Because i forgot to mention it in the last chapter...Jefferson's words to Regina, "Uh oh you're coming unglued..." from Diablo by Simon Curtis
"Hello?" Kat shut the front door behind her waiting to hear her cousin's voice. "Henry? Regina?"
"I'm upstairs," came Henry's voice to her relief. "I'll be down in a sec."
Kat smiled. "I'll make us some lunch," she called up to him.
Walking into the kitchen, Kat began to pull things out to make grilled cheese sandwiches and soup. As she began to toast the bread, she noticed an apple sitting on the counter. Looking out the kitchen window she saw that Regina's tree still looked like it was on the verge of collapsing. So where had this apple come from? She picked up the apple and brought it up to her nose.
It smelled so fresh. Like it had just been picked from a sunny orchard. It was wonderful. Kat could practically see the apple tree, branches swaying in a summer breeze.
"Rose put that down!" Henry ran into the kitchen.
"I'm not Rose anymore kiddo. Spell wore off." She twirled the apple in her hands. "And what's up with you? It's just an apple."
"No it's not! It's one of the queen's poisoned ones! I didn't think she had any left. Clearly I underestimated her."
Kat laughed and ruffled his hair. "You're so dramatic sometimes." Henry pushed her hand away with a serious look. "What are you going to tell me this is the apple that put Snow White to sleep?"
She shook her head. "Don't be ridiculous. Look Regina's already taken a bite. It's not poisoned. See?"
Kat brought the apple to her mouth and closed her teeth around it. Henry's eyes widened in horror.
As she began to chew, a funny feeling crept up her throat. It was a tingling kind of feeling, the kind you get when soda goes down the wrong way. Kat's brow furrowed as she tried to cough out the piece of apple but it wouldn't come up. Breathing became harder, her coughing more violent.
Kat reached up to her throat with a trembling hand. Gasping for air she could feel herself begin to sink to the floor. The image of a helpless Henry standing there with tears streaming down his face burned into her eyes. She didn't want him to see her dying, not like this.
Finally Kat fell to the ground, the apple rolling out of her limp fingers.
Emma ran through the hospital. Finally she found Henry standing off to the side while the EMTs and nurses tried to revive Kat. Upon seeing Emma, Henry ran to her and sobbed.
"I couldn't stop her in time. She ate the poisoned apple and I couldn't do anything."
Emma hugged him tightly as tears of her own went down her cheeks. Oh God this couldn't be happening. Kat was barely twenty-two. She couldn't die now. Not this young. Her friend, her family. Her family. Emma shoved all her doubts to the side. Kat was her family, this town was her home, and it needed saving. She pulled Henry back and knelt down to look at him.
"Henry sweetie," she said in a watery voice. "I need to know. In the stories is this ever supposed to happen to Rose Red?" He shook his head. "Is there any cure for the poison apple?"
"I don't know. I..I can't remember…"
She nodded. "It's okay. Do you have your story book?" She shook his head.
"All I have is the apple."
Emma looked down to see it. Two bites had been taken. Only one from Kat. She reached down and took hold of the apple. As she did a wave of realization came over her. Images of Snow and James' wedding, Rose walking in the gardens, Snow and Rose laughing together, Snow holding a baby in her arms, James fighting to protect his daughter, the royal family huddled together as Regina's curse came down upon them.
Emma gasped, tears coming faster. Henry watched as truth came into her eyes.
"You believe now," he whispered. Emma slowly stood, apple in her hand.
Just then Regina came bounding around the corner. A nurse stopped her from running into the room.
"That's my niece! Please. That's my…my poor girl! Please save her," begged the woman.
"Please Madame Mayor we are doing all we can," confirmed the nurse.
Regina back away, hand over her mouth, as she looked at her step-daughter with watery eyes. Emma gripped the apple tightly as rage filled her. She stomped over to Regina and pushed her against a wall.
"This is your fault! You killed her!"
Regina could see the realization in Emma and didn't find. "It wasn't meant for her! It was meant for you!" Emma released Regina. "I would never hurt her."
"Save her," demanded Emma.
"I can't," Regina confessed as tears began to fall. "I don't have any more magic to release her. Jefferson and I used all that was left."
Then suddenly it dawned on Emma. She knew what had to be done. Of course! Why didn't she remember sooner? Emma ordered for Henry to stay in the hospital until she got back. Before leaving, the savior walked over to the evil queen.
"You better hope my plan works," she growled. "Or I will make sure whatever life you have is hell."
Now where was that mad man?
Mary and David came running into the hospital at the same time. The doctor came out just as they got there. He announced that they had stabilized Kat but it didn't look like she would survive the night if they didn't find some kind of cure.
Mary Margaret turned to David. He wrapped his arms around her as she cried into his shoulder. Regina let out a long sigh as Henry went past the doctor and to his cousin's bedside. He sat on the bed and held her hand. David came in soon after. He stood by Henry's side.
"I don't want her to die," he confessed to David.
David put an arm around the boy. "None of us do Henry. But the doctors are doing all they can." He could feel the distress rolling off the boy. "C'mon why don't we get some food from the cafeteria."
Henry hesitantly let go of her hand and slid off the bed. Before leaving, David bent down and pressed a kiss to Kat's forehead. Mary Margaret came in as they walked out. She gave David a grateful smile for looking after Henry. Coming over to the bed she took Henry's place.
She took Kat's hand and held it to her cheek. "Please don't leave us Kat. We need you. We love you so much. Please…my sister. Please don't leave me. Family needs to stick together right? Come back to us."
Hoping her words would get some kind of response, Mary looked to the monitors but there was no change. She kissed the girl's hand and set it back down on the bed but did not leave her side. She began to hum some tune for a little before putting words to it.
"So don't you dare look out your window," she began to sing, "darling everything is on fire. The war outside our door keeps raging on. Hold on to this lullaby, even when music is gone. Just close your eyes, the sun is going down. You'll be alright, no one can hurt you now. Come morning light, you and I'll be safe and sound."
Jefferson walked through the park, hands in his pant pockets. He hopped Regina would keep her end of the bargain and would deliver this new life. He couldn't wait to have his daughter and love back. Though he did feel bad that it involved harming Emma. Though she was a pain in the ass, she was the one who set him free from that prison. Because of her he was able to touch, kiss, talk to Kat instead of just watch her from a telescope.
"Shit," he sighed. What had he done? How could he be so stupid? Here Emma had given him all this and he turned his back on her. Jefferson knew what he had to do. He had to tell Regina to go straight to hell and take the apple back and destroy it.
He would mend things with Kat, because he did truly love her. If he could have her living in the house with him and keep an eye on Grace from there then that was all he needed. As he headed out of the park, he saw Emma coming towards him. Oh thank God Regina hadn't used the apple yet.
"Emma," he greeted as she came closer.
"You son of a bitch you helped her didn't you?" she yelled.
"Helped her do what?" Emma slapped him with all her might.
"The apple! You helped her get it to kill me!"
"It wasn't going to kill you Emma," Jefferson said as a stinging red hand print became visible on his cheek. "It was just supposed to put you to sleep."
She shook her head. "Kat took a bite of it. She is dying Jefferson! Rose is dying!"
He shook his head, eyes widening. "No," he said quietly. "No, no, no…she told me…Kat wasn't supposed to…Rosy…No."
Emma began to pound on his chest like a five year old in a tantrum. "You son of a bitch! You stupid jerk! How could you let this happen? This is your fault!"
Jefferson stood there and let her attack him. After a few minutes he began to wrap his arms around her. Emma's words slurred into sobbing and she eventually let him hug her. Her face buried against his chest she cried. His own tears fell from his emerald eyes.
"I hate you," Emma mumbled into his chest.
"I know." He took her face between his hands. "This is my fault Emma. I let my weakness for Kat and my daughter show. Regina knows my mind is broken and she knows how to use it against me. But I won't let Kat die. I promise."
"You're the only one who can save her Jefferson. True love's kiss."
He shook his head. "No Emma."
"Yes. I accept that I am the savior. And this is me saving her. I can't do anything else now. It's up to you."
He shook his head again. "This is a curse Emma. True love's kiss isn't going to work. Gold said…"
"I don't care what he said! It will work."
She held his hand as they walked through the hospital. Coming around the corner Emma found her parents, her son, and the evil queen outside the princess's room. She walked past them all with Jefferson and into the room. Just as they went inside, Page and her parents came around the corner. The little girl went directly to Henry.
She gave him a hug. "Sorry about your cousin Henry."
"Thanks Page. But I think everything is going to be alright." He looked into the room where Emma and the Hatter stood by the bed. "True love's kiss will fix everything. Don't know why I didn't think of it before."
The two children watched. Emma bent down and moved the girl's hair out of her face.
"You were right. I believe now." She sniffed and tried to smile. "Family sticks together. You need to come back Rose."
She pressed a kiss to her forehead before standing back for Jefferson. He came up to the beside and sat down. He stroked her hair and leaned closer to her.
"I'm so sorry. I never should have let this happen to you." He shook his head. "I was so desperate to get Rose back and never realized she was always with me. She's right here in you Kat. You have every right to be pissed at me. But I love you so much. You are my happily ever after and I need you. I am broken and I don't know how to fix myself. I'm only happy when I have you next to me. I love you Rosy."
He leaned in and kissed her. A kind of light rippled from their lips, a wave rushing from the room and into the whole town. Every person felt the wave hit them, memories rushing back to them, a weight lifted off the town. Emma looked around as people began to wake up. Regina came into the room with wide eyes. Jefferson slowly pulled away, lips lingering.
For a moment he was worried it hadn't worked. Then finally she let out a gasp as her eyes fluttered open. He smiled as her gaze rested upon him.
"Hatter." He let out a laugh and kissed her again. "You saved me."
He let a wide smile come to his face. "Yeah after I helped the queen almost kill the savior."
She shook her head. "You're mad."
"We're all mad here."
"Can't be helped," she finished.
"Rose." The girl looked to Emma. She sat up and smiled. Jefferson moved so they could hug.
"You saved us. Emma you did it."
Emma pulled back. "I had a lot of help."
Rose looked to see Snow and James. They held onto each other smiling and crying in happiness. Henry stood by them with his own smile. Finally Rose's eyes came to Regina.
"If I were you, your majesty, I would find a place to hide," Emma said as nurses and doctors came in, all remembering who they truly were.
Regina headed for the door but paused. "Rose…"
She looked at the girl, surrounded by her family and people that loved her. Unable to speak, Regina fled the hospital.
"Papa!" Grace came bursting through the door and ran to her father. Jefferson scooped her up and twirled her around in his arms. "I've missed you," she said before planting a kiss on his cheek.
Jefferson smiled and brought her over to the bed. "I've missed you too my dearest Grace. I'm never letting you go again."
He kissed her cheek over and over as he sat down by Rose again. Grace smiled upon seeing the princess and flung her arms around Rose's neck. Finally the three of them were back together.
He couldn't stop smiling. Finally Grace had all the toys she could ever want. She had a proper tea set and would never want for anything. He had her and his Rose in the house that was always meant for them. The three of them ran around the house and the backyard laughing, playing, hugging, and enjoying being together.
After diner, the three of them rested on the couch. Grace had her head on a pillow on Rose's lap while Jefferson wrapped an arm around Rose's shoulder. She leaned against him never feeling more in love than she did at that moment. She hummed her mother's old lullaby as she stroked Grace's hair.
"And they lived happily ever after," Jefferson said before placing a kiss on Rose's head. She looked to him, smiled, and kissed him.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope everyone liked this story! You've all given me great support and I truly appreciate it. I'm sorry this came to an end but every fairytale needs a good ending right?
Again hope you enjoyed and write on!