Chapter 1: An Old Friend
A Journey Through Time
A Series of Unfortunate Events and A Pirates of the Caribbean Crossover
Chapter 1: An Old Friend
Fitzwilliam held onto the little girl trying to calm her down, "Are you sure you want to do this?"
"Yes sir, my wife can't have any more so we'll take the child to a safe place and raise her as our own." Henry Stevens replied as Fitz handed him the crying toddler.
"Just make sure he never finds her or else."
"I swear he will never know she is alive and we won't return until she's old enough to know he's evil."
"Thank you, Henry. I know you'll raise her correctly."
Fourteen years later
"Remember rehearsal is at 5:00." said Jennifer.
"I know, and I'll be there, but be sure Mike doesn't get cheese on the microphone." Rose replied. It was 3:30 and they were just leaving the prison aka the local high school.
"Well, I gotta go before Amanda leaves without me." said Jennifer. She waved goodbye to Rose and walked down the hall.
Rose continued to walk down the hall when a strange teenaged guy who wasn't looking where he was going ran right into her and made her drop her books. "Sorry" he said as he went on his way.
Rose knew she had seen that face before, but he was gone before she could talk to him. "Could that really be Klaus Baudelaire or am I just losing it?" she wondered as she drove home. Klaus Baudelaire had been her best friend until his parents were killed in a fire that burned their entire house to the ground. Klaus and his sisters, Violet and Sunny, were moved from one family to the next and got into some trouble and for some odd reason were accused of murder, but Rose knew that that wasn't true. She had known them since she was three and knew very well that they would never do something like that. Unfortunately, she was the only one that knew it wasn't true. It seemed like everyone had turned on them for no reason at all, even her own parents thought they were murderers. That was one of the reasons they decided to move from that city.
"How could this be?" she asked herself as she walked into the house. She wondered why Klaus didn't recognize her and where the girls were, but her thoughts were interrupted by a certain person that drives her insane.
"Well, well, the princess returns from the royal high school." said her annoying, girl-chasing, older brother.
"Well, if it isn't the annoying court jester who should be away learning how to read." she snapped.
"That's enough you two." Rose's mom, Anna Stevens said from the kitchen.
"He started it." Rose said giving her brother a mean look.
"Oh, and you never start it." said Alex.
"You two are too old for this kind of fighting" said their father, Henry Stevens
"Whatever" Rose and Alex said at the same time.
"Rose don't you have some homework to do?" her mother asked
"Not today" Rose replied.
"Well, go do something to occupy yourself until dinner is ready" said her father
"Like what?" she asked.
"Go practice your guitar or something like that. I don't care just stop fighting with your brother." He was beginning to get angry so Rose did as she was told and went to her room. She knew better than to make him angry after what happened a few weeks ago.
She picked up here guitar and started playing. As she softly played, she soon decided that she needed to talk to Klaus and find out what happened when he and his sisters left. She also wanted to see if she could help them or at least see them again. They were like family to her. When they were taken away, it broke her heart. Her parents wouldn't let her see them after the fire for some stupid reason which made things even worse. Now, she was going to see them whether they liked it or not, but they were never going to find out what she was up to.
"Rose it's time for dinner!" her mother called from downstairs. She looked at the clock and realized she had no idea how much time had past.
"Rose, come on!" Alex shouted.
"I'm coming!" she replied as she ran downstairs.
"So what's for dinner?" Henry asked when Rose sat down at the table. The Stevens always had to have dinner in the fancy dining room every day or Anna would throw a fit. Rose always thought this was a little ridiculous, but she knew better than to say something for fear of getting in trouble. Unfortunately, that's not the worst part. The worst part is the fact that Anna Stevens is a vegetarian and therefore only cooks meatless dishes that were always really gross.
After the meatless dinner of who-knows-what, Rose went up to her room for some alone time to think about how she would approach Klaus the next day. She thought about this for a few hours until she fell into a deep sleep.
Tonight, she had that dream again that she'd been having for as long as she could remember. In this dream, she saw a small girl playing with a rag doll. A woman was sitting in a chair watching the child play. The woman had bright, red hair and beautiful, brown eyes that stared lovingly at the little girl. Soon a man walked into the room which made the little girl look up and smile. She ran to the man and jumped into his arms. He kissed her cheek and placed a leather necklace on her neck. On this necklace was a ring that was way too big to fit on the child's finger, but she still liked it. "I love you, darling" the man whispered into the little girl's ear.
Rose hated this dream. The little girl had parents who actually loved her, Rose didn't have that. The Stevens never once told her that they loved her. Sure, they hugged her on some occasions and paid for food, clothes, guitar and fencing lessons, but never once actually said 'I love you' to her. Every time that dream was played in her head, she wanted to scream. Timothy and Beatrice Baudelaire were the closest thing she had to parents. They cared about what happened to her. When she broke her leg, Beatrice was the one that drove her to the hospital. When the Stevens went on a business trip (which happened a lot) Rose stayed with the Baudelaires. When she was in the school play, the Baudelaires were the ones that showed up. Now she had nobody and that dream felt like a kick in the gut.
"Please just stop" Rose said. She couldn't help but cry. She just wanted to be loved by people who actually cared.
They next day, she waited impatiently for the bell to ring. After what felt like days, the stupid thing rang. She waited patiently outside and until Klaus finally came out of the building. She slowly followed him to his car which actually wasn't that far from hers. As he was trying to unlock the stubborn door, she slowly walked up to him.
"Hey" was all she could say at the moment.
"What is it you want?" he asked in an annoyed tone.
She seemed offended at his tone of voice, "Well I was trying to talk to an old friend, but with that kind of tone, I don't think I want to talk to you now." She snapped. As she turned to leave, Klaus grabbed her arm.
"Who are you?" he asked. He didn't seem mean. He just seemed like he was being protective of his true identity.
"I was your next door neighbor until you and your sisters were taken away, your best friend since we were three, and probably the only person who doesn't believe that you and your siblings are murderers." Rose explained impatiently.
Klaus just stared at her for a moment and then it clicked. "Rose Stevens?" he asked.
"Took you long enough to figure that out" she replied.
He pulled her into a hug which somewhat surprised her, "It's so good to see you" he said.
"It's good to see you to" she said as he let go of her.
"I'm sorry I didn't recognize you." said Klaus with a smile. He looked overjoyed to see his best friend after five years.
"If it makes you feel better, it took me a minute to recognize you yesterday when you bumped into me." She said with a smile as well.
"I'm sorry about that. I guess we both changed a lot."
Klaus chuckled at bit, "How are you?" Klaus asked as he looked at my face.
"I'm fine." She replied although that look on her face told Klaus a whole different story. He wasn't going to go on about it because he knew exactly what was wrong.
"So how are the girls?" Rose asked trying to change the subject.
"They're fine." He replied still gazing at her face. He had a hint of sympathy in his eyes because he already knew what she wasn't telling him.
"Well, that's good to know. I should probably get going." She said as she turned to leave, but Klaus didn't want her to go just yet.
"Rose, wait" he said, "Are you doing anything today?"
"Actually, I'm not" she replied.
"Would you like to come to the house and see the girls?" he said while giving her the pleading look he used to pull on her all the time.
She hated it when he did that. Still, she wasn't going to turn down this offer. I mean they were still like family to her even if it had been a while since she'd seen them. She really wanted to see how much Sunny had grown and Violet was probably a full-grown woman by now. So, she turned to Klaus and smiled, "I accept your offer".
Author's notes: I know it's a little boring right now, but keep reading. It'll get a whole lot better.