Definitely Unexpected, a CS/Frozen Jewel AU (Chapter 2)
Definitely Unexpected, a CS/Frozen Jewel AU
A/N: This was one of the scenes I was most excited to write when I started this AU! My eternal gratitude to my betas the-captains-ayebrows, for her enthusiasm and ninja grammar skills and lovemelikeapirate, for her writing mastery and for being my British Cultural Consultant. So we have the Emma and Killian meeting in this chapter and will probably keep going with them for a few more, but we will check in with Liam in New York soon, I promise :)
Summary: Emma Swan, self-described “loner, loser, and complicated wreck” takes a much needed vacation from her New York City life by doing a home exchange with Liam Jones, a charming bartender from Brighton, England. She could have never anticipated that what, or whom, she would find on her summer vacation was exactly what she had always been missing. (The Holiday AU, summer style)
Despite his late night, Liam awoke alert and bright eyed, ready to make arrangements for his impromptu trip. He grabbed his phone from the nightstand and started texting co-workers, most of whom seemed surprised to hear from him this early.
Ordinarily, Liam barely got up in enough time for it to still be considered morning. Normally he worked closing shifts at the bar, even offering to close for other people who had something called lives to get back to. As far as jobs go, he was okay being considered “married to the job”. He got to meet interesting people, had fun while doing it, and the hours were long so he was always busy. He was offered management positions from time to time, but he enjoyed the flexibility and social aspect of tending bar, so he always turned them down. But, the staff knew he ran that bar like a well-trained crew. Some even took to calling him Captain.
Liam fired off a barrage of texts calling in favors to get his shifts covered for the next week. It was the middle of the summer holiday, so there were more than enough uni students who were happy to pick up some extra shifts.
While he waited for texts to come through, he pulled up his laptop and looked for some last minute flights out of London. He got incredibly lucky finding one that left in almost exactly 24 hours, so it meant an early morning departure. He couldn’t pass up the deal so he booked it immediately, then sent off a few more texts. He had friends in London that he could stay with tonight so it would be easier to get to Heathrow in the morning. His adventure was beginning today.
In a flurry, Liam dashed about the room getting ready for the day, tossing clothes and other necessary items into his duffel bag, and began making arrangements for a houseguest he would never meet. He had a few little notes with instructions in various places, like how to work the coffee maker, television, etc. He made up the guest room bed with fresh linens and checked to be sure there were clean towels in the en-suite. There was an unmistakable hint of dancing in his step as he gave the house a quick once-over with a broom.
Liam took one last look at the place from the door as he slung his duffel over his shoulder. Satisfied with his preparations, he locked it behind him and put the key under the doormat. He began making his way to the train when it dawned on him. Shit, I didn’t tell Killian I was leaving. I’ll call him from the train.