Home to you.
Did someone say angsty one way communication. Okay, it’s not texting but I’m SO your girl for angsty one way communication! This one is classic rip your heart out and duct tape it back together with glitter glue. Enjoy :)
“I don’t know if you can hear me, but I’m trying to get back home to you, and I won’t ever stop until I do.”
His hand dropped, grip still tight around the shell as he turned back to Ariel.
“Ariel, is there any chance-”
“I’m sorry, Captain. Unless you can hold your breath for… I mean I’m a fast swimmer but not that fast.”
“But you could reach Storybrooke? Would you ensure that my message was received?” She nodded and he felt a weight lift from his shoulders. “Thank you Ariel. This, this means more to me than I could ever hope to describe.”
When they reached the water’s edge she reached around her neck and unclasped her necklace, her tail reappeared as she dove into the cloudy water. No sooner had her tail passed beyond his view there was a bright light and a wave came crashing back towards the shore, Ariel caught in its tow.
“Ariel!” Hook dove forward, catching her arm before she was pulled back under. She was fumbling with something around her neck and soon she’d two legs under her again.
“You were out of my sight for no more than a moment, you couldn’t possibly have-”
I’m sorry, Captain. I’ve made the trip to Storybrooke countless times now but this time… I couldn’t break through. It was like the fury of a storm pushing back against me.
“So the ways are shut to you? Have you ever experienced such a thing before? Has something happened to the town?”
“No, It was more… more like reaching a locked door than an empty room.”
“Thank you for trying, Ariel. Perhaps another way…” He reluctantly handed her the seashell but she shook her head.
“Keep it. Talk to her sometimes. Maybe she missed your first message, so tell her again.”
He nodded and within moments she was no more than a ripple on the surface of the water.
“Emma? Ariel tried to reach Storybrooke, to ensure that you knew the truth but she was unable to pass. I hope you’re safe. I never meant to leave you. I’m trying to come home. I love you.”
She had clasped the shell around her neck hours ago, in the hopes of catching his voice again, and now she’d heard the message a dozen times. Each time a flare of anger rose up in her and she finally glared up at Gideon. “You’re telling me that instead of asking for my help in defeating the apparent source of all Evil, you thought it made the most sense to kidnap my true love and hold him for ransom? Did it occur to you for even a moment that I might have been more willing to help you before you tried to kill me and ripped my true love away?”
“Tell you my plan when you could have chosen to stop me? I’ve worked too hard for this to let it rest on the whim of another.”
“Let me talk to him,” she insisted, putting down what she had been working on suddenly.
“Not until you help me to-”
“No,” Emma interrupted. “Keep him trapped in another realm, fine. It will hurt me like hell but it won’t get you a single step closer to your goal. You need me. But until I’m sure that it is really him, that you haven’t killed him and recorded this message somehow, I’ll not so much as help you resolve a parking violation.”