Genre: Jared/Jensen AU
Word Count: 27,000
Notes: you guys. this here thing started as a little pallet cleanser when i was spinning tires on my original ideas for this fest. i thought, hell, i'll write this for a day and then go back to the other idea and the next thing i knew four days had flown past and i'd written 21k. and then it took me months to make it actually readable, but we're not gonna talk about that. massive thanks to flawlessglitch and blackrabbit42 for looking over early versions of this, and to wendy for taking on the enormous task of running the fest year after year. and wow, cherie_morte, to whom i owe a million chili-cheese fries for waging an epic battle with my commas or lack thereof. last and absolutely not at all least, thanks to fridayblues for her patience, and for taking my downright shoddy draft and making miracles with her artwork. really. ignore me. it's all about the art on this one.
for lily. always and forever
Summary: There are some things Jared knows: not to eat the meatloaf on Fridays in the university cafeteria, the combination to the engineering lab, that his heart didn't break when Jensen packed up his car and pointed it toward Hollywood one bright, sunny day near the end of August. It just cracked a little. Jensen knows camera angles, all the tricks to make fiction look like fact on film, and that his heart did break that day in August, although it takes him years to realize it.
While Jared has been spending his days in classes and buried under books, Jensen has worked equally hard to get his name in the credits. An early morning phone call makes Jared drop everything and hop on a plane bound for Los Angeles. Although it's been a long time since they've seen each other, Jared can still see traces of kid he used to know. He also learns that he's not over something that he never really had in the first place.