Prologue: When Dean Fell In Love
"Sammy, why are you dragging me here?" Dean complained as Sam pushed open the door to The Gift of Plants, a natural remedies store.
"Because, Dean, I promised Eileen that I'd pick up some echinacea. We just ran out because of that cold that she had a few weeks ago. This won't take long and then we can go to lunch. Okay?"
"Fine," Dean sighed loudly. He followed Sam to the far wall of the store where containers full of various dried herbs, all labeled, were housed. Sam selected an amber jar from the shelf below and began to fill it with echinacea. When he was done, he labeled it with the marker provided.
"Sam, how are you today?" said a deep, gravelly voice to Dean's left. He turned and momentarily forget how to breathe. Beside him stood the most beautiful man Dean had ever seen before. He had messy raven hair and a sharp, stubbled jawline. He wore loose hemp clothing, in earth tones, that still managed to show off his strong build. To top it all off, he had bright blue eyes that entranced Dean.
"I'm doing well, Castiel. Eileen just came off a cold so we need to restock our echinacea. How are things with you?" Sam asked, politely.
"Things are well with me. I've just begun carrying a local, organic honey. It would be wonderful in a tea, if Eileen is still having problems with her throat," Castiel shifted his gaze over to Dean, "And who's this?"
"Oh!" Sam exclaimed, "This is my older brother, Dean. Dean, this is Castiel, the store's owner."
"It's nice to meet you," Dean said, holding out his hand to shake. Lightning raced up his arm as Castiel gripped his hand.
"It's nice to meet you as well," Castiel shifted his intense gaze back to Sam, "I hope you find everything you're looking for, Sam. Let me know if there's anything else you need." He turned a disappeared into a back room.
"Wow," Dean breathed.
Sam snorted, "Dean, please. He's not your type, trust me. And neither are you his."
"Oh, come on, Sam. He's hot!"
"Whatever, Dean. Let me just get this stuff and we can get out of here."
"Yeah, sure," Dean agreed. He followed Sam up to the counter where Castiel was busy clicking around on a computer and writing down notes in a beaten up journal. He looked up as they approached.
"Are you ready to check out, Sam?" he asked.
Dean zoned out as they handled the transaction. Out of the corner of his eye he noticed pamphlets on Living Waste Free, The Effects of Animal Agriculture on Our Environment, and Veganism For Beginners. He pick up the one about animal agriculture and snorted when he read about how "the cattle industry is a major cause of climate change". He didn't notice Castiel's glare at his reaction to the ridiculous pamphlet.
Dean began tagging along with Sam whenever he visited The Gift of Plants, which was often. He always endeavored to see Castiel at least once a week. He was undeterred by the fact that Castiel was less than receptive to him. As time wore on, it became clearer and clearer that he was in deep. He'd fallen in love.