fantasy au– Dean, heir to the throne, couldn’t be more surprised when his little brother Sam brings an injured angel from one of his hunting trips in the dangerous forest. After the angel is healthy again he asks Dean to come with him because the angels need help to end their war. Dean follows Castiel, unaware that there is more than just monsters in the forest: Four kingdoms, fighting over power and something called angelfire.
Title: A Fish Called Castiel Author: bellacatbee Artist: sunshinenine Fandom/Genre: Romance, AU Pairing(s): Dean/Castiel, Sam/Gabriel, Gilda/Charlie, Past Dean/Lisa Rating: NC-17 Word Count: 37,000 words Warnings: Violence, Captivity, Explicit sexual content
Summary: Dean Winchester plans on proposing to his summer fling, Lisa Braeden. He buys a ring, against the advice of best friend Charlie Bradbury, and books a table at an expensive restaurant. Before he can propose however, Lisa breaks up with him. His pride wounded, Dean drives out to the coast, gets liquored up and throws the engagement ring into the ocean. When he goes in to retrieve it, he heads too deep and that should be the end of the story.
He shouldn’t end up back on the shore, coughing up seawater with a beautiful young man tending to him. Dean doesn’t know where this man came from or who he is but he gives him the engagement ring as a thank you for saving his life. He never expects to see the guy again, but two days later he gets a call from the local Sheriff about a strange man she’s picked up wondering naked in town with Dean’s wallet and ring on him.
The guy’s name is Castiel and, much to Dean’s surprise, he’s a mermaid.
Fandom/Genre: Supernatural (loose crossover with Temeraire by Naomi Novik) / Fantasy!AU - dragon!AU
Word Count: ~145k
Summary: Captain Dean Winchester has everything he wants: an amazing brother, a great ship, a sweet fiancee, and a life dedicated to fighting in the war, protecting his country against their enemies. He really has no intention of associating with the aviators, the dragon riders, except for maybe flirting and whatever comes afterwards. What he doesn’t know is that no aviator ever has chosen his position in the army; he finds out when a newborn dragon, Castiel, chooses him to be his rider. Dean has no choice but to obey.
As Dean and Castiel join the order of aviators, Dean finds himself in a strange situation. There’s more to Castiel than meets the eye, the regiment he’s now a part of isn’t anything like he’d expected, prophecies he’d always thought of as legends are creeping their way into his life, and generally fighting out of the sea is so much complicated. Soon he realises that there’s more at stake than his own life, and there are far worse things than not surviving the next battle.
Summary: One day Cas
says, “Stars died for you, Dean Winchester”, against ruffled hair
perched atop sun kissed skin and sleepy eyes.
Dean stirs, moving to spread his
palms against the contour of Cas’ back, tips of fingers languidly strumming the
indentations of his spine. One, two, three, four, he counts, the closest he
could get to scientifically studying the anatomy of the human body.
“Is this some physics crap
again?” He frowns with eyes closed.
Cas smiles softly. “Far from
Dean’s fingers play at the base
of his back, ninth thoracic vertebrae, Cas notes.
yet another reassuring message for still-unclaimed DCBB writers
there are still a whole bunch of stories sitting unclaimed, and claiming seems to have petered out. this is for the following reasons:
there are not as many artists signed up as there are writers. there is an abundance of stories, and it’s simply not possible for everything to be claimed already.
ALL the summaries are good, which makes it hard to choose. some stories will stand out to some artists because the summary is relevant to their interests, but even if the perfect artist is sitting and pining after that one perfect story, [see point below]
only artists who want to claim a second story are allowed at the moment.
artists who missed sign-up at the beginning are not allowed to claim yet. (these are the “pinch hitters”)
authors who want to claim a story are not allowed to claim yet.
myself, I desperately want to draw for about 15 stories on the list, but when claims for authors opens up, I can only choose 3 choices. and in the end I can only draw for one. this does not mean the others are not good, or that I don’t want to draw for them or read them when they’re done. this is my personal example; I’m sure the same is true for other authors who want to create art.
being unclaimed at first does NOT mean your story is not good
it does NOT mean nobody will read and enjoy your story
it does NOT mean your summary is bad
it does NOT say anything about your worth as a writer, or as a person in general
currently there are still ONE ENTIRE THIRD OF SUMMARIES UNCLAIMED.
the post has been open for THREE HOURS.
this is a global challenge, which means there are people in every timezone in the world. which means people are still asleep. people are busy. people can’t be here right this second.
the list of summaries is about 20,000 words long. if artists read all of them (as they should), it could even take several hours. in order to choose their top three, out of ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SUMMARIES, it’s not easy.
YOU WILL HAVE AN ARTIST BY THE END OF THIS. it might be tomorrow, when the mods hand what remains over to the pinch-hitters.
pinch-hitters are not “second-rate”. pinch hitters are just artists that didn’t sign up at the start. authors who want to draw too. artists who want to claim second story. DO NOT BE DISHEARTENED IF YOUR STORY HAS TO BE HANDED TO A PINCH-HITTER.
all in all, stay calm. don’t panic. everything will be okay.
Now that The End is on I will share this amazing fic I’m reading - kind of ironic that I’m in the middle of it while TNT airs this episode.
It’s called Every Man’s Got A Right and it’s a ‘13 DCBB. I am only 1/3 through it so I can’t say it’s great all the way through but honestly I have NO IDEA why it only has 146 kudos.
Premise is Endverse!Cas gets sent back in time at the end of The End (lol at that sentence). I’ve seen this premise before and almost didn’t read this fic because I thought I’d read it already. I was SO WRONG.
It’s 1st person from Cas’ pov which NEVER happens and even more rarely is done WELL.
Also, unlike other fics in this vein, he is sent back before the Winchesters meet him - in fact, smack dab in the middle of the S2 episode Croatoan.
So far I only have one very very minor (but spoilery) complaint about characterisation. And I’m pretty picky!
So, go read it. I will do a real review after I finish it probably!
WHOAWHOAWHOAWHOAWAIT i’mma need links to those last two you mentioned cos i read those first two. i mean right now i’m powering through almaasi’s and HHHH but yeah.
let me think for five minutes cause I can’t remember the names GO ME.
The Breath of All Things, this one is the one about Dean having a motor diability and it’s so SO good. the portrayal is very true to life and ive been told very respecful of the way it refers to disabled people. recced to me by clotpoleofthelord, and very well received.
and Shut Up (Put your money where your mouth is) which I also liked very much and was very popular around tumblr when it came out. Dean and Cas meet each other, get drunk and get married in Las Vegas in the same night, but they actually like each other and keep seeing each other as they wait for the anulement (?) to come.
We’re halfway through October and a third of the way through the stories for the Dean/Cas Big Bang! There are some AMAZING stories coming out, and while I haven’t read them all, I’ve made a decent dent in the list. I’ve chosen 6 (ok, 7) total to feature: 3 with supernatural elements (whether they’re in the actual SPN!verse or not) and 3 human AU stories.