once upon a time meme
nine scenes [8/9]
↳ Selfless, Brave, and True
"What makes you so sure?"
He misses her long hair, he thinks, as she puts her head on his shoulder.
It’s an odd thought, coming out of a moment when finally - finally - he has been able to step up and be the knight-prince Snow deserves. But he never had to assure her of any of this, when her hair was long. He never had to think for one - one awful, and treacherous - moment, that maybe she was right. Maybe Regina was good, once, like Snow: maybe his wife could be lost, losing, vanishing, now to that same darkness.
Her short hair is not what he expects, when he wakes up in the morning. He has reached out so many - too many - times, in the dark of night, to run fingers through it, idly thread and braid in the darkness, and found only strands in places shorter than his own. It is a constant reminder of what they’ve all lost.
And it suits her, it emphasizes her fine-boned face, her wide eyes, her bright smile. She is still every bit as beautiful as before, with her now-lost tumbling curls, but every time it still catches him by surprise.
He almost lost her. Not to George, nor a spell, not to an outside foe. He almost lost her to her own bravery, her own heart, when she followed Emma into the lost world. He almost lost her to something worse, when Cora came back with them, and she sent their world careening into Hell, and Snow with it.
The woman he fell in love with is still here, in his arms, still finally and at last accepting his strength, his comfort, the embrace she’s been needing and rejecting these past days. But she’s different now, short-haired and sad, not the girl he met but a woman he is only now learning. She has, in the years they lost in cursed sleep, become a mother with a child lost to time, even when their daughter stands before them; a woman who has lost her home, her family, her hope, and her innocence.
So yes, he holds her, and he misses her long hair. He misses her smiles that meant no more than ‘let’s have an adventure’ or ‘I love you, and the bedroom’s that way’. He misses her holding his arm, and telling him to do the right thing, always. He misses her belief, more than anything, her faith.
The short hair is a constant reminder of the dragons David will never be able to slay, the looming demons that will stalk his poor, beloved wife to her grave.
But she came back. She let him hold her. She didn’t kill anyone he wouldn’t have slain himself. His princess is gone but in her place stands a burgeoning Queen, and that David can cope with.
It’s not as if his hair isn’t shorter now, too: it’s not as if he’s not growing into a King, hardened and stronger, from the prince he was.
They’re a matched set. He only hopes it’ll be enough for the new demons they’ll face.
OUAT AU - Daddy!Charming
Charming takes Emma through the wardrobe instead of Pinnochio. He tells her the truth: her mother is Snow White, and one day they’ll find her. However, due to her strange father and belief in fairytales, Emma has a hard time at school, and ultimately stops believing her father’s stories, and resents him for supposedly lying to her. They fight throughout her adolescence, and finally she runs away to Portland, and meets Neal.
Charming searches, desperately, but never finds his daughter. However, one morning he receives a phonecall from a payphone in Oregon: Emma is pregnant, and needs his help. She comes home with Neal, and Charming helps to set them up and raise his grandson as a family, until they can break the Curse.
Fic: Of Farmland and Open Sky (1/?)
Title: Of Farmland and Open Sky - Chapter 1
Summary: Snow is bleeding out, and the Curse is coming, and the wardrobe can take only two. AU where Charming takes Emma into our world, and has to raise her until she can break the curse.
AN: I’ve been working on this for a while, and it’s finally got a (long-ass) first chapter to post. Let me know what you think, I’ve not written Charming as a main character before so I’m a little nervous!
Fic: Visiting Hours
Title: Visiting Hours
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.
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.
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
Fic: That Which Has Been Taken (3/3)
AU: Charming was kidnapped by the Queen before Snow left the dwarves; she and Rumpelstiltskin have to save him.
A/N: 500-follower thank you fic part the third. Enjoy!
Chapter 1 - Chapter 2 - Chapter 3
That Which Has Been Taken
“Belle?” Rumpelstilskin was amazed he could make sound at all, but the name rang through the dank cell and the girl’s head jerked up, her eyes meeting his.
“You know her?” Snow asked, stepping forward to get a better look. Her hand tried to slip from his, but he held on tight. His world was spinning, reeling, rocking hard enough to make him seasick and faint. But he knew he couldn’t let go of Snow: not if he wanted to do whatever it was he’d planned to do.
“Of course I know her.” He said, his voice suddenly cold, quiet, bitter and shaking.
Um… never? I don’t know anyone who has ever been ostracized for liking the Charmings… if you hate all of them then it must be pretty difficult to watch the show, to be honest, considering how they’re three of the leads.
I think the backlash, especially against Snowing but also the Charmings in general, is a response to some of the Belle, Bae, Rumpel, and to some extent Regina hate that has been going around, especially in the wake of Emilie de Ravin’s promotion. But as far as I’m aware, that’s a reaction to the actions of fans, not the characters themselves.