Snow and David weren’t exactly heroic during the first curse. David especially. I didn’t like him at all back then. He was selfish and weak. I liked the hero in the flashbacks a lot more.

But that was the point of the curse. It didn’t just transport them to another realm. It changed them, by essentially taking away their bravery, which stemmed from their experiences etc. So Snow became a doormat, and David was a selfish jerk. Because they were afraid – and they still get scared, everyone gets scared, but usually they’re brave enough to overcome it and take the hard path and choose hope. Without that, they lost their confidence, their heroism, their determination. We saw the same thing with Hook in the other AU, he lost his courage and his bravado, charm, anger, etc, along with it.

And I think this wish did the same with Emma. It wasn’t “what if Emma had grown up loved and adored”. It was more along the lines of the original curse, taking away some fundamental parts of her personality – her bravery, her defiance, her self-confidence. The Evil Queen basically did to Emma what she did to Snow and David before.

At least, that’s how I’m interpreting it. That’s my tale and I’m sticking to it. Because that was not Emma as she would have been if she’d grown up in the Enchanted Forest. No way.

I also want to point out that Emma Swan, having suddenly been confronted with a villain for the first time in her sheltered life, having just watched her parents be effortlessly captured by that villain, apparently marched straight to the Evil Queen’s castle, alone, to try and save her parents. Even though she had no weapon, no magic, nothing to fight with, nothing except hope that the Evil Queen would accept her deal.

That’s not the action of a weak coward. That takes quite a lot of courage.

The wish took away the experiences that taught her to be brave, it took away her fighting abilities and her status as Savior… but it didn’t completely erase who she is. There was still a bit of Emma’s true self in there.

You can’t take the Savior out of Emma Swan. You can limit her in a million ways, but when it comes down to it, she’s always going to try and save the people she loves.

  • Evil Queen: I hear everything
  • Emma:
  • Emma: wait, everything?
  • Hook: at all times?
  • Evil Queen: yes
  • Evil Queen: especially when it's that loud
  • Emma:
  • Hook:
  • Evil Queen: why do you think I'm in such a bad mood all the time
  • Evil Queen: between you two and your... nighttime activities... and Leroy yelling for bacon the mornings I'm not getting any sleep

the walking dead starters ( s7ep7 - part two.)


  • “ i want to get to know you a little better, ___”
  • “ work it out. you’re smart.”
  • “ you’re smart enough to know that i’m not gonna let this slide.”
  • “ ahh, i can’t – i can’t do it.”
  • “ it’s like talking to a birthday present. you gotta take that crap off. i want to see what grandma got me.”
  • “ do you really want to piss me off?”
  • “ christ! that is disgusting. no wonder you cover that up.”
  • “ have you seen it? i mean, have you looked in a mirror? that is gross as hell.”
  • “ i want to touch it. oh, come on. can i touch it?”
  • “ damn. holy hell, kid. look, i… i just… it’s easy to forget that you’re… just a kid.”
  • “ i didn’t mean to hurt your feelings or anything. i… i was just screwing around.”
  • “ just forget it.”
  • “ seriously? i NEVER do that.”
  • “ i guess a kid firing a machine gun is a little bit of a distraction.”
  • “ all jokes aside, you look rad as hell.”
  • “ i wouldn’t cover that shit up.”
  • “ i swear to you, NO ONE is gonna screw with you looking like that. no, sir.”
  • “ were you gentle? were you kind?”
  • “ i’m just screwing around, man!”
  • “ get the hell out.”
  • “ now, you see? that’s what i’m talking about. men breaking each other’s balls.”
  • “ what do you like to do for fun?”
  • “ i want you to sing me a song.”
  • “ i want something in return for that.”
  • “ do not let me distract you.”
  • “ weird, huh?”
  • “ damn. dead, huh?”
  • “ you see it happen?”
  • “ i shot him/her. before it could…”
  • “ damn, no wonder you’re a little serial killer in the making.”
  • “ that was an example of breaking balls, by the way.”
  • “ hold that for me.”
  • “ what’s about to happen is gonna be hard to watch.”
  • “ i don’t want to do it.”
  • “ i wish i could just ignore the rules and let it slide, but i CAN’T.”
  • “ rules are what make it all work.”
  • “ i know it’s not easy.”
  • “ if you try to skirt it, if you try to cut that corner, then it is the iron for you.”
  • “ on your feet.”
  • “ ah, that wasn’t so bad, now, was it?”
  • “ clean that up.”
  • “ i’m all done, do your thing.”
  • “ well, the pussy passed out.”
  • “ it’s settled, we’re square. everything is cool.”
  • “ i hope we all learned something today, because i don’t EVER want to have to do that again.”
  • “ some crazy shit, huh? you probably think i’m a lunatic.”
  • “ come on. let’s go figure out what to do with you.”
  • “ i didn’t want to come back here.”
  • “ i’m not trying to definitively stop ya. just maybe slow your roll.”
  • “ i’m not waiting.”
  • “ that’s just being stupid.”
  • “ you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.”
  • “ it doesn’t matter if you’re stealthy, snipey, gun or knifey. they have the numbers.”
  • “ someone has to pay the price. even if you’re willing… from all we’ve seen, it’s not a lock you’ll be the one.”
  • “ will the man who killed the man who saved our lives die?”
  • “ you’re not talking me out of this, ___!”
  • “ you owe me, and you owe ___”
  • “ if there’s a price, i’ll pay it. but don’t you tell me no.”
  • “ you don’t know anything, you don’t DO anything.”
  • “ you’re a coward. and you’re weak.”
  • “ for once, do something useful.”
  • “ don’t beat yourself up.”
  • “ you sold ‘em out, right? you had to.”
  • “ it’s not what happened.”
  • “ whatever helps you sleep at night.”
  • “ how do YOU sleep at night?”
  • “ you should go. someone’s going to see us.”
  • “ no, you absolutely cannot.”
  • “ why the hell not?”
  • “ look at this badass.”
  • “ you can’t because i’m not done with you.”
  • “ what? you got something to say?”
  • “ why haven’t you killed me?”
  • “ you see, s/he thinks s/he’s holding it together, but you saw it.”
  • “ you on the other hand… we shall see.”
  • “ it’s more productive to break you. more fun, too. you thinking that’s stupid?”
  • “ i’m thinking we’re different.”
  • “ what do you think i should do? you know i can’t let you go.”
  • “ so, do i kill you? iron your face? chop off your arm? tell me. what do you think?”
  • “ i think you should jump out the window to save me the trouble of killing you.”
  • “ now, there is the ___ that impressed the hell outta me.”
  • “ i think you’re not saying what you’re gonna do to me, because you’re not going to do anything.”
  • “ if you knew us, if you knew anything, you WOULD kill us.”
  • “ maybe you’re right. maybe i can’t.”
  • “ let’s go for a ride.”
  • “ if you do anything to him/her…”
  • “ what next? you want my shoes?”
  • “ great, great, great, great, great, GREAT!”
  • “ dooooon’t care ~”
  • “ cool. i’ll wait.”
  • “ we’re practically starving here.”
  • “ starving? you? by ‘practically’ you mean ‘not really.’ ”
  • “ REALLY? you people seriously don’t have a sense of humor.”
  • “ excuse me. what’s your name again?”
  • “ i am sorry for having been so rude to you just now.”
  • “ it looks like i’m gonna be here for a while.”
  • “ if you’d like, i think it would be enjoyable to screw your brains out.”
  • “ i mean, y’know, if you’re agreeable to it.”
  • “ i am about 50% more into you now. just sayin’.”
  • “ all right, well, i’m just gonna put my feet up and wait for my stuff to get here.”
  • “ would you be a lamb and make us a little lemonade?”
  • “ now, i know i left you some of that good powdered stuff.”
  • “ take me on the grand tour!”
  • “ how ‘bout this one?”
  • “ are you serious, ___? come on.”
  • “ oh-ho, my… look at this little angel.”
  • “ i’m sorry for what i said.”
  • “ i reject that.”
  • “ you meant it, you felt it, that’s your truth.”
  • “ i’d like to take it back to awkward silence now.”
  • “ find what you wanted?”
  • “ hey, neighbor. why don’t you come by later? we might grill out.”
  • “ oh, i like it here. i just might have to stay here.”
  • “ you know, i was thinking about what you said earlier, ___. maybe it IS stupid keeping you alive.”
  • “ i mean, why am i trying so hard?”
  • “ maybe i should just bury you in one of those flower beds? huh?”
  • “ what do you think about that?”


(i am very excited about this so just humor me)

i know many of you have been asking if you will be able to get my books in hard copy format, rather than just ebooks, and…. THAT DAY IS COMING

watch this space, but very soon you will be able to get real actual paperback copies of my historical novels, AND they will ship internationally, and i am very freakin excited about this, so yes.

Aladdin better come back so that he and Emma can be best friends while Jasmine joins Killian and Belle’s book club

and David rants about Aladdin being a bad influence on Emma

while Killian is more concerned about Aladdin being a bad influence on Henry

(telling David this does not have the intended effect of reassuring him, for some reason)

and then Aladdin meets Liam 2.0 one day when Liam is visiting the Swan-Jones house and that is just bad news because those two together are a terrible influence on Henry

but it’s okay because Killian and Emma keep their (sort of) little brothers in check by undoing every prank they try to pull and stealing back everything they try to steal because you can’t play a player and they make quite a team

and when Elsa visits, Emma takes her and Aladdin out for lunch and they talk about magic and saving people and the power of true love, and Emma and Al tell Elsa what life is like as a thief, and yes.

But this is so fitting.

Killian goes to jog Emma’s memory and he does it by encouraging her to trust her gut, and trust him, and work with him. Because that’s who he is, that’s what he does, he’s played the supportive role for Emma ever since they met, whether on purpose or not.

Regina goes to jog Emma’s memory and she does it by trying to antagonise her, to get her to fight. Because that’s who Regina is, she’s Emma’s foil, her opposite, she’s been that ever since they met.

They have the same approach when it comes to Emma’s magic. Regina taught her how to use it – by making her angry, taunting her, putting her in a situation where it was do or die. Killian is there to be supportive and encourage her to trust her feelings, and magic is emotion, so that’s really important too.

It’s just cool that there are these two characters, who have quite a bit in common, whose approaches and roles differ so much. I don’t always agree with Regina’s methods but I do like that they don’t shoehorn everyone into the same behaviour when it comes to helping Emma. What Regina does is often flawed and sometimes plain wrong, but it’s in character, and often helpful in a way, and I think that’s cool.

Granted, without her parents and Killian, I wouldn’t want that for Emma. Regina as Emma’s only friend/ally? No thanks. But with everyone else to balance it out I feel like she’s okay.

anonymous asked:

I tried to look at emma the way you do but I can't. The fact that she was so weak and realized she can be strong only because of her pain automatically means thanking regina for cursing her parents and giving her a terrible life. That's just awful

I’m sorry that’s what you took away from that. I really do feel bad for all my shipmates that feel that way.

I do feel like the writing was a bit clunky but I feel like people are missing the Emma parallel here.

New York City Serenade

You know what I was yesterday? A mother. Till you showed up and started pocking holes in everything I thought was real. When I drank that potion it was like waking up from a dream. A really good dream.

Wish You Were Here

Storybrooke felt like a dream. Now this does. I mean, a good dream. The person I was here just wasn’t me. The fighting and the pain… it’s… it’s what makes me me. I’m good with that. Even if it means my end.

Emma spent all of 3B planning to go back to her dream world because she didn’t want to face her pain anymore. She wanted to live a fake life because she preferred that to her reality.

This time around she had a perfect life. A life with zero villains and singing in the meadow and her son with her … and she prefers who she is now - even if the real version of her has a death sentence looming over her head.

I think that’s lovely. And probably when they were breaking this episode it seemed like the message was very clear … but they also needed to get Regina’s story in there and things got muddled. It’s too bad because I was so proud of Emma but the overwhelming response I see is just focusing on the bits they didn’t like about the wish realm.

if you think your fandom would accept and be happy with this frail, scared, and not badass at all emma swan then maybe you are not ugly ducklings and i do question what type of emma you want and whether the entire “bring back s1 emma back” was just utter shipping related bullshit. 

because in no realm will emma swan ever cease to be a badass, saviour or not.

edit: also, if you’re happy with this version of emma, don’t you dare say that hook makes emma “weak” like what the fuck. 

anonymous asked:

There's a flash novel out: The Haunting of Barry Allen . I've been skimming it first (control search for iris mentions, lol) and so far there's quite a bit of Iris and there's a girls night out with Iris and Caitlin, Iris doing her job, I'm now at a part where Iris is the viewpoint character. Best I can tell it's after 2.09 because Barry mentions the watch Joe gave him, but no Wally that i've seen yet. And there's this: The famous “Iris ire.” lol

Okay, you’re making me wanna buy this book…

Book anon: Iris is going to track down a lead and texts Barry the address just in case. Barry shows up at her work in full costume to talk her out of it. Her coworkers are not surprised because she’s known as the flash expert. lol

Okay, I’m buying it!

For the person asking: They have it at amazon, both ebook and paperback. Bookdepository also has the paperback version and they have free shipping worldwide. I might get the paperback version. I haven’t checked but I’m guessing they have it at all the places you can buy books.

I let them know, but here you go @andieblogs!

anonymous asked:

I still don't get why Neal was there. He left the EF many, many years earlier. Regardless of whether Emma was The Saviour or not, he was still lost to a land without magic which meant only the dark curse could find him but it was never cast. So how did Neal return when he didn't want to, meet Emma, marry her & have Henry? It a bit far fetched to make happen. I think since all magic comes with a price, there should be no Henry if you want this world. Would have been interesting as a cost!

It didn’t make any sense and they didn’t even bother trying to explain it.

I suspect they just wanted Henry in the AU in order to make their plot work and decided to ignore all logic in order to make it happen. Either that or this world was deliberately nonsensical. Either way it was terrible writing.