Karen Gillan - InStyle Magazine - September 2014
Snow smiled at Ariel and nodded her head. “I have some bird friends. But it is alright. And I like it when you ramble.” She gently nudged the other girl’s shoulder. “I’m not sure what I saw. But maybe we should check it out.”
The red head felt flushed; slight embarrassment had her hanging her head low but covering it up with a smile. “You do? I mean, yeah. Of course. Wait.” She shook her head and tried to start from the beginning though she might have not wanted to. The momentum seemed to have slipped from her now. “Do your bird friends also speak English?” She asked, still adjusting to her new life in Storybrooke. “I like this idea. I have my bag if we ind anything interesting. Wait, did you think-you might have saw something bad? No, no more talking let’s just go. “
He hadn’t anticipated how much he’d miss being around her. It was as if he had been drowning without her, that at the very moment their lips touched he had managed to make it to the surface. Erik’s hands moved down to her waist and twirled her around in one swift move. “For you I’d fight. Id’ fight for you. Always.”
There was so much he had wanted to say but only I love you came out. He couldn’t repeat it enough to her. It would never be enough.
Ariel fluttered her lashes and chuckled when he lifted her. She felt her throat constrict as she wanted to weep for all the hours spent away from her prince. But it was a betrayal on her part. She didn’t know just how much she loved him until he couldn’t be there with her anymore. Her fingers moved along the side of his jaw and stumbled over his stubble. “Erik…” Her voice faltered wanted to say something more but his name was all she could force out. After all this time, she was still that little girl who had wanted to be near him no matter what it cost her.
She swallowed and pressed her lips to his. Once. Just once, she wanted to be with him. Even if it meant betraying the life she chose now. He was her soul mate, a person who was designed to complete her through and through. Erik and Ariel, that’s how the story went. And they lived happily ever after but no one talked about how they didn’t. How many messes they had made, how the only wonderful thing they created was their daughter, Melody. And after all of that she left her home again to find a life else where with a man who again wasn’t part of her world.
She blamed the fact that her father had four wives, all which lived with her and her half sisters. Their kind wasn’t monogamous, they obtained lovers within seasons. Though their long life spans had a lot to do with the arrangement, her father married and remarried often having consorts reside in their dwelling. But that couldn’t have shaped her out look on love. He was a romantic, that just wanted that feeling of being complete and didn’t find it until Ariel’s mother caught his heart.