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Fanfic / Crossed Wires

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Crossed Wires by Cas is a crossover of Supernatural and Alias that sees Dean Winchester and Sydney Bristow joining forces on a search to find the Spear of Destiny, Sydney believing it’s another Rambaldi-related artefact while Dean has determined that it is the best chance he has to get Sam out of the Cage.

Crossed Wires contains examples of:

  • All Your Powers Combined:
    • Dean and Sydney combine their blood with the Spear of Destiny to open a portal to Lucifer’s Cage that allows them to retrieve Sam.
    • At the story’s conclusion, Castiel and Vaughn contact the Winchesters and Sydney independently to reveal that Crowley is attempting to use a Mueller device.
  • Canon Welding: It is speculated that Rambaldi was actually a Prophet of the Lord to account for his superior knowledge.
  • Continuity Snarl: Neatly fits into what was known of Supernatural canon at the time, but Sydney talks as though SD-6 is still an active threat and muses to herself that Michael Vaughn is now married to Lauren, despite SD-6 being shut down in the latter half of the second season and Vaughn’s marriage to Lauren only being an issue in the first half of the third season.
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  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Sark appears to talk to Sydney, but while he is aware of Castiel and Raphael’s interest in the Spear, he has no way of knowing they’re actually angels.
  • Ironic Echo: Dean and Sydney note the irony that they’ve each fought a doppelganger (Dean fought a shapeshifter in his image and Sydney fought an assassin disguised as her best friend)
  • Outside-Context Problem: Sydney is completely caught off-guard at the very idea of dealing with vampires and demons, to the point of instinctively wondering if Dean’s anti-possession charm hides some kind of technology.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Dean and Sydney meet when each are trying to find the Spear of Destiny.
  • Put on the Bus: The story opens as Dean leaves Lisa and Ben, concluding that it isn’t fair of him to burden them with his emotional baggage after Sam’s sacrifice.
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  • Sequel Hook: No sign that it will be explicitly used, but the story ends with the implication that Crowley has acquired a Mueller device.
  • Shipper on Deck: Once Sam has been properly introduced to Sydney and learned of her history with Dean, he is fully supportive of Dean’s new relationship.
  • Shipping Torpedo: Sydney thinks to herself that she is happy for Vaughn in his marriage to Lauren, but that potential relationship takes a further torpedo when she starts falling for Dean.