Title: Day 45
Characters/pairing: Dean/Cas, Sam, OC
Warnings: Spoilers for 10.23
Word count: 4000
Summary: It's the Fourth of July, and the sky is dark.
This is going to sound really weird and/or too non-specific, probably, but I feel like this fic is so, so special. I love this incarnation of the Darkness, and Dean's distinguishing between the darkness and the Darkness, his inability to know what is the Darkness and what is a relic of the Mark, an effect of its absence--and on top of that, how much of that is just him. (A theme I've very much enjoyed across your fics for this summer!) And Castiel here is beautiful. [redacted for spoilers] And just--there's something so strong and insistent and heady about the moment of this fic, redolent with power and ugh. It's just really special and I adore this.
I have a lot of trouble buying happy ending stuff, most of the time. You pretty much have to sell it to me either the long, hard way, or the short, inarguable way. Neither are easy. This is the short, inarguable way--and this fic is, to me, not only the suggestion of a happy ending I can believe, but also one I really, really want.