“EMMA! NO!” Regina screamed into the whirlwind of light and flames as Emma threw her arm up to the sky with the dagger in her hand. Regina went to jump forward but was held back by Robin.
Emma lets out sickening scream before everything became still. Regina moved Robin’s arm out of her way and rushed forward towards Emma who has fallen into a heap on the ground.
“Emma? Emma come on you have to wake up” She lifted the blondes head off of the ground and onto her lap. Emma’s eyes were shut and no breath came out of her down turned mouth.
“Regina, her name, it’s…it’s on the dagger” Robin said behind her, but she didn’t show any sign that she had heard him.
“no, no Emma you can’t die. You’re the good guy, the savior - why did you sacrifice yourself? Why did you do it for me of all people?” Regina didn’t notice the tears falling down her face as she gently smoothed down Emma’s hair.
“What am I gonna do? How am I going to tell your mother and Henry-oh god Henry- you can’t leave him Emma you can’t leave…” Regina heard Snow sob behind her and she squeezed her eyes shut, trying to block out the heartbreaking sound.
What felt like hours later, Regina felt a hand on her shoulder. When she turned her head she saw it was Snow, who was barely holding herself together.
“Kiss her” Snow whispered, staring down at her still daughter’s face.
“What?” Regina couldn’t believe what Snow just said, she must have misheard her.
“Kiss her, Regina. It’s always been you, saving Emma’s life. and Emma has always saved yours. Please Regina, just try” It was crazy, yet it made so much sense in that moment.
Regina looked down to Emma and then focused on her lips. Slowly leaning in, she hovered over her lips for one moment of hesitation before pressing them against Emma’s.
For one gut wrenching moment, it was happening all over again. Lifeless Daniel on the stable floor, her kiss, her love not good enough to wake him.
Her eyes flew open and Regina jumped back.