A/N: Drabble title taken from the song of the same name by The Chambers Brothers.

Dedicated to: deannaG

Word Count Below The Line: 100 on the nose. Boo-yah!

Summary: E/O CHALLENGE. Drabble word: play. Protective!Sam, Hurt!Dean. Alternate ending for "Goodbye Stranger", AU for SPN series finale.

Angels on either side of him, and Sam's held fast.

He can't take his eyes off his brother.

Dean's curled up on the floor, bloody, beaten. Barely breathing.

Sam's knees buckle. He's tired. Tired of everything angelic.

"You lose, Samuel. We win." Naomi smiles, sharp enough to cut. "The only way this could ever play out."

Her pet Castiel stands alertly at her side, his hands dripping with Dean's blood.

A thunderstorm of red-hot rage fills the space behind Sam's eyes.

"The only way," Sam whispers. He lifts his head, and his eyes spark fire.

Angels everywhere die screaming.