Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: Once Upon A Time
Character/Pairing: Emma, Charming
Challenge/Prompt: 1_million_words August Rush Prequeal:
Word Count: 456
Date Written: 4 August 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Disney and ABC, not the author, and are used without permission.
She watched him beam over his new child and can’t help wondering if he ever cared for her so. She had been placed in the wardrobe to come forward in time almost immediately after being born. Had he ever had a chance to even so much as hold her? If he had, would he have been as happy as he is now, bouncing his new child along in his arms and making strange noises? Why did so many parents chatter away in “baby talk” when they were admiring a cute child? She’d never done such nonsense. Of course she had also held her son only once when he’d been a baby. She looked away, tears she didn’t want her family to see forming in her eyes.
David knew the moment Emma started to feel like crying. He shifted his new, little Prince over onto one arm and approached his daughter. “Not getting to hold you when you were a baby,” he spoke softly, “is one of the greatest regrets of my life.” He sat down beside her, but she wouldn’t look at him.
Part of Emma wanted to ask what his other greatest regrets were. Another part wanted to demand what he would have done if he’d been able to hold her, and still another wanted only to pretend that none of this was happening and she wasn’t having these feelings. Finally, she asked quietly, not yet daring to look at him, “How did you know?”
She heard his sad smile in his voice as he replied gently, “Because a father knows his daughter.” He reached out, took his hand, and wrapped his fingers around hers. “No matter how much of her life he was unfortunate to miss out upon.” He tugged at her hand until she finally looked back at him. “But we have the rest of our lives to spend together.”
“Yes,” sh whispered, still not willing to say what she thought. All the time in the world couldn’t make up for the time they’d already missed.
He leaned forward and kissed her cheek. “Emma, I’d do anything to get to go back and actually hold you as a baby, but we can’t change the past. We can only go forward into the future and try to learn from our pasts. And I am mighty glad you are a part of my future.”
She smiled shyly and dared a glance up at him from underneath her dark eyelashes. “I’m glad to,” she answered hesitantly, “Dad.” He was right of course. They couldn’t change the past, but at least she had him and her mother in her life now. She had a whole family now, and the future looked brighter than it ever had before!