Summary: Killian Jones is one drunken mistake from never setting foot on a movie set again. Enter Emma Swan, the woman his manager has paid to pretend to date him and clean up his image. It seems straightforward enough…but there’s always trouble with faking it. CaptainSwan.
Emma does her best to steer clear of him for the next few days. It’s strange, living with Killian but not seeing him. She knows his training schedule with David. She intentionally works around it, leaving the house early and only returning when he’s due to be elsewhere.
She runs on the beach. She attends yoga classes. She reads books in coffee shops, hiding behind sunglasses with a hat crammed over her hair. She hikes Runyon and the trails around Griffith Park. She tries to exhaust herself, praying perhaps that tonight will be the night she’s tired enough to not lay awake, listening for him outside her door in spite of telling herself she doesn’t want him to be there.
She avoids him.
But she can’t keep it up forever. He’s supposed to be off with David improving his horseback riding skills on a ranch an hour outside of town, but she hears the two of them on the back patio as she walks into the house. Their laughter drifts through the windows open to the warm afternoon, and she’s drawn to it.