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thisisamadhouse  asked:

Prompt: Bread & Games verse Roland/Regina "Why are you alone most of the time?"

Here we go, finally! Thanks again for the prompt, Marie - I loved filling it. This little Dimples Queen piece is set before Bread and Games proper. TW for mentions of abuse.


She’s hunkered down in the darkest, most remote corner of the garden, nursing a goblet of wine and a sprained wrist as the afternoon sun beats down on her.

Pathetic. She’s pathetic. Her life’s–no life at all.

Not with Leopold around.

If it weren’t for Henry…well, she’d have escaped this miserable existence long ago.

Was it worth it? I said, was a few trinkets worth disobeying me, wife?!

Regina rubs her tender, bruised hand–the only result of her unscheduled, unapproved, unannounced morning outing. She sips on the rich Falernian, the delicacy bitter on her tongue.

Trinkets have little value to her; freedom is the rare commodity she seeks.

Her pining seems entirely one-sided.

A dry, choking sob scratches her throat mid-swallow, has her coughing and sputtering, staining the cream linen of her stola with blotches of dark brown as tears–of anger, pain, frustration–spring to her eyes.

“R’gina?” pipes up a small voice, and a mop of dark curls pokes out from the foliage.

She wipes at her eyes furiously, trying to hide the obvious as the goblet slips from her grasp and clatters against the marble bench, spilling its contents on the grass and rolling away.

“What’s wrong?” Roland says, rushing to her just as she makes one last frantic effort to clean herself up and gasps as sharp pain slices into her damn wrist. “You’re hurt!”

“No, honey, I’m fine,” she croaks, mustering a tense smile.

“It’s okay,” he soothes as he climbs up beside her. He looks up with those wide, brown eyes, and offers with all the sincere innocence of a child: “I can kiss it better if you want.”

This time her chuckle is genuine. Tear-filled, but genuine. There’s so much wrong in her world and his, things much graver than sprained wrists, and she can’t help but be charmed by this little man. He nestles into her side, satisfied with the change in her mood, and swings his legs.

“Shouldn’t you be in your lessons, Roland?” she chides mildly, not unamused. It’s new to him after all. Roland is a bright little boy and in many ways precocious, ever eager to explore; but his attention span sometimes leaves something to be desired. He’s just not used to this structured approach quite yet.

“We were playing hide and go seek,” he answers easily with a carefree shrug she should perhaps not find this adorable. “I’m winning.”

“Clearly,” she chuckles, and the child’s face splits into a toothy smile. “And do you like playing with Henry?”

“Yeah, it’s the best! Henry’s my best friend,” he puffs out his chest. “Do you have friends, Regina?”

The innocent question stings viciously.

“Well, I–I suppose so. A few.” Is it the truth or has she just told him a lie? Regina isn’t sure.

Roland just looks up at her quizzically, and his next inquiry stabs her straight through the heart.

“Then why are you alone most of the time?”

Because Leopold is a dog, a pig, a possessive bastard who likes to know of and control her every move for fear she might sully his name or reputation or pride by finding even a speck of happiness in this life, happiness that isn’t–couldn’t–be bestowed by him. Because her mother used to be the same way before him. Because Regina’s been burnt and betrayed before.

Because she no longer opens herself up to the possibility of new friendships under such circumstances, and the old ones are rare, and few, and a challenge to maintain.

Because she’s resigned herself to a life where it’s mostly just she and Henry–even if that means lonesome hours when her little prince is otherwise occupied.

How does one explain all that to a four-year-old?

But said four-year-old seems to have come to a conclusion of his own.

“Don’t be sad,” he says, arms circling and hands reaching and fingers curling as he hugs her middle and squeezes. “I will be your friend.”

Regina sniffs, blinking rapidly and ineffectually, as she pulls the precious little boy into her side and presses a kiss into his hair.

“You’re already my friend, Roland.”

It’s been 6 years and it still baffles me that OUAT had every opportunity to do something truly amazing and make the birth mom fall in love with the adoptive mom and let them be a happy family and raise their son together, but instead they just decided to go with the most boring hetero romance story that’s been told a million times before and is neither modern nor original. 

The Final Proof

*A lot of people have come up with this theory, but it’s so perfect I had to write it down.

They say you learn the most from your mistakes. Mine came as I was watching “Murder Most Foul” and Charming said this:

I hadn’t really been paying enough attention to realize that he was talking about the sleeping curse that the Evil Queen had placed on him and Snow, so my mind immediately went to: What other curse needs to be broken? Luckily for me there is another curse that needs to be broken. Many of you know this, but it’s the curse that is keeping everyone in Storybrooke.

What we don’t realize is which part of the curse is still active. It’s not the dark aspects of the Dark Curse - that was broken by Emma as was prophesied/dictated by Rumpelstiltskin. No, it’s the other part that the pesky imp created that is trapping everyone here still.

The Savior curse. Think about it. The only reason Emma Swan is the Savior is because Rumplestiltskin made it so. In theory, Emma was no longer supposed to be the Savior after she broke the Dark Curse. Everyone was supposed to go back to where they were from, but that didn’t happen. Which means what? That portion of the curse, that tiny little drop, is a curse all in itself, and it too needs to be broken. When it is, Emma’s fate as the Savior will be broken; she will live.

Now you ask: But Emma was given the Shears of Destiny or whatever to cut herself from her fate and no longer be the Savior and she didn’t take it!

Well, we know how Rumple’s curse works right? A pair of pretty scissors wouldn’t break this curse because only one person has that power: Emma herself.

We’ve come full circle. Once upon a time Adam and Eddy pitched the idea that the curse would take seven years to fully break. Now we’ve reached that point. Once Emma breaks the Savior curse, Rumple’s spell that he placed on her life will break. Her Hero’s Journey will be complete, and she will return to her life in the real world, where no one needs her to protect them.

(I’ll come back to this in a minute)

So we know what needs to happen. Here I take it a step further and answer:

How?

It turns out that we have that answer too:


Ah yes. True Love. Here’s where I know I’ll lose half of you because “Once Upon a Time is obsessed with Captain Swan. Why can’t you see that, you’re blinding yourself, stop perpetuating nonsense, wake up blah blah blah blah.”

Well, I’m going to counter that with: Why is Emma still the Savior then? If Once Upon a Captain Swan is genuinely the entire point of this show, why is Emma still fated to die?

Answer: You can’t break a curse where you’re the Savior of the fairytale characters with one of the said fairytale characters.

Here you respond again with: “Well, Smartypants, you call yourself a Swan Queen shipper, but you’ve just contradicted yourself. You think the Evil Queen can break the curse with Emma? She’s a fairytale character too!”

Well, reader, you are very clever indeed. But shall I provide you with my next exhibit:

While it was super fun to watch, Split Queen was not just done for the optics. It was a setup for endgame. The Evil Queen may be a fairytale character, but Mayor Regina Mills (like Emma and Henry) is a completely original creation of our world. Which means, like Emma, the daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White, she can live a completely normal life outside of the Enchanted Forest.

I was trying to figure out the purpose behind bringing Wish Robin Hood back, and this line really explains it:

The writers are priming us for a much bigger version of this concept. Robin is the first test of the portal system. Will it allow someone who isn’t supposed to be “real” stay in the “real world”? We know Storybrooke, by our standards, isn’t a real place, it’s a refuge for fairytale characters from many realms, so it makes sense that he passes the test in this case, but what about Regina? Will she, a person who isn’t supposed to be real, be allowed to live somewhere like Boston or New York if Storybrooke doesn’t exist. This first trial proves that yes, she will be able to because something about her is connected to our world (that thing is literally the writers themselves). They have Regina grapple with this issue- Why was wish Robin able to come here?- because she’s next, and she needs to know that she’ll be okay when she tries to stay in this world.

If Regina remains unconnected to the Evil Queen, she should be able to help Emma break the curse and remain in this reality. Will it really be True Love’s Kiss that frees Emma from the Savior Curse and sends everyone to where they belong?

I would hope.

I also hope that I’ll find $2000 on the street tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen.

But it’s certainly the most reasonable solution since literally every curse is broken with True Love’s Kiss…

Have you ever wondered why there’s never been a True Love’s Kiss with Emma & her parents or Emma with Hook? Perhaps part of that is because True Love’s Kiss can only work with people who are from the same reality. Since Regina had True Love’s Kiss with Henry, that means she’s a part of his reality. Part of her belongs in our world. Emma has never shared True Love’s Kiss with Hook because he isn’t a part of her reality. He’s still a fairytale character. They can get married, she can choose that life, but that means she will remain tied to her fate as the Savior. She will always be connected to the Fairytale world. She will eventually die for them.

But if somehow, Regina Mills is Emma’s true True Love; if two “real people” who were created in this world- Emma Swan the bail bonds person, and Regina Mills the Mayor- shared True Love’s Kiss (not saying they’ll make it gay like they should) then the entire curse could be broken.

I just don’t see any other way they could go with this. The show has always foreshadowed that Storybrooke isn’t supposed to last.

We know there’s going to be a “reset” for the show…


And we know that Regina is no longer connected to the Evil Queen. Everything is setting up for the fairytale characters to return to their world.


But what happens next?

A good story always comes full circle, but the hero returns home with more knowledge and is in a better place. Odysseus goes on a crazy journey with a bunch of messed up shit but eventually makes it back home. Dorothy wishes she could experience life over the rainbow, but when she does, she learns that there’s no place like home. Harry Potter steps onto Platform 9 ¾ for the first time alone, and in the last book he steps on with a family. So if in the Pilot we see Emma in her lonely Boston apartment, wishing on a star to no longer be alone, it only makes sense that the last time we see her, she’s in her Boston apartment but she isn’t alone- she has a family.

We know Henry will be a part of that family, but it’s safe to assume that Regina will be there too, because of this promise:

Unfortunately all magic comes with a price, and my prediction is that price will be that everyone forgets that any of this ever happened.

I’m grounding this theory in the fact that the last time there was a reset, that happened to half of the parties involved: Emma and Henry 

In that scenario, the Dark Curse was destroyed. The Dark Curse’s purpose was to create Storybrooke, so once it was gone, Emma and Henry forgot that Storybrooke ever existed… But everyone in the Enchanted Forest still remembered Emma and Henry because the Savior Curse still existed- they all remembered the Savior. They were able to go back and get her and recreate the bridge between our worlds because Emma was still the Savior. Once the Savior Curse is gone, everything will be wiped out. Everyone will forget that the Savior existed, and why she existed. All the fairytale characters will return to their world where their stories will play out, and all the characters from our world will begin to lead a normal life.

That life for Emma and Regina could very well be together. It’s not guaranteed, but it would certainly explain why the writers have made an effort to keep Emma and Regina apart in Storybrooke while maintaining a certain amount of tension between them- because their story isn’t meant to play out in Storybrooke. It would also explain why it’s not a topic of conversation for any of the writers or actors- it’s a major plot point,  and talking about it would be a spoiler. Lastly, Adam Horowitz said himself that they weren’t queerbaiting:

If they’re planning on having Regina be a part of Emma’s new life free from the Savior curse, then technically this isn’t a lie.

But could they make it so that Emma and Regina’s relationship is merely as platonic co-parents in the real world? Of course. But at the end of the day we would still be right: Swan Queen would still technically be endgame, and it’s still a hell of a lot better than Captain Swan.

Apparently the director for the finale (Ralph Hemecker) is the same person that directed these episodes filled with some of our favorite Swan Queen scenes:

1x10 7:15 A.M.

2x1 Broken

Let her go/she is not dying.

Magic by touch!

The True Love push (because that’s a thing, right?)

2x9 Queen of Hearts

Regina saving Emma.

2x16 The Miller’s Daughter

This scene!!!

3x1 The Heart of the Truest Believer

The face Regina makes when they get Emma out of the water.

You want to be friends?

3x11 Going Home

Swan Mills Family <3

Emma?

Happy endings aren’t always what we think they will be. Look around you.

My gift to you… (I’m still crying 3 seasons later)

3x14 The Tower

Jealous!Regina asking about Walsh.

3x19 A Curious Thing

Jealous!Emma. (a curious thing indeed)

First attempt in the series for Emma at coming out of the closet.

Precious family.

The face Emma makes when Regina wakes up after being hurt…

… and the face she makes when Regina tells Henry she loves him/they share TLK.

4x01 A Tale of Two Sisters

Emma wanting to give Regina her happy ending.

4x09 Smash the Mirror

Regina’s reactions to Snow and Charming being okay with Emma getting rid of her magic.

4x12 Heroes and Villains

shots.

“I’m in.” “You are?” - The original™

4x15 Enter the Dragon

“I’m gonna stick by you.”

worried/jealous!Emma.

4x20 Lily

Maybe I need you.

road trip!

Swan Queen + rainbow colors (where are you looking, Emma?)

You are better than this.

4x23 Operation Mongoose Part 2

how many first meetings do these two get?

Swan Mills Family in every universe.

Actions speak louder than words.

5x12 Souls of the departed

Regina don’t ask me to leave you Mills

6x07 Heartless

When a True Love couple ™ parallels you (and as you can see above, it’s the same director for both episodes)

the moment when Regina mirrors David, and gets in front of H00k and we get Snowing + Swan Mills Family.

Emma’s response in the sneak peek when Regina tells her to stop holding everything in was interesting in itself, but it was similar to other times when she felt put on the spot by Regina about her feelings.

First she avoids Regina’s gaze, frustrated that Regina won’t let it go, she looks caught. Things get really interesting however when Snow blurts out that “Regina is right.”…

…and Emma cannot believe what she hears. Doesn’t that face scream. Indignation and concealed anger? It’s as if she’s saying “How dare you tell me not to hold everything in, considering you are the person I’m doing it for?” Her reaction is all “Are you serious? Are you seriously telling me this?”

…and Snow is oblivious, but Regina has noticed the intensity of the response…

10

“So see, that explains everything. We’re not together anymore because of the multiverse.

Well, isn’t that comforting?”

(insp.)

Requested by @revolutionsoftheheart

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outlaw queen  +  kisses
  ↳  requested by @regina-mills