(prompt: shipper!Sam sets up Dean with a work friend; soulmates!)
Most people find their fated soulmates in their twenties, but Dean’s well into his thirties and still hasn’t found his. He’s used to it now. He’s resigned himself to the fact that he might never find his soulmate. It’s been known to happen. Sometimes one dies before they ever meet. Dean could be alone the rest of his life.
It’s not a big deal, not usually - not unless he’s around another fated pair. Sam and Jess. Benny and Andrea. Any of his friends alone, Dean can handle, but get them in pairs and Dean can feel the crushing loneliness pushing out against his ribs.
Being alone isn’t so bad, but sometimes Dean wonders what it would be like to have someone smile at him like he personally hung the moon in the night sky. He hears the sex is pretty good too. And having some kids someday, that might be fun.
"There’s someone I want you to meet," Sam says one morning. He’s stopped by Dean’s apartment on the way to his work, which Dean should have known meant trouble. "I think you’ll like him."