Masterpost of my favourite Destiel fanfics.
♕ = ridiculously good, read immediately
| AU | NC-17 | ~76,500 |
Dean’s life at twenty-four makes him feel like he’s forty—he works two jobs to help pay bills for his house and put his genius little brother through private school, and has spent six years (on and off, let’s be honest) working on his mechanical engineering degree at KU. With so much of his life devoted to his family, Dean has little time in his schedule for class and no time for social interaction. Then, while getting his classes together for the fall, he finds himself in a do-or-die situation: He must take his last literature class now, his spring already filled with those left for his major…except that none of the English classes will fit his schedule.
Much schmoop and cuteness and the ending is adorable.
| AU | NC-17 | 59,919 |
When D. Smith aka Dean Winchester, successful author and heavy smoker, had booked his recreational holiday to Le Havre, France, he hadn’t expected to meet the love of his life in a small café at the ocean. But apart from overcoming the language difficulties there is the certainty of Dean leaving in three months, that’s breaking Castiel’s heart…
I’m a sucker for anything French and this is awesome. The language barrier is very sweet.
| AU | E | 407,057 |
A Dean/Cas Fantasy-Drama AU, set in a medieval world where two men are separated by a curse: every sunrise and sunset, both are eternally bound to transform into animals. Every night when darkness falls, Dean Winchester becomes a wolf, and his human mind is lost until the dawn. As the sun rises, his lover Castiel becomes a hawk. Their story has been the same for five years - until the day that a young thief named Sam stumbles into their twisted lives. Without even realising it, he becomes a part of their destiny, their paths entwined in prophecy and fate. Together with a few old friends, they set off on a journey to break the curse, but it won’t be easy. To pass the time, Dean and Castiel take turns to recount their past to Sam, narrating the tale of how they met, how they formed their profound bond, and how they found themselves wanting what no man should ever want: the touch of another man.
‘Angelhawke’ is a saga of forbidden love, friendship, and magic - but above all, family. Partially based on the 1985 movie ‘Ladyhawke’.
Wow this fic is long. I avoided it for a good while and I am still working my way through it - but it is just so so good. Really great story and I love all the interweaving relationships. But remember to leave and get nourishment and social contact every now and then because 400,000 words is… well… a lot… dear God, it’s a lot…
| AU | M | 30,462 |
Priest!Cas meets with a couple who are about to get married. Dean’s already feeling guilty when he enters the church with Lisa, and then it gets so much worse, because Dean recognises the priest, from the bar where they met.
| PG-13 | ~3,700 |
Castiel becomes human to be with Dean. Problems arise.
| AU | WIP |
| M | 38,294 |
Castiel and his mother travel to Louisiana for a new job at the Winchester House.
| M | 12,274 |
Ten years later, and they finally find each other.
| PG | ~1,200 |
152 freckles adorn Dean Winchester’s body since his return from Hell. (Vaguely set during early S5)
| AU | R | ~54,000 |
Castiel has a nice predictable structured life teaching high school, even if he happens to be overqualified for it. Then this guy moves in around the corner and literally knocks him on his ass.
| AU | NC-17 | ~79,000 |
This is a retelling of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows.
This is not a comedy like the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp
Vampire Castiel Collins is awakened from his tomb by down-on-his-luck author Chuck Shurley. With Chuck’s help [and blood] Castiel sets out to make a life for himself in Collinsport, restoring his old home and hopefully being reunited with the reincarnation of his former lover, Dean Winchester.
I am a huge huge huge Dark Shadows fan so I almost died when I found this. You don’t have to know the show to get this fic, but I guess it helps so I adore it. Based on the TV show Dark Shadows - which is infinitely better than the Burton movie. If you’ve seen the movie, please try and keep it out of your mind when reading this. But don’t let it stop you reading it. Because. Wow. I love it so much. So damn much.
| M | 17,084 |
Dean and Castiel are playing out your typical-and-not-so-typical rom-com cliché’s. The culprit’s obvious. Gabe’s just trying to help - it was about time someone kicked the knuckleheads into gear. “And… ACTION!”
Hilarious… fics where Gabriel decides to ship Dean and Cas are beyond brilliant…
| AU | NC-17 | ~31 600 |
Sergeant Dean Winchester expects to hate whatever journalist they assigned to his team. Castiel Adams expects to hate the three weeks spent around nothing but military people. It goes nothing like they thought it would, and they find themselves growing closer by the minute. But will misunderstandings and fear break them apart?
| R | 5,111 |
Sam has no idea Dean and Cas are in a relationship. Dean has no idea that Sam has no idea - has Sam not been paying attention?
| AU | E | 24,667 |
After the latest in Dean’s long string of one night stands steals the Impala and totals it, he makes a bet with Sam that he can abstain from sex while he repairs it. But Lisa and Matt’s wedding is coming up and Dean needs a date he’ll never be attracted to. Enter Castiel.
| NC-17 | 51,000 |
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?
| AU | NC-17 | 95,000 |
In 1843 Castiel Milton leaves his life of quiet faith and duty to take up employment as tutor to the young ward of one Mr Dean Winchester, at Blackthorn Hall. Set deep among the Yorkshire moors Blackthorn is a place of mysteries – a wild place with an odd history, where faces appear at the windows and mad women laugh in the night. Castiel is drawn to the enigmatic Master of Blackthorn and they form a strong attachment neither of them expected. But there are secrets hidden behind Blackthorns thick stone walls that threaten to destroy their happiness, they are forced to confront the ghosts of their past.
| AU | E | 94,050 |
Castiel Novak is a reclusive writer with a childhood so tragic it’s left him terrified to leave his home—until his overbearing brother, Gabriel, drags him out for a night on the town full of booze and strip clubs, and he encounters Dean Winchester, a mesmerizing and mysterious stripper with secrets of his own. Both men find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other, and soon Dean’s private dances for Castiel become much more, as both men confess their troubles and find solace in each other’s company. But neither can seem to find the courage to take their relationship further than the intimacy of the club’s VIP Room—and just when Dean’s own brother gives him the excuse he needs to finally admit his feelings, Dean discovers something that brings it all crumbling down. Will they find a way past their demons and their trust issues, and back to each other?
| NC-17 | 74k+ |
Short and sweet. Dean’s having a harder and harder time of denying what he feels for a certain blue-eyed friend of his. And it’s making him a little ornery, and a lot confused.
| AU | M | 32,088 |
Castiel and Sam are unlucky in both life and love, so they swap houses for the holidays. Both find the experience highly…interesting. Also Sabriel.
| T | 4,717 |
Castiel consults a Cosmo article in order to seduce Dean.
This made me laugh too much.
| AU | NC-17 | 66,000 |
His wings always seemed to be the problem, Castiel figured. But when he and his family move to Sioux Falls and he meets a Beast locked away in a castle, could his wings be the solution?
| AU | R | 6,896 |
High school teachers. Castiel is the English teacher at the school Sam teaches history at. Dean is a writer who has been sending his stories to an online friend (Castiel) for editing. Sam finds out and realizes that Dean and Castiel don’t know each other in real life, but really should.
| AU | NC-17 | 40,300 |
Dean knew, from the minute he laid eyes on Chef Castiel MacCarthy, the day would come that he would have to kidnap the man and dump the body in the darkest, dirtiest crack den in Ireland. Given that this was Dublin city, it wouldn’t be hard to find.
| HS AU | R | 34,040 |
It’s 1995, and Castiel’s high school years are destined to be difficult: home-schooled until eighth grade, he is awkward, shy, and socially inept. The weird kid with the funny name would rather isolate himself and draw in his sketchbook than deal with the constant bullying he faces every day. Things only get worse in his junior year when he excels in home economics class, leading the captain of the baseball team, Alastair, to start taunting him for being gay.Then new student Dean Winchester arrives at Flour Bluff High School, sharing many of Castiel’s classes. Castiel has seen his type before — handsome, athletic, arrogant, and sure to be the most popular kid in school. But Castiel eventually learns that he and Dean have more in common than he thought, and they form an unlikely friendship.
| AU | R | 9,266 |
Sam and Dean have never met anyone as unique as Castiel. The kid wearing a trench coat in the middle of summer introduced himself the day they moved in, and all three of them became instant friends. Then Dean and Cas start spending a lot of time together and Sam finds himself excluded. He doesn’t blame Dean at first; it must be hard being 15 and never setting down roots long enough to make lasting friendships. But as time goes on and he sees less of Dean and Cas, Sam realizes it’s even harder being 11.
| HS AU | NC-17 | 83,300 |
High school AU. It’s Dean’s senior year at Lawrence High, and he’s already given up on himself. It takes the arrival of the strange, intense, awkward Castiel Delacroix at the school to prove to Dean that maybe his life is worth saving after all.
| AU | PG | 9,100 |
In which Cas seeks internet notoriety with his controversial views on the latest darling of American fiction, and stumbles across something else entirely.
| Alternate Season 4-8 | NC-17 | ~16,300 |
When Castiel tried to open the door to Purgatory, his demon companion was there with him every step of the way. Now, with the power of the Leviathan fueling Castiel, he and Dean fight, feed and f*ck their way through the United States. Dean picks the victims and Castiel can eat his fill - quite an elegant solution. Until Dean targets the home of three Hunters and finds himself trapped in their home with no way out. Needless to say, Castiel will not be happy.
Leviathan!Cas is always enjoyable and surprisingly rare. This is very dark however. Definitely read the warnings first.
| AU | NC-17 | 21,309 |
| HS AU | NC-17 | 11,121 |
| NC-17 | 110,000 |
After Dean is badly injured on a hunt, Castiel proves just how far he’ll go to look after him – and beyond.
| Cockles | NC -17 | ~5,500 |
There’s a little surprise in the script for the latest episode, Misha is unruffled, and Jensen is not amused, but he’s determined to put on the best damn performance he can, ‘cause it’s the last season and, hey, he owes it to Dean.
Don’t often read Cockles but this caught my eye. A fair amount of it is Dean/Godstiel anyway.
| T | 26,056 |
When Dean touches a strange mirror, he’s whisked away to one alternate reality after another and it doesn’t take him long to realize the universe is trying to tell him something.
| AU | E | 38,788
Dean Winchester sweeps up after the stars in 1920s Hollywood. He and the actors on the set are worlds apart — and that includes his brother, the famous Samuel C. Winchester. But when an accident brings Dean face to face with a matinee idol going by the name of Jimmy Novak, he’s caught up in a love story right out of a movie script… until his estranged brother comes back into the picture, bringing drama of his own.
| HS AU | NC-17 | 175,455 |
Art teacher Castiel Novak has just turned 29 when he meets Dean Winchester at a gay club. After sleeping with the boy, he leaves in a hurry, trying to cope with the guilt over betraying his girlfriend and his overly conservative parents. But forgetting Dean becomes close to impossible, when Castiel’s new job at a High School in San Francisco reveals Dean to be a most troublesome student…
| AU | NC-17 | Not sure how many words but it’s pretty long |
For lillyg who wanted FLUFF and got a daycare verse instead.
| AU | NC-17 | 80,222 |
Set in ancient Rome. Castiel is the youngest member of the Novak family. His eldest brother Michael has designs on getting a seat in the senate but to do so he has to earn the favor of the powerful senator Azazel. When Azazel shows interest in Castiel, Michael sees an opportunity to use him as a bargaining chip. Cas, being a good son and loyal brother, isn’t happy about it but is willing to go along…right up till he meets a certain green eyed Legionnaire named Deanarious who turns everything upside down. Action, adventure, sword fights, and treachery stand between them and their love.
| R | 10,551 |
Five ways Castiel made Dean feel.
| AU | NC-17 | 21,904 |
Cas is a wedding planner. He meets Dean, and it’s like love at first sight. Which is great and all, when the guy you’re falling for isn’t getting married to your favorite client.
| HS AU | E | 52,249 |
Dean is fine with sailing through high school as nobody exceptional or worth noting - he can even deal with Castiel, typical hotshot football player, always staring at him over lunch. What he doesn’t expect is for Castiel to pick up the pieces of him and worm his way into his life, carving a place there for himself - and he certainly never imagined that he’d be finding out that there’s more to Cas than money and popularity.
| Kindergarten AU | PG | ~2,500 |
Kindergarten AU in which Dean is determined to make his friend Castiel a valentine, and John very gently tries to persuade him not to because little boys don’t give other little boys Valentine’s Day cards.
| AU | E | 83,867 |
AU. Dean Winchester is a bar owner and enjoys a simple life; Castiel Novak is an archaeology professor who hates beer but enjoys the local bartender immensely. Together they will learn that life is made up of random moments, and that for a very lucky few, love will never die.
| AU | NC-17 | 31k |
The good ones are sometimes assholes and always taken.
| AU | NC-17 | 43k |
The rom-com-ish one where Dean hosts a late night radio show, Castiel is a regular listener of his who starts calling one day and ends up calling more often than not and Dean finds himself liking it. This, until one day Castiel calls for not exactly petty reasons (just before Dean’s brother Sam is visiting with his girlfriend for spring break) and things get very, very crowdy at his place. He also doesn’t know it’s just the beginning of it. Also features Gabriel, Chuck, Andy, the Roadhouse crew and a huge amount of music quoted. Especially Bob Dylan.
| AU | E | 172,577 |
Dean Winchester grew up in the idyllic town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. A terrifying encounter with the supernatural during his childhood shaped his worldview and served as the catalyst for his successful career as a bestselling horror writer. Dean left Point Pleasant at the age of twenty, driven from his hometown by rejection and heartbreak, but thirteen years after abandoning his home and family, Dean finds himself drawn back to the town by the promise of investigating the apparent reemergence of the supernatural creature responsible for Dean’s childhood nightmares.
Once back in Point Pleasant, Dean is confronted not only by the town’s resident monster, the Mothman, but also by his childhood best friend, Castiel Novak. Together, with Bobby Singer—the old drunk who lives on the edge of town—Dean and Castiel uncover the mystery of Point Pleasant’s Mothman in all its terrifying reality. Point Pleasant is a horror story, but aims to show that the ghosts that haunt us are sometimes made of flesh and blood. And sometimes, they lead us home.
| AU | NC-17 | 41k ~ |
It starts with a prank war and a chance meeting at the auto shop Dean works at.
Love the premise.
| College AU | PG-15 | 2,500 |
In which Castiel asks his best friend to teach him how to kiss. Well, he didn’t actually ask – Dean offered. Which is weird ‘cause Castiel is pretty sure he’s very definitely straight.
| Post S6 Alternate Reality | NC-17 overall | Word count varies by episode |
With Castiel having set himself up as the new God, drunk on power and volatile as a nuclear reactor, Dean, Sam, and Bobby find themselves on the run from the jealous, capricious monster wearing the face of their friend. Desperate for protection and wary of his brother’s mental state since Castiel unlocked Sam’s memories of Hell, Dean knows Castiel must be defused before he can wreak further havoc in Heaven or on Earth. Although Bobby advocates for destroying Castiel by whatever means necessary, Dean is convinced the Cas he once knew still remains, buried somewhere beneath the mass of poisonous souls and calling out for help. Determined to save the angel who once rescued him from Hell and redefined his purpose in life, Dean himself must resist the allure of the false deity vying for his obedience, and come to terms with the knowledge, long-suppressed, that his feelings for Castiel run much deeper than brotherhood. It is this bond, and the dubious distinction of the Righteous Man, that will ultimately grant Dean access to where Castiel’s grace languishes in Purgatory. However, what Dean brings back with him is broken, angry, and only half-angel, certainly not the Castiel he remembers—and nor is it the only thing that returns to Earth with them…
I haven’t actually read this yet… but I don’t think a Destiel fic rec would be complete without this…
| AU | T | 50,502 |
When Gabriel is hired as a new host for a dating show, Cas has no choice but to follow his brother along as part of the camera crew. Forced at the last minute to be a contestant, he is shocked when Dean Winchester continually refuses to eliminate him.
| AU | M | 36,770 |
When Sam Winchester prays for his brother, Castiel is finally sent on his very first assignment. But what should be a simple love match turns into much more and Castiel finds himself risking everything to ensure the happiness of his extremely frustrating charge.
| HS AU | NC-17 | 18,873 |
When Sam brings his new boyfriend, Castiel, home to meet Dean, Dean is expecting the usual: to hate Castiel and to have to give him the “older brother” speech. What he discovers when he meets Cas is a hell of a lot different. Meanwhile, Sam struggles with maintaining a passing grade in chemistry, a relationship with his closest friend, and his confusing feelings regarding Cas’ older brother, Gabriel.
| AU | T | 37,368
Dean’s life is about as normal as can be, he has his job and his brother and is perfectly happy. Then Cas, a blind pianist, enters his life and everything gets turned upside down.
This may be my favourite characterisation of Cas - sassy but with some deep emotions to boot. Great story too although I can’t say I’m overly fond of the Lucifery bits at the end.
| AU | R | ~40,400 |
Dean Winchester is in a rock band and Castiel is a fan. Not of the music, of Dean. An opportunity presents itself one night after a concert and Castiel can’t pass up the chance of a lifetime. It’s not perfect, but this is their story.
| AU | PG-13 | 15k |
In which Dean has the hots for a librarian named Cas, Cas may or may not have the hots for a mechanic named Dean, and Gabriel joins Sam in the peanut gallery in the hopes that he might just get to do a horizontal tango of his own.
Librarian!Cas, what else do you need to know?
| AU (pretty much) | R | 33,487 |
Dean falls into the land of Angelasia. There he meets a handsome prince who may be his True Love – not that he believes in that crap. An AR set toward the end of a very different second season (see the author’s notes for a more detailed explanation.)
| AU | NC-17 | 20k |
Castiel Novak has managed to keep his personal life with Dean Smith separate from his professional life as a secret agent for three years. He expected to continue living a series of detestable but necessary lies cloaked in precarious alibis for the rest of his life, and then his new assignment threatened to throw all of that out the window: Kill Dean Winchester.
| AU | E | 43,196 |
Castiel Novak is a low level reporter for the New York Post, up until he gets his big break: ASL star Dean Winchester has broken a goal scoring record and Castiel has been assigned to his personal story, meaning two weeks of close proximities. Except, the thing is; they’ve kind of got history.
| End!verse | NC-17 | 114,000 |
Spoilers for 5.04, ‘The End’. So I got to wondering: what would have happened if past!Dean hadn’t turned up in 2014, and future!Dean had actually succeeded in killing Lucifer with the Colt? Apparently, it involves lots of angsting. Who knew?
This one is very long but very worth it. The 2014 world is very well-written and Castiel is developed in a very believable way. Go forth and read.
| NC-17 | 70,138 |
When Castiel abandoned Heaven to be with Dean, he damned himself to hell. Now, centuries later, Dean is sent on orders from Heaven to stop a demonic Castiel from leading the armies of hell in another war.
Dark!Castiel fics are just so damn good. But I really struggled to imagine him in a non-Novak vessel, especially when his personality is so different as well… But that didn’t distract from the amazing that is this. Devour with thine eyes.
| AU | E | 97,556 |
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.
Yes, yes, everyone always goes on about this fic but it is seriously amazing. I mean, I literally never cry at anything and it had me sobbing into about five boxes of tissues. I can no longer even listen to Elvis Presley without my eyes watering a little. Beware, it may destroy your soul.
| AU | M | 61,804 |
Dean Winchester takes a job as a teaching assistant to get his little brother into a prestigious academy. He doesn’t quite expect such long nights and snobby kids, but the real surprise is professor Castiel Novak: or falling in love with him, that is.
| AU | NC-17 | 60,645 |
Castiel was eleven years old when he first felt there was something wrong with him. He’s twenty-nine, a Roman Catholic priest in a small New England village, before Dean Winchester shows him that there isn’t.
Forbidden love, conflicted!Cas and priest!kink at it’s very best.
| College AU | M | 54,132 |
Dean Winchester is the average guy: football, college, kid brother, nice car, girls and beer; his life is black and white, that is until he meets Castiel Collins: pretentious, slutty, sweater-wearing genius, who won’t even take the time to look up at him from his obscure novel while he insults him. And then everything is shades of gray and Dean is drowning.
| AU | NC-17 | 32,154 |
Castiel is the black-eyed Angel of the Crossroads with whom Dean barters himself to save Mary from dying. Ripping him from his life on earth, Castiel takes Dean to Heaven to serve as a makeshift pet. The more time he spends with the angel, Dean starts to see that something bigger is happening to him and he’s powerless to stop it. When Dean finds out that Castiel has been lying to him the entire time, he realizes just how powerless he truly is.
This is super dark. Especially the ending, whoah. Really love the story and characters, screwed up though they may be. Also this contains my favourite line in any fic ever.
| M | 24,650 |
Charlie is back in all her glory. The Winchesters have showed up on her doorstep and she’s making the best of it the only way she knows how. By being the little sister Dean never wanted and shipping the shit out of Destiel.
| AU | NC-17 | 23,205 |
Writer!Dean walks into a café late at night on Christmas Eve, looking for inspiration for his next novel. Instead he finds librarian!Cas.
| WIP | AU |
A Twilight AU wherein Sam and Dean move in with Bobby in Washington to go to college at the University of Washington, in Seattle. It’s where they meet the Novaks, a family that rarely goes out in the sun. Each member of the Novak clan is eccentric and weird in their own ways, especially Castiel, who has a thing for creeper trench coats and even creepier staring.
And then one day Castiel saves Dean’s life and everything changes.