Track 7: Wing Fic

Welcome to episode seven of the Mixtape Book Club Podcast!

Do you love Supernatural? Are you a fan of Dean and Castiel, and their relationship? Do you enjoy reading Destiel fanfiction? This is the podcast for you!

In this episode, we continue our journey into Supernatural’s canon verse with a look at Wing fic, and we welcome one of our favorite fan artists and wing enthusiasts, LizLee to join us. We review three fics: Grooming Instincts by jemariel, In All Your Borrowed Finery by vanishingact, and The Care and Feeding of Castiel by MalMuses and lizleeships.

You can find our Mixtape Bookclub Ao3 collection here, containing the stories we’ve discussed on the podcast so far.

A warning: Adult themes are mentioned in this podcast.

Our guest:


Liz creates beautiful fanart, publishing it on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr under Lizleeships. She also sells prints and other items on her Etsy store, LizLeeIllustration, and on Redbubble under LizLeeDraws.

Liz and Mal are currently publishing another collaboration: A Fish Out of Water

Featured fics

Grooming Instincts by jemariel
Published 2018, 26k words, rated E

There’s something going on with Cas. Dean is determined to help him through it, in whatever way he can.

He might end up with more than he bargained for.

OR: Dean helps Cas scratch an itch. As it were.

In All Your Borrowed Finery by vanishingact
Published in 2015, 68k words, rated E.
Featuring art by vanishingact

Dean finds an interesting symbol in Kevin’s angel tablet notes and, against Sam’s counselling, uses it in the heat of battle with a pair of angelic assassins. Side effects include pain, disorientation, and uncontrollable new appendages for the Winchesters. A disgruntled Castiel and a delighted Gabriel show up to help. Hunting (and life) gets interesting when wings are involved. Includes artwork!

The Care and Feeding of Castiel by MalMuses
Published 2020, 24k words, rated E
Illustrated by LizLee

Dean’s quiet time in the bunker is interrupted by some stranger-than-usual behavior from his angel.

Oh, and feathers…there are a lot of those, too.

Other links

Other coda fics mentioned:

  • Cinderwings by bendingsignpost (181,619, E) – Cinderella-inspired fantasy where Cas attends a masquerade ball and meets the prince.
  • Forgotten (wings are in the sequel, Flight) by NorthernSparrow (161,205, G) – Canon verse where Castiel has been removed from Dean and Sam’s memories. TFW familial love in Forgotten, Destiel in Flight.
  • Under the Midnight Sun by NorthernSparrow (232,026, E) – Love and ornithology in Alaska.
  • Angel’s Wild by LimonadeGaby & riseofthefallenone (389,271, E) – Dean accidentally traps an angel, injuring him. He frees Cas and helps him to heal. Looong slow burn but worth it.
  • Boneless Wings by PallasPerilous (4333, M) – Illustrated hilarious list of reasons why Dean’s boyfriend’s wings are annoying as hell.
  • Hurricane in Cobalt Blue by shieldmaiden_of_celestial_intent (4961, E) – Delicious wing kink bunker pwp.
  • Molting Expectations by tricia_16 (163,105, E) – Dean discovers angel Cas living in a cave in the mountains. We discussed this fic in episode 2!
  • Hidden Bones and Broken Wings by Desirae (9865, E) – Case fic where Dean sees Cas’ broken wings, and comforts him.
  • The Bond-Breaker Murders by Desirae (75,696, E) – An AU where Detective Dean Winchester and his partner, the angel Castiel investigate a murder.
  • Our Sweet Rapture by chiyume (189,415, E) – A hunt gone wrong leaves Dean to take care of both Sam and Castiel.
  • Convenient Husbands by AnnieD (39,283, E) – Arranged marriage/fake relationship. Dean rescues Cas, and helps him.
  • The Angel’s Widower by 60r3d0m (51,364, E) – Post s12 canon divergent where Dean goes into an alternative universe after Cas dies, and finds another Cas there. (incomplete but last updated in Nov 2020)
  • Revealed by Valinde (10,822, E) – When a ritual backfires and Dean ends up with wings, they reveal things that he’d much rather keep hidden.
  • Purgatory’s Angel by Ltleflrt (26,779, E) – DCBB 2017. In an act of heroism Castiel sacrifices one of his wings to save lives. But he isn’t sure he wants to live tethered to the ground, never to dance in the sky again. 
  • Saving Grace by Honey_bee80 (45,141, E) – High school AU where angels and humans mix. Dorky Cas and star quarterback Dean.
  • Burden by riseofthefallenone (317,582, E) – AU with mutants. Castiel has had to hide his wings away all his life, but Dean and Sam help him.
  • For A Dream’s Sake by Ellenofoz (28,511, E) – DCBB 2018. Canon divergent in Scoobynatural – Castiel makes a deal with the Djinn queen to get the fruit from the tree of life.

Is your favourite not in this list? Please let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

Our intro music is “Angel with a Shotgun” by The Cab, arranged by Ellen.

2 Replies to “Track 7: Wing Fic”

  1. Trinity Linn

    I absolutely love the ‘otherness’ that is given to Cas when he has wings. We often forget that he’s not just this adorable little nerdy dude but is actually pretty badass and the wingfics often remind us of that, even if he’s not an acting badass in the fic itself.
    Not to mention Lizlee’s AH-MAY-ZING art of Cas with wings or in her interpretation of his true form. Love love love!

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