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All Grown Now (inside we’re the same)

The third and final part to Bitter Hearts (middle of the ride) and Not a Picture Perfect Life (write your own line). Also on FFNet and AO3

Summary: Emma’s finally able to start putting the past behind her, just as Killian’s decides to come back and haunt him. 

This fic has changed from the original outline more than any fic I have written ever. swallowedsong let me flail plot changes at her while I tried to sort them out cuz she’s awesome like that.

This got long, you guys.


           Being with Killian isn’t like being with Neal. It isn’t like anything she could have expected and she kind of hates that she keeps comparing the two in the back of her mind. But being with Neal was a rush all the time — just the two of them against the world. Emma had felt like they could do anything, as long as they had each other.

           Killian seems to think she could do anything entirely on her own.

           Being with him is a rush too. Every single time he looks at her she’s sure her heart skips a beat. But it feels different — safe, she thinks the word is. And she can’t remember the last time she felt safe around anyone.

           They take their time with things for the first couple months, even if they see each other almost every day. Emma can’t even count the number of toe-curling kisses and teasing touches before she finally sleeps over at his place. But it’d been a hellish night at work despite his near constant texting as he pulled an all-nighter of his own. (They were only together a week before she bought a phone and a cheap plan with minimal minutes but unlimited texting.) She just wants to crash afterwards, but when she gets to the garage she’s gripped by the need to see him. For there to be something redeemable about the day. Emma’s not even sure how she stays awake long enough to drive over. When Killian opens the door he looks as exhausted as she feels and he wraps his arms around her as she steps into him. They’re asleep within twenty minutes and she’s never slept better.

           (When they wake up around noon and spend a couple more hours wrapped up in bed together, well, that’s never been better either.)

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5 Things

The lovely @mydnytkiss tagged me. Thank you!

5 things you will find in my bag:

  1. green wallet w/ yellow daisies from target (no cash, ofc!)
  2. orbit spearmint gum
  3. cherry chapstick
  4. a costume jewelry brooch with green and white pearl-like stones (worn with a scarf who knows when?)
  5. a crumpled wrapper from my daughter’s breakfast sandwich from this am

5 things you’ll find in my bedroom:

  1. a new fairly large smart tv that I swore up and down I didn’t need but was given anyway by my wife for Christmas but now that I have it I don’t know how I ever lived without it
  2. a big basket full of unpaired socks–seriously?  where do all the single socks come from?
  3. laundry–clean, dirty, folded, unfolded–you name it.  for some reason it all ends up in my room
  4. chargers–phone, computer, tablets, kindles–they are all in my room for some reason
  5. L-O-V-E (b/c you know.  it’s a bedroom)

5 things I always wanted to do in life:

  1. write (working on that–daily)
  2. have kids (2 and done)
  3. get a doctoral degree (2 more years til I can cross that one off)
  4. be kind (work in progress–always)
  5. be a nun (i know!  hahaha!)

5 things I’m currently into:

  1. getting better as a writer
  2. been watching the vampire diaries with my daughter from the beginning–i forgot how hot damon was (ha!)
  3. change leadership from an educational systems perspective (see #3 above)
  4. restoring furniture (did my first piece over the summer and just got a second hand table and chairs for my kitchen that i’m making plans for right now)
  5. figuring out how to get my kids to pick up their shit (a never ending battle i’m afraid)

5 things on my to-do list:

  1. Catch up on my homework (6 books to read in 10 weeks people–aaaargh)
  2. take a nap (i’m eternally exhausted)
  3. get out of debt (for real this time)
  4. figure out how to motivate myself to exercise more (!!!)
  5. format my classes for winter quarter (i’m a college prof–the quarter starts wednesday–eeeek!)

5 things people may not know about me:

  1. my sister threw a tomato at me when I was 17 and I ducked, smacked my nose on a chair and broke it
  2. i shaved my head when i was 21 and then again when i was 40–the first time because i was troubled youth and the second for charity
  3. i’m a lesbian and send my kids to catholic school–we have a lot of interesting conversations around the dinner table
  4. i know way too much about social security than anyone my age should–aging parents will do that to a gal
  5. i love diy home improvement stuff–i like painting, refinishing floors, laying tile.  there’s an incredible sense of satisfaction in finishing a job that you get to look at and admire every day in your own home

This was fun!  Now….to tag 5 people.  I tag @myownsparknow @twopoppies @lululawrence @dimpled-halo and @someonethatsfunny

Describe characters as Dickens did – with a single deft stroke. A laundry list of physical traits is realistic, but it is neither memorable nor compelling. A jarring metaphor for the character, or a focus on one mannerism or physical trait, can be very compelling. Example: She was a human tornado.
—  Rick Riordan, “Advice For Writers”