Straight Outta the Cage

Chapter 8

P.O.V. Of Adam

You probably would expect sitting in an empty hotel room with two angels would be pretty quiet and awkward. But Gabriel is... very... um... I don't even know a word to describe him. He likes teasing and making jokes. I could see him as the type person to love to prank people... so I suppose you could call him a trickster.

I had turned the TV on to the new channel to sort of catch up on everything I've missed while Gabriel blabbed on and on. I wasn't sure how many years I was down in the Cage. Finally, I turned to Gabriel and Samandriel.

"Uh guys...? What year is it?" I asked them. They looked at each other and seemed to really have to think about it.

"Two thousand... tweeelveeeeee?" Gabriel's voice went high with uncertainty. Samandriel shook his head.

"No, no that's not right... eleeveeeen...?" Gabriel shook his head as well.

"No bro. It's more than that. Uhhh..." I sighed and turned my head back to the TV to commercials.

"Well let me know when you figure it out." I watched the commercial intently. It looked like a back to school ad. That may be helpful. I turned the sound up a little.

"Get all your needs for the 2013-2014 school year." I looked over at the others, about to say something, but Gabriel and Samandriel looked at each other and snapped their fingers.

"2013!" they exclaimed together.

"We survived 2012?" I questioned.

"Well if you want to be completely honest, I didn't. You were sort of in Hell at the time soooo... Samandriel was sorta the only one." Gabriel said.

"Well we're all alive now..." I told him. He nodded, then went quiet. I gazed at Samandriel.

"So how long have you been my guardian angel?" I asked him.

"Ever since I was... resurrected... I felt there was something I had to do. But then Gabriel saved you from the Cage... but he released Lucifer and Michael. At first I thought it was my job to get Lucifer back in there... but now with Lucifer... the way he is... I have no idea what I am supposed to do." Samandriel explained.

"Well maybe it was meant to be, you know? Gabriel being a klutz and forgetting to close the door." I looked at the older fallen angel teasingly, but he didn't seem to notice. Gabriel seemed to be zoning out.

"Gabriel? Gabriel? Hey, Gabriel?" I reached forward to touch him and he was ice cold. He looked at us and I saw he'd broken into a cold sweat.

"What's going on Gabriel?" Samandriel asked.

"I tried connecting with Sam to see if I could see what was going on. Something was blocking me. I couldn't do it..." Gabriel breathed.

"What could be blocking you from Sam?" I asked.

"I don't know... Maybe I'm just losing that ability too?" his voice was uncertain.

"Do you think Sam is okay?" I asked.

"Don't worry Adam. Lucifer was going to him. I'm sure he is fine..." Gabriel sounded like he was trying to convince himself of this.

"I hope so..." I whispered. There was silence for a while. I stared at the TV screen, then out of the corner of my eye I saw a little flash and a breeze blew through the hotel room. Gabriel, Samandriel, and I looked over to see Sam and Lucifer.

"Sam." Gabriel said.

"Gabriel!" Sam said.

"Sam." Samandriel said.

"Samandriel?" Sam questioned.

"Sam..." I said

"Adam..." Sam said.

"Lucifer!" Lucifer joked. I jumped up and walked over to my brother. I stood in front of him for a second and stared at him. I watched his eyes, trying to pick out the emotion they held. He looked overwhelmed, nervous, and most of all... regretful.

"Adam... I... I'm so sorry..." he embraced me and I stood there awkwardly for only a moment before I hugged him back.

"I'm sorry for not saving you from those ghouls, I'm sorry for letting the angels use you like that, I'm sorry for pulling you down into the Cage with me, and I'm so sorry for not getting you out." Sam listed all the things that happened to me, some of them not even his fault. I pulled away from him and looked him in the eyes.

"Sam, Sam... stop. It's okay... It's alright. You couldn't do anything about the ghouls, you were too late. I'm the one who trusted Zachariah. He told me I'd see my mother. And you had no choice to pull me down into the Cage like that, because I was really Michael. And as for not getting me out... well... it was a huge risk... I understand why you didn't. I mean look at what happened when an angel came down to get me." I replied, motioning to Lucifer. He crossed his arms.

"Hey, Michael's more of a problem than me." He said, then there was another breeze.

"That, we've yet to figure out." grunted a familiar voice. We all looked to see Dean and Cas had also appeared.

"Dean-o." Gabriel howled.

"Gabriel?" Dean said, surprised.

"Samandriel?" Cas questioned.

"Castiel." Samandriel greeted.

"Oh we are not doing this again." I muttered.

"What...?" Gabriel looked at me innocently.

"Adam?" Dean's voice was full of even more surprise.

"Dean..." I nodded. Dean was the one to come over to me. Before any words were exchanged, he pulled me into an awkward, one-armed hug.

"Good to see you Adam..."

"Thanks Dean." I told him.

Dean let go of me and looked at Lucifer.

"Now that we're all here... would you mind explaining all this to me?"

"Not much to explain. Gabriel popped the Cage door open to release your brother and forgot to close it. Michael and I are out, now we have to stop Michael from getting to you." Lucifer said.

"AW COME ON! Seriously? Are we always going to blame me? I didn't know there was a literal DOOR! I thought it was figurative!" Gabriel snapped.

"So you're saying we have to work with you? The devil... and Gabriel agreed to work with you? Gabriel I would like to remind you that Lucifer was the one who killed you." Dean stated.

"And Castiel killed me, but I'm willing to work with him. We all must find forgiveness." Samandriel said. Cas shifted awkwardly.

"So how is it you two are alive anyway?" Dean asked. Gabriel shrugged.

"We aren't sure."

"Really?" Dean threw his hands up exasperatedly. "This is gonna be a long fight."

"Yes. But you know we cannot put it off any longer. That means you two can't think up any way of avoiding conflict." Lucifer pointed at Sam, then Dean.

"Oh whatever." Dean sighed.

"So we're basically playing hide and seek with one of the only angels with powers left?" Sam asked.

"Yep." Gabriel replied.

"Fun..." Sam said quietly.

"Let's get this over with." Dean complained.

"It may not be that easy Dean..." Cas started.

"Dammit Cas, just shut up and let's gank this S.O.B." Dean interrupted. Lucifer stuck his hand out.

"Team on three? One... two..." he tried to get us to put our hands in. No one did. "No? Okay..." He pulled his hand back and rubbed the back of his neck.

"Well this is gonna be awkward..." he sighed.

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