You know one reason I ship Wooden Swan? They are the only (somewhat; not really; brief) canonical ship to never kiss even once. And as much as that frustrates me, I actually really appreciate it. Because:
1. He respects her boundaries. I don’t doubt she may have given him signals before, but he still didn’t go for it because he knew she wasn’t ready for that step.
2. He doesn’t make her do something she’s unwilling to do. He never FORCED her to break the curse, he never FORCED her to do anything. He merely suggested it, and she would often do it because he was her friend.
3. He knows that they’re friends with something more. What it is, he’s not entirely sure, but he respects Emma enough to let her know when it’s time to take another step.
4. AUGUST RESPECTS EMMA’S BOUNDARIES AND HAS NEVER SO MUCH AS HELD HER HAND, ESPECIALLY IF SHE WAS UNCOMFORTABLE.
Just a reminder for everyone who hates August W Booth:
He was SEVEN years old when Marco sent him through the wardrobe. Okay, at seven I barely knew how to tie my own shoes let alone care for and protect an infant princess in a world I know nothing about.
Emma was a baby. Babies adjust a lot easier than those of us who are set in our ways. Emma didn’t know anything different from this world. August did.
Also August is hella smart, okay? Because he was able to rename himself and get him and Emma to safety and again HE WAS ONLY SEVEN.
“But he left Emma” FUCK YOU HE WAS A SEVEN YEAR OLD CHILD (maybe 8 by then because it looked like Emma was a few months old at that point). IN ANY EVENT HE WAS A CHILD. A child who was thrust into a new world and expected to care for and protect a little baby and he didn’t know how to do any of that so he went into self-preservation mode.
“But he sent Emma to jail”. Have any of you stopped to consider that Emma was better off in jail? Now, I’ll grant you not necessarily after she found out she was pregnant with Henry because it necessitated her giving him up but August didn’t know she was pregnant. All he knew was that Emma was heading down a very tumultous path. Emma was a teenager. A minor. On the run with a grown ass man (don’t even get me started on this - Neal was in his twenties [physically because we’re not counting the several hundred years he had in neverland] and Emma was sixteen going on seventeen. This is canonical fact. We will not debate this right now. TYVM). She was stealing and conning and doing a whole myriad of illegal things with a grown ass man who should have known better. So maybe he thought if she went to jail and got away from Neal that things would be better for her.
“But he took her money” YES OKAY THIS IS THE PART WHERE AUGUST LEGITIMATELY FUCKED UP. Okay. But he realized that. He knew his own shortcomings and admitted to fucking up. He made her life harder and that was shitty of him. So he came to Storybrooke to try to help her.
OKAY AND LETS NOT FORGET THAT AUGUST DIED. HE WAS DEAD. IN ORDER TO SAVE EMMA. IN ORDER TO SAVE STORYBROOKE. HE WAS SELFLESS. BRAVE. TRUE.
And even when he was brought back as Pinocchio and didn’t remember his life as August he was still helpful to Emma and legitimately cared for Emma.
And now he’s back to grown ass August and they’re both so fucking happy to have each other again.
LIKE THEIR SMILING FACES MEAN EVERYTHING because Emma has been through some serious shit and for her to be all smiley like that with her best friend - for her to straight out tell Killian that August was the first person since Lily to be her best friend. And August is just all goofy faced and he loves her and he’s glad she’s finally able to be who she truly is and he 4000% has her back which is exactly what Emma needs.
SIGH JUST PROTECT AUGUST W BOOTH AND WOODEN SWAN AT ALL COSTS. The end.
August: “What if it happens? What if I turn into wood again, because I made the wrong choses.. I can’t be without you, (Y/N).” You: “We will find a way to bring you back. We will find a way to stay together, August.” August: “What if you can’t do anything about it. (Y/N), you mean so much to me..” You: “We will find a way. Trust me.”
You were sobbing and your body ached as you tumbled into August’s arms. His arms quickly weaved around you, pulling you into his warm embrace, “It’s okay, everything’s going to be okay.” He whispered in your ear, “She won’t hurt you anymore; not if I have a say in it… You’re going to be just fine, okay?”