Chapter 1: chapter 1
The look on Killian’s face had Emma worried, he had already been acting strangely around her and she could tell he was keeping something from her. Just as she was about to ask him to explain the small diner was rocked by what felt like an earthquake, throwing Emma and Killian to the floor of Granny’s. Emma looked up to see what was causing the quake and gasped at the swirling blue light coming from the street.
“Swan what is that?”
“I don’t know”
Emma pulled herself to her feet, Killian following, as she made her way to door and out on to the street, joining the crowd that was gathering, watching as the swirling vortex grew brighter, humming and crackling, when suddenly something tumbled through and the vortex vanished suddenly leaving no trace of itself other than the dark shape of…something laying in the street. Emma rushed over to investigate, readying her magic in case this was some new threat to Storybrooke, when the dark shape on the ground gave a groan of pain and tried to push itself up, as Emma got closer she realized that the dark shape was actually a young woman with dark hair wearing a very battered red leather jacket, just as the other woman’s arm crumpled underneath her and she hit the ground again, letting out another groan of pain.
“Please...help me” Emma gestured to Killian to find David,
“help is on the way, who are you?”
Emma stiffened in surprise
“you’re in Storybrooke, why are you here?”
“Here to help who?”
“ca-can’t” she didn’t get a chance to finish what she was saying as at that moment David appeared with Dr. Whale, and Emma had to back off and let them get her into an ambulance. Killian appeared next to her,
“Who is she Swan?”
“I don’t know, but I’m going to find out”
Consciousness hit Adrienne like a freight train, as her senses where suddenly assaulted with beeps, buzzes, and that particular antiseptic smell you only get from hospitals. She only had to wonder for second where she was before the memory of her less than graceful landing on Main Street came flooding back, at least she’d ended up in the right place, she’d even spoken with the savior, well sort of but what mattered was she had made it. Now she just needed to get out this hospital bed and find –clink- she turned and looked in surprise at her wrist which was handcuffed to the hospital bed.
Emma was worried about this new stranger to Storybrooke, so far nobody recognized her and so either she was from everyone’s missing year, or somewhere else entirely, and even though she’d said she was here to help Emma was inclined to be skeptical until she had a chance to talk to her again. Regardless there was something odd about her, though Emma was fairly sure they’d never met when she’d gotten a better look at the dark haired mystery woman something about her had felt familiar, and that couldn’t be good.
Just as she was about to go and see if their mystery guest had woken up, Killian arrived
“Killian what are you doing here?”
“Thought I’d stick around love, in case you needed protecting”
“From who? The unconscious women handcuffed to a hospital bed?”
Hook quirked his eyebrow at her,
“Well you never know”
Emma was about to respond when a voice from behind said
“Am I interrupting something?”
Emma turned to see the mystery woman leaning against the wall, handcuff dangling from her wrist, from this distance she could see the woman’s green eyes, and heavy lashes, and yet again she was struck by a sense of familiarity, and from the look on hooks face he was to.
“either of you gonna say something? Or should I just go cuff myself to hospital bed again”
Emma seemed to find her voice,
“misspent youth, now can we get on to the matter at hand or do you want to do this little song and dance some more? Because regardless I’d very much like my pants back”
The entire walk to granny’s Killian could not shake the strange sense that he knew this mystery woman, who had informed them that her name was Adrienne, and it was beginning to worry him, because she wasn’t from his year back home.
He sat on a barstool watching the young woman, she seemed very at ease here, like she’d been
“She could almost be your sister.”
Killian jumped at Emma’s voice and looked towards her,
“and what makes you say that Swan”
“well she certainly looks like you, she also acts a bit like you” Killian quirked his eyebrow at that “that’s exactly what she did, it was kind of eerie”
“Curious, I was going to say the same thing to you Swan” Emma looked surprised at that “She could easily be a relation of yours.”
“Who do you think she is?”
Adrienne was glad to be back in Granny’s, even if it wasn’t her Granny’s necessarily, the only real difference being that Ruby hadn’t known to put cinnamon on her hot chocolate.
Her conversation with Emma had gone as well as could be expected when all she could tell her was that she was here to help but couldn’t say from where or perhaps more importantly when. She could tell that Emma believed her but also recognized the frustrated wrinkle between her eyebrows. She flopped down on the bed looking around the room she’d been given, she found herself wishing she could talk to Henry about all of this, but her older brother wasn’t here, well he was but he was 11 and had no memory of Storybrooke. She was on her own and she didn’t have much time before the portal she and Gold had created would open again and she’d have no choice but to return successful or not. This wasn’t going to be easy.
The next day
Killian had decided to get his own information on Storbrooke’s newest arrival, and was right in the middle of picking the lock on Adrienne’s door when it swung open to reveal Adrienne standing behind it, wearing that oddly familiar jacket, she smirked and quirked her eyebrow at him, in what was a truly eerie similarity to his own expression.
“You could have just knocked.”
“In all fairness love I didn’t know you where here.”
Adrienne just rolled her eyes and stepped aside gesturing him into her room,
“I’m guessing you don’t trust me.” It wasn’t a question Killian noted, it was just her stating a fact.
“Well let us just say that I have bad experiences with magically inclined individuals falling out portals”
Adrienne laughed at that and it was deep throaty sort of laugh,
“I suppose you do, I don’t suppose I can offer you any sort of assurance that I’m on your side?”
“Swan may be able to tell when people are lying, but you didn’t exactly give enough information about who you were here to help”
“Fair enough, I’m assuming that’s why you were breaking in to my room then? To search for clues about my true purpose here?”
“An astute assumption” Killian leaned against the wall not breaking eye contact with Adrienne, until finally she threw up here arms in mock defeat.
“Fine, here.” He tensed as she reached into a bag on the desk and threw him a small metal disk on a long chain, he recognized it instantly as the seal from his brothers old satchel. He advanced on her a fire in his gut, pinning her against the far wall.
“Where did you get this?!”
“You gave it to me” he pressed his hook threateningly against her throat
“Do not lie to me, how could I given this to you when we’ve never even met”
“I’m not lying, you gave it to me when I turned sixteen, that year you finally told me the story of how your brother died in your arms in his cabin after you left Neverland, you said that was the day you turned your back on the royal navy, and became a pirate.” Killian started and let her go,
“Because I’m from Storybrooke, just not this one, I’m from the future, your future specifically.”
“So then your my-“
“yes” Killian suddenly felt a little unsteady, he pinched the bridge of his nose confusion in his voice
“I thought magical time travel was impossible?”
“It’s not impossible, just very difficult, but it’s easier if you return to a time where you don’t exist yet, which is why it was me who came back not my brother.”
“Why couldn’t your brother come back?”
“Because my brother is Henry Mills”
Killian was having trouble wrapping his brain around this, the mystery woman, Adrienne, was from the future; and she was his and Swan’s daughter, which meant that he and Emma…he needed a drink, or perhaps several. Adrienne was giving him a concerned look from across their booth in Granny’s.
“You’re really starting to scare me, can you please say something?”
“Swan and I can’t be together, I’m-“
“Cursed, I know, and you really should tell mom, I mean Emma, because the sooner she knows the better.”
“But wait why didn’t you just tell Emma all this, why me?” Adrienne rolled eyes, and sighed
“ok first of all you were about to kill me,” Killian had the decency to look ashamed at that, “secondly, if I told Emma who I was, she would freak out, especially given the current status of your relationship.” Killian had to concede to that,
“ !@#$%^&*. Zelena.” Killian was surprised by the quiet fury in Adrienne’s voice “that green skinned !@#$%^&* may be powerful but she can only take away what you let her take.” Killian knew that fury, he knew the pain that birthed it.
“What did she take from you?” Adrienne’s face darkened at that, and Killian saw himself in her again, but he saw Emma as well in her tight pressed lips, as she brushed her fingers over the red leather jacket which he finally recognized as the one Swan always wore.
“Everything, unless I help you stop her here in this time.”
“And Just how do you intend to do that?”
“With magic, and a little ingenuity”
“Zelena is incredibly powerful.” Adrienne smirked as her hand lit up with swirling blue fire.
“That may be true, but my mother isn’t the only child born of true love, and I’ve had a long time to practice”
After Killian left with a promise not to tell Emma what he knew, Adrienne left Granny’s to find Gold’s pawnshop. The bell over the door jingled as she pushed in the door and there behind the counter was Belle, she looked so young it caught Adrienne by surprise for a moment, before she cleared her throat.
“Oh I’m sorry, can I help you with something?”
“I hope so, I need help in locating a particular spell.” She immediately recognized the trepidation on Belle’s face. “Do you think Emma Swan would have let me leave the hospital if I wasn’t really here to help?” the trepidation eased out of Belle’s face a bit at that.
“What kind of spell?”
“A spell that will work as a sort of heat sink for someone else’s power.”
“A-a heat sink?”
“It’ll allow me to enchant an item so that it draws they’re power away by dispersing it.”
“Oh, um, let’s see what we can find”
It had taken several hours but they had finally located the spell that Adrienne had needed and now she was back in her room at Granny’s carefully crafting the spell, when there was a knock on the door.
“Doors Unlocked” she called not turning away from the task at hand, as the door creaked open, and Emma’s voice drifted through.
“Belle told me you’d come by the shop looking for a spell, and Killian suddenly trusts you, so I thought I’d come and see if you needed any help.”
“Actually yes, could you hold this?” Emma came around and saw the collection of vials, powders, and assorted other items, and the small glass vial she was pointing at, “when I say go, pour that into this”
“Got it’ Adrienne then made a complicated gesture with her hand the main liquid turning a pale blue.
“Okay, Now.” As Emma poured the contents of the vial in, the liquid swirled and turned a pale green, at which point Adrienne dropped a large green pendant into the mixture, there was a bright flash and the pendant glowed briefly after it was pulled from the mixture before returning to normal, at which point she waved her hand and the pendant disappeared in a puff of blue smoke.
“Awesome, it worked.”
“What worked? Adrienne looked up excitedly at Emma,
“The spell that’s gonna help you defeat Zelena.” The excitement was cut short when Emma’s phone went off.
“Hello?...WHAT? WHEN? I’m on my way.” Look on Emma’s face was pained and faraway.
“What’s wrong? What’s happened?”
“Henry’s been kidnapped.”
to be continued...