Track 41: Friends With Benefits

Welcome to episode forty-one of the Mixtape Book Club Podcast.

In this episode, Ellen and Mal welcome author tiamatv to discuss fics where Dean and Cas are friends with benefits. Fics include tiamatv’s Vibrato, Words with Friends by Anonymous, Tricks of the Trade by Trenchcoat_Impala, The Trouble With Blue Eyes by FriendofCarlotta, and plenty more.

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

As always, Mixtape Book Club contains fic spoilers, swearing and discussion of adult topics. Please listen at your own discretion, with attention paid to any little ears that might be nearby!

A transcript is available for this episode.

Our Guest – tiamatv

Tia pubishes her Destiel works on ao3.

Link to Fantasy Reverse Bang:

Other works mentioned:

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Vibrato by tiamatv [00:09:44]
Published for the Dean Cas Switch Bang in 2022, 70k words, E
Art by boeybite (

The fact is, their meet-cute’s right out of a fucking storybook. Tale as old as time, or some shit.

Except Dean doesn’t get a hard-on for libraries or randomly burst into song. And Cas? Cas is way too nerdy and harmless for anyone to call him a beast.

Even if he does drink human blood.

(In which Castiel is a hereditary vampire, Dean just wants to introduce him to movies and rock music, and their friends-with-benefits situation is either the worst idea they’ve ever had… or the best.)

Words with Friends by Anonymous [00:39:08]

Published in 2014, 22k works, E

“Dean Winchester is as straight as an arrow. He’s a lady’s man of epic proportions: the king of the one night stand, the messiah of the friends with benefits paradigm, the emperor of perpetual bachelorhood.

Except, apparently, when it comes to his best friend, Castiel Novak.”


Wherein a longstanding acquaintanceship leads to friendship, then best friendship, then sexting, then dirty talk, then mutual masturbation, then, inevitably, fucking.

Other fics mentioned in this section:

Tricks of the Trade by Trenchcoat_Impala [00:50:10]
Published in 2021/22, 90k words, E

“I need you to find me a Dom.”
Cas nearly choked on his pizza. “Excuse me?”

Dean wants to see what the world of kinky sex is like so he turns to his best friend and roommate, Castiel Novak, who just so happens to be a Dom at a local BDSM club. Cas is happy to help Dean enter this new world, but when Dean has a bad experience with the Dom he’s paired with at the club, Cas takes it upon himself to show Dean the tricks of the trade. You know, as any good friend would do.

The Trouble With Blue Eyes by FriendofCarlotta [1:04:19]
Published for DCRB 2023, 15k, E

For years now, Dean Winchester has had a mutually beneficial arrangement with Castiel Novak, a fellow private eye. It’s good, it’s easy, and there’s nothing wrong with it.

Well, except for one thing: Dean’s caught himself a bad case of feelings, and Cas doesn’t feel the same way.

Other FWB fics

Other links

What’s your favorite friends with benefits fic? 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.

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