A/N: This story is loosely based on the previews for the upcoming episode "Shadow". I really think that Sam has a lot of stuff that he needs to get off his chest, and meeting up with his father during the hunt is the perfect opportunity for him to vent about it. So this is def. my AU version of what that confrontation would be like. The rating is for later chapters. I know that this starts out a little slow, but trust me it def. picks up in a chapter or two. So READ! REVIEW! Let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: don't own the Winchester boys yet, but believe me its not for lack of trying.

Where were you?

Chapter 1:

"Dad?" Sam stood rooted in the doorway.

"Hi boys." There he stood. John Winchester. The man that they had been looking for for months. Sam slowly walked towards him, almost as if he was afraid that if he moved too fast, their father would disappear. He kept walking until he was standing right in front of his father. John was just standing there, with a hint of a smile on his face. Sam just stood there, staring.

And then- he hit him. He landed a solid right hook with enough force to send John stumbling against the wall. And without another word, Sam turned around and stormed out of the room, pushing Dean out of his way.

Dean was shocked, to say the least. He knew that Sam harbored ill-feelings towards their father. Hell, Sam didn't even try to hide that fact. But he never expected Sam to lash out at him physically. Words were Sam's thing, action was Dean's. So when Sam landed a very painful looking right hook, Dean was speechless. Sam pushing past him brought him out of his daze, and he went to his father's side.

"You alright?" John was already starting to get a very nasty bruise on his left side. Dean rummaged around in their pack and cracked open and ice pack.

"I'm fine. Kid took me by surprise. Didn't expect to have to protect myself from Sammy." John accepted the ice and put it against his face.

Its Sam Dean thought instantly. He moved to the front door.

"I'll go and get him." Pausing at the door, Dean turned back to his father. "You will be here when we get back, right?"

John nodded. "I'll be here. I need you boys to help me."

Dean nodded and exited the room to find one pissed off little brother.