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Title: A Boy and His Golem
Category: Gen
Characters: Aaron, the golem
Rating: G
Wordcount: ~1100
Disclaimer: All for fun, none for profit.
Spoiler warning: Through 8.13 "Everybody Hates Hitler"
Summary: Set not long after the episode. A little character piece about Aaron and the golem trying to work out their dynamic, which is not easy even after Aaron has taken charge.
A/N: Written for a friend, who does not watch SPN but loves golems and so watched this episode with me. He asked me to keep an eye out for any fic with the golem; I thought I'd do him one better and write some myself. Hope you like it, man.


***
“There is a man at the door.”

“Yeah, I know. It’s just the pizza guy. Go – would you go stand in the bathroom? You freak people out when you hover behind me.”

The golem walked away. Aaron yanked open the door once he was out of sight and quickly paid for his food.

As soon as the door was shut, the golem clomped back into the room.

“Rabbi. You should not send me out of the room. He could have been a Thule.”

“He was just a delivery guy! And I keep telling you, I’m not a rabbi.”

“He could have been an enemy in disguise. And you are my rabbi.”

Aaron sighed and settled himself on the bed, digging into a slice of pizza. “But I’m not a rabbi. I mean, this is pepperoni, for crying out loud.”

The golem made a disgusted face, but didn’t comment for once. He paced back and forth in front of the dresser.

“I have always called my masters ‘rabbi.’ You are my master. Your name is on my scroll. Even though you do not speak the language of your people, and you ingest shellfish – ”

“Yeah, I know how you feel about shellfish. A whole restaurant knows how you feel about shellfish. And now I can never go to that Red Lobster again,” Aaron said, putting down the pizza and sighing. “This isn’t easy on me either, you know. Do you have any idea what it’s like to just wake up one day and be told you have this destiny to fulfill?”

“Yes.”

Aaron blinked. “Okay, yeah. I guess you would. Sorry.”

The golem didn’t reply, but kept pacing. Aaron jumped off the bed and stepped in front of him.

“Stop, just stop!”

“Stop what?”

“Stop pacing!”

The golem stopped.

“Thank you,” Aaron said. “That makes me really anxious.”

“You should have asked me to stop earlier.”

“I have asked you to stop!”

“When?”

“Last night!”

The golem considered this. “No,” he said finally. “Last night you said, ‘Wouldn’t you like to sit down?’”

“That was passive-aggressive for ‘stop pacing already.’”

“You must be specific. If you want me to do something, or not do something, be clear. I will do it without hesitation.”

Aaron took a step back, running a hand through his hair. “You will?” he said.

“Yes.”

“I didn’t know that.”

“I am your golem. You are my rabbi. That is how it works.”

“But you know I don’t know how it works!”

“Yes.”

Aaron exhaled sharply, sitting on the bed again. “I know you’re angry with me for not knowing how this goes. I know you’re disappointed, and that I’m a terrible rabbi. But the pages are gone and I can’t bring them back, and I don’t know how to get better at being your rabbi if you won’t help me!”

The golem looked at him silently. Finally, Aaron picked up his pizza again, taking a bite and chewing it morosely.

“There may be a way we can recover the pages,” the golem said. Aaron stared at him, mouth gaping open to reveal half-masticated food.

“What?”

“You smoked the pages. You took them into your body. They are magic, and your birthright. They imprinted on your. With the correct spell, we may be able to reconstruct them.”

“Do – do you know the spell?” Aaron gasped.

“No. But I know the book in which it is contained. Call your friends, the Men of Letters. The last I heard, the book was in their library.”

Aaron jumped up and grabbed his phone, scrolling quickly through his contacts for the number the Winchesters had given them.

“Rabbi.”

Aaron looked up. “Yuh?”

“You are not a terrible rabbi.”

“I’m not?”

“You want to improve. I know that you are trying.”

Aaron flushed. “Is that why you’re telling me about this spell now?”

“Yes.”

Aaron quickly went back to his phone.

***

Sam Winchester read him the spell, very slowly. Aaron copied it down, praying his Hebrew wasn’t so bad he would mess it up and blow them to pieces or something. He’d been brushing up since he inherited the golem, but he still wasn’t very good.

He gathered the supplies (which included his own blood; Aaron nearly fainted when he had to slice into his arm), and ran his pronunciation by the golem, who actually corrected it without complaint.

When he was done, Aaron was worried that nothing had happened. He hadn’t felt anything; there had been no thunder or flickering of the lights or any of the things he’d half-expected.

“Did it work?” he asked the golem. The golem merely pointed to the notebook on the table in front of him. The spell had instructed him to procure “virgin pages,” onto which the reconstructed text was supposed to appear. Aaron had bought a Mead composition book.

He opened it now. To his relief, the pages were filled with Hebrew lettering. He tried to read it, but he was too nervous to focus properly.

“Is this right?” he asked the golem. The golem stared at him. “Please, just…come take a look?”

The golem moved to loom behind him.

“Yes,” he said. “These are the pages.”

“What does it say?” Aaron asked, without thinking. He flinched when he realized what he’d said. “Um, you know what – never mind. I’ve got a Hebrew dictionary right here, I’ll start plugging away – ”

The golem tapped a phrase, which was at the top of a page, larger than the rest of the text.

“This says, ‘The Needs of the Golem,’” he said.

Adam turned around, and looked up – up – up, into the golem’s eyes. “You have…needs?”

“Yes.”

“Why didn’t you mention that? I asked you when you first woke up if – ”

“I remember.” The golem was silent for a moment. “My needs are very few. They can be put aside, until the rabbi is ready.”

Aaron frowned. “The rabbi is ready!” he said. “Come on, man. Give me a little credit.” He looked at the golem expectantly. The golem looked back at him.

Aaron sighed and gazed at the book. He started to run his hand through his hair, then stopped. He pushed back from the desk and rose to his feet. He looked directly into his golem’s face.

“Tell me your needs,” he said, slowly and clearly. And added, “Please,” because his mother had raised him to be polite to everyone and he was pretty sure she would have included people made out of clay, if she’d believed in them.

The golem was – no – was it? – almost – smiling. “Yes, rabbi,” he said.

Date: 2013-03-02 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkrose-9.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed this. It felt very true to the characters. I loved how Aaron used the Winchesters as a point of reference.

Date: 2013-03-02 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
:D Thank you so much! Yeah, I thought it would be nice to get the Winchesters in somewhere, even if it's offscreen. Plus they made a good deus ex macchina. :P Thanks for commenting.

Date: 2013-03-02 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lb-lee.livejournal.com
8D Thank you! This one is for the memories for sure. And despite all canon to the contrary, I shall ship it.

--Miranda

Date: 2013-03-02 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
Aw, I'm so glad you guys liked it. As for the shipping, I don't exactly ship it myself...but I can definitely see it. *g*

P.S. You golem geeks might already know about this, but just in case: a commenter a few down from you recommended this book. Looks kind of cool.
Edited Date: 2013-03-02 07:14 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-03-02 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pherber-m.livejournal.com
This made me smile. I like Aaron and the big guy - I hope Show will bring them back occasionally.

Date: 2013-03-02 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
I do, too! It seems like they could end up recurring characters, and I'm crossing my fingers, because that would be awesome.

Thanks for commenting, I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Date: 2013-03-02 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rince1wind.livejournal.com
I liked this a lot; thank you for writing it! I liked the episode a bunch -- I've been hoping for a golem for ages. Have you read mike mignola's book about joe golem? It's very enjoyable.

Date: 2013-03-02 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
Thank YOU for commenting! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I liked that episode, too, I thought it had a lot going for it.

I haven't read the Mike Mignola book...I'll have to put it on my list, and recommend it to my friend who loves golems.

Date: 2013-03-02 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borgmama1of5.livejournal.com
Love seeing a bit more of Aaron and his golem! The characterizations feel true to what we saw in the episode :)

Date: 2013-03-02 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm so glad it felt true to them. And I'm very glad you enjoyed it. :) Thanks for commenting.

Date: 2013-03-02 11:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etoile444.livejournal.com
Great job. This felt like canon. I loved the episode and the characters. I can imagine this all happening.

Date: 2013-03-02 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
This felt like canon.

*flails a little* That is an awesome compliment. Thank you!! I'm really glad you liked this, and that it was so believable. <3

Date: 2013-03-02 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vincentursus.livejournal.com
I think this should become the standard recruitment method for rabbis.

Date: 2013-03-02 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
XD Agreed.

Date: 2013-03-02 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cassiopeia7.livejournal.com
LOVED this. Aaron was pretty much spot-on, and you captured the golem's "voice" and mannerisms perfectly.

. . . might there perhaps be additional stories in this vein? Please?

Date: 2013-03-02 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
:DD Thank you so much! I'm really pleased you enjoyed it, and that their characterizations were apt.

I can't promise more stories, but if I think of more ideas, I won't hesitate to write them. :) I've been surprised and pleased by the response this story got; I assumed most people wouldn't be that interested in such new, minor characters. I'm glad I was wrong.

P.S. Icon love!

Date: 2013-03-02 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quickreaver.livejournal.com
Aw, this is ridiculously cute in very sneaky ways. :D

Date: 2013-03-02 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
:D I'm so glad you liked it; thanks for commenting!

Also, your icon is both adorable and very confusing. Is that a head in a box?! Not that I couldn't see the Winchesters presenting each other with heads in boxes as delightful surprise gifts, but I'm dying to know the backstory.

Date: 2013-03-02 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quickreaver.livejournal.com
Hee, thanks! It's Dick Roman's head in a box. Or "Dick in a Box", as the saying goes...

The full-sized art is HERE! (http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/045/3/b/better___n_pie_by_quickreaver-d4psdfq.jpg)

Date: 2013-03-04 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
That is ADORABLE! Did you draw that (and your current icon)?

Date: 2013-03-04 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quickreaver.livejournal.com
Yep! It's my job; it's what I do. ;)

Date: 2013-03-02 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sophiap.livejournal.com
This is wonderful!

Date: 2013-03-02 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! :D

Date: 2013-03-02 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ficwriter1966.livejournal.com
Lovely! I really enjoyed Aaron and the Golem, and you got them spot-on. Thanks for sharing. :)

Date: 2013-03-04 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! :D

Date: 2013-03-02 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] galwithglasses.livejournal.com
Yes.

You've definitely done these two justice. Great addition to their characters. Wonderful writing.

Date: 2013-03-04 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellerkay.livejournal.com
*blushes, flails* Thank you SO MUCH! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Date: 2013-08-04 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inkahootz.livejournal.com
I enjoyed this, thanks for reminding me to read it. Great dialogue. <3333

~Nomi

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