Leigh's Final Author's Note: Well, guys, we've made it. You readers were really the best part of the whole endeavor - Neither me nor Jay thought that we were going to get this many readers and reviewers. I'm sorry for the anguish I inflicted on the boys, but I'm definitely from the Ben Edlund school of life-ruining and character-hurting. *shrugs* I hope you all had as much fun with this as Jay and I did!
Jay's Final Author's Note: I'm just absolutely floored at the response we got from writing this fic. I assure you that there are many more collaborations between Leigh and I planned, as well as several solo projects I'll be taking up that you should expect to see published from this account and on AO3 as well. If you desire to locate me on AO3 or otherwise, contact me on tumblr, my url is itsjtothet. I thank each and every one of you for the support and suffering through long breaks between chapters because life gets in the way sometimes. I truly appreciate you, readers. You're what keeps us writing. Thank you so much.
Chapter Thirty-Two: Epilogue
One year later
The crowd positively roared when the last note of the finale musical number came to a close, Cas in the spotlight. Everyone in the audience immediately got to their feet, whistling and cheering at the top of their lungs.
Dean's chest swelled with pride from backstage, and he reached into his back pocket, feeling reassuringly for what he knew was still there.
After the cast bows, Michael strode onstage with a handheld wireless microphone.
"Thank you all so much," he began. "As we all know, this performance was the last in this show of someone we all hold very dear to us, Castiel Novak." The crowd went wild as Cas blushed, and Michael had to wait for them to fall silent before continuing.
"We've had an amazing year, but our friend is moving on. As will we. But for this special occasion of his final show, I as producer thought that we should bring someone special in to say a word."
Dean's heart leapt up into his throat as he walked out on stage, throwing a casual wave and a smile to the audience, passing by Cas, who had a perplexed, surprised look on his face. He took the microphone from Michael, patting him on the shoulder.
Clearing his throat, he addressed the audience. "Uh, hi everyone. My name is Dean Winchester, and I've been a stage manager of this show for half a year, and before that, I was crew chief. I would just like to extend my sincerest congratulations to the cast and crew, for doing a phenomenal job for the last year."
The audience clapped politely at that, but it was obvious they were looking for the intention behind Dean's appearance.
"I've also been together with Castiel Novak for almost a year and a half. It's been a bumpy ride, but it's been the happiest year and a half of my life."
There were a couple of aww's and other appreciative noises from the audience, including a wolf-whistle which Dean grinned at. He turned to Cas, walking over to stand next to him where he was with his castmates. Dean looked into his eyes, seeing the lost, confused look, and also a note of apprehension, but in that moment, it was as if everyone else disappeared. He and Cas were alone on that stage, and there was no audience, no cast, no Michael, just Dean looking into Cas's eyes.
"Cas, I don't want to go another single day without you. You've been the light in my life that's lifted me up from the dark depths, and when I'm with you, all I can see is the future. You're my everything."
Cas's eyes started watering, and Dean took his hand, kissing his fingers and holding it tightly before releasing it to get a better grip on the microphone, as he reached into his back pocket.
Dean got on one knee, facing Cas, and there was a pause from the audience before they broke out into cheers. Dean's pulse pounded in his ears, his heart was pounding in his throat, his stomach felt like it was going to flip right out of his body, but he opened the box, and presented the ring, raising the microphone to his mouth to speak.
"Castiel Novak, I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Forever. Will you marry me?"
The impact of the question had the audience on their feet, cheering, and when Cas burst into tears, shaking his head yes as Dean placed the ring on his finger and yanked him into a passionate kiss, the crowd roared.
Under the stage lights, Dean solidified his promise.