Word Count: 35,501
Warnings: Minor Character Death, Bottom!Jensen, Angst, older Jared/younger Jensen
SPN_Meanttobe Prompt 39: The Nanny Arrangement
Becoming nursemaid to Paul Holmes's orphaned niece seems like the perfect solution to Becky Siddons's problems. After having her romantic hopes dashed, she's determined to focus solely on her charge and not the little girl's handsome uncle. Until Becky realizes she is losing her heart to a man determined to keep his own under lock and key….
Paul had hoped hiring Becky would allow him to keep a distance from his niece, a reminder of his late sister—and his failings in raising her. Yet he soon finds himself enjoying spending time with outspoken, impulsive Becky and the child. Can he take a chance on this unexpected, joyful new family?
Summary: Handsome, brooding Jared Padalecki is a wealthy 32-year-old West Texas cattle rancher with a tragic past. When his sister dies unexpectedly, Jared takes on his sister's child, 8-year-old Adele, who has been traumatized by her parents' deaths and needs special care. He hires 22-year-old Jensen Ackles, fresh out of college, whose only qualifications are a bachelor's degree in English, a part-time job working with autistic children, and a tragic past of his own. From the moment Jared and Jensen meet, sparks fly, and it's obvious they were meant for each other. But the Padalecki home is harboring secrets, Jensen hears strange sounds in the night, and he begins to wonder if something – or someone – is trying to keep them apart.
A/N: Written for the 2015 spn_meanttobe challenge. Many thanks to smalltrolven for her excellent last minute beta work!
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