They were in the only place they had called home for a long time.
Sam turned to see his brother up close for the first time in months. "Dean..."
Dean wrapped his arms around his gigantic little brother.
"I'm so sorry, Dean. Ruby said-"
Dean pulled away, shaking his head. "Don't worry about it, Sammy. I know it was all Ruby. But it's okay. It's all over now. Megan is going to get rid of Lilith once and for all, and then this will all be over."
Castiel's face dropped, and Dean saw it right away. It was the same look he had the day he rescued Dean. He knew something. "Cas... is there something you want to tell me?"
"Megan... Megan can destroy Lilith, but..."
"Megan will die, as well." Castiel was never going to mention this. Never. But he had grown so attached to the Winchesters, and to Megan and Bobby... he couldn't lie to them anymore.
"What?" Bobby exclaimed.
"And somehow you failed to mention that all this time?" Dean yelled. "There's got to be another way!"
Castiel shook his head. "There isn't. That's why I never said anything. I knew you wouldn't agree-"
"Damn right I don't agree!" Dean would not let Megan die. Not after all of this. There had to be something else they could do... "Take me to her."
"Dean, no!" Sam protested. "You'll get killed!"
Bobby nodded. "Sam's right, Dean. There are way too many demons there for us to hold off long enough for you to get to Megan. And if you manage to stop her from killing her, Lilith will most definitely kill you. It's too dangerous."
"We can't just let her die!" Dean grabbed Castiel's arm. "I swear to God, Cas. You take me back there. I need to talk to her."
Castiel gave him a troubled look. This was most certainly a suicide mission. For anyone who went. He wanted to say no, especially since he could feel Bobby and Sam staring at him, waiting for him to agree with them. But... maybe Dean was right. Maybe they could save Megan. "Fine. We'll go."
"Castiel, no!" Sam grabbed out to reach him, but they both disappeared before he could stop them. "Dean! " Sam called. Bobby put his hand on his shoulder. "Dean..."
They landed in the middle the church, where Megan was currently fighting off demons. At the alter, Lilith was laughing. "Just beam out of here, Megan. You'll never work up the courage to kill me, anyway."
"Megan!" Dean and Castiel started to help kill the last demons there. With three of them, it was easier. Lilith stayed on the steps, obviously confident that Megan would never go through with it. She continued to taunt them.
"Go ahead, kill them all. I don't need them. All you are doing is postponing the inevitable."
With the last demon slayed on the ground, they were able to get to her.
Megan was in tears, and as soon as they got to her, she ran into Dean's arms. "I don't want to die, Dean..."
Dean ran his hand along her back. "I know... I know..." He had planned on taking her away from here, and figuring out a new plan. But as he looked at Castiel he knew it was useless.
If they didn't kill her now, Lilith would just find another way. They had to do this now, or never.
"I know, Megan... but... you have to do this."
Megan looked up, upset and shocked. "What?"
Dean bit his bottom lip, trying to stop himself from crying the same way. "I know I told you not to do anything you didn't want to... but this is the only way, Megan. The only way to stop her."
Megan closed her eyes. She knew he was right. She had to be strong, now. She had to do this.
"You're not going to do this alone, Megan. I'll stay with you."
Both Megan and Castiel, who had stayed silent until then, asked "What?"
Megan continued, "Dean, I can't.. I can't let you do that..." Anyone inside the church would most certainly die when she killed Lilith. Her power would wipe out the whole place. If Dean stayed behind...
Dean shook his head. "Look... When Sam and I escaped into that liquor store, I had no idea what we were getting into. I had no way of knowing that I was going to meet you. Megan, you are a part of my family now, as far as I'm concerned. And I take family very seriously. I will not leave you here to die, alone. I won't do it."
Castiel stepped forward. "Dean, please... you don't have to do this. Think about Sam-"
Dean put his hand on Cas' shoulder, stopping him. Tears were flowing freely now as he accepted his death. "I'm always thinking about Sam, Cas... look after him for me, okay?" Cas started to shake his head. "Cas, please... this is my choice." Dean paused. "Thank you, for everything. You... you mean a lot to me, man..."
"Thank you, Dean..." Castiel thought, for the first time ever, he was going to cry. "Don't worry about Sam. I'll look after him."
Dena nodded. "You should get out of here, buddy."
"What, is your little huddle over so soon?" Lilith called. "So what? Are you going to do it, or not? "
Megan turned to Dean, grabbing his hand. "You got this, Megan." Then, after a pause. "Don't worry, I'll be here to protect you."
That line was not lost on Megan, who smiled through her tears. "Pssh. Yeah, okay." They both then turned to Lilith.
"You're going down, bitch."
Megan focused all her energy on destroying Lilith completely. Lilith could feel it, and it felt different than with Sam. It felt absolute.
Dean couldn't tell exactly what was happening. Megan's eyes were closed, and she was squeezing his hand with such force he thought she would break it.
Lilith was obviously effected, as she was writhing on the floor, screaming.
A light was coming from Megan, a blinding white light. Dean just held onto Megan, trying to shield his eyes from the light. But he knew, soon, it wouldn't matter.
In a great big explosion of light and energy and angelic grace, the entire church was destroyed, leaving nothing behind.
No signs of what may have caused it. No bodies. No nothing. Anyone who wandered across it would have no idea what happened. Have no idea of the apocalyptic events that almost transpired here.
But Castiel, who stood not too far from the wreckage, knew exactly what happened. He watched it explode, knowing full well at what cost.
A tear fell from his eye, which felt so foreign to him, but he just wiped it away. All the while he couldn't stop thinking one thing.
What was he going to tell Sam Winchester?