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09 April 2010 @ 08:01 pm
Fic: Dog-walker!Castiel...  
I have decided that since this week will probably be Hell for most of us, I'm going to share some Dean/Castiel fluff/schmoop/random feel-good stuffs every day this week. 

Hopefully it'll also help with the Dean/Castiel blues still lingering from last night's Writer's Screw-up. 

Today, I have Human AU, Dogwalker!Cas for you :oP  Originally written for AprilTwitfic on Twitter, I kinda liked the idea and it grew into a giant twitfic/twovel thing.  I'm kinda toying around with the idea of writing an actual fic for the idea, but... this'll have to do for now ;o)

Title: Twitfic: Dogwalker!Cas
Rating: Mostly G, maybe a snippet of PG/PG-13
Pairing/Characters: Dean/Castiel, Sam
Genre: Mostly fluff, one small piece of almost-angst, and obvs romance ;o)
Spoilers: None
Warnings: None
Word Count: ~1,100
Summary: Dean hires a dog-walker after breaking his leg.  Adventure with Castiel the dog-walker and Zep the German shepherd ensues. Human AU.

Dean kinda hates Sam for suggesting he get a dog walker for Zep. But after that incident involving Zep’s leash, Dean’s crutches, and the neighbor’s holly bush, even he has to admit that trying to walk her with a broken leg is just a tad impractical. It’s not until he answers the door and sees the bluest eyes he’s ever seen staring at him, hears a gravelly voice say, “Mr. Winchester? I’m Castiel, the dogwalker,” that he starts to think maybe this wasn’t such a bad idea after all.


“Uh,” Dean says, making room for Castiel to enter as Zep comes bolting to the door. Dean tries to ignore the way Castiel’s smile crinkles his nose as he bends down to greet Zep.

“Dean,” he finally gets out. “It’s Dean.”

“Hello, Dean,” Cas croons to the dog. “Aren’t you a handsome dog.”


Dean doesn’t exchange more than a few sentences with Cas when he comes to walk Zep. But from those few sentences, he’s found Cas like opera, is allergic to chocolate, and is halfway through the original Russian edition of Crime and Punishment. When Cas picks up Zep for the sixth time, Dean finds himself wanting to know more.

“I need the exercise,” Dean says at Cas’s shocked expression when he hobbles out after them and joins them for their walk.


“So, I was thinking,” Dean says, pausing before paying Cas for the week. “You wanna come over for dinner? Next week?”

Cas’s response is immediate, and Dean will be ashamed with himself later for the huge-ass smile he can’t seem to hold back.

“Yes,” Cas says. “Show me Zep’s routine and I’ll take care of her.”

Dean’s smile disappears.


“Maybe he was being cryptic,” Sam says the next day.

“I don’t think so,” Dean snaps.

“He’s kinda… weird,” Sam stutters over the last word at Dean’s puzzled frown. “Maybe he was just-”

“He asked if Zep preferred wet or dry food, Sam.”



Sam’s Wednesday class is canceled, so he finally manages to talk to Cas.

“You know,” he says once Dean exits the room to get Sam a drink, “he was asking you out, not to take care of the dog.”

Cas looks up from petting Zep. “What?”

“He likes you.” Sam explains and tries not to smile at the faint blush that turns Cas’s ears pink.


“There’s a restaurant,” Cas says on Friday. “They allow dogs.”

Dean leans on the door frame. “You want to take Zep out on a date, Cas?” This would be funny, if Dean could stop daydreaming about the man.

Cas’s eyes narrow. “I… You wouldn’t have to leave her at home.”

It takes a moment for the words to sink in.

“You’re asking me on a date?”

Cas nods, and Dean’s huge-ass smile is back.


 “German shepherds are extremely smart,” Cas says seriously.

“You don’t know the half of it,” Dean responds, reaching for the cassette player he keeps on the kitchen counter. “Watch this.” He presses play and he smiles as Zep starts howling along to Ramble On. “Knows all the words,” he says.

He’s too busy watching Zep to see the smile Cas gives him.


Dean blames the crutches. No way is he gonna blame Zep, even if she is the one who runs a circle around him and Cas before they have a chance to remove her leash. But Cas reaches for him, arms going around his waist to keep him up, and then it’s easy to lean forward and finally, after three dates and fifteen more walks, see what it’s like to kiss the serious from Cas’s lips. If afterward, as Cas presses a kiss to his shoulder, he hears a whispered “Good dog” and the slap of Zep’s tail against the floor, he’s totally not gonna blame Cas.


“Y’know,” Dean tells Cas as he watches him roll around on the floor with Zep and her favorite squeaky toy, “sometimes I think you only agreed to go out with me just to get to Zep.”

Cas cups Zep’s head in his hands, presses his face close to hers.

“He’s found out our secret,” he says. Zep’s tail thumps against the ground.

“Shut it,” Dean grumbles.

“And he’s jealous.”

Dean rolls his eyes, starts to get up from the couch. But Cas’s hand on his shoulder pushes him back down.

An hour later, Dean comes out of a light doze to Cas’s arms tight around his waist, body pressed close against his back. “Still jealous?” Cas whispers in his ear.


“It’s gonna rain,” Dean complains. “No way are we going to the park.” Dean looks up to see the same wide-eyed pleading on all their faces, and he doesn’t know who’s worse: Cas, Sam, or Zep.


“It’s not my business,” Cas says.

Dean looks up. “What? But I thought-”

“It’s a summer job. My brother Gabriel owns the business.” Cas bends down to retrieve the ball from Zep’s mouth, throws it. “I teach the rest of the year.”


“Teaching or dog-walking?”

Castiel’s head tilts as he ponders Dean’s question. Dean tries not to laugh at the fact he’s seen Zep do the exact same thing on occasion.

“I like them both,” Cas finally answers. “But…” he looks to Zep, who’s calmly waiting for her dinner, “dogs are easier to train.”


Dean has no idea how Cas ended up with the controller tonight. Rin Tin Tin is on the TV & he’s about to tell Cas to change the channel when Cas asks, “Do you ever think about training Zep for police work?”

Dean huffs a laugh. “Did. She can help in an emergency if needed, but she failed puppy training. She’s too much of a chicken shit to go after the real bad guys.”

“I’m glad,” Cas says.

Dean would be upset, but he catches the sudden sobriety in Castiel’s words.


“One of you in the line of fire is enough.”

“Relax,” Dean mumbles. “They still got me at a desk job with this leg.”

But he settles closer to Cas as he lets Rin Tin Tin remain on the TV


Dean stares at Cas as he walks into the house.

“What the hell happened to you?”

There’s a twig sticking out of Cas’s hair, dirt smudged all over his pants, and what Dean’s pretty sure is leash burn on his wrist.

“Never,” Cas huffs as he sinks into the couch, “ever, get a retriever puppy.”

Current Location: living room
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
devilyouwere on April 10th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
“He’s found out our secret,” he says. Zep’s tail thumps against the ground.

“Shut it,” Dean grumbles.

“And he’s jealous.”

Oh, this was so wonderful! I loved how quiet and minimalistic it was, but you packed so much into such a short amount of space. I would gladly read 20k of this, so I say keep with it. I want to know more about their relationship and how Dean broke his leg and Cas's other job and Zep and Sam playing match-maker and ooooh. PLEASE? :D
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 10th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! :o) I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And enough details and Dean/Cas + Zep + Sam adventures have started to form that I could probably write 20k of this, so there's a good chance something will develop! Plus, I really enjoyed writing dog-walker!Cas so I wouldn't mind sticking around with this 'verse for a while haha. So I'm glad it sounds interesting!
Polymorphously!Perverse: pie in the skynevienne on April 10th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
Your story is wonderful and sweet and made me smile all the way through.

I loved your version of Dean and Cas, and the idea of Gabriel as a dog walking entrepreneur cracks me up. This is an awesome story that totally renews my faith in the power of twitter.
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 10th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad it made you smile :o)

Gabriel running his own dog walking business makes me laugh as well. The image of him with the dog in Tall Tales just wouldn't leave me alone :oP And I'm glad it restored your faith in Twitter! Some good comes out of it, at times lol
GothGirl: dean/castiel forevergoth_clark on April 10th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
This is adorable. Thank you for the smile.
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 10th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
You're welcome! We could all use a few smiles :o)
-: Stock | coolamechiro on April 10th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
Awww, I love it! All the little moments are stunning ♥ Thank you for the waff, darling *huuuuuugs* Our fandom really needs it.
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 10th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! :o) And you're very welcome! *hugs back* Yes, Dean/Castiel fluff is necessary at this point. Every little bit helps!
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the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 11th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

And yes... yes they are. They're adorable, but a menace, as Cas found out ;o)
Passive Aggressive Heterophobejuanitatequila on April 11th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 11th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Yay! We all need to be turned into mush every once in a while ;o)
laurapetri: dean/castiellaurapetri on April 11th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
aaawww so sweet and cute
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 11th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
CherryShadowZ: Cas Mouthcherryshadowz on April 11th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
Can I just...oh I love you so much for this.

I have three dogs and I love them to pieces, they are absolutely brilliant imo.
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 11th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Aw, yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

And there's no doubt about it, dogs are awesome. I only have one, but he's the best part about home ;o)
smiley_banditsmiley_bandit on April 11th, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
adorable. Simply adorable. ^_^ I love FLUFF!!!!!!!!! Not enough fluff in this fandom. And good lord this is the first series I have found where the actual writers are meaner and give their characters more angst than the fanfic authors. Poor babies.
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 11th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
LOL! Omg, you speak the truth. Fanfic authors are tame compared to Kripke & co. But I'm glad you enjoyed this lil piece of fluff! Hopefully it was a nice break from the angst ;o)
Kevin Jonesmulder200 on April 11th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
Ah! This was so sweet!
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 11th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
The Majestic Bison Daggotdaggomus_prime on April 11th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
Fluff AND AU? I melted. If Cas were my dog-walker, I would hobble after him regardless of my limbs.
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 11th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Same here! Dean has the right idea ;o) I'm glad you enjoyed it!
gleeker13gleeker13 on April 11th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
I kind of expected to hate Human!Cas Au, but this was too wonderful to dislike. I mean, what with a cute puppy, what's not to like? Oh, and there was Zep, Dean, and Sam too :p

And that last one? Brilliant. I have a golden retriever and HELLO! She's so energetic and gets excited so easily (she's also the only dog I've seen who sleeps on her back and burps...yes, I said burps)
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 11th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Aw, Well I'm glad you enjoyed it! Cute puppies always make everything better ;o)

And your dog sounds adorable, burps and all lol. Retrievers are certainly adorable, but definitely a handful, as Cas found out ;o)
Mel: spn - dean/castielnewkidfan on April 11th, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
Adorable from start to finish. Perfect!
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :o)
maria: spn: unf cas unfr0knr0ll on April 11th, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
This is my favourite AU ever. Omg.
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! *blushes* I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! We could all use a little more cute ;o)
Camui_Zuuki: Castiel - Ridiculously cute headtiltcamui_zuuki on April 11th, 2010 11:29 am (UTC)
Aaaaw, that's just too precious for this world <3
Exactly what I needed after reading a very angsty fic before ;)
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad it could help with a fluff fix after the angst! :o)
harper47harper47 on April 11th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
Awww, very cute smoop. I loved it.
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :o)
angelicmercy: kitty hugsangelicmercy on April 11th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
OWWWWW *melts* this was so cute!
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :o)
Hana of the Clan Anorexi-Lion: cas phonec00kie on April 11th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
I <3 this. I love fluffy au's so, so much and this was definitely the pick me up I needed! Thanks!

the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm glad it gave you the pick me up you needed! Writing this fluffy au was certainly fun, so I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading! :o)
Elven Ranger: close your eyesnightswhisper on April 11th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Dean+ Cas+ Puppy...dear goodness you just made the terror that was last night a thing of the past. *TACKLEHUGGLE* THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Dean "jealous" of puppy made me grin so SO much.
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
You're welcome so much! I'm glad it helped with Thursday's episode! I have a feeling we could all use all the help we can get :oP
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Aesculap: dean/cas heartsaescu on April 11th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't object to reading more. In fact, I'd love to ;)
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Aw, yay! I'd really enjoy writing more,so hopefully I can crank an "extended version" out soon :oP

Thanks for reading!
.æ.aesc on April 11th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
*is crushed under the weight of adorable*
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
Eep! Hopefully it's a comfy crushed ;o) Thanks for reading!
{ embracing the storm }: SPN: Dean/Casmithrel on April 11th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
*epic flail* OMG, I don't usually read SPN AUs, but this... Dean's dog is named Zep! And dogs are easier to train than kids! And Cas getting pwned by the puppy! *flails again*
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! :o) I'm really glad you enjoyed this! I never really read Au's either, but they grew on me (obviously lol), so I'm glad you could enjoy this one!
Indigo Catindigocat on April 11th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Favorite line is the pleading eyes with Cas, Sam, and Zep. Enjoying this AU
the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 06:43 am (UTC)
Who can resist the pleading eyes? :oP I'm glad you're enjoying it!
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the_ninth_bowthe_ninth_bow on April 12th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! :o) I'm so glad you enjoyed it! and who can resist the puppy eyes... definitely not Dean, especially now that he's outnumbered ;o)