Regina Mills Appreciation Week — Day 2: Favourite Scene
Last word from the Queen…
∟Most Heartbreaking Scene: The Death of Cora Mills
Regina Mills has the unfortunate habit of getting a taste of something wonderful, only to have it promptly snatched from her, usually for someone else’s benefit. At this point, she’s lost Daniel, she’s basically lost her son, and she never really had her mother. Driven by love, she returned her mother’s heart to her chest, in hopes that something would finally go right. But, just as the other joys in her life, it was short lived; someone she loved died in her arms because of someone else’s emotional manipulation (sound familiar?) It hurt seeing Regina all grown up, but being reduced to the pleadings of a small child as she watched the life drain out of her mother’s eyes, and was left once again to mourn a fleeting moment of happiness.
#they look so good together
↳ Regina Mills→ The New Neverland
Regina, the Evil Queen, wakes up in the middle of the night, barely in time to stop the would-be-assassin from plunging the dagger into her heart. She uses her magic to immobilize the woman and takes the dagger from her. This is not the first time someone’s made an attempt on her life, and she knows it won’t be the last, but it is the first time someone’s made it as far as her bedchambers and Regina can’t help but feel somewhat impressed.
Emma lies on the bed, unable to move but her head. She knows she’s about to die, that much is given; hazards of the job: kill or get caught and die.
“You know who I am, no doubt,” the Evil Queen states. “And you know of my code.”
Emma nods; she has heard of the Queen’s code for those about to face death by her hand. The condemned are allowed to ask for one thing, as long as it’s not their life or freedom.
“Well, what is your request?” the Queen asked, her tone not malicious or bored as Emma would have expected, but emotionless and distant.
“I have a son, Henry. He is only ten and can’t survive on his own yet. I ask that you see he gets placed in a good home,” Emma requested.
It’s not what the Queen had expected to hear. An assassin who has a child? That’s a liability, unheard of. Plain stupid really. Staying the knife under the woman’s chin, Regina voices her opinion and the feisty blonde states that life has a habit of not turning out how you expect it. At the Queen’s raised eyebrow, Emma reluctantly reveals the bare basics of her life’s story. She was raised in an orphanage, ran away with another orphan and, as soon as she discovered she was pregnant with his child, he disappeared. Desperate for money, she began to steal. Once she got caught, she talked herself out of punishment by agreeing to do a bigger scam. After getting caught again, she talked herself out of another punishment by agreeing to take a life… Turns out that killing was something she was at, until now.
Something about the story, about one bad situation leading to another while you’re just fighting to survive, tugs at Regina. She removes herself from the bed and releasing the blonde from her frozen state.
Asking Emma to reveal who was behind the attempt on her life, she’s disappointed but not at all surprised when the blonde says she doesn’t know. She’s not even sure why, but she believes the assassin. And so Regina does the unthinkable: she spears the woman’s life, in exchange for her help in getting rid of Regina’s nemesis, Rumpelstiltskin. Emma, of course, agrees at once.
The mission is not an easy one, however, and will require both time and research to be successful. It also requires trust, which doesn’t come easy for either woman. They’ve both relied only on themselves for as long as they can remember, life having taught them that any other path only leads to them not being in control of their own lives. Regina never lets her guard down, constantly expecting the assassin to make another attempt, while Emma doesn’t really believe that Regina won’t kill her in the end anyway.
And when Regina brings Henry to the castle as “assurance”, the situation gets even more complicated when the boy finds the Queen, and her ability to do magic, infinitely intriguing. To make matters worse, Regina finds herself catering to the brat’s wishes.
Slowly, with the weeks slipping by, Regina and Emma begin to trust each other. Regina’s goal of freeing herself from the last ties to her former mentor becoming more of a common desire as Emma learns about Regina’s past.
More than anything, though, it is their acceptance of each other’s darkness that unites them. Regina accepts Emma as who she is, as life has molded her. She never makes Emma feel inferior for having made the choices she has in order to stay alive and, later, take care of her son. Likewise, Emma doesn’t so much as flinch when Regina takes the heart of a disobedient soldier and turns it into ashes.
In each other both women recognize someone who understands and accepts them as they are. They both despise feeling vulnerable and weak but when they realize they can trust each other, they know they can be stronger together. And that is more valuable than anything.
The last research trip takes Emma to caves beyond the borders of Regina’s kingdom, where she accidentally breaks a curse almost thirty years old, waking a princess and her prince from a sleeping curse. It’s not until she returns with the couple to Regina’s castle that she learns of their connection to her.
And that’s when the real trouble begins.
It was my arrow, aimed at the chink in the force field surrounding the arena, that brought on this firestorm of retribution. That sent the whole country of Panem into chaos.
Regina Mills Appreciation Week
Day Two - Favorite Moment:
Queen of Hearts
The reason I love this moment isn’t, obviously, because Regina is happy, but because it’s the first time she listened to what Henry really wanted and did it - even knowing that there was a very real chance she would die. If she died doing this, then maybe she could finally show him that she was a hero. And when she didn’t die, when it actually worked, Henry still ran to Emma while Regina laid on the ground. But she pulled herself up, smiled and welcomed Emma back, and perhaps wondered if she would ever be able to prove herself.
It’s no fault of Henry’s, he’s relieved to see Emma. But the fact that Regina doesn’t lash out is important. They would have been able to all keep making progress if it hadn’t been for Cora.
Regina Mills Appreciation Week Day 3: Favorite Season↳ Season 1
I’m kind of obsessed with FTL AUs. How awesome would that be if they made Emma and the kid go to Enchanted Forest instead of somehow bringing Storybrook back? (in my version there’s also SQ duh, but really)
#The sound of glass shattering against stone is loud in the sudden silence as Regina just stares #its not possible. It can’t be. She’s trembling and her fingers clutch at the table #her eyes fixed on the image in her mirror; an image she’s suddenly terrified to look away from #lest it vanish like so many of her dreams; destroyed by a single flutter of her eyelids #’Regina?’ the voice is soft and hesitant and so so familiar and the scrape of her chair is harsh as Regina stands and whirls #and Emma is still there. Still standing in the door way and she hasn’t vanished yet #Regina crosses the room in quick strides only to stop short at the last minute #She’s shaking; her heart beating against her ribs and her throat so tight she can barely breathe #’Is it really you?’ but its Emma who asks the question; Emma’s eyes that are wide and fearful #and Regina knows there is a story behind them; that however this came to be something has happened #’Henry…?’ she gasps suddenly afraid for an entirely different reason. #’He’s fine. He’s safe’ Emma says and something in her face eases. ‘It really is you isn’t it’ #Tears are stinging Regina’s eyes but she doesn’t let them fall; just blinks them away so she can see #See as her hands cup Emma’s face; feeling at long last the soft skin against her fingertips #’My heart’ she whispers and Emma beautiful Emma takes a deep gasping breath and pulls her close #holding her so tightly it almost hurts but Regina doesn’t pull away #she’s never pulling away again (racethewind10)
A Queen and her Knight
Regina’s Outfits In Every Episode: 105 - That Still Small Voice (2/2)