For the prompt “Emily/Nolan: It can’t be love, for there is no true love." http://weasleytook.livejournal.com/435643.html?page=3
She stares at him, and just like in every romance novel, she feels her heart skip a beat.
But it’s not love.
There are only two kinds of love.
The one is the unconditional love a child has for their parent. The way that the child will do anything in the hopes of having that love returned. The way that no matter how much effort the child puts in, it will never be enough. Either the parent won’t love them back, or someone else will take any possibility of happiness and love away.
The other is the kind that she feels for Jack. The kind that is violent and destructive. The kind where all she wants to do is tear him open and take him apart. She wants to break him the way she is broken. Maybe even more. She wants to see every bit of him. For him to never be able to leave.
What she feels for Daniel is not love, it’s not even close. She wants to burn him. Do whatever it takes until he, his mother, and his whole family have nothing and are nothing. She doesn’t want them dead, though. Her sins are too great for her to be allowed to die, and the Grayson’s sins far outweigh her own. They will pay. And they will live with the consequences.
So she does not love Nolan, because he is not her father and despite what she may say, she does not want to destroy him.
She does not love him because there is no such thing as true love. Fairy-tales are just stories. And happy endings do not exist.
I’ll leave you to ponder that.
Emily is otherwise occupied.