levithan!cas

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SW: Must have freaked you out, coming home after the whole defrosting thing.
SR: Takes some getting used to. It’s good to meet you, Sam.
SW: It’s your bed, right?
SR: What’s that?
SW: Your bed: it’s too soft. When I was over there, I’d sleep on the ground and use rocks for pillows like a caveman. Now, I’m home, lying on my bed and it’s like-
SR: Lying on a marshmallow. I think I’m gonna sink right to the floor. How long?
SW: Two tours.

I just want to take a look at this scene and just how deft Sam is at reading this man. Steve spent enough time as a soldier to enjoy the cameraderie and banter with the Commandos, back in the day. They poked fun at him, and vice versa, with snark abounding. And this opening scene of the film shows that Steve has been missing having the banter. It’s not the same with the Avengers (as Tony said “we’re not soldiers”), but he sees and pokes at this guy.

And hey, a fellow-soldier. That’s good right? But the second Sam brings up the ice, he - and we - see the way Steve immediately pulls back and prepares to leave. A lot of people who come back from wars with post-traumatic stress tend to keep people at arm’s length about it. A lot of people don’t want to face it or even admit there’s a problem.

Steve always has been someone who doesn’t want to be a burden on people. My theory is that because he was so sickly and physically frail in his youth, he always felt guilty because people had to take care of him: his mother, Bucky, Bucky’s parents. He never wants to bother people when he’s feeling bad about stuff. He always, always tries to push on through it like it’s nothing. He hides behind a wall of dry, bitter sarcasm and broken smiles.

Most people don’t look beyond it, because hey! Captain America! He won’t have any of those problems regular guys have. But Sam knows these kind of people. Hell, Sam is one of these kinds of people, who came back from a warzone with ‘baggage’ as he calls it. And he clearly realises that Steve is one of his kind of people, and will isolate himself.

So instead of watching Steve bolt, he offers him an alternative reason for being freaked out: a bed. A simple thing that every soldier returning from a war zone would have to get used to again. A simple opening. Also allowing him to say “this was my experience. Let me open up to you”.

And in doing so, in showing some of his own memories and problems, Sam has done more for Steve than anyone else could have done. He’s given him a point of contact who has has similar experiences, a touchstone, someone who might know a little of what he’s going through, not as Captain America, but as Steve Rogers, US soldier. Also, I like the touch that he lets the sentence hang, giving Steve the opening to finish it, to continue their interaction.

He doesn’t push Steve to spill his guts. He doesn’t demand to know what’s bothering him. He lets Steve take charge in the conversation, ask the questions, learn more. This is so important, because he knows Steve needs someone to talk to, but he also knows this isn’t a conversation you can force someone to be a part of, especially not someone like Steve who is more likely to walk away than admit anything. When Sam does ask questions, they’re general ones, about the time, not about the soldiering or the war.

And when Steve leaves for real, he’s smiling and teasing. He’s not “nice to meet you bye” this time. This means that when Sam basically offers him the opportunity to talk - on his terms - it comes easily. He makes it sound like it’ll be good for himself (looking awesome in front of the girl at the front desk), and it would be Steve doing him a favour.

And the fact that Steve doesn’t immediately say no (I’ll keep it in mind) means that Sam has done what he intended to do: he offered Steve a line, if he ever needs it, but did it in a way that came with no strings attached and no pressure. Rather than saying “come to the VA, I can help you”, he framed it in a way that means Steve knows it’s an option, but isn’t obliged to do anything.

One of the most important parts about needing help is being ready and willing to ask for help. Sam just gave Steve a place where he can go for help if he needs it without making it sound condescending, and without Steve needing to feel guilty about it, and I love that.

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“This is very high, Y/N. Are you sure you want to do this?” Cas asked, looking down to the waves below. “The man at the hotel said there were hikes we could take–ones that didn’t involve jumping off cliffs.”

“Are you scared, Cas?” you asked, teasing. He looked to you with his face set, though, brow furrowed, and you couldn’t help but laugh.

“I’m worried about you, so yes, a little scared,” he said. “There are rocks we might hit on the way down, the tide could be strong, there–”

“Cas,” you stopped him. “It’s a leap of faith. Kind of like getting married to me was.”

His face softened at that and he took your hand in his, running his thumb over the ring on your fourth finger.

“Then we’ll jump together here, too,” he nodded, and clasping your hand a little tighter, the two of you counted down and, holding tight to one another, you jumped together into the unknown.

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anonymous asked:

I just read someone's thoughts on a certain possible pairing within a fandom, and the author thought that the eventual occurrence of said pairing was likely because of, according to the author, of the clear sings of jealously that each character displays when their possible future romantic partner expresses a romantic/sexual interest in another person. Do you feel that those displays of jealously apply to Dean and Cas?

Hi, Nonnie! Considering that Supernatural isn’t a show that focuses on romance, we don’t have many moments for Dean to be jealous of Cas or vice versa. However, there are some displays. This is my favorite, from 7x17, when Dean sees “Emmanuel” with his wife: 

Dean’s look makes me so sad. He’s not even angry; he just looks hurt, broken. 

There are others up to season 7 that you can check in this post. In the Carver era, I remember other moments like when Dean interrupts Meg and Cas in 8x17:

when Dean chokes on a burrito immediately after learning Cas had sex in 9x03:

when Dean thought Cas was going on a date in 9x06:

Dean’s face before giving Cas advice for his “date”:

or when Dean hears Cas say there’s a female outside in the car in 10x03:

On Cas’ part, there aren’t so many. The classic from 4x10:

The “What stuff?” Cas says when Dean tells him there’s other stuff he has to do and that’s why Cas can’t immediately go to Dean in 5x04:

and the “What other angel?” when Dean tells Cas that another angel is going to help Sam in 9x01:

Some people could yell no homo for many of these. All I know is that these are not scripted, but thank you Jensen and Misha for your facial expressions (especially Jensen).