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Shadow Lane: A Winchester Obsession
Deception - Epilogue 
11th-Jun-2012 02:30 pm
Jared/Jensen 2
Title: Deception - Epilogue
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Rating: NC-17

For full Header details please see Master Post.



Epilogue

November 22nd 2013

Jensen raised his hands above his head, stretching his back out as he walked down the hall, entering the living room and moving to the front door.

The city had finally decided to clean up the area surrounding the shelter, renovating old warehouses and apartment buildings, making them into condos and making room for small shops on the ground floors. The move had worked, those that had lived in the rundown apartments couldn’t really afford to buy the new condos and young executives moved in, filling the area up with fresh faces that had money and good jobs to ensure that it stayed nice.

For the most part the area was now one of the safest in the city but Jensen had never managed to settle, even knowing that a key was needed to even get into the building, for the night without first checking to make sure that the locks on the front door were securely latched.

Most days it was simply habit but on days like the one they just had, it seemed more important.

Jared had been the last to come home, and it wasn’t that he was absent minded or considered Jensen’s paranoia ridiculous but on the days that he went to see Jaxson at the hospital for the criminally insane, things like doors and lights and anything that simply wasn’t keeping his shit together long enough to get home and barricade himself into their bedroom was just too much.

Jensen sighed as he snapped off the two lamps that Jensen had left on when Jared had come home two hours earlier and followed Jared to their bedroom, he hated these days. Jared only went once a month and probably wouldn’t go that often only Jaxson’s doctor had requested it, citing that Jax was more responsive, more willing to talk when Jared was around.

Maybe it was good for Jared’s twin but it was hell on him.

Jensen wasn’t an idiot; he had known that once the inquest into Steve’s accidental death and Jensen’s hand in it, from that day in the shelter parking lot almost two years before had come to a close they still had to deal with Jaxson’s murder trial. But at the time, when he had been sick with fear that, at the very least he would be found guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter once again because that last tackle had caused Steve to drive the knife into his own chest as he hit the ground even as Jensen had blacked out from knocking his head into the pavement. One weight had been lifted from his shoulders as he had been cleared of any wrong doing that but another had taken it’s place. Both he and Jared still had Jared’s brother to deal with and the media circus that surrounded the coming trial.

Only there never was a trial, the court appointed psychiatrist declaring Jaxson mental unstable due to a combination of his and Riley’s incestuous relationship and the loss of the only person Jax truly believed was his one true soul mate. Quietly and with very little ceremony, Jaxson Robert Padalecki had been transferred from the maximum security prison to the state hospital to live out the rest of his days.

A part of Jensen felt cheated, Jaxson had admitted to writing the terrorizing letters, to slowly driving Steve insane with guilt, with pushing Steve to murder Jason and setting the fire beneath the propane tanks out behind the Lobo that ultimately destroyed the building taking with it a bartender named Kerr Smith, the delivery driver and two innocent if alcoholic early afternoon patrons. And he was never going to be held accountable for it. Not really.

But on the other hand, if Jaxson had gone to trial, Jensen wasn’t sure what that would have done to Jared and his family. Jared’s parents, his sister Megan and even occasionally Jared would look guiltily at Jensen, like they expected him to hold them responsible for Jaxson’s actions. How much worse would it have been if they had all been dragged through a trial?

Like he ever would, with the exception of Jaxson, everyone in the Padalecki family, including Riley’s parents had forgiven Jensen for what had happened to Riley, understanding long before Jensen did that it had been an accident no matter what the great state of Texas and his own family thought.

Glancing into the corner of the bedroom, he rolled his eyes at Houdini, curled up and silently watching Jensen from atop his carrier. Damn cat was exactly like his namesake as soon as Jensen or Jared made a move toward the carrier, disappearing, but so long as he deemed it safe; Houdini would crawl on top of it and curl up almost as if to rub it in their faces. He knew what it was for but he wanted them to know that as far as he was concerned it was only good as a cat lounger so long as it stayed in the corner where it belonged and the little door was closed without Houdini inside.

Automatically, he pulled his robe off and tossed it to hang over the back of the overstuff chair by the door, dragged into the room long before they could afford a new set because Houdini would sit on it and howl the minute they went to bed. Jared had carried it into the bedroom one night, Houdini dancing around his feet and meowing, in a last ditch attempt to shut the damn cat up so that they could have sex mostly uninterrupted. Now the cat took turns lounging on top of his carrier or stretched out on the seat of the chair.

Carefully crawling back into bed, he smiled when Jared opened his eyes. “Hey.”

Jared blinked blurrily at him, “Times it?”

“Almost midnight.”

Jared rolled his eyes, “Sorry Jense, I didn’t mean to sleep for so long. It’s just after…” his voice faded out and he frowned.

Jensen ran gentle fingers down his cheek, “It’s fine. Besides, means you’ll be up nice and early and will be well into cleaning the house to make it presentable for our guests tomorrow night by the time I drag my sorry ass out of bed.”

Jared chuckled softly, “Nice asshat.”

He grinned, “Hey if we got to put up with Chad and Sophia making lovey eyes at each other while listening to Sandy coo over how well Christian is doing in school for marketing while he primps and preens then I totally think you should be the one to clean the house.”

“And you figure that how?” Jared demanded and raised an eyebrow.

“Three of your friends verses one of mine.” He grinned and moved closer resting his forehead against Jared’s not minding Jared’s sleep soured breath ghosting across his face. Considering how things started, the circumstances that brought them together and the revelation that probably should have torn him apart, he was just glad to have any of Jared. “And Christian really isn’t my friend anymore since he’s dating Sandy.”

Jared rolled his eyes before reaching out and manhandling Jensen until his back was pressed to Jared’s front. “Whatever floats your boat buddy.”

Jensen grinned and rubbed his face against his pillow. You float my boat. “Love you Jay.”

Jared tightened his hold around Jensen’s waist, “And I you.”

End

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Houdini
       "Houdini" by hobnailedboots

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Comments 
11th-Jun-2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Wonderful story, with a great fake-out. Ypu totally had me convinced for a couple of paragraphs that Jared was the stalker. Very glad you gave us (and Jensen) a happy ending.(Double meaning intended)

Thank you for sharing.

P.S. That drawing of Houdini is killing me with the cute. I tried to leave a comment but as I'm not a member at deviantart it wasn't accepted.

Edited at 2012-06-11 10:18 pm (UTC)
13th-Jun-2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

I'm going to email hobnailedboots and let her know that people want to leave comments but can't at deviantart. She needs to know how much people like her drawing.

Thank you for reading and commenting.
11th-Jun-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Great story!

I've stayed up way too late reading it, but I just had to know how it ended.

For one horrible moment there, all I could think was, 'Jared, nooooooooooo'. You had me fooled and no mistake.

Great job.

Kudos
13th-Jun-2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Glad you enjoyed it.
12th-Jun-2012 12:17 am (UTC)
Great read! I loved it so much I'll have to see about saving it later to my hard drive.

Thanks for sharing and I love the picture if Houdini who sounds like an awesome cat.

Also on part 2 the link to get to part 3 isn't working... just thought I would let you know.
13th-Jun-2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

There is a PDF version available on the Master Post page now. It's located just after the link for the Epilogue, if you're interested.

Yeah sorry about that. Little late but it's all fixed now. *headdesk* I cannot believe I did that.
12th-Jun-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
holy crap! that was such a great story!!!

so tense!! at first i thought, ok Jensen's just paranoid. it's all coincidence! then the awesome sex, then the picture, omg the picture of jared and riley, then jared is there threatening jensen, but wait....omg twin brother!!1

omg fricking great!!! awesome story!! i loved this!!!
13th-Jun-2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Glad you enjoyed it.
12th-Jun-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
So worth reading. Nice twist at the end.
13th-Jun-2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you.


Glad you enjoyed it.
12th-Jun-2012 12:58 am (UTC)
Amazing story!
13th-Jun-2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Glad you enjoyed it.
12th-Jun-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
Phew, I'm totally glad for the whole 'evil twin' scenerio here. :D

Thanks for sharing!
13th-Jun-2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
Lol! Thanks!

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

And thank you for reading and commenting.
12th-Jun-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
wow this was such a great story! Loved it from Beginning to Ending.
But i was scared there for a minute thinking that Jared was out to get Jensen when he didn't want him to leave.
Damn Steve was a surprise and Jared showing up?
I almost cried. Thank you, that it was Jared's twin Jaxson.
WOW! Jax an Riley? Didn't see that coming.

So glad Jensen and Jared have their happy ending.
And I just Love Older!Jared and Younger!Jensen stories.

WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL STORY!!!!!!!!!!!
13th-Jun-2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed it.
12th-Jun-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
ALMOST FORGOT!
LOVE HOUDINI'S PICTURE!!!
TOO FREAKING ADORABLE!
I WANT HIM!!
13th-Jun-2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
hobnailedboots did an awesome job drawing him. She's a great artist.
12th-Jun-2012 01:52 am (UTC)
Great story! Damn, you had me panicking so badly at one point that I almost gave up reading...thank god I carried on to the next paragraph!

Thanks for sharing!
13th-Jun-2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it.

And thank you for reading and commenting.
12th-Jun-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this! I totally didn't see the ending coming- cool twist!
13th-Jun-2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Glad you enjoyed it.
12th-Jun-2012 05:48 am (UTC)

Great story!

A lot of twists & turns came on fast & furious there towards the end! Sure surprised me! Had me really nervous for a while there too!

Poor, long-suffering Jensen! I’m so glad he met up with caring, loving Jared! I enjoyed the build-up of their relationship: Jensen trying his hardest to resist Jared, & Jared slowly but surely chipping away at all the defenses Jensen had built up over the years.

A love story & a mystery all rolled up in one! Include a cute kitty & some hot sex & it adds up to one very enjoyable read!

Thank you for writing!
13th-Jun-2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

And thank you for reading and commenting.
12th-Jun-2012 07:27 am (UTC)
Well done! This was a great story. Romance and mystery/suspense all in one! When I saw Jared walk out from beside the building where Steve had been hiding I almost cursed you!! lol ... but I kept reading and was super happy I did. Thank you SO much for writing and sharing! Oh...and although I LOVE dogs! (all animals really) Being a "cat" person made it super there were kittens! Love Houdini! :)
13th-Jun-2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

And thank you for reading and commenting.
12th-Jun-2012 09:03 am (UTC)
Wow! What a fic, I was totally convinced that it was Jared!! Great twist.
I really enjoyed this story and I'm in love with Houdini!
: )
13th-Jun-2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I'm glad you enjoyed it.
12th-Jun-2012 11:00 am (UTC)
Really enjoyed this story. Great twist there at the end! Glad they got their (somewhat) happily ever after though! :)
13th-Jun-2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Glad you enjoyed it.
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