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.
Fic: Old Names And New Titles
Title: Old Names And New Titles
Rating: PG-13 max, probably less
Summary: Belle jumps at the chance to babysit Henry for the night: Gold finds out why.
For Ched, who asked for fluff, and for Rum reading to Belle. The excerpts are from ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ by Diana Wynne Jones. And fair warning: this will give you cavities.
Rumpelstiltskin cannot understand how they ended up watching over the Saviour’s child for the evening.
Really, little Henry has more family in Storybrooke than one could shake a magic wand at, what with his grandparents, his mother, and all of their extended relations. Rumpelstiltskin might be one of the few men in town who is not, in some way, related to the others: even Red Riding Hood has been adopted by Snow White as a royal sister.
But somehow, everyone is too busy to look after the young man tonight. Emma is visiting with Jefferson the Hatter - she says it’s a call to check on the family, ensure that Grace is alright with her less-than-stable father, but the Saviour took a bottle of wine with her - and Snow White and Prince James are… otherwise occupied.
Fic: Lion Cub
Title: Lion Cub
Rating: PG-13 for swearing
Pairing: Married!Mad Swan, with Henry and Grace
Summary: In which Grace is bullied, Henry is a hero and Emma and Jefferson spy on their babies from the bushes.
I suppose you could take Skeptics and True Believers as background, but you don’t need to have read it to follow this. Post-curse break, everyone remembers who they were.
Marchie prompted: “Coffee or tea?” and “A cry for help”
Anon prompted: Emma, Jefferson, Henry and Grace have breakfast together
Emma refuses to drink tea with her husband.
Bad memories, she supposes, not to mention a lifetime addicted to coffee. Henry understands, doesn’t question – although he takes his willingly from his stepfather with milk and two sugars - but Grace frowns everyday when her stepmother turns down the same.
Jefferson just smirks. Of course he understands why, why when they first lived together she tiptoed around the kitchen like everything was poisonous, why she disinfected every coffee mug and teacup he had before she drank from them.