icebear_cw: (jared/jensen)
Fic title: "We've been traveling over rocky ground (Stars have faded, the sky is still)"
Author name: [livejournal.com profile] the_milky_way
Artist name: [livejournal.com profile] digitalwave
Genre: RPS AU
Pairing: Jared/Jensen
Rating: R
Rating: minor violence
Word count: ~ 37.000

Summary: “Times are rough and the future is not as brilliant as people hoped it would be. Half the country’s a desert the other half constantly fighting winter. Access to technology is restricted, watched over by a corrupt government and people have turned back to a simpler way of life.

Jensen’s a rancher with a ranch that hangs on a by threat. He struggles to make ends meet. Now someone powerful wants to take away what has been in his family for generations. His land. And that someone is willing to kill.

Jared’s a rebel, in the truest sense of the word. He fights for freedom, against half of the government and is always, always on the front line. But then a mission turns too hot and Jared’s forced into hiding. As luck will have it he ends up as a ranch hand on Jensen’s isolated land in the mountains.

Fighting the same enemy is, what pushes them together in the end.”



PART I
A
B

PART II
A
B + Epilogue





***

PDF with Art * epub version


ART: Masterpost




Notes:
Please go and look at [livejournal.com profile] digitalwave's awesome Art Post Masterpost and leave comments. It was so much fun doing this year's Big Bang with her. Thank you so much [livejournal.com profile] digitalwave for the pieces of art you created. It was a pleasure working with you on this and I love that you came up with such great ideas.

My first Thank you goes to my beta readers [livejournal.com profile] parka_girl and [livejournal.com profile] silverraven. You guys helped me so much with your comments and suggestions.
You are awesome. All remaining mistakes are, of course, mine.

Another big Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] softcake_70 , who actually came up with the plot for this fic. If it wasn't for her I wouldn't even have considered writing cowboys or would have had the idea to combine cowboys and futuristic utopia. Thank you for helping me through the idea finding process.

Thanks to all of those who have been holding my hand through all of this, so basically half my flist. You guys are awesome and I really appreciate all the encouragements and comments. I know I says this every year but it's true. Five years is a long time and I really appreciate all the support.

This was written for the 2012 round for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang.
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wendy and [livejournal.com profile] thehighwaywoman for running this for six years now and it's my fifth. Wow.

Title and Chapter titles taken from Bruce Springsteen's newest album "Wrecking Ball". When I heard this for the first time in March I knew I had my title for the story and the overall theme. Those songs just fit so very well that I couldn't resist using them as the guide line during editing.




There is, of course, a Soundtrack:

* These are the songs that inspired me during writing.

1. Bruce Springsteen -- Rocky Ground
2. The BossHoss -- Don't Gimme That
3. Ivy Quainoo -- Do you like what you see
4. Stefanie Heinzmann -- My Man Is A Mean Man
5. Bruce Springsteen -- Shackled and Drawn
6. Christian Kane -- Different Kinda Knight
7. 30 Odd Foot of Grunt -- Other Ways of Speeking
8. Alex Clare -- Too Close
9. Keane -- Disconnected
10. Bruce Springsteen -- We take Care of our Own

Download and Cover Art:



Zip. file can be found HERE

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Date: 2012-06-15 04:34 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] amber1960.livejournal.com
Thanks for the fanmix and the PDF!

Date: 2012-06-19 07:29 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
You're welcome. Hope you'll like it.

Date: 2012-06-15 04:38 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] kros-21.livejournal.com
congratulations on posting sweetheart. you made it!!!
this sounds really good. :)

Date: 2012-06-19 07:30 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank so much... :)

Good to know it sounds good, hope it reads well, too :)

<333

Date: 2012-06-15 05:15 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] seleneheart
seleneheart: (where the wild roses grow)
I've downloaded it and am looking forward to reading!

Date: 2012-06-19 07:30 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you. :)

I hope you'll enjoy it.

Date: 2012-06-15 06:04 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] cackling-madly.livejournal.com
Congrats on posting!! \o/!! Downloading the epub version (which is awesome that you included btw) so I can read it this weekend.

Date: 2012-06-19 07:31 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you... :)

Hehe, well I recently found a way to get epubs done and I love having them on my reader as well.

Hope you'll like it.

Date: 2012-06-15 07:17 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] josieb1.livejournal.com
This looks amazing, and the art is wonderful too. Thanks so much for the downloads and the soundrack, I can't wait to read it.

Date: 2012-06-19 07:32 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you and you're welcome.

I hope you'll enjoy it.

Date: 2012-06-15 09:53 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] sm0kingbunny.livejournal.com
Downloaded the epub - sounds really interesting :)

Date: 2012-06-19 07:34 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you...

Hope you'll enjoy it. :)

Date: 2012-06-15 11:37 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] deanshot1
deanshot1: (The Epic Love)
I really enjoyed reading this story as it was extremely well written and it flowed so well.
The descriptions of the land and the characters were truly awe inspiring.
Loved Jared being all gun-toting and wanting to save Jensen and then he kept forgetting how good Jensen was with a gun himself.
The fact that Jensen went all the way to the east to find him made me love this story even more, it spoke of love and friendship and how deep those bonds can go.
I downloaded a copy of the pdf as well because I loved it that much that I will always want to re-read it in the future.
Thank you so much for sharing as it was a pleasure to read.
*hugs*

Date: 2012-06-19 07:45 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
:D

Thank you so much for the comment.
I'm happy you liked it and that it worked for you.

Hehe, I just didn't want Jensen to stand by and let Jard be the hero. He's living on a secluded ranch after all ;)

*hugs*

Date: 2012-06-16 02:40 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] silverraven.livejournal.com
First, congratulations on finishing and posting! YAY!!! *twirls you* :D

I have been biting at the bit to read the second half of this ever since you sent me the first half and, oh boy, was it worth the wait. I just adore this. I totally cheered when Jensen went after his man and my heart did all kinds of things at the idea of them living together on Jensen's ranch. So happy making!

Also, Jensen riding a horse will always be the best thing EVER \o/

Date: 2012-06-19 07:49 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Wheee.... And thank you soooo much for keeping me going through all of it. It really helped a lot.
*hugs*

Hehe, glad it was worth the wait after... sorry that time ran out in the end and I could send the rest.
I'm happy you like it.

Oh I know how much you like Jensen on a horse ;)

Date: 2012-06-16 10:44 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] somersault-j.livejournal.com
OH MY GOD! AWESOME!!!!

BAMF!Jared and cowboy!Jensen, shot wounds and action, the sweet development of their relationship and Jensen getting his man and taking him home!! So, so perfect. Loved every second of this :D

Date: 2012-06-19 07:50 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you so much. :)

I'm glad you enjoyed reading it and that the story worked for you. :)

Date: 2012-06-16 03:43 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] cassiopeia7.livejournal.com
Oh, wow. I have a massive weakness for lonely!rancher!Jensen, so I pretty much leapt upon this as soon as I'd read the summary. Then you put him on a horse, and I was hooked. Then you added BAMF!rebel!Jared, and I was in it for the long haul. But you kept going, and turned this into a wonderful story about dystopia, evil big-business cabals, government agents . . . plus sassy!Danneel, Jeff-in-charge and Jensen's seemingly impossible journey to find Jared. PLUS a happy ending! I LOVE this!

. . . and hope that there's at least one time-stamp planned? *puppy eyes*

Date: 2012-06-20 02:55 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you... :)

I'm so happy that lonely!rancher!Jensen worked for you. :) Glad you liked all the characters and enjoyed that story.
Thanks so much for the lovely comment.

Uhm... well... yes. There is more planned, I just can't say when. Damnm you busy life ;)
But yes... a time stamp at least.

Date: 2012-06-16 06:44 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] masja-17.livejournal.com
Enjoyed this very much, thanks for posting!

<3
Edited Date: 2012-06-16 06:46 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-06-20 02:55 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you.

I'm glad you liked it. :)

Date: 2012-06-16 07:44 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] yahel26.livejournal.com
OH MY GOD!!! SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a fantastic story! I loved pretty much everything about it!
Thank you soooooooooooo much for sharing <333

Date: 2012-06-20 02:56 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you, for reading and the lovely comment.

Glad you liked it and enjoyed it.

Date: 2012-06-16 10:38 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ladytiferet.livejournal.com
Great story and art! :)

Date: 2012-06-20 02:57 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you. :)

I'm happy you liked it.

Date: 2012-06-16 11:48 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
You might want someone or a couple of someones to go through it again. I found quite a bit of errors; these are just a few.

Goddammit, Jared. Come one, say something
He's screaming, thrashing and creaming some more when he
might come on handy
Soon they'rey are in

It was a good story, though. I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks.

Date: 2012-06-20 02:58 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you for pointing this out... Shows that even three pairs of eyes don't catch it all. I'll go over it again...

Glad you like it despite the errors.
Thank you for reading.

Date: 2012-06-17 08:30 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] sa-kun.livejournal.com
Wonderful story.

Date: 2012-06-20 02:58 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you. :)

I'm happy you enjoyed it.

Date: 2012-06-17 07:39 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] marlivia.livejournal.com
I really, really love this story, but what happened with the war? and why Jared left the rebel camp. They need him! sequel maybe??' ;)

Date: 2012-06-20 03:00 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you... :)

Well, the war is another story... and I'm planning for it to be told. Just don't know when right now.
But yes, there will at least be a time stamp. :)

I'm happy you liked it.

Date: 2012-06-18 01:33 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] writinginsecret.livejournal.com
Oh, yeah, I second that motion for a sequel. Neeeeeeeed more of this. It was a wonderful read.

Date: 2012-06-20 03:01 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
:D

Thank you so much. I'm happy you enjoyed it.

There will at least be a time stamp, maybe a sequel, not sure yet.

Date: 2012-06-18 04:22 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] zara-zee.livejournal.com
Enjoyed this very much. You created a great sense of place and your visual descriptions were just stunning!

Date: 2012-06-20 03:01 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
:) Thank you so much.

I'm glad you liked it and that it worked for you.

Date: 2012-06-18 04:22 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
This really made for a good reading evening.
I like the world you created there, dystopian and still human.

Jared being the innocent in front of Jared was great. I loved that he had hidden sides.

Jensen, the lonely rancher who is tough and still so very cute.... Just love it.

Thanks so much for writing this.

~ Liz

Date: 2012-06-20 03:03 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Awww, thanks so much.

I'm really glad that you liked it and that the characters worked for you.

Thanks for the lovely comment.
<3

Date: 2012-06-19 08:52 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] ferrous-wheeler.livejournal.com
Great fic! Really enjoyed it :)

Date: 2012-06-20 03:03 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you. :)

I'm glad you liked to.

Date: 2012-06-19 01:01 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] deadflowers5.livejournal.com
Downloaded the pdf version, thank you!

Date: 2012-06-20 03:04 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you.

I hope you'll enjoy it. :)

Date: 2012-06-20 10:11 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] fridayblues.livejournal.com
Heh Lovely work!
Love protective Jared so much :)
Congrats and thanks for sharing!
xxx

Date: 2012-06-20 03:04 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you so much.

I'm happy you enjoyed it and that it worked for you. :)

<3

Date: 2012-06-20 03:06 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I liked this a lot. Great story and I love the utopia you created.

Loved how Jensen's the one being brave and going after Jared.

Date: 2012-06-21 03:01 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you.

I'm happy you liked it.

I see to have a thing for brave!Jensen. Glad he worked for you. :)

Date: 2012-06-21 09:30 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] spn-2008.livejournal.com
Loved it!, the story, the actions scenes, the characters, everything!

Well done!

sequel?, yes?

Date: 2012-06-22 02:32 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you.. :)

Hehe, maybe? There'll be a time stamp though.. so yes, more.

So glad you liked it. :)

Date: 2012-06-22 04:42 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] confuzed.livejournal.com
This was great! I loved the scenery you described and Agents and Cowboys are always a fun read :)

Date: 2012-06-25 03:09 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] the_milky_way
the_milky_way: (jared/jensen (big bang2012))
Thank you. :)

I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. :=)
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