The Fallout of Fall Festival [2/2]
Here is part 2 (and the final part) of The Fallout of Fall Festival! More Nolan family cuteness, more angst, and a self-righteous Liam await you. Thank you for reading and thank you to @teamhook again for your help during the early stages. Enjoy!
Rating: T for language
Word Count: approx. 10K
Emma trudged into Granny’s Diner the Tuesday after the fall festival.
“Hey there!” Ruby greeted cheerily.
“Hot chocolate and French toast,” Emma grumbled in reply.
“Good morning, Ruby, so good to see you. How are you today? I’m great, Emma, thanks for asking. And how are you?”
“I’ll be better once I have some hot chocolate and French toast.”
“Emma, what’s wrong? I thought you’d be happier or something.”
“Because I’m getting my hot chocolate and French toast soon?”
Ruby sighed and stomped off to place the order and get Emma a hot chocolate. She slid the beverage across the counter to Emma. “There. You going to tell me now what’s got you in a worse mood than you’ve been in for the past two weeks?”
Emma sipped at her hot chocolate. “I’m sorry, Ruby. It’s not you.”
“I’m guessing you haven’t heard the news if you’re like this.”
Emma’s head shot up. “What news?”
Ruby grinned wolfishly. “Milah checked out on Saturday.”
Emma’s face crumpled. “She’s already moved in with him? But I haven’t even moved most of my stuff out or given my key back. My name’s still on the lease. What—”
“Emma, Emma, Emma,” Ruby interrupted. “She didn’t move in with him.”
Emma’s brow furrowed. “Then where did she go?”
“She left Storybrooke. I heard something about New York or Chicago.”
“But—Killian’s still here.”
“And he’s not going with her?”
“No, you idiot. They’re not together. They met and talked here a couple of times while she was here, but she’s gone now.”
“She’s … gone. But he’s here?”
“Yes, Emma! That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you.”
A smile broke across Emma’s face. “He didn’t go with her,” she whispered to herself.
Ruby stepped away and came back with Emma’s French toast. “So—what are you going to do about it?”
“Well, since my shift starts in twenty minutes, right now I’m going to eat my breakfast and then head to the sheriff’s station.”
“Emma,” Ruby whined.
“But, I get off at 5. So tonight—tonight, I think I’m going to talk to the man I love.”