***** I do not own OUaT nor any of the characters ******
"Regina?" Emma looked over at her nightstand. She had to squint really hard to even see the numbers on the clock. "It's 2 am! What's going on?"
"It's Henry," Regina said thickly. From the way she spoke a chill ran down Emma's spine.
Emma jumped out of bed and was already pulling on a pair of discarded jeans and shoes. "I'm on my way over right now! I'll be there in 10 minutes."
She ran out the door and jumped in her bug. She had no idea what was going on but she knew she was needed now. Thankfully there was no traffic at this time of night. She made it to Regina's mansion in record time.
She jumped out of the car and ran up to the door wondering if she should've brought her gun. It wasn't until she had rang the doorbell and was waiting that she noticed there were no lights on and she had no idea what was going on.
Regina opened the door quickly. The house was as dark on the inside as the outside. "I've packed his stuff. I need for you to go and get him."
"What?! Get him for what? Where is he?! Regina what's going on?!"
Regina stepped aside and shoved a bag at Emma. "He's upstairs," she said shakily. "I couldn't wake him. You're going to have to."
Emma was still confused. She tried to turn on a lamp but Regina stopped her.
Now Emma heard it. It sounded like Regina had been crying. And drinking. She began to get angry. "Did you call me over here because of a drunken craze?! It's 2 in the morning and – "
Emma stopped when she heard a muffled sob come from Regina. From what she could see of the light shining through the door, she was shaking like a leaf. She had her arms wrapped tight around her and she kept her head down. Emma went to put her arm out and Regina gasped and stepped back.
Now Emma was afraid. This was the former Evil Queen. She had never seen Regina lose control like this. And asking her to take Henry was just – Emma couldn't even wrap her head around it. Regina had only grudgingly accepted that she had a place in Henry's life. She'd never willingly give him up.
"Regina, I need to know what's going on right now."
Regina took a shuddering breath. She wouldn't – couldn't even form the words. She took another deep shuddering breath. She needed to hold herself together just a little longer. She just nodded her head toward the stairs. "I need you to take Henry for a while. He's still sleeping."
"Regina – "
"Could you for once just do what I ask without turning everything into a fight?!" Regina practically pleaded with her.
Emma was still completely confused as she made her way to Henry's room. Passing the stairs she was almost overpowered with the stench of bleach. She continued upstairs, taking her time looking over her shoulder at Regina's bent head.
Emma went toward Henry's room. But, as she got close she noticed the open door to Regina's room. Her bed had been stripped. She remembered that Regina had smelled like she'd been freshly showered. Emma stuck her head inside the room.
Inside the room was also the stench of bleach. And some of the carpet looked like it had bleach stains on it. Regina was too anal retentive for them to have been there long. She walked around and caught sight of Regina's underwear on the floor. Her cheeks colored as she knew she was invading her privacy but she noticed that they weren't just carelessly thrown aside. They were ripped right through.
Emma used a pen by the bed and picked them up. She used a rubbage liner to put them in. She put them in her pocket and hurriedly made her way to Henry's room.
"Henry, Henry," she shook him awake.
Henry rubbed his eyes and sat up as Emma turned on the light. "Huh? Emma? Wha -?" He was so groggy he sat there barely processing.
"Hey kid. Your mom asked me to come and pick you up."
"What? What are you talking about?"
Regina appeared behind Emma. With the lamp on Emma could get a better look at her. She examined what she could see.
Regina's arms were so tight across her midsection, Emma thought that she was going to cut her circulation off. Her hair hung down over half of her face. She didn't bother to push it back. Emma noticed the shaking had at least calmed and was glad of that.
Regina smoothed down Henry's hair and kissed him. "Hi my little prince. I need you to do me a favor. I need you to be a big boy and go with Emma," Regina was placing his shoes on his feet as she was talking. She pulled him out of bed and began to shepherd him and Emma downstairs.
"But Mom – I don't understand. What's going on?"
Regina never let up pushing them down the stairs and toward the front door. She stopped barely long enough for her to grab Henry's coat and wrap it around his shoulders.
"It's okay. Everything's fine. This is just better. And it's just for a little while," She opened the door and nearly shoved the both of them out of the house. She gave Henry another kiss and held him for a minute. Emma thought she was going to break down but instead, she pulled back and shut the door.
Henry and Emma stood on the porch looking at one another in complete confusion.
"What's going on?"
"Kid, I have no idea," Emma didn't want to voice her fears to Henry. Whatever was going on, she knew it was serious. She put her arm around Henry's shoulders and pulled him toward the car.
"No! I can't leave my Mom. Something's going on. Tell me!"
"Listen kid, if I knew what it was I would tell you. Your Mom just woke me up and asked me to come and get you. I'm coming back first thing in the morning to find out what just happened. But for now, we're going to do what your Mom asked and get you back to the apartment. Now, come on."
Henry reluctantly allowed Emma to drag him to the car. They drove back to the apartment silently. Emma set Henry up in her bedroom while she took the sofa. Thankfully Henry had fallen asleep pretty soon after she laid him down.
She lay on the sofa and tried to fall back to sleep herself. At 4 she gave up the ghost and got the coffee pot going. She forced herself to wait until first light before making her way back over to the mansion. She was going to get some answers out of Regina whether she liked it or not.
Once Emma and Henry were gone, Regina collapsed against the door and began to cry. She pulled her knees to her chest and curled her body underneath her. She lay there in the fetal position until she was spent. Sometime in the midst of all that, she fell asleep.