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Where All My Journeys End

Rating: Mature (violence, language, implied sex)
Warnings: Lots of H/C (heavier on the angst than the comfort); emotional and physical torture; canonical character deaths (temporary)
Pairings: Gabriel/Sam (Implied Bobby/Crowley, subtexty Castiel/Dean)
Timeline: Starts ~mid-season 5 (includes direct dialogue snippets from 5x16, 5x17, 5x18, and 5x19) Goes AU after the events in Stull cemetery
Word Count: 42,000+

Summary: A tale in three acts beginning in canon season five and continuing after with reinterpretation. Act 1: Team Free Will, with a recently added team member, struggle to maintain faith in their cause and fight to stop the Apocalypse. Act 2: Interlude, in which the dead don't stay dead, a demon sticks around, and Dean's drunken brainstorm pans out. Act 3: Sam has trouble adjusting after his time in Hell. Castiel returns to ask for help finding a militant group of angels just in time for an amnesiac Gabriel to show up to demand what the heck is going on.

ART: Here! Lovely pieces by chaosraven
FICMIX: Here, with 20 tracks
Act One: Part 1 Part 2 | Act Two | Act Three: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Also on: AO3

Notes: My first SPN fic. And I initially thought that it would be difficult to accomplish even 5,000 words for the sabriel_mini! This monster of a fic came of it. It's been a real adventure and its success is 80+% due to qbiggerthanlove who was there every step of the way. (For a month, literally around every day for chatting through several hurdles!) So this story is dedicated to Q since it's not her birthday or holiday times yet so I can't quite justify getting her a Sammy plushie. ;)

This was written in July & August while I was still getting to see S5 for the first time. I didn't get a chance to even start S6 until September when I began my first rewrites! This of course had an impact on how I saw things (I prefer S5 and "my" Crowley to S6's), but even knowing what I did about S6 while writing, I preferred a different direction. I still maintain a strong feeling of S1-5 holding as canon for myself while afterwards the season stories kind of depart, like an "extended universe." (Just thought you'd like to know.)

Huge thanks to wolfish_willow for volunteering to beta for me, that was a major help and solved several issues! Additional gratitude to my roomie, who came to my rescue when I struggled with how to write the remaining couple of scenes that needed to be filled in and make the story complete. (Plus she's been my SPN-watching buddy, and I started to watch the show in large part because she had it available and recommended it.)

To my artist, I was so excited to see you request my fic! I'm greatly honored. Thanks also for some additional feedback for me to mull over as I revised.

Additionally... There is a sequel in the works.


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 19th, 2011 07:11 am (UTC)
I've been looking forward to reading this for such a very long time. Got my slot booked tonight to sit and enjoy this.
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
\o/ I will look forward to what you have to say! I'm so excited to finally share this. :3
Oct. 19th, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
I have this bookmarked to read, hopefully tonight as I try not to bite my nails through the first game of the World Series. :D
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
:D I'd love to hear what you think!

I have still not gotten to your story. I mean, it's sitting in an open tab here in my browser but I still haven't read it! (What's wrong with me?!) I will owe you an extra long comment when I finally get to it!
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
This fic was absolutely amazing. I love it so much I don't even know how to tell you. Considering it's your first SPN fic, it was perfect. The characters were brilliantly portrayed and lifelike in a way most people don't nail quite right.

Congratulations on the completion of one of the very best SPN fics in existence. :D

Also, I'll be waiting very impatiently for that promised sequel!

Oct. 19th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
*squee* Do you have any idea how delighted I am to hear that? I'm bouncing and feeling a little flustered! THANK YOU for the kind feedback! I really, really want to be portraying the characters well and believably, so it's always good to hear about that and find out what people think. :3

I'm looking forward to the sequel, too~! Although it's already seeming much darker than this one!
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Hah, you are most wonderfully welcome! I just wish I was a bit more eloquent about it. lol

Ah, don't fear the darkness! Dark is good for those of us who love our angst. :P (whichItotallydo)
Oct. 19th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)

And oh, I'm all for angst and torture and, well, some terrible things that I'm doing to Sammmy.... *shifty look* As long as I get my OTP happy ending! ;) So at least there's that aspect to look forward to! I need the happy endings. But along the way it will not be pretty! :o
Oct. 19th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! As long as that adorable happy ending happens the rest is just the icing on the cake of angst and Sammy torture!

Also, appropriate icon is appropriate. *points to your icon* :D
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
WOOOOOOOOOOO, you posted!

You already know that I love your fic, but I'm just gonna say it again, because I really do!

I'm off to read it again now because I have been waiting for this to be posted. *-*

*twirls you*
Oct. 19th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
*is twirled* :D

I hope you like the improvements~! And that you have some ideas to push at me for the sequel~! :D
Oct. 19th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
WHHHEEEEEE! YOU POSTED! I've wanted to leave a comment AALLLLLLLLL day and finally I've been able to sit down and do just that!

You know that this fic is one of my favorites that I've gotten to read, RIGHT? I absolutely LOOVVVEEEE it, and you did such a wonderful job writing it! It was such a fun adventure, helping you with the fic and getting to read it as it was being written and it turned out WONDERFULLY! It's definitely going to be reread here. Oh yes it is :D

I love you :3
Oct. 19th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)

Truly, thank you x a billion+ for all the cheerleading - and continuing to stick with me, too! I couldn't have gotten through this without you! ♥
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Oct. 22nd, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Nope, not the only one! And I do believe I left a comment on your fic, but it bears repeating: it was wonderful! Really liked it a lot. :D
Jul. 8th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
Um... This was totally awesome! I cannot wait for a sequel, because I am soooo beyond hooked! I'm always apprehensive when it's someone's first fandom fic, but this reads like you've been into it for years. You've done an amazing job, can't wait to read more!
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