You always give such thought-provoking pieces.
I felt that Sam was locked down tight - burying just about everything so deep it's going to take a major earthquake to bring it boiling to the surface. But even my freaky mind didn't go to the place of not-Sam.
But...you know....I can see this....Michael being around people who don't know the real Sam, practicing at being human, building up to the moment when he faced the final test - confronting Dean.
And I loved that vividly painted picture of Sam's loping, stoop-shouldered walk, and Michael practicing his smile in the mirror.
I also love how you challenge readers with your what-if scenarios. I recall - I'm pretty sure it was one of yours I read - a one-shot about Sam for that year of Dean's deal actually not being Sam at all, and Ruby turning out to be a guiding angel. I remember clearly Sam's spirit appearing at the final confrontation between Dean and the demon who had stolen his brother's dead body.
And I have enjoyed this one just as much.
Thank you for sharing this.
You know what? I remembered writing that story too but couldn't for the life of me remember what it was called till I went and looked it up, and then I thought maybe I'd dreamed writing it because I couldn't find it! (It was called Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Days!)
I was really intrigued by Sam in 6.1, even though we didn't see quite as much of him as Dean. There's definitely something going on, and while it could be trauma from his - um - day spent in the Cage (heh) I wouldn't be surprised if it was something else. I don't for a second thinks he's got Lucifer in there still, but there's something...
Thanks for reading and your lovely comment anyway!
Author's Response: Actually I've still got the title wrong... Make that Three Hundred and Sixty-SIX Days! (It was a leap year!!!)