Fanfic Wednesday: Destiel’s Greatest Hits

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So, if you hadn’t noticed, it’s Supernatural week here at the Collective. Mostly because we wanted to fill the void in our hearts as we countdown to season 9, but also because we’re going to the Burbank Convention and we’re really f**king excited about it (yes, my Cas cosplay is currently in the works, but more on that in another post). So, instead of just one fanfic, you’ll get more than a dozen of my favorites. And because I’m the blogger, I’m shameless promo-ing my OTP: Destiel.

So warning, darling, if slash and a profound bond that ascends into the realm of the metaphysical isn’t for you, I suggest looking for recs someplace else, because obviously you took a wrong turn on the Internet.

A couple of these are stories that I’ve recced before, but I love them so much that they had to be included in my “Greatest Hits” list. There is now a part two to this list. 🙂 And now a part three

Click on the fic title to read the story. 🙂

When Charlie Met Cas by riseofthefallenone

Author’s Summary: Charlie is back in all her glory. The Winchesters have showed up on her doorstep and she’s making the best of it the only way she knows how. By being the little sister Dean never wanted and shipping the shit out of Destiel.

My Thoughts: Oh this one is fluffy in all the right ways, and if you’re not smiling by the end, then I’m pretty sure you’re not human. If for no other reason, read it for this: Castiel in skinny jeans.

God Ships Destiel by mtothedestiel

Author’s Summary: God ships destiel, and while he’s not willing to mess with free will, that doesn’t mean he won’t hit below the belt. Enter Gabriel and some archangel related hi-jinks, all in the name of true love and destiny.

My Thoughts: I love it when Gabriel plays matchmaker.

A Hole in the World by AnnelieseMichel

Author’s Summary: Dean Winchester never wanted to go home again. Going back to Lawrence meant people who knew what he was, who didn’t buy into the lie. But with a tragic accident, he’s back and dealing with the death of his father, the social stigma and objectification of being an out Omega, and the lingering aftermath of a long-ago crime.

My Thoughts: Please don’t turn away from this one just because it’s labelled Omegaverse. This one treats the trope as it should be treated: it uses the A/B/O dynamics for world-building, and AnnelieseMichel does it beautifully. It’s a W.I.P. but it’s well worth the read. Warning: Dean’s emotional trauma will hurt your feels, but it’ll be okay because Cas makes it better.

How A Righteous Man Raises a Rose by Swordofmymouth

Author’s Summary AU in which the apocalypse and angels and demons never happen, and Sam and Jess and Dean live together in a suburban lifestyle — and then suddenly, nothing is alternate universe at all. Told from Sam’s POV. Dean is compelled to tend a dead rose garden, if only Dean could remember why; and remember why it is so important.

My Thoughts: Oh man…have you ever read the Johnlock fic “Alone on the Water“? This is Supernatural’s ultimate angst-fest. This was one of the first Destiel fics I ever read, and believe you me, every time I go back to it, I bring some super glue because this one will break your heart. But I love it. It’s beautifully done and more than a little tragic, and this one is definitely in my top 3 Destiel fics.

Lakota Falls by Annehiggins

Author’s Summary: Love-at-first sight is supposed to be a myth. Even among Werewolves it’s rare. It’s also the last thing new Pack-leader Castiel wants to deal with. Worse, his instant-mate doesn’t believe in it or his own self-worth. And all of that? It just might be the least of their problems. 

My Thoughts: I made it my mission to read every Destiel fic I could, regardless of the kinks, tropes, or AUs. I read a LOT of Destiel, but I’m not much for Creature!fics, so I surprised myself when I really enjoyed this one. Why? I don’t know. I just did. It’s cute and smutty.

The Mirror by cloudyjenn

Author’s Summary: When Dean touches a strange mirror, he’s whisked away to one alternate reality after another and it doesn’t take him long to realize the universe is trying to tell him something.

My Thoughts: I love everything cloudyjenn does (Yes, I’m shamelessly promoing. Deal with it). What I love most about this one is that by having Dean visit alternate universes, she shows him that no matter what, it’s supposed to be Dean and Castiel. I love it. Love, love, love. I cried tears of joy at the end.

Peanut Butter-Pumpkin Wedding Cake by sparseparsely

Author’s Summary: The good ones are sometimes assholes and always taken.

My Thoughts: This one follows the cliches of every romantic comedy ever, but I can’t find it in me to care. This one is so sweet it will give you a cavity.

This is Not Convenient by cloudyjenn

Author’s Summary: If Castiel doesn’t find a mate soon, the council will assign him one. And Dean’s not about to let that happen.

My Thoughts: Oh look, another cloudyjenn fic. Surprise, surprise. This one takes an overdone plot (the forced marriage/bonding) and makes it fresh, funny, and way adorbs.

The Curse of a Hundred Loves by cymbalism219

Author’s Summary: The one where Dean comes a hundred times. Cas helps.

My Thoughts: What’s a rec list without a little PWP? This one is so hot it’ll curl your toes, melt your shoes…set your ovaries aflame…

This Thing Called Free Will by tracy_loo_who

Author’s Summary: Time is fluid, and Castiel can see how it will go because he can bend it on occasion.

My Thoughts: Here, have some angst. (But it’s well-written angst).

I Like You (Like Me) by carmexgirl

Author’s Summary: Dean’s the owner of his own pretty successful coffee shop, and he’s absolutely, totally not in love with the hot accountant guy who comes in every day. He’s way out of his league. Isn’t he?

My Thoughts: Every rec list needs a Coffeeshop AU. This one is cute and sweet and proves why this AU is so damn popular.

How To Take care of Angels and Little Animals by remivel

Author’s Summary: Gabriel is tired of having to listen to Castiel’s woes about the Winchesters, so he decides to take matters into his own hands… and turns Castiel into a furry pet for the Winchesters to take care of.

My Thoughts: Here is a Kitten!fic that I can get on board with. Throw in some Matchmaker!Gabriel and we have the fluffiest of the fluff. Love it.

So, there you have it, twelve new fics for you to sink your teeth into. But in case you’ve missed some of my past Destiel recs, here ya go. Click the title to read my reviews.

The (Mostly Accidental) Courtship of Dean Winchester

My Eyes Are An Ocean

All Things Shining

And my all-time favorite Destiel fic:

The Soul Piece  (also by cloudyjenn)

Go forth, dear readers, and jump aboard the flagship in my fleet of ships. Nerd confession: I call myself the Admiral of Fanfic Shipping, and it’s my solemn duty to make sure I rec only the best fics out there (and to ceaselessly promo my OTP).

Still need more Destiel? Well, we have an SPN fanfic masterlist on our Tumblr. 🙂

~The Collectress

Twist and Shout by gabriel, standbyme

Author’s Summary: What begins as a transforming love between Dean Winchester and Castiel Novak in the summer of 1965 quickly derails into something far more tumultuous when Dean is drafted in the Vietnam War. Though the two both voice their relationship is one where saying goodbye is never a real truth, their story becomes fraught with the tragedy of circumstance. In an era where homosexuality was especially vulnerable, Twist and Shout is the story of the love transcending time, returning over and over in its many forms, as faithful as the sea.

33 thoughts

  1. Honestly, I’m surprised Twist & Shout didn’t make the list. But, thanks for the recommendations nonetheless

  2. I really liked the fanfic Have Love, Will Travel by squeemonster. Its a really great fic and wonderfully (repeat: WONDERFULLY) written. It has Stripper!Dean and Writer!Cas, and im not sure what else to say so just read it. Trust me its great.

  3. Uuuugh, “How A Righteous Man Raises A Rose” has ruined me. RUINED ME. And then you had to mention “Twist and Shout” *sobs* But then I read “The Mirror”, that had just the right amount of fluff and humor to mend my broken heart, so all is well.

  4. Twist And Shout had me literally sobbing on my couch in the middle of the night when I finished it. It was exceptionally written and perfectly heartbreaking. I read it months ago and I still think about it.

  5. I just wanted to say thank you for posting this and all your other Destiel related posts. I’m relatively new to the fandom but I have to say being 100% unbiased on any coupling whatsoever, I came out a Destiel shipper. It’s so easy to see the chemistry between them and it would be a great innovative example to see on screen if it ever comes to fruition. It will also show it’s never too late if you open yourself to the right person regardless of gender/being. I personally want to thank for introducing me to ‘cloudyjenn’ fanfiction because it’s a great way to be introduced to Destiel coupling as it’s written more often than not in the same tone as the show’s. It’s an easy transition from actually imagining the TV characters into the script of the fiction. Although it’s disheartening to read articles of ‘queerbaiting,’ I truly do like the show for what it is and hope the writers/producers/directors/actors can finally accept the fact of repercussions and give the fans what they wait. More so, not to make a lead character bisexual if “it only lends to the story” but to allow to flourish what’s already plainly seen. A man who already overcompensates and unwavering to allow his feelings to come to the surface and a being who is so extremely loyal and has the innocence to always help. It can be a kiss or just words but anything to show it’s more than being ‘part of the family.’

    I’ve never voted for the Teen Choice Awards but this year I am because of Destiel. If they win again in the Chemistry category, I just hope it would push the show to this realization that it’s never too late and that gender identity can be ambiguous when it comes to love (loving oneself or another).

    1. Welcome aboard the SS Destiel, matey! Although we endeavour to rec fics from as many fandoms and ships as we have time to read, Destiel remains our Ship Above All Others. I’ve read, and written, about these two idiots falling in love in so many different times and ways, and yet it never gets old, and I believe that it’s that chemistry that keeps us in love with the show’s characters. An openly bisexual main character and his likely pansexual Angel boyfriend would be such a giant step for network genre television, and it’s a step that my queer little heart still desperately hopes for. Until then, we have fanfic. Speaking of which, I’ll be posting another Destiel rec list sometime this summer, so keep on the lookout. -TC

      P.S. I am so glad that you enjoy CloudyJenn’s writing as much as I do. She’s amazing, isn’t she?

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