Series: Life After Hunting
Characters/Pairings: Sam, Dean, Lisa, Ben, Dean/Lisa, Sam/Sarah
Word Count: 1,061
Disclaimer: I don't own Supernatural and never will. No copyright infringement intended.
Author's Note: Written for the schmoop_bingo prompt birthday - surprise party.
Summary: Ben turns eighteen, so Dean and Lisa throw him a surprise party.
Benjamin Isaac Winchester was going to be eighteen in three days. Needless to say, the teenager was excited about finally becoming legal. Plus, this was his senior year of high school so he’d be out of the house soon! He loved his family, but sometimes he needed peace and quiet.
Unfortunately for Ben, his parents were planning a surprise birthday party for him. Ben hadn’t wanted a big deal to be made out of his birthday, so Dean and Lisa had agreed with him – but only in front of him. This was a special birthday for Ben, and they were going to celebrate it in a special way.
Dean and Lisa didn’t tell their youngest three children about the party since they knew that Lily, Drew, and Daphne wouldn’t be able to keep a secret. The six year old and three year olds were currently in the dark about their older brother’s surprise party.
“I can’t believe your kid’s going to be eighteen,” Sam told his brother, grabbing a drink from the cooler and sitting down.
“Me neither.” Dean knew Lisa was freaking out about Ben’s birthday, but he wasn’t. He felt old, but he wasn’t freaking out about it. While Ben would be leaving the house for college soon, they still had Lily, Drew, and Daphne with them. No empty house for them for another fifteen years.
“I can’t picture Molly going to college.” Molly was Sam’s daughter with girlfriend Sarah Blake. The two had run into each other two years earlier at the grocery store, and one thing had led to another. They now had eight month old Molly Ann Blake-Winchester, plus Sarah’s six year old daughter from a previous relationship, Rowan. Sarah and Rowan had moved to Cicero after the divorce, not knowing the Winchesters were there.
“You still have eighteen more years, Sammy. Don’t think they should go fast.” Not that Dean thought Sam and Sarah had to worry about kids going off to college yet. Sarah was already six months pregnant with baby number three, conceived just six weeks after Molly’s birth. Their house would be full for awhile.
“I still can’t believe you’re married and have four kids sometimes.” Sam really couldn’t. His brother – the former womanizer- had a family now! He never would have pictured that twelve years ago, when he first rejoined the hunt.
“Me neither.” Dean still thought he was dreaming sometimes when he woke up to Lisa (and sometimes, the kids) in the mornings.
Adam was stopping by later with his wife, Natalia. Unlike his brothers, Adam had no kids. He and Natalia didn’t want any, and they were both fine with that decision. Sam and Dean couldn’t wait for that visit.
Three days later, Dean and Lisa woke their son up by having his younger siblings jump on his bed. “Come on, Benny!” cried Drew.
“I’m up. I’m up! Andrew Wyatt Winchester, Lily Savannah Winchester, and Daphne Elyse Winchester, what are you three doing to me?” an irritated and tired Ben asked.
“It’s your birthday,” Lily pointed out. She wanted to celebrate it with her big brother.
“I know that, Baby Girl, but I’m tired,” Ben whined. He loved his little sisters and brother, but they could be really annoying sometimes.
“Mommy and Daddy said to wake up,” Daphne quietly informed him.
“Yes, we did. Get out of bed, Benjamin!” Lisa called up the stairs. She was glad she had sent Lily, Drew, and Daphne upstairs. They always managed to get their older brother out of bed.
Ben reluctantly got out of his bed and followed Lily, Drew, and Daphne downstairs to the kitchen.
The entire day, Lisa and Dean didn’t mention anything about the surprise party. Sam and Sarah picked up Ben at 5:30 to take him to a movie just so they could get him out of the house. The guests showed up at 6:00.
Needless to say, Ben was pretty surprised when he arrived home and there was a party waiting for him. “Thanks you guys!” he yelled to his parents.
“You’re welcome!” Dean called back as Lisa tried not to cry. She had been really emotional lately about Ben turning eighteen.
Around 10:00, Dean went outside with Ben to talk to him. “Kiddo, I can’t believe you’re eighteen. It seems like just yesterday you were eight and I saved you from the changelings.”
“I remember that. I’m glad you’re my dad,” Ben reluctantly admitted. He knew Lisa had lied to Dean at first, but the truth came out after he returned again, after Sam died defeating Lucifer.
“I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you before, Ben.” Dean felt extremely guilt about missing the first eight years of his son’s life.
“I know you do, but you don’t have to be. You didn’t know.” Ben didn’t resent him at all for missing so much time with him. He understood what had happened.
“I’m apologizing anyway, Kid. Anyway, happy birthday. Enjoy being legal for most things.” He couldn’t grasp the concept that he had an eighteen year old son that was going away to college soon.
“I will.” Ben took a sip of his drink and headed back inside, where he was attacked by his younger brother and sisters.
Lisa went outside with her husband after Ben came in. “So, you want to go look and his baby pictures and weep about how he grew up too fast?” Lisa teased. She probably was going to do that, but wasn’t about tell Dean.
Dean laughed. “Lise, go ahead and cry if you want to. I know you’re still in shock about our oldest.”
Lisa laughed with him. “I’m not doing it yet.” He knew her so well, something that she was really grateful for.
“I’m glad then. I’ll be right here waiting when you do though,” Dean reminded her.
Lisa giggled. “I thought you were about to start singing there.” She loved it when Dean sang. It was always really nice to listen to.
“Maybe later.” He winked at her and they sat on the porch swing for most of the night, thinking about their future.
Lisa and Dean couldn’t wait to see what the next eighteen years or so did for Ben’s life. They were excited about the changes he was going to go through.
And hey, at least they still had three more kids to deal with.