He felt like he was losing his mind. His head was spinning.
Sam stepped out of the house and instinctively headed towards the garage.
What he saw was nothing he hadn’t seen before. Especially when considering everything else that he had seen. But then, it was not something he had seen in a long time or expected to see. Still, the surprise he felt was dampened by everything else that had happened.
Then he slowly edged his way towards the Impala and towards Dean and their father.
“Dean” he called out. He was afraid what would happen when his father turned around. But he feared more what would happen when Dean turned around
So far he had worked on the assumption that Dean was in the same situation as he was, that he would not be part of all this. From the moment he had realized what was going on around him, he had sought to find Dean. But now that he was here he was having second thoughts.
‘What if he was wrong?’
‘What if Dean was also a part of this scenario?’
And then Dean turned towards him and his doubts faded as he saw the look on Dean’s face. He felt a sense of relief as he saw his expression reflected on his brother’s face.
“Dean I need to talk to you?”
“Sam, I am glad to see that you’re up,” said his dad as he looked up with Dean. “How are you feeling?”
“I am good, thanks,” said Sam and then turned to Dean “Dean,” he said and Dean nodded his head.
“What are you two up to?” asked John and the both of them turned towards him.
“Nothing dad, we just…” said Dean and turned towards him but he had nothing either.
John didn’t turn his gaze away from them; the hunter was still inside of him somewhere. And then a shadow crept over his face and the curious expression changed.
“I see what you two are up to and there is no way I am going to let you do it,” he said. Sam felt a sense of panic grip him as he waited. “You two are planning something for your mom’s birthday,” he said to their relief. “And there is no way I’m going to let the two of you ruin my own surprise. I’ve been planning this for a very long time.”
“Sorry dad, we promise we won’t ruin your plans,” said Sam as the two of them walked away.
“You better not,” he said. “I worked too hard on it” he continued before turning his attention back to the car.
He and Dean gave their father one last look to make sure that he had returned back to work on the Impala. Before they continued to walk away.
The two of them walked as far as they could away from the house. Until they were certain that they were alone and there were no stray ears around. But even when they were certain that it was safe to talk they couldn’t find the words to say. For a few seconds, they just stood staring at each other.
“Dean!” Sam finally said
“I know Sammy”. Dean said without waiting for Sam to finish.
“This is wrong!”
“Yes, it is and you know it?” but Dean didn’t reply he just looked away.
“After everything we went through, isn’t this what we wanted?”
“Yes, but Dean this is not possible.”
“You don’t think I know that. But…we finally have it all Sam: our mom, our dad…and…Sam. You remember Lisa?”
“Lisa, who you had Castiel erase any memory of you?”
“Yes, well she is…well she and Ben…the three of us. We are a family again” said Dean.
“Dean Winchester settled down. Now we know this is not natural” Dean just gave him a cold stare.
“So what do you think this is?” Dean finally said after another long silence.
“Maybe a Djinn?”
“Do you remember what you did last time you were caught by one?” Sam continued. Dean just nodded his head. He turned towards the house in the distance and Sam followed his gaze. They were both caught in the moment.
“We need to do this Dean?”
“Why? Why do we need to do this? Don’t we deserve this life?”
“It’s an illusion?”
“Dean if we don’t stop this thing then someone else will be caught by it. Then another and another, innocent life is going to be lost.”
“But why has it got to be us. There are other hunters out there?”
“Are there?” asked Sam.
He hated having to argue with Dean, but it wasn’t just for the innocents that he was fighting for, but for Dean as well. He had to remember that.
“Dean, how many hunters have we come across over the last few years. How many had survived? For all we know, we could be the last. Even if that is not true,” he said as Dean opened his mouth “we are here and now, and we can do something to stop this. We need to do it.”
Dean didn’t say anything.
Sam could see there was turmoil inside Dean’s head. He wished he could do something about it but he knew Dean would come to the right decision eventually.
“All right, fine. But if we are going to do this at least give me one night”
“Dean,” Sam said with a grin.
“Fine!” he said, “Let’s go get this son of a….” But Dean didn’t get to finish what he was saying before they realized that they were not alone.
“Good to see you boys,”
“You’re dead,” Sam said getting over the shock of seeing Castiel there.
“Yes,” Castiel said.
“This is beginning to become a habit with you,” Dean said and Castiel gave him a puzzled look.
“You’re the one to speak” he replied
“What are you doing here?” Sam asked
“I came to see how you two are adjusting to your new life?”
“You did this?” asked Sam
“In a way!”
“Why? Not that we are grateful but why?” asked Dean
“Because you earned it, after everything you did for us?”
“Care to elaborate exactly which ‘everything’ you’re referring to?” asked Dean “Because there is so many I’m starting to lose count.”
“You two ended the war, defeated the demons finally. What you two did will save all humanity?”
“I am sorry what exactly did we do?” asked Sam and as he said it he thought he saw a look of confusion appearing in Castiel’s eyes.
“You defeated the Antichrist!”