Okay, first off I don’t ship them in a romantic sense.
I can’t imagine them holding hands, or doing any cutsey, coupley stuff. To me that’s out of character. And I don’t care about them having sex. I don’t even really read fanfiction, as I’ve said. To Dean, sex is just casual, to be done with any random girl he picks up in a bar. To Cas, he’s not all that interested in sex at all. And I’m completely disregarding 9x03. Even after that, he just had a passive view on it. And once he stole that other’s angel’s grace, he had no interest in sex once again. He seems asexual to me.
So you may ask, then how do you ship them?
That’s a questions I’ve been mulling over only recently. Not as just friends. It’s more than that. But not romantically, either. It’s very strange.
I just like them. Together.
I ship them because Cas raised Dean from Hell. He then proceeded to rebel against his family for a human he only knew for blink of an eye, given he has existed for ages. Castiel chooses Dean again, and again, over the angels.
He fell from heaven. Because of Dean.
He started a war in heaven. Because of Dean. To prevent the Apocalypse from happening all over again. To protect what they fought so hard for.
When he was insane, and didn’t want to fight anymore, he still chose to go with Dean when Dean asked him to.
In Purgatory, stayed away from Dean to keep the Leviathans away.
He fought so hard against Noami when she was trying to force him to kill Dean.
"You have to choose Castiel. Us, or them."
And he chooses them, again.
And again in season nine, he chose Dean over his angel army.
And then he broke into heaven to try and weaken Metatron by destroying the angel tablet.
As Castiel once said, “Has anyone but your closest kin done more for you.”
And as Metatron said, “You drape yourself with the banner of heaven, but really it was all to save one man.”
On the opposite end, Dean cares greatly for Castiel.
Just the look in his eyes whenever he thinks that he has lost Castiel breaks my heart.
And Dean obviously considers Cas family.
Which is really great, because he didn’t even consider his own granfather family. Back in season 6, he told his granfather “Just because you're blood doesn't mean you're family. You have to earn it.”
As I described above, Castiel has done more than enough.
Dean prays to Castiel. Even when he doesn’t answer. At first just because he needed things from Cas, but then they grew steadily more emotional. He prays to him to protect his little brother. He prayed to him all through Purgatory.
In season 7 he kept the trench coat. And was so depressed once he lost Cas.
Then in season 8, he spent a year in Purgatory looking for the angel, when he could have followed Benny and left at any time.
And it’s just. I’m just stringing along canon things without going into much detail.
Almost like a shopping list. Jumping around.
But Dean is so happy around Castiel. Even in season 9, when he had the Mark of Cain, he would smile hearing Cas’s voice or just talking with Cas. Which reminds me of the episode I started shipping them, which was back in 5x03– Free To Be You and Me
I know, strange to start shipping a ship when one half of the pair is trying to get the other laid with a stripper. But just when Dean smiled in this scene, and made the comment about how he hasn’t laughed that hard in years:
That’s when something just clicked for me.
They make each other happy.
They will literally do anything for each other.
They have already done so much for each other.
I don’t think they realize just how important the other is to them, until it’s too late. But thank god in Supernatural characters come back to life.
Maybe I do ship them as just friends. Mmnhm.
They love each other.
Is it romantic. Perhaps not. But it’s not just friendship. It’s so much more.
I think Castiel summed it up perfectly “Dean and I do share a more profound bond”.
Well that was fun, trying to grapple with the question of why and how I ship Destiel.
I tried to edit something in this post and tumblr wouldn’t let me and just said this:
Tumblr approves my answer and won’t let me change it.