Author: Morgan Briarwood / briarwood
Genre: Het, AU
Pairing: Sam/Jessica, Dean/Jo
Warnings: Story features non-graphic references to rape and child abuse.
Summary: Doctor Sam Grey (once Sam Winchester) is a dreamwalker, and the most powerful psychic in the country. Called back to the Psi Project to investigate a mysterious epidemic of night terrors among the students, Sam discovers not a malicious psychic but a malevolent spirit. Sam calls on the one person he knows is an expert in such things: his brother Dean. But Sam has seriously underestimated the danger and when Dean is badly injured it looks like the solution is up to him after all.
Links to story: Read in chapters on LJ: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six | Part Seven | Epilogue
Read all in one post on Dreamwidth: All Chapters or at AO3 All Chapters.
Notes: Reap The Whirlwind is set in an alternate universe, and in the future (2019). Sam is not a hunter. He and Jess are both 36, Dean is 40, Jo is 35 and has been hunting for a long time, so she's a rather different character from the Jo of canon. Also in this 'verse the named demons we know in canon don't exist: there are demons but no YED, no Lilith and no Alastair. Dean's had a tough life but he's never been to Hell. Mary Winchester was killed by a (human) pyrokinetic. Other supernatural nasties: ghosts, werewolves, vampires etc. exist as in SPN canon.
This is a stand-alone story, but set in the same 'verse as my earlier fic Dreamwalker. It is not necessary to read Dreamwalker first, but as this is an AU 'verse there's a quick primer under the cut. You don't really need to read it: all the relevant info is in the story. But it's there for those who want it.
Background to the Dreamwalker 'verse: In this world, psychics and psychic abilities are known and scientifically measurable. The first known appearance of psychics in the human gene pool was shortly after World War 2, and threw the world into a panic. In the USA, the solution was the Psi Project, a federal organisation designed to identify and train psychic children before they could become a danger to the public.
Sam Winchester, identified as a psychic at twelve years old, was taken from his family to be educated by the Psi Project. He never saw his father again, and believed he had been abandoned by his family, but he was wrong. Through the Psi Project's manipulation, John and Dean both believed Sam was dead. Sam is a dreamwalker, a psychic who can enter and control the dreams of others. After graduating from Stanford as Doctor Samuel Grey (the change of name having been urged on him by the Project) where he met and later married Jessica Moore, Sam made his psychic ability his career, combining his ability with his training as a psychiatrist to develop a pioneering dream therapy program to treat a range of psychological problems. He and Jessica settled in Washington state, where they both worked at the Woodward Institute, an asylum for the criminally insane.
John and Dean Winchester continued their quest to find the rogue psychic who killed Mary. They found him, and killed him, not long after Sam was taken from them and then, that lifelong quest fulfilled, John's focus turned to rescuing Sam from the Project. Three years after Sam was taken from them, however, John was informed that his son was dead. He and Dean continued as hunters, until 2017, when the mysterious death of another hunter drew them to Willow Creek in Washington, where unknown to them, Sam now lived.
Summary of Dreamwalker: In 2017, Dean and John Winchester were in Willow Creek, investigating the death of a fellow hunter. During a terrible storm, Dean encountered the ghost of a five year old girl. The next thing he knew he was waking up in an insane asylum three days later, and a doctor who claimed to be his long-dead brother informed him that he (Dean) had murdered his own father. Certain that couldn't be true, and equally certain that Dr Grey couldn't possibly be his brother, Dean refused to listen. But the ghostly child continued to haunt him and he was forced to co-operate with Sam in order to find answers. Dean was shocked to discover the child was Sam's own daughter, Rachel, who had been kidnapped and murdered some years before.
Meanwhile Sam was having a hard time accepting Dean's talk of ghosts. He thought that Dean had killed their father and then blocked out the memory. Only when Dean's desperate investigations linked the ghost to another of Sam's patients did Sam begin to believe him. With Sam's help, Dean escaped from the asylum and returned to Willow Creek, where he discovered the truth. When Sam's daughter was abducted and killed, Sam had used his psychic ability to murder the man who killed her, Karl Ryan. But in doing so, Sam had created a powerful and malevolent spirit. Rachel's ghost had been trying to warn Dean of the danger, not to hurt him.
Dean also learned that Sam had told him the truth, in a way: it had indeed been his hand that killed John. But both of them had been possessed by the ghosts: John was possessed by Karl Ryan; Dean by Rachel's spirit. Using Dean's body, Rachel could finally avenge herself on her killer, but it was John she killed, not the ghost. Together, the brothers salted and burned the body of Karl Ryan and in an emotional confrontation on the road to Willow Creek, Sam met Rachel's spirit so she could rest in peace at last.
Lastly, a huge thank you quiet_rebel for the lovely artwork.