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A Second Chance - CS AU

Okay, so I’ve never done this before and I’m a tad nervous about it. I’ve never written an AU before and I hope you guys like it!  It’s going to be a multi-chapter and I have no idea how long it’ll be but if you guys like it so far, please let me know!

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Chapter 1

David Nolan tried to focus on his crossword as he enjoyed his short-stack, but it was difficult when his daughter was sitting across from him, clearly distracted and bothered by something.  Not that she said anything, she always tried to figure things out on herself, she had always been like that…ever since she was a little girl.

When she first started to walk she was determined to do it on her own, with no help from anyone.  If she fell on her rump and he’d try to help her up, she’d slap his hands away and say, “No, Daddy! I do it!”

And now, here she was, all grown up…god, where did the time go?  It seemed like only yesterday when Mary Margaret came to him that late summer night, tears and fear in her eyes when she told him she was pregnant.  They had just finished their junior year in high school and both of them were terrified, but he had promised her that whatever happened next, he wouldn’t leave her or their baby.

Twenty-eight years later, he continued to keep that promise and had no plans to stop now. 

“Nine-letter word for ‘troubled’.”

Emma sighed as she pushed her eggs around her plate.  “I don’t know….concerned?”

“Hmm,” David murmured as he looked at the puzzle.  I was going to put down, Emma Nolan, but…I think yours works, too.”

She glanced up, giving him that look, and he just chuckled as he wrote down the answer.  “You’re hilarious.”

He just shrugged and then tossed the paper aside.  “What’s wrong?”

She set her fork down and shoved it away.  “I don’t know.”

“Yes, you do,” he said as he casually reached over and forked up some of her hash browns. “The question is…do you want to talk about it? Or do you want to continue sulking?”

“I don’t sulk,” she said as she straightened in her seat.

“You’re a champion sulker when you want to be, Em…you get that from me.”

He said it almost proudly, that she couldn’t help but smile.  “I also get your stubbornness, which makes me think you’re not going to let this go.”

“Smart girl,” he teased with a wink.

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