This has literally been in my drafts since the finale, so i looked at it today trying to decide if I should just scrap it or go ahead and post it before the finale.
And here it is, so… yeah.
Regina is arguing with a villager behind her, disguised, of course. Robin, or this world’s version of him, at least, is sitting off to her right, having been ordered not to go anywhere.
Looking out at the water, she sighs. Part of her wishes that he would show up in this world, too, help her like he has every time she’s met him. She isn’t holding out much hope, but there’s a small part of her that keeps watching the horizon, hoping she’ll see the Jolly Roger sitting there.
She doesn’t even know who he would be in this world– if he’d be closer to the sultry, dark pirate she’d met when they went through Zelena’s time portal or to the deck hand that had looked away from her eyes but taken a knife in the back to save her.
She doesn’t know if he exists here at all, but she has to hope that he does.
Reaching up, her heart constricts when her hand doesn’t find a chain around her neck that holds his ring, the one he insists she not give back to him. Gripping the ring between her fingers has always been a comfort when she needed it, but she doesn’t have it here. Instead, she places her hand over her heart and closes her eyes.
“I miss you,” she whispers, hoping that he knows, that even though Regina is here, that he’s trying to find her and save her, like he always does. “I love you.”
When her eyes open, a gasp falls from her lips automatically at the sight of the Jolly Roger off in the distance, docking on the shore. Hope rises in her chest, and she can’t help the smile that tugs up the corners of her mouth.