A.N.: E/O challenge, wow:ease, I was in a funk today and this is what happened. Sorry for the angst. Obvious character death, spoiler for the S2 finale, thanks to all who read.

Disclaimer: Not mine.

It's been a long time since he has cried himself to sleep.

He can't ever remember the last time.

His fingers twine into the muddy flannel, ignoring the deafening silence underneath his palm.

"It's been a long time since we've done this, Sam." he murmurs, thinking of better times when he would whine and complain as little Sam's arms snaked around his waist, seeking comfort from his big brother.

If only he'd known then...

The tears this time come with ease, fast and relentless, pooling in his eyes as he weeps into the unyielding flesh of his dead brother's chest.