I'm amazed. I knew you're good but I didn't know you're this good!!
Did you have a reason why you didn't write the memories in chronological order? After reading this two times I could take a wild guess but perhaps I don't, lol. Anyway, It worked. I was just wondering.
You captured the essence of our beloved sarcastic hunter. Each one of these well written memories told something different about Dean, many of them a lot of things at the same time. His picture of their perfect family life before the fire and idolizing attitude towards his mom. How the shift in his and John's relationship didn't deny all good times, Dean's obedience to him and his desire to make John proud of him. I think his first meeting with Cassie and Andrea's message represent Dean's romantic side and his secret dreams of having kids and an own family if he wasn't a hunter. Also, Andrea's message shows how Dean sincerely cares about those people he and Sam save. Then there's his relationship with Bobby and the victory of Azazel. 'Course, Dean thinks his most important role has always been his constant role as Sam's big brother. From the first memory of John putting the responsibility for Sam on Dean's shoulders when he was four (the image which's tattooed inside my head thanks to all those recaps at the beginning of the series starting with it) to through rest of your oneshot Sam is never far from Dean's thoughts. I loved the way you told a story of Dean's willingness to do anything for Sam; putting his brother's welfare and happiness above his own. Because Sam's joy is one of those things that make Dean glad.
I'm sad and happy for Dean because all these memories were good. Does that make sense? I guess it does, as much as Sam's: "I don’t wanna leave but I do wanna go." This was a delighting and heartbreaking read at the same (something that the real show does pretty well too). Btw, not sure if I've mentioned this earlier but I always enjoy your dialogue very much.
I am completely, utterly and totally gob smacked.
Okay, erm... I didn't write the memories in chronological order mainly because I myself am not entirely sure how old the are exactly. I usually leave the ages out of my fics because I lilke the readers to place them in whatever timeline they see fit. Make sense? I would however love to know what your wild guess is....
That line you quoted, god. I was SO worried that that didn't make sense anywhere other than in my crazy head. So I'm thrilled that you picked up on it.
Thanks for taking the time to write such an explicit and amazing review, it really is apreciated.