Once Upon a Time
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Fairy Tales Can Come True

Storybrooke, Maine, Seaside Park, Day: Emma has the Once Upon A Time book with her, when she finds Henry on a castle-shaped play structure at a nearby park. She hands it to him and tells him he left it in the car. They look across at the clock tower and Emma comments that it still hasn't moved. Henry: "I was hoping that when I brought you back -- things would change here -- that the final battle would begin. Emma says she's not fighting any battles, but Henry insists this is her destiny. When she tells him to cut it with the book crap, he says, "You don't have to be hostile. I know you like me. I can tell. You're just pushing me away because I make you feel guilty. It's okay. I know why you gave me away. You wanted to give me my best chance."

Emma fights back the tears as she asks how he knows that. Henry says, "It's the same reason Snow White gave you away." Emma tells him she's a real person, not a book character. "And I'm no savior. You were right about one thing, though. I wanted you to have your best chance, but it's not with me. Come on, let's go." Henry pleads with Emma not to take him back. He begs her to stay, just for a week and tells her how badly life sucks living with Regina. Emma: "You want to know what sucking is -- being left abandoned on the side of a freeway. My parents didn't even bother to drop me off at a hospital. I ended up in the foster system, and I had a family until I was three, but then they had their own kids, so they sent me back. Look, your mom is trying her best. I know it's hard and I know sometimes you think she doesn't love you, but at least she wants you."

Henry talks to Emma the way a tolerant parent addresses a clueless child who refuses to face facts. "Your parents didn't leave you on the side of the freeway. That's just where you came through. [...] The wardrobe -- when you went through the wardrobe, you appeared in the street. Your parents were trying to save you from the curse." Emma smiles through her tears and patronizes him. "Sure they were. Come on, Henry." He takes her hand and they head off.

Enchanted Forest, Castle: Poor post-partum Snow White hobbles through the castle until she finds Charming lying seemingly lifeless on the floor. She drops to her knees and begs him to come back to her. As she holds his face, she gets an idea, and plants a big kiss on him, then leans back and waits for it to wake him, the way his kiss woke her. When nothing happens she tries again.

While Snow is still crying over Charming, Queenie struts in. "Oh don't worry, dear. In a few moments you won't remember you knew him, let alone loved him." Snow White looks up at her nemesis. "Why did you do this?" Queenie: "Because this is my happy ending." When two Dark Knights arrive at the door, the Queen asks about "the child." A knight replies, "Gone. It was in the wardrobe and then it was gone. It's nowhere to be found." Queenie looks to Snow White and says, "Where is she?" Snow White smiles as she cradles Charming. "She got away. You're going to lose. I know that, now. Good will always win." Queenie says, "We'll see about that." When she looks up, the castle ceiling starts to crumble. Wild winds carry in the misty curse. Everything swirls around Snow, Charming and Queenie. Snow asks, "Where we going?" Queenie laughs. "Somewhere horrible. Absolutely horrible." As glass shatters around them, she continues her villainous ramble, because every good villain loves to ramble. "...A place where the only happy ending will be mine." Thunder, lightning, flying shards of glass, and the thick, dark smoke of the curse surround them, until they're obscured from our view.

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