Chapter 31

Love is never an easy thing and it was no different for Dean and Castiel. First came the issue of telling others about them, specifically Bobby and Sam. Bobby, of course, was understandably pleased that the two had finally quit being idgits and confess their feelings for each other. Sam, however, took a little longer to be comfortable with the situation. Dean couldn't blame him. He never shared his memories of before with Sam and never intended to. So this was a dramatic change that his younger brother was being forced to witness. Still, Sam being Sam only ever wanted one thing for Dean and that was to make sure his brother was happy.

And Dean was. He had never been happier in his whole life.

Still, real life always gets in the way. Despite the Apocalypse being over there were still monsters out there to hunt and people who needed protection. And there were still holy wars being fought that the human race never were aware of. So the hunter and angel were often separated, sometimes for months at a time. It was difficult for both of them, but they understood that their work would always take precedence over their relationship and they each accepted that.

They lay on the motel room bed in a rare moment where they could be together. They watched TV quietly, the only sign of their true relationship was their hands clasped together in the middle of the bed. Dean stole a look at Castiel, marveling at his fortune for the millionth time that he had been blessed with the love of such a creature. Castiel caught his glance and smiled warmly back at him, giving his hand a gentle squeeze. Dean smiled in return, both men comfortable with each other and not needing words to express themselves.

Dean didn't know what time would do to them. He didn't know if he'd be alive from day to day. He didn't know where their missions would take them or how long they'd be apart for. All he knew was that the love they shared was real and he never had to doubt it.

And that was all that mattered to him.

The End

*sigh* I can't believe I'm writing The End and actually really meaning it! I haven't done that in a very long time!

I'd just like to thank all my very loyal readers out there who have kept me motivated to continue this series. It has been a pleasure to write and many of you have given me such wonderful ideas! So thank you all so very much! : )