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Title:: Three Days on the Rack
Rating: NC-17
Challenge: Created collaboratively by reena_jenkins and keerawa for the 2011 pod_together challenge.
Written by: keerawa
Performed by: reena_jenkins
Beta’ed by: dante_s_hell
Cover Art by: reena_jenkins (using screencaps found via Google Images, and set atop some amazing stockart (Rose Hall) created by FractalAngel)
Disclaimers: The characters of Supernatural belong to the CW. The music in the podfic is from Apocalyptica's cover of Metallica's 'Fade to Black', off the album Inquisition Symphony.
Warnings/Spoilers: Warning for non-con, sibling incest, and graphic depictions of torture. Possibly also for major character death, since the story does take place in Hell. Spoilers for information revealed about Dean's time in Hell in season 4.
Summary: It’s been months, but Sam finally found a crossroads demon willing to Deal to get Dean’s soul out of Hell. The Deal sounded too good to be true. Sam took it anyway.

AO3 link to ( Three Days on the Rack ).


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Jul. 21st, 2011 09:40 am (UTC)
I have just finished listening to this and wanted to pop by to say WOW! That was incredible. So, so dark but also so beautiful.

The recording was fantastic also. I adored the music and the way reena_jenkins worked it in between the chapters.

Fantastic story.
Aug. 4th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
I do believe it's the darkest, most fucked-up love story I've ever written. And Reena's performance is just incredible! So glad you enjoyed it, ash48!
Aug. 15th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Have not listened yet, but I read the fic in the airport and wanted to tell you that I loved it. Since I know you love feedback here are some things that went through my mind while reading...

1. The ending was so beautiful. I loved seeing Dean become the big brother in this ultra messed up way.

2. Throughout the fic I was wondering what Dean really feels about Alistair? Is their relationship sexual at all or it more of a father or mentor thing? Maybe both? Since I really like these two, you know I have to ask this. :P

3. Sometimes your choice to refer to Sam as "it" bothered me a bit...or at least made it less arousing in the sexy parts. I can see how this would totally work the other way for someone else though because doing so makes him less of a person and more of an object.

4. I liked your choice to write this story from Dean's POV. That being said, I thought it might be interesting to see it done the other way as well in the same story. I know it can be really tough to switch POV though. Just thought it might be nice to have a glimpse into Sammy'd head.

5. For me, the story would have benefitted from some more description of the physical space. I have this problem a lot with hell fics though. I guess I just want more gory details. Like is it a room? How clean is it? What does the rack look like? Sound like?

All in all, this was a great read and I am glad you suggested it. Cannot wait to hear the audio.
Aug. 16th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeee! Detailed fb for the win!

1. Thanks - me too!

2. Dean's relationship with Alastair is pretty messed up. Certainly Alastair is both his mentor and ... how to put this ... his commanding officer. Dean's job is an essential part of his identity here. He wants to do it well, and Alastair is the one who determines whether his work is adequate. Of course, he also fears and resents Alastair, because Alastair believes in providing feedback to his minions on their job performance. And while I wouldn't characterize their relationship as primarily sexual, sexual rewards and tortures are both on the menu. After all, Dean learned everything he knows from Alastair.

3. *nods* I thought long and hard about the pronoun issue. I agree that it's jarring. But Dean was trained to view his victims as objects. Souls to be broken, not people to be empathized with. And I never want the reader to lose sight of that.

4. God, I SO want to read a Sam-POV version of this, and I honestly don't think I can write it. Do you wanna? I'm half-inclined to sign up for the next kamikazeremix and MAKE someone write that, but this is such a dark dtory that it feels kind of non-con-y.

5. I think the room responds to its owner, and changes on whim. (There's one moment where the rack sinks down to the ground for Dean, much like he has talons when he wants to claw at Sam's stomach.) But generally, yes, a room, sparkling clean every morning because Dean is a perfectionist about his work. In my mind the rack was wood with metal chains and manacles that rattle against each other when Dean wants enough give in them for a soul to struggle.

I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, akemi!
Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Three Days on the Rack
This was brutal and unflinching and utterly brilliant: the way Dean had forgotten everything about what makes him human so that he doesn't recognise his brother, the co-dependency between torturer and tortured soul, how we can guess at the end that Dean broke himself even more than he ever managed to break Sam. And Sam, who saved his brother, but then ... not. I like how you used the change between "it" and "Sam" to indicate Dean's change. The ending was heartbreaking, with Dean slipping back into his role as Sam's protector, using exactly the same words from "before" after cutting into Sam for almost a year. I can't imagine how Dean will heal from this.

The podfic experience was one of the most awesome I ever had, with the music introducing the different parts of the story and the reading fitting so pitch-perfect to the atmosphere of the fic.
Dec. 22nd, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
Re: Three Days on the Rack
Thanks so much, catsintheattic. It's a hard story to read through, and I think that reena's performance is absolutely masterful. I think that my take on the ending is more hopeful than yours. Dean's not reset to the man he was above-ground, even when he gets his memories back. And his relationship with Sam over the year grew both intimate and, in its own very fucked-up way, loving. I think that would be a part of his perceptions of what he's done. But, yes. Issues. Many, many issues.

Thank you for the feedback!
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