E/O Challenge Word:

sore /sôr/ adj. – (of a part of one's body) Painful or aching

Spoilers/Warnings: None

Disclaimer: Not mine

Word Count: 123

If I drown tonight, bring me back to life. Breathe your breath in me... ~ Shinedown

Despite his efforts, Dean could feel his grip loosening on Sam – muscles cramped and sore from the strain of maintaining one position – and attempted to readjust his hold on his brother at the exact moment Sam shivered, jerking out of Dean's grasp and disappearing beneath the lake's surface.

Momentarily stunned – horrified by the reality of what had just happened – Dean stared in speechless shock and then dove forward into the water; the frigid temperature instantly taking his breath away.

Dean floundered and sank before finally forcing his limbs to move, hard kicks thrusting him back to the surface.

Frantic, Dean sucked in air and looked around for Sam just as his brother's head broke the surface of the lake a few yards away.