Shipping 101: Cockles

Hello, class and welcome back to Shipping 101! Today we are exploring a controversial topic–RPF or, “real person/people fiction”. Shipping real people and not characters can be tricky, because these people are often in real life relationships and therefore it can feel a little squicky to think about the REAL people participating in fanfiction-esque activities. But, once you get past the trepidation, it can actually be a lot of fun. Many fandoms, especially “bandoms” (band fandoms), do the RPF thing, because the people are close in real life and because, well, fandoms are weird, and we like to imagine our faves together. For many years I have stayed away from RPF, but recent events have turned a page in my shipping textbook, and I come to you today with a very real need to carefully share my newest OTP, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins, AKA Cockles (insert heart eyes here).

First of all, let me say, I do not truly believe these two are “together” in real life. I don’t think their wives are beards, nor do I want them to dump their families and be boyfriends. I am an intelligent woman and know they are friends who love their families and do not have a secret romance going on.

That’s not what this is about at all.

That being said, shipping isn’t a rational thing, as I’ve come to realize, and so, I ship Cockles because I am a glutton for punishment AND because these two boys have some amazing chemistry that can’t be denied. I’ve inserted a gallery because, well, I have about a zillion Cockles pics in my phone and, because of SPN cons, these boys are together a lot.


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Still with me? Okay, then. I’ve also got a few Cockles fics that pretty much kicked me over the cliff edge. Delve if you dare.

Angel Slayer by emwebb17

The Plot by Castiel_Left_His_Mark_On_Me

Ground Zero by Serenhawk


xoxo The Collectiva Diva

Shipping Cockles like whoa over on Twitter and Tumblr (and I’m not even sorry).





  1. Ary

    Hi! My name is Ary and I wrote “The Plot”. You are recommending my fic?! That is so, so, so awesome! Thank you! I am really excited that you felt it was a good place to start for new or possible Cockles shippers. It is still a “taboo” pairing for many, but, I do feel like it can be justified as long as the rest of Jensen’s and Misha’s lives aren’t ignored. Again, thank you for putting my silly, little story on your blog. It means the world to me.

    1. The Collective Blog

      your silly little story is one of my favorites, and such a great intro to the ship! glad that you found our silly little blog and that you’re happy with the rec 🙂 we love to share our favorite work and it’s always a plus when the author finds us. keep writing these two boys. they suit you!

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