Real person fiction (RPF) is the black sheep of the fanfiction family. Yet if you read Destiel fanfic, then at one time or another you’ve likely come across Cockles, the pairing of Misha Collins and Jensen Ackles. One of our mods stumbled onto Cockles through fics based on The French Mistake, Supernatural’s own entry into RPF. The main relationship was Dean and Misha, but Cockles was simmering right under the surface. The purpose of this post is to shine light on the different types of Cockles fics and point you to a few of our favorites.

Cockles fics fall into the broad categories of Canon(ish) and Alternate Universe (AU). In canon fics, Jensen and Misha are actors that work on a show called Supernatural. Everything else is up for grabs (wives, family, etc). These fics often focus on the behind the scenes relationship of these two characters, with the backdrop of known events such as conventions or filming Supernatural. In AUs, the characters look and act like the public personas of Jensen and Misha, but everything else is up for grabs. AUs often go far afield in terms of circumstances, lifestyles, settings and professions. As a result, the stigmas generally associated with RPF tend to fall by the wayside.

Below the cut are some introductory Cockles fics and a few of our favorite canon and AU fics. Like our other recs, most are longer fics over 10K. We focused on more recent fics, yet included a few classics as well. Ultimately, this is a Destiel blog. So if you become hooked on Cockles, be sure to check out the external resources listed at the end or ask Kyrie - she has a bit of an obsession.

Below the cut:

  • Fic Recs
    • Cockles for Beginners
    • Canon
    • Alternate Universe
  • Authors
  • External Resources

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anonymous said:

Heyy! can you give me some fics where either one or both of Dean and Cas are bloggers or Youtubers or have Tumblrs at least? I looked everywhere and only found like two fics like that.. Thanks!

First of all, there are a few relevant fics on this ask (on our anonymity tag). We’ve gone through and added platform notes in bold next to the relevant fics. Here are some more fics that involve social media (sometimes on multiple platforms). 

This first one doesn’t super fit like the rest of the fics here, but it’s deliciously cracky (dean getting into femslash and posting fic livejournal, sam only being able to use 140 characters at a time on twitter, and cas starting a “I am Searching for God” facebook group. lmao!).

The Demon In the Tubes [T, 4,000] deleted fic; link goes to pdf; original link; implied destiel but mostly gen

Team Free Will gets stuck in the internet. (Go Team!)

I. LiveJournal

Fandom is a Srs Bznz [NC-17, 11,000 word count] cockles

Clearly Misha has not been spending enough time on the internet. He’s been taking a little bit of a sabbatical from fandom while he finishes up Supernatural for the season. He just did not have the time to keep up with all the flamewars he tended to start.

Welcome to the Hunter_Bros Comm! [T, 18,900 word count (WIP)]

wings_to_fly wrote in hunter_bros
Tags: I don’t understand, what do you want me to tag? 
Hello, I’m New 
Hello, I’m new. I started watching Supernatural season one last week and I’m up to ep1x09 Home. I was wondering if anyone could tell me which communities are the best to join for good fanfiction about Dean and Sam. I haven’t been in online fan communities before and am not sure where to start. 
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Or: in which Sam and Dean mod a comm, season 10 is airing, Castiel is the newbie, and fandom is obsessive as ever.

II. Twitter

Supernatural (oh man, what is my life?) [T, 2,300 word count]  the fic is on LJ

Castiel insists that Dean and Sam start using twitter as a means of communication (seriously). 

III. YouTube

Through This Screen [NR, 16,000 word count (WIP)]

Dean Winchester is a popular Youtuber. Castiel Novak is one of his viewers who’s never had the courage to initiate a conversation. But when Dean decides to hop on the “Draw My Life” bandwagon and manages to leave a rather strong impression on Castiel, will he finally be able to find the courage to speak up?

Freckles [M, 6,000 word count] a/b/o

Castiel watched his brother fall in love with a youtuber and have his heart broken when he realized that the feelings weren’t returned. Against Castiel’s best judgement, he was starting to notice how attractive the youtube star was really.

Some relevant links to searches on ao3: [epistolary] [social media] ["twitter"] [twitter] ["youtube"] [youtube] (searching for livejournal doesn’t really help since so many summaries have things like: “written for X on livejournal”; same goes for tumblr - lots of “from a tumblr prompt”)

anonymous said:

Do you know of any good superhero!au fics? I tried searching around in your tags but came up blank. It doesn't even have to be heroes, it could be villains or just people having powers or secret identities. Thank you in advance for what ever help you can offer.

We have reviewed  Together, They Fight Crime where Cas has very special powers and you may want to check out this ask about crossover with Avengers.

Here are some unofficial reccs with superheroes.

Holding Hands with God [NC-17, 7269 word count ] and sequel A Graying Tower, Alone on the Sea [NC-17, 13,005 word count]

Dean is a superhero with issues, Castiel is a mild-mannered reporter trying to date him.

For Truth, Justice and Led Zeppelin [M, 44,500 word count]

Being a masked vigilante is difficult enough when you’ve got petty thieves, drug dealers and a day job as a photojournalist to deal with (not to mention trying to keep your little brother alive so his wife doesn’t skin you). The last thing Dean Winchester needs is for his city to become the battlefield for an apocalyptic showdown between the forces of Heaven and Hell. But, like it or not, he’s being (literally) swept off his feet by an angel and thrown into the middle of a war he’s not ready for. Featuring superheroes, leather pants, secret identities, and Dean’s weird new coworker - Jimmy - who never seems to write any articles and won’t stop staring at him.

Head For The Exits [NC-17, 24,762 word count] (our review)

Dean’s life in the Edge City PD is going swimmingly: There’s a masked vigilante prowling his rooftops and nursing a crush on him; a serial murderer who’s too damn smart for his own good; his partner is so new she still smells like Academy polish, and he can’t quite work up the nerve to ask out the coffee guy across the road.

Kryptonite in Shades of Blue and Green [NC-17, 12,781 word count]

Dean is the only member of the Winchester family without super-powers and has lived with the threat of being used against him all his life. When Dark Angel finally makes threat reality, Dean ends up trapping them together for two months. A lot can happen in two months. Written for this prompt on the spnkink_meme. WARNING: While I did everything in the story I could to make it clear this does not warrant the archives’ rape/noncon warning, Dean is Cas’ prisoner so consent, no matter how willingly portrayed, does have a unavoidable dubcon vibe. Since neither ‘dubcon’ nor ‘bodice ripper’ are among the site’s warnings I opted for the ‘Choose Not to Use Archive Warnings.’

Alchemy [M, 38,000 word count] AO3 link (our review)

Castiel Novak’s life is average until the day he wakes up with superpowers. Soon after he meets Dean Winchester, an investigative reporter with a knack for getting himself into trouble.

Renegade [T, 9,300 word count]

Officially, Castiel is a deeply committed, borderline workaholic PA. In reality, he’s little more than a glorified babysitter to a spoiled superhero.

See the Light  [NC-17, 40,278 word count] (Cas has special powers) the author has taken this story down and doesn’t want it publicly shared

It was the middle of the night when Castiel got a phone call from a man he barely knew in high school. Dean Winchester’s younger brother was missing, he thought Sam joined up with the cult that set up camp just outside Lawrence and he heard Castiel was just the right man to get information from to use to tear them apart. Castiel was forced to confront parts of his past he left behind, but what should have been just a simple missing person’s case quickly turned much more dangerous than either Castiel or Dean ever bargained for. They discovered just how dark and twisted the Seven Thunders were. Only through quick thinking, and tapping into power Castiel had tried for years to keep a cap on, could they hope to make it out of the cult’s clutches alive

Despicable Misha [NC-17, 52,000 word count] cockles crossover with movie Despicable Me

In a world where super-villains have to compete against each other each day to gain the respect of the Evil League of Evil and the support of the Bank of Evil, Mischievous Misha struggles with both, plus a distinctive lack of new ideas for heists. He’s been in the business for quite some time, and though his minions and his best friend Jared keep him busy just fine, it’s only when Jensen moves into the house next to Misha’s that he becomes aware there’s something more to life than being evil. What he doesn’t know is that Jensen is a villain like himself, just younger and an up and coming one, and only moved here to put Misha out of the way.

Edit: found some more!

Turning a Blind Eye [PG-13, N/A, longish]


swing_set13 who wanted a superhero story with Cas as a mild mannered reporter working with Dean only to find out they are both superheroes who don’t really get a long until they do.

Echoes and silence, patience and grace [T, 8,290 word count]

Being a superhero is awesome. Sure, the press is always in his shit and he really, actually hates that, but he’s Dean Winchester. The press hasn’t given him a break since the mid 90’s. (Supernatural as the Avengers!)

Look, Up In The Sky [PG-13, 9,993 word count]

In this exciting issue we cast our eyes on the mysterious metropolis of Lawrence City, and its two valiant protectors, strangers from another world striving to save the helpless citizens from the most dire threats imaginable! As threats mount from without and within, can these two unlikely partners overcome their differences in time to defeat the deadliest enemy they’ve ever faced? Or in a world where smoke can dress itself in human skin, can this tale that can only end in tragedy? Face Front, True Believers, and find out!

Castiel & His League of Super-Powered Associates [R, 19,260 word count]

A crossover with DC Comics. Jimmy Novak, CEO of Novak Industries, is Castiel the Avenging Angel by night, bringing justice to the streets of Gotham. When Integriman the superhero of Metropolis asks him to protect his brother Dean, Castiel finds himself developing feelings he usually tries to avoid. But as Dean becomes the pawn in dark games played by the villainous Alastair and Crowley, Castiel struggles to decide where duty ends and obsession begins.

If our followers know of any other, please drop them in our ask box!

anonymous said:

Could you help me find some good boarding school AUs?

There’s Resignation. Additionally, there’s this WIP: Prayin’ Won’t Do You No Good (unofficially recced here) and Alpha Omega (submitted rec).

Some search results from AO3. You might also like our roommates tag.

Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Right But Three Rights Make A Left [NC-17, 44,000 word count] (bonus: ballet school!Cas) author has purged their lj, ao3, and accounts; if someone has a pdf or download link, we will host it; download link (courtesy of the-inevitable-blastwave); ETA: story is back up but keeping the download link since this author deletes often

The beautiful Garrison Ballet School becomes home to a reckless bunch of misfits after the Colt Welding Academy is severely damaged in a fire and has to close for repairs. Needless to say, Castiel and his friends clash with their unwanted guests but there’s one boy in particular who infuriates him.

Adolescence at an all-male boarding school [T, 44,000 word count]

Dean doesn’t want to go to a stupid boarding school. Sam loves the stupid boarding school.

And here’s a bonus cockles boarding school fic:

The Academy of Absent Fathers. [NC-17, 85,000 word count]

As one of the premiere boarding schools on the east coast, Ellis Academy plays host to the preeminent financiers, businessmen, and politicians of tomorrow. The very dirt stinks of privilege and as a long-time foster child, Misha Collins has no idea how he ended up here. To make matters worse, he’s stuck rooming with the equivalent of Ellis royalty. Jensen Ackles is a lifer - captain of the lacrosse team, do-gooder and textbook overachiever. And they hate each other. Mostly. But as they move from hate to something more, secrets from their unknown yet inextricably linked pasts threaten to destroy everything they’ve built. And the worst part? They have no idea what’s coming…

Mathew Jefferson Prep [NC-17, 51,694 word count]

AU. Dean and Castiel are step brothers’ sent off to the same boarding school. Life without parents is different than Dean expected. Cass looks like a dweeb, but he has a secret Dean couldn’t even have guessed and Dean has his own. Dean struggles with his new life. Slash Dean/Cas

anonymous said:

Do you have any babysitter fics? I searched but couldn't find any

If you are interested in Dean and Cas raising children, we have a kid!fic tag. As for babysitters, here are some lovely fics with Dean and Cas as nannies:

The Manny Diaries [T, ~4,100 word count] and check here for some extra parts and Cas’ POV.

Dean has always thought kids were great in an abstract kind of way- he enjoys monkeying around with them, and they- for who knows what reason- like him, but Madeline Meyer stole his heart on a rainy Friday afternoon when she solemnly marched over to him, plopped herself down next to him and told him that Miss Moore had told her that Dean knew why cars worked and she wanted to know, too.

Baby Sitter Verse [T, N/A]

  Dean has twin children. Cas is their babysitter

Conflict of Interest [T, 5,899 word count] cockles

Jensen’s new nanny is cute and weird and taken. He tries not to pine and fails miserably

Here Dean is hired as bodyguard and he spends most of the time interacting with angelkids, so glorified babysitter Dean (kinda crossover with Sound of Music):

(Sound of) Something Good [T, 100,387 word count]

Castiel is fighting a war and his seven children are a weakness. So he hires a human bodyguard for them in the hopes that his supernatural enemies won’t notice just how inhuman they are. Dean Winchester isn’t excited about protecting monsters, but his brother wants him to do something respectable for a while and they’re only kids. How ridiculous could it be?

Here are some smutty babysitter Cas fics:

Let Me Follow You Down [NC-17, 6794 word count] ETA: this story has been deleted; if you have a copy, we’ll host the download link wayback had it

In which Dean Winchester comes back to his home town for longer than a week for the first time in five years to find nothing much has changed.. except puberty has been really kind to the former babysitter of his younger brothers, Castiel Novak. Which wouldn’t exactly matter if Dean doesn’t have to find a babysitter for his brothers at a couple of hours notice.

Grown [NC-17, 2940 word count] (underage!Dean)

It’s bad enough he has to have a sitter. The fact that it’s Cas is almost unbearable.

If our followers know of others, please drop them in our ask box!

Submitted by tumble-and-fall:

The Babysitter’s Here [tumblr ficlet so no rating, word count, summary, etc]

We are down to the 5th and Glowy took the spot! Still part of the Burny and Friends Series, I now present to you Glowy in his Human Form! 

First, a little recap, you’ve seen…

- Burny’s borrowed powers from Dalimaone through Shida’s research

- Squirty transcend her power through Felneus Wish

-Mossy’s fusion with Gravion with the help of Guardian Zelban

-Gloomy’s death contract with Hell Born Dillas to find her Master Lunaris

Check out Glowy’s backstory and how he achieved his Angel-like powers!