Title: “It Started With a Tree” (Part 2 of the Ugly sweater!verse)
Word Count: 9416
Warnings: You may get a cavity from how sweet this one is.
The Author’s summary:
If they really go back and think about it… it all started with a tree. A Christmas tree, that is. Castiel is human now, and the apocalypse is not only over, it’s been averted. Sam’s away at NYU, finally finishing law school, and Dean’s stuck in what is probably the most awkward situation of his life. He’s not exactly sure how he ended up sharing a flat with Cas in Media, Pennsylvania, but he does know the curious would-be angel is sort of derailing his plans for a life of decadence and booze. Cas is trying to make the best of his humanity by exploring human holidays. Dean can’t exactly complain because he’s pretty much the reason Cas got his wings clipped in the first place. Dean didn’t actually want to fall in love, but how was he supposed to know it would all start with a goddamn tree? [Essentially gratuitous, self-indulgent Christmas fluff.]
I fought against this one, I really did. The Collectiva Diva has been after me for months to read the Ugly Sweater!verse, and I balked. I resisted. I didn’t want to. I’m very, very picky when it comes to my Destiel fanfiction, and the mention of Christmas turned me off to it initially, but I finally caved. And you know what? I’m glad I did. After a long, stressful day at work dealing with bitchy students, this was just the right amount of fluff to make my day right.
I really appreciated the author’s treatment of Dean and Castiel. While they are definitely more domestic than in the canon, nerdylittledude handles them and the potential angst brilliantly and gives them the Christmas cheer (and happy ending) that they both deserve. I’m not ashamed to say that I grinned like an idiot throughout this one.
Read this one if you like Destiel, Christmas, and happiness. Scrooges, stay away.
Disclaimer: I don’t own that beautiful fan art. It belongs to covered-inrain.tumblr.com