A/N: Hello my darling readers! So I just had a Swan Princess marathon and I forgot how much I love these movies so I decided to write a fanfic about it. I'm sorry if the summary is bad and confusing…im really bad at them…but I hope you'll get the hang of it as the story goes on. So here is my first chapter and I hope everyone enjoys it! Please review whether it's good or bad…I love hearing the input! Happy reading!
Chapter 1: The Beginning of a Family
"Bridget will you please let me in? I want to her," Derek pleaded to the small woman guarding the door to Odette's room.
"No can do Prince Prince," She said with remorse. "Princess very ill and does not want to be disturbed," She explained then began to close the door in his face.
"Well when can I see her?" Derek asked.
Bridget paused in thought. "Me thinks Princess will be better by tomorrow, but we'll see. Good night Prince Derek," She said with a slight bow before returning to the room.
Derek sighed and began to pace the hallway. He didn't understand why Odette kept getting sick. One moment she'd be smiling and well, then the next she would be rushing out of the room about to vomit.
"Everything alright Derek?" The prince looked up to see his trusted councilor, Rogers standing before him.
"It's Odette, Rogers. I'm worried about her," Derek said.
"Oh not to worry old chap. Odette is tough. She'll be up on her feet in no time," Rogers said with a smile, patting him on the back. "As for you, the new armor has arrived and needs your inspection,"
Derek nodded. "Right. Let's go," He said and followed Rogers, looking back towards Odette's room. Be strong Odette. You'll be better soon.
The next day, when Derek awoke, he decided to go for a nice ride to clear his head. He stepped outside the castle into the bright morning sun. Inhaling the fresh, moist air, Derek headed for the stables.
"Good morning everyone," He said to the sleepy horses as he hauled the barn door open. He walked over to his chocolate brown horse who stared at him groggily. He gave the horse a pat on the nose then starting bringing his tack into the stall. The horse's eyes widened and he reared back, shaking his head.
Derek chuckled. "Aw c'mon buddy. We'll go for a short one, I promise," He said calmly then began to place the saddle on the animal's back.
Silence then filled the barn. Derek's thoughts drifted to Odette. He wondered if she was awake yet and how she was doing. Derek wanted to do something for his wife and he then got the idea to get her a nice bundle of flowers. It wasn't much and kind of cliché, but he knew she would enjoy them.
Once his horse was tacked, Derek led him out of the barn. He stopped and gazed up towards Odette's bedroom window, thinking that he should just stay home and take care of her.
"What are you staring at?" Came a familiar voice bedside him. Derek looked down to meet the smiling face of Odette. Her face was pale and ill-looking but her eyes dazzled with happiness in the sunlight. Her long, blonde hair was pulled to the side in a braid and she wore a ratted, green dress. Derek noticed a slight bump forming around her slender figure. It didn't matter thought; she still was as beautiful as ever.
Derek smiled and pulled her into his arms. He leaned in for a kiss but she stopped him. "Not now Derek. I'm still not feeling well," She whispered.
"Then why are you out here?" He questioned, letting her go.
Odette smiled again and slipped her hand through his. "I wanted to talk to you, but I can see you're off somewhere," She said, shifting her gaze to Derek's horse.
"Oh it's nowhere important. We can talk; besides he's not really in the mood for riding anyway," Derek said.
"Are you sure?" She asked thoughtfully.
Derek nodded and squeezed her hand. "Absolutely," They then turned and walked back to the barn hand in hand.
After putting his horse away and feeding him some apples, Derek and Odette headed back towards the castle. "So, what did you want to talk about?" He asked her.
"Let's go for a walk," Odette said quietly.
Derek shrugged and took her hand. They slowly walked side by side in silence. After a few moments, they reached the area of Swan Lake where Derek had first seen Odette's swan transformation. Odette let go of his hand and walked to the edge of the lake.
Derek stayed where he was, sensing something was not right. "Odette?" He said then walked up behind her. "Are you alright?" He put a strong hand on her shoulder.
Staring at her reflection in the water, Odette didn't answer him for a while; she had begun to relive the haunting memories of being Rothbart's prisoner.
"Odette?" Derek said again.
Odette jumped, shaking out of her thoughts. She turned and faced Derek. She sighed. "Derek…I…" She began but then stopped. She didn't know how to tell him the news. It was wonderful news, but could also be tragic at the same time.
"What's wrong?" He asked, wiping a small tear from her cheek. Odette took his hand and placed it gently on the bump forming in her stomach.
"Tell me. What do you feel?" She said in a serious tone. Derek looked at her confused and opened his mouth to say something but she stopped him. "Just tell me. Please,"
Derek took a deep breath and closed his eyes. For a second, he felt nothing. Then suddenly, he felt a nudge against his hand. He gasped quietly and his eyes bolted open. Words escaped his mouth when he felt the nudge again. It all made sense now; Odette's lack of energy and constant nausea, her appetite changing all of the time. She was with child. "Odette…" He whispered. "Is it…?"
"Yes," She said, smiling and placed a hand on his cheek. "We're going to be parents. I'm sure this time,"
Derek gave her a soft smile, remembering Odette's previous pregnancy. She had lost their baby 3 months in; it was devastating for both of them. "Are you positive?" He asked. He couldn't bare it if his wife lost another child.
"Yes Derek. I am," She said with certain. She put both hands on his face. "I know what you're thinking, and I did too. But Derek, I'm certain that we'll be able to keep this one," She said smiling.
Derek put his hand on top of hers, the slid them down her arms. "If you're sure…then that's wonderful!" He said and lifted her off the ground and twirled her in a circle. Despite her being ill, he planted his lips on hers.
When they parted Derek stared at her with a loving smile. "Odette, you have no idea how happy this makes me. We're going to have a family,"
Odette returned the smile and leaned against his chest. "I know. It's wonderful," She said quietly. "Wait until your mother finds out, she'll be ecstatic,"
Derek chuckled. "Yes, she will be," He then could feel Odette go slightly limp in his arms. "C'mon, let's get you home," He said.
Odette kept a hold of his hand as they walked back to the castle. "I love you Derek," She said.
"I love you too Odette. I promise, I will be the best father I can be for our child," He vowed.
"I know you will," She said smiling, giving his hand a squeeze.
6 months later
"Derek! Oooo Derek where are ya?" Puffin the bird called as he flew through the kingdom, searching for the prince. It was mid- December, not a good day for flying, and Puffin could feel his wings going stiff.
He flew beside a giant window of the castle library and spotted Derek, lounging in a chair with a book. "There ya are!" Puffin said with excitement and headed into the castle.
Nearly buzzing into servants, Puffin finally burst into the library. "Derek! Prince Derek!" He shouted, approaching the prince.
Startled, Derek looked away from his book. "Puffin, what is?" He asked.
"It's…Odette…" He said, nearly out of breath. "Ye' got ter' come quick,"
"Odette!" Derek slammed his book shut and raced out of the library with Puffin close at his heels.
As soon as Derek approached the hallway that led to Odette's bedroom, He could here her tormented screams. "Odette!" He cried and ran quickly to the door. He shook the door handle, only to find it locked. He pounded on the wood. "Odette!" He yelled again. "Puffin! What's going on?" He said, glaring at the bird.
"She's givin' birth lad, but it's not lookin' too good," Puffin replied.
Derek began to breathe heavily when he heard yet another scream from the room. He leaned against the wall and slid down to the ground. "You're gonna' be okay Odette," He whispered, fighting back his attacking tears.
Puffin landed on the Prince's knee and smiled at him. "Don't worry Derek. If I know Odette at all, she will fight through this. No fear!"
"I swear if I hear that phrase ever again, I will ring your neck out," Derek and Puffin turned to see Jean-Bob the frog and Speed the turtle approach them. "It drives me insane!" Jean-Bob said angrily.
"C'mon Jean-Bob, lighten up," Speed said. "Right now we need to concentrate on Odette,"
"That's right. Your grudges on me can wait till later," Puffin chuckled and landed next to them.
Derek smiled at the trio then gazed up at the door, waiting for it to open.
A/N: ok, personally, not my best work. I think I just needed a place to start and my brain wasn't really working too well. But it'd be great if I could get some feedback from you guys! I promise it will get better!