just neal and emma getting to just *be*

If I were still super invested in this show, I’d be livid, but instead I’m kinda just laughing. Emma “I felt like an orphan” Swan just chose to get her boyfriend back over saving her parents, and Snow “I lost my daughter for 28 years” White encouraged it. Like, did they and the writers forget that Emma isn’t an only child? Snowing spent seasons feeling bad about not being there to raise Emma, but didn’t think twice about giving up Neal’s childhood so Hook and Emma could be together, and Emma didn’t care about Neal having to grow up without his parents like she did. CS got re-engaged with their potential eternally cursed corpses in the room, and this was supposed to be romantic? Lol. Like I’m not sure who is more ridiculous at this point, Emma or Snow. The Charmings left Neal for an extended period of time already when they went to save Hook in the underworld, and were all teary talking about how they were missing so much with Neal, only to willingly do it again? Then Emma, lovesick Emma, is like “yeah I didn’t grow up with my parents & I missed so much, and Henry didn’t grow up with me & I missed so much, but ya know, Neal will just have to deal cuz I wanna be with Hook”. 😍
This is officially the CS show, nobody else matters.

Sometimes I’m just sitting around and suddenly I’ll think of what an incredible, obvious, golden opportunity the writers missed by not making Emma and Regina a true couple.

Like….how much more sense would the story make. Neal wouldn’t have to be killed off to get out of the way like they did so Emma could get with Hook, Emma would just realize that over the years she’s fallen in love with Regina and Neal could still be in the picture.

They could have made something almost groundbreaking in the realm of fairy tales and a story about hope, but instead they’ve flushed this shit show down the toilet so many times its getting clogged. Instead they chose to put two women together at the last second, make it canon, and now no one ever talks about it. ((I can’t be the only one who was confused as hell by Ruby Slippers, right??))

Henry would have the biggest, most diverse and loving family a kid could have without having to make sacrifices and having his memories of Neal wiped out. He’d still have a dad, two moms, and grandparents.

The writers could have taken this route and utilized their dynamic in a much more productive way and created a deeper storyline here, yet….here we are. And then I sit in disappointment over what’s become of the show.

A Pain in My... Back

Summary: Hospital AU. One Shot. A bit of a Meet-Cute. Mary Margaret has just had surgery and won’t stop pointing out all of her cute nurses to Emma in an attempt to get her back out in the dating field. It’s a little embarrassing.

Word Count: 4519

Rated: T

A/N: This is very loosely based off of my mom attempting to do the same thing to me a few weeks ago. All of the medical/hospital terms I used in this came from my memory of that experience so I apologize if I get anything wrong! Also, as you can probably guess, my story doesn’t have the same ending as this one! Ha!


It wasn’t like her sister-in-law intentionally sought out opportunities to embarrass her.

She was just kind of oblivious to how loud she spoke.

And the strong pain killers the hospital was giving her was not helping matters.

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A Family Addition for Captain Swan

A Canon Divergent set sometime after season 6.   Pregnant - Killian’s POV-  here.     Doctor’s Visit - Emma’s POV - here: Killian’s POV - here ; Heartbeat - Emma’s POV -  here ; Killian’s POV - here :  First Movement - here

Pregnant - Emma’s POV
FF.net   AO3

Word Count - ~3700              Rating - K

There are some things in every woman’s life that she just knows.  Things like if it’s going to be a good hair day if certain pants make your butt look big, or when the only thing that will hit the spot is a piece of chocolate.

There are also certain things about a woman’s body that you know when they are off and when you need to start asking yourself questions and no longer blame the fact that they are off because of the magical disarray that is your life.  Questions like how long have things been off?  Or how careful have you and your pirate husband been about protection?  And most importantly asking yourself when you are going to get the courage up to just take a test and get the answers to said questions?  All of this and more were running through her mind as Emma showered, dressed, kissed her boys goodbye and drove away from their home by the sea.

When Emma opened the door to Granny’s the smell of frying bacon and percolating coffee hit her in the face, causing her throat to tighten and her stomach to roll.  “Breathe deeply, in through the mouth, slowly out through the nose,” she murmured softly as she made her way to the back booth where her mother waited for her.   "Get something into your stomach fast,“ she continued just as she reached her mom and baby brother and slid across the seat.

"Emma, I’m so happy you could meet me this morning.”

“Sure, mom, I’m starving where’s the waitress?”

Snow frowned at the anxious tone in Emma’s voice, “Here she comes now. Go ahead and order honey.”

Emma looked up into the expectant face of Candy or Mandy, one of the Hubbard twins, she wasn’t sure which as she could never tell them apart.

“Good morning ladies, what can I get you?”

Instead of ordering her usual, Emma looked down at the menu, “I’m starving.  I’ll have a three- egg omelet with ham, cheese, peppers and mushrooms, a glass of orange juice, a short stack of pancakes with butter-rich maple syrup and a bowl of strawberries with whipped cream.” She finished her order, shut her menu and looked up into the face of her mother who was sitting there with her mouth hanging open.

“Emma,” she hesitated, “did you just order for the table?”

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summary: yet another little sequel to this rockstar au mixed with best friends get pregnant fic (also read: the second part)

word count: ~2500

a/n: I accidentally wrote more and it’s all fluff again.

Emma met Killian when they were kids.

They both were sitting in the waiting room at the music store for their music lessons. Killian had his guitar, Emma had her sheet music, and both of them were dropped off and came in all by themselves.

She can remember it as if it were yesterday. He’s the one that wanted to talk to her. He came over, smiling, and asked what she was practicing that week.

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just-an-outlaw  asked:

Top 5 Charming Family moments?

Thanks hun!

1. Just after the curse broke when Emma and Henry go and find Snow and David on the street, literally all the actors acting is amazing in this and so on point, plus Emma is really unsure while David and Snow just look at her with complete love she had never had before.

2. Emma’s date when she gets home and David and Snow had waited up for her as she obviously didn’t expect that. 

3. The family gathered together at the hospital when Neal was born, especially Emma and Snow sharing a look and David making sure to put his arm around Emma too. 
4.Emma calling Snow and David mom and dad for the first time whilst in the mines, she looks scared and it’s such a bittersweet moment.

5. Emma coming back from the past and saying that she’s home, it just always gets me, plus David and Snow are slightly confused cause she hadn’t told them where she went yet. So for them it was almost like she was gone for like an hour tops and suddenly came back completely different.

(Honourable mention: Charming family breakfast)

you outshine the morning sun, my son

obligatory bit of captain cobra while cleaning out cs wips folder. obligatory hamilton reference. obligatory baby jones. i couldn’t stop myself.

Henry Mills, to be honest, was tired of the crying.

Yes, he was a fifteen-year-old who was just now experiencing the pain of a baby sibling—Roland didn’t count; the child was walking and talking completely normally by the time they met—but he was still terribly annoyed.

Liam was adorable. According to his moms, he looked like Henry himself as a baby. Henry didn’t really see it; Liam looked exactly like Killian except with hair of a lighter brown, more like his. According to Regina, Liam was a much better baby than Henry—she said it with a reminiscent smile just tinged with pain and remembrance.

But good heavens, Liam cried so much.

He spent as much time over at Regina’s as he could, but really he needed to see Emma too. So every now and then he suffered through a night or two of a screaming six pounds of young infant.

He read to the kid as much as he could, since Killian claimed that the boy sometimes actually slept a few hours at night after said story. Therefore, Henry tried to be decent and take Liam off Emma and Killian’s hands for a while so they could get a modicum of sleep. He held the kid in one arm—after Killian showing him how to not drop the wiggling child—and flipped the pages in the book.

He could have sworn that Liam preferred the tale of Charles and Leia without being told that the two were his parents.

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Tangled Up In Blue

Chapter 21/?

Summary: Fear for her unborn child, a bruised and broken Emma Swan is determined to escape an abusive marriage. After she drives a long way from home to a small town in Maine, she doesn’t think her life could get more complicated… that is until she ends up falling for her OBGYN, a blue-eyed British man who’s shielded his heart from love long ago. But he may be just what she needs to begin her healing process and start a new life for her child. If only nothing gets in the way.

Notes: Alright, here we go. I had to edit this chapter many, many times until I was happy with it. I owe a big thank you to @rouhn for beta reading. This chapter moves ahead at a quicker pace because I know some of you are anxious to meet baby Swan. While we won’t be meeting him this chapter, we’re very very close. I will warn you though, that it’s a bit of a roller coaster ride so hold on tight!

*TRIGGER WARNING* Mentions and depictions of physical and verbal abuse/domestic violence towards a pregnant woman.

Rated: M

Catch Up: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

Deleted Scenes: 1 2

Also available on: AO3 FF.N


Killian’s jaw was clenched, holding his pregnant girlfriend in his arms while she sobbed into his chest with relentless tears. He was going to kill the fucking asshole with his own two hands for sending Emma into such a state of despair. She had looked like she was enjoying her time at the shower, he could tell she was uncomfortable near the end, but she was smiling and overall happy… until she received that last gift. Mary Margaret and David had called some of the guests who left, but none of them saw who delivered the present. Regardless, they all knew it was from Neal.

Killian gently released Emma with a kiss to her forehead before she turned to Mary Margaret and David, who took her in their arms, holding her tightly. It tore his heart to see his Swan in tears, he had to do something about it. He was not going to let Neal get away with this.

“That’s it, I’m going to find that bloody bastard myself,” Killian stated angrily as he started marching for the door with purpose. “James, you coming?”

“Gladly.” James didn’t even have to ponder the question. He immediately took off towards the door, following behind Killian. “Let’s find this asshole.”

“Woah woah woah, guys.” David put his hands up as he approached them. Killian and James turned around hesitantly. “I think we should let the Sheriff handle this, don’t you think?”

Killian gritted his teeth at the thought of the smug deputy who had the audacity to hit on Emma. “Yeah, except the Sheriff is too busy playing a bloody matchmaker and the deputy is too busy asking out my girlfriend, so I think it’s time to take matters into our own hands.”

“The deputy asked out Emma?” James asked in surprise.

“Not the bloody point,” Killian replied spitefully.

“Guys, he has a gun. Please don’t,” Emma beseeched the two of them as she approached with tear-stained cheeks. “You’ll both get hurt.”

“That’s a risk I’m willing to take,” he assured her, his voice cracked and hoarse.

“Well, I’m not,” she told him adamantly. “I just found you and I’m not going let Neal take anything else from me.”

His voice grew soft as he closed the distance between them, taking both of her hands in his. “Emma-”

“Killian, don’t you see? This is what he wants. He wants to get us riled up. He wants you to go after him. This is just a trap. He’s sadistic and manipulative like that, believe me,” she pleaded, eyes glistening and swollen from shedding tears. “Please Killian. Don’t go.”

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anonymous asked:

Emma realizes that Regina wears a ring on a chain on her neck everyday and asks her about it. Little did she know, it was from daniel

Thanks for the prompt :) 

Emma can’t help but gasp as she walks into their bedroom. Clothes are scattered everywhere. Drawers have been pulled out and all the bedding is on the floor. She’d suspect a break-in were it not for the fact that in the middle of all the chaos, her girlfriend is sat on the floor sobbing. 

She drops down to where Regina has her head buried against her knees. Emma reaches out slowly just placing her hand on Regina’s upper arm before beginning to move it in slow soothing circles, until, finally the brunette looks up. When she does so, Emma is met with bloodshot, tear-filled eyes and reddened cheeks. 

“What happened?” Emma asks, “Did someone break in here?” 

“No,” Regina hiccups, “This was me…I…I lost it…”

“Lost what?” 

“My necklace,” Regina replies gesturing to where her chain normally lies. 

Emma frowns. She’s noticed the necklace of course. Her girlfriend wears it everyday, a simple ring on a chain. “Okay, well it’s just a necklace right?”

Regina shakes her head furiously, “No…it’s not just a necklace. That ring…it was Daniel’s ring, the one he proposed to me with. I sacrificed it to get that damned poisoned apple and I thought I’d lost it forever. Rumple retrieved it for me as a thank you for helping to save Gideon and I swore I’d never let go of it again…but…but I…”

Emma nods in understanding, her own hand drifting subconsciously to where her necklace from Neal lies. She pulls Regina close to her as she promises, “We’ll find it.” 


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Requested by @mybraveweelassie

I got to admit that because I’m not a Neal fan I never particularity liked this moment. That all thing on the show about idolizing Neal is something that I will never get or will ever connect to.

But, as Kelly pointed out to me, there is something very significant about Hook toasting to “Neal” instead of to “Bealfire”ת which is how he knew him for 250 years. And it’s true, Killian here was putting Emma first. He was doing it for her, and when she said that he was always Neal to her, he just changed the way he used to call him for 250 years. The name of the only person that he loved since he lost Milah not just some random guy.

He knew exactly what she needed at that moment. He knew exactly why she feels weird about people calling him Bealfire, he knew that she didn’t even had a moment to truly grieve him, he knew she would love getting that sword, and he knew how much she needed a drink.

So then once more, and certainly not for the last time, Hook surprised her. He knew exactly what she needed and she was not used to anyone knowing it so well. There he was standing in front of her saying exactly what she needed to hear, doing exactly what she needed from someone, anyone. It was coming from an unexpected source and it felt like home away from home.

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Fic: Dutch Courage - Chapter 6

Title: Dutch Courage (Chapter 6)
Rating: NC-17 (overall, T for this chapter)
Summary: While staying with her best friend Neal over the summer, Belle can’t help but fall for his handsome, intelligent, lonely father Mr Gold. Belle knows nothing can come of it, however close they might become or how sure she is he feels the same way. However, after a night of heavy drinking finds her knocking on his bedroom door at midnight, things quickly spiral out of control.

A/N: Lookit! Updating without an explicit prompt! Go me! The plot is even moving now! In this chapter: Belle and Gold confront the awkwardness following their encounter in the kitchen, and Emma knocks some sense into Neal.

Belle knew when she was being avoided.

It wasn’t as if it didn’t make sense. After all, she could feel the guilt and shame radiating off of Gold even before their encounter in the kitchen. Whatever he’d been wallowing in before, it got a hundred times worse afterward.

Belle sighed, and tried to focus on her reading. She had nothing to do, which didn’t help in the slightest. She had any number of applications for jobs still hanging in the air, and the only one she cared about – her application to become Storybrooke’s head librarian, overseeing the reopening of the public library under the clock tower – was still in committee. That was, at least officially, the reason she was staying here in town, rather than taking Mulan’s invitation to come crash with her family in San Francisco, or visiting her cousin Robin in New York. She wanted to be present and on-hand should the Storybrooke City Council decide they needed anything else from their one and only applicant.

Unofficially, of course, she had any number of reasons to stay in Storybrooke. And at least half of them were Scottish, gorgeous, wore an expensive suit to do laundry, and had all but vanished.

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So thanks to @bleekay putting a post about one of my favourite films from childhood on my dash… i’ve now got a comedy CS AU prompt for y’all.


  • Modern princess Emma goes on a safari trip to Neverland with her fiance Walsh or Neal, whatevs
  • While there she gets in danger but finds herself rescued by a gorgeous jungle man only known as Killian… and his pet dog bear Smee.
  • She finds him fascinating, special and a breath of fresh air.
  • I mean he’s just this big goofball wrapped in chest hair, stubble and a black leather loin cloth.
  • And it basically just follows the movie. She takes him back to Storybrooke with her, her parents aren’t thrilled. Her mother wants her to marry Walsh or Neal
  • Plenty of Elsa and Emma ogling Killian of the jungle as he learns to tame and ride a horse, walk around naked after a shower, get jumped up on caffeine after having coffee for the first time. 
  • Walsh or Neal tries to get rid of him. Doesn’t work.
  • Emma falls in love and marries the king of the jungle. 

If someone wants to write the ridiculous thing, please feel free.

Captain swan
David finds a receipt that comes with a bit of a shock….

David bends to pick up the last if the dirty clothes off of the bathroom floor to put in the hamper, finding a folded piece of paper in the mist of the clothes. Upon opening it he sees it’s a receipt: hot chocolate, orange juice, dish soap, pregnancy test, shampoo, crackers, PREGNANCY TEST! He goes back and re reads. Rushing out of the bathroom receipt in hand.
“Is there something I should know about?!” David asks bit too loudly, waving the receipt around in the air franticly.
“Hmm….what do you mean?” Snow responds from the couch, where she is reading through student’s reports.
“I mean don’t get me wrong I love baby Leo and would love to have more later down the road but I think now is a bit to early…" 
“What are you talking about?” Snow asks, now giving David her full attention.
“You bought a pregnancy test with the shopping yesterday”
“What? No…I didn’t even do the shopping yesterday. Leo was fussy so I texted the list to Emma and asked her to get it on her way home.“ 
[[More]] ——————————————————————————————————————- Emma, with a smile on her face, closes the front door and turns to make her way to her room quietly….
“Emma, you’re finally home.”
Emma starts and whirls around to the couch at Snows voice, pulling her collar up a bit more around her neck hiding the bite marks left there by a certain pirate.
“Mom, you’re up late”
“You’re home late and I wanted to talk”
“Ok” Emma makes her way to the couch next to Snow “what’s up”
“Are you pregnant?”
“Whoa…don’t be subtle or anything” Emma says exasperated “Why would you even ask that?!”
“Your father found a receipt with a test on it and it wasn’t mine so……”
Emma sighs and puts her head in her hands propped up on her knees. 
“You were going to find out anyways, yes its mine and it was positive”
“Oh, That’s so exciting, another grandbaby” snow exclaims while hugging Emma
“I don’t know why you didn’t tell us”
David answers the door to Neal on the other side, there to pick up Henry for their camping weekend.
“Hey Neal I’ll let Henry know your here and help him finish getting things ready” he says as he heads up stairs.
“Neal!” Snow practically squeals coming from the other room. “Oh you must be so excited!”
“Umm…yea. It’s great Emma letting me take Henry out on this trip. She’s finally trusting me enough with him.”
“Well I would hope she would trust you. If she didn’t it wouldn’t work very well with the new baby.”
“New baby?” Neal asks with confusion
“Oh you didn’t know. She hasn’t told you yet” Snow gasps
“I’m so sorry I just figured she would have let you know already that you were going to be a father again.”
“Whoa no, no. We’re not, Emma and I are…”
“Emma and I are what?” Emma asks coming through the door
“I thought you already told Neal about the baby and let it slip”
“Emma and I are not together”
“OH whoa, yea were just friends and getting along for Henry but nothing more”
“Well if it’s not Neal’s then who?” Snow asks
Emma sighs “Killian”
“HOOK!” Neal exclaims
“Not your concern so just no” Emma points at him
“Emma…” Snow sighs
“NO, I don’t want hear it, I’m an adult and you are always going on about how you want me to be happy.”
“But Emma….”
“IM HAPPY! He makes me happy!” Emma exclaims sitting down on the chair. “And I’m actually happy to be having this baby with Killian”
“Its Hooks baby?!” David asks coming down the stairs
“You’re having a baby?!” Henry says excitedly coming down behind David
“Yes dad and yes Henry. Listen kid I’m sorry I haven’t told you yet. I hope you are ok with this, this isn’t going to affect how I feel about you…”
“This is awesome! I’m going to be a big Brother!”
“But really Emma, Hook after everything has done?” Snow whines
“Yes after everything he’s done like giving up his ship for me, for me to come save everyone in this town. For coming back with the bean and then taking us to Neverland. A place might I add he never ever more than anything wanted to step foot into again but he did so I could get Henry back. He risked so much going back there….” Emma trailed off quietly.
“you know what I’m not getting in to this now” Emma says heading to the door putting her hand on the handle turning back to everyone “after everything he’s done for everyone without ever asking anything in return and not one of you even care to give him a chance”
“Where are you going?” Snow asks as Emma opens the door without turning to it.
“I’m going to go tell Killian he’s going to be a father!” Emma says turning towards the door to leave but coming face to face with the pirate himself
“I’m going to be what now, Love?”
“The Wedding Day...Mare.”

In honor of those impending nuptials, I wrote a brief fix-it fic, which I will be featuring in my ridiculously ridiculous crack fic, “It’s Always Sunny in Storybrooke.” It will serve as the intro to the latest chapter, as Emma’s daymare, when she is dozing off at work because of a long and complicated situation from the night before.

You need not be following IASIS to read this, all you need to know is it is a canon divergence if everything went chill after Neverland, and as of now: Emma and Neal are totally in love; Hook is the village idiot and he and Emma hate each other openly, as friends do; and in no way would he ever threaten nor WANT to threaten Swanfire’s happiness. 


She touched the lace that crawled up her neck, held by the antique pearl button. A heavy veil hung from her head, descending from the knot of blonde hair piled under a rather dull tiara. The sleeves–tight around her arms, completely screwing with her ability to, well, move–were of a similar lace: also ugly, also heavy, also outdated. She stared at herself in the mirror, utterly humiliated.

It was her wedding day…At what point she’d decided to have a wedding, she didn’t know, but for some reason that wasn’t the pressing concern. Right now, she was worried about…Emma frowned, tilting her head. What was she worried about?

“Emma.” Her mother’s gentle voice interrupted her thoughts, and she turned her head to see Snow standing in the doorway: a frozen smile on her lips, cold eyes that seemed to be internally screaming about something–she could almost hear it, and she fancied if she listened hard enough, she could, but Snow was speaking real words now. And very confusing ones, at that.

“It’s time,” she said, an ominous tone in her voice. “Everyone’s waiting. Your father is ready to give you away to be married to the man you love.”

“Thanks, I–I know how a wedding works,” Emma said, still bewildered by the idea of her own wedding. Shouldn’t she have known about this beforehand? At least gotten a calendar notfication from her phone?

“Come.” Snow held out her hand, the eerie smile still on her face. “Let’s go.”

“…Okay.ˆ Emma resisted the urge to turn on her heel and run (there was only one doorway and no windows, anyway–as if things weren’t creepy enough), and took her mother’s hand. “So, um–?”


Emma didn’t apreciated being shhed at a time like this, but she barely had time to utter the “you” of “You did not just shh me!” before the doors were flung open and everyone in the church swiveled around to stare at her.

The wedding march creaked out of the old, wheezing harpsichord under Marco’s fingers, sending chills down Emma’s spine. It sounded more like a herald of death…her doom fast approaching.

Something was definitely wrong. Everyone was acting peculiarly, their eyes dead and their smiles vacant: more like living photographs than people. Even she felt fake–like a mannequin, modeling as a Grace-Kelly-dollar-store-knock-off. This was wrong, this was all so wrong.

“Are you ready?” David said in a low voice, glassy-eyed as the rest.

“No, I’m really just confused,” she muttered back, even as David hooked his elbow around hers. “I don’t even remember getting engaged, and now I’m getting married? Where’s Neal? I need to talk to Neal–”

“Neal?” David frowned. “Emma, Neal’s been dead for years.”

Which was obviously incorrect, but she couldn’t help gasping, tears rushing to her eyes in a sudden flood. “D-dead? Then who am I marrying?”

David nodded toward the front, where the dark-haired man (who, she only just realized, did not have curly hair) was turning around with an eerie slowness. She half-expected his head to spin around and a demonic voice, but it was unecessary because it was only a second before a pair of blue eyes fixed on her and terror struck her heart. A disembodied muddled British accent seemed to echo from all sides, surrounding her.

“Hello, love.”

She screamed.

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“You’d be surprised what I can accomplish when I don’t have to be in front of a camera.” Emma shook her head, pulse picking up when he looked at her – that small, nervous smile on his face and his eyes, maybe, lingering on her lips.

The kitchen, suddenly, felt very small.

“I can’t believe you actually baked something,” she mumbled. His hand hadn’t left Emma’s shoulder the entire time they were talking and he nudged her around slightly at the sound of her disbelief, turning her until she was looking straight at him.

“I promised,” Killian said and his voice seemed to land somewhere in the vicinity of Emma’s heart. Or something stupid like that. “I wouldn’t lie to you, Swan.”

AN: This would be absolutely nothing without @laurnorder who is a beacon of read-wording support and making sure I don’t miss words when I start typing too quickly. 

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Regina Retrospective: At the End of OUAT

(pre-reboot/retool ouat anyway)

People who read my criticisms of OUAT probably think I hate Regina Mills. I don’t, not really, beyond some moments of venting. I post in the anti-regina tags sure, but that’s because in our hyper polarized fandom any analysis that isn’t glowing praise, any hint of criticism needs to stay in the anti tags. Main tags are for gush, anti tags are for any level of criticism, measured or firebrand. Thing is, looking at how things started I do honestly feel Regina could easily have been the richest character on this show.

And she wasn’t. 

Due to a combination of rushing her redemption, refusing to allow her character to grow, an over-reliance on the Evil Queen aspect of her character, and outright whitewashing her crimes Regina ended up an utter waste of character potential.

Season 2 set her up so, so well. We got reasons for why she is the way she is, she actually sought therapy, there were bigger bads to face allowing her a chance at heroics, she acknowledged her wrongdoings and tried to make up for them. Even her backslide could be forgiven as we know she was scared of Cora.

But things started to go wrong after Cora died. Even ignoring the disservice it did to both Snow and Regina’s storylines (Snow angsts over killing someone who was going to kill them all while Regina snaps back to blaming Snow for Daniel’s death instead of ever putting the blame where it belonged, on Cora) we then got the stupid “kill magic” plot which a) once again showed how awful Regina was back when she was evil and b) ended up hinging on a superweapon that Regina herself made. Regina’s big redemption moment in the season finale is essentially cleaning up her own damn mess.

Imagine, if you will, that Greg and Tamara aren’t here causing issues. That instead Greg really was some random guy who drove into SB and the town doesn’t know what to do about it. Tamara is just Neal’s fiance, nothing more. Cora faked her death and tries to use Neal to get to Rumple or does something else to stay in the big bad position for the whole season. Instead of saying “well, Snow killed my abusive mom and my son still doesn’t want me to have custody of him, I’ll just kill everyone” Regina instead finds the strength to oppose Cora herself, to confront her abuser, the woman who killed her true love.

Now does that sound cool or what?

(Now we can’t be too hard on the end of s2, there were some hasty rewrites due to everyone’s favorite pirate’s actor getting injured, but notice the lack of Hook in the plot I just described? It could have been done. Hell Neal could have swung by the hospital to see Hook and they could have dealt with their relationship and history outside of how they relate as Emma’s love interests. And we still could have had Neverland be next.)

Ah, Neverland. More wasted potential for Regina. We already know she hates Emma, writers, having her be a bitch to Emma Swan is nothing new and just makes her look bad. Regina frees herself from a trap by declaring she has no regrets which, um, yeah, not good for someone who is technically on a redemption arc. We do confront and have her fix one of her misdeeds (Ariel) but also have her confronted by Tinkerbelle who rightfully calls her out. Such wasted potential for a friendship there by Tink just kinda vanishing.

The pattern after this is essentially Regina acts like a terrible person (usually in the vein of whining, being ungrateful, being ill-tempered, or taking very cruel actions the other heroes would never get away with but for her are excused) except in isolated moments when we’re supposed to feel sorry for her. She repeatedly wangsts about how she’s good now and thus should get what she wants while a) not really being all that good and b) being good just to get what you want isn’t being good. Add in constant flashbacks to her Evil Queen days of her doing awful things and you’ve really got to wonder what were the writers thinking? he never really progresses beyond that point. She might look like she’s going to but don’t worry, a backslide will put her right back where she was.

And I’ll admit, I have no idea what the writers thought they were doing in doing that. There is such a disconnect towards how everyone acts around Regina and what Regina has actually done that I have to imagine that several sombodies doing the writing thought something had gone down to fully redeem this woman in all ways and that she was a changed character…while they kept adding to her crimes and having her act like a terrible person. It feels like there are whole chunks of the show missing where Regina atoned for all her evil offscreen or something…which still does not explain her bad attitude and meanness to people who have done her no wrong.

And then we got to the ULTIMATE insult plot that was her season six storyline. In some bizarre acknowledgement that Regina still has a lot of the EQ in her (without acknowledgement that maybe she should start trying to make up for all the shit she did) the show literally splits off the EQ from Regina…while still having Regina act like Regina. Officially the potion splits off the part of yourself you don’t want people to know about so…Regina doesn’t want people to know she’s still evil…? Yeah, never addressed. And instead of finally learning to accept her history as an evil despot who ruined lives that she can start trying to make up for at any time there is a whole town of people you have hurt right there Regina sends her other self off to…live a happy life with an AU Robin? Huh? Split!EQ was practically a cartoon character at times I don’t expect he rto be capable of a full relationship…so yea you just sicced your worst aspects on the dream world. Assuming she’s not executed by AU!Henry.

So Regina got the magical retcon 4B denied her after all, she gets to be seen as totally separate from the bad part of herself (it should be noted again that Regina’ behavior does not change, nothing had in fact really been “removed” from her and she is not acting “good” without the EQ bit) and…yeah her arc’s over with that. That is the last bit of character development Regina really gets this season. We end on the weirdest version of redemption ever “just split off the part f you that did bad things and now you don’t have to feel guilty and no one will treat you like the bad guy anymore (not that very many people were treating her like one anymore anyway).

Something constantly reiterated in seasons 3 and 4 was “villains don’t get happy endings.” The show for some reason never took this to the conclusion of “but if you work hard to redeem yourself you are no longer a villain and thus can have a happy ending” which would have been the best route for Regina. Regina got her first happy ending with the curse, and when that was broken she seemed to associate “happy ending” with “get whatever it is I want right now” (Henry, Robin, a child to raise with Robin, and so on) and anything roadblocking that even slightly, even in a way that could be overcome with work, was treated as the whole universe being against her because villains are some nebulous group that just gets denied happy endings as the way of the world (instead of, say, as consequences for their actions). 

Well Regina got her happy ending and if you ask me, she was still a villain at the end of it all just one who managed to get in enough with the good guys somehow to where they and everyone else utterly ignored it. At most she mellowed a bit. This is a woman who a season ago was threatening to murder another woman’s true love out of sheer jealously and got no pushback for it.

It reminds me of how Rich Burlew described the character development that Token Evil Teammate Belkar Bitterleaf underwent in The Order of the Stick thru the fifth arc: that of a sociopath progressing to a higher functioning sociopath who can at least work well with others to get what they want (Belkar even faked in-universe character development to stay relevant!). Regina is similar: she did not change; she simply learned how to play along enough to count as a member of the good guys. And apparently that was all the narrative dared ask from her.

Runaway Bride: A Swanfire One Shot

This would not leave my head when I woke up this morning. It’s not really based on the Julia Roberts movie, though it’s referenced in there. Fair warning: not H00k friendly. It takes place in an alternate universe, in a world without magic.

Title: Runaway Bride

Pairing: Emma Swan/Neal Cassidy

Plot: Neal expected a lot of things from the Saturday afternoon crowd at the bar where he worked. What he wasn’t expecting was a woman dressed in a wedding dress to waltz in, frazzled curls and clutching a veil along with a purse and a red leather jacket.

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andnothinghurts  asked:

What are your top five underrated CS scenes/lines?

Oh wow. Let me see….

I’ll probably try and think of ones i don’t see mentioned enough. 

The hospital scene

I really really loved this scene. From her urging the nurse to hide him in a panic, to their shameless flirting while trying to knock the other off their mission. It was fantastic. 

Drinks in New York.

I don’t know why but that fucking conversation over rum just kills me. THERE IS SO MUCH GOING ON IN THAT SCENE WITHOUT IT ACTUALLY HAPPENING.

The talk in the hallway

When Killian drops off Henry and urges her to tell him about Neal. They’re trying to appear relaxed but you can feel the frickin tension between them. And my girl is just staring at his mouth and swallowing hard- the heat was up, guys. There’s just something about that moment that gets to me.

Tampering with a man’s hook.

Look. All i’m gonna say is… if my dude wasn’t cursed and Belle didn’t have crappy timing….. 


That little snippet of that little family at the town line - it just gave me hella big visions of their home life from now on. Henry needing help with something, Emma and Killian trying to remember a fact or piece of information, thinking out loud to each other before Henry corrects them. You just know they’ll be like that at home watching a gameshow or some shit. GIVE IT TO ME. 

I have loads but they’re the first five that come to my head lol. 


So Jennifer Morrison is leaving Once Upon A Time after this season. If the show does get renewed for a 7th season how do you think her exit should be portrayed?

I think they should kill her and to help resolve her death for Henry, guess who pops up from heaven? Neal/Baelfire (the one I thought was her true true love).
He should help her, guide her and as her time on earth comes to an end they both look upon their son (Henry) and walk towards the light.
Henry with his author powers starts to write about his mother finding her one true love again (Neal in the after life) and how much they both love and are proud of their son.
Then an image pops up on the page of Emma with Neal (in front of a light), smiling and then end it.

He can tear the image page, put it in a frame and use it as a picture of both of his parents cause I don’t think he has one.

Anyway, for me, the show declined in interest when:

1) They killed Peter Pan (greatest villain the show had).

2) They killed Neal/Baelfire.

3) Emma went to the underworld to get Hook (like really? Just let sleeping dogs lie).

4) When they brought Hook back to life but not, Robin Hood or Neal (basically anyone else who deserves it better).

5) Regina tried to kill the Evil Queen (like for real? That was so ridiculous).

6) What happened to the only person who could help Emma properly? August/Pinocchio. Like they just left him.

It’s a good show but they need a great villain and better links between the characters to get back to what it was.

Whether We Wake or Sleep - part 1

AN: I am so excited to share this with you. This is the first part of a canon divergence set in Season 3 during the Captain Swan Movie, specifically There’s No Place Like Home just after they arrive back at Rumple’s castle. 

I want to thank @capitaine-odette​ for being so supportive and enthusiastic and for making some truly brilliant suggestions to make this as good as its ever going to be. I heart you very much and I really really appreciate everything you did to get this ready and just you general. 

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“I mean to put you somewhere safe, someplace even I dare not go. Where I store the magic that is too dark, or unpredictable, even for me,” the creature before her gave a flourish of his hand, fingertips waving up towards the ceiling, and Emma instinctively reared back, the beginnings of his name on the tip of her tongue.

But nothing happened.

The scaled man before her shimmered a pale translucent blue for a moment and froze, his mouth a twisted jack-o-lantern grin of black and yellow teeth, yellow lizard eyes crinkled at the corners.

Hook stumbled forward a bit, his sword faltering as the weight on his shoulder disappeared and he reached automatically backwards with his wooden hand, afraid for a moment he had dropped their poor unconscious captive.

“Oh blah, blah, blah,” a familiar accented voice came from behind them. “I thought he’d never shut up.”

Emma’s heart shot into her throat and she whirled around, her hands automatically coming up in defense, wand pointed outwards. Hook was whirling too, the point of his sword swinging from the unmoving Rumplestiltskin to the new redheaded threat before them.

Zelena laughed, delighted at their expressions, her fingers idly toying with the small green charm around her neck and one hip leaning against the large table.

“Oh relax Captain, put your pointy metal stick away,” she waved her hand lazily with a roll of her eyes and his sword flew across the room, banging against the wall and falling to the floor with a clatter. “I’m not going to hurt you, I did just save your lives.”

Emma leaned back, her eyes narrowing. She exchanged a look with Killian who, for his part, looked equally confused, and angry, very angry, his jaw clenched and his shoulders tense. He shifted his arm uncomfortably, no doubt very much wishing he had the hook available instead of the gloved wooden appendage.

“Come now Savior,” Zelena sneered. “I know you aren’t going to hurt me, not you hero types. After all - “ Zelena twisted the green pendant in her hand and her face seemed to melt and shift  almost instantly into the woman from the cell block, red hair exchanged for dark brown. “-I just want to get back to my family.” She said in the woman’s voice, batting large brown eyes at the pair before her.

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