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You know, I don't even know how to start this, except to say those final minutes of It's a Terrible Life really ticked me off.

Let's ignore the angel's name for a moment, and not go into that whole 'seriously??!!' thing, and think about what he said mmmk?

You'll always find your way back to it.

I'm sorry, that just bugs me so much.

Sure, put him in a haunted building - with his brother. Make sure said brother remembers something of how things used to be, be it via dreams, visions or whatnot. Make sure the brothers meet (and by the way, each time Dean just seemed uncomfortable to see Sam). Get Sam to talk about the supernatural, to put the idea of ghosts out there (and I'm pretty sure Dean didn't think about that by himself, and would have rationalized things to himself had Sam not put the thought in his mind), and then keep pushing him to do something about it.

Dean in this version of AU is DEAN. 100% Dean. He fits in everywhere. Remember, he had no problem fitting in in jail, just as he had no problem fitting in as an FBI agent in Oktoberfest, or whatever other identity he'd assumed.

Dean just fits in.
 
If anything, this AU teaches us that, of the brothers, it is Dean who can be satisfied with normal, and not Sam. Which makes me kinda curious as to how Sam handled the boredom while at school. Actually, having been to college, I remember not having too much time to think about boring, everyday life, so I get that, too.

The thing is, Dean drank that fluffy coffee, watched his weight, ate vegetables (\0/!!) worked long hours, played golf (\0/ !!!!!!!) drove a Prious - and didn't have a problem with it until someone practically slapped him over the head with the supernatural.

He said it himself - he didn't believe in fate, and that's not the first time he'd said that, either. He does believe in facing what's right in front of him, so how convenient is it that what's in front of him is supernatural?
I mean, come on!

Say 1% of the SPN population is aware of the supernatural one way or the other. There's still 99% who are oblivious to it their whole lives! And I believe that, had Dean not been pushed into it, he wouldn't have chosen the path he did.

And when faced with the offer to choose that path in the first place, we see a new face of Dean. Here, Sam was the one pushing to just go, while Dean tried to think it over. He doesn't want to use credit card scams, he doesn't want to live out of motel rooms, he wants health insurance, cuz he knows things will get nasty. He doesn't necessarily think that John's way is the right way.
In Sam it was instinct. In Dean, it was nurture, honed and perfected into instinct maybe, but take the training away and you're left with normal.

And then the angel blew it out of the park.

Fornication is a good thing? Seriously? According to whom, exactly? Living like a vagabond is a perk? Being hunted by the law, never settling down, never having a family, never knowing what tomorrow brings?
I'm sorry, it doesn't sound like a good thing to me.

In WiAWSNB, Dean had his memories. He remembered his training, remembered who he really was. He was tempted by normal, that's true, but his training got the better of him.
("Course I know what you'd say. Well, not the you that played softball, but... You'd say go hunt the djinn.  ... Your happiness for all those people's lives? No contest, right? But why? Why is it my job to save these people? Why do I have to be some kind of hero?") To me, that quote shows that Dean wants normal, he just can't let go of his old life, of what he knows, of his overdeveloped sense of responsibility.

Take away the memory of that old life? I don't think he'll choose to get back to it. Not without a serious shove that way. 

But that's just what I think. 
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