Author: KayJDance PM
Emma & Jefferson were the most unlikely couple given their past but now after a year of living of their 'happily ever after' no one could imagine it any other way. What challenges will their now royal life bring them? Mad Swan Semi-AU, Post-curse, when everyone is back in FTL. Eventually includes Snowing, Rumbelle, most other canon couples & new characters. Better than description.Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Romance/Family - Emma S. & Mad Hatter/Jefferson - Chapters: 14 - Words: 55,414 - Reviews: 71 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 61 - Updated: 11-25-12 - Published: 07-03-12 - id: 8281726
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A/N: (Semi-)AU About 2 years post curse-break (1 year spent in SB with magic, the last year spent back in FTL). Regina has been defeated/locked up/killed (whatever you want to believe happened to her). Emma and Jefferson have been married since they got back to FTL and are now living in Snowing's castle, and everyone is enjoying their 'happily ever after's. Also includes mentions of Snowing, Rumbelle, pretty much all other canon couples, and a few other characters of my own that have not been in the show yet.
DISCLAIMER: I own absolutely none of the wonderfulness that is Once Upon A Time and their characters or other later-mentioned characters (non-related to OUAT).
This is my first fic therefore, there is obviously no prequel but if you'd like a reference as to what I'm going to use as canon for most of Emma and Jeff's past then I'd recommend "Happily Never After" by L3ftOfCent3r. Plus, I think it's a rather brilliant fic in general so you should just read it anyways if you haven't.
For this chapter:
Let's just pretend for all intents and purposes that The Charmings celebrate Easter and in their world The Easter Bunny is known to also be able to talk. Set the night before Easter. Enjoy! ;D
Chapter 1: Clearly You Have Never Met The White Rabbit
"See, I told you so!" Henry exclaimed as he held up his storybook up to his mother pointing to a poorly drawn illustration of Rumplestiltskin waving a wand in front Ella, marveling at himself for his amazing memory of the stories in his book.
"Okay fine, I believe you now." Emma declared rolling her eyes and sitting back on the couch.
"No you don't. And besides, you can't even see the picture from that far away." Henry argued, setting his book on the coffee table in front of him and sitting back on his hands as he rested them at his sides.
"Okay, okay. I'll come over there kid, if I must." Emma sighed as she pushed herself off the couch and made her way over to the coffee table. Slowly bringing herself to her knees she smoothed out the fabric of her elegant, white semi-ball gown that made it look as though her legs disappeared when she sat on the floor.
Henry leaned into the coffee table and once again pointed to the image before them and questioned, "Do you see it now?"
Emma leaned towards the book then slowly got closer and closer, squinting her eyes as she inched her way towards the page getting unnecessarily close. Once her nose was within a centimeter of the picture and her eyes almost closed she sat back up abruptly and shook her head at Henry, "Nah, I still think you're making it up."
"Oh shush, I know you can see it now!" Henry said as he playfully pushed his mother away.
Emma simply smiled back at her son and laughed as she caught herself on her hand and pushed herself back to an upright position. Suddenly, a small laugh came from the doorway causing Emma to jump.
"Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you." Snow apologized as she let out another small laugh and stepped further into the living room.
"Hey, don't laugh at my jumpiness!" Emma cried as she looked back to her mother coming into the room and her father trailing in behind her as he quickened his pace to join his wife and take her hand.
Snow smiled back at her husband and led him further into the room. Looking back to her family on the floor she teased, "Well what fun would that be?"
Emma rolled her eyes to look at her mother, giving her an un-amused smirk as Henry and James choked back a laugh causing Emma to shoot each of them a stern look. "What? Is everyone just laughing at my skittishness today?" she cried.
This remark caused all of them to start laughing but seeing the obvious annoyance in Emma's eyes Snow apologized as she laid a hand on her daughter's shoulder, "No, of course not sweetie. We just love seeing you frustrated. I have to say, you make it a bit too easy."
Emma merely rolled her eyes yet again as James changed the subject, "So Henry are you excited for The Easter Bunny to come tonight and leave eggs around the castle?"
Henry laughed and said, "Don't you think I'm a bit old to believe in The Easter Bunny Pops?"
Emma, Snow, and James all gave each other confused looks before Emma finally asked what they were all thinking, "You mean to tell me that the kid who believed he lived in a town full of fairy tale royalty, magical imps, and numerous other impossible things doesn't believe in The Easter Bunny?"
"Hey! In my defense, there was solid evidence that everything my story book said was true but I have yet to see any solid proof of a talking rabbit that runs around wearing clothes and just casually stopping by people's houses and hiding eggs filled with candy." Henry said shocked that the rest of his family was so shocked.
"Clearly, you have never met The White Rabbit." Grace remarked as she leaned against the doorway causing her family to whip their heads in her direction.
"Granted, he doesn't leave candy eggs around the house but he does talk and wears a rather extravagant waistcoat," she explained smiling a sly yet adorable smile as she made her way into the living room seating herself in between her step-mom and step-brother who smiled brightly back at her.
"Hi mom," Grace said still smiling as she turned herself to face Emma.
Emma quickly pulled Grace into a tight hug as the tingling sensation she'd come to associate with love bubbled up inside of her at the fact that Grace had called her 'mom' and grinning like a fool she replied, "Why hello Grace!"
Both of her children had been calling her 'mom' for some time now but after two years from Henry and one from Grace she still could not find herself used to the sound of being addressed with that title much like her unfamiliarity with the title of 'Princess'. Jefferson had lovingly called her that for as long as she could remember but he said it out of teasing whereas everyone else was far too serious with the title for her liking. He was the only one she enjoyed calling her 'Princess'. Though she was not used to either title she was not lacking in any motherly or royal instincts and would do absolutely anything for her children who meant the universe to her and also helped run her parent's kingdom with ease as a natural leader.
"Wait a second," Henry gasped ruining the moment between Emma and Grace, "you've met The White Rabbit? As in, The White Rabbit? The White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland?"
Grace made a subtle flinch at hearing her mother's name associated with the land where her father had been trapped for so long as Emma gave her one last squeeze before pulling away. Grace then slightly turned, looking back over her shoulder to give her brother a smug grin. Grace knows about the many versions of her mother and father that have been depicted in movies and books from Earth but they were far from the real thing so she didn't mind much when people mentioned it. It just always made her long to have known her mother whenever people spoke of her (no matter a made-up version or not). But she pushed that thought aside quickly as she remembered how thankful she should be for the big family she now has and replied to her brother, "Maybe… Why? Are you jealous?" and she stuck her tongue out at him playfully.
"Oh stop, just tell me!" Henry demanded.
"Geez Louis, calm down. I'll tell you." Grace said giving in as she rolled her eyes at his overwhelming eagerness to hear her story.
Emma took this moment to glance away from her two little nuggets to look back over her own shoulder, eyes searching for the one member of her family who was still missing. She continued staring at the doorway while Grace spun her tale about the time The White Rabbit came through The Rabbit Hole to The Enchanted Forest to see her papa once when she was younger and Henry sat with his jaw stuck open and eyes wide. As a few minutes passed Emma was growing with worry because Jefferson was almost always following within a few feet of his daughter. She knew the worry was likely unnecessary but she hadn't seen him since he left in the morning on his day-long shopping trip in the village with Grace and couldn't help it from slowly creeping over her. After what seemed like an eternity of waiting (though it was really only three minutes) Jefferson appeared in the doorway and Emma let out a large sigh of relief.
Emma's sigh caused Snow and James to glance over from their two grandchildren to their daughter. They watched as Emma shifted to her side, still staring at her husband, coming towards her with an infectious smile, as she propped her one hand on the floor to stand to her feet. Noticing the loving look in Emma's eyes as she gazed at her husband, Snow smiled back at her own husband and leaned into him as he wrapped his arms around her waist smiling in return, needing no words to express what they knew each other was thinking. It was obvious how utterly in love their daughter was and it warmed their hearts seeing her beaming with such happiness.
Jefferson made his way to Emma before she got the chance to cross a foot in front of her and he reached down to grab her free hand and in one quick motion pulled to her feet and into his embrace. His eyes glazed over her royal white dress that consisted of a slightly embellished bodice wrapped tightly around her perfect figure and small sea of tulle that puffed out just above her waist and reached down to graze the floor. Her beautiful, blonde princess curls hung freely over her shoulders and back. After taking in her beauty in its entirety his eyes eventually met hers, he smiled at her as he tucked a strand of her golden locks behind her ear and quietly exclaimed, "You look stunning."
She tugged at the collar of his overcoat, pulling him down for a quick kiss then pulled away, gazing at him, and replied in a whisper, "Thank you." They stood with their foreheads pressed together for a moment longer before Henry's excited voice pulled her attention to her two children still sitting at the table.
"Mom, did you hear what Grace said?" he shouted and without giving her a chance to answer he continued, "The White Rabbit sounds so cool! I want to meet him too someday!"
Before she was able to turn on her heel Jefferson spun her around to face their children but held her tightly around her waist against his body. If Jefferson had his way, she would never have to move for herself but Emma had been independent for too long and would protest to his constant maneuvering of her own body. Her stubbornness made him enjoy these moments when he was able to catch her by surprise like this so he made one of his smirks and before she got the chance to respond to Henry he leaned into her ear and whispered just loud enough for her to hear, "You're welcome." Then he leaned in just a bit further to plant a quick, gentle kiss on her cheek filling it with warmth as she responded.
"Hey you never know kid, maybe you will." Emma smiled at her son then back at her husband.
From the door someone cleared their throat causing the whole "Charming Family" to turn their attention to the dwarf poking his head in the doorway.
"Pardon the interruption your majesties but your guests have arrived and dinner is ready." Dopey smiled then quickly scurried away.
"Well then, off to dinner we go!" Snow exclaimed to her family gesturing towards the door.
Grace and Henry quickly pulled themselves to their feet and went off running ahead of their parents spurting out excited shouts about dinner and their eagerness to greet their guests.
James took Snow's hand in his own, intertwining their fingers and led her out of the living room into the hallway. Emma stared ahead at her parents then looking back at Jefferson she turned on her heel and in an instant she yanked the scarf around his neck tighter, pressing herself against him leaving no space between the two, and teased, "You know, you don't look so bad yourself."
Jerking back ever so slightly at her force he smirked back at her then crushed his lips against hers causing her to smile back at him, satisfied with her teasing. He pressed closer to deepen the kiss but she pulled back quickly, leaving Jefferson confused and surprised, then lacing her fingers through his and pulling him out the room she gave a teasing apology, "Sorry lover boy but we've got a dinner to get to." He put on a frown as a fake pout but then smiled as her followed her out the door. He would follow her anywhere.
This is my first fic ever so please be brutal if you review. I am looking for constructive criticism because I really want to get better. I'm sorry this ended up horribly long (I honestly meant for it to be rather short) but I hope you enjoyed it nonetheless, and want more because I have A TON planned out for this if enough people are interested! =]]