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05 July 2010 @ 06:57 pm
[ficlet] Christmas Baby (SPN, gen, TFW & Chuck, PG)  
Title: Christmas Baby
Prompt: Christmas - first
Fandom/Characters: Supernatural, Sam, Dean, Castiel, Chuck
Medium: fic
Rating: PG
Warnings: Sacrilege and upending of religious traditions.
Summary: Team Free Will's tree-decorating is interrupted by a phone call. For schmoop_bingo!

"Sorry, man, we can't. We've got some crap going down around here."

"Yeah, I figured as much. I just thought I'd offer, since you guys are part of the reason I can afford to hold a birthday party in the first place."

"Well, sorry we can't make it."

Dean hung up the phone. "Who was that?" Sam said through the tinsel he was holding in his teeth. It was the only place left to put it; both his hands were full of ornaments and lights.

"Chuck. Did you know he was a Christmas baby? I didn't."

They were interrupted by loud coughing and sputtering from the counter. Castiel had just choked on a cup of eggnog. "This has alcohol in it!" he declared. Dean snorted.

"Maybe there's a connection," Sam said. "You know, the whole prophet of the Lord thing, and being born on a big-time holiday. Hey, Cas, you know anything about..."

He trailed off and goggled. Castiel was already halfway through his second glass of nog. "Go easy on that stuff, would you?"

Dean snorted. "Thought you just said you didn't like it."

"I said it had alcohol in it. It caught me by surprise. It's quite good."

"Oh, great. Ten bucks says we're going to be able to hoist him to the top of the tree soon."

"That is where angels should go," Sam said with a huge smile. "What do you say, Cas? Or is a Christmas tree too pagan for you?"

"There are similar elements in most religions," Castiel said, staring at the eggnog now as though it might jump up and bite him. "You two know more than most that there's truth in more than one legend. The line between pagan and theist isn't so easily drawn."

"Really?" Sam's brow folded, accordion-like, giving his eyes a lopsided slant. "But Christmas is sort of the essential Christian holiday, isn't it? The birth of Jesus, son of God and all that?"

"That may--" Castiel coughed again, and downed his second glass-- "not be the most accurate way to describe him."

Dean very nearly dropped the ornament he was carrying. "What do you mean?"

"Christ was... a singular existence," Castiel said. Although far from drunk, he did seem to be squinting extremely hard at the empty glass, as though willing it to fill up again. "He functioned in many ways as a prophet, but he had powers far greater than simply speaking the divine word. He skirted the line between human and divine, and was worshipped as a god because of that."

"But he is the son of God," Sam said, his mouth puckered downward doubtfully. "Right?"

"Of course." Castiel paused a moment, and then added, "We are all His children."

"OK, stop right there. Last thing I need is you messing with Sam's faith when we're about to have our first Christmas as runaway vessels trying to stop the Apocalypse." Dean gave his best disarming grin. "Come on, let's celebrate."

"Sam's faith?" Castiel turned quizzical eyes on Dean. "What about yours?"

"I believe," Dean declared, the grin still a thousand watts of brilliance. "I believe with all my heart in plastic crap on plastic trees, spiked eggnog and eating until we can't move." He gave a careless shrug. "I also believe Santa goes down to Cancun and recruits coeds on spring break. Elves, my ass. Rrowr."

Sam laughed and shook his head. "Your mind is a weird, weird place."

Castiel had come forward, leaving the counter and the eggnog behind. "I am looking forward to this," he said, his voice low and blunt. "My first Christmas here, among... friends." He looked a little guilty, as though it were sacrilege to say.

Sam and Dean glanced at each other in unison. They exchanged quick smiles.

"Yeah, you too, man," Dean said, stepping forward to clap a hand on Castiel's shoulder. "So, you want to put your baby brother here on top of the tree?" He pressed an ornament into Castiel's hand, a white-robe-clad angel with thick wings and a bright golden halo.

"I'd be... honored." There was a little catch to Castiel's voice. He cradled the angel in his hands and bowed his head. He hesitated a moment, and then his fingers were empty and the angel stood proudly atop the tree. A gust of unseen, unfelt wind had unraveled the tinsel, and now it was drooping sadly off the lower branches.

Sam did a double-take. "Dude, maybe next year you can stand on a chair."

"Oh." Castiel reddened. "Apologies."

"No worries." Dean tilted his head. "Now it has that genuine touched-by-an-angel look. That's authenticity, man."

Castiel persisted in looking guilty. Dean sighed. "Hey. Hey, Cas. Look up." He braced his hand on his shoulder again. "Look at me. We're glad you're here, OK? Wouldn't be an apocalyptic Christmas without you."

It took Castiel a minute to answer, but he mustered up the strength to gaze at Dean and say, "Thank you. I think.... I needed to hear that."

His hand rose up to touch Dean's on his shoulder. Dean let it linger there for a whole ten seconds before remembering to pull away and look disgusted. Just long enough to bring the smile back to Castiel's face.

Sam had crossed to the phone and was looking down at the pad of paper beside it. In Dean's big, slanted scrawl, the words Chuck and Dec. 25 and party were written. "Hey, Dean," he said in that I'm-thinking-too-hard tone of voice. "Cas said Jesus was a prophet. You don't think..."

"Huh?" Dean narrowed his eyes.

"Nah," Sam said, waving it off and turning back to them. "Never mind."

saavikam77: Dean Leersaavikam77 on July 5th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
*cracks up* XD This was just too cute for words!

I totally love Cas's shock at finding alcohol in the eggnog, then proceeding to down it and go for a second glass. :p And the idea of Chuck as Jesus is adorably hilarious, regardless of canon.

*applauds* :D
Tiptoe39: bible sex castiptoe39 on July 5th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
I dunno, someone pointed out that he was on the phone with "Mistress Magda" at the end... very Mary Magdalene... :DDDDD

Glad you liked!
Kevin Jonesmulder200 on July 6th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Ah! That was sweet! I love the three of them celebrating Christmas together.
Tiptoe39: Cas smilestiptoe39 on July 6th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! I'm glad you liked! It was just a little something :D
Hallie Jade: awakencordy-TFWangelshandprint on July 6th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
Heeheee. *can't stop grinning. heeellpp!!*
Tiptoe39: team free willtiptoe39 on July 6th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
no way, no help for the grinning. Keep grinning!

Thanks! :D
twfftwtfwftw on July 7th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Castiel had just choked on a cup of eggnog. "This has alcohol in it!"

Oh, Cas. Never change.
Tiptoe39: Cas smilestiptoe39 on July 7th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Cas thinks he has heard someone say that to him before. He will do his best. :D
twfftwtfwftw on July 7th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Mizra: giggly!Deanmizra on July 8th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
I'm all about the boys celebrating Christmas together with their favorite little angel.

LOL at the continuing Chuck is God/Jesus joke thing. The go-to 'Like, OMC!' doesn't get old. Oh, Kripke, you slay me!
Tiptoe39: team free willtiptoe39 on July 8th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
It really doesn't get old, partly because it was old to start with. Like Chuck said, you can't really jump the shark if you never come back down. :DDDDD

Oh, BOYS. :D
{ embracing the storm }: SPN: Team Free Willmithrel on July 10th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
*flail* *flail* *flailflailflail*

OMG! Cas and the eggnog, and his oh-so-solemn declarations, and Chuck being born on Christmas (makes so much sense!) and Sam being all, "Wait a minute...no, no way."
Tiptoe39: bible sex castiptoe39 on July 12th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
Whee, I'm so glad you liked it. Flails are high praise!!!!

Rob talked about the Chuck-as-Jesus thing this weekend, saying he'd never even realized until someone mentioned that he could be Jesus... but LOLROBWASSOCUTE is the extent of my zero-sleep brain right now :D
koryuu_kun on January 3rd, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks. That's so sweet ficlet :)
Tiptoe39tiptoe39 on January 3rd, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, I'm pleased you enjoyed it!
mancrave: memancrave on February 3rd, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Awww. Fluff like this makes me want to pet them all like they're particularly fluffy bunnies.

And now I'm sitting here questioning whether or not 'fluff' is the word used to describe particularly cute, schmoopy fic. Is it? It is. Right? Losing my mind, clearly. You know when you say something too many times in your own head and it sounds completely ridiculous? Yeah, that's happening.
Tiptoe39tiptoe39 on February 3rd, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Yes, fluff. Or WAFF :DDDDDDD

What on earth order are you going in? This is such a random ficlet XD
mancrave: memancrave on February 3rd, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
Oh man, I don't even know. Its late here. I keep jumping between the Sam/Gabriel high school AU and everything else and I just started the multi-chapter with the baking angels. And its making me want croissants.
Tiptoe39tiptoe39 on February 3rd, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
That fic is one of my all-time favorites. As you can see it's one of my most popular ones too. And it is meant to make your sweet tooth ache in more ways than one. Enjoy it!!! :D