Dreaming Out Loud

E/O Drabble Challenge: word count 100

Challenge word: clip

Warnings: Spoilers for Season 8.

Summary: Dean has come back from Purgatory a changed man. Now it isn't sleep that he fears, it's being awake to remember everything.

He's devalued; lessened. A clipped coin, a currency debased, a forged hundred-dollar bill.

He hasn't dreamt since he's returned. No nightmares about running, fighting, searching. No sleeping visions of that grey, drained world or the sad bloody monsters that died under his blade while he tried to find his angel and his way home.

Even Hell's been silent, bludgeoned into submission by his newfound weapon – ruthlessness.

Forged while making obsidian tools, he refined its edge in an unholy vampire alliance. Now he hones it with the hurt of finding that Sam never even looked for him.

Waking memories are lethal.