Title: Of Brothers & Lovers
Pairings: Dean/Cas, Sam/Gabriel, Adam/Ruby & Others
Disclaimer: Don't own.
Summary: When his brother Adam's girlfriend ends up being sister to the man Dean basically stalks, Dean knows this must be a sign. Now that he has an excuse to be near Castiel things could be perfect if not for Gabriel & Sam, who just won't go away.
Warning: SLASH. Don't like? DON'T READ.
" 'Wear something blue'?" Gabriel mocked as they exited Cas' car the next day where it'd been parked on the street next to Michael and Amelia's home. "Could you be more obvious to our family than that?"
"Oh shut up." Cas grumbled, gazing down at his blue, short-sleeved polo shirt. "No one's going to know it was anything but a coincidence if you don't open your big mouth."
"Oh please." Gabe scoffed. "Everyone knows that Dean's been sniffing around you for a very long time, and don't think Michael doesn't know that Sam and Dean have been hanging around us lately. When I tell Michael that me and Madison have called it quits, and he sees my shiner, he's going to pull me into his study room for one of his brotherly chats in which he advises me against starting anything with Sam because screwing things up with him might make things uncomfortable for Ruby and Adam."
"Hey boys!" Jo, dressed in a yellow sundress, sprung towards them, hugging both tightly before turning to Castiel. "Is it true that Elisha Cuthbert is going to play me?" She looked horrified.
Castiel sighed. "It seems so."
"Crud." She mumbled, before looking for Luc, who was wearing a yellow t-shirt. "He bet me the actress would be someone I didn't like."
She trudged towards her partner with a dejected sigh.
Michael, Amelia and little Claire, dressed in white, were laughing with Raphael and Ava, who wore green.
Jess, blonde curls tickling the top of her strapless purple dress, ran her fingers up Azrael's darker purple shirt.
Anna, in red, was grinning and talking to Ruby and Adam, both in black, and Mr. and Mrs. Winchester.
Neither Sam nor Dean were anywhere in sight.
Cas' good mood darkened slightly.
"Tell me, again, who came up with the whole tradition about going color coordinated with your girlfriends or boyfriends to our family get-togethers?" Gabe wanted to know, wearing his own color, gray. "And who picked our colors?"
"Anna for the first, and Ruby the second." Castiel mumbled, shucking his hands into his pockets. "And you know Michael, he cannot refuse them anything." He paused. "And it just...stuck."
Hearing a vehicle approaching, the brothers turned in time to see a pristine Chevy '67 Impala drive up behind Castiel's car and park.
Sam and Dean were visible through the visor.
"Ha." Gabriel nudged Cas' shoulder. "Sam's wearing red. He'll match with Anna."
Cas nodded vaguely, but his gaze was on Dean as the other male slid out of the driver's seat of the Impala. Wearing jeans and a blue t-shirt, Dean grinned at Cas as he pulled on a college varsity jersey, twirling his key-ring around his finger.
Dean sent Gabe a quick smile before returning his attention to Cas. "Hey."
"Hey." Cas smiled back, realizing that he kinda liked the slight height advantage Dean's 6' 1" had to his own 5' 11". "You made it."
"Course I did." Dean grinned, scratching the side of his head. "It was Sammy coming that was in question."
"Still in question." Gabriel murmured at their side.
Dean sent him a confused look.
Cas grabbed his hand, causing Dean to jerk his head back around, gaze lowering to their hands joined.
And then Dean blushed.
Cas grinned, tugging on him. "C'mon, everyone's waiting for us."
Dean didn't say anything, allowing Cas to pull him behind him towards the others.
When Dean froze, Cas sent him a sideways glance, wondering if he'd made a mistake by bringing him by the hand.
Maybe he'd made a mistake.
Maybe he'd presumed too much.
Cas watched as Dean's gaze raced from each partner, seeing how color-coordinated they were. Even if the shades were completely different, each couple were wearing the same color.
Dean blinked, and then a slow smile curved his lips.
Cas' throat went dry when Dean threaded his fingers through his and then began to lead him towards the others.
Amelia noticed them first and she grinned brightly, nudging Michael, who raised an eyebrow in amusement at this development.
Ruby and Anna's eyes widened and they shared this evil grin that Cas didn't even want to know the meaning of.
"Uncle Cas!" Claire grinned as she rushed towards them, throwing herself at Cas.
Castiel sent Dean an embarrassed smile before detaching himself from him and catching his niece, raising her and resting her weight on his hip. "Hey kiddo. How have you been behaving?"
"Like a princess." She replied, before sending Dean a curious look. "Is he your new boyfriend? He's cuter than the last one. The other one looked like a vampire."
Cas felt his blush return in full force as he turned to look at Dean.
"I'm Dean." Dean smiled at Claire, shaking her hand. "Adam's my youngest brother."
Claire sent Adam a look before making up her mouth. "He's not too bad. Auntie Ruby has him wrapped around her little finger."
Cas shook his head.
Even the kid had noticed it.
"That she does." Dean laughed, amused.
"So?" Claire pressed. "Are you uncle Castiel's boyfriend?"
"Claire..." Cas tried to end the interrogation.
"You are wearing his color." Claire ignoring him, poking at Dean's shirt. "Its a thing in our family." She leaned closer to Dean, lowering her voice. "It's kinda lame, but everyone's too scared of Aunt Ruby to say anything about it."
"You know what kid? I like you." Dean announced with a smile, sending Cas a quick look before returning his attention Claire. "And as for your question, your uncle has never asked me to be his boyfriend."
"Why not?" Claire blinked, curious, looking Dean up and down. "I don't see anything wrong with you."
Dean barked out laughter.
Cas lowered Claire to the ground. "Why don't you go say hi to uncle Gabe?"
Claire looked around them at where Gabriel and Sam were having a conversation by the cars. "Who's the giant in red?" She frowned. "Is Aunt Anna dating and never told me?"
Without waiting for an answer, she raced towards her shortest uncle, intent on getting her questions answers.
"You know, I've never really liked kids much, but she's kinda cool." Dean chuckled, watching Claire latch herself onto Gabriel's leg, before Dean's gaze finally went to Cas. "Color coordinated, huh?"
Cas looked down at his shoes, all his bravado stolen away by his six year old niece.
"There something you wanna tell me, Cas?" Dean asked, and it was only the fact that he was grinning teasingly that Cas didn't just die there of mortification.
Cas rolled his eyes, blush darkening, and he would have walked away if Dean hadn't grabbed his hand, keeping him there.
The author turned back to Dean, eyes wide as they went to their connected hands before trailing up to look at the taller man.
Dean's smile was gone, his expression a mixture of nervousness and something else. "No. Seriously, Cas. Is there something you wanna tell me?" He cleared his throat. "If you don't clear this up I might get my hopes up."
Cas eyed Dean's face, trying to find any proof that he might be misunderstanding something.
He found none.
Dean was looking down at him worriedly, the thumb of the hand holding Cas' was caressing his skin.
"Wanna have lunch together one day?" Cas finally butched up enough to ask.
"Lunch?" Dean blinked.
"Yeah." Cas nodded. "Ruby said that you sometimes have lunch at the place I do, right? So why don't we have lunch there, together, soon? Or dinner?" He took in a deep breath. "Would you like to go to dinner with me one night?"
Dean looked at him as if he couldn't believe it, and then he grinned and nodded. "It's a date."
"Yeah, it is." Cas nodded, unable to keep from smiling back shyly.
Dean continued nodding, just smiling.
"She must have a hard right hook." Sam shook his head, eyeing the black and purple shiner Gabe was sporting.
"Ah yes, Madison's not afraid to get physical." Gabe nodded, leaning against Castiel's car. "It's one of the things I liked about her."
Sam nodded, face darkening, as he looked away. "So...how you doing? Think you'll survive?"
"Would take a lot more to kill the Trickster." Gabriel shrugged, eyeing Sam's feet. "Cowboy boots?"
"Oh, ah, yes." He blushed, ducking his gaze. "Guilty pleasure."
"Really? I imagined you more as the converse type." Gabriel admitted.
"Oh. No. I own one pair of converse, but they were a gift from mom." Sam shook his head, opening his mouth and then closing it, obviously wanting to say something and yet stopping himself from doing so.
It was amusing.
"Do you pitch or catch?" Gabriel suddenly asked, curious.
Sam looked up at him, confused. "I don't-I don't really play baseball. Dad tried to get Dean and I into it when we were younger, but I was more studious and Dean was more into football."
"Wasn't talking about baseball." Gabriel replied slyly. "Speaking personally, I don't catch for no one, but I'm a damn good pitcher."
Sam continued to look at him in confusion.
"Uncle Gabe!" Claire, his precocious little niece, yelled his name as she latched herself onto his leg. "Uncle Castiel has a boyfriend." She pointed behind them where Dean and Cas were talking. "They're not owning up to it, but he's wearing Uncle Cas' color and he's looking at Uncle Cas in the same way Aunt Jess looks at Uncle Azrael." She then looked at Sam and narrowed her eyes. "Are you Aunt Anna's boyfriend? You're wearing red."
Sam looked more and more confused. "Uh, no. I didn't know anything about this color...thing."
"Oh." Claire looked a little disappointed before shrugging it off. "Aunt Anna's pinning after Uncle Chuck anyway. And I like Uncle Chuck. He stammers whenever she's around. It's funny." She pouted. "But Uncle Chuck's dating Aunt Becky." Claire's eyes then narrowed on Sam, suddenly remembering something. "So, if you aren't Aunt Anna's boyfriend, who exactly are you?"
"Uh, I'm Sam." He looked intimidated by the kid. "Dean and Adam are my brothers, and those people over there are my parents."
"Oooh." Claire nodded. "I'm Claire, my mommy and daddy are over there in the white." She then looked back up at Gabe with eyes wide. "I forgot to tell you! Aunt Jess is pregnant!"
Gabe's eyes widened. "She's knocked up?" He chuckled. "Go Azrael. We gotta congratulate him on that before Michael bite's his ear off later when they're alone." He turned to Sam with a grin. "Come on, I'll introduce you to the girls."
Sam nodded, falling into step with uncle and niece.
He continued to shoot small, confused glances in Gabe's direction every couple of minutes, before suddenly his eyes widened in shock and understanding.
Gabe, who'd just happened to look at Sam the second the giant seemed to register and understand what the shorter man had been saying before, just chuckled and shook his head.
"It's a good thing we get along easily with the Winchester family." Lucifer commented to Michael later on that evening, as he watched the families laughing with each other, some playing games, some drinking, all having a great time. "Because apparently Adam's not the only one who might become family."
"I'd noticed Dean's interest in Castiel, but I hadn't noticed Sam's in Gabriel." Michael admitted, taking a sip of beer.
"I noticed." Lucifer responded. "Gabriel will chew him up and spit him out and that kid will probably like it."
Michael sighed. "Will it make any difference if I pull Gabe aside and give him a talking to?"
"Has it ever?" Lucifer snorted.
Michael shook his head. "Oh boy."
Lucifer chuckled. "Just relax and let this play out."
Michael made a face. "Not much else I can do, is there?"