The Hellatus is upon us, friends, and to ease the burden of no new episodes, I’ve put together a little fanfiction care package for you, a part three to my Destiel favourites. 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.
Click on the title to read the story. 🙂
A Beginners’s Guide to Communing with the Dead by suspiciousflashlight
Author’s 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.
My Thoughts: Okay, so I powered through this fic twice in the span of about 48 hours. It’s an AU that blends so seamlessly with these characters because Dean still investigates the supernatural and Castiel is still an entity that’s old and wise but still grumpy. It’s got strong characterization, a good plot, and oh is Cas sassy.
Addicted to You by Ltlflrt
Author’s Summary: Dean is a Warlock. A very very drunk Warlock. Oh, and a horny Warlock. Hey, he knows how to summon a succubus! He should totally do that. Hell yeah! Guaranteed hot sex!Except that spellcasting while drunk is a Very Bad Idea. He’s just too drunk to remember that.
My Thoughts: Okay, first: warning for some serious non/dubcon. Mind the tags, people. That being said, the archive warnings kept me away from this one for a long time and then one night, I’d been drinking, and I got click happy. Oh boy, how did an incubus fic give me so many emotions?
Any Little Heartbreak by followthattardis
Author’s Summary: Dean Winchester knows everything there is to know about the human heart. Well. Anatomically speaking.
My Thoughts: If you haven’t ever pictured Dean and Cas getting it on in scrubs, you haven’t really lived the shipper life. Whew. This one is sizzling hot. And cute. But mostly hot.
Astrolabe by reluctantabandon, Winter_of_our_Discontent
Authors’ Summary: Two graduate students, two adjoining library carrels, and the beginning of an unexpectedly epistolary romance.
My Thoughts: As a former library employee, and a former grad student, I can unashamedly admit that I 100% squeed the entire way through this one. So. Much. Cute.
The Cabin by Bookkbaby
Author’s Summary: For an angel, the building of a Nest is sacred. Dean doesn’t understand.
My Thoughts: I’m not sure why I’ve never recced this one before. It’s been a favorite of mine for years. Well, here you go, some required reading. There will be a pop quiz next week.
Cas-ti-el by Valinde (Valyria)
Author’s Summary: Dean had figured out the problem. The reason no one could translate the name written on his arm was because it wasn’t one. It was just a line of meaningless gibberish. He didn’t have a match.
My Thoughts: Does it surprise you that a soulmate fic is on this list? It shouldn’t. #soulmatetropetrash
Destiel, Actually by Bloodism
Author’s Summary: Picture your typical rom-com cliché. Now picture Dean stuck in that rom-com cliché. With Castiel. Because that’s what happening to him – a crazy whirlwind of your typical-and-not-so-typical cliché’s. He’s playing the main lead in all of them and Castiel’s his counterpart. Of course, the culprit is obvious. Gabe’s enjoying himself too much, lying back on his favourite cloud with a tub of salted popcorn. It was about time someone kicked the two knuckleheads into gear. “And… ACTION!”
My Thoughts: Okay so I read this because it’s a shipper!Gabe fic and dear Chuck I have so many Gabriel feels. Also, it has all the hilarious things I loved about “Changing Channels” and all the ridiculous rom-com cliches I love to make fun of but somehow work in this story. Enjoy this one, my Destiel friends. It’s pure gold.
Give All My Secrets Away by morganoconner
Author’s Summary: When Castiel needs to stay with Dean while the hunter is vulnerable and unable to defend himself, he doesn’t expect it to end with confessions Dean doesn’t mean to give.
My Thoughts: This is one of those fics where you sigh deeply at the end and think to yourself, well why can’t that happen on the damn show?
Hedge Witch by EthneDragon, palominopup
Authors’ Summary: Castiel moved to the woods of Wyoming to practice his white magick without his family’s interference. He lived a simple life with his cat and a gray wolf as his only companions. The people of the small town across the river know what he is and are protective of him. Dean Winchester is a hunter. He is deep in the wilderness searching for a wendingo when he falls through the ice. Before he loses consciousness, he sees a huge gray wolf-like creature. Castiel brings the near frozen man into his home and nurses him. Will the distrust Dean has of all witches stop him from falling for the man who saved his life?
My Thoughts: I love AUs, and I love this one more than most. Would 100% read again.
I’ll Stop the World by jacksqueen16
Author’s Summary: “They’re sitting up in front, the road stretching on before them, an endless possibility.” Or, where was Dean’s hand? An extended scene from the season 12 premiere.
My Thoughts: Am I being self-serving by including a fic that was written as a gift for me? Probably. Do I care? No, because during the season 12 premiere I mentioned offhandedly during a scene, “Huh, wonder where Dean’s other hand is” as he sat next to Castiel in the Impala and OH MY GOD SHE WROTE THE THING.
In the Shadow of your Wings by Enochian Things (Salr323)
Author’s Summary: Dean drains his bottle of beer, sets it on the table and gets up, heading for the kitchen. Maybe to fetch another, maybe to leave. But Castiel doesn’t want him to go, doesn’t want to leave this conversation unfinished; he remembers his regret of just a few hours ago, that Dean had never known how he loved him. “Wait,” he says and gets to his feet as Dean passes by. They’re standing close – close enough that Castiel can feel the heat of Dean’s body, the vibrancy of his soul brushing against his grace. “Dean, I have to tell you something…” Set after the S11 finale.
My Thoughts: If you were/are unhappy with the way season 11 ended, this may be the fic for you. It certainly cured me of some of my post-finale blues.
Leaf Me Alone by ozonecologne
Author’s Summary: ‘i got caught staring at my adult neighbour raking up a bunch of leaves in their backyard and jumping into them and now have to awkwardly pretend i saw nothing’ au
My Thoughts: Exactly what it says on the tin.
Our Small World by needsmoreyellow
Author’s Summary: Fantasy AU. Dean and Castiel are the Sun and the Moon, princes of the Day and Night, upholding the balance on their own separate sides of the Sky and finally meeting during the Eclipse; a surprisingly intimate ceremony. Not that either of them mind.
My Thoughts: Have you ever read anything so beautiful that it eclipses all words? Yeah, that’s this fic.
Professional Couple Only by saltyfeathers
Author’s Summary: There’s a haunted apartment building in Vermont, and the ad says “Professional couple only”. Dean and Cas rise to the occasion.
My Thoughts: “Rise to the occasion” indeed. 😉
Sink by crackers4jenn
Author’s Summary: “Where to?” A 9.06 coda.
My Thoughts: Okay, I’ve read a lot of codas for 9.06 or what I like to call the “fanfic gap.” I’ve just…got a lot of Human!Castiel feelings and I handle them with copious amounts of fanfiction. Speaking of Human!Cas feels, this fic’s got them in spades.
Stitches by Askance
Author’s Summary: Castiel survived Leviathan–but only barely. Vessel mauled and eyes destroyed, Cas is barely clinging to what’s left of his grace when Dean finds him naked and alone on the reservoir’s edge; in a panic, Dean brings him home to the cabin where he and Sam have been holed up off the grid. What follows is the slow process of the angel’s recovery and the unexpected changes that come with his being blind, and in the three months this takes, their little family slowly begins to patch itself back together in forgiveness, love, and darkness.
My Thoughts: Askance regularly astounds me. “All Things Shining” is in my top 10 Destiel fics, and “Stitches” isn’t far behind. Prepare for a story that’s inspirational, romantic, and just really damn good reading.
Technicolor Heartbeat by youaresunlight
Author’s Summary: In a world where people see in black and white until they touch their destined soulmate, Dean – a popular actor – is adored by many but has yet to find love. He’s a true romantic at heart and waits for the moment he’ll begin to see in color. Too bad the person he’s pining for seems to show zero interest in Dean.
My Thoughts: Did you really think I’d stop with only one Soulmate AU on this list? This one has the bonus of being a Actor AU as well. Hop on the trope train. You won’t regret it.
Then I Defy You Stars by Speary
Author’s Summary: They won if you ignore what they lost. Lucifer was cast out and the Darkness departed, but they couldn’t save Cas. So Dean gave up. With the passage of time and Sam’s support, Dean makes a life for himself miles away from hunting and anything supernatural. He runs a planetarium and teaches classes on astronomy, because once, long ago, Cas told him that when the ancient heroes fell, mankind could still find them in the stars. Dean looks to the stars.
My Thoughts: Okay, so don’t know why I haven’t recced Speary’s stuff before because OH HOLY CRAP THIS IS AMAZING. Also, I cried. A lot. And then I tweeted at her and yelled at her for making my cry. Was it worth it? Yup. Definitely. Yup. (And oh gosh, Speary, that ending got me right in the feels.)
Things Dean Winchester Loves by tuesday
Author’s Summary: Castiel makes a list, Sam gives good advice, and Dean takes a while to catch on.
My Thoughts: If you’ve made it this far down the list, you’re gonna need something short, sweet, and a bit fluffy. This is it.
You’re The Only Stranger I Need by lyndsie_1
Author’s Summary: When Castiel receives a text from a stranger, he finds himself engaging in conversations daily. He’s drawn to the outgoing college student and longs to interact with the other man as often as he can. Slowly, he finds himself falling in love with the other and can’t imagine ever meeting a more beautiful person. The only problem? He’s never actually met this other man.
My Thoughts: Meet cute. Meet cute. Meet cute. And also, can this actually be a rom-com? K thanks.
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