And that's a wrap!
Thanks, everybody, for another wonderful year. Happy reading, and well done all!
[“Flux”: 16k, PG, gen, luorescence & sl_walker.]
Pairing: Gen, though with mentions of Gabriel/Ezekiel
Word count: 16k
Genres and tropes: Norse mythology, Loki story.
Summary: Gabriel has been out of Heaven for five years now and living a fairly good life in the Nord Kingdom since, the Host just don’t know it yet. The universe hates him, though, and decides to make him cross paths with Balthazar, one of the few that would be able to see through his disguise. It goes without saying he needs a new vessel fast, one nobody will recognize - and he’s been told Loki’s the only one who can/will help.
[“Broken Mirrors”: 26k, NC17, Gabriel/Sam, velocitym1 & captain_d_leet.]
Title: Broken Mirrors
Word count: 26k
Genres and tropes: Hurt/comfort, fix-it
Summary: Gabriel has been stuck in that DVD the whole time and it isn’t until Sam watches through to the end that he escapes. Only by then Sam is all alone, and with Dean and Cas fallen victim to exploding Dick, he breaks down. Gabriel knows about loss, and knows that being alone is one of the worst things in the world when you really need a shoulder to cry on. Healing is rarely easy and never fast.
[“Luck”: 32k, NC17, Gabriel/Balthazar, write_rewrite & burdenedbones.]
Word count: 32k
Genres and tropes: Historical AU (WWI)
Summary: Gabriel Novak counts on his luck to get him through all the hard roads, and it’s never failed him yet. He manages to get out of Dodge quick enough to put his past behind him, and for a while, lives in England with relative peace. Then the war swings around, and Gabriel’s in the midst of the fighting, the marching, the bloodshed and the dead, and he starts to think that, maybe, being lucky isn’t the great gift he thought it’d be.
[“A Thin Thread”: 16k, PG, Sam/Gabriel, kdheart, scherziato, & thette.]
Title: A Thin Thread
Pairing: Sam/Gabriel, Dean/Castiel(/Benny)
Word count: 16k
Genres and tropes: Purgatory fic, soul bond
Summary: Stuck in Purgatory after his death, Gabriel discovers he still has a connection to the world of the living - Sam Winchester. After Purgatory, the most boring and unchanging place next to Heaven gets turned on its head by the stunts pulled by Castiel, he decides it’s time to get out and he needs Sam’s help to do it.
[“Nemo titulum istum”: 18k, NC17, Sam/Gabriel, aria_lerendeair & samaelsammy.]
Word count: 18k
Genres and tropes: Stripper AU, some angst, happy ending
Summary: Gabriel is a stripper at one of the hottest nightclubs in the city. So when he meets Sam, hottest dude of his unknown dreams, he has to take advantage of him. Over and over again. Falling for him was never part of the plan…but it happened anyways.
[“The Weight of Living”: 19k, PG, Sam/Gabriel, carelessshipper, stardustmote, & flannel4lyfe.]
Title: The Weight of Living
Word count: 19k
Genres and tropes: High school AU, pining
Summary: Sam and Gabriel have been inseparable since Gabriel saved Sam’s ass from some bullies in elementary school. But everything changes with an ill-timed kiss at a New Year’s Party, and all Gabriel can see wherever he looks is old memories of him and Sam. Now, Gabriel is left tail-spinning, drowning his sorrows at a bar and reliving some of Sam’s and his greatest hits. Everything seems to have taken a turn for the worse, and then the greatest tragedy of all strikes. Gabriel’s always heard it said that the darkest hour is before the dawn, but him and Sam are so tangled up in heartache and self-destructive tendencies that Gabriel has no idea how any of it will end. AKA the all-human AU where Gabriel is a pining best friend, Sam is an oblivious dork, and there are all the romantic, gushy cliche’s that we all love and live for. Also, Gabriel really should have just convinced Sam to take that road trip with him.
[“Carry that weight”: 25k, PG, Sam/Gabriel, scarlet_gryphon, sharys_aogail, and ziarenete13x.]
Title: Carry That Weight
Pairing: Sam/Gabriel, minor Dean/Cas and Bobby/Jody
Word count: 25k
Genres and tropes: Sentinel/Guide AU, pining, steampunk, fantasy
Summary: Sam doesn’t want a Guide. Gabriel has no choice but to be his. The road to love (or even like) never has run smooth. Steampunk-fantasy Sentinel/Guide AU fusion. Sabriel with v. minor background Destiel.
[“The Lucky Ones”: 42k, R, Sam/Gabriel, winnywriter & moonbirdie.]
Title: The Lucky Ones
Word count: 42k
Genres and tropes: Roadtrip
Warnings: Underage drinking, drugs (mostly past), panic attacks
Summary: Sam is running away. Running from his past, from his future, from everything that seems to be going wrong in his life. It seems like all he has to look forward to are long stretches of road and desert in front of him. That is until a stranger in a beat up old pickup truck stops on the side of the road and asks him if he needs a ride.
[“Title”: 33k, NC17, Sam/Gabriel, saybriel, saeadame, & trickstergabrie.]
Title: Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Word count: 33k
Warnings: Mentions of PTSD, slight gore
Summary: Sam and Gabriel have a strange relationship. Because he is Sam’s ‘hired snuggler,’ Gabriel spends a lot of time in Sam’s bed, but not in the context he’d prefer. Being a professional, Gabriel decides that he needs to cut back how much of his time he spends with Sam, just as the lawyer starts to show more interest in him.
[“French Toast and Psychosis”: 24k, PG, Dean/Gabriel, darth_firefly & kidezt.]
Pairing: Dean/Gabriel, mentions of Sam/Bela
Word count: 24k
Warnings: Mentions of child abuse (not graphic), cancer
Summary: It was just supposed to be a weekend get-away. Doctor Gabriel Armstrong was looking forward to his semi-annual weekend off to de-stress from his job as a psychiatrist. He certainly wasn’t looking for a weekend fling. Dean Winchester has been doing a good job of hiding his burn-out from running his diner and taking care of his brother Sam, who’s battling leukemia. He was sent off for the weekend, kicking and screaming. He definitely wasn’t looking for anything out of the weekend other than a nice massage. What neither of them know is that they’re already connected - by one of Gabriel’s patients, Emma Crowe.
[“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”: 17k, M, Sam/Jess/Gabriel, hey_mister_dj & nrwendt.]
Word count: 17k
Warnings: Underage drinking
Summary: Sam and Jess are the all-American Power Couple on campus. Gabriel is a Gatsby-esque playboy. They meet at a party and there’s a spark that none of them were expecting. What blooms from that meeting is something more than they could have predicted, but they’re all incredibly happy with the outcome.
[“Mr Speight”: 47k, M, Sam/Richard, lilithrain & necrora.]
Title: Mr Speight
Word count: 47k
Genres / tropes / warnings: Foreign languages, swearing, possession, angels, vandalism, bullying, epilepsy, abandonment issues, family issues, running away, stress, unrequited love, heartbreak, visions, fights, comedy, pranks, tricksters (inferred).
Summary: Richard’s life is far from ordinary, even if he is just a high school teacher and maths tutor on the face of it. But for those who know him however, Richard is much more than that. Oppa, big brother, family. Growing up in two technical families gets even more interesting and complicated as Richard finds out when your surrogate baby sister gets big brothers of her own. More than him to just worry over her, especially when she runs away from home, or more drives away. The soundtrack to his story just got a whole lot more chaotic, especially when Sam Winchester is in his life.
[“The Theory of Silence and Storms”: 101k, NC17, Dean/Gabriel, natt & mothandstars.]
Pairing: Gabriel/Dean, Sam/Lucifer, past Ion/Gabriel
Rating: NC17 (with NSFW art)
Genres and tropes: AU, romance, future!fic, bdsm
Warnings: Spoiler-free. Art is not work safe. The kinky stuff: safe-sane-consensual BDSM, D/s, bondage, power-play, piercings (no blood or bloodplay), exhibitionism, voyeurism, sounding. The unpleasant stuff: angst, slavery/loss of personhood (no dub/non-con), minor character death, canon-typical violence.
Summary: Since the High Lord and his children took over Earth a century ago, winning the Cage has been the fast lane to fame and fortune for the champion. Defeat is not as pleasant: the loser is sold to the highest bidder. Of course Dean had to try. And to be honest, Dean thought that he would be the one on the podium after the last fight. Instead he is kneeling in the dirt, battered and bruised, the Lords and Ladies of North America fighting to buy him.
Link to art (nsfw!).
[“Pines in Winter”: 15k, PG, gen, dragons_muse & luorescence.]
Title: Pines in Winter
Word count: 15k
Genres and tropes: Kidfic, human AU
Summary: Gabriel hadn't meant to add kidnapping to his long list of crimes, but there was a boy with a black eye and a knife. Some things were just meant to be.
[“That's the way the cookie crumbles”: 23k, PG, Gabriel/Sam, nileflood & velocitym1.]
Pairing: Gabriel/Sam preslash, past Gabriel/Kali, Dean/Castiel
Word count: 23k
Genres and tropes: Murder Mystery AU, based on the show Castle, police procedural- we wear sunglasses at night
Warnings: Death of minor characters, violence towards main characters, danger
Summary: Gabriel Tricksler is a successful crime author with everything going for him. He's got a great publisher behind him, several best-sellers under his belt and now Hollywood wants to make his books into a blockbuster. Life couldn't get much better. Well, he could find some motivation to write. Luckily for him, or maybe not as it turns out, a body is discovered at one of his charity events, and the investigating officer is none other than Sam Wesson, one of the city's best homicide investigators and perfect inspiration. He's not so keen on working side-by-side with Gabriel Tricksler, but his Chief makes sure he has no choice in the matter. Of course, when Gabriel manages to literally stumble over a second corpse, Sam starts to suspect that Gabriel is more involved than he's letting on.
[“Lost Promises and Broken Dreams”: 21k, R, Castiel/Gabriel, glenavera & h4ppy_fun_b4ll.]
Word count: 21k
Genres and tropes: Canon divergent
Warnings: Major character death, wing-rape
Summary: After leaving heaven Gabriel always thought that there was absolutely nothing that could make him choose a side. He was wrong.
And the honorary sort-of-big-bang:[“Your kind prison”: 30k, NC17, Gabriel/Sam and Gabriel/Dean, whit-merule.]
Title: Your kind prison
Pairing: Gabriel/Dean (one-off hookup), Gabriel/Sam (endgame), Dean/Castiel, implied Charlie/Sefkhet
Word count: 30k
Genres and tropes: Canon divergent (coda to season 8), fallen angels, reclaiming Heaven from Metatron, genderqueer character, manhandling/rough sex, archangels, biblical reinterpretation, BAMF Castiel and Gabriel, vessel!fic (consensual temporary possession)
Warnings: Some spoilers for season 9 (character names only); mild dubcon of the 'sex while disguised' kind; angelic possession; rough sex and manhandling
Summary: Humans talk of the Fall as if it were one finite event, one story alone. But Lucifer was not the only archangel to fall. Each of them fell, one by one, in their own way. Some of them fell many times. And now the sky is full of falling stars, falling angels. The last archangel watches them fall, and has to make a choice between continuing as he is and learning - teaching all of them - to write a new own story, to set against Metatron’s.
“Cute,” Gabriel rapped out in Enochian. “You’ve got demons. Battle stations, guys.”
He took a moment to be shocked at how easily the general’s voice came back to him - at how lethargic uncomprehending Malon was on his feet and standing to attention in a moment, and Castiel’s sleepiness vanished like it had never been there - then he was tossing the knife to Ezekiel, drawing his own sword out of nowhere and holding it out hilt-first to Castiel.