Sequel to: How To Deal
Universe: Cursed Series
Pairings: Chloe/Sam, Lois/Dean
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: The five years are up and Sam and Chloe are free. They find and catch up with Lois and Dean before heading out to start their life together.LAWRENCE
The Campbell house was two-storys of pure wood and didn't have a white picket fence. There was a large yard and the basement held multiple boxes without labels. The attic was stuffed with things as well, and there was evidence everywhere that rats had made themselves at home. The backyard might have had a garden some time in the past, but it was indistinguishable in the wildness of uncut grass and weeds which had claimed that space as their domain. There was a leak in the master bathroom, the faucets in the downstairs bathroom were completed rusted shut, and there might be wood lice.
Chloe loved the place.
Sam wanted to turn tail and run, but she stayed her ground, surveying the old, abandoned place. She toured each and every room, skirting her way around the many boxes stacked one over the other, and ran her finger over the dust-covered furniture. She checked the lights, the faucets, the closets...every single thing. In her mind she cataloged what was fine as it was, what could be fixed, and what had to be replaced completely.
"I'm sorry, I should have checked it out before bringing you here." Sam flinched as a dry-rotted closet handle broke in Chloe's grip. "If I'd known that it was such a wreck I never would have even brought it up."
"I still can't believe that you and Dean didn't come here to see it after you found out about the place." Chloe commented as she decided to leave the closet for now and went to the window, staring outside at the yard below.
"We always said we'd come here one day...but 'more important' things kept popping up and after a while we forgot." Sam leaned against the doorway with a sigh. "It should have remained forgotten."
"Hush." Chloe reprimanded softly, running her finger over the glass and drew a smiley face in the dirt. "I like it here."
"You don't have to say that." Sam made a face, gazing around the room in disgust. "I know the place is a dump."
"I'll kick you the next time you put down this home." The blonde turned towards him. "I'm serious. Sure, it needs a lot of work...but it's exactly the project we need." She took in a deep breath as she gazed around the room, hugging herself. "We need to ease into being 'normal' again, and what says 'normal' like a young couple renovating their new house?" For the first time since being liberated from Cameron Chloe felt true excitement and not worry, imagining the house after they had put all their love and care into it. "This is someplace I could easily call home."
Sam watched her intently, a small frown on his face. "I want to give you the best...not some fixer-upper."
"Stop making things difficult." She chided, going towards him and placing her arms around his neck as she gazed into blue/green eyes. "I'm not settling, Sam."
He sighed as he wrapped his arms around her, drawing her closer. "I suppose the place has some...charm."
"Your mother and grandparents lived here---without the people who built this place you never would have come into this world." Chloe pressed up on her tiptoes, pressing a kiss to his chin. "I love already."
He smiled tenderly. "You sure know how to sweat-talk a guy Miss Sullivan."
"Nonsense." She pulled him down and rubbed her nose against his playfully.
"She's right, you know, this place has potential."
The two broke apart enough to peek behind them in the hallway, where Cameron was surveying the place with intrigue.
The Incubus turned towards them, raising a bottle of wine. "Housewarming gift."
Chloe smirked as she pulled away from Sam and walked to Cameron, placing a kiss on his cheek.
Cameron smirked back at her. "Missed me, did you?"
"Cam..." Sam grumbled, warningly.
"Cool down Sammy, I know to keep my hands to myself." The Incubus chuckled, passing the taller man the bottle of wine. "So...I know a contractor who'd give you a killer deal...no souls involved whatsoever."
Chloe shook her head in amusement as she returned to Sam's side, hugging his waist as she leaned into him. "You missed us."
Cameron snorted. "As if."
"Where's Chompy?" The blonde finally asked.
Cameron sighed. "Cerberus
is outside. Playing in the backyard." He suddenly grinned. "You have more than enough room in the back for a pool by the way."
"Do we?" Sam blinked, leaving Chloe's side to return to the room and gaze out of the window.
Cameron was by his side in seconds, talking animatedly about landscaping.
Chloe rolled her eyes, watching both men as Cameron began reciting different people Sam could check out for the different jobs that needed to be done for the house and yard. Sam wasn't writing anything down, but with his memory it wasn't necessary. He nodded and seemed to grow more interested in the thought of remodeling the home his mother had been born in and grown up in now that he had some pointers on who exactly to go to get it done.
Hearing her phone ringing, Chloe smiled at the name on the Caller ID as she brought the mobile to her ear. "You're not in labor are you?"
"Har har." Lois responded dryly before excitement entered her voice. "So? What do you think about the place?"
"I like it." Chloe walked away from the boys, letting herself wander in the house that would become her home. "There's tons of stuff that need to be fixed, but its one of the things I like about it. It's not perfect, it's not whole, but all it needs is love."
There was a moment's silence before Lois finally spoke. "Scared?"
She knew that that question was not only directed towards the remodeling ahead, her head hanging low. "Terrified."
"It's going to be okay." Lois responded in that sage, I'm-older-than-you way of hers. "I know you're on unfamiliar ground right now, but you've got everything you need to make it perfect. To be happy."
Sam's arms wrapped around her from behind as he pressed a kiss to her head.
Chloe smiled, leaning back against him and closing her eyes in happiness. "Yeah, I do."