My Once Upon A Time Fanfic, Twice Upon A Dream is a sequel to the very popular, These Dreams, and once again we see our heroes stuck in the dreamscape, trying to navigate their way out. This time the whole gang is along, and as they run in and out of each other’s dreams, it can occasionally get a little. . . dicey.
“Does this look familiar to you?” Emma asked, staring down at herself in dismay.
“Vaguely.” He glanced around. “We seem to be in a manor house of some sort, and from the look of your corset, I’d say we’re in the Enchanted Forest. We just need to figure out exactly where…and when.”
He twined his fingers with her, pulling her along through a doorway, only to run smack into a woman who was coming through the doorway at the same time. She staggered back a few steps in surprise and Killian let go of Emma’s hand to reach out and steady her.
“Killian!” she exclaimed, and her face broke into a smile. “I didn’t realize you were in port! But what are you thinking, coming here? He’s sure to see you.”
Killian froze a moment, then he rubbed his ear uncomfortably. “Hello, Adelaide.
“Alannis,” she corrected, and her eyes narrowed, leveling on Emma.
Emma backed up, raising her hands. “I’m nobody. I’ll just…wait outside.”
“Killian.” Alannis was clearly not happy with this scenario. “After all this time, you finally pay me a visit and you have the gall -”
“Now, Alannis,” he said, pasting on a charming grin. “You know I hold you in the highest regard -”
Emma made a snorting sound behind him and his smile faltered, but he kept going. “I hold you in the highest regard and of course, I had to see you. And now I have and it’s time for me to find my ship. So if you’d be good enough to direct me back to the dock -”
A thundering voice came from the doorway at the other end of the room, and they all turned to look.
“Bloody hell,” Emma said under her breath, stealing the words from Killian’s lips. The man in the other doorway was so big, he had to duck to get in. His shoulders were so massive, he had to turn sideways to do it, as well. Every inch of him seemed to be covered in hair, and now…now he was growling.
“I knew you’d come back,” the man seethed. “You won’t seduce my wife – or any man’s wife – ever again!” He started toward Killian, who was back toward the open doorway, shooting a mildly panicked glance in Emma’s direction.
Alannis only wanted to know one thing. “Who’s she?” she asked again, pointing at Emma.
“Another pretty piece, no doubt.” the man sneered.
“Hey!” Emma took immediate offense. “The name is Emma.”
“Emma,” the man mocked. “Surely a high-born lady he found on a dock somewhere. Does he think to play with you both?”
“You keep your slanderous tongue off her name, ” Killian said, his face darkening. He brought his hook up. “I have no current quarrel with you. We happened upon your manor in error, and we’ll be going now.”
“You’re not going anywhere,” the man said, crossing his massive arms across his barrel of a chest. “Fetch my sword, Alannis.”
She hurried off and Killian called after her, “Alannis! Don’t be that way!”
Emma elbowed him in the side. “Watch it,” she said.
“Look,” Killian said, “What we have here is a misunderstanding. I’d be happy to explain-”
“Fight me, you bastard pirate!”
“Hey!” Emma stepped forward. “You don’t get to call him names, either.”
“You’ll scurry back to the wharf with the other whores if you know what’s good for you,” the man said. “This is between the scurvy pirate and me.”
“I happen to have excellent hygiene!” Killian protested. “And I’m not going to fight you, mate. Alannis is your woman.”
“Damn right she is!” the man affirmed. “But this isn’t just about her and you know it. There’s a matter of a missing silver chalice to discuss.”
“Ah,” Killian said with dawning recognition. “That Alannis.”
Emma’s jaw dropped. “How many were there?”