Growing up is more than just living through the years
For Jensen's thirty-second birthday, Jared flies into L.A. He arranges a small, quiet dinner at one of Jensen’s favorite restaurants. Danneel and Steve and a few others join them.
Danneel can’t stop staring at Jensen’s smile, but then they’re grinning together.
He still hasn’t struck gold, doubts he ever will. But he’s employed more often than not, and he considers it a blessing when he can have a day out with little fanfare.
He saves enough money that he gets a new place and a new zip code. Still isn’t stellar by any means, but he’s moving forward and grateful for it.
It’s a three bedroom split two ways because Jared leases his condo out, being in Vancouver so often, and when he comes in, he stays with Jensen.
While Jared’s off filming, he texts all sorts of things; Jensen’s used to the randomness by now. But he’s caught off guard when he reads Interviewer asked me if I was single. I stuttered. Maybe said no. Did I just lie?
Moments like this remind him of what he saw in Jared that first day: light, humor, beauty, and warmth. There was a future in those eyes.
Jensen didn’t know it’d take some time to get there.
No, not a lie.