Break Loose Ranch is not a work in progress. It is a collection of standalone stories all centering around a fictional dude ranch owned by Jared Padalecki. In this 'verse, it's a few years later than now. Jared never went to Hollywood, and Supernatural tanked in a year without the infamous Padackles chemistry.
Jared's built a life at Break Loose with his best friend, resident dipshit Chad Michael Murray. According to Jared, despite being bi with a strong lean toward boys, his life's more Brady than Brokeback. Maybe that's because Jared himself is a good ol' boy, or maybe there's something charmed about Break Loose Ranch. That's for you to decide. *g*
The Break Loose saga begins when Jared meets Jensen at a Kane concert (but Kane's gone a little differently too, on account of Angel lasting seven years, on the strength of the Angel/Lindsey chemistry *g*) Chad drags him to. But that's not really the beginning. It's just a beginning, and from time to time, pieces may show up that pre-date Jensen.
I've said Break Loose isn't a work in progress, and in a way, that's a lie. I know the entire J2 arc. You can see it too, in riding shotgun to everything that's on my mind. But the thing that's most fun to me about Break Loose are the power dynamics and the friendships, how having a partner affects existing relationships. So, while I'll be writing the J2 arc (you bet your ass I will), I'll also be writing Chris and Dave, Steve, Chad and Eliza. Adrian, Milo, Tom, Mike, Sendhil and Alexis. Count on seeing just about anyone I squee about in my regular journal, provided I can find a good story to tell about them.
The thing about Break Loose is, it's my heart's home. I'm never going to write it "just because." It takes time and love and energy to hear the stories and the voices the way I want them, and while I'm writing to share mine and Jared's place with you, I'm writing it out of love for the place. I guess what I'm saying is, it'll come, I promise, but it's not likely to be fast, not if any of us want it to be good. Hope that'll sit right with y'all. Meantime:
Welcome to Break Loose Ranch. Kick off your boots and stay awhile!
Break Loose stories can be read in the order their posted, even if they're out of order. I write them to stand alone, in case you pick up somewhere in the middle. Only time that won't be true is if I specifically say otherwise. But if you're looking for a chronology of events, here's a rough one:
J2 - First Arc
everybody's got their own definition of just their kind (Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles, Christian Kane, Steve Carlson, Chad Michael Murray) NC17
busting through them gates, 1/2 and busting through them gates, 2/2(Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles, Chad Michael Murray) NC17
J2 - Overview, Jensen POV
riding shotgun to everything that's on my mind (Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles) R
J2 - Interludes and Postludes
ring them bells (Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles) NC17 takes place prior to part 3 of riding shotgun to everything that's on my mind
at the end of the sun on a long hot day (Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles, Christian Kane, Steve Carlson, Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Chad Michael Murray) NC17
Chad Michael Murray/Steve Carlson -
right back where we started from - (Chad/OCs, Chad/Steve) NC17, precedes hit the ground running
Boreanaz/Kane - follows at the end of the sun on a long hot day
hit the ground running (Dave Boreanaz/Christian Kane, Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles, Steve Carlson, Chad Michael Murray) R
back story & fill: that triangular circular love thing (Dave Boreanaz/Christian Kane, Christian Kane/Steve Carlson, Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles) R
Thanks for wanting this 'verse so much. I can't even tell you how much it means to me to create something that I love that you love too.
- Current Mood: accomplished