Child Lucina AU
(So this is for Chrobin Week, nothing new just all the things written so far in one convenient spot)
Lucina huddled in the corner with baby Morgan. She was scared and trying not to cry, because Aunty Lissa told her to be as quiet as possible no matter what and everything would be fine. And she did her best despite the screams and sounds of fighting outside the room. She eeped at the sound of Aunt Lissa crying out and then falling silent. There was a brief stillness before the doors flung open and hooded figure stood at the entrance. She hugged little Morgan closer and cried silently as the figure approached. Lucina closed her eyes and wished the person would go away but the sound of footsteps crept closer and closer, until they finally stopped. The young girl peeked through tear blurred eyes and instantly recognized the person and smiled. “Mommy!” she stood up and moved quickly as she could whilst holding her still sleeping little sister. She hugged Robin’s leg with a free hand, relieved that her mother was here “Mommy! I’m scared. Where’s Aunty Liss?” Robin remained silent as she looked down at the two children. “Mommy?” Lucina finally noticed the glowing red eyes staring back at her and she felt an uneasy chill go down her back. “Mommy?” Robin began reaching down towards little Luci and the young girl began to tear up again, terrified of her own mother. Everything will be alright right? Aunty Lissa never lies.
Lucina felt a pair of arms wrap around her, her head resting against a wet chest, and she recognized a familiar scent with a tinge of what smelt like wet iron. “Luci, my brave little girl” Robin pulled back and Lucina couldn’t see the red glow from before. “Mommy? Where’s aunty Liss?”. Robin struggled to maintain her smile “Aunty Lissa is helping… daddy…” Robin reached into her pocket and pulled out a small handkerchief and wiped Lucina’s face as clean as she could, pulling it back Luci saw that it turned red “Honey, I need you to do something for mommy” Little Lucina nodded. Even daddy listened to mommy after all. “Good” Robin’s hand was shaking a little as she pulled out a small tome from under her cloak. A brief incantation and she casts a spell, a small portal formed behind her, between them and the door. Lucina stared at the swirling circle that seemed to stretch into infinite. Robin picked up Morgan from Lucina and kissed her baby girl on the head. She stood up and held Lucina’s hand, bringing her to the precipice of the wormhole before them. “Lucina. I need you to take Morgan somewhere far away from here. This portal will take you there.” Lucina grabbed Robin’s leg and protested “I want to stay here with mommy!”. The tactician pulled her hood back and kneeled down. Lucina could see the red stains across her mother’s cheeks more clearly now. “Lucina, please you have to go. I need to help daddy stop the bad people outside.” “But what about aunt Liss?” smoke crept into the room as the sound of fighting outside seemed to have resumed “Aunt Liss will follow you. And mommy and daddy will be right behind you. OK?” Lucina looked unsure but if they were right behind her, she’ll be ok. Lucina nodded and Robin smiled giving a farewell kiss to her two daughters. “I love you both” She hands Morgan back to Lucina again and guided her gently towards the light. After Lucina stepped through, the portal collapsed and Robin almost immediately clutched at her head.
Grima’s voice had returned.
Chrom arrived at the room too late. He was badly injured and bloodied and was seething with rage having just found Lissa. “GRIMAAAAAA!” Robin simply stood there “WHERE ARE MY DAUGHTERS?! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!!” she turned to face him with a twisted grin, her eyes are once again red with Grima’s possession “Don’t worry you’ll find out once you join them!” Chrom’s eyes widened and he screamed at the top of his lungs charging his possessed wife’s body. In an instant Chrom was impaled on Grima’s sword. He struggled for breath and from his foe a soft voice emerged “C-Chrom?”. Robin had caught the full blow, somehow she managed to regain enough control of her body to stop Grima from dodging Falchion. “Robin… you… came back…” they slowly slumped down together, leaning their head’s against each other’s shoulders. “I-I’m s-so s-orry. I… wasn’t strong enough…. to stop Grima” Chrom brought his arm up and caressed her head. “This i-isn’t y-your fault…Luci…M-Mor-” “Th-they’re safe-” Robin coughed up blood as she struggled to stay conscious. Chrom smiled unsure whether it was a lie, but their children weren’t here, and there was no sign of a struggle. “C-Chrom… kill me… s-stop Grima f-for good…” Chrom’s eyes welled up “I’ll be here… to the end…” Robin understood. Neither of them were leaving this place alive. They grasp the hilt of their respective swords “I love you… Chrom…” “I love you too… Robin”. They twist their blades.
The fire crept into the room, engulfing their bodies and the castle burns to the ground.
It was night time still, the only source of light came from the moon and the small portal Lucina stepped out of. Lucina wasn’t sure where she was only that it was somewhere with a lot of trees and if she remembers her picture book correctly, that would make this a forest. Miraculously, her little sister continued to sleep soundly even after all that’s happened. The portal closed behind her and she began to worry, but Lucina wanted to be brave, after all, mommy and daddy were going to be right there. Soon. Still cradling Morgan, she decided to sit down and wait for them. The longer she waited the more tired she got, and she begins to nod off to sleep.
Eventually she began to wake up from the sound of crying. As she opens her eyes, she hears someone in the distance. “Was that a baby?” she rubbed her eyes with her hands and looked towards the sound of hurried footsteps. Her vision was fuzzy but she saw a group of grownups heading towards her and as one of them pointed at her as they rushed over as quickly as possible. “Oh my Gods! It is a baby!” the voice sounded so familiar. When she finally managed to focus on the woman kneeling in front of her, she could see that it was aunty Lissa. “Hey there” Lissa started softly “It’s ok, I’ll look after your little sis ok?” she picked up the crying baby gently and began to rock her gently to try and calm her down. A blue haired young man stood beside her aunt who began to give orders to some of the men that was following him “Frederick! Grab some blankets and prepare some food for them. Stahl take a search party and look around, their parents might be nearby!”. Before she could say anything another young woman had knelt in front of her, her smiles and tone of voice instantly recognizable. “Hey there little miss, what’s your na-” Lucina almost bowled the young woman over when she hugged her
“Wh-wha?!” Robin was caught off guard and wasn’t entirely sure on what to do. “I knew you’d keep your promise!” Robin looked to the others awkwardly and Lissa and Chrom just shrugged. The tactician patted the small girl on the head and pushed her gently away. “Um… I’m not… I’m not your mother”. Lucina’s face fell and she began to blub before beginning to cry quite loudly “Hgk m-mommy doesn’t want Lucina anymore” Robin panicked and waved her hands about a bit “Ah n-no that’s not what I meant, look I-I don’t- oh Gods please don’t cry, Chrom? A little help?” Chrom scratched his head in an aloof way “U-um, what about your father? Do you know where he is?” Lucina sniffed and calmed down a bit as she pointed directly at Chrom “What? I can’t be your father I’m not mar-” the small child was set off again by Chrom’s comment “Daddy doesn’t want Luci either!” Lissa found this a little amusing “This sounds like quite the scandal” “Not helping!”
Robin took out a handkerchief and wiped away Lucina’s tears, trying her best to calm her down, which was when she noticed that there was blood on her cheeks. She examined Lucina closer and there was no wound. “L-Lucina right, what did yo- what did I tell you to do? Mommy has a headache and can’t remember much right now.” Lucina hiccupped from crying so much. “Mommy *hic* told me to walk through the glowy door. Mommy followed me through like she p-promised” Robin nodded and smiled “Ah of course, did something happen to mommy before you went through?” Lucina nodded “Y-you said you were helping daddy get rid of bad people” Robin smiled “I see” she hugged little Lucina tightly “Mommy’s sorry she forgot about the promise, but the bad people are gone now, so don’t be scared ok?” her daughter calmed down quite a bit from the hug. “Come on we’ll get you something to eat, you must be hungry.” she turned to Chrom “Daddy will carry you to the camp” Chrom gave a slight frown “Wait, I didn’t say I-” Lucina’s lower lip began to wobble when her father looked like he’d decline. Robin on the other hand glared threateningly at him to not make her cry again. Chrom smiled sheepishly and decided to just play along “OK then, daddy will carry you”. Lucina smiled again raising her arms to be picked up and Chrom couldn’t help but smile. Picking up the girl he sat her over his shoulders which delighted Lucina “OK then let’s go and get you a big roast bear for dinner” Lucina giggled “Can we have some Kris’s after dinner?” Chrom felt strange when she said that. Kris’s was his and Lissa’s favourite childhood sweets. It was probably just coincidence. “I’ll have a look when we get back ”. Lissa meanwhile couldn’t quite settle Morgan down “Um, Robin could you hold her? Maybe you’ll have more luck”. “OK” Robin nodded and Lissa passed the baby to her. Morgan almost instantly stopped crying. “OK that was a bit spooky” Lissa quipped. Robin agreed, but she also felt a strange connection with Morgan. Or maybe it was that she found the baby very cute.
They walked a short distance back to where they had camped
Fredrick had set aside some blankets, a bottle of milk and is in the process of cooking some bear for the group. “Thank you for your diligence as always Fredrick” Chrom picked Lucina up off of his shoulders and placed her on the ground. “Can I have some Kris’s now?” “After you’ve ate some bear” he leaned over to Fredrick and whispered “Please say we have sweets” “I presume milord wishes to avoid the young ladies cries of despair” “Ah you heard” “Yes on both counts milord” “Thank Naga”. Chrom knelt down and patted Lucina on the head “Dinner will be ready in a few minutes, go play with Lissa until then” Lucina nodded and ran giggling towards Lissa “Aunt Lissa! Aunt Lissa! Let’s play” “OK!”. As Lissa chased Lucina around the camp, Robin picked up the bottle and started feeding Morgan. She walked over to Chrom “Lissa’s jumping into her role with enthusiasm” “She’s the youngest of us, I suppose it helps” Robin smiled and looked at baby Morgan as she gulped her milk down “Say, Chrom…” “Yes Robin?” “Are you… are you getting a strange feeling of familiarity when you look at them?” Chrom rubbed his chin in contemplation “I do… I’m not quite sure how to describe it exactly. Maybe we’re just slightly emotional from managing to save them” “I… I don’t know. Maybe.” Robin paused for a while “I think they managed to escape some kind of trouble. Lucina did say her mother and father were fending off some sort of enemy. Maybe a nearby village?” Chrom shook his head “There aren’t any villages around here for miles, maybe a merchant family?” Robin pulled the finished bottle from Morgan and saw that she had fallen asleep already. “I don’t think so, Lucina described going through a door, and most wagons don’t exactly have doors”. At that moment the sound of hooves approached them and they could see that Stahl arrived back with several other knights. “Stahl, did you find anything?” he shook his head in response “Nothing along the road or around the spot where we found the children milord. Should we search again?” Chrom pinched his brow perplexed at their current situation “No, I don’t think we’ll find anything tonight. We’ll do a quick search in the morning before we have to head back to Ylisse”. “Guys, dinners ready” the conversation was cut short by Lissa’s announcement “I think a bit of food and rest will help clear our heads, come on let’s eat”. Lucina bounced up and down in anticipation of food, Lissa teased her by giving her a small bit of meat. She pouted to the amusement of her aunt before finally given her a bigger portion of the bear. “Aunty Liss should eat too!” she exclaimed excitedly “Uh aunty Liss isn’t that hungry”. Lissa looked over to Fredrick and an idea for mischief hit her. She flashed him an evil grin “I think Freddy is very hungry though”. A sweat bead seemed to form on Fredrick’s head at the mention of eating bear. He lost a bit more composure when Lucina walked up to him and offered her portion of the bear. “Here you can have some of mine”. Fredrick was cornered by the sweetly smiling girl before him and had no choice but to grab a piece. “Th-thank you milady” he placed the food inside his mouth quickly and chewed furiously before swallowing it. It took all his strength not to collapse and vomit then and there. He smiled weakly at Luci and she smiled back before she went off towards her parents with her plate of food. “Milady Lissa you are evil” he said, shaking quite violently. Lissa giggled “Just a little” as she watched Lucina interact with her parents, Lissa nudged Fredrick “Hey. They almost look like a family camping don’t you think?”. Fredrick was rinsing his mouth with water before he answered “I suppose in a certain light. We’ve only known Robin for two weeks though, so I don’t see it becoming reality”. Lissa pouted “Aw you’re no fun”.
They joined the rest of Shepards and after finishing their food they put the children to bed.
The next day the Shepards had searched the area around them a second time but again found nothing to indicate where they had come from. Finding no alternative they decided to head towards Ylisse. It was an uneventful trip for the group, punctuated by the odd fits of laughter as Lissa and Lucina played eyespy and being silly in general. When they arrived inside the castle Chrom took Lucina, Morgan, Lissa and Robin to meet with the Exalt to discuss what to do with the two young girls. They stood outside Emmeryn’s private study and were greeted by Phila. She gave a short bow to the royals “Prince Chrom, the Exalt is waiting for you inside” “Thank you for arranging this on such short notice Phila ” she looked to Lucina who hid behind Chrom’s leg, intimidated by the unknown knight captain. Phila nodded to her and gave the slightest of smiles. Lucina continued to grip Chrom’s trousers as she was led into the room.
Emmeryn was hunched over her desk filling out her daily paperwork before pausing for a sip of her tea. “Sister”. Emmeryn turned around and smiled “Ah, welcome home Chrom. I hope your patrol has fared well” Emmeryn stood up and walked towards them “It has been quiet, except for one incident” he turned to present Lucina but she continued to hide behind her father. “Lucina, it’s alright, she won’t hurt you” Lucina shook her head and tightened her grip on Chrom’s leg. Emmeryn smiled and knelt to the young girl’s level “Hello Lucina, my name is Emmeryn, pleased to meet you.” she extended her hand to Lucina. Luci reached her hand out slowly, holding Emmeryn’s hand tentatively and stepped from behind Chrom’s leg. “We found them in the forest with no sign of their parents. Robin seems to think they were attacked before we arrived” “But we saw no sign of a struggle your Grace” Robin chimed in and knelt down to show Emmeryn the baby. “I see” Emmeryn stroked the baby on the cheek. The exalt patted Lucina on the head “You’re very brave for protecting your little sister Lucina.” She smiled shyly at the complement and nodded. Emmeryn then noticed something odd when she looked at Lucina. She gently cupped Lucina’s face and looked her directly in the left eye. “My Gods”. Chrom rarely saw his older sister this concerned “What is it Emm?”
“She has the Brand of the Exalt”
“What?!” Chrom’s exclamation made Lucina jump a little “But if she has it, that would mean-”. Robin was ahead of the prince and she had already began checking Morgan for the Brand. Sure enough on the left shoulder blade of the baby, the Brand of the Exalt was clearly visible. Chrom gawked for a moment before Phila coughed to bring him to attention “I hope this doesn’t mean milord is responsible for something scandalous” for a moment Chrom felt overshadowed by Phila’s presence. The knight captain seemed like she would be quite upset if Chrom had indeed done something that would taint house Yliss’s reputation. “But that’s not possible, I’ve never…” Chrom didn’t want to finish the sentance “Wait I don’t have to justify myself, besides I’m not the only member of house Ylisse here”. Everyone looked at him with raised eyebrows and Chrom felt even smaller when he found he was the only male in the meeting. Oh right. It would be hard to hide a pregnancy. “I’ll just shut up now”. Lucina wasn’t following the conversation very well but they seemed to be talking about her, and father seemed to be causing problems because of her. “A-aunty Emm?” Emmeryn was surprised by her use of aunty “Yes?”. “Um a-are you angry at daddy?” Emmeryn smiled reassuringly “No Lucina, of course not, why would you think that?” Lucina fidgeted with her hands for a moment before answering “Daddy said you went to heaven”. The silence between everyone seemed to extend throughout the castle. They all understood that euphemism, but Emmeryn never stopped smiling “And why did he say that exactly?” the young girl twirled her hair “Lucina asked daddy why we never saw aunty Emm apart from the pictures in the hall and-and daddy said that you had went to heaven” “When did daddy say that?” Lucina contemplated the question before raising a finger to answer the question “A month?” she shook her head “…a year?” Lucina nodded. Everyone exchanged concerned looks, but Emmeryn continued to be as calm as ever “Did I say something wrong?” the young girl received a pat on the head “No you’ve done wonderfully. Aunty Emm needs to talk to daddy about grown up stuff, can you look after Aunty Liss and baby Morgan for me?” Lucina smiled and nodded enthusiastically. “Lissa if you could” “Yes sis”. Robin handed Morgan over to Lissa who took Lucina’s hand and walked out of the room. She gave a wave to everyone just as the door closed and Emmeryn waved back.
The Exalt stood up to silence. Everyone was shocked at this new revelation. Chrom was the first to speak up “You don’t suppose this is a Plegian ploy do you? They’re trying to disorientate us, chase a ghost, before they attack?”. Robin shooke her head “What purpose would it serve to send a girl to us with threats to the Exalt’s life? We would be better prepared for any attacks now.” Phila agreed “Indeed, if what the girl is saying is true, then the attacks might be imminent. I will send word to our patrols, if your grace permits we will also put ourselves on a war foot-” “No” “But your grace-” “I appreciate that we must be vigilant, but mobilizing our army will definitely give the Plegians an excuse to attack”. Robin chimed in “Your grace, at the very least, we should ready what troops we do have, and we should increase your guard”. Phila pleaded with Emmeryn “Please your grace, Robin is correct, at the very least we should prepare for this.” The exalt contemplated the advice given and sighed “I shall call for my council and we will consider these options. But there’s something pressing we should address.” “The children…” Robin agreed.“They’re almost certainly not a Plegian ploy, they’re far too young to be useful as agents, it was almost like they appeared out of nowhere…”. They all puzzled for an answer "She says you’re the mother" muttered Chrom. “But she’s at least 3 years old” replied Phila “And if you’d pardon me, you’ve only known each other for about a fortnight”. There was a knock on the door that interrupted the debate “Enter”. Fredrick opened the door and stood to attention “Your Grace, apologies for the interruption, but the Chancellor has asked me to remind you of your scheduled meeting. “I guess we’ll have to solve this puzzle another time. If you’ll excuse me”.
they walked down the corridor looking for Lissa, Chrom expressed his concern to
Robin “You don’t suppose Emmeryn is in imminent danger do you?” “I don’t know.
If it is we’ve at least got warning. I’m sure her grace will be fine” “I hope
so…” there was a brief awkward silence between them, before Chrom blurted out
“What if we do get married? That would be horrible to have our fate dictated to
us by a child.” Robin’s eyebrow twitched “So marrying me is a horrible idea is
it?” Chrom clueless as ever simply continued “I mean it would be! To marry a
complete stranger who knows nothing about you or themselves… er Robin is
something wron-” an open palm to the face answered his question quite loudly.
“YOU’RE AN UNBELIEVABLE IDIOT!”. Robin red faced, stormed off, leaving Chrom slack jawed.
Evening had set in. Emmeryn has come to a decision to seek Feroxi’s aid in case Plegia does declare war on Ylisse. Chrom was to be the envoy with the Shepards as an escort. Everyone was busy preparing to head out by dawn, soldiers hurried about checking supplies, weapons, and animals for the journey north. Lucina saw all of this outside the window and was excited as well, she had overheard the plans to head north. She had never been to Feroxi and wanted to join mother and father. She packed all the essentials, a jumper, a scalf, and the new plush pegasus Emmeryn gave her. Lucina was happy everything was in order and rushed to join the rest of the Shepards in preparation. As she opened the door she ran into someone’s leg and as she looked up, a frowning face greeted her. “And what do you think you’re doing young lady?” Lucina twiddled her fingers as she tried to answer her mother “Um-um I um…"Robin looked her daughter over and saw the back pack. "Oh no. Nonono” she picked Lucina up by the waist and walked over to the bed. “Mommyyyy” Lucina whined. “No!” Robin plonks her on the bed gently “I am not letting you follow us and risking you getting hurt, you hear me?” she was trying her best motherly telling off “But Luci wants to go see the north” “Lucina, you’re still young, you have a lot to learn and you’ll have your chance to visit Ferroxi but you have to be patient.” “But-” “Nope you’re staying. That’s final”. Lucina wobbled her lip preparing to cry but Robin wasn’t going to have it. “Oh no don’t you dare.” Robin sighed. She sat next to Lucina and patted her on the head “Lucina, please, if you love mommy, please listen when I ask you to stay” Lucina hesitated but nodded in the end “Good”. Her mother smiled and kissed her on the forehead. “It’s getting late sweetheart, so go to bed” “Alright”. Lucina changed into her pyjamas and prepared to go to bed. Robin tucked her in to bed “Aunty Emm will look after you when we’re away. What say we go shopping when I get back?” Luci nodded enthusiastically “Good night” “Good night mommy”. When Robin closed the door behind her, she gave out a heavy sigh “Being a parent is hard.”
It had been just over 2 days of travel when the Shepards noticed the weather beginning to change. They had begun setting up camp and Robin was taking stock of the food when Sully walked in with another barrel. “Ah, thanks for your hard work Sully” “Hey, just part of the excercise regime” she said flexing jokingly. Robin giggled “Careful, where you point those”. “Heh, don’t worry the barrels are the only ones who need to worry” she looked at the barrel she just brought in “Hmm the lid on this one’s loose-” “ACHOO!” The two women stared at the barrel. Sully raised her eyebrow “Did… did that barrel just sneeze?” The realization hit Robin like someone had casted Thoron on her “Oh Gods, you can’t be serious-” she flung the lid open and sure enough, a small child was crouched in the barrel halfway through eating an apple. The young girl smiled sheepishly “Hello mommy”
Robin reached in and picked up Lucina by her backpack "You are an impossible child!!!“. Lucina continued to smile hoping to calm her clearly upset mother. "Have to say she’s very tenacious” smiled Sully. Mother on the other hand wasn’t amused, so Lucina looks at her half eaten apple and offered that to her. There was a slight crack in Robin’s angry armour and she pinched her nose to hide her almost smile. No Robin you have to be serious here, she thought to herself. “You’re in serious trouble young lady” she took a deep breath and placed her on the ground. “Do you have any idea how dangerous it is, what would you do if you were hurt? We’d be so worried.” Lucina’s smile faded and she looked at her feet while fidgeting uncomfortably. “Mommy and daddy are always fighting bad people. Lucina just wanted to help.” Robin’s face heard this and a feeling of sadness gripped her. The poor girl wanted to stop whatever she went through from happening again. She got a little teary eyed when she hugged Lucina “Lucina, you’re brave and mommy is happy you want to help, but right now you’re far too young and I don’t know what I’d do if you got hurt”. Robin wiped away a tear when she let go of Lucina “Please don’t cry mommy, Lucina’s sorry”. This only made Robin cry a little more “You’re such a sweet child”. She kisses her on the forehead “Robin, if you want I can look after young Lucina while you finish setting up camp.” “Thank you Sully” she muttered as she wiped her face with her sleeve. “I need to talk to Chrom about what to do anyway”. The tactician stood up “Lucina go with aunty Sully-” “Hey! I’m not THAT old” Robin smirked at the comment “AUNT Sully will look after you” Sully was quite annoyed. “Yes mommy”. Robin smiled and headed off to look for Chrom. Sully patted Lucina on the head “So ya wanna protect mom and dad right?” the girl nodded “Alright then, aunt Sully will help you get stronger” Lucina’s face lit up with enthusiasm “Good, first we gotta train those muscles, so let’s go carry stuff into the tents "Yes aunt Sully”.
The knight sighed to herself “Great now I’m doing it”.
After Chrom’s initial frustration, he agreed with Robin’s assessment that Lucina would actually be safer if she was with the larger group. Sending her off with someone to take her back wouldn’t sufficiently protect her. Still the young girl’s presence seemed to boost everyone’s morale as she helped around the camp in her own sweet way. It was soon quite late in the evening and those not on night watch went to bed. It was cold and Lucina hadn’t brought sufficiently warm clothes, so Robin took her into her tent and wrapped some scarves under her clothes. “I wish you would have at least brought more clothes Lucina” Robin was genuinely worried about the girl catching a cold. Lucina looked around the tent as her mother dressed her. “Mommy, where’s daddy?” “Daddy’s sleeping in his own tent right now”. Lucina looked confused “Mommy isn’t sleeping with daddy?” Robin’s face began to go bright red “Wha-what?” Oh right Robin is supposed to be married to him “Um w-well, daddy just wants alone time” Lucina still didn’t understand “But mommy always sleep with daddy” Robin didn’t know how to respond “I um- well Lucina is sleeping with mommy so daddy can’t sleep with mommy when you’re here.” “Oh” the answer seemed to satisfy the child’s question until Lucina started again “Mommy can bring more sheets to make the bed bigger ” she saw her mother become more flustered at her persistance “Really we shouldn’t bother daddy”. Lucina held Robin’s hand and pulled her towards the exit. “Pleeeeeaaaase” “Lucina wait-” just as she said that, Chrom walked in. “Daddyyyy” the child ran over to her father and hugged his leg. “Hello Lucina aren’t you supposed to be in bed?” “Lucina wants to go to sleep with daddy” Chrom failed to notice Robin flailing her arms telling him no. “Of course!” Lucina smiled “Yay! Mommy! We can sleep in the same bed with daddy”. Robin almost made an audible smack when her palm met her face. Chrom began to stutter as he glanced between Robin and Lucina “W-well I-I thought you just-”. The young girl began pulling her father further in to the tent.
There was no escape from this it seemed, Robin leaned over to Chrom “We can wait till she falls asleep” he nodded “Good idea”. They eventually settled in under the sheets with Lucina in the middle of the pack. Lucina hugged her mother “Can mommy sing a song?” “Um-well let me think”. She looked to Chrom for help and he thought for a second before he began to hum a simple tune. Robin joined in and petted Lucina on the head to encourage her to go to sleep. Young Lucina eventually drifted to sleep, snuggling right up to Robin. She smiled to Chrom, “Aww look at her”. But Chrom’s only response was light snoring as he himself had fallen asleep. Robin giggled quietly as she stared at the sleeping prince “You are unbelievable”. She blushed when she found herself staring at Chrom’s peaceful face for too long.
She closed her eyes to sleep smiling softly “Idiot”
It was morning and Chrom began to stir from his slumber. He felt Lucina had rolled over to his side and he hugged her and smiled. It wasn’t so bad having a daughter. It felt strange though, she seemed taller somehow. “Mommy! Daddy! Uncle Freddie made breakfast!” Chrom looked at her daughter who was standing at the tent’s opening. He slowly turned his gaze to who he was actually hugging. Robin’s eyes opened and she thought it strange that Lucina managed to hug her over the shoulders being so small. Their realization of what was happening was highlighted by their screams of shock.
When they arrived in the Feroxi capital, Robin was still in a foul mood from what she saw as Chrom taking advantage of her. Chrom was apologetic but Robin wouldn’t listen and their bickering carried over to when they were preparing to fight in the tournament. Robin was taking Lucina to the audience stand as the young girl insisted on watching mother fight. “Mommy? Are you angry with daddy?” Lucina perceptive as ever was worried. Robin smiled “Daddy and mommy are just disagreeing on something”. When they arrived at Lucina’s seat next to Flavia, Lucina hugged Robin’s leg “Please don’t be angry at daddy, daddy will be sad if mommy is angry at him”. Robin grinned. How did she end up with this angel? She kissed Lucina on the head. “Cheer for mommy and daddy alright?” “Yes!”
Lucina watched from the sidelines as the two teams fought for their respective Khans. She was watching her father in particular as he was in an extremely intense one on one dual. The warrior seemed to match Chrom’s moves swing for swing. The young girl watched intently and gasped as Chrom’s opponent gained the upper hand and was about to swing a finishing blow. “FATHER!!!”. Somehow the masked blue haired warrior heard Lucina and he seemed to be staring right at the young girl. Lucina felt strange when their eyes seemingly met. Robin knocked back her opponent and spotted Chrom in trouble, where she then swiftly cast a fireball knocking the distracted warrior back several feet.
Chrom heard his opponent mutter something as he lay there defeated “That’s… impossible…”
The Shepards celebrated their success at Flavia’s victory
banquet. Robin had a few too many drinks and had to be escorted to her room by
Chrom. She was still jovial from all the merry-making and had more or less
forgot about what happened earlier in the morning. “You know for a
tactician you didn’t plan this drinking session very well” “I’m still
standing aren’t I” a hiccup punctuated her sentence. “Honestly you’re
such a light weight” “Feroxi liquor is strong!” “You had a
pint of beer” Robin scowled drunkenly at Chrom for answering back. Her
escort sighed “What would Lucina think if she saw you in this state”
Robin scowled harder “I think she’ll think why daddy almost got beaten by
someone smaller than him” she stuck her tongue out to add insult to injury
“Hey! Marth was very skilled. His moves matched mine like a mirror, and
that sword. It-” his thought was interrupted when the way to their room
was preceded by a long flight of stairs. “Ah” “Oooh what now,
defeated by a stairs as well now?” Chrom’s eye twitched at the comment
“I’ll show you who’s defeated!”. He placed one arm on Robin’s
shoulder and another behind her legs and with a mighty yell swept her off her
feet. He then quickly scaled the staircase taking two steps at a time and soon
enough found himself at the top. “So.” he huffed from the exertion
“how- was- that?”. He suddenly noticed Robin was gripping his shirt
quite tightly. “Um Robin?” she seemed startled and looked at Chrom,
her cheeks and ears seemingly redder than usual. “C-Chrom?” he began
to blush as well now. “Y-yea?”. Her hand clenched Chrom’s shirt
tighter. “A-are you going to put me down now or do you plan on carrying me
to my room?” “Maybe” blurted Chrom. It suddenly got really
awkward. “Maybe I should put you down that is.” Robin wrapped her
arms around him “What if I don’t let you?” they stared at each other
for a moment as he then let her pull his face closer to hers.
“Chrooooom! Have you seen Lucina?” He let her go abruptly and Robin landed on her rear.
Little Lucina was searching the halls. She swore she saw that masked warrior just a minute ago. She didn’t know why but she felt drawn to him, like they were connected somehow. “You shouldn’t be here” Lucina almost jumped out of her skin and turned to face the source of the voice. Sure enough Marth stood almost statuesque before her. The small child looked like she was about to scream “Nono please I’m not here to hurt you” “But you fought daddy” “I would never hurt him. Trust me” Lucina cocked her sideways inquisitively. She believed him. “I just wanted to make sure it was really you Lucina”. The girl blinked at her a few times “You know my name?” “Of course, I know you very well. But this… you’re not supposed to be here”. Lucina seemed confused when she repeated the phrase and it seemed Marth found himself stuck on how to explain the situation. “Look, I just want to make sure that you’ll keep yourself safe.” “Are bad people coming to the palace again?” “A-again?!” this seemed to be news to him. He hesitated before placing his hand on Lucina’s head “I’ll be watching over you if they do”. Suddenly he hugged her “Give my love to mother and father”. As Marth stood up, footsteps could be heard from behind Lucina, and as the little girl turned to see who it was, the strange man seemed to have disappeared into the shadows.
“There you are! Naga we were so worried!”
It came time for the group to finally return to Ylisse again. The trip was uneventful but Lucina was still pondering about what that strange man was trying to say. Mother and father seemed to be in a world of their own as well, barely making conversation or indeed eye contact with each other. When they finally arrived at the castle Emmeryn was in the great hall to receive them “Welcome home Chrom. I hear your mission had been a success”. “Indeed sister, we have secured an alliance with Ferox. We should be ready in case Plegia escalates the situation.” Emmeryn gave a heavy sigh “I’m afraid it already has”. Emmeryn revealed how Maribelle had been taken prisoner by the Plegians and had threatened to execute her. The Shepards were soon on the move again but this time Lucina was definitely staying behind. She spent the next two days helping look after little Morgan, who seemed quite happy with the wet nurse provided. The castle also seemed to be busier than usual; there were more soldiers wandering the grounds, the forge seemed to be working throughout the night. It only seemed to get busier when Emmeryn and the Shepards returned. Lucina remembered this happening before. She wondered whether this was what Marth was warning about.
It was supposed to be bed time for Lucina but she couldn’t quite sleep, still not able to figure out what will happen next. Mother and father were out in the yard somewhere so she snuck out of her room to find them. Lucina wandered down the halls and found her way to Emmeryn’s room. Maybe aunty Emm knew where mother and father were. The two soldiers guarding the room smiled at Lucina as she asked permission to enter. The men obliged saluting jokingly as she entered the room. Emmeryn was sat at her desk looking dour as she stared at the orders she had written to recruit more troops to defend the realm. “Aunty Emm?”. The Exalt seemed to be caught off guard, but quickly smiled when she realized it was Lucina. “What’s wrong dear? Can’t sleep?”. Lucina nodded and Emmeryn extended her hand “Come. Tell aunty what’s wrong?’. She obliged and hurried over to Emmeryn who then picked her up and sat Lucina on her lap. "So what’s troubling you?” “Luci met a man in Ferox” “Oh and what’s strange about this man?” Lucina thought for a moment on how to answer “He thinks bad people are coming here” Emmeryn smiled “And you’re worried?” Lucina nodded “Lucina we are people who are in a position where bad people will always try to hurt us. But it doesn’t mean we should live in fear. Fear causes us to do rash things, which can makes things worse. It may hurt the ones we love, or the ones we try to protect. Don’t let fear control you or you may end up being as bad as the people who try to hurt you. You see?” Lucina nodded again “Good… do you want to stay for a while longer?” “Yes!” “Alright then why don’t we read-”. Emmeryn was interrupted by the sound of clashing metal outside. “Lucina, could you wait here?” the young girl did as she was told and stood by the desk. Emmeryn could hear the fighting get closer as she walked slowly towards the nearest window to see what’ going.
Suddenly the window caves in and an assassin lands right in front of Emmeryn. She managed to dodge several slashes trying to lure her towards the door “Guards!” Fighting then erupted from behind the door as well and she could hear the two soldiers crying out for reinforcements. Emmeryn couldn’t dodge forever and sure enough she tripped and fell backwards. The assassin stood over her and raised his sword but flinched and yelled in pain. Emmeryn saw Lucina had bitten into the assassin’s leg. “LUCINA GET BACK!”. The girl was too slow and the assassin kicked poor Lucina away from him. Emmeryn threw a vase at him, striking the man across the head, but all this did was annoy him and he cornered the Exalt to deliver the final blow. Emmeryn felt something warm splatter across her cheeks as she opens her eyes to see the would be assassin impaled on Falchion.
“Her Grace said no”. The blade ripped from his body and he collapsed dead. Emmeryn’s moment of shock quickly turned to panic as she looked over to Lucina who was lyingon the ground, a small trickle of blood dripping onto the carpet.
“LUCINAAA!!!!!!” the Exalt’s saviour spun around to where Emmeryn was looking “SIS!!!!!!!!”
They ran over to the girl’s still frame.
Robin, Chrom and Lissa had fought their way to Emmeryn’s room and the tactician was the first to enter. “Your Grace, are you al-” she saw Emmeryn and Marth crouched over her daughter, her grace holding a glowing staff over Lucina, the implications . “No…” she dropped her sword “LUCINA!!!!!!!” her scream was deafening as she dashed to her daughter’s side. “Marth” had looked up and she was sobbing uncontrollably whilst holding Lucina’s hand. Robin stroked the side of Lucina’s face, the girl’s breathing was shallow, and there was a large cut across her head “Honey please wake up. Please. Mommy’s here now everything’s going to be alright. So please…” the girl wasn’t responding. Tears were streaming down Emmeryn’s face as she fought hard to close Lucina’s gaping wound. Lissa arrived by the girl’s side and helped her older sister’s resuscitation attempt. Chrom placed a hand on Robin’s shoulder “We have a fight to finish, let Lissa and Emmeryn-”. She slapped away Chrom’s hand her sorrow turned to anger. “Where is their leader?” she was seething with rage. “Down near the entrance but-” She dashed out of the room grabbing her sword as she went, not waiting for anyone else. “ROBIN WAIT!” she was already gone by the time Chrom arrived at the hallway. “Damnit!” Chrom looked back to where Lucina was “Please Gods, don’t let her die. Marth! Come on we have to help Robin.” The young woman was still in a daze until Emmeryn whispered to her “It’s alright, we’ll save her. I promise. You need to save your mother from herself.” Her eyes widened and she stared at the Exalt. “How did-” “It doesn’t matter just go”
She gave one last look at Lucina before she stood up and joined Chrom to look for her mother.
As they ran down the hall they simply followed the trail of dead assassins that Robin left in her wake. They arrived to a scene where Robin fought ferociously against three assassins protecting their master. The tactician was brutal. Chrom and Morgan could see no thought or planning in Robin’s movement, it was just wild instinct to kill those before her. One of the remaining assassin’s landed a blow but Robin shrugged it off before cleaving the man in half. With only the leader left she lunged head on towards him. The man simply evaded all of Robin’s wild flailing before stunning her with lightning magic disarming her of her sword. The pair jumped in to help as the leader moved to cast a spell. It turned out she didn’t need it. Robin was only temporarily incapacitated and she quickly lunged up and pierced the man’s chest when she cast Thoron point blank. Whatever was being cast stopped when Robin wrenched her hand deeper causing her victim to cough up blood. He slumped to his knees when Robin pulled her arm out. He managed to mutter three last words “This… isn’t… how…” before his lifeless body collapses to the ground. Robin picked up the sword she dropped and raised her sword to decapitate him.
“STOP!” Morgan had wrapped her arms under Robin’s. “GET OFF! I’M GOING TO KILL THIS DASTARD!” “HE’S ALREADY DEAD! PLEASE! THIS ISN’T YOU!” “AND HOW WOULD YOU KNOW!” “BECAUSE I’M YOUR DAUGHTER!” Robin froze “What…” “I’m your daughter… Morgan” as she said that her hands slid down to hug Robin.
She was crying “Mom… Please you’re scaring me”
Robin gritted her teeth and pushed Morgan away from her. “Don’t toy with me! Morgan is a baby, she’s with Sumia as we speak. And you expect me to believe you and her are the same?!” Morgan was saddened by the accusation but she understood that Robin has been through a lot. So she showed her the one thing that proves she is at least of House Ylisse. Removing her scarf she unbuttoned her tunic and slid the back down, just low enough for the Brand of the Exalt to be seen. It was on the left shoulder blade, exactly where baby Morgan’s was. Robin shook her head and tried to step away but the adrenaline that fueled her frenzy had left her body and she almost collapsed before Chrom caught her. Morgan buttoned up in a rush “Mother!” Chrom raised his hand to stop Morgan “F-father I-” “Please. I think she needs time… I need time… this is a lot for all of us to take in” “Chrom” “Yes Robin?” she closed her eyes. “Take me to Lucina” Chrom lifted her up and carried her like he did back in Ferox.
They were nearing Emmeryn’s room which was now heavily guarded. Lissa came rushing out and looked down both sides of the corridor before looking back to his brother walking towards her. “Chrom! Robin! Quick!” Chrom planted Robin on her feet. She staggered a little but Chrom let her lean on him. “We should get you a healer”. They walked in and Lissa smiled at them “She’s awake but she needs more rest to fully recover” Robin almost collapsed on hearing the news. She was smiling and crying from relief. Chrom grinned and hugged Robin “Thank the gods she’s alright”. Robin had no words she just nodded. She walked over to her bedridden daughter, Emmeryn was by her side. She smiled as the pair approached “Look Luci, mommy and daddy are here” Lucina half opened her eyes and managed a smile. “Mommy?” “Oh my poor little girl” she picked up her hand and kissed it repeatedly. “You had me so worried” “I’m sorry” Robin shook her head “Nonono you have nothing to be sorry about, you were very brave. Everything will be alright” Chrom’s larger hand clasped Robin’s and Lucina’s hand together. “You make us proud Luci. We love you, so get well soon” the little girl nodded faintly. “Where’s… Morgan?” Lucina rasped “She’s with aunty Sumia, when you wake up tomorrow we’ll bring her to see you alright?” “Alright mommy” “Good” Robin wiped away the tears on her cheeks and kissed her daughter on the head. “I’ll be right back, mommy just needs to sort a few things”. Chrom chimed in “Don’t worry, daddy will be here” Lucina nodded and closed her eyes to rest. Robin sees Morgan standing by the door as she got up to leave. She looked to be the opposite of the cool collected warrior Robin first met. “Morgan…” the young woman fidgeted a bit avoiding her mother’s gaze. “I… I’m sorry about before. I didn’t mean to-” Robin hugged her daughter “No. Thank you. You brought me back from the edge”. Morgan was overwhelmed with relief and joy that Robin accepted her.
She hugged her back and whispered “Mom…”
When Robin and Morgan parted ways, Phila flanked by two pegasus knights, blocked her path outside of Robin’s view. “Pardon my rudeness milady but Her Grace has asked me to offer you a room” For some reason the young woman felt uneasy looking at the captain and her entourage. “I really shouldn’t. I’ve gone beyond what I planned to do here” Phila stepped closer to Morgan who’s grip began to tighten around her scabbard. The knight captain leaned and whispered “Morgan, Her Grace will be holding a war council tomorrow. The events of tonight are no doubt a Plegian plot. You seem to know a great deal about events that have yet to happen including this one. So either you are a Plegian agent or there is something else that you haven’t disclosed. Even if you are of the Exalt’s bloodline, as knight captain and protector of her Grace, if you know something that will help defend her and the realm I intend to get it.” She straightened up again no longer whispering “So again I invite you on behalf of the Exalt. Will you stay?” Morgan wasn’t sure but she didn’t seem to have a choice in the matter.
“Alright. I accept”
Robin had finally taken the time to look after herself, taking a vulnerary for the stab wound she received earlier, and cleaning off all the blood she’s accumulated in her rampage. She returned to the Exalt’s room and bumped into Lissa as she began to leave the room. “Ah, Robin” she looked her over and smiled “You look much better than you did earlier” Robin rubbed the back of her head “Yea. I’m sorry about that.” “It’s alright, I understand a mother’s rage is quite the thing to behold.” “I… I still should have controlled myself better… a-anyway thank you for saving Lucina” “Hey an aunty is pretty powerful too, and I’ll fight with everything I have to save little Luci.” she looked back into the room “She’s a special part of us now” “It feels right” Robin agreed “Anywayyyyy I’ll be taking that bath, I’ll be back once I get a bit of rest. Emm’s still inside so don’t worry” Robin nodded and waved goodbye as Lissa walked down the hallway.
She saw Chrom was still keeping vigil over their daughter. Robin sat beside him “She’s fast asleep” Chrom nodded “She seems so peaceful, considering what’s happened, I’m glad she’s able to rest” Robin rested her head on Chrom’s shoulder “Let’s make her a special breakfast tomorrow. Something really tasty” Chrom chuckled “We should have a picnic when she gets better as well. Take her into the city and go shopping. She’ll love that” the tactician giggled “I can picture her waking up tomorrow all giddy when she sees us here” Robin was getting slightly misty eyed “Chrom?” “Yeah?” Her arm snaked around Chrom’s arm and she clasped his hand. “I want to keep her safe. I want to keep Morgan safe. I don’t want either of them to be afraid anymore. I want all of us to never ever have to go through with watching our loved ones get hurt.” Chrom’s fingers intertwined with hers “I promise you, I’ll do everything I can to make sure we’re safe.” Robin straightened up and looked at Chrom “I’ll be there with you every step of the way.” Chrom looked down to her and smiled “Every step?” “I’ll be the wind at your back and the sword by your side” They gazed at each other and leaned closer. “I suppose I can arrange the wedding for you two when this crisis is over” Emmeryn smiled from across the bed. The pair untangled themselves from each other and sat stiffly clearly embarrassed when they realized Emmeryn had been there all along.
Morgan didn’t expect to fall asleep so easily. It had been so long since she slept in an actual bed, the comfiness of it took her by surprise. When she woke up she didn’t really want to get out of bed, she just sprawled around like a cat before finally rolling to the edge and sat up. She looked around the room and saw some folded clothes on the desk. When she walked over she saw there were two sets. One of them were the ones she arrived in, cleaned and smelling slightly fragrant. The other was a dress, something she had never worn before as an adult. She began to wonder what she would look like and placed it in front of her as she stood before the mirror. Morgan for the first time felt like she was living a semblance of normalcy. It had to come to an end however as she realized she still had much to do. She geared up, Falchion by her side, and headed outside where she was greeted by Phila. They head down to meet Emmeryn. When they arrived at the conference room, all the Shepards were seated with Emmeryn at the head of the table. Morgan felt like she was on trial as she sat at the opposite end of the table as the meeting began. “First of all, thank you for what you’ve done for us. You’ve saved my life and many others.” Morgan bowed her head “I… I only did what was right your Grace” Emmeryn’s smile widened “It’s ok Morgan, I don’t mind you calling me aunty” the young woman fidgeted nervously, as the room erupted in surprised whispers. “I-I d-didn’t want to assume…” “Don’t worry. You can speak freely here. As a matter of fact I was hoping you could help us understand what has been happening over the last few weeks.” “I… I don’t know where to start”
“It’s alright. Take your time. Just start from the beginning”
Morgan could remember it like it was yesterday. The sound of battle. Men and women screaming, metal against metal. Metal against flesh. The stench of rot and blood hanging in the air as she fought a mass of undead. She carved away the wave of Risen but they kept coming, trying to break through to the portal the young royal was so desperate to defend. One after another they fell but eventually even with all her skill, her sword would be her downfall as it finally shatters under the weight of the onslaught. Morgan’s shock at her weapon breaking was followed by a sharp pain as the undead swordsman in front of her kicks her in the stomach sending her back several meters. He herd swarmed to finish her off “ARC FIRE!!!” flames burst through air and the mass of undead soon turned to ashes as the magic incinerated their corrupt bodies. Morgan looked at the caster and saw the figure donning the familiar looking great coat, bloodied from the battle. The figure then fell on one knee from exhaustion. “SIS!” Morgan rushed over to Lucina’s side, and when she got closer she could see the gaping wound along the tactician’s abdomen. “Oh gods no! Sis!” She heaved her older sister from the ground “We have to get through to the portal now! Everyone else has made it through, so we have to-” Lucina’s hand clasped Morgan’s shoulder gently “I… I’m not going” Morgan gritted her teeth dragging her sister towards the portal. “Don’t be insane! We can get you healed on the other side! You’ll make it!” the tactician shook her head “It won’t close before the rest of the Risen arrive. If I hold them off-” Morgan was beginning to yell “NO! I’M NOT LETTING YOU DIE HERE! WE’RE GOING BACK TOGETHER! WE’RE GOING TO SAVE OUR MOM AND DAD! WE’RE GOING TO SAVE AUNT LISSA! WE’RE GOING TO SAVE AUNT EMMERYN! WE’LL SAVE OUR FUTURE TOGETHER! SO YOU’RE GOING WITH ME WHETHER YOU L-” she suddenly found herself slammed against the ground, Lucina staring straight down at her, as she shoved Falchion into her hands “Keep it safe and it’ll keep you safe” Morgan was tearing up “Don’t-” but before she could regain her composure, Lucina had already lifted her up and flung the younger sister through the portal.Lucina smiled to herself “Challenge our fate”. She turned towards the flood of undead now racing towards her and pulled out her remaining tomes.
Morgan was wiping tears from her eyes desperately trying to stop herself from sobbing “I couldn’t save her. I couldn’t save my own sister” she didn’t realise how much she was holding back until now. “Falchion is the only thing I have left of her. Of my family. Lucina. She-” Morgan only noticed Chrom had walked over to where she had sat when he knelt down and hugged her. “I’m sorry. Both of you deserved better from me than one sword and a world of troubles” Morgan’s voice cracked as she hugged him back “Father…”. Robin joined Chrom and kissed Morgan on the head. “There, there let it all out.” The room had fallen silent, all except Morgan who cried into her Father’s shoulder, as everyone looked on. A few of the Shepards were also tearing up but refrained from saying anything more. Once Morgan finally regained her composure, she cleared her face with a handkerchief Robin offered her. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to break down like that.” Chrom shook his head “You’ve been through a lot. You don’t need to apologize to us”. Morgan nodded.
“Are you able to continue?”
Robin and Chrom smiled and returned to their seats. “I’m guessing you’ve all gathered that from what I’ve said that I am Chrom and Robin’s child from the future. My goal wasn’t simply to save aunt Emmeryn, her death would lead to the return of a great threat. The Risen that have begun infesting this land are the servants of the Fell Dragon. Grima.” The room erupted with concerned chatter, Robin looked to the prince “Who’s Grima?” Emmeryn raised her hand and everyone quietened down once more. “How did he return exactly?” “When you died… Chro- my father was injured during the assassination and events conspired to eventually lead to his death. And when he died Grima returned” She looked around the room. “Everyone here would perish. There were so few of us remaining in the future, but we fought Grima’s army as best as we could. We finally managed to summon Naga. She created a ritual that would send us back in time to change our future. But-” “But things aren’t the same” Morgan nodded at her mother’s remark “The younger versions of me… and my sister. They’re not really me… I mean she’s identical to me in every way but I never returned to this point as a child. Everything else about this time is correct, but they’re not supposed to be here so-” “So that means they’re probably from a different timeline” “Or that I’m from a different timeline…” everything went quiet for a moment. “She still recognizes both of you as father and mother though” Emmeryn sighed “I guess that means the timeline the three of you are from are the same. And I suppose your introduction to this past has steered us towards a similarroute.” Morgan clenched her fists “I won’t let that happen. Lucina. Sis trusted me to save us from our doomed future. Even if this is not my past, I will not allow it to follow the same path my future took. I will not let my sister’s sacrifice be in vain. As long as I still stand.” She rose from her seat with a renewed sense of conviction.
“I will save all possible futures!”
Emmeryn rose from her seat and smiled. “You do not have to do this alone.” Chrom followed her sister and stood from his seat “We’re all here for you”. “You’re our future Morgan.” Robin had followed suit as well “We can’t let you take on all the burden”. One by one the Shepards stood up and raised their voices in support. Morgan smiled and bowed to everyone present.
The sun had already begun to set. The council had lasted for many hours but it was finally decided that Emmeryn would relocate to the summer palace for safety. Everyone seemed to be on edge as they prepared an escort for her grace. Morgan hoped they’ve all come to the right decision. What if she was wrong? No. She can change the past. It already has changed.
As she wandered the halls deep in thought she felt something bumped into her knee. “Ah. Who…” and knocked onto her bottom was her “older” sister: Lucina. “Oh gods, sis I’m so sorry! You’re not hurt are you?” She called her sister without realizing it. Lucina shook her head “Are you sure? You only just recovered from your injury so…” all Morgan received as a reply was a long confused stare.
Morgan picked Lucina up onto her feet “Um. Is something else the matter?” “Who are you?” "Eh?“ Morgan scratched her head "Um you don’t recognize me?” Lucina shook her head. Morgan pondered for a moment before getting an idea “How about this?” she placed her hands in front of her face making slats over the eyes. “Ah” Lucina frowned and pointed accusingly at Morgan “Bad guy!” There was slight indignation from Morgan “I’m not a bad guy!” she pouted.
“It’s true. She’s not a bad guy” Robin had turned up carrying a set of blankets. “Mommy!” Lucina ran over to the tactician and hugged her leg. Lucina felt her mother’s hand ruffle her hair before exclaiming “But she had a fight with daddy”. Robin knelt down to Lucina’s height “That was a tournament she would never have hurt your father. She’s actually Morgan.” Lucina was understandably confused and frowned “But Morgan is a baby” she whined. “Ah yes, but this Morgan is from the future” Morgan knelt down closer and teased Lucina “Come on sis, surely you recognize your own little sister right?”
Lucina stared at her supposed sister for a moment and circled round to her back “Um, sis what are you-” Morgan felt a sudden tug at her scarf as Lucina tried to remove her “little” sisters clothes “Gah! Sis not here! We’re in the corridor” she felt her cheeks flush as Lucina ignored her complaints and continued to try and tug away at her clothes. Robin giggled at how forward Lucina was. “Fine! Fine!” Morgan unbuttoned her clothes and slid it down to reveal the Mark of the Exalt. “That what you’re looking for?” Lucina stared at it for a moment “ Happy no-EEEK!” Lucina had started scratch the Mark to see if it wasn’t painted “Ah no! Lucina stop! Ah!” Morgan tried to reach back and stop her “older” sister, Robin on the other hand was laughing out loudly at her daughter’s onslaught.
The scratching sensation stopped and Lucina continued to stare in disbelief. Morgan buttoned up once more still beet red from the ordeal. “Gods, that was embarassing”. “I don’t understand” Morgan turned round and saw Lucina filled with guilt. “That’s alright” Morgan smiled reassuringly “I don’t quite believe it myself sometimes. But I really am from the future. And I really am Morgan” Lucina looked up at Morgan “Why did you fight daddy?” Morgan gave a soft sigh “Because… because I never sparred with father in the future. I didn’t get the chance to. I was never going to hurt him. I’m sorry I worried you.”
Lucina frowned “But you did” “Well it was only scratch” Lucina pouted a little “You should apologize” Morgan smiled awkwardly at Lucina’s persistence before Robin intervened. “Daddy’s not angry with Morgan. So it’s not a problem.” “It was naughty.” Morgan and Robin gave in “Alright alright, I’ll accept your punishment.” Lucina nodded and picked up the stack of clothes Robin had been carrying and handed it to her future younger sister “Help mommy with chores” Morgan and Robin smiled to each other “She’s a very bossy big sister” quipped Robin. Morgan nodded and turned to Lucina.
“Um sis can I ask you a favour?” “Yes?” Morgan hesitated a little, it was a silly request but it was something she really wanted. “Could… could you call me sister?” Lucina was still a little pouty but relented. She got on her tiptoes and patted Morgan on the head “Little sis”. Morgan fought back the wave of emotions taking over her. Putting the clothes down she hugged Lucina tightly “Big sis. I missed you so much.” Her big sister hugged her back.