Sam pats Dean on the shoulder and moves toward the door. Bobby follows, saying they’re back to square one—but they caught one hunter/demon, they can do it again. Something makes Sam glance back and just as he does, he sees something moving out of the corner of his eye. He jerks in alarm and yells, “DEAN!” just before a BIG-ass demon slams into Dean, driving him to the floor, crashing its fist across Dean’s face.
Another grabs Sam and slams him into a table. A third throws Bobby through a glass door. Dean’s demon spits, “Crowley says hi,” before he punches him in the mouth again, turning his teeth red with blood.
C.V.O.: Crowley sent his very best. I was caught as much by surprise as the rest of them and it left me with another choice. I could reveal myself and smite the demons…Crowley wouldn’t like it, but they were my friends.
So, that’s what he does. Done and done.
C.V.O.: For a brief moment, I was myself again.
Bobby and the boys pick themselves up, groaning. There’s no blood, though—not even on Dean’s mouth. So, I’m guessing a free healing came with the smiting. That’s what I miss, though, the consequences. Even if it’s just a bloody lip.
Dean: Good to see you.
Cas: You all right?
Sam: Perfect timing, Cas.
Cas: I come with news. I firmly believe Crowley is alive.
Dean (with half a laugh): You think, Kojak? (turns to Bobby) Well, Bobby? What do you think about Cas saving our asses again?
Bobby (with a grateful smile): I think we owe you an apology.
Oh, he’s good. He’s really good. Right up until he’s not. It takes a lot of energy to keep a lie alive. Too much.
Sam: We’ve been hunting Crowley and keeping it from you.
Bobby: We thought you were working with him.
Cas (feigning shock): You thought…what?
Dean (smiling, relieved): Crazy, right?
Bobby: It’s just that you torched the wrong bones…it doesn’t matter. We were wrong.
Cas (approaching Bobby): You could’ve asked me.
Dean: We should have. We never should have doubted you. Just hope you can forgive us.
GAH! It just…hurts. I don’t know how Cas could stand it, knowingly lying to them and having them ask him to forgive them. His heart had to have been on fire.
C.V.O.: Wonders never cease. They trusted me again. But it was just another lie.
Cas (smiling): It’s forgotten.
Dean and Sam thank him and Sam’s smile…guh, it was a little boy and an old man and a veteran and a child all rolled into one. He killed me in this. They all did.
Cas: It’s a little absurd, though. Superman going to the darkside. I’m still just Castiel.
Oh, God. I went cold. And Dean’s face. His eyes. He barely flinches, but his eyes lose all trust, all hope, all belief for one breath-stealing moment. He knew. He knew and it killed him to see it.
In that instant, I thought about all of the fights between he and Sam—the one person in the world he truly loves. I thought about the fight under the influence of the Siren in Sex and Violence and the harsh words that were spoke, I thought about the fight in When the Levee Breaks and Sam trying to strangle him to death. I thought about him finding out that Sam picked a demon over him. I thought about him seeing soulless Sam watch him be turned to a vamp. I thought about the stoic flinch when soulless Sam told him he didn’t even care about Dean anymore. And through every moment, every betrayal (real or perceived) he found his faith in Sam. Because even when he didn’t believe in himself, he believed in Sam.
But this…it was worse. It was worse because Dean had had to find a way to believe in Cas—despite his disbelief that Angels even existed. He’d had to overcome a lifetime of doubt to trust and build a friendship…and with that slip-up, the curtain lifted and he saw that his friend was lying to him. Had been lying to him. Oh, that hurt.
Dean (with a fake, tight smile): I guess we can put away the Kryptonite, right?
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