it's still a little messy

I was owing a Ginko to lots of people so..

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Of Imps and Queens - LooselyBound                                                                 

Post ep 4x23, Emma becomes the Dark One and learns nothing is quite as it seems or as simple as black versus white. When Regina removes the curse no one in Storybrooke is prepared for the far reaching fallout which leaves none of their lives unaltered or untouched, least of all Regina’s.

read it here on a03 

The thing about Emma and Regina is that initially, in the first months of their acquaintance, they’re messy, ugly, warped people, both of them, and when you put them together, it’s not magically fixed– it’s brutal and messy and angry, and it’s not healthy.

But from Neverland on? They’re much more comfortable, they know when to push, when not to push, they know how they operate as a team, as a unit, and yes its still messy and painful and a little bit sloppy, but they love each other in their own ways, because “I’ve got your back” and “Maybe we are” mean something now.

Emma and Regina aren’t perfect together, but in the end, that’s okay, because love is sloppy and messy and upsetting and frustrating, and it’s seeing Henry’s eyes light up when Regina makes apple pie and when Emma let’s him win at Mario Kart, and it’s in the way Emma tells Regina that she’s her happy ending when Regina doesn’t believe it, and it’s in the way Regina holds Emma after they leave the Underworld, holds her like maybe she understands, and she does, really, and it’s in the way they kiss, hurriedly and frenzied and angry like everything else they do, when the town is under attack because they’ve never been good at doing things the right way anyways.