8 Years later…
Sam spoke softly, giving his son a kiss on the forehead and starting to leave the bedroom when he heard a small voice speak up.
"Daddy…I'm not sleepy yet" DJ complained, pouting and Sam couldn't help but laugh, knowing his son definitely inherited his puppy dog eyes.
"Ok…you want me to read you a story?"
DJ shook his head, as his dad took a seat next to him on the bed.
"Daddy…tell me about Uncle Dean again"
Sam let out a small smile and snuggled in next to his son.
DJ grinned and tucked into his dad's side; Sam sucked in a deep, shaky breath and began to speak.
"Your uncle Dean was…the best big brother ever. He looked after me; cared for me…we were very close growing up."
"I want a brother just like Uncle Dean"
"Maybe give it a year or two kid, don't think your mom is quite ready to produce another one of you" Sam said with a chuckle, ruffling DJ's hair affectionately.
"Would Uncle Dean like me Dad?"
"Oh he would love you so much, he would have been so proud of you…just like me and your mom are. I'm sure Uncle Dean would have taken you to lots of cool places and brought you lots of loud presents that would annoy Daddy" Sam laughed fondly, knowing that's exactly what Dean would have done. Even if it had just been to piss off Sam.
"He sounds cool…"
"Yeah he always thought so" Sam said with a raised eyebrow, causing DJ to laugh.
"Is Uncle Dean in heaven?"
Sam let out a long sigh, smiling sadly and nodding his head.
"Yeah…I'm sure of it."
"I hope he's not lonely up there" DJ said, bowing his head slightly.
Sam looked down at his son and hugged him tightly for re-assurance.
"Of course he's not alone…he has Cas, they will always look out for each other"
"Who is Cas?"
Sam smiled widely at his son.
"Cas is your Uncle Dean's angel…remember what I said, every person on this whole planet DJ…they have a guardian angel watching over them."
"Especially you" Sam said, poking his son lightly on the end of his nose.
DJ laughed and smiled up at his dad.
Silently and invisible to the world, Gabriel, Castiel and Dean watched the scene before them unfold.
Dean watched his younger brother interact with his son and tell him all about well…Dean. A tear rolled silently down Dean's face and he smiled.
"Dean Jonathan Winchester…good kid" Gabriel said with affection.
"He's amazing…just like his Daddy" Dean said with a wide smile.
Castiel turned to Dean, placing a comforting hand on his shoulder and a sad smile twitching at the corners of his lips.
"I know this must break every rule in the book…bringing us here to see them. But I really appreciate it. Thanks Gabriel" Dean said, turning to the arch angel with a thankful smile.
"Anytime" Gabriel responded with his own smile.
Dean took one final look at his younger brother and his nephew, before turning to Cas.
"And thank you…for everything. I don't say it enough. I love you Cas." Dean said genuinely and Castiel smiled, nodding in response before leaning in and placing a kiss tenderly on Dean's lips.
"I love you too Dean."
Dean took Castiel's hand in his own and smiled at his angel.
"…let's go home."
Hope you all liked the fic, thanks for sticking with it!
I know I took everyone on a bit of a bumpy road and believe me it was NOT easy killing Dean, it broke my heart!
But hopefully…depending on your outlook, they all still got what appears to be a happy ending?
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