Alright guys here is the chapter. And I promise that the next one wont be an episode...or at lest not a whole one.
It had been a few days since the last hunt and everyone was on edge a little. Sam had been sick the past couple of days and neither Dean or Isabel had been too happy with having to take care of him. One thing was for sure Sam was definitely not a good patient.
Isabel was half asleep in the back when she heard Dean speak up for the first time in over an hour.
"Alright, I figure we'd hit Tucumcari by lunch, then head south, hit Bisbee by midnight." Dean says looking at Sam to respond.
"Sam wears women's underwear." Dean says when he doesn't seem to get any kind of response.
"I've been listenin', I'm just busy." Sam says continuing to do whatever it was he was doing.
"Busy doin' what?" Deans asks as if whatever it was couldn't be more important then what he had to say.
"What does it matter Dean just let him finish up." Isabel finally speaks up from her spot in the back.
"Hey look who finally decided to wake up." Dean said looking at her in the rear view mirror.
"I am Reading e-mails." Sam says as Dean pulls over to fill up the gas tank.
"E-mails from who?" Dean asks actually sounding confused.
"From my friends at Stanford." Sam says still checking his email.
"You're kidding. You still keep in touch with your college buddies?" Deans asks with a small snort.
"Why not?" Sam asks shrugging his shoulders.
"Yeah Dean whats wrong with keeping in touch with your friends. Although I guess you wouldn't understand since you don't have any." Isabel said smirking at her brother.
Dean just gives Isabel a look and then focuses back on Sam. "Well, what exactly do you tell 'em? You know, about where you've been, what you've been doin'?" Dean asks finishing up with the gas.
"I tell 'em I'm on a road trip with my big brother and sister. I tell 'em I needed some time off after Jess." Sam says still reading his email.
Wow he has a lot of mail Isabel thinks as the two boys continue to chat back and forth.
"Oh, so you lie to 'em." Dean says with a smirk.
"No. I just don't tell 'em….everything." Sam says trying to make it sounds better.
"Yeah, that's called lying." Dean says with a smug look on his face.
"Well then I suppose you lie all the time huh Dean." Isabel said enjoying the fact that it was so easy to get him going today.
Once again Dean just shot her a look and choose to ignore his pain in the ass little sister. "Hey, man, I get it, tellin' the truth is far worse." Dean said finishing up and putting the nosel back into the holder.
"So, what am I supposed to do, just cut everybody out of my life?" Sam scoffs thinking that Dean is kidding but instead Dean just shrugs.
"Oh my god you're actually serious. You really think that we should cut everyone out of our lives. And why because we're hunters." Isabel asked a little annoyed with Deans lack of understanding.
"Look, it sucks, but in a job like this, you can't get close to people, period." Dean says getting ready to sit in the car.
"You're kind of anti-social, you know that?" Sam says which causes Isabel to let out a slight laugh.
"Yeah, whatever." Dean says sitting down while Sam is that's right still checking his email.
"God…." Sam says quietly.
"What?" Dean asks curious.
"Is everything okay Sammy." Isabel asks looking up through the front.
"In this e-mail from this girl, Rebecca Warren, one of those friends of mine." Sam says still scrolling through it.
"Is she hot?" Dean asks which causes Isabel to smack him on the back of the head while Sam just ignores him.
"I went to school with her, and her brother, Zack. She says Zack's been charged with murder. He's been arrested for killing his girlfriend. Rebecca says he didn't do it, but it sounds like the cops have a pretty good case." Sam says rereading it to them.
"Dude, what kind of people are you hangin' out with?" Dean asks.
"Dean." Isabel says smacking him again which gains her a death look in the mirror.
"No, man, I know Zack. He's no killer." Sam says sounding very sure of himself.
"Well, maybe you know Zack as well as he knows you." Dean says smugly.
"Dean really can you be serious for like five seconds." Isabel asks him really getting annoyed with him. However, it could have more to do with the fact that for half the trip he's had the music so loud she couldn't sleep.
"They're in St. Louis. We're goin'." Sam says very seriously which causes Dean to chuckle and Isabel to sit up straighter.
"Look, sorry 'bout your buddy, okay? But this does not sound like our kind of problem." Dean says getting ready to pull out of the gas station.
"I don't know Dean the email did say two places at once. Anyways the gig that we have now isn't anything serious and if you want I can call Mike and have him cover it since it's really close to his house." Isabel says already getting out her phone to text him.
"It is our problem. They're my friends." Sam says with determination.
"St. Louis is four hundred miles behind us, Sam." Dean says which causes both Sam and Isabel to give him 'the' look. Moments later he is pulling onto the road headed to St. Louis.
"You were going to get a hold of Mike huh." Dean asks after the silence gets to be too much.
"Yeah I texted him about the job is that a problem" Isabel asks back.
"No not at all it's just that I didn't think that you were talking to him at all after what happened." Dean said looking at her seriously.
"Wait I'm confused what happened between you and Mike. When I left for Stanford you two couldn't stand each other so why would now be any different." Sam asked confused.
"It's nothing Sammy don't worry about it." Isabel said hoping that Dean would keep his mouth shut.
However, she should have known that that would never happen.
"Well you see Sammy not long after you left Mike and Isabel started dating. And before you say anything it shocked the hell out of me too. But it seems that their hate for each other was really just sexual tension. I know who would have thought right. Anyways it lasted for about two and a half years. They broke up about three months before we came and got you. Isabel still won't tell me exactly what happened." Dean says barely taking a breath.
"Wow thanks for that one Dean remind me to never tell you anything really important. Oh wait that was something important." Isabel says getting really pissed at her brother.
"Wait so you dated Mike and you never told me even though we talked like once a week while I was gone." Sam kind of upset with his sister.
"Yes we dated okay for a long time and then we just couldn't anymore. And before you ask it's none of your business and I will tell you when I am ready to." Isabel said ending the conversation.
"Wow I can't believe you dated Mike." Sam said in awe which caused Dean to start laughing.
"Seriously shut up. Next person to say his name is going to be walking funny for a month got it." Isabel said holding up her knife.
"Got it." Both of the boys said trying not to laugh.
"But Mike." Sam said one more time quietly.
"Argh…..I hate you so much right now." Isabel said putting a pillow over her head causing Sam and Dean to laugh even more.
"Okay so enough about the guy being Mike why didn't you tell me? " Sam asked her.
"Sammy I didn't tell anyone the only reason that Dean found out is because I was of course upset when we broke up." Isabel said not wanting Sam to think that she just hadn't told him.
"Wait what Dean how did she hide it from you for that long." Sam asks shocked.
"I have no idea man I really don't. I guess she was just that sneaky." Dean says looking back at his sister and wondering why she is lying to Sam right now. He had known that they were dating all along. But whatever he wasn't going to worry about it right now.
It wasn't long before they made it to St. Louis. Sam had gotten directions to the house by using map quest.
When they got to the house it was of course Sam who knocked on the door while both Dean and Isabel stood back feeling slightly uncomfortable with the whole thing. Especially since neither one knew what Sam had been telling or had already told his friends about them.
Hopefully nothing bad Isabel thought as the door swung open.
"Oh my God, Sam!" Rebecca said practically jumping on him.
"Well, if it isn't little Becky." Sam said hugging her close.
"You know what you can do with that little Becky crap." Becky said smiling up at him.
"I got your e-mail." Sam says sadly.
"I didn't think that you would come here." Rebecca says as Dean steps forward.
"Dean. Older brother." He says while shaking her hand.
"Hi." Rebecca says.
She then looks over to Isabel.
"Oh sorry I am Isabel middle sister." She says causing them both to laugh a bit.
"Well it's nice to meet you both." Rebecca says smiling at them.
Isabel can't help but instantly like this girl she really does seem nice. And she isn't completely hitting on Dean either which means that she isn't a stupid bimbo either.
"We're here to help. Whatever we can do." Sam says looking into her eyes.
"Come in." Rebecca says opening the door for all of them.
"Nice place." Dean says and Isabel can tell that he is holding back on the whistle that he wants to let go.
"It's my parent's. I was just crashing here for the long weekend when everything happened. I decided to take the semester off. I'm gonna stay until Zack's free." Rebecca says moving farther into the house.
"Where are your folks?" Sam asks clearly surprised that they aren't there.
"They live in Paris for half the year, so they're on their way home now for the trial." Rebecca says as they get to the kitchen. "Do you guys want a beer or something?"
"Hey—"Dean says smiling at her.
"No, thanks. So, tell us what happened." Sam says quickly answering for all of them it seems.
Isabel and Dean share a quick look each one thinking that they would have really liked a beer.
"Well, um, Zack came home, and he found Emily tied to a chair. And she was beaten up and bloody, and she wasn't breathing. So, he called 911, and the police—they showed up, and they arrested him. But, the thing is, the only way that Zack could've killed Emily is if he was in two places at the same time. The police they have a video. It's from the security tape from across the street. And it shows Zack coming home at 10:30. Now, Emily was killed just after that, but I swear, he was here with me, having a few beers until at least after midnight." Rebecca says in tears by the end.
"You know, maybe we could see the crime scene. Zack's house." Sam says as if it's completely normal to ask someone that.
"We could." Dean says more as a question which causes Isabel to look at Sam wanting an explanation.
"Why? I mean, what could you do?" Rebecca says also clearly curious as to what Sam is talking about.
"Well, me, not much. But Dean's a cop." Sam says which causes Dean to let a small nervous laugh and Isabel to have to turn away before she cracks up.
"Detective, actually." Dean says covering it up quickly.
"Really?" Rebecca asks to which Dean just nods. "Where?"
"Bisbee, Arizona. But I'm off-duty now." Dean says and Isabel can't help but be impressed with his quick thinking. Although the fact that their next job was supposed to be in Bisbee might have something to do with the random answer as well.
"You guys, it's so nice to offer, but I just—I don't know." Clearly not comfortable with the idea and really who could blame her.
"Beck, look, I know Zack didn't do this. Now, we have to find a way to prove that he's innocent." Sam says using the patented caring puppy dog look.
"Okay. I'm gonna go get the keys." Rebecca says after a moment. She then goes to get her keys.
"Oh, yeah, man, you're a real straight shooter with your friends." Dean says almost mocking Sam.
"Look, Zack and Becky need our help." Sam says quietly so that Becky won't hear.
"I just don't think this is our kind of problem." Dean says not wanting to be to hard on Sam but not really seeing the point in staying either.
"Two places at once? We've looked into less." Sam says which causes Dean to open his mouth to protest.
"Dean he's right we have done more on less so lets just see what turns up at the crime scene okay. Maybe we won't find anything but the other job is already being taken care of so really we aren't in any kind of a hurry okay……Okay lets get going then." Isabel says as Rebecca starts coming back down the hallway.
They pull up to the house and the first thing that anyone can notice is the yellow crime scene tape.
"You know normally we wait until the tape is gone I'm not so sure I like this." Isabel said getting some stuff from the trunk.
"Yeah well then talk to your little brother it was his idea." Dean says getting ready to walk up to the house.
"You're sure this is okay?" Rebecca asks Dean as they get to the door.
"Yeah. I am an officer of the law." Dean says shakily as they enter the house.
The first thing that Isabel notices is that there literally is blood everywhere. It seems that there isn't one wall, table, or chair that doesn't have at least a drop of blood on it.
"Beck, you wanna wait outside?" Sam asks noticing the same thing
"No. I wanna help." She said looking around the living room.
"Tell us what else the police said." Sam said trying to get information as well as keep her mind off of all the blood.
"Well, there's no sign of a break-in. They say that Emily let her attacker in. The lawyers—they're already talking about plea bargain." Rebecca says tearing up again.
"Look, Beck, if Zack didn't do this, it means someone else did. Any idea who?" Sam asks trying to get as much information as he can.
"Um, there was something, about a week before. Somebody broke in here and stole some clothes—Zack's clothes. The police—they don't think it's anything. I mean, we're not that far from downtown. Sometimes people get robbed." Rebecca says as Sam walks away. She then moves over by Dean who is looking at the neighbors growling dog. "You know, that used to be the sweetest dog." She says.
"What happened?" Dean asks not taking his eyes off of the dog.
"He just changed." Rebecca says shrugging her shoulders.
"Do you remember when he changed?" Dean asks looking at Isabel who had walked over letting him know that she hadn't found anything in any of the other rooms.
"I guess around the time of the murder." Rebecca said. At that Dean walked away knowing that he had to talk to his siblings.
Isabel follows Dean to where Sam is looking at a picture of him, Zack, and Rebecca.
"So, the neighbor's dog went psycho right around the time Zack's girlfriend was killed." Dean says casually.
"Animals can have a sharp sense of the paranormal." Sam says still not taking his eyes off of the picture.
"Yeah, maybe Fido saw something'." Dean says slowly.
"So, you think maybe this is our kind of problem?" Sam asks looking away and quirking an eyebrow at his brother.
"No. Probably not. But we should look at the security tape, you know, just to make sure." Dean says smirking.
"You are such a dork. Let's just go see if we can get our hands on the tape okay. Maybe we will be able to find something that the cops missed." Isabel says pushing Dean towards Rebecca.
"Why do I have to ask her?" He whines.
"Because you're the cop dumbass." Isabel says giving him another small push.
Sam just laughs at the two and takes one last look at the picture before heading after his two siblings.
"So, the tape. The security footage you think maybe your lawyers could get their hands on it, 'cause I just don't have that kind of jurisdiction." Dean says hoping that somehow she will be able to get it without turning him in.
"I've already got it. I didn't wanna say something in front of the cop." Rebecca says which causes both Dean and Isabel to laugh a bit. "I stole it off the lawyer's desk. I just had to see it for myself." Rebecca says causing Isabel to like the girl even more. Huh maybe Sammy doesn't have such bad taste in friends after all.
"All right lets go." Dean says.
When they get back to Rebecca's they all sit down in the living room so that they can watch the tape.
"Here he comes." Rebecca says when the tape shows Zack entering the house.
"22:04, that's just after ten. You said time of death was about 10:30." Dean asks after seeing the time.
"Our lawyers hired some kind of video expert. He says the tape's authentic. It wasn't tampered with." Rebecca says looking at Dean. This is good because otherwise she would have seen the look on Sam's face. Isabel noticed and knew that he brother must have seen something.
"Hey, Beck, can we take those beers now?" Sam asks needing to get her out of the room.
"Oh, sure." She says getting up and starting to walk towards the kitchen.
"Hey. Maybe some sandwiches, too?" Sam asks sweetly.
"What do you think this is, Hooters?" Rebecca asks leaving the room.
"I wish." Dean says as he walks over to Sam.
"Look I am going to go help Becky you two can fill me in after k." Isabel says getting up and walking to the kitchen.
"What is it?" Dean asks once Isabel has left the room.
"Check this out." Sam says re-showing the tape and pausing it on Zacks' silver eyes.
"Well, maybe it's just a camera flare." Dean says trying to think of something normal that it could be.
"That's not like any camera flare I've ever seen. You know, a lot of cultures believe that a photograph can catch a glimpse of the soul." Sam says looking at his brother.
"Right." Dean says still not believing that this was their kind of job.
"Remember that dog that was freakin' out? Maybe he saw this thing. Maybe this is some kind of dark double of Zack's, something that looks like him but isn't him." Sam says trying to convince his brother.
"Like a Doppelganger." Dean says smartly.
"Yeah. It'd sure explain how he was two places at once." Sam says smirking at his brother.
Meanwhile Isabel was in the kitchen talking to Becky.
"You know you don't really have to make those two chuckleheads sandwiches." Isabel says laughing as Becky frantically pulls things out of the fridge.
"I know but you guys have been such a help." Becky says finally putting the last of it on the counter. However, Isabel can tell that she is far from fine herself.
"Look why don't you take a seat and let me make the sandwiches. Sam is testy when it comes to his mayonnaise anyways." Isabel says smiling at the other girl.
"Are you sure." Becky asks looking at her.
"Positive now sit down and tell me all about Sam at college." Isabel says hoping that she will be able to get some dirt on him.
"OH well I could tell you a lot of stories about Sam but he would probably kill me." Becky says laughing slightly.
"Haha alright well how about nothing too embarrassing." Isabel says making sandwiches for the boys.
"Okay well there was this one time when the four of us Me, Sam, Jess, and Zack went out to a bar. And I have to tell you I have never seen Sam mad before but this dude he just wouldn't leave Jess alone. For a second I thought that Sam was going to get into a fight but instead he challenges the guy to pool. Now I've seen this guy there before and he runs the tables, I've never seen anyone beat him." Becky says shaking her head.
Isabel just lets out a small laugh of her own.
"Anyways Sam bets this guy 200 hundred dollars that he can beat him and of course the man takes him up on the offer. So they're playing and Sam is losing by a lot. I actually think Jess was kind of embarrassed I mean the whole bar was watching at this point. Anyways this other guy has one ball left on the table as well as the eight ball and Sam must have had like 6. Then all of a sudden Sam gets this really goofy grin on his face and puts away all the balls. It was absolutely amazing." Becky says smiling at the memory.
"Yeah that sounds like my brother…although that actually sounds more like Dean then Sammy." She says laughing.
"Well that's the thing we asked him about it after and he said that he was just channeling his inner Dean. Of course we didn't know what he was talking about until a couple of months later when he told us about his family." Becky said not really thinking.
"Wait Sam hadn't told you about us at all." Isabel asked a little hurt.
"Oh no he talked about you all the time. But the way that he talked honestly I just kind of thought that it was the two of you. It wasn't until a few weeks before Jess died that he told us about your dad and Dean." Becky said realizing that she may have said too much.
"Huh that's kind of weird and as much as I would love to know what he said I'm not going to ask you because that wouldn't be far." Isabel said finishing up the sandwiches.
"No its fine he just said that they had a falling out and that it was painful to talk about them so he just didn't." Becky said wrapping up the sandwiches so that they could take them back with them.
It was early the next morning when Sam woke up both Dean and Isabel. Of course neither one of them were very happy about it.
"Alright, so what are we doin' here at 5:30 in the morning?" Dean asks getting out with his coffee.
"I realized something. The videotape shows the killer goin' in, but not comin' out." Sam says searching around the sidewalk.
"So, he came out the back door?" Dean asks leaning on the hood of his car.
"Wait does this also mean that Zack went in the backdoor. Cause think about it on the tape it doesn't show Zack getting home at midnight or so either." Isabel says just now realizing it.
Sam looks at Isabel oddly and then turns back to Dean. "Right. So, there should be a trail to follow. A trail the police would never pursue."
"'Cause they think the killer never left. And they caught your friend Zack inside. I still don't know what we're doin' here at 5:30 in the morning." Dean says taking a sip of coffee while Isabel comes over and sits next to him putting her head on his shoulder.
"Do I look like a pillow to you?" Dean asks looking down at his sister.
"No but I'm tired so you will do for now." Isabel says not even opening her eyes.
Dean just lets out a snort and goes back to drinking his coffee.
Meanwhile Sam is looking through trash bins and everything else on the street looking for clues. That is until he looks over at one of the phone poles.
"Blood. Somebody came this way." Sam said looking expectantly at Dean.
"Yeah, but the trail ends. I don't see anything over here." Dean says right as an ambulance drives by startling Isabel who knocks his coffee over onto the ground.
"Aww come on Iz really." Dean asks looking at her a bit angry.
"What at least I knocked it into the street and not on your pants." She says smirking at him.
Dean can't help but let out a chuckle as they all start walking down the street.
They got to the house and Sam and Isabel immediately go around back in order to look for any kinds of clues. However, they aren't finding much of anything.
"Hey." Dean says walking up to them. "Remember when I said this wasn't our kind of problem?"
"Yeah." Sam says skeptically.
"Umm only about a thousand times." Isabel says grinning.
"Yeah well I was wrong this is definitely our kind of problem." Dean says looking excited.
"What'd you find out?" Sam asked interested in Dean's sudden change of heart.
"Well, I just talked to the patrolman who was first on the scene, heard this guy, Alex's story. Apparently the dude was driving home from a business trip when his wife was attacked." Dean says grinning like a little kid.
"So, he was two places at once." Sam says stating the obvious.
"Okay well thanks for that on Sam. So what else happened Dean?" Isabel asked getting excited for the case. Gone were all signs of sleepiness.
"Okay well he gets home and then he sees himself in the house, police think he's a nut job." Dean says quickly.
"Two dark doubles attacking loved ones in exactly the same way." Sam says.
"Could be the same thing doin' it, too." Dean says looking back from Sam to Isabel.
"Well that would make the most sense but what is it then?" Isabel asks looking at her brothers.
"Shapeshifter?" Sam asks causing Dean to shrug his shoulders. "Something that can make itself look like anyone?"
"Well that would definitely make sense in this situation." Isabel says easily.
"Every culture in the world has a shapeshifter lore. You know legends of creatures who can transform themselves into animals or other men." Dean says stating the facts.
"Right, skinwalkers, werewolves." Sam says naming off some of them.
"We've got two attacks within blocks of each other. I'm guessin' we've got a shapeshifter prowling' the neighborhood." Dean says ending the debate right there.
"Let me ask you this—in all this shapeshifter lore, can any of them fly?" Sam asks looking at Dean.
"Not that I know of." Dean says turning to Isabel.
"I've never heard of them flying either. Why do you ask?" Isabel asked looking at Sam.
"I picked up a trail here. Someone ran out the back of this building and headed off this way." Sam says pointing out the trail.
"Just like your friend's house." Dean says checking their facts.
"Yeah. And, just like at Zack's house, the trail suddenly ends. I mean, whatever it is just disappeared." Sam says clearly frustrated with the fact that it seems to just be gone.
"Well, there's another way to go—down." Dean says looking at the sewer.
As soon as Dean points to the sewer Isabel is about ready to turn around and go back to the motel. However, before she can do so Dean takes a hold of her arm and brings her down into the sewer with them.
It doesn't take long for them to get down the manhole and right away the temperature seems to drop.
"Okay guys not to be a complainer or anything but this is the second time that I've been traipsing about a sewer in the past two months. That can't be normal even for us." Isabel says pulling her jacket a little tighter.
The two boys just look back at her but decide that the best thing to do is to not answer.
"I bet this runs right by Zack's house, too. The shapeshifter could be using the sewer system to get around." Sam says shining his flashlight to the left and then to the right.
Dean points his flashlight out in front of him before getting a sick look on his face. "I think you're right. Look at this." He says bending down and looking at a disgusting pile of blood and skin.
"Is this from his victims?" Sam asks as Dean picks some of it up with his pocket knife.
"You know, I just had a sick thought. When the shapeshifter changes shape—maybe it sheds." Dan said flicking the gross pile off of his knife.
"That is sick." Sam says looking a little green.
"Dude honestly that kind of makes me want to be sick." Isabel says causing the two to let out a slight laugh.
The three decide that they need to get some weapons if they are going to go any farther and so they go back up to the impala.
"Well, one thing I learned from Dad, is that no matter what kind of shapeshifter it is, there's one sure way to kill it." Dean says searching around for the right ammo.
"Silver bullet to the heart." Sam says taking them from Dean so that he and Isabel can load their guns.
Sams phone rings and he says thats its Becky. Both Dean and Isabel listen to Sam's side of the conversation and are not to happy with where it was going. They should have known that she would tell someone that they had gone to look at the crime scene. Man it would be a whole lot easier if people just knew what was out there.
"I hate to say it, but that's exactly what I'm talkin' about. You lie to your friends because if they knew the real you, they'd be freaked. It's just—it'd be easier if—"Dean is saying.
"If I was like you." Sam says cutting him off.
"Hey, man, like it or not, we are not like other people. But I'll tell you one thing. This whole gig—it ain't without perks." Dean says holding out the guns for Sam and Isabel to take.
As they are walking back to the sewer Isabel pulls Sam back for a second.
"Look Sammy I know that it sucks and I wish this wasn't the case but maybe Dean is right. I mean Sammy are they really your friends if they don't know anything about you. And I mean the real stuff not just the on the surface bullshit." Isabel says trying to be semi sympathetic.
"No I get it I do. But I'm not just going to stop talking to them because I'm back on the road." Sam says a bit angry.
"I didn't say that you have to but maybe if something like this happens again then we should get another hunter to check it out. That way you won't be put in a situation like this again you know." Isabel says as she starts walking again. Dean has turned around and he doesn't look all that happy with them.
"Yeah I got you." Sam sighs as he follows after them as well.
The three had been walking through the sewer in silence when Dean suddenly came to a stop.
"I think we're close to its lair." Dean said almost sounding a little bit grossed out.
"Why do you say that?" Sam asked from behind his brother.
"Because there's another puke-inducing pile next to your face." Dean said which caused Sam to turn and see it literally right in his face.
"Oh, God!" Sam said sounding a little nauseous and disgusted. This of course caused Isabel to let out a snort. She was just glad that it wasn't her again this time because she really might have puked.
They walked a little bit farther in when they saw a pile of clothes.
"Looks like it's lived here for a while." Dean says seeing all the different gross piles as well as piles of clothing.
"Who knows how many murders he's gotten away with?" Sam says as he turns around to see the shapeshifter right behind Dean. "Dean!" Sam shouts causing Dean to turn around and get punched by the shifter. He unfortunately stumbles back into Isabel pushing her to the floor before hitting his arm hard on a pipe.
Sam shoots at the shifter a few times but misses.
"Get the son of a bitch!" Dean says so Sam takes off with Isabel and Dean getting up behind him.
"You okay Dean." Isabel asks helping him up after she gets up.
"Yeah I'm just peachy you." Dean asks annoyed.
"Well if you would stop with all the donuts you wouldn't have knocked me over in the first place." Isabel says smirking.
"Okay enough about my weight jeez if I was a girl you would give me a complex." Dean says trying to catch up to Sam.
"Aw don't worry Dean if I really thought you were heavy then I wouldn't make jokes about it." She says accidentally shoving him in his hurt arm.
"Son of a bitch." Dean says trying to hold back while Isabel just gives him an apologetic look. "I'll keep that in mind." He says smirking at her.
They make it up to the street just barely missing the shifter.
"All right, let's split up." Sam says already starting to head to the left.
"All right, I'll meet you around the other side." Dean says heading to the right.
"Umm I guess that I will just stay here in case it somehow doubles back." Isabel says leaning on the hood.
"All right." Sam says as he and Dean walk in separate directions.
It isn't long before Isabel see's Sam and Dean walking back to the car.
"Hey. Anything?" Dean asks Sam and Isabel.
"No. He's gone." Sam says.
"Yeah I didn't see him. Although he could have just changed again." Isabel says noticing that Dean isn't holding his arm anymore.
"You think he found another way underground?" Sam asks as they walk around to the back of the car.
"Yeah, probably. You got the keys?" Dean asks which is weird to Sam because Dean knows that he has the keys.
"Hey, didn't Dad once face a shapeshifter in San Antonio?" Sam asks Dean after he had thrown him the keys which he caught with his bad arm.
"Oh, that was Austin. It turned out not to be a shapeshifter, it was a thought form. A psychic projection, remember?" Dean says looking through the trunk and giving them a weird smile.
"Oh, right." Sam says walking back towards the front.
"Sam that is not Dean." Isabel says quietly to him.
"I know follow me." Sam says going back to the trunk.
"Don't move." Sam says pointing his gun at Dean who we now know is the shifter
"Dude, chill. It's me, all right?" The shifter said trying to convince the two.
"No, I don't think so. Where's my brother?" Sam says holding the gun steady.
"You're about to shoot him. Sam, calm down." The shifter says trying to act like Dean. "Come on Iz back me up here."
"No way you're not our brother. Dean's shoulder was hurt and yet you caught those keys in your left hand." Isabel said standing next to Sam.
"Yeah, it's better. What do you want me to do, cry?" The shifter asks getting annoyed.
"You're not my brother." Sam says easily.
"Why don't you pull the trigger, then? Hm? 'Cause you're not sure. Dude, you know me." The shifter says walking towards Sam and Isabel.
"Don't." Sam says however in the split second that it took him to look over to Isabel for what he should do the shifter had grabbed a crowbar and hit Sam over the head with it before getting Isabel quickly too.
Isabel woke up in the dingy sewer tied to some sort of pole. She could hear Sam talking.
"Where is he? Where's Dean?" Sam asked trying to break free.
"I wouldn't worry about him. I'd worry about you." The shifter says walking closer to Sam.
"Don't you fuckin touch him." Isabel said from her spot behind Sam.
"You can just shut your mouth." The shifter says pointing to Isabel.
"I said where is he?" Sam says not sounding the least bit happy.
"You don't really wanna know. I swear, the more I learn about you and your family—I thought I came from a bad background." The shifter says mocking them with Dean's face.
As this was happening Dean started to come too. He decided to stay quiet. If the shifter didn't know that he was awake then it would allow him time to come up with a plan of action.
"What do you mean, learn?" Sam asks as the shifter grabs its head in pain.
"Wait you can get our thoughts." Isabel asks a little bit confused and impressed too.
"Yeah I can and he's sure got issues with you." He says pointing at Sam. "You got to go to college. He had to stay home. I mean, I had to stay home. With Dad and Isabel. You don't think I had dreams of my own? But Dad needed me. Where the hell were you?" The shifter asks almost yelling at Sam.
Dean couldn't help but want to speak up when he heard this. That was not how he felt…well maybe a little bit but he hadn't felt like that in a long time.
Isabel just looks from the shifter from Sam not really sure what to say.
"Where is my brother?" Sam asks gritting his teeth.
"I am your brother." The shifter snarled at Sam.
"No you're not your nothing even close to our brother." Isabel said.
Dean couldn't help but smirk at his sibling's persistence in finding out where he was.
"See, deep down, I'm just jealous. You got friends. You could have a life. Me? I know I'm a freak. And sooner or later, everybody's gonna leave me." The shifter says sadly.
"What are you talkin' about?" Sam asks and Isabel can't help but want to know the answer to this as well.
"You left. Hell, I did everything Dad asked me to, and he ditched me, too. No explanation, nothin', just poof. Left me with your sorry ass." He said pointing to Isabel. "But that doesn't mater because you'll leave me soon to. I just know it." The shifter said quietly.
"That's a fucking lie and Dean knows it. So what if Sam left for college he's back now and he's not going anywhere. And dad well he left all the time but we know that he does it because he is tracking down the demon. And as for me well I've never left and I don't plan on it anytime soon and Dean knows that." Isabel said pissed at the shifter.
Dean just sat in his spot in the basement wishing that he hadn't woken up. And it's not like he could speak up now. The shifter was right though he knew that they were all going to leave him. Because Sam had already had a taste of normal and he was going to want it back. And as for Isabel Dean knew that she was going to want children eventually and when she was ready to go he would let her because both of them deserved to have the normal life that he would never be able to have.
"Maybe not someday soon but you will and that thought rips him apart because the one thing that your brother is afraid of is being alone." The shifter said sneering at her.
"Look if I was going to leave I would have already done it." Isabel said hotly.
"Oh really and when was that." The shifter asked.
Sam already knew what she was going to say and Dean found himself curious.
"Two years before Sam went to Stanford I had gotten into Duke with a full music scholarship but I didn't go. I didn't go because I knew that Dean and Sam needed me. So don't you dare talk to me about leaving because I could have a long time ago." Isabel said getting pissed at the shifter.
Dean just sat in his spot and couldn't believe what his sister had just said. He had no idea that Isabel had ever even applied for college let alone got in. And as selfish as it sounded he was glad that she hadn't gone because if she did then he would have ended up hunting all by himself and that was not something that he wanted to have to do.
"Wait so you gave up college. Why would you do that?" The shifter said curious about this girl.
"Because there are some things that are more important and nothing is more important then family." She said smiling back at Sam.
The shifter looked for a second as though it was thinking and then quickly knocked both Sam and Isabel out again but not before letting them know that he was going to Becky's with Deans face
It wasn't long before Sam woke up again and began working on the ropes. It was while he was working that he heard movement from the other sides of the room they were in.
"That better be you, Sam, and not that freak of nature." Dean said which caused Sam to laugh.
"Yeah, it's me. I think Isabel's still out though." Sam says as they both start to work harder on the ropes. "Oh and he went to Rebecca's, lookin' like you."
"Well, he's not stupid. He picked the handsome one." Dean says which causes Sam to give him a confused look.
Sam however just decided to let it go. "Yeah, that's the thing. He didn't just look like you, he was you. Or he was becoming you." Sam says as Dean finally worked out of the ropes.
"What do you mean?" Dean asks not wanting Sam to know that he had in fact heard almost the whole thing.
"I don't know, it was like he was downloading your thoughts and memories." Sam said getting loose thanks to Dean.
"You mean, like the Vulcan mind meld?" Dean asks with a smirk.
"Yeah, somethin' like that. I mean maybe that's why he doesn't just kill us." Sam said walking over towards Isabel.
"Maybe he needs to keep us alive. Psychic connection. Hey is she okay." Dean asks walking over towards Isabel as well.
"I'm fine will you two stop being so loud and untie me please." Isabel says sounding groggy.
"Hands. Yeah. Come on, we gotta go. He's probably at Rebecca's already." Sam says helping Isabel up.
The three of them make it out of the sewer with Isabel needing help only at first.
"Come on. We gotta find a phone, call the police." Sam said once they made it top side.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. You're gonna put an APB out on me." Dean asks which causes Sam to shrug and Dean to shoot him a look.
"Sorry." Sam says weakly
"This way." Dean says starting to run down the street.
The three made it to the front window of a store where Dean's face was being shown on all of the T.V. sets as a crazed murderer who is to be reported and brought in.
"Man! That's not even a good picture." Dean says causing Sam and Isabel to look around cautiously.
"It's good enough." Sam says starting to walk.
"Come on guys we should probably get off of the streets." Isabel says starting to walk down an alley.
"Man!" Dean says following Sam and Isabel.
They cut through the Alley and Isabel couldn't help but laugh a little when Dean stepped into a puddle.
"Come on." Dean said clearly not happy with having stepped into the puddle.
"They said attempted murder. At least we know—"Sam was saying before Dean cut him off.
"I didn't kill her." Dean said glad for that.
"You mean that thing didn't kill her." Isabel said correcting them.
"Right we'll check with Rebecca in the morning, see if she's all right." Sam said figuring that now would not be the best time.
"All right, but first I wanna find that handsome devil and kick the holy crap out of him." Dean said as they stopped walking.
"We have no weapons. No silver bullets." Sam said trying to be logical.
"Sam, the guy's walkin' around with my face, okay, it's a little personal, I wanna find him." Dean said clearly getting upset.
"Okay. Where do we look?" Sam asks giving into Dean.
"Well, we could start with the sewers." Dean said like it was the most obvious thing ever.
"Really cause I was kinda hoping that we wouldn't have to go back down there." Isabel said which caused both of her brothers to shoot her a look.
"We have no weapons. He stole our guns, we need more." Sam said pausing and looking deep in thought. "The car." He said snapping his fingers.
"I'm bettin' he drove over to Rebecca's." Dean said backing Sam up.
"The news said he fled on foot. I bet it's still parked there." Sam said like they had just hit the jackpot and in a sense they had.
"The thought of him drivin' my car." Dean said clearly upset.
"Seriously of all the things going on right now that's the one that you're the most upset about." Isabel said not quiet understanding the way that her brother's brain works.
"All right, come on." Sam said before the two of them could start fighting.
"It's killin' me." Dean said sadly.
"Let it go." Sam said before Isabel could respond.
They walked through the rest of the Alley's to Becky's house where sure enough the car was parked out on the street.
"Oh, there she is! Finally, something went right tonight." Dean said right before a police car stops and parks right next to the car. "Oh Crap." Dean said backing up.
"Dean I think that you might have spoken a little too soon." Isabel says slowly backing up as well.
"This way, this way." Dean says moving towards a fence.
"You go. I'll hold 'em off." Sam said looking at Dean.
"What are you talking about? They'll catch you." Dean said not liking the idea.
"Look, they can't hold me. Just go, keep out of sight. Meet me at Rebecca's." Sam says as Dean starts to climb over.
"I'm going to go with him just in case okay Sam." Isabel says to which Sam just nods.
"You two stay out of the sewers okay." Sam says but neither responds to him. "I mean it." He says.
"Yeah, yeah!" Dean replies from the other side of the fence.
They police officer takes Sam and a couple of hours later Dean and Isabel are back at the car looking around in the trunk.
"Dean we should really wait for Sam." Isabel said not liking the idea of going without him.
"We don't have time he could still be walking around with my face Iz." Dean said looking at her.
"Alright fine pass me a gun." Isabel said easily giving in to her brother.
The two go through the sewer and back to the lair that they had been in before. They are both surprised with who they see tied up there.
"Rebecca?" Dean asks wondering if he is seeing things.
"Holy crap." Isabel says realizing what this means.
Meanwhile Sam is at Becky's sitting and having a beer with her after having decided to tell her the truth about what was going on. To bad it's the shifter and not Becky.
"So, say this shapeshifter is real. By the way, you know you're crazy? But, um, say it is real. How do you stop it?" The shifter asks handing Sam another beer.
"Thanks." Sam says sighing before telling it that it takes a silver bullet to the heart.
"You are crazy." The shifter says hitting him in the head with the empty bottle.
Meanwhile back in the sewer with Dean and Isabel.
"What happened?" Dean asks trying to figure out if she is in fact okay.
"I was walking home, and everything just went white. Someone hit me over the head, and I wound up here just in time to see that thing turn into me. I don't know how is that even possible?" Becky asks clearly upset and crying.
"Don't worry about that right now okay let's just get you out of here and then we will explain." Isabel said helping Dean to cut her ropes.
This however just makes Becky cry even harder.
"Okay, okay. It's okay. Come on. Can you walk?" Dean asks to which she nods. "Okay, we've gotta hurry. Sam went to see you." He says as they start racing out of the sewer.
Back at Becky's Sam is not having a very good time. It has changed back into Dean and has him all tied up.
"What are you gonna do to me?" Sam asks trying to get loose from the ropes.
"Oh, I'm not gonna do anything. Dean will, though." The shifter says getting out some knifes.
"They'll never catch him." Sam says trying to distract the shifter.
"Oh, doesn't matter. Murder in the first of his own brother? He'll be hunted the rest of his life." The shifter says finally picking his knife.
"That doesn't matter him and Isabel are smart they will find some way out of it." Sam said sure of himself.
"Oh your sister now she's an interesting one too. I spent a little bit of time in her body and I was surprised with what I found." The shifter said trying to entice Sam.
"Oh really." Sam said trying not to sound interested.
"Oh yeah I was surprised to find that she meant everything that she said earlier. Short of getting pregnant your sister isn't leaving the hunt anytime soon. Although you should ask her about what really happened with her and Mike it's pretty serious." The shifter said smirking at him.
"Look whatever happened she'll tell me when she's ready." Sam says trying not to let the shifter get into his head.
"I'll tell you what Sam your sister really isn't too happy with you. I mean she hates the way that you treat Dean always talking to him like he's stupid or something. Oh and the blaming yourself for Jessica that really pisses her off. Don't get me wrong she feels bad for you and wants to be there for you but thinks that you need to stop with the blaming. And what is with asking about your dad every five seconds huh you'll find him when he wants you too. But for right now you're just making it harder for the other two not to worry about him. She is glad though that you went to college she doesn't resent you for that. And as much as you seem to make her angry when it comes to certain things she would sacrifice her own life for you or your brother in a heartbeat." The shifter says telling Sam most of what he found out in the short amount of time that he had changed into Isabel's body.
"We would all die for each other. That's why it will be impossible to win against us." Sam said grinning at the shifter.
"Yeah well I don't see them here now." The shifter says hitting Sam and knocking him out again.
It's probably been about twenty minutes and Sam is starting to come too again.
"I must say, I will be sorry to lose this skin. Your brother's got a lot of good qualities. You should appreciate him more than you do." The shifter says pouring itself a drink. He gives Sam a cheers and then picks up the knife and sticks it into the edge of the pool Table.
Sam quickly kicks the shifter making it fall onto the ground. Sam is able to spring up and use the knife to cut the ropes that where on his wrists.
Sam takes the knife and swings it at the shifter however it is able to catch his arm and twists it causing the knife and Sam to fall to the ground. "Oh, you son of a bitch." Sam says clearly angry.
Sam and the shifter continue fighting and Sam is able to pin it down. "Not bad, little brother." It says sneering at Sam.
"You're not him." Sam said as the shifter hits him off and they continue to fight.
Finally the shifter throws Sam into a bookshelf that falls apart and onto Sam.
"Even when we were kids, I always kicked your ass." The shifter says grabbing a pool cue and swinging it at Sam. He misses though and hits a light instead. After fighting for many more minutes they fall onto a coffee table where the shifter pins Sam to the floor and starts choking him.
Meanwhile Isabel, Dean, and Becky raced to the house as fast as they could. As the approach they can hear the sounds of things breaking.
"Isabel you stay outside with Beck." Dean says pointing at his sister.
"Dean." She starts to object.
"Please Iz." He says and she just nods while he runs inside.
"Everything will be fine don't worry Dean knows what he's doing." Isabel says hoping to god that she is right.
Dean bangs through the door and see's the shifter on top of Sammy.
"Hey!" Dean shouts causing the shifter to turn and get off of Sam. Dean quickly takes aim and shoots it in the heart twice before Isabel and Becky come running in after the sound.
"Sam!" Becky says rushing over to him as Dean goes and walks to the shifter. He notices that it is wearing his necklace and takes it.
Isabel is shocked at the sight of the shifter dead. All she can think about is that is what Dean would look like if he died. "Oh my god," She says before turning her attention to Sam.
"Hey are you okay Sammy." Isabel asks going over by him.
"Yeah I'm fine." He says rubbing his throat.
"Dude what is up with you and getting choked." Dean asks almost laughing.
"Shut up Jerk. And I have no idea." He says as they help him up of the ground.
"So, this is what you do? You and your siblings—you hunt down these kinds of things?" Becky as Sam as Dean and Isabel stand by the car.
"Yeah, pretty much." Sam said wondering how she was going to take it.
"I can't believe it. I mean, I saw it with my own eyes. And, I mean, does everybody at school—nobody knows that you do this?" Becky asked wondering if maybe she was the only one who didn't know.
"No." Sam shakes his head.
"Did Jessica know?" Becky asks carefully.
"No, she didn't." Sam says a bit sadly.
"Must be lonely." Becky says feeling bad for him.
"Oh, no. No, it's not so bad. Anyway, what can I do? It's my family." Sam says which causes Becky to laugh.
"Well, you know, Zack and me, and everybody at school—we really miss you" She said giving him a hug.
"Yeah, me too." He says sadly pulling away from her.
"Well, will you call sometime?" She asks hopefully.
"It might not be for a little while." Sam says as he walks away and waves goodbye.
Meanwhile back at the car Isabel and Dean are having a very different conversation.
"Hey Dean can I ask you something." Isabel says fiddling with her jacket sleeve.
"Wha?" He asks not even looking at her.
"Well the shifter kinda said something and well. I mean..you don't… you don't really think that we're just going to leave you do you?" Isabel asks a bit shakily.
Dean glances at her for a split second and she knows the answer before he even says anything.
"Nah course not." He says lying to her.
"Good cause you know I never would right. I mean you're my brother I could never just leave you. And dad he'll be back so don't worry so much." Isabel said knowing that he needed to hear something. Not knowing of course that he had already heard it all in the sewer.
"Yeah sure can we be done with the chick flick crap now?" Dean asks not looking at her.
"Yeah sure Dean." Isabel says smiling at him and he can't help but nod and smile back.
The two turn to see Sammy coming towards the car.
"So, what about your friend, Zack?" Dean asks him.
"Cops are blamin' this Dean Winchester guy for Emily's murder. They found the murder weapon in the guy's lair, Zack's clothes stained with her blood. Now they're thinking maybe the surveillance tape was tampered with. Yeah, Becca says Zack will be released soon." Sam says smiling while Dean just rolls his eyes.
The three of them have been driving for awhile when Dean speaks up looking at Sam.
"Sorry, man." Dean says sincerely.
"About what?" Sam asks confused.
"I really wish things could be different, you know? I wish you could just be….Joe College." Dean said clearing it up.
"No, that's okay. You know, the truth is, even at Stanford, deep down, I never really fit in." Sam admitted to them.
"Well, that's 'cause you're a freak." Dean said hitting his shoulder.
"Yeah, thanks." Sam says laughing.
"Well, I'm a freak, too. I'm right there with ya, all the way". Dean says smiling at him.
"Yeah, I know you are." Sam says smiling back.
"I think it's safe to say we all are." Isabel says sticking her head up between the two of them.
"Nah Iz we're freaks and your just plan weird." Dean says looking back at her.
"Whatever Ass." Isabel says smirking.
"You know its true whore." Dean retaliates.
"You know, I gotta say—I'm sorry I'm gonna miss it." Dean says after the silence.
"Miss what?" Sam asks confused again.
"How many chances am I gonna have to see my own funeral?" Dean answers. This causes them all to share a smile before they continue to drive in silence…at least for the next few miles.
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