The Imaginary Friend (Chapter 21)
A/N: It’s 6 AM I am not responsible for any grammar and or continuity mistakes
My eyes sat closed as I stood at the bottom of the familiar front steps, the tears dried against my face from the amount that had fallen in the hours it took me to reach my destination. My body was drenched, a side effect from standing in the rain for, at this point, who knows how long.
“Ranger, you with us?” asked Dean, me not having spoken for the longest of moments.
I looked down at my arm, the long gash still fresh, but no longer bleeding. It was luckily the only physical effect remaining from the torture I had endured.
“Gabriel could only do so much to heal his brother’s injuries.” said Castiel. I stayed still, not being capable of understanding what had just happened to me.
“I think she’s in shock.” I heard Bobby say.
“I don’t think I can be here.” I said in my head, directing the message to Castiel.
“She doesn’t think she can be here.” said Cas out loud. Sam and Dean looked at each other in worry, not knowing what to do at all.
“What can we do to help?” asked Sam.
I sat in the same spot for what felt like the longest time, staring at the gash in my arm that was quite obviously going to leave a scar.
I felt nothing.
I felt everything.
I felt like I needed to get out of there.
I stood up immediately, so fast I nearly fell over again. My brothers took a step back, not sure what I was about to do and no way hell wanting to do anything to push me.
“I… I, my truck. Is my truck here?” I asked.
“It’s right outside.” said Bobby.
“I, I’m sorry guys but I just. I need to get out of here.” I said, pushing past the four men in front of me. I didn’t care what they said, I didn’t care what they thought. I’ve never felt like this before in my entire life.
“Ranger! Wait!” I heard Dean say behind me as they followed me out the door.
Cas lifted his arm, stopping the man from going any further.
“Cas, what are you doing? We can’t just let her go after everything that just happened!” said Sam, Bobby nodding in agreement.
“It’s okay,” said Cas, watching me as I pulled out of the driveway, “I’m quite certain I know exactly where she is going.
I opened my eyes, the scene from the night before replaying in my head over and over again. Without even thinking I walked up the stairs, not really sure what to do at all. I hadn’t told Chuck I was coming, and I assumed he was able to see nothing of the previous few day’s events.
I raised my hand, knocking quietly. It had taken me a whole
day to drive to his house, as there were multiple times where I had to pause on
the side of the road because of how hard I had been crying. It was evening, and
for all I knew he could be asleep in bed.
But it’s Chuck, of course he wasn’t.
“Well hello there, beautiful.” greeted Chuck as he opened the door with a smile. It quickly disappeared as he saw my shivering state.
“Oh my God, Ranger.” Chuck quickly pulled me in the house, wrapping me in his arms to at least try and get me to stop shaking.
I automatically broke again, the tears now flowed twice as fast as I sobbed into my boyfriend’s chest. But it was different now; now I at least felt safe.
“Shhh, it’s alright. You’re safe. I got you Red, I’m right here. I promise you’re safe.” said Chuck, whispering it into my ear.
I stood there sobbing for a few more moments, just wanting to be with him right now, just wanting to forget.
“Here, Ranger, let’s get you to the couch, okay? I’ll go get you a change of clothes, you’re drenched.” I felt myself nod as he began to walk, leading me to his living room. Sitting me down, Chuck immediately wrapped me in a blanket, leaning down to kiss me on the forehead.
“I’ll be right back.”
I sat on Chuck’s couch silently as I waited for him to come back with a change of clothes, thank God I was shorter than him by a good two inches or else there wouldn’t have even been a point.
“Here, Red” said Chuck, coming back into the room. He held out a t-shirt, sweatpants, and a pair of his boxers I could use.
“Do you need help getting to the bathroom?” asked Chuck as I took the clothes out of his hand. My body was still extremely sore, not to mention exhausted.
“Chuck, you, you can say no, but could, could you help me change?” I asked, my voice small.
Chuck tilted his head in confusion, the concern evident in his face. He could hear the fear coming out of my voice.
“Yeah, yeah of course.”
Chuck led me to the bathroom, slowly helping me strip my shirt off while handing me a towel so I could dry off.
“You okay?” he asked.
Chuck handed me the sweats and boxers, turning around so I could have the privacy to change, helping me the best that he could.
“You know you don’t have to turn around, Blue. I know I’m safe with you.”
“Yeah, I know, but I don’t want to push anything that doesn’t need to be pushed tonight.”
I smiled, “I love you too.”
“Can I turn back around?” asked Chuck.
“Yeah.” He turned back around, leading me upstairs to his bedroom, sitting on his bed.
“Ranger, your arm, what…?” he looked down. I could see the tears welling up in his eyes as he could see how serious of a reason why I had shown up.
I took a breath, trying to gather my thoughts before I said anything.
“We, we thought we found another horseman. Death, we thought we found Death.” My voice shook as I tried to continue. Chuck pulled himself up against the headboard, he pulled me in his lap as he wrapped his arms around me.
“Me, Sam, Dean, Jo, Ellen, Cas, we went to confront Death, but- but Lucifer. He was there.”
“I saw what happened to Jo and Ellen, Red. I’m so, so sorry.” said Chuck, squeezing me tighter. I forgot he could see everything that had happened, everything except what had happened with me.
“Lucifer, he… he tortured me basically. He, burned my insides. God, it burned.” I laid my arm out in front of Chuck so he could see the long gash that he had remained.
“He boiled my blood from the inside, to the point where it split my skin open.”
“Lucifer did this?” asked Chuck, gasping as he looked at my arm. I nodded, not really knowing how to respond.
I looked up at Chuck, seeing the tears and anger in his eyes. But it was weird, it was a new anger that I had never seen before, and frankly it scared me.
“Chuck? What’s wrong?”
Blue turned to me, wiping the tear that quickly escaped his eye. Chuck leaned down, kissing me softly, and wiping the tears from my face.
“Everything’s okay, Red. You’re safe here, I promise. Let’s just get some sleep, okay? I can tell you need the rest, and we can talk more in the morning.”
I nodded, sliding under the covers next to him as I laid my head my head on his chest, Chuck wrapped his arm around me.
“I love you so much, Blue.”
“I love you too Red, I love you too. Just get some sleep.” He kissed the top of my head.
I closed my eyes, about to drift off. But before I fell asleep, I heard Chuck whisper something that I probably wasn’t supposed to hear.
“I’ll take care of it. It will be over soon.”
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