Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: Once Upon A Time
Character/Pairing: Red/Snow, mentioned Charming/Snow
Challenge/Prompt: femslash100 #501: Perfume
Word Count: 247
Date Written: 3 July, 2016
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to their rightful owners, not the author, and are used without permission.
Her scent catches her nose the instant she arrives home. Ruby's head jerks up. Customers and Granny are fussing, but she doesn't hear them. She's too busy listening, across the distance, to Mary Margaret's breathing. She breaks into a run, never speaking as the years fall away.
She remembers following the delicious aroma that is her mate's natural scent over miles of forest many times and across a desert once. Now her scent is mixed with the perfume Mary Margaret wears, but Red would still recognize Snow's scent anywhere. Back then, they didn't bother with perfumes. Other women would mix their own scents from crushing flowers and fruit; now they buy them off of shelves.
Ruby stopped Mary Margaret once from buying perfume, reminding her gently that her natural scent has always been the most delicious and alluring aroma she's ever smelled. It still is, even if her mate has gone back to buying perfumes since reuniting with her husband. She's married now, but there's a part of Mary Margaret, and of Snow, that will always belong to Red.
She dashes through the town, unstopping, darting through vehicles and narrowly dashing around corners, until she's reached the shore. She only stops one brief second then to take in her lover's beauty. Her breath is aching from it and Snow's absence over the last few weeks when she barrels into her open arms. "I missed you," she murmurs and claims the smiling mouth that will always be hers.