Once Upon a Time
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Fairy Tales Can Come True

Emma goes over to Mary Margaret and apologizes for bothering her, as she helps her pick up the books. Mary Margaret reassures her that it's okay and says the situation partially her fault. Emma asks how the book was supposed to help Henry. Mary says, "What do you think stories are for? These stories -- the classics -- there's a reason we all know them. They're a way for us to deal with our world -- a world that doesn't always make sense. See, Henry hasn't always had the easiest life." Emma agrees. "Yeah, she's kind of a hard-ass." Mary says, "No, it's more than her. He's like any adopted child. He wrestles with that most basic question they all inevitably face. Why would anyone give me away." As soon as the words have passed her princess-y lips, Mary falls all over herself apologizing to Emma. "I didn't mean in any way to judge you. [...] Look, I gave the book to him because I wanted Henry to have the most important thing anyone can have -- hope. Believing in even the possibility of a happy ending is a very powerful thing." Emma says, "You know where he is, don't you?" Mary: "You might want to check his castle."

Enchanted Forest: Snow White is in hard labor as the curse creeps ever closer to the castle. Dark Knights follow the Evil Queen's coach as it races through the forest. Geppetto bursts into Snow's chamber and announces the enchanted wardrobe is ready. When Charming starts to pick up Snow, Doc says, "It's too late. We can't move her." Cut to the coach, with the cursed fog following behind. We get a wide shot of the castle and watch the curse approach from two directions. Inside, Emma cries as Charming and Snow snuggle her. Snow realizes the wardrobe will only take and protect one and that they'll have to put Emma in it alone. She convinces Charming to take the baby to the wardrobe. "We have to believe that she'll come back for us. We have to give her -- her best chance." Charming rushes off with his newborn daughter in one arm, and grabs his sword with his free hand.

In the castle hallway, Charming has to battle the Dark Knights who have come to kill the baby. He defeats two of them and makes it to the wardrobe. He stows Emma inside, kisses her forehead and whispers, "Find us," before shutting her in. Another pair of Dark Knights find Charming. He fends them off for but a moment, before he is dealt what seems to be a mortal wound. Once Charming falls to the floor, one of the knights sets about to forcing open the wardrobe. When he finally succeeds, he finds it empty. Charming sees this before he loses consciousness.

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