The Long Way Home (1/10)
OMG, it’s finally here! I started this story in 2015, back when I was writing for pleasure with no intention of ever sharing any of my work publicly. It fell to the wayside when I finally got around to joining the fandom and began writing fic formally, and it wasn’t until the opportunity to do the Captain Swan Big Bang came around that I remembered I had it and decided to try to flesh it out and turn it into a completed work. 7+ months later (after a LOT of consternation and whining and “Why did I ever agree to do this?”) it’s HERE. And I’m SO relieved that it’s done, LOL.
Special thanks to my beta, @captainstudmuffin, and the amazing @lifeinahole27 for their help and patience with me, to @clockadile for lending her sword fighting experience, to @ladyciaramiggles for her feedback on early drafts, to @phiralovesloki for heading this year’s CSBB and fielding my questions, and to @kmomof4 for always being my cheerleader. Thanks also to everyone who took my nerdy little survey on nautical terminology in fic (yes, that was for this project), and those of you that sent me words of support about it.
Lastly, deepest thanks to my wonderful CSBB artists, @waiting-for-autumn and @giraffes-ride-swordfishes for giving feedback on early drafts and providing some gorgeous artwork to accompany this fic! Links to their illustrations of certain scenes (*) will be in the text - please be sure to go show them some love!
Thanks to you all for reading. I hope you enjoy. XOXO
Summary: After an unnaturally long life fraught with personal tragedy, Killian Jones has become known throughout the realms as the infamous Captain Hook, an opportunistic ne’er-do-well and one of the most formidable pirates to ride the waves. When he crosses paths with a mysterious young woman with no memory of who she is or how she arrived there, he recognizes the chance to claim a monetary reward that will constitute his biggest score yet. But a journey across the world to get her home leads to a series of adventures that reveal that her value lies in far more than gold and jewels. A Captain Swan Anastasia AU - sort of. (Captain Swan Enchanted Forest AU. Romance & Adventure. Rated E.)
Warnings: Brief but graphic depictions of violence, peripheral character death, and smut.
The sound of pounding feet approaching the door to his quarters causes the gentleman in question to lift a heavy, dark eyebrow, even as his gaze remains on the leather-bound inventory log he’s hunched over with the ship’s quartermaster. The Jolly Roger is preparing to pull into port at Vicarstown, and he always prefers to finalize the list of supplies they need to acquire at a stop prior to docking. It would go better without interruption.
He gives a long-suffering sigh and drops his head resignedly, his weight pressed forward on his right hand. “Yes, Mr. Smee?” he drones.
Having been waiting for permission to enter, his slightly pudgy first mate flings the door open, the bearded man’s features twisted into an anxious grimace. “Sorry to interrupt, sir, but a ship’s been spotted in port.”
He looks up sharply. “Who?”
Smee swallows and licks his lips nervously. “Blackbeard.”