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22 April 2013 @ 04:07 am
Fic: ‘what a hug is’  
Title: what a hug is
Fandom: Once Upon a Time (OUaT)
Rating: (G)
Time Period: Season 2, at the end of, and after, Queen of Hearts.
Summary: She's alone.

Author's Note: This is quick ‘n’ dirty (for definition see the F. A. Q.).

Spoilers if you’ve not seen the episode.


Disclaimer
All characters contained herein are the intellectual property of Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz; I am not affiliated with nor endorsed by them.


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Tears gild her eyes, cause everything to blur but she can feel. Feel Henry's arms around her as she never thought to feel them again; even with David in the curse, Henry had never hugged her like this --- he'd only tolerated her presence, her love but this … this was more. It was acceptance and forgiveness and understanding.

And love. His love.

Her arms tighten and she holds him close, happy to hear no protest that she was hugging too tightly and much. This moment was everything she'd needed after weeks of hunger, of itching to unlock that cabinet and blow softly on the pages of the book she felt longing in the long, dark hours to open.

But this hug overcame all that and then he was gone. Gone with his family and leaving her behind.

Alone.

She ignores the whisper that invites and lures.

Rumpelstiltskin speaks and she ignores him, too, She stares at the door, her heart filled with longing and want.

If only she'd not lifted that spell. If only Emma had been defeated, had died …

She pushes past Rumpelstiltskin and his taunts, out into the fresh air that sting her cheeks and she realises the tears have fallen. Henry's gone. She's alo---

“Hey!”

She faces the woman who approaches and she straghtens, smiles but she caan feel how forced it is. “Yes?”

“Come to Granny's,” Emma says, guile nowhere to be seen. “Please.”

“Why?”

“For Henry,” Emma states quietly, simply. “For Henry.”

She's torn, wanting to say no, to be wry or dry but, when she opens her mouth, it's a surprise. “All right,” she agrees and Emma nods; she'd expected Regina to say 'no' and stay away, from spite.

“Henry says you make a great lasagne. Bring that,” she says, tucking her hands into her pockets. “Everyone,” she adds, “will be bringing food. Saves Granny cooking.” She smiles faintly, looking at Regina. “Seven okay?”

“That will be fine.” Regina inclines her head. “Good day Ms. Swan.”

Emma nods and turns away; Regina burrows into her coat.

Henry will be there. Maybe they'll hug again.

Maybe.

She hunches her shoulders and remembers the hug in Gold's store.
 
 
 
     Mandy: OUaT - Regina B&Wa_phoenixdragon on April 21st, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
Again, lovie...beautiful.
F. J.: Lantern & Candles: Warmmorethanacandle on April 21st, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Angel... Dark Wings Descending...: BORGIASGiuliaangel_in_tears on April 22nd, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh Regina. Even with all the evil she's done I still feel bad for her because of basically losing Henry to Emma and how lonely she must be. Makes it even more understandable why she turned to her mother for love/comfort.
F. J.: Lanterns: Warmmorethanacandle on April 22nd, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
Makes it even more understandable why she turned to her mother for love/comfort.
It does. Your heart can't do anything but go out to her when you see how much she wants Henry back.

And thank you!
Armchair DM: Matt's Cats: New Toy!armchairdm on June 26th, 2013 11:21 am (UTC)
Poor Regina. But Henry could be her salvation, if it's not too late.
F. J.: Golden Candlesmorethanacandle on June 26th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
... maybe.