2020 Contest Entries

Note: This will be updated as more entries are submitted, please check back.

If anyone is making an entry and needs more time, please let me know! I will happily extend the deadline if needed.


The Switch

Written by Sapphirelink

The trickster is up to some new tricks, but even his plan gets foiled when his attempts to switch the giant’s partner with a different tiny doesn’t go how he plans…

Deviantart


Brothers Protected

Written by NightmareJasmine

It’s based of Brothers Asunder! But more Dean!

Archive of Our Own

Graduation

Anonymous prompted:

Prompt: Can we see Sam and Dean from the Brothers Together universe at Dean’s high school graduation (and basically Sam’s too since he helped so much)? 😀

This is canon in the Brothers Together AU.


Way in the back of the class, Dean Winchester couldn’t help but fidget impatiently while he waited for it to be his turn to approach the stage.

Mary Winsor gave him a look, and asked him in a know-it-all tone that he knew all too well, “What bee flew up your ass?”

Dean had long ago learned that comparing her name to his mother’s was not the best way to go about getting a date, and knew it was she was a lost cause as far as he was concerned, as soft as that matte black hair looked like it would be under his fingertips. 

He sent her a flat glare back. “What, don’t tell me you enjoy standing out here in hundred degree weather?”

Mary sniffed and turned away, looking back towards the podium.

The names had gotten all the way through to the S’s, but that still left quite some time until Dean was called. The one small accomplishment he nursed was that he would get his diploma before Mary, who had her nose stuck so far up in the air that–

Dean’s thought process was interrupted by a small voice in his ear, a familiar one that had been by his side for years.

“It’s almost our turn!”

The excitement in Sam’s voice was enough to melt Dean out of his annoyance, and he couldn’t quite hide a grin. “You bet it is, Sammy,” he muttered under his breath, making sure that the others around him wouldn’t overhear what he was saying.

Dean had never expected to make it far enough through school to graduate with a diploma (and honors, as Sam liked to remind him repeatedly), but here they were. In a few short minutes, Dean would be saying goodbye to this chapter in his life and they would be free.

If it wasn’t for Sam’s persistent help and encouragement, Dean knew that he would have succumbed to his father’s expectations, and thrown more effort into what they called ‘the family business,’ hunting and helping their dad save people.

This was more Sam’s graduation than Dean’s, and he wouldn’t miss it for the world.

When Dean’s name rang out through the field, he tilted his chin up, matching the look that Mary had on her face, and he strode to the podium. It was with some pride that he accepted the diploma and shook hands, a glow of warmth spreading through his chest.

As he walked back to his spot in the graduates, Dean knew that it didn’t matter that their dad had missed this day. All that mattered was he could go through it with Sam. 

Trapped

theirishwarlock prompted:

Smolders Dean & Big Sam going on a hunt after they’re back together for the first time & maybe one gets hurt and/or captured and have to help the other, just an idea

Technically, this story would be a part of the Cursed Dean AU.


Sam woke with a jolt, and immediately fell backwards, his head throbbing.

Blinking in confusion, he tried to wipe the tears of pain out of his eyes so he could see where he was, try and figure out what had happened before he was knocked out.

The ceiling was low overhead as the blurry vision cleared, which explained why his attempt to sit up had gone so terribly. It was lower than three feet, giving Dean little room to stretch. 

Lengthwise, the end of the cage wasn’t touching Sam’s boots. He tried to stretch out his toes, but found only empty air there. Trying to squirm around, he discovered his confinement was too narrow to turn around.

If it wasn’t in the open air with bars, Sam would think he was in a coffin.

Whoever had trapped him wasn’t in the room, but they had ensured that Sam, short of a miraculous yoga move that he suspected was not humanly possible, could not reach the cage door that was at the other end of the cage. They apparently didn’t trust their search earlier, when they’d taken away his lockpick.

Sam huffed in annoyance, then his eyes widened as he remembered another detail.

Dean!

His older brother, thought dead until just recently, had come on this case with him. Sam couldn’t remember what happened to Dean after he was captured, and he had to hope that the much smaller hunter, cursed to live at a fraction of his original height, was free and clear of the monster.

Searching through his pockets, Sam made sure that he hadn’t missed Dean somehow, in case his brother had been knocked unconscious– or worse, his mind whispered insidiously– and then sagged back, at the same time relieved and concerned that Dean wasn’t there.

There was always the chance that Dean had been taken captive just like Sam, only he was far easier to contain.

All those thoughts fled Sam’s mind when he heard, loud and clear from next to his ear, “Didja miss me?”

Sam whipped around, his eyes wide. Dean couldn’t help a step back at the fast movement, standing only inches away from where Sam had been laying.

“Dean?!” Sam couldn’t help the gasp of relief he felt at the sight of his older brother, hale and hearty and as full of attitude as he ever was. Reflexively, Sam brought up his hands to cup around Dean, wanting to make sure there were no hidden injuries.

With a look of annoyance, Dean tried to shrug off the fingers that cupped around him. “Do you want me to break you out, or are you just going to waste time?” he snipped.

Sam gave Dean a half-hearted grin, knowing how independent his borrower-sized brother could be. “I guess I’ll let you get to work,” he said dryly, lifting his hand so Dean had room.

“Good.” Dean started on his jaunty way to the cage door, a paperclip in his hand. Not as effective as a lockpick would be, but definitely workable. “Now stay still, Gigantor!”

“You got it,” Sam promised. He rested his head, trying to see Dean every step of the way. 

Working together, they’d be out of this mess in no time. 

A Dash of Hope sneak peek

anonymous asked:

Adoh – a dash of hope? Maybe?

Welp, I think you go down as the person who guessed a story title the fastest!

A Dash of Hope is set as a prequel to the three-part Brothers Apart special, and is a sister tale to Out of the Frying Pan. It follows the rest of Garen’s family, Risa and their two children, as they strike out on a scary and dangerous journey out into the world after being chased from their home and losing a father and husband to the humans that caused the disaster in the first place.

On this trip, they will run into new allies and new dangers, it’s a big world out there!

When this story posts, it will be under @neonthebright‘s account, as the story is going to delve into more of her worldbuilding and lore 😉

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Risa, Autumn and Garret by @mogadeer!


A crack of lightning lit up the dark forest, illuminating the eerie, unfamiliar world around them.

Risa pulled her children closer to her, huddling together for warmth in the night. Rain pounded down, hitting the ground forcefully. If any of them went out of the small alcove into the open air, the force of the water would be enough to knock them from their feet. It was one of the most devastating storms they’d ever seen, and they were stranded with no shelter past the arched covering of a tree root Autumn had found right as the storm hit.

Risa sucked in a gasp as the thunder boomed overhead. It was one thing to listen to a storm, snug and safe under the floorboards of the motel they’d called ‘home’ for so long. It was another thing entirely to be forced out into the wilderness without warning or preparation, driven there by the humans fear of ‘pests’ living in the walls.

She tried to stay strong for her children, Autumn and Garret, but it was getting harder every hour. Ever since smelling the poison waft down the walls, Garret had acquired a hacking cough, his entire body shaking in her arms with every breath. He’d only recently turned two, happily tearing around the house while Risa tried to keep him under control, keep him from attracting notice from the occupants of the rooms above.

After all, humans were dangerous.

Autumn, her ten year old daughter, huddled on her other side. “Mom, where’s Dad?” she asked worriedly. “He said he’d catch up to us as soon as he could. How come he’s been gone so long?”

Risa kissed her head. Autumn’s silver eyes watered up at her, those beautiful eyes she’d inherited from her father bleak and running out of hope. “Don’t worry, baby. He’ll find us. Everything’s going to be alright. We just need to stay strong for Dad and give him time.” She ruffled her daughter’s long brown hair, mussing up the wet strands. Even the blue ribbon Autumn used to tie her hair back with was sodden and bedraggled.

She pulled her children closer one more time, trying to hide them better underneath the thick root. Past the sounds of the terrifying storm above them, animals could be heard moving around in the dark forest. Even the insects crawling over and under the fallen leaves scattered over the ground could harm her and her children. She could only hope there were no spiders lurking in the underbrush nearby.

“We’ll be okay,” Risa promised them, praying she wasn’t lying.

Garret coughed, his tiny hacking voice breaking up the silence that surrounded them between the rolling thunderclaps.

Updates!

There’s been a bit of excitement over on the Brothers Apart tumblr, and it’s fine time for me to update everyone over here!

I recently posted an updated version of our Current Story Progress, which you will be able to find at the bottom of this post. It includes the acronyms for recent stories we’ve been writing ever since I stopped posting story excerpts due to time.

We’ve already had the first correct guess for a story name! A Dash of Hope was guessed within an hour of the acronym reveal, and I’ll put up the preview over here shortly after this posts! Three more to go!

Current Status of AUs:

An updated version

Brothers Apart

Season 3 has the first story written, but it needs editing and some TLC before it’ll be ready to post. The second story is completed, and the third is in the idea stage, with a three-part special story chain that will end with quite an interesting twist! This story actually has a prequel that leads up to it, tying in a certain trio of borrowers with the Brothers Apart crew!

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Lost

We’ve found where the conclusion of season 1 will be! This AU will pull in several characters that our readers might recognize both from our other stories, Supernatural episodes, and some unique OCs that will appear for the first time in BL! Two additional stories are ready for posting now, several others need to be edited and beta’d, and we’re currently writing our way through the Season 1 finale, which we have not had the chance to excerpt! Keep your eyes open on the tumblr for #trtn when it begins to post.

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Consulted

We have several stories written, most need editing. Planned seasons for this series will be shorter, just like on the Sherlock TV show, but they’ll be full of action!

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Asunder

Many plans are in the works for this AU starring neon’s sprites.

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Adopted

One more story is completed but needs to be edited and beta’d. Other ideas are in the works to continue the storyline and take it in a very unexpected direction.

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Found

There is one more story under construction, but it’s currently on hold while we write other AUs.

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Chosen

The first story for this AU is edited and being beta’d. More stories are planned to follow Stan’s path now that he’s with the Winchesters.

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Discovered

The first story is 50% finished and currently on hold, but there are many plans for this young and adorable crew, and Stan Baker will also be joining up as a kiddo!

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Divided

Two stories are written and need to be edited and beta’d. I know @creatorofuniverses is waiting for her chance to dive at this story after the teasers we’ve put out…

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Grounded

Since this is a bit of an AU for messing around in, we don’t have any completed stories, but there are a few more chapters of fun, and we do plan on jumping back on it once we’ve caught up on some of our other backlogged plans! It’s fun playing around with a Brothers-Lost style Sam and Dean with PL1 ‘s canon storyline.

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Kept

We’re only on the first story, but we’ve also constructed the backbone of the AU, all the way through a storyline crafted for this particularly disturbing version of the BA-verse.

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Remembered

Another AU where we’re working on the first story! We have definite Plans for this one, and a familiar face that some of our giant story readers will remember…

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Saved

Ah, the AU that began as a prompt and grew from there! Both cowriters are interested in pursuing a storyline within this ‘verse, we just haven’t had time to start on the stories. There is another short that was written, and I’m in progress of writing a second as TorchMLP ​‘s contest prize from this year.

Upcoming stories:

  • #afilp
  • Flashlight
  • Pride
  • The Fight
  • Pride Goeth Before a Fall
  • Dad’s Journal

Brothers Together

There is nothing written or in-progress for this AU currently, but we do have some ideas floating around, and of course at some point we’re going to need to show how Oscar did when he reached Bobby’s!

Upcoming stories:

  • Still in the planning stages

Brothers Unexpected

Two stories, two shorts, and a multitude of ideas! This is just waiting to be beta’d, and we fully expect stories from BU to show up in the next poll.

Upcoming stories:

Brothers United

Half a story written, and lots planned for these poor dorks! Unfortunately, this is the story we were working on when writer’s block hit @nightmares06 hard, so we put it on hiatus and tried to switch to other projects. Now that the ideas are beginning to flow again, we hope to return to it.

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Sought

This AU will have a bunch of young dorks in it! With Dean at only 22, it’s an AU that lies between our usual age range of characters, and the end result is they are all quite excitable!

Upcoming stories:

Brothers Befriended

Only cutes to be found here! 😉 This AU changes up the age range of Stan and Dean. Normally Stan is a year older than Dean, while in this AU Stan will be younger than Sam, and only ten years old when the AU begins!

  • We’re thinking about starting off with a short story format for this AU, but so far no definite plans have been made.

Giant Jacob storyline

There are plans in the works for a sequel, though all we have for it so far is a tagline written out…

Chaos Priests work in pairs. One male. One female.

Sam and Dean didn’t know this when they put an end to the one that turned Jacob giant, and his partner is still out there.

And she’s found a far more suitable subject to turn into a giant… One that lives for the chaos of a hunt…

We have several more unannounced AUs under construction, and are constantly coming up with more ideas! Feel free to send us in your ideas/headcanons/asks, you never know what might happen!

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Brothers Apart Contest 2020

From January 1st, 2020 to March 31st, 2020, there is a contest running for Brothers Apart!

All art mediums are welcome, but the art must be based off of one of the stories within the Brothers Apart Multiverse.

Literature is accepted, so feel free to enter in any story entries you want. The stipulation is if it is a multi-part story, all parts must be up by March 31st.

This year, we’ve added in a separate category for unfinished previous entries, so if you entered into the contest in a previous year and never got to finish, you are free to finish that and enter it into the contest!

Rules:

  1. Must be based on the Brothers Apart multiverse. Canon brothers will not be accepted unless they are dealing with Celeste’s curse victimsand neither will the stories I have written that are not related to the AU. (An Ounce of CourageReversal of FateThe Comeback KidAfraid, ect…) 
  2. You may create an entry based on one of the various AU’s (Brothers LostBrothers Consulted, ect…) or create your own AU, but it must in some way connect to the Brothers Apart multiverse.
  3. This year there will be one contest and we’ll start with three winners (which will increase if enough interest is shown). Each contestant may submit up to two entries.
  4. There is a separate category for anyone who had a previously unfinished work in an older contest. You may have one entry for this, and still have two entries for the main contest!
  5. Everyone is welcome to enter except for @nightmares06, since I will be running the contest. 😉 That includes betas and cowriters.
  6. You may include any OCs from the stories in any artwork or writing or create your own OCs to interact with them! It’s fun to do!
  7. Each entry must be uploaded for viewing online. This is not site specific, but it must be a publicly displayed work.
  8. Please tag @brothersapart in any tumblr entries. If the entry doesn’t get reblogged to brothersapart, I might not have seen it! Let me know.
  9. For fanfiction.com, archive of our own or other website entries, please send a message with the location of your entry to brothersapart.spn@gmail.com so a link to it can be displayed on tumblr for everyone to see.
  10. For the deviantart entries, send a note to nightmares06 with the entry to ensure that it is added to the contest journal. Also provide a link to the contest journal in the information section for the entry.
  11. Each entry will be displayed on the Brothers Apart tumblr, wordpress site, and on nightmares06′s deviantart homepage.
  12. If you want to change either of your entries at any time for either contest, please message me through the BA email or a note on DA.
  13. There will be three prizes! One grand prize and two first prizes!
  14. One of the first place prizes will be decided by a poll, giving everyone a chance to vote for their favorite!
  • If there are any questions, please ask through the tumblr, deviantart or email!

Prizes:

  • Early access to several chapters of a future story, to be determined at the end of the contest (choices will be offered depending on what has posted already, and what is written)
  • 2 sneak peeks of future Brothers Apart multiverse stories, both angst and cutes.

The Grand Prize winner will also receive a special 2000 word short story, written by nightmares06 in the Brothers Apart universe from a prompt given by the winner!

–Early access to a future story can be swapped out for a copy of Bowman of Wellwood, if anyone is interested in seeing Bowman Leafwing’s background with Jacob Andris, Bobby Loran and Chase Lisong. For this option, you must be willing to provide a mailing address to @nightmares06.

Upcoming Events

January 1st: Happy New Year! The 2020 Brothers Apart contest begins!

January 5th: Clash of the Hunters finishes posting!

January 15th: Part 3 of Aftermath: A Series of Consulted Shorts posts.

January 16th to February 15th: Posting hiatus and vacation.

February 16th: Bobby of Far Away begins posting!

Prompt – Check It Out

Briana prompted:

Maybe something from the brother’s together universe? I feel like there must be so many good moments during their childhood that we haven’t seen yet!

This combined with another prompt gave me the idea to write a scene  from the perspective of smol Dean/big Sam and also from the perspective of tol Dean/smol Sam! That way I get some practice in on the differences between Brothers Saved and Brothers Together, and we all get some cutes.

So here we have teenager Dean, who snitched Bobby’s whiskey from where it was hidden in the house, and now they’re going to share!

(You can find the other half of the prompt here)


“Check it out.”

Sam lazily stretched to work out the kinks in his back from laying flat on the desk for so long while he did homework. Not his homework, naturally, as he hadn’t been able to go to school for a few good years now. He was helping with Dean’s, to try and keep in practice so he didn’t lose his touch for the day he was able to return to class.

Not that he held out much hope that his curse would be lifted after so long like this. 

Dean was standing in the doorway of their shared room, and when Sam spotted what he had in his hand with a shit-eating grin, he straightened in place. 

“Is that what I think it is?”

“You bet!” Dean proclaimed. He glanced over his shoulder and closed the door to the room, bouncing onto the bed next to the desk Sam was using. “Bobby and dad are going to be out all night, I figured we could take a break from classwork.”

“Dean, you know they’re going to figure out it was you,” Sam scolded, but the look he sent the flask of whiskey was longing. He hadn’t snuck a drink in years, not since their dad’s hunter friend, Fred, had given them some. 

“Chill, we’ll be fine,” Dean assured Sam. He twisted the cap off. “They’ll never know the difference, we just have to put it back where it came from and that’s that.”

Pouring out a tiny amount into the cap, Dean judge that to be more than enough for his younger brother. Neither of them was of drinking age, but that didn’t much matter when they were sneaking around behind their dad’s back.

“Give it a shot,” Dean said, sliding the cap over to Sam. 

Sam tentatively reached out to pull the cap closer, peering uncertainly into the strong-smelling liquid. He wrinkled his nose, then picked up the cap to take a sip. 

And sputtered, spitting out the drop. “You like this stuff?!”

Dean smirked as he took a swig from the flask, partially wishing he was the small one this time, just so he could have more whiskey than was in the small container. “You bet, short stuff,” he said teasingly, able to swallow the bitter drink without flinching.

Sam sighed, sending the bottle cap a disconsolate look. Why couldn’t Bobby have left the beer unattended? At least Sam had that before, and knew he could drink it without a problem.

Taking a deep breath to build himself up to it, Sam scooped up a drop of whiskey in his hand, and determinedly drank it. Again, he nearly spit it out, but forced himself to swallow, the drink leaving a burning trail down his throat.

“Got it,” Sam rasped, having a hard time talking after such a sharp drink.

Dean took pity on him and nudged over a second bottle cap that had been sitting across the desk with Sam’s possessions. It was the cap that held his water from lunch, and Sam quickly grasped it to suck in a drink to cool his throat. 

“Maybe it’s stronger because you’re smaller?” Dean mused out loud, taking another drink from the flask.

“No… I can do this,” Sam said, determined. He wasn’t about to miss out on the one chance they got to drink!

Prompt – Is That What I Think It Is?

jayadawnyvonne-art prompted:

What about a short of tiny drunk dean with big sam?

This combined with another prompt gave me the idea to write a scene like this out from the perspective of smol Dean/big Sam and also from the perspective of tol Dean/smol Sam! That way I get some practice in on the differences between Brothers Saved and Brothers Together, and we all get some cutes.

So here we have kiddo Sam, who found Bobby’s whiskey hidden in the house, and now they’re going to share!

(You can find the other half of the prompt here)


“Check it out.”

Dean looked up from where he had been fiddling with a bent paperclip to hide his boredom. He found the motion strangely relaxing, and when he eventually wore the metal down it would separate into two separate pieces.

There was a small pile of metal rods next to Dean to show how long he’d been sitting there playing around. It was a good way to entertain himself while Sam did homework.

Dean hadn’t even noticed that his younger– but much larger– brother had run out of the room for a bathroom trip, and now the kid was standing there with a small metal flask in his hand. His eyebrows climbed his forehead.

“Is that what I think it is?”

“Yeah!” Sam grinned broadly, puffing his chest out proudly. “I found this stuck between a cookbook and a book on Latin in the kitchen, and figured we can sneak it back out there before dad and Bobby get home, they’ll never know!”

Dean shoved the remains of the staples off his lap and jumped to his feet. “Pass some this way,” he urged, kicking his staples into a pile.

Twisting the cap off, Sam judged the size of the flask compared to Dean. “Think this’ll be enough?” he asked as he poured a drop into the cap and held it out.

“Perfect,” Dean said, looking into the cap as he took it from Sam. He knew it was hard for his younger but much larger brother to judge the amount of food and drink when they were sharing, which was how he ended up with a bucketful of whiskey. 

There was no way Dean would be finishing it, but he’d give it a good try.

Once Sam was sure that Dean was set, he took a sip from the flask. Then gagged. “You like this stuff?” he sputtered.

With a grin, Dean hefted up the cap and took a big gulp from it. He wiped off his mouth with the back of his hand. “You bet, gigantor!” he called up teasingly. “Good thing I’m the one with the bigger serving!”

Sam rolled his eyes, looking away from Dean for a moment before taking a deep breath and looking at the flask. It took every ounce of strength in him to take another sip, and swallow it without spitting it out.

The burning warmth of the whiskey settled pleasantly in his middle. Once he got past the bitter taste, it wasn’t a bad drink.

He just had to get used to it.

Clothes shopping

@wolfie180g prompted:

Sam giving dean advice while clothes shopping because he’d been stuck at the motel watching a channel devoted entirely to fashion the whole day he was home sick.


“Really? That’s what you’re going with?”

Dean hesitated with his hand halfway towards the shirt he’d chosen– one that looked comfortable, and was cheap enough that it wouldn’t dip far into his savings.

“Yeah?” Dean said suspiciously, wishing he could tilt his head to catch sight of Sam, currently hidden in the edge of his collar.

Outside, the snow was coming down strong. They had meant to be back to the motel before the storm hit, but it had blown up while trying to pack up the supplies they needed to stock up on.

When they found that almost everyone had left, leaving the mall and surrounding stores with only a few die hard customers and the exhausted cashiers to keep an eye on them, it had looked to be the perfect time to get in a little shopping without the ever-present concern that Sam would be spotted.

“You could at least buy something with style one of these days,” Sam said dryly as he judged the outfit Dean was looking at.

Hey,” Dean complained. To anyone else in the store, it would appear that he was arguing with himself there, no phone in sight. “I’ll have you know that my outfits are perfectly acceptable.”

“Sure, for shopping at the Army Navy surplus store,” Sam sassed. “Trust me, you could use something with a little more flair for your interviews.”

“Since when are you an expert on fashion?” Dean complained as he wandered over to another rack to browse.

“Since you left me at the motel that day with the shopping network on! All I watched all day was the outfits they were selling!”

Dean smirked. “Next time, remind me to leave it on the beef jerky channel.”

Sam jabbed him in the neck. “Next time, I’m using your credit card. I’m sure Bobby will appreciate getting some packages for you.”

“Don’t even think about it.”