Hoppy Days Are Here Again: Baby Jack Ficlet
Based off of this genius post by @seasononedean and these incredible works of art (x) (x) (x) because I couldn’t resist
It had all started with the boots.
Dean and Cas were out at some baby store, Dean can never remember the name of, buying some new clothes for Jack. It's good thing they have an unlimited supply of money, because the kid is growing like a weed (half-angel and all that).
As Dean was sifting through little pairs of jeans trying to find Jack's size a hand grabbed his shoulder, whipping him around.
"Dean we have to get these"
The instinctual fight quickly drained out of him when he met a pair of blue eyes and a wide smile, and what looked like a green blob was shoved in his face.
"Well hello to you too" Dean quipped back with a smirk, downplaying his initial shock.
Cas only graced him with an eye roll, and pushed the green blob closer.
Upon closer, and they couldn't get any closer, inspection Dean realized that it wasn’t a green blob. They were little rain boots, that looked like frogs.
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"Cas, they're cute, but he'll grow ou-"
"Let me rephrase that. Dean, we are getting these" Cas repeated, leveling him with that "I am a billion years old, and will smite you" look.
So that was the end of that (even though Cas can't technically smite him anymore, but it's not like Dean can say no to him anyway), and the boots went home with them.
And it's a good thing too because those two boots unleashed a whole new world for Jack.
Now, Jack wears them when he works the garden with Cas, when he jumps in puddles after it rains, hunting for bugs in the field behind the bunker, to the diner in town, to the grocery store, everywhere.
Because now everything, was about frogs.
Jack spent hours asking Cas to tell him everything he knew about the animal, and Dean would help him find books about them at the local library. Books filled with facts, or just stories about them (Jack's new favorite was Frog and Toad).
Frogs were Jack's first obsession, and well, Dean and Cas only fanned the flames. And hey, maybe he’d become a frog exper-a herpetologist (as Cas had informed him), when he grew up.
One day, a green little frog hat, and raincoat, appeared next to the boots ("Dean, it's just unpractical to not own the complete set"). And Dean would normally sigh about it being a "waste" because he'd grow out of them in a month, but Jack just looked so damn cute when he splashed in puddles with Cas, shrieking with excitement (Look we’re hopping like froggies Daddy!”). So really who was he to interfere? Besides, they would donate them when he got too big anyway.
So now they'll all go outside while it's still drizzling too, swinging Jack from their arms, or dance in the rain like crazy people. Or they’ll all march down to the creek in the woods behind the bunker, and hunt for real frogs (even though they never actually found any). And if Dean bought him a matching umbrella too, that's nobody's business but his own.
Then, little green garden tools with frog faces, and matching gloves ("I just thought he should have his own shovels, Cas"), appeared in the shed.
So now Jack shovels along side Cas in the soil, or digs through the rest of the field looking for worms. And if Cas bought him a little frog magnifying glass, and bucket hat, that's nobody's business but his own.
And so it went on just like that. Dean and Cas buying frog themed books, toys, clothes, blankets and giving a flimsier excuse each time. Hell, they even took him to the zoo to see real live frogs (Jack insists it was the happiest day of his little life).
"Jack didn't have enough bath toys, Dean".
"Cas, he grew out of the old overalls, I just replaced then".
"These books will help strengthen his mind, and he won't have to wait to take them out at the library"
"Cas he's two he can't even read y-"
"I know that's why he needs the books, Dean".
But Jack never grew out of the boots, they had a suspicion Jack was somehow mojo-ing them to grow with him, but neither of them did much to stop this. Besides, the boots were his favorite afterall.
Soon enough, anything that Dean saw that had a frog on it, or that looked remotely like a frog, automatically came home with him. Sam would go on and on about how whipped they were, how Jack had them wrapped around his little finger (and well Sam was right, but still).
Then, one afternoon Sam and Eileen took him out for lunch, and Jack returned hugging a Frog build-a-bear tightly against his chest. Jack chattered on about his new friend, Mr. Frog ("Just like in the book, Daddy!”), while Sam of course pointedly ignored, Dean and Cas’ smirks.
And yeah all of their "excuses" were fooling no one, but it was all worth it for the way Jack's face would break out into a blinding smiling, blue eyes lighting up with joy.
It wasn't like they were spoiling Jack,(though he deserved a little spoiling), they were just doing what nobody could properly do for them when they were little, So they fueled his interests, and listened as Jack would tell them everything could remember about frogs, beaming with pride (and the fact that he that he looked adorable in his little rain outfit was an added bonus). They just encouraged him to be passionate about, and love whatever made his little heart happy.
And if Jack loved frogs, then damnit he could have frogs (except not a real one of course).
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hey bee! i’m supposed to be sleeping but i just need you to know how happy you make me? (and you’re worth more than what you do for others, like i appreciate you just for being you, but often you being you happens to involve being funny or kind or creative and i appreciate that)
if i had more time i’d go on the full rant of appreciating you and your asks, but since sleep is a thing, i just want you to know that like. your experience with wwda genuinely means to much to me? like i keep almost going to my one irl friend to be like “I wrote about my mess of a gender in my fic and this amazing person read it and it helped them!!” but then im like ‘oh i don’t want to brag’ but it’s just...a lot of things don’t feel so great, with covid and everything, and in a lot of ways i feel like i wasted my 18th year. but knowing that i helped you? even if you were the only person i helped and it only helped you for a single moment, that makes my year more worthwhile, yknow?
sorry this is so sappy and maybe a little sad im in a weird mood but the point is that i really appreciate you and the enthusiasm you’ve shown for the fic (but also!! if you decide tmrw you hate the fic? that’s cool too! don’t feel any pressure to like it or anything, i just think it’s cool that aang’s gender storyline and iroh’s flower metaphor seem to have meant something to you)
💜💜💜💜💜have an amazing day bee, remember you’re amazing and valid and beautiful
FIRST OF ALL WATCH YOUR APOLOGIES BOOM THERES NOTHING AT ALL TO APOLOGIZE FOR *ESPECIALLY* YOUR FEELINGS ANYWAYS 💜💜💜
*me in tears * *sniffle* i- idek what to say in literally crying rn b o o m - i’m sure you helped So many other people aside from me i just tend to rant to Everyone about things i love i just go bat shit crazy with that stuff hfsjb
i wont up and decide i hate the fic suddenly dw i genuinely don’t think i could Ever hate it (honestly i think telling your irl wouldn’t be bragging you just want to express something you’re happy/proud about yk? but do whatever youre comfy with 💜)
if there’s something you should be proud of doing for your eighteenth year Definitely take credit for helping me (and others!!!!!!!) bc holy shit i can reread wwda and tell you how Every little thing helped me (honestly 👀 i’m not opposed to the idea ,,) wait i need to figure out how to put this in paragraphs um okey anyways just yeah
covid really fucked things up ik but you!!! wrote this amazing fic based on your experience and hm you’ve helped ***so*** many people you say you’re thankful for my experience with wwda but know that im just ‘!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love i love i love’ about it im just. a h h just it helped a lot hfdjf (once again i Can write how/why smthg helped for literally everything but would that be too much? if you’re still reading then lmk)
and!!!! wwda Wont help me for just a moment HONESTLY just know that it has Very much affected me in a way that like ill remember for the rest of my life? that made sense right??? there’s just So much like there’s a lot that i relate with and seeing the characters work through it themselves and seeing That outside perspective on it i’m just like ‘*i* can do that’ soo it’s just really Neat. ooh six paragraphs oops. but i wont apologize bc i would gladly write 1000000 paragraphs for you boom 😌 mwah mwah mwah ily!!!!! you mean So much to me too!!!! i hope today treats you with the Utmost kindest you’re amazing and attractive and soo very valid too!!! (also its literally a given for how happy you’ve made (and will make!!!!!! *screams* hfdh excited) me but !!! just know okay idk how to express it but envision a tiny human (omg also youre basically the same height as me we’re like the same person by default) jumping around everywhere and that’s how happy you make me feel!!!) 💜💜💜💜🫂🫂🫂🫂🫂🫂
wait oops i forgot to tell you to try and sleep more tonight 💜 MWAH MWAH ILYSM 💜💜💜💜💜
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