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Title: Courting Death
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: Sam Winchester/Dean Winchester
Categories/Genres: Reaper AU, Family, Romance, Soulmates
Length: 50,723
Warnings: Incest

Author/Artist on AO3: Theproblemmatique

Summary:Sam Winchester lived the first six months of his life in a happy family; the next twelve years as John Winchester's only son, and the last decade as an orphan. He's supposed to die at twenty-two trying to save the woman he loves from a fire, because he doesn't have a brother to pull him back. But the night Sam meets his Reaper he discovers that Death is overly fond of pop-culture references, too beautiful to be real, and reluctant to kill him.

Review: A new spin on an old romance, this clever little fic adds a surprisingly sweet layer in the middle. Dean is a reaper who keeps letting Sam slip by him, even encouraging him back to life. It’s adorable how these too banter over Sam’s often nearly dead body.

But the true treasure of the story is Sam’s relationship with the secondary characters. It’s surprising to think I never imagined how characters like Bobby and Ellen felt about the boys. I knew they saw themselves as slightly responsible for them but I never empathized with them as much as I did in this fic when you see how sad they were that Sam was always so alone.

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