Just randomly thinking today that Emma’s had her superpower probably her whole life, right? Whether it’s magic related or not. And her whole life, going through the foster system, she always knew when people were lying to her - caseworkers, potential families, other kids. She knew, she always knew, and she was aways right.
And then she meets Neal, who maybe truly loved her and cared for her. And she doesn’t feel anything’s wrong, because he means it, he really does. Her superpower never goes off, she never suspects him, because he has no reason not to be there with her. And for the first time she’s happy.
And then August shows up, and Neal leaves her behind. She gets arrested for him, goes to jail for a year, finds out she’s pregnant with his kid. But what hurts the most was that he lied… and she never even knew. Her superpower never picked up on it. Maybe there was something about men, maybe something about love, that prevented her from seeing clearly.
So she swore off both, using her power to catch bad guys once she got out. It never steered her wrong when she wasn’t attached, and she was always right about who was lying. Always.
And then Hook shows up, worms his way closer to her, and she’s running from him. Not necessarily running from a relationship. Running from the idea of her being wrong. She doesn’t want to get blindsided like before, like with Neal, can’t take the chance that her attraction would get in the way of knowing what was true.
“I can’t take the chance that I’m wrong about you.”