Title: The Bell Backward
Pairings/Characters: OMC/OMC (Dean/Cas), Sam, Crowley
Word Count: 33k
Disclaimer:SPN, its characters and its worldbuiling belong to Kripke and the CW; Micah and Lucas belong to me.
Summary: The Winchester Gospel is a way of life, a religion, a hunter's guide and a history; the story of Sam and Dean Winchester is known even by nonbelievers. Everyone knows how the apocalypse began, but nobody knows how or why Lucifer was defeated. Micah's family, along with most of Lawrence, are believers -- but when Sam Winchester starts visiting him in his dreams, Micah knows he can't tell a soul.
That is, until Lucas moves to town, claiming that he can hear the angels in his head. Soon, they learn the truth: Micah was Dean Winchester in this past life, and Lucas is the fallen form of Castiel. As flashbacks of Micah's life as Dean begin to take shape, the two boys embark on a road trip of their own: to recover the lost Winchester artifacts, and to learn how to keep heaven as a place where they can always find each other again.
Notes: AU, reincarnation, post-apocalypse. Written for spn_j2_bigbang, thanks to wendy and thehighwaywoman for tackling this challenge and for their endless patience! Thanks also to my beta build_the_moon, for doing this on such short notice, for cheerleading, and for liking me despite my constant need for validation.
Title is from TS Eliot's The Four Quartets, 'Little Gidding': Why should we celebrate/ These dead men more than the dying?/ It is not to ring the bell backward/Nor is it an incantatinon/To summon the spectre of the Rose, which, in my interpretation, is talking about the idea that memory can't bring someone back from the dead and about death as an equalizer. The epigraph comes from the same poem.
And finally, for the love of all that is holy, check out the ART! It's amazing. (And I also owe space_zombies thanks for her patience, I would hate me and I'm glad you don't!)
Warnings: Underage, probably, to be safe; past character death; and the fact that I'm no theologian.
Sam Winchester has been visiting him in his dreams for two weeks now, and he can't tell a soul.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
@AO3 | Soundtrack
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