Dean thinks he's getting old, and Castiel thinks he's just growing more beautiful.
While experimenting with magic when he was a kid, Sam accidentally cursed Dean. Now, Dean is forced to wear a spelled amulet constantly, or he'll turn into a random animal. For a little over a decade, he's learned to live with the curse, and has even found it useful in some cases, but he sure would be happier without it.
When he meets a witch named Castiel, he's offered a deal. Instead of assuming all witches are bad, Dean can spend a season getting to know him. If at the end of the season, Dean still thinks he's evil Castiel will send him away with his memory wiped of the whole experience. But if he learns that Castiel is not the monster Dean assumes he is, he'll lift Dean's curse.
It's an offer Dean can't bring himself to pass up.
- Part 1 of I'd Rather Have You
“Cas, it’s not going to break.” Dean, just to prove it, stomps once, twice, three times against the ice. He even slams both feet down against it just for good measure, laughing when his foot slips and he crashes to the ice.
“Dean!” Cas yelps, tears welling in his eyes and hands reaching for Dean.
“Cas, I’m fine,” Dean assures, moving to stand, eyes locked on Cas.
Then the ice breaks, and Dean falls through. The last thing he sees is Cas’ horrified face, helpless to stop him from falling before the cold hits him, stabbing the air from his lungs with fingers like knives and stealing every thought in his brain. He was pulled from the water that day, but later, he would remember the exhilaration of the ride and the joy of the laughter and the fear of the fall and the cold of the water, and he would think that that’s what loving Cas has always felt like. A constant back and forth of laughter and cold, of warmth and sickness, of love and hate. Loving Cas has never been easy, but falling for him has always been the easiest thing in the world.
- Part 1 of Cas, the Righteous Man
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07 May 2021
It’s only Castiel’s first day as a teacher at All City Elementary in Sioux Falls, and he’s already been warned by four teachers, the guidance counselor, the principal, and the librarian to watch out for Ben Braeden’s father. Unluckily for Castiel, Dean turns out to be just as “helpful” as everyone’s said, bringing in stacks of literature and just as many ideas for how Mr. Milton can encourage his students to be more socially conscious. Castiel dismisses him every time with hardly a second thought.
When Ben brings in his Patriot Day essay assignment, Mr. Milton can't help but change his mind.
Dean and Castiel have recently met and started a relationship. One day when they're at Cas' place, Dean goes to take a phone call in the other room and Cas overhears part of it. Castiel ends up thinking Dean is cheating on him and Dean really needs to tell him that he has a son before it's too late.