Silence fell over the room, and each doctor, except Whale, stared at Regina expectantly.
Despite this, however, she found that she couldn't care less about what they were thinking about, the only thing on her mind was the fact that Emma was apparently pregnant. She couldn't say that it wasn't something that she wanted, but this certainly wasn't the best time for it to happen. All she could think about was whether her wife's new found darkness could be infecting the growing bundle of cells. She didn't think that she could handle having an evil child, especially if she was half as irritating as Emma seemed intent upon being.
"What was that?" House finally asked, a calm look came over his face after a moment, and he added, "so Cameron learnt some deadly parlour tricks?"
Regina rolled her eyes and didn't even bother answering, it was obvious that the man didn't believe what he was saying and she honestly didn't have the energy to explain.
"Whale!" came another Australian voice, this time female.
The doctor turned around and faced the woman who called him.
"What's up Belle?"
"Rumpel's awake," she replied while taking a deep breath.
Regina pinched the bridge of her nose and hoped for a moment that the outsiders would think that they had misheard the name, but then a thought occurred to her and she began making her way to the former Dark One's room.
House, Foreman, Thirteen and Chase each narrowed their eyes at the woman, before they seemed to make their decision at the same time to follow the brunette.
After a short walk, they came to a room where a middle aged man sat drinking a cup of water.
It was clear that what the woman had said was true, the man had clearly just woken up from a long sleep. A moment later, the Australian woman that they had heard in the hallway ran up behind them, along with Doctor Whale, who just looked completely and utterly fed up with the entire situation.
Gold looked over the rim of his cup at each new person in the room and then with an audible gulp, he placed it on the side and looked over at the former Evil Queen.
"Has a lot happened during my absence?" he smirked.
Regina rolled her eyes as soon as she heard the familiar infuriating voice and replied, "I have a question for you."
"And you brought back up?"
Regina looked over and seemed to realise for the first time that she had been followed and instantly scowled, "may I please have some privacy?"
"Nope," House replied simply, which only made her scowl deepen.
Regina clenched her fist to prevent the formation of a fireball, and said as calmly as possible, "I don't really have the energy, or desire, to explain to you what just happened."
"What did happen?" Gold asked curiously.
"Emma tried to kill the blonde one," Whale replied and instantly clamped his mouth shut when the brunette shot him an evil look.
"I had no idea our dear sheriff had it in her," Gold laughed, "but then again I suppose she isn't truly the saviour anymore."
"Saviour?" House asked with a furrowed brow, this whole situation was beginning to spiral way past what he had tried to rationalised it to be, and now it seemed that there was more to learn.
Regina rubbed her temples and turned to Whale, "could you take them somewhere else and explain?"
Whale's eyebrows shot up and he suddenly got the urge to say 'no', but instead he just nodded, since he had the feeling that someone was close to being incinerated if the mayor didn't have the chance to talk with her former tutor.
"All of it?" he asked in a squeak.
"Yes," she sighed, "just take them anywhere but here."
Both House and Chase looked as if they were about to protest the arrangement, but they still dutifully followed when Whale led the other two out of the room.
"Seems as though you've had quite the eventual few weeks, your majesty," Rumple commented once the door had snapped shut.
Regina sighed and finally allowed herself to fall into the seat next to the bed, across from which Belle stood. She knew that if Rumple didn't have the answers that she was looking for, the bookworm would at least know where to begin her research.
"I certainly have, but irritating doctors are not what I need to talk to you about," she replied after a moment.
Rumple raised his eyebrows with a small smirk on his face and said, "there's more?"
"I'm assuming that you have already been informed about Emma."
The man nodded and replied, "rather ironic, but I suppose it makes quite the story for young Henry to write about."
"Shut up," Regina said instantly, it was becoming clear that the now powerless man was trying to stall for as long as possible. She was sure that many of his cowardly tendencies would have returned, but centuries of power had clearly made him much more prideful then he once was. To the untrained eye, he looked very much the same as he always had in Storybrooke, but to the woman that had known him for decades, she could see cracks in the façade that he was desperately trying to keep the topic of conversation off him. "I have an important question."
"And why would I be obliged to give you an answer?" he sneered after a flash of fear crossed his eyes at the queen's tone.
Regina tilted her head and smirked, "because it would appear as though you no longer hold any bargaining chips."
Rumple took a deep breath, and nodding replied, "what is your question?"
"What exactly could the darkness infect?"
The man considered this for a moment, before he replied, "I suppose you could say that it infects every cell of a mortal being. Are you having dreams of getting your wife back?" he laughed, "there is one very specific way to be rid of the darkness, and I don't think you would appreciate it."
Regina tried to ignore the second part of his statement, deciding that attacking the defenceless man was not something a 'hero' would do, even if he was being infinitely annoying. Instead she asked the pressing question on her mind, "every cell?"
Rumple tilted his head at the woman's worried expression and he replied, "I suppose so, why?"
Regina took a calming breath, and said, "so if the mortal housing the darkness were to be pregnant?"
The former Dark One blinked a few times at the new piece of information, before his expression became one of deep thought.
"I don't know," he finally admitted, and at the same time, the pair turned to the other woman in the room, who also seemed to be considering the revelation.
Once she realised that the two were staring at her, she shook her head and said, "I don't believe that it has ever happened before, but then again, most Dark One's have been male."
Regina sighed and asked almost desperately, "do you not even have a guess as to what could happen to her?"
"Her?" Rumple asked with a smirk.
"It's basic biology you insufferable imp," she snapped, before she turned back to his wife with a much softer expression as the man cowered slightly in his bed.
Belle looked at Rumple for a moment, before she turned her attention back to the mayor and replied, "I believe that in a normal case, the darkness could attach itself to the growing child, and therefore become a part of its DNA."
Regina nodded in understanding, before she asked with a furrowed brow, "this is not a normal case?"
"Well...this is just a theory, but Emma has more light magic than...anyone in recorded history..."
"Meaning?" Regina prompted.
"As a product of True Love, your child should have the strength to fight the darkness, and since Emma is also the product of the same kind of love, it's kind of like she has double protection," Belle explained.
Regina nodded and let out a sigh of relief, even though it was only one issue amid a sea of problems, she couldn't help but feel as though it was at least a start.
"Where is Emma?" Belle asked after a moment of silence.
The mayor pinched the bridge of her nose and replied, "she managed to get the dagger and disappear."
"You were outwitted by a Charming?" Rumple laughed.
Regina rolled her eyes, and replied, "apparently she isn't as much an idiot as I have always assumed."
A/N Hope you guys enjoyed :) Reviews would be much appreciated.
I need to thank Quindecim for helping out with this fic, and as always, my amazing beta QueenApples XD
I'll probably start trying to update each fic once a week, but it will honestly depend how much uni work I have :)