Disclaimer: Victorious and all related characters do not belong to me.
Summary: Beck Oliver catches up with his future. Jade West learns about her past. Or, the fic with human-sized fairies, time-traveling friends, and an adorable little girl.
Continuity: Alternate reality but may contain spoilers through The Hambone King.
Author's Notes: This fic's alternate title: The One that Got Away from the Author. Don't ask me what I was thinking when I wrote this. I probably wasn't.
For Bria (boughtthedream) who wanted an AU fic. I'm sure this isn't what you were expecting, B, but it's better than nothing, right?
Thanks to Lari (tsttoain) for yet again holding my hand and listening to me whine.
"Beck, go to sleep. Your thoughts are so loud I can almost hear them."
Beck Oliver couldn't help but smile at his wife's grumpy voice. He was forced to release his hold on her as she shifted so that they could face each other.
"Whatever it is you're thinking about, can't it wait until tomorrow?" She continued.
Beck kissed Jade and tucked a stray lock of hair behind her ear. "I can't believe I almost lost you and Addie because of stupidity, ego and pride."
"Who's Addie?" Jade demanded hotly.
Then Jade started laughing.
"That was not a good joke!" Beck said as he moved over Jade and started tickling her.
"No! Stop! Beck! This is real mature of you!"
The tickling wars, of course, led to other more interesting things.
Later, sated and exhausted, Jade settled herself on top of her husband. "You're doing it again," she complained.
Jade traced the furrow on Beck's forehead. "Thinking."
"I can't help it. They almost changed the future and erased Addie from existence." Beck's grip on Jade tightened.
"They didn't." Jade told him. "We're still here. The teenaged us somehow worked out in the end."
"I can't believe that all these depended on our immature, stubborn counterparts from the past," he complained.
Jade chuckled. "It wasn't all our fault. If I remember correctly, Rex was seriously messing with our brains then."
"Who would have thought that that smelly old puppet was where the fairy who tried to overthrow your father was imprisoned. No wonder it hated you."
Jade wrinkled her nose. "Trust me, the feeling is mutual. Why did you have to erase our memories, anyway? Think of all the fun we could've had if you didn't."
"That is exactly why I erase your memories and rebound your powers." Beck told her. "You'll be having way too much fun abusing your powers."
Beck suddenly turned serious when he remembered something he heard at Seelie Court. "I heard how much more powerful Addie is for her age than you were. Did they ask you to bind Addie's powers, too?"
"Yes, but I quickly disabused them of that notion." Jade smirked proudly.
"You threatened them?"
"Of course not," Jade said in mock indignation. "I just painted a really vivid picture of what would happen if they touch even a hair on Addie's head without permission."
"And that would be?"
"Well, after I bathe in their blood, I figured you would have a thing or two to say to them." Jade replied. "Then there's Addie's little band over overprotective godmothers, godfathers, uncles and aunts, all of whose dormant fey side she had unlocked. And then there's my mom."
"So they're leaving her alone even if we have decided to teach her about her heritage but raise her in this world rather than theirs?"
Jade nodded emphatically. "Our daughter would grow up to be whatever she wants to be. If she wants to be the Queen of the Fairies, so be it. But if she want to become an actor like her dad or even a doctor, I pity the person who would stand in her way."
"Do you think she'd want to be a Fairy Queen?"
"Beck, look at her! She's pink and flowery and glittery. Does that look like a child who would refuse to be a fairy, much less to be a Fairy Queen?"
"So you're okay in giving up your dreams to become a Fairy Queen for Addie?"
"Beck, I am living my dream with you and Addie. Plus, it's not like being a Fairy Queen is such a huge sacrifice. It's like a job tailor-made for me. I get to boss people around and tell them they're being stupid and stuff." Then, she grinned evilly. "In fact, when they refused to release me to go home, insisting that I had more Queen trainings to cover, I started practicing how to scream, 'Shut up! I'm the Fairy Queen!' over and over. They begged me to go home after about the ninetieth repeat."
Beck laughed. "We rock at this parenting thing."
"That we do, babe. That we do."