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[SPN Fic Rec]: "Actus Reus" by pixymisa

TITLE: Actus Reus
AUTHOR: pixymisa
AUTHOR'S LJ NAME: [info]pixymisa
FANDOM: Supernatural
PAIRING: Sam/Dean
OTHER PAIRINGS: none, a bunch of Original Characters
GENRES: slash, hurt/comfort, getting together, action/adventure
WARNINGS: Sibling Incest (Wincest), language, gore, violence *no sex here*
CONTAINS: case!fic, hurt!Sam, limp!Sam, Impala *caring!Dean, a touch of angst due to the incest, first time kissing, bromance, Sam with a badass cane*
RATING: R (due to the gore and violence)
TIME FRAME: up through the end of season 5, written in 2010
WORDS: approx 28,005
SUMMARY: Sam and Dean don’t like things to be complicated. After they end the end of the world, they investigate a haunting, the last victim of a brutal serial killer who has turned and started killing victims of her own. But quickly things get complicated. There’s the haunting, which doesn’t seem to follow normal rules, and there’s Sam’s knee, which is healing from a hunt-gone-wrong, and there’s whatever it is – love or family or something else – that’s sitting directly between the Winchester boys. (Given by the author.)
NOTES: Dean's POV

Excerpt:
Dean helped Sam get his leg up on the bed, removed the brace and rolled up the leg of his jeans. Sam kept shooting dark looks his way, but Dean ignored it. He wasn’t hovering, dammit. There was a difference between hovering and honest concern. Dean was just helping out, elevating the knee to ward off swelling and checking the incisions, a constellation of healing scars that radiated out like rays of light in a crappy crayon drawing.

“What are you thinking?” Sam murmured, his voice a low rumble. It was one of those arrangements they’d come up with since the end of the world that didn’t happen. In order to keep the peace between them, they’d taken free reign to have chick-flick moments. Sam was a talker when he wanted to be, and sometimes the only way to get him to shut the hell up was to give in. One true statement – one and only one per day – about any topic. So far, Sam had used his question every day, but only on minor things, unimportant things.

Dean sighed. “I think you booked us a girly-ass room.”

Sam rolled his eyes again. “About my knee.”

Dean pulled Sam’s pant leg back down and straightened up. “It needs ice, and you need some Vicodin.”

It wasn’t a lie. The punishment for lying hadn’t ever been discussed when they came up with their arrangement. But Dean assumed it would be something like the complete breakdown of trust between them, and after everything they’d been through that was a worst-case scenario.

“I’m fine.”

Bullshit.

“Awesome,” Dean said, “I’ll get some ice and bring you some food.” The stairs really were a bitch, Dean decided, after a quick trip down and back up. By the time he got to the room and Sam’s side, his brother was passed out on the bed, still completely dressed.

Dean set the icepack in the bathroom – which was so small it barely had room for the shower stall – and then pulled the girly quilt off his own bed and spread it over Sam’s sleeping form. “Goodnight, Sammy,” he said.

WHY I LIKE THAT FIC:
I found this brilliant fic while cruising the comment recs on the injured!Sam entry at [info]spn_littlebro. It has three things that drew me right in: first, it's a case!fic. Well-written, great plot with a supposedly salt-and-burn that comes with a twist. It reads like a SPN episode of the earlier seasons. Second, it has a hurt!Sam. And when there is a hurt!Sam, there is always a caring!Dean nearby. Oh, I'm such a happy reader. Sam has a bad knee from a hunt-gone-wrong that gives him almost constantly a hard time. (Wait until you get to know his really badass hunter cane.) Third, it's a getting together fic. Yes, Wincest. And the incest is an issue here, too. I always love it when there is a touch of angst woven into a Wincest fic.

I love pixymisa's storytelling. The boys are so in character here, it's amazing! Pixymisa gives us a spot-on Dean voice. I love how Sam is pictured through Dean's eyes. The bromance between our boys is fantastic, so are the descriptions of
body language, facial expressions and scenery. I could have read this on forever, seriously.

This was written for [info]spn_j2_bigbang. That means there is terribly beautiful art by the talented [info]ladyamarra to marvel at!

I highly recommend Actus Reus when you are in the mood for an old-school ghost-hunting SPN fic with hurt!Sam, a caring!Dean and a gently blooming romantic relationship between the two.

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