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Never trust free fruit
And the worry cracks a fracture from your hip to your chest
Ru - 20 - British - writer - law and politics student - Christian - liberal - feminist - demi-bisexual - INFP - fangirl - bookworm - gamer -Whovian - Water Tribe - Ravenclaw - King's Musketeer - Dearie - Rumbelle War Veteran - Swanfire - Doctor/Rose - Jeff/Annie - Annamis

Lover of things small, dark, quiet and messy
I need an OUAT Baywatch AU because of this swimsuit

I need an OUAT Baywatch AU because of this swimsuit

  #ouat    #regina mills    #once upon a time  

So to all of those people saying ‘Emma doesn’t acknowledge Regina as Henry’s mom despite ten years of parenting’ and ‘Henry’s a little shit who doesn’t care at all about his REAL MOM OMFG!!!11!1!!!’… yeah. He looks super worried that Regina’s in trouble, and it’s clear that he’s been worried for a while at this point.

And Emma immediately and firmly, without question, validates that concern and promises to sort it. Which is both good parenting - validating him and not brushing aside his concerns because of her own views - and it shows that she understands and appreciates why he’d be worried - she knows he sees Regina as his mother as much as he does Emma, and understands it, and more than that, she does nothing to discourage it in him either.

She might tell Regina to back off because she continually threatens Emma’s entire family, and she might claim Henry as her son, but she does nothing to tell Henry he should feel differently from how he does at any point. And I’d like to add, that if something happened to Emma, Snow and Charming, and Regina was the only one Henry could turn to, she wouldn’t be so quick and firm about getting the rest of his family back: she’d be crowing and trying to make him forget all about them.

Emma doesn’t do that: Charming and Snow are looking for her for the beans, but Henry and therefore Emma are in it to find and save Regina herself.

  #regina mills    #emma swan    #henry mills    #ouat thinkie thoughts    #yo fyre stealing yo tag  
OUAT AU: The Other Boleyn Girl

“I was born to be your rival,’ Anne said simply. ‘And you mine. We’re sisters, aren’t we?”

OUAT AU: The Other Boleyn Girl

“I was born to be your rival,’ Anne said simply. ‘And you mine. We’re sisters, aren’t we?”

  #OUAT    #once upon a time    #ouatedit    #snow white    #regina mills    #prince james    #the other boleyn girl    #philippa gregory  

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: Regina’s asking for too much too quickly, and gives up when she doesn’t get it immediately. She wants to go from zero to family in ten seconds, because Henry is with the Charmings and she wants to be where Henry is. That’s it, that’s all of it. I’d also argue that there’s a certain envy of Emma’s strength, how she stuck to good throughout their season 1 battles and won everything Regina has tried to gain all these years, at play here. I don’t think she’s aware of it, just like I don’t think she realises that she’ll never be able to kill Snow White because, deep down, Regina feels a deep love and connection to her, and doesn’t truly want her dead. That and the fact that if Snow died and everything still sucked for Regina, she’d have to face some harsh truths about her own responsibility for it.

She has never truly apologised or taken responsibility for the reasons why accepting her would be difficult for the Charmings; in fact, she’s blamed Snow before now - “I was always the Queen; it was you who added ‘evil’ to my name” - for her fall. She swings wildly between ‘I want to be good and one of the Charmings and be close to Henry’ and ‘Crush, kill, destroy! Mwaahahahahaaha!’.

And then she wonders why, when she tries to be nice for once, they don’t accept that as the way things will always be and invite her over for coffee and cake. She hasn’t actually tried very hard, all things considered, to be accepted. She hasn’t taken Snow, Charming and Emma as inextricable parts of Henry’s life and tried to win them over genuinely: she’s just screamed “I WANT EVERYTHING NOW PLEASE” and been surprised when they don’t hand it over.

I want a Regina redemption arc. But I want it to take a season or two, and be a genuine development of Regina’s character and inner life, rather than a fairly immature reaction to losing something she wants back, and blaming the whole world when she doesn’t get it immediately.

I also think she’s so self-unaware that she looks in the mirror and is surprised there’s a person there everyday, but that’s just me.

  #more regina redemption thoughts    #regina mills    #ouat  

I think this is the actual core of the problem with Regina’s redemption arc: she never does it for its own sake. All though the first half of Season 2, she was doing it for Henry, or for the town’s acceptance, or even - perhaps - to restore the influence she once held through fear. She never does it because she can’t live with what she did, or because she feels guilt over the pain she caused, or even because she genuinely wants to be a better person. Everything is motivated by attaining a goal - Henry, the town, and perhaps her own power.

Which is why she was so easily turned by Cora: she has no motivation beyond immediate material gratification to do this. She doesn’t feel badly about killing Leopold or Graham or countless others, or about the Curse, or about anything else. She hasn’t forgiven Snow and that was the feud that started this. She doesn’t have to like the town, and for self-professed good guys they admittedly didn’t give her much of a chance (which is a whole other essay) but she shouldn’t, essentially, have needed them to. She has no genuine remorse, that we have seen, for anything that she’s done. And that made her a fantastic villain in season 1, but it makes her redemption arc incredibly unstable.

In the end, she was trying to be good to get Henry back. And she realised that to do so she’d have to co-exist with Emma and Snow and Charming, and accepted that, for which I was very proud of her. But the moment those three stood between her and Henry and Cora provided a solution, she reverted to her old patterns. She wants Henry back and we’ve seen that Regina is an any-means-necessary kind of woman.

She’s also impatient: she wants him back and she wants him back now. She wanted Snow, Emma and Charming to help her and she wanted them to help her right away. She asks ‘what did it get me?’. If she’d wanted redemption, truly wanted to be good, then just being good should have been its own reward, and given her some peace of mind. She’s looking for a greater reward, and she won’t find it. She has a long road before she’s even able to understand that Snow and Charming are good because they want to be good, not because someone is giving out trophies at the end, or because they want people to like them.

She still has no empathy for the pain she caused them, no understanding that they hurt in the ways that she hurts, and because of that no remorse upon which to build a solid desire for redemption, that would be its own reward. They had a right to assume that she might have killed Archie: she’s killed before and she’s only been good a few weeks/months, time that Emma and Snow didn’t even see. If she understood the gravity of the pain she caused, she wouldn’t expect them to forgive her instantly: she’d understand that it will take time and patience and work. That’s the only mindset that will allow her redemption to stick. Until she understands that she hurt these people as much as others have hurt her, then she isn’t going to be able to feel sorry for what she did, or have any genuine desire to change for change’s sake. She’ll keep doing it all for Henry, and when it looks like it’s not working, she’ll change tack and try something else.  That’s not a redemption arc, that’s a quest.

This scene shows perfectly why Snow will never forgive Regina, and why Regina will never ask her to. Even with her own redemption for crimes she committed entirely by herself, Regina sees herself as the victim rather than the perpetrator. And Snow, too, sees herself as the victim rather than accepting any responsibility for letting Regina fall back to Cora, although she is at least a little more justified, in my opinion, than Regina in this view. Regina never apologised truly, without hope or agenda. So Snow cannot forgive her truly, without hope or agenda. Remorse and forgiveness, like redemption, must exist in a vacuum: they have to happen for their own sakes to be true. A few good deeds don’t make up for years of murder, rape, and abuse, especially when she killed the woman in front of her’s father in cold blood, and proceeded to try to kill her too for a mistake she made in good faith as a child. A few good deeds don’t make up for that, especially when not accompanied by any genuine remorse or empathy. Snow will have a long way to go before she can understand where Regina is coming from - and this new dark side arc will help, I think - but Regina also has a very, very long way to go before she’ll see that forgiveness isn’t something she should expect just because she wants it, but something that needs to come organically from a long period of genuine hard work at being a better person for her own sake.

  #ouat thinky thoughts    #i like that tag    #Regina Mills    #snow white    #ouat  
Your headcanon is flawless! I love that idea, that Regina thought she would end up as Rumple’s queen. Love, love that idea!

To be honest, she’d have a point. He did say ‘we’re back where we belong… together’. He used her desire to belong, to have someone to belong to, to manipulate her completely. He was the strongest father figure she’d ever had, yes, but he was also seductive, doing an imitation of Hook (the best example he had of a sexy villain) to corrupt the innocent young woman and draw her away from the goodness she was striving for.

He made her believe they were meant to be, that she was wanted. Not as a tool, or a chess piece, or even just as an apprentice. He made her feel as if she was special in her own right, purely so she would do as he said. Faced with that reality, that he had never really wanted someone like her, not in the sense that Rumpelstiltskin wants Belle, then she is bound to feel betrayed and angry.

I think, in a very twisted way, Regina loves Rumpelstiltskin. To her, he is her strongest father figure, her master, and the only person who ever really had a place for her, made her feel she belonged. I don’t think at all that that love is mutual, but I think he was there when she needed someone to cling on to, and she clung to him, and he engineered it so that she would. Part of their redemption arcs, I think, is going to have to be her letting go of that, and him apologising to her for making it happen in the first place.
  #Regina Mills    #Rumpelstiltskin    #ouat  
Mad Queen dunno how but they need love

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"Oh no," Regina shook her head, "No, no, not Wonderland."

"We’ve been everywhere else," Jefferson pointed out, pressing a reassuring kiss to her temple, voice rumbling against her skin, "What’re you afraid of?"

"The Queen of Hearts is…" she stopped, swallowed, shook her head, "Terrifying, worse even than I will be one day," she looked up at her companion, and hoped he’d have enough feeling for her to understand, to not reject her out of hand for her cowardice, her inability to dance about in her mother’s broken kingdom, "Anywhere else?" she smiled, and hoped it was beguiling, beautiful enough to sway him, kissing his mouth for good measure, "Please?"

  #mad queen    #regina mills    #jefferson  

Fic: Visiting Hours

Title: Visiting Hours
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Everyone’s been locked away at some point, and everyone’s had a visitor. Or what happens when the people of the Enchanted Forest can no longer run from their personal ghosts.

A/N: So this is a thank you to my 800 followers, because holy hell I have no idea how that happened but I LOVE YOU ALL.


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They are to move to the King’s palace in the morning. Regina’s mother sleeps, beside her sleeping father; her new step-daughter sleeps; her future husband sleeps. Everyone sleeps, and Regina wonders how.

She can barely close her eyes for memories and they bring tears and a tearing, bleeding gash where her heart should be. Every moment she tries to sleep, she hears that terrible, choking, gasping noise her mother tore from Daniel’s throat, as she ripped the heart from his poor shaking chest and crushed it to ashes. She hears not her own screaming, nor her mother’s stern admonishments. She hears only choke, gasp, thud, silence.

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  #rumbelle    #belle    #Rumpelstiltskin    #regina mills    #emma swan    #mr gold    #ruby lucas    #prince charming    #snow white    #mary margaret blanchard    #ouat    #once upon a time    #fic: visiting hours    #800 follower thank you  

Ficlet: Mirrorcast

Bwahahaha 3sentences. Okay, the next ones will be. I forgot the rule, sorry.

    lady-loki-laufeyson prompted:

Rumbelle - Belle’s hit by a magic spell and is slowly (painfully?) dying and there’s nothing Rumple can do because magic would only make it worse

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Cora grabs Belle by her arms and hauled her in front, right as Regina’s curse sailed through the air. The purple beam drives through Belle’s chest with a sickening crack, striking the woman behind her and causing both to collapse to the floor.

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  #rumbelle    #belle    #Rumpelstiltskin    #Regina Mills    #angst  

A Case for Evil Dearies

midstorm:

rufeepeach:

Be warned: massive essay below the cut :)

And, in case anyone disagrees/thinks that I am biased one way or the other, I mean absolutely no offense to any Oncers of any persuasion. I love you all.

Spoilers for 2x05 ‘The Doctor’

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Not sure if I completely agree with the fact that Rumple was the cause of Regina turning evil. She had choices, she didn’t have to go back to him after the Doctor didn’t bring back Daniel, she decided to go back to learn magic to have her revenge.

We are only a few episodes into the season, there may be more story arcs are the horizon that explain more.

No, the show is at its core very much about choices and consequences and accountability. I’m talking more about how, five episodes into season 2, the arc is portrayed, and Rumple is being shown more and more as a defining factor in Regina’s decline into evil. It was her choice to come back, yes, but he designed it so that she would make that choice. My argument is that that paints it as far more black and white than it is, because we don’t see her make the choice, we just see him gloating that he got what he wanted.

  #Rumplestiltskin    #Rumpelstiltskin    #regina mills    #ouat    #ouat spoilers  

A Case for Evil Dearies

Be warned: massive essay below the cut :)

And, in case anyone disagrees/thinks that I am biased one way or the other, I mean absolutely no offense to any Oncers of any persuasion. I love you all.

Spoilers for 2x05 ‘The Doctor’

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  #rumpelstiltskin    #regina mills    #evil regals    #dearies    #Rumplestiltskin    #ouat    #once upon a time    #meta  

Fic: Belonging

Fic: Belonging
Rating: PG-13 for language
Summary: Regina has known since she was nineteen that her life is not her own. But as long as Rumpelstiltskin burns too, she is happy to be bound to his fire.

I have to be up in three and a half hours, but I’m nervous and caffeinated and sleep is for the weak. So this happened. A reaction to ep2x02 ‘We Are Both’, so spoilers for that episode.

And to be clear, this is a Rumbelle fic in the end, with a massive helping of Regina-crazy. This is not a Golden Queen fic.

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They’re meant to be together.

Regina never really believed in fate. Not after she saw her heart’s destiny broken and crushed before her eyes. Her mother spoke of her fate often: to marry the king, to outlive him as quickly as possible, and to be Queen. Power. Power was her endgame.

But Regina never really believed in fate.

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  #Rumpelstiltskin    #evil queen    #Regina Mills    #belle    #rumbelle    #ouat spoilers    #we are both    #fic    #what Ru does at three am when she has to be up at six  

Guys, there is a Once Upon A Time game now

On the Facebook page. It’s called Mr Gold’s Untold Stories, and it’s got loads of sweet little insights into things like Emma/Graham that the show didn’t really go into loads of detail about. It also has a chipped cup to find.

GO GO GO

  #once upon a time    #ouat    #mr gold    #Regina Mills    #snow white    #prince charming    #aaaah this shit is so awesome  

Fic: Rumour Has It - Chapter 6

AU: Because of one little lie, everyone at Storybrooke University now thinks that Belle Charmin is sleeping around, and Professor Gold, the only guy who seems to believe her innocence, is totally off limits. Easy A!AU.

Chapter 1 - Chapter 2 - Chapter 3 - Chapter 4 - Chapter 5 - Chapter 6 - Chapter 7 - Chapter 8 - Chapter 9 - Chapter 10 - Chapter 11 - Chapter 12 - Chapter 13
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Rumour Has It
Chapter 6

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Oh my god, remember how I said pretending to fuck Jefferson was the worst decision I ever made? I take it back. I let Phil
pay me for fake sex, and he has a massive mouth. Jefferson told four people: Phil told everyone else.

And I do mean everyone.

And as I said before, I have major reasons to hate instant mass-communication. It felt like just hours between him starting the stories about our little rendezvous - he did start with flattering haste, and I had to admit it was nice that getting with me was almost a badge of honour - and the whispering turning to full-on gossip.

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  #rumbelle    #belle    #mr gold    #Rumpelstiltskin    #Rumplestiltskin    #ouat    #once upon a time    #au    #easy A rumbelle    #fic: rumour has it    #regina mills    #easy A  

Fic: Rumour Has It - Chapter 2

AU: Because of one little lie, everyone at Storybrooke University now thinks that Belle Charmin is sleeping around, and Professor Gold, the only guy who seems to believe her innocence, is totally off limits. Easy A!AU.

A/N: Yeah, I planned on being all restrained and posting once a week or something. But I love this chapter to bits, so here it is. Enjoy!

Chapter 1 - Chapter 2 - Chapter 3 - Chapter 4 - Chapter 5 - Chapter 6 - Chapter 7 - Chapter 8 - Chapter 9 - Chapter 10 - Chapter 11 - Chapter 12 - Chapter 13

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Rumour Has It

Chapter 2

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I don’t know why Storybrooke U is such a breeding ground for bitchy gossip, but Ruby’s voice carried far and everyone heard it.

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  #rumbelle    #easy A rumbelle    #belle    #Rumpelstiltskin    #mr gold    #Regina Mills    #ashley boyd    #jefferson    #fic: Rumour Has It    #fanfic    #ouat    #once upon a time    #AU