Pairing: Sam Winchester/Cara Roberts
Title: Marks Made
Link: Marks Made - themegalosaurus - Supernatural [Archive of Our Own]
Rating/Warning(s): M, adult themes, oblique reference to past noncon
Word Count/WIP?: complete, 5,215
Recced on LiveJournal By: z_publicizes
Why This Must Be Read: This is a short verse--one complete story and a follow-up coda--about Sam reconnecting with his one-night stand from season four, Dr. Cara Roberts. The first thing that impressed me about it was Cara's development, how the writer had taken this one-off character and built her up, giving a sense of how the years had changed her while keeping her true to what we saw onscreen. She's a woman who's recovered from a lot of the damage that drove her to try to while away her time with stimulation--but she's done so without having to renounce her sensuality.
As for Sam, this is one of the best stories I've read for acknowledging the bodily trauma he's been through and how that might affect him. It's also that rare thing--a story where sexual trauma is acknowledged but not fixed by one good partner and where penetration isn't the one and only point of the experience.