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04 October 2011 @ 03:12 pm
In the Blood/masterpost + warnings  

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With the King of Hell dead, Samuel Campbell’s grief drives him to what seems like the only course of action left to redeem his daughter: a crossroads deal. When the demon who answers Campbell’s summons tells him the blood of a very specific angel can open the gates of Purgatory, the Winchesters are drawn into a desperate search in which shifting allegiances and hidden agendas threaten all they hold dear…
AU after 6.15 (The French Mistake); wordcount 75,500

In The Blood (poster)

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Authors’ Notes · Artist’s Notes

Warnings This story includes explicit (NC-17) sex, scenes of violence/torture, and implied non-con. It also contains brief references to severe weather anomalies (tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding) which could potentially distress readers who have experienced these events. Specifically, it mentions a fictional hurricane hitting the Eastern seaboard. This was written prior to the draft date (August 15) and thus prior to Hurricane Irene, and we sincerely hope it doesn’t offend readers.

A/N November 1, 2016 – Original art links broken; replacement art added.


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the dark foretolddarkforetold on October 17th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Very pretty art and community! Fantastic job. :DDD I love it!
zatnikatelzatnikatel on October 17th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy it, doll! I'm so thrilled by the art it keeps making me teary-eyed! XD
(no subject) - mementis on October 17th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - zatnikatel on October 17th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mementis on October 17th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Amberamberdreams on October 17th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
The art is fabulous - I love how the banner has the dark cloud holding the moon....
zatnikatelzatnikatel on October 17th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
I cannot believe how lucky we were to get mementis, A-M… she has been so awesome all through this. She should be mandatory!

Edited at 2011-10-17 05:20 pm (UTC)
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zatnikatel: In the Blood/Dean and Caszatnikatel on October 17th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you, honey! We hope you enjoy it! XD
Disterra: cas prettyp_sharkbait on October 18th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
OMG everything looks so epic! I am so excited to read this. :D
zatnikatel: In the blood Caszatnikatel on October 18th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Hey there: I sure hope you enjoy it and we'd all love to know what you think of the words and the art on the flipside! ;-)
Hilshils on October 18th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)

I've been excited to read this since I got the draft in and it didn't disappoint. I would love to have seen this happen as a sub-plot for S7. Loved it!
zatnikatel: In the Blood/Dean and Caszatnikatel on October 18th, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
LOL, we can all but live in hope that rampant gay angel sexy tiems will suddenly be a subplot in the show! Maybe if it moves to HBO… XD
(no subject) - hils on October 18th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
wolfrider89: D/C standing and staringwolfrider89 on October 19th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
First thought: That art is GORGEOUS!

Second thought: OMG, yay! I've been looking forward to this fic ever since zatnikatel mentioned it at her journal. So excited!
zatnikatel: In the blood Caszatnikatel on October 19th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
This came at exactly the right moment, you have no fucking idea. I am in the depths of my usual post-fic depression, worrying about the dearth of comments, very low. ;_; Hope you enjoy it, honey…
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zatnikatel: In the Bloodzatnikatel on October 20th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Hey thanks muchly for coming back here to let us know! We're all thrilled you enjoyed it… ;-)
Asceldobranocka on October 20th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Is everything all right with the pdf links? I was trying to access them, but it's doesn't seem to work for me. May be just my computer, though.
zatnikatel: In the blood Caszatnikatel on October 20th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Waving! They're definitely working for me! ;-)
wolfrider89: D/C standing and staringwolfrider89 on October 25th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
I am in awe of this fic. Holy shit, that was good! I really loved how you mixed canon and your own ideas into this thing where I had no idea what was going to happen. :D I loved that Gwen got a bigger role, I love how much I hated Samuel, I love Balthazar and Crowley teaming up, and I love everything about Dean and Cas' relationship. I mean, the angst alone! And then how they worked it out, and hat hot, hot sex. And Sam being OK! Yay! I loved that. :)

Um, rambly comment is a bit rambly, I think. The point is, I loved this fic.
zatnikatel: In the Blood/Dean and Caszatnikatel on October 25th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Howdy, you! We're rapt that you enjoyed it! As you can imagine it was most cathartic to utilize those aspects of canon that sorta got wasted, and re-imagine a more emotionally-satisfying closure for our heroes. It's definitely a headcanon that has kept me going over the past few months!

My co-conspirator has only just gotten back from vacation so you'll prolly hear from her at some point. I think she'll be as overwhelmed as I am about the positive feedback for this! XD

Edited at 2011-10-25 03:48 pm (UTC)
Murron: spn_understand the rainmurron on November 2nd, 2011 11:17 am (UTC)
That was brilliant! The whole story was so tightly written and suspensful it drew me in right away. A real pageturner!

As I said, I had to put down the fic after the first thirty-or-so pages and I spent my whole day at work shifting on my chair, trying to concentrate on emails and phonecalls when really, I JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT :D

The Cas whump made me clutch the pages and I really appreciated Dean's urgency when he found out what was happening. I wish we could have seen at least some of this on the show: Dean, not just telling Cas he's a friend but actually running to his aid *sigh*

I also loved Gwen!

The ending really got under my skin too because that last bit, with Dean and Cas in Bobby's yard? That was just beautiful and real. It makes sense that after everything that happened they have new scars and are a bit careful around each other but it warmed my heart like you wouldn't believe that you ended the story on a hopeful note.

The idea that Cas grows a soul from the trace Dean left in him is one of the most wonderful things I've read in D/C fanfic. Last but not least, I really like the idea of Cas buying a wind spinner to remind him of his favorite heaven.

Awesome, awesome job you guys. Thank you for a fantastic read!
zatnikatel: In the blood Caszatnikatel on November 4th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
So rapt that you enjoyed it! We didn't actually start out to write fix-it fic but it definitely took a turn in that direction simply because of canon dropping that potential storyline. As you can imagine it was cathartic to write it and give ourselves a more positive and hopeful (albeit realistically tentative!) closure for Cas. ;_;

Yeah, I really like the idea that they might be linked on a sort of spiritual level and that it might be two-way, with Cas having part of Dean's soul and Dean having part of Cas's grace. And I just so wanted to give Cas his sanctuary and his kite back. I had a slightly different ending where Dean offers to get Cas a proper kite and he tells Dean there's no point because he can't run. And Dean says, "I will take you to the highest hill in South Dakota and I will run for you so you can fly a kite." In the end I went with the more minimal one!

Thanks so much for your comment! ;-)
J2loverdeancaslover32 on November 6th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Do you happen to have a PDF for this sweets I want to read it really bad and if not I m just going to do it online.. but it's really easier for me on a PDF -s-
zatnikatelzatnikatel on November 6th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
Howdy! Yep: there are links just above to the PDF – one with the art and one without. It's also up at AO3 with several options for downloading to e-readers. We hope you enjoy it! Please do come back and let us know… ;-)
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4getmenots on June 7th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
Stumbled across this. Looks amazing. Awesome art. Can't wait to start!
zatnikatelzatnikatel on June 7th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
Hey there! We hope you enjoy it – let us know at the end if you can. ;-)
Castarracastarra on August 21st, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
I love this!
So, I'm continuing my efforts to do a better job leaving positive comments in response to the fan fictions I love, and although this one is old, I have to comment about how much I love this one. The plot is so clever and the drama so gripping with its twists and turns. The sex scene especially toward the the end with Dean and Castiel was just so amazingly and breathtakingly hot that I literally had to stop reading and catch my breath and fan myself, I was so overtaken.

A friend of mine has made a request for a porny short ficlet between Dean and Castiel. I'm trying to fulfill her request, but I've never written anything porny before. I went back to reread that chapter for inspiration, and now I feel like a person who is only capable of drawing stick figures trying to match Van Gogh! >.< Hopefully my first attempt at a porny Dean/Cas fic won't be too bad, but I know I'll need a lot of practice before I can come close to capturing Dean and Castiel the way you're able to.

Thank you so much for creating such an enjoyable work of fan fiction for us to enjoy. You're really an inspiration to those of us new to the Supernatural fandom and tentatively wading into the waters of fan fiction writing ourselves.

Edited at 2012-08-21 04:17 pm (UTC)
zatnikatelzatnikatel on August 23rd, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Re: I love this!
Hey babe! That's so sweet of you to come back. :-)

Yeah, we had a blast putting this one together. I make no secret of the fact I thought S6 was a shambles but there were the ingredients of what could have been a really great and intriguing plotline in there, so we cherrypicked and came up with our own version of it. I'm real glad you enjoyed it, and good luck with your own fic... you wold be surprised how porn can flow much more easily than you expected!