Based on bench spoilers. (AKA I WILL NEVER BE OKAY AGAIN.)
my house, my home
Granny visits him on a Sunday morning, just after the sun breaks, when the golden light is filtering in through the half drawn shades in streaks of red and orange. The knock on the door startles him from his inspection of the frost lingering on the edges of the window pane (he is not from this realm, but it seems the weather is changing far too quickly - the trees are still full with bright green leaves, the birds not yet starting their migration south (he borrowed one of Henry’s nature books and it makes a sweet pang in his chest when he thinks of it)).
He answers the door to find Granny already dressed in her apron that he’s grown accustomed to seeing her don in the eatery below, crossbow at the ready. He eyes it for a moment - idly thinks that is horribly barbaric for such an hour - and raises his eyebrow in silent question.
For her part, she looks conflicted, and after a moment, she drops the weapon to her side.
“You can’t stay here anymore.”
He frowns and crosses his arms over his chest, leaning against the door frame in what he hopes to be a casual pose, all the while trying to mask the anxiety clawing at his chest. He has nowhere else to go in this small town, and if he wishes to be near Emma - and her boy - this puts him at quite the disadvantage.
“Is my gold of no more use to you?”
The woman does give genuine emotion at that, a heavy sigh leaving her lips, disappointment seeping into the fall of her shoulders.
“Mayor’s orders.” She replies with a tight smile and his stomach plummets. Of course. “Those accused of pirating in the Enchanted Forest are forbidden from staying in town owned dwellings.”
in-spirational said: Could you recommend some CS modern!au fics that you've either heard of or enjoyed reading? thanks xx
Well most of the modern!AUs I’ve read, I’ve recommended before, but I’ll put them on this list again, because they’re all pretty damn good and deserve more attention.
The Lost Boys by niniadepapa: “AU: He’s the charming, out of control frontman of one of the most successful bands in the world. She’s a hard-working rising actress. Sometimes it’s hard to find out what’s real and what’s make-believe when fame’s in the game.” Rated M.
Sit, Stay, Feel by ScapeArtist: “Modern AU: Emma Swan is the owner of Pet Saviors — a dog training/walking/sitting service. Killian Jones, and his dog Gale, are her clients. When Emma & Killian finally meet, the fur flies. (Only part of the epilogue deserves a higher rating than K.) MAIN STORY IS COMPLETE. ANY NEW CHAPTERS ARE PROMPT REQUESTS I AM FILLING.” Rated T.
Hamlet and the Pirates by eight 0f hearts: “In a miraculous feat of Murphy’s Law, Emma ends up paired with Killian Jones for an English project - one of the few people at her school that she really, genuinely Does Not Like. It doesn’t help that Neal’s back in town. [High School AU, slow-build CaptainSwan] - COMPLETE -” Rated T.
You keep me up all night by QuiteTheTrueLove: “Captain Swan AU: What happens when an ambitious young lawyer and a guitar playing bartender live together? Personalities clash, bickering ensues and sleep gets interrupted. Emma and Killian are not really getting along, and obviously they are the only ones who don’t realise just how perfect they are for each other. (Rated M for smut!)”
Four Seasons by headoverhook: “AU. It was supposed to be one passionate night with an insanely hot guy in a hotel room. She vanished out of the room at the crack of dawn, intend to never see him again but she didn’t take his tenacity into account.” Rated M.
Instantly in Love by haleigh91: “Captain Swan AU. Emma Swan is the co-owner and manager of a popular bar in New York where her star bartender is the cocky Killian Jones. In their public lives, they hate each other. Little do they know that in their personal, online lives, the person that they’ve been chatting with for weeks (the one they’ve so desperately somehow fallen for) just so happen to be each other.” Rated T.
All The Voices In My Head by QuiteTheTrueLove: “The world is a dark and twisted place. Emma Swan always knew that. When she and her partner Killian Jones were called to another murder scene one morning, that belief only got stronger. A serial killer was on the prowl, and his victims came right out of a fairy tale. Rated M for violence and of course smut!” Possible triggers: Violence, character deaths, graphic scenes. Rated M.
Provocateur by swaggercaptain: “Criminal Minds AU - Emma and Killian are partners in a BAU unit, but behind the innuendos and good-natured quips lays a dangerous game of cloak and dagger. When all is said and done and the perpetrator is put away, how deep does their partnership go? (Violent themes throughout)” Possible triggers: Violent themes. Rated M.
Put me in coach, I’m ready to play by bemusedbicycle: “Emma is the new head of PR for the Pittsburgh Pirates and her first task is to get playboy shortstop Killian Jones under control. If baseball isn’t your thing, fear not for there is very little baseball in this story.” Rated T.
Until I Met You by ChainOfPaperclips: “Modern World AU. College Freshman Emma Nolan has no love for poetry, and not even her hot Lit. professor, Killian Jones, can make her understand it. Yet as she receives a series of mysterious notes and presents, understanding unfolds in her heart, & she falls in love with the stranger sending them. But to whom does her heart belong? And will her romance end in happiness or sorrow? Rated T.
Sex Ed with Killian Jones by FreeRen: “Emma Swan and Killian Jones sit next to each other during their Human Sexuality class at college. Emma is quite interested in her shy neighbor, but he has a small secret. Written for CS AU Week - Lieutenant Duckling with a Modern AU twist!” Rated M.
I Know You Care by rumpelstiltskinsmagic: “When Emma, a single mom with two jobs, meets Killian, an actor in town for the next few months, sparks seem to fly. The only problem is that Killian failed to mention his occupation, leaving Emma oblivious to the life he truly leads. What will happen when the truth is revealed? CS AU.” Rated M.
The Lines We Draw by tersaseda: “Just one night, that’s all either of them had wanted. Except that when Emma Swan, senior in college and a promising young artist, unexpectedly runs into him again (him being Killian Jones, not that either knew the other’s name), they’re both left realizing that it isn’t just a one time thing. It’s something that will make them reconsider everything. [CS AU]” Rated M.
These stories I haven’t read, but they are modern!AUs you might be interested in:
Sincerely, Swan by BeforeTheStorm15: "Old-fashioned, music-loving Killian Jones is pleasantly surprised to find a kindred spirit in the cynical, yet intriguing Emma Swan. There’s only the small issue of distance: 5640 miles. A CS pen-pal AU." Rated T. Complete.
Lilac Wine by miamoretti: "CS AU: Emma Swan is an international popstar who goes off the grid following a very public and messy breakup with her now-former manager, Neal. Killian Jones works at a small hotel owned by his brother in the rural English village where Emma chooses to hide out. They find themselves drawn to each other, but what will happen when Neal refuses to accept Emma leaving him?" Rated T. WiP
Live Wire by holdingoutforapiratehero: ”CS. Modern High School AU. She was a live wire and she was about to turn his world upside down. Just trying to get by his last year of high school, Killian Jones is paired with socialite Emma Swan, the girl with a dark secret and a flair for theatrics. Now rated M for HEAVY sexual content as of Chapter 7 and beyond. This fic is regularly updated on Tuesdays and Saturdays.” Rated M. WiP
Never Let Me Go by proudblueeyesthings: "CS Modern AU. Killian and Emma have known each other when they were younger, they unfortunately get seperated and spend 12 years apart. They meet again under an unusual circumstance." Rated M. WiP
Bring Me to Life by Scheherezade06: “CS Zombie/TWD AU. Emma will do anything to get back to her loved ones in Storybrooke, even partner up with the devilishly handsome blue-eyed stranger she found under a pile of corpses. NC-17.” Rated M. WiP