art: boomboombooom (artists need love too!)
Summary: In the aftermath of both Cora’s death and her own torture at the hands of Owen/Greg Mendel, Regina finds herself on a journey to self-discovery and redemption while trying to juggle a life with Emma and their son, as well as the intense scrutiny of the entire town. Will the love that Emma and Henry have for her be enough to help Regina get past the mental blocks that are preventing her from fully realizing her wish for redemption and atonement?
Regina knew as soon as the trigger was deactivated; Emma Swan was her true love. Now there was only one problem: How would she make Emma realize it while they were on a trip to rescue their son with a pirate and a former lost boy that pinned after the blonde, and Regina’s breath being taken away every time their eyes met? / two-shots / Set in Neverland/Jolly Roger & Storybrooke
Can we talk about this?
Someone touched Regina.
I mean, stopped her physically from doing something while in EQ mode and she LET them and not only LET them, but clearly got pulled out of EQ mode by the touch.
Who can dare do this?
Fucking pulled out of EQ mode by the touch!!!
You can’t see it very well in this gif, but her eyes suddenly soften and lose the piercing blackness of Evil Queen, it’s really amazing.
The only person not afraid of The Evil Queen, helping her become better.
Endgame peeps, come on!
"Quiet down love"
The same way Regina actually LISTENS to Emma and agrees that she is right on this scene, when Emma and Henry have to go Regina is the only one who Emma actually listens to and it’s Regina who makes her see that she HAS to go. So endgame…
so married…cutie patooties:)
What I love about this scene is that Emma doesn’t just overrule her or tell her some platitude like “that’s not what good people do” (aka the Charming rehabilitation approach, which ignores Regina’s agency (yes, even people who do terrible things should be given agency) and ignores the reasons why she uses the methods she does aka they’re the only ones that have ever fucking worked for her, and that in and of itself says something messed up about FTL society for women like Regina, but I digress).
They talk it through. Emma uses her personal experience to communicate why she thinks her approach will be more effective (not “good” vs. evil methods). Regina accepts this after they both discuss the best approach. They treat each other as equals, they defer to each other (previously, Emma accepted that sometimes you have to do morally grey things to get results, e.g. when Regina took the lost boy’s heart in order for them to communicate with Henry).
This is how you work with an Evil Queen on your side.
Swan Queen Fic Rec: What We Talk About When by shellybelle
Summary: After she tells Henry about Neal, Emma spends a night on Regina’s couch. (Spoilers for 3x15)
Why: This is how to do a fast two thousand words well. This is how to have quick little scenes that waste nothing and mean something. I have no idea if this writer is on Tumblr, but this is a wonderful little piece especially considering it’s the writers first SQ one. Quick but not hurried. It’s effective, affecting and lovely.
“He’s literally the first one to see her as Regina.” (About Robin Hood) Quote from a CS and OQ fan.
THIS is why I can’t take these guys seriously. THIS is why I get so irritated when they tell me SQ is…
Can we just talk about this for a second, Henry Swan now doesn’t remember a thing but when he does he’ll remember his name was Henry Mills and being the good boy that loves both his mothers that he is there’s a good chance that he’s gonna start calling himself Henry Swan-Mills.
You’re welcome SWEN
And all throughout high school and college he will get asked about it and will respond with my two moms…
aaaaaaaand IT GOT BETTER.
the one with ice cream sundaes
It starts after Henry gets his tonsils out. Really, it was just supposed to be a one-time thing, because surely ice cream for dinner is not a responsible parenting decision.
But it makes Henry so happy.
“I didn’t get to have toppings, Mom,” Henry says, after he can eat real food again. “It’s kind of a waste without toppings.”
So Regina lets them do it again. And then somehow Henry talks her into doing it a third time, and, well, before Regina even really realizes what’s happened, Ice Cream For Dinner night has become a semi-regular occurrence.
It’s not as though they do it often, Regina tells herself, whenever her conscience twinges too strongly. Once every few months, maybe. And she always, always makes sure Henry eats something green first. Broccoli, usually, Henry has always been surprisingly fond of broccoli (especially dipped in salad dressing).
probably requires fact checking because it’s not like i actually have watched either of the last two episodes
hard on the land wears the strong sea
It takes a whole 24 hours for all the pieces to click into place, but when they do—
When they do, you’re torn between a need to hug your mom and a need to shake her until she stops being so… herself.
I know in your kingdom she was the evil queen but here she is Regina.