SO, I'M THINKING THIS IS GOING TO BE 28 CHAPTERS LONG (ASSUMING I CAN THINK OF THAT MANY SONGS). I WANT TO THANK ALL OF MY FAITHFUL READERS. YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!

DON'T OWN IT. SONG IS CALLED 'THE CLIMB' BY MILEY CYRUS.

There's always gonna be another mountain

I'm always gonna wanna make it move

Always gonna be an uphill battle

Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there

Ain't about what's waiting on the other side

It's the climb

Emma opens the door, clad in her red jacket, jeans, and boots when she's met with Regina and Mr. Gold, who seem to be arguing.

"Really?" Her annoyance shows.

"Ms. Swan." They greet in unison.

"I'm not in the mood." She pushes past them.

"This isn't something you can ignore." Regina says, and she stops.

"If you want Henry back then you're more insane than I thought." She says.

"I wouldn't imagine of asking. I know the answer."

"If you two are having an argument, can you please leave me out of it?" She attempt to walk away again, but Mr. Gold grabs her arm. "You know, you tell me to do my job, I do it, then you tell me to stop. I'm getting mixed signals."

"We have a proposition." Regina says. By now, Snow, James, and Henry are watching from the doorway, James ready to pounce any second.

"Does this have to do with the giant purple smoke cloud?"

"That would be my doing, Dearie." Mr. Gold giggles, and suddenly it clicks into place for James.

"Emma, it's magic!" He yells.

"What?"

"Magic is power." Mr. Gold grins maliciously.

"You don't look like Rumplestiltskin." Henry says from his vantage point behind his grandparents.

"That's all thanks to true wuv."

"Wait a second. We didn't use that potion on Henry… What did you do with it?"

"Isn't it obvious? I brought magic to the Land Without Magic."

"Emma! Get over here." James says. "You don't know anything about magic." Despite her track record of never backing down, Emma slowly walks backwards to her parents. She has enough common sense to know she's at a severe disadvantage.

"So what do you want?" She asks from the steps.

"Control." They say in unison. James pulls out his sword.

"The point is mute." Regina says. "Your sword can't save you. Advantage us."

"Are you threatening us or trying to kill us?" Snow asks.

"I really should've let you die on that horse." Regina snarls. "You're repulsive."

"Bad move." In a blur, Emma pulls her gun out of its holster and fires a single round through Gold, who falls to his knees. There's a brief moment where shock settles on Regina's face, but it disappears as quickly as it came. Henry is soon floating above the ground.

"Why'd you shoot me?" Gold mumbles weakly from the ground.

"She has magic, you don't." Still, Emma trains her gun on Regina. Henry flails in midair. "She played you. You're expendable. She couldn't bring magic herself, so she used you. After that, she didn't really care what happened as long as she got magic." Snow is trying to pull Henry down, but to no avail.

"You're smarter than your mother." Regina takes a step towards them.

"You're not going to hurt Henry. There's no way you'd use him as leverage."

"True." Regina says nonchalantly, and Henry falls into Snow's arms. She pulls him close. "I could use your dad." James falls to the ground, every limb bent at an impossible angle. "Cause I really don't care what happens to him."

"True love!" Henry shouts, struggling to break free from Snow, who's gaping in horror at James.

"True love is the most powerful magic…" Emma mumbles, realization hitting her. "Take me. I don't care, just leave them alone."

"Emma!" Snow screams, a sob catching in throat. She can't lose her daughter again. Regina's lips curl into a devilish smile. James gasps, moaning on the ground.

"Yes. That would hurt your mother the most." Regina motions for the Savior to go to her, and Emma obliges. They stand a foot away from each other. "Remember this?" She holds up a bag with the rest of the apple turnover in it.

"Yeah."

"Eat it." Hesitantly, Emma grabs it from the other woman. Faintly, she can hear everyone screaming at her to stop. Eyes locked on Regina's, she takes a bite and swallows. Waits. Nothing happens. "What?" Emma tackles Regina in her moment of shock and pins her hands against the ground.

"I'm the physical embodiment of true love. I guess magic and curses don't work on me."

"I hate you. Even when you're not trying you still manage to screw me over." Regina sighs in defeat.

A little while later, James comes out of the Sheriff's office to greet his family.

"The fairies are watching her." He says. "She shouldn't be going anywhere."

"How do you feel?" Snow asks, stroking his cheek.

"Sore, but I'll live." He turns to the blonde. "If you do anything like that ever again, I'll be forced to ground you for life. That was rash, reckless, and incredibly stupid." He grins. "You are your mother's daughter." Ignoring his last comment, Emma responds with,

"I hate magic. I mean, if people could just do things the easy way, less innocent people would get hurt." She glances at Henry and frowns. "You sure you're okay?"

"Yeah. It was kinda cool." Henry says.

"It's just another obstacle." Snow says, placing a reassuring hand on her daughter's shoulder.

"An obstacle would be a balance beam, or jumping over a log. This is a friggin' mountain." Emma rants before taking a calming breath.

"I see you aren't a Harry Potter fan." Henry says.

"No." She slumps down into a bench outside the station, crossing her arms, a slight pout forming on her lips. James smiles, recalling his wife's similar body language.

"Can we get ice cream?" Henry asks after a moment. "It's hot."

"Sure, Kid." Emma pushes herself off, and Henry wraps his hand around hers. Snow and James watch them walk away, Henry's voice fading.

"Can I get a dog?"

"No."

"How 'bout a hamster?"

"No, Henry."

"A cat?"

"No animals."

"A plant?"

"What do you think?"

"Fine. A rock?"

"Knock yourself out."