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15 October 2012 @ 12:00 pm
Twist and Shout - Masterpost  
Author: discovertrunkcoats
Artist: howlandbird
Fandom/Genre: AU, Romance, Angst
Pairing(s):  Dean/Castiel, Sam/Jess, Brief Balthazar/Castiel
Rating:  NC-17
Word Count: ~97,000
Warnings: Major character death, homophobia, PTSD, depression, warfare, violence, terminal illness.
Summary: What begins as a transforming love between Dean Winchester and Castiel Novak in the summer of 1965 quickly derails into something far more tumultuous when Dean is drafted in the Vietnam War. Though the two both voice their relationship is one where saying goodbye is never a real truth, their story becomes fraught with the tragedy of circumstance. In an era where homosexuality was especially vulnerable, Twist and Shout is the story of the love transcending time, returning over and over in its many forms, as faithful as the sea.

A/N: Oh man, so what started out as just a just a few ideas, turned into this monster of a fic. The whole idea of this thing actually came from a scene from a horror movie called "The Ward" that Hannah and I had watched together, and we had thrown some ideas around and had planned to write it at some point, but when neither of us were getting any where with our original fics, we decided to join our forces and write Twist and Shout. Also, our beta, komodobits, is the best for going through and fixing all of our mistakes, probably while crying. We love you, Martha! And our artist howlandbird, whose art is beautiful and really brings the story to life! I also want to say thank you to everyone who supported us while writing this!

!The following situations and characters are a work of fiction. Any similarities between real or actual events or people is purely coincidental and are in no way intended to offend or appropriate the subjects they have adapted to these particular circumstances.
Readers may encounter some ideologically sensitive material such as homophobia, depression, drug use, alcoholism, PTSD, warfare, violence, and terminal illness!

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deadflowers5: Dean/CasBBdeadflowers5 on November 8th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the pdf!
jar2115 on November 1st, 2013 05:59 am (UTC)
Twist and Shout
Wow. One breathless and dumbstruck word for such a beautiful and profound story that no words on the human tongue could ever truly describe. I felt like I was Dean... the loss I felt when Cas died... I could see his facial expressions, feel the sadness around them both, and I felt like I lost him too. Watching Misha Collins' face as Castiel on Supernatural made this so realistic. This fic... the only other one I can say I liked more, simply because it had a happy ending, was Redemption Road. But this was so realistic, things like that really happened, loved ones going off to war and never coming back, their partners waiting and having to deal with the fallout. I felt like I was Dean and Cas. I wanted to curl in a ball and die after I read this. This really hit me hard emotionally. This is why I love to read. Movies and TV are seriously lacking these days when it comes to the connection I feel when I read stories like these. I have never read anything like this, something that made me feel like I was dying and coming alive for the first time in my life. It makes me want to do better in life, be a better person.
I may be a bit forward, but there is a lesson there in the subtext. Unconditional love. The way it is supposed to be. Genders don't matter. You can't help who you fall in love with.
And, more bluntly... s@$& happens. Excuse my French. Seriously I cried through most of this fic, and at least five hours after. And every time, even the thought of all the found and tender moments led me to dwell on the tragedy of Cas' death. My dad had to literally console and hug the crap out of me for an hour this affected me so profoundly. He asked me why I was so upset and I told him that I never wanted to go through any of that.
I said I was never going to read this fic again after I finished, but like a bittersweet memory, you take the good with the bad. Like Dean can't help falling in love with Cas all over again, and vice versa, I could not stay away. Their love was so pure and good and beautiful, and just because it had a tragic ending, it all was so worth it in the end.
You don’t have to respond to this comment, but I just wanted you to know that you are a sadistic genius and I only wish that the whole world would see the way you portray that being gay or straight or whatever doesn’t matter. This story gives me hope that those who read it may be more accepting, that maybe it might open up their eyes and see that we are all just people.
I just wanted to say thank you, for making me think, giving me perspectives on life that most people never think of.
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