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25 April 2013 @ 07:01 am
Fic: ‘monsters & books’  
Title: monsters & books
Fandom: Once Upon a Time (OUaT)
Rating: (G)
Time Period: Season 2, after In the Name of the Brother.
Summary: Doctor Whale has coffee.

Author's Note: This is quick ‘n’ dirty (for definition see the F. A. Q.).

Spoilers if you’ve not seen the episode.

All characters contained herein are the intellectual property of Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz; I am not affiliated with nor endorsed by them.



“Please.” He sits at the counter; the filtered sun dances over his hair. “Thank you.”

Ruby pauses, looks at him. “For?”

“Catching me last night.” He smiles faintly, sheepishly. “I feel foolish.”

She smiles as she pours his coffee. “Monsters together, remember?” She throws a look at Granny as he puts his hands around the cup before him. “Just come off shift?” She leans on the counter before him.

He nods, savouring the dark liquid although it tastes different. Strange, after last night. “I can't discuss last night.”

“I know.” She tucks a wisp of hair behind an ear. “But, tell me this.” He looks at her. “How's Belle?”

“She's okay,” he says, setting down the cup. “Nothing worse than the memory loss, I think.”

“Memory loss?”

“Yes,” he replies as he lifts the cup again. “Didn't you know?” He frowns, looking at her. “She's lost her memory.”

Ruby pushes herself upright. She knew Belle had been there, that the car had almost hit her but memory loss? That was worse than she'd expected. “Do you want something to eat?” She hears herself asking brightly.

Too brightly.

Viktor frowns. “Are you all right?”

“I just need some sleep.” She gestures to the cup. “Another?”

“No,” he smiles, though faintly. “How much do I owe?”

“On the house,” she says, smiling. “Now go get some sleep. I'm sure,” she interrupts as he opens his mouth, “they'll page if there's an emergency. Now go. Sleep. Monsters together, remember?”

“Monsters together,” he repeats with another faint smile. “I'll see you later.”

She nods, smiling until he turns and the smile fades, drops. She's about to turn to the next customer when the scent of alcohol grabs her and she looks down, something green having caught her eye. “Viktor,” she scolds under her breath and tucks the money in a pocket before she turns to that next customer.

Belle's favourite book, she decides. That should help her memory aand while she's there, that money will be returned.

Now, she wonders as she pours coffee, takes orders, what is Belle's favourite book again ...?
josiefier: ruby red2josiefier on April 24th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
Aw, this was sweet. :)
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on April 25th, 2013 10:00 am (UTC)
Thank you!
rodlox: handsrodlox on April 25th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
wait til Granny hears that "monsters together". *eg*

if you had told her a year or even a month ago, that she would say "on the house" to Dr. Whale, Ruby would have most likely laughed. now.... :)
(i suspect Victor's had enough benevolence and philanthropy to last three lifetimes) :)

I enjoyed reading this; its good.
my Belle muse is muttering "please don't let the book be Grimm's Fairy Tales - they tore Rumple in two."

F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on April 25th, 2013 10:04 am (UTC)
I enjoyed reading this; its good.
Thank you; it was fun to write.

my Belle muse is muttering "please don't let the book be Grimm's Fairy Tales - they tore Rumple in two."
She can rest assured Ruby won't send that!
Armchair DM: Igor: A Rod Of Silencearmchairdm on June 26th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
Ruby is too kind for her own good.
F. J.: Golden Candlesmorethanacandle on June 26th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Yes she is.