June 2021



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[SPN Fic Rec]: "Slouching Toward Bethlehem I" by Morgan

TITLE: Slouching Toward Bethlehem I: The Eighth Deadly Sin (Part One and Two)
AUTHOR: Morgan )O( aka eirian aka Morgan Briarwood
AUTHOR’S IJ Name: [info]morgan32
FANDOM: Supernatural
PAIRING: John/Sam, Sam/John
GENRES: AU, slash, angst
WARNINGS: Papa'cest, "Non-con, dubious consent, mentions of under-age non-consensual sex, fuck-or-die. There will be the death of a major character later in the series, but not in this fic." (everything written in italics is quoted from the author)
TIME FRAME: post IMTOD ("In My Time Of Dying")
WIP OR COMPLETE: This part is complete. The entire series will be continued.
WORDS: approx 15,271
SUMMARY: "The Yellow-Eyed Demon is dead and all three of the Winchesters are still alive. Does that mean it's over? Sam hopes so; John knows better." (Summary given by the author.)
Slouching Toward Bethlehem I: The Eighth Deadly Sin (Part One)
Slouching Toward Bethlehem I: The Eighth Deadly Sin (Part Two)

Slouching Toward Bethlehem I: The Eighth Deadly Sin

NOTE: Part II and III of the "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" series are already finished. Recs will follow soon! Stay tuned.

Slouching Toward Bethlehem I: The Eighth Deadly Sin
Slouching Toward Bethlehem II: Ceremony of Innocence reclink link
Slouching Toward Bethlehem III: You Can't Go Home Again reclink link
Slouching Toward Bethlehem IV: What Lies Beneath (Part One and Two) reclink Part 1link Part 2 link

Walking through that door was like stepping into the past. Nothing had changed. Nothing. The same battered pool table. The same bar, same everything. Even Ellen, right there behind the bar, a glass and a polishing cloth in her hands.

She looked up as John entered. Sam was right behind him, covering John's back. John was proud of how automatically Sam did that, even though it wasn't necessary here.

"Hello, Ellen." John pulled up a bar stool and sat down.

"John?" She froze for an instant, then smiled. "Well, look what the cat dragged in. Looks like you've been in the wars, Johnny."
He returned her smile with relief. "This?" he indicated his injured arm. "It's nothing. You should see the other guy." God, she looked good! "How have you been?"

She drew him a beer without waiting for him to ask. "How have I been? Ten years, Winchester, and that's the best you can do?" But she was still smiling when she said it.

This fic is great! It is well-written, has plot-development and also a great take on John, Sam and Dean's character.

Even Bobby, Ellen and Jo are IC. I loved the way how John and his sons interact. John wanting his sons to obey, to follow his orders like good little soldiers despite the boys being independent by now. And then there's Sam, who was always the one to question his father's motives, who just doesn't take orders like that without knowing what's up. It's nice to see the tension between those two. To see John dealing with Sam's questioning.

I also like the plot-development. It's intriguing to know what will happen next.

And then there is the sex, oh and I know it's a "fuck-or-die" fic, which is, in itself, a lame excuse for getting those two together in bed, but, oh well, it works each time I read one of those. It's nice to see how Sam seems to be the dominant one here. They even change positions! I'm all for that!

Don't let yourself be scared away by the "non-con, dubious consent, mentions of under-age non-consensual sex" in the warnings. It's nothing that is described in detail, it's just a short mentioning.

Just read and enjoy this well-written John/Sam/John fic as much as I did.

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