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"Alright," Chip grinned as he untied the scroll and unfurled it. "Let's begin shall we?"
Hades looked over his shoulder at the bundle in Maleficent's arms, his soon to be ex-wife glaring at him as he prepared to walk out the door.
"Gods, calling Maleficent my ex anything sends shivers of disgust down my spine," Hades muttered. "We had to start with her?"
Leah sneered slightly at having the same thought as a villain of all people.
Mal, though, frowned as she realized just what was happening. Dad…dad was going to leave me with her? Just walk out on the both of us?
"So you are Maleficent's daughter after all! See Ben, I told you! Villains always lie!" Audrey exclaimed.
"Not even one line in and she's already at risk for getting hit with a fireball," Emir muttered to Akiho.
"Are you really surprised dude?"
Persephone sighed and looked over at the princess. "Princess Audrey, it would be best if you refrain from acting like you know anything about our family. Mal is the furthest thing from Maleficent's daughter that you could get."
Audrey glowered slightly but backed down. Still she seemed to wear an air of 'I was right', causing the boy next to her to roll his eyes.
"Please continue," Persephone told Chip, who was fighting the urge to roll his eyes as well.
"Go on!" She growled, her eyes glowing green. Had she been able to access her full power, Hades might have felt nervous for Mal. "Leave! But know this, if you go, you'll never see hide nor hair of Mal again!"
"She's really telling Uncle Hades what to do?" Uma snorted. "The Dragon's gone round the bend if that's the case."
"She wasn't exactly the sanest to begin with Uma," Harry chuckled.
"How exactly did she get pregnant though?" Akiho asked. "Considering she was stabbed in the stomach by Prince Phillip Sr.?"
"The less we think about Maleficent, the happier we all are," Mal stated.
Hades stilled, before turning to square off against his wife, towering over her smaller form. "I'm taking her with me," he told her, his voice low. "She's my daughter Maleficent. If you think I won't get my hands on her one way or another, you've forgotten what got me tossed on this hellscape of an Isle in the first place."
"Go Lord Hades!" Jay cheered. Estelle yipped softly as if to agree with what Jay had said.
Mal grinned. "Had me going there for a bit there dad."
"You honestly think I'd leave you in the Dragon's talons Mali?" Hades said with a small smile.
Neither father nor daughter noticed the look on the other Gods' faces. They definitely hadn't been expecting that from Hades. Though Zeus glowered slightly at the reminder of Hades' crime against him.
"She'll have powers you'll never understand," Maleficent told him. "I"m the only one who can explain them to her, even if she can never use them."
"Oh, so you'll be able to explain her godlike powers too or were you going to brush those under the rug? Maybe pretend like they were your Fae powers?"
"Yeah that does seem like something she'd do," Persephone muttered while rolling her eyes.
Maleficent rolled her eyes. "She won't know you exist nor will she have access to them while she's under the barrier so what's the point in explaining those?"
"The Isle's not the biggest," Hades pointed out, his voice low with a slight growl. "We could run into each other."
The two stood off for what felt like an eternity but was more realistically around five minutes. Maleficent broke it first, shoving Mal into Hades' arms.
Mal held back a small sigh. Even though she knew her mom and dad loved her, there was still a small part of her that was hurt that Maleficent didn't try to fight for her. And when she said small, she meant like microscopic. Looking at Audrey, Mal said with a small smirk, "there you go. I'm not her daughter. She just handed me right over."
"Fine, take the little brat!" She growled. "With a weak father like you, there's no chance she would be anything to be proud of."
"You and I have very different definitions of what would make us proud of our daughter," Hades told her before walking out of Maleficent's lair, Mal being supported the best he could.
"See Bennyboo? How can she be Lady Persephone's daughter if Lord Hades just said Mal was his and Maleficent's daughter?"
"…Bennyboo?" Hades smirked as he looked over at the Crown Prince.
"Audrey, again, Mal has no reason to lie," Ben said, fighting the flush that was threatening to overpower his cheeks. "And can we please not use that nickname?"
Ben sighed and then looked over at Chip. "Don't. Say. A. Word."
Chip chuckled but did just that, causing Beast to sigh and shake his head in slight amusement.
"You can still read Chip," the King told his surrogate son.
He knew it was a risk, walking out into the Isle with an infant but he had no choice. His lair was on the exact opposite side of the Isle from Maleficent's and there were no underground tunnels connecting the two, the way there might be if he had an alliance with Maleficent.
"And the only day that would happen is if a kimono dragon sprouted wings and learned to fly," Lonnie scoffed.
"I like her," Hades smirked.
And there never will be any tunnels to the Dragon's lair, Hades thought, a glare keeping some of the underlings from approaching him. Some even dove out of his path to avoid his rage.
"So that's where Mal gets it from," Hadie grinned.
However, that didn't stop others from trying.
"Three guesses who," Harry muttered.
"Ah Hades!" Gaston greeted him with a wave, Captain Hook his only company, at the half way mark of Hades' trek to his lair. "Come, have a drink! I'm celebrating after all!"
"What on Earth is he celebrating?" Harry scoffed. "Did he finally realize he had a brain?"
Belle tried her hardest to keep the giggles at bay but she couldn't prevent one or two from slipping out.
Hades rolled his eyes but walked over to the hunter despite his better judgement. "What are you celebrating?"
"Before you ask, I've no idea why I even stopped to talk to them," Hades shook his head. "All talking to Gaston provides is a headache."
"The birth of my son of course! A boy, strong like his father! He'll be running around with Gaston Jr and Gaston the Third in no time."
"How creative," Beast said dryly.
"Well he's halfway to his dream," Belle shook her head. "Six sons and a little wife massaging his feet."
"I just realized Gil's younger than me," Mal said.
"Lucky you," Harry muttered.
"It's just by like three weeks Harry."
"Still, at least your age isn't used as one of the reasons why you're constantly lumped with Fish for Brains."
"Let me guess the name for this one. Gaston the fourth?" Hades ventured.
Gaston sighed. "Sadly no. I got the news too late so Claudette had already named him. Gil, on account he was born near the water and Claudette likes fish. Serves me right to leave that decision up to a woman."
"Whoa! What's that supposed to mean?!" Emma exclaimed.
"If Rachel Fitzherbert was here, she'd be asking if Gaston wanted to say that to her frying pan!" Lonnie nodded. "I didn't know one's gender made one good at picking out a name!"
"She's got a point," Shang shrugged as some of the other parents looked over at him, as if asking if he was going to reign in his daughter.
"Aye, I've been blessed with a son myself," Hook nodded while Hades rolled his eyes at the hunter's not so creative names for his sons.
Harry held back the wince at the words. There'd been a time when he'd been his father's whole world. He'd sit on his lap and they'd talk about where they'd sail when they'd finally get off the Isle.
And then the runt was born. And his mom died. And the Captain changed.
So to hear the Captain say he'd been blessed with a son…all it did was bring back memories of that time. That time that Harry could never get back, no matter how hard he tried.
"Harriet's not the happiest lass in the sea but she'll get over it."
"Wait, there was a time when Harriet wasn't happy you were around?" Mal teased Harry, trying to get him to smile.
"Speaking as an older sibling, it does happen," Aziz chuckled.
"Feeling the love there!" Emir and Ashaki exclaimed.
Ben smiled slightly, trying to hold back the pain at never knowing what that was like.
"Well congratulations," Hades said dryly. "If you'll excuse me, I need to return to—"
"What's that you got there Hades?" Gaston asked, finally noticing the bundle in Hades' arms. "Laundry? Give it to one of the scullery maids around here and grab a drink!"
"Laundry doesn't move, you idiot," Hook sighed.
"Now we know where Gil inherited his brains from," Harry snorted. Mal, Uma, and Jay smiled at that; happy Harry wasn't dwelling on the past.
"I knew that!"
"Sure he did," a blonde girl sitting next to Snow White said and rolled her eyes.
"Emma," Snow scolded lightly.
Hades rolled his eyes at their banter but before he could say anything, Mal cooed from her blankets. The noise caught the pirate and the hunter's attention.
Mal flushed slightly as Uma and Harry chuckled.
"Guess you developed the ability to read the room at a later age cuz."
"I was a baby!"
"Why Hades, is that a baby you've got there?" Hook asked, his hook peeling back the blankets.
"Very well spotted," Hades responded, his voice flat as he resisted the urge to rip that hook from Hook's body. "Your powers of observation are obsolete."
"Who does the brat belong to?" Hook asked.
"The same guy who's holding the baby," Mal smirked, ignoring the gasped from some of the Auradonians at Hook calling a baby a brat. Everyone on the Isle knew Hook didn't care for kids.
"Didn't Maleficent's egg just hatch?" Gaston asked before Hades could answer.
"How in the world did he know that?!" Melody exclaimed.
"She's got a point. Gaston's ego is so large, you'd think he'd only care about news pertaining to himself or Belle," Harry scoffed.
"Hades, bold of you to snatch the hatchling right after the birth. You know dragons are extremely protective of their young."
"Protective…possessive…tomato…psychotic dragon…" Mal said, moving her hands as if weighing her options.
Hades snorted. As much as Maleficent tried, she couldn't avoid people see her growing belly during the pregnancy. Evil Queen had delighted in Maleficent's changing figure, though she couldn't say much considering she had been pregnant with her own child at the time. The young girl had been born three months ago so it wasn't possible to confuse her with Mal, who was about three weeks at best.
Evie couldn't help but smile slightly at the mention of her mother. That time was the rare bit of happiness her family had—just her mother, her father, and her.
"Well Maleficent couldn't do much considering she was sleeping," Hades lied. It would be safer for Mal if no one on the Isle knew she was biologically his. Maleficent held all the power on the Isle.
"You're a God though," Hadie said, looking over at his dad.
"Didn't matter. Maleficent runs the Isle," Hades shrugged.
"Wouldn't it have just increased her standing on the Isle?" The boy next to Audrey asked. "Considering she had a child with a God?"
"The less we try to understand about Maleficent's mind, the better…and you are?"
"Copying Gaston there for names huh?"
Phillip Sr. flushed slightly.
"Ah excellent," Gaston nodded and then looked over at Mal. "Bah, a girl! I wouldn't have even put in the effort."
"Yeah the Isle's well aware about what you think of women," Carlos muttered.
"Considering he won't even acknowledge his daughters, I'm not surprised he said that," Mal rolled her eyes.
"He what?" Belle gasped.
"Oh yeah, to him, his only kids are his sons," Mal shrugged. "You're really surprised? I mean, it's Gaston we're talking about."
Belle didn't answer but gently rested a hand to her stomach. Even after all these years, she could sometimes feel a phantom flutter…as if her daughter was still there, yearning to be born…and to know there were girls on the Isle who weren't even being acknowledged by their father…?
"Didn't you get bested by a girl? A girl who's husband is the reason we're all on this prison?" Hook asked as Hades walked away, not in the mood to hear their drivel any longer.
"Always a mistake to overlook the ladies," Lonnie grinned.
The remaining walk back to his lair was without interruption and Hades sighed as he entered his home. That's when the realization hit: there was nothing suitable in his lair to raise a baby.
"Welcome to the first time parents' club Uncle," Hercules said softly, looking over at Hades. "I remember when Hyllus was born."
"Wonderboy, you panicked for about a month when you found out I was pregnant," Meg shook her head as Hades looked at the two of them in slight shock. After everything he'd done to them, he hadn't expected…then again Hercules was more forgiving than Zeus ever was.
Mortals usually preached the importance of not holding a grudge. Probably because they knew how fleeting life truly was, as opposed to the Gods who had forever and a day to hold on to their grudges.
"Oh gods I wish Persephone was here," Hades groaned and then paused. "On second thought it might be a good idea that she's not. I can handle a baby on my own for a few months. I can't handle becoming a mint plant. Of course, that wouldn't be seen as evil so Steph's powers would work if anything green could grow around here."
"I wouldn't have turned you into a plant," Persephone chuckled.
"Uh huh," Hades said dryly. "Your track record speaks differently dear."
Setting Mal down on a nearby chair and using what he could to keep her from rolling, Hades walked into another room.
"Dad, I was three weeks old," Mal shook her head. "I doubt I'd be rolling anywhere."
"When you're a first time parent, you'll be singing a different tune Mali," Hades stated before pausing. "Which won't be for many, many years to come."
"Please dad, you really think I want a kid? I'm sixteen," Mal chuckled.
"PAIN! PANIC!" Hades bellowed, realizing a minute too late that the summons might have awoken Mal. But there were no cries from the other room and soon his minions were in front of him.
"Please Uncle Hades, Mali sleeps like the dead," Uma shook her head. "I don't think a herd of elephants could have woken her up."
"Reporting for duty!" They said, ending with a salute.
"They're like Emir and Akiho," Ben chuckled.
"Only in imp form," Mal smirked. She may have only met them just now but she was more than happy to compare people to Pain and Panic.
"We take that as a compliment you know!" The two boys grinned.
"I need you to set up a room for a baby," he growled, his tone of voice letting them know that there would be no questions. "You are not to be loud. You are not to ask questions. Let me know when it's done."
"So is it safe to assume questions were asked?"
"Actually no, they followed instructions for once," Hades chuckled at his son's question.
"Yes sir!" Both of them agreed and ran off, saluting as they went. Hades smirked and went back to hold Mal.
"Hi little Mally," he said softly. "I'm your dad. Your mom's a little scary so I thought it would be better if I spent all the time with you."
"Calling Maleficent a 'little scary' is an understatement Uncle Hades," Uma snorted in amusement.
"Don't even say a word Audrey," Emma sighed.
There was no response, no noise, which Hades had to link to Maleficent being the mother. The only baby he had ever been around was his little sunspot of a nephew but even he was squealing and babbling all the time.
Hera couldn't help but shoot Hades a glare. Thanks to him, she only got a few precious moments with her son at that age.
I could always inquire at Ursula's. Didn't my niece have her own little squidling? Hades thought as he sat with Mal. No, that would defeat the purpose of people not knowing Mal's mine.
"By people, did you mean the citizens of the Isle or us?" Zeus asked, his voice oddly soft for the King of the Gods.
"Both," Hades said as he glared at his younger brother.
"Mama wouldn't blab though," Uma pointed out. "I mean she kept it a secret that Ariel had signed a contract with her for the time period of said contract. Besides she hates most of the people on the Isle anyway. Who'd she tell?"
"Um Hades?" Panic's voice broke through Hades' thoughts after what might have been an eternity but was more realistically about thirty minutes and he turned to glare at his minion.
"The r-room's r-ready," Panic said and Hades had to be impressed, despite his better judgement.
"Panic's the less moronic of the two," Hades shrugged. "Unfortunately he's easily led by Pain."
"That was fast," he said, getting up to see what his minions had done.
"I-I hope you don't mind b-but we used a lot of V-Virgil's old things," Panic said as Hades looked at the room. "The c-crib for instance—Vanessa spent the morning freaking out because Virgil had managed to climb—"
"Vanessa?" Eric asked, looking over at Hades as a flash of fear washed over his face.
"We don't know how but the two of them split," Hades told the raven haired King. "And somehow the human form decided to get together with Panic of all beings."
Mal though couldn't help but smile at the mention of Virgil. The always nervous boy was like an older brother to her.
Hades cut Panic off with a glare; he honestly did not care about the backstory for the room being completed so fast. The job was done and they weren't loud in doing it—proof they were capable of at least following instructions. The crib was a suitable one, a bit cracked in places near the top but the frame seemed sturdy. There were bite marks along the edge, presumably where Panic's brat had gnawed while teething.
"Disgusting," Leah muttered under her breath.
"It'll do," Hades nodded, looking nonplused but Pain and Panic were probably just relieved he wasn't shouting. "You're dismissed."
Pain and Panic ran out the door, the fear of fireballs still engrained in them. Hades sighed at the memory. He used to be a God and now he was stuck on this Isle. The only solace was the fact that he had access to the Underworld to continue to do his job; harboring the souls of the deceased.
"So…who would run the Underworld if you didn't have access?" Mal asked.
"Probably your mother," Hades told her.
"Why would Maleficent—?!"
"My mother is sitting right next to me Audrey," Mal stated, resisting the urge to call her the numerous nicknames that were floating around her head. "As I told you, Maleficent is only my birth giver!"
A small coo from Mal brought Hades' attention back to the present and he couldn't help but smile. Okay, this was a good reason to be stuck.
All the parents in the room couldn't help but smile as they thought back to when their children were that age. How they would do anything to protect them.
"Here's hoping your mom doesn't end up wanting you back," Hades muttered. It was a coin flip with Maleficent, and if Evil Queen ended up using her daughter to try to snatch power from Maleficent's hands the Mistress of Evil might want to use Mal for the same.
Hades' face darkened and Persephone's eyes grew sad at the reminder that Mal hadn't always been there with them.
The worst part was, on the registry, Mal was Maleficent's and only Maleficent's. If he refused her access to Mal, then she could reach out to someone. On the rare occasion an inspector came to the Isle, she could play whatever card she chose and Hades was sure the idiot would take Mal from him.
"Yeah I mean, because the idiot would risk angering a God," Macaria scoffed.
After all, with his record, who would believe Mal was actually his and not just some other child he had stolen?
It was Zeus' turn to have his face darken at the memory of having Hercules stolen from him as a baby. It was something he truly would never quite get over.
Hera noticed the look on her husband's face and sighed. While she would always regret not being able to have time with Hercules as he grew up, she also knew there was a large chance that had they had Hercules, their three adorable grandchildren wouldn't be there.
That didn't mean she would forgive Hades for stealing Hercules from them though.
Looking down at his daughter, who was staring back at him with her bright green eyes, all thoughts about the future vanished from Hades' mind. All that mattered was this moment right here.
Hades smiled slightly as Mal looked up at him, her bright green eyes shining with love and happiness. Just as they had those sixteen years ago.
Maleficent won't try to steal from a God, he thought as he set Mal down in the crib. Now, I need to figure out how to get word to Persephone. I doubt those two morons set up anything for Mal to eat.
Besides, it would probably be better if Persephone had time to stew over the news Hades had a biological daughter with another woman. She'd have time to calm down and Hades wouldn't have to spend some of his precious limited time with her mad at him.
"I'm calling it now….mom was mad," Mal stated.
"It's almost like you know mom or something Mali," Hadie grinned.
The question was: how?
"You won't call me dear. I'll call you," Persephone said with a small smile.
"That's the end of that scroll," Chip told them. "Who's next?"
"You go ahead Ben," Belle told her son. "I'll read the next one."
"You sure mom?"
Ben grinned and grabbed a scroll that was tied up in a blue ribbon.