Title: Lady Madonna
Pairing/Rating: Gen; PG-13
Warnings: Adult language, angst
Word Count: 4,600
Summary: After the family moves on short notice, Mary realizes their new home is inhabited by a ghost with an alarming fixation on three-and-a-half-year-old Dean. She has to take care of the situation while keeping John in the dark.
Author’s Notes: The title “Lady Madonna” refers to the Beatles’ song of the same name about an overwhelmed mother, as well as to Mary’s sacred status as mother of Sam and Dean. (The song was also a track on the “Hey Jude” album!) Heartfelt thanks to my amazing, supportive, and insightful beta, scullspeare. Written in response to a fantastic prompt from sophiap during the 2014 summergen fic exchange: “Mary is doing her best to be 'normal.' She's got a nice, normal husband, and a nice, normal toddler. So, what's she supposed to do when her supposedly nice, normal house turns out to be haunted?” I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed letting someone else’s idea capture my imagination, and I hope you enjoy the result.
“Mommy, I don’t like that night lady,” Dean said in his high, sweet voice. He chased some soggy Cheerios across the laminated Batman placemat in front of him, pinching them between his thumb and index finger before popping them into his mouth.
Mary, wearing cut-offs and one of John’s old Metallica t-shirts, was building her husband a turkey and Swiss on rye at the kitchen counter. At her son’s words, she stilled.
“What lady, honey?”
Dean, spooning sugary milk from the bottom of his bowl, didn’t look up. “That lady that talks to me at night.”( Read more...Collapse )