“I’ll uh…I’ll sit in the back.” Sam walked away after letting go of Castiel, and sat in the backseat, but Dean didn’t notice. He only noticed Cas’ head tilting slightly to the right when Dean stood in front of him in silence for 2 minutes. He only noticed Cas’ feet perfectly paced with his, until he finally stepped more than 2 feet from him, and got in the car.
For the entire ride Dean only noticed two things, the road, and Cas, but more the latter than the former. He noticed the way the moonlight hit his face. He noticed the way he was breathing and memorized it, in for five, out for four. He noticed the way that everything he did was with an air of calm, and then Dean felt it too.
He noticed the way Cas looked out the window, and then he noticed the way he felt like nothing could go wrong. That he had gotten a win, and that maybe, the world would be okay after all.
A couple times he noticed the way Cas looked at him. Dean felt like Cas was just as glad he was there, as Dean was. Even if maybe not for the same reasons.
He noticed how every so often Cas would smile, or look over at Dean as Dean looked at him, an involuntarily, Dean would smile back.
Dean took his time driving. He didn’t break every speed limit, like he had done on the way to Cas, but instead he took the side streets he knew, and watched Cas’ expression change as the scenery did.
Dean noticed the sigh of content when the scenery became the door to the bunker. He noticed the way Cas smiled to himself and glanced at Dean with the purest of hope in his eyes, and he noticed the way his face lit up brighter when Dean said, “We’re home.”
Then Dean noticed the way Cas slowed down, when they reached the bottom of the stairs, scared to continue. Dean rested a hand on his shoulder, and they stayed that way until Dean noticed a curious look form on Cas’ face, and they walked toward the library.
And Dean couldn’t help but notice what seemed to spark between the half-angel and his best friend, and he couldn’t do anything but notice the jealousy rising up in him.
Before the night was over though, Dean noticed the way Cas said goodnight to him, and gave him another smile.
And amid all the noticing, there was still the feeling, that it would be okay.