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.
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.