“On Drowning” by domesticadventures (AO3)
Pairing: Dean Winchester/Castiel
Word Count: 28,731
Warnings: Hurt/Comfort, Drowning, eventual happy ending (heed the tags!)
The absolute last thing Dean would ever admit, after saving Cas’ life, is that it was all thanks to the unhealthy amount of time he spent reading about drowning on Wikipedia.
Not that he’s not grateful, but what he really needs is an instruction manual for everything that comes after.
I’m not usually one for angst, but this story has so many elements beyond the warnings, it isn’t a hardship to sit down and read it through in one go, as long as none of the tags are triggering. The nuances of Dean and Cas’ relationship are really captured in this story, especially the intense miscommunication these two knuckleheads are known for. There are some sad moments, but these are punctuated by the real bond that Dean, Cas and Sam share, and also, there is stress baking, so that’s wonderful. Set during the time Cas is human, this is a good read for those of you who enjoy a bit of hopefulness with your hurt/comfort.
xoxo C. Diva