Disclaimer:I do not own any of these yummy characters, that honour belongs to the amazing Eric Kripke.
I have had this story in my head for days. I wrote it while at work, luckily I didn't get caught.
Gabriel appears in front of Castiel after Sam jumped into the cage dragging Adam/Michael with him. Sam opens his eyes he is in the Stull Cemetery just outside of Lawrence, Kansas with a hand-print welt on his right hip, but Gabriel is nowhere to be seen. Castiel is told to claim Sam's rescue.
Castiel takes Sam to Bobby's place for a few days of rest and relaxation, but all Sam does is complain, showing his frustration and loneliness in missing his brother. He loves his brother and wants him to have the normal apple-pie life, the white picket fence and all.
After a week at Bobby's Gabriel drops in to see how Sam is doing. Sam is tossing and turning in his sleep, this is concerning. When he looks into Sam's dreams and sees nightmares of his time in the cage with Lucifer, it only makes the concern worse, the pain and torment Sam endured. Cass is not helping him, why is he letting him suffer? Sam must want to suffer in silence and hide the pain he feels. Sam knows Cass won't enter his mind without permission, but Gabriel doesn't care if he has permission; he likes Sam and doesn't want him to suffer the memories of Lucifer's torture to his vessel. Using his divine powers he changes Sam's nightmare into a happy memory, John Winchester giving him his first sawed-off shotgun. As he watches Sam's face light up knowing this is when he gets to start using his own weapon, this brings a smile to Gabe's face. Gabe thinks to himself, simple things that are what human's or more specifically this human needs. Gabe leaves Sam's dreams pondering what simple thing he could give to Sam without him knowing it was Gabriel. He devises his plan; keep him hunting with Castiel as his back-up, that's win-win. Cass misses Dean also, if they are both busy they can't mope around, it's for the best.
Every night Gabriel would visit Sam to watch him sleep and chase away his hell nightmares. He usually finds Cass and Sam in a crappy motel room with two double beds, even though Cass doesn't sleep, no need, it was to keep up appearances. Two men travelling together could not ask for a single bed without getting looks. When Gabriel lands it's to Cass sitting in front of the television watching Dr. Sexy M.D. Dean's favourite show. How could this not surprise him? Gabe sighs.
"Hello Gabriel, here for the usual nightly check-up?" Cass doesn't even look away from the screen.
Gabe nods and walks towards the sleeping form of Sam scrunched up on the too small bed. He leans down and brushes Sam's hair away from his eyes and touches his forehead.
"Cass does he mention this Jess girl?" Gabriel tilts his head slightly seeing what Sam dreams of.
"No. Sam does not talk of his past love. He does not even mention Dean to me anymore. I think he is slipping away."
Gabriel sits down on the spare bed to think. "What did you guys do today?"
"Sam taught me to drive. It is such a slow form of transportation. Why does he insist upon it? I can get us anywhere within a second." Cass huffs his frustration.
Sam drives a brand new navy blue Dodge Charger, the Impala is with Dean.
Gabriel chuckles, not at the fact Cass misses flying, but that he is being taught by Sam. In all the time Castiel and Dean spent together not once had the thought of Cass driving come up.
Cass turned the TV off and walked over to a chair close to Gabe.
"Caring for Sam after Hell is so different than caring for Dean." Cass bites his bottom lip. "It's not that I do not care for him. I like him, but Sam thinks I saved him. Why can't I tell him it was you?"
"Cause Sammy-boy doesn't really like me and will freak out if he knew the Trickster is his saviour." Gabe sighs and looks over at Sam.
Gabriel sits on a beautiful beach in Maui, pondering life's new problems. Sam thought his handprint scar was from Castiel. Why did that bother him so much? Cass didn't even know about the brand on Sam's soul. Lucifer used his soul as a chew toy, Gabe was certain it could be mended, he just wasn't sure how. The love the Winchesters have is the strongest he has seen in a long time. For a vessel to overpower his angel, an archangel, the 'fallen angel' to top that was unheard of. Sam's soul was beautiful beyond comparison. Gabriel felt something in his grace he could not recall ever feeling before. What was it envy, jealousy, love? -Damn human emotions! Ever since being brought back he has been bombarded with these trivial human feelings. How did humans live like that, it made no sense?
Cass' presence is helping, but it's not enough, maybe he needed someone to get his mind off missing Dean. Cass can't help with that, Gabriel could find Sam someone…it was settled. In Sam's line of work a relationship was short lived, 'love 'em and leave' 'em.' This would be different.
When night rolls around for the hunter and angel they find themselves in the middle of nowhere. No motels, so they slept, well Sam slept, in the back seat of the car while Cass listened to music quietly. By the sounds of it, he was listening to Asia, which brought up a memory of his time in the 'Mystery Spot' with Sam. Gabriel thinks how Cass is getting worse as well, constantly babysitting the hunter without any happiness for himself. Dean must have really made an impression on poor Castiel. That was one thing he knew from all his time on Earth as the Trickster, the more time you spend interacting with certain humans the more attached you got; Number one reason that he only visits while Sam is asleep, at least that's what he tells himself every night. Cass could monitor his dreams, if ordered to, but Gabriel just made excuses so he could see Sam and study his memories for what would make him happy. She had to be perfect, not remind him too much of the women he lost, but still keep his interests. Gabriel smirks to himself, maybe a fiery red head.
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