AUTHOR'S NOTES: So I got to thinking about the first several episodes of season 8 of Supernatural-BTW, am I the only one who totally digs the new opening graphic?-and I thought about what might have happened if Sam and Dean had met different people after the events at the end of season 7.

STORY SUMMARY: After season 7, Sam just wants to walk away from being a hunter, but a face from the past draws him back in. Meanwhile, Purgatory has a strange way of making friends out of enemies and Dean ends up with a most unexpected lover.

SUPERNATURAL: Strange Bedfellows


The Vampire had Dean Winchester pinned down on the ground and with one hand he tried to break the monster's grip while with the other he tried to reach for his homemade blade.

But just as Dean's brain started the usual pre-death 'life before his eyes' flash, the vamp let go and the hunter saw the monster's head roll away. Swiftly getting to his feet, Dean grabbed his weapon and looked at the hooded figure, holding a weapon of their own. "Who are you?" he demanded. Allies were rare here in Purgatory and usually just turned right around and tried to kill you. All the more reason Dean was reluctant to trust the stranger that had just saved his hide.

The figure was still and silent for a moment before she raised a hand and pulled back the hood, revealing herself to be a young blonde woman. She smiled when she saw Dean's look of incredulous recognition and she said, "I'm the girl that just saved your ass."

Dean couldn't speak for a moment but when he finally found his voice, he could only say one word. "Ruby?"

"You were expecting someone else?" Ruby replied as she headed off into the dense woods, gesturing for the hunter to follow her. The pair traveled for several hours in silence until coming to a cave. Once inside, Ruby built a fire and sat down on the ground.

"How'd you find me?" Dean asked, curiously, as he slowly sat down as well. "For that matter, how did you know I was here at all?"

Ruby gave a dry laugh at that. "I heard there was a human in Purgatory and you and Sam were the only humans I could think of stupid enough to end up here."

Dean shifted uncomfortably as he thought of Sam. He hoped his brother was alright. "Yeah, well…" he said, not really wanting to get into talking about it. "That's what I get for standing too close to exploding Leviathans."

The demon paused at that and she seemed to be lost in thought for a few moments. "Look, I know I'm the last person you want help from," she said after a while. "—and I don't blame you if you don't want to trust me. But there might be a way to get you out of here."

That caught Dean's attention and he straightened up. "Where?"

Ruby could tell Dean wanted to get going but she could also tell that it had been a long time—months, likely—since the hunter had slept a full night. "We'll set off in the morning. There's a stream about a day's journey from here. We can follow it to where we need to go." When Dean started to argue, she pressed on. "Get some sleep, Dean." Nodding at the warding sigils painted all around the cave walls Ruby added, "Nothing's getting in here. It's safe."

It had been so long since Dean had felt safe anywhere that it was hours before he was finally able to close his eyes and drift off, listening to the sounds of the crackling fire.

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Even though he had resolved to give up hunting, Sam Winchester still ran towards the sounds of a violent fight as he walked down the street. Hurrying into the fray, Sam helped the young woman as she battled the demons and when he'd stabbed the last one with the knife he'd gotten from the demon, Ruby, he finally turned to the girl whose eyes lit up with surprise.


It took Sam a moment or two to recognize the girl and when he did finally place her, he was even more surprised. "Jamie? What, you…You hunt demons now?"

Jamie grinned as she led Sam behind an alley where her car was parked. "Well, after a shapeshifter decides he wants you as his bride, working as a bartender gets kinda boring, you know?" She watched Sam who seemed to be reluctant to let her out of his sight. "Look, I've been doing this for a couple years now." When Sam didn't appear to be reassured, she smiled warmly. "I'll be fine, Sam. Promise. I'm a big girl—I can take care of myself."

But Sam was still unconvinced and after a moment or two he said, "I'll be right behind you."

Jamie went up on tiptoe so she could give the younger Winchester a lingering kiss on the cheek. "Whatever you say, my white knight."

The kiss burned on his cheek as Sam watched Jamie get into her car. There was a big part of him that wanted so much to be with the rookie hunter but remembering the relationship with Jamie'd had with Dean made his heart ache.


Jamie Wilkinson had grown up in her grandparents' house since her parents had disappeared when she was 6 years old. The house was old—one of the first houses built in the town, in fact—but it was still as cared for as it had been all those years ago.

The house wasn't very big but it had been enough for the three people and Jamie had lived here all the way through college. When she'd graduated, her grandparents had given her the house before moving down to Georgia.

Opening the front door, Jamie smiled to herself as she heard an old engine rumble behind her. Turning to see Sam parking, she couldn't help but noticing how the man seemed to be hurting and she wondered where Dean was. Was Dean's absence the reason for the pain in Sam's eyes as he joined her?

Once the two were inside, Jamie went into the kitchen and started cooking. Sam sat in the dining room, pulling out his laptop from his bag and setting it up at the table.

After half an hour, Sam looked up at the kitchen as a wonderful aroma started wafting out. "What smells so good?" he asked as Jamie came out for a moment holding two bottles of beer.

Handing one of the bottles over to Sam, Jamie replied, "Lemon pepper shrimp, Italian sausage, sautéed mushrooms, and linguine. I'm just waiting on the garlic bread."

Sam just nodded as he turned his attention back to his computer. But after a moment, he felt a gentle hand on his arm and looked up to see Jamie's soft gaze looking at him with concern. Knowing that she wanted to know what was going on, Sam felt something inside of him start to break. "Dean's gone," he just said, quietly.

"Oh, Sam," Jamie sighed, sympathetically as she squeezed Sam's arm in comfort.

A/N: Next chapter I'll be re-writing 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' to include Jamie and Ruby.