bizarre trope: superhero and someone with a popcorn cart
Everyone knew Captain Hand.
An ex navy seal who lost his hand at war, honourably discharged and sent back home to live out his days with honour. He could have chosen to spend his days living in luxury off his billion dollar inheritance, but Killian Jones wasn’t that kind of man. Instead he’d worked with a team of highly specialised scientists and engineers to fit him with a super bionic prosthetic and multiple crime fighting gadgets.
He’d become Boston’s very own real life Ironman. He was always there when rescue teams needed him, be it building fires, armed robberies or rescue missions- he was on the case, saving lives, catching bad guys and keeping his hometown safe.
He was Boston’s biggest celebrity and he wasn’t afraid to flaunt his face for the cameras…. Everyone loved and knew Captain Hand.
But Emma Swan knew different.
Emma Swan knew Killian Jones. The bashful gentleman who’d seat himself on the lone stool outside her confectionary stall in the wee hours of the morning, keeping her company and helping her pack up the left over food to hand out to the homeless every night.
He’d show up at midnight on the dot, a smirk and a flower in tow, and she’d hand him a mixed popcorn and a coffee. They’d talk, he’d flirt, she’d tease, they’d banter… he’d walk her home at 3am and wish her goodnight, always hoping she’d invite him in while she always hoped she’d work up the courage to ask.
They were kindred spirits. Both loners, both with tough exteriors… both with hearts too big to be left exposed to cruel harsh world- both making the best out of the cards they’d been dealt.
He’s madly in love with her. but he knows with the life he leads, he’s terrified of letting her in, only to lose her.
That becomes a reality for him one night when he finds her kiosk closed. The message comes through minutes after. The Golden crocodile is back. The man responsible for him losing his hand overseas has come back to finish the job… and he’s holding emma as bait to reel him in.
He goes to the warehouse he’s meant to. Gold is there with Emma tied up behind him. The sight breaks him and fuels him at the same time. His fear turns to anger, his blood soars from cold to hot.
“Let her go.”
“Oh, she’ll be just fine, dearie. As long as you do what I want.”
“And what’s that?”
“I want you to die. Slowly. Painfully. And then I want all your riches that should rightfully have been mine.”
He wasn’t aware of his father’s partnership with Gold until it was too late. The man accused his father of taking billions that should of been his from a business partnership gone wrong. He’d taken out Brennan, and was now hoping to take out Killian too to get what he believed belonged to him.
“You have my word, Gold. Just let her go.”
“How very noble of you.” the man sneered.
Gold held up his cane and struck killian with a heavy blow, forcing him to drop his knees. Every fibre in his body was screaming at him to fight back, but he knew he couldn’t just yet. Emma was too close by and in far too much danger for him to strike just yet.
He had to get her out of there.
Gold had been smart. He must have known Killian wouldn’t have come completely weaponless and was somehow using magnetic interference to stop his weapons from working.
“It’s going to take a lot more than that, dearie!” he laughed, kicking away Killian’s shock taser and landing a blow to his ribs.
“I can’t tell you how long i’ve been waiting for this!”
Before he could revel in his win, a smack to the back of the villain’s head had him crashing to the ground out cold.
Emma stood behind him like a warrior goddess.
“Swan! You’re depriving me of a dashing rescue!”
“Sorry. The only one who saves me is me. Besides, this jerk had it coming to him. He’s made me lose a whole night’s worth of business.”
“Is that so?”
“Yup. Frank gets grouchy if he doesn’t get his hotdog… and there’s a rather dashing man who’s a sucker for my mixed popcorn.”
“You do make fantastic popcor-”
Emma cut him off with her lips. Looking death in the face had both of them realising life was too short for if’s but’s and maybe’s.
The first time he brings her home, she’s shocked beyond belief. She expects to be taken to some huge fancy mansion, but instead is lead to a decent sized, cozy family home, tucked away near the water side.
He asks her to move in with him 3 months later. She gladly accepts.
It’s on their one year anniversary that she comes home to the smell of smoke.
“I burnt it. Sorry, love.”
Emma opens the steel dish in front of her to find it full of blackened popcorn… but nestled in the centre is a beautiful sparkling ring in an exquisite box.
She says yes before he’s even had the chance to get down on one knee.
It’s after the Gideon Massacre that they both decide to retire.
Captain Hand becomes but a memory and Emma’s popcorn stall is sold to a homeless shelter, funded by Mr and Mrs Jones as a free food stop for the homeless.
They explore the oceans on his ship and she welcomes their daughter into the world one April night when they’ve just finished painting her nursery.
He may be the nation’s hero but she almost slapped him when he suggested calling her poppy.
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