[Supernatural Advent - December 5]
"Please Dean? It would just be for the day." Sam pleaded over the phone and even though Dean couldn’t see it, he knew his little brother was doing puppy dog eyes at him. Which was annoyingly appropriate, considering the occasion.
"Come on, Sam, what do I know about taking care of a puppy?"
"Well, get Benny to help you. You guys can eat anything in the house, I just can’t leave him along for this long and I can’t reschedule."
"Fine, fine, but only because it’s Christmas." Dean pointed, as if Sam was right in front of him.
"Thank you, thank you! I’ll owe you one, Dean."
"Damn right you do."
And that was how Dean and Benny found themselves pet sitting Sam’s new puppy during what was supposed to be their Christmas break. The two of them both managed to steal some time off work which they intended to spend doing absolutely nothing.
"It ain’t gonna be that bad, playin’ with a puppy." Benny said, being logical and kindhearted. There really were worse things they could have been doing, Dean had to admit.
The puppy was really cute, even if Dean wasn’t much of a dog person. It was a mix, Sam said, which made sense, since Dean couldn’t recognize it as a dog that looked like any other dog he knew of. Not that he was particularly well versed in dog breeds. What really sold the experience for Dean, though, was watching Benny with the puppy.
Dean sat on the couch as the dog, Scruffy, ran all around. Benny was instantly on the floor with him. Scruffy loved him instantly, climbing into Benny’s lap and licking his face. Benny chuckled his low, warm laugh and held the puppy up like it was nothing. He looked so tiny compared to Benny and that made Dean smile.
"Didn’t take you for a dog person."
"Aw, I like all animals, at least the good ones." Benny snuggled the dog and then turned Scruffy to face Dean. "Look at this little guy. He’s got a good soul in him."
"Maybe you just bring out the good in animals, or something."
"Maybe." Benny shrugged and looked at Scruffy. The dog barked the tiniest little yap of a bark Dean had ever heard, then turned to Benny and started licking his face again. Then he wiggled his way out of Benny’s hands and scampered over to Dean, biting at the hem of his jeans and giving a little tug.
"Hey, hey, what’s this?" Dean frowned at the dog, though he wasn’t actually angry.
"Think he wants you to come play." Benny answered for Scruffy and the dog tugged harder.
"Alright, fine…" Dean sighed and made a show of hauling himself up off the couch. He leaned down and snagged Scruffy with one arm and hugged the puppy to his chest before sitting cross-legged on the floor, facing Benny.
Scruffy was wiggling and yipping, swishing his tail back and forth like he was the happiest little dog in the world.
"He likes you too," Benny said with a smile.
"What’s not to like?" Dean set Scruffy down in his lap and watched as the puppy tried to climb up onto his legs. Dean kept making it hard for the dog by lifting his leg this way or that to topple him back over. He got so caught up in the game that he almost didn’t notice the way Benny had gone quiet.
When he looked up, Dean spotted Benny smiling that big, stupid, loving smile at him and he had to look away to hide the blush.
"Ain’t nothin’ not to like about you, Dean." Benny leaned forward, planting a hand on Dean’s knee, and pressed a kiss to his lips. There was no stopping the blush now, but Dean ignored it, closed his eyes and kissed Benny back.
Not one to be ignored, Scruffy climbed up onto Dean’s leg, set his front paws on Dean’s chest, and licked at both of their cheeks until they laughed and broke apart.
"Yeah, okay, fine. Go fetch!" Dean grabbed a toy within arm’s reach and tossed it down the hall. Scruffy went off after it and Dean stole another kiss from Benny before the puppy got back.