Okay I already wrote volumes about Dean’s weird posturing in the diner here, but I also wanted to add this bit here.
Dean knows Cas is not interested in the waitress. Cas does sniff her (?) just to check up on Dean’s stupid theory of waitresses smell like food, but he’s not interested. So what does Dean do? Mary has just told them all off, but he still postures for Wally’s benefit, pretending to be wingman to Cas, when he KNOWS Cas is disinterested. He can’t help but give himself away though-
Seriously, Dean? My devastatingly handsome friend? That’s not being a wingman, that screams I have a secret crush on my ‘friend’.
And Cas is clueless, even after Mandy is clearly interested -
And Dean? Dean’s just thrilled. So thrilled he looks like he wants to die inside.
On a more serious note, after the boys reach the barn, look at how fast Dean abandons the conversation and rushes to Cas’s side. And he knows it’s bad, so bad. Dean’s method of dealing with people he loves dying?
Step 1: Try to gauge the situation by using humor-
Cas is luckily alert enough to snark right back.
Dean asks to see how bad the wounds are, and two seconds after Cas starts showing him, covers it up. He can’t bear to see it.
Dean Winchester, seasoned hunter who’s seen more than his fair share of gore since he was fucking four years old, makes him cover it up because he just cannot bear to actually see Cas in agony. And he’s so gentle about it.
Step 2: Pure denial.
Cas looks BAD. And he’s never been one to exaggerate.
Did you see those micro-expressions? That little lip wobble? The tiny gasp of shock and disbelief? The swallow? Jensen is the the fucking master of these. This is the brief instant where the enormity hits Dean, but he shuts it down.
Seriously Dean? Time for WHAT? He is DYING and you know it. And this is when he calls for Sam, calls for Sam to abandon everything and come right away because Cas is dying. And this brings us to the next step for Dean -
Step 3: Anger
Dean’s furious. At Crowley, at himself, at every damn thing in the world that stands in his way to saving Cas. And he’s being beyond unreasonable here, it’s not Crowley’s fault and Crowley has no obligation whatsoever to help them out. But Cas, Cas is dying. And Dean’s *this* close to cracking.
Now, for Cas’s speech. Cas knows this is it. But he has his family surrounding him, he has Dean with him. And he needs to make sure they live. This is the last chance he has for telling them (and Dean) what he feels for them and boy does he!
Mary looks at Dean when Cas makes this statement, cementing who it is that Cas is addressing.
And Dean, Dean’s unhappy. He knows that the things they shared together did change Cas, did put him into this mess where he has to die slowly and painfully.
Look at that. Sam’s upset, but Dean can’t even meet Cas’s eyes anymore. He’s feeling responsible for Cas’s impending death.
And finally, FINALLY, after years of Dean telling him over and over again, Cas says they are his family. More specifically, Dean. Cas is thinking of that day, so long ago, when he said-
“You’re not my family, Dean – I have no family.”
But he’s not just family now.
The camera immediately panned to Dean there. Cas was addressing Dean, and Dean only till now. It’s only when he says “I love all of you” that Sam’s reaction is showed at all.
(as a side not, look at how touched Sam is. How many people have told him this?)
And true to form, the Winchesters refuse to leave. And they fight. Mary STILL doesn’t give the game away, I admit I was a bit :O at that, but that’s for another post entirely… Sam kills the Price of Hell, but there’s still no saving Cas. Sam is one who rushes to Cas first, because he’s still able to function. Sam is the one who reassures Cas, tells him that they’re there, that he won’t die alone… :(
But Dean, Dean’s pain is beyond words.
Tell me that is not the face of someone who is watching the love of his life dying in front of him. Tell me Dean doesn’t care. Just try. He’s praying. I just know he is.
But yay, Crowley saves the day! And Dean’s reaction is the only one showed.
Look at the utter disbelief in his eyes. Look at this entire montage afterwards -
The look they shared in the first one, Dean’s expression in the last gif, the pure amazement and relief in his eyes.. It was almost painful to watch. By the way, Sam’s already let go. It’s Dean who’s still unable to believe his eyes, unable to take his hands off…
And this, this was the most perfect ending anyone could hope for -
Can we talk about how badass and totally out of the norm it was for SJM to write a second book in her series RIPPING APART her original male protagonist in the first book??? Like??? She took the entire group of main characters save Feyre basically and shoved them aside and was like NOPE. THESE ONES NOW. THEY ARE YOUR CHILDREN NOW FORGET THOSE OTHER GUYS. Like that takes BALLS. She took an entire ship and just SUNK IT HERSELF. She beautifully crafted a seemingly VILE character that we actually could have drawn a logical conclusion to be abusive and terrible in the first book and made him??? Perfect??? Amazing??? She literally destroyed every preconceived notion we had of him??? And now we see him as a precious being for whom I would lay down my life??? GAH. AMAZING. I’LL NEVER GET OVER IT. I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO RELIVE MY FIRST READING OF ACOMAF BECAUSE I FELT LIKE I HAD WHIPLASH AND MY JAW WAS DROPPED THE WHOLE TIME LIKE WHERE TF DID THAT COME FROM??? AMAZING. 12/10. ACOWAR IS PROBABLY GOING TO DO THE SAME AND IM NOT READY THERES NO WAY WE CAN PREDICT THESE THINGS.
What she means:
In one episode of The Fairly Odd Parents, Timmy’s dad stops wearing pants because as he explains, “Pants are for squares.” Was he referencing SpongeBob SquarePants? And another Fairly Odd Parents episode involves Timmy meeting the king of Atlantis, who says that he once ate an underwater squirrel. Holy shit, was that Sandy, or at least one of her relatives? In fact, an episode of Jimmy Neutron where Jimmy was swimming in the ocean showed a pineapple on the ocean floor. Was that another SpongeBob reference? We already know that Jimmy Neutron and The Fairly OddParents had a couple crossover specials.
And remember when the Rugrats met the Wild Thornberrys? Or when iCarly and Victorious met up at Kenan Thompson’s house? Or when a Crash Nebula video game was seen in an arcade in Danny Phantom? Or when Drake and Josh’s nerdy friends Craig and Eric appeared at a convention to see iCarly? What about all those video games where multiple Nicktoons join forces to fight evil? Does this mean that all Nickelodeon shows exist within the same universe?
Jesus Christ in heaven. This entire episode was pure magic. Normally I write a post called ‘Destiel bits on episode xyz.’ This episode? No need because every single second was Destiel. So this post will be more of a recap and screaming about every scene.
And before we proceed, Steve Yockey… Marry me.
Warning for long post ahead with a metric ton of gifs. SPOILERS AHEAD.
This Is Not An April Fool’s Joke Writing Challenge
I can understand why you’d think this would be a joke, since I’ve been too busy to do any writing, yet, here I am, challenging all of you to write something for me. Hypocrite, much? Yes, but here it is, anyway. (And it’s really not a joke because I hate April Fool’s jokes with the burning passion of a thousand fiery suns.) You can ask @manawhaat , I had this idea so many months ago, and it’s just now burned a hole into my brain, so I’m releasing it.
Here’s the skinny:
Prompt: Your doorbell rings, and when you answer it, Sam and Dean Winchester are standing there in all of their denim-wrapped glory. Sam gives you the most effective set of puppy eyes you’ve ever seen and says, “[insert your name here], thank God you’re home. We need you.” They are not actually Jared and Jensen sent by your friend as an April Fool’s joke, they really are Sam and Dean Winchester, and they really need your help to save their hunt.
1. YOU ARE YOU.
With all of your talents and flaws, your life is the basis for this fic. What talent or gift do you have that could help Sam and Dean Winchester save the world? This can be set in canon-verse, or in French Mistake-verse, as long as Sam and Dean’s world collides with yours. Bonus points if you don’t give yourself a gift or talent you don’t actually have (like secretly being a psychic or something). We all have gifts and talents, and I want you to find that within yourself. Feel free to tailor your hunt to whatever gift you have. Maybe the monster of the week is weakened by bad singing and you’re notoriously tone-deaf? Whatever it is, the Winchesters know YOU specifically have this gift and can help them.
2. Since you are you, please use your name (or a nickname if you’re not comfortable using your actual name) instead of Y/N.
3. Fluff, angst, smut, whatever, it’s all acceptable.
4. Tag me in your post and use the tag, #Not An April Fool’s Joke Challenge.
5. It would be cool if you got your story posted by the end of the month. No pressure, though. I’ll be making a masterlist for this as the fics get written.
6. Feel free to drag any other characters into this that you want.
7. Write as little or as much as you want. No minimum or maximum word count.
8. PLEASE USE THE KEEP READING FEATURE if your fic is more than 500 words or before your list of tags. It makes everything look so much nicer. If you don’t know how to do it, feel free to ask me!
No need to send me an ask to sign up or anything, so no pressure. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Have fun with this!! I can’t wait to read what ya’ll write!!!