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28 January 2008 @ 08:13 pm
"A Matter of Principle"  
Title: A Matter of Principle
Rating: PG
Category: Gen.
Characters: Sam, Dean, Original Character, and a bit of John.
Word Count: 5300
Summary: Wherein a school administrator from days past nearly blows Sam and Dean's cover.
Author’s Notes: The setting is post-'Nightshifter/'Folsom Prison Blues.' Thanks to just_ruth   for superfast beta and the title idea.

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Lomer: DA Alec smilelomer on February 6th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Great story! I love your original character. Yay for John sticking up for her! I love that he called the bully's father "son" as just one more way to intimidate him.

Thanks for writing!
BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on February 13th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
That just had "John" written all over it, didn't it? Thanks for commenting!
shallowzshallowz on February 6th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Found this fic via Crack Impala. So glad I did. Adored this on so many different levels. Beverly was wonderfully real, and the characterizations of the boys, young and older, was terrific. Loved John.:)

BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on February 15th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found it, and thanks so much for commenting!
fannishlissfannishliss on February 8th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
I really loved your OC, her weary tone, and the way she kind of perks up when she realizes she's noticed something out of the ordinary. I especially like the respect John shows to her in contrast to the rude cop. It's great to see John in a good light when he's still not at all an attentive dad.

The part that really got me? Dean applies for power of attorney on the very day of his 18th birthday. So, so real and so sad.

I also really liked how the boys were going to protect her from the police by pretending to have carjacked her. It was so poignant how they didn't really realize that they were actually terrifying her. They thought that since she remembered them she would know they weren't dangerous. Oh, wibble.

I'm glad she remembered their good influence on her school tho!

Great story!
BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on February 17th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for commenting! Defending one person while pissing someone else off just seemed to be vintage John, as did the power of attorney thing. I'm not a big John fan, so it's sort of fun to play with the different aspects of his character.
faithintheboysfaithintheboys on February 10th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
I loved this. Excellent OC, she was very interesting and I loved the dialogue and flash backs!
BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on February 17th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Starrylizardstarrylizard on February 18th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
And Google Sam's name, 'cause I worked hard on it.
Okay, so I was confused until I realised the name of the band. Cute! :)

Love this fic. The POV works wonderfully, as does the flashback and I love the way you have her reading their body language. I'm sure teachers get rather good at that with kids. Nicely done!
BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on February 18th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.
Killing threads since 2000 CE: Winchesters Fandomgwendolyngrace on February 19th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
This is great!


I've been working on my J2_bigbang fic and it's about the boys running into someone they knew when they were kids...and her name is Beverly.

Man, I've been joss'd by fandom. ;^D

The good news is she wasn't a teacher in my fic. And they were younger. And her relationship with John was a lot different. Ahem. So, no it's not the same setup at all, except that they come back into contact with her years later.

But... Beverly? How odd that we should pick the same name. Hm. Now I'm wondering if I should change it.

But enough of my wibbulous mucking. This really was a wonderful fic! I love that Sam got into the fight so that the other two boys would be expelled; love Dean being given power of attorney on his 18th birthday (though there's also a small sniffle of "Poor Dean" about that and a wee smack to John over it, but it makes sense), love her reactions when they tense up over the cops and their byplay about the cause for alarm. LOVE John and his showdown with the other kid's father ("Nope. Yours the concussion or the broken wrist?" Hee.)

Oh! And Samiam! And AC/DC! Awesome alias-picking!

So, yeah. Great fic. Dang it. Maybe I'll change her name. Amanda's nice.

Oh, and btw, if you're looking for more wee!chester outlets, either to get your fix or for cross-posting purposes if you've more things that occur completely pre-series, please feel free to check out my little community: wee_chesters.
BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on February 25th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Sorry for the delayed response here. I'm glad you liked the fic, and if I were you, I wouldn't think anything at all of leaving your character's name 'Beverly.' If you're concerned you could put an endnote in your fic saying that your work was underway before mine came out--but honestly, it seems unlikely that more than one or two overlap readers will remember my character's name. Funnily enough, I almost renamed her when I realized the name occurred to me because of the similarities with 'Kennerly.' By then, though, 'Beverly' was too established in my mind to change. You might feel the same way about your Beverly.

Good luck with the story!
saberivojosaberivojo on February 21st, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this. I have a soft spot for teachers (or in this case admininstrators) who impact the boys.

I really got a kick out of John and his reaction to Trooper Calder. "Is he the concussion or the broken wrist?" That made me grin. And I like the verbal smack down too.

Great job.

BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on February 25th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
It just sounded like the sort of thing John would say, doesn't it? I'm glad you enjoyed the fic. Thanks for commenting!
kriptkeeperkriptkeeper on March 5th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Awesome alias for Sammy!! I LOVE them running into a teacher-type (I have a special affection for the profession) from their past. And I ADORE the characterizations of young Sam and Dean - I can totally see them as anti-bully heroes. And John! OMG, I want to be the teacher in that parent-teacher conference. Perfect fic, great job!
BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on March 9th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm not a teenager and don't spend any time with them, so on the one hand, adolescents were tricky to write. On the other hand, it seemed likely that Sam and Dean never got to be young in the first place, so how hard could it be?

Thanks again for commenting.
counteragent: deancounteragent on March 7th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
This was excellent! The school-age details were especially well done--they took me immediately back to school in my mind.

Really well done!
BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on March 9th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting!
M: SPN Sam Dean ghost! ghostFACERS!spankulert on April 29th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Excellent OC and great use of the outsider POV. Always fun to have a look at the boys from the other side of the fence. I really enjoyed this *memmed*
BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on May 5th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I would never have guessed that this story would catch on like it did, but I'm very pleased that people have enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting.
bubl on May 27th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
I love the outside POV, and the flashback/memory was great. I was totally swooning over teen!Dean :)

BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on May 28th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comment on this and the other story. I'm happy you enjoyed them!
girlfan1979girlfan1979 on June 17th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Awesome piece of work!
BlueIris's Supernatural Fanfictionblueiris08 on July 16th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
roque_clasiqueroque_clasique on April 19th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm a sucker for a well-written outsider POV, and this is most certainly well-written. I really loved it, thank you.
borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on August 18th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
Just loved the principal's POV on this!
keerawakeerawa on August 18th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
I adore Beverly! What a terrific character! I really like her outsider POV on the two agents, and then the flashback to seeing them in junior high. Dean with a POA for his brother the moment he turns 18. That fits. It really does. As does Sam's embarrassment about losing a knife fight with two 8th graders.

And John: one thing I'll never tell my boys to do is walk away from someone who needs help."