the story behind this
Lord Misha Collins was not looking for a new partner, he rather mourn his soul mate but the council think he needs a partner, a spouse to give him heirs, so he's summoned to the council of the five families and is told to pick a heir among them or they will. "Do as you please my lords and ladies..." he answered "I'll take whoever you choose, you can trust that upon me, but not to love less the one I lost."
the council of the five, one of each old family, Ackles, Abel, Beaver, Collins, and Padalecki, each family had a chance to rule, in alphabetic order so there was no chance to have fights among the heirs, there were some instances, when a heir could not take his place that the council agreed on passing on the next family.
That's why Misha had this young boy pushed to him by the council, the boy was annoying even if pretty, the problem is that he's a boy, and nothing could ever replace his Rachel. he saw him sometimes, tall and lean, and only 15 by then, if he heard correctly. he thought that being the only by of the Padalecki's main house it was weird he was a carrier that decided to marry, most male carriers that had any right to rule decided against it.
from the lesser families was Lord Morgan, Jeffrey by name and Jeff to hsi friends, right hand of Lord Collins who laughed and made fin of him,because Misha was forced to a second mating while he was single and prowling among females and carriers, and it was not rare; his soulful eyes, his sweet smile, his deep sexy voice help him to have every set of legs he wants spread for him.
Misha was pissed for the decision of the council and the haste of the arrangements "could you please die?" mumbled when the carriage stop in front of them, the small door opens and a tall, build man steps out, Misha held his breath while Jeff snickers "he's bigger than you... and if he looks like that at 15..." then climbs down a woman, milky white skin, a wisp of blonde hair coming out of her hooded coat, she offered her hand to the tall one and Jared groaned, okay so not the boy, who was this lady?
A hand clasped Misha's shoulder and Jeffrey Dean Morgan gasped "look at her... DAMN she's gorgeous" Misha was about to protest that he didn't even saw her face when white long hands reached the sides of her velvet hood showing her face, green eyes and full lips, delicate features but determination was written in every gesture, then the lady turned to let the last of the occupants out, it was the lanky kid Misha remembered. "Kill me now..." he begs while passing a hand over his face.
The first meeting is uncomfortable, Jared's father the old man who's father gave Misha the throne bows and presents Jared "this is Jared Tristan, my son, he's a carrier even if still not of age..." and the boy moves forward attempting a graceful bow, and then is pushed to a side to introduce the others; "this is Lady Samantha Smith, his governess, and this is Mark Pellegrino, his guard, both are from noble birth even if from lower houses..." that was important information because of protocol dictated they had to be settled away from the service. "I'll leave by sundown, my lord..." bowed the man once more "and my son will stay with you for a month as is costum"
there was a seerer powerful and old, who said that there should never be a heartbroken lord or a virgin heir, yet the costum said young carriers either female or males had to stay virgins until marriage, and this tradition was highly regarded, the searer said that the stone was found and the blood of the witch was rising.
The daughter of the witch heard of the noble born virgin close to his first blood, the heir of the Padalecki house of Winchester's Kingdom, and decided to get him before he were married to Collins.
those few demons that stayed on this side of the door helped her and the attack.
The banquet for the betrothal was abundant, and everybody was invited, among those were the council complete, in one corner near to trainee monks were Pellegrino laughing animatedly with a young man with unruly blond hair, and from under a hood, mark of the Ackles blue eyes pierced the room and the table fix on Misha.
Misha was sitting on the front of everything under his coat of arms, and at his right was Jared talking non stop with whoever was around, only when his father ordered him to get quiet Misha could hear his own thoughts, at least he didn't have to stay long with the kid in this visit, soon will be late and in order to save his honor he'd have to go to bed with Mark at his heels, Misha never thought he'd be hoping for it.
Once more the Kid started talking this time about a dog or a horse or some kind of animal "very interesting my lord... but we're discussing the winter rations, or else all our people will starve..." a chuckle were heard behind them ND the kid gasped and lowered his eyes ashamed, Misha didn't meant to sound mean, next time he turned to see how the kid was the chair was empty, desperate turned to Jeff who was at the right in a table for lower lords, next to a smiling Samantha Smith, it was like some kind of energy connecting them both Jeffrey knew when to watch, Misha just slightly turned to his right and Jeff's lips twitched while his eyes traveled to the door, misha rolled his eyes and excused himself, the last thing he wanted was to piss off the young heir and endanger the truce among the families.
Jeff knew how frustrated Misha was and made a face against his will "Is lord Misha not happy with this engagement?" lady Samantha asked following Jeff's eyes
Jeff wanted to answer but didn't know how "I guess he's still mourning Lady Rachel, they loved each other since they were babies..."
Lady Samantha smiled moved "really? and you knew them then?"
"I knew Misha then, he was a friend even if younger, and I was training with Lord Miner's sons, and I knew this little... brown headed strong willed thing... she was a force of nature..." and smiling like a proud brother "the day I saw her holding a sword I knew she'd be something to be feared with one, she was..." and made a face of surprise "they were always at each other's throat, but then one day they just fell in love, so fast it was ridiculous... Damn... sometimes I wish I could find that kind of connection with someone..." he wasn't really paying attention to his own words, looking away to his friend leaving the room, while he spoke of yearning something he didn't have "Oh, really?" asked Lady Samantha making Morgan blush at his own words "yeah well, I'd love to, having someone with me" And held Lady Samantha's hand. "Someone to care for, that cares for me..."
Samantha explained Jeff how she was supposed to marry a man she didn't feel a thing for, so instead she offered herself as a governess for the Padalecki heir and his cousin "there was only one thing I could do... work nails and teeth for something else on my own, and I had that something, I've traveled with this two... you know?" and smiling "they're great children, but there's other things I want, more than books and someone else's adventures"
Jeff held the hand on the table and kissed it, Samantha gasped and smiled after that "I admire that, how brave you were."
Outside Misha found Jared hidden behind a couple horses tussling with his hounds, growling and giggling with the enormous dogs "My Lord"he offered and the boy looked up surprised
"I'm sorry..." mussed shy "I just... I-I didn't want to get in the way of the conversation... I'm just a stupid kid and... adults were talking" his thin lips and down casted eyes made Misha smile "I have to apologize to you... I shouldn't have said that..." Jared blinked surprised "I beg you sir, come back with me..." then Misha heard, something was crawling behind them, out here in the dark, alone and unarmed. "let's go back inside my lord..."
a growl erupted from the floor, it was like a rumble, like stones crashing and like an animal hurt, shadows started converging around them, Misha held the boy at his back and too the torch attached to the door, behind him something lunged to Jared holding his arm ripping his shirt, no blood was drawn though.
"MARK!!!!" Jared shouted bloody murder and held Misha's shirt hiding his face against his back "MARK!!!!"
"Calm Down, I'm here, I'll protect you" he whispered, one hand wrapped on the boys wrist while the other held his torch, something from the dark with enormous claws plunged forward snatching the only light out of Misha's hand.
"I'll have the virgin before his first blood" mumbled a voice from the dark and a loud hiss, Misha could feel the shaking on the young boy's body while once more he shouted "MARK!!! JENSEN!!!" Misha didn't notice the name while moving to the light few steps away from them.
Inside the hall, the music was loud and people were dancing and cheering but then out of nowhere with the screeching sound of his chair a tall blonde warrior stood quiet, looking straight to the door, another one, almost his same height, with blond hair stood behind him, his face obscured by a mask, after a second in which people thought he was about to start a fight he mumbled something and ran out his sword whistling on his way of the sheet, the blond masked one following him
Jeffrey looked around "something is not right..." and leaving Lady Samantha moved to the door followed by several guards.
Outside with the last scream Jared held Misha's shirt while drawing shallow breaths of fear, something attacked them again this time mauling Misha's left arm, the one closest to Jared, Misha did his best to turn protecting the young man behind him when the monster
"Jared!!!" shouted someone, bringing light and sounds again "JARED!!! I'm here..." Misha saw two men running to them, one was the blond guard, the other one was already swishing his sword on something, a scream that could froze your blood sounded and the guy let out a disgusted sound, behind them Jeff and the guards were running carrying even more light.
Mark arrived and held Jared by the arm pulling him closer "I'm here kid, I'm here..." the second man arrived his sword covered in dark blood "you okay cousin?" asked the masked man, while taking the cloth from his face to wrap it around Lord Collins arm "you okay my lord?" Misha just nodded, trying in vane to see his helper's face. then noticed how mark was all but wrapped around his betrothed.
That's how Jared Padalecki met the man he was betrothed to, he stayed a month, but Misha had to chase whatever demon was that hurt him, his hurt arm on a sling, while Jared and Jensen stayed in the castle with lady Samantha learning what about past kings and places.
Jeff was in charge of the castle, protecting the people and specially the guests, but actually he spent more time with Lady Samantha than he should, Jared saw them taking long walks on the courtyard and the walls, smiling at each other and holding hands when nobody was around, and falling madly in love.
"that's what I want..." he thought "someone who really cares for me... someone who wants me and is not forced to put up with the useless carrier..." he felt the slap on his head that startled him
"wake up you idiot, when Samantha comes back you better have finished your work or I'll make you pay... the monks are praying to the moon tonight and I haven't been allowed there yet..." the guy followed Jared's eyes "OH no... you fancy the filthy soldier?"
Jared turned fast "No, come on... he's... not... I fancy them, together, look how he's always serious and dark and menacing until they're together, and he becomes that..." Jeffrey Dean Morgan was smiling, and deep dimples appeared on his face, and his hands always ready to fight, always holding a sword were soft and tender on hers"
Jared's cousin huffed and sat back scribbling in his notebook fast "you're a sap and he's stupid, soldiers aren't supposed to be attached to people..." and yawning ignoring the dark look his cousin gave him "he's gonna get her killed or worst... like my dad."
By the end of the month Jared leaves with his entire entourage, including Lady Samantha, Jeffrey of course promised to visit as often as possible.