All the Time in the World

CHAPTER TEN:

Haley, Andrea, Lucas and Samantha, the woman who had been Meg's host, sat in Bobby's living room, discussing all they had seen and experienced. Dean and Sam walked in and were greeted with smiles and relief, with the exception of Samantha who still looked scared and confused. Bobby caught her look and decided it was time to find a way to explain what she had gone through. He walked over to her and gave her a small reassuring smile.

"Let's you and I have a talk," Bobby invited gently and guided her into his kitchen.

After they left the room, Lucas's face lit up with excitement at seeing both Sam and Dean alive. He broke from his mother's side to run up to them.

"Dean!! You're okay!!!" Lucas exclaimed as he hugged his legs.

Dean wished he could lift him into his arms, but he knew his limitations and realized that he was lucky just to be standing.

"Hey, there Lucas, buddy, you okay? Are all of you okay?" Dean asked.

"We're all okay, Dean!" Lucas said. "We were worried about you and Sam."

"We're good, Lucas, sore, but good," Dean reassured.

Dean and Sam slowly eased themselves into some chairs. Haley and Andrea could help, but giggle to each other, watching the brothers' faces as they grimaced.

"Bobby told us what happened," Haley said. "I mean what we saw…"

"Yeh, pretty amazing. Even for us," Sam said.

"So Dean's free from the contract?" Haley asked, hope evident in her voice and expression,

"Yeh, thanks to Sam, I'm back in business," Dean said, wanting to give credit where it was due.

Dean looked towards him and Sam could only give him a shaky little smile then said, "I didn't do it alone."

Lucas came up to Dean, "I'm glad what I saw didn't happen."

"Me too, Lucas, but I couldn't have made it without you, all of you," Dean said as he scanned across everyone's faces, lingering on Haley's, giving her a smile. "It meant a lot that you'd put yourselves on the line like that for me."

Dean paused. He felt humbled by his feelings of appreciation for everyone. "I won't forget it. Thanks."

Sam watched Dean and smiled. He loved watching his brother reluctantly accept help from others. The depth of his appreciation was honest. He had hoped that it would make Dean see just how important he was to them, and even more so to little brother.

The two women smiled and Lucas gave Dean another hug.

"Well, I guess we better head back," Andrea said.

"Yeh, I guess our work here is done," Haley agreed with a touch of humor.

Lucas looked at Dean and asked, "Dean, can I talk to you again before we leave?"

Sam picked up that Lucas wanted to talk to Dean alone and rose from his chair.

"Why don't I walk you back to your cars?" he offered.

The women smiled with understanding. When they left the room, Dean gave Lucas a puzzled and worried look.

"What is it, Lucas? Are you sure everything is okay?"

"Oh, yeh, it is, I promise, it's just that I needed to ask you something."

"Oh, okay, shoot. Ask away."

"Do you ever want to become a dad?"

Of all the questions Lucas could have asked, this was the very last thing Dean would have expected, in fact, it wasn't even on his radar.

"What?"

"'Cuz I think you'd make a great dad," Lucas said, an earnest smile on his face.

Dean heaved a sigh. Lucas was just letting him know that Dean felt like a father to him.

"Thanks, Lucas, that really means a lot."

"Well, do you? I mean, want to be a dad?"

Dean had never thought about it. Again, it had never been on his radar. He had always envisioned Sam becoming a father before him and truth be told, he never thought he ever would. He thought of himself as too tainted by what he had seen to be a good father. Still, it felt nice to be told by a little boy that he thought he would be a good one.

"I really hadn't thought about it much, to tell you the truth."

"Well, if you do, you know, think about it, I know you'd make a good dad."

"And how do you know that, kiddo?" Dean teased as he ruffled Lucas's hair.

"Because I saw it in a vision."

Dean was then really taken by surprise. If Lucas had seen it in a vision, then that meant…

"You did, huh?" Dean said, trying not to sound too freaked about it.

"Yeh. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that," Lucas claimed proudly.

"Oh, okay, thanks, Lucas."

"Oh, one more thing," Lucas said before he turned toward the door.

"What's that?"

"Do you like Haley?"

Dean felt his jaw drop in shock.

"Just asking," Lucas said, giggling as he turned and left the room.

"What just happened here?" Dean asked to an empty room then his eyes widened a little and a small smirk came to his lips.

"Haley! Wait up," he called as he hobbled to the front door.

Fin.

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Hope everyone enjoyed the story. Thanks again to Tiffany for beta-ing this story and for keeping the inspiration going. Thanks for reading and for your great reviews! I've loved them all!