Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else. by CaremKefo
13 Nov 2017
When Dean finds Castiel standing on the wrong side of the bridge railing in the pouring rain, he takes him home. He finds himself caring for the man as a replacement for his younger brother, but when Cas gradually reveals what led him to contemplate suicide Dean realises that they can't ignore his past, and takes steps to help Cas heal and move on. As Dean becomes more aware of how our pasts can affect us, and as his old trauma resurfaces, he – albeit reluctantly - starts to open up to Cas about his own past. What starts out as a friendship born of loneliness and desperation grows into something more as they are drawn closer to each other over time, and slowly help each other to mend.
(The tags probably make this sound more depressing than it's going to be.)
"At the same time, both righteous and a sinner." Missing scenes, drabbles and miscellany on Dean Winchester's faith journey throughout the series. Mostly canon-compliant. Not updated on a regular basis.
Cas never expected to live through Dean's last plan. Now, he's not only alive, he's in the past--before Dean went to Hell, before he made the deal at all. Can a fallen angel and a couple of hunters change the future by altering the past?