Author note

Not sure what to call this, but well the idea came to me and I had to write it. It's been a few years since I've dabbled in writing anything so I'm likely a tad rusty. Please forgive any errors as this is completely unbetad.

Swan Queen AU set in a world that's not quite ours.

Disclaimer: None of the characters belong to me and no profit is being made from this endeavour.

Part 1

Emma Swan frowned as she stared at the lone cupcake sitting on her kitchen table. The candle she had bought was ridiculously oversized in comparison, totally overwhelming the tiny cupcake. She glared for a few more seconds, her nose wrinkling at the smell of the frosting.

"This is stupid".

She was certainly well past the age where birthday wishes meant anything, and given her condition, past the stage where birthdays themselves meant anything. Her hand closed around the cupcake, fully intending to crush it, but she paused at the last second.

"Oh what the hell". She picked up the lighter instead and set the candle alight. Emma closed her eyes, her lips moving soundlessly, before she drew a breath and blew out the candle.

The flame had barely flickered out of existence, when there was a knock on the door.

Emma froze, her head rotating towards the door. She grimaced and immediately stopped breathing. It had been over a week, and a glance in the mirror earlier that day had shown how dark her eyes currently were.

She was tempted to ignore the knocking, but it only became more insistent to the point where it was going to annoy her neighbours. The last thing Emma needed was extra attention of any kind. She glided to the door and flung it open.

"What the f.."She broke off in shock. Of all the things she expected to see, a kid was certainly the last thing she would have picked to find at her door at this hour of the night.

The kid looked up at her, his face breaking out into a cautious smile. "Are you Emma Swan?"

Emma frowned not really liking the fact that the kid knew her name" Yes I am."

The kid's smile became brilliant. "Cool. I'm Henry. I'm your son."