Wednesday, 8 July 2015

READ: With a Whimper.

Contributing to my stress this year has been the fact that I started to read less. I can't explain why. One day I was reading like crazy, the next I decided to take a break so I could focus on my writing instead, and the next thing I knew I just...wasn't interested in picking up another book. 

So it was great when the other day I find myself reading a fan fiction online, and enjoying it so much that I read it all in one sitting! 

That fan fiction was With a Whimper by Mibba's bucky barnes. 

SPOILER ALERT for season five of Supernatural, and potentially seasons after. 

Adam Milligan is free from Hell, having been rescued by Michael while the archangel was using his body as a vessel. On the surface, the world looks the same, but nothing could be farther from the truth: something big is coming, and Adam is smack in the middle of it. He tries to run - wanting nothing to do with the world of the supernatural anymore - but he can't run from what's been festering and growing inside him ever since he and Michael broke free. His estranged half-brothers, the Winchesters, try to help, but there's only so much they can do. And the day will come when Adam has to face his destiny of Biblical proportions - or die trying.
I've been re-watching Supernatural, which is something I do often, and when I got to the end of season five I found myself dwelling on something. 

For those who don't know this part of the story, let me explain: Adam Milligan (played by my celebrity crush, Jake Abel) is the younger half-brother of the show's two main stars. In this season, he becomes the body that the archangel Michael possesses so that he might fight his brother, Lucifer (the Devil!) and as a result ends up trapped in Hell. 

I have seen up to the end of season nine and so far Adam has not made it back to Earth, but he still remains one of my favourite characters. I love the idea of Sam and Dean having a younger brother, and I always wanted to see what the show would be like with this third brother in play. So I set out on a search for a well-written fan fiction where Adam joined the team and started hunting monsters with his big brothers. 

I didn't find such a story, but instead fell across With a Whimper. The story takes place about half way through season six, and begins with Adam and Michael escaping Hell together - Adam only because Michael used his body to do it. Michael returns Adam to his brothers, and then intends to return to Heaven himself, but things go crazy then and the story really begins. I won't spoil the plot for anybody, but I will say that this story gave me a whole new pairing to ship, and I loved every one of its eight chapters. 

I also loved that it had me excited to read again, and that my writing has since been flowing more smoothly than it has since August of 2013. 

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