Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: Once Upon A Time
Character/Pairing: Zelena, Robin
Challenge/Prompt: A 1_million_words Weekend Challenge Prize for tellshannon815
Word Count: 622
Date Written: 18 June 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to their rightful owners, not the author, and are used without permission.
Zelena stared up at the stars, her infant daughter in her arms. It had been a long time since she had simply stopped and looked up at the sky at night, just watching its beauty and not looking for a sign that the alignments were right for a certain spell or some other happening to complete her plans. They weren’t exactly evil. She was never exactly evil. She had been forced to become the woman she was, her chances all but taken away from her, but she would make certain that never happened to Robin.
Robin cooed, and she shifted the sweet bundle slightly in her arms, giving her daughter a better look up at the night sky. Part of her understood that her child was too young to be paying attention to the stars, far too young to understand their true meaning, but another memory had returned to her this evening when she had happened to look up and see the stars stretched out over their heads. It was another horrible memory for her, another memory that she was going to make absolute certain her child never had to experience in a similar manner. Her Robin would get every benefit she could give her, and none of the horrors her own mother had laid upon her when she had chosen to dote upon Regina at every moment and literally sent Zelena to another world entirely, one with far less choices, opportunity, and goodness than any child should have to suffer.
Lightly bouncing her bundle of joy in her arms, her daughter who would never have to wonder rather or not her mother loved her and was proud of her, Zelena tried yet again to put her past behind her. Her mother had given her nothing, but she was going to give everything she could to her baby girl. “You see those stars up there, Robin?” she asked, raising her child up high but securely in her arms. “I want you to see them. I want you to remember them. And I want you to remember that they can all be yours.”
She brought her back down again and balanced her carefully in the crook of one arm. “Every one of those, every light you see, everything you want . . . It can be yours,” she said, gently touching her nose with the index finger of her other hand. “And your mommy will do everything she can to make whatever you want happen, dear girl.”
She kissed her forehead. An idea suddenly struck her as she straightened, and her smile grew. She pointed at the night sky and zapped a small ball of green fire. It seemed to drop from the sky right into her waiting hand, and she bounced it before Robin’s wide, smiling eyes. Her baby giggled and reached her chubby, little hands out for it. With a wave of magic, Zelena made it to where the ball could not harm her baby. It was a bright, glowing ball of energy, nothing more.
Robin clasped it in her hands and continued to giggle as she rolled the ball around in her grip, watching how it flickered and glowed. “That’s right, baby,” Zelena said dotingly, smiling down upon this life who had given her own life yet another opportunity, and the realest one yet. As little Robin’s mother, she had a whole new life to experience, and she was going to make the best of every moment not just for herself but for them both. “The world is yours, my darling girl,” she whispered, leaning down and again kissing her little forehead before heading back indoors with her most special prize. Her mother had given her nothing, but she would give Robin everything.