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Deus Ex Machina 
11th-Apr-2006 05:50 pm
title: Deus Ex Machina
rating: PG
disclaimer: This is a derivative work and no profit is being made.
notes: Spoilers for the pilot and The Journey Home; warnings for very mild implied Sam/Dean that you could really just ignore if you want. I wrote this after considering the prominence of the Impala in both the show and in the fic, and I noted that I hadn't read any Metallicar POV. I sought to rectify the situation immediately. Also, I'm looking for a beta, if anyone is interested.
sequel: Beside the Machinery, This
length: 550


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Deus Ex Machina
(the spirit in the machine)


The car doesn't know or understand very much at all. In fact, it shouldn't have been able to know or understand anything, but it woke up one day without knowing how and now it's slowly picking things up; learning things, feeling things, whatever.

It knows that it is a car (a “1967 Chevrolet Impala” althought it's not certain whether that is important or not) and this is the first step in being sentient, although the car does not know that. In fact, the car will never likely know what sentient means, but you can't miss what you don't know and so the car doesn't mourn (doesn't know how), it just accepts.

It knows it's being driven. The car doesn't know what driven means, but it thinks that driven (drivening? it wonders) = moving, and it's pretty much right. It knows it has wheels, and brakes, and windows, and a john part, and later it has a dean part, and it can vaguely remember a mary part but it's not sure if that was just a test or not. It knows it has a sam part, although it doesn't know if the sam part was broken or if they just couldn't get a replacement in from somewhere so the john and dean parts somehow managed without. It doesn't like managing without.

It knows that it had a lot of things in it that must be special somehow. It doesn't know what 'holy water' or 'crossbow' or 'rock salt loaded sawed off shotgun' all mean but it thinks they are specialty attachments for the john and dean parts. It knows that the john and dean parts sometimes need to repairs so they stop driving (drivening? it still wonders) at a 'bar' or a 'service station' and fix themselves. It's not sure how those parts manage, since it always needs someone else to do the repairs.

It knows when they find a replacement for the sam part (although it's not sure that it's a proper replacement, it feels just as broken as before) and it thinks it might have accidentally thrown that john part, but oh well. It likes the configuration better anyways. (oh look! it thinks. I felt something!)

It knows it likes the music (oh, feeling again! but what's music?) from around the time it was made, maybe the music from a while after, but not the music they have now. At least, not so much. It's starting to remember names like Black Dog and Back in Black and Road to Nowhere and cakehole, although it's not certain what they all mean exactly. It thinks they are part numbers, or maybe labels or dates like it sometimes notices on itself.

It knows that the dean part and the sam part are supposed to fit together somehow, but it seems like some alignment must be off, or maybe the metal's been stripped, or maybe there's a crack somewhere, but it knows that those parts must just be missing some important (mechanical or something like that it thinks) pieces and when those pieces are recovered, they will stop somewhere (like a 'motel' or maybe a 'bed and breakfast' – its favorite because it might not get rained or sunshined on).

It knows that when they get their pieces shipped in, they will reassemble back together the way they were built.
Comments 
11th-Apr-2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
OMG! Love! Buckets of love in your direction!

It knows that the dean part and the sam part are supposed to fit together somehow, but it seems like some alignment must be off, or maybe the metal's been stripped, or maybe there's a crack somewhere, but it knows that those parts must just be missing some important (mechanical or something like that it thinks) pieces and when those pieces are recovered, they will stop somewhere (like a 'motel' or maybe a 'bed and breakfast' – its favorite because it might not get rained or sunshined on).

*Whimpers hopelessly before gnawing on own fist.* Oh God. Yes, the alignment should be lying on the backseat, rubbing against each other. Clever car! *Pets it and you for the sheer mind-melting funny and non-explicit hot boy slash* Thank you. I am running off to friend you because hello? Genius. Hope you don't mind.

11th-Apr-2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Heheheh! :)

Alas, I am incapable of writing porn, so I must resort to implictness and innuendo. LOL. :)

And yay friends. :)
11th-Apr-2006 10:18 pm (UTC) - Weeee first post:0)
I've necer done that before..

Ok, I so loved this and now I want more Metallicar POV, cause it's just way cool... and 'cause I love the Car, it's so much a character all on it's own, especially in fic.

Congrats on being the first with this POV, you did great. It would be great to see the brothers developing relationship from the cars POV.

I'll stop rmabling now

Sethra
11th-Apr-2006 10:29 pm (UTC) - Re: Weeee first post:0)
Yay, I'm the first for something. :)

And thanks. :D
11th-Apr-2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
It's late so I'm not particularly coherent, but I adore you right now, you know that? :D

I've been jonesing for someone to write from Metallicar's POV. Don't ask me why, it started as a joke in IM with warchio that if the car could talk it'd have some kick ass stories to tell (as well as some hot porn to share, and as <lj user=warchio and I are obviously heading straight for Special Hell we tend to dwell on that part :::grins:::) and now you're writing it! :D I seriously adore this, and love Metallicar's voice!
11th-Apr-2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
Crap! LJ ate my comment. It obviously objected to my mentioning hot porn :b

What I started to say before I was so rudely interrupted, was... as warchio and I are obviously going to Special Hell we tend to dwell on the hot porn :D

Seriously, I adore this, and I love Metallicar's voice.
11th-Apr-2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
I really liked this. Metallicar just starting to figure things out is so intriguing.
12th-Apr-2006 12:51 am (UTC)
I like the idea of the car just waking up one day and going, "Huh?"

Glad you liked. :)
11th-Apr-2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
Very, very, very cool.

It knows it has a sam part, although it doesn't know if the sam part was broken or if they just couldn't get a replacement in from somewhere so the john and dean parts somehow managed without. It doesn't like managing without.

It knows when they find a replacement for the sam part (although it's not sure that it's a proper replacement, it feels just as broken as before)

Awwwwwww. Love this. Love Metallicar POV. :)
12th-Apr-2006 12:57 am (UTC)
Oh, you're welcome. :) Yay for Metallicar POV. :)
12th-Apr-2006 12:00 am (UTC)
[pets Metallicar] awww...I love it! It's voice and tone are just right...I mean, it's a car, it's not going to understand human-y things...hee hee, john part and dean part and sam part, that was brilliant! [pets fic]

This was awesome...if you could do a sequel, that would just kick ass. Not necessarily a porn sequel (althought that wouldn't go astray)...just more Metallicar musings would be nice.

[squees and hugs] Thanks for this...it made my day!!

luv Chantelle

ps would you mind if I friended you?
12th-Apr-2006 12:56 am (UTC)
Yay, thanks. :)

And sure, you can friend me, although I only post fiction here at this comm - my personal journal is mostly boring everyday stuff. :)
12th-Apr-2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Very unique pov. Liked it.
12th-Apr-2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks. :)
12th-Apr-2006 12:47 am (UTC) - Wow.
This is awesome. It made my day. Fit together indeed. I look forward to more if there is any and am begging you to continue if not. Love it.
12th-Apr-2006 12:53 am (UTC) - Re: Wow.
Thanks - and I think I will write more Metallicar POV. I am vaguely amused that I can get into the mind of a vehicle. :)

And thanks. :)
12th-Apr-2006 12:48 am (UTC)
Oh my god. I think I may just be in love with this. The "Sam part" and the "Dean part", and the "John part" and the interjections from the car and oh my god. I love this fic more than words can express right now.
12th-Apr-2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Hehehe, whoa. :)

I'm kinda fond of it, too. Perhaps I should write more Metallicar POV. :)
12th-Apr-2006 01:46 am (UTC)
THis was very very original and clever. And oddly deep. It reminds me of the bowl of petunias or the whale from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. But still, I loved it. And as far as original ideas, this is the most original I have ever seen, and original is special. Well done, I really enjoyed it.
12th-Apr-2006 02:12 am (UTC)
I've been compared to Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. *grins* That is possibly one of my favourite books ever. :)

And thanks. :D
12th-Apr-2006 02:43 am (UTC)
Gis! This was amazing. When I began reading it I wasn't sure what to expect, but now that I have read it, it's just what a car would be thinking. I love how the car ponders and thinks and doesn't miss what it doesn't know. This is so well written! The POV alone is spectacular as I've never read anything before in car POV but *swoons* I'm amazed. I also enjoyed the sam parts and dean parts. This very much made sense in what a car would think of it's owners. (I wonder how it feels about being repaired or shot at. Would it hurt? Would car know hurt? *ponders*)
Again, amazingly well done. *loves*
12th-Apr-2006 03:46 am (UTC)
I love when authors from different fandoms write stories based upon important objects POVs, I've read a few out there and all of them were very interesting and perfect. I was wondering when somebody would write one of them at SPN fandom and ta-da, here come you and Metallicar!! Well done job, I liked it a lot - sequel maybe?? *g*
12th-Apr-2006 04:10 am (UTC)
Heh, you're welcome. :)

And I'll see what I can do. :)
12th-Apr-2006 03:56 am (UTC)
I loved this^_^ There's this touch of sci-fi and the supernatural to the car and how it relates itself to the people driving it.

I usually don't say this because it might be rude, but please write more of this fic. It's creative and opens the doors for lots of interesting possibilities.
12th-Apr-2006 04:10 am (UTC)
Hee! You're welcome. :)

And don't be afraid. :) I kind of want to write more, too. :)
12th-Apr-2006 05:55 am (UTC)
Oh wow,
I've seen something from Metallica POV before (I will try and find for you), but - this.
Parts! Repairs! Alignment!
o_0

Awesome!
*glee*
12th-Apr-2006 06:00 am (UTC)
I would LOVE to read more Metallicar POV. I actually thought I was the first, LOL. :)

And dude - I know. Heeeee, alignment. :)

Thanks!
12th-Apr-2006 09:31 am (UTC)
This is brilliant!
Something to save, and re-read and giggle and 'aww' about, and of course, hope for more :)
it's a great character, that car, and your voice for it is very personal, and quirky, and car-like!
thank you :D
20th-Apr-2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) I'm glad that it came across like that - it's good to know. Yay. ♥
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