Author name: cleflink
Artist name: pennydrdful
Word count: 31,140
Warnings: Explicit sex, children being raised in a safe but loveless environment
A/N: Written for spn_j2_bigbang's 2016 round. Sequel to Learn to Glow for Other's Good and Hearts Have Colours which I highly recommend reading first.
Summary: This isn't a story about why Jensen, one of the most powerful empaths in the world, fell in love with a Normal person like Jared. Instead, it's a story about his life before Jared arrived, and after.
So perhaps it really is a story about why he fell in love, after all.
Master Art Post
'Learn to Glow' Verse Master List
Acknowledgements: Thank you first and foremost to pennydrdful for picking my prompt and making some absolutely beautiful art to go with it. She did an absolutely masterful job of conveying some very nebulous ideas in gorgeous detail, and was super cool about me being the pickiest person ever to pick. :P Her art really strikes into the heart of what this story is all about, and I couldn't be happier. Make sure you check out her Art Post and leave some much-deserved love! Note that one of the images in the Art Post could be considered slightly spoilery.
This story has been in the works for literal years, so many thanks to anyone who commented on the other stories in the series or expressed an interest in a continuation. I hope that the ultimate result is somewhat worth the wait!
Thanks to the Hand Holding ladies for joining in the misery of draft deadlines and encouraging me through their own determination to get this stuff finished on time, dammit. Thanks also to Mum for brainstorming traumatic childhood memories with me and Laura for a speedy last-minute beta. Any inability to use the English language that still remains is totally my bad. Kudos always to dugindeep for being awesome.
And finally, hooray for wendy for always doing such an amazing job hosting this challenge!