Characters: Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester
Word Count: 370
Disclaimer: I don't own Supernatural and never will. No copyright infringement intended.
Summary: Sam is a little clingy after the events of "Lucifer Rising" and won't leave his big brother alone.
Spoilers: Up to Lucifer Rising.
Author's Note: Written forthehighwaywoman's hurt/comfort meme.
Once they're at the hotel, Sam won't leave Dean alone. He's a little bit clingy right now, but that's okay. Dean won't leave Sam alone either.
"Don't leave me alone!" Sam screeches when Dean gets out of the bed to go to the bathroom. He's a little insecure.
"Sam, I'm just going to the bathroom. I'm not leaving you," Dean replies. He really doesn't want to leave his brother alone in the room, even though he'll be a few feet away.
"I'm going with you," Sam declares. He gets out of bed and follows his brother into the bathroom.
Dean's not surprised, actually. When Sam was younger and worried that something bad was going to happen, he followed Dean everywhere, including the bathroom. The last time he did this, though, was after the accident a few years ago. The time before that had been after the asylum. "You okay?" Dean questions.
Sam nods. He doesn't ever want to leave Dean again. Leaving Dean is an option that is now totally off the table. He's in this for good. "I'm fine," he answers.
Dean lets it go, for now, and finishes going to the bathroom. He goes to leave, but Sam stands up and grabs his hand. That's when Dean knows it's really bad. Sam only wants to hold his hand when he's really terrified and insecure. The last time Sam held his hand was after Dean made the deal to bring his brother back to life.
"You going in my bed tonight?" Dean questions, because he's knows that's the next step. If Sam's hit the hand holding stage, the sleeping in Dean's bed stage is next. It always is.
Sam nods and doesn't let go of Dean's hand. The two boys slip into Dean's bed. Dean covers his little brother up. "Thanks," Sam murmurs. He feels safe next to Dean. He always has.
"You don't have to thank me," Dean assures him. He's Sam's big brother. That's never going to change.
Sam snuggles with his brother. Dean realizes that he's hit the cuddling stage, but that doesn't matter. He puts his arm around his brother and doesn't let go.
When the boys wake up in the morning, they're still cuddling.