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By Some Unseen Light by melo
Word Count: 23,000
Summary: Theo’s just a delinquent teen laying down new roots in Lawrence, Kansas, and he quickly finds himself in trouble with the man rumoured to be a murderer, Dean Plant. Theo spends the summer helping to fix the property he damaged and seeing a side of the man hidden from public view. Yet the more Theo learns, the less he understands about Dean, himself, and his family. And all the while teens are going missing.
I needed a break from all the AUs DCBB produced and turned to this old fic that’s been in my queue for an embarrassing amount of time. It’s a post season 5, future!fic and is pretty awesome. It’s told from Theo’s point of view and it was just great seeing the Winchesters from a civilian perspective. I mean…they are pretty damn intimidating. Dean’s in his mid/late 40s and I’ll be honest, I was cackling at how much of a curmudgeon he was (omg…he even pokes Theo with his cane so he will walk faster)! I never really thought about it, but yes…Dean would become the “gruff, scary guy down the road who keeps to himself.”
There’s a lot of mystery that surrounds Dean and it was fascinating seeing Theo try to figure it out and having it all come into place. The plot is just so well executed. I wasn’t a huge fan of the very ending, tbh. It’s positive and I don’t think it was meant to be super angsty. But yeah…it is bittersweet. Oh, and don’t fret! This is a destiel fic, not gen.
Round Came the Magpie by stolen_childe
Rating: hard R/M
Word Count: 68,400
Summary: Dean Winchester met an angel on his thirteenth birthday and never could have predicted the road his life would take… Now, it’s thirteen years later and John Winchester, his father, goes missing. Dean finds his past and his future coming together in one horrible mess. Luckily though, Dean has some help to get him out of it – even if it isn’t exactly a smooth ride.
This is an interesting piece and yet another AU/SU fic (omg my weakness!). Dean and Cas meet when Dean is a child and kind of grow up together. I say “kind of” because though Cas is an angel, he is getting used to humanity - so it’s similar. Their first meeting and experiences growing up are told as flashbacks, sprinkled throughout the work. In present day, Cas and Dean are married and hunting together. John goes missing and they recruit Sam to help find him. Sound familiar?
This plotty fic is a season one rewrite and sticks pretty close to canon with tweaks to include Cas and angels. It was fun experiencing episodes like the Pilot, Scarecrow, Faith, and so on again, but with new (sometimes later canon) elements added. Note that I’m not adding the case fic tag. Though the episodes and MOW are there, the fic glosses over canon (so don’t worry about being bored reading something you’ve already watched).
I do want to throw out a small warning (or selling point! ;P) for undertones of Dean/Jimmy (unrequited with some pining!jimmy). Oh, and Dean is 15 when he starts noticing Cas/Jimmy…so I’ve added the underage!dean tag even though they aren’t sexual active while he is underage. Tbh, the consent issues (age and vessel related), while mentioned, are kind of glossed over. It didn’t bother me but figured it might irk others.
A DCBB 2013 fic
The Angle of Repose by standbyme
Word Count: 45,000
Summary: by the year 1972 the state of kentucky had produced over 100 million tons of bituminous coal. when castiel, the new continuous miner operator at the venus coal camp’s no. 6 mine, begins to sense something strange is happening underground, the lines between the possible and the impossible begin to blur, and dean may be the only one who is willing to believe him.
DeanCas Big Bang season is finally upon us! (More info here.) This work caught my attention during art claims (when summaries are posted) and my love of Loretta Lynn as a child is
probably definitely to blame. Highly atmospheric and with great regional flare, I was pretty impressed by this story. The mine and town are basically characters and both felt very authentic (you’ll likely need to google some mining terms). The town was simultaneously small and expansive, and the regional tone was enjoyable. There was even a brief clogging scene! Though this is a historical AU, there isn’t any gay panic or homophobia (even if there are a few scenes that imply they are hiding their relationship). While inaccurate, I was totally fine with it being glossed over.
I loved how well the author fit the characters into this AU. The occupation of coal mining aligns surprisingly well with hunting (high risk, low monetary reward, blue collar). I found myself very drawn to Sam’s storyline and his character journey (influence by pre-series!Sam). Then there’s Dean bearing the brunt of familial responsibility but loving his work, and Cas as the outsider working alongside Dean and offering support Dean’s never had.
The story focuses more on the overall human drama, with the romance taking a backseat (with not just Dean and Cas, but Sam and Jess as well). This is also a supernatural horror piece. All the mine scenes were fantastically confining and at times creepy and chilling. Though I personally would have liked to see more horror, what’s there is well done.
A DCBB 2013 fic
Leap That Makes the Fall by miss-annthropic
Word Count: 60,000
Summary: With no explanation for how or why, Dean and Sam find themselves with a fallen angel on their hands.
If you are looking for a fallen!cas fic that’s heavy on the hurt/comfort side (without danger-induced h/c) and Dean fussing over him, this is your fic. It’s set in season 6 and is a bit of a fix-it fic with the author trying to bridge the distance between Dean and Cas that was pretty apparent (but not really explained until 6x20). Cas doesn’t remember much and it’s a great plot device to bring things to the surface that the two of them are used to leaving unsaid and buried. Cas can tell Dean’s upset with him but doesn’t remember. Cue Dean being cagey and grumpy and pining (what season 6 fic doesn’t have pining!dean, lol). My only real complaints are that the narrative spelled too much out and the ending was too neat. But if you’re looking to scratch an itch and want an emotional h/c fallen!cas fic, I can’t imagine a better story to read than this.
syntax verse (tag for it…so start at the bottom) by dotfic
Word Count: 38,500 (7,900 for Keeping the stars apart)
Summary (of The syntax of things): After the events of “Lucifer Rising,” Sam and Dean take refuge at Bobby’s, where the boys start to learn to be brothers again while they plan their next move. Chuck shows up with an injured Castiel, forcing Dean to deal with his conflicted feelings. Meanwhile, the apocalypse has started, the death count is rising, and Lucifer is determined to get at Sam. But hiding only works for so long.
Summary (of Keeping the stars apart): After saving the world, what’s next? Maybe Dean should be glad Cas wasn’t full-tilt on an even crazier mission that made less sense.
I realize I just posted a review for the first installment of this verse, but the rest of the verse is different enough that it warranted its own review (especially considering the issue of tags and only being allowed 20 per post). Additionally, there are parts that I wanted to mention that would kind of spoil The syntax of things.
While The syntax of things is an alternate season 5 (featuring the Winchesters gathering themselves at Bobby’s, dealing with Lucifer, and Dean and Cas figuring each other out), the rest of the verse deals with the moments between the action (leading up to and following the apocalypse). There’s snippets of fluff and some angst and a fair amount of pining.
The final installment (Keeping the stars apart; the bulk of the post-The syntax of things material) is the focus of this review though - a poignant and beautiful portrayal of falling Cas and definitely one of my favorites. It’s independent!Cas going off on his own but told from Dean’s pov. So, yes: pining galore. But it’s not over-the-top falling angst or relationship angst. It’s Cas realizing he needs to figure out his place in the world now that he’s part of humanity and, well…doing just that. There’s no crazy emotional breakup (though Dean’s not overly happy); they keep in touch, meeting sometimes between hunts. The last half of the installment is just plain magnificent. There’s a wonderful juxtaposition of timelines that I just cannot get out of my head. GAH! I HAVE ALL THESE FEELINGS NOW. THANKS, DOTFIC. This makes it sound like it’s an unhappy ending; it’s not. It’s superb. Even if you don’t read the rest of the verse, read this installment! I’m tagging this as “short” in addition to tagging for the entire length. But you really should read the whole verse because it’s pretty awesome.
Hmm… We can only think of a couple more but I’m positive there’s more out there.
John finds out.
If any of our followers know of any, drop them in our askbox!
Submitted by theinevitableblastwave:
Jar of Hearts [NC-17, 120,000 word count] shop au, valentine’s day, singer!cas
February being the supposed ‘month of love’ people seem to forget that it’s also one of the coldest times of the year. Valentine’s Day themed events in a cafe turned bar is how Dean managed the courage to speak to the locally famous singer and somehow score a date, a relationship, and a man he didn’t deserve out of the deal. Destiel college/uniAU
Dream As If You’ll Live Forever & Live As If You’ll Die Today by commodoresexual
Rating: NC-17 (light)
Word Count: 29,400
Summary: Cas hasn’t spoken a word to anyone in years and is a drifter who works various odd jobs to finance himself. Dean is a guy with a violent temper who grew up in foster care and has just gotten out of prison for a stupid judgment call. The two cross paths in a pay-by-the-week boarding house run by an eccentric older couple (Bobby and Ellen).
Ok, so….this story has been on my “to read” list since I entered the fandom (popping up on all kinds of rec lists). I kept putting it off for two silly and misinformed reasons. First of all, I thought it was a historical AU (I got a turn of the century vibe from the summary). Secondly, I only ever saw the first story linked (6k word count; have I mentioned my bias against short fics? lol).
Well, I finally got around to reading the fic and oh lord, was it wonderful. I totally loved Cas’ characterization (and Dean’s…but I always get excited about AUs where Cas doesn’t lose his “otherness”). I also thought this was going to be angsty but it’s very heartwarming. I’ve tagged as fluff but it isn’t super fluffy. It has it’s moments, but it’s more soothing. It’s like the Friday afternoon after a particularly stressful and intense week. All the bad shit is over and, though there’s anxiety you can’t immediately magic away, it’s decreasing and you feel lighter and lighter as night approaches.
It’s hard to say what I liked most about this fic. There’s so many little things, quiet moments, and short exchanges that I just want to wrap up in and say, “Yes. This is lovely.” There’s Dean and Cas’ relationship, inexplicably drawn together at first. They see pieces of themselves in the other and can relax because they know the other understands (even if they don’t know specifics). There’s Dean and Sam’s relationship as one focus. There’s Bobby, Ellen, and Jo just being great: rough around the edges, but family. There’s domestic-ness, some hurt/comfort, the occasional outside POV, and even a small amount kid!fic. But ultimately, I think I love this story because it’s about finding home.
We’ve had a similar ask here (definitely check out the fics mentioned there: Testament and Non-Blue Photo, as well cloudyjenn’s tweetfics towards the bottom of her master post). You might also like (some less vignette-y than others):
You’ll notice there’s a few end!verse fics there. There’s definitely more fic out there showing the progression from 2009 to 2014 in short snippets. Check out the external resources here and look for shorter fics.
Five times fics sometimes fit:
Five Times Castiel Gets Hugged and One Time He Doesn’t [T, 3,500 word count]
It’s all about the warmth.
More five times fics here.
And here’s some more unofficial recs:
No Man’s Land [T, 628 word count] benny’s pov
Spoilers Up to 8.09
Benny Lafitte is a praying man… (summary from lj)
In A Worn Out Suit And Tie [M, 52,000 word count]
Missing scenes, or things we didn’t see with Dean and Cas’ relationship during seasons 4-6. All episode related. (With a tiny dip into S7 - ep 17)
Submitted by jamestwinchester to this week’s bulletin but it fits, so you get it now, too:
Nothing Good Will Come [NC-17, 21,200 word count (only technically a WIP)]
This whole series is made up of canon compliant episodic fics from Season 5 following the story of Castiel’s and Dean’s relationship with one another, how it came about, where it’s going, and all the little bumps and bruises along the way. Each episode should be pretty readable as a stand alone, but I think they would be best enjoyed all together as one.
And last but certainly not least, check out the resources on our poetry tag. There’s probably some more relevant fics on our mortality tag (aging/dying!dean) and coda tag. If our followers have some suggestions, drop them in our ask box! I’m sure there are others we’re forgetting.
Link to previous group asks.
To those who submitted these: if you don’t find what you’re looking for, remember that Supernatural Kink Community accepts prompts of any kind (not just porn, people!) during the first half of each month! More info here and here. Additional prompt blogs are listed at the bottom of our other page.
There’s also spnstoryfinders. (Whose sole purpose is to find specific fics, especially lost ones.)
Ask #1 (anon): specific dean/other
heey guys, i was looking for a fic,(i dont even know if there’s a fic like this) where, cas and dean together, and then dean has to move away, and while hes awa, he falls in love with someone else, and cas doesnt realise it until its like a serious relationship so like angsty, and sad C: thankyouu
Ask #2 (anon): failed intervention
Is there anything wherein either Dean or Cas have been self-harming or having suicidal thoughts and when the others find out they try to help but are sort of hopeless at it?
We actually have tags for self-harm and suicidal but YMMV with others feeling unable to help.
Ask #3 (mallayaa): meet at music festival
Hello there! I know it’s a strange category to be asking for, but do you know of any fics that take place at Woodstock or something similar? Where they meet for the first time and so on and so forth… I’ve tried to use your search engine but I’ve only got my phone to use to search this stuff, and I’m not sure ‘Band!AU’s would cut it since they’re all (as far as I checked) about one of them being a band member.
Ask #4 (anon 2): there’s this fic… #1
Does anyone know where to find the Destiel fanfic that says, (god) quote: “condemns sexual behaviour that results in injury to an innocent person”. Please respo. Private. I tried a google search, but just the 1 hit I got the quite from :/ please help? thanks 0:)
The rest of the excerpt is here. We’ve already asked the poster and they don’t remember the fic.
Ask #5 (overtakingmylife): monster pov
Do you know of any spn fics from a monster’s pov?
Submitted by majorenglishesquire:
Where All Paths Lead [M, 1,300] Uriel’s POV (close enough, lol)
Castiel will fall in love with Dean, and Uriel is the first to know.
Submitted by discord-ant (I have a feeling there’s more purgatory fic out there like this):
Once Upon A Time, In Purgatory [T, 1,300 word count]
You know, they say that Purgatory’s made for monsters. But I think it was made for him.
A Purgatory Legend [T, 950 word count]
They say a long time ago a human and an angel fell into the jaws of Purgatory. Some say the angel had once swallowed purgatory whole himself, and Purgatory took it’s revenge. They say the human had once hunted all that was tainted with blood and shadow, and the remains leaped to claim him, too.
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!!
recced by Annie
Realization comes in stages.