Neal receives an unexpected morning visitor—his six-year-old brother, Gideon—landing him smack in the middle of a family drama.
Rating: G Word Count: 5,775 A/N: For my Missy, @beliza-fryler. Happy birthday! Written for @a-monthly-rumbelling: icee, pixie, doctor. This takes place about seven years after the events of Passing Inspection, which DOES NOT need to be read first. Rumple never dies and neither does Neal. Gideon is born and a few years later, their sister Isabelle (Missy) comes along. It’s basically giant Floof Family feels. You’re welcome.
The whispering, coupled with the insistent tapping on the
bedroom window, disturbed his pleasant dream. He heard his name whispered
again, and snorted himself awake, blinking up at the ceiling fan.
Still the whispering continued, getting louder and more demanding.
A flash of red entered his peripheral vision, and he became aware of a small
yet powerful presence hovering outside the master bedroom window.
“Gid?” Neal squinted at the dreamcatcher through the sun-streaked
glass. “Kiddo, is that you?”
Grumbling under his breath, Neal threw back the covers and
rose to open the window. His little brother scaled the siding and hopped over
the windowsill with the exuberant grace of youth.
“It’s five o’clock in the morning and all decent people are
sleeping,” Neal said around a yawn. “What are you doing?”
Gideon peered over his shoulder at the smooth, empty side of
the bed and ignored the question. “Where’s Aunt Emma?”
“On her back in a field of wildflowers, till you woke me up,”