Then, as I was about halfway through reading all the fics/looking at all the art that applied to this theme that I could find, my little brain realized—"Hey! Half of these are about cupids! Now I'm in a Valentine's Day mood! I can post this rec list just before Valentine's and then EVERYONE will be in a Valentine's mood! \o/"
In honor of my preferring to be lazy and read fic instead of putting in effort and writing it, I give you...
Valentine's Day Recs!*
* = Sorry about the large, gaudy, gimmicky font. My personality is by default large, gaudy, and gimmicky, and the siren song of glitter cannot be resisted.
♥ = THIS IS A STORY THAT INVOLVES CUPIDS AND IS THEREFORE ESPECIALLY VALENTINES-Y.
- These stories are in no particular order. The grouping make sense in my head, but that is really not a reassuring thing. Just go with it.
Below you will find:
♥!! Body and Soul by memphis86 ♥!!
Word Count: 37,098
Rating/Spoilers/Warnings: NC-17 for Explicit Sexual Content
Summary: A long, winding story about love, sex, food, archery, and a three-headed puppy who likes to eat cake. Also, something about the immortality of the soul.
Why You Should Read It: Okay, I hate summaries like this that don't actually tell you what the fic is about. It is basically a Sam/Dean version of the Psyche/Eros myth (one of my favorites) where Dean is Eros and Sam is Psyche. Don't worry, it does not take the cest out of Wincest. It's a long, engaging read. At first the necessary name changes are a little hard to get used to, but it's a very creative take on the myth and the boys are just precious together. It gets really, really fucking cracky in the end, but in a totally endearing and hilarious way. Very charming overall.
♥!! Art for Body and Soul by fourfreedoms ♥!!
Rating/Spoilers/Warnings: I'd call it PG-13. There are naked chests and embracing. Potentially a little bit spoilery for the story.
Why You Look At It: I really loved this piece because it fit both the story itself and just the mythology genre in general. It's a really quiet, intimate moment, and I love the tenderness in the touch. When I originally saw the art, I thought of the Icarus myth (I looked at the art before I read the fic, who is surprised? No one), but it's even more adorable in context of the fic.
To Put Asunder by mistyzeo
Word Count: ~12,500
Rating/Spoilers/Warnings: Spoilers up to Season 3.
Summary: AU after the end of Season 3. Having failed to keep the hellhounds for coming from Dean, Sam turns to classic literature to find another way to bring his brother back. Sam’s descent into the land of Hades in pursuit of his brother’s soul is about as easy as the legends suggest: unidirectional. Still, Sam knows the track record of the souls allowed to return, and he’s determined to use Dean’s status as a hero to his advantage. But first he has to convince the sullen Summer Queen that they are worth something as a pair, and then he has to trust Dean to follow him home.
Why You Should Read It: I might have laughed at you if you'd told me one of my top 2 favorite Sam/Dean minibangs was going to be a gen fic, but well, here it is. This fic, I cannot even. It's probably my favorite mistyzeo fic, too. It's such an original use of the mythology, and such a refreshing take on the Sam-saves-Dean-from-Hell trope that is wonderful but which has been done so many times. The emotion in this fic left me like a little wet towel that has been wrung out but which is still weeping giant tears. In other words, it was everything I wanted in the world. It also comes with some fantastic art which I could not use for this rec list because it doesn't have anything Greek/Roman in it, but which you all should look at, anyway.
***A horas non numero Verse by bertee***
Word Count: Umm, I have no idea. It's 13 stories of varying length.
Rating/Spoilers/Warnings: Read author's notes for each individual fic as there are definitely things that will squick in this verse. It is slave fic, there is implied non- and dub-con, a ton of violence. Overall rating for the verse is NC-17, but again, different rules apply to each piece.
Summary: Historical AU in which there is slave!Jensen, nobleman!Jared, and both boys being schmoopy and angsty in fairly equal measure.
Why You Should Read It: THIS FIC IS PROBABLY MY #1 REC ON THIS LIST, OKAY. IT. GAVE. ME. SO. MANY. FEELINGS. Ok, but really. I spent an entire day reading this verse and at the end of it I was like, "NOM NOM NEED MOAR SLAVEFIC, WHY U STOP?" I only recently discovered that I like slave fic, and then I found out I really like slave fic, and then I started to read this verse, and now I am humping at the legs of slave fic. Just. OH THE ANGST, THE DELICIOUS ANGST. BUT ALSO THE SCHMOOP, THE DECEITFUL SCHMOOP. AND THEN THE PORN THE BURNING PORN. AND ALSO JARED PADALECKI AS MY FAVORITE KIND OF JARED, WHICH IS "STARTS OUT KIND OF STUPID ABOUT THE WORLD AND NEEDS TO GROW UP AND THEN DOES GROW UP AND IS PERFECT" (requisite shout out to the QB Verse goes here). It's a little confusing to follow this verse because it's written out of order, but start here and from there you can follow the links at the bottom of the page (although you may want to double check the verse tag I link above when you're done as there are some time stamps that go between the other stories that aren't linked as you work through the verse). And also, too, to give some emphasis, these were my two favorite pieces--ALL THE ANGST IN THEM: memores acti, prudentes futuri & et cetera. So yeah. Uh, I clearly have a lot of feelingssss here, but my point is being: READ IT.
Rome (Art for A horas non numero) by pandora_gold
Rating/Spoilers/Warnings: None, G.
Why You Should Look At It: It's a wonderful compliment to the above story. I love the detail the artist put into their clothes. I also think that the body language is really clever--it kind of sums up the relationship between the boys in the entire verse in one pose. Plus, also. Roman toga!boys. Do I really have to sell this to you?
Fight the Rising Odds by bertee
Word Count: ~29,500
Rating/Spoilers/Warnings: NC-17. Brief reference to past attempted noncon, sexual harassment.
Summary: Ancient Greek AU. Jensen is sexually harassed by the entire Greek pantheon and Jared is hopelessly in love with him.
Why You Should Read It: Okay, I'm pretty sure everyone and their mother has already read this and I am late to the party, but I am including it because I just read it today and had SO MUCH FUN with it. It has two of my favorite things: endlessly pining!Jared and endlessly bitter!Jensen. Plus, also, maybe my favorite characterizations on the Greek Gods/heroes. They are just so batshit and it is all so true, and then Paris of Troy and just--hold me, I am dying laughing again. I thought this one would take me a long time to get through because of the word count, and it turned out to be just a quick, oh-so fun, purely enjoyable read. A++.
♥!! Cupid 97 (This Ain't Your Hallmark Cupid) by aeroport_art ♥!!
Word Count: ~27,500
Summary: Everybody's got a love/hate relationship with their jobs. But for Jensen Ackles, top Cupid in the nation, after a hit goes wrong it's just a long, downhill slide from there. Caution: an ungodly amount of swearing, sarcasm, and schmoop in which Chris Kane is an awesome best friend, Tom Welling's the vacuous son of Zeus, Rosenbaum is Rosenbaum, and Jensen has a penchant for Plans.
Why You Should Read It: I admit, there were a lot of weird things at the start of this fic that made me go o__O (Chris Kane being described as tall, for example) and I found the Jared a wee bit obnoxious at times, but what this story did really, really well was atmosphere. More than any other fic on this list, this one made me get all excited for Valentine's Day. It was cute and gimmicky and a fun read and the author did a great job building a really cool world with some of the mythology building blocks she had to play with.
♥!! Just Shoot Me by celaeno7 ♥!!
Word Count: 7,969
Summary: The god of love has had many names: Cupid, Eros...Jared Padalecki? Mythology is repeating itself when his mother wants him to take care of her newest mortal rival in beauty. A Hollywood tale of true love, vengeful gods, and magical candy.
Why You Should Read It: This fic was such a trip. Like the one above, it was totally gimmicky and cracktastic. This one was particularly awesome in that it so completely embraced its own crackiness. I mean—for real though. Do not read this with your srs pants on, but what a good time. It's also short and sweet, just a quick amusing go at some Valentine's fun.
Art for Jarecles: The Golly Green Giant by amindaya
Summary: As the son of Zeus and Alcmene, Jarecules has the unique position of carrying unparalleled strength and a soft heart. Unfortunately, he's also got two left feet and a disastrous crush on one Jensen Ackles. Literally.
Why You Look At It: This art is so, so fun and fantastic. I really enjoy this artists' work in general, but this post in particular is great because she did so many different kinds of art--from the cute doodly chibis to the drawn piece with the ladies to the more realistic piece. I even love the way she did the banner in the perfect style of the Disney movie and the end banner is so cute I could die. I COULD DIE.
Mourning For It's One True Love, Why Not Me For Mine? by nox_wicked
Rating/Spoilers/Warnings: PG. Also, the art has nothing to do with the fic.
Summary: Art for Hercules at j2_everafter last year.
Why You Look At It: The piece I'm reccing is the drawing in this post, you can find a thumb nail at the bottom. CLICK IT BECAUSE IT IS DARLING. It's everything one would want out of putting J2 in Hercules in a lovely, clean drawing. I CAN FEEL THE LOOVE.
And one bonus fic rec that is not related to the theme and does not count as one of my 10 au_bingo recs, but which is my favorite Valentine's Day fic and everyone should read it who hasn't:
♥!! Be Mine by de_nugis ♥!!
Word Count: 1500
Rating/Spoilers/Warnings: PG-13. Slight or vague spoilers for 5.14 and 6.14
Summary: Dean didn't even realize he was doing it. Really. The whole heart thing was totally not a thing.
Why You Should Read It: Gay incest love tart. If that is not enough to sell this to you, there is just nothing else I can say.
So yeah! Hope y'all enjoy these and that they make you feel all warm and squishy on the inside. I'm also going to take this opportunity to wish happy birthdays to two of my FAVORITE girls, oddishly (whose birthday it still was when I started this post so it TOTALLY COUNTS) and ordinaryink (um…whose birthday is now also over, man, I am a failure…).