Chapter Twenty Two
A/N: I do not own anything other than my OCs when they come out to play. Everything else belongs to either Disney or the Greek Myths.
Okay, so going to be completely honest, this chapter wasn't originally going to be a thing. But then I realized, with the help of AmethystDragon14, that it wouldn't be fair to Huma fans if Huma got brushed off the way it did in the movies. And yes I'm still bitter that Huma never got their kiss!
Smh, guys we're twenty five reviews away from four hundred! :D Thank you all so much! I love seeing the reviews, your reactions, and even suggestions for possible chapters!
Urmimala Hazra: Yeah I've got some strange ships I'm not going to lie. No, no, ten more chapters until Freddy's death now! Glad you liked the chapter!
Katt Kiki: It certainly is!
Tracie Adams: Claudine's not just like Freddy—she's almost Freddy's opposite!
Anonymous Reader: Of course they did! I couldn't not have a Bal make up scene! And yeah Phil Jr. and Melody are good if not best friends.
Marcus Emrys: Of course he did! And yeah, Ben's going to need his sense of optimism!
JaclynnM: Only if it's bad that I also want Claudine to come out on top in a fight against Freddy!
DS Rider: This is a very true point!
Tracie: Honestly it's hard to say!
ScoutGinevera: Really what? Really that they wouldn't want Claudine off the Isle?
Guest: Mainly because Phillip, Aurora, and Claudine would share a family member in Audrey's baby. And also because I didn't think about Quasi and Madeline.
OceanBlueSeaEyes: Yep, Claudine's getting off the Isle! But do you really think Freddy would actually reach out to Claudine?
shortanamx: All will be revealed in time.
danifan3000: I mean it's certainly a possibility—Aurora spent sixteen years as a peasant woman, it'd make sense she'd want to change her own child's diaper.
61394: Yeah, he'll be happy—though he'll also miss her too when the day comes.
Spike Trap: Oh thank you so much and I love that idea—honestly if I wasn't juggling three stories right now, I'd definitely start working on that!
AliceCullen3: Oh I'm so glad!
AmethystDragon14: Yay! Of course they made up—I couldn't have them fight for long! Yeah, they're doing a very brave thing but it helps that they're good friends and have the option to back out if needed.
billyandkimfan1994: He'd have to move faster than Claudine though!
twilightgirl587: Exactly! And yeah, I know you can sleep in anything—I've slept fully clothed in what I wore during the day before. Hey Ben takes a bit to fully wake up! As for Claudine…you'll have to wait and see!
Guest: Oh thank you! I'm so glad you liked the chapter!
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Uma sighed as she made her way into Harry's dorm. School may have been done and technically he could have gone back to Elizabeth Turner's house to relax or anything. But seeing as Mal and Ben were still trying to tie up loose ends, Harry and Jay opted to stay at Auradon Prep.
As did Uma. If Mal needed them for any reason, they'd be there.
"I'm a VK Uma. When are we ever decent?" Harry chuckled as he picked his head up from his pillow. Jay wasn't there; he was in the nurse's office getting the scratches on his arm taken care of. Harry had been determined to break from Jay's grip after all. After that though, Harry was sure that Jay'd be with Lonnie.
"You're taking Jay's joke," Uma told him.
"You took Mal's," Harry said as he plopped his head back on his pillow. "I should go get Harriet and CJ, let them know that it's all over you know?"
Uma nodded as she sat down on Jay's bed. "I'm glad they're still at Evie's though. I wanted to talk to you."
"About what cap'n?" Harry asked as he sat back up, propping himself up on his elbows as he looked over at her.
"About what you said after you knocked Freddy on his ass."
"Oh. Right," Harry nodded and sat up, swinging his feet over so that he was looking right at her. "I meant it by the way. Uma, I've…I know I'm breaking about fifty VK rules but I've loved you since I knew what feelings were. The thought about Freddy being anywhere near you…"
"You know he wouldn't get the chance right?" Uma asked him. "Mal, Jay, and you wouldn't let him—not to mention I'd skewer him if he beat you three."
Harry gave her a small smile, a smile that Uma returned as she got up and sat next to him. "For what it's worth…and I know I'm not the best when it comes to my feelings but…I've felt the same."
Harry turned his head so quickly Uma thought he had broken his neck. "You…you have?"
"Come on, didn't you ever wonder why I stopped talking to you for about two weeks when we were thirteen? After I caught you with Mal?"
"Well yeah I did. I mean, nothing happened with Mal, Uma. She wanted to know what a flirtationship was like and I was the one she trusted to not let it go further than just flirting. She said that the Dragon said that it made her look weak, not having a match. By the way, it felt wrong doing it. It was like flirting with Harriet honestly."
"So why'd you do it?"
Harry shrugged. "Mal asked me, and I wanted to make sure she'd be okay. With Freddy and Zevon out there…you and I both know that detergent boy would have stopped at nothing to have Mal by his side and the less said about Freddy the better."
"That's true," Uma nodded, chuckling slightly at the nickname for Zevon, going off of th comment Akiho had made months ago. "But why not send her to Jay?"
"She came to me first," Harry said. "To send her to Jay would have made her almost look desperate…or like Blueberry. You know, how she'd flirt with any of the sons of former royals to try to get herself a husband. But truly Uma, it meant nothing. We ended it after you found us anyway—it was more awkward than anything."
Uma nodded again and then sighed. "So…where does this leave us? Between you and me, I mean? You're my best friend Harry, you're the best First Mate…I don't…"
Before Uma could say anything more, Harry gently grabbed her head and connected her lips to his. A shock wave ran through Uma's body at the touch and she held back a gasp. She hadn't been expecting Harry to do that but…she wasn't going to lie, she enjoyed it.
"Oh Gods," she heard Harry murmur as they broke the kiss and she looked to see him staring back at her, fear present in his blue eyes as he was preparing for Uma to haul off and slug him. "Uma….captain…I…"
"Why'd you stop?"
Uma chuckled. "Harry, if I didn't want you to kiss me you'd be on the floor clutching your groin and begging for Grandfather to forgive you rather than still sitting next to me. I'm not going to lie and say I'm going to magically be good at figuring out my feelings or be good at the more gushy stuff but…I won't say no to you kissing me again."
"You're sure? I mean it was just a spur of the moment thing, I don't want—."
"Oh shut it," Uma muttered and planted a kiss on Harry's lips, effectively silencing any protest from the pirate. She knew Harry was always more vibrant with how he showed his emotions compared to her. All you needed for proof was any interaction with Freddy and Harry quickly became a snarling badger.
But just because Uma was more subdued with how she showed her emotions, it didn't mean she didn't feel them at all. She knew that being with Harry made her happier than she could ever think she'd be. The month with him, when Jay and Mal were over in Auradon and they were on the Isle…it was bearable because he was there with her.
If Harry had gone to Auradon and Uma had been on the Isle all alone…it was safe to say Henry probably would have gotten a training partner in his eighteen hour training sessions.
"…did you lock the door?" Harry muttered against her lips.
"Because I just realized Jay and Hadie could walk in at any time."
"Let them though Hadie's still up on Olympus and Jay's got Lonnie to keep him occupied so I think we'll have the room to ourselves for a while," Uma muttered and deepened the kiss. She wasn't ashamed of her feelings toward Harry. But when they were on the Isle, she knew that feelings were something someone could use against you. If she'd been honest about her feelings and Freddy somehow found out…?
Harry would have had a dagger in his gut the next time their two gangs faced off.
But they weren't on the Isle anymore. They were in Auradon, where no one would use someone's feelings against them. Well unless that someone was Mal but that was probably just cousinly teasing.
You're seriously thinking about me when you're with Harry?
Okay, I know Aunt Steph said you're to never mute your mental link but sometimes I think you lurk on it! Uma exclaimed.
Nothing good on TV cuz, Mal said and Uma could swear she could see Mal shrug.
…aren't you with Benny?
Yeah. I finally got a chance to talk to him. I think he spent the whole week in his office…oh that reminds me, can you ask Harry if he's got any objection to Phoebus?
Just do it!
How pressing is this Mali, because I'm kinda in the middle of something here! Something rather enjoyable, something you like to do with Benny?
When in the world have you ever enjoyed doing paperwork?!
Well I mean, if it's with Ben, though honestly I prefer kissing…oh dear Gods, you're talking to me while kissing Harry?!
It's called multi-tasking cuz.
Nope, sorry can't hear you. I'm too busy calling Jay because the moment has arrived! I thought for sure you were just going to brush off Harry's confession after he knocked out Freddy but you didn't and now you're both out of denial and Jay and I don't have to shove you into the storage closet on the Lost Revenge and lock the door to get you guys to admit your feelings!
Stop thinking and kiss the boy who's practically a brother to me Uma! That's an order! Jay! Our long national nightmare is over!
…you do know Jay doesn't have a…and she's gone, Uma thought with a small mental shrug as she went back to kissing Harry. A kiss that was soon interrupted by Jay almost crashing through the dorm door.
"Don't you have a lass you should be kissing?!" Harry exclaimed, nearly jumping out of his skin at the noise. Thankfully his hook had been on his bedside table so Uma hadn't been in any danger of getting scratched.
"Mal said the day of reckoning is upon us and that if I didn't want to miss you finally get out of your denial that I was to race to the dorm," Jay stated as Lonnie came up, panting heavily.
"I swear…to all the Gods…Harry….you'd have…better have been…actually kissing Uma…"
"Lonnie, I am so sorry that you have such a weird boyfriend," Uma stated.
"We actually just talked about that," Lonnie told her, having caught her breath. "And then Mal texted and Jay sprinted out of my room like Ben when there's a sale on books."
Harry rolled his eyes. "Seriously? And you just crashed in here, not even knocking?"
"It's my room too Harry," Jay said with a small chuckle. "Besides, if you really wanted privacy, why not go back to Captain Turner's?"
"…she'd ask too many questions," Harry muttered. It was strange but the only alternative mom he wanted was Lady Persephone. Well, other than Molly Smee and Harriet of course. But Molly Smee had joined his mom and Harriet deserved to live her life.
"So…what do we do now?" Jay asked.
"What do you mean?" Uma said, looking over at him and tilting her head. "Jay, you've gotten out of your denial. Spend time with your girlfriend."
"That's not what I meant Uma," Jay stated as he sat down on his bed, Lonnie sitting down next to him. "Freddy's back on the Isle, we should at least send another report to Henry. Let him know what we know about him."
"Oh you mean like how he more than likely got a Princess pregnant?" Harry scoffed. "Knowing him, he's probably bragging about it to his Angels. Though that's a good point, would he?"
"Freddy, not brag about a fling?"
"Jay, you know perfectly well that Shayla and Locklyn nearly kill each other every month for a chance to resume their flings with him. Getting a royal pregnant would mean he probably won't even acknowledge—."
Uma shook her head. "You're both forgetting one thing. It's Freddy. If he doesn't have a fling a month, I'm convinced he'll go into hibernation or something."
"You guys really know him huh?" Lonnie asked.
"Of course we do," Uma nodded. "Freddy's been a pain in our side since Harry, Mal, and I were five and Jay was six. Of course it would have been very embarrassing to the then eight year old to get bested by five year olds…"
"Good memories," Harry said with a grin.
Jay shook his head. "The rest of the Rats will deal with him though I hope Ryan's okay."
"He seemed okay when we saw him back on the Isle," Harry pointed out.
"True but CJ's his best friend and we just basically made it so he's all alone over there on the Isle. You know Henry'll uphold the under fifteen rule which means Ryan's pretty much confined to the ship when anything fun happens. Especially since Brooke left to join the Angels."
"Wait," Lonnie said, looking at the three of them. "You all just let an under fifteen year old girl join Freddy's gang?"
"…when you say it like that, we may have been idiots," Jay said after looking at the other two in shock. "Though it wasn't as if we could really do anything. Locklyn told Brooke that it was her or us right? That if Brooke didn't join her, Locklyn would never speak to her again? Wasn't that what you two said?"
"Yeah," Harry nodded. "And then Locklyn went cuckoo for coco puffs as they say over here and Gil's been trying to find the time to ask Ben for a visitation day so he can check on Brooke."
"Why in the world would he check on Locklyn?" Harry scoffed.
"Because she's his sister," Jay said.
Harry shook his head. "Brooke's Gil's cousin and let's be real, if there was any sister Gil was going to check on, it'd be Gia and Lacey. Those two are his favorite little sisters anyway."
"How…how many sisters does Gil have?" Lonnie asked.
"Nine," Jay told her.
Uma nodded. "Let me see, there's Piper, Georgia, Gillian, Glenn, Locklyn, Gia, Gale, Gene, and Lacey. Gil falls in-between Locklyn and Gia and the twins come after Piper."
"Gaston and Gaston."
"Gaston…named his twin sons after himself?"
"It's Gaston. What about that in any way surprises you?"
Lonnie opened her mouth and then closed it as if to acknowledge that Harry had a point.
"You know Piper started up her own gang with the girls?" Uma said. "Henry told me in a report he sent over here."
"So now there's four VK gangs on the Isle," Jay nodded. "Those girls aren't going to have an easy time of it, seeing as the Casters barely have any territory and they're the third ranked."
"True but it's better than constantly trying to get Gaston's acknowledgement," Harry muttered and Lonnie's hands curled into fists.
"Well, on behalf of those girls, I could really go for a piñata right now," she stated, causing Jay to look at her in confusion.
"I'd love to beat the crap out of something and then have some candy."
"Actually, that'd be fun," Harry nodded. "CJ would probably love to do something like that, plus then she'd get candy. You guys go and find that thing and we'll meet you back at Evie's."
Lonnie grinned and stood up, grabbing Jay's arm as she dragged him out of the room. Harry chuckled and stood up, strolling over to the door and shutting it.
"That'll buy us about twenty minutes before they realize we're not at Evie's," he said as he went back over to the bed. "So…where were we?"
"Well I believe you were kissing me," Uma stated, a small smirk on her lips.
"Aye, so I was," Harry said, sitting back down.
"So why aren't you?"
"Believe me, I'm asking myself the same thing," Harry murmured as he connected his lips to Uma's once more. However it wasn't long before they had to separate once more due to the pesky human need for air.
"You know, if you keep kissing me like that, other people are going to know you're in love with me," Uma chuckled.
"Uma, captain, I think that ship has sailed considering Jay and Mal both apparently stated that we're 'out of our denial'. Honestly I think the only thing that would get them to react like that other than our getting together would be if Henry got himself a girl."
Uma couldn't help the sad smile that appeared on her lips at the thought of her crew mate. Henry may have been older than them but he had no qualms about taking orders from Uma or Mal. And, after they turned fifteen, he had come to them.
"Captains? Can I have a word?"
"Of course Henry, what is it?" Mal asked as the two cousins looked over to see the redhead in the doorway.
"I…I know the crew's concerned about me," Henry said, walking into the Captains' Quarters. "I…can you get them to back off please? Jake keeps trying to set me up with flings."
"Well you know Henry, they just care about you," Uma stated. "You train any longer and you're not going to have any time in the day for other things. Like eating. Or sleeping."
Henry sighed. "I don't believe in having flings. I know it goes against the Isle way but I feel like if you're going to be with someone, you should be loyal to that someone. Like the crew only smaller."
"That's a nice idea but we all know that's not how the Isle works," Mal pointed out.
"I know," Henry nodded. "But…I'd rather not risk someone getting pregnant. The Isle's not a good place for a kid to grow up and I wouldn't want a girl's death to be on my hands."
Mal looked over at Uma and nodded before looking back at the redhead. "Henry, I can tell you're holding something back but I won't pry. It's your business and Uma and I will get the crew off your back regarding the flings if…"
"You cut your training back," Mal stated. "I want all our crew at top form but that also means you can't burn yourself out okay? Start going on scouting runs if you need to do work."
Henry nodded. "Yes cap'n."
"Good man," Uma nodded.
"I wonder how they're doing," Harry said, pulling Uma back into the conversation at hand. "I mean I know Jay and I checked on them when I brought CJ from the Isle but a lot has changed."
"I'll write Henry, ask how the crew's doing," Uma promised and kissed Harry's cheek. "Come on. We should go before Jay busts down the door again."
"Yeah, I wouldn't put it past him," Harry said, shaking his head as the two of them left the dorm room to go aid in search of a piñata. Whatever that was.