Characters: Sam/Dean (Slash, Drabble)
Summary (4x01 "Lazurus Rising" coda): Dean is back, though it doesn't seem real quite yet.
Author's Notes: Drabble Meme offering for deadbeat_nymph, who wanted Sam/Dean on the first night after Dean came back from Hell. This is more how I wish things had been than how I now suspect they were.
Also for supernatural100, this is "Thankful."
"I still can't believe—"
"I know." Dean exhales slowly. The air moving inside him is suddenly so strange. "Me either."
"Are you all right?"
Images of anguish, terror—torment—fill Dean's head, everything he saw and did in Hell coming back to haunt him. "I'm fine," he forces out roughly, swallowing the truth Sam can never know.
"I missed you." Sam steps in and pulls Dean close, his kisses soft at first, then desperate, needy.
"Sam," Dean whispers, the name—the thought—something he can finally have again. He touches Sam like he might disappear…
God, it's been forever.
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