Where is she

"What do you want, Cora?" Rumpelstiltskin asked as he stared at the woman in front of him, standing there in a long dark blue dress which oddly didn't look too weird on her at all, even when they weren't back in their land.

"My daughter." Cora answered. "Where is she?"

Gold laughed. "I'm sorry dearie, but I truly have no idea. I haven't seen her since the town accused her of killing Archie. She seemed genuine however when she said she didn't do it. But, then again, who would frame someone for killing a cricket, so it must have been her, right?" Gold looked at her with a smirk on his face.

"Yes, well. It's a shame you can't help me. I wanted to offer you help in finding your son in exchange, but I clearly overestimated you." Cora said and she pretended to walk to the door of the shop.

"Try the family grave." Gold said. "She just might be hiding in there."

Cora turned around and nodded. "Good." She said. "If she is indeed there, I'll help you in return."

She held out her hand and Gold shook it firmly. "Now, let's seal this deal like we used to." She said with a wicked smile as she closed the space between their faces and softly kissed him. Just like old times.

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"Mom? Mom? Are you in there? Can I come in? Mom?"

Regina quickly snapped out of her thoughts as she thought she'd heard something. Slowly she moved to the door wrapping her coat more around her, she moved her hand past a mirror after which she could see through it. She gasped softly as she saw Henry on the other side of the wall.

Quickly she opened the door for him. "Mom!" He said as he hugged her. She carefully set a step away from him, making sure he wasn't holding her too tight.

"Henry," she sighed. "I'm so glad you came. You have to know, I have nothing to do with what happened to Archie."

"I know." Was all the boy said.

"I'm – someone framed me, and I don't know how or why or – You knew? How?" She asked confused as she realized that what the boy had just said didn't match with how upset he had been when Emma had told him.

"I knew, because I did it." And before her eyes she saw her little boy turn into the woman she feared most.

Quickly she said a step back. "Mother!" She gasped. "You – I thought we stopped you. How did you get through?" As she asked this she forgot to make sure her coat stayed closed, and she immediately knew it had fallen open as her mother's eyes grew wide.

Regina automatically held her hand protectively to her stomach.

"Well as much as I had planned out all of this, I didn't calculate this into my grand scheme of things." Cora said dryly. "You're pregnant." She added, stating the obvious as Regina was about 3 months along and starting to show.

Regina didn't answer; she just stared at her mother, eyes wide and filled with fear as she waited for her mother's next step.

Out of all the things Regina had expected her mother to do, Cora walking towards her and pulling her into a hug hadn't been one of them. "Congratulations my darling. Who is the lucky father, if I may ask?"

Regina shook her head confused. "Uh – you may not ask. How did you get here?" She asked again.

"Determination." Cora now answered. "I needed to tell you that I know why you sent me through the looking glass, and that I know why you wanted to have me killed, and, it's alright."

Regina shook her head again as she felt tears starting to fall from her eyes. "I think it's not alright." She stated.

"Regina, I love you." Cora now said. "And I'm sorry for what I've done. I shouldn't have pushed you away like that. And I should never have mad you marry the king."

Regina closed her eyes as she felt tears sliding down her face. "Go away." She then said. "You framed me for the cricket. You've ruined everything by doing so. Just. Go. Away."

But Cora shook her head. "I'm sorry Regina. I really am. I want to make it up to you."

Regina looked back up at Cora. "Fine, you want to make it up to me? Then follow me, we're going in to town. So you can tell everyone how you lied."

Cora nodded in agreement. "And then we can start over again?"

Regina smiled a joyless smile. "I don't see that happening mother. But I am - I was trying so hard, to be a better mother to Henry. And I deserve the same from you, you owe me that."

"For you, anything sweetheart." Was all Cora said as she walked after Regina.

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"These carriages, they're so strange." Cora said with a little smile as she was sitting next to her daughter in Regina's vintage Mercedes.

Regina snorted at the comment.

"Something is irritating me however." Cora said as she looked around her to see what it was. "Ah, look at that." She said as she 'found' the handprint of Henry. "For Mommy. How sweet, that used to be you. Luckily you'll have a second chance now." Cora said as she sent her daughter a fake smile.

"When, were you in my house." Was all Regina said.

"I haven't had the pleasure yet." Cora lied.

"That was in my house. You think I don't know where that was? It's one of my most treasured possessions." Regina answered coldly.

"Well dear. Letting me confess may give you some points, but as long as Emma and her parents will be around he will never be yours. You don't want their forgiveness. What is it you want?"

Regina sighed. "I want my son back." She said, her voice strangled by the tears she was trying to hold back. But that wasn't all she wanted…there was someone else she longed for, he just didn't feel the same way about her. Not anymore, or maybe he never had.

TBC

So what did you think? I know it's a little early to tell, because a lot of this was just rewriting yesterday's episode (which, apart from the Rumbelle and Regina/Cora parts really sucked by the way if you'd ask me). I promise Charming will make its appearance soon enough ;).

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