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Ruby's hands shook as she lifted the glass to her lips, drinking deeply. Adam watched her in concern, his brow furrowing.
She simply nodded, holding the glass in her hands. Everything was so strange. Those flashes...they were memories, she was positive of it. They were too strong. Too distinct, to simply be a flash of nothing. And she was positive Adam was with her in this memory.
But she had called him Baelfire...
And Belle had said that was his name before Ruby had the flash...
How could she know that? Was she playing a trick on them?
Adam ran his fingers through his brown hair and sighed in frustration.
"What happened?" He whispered, confused. Ruby shook her head, then opened her mouth to speak.
"I...I don't know." She whispered back. He looked at her and ocean blue reflected on hazel green.
"I felt something. When we touched, I..." She said, breaking eye contact and looking at his hand. He chuckled under his breath.
"So did I." He muttered. She looked back at him, her heart racing. He leaned in without warning and Ruby couldn't think straight at all. She stayed completely still, her whole body numb. His lips were inches away from hers...
"Guys. Henry's here." Adam jumped away from Ruby, looking up at the door to see Emma standing there with her arms crossed and a frown on her face. He nodded and got up, walking past her. Ruby looked at Emma sheepishly and Emma raised her eyebrows.
"What?" Ruby said, blushing. Emma shook her head, chuckling and exited the room with Ruby.
Henry and Belle were looking at each other, Henry's eyes filled with excitement and Belle's just as eager.
"I knew it! You're Belle!"
"I am!" She said, smiling widely. Without warning, he jumped at her and hugged her tightly.
"Henry!" Emma exclaimed in shock, but Belle hugged him back just as tightly, a tear falling down her cheek.
"You believe me." He whispered.
"Of course I do." She whispered back.
"I thought everyone forgot!" He muffled into her shoulder.
"I could never forget. And I never will." She said, shaking her head.
"But, they don't remember and they refuse to believe me!" Henry said, pulling back from her. Belle tapped his nose with her finger and winked at him.
"Well then, it looks like it's our job to help them remember, isn't it?" She said, her accent thick with excitement. Henry nodded fervently.
"Um, what?" Emma said, confused. Henry looked at her, then Belle.
"She's the key, Belle. She's the key to helping everyone remember." He said, sniffing. Belle nodded.
"I'm sorry, I'm what now?" Emma asked, stepping forward, her eyes narrowed in suspicion. Ruby looked at all of them in confusion.
Then, a lock clicked, the entrance door swung open and Mary Margaret walked in carrying brown paper bags full of groceries.
"Emma, I need some-" She stopped dead, looking at the visitors in her house.
"Um..." She spotted Ruby, and her face broke into a grin.
"Ruby! We found you! Regina told us she sent you to Boston, but we knew she was lying! Why are you dressed like that?" She asked, putting the groceries down and looking at Ruby worriedly, taking in her blue scrubs. Belle gasped as she got a full view of Mary Margaret.
"SNOW!" She yelled, barreling into Mary Margaret and hugging her. Mary Margaret's eyes went wide with shock and she looked at Emma.
"Who is this?" She asked, patting the girl on the back. Emma rolled her eyes.
"Someone who believes Henry's crazy theory." She said, sighing. Henry glared at his mother.
"You mean, believes the truth!" He said, huffing. Emma rolled her eyes again. Mary Margaret sighed as Belle stepped back, grinning widely. Mary Margaret's eyes went soft and she smiled.
"I know that it's a cool idea...this thought of me being Snow White...but I'm not. My name is Mary Margaret and I've lived in Storybrooke, Maine my entire life." Belle shook her head angrily.
"No, you're name is Snow White, your husband is Prince James and your daughter is standing right in front of you!" Belle said, pointing at Emma. Emma threw her hands into the air.
"I can't with these people." She said, shaking her head in disbelief. Henry pulled out his book and showed it to Mary Margaret.
"You gave me this, remember? That must mean you believe it a little bit!" He said, exasperated.
"Wait! Is that my book?" Belle exclaimed, taking it from Henry's hands. Belle flipped it open, her eyes wide.
"IT IS MY BOOK!"
"You wrote it?" Henry exclaimed. Ruby looked at her in shock.
"You told me it was a little black book!" She said, confused.
"It was! I don't understand-"
"A little black book? Well, yeah that's what it was originally." Mary Margaret said, shrugging and crossing her arms.
"What did you do to it?" Belle asked. Mary Margaret looked at her.
"I still don't know who you are." She said stiffly. Belle sighed.
"I'm Belle and in the real world, the one where you ARE Snow White, we are best friends! You just don't remember!"
"Right...Belle...this black book with the stories in it was yours?" Mary Margaret asked, raising an eyebrow. Belle nodded.
"Yes. It was everything I could remember about our real lives. I was going to give it to Red-I mean, Ruby, to try and get her to believe. But Regina got to me and locked me up in that god forsaken psychiatric ward beneath the hospital-"
"Maybe she was right in doing so..." Mary Margaret muttered under her breath. Belle hit her palm against her forehead.
"I'm not crazy!"
"And neither am I. You know I'm not, Mary Margaret." Ruby said, stepping forward. Mary Margaret took in both their clothing and gasped.
"She threw you in there, too?" She whispered. Ruby nodded.
"Anyone who starts remembering...the truth." She said, frowning. Belle looked at her in shock.
"You're starting to believe!"
"No! But...I can't say I deny it either. What I saw when I touched Adam...it was so real..." Ruby said, looking back at him. He nodded.
"I felt the same."
"It's because you're each others true loves!" Belle said, grinning. Ruby sighed.
"I barely know him, Belle."
"Get back to this book of yours. So, you wrote down a bunch of stories in a little black book-" Emma said.
"The truth!" Belle said angrily, Henry nodding viciously beside her. Emma sighed.
"Right...'the truth' into a little black book, and Regina tried to stop you?"
"Yes! I was running from her and I entered this classroom and stashed the book! But then she caught up to me and I blacked out and when I woke up, I was in a cell!"
"Okay...and Mary Margaret, your part of the story?" Emma asked. Mary Margaret sighed.
"I found it under my desk when one of my drawers wouldn't closed. And I read it and I was just hooked on it. At how amazing and detailed it was. And how it added a twist, you know? To all our favorite stories. So...I took it to Mr. Gold. He's a brilliant artist, you know. Drew the photos himself! Anyway, we put the story together and gave it the title and I planned on keeping it, until I gave it to Henry! That's it."
"Mr. Gold? Who is he?" Belle asked.
"Hang on, you still haven't addressed the issue of how I'm the one who's gonna bring everyone's memories back?" Emma said angrily. Belle looked at her.
"The last thing I remember from our world was Red telling me that Snow found out from an unknown source that her baby, Emma, would return to all of us and break the evil curse the Queen set on us on her 28th birthday."
"My...my 28th birthday?" Emma stuttered. She looked down at Henry in complete shock and he grinned.
"That's why it took me so long to find you. I wasn't ALLOWED to find you until you're 28th birthday. It's your destiny." Adam suddenly stepped forward.
"And these flashes me and Ruby have? What are they?" He demanded.
"Memories! Back home, they say any curse can be broken with true loves kiss! Of course, it doesn't work here, but...I don't know, now that Emma's here, she's weakening the curse somehow! Maybe that's why you're both starting to remember!" Belle said fiercely.
"I just met the guy! He isn't my true-"
But Adam stopped her protests by grabbing her and kissing her passionately.
And Ruby's entire brain stopped functioning.
And her brain almost exploded with flashes and images.
A red cloak.
A howling wolf.
A dark castle.
Happily Ever After, Fairytale World
"Belle! I found him!" Red hissed.
Belle clanked down the stairs in her armor and Red rolled her eyes.
"You could be louder, you know...just wake the entire castle." She muttered.
Baelfire soared past them and attacked the guards in front of James's cell. Red helped him as best she could, but she wasn't very good at fighting.
If only she could take her cloak off and help...
But Baelfire dispatched the guards quickly and both were unconscious on the floor before James had even gotten to the cell door.
"Who are you?" He demanded. Red lifted her head and grinned at him.
"Red?" He said in disbelief. She nodded as Baelfire took the keys from the guard and unlocked his cell door.
"What are you doing? If you're caught-"
"James. Snow's in trouble." Red whispered. His face dropped and tears shone in his eyes.
"You can still save her! But we have to go! Now!" Red growled fiercely. James nodded, still in shock.
"Right! I have to save her! Come on, quickly!" He took off and Baelfire cleared his throat, stopping him.
"You might need this..." He said, holding out a sword. James nodded, tears falling down his cheeks.
"Right. Thank you, uh-"
"James, I know you're distraught, but you need to focus. We have to get out of here!" Red said, shaking him slightly.
"I know! I'm okay! I must save Snow..." He said, his face becoming a mask of determination. They hurried up the spiral staircase, burst through the doors-
And were met with over fifty guards, all of them with swords and maces and god knows what else.
"Well, this isn't good." Baelfire said, sighing.
"Oh no." Belle whispered. Red's heart raced frantically for a fraction of a second before it calmed once more.
She knew what to do.
She unhooked the armor from her chest and it clattered to the floor.
"Don't move, intruder!" A guard shouted. Red ignored him and looked up at sky, the full moon casting a silver glow on the entire courtyard. She took a deep breath.
"Red..." Baelfire whispered. She looked at him, then unfastened her cloak and handed it to him.
"Forgive me." She whispered.
Baelfire saw a glint of gold in her eyes before she growled and ran toward the guards.
And before his eyes, Red's hands turned into paws, her legs stretching and her body crouching over.
In the blink of an eye, she became a werewolf. She dropped to the floor, howling at the full moon and before the guards had time to react, she pounced on them, snarling and howling.
"My god..." Belle whispered, tears in her eyes.
"Red?" James said in shock. Baelfire sighed, then lifted his sword.
"We have to help her." He said fiercely. James shook his head, the nodded and let out a war cry, jumping into the fight. James and Baelfire helped the werewolf who was their friend, and even Belle pitched in, brandishing a sword of her own and fighting with as much skill as both men.
"You've been holding out on me, Belle!" Baelfire called out to her, panting.
"Apparently so have you! Red's a werewolf!" She growled back, clearly upset at being kept out of the loop.
It took Baelfire awhile to answer back. There were only a few guards left when he finally caught his breath enough to answer back.
But it was taken out of him once more when he heard a howl of pain that was definitely not human.
He spun around blindly just in time to see the soldier remove his sword from the wolf's back. The wolf collapses to the floor, whimpering.
"RED!" Baelfire roared. James sent an arrow into the soldier's chest and he fell to the floor, dead. There were no more guards.
Baelfire ran toward the wolf, the red cloak in his hands.
"Red!" He threw it over the wolf, his whole body shaking as he prayed. Prayed that it would work.
And it did.
Before his eyes, the wolf transformed back into Red.
But her eyes were wide, sweat covering her forehead.
And blood was staining her dress fast, the wound looking gruesome beneath the clothing.
"No..." Baelfire whispered. Red looked at him sadly.
"Hang on, Red. Hang on! You're going to be alright..." He said, sniffing back tears as he pressed the cloak against the wound, trying to stop the bleeding.
"I'm so sorry." She whispered, tears leaking from the corner of her eyes.
"There's nothing to be sorry for! You just hang on, alright!" He said fiercely. She smiled, but her eyes grew distant.
"Red! RED NO!" She grew limp in his arms, her eyes drooping.
"NO! RED!" Baelfire shook her, but it was no use.
She was gone.
"RED!" Baelfire screamed. She did not respond. He pressed his forehead against hers, tears falling from his eyes, to hers. He pulled back, his whole body shaking.
"Red, please come back...it's you. You're the key to saving me. I can't lose you. I need you. Please...I love you." He whispered.
But the words did not bring Red back. She remained limp in his arms. Belle was crying, kneeling down beside him and James was on his knees, tears falling from his cheeks.
Baelfire leaned in and pressed his lips against Red's softly.
What was once cold, became warm.
He pulled back, surprised.
A bright glow began forming around Red and he yelped, stepping back.
"RED!" The glow expanded, bursting through the entire courtyard. Red gasped-
and opened her eyes, looking around.
"What happened?" She whispered. Baelfire laughed in delight and hugged her tightly, kissing her as passionately as he could.
"Oh, thank god! I love you, Red! I love you so much, and I thought I lost you!" He whispered. Red smiled softly.
"I'm not going anywhere." She said. She kissed him softly and Baelfire wrapped the cloak around her more tightly.
"Red!" Belle exclaimed, hugging her best friend tightly. Red chuckled.
"Looks like true love's kiss really does work." She said. James looked down at them all.
"Ride, James! Ride as fast as you can to her!" Red said seriously, clutching Baelfire's hand. James nodded and ran to the nearest horse he could, jumping on top of it.
"Red! I'm glad you're okay!" He called out.
"GO!" She yelled, grinning. He took off as Red looked up at the full moon, then into Baelfire's eyes, kissing him once more.
Ruby gasped, pulling away from Adam.
But it wasn't Adam before her eyes...
She touched his cheek, tears falling down her face.
28 years she's been waiting, stuck in a body with no memories.
Now she remembers everything.
Her name is Red Riding Hood. She is a werewolf. Her best friends are Snow White and Belle.
And the love of her life is this man right here in front of her.
"Baelfire?" She whispered.
"Red!" He whispered back. She kissed him as passionately as she could and she moaned.
Because it's been 28 years since she's felt those lips against hers.
"Okay, what the hell is going on?" Emma demanded, turning on Belle, who was watching Ruby and Adam with tears in her eyes.
"They remembered." She whispered. Ruby broke away from Adam and looked at Belle.
"Oh, god! Belle! It really is you!" She whispered. She ran into Belle's arms, hugging her tightly.
How could she forget her? The woman who brought her and her love together? Belle giggled. Ruby turned and looked at Mary Margaret.
"Oh, SNOW!" She hugged Mary Margaret, who was in complete and utter shock.
"You think they took something at the hospital?" She muttered to Emma.
"Ugh! I can't believe I've been calling you Mary Margaret all these years! Do you remember the barn when we first met? That's what you told me to call you!" Ruby said, laughing. Mary Margaret looked at her blankly and Ruby sighed, turning to Belle.
"She doesn't remember, does she?" She asked.
"No one does." Henry said, sighing. Ruby frowned, then walked over to Adam and held his hand.
"Well, Bae and I are definitely going to help you get everyone to remember!" She said. Adam nodded.
"Ruby, I-" Emma began. Ruby shook her head.
"My name isn't Ruby, Emma! It's Red! It's been Red all along! I just...god I forgot! I forgot everything! But now, now I remember, and-"
She broke off, clutching her head tightly.
"Red! What's wrong?" Adam said, clutching her hand tightly. She looked up at him.
"My head! It's...ugh, it's about to burst!" She broke away from him and ran over to the window. She gasped.
"Oh god! It's a full moon! Where's my hood?" She said frantically, looking around.
"What hood? Ruby, seriously, don't tell me you believe all this?" Emma said in shock. Belle gasped.
"Oh god! Emma being here means the curse is weakening which means Red's curse is coming back! She's turning into a werewolf!" Belle said, sitting Ruby down on the couch. Ruby was sweating, her whole body shivering.
"What do we do, Belle?" Adam said anxiously, brushing Ruby's hair out of her face.
"I don't know, Baelfire! I don't know where her hood is in this world!"
"But it's impossible for her to turn! There's no magic in this town!" Henry exclaimed.
"But Emma's here and the magic is returning! If she doesn't break this curse, and soon, Red will turn!"
"The pain...it weakens...when you're here..." Ruby whispered, clutching Adam's hand. He smiled and kissed her softly.
"Then I'll never leave your side, Red. Never again." She smiled.
"Good." Mary Margaret watched them happily, then yelped out.
Ruby's eyes had flashed gold.
"Oh my god, Emma! Did you-"
"Yes." Emma said, her eyes wide. Belle looked at them both.
"Now do you believe me?"
Emma was breathing deeply, but she shook her head.
"No. It's impossible."
But was it truly?
"Look, at this point, I don't care if you believe me or not! But believe this: you're the only one who can stop the Evil Queen-I mean, Regina. You're the only one who can bring our happy endings back. You've already brought theirs-" Belle pointed at Ruby and Adam.
"Now help me bring back everyone else's! Help me bring YOUR happy ending, Emma!" Belle whispered.
Emma looked at Ruby and Adam-or, Red and Baelfire-, who gazed into each others eyes, then looked at Emma in determination.
She sure as hell didn't believe in this cock and bull story.
But she did believe in a happy ending. And she did believe that she was the one who would bring Regina down.
"I don't believe the whole fairytale part, but you're right. If anyone can bring Regina down, it's me. And after what she did to you, Ruby-or Red, and you Adam-or Baelfire, oh whatever your names are! Point is, after what she did to all of you..." Emma said, nodding at everyone in the room. She sighed, but nodded in determination.
"Yeah, you can sure as hell count on me bringing her down. I won't stop until Regina pays for what she's done."
Maybe planning a sequel, guess we will wait and see! Remember, R&R! Buyeeee!