no but three and jo are precious

Acquainted with the Night (10/16)

Summary: In a bid for the power born of true love, King Arthur binds Emma to the broken blade Excalibur.  Unbeknownst to him, Killian Jones is bound to the other half, having given himself over to the darkness in order to exact his revenge on Rumpelstiltskin.  He frees Emma from King Arthur’s control, sparking the beginnings of war between Camelot and Misthaven, and a quest to rid her of the darkness.  (No Curse AU)

Rated: M

Warnings: Blood, violence

Words: ~9300

Chapter: Prologue, One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Epilogue

Notes: All my love and gratitude to @ripplestitchskein and @unfolded73 for their help and encouragement with this fic.  Credit to @seethelovelyintheworld for the gorgeous banner.

Tagging by request: @natascha-remi-ronin, @the-captains-ayebrows, @maryvmassakre, @katealexandra26, @superchocovian, @vanyali07, @imhookedonaswan, @captain–kitten, @dreadpirateemma, @like-waves-on-the-beach, @fairytalesandtimetravel

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Chapter Nine

Emma nearly fell into the water when she scrambled up the hull of her ship, and over the gunwale.  August and Jo reached down to pull her onto the deck.  For one precious moment, unadulterated joy bubbled over, and Emma threw her arms around both of them in turn.  The ship smelled of both fresh and well-worn paint alike.  The sails had been replaced, a gentle and beautiful fabric that rippled in the breeze.  The helm gleamed in the starlight, and the deck was freshly scrubbed.

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