With the six of us on this hill and the packed lake house behind us– I feel sentiments far beyond this sunrise, this morning, this moment. We filled an empty house. I’m thirty seven. Just yesterday I was twenty and meeting some of these people– people that i’d spend my life with, that’d become my home. Just yesterday I was twenty– still deeply and desperately in love with my best friend. I grew older. We all grew older. In a blink of an eyes, our children will grow old too. And i’ll think: just yesterday they were twenty. Headed for college. Falling in love. Memories will flood behind us, the lake house no longer filled to the brim. As quiet as the moment we first walked in– and we’ll sit on this hill. Feeling the stillness that exists. And then we end– we end where we started. Just us. All six of us.
You said that to get things right one of us would have to take a leap of faith. I think I’ve discovered the canyon that must be leaped, and I hope to find you waiting for me on the other side. I love you, America. Yours forever, Maxon.
We’re officially in double digit chapters and that makes me very excited. As always, you guys keep me going, so thankyou. [AO3] [FF] 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6| 7 | 8 | 9 Summary: When Killian Jones decides to spend his night off relaxing in his apartment, the last thing he expects is a beautiful blonde woman bursting through his front door. Modern Neighbors AU.
Chapter 10: Settle
“For the last
time, Emma, you’re going. End of discussion.”
She’s been on the phone with Ruby for the last two hours,
taking up residence in a booth at the diner - the diner that Ruby does not
approve of because she insists Granny’s is far better (with a touch of sadness,
Emma has to agree) - after work; she’s doing basic filing and assisting this
week because she’s new and they’re still teaching her the ropes, so she’s off
earlier than the rest of the volunteers in her shift. She’s been relaying the
events of the past few days to Ruby, telling her friend about work (which is
still difficult to deal with, but she’s working on it), and about Mary Margaret
moving in (she tries to convince herself it’s like college - even though she
knows it isn’t).
(What she doesn’t tell Ruby is that she never lets the gas
in the Bug drop below the halfway mark, scared that she’ll want to leave one
day and the means will just kick more dirt in her face.)
(She doesn’t want her friend to worry unnecessarily,
especially considering that as of late, she’s started getting threats from Granny
via Ruby, making sure Emma’s taking care of herself.)
Ruby had shrieked when Emma had mentioned the charity event
(she’d opted to leave out the fact that she’d nearly broken down and burrowed
herself in Killian’s arms on the roof after her God-awful day - she doesn’t
want to think about her moment of vulnerability too much, let alone relay it to
her friend who’d make a big deal out of it), and then almost burst Emma’s
eardrum when she’d said she was going with Killian.
She had to remind Ruby that it was not a date. She wasn’t ready for that, something strikingly
apparent considering she still managed to squeeze in a vague question about
Walsh’s current whereabouts between their conversations every now and then
despite Ruby’s annoyance.
Emma, just, has a lot of jumbled emotions she has no idea
how to deal with.