Fic Title: someday (never comes)
Genre: preseries, romance
Special Rec: 11/20
Why This Must Be Read: This was written prior to season four, so therefore doesn't contain any of the canon Mary Winchester backstory, but nonetheless it's a rich origin story for the Parents Winchester. It's very much set in a post-Vietnam tone, with John struggling to fit back into a society that doesn't know how to deal with him. John's awkward and standoffish, very much absorbed in his war trauma, so it's Mary who has to take the initiative. A complicated love story told simply; my favourite kind.