To Purgatory and Back @mystic75
Chapter 4

There is direct dialogue from season 8, episode 2: "What's Up, Tiger Mommy?" in this chapter along with my original work.

"CAS!", I called out and Cas turned slowly, still crouched by the water. The look on his face was one of shock.

"Dean", Castiel responded coolly, standing up as we approached. He was a mess. His filthy trench coat was in tatters.

"Cas!", I laughed, pulling him into a tight hug. "Damn, it's good to see you. Nice peach fuzz." I pointed to the scruffy looking bristles on the lower half of his face. I wasn't used to seeing him with facial hair.

"Thank you." Cas was being very short with me, but I tried not to read too much into it. I chalked it up to the situation.

"You should meet some people. This is Benny. Benny, this is Cas" I stepped to the side and Benny stepped closer.

"Hola." I looked to my other side, expecting the girl to be standing there, but she was gone. I spun around. Nada. I started to panic, frantically looking around. For some odd reason, I felt responsible for her. Man! I was getting soft! I heaved a relieved sigh when I saw a tangled mass of dark hair and a pair of frightened eyes peering out from behind a large tree.

"Hey!", I whispered loudly. "Lydia! It's OK! Cas is a friend. He won't hurt you." She stepped out from behind the tree, but hesitated when she saw the strange man in a trench coat. I held out my hand and smiled at her. "Come here. I promise your safe." She suddenly bolted forward into my arms, gripping me around the waist tightly. I turned toward Castiel again and Cas looked down at her with wide eyes.

"Dean! What are you doing with these creatures?", Cas asked bewildered. "They're not..."

"Human. Yeah, I know." I looked down at Lydia and she was staring at Cas out of the corner of her eye with the side of her face pressed against me chest. "Lydia, this is Cas. Cas... Lydia."

"It's nice to meet you, Lydia", Cas said in his usual gruff voice. He looked up at me, questioning me silently. I just shrugged at him. I didn't know where to start to explain all this. Not getting any kind of answer, Cas sighed and changed the subject.

"How did you find me?"

"Benny has connections here", I said cocking my thumb over my shoulder at my vampire compadre. "And Lydia helped with directions. I might never have found you without them." He just stared at me with little expression in his eyes.

"You feeling ok, Cas?", I asked, concerned.

"You mean am I still..." Cas pointed at his head and made circles with his finger in the universal sigh for "NUTS".

"Yeah, if you want to be on the nose about it, sure."

"No. I'm perfectly sane", Cas responded calmly. "But, then, 94% of psychotics think they're perfectly sane, so I guess we'd have to ask ourselves, "what is sane?"

"That's a good question." I was about to get this show on the road when Benny stepped in front of me and confronted Castiel.

"Why'd you bail on Dean?", Benny growled.

"Dude...", I tried to cut in.

"The way I hear it, you two hit monster land, and hot wings here took off. I figure he owes you some backstory!", Benny spat, cutting my off.

"Look, we were surrounded, okay?", I said defensively. "Some freak jumped Cas. Obviously, he kicked its ass, right?" I looked at Cas pleading with him with my eyes to tell Benny that that's exactly what happened.

"No", Cas said flatly.

"WHAT?!" I looked at my best friend in shock. What did he mean "NO"!

"I ran away." Cas finally showed some emotion, looking away guiltily.

"You ran away?", I snarled at him.

"I had to!", Cas yelled back. I pushed Lydia away from me and she whined pitifully. I took a step toward Cas and he took a step away from me.

"That's your excuse for leaving me with those gorilla-wolves?", I screamed at him. After all I'd been through to find this son of a bitch, this is what he tells me?

"Dean...", Cas tried to stop me but I was beyond pissed at this point.

"You bailed out and, what, went camping? I prayed to you, Cas, every night!", I seethed.

"I know."

"You know and you didn't..." I stormed off, not being able to finish what I was saying. I took half a dozen steps before I turned and stalked back over in front of the angel again. "What the hell's wrong with you?" My hands were balled into fists and at the moment, all I wanted to do was wail on his face! But, I could hear Lydia whimpering behind me and did my best to hold back my rage. I knew I would regret it later if I lost control.

"I am an angel in a land of abominations!", Cas shouted at me. "There have been things hunting me from the moment we arrived!"

"Join the club!", I yelled back, throwing my arms up, exasperated. Cas strode up to me and grabbed me by the shoulders, glaring at me.

"These are not just monsters, Dean! They're Leviathan! I have a price on my head, and I've been trying to stay one step ahead of them, to... to keep them away from you!" Cas shoved me backwards and I landed hard in the dirt on my ass. "That's why I ran! Just leave me, please!"

"Sounds like a plan", Benny said, helping me to my feet. "Let's roll." I held my hands up, stopping Benny in his tracks.

"Hold on, hold on! Cas, we're getting out of here! We're going home!" All my anger had melted away and was replaced by fear and worry for my best friend. I wasn't leaving him behind!

"Dean, I can't!", Cas growled.

"You can!", I snapped at the angel. "Benny, tell him!" Benny looked at me, shrugging his shoulders. I glared at Benny in agitation.

"Purgatory has an escape hatch, but I got no idea if it's angel-friendly." Benny shrugged again walking off, looking annoyed. I let out a frustrated huff as I looked back at Cas.

"We'll figure it out. Cas, buddy, I need you!"

"Dean...", Cas whispered, touching my shoulder lightly. I stepped away from Cas' hand, not paying attention to his pleas.

"And if Leviathan want to take a shot at us, let 'em. We ganked those bitches once before. We can do it again."

"It's too dangerous!", Cas shouted at me. He was trying to push me away, but I wasn't gonna let him do that. Not now. Not ever.

"Let me bottom-line it for you!", I growled. "I'm not leaving here without you. Understand?" Cas looked away with a resigned sigh.

"I understand", Cas whispered looking back up at me again. "But..."

"But, what?", I snapped impatiently.

"What about her?" Cas looked at the timid young woman who had curled herself around my arm. I looked down into her frightened eyes and I suddenly felt uncertain. What was I gonna do with her? I didn't know. But I knew I couldn't kill her. But if I left her here, would her pack take her back? I doubted that very much. In fact, they would probably rip her heart out just for having been with me, thinking she had something to do with their alpha's death.

"Lydia, do you know where your bones are buried?", I whispered softly. She scrunched up her face in confusion and then her gaze shifted like she was looking at something far away. Her eyes moved back and forth like she was looking for the answer in her head and her eyes grew wide when she found it.

"Little Rock!", Lydia panted when she thought about her passed life. "We... we were staying in a cabin outside the city when hunters..." Her face scrunched up again, but this time in despair, and she pressed her cheek against my arm. I stroked her hair as she sobbed quietly. Why did I care so much about this one monster? What was she to me? And why the hell would I do what I was thinking about doing? Was I insane? I was already gonna let one monster ride me outta here. Was I really gonna turn TWO potential killers loose out there in the real world?

"Dean! You're really gonna to take her out with us?", Benny groaned. "She's a killer, Chief!"

"And you're not?!", I spat at him. "She's coming!" I grabbed her arm and stalked off the way we came. Benny muttered something that sounded like "Fuckin' bad idea", but followed close behind anyway.

I couldn't say if he was wrong.

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