Full Circle

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When Sam hit the age of fourteen, he also hit the beginning of his final growth spurt, and everything he'd been taught so far went out the window. His center of gravity and balance shifted, and his reach changed so quickly that he couldn't keep up with it. Neither his brother or his father had ever seen a more clumsy creature, and on more than one occasion he was more of a hindrance than a help. Dean took up the slack while Sam realigned, helping him acclimate by degrees. Dean never went through a gawky stage as a teen or grew faster than he could account for, but in the language of the caretaker and the cared for, he sympathized and harassed in turn.

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When Sam hit the age of eighteen and went away to college, everything his brother had been taught so far went out the window. The center of all Winchester gravity and balance shifted so quickly that Dean couldn't keep up with it. John Winchester had never seen a more directionless creature, and on more than one occasion he was more of a hindrance than a help. Unaware that there was slack to take up, John didn't notice that Dean acclimated by transferring his impulse to shepard and protect to his father instead. In the language of enabler and enabled, he made excuses and looked away in turn.

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When Sam hit the age of twenty two and John Winchester disappeared, everything Dean had never managed to learn about being alone slammed him to the ground. In the absence of either gravity or balance, he flailed in abject terror. Sam had never seen a more desperate creature, and on more than one occasion he was more of a hindrance than a help. Sam took up the slack while Dean realigned, helping him look for their father and track down the evils of the world again by degrees. Sam never went through a loss of self and purpose, but in the language of the grief-ridden and vengeful, they held on to each other and pushed each other away in turn.

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