“Look,” Dean says, “the thing about it is. When I’m with you, I don’t feel shitty anymore. I mean- God, that sounds dumb when you say it out loud, but like… Just hear me out. My life sucks, right? I sleep on shitty motel beds and I eat shitty diner burgers and I hunt demons for a living. I’m just this selfish son-of-a-bitch drinking my way to an early grave. This planet is huge – hell, this universe is huge, and I guess you’ve seen a lot of it. You’ve seen a lot of things, things I can’t even imagine – stars and shit, explosions, the dawn of time. I dunno. But then you always come back here, to me, to me. To me and my shitty life. I dunno what that means and I dunno why you keep coming back. There’s nothing for you here, man. Nothing. But I guess what I’m trying to say here, what I’m really trying to say to you is… You’re this, this, this vast explosion of power and beauty, and you’re tethered to me like I’m the special one. Like I mean something. And that, that makes me feel like a giant. It makes me feel like I could be more than this, like I am more than this. I don’t know what you see in me, Cas, but by all means keep on looking. I don’t want you to go. When you go I’m back to being Dean Winchester, destined for a short, ugly life. But when I’m with you, I feel like nothing can be ugly anymore. I dunno. I can’t say it right.”
for Castiel, Dean will always be the Righteous Man, but righteous beyond heaven, beyond fate, beyond destiny. He is righteous because he Is, purely and simply is with all his soul and sweat and tears and blood and broken bones. Beyond darkness, he is passion and heart and human.
he is and always will be the righteous man because to love him is the most righteous thing Castiel has ever done.