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01 April 2008 @ 03:35 pm
Irish AU Fic: Steal Away - part 2/?  
I'm way behind with replying to feedbacks, but I read every single one of them and I'm so grateful to all of you who have commented on the previous chapter. Seriously, it means a lot. I'll be getting to all of your comments right now. In the meantime, I hope you'll enjoy the second part. :)

Title: Steal Away (2/?)
Author: fallonblackdays
Characters/Pairing: Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles; Steve Carlson/Christian Kane; appearances by Sandy McCoy, Chad Lindberg, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Disclaimers: It’s all pretending, folks. We don’t own these people, they own themselves, and we sure don’t claim to know any of them. None of this ever happened.
Thanks: to jelloh0530, for the amazing prompt: I love you woman!! ♥ To my sparkly baby splashpink and the awesome eilan for the support and beta job.
Warnings: AU
Summary: Roundstone, County Galway, Ireland, 1905. Jensen never quite experienced the true feeling of belonging, at least until "the kid from Dublin" comes into the village, and into his life. (yes, I suck at summaries, so what??)

Previous chapters:
Chapter One

His name, they tell him, is Jared Padalecki. They don’t say much more than that, but Jensen can already tell by the slightly malicious twinkling in their eyes and their shared grins that there’s a new “stranger” in town. He feels sorry for the bloke even though he hasn’t met him yet.

He knows this Jared kid will be on the receiving end of not-so-secret whispers, testing questions and intense scrutiny until the natives decide whether he’s worthy of being included in their small, exclusive community. And even when that happens, he will never be fully considered one of their own.

Later on, as they unload the wagon, Chris tells him something else. He tells him that Jared is from Dublin, and Jensen groans.

“A city boy,” he explains when Chris arches one eyebrow at him. “From Dublin. They’re going to eat him alive.”

Chris laughs. “Probably.”

Jensen throws him a dirty glare as he hoists a sack of flour over his shoulder.

“What?” Chris grins. “It’ll be interesting to see whether the lamb will survive the wolves or if he’ll hightail it back to Dublin town.”

Jensen sighs. It’s hopeless, Chris just won’t get it.
“You’re cruel, you know that?”

Predictably, Chris just shrugs.
“Our world is small, one has to do what one has to do to pass the time.”

Jensen huffs and shakes his head, going back to the wagon to retrieve a box of apples.

“Oh and by the way,” Chris says, head peering out of the back door. “He’s very handsome.”

Jensen throws an apple at him, with the only result of Chris catching it easily and grinning cheekily at him before taking a bite and going back inside. Jensen loves Christian Kane, really, he does, but sometimes he also hates him a little.


It’s not until late in the afternoon that the music comes. It filters through the pub from the backyard, well-known chords that acquire a new sound; because no matter how familiar they are, it always feels as if they are being played for the first time when they come from that guitar.

Both Jensen and Sandy pretend not to notice the way Chris freezes for a split instant when the first note is heard, but Sandy’s grinning from ear to ear as she picks up the tray Chris has just filled with tankards and all but waltzes to the old ones’ table.

Even the old men are silent now, all of them listening with their ears perked, Toby’s staff drumming out the rhythm on the floor, and even Tommy has let his latest tale drop to stop and listen.

“Someone get that lad inside,” he demands eventually.

“Really,” old Edward echoes. “It’s unnerving how he always has to be invited in, even after all these years.”

“That’s because he has Sidhe blood running through his veins,” old Tommy supplies solemnly. “Some fairies need to be invited in to be able to cross a threshold.”

“Bollocks,” old Richard snorts.

The remark instantly fires up an argument amongst all the old men, about the People and uncommonly talented guitarists.

Jensen watches as Chris cleans up the counter without any kind of grimace, and he wonders if maybe the reason why Chris isn’t making fun of Tommy and his theories this time is because Steve is otherworldly to him.

He shakes his head and almost laughs at his own thought: Chris has never been the romantic type. But then again, he can’t be sure, not when it comes to Steve. Jensen knows how Chris feels about him, although he has never said, and he doesn’t like it; it’s dangerous. It makes Jensen hate himself a little, because sometimes he wishes that Chris wouldn’t feel that way, so his friend could be safe.
It has really nothing to do with the Bible and the wrath of God; what Jensen wants to preserve Chris from is actually the wrath of men.

“STEVE!” old Tommy bellows suddenly, startling Jensen out of his reverie. “COME INSIDE, LAD!”

The music stops, and Jensen has to give it to the old man: it does feel like an enchantment has been broken.

When Steve walks in, honey-colored hair loose and guitar slung over his shoulder, Jensen doesn’t quite know what to feel. He likes Steve, he does; everyone does, really. Jensen still can’t explain it.

He knows what cruelty Steve’s people are faced with; he remembers his own grandmother being one of the cruel, ignorant ones. He remembers clearly what she used to say. “Travellers can’t be trusted.”

Such a stupid belief; so harsh, so untrue. And yet so many people seem to share it, Travellers are outcasts everywhere they go. But not Steve; not in Roundstone.

Jensen doesn’t know how it happened, but he’s glad it did. Granted, a few people in the village still despise him, but most of them have accepted Steve for what he is, even liking him and waiting impatiently for his return. During the months when he’s not in town, the old ones go on and on about how much he and his guitar are missed.

Jensen thinks that maybe that’s what did it; Steve’s guitar, the way his fingers seem to fly over the strings. He knows for a fact that’s what has old Tommy convinced that part of Steve’s blood has to belong to the People, because the way he plays is just not human.

And then there’s his eyes, the blue so clear to the point that when they meet the light of the sun, it really feels like staring into pools of water; his gaze so sharp and penetrating that Jensen is sure nothing is missed, and he sometimes feels uncomfortable under Steve’s scrutiny.

Jensen knows those eyes are what charmed Chris first, and he doesn’t like it.

Which is why as Steve greets him now, Jensen is not sure that the smile he gives back is sincere.
Steve dropped into their lives three years prior, when he stopped his cart at the village’s borders for the winter, and Jensen knows he hasn’t left Chris’ thoughts since. He.does.not.like.it.

“Hello Christian.”

He watches as Steve sits down on a stool, propping his guitar carefully against the counter, and Chris’ eyes sparkle.

“It’s Chris,” he corrects.

Steve smiles.
“Not to me,” he says in that quiet, slightly rough voice of his that Jensen knows does all sort of things to Chris, and God, what if someone finds out?

Chris grins rather cheekily at him.
“You let me call you Steve.”

“No one calls me Steven.”

“And no one calls me-”

“Christian!” old Toby calls out from the table. “Would you mind giving me a refill, lad?”

Steve arches an eyebrow eloquently, and Chris sighs.

“Well, someone does...” he concedes.

“Everyone does,” Steve corrects him with a small grin.

“Not the people I’m close to the most.”

Jensen almost lets a pint overspill at that. He’s not supposed to eavesdrop, he knows Chris wouldn’t be happy about it if he found out. But he can’t help it. He has to be on the look out, just in case Chris does something too stupid, too obvious. Like letting Steve and everyone else within earshot know that he would like to get very close to a homosexual Traveller.

Luckily though, no one else is within earshot but Steve, who picks up his tankard and drinks without saying a word.

Jensen wonders what’s going through his mind. He hastily racks his brain for some random thing to say when he sees Chris open his mouth again, terrified that something else might slip, and that someone would hear this time, and he really has no idea why he’s so scared all of a sudden -

“You look gorgeous.”

Oh Christ.

Jensen’s eyes snap up, hands fumbling in something very close to panic, the tankard tumbling to the floor and smashing in a thousand little pieces.

Three heads snap towards him, Sandy staring in confusion at him with a tray balanced on her hand, her cheeks still adorably flushed from Steve’s compliment. When Jensen realizes it, he doesn’t want anything more than for the floor to open up and swallow him whole like the wooden boards are doing with the spilled beer.

“Uh... sorry,” he mutters, crouching low to pick up the largest shards.

“Are you feeling well?” Sandy asks with a frown, putting the tray down and walking up to him. “Maybe you really shouldn’t be working after such a long trip...”

Jensen’s waving a hand dismissively even before she has finished the sentence.
“I’m fine. And it wasn’t a long trip at all.”

“You know Sandy’s convinced Clifden’s the center of the whole universe,” Chris chuckles.

Sandy glares at him.
“Well, can combs like this one be found anywhere else?” she says, pointing at the pale wooden hair comb holding her dark hair back past her left ear.

“Actually, yes,” Chris replies without missing a beat. “Because as me and Jensen have been trying to explain to you many times before, anyplace is bigger than Roundstone.”

“That’s not exactly true,” Steve smiles over the brim of his pint. “You would be surprised at how many smaller villages exist all over Ireland. And in truth, that comb is a fine piece of art.”

Sandy beams.
“Thank you, Steve.”

Chris rolls his eyes.
“You really shouldn’t encourage her.”

“Steve!” old Tommy calls loudly from the old men’s table. “Steve, come over here. Do tell us what’s going on around dear old Ireland.”

“And maybe play a couple of songs,” Toby echoes, thumping his staff on the floor a little in anticipation, ready to spell out the rhythm.

Steve grins and gives them a wink before finishing his beer in a few long gulps and standing, picking up his guitar carefully and going to join the old ones at their table.

Sandy shakes her head fondly and follows with her tray.

Jensen watches her go and lets out a sigh, picking up the broom to finish getting rid of the mess of broken glass.

“What is it?” Chris asks, regarding him knowingly.

“Nothing,” Jensen dismisses.

“Come on, Jensen. Since when have you taken to be so careless with tankards?”

Jensen huffs.
“It was an accident.”

“It happened because you’re jumpy,” Chris retorts. “Won’t you tell me why?”

Jensen wishes he could, but he can already picture the conversation:

‘I do not like the way you look at Steve, and even less do I like the way you’re starting to act around him. I know you’d happily go back to his cart and make love in there, and I’m terrified that you’re going to do it some day and end up being lynched because of it.’

Definitely not the kind of talk Jensen would like for them.
He gives a small shrug and is almost relieved when Steve starts to play and Chris relents. He watches as Chris walks up to the table and drops a hand to Steve’s shoulder as the notes to ‘Spancil Hill’ fill up the pub. He watches as Steve doesn’t pull away, and his stomach clenches.

Chapter Three

note: Sandy's hair comb, because I'm a geek like that. :P Thank you to splashpink for finding the right one for me! ♥

where: work
feeling: tiredtired
Vicki: SQUEEeilan on April 1st, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Sonia: KANE | Chris&Steve | hugfallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
*beams* *squishes you*
Xx_Darkshines_xXx_darkshines_x on April 1st, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Still no Jared?

I cannot wait to see where this all leads with Jensen's attitude the way it is! It's an interesting situation.. now bring on Jared and see if he still thinks like that.. hehe *rubs hands in evil glee*
Soniafallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
LOL Well, it's not like Jensen is against male/male relationship, obviously. He's just worried. *pets him*
And no worries, Jared's coming. ;)

kuhekabirkuhekabir on April 1st, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
I find this really weird to read because I live in Ireland and this is like...wow...so strange to read something set in a country you are actually living in because let's face it, how many stories are out there set in Ireland? I guess this is the only one...

Awesome. Please post more soon :)
Soniafallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
When I started reading your comment I thought you were going to say that it felt like I wasn't doing your Country justice at all and wtf was I writing. LOL
I'm really glad you're liking this tho. And I'm hoping that I can update sooner this time. :)
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Sianbellasianna on April 1st, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
*hums Spancil Hill* You realise I want to hear Steve play that now!

I am flippin' loving this story! When I read the summary for the first chapter I was a little afraid of what kind of Irishness there would be... but this is really good and the plot is gripping, already! Love how jen is so worried for Chris, and the compliment for Sandy - lol

I look forward to more updates :)
Soniafallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
You realise I want to hear Steve play that now!

I love Spancil Hill. ♥ And I think it'd fit Steve's voice prefectly. :D

When I read the summary for the first chapter I was a little afraid of what kind of Irishness there would be...

As in...? 'cause if you'd tell me what is it that I absolutely don't have to write to ruin all the Irishness of the story I'll be forever grateful. LOL Seriously, I love Ireland, but no matter how much I read about it and its history and people, I still haven't been there, so I'm really anxious every time I sit down to write this one, 'cause I really don't want to write something that would have Irish people and those who know more about it than me go "WTF?".

Anyway, I'm really really glad that you're liking the story so far. :D I'm hoping for the next update to be faster than this one. :P

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Lynsyspazzer_mctwich on April 1st, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Aww poor Jensen, freaking out over his friend's forbiden romace...I can't wait for the next chapter.
Soniafallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, poor boy. *pets him*
Thank you so much! I'm glad you're enjoying it. :)
lover all alone: J2: idk my bff Jensen?invisiblelove on April 1st, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Yay! New chapter! Loving this story. It's so neat to see them in a different period/culture. I'm very excited to see Jared's introduction :)

Great job!
Soniafallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm happy you're enjoying the story so far. :)
Sarah | Shi: Dean Girlslashedshi on April 1st, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Soniafallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
*beams* Do I take it that you liked it?
mre_queckymre_quecky on April 1st, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, Jared soon??? Like the story so far.
Hm, I've also been to Clifden and it was rather nice there :D
Soniafallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Real soon, I promise. ;)
I've never been to Ireland. *pouts* Hope I can make the places you've seen any justice!
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mesus_04mesus_04 on April 1st, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
\o/ I really like this! It's really well written and as I've been reading in some of the other comments, I have to agree, as an Irish person, I'm glad it comes across how it does and isn't that "oirish" type of thing! lol.

Jensen is so cute all worried about Chris! :)

Soniafallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I am so relieved to know that it's coming across right, you have no idea. ♥
I'm really happy you like it. :D
no matter what: simon said hugsanann on April 1st, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
lynched? oooo, nooo!
and Jared is on the way, he's gonna fuck Jen' brain.
Love what you're doing with the story.
Soniafallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
LMAO Yes he is.
Thanks so much! I'm real happy that you're liking it so far. :D
Shellztrueshellz on April 1st, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
*wants Jared*
loved the comb hunni
*loves the fic*
Soniafallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Awww! Thank you! ♥ I really lke the comb myself. *beams*
deanshot: breathlessdeanshot on April 1st, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm really liking this story and sorry for not commenting on the first chapter but I read it and this one as well and you have me intrigued with Jensen being an Irish barman.
I'm from Ireland too and it's great to see a fic about it especially since it contains Jensen & Jared.
Looking forward to more.
Soniafallonblackdays on April 1st, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, don't you worry none about the comments! I'm just happy that you're liking it. :) Thank you for reading. ♥
Lissieilovesn on April 2nd, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
oh, that is soo sad :(

(Anonymous) on April 2nd, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading! :D
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angels3angels3 on April 2nd, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
He better start worrying about his own neck.

Cause when he sees Jared I bet he looses not only his head but his heart.
Soniafallonblackdays on April 2nd, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
LOL Very true. ;)
Thanks so much for reading and dropping me a line. :)
The egotistical, self-absorbed attention whore...: Chris Kane - gym bunnydeviant_dev on April 2nd, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
I couldn't decide on whether to use my Steve icon or my Chris icon, lol... Then I decided that since I'll be seeing Steve in just a few days, I should use Chris instead and give him some love, lol. Yes, I am a dork, and I'll be here ALL NIGHT! Yeah, anywhore... love this! I fear for the whole lynching bit, because UGH there are STILL places that DO THAT SHIT TO GAYS, but yeah... *breathes deep and calm* I trust you deliver a good story, so I'm not gonna panic... yet. LOL... Cripe, I'm hyper. Sorry. *slinks away*
Soniafallonblackdays on April 2nd, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
I fear for the whole lynching bit, because UGH there are STILL places that DO THAT SHIT TO GAYS

Exactly. It has to be realistic, I couldn't let them all being happy with it. :P Thanks a lot for reading. ;)
marvinmusemarvinmuse on April 2nd, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
YAY! More Irish 'verse! Wow. I love how Jensen is so concerned about Chris. Initially I thought he was jealous and was confused cause I know Jared's in the story! I really like that you brought it up though 'cause it is a historical AU and they would have faced those issues. I've read too many stories where the characters should be facing those issues (way to repeat myself) but the writer says "but *random town* is different, everyone accepts them..." I can't wait for the angst and drama that will bring!

Soniafallonblackdays on April 2nd, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
I've read too many stories where the characters should be facing those issues (way to repeat myself) but the writer says "but *random town* is different, everyone accepts them..."

What? And pass up the chance of not having to make up reasons for drama for once? No way. LOL

I'm really glad that you like the story so far. Thank you. :D
just another fruit loop in this bowl called life: BOYS-w/namekeyweegirlie on April 2nd, 2008 08:22 am (UTC)
I love how you're laying the ground work for what's still to come. ;)

*big hugs*
Soniafallonblackdays on April 2nd, 2008 08:42 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Cass! I'm glad you're liking it. *smooches* *goes to reply to your email*
nachekana: pony now!nachekana on April 2nd, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
I had forgotten about this story, I'm so glad to see an update! And I'm glad you're focusing on Steve and Chris for the moment, stories about those boys are harder to find than the J2 type! Though it doesn't mean that I'm not waiting impatiently to see Jared and Jensen's reaction. That should be fun! =D

And your description of Steve is spot on. I saw him at the LA Convention this weekend and he was so gorgeous and so charismatic, I couldn't believe my eyes! Yep, I went back to read what you write about Steve's eyes, that's exactly it! *drools*

I can't wait to read more of this!
(Anonymous) on April 7th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
I just love writing about Steve and Chris, I couldn't leave them out. Plus, Traveler!Steve was just too good to pass up. *grins*

And your description of Steve is spot on. I saw him at the LA Convention this weekend and he was so gorgeous and so charismatic, I couldn't believe my eyes! Yep, I went back to read what you write about Steve's eyes, that's exactly it!

I'm real glad to know that I nailed the man. ;)
Thanks so much for your feedback! You don't know how much I appreciate it. :D
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Soniafallonblackdays on April 7th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
*beams* I'm so happy that you do! *squishes you* More ASAP, you know just how crazy these days are. LOL
lhuthiel on April 2nd, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Omg, I'm so happy to see this updated! I thought the story was very special and loved the first chapter a lot, so I've desperately been waiting for an update. I was getting a little worried you might have lost interest in the story (yes, I realize I'm being impatient, sorry :o).

I just love the little Irish village setting, complete with naive!Sandy, the old village people and all their gossiping etc. (I'd never want to live anywhere that small, though.)

I'm very intrigued by Steve, the Traveller with his enchanting guitar (the character suits him so well) and also by what is going to happen between him and Chris. Totally loved the "Hello Christian" [and so on] dialog.

I feel kinda bad for Jensen that he worries so much and I really can't wait for Jared's appearance to see how it will affect Jensen (though, of course, that's not the only reason I want to get to know the Jared from Dublin).

It has really nothing to do with the Bible and the wrath of God; what Jensen wants to preserve Chris from is actually the wrath of men. So true. :l

I'm looking forward to reading more of this verse and thanks for writing. :)
Soniafallonblackdays on April 7th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
I was getting a little worried you might have lost interest in the story

Not at all! These days RL is just really crazy, so it's taking me long to update. :( So sorry about that.

(I'd never want to live anywhere that small, though.)

*grins* I have. It can be annoying at times. ;)

Totally loved the "Hello Christian" [and so on] dialog.

Thanks so much! The Christian/Chris thing is actually quite important to the developement of their relationship, so I'm really glad you noticed and appreciated that. :)

I'm looking forward to reading more of this verse and thanks for writing. :)

Thank you. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciated your detailed feednack. Seriously, thank you so much. :)

I'm trying to be as quick as I can with the next updated but RL is just crazy at the moment. :(
nairie: Stevenairie on April 4th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Great setting, great characterization. When's the next part coming up? :)
Soniafallonblackdays on April 7th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank so much! :D I'm trying to be as fast as I can with the next chapter. RL isn't really cooperating at the moment but I promise I'm doing the best I can. ;)
fanofsuperfanofsuper on April 7th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Great update. Good to see that Jensen is so concerned about Chris. Hope Chris will return the favor when Jensen & Jared meet

Looking forward to the next update
Skywalker-Winchester: OT4 keyweegirlieanakin415 on April 18th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
oooooo can not wait to read more!
Soniafallonblackdays on April 26th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Chapter 3 is almost done, I hope I can post it soon. :)
Cami: kane | chris - beautifulilovemybaby on May 15th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
You know what?
You're brilliant!
And I mean it. 'Cause you're writting something that it's quite familiar for us (Chris/Steve, Jen/Jay), but with a whole new background, that changes everything. It's another time, almost like another world, and you're managing to make it sound magical and beliveable at the same time.

No wonder I'm so damn proud of you! ♥
Sonia: Supernatural | Dean | big brotherfallonblackdays on May 27th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
*is kinda late in replying* LOL

AWWWW! *smishes you* Thank you so much, Sammy-girl! You know how much it means to me that you'd like what I write, so thank you for this. ♥ I'm really happy that you're enjoying it so far! :D
nairie: Chrisnairie on May 20th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
I don't wanna bother you, but I freaking loved this right from the start ... will there be more? Anytime in the future?
Sonia: KANE | Steve | laughing at Chrisfallonblackdays on May 27th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oh no, you're not bothering me at all! Quite the contrary! I have chapter 3 ready and it's just been sent to my betas, so hopefully it'll make it here sometime next week. I'm sorry for being so slow, but RL is really crazy at the moment. :(

I really appreciate you dropping me a line though, and I'm very glad to know that you're enjoying this so much. Thank you. :)
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