not brave these floods of fury

Fates Design (1/3)

Summary: What happens when the heroes learn that the price for being the savior, could very well be Emma’s life? 

A/N: Semi, not really, spec fic for season 6. If you guys remember I posted a sneak peek of this last week and now finally part 1 is here! I’m super pumped for this new season and I’m really interested to see what the whole being the savior does to Emma. So this is my take on it. It’s like super angst with baby bits of fluff thrown in. 

Heads up that this starts at what presumably is the “end” of the fic and “flashes back” to how we get there. The beginning of each scene tells you when and where we are. 

Shout out to @euphoric-melancholyy and @foundmyhome for being super awesome betas and my bffs. 

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“Tell me about our future.” Her voice is tranquil as she lies in bed, skin pale and eyes glassy.

“And ruin the surprise? I don’t think so.”

“Just,” it takes more effort than it should for her to take his hand, fingers barely able to squeeze his own. “Humor me, please?”

Killian takes a deep breath, closing his eyes to conjure up every image he has of what their life together could be like. She tightens her grip on him once more and he opens his eyes, scooting his chair forward until his knees are pressed against the side of the mattress. “For starters, I’ll finally ask you to marry me. I’ve wanted to since Camelot.”

“Really?” The smile she gives him and the wonderment in her tone makes his heart ache and his eyes burn.

“Aye.” He smiles back, picturing her walking towards him in a white gown even more beautiful than the one she had worn in King Arthur’s court. “We can get married on the deck of the Jolly, something small, just us and the family.  We’ll be happy together, love,  you me and the lad. Living day to day fighting and protecting  the town.” Killian takes a breath, a moment to settle the erratic beat of his heart, swallowing down the ever growing lump in his throat.  “I’ll tell you I love you every morning when we wake and every night before we sleep, so you never doubt for a second how in love I am with you.” He takes his hand out of hers, if only to brush his fingers along the slope of her face - the rise of her cheekbones, the line of her jaw, the dimple in her chin. Taking this single moment to consign every part of her exquisite face to memory. “Then one day, when villains finally stop attacking and Storybrooke is finally at peace,  you’ll come to me and say that we should start a family.”

“To give Henry siblings.” Her voice cracks against every syllable, scratchy and rough. He leans over to the bedside table to grab her cup of water, helping her to take a few sips before placing it back on the caramel colored wood.

“We’d have two kids I think, one boy and one girl.”

“Liam and Ellie.” Her eyes shine bright against the shadows that have overtaken them, the names leaving her lips with such ease and confidence that it almost knocks him to his knees. The notion that Swan has thought of this before, even picked out names, burns his flesh even more than the fires of the Underworld ever could.

He feels suffocated by too many emotions. Each sentiment causing chasms to form and swallow another piece of his heart. So he refocuses on the woman in front of him, laying in a hospital bed, and the images of their future together.

“It’s gonna be the best life.” She whispers, lids closing from the exhaustion that weighs heavy on her shoulders. The same that takes her back into the realm of dreams.

“Aye, love.” He can feel the tears forming behind  his closed eyes. “It would have been.”


Swan - Jones Residence, 5 days Prior

He can hear the soft patter of her feet as she dances down the staircase, a smile spreading across his face at the thought that they both managed to get a full night’s rest for the first time in ages.

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Marvel’s Ships of S.H.I.E.L.D.

A playlist to appreciate the marvelous chemistry between the characters of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ship them as teammates, best friends, soul mates, any combination of those, or don’t ship them at all - AoS gives you options. (If you notice a ship missing, let me know!)


  • Team | Marvel Studios Fanfare - Brian Tyler 
  • Coulson & May | Flashing Red Light Means Go - The Boxer Rebellion | What’s the use in my advice that you just turn down?
  • Fitz & Simmons | The Scientist - Coldplay | Questions of science, science and progess / Do not speak as loud as my heart.
  • Skye & Ward | First Floor People - Barcelona | Who am I to fool now if you’re gone?
  • Coulson & Audrey | Ghosts That We Knew - Mumford & Sons | So give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light.
  • Fitz & Triplett | Everybody’s Changing - Keane | Try to understand that I’m / Trying to make a move just to stay in the game / I try to stay awake and remember my name / But everybody’s changing.
  • Skye & Coulson | I’m With You - Avril Lavigne | Take me somewhere new / I don’t know who you are / But I’m with you.
  • Ward & Fitz | Monster - Imagine Dragons | If I told you what I was / Would you turn your back on me / And if I seem dangerous / Would you be scared?
  • May & Maria | No Easy Way - Digital Daggers | I’m a victim of my instinct.
  • Coulson & Garrett | Eyes Wide Open - Gotye | And the saddest thing is all of it could have been avoided.
  • Skye & Simmons | Alive - Gabrielle Aplin | Just one step / A different day / Would I know you at all?
  • Raina & Garrett | The World Is Not Enough - Garbage | People like us / Know how to survive.
  • Team | Pompeii - Bastille | And the walls kept tumbling down / In the city that we love.
  • Triplett & Coulson | The Phoenix - Fall Out Boy | You’re wearing our vintage mistery / No, I think it looked a little better on me.
  • Skye & Quinn | Titanium - Madilyn Bailey | Shoot me down but I won’t fall.
  • May & Fitz | All These Things That I’ve Done - The Killers | While everyone’s lost, the battle is won / With all these things that I’ve done.
  • Ward & Garrett | Come Away to the Water (feat. Rozzi Crane) - Maroon 5 | Come away to the darkness / To the ones appointed to see it through.
  • Triplett & Simmons | Glory and Gore - Lorde | You could try and take us / But victory’s contagious.
  • Skye & Raina | Kings and Queens - 30 Seconds to Mars | The age of man is over / A darkness comes at dawn.
  • Coulson & Maria | Holding On and Letting Go - Ross Copperman | It’s everything you wanted, it’s everything you don’t / It’s one door swinging open and one door swinging closed.
  • May & Ward | Heavy in Your Arms - Florence and the Machine | Who is the betrayer / Who’s the killer in the crowd / The one who creeps in corridors / And doesn’t make a sound.
  • Skye & Fitz | Freight Train - Sara Jackson-Holman | Try to remember what you said to me / Before you say goodbye.
  • Coulson & Simmons | Precious - Depeche Mode | Precious and fragile things / Need special handling / My God, what have we done to you?
  • Triplett & Maria | Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes | I’m gonna fight ‘em off / A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back.
  • Skye & Miles | Last Love Song - ZZ Ward | We were never the marrying type, oh no / We won’t buy dishes or stained glass lights, oh no / For a table we’ll never sit at / In the house that we won’t ever get.
  • Team | Marchin On - OneRepublic | There’s so many wars we fought / There’s so many things we’re not / But with what we have / I promise you that we’re marching on.
  • Ward & Simmons | Landfill - Daughter | Throw me in the water / Don’t think about the splash I will create.
  • May & Fury | Soldiers - Otherwise | You can’t erase us / You’ll just have to face us.
  • Skye & Triplett | Name - Goo Goo Dolls | And scars are souvenirs you never lose / The past is never far.
  • Coulson & Fitz | Science of Fear - The Temper Trap | Move / Or watch the slow death of your way of life.
  • Maria & Ward | Marked Man - Mieka Pauley | If you search your soul, and it sets you free / And you’re all contrite like you ought to be / It might get you off, get you right with God / But you’ll never be right with me.
  • Skye & May | Invincible - Muse | Together we’re invincible.
  • Ward & Raina | Monsters - Hurricane Bells | You’ve gotta look before you go / Deep into the darkness where I hide.
  • May & Simmons | The Greatest - Cat Power | Once I wanted to be the greatest / No wind or waterfall could stall me / And then came the rush of the flood.
  • Coulson & Fury | The Pretender - Foo Fighters | They need you buried deep / The secrets that you keep are ever ready.
  • Ward & Triplett | The Crooked Kind - Radical Face | So collect your scars and wear 'em well.
  • Coulson & Raina | Seven Devils - Florence and the Machine | I don’t want your money / I don’t want your crown / See I’ve come to burn your kingdom down.
  • May & Triplett | This Is War - 30 Seconds to Mars | We will fight to the death / To the edge of the earth / It’s a brave new world.
  • Coulson & Ward | Broken Crown - Mumford & Sons | But in this twilight, our choices seal our fate.
  • Team | On Your Side - SafetySuit | I am on your side / Beginning to the end you know.