When CassondraWinchester and I started out on this journey, over a year ago now, it was a way for me to escape the hardships that were happening in my life as well as something we thought would be fun and to pass the time. Never, in a million years, had we anticipated it turning into this. We went from late night ramblings of “Oh my god, Destiel mobsters would be so hot!” to writing over 100-thousands words of it.
There are so many people to thank. First off, Theatregirl7299 for holding our hand at the beginning and telling us our idea was worth something, despite the pairing not being her cup of tea. And then IslanderBib83 for literally walking through this journey at our side, crying when we cried, getting angry when we made hard choices, and falling in love with our characters right along with us. HUGE thank you to thunderpuffin429 for her beta work and help in getting our fic into tip-top shape and to purpleskys for making sure that we didn’t mess things up too badly after our edits and fluffing post-beta’ing.
Lastly, I want to thank Cas for partaking in this journey with me. Writing with you was probably the best therapy I could’ve had while my life was falling apart around me. I even loved when we got stressed and snappy with each other and then looked up videos on the most messed up things (seriously, no one can look at my search history) to break the ice. This is our first big bang, and we completed it together. I am so proud of us. I honestly do not believe I could’ve done this, or gotten as far as I have in real life, without your support and friendship. I love you and thank you for doing this with me ♥
This is a dark fic, but it’s also heartwarming and above all, a story about acceptance and love. We really hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed writing it. So, without further ado…
Welcome to our World
Welcome to New York! Or, more specifically, Brighton Beach. Right on the Coney Island Peninsula, the beach is home to the Krushnic Bratva (loosely based off the Solntsevskaya) and Pakhan Castiel Krushnic’s legitimate nightclub/hostel. Padshiye Angely (Fallen Angels) serves as the legal front for all illegal activities conducted by the Bratva. Those criminal activities may entail drug trafficking, extortion, robbery and smuggling, as well as some murdering and gambling, but the family spends a fair amount of time enjoying a drink on the beach or barside while watching a show.
Meet the Family
Pakhan - Castiel Krushnic
The Boss or Krestnii Otets "Godfather" and controls everything. The Pakhan controls four criminal cells in the working unit through an intermediary called an "Avtoritet."
Sovietnik - Gabriel Krushnic
“Councilor” or the advisor to the Pakhan. This is his most trusted associate.
Kaznachey - Balthazar Krushnic
The Bookkeeper who collects all money from Brigadiers and bribes the government to Obshchak (money mafia intended for use in the interests of the group).
Avtoritet - Michael Krushnic
“Authority”. A captain in charge of a small group of men. He gives out jobs to Boyeviks ("warriors") and pays tribute to Pakhan. He runs a crew which is called a Brigade (Bratva). A Brigade is made up of 5–6 Boyeviks and Shestyorkas. There are four Avtoritet’s running criminal activity in the Russian Bratva.
Boyevik - Gadreel Leonov, Inias Batishchev, Malachi Batischev, Ephraim Nozdrin
Warriors that work for an Avtoritet that has a special criminal activity to run. A Boyevik is in charge of finding new guys and paying tribute up to his Avtoritet. Boyeviks also make up the main strike force of a Brigade.
Krysha - Lucifer Krushnic
Extremely violent "enforcers" as well as cunning individuals. Such enforcers are often employed to protect a business from other criminal organizations.
Torpedo - Virgil Leonov
Byki - Constantine Leonov, Bartholomew Leonov
Shestyorka - Samandriel Nozdrin, Ion Nozdrin
An "associate" to the organization also called the "six" (from the lowest rank in a deck of 36 playing cards). A shestyorka is an errand boy for the organization and is the lowest rank in the Russian Mafia
Chastnyy Vrach - Fergus Crowley
Private Doctor employed to an entire family, entrusted with family secrets.
Boston, home of Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park, Aerosmith, and the Patricolo Crime Family (based loosely on the Patriarca Crime Family). With small factions throughout Northern New England, Boston is the home base for one Don Dean Winchester. Using his favorite pastime of restoring classic cars, most of the family’s operations stems from a large auto shop -- the perfect cover for their illegal activities. The comfortable office space is also a perfect, private area for the Winchester Brothers to relax seeing as no one would dare knock on the door -- save for Bobby -- and interrupt them unless there was blood shed, not ordered by them.
Meet the Family
Boss - Dean Winchester
The boss is the head of the family, usually reigning as a dictator, sometimes called the Don or "Godfather". The boss receives a cut of every operation taken on by every member of his family and the region's occupying family.
Underboss - Sam Winchester
The underboss, usually appointed by the boss, is the second in command of the family. The underboss often runs the day-to-day responsibilities of the family or oversees its most lucrative rackets. He usually gets a percentage of the family's income from the boss's cut. The underboss is usually first in line to become acting boss if the boss is imprisoned, and is also frequently seen as a logical successor.
Consigliere- Bobby Singer
The consigliere is an advisor to the family and sometimes seen as the boss's "right-hand man". He is used as a mediator of disputes and often acts as a representative or aide for the family in meetings with other families, rival criminal organizations, and important business associates. In practice, the consigliere is normally the third ranking member of the administration of a family and was traditionally a senior member carrying the utmost respect of the family and deeply familiar with the inner-workings of the organization. A boss will often appoint a trusted close friend or personal advisor as his official consigliere.
Caporegime - Benny Lafiette, Rufus Turner, Cole Trenton, Gordon Walker
A caporegime (also captain or skipper) is in charge of a crew, a group of soldiers who report directly to him. Each crew usually contains 10–20 soldiers and many more associates. A capo is appointed by the boss and reports to him or the underboss.
Soldier - Garth Fitzgerald, Ben Braeden, Chuck Shurley, Ed Zeddmore, Harry Spangler, Frank Devereaux, Adam Mulligan
(Soldato in Italian) A member of the family and traditionally can only be of full Italian background (although today many families require men to be of only half Italian descent, on their father's side).
Nestled in Upper Manhatten, the 106th Street Crew (based off the 116th Street Crew of the Genovese Crime Family) and their Don Bellucci have no qualms about using who they want or getting what they want to achieve their means. They’re a ragtag, brutal team set close to the Krushnic home base and their the Italian’s the Russians have no reservations about eliminiating.
Alphas/Betas/Omegas - Genders
There are male and females for each sub-gender. Alpha males have a knot that swells during intercourse, locking himself with his mate for the intention of mating while Alpha females have an internal knot that swells and locks her mate inside. Beta males and females have no altered body parts like Alphas and Omegas. Omega males produce slick and are capable of carrying children due to dual reproductive organs (they produce semen and have internal female organs. No external female parts). Omega females are close to Beta females except they are more fertile and produce more slick during times of arousal. They do not have dual reproductive organs like Omega males so for this reason, Alpha females and Omega female matings are not common.
Alphas/Betas/Omegas - Scents
Alpha scents are wood scents from hardwoods and softwoods to hearty bushes. Beta scents are ‘neutral’ and encompass a variety of nature scents from spring rain, fresh snow, and the ocean. Omega scents are floral from fragrant roses to fruit blossoms. Scents can be traced back to their country/region of origin. Although if a blood line is thin, they could take on the scent of an early descendant.
Mating works just like dating; two people enjoy each other’s scents and company and start to date. If they decide to bond together, they do a mating ritual which includes mating bites (usually on the shoulder, but can be anywhere on the body) from each partner during an intimate moment (usually intercourse but doesn’t have to be). Mating pairs are Omega/Alpha, Alpha/Beta, or Beta/Omega. Although two genders can date and fool around together if they so chose, mating bites will not take. Once a pair is bonded, they take on the other’s scent along with their own.
To break a mating bond, it is extremely painful and expensive. Both partners must go through extensive separating procedures done through a licensed ‘Bond Breaker’ and it is complete when the mating mark has turned black.
How True Mates Work
True mates are similar to regular mating except they are ‘soul mates’. For each pair of true mates, they have a secondary scent that is the same for both partners. This secondary scent does not have to fall into the three ‘scent’ categories, it is a scent that pairs well and blends with the two mate’s scents. For example: Pine, Poinsettia, and Ginger. Secondary scents are built over time as two potential mates spend time together. Although it is accurate that true mates have a strong pull towards one another, it is not easily recognizable. A secondary scent becomes apparent and recognizable once a partner falls in love. During courting, the scent, primary and secondary, of one partner can linger on the other.
Unlike regular mating, once a True Mate pairing is made (the secondary scent is recognized by a partner) they couple takes on the other’s scent, even if no mating ritual has been performed. This can cause a problem if a regularly mated partner meets their true mate. There is a true mate for everyone, but it is rare for someone to find their True Mate during their fertile years and many settle for a compatible mate instead. Due to the painful nature of this, true mates discovered after a regular mating do not retain any relationship.
True mate bonds can not be broken.
Omega males and females go through heats every three months and it is only at this time where conception is guaranteed. Conception out of a heat cycle is not impossible, however it is rare. Female Betas go through a mild form of heat cycles in which they are more fertile, but it is nowhere near the intensity it is for Omegas. There are heat suppressants available that stop the heat completely, but long term use has the potential to cause damage to the female reproductive organs. Once someone comes off of the suppressants, they immediately go into proliferation heat and risk for pregnancy is increased from that of a normal heat.
Alpha males and females go through a rut once a year and during extreme times of emotion. It is common for teenage Alphas to go through multiple ruts due to changing hormones and has led to many teenage pregnancies. A rut is common during a mating ritual and can occur multiple times during the first few years of a new mate bond. Beta males also have annual ruts, and are most fertile at this time.
Ruts and heats are not necessary for conception, but if both partners are in their cycles, it is highly likely a pregnancy will occur.
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