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Word Count: 100

Summary: E/O CHALLENGE. Drabble word: scratch. Dean reflects on his life and the lessons he's learned.

That long scar down my black? Black dog. Doesn't look any worse than a scratch now. Those bite marks around my left elbow? That was a ghul.

I've learned my lessons. In this line of work you pay for your mistakes.

If I take time for myself, Sam nearly dies. If I tell someone I love the truth about my life, they tell me I'm crazy and I get dumped like a load of dirty laundry.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not bawling like a bitch. I play the hand I'm dealt.

Dad used to say that pain is a great teacher, and I believe that.

Hell yeah, I believe.