The Arrangements 'verse
: Team Free Will
meets everyone's favourite angel and demon
, and everything spirals from there.
(90k+) fic by icarus_chained
An Alternate Universe
story where sometime post Supernatural
episode 5x10/"Heaven and Hell", Dean, Castiel, and Sam run into Aziraphale and Crowley, and (after some initial confusion/animosity) the five of them team up, gaining a few more allies along the way...
is technically unfinished, due to complications in the author's life; what's marked as the last chapter on A03 is actually a summary of how the final chapters were intended to go. However, it's a very thorough summary, often feeling like it could be a fic in itself, and so the story feels quite complete.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Adorkable: Aziraphale and Cas
- Affably Evil: Crowley
- Angelic and Demonic Possession: The fic manages to more-or-less reconcile the "discorporation" of Good Omens with the vessels of Supernatural.
- Badass Normal: Dean Winchester, of course.
- Bad Boss:
- Crowley, as a demon, is technically under Lucifer. So... yeah.
- The angels, meanwhile, aren't too much better. (For the most part.)
- Because Destiny Says So: Well, since the goal of our heroes is to deliberately avert "destiny"...
- Beware the Nice Ones: Happens a lot.
- Don't get Aziraphale mad. In particular, if you kidnap his demon, his face will go blank.
Not blank like 'I'm in shock and don't know what I'm doing'. It was blank like 'I've just switched off every emotion that might stop me from doing what I need to do, and mercy and fear were the first to go.'
- Suggesting that Crowley might be actually trying to lure Aziraphale to the Dark Side is a pretty bad idea, too. Torturing and almost killing an archangel in front of him isn't much smarter.
- Blatant Lies: For a very short time, Aziraphale and Crowley attempt to appear strictly platonic.
Aziraphale: It's a business arrangement.
Dean's inner monologue/narration: ...and 'business arrangement' my cute little ass...
- Card-Carrying Villain: Crowley, although the villain part is debatable.
- Cast from Hit Points: Castiel, in order to heal Gabriel.
- Contrived Coincidence: Team Free Will seeing Aziraphale and Crowley under the apple tree.
- Cool Car: Both the Impala and the Bentley. The hot pink limo (complete with inner disco ball), though... not so much.
- Cool Old Guy: Bobby Singer, of course.
- Did You Just Tell The Devil To Go Fuck Himself?
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Touching an Angel's wings is always discussed as though one might talk about sex. It's even refereed to as "making love" at one point. On a darker note, Lucifer's maiming of Gabriel's wings is treated like rape.
- Eldritch Abomination: Crowley briefly turns into one, the angels' true forms might also count.
- Erotic Eating: A side effect of giving angels cream buns.
- Everyone Can See It: Both Dean-and-Castiel and Aziraphale-and-Crowley. The latter pair initially tries to put on a facade of simple friendship coming from 6000 years with only each other for consistent company, but they fool no one. The first one is initially "simple" UST, but eventually They Do.
- Fallen Angel: Castiel, of course, as it takes place during season 5. Crowley, of course, never fell so much as "Sauntered Vaguely Downwards"... or maybe not?
- Flaming Sword: According to Aziraphale, wielding it's like learning how to ride a bike... you never really do forget.
- The Fundamentalist: Zachariah.
- Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter: Gabriel's reaction to the implication that he and Lucifer really trusted each other.
- Good Is Not Nice: Just about everyone, but especially the forces of Heaven.
- Heroic BSOD: Can actually kill an angel if it lasts long enough.
- I Have Your Son: How Lucifer kidnaps Crowley: he pulls this on Anansi.
- I Know Your True Name: Lucifer claims to know Crowley's.
- I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Crowley. He's a demon. Don't forget it.
- It's All My Fault: Dean's default reaction. Aziraphale demonstrates what he thinks about that.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Aziraphale
- Light Is Not Good: Lucifer
- Loophole Abuse: Crowley "tempting" Aziraphale during the Crusades.
- The Mafia: Crowley and Aziraphale know people.
- Manipulative Bastard: Crowley, natch.
- Raphael. Deliberately withholding medical treatment for six thousand years solely to give your side a martyr is kind of really dickish.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Said almost by name, though not really a case: after Aziraphale makes a careless reference to the Apoca-Wasn't, utterly horrifying the various people not in-the-know, Crowley points out his mistake.
"Nice job breaking the humans. Did you forget
did last time?"
- Not So Different: Michael and Lucifer. On a larger scale, Heaven and Hell
- Official Couple: Dean/Castiel, Sam/Gabriel Aziraphale/Crowley.
- One-Man Army: Almost everybody at one point or another.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Not for a specific character, but angels in general are not supposed to let others touch their wings. Aziraphale letting Crowley touch his shows just how much he trusts him.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Crowley called in a favor with Gabriel to get him to go after Aribert Heim.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: From Aziraphale, of all people. Of course, that's what happens when the devil kidnaps Crowley...
- Relationship Upgrade: There are two during the course of the story, and one that happened off-screen: Dean/Castiel, Sam/Gabriel, and to no one's surprise, Aziraphale/Crowley.
- Scars Are Forever: Subverted. Gabriel's had his scars for six millennia, but only because Raphael refused to heal them.
- Stepford Smiler: Most of the good angels; in fact, the only angels who are more stable and straightforward are like Zachariah.
Not bi-polar, no. Not swinging from cheerful to grim. Just putting the cheerful on over the grim, whenever they could, whenever they could bear it. Even Gabriel, maybe. Putting smiles and cheer and smartass remarks over the knowledge that their world was slowly falling apart around them, and hoping that if they just did it enough, if they just smiled enough, they might come to believe there was something worth smiling about. Not so different from him and Sam, when it came down to it. Not so different from any of them.
- That Came Out Wrong / Digging Yourself Deeper / Verbal Backspace: While not an innuendo, Aziraphale didn't quite mean to say that he and Crowley made a hobby of Apocalypses; he just meant to say that after the last one, they've gotten rather good at them. Ah, wait...
- This Was His True Form: Crowley, if sufficiently battered, may turn back into a snake.
- True Companions: Both Team Free Will and Aziraphale-and-Crowley at the start of the story; Castiel, Dean, Sam, Gabriel, Aziraphale, and Crowley all end up pretty well attached to each other by the end.
- Bobby remains the father figure to Dean and Sam that he is in canon.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension -> They Do: Dean and Castiel. Also, sometime between the last Apocalypse(-that-didn't) and this one, Aziraphale and Crowley.
- What Could Have Been: The last chapter is technically a summary of how the last several chapters would have gone if the author had had time to write them. Though very good in itself, it does make one wish we'd gotten to see it play out over the full length it was originally intended to take...
- What You Are in the Dark: Aziraphale trusts Crowley because he didn't kill him, even at his most vulnerable.