Wicked Witches Don't Like Pure Things
Wicked Witches Don't Like Pure Things
“I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.”
~ Maya Angelou
Storybrooke lay silent in a dark blanket, with dusty fog laying on the ground waiting for something. It was ominous to no fault, and if Storybrooke was not a sleepy town most would find it rather odd.
But the little town was rather usually quiet at night, so there wasn’t nothing to worry about Nothing really, except for the green monster that was wreaking havoc everywhere she went.
Really it was rather unfortunate for the citizens due to the fact that they had no magic and she did. And she was quite good at it too which as a result did not bode well for the town.
Thus it led to a small meeting, of just six people, sitting in Granny’s diner drinking various things and pondering what they were to do. There was the mayor, the saviour, the captain, the prince, the princess, and then the thief.
The diner was empty, and the outside neon flickered. The group was silent, barely touching the refreshments before them. The loss of Neal rang heavily through the air.
It was a bitter blow to the good side, and a vicious win to the bad.
“We’ve got to do something.”
Finally Emma spoke up, her cheek resting on her fist as she used the spoon in her mug to swirl that infamous hot cocoa she was known for. She heard Regina sigh and felt Mary – Margret’s hand on her back.
“I can’t defeat her with my magic. We tried that. Didn’t work. She’s much too powerful.”
“There’s got to be a weakness of hers. Something that we’ve missed!”
“Emma we’ve been over the possibilities countless times. There’s no way we’ll be able to defeat her.” said Mary – Margret resting her hand on Emma’s.
“I have magic. What if Regina and I worked together to defeat her?”
“Wouldn’t work. You’re inexperienced. Naïve. She’d defeat you in an instance.”
Charming slammed his hand on the table. “There has to be a way. People are either gone or disappearing. We can’t keep the townsfolk in fear any longer.”
“I’d say let’s go talk to Rumplestlikin but as we can see he’s a tad bit out of order.” said Killian.
Murmurs of agreement went around the room.
“Maybe that’s it. If we can focus on getting Gold out of Zelena’s clutches then he can help us.” suggested Emma.
“No. She’d be on to us and we’d lose whatever lead he could give us. But maybe if we could get him alone…by himself…if only for a few moments. That could work.” responded Regina.
“But how could we even pull that off? She’s got him on a leash.” Asked the pixie cut woman.
“That is why we have you royals. You two were always coming up with elaborate plans to stop me. I’m sure you can figure something out. Just try to be more…subtle.”
“I can help.”
The whole group turned their heads towards Robin who had pulled up a stool and sat on it.
“I’m a thief by trade. Steal from the rich and give to the poor and from the looks of it, the witch is quite rich. I can get you those moments you need”
Regina gave him a gratifying smile and Emma nodded solemnly. She looked to her parents and then Killian who seemed to agree with Robin.
“Alright. Fine. He’ll distract her and we’ll get our hands on Gold. Snow, Charming, you two help him out. Same as you pirate. You Miss Swan are coming with me.”
“No. Tomorrow as soon as you wake up. Maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about magic.”
With that Regina got up and left the diner. The group watched as Robin got up to follow her. Snow sniggered and the rest looked at her concerned. She made a motion with her lips though, declaring that she wouldn’t tell.
“So what’s the plan?”
Snow and charming exchanged looks. “Well…we’re going to need to challenge her somehow. She’s wants our baby. I hate the idea but we may have to use it as bait.”
“Snow you can’t be serious. I am not losing another child!”
“Seriously Mary – Margret, it’s not a good idea.”
“Aye m’lady. Probably don’t want to injure the tiny one.”
Snow White glared at the table.
“Look I’m not thrilled with the idea but it’s one of the things she doesn’t have left and probably the only thing that would keep her distracted.”
“How could you even distract her?”
“Simple Emma. Charming and I could plan to leave town, she’d stop us and that would give you and Regina enough time to talk to Rumplestlikin.”
“I don’t like it.” said Charming, his arms crossed huffing.
“No one does but this is for the future. That our baby will be safe in the future Charming. We have to take the risk.”
With great reluctance Charming agreed and the pair got up to go back to the apartment to talk some more. Emma meanwhile remained passive to the situation, not letting her face show anything.
She sighed and leaned back into the booth as Killian slid in the side across from her. He was Killian now there was no point in denying it anymore. In Emma’s head he hadn’t been Hook in a long time.
“So Mary – Margret and David are risking their baby so Regina and I can talk to Gold. Ugh. I’m really starting to hate magic.”
Her palm slowly dragged down her face leading her to rubbing her temples. She heard Killian snort and her eyes opened to see his gaze directly on her.
Emma knew better than to believe the word of the pirate so she rolled her eyes and leaned across the table.
“What is it Killian?”
“No point in hating magic when you are magic. I saw the power inside of you. It's about time you embraced it.”
Emma gave him a quizzical look. Out of everyone in the town, Killian had been the most supportive of her and her magic. He didn’t fear it, but rather encourage her to pursue it. It was odd their relationship. She was attracted to him for sure, have you heard him speak. The man was basically sex on legs. His voice though pulled her from her thoughts and Emma felt immense relief.
She did not need her mind going down that road.
“So I guess we better get some sleep then.”
“Where are you sleeping anyway?”
Killian shrugged. “In an abandoned boat down by the docks.”
“The one you took Henry on?”
“Aye that’d be the one.”
Emma tapped her chin, an idea forming in her head.
“You can stay with Henry and I at Granny’s Inn. We’ve got a couch you can crash on. it’s better than staying in a boat.”
“Why lass and here I thought you didn’t care.”
The blonde glared at the pirate’s cheeky grin and shook her head. “Just don’t get any ideas.”
“Wouldn’t dream of it.”
Emma rolled her eyes and got out of the booth, dropping her empty mug on the counter and turned to face Killian.
“Let’s go then.”
The pair walked behind the counter through the curtained doorway, entering the inn’s foyer. They headed up the stairs till they arrived at the Emma’s room. The couple headed inside and Killian watched as Emma’s face lit up at the sight of Henry.
“Hey Mom. Killian! What are you doing here?”
“He needs a place to crash so I figured we’d give him the couch.”
“Cool! It’ll be like a sleepover.”
Emma face palmed herself and let her fingers pinch the bridge of her nose.
“Henry you’re going to bed on time.”
“No buts. C’mon. Get into your pjs and brush your teeth. Go!”
The blonde shooed her son with her hands as he jogged off to her room. She then turned to face the pirate who stood before her.
“If you wanted me alone love all you had to do was ask.”
Emma shot him a hard glare, indicating she was not amused.
“If you’re staying here you can’t say stuff like that around henry.”
“Alright. Pirate’s honour.” He said, putting his hand over where his heart lay. The blonde merely rolled her eyes in response.
“That’s where you can sleep. I’ve got nothing for you to sleep in. Sorry.”
Killian simply shrugged. “I’ve slept in worse wear. This will be fine.”
“Okay well, I’ll just head off to bed then. See you in the morning.”
“Thank you lass.”
Emma then headed to her room, turning off the light in the process. She could hear Killian shifting on the couch, trying to get comfortable. She sighed, got changed herself and slipped into the bed.
Her eyes drifted out towards the moon, which glowed like beacon in the night sky. Tomorrow good go either exactly has planned, or horribly wrong. Emma hoped it was the first.
She didn’t sleep well that night.
In the morning the plan began. Snow and Charming packed up a picnic basket, and headed out to his truck to begin driving towards the town line. Emma meanwhile walked towards Granny’s diner like she did every morning. Killian was watching over henry again for her and Robin was following the Charmings from the distance to make sure Zelena didn’t get her hands on the baby.
Emma walked into the diner, her eyes landing on the mayor instantly. Regina finished her food, paid, and then walked up to Emma.
“Ready Miss Swan?”
“Yeah. Let’s go.”
The pair left the diner and hopped into Emma’s bug, driving over to the cottage where the witch was staying. They parked it far enough away so she wouldn’t notice, more specifically in some bushes.
The mayor and the blonde crouched down, watching the cottage to see any signs of life. All too soon Zelena herself exited with a look of frustration etched onto her face. She hopped onto her broom and zoomed off.
Once she was gone for good, the pair dashed themselves over to the underground cellar. It was locked.
“Damn it. Regina can you open it?”
“Step aside Miss Swan. I’ve got this.”
Regina held her hands out and blasted the lock. It blew up into smithereens and Emma ripped the door open. She pulled out her gun and pointed it down. The piar slowly moved down the steps, glancing around when they got to the bottom.
The mayor did a quick wave with her hand.
“What was that for?”
“Just to make sure she doesn’t have any sort of mishaps planned for us. Now let’s get to asking Rumplestlikin shall we?”
Slowly but surely, the blonde walked up to the cage and there in the corner, on a tiny stool, sat the dark one himself looking more pitiful than before.
His head shot up. “Miss Swan. Regina. Here to free me?”
The pair glanced at one another.
“Not quite.” responded Regina.
Meanwhile the Charmings drove silently as they approached the border. They had been driving for around for about 45 minutes when all of the sudden their truck stopped, screeching across the road but coming to a slow halt. Snow clutched onto the handlebar for dear life and Charming tried to control it.
“You alright Snow?”
“Yeah. I’m fine.”
Snow placed a hand on her large stomach.
They both knew who had stopped their truck and with great fear got out of the car, letting their faces turn from fearful to dumbstruck.
“And where do you think you’re off to?”
The couple approached the red haired woman who stood there tall and proud. Her hair was tucked inside her hat which tilted a tad bit to the side.
“We were going on a picnic.” responded Snow. Charming stood in front of her wanting to keep Zelena away from the baby and his wife.
“Well I’m afraid that just isn’t possible. Seems to me like you were trying to escape.”
“Escape what?” regarded Charming. “There’s nothing to run from.”
Zelena narrowed her eyes and pursed her lips. “Of course there is darlings.”
“Oh? And what’s that?”
Zelena flung her hand and Charming spiraled through the air smashing into tree. He grunted and tried to get up but failed, collapsing onto the ground all too fast.
“Oh relax dear! All you need to do is come back to your home and he’ll be as right as rain.”
“What did you do to him?”
“Nothing but whipping into shape. Now come. Wouldn’t want to hurt that baby of yours would we?”
At that moment Robin shot out of the trees, firing arrows at the witch. She growled in response and waved her hand in the air, disappearing in a cloud of smoke. As soon as she was gone Snow and Robin ran over to Charming’s side.
He grunted. “I’m good. We need to warn Emma and Regina.”
Snow nodded and whipped out her phone texting Emma letting her know the witch was on her way. She just hoped it reached her in time.
“So if you’re not here to free me, why are you here?”
“We need to know how to stop the witch.” said Emma.
“That’s all fine dearie except she can’t be stopped.”
“Everyone has a weakness. We just need to find hers. You’ve spent time with her so you have to know what it is.”
Gold leaned back, pondering.
“How does one turn green Regina?”
Regina pursed her lips, narrowing her eyes at the man.
“Jealously usually. The expression, “You’re green with envy” can literally make someone turn green if filled with enough jealously.”
“And how does one get rid of jealously?”
“By either getting what the other has or a purge of sorts.”
“Cleaning of one’s self Miss Swan. I’m assuming you’ve read the novel?”
“Yeah. I mean who hasn’t .Wait…your saying we have to dump water on her? You’re kidding right?”
“I’m afraid he’s not Miss Swan. Water is the purest thing on the earth. It is used to clean the dirt off of someone. So the idea is that once you immense yourself completely in water then you not only remove the dirt from the outside but inside as well. A purge.”
“So we just what? Dump a bucket of water on her?”
“It’s not that easy Miss Swan. We wouldn’t even be able to get near her with a bucket of water.”
“So you can control magic? Just manipulate the water. Your mom did it.”
Regina shot Emma a glare.
“Again you face another problem Miss Swan. Water cannot be controlled.” Hissed Gold.
“Water has a mind of its own. It is almost impossible to have any sort of control over. Fire relishes under control as does air. Magic is based off of the elements, fire, water, earth and air. People with darker magic, such as Regina and myself can control fire because it is not pure. Due to its purity water cannot be touched by someone dark without cleansing them of their magic.”
“Then how did Cora make that pool of water at Lake Nostos?”
Gold frowned. “I’m not sure. Most likely she got her hands on some sort of talisman that allowed her to manipulate the magic. If she possessed and object of purity then she could have put her magic through that to control the water. But even then it would have been extremely limited her time over that control. It’s a fickle thing magic.”
“So basically we’re screwed. No one can control the one thing we need to kill the witch and we can’t even get near her without her flinging in on us. Damn.”
“There is one possibility…”
The women looked to Rumple for a further explanation.
“There are rumors of one person in a kingdom far away who can control water flawlessly. She was born with the ability. Royalty I believe as well. The kingdom has existed for ages. I fear she is the only one capable of defeating Zelena.”
“And where is this kingdom?”
At that moment Emma’s phone buzzed. She pulled it out and her face furrowed at the text.
“Regina we’ve got to go. Zelena’s on her way.”
Regina stood up and nodded.
“We’ll figure it out from here.”
Gold merely nodded and retreated back to his corner. Emma and Regina then dashed up the stairs and slammed the cellar door shut. They ran across the yard. Emma threw herself into the bushes as Regina crouched. They peered out only to see Zelena appear in a puff of smoke and head into the cottage.
The women got into the bug then and drove back to the town. Emma tossed her phone to Regina.
“Text Mary - Margret and tell her to meet us at Granny’s. We’ve got a lot to discuss.”
Regina merely nodded and began to type furiously on the keyboard. Emma pulled up beside Granny’s then and they got out, walking briskly into the diner.
Emma and Regina slid into a booth and waited for the others.
“So we need to find this woman…in a kingdom…far away.”
“So it would seem.”
‘But we have nothing to go on. All we know is that the kingdom is old.”
Snow, Charming and Robin came in then and joining the women at the table. Snow pulled Emma into a hug.
“We were so worried she’d get you.”
“Relax we’re fine. But we do have a new problem though.”
“You didn’t find a way to stop her.”
“Oh we did. But it involves traveling.”
Everyone look at Emma waiting for her to explain.
“Basically we need water to kill her, like in the story. Except for some lengthy explanation that I don’t feel like explaining now, we can’t simply throw it on her and we can’t use magic to control it because it is basically impossible.”
“So what do we do then?” asked Charming.”
“We find the one person who can control water.”
“And who is that?”
“We’re not sure. I got your text at that moment and we couldn’t get anymore from Gold unless we stayed so.”
“Did you get anything? asked Robin.
“It’s a member of royalty from a faraway kingdom that’s existed for decades. Mary – Margret, David, you guys were royalty. Do you have any idea of a kingdom that had that family member?”
The true love couple looked at each other.
“I’m afraid we don’t. We do know of a few kingdoms so I guess we’ll have to start there.”
At that moment, Killian and Henry walked in to Granny’s. Their gaze drifted towards the booth and Henry ran up to them.
“Henry! What are you doing here?”
“Killian and I were going to get some food. What are you doing exactly?”
“Working on the case.”
Killian walked over and his eyes landed on Emma’s. She was concerned and he figured it best to get the boy out of the way. He’d talk to Emma later.
“C’mon lad. Let’s leave your mom to continue her work. We’ll be back to visit with her later.”
With that the boys headed off, leaving the booth and heading to the counter but not without Killian casting Emma one last glance, his eyes telling her she had to tell him later what was going on. She nodded and he did the same in response.
Once they were gone they brought their attention back to the problem.
“Regina are there any sort of books about the kingdoms in the library?”
“I’m not the one to ask. You’ll have to ask Belle about that one. She is the librarian.”
“Okay well let’s head over there then.”
“Actually I was hoping to spend some time with Henry…if that’s alright.”
Emma agreed figuring that she needed to tell Killian anyway and she couldn’t have him babysitting henry all the time. And Regina was his mother, though he didn’t know it, so it was only fair.
“Sure. I’ll just let him know.”
Emma got up from the booth and walked over to where Killian and her son sat.
“Hey kid, you’re going to hang out with Regina for a bit alright?”
“But Mom I’m here with Killian.”
“Don’t worry lad. We’ll talk later. Best do what your mom says. She can have a temper.”
Henry scoffed. “You don’t know the half of it. Fine.”
Emma shook her head and grinned, watching as Henry walked over to Regina who left the diner with him. The blonde’s gaze went back to the pirate who sat there expectantly. She motioned for him to follow her and he did.
She walked up to Mary – Margret and David who were throwing on coats and getting ready to leave.
“So we’re heading to the library right?”
“Why the library love?”
“We need to find someone.”
Snow gave Emma a pointed look telling her she need to give Killian more than that.
“Some sort of female royalty. We’re not sure and that’s the problem. She needs to be able to control water but we don’t know who. So we’re going to hopefully find some old records in the library to help us out. You in?”
“Good. Let’s go.”
The group headed out with Robin following behind them. He parted ways when they got to the library, intent on seeing his son. The group of four then entered the library planning on finding out exactly who they were looking for.
In the meantime Zelena stormed into her cottage, furious at the blatant attack on her. She didn’t know what they were thinking, the royal idiots, but she had felt that tug informing her they were leaving and she couldn’t have that.
She needed that baby.
Once she full calmed herself by admiring her reflection, she grabbed the dagger and went to the underground cellar.
But when she arrived something was amiss. She squatted and ran her hand over the wooden doors. Something wasn’t right.
“The lock.” She murmured.
The witch scanned the area but the all that remained was broken pieces of a once powerful lock. Her face twisted into anger and she flung to door open, storming down the stairs. There was no way he was gone…he couldn’t be…
He wasn’t. There in his corner was Rumplestlikin. He hadn’t moved an inch. But Zelena was not fooled. Raising the dagger above her, Zelena stormed over to his cage, With an anger so strong she grasped the cage and shook it violently.
Gold turned around to face her, hate and fury swirling in his eyes.
“Why were they here? I demand you tell me.”
Rumple tried to resist. He truly did but it was futile. She had the dagger and he was forced to do her bidding.
“They wanted to find a way to kill you.”
“Oh? And what did you tell them?”
“That there was someone capable of destroying you.”
Zelena opened the cage door and walked up to Rumple putting the dagger to his throat.
“What are you talking about? Answer me!”
“There is one who can defeat you. She has the power.”
Zelena pulled back and threw Rumple into the wall. He banged his head brutally and fell into a slump on the floor.
“They can’t stop me. I’ll find this person myself and kill them before they even get a chance to attack me.”
Zelena slammed the cage door shut and walked up the stairs.
“They will succeed you know, This girl…she is capable of many things. Water is her speciality.”
Zelena pursed her lips and turned to face him, her eyes glinting cunningly, “It’s a shame that your rescuers plan will be foiled then…isn’t it?”