6. An idea I wanted to make work but never could.
I wrote a SPN fic called 'A Lifetime of Little Deaths' in which Castiel is able to travel along the line of his life and experience moments out of order. I was actually trying to write him as having a non-linear existence, and I don’t think I did that. While I’m still quite proud of the fic, I am annoyed that I never managed to pull off my original intention.
I’M FILLING YOUR PROMPT ANYWAY BECAUSE I LIKE YOU.
In 5.21 Two Minutes to Midnight, Castiel wakes up in a hospital and says ‘The Doctors were fairly surprised, they thought I was brain dead’
So according to their scans, Castiel’s vessel is brain dead.
Which means Jimmy is completely gone.
Which is sad as no one seemed to notice.
On the other hand, Jimmy has no control of his body when Castiel is in it.
Theoretically, Jimmy’s body doesn’t respond to outside stimulus unless Castiel responds to it. So the basic tests to check for brain activity - picking the hand with a needle, shining a light in the eye, water in the ear - would get no reaction.
Did they run an EEG, which is not entirely reliable anyway? How does envesselisation work? Is Jimmy’s heart beating and is his brain still firing around the tight heat of an angel, or is the put put on hold and the innate Jimmy-ness tucked away somewhere safe out of fear that the glory will burn him out?