ratherastory: ([Firefly] Squee!)
Title: Just A Broken Lullaby
Summary: When a mission goes wrong, the Avengers find themselves the unlikely guardians of a six-year-old Tony Stark.
Characters: Steve, Tony, all the Avengers, Pepper Potts, Phil Coulson, with guest appearances by Hank Pym and Reed Richards.
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 20,095
Disclaimer: Oh, please, nice lawyers at Marvel, please don't sue me! I swear I put all the toys right back where I found them!
Warnings: Brief comic-book violence, and tooth-rotting levels of schmoop. I am not even kidding.
Neurotic Author's Note #1: So this has been languishing on my hard drive practically since I saw the movie. It has been through countless revisions and rewrites and tweaking and poking and prodding until I can't look at it without going crosseyed. So, here it is, in all its unbeta'd glory. Technically this story isn't divided into chapters, but LJ posting lengths still suck, so you're getting it split up.
Neurotic Author's Note #2: Um, I have no excuse for this. It is unashamed idfic, schmoopy kidfic at its best and worst, with extra schmoop thrown in for good measure, because I really wanted a story about wee!Tony following Steve around and pestering him to hold his shield. Yeah, I got nothing. /o\
Neurotic Author's Note #3: I kind of intimated in the story that Tony & Pepper are no longer together. Or if they are, at least, that it's not exactly a conventional sort of romance. IDK, Tony doesn't like to define relationships, okay? Also, there are hints of the beginnings of Tony/Steve, in the brief moments when they're both at the age of consent. But, really, this can all be read as gen, or as being Tony/Pepper outside of the events of the story. That's not what the story is about.
Neurotic Author's Note #4: This story would not be what it is but for the constant coaxing/cajoling/bullying/threatening of the usual suspects: [livejournal.com profile] rainylemons and in particular, who were very patient and listened to me whine and kvetch about it, and to everyone on Twitter who also put up with my constant complaining. Thank you, guys, you're the best!
Neurotic Author's Note #5:
The lullaby in this story is a famous one, written by Mikhaïl Iourievitch Lermontov, and is known as the Cossack Lullaby. This is a rendition of it that I rather like, if you're interested. My apologies to any Russian speakers if I have unwittingly butchered your language or its transcription. I don't actually speak the language at all. Feel free to correct me in comments/messages if you spot any errors.

[Part 1]
[Part 2]
[Part 3]
[Part 4]
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Title: The Burning Bridge
Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang. Season 6 AU. With no end in sight on their quest to restore Sam's soul or to figure out just what Crowley is up to in his search for Purgatory, Sam and Dean break off in order to investigate a string of mysterious deaths in which the victims exhibited all the signs of radiation poisoning with no apparent cause before their deaths. The case takes a darker turn, however, when soon after they begin investigating Sam begins to exhibit the same symptoms as the victims. Suddenly Dean finds himself facing the disturbing dilemma of whether it might not be easier to let go of this empty-shell version of his brother and simply let the illness take its course...
Artist: The brilliant and awesomely talented [livejournal.com profile] tripoli8
Link to Art: http://tripoli.livejournal.com/492758.html
Characters: Dean, Sam, Cas, Bobby, OCs
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 21,403
Disclaimer: All recognizable belongs to the CW.
Warnings: Levels of violence commensurate with the show.
Neurotic Author's Note #1: There are several people to thank for this! First off, my fantastically talented artist, [livejournal.com profile] tripoli8, who illustrated this story in such an imaginative way. I am in awe, because she touched on all the important notes of the story in incredibly creative ways that would never even have occurred to me. There's also [livejournal.com profile] rainylemons, who not only beta'd the crap out of this story, but did the usual hand-holding she always does when I wailed unendingly to her about my writing, and once again served as my own personal medical encyclopedia without ever once complaining or balking. I love you, darling! Any mistakes concerning the subject matter found herein should of course be attributed to my lack of understanding, and any remaining grammar/spelling/syntactical mishaps are also all mine. And last but not least, [livejournal.com profile] wendy and [livejournal.com profile] thehighwaywoman for the herculean task of running the [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang.
Neurotic Author's Note #2: So this fic has gone through about a million permutations before it ended up here. A long, long time ago, there were conversations with a few people, [livejournal.com profile] de_nugis included, about a story about Sam with radiation poisoning. I kept meaning to write it, and even signed up for a prompt by poor [livejournal.com profile] shangrilada in order to try to get this done, but it never happened. Instead, I started writing it for the [livejournal.com profile] hc_bigbang, but when that challenge didn't work out, I gave myself one last push in order to get it done for the main Big Bang, and here it is!
Neurotic Author's Note #3: Okay, confession time. This story is actually a shameless fix-it attempt on my part. No, seriously, this is the story in which I attempt to fix ALL the things about S6, and a couple of earlier things too. Yeah, I got nothing. On a purely storytelling front, this was a surprisingly difficult story to write, mostly because Soulless!Sam was and continues to be a bit of a mystery to me. That being said, I am quite pleased with how it turned out, in the end. I hope you'll all enjoy it!

Art & chapter links under the cut )
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Title: But World Enough, and Time
Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] tailoredshirt for the [profile] h50_exchange. When Steve meets Kono, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. He has never met her before. Kono has known him since she was six years old. Or, the H50 retelling of The Time Traveler's Wife.
Characters: Steve/Kono, with most of the show characters and a few OCs.
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Violence, swearing, gore. References to off-screen attempted rape. Also Major character death that's not entirely permanent.
Word Count: 41,284
Disclaimer: .
Neurotic Author's Note #1: When I agreed to do a pinch-hit, I didn't quite realise how hard this bunny would bite. [livejournal.com profile] tailoredshirt expressed an interest in time travel, and challenged whoever got her prompt to not only write Steve/Kono, but to write them as more than just a hot sex pairing, and thus this story was born. I wish I had another three months to write it, but I fear even then I wouldn't be able to do it justice. Audrey Niffeneger I am not. ;)
Neurotic Author's Note #2: I must take this moment to note that I am an ASS who lacks reading comprehension skills, and apologize to [livejournal.com profile] tailoredshirt for writing something that she'll probably never be able to read. >_< I will make it up to you, I swear!
Neurotic Author's Note #3: I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the mods of this exchange who put up with my being extremely late with this pinch-hit and for misreading my prompt a whole lot and not realizing it until it was too late. They have put so much work into this exchange, and I am truly, truly grateful that they didn't smack me with a dead fish for making their work that much harder. Hopefully the end product will make up for my being so high-maintenance. Thank you, guys, for making this whole experience so grand!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
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Title: Nearly Always Your Own Fault
Summary: Crack AU. Danny has a secret he’s been keeping from Steve from the start, but now that their relationship is progressing, it becomes impossible to keep.

Title: Like A Friendship Caught on Fire
Summary: Danny gets the flu, but after Steve drives him home so he can get some much-needed sleep, his day gets a whole lot worse when his apartment building catches fire. When Danny goes missing in the aftermath, it's up to Steve and the team to find him, their search made all the harder because, well, sometimes Danny is a ferret.

Title: Show Yourself
Summary: When the Five-0 crew are trapped, Danny is forced to reveal his secret in order to get them out of their predicament.
ratherastory: (H50 Danno (Seriously))
So now that I have two stories set in this same 'verse, it's totally time for a Master Post, am I right? Of course I am. ;)


Title: The Art of Bad Timing
Summary: Danny has a condition he never bothered to tell Steve about. It comes back to bite him later, because that's just how Danny's life goes.

Title: A Pre-Existing Condition
Summary: When Steve and Danny are taken prisoner by the very people they're investigating, their captors use Danny's condition against them in order to force Steve to cooperate.
ratherastory: (H50 Danno (Seriously))
So now that I have two stories set in this same 'verse, it's totally time for a Master Post, am I right? Of course I am. ;)


Title: The Art of Bad Timing
Summary: Danny has a condition he never bothered to tell Steve about. It comes back to bite him later, because that's just how Danny's life goes.

Title: A Pre-Existing Condition
Summary: When Steve and Danny are taken prisoner by the very people they're investigating, their captors use Danny's condition against them in order to force Steve to cooperate.
ratherastory: (Glorious)
Yeah, I'm catching up on making Master Posts for the 'verses I have ongoing. This is the last one for a while, I promise! ;)

Title: After the End
Summary: Cas survives the kamikaze attack at Jackson County Sanatorium, but Dean doesn't. To his surprise he finds Sam Winchester, once his friend, awake up from his long, sleeping nightmare. Castiel doesn't want the burden of caring for Sam, but Sam is still his friend and Castiel has never had that many good, true friends.


Title: Myself Reflected in You
Summary: The world has stopped ending, people are putting things back in order. Alone together amidst a society that's trying to rebuild itself, Sam and Cas have retreated back to Camp Chitaqua, where they've managed to build a semblance of a life together. Now, more than a year later, they're still trying to glue back the pieces of lives that have been irretrievably shattered.

Title: The Cold Fall
Summary: Sam and Cas are far away from home in the woods when Sam has a seizure.

Title: Call A Man Cold
Summary: Cas comes back from a supply run to find that Sam has had a seizure outside during a snowstorm.
ratherastory: (SPN Cas —The End)
Yeah, I'm catching up on making Master Posts for the 'verses I have ongoing. This is the last one for a while, I promise! ;)

Title: After the End
Summary: Cas survives the kamikaze attack at Jackson County Sanatorium, but Dean doesn't. To his surprise he finds Sam Winchester, once his friend, awake up from his long, sleeping nightmare. Castiel doesn't want the burden of caring for Sam, but Sam is still his friend and Castiel has never had that many good, true friends.


Title: Myself Reflected in You
Summary: The world has stopped ending, people are putting things back in order. Alone together amidst a society that's trying to rebuild itself, Sam and Cas have retreated back to Camp Chitaqua, where they've managed to build a semblance of a life together. Now, more than a year later, they're still trying to glue back the pieces of lives that have been irretrievably shattered.
ratherastory: (Glorious)
How many 'verses can I possibly have, you ask? AS MANY AS I WANT! :P

So this is the result of [livejournal.com profile] rainylemons's slightly deranged mind. She wanted de-aged!Dean living with Sam and Lisa and Ben, and then she requested Sam/Lisa and All Things Awkward™, and suddenly this little world popped into my head. The cat is all her fault, too. I think the 'verse is turning out schmoopier than she intended. ;)

Ratings and warnings will vary from story to story, but it's generally Sam/Lisa, with very little actual sex to speak of. Really, the story is about Sam and Dean and their epic love, even when their circumstances change. It's also a story about second chances for everyone.

Title: I Am Come Into My Garden
Summary: Six-year-old Dean brings home a mangy old alley cat, much to the dismay of Sam and Lisa, who are having a hard enough time coping with everything else that’s happened already.

Title: Like a Clock During a Thunderstorm
Summary: Sam, Dean, Lisa and Ben spend a quiet night together during a thunderstorm. aka ALL THE SCHMOOP!

Title: The First Day
Summary: Dean goes missing before his first day of school.

Title: Except for the Memory of the Smell of Smoke
Summary: Dean has a bad reaction to a fire safety class at school.

Title: The Kids Are Still Alright
Summary: Ben helps Dean out with a problem at school.
ratherastory: (B5 Revelation)
How many 'verses can I possibly have, you ask? AS MANY AS I WANT! :P

So this is the result of [livejournal.com profile] rainylemons's slightly deranged mind. She wanted de-aged!Dean living with Sam and Lisa and Ben, and then she requested Sam/Lisa and All Things Awkward™, and suddenly this little world popped into my head. The cat is all her fault, too. I think the 'verse is turning out schmoopier than she intended. ;)

Ratings and warnings will vary from story to story, but it's generally Sam/Lisa, with very little actual sex to speak of. Really, the story is about Sam and Dean and their epic love, even when their circumstances change. It's also a story about second chances for everyone.

Title: I Am Come Into My Garden
Summary: Six-year-old Dean brings home a mangy old alley cat, much to the dismay of Sam and Lisa, who are having a hard enough time coping with everything else that’s happened already.

Title: Like a Clock During a Thunderstorm
Summary: Sam, Dean, Lisa and Ben spend a quiet night together during a thunderstorm. aka ALL THE SCHMOOP!
ratherastory: (Big Bang 2011)
Title: Pandora's Box
Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang. RPS based on the movie Avatar. Marine Jensen Ackles thinks his life is over when he becomes paralyzed in the course of duty, but when his twin brother is killed in a robbery everything changes. Struggling to make sense of his loss, Jensen decides to take his brother's place in a mission on the distant moon of Pandora, where a private corporation has a large mining concern. New cutting-edge technology allows Jensen to form a psychic link with an avatar — an artificially-grown body composed of the DNA of both humans and the Na'vi, the aliens native to Pandora— and thus interact directly with the otherwise hostile, if beautiful planet.
In exchange for the spinal surgery that will allow him to regain the use of his legs, Jensen agrees to infiltrate the Na'vi. Once he's there, though, he becomes close with the tribe, particularly the chief's son, Jared, his guide and mentor. Under Jared's tutelage, a whole new world opens up for Jensen, along with the first blossom of love. But when tensions between the Navi and the military branch of the human operations run too high, Jensen is faced with having to make a choice between the world he comes from and the world where he has found love and where, for the first time in his life, he truly feels at home.
Link to Art: Art by folkin_up_again.
Characters: Jared/Jensen, OCs (brief but explicit Jensen/OFC)
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: 96,645
Disclaimer: Obviously, I have no claim to any of these people. In the context of this story they are, for all intents and purposes, not real. I am merely borrowing their likenesses for purposes of entertainment only. No profit made, etc.
Warnings: Swearing, violence, explicit sex (slash & one het scene), bonded sex (the happy blue alien bond type), a few instances of homophobic comments, character death (not Jensen or Jared).
Neurotic Author's Note: Detailed notes will be in the last section of this Big Bang, but I owe an immense debt of gratitude to my beta, [livejournal.com profile] peppervl, who wrestled this beast into submission. Many thanks go out to [livejournal.com profile] wendy and [livejournal.com profile] thehighwaywoman for putting together this wonderful madness! And many thanks to everyone on my flist (and Twitter!) who put up with my months and months of whining about this story. You are all awesome. :)

Special Note for my Artist: The lovely [livejournal.com profile] folkin_up_again has made several pieces of art for this story! Clicky on the link below to take a look at everything she worked so hard to produce!

Large image behind the cut )


Anyone wanting a .pdf of the story can go to this version on AO3 and download it there. :)


[Prologue]
[Part Ia|
[Part Ib]
[Part Ic]
[Part IIa]
[Part IIb]
[Part IIc]
[Part IIIa]
[Part IIIb]
[Part IVa]
[Part IVb]
[Epilogue]
[Thanks and Author's Notes]
ratherastory: (Big Bang 2011)
Title: Pandora's Box
Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang. RPS based on the movie Avatar. Marine Jensen Ackles thinks his life is over when he becomes paralyzed in the course of duty, but when his twin brother is killed in a robbery everything changes. Struggling to make sense of his loss, Jensen decides to take his brother's place in a mission on the distant moon of Pandora, where a private corporation has a large mining concern. New cutting-edge technology allows Jensen to form a psychic link with an avatar — an artificially-grown body composed of the DNA of both humans and the Na'vi, the aliens native to Pandora— and thus interact directly with the otherwise hostile, if beautiful planet.
In exchange for the spinal surgery that will allow him to regain the use of his legs, Jensen agrees to infiltrate the Na'vi. Once he's there, though, he becomes close with the tribe, particularly the chief's son, Jared, his guide and mentor. Under Jared's tutelage, a whole new world opens up for Jensen, along with the first blossom of love. But when tensions between the Navi and the military branch of the human operations run too high, Jensen is faced with having to make a choice between the world he comes from and the world where he has found love and where, for the first time in his life, he truly feels at home.
Link to Art: Art by folkin_up_again.
Characters: Jared/Jensen, OCs (brief but explicit Jensen/OFC)
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: 96,645
Disclaimer: Obviously, I have no claim to any of these people. In the context of this story they are, for all intents and purposes, not real. I am merely borrowing their likenesses for purposes of entertainment only. No profit made, etc.
Warnings: Swearing, violence, explicit sex (slash & one het scene), bonded sex (the happy blue alien bond type), a few instances of homophobic comments, character death (not Jensen or Jared).
Neurotic Author's Note: Detailed notes will be in the last section of this Big Bang, but I owe an immense debt of gratitude to my beta, [livejournal.com profile] peppervl, who wrestled this beast into submission. Many thanks go out to [livejournal.com profile] wendy and [livejournal.com profile] thehighwaywoman for putting together this wonderful madness! And many thanks to everyone on my flist (and Twitter!) who put up with my months and months of whining about this story. You are all awesome. :)

Special Note for my Artist: The lovely [livejournal.com profile] folkin_up_again has made several pieces of art for this story! Clicky on the link below to take a look at everything she worked so hard to produce!

Large image behind the cut )


Anyone wanting a .pdf of the story can go to this version on AO3 and download it there. :)


[Prologue]
[Part Ia|
[Part Ib]
[Part Ic]
[Part IIa]
[Part IIb]
[Part IIc]
[Part IIIa]
[Part IIIb]
[Part IVa]
[Part IVb]
[Epilogue]
[Thanks and Author's Notes]
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In an effort to clean up my Fiction Master List I am making this post to house all the short fiction I wrote during last year's [livejournal.com profile] spn_las challenge. None of this is new fiction, feel free to ignore it.

Everything under the cut is 1,000 words or less, per the rules of the challenge.

Challenge Fics )
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In an effort to clean up my Fiction Master List I am making this post to house all the short fiction I wrote during last year's [livejournal.com profile] spn_las challenge. None of this is new fiction, feel free to ignore it.

Everything under the cut is 1,000 words or less, per the rules of the challenge.

Challenge Fics )
ratherastory: (Gabe (Fuckery))
Title: Who Toils Most To Go On
Summary: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] gabriel_bigbang. AU post 5.19, 'Hammer of the Gods.' Gabriel is brought before God to answer for all that he has done ―for good and for evil. He is given one last chance to redeem himself, a task that ranks among the most important his Father has ever entrusted him with: Sam Winchester. Gabriel is confined to Purgatory ―a place as changeable as it is dangerous to those not accustomed to its ways― along with the infant soul of the man who brought down the devil himself, tasked with mending it after its long ordeal in the Cage at the hands of Lucifer and Michael. Sam's work on earth is not yet done, and if Gabriel is to have any chance to return to Heaven and be restored, he must help Sam's soul to heal before Death thrusts it back into Sam's body ―which still inhabits the surface of the earth― and in the process, maybe learn to heal himself.
Characters: Gabriel, Sam, (Dean & Castiel briefly, guest appearance by God).
Rating: gen, PG-13
Wordcount: 19,574
Disclaimer: If Gabriel belonged to me, let's just say my life wouldn't look like this.
Warnings: Major spoilers through 6.11. Serious, massive liberties taken with Christian canon. Occasional swearing. Show-levels of violence. Angst.
Notes under the cut )


Link to art: Art by [livejournal.com profile] ani_bester. Here!

Prologue ―Penance
Part 1 ―Purgatory
Part 2 ―Protégé
Part 3 ―Palimpsest
Epilogue ―Passage


(Temporary note: bear with me, LJ is being a pain and keeps f*cking up my coding. SORRY!)
ratherastory: (Gabe (Fuckery))
Title: Who Toils Most To Go On
Summary: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] gabriel_bigbang. AU post 5.19, 'Hammer of the Gods.' Gabriel is brought before God to answer for all that he has done ―for good and for evil. He is given one last chance to redeem himself, a task that ranks among the most important his Father has ever entrusted him with: Sam Winchester. Gabriel is confined to Purgatory ―a place as changeable as it is dangerous to those not accustomed to its ways― along with the infant soul of the man who brought down the devil himself, tasked with mending it after its long ordeal in the Cage at the hands of Lucifer and Michael. Sam's work on earth is not yet done, and if Gabriel is to have any chance to return to Heaven and be restored, he must help Sam's soul to heal before Death thrusts it back into Sam's body ―which still inhabits the surface of the earth― and in the process, maybe learn to heal himself.
Characters: Gabriel, Sam, (Dean & Castiel briefly, guest appearance by God).
Rating: gen, PG-13
Wordcount: 19,574
Disclaimer: If Gabriel belonged to me, let's just say my life wouldn't look like this.
Warnings: Major spoilers through 6.11. Serious, massive liberties taken with Christian canon. Occasional swearing. Show-levels of violence. Angst.
Notes under the cut )


Link to art: Art by [livejournal.com profile] ani_bester. Here!

Prologue ―Penance
Part 1 ―Purgatory
Part 2 ―Protégé
Part 3 ―Palimpsest
Epilogue ―Passage


(Temporary note: bear with me, LJ is being a pain and keeps f*cking up my coding. SORRY!)
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Lookit! I found a prompt table for H50!

I figure that since I have two other fics in the works for this fandom, I may as well give in to the inevitable, right?

Danny has a lot of feelings )

And a h/c table! )
ratherastory: (Default)
Lookit! I found a prompt table for H50!

I figure that since I have two other fics in the works for this fandom, I may as well give in to the inevitable, right?

Danny has a lot of feelings )

And a h/c table! )
ratherastory: (Wait Here)
Title: In Roaring He Shall Rise
Prompt/Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] pyrebi for Novakfest. Her prompt was for a high seas AU in which Jimmy gets press-ganged into the Royal Navy.
Characters: Jimmy, Sam, Dean, Castiel with guest appearances by Crowley and Bobby
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 16,625
Disclaimer: Nothing recognizable in this fic belongs to me.
Warnings: Complete disregard for canon. Misuse of 18th-century ships. Minor character death.
Neurotic Author's Note #1: I veered away from the prompt a little bit, but I'm hoping I at least got the spirit of the thing right. This thing was evil and ate my brain and caused me no amount of trouble because of how I chose to tackle it, but I think it turned out pretty decently, overall.
Neurotic Author's Note #2: So you will notice that none of the characters come close to talking the way they do in the Show. I waffled about this for the longest time, but eventually I decided I couldn't stomach that many anachronisms in my fic. I like to think that I kept them at least a little bit in character, bearing in mind that this is an AU and that therefore there is a whole lot less angst than current canon has established, and also that almost none of them are actually of the same nationality as they are in the show.
Neurotic Author's Note #3: Writing this was probably the worst idea of my life, because know nothing about eighteenth-century sailing ships. Anyone who knows anything about it, I apologize deeply for every heresy I have committed in this fic, because all of it is stuff gleaned from the internet and/or pulled directly from my ass. I am so sorry. /o\
Neurotic Author's Note #4: Furthermore, I will beg the indulgence of my readers, as there are holes in the plot big enough for a Kraken to swim through. Let’s just all pretend we can’t see them, m’kay?
Neurotic Author's Note #5: Speaking of stuff I know nothing about, I will also apologize for the likely entirely Canadian diction of characters who are meant to be British. I've tried very hard to keep it reasonably neutral-sounding, but I'm sure there are instances of massive fail.
Neurotic Author's Note #6: (Yes, I can totally have six A/Ns if I want!) All my thanks and adoration to the awesome mods of Novakfest for putting this together and for being super understanding with me and giving me the necessary extensions to get this thing done and beta'd. You guys rock! Furthermore, I would like to extend my thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pkwench, beta and all-around rockstar, who helped me brainstorm this monster and gave me some of the best ideas in here. Mwah!



[Part I]
[Part II]
[Part III]
[Part IV]
[Part V]
ratherastory: (Wait Here)
Title: In Roaring He Shall Rise
Prompt/Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] pyrebi for Novakfest. Her prompt was for a high seas AU in which Jimmy gets press-ganged into the Royal Navy.
Characters: Jimmy, Sam, Dean, Castiel with guest appearances by Crowley and Bobby
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 16,625
Disclaimer: Nothing recognizable in this fic belongs to me.
Warnings: Complete disregard for canon. Misuse of 18th-century ships. Minor character death.
Neurotic Author's Note #1: I veered away from the prompt a little bit, but I'm hoping I at least got the spirit of the thing right. This thing was evil and ate my brain and caused me no amount of trouble because of how I chose to tackle it, but I think it turned out pretty decently, overall.
Neurotic Author's Note #2: So you will notice that none of the characters come close to talking the way they do in the Show. I waffled about this for the longest time, but eventually I decided I couldn't stomach that many anachronisms in my fic. I like to think that I kept them at least a little bit in character, bearing in mind that this is an AU and that therefore there is a whole lot less angst than current canon has established, and also that almost none of them are actually of the same nationality as they are in the show.
Neurotic Author's Note #3: Writing this was probably the worst idea of my life, because know nothing about eighteenth-century sailing ships. Anyone who knows anything about it, I apologize deeply for every heresy I have committed in this fic, because all of it is stuff gleaned from the internet and/or pulled directly from my ass. I am so sorry. /o\
Neurotic Author's Note #4: Furthermore, I will beg the indulgence of my readers, as there are holes in the plot big enough for a Kraken to swim through. Let’s just all pretend we can’t see them, m’kay?
Neurotic Author's Note #5: Speaking of stuff I know nothing about, I will also apologize for the likely entirely Canadian diction of characters who are meant to be British. I've tried very hard to keep it reasonably neutral-sounding, but I'm sure there are instances of massive fail.
Neurotic Author's Note #6: (Yes, I can totally have six A/Ns if I want!) All my thanks and adoration to the awesome mods of Novakfest for putting this together and for being super understanding with me and giving me the necessary extensions to get this thing done and beta'd. You guys rock! Furthermore, I would like to extend my thanks to [livejournal.com profile] pkwench, beta and all-around rockstar, who helped me brainstorm this monster and gave me some of the best ideas in here. Mwah!



[Part I]
[Part II]
[Part III]
[Part IV]
[Part V]

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