. It’s being afraid every day that Sam’s wall would crack. It’s watching helplessly as his best friend broke his brother. It’s not saving his friend. It’s coming so close to saving people he loves only to be beaten down again and again and again. It’s Bobby losing everything. It’s Sam going crazy in front of him. It’s preferring to drive him and Sam off a pier than live in a world where he loses one more person he loves. It’s being so very very very very very tired.
The guide releases Dean’s arm with a cheery, “Don’t forget to visit the gift shop,” then leaves Dean with his head spinning. Dean heads out where Sam is waiting, clearly wanting to tell his brother about what just happened. He’s spun enough from the information that it was a message from Ellen that I think he might’ve actually even told Sam what she’d said. But Sam is all dig up bones, get ‘er done. He walks away from Dean, not letting his brother speak.
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