18 Works by NorthernSparrow

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    Dean Winchester’s been camp manager of a science research station on the Alaskan tundra for thirteen years. Dean likes his job; fixing the camp trucks, troubleshooting the generators, keeping clueless undergrads and NSF bigwigs from walking into grizzly bears or getting lost in snowstorms — it’s all in a day’s work. It keeps him pretty busy, and this year his brother Sam's visiting too, so he's even busier. So it’s really not any of Dean’s business when some weirdo antisocial ornithologist sets up a tent a few miles away, a dark-haired blue-eyed guy who’s doing a “very long-term" study on birds or wings or something, and who never, ever takes off his big lumpy backpack. But then the new guy starts dropping by camp for coffee and... well, he’s not officially part of camp; he's not Dean’s responsibility; he’s really not Dean’s problem at all, but when a strange blizzard comes sweeping in, Dean gets worried and goes to check. Thing is, Dean's spent years in the sweeping vistas of the Arctic. He knows all about the midnight sun and the northern lights, the ice caves and avalanches, the rough-and-ready Haul Road truckers and the even rougher-and-readier wild animals. But even so, what he finds is much more than he bargained for.

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    35/35
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    510
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    The one where Cas breaks a wing. PLATONIC version of the sequel to Forgotten. (This fic "Broken" is the platonic version of the Destiel fic "Flight" - exact same fic and 95% the exact same text, just without the Destel.) A/U from mid S9; Castiel is human and wounded, and Dean and Sam need to get his grace back - and his wings. Things do not go as intended and Cas faces a difficult road. NO SLASH but super-strong emphasis on TFW friendship/family bonds. Hurt Castiel + hurt/comfort, leading (as Cas recovers) into a long plotty case fic with road trips, canon-type action, and exciting big baddies. Also features my stupidly elaborate headcanon on angels, wings, and flight, and the return of Schmidt-Nielsen's "The Physiology of Angels." :)

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    27/38
    Comments:
    329
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    380
    Bookmarks:
    63
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    10808
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    One-shot with a single conversation between Dean and Castiel, set in a late-S13-ish world. Gabriel, Cas, Sam & Dean are all living in the bunker together, Gabe's been cracking certain jokes, Sam's found a certain book, Cas is injured and isn’t healing... and it's all making Dean wonder if his angel friend might have some sort of a "bond" with... somebody? Whatever that means.

    Maybe it's time for a talk.

    (This fic is platonic Destiel, in this case meaning: no smut, Dean's truly straight, and whatever Cas’s "bond" is, it's not sexual. But it's deep, and it matters.)

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    1/1
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    79
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    559
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    82
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    Hiatus fic set after the S11 finale. Dean's alive, Sam's alive, they're going to get Cas from wherever he got zapped to, and everything's finally gonna be all right. Dean's on top of the world.

    A little voice in the back of his head is whispering "It's never that easy," but Dean ignores it.

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    352,390
    Chapters:
    53/53
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    3977
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    3822
    Bookmarks:
    676
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    77505
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    Sample chapter from Vol 1, The Aero-Pilot. Tamos the aero-pilot is a zeppelin scout tasked to defend the City of Angels from its historic enemies. It's a city well worth defending, of stately courtyards and fragrant flowers, in a land where mammoth and quagga and saber-tooth still roam the land. The City of Angels is fortunate, too, to be under the protection of eight gods — and, less fortunate, one demon.

    But everybody knows that gods and demons are not actually real. Or so Tamos thought, till one day he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and saw entirely the wrong thing.

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    1/1
    Comments:
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    64
    Bookmarks:
    4
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    An alternate take on what happened at the very end of S12. I meant this to be just a fix-it fic but it took on a life of its own.

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    1/1
    Comments:
    50
    Kudos:
    408
    Bookmarks:
    33
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    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
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    9
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    2141
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    Sequel to Forgotten. A/U from mid season 9. Castiel is human and wounded, and Dean and Sam need to get his grace back - and his wings. Things do not go as intended and Cas faces a difficult road.

    Long case fic with strong emphasis on Team Free Will friendship and family bonds. Will get serious and angsty and lonely. Slow build and mostly pre-Destiel. [Podfic version]

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    Chapters:
    5/5
    Comments:
    60
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    103
    Bookmarks:
    17
    Hits:
    2814
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    Sam and Dean are working a case in Wyoming, but are distracted by news of a dangerous angel called "Castiel" who they can't remember ever having heard of before. The name seems a little bit familiar, but neither of the boys is sure why.

    Based off of mid-season 9 (before mark of Cain, before the angel army); takes place several months later, in September 2014. Case fic wrapped in a big ol' amnesia mystery. NO SLASH; the idea is that this is something they could do on the actual show, like a 3-4 episode arc with some mini cases and a cool story running through it all. GETS VERY EMOTIONAL with super strong friendship/family themes, lotsa hurt/comfort, about three metric tons of Cas angst, feels galore, plus monsters and M&M's. [podfic version]

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    987
    Chapters:
    8/8
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    97
    Kudos:
    126
    Bookmarks:
    38
    Hits:
    4621
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    Dean accidentally kills Castiel, and is tormented by grief and guilt afterwards. Dean becomes convinced Cas still exists somehow, and that he will be resurrected; Sam's not so sure, but is determined to help his grief-stricken brother recover. Meanwhile the Darkness is eating away at Creation, and soon both brothers realize they may have to embark on their longest and strangest journey yet. This time they might not come back. Will they have to fight their last battle without Castiel?

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    258,718
    Chapters:
    35/35
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    2754
    Kudos:
    1969
    Bookmarks:
    491
    Hits:
    45075
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    Cas is human and on his own, and he discovers he can turn tricks to make ends meet. But maybe it's not really the life he wants? Set in mid S9, canon divergent from the Gas-n-Sip episode.

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    15,337
    Chapters:
    2/2
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    241
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    1116
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    161
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    9770
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    Jimmy Novak remembers nothing of the last six years. Reunited with his troubled daughter Claire, he's struggling to raise her on his own. The most important thing is to make Claire happy. But why does he keep having these dreams of wings, and of two men in a black car? (Canon-divergent from S10E11, when we first met Claire again and Dean was still struggling with the Mark of Cain. Takes places several months later).

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    Chapters:
    14/14
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    994
    Kudos:
    1946
    Bookmarks:
    580
    Hits:
    28087
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    Sequel to Forgotten. A/U from mid season 9. Castiel is human and wounded, and Dean and Sam need to get his grace back - and his wings. Things do not go as intended and Cas faces a difficult road.

    Long case fic with strong emphasis on Team Free Will friendship/family bonds. Will get serious and angsty and lonely. ALERT: There will be two versions of this fic, Destiel and platonic. This version (Flight) is the Destiel version. Slow build and mostly pre-Destiel. The platonic version will be called Broken and will be posted later.

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    English
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    319,744
    Chapters:
    45/45
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    3346
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    2672
    Bookmarks:
    744
    Hits:
    63752
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    Optional and very explicit Destiel epilogue to my gen/pre-Destiel Christmas fic "A Winter's Tale." This can be read on its own though. Cas is feeling scruffy and wants a clean shave for the new year; Dean offers to help with the shaving, and, y'know, stuff happens.

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    English
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    8,658
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    119
    Kudos:
    1786
    Bookmarks:
    223
    Hits:
    21377
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    Cas is sick and Dean finds a journal that Cas kept about his time alone as a human.

    This fic is a retelling of first half of S9 from Cas's POV (via Cas's journal). Lots of Cas angst/loneliness and a correspondingly equal volume of Dean guilt. Sick fic, hurt/comfort, journal fic, and a Christmas fic too.

    NO SLASH but the entire thing features a strong Cas/Dean friendship.

    Destiel readers: This entire fic can be read as pre-Destiel (or not, as you prefer), and if you would like to read it that way, I also wrote an optional, explicit, Destiel epilogue chapter just for you guys. :)

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    English
    Words:
    64,315
    Chapters:
    11/11
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    724
    Kudos:
    2054
    Bookmarks:
    706
    Hits:
    47121
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    Sam and Dean are working a case in Wyoming, but are distracted by news of a dangerous angel called "Castiel" who they can't remember ever having heard of before. The name seems a little bit familiar, but neither of the boys is sure why.

    Based off of mid-season 9 (before mark of Cain, before the angel army); takes place several months later, in September 2014. Case fic wrapped in a big ol' amnesia mystery. NO SLASH; the idea is that this is something they could do on the actual show, like a 3-4 episode arc with some mini cases and a cool story running through it all. GETS VERY EMOTIONAL with super strong friendship/family themes, lotsa hurt/comfort, about three metric tons of Cas angst, feels galore, plus monsters and M&M's.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    161,205
    Chapters:
    32/32
    Collections:
    1
    Comments:
    912
    Kudos:
    1831
    Bookmarks:
    726
    Hits:
    48470
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    Podfic. Original Author's Summary: Sequel to Forgotten. A/U from mid season 9. Castiel is human and wounded, and Dean and Sam need to get his grace back - and his wings. Things do not go as intended and Cas faces a difficult road.

    Long case fic with strong emphasis on Team Free Will friendship/family bonds. Will get serious and angsty and lonely. ALERT: There will be two versions of this fic, Destiel and platonic. This version (Flight) is the Destiel version. Slow build and mostly pre-Destiel. The platonic version will be called Broken and will be posted later.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    33
    Chapters:
    2/38
    Comments:
    17
    Kudos:
    27
    Bookmarks:
    10
    Hits:
    2613
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    All Dean wants is a little privacy. Cas doesn't understand.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    94,118
    Chapters:
    18/18
    Collections:
    2
    Comments:
    2667
    Kudos:
    9776
    Bookmarks:
    2703
    Hits:
    189330

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