We Can Love Again


The journey across the field was an extremely long one. Emma had to give Robin props for running all the way there earlier that morning; the heat was slowly wearing her down- she just hoped she was heading in the right direction.

Emma was beyond relieved that both Snow and Charming finally brought up the idea of going back home. Nobody really wanted to bring up the topic for fear they would be offended or something. Despite Emma and Henry, who grew up in the real world, they had spent their lives there. She missed her coffee maker, her warm bed, and, most of all, cable television. There was nothing fun about going to the bathroom on the ground.

As she trudged across the field, she narrowed her eyes, seeing something odd off in the distance. Concentrating harder on it, Emma soon realized that the object was actually a small person- Roland.

"Hey, what are you doing out here by yourself?" She called towards him, catching his attention almost instantly. Instead of yelling back a response, he started off towards her.

"I went to my friend's house," he replied, just about out of breath when he slowed down next to her.

It didn't take long for Emma to slowly out two and two together with that information. "So you left Robin and Regina alone in your house?"

The boy nodded. "Is that a bad thing? Will they be lonely without me there?"

Emma couldn't help but let out a laugh. "Depends on how you look at it kid- and I'm sure they're coping just fine."

They finished walking the short distance to the house together, soon both staring at the wooden door in front of them. Emma spent a few seconds debating whether or not she should do the right thing or not- she quickly chose the option that would humiliate Regina the most.

"Okay kid, bang on the door and call for your dad... Loudly, so they can hear you."

Roland wore a confused look on his face. "Why can't they hear me?"

"Just do it," Emma retorted, rather excited to see how this would play out.

"Daddy! Regina! I'm home!" Roland shouted, banging both fists against the door.

Inside, the two jumped out of Robin's bed faster than both thought possible, throwing clothes at one another and swearing in hushed whispers. Regina tossed Robin his shirt and got down on her knees to search for her own beneath the bed.

"Go, answer the damn door," she told him, nearly shoving him towards the exit of the room. He stumbled across the foyer and made it to the door, swinging it open to silence the constant banging.

"Hey Roland, wasn't expecting you back so soon." Robin said, sending Emma a scowl as soon as he ran past him.

"And wasn't expecting company at all," he muttered, making Emma have to retain a grin.

"Look, I'm sorry- really am."

"Miss Swan what do you think you're doing here?" Demanded Regina, who was running her hands through her hair as she walked briskly towards the door.

"There's something... Important we need to discuss with everyone," Emma started off slowly, "Snow wanted me to get you three as soon as possible."

Regina folded her arms crossly; an all important discussion wasn't something she planned on. But if it had to be done, there wasn't anything she could do about it.

"What's this all about?"

"Let's just... Wait to talk about it until we get there." The blonde replied.

Rolling her eyes, Regina took Roland's hand. "Do you want to try getting us there?"

Emma shook her head. "If I tried we would probably end up back in Neverland."

She knew that probably would end up happening, so she flicked her wrist like she had done thousands of times before and the four of them vanished into thin air.

When they arrived at the hotel room, the first thing Regina noticed was the fact that everyone looked extremely uneasy. Tinkerbell was finally back, making the room seem exceptionally packed.

"Alright, what's this all about?" Regina asked again, this time really wanting an answer. The whole feel of the room in general seemed off somehow, she just couldn't pin what it was.

"Why don't you guys sit down," Charming said, though there wasn't a whole lot of space to do so.

Snow then took a deep breath, preparing to propose the question.

"We were thinking and... We all think it's time to go back to Storybrooke." She told them slowly, seeing all their faces become deep in thought.

Regina honestly didn't even think of that as a possibility, though it seemed so obvious now. She had been to busy with Robin and Roland to think about everyone else's plans. As she thought more about it, Regina realized why they were so wary to tell her- it was just that, she was too busy with Robin and Roland.

"It's been fun being back here where we used to live, but we have to think about everyone waiting for us back in Storybrooke." David said, "and besides, we all miss it there."

It was true, Regina was beginning to miss her house back in the town she had created. But, in all honesty, she didn't care everything she had left there. She automatically knew she wasn't ready to give up what she had with Robin and his son.

"So we need everyone's votes," Snow told them, "who wants to go back and who doesn't?"

"I have no reason to stay here," Killian said, receiving a darkened look from Neal.

"Yeah, me too. As long as I have Emma and Henry." Neal said next, tearing his eyes from the pirate.

Everyone then looked towards Tinkerbell, who seemed torn. "I know you guys said I could come with you to start over, but the other fairies are finally accepting me again. They heard about how I got you all out of Neverland and they think I can fully become one of them soon." She said, not even bothering to hide her excitement. It also helped that the blue fairy wasn't there anymore. "So... I think I'm going to stay."

Snow was sad to see her go, but she was happy for her. "Well we all wish you the best of luck."

Then it was Emma's turn. "You already know my vote."

It was finally Regina's time to decide. Robin was nervous to hear what she would choose; he wasn't sure how badly she wanted to go back.

"What if... What if you and Roland come with me to Storybrooke?" She asked hesitantly, "I don't think I could leave you two behind."

It was such a huge question Robin had to pause and think for a moment. The offer sounded great, but he knew in his heart what he had to do.

"Regina, I can't leave my Merry Men. They need me; we're all dedicated to a cause I can't walk away from."

His words were like a weight on her chest. There were only two other options. the stress began to build inside of her as the seconds ticked by, everyone waiting for a response. It was such a big decision, something she wouldn't be able to undo once she made it. Everything came down to one simple question- was she willing to take a leap of faith?

"Then... I guess I'll have to stay. With you, if you'll let me."

Roland furrowed his brow as he tried to keep up with the conversation. He didn't really know what was going on but he was pretty sure Regina just said she wanted to live with them.

Robin smiled, inwardly begging that she would make that choice. "Of course it's okay with me."

Regina couldn't help but feel incredibly relieved when she heard this- he wanted her to stay. Suddenly the room burst with commotion as David and Emma began chattering about ways to obtain a portal. Soon, everyone was so preoccupied, nobody heard Henry's voice speak up.

"If Regina's staying, I have to too."

The room became dead silent. All heads turned towards the boy in surprise, mouths slightly open in shock.

"What?" Emma questioned, feeling a wave of dizziness hit her. She wasn't sure if she heard him right.

"I have to stay if she's staying." He repeated, louder this time.

Still, nobody found words they were able to speak. Regina stared at her son, completely stunned. He was willing to stay? It was like he read her mind; he would be the only reason her choice would be compromised.

"Henry, you would be way better off coming with us," Neal attempted, though Henry seemed already set in his decision.

"I can't go back knowing you could be in danger, or- or sad..." Emma trailed off, looking at him like he was insane.

Regina knew she shouldn't take offense to that remark, Emma was simply doing what all mothers do- she would know.

"I just, I have to stay." Henry said, furrowing his brow, "not that I don't trust you Robin, because I do, but she needs me. I can't leave her."

Inside, the blonde was feeling a torment of emotions. A numbness started to overtake her as she realized that, being related to her, he wasn't going to budge. She had lost him once in Neverland; being away from him again made her head spin. Being in two separate realms seemed unbearable.

"Henry... I don't know what I would do without you," she replied, her voice wavering as she spoke.

The twelve year old couldn't look at her without his emotions taking over. He knew he would miss her and Neal, but he was determined to keep his promise to Regina. He wouldn't leave her like he did the first time.

"When are we leaving?" Neal asked solemnly, silence taking over the room.

"Tomorrow, if we can. Robin, do you still have that talisman with you?"

It had been such a long time since he had thought about the small ring Merlin gave him; they never ended up using it, so it had stayed in his pocket for what seemed like an eternity since Roland had came back.

"Yeah, it's right here," he replied, fishing out the small silver ring from his side pocket. Everyone glanced at it in anticipation- it was their ticket home.

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