Fic title: The Beat of Our Noisy Hearts
Author name: cleflink
Artist name: petite_madame
Word count: 48,000
Warnings: Magic realism, graphic descriptions of medically impossible heart care, serial killers, sex, angst
A/N: Written for spn_j2_bigbang's 2013 round.
Summary: In a world where heartbreak is a literal condition, it's Jared's job to sew, fill and patch the physical wounds left in people's hearts by lost loves, misunderstandings and betrayals. Jared's own love life is more than a little dire, largely because Jensen doesn't date and Jared doesn't do one-night stands, but he's got good friends and a job he loves, so he figures that he can't complain too much.
When a killer attacks Jensen, Jared discovers that a needle and thread, desperation and a sharp scalpel are enough to save Jensen's life, but at a cost that is going to change Jared's life forever and tie them both together in a way that goes far deeper than flesh.
Art Master Post
Get their own section because they be LONG. Wow, I have many people to thank for helping me get this monster posted.
A million thanks to tebtosca for being there right from the beginning and helping me turn a strange, abstract idea into something with an actual plot and character development and other fun story-type things. Your excitement, good questions and willingness to suffer through sprints with me to get this shit done have been delightful and invaluable, my dear.
Big hugs to dugindeep for sprinting with me and cracking the metaphorical whip when I was whinging about my edits. It's a good thing someone was keeping me on track, hon, because God knows I wasn't doing it myself. I am so happy to have had the chance to get to know you better, as well!
Cheers to oddishly for a fabulous zero hour beta. You're a superstar and I don't know what I would have done without you. Thanks for taking one for the team, ridiculously early morning included!
A shout-out to Laura and Mum for typo hunting with me! They're sneaky things, those typos. All remaining mistakes are my fault entirely.
To all the ladies in the handholding/cheerleading email circle (dugindeep, fiercelynormal, morrezela, tebtosca and zubeneschamali) for, well, all the handholding and cheerleading. ^_^ I very much enjoyed flailing over all of our stories with you!
Of course, I must thank petite_madame for being a) fantastic and b) a wonderful person to collaborate with. I'm still amazed and humbled that my odd (not so) little story was the inspiration for such gorgeous artwork. Thank you for your enthusiasm, your hard work and your willingness to put up with me babbling about grammar. ^_^ You've made this year's bigbang an absolute delight!
And I know that you all went there first anyway, but if there's anyone who hasn't checked out her Art Post yet, make very sure that you do! It's all absolutely stunning (and wonderfully full of blood, organs and cupcakes. As it should be).
And finally, thanks always to thehighwaywoman and wendy for hosting this challenge! You make it so much fun to participate in this challenge and to be part of the Supernatural/RPS community that makes it possible!