EPILOGUE: G.K. Chesterton
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters or worlds used in this story, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Once Upon a Time. I also do not own the rights to “This Is Just To Say” by William Carlos Williams. No harm is intended toward any of the copyright owners. This story is intended for entertainment purposes only.+++++PREVIOUSLY: Leah went home. Shannon went home. Aurelia went home.+++++EPILOGUE
“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” -G.K. Chesterton+++++Storybrooke
Leah sat in the teacher’s lounge, reading the Mirror
. She was filling in for Ms. Parker, one of the history teachers, and she had a free period first thing. That in itself seemed odd to Leah; what’s the point of a teacher having a free period that early?
She shrugged and scanned the headlines. Nothing jumped out at her. It had been a couple of weeks of startled moments, though -- Dr. Hopper, the town’s one psychiatrist, was a cricket of all things, and that was one of the least-strange. She now lived with three bears -- Shannon’s crack about ‘Goldilocks’ had made sense to her the moment Philip had come home and she’d seen them all together. The mayor was some kind of dark queen; Mr. Gold had really bad teeth and strangely-colored skin; and, every now and then, something dark and vicious peeked out from behind Ruby’s hazel eyes.
Leah felt a smile touch her lips. Finally, after all this dithering, she’d screwed up enough courage to ask the woman out for coffee. Which was kind of silly, because she worked at a coffee shop -- Leah’s cheeks had gone bright pink when she’d realized it -- but Ruby had smiled and ducked her head a little, shyer than Leah had ever seen her, and said yes.She said yes.
She said yes!
Leah put down the newspaper and went to the window. It was a nice day -- maybe a little cloudy, but not too overcast -- and she looked forward to running with Brian later.That’s weird.
Something was coming toward the school. Some kind of strange, shimmering wave.
Leah froze for several long seconds before realizing that, with her slayer abilities -- which had been growing stronger all the time, to the point that she actually had to slow down or risk leaving Brian behind when they ran in the woods -- she could’ve outpaced the thing.
But now it was too late. The shimmer was too close.
The shimmer hit her and passed through.
And Leah felt--
Aurelia stood up slowly, gracefully, in complete control of every movement her body made. She looked around at this strange room, so different from her house in the bears’ clearing, and the memory of... of something
... told her it was a teacher’s lounge.
She shook her head.+
Leah shook her head, trying to clear it, and went over to the microwave. She stared at her reflection...
But it wasn’t just her
reflection. Not anymore.
She saw her eyes widen.
And then the memories came.+
Leah -- it’s not the Enchanted Forest, so I will be Leah
, she decided -- took a moment to process everything that had happened in the last two minutes. Without warning, twenty-five years of memories had been revealed inside her head -- memories of a young woman named Aurelia, of an abusive Lord, of three bears who loved her and treated her like family, and then...
She had no idea what had happened; one evening, as she’d been eating dinner with the bears, a pall of black smoke had rolled through the clearing and then she’d been here.
It was so confusing
Without really thinking about it, Leah went to the phone mounted to the wall and took out her wallet. Tucked inside, she found a scrap of paper, ten digits scribbled in cheap blue ball-point.
She picked up the phone, pressed nine, and then dialed the number.
“International Council of Watchers. This is Simone. May I help you?”
Leah’s mouth went dry.
“Hello? Are you there?”
She swallowed hard. “This... I mean, Amber told me to... to call. I’m...” She paused, straightened up, and a confidence she’d never really dared to feel coursed through her. “I’m Leah.”
She smiled. Somewhere not so deep inside, so did Aurelia.
“Leah the Vampire Slayer.”++++++++++
This story was written because of this forum thread
, in which ashez2ashes asked if there was any Once Upon a Time
fanfic out there. We discussed various ideas and a plot bunny bit me.
This plot bunny.
I wasn’t quite sure at first how I was going to do this from the Enchanted Forest angle, but I knew that, in Storybrooke, Goldilocks would be living with the Three Bears. I did a little research on the story and found Scrapefoot. Him
I could use. I added in some Buffy characters -- Willow, Shannon, and Xander from the show, and Isabel and Amber from my “On” series
-- before figuring out how slayers would work both in Storybrooke and in Fairytale Land. One outline later and voila
A note on Aurelia's age vs Leah's -- if Leah is 25, that means Aurelia was 25 when Fairytale Land's inhabitants were brought to Storybrooke. The Storybrooke scenes take place in 2012, which is nine years after Willow did the slayer spell in "Chosen". That would mean Leah/Aurelia was 16 when "Chosen" happened. We know that Storybrooke existed in Maine in 2003 because Emma was sent to Earth as a newborn, just before the spell hit, and is now 30 or so. Therefore, I'm choosing to believe that Willow's spell echoed backward through the Storybrooke spell and turned Aurelia into a slayer. Hope that's not too convoluted or unbelievable -- although given that I'm writing fanfic about two TV shows plus a children's story, "unbelievable" is more a state of mind.If you're interested, here are my original notes from when I wrote this, along with additional commentary.
I hope you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading, and for any feedback you have provided (or are about to provide). I will next see you on Monday September 3, when Philippa the Vampire Slayer takes a short detour to Stoolbend, Virginia.Listener
Marietta, GA, USA
August 20, 2012