All the Way
All the Way by cadignan
Word Count: 81,000
Summary: Castiel spends the first two weeks of college in much the same way he spent the previous years: alone with his books. He’s fine with it—he enrolled in college to learn, after all. Then in his first chemistry lab, he has the bad luck of being paired with snide, good-for-nothing Ruby, and the further misfortune of sitting behind Dean Winchester, the world’s most beautiful distraction. Ruby catches Castiel staring at Dean and makes him an offer.
This is just not fair. Fan fiction is supposed to be my happy place, my escape from reality, not this honest recreation of those painful moments of unrequited love, of love you think is not returned, of love you lose just because you said or didn’t say something at a wrong moment. So, yeah, this fic takes me back and if you have never been in such situations, you are one lucky bastard.
First of all, I must say that this is one of the best destiel college au fics I’ve read so far. Dean and Cas actually study and talk about their subjects (to each other and to their professors). They have friends and their friends have their own stories. Female camaraderie among Bela, Charlie, Anna, Jo, and Ruby is a force to reckon with, while Cas and Ruby’s friendship is just too precious for this world. And, even if it is nice to read a Dean and Cas slow build up relationship story where nobody is a jerk, it is still a very painful experience because they just can’t get their shit together! I had some sad moments while reading this fic, when the only reason I still believed in them was the promise of the happy end (written for dche challenge). My god, it is like 80% of this fic is pure UST and then the last 20% is well deserved (and well written) smut with some angst.
My rating: A+