I posted some previous minibang recs here and I have two more!
Behold, A Pale Horse - cherie_morte. This is a love story right at its core, beautiful, dark and riddled with hopeless sadness and yet at the end of it all, that intense sense of love and inevitability that always traces Sam and Dean's footsteps. I don't think I've read anything quite like it in a long time (do heed the warnings). I wholeheartedly recommend reading it.
Edges - glovered. This is also heart-touching but in a completely different way. Sam's stretched thin and fading connection with his brother, the slipperiness of the understanding between them, the sadness of Brady in the background and that crushing knowledge of what waits for them all - the title is perfect, because even when there's light in the story there's the future waiting. It was a fantastic mix between the two.
see - steeplechasers. True forms. Clever true forms combined with crystal sharp description, and a sense of loss and loneliness in how Dean feels towards Castiel's true form and the changes it goes through. Love it.
You'll No Longer Burn - songlin. I can count on one hand the number of times I've read genderswapped Dean and liked it, and this is one of those times and possibly the only het fic veresion. There's something unapologetically harsh about this conception of Dean and how their family dynamic would be even more messed up that really worked for me, although the story is mostly sex.
To the Devil his Due by monicawoe Wonderfully disturbing Endverse, with all the touches of survival and hope at the beginning, fading into a deeper darker Lucifer and the Sam he's taking back.
What I Wouldn't Do - dollylux Gen/Danneel femslash. With a wonderful sense of place - an absolutely loving portrait of a neighbourhood and a mood, and a great sense of physicality between them, something that seems to go missing in a lot of femslash. I really liked this a lot.
Art for cherie_morte's SDMB by quickreaver, found here. It's stunning, the colouring used in particular, but also the posing of Sam at the end, like some marble statue carved perfectly, and the one of him with blood running down his lip that's giving me strong Art Deco vibes in the construction of Sam's hair, and yeah pretty much all of them. I rarely rec art because I lack art vocab to describe it but these are all perfect.
"...so darkness I became." - cassiopeia7. Okay, I am always going to be a sucker for Pieta style SPN art, and this is no exception, and then to follow it up with Demon eyed Sam crying was perfect, a real sense of story across the two images ( a story I would love to read) and the look on Sam's face in each is heartbreaking. Plus bonus Bela, which I am always appreciative of - especially one again with a story behind her and a magnificently creepy hand. I do love a piece of art with a palpable sense of narrative to it.
Crazy - by justmep. Demon Dean, the song works perfectly in conjunction with the voiceover clips, and yeah, I did love some Demon Dean and this was just really good. I've watched it about ten times now I think.
Title: Second Verse, Same as the First
Characters: Sam Winchester, Lucifer, Dean Winchester, Risa, Chuck, Cas
Word count: ~5800
Rating: Gen R
Warnings: Character deaths and resurrections as per canon. Kind of.
Summary: The End AU. In this version, there is no trip to the future for Past!Dean. Sam said yes, Dean said no, and though Dean found the Colt, his attempt to kill Lucifer with it failed. So now Dean is going to try Plan B, and lead a small team to face Lucifer again. The story is told from Risa’s point of view.
Find it here, read and love
So here are a few recs (for fic because I'm pretty terrible with art recs - there was a lot of lovely art though!)
- Your Children Will Come at You with Knives by steeplechasers- the most visually striking piece of the challenge for me, there was a fantastic sense of terrible inevitability and a beautifully muffled depiction of manipulated emotions and fear. Definitely recommend.
- Juxtaposition by moonyj4m - super tender take on a slow growing closer through shared beds and shared closeness. Really well paced and the slide from (mostly) platonic bedsharing into their relationship was perfect.
- Heaven Sure Ain't Like It Is In The Brochure by righteousbros - wonderful use of canon in particular Dark Side of the Moon, a perfect fixing of all the untied ends. Very sweet and warming. I'll take a slice of that with a cup of tea please.
- The Treadmill by amber1960 As well as fix-its, I adore fics that fixes things without that being the central core of the story - in this one there's a (intriguing) plot, there's Sam time and then this wonderful resolution that ties it up neatly and ends on a hopeful note. Lovely.
- Five Times the Winchesters Pretended They Didn’t, and One Time That Didn’t Work by runedgirl - there may be a theme to these recs (with the exception of the first one!) and this is no different - there's a slow build relationship that I can only describe as pretty - the descriptions, the emotions and then the ending that unites all the different threads into an understated but real happiness.
Ages ago, pliny wrote me Sam Winchester poetry in response to an ask meme where you had to reveal what you'd learnt from osmosis about something you've never seen it. I rarely remember to log onto Tumblr so here it is. Pliny is awesome at poetry and suspiciously spot on about Sam. How can you not love something that's funny and sad at exactly the same time.
I put my Sam h/c prompt fill up on AO3 here: under the waters still and deep and also my spmc entry: Don't Shoot the Sacred Symbol
Sam & Dean Minibang post-date tomorrow. I feel nervous though not for any particular reason.
This is going to sound really stupid and I have been on lj for far far too long to only ask this now but how do I format a fic post entry so it returns to lj's default when you click instead of retaining journal formatting. I'm pretty sure I've seen it done - possibly using =light at the end of the URL.
I am also not signing up for spn_reversebang even though I really want to and there's a gorgeous art prompt that is calling me. Must stay strong. I am however signed up for salt_burn_porn and excited about it.
Fic rec: I strongly recommend this DCBB fic Enfleurage by saltandbyrne. D/C generally isn't my jam but this is Sam/Dean/Castiel and it's beautiful. It's not only beautiful and an interesting Cas POV, but it has a great cast of supporting characters (Meg, Bela, Jo in particular) and a marvellous sensuousness to the description of the perfumes and all the other things that Cas can smell. Well worth the read.
Yuletide is here! There are so many good letters (check out the letters post here) and it's a very fun exchange.
I filled a gen prompt about Sam gazing at herons called 'the sun upon the lake is low'. The title is nicked from
I highly recommend the art fill for the same prompt by quickreaver which you can find here
- Confidential - J2, ART, I love the coloring of this and Jared's expression and the great sense of a whole story.
- All the Lonely People - Gadreel gen. Thoughtful and interesting. Made me reconsider the character.
A Song of Ink and Fire - Sam/Dean ART. This is probably my favourite thing of the exchange so far. Inked beautiful boys, and the closer you look, the more the tattoos will tear up your heart. From the DNR on Sam's chest, the Dean on his fingers and the Virgin Mary on Dean's back, it's visually stunning.
I think I'm gonna skip this one. Maybe during summer when I'm livelier. I find it an emotionally draining exercise to put myself out there.
and I got an absolutely lovely story for spnspringfling
It can be found here: Sweet Abandon and it is Gen/Adrianne which is one of my absolute favourite pairings and not only that, but it's in space which is in my top two AU scenarios of all time. It also happens to be sweet, fun and have great character voice so I thoroughly recommend checking it out.
The Knight Who Trespasses (3614 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Arthurian Mythology
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Guinevere/Arthur Pendragon, Lancelot du Lac/Arthur Pendragon, Guinevere/Lancelot du Lac, Guinevere/Lancelot du Lac/Arthur Pendragon
Characters: Guinevere (Arthurian), Arthur Pendragon, Lancelot du Lac, Tristan (Arthurian), Bedivere (Arthurian), Gawain (Arthurian)
“They made me see that the world was beautiful if you were beautiful, and that you couldn't get unless you gave. And you had to give without wanting to get.” T.H. White - The Once and Future King
Notes This is a beautiful and gorgeous look at the complicated relationship and dynamics between Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, with a touch of magic, and an acknowledgement of how difficult things can be between people even when you love. Also those last paragraphs are like a dream come true.
and then, because I'm super lucky, I got a trea as well
Fandom: Arthurian Mythology
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Lancelot du Lac/Arthur Pendragon, Guinevere/Lancelot du Lac/Arthur Pendragon, Guinevere/Lancelot du Lac, Guinevere/Arthur Pendragon
On the first morning of May, Queen Guinevere went to riding with her champion, Sir Lancelot du Lac. King Arthur went up from his Whitsun's midsummer feast to defend the border from the Northmen. On the feast day of St Ignatius of Antioch, King Arthur and Queen Guinevere sat in court in Camelot. In private chambers, they sat together.
Notes Superb imagery, and beautiful language entwining three flawed people together. Glimpses of a vital relationship and the many facets therein- and its gorgeous final paragraph