I don’t read a whole lotta sad fic, so bear with me. (I’m making a destiel reclist for the first time in a month omfg)
Word Count: 55k
Summary: There is not a dream Castiel does not know, except this one.
In the Silence Afterward
Word Count: 13k
Summary: After Lucifer rises, Dean goes mute.
Word Count: 4k
Summary: Do happily-ever-afters work on angels? Castiel gets to find out, but it’s bittersweet…
Kiss Me With Your Mouth Open
Word Count: 4k
Summary: Dean’s got memories he doesn’t want.
Until Exhausted Close Our Eyelids
Word Count: 2k
Summary: Dean has said ‘yes,’ and has until sunrise. He and Cas say goodbye.
And I Will Walk on Water
Word Count: 122k
Summary: In which Dean discovers that the archangels didn’t finish their job after all, and that demons picked up where they left off.
One by One: Objects Defined
Word Count: 6k
Summary: It’s hard enough for Castiel to work out what species he’s supposed to be, let alone what sexuality he’s supposed to be.
Welcome to Oz (i hate this one but it’s really sad so)
Word Count: 90k
Summary: Dean wakes up in the cheerfully painted yellow kitchen of a middle class home in Suburbia, USA…
Folie à Deux
Word Count: 5k
Summary: A madness shared by two.
Word Count: 114k
Summary: Thursday’s child has far to go.
Promises to Keep
Summary: Castiel obeys for as long as he can, as well as he can.
I love rom-com misunderstandings. They’re so great.
(There are lots of apocalypse stories since there were two seasons about it! lol)
Bad Things With You by hollycomb
Summary: (NC-17) I don’t know who you think you are, but I know this much is true…
Gained in Translation by aesc (LANGUAGE PORN)
Summary: (NC-17) Possibly, Dean thinks when he flips off the radio and the kitchen falls into a buzzing, anxious silence, he is going nuts. Only maybe he’s got some serious denial going on, that he’s pushed the end of the world back underneath work, fixing the Impala, fixing other cars for Bobby’s few customers.
Dean Winchester, Straight Shooter by trieduntrue
Summary: (NC-17) Dean Winchester, star of StraightShooter.com, is a gay-for-pay porn star with a huge following. Cas Novak signs on to do a scene with him, even though he dislikes “straight” porn stars on principle. But Dean is more complicated than he first appears, and after inadvertently learning his secrets, Cas finds himself falling for him.
MORE HERE! :D
The Unlocking and the Lift Away (Your Love Will Be Safe With Me) by devilyouwere
Summary: (PG13) He came from nowhere and he went everywhere and no one could ever find him. But he was a man of his word.
On the Wings of War by alchemyalice. (not angel!dean more like… angel powers!dean)
Summary: The Horsemen are not just people with fancy rings. They aren’t even demons with fancy rings. They are another species entirely, a force unto themselves, and Lucifer is kidding himself if he thinks that they are at his beck and call. They are separate. They are discreet. They are neutral. Dean Winchester is not built like them.
Dies Irae by alchemyalice
Summary: It starts with headaches, and it ends in a clusterfuck. So, business as usual, Apocalypse-wise.
I Got Soul But I’m Not a Soldier by starandrea
Summary: (R) Castiel is on the road (saving people, helping things) when he meets Dean and realizes that his soul is different – and not just because he’s the pastor’s son. AU holiday story involving family, fluff, singing, sex, and wings.
Bird of Paradise by trinityofone
Summary: (R) When Sam Campbell is chosen as a tribute for the Games—an annual fight to the death between twenty-four of New Eden’s unlucky children—his older brother Dean volunteers to take his place. Dean fully expects to die so that Sam can live, but once he enters the arena, Dean discovers that what’s at stake in the Games is far more complicated than simple life and death, and nothing and no one is what they seem.
(I’ll probably be adding to this list as more come out)
Earth Begins r, 5k
Summary: Cas didn’t need sleep but he hadn’t known that for a while.
Zihuatanejo pg-13, 3k
Summary: Sequel to Earth Begins (above). Dean walked out of the psychiatric clinic with a face as dark as a thundercloud.
Care pg-13, 264 words
Summary: He isn’t real…
I’ll Buy You Tall Trees and All the Waters in the Seas pg-13, 5k
Summary: He doesn’t feel chosen or gifted, and he doesn’t remember.
In the Garden of Gethsemane pg, gen, 1.6k
Summary: They both know it’s so much more than a coat. Missing scene between handing over the trenchcoat and saving Sam.
Silent and Still pg, 1.1k
Summary: Missing scene from 7x17.
In the House - In a Heartbeat r, 6k
Summary: Family don’t end with blood.
Broken Doll, Shattered Dream pg, 635 words
Summary: Dean doesn’t leave without a goodbye for Cas or a hefty warning for Meg.
The Waiting Game pg, 2.2k
Summary: 7.17 coda - “You’ve got a phone call, Clarence,” Meg says.
No fucking emoticons pg-13
Summary: Dean’s correspondence with the demon Meg while Castiel is in her care. Pretty Gen, but it can be interpreted freely.
I’ve only read one slight good omens crossover, called Traveling East.
Haha! Hmmm, I think stories by gedry come pretty close to this, that author likes to include a lot of the angels in a family atmosphere… if I’m remembering right! This is All Life Really Means I think has a lot of them interacting. I can’t seem to think of any more… though I know I’ve read some others. Hmmpf.
Man, I think those are the only ones I’ve read! No wait… I have a disturbing tag you can look through. If you’re looking through dark fic, try the dc-dystopia comm! There’s also The Beating of His Hideous Heart, where Dean is a killer.
I’ve been asked this a couple of times, but I never have really read one before, only little drabbles on tumblr and stuff. I found this rec list though, maybe that can help you!
First of all, THANK YOU! :3 And to answer your request, Damn Straight, Tripping, and The Law of Conservation of Energy I think deal with Dean exploring those things! Really, a lot of fanfiction has that theme of Dean having to come to terms with his sexuality because he’s portrayed uber hetero on the show.
The only one I know of is this one: Hunters of the Dark Side. It’s Gen, but the sequel The Fulcrum of the Force & Raveling Tendrils has Dean/Castiel. I haven’t read it, so I don’t know how good it is!
Yeah that’s pretty broad, but I think I can find a few!
I’m not sure I know what you mean by nesting! There’s Bower where Castiel has some birdish habits, and The Incredible Tale of Dean Winchester and the Angel Who Fell from the Sky. Nests are involved.
Okay, so the thing is I’m pretty sure most of you folks joined The Good Ship Dean/Cas kinda late in the game (except Heathyr, fist-bump for Heathyr).
Which is good, which is awesome.
I am a more-the-merrier type. I don’t care how you came to this fandom or how you found this ship, whether you watched SPN from the beginning like me or downloaded it (probably illegally) two weeks ago. All shippers are welcome here.
In the beginning there were not that many people writing for this ship, but those that did were fucking quality. And while I’m sure a lot of early fic still gets passed around, let’s face it, years have passed and I’m sure a lot of it now gets missed on rec lists due to the constant (and awesome) evolution of fandom.
So I’m gonna rec some oldies-but-goodies. Some of them aren’t canon-compatible with stuff that has happened since the good old days (SEASON 4 COME BACK BABY, YOU CAN BLAME IT ALL ON ME!), but they are all worth a look.
WHAT WHAT WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE IF YOU HAVNE’T READ THESE FICS:
- Asunder- So for a while I was very anti-AU fic, I just didn’t get the point of it, until I read Asunder and completely fell in love. It was a WIP when I first read it, and it killed me until it was finally finished. Basically Dean (a social worker) brings Cas (a pediatric surgeon) to his estranged brother Sam’s wedding. It’s a m a z i n g. Just read it.
- Peanut Butter Pumpkin Wedding Cake- The second AU I ever read. A really awesome story where Dean meets Cas at what he thinks is Cas and Anna’s combined bachelor/bachelorette party…It’s amazing and I love it.
- The Request- Classic cloudyjenn. An AU where humans get responses and help from the angels they pray to, and Sam prays for an angel to find his brother Dean’s soulmate…cue Cas showing up with awkward black wings and overabundance of enthusiasm for his very first assignment…
- Make the Man- The ultimate Dean Smith/Castiel fic. So, so fucking good.
- In Real Life- Short, but adorable. Basically Dean and Cas are internet friends…
- Signs and Portents- In which everyone assumes Dean and Cas are together and Sam finds it hilarious.
- Good Things Do Happen- AKA Best Zombie Christmas Ever! (my fav. holiday fic ever)
- Getting Lucky In Kentucky- Wherein sleeping arrangements are awkward, Sam teaches Cas to masturbate, and Dean finds out what to do with your angel when he’s not an angel anymore.
- A Wincest Story- Includes no actual Wincest.
- Except Thou Bless Me- The original TOP!CAS fic. NC-17 and awesome. Er, read the warnings.
- Putting the ‘Christian” In Hans Christian Anderson- Dean is still Dean and Sam is still Sam and Cas has lost his voice…
- Written on the Body- Short but hot tattooing fic…
- Twist- In his exceedingly long existence, Zachariah has rarely been surprised…
- Comes A Rattle and a Hum- NC-17, Dean gets his own turn at bloodplay the night before the final battle.
- A Rain of Feathers- Early sex pollen fic, awww yeah…
- I Think I Know Where You Belong- AKA the Taylor Swift AU I didn’t hate
- A Yellow Wood- Love, love, love this fic. In which two roads converge…
- Below Skyscrapers- A noir cop AU, with angels.
- Cas + Dean 4ever- Awkward and hilarious. Dean finds a diary that is like the worst “Do you like me y/n?” letter in history. Sam helps Cas with the most ill-conceived plans in the history of ever, and Ruby is highly amused by everything.
- Serpent and Staff- One morning Castiel wakes up in Jimmy Novak’s bed, in Jimmy Novak’s life…
- Angel Strain- A library, demons and fire (NC-17, read the warnings)
- The Girlfriend Experience- While it’s not like Dean hasn’t had a couple of truly regrettable hit-and-runs in his sexual history, this is probably the saddest fucking thing that’s happened to him.
You should all read these because reasons.
You mean future!fic as in from 5x04? Most of those are NC-17 though, just warning ya! Let’s see what I can find…
If you ever do venture into nc-17 fics, please do read these following ones! Most’ve got plot with the sex, believe it or not. ;)
more good ones here.