FANDOM WRITING CHALLENGE | envydean
Tags/Warnings: Five and one, homophobic language, ponds, fluff, happy ending, near drowning, hurt/comfort
Summary: Five times Dean and Castiel don’t quite get to kiss and the one time they do.
Word Count: 3,620
ONE – eight years old
Castiel had moved into the blue house across the road four years ago and they’d become fast friends ever since. It was after a time when Dean needed all the friends he could get. Dean didn’t talk to Castiel for months after meeting Castiel but eventually with a lot of help and encouragement from his dad, Dean began to say hello.
They spent all their time together after that and if people thought it was weird, they didn’t care.
One of their friends had asked why they didn’t have a girlfriend, but they had each other – what would they need a girlfriend for? Girls were gross and they had cooties! Plus, everyone’s girlfriends last the best part of a day before they were ditched.
Dean met Cas down by the pond behind Castiel’s house like they always did after school. Dean liked that they were still short enough that their toes didn’t get wet when they sat on the edge of the jetty. They weren’t supposed to be on the jetty in case one of them fell in, but Dean could swim a whole fifty meters unaided so he deemed that good enough.
“Hello, Dean.” Castiel turned and he smiled as Dean sat down beside him. But his smile soon turned and Dean frowned.
“What’s the matter, Cas?” Dean asked, nudging Castiel’s elbow with his own.
“Do you think it’s nice to kiss someone?” Castiel asked.
“I dunno. Sammy’s kisses are all wet and gooey. It’s gross!”
“My dad gave me these pictures of my mommy.” Castiel explained sullenly. He handed three pictures over to Dean who flicked through them. One of them was from just last year with Castiel and his mom together at the beach.
“Is this the one you’re on about?” Dean asked, holding up the photo of Cas’ parents kissing as a very young Castiel grinned at the camera.
“Uh huh… do you think it’s nice?”
“My dad says boys should kiss the girls he likes… like your mommy and dad.”
“You can kiss boys you like too!” Cas exclaimed.
Dean handed back the photos and Cas returned them to the small backpack he’d taken with him.
“We should try it,” Cas said.
“Okay, you’re my best friend, Cas, so that works, right?”
“Uh huh.” They turned to face each other, awkwardly wondering how this even worked and if, perhaps, something magical would happen. It always did in the fairy tales they were told.
Just as they got themselves sorted their names were hollered by Cas’ dad. He came closer and took each of them by the hand, taking them away from the edge of the pond.
“I’ve told you boys several times to keep away from the edge of the pond. Castiel – you cannot swim okay.”
“I can!” Dean piped up helpfully.
“Dean… it doesn’t work like that. Yes, you can swim, but you couldn’t get Castiel out of the water. Both me and your dad have told you this. I think it’s best you go home and explain what’s happened.”
Both the boys sighed quietly and Dean kicked the dirt before heading back to his house, only stopping once to turn around and wave goodbye to Cas.
TWO – sixteen years old