Where Paths Diverge (2/?)

This is a Captain Swan Choose Your Own Adventure story (details here)

When Regina seeks revenge for Cora’s death and a happy ending with Henry something goes horribly wrong. A canon divergence fic from 2x20 “The Evil Queen” where Regina’s failsafe isn’t an auto-destruct.

Dedicated to belovedcreation Beta by phiralovesloki 

Part 1

“No way. I’m not pretending to be married. I’ve seen that movie.” Hook gives her a blank look and she shakes her head. “Never mind. The point is that we remember and so other people probably do too.” Emma doesn’t know the first thing about magic but this seems logical. Why would she and Hook be different?

They sit in silence contemplating the question. Emma sighs and runs her hands through her hair. Hook glances up at the movement.

“Swan. The cuff.”

Emma looks down at her wrist where her sleeve has slid up revealing the leather cuff Hook gave her to climb the beanstalk. She feels suddenly defensive, self-conscious that he noticed it. When they returned to Storybrooke she had decided to continue wearing it. Like her swan pendant and leather shoelace–both of which she suddenly realizes she no longer has–it was a reminder. A reminder of her mistake on the beanstalk. She betrayed Hook before he could betray her only to discover that he had intended to remain allies. She had been afraid to trust again and so the cuff had remained to remind her to not keep everyone out. She fingers the leather wondering what he might be thinking.

“Yeah so?”

Hook lifts up his hand and his sleeve falls down revealing the matching cuff on his arm. He taps it with his stump and gives her a smile. “Clever lass. Keeping a magic repelling cuff on for unexpected curses is a move worthy of a pirate.”

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