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Face to Face with the Skies by quiddative
Dreamwidth link, PDF
Word Count: 40,000
Summary: (Set right after 4.22) Castiel was not killed by Raphael on the night of Lucifer’s release. Instead, he’s sent to the year 1996 and encounters the Winchesters. Unable to return to the present, Castiel resigns himself to traveling with them on their hunts across the states.
Meanwhile in the year 2008, Dean has barely gotten used to being back in the land of the living when he gets the biggest shock of his life; the man he fell in love with when he was eighteen has seemingly come back from the grave as well, claiming to be an angel of the Lord. The thing is, he doesn’t have a clue who Dean is.
So, I really really enjoyed this story. I loved how the author goes between Cas’s POV in 1996 and Dean’s in 2008. I read this a while ago and stumbled back upon it recently. I intended on skimming over it before reccing it here. However, without meaning to I reread the entire thing. It is just that fun to read (great pacing and lovely interacitons between 18yo!Dean and Cas). Due to the hunting in 1996, it is a bit of a case!fic (wish there were more of those honestly). The author wonderfully weaves the 2008/2009 storyline into season 4/5 canon. Not too much angst, not over the top fluff, a bit of sex, and great relationship development. Oh, and teenage!Sam becoming BFFs and nerding out with Cas = lsjfodsifjflj!!!