You know I just love that you picked this bit of the episode to focus on. I agree that Dean is soooo absolutely defined by his role in the family, his role as Sam's protector, provider, and guardian, that even though Sam meant well by saying he didn't "need him anymore" - it isnt the freedom that most might want. To Dean - its damning... and he's lost!
It's also just so beautiful how you crafted the ending- Sam- despite his assurances to Dean that he's doing fine and "doesnt need him" still obviously does... reaching out to that solid (stone #1) comfort. Deep down, no matter what Sam might say, I gotta believe he really knows that Dean is as constant and reliable as the sun rising in the morning. (and damn if that doesnt inspire a whole 'nother plot bunny -LOL)
Well- I could ramble on and on- but you know how much I love the story and how absolutely ecstatic I am to see you back!
Thanks Tree! I think it's been on Dean's mind for awhile that Sam might not need him I don't think when Sam says Dean can take care of himself for a change that it means anything except he wants what's best for his brother. I think Sam feels like he's been a burden to Dean.
It's good to be back. I hoping it's not just a one time thing! LOL