*Long way from home~ Foreigner
"Paying a penance, I was longing for home
I was looking out for the two of us
I hope we'll be here when they're through with us."
*Epilogue - One Month Later*
"It's okay, you're gonna be okay," Dean whispered over and over again, holding Cas close to his chest.
"He's so…beautiful…" the exhausted angel panted, cradling his newborn son.
Dean kissed the side of Castiel's head. "I know he is."
Castiel was stripped from the waist up and fresh out of labor. Everyone had left the room to give them some time with each other and of course with James. He was gorgeous, with Dean's eyes and a tiny bit of Castiel's hair. God had made sure birth went smoothly, but that didn't mean it hadn't taken a lot out of Cas. He was half asleep in Dean's arms.
Like they were godparents to Sam and Gabriel's children, Sam and Gabriel were now also godparents to James. Cas and Dean didn't know this yet because it had yet to occur, but a few years from now, Jo and Lucifer's children, Sam and Gabriel's flock, Crowley and Zira's spawn (a little boy named Kerberosel, quite possibly earning the title of most unique name of the brood), Adam and Anna's daughter, and even Leslie's lovably terrifying (much like Leslie herself) twins would all be the best of friends. And Sam never quite stop gloating about how he was the only one that never got screamed at while Leslie was pregnant.
Meanwhile, Sam and Gabriel were trying to get Lily to sleep, who had been born a few days ago. She was tiny and, like Isadora and Loki, had both of her fathers wrapped around her little finger. This time it was reversed though and she had Gabriel's hair paired with Sam's eyes. Gabriel was nodding off as he leaned against Sam, but kept startling himself into consciousness.
"Go to bed Gabe, I've got this."
"I'm fine," the angel protested, yawning.
"You're about to fall over. Go to sleep before I tie you down and make you."
"Is that a promise?"
"Gabe! There are kids in the room."
Gabriel was nonplussed. "Oh, you're right." He turned to the kids. "Whaddya say, should Sammy tie me up? Yeah? That's what I thought."
Sam shot him a glare, but in the end, the hunter picked him up and carried him to the nest, making sure the angel was asleep before going to get Lily to sleep. They'd fed her, taken care of all the other necessities, and now he had to get her to sleep. She was a bit more calm than her older sister, but it still took forever to get to sleep. Even when she finally dozed off in her arms and he placed her gently in her cradle, he didn't leave the nursery.
His thoughts wandered like a curious dog let off its leash. Had he really ended up here? After a life of hunting and years spent hating Gabriel, was he really married to the man with three kids and probably more to come? Call him crazy, but it sounded almost too good to be true. Even his brother was happy and settled down with his own angel. Sam looked at the framed photo on the wall of him, Gabriel, and their three children. He had no idea what he'd done to deserve them.
"You're still here?"
He turned around to see Gabriel standing in the doorway. "Hey," he greeted softly, walking over and kissing the angel. "I thought you were asleep."
"I was. Sorta. I sleep better when you're there."
Sam smiled, seeing that Gabriel admitted that with a bit of embarrassment. "C'mon, let's go to bed."
They changed into clothing more suitable to sleep in and draped themselves over each other in Gabriel's nest, their limbs tangling together. Sam stroked the defined line of Gabriel's cheekbone. His wedding ring glittered under the dim lighting. Even though they were tired, they found themselves talking about nothing and everything like they tended to do so frequently.
Gabriel yawned and snuggled closer to Sam. "I wonder…"
"Well God's a whore, haven't you ever wondered if the little slut uses a condom?"
"Gabe! That is wrong on so many levels!"
"I bet he's regretting creating latex-"
Sam put his hand over Gabriel's mouth before the angel could continue. Gabriel smirked amusedly and pulled Sam's hand away, laughing at the prudish hunter. You'd think after being married to Gabriel for this long that Sam would have either gotten the stick out of his ass or gotten a divorce, but no. That was okay with Gabriel though, because it was one of the many things he loved about Sam.
"Hm?" he asked, half asleep already.
Gabriel smiled up at him. "I love you."
"I love you too, Gabe."
The whole gang ended up having a party to celebrate. Celebrate what, you ask? Well, pretty much everything. No Apocalypse, their families, their loves, and everything in between. Gabriel had planned the party at Bobby's house, and it was quite the riot. Hades had an electric guitar and was doing a cover of Marilyn Manson's "Tainted Love," surprisingly nailing it.
"I think Leslie is hammered," Sam commented as the dark haired girl rocked out to the music.
Gabriel took a large bite of his Hershey bar. "I think you're right."
There was a rustling sound, and Michael appeared in the middle of the room, in the vessel of a young John Winchester and his eyes blazing with fury. God innocently offered him a cookie but got glared at. Dean fixed a death stare on the archangel that had once wanted to wear him to the prom.
"You're wearing me," the present John muttered unhappily.
God took a bite of his cookie. "Kinky."
"Exactly what I was thinking," Gabriel agreed.
"I was supposed to fight Lucifer, and now look at him! He's Hell's soccer mom! Literally!" Michael ranted furiously.
Lucifer shot him an angry look but it was less effective since Nick was tugging at his father's hair and the former King of Hell started baby talking his son. Yeah. Very intimidating. Anymore the most Lucifer could pass as would be world's scariest babysitter, and that was only a maybe. A very low maybe.
"Kids, uncle Michael is here!" Gabriel yelled.
The fearsome angel was immediately covered in a pile of happy fledgling angels. Well, most of them were happy, but Isadora was trying to scratch his eyes out. Gabriel chuckled, proud of his baby girl. She was a scrapper. Lily was much sweeter, more tender, like her father. Loki was a curious combination of both of his parents.
While Michael was being tortured, a very drunk Dean decided that apparently it would be a good idea to do some karaoke to Rihanna. Cas buried his face in his hands and muttered something about wondering why his Father had invented alcohol. Sam snickered and pulled out a camcorder, having every intention of recording his brother making a complete fool of himself.
"I'd like to dedicate this to my fiancé Cas," Dean slurred. They'd gotten engaged shortly after James had been born. "And my car."
Castiel smiled in spite of himself as Dean started singing "Shut Up and Drive," their eyes locked together the entire time. The angel's head bobbed to the music and his face broke out in a smile. Sam held out his hand to Gabriel, the two of them falling into a quick paced dance in time with the upbeat song. Go figure that like Hades, Dean was a damn good singer, even if it was to Rihanna.
"I think Michael likes them," Sam noted, watching as the group of kids crawled all over the archangel.
"They're hard not to love."
Crowley and Aziraphale were dancing nearby, the angel's feet on top of the demon's because Zira still didn't know how to dance. The two had been married for a couple of months now, and like all of the other Mates in the room, they were happy as could be. Even Leslie, so fierce and hotheaded, looked happy with Andy, the father of her children. Hades and Kali were still going strong. Balthazar hadn't found his Mate yet, but hey, it was only a matter of time. Funny how things turned out well even when all odds said they wouldn't.
"Look how far we've come, my baby," Gabriel said softly.
Sam smiled, because it was just such a Gabriel thing to do, quoting Shania Twain, and he added, "We mighta took the long way, we knew we'd get there someday…"
And there you have it. Nothing all that special, nothing too remarkable. Besides the fact that two demon hunters were married to angels and had even befriended a couple of monsters along the way, it wasn't anything too different from your average everyday love story. Hardly an epic ending, but they had each other and their families at the end of every day, and wasn't that the whole point? Two people fell in love, and after leaping over countless obstacles, they crash landed in their fairytale ending. Clichéd, but kind of sweet, don't you think?
Can you believe that at one distant point in time that for Gabriel, formerly known as the Trickster, it had been just another Tuesday?
"It was a Monday, a day like any other day
I left a small town for the apple in decay
It was my destiny, it's what we needed to do
They were telling me, I'm telling you."