A New Neverland (Peter Pan Imagine)
When we got back to town it was already morning. I dropped Gardner off at the clinic and I snucked back home. Thinking I successfully got back unnoticed, Emma cleared her throat from behind me.
“Where were you?” Emma asked sternly.
“Out.” I said casually taking off my jacket.
“Out? Out where?”
“Just, out. Getting some air.”
“Really? The dirt on your hands and mud on your shoes say different, so I’ll ask again, where were you?”
“You’re not my mom, I’m not Henry. I don’r have to answer to you.” I bit back.
“But I’m now your guardian. You live under my roof, what I say goes.”
“Why do you care?”
“Why are you being stubborn again, you were fine one minute, now you’re back to having attitude.”
“Why do you want to know where I went? I came back didn’t I? Shouldn’t that be good enough?”
“I just want to keep you safe.”
“No, you’re trying to keep yourself and Henry safe. If you want to know so badly, I didn’t go near your precious son. I went to the woods.”
“And what did you do there?”
“Not casting spells before you go all saviour on me, I have no magic remember.”
“I wasn’t thinking that.”
“Keep telling yourself that, maybe you’ll start believing it.”
“What’s got you all worked up? Where did you go? What did you do?”
Emma’s right, I am all worked up but I don’t know why. Why I couldn’t I just have told her I was with Gardner? That I saved him and took him to the clinic?
“If you must know so badly, I was in the woods clearing my head. I heard someone call for help and found a boy in a hole with a bear trap around his ankle. I helped him, got him to the clinic and now I’m here. Happy?” I forced out of my mouth.
“You met a boy?”
“Out of all of that, you picked up only me meeting a boy?”
“No no, I mean, you helped someone?”
“Yeah? What, is that shocking to you?”
“No, it’s not. That’s good, you helped someone. Heroic.”
“Okay okay, chill. I’m not like you heroes, I saw a kid in danger and I helped. I did it all the time in Neverland, not a big deal.”
“Uhuh, keep telling yourself that maybe you’ll start believing it.” Emma said with a smirk.
“Funny, real funny.”
“Get cleaned up, we’re going to the clinic.”
Emma left with me with that statement and went downstairs. Me, a hero? You save someone one time and they identify you as a hero. I still don’t understand why I got so defensive talking about Gardner, it’s not like he’s Peter or a Lost Boy. I pushed the thought aside and went one to clean myself up. When we got to the clinic, Gardner was all bandaged up and ready to go.
“Hey, tree top.” Gardner said jokingly.
“Hey, Greenie.” I said. (see what I did there) “You okay?”
“Yup, doc fixed me up but my ankle is broken. I have to be on crutches for a while.”
“Awe, I’m sorry. But hey, I brought the sheriff and she’s going to find a place for you to stay.” I said to brighten his mood.
“Really? That’s great!”
“I’m assuming you’re Gardner Murffey, I’m Sheriff Emma Swan, you can call me Emma.” Emma said introducing herself.
“Nice to meet you miss Emma. So, Tree Top here said you’ll find me a place to stay?” Gardner asked.
“Tree Top?” Emma questioned.
“It’s his nickname for me.” I said.
“Well, I would love to do that, but I have to call your parents to inform them you’re alright and tell them where to find you.” Emma said.
“Don’t bother, no one will pick up the phone nor care.” Gardner said.
“And why is that?” Emma asked.
“Because my family doesn’t care, I ran away because I abused and left to fend for my own.”
“He’s like me, Emma. You have to let him stay.” I spoke up.
Emma looked between Gardner and I before signing, “Regina is going to kill me.”
“Yes! Thank you, Emma.” I said.
“Is that a yes I can stay?” Gardner asked.
“That is a yes.”
“Then, yes! Thank you Miss Emma.” Gardner said.
“Another one?” Regina asked in disbelief.
“He’s a runaway, not from here. From my world, he can’t do us any harm.” I reasoned.
“How do you know that? What if he’s a Lost Boy? What if that girl is trying to start something?”
“She’s not Regina, she’s never met this boy before.”
“Yet she so happens to find him in the woods and becomes so close to him?”
“She saved him and it’s natural for her to become protective over lost children, she is from Neverland.”
“Whatever the circumstances maybe, I will not deal with another basketcase.”
“You won’t have to, I’ll take him in.”
“Another teenager? You can’t save them all you know.”
“I know, but I think this would be good for her. Having someone who understands her, that’s not Pan.”
“If this little charity case of yours goes downhill-”
“So, you and I will be sharing a room until Emma fixes you up with a room.” I said.
“Nice room you got here, very white.” Gardner said taking a seat on my bed.
“You also have to go to school.” I said.
“What?” He said disappointed.
“Yeah, we still have to go. Sad, I know.” I said.
“Do I have to?”
“If I go down, you’re coming down with me.” I joked shoving him lightly.
“Hey, we just met. I don’t have to go down anywhere.”
“Oh really? I think that hole is calling your name.”
“School is an excellent option.”
“That’s what I thought.”
“Where’s the bathroom, I gotta go.”
“Down the hall to the left.”
“Thanks, be right back.”
I heard the door close and I laid down on my bed. I smiled thinking about Gardner, I’m happy I met him. He understands me, more on a personal level than Peter. Did I just say that? No one is better than Peter, but maybe Gardner.
“I die and you replace me?” I heard a voice say.
“Who said that?” I asked sitting up. “Gardner?”
“You don’t recognize my voice, my Queen.”
“You think you can replace me?” Peter said.
“No, never. I can never replace you, baby. Where are you? Why can’t I see you?” I asked turning around frantically trying to find him.
“I’m talking to you from the underworld, sweetheart. I have a plan for you to bring me back.” Peter said.
“Yes, yes what is it?” I asked.
“Y/N, who are you talking to?” Gardner asked walking into the room.
“What? Nothing, no one.”
“Are you sure? I heard you say why can’t I see you, see what?”
“Oh uh-a bug, there was a bug.” I lied.
“Oh okay-” Gardner started talking but another voice took over my ears.
“Y/N, are you listening to me? Pay attention to me!” Peter yelled.
“Can you repeat that, sorry I was lost in thought for a minute.” I said.
“I said can you show me around town, you feeling okay?” Gardner asked.
“How dare you not listen to me, I’m still your king.” Peter said.
“Yeah sure, come on let’s go. I’ll show you to Granny’s too, I heard the food is good.” I said.
“That sounds great, can we go there first? I haven’t had a decent meal in months.” Gardner asked.
“Yeah, I’m hungry too.” I smiled.
We headed downstairs, out the door.
“You will not ignore me, Remember where you come from and the people who killed me. They are not your friends, they think nothing of you.” I heard Peter say, but I ignored him and focused on Gardner.
“I will speak with you later, just remember this you are mine and mine alone.”
And I heard nothing else.
(A/N: Part 5? Sorry if this seems rushed, I just wanted to get Peter in the story since it’s a Peter Pan Imagine.)