The elevator spluttered and came to a screeching stop, and, from what you could tell, just so happened to stop in between floors.
Your eyes snapped open and you looked around frantically. “O-oh gosh, no! No! This can’t be happening! N-not now!" You pushed on the doors of the elevator in a panic before backing up against the metallic wall.
”(Y/n)? What’s wrong?“ Castiel asked, his head tilting in confusion.
You began to hyperventilate slightly as your body slid down the side of the elevator until you were sitting. You clamped your hands on your head and pulled your knees to your chest, trying to make yourself as small as possible. You rocked back on forth with tears in your eyes.
”(Y/n)? (Y/n), I need you to tell me what’s wrong.“ Castiel moved to squat in front of you, one of his hands resting on your knee.
You looked up at him with panic-filled eyes. "I-I have c-claustrophobia." Castiel was silent, still confused. "I’m a-afraid of s-small, c-confined spaces…like e-elevators… And-and now we’re s-stuck in h-here f-for who knows how l-long!”
Castiel finally understood. He shifted so that he was sitting next to you, but made sure there was enough space. If only he still had his grace, he would be able to get you out of there. Sadly that wasn’t the case, so he had to try a different approach to help you calm down.
“I need you to calm down, so you have to listen to me, okay?” he asked as he set his hand on your shoulder. You nodded shakily. “All right. I want you to close your eyes. Can you do that for me?”
You closed your eyes and waited for further instruction.
“Now, imagine a big vast field with green grass and (f/f) growing everywhere. Imagine you and me sitting on a (f/c) blanket with a picnic basket, eating sandwiches and (favorite treats). It’s a clear, sunny day and the birds are chirping and bees are buzzing…”
Your breathing slowly calmed as Castiel kept talking, but you never opened your eyes. You listened to him as he continued to talk to you until the elevator began to move again, which was a good ten minutes later.
Once out of the elevator, you shakily walked beside Castiel. You turned to him and gave him a quick peck on the cheek. “Thanks, Cas…”
Castiel felt his cheeks heat up, but he smiled and replied, “No problem, (Y/n).”