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A Beginner’s Guide to Communing with the Dead by suspiciousflashlight
author’s lj and ff.net accts (their fic isn’t in a centralized location)
Word Count: 77,200
Summary: Maybe it’s the little girl whose disappearance turned into a murder, and whose murder turned into a cold case, and who has now apparently decided to move in with him. Maybe it’s the unacceptable hole left in his life when his dumb best friend and partner in (the prevention of) crime decided to go and get himself killed. Maybe it’s his brother, whose high-profile career and fantastic girlfriend and first-child-on-the-way are steadily leaving Dean in the dust. Pick one. Pick all of them. The why doesn’t matter so much as the what, and the what is this: Dean is pretty sure he’s going completely, certifiably insane. Sure, he hasn’t started wearing all his clothes inside out, and he still showers on a regular basis (anyways, that’s not crazy, just a little eccentric); but there’s no getting around the fact that he just threw away his life, his career, and his reputation by dragging out his mom’s old necromancy book and summoning a Class A Forbidden Entity to his attic. A cranky one, too. With horrendous bed-head.
This was a freaking JOY to read. I pretty much read it in one go (only stopping when it became impossible to stay awake). It’s well written, well paced, engaging, does a great job of balancing plot and relationship development, and is probably my favorite big bang so far. I loved the world (modern fantasy) and the imagery was lovely. Cas is a grumpy, badass memitim, begrudgingly curious about humanity (putting on the creature!cas tag even though he is angel-ish), while Dean is an out-of-options witch cop who decides to use illegal magic to summon an unsanctioned being. They form a partnership (in addition to being roommates, ha!), becoming friends and then something more along the way.
The world is fascinating! It has some features in common with the spn verse, but in name only. The “monsters” of spn are treated as regular humans for the most part (a werewolf killing a human is dealt with the same way as a non-supernatural killing). I’ve mentioned before my love of AUs where Cas’ otherness is not forgotten and the author does a perfect job highlighting it in this fic. And then there’s the plot! Without giving too much away, let’s just say that season 3 and 4 had some influence. Great characters, great world building, and a great plot! Read this!!
A DCBB 2013 fic
The Great Escapist by 8swords
Word Count: 101,000
Summary: Dean spears him on a green-eyed look through the open passenger door. “Why do I get the feeling you just want us to spend the night together?” ”Because you’re paranoid and ridiculous,” Cas says. “I sleep five feet away from you every night; I could watch you sleep at home.” (An AU in which nursing student Dean and pre-med student Cas become summer roommates and maybe more.)
First things first. The author’s summary may mislead you into thinking that this is just another feel good summer fling story about Dean and Cas, but let me tell you - it is all that and so much more. In essence, this is a story about two broken guys finding temporary comfort while dealing with their emotional scars. They help each other and they hurt each other but they can’t heal unless they learn to be themselves. I was happy to see Dean being mature about it.
We first meet Castiel after his brother Alfie’s funeral and for the rest of the story we follow his attempts to escape from the guilt and memories about the brother he feels he has betrayed. Not to mention that Cas himself feels abandoned by his father Chuck Shurley, the famous author of the Supernatural book series about two brothers and an angel named Castiel. Omg, references to episodes as book titles is one of my favorite parts of this fic. However, I do understand why Cas stopped reading them around story titled “Hello, Cruel World.” On the other hand, Dean loved the books since they helped him to deal with his painful life. I must say that the fusion of canon elements with the original story gave me very strong season 7 and 8 feelings; there’s no way to fully appreciate the richness of the story if you haven’t seen those episodes yet.
I loved how Dean’s caretaker nature is explored through his choice of profession, a nurse, and his childhood memories of taking care of John. Dean has great character development in this story even if at the end it means that he has to make some hard choices. And last but not least, roughly half of the fic takes place in hospitals and the author does a very good job at explaining all the medical terms and procedures.
A DCBB 2013 fic
recced by flyingcatstiel
Set in S5 after 5x03. Dean wakes up in an alternate universe, only to find that he’s stuck in (Sam’s) terrible life. Only this time, it’s courtesy of Lucifer, not Zachariah, and Dean (and Cas) are aware of what’s going on, though Sam’s clueless. As they try to find a way to help Sam learn his “lesson,” or whatever, Dean realizes that things in Zachariah’s version of this warped reality weren’t as simple as he thought. Cas was there too, apparently, though Dean doesn’t remember it, and he has a feeling there’s something else that Cas isn’t telling him.
From our roommates tag (fics where they don’t really know each other before living together):
There’s also this ask about boarding schools. The fics on our slavery tag usually fit. Oh, and arrange and fake marriage fics as well as accidental bonding fics technically fit as well (marriage and bonded tags). A lot of fics on this ask (dean/cas helping near-stranger!cas/dean) fit.
And definitely look for college AUs (dormmates and such; our tag here; but also go to AO3 and search for things like “college roommate”).
The Way Back by rainylemons
Word Count: 36,000
Summary: AU in which Dean gets between Lucifer and Cas, preventing Castiel’s death and eventual return to full-blooded angelhood. In the following months, a mostly human Cas gets a job at Taco Bell, Dean recovers from wounds given to him by Lucifer, and a silent, shell-shocked Sam wanders in from the cold.
If you have time to read only one destiel fic before season 9 starts, make it this one. It’s eerie how closely this alternative post season 5 finale story resembles the current canon situation - Sam is gravely ill, Cas is a fallen angel with all his memories of heaven intact, and Dean is there to keep them all together, to show that sometimes the hardest part of the job is to accept every day as it comes. I absolutely loved Cas’ POV in this fic. He has just the right amount of bewilderment and curiosity about his newly acquired human status and endless amounts of exasperation with Dean.
Yes, this is a general/no pairings/not a slash story. Cas regards Dean as his charge and not as his love interest; but he also values Dean as his teacher and mentor. And Dean, well, he really does care about this fallen angel who is forced to work at a fast food joint and thus provide for the three of them in the most mundane way. The understanding between Dean and Cas is strong; their connection is undeniable. For me, this was a refreshing way to see a non romantic take on their profound bond. The story of Dean, Sam, and Cas is endearing and heartbreaking at the same time; but most of all, it is life affirming.
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.
The Story of Autumn And Me by starandrea
Word Count: 47,700
Summary: Dean and Sam are hunter brats. Mary Campbell taught her daughters everything she knew after their father was killed by a demon in a nursery fire when Sam was six months old. She doesn’t want them to think hunting is all there is, so she packed them off to college when they turned eighteen. Dean isn’t impressed by college coeds, ignorant of what the world is really like, and she’s counting down the days until she’s done. But when her new roommate turns out to be an angel who thought Dean knew her ex was a siren all along, she thinks maybe they’re not the only ones who should pay more attention.
First of all, in this story, more than a couple of the main characters have had their gender rewritten. Sometimes that throws me off in my reading, but starandrea is one of the few people who can pull that switch on me and maintain my absolute confidence. (She irrevocably proved the fact to me when I read her Ship’s Code.) Some authors take what reads as a male!Dean story and simply change the pronouns; other authors write a very androgynous Dean to little effect. However, starandrea does none of the above, and her characterisations are flawless. The Winchesters as well as Castiel maintain distinctive personality traits, but there are added details throughout that are so meticulous, you would really believe they were born always-a-girl! (A nod to that particular tag on AO3.)
The revelations described in the summary take place more than halfway through the plot. That’s not what the story’s about. All the fun is in forming pictures of the female characters in your head, watching Dean and Cas meet with much less posturing than in the television series, and imagining them interacting with others – not just each other! After all, Dean and Cas are not just regular roommates, they are roommates in a cohesive religious dorm, so they are forced into close proximity with the secondary characters frequently. I’ll admit to living vicariously through Dean a little, because I never got to experience living on-campus or away from home when I was attending university. For those who are less than enamoured by the Alternate Universe – College/University aspect of the story, there are a few other features that might still inspire interest. In this, Mary is the parent who survived to raise Dean and Sam, instead of John; Adam is a full-blooded member of the family Campbell; and Rachel fans will be delighted to know that she replaces Anna as the angel usually portrayed to be Castiel’s closest sibling.
My only disappointment might be that the story ended so quickly. After finishing more than one of starandrea’s works, I’ve been left with the sense that the ending is lacking something. In this case, I was especially excited to know what would happen next because the setting is Season One, and she could potentially rewrite the whole series if she chose to do so. Truthfully, though, I can’t criticise any author for writing too little without calling myself a hypocrite in the process. It wouldn’t be right to describe the ending as inconclusive, or abrupt; nor is it actually a cliffhanger. I wouldn’t dissuade anybody from reading this story, so in fact, I will encourage everyone to give it a shot!
Follower Review by discord-ant
recced by deansqueer
Dean grins automatically, “I wrote Bobby to see if he knew of any houses around that we could rent. He should be getting back to me any day now.” Dean laces his fingers behind his head as he tilts back his chair.
Castiel’s eyebrows raise. “So you were serious about that.”
“‘Course I was,” Dean answers easily. “I don’t offer to move in with people lightly, Cas.”
Impossibly, We’ve Already Caught Fire (Original Track) by farfalle [NC-17, 25,000 word count]
recced by anonAfter a fire ravages his apartment, Nurse Dean Winchester moves in with his best friend.
Best friends and probably bisexual or not, Dean didn’t think Cas would approve of the sort of inclinations that were blossoming in Dean’s chest. Shove them into a tiny five hundred square foot apartment? Dean was pretty sure that wouldn’t end with the Hollywood-style fireworks kiss and a happily ever after.
He had to laugh at the absurdity of everything. There was a fire raging behind him, his brother and his girlfriend were finally taking a new step in their relationship, and Dean was worrying about what would happen if what he was feeling wasn’t just a result from a brief bout of sleep depravation and three dozen cups of coffee. That’s all this was, after all.
The Best Men by jscribbles
Word Count: 60,000
Summary: S6 AU (And sort of S5 AU after 5.10 - Ellen dies but Jo lives and Brady doesn’t die in 5.20). Set two years after the apocalypse that never happened. When Sam is due to get married and appoints Dean as his best man, chaos ensues. Especially since Sam’s rekindled friendship with Brady has been getting in between the Winchesters’ brotherly bond. Dean struggles with his life as it doesn’t go according to plan, Bobby is in sober and actually happy, Jo has a boyfriend that is much too attractive, and Cas deals with being human a tad poorly. Oh, and why does everyone think Cas and Dean are boyfriends? Supernatural/The Bridesmaids AU.
So, I read the fic first and then watched the movie to see how big of a crossover this is. Actually, most of the movie’s plot points are faithfully reenacted which is rather rare for a crossover fic; however, the result, for me personally, was emotionally jarring. What passed as funny and awkward quarrels between friends and casual aquaintances in the movie, became heartwrenching conflicts when played out by SPN characters with too much history between them. I expected a light, fluffy piece but got Sam, Dean, and Cas going through crude jokes and hurting each other in the name of a perfect marriage ceremony. So if you really enjoyed that aspect of The Bridesmaids, you might want to check this fic out.
I really liked fallen!Cas (good characterization) and his job as a florist made so much sense. Unfortunately, Dean’s portrayal as a homophobic, lousy womanizer made the scenes between the two of them less than endearing. I guess the final straw for me was one particular scene with verbally abusive!Dean. The happy end just seemed sudden and unrealistic after that. Overall, this is quite a good movie crossover but not exactly romantic or light in the context of the spn universe.