an excercise in worthless

Just thought I would do a fic rec list of some of my favourites! 


There is no particular theme - other than Destiel, of course. All of these are complete, I’ll do another fic rec for WIPs.


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Title: A Home Beneath The Stars  (best Destiel fic ever)


Rating: Mature


TW/CW: Major Character Death


Word Count: 71, 326


Summary: AU- Castiel Novak is a young aspiring astronomy major, living on his own, far from his family for the first time. His life is a solitary one, that is, until he happens upon a man who will change it all. Meet Dean Winchester, who has, due to certain circumstances, found himself living on the streets, forced to beg for food, money, and the occasional odd job. Castiel decides to bring Dean to his apartment, giving him a chance at a single moment of comfort and safety. A friendship sparks between the two; will this lead to something other than just a one night act of charity?


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Title: We Found Love (In A Hopeless Place) 


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Drug abuse, sexual content, self-harm, violence, prostitution (for lack of a better word)


Word Count: 405, 313


Summary: Dean and Sam Winchester struggle to survive when their alcoholic father abandons them. Castiel Novak has turned to drugs in his own father’s absence. As their lives spiral out of control, can their new friendship save them, or will it be a catalyst for destruction?


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Title: Freefall


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Sexual content


Word Count: 128, 538


Summary: AU. The most exciting kindergarten teacher Dean Winchester’s life ever gets is when he plays mechanic in his uncle Bobby’s shop on the weekends. That is until a birthday party goes tequila-nova and he trips into a one-night stand with an incredibly hot firefighter named Castiel. Dean’s life gets a lot more exciting after that.


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Title: An Excercise In ‘Worthless’


Rating: Mature


TW/CW: Low self-worth, past talk of torture, past talk of self-harm, sexual content


Word Count: 26, 547


Summary: “I mean, you’re–” He gestures at Cas, in his neat oxford shirt and nice pants. “–and I’m a high school dropout who tattoos for a living.”


Wherein Dean makes a hefty living as a tattoo artist who owns the space next to Gabriel’s cafe. Sam attends the local university. When Gabe’s cousin comes to live with him while starting grad school at Sam’s university, Dean thinks for sure that all his negative karma’s coming to bite him in the ass because Cas clearly has a thing for Sam. No one would ever choose him over Sam. That’s just logic.


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Title: Of Clipped Wings and Chipped Halos 


Rating: Mature


TW/CW: Underage sex, graphic torture, kidnapping, major character death (past - Neither Cas or Dean die), sexual content, drug use


Word Count: 159, 949


Summary: Try it, they say. You’ll love it. Better than cocaine, better than heroin. Makes you feel like you’re fucking flying. Nothing can beat it, God, you’ll never want to come down. Try it.


In which Special Agent Dean Winchester is partnered with an unusually trained teenager to stop the spread of Grace, the darkest drug on the market.


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Title: Sleeper, Awake! 


Rating:Explicit


TW/CW: Some Gore, sexual content


Word Count: 315, 109


Summary: When their Father cast them from Heaven, his Angels lost themselves in their grief. In 1424, they haunted the skies of citadels, as winged mercenaries turned animal, seeking bloodshed for a slight they no longer remembered. From Ardus, the central city of the kingdom, groups of soldiers took to the Roads to provide crucial supplies and transport amongst citadels. When Castiel, the last remaining Angel equipped with any sense of humanity, happened upon an attack to a Slayer’s party on the Road, he rescued the only survivor - Dean Winchester - and spared him from certain death. Under starry skies and the shadowy treetops of Ardus’ forest, the pair breached the boundaries of their relative humanity and divinity, discerning first friendship and then more, until, driven by love, Castiel was imprisoned by the Empress Lilith for the crime of animalism.


When the door to the tomb is opened, Dean is returned to him. Only Dean no longer knows him, and the year is 2013.


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Title: Some Weird Sin


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Sexual content, bullying


Word Count: 22, 944


Summary: When nineteen-year-old Dean left Kansas behind to get lost in the crowds of New York City, he only knew he had to get away and find himself. He never expected to find himself in the middle of the city’s punk scene and in love with the ridiculously handsome singer of Linear Lime Fortress. Castiel falls just as hard for Dean, but he’s never exactly been the staying type.


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Title: Down by the Water 


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Amputation (extremely graphic - be warned), homophobia, sexual content


Word Count: 88, 260


Summary: AU, set in 1853 — When Castiel loses everything dear to him due to a botched river crossing, including his supplies, livestock, covered wagon, and even his wife, he has no where to turn, no way to survive stranded in the middle of his journey. That is, until he meets Dean Winchester, who offers him a life saving deal: in exchange for help on his farm, Dean offers to provide much needed room and board. But how will this decision affect Castiel as he moves through his grief, and discovers feelings he never would have expected? Fighting with injury, pain, grief, and even the threat of death, Dean and Castiel find themselves in the one place they would have never expected: down by the water, struggling to accept their unforeseen love.


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Title: Soft Touch, Raw Nerve


Rating: Mature


TW/CW: Sexual content


Word Count: 151, 876


Summary: Due to a hunt gone wrong, Dean has an injured leg; he has to stay in a rehab-center for the next six weeks, while Sam continues the hunter’s life on his own. The only glimmer of light is Castiel, Dean’s physiotherapist, and how they come closer to each other as time goes by. 


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Title: Bring It On Home 


Rating: Mature


TW/CW: None


Word Count: 40, 824


Summary: Multi-chapter Dean/Cas AU. Dean the Sales Rep just moved into the neighborhood, and his neighbor is a definitely crazy shut-in. Now complete!


Ch. 30: Dean narrowed his eyes. “I’m not lovely. Knitted tea cozies are lovely.”


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Title: I’ll Go Wherever You Will Go


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Sexual content


Word Count: 54, 754


Summary: AU. Dean is assigned a job to be the Bodyguard to the infamous Castiel Novak, lead singer of ‘The Fallen Angels’. Dean loves a good challenge and Castiel is certainly proven to be exactly that.


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Title: 999 Days From Now


Rating: Mature


TW/CW: Major Character Death 


Word Count: 34, 896


Summary: An AU in which a recovered alcoholic Dean owns a diner, Sam is in law school and is clueless about the way Jess looks at him, and Cas? Well, Cas turns Dean’s world upside down and maybe, just maybe, gives him a reason to have a little faith.


The love of a lifetime told in a heartbeat.


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Title: Alpha Omega


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Sexual content, gore, violence, minor character death


Word Count: 59, 000


Summary: Dean and Castiel are in their 11th year at Truman Academy – a prestigious boarding school for werewolves set in the mountains – when series of unexplained deaths occur. As the body count rises and the incidents become more frequent, the school scrambles to uncover the truth behind the mystery before it has to close indefinitely.


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Title: Clipped and Unbound 


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Slavery (minor), anxiety/panic attacks, sexual content


Word Count: 50, 205


Summary: Castiel is a slave widely regarded as unbreakable and unruly. Dean Winchester is a billionaire ending a five year long search to rescue him. They’ll both learn that peace can be the hardest thing in the world to find.


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Title: Learning To Breathe 


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Self-harm, low self-worth, sexual content, PTSD, anxiety 


Word Count: 114, 310


Summary: Dean Winchester was just admitted to the Psychiatric Ward for minors at Lawrence Hospital after a car accident that killed his father but left him alive. When he finds out his roommate is a kid he used to go to school with, Castiel Novak, they start to make a hesitant friendship. At first, Dean’s only focus is to get out as fast as he can without any attachments. Soon after that, he discovers that making friendships with other patients in the hospital and developing feelings for Cas might be what he really needed to get through this all along.


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Title: Tracing Memories 


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Rape/Non-con, kidnapping, sexual abuse, attempted murder, flashbacks, PTSD, therapy, sexual content


Word Count: 143, 215


Summary: After years free from the Lucifer Gang, Dean becomes a barista at a local coffee shop near where Sam goes to school. One day a blue eyed angel walks in the door and catches Dean’s attention. Castiel fells instantly for the hot bartender who quickly becomes his friend. One day when Michael, Dean’s room mate and a photography major, wins a contest with a picture of Dean, one of Lucifer’s gang members tracks down his favorite lost pet years after the last time he traumatized the Winchesters. The brothers and their friends will have to face demons from the past and unexpected places in order to recover from the aftermath of Hell’s tortures.


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Title: Words with Friends  


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Explicit sexual content, internalized homophobia, Dom/sub undertones, bdsm/bondage


Word Count:22, 252


Summary: “Dean Winchester is as straight as an arrow. He’s a lady’s man of epic proportions: the king of the one night stand, the messiah of the friends with benefits paradigm, the emperor of perpetual bachelorhood.


Except, apparently, when it comes to his best friend, Castiel Novak.”


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Wherein a longstanding acquaintanceship leads to friendship, then best friendship, then sexting, then dirty talk, then mutual masturbation, then, inevitably, fucking.


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Title: Beyond This Earthly Realm  (technically this is Cockles, but what the hell. It’s fantastic, so I’m adding it)


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Sexual content


Word Count: 34, 178


Summary: Nobody told Jensen that activating his magical abilities to improve his everyday life would make him see the spirits and colorful little monsters living in the realm beyond. However, nobody could’ve prepared him for falling for a cheeky gypsy who was trapped in the spirit realm centuries ago and who already knows him better than his co-ed Danneel and fellow magician Felicia together.

Misha and Jensen are head over heels for each other - if there weren’t those annoying technicalities, like the non-existence of a portal between the two realms. But when a wizard and the spirit of a gypsy set their mind to something, they get stuff done.


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Title: The Path of Fireflies


Rating: Mature


TW/CW: Amnesia


Word Count: 60, 433


Summary: After his humanity is restored, Dean wakes up in bed with Castiel, a wedding ring, and no memory of the past twelve years.


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Title: Seeking Solace


Rating: Not Rated


TW/CW: Sexual content (minor), virgin sacrifice


Word Count: 27, 328


Summary: Castiel is known by many names. The Great One. The Phoenix God. The Fire God. The Burning One. None of them are his true name but he answers to all. He is only one of the gods who rule over the humans remaining after the war of the gods. Castiel’s humans freely offer him their love and devotion. It comes as a surprise when he meets a human that appears to stand out, Dean Winchester, who finds comfort in the calm swell of the ocean. With each passing day that draws closer to the summer solstice, to the offerings of virgin sacrifices from his cities, Castiel finds himself becoming further enamored with the green eyed human who longs for freedom.


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Title: Orpheus


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Sexual content, D/S undertones, past sexual abuse


Word Count: 84, 008


Summary: The club is Dante’s, the room is the Cage, and Dean is only there because he hates himself. He’s buzzdrunk from the shots he had at the upstairs bar, and dizzy from the heat. Ugly music thumps his bones, the juddering bassline overlaid with exactly the sort of discordant techno-trash he otherwise wouldn’t stomach in a fit. The Cage smells of sweat, sex and spilled beer, the tight space full of half- and near-naked bodies gyrating against each other and – shit, is that guy actually naked? He is, and the two men sandwiching him on the dancefloor look pretty pleased about it. Dean, in his jeans and tee, is practically overdressed, and as he stands there, equal parts aroused and ashamed, he has a brief moment of clarity. Get out. Go home. Stop punishing yourself.


Almost, he does. But through the din and crush, he suddenly feels eyes on him, and when he finds their owner, he remembers why he came.


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Title: Love in the Wild


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Sexual content 


Word Count: 148, 327


Summary: When Sam decides it’s time for Dean to get his life together, he forces him onto a reality TV show. Supposedly a couple of weeks in the jungle with nineteen other hopeless people is all Dean needs to find “Love in the Wild.” Dean’s determined not to. It’s the principle of the matter. He hadn’t counted on meeting Cas, a down on his luck artist who’s only there to win the grand prize – a trip around the world. When Dean is saddled with him on the show, things immediately become complicated. Can the relationship they build in the jungles of Costa Rica survive in the outside world?


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Title: Like Shooting Stars


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Brainwashing, violence, sexual content


Word Count: 41, 137


Summary: In a society where magical talent defines who you are, Castiel Novak has none. It might not be so bad if his family supported him for who he is, but public opinion is everything, and Castiel is bad publicity. His only real support comes from his twin sister, Anna, until the night he meets Dean and his brother, Sam. Despite the brothers’ dark pasts, Castiel finds in them the friendship and family he’s never been allowed to have, and the strength to begin a life of his own.


But Castiel’s family isn’t going to let him go so easily. They have a reputation to uphold, after all.


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Title: The Spirit of Lawrence High 


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Violence, attempted rape/Non-con, coma, sexual content


Word Count: 70, 876


Summary: Dean Winchester is funny, gorgeous, brave, loyal, and a breath of fresh air in Castiel Shurley’s life. Dean Winchester is also a ghost haunting Castiel’s school, but nobody’s perfect, right?


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Title: Out of the Deep 


Rating: Explicit


TW/CW: Kiddnapping, violence, interspecies sexual content, minor content


Word Count: 488, 608


Summary: Stay away from the light-beds. Stay in the deep.


It is the first thing hatchlings are taught the moment their fans unfurl and they can swim without their parents to buoy them along. It is the first rule, the first law. It is the beginning of every boogey-monster bedtime story told when they settle against the cliffs to sleep.


Castiel should have listened better.


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Title: Angel’s Wild 


Rating: Explicit 


TW/CW: Violence, sexual content


Word Count: 389, 271


Summary: But that’s the whole reason he’s here, isn’t it? He’s not out here hunting Humans. He’s not even hunting deer, or bears, or anything else that featured in Bambi. He’s out here, freezing his nuts off every night, because he’s hunting Angels.


Sometimes Dean wishes that Angels were like how they’re described in the Bible. How people from time too old for him to care much about thought Angels were messengers and warriors of God, protectors of Humans. He knows that how they’re really described in the Bible is actually pretty terrifying, but at least they were told by God that they’re supposed to love Humans, right?


That’s a thousand times better than what Angels really turned out to be.