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Learning Curve by mtothedestiel
Word Count: 38,000
Summary: Dean is a pre-school teacher and Castiel Novak is his new student’s intriguing guardian. They both know the sacrifices that come with caring for others, but, over time, they learn what it means to want something for themselves.
Sometimes you just want a little fluff. Admit it! This delightfully sweet and fairly angst-free tale certainly fits the bill. The author hits just the right notes in highlighting Dean’s nurturing skills as an early educator. Much of Castiel’s work life is left untold, but his devotion to family is heartwarming. Each has dedicated their time, love and efforts to the other people in their lives, but there is a gap. As the story progresses, each has to decide how important is it to fill that gap and what are they willing to give. I enjoyed this light story of finding love when you least expect it. And yes, there is glitter!
recced by flyingcatstiel
Dean lifts a leg and shoves at Cas’s hip with his bare foot. He wants to stop thinking about djinn dreams, and Zachariah, and why the hell his subconscious would stick him in a reality where he’s a suspenders-wearing pansy and his monster kid is alive. “Would you just lie down?” (Canon divergence from the last few minutes of “Survival of the Fittest,” 7.23.)
recced by kyrie101
The Winchesters find out that angels do not reproduce the same way as humans. Castiel explains that his vessel is not pregnant, his grace is simply splitting to make a new angel. But, even the best laid plans sometimes go awry, especially when Heaven is involved. When the Apocalypse is nigh and Castiel is running out of grace, Dean takes it upon himself to take care of Castiel and the new angel and ends up learning how much the angel means to him. Sam on the other hand, must make amends with his own angel.
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.
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.
Home in Motion by nomdeplume13
Rating: light NC-17/hard M
Word Count: 232,000
Summary: Castiel swore he was done with spur of the moment decisions that permanently changed Dean Winchester’s life. A year after the angel’s most disastrous, his newest may present the largest challenge of Dean’s life: Fatherhood.
Home in Motion is a canon based AU that diverges from the main storyline in late S6-early S7. What begins as a straightforward MOTW case quickly transforms when Cas finds a woefully neglected child in the back room of a witness’ home and decides to “liberate” the baby. Things could have easily devolved into a retelling of Three Men and a Baby, and there are a few fun moments in Walmart, yet the author then continues with a series of fairly dark case fics while weaving a story about what defines family, who do you love and finding home.
The backstory explaining the divergence from canon is slowly revealed in snippets of conversation instead of long tracks of exposition. Before a romantic relationship can exist, Dean and Cas have to first rebuild the trust that was destroyed by Cas’ alliance with Crowley. This is a delight to watch with excellent characterizations. There is a bit of a lull mid-way as our boys settle into the domestic life. That said, by the second part of the story, we realize that by turning left instead of right, a new world has emerged: one with an angelic council replacing Raphael, demon factions vying for power and a network of hunters reaching beyond the usual suspects. I was particularly impressed with the introduction of new characters that worked beautifully with our established regulars. Remember, this fic was written before we were introduced to Metatron in canon, so the angel we meet here is very different!
I’m going to let you enjoy the rest of this surprising blend of story elements that asks, “What if?” Read the tags – this fic has a little bit of everything!! Over the last few weeks, there have been a series of asks, and over and over I thought, “Home in Motion!” I will note that the story was unbeta-ed, so there are quite a few typos and grammar issues throughout that can be distracting. Overall, this was a realistic look at what could have been. Though fluffy at times, there are enough canon elements to remind you this is Supernatural. The author has continued to write in this verse with a series of timestamps and follow-up fics. I haven’t read them yet, but I will!
Here’s a couple that were already on our blog (found with the search engine):
There’s also a few darker, purgatory based fics we’ve run across:
Cat’s in the Cradle [M, 25,600 (WIP)]
It’s Cas who finds her…retrospectively, Dean isn’t really surprised. When Cas, Dean, and Benny find Emma in Purgatory a new struggle begins—for trust, family, and reconciliation. Picks up in Purgatory and carries across (rewrites) Season 8.
Crawling Through the Last Damnation [M, 40,300 word count]
Dean and Castiel are in Purgatory. Sam has found himself alone once again, with an army of demons waiting outside. They all have their wars to fight if they want to find each other on the other side.
what fun it all would be [M, 22,500 word count]
Nothing dies in Purgatory, but they are forever finding corpses.
A thoroughly jossed S7 coda fic in which Dean and Castiel find Emma in Purgatory.
Ask #1 (boxesofboxesofinternet): there’s this fic… #1
Hi! I’m looking for this fic I read ages ago. As I remember it, supernatural creatures essentially rule the world, with fallen angels ranking pretty high. John and Mary are fallen angels, and Sam is too. They think that dean was human, but really he was the first actual angel since god left. I distinctly remember dean having dreams of heaven, and mary making him a potion to make him sleep dreamlessly. Have you heard of it?
Ask #2 (anon): h/c with noncon dean/john
Do you know of any angsty noncons with dean and john, and Cas comforting him about it?
Ask #3 (anon): kid!sam (not deaged)
Hello! I wanna say thank you for your blog because it is incredible and even though I’ve only been following this blog for a while, I love it! But, I’m still not ace at finding certain fics and stuff even with your tags so I was wondering if you knew any fics that have dean and cas as sammys dads? Thank you if you do and if you don’t, thanks anyway!
Fics like that would be on our kid!fic tag, but we don’t actually know of any with sam as dean and cas’ son (biological or adopted). All the ones we know of with kid!sam are deaged or weechester stuff (young!dean taking care of younger!sam).
Submitted by theinevitableblastwave:
No Quarter [NC-17, 77,800 word count] kid!fic, enemy!lovers
Of course there wasn’t much he could do without getting in trouble with the big guy downstairs, not that he gave a shit about what Lucifer thought. He may be his boss, but that didn’t mean that Dean had to always be the perfect little henchman. Hell, he’d always been a rebel, even keeping his old name instead of picking out something a bit more akin to the names of his fellow demons. But then again, he wasn’t just a demon. He was actually a bit more. To be specific, an angel of Hell.
Being an angel of Hell wasn’t easy in the first place. But being head over heels for his best friend who was an angel of Heaven? Well that just made it ten times worse. Angel!Dean fic in which Dean and Cas are angels on opposite sides who get the same charge to raise the Antichrist, who happens to be Sam. Lots of domestic stuff and angst.
Ask #4 (anon): cas death
Helloo!! I was wondering if you know of any fics where Cas dies in Dean’s arms and leaves a scar in the shape of wings? (preferably teen but ill take whatever) i had seen this very sad post/idea where that happened and was curious if there was any writing for it. Thanks for any help!
Sorry, we’ve read some tumblr ficlets like this (likely attached to the same post you saw) and possibly a specific full fledged fic with this but can’t remember!
Ask #5 (anon): teacher!sam and student!dean/cas
hi, so i tried searching but couldnt find anything. you know if there is a fic where sam is dean’s and cas’ teacher/professor and he tries to get them together? thanks a lot.
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I was somewhat nervous when my friend suggested I read this, as it was not only incomplete and possibly abandoned, but also involved mpreg. However, I was blown away by how utterly it changed my approach and opinion on the genre of mpreg. Sadly, however, the story does cut off on a significant cliffhanger.
Thursday’s Child diverges from the finale of s6, and whilst the season’s arc marches on, the story for the most part focuses on character growth and development. In particular, the attention paid to Castiel’s characterization is exquisite. The situation Castiel is placed in brings out nuances and extremes in his personality, that are both out of sorts, and yet fascinatingly in-character. Much of this story involves a slightly off-balance domesticity, which is simply endearing, but is balanced out by the foreboding that results from the season arc continuing in the background. Not to mention the gut-wrenching explanation behind - and then consequences of - the birth of Castiel’s spawn.
Which brings me to the most fascinating aspect of this story, which is of course, the Nephilim. She is quite literally spawn; her biology is both an interesting take on the trueform of angels, but also a clear subversion of most kid!fic, in that she is very far from cutesy and her conception is not sweet, funny, or even innocuous. Despite the oozing, the tentacles, absurd number of eyes, and unpleasant backstory, the Nephil is clearly characterized as a sweet, downright cute baby, and it’s difficult not to enjoy her in the story. Her scenes with Sam are particularly adorable!
This story subverts mpreg and kid!fic tropes all over the place, pushes both Dean and Cas’ characters to extremes without losing them to the plot, and has dozens of laugh out loud moments. It manages a strong balance between plot, drama, fluff, angst and humour, and despite the cliffhanger ending, is definitely worth the read. Even if you’re not a fan of mpreg, I would suggest this as an introduction to the genre, but if you’ll gnash your teeth over a major cliffhanger ending, it might be better to abstain.
Follower Review by ariasune
recced by skiingpelican
We all know Dean really wants to have a family. When Gabriel finds out, he gives him the possibility to have one. While Dean deals with the weirdness of her crazy situation, her girly body, her absolutely not-girlieness, tremendous amount of girly sex, later a huge potbelly and an annoying teasing brother, Dean has to put up with Gabriel’s trickster demeanor too.
And if that wasn’t enough, heaven has plans with Dean. Again.
A DCBB 2012 fic