Teaser Tuesday, NaNo-style – Stopping Dean

Yet another Tuesday, yet another teaser.  I’m 42K in and because I have today off, I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish my 50K today.  I’m certain that it will be longer than that (since DL just introduced a new subplot), but 50K today would be quite a victory.

Teaser time.  Here’s some context: Dean just saved Caleb from his abusive dad, who had whipped him with a belt and made him stand in a closet overnight.  Dean had him take a shower and connected to his laptop while he waited.  Caleb breaks every electronic thing he touches, and we’ve established that it might include the cybernetically enhanced, like Dean.

Dean held out his wrist for Caleb to see the USB cord extending from it.  “See, right here?”  He touched the open flap of skin he had moved aside to release the cord.  “That covers it so you can’t see it most of the time.”

He checked Caleb to make sure he was properly awed, but instead he looked horrified.  “Does it hurt?”

“What?  No.”

“Really?  What about when they connected it?”

“Please, I don’t even remember that.”

“That doesn’t mean it didn’t hurt.”

Dean put his hands on Caleb’s towel-covered shoulders, noting that the boy flinched as usual.  “Look, Caleb.  You don’t have to worry.  I’m not going to let anything happen to you ever again.”

“You don’t know that.”

“I do.  C’mon, who’s smarter and cooler and stronger than me, huh?  You don’t trust me to take care of you?”

Caleb hesitated, then nodded.  Well, then, that was a good place to start.

“I don’t want you to see my back,” he said, his words all rushed like they had been bursting to break out of him.

“I’ve seen a lot worse wounds,” Dean pointed out

“No, I just, I don’t want you to see it.  I can do the first aid myself.  I do it all the time.”

Dean shook his head.  “It’ll be better if I do it.  You won’t have to worry about missing part of your back, and I’ll make sure the bandage is so secure and comfortable.  I get trained in this stuff, y’know.”

“No!”  Caleb darted towards the bedroom, but he was no match for Dean, much less in his current state.  Dean dashed after him and reached his arms around Caleb to stop him.

Everything stopped.

Hope you enjoyed.  Back to the word count.

Currently on iPod: I Move Along from Chicago

Lots of love,
Sage

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