summary: Steampunk AU. When bounty hunter Emma Swan is commissioned by Robert Gold, powerful and mysterious president of the Royal Society of English Magicians, to take down notorious airship pirate Captain Killian Jones, it lands them in a web of political and magical intrigue, dark secrets, and the dangerous London underworld - as well as their unwanted attraction to each other. Multi-chapter, slow burn.
rating: T (will go up)
available: FF.net and AO3
previous: chapter 7
Will Scarlet and Emma Swan had been standing side by side, listening to the distant bells of Prague call the morning hours as misty sunlight blossomed over the city – she imperviously repelling his periodic attempts at small talk – when the door of the brownstone flew open with a crash. The reason it had done so was for a clearly out-of-temper Killian Jones, coattails swirling, to storm through it in magnificently black dudgeon. This he did, without so much as a sidelong glance at them, and proceeded out of sight down the alley at a correspondingly blistering pace. They had to run to catch up with him, which Will did by the arm, spinning him back around to face them. “Oy! Where n’ blazes are you off to now, leavin’ us behind as a snack? Because I’m not bloody going to do that ag – “
"Shut up," the pirate snapped, in quite a different voice than the exasperated, but still wickedly bantering, tone he tended to take with the thief. "We’ve got something else to steal, and we have to do it as soon as possible."
Will arched a skeptical eyebrow, in perfect imitation of the captain’s own habit. “Oh? And what’s it this time? The Queen of Sheba’s jewels, I reckon?”