Title: No Where Else I’d Rather Be
Word Count: 1,170
Prompt: Long drive in the fog beyond_wonder
Verse: This is a drabble in my ‘Happy Endings’ Verse
Jo sighed as Dean passed the same sign for the third time. It was late and they were an hour late to meet Sam and Madison. “Dean just pull over at the gas station and we’ll just ride out the rest of the storm there.”
He grunted. “This is not a storm. It’s fog. A bunch of god damned, thick assed fog.”
She rolled her eyes and huffed. “Fog that you managed to get us lost in when we were only going two towns over. Stop being so damn stubborn. Just pull over.”
“Where would you like me to pull over? I can barely see two feet in front of me.”
Jo could see Dean’s growing frustration as he guided the impala surprisingly slower than normal down the deserted road. She spoke with a hint of tiredness in her voice. “I told you there’s a gas-“
“Yes a gas station, which we can only see as we’re passing it. Get my stupid brother on the phone and tell him to get his ass out here so we can follow him back to place.”
She sighed before pulling her cell phone out of her pocket. So much for their stress free, relaxing date night. Things were so hectic lately with hunting, Mary Elizabeth, and their “normal” jobs that they hadn’t had much down time, which of course had them snapping at each other.
So when Sam called saying he and Madison had something important to tell them they jumped at the chance to get out for a while. Dean glanced at her out of the corner of his eye as she tapped her fingers against her leg while waiting for Sam to pick up.
He felt bad for snapping at her, but he knew she understood just like when she snapped at him. He drove a little further and slammed on the breaks, knocking Jo forward slightly when he saw the gas station. She glared and he shrugged as he pulled the car into the empty station.
Sam picked up on the third ring and laughter filled the line.“Hello?”
“Hey Jo, where are you guys? I called Dean twice he didn’t answer.” Jo sighed.
“Yeah, he probably has it on vibrate. We’re lost. This damn fog has us turned around. Dean wants you to meet us at the gas station so we can follow you back to your place.”
Sam chuckled. “He can’t see outside so he wants me to come out there and bring you guys back here? What makes him think I’ll be able to see any better than he can?”
She rolled her eyes. “I have no freaking clue. Look just forget it.”
Dean grunted. “Jo-“
She waved Dean off before continuing. “Apparently this isn’t going to happen tonight. Do you want me to put you on speaker phone so you can tell us what was so important?”
“We kind of wanted to tell you in person. Why don’t we try again tomorrow? Lunch? We can meet at Bobby’s.”
“Sure Sam, sounds good. Tell Maddie I said hi.”
“Will do. Talk to you later Jo.”
She snapped the phone shut and glanced at Dean. He was frowning at her.
“Why’d you do that?”
She pointed out the window. “Because we can’t see anything Dean! And I’m tired of driving around in circles.”
She crossed her arms over her chest and he watched as she angled her body toward the window. He sighed. She’d been quiet lately and he was slightly worried. She was stuck in the house a lot more than he was and Dean was pretty sure it was starting to get to her.
He swallowed hard before pushing open his door and getting out of the car. Jo frowned at him as he walked around to the trunk. What was he doing? She heard him shuffling around before slamming it shut and hoping back in the front seat carrying a bag.
She raised an eyebrow when he grinned at her. “What’s that?”
“Just because we’re stuck out here doesn’t mean we can’t have fun.”
She turned to face him her curiosity peaked. He pulled out two bears, popping one open and handing her the bottle. She took it and smiled. He dug into the bag pushing things around before pulling out a cassette tape and popping into the player.
A few seconds later REO Speedwagon wafted through the speakers and her eyes widened in surprise. “Dean Winchester you have an REO Speedwagon tape?”
He shrugged. “Yeah well…I think it’s Sammy’s.”
Jo snorted. “Yeah okay, that boy doesn’t listen to anything that isn’t on his iPod.”
Dean smirked and went back to fishing through the bag. She caught a glimpse of a magazine and amusement danced in her eyes. “Is that a busty Asian beauties magazine?”
Dean looked and nodded. “Yeah, why? You wanna read my porn?”
Jo chuckled. “No that’s okay, busty Asian’s really aren’t my thing.”
He tossed a bag of chips her way and she caught them. The car was quiet except for the music as they ate there chips and drank their beer. Dean cleared his throat before glancing at her.
“I’m sorry for snapping before.”
He reached out a hand nudging her thigh lightly until she looked at him. “Still glad you took the plunge?”
Jo could see the insecurity on Dean’s face as he took a swig of his beer. Her eyes softened as she placed a hand over his. “There’s nothing in the world that could make me regret it.”
He played it off like the answer didn’t fill him with relief. “Good to know.”
“Why? You getting sick of me already Winchester?”
He rolled his eyes as he tossed the empty bag of chips into the back seat. “Hardly.”
She put her beer in the cup holder and leaned over by his ear placing a chaste kiss beneath it. “Good answer.”
He wrapped an arm around her pulling her against his side as he kissed the top of her head, her hand on his chest as she realized against him. Her eyes slid shut and she took a deep breath before breaking the silence.
“Look at us, we’re so boring Deano. Here we are in the middle of a deserted gas station alone and we’re laying around like a bunch of old farts.”
He chuckled. “If it makes you feel any better I’m having sex with you in my head.”
“Aww baby your sweet.”
Dean watched her for a few minutes before, her breathing evening out as his eyes got heavy. He tightened his arm around her rubbing his eyes slightly. He shifted to get more comfortable. As she lay there sleeping soundly curled up on the seat of the impala against him the fog around them started to lift and he laughed.
It figures, the minute she fell asleep the fog lifted. He sighed closing his eyes, smile on his face. Oh well it’s not like there was anywhere else he’d rather be.