In rural Wisconsin, there is an old abandoned park. Built in the 1920s, it served as the town’s gathering place for everyone.
That is, until a newly developed Train and Tunnel for Tots™ ride was installed in 1932. It was an innocent looking childish train, with one main (mechanized) head car, with three small trolleys pulled behind it. It went around some loops before going into a small tunnel.
But this is where the story gets weird. There were numerous cases of child deaths that year, all of them happening after the child rode on that train system. Some kids went missing in that short tunnel (about ten feet), and others went comatose after leaving. One, upon exiting, was found to be dead. Her dress was covered in what looked like small bloody handprints. Some killed themselves by scratching at their throats until they bled out, and one of them even killed another child before hanging herself with razor wire at the family’s farm.
The park was closed, and the town’s popularity as a tourist town plummeted.
Recently, a team of scientists were sent out to the park. They taped a video camera to the train, and put a new intern in with it, before sending it on its way onto the tracks.
When the train left the tunnel, it was empty, except for the camera.
The last ten seconds were nothing but static, save for the sound of children laughing.
Title:Only Human Author:thegeminisage; edited by callowyn; illustrated by kymericl Wordcount: 36k Ships: minor unrequited Ben/Claire; minor Ben/Jesse Rating: R Warnings: One OC in a minor role—the sister Lisa mentioned in You Can’t Handle The Truth. More detailed warnings behind the link. Summary: Ben’s not the same person he was when Sam and Dean disappeared into Purgatory three years ago, but with the help of an angel’s ex-vessel and a particularly stubborn cambion, Ben has achieved the impossible and released them from their self-inflicted prison. Between teaching Jesse to control his new demonic powers and trying, as ever, to earn Claire’s trust, Ben’s ready to call the job well done and finally live a life that doesn’t revolve around Dean. But now the word’s out that the Winchesters are back in business, an old enemy with a bone to pick aims to put them down permanently. When the hunt jeopardizes the aunt Ben turned his back on three years ago, Ben, Claire, and Jesse join the Winchesters in striking back—and that means rising tension between Ben’s new half-demon friend and the only man he could ever call father. It’s hard to feel anything but ordinary next to Claire’s little piece of Castiel and Jesse’s half-demon heritage, but how Ben balances his new life and the one he left behind will make all the difference in who makes it out of the fight the way they went in. Notes: This is a sequel to last year’s Big Bang entry, Cambion, and part of a larger verse, but no worries! As per the rules, this stands alone just fine, and it’s much shorter, so you may be happier starting here. Many, many thanks to Cally for staying up all night, many nights, to get this done with me, thanks to Wendy for cooperating with us when we had some last-minute hang-ups, and thanks to the artist for her hard work. :3
I’m posting my works on AO3 now (LJ’s word limit kills me), so: