Lilly sat cuddled with Dean on a chair in the common room three days after her nightmare. She had slept every night since then in the Room of Requirement with Dean and the nightmares were beginning to go.
Jared sat in a chair opposite them both reading a thick book with a dusty cover.
Lilly suddenly had a thought.
"Dean. What's your favourite flavour pie?" Lilly asks curiously.
"Really Lilly?! You cannot ask a guy that! How could I choose?! That's like asking you to choose a favourite book." Dean pulled away from Lilly to look at her.
"No it's not! It's a simple question! Pick a pie flavour! That's nothing like having a favourite book!"
"Oh will you two shut up!" Jared groaned from behind his book.
"What's up with you, Sasquatch? A book character die?" Dean mused.
"Shut up Dean." Jared scowled.
"Alright then! I'm gonna go get some pie. I'll leave you two ladies here. See you later." Dean leaned in to kiss Lilly, messed up Jared's hair and left through the portrait hole.
"Hey Jared." Lilly hopped on the arm of Jared's chair.
Lilly began twirling Jared's hair between her fingers.
"Are you. Braiding my hair?!" Jared asked.
"Yes. Yes I am." Lilly smirked.
"Are you serious?!"
"Uh yeah!" Lilly grinned as she tied an elastic band around the braid.
"Lilly. You know, Dean likes you a lot."
"Really?" Lilly asked in disbelief.
"Yeah. Really. I've never seen him as happy as with he's with you. Not even when he has pie." Jared grinned.
A warmth spread through Lilly's body.
"I feel the same way. I was never this happy with Zach. It feels right being with Dean." She blushed, did she really say that out loud?
"Yeah. You know we'll have to do something with Zach, don't you?? He's find out soon."
"Yeah, I know." Lilly sighed.
"But don't worry. You're not on your own. You have me and Dean." Jared patted her leg gently.
"Yeah. I do."
Soon Lilly had braided all of Jared's hair. She leaned back and admired her work.
"Do I look fabulous?" Jared joked but Lilly could hear the smile in his voice.
"Oh definitely! Why haven't I done this before?!" Lilly giggles as he flipped his hair to the side.
"Don't get any ideas! This isn't going to happen again!"
"Sureeeeee. If that's what you think!" Lilly sang.
Jared groaned. Lilly tugged on one of Jared's braids.
"Come on! You wait until you look in the mirror then tell me you don't want me to do it again! Your locks are gonna be all curly!"
"Lilly! I don't want curly hair!" Jared said. He couldn't keep the smile off of his face though.
That evening Lilly lay on the sofa in Dean's arms. Neither of them were talking but it was a comfortable silence between them.
But Lilly's mind couldn't relax. She had though something earlier and couldn't push it out of her mind.
"Yeah?" Dean mumbled sleepily.
"What's going to happen when Zach's not here? I mean. Could you still love me when there's no Zach for you to protect me from? When I'm not pretty. When I'm broken and crying. Could you still love me then, Dean?"
"What? Where's all of this come from?" Dean wrapped his arms around Lilly's waist and hugged her to his chest.
"I will forever love you, Lilly. I don't know how you could even wonder if I wouldn't love you." He whispered into Lilly's hair quietly.
A tear trailed down Lilly's cheek, falling onto Dean's arm.
"Forever. I love you and I'm not going anywhere. And even when Zach's gone I'll still be right here with you."
Lilly lifted her head to look at Dean and tried to smile but her mouth just twitched awkwardly.
"I just thought of it and it bothered me. Like, a lot." Lilly admitted, blushing.
"Well I want you to talk to me if you ever feel like that again. Yeah?" Dean said, taking her hand in his.
"Yeah." Lilly replied as Dean pressed his lips onto hers.
"Good. Now try to sleep. You'll be tired otherwise." Dean said.
Lilly shut her eyes and relaxed her body. As her breaths evened out as she fell asleep Dean lay awake.