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False Pretense

Prompt: Jensen runs into a problem after leaving a con early, which leads him to finding out the true origin behind ‘Supernatural’.

Pairing: Jensen x Reader

Warnings: none

Words: 2603

The crowd erupted into fits of laughter, watching Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki work together on stage, finally calming down only to be brought into another fit of laughter. It continued throughout the entire panel, Jensen laughing along with the crowd when Jared did something and vice versa. But, no matter how hard he was laughing, no matter how hard he was smiling, Jensen could not get rid of the empty feeling he started feeling in his heart the day Danneel packed her things and left, taking JJ with her. It was months ago, but Jensen had managed to keep it on the down low and he was grateful that Danneel hadn’t made it public either. He just didn’t feel ready letting the world know that the marriage between him and Danneel stopped working.

Once the panel was over, Jensen waved a farewell to the crowd and disappeared through a guarded door, walking past fellow cast members and making his way outside. He wasn’t quick enough, though. Before he could open the door to his car, he was grabbed by his elbow.

“Jensen, what’s up?” Jared turned him around, forcing Jensen to look at him. “Where are you going? We still have a photo op with the fans.”

Jensen nodded, rubbing the back of his head. “Yeah, yeah, I know,” he said, “but I’m… I’m just not feeling it tonight, Jared, alright? I’m pretty tired.”

Jared nodded and released Jensen’s elbow. “Alright,” Jared said with another nod. “I’m sure that the fans would understand.”

Jensen smiled a small smile. “Thanks.” He turned back to his car and opened it.

“Hey, is everything alright with you and Danneel?” Jared asked, making Jensen pause. “I mean, Gen hasn’t heard from her in a while and we just wanted to-”

“Everything’s fine,” Jensen said as he loaded into the car. He looked at Jared. “Everything’s fine. She’s just been feeling under the weather.” He sent Jared a smile. “I’ll see you later, buddy.” And then he closed the door, motioning for the driver to go.

The ride was quiet, the soft hum of the radio making it bearable. The moon was getting higher, the street getting darker. After getting onto the highway, Jensen had told the driver to take the long way to the hotel. He wanted to enjoy the night just a bit longer.

The driver kept his mouth shut just as Jensen did, both of them taking in the quiet, the driver going slow down the road surrounded by trees rather than street lights. A car would pass every minute or two, but other than that, they seemed alone on the road. Jensen didn’t mind, and neither did the driver.

But when the driver slammed on the breaks, making Jensen slam forward, hitting his head on the back of the passenger seat, they both knew they weren’t truly alone.

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