Appendicitis (The Apprehension Remix) by lazy_daze (appendicitis)
Written for j2_remix
Word count: 3500
Comment: A panicking Jared ranting about gay-epiphanies to an unconscious Jensen is too enjoyable to miss.
Massage by jelloh0530 (backache)
Authors summary: ouchie back
Comment: When Jared tries to ease Jensen’s pain, it leads to something more.
Perving On Your Best Friend. Not Cool by dream___on (migraine)
Word count: 3535
Authors summary: Jared is the reason for Jensen’s migraines. Sort of. His own stubbornness contributes too though.
Comment: Super sweet story with hurt!Jensen and protective!Jared. “Jared carried Jensen effortlessly across the set and out onto the parking lot, the look on his face alone enough to keep anyone from stopping them and asking questions. He kept his head tilted toward Jensen, offering his neck as Jensen’s only defense against the lights on the set and the sunshine outside, and walked slowly so as not to jostle Jensen too much.”
Rise and Fall by woodsbaile_02 (sunstroke)
Comment: Jensen’s an idiot and Jared is worried in this charming fic.
Toothache by embroiderama (toothache)
Word count: 2551
Authors summary: Jensen tries to put off taking care of a dental problem--that's a mistake.
Comment: An example of hurt/comfort at its finest. Jensen ignores some dental problems until he gets really sick. Luckily Jared is there to take care of him. “The pillow felt hot and sticky against Jensen's face, and he reached underneath his head to flip it over again, bunching it up to better support his neck as did. Letting the cool seep in through his skin, Jensen closed his eyes and tried to get back to sleep. His heartbeat throbbed in his gums, and the day and a half left until his appointment seemed far too long.”
Lean On Me (And I'll Be Strong) by titheniel and woodsbaile_02
Authors summary: When it comes to Jensen, Jared can damn well say that he has some sort of hero-worship. When Sandy breaks up with him, and Jensen’s there to put the pieces back together, something shifts, and Jared’s feelings grow deeper and deeper. Meanwhile, Jensen comes to understand that he’s not the only one who can do the catching when one of them falls.
Comment: A story about the trials and tribulations the boys face when they try to get together.
The Death of Jensen Ackles by gilascave
Word count: 10,300
Authors summary: Jensen and Jared are friends-with-benefits until something happens that changes everything.
Comment: *NOT a death fic* This is such a wonderful fic. Ignore the title, there’s no death here. Instead you get the funny and the cute and the scary and the schmoopy. “"It doesn't say! It just says 'fruit extract,' and for all I know that means kiwi." Jared glared at him, jaw jutting out and hand holding the bottle high above his head. Jensen folded his arms across his chest and thought that he might have put on pants first, if he'd known he was going to have to deal with Jared...being Jared, first thing this morning. Arguing in his underwear never made him feel like he had the upper hand, even when Jared was being a total moron.”
It Feels Like Starting Over by sarlev_vanisa
Written for j2_otpathon
Word count: 9835
Authors summary: A stunt gone bad leaves Jensen with no memory of the people around him, not even Jared.
Comment: An accident on set makes Jensen lose his memory. I like the twist (which I won’t give away, for those of you that haven’t read it).
You Must Remember This by estrella30
Comment: Awesome Jared loses his memory story that’s full of funny and memorable dialogue. For example “"And we do what? We're on TV?" Jared looked as excited as a little kid. The whole thing was so fucked up and wrong, but still, when he smiled like that Jen almost forgot what was going on. It was Jared's smile, easy and bright. Jen had seen it every day for months. "Are we any good?" Jared asked and Jen laughed sharply.” and “Jared whipped a hanger from the closet, an ugly brown and white flowered shirt hanging from it. "I wear this shit?" Jen laughed out loud at the look on Jared's face. "No, man, I'm serious here," Jared insisted. "Everything in here is pink. Or ugly. Or pink and ugly. Jesus Christ."."
Serious by jasmasson
Written for spn_holidays
Word count: 4000
Authors summary: The thing was, Jared was made of steel.
Comment: Jensen is wrong when he thinks Jared handles everything so much better than he does and Jared proves this by having an asthma attack when Jensen threatens to put an end to their relationship. This is an immensely cool fic.
Touched By Darkness by agt_spooky
Word count: 19,845
Authors summary: An accident on set changes Jensen and Jared’s relationship forever.
Comment: This is a great story. Jensen gets badly injured on set and Jared takes care of him. In the midst of all that, their relationship changes and deepens and becomes something else. The plot is absorbing, the characters well rounded and the whole thing just comes together so well.
Desperate times by annella
Written for spn_wank_off
Comment: Heee. Jensen gives Jared a “helping hand”.
Don’t Fight With Your Pillow by balefully and setissma
Word count: 14,053
Authors summary: Jensen breaks his arm, Jared is a mother hen, and everything ends in sex.
Comment: Adorable story where Jared attempts to look after an ill Jensen. It's sweet and fuuny and touching and it all plays out just like you imagine it would because it feels so much like the them we have in our heads. Perfectly gorgeous.
Heart Shaped Sushi by benitle
Written for spn_vday
Word count: 2100
Authors summary: Jared's arm is still in the cast and he needs help with eating his sushi.
Comment: A really great, sweet and tender story. This shows us a moment in their relationship when Jensen gets to take care of Jared. "Jared definitely likes this, this intimate moment between them. And, if he was completely honest, he’s really happy that Jensen planned something even though they’d agreed they wouldn’t go there. Now, that he’s in Jensen’s living room, being fed delicious food, being kissed ever so sweetly, it’s perfect. It’s everything Jared ever wanted."
In Medias Res by the_staci
Word count: 2475
Authors summary: When Jared breaks his wrist on set, Jensen makes him feel better. N'awww.
Comment: This was incredibly sweet. I loved how as hot as the sex was, it was still all about them just being boys and making each other laugh and have fun. “Jared snorts and waves his casted hand imperiously. "My cast is sexy as fuckin' hell. You love my cast. Every time you see it you get so hot and bothered that you have to stop yourself from dropping your pants and bending over for me right there. It's such a turn on for you that I won't even need to even touch your dick, you'll come so hard from just the thought of my sexy cast. Don't try to lie to me, Jensen Ackles, I know you better than that."”
Pain Management by affectingly
Word count: 1144
Authors summary: Jared's wrist hurts. Jensen comforts him.
Comment: Jensen will do anything to ease Jared’s pain. And, yay, that includes the sexing.
so let me set the battlements on fire by calamitycrow NEWNEW
Word count: 75,000
Comment: This is a story that really doesn’t shy away from the realities of living with a debilitating injury. It’s also long, complex and absorbing with a great supporting cast of known players and engaging original characters.
Sticks and Stones by estrella30
Word count: 22,000
Comment: Yummy story full of schmoopy goodness. Jared is hurt in a car crash and Jensen moves into his place in order to look after him. Being on top of each other 24/7 isn’t easy especially when both of them are busy trying to hide their true love forever feelings from each other. This is just so enjoyable.
That’s Gotta Hurt by zenamydog
Comment: Things change between the boys after Jared is injured.
This Splintered Mast by marishna
Written for slashfest
Word count: 7533
Authors summary: "Look- I know there's a lot of... stuff between us right now but I'd really, really like it if we could just push all that aside for right now. I'm here because I'm still your friend, no matter what. And I was worried about you. So whatever happened can we not think about it right now? Can we just be friends again? Or civil, at least?"
Comment: Its not so much a fic about one of the boys being injured, it’s more like the injury is a catalyst to the events that unfold. Jensen injures his shoulder and Jared wants to look after him, but things aren’t so good between the boys as Jensen remembers how Jared hurt him.
'C'hange or "How the Guitar Hero Gets His Bitch" by tru_faith_lost
Written for spn_holidays
Word count: 8700
Authors summary: Love's not all fun and games. It wends in broken melodies plucked on strings held down and stretched out by an ever-tightening whammy bar, all in the key of ‘C’. It’s the only key on the ring, profound as the scarlet letter in the way it pervades. And yet, it’s just a letter. The word never crosses their lips. NOT A DEATHFIC!
Comment: Jensen gets cancer and Jared takes care of him. The language really flows in this fic and the fluctuating emotions are so perfectly pitched - angst, joy, hope, and frustration. We get to see Jared go through all these whilst being all protective over Jensen and then, in return, he gets the best kind of happy ending he could hope for in that situation. “The change, when it comes, isn’t unexpected. Every great song has a change of key, a bridge that’s more memorable than the verse and more powerful than the chorus. Jared and Jensen’s song shouldn’t be any different, but it changes key just when they’ve finally got all the harmonies down and the balance just right.”
If This Ever Brings You Down, I’ll Be Around by 1shotjunkie
Word count: 3000
Authors summary: Jared’s sick and no one is fun when they’re sick, but Jared’s really not fun when he’s sick.
Comment: Amusing and adorable story where Jared is ill and Jensen fails at making soup. This is so cute. “Jared’s eyes are now large brown saucers on his face. “My arms are sore, Jen.” Well, hell, Jensen knows where this is going. He sighs, but doesn’t protest, as he fills the spoon and tries to hold it steady as Jared opens his mouth wide. The back of his mind, the evil cynical part, is telling him to shove the scalding spoon down Jared’s throat, but damn does he look helpless and it is nice to be needed.”
When the Pretty Gets Sick (Jared Gets Going) by mijmeraar
Comment: Possibly one of the funniest (and let’s face it, most honest) illness fics I’ve ever read. Jensen is ill and Jared really doesn’t want to help because...icky! ““Dude, I can see disease in the air. It’s like, locusts, waiting to pounce on me. Sssh, listen, listen. I can hear them.” Jared cups a hand around his ear. The only thing heard is Jensen, struggling to breathe through his mouth; a long, heavy rattle, like those black things in Harry Potter that Jared wanted to dress up as last Halloween. Which Jensen wouldn’t let him do, so Jared owes him nothing.”
Just One Breath by kkgee (shot)
Word Count: 56,000
Authors summary: Following a horrific event during filming, Jensen’s life hangs in the balance and Jared discovers what is truly important.
Comment: Emotionally involving tale of the changes that Jensen taking a bullet for Jared brings.
No More Running by agt_spooky (cut)
Word count: 7493
Authors summary: Jared wants to run, but Jensen won't let him.
Comment: Jared pulls away from Jensen after they start something and this leads to Jensen being injured during a stunt because both boys are pissed. This is the perfect match of angst and sweetness and throw in some hot boy sexing and you get one great story.
I Stole Away and Cried by dorkdance
Comment: *Deathfic* I can’t normally read this kind of story, but it was just so wonderfully written that I made an exception.
Not A Word by __tiana__ (laryngitis)
Word count: 3130
Authors summary: When Jared can’t speak, he and Jensen have to figure out new ways to communicate.
Comment: Adorable and funny story based around the hell has frozen over idea of Jared not being able to talk.
Scheduling Conflicts by lizzywinks (bronchitis) NEW
Written for spn_j2_xmas
Word count: 6700
Authors summary: Jensen is newly single and finally knows what he wants -- all he needs now is for Jared to notice. And possibly some prompt medical attention.
Comment: Jensen gets sick but tries to tough it out on his own. When Jared finds out he goes into full on protective mode. Great hurt/comfort with just the right amount of plot.
Not Moving Mountains by audrarose (mono)
Word count: 12,182
Comment: Gorgeous slow-build fic where Jared can’t not look after a sick Jensen. There’s such a warm and genuine feeling to this story that it makes the pay-off, of the boys realising their feelings, that much sweeter.
In A Mirror Distorted & Indistinct by felisblanco (bulimia)
Word count: 36,800
Authors summary: They keep calling him beautiful. Pretty. “Come on. Look this way. Give us a smile, Jensen.” He smiles and blinks against the flashes, fighting the urge to lower his eyes, to hide the blush burning under layers of makeup. Sweat runs down his back, his hands tremble. He’s not pretty, not beautiful. He’s small and weak and pathetic and one day they’re all gonna figure it out. One day…
Comment: This emotionally gripping story about a scarred and hurt Jensen is candid and heartbreaking. But thankfully there’s some light at the end of the tunnel in the shape of Jared Padalecki, who forces him to get some help.
Little Bottles by janissa11 (mental illness)
Authors summary: Jensen has a few problems, and Jared has a few coping methods.
Comment: Intriguing fic about the way Jensen sometimes gets. Fabulously written.
Lies and Alibis by blueeyedliz (epilepsy)
Word Count: 1321
Comment: Jensen finds out the hard way about Jared’s illness.
“superhero” by jezzabe (synaesthesia)
Authors summary: In which Jensen is a superhero. Or not.
Comment: This is a sort fic but so beautifully realised. A follow-along journey of Jensen’s crossing senses up until he meets Jared. “Three year old Jensen was a superhero. His Daddy used to turn on the radio, and Jensen would dance to the saxophone, ducking and weaving through the writhing mass of neon-purple snakes that were hovering in the air. Josh couldn’t see them, and so told Jensen he was a freak and Mommy had adopted him.”
Cooler by lemmealone
Word count: 13,000
Authors summary: I have a morbid fear of corpse-eating bugs. Wanna fuck?
Comment: Brilliantly insane story where Jensen has fear of flesh eating bugs. I don’t think a description can do it justice, so here’s an extract, ““So apparently,” Jared said mildly over his shoulder, “when the Boogieman goes to bed at night? He checks his closet for Dean Winchester.” Jensen closed his eyes. “This is going to be a thing, isn’t it.” One of Jared’s huge paws landed on his shoulder blade with an audible ‘thwap’, and abruptly he had two options. One, he could manfully stifle his grunt of pain, or two, he could overplay the whole thing; ham it up so Jared would never believe the blow had actually hurt.”
Sick ‘Verse by writeatmidnight
Authors summary: Who would have guessed that watching someone heave their lunch into a wastebasket could make you realize that, hey, maybe you have a thing for them.
Comment: Okay. So Jensen is only sick in the first couple of chapters and the rest of he story involves their budding relationship whilst Jensen deals with sexual harassment and child abuse, but this story is so wonderful that I really wanted to rec it and it kind of seemed to fit in here. It’s another one of those ‘I’m sure most of you have already read it…’ deals, but just on the off chance you haven’t…
Updated 6 June 2010