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Everyone Goes to Ellen's (G) (OC) - Not a rock, I'm just Ruth
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Everyone Goes to Ellen's (G) (OC)
For the Saturday Picture Post at spnwriterlounge

Title: Everyone Goes to Ellen's
Author: Just Ruth
Disclaimer: Supernatural is the property of Eric Kripke and the CW. Characters/Situations are being borrowed for entertainment purposes only. You think anyone would pay me for this?
Rating: G
Genre: Gen
Word Count: 405
Characters/Pairings: Original Character (gender optional)
Warnings: AU
Summary: "Go to Ellen's, you'll find help"
Which pic(s) you used: Swamp, Full Moon, Jose Cuervo, Sam (gun), Dean (gun), Castiel
Notes: This is a style I've never written in before. Virtual black rose to anyone who guesses the trivia behind the title.

"Go to Ellen's," they'll tell you. "You'll find help."

Some say you can get there by following the road through the swamp outside Greenwood, Mississippi.

Others say take the dirt road that's just past the roofless chapel in Stull Cemetery, the one that's only visible when the moon is full.

Still other will give you directions from Fitchburg, Wisconsin or Saginaw, Michigan, or Pontiac, Illinois or Deadwood, South Dakota - it doesn't matter, if you need to get there, you will.

It won't look like much; a plain wooden structure with neon beer signs in the windows and a string of colored lights along the roof of the porch. If you look to the left of the porch, you'll see an older sign half-hidden in the yarrow and devil's shoestring that grows around the place. It says Lloyd's, but the modest sign that hangs now says "Ellen's."

If you go inside you will find prize-winning chili, melt-in-your-mouth apple pie and answers to questions you don't want to know. You can find help during business hours from brave men and women that battle things better left to legend and folklore. If you plan to stay past closing, you need to remember a few things: don't smart-talk the woman at the bar, don't challenge the blonde waitress to play Deer Hunter, don't let the guy with the mullet talk you into a game of pool, don't ask the blind woman in the corner for your fortune and never, NEVER pull up a chair at the corner table - the one with the plaque over it that says "Non Timebo Mala" with the circled stars. Only pull up a chair if you've tried everything else and all answers have failed and you think even God has turned his back on you.

Because they’ll come in the wee hours – the hours of the wolf that come just before dawn; they’ve been described as dark men, grim men. They aren’t. They’ll come in tired but after a beer, they’ll tease the bar tender and the waitress. They’ll trade jokes with the guy with the mullet and flirt shamelessly with the blind woman in the corner. Then they’ll tell stories – stories that are tragic and heroic and will chill your blood before they take their food and another beer over to the corner table.

If you pull up an extra chair - the table is set for three - you'd best be prepared to pay.

It won't be just the bottle of Jose Cuervo Especial, the bag of ground Italian roast and the quart of high-grad motor oil you put on the table (were you expecting graveyard dirt and a black cat bone?) that you'll pay with. If you're lucky it'll just be your peace of mind that you'll lose. If you're not; it could be your sanity or your life or if a man in a gray trench coat is sitting in the third chair - your immortal soul.
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feliciakw From: feliciakw Date: July 1st, 2009 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
That . . . both hurt my heart and creeped me out.

*gnaws on chewiness*
just_ruth From: just_ruth Date: July 6th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you - I'm not sure where it came from.
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just_ruth From: just_ruth Date: July 6th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Glad you liked it.
luu_alita From: luu_alita Date: July 3rd, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoa. That was awesome.
just_ruth From: just_ruth Date: July 6th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
architeuthis From: architeuthis Date: July 9th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent. I love the voice and the mood of this piece, and the kind of unreal inn-at-the-end-of-the-world quality you give Ellen's; and I never get tired of the Winchesters, Harvelles and their hangers-on as a big, weird, scary family.
just_ruth From: just_ruth Date: July 10th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you - I see it as a sort of what if? A crossroads where legend and reality meet; but like the road to Faerie, it's not a safe place to visit.
adrenalineshots From: adrenalineshots Date: July 9th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is very cool! It's like the Winchester Office, only with a lot of creepyness and a chill down the spine. Very cool indeed :D
just_ruth From: just_ruth Date: July 10th, 2009 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I'm glad you like it.
ficwriter1966 From: ficwriter1966 Date: August 7th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a cool approach - no way to tell if this particular roadhouse is a part of our reality or something completely "other". It's very Twilight Zone-y and delicious!
just_ruth From: just_ruth Date: August 9th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I'm glad you like it.
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