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Grapes of Wrath and other Forbidden Fruit - Epilogue

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Six months later

Jared wandered through the rows of grapes, deeply inhaling their sweet, intoxicating scent. Almost vintage time, Jared had always loved this time of the year when he was a child. God, he had missed this place so much.

Still, he would have held true to his promise if Jensen had asked him to give it all up. Thankfully, Jensen proved to be not above a little vengeance of his own against Jeff and hadn' t stood in Jared' s way.

And now that Jeffrey was spending a little time in prison, thanks to not only his assault on Jensen but also numerous shady business practices, Jared had had no trouble taking over the reins of PadaCrest again.

Both Jeff's creditors and the remaining shareholders had been more than willing to sell it away. Furthermore, dear old Jeff seemed to have built quite a reputation for his incompetence in the last years around here, so the people in the neighbourhood had welcomed Jared's return.

Sure, financially the place had been in shambles, and it would take a lot of work to bring it back to his former glory again, but Jared felt up for it.

In the meantime Tom would make a fine job as CEO of PAVE, Jared was sure of it.

Jensen had even encouraged Jared to state his case with the initial testament fraud once more, but Jared had declined. He no longer felt like it was worth it, since he had already snagged the biggest price of them all.

For a while stories of him and Jensen had been all over the tabloids, and Senator Ackles had thrown a tantrum upon his return, only to be met with a whole new, defiant version of his son. Jensen had moved out of the Ackles' home and taken up a job and a small apartment in L.A. to be closer to Jared.

And now they were both here. Jared rounded another plant, and there at the edge was Jensen, happily stuffing his mouth with grapes. "You know, that's not the way we do it here. Usually we pluck them so they can be made into wine before you ingest them." Jared called out to his lover, amused.

Jensen turned around and gave him a big, completely non-apologetic smile. "Don't be so greedy. You have whole hills full of them."

Jokingly, Jensen picked another berry and threw it at Jared who shook his head in mock sadness. "Here I come bearing gifts and that's the welcome I get."

Jensen perked up at the word. "Gifts?"

Jared just smiled enigmatically, then swiftly went down on one knee, making Jensen gasp. Unperturbed Jared produced a little velveteen box from his pocket and let it spring open to showcase the ring inside. "Will you marry me?"

Slack jawed, Jensen looked down at the sleek little gold ring Jared held up to him. "Are… are you sure? Is that what you really want?"

Jared grew serious at seeing the confusion and slight fear on Jensen's face. "Yes, it's what I really want. More than anything else," he emphasized.

Jensen swallowed nervously, then smiled down at Jared shyly. "In that case, my answer is 'yes'"

Jumping up to his feet Jared threw his arms around Jensen and started twirling him around. "Mr. Jensen Padalecki," he sing-sanged.

"Uhm, Jared, I think I'm gonna keep my name." Jensen smiled apologetically at Jared. Then he gave Jared a mischievous look. "But Jared Ackles has a nice ring too."

Jared gave him a clear "you must be kidding me" look, and Jensen laughed. Jared could be such an old school macho sometimes. Luckily Jensen was okay with that, made plenty of material for teasing.

Jared scratched his head, then grinned. "I guess it would be a shame to lose Jensen Ackles. He is one of a kind." He gazed deeply into Jensen's eyes. "And I found him."

Jensen eyes shone back at him, full of love. "And I found the right Padalecki, this time."


Two hours later, after an impromtu engagement celebration, Jensen could add another item to his rapidly growing list of kinks: outdoor sex. Yup, he had definitely chosen the right fiancé.

-The End -


Still with me? You`re a brave soul. :)

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trueshellz
Aug. 3rd, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
i love this!!!
*sighs*
harlequin rocks
*does rocking dance*
trueshellz
Aug. 3rd, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
ooh and first
*does first dance*
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deanbear25
Aug. 3rd, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
I loved this story and now I have to catch up on the hour of work I put off to read it.
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 10:40 am (UTC)
Ha, I`m an inpiration to slacker-dom. Excellent. :)
Thank you so much for reading and commenting.
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astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
Hee. In my eyes a virgin belongs in every good romance novel. It`s a time-honored tradition. So Jensen got the honours here. :)

Thank you so much.
anutty1
Aug. 3rd, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
Wow! How much do I love shy!Jensen and scheming!Jared?? Now I can honestly say that it has been YEARS since I've read anything that could be remotely classified as a "romance novel" but if they were this good, I certainly wouldn't have stopped! I love the pace of this story, nothing feels forced and I felt as if I were watching a five parter tv show; that's how wonderfully full and even everyone and everything was sketched out. I have to say even though he was doing a despicable thing, I understood Jared's motivation and even sympathized with him; and your Jensen!! Can I have him? PLEASE??? I love, love how shy and reserved you made him; yet so much MORE when you took the time to get to know him. But I did have a hard time suspending my disbelief with the whole ugly duckling!Jensen, plotline; really how could you hide all that hotness??? But I loved the transformation scenes, I have such a kink for there's a hottie underneath all those baggy clothes!stories, and your's hit the spot. Thanks so much for sharing this great story; I had a blast reading it!
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 10:48 am (UTC)
and I felt as if I were watching a five parter tv show; that's how wonderfully full and even everyone and everything was sketched out.

Wow, that`s a great compliment. Thank you.

I`m so relieved that Jared remained sympathetic. I tried to make him both the cynical, bold businessman but also the sweet, loveable Jared-puppy we all know and love underneath.

and your Jensen!! Can I have him?

You might have to fight Jared for him. He is very possessive of his Jensen. *g*

But I did have a hard time suspending my disbelief with the whole ugly duckling!Jensen, plotline; really how could you hide all that hotness???

I know that`s a head-scratcher. :D But I`ve seen the effects that parents chipping away at their children`s confidence can have. They feel ugly and act accordingly and that`s how they come across to most of the people who don`t take the time looking deeper. :/

Poor Jensen. Though I admit I felt bad because by all accounts Jensen`s real Dad is perfectly nice. But then the mean father figure is another beloved trope of harlequin so I knew I had to have it.

Thank you for the wonderful comment.
lilieblues
Aug. 3rd, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
that was lovely! I'm such a sucker for happy endings... :)
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)
Thank you. I`m physically incapable of writing anything but happy ending no matter how much I torture the characters in between. :)
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enablelove
Aug. 4th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
So much love for this!

Have you written any more J2? Am in love with your writing!
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 10:51 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. And no, that was my very first time with the J2`s too. Totally popped my RPS cherry on that one. *g*

But I do have plotbunnies left and right. :)
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certainthings
Aug. 4th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)

:happy sigh:
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 10:52 am (UTC)
*sighs happily at all the nice comments* :) Thank you. Glad you liked it.

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brynwulf
Aug. 4th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Okay, that was beyond precious!! :)
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you so much. But I think J2 are just naturally precious. :)
nilequeenpatty
Aug. 4th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
*LOVES* This was just so good. It's like you broke into my head, stole my list of requirements for a perfect story and used it to write this:) I am in awe of you.
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)
Wow, that`s such a compliment. I`m glad you liked the story. Thank you so much.
nemesina77
Aug. 4th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
I can't even express how much I loved this story! I love shy!Jensen and gentleman!Jared. I especially loved how Jensen realized all of the little things that Jared did while they were together and saw them as signs that maybe he was the good twin!
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 11:08 am (UTC)
I love shy!Jensen and gentleman!Jared.

Yup, aren`t they just love? :)

I`m thrilled that the story and the progress of the Jensen/Jared relationship worked for you. Thank you.
mickeym
Aug. 4th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Oh, my goodness, I loved this! What a wonderful story :) *Very* harlequin-esque, which, y'know, totally works for me :) My only complaint about the Harlequin novels is that they're all m/f *g* This is like, the best of both worlds: Harlequin novel and hot guys sexin' each other :)

Also, YAY for Jared, the knight-in-very-little-armor, coming to the rescue not once, but twice!

Thanks for sharing :)
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
My only complaint about the Harlequin novels is that they're all m/f *g* This is like, the best of both worlds: Harlequin novel and hot guys sexin' each other :)

Yeah, that`s like a serious oversight on halrequin`s part. Hot boys need schoompy stories written about them, too. :)

Also, YAY for Jared, the knight-in-very-little-armor, coming to the rescue not once, but twice!

Hee. Jensen got really lucky with his knight, didn`t he? But then Jared got even luckier.

Thank you muchly for reading and commenting. I`m so glad you liked it.
liamar13
Aug. 4th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
omg i love this challenge so much. this was perfect. it totally had the harlequin feel down and even with all the cliches or perhaps because of them it was sweet and funny and original and schmoopy and yeah i think i ran out of words but seriously i grinned practically all the way through this. you did an awesome job.
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. I threw myself into the harlequin feel headfirst and tried to work in as many of the genre tropes as possible. :) I`m so glad the result works and makes for an enjoyable read.
z3s_keep_going
Aug. 4th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
Omg lvoed this sooo much!!
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC)
And I love that you love it. :) Thank you muchly.
elucreh
Aug. 4th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Lovely, lovely, lovely.

My god, I love the Harlequins.

Huge dramatic gestures and betrayal and Jensen getting his hair cut.

Oh, my, yes.
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
Heh. You can`t have good harlequin without huge, dramatic gestures. :)
And I couldn`t leave Jensen`s pretty face hidden behind the bangs.

Thank you muchly.
aynslee
Aug. 4th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
This was so much fun! I grinned like a fool the whole way through--I'm sure I looked insane.

I think I have a kink for innocent and shy Jensen, and I loved that Jared was able to bring him out of his shell. This had a very dramatic harlequin feel to it, and I enjoyed the hell out of it! Great job and thanks for sharing! :D
astri13
Aug. 4th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
Thank you. And now I grin like a fool reading that you did. :)

Shy, innocent Jensen is love, if only so Jared can show him the pleasures of life. *g* I tried to recapture the feeling of harlequin so I`m glad it worked.
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