Anonymous said: how about; shy unpopular kid at school has a crush on the jocky popular kid
interdimensionaldipshit said: High school AUs?
Dean’s a freshman, broke as dirt, new in town, kinda weird, and definitely a defensive jerk, so he doesn’t fit in much. He’s got his looks, bullheadedness, and sang-froid going for him but that’s about it. He’s the sort who gets bullied, then fights back, gets punished for it, and then gets bullied more because he got punished for fighting back, so he continues fighting….
Cas is a senior, top of his class, on the sportsball team, and basically everyone wants in his pants even if he’s not openly interested in anyone (there are rumours that he’s gay of course, or saving it for marriage, or ace, etc – but it’s really just that he’s seen how much drama and distraction dating brings and he’d rather get into the college of his choice first and sleep around later). He catches some kids backing Dean into a corner and comes to the rescue. Dean has stars in his eyes and forms an instant crush, which Cas gently rebuffs (because he’s 18 and Dean’s 14 and dude no) but lets him hang out anyway. Puppy love turns into an enduring friendship as Dean has to set aside his infatuation & lust to actually get to know Cas as a person.
After graduation, Cas comes by now and then to help Dean with his studies, but eventually he leaves for college and Dean’s heartbroken but he gets over it in time, just like everyone eventually gets over their first puppy love.
When they meet back up as adults, this time Cas is the one chasing Dean (’cause he was teen-heartthrob cute as a high schooler, but he’s heavenly as a grown man), and Dean’s the one making Cas curb his enthusiasm – he’s not that awkward 14yo misfit falling over his feet to try to get his arms around his crush anymore. They rekindle their friendship first, and then start dating.
…But that’s all very mainstream, and while it would probably sell as a book, I personally wouldn’t read it, so let’s keep going. HS AU @ 1 cuil, as sheereleganceinitssimplicity put it. This one’s based on messier51‘s input.
How about a zombie apocalypse AU in which the lads have to get to high school with military escort and the reanimated corpses of their friends clawing mindlessly at the barricaded windows? Dean – already unpopular save in certain circles – is having to come to terms with being queer in the midst of all this bullshit, and his crush Cas – who was a popular athlete & honours student before the outbreak – is becoming more and more withdrawn as trauma makes him start to shut down. Soon anyone 16 or older who can hold a gun is getting drafted as security, which threatens to make both of them break down. During a blackout (a strategic but extremely perilous shutdown in hopes of drawing the zombies away from a holdout) the boys open up to each other and end up clinging to each other’s company our of sheer desperation.
Then there’s a breach, and the front lines open fire, and they know it’ll be their turn soon.
[send me a stale fanfic trope and I’ll freshen it up]
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