Warnings: Bad language, show level violence.
Word Count: 21,303
Author's Notes: Thank you to the wonderful thruterryseyes for also acting as beta. After some last-minute alterations, any remaining errors are mine. She's been an incredible artist to work with and has made this a wonderful Big Bang experience! Thank you also to reapertownusa for organising the whole thing and just for being a lovely person. :)
Summary:“Dean, I need to ask you something and I want you to promise that you’ll tell me the truth. Can you read and write?”
Sam is looking at him again and he realises that all his years of running and hiding have come to an end here, with Sam and a promise and a question.
Set in Season 1, canon AU. In the aftermath of his father’s disappearance and Jess’s death, Sam is stunned to discover his brother’s darkest secret: Dean is completely illiterate. As they re-establish their relationship during the hunt for their father and the yellow-eyed demon, Sam tries to persuade Dean of his worth and that it’s never too late to learn...