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SPNJ2BB: It's still the road that never ends [Sam/Dean, NC-17] by LATENTFUNCTION

(Anonymous)
Art by doctorkara

http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/271831.html

Word Count: 23,000

Summary: Sam and Dean picked a direction after the events of Provenance and stumbled into a job, but the work wasn't enough to distract Sam from his brother.
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Re: SPNJ2BB: It's still the road that never ends [Sam/Dean, NC-17] by LATENTFUNCTION

(Anonymous)
also at: http://archiveofourown.org/works/228924
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SPNJ2BB: Humanity is a State of Heart (Sam/Dean, NC-17) wincest_whore

(Anonymous)
Art by skyekye

~34K words

Sam and Dean are hunting a coven who are seemingly casting spells on people whom they hold grudges against to make them pay with their lives. Once they find and kill most of the coven, it being the only way to stop these power hungry witches, Sam and Dean are prepared to leave and call it a good day's work. But there's one more who comes out of nowhere, tossing Sam across the room and nearly killing Dean. Luckily, Dean gets a good hit in and manages to kill her before she can off him. However, before she dies, she casts a spell on Dean. One that will turn him into one of the very things he hunts, leaving Sam to make the decision as to whether or not to kill his brother, or leave him alone to be a threat to all of the unsuspecting victims he may come upon.
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Re: SPNJ2BB: Humanity is a State of Heart (Sam/Dean, NC-17) wincest_whore

(Anonymous)
I checked this and found bottom!Sam in the part I checked (didn't check the whole thing to look for switching), and the spell on Dean + warning for non-con make me very worried that this is rapist!Dean.

D: y/n rapist!dean?
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SPNJ2BB: Humanity is a State of Heart [Sam/Dean NC-17] by wincest_whore and angeblond

(Anonymous)
http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/271932.html

skyekye

Word count: 34,699 words

Summary: Sam and Dean are hunting a coven who are seemingly casting spells on people whom they hold grudges against to make them pay with their lives. Once they find and kill most of the coven, it being the only way to stop these power hungry witches, Sam and Dean are prepared to leave and call it a good day's work. But there's one more who comes out of nowhere, tossing Sam across the room and nearly killing Dean. Luckily, Dean gets a good hit in and manages to kill her before she can off him. However, before she dies, she casts a spell on Dean. One that will turn him into one of the very things he hunts, leaving Sam to make the decision as to whether or not to kill his brother, or leave him alone to be a threat to all of the unsuspecting victims he may come upon.


*taps mike...is this on?*
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Re: SPNJ2BB: Humanity is a State of Heart [Sam/Dean NC-17] by wincest_whore and angeblond

(Anonymous)
top/bottom?
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SPNJ2BB: Talking Through a Different Face [J2, NC-17] by tebtosca

(Anonymous)
http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/272155.html

reliand

word count 34,000

other pairings: Misha/Gen, Chris/Danneel, past Jared/Sandy

Summary: When single dad Jared Padalecki is recruited under desperate circumstances to become the “normal” face of a house full of misfits (including a vampire, a voodoo priestess, a man who has modified his body to look like a jungle cat, and an all-too-naked Misha Collins) he unwittingly enters a world where magic exists. He thinks his greatest problem is figuring out his surprising attraction to Jensen “Totally Not a Warlock” Ackles, but when his suddenly super-powered six-year-old daughter goes missing, he needs to learn to trust his newfound family to get her back before anyone else is harmed.
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Re: SPNJ2BB: Talking Through a Different Face [J2, NC-17] by tebtosca

(Anonymous)
On AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/229144
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SPNJ2BB: Secrets Kept/Secrets Told [J2, NC-17] by surevesta

(Anonymous)
Artist: bumerbmw

http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/272405.html

Wordcount: ~26,000

Additional pairings: Christian Kane/Steve Carlson, Elisabeth Harnois/Danneel Harris

Summary: [AU, Bonded!Boys, sequel to The Word of Us] Secrets wear on you all the time, slowly building stress until eventually something has to break. Jared and Jensen live in a world where their entire relationship is considered impossible--members of the same sex don't mate with each other according to the Church and the government--and they hide in plain sight. Working within the underground community of same-sex pairs, Jared comes up with an idea and presents it to a friend who decides to roll with it . . .
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Re: SPNJ2BB: Secrets Kept/Secrets Told [J2, NC-17] by surevesta

(Anonymous)
In case of LJ outage (and, okay, this comm happening to be loading and spn_j2_bigbang or the author's not):

"Secrets Kept/Secrets Told" on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/229217

Previous story, "The Word of Us," on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/185381

Series page for both stories on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/series/7963

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SPNJ2BB: Light From Shadows [J2, R] by youaredriving

(Anonymous)
Art by apieceofcake

http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/272769.html
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Re: SPNJ2BB: Light From Shadows [J2, R] by youaredriving

(Anonymous)
~22,100 words

Summary: The madness of the Region’s King slowly drives Jared from his home Region of Houston to the Region of New Orleans. As one of the rarest weres, Jared knows to tread lightly around other supernaturals, especially vampires.
In New Orleans, Jared finds out he’s sharing home with the resident protector and vampire: Jensen Ackles. Through his first moons and the helpful hand of a few rowdy werewolves Jared learns that not all vampires are the same and family can from the strangest of places
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SPNJ2BB: Remodel My Home, Remodel My Life Part 1 [J2, R] by kinkylittlered

(Anonymous)
Art by lostt1

http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/273129.html
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Re: SPNJ2BB: Remodel My Home, Remodel My Life Part 1 [J2, R] by kinkylittlered

(Anonymous)
lol what is going on here.
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SPNJ2BB: Call Me Freedom [J2, PG13] by bad_peppermint

(Anonymous)
Art by trueshellz

http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/273363.html

Word Count - 59,300

Summary: Jensen spends all year looking forward to summer, his own version of heaven: Two months of nothing but soccer, Jared, and soccer. The South Coast Summer Soccer Championships are his best chance to be recruited professionally once he graduates from high school, but this time, real life encroaches on his sanctuary. In the picture perfect confines of John Hart Academy, during the hottest summer in Texan history, Jensen tries to come to terms with his fellow players, his new position as captain of his team, and his confused sexuality. And then Jared kisses him. Struggling to make things work with his best friend turned boyfriend and his unaccepting teammates, Jensen is beginning to think that winning the Championships might turn out to be impossible.
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Re: SPNJ2BB: Call Me Freedom [J2, PG13] by bad_peppermint

(Anonymous)
I wish bad_peppermint wrote more teen!Winchesters. Her outsider POV fic with the soccer coach is one of my favorites.

/random
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SPNJ2BB: Rewriting Our History [Jensen/Jared/Misha, NC-17] by wolfrider89

(Anonymous)
Artist: ameraleigh

http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/273417.html

Word count: 39 000

Summary: Twelve years ago, jealousy and a series of misunderstandings tore three friends apart. When faith, or serendipity, brings them all back to the same town, they are forced to face what happened, put old ghosts to rest, and maybe rewrite their own history to find their way back to each other.
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Re: SPNJ2BB: Rewriting Our History [Jensen/Jared/Misha, NC-17] by wolfrider89

(Anonymous)
top/bottom?
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SPNJ2BB: Winchester Recurrence [Sam/Dean, NC-17] by write_light

(Anonymous)
http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/273781.html

Artist name: pvt_zaslavsky

Word Count: ~65,000
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Re: SPNJ2BB: Winchester Recurrence [Sam/Dean, NC-17] by write_light

(Anonymous)
Author's Note: Third in the Take the Devil series, this is the conclusion to Santa Fe & Iron and Remedy for Cain. Reading those stories first is not required, but will definitely enrich this story.


Summary: 1870s. The American Midwest.

THEN: Sam and Dean were raised apart, haunted by the their parents' fiery deaths. Reunited years later, they fell in love, not knowing they were brothers. The entity that destroyed their family attacked them as well, but they defeated it, they believed. The shocking truth of their connection set them on a dark, demon-haunted road as they struggled to rebuild a tenuous partnership. Yellow-eyed tormentors and a man of many forms revealed a world beyond angels and demons – the true source of the curse that marks the Winchester souls. Separated by death, each came to believe the road through Hell was their best and only hope for salvation.

NOW: Sam is lost in Hell, Dean is lost on Earth. Their risky deal demands an eternity apart from each other, but can the Winchesters keep that promise? As Dean enters a dance with Death to get Sam back, Sam's time in Hell shows him the truth of Azazel the Yellow-Eyed and the fire that guides him. Reuniting the brothers will come at great cost – Sam's sanity, Dean's faith, and an all-out war between Heaven and Hell, with humans as cannon fodder. As they try to save the world and stop evil, Sam and Dean move closer to each other, to what they were always meant to do, and into the trap set for them – the Winchester Recurrence.
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SPNJ2BB: The Order of Things [J2, R] by cherry_kiss_8

(Anonymous)
Artist name: paracaerouvoar

http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/273979.html

Word count: 48,500

Summary: On the cusp of what could potentially be the most defining summer of his young life, budding artist Jared Padalecki has just made a decision that could send his carefully constructed world into tailspin. Five years after running away, he’s going back home. Back to Rhylee, Texas – back to everything and everyone he’s been steadfastly avoiding for the last half a decade. Except now, with his first solo art exhibit fast approaching, a newfound case of painter's block, and reminders of his past around every corner - Jared's beginning to realise that maybe, it isn’t Rhylee that he’s been avoiding all these years. Maybe it's the secrets he left there.
A story about love and friendship and growing up. About not only learning to find your place in the world, but realising exactly who should be standing beside you when you do.
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Re: SPNJ2BB: The Order of Things [J2, R] by cherry_kiss_8

(Anonymous)
I liked this one. Jared was a bit too much of a drama queen and Jensen was a bit too nondescript, but on the whole it was one of the better J2 Big Bangs this year.
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SPNJ2BB: The Best Four Years [J2, PG-13] by rottweiler7692

(Anonymous)
Artist name: staticsintheair

http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/274279.html

Word count: 20,800

Pairings: Jensen/Jared, Chris/Steve

Summary: Jensen’s first year of college is filled with a lot of things. Homesickness, annoying roommates, boyfriend difficulties (twice), tough new classes, crazy parties, family visits... Through the course of the year, he faces a lot of drama but makes some good friends and memories along the way.
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Re: SPNJ2BB: The Best Four Years [J2, PG-13] by rottweiler7692

(Anonymous)
I just finished part one, and I'm about to give up. The author has a decent ear for dialogue, but the descriptive passages are overwritten and contain numerous grammatical errors.
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SPNJ2BB: Le Chant Des Oiseaux [gen, PG-13] by charredwood

(Anonymous)
http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/274560.html

Artist name: chosenfire28

Word count: ~20,700

Summary: The spring Sam turned twelve spawned a summer of vicious heat. Dean spent most of it bored out of his mind, while Sam whiled away the hours pouring over books of birds. One stifling hot summer night, Dean finds a feather, gifting it to Sam. Years later, angry at Sam's flight to Stanford, Dean burns the feather Sam had returned to him.

A year since Sam fell into the Pit, Dean sleep walks through a parody of suburban life with Lisa and Ben. Nights he isn't crawling into a bottle, he spends grieving in the Impala. Castiel appears there one night with a barely alive Sam, refusing all questions. A year more passes as Dean struggles to care for a hell damaged Sam who eventually reaches relative lucidity.

A normal night suddenly turns bloody and violent in the patchwork household. In the swirling aftermath, Sam's youthful fixation on birds rears its head once more as Dean discovers the stunning choice Sam made to replace that simple feather and how it will save all their lives.
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Re: SPNJ2BB: Le Chant Des Oiseaux [gen, PG-13] by charredwood

(Anonymous)
S6 AU. Instead of Sam being soulless, Castiel brings him back to Dean as a feral River Tam who speaks mainly in allusions to ornithology -- a brief though intense obsession of Sam's when he was twelve. Sam becomes more tame over time, there are some adventures in and around Lisa's house, and the relevance of most of the summary is finally revealed near the end of the fic.

(The summary this fic has is not great; it's more tortuous and confusing than it needs to be to draw in readers. I would have suggested a more to-the-point summary -- perhaps starting from something like: "After Sam jumps in the Cage, Dean is living at Lisa's, lost without his brother. When Castiel brings Sam back, Sam is broken and doesn't speak, except to make confusing statements about birds -- a brief obsession of his when he was twelve. Confused, and with various ill-disposed visitors showing up at Lisa's door, Dean tries to figure out the meaning of Sam's return, his words, and his choices -- and what a ragged feather given back and forth during their shared past truly meant." and stripping it down more for clarity from there.)

I liked some of Dean and Lisa's prosaic observations -- "I'll get the bleach" and Dean thinking about how John taught him one of the most important things about hunting: the best ways to dig (up graves) in various kinds of soil. I also liked this writer's concept of Sam's Hell and return from it, and Dean's mistaken ideas about (mild spoiler) which was what.

In this story, Ben is pretty entertaining while Lisa is somewhat of a sisterly figure to Dean (and by extension Sam), willing to take Dean in because of how he saved Ben and helped save the world. Eventually too much is too much, but (spoiler) the departure is on good terms.

Castiel is inscrutable and angelic but reasonably helpful, and if not always on the side of the angels he does help preserve the lives of the Braedens as well as the Winchesters. The latter is of course a recurring problem because both Sam and Dean have repeatedly proven themselves unable to take the easy way out.

Like many others, this fic includes the deathless quote "we've got work to do," but at least it isn't the final line.

Something that marred the story for me was that it included not just simple typos but problems caused by the author trying to do fancy writing. Which is not a good idea when there are basic mistakes in meaning. For example just in the first few paragraphs:

"the dead squirrel come to slacken its thirst" should have been "to slake its thirst"

"with half-witty recounts" -- half-witty unfortunately does not quite imply what the writer seemed to be aiming for.

"to pellet the Impala with hailstones" should have been "to pelt the Impala"

etc.

(Dear writer, if you see this, you've got some cool ideas, but I recommend that in future fics, you go another round or two of making sure your words are saying what you meant them to. Either by stripping the flourishes from your prose so it's easier to see where your desires for frills might be steering you wrong (you can go back to being more elaborate or experimental once you're more consistently able to kick a thesaurus's ass), or if you want to stick with elaborately stylized, by getting several beta rounds from at least two very strong beta readers.)

Still, for readers looking for an AU take on how Sam and Dean returned to hunting that includes some nice rebuilding and acknowledging of the brotherly bond, worth a read-through.
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SPNJ2BB: The two faces of vengeance [Dean/Castiel, NC-17] by janie_tangerine

(Anonymous)
http://spn-j2-bigbang.livejournal.com/274857.html

Artist name: hrymfaxe

Word count: ~27,000

Summary: Dean Winchester is a bounty hunter, set to catch a group of killers in order to get the money and retire from the business. Castiel is another bounty hunter aiming for the rich businessman who pays that same group of killers to do his dirty work, but for personal reasons. They decide to work together. It doesn't go as smoothly as it could.
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Re: SPNJ2BB: The two faces of vengeance [Dean/Castiel, NC-17] by janie_tangerine

(Anonymous)
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DC_EVERAFTER: Ruffled [Dean/Cas, PG-13] by seraphwings

(Anonymous)
Art by daggomus_prime

http://dc-everafter.livejournal.com/20899.html

Word count and summary not included in the post, but it's 20k+ and based on Tangled.


(This wasn't posted here on its posting date, so I'm starting a thread for it now because I just read it and want to talk about it.)
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Re: DC_EVERAFTER: Ruffled [Dean/Cas, PG-13] by seraphwings

(Anonymous)
This comment series has spoilers for the movie Tangled as well as for the fic.

I'm usually such a fan of seraphwings' work, but this fic felt like such a jumbled mess to me. It's frustrating given her talent, the wonderful art, and the fact that I love the source material this fic is based on, but I can't help feeling like she was rushing to the deadline or had some similar reason to phone it in.

Summary: At the beginning of fic, Lucifer falls from heaven and steals Castiel, who was newly created from a sacred lake and is the physical manifestation of God's love. Fast forward a few thousand years. Lucifer has been keeping Castiel in a tower, telling him that he's been hidden for his own safety and that God will give them a sign when it's safe for Castiel to come out. Lucifer has told Cas all kinds of shit about how awful people are and that the world is populated by monsters. Meanwhile, Dean is on the lam. He's a hunter, but he's constantly in trouble because people keep catching him killing monsters that look human. He flees into the woods and finds & scales Castiel's tower. Castiel is pretty damn bored after a few millennia spent in a tower, and he's got this idea that since he's the manifestation of God's love, he should actually get out there and get to know the world he's supposed to be loving, so he and Dean strike a deal: Dean will protect Castiel while Cas wanders around sniffing flowers and communing with butterflies, and in return... Dean gets to get out of the tower, lol idk, iirc he was mostly doing it out of the goodness of his heart. Dean and Cas do indeed subsequently wander about the forest, fight off a demon attack, share backstories, and spoon at night. Cas reveals his wings to Dean in order to get them out of a random pit and heal his injuries, and wing-stroking ensues. In the morning, they get into a fight because Cas doesn't like that Dean hunts down monsters without knowing if they're actually evil, and Dean finds out that the angel roommate Cas had mentioned is actually Lucifer and... becomes distressed. Cas takes offense at the idea that Lucifer is evil and flies off, only to meet Lucifer in the forest, get him to admit that lo, in fact he is evil, and immediately afterward get trapped in a ring of holy fire at the tower. Dean climbs up the tower to rescue him, Lucifer kills him, Cas busts out of the ring of the fire and resurrects Dean, Dean tricks Castiel into falling so that Lucifer will leave him alone, and then an angel garrison shows up and Lucifer either gets carted away or dies, I forget. Whatever. Oh, and they've been helped along by their animal friends: Chuck, Castiel's alcoholic chameleon, who pushed books into the fire to break the circle, and Sammy, a horse who broke the wards Lucifer had on the tower so that the other angels could find them. Le End.

So, first off, one of the changes I actually enjoyed from the source material was the villain's reason for kidnapping the protagonist; whereas the mother from Tangled was motivated purely by a shallow desire to stay young, Lucifer's desire to feel God's love after his fall added a sympathetic layer to his character. That said, I wasn't too fond of the rest of Lucifer's characterization. He was overly talky and much of his dialogue was overwrought (same with Cas, whose highly formal and floral speech patterns were both inconsistent with his canon speech and jarring in contrast to Dean's slangy way of talking). He and Cas also had some strange kind of sexual thing going on; they kiss several times and Cas mentions millions of "kisses and touches" over the millennia, but to what extent Lucifer went in his touches is never clarified. There is no warning for dub-con or inappropriate sexual contact. It's just a confusing aspect of the story.

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