The irony is cruel, she thinks as her ghost figure observes Robin weep over her limp body.
The scene before her is so familiar as if she lived it before, and for a moment she forgot that she had. Decades ago that had been her over Daniel’s body, crying and begging for help like Robin does right before her. He’s shaking her and telling her to wake up, whispering how he needs her, how she’s not allowed to leave him. His warm tears hit her cold lifeless body. He kisses her lips in desperation. She tilts her head and sighs, she aches for him. She cannot feel fully now that her heart is gone but she’s had her fair share of sorrow in the past and so she knows.
He kisses her hoping to revive her like she had also done to Daniel, but nothing can cure a crushed heart. He looks around, his eyes wild. He shouts for help and curses at the man who did this to her. He stares at the thief, a smug look on his face. His intention had been to kill Robin, but she jumped in front. She knows they will all think of it as noble, but truthfully was it was a selfish act. She jumped in front if him because she could not bear to be the one separated from him.
He runs his fingers through her hair and she can almost feel it. It’s only been moments she’s gone and she already misses his touch. Snow comes forward and puts a hand on his shoulder. He turns to see the Charming couple and freezes for a moment.
"Where’s Emma?" he asks
She emerges from the small crowd formed behind him, thinking of what she’s going to tell Henry. His mother is dead. She may be mom sometimes, but mostly she is Emma, Regina is mom.
She looks at him, her eyes filled with sorrow and confusion, what could he want from her?
Regina approaches to hear what he is whispering.
"You need to rip out my heart and crack it, like she did to your parents." he pleads to the so-called savior.
Emma and Regina let out twin sighs. Though neither of them doubts that it would work, only those who practice dark magic can break and crush hearts, all Emma can do it put them back, and she says such.
"Get out." he hisses. "All of you, leave." he tries to sound angry, he truly does, but his heart is filled with overwhelming grief and he only wishes to be alone with his soulmate before her flesh begins to rot and he must say goodbye forever.
They all walk away reluctantly, the Villains have gone off to find the book, the godforsaken book, he thinks. He holds her in his arms and is furious with her, continues to ask how she could do this to him. He stays over her body crying and kissing her for what feels like days, but only hours have gone by.
A figure approaches him from behind, Regina recognizes the person but Robin is unaware that there is someone behind him until a hand is placed on his shoulder. He doesn’t look up from Regina’s body.
"I said go away."
"You love her?" he whips his head around at the sound of an unfamiliar voice.
"What are you doing here?” he asks, malice and hatred in his voice. Regina catches a glimpse of the man Robin once was, the man who could commit murder.
"You love her?"
"Of course i love her. I can’t breathe without her. I don’t know how i’m going to be able to move on. I just found her, and she filled a hole in my heart that i didn’t know was there until she came along." he takes a moment to study the person before him and finally recognizes exactly who she is. Before he has a chance to question her, she plunges her hand in his chest and pulls his heart out.
Regina’s eyes widen in disbelief at the scene that unfolds before her. The sorceress cracks the heart in to and places it in Regina’s chest. Regina feels herself being pulled back, and everything goes black.
Her eyes fly open and she gasps for air. She barely has time to catch her breath before Robin’s lips are on her whispering how much he loves her, how he will die her if she ever tries to leave him again. They exchange passionate kisses before she gets up and walks toward the retreating figure.
"Maleficent." she calls, and the blonde turns around.
"Why’d you do it, why’d you bring me back."
She opens her lips to speak, but shuts them again. She collects her thoughts before she whispers “because it’s time for villains to get their happy endings too.”
Her words have Regina smiling as a single tear falls from her eyes.
"I promise, i’ll help you get yours too, if it is the last thing i do."
And she does.