A/N: I’m sorry but no fluff here. There’s been too much fluff lol
Warning: Angst, Swearing
Your friends and family always told you to leave him. That you were just a current attraction, that it would never last. How he had you wrapped around his finger and constantly walks all over you.
You never thought about it that way. You always thought it was being flexible. They don’t know his past the way you do. They don’t know that he’s out cleaning up Gotham’s streets every night. Yes, you often bend to his needs more than he does yours.
You’re the one who keeps the apartment clean, cooks dinner, does the laundry, goes grocery shopping, all while attending school and keeping a steady job. Jason would help you if he had the time right? But he doesn’t every day its a new mission with Bats or the Outlaws.
Basically Jason said ‘jump’ and you ask ‘how high?’ But you were used to it. You love him and would do anything for him. And he loves you. One thing you pride your relationship on is that he never even glances the way of another girl.
Well at least that’s what you thought and what his friend would tell you, though you never asked to be told.
Jason had been gone with the Outlaws for a four day mission, but was getting home a day late tonight. It was often the Outlaws would get hung up and ended up getting home later than supposed too. One of them always texted or called if that was the case.
You always stay up and wait for when he gets home from long missions.
Sitting on your couch you skimmed through a book waiting for him to walk through the door, and it didn’t take too long for that happen.
Hearing the noise of keys in the lock, you pulled the book from your face and glanced at the hallway. When the sound of the door opening reached your ears.
Setting the book aside when he came into view. “Welcome home Jay” standing to meet him halfway.
“Hey babe” He replied, but there was something off about his tone and demeanor. “What’s wrong?” asking, a confused expression making it’s way to your face.
He shifted uncomfortable, “[F/n] I did something, something bad” not meeting your eyes. Tilting your head to meet his eyes, asking “What? You can tell me”
“I-I got really drunk last night. Roy, Kori, and I all went out to celebrate the success and we all got super drunk and I honestly didn’t mean of any of this to happen it was all a mistake” his eyes bore into yours with regret.
He’s not going to say what you think he’s going to say is he?
“Jay you’re scaring me” taking a small step back.
“I’m so sorry [F/n], I cheated on you” you could feel your breath stop as tears came to your eyes. “What?”
“It was all a mistake, I didn’t want any of it to happen. It meant nothing to me, I barley even remember last night” not realizing that those words made it worse.
“Obviously it meant something if it’s one of the few things you remember!” yelling through your tears.
“NO! That’s not what I meant” He said before you turned your back. Not able to look at him. Arms crossed over your stomach as tears streamed down your cheeks.
He reached out, when his fingers barley grazed your skin you turned and stepped away from him. “Don’t touch me!” growling shortly. Your tone was a mixture of sadness, anger, confusion, and most importantly betrayal.
“God I was so fucking stupid! I should’ve listened to them, my friends, my family. They were so damn right! What even am I Jason? Other than your goddamn door mat!” screaming at him. You’d never yelled at him like this before.
“You’re not my doormat! I love you [F/n]! You’re the love of my life!” he yelled back. Desperation filling his expression, tone, his whole being completely.
“Then why do I feel so unloved huh? Why do I feel like I’m just something you come back too? Like I’m some goddamn collectable!” You had no idea you felt like this until the words were spilling out of your mouth. He’s been using you this whole time, how can you trust what he’s saying now?
When he didn’t answer, you just shook your head. A scoff escaping your lips, “I’m fucking done” turning your back to get a jacket from the coat rack.
“[F/n] please” he tried to stop you. “I can’t loose you, it won’t ever happen again”
“Well I can’t fucking take this anymore Jason! It shouldn’t have happened in the first place. I can’t come back to a empty apartment for the rest of my life. I’m so–” You stopped realizing something, “No, I’m not sorry. I have nothing to be sorry for” Turning your back to him for the last time and putting a hand on the door knob.
“Goodbye Jason, I hope your fling was worth it” Opening the door before stepping out. Not having noticed his attempt to stop the door before you slammed it shut. You stayed leaning against the door, finally letting out a strained sob while covering your mouth.
Jason was leaning on the door by his forearms. His head hanging between his arms. Tears stinging at his own eyes. ‘How could I be so stupid? I’m such a fucking idiot’ he thought before pushing himself up.
Turning around, in a moment of rage he punched a whole straight through the wall. Before finally breaking down.
How could he hurt you like that?
**I might do a part two, but who knows at this point in life. (If anyone wants to see that send me a request or message or some sort of communication thing lol)
***I have one more open spot in my requests if anyone is interested ;)
Having a squad who are open minded, and can ramble on about some intellectual deep shit, having debates on issues but also having your funny moments, but having a vibe like no other, and just being chill, carefree, embracing who you are, feeling comfortable because you are with the same group of people so no worry to feel judged is the squad I strive for
request; hi 😊 can you do a fake text where you have a huge crush on Calum and you think you’re texting one of the other boys but you’re really texting Calum about how you were about to kiss him but something happened so you didn’t and you were left wanting to kiss him? pleasee? 😘
Trying out this new thing where I try to break my writer’s block by writing about something else. As a result: Shiro/Ulaz & truth serum.
Ulaz finds Shiro tucked away in a small cell, sitting on the floor with one leg drawn up towards his chest. He stirs only slightly when Ulaz tears open the door, his head tilting against the wall when he tries to lift it, eyes open but hooded, cloudy with the promise of sleep.
“Hello,” he says when Ulaz drops to his knees beside him. Shiro speaks the word slowly and with intent, careful to make sure he’s getting it right. His tongue stumbles over the second syllable, slurring it out instead of flicking it off the roof of his mouth.
The bottom layer of the cake depicted a man standing against the silhouette of a large car.
The next layer up depicted another man standing with another car, hood opened - the silhouette appeared to be working on the car.
The next layer depicted both men hunched over the car with the open hood.
The layer after that showed them wrapped in each other’s arms and kissing.
The top layer showed them holding hands, and little hearts had been painted all around them.
“So it’s like each layer is a story?”
“Yes,” Castiel smiled, kneeling beside his niece, Claire. “The first two layers show what Uncle Dean and I were doing the day we met. My car broke down and he saw me as he was driving by, and the middle layer shows how he fixed my car.”
“And then the layer after that is you falling in love?”
“Yup,” Dean smiled, kneeling beside Claire as well. “Can you tell what the top layer is supposed to be?”
Claire stared up at the tall cake, her eyes wide. “It’s today!” she exclaimed, “your wedding day!”
Cas met Dean’s eyes over the eight year old’s head, sharing a sweet smile with his new husband. “That’s right, sweetheart. It’s our wedding day.”
of the events in “Morning, Darlin’”, Steve and Y/N haven’t spoken in ages.
Unresolved issues and arguments lie bubbling on the surface, and it’s only a
matter of time before the ticking time bomb goes off. The two are unknowingly
and unwillingly forced to work together one more time, although the situation
is a lot more dire this time around.
A few hours
later, your journey took an abrupt pause. The car was silent apart from exhales
and inhales, as well as the odd cough or sniff. Suddenly, a horrible clunking
noise sounded from somewhere in the car, causing all of you to frown. The
clunking didn’t stop, and Bucky decided to pull over before something bad
the car and walked to the front, where the three others were standing, bent
over the opened hood. They seemed to be discussing something, but you didn’t
feel the need to listen what they were talking about. Smoke poured out of the
car, and you moved a few feet to avoid getting it in your face. A few minutes
later, with thoughts clouding your mind, you snapped back into reality when their
voices started to increase in volume. Sighing, you looked around and found a
large rock a few metres to your right, and decided to sit down there and wait.
around at your surroundings, but there wasn’t really much to see. Golden sand
covered the sides of the road for miles, with the occasional cactus here and
there. You quickly became bored, and decided to watch the guys do whatever they
were doing. They were still arguing, and you sighed. Sam quickly raised his
hands in surrender and turned around, trying to see where you’d gotten off to.
He made his way towards you, shaking his head in annoyance.
said, and you moved over to give him room. He let out a large huff and crossed
his arms, watching as Bucky and Steve continued to argue.
they arguing over now?” you asked, exasperated.
gonna get to be the man and fix the problem,” he replied, and you scoffed.
Typical. Steve’s gestures were rigid and stiff, almost robot-like in precision,
while Bucky was rubbing his temple in frustration. With one careless wave he
seemed to have surrendered as well, and started walking to the boot of the car.
Steve seemed happy enough as he leant over the car, inspecting its contents,
while Bucky fetched the tool-box from the boot.
as he started tinkering, trying to fix whatever had gone wrong. You quickly
became very aware of the fact that every movement he made caused his muscles to
become visible beneath his T-shirt, and you swallowed thickly at the sight. The
heat and sweat didn’t help much either.
staring,” Sam remarked quietly, leaning over towards you as if to prevent
anyone else from hearing, even though they were far away. You quickly averted
your gaze and cleared your throat as discreetly as you could.
Hux. Poe. An ex, and a boyfriend (in whichever order) and a very uncomfortable Kylo.
“I told you we should stick to the freeway, Hux.” Kylo
whined as they pushed his boyfriend’s beloved car to the side of the deserted
“And if we were on the freeway we’d still be stuck in the
middle of nowhere, broken down. Anyways, Google Maps said this way would save
us miles and close to an hour off our travel time.” Hux huffed his response.
Then he rushed around to the front of the car, and opened the hood.
Kylo had begged his boyfriend to fly out to their friend,
Phasma’s wedding, but Hux had said, “Wouldn’t it be hilarious if we took a road
trip in my Camaro instead?” And once the words were out of his mouth, there was
no convincing him that they were buying plane tickets to go. What was worse was
he couldn’t convince Hux that they should take his 2015 Mercedes instead of the
1972 Camaro that hadn’t been well cared for before he owned it.
Kylo had also begged not to take the ‘shortcut’ that Hux’s
phone insisted they take. He honestly wouldn’t have minded other shortcuts, but
this one…this one made him beyond nervous. If he was lucky, it would only mean
driving though the town he’d been avoiding for years. But then Hux’s car began
to sputter and die. Kylo was never that lucky when it came to his home town.
“A hoodie (also called a hooded sweatshirt or hoody) is a sweatshirt with a hood. They often include a muff sewn onto the lower front, a hood, and (usually) a drawstring to adjust the hood opening, and may have a vertical zipper down the center similar to a windbreaker style jacket.”
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(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
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
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
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
“She has the Brand of the Exalt”
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.
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
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
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
She was crying “Mom… Please you’re
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
“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
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
“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
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.
Packard Co. file photograph of a 1937 Packard front view, top folded, hood partially open, three females at front of car, one female in passenger seat, all wearing swimsuits. Inscribed on photo back: “Packard super eight, fifteenth series, model 1501, 8-cylinder, 135-horsepower, 134-inch wheelbase, 5-person convertible victoria (body type #1501), note white sidewall tires, fender wells, 6-wheels, trunk rack, Packard deluxe emblem, setting: Florida.”
Courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library