Open up to Me

Castiel is afraid to leave the house. His therapist and brother help him to make friends, resulting in meeting Dean, a shy mute, who might just be the only one capable of getting him to come out of his shell. | a Destiel fanfic with some Sabriel on the side | 39694 words |

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23. Chapter 22

Open up to Me

Chapter 22

 

"W-What- Dean, you can't tell him," Castiel said softly, giving his boyfriend a concerned look. "You'll be hurting him even more. He's been through enough."

"No. I've been through enough!" Dean snapped, making Castiel flinch. Taking a deep breath, Dean composed himself before continuing. "I-I've s-s-spent so long... not talking. K-K-Keeping these things locked away. I'm sick of it! I j-just want to be able to tell my brother I love him."

Castiel's heart broke, watching Dean like this. He carefully collected the man in his arms and rested Dean's head against his chest. "You will," he promised. "You're strong enough. I know you can do it."

Dean remained silent, on the verge of frustrated tears as he eventually calmed down and fell asleep in Castiel's arms whilst the other rubbed soothing circles into his back. Once Castiel was sure Dean was asleep, he kissed Dean's temple and settle down beside him and got comfortable as he eventually fell asleep himself.

The week drew by slowly. Dean would go to work at the garage and Castiel would stay at home and work from his computer. He made sure to go out everyday to walk Butterscotch or to water the flowers and herbs in the garden. Things were going well for the couple, despite the rocky start to the week and the obvious frustration that simmered beneath Dean's surface.

"I want to do it," Castiel requested giddily, sitting on his spot of the couch, rocking nervously. It was a Friday night. Castiel had organised for Gabriel and Sam to come over and stay the night so they could head to the beach together early the next morning. They were currently ordering pizza. Dean thought it'd be nice to all watch a movie together.

Dean gave Castiel an uncertain look. "As long as you're sure. I'll write everything down for you," Dean said, handing Castiel the phone and quickly jotted down on a piece of paper their order in case Castiel panicked and forgot what he was asking for. Castiel smiled gratefully and closed his eyes. He took a deep breath to calm himself before slowly typing in the number and hit the dial button.

A small nervous noise escaped the man and he quickly held a hand up to cover his mouth. He looked over at Dean who thankfully wasn't watching him, knowing he needed his space for this and being watched would just make things worse. He heard someone answer the phone and he took a deep breath before quickly ordering his food and then gave the man their address.

Once Castiel had hung up, Dean slowly made his way back into the main room and smiled happily at his boyfriend. Castiel mirrored the expression, setting the phone down on the coffee table carefully before opening his arms towards Dean when the other man sat down and embraced him tightly.

"I'm... so proud of you," Dean whispered, pressing a careful kiss against Castiel's cheek before moving away. Castiel let out a small noise in excitement, grinning idiotically. There was a knock at the door and Castiel's eyes lit up.

"I'll get it!" he insisted happily, rushing to the door like an excited child. He opened the door carefully at first but let it swing back when he acknowledged it was Gabriel and Sam. "I ordered pizza!" he announced happily. "On the phone. I-I used the phone!"

Gabriel could only exchange an amused look with Sam. "That's great news kiddo. D'ya think you could let us in. We're freezing our butts out here." Castiel deflated a little, mumbling his apologies as he shied away to the side to let the two men in. Sam squeezed Castiel's shoulder gently, smiling fondly as he closed the door behind them.

"That's great, Cas," Sam praised as Gabriel embraced Dean, greeting the other.

"Heya kid, you better have something decent lined up for tonight. I'm not up for another night stuck watching The Notebook," he said, shooting Sam a glance making Dean smirk. Sam just shrugged in his defence, dropping his hand from Castiel's shoulder.

"It's a good movie," Sam protested lightly.

"Yeah yeah," Gabriel said, rolling his eyes.

Dean tugged lightly at Gabriel's jacket getting him to follow him into the other room. He picked up the stack of movies he'd rented from the video store in town and handed them to Gabriel. Sam hung up his jacket in the hallway and took off his shoes whilst Castiel played host and got everyone drinks.

"Hmm, let's see here," Gabriel said under his breath as he looked through the movies. "Wayne's World, nice. Sherlock Holmes... is this the one directed by that guy that did Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels?" Gabriel asked, looking up at Dean. Dean nodded in answer, smiling a little.

Gabriel looked over his shoulder to see Sam walking into the room. "Dean knows what Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is," Gabriel said as if to prove a previous argument the couple had had. Sam just rolled his eyes affectionately, standing behind Gabriel to look at the movie selection.

"I'm sorry. I don't know every movie ever made," Sam protested.

Gabriel just shook his head, returning his attention to the movies. "Thank God you're pretty," he mumbled under his breath. "Alright... Jennifer's Body... is that a vampire thing? I've never seen this."

Sam scoffed. "A movie you haven't seen? I never thought I'd see the day."

Gabriel shot Sam an amused, slightly pissed off look before looking back at Dean who explained what the movie was about.

It's this thing about a possessed cheerleader who kills all the guys in her class. It has Megan Fox in it!

Gabriel rose an eyebrow at Dean. "Oh, Megan Fox. She's so hot," Sam commented, snatching the DVD case from Gabriel and turned it over in his hand to read the back.

Gabriel sighed, rolling his eyes. "You Winchesters and your women," he smirked, shaking his head. Dean blushed and held back a laugh, sharing an amused look with his brother before taking the DVD back. Castiel came into the room with a tray of hot chocolate and laid it on the table carefully before going back into the kitchen to get plates for the pizza when it arrived.

"Alright so we've got Wayne's World, Sherlock Holmes, Jennifer's Body and..." Gabriel paused, fixing Dean with a glare. "Seriously?" he asked, holding up the DVD case for the movie, 21 Jump Street.

Dean gave Gabriel a confused look just as Castiel was coming back in the room and placed the plates on the coffee table, glancing up at the others to notice the DVD case in Gabriel's hand. He bit his lip and carefully took the DVD case from Gabriel's hand putting it away out of view. "We don't talk about that," Castiel said quietly. Dean still looked confused.

"Gabriel dislikes Jonah Hill and his feeble attempts to remake a classic 80's show," Castiel explained tiredly like he'd heard that sentence one too many times. Gabriel nodded in agreement.

"Just 'cause they got Johnny Depp to cameo don't make it okay, Dean," Gabriel said, a little touchy on the subject. Dean just nodded, eyes a fraction wider than usual as he gave Castiel a look that made the other man just shrug.

"Just shut up and drink your hot chocolate," Sam snorted, kissing Gabriel's temple affectionately before moving over to sit in the arm chair and grab a cup of hot chocolate. He looked at the beverage with an amused expression. The cup was three quarters of the way full with whipped cream and marshmallows on top. "You Novak's and your food. I swear, you guys are gonna give me diabetes."

Gabriel pouted, finally deciding on Sherlock Holmes and handed the movie to Dean to set up. He placed the others back on the shelf and went to sit in Sam's lap. "I'm not a Novak anymore," he reminded, waving his left hand at Sam, showing off his wedding ring with pride.

"Do you like women?" Sam asked.

"No," Gabriel answered, frowning.

"Then you're not a Winchester," he teased, recalling their earlier conversation.

Gabriel rolled his eyes scooping some whipped cream onto his finger and plonked it on Sam's nose. "Shut up and drink your damn hot chocolate," he muttered affectionately, moving over to the couch to take a proper seat and grab a cup for himself.

There was another knock at the door and this time Dean answered it to pay for the pizza and bring the food into the main room. Castiel smiled happily to himself, knowing he was the one that ordered the food. He did good today and he was proud.

Everyone got comfortable as the movie played. Gabriel, Dean and Castiel ate pizza on the couch whilst Sam lounged in the armchair beside them. Dean went to take a sip of his hot chocolate and cursed aloud. "Fuck, that's hot!" He set the mug down and dashed into the kitchen to get some water, not realizing his mistake.

Sam could only stare at the empty space on the couch in shock. Gabriel, being his usual deflating self, held a hand over his heart and sighed in mock awe. "Aw, his first words."

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