Warnings : Mentions of character death.
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Little Sammy, even when four-years-old, knew when his parents told him they were sending his brother Dean to some special school, something was wrong.
Sammy, who preferred to be called Sam, and reminded everyone in his cute little baby voice, was the younger son of John and Mary Winchester. He lived in Lawrence, Kansas and had older brother, Dean.
Sam adored his older brother. You could even go as far as to say he worshipped him. Dean always let Sam follow him around and even gave Sam his choice of toys when they played. So, when their parents announced they were sending Dean away, Sam was confused. Being so young, he didn't understand why Dean had to leave, but he knew in his heart, that something wasn't right.
That was five-years-ago. Sam was feeling very happy today because after all this time, he was finally going to see his brother again. He and his parents were driving their 1967 Chevy Impala to visit Dean at his school. Sam knew Dean would be excited to see them, but Dean would be even more excited to see the car.
'Dean', thought Sam along the ride. He was excited to see his big brother, he wanted to tell him all about his school which he recently started going, his new friends that he made and about Jessica, the girl he had in his class.
After about an hour drive, they arrived at Dean's school. It was a huge, white building which looked like a hospital to Sam. But it had a nice fountain at the front and trees along the way and it seemed there was garden too.
He trudged along with his mother holding his hand and finally noticed that his parents were talking to a big, bald man about something. When he heard they mention Dean's name, he perked up at them and tried to listen. Since grownups were talking in hushed voices, he couldn't really hear, only that 'Dean..' 'not improved..' and 'Cas..'. He wondered who Cas was.
After some time, they all started walking towards the back of the building and he found himself in a huge garden which he had seen earlier. There were swings, ropes to climb on, benches and little ponds here and there. But what caught his attention was his big brother Dean sitting on one of the benches. Sam thought it was odd that Dean seemed like he was talking to someone, but the space beside him was empty. He let go of his mother and ran towards him screaming his name.
Dean was sitting quietly on his favorite place in the garden like he usually does. He suddenly turned around having heard his name called on. At first he couldn't believe what he was seeing but soon, a grin broke out on his face as he saw his little brother running towards him. He hadn't seen his Sammy in five years now and couldn't help but also scream his name and opening his arms wide open.
Sam jumped at Dean and hugged him tight with Dean doing the same. He looked over Sammy's shoulder watching his parents looking their way but not making any attempt to come closer. He was pulled back to the matter at hand or rather, person in his arms by his talking.
'Dean!' Sam exclaimed. 'I missed you so much!'
Dean was startled to see how much his brother had grown up over five years and replied back, 'me too Sammy'.
Sam then started talking about anything and everything, telling him about school, friends etc etc. He was halfway into telling about this boy who bullies him in school when surprisingly, he stopped. Sam's eyes got glassy and wide and Dean urged him to continue speaking, but Sam's attention was wholly on something else.
'Hey Dean', he said, 'who's that guy, and why is he watching us like that?'
Dean looked shocked for a moment but then asked, 'what guy?'
Sam jumped out of his embrace and they both turned a bit to get a proper look at the boy. He looked about same age as Dean, with messy black hair and blue eyes. He was looking at them, observing them how they were interacting. Dean saw Sam walk towards the boy.
"Hello", said Sam, "I'm Sam. Who are you?"
The boy looked at Sam and then at Dean and tilted his head at one side, like he was thinking hard and couldn't understand what was being spoken to him. The boy turned back to Dean and smiled. Dean smiled back and told Sam, "Sammy, this is Cas. Cas, this is Sammy, my brother".
"It's Sam" he quipped after his brother. Cas turned to Sam and greeted him, hearing what he had said just now, "Hello, Sam. It's nice to meet you".
"Same here Cas," said Sam. "So how do you know Dean? Do you also study here with Dean?"
"No", replied Cas. "I've known him ever since I can remember. I used to live across street from your house". Cas didn't miss how Dean looked at him sadly but quickly schooled his expression when Sam turned to him.
"Is that true, Dean? How come I never met him before?" he asked while pouting.
"It's a long story, Sammy" said Dean and ignoring Sam's protests, he dragged him towards one of the small ponds with Cas following behind. They played and talked and played some more. They watched fishes in pond, swayed on swings, talked about school. They didn't notice how many hours passed and enjoyed their time together.
Dean watched Sam's face fall when their mother called him back. Sammy had quickly warmed up to Cas and they were enjoying each other's company very much. He looked to where his mother was and felt sadness creep up on him. He wanted to go home too, back to his parents and back with Sammy.
When their mother called again, Sam reluctantly turned to his brother and hugged him. Dean felt his shirt soak slightly from Sam's crying but he also could feel small drops forming in his eyes.
Sam pulled back first and let go of him. "I'll miss you, Dean", he said hiccupping slightly and turned to Castiel, "You too, Cas".
Dean noticed the kicked puppy look on Sam's face and pulled him for another hug. "I'll miss you too, Sammy." He whispered.
Castiel also hugged Sam and said, "It was a pleasure meeting you, Sam Winchester".
And then Dean watched Sam run back to their mother and started talking with her. He turned to Castiel and smiled sadly. They both returned to their bench Dean leading the way and Castiel following him. Even after all these years, they were inseparable and Castiel was always there wherever Dean was, like his guardian angel.
Sam returned to his mother and held her hand. They walked back the way they had come and Sam saw his father speaking to the bald guy from before. When they rounded the corner, his father looked up and excused himself from the other man quickly. Smiling slightly at Sam, his father took his other hand a lead them all back to the car. The journey home seemed faster than the time it took to get there. Just as they entered the driveway, Sam remembered with a start that Dean never got to see the car.
As soon as they entered home, Sam started talking about his day with Dean. He and his mother were in kitchen and Sam liked seeing the smile he brought to her otherwise sad face that is until he mentioned one name she never thought would hear from him.
"Hey mom", said Sam. "Did you know Dean has a friend there, Cas and he used to live across the street from out house?" Sam wasn't sure what had happened, but the happy expression on his mother's face fell.
Sam continued on, completely unaware that his mother had stopped moving altogether and was shaking slightly memories from five yearsback, returning. Sam remained ignorant of the fact that his mother could still remember that day in hospital with Dean talking about Castiel like he was there with them in that room.
Flashback (In Mary's POV)
Mary was just coming out of the door when she saw it happen. The Car was speeding towards her son and he was just standing there. She shouted for him to move but he didn't seem to listen.
And then she watched Castiel, Dean's best friend who he had just gone to drop off home, run towards him and push him out of the way. The swerving car hit Dean's leg but it slammed straight into Castiel, sending him flying few feet away before crashing against one of the lampposts.
She screamed and her husband John came out along with Castiel's parents, hearing the whole crash. They immediately rushed both boys to the hospital where Dean and Castiel both were admitted and Castiel was taken up for emergency surgery. It lasted few long agonizing hours and everyone waited outside.
Dean was admitted to anorthopedic wing and after an hour, he was shifted to general ward for rest. His one leg was in plaster and he was still sleeping due to the sedative the doctors gave him. She was sitting beside him ever since he was brought here. She looked up when John came in and shook his head sadly. She felt like crying again and that's what she did. She looked at Dean again and went out with John to see Castiel's parents.
When she returned back to Dean's room, he was sitting up and drinking water. She was checking him over and Dean seemed to be annoyed by that, but she had every right to worry, her son was in hospital. But when Dean opened his mouth next time, her world stopped.
"C'mon Cas! Tell mom I'm fine" he said as if Castiel was there with them and Dean kept talking. She felt crying all over again and ran out of the room. She found John with Castiel's family. She dragged him away and told with shaking voice what just happened.
Mary saw doctors rushed into Dean's room, checking him thoroughly while he looked on confused. He was discharged few days later but he kept talking about Castiel and the doctor suggested that they admit Dean in their psychiatric wing for treatment. They declared it as trauma from the accident he went through.
Mary watched her son be taken away from her while he asked them why he was being sent away, why couldn't he stay with them, why didn't they believe that Cas was okay.
Remembering that day made Mary cry all over again and now listening to her younger son talk about Castiel scared her. Silent tears flowed freely over her cheeks; she was too scared to think what was going to happen once she tells John about his.
She was crying because that day, in that accident, Castiel never survived.
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