Track 15: Two-Person Love Triangle

Welcome to episode fifteen 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, Ellen and Mal welcome Destiel author bendingsignpost to discuss fics in which Dean and Cas find themselves in a two-person love triangle (or rectangle!) situation—that is, in which they meet each other online or on the phone, without realising they have met face to face as well. The fics discussed include Waiting on a Signal by CBFirestarter and TrenchcoatBaby, Go Down With This Ship by PorcupineGirl, and Four Letter Word For Intercourse by bendingsignpost.

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

Thanks to our friend thatpeculiarone, a transcript for this episode is now available.

A warning: Adult themes and swear words are mentioned in this podcast.

Our Guest – bendingsignpost

Find all of Ben’s work on ao3, or his shorter works on tumblr.

Featured fics

Waiting on a Signal by CBFirestarter and TrenchcoatBaby
Published 2019, 90k words, E

Dean Winchester, hardworking medic, has two ways of coping with the demands of the job. One, he chats online with his anonymous best friend and fellow medic, FlyBoy83. Two, he’s a member of Black & Blue, a BDSM club where he subs twice a month. One night, he’s finally paired with a blue-eyed dom he’s been eyeing for months, a man he’s waited to call Master.

Or, the story of how Dean and Castiel are online best friends who fuck each other senselessly in real life…and never even know it.

Go Down With This Ship by PorcupineGirl
Art by Horrorfemme
Published for Tropefest 2017, 31k words, E

Since he has to stay deep in the closet to protect his job as a children’s librarian in conservative Wichita, Kansas, Dean’s main outlet for sexual frustration is writing and reading slash fiction for his favorite show, Devil Boys. When he starts corresponding with AngelofThursday, another male slash writer in his ship, he really is just looking for friendship… but when it seems like more might be on the table, he’s not going to turn it down. If only he didn’t also have a crush on Cas, the hot volunteer at his library branch…

Four Letter Word For Intercourse by bendingsignpost
Published 2018, 195k words, E

As a grease monkey turned college freshman, Dean’s constantly three seconds away from being stressed out of his mind. It hardly helps that he’s finally figuring out his sexuality in his thirties.

What might help with that stress is a little phone number (and a big credit card bill). If he can’t figure out how to be bisexual in person, he can at least give it a go over the phone, right?

(It’s probably a bad idea, but he really can’t help himself.)

Other links

Special bonus track

A whole other section of audio unrelated to fic, in which we discuss hug juice, Doctor Who, and our weirdest animal stories. Enjoy.

Other two-person love triangle recommendations:

What’s your favourite two-person love triangle? 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.

7 Replies to “Track 15: Two-Person Love Triangle”

  1. Erin Laur

    Obediently coming to add a comment as requested! :)I was trying to decide which episode to pick as my favorite and I kept changing my mind because they’re all so good! So I picked this one because not only is it a fantastic episode featuring some of my favorite fics, but also features one of my favorite tropes and one of my favorite authors! So wonderful to listen to you hang out with bendingsignpost.

  2. zybynarx

    I loved this episode so much! It was so so cool to have Bendingsignpost come on and talk more in depth about his fic! 😍 It was one of the first times I actually read the fic before hand so I could geek out to everything that was being said!

    Mal and Ellen, you are both fantastic podfic hosts! I love listening to you both on my way to and from work! 🥰

  3. Sarah

    I love two-person triangle fics! Four Letter Word For Intercourse was the first fic I ever read, and it was a fantastic intro to fics and the world of destiel on ao3.
    This was a wonderful episode with a great list of fics. Many of these have become favorites that I’ve re-read many times!

  4. Lbagel

    I have enjoyed so many episodes, it was hard to choose my favorite. I choose this one because 1) this is one of my favorite tropes 2) you discuss so many of my favorite fics 3) this was the first one I listened to and it made me fall in love with your podcast right off that bat. Keep doing what you’re doing!

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