One Year Later…

Dean and Castiel found themselves right back at the place where they first met during the charity masquerade at Vizcaya in Miami. Balthazar and Xander organized a private party in celebration of their closest friends' first year anniversary as a married couple. The small group of guests had assembled in one of the Renaissance villa's smallest ballrooms. Dean and Castiel had no idea that their friends had orchestrated the surprise party. Balthazar had called Castiel asking him if he could play at an AIDS benefit after the band's lead singer was involved in a car accident. At first the guitarist was weary in accepting since it would be the first night he would be away from Ben after he and Dean officially adopted him three weeks ago. It took the Brit plenty of begging for his best friend to accept and come to the rescue. Dean drove him in the Impala. The new parents had managed to get Adam, a sixteen year old neighbor to babysit at the last moment.

When the married couple first arrived, they noticed there wasn't much activity going on at the villa. "If this is a joke, I'm killing Balthy. It's too soon for us to leave Ben alone."

Dean smiled and kissed Cas' forehead. "Babe, you are smothering the kid. He's not alone. Benny is with Adam. If something happens I know where the little fucker lives and will skin him alive."

"So who is the mother hen now?" Castiel held on to one of Dean's hands as they entered the main doors.

Xander greeted his friends with a wolfish grin. "I'm glad you're here. Balthy is driving me insane. Follow me, gentlemen." He opened one of the ballroom doors and gestured for them to enter. The place was pitch black. All of a sudden, the lights were turned on and their family and closest friends yelled surprise.

Dean leapt in the air. Castiel chuckled. He cupped Dean's cheek and pecked him on the lips. "You call that a kiss! I kiss my grandma good night like that!" Gabriel heckled.

Dean rolled his eyes and Cas laughed. The assembled guests started chanting for the lovebirds to kiss. Dean smirked. "You asked for it!" He held on to the back of Castiel's neck and kissed him passionately. Cas' hands trailed down until they grabbed on hard to Dean's firm derriere. Many of the invited guests hooted.

"There are parents present; let's keep this PG-13!" Bobby bellowed. Dean and Castiel broke for much needed air.

"Boo…spoilsport!" Gabriel hissed.

Mary held on to Bobby's arm. Her divorce from John had been finalized six months ago. Mary and Bobby had pleasantly surprised everyone, when they started dating. Singer had renounced his job as John's right hand man after he discovered that the royal had faked his heart attack to manipulate Dean in marrying Becca. He had secretly pined for Mary for many years and it turns out the former princess always had a soft spot for Bobby. Dean and Sam couldn't be happier for their mother and the man they affectionately referred to as Uncle Bobby.

Dean and Castiel approached them first. Tears of joy shone in Mary's jade eyes. "I'm truly happy for the two of you. You made the right choice, sweetheart." She kissed Dean's cheek and embraced him and Castiel simultaneously. Mary turned to her son in law. "Thank you for making my son incredibly happy, Castiel. You and Ben have given him the family he always craved for. For that I will be eternally grateful."

"He is the love of my life and makes me equally happy."

Dean cleared his throat. "No chick flick moments, babe."

Bobby gave the married couple a bear hug and gave them a bottle of his best moonshine. "Congrats, you idjits"

Castiel led his husband towards his parents. Dean still couldn't get over the fact Rachel and Joshua Novak were 100% hippies in this day and age. They travelled around the country in a small RV that was painted in Grateful Dead colors. Dean loved his unconventional in laws but disliked whenever they stopped by for a visit. The couple loved stuffing tofu and granola bars down his throat. Plus, in the mornings Rachel and Joshua practiced yoga in the nude…and that wasn't a pretty sight. The first time he witnessed their naked meditation, Dean almost suffered a second heart attack. Now that Ben was home, he called his in laws and told them they were welcomed in his house but no more nude yoga.

"Namaste, lovebirds," Joshua greeted them before enveloping his son and Dean in a hug. Rachel whose golden hair was braided and had white daisies embedded throughout kissed each of them on the cheek. "May you be blessed with a long and healthy marriage, my sons."

"Thanks, Rachel," Dean said.

"I brought you some of that raisin and apple granola you love so much, Dean." She handed him a box.


Castiel held his laughter. "We'll talk to you later mom and dad." He led his husband to the table where Michael and Rebecca sat.

"Oh my God you're about to burst!" Castiel held Becca's swollen belly. He kissed her and shook hands with Michael. Dean did the same.

"I'm due in two months."

"Are you sure it was safe to travel?" Castiel asked as he assisted her in sitting back down.

"We wouldn't miss this for the world," she said. Michael wrapped an arm across the back of her chair and smiled.

Dean spoke. "Congrats, man! We saw one of your Armani billboards the other day."

"Thanks, but after the baby is born I'm going to take at least a year off. I don't want to miss his first steps, words…you know."

"So you know it's going to be a boy? Have you come up with any names yet?" Dean inquired.

Becca and Michael stared at each other and smiled. "Yeah and we already have a name," Michael said.

Rebecca gazed at the married couple. "Castiel James"

"Are you for real?" the dark haired man asked.

"You were the one who brought us together and we think it's a fitting name for a baby boy. He will have the Angel of Thursday looking after him."

"And I can call the kid CJ," Michael piped in.

"Damn I'm honored," Cas said.

"We wanted to ask you if you wouldn't mind being CJ's godparents," Michael asked.

"We'd be honored!" Dean and Cas replied in unison.

"Hey stop hogging the honorees!" Gabe bellowed from across the room.

"We need to mingle with the other guests but we'll come back." Cas said as he kissed Becca's protruding belly.

"Anna and Jo, you made it!" Dean hugged the two women. Cas kissed them. "You must be jet lagged."

"Don't worry about us, we needed a vacation. We plan on being here for two weeks," Jo stated.

"You need to stop by our place for dinner sometime this week. That way you can meet Ben." Castiel removed his Blackberry from his black jeans pocket and showed them a couple of pictures of them with Ben at the beach and at the five year old's first baseball game.

"He's so freaking adorable!" Anna said. "I can't wait for us to have our first little rug rat." She said dreamily. Jo kissed her temple.

"You have our numbers. Call us tomorrow so we can arrange dinner," Dean said.

"Finally, we have you all to ourselves!" Gabriel screamed at the top of his lungs. He barreled into Dean and Castiel. The former host wore a tight mauve suit and hot pink platforms. "I wish you much happiness, Destiel. I always rooted for you darlings." He winked at them. Crowley rolled his eyes. He was already used to his lover's dramatics. He shook hands with the boys and congratulated them.

"How's your ticker, Dean-o?"

"Just the same as when you asked me last week, Gabe. I already forgave you for the sex cake. You don't have to ask me every time we chat, text or see each other."

"So what's new with your careers?" Cas asked.

"Hold on to your tighty whities, boys! Ricky Gervais personally met with me to join the cast of a new comedy he is producing for HBO!"

"Oh my God…that's the best news, Gabe!" Castiel embraced his colorful friend.

"That's not it. Crowley will be editing the series."

"I'm happy for you guys. You deserve a medal for surviving the nuclear holocaust our show turned up to be," Dean said.

"Are you kidding? The BBC couldn't be happier with the outcome. The episode of the nuptials that weren't broke records here and across the pond. John became a modern day Sauron and the two of you were Aragorn and Arwen."

Dean looked at Cas. "That makes you the elf maiden."

Crowley chuckled. Gabe continued rambling. "Dong wrong, Dean-o! Actually you are Arwen and Castiel is Aragorn since he was the one caught between Xander aka Eowyn and you (Arwen), the beautiful elf, who stayed with the sexy ranger's heart. Plus, I bet you would make a beautiful elf princess."

Dean scowled at the short man. "Come on, Dean-o…can't you take a damn joke?"

"Whatever, man."

Castiel cracked up. "Yeah laugh it all up. At least you get to be the manliest one from the fucking movie!" Cas kissed him soft on the lips. Dean relented and smiled. He should be used to Gabriel's zany antics.

Balthazar stood on stage and asked for everyone's attention. "Ladies and gentlemen, before the lovebirds grace us with their first dance of the evening; I would like to wish them a long life of happiness with each other. They are a perfect example for those of us who aspire to have a beautiful family of our own." He lovingly gazed at Xander, who saluted his lover with a champagne flute. "And I want to thank Castiel from the bottom of my heart for not stringing my man along. Because of the two of you, I am with the most wonderful man in the entire planet. So here's to Destiel! Happy Anniversary!" Everyone present raised their glasses and cheered.

The doors opened revealing Sam and Jess. "We're so sorry…our flight was delayed," the Sasquatch stated as he searched for the honored couple. Jessica tapped him on the shoulder and motioned where they were.

"Happy Anniversary, jerk and Castiel"

"Thanks, bitch" The two brothers embraced heartily. "I'm so happy for you, big brother."

"I know and ditto for you, man." Jess and Castiel caught up and the brothers did the same. Sam couldn't get over the fact he was an uncle. He still had to meet Ben in person. Jess was in a double celebratory mood since she won her first case as a prosecutor two days ago. Sam and Jess had settled down in Lawrence and worked in different law firms. They started making a name for themselves in the world of law.

Xander was the one to capture everyone's attention now. "I want to congratulate the happy couple. Here's to many decades of wedded bliss in mutual harmony. I want to dedicate this song to Castiel and Dean. So boys…you may now have your first dance." The band Balthy had hired for the evening finally made its first appearance on stage.

The guests sat down as Dean and Castiel walked to the middle of the ballroom. The band played the first cords and the female lead singer started to sign. Castiel wrapped his arms around Dean's neck and the latter enveloped his on Cas' trim waist. They started to move along to the slow song.

Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow

One step closer

I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What's standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this

One step closer

I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

One step closer
One step closer

I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

At the end of the song Dean and Castiel kissed. The song brought tears to their eyes. Xander chose the perfect song. All of their friends and family applauded. The couple thanked the band for the awesome job they did with the Christina Perri song. The evening passed in a whirlwind and a little after midnight the guests started to leave. Bobby informed Dean he would drop Mary off at their house since she was staying with them. The new grandma couldn't get enough of her little Benny.

Cas' parents were staying in their RV and told them they would stop by for lunch tomorrow. "Oh great, poor Ben is going to be introduced to tofu. I'm taking him to IHOP first thing in the morning." Dean said making Castiel hit him on the arm. "Hey mom means well."

Dean told Cas he was going to find some decent beer in the joint before they headed home. Castiel called Adam for the third time in the evening to check up on Ben. The blond teen rolled his eyes when he saw the caller ID. "Yes, Mr. Novak, Ben's asleep. He went to bed at nine and yes he brushed his teeth. Bye, Mr. Novak." Adam got back to the Walking Dead marathon he had been watching.

Xander entered the terrace. "I hope you don't pester Balthy and me like you've been doing to that poor boy, when we babysit our nephew."

Cas smiled. "It's our first time leaving him. You should have seen the adorable heart breaking puppy eyes he gave us when we were leaving."

"He starts kindergarten in a couple of months…so get used to it. You need to start cutting the umbilical cord, Angel Eyes."

"You're right. Your eyes are sparkling this evening. What are you up to?"

Xander approached him in the leisurely way of his. He removed a small velvet box from his jacket's pocket and opened it. Cas' eyes widened. "You are finally going to make an honest man out of Balthy! The bands are beautiful." The two sterling silver bands actually resembled his and Dean's.

"He really got into organizing all of this for you guys and his enthusiasm rubbed off on me. I'm going to take the plunge tonight."

Castiel embraced his dear friend and rose on his tiptoes. He pecked Xander rapidly on the lips. "You have no idea how happy I am for you two. I wanted you to find your own happiness so badly." He held on to the 6'4 Swede.

Dean found them like that and cleared his throat. "Should I be jealous and challenge Northman to a duel at dawn?"

Castiel walked towards his husband and held one of his hands. "Xander is proposing to Balthy tonight!"

Dean grinned. He approached his old friend and hugged him. Dean tapped the taller man on the back. "Good for you man! You won't regret it. There's no other feeling that compares to marrying one's soul mate. Congratulations!"

"Thanks, boys…I better get going before Balthy gets suspicious. I swear the man has surprise radar. You can't pull one over him." He smirked. "I have a feeling the two of you want to take a stroll through the maze. You know for old time's sake."

The two men blushed. Xander shook his head. "Acting like an old married couple already…have fun. I'll see if we swing by your place later this week. We bought our nephew a remote control airplane; he's going to love it."

Dean grinned. "I bet you want to play with the plane. Bye, Xander and thanks for everything." The Swede winked at them before leaving.

"What do you say we re-enact the first night we met, my sexy husband?" Dean asked. Castiel was already heading towards the torch lit garden maze. Dean chuckled as he followed him.

Fortunately, they were the only two souls in the garden that evening. So no one could hear their panting and moaning from within the verdant walled maze. The two of them re-enacted the night of the masquerade and then some. Dean could never get used to Castiel's flexibility. That was one of the many things he loved about the man. Rain started pounding on their nude forms but it didn't stop them at all. When they finished, they dressed and headed drenched to the Impala.

They got home a little after one and paid Adam fifty bucks. The kid said he didn't mind doing this on a regular basis. He got fifty dollars, free food and watched movies and TV shows on Blu Ray. "Thanks for the offer, Adam."

Castiel was ready for bed but Dean sat at his drafting table giving the last touches to issue #27 of After Dark. They made a great team drawing and writing the cult graphic novel which was gradually becoming better known throughout the comic industry. The two of them were even invited to have their own panel at Comic Con. Castiel finished his year contract with the Palm's Hotel just in time for Ben to come to the States. Now the family was comfortably settled in a four bedroom home in South Florida. The comic company Dean was running with Xander's help was fifteen minutes from the house. Mary was staying with them until Ben started kindergarten. Bobby had also moved to Miami and opened up a car repair shop.

"Baby, come to bed. It's two o'clock already. You can finish up tomorrow."

"I'm almost finished, babe."

Dean knew Cas was most likely pouting and with his arms crossed against his chest. "I guess I'll watch Casino Royale and jerk off to Daniel Craig in the shower."

Dean tossed the pencil to the side. He ran towards the bed and hopped on it. "The only man you will ever jack off to is your husband. Don't make me throw away your Daniel Craig Blu Ray collection."

Castiel wrapped his arms around Dean's neck and attacked his mouth. "You're so hot when you're jealous." His hands travelled down Dean's exposed skin. His husband only wore plaid pajama pants. Just as his right hand was lowering the pants, a tiny knock was heard at the door. "Papa, I'm scared."

Dean's forehead touched Cas'. "This kid is going to give us blue balls."

Castiel rocketed out of the bed and unlocked the door. He immediately carried Ben to the bed with him. "What happened, champ?"

Ben's big doe eyes were frightened. "Adam was watching the Walking Dead and the zombies were really scary."

"He shouldn't have watched the show with you," Dean said as he placed the boy in the middle of the bed and tucked him in.

"He didn't. After he thought I was asleep I left my room and entered the living room like a ninja. He didn't see me."

Castiel spoke to his son. "Now Ben we've talked about this before. You are too young to watch certain things. I don't want you to do that ever again. You can watch the Walking Dead when you are at least thirteen. Your dad and me are the ones that approve of what you can watch. You understand?"

"Yes, Papa and I promise not to do it again."

"Good boy…now let's hit the hay," Dean said as he turned off the lamp.

"Good night, Papa and Dad," Ben murmured as he snuggled in tightly as his fathers kissed his temple. The young boy holding on to each of the men's' hands in his sleep.


I can't believe this fic has come to its end. I really enjoyed writing it and sharing it with my loyal readers and reviewers. Love ya guys!