To Regina's credit, the only way Charming knew where to find Henry is because Regina called Charming and told him that the boy stood her up for lunch. When she realized her keys were missing, Regina figured he might be there, and she figured he would be far more amenable to Charming retrieving him. Charming crouches down (which I always feel is a little condescending to kids who are older than four). "Henry, what were you thinking?" Henry: "I just want them back. It wasn't supposed to be this way. I should be over there, with them, riding horses, learning how to sword fight..." Me too, kid. Me too. Charming: "I know. I know. It's okay, because we are going to do this together. Come on, now. You've gotta get to school, and I've gotta make sure no one else finds this place." School, really? Hey, I'm pro-school, but it was lunch time when the kid called Regina. Surely, school is almost out, and besides, with Snow in L'enchantement, he's only missing a substitute. What kind of Grandpa are you, Charming? Also? How are you going to make sure no one else finds that place? How? These are the things that keep me up at night.
Enchanted Past. It's when Charming finds the Siren's headpiece that he realizes it's probably his fault the Lake is gone, but I think I already mentioned that. I hate so much about the things I choose to be. Lance, who grew up near a lake, searches until he finds a scant mouthful of water in a shell. On his knees, the disgraced knight prays, "God in his mercy, lend her grace." Charming rushes to Lance and the two kill time, discussing whether or not it's enough to heal Ruth. Urgency doesn't exist in L'enchantement. Charming hands Lance a little flask. Lance pours the water in it, which seems wasteful, because whenever you decant liquid, some moisture remains in the original container. Wouldn't it be more expedient to let Ruth drink from the shell? Well no, you sillies, because this is a set up, or soon shall be.
The wagon is a bit away from the men. Ruth grabs Snow's hand and tells her she should drink the water to break the curse. Snow won't hear of it. She won't let Ruth give her life for this. Ruth says, "That's what parents do. They put their children first. Someday, you will understand." Snow shakes her head. "No. Maybe it's for the best. I was raised without a mother. I wouldn't even know how to be one. This water was meant for you." After much artificial delay, Charming rushes to Ruth's side. He hands her the flask and she drinks or pretends to, then turns to Snow and tells her, "Have faith. We'll find another way."