So I finished Ninety One Whiskey by komodobits and I want to write 100 loveletters to this story. Almost half a million words and I dreaded the last few pages because I just didn’t want it to end. What a wonderful story, what a talent, what a masterpiece, and it hasn’t left my mind once since starting it.
I had to emotionally digest everything by creating a bunch of fanart with some of the scenes that got seared into my mind - vividly and probably forever.
There is one more scene I drew, that I can’t post here. It’s on my patreon publicly :)
All of it is spoiler-y to the story, so please be aware!
Misha!!!! First of all, you need to drop your AO3 account. I know you've read Twist and Shout, don't even try to deny it. Curious to see what's on your bookmarks list, king. Or even what destiel fics you've been secretly writing. 🧐
Secondly, I LOVE that he is highlighting all of the hard work that this fandom has put into righting that severe wrong that was done to Dean and Cas where their relationship is concerned. Thank you to each and every one of you who gave us such Destiel goodness, who gave us what the show wasn't able to.
Evangelist by @valleydean
Ninety One Whiskey by @cuddlebabies
The Path Of Fireflies by @museaway
Twist and Shout by gabriel, standbyme
So Says the Sword by @cuddlebabies
Four Letter Word For Intercourse by @bendingsignpost
Dean Winchester and the Patron Saint of Blind Dates by @goldenraeofsun
anything and I do mean anything by @xylodemon
Desperation, Baby! by @mattzerella-sticks
and anything else from the dean x cas portion of this list or links from this list (some might be duplicated ngl)
All such fantastic and amazing works of art!!!
Much love to each and every single author out there. <3
komodobits our flag means death fanfic not clickbait???
2021 - The Year of Fic...
While I have watched SPN a few times over the years (watching and rewatching as new seasons came out), I did not join the fandom until this year – this is (at the age of ‘older than most’) my first fandom, and I fucking love it here. Due to not being part of a fandom previously, I had also never read fanfiction until this year; and to say that I fell headfirst into the ocean of Destiel fic is an understatement. I wanted to track my progress – I wanted to understand what I was capable of accomplishing in (less than) a year.
While I can’t scream this from the rafters anywhere but here – I’m proud as hell of the number of fics and the total amount of fic I’ve consumed this year. Of all the amazing authors I have found, followed, and screamed over – of all the stories (of the same two idiots) I have devoured and begged for more on, I know there are so many more stories to read and so many more authors to find.
The 2021 Numbers:
I read a total of 222 Fics
Totaling over 11.3 Million words
I have learned that:
I tend to prefer AU’s (as evidenced below)
I love an author that can bring Dean to life WELL (he’s a tricky one, but I’m so Dean-coded, I get upset when authors don’t get him right, or over-do his issues – he has enough already!)
I like LONG stories over short one-shots (this doesn’t surprise me at all, as a high/epic fantasy reader)
I can get behind anything except A/B/O….I tried, but it’s just not for me. (I’ll try anything once...)
I am a Top!Cas truther, but have found a couple of instances where Top!Dean has cracked my top fics list…(I have no problem with Switch!fics)
Explicit or Fluff, either works, as long as it works with the story that’s being told
I’ve never cried reading a physical book (and I read A LOT) - but fics have made me cry/sob more often than I care to admit to…
I tried to start off by reading all the “big ones” – the ones that I had heard about all over the place (T&S, 4LW, 91W etc.), I’m sure there are so many more that qualify here (the mermaid fic, the hockey fic, the baseball fic, etc.) which I have also read – but I want them all, so please – please let me know your favourites. What are the MUST READS? There is no definitive list, everyone has different favourites, and it’s so hard to parse out what needs to go on the list to read. I often found myself falling down small rabbit holes, which was fine with me (and often lead to me finding fics I’d never heard of, and some of them were spectacular).
So, as a NEW fic reader, and a FIRST year of reading fic, wading through the LARGEST single pairing on AO3, here are some of my favourite stories/authors etc. (in absolutely no order, because I can’t possibly!) – but these are the ones I would generally tell everyone they need to put on their Must Read Lists (linked):
Domination and Submission: A Love Story (Series) – Anyrei/Queerwerewolf
The Inexhaustible Silence of Houses – Askance (doomcountry)
Talk (Series) – Bendingsignpost
Control – Dothraki_shieldmaiden
To Build a Home – intothesilentland
Ninety-One Whiskey (Series) – komodobits
Under the Midnight Sun – NorthernSparrow
Cursed Metaphors (Series) – Sobsicles
Out of the Deep – riseofthefallenone
Fire and Ice – Castielslostwings
That’s only 10…of 222…Choosing only 10 was no easy feat. I have fallen in love with so many of these authors, not to mention a ton that aren’t mentioned here. Thank you to all fic writers for making 2021 tolerable! For a year (well, the second year really), where I could not partake in any of my favourite hobbies/activities due to COVID related nonsense, I’m glad that I was able to find a new obsession to keep me interested and excited every day. Further, thank you to the fandom for being a new and exciting place to check in on daily, for being a space where we can love these two silly boys with reckless abandon in every way possible.
Please give me your recco’s – If any of these are your favourites as well, please let me know what/who else I should add to my list…
Fanart of THAT part of Ninety One Whiskey by Komodobits on AO3
Y’all except for irl moments, my life has been taken up by Ninety One Whiskey by Komodobits over on AO3.
I read it. Cried. Reread my favorite parts. Cried some more. Then, reread it all over again. And cried.
<a href="https://archiveofourown.org/works/2362190"><strong>Ninety One Whiskey</strong></a> (401183 words) by <a href="https://archiveofourown.org/users/komodobits"><strong>komodobits</strong></a><br />Chapters: 20/20<br />Fandom: <a href="https://archiveofourown.org/tags/Supernatural">Supernatural</a><br />Rating: Explicit<br />Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence<br />Relationships: Castiel/Dean Winchester, Lisa Braeden/Dean Winchester, Jessica Moore/Sam Winchester, reference to Dean/OMC<br />Characters: Dean Winchester, Castiel, Sam Winchester, Inias (Supernatural), Gabriel (Supernatural)<br />Additional Tags: WW2 ETO au, slowburn fic, the slowest of burns, Bottom!Cas, graphic military violence, significant character death - which u will note is not the same as MCD, content warnings in full in notes at the beginning of the first chapter, this is not a nice story, Here Be Toxic Behaviour Dragons Because It's World War Two And The Gays Are Bad<br />Series: Part 1 of <a href="https://archiveofourown.org/series/721512">Ninety One Whiskey</a><br />Summary: <p>In the spring of 1944, the 104th Medical Battalion of the United States Army is disbanded, and its men reassigned to various infantry companies in preparation for their invasion of occupied France. For First Lieutenant Novak, this is less than helpful, as he has so far met his platoon’s designated medic a grand total of twice, and has both times found Sergeant Winchester to be the optimum combination of reckless, arrogant, and downright insufferable so as to make cohesive platoon function near impossible. When the time comes to move out, however, Castiel has to reconcile himself to the fact that men are going to go down and trust that Dean Winchester may well be the only person who can put them back together again. WW2 ETO infantry AU.</p>
chad lindberg is komodobits
fic rec list
(these are just my top fics as I continue reading new stuff! these are potentially subject to change/be added onto as I read more, the top 2 are pretty set in stone though- REMEMBER TO READ WARNINGS ON EACH FIC!)
#1, So Says The Sword by komodobits || 85k (this changed me so DEEPLY) ✿
#2, Four Letter Word for Intercourse by bendingsignpost || 194k ❖✧
#3, oh sooner or later it all comes down to faith by sobsicles || 62k @sobsicles ✿
#4, Sweet Dreams and Scattershot (series) by Elliedew || 528k (HEARTWRENCHING) ✧✿
#5, Ascend by quiettewandering || 50k @wanderingcas ♡
#6, Teaching Poetry To Fish by aeli_kindara || 52k (holy shit this opened my soul to the universe) ✿
#7, And This, Your Living Kiss by opal_bullets || 56k (this made me get back into poetry & now im working on my own poetry book!) ❖✿
#8, Fire and Ice by Castielslostwings || 189k ❖✧(x2)
Me writing about my favourite fanfic in ten fucking minutes:
Vs me struggling with my college application essay for one week straight:
Why am I like this
almost had a heart attack
*it’s not a destiel fic, but the thought of Komodobits finding passion for writing for any fandom again gives me life
Warm up sketches. I feel rusty. Too much work, too little time to do silly fanart :’)
Inspired by the amazing fanfic C - S - T - L by komodobits. That one was love at first reading-the-summary <3
I’m going to Twist and Shout & drink Ninety One Whiskeys on The Path Of Fireflies, So Says the Sword
I just finished The Path Of Fireflies and holy crap, the tears would not stop rolling out. Another beautifully written fic, the talent these authors have and how on point they get Dean and Cas while introducing my new personal favorite headcanons for this couple...
oh and this:
and then to this:
and I’m all cried out but my heart grew three sizes but I’m also astonished but while being extremely grateful for these writers and Destiel all in the year of our Lord 2020 so I’m basically:
while also being:
and then of course this:
which of course leaves me at the end of it all:
Ninety One Whiskey by @cuddlebabies - read here
Twist and Shout - read here
So Says the Sword by @cuddlebabies - read here (by the same author as 91W!)
The Path Of Fireflies by @museaway - read here
to everyone who read A Complete Kingdom by komodobits and says that it is the most fucked up fic they've ever read with the most fucked up ending, they clearly haven't read Every Part of The Animal. like good god that fic gave me a panic attack holy shit im never gonna get over it. fuck.
i finished a complete kingdom by komodobits last night and boy did that fic just FUCK me up. like first of all it’s terrifying and last night i kept dreaming that i was awake like dean did throughout the whole story. and also that ending is THE most fucked up ending of all time! like what was real and what wasn’t??? who the fuck even knows? did they hang the curtains?? or was that last terrifying scene what was real??? and “come on sweetheart. you’re doing so well” just??? everything about it left me feeling so unsettled
“The palm fronds linger at the feet of each column, all at once suspended between verdant freshness and decomposition.”
-from “So Says the Sword” by komodobits @cuddlebabies on AO3
“So this scarecrow,” Dean starts up again, louder now, “he gets promoted. Because he was—“
“Outstanding in his field,” Castiel recites, along with everyone else who has heard the joke before, but Dean’s eyes are only on Castiel.
Fanart for Ninety One Whiskey by Komodobits: https://archiveofourown.org/works/2362190/chapters/5214500
The infamous quote
“...cause you were saying you didn’t even know what love feels like and I was just thinking,
It feels like this.”
lives rent free in my head. someone carve this into my grave
steve yockey is komodobits
WHY did nobody tell me that THEE KOMODOBITS wrote an ofmd fic????