I'm not even going to get into the clusterfuck that trying to post this thing has been but, needless to say, real life has no business creeping up on people when they're trying to post fic.
When I signed up for Big Bang this year I knew exactly what I was going to do, and I had a head start because I already had a ton of notes for it and all kinds of research done. And then I spent two weeks editing the literally 800 page doc of my notes for it and by the time I was done I had no interests in writing it. None at all. So then I had to think of something else to do for my Big Bang.
This fic was not it.
In fact, this year's Big Bang has been four other fics. First, it was Prince Jared, which is The Prince & Me, but better because there's more buttsex.
Then after I got sick of the notes I wandered around for a bit before deciding that I was gonna write the season 6 that me and sophie_448 spent hours talking about once, where Sam and Dean save the world, settle down, get normal lives, and hate every fucking second of it. Then I realized there was actually no plot to that, and 20k with no plot is annoying.
After that it became P.S. Our Lives Are Weird/Blurring Salt Lines Into Mud, which is the story of how fandom saved the world—no, not our fandom, the SPN book fandom in the show. This one will still be written, and will actually be better now because now I know how S5 ends and I don't have to go nuts trying not to Joss myself with it.
Once I realized I had no more ideas I sat down at work between calls and wrote out a list of ten ideas. The very first idea ended up with me rambling for about five paragraphs about Dean getting Michael not to wipe Mary and John's memories and how they would escape November 2nd, 1983 alive.
Funnily enough, the first scene I had in mind for this is nowhere in the fic and involved Mary dropping Sam and Dean off at school and making it look like a "John died, Mary lived" fic but then having her come home to John.
In completely unrelated news, I cannot actually count how many times waterofthemoon left me comment on the fic that were just, "inceeeeeeeeeeest <3" and, at one point, she shipped a fetus and a toddler.
But you guys just totally read 35k of fic from me and don't really want to hear more. So without further adieu, the people who helped me make this fic:
waterofthemoon not only betad but practically deserves a co-author credit.
gigglingkat helps break fics with logic and makes sure yours don't crumble when asked a simple question.
celtic_cookie listens to me ramble when she clearly wants to watch Who and sleep.
sophie_448 has no fucking idea what is going on in my fic because RL has eaten her, and yet valiantly attempted to help me figure out my ending several times.
cherie_morte SOMETIMES LETS ME WIN AT WORD WAR!
scorpiod1 makes me war even when I am procrastinating like a mofo.
brynspikess has no idea what my fic is about, and came up with the summary anyway!
brynspikess's sleepy bb kitteh, who I cannot argue with and, thus, makes me feel better about my fic.
piratemerry helps waterofthemoon beta my fic sometimes!
Trufax, this is how my beta described my fic while I was
(1:09:16 AM): Which fic is this that you need a summary for, Clex?
(1:09:23 AM): Big Bang.
(1:09:52 AM): Which is which one? I haven't been around much in the last few months, I've been out of the loop.
(1:10:24 AM): so, BASICALLY, Michael doesn't wipe John and Mary's minds
(1:10:37 AM): so they know the ~destiny and stuff
(1:10:51 AM): so they change it! and Mary doesn't die!
(1:11:17 AM): and Sam and Dean are still raised as hunters, but totally more well-adjusted, but there's still incest
(1:11:32 AM): and YED still wants Sam
(1:11:46 AM): so AHBL still happens, but earlier
(1:11:58 AM): oh, and there are angels and Pastor Jim and people