“Son of a bitch!”
Sam bolted upright, reaching for his gun on the nightstand in the dark. He tore out of his bedroom, sweeping the bunker as he went, “Dean?”
“I’m in here!”
He approached the kitchen, mind racing as he heard his brother continue to swear, “… You okay?”
Sam stopped in the doorway as he spotted his brother standing in front of the open oven door, baking tray laying on the floor, amongst scattered pieces of broken cookies. Sam blinked in surprise, tired brain trying to make sense of the scene as he tucked his gun into the back of his pants, “What uh… what are you doing?”
Dean made the short trip over to the sink, running cold water over his bright red hand, “Burnt my hand.”
Sam shook his head, coming down the few steps into the kitchen, “And you’re baking at 4am because…?”
“I was trying to surprise you.”
Dean shook his head, “After the year you’ve had, I… I just wanted to do something nice.”
Sam raised an eyebrow, “And you thought… baking was the best way to do that?”
The blonde gave his brother a pointed look as he turned the water off, shaking out his hand, “It is the holiday season.”
Sam scoffed, making his way over, to help pick up the broken cookies, “Yeah, but we aren’t exactly the celebrating types.”
Dean slammed his fist down on the counter, immediately regretting it as his knees buckled with the pain. He took in a sharp breath, momentarily closing his eyes as he let it out, “I just… I wanted to give you at least one good holiday memory. I mean seriously, it shouldn’t be that hard to-”
The blonde cut himself off as he felt his brother nearly slam himself against his chest, arms wrapping around his back, tightly. He opened his eyes and hugged his brother back, in spite of his surprise. Sam let go in the next instant, going back to picking up broken pieces of cookies, as if the hug didn’t happen. Dean stood there a moment, brows furrowing in confusion.
He made his way over to help his brother pick up the broken cookies, occasionally glancing at him as he helped, unsure of if he should say something. They continued in silence for a few minutes, before Dean couldn’t hold back anymore, “Sammy-”
He raised an eyebrow at his brothers’ tone but complied. Sam flicked his eyes up to the blonde’s face and sighed, running the hand that wasn’t piled with broken cookies through his hair, giving a sheepish shrug, “Sometimes you just need a hug, y’know?”
Dean nodded, unable to hide the smile that pulled at the corner of his mouth, I know.
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