August 18th, 2015

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Aloft

Today has been a national tour of all my least favorite places! Who'd have thought I'd be in these places more than once in the span of a month. XP That is, I spent some quality time with my old pals Chicago-Midway and the Las Vegas airport. I also sampled the Newark airport, which is all right except they've made the same fatal mistake Midway has (only 30 minutes of free Internet).

Luckily, Burbank has made no such error. Which is good, because I think I'm going to be sitting here for the next six hours.

THOUGH, I will say. The Las Vegas airport was playing Britney Spears's "Hit Me Baby One More Time" and Burbank is playing "Party Like it's 1999," so I'm seriously beginning to think I might have taken a flight path so long and meandering I actually ended up going back in time, rather than fall through a few timezones. O_o;;
gumby girl

spn_summergen recs, part 3!

spn_summergen recs, part 3! Though of course now that I'm caught up I'm definitely about to fall two weeks behind again. But whatever, it's like fic hoarding, right? XD Sometimes you have to stock up!

Down By the Lake (PG-13, ~27k, Ben Braeden, MIke and Asher Sorenson, OCs; case!fic)

“I’d stay away from the water while you’re here. Things down there you don’t want to get near.”

This is a big case!fic that takes a post-6x21 "Let it Bleed," post-S10 Ben as its narrator and joins him with Mike and Asher from 1x18 "Something Wicked," and two very creepy young twins. The result is absolutely capivating--and it'd be a literal page-turner if, you know, fic had pages. What I love best about this is the way it manages so many bodies and personalities through all of this, each one irreplaceable and unmistakable--even the adults Ben himself can hardly keep straight at the beginning. The use of the creepy twin trope here is pretty much the best thing ever--and the everyone's awareness of that trope makes it that just better.

Ben's pain here is exquisite and heart-rending--the idea of having these habits he cannot explain and an emptiness he can't fill is so palpable, and tying that directly to what makes the monster dangerous is a deft touch. I absolutely adore this, and everyone in it.

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Run Aground (PG-13, ~6k, pre-series/teenchesters, Sam & Dean)

It’s February on the Maine Coast. John’s away, Sam’s sulking and Dean’s feeling fed up. Oh, and there might just be a case in town.

This fic is exactly what it says on the tin, teenchester case!fic with pre-Stanford angst, difficulty, and restlessness, but as you might have also guessed, it's also so much more than that.

I won't give too much away, but THERE IS THIS PHENOMENAL SCENE WITH SAM AT THE END that I haven't been able to stop replaying in my head. It's just so raw, so vivid, and so much something that I think we all strive for when writing to this particular period, but rarely actualize in such a powerful, immediate way. And there's so much sympathy here for Dean as well, which I think is often a difficult balance to maintain when they are so often flying off on diametrically oppositional trajectories, chasing such different needs. There's a deep pathos to this fic that's inescapable and utterly refreshing and inspiring. Really, I just wish everyone would read this and then read it again.
where's perry

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That moment when you're sitting in an airport and not even thinking about a troublesome fic and then you have that godsend of an epiphany and shout very loud onto the Internet, I KNOW HOW TO FIX THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. Sorry for all the posts but I've spent as much time sitting in airports today as I've spent sitting in actual airplanes. Forgive me!