I’m fond of all of the stories on this list, each for very different reasons. Some feature terrific writing, others are hilarious, some are wall-to-wall sex, some have no sex, and most of them rest somewhere in between. I’ll keep adding to it as I stumble across new stories that keep me coming back.
I’ve broken this list into nine categories:
In each category, the stories are alpha by title; the author’s name is in parenthesis next to each title. Each title is a link to the full text of the story.
Actus Fidei (manic_intent)
Priest AU. Dean Winchester’s a priest; makes it easier for him to hunt all the evil that hell keeps kicking into the world. He’s doing fine on his own, too, until heaven kicks Castiel to his side to “help.” Great structure, super hot, and clever.
Cold Academic Hell ‘verse (moorishflower)
AU. Includes Sabriel. Dean and Sam are making it through college, which is fine. But Dean’s advisor is a dick, which is not. Luckily, Mr. Novak—Castiel—is willing to help Dean out. They sorta flirt, maybe, but things get awkward and fumbly and then find their way back to awesome. Eventually. This is warm and fuzzy stuff: sweet and emotionally valent. These stories just feel right. The Dean/Cas stuff is great, and I think this is the first time I’ve ever bought Sabriel. Blew a whole afternoon reading this ‘verse and grinning like an idiot. Technically, it’s a WIP, but there’s enough resolution to make it worth your while.
Crossroads State (thirstyrobot)
A freaking awesome AU. Castiel’s life has a routine: he makes tea, he runs, and he teaches six periods of students at the local Catholic high school. But then Dean Winchester moves in down the block, and the happy messiness of his life starts to spill over into Cas’, starts to make Cas realize how much he’s been missing out on. The characterizations in this baby are amazing: Cas, Dean, Sam—sure—but also a fantastic Balthazar, Gabriel, and Anna. It’s domestic AU with lots and lots of UST, but when they get together, it feel so well earned and amazing and right. A story I wanted to rip through to see what happens, damn it!—and that I never wanted to end. J’adore.
AU time travel. Oh my lord. This dude named Cas starts popping up in Dean’s life when he’s a kid, filled with knowledge a future that he seems to be living out of order. But one thing’s always clear: whoever Dean is in the future, he’s gonna love this guy. A story that demands your attention—you gotta work to keep up—but holy crap. Is it worth it. Love this one.
A End!verse Castiel/Dean story. Cas reflects on what it means to love Dean at the end of the world. Oh, and more on those orgies he’s so enthusiastic about. Sad and beautiful.
Friends Helping Friends (Annie D)
AU. Knotting. In all the years they’ve lived together, been best friends, the whole alpha/omega thing’s never been an issue. Then Cas goes into heat unexpectedly and makes some not-so-great choices, but Dean’s always there to catch him when he falls.
The Girlfriend Experience (rageprufrock)
Cas has problems adjusting to his newfound humanity. Well, one particular problem that Dean’s more than willing to help out with, because that’s what Dean does, you know? Worries about making other people feel good. Then things get good and complicated. I adore this story; it’s one that put a big stupid grin on my face. Made me happy as hell and so sad to see it end. Some great exploration of Dean’s sexuality, of his relationship to and use of sex: one of my favorite topics in fic, and so perfectly played with here. I’m picky about my Destiel, but hell, this is just amazing. Hot as hell, beautiful, and smart.
A Good Place For Letting Go (Sour_Idealist)
AU Destiel with UST. Dean and Cas are on this beautiful little island off Scotland and all Dean can think about, accidentally, is how he’s so not gay. And how much he wants to be with Cas. This is the most gorgeous fic I’ve read in ages: amazing location, more Dean wrestling with his weird attitudes towards his own sexuality, and great characterization. I don’t fangirl out over fic often, but this one had me cheering.
How to Romance a Human (cloudyjenn)
Cas figures out that he loves Dean. But he’s not sure what to do with that information, exactly. So, like any good hunter, he does his research. Unfortunately, his sacred text of choice is Cosmo. This story’s cute without being saccharin, and I love the characterization of Cas here. Let there be giggling.
The Joy is in the Process (rhymephile)
High school AU. Cas is the first person that Sam and Dean meet in their new hometown. At first, all three boys are inseperable, but then something changes between Cas and Dean that Sam doesn’t really understand. I love the Sam POV here; overall, this story tugs on your heart and sure, it ends a little too easy, but it’s warm and sweet and good. And Cas as an X-Files fan feels just right.
Just After, But Before (cymbalism)
Post-Purgatory. An beautiful alternate take on the beginning of season 8. Dean and Cas make their way back to the world and hole up in a vacant hunting cabin for a time to recover. It’s a first time fic, it’s a fix-it fic, it’s a yeah, this is why Cas and Dean love each other fic. A great example of how fan fic can rush into the gaps or missed chances of canon and create something wonderful.
Showing, Not Telling (zelda_zee)
PWP. It’s way easier for Dean to show Cas why submission can be awesome than to try and explain. I’ve read a lot of Destiel D/s, but this is one of the few that’s rung true; it still feels like Cas and Dean, bondage or not—and that’s what makes it hot.
This Is Us (entangled_now)
Fuck-or-die. Castiel will do anything for Dean. That’s a given. So the sex thing doesn’t seem strange to him. But Dean’s not so sure.
Two Atheists in a Foxhole (nutkin)
Dean’s not crazy about Cas’ new affection for alcohol. So when the angel pops up one night drunk and depressed, Dean takes it upon himself to show him that life—no matter how fucked up—is always worth living. For the little things.
The Vessel (chellefic)
Castiel’s vessel—Jimmy—gets nicked, and Cas takes up residence in Dean until the wayward body can be found. It’s the emotional intimacy that makes this story turn—yeah, there’s a little hands-on action, but it’s really a tale of Dean and Cas getting cool with being in love.
The Violin House (teh_helenables)
AU. Cas and Dean settle down. As friends, mind you. Cas learns to play the cello. Dean gets a job with UPS. Normal feels pretty good. And then a war breaks out in Heaven and Cas gets called up. Amazing, amazing writing and gut-wrenching sweet sad ache. You will cry. But they’ll be well-earned tears. A terrific story.
As Good As It Gets (bewaretheides15)
Dressing up sucks. Drunk!Sammy sucks. The evening’s nearly a total loss until the boys stumble into the coat check and Dean starts pulling Sam’s hair. I have a thing for drunk!Sammy. So sue me. Also, the boys in tuxs is never a bad place to start…
Back Country Roadmap (astolat)
Dean admires his fucked-up mind’s ability to use Sam as jackoff material. Now if only he could figure out how to get Sam to see it his way. I love this take on Dean: he’s love, angst, lust, dickishness, and pretty piss-poor seduction skills all rolled into one.
Beautiful Scars (mickeym)
Sam gets his soul back. Reunion sex ensues. Lovely, a little sad, and hot.
In the wake of “Born Under A Bad Sign,” Bobby gives the boys some talismans to keep the nasty at bay. Everything seems just fine until Sam and Dean find themselves, you know, having sex in the woods after a hunt with no idea why or how they suddenly can’t keep their hands off each other. Check out my review of the story here.
Catch Your Death (Road Rhythm)
Sam is fighting the flu tooth and nail as he tries to convince Dean that the job they’ve stumbled onto in utterly un-scenic Columbia, MD is worth investigating. What seems like a simple salt-and-burn of a high school nerd murdered by his popular classmates gets complicated, fast; as Sam’s physical health deteriorates, so does the boys’ hold on what the hell is actually happening inside an abandoned apartment building. My review of this story here.
Carry Me Over The Sky (Killa)
It’s just after “Crossroads Blues” and both boys are still on edge. Tequila, angst, and exhaustion lead to some lovely sex which Dean immediately fucks up by getting angsty and self-flagellating as hell. Truly beautiful writing: expressive, descriptive, and pitch-perfect in terms of character.
The Calendar Hung Itself (musesfool)
An alternate take on Season 3. It’s Dean’s last year, and he’s collecting little pieces of his life, one after the other, as a reminder. But Sam’s doing the same, not to remember who Dean was, but to ensure that Dean will continue to be. Beautiful, expressive writing, a terrific structure, and a POV Dean that’s right on target. It’s just right, this story, in every possible way.
PWP. Sam gives Dean whatever he asks for—which is mostly spanking. Um, yeah.
Easy To Fool When You Were In School (Road Rhythm)
A pissed-off spirit reveals that Sam wants Dean, which Dean can kinda understand it because, well, he is really hot. But Sam doesn’t want to talk about it, much less do anything about it, it’s up to Dean to figure out why his brother finds him so irresistible.
Five Times Dean and Sam Had To Fuck-or-Die (smallcaps)
PWP. It’s all in the title. Lovely porn and porn and then, the end. Oh, the end.
The Genius Who Hides In Man’s Tormented Soul (veronamay)
Sam starts noticing that Dean reads, that he takes pleasure in reading. And Sam? He might just get off on that, a little bit. I think Dean + books might be my newest OTP. This one is just great.
Give and Take (mickeym)
PWP. Straight-up spanking fic. Dean needs reassurance from Sam. And Sam knows just how to give it to him. Emotional and sexy as fuck.
PWP. Sam wants to fuck. Dean can’t keep his freaking mouth shut in bed. Dad’s in the room next door. Dilemma. But not really. And Toppy!Sam here has a dirty, dirty mouth.
A Sammy-gets-off-on-pain story. Sam starts getting tattoos and, for some reason, decides not to tell Dean what he’s doing. That’s it, really, the whole set up–but damn, does norah spin it out into this lovely web of humor, sex, and takeout food. My review here.
I’ve Got A Hand For You (valiant)
Part II. Sam’s having trouble keeping his stupid hair-trigger body in line, and Dean is really, really not helping. Until he is. What I like about this one is the characterization of Sam. He’s a cocktail of annoyance and need and poorly-timed wet dreams, all floppy hair and confusion and yeah, even at 14, so Sam. For me, valiant sketches the boys’ weird brand of intimacy in a way that makes sense; I could see why Sam needs Dean and Dean needs Sam right back—even when that translates into handjobs in front of the TV.
The King of Imperfection Takes Back the Prince of Mistakes (britomart_is)
AU. The writer calls this a fairy tale, one that begins with “happily ever after.” The boys have settled down, post-Apocalypse, and for the most part, it’s great. But sometimes, they fight, somebody runs away, and then they’ve gotta put themselves back together. I dig this story because it surprised me, Sam’s bunny slippers and all.
Kings and Queens and Jokers, Too (astolat)
The boys take down the trickster at last and go out to celebrate. But everyone they encounter–hotel clerks, waiters, random people in a bar–all treat them as a couple. Like, way more than usual. And it’s not just that people suspect that they’re gay–they are definitively read and treated as a couple, which kinda pisses Dean off, but hey. Doesn’t seem to be anything wrong, not really. Heh. My review here.
The boys take a week off—much to Dean’s dismay, at first—and spend a week on the beach. Fluffy, sexy, and sweet with the occasional sandcastle.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat (mdashes)
PWP. Late season 6-ish. Dean washes Sam’s hair. Sam likes it. A lot.
Like Staring Into the Sun (nyxocity)
PWP. Sam starts bringing home girls to share with Dean. But the whole meaning of share gets blurry real fast, and Dean has to figure out exactly what’s going on here—and if he really cares. This isn’t a new premise, but the execution here is…supernova-like. Wow. Het sex doesn’t usually do much for me, but the focus here is on the boys, despite the soft curves that Sam puts between them. Plus lots of toppy!Sam talking dirty in this one, which. Yes.
After five hours of interrogation, Sam’s getting really freaking tired of the cops. So he gets a little creative, starts telling some crazy stories about he and Dean that aren’t exactly true. Until Dean overhears him, that is, and they make fiction into some smoking hot reality. Holy crap is this story hot. You’ve been warned.
A Matter of Trust (philalethia)
PWP. Dean gets it in his head that Sam wants to fuck him, and he’s not okay with that. Fooling around is one thing, but actually fucking? No. Yeah. It’s so not okay that Dean keeps bringing it up, keeps circling it in their conversation until finally…
Melody of Extemporanea (mickeym)
AU. Looking for a place to recover after Sam is terribly wounded (again), Dean takes him to a cabin owned by a friend of Bobby’s and they settle into a normal life. A lovely example of the “boys live happily ever after” subgenre.
Near Occasion For Sin (victoria_p)
Sam wants Dean. Dean says no. Sam comes at the problem from a different angle; several, really, ones with a few more curves than he has. This one comes pretty damn close to being all sex but, hey. Nothing wrong with that.
Never Too Drunk To (merepersiflage)
PWP. Sam is drunk off his ass, Dean is driving, and Sam decides that he needs to get off. That’s all there’s is to it, but baby, that’s enough.
Not That I Need Proof (nutkin)
As nutkin puts it, this story’s a coda to 4.1, “Lazarus Rising.” Sam can’t quite believe that Dean’s really back and he does what he must to prove that Dean is real. One of those rare stories that’s all sex and yet goes right for the heart. Oh boys.
Nothing to Lose (concernedlily)
Ah, Stanford. Dean drops into a bar near campus to surreptitiously spy on Sam—just to make sure that he’s ok. Honest. Some dude hits on Dean, though, and Sam really, really doesn’t like that. Very toppy!Sam (yes). My only complaint: the unnecessary coda.
Raindrops on Roses (astolat)
Exposure to a pseduo science/magic chemical unlocks Dean’s deepest desires: sex with Sammy and adopting a kitten. Very funny with a great kicker.
The Road to Shambala (astolat)
AU. The war with Hell is won and the boys have to find their own way forward. They take a break in New Orleans and Sammy lays all of his cards on the table. Lush and sexy, this one.
Second Glance (ygrawn)
POV John Winchester. Hold on: stay with me. John knows the boys love each other first, best, and always. He lives in the margins of their lives, and. This story is him thinking about that. It’s not about John watching the boys have sex. It’s an exploration of his admittedly fucked-up emotional life, one part of which is the bond his sons have with each other but never, ever with him. Structurally, this story is unique and challenging; it’s unlike any fic I’ve ever read. Which is a good thing, in my book.
Second Map of the World (candle_beck)
Sam’s loved Dean for forever, but jesus. He never thought he’d actually do anything about it. But one night in Topeka, he does and just fucks everything up. Great writing, terrific dialogue, and pitch-perfect Sam and Dean. I love this one. It’s just fantastic.
Setting The Mood (keerawa)
PWP. There’s a harridan that’s latched onto Sam’s sexual energy. He needs to get in the mood to draw her out, but alone in their motel room with bad porn—he just can’t. Luckily, Dean—who’s out stalking the harridan—is awesome at phone sex.
Slow Ride (bewaretheides15)
PWP. For my money, this is the ultimate sex-on-the-Impala story. For one thing, bewaretheides15 gives the boys the privacy they need to take their goddamn time (as the title suggests, nu?). For another, the visuals are delicious; they’ll get etched in fire in your head. Thank you, Toppy!Dean and super agreeable Sam.
These Things Happen and Always (bewaretheides15)
Stuff happens when the boys drink because it’s the only time that Dean lets himself believe that he deserves to be with Sam. That he lets himself be in love with Sam. “These Things” offers Sam’s perspective on the scene; “Always” offer’s Dean’s. A lovely, broken, throughly self-hating version of Dean here that’s so perfect that it breaks my heart.
This Is All Very Meta (road rhythm)
This is the story that brought me into the Wincest fold. Dean starts reading fanfic. Ok, he starts getting off on fanfic, too, but he’s not gonna tell Sam that. Hell, he just got Sam—the ensouled Sam—back, and that would be a little weird, even for them. But maybe he’s not as awesome at wiping the browser as he thinks. I love meta-stories because of road rhythm’s awesomeness here; she balances the self-mocking of our reading and writing practices (ahem) with supernova role-play sex between Sam and Dean. It is freaking amazing, this story.
A Thousand Shades of Red (nekare)
Sam’s growing up. It kind of sucks. But there’s one constant in his life: Dean. And for a long time, that’s enough. Until it isn’t. The second fic that’s ever made me cry, this one. It manages to build up the slow ache, and you know what’s coming. You have to. But it’s still a velvet fist in the gut when it comes.
Top This (leonidaslion)
PWP. Ah, yes. Magical roofies, an insatiable desire to fuck, and a freaking hilarious battle for status. A terrific splash of smut that makes me laugh every time I read it. Love this one.
Treat Her Like A Lady (causeways)
Dean says the wrong thing to the right witch and gets hit with a curse. A really specific one that dictates how he treats women. There’s just one problem: there’s only one “woman” in his life, and his name is Sam. Adorable premise, some fun gender discussions, and a conclusion that’s both hot and hilarious.
True and Unbroken (bewaretheides15)
When Sam comes back from hell, Dean knows something is wrong. Because the kid doesn’t smell right. And he may have fashioned an art of worshiping Sam’s smell. It was the only sense he could cling to, he tells himself, while the kid was in hell. The setup sounds kinky, perhaps, but the story plays out as sensuous and sad.
Two Queens (belyste)
Another in the “why do people think we’re gay?” meme. This time, Dean’s convinced that Sam is giving off gay vibes. Until a guy makes a pass at him when Sam isn’t around. Huh.
Under Hill (astolat)
Don’t piss off elves. They’ll wipe your memories and then you’ll suddenly realize that the floppy haired stranger next to you in the Impala is kinda hot. Great sex, creepy elves, and a satisfying resolution to a very weird situation.
Wear Him Like A Habit (sevenfists)
PWP-ish. Dean likes to tease. Sam’s willing to put up with it. But Jesus Christ, Dean is going to fucking kill him one of these days. A story of adorable sexual frustration, if there is such a thing. Some great character insights here, especially into Dean.
Whatever You Say (jasmasson)
A witch’s cauldron explodes in Dean’s face at an inopportune moment, with interesting consequences for Sam’s behavior. Hee! Silly yet very hot.
And No More Shall We Part (janie_tangerine)
Dean is the one who brings them all together. In this wee little tale, he takes a few moments to admire the beauty of his handiwork, of his brother and his angel intertwined.
Dirty Pretty Things (obstinatrix)
AU PWP. Cas is a genius. He’s convinced his gorgeous boyfriend and said boyfriend’s brother to go to bed with him and it’s even better than he’d imagined. The beautiful, smutty porn here and terrific, taut writing make this one I’ve come back to again and again.
Just One Thing (wolfrider89)
PWP. Godstiel convinces Sam and Dean that if they’ll do this one thing for him—if they’ll let him fuck them—then he’ll give back all those souls he stole from Purgatory. And the boys, of course, they say: yes. Toppy-as-fuck-Cas, if you like that sort of thing. You could make some non-con arguments here, so be warned.
Cas has never asked the boys for anything before. So when he asks, offers his own body in return, how can they say no? Because it’s all about Cas, right? At least, that’s what Sam keeps telling himself. Dirty, hot, and just the right mix of angsty and sweet. I dig Sam’s POV in this one, too.
Like A Slow Burn/We Crash And We Roll/Run Right Into You
(mournthewicked and obstinantrix)
PWP. Ok, look. Dean and Sam smoke pot, and it tends to make them both a little handsy. Which is well and good and great—and then Cas shows up at the worst/best possible time, and things really get interesting. This trilogy is all mindblindingly hot sex. Period. Well-written as fuck and balanced between Sastiel and Destiel, if you know what I mean. It is awesome. I made the fortunate mistake of finding this early one morning and it kind of blew away the rest of the day. If you’re on the fence about Wincestiel, give this a shot. God knows the boys will.
And When We Kiss ‘verse (standing_fic)
College AU J2. Link is to a PDF. Jared sits in front of Jensen in organic chem, and man, is he a dick. A dick that Jensen ends up tutoring, somehow. And crushing on, much to Jensen’s annoyance. A great world with a fine appearance by Chad being his douchy self and some nice achy UST. This one’s just a fun place to hang out.
AU J2. Part II here. Sometimes, I like to read stuff that I could never write. This is one of those, because man. I suck at writing dirty talk. Luckily, lazy_daze does not. In this story, Jen’s a techie looking for blackmail material on Jared, the attorney who’s railroading Jen’s uncle. And Jared? Just happens to frequent a gay sex line. Like you do. This one is miles of fantastically dirty talk. Man, is it hot. And how often can you say that Jared’s filthy mouth is key to the plot?
Bachelor Buttons (nutkin)
J2. A second-person story from Jensen’s perspective. Heartbreaking and beautiful. To wit: “And you wonder, not for the first time, if maybe you’re more in love with the person you want him to be than the person he is.” GAH. Knife through the heart.
Bottoms Up (broadwriting)
J2. Why I love this story: it flips the usual J2 script on its head. Instead of angsty Jensen lusting after Jared (which is awesome, don’t get me wrong), this one casts Jensen as the confident, flirty one, the one who just knows the whole world wants him. Jared, on the other hand, is puppies and rainbows and longing-until they end up in bed. Or the living room floor.
By the Letter (winterlive)
J2. Happy, happy J2. Jensen ganks Jared’s iPod when the idiot leaves it lying around yet again, and discovers a playlist that’s named for him. And the songs on that list? Well. Let’s just say they suggest that Jay think about Jensen in a way that freaks Jensen out a little. This one is legit happy and sweet. Put a big stupid grin on my face.
Co-starfucking: An Idiot’s Guide to What Not to Do (causeways)
J2. The boys spend all their freaking time together. They drink. They fuck. And that’s cool. But then Jensen, that idiot, has to go and fall in love with the Moose. Jesus. Now if only he could admit that to himself. Causeways sets a high standard for angsty, self-denying Jensen, and when the happy ending comes, it feels like everybody’s earned it.
Farther Away From Where We Are (causeways)
J2. Part II here. Supernatural ends after five seasons, and Jensen’s ok with that. He really is. Yeah, he misses the Moose. Yeah, he’s a little down. Yeah, Danni breaks up with him, and he probably shoulda seen that one coming. But he’d rather not talk about it. At least, not to anyone but Jared. So he gets on a plane to San Antonio, climbs in the pick up, and what do you know. The thing lives up to its name. I know nothing about these boys in real life, ok, and yet this one rings so lovely and true. I’ve read a lot of “the boys move in together and suddenly everything’s awesome” stories, and they tend to get too hung up on the happy and get dull really quick. This one? Things are complicated. Funny, messy, a little stupid when it counts, and yet emotionally satisfying. And the sex is—yes.
Follow Where It Leads (pocketfullof)
J2. They’re friends. They fuck. And Jensen’s cool with it for a while, at least until he’s afraid that it might actually mean something to him. So he pushes Jared away and pretends everything’s fine. Yeah, right. A nice easy sketch of a story; while it doesn’t break new ground plot-wise, pocketfullof’s take on the boys is great, especially from the depths of Jensen’s epically ass-backward headspace. And there is Chad.
The Golden Rule (valiant)
J2. Jensen and Jared have a thing. Jared asks Jensen to do something for him, wear something for him all day on set that no one will know is there except the two of them. Jensen does it, and he likes it, but he’s still not totally sure how he feels about liking it, whatever the thing is between them. The sex is great here, but what makes it above average for me is the characterization of Jensen. He’s lost and confused and in love and a little messed up, trying to put all of those pieces together, and it works beautifully here.
A Good Employee Should Know What His Boss Wants (13chapters)
AU J2. Jensen’s the boss. Jared’s his big, beautiful, moosey admin. They drink. Stuff happens, things get weird, but it all works out in the end. As the writer notes, this set-up is cliche as hell and yet somehow? It works. Oh does it.
Half of Your Heart (jojothecr)
AU J2. I’ve never cried over slash fic before. This one broke my heart with a hammer and came back for the scraps. Jensen should be with her. Jared knows this. And this time, every time, it’s supposed to be the last. But they keep coming back to each other, a few times a year, and she knows. She tolerates. And Jared will, too. Because even a few hours with Jensen are better than none. That’s good enough, for now. Utterly heartbreaking and beautiful. Just fucking great writing.
In the Darkness (timehas_away)
PWP J2. Jared wakes up in the dark. Alone. Tied to the bed. Hard as hell, sure. But Jensen’s nowhere to be found. Narrow in focus, sparse in prose, and heart-stoppingly hot. Excellent toppy!Jensen here, too.
In Which Jared Makes a Realisation and Jensen Isn’t Nice (veronomay)
When their flight is delayed, the boys have an hour to kill. Jensen, of course, drags Jared to get coffee and yet somehow they end up having sex in an airport bathroom. Funny how that works. Great Jared POV here and a helpfully bossy Jensen.
Into the So Unknown (mournthewicked)
AU J2. Jared’s a rich kid following all the cliches, looking for himself out on the open road. He trips through smaller and smaller towns and then he just stops talking. He doesn’t know what he’s looking for, exactly, and then a dude named Jensen comes to take his order at a no-name diner and, well. I adore this story. It’s emotional without being maudlin and sweet without hurting your teeth. One of those stories that I hated to see end.
Maybe This Time (bewaretheides15)
AU J2. Jared’s a freshman stuck in a senior dorm, but hey, his roommates seem cool. Except for Jensen, who apparently hates him with the heat of a thousand suns. Everybody shows up in this one: Misha as a stoner psych major, Daneel as Jared and Jensen’s boss. A hot and sweet sugar bomb, this baby will just make you happy as hell.
More Than You Know (nutkin)
J2. Second-person awesomeness from Jared’s POV. The boys take a road trip across the real USA, the one they’re always pretending about but haven’t ever seen. They eat bad food, get sunburned, don’t talk about their girlfriends, and stumble into being in love. Gorgeous writing; the author shades things with just enough well-chosen detail to paint a full portrait. I dig a little ambiguity in fic, and nutkin does it beautifully here. Another story I hated to see end, because it’s just about freaking perfect.
No Sleep Till Bedtime (veronomay)
J2. It’s been a really long day, and the boys still have to pack and drag their tired asses to the airport. But it’s funny what you’ll say and do when you’re that fucking tired that you might not risk otherwise. This story’s a wee bit self-indulgent—it goes on a few beats too long, so to speak—but there was something about the way veronomay’s sketched out the boys’ relationship here that kept me on board until the end.
No Substitution (pianoforeplay)
Knotting J2. Ahem. Jared: Alpha. Jensen: Omega. Jensen knows he should want an alpha—it’s hardwired into his freaking DNA—but he’s never met one that did a damn thing for him. But then he does, and it’s his freaking co-star who already has a hot girlfriend, and fuck. What’s he gotten himself into? If you’re not into knotting as a rule, put the squick aside if you can and give this one a shot. It’s worth the risk.
Pretending Is Who We Are (bewaretheides15)
AU J2 with heavy and awesome BDSM. The first in the Escort!AU series. Jensen’s an escort. Jared’s a dom. They’re roommates. It sounds like the set-up for bad porn, but no no: it’s the set-up for some really good porn that’s fed by a building set of emotions that neither of the boys is ready to deal with. Sprawling and lovely and dirty in just the right turns.
J2 inspired by this. Misha gets a little handsy with Jared onstage a con and damn, does Jensen not like that. But here’s the thing: Jared’s not his, not really. Not anymore. He should be with Danni. He knows this. But there’s something that reminds him of how it used to be, with him and Jared, gets the jealousy and the grief and the lust all mixed up in one, and, well. What I love about this fic—what surprised me—is the emotion in it. The genuine sadness mixed in with the scorching, toppy!Jensen sex. This reads more like real—whatever that is—than simple adolescent wish fulfillment. It hurts, but in the best way.
Something Borrowed, Something Blue (belyste)
AU J2. Link is to masterpost. Jared’s brother’s getting married, but Jared’s idiot ex-boyfriend (who won’t even admit that he and Jared had a thing because he’s that much of an ass) will be there and damn, Jay would so rather not go alone. So he hires Jensen, an escort, to be his date. Ok, the set-up sounds cheesy, but y’all: it’s awesome. Terrific characterizations, happy scorching sex, and great writing. I love this one.
Sure to Lure Someone Bad (obstinatrix)
Knotting AU J2. Jensen should know better than to take the subway home when he’s in heat. But thankfully for us, dear reader, he doesn’t. Oh my gods is this one hot. It features scorching, semi-public sex and a surprisingly gentle ending.
AU J2 with BDSM that’s sexy as hell. Gah. Jensen’s a top dom. Jared wants to be owned. And they are kind of fucking perfect and amazing together. This one drifts close to being set at a “magical club of magical kinkiness,” as a colleague once put it, but hey. I so do not care. Jensen in this one? Dear lord. Incredibly freaking hot.
A short, perfect fic. The boys don’t talk about what’s happening between them. What is there to say?
And In Your Arms Defeated (qthelights)
Jensen tries to cheer everybody up at the wrap party for season six, because that’s who he is. What he does. But he’s not sure what to do when he spies Misha downing whiskey at the bar, quiet. Way too quiet. The best part of this story is the POV Jensen that it offers. Hell, I don’t know these people in real life, but there’s something in qthelights’ Jensen—controlled, performative, caretaking to a fault—that feels right to me.
Art Imitates Life (MollyC)
Meta!Misha/Dean and sort of Castiel/Dean. Set in the FrenchMistake!verse. Misha knows that Jensen’s not himself. He can tell. But how far is this other guy—the one who looks just like Jen—willing to go to prove him wrong? An alternate take on “The French Mistake” that’s by turn smart, smutty, and meta plot-heavy as hell. I went to this one having no idea what to expect, and was pleasantly and happily surprised. Part I of the “Not in Kansas” series.
Fandom Is Srs Bznz (elizah_jane)
Jensen and Misha get into a troll battle over and through slashfic on LJ. Hilarity, questionable writing, and flame wars ensue. Oh, and hot, semi-competitive sex. I adore meta-stories and this one is great fun.
The Same Big and Little Words (obstinatrix)
Misha has a thing for Jensen smoking. Ok, for Jensen, but the taste of smoke doesn’t hurt. A wee little fic that’s a short, sweet kick to the head.
Solace Under the Neon Sky (qthelights)
Jensen’s in Vegas for Jared’s bachelor party, and he’s not really feeling the vibe. To be honest: he’s sorta depressed. And nobody notices—except Misha. Achy, sexy, and a little sad, this one. The interaction between Misha and Jensen is just great. You know, sometimes I wonder if qthelights isn’t Misha in disguise…
OK Computer (obstinatrix)
Jared and Misha are drunk. Ok, maybe Jared’s a little more drunk than Misha. And Misha’s gonna press that advantage. Hilarious POV drunk!Jared. I love a good mix of funny and hot, and this one’s got it in spades.
Washington Is The King of Hearts (sparseparsely)
The story that convinced me to read Mishalecki. Heh. Everybody gets drunk in Jared’s trailer, Jensen finally drags his ass to bed, and then Misha starts playing with Jared’s hair. The sex in this story is just right: scorching but awkward, bumpy but ultimately great. Especially when they wake up Jensen.
Fight Training (Mina Lightstar)
PWP. Pure wish-fulfillment fic based on the “Jen busted his face in fight training” story that was flying around last fall. So they say his carpet burn was from wrestling, sure. But it’s way more fun if it wasn’t, right? Hee!
Song of the Open Road (obstinatrix)
AU. Three college boys take a road trip. Lovely, sexy, and short. And there is coffee.
Dean Winchester/Jared Padalecki
AU. A heavenly body comes up with a truly unique way to avert the Apocalpyse: switching Sam for Jared and Jared for Sam. I stumbled across this accidentally and freaking devoured the thing in one sitting. Great characterization—the eventual Misha and Cas interactions are awesome—and a really cool premise.
Vegas (eggnoged, therev)
AU. Dean meets a moose of a dude who looks like Sammy. So naturally, they fuck. It sounds like a PWP—and it is, sorta—but this one goes for your gut when you least expect it.
Archangel in Exile (TardisIsTheOnlyWayToTravel)
WIP. After he’s stabbed by Lucifer, Gabriel falls to Earth. The one where Supernatural is just a TV show and Misha Collins won’t put down his fucking cell phone. Especially Misha. Fuck, if Misha is 1/3 as awesome in “real” life as he is here, the universe may fold in on itself.
Castiel 2014 (silvrhuntress)
AU for “The End.” Zachariah sends Castiel to 2014 instead of Dean.
It’s All Real, Becky (crowleyshouseplant)
Becky’s perspective on meeting Sam [and Dean] in 5.1, “Sympathy For The Devil.” Awesome reclaiming of Becks from TPTB. I love all of crowleyshouseplant’s Becky-related fic. Use this one and “Phantom” (linked to below) as a launching point and check out the rest.
Stuck at another Supernatural convention, a cool fangirl helps Dean to admit—to himself, anyway—that he is, you know, bi. At least where Castiel is concerned. A nice elixir to episode 7.8, if you need to bleach your brain after all of the fan-hate in that ep. No sex here, just discussion thereof.
First-person Chuck Shurley! Chuck reflects on the logistics of getting your gossip straight from God. Funny, smart, and god, this story makes me miss Chuck.
Phantom Traveller (crowleyshouseplant)
How Becky Rosen came to love the Supernatural books.