A/N: New fandoms usually make me nervous, but since I'm pretty sure I'm so late to this party that nobody will read this fic, I feel fine about posting it! lol With thanks to my lovely 10th Kingdom beta, westwingwolf.
(Disclaimer: The 10th Kingdom and all its recognisable characters belongs to Simon Moore, Hallmark, and other folks that aren't me)
1. The First Night Back
They had been sitting on the bridge for a full half hour just looking out at the New York skyline. It was hard for Virginia to believe that she was home at last, and though she really hadn't been gone all that long in relative terms, it felt like a life time given all that had happened. Her long-lost mother was finally at peace; her father was still in the 4th Kingdom, finding a place in the world that made him happy; and here sat Virginia herself, beside a man who wanted to marry her, and apparently with his baby growing inside her. It was insane, beyond insane, and just thinking about it made her laugh out loud.
"Did I miss a joke?" asked Wolf nervously, looking around for signs of anything his dreamy, creamy fiancée might have found amusing.
"No," she assured him. "No, no jokes," she promised him, leaning over to put her head on his shoulder, glad enough when his arm crept around her back to hold her close. "It's just everything that's happened, it just occurred to me how crazy it seems. I mean, just a couple of weeks ago I was an ordinary girl with an ordinary waitressing job and nothing much to look forward to..."
"You were never ordinary, my sweet Virginia," Wolf promised her faithfully, nuzzling his nose into her hair.
She took his words as a sweet compliment, but at the same time she felt the gravity and truth of them. The daughter of the vessel that carried the original Wicked Step-Mother's evil power was hardy a normal person. Her destiny had been written since she was a little girl, and she had played a major role in bringing peace to the 9 Kingdoms. Now, here she was back in her own home, the 10th Kingdom as the people called it, and she was going to have to learn to be kind of ordinary all over again.
"Y'know, I couldn't be happier that you're here," she told Wolf, bringing her head up off his shoulder to meet his eyes. "Honestly, when we first met, I did not see this coming, even when you insisted it was destined and a done deal," she laughed lightly, "but are you sure about your decision to... to be with me?" she checked, almost afraid of the answer.
"Virginia, this is where I'm supposed to be," he reminded her of words he'd said a hundred times before in the past days that they had got to know one another. "I come from a place that believes strongly in destiny and in true love," he explained. "When I met you, the very first moment I laid eyes on you, I knew this was it. You and me were supposed to be together, we are, and we will be forever. Wolves mate for life," he reminded her, leaning in to kiss the end of her nose.
"I know. I understand that," she nodded, "but you made a big sacrifice coming here with me," she told him what he must already realise. "I mean, this place is so different to what you left behind. We don't have wolves here, at least there is no other wolf like you".
"Well, I am a very singular guy," he told her with a grin.
"You know that's not what I meant," she rolled her eyes, but smiled all the same because she just couldn't help herself. "It's going to be a big adjustment for you. We can't just run around using magic beans and sleeping in the forest," she shook her head. "We have to act like normal people. Get jobs, make money, raise this baby," she explained, her hand going to her middle as she spoke of the child he swore was growing inside her already.
"I can be normal," Wolf shrugged easily, though the way he scratched at his temple the very next moment proved otherwise. "Besides, even though there's stuff we have to do here, it doesn't mean we still can't do what we want sometimes," he told her. "I mean, like, right now. What do you wanna do, right now?" he asked her.
Virginia wasn't sure what to say to that. She wasn't sure about anything much at all right now, except for the fact she loved Wolf and didn't want to ever be without him. She giggled as she watched him leap back over onto the bridge and turned herself around to do the same, hopping down into his waiting arms.
"I don't know, I... honestly?" she considered. "Right now, I want to... I want to run around Central Park cheering because I'm back here, and because I'm with you," she admitted, knowing it sounded silly, hoping he didn't think she was too crazy to live with after this.
"Virginia," he whispered, his hands at her face, prompting her to open her eyes which she had hardly noticed she closed when she was speaking before. "That is the best idea I ever heard," he told her, planting a kiss on her lips.
The next moment he had a hold of her hand and they were running full pelt off the bridge, down in amongst the trees. They came out into the open, yelling and cheering, howling at the barely-there moon high above their heads, and laughing like kids at how crazy everything was and would probably always be. They spun in circles until Virginia was sure she would fall down, but she never did stumble, because Wolf was there to hold her steady, to catch her when she fell, just as he promised her faithfully that day in Kissing Town.
"I am so, so happy to be home," she told him, giddy both from the spinning around and from finally feeling as if she understood what it was to be happy, content, in love.
"The tenth kingdom does have its perks," he agreed, running his fingers through her short hair. "If I never came here, I never would've found you, my beautiful succulent Virginia," he told her, pulling her in closer and holding on tight, his lips attacking her neck and making her giggle then sigh happily.
Things were not going to be straight-forward here. Whilst this real world of hers, did not have swamp queens or trolls or black magic to hurt them, it had a multitude of other evils lurking in the dark. Coming back here meant money troubles, working normal jobs for low pay, struggling to keep an apartment, and minding the law that would arrest Virginia's own father the moment he returned.
"No magic here," she whispered in the dark to no-one in particular, though of course Wolf heard her and reacted immediately.
"What? No magic in the 10th Kingdom?" he echoed her thoughts with shock. "Virginia, have you learnt nothing on our adventures together?" he asked her, spinning her out of his arms in a perfect twirl and back into them as dramatically.
She collided softly with his chest and stared up at him with questioning eyes, unsure what he was getting at.
"It's true, there is no magic of the kind you mean. No spells or dusts or potions exactly," he agreed. "But what we have is the most powerful magic in all the ten kingdoms," he told her definitely. "We have true love," he smiled.
If any other guy she had ever known said such a thing to her, Virginia might have thought it the corniest thing in the world. She would have laughed in their face and thought it was the lamest line ever uttered. Now she knew better. Now she had Wolf, and she understood that true love really did exist and just exactly what it felt like.
"You're right," she nodded slowly. "We do have the most powerful magic there is," she agreed, leaning up to kiss his lips.
Passers-by saw them and probably assumed they were just another couple out on a date in Central Park. Some might think she was a fool to trust a man out in the dark like this, and others may find it was all very sweet and romantic. Only Wolf and Virginia knew the truth, that they were the luckiest two people in the whole of ten kingdoms, because they had found each other, fulfilled their density, and had a whole glorious life spread out in front of them to enjoy in this the world they would call home for now, the fabulous not-so-mythical 10th Kingdom.