Um...hey guys. It's been awhile...Words cannot describe how HORRIBLE I feel for taking FOREVER to update this! I feel sick about it all the time...Anyways I had the worst writer's block in the history of blocks. Then my muse came back finally after The Outsider and I was busy with my rep show and then I got grounded...and then homework. And I'm actually still grounded...but my mom is at conferences for my sister for like another half-hour, giving me time to post. Okay enough of my horrendous rant...Enjoy!
PS: This does take place a month later, it needed to for the sake of moving things along. The FTL present-day storyline basically followed the show except for the fact that Henry and Graham and Philip were there as well. Cora still showed up, Hook and Emma climbed the beanstalk and got the compass. The only difference was Hook took them to the Castle for the wardrobe so Cora could get the ashes. If y'all want, I will add in scattered flashbacks about what went on.
Okay now read. :)
1 Month Later
"Alright Snow, if you and James can just fill out these forms then we will be all clear to start the ultrasound," Doc said handing a clipboard to Snow. Snow accepted the clipboard and pen and started to fill out the forms. Doc turned to James. "There was something you wanted to talk about, correct Sire?" he asked.
James nodded. "Yes, could we go out in the hall for a moment?"
"Of course, we'll be right back Snow," Doc said. Snow nodded and she continued to fill out the form. Doc opened the door and led James into the hall. "How can I help you, Sire?"
James chuckled, "It's just James, Doc. I was just wondering about Doctor Whale, do you know who he is? I have mixed feelings about him." James felt as if Snow was hiding something from him is actually what he wanted to say.
Doc chuckled. "He gives many people that feeling, Sire. Why don't we walk for a moment, go get come coffee for Snow," he suggested. James nodded and followed him down the hallway.
The door to Snow's room opened. She looked up from the finished paperwork. "Goodness Charming you two took forever!" she exclaimed.
"Oh no sorry, it's me, hello Mary Margaret," Dr. Whale said.
Snow sighed. She hadn't exactly talked with Dr. Whale since the curse broke because of the one night stand that had happened during the curse before Emma had shown up to Storybrooke. "Dr. Whale, I didn't realize you were doing my ultrasound."
He chuckled casually, "Oh no, I'm not. I just wanted to stop by and say hello. Also, don't worry; I won't mention anything to your husband about what happened during the curse. I'll admit that I enjoyed what happened, but now, knowing who we all are, I feel bad. I apologize for what we did. Your secret's safe with me."
"Who are you Whale?" Snow asked curiously. "You're not from my kingdom, I know that."
Dr. Whale sat down on the stool and scooted towards the bed Snow sat on. "That, Mary Margaret, is a discussion for another time. Now," he stood up, "if you'll excuse me, there's some...ah, business I need to attend to. I'll see you around, Mary Margaret." He nodded and opened the door.
"Dr. Whale?" James asked.
Snow threw her head back in frustration. There was no way she was going to be able to push back the conversation of the one-night stand any longer now.
"David, I was just leaving, good luck, with the sonogram," Dr. Whale said quickly. He walked down the hallway and James and Doc came back into the room.
"Why was he in here?" James questioned his wife.
"No reason, here's the paperwork, Doc," Snow changed the subject, thrusting the clipboard in Doc's direction. She shot her husband a look that said: Later. We'll talk about this later.
Doc took the clipboard slowly and set it down. He sat down on the stool and turned on the sonogram machine. "Alright, Snow, James, are you ready to see your child?" he asked cautiously, sensing the tension in the room between husband and wife.
James let out a deep breath and stood next to Snow. He kissed her head. "Of course, Doc. Thank you for doing this." Snow smiled and squeezed James' hand.
Doc pushed up his spectacles and grabbed the materials needed. "If you'll just lay down on the bed, Snow, we can get started." Snow lay back on the bed. "I'm going to put this gel on your stomach. And then we'll check out this little thing." Snow raised her shirt, allowing Doc to spread the cold gel on her stomach. He turned on the machine and started the ultrasound.
Snow held James' hand. "You ready Charming?"
James kissed her lips. "More than ready love."
Doc pointed to the picture on the screen. "There you are Your Highnesses. Your child."
Snow felt tears well up in her eyes. This was their second chance. A chance to rebuild their family. "Charming…" she whispered.
James held his wife close to her. "I know Snow, he's beautiful."
"He?" Snow asked, smirking.
"I have a hunch this time," James replied and winked.
"I just wish Emma and Henry were here," she told him sadly.
"As do I, as do I, but I have faith that she, Henry, and Graham will arrive home safely. We just need to keep having faith." James started to massage her shoulders gently while they continued to talk about the baby.
Doc smiled happily at the couple. He continued with the ultrasound, taking notes on the different measurements. He continued with the sonogram and paused suddenly, puzzled. "Um, Snow?" he asked, getting the couple's attention.
"Yes Doc?" Snow asked him.
Doc nodded towards the screen. "Look at the sonogram…"
Snow and James looked up.
They said the other's name at the same time. Snow and James looked at Doc, a joyful expression on Snow's face, and a terrified one on James'. "Is that what I think?" they asked him.
Doc nodded. "Yes. I believe so. Snow, you and King James are having twins."
James' face went sheet white and his knees went out from under him in shock.
There was a crash in the back room. "Rumple! Is everything alright?!" Belle exclaimed, looking up from her book.
"I did it! Belle, come quickly!" he called.
Belle marked her page and got up from her chair, hurrying into the back room of the pawn shop. "What is it?"
"I found him. I found where he is. I found Bae."
Belle's face brightened and she ran to him, wrapping her arms around his neck happily. "You found your son?!"
"His location at least," Rumple pointed to the globe-like contraption on the counter. "It's a locator spell, to a more extreme degree. I pricked my finger on this needle, and then the blood goes to the spot that Bae is. And according to this, he's in Maine."
"That's where we are isn't it?" Belle asked.
Rumple nodded. He took Belle's face in his hands and kissed her happily. "Do you realize what this means Belle? He's so close. I'm so close to findin' my boy."
Belle laughed and kissed him again. "Maybe he's coming to Storybrooke?" she suggested.
Rumple shook his head. "No, I don't think so, but if he is, that sure makes my job of finding a way to cross the border a whole lot easier. But enough planning, we can save that for tomorrow. We need to celebrate."
Belle smiled at him as an idea formed in her head. "I know the perfect place." She grabbed his hand and dragged him out of the shop. "Come on!"
Ten minutes later, Belle and Rumple walked into the library laughing. "You got me here Belle, sweetheart, now what on earth are we doing at the library?" Rumple asked.
Belle smirked and kissed him quickly. "I found something in the back." She led him to the back room and pushed one of the bookshelves to the side, revealing a staircase. "Check it out! A secret passage. And you'll never guess where it leads."
"Well, heavens sweetheart, lead the way," Rumple told her. Although he knew it led to the clock tower, he would rather let Belle 'surprise' him.
They walked up the stairs and entered the clock tower. There on the ground was a picnic blanket, two glasses, and a bottle of wine. "What do you think?" she asked nervously.
Rumple smiled and wrapped her in a hug. "It's perfect. How long have you been planning this? You couldn't have possibly known I'd find Bae today."
Belle bit her lip. "Well, that was just a coincidence. Ruby helped me plan this yesterday. I wanted to have a nice evening with you where we could just talk for a while, but with you finding Baelfire's location today; I thought we could just celebrate instead."
Rumple pushed a strand of hair from her face. "Here, let's sit down. We can still talk, Belle. What is it you want to talk about?" They sat down on the blanket and Rumple opened the bottle of wine, pouring the two of them a glass. He pulled Belle into his arms.
Belle took a deep breath. She wanted to ask him, she needed to ask him. "Have you…um, have you ever thought about a family? Not Baelfire, I mean. But marriage, and, um, children of our own…?" she asked softly.
Rumple stiffened. "Not particularly, no. Belle, are you with child?" He was worried of the answer, knowing what had happened several weeks ago.
"Oh heavens no! I just…well, I thought maybe someday, we could…you know, have children?" she suggested. Belle's face was red. She pushed herself away from him. "I…I'm sorry, it was silly, I shouldn't have asked."
Rumple laughed. "Oh Belle," he leaned forward and placed a hand on her cheek. "It wasn't silly at all, sweetheart. I just had never considered having a family again after I'd lost Bae. Now I have you though, and I almost have him again, and I've never wanted anything else more in the world than those two specific things. But now that you have brought up the subject of marriage and children I guess I do need to answer you."
Belle took a small sip of wine. "I'm listening."
He took his hand in hers and sighed. "The answer to your question, Belle, I believe, lies within yet another question. That said question being, are you willing to marry a man such as me? Because if you are," he paused and pulled out a box, "Then I am on board one hundred percent. And, if you want to have children, well, then so do I. Belle, I love you and want to do everything in the world to make you happy." He opened the box to reveal a diamond ring. "So if you are up for the crazy ride, will you marry me?"
Belle's hand went to her mouth. She let out a half-laugh, half-cry of shock.
She nodded. "Yes. Yes, Rumplestiltskin, I'll marry you." She held out her hand, allowing him to slide the ring onto her finger. Rumple pulled Belle back into his lap and kissed her tenderly.
He pulled away briefly. "You know, I think you're going to be a wonderful mother, whenever that time may be." Rumple bent his head over and placed another kiss on her lips.
Belle smiled against his lips. "I love you, Rumplestiltskin," she murmured.
Her eyelids closed slowly as they pulled away and Rumple cradled her against his chest. He stroked her hair gently as kissed her forehead as she yawned and snuggled into him. "Goodnight, sweetheart," he whispered. "I love you, too."
There were flames all around him. It was dark, yet also light. He was blinded, but could still somewhat see. He looked through the flames, there on the other side, was a woman in normal pajamas. She had short, raven black hair. He called out to her, tried numerous times to gain her attention. But the woman didn't hear him, for she too was searching, calling out. "Hey!" he called out. "HELLO! CAN YOU HEAR ME?!" he shouted over the flames. The woman looked in his direction. Her eyes widened as did his. He knew her. And she knew him. And they knew that this was the answer to everything.
"MOM!" Henry bolted up from his sleep in a cold sweat. He was shaking terribly. "Mom! Graham! Aurora? Philip?! MULAN! Someone wake up!"
"Henry!" Emma shouted. Instantly, she was at her son's side. "Sh, Kid, it was just a dream, go back to sleep."
"No. Mom, it wasn't a dream. We can get home now. We just need the ashes from Cora. I saw Grandma. She was there, in the fiery room. I talked to her, Mom! She and Gramps are fine, Regina is helping them try and find a way to get us back to Storybrooke," Henry told her excitedly.
Tears welled up in Emma's eyes. Home. It sounded so foreign to her now. Henry sounded crazy. But of course, after having dealt with ogres, giants, Captain Hook, enchanted compasses, magical wardrobes, ashes, and Cora the past month, he didn't sound too crazy anymore. She pulled her son into a hug. "Yeah, Kid, we can."
Graham groaned behind them. He sat up groggily. "Mm, morning."
Emma grabbed his hand. "Graham! You'll never believe what happened!"
He rubbed his eyes as everyone else around him started to wake up as well. "What happened, Emma?"
Henry smiled happily. "I had another nightmare. But this time, it was different! I saw someone."
"Your grandmother?" Aurora asked.
Henry's eyes widened. "Yeah…how'd you know?"
"I saw her as well. She told me that she hadn't been back to this 'netherworld'—she called it—in years. But somehow, tonight she arrived there when she went to sleep. She thinks it was fate that she came back there. She talked to Henry briefly but we had a long conversation. Your mother said she is going to talk to Rumplestiltskin today and we will meet back up tonight," Aurora told Emma smiling. She rested her head on Philip's shoulder, tired.
Philip nodded in agreement. "It's a plan then. Until then, what should we do?"
Mulan stood and drew her sword. "Do you hear that?" she asked. Everyone looked around in confusion.
"No I—" Emma and Aurora began to say at the same time.
Graham stood. "I hear it as well. Mulan, you and I will scout out the area, everyone else, stay put. We'll be back soon." He grabbed his bow and arrow and nodded to Mulan. Together, they hurried off in the direction of the noise.
Emma glared. She didn't enjoy Graham spending so much time with Mulan. Of course, she believed him when he said he didn't feel anything for her; of course, she believed Mulan as well, but even then, she felt the slightest bit jealous.
"Nothing Henry, I...everything's fine Kid," she ruffled his hair. "I'm going to go get us some food alright? Aurora, you want to help?"
Aurora nodded, knowing Emma needed some consoling. She squeezed Philip's hand and placed a quick kiss on his lips. "I'll be back, love."
The two walked off in the opposite direction of Mulan and Graham. "Philip," Henry started, sitting down next to the prince, "What's wrong with my mom?"
Philip ruffled the boy's hair and chuckled. "You'll find out when you're older young prince. Now, in the meantime, how about we see how your sword skills are coming." He stood and picked up two swords. "After all, you'll want to show your grandfather that you know how to use a sword when you get home, won't you?"
Henry grinned and accepted the outstretched sword. "Yeah!"
"Engard!" Philip shouted as they started to practice a duel.
1 month ago
"Philip?" Aurora asked. "Can we talk now?"
Philip motioned to the spot next to him. "Of course, love. What is it you want to know?"
Aurora crossed her arms. "What happened while I was asleep? Did something happen between you and Mulan?"
Philip sighed. "I…not…well…no, not exactly." He ran a hand through his hair.
"What do you mean, 'not exactly'?" she demanded.
Philip put his hands on her arms gently. "It didn't mean anything I swear. It was just once. During the curse. Mulan and I were keeping watch, looking up at the stars, just talking. And she told me that she was in love with me and then…I kissed her. But Au—"
"You kissed her?" Aurora asked, hurt. She felt tears form in her eyes.
Philip swallowed. "Yes. I was confused; I didn't know what I wanted. The curse it had just started and we were all confused. I thought I had felt something for Mulan and so that night, only that night, we pretended that we were happy and in love, that nothing else would stop whatever it was we were feeling. Mulan and I, our history together goes back just as far as she and Graham's do. We fought in the ogre war together, then Maleficent placed me under the Yaogwi curse. Belle saved me and I met back up with Mulan. We have a strong connection but, Aurora, I swear to you that once I realized the curse had broken and I could find you, the things between Mulan and I, they stopped, we no longer feel anything for the other. At least, I had assumed she didn't, until now. Aurora, please, believe me. My heart belongs to only you," he begged.
Aurora smiled at him. "I believe you. That's all I needed to hear was an apology. Thank you Philip. For always being my Prince Charming. I love you."
Aw yay so Aurora and Philip made up! Emma is jealous of Mulan? Philip is taking over the fatherly figure role for Henry. Rumbelle has a wedding to plan. Snowing is having twins. And Neal is on his way to Storybrooke! WOO! Also if you guys would like to give some input on whether you want this end up as a Gremma or Swan Thief fic, please tell me! Because I can't decided who gets the full OTP status between the two! :\
red lightning-thanks! Hope this one was as well
adventuresinstorybrooke-Oh shut up! :P Yeah I kinda suck when it comes to staying on top of things...
OncerSware(k)JateBazeGirlscout22-That will be more explored soon promise! Hope you enjoyed the ultrasound!
Guest 1-I DID finally...:) Sorry it took FOREVER!
renesmee2006-Sorry it took FOREVER...:( At least Once came back though right?;)
Okay...so I guess I kinda deserve a lag in reviews...i did take like a month to update last time and now i took almost TWO months. If you guys are willing to leave a review and let me know what you thought though, I'd be very grateful! And I promise I'll try and keep myself on time with updating:)
Whatever It Takes: Update coming hopefully by Saturdayish
Damon's Letters: No later than Friday
A Second Chance: Tonight (hopefully!)
Just A Dream: no idea...still having writers block...just need to wrap it up though. It's only the prequel so it doesn't need a TON of chapters...
New Les Mis AU Enjolras/Eponine fanfiction: Will be a series of vignettes. Enjolras is a law student in modern day Paris. He visits Cafe Musain every morning to see a beautiful girl who sits in a chair, reading and drinking coffee. Little does he know, that same girl is there every morning for him. Hoping to get up by Monday!