Hey everybody! I don’t know if you know this, but today is the lovely and talented CuddlesLittleVixen’s birthday. I wrote her a little Shamy story, and I’m going to share it with everyone. Cuddles, I hope you like it!
This goes in the same verse as His Lady, but both can be read independently. This is based on recent spoilers for 4B–you have been warned.
I do hope you enjoy it. :D
He doesn’t know what to do.
His Mama just disappeared and turned into somebody he doesn’t
know, a crazy woman with red hair who is threatening his Papa and making Emma
mad. He screams and cries, pointing his finger at her, begging her to bring
back his Mama, wanting her to go away.
But his Mama is dead. She has always been dead. His tummy
starts to hurt.
He’s running now, as fast as he can until somebody grabs him
and holds him close, rubbing the back of his head like his Mama used to do,
whispering in his ear that it will all be alright.
It’s Gina. He cries into her coat, and she hugs him even
He pushes her away then, terrified that she will change,
too, that she’s not really his Gina, not really the woman who protected him
from flying monkeys or sang lullabies to him when they were staying in the
castle. What if she’s another bad person pretending to be his Gina and trying
to take him away?
“Papa!” he cries, and he feels his daddy pick him up. He’s
crying, too, his face and beard are wet, but Roland knows he is also angry.
The witch tricked them. She tricked them all. She’s a very bad
He doesn’t remember getting into the van, but Gina leans in
to help him into the car seat, and he lets her, even though he wants his Papa.
“I’m right here, Roland,” Papa whispers before moving in to
kiss his cheek. “I’m not going anywhere.”
“You’re not going to disappear, too?”
He’s crying again, he can’t help it, and his Papa wipes his
cheek, kissing the top of his head until he settles back down.
“No,” Papa tells him. “I’m not going to disappear. And
neither is Gina. She’ll never leave you again.”
Check carmilla2theletter.tumblr.com/tagged/zookeeper-AU for the full saga
I’m on mobile and can’t do a cut, so please reblog as a link :) Enjoy!
Laura and Carmilla woke up in each other’s arms. After snuggling close for a few moments, the sun began to rise and the house became slight chaos. They both rushed around to get dressed before going to work. Laura made them coffee as Carmilla packed S.J. in his crate.
“I feel like he’s been in there all night,” Laura frowned as she looked at the little kitten through the mesh.
“I took him out for a while when I fed him, so he’s good,” Carmilla petted Laura’s hair to comfort her and gave her a kiss that went longer than expected. Her body tingled slightly as she was flooded with memories from the previous night and wished she had time to do it all over again before they left. “Oh hey, can we go in your car today? I forgot to get gas last night.”
“Sure. I have to stay a half hour late to help with an injection though, is that okay?”
“Yeah, I was probably going to work on S.J.’s enclosure anyways.”
They loaded the kitten into the back of Laura’s car, and Carmilla curled up with her coffee in the passenger seat. The snow was piling higher now, and the radio announced possibility of a snowstorm later that day. But Carmilla waved it off - they’d been threatened with a blizzard for the past two weeks and everything had been fine.
Laura gave Carmilla a quick peck after turning off the car. “I still can barely believe last night happened. You’re wonderful.”
Carmilla blushed. “It was lovely, darling. And hey, I’ll have to start packing soon.”
One more kiss and they were both off in separate directions. The day itself went by quickly - the Big Cat building was short by one and Carmilla had to do double duty, with a lot of extra diet prep. Most of the cats were locked inside because of the unseasonable temperature drop and the building had no windows, so she was surprised when she got a text from Laura saying the snow was getting much worse. Carmilla shoved open the big cat door to find it was nearly impossible to open, with two feet of packed snow outside it.
It was nearly 5:30 and Carmilla was waiting for Laura to let her know when she was done. Then the lights cut off in the Big Cat building. Carmilla raced downstairs as the generator kicked in and a few dim emergency lights flickered on. Danny flung open the door to the kitchen, covered in snow and throwing off her jacket and hat.
“Thank god you’re still here. Alright, looks like the storm knocked out zoo power, just got a call from Maintenance that the whole place is reporting outages. I’m the Manager on Duty today, so it’s my problem. I need you to grab the EP binder, now,” Danny’s voice was firm but even.
Carmilla ran into the office and pulled a white binder labeled “Emergency Preparedness” out of the file cabinet.
“Give me just a second,” she said as she handed the binder to Danny and pulled her cell phone out. She quickly called Laura, stepping into the hallway. “Hey sweetie.”
“Babe! The power just went out over here,” Laura’s voice was shrill and Carmilla could tell she was freaking out.
“I know, looks like the whole zoo is down. It’s gonna be fine though, Danny and I are in Big Cats starting with the emergency plan and there should be enough people here to-”
“Who are you talking to?”
Carmilla whipped around and looked at Danny, who was standing with her hands on her hips.
“Um, Laura, one of the C&F keepers…” Carmilla trailed off, unsure of how much information to give.
“Well get her over here! We need all the help we can get, almost everyone has left for the day.”
Carmilla tried to hide her sigh of relief. “You got it. Laura, did you hear that?”
“I did. I can be there in a few minutes. We already finished the injection and my manager left for the day, I was just observing. I’ve got to check on everybody then I’ll head over. I’ll see you soon, sweetheart.”
“See you soon.”
She went back into the kitchen and saw Danny was double fisting a cell phone and her radio. “Tell the managers to call me if they can make it back. Thank you, Lola.”
Carmilla flipped through the binder as Danny hung up. “Alright, so Cats, Reptiles, and Pachyderms all have built in backup generators. So we need to get heat to C&F and the Aviary. Do we know who all is here yet?”
“So far we’ve got a bird keeper, one giraffe keeper, someone from the health center and your C&F keeper. Plus Lola Perry up at the First Aid cabin.”
“Have we called the power company yet?”
“Not yet, you call them. I’m going to keep making all calls on the radio to catch any stragglers.”
One thing Carmilla was great at was keeping a level head during a crisis. She calmly called the power company’s business line and discussed the outage - the power was going to be out at least until the morning. With temperatures still dropping, that meant they needed to heat a few of the buildings until it got above freezing. According to the EP binder, there were at least four mobile generators, space heaters, and fuel in the maintenance building. There was an ATV with a cart in the dry food barn that could be used to transport the generators. Carmilla called up to the health center and Dr. LaFontaine was the one still there - they agreed to drive the health center’s SUV over to pick up the ATV and meet at the maintenance building.
Carmilla briefed Danny and when she opened the door, she ran into Laura. They gave each other knowing smiles and hugged close.
“Hey there cupcake. I’m headed over to the maintenance building to pick up heaters, wanna come?” Carmilla asked, straightening Laura’s scarf out of habit.
“Sounds good to me.”
They started walking down the service road, and Laura reached out to hold Carmilla’s hand. No one was really there to see them.
The zoo was beautiful in the snow. Even in the darkness of the evening, moonlight reflected off nearly every surface. The zoo was eerily quiet with the animals locked in and no buzzing streetlights. Carmilla paused in the middle of the road, right behind the elephant yard, and pulled Laura in to kiss her. They stood wrapped up in each other for a moment, catching their breath amongst the emergency chaos.
“I’m really glad you’re here with me,” Laura said softly, nuzzling against Carmilla’s neck.
Their hands clasped together as they made the rest of the trek to the maintenance building. Dr. LaFontaine was already there, using the headlights of the ATV to light everything up.
Laura and Carmilla helped load two generators, two space heaters, and some fuel onto the back of the ATV. The ATV was big enough for three but it was still a tight fit - LaFontaine drove and Laura clung onto the small back seat, wrapping her arms around Carmilla’s waist.
The first stop was the Aviary. A keeper named Natalie met them at the back door and helped haul the generator.
“LaFontaine, if you can help set up this heater, I’ll go with Laura and set up the C&F one. Then we’ll swing back by to pick you up,” said Carmilla as she carried the space heater into the Aviary kitchen.
“Good thinking. Radio when you’re on your way back.”
The two of them hopped back onto the ATV and Carmilla drove them over to C&F. She parked at the back entrance and pointed the headlights at the door.
“You know, I haven’t actually been in the C&F building since I started here,” Carmilla mentioned.
Laura’s eyebrows raised. “Really? Well we can have a quick look while we’re setting everything up.”
They both made quick work of setting up the generator and the heater. The generator stayed outside because of the fumes, and they created a small embankment for it in the snow, lined with a tarp. The extension cord ran inside to the central hallway, and they set up the space heater.
“Would you like to meet our newest baby?” Laura asked, practically giggling with delight. She’d set a large flashlight on the counter and it pointed up at the ceiling.
“Of course,” Carmilla smiled at her adorable girlfriend. Just as she was following her to a small cage set on a counter, the flashlight began to flicker.
“Hey there are spare batteries in the supply closet back in the kitchen, by the window. Would you go grab some?” asked Laura as she bent down to inspect at a frightened-looking tiny monkey.
“Yeah, no problem.”
Carmilla went to the kitchen, which was barely illuminated by moonlight. She opened the closet door, which seemed to stay propped on its own as she scanned the cramped shelves for batteries. There was a tiny creaking sound, and the door slammed shut. Carmilla twisted the handle and slammed her body against the heavy metal to no avail. Then, she started to scream.