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02 October 2016 @ 11:47 pm
And now, the second round of our Big Bang retrospective recs!

firesign10:


Title: Games We Play, 2013
Author: dont_hate_me01
Pairing: Jared/Jensen; Misha/Steve; Jeffrey/Jim/Jared, and other pairings
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 86,545
Warnings: Abduction, Angst, BDSM, Character death (minor), Dom/sub relationships, Dub-Con, Non-con, Sexual assault, Spanking, Threesome, Toy!play, Trauma, Violence
Summary: This is a story about love and control; about learning to live a life you never thought of. It’s about being shoved into a relationship that you have no knowledge of and you don’t know the rules. It’s expected for you to submit at a single touch; to know when to remain silent...and when to beg for release. It's about trust, and ownership, and belonging to someone.

firesign10 says: I was really captivated by this story.Collapse )


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frozen_delight:

Title: Sleepwalking Back Again, 2009
Author: elohvee
Artist: fourfreedoms
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: established incest, and the complete absence of a happy ending
Word Count: 21,100 words
Summary: This is a story about messed-up boys messing each other up even more, and that's all it is.

frozen_delight says: Even if you haven"t read the summary and the warnings, you only need to read the first couple of lines of this story to know that it"s going nowhere good or happy. And yet...Collapse )


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sammythankyou:

Title:The Life and Times of Lois Lane, 2013
Author: vorpalblades
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Rating: Nc-17
Word Count: ~20k

Summary: It’s not easy being married to a superhero. In fact, as Jensen’s learning, it’s nearly impossible.

sammythankyou says: This was delicious! And funny!Collapse )


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milly_gal:

 Title: I Stumble Forward, 2014
Author: alexisjane
Artist: mangacat201, subsequent art by siennavie
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: read moreCollapse )

NOT HAPPENING - The big two, I guess are that all the sex in this fic IS consensual and there is no primary character death. NO noncon, NO dubcon, NO bestiality, NO torture, NO toilet kinks, NO a/b/o, NO mpreg, NO underage...this could go on and on.

Word Count: 61.5K
Summary: Jensen is trying to start a new life and not complicate it with a past he isn't ready to share with potential girlfriend, Genevieve. But when she introduces him to her troubled brother, Jared, things get complicated fast and the men end up with a secret of their own. But there's another secret, one which neither of them holds, one that will not just break their lives apart emotionally but could have bloody, fatal consequences. If Jensen can pick his way through the minefield of lies and half truths, he and Jared might finally have a chance at happiness. Sometimes you have to save someone else, before you can save yourself.


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onlythefireborn:

Title: The Incestuous Courtship of the Antichrist's Bride, 2009
Author: fleshflutter
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 48K
Warnings: crack/horror
Summary: Sam is trying to become the Antichrist in order to save the world. He has a small army of angels and demons, he has an adoring cult, he has a work of prophecy by Jack Kerouac, and he has Dean. Things are going pretty well until he accidentally signs Dean up as his Beloved Consort, a role that requires sex with the Antichrist on an altar. And that's when things stop going pretty well. Also, the soundtrack to the Apocalypse sucks.

Title: We Were Here, 2009
Author: j2_wewerehere
Artist: velence
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Rating: R
Word Count: ?
Warnings: abuse, violence, swearing, implied non-con by OMCs, underage, child prostitution (no detailed graphic sexual acts), OC character death - Not as dark as this makes it sound, lol

onlythefireborn says: One of the first fanfic writers I fell in love with was fleshflutterCollapse )

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zara_zee:


Title: A Foreign Country, 2007
Author: casspeach
Genre: Het, mystery, amnesia!fic
Main Pairing: Dean/OFC
Word Count: 30k
Warnings/Spoilers: Breaks off from canon after In My Time of Dying
Summary: Dean finds himself alone and badly injured on the side of a mountain in Colorado with no memory of who he is or what he’s doing there. This is the story of the life he makes for himself when he has no knowledge of hunting or the dangers lurking in the dark (or, gasp, Sam!!). When something threatens his new family he’s forced to fall back on lessons he can’t remember being taught, and skills he can’t remember acquiring to protect them.

zara_zee says: I know what you’re thinking: Dean/OFC? Not a lot of Sam?Collapse )
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18 September 2016 @ 10:08 pm
We're happy to welcome you to our kick-off round of recs here at spn_themes! Come on in!

For our debut round, we decided to honor the spn_j2_bigbang, which recently completed its tenth round. We invited all of our reccers to contribute 2-4 Big Bang recs...but not from 2016! Instead, we've chosen stories from all years of the Big Bang to find lost gems and dust off forgotten treasures.

Of course, it's impossible to pick the “best” stories. The Bang is too extensive, and everyone's taste too diverse. Instead, we asked for what made these stories memorable, why they touched us.

We had so many delicious stories that we're breaking this up into three or four posts, of which this is the first. So kick back, peruse the offerings here, and prepare to enjoy!

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frozen_delight:

Title: The Piper, 2011
Author: gretazreta
Artist: sagetan
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Rating: R
Warnings: None
Word Count: ~44,500 words
Summary: The Winchesters have left hunting behind and settled down to small town life, but it's not easy. There's a plague of rats in the wheat-field and the town's in crisis. It's probably not their kind of gig, but that won't stop Dean from getting to the bottom of it, even if it means burning their house down in the process. Sam's memory is full of holes. He's having dreams, another thing he can't talk to Dean about, and he can't shake the feeling that Dean's not telling him everything that's happened.

frozen_delight says: This incredibly well-constructed case-fic stands out to me above all because of the eerie, dreamlike atmosphere that pervades it from the first line to the last.Collapse )


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sammythankyou:

Title: Soul-Eater, Death-Dealer, 2009
Author: nynxlynx
Pairing: Sam/Dean AU
Rating: NC-17 
Word Count: ~30k
Warnings: Dub-con, character death, happy-ish ending.
Summary: A grieving Dean is pulled into an alternate universe where a much more hardened, cold Sam is working to get his Dean out of hell. Though Dean doesn’t want to go back to his lonely world, he aids Sam in his dark quest, a Sam who is torn between the brother he’s fighting to save and the one right in front of him. 

sammythankyou says: Okay, who wanted Sam to become The Boy-King and march into Hell to save Dean"s ass?Collapse )


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milly_gal:

Title: Worth The Wait, 2015
Author: the_rant_girl
Artist: 2blueshoes
Pairing: Jensen/Jared
Characters: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Danneel Harris, Christian Kane, Chad Michael Murray, Genevieve Cortese, Adrianne Palicki, Felicia Day, Amy Gumenick, Cindy Sampson
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 28,149
Warnings: None
Summary: College AU - When Jensen and Jared meet, it’s love at first sight. Jensen just doesn't know it yet. And there’s the tiny problem of him maybe already having a boyfriend…maybe. Jared isn't going to let love get in the way of friendship either way. But Fate has plans. Who knew one little letter could change so much?

milly_gal says: What drew me to this wonderful tale of true love was the author,Collapse )

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onlythefireborn:
Title: Plastic Blue Spoon, 2015
Author: oobydooby67 (Compo67)
Pairing(s): Jared/Jensen
Word Count: 40,500
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: none
Summary: Carefree, go-go dancer on the side, handsome as fuck, modest Jensen is hard at work during another summer in the Translation Office at Columbia University, when a man walks into his life and throws it completely off course. This man happens to be ten months old, with a knack for drooling and a fondness for raspberries on his tummy. Attached to this man is the office newbie, Jared, whose sole purpose in life is to lecture Jensen about his work ethic and office organization. Jared can't stand a mess; Jensen's life is nothing but one.

onlythefireborn says: In this story, Compo67 plays yet another riff on her AU Jared and Jensen.Collapse )

 Title: 143 Alice Grim Lane, 2012
Author: runedgirl
Pairing(s): Sam/Dean
Word Count: 51,700
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: none
Summary: Sam Winchester changed his name before he got to Stanford. Now Samuel Francis Wesson is a rising star at a California law firm with a reputation for championing the underdogs and bringing down the bad guys. He and Jess have a neon blue hybrid with a bike rack on top, and a cozy red stucco house with built-in bookshelves and hanging baskets of bougainvillea on the front porch. Sam Wesson has everything he ever wanted, except for the one thing he knew he shouldn’t. Dean is still a Winchester, still a hunter, still in love with Sam and determined not to admit it. Years of avoiding each other and their true feelings have left Sam and Dean strangers. But when Sam’s luck changes and tragedy finds him, he turns in desperation to the older brother he walked away from years ago, hoping that the bond forged between them in childhood will prove strong enough to bring them back together.

onlythefireborn says: Where Plastic Blue Spoon provides humor, great dialogue, and a sensual love story, 143 Alice Grim Lane gives us tragedy and poignancy in equal and epic measure.Collapse )


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zara_zee:

Title: Storm Front, 2012
Author: leisa_phoenix
Genre: Gen, alternative canon
Word Count: 33k
Warnings: none
Summary: In a world where the supernatural is known to society, the Federal Hunting Bureau protects the country's citizens against monsters. After the mysterious death of his mother, Sam Winchester finds himself on the run from both FHB Agent Hendrickson, and the FHB's sinister Collection Team, led by Gordon Walker. Sam's only allies are his brother Dean, whom he hasn't seen in years, and a semi-retired Professor of Demonology, Bobby Singer. Can Sam stay free long enough to unravel the mysteries that surround him and his family?

zara_zee says: I love Supernatural and I love stories set in the Supernatural world.Collapse )


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firesign10


Title: Octocobra!, 2013
Author: walking_tornado
Pairing(s): Jared/Jensen
Word Count: 42K
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: none
Summary: Supernatural never aired, but Kripke had another project: Octocobra!. In his third season as lead of the series, Jensen Ackles’ comfortable routine is shattered by the arrival of a guest actor.

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26 August 2016 @ 10:17 am
theatregirl7299 and I are pleased to announce that milly_girl is joining us as a mod here at spn_themes!!! We all know Milly brings a great love of all things SPN as well as a great joie de vivre!

We'd also like to announce our new look! The lovely artist eprimacol made our fabulous new banner and pimp panels, and Milly has just coordinated the rest of the comm layout for our cohesive and colorful new look! Thank you, ladies!!
 
 
26 August 2016 @ 08:29 am








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Enjoy reccing those fics that stay with you long after you've finished reading? Want to know what BigBangs you should be reading? spn_themes is revamping and we're looking for new Reccers to carry on the proud tradition of sharing their favourite stories. If any one is interested you can contact/pm any of the Mods; firesign10, theatregirl7299 and milly_gal.

Please pimp, spread the word!

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06 August 2016 @ 11:05 pm
Thank you to all the previous/existing reccers who've responded to us so far! It's much appreciated. If you haven't had a chance to get back to us, it's not too late :-)

What we (theatregirl7299 and me as your co-mods) would look for now is to hear from all of YOU. We want to hear what you think, what you'd like, and we'd especially love to hear from you as a potential reccer yourself.

“Well, that sounds interesting, Theatre and Fire, but what would that entail?”

That depends. What are you up for doing? What WE want is to keep this at a doable level for you. We're all busy with writing and RL and so on, so let's not make this something burdensome. Maybe a couple of stories recced a month? We furnish the themes and you can pick the stories you'd like to rec, writing a short paragraph that summarizes what it is that makes that story memorable.

Other things we're considering include “spotlight” recs, perhaps focusing on a particular challenge. Maybe a “Writer” rec, where a writer is featured with half a dozen of their stories. We're open to new ideas, so please do share yours with us!

Talk to us here in comments or feel free to PM either of us, and we'll be looking forward to getting those recs up!
 
 
 
28 May 2016 @ 01:24 pm
Wendy -

On behalf of firesign10 and myself - thank you for all you've done for SPN_themes. We are honored that you are willing to let us take over and we know we are filling Sam Winchester-sized shoes!

A few notes going forward -

All posts will be open as they have been, and tags and memories will stay the same as well.

Firesign and I are looking at the posting schedule. Those of you who are currently reccing or have recced in the past - any suggestions on the frequency, etc. would be very welcome.

As to reccers - We would love for you to stay on, but we know RL and other obligations get in the way. Feel free to drop us a PM letting us know the following:

1. Do you plan on staying
2. Do you know of anyone who might be interested in becoming a reccer.

There will be a general post in the next week or two asking for volunteers but we'd like to get started so there's no interruption in service. :)

We are excited to continue this - our fandom old and new needs to experience the fantastic writers and their wonderful tales.

Again - thank you Wendy for giving us this opportunity to continue. We hope to do the community justice.
 
 
28 May 2016 @ 11:48 am
As you may recall, I posted a few weeks ago about the community needing to go through some changes, and it will. More on that in a second.

But first, I want to thank everyone who has worked with me on this community and made it a success. Especially the people who have done themed recs, on a regular basis:

souslelys
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soserendipity
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missyjack
de_nugis
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arabella_hope
emella
phaballa
offtheceiling
strippedpink

And, without further ado, I'd like to introduce your new mods! They are firesign10 and theatregirl7299. They will run the community their way and changes are coming. Please give them your full support. I am so excited and grateful that they are willing to keep this community running. I can't wait to see what you guys do!

To all -- ♥ ♥ ♥
 
 
It all started with a very gifted boy... (or ended. Or middled).

Nihil Inherit by ratherastory (Gen, G)
Summary: Whatever you do, you will always end up... here.
In May of 2007, Sam Winchester wakes up in his own grave, but digging himself out is the least of his worries. He's plagued by the psychic visions which have returned with renewed intensity and which all but threaten to cripple him. He reunites with Dean, only to find that the Yellow-Eyed Demon is still at large, about to put his world-ending plans into motion. A mysterious figure who know much more than he ought dogs Sam's footsteps, hinting at darker things to come. Soon Sam and Dean find themselves on a path that feels frighteningly familiar: toward Lilith, Lucifer, and the Apocalypse. Unable to shake the certainty that he's seen all of this before, Sam knows that this is his one chance to set things right, or die trying.

Secure the Blessing by Rahmi (Gen, M)
Summary: Sam makes a wish. Dean is not pleased. (pre-WIAWSNB)

Who Here Would Choose (To Walk In Those Shoes) by philalethia (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: "I want to know how my brother dies," Sam says. To the wrong person. S3.

The Fire I Breathe by dreamlittleyo (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: What if Devil's Trap had ended a little bit differently? The YED's plan backfires, and Sam's got new problems. Because power like that, once you touch it you can't put it back. (And what can they do when John Winchester learns too much?)

Old Country by astolat (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: Sam and Dean go to Hogwarts. (spoilers for All Hell Breaks Loose, Deathly Hallows)

Specific Relativity by gekizetsu (Gen, PG-13)
Summary: an AU Sam who has always had visions and is not quite right as a result. Don’t worry; he’s mostly happy. Casefic; notquiteright!Sam and superprotective!Dean hunt for the ‘special children’ gone bad when they’re not hunting demons with their father. Cuddling, mild angst, cuddling, humor, cuddling.

Captured by the Game by rivkat (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: AU. Azazel has given his favorite son a task: worm his way into the confidence of a hunter. It sounds simple, but Dean Winchester just might be more than Sam can handle.

The Hunter Games by theproblematique (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: When the infamous Winchester bad luck strikes twice in quick succession Sam and Dean are forced to compete in the most brutal reality TV show ever created. It’s impossible to escape the battlefield, hiding can only be temporary, and alliances inside those dark, bloodstained woods last about as long as it takes for the other Hunter to figure out how to use your weapons. And then kill you with them.

Down to the End ‘Verse by esorlehcar (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: "I'm psychic, you stupid son of a bitch," he says.
Rec Note: (entire ‘verse set in early seasons, beautiful and the best of Sam and Dean)

Turn of the Wheel ‘verse by gekizetsu (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: Humor, wingfic. Dean is bitchslapped by an elemental and it's Sam who has to cope.
Rec Note: Dean is the one with wings, Sam develops powers of his own later on. One of the most compelling lore fics I’ve ever read.

The Touch of His Hand by macbyrne (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: Sam is fourteen when his psychic ability manifests, in the form of powerful, uncontrollable visions that leave him incapacitated by pain. Fear of his father’s reaction to having a son with supernatural powers leaves him only one person to turn to: his brother Dean. As his feelings for Dean grow stronger and the visions take more out of him, both brothers will have to make decisions on what is important, and where you go when you have nowhere left to turn. (pre-series)

Unasked by astolat (Sam/Dean, NC-17)
Summary: Sam doesn't ask.
In Florida, when they burst out of the old collapsing mausoleum into afternoon sunshine, covered with dirt and ectoplasm and victory, and Dean punches his fists in the air and looks at him, dirty and grinning and shining so bright that for a minute Sam almost can't see, still he doesn't ask, he doesn't reach out and put his hands on Dean's face, where they belong according to every instinct and yearning he has in him.

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20 May 2016 @ 12:24 pm
Sometimes we just want to read something that makes us feel all nice and cozy inside.  You want feel warm and happy while reading the fic and definitely when you're done with it.  After stressful days, these are the fics that I continually return to.


In Production by reccea (J2, ~40k, NC-17) A decade after Supernatural ends, Jared Padalecki is still working in series television. His marriage to Sandy is coming to an amicable end, and he's famous enough that he wants to be out of town before he becomes a tabloid headline. Jensen Ackles has seen his career progress from small but weighty parts that earned him acclaim to above the title billing. The notoriously private Jensen extends an invitation--by way of a first-class plane ticket--for Jared to hide out at Jensen's mostly empty Paris flat while he films his next movie. Three months in Paris is enough to tone down the tabloid attention, but Jared returns to LA only to find that he doesn't have everything figured out. They say you can't go home again, but Jared discovers that sometimes that's exactly what you have to do.
I'm not a huge non-AU fan, but this is one of the few exceptions.  Although, given what's happened the over the past eight years since this was posted, it's almost approaching AU territory. This fic starts with a premise that could have been fodder for angst, but instead is a lovely, slowly unfurling piece in which you can see Jared falling in love.  The author didn't rush the fic, but took the time to really develop this deep friendship between the two men that turns into something more.  It's really wonderful, and comforting whenever I am feeling down.

QB Verse (but especially Hail Mary) by pianoforeplay (J2, total verse 225k, Hail Mary 117k, NC-17, Warning: Infidelity) In which there is a lot of football, angst and sex.
I love this entire verse, and highly recommend that everyone read it, but the second to last fic, Hail Mary, is my comfort fic.  Which is not to say any of the other pieces are not wonderful, just that they put be in a different (but equally good) mood.  The only reason I recced the whole verse for this particular this was because if you haven't read the whole thing, you really need to go in order. For those of you wondering whether you can really stand the football thing, trust me; I hate football and I love this verse.  The whole verse, but especially Hail Mary, is another slow burn to a heart-thumping conclusion.  Jared says one of my favorite lines in any fic ever towards the end of Hail Mary, and every time I have to put my phone/computer down and just grin for a second.  There are a few angsty moments, but I think that just makes the total end feel of this fic that much better.

The Beat of Our Noisy Hearts by cleflink (J2, 48k, NC-17) In a world where heartbreak is a literal condition, it's Jared's job to sew, fill and patch the physical wounds left in people's hearts by lost loves, misunderstandings and betrayals. Jared's own love life is more than a little dire, largely because Jensen doesn't date and Jared doesn't do one-night stands, but he's got good friends and a job he loves, so he figures that he can't complain too much. When a killer attacks Jensen, Jared discovers that a needle and thread, desperation and a sharp scalpel are enough to save Jensen's life, but at a cost that is going to change Jared's life forever and tie them both together in a way that goes far deeper than flesh.
Okay, so sometimes I want to be cozy and cry.  This would be one of those fics.  Cleflink as an author in general is master of giving me the warm fuzzies, but this particular fic is such a mix of beautifully strong emotion and just the right kind of angst.  It's the sort of fic that you shed a single tear for, just because Jared loves Jensen THAT MUCH.  The concept of the fic is brilliant and if you don't fall in love with cleflink's Jared, well.  I just don't know.  He is too good for this world, guys.

Hold the Whipped Cream by dimpleforyourthoughts (J2, 37k, NC-17) International Best Selling Author Jensen Ackles is all kinds of specific with the details of his life. He likes privacy, writing, and coffee; black, no sugar, hold the cream. He’s become a fixture at the local coffee shop, writing from his table every day for the past two years. His vices include routine, neatness, and structure. Jensen doesn’t do messes. Then there is Jared, recent post-grad basket case, who’s been coming in every day for caffeine he doesn’t need and bringing the increasing disaster in his life with him. Jared is a mess in all the ways Jensen is not and so Jensen offers to help Jared in the only way he knows how: by buying Jared a cup of coffee.
Coffee shop AUs in general tend to be good fuzzy-warm fics, and I think this one is the best of them all.  I love the character development of Jared and Jensen.  Once again, there's no rush in this fic; everything seems to happen at the right time.  Although there is a minor misunderstanding, the author handles it in a way that is really masterful.  This fic is as sweet as some of the ridiculous beverages Jared makes Jensen drink in it.



Alright, everyone!  Settle in and I hope you all enjoy!
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There’s nothing like a big meal to bring people together, and a good restaurant is the perfect place to do it. I love restaurant fics in that they capture the spirit of communal dining in the way characters grow together, often over a shared meal, a love of food, the quiet intimacy of sitting down to a meal. We mark so many huge moments in restaurants: first meetings, anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, and sometimes endings, too. I wanted to make sure my last rec list for this comm was a fitting goodbye, so I thought why not say it over a few nice meals? Here are some of my favorite J2 fics where one or both of the boys works in a restaurant.

Eat Drink Love by raina_at (Jared/Jensen, NC-17, 8,600 words)
Summary: Cynical waiter Jensen serves Serial Dater Jared's row of first dates.
Why I rec: This author does such an incredible job writing these boys in such a way that you truly believe they will be good for each other. There is such a smart contrast between who the boys are in this, and it’s what makes them work so perfectly together. You walk away convinced they will balance each other out—just the right ingredients for a surprising and satisfying love story.


Instinct & Taste by kelleigh (Jared/Jensen, NC-17, 45,400 words)
Summary: As a young chef trying to break into the sizzling hot world of Charleston cuisine, Jensen Ackles spent more time in the kitchen than he did sleeping, eating, or socializing; he was absolutely dedicated to his craft and to the mentor who’d given him a chance. When all of that work paid off in a big way, Jensen was thrilled, but from the moment he accepted his dream job, other aspects of his life began to sour, quickly.

Now, shouldered with the extra burdens of caring for his brother’s house and keeping his job safe from a brown-nosing new sous chef, Jensen tries everything, up to and including therapy, to keep his life from boiling over. It’s not until he hires college senior Jared Padalecki that things start to turn around, and Jensen learns that if he can stand the heat, fate might cook up something even better.
Why I rec: This story has such a strong sense of self: the author is so familiar with her setting, the characters are real people, the details are all so well-developed. You are right here in this space sharing all these moments and meals and you can feel all the instant chemistry come alive with you as you’re reading.
Bonus!: This story was a spn_j2_bigbang so not only did it come with art but it came with an absolutely incredible video trailer made by the insanely talented secretlytodream. You can check it out here.


Kisses Sweeter Than Wine by topaz119 (Jared/Jensen, NC-17, 35,000)
Summary: Texas in July is not exactly where Jensen Ackles has any desire to be, but a job's a job and interviewing Jared Padalecki, the most famous and successful winner of America's Next Celebrity Chef for Saveur magazine isn't something Jensen's going to turn down. He'll do the interview, try not to laugh, and get back on the plane. Jared isn't any happier at the thought of yet another interview with someone who's already made up his mind that Jared's nothing but a pretty face, but the network insists, so fine. He'll do the interview, practice his patience, and be done with it.

Funny how things don't quite work out that way.
Why I rec: MY GOODNESS, THIS FIC. This fic is one of Those Fics. You know the kind. Where everything is so good that parts of it will just stay with you for years. There are some foods or types of restaurants or even just narrative structures that even now, 6 years later, the first thing that flashes in my head when I hear about them will be a scene from this fic. I legit once found myself having a RL discussion with a bunch of muggles about restaurants and the words “just like the one part in Kisses Sweeter Than Wine!” were out of my mouth before I even realized what I was saying. A classic in every sense of the word.
Bonus!: Although it was written and posted prior to the larger verse, there is a sweet timestamp/epilogue called Sugar Shock set after the story that is a perfect, sweet little dessert after the main course.


Seasons by kelleigh (Jared/Jensen, R, 4,600 words)
Summary: Written for spn_masquerade for the prompt: J2 infidelity: J1's wife grew up with J2, best friends and practically a brother to her. Relationship begins innocent enough - Js bonding over shared job/hobby and 'in the moment' kissing - leads to late night confessions and, eventually...author's choice. No reveal or catching affair, just J2 carrying on for weeks/months/years and refusing to tell wives.
Why I rec: This story is such a great little heart clencher. Although Jared’s restaurant is not the center of the plot, it is so, so important to me as an element of this story that it’s a setting. The space is reliable and welcoming and homey for Jensen when his real home can’t be—exactly like Jared is. It was a brilliant touch on the author’s part and the story packs an incredible emotional punch.


Some Fresh, Clear, Well-Seasoned Perspective (with a bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947) by vorpalblades (Jared/Jensen, PG-13, 5,500 words)
Summary: Jared loves cooking, though his parents don’t seem to understand why. So when the opportunity arises for him to help at a renowned restaurant, he jumps on it. Added bonus: he gets to work with the guy he’s had a crush on for years. Everything is absolutely perfect, provided his parents don’t find out what he’s doing on his holiday vacation.
Why I rec: I make no secret of the fact that j2_everafter was one of my favorite challenges in this fandom, and this story is a great example of why. It’s a fun, spunky little story of how Jared’s love for cooking not only brought him and Jensen together but also helped him become who he was meant to be. Just a light, feel-good read through and through.