**WARNING: mention of SDCC spoilery teases below**
I know, I know we’re all still basking in the SDCC afterglow, ‘cause seriously wasn’t it AMAZING….and aren’t Colin & Jen FABULOUS??!!! Hook fighting with every fiber of his being to save Emma…..Emma loving Hook “so truly and intensely”….Camelot…..Dark Swan….Merida…. SEASON FIVE IS GONNA BE EPIC. But on to the topic at hand, since season five doesn’t start for two months or so (sniff), here are some stories to help distract you.
Rated: Explicit Genre: AU Chapters: 9/? WIP.
Official description: They hide in plain sight, the servants of heaven and hell. Angels and demons, who can help save your soul or damn it. They are the bringers of light and the agents of darkness, they stand on opposite sides and are the enemies in an eternal war. But what happens when an angel and a demon find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other?
I thought I’d encountered every variation of Captain Swan AU that existed, that is until I read this fic. As far-fetched and crazy as Emma playing Angel to Killian’s demon sounds, you’d be a FOOL to pass up this story. It’s one of the most richly drawn and absorbing tales that currently exists in fanfiction. The amount of research and work that must have gone into creating such a historical masterpiece is staggering. The language is precise, especially with the integration of both latin and religious terminology. But the highlight of the story, lies with Killian, Emma, and their relationship. Despite being a demon, the reader is inevitably drawn to Killian and his unique brand of seduction. And while many writers have tried before, there has never been a CS AU pairing quite as star-crossed as Angel Emma and Demon Killian. As much as you know it’s wrong, you just want those crazy kids to get together; to hell (literally) with the consequences.
Rated: Teen & up Genre: ModernAU/Romance; Chapters: 6/? WIP.
Official description: Killian Jones is a single dad, working for a better life for him and his son Liam. He does not feel like he needs a woman in his life. Until one night he ends up in ER with his son and meets a gorgeous pediatrician, who may flip his world around.
In this tale, Emma’s still the savior, just a different sort. And through that role, she bumps into single Dad Killian. Multiple misunderstandings ensue, yet the electricity between the two is present from the start. Killian and Emma’s characters are at their most vulnerable here. Emma may have a tough exterior, but this is a woman who innately understands that “an earless bunny could also love a noseless bear.” And Killian? I thought I couldn’t love our favorite rum-swilling, one-handed pirate more. Then, I met Lady’s doting Dad, trying to do best by his lovable, scamp of a son, and my heart MELTED. Seriously the Liam/Killian relationship will turn you into GOO. Beyond the Emma/Killian of it all, Lady is generally just a fantastic writer. She’s amazingly detailed. I particularly enjoyed how she incorporates fairytale characters and mythology into a modern setting (e.g. Tinkerbell the cat, Nurse Rapunzel) and the callbacks to Graham’s shoelace and the Swan charm were also welcome additions. Their relationship may not have had an auspicious start, but I’m incredibly excited to see how the Emma/Killian relationship will continue to unfold.
Rated: General Audiences Genre: Romance Chapters: 2. Complete.
Official description: His eyes turn from a calm cerulean to a literal icy blue, nearly gray, color before they close altogether and just like that, he fades away. But her mother emerges to her line of sight, like the sun after an especially rainy day. “You know what to do, honey.” She does but when it doesn’t work, she feels like she could fade away too. Canon divergence after 4x02. This is my take on Season 4A and while I genuinely love canon 4A, I was still really hoping for a frozen TLK. Alas, we didn’t get it and this story is my closure with that so, I hope you enjoy it!
Considering the mythology of the Snow Queen fairy tale, I had hoped that 4A would conclude with a True Love Kiss. Adam and Eddy clearly had other plans, but luckily Cai stepped up and made my TLK dreams come true. And while obviously True Love is a major theme in the story, the real highlight is how Cai uses the TLK as a vehicle to explore Emma’s abandonment issues–her concern that she’ll always be a Lost Girl who never belongs to anyone. And in doing so, we actually witness Emma connect with Mary-Margaret in a MAJOR way, and also gain a complete understanding of how deep Emma’s love for Killian runs. It’s so unbelievably beautiful and poignant to watch as Emma’s walls come tumbling down as she struggles towards the end of her emotional journey. A warning: get your tissues ready. I swear, I cried through the entire last half. What I love most about this story is that, in the end, a tale that on the surface seems action-oriented-the race to save Killian’s life-is truly a character-driven piece.
Rated: M Genre: Modern AU Chapters: 2. Complete.
Official description: Of all the bars in the world, why did Emma have to walk into the same one that her ex-boyfriend Killian happens to be in? And what will happen when the green-eyed monster shows up too?
This brief, two chapter fic, is almost like a vignette: a brief glimpse into how one couple finally gets past their issues and is able to make a real go of it. Carrie does a fantastic job of encapsulating Emma and Killian’s various problems into a two-part story. Despite its brief length, the story’s conclusion feels natural and earned. Historically, Emma’s needed to be forced by an external event for her to come to terms with her feelings. Given that fact, Carrie’s brilliant same bar premise works similarly to the old “trapped in an elevator,” plot. With no means of escape, Emma has to confront her feelings of jealousy and what those feelings really mean. Carrie does a wonderful job of alternating between Emma and Killian’s POVs in voices that are clearly their own. And if all this emotional mumbo-jumbo isn’t to your liking, well I’ll have you know Carrie is practically the Queen of Smut and a Jealous Emma and Killian are a HOT Emma and Killian. Throughout the story, their attraction to each other smolders until it EXPLODES. So….yeah. Go….read.
Rated: Explicit Genre: Modern AU Chapters: 10/? WIP
Official description: Looking to make some extra money, college senior Emma Swan takes a post as a model for Professor Killian Jones’ art class. Sparks fly on both sides. Will they give into temptation?
I’m not a huge fan of teacher-student fics, but I’m making an exception for this GEM. Michelle has managed to create one of the single best slow burn Captain Swan fanfics I’ve ever read. The immediate and unbelievable tension created between Professor Killian and Model Emma is phenomenal to witness. Those initial sparks steadily build and only make their inevitable union that much more EXPLOSIVE. But what’s even more incredible is that despite a slightly complicated situation; the development between the characters is completely natural. Michelle has pacing down to an art form, so the Emma/Killian relationship blossoms in a wholly believable way-nothing about it is forced- which I appreciated. And as a bonus: keep your eyes peeled for a heart-stopping re-enactment of one of the most famous Captain Swan moments in OUAT history.
Rated: T Genre: ModernAU/Humor/Romance Chapters: 2/? WIP
Official description: CS College AU: Killian has a laptop disaster the night before a big midterm deadline. Luckily, Emma comes to his rescue with a homemade caffeine hit that may or may not kill him.
Here Mia has managed to create one of the funniest Captain Swan fanfics in recent history. She’s combined witty callbacks to the show with dry humor and snarky lines; resulting in a story that is simply a joy to experience. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with a fic that writes Regina as a political science major “too busy locked away in her room plotting world domination to socialize.” Or Lily, Emma’s “demon cat” that people are surprised “doesn’t start breathing fire.” Killian’s undisguised horror at Emma’s magical study aid immediately reminded me of season two’s deleted Jello scene. I just about DIED laughing. As hysterical as Mia’s writing is, at the end of chapter two, it takes a turn for the decidedly romantic–an avenue I’m eager to see explored. Really, go read this story–it was one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had reading fanfiction. No joke.