CHAPTER FOUR

Sam figured out which room the strawberry blonde had run to simply by following the sound of muffled sobs. He knocked softly. "Hallie?" His voice was quiet, hoping not to spook her. She didn't reply, but he could tell she'd tried to stifle the sound of her crying more. With a quick intake of breath, he twisted the doorknob – thankful she hadn't thought to lock it – and poked his head in. Hallie was sitting in the middle of her bed, forehead rested atop her knees and her arms curled up next to her ears. "Hals, can I come in?"

She looked startled at first, trying to wipe tears from her cheeks without making it obvious, but the fact that what little make-up she'd bothered to apply before work this morning was smeared below her eyes or running down her cheeks gave her away. "You're already in," she muttered.

He shut the door behind him and sat down on the edge of the bed next to her. A single lock of strawberry blonde was obscuring his view from her hidden facial features. With the slightest amount of hesitation, he brushed it back behind her ear. "I probably should've told you when I said you had to do it… I didn't literally mean you had to go do it yourself…"

"You should've let him strangle Kevin," she murmured.

He couldn't help but chuckle. "You have no idea how badly I wanted to," he stated.

Hallie shook her head. "It probably would've put him to rest… Kevin's the reason he's dead."

"What do you mean?" he inquired, confused.

"Gang fights are what I mean," she replied with a sniffle. "Kevin told someone Mattie did something he didn't and he got shot for it."

"That's how he died?" Sam asked, scooting closer to her to slide an arm around her waist.

"Dad doesn't like to talk about it 'cause it happened here. Right outside the bar. He feels like he could've prevented it somehow, but…I also know he knows it was a lost cause. Matt was bound to get blown away, hanging out with Kevin. I might not have to worry about Mattie anymore, but Ryan still doesn't listen when I tell him so I'm almost starting to think he's a lost cause, as well."

An inaudible sigh escaped his lips as he rested his chin atop her shoulder for a moment before she slid back to curl up and rest her head on the pillow. Sam hesitated on what to do but she patted the bed next to her innocently, closing her eyes in an attempt to get some much-needed sleep.

"I um…don't have to stay…if you're going to bed," he stuttered out nervously.

"Sam, after tonight, I really don't think sleep will come easily if I'm sitting in here alone with my thoughts," she said softly. "I'd appreciate the company."

With that understanding, he propped himself up against the headboard next to her and settled in for the night.

There's another world inside of me
That you may never see
There're secrets in this life
That I can't hide
Somewhere in this darkness
There's a light that I can't find
Maybe it's too far away...
Or maybe I'm just blind...

Or maybe I'm just blind...

7:17AM

Charlie Carson made his way upstairs towards his eldest daughter's room, not quite sure what to expect of her after the previous events. Coffee cup in hand, he knocked on the door and slowly opened it.

If not for the fact that the nineteen year old was curled in tight to Sam's side, obviously for comfort, with tear streaks on her face, her father would've probably flipped his lid. He knew what drama last night had held for her and Sam wasn't the type to take advantage of such from what he'd seen – or been told by his brother – so he let them sleep in peace.

So hold me when I'm here
Right me when I'm wrong
Hold me when I'm scared
And love me when I'm gone
Everything I am
And everything in me
Wants to be the one
You wanted me to be
I'll never let you down
Even if I could
I'd give up everything
If only for your good
So hold me when I'm here
Right me when I'm wrong
You can hold me when I'm scared
You won't always be there
So love me when I'm gone

Love me when I'm gone...

9:57AM

Sam was awoken somewhat abruptly by the loud thud of a bird flying into the bedroom window. Surprisingly, when he jolted, the strawberry blonde with her face buried into his side didn't even flinch; she made a discontented noise and cuddled closer, but nothing else that said she'd wake. Despite his effort to be quiet, his phone started ringing and vibrating in his pocket and that immediately tore her from her dreams.

When he finally got it out of his pocket and glanced over at the bed, Hallie was looking up at him curiously, rubbing sleep from her eyes.

"Hello?" he answered, shooting her an extremely apologetic puppy look.

"DIDYOUGETLAID?!" Dean's voice exclaimed from the other line.

Sam closed the phone, the most exasperated look on his face. "Sorry, Hals," he said quietly.

"It s'okay," she slurred tiredly. "He was probably just worried."

"Yeah," he chuckled as he settled back down on the bed so she could cuddle up to him again, "that's it."

She was about to say something in reply when his phone started ringing again. Sighing in annoyance, he answered it. "What do you want, Dean?"

"I was actually calling to tell you we've got a job. Bobby called," his brother replied. "We've gotta head out soon."

"How soon?" Sam asked, his tone taking on a disappointed ring.

"If not tonight, pretty early tomorrow morning, but you know how I feel about five AM."

"In other words, we're leaving tonight…"

Hallie's ears perked up; her eyes opened; she sat up to look at him curiously. She mouthed a simple, "What's going on?"

"Sorry, man," Dean said sincerely. "Enjoy your last few hours."

"Where is it?"

"Uh…Seattle, Washington," he answered. "Across the country."

"Hey," Hallie smacked the younger Winchester in the stomach, "answer me."

"Bye, Dean."

"Let her down easy, Sammy."

Sam pushed the End button and let out a sigh. "We've got a job in Seattle," he finally replied with sad, sympathetic puppy eyes. "We're leaving tonight."

"Oh." Her voice was quiet, obviously disappointed. "Do you know if you'll be able to come back?" she asked hopefully.

"I don't know. I don't think I've ever had to worry about going BACK anywhere," he chuckled dryly. "I'm sorry."

"It's okay, it's not your fault," the strawberry blonde stated, sincerity in her voice. "It's a job."

"Yeah, but its one I don't get paid for."

Hallie couldn't help but crack a smile at that. "So …how long do you have until Dean gets here?"

"I don't really know. He just said we were leaving tonight." He shrugged.

"And that means…?"

"That means he could show up in the next ten minutes and I still wouldn't be going anywhere until it gets dark," he smiled, pulling her closer to kiss her forehead.

"Good," she replied.

When your education X-Ray
Cannot see under my skin
I won't tell you a damn thing
That I could not tell my friends
Roaming through this darkness
I'm alive but I'm alone
Part of me is fighting this
But part of me is gone

2:32PM

"Did I ever thank you for yesterday?" Hallie lined another shot up at the billiards table her and Sam were sharing.

"Why would you thank me?" he asked, confused. "I didn't do anything, you and Dean did."

"No, not that; for keeping me company last night," she stated quietly. She only locked eyes with him for a moment before he forced himself to glance towards her father behind the bar and his big brother nursing a beer nearby.

"I didn't think a thank you was necessary. A good night's sleep was enough."

"What keeps you up all night if you're really not that freaked out by all the supernatural crap you hunt? Just the freaky paranoia that goes with it? Shouldn't you be used to that too?"

Sam shook his head. "Not something very simple to explain," he said, easily skirting the topic of psychic premonitions and powers.

"Try me, we've got a little time."

He looked up at her curiously. Did she REALLY want to know the crap he constantly had to put up with? Unwillingly, if he may add? He doubted it. "Not now. When I come back, I promise I'll explain it to you, okay?"

"Promise?" the nineteen year old challenged innocently, holding out her pinky to him with a childish grin.

Sam couldn't help but smile back, locking his pinky with hers. "Cross my heart and hope to die," he teased; the phrase was a joke, but the sincerity behind it was completely genuine. He sealed it with a quick kiss when he was sure her dad wasn't looking before they continued with their game.

So hold me when I'm here
Right me when I'm wrong
Hold me when I'm scared
And love me when I'm gone
Everything I am
And everything in me
Wants to be the one
You wanted me to be
I'll never let you down
Even if I could
I'd give up everything
If only for your good
So hold me when I'm here
Right me when I'm wrong
You can hold me when I'm scared
You won't always be there
So love me when I'm gone

Love me when I'm gone...

Or maybe I'm just blind...

6:41PM

"Sammy, you ready to go?" The elder Winchester brother stood propped up against the Impala, keeping his distance from the unofficial couple standing by the entrance of the Magic 8 Ball.

"Yeah, in a minute," Sam called over his shoulder. He looked back to the strawberry blonde standing in front of him. "Take care of yourself, okay?"

"You too. And don't act like you're not coming back, you owe me a promise, remember?"

"I remember," he smiled softly. "But I don't know when I'll be able to own up to it, you know that, right?"

"I know. You did your job here, go do your thing in Seattle and everywhere else that needs it and come back to see me whenever do-able. I've got no where to go." She smiled back and stood on her toes to kiss him on the lips. "Plus, if I don't get my shooting skills down soon…"

Sam was too compelled to kiss her again to let her finish her statement, but she was fully contented with that. "Sorry, what were you saying?" he mumbled.

"Don't forget about me, okay?"

"I couldn't if I tried," he chuckled. "But I don't want you holding out for me or anything; I don't know when I'll be back."

She nodded. "Ditto."

"Bye, Hallie."

"Bye, Sammy," the strawberry blonde replied quietly before he walked off towards the rumbling engine of the Impala paralleled to the sidewalk.

Their eyes stayed locked until the car was out of sight and Sam disappeared; the last time she would see him in months.

So hold me when I'm here
Right me when I'm wrong
Hold me when I'm scared
And love me when I'm gone
Everything I am
And everything in me
Wants to be the one
You wanted me to be
I'll never let you down
Even if I could
I'd give up everything
If only for your good
So hold me when I'm here
Right me when I'm wrong
You can hold me when I'm scared
You won't always be there
So love me when I'm gone

Love me when I'm gone...

Love me when I'm gone…

When I'm gone…

A/N: Wow, that was easier to get out than I thought! Yay me! I stalled for too long, I apologize.

But chapter four is now out! (:

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