Mama Bear Mode ACTIVATED!

Ingrid met Emma because she wanted her to replace her lost sister

Lily met and befriended Emma because her parents’ actions tied them together

Neal met Emma because his father’s actions brought him to this realm, and their kid was how Emma would get to Storybrooke and break the Dark Curse

it was always fate, or part of someone’s plan

But you know who wasn’t part of any plan? Who came sweeping in out of left field and got caught up in something bigger than himself and CHOSE her despite all of the obstacles and challenges and heartbreak he had to face, who would fight fate itself in order to be with her?