Cas shows up in Heaven; Raphael has a smug smile on his face. And Cas uses the power from the 50,000 souls to white-light Raph out of there, saying, basically, it’s him or me.
C.V.O.: And so went the long road of good intentions.
It’s night back at Ellsworth’s cabin, Bobby and the boys are tense. Bobby pours a drink, Sam’s pacing, a book in his grip, and Dean prays for Cas, his voice rough. Sam tells Cas, when he arrives, that they’re still there because they had to bury the bodies and tells him that they finally figured out a way to track down Crowley.
Cas advances to peer at the book Sam’s holding and walks right into a ring of special oil that Dean lights, trapping him. Either they found a supplier, or Cas got a whole bunch of that special oil that first, rough trip he took. Cas looks at each of them in surprise.
The questions come at him rapid-fire. Dean wants to know how long he’s been spying on them; Sam wants to know why it’s so clean in that cabin; Bobby wants to know how Crowley tricked him.
Cas (unable to face any one person, unable to find his mental footing): It’s hard to explain. Let me out and I can—
Dean: Look at me, man. Level with me and tell me what’s going on. Look me in the eye and tell me you’re not working with Crowley.
Cas looks at him, then looks away. He can’t say anything.
Dean looks gutted. He drops his eyes and mutters a broken, breathless, son of a bitch. His voice is hollow and as he looks up again, his face looks tight, aged in the light of the Special Fire. Sam and Bobby are staring at Cas with broken expressions.
Dean: You’re in it with him? Going after Purgatory? This whole time?
The ramifications are dancing across Dean’s eyes. The months of fighting and discovering and trusting—how far back did the betrayal go, how duped had he been, how long where they being played?
Cas: I did it to protect all of you.
Sam (incredulous, hurt): How? By opening a hole in Monsterland?
Cas (frustrated, helpless): To get the souls. I can STOP Raphael. You have to TRUST me.
Sam: Trust you? How are we supposed to trust you now?
*rubbing heart* Man, this is so tough and well done. They way they rolled it out, you can see all sides, understand all reasons, and while it’s not hard to find the place I would stand, it doesn’t make it easy to point fingers.
Cas (turning to Sam, needing to find someone to anchor to): I’m still me. I’m still your friend. Sam, I’m the one who raised you from perdition.
It was like the air was sucked from the room. Sam flinched, his eyes going young. Dean stiffened and went pale.
Sam (choking up): What? No offense, but…you did a pretty piss-poor job of it.
Then he pauses and his face gets his horrified look on it. Dean looks at his brother, the same question I’ve been wanting a clear answer to echoing in his eyes.
Sam: Wait. Did you bring me back soulless on purpose?
Cas: How could you think that?
Sam: I’m thinking a lot of things right now, Cas.
Cas hesitates, then turns from Sam. He doesn’t actually answer the question, though. I think I’ve decided to believe that he did NOT do it on purpose. When he’s recounting returning Sam in his confession earlier, he says nothing about an ulterior motive. Crowley doesn’t bring it up when they make their Power Deal. So, I’m thinking that his arrogance that he could do it had him blind to the fact that he screwed up and didn’t realize Sam was soulless until he did the soulonoscopy. At least…that’s what I want to believe today. I hope they don’t change my mind.
Because I think that would be the only thing they couldn’t come back from. It would be the only thing they—Dean—really couldn’t forgive.
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