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16 May 2013 @ 09:49 am
Fic: ‘calm in the woods’  
Title: calm in the woods
Fandom: Once Upon a Time (OUaT)
Rating: (PG)
Time Period: Season 2, during the Miller's Daughter.
Summary: Emma is the voice of reason.

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.


“Where are we?”

“Neal, w---”

Where are we?”

“Not far from Storybrooke.”

“Which way?”

“Neal ---”

Which way?”

Emma looks around, wishing Ruby was here; she'd be able to smell their way back if she didn't know where she was. “That way,” she nods and Neal --- she can't think of him as Baelfire, no matter who he is; she knew him first as Neal --- starts running in that direction. “Neal, wait!”

He stops, looks back to her. “We don't have time, Emma.”

“I know,” she catches up, “but tell me why.” He frowns. “You hated him before we set sail.”

He sighs inaudibly and meets her eyes, not looking away. “He's my father, Emma. He's dying.”

She nods and they begin to walk. “That's it?”

“Does there need to be more?”

She shakes her head and sighs, her decision made with his words. “Come on,” she mutters and he frowns again, this time confused.

“Wha-- ?”

“If we don't,” she begins as she hastens her pace, “hurry, we'll be stuck out here all afternoon. I should give Henry dinner, not Ruby.”

A smile threatens but worry overcomes it, hiding it. “And make sure my father's not dead,” he adds.

“That too,” she replies as she heads for the road. “We can follow this path to the road and the road to town.”

He nods and begins to walk faster. “Do you want to run?”

“You? Run?”

“Fast walk then,” he corrects and she nods. “Do you think he's dead?”

“Knowing your father like I do? I'd say no,” she says, catching up again.

He nods, worried, and they follow the path to the road.
     Mandy: OUaT - Emmaa_phoenixdragon on May 19th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, yes!! And thank you! This was one thing that should have been touched on in canon!

F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on May 19th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
This was one thing that should have been touched on in canon!
Neal and Emma in the woods?
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on May 19th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Yes. They just...dropped them there. And then they are back again. C'mon! they have history and they have a bit of a walk ahead of them. SOMETHING must have happened!

So. This was perfect.
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on May 19th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yeeeeeaaaahhh ... that just felt wrong, to dump them in the woods and never refer to it again. Hence this scene.

Thank you; I'm glad it feels right to more than me.
Armchair DM: Igor: Joy! Joy! Joy! Joy!armchairdm on June 26th, 2013 11:44 am (UTC)
Beautifully done.
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on June 26th, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!