Keeping today simple with the two leaving behind their superhero snow sculptures because tomorrow, I gotta dress them kids up for prom. Also, I should really finish those other drawings still on the back burner. I’ll be on the tablet tomorrow at least? Yes.
Simon Snow is sleeping in my bed. I can see his chest rising and falling, even in the darkness. I change into my pyjamas and lie on the bed beside him, trying not to touch him. (That would be terrible.) (I just got fed.)
He’s wearing his watford pyjamas, but I can see some of the moles below his neck. I wish I could trace them with my lips.
I watch him until I fall asleep, too.
I wake up in the middle of the night feeling something hot on my skin. Fingers. Snow’s fingers. Snow’s fingers on my skin. Under my pyjamas. I don’t dare to open my eyes in case this is a dream.
Firstly, our sincerest apologies to @mellarkablegirl for the
delay on your gift. We hope you had a wonderful day back on November 5, and
celebrated in style. To bring back the birthday cheer, the wonderful @mega-aulover has written a story just for you!
For: @Mellarkablegirl Happy Belated Birthday I
hope you had a wonderful day.
Request: Could you please please write me a
fake relationship turned mess amazingly cute scenario story . 🐽 I’d be immensely overjoyed if
you could .
A/N: Cannon AU - Unbetad sorry all mistakes
Rated: M (strong themes and some sexual
Name: The Agreement
jackrabbits,” Katniss muttered under her breath. She marched across the
field toward the Merchant Quarter. She wiped her cheeks, tears poured down her
face. This wasn’t supposed to happen to her.
Request:Can you do prompt numbers 25 and 34 with Barry Allen? Lots of angst with eventual fluff and/or smut? You would make my day! (anonymous)
Prompts: 25. “Please don’t make me remember I can’t have you.” 34. “For you, I was just a chapter, but for me, you were the whole book.”
Summary: After two months apart, can Barry cope without you?
Featuring: Cisco Ramon, Caitlin Snow, Leonard Snart, and Mick Rory (before he was a LoT)
Warnings: nothing just 1,781 words of angst
Word Count: 1.7k
A/N: wow that summary is actually shit. I promise it’s better if you read it :) it’s not very long, but it’s extremely detailed and has the cutest/happiest ending I’ve ever written. love you guys!
Two months. Two months since you had left Barry Allen. Well, two months since he asked you to leave, actually.
There was no doubt Barry wasn’t in love with you. He adored you, with every bone in his body down to his very soul. He loved the way you said his name, the way you knit your brows together when you were thinking, the way your lips always tasted of your signature cherry chapstick, the way you flipped your hair over you shoulder, even when you called him a nerd, his heart ached at the thought of you.
It was only the incident with Snart and Rory that Barry understood that your safety was more important than your relationship, for he could die happy knowing you were out of harm’s way.
So guess who finally watched Yuri On Ice? I am fucking in love with all of it.
I tried to make the Disney characters match the personalities of those they replaced. Snow White is the exception, because I have been called out on not including her in a lot of my edits lmao.
For Esmeralda, I literally asked my father and brother which Disney lady they could see getting roaring drunk. It was unanimous for half a minute before we remembered Meg. Now they’ve both requested I make Esmeralda and Meg edits with them the lesbian owners of a Speak Easy in the Prohibition Era. So you might see that in a month or two.
An SQ oneshot with
added Evil Charming Brotp and Regal Believer feels. Diverges from canon as it
assumes Emma and Regina were together back in Season One. Whilst Emma and Snow
are trapped in the Enchanted Forest, David accidentally discovers something important,
something that could bring his family back together. (Can’t give too much away
without spoiling the story)
Apologies for any
mistakes. I don’t own Once or any of its characters. Hope you all enjoy :)
It’s taking too long.
That’s his first thought every morning when he wakes up. He
lays in the bed he should be sharing with his wife, in the apartment where his
daughter should be and laments how long it is taking to get them back.
He rolls over and looks at the calendar. It’s been two
months since Emma and Snow fell through that portal and yet they’re still no
closer to an answer. They spent weeks chasing the hat only for Spencer to burn
it in vengeance. Since then they’ve been glued to books and spells hoping
against hope that something would work.
Synopsis: It’s Simon’s 19th birthday and Penelope wants to throw him a surprise party. She decides to have Baz take him out for a few drinks to get them out of the way. A truce for one night just before summer, Snow and Baz get to finally know each other after living together for almost a year. College!AU For the Simon’s b-day fic project by @sncwbaz
Pairing: Simon Snow/Baz Pitch
“You’re absurd if you think I or Snow will go along with this Bunce”
“You’ll find a way to persuade him, you always do.”
I raise an eyebrow in response.
“It’s his birthday Baz. I just want him to have a nice day.”
I sigh, only Bunce would come up with a plan as utterly ridiculous as this.
“You just have to take him out for a few hours while we set up a party for him here. It’s nothing major, a few drinks, I’ll pay if you want! We just need to get him out for a while.”
It’s Simon Snow’s birthday in two days and Penelope Bunce has come up with the brilliant idea of throwing him a surprise party in our apartment.
There are only five things you need to know about the tragedy that is Simon Snow;
1: He’s obsessed with food (like really obsessed, it’s all he thinks about)
2: Due to unfortunate, mandatory housing arrangements, he and I live together
3: He’s studying to be a teacher because he is practically a child himself (though he will deny it)
4: He despises me because I accidently pushed him down the stairs on moving day at the start of the year.
5: I’m hopelessly in love with him.
We were assigned to live together at the start of the year and it’s only gone downhill since then.
The first few months were torture.
Living with the drop dead gorgeous student with blonde curls and piecing blue eyes that made my breath catch was bad enough but said student was also the greatest idiot I had ever met.
He got crumbs all over our tiny apartment, he was always hogging the T.V. by watching sci-fi shows with his best friend Penelope with the big frizzy red hair and purple glasses and he never knew when to shut up.
Simon Snow could talk for days on end and never pause to take a breath. And most of what he says is utter nonsense but nobody calls him out on it. Well, nobody except me.
He’s also a hypocrite. Because while he doesn’t care that his chatter all day disturbs me, the minute I got out my violin and practised, he started complaining about the noise.
Though I suppose I had been playing at two in the morning but in my defence how was I supposed to sleep knowing that Snow was sleeping half naked on the other side of my bedroom wall?
Of course I couldn’t tell him that so I told him I was stressed about school.
He actually had the nerve to narrow those perfect blonde eyebrows of his and ask if I wanted to talk about it.
I told him he needed to stop acting like his annoying ex girlfriend Agatha and keep out of my business.
He stormed back into his room in a huff and I almost continued playing just to rile him up further.
But I didn’t.
Because that night when he stormed into my room, his eyes filled with exhaustion and rage, his hair tussled from sleep and so much of his glistening brown skin on show was the night that I finally accepted that I was quickly falling in love with him.
“Why don’t you take him out and I’ll help set up the party?” I suggest “Snow’s much more likely to agree to go out with you than with me.”
‘Because he’s straight.’ I remind myself 'And even if he weren’t, you’re the last person he’d want to be with.’
Bunce avoids my eyes, “I thought of that but our friends weren’t sure…”
I roll my eyes, “Your friends are afraid to be alone with me? Really? Just what rumours are Snow and you spreading about me?”
Bunce huffs, “You aren’t exactly subtle about your hatred for Simon, Baz. Plus you know I can never lie to him. I know you can so please? Just this one day, do something nice for him.”
Bunce is unfortuantly right.
If I can lie about my feelings for him for all these months then I should be able to hide his surprise party from him for a few hours.
Summer holidays start in two weeks anyway and I’ll be free of the -oh so perfect- Simon Snow for two whole months.
“Fine” I say, keeping the edge in my tone so Bunce knows that I’m not one bit happy about this.
Bunce’s eyes widen with joy and surprise and she grins madly,
“Oh thank you, thank you! You’re doing me a massive favour Baz! I won’t forget this.”
“You better not” I mutter but she doesn’t seem to be listening to me anymore
“Would you be able to take him out around 7? We should have everything sorted by 9 so could you be back by then? Oh this is amazing, he’ll love it!”
Penelope is already halfway out the door and is looking around my apartment and murmuring about where to put what.
“You’re a star Baz! See you then!”
And then the door slams closed. I wince and wonder what on earth I’ve gotten myself into.
The title of the blog entry is “Before After”. He writes that it’s November and there are only two more months left in this year. Soon, Tsukista 5th stage will begin. It snowed last November on Shun’s birthday. He wonders if anything remarkable will happen this time. Later, he says that people have been asking if he got a haircut. He says he actually hasn’t. He tucks it in the side of the hair behind his ears. He wants to do a perm or dye it but he wants opinions first.
February 9 1959, 9 young experienced Russion hikers set out they were a ski instructor, engineers and students from the former Soviet Union’s Ural Polytechnic Institute in Sverdlovsk. The leader, 23 year old Igor Dyatlov organized the team of female and male skiers. They set off January 28, on February 11 the team were supposed to have reached Vizhai, but once a week had gone by with no word from the hikers family informed the police. And what they found was a horrific sight.
The search party that were sent out found the abandoned campsite (as pictured above), on the Kholat Sykahl, roughly translated in the native tongue as “Moutain of the dead”. All what was left at the campsite was the badly damaged tent, and footprints from eight different people that spiraled around the campsite. The groups belongings and shoes were left inside, was baffled the search team was the fact that the sent was ripped, and that many experienced hikers had left, in freezing conditions, without their shoes or clothes.
At a fire nearly 1500 feet from the campsite two dead bodies were found, frozen – both men naked and without their shoes. Their hands completely mashed into bloody pulp, as they had attempted to climb the pine trees until eventually their skin had tore away from their hands (DNA tests later proved this, by the skin found on the bark of the broken branches around the area). Found 900 feet away from the campsite was leader Igor Dyatlov, found frozen in a position which suggested he was covering his face with his arm, to protect himself from an unknown assailant. And the rest of the bodies began piling up…
An engineer found with a fracture 7 inches deep in his skull.
One of the female hikers was found the furthest way, though there were no signs of a struggle on her body.
Two months after the snow had thawed, the four remaining hikers were discovered, their chests had been crushed, and it was a described has having the same impact and strength as a ‘car crash’. The last corpse found was that of a female, her face frozen in a silent scream but upon closer inspection it was found that her tongue had been ripped out of her mouth.
There are two factors which have never been explained and result to why these nine deaths remain such a mystery. The tent, had massive claw like rips but these rips, came from the inside and were the only point of entry or exit during the mad dash – the zip on the tent was still closed. And second, the clothes found had tracings of radiation on them.
So what caused these nine highly experienced hikers to be in such a mad dash that they left their tent, clothes, and shoes in sub zero temperatures? And what caused their injuries?
Some say aliens, another thought is a mad yeti on the loose in the mountains. And others think that it’s a military experiment gone wrong.
Katniss Everdeen, and her two friends, Madge and Annie, arrive at the small town of Mansfield, two and a half hours out of Melbourne, just as the sun was rising. The three girls have come across from Perth to spend two months in the snow. They’ve not long graduated university, and their friend Delly Cartwright, invited them to come stay at her dads bed and breakfast in Mansfield, just under an hour away from Mt Buller Ski Resort.
Of course they’re not spending all their time in the snow. They have a two week stay in Melbourne booked before they fly home. So essentially they have six weeks in the snow and six weeks to spend with Delly. Delly spent a year in Perth, studying at UWA with the others, she lived with Madge and her family for that time. In that year her father remarried, after losing her mother to breast cancer, only thirteen months before.
Delly hates and loathes everything about the new Mrs Cartwright. She has always said, the best thing the woman ever did was give her a baby sister. Only after a couple of days, Katniss was beginning to understand Delly’s hatred for the woman. She’s rude, obnoxious and down right nasty. Where her father welcomed the girls with a warm and hospitable demeanour, Stella Cratwright was aloof and indifferent. Causing Katniss’ skin to prickle with goosebumps of the creepy kind.
However, as awful as she is -or rather was- she certainly didn’t deserve to be murdered. And that’s were this story really begins.
On the fourth morning, they had all been woken by a high pitched scream. They all ran to the source of the sound, and were met by a very ashen and shaken cleaner. Mr Cartwright peered into the room, only to see the the lifeless body of his wife, Stella Cartwright. She was apparently the third woman to be found dead, in less than two weeks, in similar circumstances. A serial killer apparently is on the loose, in the otherwise sleepy town.
Enter Senior detective Sergeant Abernathy, of the Victorian homicide division, and his two detective Sergeants O'dair and Mellark. SDS Abernathy was greasy, grumpy, blunt and likely a functioning alcoholic, but Katniss can’t be sure. The two sergeants are two of the hottest guys Katniss has ever seen. DS O'dair is possibly the most gorgeous man that has walked this earth. Bronze hair, sparkling green eyes and a smile that could charm anything in a skirt.
DS Mellark though, is the one that sets Katniss’ heart racing. Soft blonde curls, eyes as blue as the ocean, and although she’s sure his smile has won many girls hearts, it’s shyer and more discerning than O'dairs. She’s certain that the way her eyes roam over him from top to bottom, is probably illegal and so many kinds of wrong, but everything about him is intoxicating, from the one rebel curl that constantly falls in his eyes, to the way his suit pants hug his ass.
With the first fourty eight hours being so critical in catching the person responsible, DSS Abernathy and his two sergeants set about questioning everyone. The B&B is a revolving door of more cops, forensic investigators and medical examiners. Mr Cartwright was a mess, Delly was indifferent and her baby sister was too young to know what was going on. Katniss, Annie and Madge did their very best to comfort the family.
The cops set up shop in one of the larger rooms of the bed and breakfast. The whole place was considered a crime scene, so there was tape set up to cordon off the area. No one was allowed to leave, and by the end of the day the other guests, and Katniss and her friends were starting to feel like hostages. The scene around them was morbid and chaotic, as their holiday had turned into a nightmare.
Today Delly was suppose to take them up to the snow for their first snow board lesson. Growing up in Perth, Australia, they had never seen snow before. Poor Delly couldn’t apologise enough, even with the other three girls telling her constantly that it’s not her fault.
“I’m so sorry guys.” Delly apologised for the hundredth time.
A profiler came from Melbourne just after lunch, and a more brash person you will never meet. Johanna Mason came barreling into Mansfield like a cyclone. She didn’t seem to be much older than Katniss and her friends, but she was smart and dressed to kill. Katniss couldn’t quite figure out if she like the short woman or not. She was very suspicious of everyone, including the three girls from Perth.
What Katniss did know was, that in the few hours, since the homicide detectives had arrived, she has become quite smitten with one DS Mellark. She steals glances at him every now and then, when he’s wandering around. She ogles him from a distance, and gets so caught up in the blue of his eyes, or the way his suits seems to accentuate his body. Or his straight white teeth that are exposed, every time he smiles.
He’s caught her watching too, and she flushes with embarrassment everytime he sends her a knowing smile. Not that he’s egotistical about it, more flattered than anything, she thinks. And she thinks maybe that he is watching her too, but she can’t be sure, because she never keeps her eyes trained on him long enough to find out, completely mortified that he has caught her checking him out.
She learns his first name quite by accident, when her and Madge were walking through the dining room of the B&B. Peeta. Such an odd name, but it suits him perfectly. Again she thinks, it’s probably somewhat inappropriate to be thinking about him the way she is. By the time Stella Cartwrights body is taken away in the coroners car, Katniss feels she should be sitting in a confessional booth, confessing her sinful thoughts, despite not being religious.
The fourty eight hour mark passes and the detectives are no closer to having a suspect. From the snippets of conversation she overhears, Katniss surmises that despite all the victims being murdered in the same way, the killer seems to be erratic and likely female. It’s not often you hear of female serial killers, but considering the common denominator between the victims -they’ve all been younger wives of much older men- Johanna seems to think it’s a vengeful ex-wife or lover.
By the fourth day since the murder, the town was getting restless. They wanted answers and someone to blame for three of their own being taken from them. So DSS Abernathy called a meeting at the town hall, to try an placate the townsfolk. He assured them they were doing everything in their power to catch the person responsible. He gives advice to everyone as to what to watch out for, and if they suspect anyone, to call them on a number he provides.
His words seem to calm everyone down, despite the plethora of questions the community throw at him. Katniss is quite surprised that he has remained as calm and professional as he has been, considering he’s such a surly bastard most of the time. He finishes out the meeting by telling everyone to go about their normal business and to stay calm and vigilant. Then he, O'dair, Johanna and Peeta leave the room.
The next day DSS Abernathy heads back to Melbourne, leaving the other three to mingle with the community to try and get close to them. Katniss notices that the three of them relax, almost as soon as Abernathy’s car pulls out of the B&B. She’s also very aware of Peetas eyes on her more now, that the older man had gone. However other than the questioning the first day they were here, Peeta hasn’t uttered one word to any of them.
But that all changes by the end of the first week, and the girls have all gone to a local pub to hopefully get drunk, and forget about everything that has happened this week. They’re a couple of hours in, and well on their way to being more than a little tipsy, when Annie nudges Katniss with her elbow, trying to get her attention. When Katniss looks up, Annie is nodding in the direction of the bar.
Her eyes follow her gesture, and a small gasp leaves her mouth at the sight of Peeta, DS O'dair and Johanna Mason in everyday clothes, ordering drinks at the bar. She supposes cops need down time too, but with the freshness of the case and the urgency to stop the killer, Katniss just assumed that they worked day and night. Peeta wore black jeans and a long sleeved navy blue shirt and Katniss couldn’t help but notice, how it bought out the blue in his eyes.
Even from this distance she can see them sparkling. The barman hands over three beers and before Katniss could react, Peeta had turned and had somehow picked her out in the crowd. A smile forms on his lips and Katniss can feel the heat taking over her cheeks. She watches as he says something to the others, and the handsome O'dair and the brash Mason, turn their heads towards them as well.
Suddenly panic starts to set in, as Peeta makes his way towards their table, the other two following behind. She hears Delly mumble something under her breath, as Katniss nervously plays with a strand of hair, that has fallen out from under her beanie. She takes a long draw of her beer, her eyes drifting to the floor, to hide the redness that has taken over her cheeks. She can’t control the desire that courses through her, when he comes to a stop just to her left.
“Miss Cartwright.” He greets towards Delly, although Katniss can feel his eyes trained on her. “It’s nice to see you out and about with your friends, given the circumstances.”
“Hello Sergeant Mellark. We couldn’t stand being cooped up in that place anymore. Plus Katniss, Annie and Madge are only here for a little while.”
“Aah, that’s right, you girls are from Perth right?” It’s DS O'dair.
They all nod and Katniss still feels uneasy under Peeta’s gaze.
“So what brings you all here?” Johanna asks.
“We know Delly from UNI. She studied for a year with us. She invited us all over for a holiday and show us the snow, but…well considering what has happened….” Madge trails off, her voice disheartened.
“So any idea when we can actually leave Mansfield so I can show my friends Mt Buller?” Delly asks, her eyes drifting between the three of them.
The three detectives answer with shakes of their heads.
“Sorry ladies, we can’t talk about it.” Peeta answers.
Delly rolls her eyes. Katniss can feel the pubs patrons eyes on their table. It must be strange to see Delly, the victims step daughter, interacting with the police, who she is sure has questioned probably every person in here. Katniss thinks it’s somewhat inappropriate for them to be speaking to the cops, but she hasn’t been able to find her voice to relay her opinion, momentarily stunned by how good one DS Peeta Mellark looks. Again, probably all kinds of wrong, she thinks.
It’s Annie that speaks instead, asking the question that had just been on Katniss’ mind.
“Should you guys even be talking to us? Aren’t we all still suspects?”
Katniss watches the reaction of all three detectives. Johanna’s face stays impassive, O'dair’s eyes have gone a little wide and Peeta is scratching at the back of his head.
“Ah no….you’ve all been cleared.” Peeta answers, shaking his head.
“So why are we still being kept here like hostages then?” Delly asks, a glint of anger in her eyes.
Katniss notices that all three of them look a little uncomfortable.
“Miss Cartwright….” O'dair starts. “You have to understand that we are trying to solve a murder here and just make sure no one else gets hurt. We can’t do that if you leave.”
“It’s not like we fit the criteria of the victims, we certainly haven’t been involved with any older married men lately.” Her voice full of spite for her dead step mother.
All three detectives eyes go wide and their brows are creased, as they try to understand how Delly knows so much about the case.
“How….How do you know about that?” Johanna questions.
Again Delly rolls her eyes before setting Johanna with a knowing look.
“I live here, Mansfield isn’t a big place. it wasn’t hard to put two and two together.”
Not to mention the fact that she had studied criminal law.
“And just how upset were you, that your dad married someone so much younger than him?” She questions again and it’s starting to feel like they’re interrogating her.
Katniss watches as Delly narrows her eyes at the brash woman standing next to her. Her, Annie and Madge have stood silently still through the whole thing, too afraid to say anything.
“Not enough to kill her if that’s what you’re suggesting?”
She turns to the other three and nods her head in the direction of the door.
“Cmon girls, we don’t have to answer any of their question, not without a lawyer present.”
The three girls follow Delly, but not before Katniss hears Peeta scolding Johanna.
“Way to go Jo!” He growls.
Katniss throws a quick look over her shoulder, and is surprised to see Peeta looking straight back at her, while O'dair and Johanna whisper angrily between each other. Their eyes connect for what seems like forever, when his soften a little. Then she is certain she sees what looks like apology in his eyes, and the sincerity almost has her gasping. She quickly turns her head back, and picks up her pace to catch up with the others, who are nearly out the door.
3 sentence fic: Red Snowing family No magic AU (your world where Emma is the youngest). Neal and Ty meeting their baby sister for the first time.
Thank you! I love this verse so much! I know it says three sentence fic but this prompt was just too good…. so… here’s an entire fic I guess?
No one had been expecting Snow to fall pregnant for the second time, the first time had been when she was only twenty, and that was fifteen years before. Yes she had become a mother again, when Ruby had given the trio their second baby boy two short years later, and they weren’t necessarily trying or not trying (que sera, sera, as the song always said) for any more but they seemed to be stuck at two. They were all happy. David was the sheriff of their town, Snow an elementary school teacher, and Ruby ran her grandmother’s diner, they never wanted for money, all three of them had inherited a fair sum of money when each of their parents had died. The family often traveled around the country, going to different cities, sometimes they even went to different countries. The boys had their hobbies, Neal was academic, loved books, and couldn’t wait to go to college, while Tyler was athletic, he was normally covered in mud from playing one sport or another, he was particularly talented at soccer and had captured interest from scouts already.
But after thirteen years of only having two kids when Snow suddenly started to feel sick in the mornings and tired easily, pregnancy was the last thing on her mind. It was only after Neal and Tyler had mentioned it to their Grandma (Snow’s step-mother) and she pointed out that she was only getting sick in the morning time, that Snow took a pregnancy test.
Then yet another.
All told her the same thing. She told her spouses, who like her were over the moon, but also a little in shock. Their baby was due to be born on the 23rd of December, ‘coincidentally’, or so they claimed, nine months after their wedding anniversary.
They told the boys after the twelve week scan, before they let anyone else know. As the boys were older it was a little different, it wasn’t as though they had to explain that they would still be loved or where babies came from- in fact the teenaged boys would much have preferred it if they hadn’t known where babies had come from when their parents were expecting another one. Other than the scarring mental image the boys were overjoyed.
Neal threw him into researching all about babies ,and started to buy baby books ready for the new addition to the family to kickstart their library, in the hopes that at least one of his younger siblings would like books as much as he did.
Tyler decided to grow the baby’s toy collection, and helped his parents decide on how to decorate the baby’s room. Technically he would be the baby’s biological half sibling, but he knew very well that that blood wasn’t what made a family, and like he and Neal, the baby would have all three of their very loving parents on their birth certificates and in their lives.
The two boys insisted it would be a girl, while both Ruby and David were insisting they’d be welcoming another boy into their family.
“How about Taylor?”
“Works for a boy or girl.”
“Yeah, but we’ll get mixed up between Ty and Tay.”
“What’s it mean Nee?”
“Erm….” He read the sentence below the name in the book. “Whole or universal.”
“As nice as it is to have you boys agreeing with each other… I don’t know how happy he’ll be to have a girl’s name….”
Snow stayed quiet whenever they debated this - she claimed that she knew fully well which side was correct, but that it didn’t matter, so long as the baby was healthy.
They all agreed with her.
On the day marking two months until the baby was due, Snow had the day off from work, she saw her family off to work and school - she was looking forward to a nice day relaxing.
She started to feel a little weird. Her back ached, but she brushed it off, she was pregnant after all. She would just have to take it easy, she decided. But as an hour passed she started to have cramps which felt suspiciously familiar. She just hoped that it was a one time thing.
But then her water broke.
She could no longer deny what was happening.
She was only 34 weeks.
It was too early.
She took a couple of shaky breaths, she picked up her phone and managed to stop her hand from shaking for long enough that she could dial David’s work number, his work was closer to their home than Ruby’s was. As the line rang she stroked her protruding tummy. “Hang in there baby. Please. You just stay in there for a little longer, I know you want to see mommy, and daddy, and mama but it’s not time for you to go on adventures just yet.”
The line clicked as David picked up the phone. “Hey, babe, missing me already?”
Snow could almost hear that famous charming smirk on his face. “David?” Her voice was shaky. “I need you to come pick me up. We can pick up Rubes on the way, but I, I’m… I need my bag, it’s upstairs, but I still haven’t got some of the things I need, I was going to wait and get them closer to the time-”
David could hear his wife panicking and became alert. “Snow. Take a breath for me. What’s going on?” He nodded to his co-sheriff and signalled that he was leaving.
Snow’s voice broke. “David, the baby’s coming… It’s too soon.”
“A thirty four week old baby is around the size of a cantaloup.” Neal remembered as he sat beside his brother in the back of their grandma’s car. He played with the straps of his swim bag, his one sport, he had been planning on going swimming that afternoon after school before he picked up his brother from soccer practice. That was far from his mind now.
After David, Snow, and Ruby, had gotten to the hospital and found out what was happening and going to happen they had called Regina. There was no way any of the parents would be back that night, even though Neal had his own car and usually gave Ty lifts to and from practice, the boys needed to know, and Ruby, David, and Snow needed to know that they were safe without worrying about them.
“Is that… that’s really small, right?” Tyler frowned, he didn’t even care about practice he was missing, his foot tapped restlessly as Regina drove. His eyes, full of fear, flickered to his brother. The boys would argue every now and then, they were brothers and teenagers after all, but Tyler still looked up to Neal and looked to him for answers.
Neal opened his mouth then closed it again. He knew full well that Snow had only just reached thirty-four weeks. He gave his brother a brave and sympathetic smile. “She can start to regulate her body temperature by herself… her lungs might be a little smaller than idea and need to develop a bit… but she’s in the best hands.” He assured him. ”And she had mom, and dad, and mama - they would never let anything happen to her.”
Silence fell in the car again as Regina wove her way to the Charmings’ house to grab the boys stuff ready to stay at hers. “You know, Tyler, you were one of the chubbiest little babies I ever saw, and you had a headful of black hair as soon as you were born, just like your brother.”
“Sadly you didn’t take after me in my amazing good looks, Ty.” Neal winked.
“At least he was born on time Neal.” Regina pointed out. “I think I had your parents ringing me every five minutes because you decided to stay put for almost two weeks past you were due.”
“Well, what can I say? I like to make a good appearance.”
Regina looked at her eldest grandson through the mirror, she could tell he was trying to keep his spirits up for his brother, but she could see the same boy who was scared of climbing the monkey bars when he was four.
There was nothing she could really do to help him feel better. She was scared for her new granddaughter, along with her step-daughter’s health, Neal had read every book on pregnancy and babies he could find… he must be terrified.
The boys weren’t allowed to visit the hospital for five days. David and Ruby took time with the boys, and Snow rang them every day, but they hadn’t been able to see the baby in more than pictures, and neither of them knew her name yet.
On the Friday when they got out of the school doors they saw their dad leaning against his SUV, grinning at them both. They rushed over, not having expected him there, they were meant to be picked up by Regina and taken to hers.
“Dad, what’s up, is the baby okay?” Tyler worried.
“Is mom okay?” Neal demanded not waiting to let David answer.
David chuckled, his sons were certainly like their mother, that much was certain. “They’re both fine… maybe you’d like to see that for yourselves?”
Both Neal and Tyler’s eyes widened at the same time.
“We get to go?” “We get to see them?”
“Yeah, I mean, if you guys want to? If not we could grab some pizza and play video games?”
“Hell no!” Neal protested as both he and Tyler jumped into the car.
David chuckled before he climbed into the car. That little girl of his certainly had them all wrapped around her little finger, already, that was probably only going to increase.
The Charming boys reached the NICU and sanitised their hands before they were allowed in to see Ruby, Snow, and the baby.
Snow beamed when she saw them. Although they spoke at least twice a day and she heard about them through David and Ruby, but she had missed her other babies.
Tyler rushed over to hug her but Neal’s eyes were on the tiny baby in the crib beside her.
Ruby walked over to him and pulled him into a hug. “It’s okay, hon, she’s going to be okay. They think only a day or two and we can take her home.”
“She’s so small.” He whispered his eyes not leaving the little girl.
“Yeah.” Ruby sighed. “But she’s a little fighter. I think she got your brains, she’s been wowing the nurses with how quickly she’s taken to feeding-”
“That might just be mom’s stubbornness.” He joked weakly.
Snow smiled over at her first born as she stroked her second’s curled hair. “If you sit down you can hold her.” She offered. “You won’t break her, I promise, I don’t think she’d put up with that.” She joked fondly, she had gotten to know her well in the past five days, she was much more a knight than a princess, she was going to fit in perfect in their family.
“Er… Okay. Do I have to pick her up or …?”
“I’ll pass her to you bud.” David waited for Neal to sit down and Ruby to show him how to hold his arms so he’d properly support her neck. He carefully picked her up, the only machines connected to her now were ones monitoring her, he placed her into Neal’s waiting arms - Neal’s face went from nervous to ecstatic.
Ruby managed to snap a couple of pictures of the pair before Tyler crouched beside Neal and the baby girl who was in an impossibly small baby grow and hat with different coloured owls on them. When he joined the pair Ruby took several more pictures of their three kids before she walked back over to sit on the arm of Snow’s chair.
She wrapped her arm around David’s waist as he joined his wives. Ruby pressed a kiss to Snow’s waiting lips before David leant down and did the same to both of them.
“Hey there, you.” Tyler greeted. He gently stroked the back of his finger down her cheek. He beamed as she looked towards him with the sound of his voice. “I’m Tyler, I’m your big brother, and that’s our even bigger brother Neal. He can be annoying but he’s awesome to have on your side.”
The three parents watched their three kids for a little while. They were beyond happy, they were euphoric, and completely in love with each other and with their perfect babies.
Snow shared a look with Ruby and David about something they had decided upon a day before. She smiled when they nodded at her telling her that she could do the honours, she hadn’t been able to spend time with the boys for almost a week, or comfort them by being there like her spouses had. “You guys wanna know her name?”
“Nah, I was just planning on calling her ‘Hey you’.” Tyler joked but looked at her with great interest.
“Emma.” Snow smiled. “Emma Ruth Charming.”
Tyler grinned at the baby who still had a tight hold on his finger. “Hey there Emma, It’s nice to meet you, you did a good job in scaring mom, dad, and mama- I can teach you some more if you like.”
“Hey, Emma. Welcome to the family.”
Two months later the family all happily sat in their home watching Christmas movies. Emma was now the size of an average newborn, all of the family and their extended family were utterly besotted with her, she was a little small for her age but she was so alert and interested in the world, she listened as Neal read her stories and Tyler told her about his day. She loved being cuddled by all of her parents, but it was clear already that she was a daddy’s girl, David seemed to be the only one who could stop her crying.
The family were looking forwards to spending their first Christmas together, now that they were whole.