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Shadow was one hell of an episode and there are plenty of codas floating around on LJ. Here are a couple of the best:

Cut and Run by [livejournal.com profile] maygra


Coda to Shadow

Heartbreaking, incredibly angsty and as always beautifully written story with our boys just in pieces after being forced to leave their father behind. There are so many powerful sequences in this story - Dean in shock tending to Sam's wounds, Dean breaking apart and unwilling to let Sam see his pain. A very fitting coda to an impressive episode.

He scrubs his hands again in the sink because he's got Sam's blood under his nails and probably some bits of flesh too and it's the thought of any part of Sam being washed down the drain and into the sewer or the septic tank or whatever that breaks him. Unlike Sam he isn't willing to let his brother see him break.

Never Alone by [livejournal.com profile] pixelo


Both a coda to Shadow and a charcter study of John Winchester this gentle story is a bittersweet look at John's relationship with Mary.

Hey baby, he whispers in the silence of his vehicle. Did you know that we have one amazing pair of sons? He stops there, unable to continue because of the thick lump in his throat, and a tear mingles with his blood and runs into his dark beard. Through his open window, the night air gently sweeps his hair and kisses the back of his neck.

The Falling Away of Masks by [livejournal.com profile] isolde13

Slash Sam/Dean


Pitch black fic in which sweet little Sammy gets tempted to the dark side by a mysterious shadow demon. His initiation ritual? To rape Dean. I love the first three chapters of this story as the author cleverly ensures that Sam is the Sam we know and love - albeit a Sam with a very dark side. It's truly scary to think of our cute floppy haired Sam as the kind of guy who also tortured animals, killed a child in a fit of anger (and how much do I love the author for including that in the story as an almost throwaway line and then not dwelling on it - it shows just how little something like murder (even if he was provoked) bothered Sam in the grand scheme of things) and loved playing BDSM games with Jessica (major kudos to the author also for portraying the Sam/Jess relationship as anything over than true love). There is a real dark sensuality to the first three chapters with Sam as a charismatic villain in waiting. However, the final chapter is unremittingly grim with a one note Sam beating Dean to hell and back. Given that Dean's happiness is very much connected to Sam's proximity to him I rather suspect that a truly evil Sam would be able to play Dean like a maestro - without having to lift a finger to him in anger.

It's also rather a shame that after the compelling build up we don't get to see the actual "claiming". Still a unique and very dark story that has clearly had influence - a number of "Dark Sammy" stories have started to spring up in its wake.

The End is the Beginning is the End by [livejournal.com profile] la_folle_allure

Slash Sam/Dean

A re-telling of the end of every episode up to The Benders. I love the drabble about the Pilot and Dean's recollections about Mary and The Journey Home which may be all of two lines long but is agonisingly powerful. The only false note for me is Bloody Mary which is a little cliche for my tastes.

Battlestar Gallactica

I love BSG but it looks like my worries about being sucked into another fandom may be unwarranted. There is precious little fanfic out there and most of it seems to be centred around Starbuck, who naturally is the only character on the show I cannot stand. I'm a Baltar girl all the way so if anyone has any good Baltar/Six recs or if you've written any stories featuring that pairing that you'd like to see on her just leave me a comment.

Thankfully the one Gaius story I did manage to find is truly wonderful:

Seven Conversations in the Life of a Genius by [livejournal.com profile] mercurial_wit


This story charts the life of Gaius Baltar through conversations with seven influential women in his life. Six may be the one we know the best but the women before her are just as interesting. I adore the first section with baby Baltar and his mother - ickle Baltar is portrayed exactly as I had always imagine he would be!


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