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Aschenflügel by liadan14
Word Count: 29,000
Summary: Loosely based on Grimm’s Cinderella. Once upon a time, a merchant’s wife gave birth to a little boy named Castiel, who was perfect in all ways, right down to the beautiful black wings sprouting out of his back. However, in a country still fighting the phobia of human-to-animal shapeshifters, not everyone agrees, and when his mother dies, Castiel is left at the hands of his stepfather Zachariah, who doesn’t condone non-human traits despite being part-bird himself. And then there’s Dean, the only friend Castiel has in the world, who thinks Castiel’s wings are awesome, but is hiding a few problems of his own.
A fun fairytale AU with some serious subject matter. I liked the idea of wings making you a second-class citizen and Zachariah as the evil stepfather was a good choice (though, I guess a lot of destiel fics have him as an evil relative). I kind of wish this was expanded out. I may just want a fic where Sam is a wizard or mage, lol.
Oh, and I just want to put down one of my favorite exchanges (doesn’t spoil anything):
“Is he handsome?” she asked.
“Very.” Castiel smiled back.
He considered. “Not really.”