It was five years ago when Dean Winchester had a one night stand that changed his life. He became a father; he didn't understand how it happened. He was always careful. It was a secret he kept from everyone including his father and brother. Whenever he was near he would visit his daughter, Katie. He wishes he could be there for her more than he was but knew he had a job to do. He would do anything for Katie. She was his little girl.
The mother of his child was a girl named Rose Valentine. When Dean met Rose, they were of course at a bar, and he saw her as one of the most beautiful women that he had ever seen. All it took for him to go weak for her was her eyes. Her beautiful dark green eyes with a hint of brown in them. They were both twenty four years old, drunk and totally 'involved' with just each other. They did things that would make cupid blush.
When Dean found out he was a father, Katie was already two. Rose didn't want to bother Dean, thinking that he wouldn't want anything to do with her, so she didn't tell him. But when he saw her at a park in a different town pushing her on a swing he didn't know what to say. He watched from a far at the little girl in the swing and when he saw the little girls eyes, he knew right there, it was his daughter. She had his green eyes but her mother's beautiful features.
He had followed Rose and Katie home seeing how Rose would keep Katie close to her as if afraid someone was going to come and take her away. How Rose loved her daughter so much. They lived in a little rancher in that small town at the corner of the small street.
Dean knew of course that Katie was his daughter but…he had to be sure, he had to hear it from Rose's lips. And when Rose opened the door to see Dean standing there she was shocked and nervous. He still remembered everything…
"Dean…what are you doing here?" she asked looking over her shoulder. "How did you find me?"
"Believe it or not, it was an accident," he said opening the screen door. "I…"
"Mommy," said a little voice coming from behind Rose.
"Not now sweetie…go play…"
"Rose," said Dean and he saw Rose tense up. She knew he knew, he knew she knew he knew. He watched her chin tremble for a bit and then she sucked on her bottom lip to calm herself down.
"Why don't you come in?" she asked backing up to let him walk in. She closed the door behind her and crossed her arms across her chest. They could hear a child's program from the television playing in the background and Dean noticed Rose's nervousness as she walked into the small living room. He followed making his way through the toys scattered throughout the hall. "Don't mind the toys…um, I was going to get that later…" She walked passed the living room thanking God Katie wasn't in there and knew she was in her bedroom playing. She heard the cute little giggle and Rose smiled to herself and Dean noticed.
"Why are you here Dean?" she asked turning around forcing him to stop.
"I saw you with…" He didn't know how to say it. "With a child…"
"Ok, you caught me; I was playing with my daughter, good for you." She started picking up the toys and he grabbed her arm making her stop and look at him.
"Rose, you know why I'm here, is she mine?"
Rose let out a deep breath and opened her mouth to say something when a little voice stopped her. "Mommy, look…" Rose and Dean turned around to see a small girl standing a few feet away from them. She had Rose's black hair, high cheek bones, plump lips but Dean's eyes. She was holding a piece of paper in her hands with colorful lines all over it, something she drew.
Rose looked at Dean. "Take a look for yourself."
Dean swallowed hard and kept the tears in his eyes as he stared at the little girl. Rose took her arm out of Dean's now loose grasp. She walked towards her daughter and smiled. She crouched down and looked at the picture. "It's beautiful Katie, a real Picasso. I'm telling you, you have the talent for art." She caressed her daughter's cheek and kissed it.
Dean was just staring between the two, seeing the remarkable resemblance between them and him. The cute freckles on her face that reminded him of Rose's. Rose looked up at Dean as he walked over to them. He crouched down next to Rose and cupped Katie's cheeks in his hands.
"I've seen you," Katie said putting her hands on his face. Her warm little hands making Dean's tears slip from his eyes. "You've been in my dreams." Rose swallowed hard at this, her daughter has been dreaming of her own father, but how? "Who are you?" Dean looked into her eyes seeing his own stare right back at him.
"I'm your father." Katie smiled and wrapped her arms around Dean's neck and he picked her up off the floor and held her tightly in his arms. Rose watched Dean's father instincts kick in as he held her in his arms.
Dean and Rose talked that night about what they should do. They both remembered the argument, he told Rose he would do anything for the both of them and she rolled her eyes at his words. They barely knew each other, they barely knew each other when they slept together and they didn't know each other now. She knew it wouldn't work they were two completely different people coming from two different worlds. Little did she know, they were from completely different worlds. She told him he didn't have to, but he said he wanted to. He wanted to be there for Katie through anything and if Rose ever needed anything not to hesitate to call. The only thing they agreed on was that they wouldn't try a relationship, even for Katie. They would just stay friends…
When Katie was four he finally told Rose about what he really did…and that argument was worse than the first argument they had. She said he was crazy and to leave and never come back. But he didn't, he stood there and fought with her. After an hour of her screaming at him and trying to win the argument, she finally gave in to him and let him explain everything because he knew that he had to somehow protect Katie from everything that was going on and if he had to, protect Rose too.
A year later, Rose was driving Katie to school like she always did. "Is daddy coming home for my birthday?" asked Katie as they stopped at a red light.
"Why don't you call him and ask?" Rose loved putting Dean on the spot and making him hate her. She didn't know why but it always made her feel victorious next to Mr. Demon Spirit Killing Man.
Katie took her mother's cell phone and hit a button and put it on speaker.
What do you want Rose?
"Ah, be nice, you're daughters on speaker," said Rose smiling, knowing she had probably just woke him up or disturbed him from other things.
Hey, sweetie, did I ever tell you how much I love your mother?
Katie giggled and looked at her mother who was narrowing her eyes at the road ahead of her as she hit the gas pedal.
"Daddy, are you coming by for my birthday?"
Of course, I am, I'm finishing up a job as we speak and I'll be hitting the road afterwards.
"Wait," said Rose. "Her birthday isn't until next week, Dean. Why are you coming early?"
I just want to spend time with my beautiful daughter, is that a crime? Rose could hear the smugness and the smirk playing on his face. He was up to something and she didn't like it.
"Yay!" Katie clapped her hands. "I miss you daddy. I can't wait to see you."
I miss you too, sweetie. You and your mother.
"Funny, Dean," muttered Rose angrily and she glared out the window as they pulled up to Katie's school. "Say bye to your father, Katie. We're at school now."
"Ok, bye daddy! I love you!"
Love you too, princess. There was a pause. Love you Rose. She could hear the sarcasm in his voice.
"Funny, Dean, real funny. Bye." She hung up the phone and looked at Katie who had a sad look on her face. She ran her hand though Katie's curls and Katie looked at her with her sad eyes.
"Mommy, why do you and daddy always fight?"
Rose sighed and smiled weakly at her daughter. "Your daddy and I don't get a long that much. We both have different…lives. But that doesn't change how much we both love you."
Katie smiled at her. "I just wish you and daddy could get along and stay with each other like everyone else's parents."
Rose's heart stung from her daughters words. She didn't know that it hurt her so much that Dean and she weren't together. How could she not see this?! Katie unbuckled her seatbelt and wrapped her arms around her mother giving her a hug.
"Maybe that's what I'll wish on my birthday," said Katie letting go and then getting out of the car.
"For you and daddy to love each other and stay together." She smiled at her mother and closed the door. Rose watched her daughter run into the school.
"Oh, baby…if it was that easy."
Dean and Sam had just finished up their hunt in North Carolina, a cult that was terrorizing a town and almost breaking a seal. "So, again…why are we going to Virginia?"
"I have some business to take care of," said Dean. He never told Sam or anyone about Katie and Rose, and he liked to keep it that way.
"What kind of business? Because if it's personal, we don't have time for personal. Do you remember the 66 seals that Lilith is breaking to set Lucifer free?"
"Yeah, I remember Sam, but this is very important."
"Why is it, every time this year you disappear for a couple days, leaving me at Bobby's? What's so important in Virginia?"
"If you don't shut your trap I will send you to Bobby's…and I don't always leave for a couple days during this time of the year."
"Yes you do! Dean…ever since we started hunting together, you have…what is it? You can tell me, I'm your brother."
Dean glanced at Sam who was staring at him with those puppy dog eyes. There were two other people that could do that to him, Katie and Rose. Mostly Katie does that to him to make him get whatever she wanted from him and Rose…she only did it once back before Katie was born. He smiled remembering that night and glanced back at Sam.
"Alright…just don't go ballistic on me, alright?"
Sam nodded and Dean took a deep breath staring at the road. "I…I have a daughter."
Sam blinked a few times and his mouth hung open in surprise. "You…you have a what?"
"A daughter, her name is Katie. And the reason I go to Virginia during this time of the year, is because it's her birthday." Sam was smiling at Dean, finally seeing a softer side of his big older brother.
"How come you never told me?"
"I just did."
"So…her mother, are you and her…"
"No, no, we agreed a long time ago we will be civil towards each other for Katie but that's it. I mean…" Dean grinned. "Rose is beautiful that's why I picked her about five years ago and she's got a rocking body even after Katie. And I just love pushing her buttons…"
"You're in love with her."
"What?" Dean quickly turned his head to look at Sam. "No I'm not. We're you listening to a word I said; Rose and I are just civil towards each other for Katie. That is it. End of story."
Sam put his hands up in defeat. "Alright, alright…so do I get to meet them?"
"You're coming aren't you?" Dean smirked at his brother and stared back at the road. "I think it's about time Katie knew her Uncle Sammy."
"Katie is a pretty name."
"She's a beautiful little girl, looks just like her mother. Go in my wallet and you'll see her picture." Sam took out Dean's wallet from Dean's jacket and opened it. He took out a picture that was hidden behind a few credit cards. "Wow, Dean…she is beautiful." The girl had to be four or five in the picture, long black hair and Dean's green eyes. She had high cheek bones and a few freckles. Yeah, she was Dean's daughter. Sam was about to put the photo back when another photo was in there. He glanced at his brother whose eyes were on the road and took it out. Sam's eyes widened seeing the same little girl with a woman who had to be Rose. The two looked alike and Dean was right, she was gorgeous!
"Damn, Dean, no wonder you picked her," said Sam as he flipped the photo over to show Dean.
Dean cocked an eyebrow at his brother. "Put it back." Sam smiled knowing he made his brother uncomfortable. Sam put the two pictures back and Dean's wallet.
It took them a few hours to get to Virginia and then to the small little town but they finally reached Rose's house around four in the afternoon to see Rose and Katie playing outside. Katie grinned seeing her father's car pull into the driveway.
"Daddy!" yelled Katie dropping the ball and running up to him. Dean smiled and got out of the car. He crouched down and picked up his little girl. He held her tightly and looked at Rose who had a little smile across her face and she picked up Katie's ball and walked over to him. Sam got out of the car and smiled at the sight before him. Who would have thought?
"Hey, Rose," said Dean winking at her. She rolled her eyes at him.
"Daddy, who's that?" asked Katie pointing at Sam.
"That is your Uncle Sammy." Katie grinned and jumped out of Deans arms and ran into Sam's leg hugging him.
"Sorry, Sam," said Rose. "She loves hugs."
"You're really tall," said Katie looking up at him. "Are you a giant?"
"Sometimes I think he is," said Dean. "Rose this is Sam my brother."
"Nice to finally meet you," said Rose. "Why don't we go inside, get you guys settled." Rose walked ahead of them as Katie followed her mother in the house both brothers eyes on the two ahead of them.
"Wow, Dean…they're both…"
"Gorgeous, yeah I know," said Dean smiling as he grabbed their bags.
The four of them were in the little rancher and Rose frowned a little. "You two are going to have to fight over who gets the spare room and who gets the couch."
"I don't mind sleeping on the couch," said Sam.
"Well, it would be nice of your brother if he gave you the spare room and he slept on the couch since he is always in that spare room when he drops by."
"How about this," said Dean wrapping his arm around Rose's shoulder. "Sam gets the spare room and me and you get your room." Rose looked at him strangely. "Oh, come on it's not like it'll be the first time we slept together." Rose put her hands over Katie's ears.
Katie rolled her eyes. "Does this mean I'm not supposed to be hearing something? You always do this, especially when you're watching Sex and the City accept you usually put the cover over my head and then block my ears. So I can't hear or see."
"You let her watch Sex and the City?" asked Dean. Sam watched the two give each other looks as a couple should. Katie smiled up at Sam.
"Sam, you wanna see my room?"
"Uh, sure," he said as Katie took his hand and he followed her down the hall.
"This is usually the part where the two of them start to fight."
Both Dean and Rose looked at their daughter sadly hating the fact they knew their ritual so well. Rose shrugged Dean's arm off of her.
"So you going to answer me question?" asked Dean crossing his arms across his chest.
"I don't let her hear or see anything bad, Dean." Rose started picking up the toys all over the floor. "Katie! I told you to pick these up!"
"I'm busy showing Uncle Sammy my dolls!"
"Oh, he'll sure like that," said Dean. Dean started helping Rose pick up the toys and put them in the toy box.
"So why are you here early?" Rose sat on the couch and kicked her shoes off.
"I just wanted to spend time with my daughter. Is there a problem with that?"
"No, no problem, just wondering." She watched the strain in Dean's face and the worried look on it as he dropped the toys in the toy box and sat down next to her.
Dean looked at her seeing those eyes, the eyes that made him feel like he could say and do anything for her. He loved her eyes. "You wouldn't believe me if I told you."
"Didn't we have this conversation before?" Rose smiled at him.
"Yeah and didn't you try to kick me out?"
"Alright, alright…just if there is anything you need to talk about, you know I am here. There's always a home for you here."
Dean sighed and nodded.
"No matter how much I hate you."
"For Katie," said Dean.
"For Katie." That was their motto. No matter what, they did everything for Katie.
AN: I know you all probably hate me for a new fanfiction…but I can't help the ideas that pop through my head. I hope you guys like this one. It's kind of one of my favorites to write. It's slow at first, but you'll see what happens!!! Lots of love…J.B.