May. 2nd, 2012
Other stuff: Season 5 AU.
Word count: 2200 words so far.
This WIP was born from musings over the SPN episode "The French Mistake". The idea that there are so many more universes to play with made my last resistance to my schmoopy domestic Dean/Cas bunnies crumble completely. Not that I mind domestic fics at all, I just don't like writing them all that much. Joke's on me, clearly.
My bunny was jotted down like this:
Dean is breaking inside after his trip to 2014. Castiel decides to do a little time jumping of his own to find a more hopeful future to tell Dean about. Sadly, he's too emotionally invested and his intense hope that he will find a happy Dean directs him to a different timeline parallel to his, where Dean and Cas live together in domestic, fluffy happiness. Castiel still hasn't figured out what all his feelings for Dean really mean, so seeing that future makes him very confused and even more emotional. So when he tries to travel back to his own time, he only manages to travel back in the timeline he's already in, finding out how he and Dean began in a different way.
Notes: This is pretty much an excuse to write pure sap. I don't know why I normally resist this so much, but whatever. I'm still sort of conflicted on how Cas makes the actual jump, since he's still fairly low on power at that time and Balthazar needed to do some sort of ritual to get Sam and Dean to the other universe. But I get the feeling that God is looking over Castiel's shoulder a lot, considering how many times he's been brought back to life, so I always have the option of just saying "God did it." Cheap, but doable.
In this other universe, things are pretty much the same up to season 5. Certain things might be tweeked, but so far I stick to Sam putting Lucifer back in the cage. Only real difference is that in this world, Dean and Cas actually managed to get together, and when God brought back Cas after Lucifer offed him, he also popped Sam out of the cage, all full of soul and everything. Probably Adam too, for good measure. After Lucifer being popped back in the cage, his minions sort of slithered away and hunts became fewer and far between. So when a kid was pretty much dumped in his lap, Dean decided to just say screw it all and aim for an apple pie life. (With hunting on the side, because he's still Dean.) I have the entire freaky story of how they happened upon a newborn baby in my head, but I'm not sure it'll end up even being put into the fic. But if I do get it typed out, I guess I can always just add it as sort of an outtake or something.
I'm still not sure what to do with Sam in the other universe. I think he'd still be hunting, but I also think he'd jump at the opportunity to settle down. I'd like for him to also have a family, but with who, I'm still unsure. I'm tempted to bring back Gabriel, but I'm not sure it fits this fic all that well. So who knows. Maybe Sam and Adam will just shack up and be messy bachelors together. *shrug* I don't think I'm really up for writing too many OCs for this one. The little kid is giving me enough headaches.
The focus of this fic isn't even supposed to be the fluff. It's supposed to be about Castiel's internal struggles to figure out what all these pesky emotions are all about, but we'll see how well I manage to pull that off.
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