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29 July 2012 @ 03:00 pm
Fanfiction: Atonement; Chapter Five: Enough Is Enough  
Title: Atonement
Chapter Five: Enough Is Enough
Author: snarkysweetness
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Emma, James, Snow, Henry, Leroy, Nova, The Blue Fairy, Geppetto, Archie, Ruby, Belle; Emma/August, Snow/Charming, Leroy/Nova, Ruby/Archie, Belle/Rumpelstiltskin, Geppetto/Blue Fairy
Summary: James and Leroy are ready to kill Regina.
Warnings: Angst.
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Author’s Notes: Leroy/Grumpy amuses me. He’s by far my favorite of Team 7. Also, Charming is a badass. I’m glad that David is gone and Charming is back, just saying.

Emma manages to make it back to the apartment before throwing up. Snow holds her hair back, assuming it’s just morning sickness, but Emma hasn’t had morning sickness in over a week.

When she’s finished, she slowly makes her way to the loveseat, all eyes on her. Belle paces back and forth in front of the window, her eyes red and puffy.

Henry climbs onto the loveseat, laying his head on her lap. Emma strokes her head for a moment before launching into what just transpired on the street. When she’s finished, James slams his coffee mug on the table, shattering it.

“I’m going to kill her.”


“NO! Snow, this is going too far! We can’t protect Emma at all times. Even if we tried, she knows how to work magic better than we do. What if she finds a way in? There’s always a way in, no matter how smart we think we’re being. I’m not going to risk it. We lost Emma once; we’re not losing her again!”

“I’m not saying we don’t do something, but rushing out and trying to kill her is dangerous,” Snow says, shaking her head.

“I say we just axe her,” Leroy says with a grin, nodding.

“LEROY!” Nova scoffs, disgusted and leaves his side to sit with The Blue Fairy.

“What?” Leroy shrugs, giving Snow his ‘come on’ look. “She deserves it. And it’s not like you’re not all thinking the same thing. We’d all love to get a crack at it, am I right?”

Snow rolls her eyes.

“If my brothers were here, they’d be able to back me up on this. Besides, weren’t you the one who made a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to kill her?”

“You did what?”

Emma gives her mom a ‘look’.

“I-ugh, I was um…enchant-you know, just shut up. All of you.”

Henry and Emma exchange looks, both smirking.

Ruby sits with Archie on the sofa, in his lap, running her fingers through his hair, looking thoughtful.

“He can’t take the baby, right? I mean Emma never signed a deal with him, not like Ella did. She just promised to owe him a favor for letting Ella keep Alexandra, right?”

Archie takes her hand and gives it a squeeze.

“I don’t know. He’s a trickster, but without magic to bind their deal, I doubt it. But he doesn’t think the way normal people do. He’ll still try, but magically this isn’t something he can force on her. I think,” Archie says, watching Emma.

Waiting for me to go crazy, no doubt, Emma thinks.


They all turn to look at her, waiting. She’s their expert on magic, after all.

“No. I don’t think so. But I agree that it won’t stop him from trying. He created this curse and let Regina unleash it in the hopes of finding his son. I don’t think there is anything he won’t do to get him back. And Regina must have given him reason to believe she could reunite them or he wouldn’t bother. Belle? Did he say anything? Anything that could help us?”

Belle shakes her head, still pacing.

“Nothing. Regina came to see him last night. I sent her away but I got the feeling they’ve been meeting in secret and I was just too stupid to see it. I knew when he asked me if the rumors about Emma were true that he was up to something but I had no idea it was this.

I swear to you Emma, if I’d known anything I would have come straight to you.”

“I know.”

Belle sighs and looks away.

Emma watches The Blue Fairy, who looks tormented.

“Don’t worry, my dear. We won’t let her be harmed,” Geppetto assures Blue, taking her hand and running his thumb over the back of her hand trying to comfort her.

She squeezes his hand and gives him a small nod.

“Nova and I have magic, not as much as Regina, but enough. I’m not going to let her harm this child. We’ve already lost Pinocchio, I won’t let them take this from us either.”

It occurs to Emma for the first time that they two of them, Geppetto and Blue, often seemed couple-like. She looks between the two, trying to figure it out, but it’s crazy. She’d forbidden Nova from being with Leroy back in their world because Fairies weren’t allowed to love, so what was she missing?

She thinks back to the story August added to Henry’s book. Geppetto had whished on her for a child, so she’d turned him into a living puppet with magic, and when he’d died she used magic again to give him life.

Emma lets out a sigh.

She’d created with magic. She may not have given birth to him, but August was her son too.

This all really sucked.

And the familiar pain in her chest that came from missing August was surfacing.


She looks down to find those beautiful blue eyes of Henry giving her a worried look. Emma pulls Henry against her and kisses his temple.

“Everything’s going to be fine,” Emma tells him, not sure if she really believes it herself, but she’s determined to make sure Henry believes it. Because she’ll be damned if Regina every hurts her kid again.
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