I follow you pretty well (your meta is awesome btw) but I can't remember if you've answered this or not? So would you prefer Cas to come back in the first ep of season 13 or after a few? I'm torn because on the one hand, I want to see him asap and if he comes back immediately, we're sure to get an intimate private moment between Cas and Dean, which IMO is how Dean would have to express his feelings for the first time (I don't think he'd admit his love for Cas around Sam at first) BUT 1/2
2/2 on the other hand, if Cas doesn’t come back right away, we get pining Dean and possibly him becoming the rest of the way comfortable with himself regarding his feelings for Cas. Not to mention supportive Sam, possibly comforting “I know how you felt about him” Sam, and of course a little bit of resentful Dean with regard to Jack. I simply cannot decide!
I am LEANING towards our Cas not coming back for a few episodes. I want to see Dean REALLY grieve - unlike in season 7 where they fucked that up. And I want to meet Alt!Cas and…god can you imagine Dean talking about HIS Cas to Alt!Cas????
“What was he like, this other Castiel of yours?”
Dean looks away, getting wistful. “He was like you at first, all about the orders and the mission and then…something changed. He…saw something in…” (Dean can’t bear to say Cas saw something in him. “In humanity and he took our side. He was loyal, and reckless and fierce and dorky and weird. He was kind. He cared about people more than any other angel we ever met and he was willing to…he did die protecting the people he…he loved.”
AND THEN WE CRY FOREVER.