Forbidden Fruit

Chapter 35 -Epilogue

Location: Texas, Chapel, men's room

Cas was trying to fix his bow tie around his neck in last minute preparation for the wedding, but it just wasn't working. He didn't understand why he had to wear one in the first place. It was only under Dean's instruction that he had one and a tux that he agreed. Otherwise, Cas saw no reason to dress differently. Yet, here he was in a small chapel in Texas waiting to get married.

"Looking good, little brother," said Michael in John Winchester's form.

"Michael, what do you want?"

Castiel turned away from the mirror and watched as Michael smirked and drew closer. He said, "I'm surprised how human you've gotten, Castiel."

The rebel-angel narrowed his brow. "You didn't came all this way and borrowed that form just to tell me that. What do you want, Michael?"

Amused, the archangel said, "Well, aren't you impatient."

"It's my wedding day. My bride wouldn't want me to be late."

"Then let me be quick. I came here to tell you that even though you've gotten strong enough to waste Raphael, it doesn't mean you're strong enough to make me. So don't get any ideas. You're still way out of your league."

Firmly, Castiel held his ground and said, "When the day comes I'll be ready."

Michael smiled at Cas' boldness and turned away and replied, "Well see" before vanishing in the blink of an eye. Immediately, Cas glanced away and sighed. He knew that with Raphael gone Michael was his next opposition for control in Heaven. And even though Michael wasn't a traditionalist like Raphael, he was still bent on Armageddon. Michael had no love for the humans. His only concern was his feud with Lucifer.

Though a second later Dean opened the door in his own tux and gave Cas a curious look and said, "What? Don't tell me you've got cold feet."

Confused, Cas said, "My feet are not cold, Dean."

The hunter sighed in exasperation and said, "I meant are you having second thoughts about getting hitched?"

Cas frowned. "No, I am committed to spending all of eternity with Viola."

Dean was impressed and patted his back. "Great, then what's the hold up?"

"Nothing. I'm ready."

Dean smiled and stepped forward to fix Cas' bow tie. "Not yet, your not. Come here."

He stood in front of him and began forming it into a bow and messing with is lapse and patting his hair. Irked, Cas touched his hair again and adjusted his jacket again and moved away to see himself in the mirror.

"Thank you, Dean."

The hunter smirked and replied, "Hey, no problem. That's what a best man's for. I just never thought you'd have it in you to ask Vi to marry."

"I asked her to marry me, Dean because I knew it would make her happy. In Heaven, Vi's image of paradise was us living as a family. However, if Vi had asked I would have consented. I already wish to spend all my life by her side regardless."

Dean uncomfortably cleared his throat. He didn't know Cas was such a mushy romantic. Normally, his little angel friend was petrified when it came to women. Cas had come a long way from being afraid of "iniquity" to just being minutes away from tying the knot.

Cheerfully, Dean said, "Well, Vi's not exactly a modern day girl. I'm sure she still expected you to get down on one knee and propose to her."

"Oh…right." Cas then soberly stated, "Dean, I'm concerned for Victor."

The elder Winchester was surprised at the change of topic and asked, "What about him?"

"He is strong, Dean. He was strong enough to kill Raphael. I fear someone will learn of his potential and use him for evil."

Abruptly, Dean crossed the room and exclaimed, "No! No way is someone going to mess with that kid."

"He is young, Dean. He lacks experience. He could be manipulated."

The hunter shook his head. "No, Vick's a good kid. He is not going to get bent out of shape by those freaks and assholes in Hell or Heaven." Exasperated, he added, "God, Cas! Do you know how pissed off Vick was when you told him to stay put and blew him off? Do you know how badly he wanted to do something to help? He cares about you, Cas. He cares about you and Vi both."

"I don't want him to get hurt, Dean. I'm his father. I have to protect him."

"Yeah, well being a dad means a lot more than giving your kid protection, Cas. It means showing that you love them and that you care. And look, I know feelings aren't your strong suit, but Vick's more human than angel. You can't treat him like he's another angel. You can't just give him orders and expect him to obey."

"I know that, Dean, but Victor isn't ready—he shouldn't have to shoulder such power and responsibility. He's humanity may cause him great suffering."

Dean said, "Well, I can't disagree. Yeah, it sucks to be human, but what can I say? I'm glad that the kid's human. And so what, he isn't perfect, but at least he's heart is in the right place."

Castiel paused. He admired Dean's positive prospective on Victor's humanity. It was hard to believe that Dean could possess so much faith even though he himself was an angel of the Lord. It reminded him again why he sided with the Winchesters in the first place.

Appreciatively, the rebel-angel said, "Thank you, Dean. I am grateful for your insight. However, I never considered Victor just another angel. He is very dear to me."

Dean bashfully looked away after his admission. He felt awkward telling another man how to be a father to his own son, but Dean always consider him more than just a friend. Cas was almost like a brother to me. However, there was a knock on the door and in walked Vick.

"Uh, father? We're ready."

Cas turned and held his son's shoulder affectionately and said, "Thank you. You're a good son, Victor. You're a good person like your mother."

Shyly, Vick lowered his head and beamed. "Um, yeah. Thanks, father."

Cas smiled and knew his words had an affect on him though he said no more and together the three of them exited the men's room and entered the main chapel.

XXX

Nervously, Cas stood beside the Winchesters and his son and saw Viola approach them from the aisle. She was dressed in a plain white gown with a weave of flowers in her hair. She was smiling and radiant and her emerald eyes shone brightly under the light through the stain glass. Bobby Singer was escorting her and the older-hunter had cleaned up and was dressed in a suit and greased back his hair. And if a stranger were to look in on the ceremony they would have thought he was her real father about to give her away.

Gracefully, the two approached the altar and once there, Vi stood beside Cas and together they took their vows. The priest said, "We are gather here today in witness to the holy matrimony of Castiel and Viola Landon. Marriage is a sacred union in which two people choose to share their journey in life and one these two people have chosen to make. The rings, please?"

Victor handed his parents the rings and under the priest's instruction they said:

"I, Castiel, take you, Viola, for my lawful wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part."

"I, Viola, take you, Castiel, for my lawful husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part."

The priest then said, "Now with the power invested in me by the great state of Texas, I hereby pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride."

The couple smiled and Viola threw her arms around Cas' neck and together the newlyweds kissed under the cheer of their family and friends. Bobby and Dean popped streamers into the air while Sam and Victor clapped.

Cas pulled away to gaze into his new wife's lovely eyes and knew that no matter what the future had in store he was more than ready to face it because for the first time in his life he felt complete. Nothing could stop him and his angel.

XXX

Fin.

XXX

Author's Note: Again, thank you for your reviews and comments. I really love them and appreciate it. This wedding chapter/ epilogue is in response to UntilNeverDawns. I figured, why not? I felt like Victor and Michael needed a bit more closure on their end. And note, I picked Texas because that's where Jensen is from.

Please review. Thank you.