It's gotta still be the 13th somewhere... ;)
Season 1 includes some of the most epically SPN images and lines. The soul of the show was there already, primal and strong.
So, For the Supernatural birthday thing
(I'm enjoying this so much! Reading people's love for the show, and their "origin stories"...), and my one year anniversary watching SPN, recs for some season 1 fic or retellings with a twist of the beginning of the show, that's now become sort of epic.
I had trouble convincing myself not to include some amazing pre-series fic I love, like fleshflutter
's The Time Dean was Sam's Girlfriend and Jess Entered the Winchester Family Business
and its great podfic
's Holly, Ivy, Mistletoe
and its podfic
by the wonderful applegeuse
and perhaps my very favorite fic, And I Have Asked to be Where No Storms Come
and its podfic
by the author... So, good thing I was strong about that.
Sadly, a lot of the authors aren't around in fandom anymore. I wish I could tell some of these people how meaningful their work has been and still is to me. But at least I can still point to it! :/
And I know a lot of these everybody knows and loves, but hey, it took me a long while to find them myself, perhaps I'm not the only one not to know about them. Title
: Credit in the Straight WorldAuthor
I'd have loved to hear more SPN podfic by her
Gorgeous art by: dreamlittleyoAuthor's Warnings/Spoilers
: pre-series, so no spoilers. Story contains: explicit sexual content, some of which involves the underage. Kink. Sex and violence that may trigger some people. If you know you have issues with triggers, or you just like warnings, detailed warnings are here.Author's Summary
: Sam has always had his brother, when he wanted him and when he didn't. But that was before he was the lucky recipient of a gift from faerie that Dean can't remember and John can't forget. It leaves Sam to find his own way to navigate between the 'real' world and the Winchester world and deal with guilt he can't shake, no matter how hard he tries. And trying? Is going to involve plenty of sex, rebellion (and maybe some of Dean's rock and roll. But not much).Rec
: This is one I always get back to. I love the way it explores Sam's negotiation with being normal. I adore the Sam in this fic. It's definitely Sam, our Sammy, but the fic brings out a side of his I know is there but isn't often written, in human contexts. The way that for all Sam wants to be accepted, wants to be part of society more than Dean does, when it comes to things he's committed to, he's willing to go very far in telling society to go fuck itself, to stand strong in the face of whatever consequences that brings. Another thing I love about this fic is that subs are often written as subby outside of scenes too. Here Sam fights bravely against the notion that he shouldn't sub. I love a sub (or switch, in this case) who claims their subjectivity, their right over their body, to do with as they please.
Anyway, fantastic fic, and one that stayed with me. Title
: Memories of MeAuthor
: Gillian MiddletonRating
: NC-17Warnings: The memory loss sort of dubconAuthor's Summary
: While investigating a routine curse in a small California town Dean loses his memory. With only his brother to lean on feelings begin to develop that aren't exactly brotherly. How's Sam going to cope with that?Rec
: Perhaps because I'm newer to the fandom, and it all seems far away and magical from where I stand, I find a certain thrill in this being season 1 fic that was actually written during season 1. The characterization of Dean, Sam and the world they live in is very season 1, this pure, primal heart of the show, to me. I love fic that deals with the whole incest thing, and this one devotes a lot of time to that. And I often like fic in which a character is altered for a period of time, though they're still themselves (or pretty much), and the way they and the other character deal with it, then the way they both deal with it when it's over
. This fic provides all of that, it a way I enjoyed reading a whole lot. Title
: The Fetters of FenrirAuthor
: NC-17Author's Warnings
: Forced Prostitution, TortureAuthor's Summary
: How far would you go to reclaim the other half of your soul?Rec
: This is an AU that breaks away from the series at the end of season 1. It's... wow. Its a lot of things I don't normally read, and it still grabbed me in a big way. It's huge, and still I kept wanting more. Just a great story, casefic of sorts... it includes two more elements I have a thing for - someone finding out about the incest and the boys keeping their ground (I want *all* the someone finds out stories!), and a solution that's not about fixing the sick person, but about realizing it's not a bad thing, just not normative. This. There should be more fic about this.