FANFIC FRIDAY: Supernatural Angst Recs


Hello fanfic readers!

First of all, happy new year! May 2016 bring us all wonderful new authors and awesome fanfiction of our favourite fandoms!

Unfortunately, just like we previously announced, 2016 begins with January angst. It’s sad, but it has to be done. Look at it this way: we can get it out of the way from the very beginning and then we can focus on better things for the rest of the year!

And what’s a fandom that has lots of angst in it both in canon and fanon? That would be Supernatural. So here’s 10 Supernatural angst fan recs that will make the TV series look like the most cheerful show on air. We hope you have some tissues with you!

WARNING: Note that some of these fanfics are really angsty, so we advise not to read them if you’re feeling upset or depressed. Fanfics containing suicide, self-harm or other dark themes will contain trigger warnings.

This Thing Called Free Will

By: tracy_loo_who
Summary: Time is fluid, and Castiel can see how it will go because he can bend it on occasion.
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences – Major Character Death – M/M
Words: 2,501

Twist and Shout

By: gabriel, standbyme
Summary: What begins as a transforming love between Dean Winchester and Castiel Novak in the summer of 1965 quickly derails into something far more tumultuous when Dean is drafted in the Vietnam War. Though the two both voice their relationship is one where saying goodbye is never a real truth, their story becomes fraught with the tragedy of circumstance. In an era where homosexuality was especially vulnerable, Twist and Shout is the story of the love transcending time, returning over and over in its many forms, as faithful as the sea.
Rating: Explicit – Graphic Depictions of Violence, Major Character Death
TW: Mild domestic abuse and usage of illegal substances. REALLY angsty. Seriously, I read this 2 years ago and I’m still not over it.
Words: 97,997

Meddlesome Fools

By: film princess
Summary: John drags his boys on another hunt, but unfortunately this time they weren’t prepared. When a caring teacher discovers the boys’ injuries, will her meddling help or hurt the family? A wee!chester story.
Rating: Fiction T – Angst
Words: 46,794

Ghost Dance

By: omphalos
Summary: In post-apocalyptic isolation, Castiel nurses Dean back to something like his former self, but will a time come when Dean’s recovered –and rediscovered– too much?
Rating: Explicit – M/M, Pre-narrative character deaths, Major Angst
TW: Depictions of brain damage and mental illness, minor elements of dub-con
Words: 46,794

Distant and Faded

By: SingleMinded
Summary: On certain circumstances that keep happening, he thinks that everybody hates him. Dad hates him. Sammy hates him. So what’s the point of living? Pre-series. Mostly John and Dean. Not a death fic.
Rating: Fiction T – Angst/Hurt/Comfort – Self-destruction Dean
Words: 27,478

Dying Days

By: DarkandtwistyGirl
Summary: Teenchester. Dean is given months to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. What lengths will the Winchesters go to whilst trying to save Dean’s life?
Rating: Fiction T – Hurt/Comfort/Family – sick!Dean, hurt/angsty/protective!Sam. Eventually some hurt!John too
TW: Illness (cancer)
Words: 25,374


By: Nialon
Summary: Angels are not supposed to drop out of the sky into motel rooms, broken and beaten. They’re not supposed to bleed like that. It was all wrong.
Rating: Fiction T – Angst/Hurt/Comfort – hurt!Castiel
Words: 51,384

The Piano

By: Wolf Maid
Summary: ‘No one ever expect that Dean plays the piano.’ Sam stumbles upon Dean playing the piano, not realizing he knew how.
Rating: Fiction K+ – Angst (Angsty Dean)
Words: 1,675

So Long, Goodbye

By: Dawn N
Summary: The Winchester family is faced with a possible tragedy concerning one of their own when a hunt for an entity leaves one of them with an illness that isn’t supernatural.
Rating: Fiction T – Drama/Angst
Words: 60,531

Vampire Hunting

By: Dawn N
Summary: The Vampires discover Sam’s secret. Soon Dean and Sam are being hunted by the Vampires who want to use Sam in a mysterious ceremony. Set after 2.10 Hunted.
Rating: Fiction T – Angst/Hurt/Comfort. Lots of hurt/limp Sam & Dean.
Words: 74,065

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24-year-old TV journalist. I especialize in fangirling over TV shows and anime. Currently fighting for fan studies to be recognized as a valid academic field.

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