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Autumn Hollow by shotgunsinlace
Word Count: 98,400
Summary: When tragedy strikes late one Californian night, author C.J. Novak searches for a place to start his life anew. The long road filled with shadows and doubts take him to Nires Island, a small fishing town off the coast of Maine where the food is good and the neighbors are polite. But when nightmares of drowning threaten the fragile threads of Castiel’s sanity, the picturesque shores of Autumn Hollow don’t look quite so pretty any more. The dead walk, the vengeful haunt, the darkness stalks, and Dean Winchester may be more than just the shady mechanic who somehow manages to destroy Castiel’s defenses.
Oh my, my! Here’s a horror mystery that gripped me tight and kept me holding my breath till the very last word. What a story! It is moody and eerie, with great atmosphere and just the right amount of suspense scattered among everyday events to keep you doubting everything. Oh, and can I say that I really loved the smutty parts? Yes, I did! This fic has everything and I just can’t recommend it enough. ;)
The story starts with Castiel, a writer haunted by the images of his dead wife and son, looking for a fresh beginning on Nires Island. His new house is welcoming, locals are engaging and there’s even the possibility of getting back into the dating pool (and with a man no less). While gathering material for his new book, Castiel explores the island and reconnects with his old friends Balthazar and Meg. Life seems good for a while and there’s hope that Dean could help Cas to heal his past wounds.
However, very soon Castiel realizes that his nightmares have followed him and strange occurrences leave him with troubling questions. With help from local psychic Missouri, Castiel starts looking for answers and learns that sometimes not knowing is bliss but it still can get you killed. This story takes Castiel on a very emotional journey where he discovers not only his passion for loving a man but also learns to live in the world where unnatural things exist.
Somewhere Back of the Sun by enigmaticblue
Rating: light NC-17/hard M
Word Count: 72,000 (161,000 for the Sun Verse)
Summary: By the time Dean stops Lucifer, it’s already too late. A post-apocalyptic tale.
Somewhere Back of the Sun is an endverse fic, but not 2014!endverse. The main storyline takes place in 2016, in a world where the four horsemen wreaked havoc before Lucifer was destroyed. Interwoven in the main story are chapters that flashback to the previous years, providing context for the current situation. In 2016, Dean and Cas are living in rural South Dakota working to raise their family of mostly orphans in a devastated world. As the story progresses we learn how they slowly acquired abandoned children, starting with Ben and eventually including a brood of six. Despite the domestic aspects of this story, this is neither fluff nor schmoop. Instead it takes the canon characterization of Dean as someone who is a caretaker and nurturer and is unable to turn away from these children, each with a devastating backstory. Even Dean and Cas’ relationship is grounded in friendship and the day-to-day challenges of raising six kids in a world with limited resources.
The author started this verse shortly after 5x03 and the characterizations reflect this. In particular, Sam is not only wracked with guilt from releasing Lucifer and not being with Dean when he faced Lucifer, but he also mistakenly thinks that Dean was killed in the encounter and continues to spiral into a pit of self-hate for years. The struggle between Dean and Sam to reconcile their emotional baggage is as relevant now as it was in Season 5. I particularly liked the fact that Sam is a critical part of this story and not relegated to the sidelines. There were times I truly wanted to smack him (a feeling shared by Cas) yet the characterization was spot on for the time. More importantly, there is significant growth in his character both in this fic and in the Sun Verse.
Somewhere Back of the Sun is the first entry in the Sun ‘Verse. 20 additional stories continue to fill in the backstories as well as advance the primary storyline in 2016. Most are short fics (<5000) that were written to fill specific prompts. Two are more substantial, including one written in Dec 2013. The author has not left this verse and continues to expand on the stories of Dean, Cas and Sam in this post-apocalyptic world.
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Our Pretty Little Snow Angels [M, 36,000 word count]
(angst, au, fluff,
high school, hurt comfort, anxiety, breakdown/panic attack [dean], bigbro!gabriel, abusive family, best friends, pining!cas, roommates, marriage, !samjess)
recced by anon
Dean didn’t need to graduate college, but he did need to graduate high school. Unfortunately, he also needed some way to get through this year in one piece. Preferably, with his sanity intact. Who knows? Maybe the weird kid with the blue eyes can help.
Summer Heat [NC-17, 20,000 word count]
knotting, abusive family, hurt comfort, alcoholism, alternating pov)
recced by anon
Dean Winchester, an omega, is only in Lawrence to bury his shit father and leave. What he doesn’t expect, is to find himself running into someone he used to know and is one of the very good things he can remember from being a kid. As the past reasserts itself, so do feelings and thoughts Dean’s never imagined himself to feel before.
This Crooked Fish [T, 43,900 word count]
crossover, medieval, fantasy, protective!dean, marriage [fake/arranged but not with each other], secret affair, smart!dean)
recced by my-otp-ruined-my-life
With the first Lady Knight in centuries, a tournament and Progress to honor a Royal Marriage, and the Crown Prince falling in love with the King of the Rogues, it’s certainly not going to be a boring year in the kingdom of Tortall.
Written in the Scars of Our Hearts [NC-17, 52,000 word count]
knotting, bottom!Cas, jealous!dean, infidelity, !calthazar, kid!fic, possessive!dean, mpreg)
recced by kyrie101
Dean’s… content. He’s single, and he’ll probably stay that way for the rest of his life. He screwed up his relationship with Cas, fucked up badly enough that no one in their right mind would take him back, and really, Dean’s already stupidly lucky that he’s allowed to see Ariel at all, let alone have her over at his place every other weekend. It’s more than he deserves, but hell, he’s not about to give it up. He’s accepted the consequences for his actions, and he’s content. At least, he thinks he is.
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March’s theme is: Dean Winchester: Michael’s Sword
The one where Dean fulfill the role he was supposed to in the first place, says yes to Michael and becomes his sword.
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Nine Times We Met (And One Christmas We Parted) by almaasi [author spotlight]
Word Count: 58,000
Summary: On the last day of school before Christmas vacation, Mr. Castiel Quinn discovers that one of his young students has smuggled male pornography into the classroom. Upon being told that the photos belong to the boy’s uncle, Castiel vows to himself that he will keep the other man’s preferences a secret. It’s 1947; a man experiencing attraction to another man or fantasising about his sexual touch are transgressive faults, which could potentially result in imprisonment - or worse. But then the uncle walks in. The photos are of him: Dean Winchester, a rogue with an empty pocket and a child to feed. Castiel doesn’t know it yet, but his life is never going to be the same again. Years pass between chance meetings, but even though they live their lives apart, Dean and Castiel’s story is proof that absence truly does make the heart grow fonder.
Castiel and Dean only meet once every few years, and these chance encounters over decades change their lives. The fear of discovery in a homophobic world is palpable and it shapes their choices. These are not perfect people and they make mistakes as they try to balance their fears with their desires. Yet there is an honesty in their awkwardness that is very human.
The author’s summary, tags and warnings at the beginning of this fic tell you most of what you need to know to decide if this story is right for you. Many may be scared off by the major character death warning but remember, a good life and a good death often go hand in hand. I won’t deny that I needed to put my pillowcase in the dryer when I was done reading, yet my heart was light.
Ask #1 (anon): sex shop
Hi! I was wondering if you knew any AU where Dean or Cas owns or works in a sexy shop. I swear I used the search engine and looked through the tags before asking, but I didn’t find anything. Thank you, even if you won’t find anything as well or if you won’t answer, because your blog it’s just fantastic and brought me to some meaningful and amazing fanfictions. So, yeah. You’re great.
We only know of one and it’s a pwp (on dorian’s sex toy rec list). There’s more on ao3 (“sex shop”) but they are all shorter pwps as well.
Ask #2 (anon): specific porn
Hello :) amazing bloggg! I lovee it. Anyway I’m looking for a fic where Cas is noisy in bed and is embarrassed by it so he tries to keep quiet but Dean loves it. Thanks lovesss <3
Ask #3 (anon): horseman!dean
Do you happen to have any fics where Dean is a ‘Horseman of Apocalypse’? (Death, Pestilence, Famine, War…) Thank you so much! :D
We only personally know of one (On the Wings of War), but it’s pretty popular and you’ve likely already read it.
Ask #4 (anon): ghostfacers
I was wondering if you had any good Case!Fic stories where the Winchesters, along with Cas (human or angel), bump into the GhostFacers. Like one where it has the GhostFacers’ reaction to seeing Cas after they met him. I’ve been trying to find one but couldn’t so far.
We don’t personally know of any, but a good many turn up with a search at ao3 (only one fic turns up here but none of the mods have read it).
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!!
Check out our fantasy and medieval tags. Searching for “prince” on various archives (our guide to finding fanfic is linked in our sidebar) will get you a boat load more.
Another Anonymous Ask:
do you have something like cas is separed from jimmy and they look at each other ?or something, the idea is that jimmy and cas to be like twins (aspect)
Look through our jimmy tag.
I know this may sound dumb but what does the “flying cas” tag stand for? I dont know its some kind of english expression, im sorry for the really stupid question
The tag is flyingcatstiel, not flying cas. It’s a mod’s url and how we designate their reviews/submitted recs. More information is on our about tag (which is linked in our faq; I’ve also added this information to the faq question “What does this tag stand for?”).
Direct link to tags page.
Sweaters & Cigarettes by lemonoclefox
Word count: 150,000
Summary: Dean Winchester is in high school, crushing hard on Castiel Novak, the unbelievably hot goth who Dean does his very best to convince himself he hates, despite the fact that he can’t really stop staring at him. Dean tries, but when the two of them finally cross paths, their first conversation takes a surprising turn. And suddenly, they both find themselves falling harder and faster than they ever could have expected.
Here’s a very sweet role reversal high school fic where Cas is a goth kid with piercings, tattoos, a smoking habit and a rebel streak, while Dean is a quiet nerd and a good son. One day they argue about their favorite superheroes and, one unplanned kiss later, their world is turned upside down. This first love, first time story doesn’t rush relationship development and spends a lot of time exploring Dean’s emotions, insecurities and reluctance to jump into intimate situations head first with the more experienced Cas. The tension comes not from homophobia or gay panic but rather from parents treating the romance with suspicion (John&Mary) or, even worse, with indifference (Bartolomew&Hester). The high school friends (Jo, Michael, Charlie, Meg) also have different ideas about what is good or bad for Dean and Cas, and both boys have to deal with it.
Overall, this is a fic about all the little steps, from crush and lust to trust and love, that two people have to take when falling in love. Also, this is one of the longest kissing fics I’ve ever read; there’s so much kissing, cuddling, being nice and supportive while also teasing each other that it’ll spoil you for all the other high school fics. This story envelops you with a soft blanket of warm and fuzzy feelings and you may never want to leave it. ;)
Note: Please take a look at the author’s notes about their plans to publish this fic. In the past, that has eventually meant a fic being pulled from archives.
Fanworks inspired by this fanfic at destielfanworks (other fanworks by title)
Down the End of the Road by cheesewithmy [author spotlight]
Word Count: 22,600
Summary: Ghosts and nightmares have dogged Dean his whole life, flashes of a life he never led, where his mother died on the ceiling and his brother had freaky mind powers. He’d never held out much hope for figuring them out, until now.
As you can probably gather from the summary, this is an SU/AU fic with memories of canon verse!Dean bleeding over into Dean’s current life. It’s lovely because you get the best of both worlds: canon verse Dean and Cas set to the backdrop of a universe where, you know, friends and family are alive. The characterization is just plain fantastic and Mary is an absolute treat. It’s a great change of pace to have her suspicious and protective over Dean when meeting Cas for once (instead of John). I also enjoyed the interactions between Sam and Dean, the author doing a wonderful job of writing their brotherly bond.
Memories of Dean’s past life start coming to him more and more frequently, causing panic attacks and anxiety which his family assumes is PTSD (Dean is a marine). Dean seeing Cas bewilders them both, even making Dean question his own sanity. Dean’s curiosity drives him further and further into the supernatural world, secretly becoming a hunter and seeking out information from Cas (seeking out Cas in general, too). The build up of their relationship is fantastically UST filled, while managing to simultaneously be heartbreaking. Dean feels the depth of his feelings for Castiel, even if he doesn’t remember the specifics. He knows something awful happened between them because he can see how it haunts Cas. It was particularly emotional seeing Dean fight to keep from remembering, wanting to keep his relationship with Castiel untainted. It’s an angsty ride but with a satisfying ending!
Note: I’ve added the dubcon tag because Dean enters into his relationship with Castiel with limited knowledge, while Cas is fully aware of their past.