Castiel and Chuck appeared into one of the most beautiful gardens that Cas had ever seen. There were trees and flowers of every kind as far as he could see. He heard the birds chirping in the trees and groups of animals, predator and prey laying together side by side in the grass. Castiel took in everything around him before speaking.
" Is this what I think it is ? "
Chuck walked to the edge of the river flowing through the garden.
" And a river went out of Eden to water the
garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. Let's chat Castiel."
They began walking along the river bank.
" Why did you bring me here ? Am I a prisoner now ? I thought you were answering my prayers."
Chuck stops and turns to study Castiel's face
" No Castiel, you're not a prisoner. I don't want to harm you. I like you, that's why I've saved you so many times, and I like the Winchesters, but you can't live in both worlds so you have to decide. Do you want to be human or angel ? "
" And what does choosing get me.Either way the angels will hunt us. "
Chuck: No they won't Castiel, I won't allow it, but if you choose to be an angel you have to come back to heaven and never have contact with them again.
" You mean leave my family ? "
" That's right but it's your choice "
Castiel thinks for a moment
" And if I decide human I lose my grace and all my powers ? "
Chuck nods his head
" That's what being human is Castiel. Sometimes
your completely powerless. " (pauses )
" I'm not going to leave you completely high and dry because you still have demons on your ass, you'll still be stronger than them. Just no more magic touch "
Castiel stood there thinking about the pros and cons of either choice and as far as he was concerned never being able to see or touch Michelle or hold his daughter again
was to much to bear,
While Castiel stood there weighing his options Chuck began to walk and talk again. Castiel followed
" I heard your tears last night Castiel, I have never seen one of my children cry. "
Castielstops again and faces Chuck
Is that supposed to be a bad thing ? "
Chuck lays his hand on Castiel's shoulder
" No Castiel, I think it's a very good thing. You have evolved from a mindless soldier into someone who thinks and feels for himself, someone that understands that being human is hard, but they all find a reason to keep going, they all eventually find something worth living and dying for. "
Castiel bows his head
" But you cast Lucifer out of for rebelling against heaven. "
" No Castiel I kicked him out for
rebelleing against humanity. He wanted to destroy them and you chose to protect. "
Castiel walks slightly ahead of Chuck. He looks around one last time
"Okay, send me home. "
11 Months later
Sam and Dean are sitting at a picnic table in a park in the distance Cas is pushing Mary Grace in an infant swing. Michelle appears at the table with a birthday cake. She is once again pregnant going into her 2nd trimester.
"Hey guys. Time for cake"
Cas looks in her direction and waves acknowledging he had heard her then takes Mary out of the swing and puts her on the ground. Mary Grace makes it a couple of steps before falling on her bottom. Cas helps her up, dusts her off and starts waddling toward mommy again. Sam and Dean laugh at their niece as she once
again falls a few steps from the table. Shell walks over to her smiling as she picks her up.
" You're getting much better at that. "
Cas arrives beside them and leans down to give Shell a kiss. He takes Mary and puts her in her highchair. Sam and Dean set out the plates and cups as Shell puts a hat on Mary's head. Dean puts the single candle on the cake and sets it in front of Mary
Grace, then lights the candle. Everyone sings Happy Birthday and Sam takes a picture of Cas helping Mary Grace blowing out the candle.
" Okay guys, I want a picture of all 3 of you this time. Michelle and Castiel stand on either side of Mary and bend down to get in the shot. Castiel sneezes.
God bless you " Michelle says
"Yes he did. " Cas replies as Sam snaps the photo