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if you love me, henry, you don’t love me in a way i understand… (x)

Here. Have a super short ficlet thing that I couldn’t get out of my head because I love Pongo and I love Regina and Pongo and I couldn’t help myself.

She feeds him when she thinks no one is looking. Sneaks him food from her plate as he sits under their table, silent save for the soft whining he makes when she takes too long. And she knows, she absolutely knows, that she shouldn’t be indulging him — but she can’t help it. Sometimes, he’ll move until his head rests in her lap, and if she bows her head, she can see his nose peaking out from under the table. It’s their little secret, something that’s meant just for her and just for him and it’s been that way for years.

Archie knows, of course. Pongo disappears as soon as he walks through the door and his doctorate may be forged but that doesn’t make him an idiot. His dog leaves him only in favour of one other person, and he doesn’t reappear until she’s gone. 

The first time it happened, he’d watched in amazement as the cold and otherwise aloof Mayor stiffened at the Dalmatian’s presence before a tentative hand fell on to his head and nails scratched behind his ear. It was the first time Archie had ever seen Regina look content, and he was the last person who wanted to ruin that. So he’d turned his head, and pretended not to notice, even when Regina had left and his dog had returned to his side with syrup sticking to his fur.  

Not many people notice, but Granny does. And it’s the two of them who share a smile when Regina walks through the door and suddenly the diner is dog free, or so it appears. Granny adds an extra pancake to Regina’s plate every morning, an extra strip of chicken to her salad during lunch and brings a bowl of fries that Regina would never ordinarily touch that is mysteriously empty come clean up.

He sits by her feet during their meetings, sometimes even by her side half in her lap and she never seems to mind. He calms her down, something Archie is quick to notice and so whilst Pongo usually isn’t allowed on the furniture, he makes an exception for the Queen. She’s an animal lover, which Archie already knew but it was one thing knowing something and another thing seeing it. 

It’s not until after Robin and Marion and that whole mess that people start to notice. And they only notice because Pongo snaps his teeth at the thief when he gets too close, crawls out from beneath the table and on to the seat beside Regina, stands over her like he’s her personal guard and it has Archie hiding a smile behind a cough. Granny has no such decorum. Her laugh is full blown, from the gut, and she’s leaning on the counter with a red face as the otherwise docile Dalmatian bares it’s teeth and growls. Regina’s eyebrows are raised significantly and she does her best to ignore both Robin and his newly resurrected wife by focusing on the dog in her lap. Her hand falls on to his neck and she scratches at a spot only she seems capable of finding ( Archie’s tried. Believe him, he’s tried. But no matter how long he spends patting and scratching and rubbing at the dogs head, he can’t seem to find it. ) and Pongo relaxes, but barely. 

They’re good friends. And it makes sense. That’s how Pongo’s name became Henry’s first word, and that’s how a tennis ball found it’s home in the bottom draw of Regina’s desk. Archie falls ill one weekend, and he needs someone to care for his dog. The first name he brings up in his contacts is Regina’s, and though she says something about babysitting and didn’t the Charming’s pass that message around, he knows she’ll take him anyway and he thanks her quietly, to which she falls silent before muttering ‘you’re welcome’ and hanging up.

He’s not sure what happened during that weekend, but when he’s better and healthier and he can finally breathe without sounding like he’s about to hack up his own lung, he appears on Regina’s doorstep and finds a very smug looking dog, a very bitter Robin and a smirking Regina. He doesn’t ask, but he does watch as Pongo nudges Regina’s knee with his head and barks at Robin, who glares in return, before trotting off and pulling Archie with him.

"We’re not getting a dog," is all he hears before the door is closed behind him and Archie rushes off to the diner with Pongo in toe, and Granny’s laughter could be heard from the kitchen not five minutes later.

All things pass. No difficult time lasts forever. Until today, haven’t you already survived countless moments of difficulty that you thought would never end? Your track record for enduring hurdles in life is perfect so far. You can do this. Just be kind to yourself. Speak to yourself with the same kindness you would speak to your friends. Touch your body with love, hold your own hand if you have to, find peace with your pace of breath. Quiet negative thoughts, take deep breaths, pay attention to when people smile at you.

You are enough. Any moment or person that has made you feel otherwise isn’t worth your suffering. They don’t deserve it. You are a miracle of the cosmos. You have just as much right to live and flourish as the stars, the trees, the birds do. You deserve to take up space. You deserve to laugh loudly and make mistakes and carry on. You deserve the full wealth of existence.

Don’t believe anyone who ever makes you feel otherwise. You are enough, you are beautiful, you are strong, you are intelligent, you are enough.

Certainty Chapter 23: (a sneak peak!)

Beth sighed quietly as they got to her door. She flung her purse forward to dig out her keys, still stalling as much as she could. A quick gasp from him turned her attention back to her professor as she saw him try to stifle a yawn. She giggled at that sight, it really was late.

“Got ‘em” she announced as she pulled them out making eye contact with him, twinkle in her eye. “Your services are officially over, you’ve got me home in one piece.” She smiled sweetly at him, feeling a little shy once again. She looked down to avoid that gaze of his, knowing if she stared she’d never want to leave his side. She focused down and noticed that his pants hadn’t completely dried. In an effort to shield her from the sprinklers earlier at the greenhouse, he had gotten most of the water on him.

“I’m so sorry about your pants again” she halfheartedly apologized, grinning widely at the memory.

He reached out to her and gently massaged the back of her head. “So sorry I probably gave you a concussion” he whispered back. She felt her face turn red at the memory from a half hour ago when they had taken advantage of a red light. In their excitement they hadn’t properly gauged the space in his truck leading him to accidently bump Beth’s head onto the passenger window as he pushed his lips against hers. It hadn’t mattered. It was still an amazing kiss.

Okay, I couldn’t help it, I found myself dancing wildly to music on my phone at 11 at night in my room at halls. Mostly waving a red blanket around and dramatically posing around to “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” and twirling to “Annie’s Song”. New favourite hobby. It didn’t help that I couldn’t help it, since I was sleepy and needed to go to bed. Tunes were too catchy, so it ended up taking me a while to use the bathroom and put my pyjamas on.

I regret nothing (probably in the morning).