Sunday, August 15th, 2010 04:52 pm
Title: The Things We Carry With Us
Story Rating: PG
Genre: Slash
Word Count: 47, 654
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Warnings: Angst, emo, h/c, incest, terrible weather, touristy local tidbits, and far too many descriptions about food.
Summary: Sam and Dean are on the road, saving people and hunting things, like they always do. Dean discovers that Sam is attempting to turn himself into a monk, and so he does his best to get Sam laid. Sam resists because, of course, who needs to have sex with a girl when Dean’s around? It's about going on a roadtrip with your brother. It's about the food you eat, and the maps you follow. It's about the things you carry with you. (Takes place some time after Heart.)

Chapter Links:

Part 1 - The Haircut
Part 2 - Mammoth Spring
Part 3 - Hunting the Kelpie
Part 4 - Shamrock
Part 5 - Canadian
Part 6 - The Salt and Burn
Part 7 - Across the Plains and Into the Mountains
Part 8 - Brothers in the Snow
Part 9 - The Morning After

The Art:

My artist was [ profile] radishface , however, there is no master art post. I put the art in my story to use as illustrations.

Then, I got a wild hair and created my own story banner:

And then I created this one, too, because one is never enough.


Click here to go to the fanmix download and liner notes.

Ebook Downloads:

My dear amothea took the time on her vacation to make different ebook versions of the story, and she was sweet enough to include the pics I wanted! You can download the story in a single file version in any of the following formats:

LRF Version
Mobi Version
RTF Version
HTML Version
Epub Version
PDF Version

Author's Notes:  This story is dedicated to my [ profile] amothea , who is always there and knows where the best fanfic is to be found. It's also dedicated to all those mom-n-pop diners and motels across the country.

Long Author's Notes: Click the link to read my very verbose natterings about my thoughts behind this story.
Thursday, August 19th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
I snagged the mobi version, thank you! I like reading on my Kindle. XD
Thursday, August 19th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
You are more than welcome, enjoy!
Thursday, August 19th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Took the Epub. Thank you.
Friday, August 20th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
You are more than welcome! Enjoy!
Thursday, August 19th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
thank you, i enjoyed the story...any chance though for a pdf? i cant really work with the above formats...anyway, Thanks for sharing :)
Friday, August 20th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
I'm a bit curious as to why HTML and RTF won't work on your computer? I've never heard this before. Normally PDFs are the format that give people trouble when viewing.

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p.s. just re-read

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Friday, August 20th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
The amazing Amothea has created a pdf version, which I've now included. Let us know if you have any problems with it, okay?

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Thursday, August 19th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for offering the downloads! I appreciate it!
Friday, August 20th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
You are so welcome! Enjoy. : D
Thursday, August 19th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
i skimmed through the ending (because i always read the ending first, don't ask why lol) and i gotta say, this is so not pg? i'm sure i'll like it otherwise (i'm one of those turned off by the lower ratings actually) but having a wrong story rating is not good D: i'll comment again at the end, when i've actually properly read it but i just felt the need to point this out.
Friday, August 20th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, let me know what you think. I put it as pg because of the level and type of sex that they have.

Question for you, and I've hidden it to avoid spoilers, so highlight here to see my question about kinds of sex that are had in this story => There isn't any penetration, which in my mind, would take the story up to an R rating. Does that make sense? Or is there some other guidelines out there that I'm not aware of?.

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Thursday, August 19th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Is there any chance to get a .pdf file? I`d be great.
Friday, August 20th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
Thanks to the amazing amothea, the pdf file has been uploaded. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 19th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Epub downlaoded, yay, thank you!
Friday, August 20th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
You are more than welcome, enjoy!
Thursday, August 19th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
I'm very excited to see you posting your story for the big bang this year. Haven't had a chance to read through it yet, but I've made a PDF file for myself. I see you have various versions available for download (very cool) except PDF, here's the download link in case you need it.

Even though I haven't read the fic yet, I'm already so very very impressed by the artwork/pictures scattered throughout the text. I can't wait to read the whole thing. I have a feeling that once I start, I can't put it down. =p
Friday, August 20th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
The problem with this PDF is that it's missing author and title metadata...I don't suppose you could update the fields? Um, I'm now thinking I should have made a PDF too along with the other formats. :) It's just I normally use my work computer to create PDFs because I have Adobe Acrobat Professional there where as at home it's more complex since I don't have the program.

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Friday, August 20th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad to see your story posted. :) I loved the new cover art you made! It's like you left one last surprise for me to find. :)

Friday, August 20th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweet pea! And than you for all the ebook versions, it sounds like there are many readers appreciate your efforts. As do I. : D

And yeah, the cover art seemed to be more evocative than the b/w one, which I still like, but this one seemed to fit.

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Friday, August 20th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, I just got finished reading this, and I have to say that you did a wonderful job on the slow unfolding relationship between the boys. It felt very true and realistsic that they would dance around the bush for so long trying to figure out what to do about it.

Also, it made me squee that you had them come through the Texas Panhandle. I live farther north than the route you had the boys travel, and I've never been to Canadian or Shamrock, but the descriptions you had of both places are very true of most Panhandle towns. It made me giddy in ways I can't explain, because whenever anyone writes the boys coming through Texas they never have them come this way through places I could relate to.

Anyway, suffice to say, I loved the story and look forward to reading more of your SPN fics. :D Thank you for sharing this with us!
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
I'm am so glad you enjoyed it and yes! The Texas panhandle is it's own kind of country. There was so much variety and not all if it is flat. I kept coming across unexpected little turns in the road and so many different kinds of weather, it was amazing. The boring part (but interesting in its own way) is the backbone of Kansas, up Highway 83, which is a route I took one year, and where I got part of the idea for this story, that Sam spends a LOT of time staring out the window watching the grasses go by.

Thank you for your lovely comment. : D
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
love the tone of your story. intense in parts and dreamy in parts. the scene with yoko onna is my favorite :)

the slow unfolding of the relationship was pitch perfect. i love how sam keep inserting on how he gave dean a blow job! in his mind-conversation/monologue *snicker*

thanks for the read!
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
How nice of you to say! I like the ghost case myself, but the yukki onna was sure fun to research. : D

Thank you for the lovely comment, I'm so glad you enjoyed the story.
Monday, August 23rd, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
I very rarely comment but this was beautiful. I loved the small stuff and the fact that they take pleasure from eating, warm coats and nice boots! I love that it is so quietly understated and the love between them is so sweet and true. I love that the sex is so understated yet so hot. The fact that Sam's body is wanting it but his mind is - so Sam - trying to fight against it. I have no real words to say how good this fic is and I hope to read some of your other stuff.

This is worthy of publication you know!!

Monday, August 23rd, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
You are so very kind to say so, esp since you don't comment. That's a big compliment right there. And that it's worthy of publication? Some day, some day....

I'm glad you liked all the little details; I enjoyed putting them in!
Monday, November 1st, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
Congrats! ☆ Your fic is recced here ( at [ profile] sawedoff_recs.
Monday, November 1st, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I am very flattered to be amongst such talented company. : D
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
wow. this looks DELICIOUS.
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
Thank you, I hope you enjoy it. : D
Sunday, November 28th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
User [ profile] chemm80 referenced to your post from The Things We Carry With Us by Lovesrain44 ( saying: [...] Text (with pictures) [...]
Sunday, November 28th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh, OH!!!!!!!

*runs to listen*
Sunday, November 28th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
And there's more!!! It's like Christmas and it isn't even December yet!!!

Sunday, November 28th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
User [ profile] chemm80 referenced to your post from Podfic: The Things We Carry With Us ( saying: [...] Text (with pictures) [...]
Sunday, November 28th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I'm completely overwhelmed.