Mission: Redemption

I've drawn regret

From the truth

Of a thousand lies

So let mercy come and wash away

What I've Done

Song: What I've Done - Linkin Park

One moment Castiel was consumed by darkness, the next he was free. He awakened with a gasp, and was surprised to see that he was not in the warehouse he'd been in moments before, but rather a bright white room that contained nothing except himself, and a figure that was also dressed in white.

Castiel stood and peered at the figure, but no matter how much he strained his eyes, he could not make out its face. It stayed blurry.

"Who are you?" Castiel inquired, still squinting.

"You have never met me face to face before," the figure's voice boomed. "But you know who I am."

As the deep voice sounded, Castiel could feel the figure's power wash over him. And he knew.

"God," Castiel said, eyes wide.

The figure nodded, confirming that he was correct in his assumption.

"What happened?" Castiel asked.

"I tore the souls of Purgatory out of your essence," God explained. "The souls were eating at your grace. Consuming you; controlling you. You were almost completely and utterly destroyed by them, and you were about to kill Sam and Dean Winchester. I had to stop you."

Castiel felt bitter. "Why step in now? Why not earlier?"

"Because you needed to learn a lesson," God told him. "The kind of lesson that only going to the darkest of places can teach."

"I know that you felt abandoned," God continued. "But I was always there. I brought you back from death twice. That should have been enough proof that I cared. That was more than humankind and most of your brothers and sisters ever got. You should have had faith. You should not have expected me to step in and help every time you had troubles. You should not have given into your despair; you should not have gone so far to stop the war. I thought you would overcome it the right way. The way I had believed your experiences during the Apocalypse had taught you. You have disappointed me."

Castiel bowed his head. "I was foolish. I know that now."

"Yes," God agreed. "As well as egotistical."

Castiel closed his eyes.

"What are you going to give me as a punishment?" he questioned. "You must have one in mind."

God shook his head. "It is not a punishment, but rather an opportunity."

"An opportunity?"

"An opportunity to be redeemed for what you have done," God said. "As of now, you are banished from Heaven. I am going to strip you of your powers, and you will live life on Earth as a human."

"For how long?" Castiel asked.

"However long it takes for you to right the wrongs you have done," God replied, "And prove to me that you have truly learned what the word 'right' means. Only then will I return your grace to you."

As He finished speaking, God reached out to Castiel and touched his forehead with the tips of His fingers.

The room spun, and once more, Castiel was swallowed by darkness.

A/N: And the Is Chuck God? debate continues. I wasn't about to decide for you guys. BTW, I suggest listening to What I've Done, the song I quoted at the beginning of the chapter, if you haven't before. It gave me a lot of inspiration when it came to writing this series. In fact, I am obsessed with the song right now. I love the lyrics because it seems to fit Castiel really well, especially in this story.