once upon a time nails

The story ends with a double murder.

“Once upon a time, there lived a beggar with a nail embedded in his foot. He had a small puppy who went everywhere with him. The two of them were very happy together, but the nail was hurting the beggar a lot. One day, he went to the doctor to remove it, but to their astonishment, the nail had grown in size!“

"The doctor told the beggar that removing the nail now would be extremely painful, so the beggar left it in. The only problem was that the nail began to cause him more pain when he walked, and he would bleed often. To deal with this, the beggar had set his puppy down instead of carrying it, and had to watch as his poor puppy injured its feet on the rough concrete.”

“In a month’s time, after the first consultation, the nail grew so large, it pierced into his ankles. The poor beggar was in so much pain that he couldn’t walk, only shuffle, and the doctor told him that it was too late for him to remove it. The puppy’s feet were also scratched and bleeding, and it was difficult for it to walk. The beggar now had to carry it, and its weight caused him even more pain.”

I paused in my story, listening carefully. In the other room, I could hear my husband snoring loudly. I sighed in relief.

“Why doesn’t he just pull out the nail from the start, mommy?” asked my son curiously, his innocent wide eyes looking up at me. “And why does he carry his dog even though it hurts him?”

I smiled at him, choking back tears, as he hugged my arms. My bruises were well hidden underneath my long sleeves, and I could just manage to resist whimpering. “I don’t know, sweetheart. Now go to sleep.”

I’m writing this because I’m heartbroken and I think writing out my feelings will be cathartic. We have one week left with Emma Swan. I can say without any hesitation Emma Swan became my favorite character of all time from the very second she walked on screen in the pilot. I have never felt more connected to a show than I have with Once Upon A Time. I think most people can pinpoint a specific show they connected deeply to and will always love. Once Upon A Time is that show for me.

Jennifer Morrison’s announcement seemed like a nail in the coffin to me. I poured so much into gathering news for this show, reporting on it, pouring my love into it. Now here we are, at the end. Whether the show continues into a season 7 or not, it will be vastly different. I’ve said it over and over, but It’s finally hit me just what that means. It feels real now. I’ve shed lots of real tears this morning. I think Kelly described it best when she said that last night we were celebrating a wedding and this week will feel like a funeral.

Regardless of how sad I am, I can’t help but reflect on what this show has done for me. It brought me my best friends who I would never have met had it not been for this show. We have an unending bond now that extends past the borders of this show. It brought me confidence when I created this blog, had fun working on it, and connected with so many other fans of the show. It actually got me to Comic Con last year which I never would have dreamed of attending! It made me happy every single Sunday night at 8pm. It provided me with countless happy encounters, headcanons, fics, gifs, videos, and discussions with so many beautiful people. For all of that, I am grateful.

As we bid Jennifer Morrison farewell, I mourn for the loss of Emma Swan, but smile for her existence. I am so grateful for Jen and all she poured into this favorite character of mine. Wherever Once Upon A Time goes from here, I am forever thankful for all it’s brought to so many people. A Happy Beginning now is ours. ♥

Now and Forever

“Who are you?” Pike asks finally, and the woman smiles and her hair is fire, and her dusty dress is a robe of blue and gold, and her eyes burn through to her core, and Pike gasps and stares up at the glory of a goddess.

There’s been some talk about Pike’s divinity lately. It’s good talk. I approve. Title from “Coming Close” by Philip Levine.

Sarenrae, the Dawnflower, the Healing Flame, the Everlight, Lady of Temperance and Goddess of Righteous Retribution, claims Pike Trickfoot on a bright day in late summer, when the air smells like wheatgrass and the sun turns a lazy arc overhead.

The high, hot days of summer blow into Westruun with a baking heat, the kind swept aside by the winds that dance across the wide central plain of Tal’Dorei until they eddy against the bulwark of Gatshadow and the protruding branch of the Umbra Hills that cuts south into the grasslands. It is a time to be outdoors, to run along dusty roads and laugh loudly and fly with the freedom of the warmest months, especially for little gnomish girls who ought to be studying. Pike has lessons aplenty, but she cannot bring herself to put nose to desk or quill to parchment, not when it’s this bright out, not when the morning breeze beckons.

She slips out early, waiting for Paw Paw to be called away by an ailing neighbor, and once he goes she sets aside books and prayer and slips out the door, a lithe, light-footed child. A hint of the night’s crispness clings to the morning air, yet to be burned away by the day’s heat, and she breathes it deep as she wanders through the northern temple district and towards the town’s center, already bustling and vibrant.

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'Once Upon a Time' Star Rebecca Mader Teases Enlightening Zelena Hour
‘OUAT’ is heading back to Oz! Sunday’s flashbacks will shine light on Zelena’s lone wolf mentality, leading to some surprising decisions in the present

While the Charmings prepare for the upcoming wedding festivities, the Wicked Witch aims to take the fight to the Black Fairy during Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time.

Not one to wait around, Zelena (Rebecca Mader) wants to take on the Black Fairy (Jaime Murray) alone against Regina’s (Lana Parrilla) wishes. The lone wolf mentality speaks to the flashbacks during Sunday’s episode, which feature a new story in Oz where a younger Zelena befriends the Tin Man. EW hit the set of the ABC fairy tale drama during the hour to get the scoop from Mader on how this episode will test the sisters.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can you tease of what new history we’re going to get for Zelena?
REBECCA MADER: We have met the Scarecrow before — I ripped out his brain back when I actually had a boyfriend for a brief second — and all that good stuff with Dorothy, so in this episode, we might meet some other Wizard of Oz peeps. We’re going to learn more about why she is the way she is, and why some of the characters became who they are because of her. There’s an echo between what happens on Oz, and what’s currently going on, because Zelena’s always been on this struggle of being incredibly pained by abandonment, and having a mean dad, and all that stuff. There’s just so many defenses up. It really looks at why she’s alone, and that loneliness, because really now she isn’t alone anymore. She’s got a kid, and she’s got her sister back, and with the sister comes all of these people. So it’s sort of coming full circle, like being this really lonely abandoned kid to maybe sort of realizing that she isn’t alone, and she doesn’t have to do everything on her own.

But we get to see a really selfish side of Zelena in this hour?
Which is an echo of her earlier lives in Oz before she even came to Storybrooke. She was really abusive, she was terrorizing munchkins, and terrorizing everybody in the Land of Oz, and it’s an echo of that, and then healing that aspect of her that’s broken, because it all comes from her abandonment issues from her mom, and then having really rubbish adoptive parents. It’s like a horrible childhood that she had.

How does that speak to her interactions with the Black Fairy, especially considering teaming up with the Evil Queen didn’t turn out so well?
Zelena’s not really a fan of sharing the limelight. She’s very much like she wouldn’t be Diana Ross and the Supremes; she’d just be Diana Ross. She doesn’t want backup singers. She doesn’t want to be part of a band. She’s just a very lonely person, so she is not interested at all in helping this other beautiful British villain that’s come along. She does not want to be a part of it and doesn’t want to compete with it. She just wants it gone.

How does that affect her relationship with Regina?
It’s still rocky. They’re still finding their way at this point, but I have hope that it will come to a full resolution because I really enjoyed the episode “Sisters” last season, when we remembered that we’d known each other all along; that was a beautiful moment. But then we’ve had some setbacks, so I’m hoping that we can resolve all of that towards the very end of the season.

Do you think Zelena would at least be happy that the Evil Queen got a happy ending?
No, I think she is quite a selfish person and was at that point when those two went off into the sunset that it just didn’t even really bother her. She’s like, “See you later,” because she never really had a relationship with Evil Queen, and she didn’t even like the real Robin Hood, so the fake Robin Hood really didn’t interest her at all, so I think she was really hashtag uninvested by that departure.

How worried should fans be about what the Black Fairy has planned for Storybrooke?
Well, it’s another one of those Is it an end of days? moments. It feels like the stakes are the highest they’ve ever been. She’s kind of perfect, because you’re coming toward the end of the sixth season, and she’s very powerful, and she’s also got this tie with Gideon, and she’s controlling him, but then they’re also really super connected to Rumple, so it’s just like it’s like Facebook: It’s complicated. That’s the relationship status all the time. It’s really complicated, and the stakes are really high.

Will you be singing in the musical episode?
Mais oui. I do have a song. I’m very excited. All I have is my song, and my song is wicked. It’s so good. I’m so excited. It’s going to be like this huge Disney musical, and the fans are going to go nuts.

And these are all original songs?
Yes.

We’re not going to see you doing “Defying Gravity” or something?
No, but it’s kind of like a Once Upon a Time version. It’s so good. The fans are going to go bizonkizoids.

Are you nervous?
Yeah. I am. I’m a little bit uncomfortable, and I’m a little bit nervous, which is a good thing because whenever I feel that way, it’s always something I should do, and then when I do it, I come out the other side and I’m like, “Yeah, nailed it.”

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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