Title: New Beginnings:
Length: 300 words
Pairing: Archie/Ruby (Jiminy/Red)
For the lovely dj_rocca</lj>; when I heard the news I had to write this as my present for Onceuponaland! Just a quick Archie/Ruby drabble.
Archie, Jiminy rather was fiddling with the contents of his pockets, nerves getting the best of him. Life could only be described as complicated, now. So much had changed. Among the oddities of the new life of his combined identities, his life as both Archie Hopper and Jiminy the former cricket was his relationship to Red. Throughout the time that they were cursed Archie and Ruby had become close friends and had even developed feelings for one another. Though it seemed odd when the town’s memories returned and they remembered Jiminy and Red’s past lives as cricket and werewolf, the feelings they developed only grew stronger with the curse broken.
Jiminy walked down the street towards the diner. While the curse had been broken and magic was brought back, they couldn’t return to the enchanted forest; it had been destroyed and Storybrooke placed over it instead. So while they remembered their past lives, things frankly weren’t that different Jiminy was still the go-to person for advice, Granny (she preferred that name to “Widow Lucas”) and Red ran the diner. He saw Red look out the window, smile, and ran out the door. “Hey, Jiminy,” she said, after throwing her arms around him and pressing a soft kiss to his lips. “I have the rest of the evening off, so we can enjoy our date.”
Jiminy smiled, though still nervously. The two of them took a stroll, hand in hand, leisurely chatting until Jiminy stopped the two of them. “Red,” he started, nerves still present on his face, “We’ve been together a while now, and you’ve made me happier than I’ve ever been.” He got down on one knee, mustered up all his courage and asked “Red, will you marry me?”
Red smiled and nodded, eyes welling up with tears. “Absolutely.”