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Castiel Rising by phate-phoenix
Word Count: 70,000
Summary: (AU) Hell is adaptation: change to suit the environment, or experience unending torment. Castiel knows this, expected it when he plunged into Hell to be with Lucifer, and allowed it. But change isn’t just one of Hell’s tortures, something he will discover when Lucifer orders him to protect Dean and Sam Winchester from Heaven’s forces.
This canon rewrite is fantastically fun, well put together, and well characterized. Castiel first starts doubting Heaven and their orders before humanity even comes along (working from The Man Who Would Be King canon and what we know of Cas’ observations of life). This initial, small disagreement leads to him becoming very close to Lucifer. Castiel chooses to fall, refusing to let his brother suffer for all eternity by himself even though he doesn’t agree with Lucifer’s position. Castiel mostly keeps to himself in Hell but hubbub over a certain Righteous Man and his connection to Lucifer’s possible release has him coming down to visit Dean (some wonderful bonding moments even in Hell!). By this time, Castiel has been in Hell since the dawn of man and he’s not really an angel anymore (should I mention part of his adaptation to Hell is becoming a fucking DRAGON? because it is and it’s glorious). He certainly doesn’t have any affinity for humanity (no disdain - just neutral). After an order from Lucifer to protect the Winchesters, what follows are tweaked season five canon events - often told from a perspective we don’t get in the show and I believe every mytharc episode is represented.
I’ve always been a bit of a fangirl when it comes to Lucifer after reading Paradise Lost in high school. And let me tell you, if you are similar to me (maybe you were also a fan of The Silmarillion or maybe your favorite part of taking Latin was translating Ovid or maybe you still fangirl over Edith Hamilton), then you MUST read the opening of this fic which chronicles humanity’s creation, the “creation” of demons, and Lucifer’s fall. And then there’s Hell and it’s sentient landscape! Can I just get this author to write up various mythological backstories to SPN’s canon??? It’s wonderfully imaginative and enjoyable regardless of your ship.
It’s been a while since I’ve devoured a fic so quickly. It delivers in so many ways I just wasn’t expecting and the author’s love for the canon is quite apparent - free will and familial love are both very important. I really love Cas’ alien perspective and Dean getting annoyed over his terse, ambiguous manner of speaking will never not be funny. Seeing Cas fall for Dean and humanity in a new way was also wonderful. And good god, I apologize if I’ve super oversold this fic and you end up hating it. There’s some odd idiosyncrasies and a few hokey moments, but reading this plotty, fast paced fic was a JOY. Note that megstiel is a secondary pairing but it’s not romantic and very reminiscent of their season 6 canon relationship.
A DCBB 2011 fic
Ask #1 (maryoftheangels): there’s this fic… #1
Hello, I am kind of desperate trying to find a fic I read while ago and can’t seem to find (I could’t find it in the tag). It is one where Dean is turned into a woman temporarily by I think a daughter of Gabriel, and where also Castiel has to stay in physical proximity to Dean temporarily because he is developing a soul or something like that. Thank you
Ask #2 (anon 20): there’s this fic… #2
Can you help me find a fic? i think you recc’d it a while ago. It was human!au and like they were roomies and dean had a baby and Cas had some kind of mental illness that they had to hide bc it was future dystopia a lil? Maybe? And Crowley was married to Anna. And they may have run away to canada? I’m sorry I checked all the tags I could think of but I got nothing :(
Ask #3 (crowleyforkingofhell2014): bisexual!dean + parent!bobby
Any fics where Bobby ends up raising the boys for whatever reason and dean like embraces his bisexuality? Thank you!
Ask #4 (johnlockwhovian1): canon!dean in mental hopsital
Hey I’ve been searching everywhere for a fic which is like season 5 episode 11 when Sam and Dean search for a Wrathe in a mental hospital and was wondering if you knew of any Destiel fanfics where in Dean doesn’t get better and Cas visits him? Or any Destiel tics where Cas visits hunter!Dean after he goes mental:) x
Ask #5 (thanksforthedestiel): there’s this fic… #3
Hello! I was on here a couple of weeks ago and ended up finding a fic where Castiel was Deans resident for his new job in a hospital. I can remember the name of the fic but I want to read it again and I can’t seem to find it anywhere on your blog! I couldn’t find the fic anywhere in the medical professional tag. It was either one the was reviewed or just posted. About 2 weeks ago now. Cas was a cardiologist. Dean lived with Jo for awhile too if any of that information helps at all
Here’s our medical professionals tags so you guys know which fics it isn’t.
Ask #6 (wiringuptheuniverses): tortured!dean
Are they any fics with Cas torturing Dean or Cas watching as Dean gets tortured?
If any of our followers have anything to rec, drop it in our ask box (mention which ask you are talking about by number or bolded title). Thanks!!
We would honestly love to do something like this (and think creating a tag would be best), but we already have too many tags and don’t want to go down the slippery slope of tagging for media classification (pdf, hosting site, etc) since we’d rather use the allotted 20 tags for plot classification. Additionally, there’s a lot of old fic that is now on ao3 but you might not notice it because the majority of the feedback is on livejournal (a “non ao3” tag wouldn’t help in these cases). The ao3 tags on these fics unfortunately tend to be pretty sparse, too. We usually link to lj on reviews. If they are also posted at ao3, we’ll have a “AO3 link” right below the title and author information. You can use our search engine to find these specific reviews: enter “#fic8rec” “ao38link” (replace 8s with a space; there’s currently 162 results) and sort by date (older reviews tend to be of older fics but not always).
If you want to read old fic, definitely go through the archives of the main lj comm. That’s where the majority of the activity was pre-2012. As I’ve mentioned before, I prefer looking at the archive in subject mode so you can easily see titles and who is posting. Seriously, that comm is packed full of great stuff. For instance, in answering this ask, I found a comm generated rec list for must-reads as an intro into destiel (posted on the comm here). The best part? The list was complied in early 2009 and contains fanmixes, fanvids, fanart, picspams, and meta. That post is basically a fandom time capsule. :D
- tracy_loo_who’s rec list is a great source for early fic
- must-reads as an intro into destiel (comm generated rec list [4 months into the ship]; posted on the deancastiel comm here; linking again for people who skip paragraphs)
- lj fic posting comms (all from our other page):
- deancastiel archive (as mentioned in the second paragraph, subject mode is my preferred way to browse)
- deancastielnews archive (subject mode; doesn’t matter as much since titles aren’t descriptive of contents)
- spn_castiel archive (subject mode)
- didn’t link dean specific comms because there’s approximately a billion and contain mostly nondestiel (a couple are linked on our other page)
- lj/older rec comms (all from our other page):
- destiel specific comms:
- spn/general comms:
- from our blog:
- fic archives:
- works added at a later date but not backdated by the author won’t show up
- sorting pairing tag in chronological order by date posted
- sorting by time range: results for fic posted 4-6 years ago (June 2008 - June 2010), sorting by date posted, ascending order; ao3’s date parameters search by relative and not absolute dates (seriously??), so you’ll have to “Edit Your Search” if you happen upon this post months/years after it was first posted (June 2014)
- results for fics featuring dean and cas; click the last button and work backwards (no way to reverse the order that I know of)
- fandom specific archives:
We definitely focus on longfic here. Since the original point of the reviews/this blog was to give you more info about a fic before you commit, we didn’t worry with shorter fics that aren’t much of a commitment. That means there’s a lot of oneshots not represented here. To give you guys a jumping off point, I’ve gone through the deancastiel archive, the beginnings of the pairing tag on ao3, and the beginnings of the search results on ff.net up to mid-May 2010 (the season 5 finale) and listed familiar authors. I’ve also added a link to their author specific tag at the deancastiel comm if it exists. I’ve also linked to ao3 and other accounts. We will likely make an “older one shots” rec list in the future. It’ll just take time and calling upon the lj side of the fandom (especially since the most lj savvy mod seems to be allergic to anything under 20k that’s not a pwp).
Sorry, this got wordy. This somehow spiraled out of control and into a “intro to early destiel, lj based fandom” that took three days instead of a brief rec list that took one afternoon, lol.
First Wave Destiel Authors:
We’ll do a second wave later (post season 5 to end of season 7), but probably won’t do a third because things had almost entirely shifted to ao3 by that time (mid-May 2012). We’ve gone through and linked to various platforms because all of an author’s fic is often not contained to one location. If they did an author spotlight for us, an “ask the author” for spnroundtable, or an interview for rec-hymenated, direct links are included.
breathing through the radio [NC-17, 10,800 word count]
crossover, pining!cas, fallen!cas, season 9, depression, angstiest, suicidal, bottom!cas, !dcbb)
recced by flyingcatstiel
Falling means loneliness, isolation and having a terrible and crippling emptiness inside. And when you feel like this, so hopeless and desperate, even a disemboweled and mildy creepy voice that narrates the life of an ever creepier desert town can be a comfort; aka, after he falls, Castiel starts hearing the Night Vale community radio program playing in his head, helping him, keeping him company and making him realize the depth of his feelings for Dean; and lets be real, this is not even the weirdest thing that ever happened to him.
Fake It Till You Make It [T, 24,400 word count]
teacher!cas, pining!Cas, law enforcement au, slow building romance, best friends, pretend boyfriends, !samjess, !johnmary, rom com, feelings recovery)
recced by kyrie101
He has to actually fly out for Sam’s wedding, Cas is coming as his date and everyone thinks it’s real. Dean Winchester is not having a great day.
Spirals [M, 61,100 word count]
abo, protective!dean, jealous!cas, hurt comfort, domestic, slow building romance, danger sacrifice, coworkers, law enforcement au, jimmy)
recced by kyrie101
What would you do if you were assigned on a job to rescue your youngest brother? Dean Winchester and Castiel Novak start a mission as Host and Handler both thinking they’re lost cases in different ways. They prove each other wrong.
The Writing on the Wall [NC-17, 552,000 word count (WIP)]
(angst, fluff, porn, su,
season 7, long distance, bobby [+ cas&bobby ask], slow building romance, asexual!cas, alcoholism, gay panic, fuckup!dean, bottom!cas, rimming, rough sex, bottom!dean)
recced by lollybgood
(summary of first installment) The writing was on the wall—and now Dean just had to try and understand it. A Post-Season Six alternate universe, going a different route from what happened in Season Seven and exploring a long and difficult relationship between Dean and Castiel. Canon-compliant up through the finale of Season Six, with some Season Seven thrown in.
July’s theme is: Dragons AU
Just about anything involving dragons!! Any kind of AU. Or even the the ones in canon! JUST DRAGONS!!!!!!
Posting will start on July 14th and will end on July 21st.
Don’t forget to tag your works with #spnartchallenge, within the first five tags of your post, so everyone can see them!
At Supernatural Pairing Bingo, the goal is to explore all the great pairings in the Supernatural fandom. You can request a card to fit your preferences for Het, Slash, or Femslash, then fill prompt squares with fanart, fanfiction, fanvids, mixes, podfics, or icons.
Round 2 is currently open and closes January 5th. Links to: FAQ, prompt minimums and how to score points, and rules.
Here’s a few that come to mind:
And here’s another friendship fic:
Angels Among Us [NC-17, 206,000 word count] super au
Cas and Gabriel are two angels living among the human race. Michael has decided to make use of the angels drawn to human life, ordering them to play host to the few nephilim unable to make permanent homes for themselves. These hunters are forced to live nomadic lives as they protect humanity from evil. Two of these nephilim roam into the angels’ town and they’re forced to provide them with a place to stay… only days away from Heaven’s nesting ceremony. The Winchesters are unlike any nephilim ever created, blessed by the two most powerful angels and able to unbind the seal on their wings by sheer willpower alone. Michael fears that willpower will also unbind the seal over their angelic abilities. To keep that from happening, he tries to force them into nesting with a more powerful angel beneath his command. The only problem is… the Winchesters have found interest in their hosts, who are most definitely not under Michael’s thumb.
However, we’re a destiel blog and thus not a great resource for megstiel or Cas&Meg fics. Definitely check out the tags on ao3 (Cas/Meg as well as Cas & Meg).
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DIG UP ALL THE OLD POSTS. Seriously, this is what we do ourselves!! We edit old asks all the time. :)
For those who are interested, it’s a reincarnation ask and the fic mentioned is at the bottom!
Another Anonymous Ask:
Hi! Love your blog! You wouldn’t happen to have any guardian angel! Cas fics, by chance?
We have a relevant ask somewhere on the weechesters, pre season 4, or protective!cas tags. Using the search engine is a way easier way to find it, though. :P
Hello, I was wondering if you knew of any fics where Cas has multiple personality disorder where his other personality is Jimmy? Or maybe even more personality’s?.. It’s just a thought I had that would maybe be interesting for a fic
There’s some on our mental hospital tag. There’s likely more on ao3 (try searching multiple personalities + jimmy and variations on that).
Direct link to tags page.
- A Crash Course in Someone Else’s History
- A Judicious Application Of Free Will
- Convenient Husbands
- Don’t Forget The Experience Points (submitted rec)
- Friends Helping Friends
- It’s Always the End of the World Somewhere
- The Occasional Sentimentality
- The Parts of Our Sum
- So Glad We Made It
- Some Kind of Courtship
- These Are Not Real Problems
- This Story Was Brought To You By Our Sponsors
- What Has Eight Tentacles and Isn’t Allowed to Eat Pie? (submitted rec)
- Destiel Fanfic Highlights
- Aurora Borealis
- And the Angel Said; “Fuck It.” And All the Bullshit of Heaven Could Not Convince Him Otherwise
- The Dead Dean Clause
- Self-Written Fanfic Highlights
- Venn Diagram
- A Judicious Application Of Free Will
Without further ado (and in her own words)…
Painted Angels by WinJennster
Word Count: 105,000
Summary: Author Castiel Novak has finally hit the big time, with a book based on his failed college relationship with a brilliant painter. He’s put all his pain behind him, but at a book signing, he comes face to face with Dean Winchester for the first time in twelve years, and the reunion doesn’t go like Cas hoped. Dean’s a broken man, with a lot of scars and secrets, shoulders weighed down by his demons and self loathing.
Cas sees a second chance with the man he’s never stopped loving, but Dean’s moved on, and is about to get married. Sam launches a “brilliant” plan to reunite his brother and his best friend, but Cas is worried it will all blow up in their faces, and he’ll go through the agony of losing Dean a second time.
Painted Angels is two intertwined stories that come together in the final chapters. The first is a story of discovery and first love, and it is everything you imagine (or remember!) of those college days: late nights, friends, angst, and infinite potential. Despite Dean’s troubled history, depression and ongoing battles with his alcoholic and abusive father, there is a brightness and energy that suffuses the moments between Dean and Cas. That energy is epitomized by Dean’s paintings of the Archangels. As is implied by their separation, things go horribly wrong.
The second story takes place twelve years later. It isn’t a chance encounter that reignites Dean and Cas’ relationship. Instead, Dean chooses to go to Cas’ book signing, even though both have moved on and Dean is preparing to marry Anna. Dean is just making do in his life, and at some level, everyone around him knows it. This creates an undercurrent that sets the tone for this component of the story. Sam’s well-intentioned meddling only makes things worse.
Often when I read a fic that tells a story in two time frames, there is a disconnect or desire to get on with the “main story”. That was definitely not the case here. For me, the transitions between time lines filled in gaps and provided context at just the right moments. I don’t want to spoil, but a reveal about 2/3 of the way through the story just broke my heart. It set the stage for a significant shift in tone for the final three chapters of the fic. I must admit, the author and her characters are far more forgiving of John than me, yet that forgiveness is essential for the author to make good on her promise for a happy ending and for these damaged people to find peace.
Ask #1 (aboxandapairofsocks): there’s this fic… #1
Hey! You guys do an awesome job, and I’m hoping you can help me out with this! I read this fic a while ago, probs on on lj or ao3. Set in s4, Dean was raised from Hell by Cas as a woman because Cas knew it was what Dean had always wanted to be. Sam’s reaction was shocked, and I think Bobby was in it? I can’t remember anything else other than that it was good and possibly short? I’ve looked through your sex swap tag, but it isn’t there. A massive thank you if you find it! :)
Ask #2 (canadas-mightiest-moose): kid!sam, teacher!cas
I was wondering if you know of any fics where dean is a single parent of sam and cas is the preschool teacher?
A few on the legalguardian!dean tag somewhat fit (but none with Cas teaching preschool or anything below high school or Dean as a *parent* to Sam [canon 4 year age gap remaining intact]).
Ask #3 (rubion55): there’s this fic… #2
Just wanted to say how much I enjoy this blog! There’s this story I’ve been looking for for ages and I’m pretty sure I first got it from here. Basically, it involves Cas getting manipulated by some sort of witch/demon who then forces him to abuse a bunch of captured humans (some sort of spell I think.) He is then saved by Dean. I can’t find it anywhere. Thanks so much!
Ask #4 (jafooly): sniper!dean
Hello! Could you suggest any fanfiction about sniper!Dean? I tried to find some on AO3, but I failed ;P Thank you in advance!
Mr. and Mrs. Smith crossovers might have this, but no guarantee on how much it focuses on him being a sniper. (Our guide to finding crossovers is linked in our FAQ.)
Ask #5 (illmakeamanoutofyouuu): there’s this fic… #3
hi,i was wondering if you know the fic where michael and lucifer are given an ultimatum by chuck(god) to help stop the leviathans by joining the winchesters who have a base back at bobby’s with the help of becky
Ask #6 (unik2): there’s this fic… #4
Hi! A while ago I wrote you an ask about a fic where Dean and Cas dance to I cant quit you baby with Led Zeppelin in the bunker. Or i think in the bunker at least haha. You found me a fic, Halfway, and I thought it was the correct one but it was not. So im just wondering if you have any other idea of which fic I could be thinking about. I dont rember much more about it than just that specific scene tho. I absolutely love you blog btw. Hugs.
If any of our followers have anything to rec, drop it in our ask box (mention which ask you are talking about by number or bolded title). Thanks!!
We have a homeless tag which has a few fics of interest. But most (all?) are closer to canon than AU (amnesia and fallen!cas type stuff).
Some general tags to check out: fallen!cas & independent!cas (canonverse tags related to Cas becoming human; the latter tag is for fics where he’s away from the Winchesters for some time), end (endverse tag; surviving in crappy conditions and with limited resources is a common feature), pornstar!cas (Cas needing the money is a common plot point), and drugs (look for drug addict stuff).
Here’s a few that fit what you are after: