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1. On a Steel Horse
Author: [livejournal.com profile] glorious_spoon
Genre: gen, post-canon (S9)
Characters: Dean, the Impala
Tags: death (temporary), demon!Dean
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~1600
Summary: It’s already too late by the time I rise up through the layers of twilight to the crossroads that called me. The big car is little more than a twisted heap of scrap metal, the smell of burning antifreeze overpowering the fading scent of lilies on the evening breeze.
Reccer's Notes: This is the perfect ghost story. This is a perfect story. And you have to read this. For more detailed, but slightly spoilery, praise of this fic, here's the comment I wrote in response to it.

2. Fight Club
Author: [livejournal.com profile] beesandbrews
Genre: gen, pre-series, character study, hurt/comfort
Characters: Dean, Sam
Tags: bruising/internal damage, injuries (misc.), pain, caretaker!Dean, wound tending
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~2800
Summary: The brothers are left to their own devices while John is working a job in a neighboring town. They're short on cash and Sam is a growing boy with a hollow leg. Dean remembers what's that's like, so when he finds a way to pad his wallet that doesn't involve fifteen minutes in a back alley with a stranger, he goes for it.
Reccer's Notes: There's this hard-hitting, glorious, masculine sensation to this. The piece (and its subject) are wild, but practiced, and mediated by a certain sort of care that I find very distinctive of the piece, relative to others with a similar subject matter, and to Dean as a character. This is one of those fics that takes a mere 3k and nails something vital yet underexplored about Dean--past and present--and doesn't flinch.

3. Kin & Keeper
Author: [livejournal.com profile] steeplechasers
Genre: slash, memory play; romance; hurt/comfort; canon AU (post-s5—Sam is not raised from Hell)
Characters: Dean, Lisa, Ben, Castiel, Sam
Pairings: Sam/Dean; Dean/Lisa
Tags: grief, alcoholism, depression, post-traumatic stress, hallucinations, abandonment issues, dissociation, whatever the opposite of repressed memories is
Rating: R
Word Count: ~107k
Warnings: discussion of canon character death; child abuse and neglect; sexual content
Summary: On May 5th, 1983, an infant boy is carried for the first time through the doorway of a house in Lawrence, Kansas.

This is Dean’s first memory of his brother. There are others. They are vivid, angry, and relentless—and now, six months after Sam’s leap into Hell, they are coming to him with alarming frequency. He’s trying his best to live the easy apple-pie life he swore himself to, but the more he remembers, the harder it gets to ignore Sam’s shadow filling up the corners of Lisa Braeden’s house. What’s worse, he has no idea what the onslaught of these memories portend—or in what ways they will change him.

Reccer's Notes: This is the first fic I've read that was over 60k or so--I tend not to read fic I can't finish in a single sitting--but if you're like me, and hesitant about the long stuff, you should read this one anyway. It's brilliantly moody and atmospheric, but never in ways that detach the reader from the characters and situations at hand. It's a picture of mourning in adulthood as much as it is one of living in childhood, and both present (that is, post-S5) and pre-series storylines wend together toward a climax that's really just masterful. I didn't want it to ever end, and I'd definitely read it again. For more detailed, but slightly spoilery, praise of this fic, here's the comment I wrote in response to it.
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Title: The Obeisance of Memory
Author: rockpaperscissor
Characters: Dean, Sam, Bobby, others
Genre: Adventure/Drama
Word-count: 143,377 words
Summary: "Look, I've got no idea who your brother is, but uh, I think I might be him. Just, y'know, alive." Season 4 AU

Reccer's comment: If you like amnesiac!Dean fic, excellent Dean voice, long fic, humour, snark, tragedy, horror, AU (where canon events take a different turn, not the high school/barista type) with characters from show rather than original characters, and twists and turns that are similar enough to canon as to be instantly recognizable but at the same time drastically different, then wait no longer.

Here is the. perfect. fic: The Obeisance of Memory was started by rockpaperscissor way back in 2009 (yes, you read that correctly!) and hasn't  been finished until a few weeks ago. I have been following the story on ff.net, not reading (I don't read WIPs), but not giving up. Luckily the author never gave up either. It took me a while to read the 143,377 words in all their glory, mostly because I read and re-read and then read again for good measure.

If I get born again I hope I will be able to write like rockpaperscissor does. That's all.
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Reccer's Comments: I've really enjoyed SheyRicci's gen hurt!Dean fics. She's written a number of stories in the same general verse, with anxious Sam and loveable-if-occasionally-stupid-Dean. It's worth waiting for the hurt/comfort payoff at the end of each story. Here's three of my favorites!

Genre/pairing: Gen only. No warnings, no spoilers if you've seen season 6.

Best Vacation Ever, or Worst? (33,989 words)
Summary: Sam decides to take Dean away for some rest and relaxation, but when in their lives has anything ever gone as planned?

Sam would do anything for Dean, but he won't do that (26,063 words)
Summary: Bobby arrives at the hospital expecting answers but finds Sam unwilling to talk and Dean unable to. The arrival of Lisa doesn't help and his frustration grows because he knows Sam would do anything for his brother but won't explain what he had to do.

Ow, That Hurts (24,646 words).
Summary: Don't worry, Jody said. Just a few hours, Jody said. He won't be any trouble, Jody said. Jody sure does say a lot.










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[Hi it's me again sorry--!]

But I have another rec. :D

Title: Away With Us
Author: [livejournal.com profile] anactoria
Characters: Dean, Sam, Cas, Gilda
Genre: gen, post-S9 AU
Rating: PG-13
Tags: depression, dissociation/dissociative disorder, emotional pain/hurt, injury (misc./other/uncategorized), mark of cain, missing (kidnapping/abduction/etc.), psychological issues, supernatural powers, trapped between realities
Word count: 5900
Summary: Dean is still marked by the fae as their own, and, with the Mark of Cain gone, they begin to take an interest again. This time, he finds it harder to resist.

Reccer's Commentary: You always have such clear, incisive prose, no matter the complexity or frenetic whirlwind of a mental space you're conveying. <33 [...] I think what's particularly heroic and skillful about the way you've written this story is that you've managed to capture Dean's feelings of dissociation, and the cadence of that dissociative narrative, without losing those nodes of engagement that steer your audience towards empathy and feeling and a very intense experience of association; it's something I cannot do and envy very, very much. You are awesome. <3

Another thing you do across the board that I really admire and delight in when I read your fics is your allowance for this brief but scintillating appearances from characters who are not central to the fic yet are integral to its telling (I'm thinking here of Jody and Alex in one of your recent fics, and here Charlie and also Cain, in the opening scene). And in a similar but separate vein, inasmuch as this fic is very much Dean-centric, and inside of a headspace that has very little to do with the outside or with Sam, Sam remains this salient, dimensional person within the story as well; that marshaling of his character with such a short window, from so deep inside Dean's head, is truly ace.

The collision of mytharcs here, between the fae and the Mark of Cain, melds and bridges the two so powerfully--the result is a quiet thriller, internal without being buoyless and muddled. That external relation back to S9's mytharc and to the world of the fae really gives the fic a sense of wholeness and clarity and deep, wide horizons. It creates something new and exciting in that not only does it cross-breed two very different species of lore, but its warp and weft through Dean's human-mythic story makes that cross-breeding feel vital in every sense of the term. [...] If you couldn't tell, I adore this completely, and the whole world needs to read this fic.
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Title: Shadowman
Vidder: [livejournal.com profile] justmep2
Song: "Shadowman" by K's Choice
Characters: Dean; Sam, Castiel, special guest at the end
Genre: gen
Tags: mark of cain, depression, abandonment issues, identity issues, supernatural powers, blood loss, lacerations, injury (misc.), death, daddy issues, emotional pain, psychological damage
Warnings: Spoilers through 9x23, angsty angst
Description: Dean and his journey in season 9.
"Any time tomorrow a part of me will die / And a new one will be born / Any time tomorrow / I'll get sick of asking why / Sick of all the darkness I have worn"

Reccer's Commentary: I left an effluent comment on the video itself, so I'm just going to copy that here if no one minds. If it's tl;dr basically my commentary is WATCH THIS NOW. Or set aside a time when you have six minutes of uninterrupted time to spare, because this deserves your full, unrushed attention. Or possibly more than six minutes, if you choose to watch it again immediately upon finishing it. Which I may or may not need to do a few more times, er:

This video put my heart in my throat and kept it there the entire six minutes. This is phenomenal.

I particularly liked your pairing of Sam and Castiel walking away from Dean in 9x23 and Dean walking away from them in 9x10--it had really great flow, visually, and the juxtaposition of those two scenes both thematically and emotionally just blew me away. [...]

And wowwwwww that last bit! Your pairing of John's last words and Dean's is a stroke of genius--it never once would have occurred to me to make that connection (or to remember John's words), and my initial reaction to the scene when I first watched 9x23 was basically just like, "lol Dean what part of this past year are you proud of us for, exactly." And I really haven't been sure what to do with the line, because I couldn't find any resonance for it. But here is one interpretation right in this vid! And it's a beautiful one.

I guess in a similar vein I've had trouble for the latter part of S9 maintaining my emotional, immediately personal connection to SPN, instead drifting off in a haze of more cerebral glee and idk almost pornographic meta enjoyment of their pain. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I mean. XD But I prefer to be emotionally devastated and then thrilled by that devastation, rather than skip that first step, you know?

This vid put me right there in that emotional sweet spot. [...]
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Title: Summer Camp
Author: gigglingkat
Tags: wee!chesters
Characters: Dean, Sam, John, OC (married couple)
Word-count: 5465
Spoilers: none
Summary: John sends Dean to summer camp for a week.
Reccer’s comments: This story is so adorable and heartbreaking, I just had to share it. There is not an awful lot of hurt!Dean here, just enough to qualify :) What makes a good wee!chesters story is if I can recognize the adult characters in the children. And this kid!Dean is most definitely the Dean we know as an adult, both in his adorableness and his heartbreaking-ness (yes, that's a word. I looked it up. Not. :D) Not being a Sam girl I'm not so sure about him, but I do recognize his stubbornness and singlemindedness. Do check out the postcards that go with the story!


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Title: Psychological Diagnostic Battery of Dean Winchester
Author: pirrofarfalla@Tumblr
Genre: meta; fic, of sorts
Character: Dean
Rating: SFW
Warnings: discussion concerning mental illness, specifically depression, alcohol use, and suicidal ideation
Summary: I wrote this essay for a Master’s level Diagnosis and Assessment class. It is an objective, complete psychological diagnostic battery that would be completed for any client seeking professional mental health aid.

Reccer's Comments: An interesting read for many hoodietimers, I'm sure. :) The part I was most interested in was the excision of any overt mentions of the supernatural in the exam, or as the author puts it, "I think the striking reality of Dean’s situation with the focus solely being on him and not the intervention of Heaven and Hell is enough to provide a broader understanding of who Dean Winchester is as a human, rather than [solely] as the Righteous Man." The battery goes from pre-series midway or so through S2. God, imagine what it would say now.
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Title: Dean and the Mark of Cain
Artist: Akemi Stuff
Tags: emotional pain/hurt
Characters: Dean
Type/medium: sketch (??? I haven't a clue about the production of art and wouldn't know how to label this properly)
Rating: SFW
Spoilers: Do you know about the Mark of Cain? ...you're grand.
Warnings: none
Description: Just Dean's face. Well, just one half really.
Reccer’s comments: I found this incredibly haunting in its glorious minimalism. I hesitated posting it here, but after a nudge from [livejournal.com profile] kalliel I decided that Dean's forlorn look definitely qualifies for emotional hurt. So there.

Full picture under the cut )
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HEY GUYS. GUESS WHAT TONIGHT IS. A WEEK FROM LAST TUESDAY BUT WAY, WAY COOLER.

I've recommended a couple Dean H/C and Dean-centric gif/graphic Tumblrs here before, but there's been some truly fascinating, thoughtful Dean S9 discussion going on on Tumblr of late, too. If you're interested in joining in (or lurking!), here are a couple Tumblrs you might be interested in!



amonitrate has an epic Dean meta being posted daily right now, too, which I'm sure to bring up in another rec post soon.

If you find these kinds of Tumblr recs helpful, let me know and I'll be sure to keep a more concerted lookout for cool stuff!
[identity profile] biketest.livejournal.com
My s9 Dean-centric comment meme is still going on, so here are the two awesome fills that have been posted so far!

Title: Untitled
Author: misterdeanvimes
Tags: psychological trauma, self-esteem issues, mark of cain
Characters: Dean
Genre/pairing: gen
Rating: PG
Word-count: 400
Spoilers: 9x17
Warnings: stabbing imagery
Summary: for the prompt:"Dean trying to fix the impala after Abaddon's demons scratched her up so badly in Blade Runners"
Reccer’s comments: Wonderfully written fic exploring Dean's headspace at this point in the season.

Title: Wake Up
Author: anonymous
Tags: insomnia, alcoholism, sleep deprivation, mark of cain
Characters: Dean, Sam
Genre/pairing: gen
Rating: PG
Word-count: 1000
Spoilers: 9x18
Summary: for the prompt: "Turns out the Mark of Cain has some physical effects. It makes him stronger and makes him feel less pain. But it pumps him full of adrenaline so that he is always feeling wired and anxious and can never sleep. The only way he can really calm himself down and get some rest is with alcohol. He tries to hide these effects from Sam."
Reccer’s comments: This fic is really beautifully understated and characterized for both brothers, and made my heart break for Dean. I love the Sam POV in this fic as he's realizing that something is wrong.
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Title: Ain't it Good to be Alive?
Author: sirendean
Tags: self-harm, mutism, hell/post-hell issues, ptsd
Characters: Dean, Sam, Bobby, Alastair
Genre/pairing: gen
Rating: teen
Word-count: 1542
Warnings: self-harm
Summary: Dean rakes his hand over his face, smearing it with blood. He smells the iron and familiarity washes over him, and his mouth twitches into a weak smile.
Reccer’s comments: A great fic in which Dean has stopped talking post-Hell. It is so well written and vivid, and Dean's memories of life before and directly after the fire are especially painful.

Title: Leave a Bad Taste in Your Mouth
Author: [livejournal.com profile] transposition73
Tags: daddy issues, injury, emotional pain/hurt
Characters: Dean, John, (Cassie)
Genre/pairing: past Dean/Cassie
Rating: R
Word-count: 1002
Summary: Post-hunt and post-Cassie, Dean muses.
Reccer’s comments: I went on a Dean/Cassie fic hunt the other day, and this is one of my favorites. I can't get over what a great Dean voice this is, from all the way back in 2007. It packs such a punch in a very short space. The contrast of Dean going from what things were like with Cassie to being back with John just makes me ache for him.
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Title: Sam Winchester’s Journal - Entry #58
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] petite_madame
Characters: Dean
Medium: digital painting
Spoilers: None past current S9 canon.
Teaser:



Reccer's Comments: Oh, like I actually need to give anyone any further incentive to click on that. XP Because you know, there are just some fan projects that are obscenely, ridiculously, unreal-ly (supernaturally???) phenomenal, and this is one of them. If you don't already know about [livejournal.com profile] petite_madame's Journal of a Man of Letters project (or if you're like me and fail at Tumblr, and therefore fail to keep up with gorgeous art things) definitely read/view the whole thing!

Sam's thoughts often accompany many of the illustrations, as well as well-chosen quotes to match the other entries. It's about Sam, of course, and Dean, of course, but also everyone else SPN's touched, from the Trans to the Ghostfacers to Josie Sands and Abaddon.

Also, I want to rec Sam Winchester's Journal - Entry #55, too, which I might like even more than that first piece, if that's possible. Both the art and fic are stellar.
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Title: The Weight
Artist: hexacosm@Tumblr
Characters: Dean, Castiel
Genre/pairing: gen, hurt/comfort, drama
Type/medium: digital painting
Rating: SFW, some violence/damage
Spoilers: none
Warnings: other hurt character (Castiel)
Description: An encounter between Dean and Castiel in S9 that, with the Mark of Cain and First Blade in play, reverses an encounter from S8.

Reccer's Comments: I've been jonesing for all the Mark of Cain/S9 stuff I can get my hands on, and this artwork definitely fits the bill! I've previously recced one of the artist's other Mark of Cain portraits, and also commented on her clothing details and rich color palettes then, but I feel compelled to reiterate these things once more! THE SEAMS ON DEAN'S JACKET, the light glancing off his and Castiel's hair, the murky light of the background juxtaposed against the deep shadows of the foreground... Beautiful work that brings to light an interesting concept.

I also want to note that I found this piece via [livejournal.com profile] crack_impala's Friday Rec Roundup, where you can get the DL on tons more excellent fanworks daily. :)
[identity profile] juppschmitz.livejournal.com
At this moment in time (past 9.17) I just want Dean to forget all about his crappy life and for him to be given a chance at starting over completely without baggage. So I went searching for fic and found these two gems:
(Well, the "no baggage"-thing didn't quite work out, though :D)

Title: A Foreign Country
Author: casspeach
Tags: amnesia
Characters: Dean, OFC
Genre/pairing: Dean/OFC
Rating: General Audiences
Word-count: 30 480
Spoilers: Season 2 (if that's still spoilery - there's always people just getting into SPN, right?)
Summary: Dean finds himself alone and badly injured on the side of a mountain in Colorado with no memory of who he is or what he's doing there. This is the story of the life he makes for himself when he has no knowledge of hunting or the dangers lurking in the dark (or, gasp, Sam!!). When something threatens his new family he's forced to fall back on lessons he can't remember being taught, and skills he can't remember acquiring to protect them.

Reccer’s comments: There is not an awful lot of hurt!Dean in this one, just enough at the beginning to get me in a good mood ;) The way the story develops, however, (story spoiler) with Dean never regaining his memories is so beautifully written, with well fleshed out original characters, and callbacks to Dean's past life cropping up throughout the story, that I immediately saved it to my "favourite fics" folder on my computer :)


Title: Living In The Past
Author: aussiemel1
Tags: amnesia
Characters: Dean, Sam
Genre/pairing: none
Rating: M
Word-count: 45 040
Spoilers: season 4
Warnings: none
Summary: Dean suffers partial amnesia after an accident and Sam has to decide what information his brother needs to know about the past, at the same time as they try to prevent another seal being broken. Set in Season 4

Reccer’s comments: This is for those (me! me!) who want to punish themselves and re-visit Season 4 in all its angsty glory. Written mostly from Sam's POV, which is a lovely change from what we usually get on show. The author hits season4!Sam spot on and Dean, even with amnesia, is so in character it's a joy (or not, lol) to read. This also went straight to my favourites folder :)
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While we're at it... XD

Title: Mark of Cain
Artist: sharkifer@Tumblr
Character: Dean
Rating: SFW
Medium: Digital
Description: Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me this day away from the ground; and from thy face I shall be hidden; and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will slay me."
Reccer's Comments: This is a little stylized sketch of the Mark of Cain in close-up. Simple, but ominous and moody. Incidentally, the artist has also done a lovely-tragic sketch/animation for Dean's S9 birthday, that's wonderful, as well. <3

Title: Mark of Cain
Artist: gammyun@DeviantArt
Character: Dean
Rating: SFW
Medium: Digital
Description: Wanted to do something with the mark of cain, so this happened. Digital painting in PS.
Reccer's Comments: Forewarning, there is a phenomenal snake in this painting. The details of this (snakeskin! angel feathers! Dean's flannel shirt! The zipped edge/snaps of his jacket! Freckles!), and its rich, metallic colors are a pleasure.
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Here are a few recs that involve drowning/near-drowning, or tentacles, or poisoning, or water generally speaking, and occasionally all of the above! And believe me, I have more. I have a problem, I know. I do not care. XD

Title: Sea-themed hurt!Dean
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] a_starfish
Characters: Dean
Rating: SFW
Medium: Digital
Summary: None provided. HT's summary: 'Deep into a case' has multiple meanings. Most of them aren't good.
Reccer's Notes: This is the first posted work for our case!works month, and it's setting the bar crazy high, guys. XD (But in a way that INSPIRES, yes??) The detail to this piece is breathtaking, from the aquatic-themed wallpaper in the motel, to the chipping blue lacquer on the table, to the casts of the light. As you scroll down the piece tells a story rich with ambiguities and--pun unintended--depth. The light fades from the top of the piece to the full dark of the bottom to dazzling effect.

Title: …Balls!
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] sillie82
Characters: Sam, Dean
Rating: SFW
Medium: Crochet(!!!)
Summary: To save a young girl, Dean insists on rushing into a job before they really know what they're hunting. They just barely make it out intact: one small injury, a bite to Dean's neck, and as far as Sam's concerned they got lucky. At least until they find out the bite they'd thought was no big deal is slowly changing Dean into a lake monster. Now Sam has to decide between killing his brother and risking that Dean will turn him next.
Reccer's Notes: This is one of the amazing sets of artwork that came out of [livejournal.com profile] spn_reverseband this year! This is one of those pieces that's both the most adorable thing in the world, yet undeniably creepy. And the scene illustrations she does in addition to the original piece are absolutely priceless. The fic that goes with it is Between Scylla and Charibdis by [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte, which you should also check out, though I've not yet read it. The fic is NC-17 Sam/Dean.

Title: Prickly
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mad_server
Genre: hurt/comfort, angst
Characters: Dean, Sam
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1165
Summary: Dean gets poisoned by a sea urchin.
Reccer's Notes: No one does short, dialogue-centric, punchy H/C like [livejournal.com profile] mad_server does. She writes brotherly love at its absolute highest, and it'll make you happy and comfortable and it'll make you fall in love (with Sam and Dean, with H/C, with fan fic) all over again. And then it'll rip your heart out when you're least expecting it with a single thought, a line, a loose Winchester train of thought. And it hurts so good.

3 more fics - drowning/near-drowning, animal transformation, kelp monsters, and supernatural mutism )
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Two recs under the theme of Dean's heart, metaphorically and literally speaking. Alternative Universe following episode 1x12 "Faith.


Title: In Reverse
Author: Sodakey
Tags: Heart-Condition, illness, Hospitalization, pain
Characters: Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, OCs, John Winchester (Flash-Back)
Genre/pairing: None
Rating: T
Word-count: 148.382
Spoilers: Season one, Episode "Faith"
Warnings: Hurt!Sam in some parts.
Summary: After Faith, a job has the boys looking for missing hikers in Wyoming. While Sam worries it’s connected to what happened to Dean ten years ago, Dean wonders if Sam would be better off back in the world of normal.
Reccer’s comments: I think most of our fandom know this one, but if you don't go, run read it. There is no word to describe the author's incredible work here. Hurt!Dean, Overprotective-yet-oblivious!Sam, a bunch of Sam's old college friends who don't like Dean at all, and a vulnerable!Dean who is still the BAMF that we know and love. A Must Read if I ever know one.



Title: Heart To Heart
Author: [livejournal.com profile] wave_obscura
Tags: Heart-Condition, Heart stroke, illness, Drugs reactions, Hospitalization, pain, heart condition, panic attack.
Characters: Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, Bobby Singer
Genre/pairing: None
Rating: R
Word-count: 30.375
Spoilers: Season two, Episode "Faith"
Warnings: Disturbing scenes.
Summary: After the electrocution, Dean suffers some very painful permanent damage. Crappy circumstances leave the boys broke and desperate; Sam does what he’s gotta do to take care of his brother.
Reccer’s comments: Oh Dear God. This fic left me... breathless and seriously disturbed. It's a mix of horror, despair and love. Sam's desperation to save Dean and Dean's horrible, horrible symptoms... God, apart from "In Reverse" by Sodakey, I cannot imagine a better aftermath of the episode "Faith". One of the best Hurt!Dean I have ever read. it's also worth-shivering the way Sam loves Dean in this fic. The way he keep doing bad, bad things to save his brother. Superb work.
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This Dean in Hell art by [livejournal.com profile] wifihunters is just beautiful. And hurty but also uplifting. The artist is more active on Tumblr than LJ but maybe if we show some love we'll see more here.  
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This might seem slightly off topic at first, because technically it's an article written by a woman who's a medical actor (has a script, pretends symptoms, grades med students on the quality of their care), and in her actual life is dealing with the interpersonal/emotional complications of abortion, but the big ideas driving it resonate with me so much as far as hurt/comfort as a genre goes, and erp, Sam and Dean. (I know I Winchester-goggled it...)

The Empathy Exams, by Leslie Jamison, is about empathy, and the role of empathy when it comes to illness, injury, and trauma--as well as the consequences of one's failure to empathize, or even to empathize inadequately. It's also about rotten spaces you fall into as someone who's hurting, where your frustrations and empathies fail, and how that impacts those around you (like, for instance when you're in pain, "the kind of pain that comes without a perpetrator," and you cast your loved ones as either villains or saviors, even if they can't possibly be either).

It's a really nuanced, complicated articulation of what empathy means and how it does and does not look--powerful read, and definitely something you'd be interested in as someone who's involved in H/C as a genre, whatever your role. OR INVOLVED IN SPN IN GENERAL, LOL, BECAUSE SHOW PLAYS HARDBALL. XD

In this sense, empathy isn’t measured just by checklist item 31—“Voiced empathy for my situation/problem”—but by every item that gauges how thoroughly my experience has been imagined. Empathy isn’t just remembering to say That must really be hard, it’s figuring out how to bring difficulty into the light so it can be seen at all. Empathy isn’t just listening, it’s asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing. Empathy means acknowledging a horizon of context that extends perpetually beyond what you can see […]

Empathy means realizing no trauma has discrete edges. Trauma bleeds. Out of wounds and across boundaries. Sadness becomes a seizure.
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Title: Demon!Dean
Artist: cheuwell@Tumblr
Character: Dean
Rating: Safe For Work
Medium: digital painting/portraiture

Reccer's Comments: I have never been so aroused by a piece of fan art in my entire life. Holy moly, guys, this is AMAZING. JUST CLICK ON IT, OKAY. (Which I just typo'd as "LICK ON IT"--this may also be a viable option, though I'm not sure how your computer screen would feel about that. The color palette, the texture to his fabrics, his demony eyes and his eyelashes (and surely we're all aware of Dean's eyelashes), his cool-ass expression. Words cannot describe how much I love this piece, they really can't. And the demonsmoke filtering past his lips is shudderingly awesome.

This is backroom, dive bar, bad boy kinds of sexiness.


Note: I'm using the "smoke inhalation" tag in a non-traditional way, but you know what? STILL ACCURATE.

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