Author's Note: My first once upon a time fic. I don't own OUAT nor the characters. Story written for entertainment purposes. Dialogue taken from The Cricket Game.

Chapter 1

Regina woke up with the sun in her face blurring her vision for a moment. She squinted and readjusted her eyes. She felt a pair of strong arms wrapped around her. She turned her head and smiled. Daniel was sleeping soundly. He looked beautiful and Regina just couldn't help but tear up a bit. She still had a hard time believing he was here in the flesh.

She got up carefully, trying not to wake him up. She took a shower, got dressed and headed downstairs toward the kitchen. She pulled out pots and pans and started on breakfast.

Regina thought about what transpired since Daniel came back. She started going to therapy sessions with Archie...something she never thought she'd do. Emma invited her to dinner which was kind of awkward until Henry came to talk to her. However, things hadn't ended well between her and Emma.

Regina got angry thinking about how Emma didn't think it was best for her to have Henry home. "He's my son. I'm still his mother. How dare she keep me from him? I'm trying to prove myself. I'm trying to redeem myself," Regina thought.

Her thoughts were interrupted when Daniel came behind and placed his hands on her shoulders. "Good morning Gina," Daniel said as he kissed her on the cheek.

"Morning dear," Regina answered.

"So, what has my beautiful fiancée concocted this time?"

Regina chuckled. "Well, your beautiful fiancée has made a breakfast fit for a king. We have pancakes, eggs, and bacon."

Daniel laughed. He had the most lovable laugh Regina had ever heard. She would never get tired of it.

"Regina, my queen, this king is quite thankful and will have to figure out a way to show you his gratitude," Daniel said winking at her.

Regina rolled her eyes. "Yes, dear. I'll look forward to it. Now come on before breakfast gets cold," she said.

The couple finished breakfast and headed to the living room. Daniel was still trying to figure out all the technology. He found the remote that controlled the big box with people in it. Regina called it a tv. Regina watched him as he tried to get a hang of it. She took pity on him and took the remote.

"Here, you push this button to turn on the tv. Then you push these buttons to change the channel and volume."

"Oh," was all Daniel said. Regina laughed. "Glad you're having so much fun at my expense," he said pouting a little.

"Daniel, I'm sorry. It's just you're so cute." Now it was his turn to roll his eyes. Regina smiled and kissed him. She pulled back. "Does that make up for me laughing at you?"

"I don't know. You may have to do it again. Then I'll give you my answer."

She kissed him again. He wrapped his arms around her and deepened the kiss. Regina started to unbutton Daniel's shirt but then he pulled back. "Yep, apology accepted." Daniel got up and headed back upstairs.

It took a minute for Regina to register what happened. "Why-he..." Regina got up from the couch and went to their bedroom.

Regina saw Daniel getting dressed into jeans and a casual shirt. "You know, that wasn't very nice," Regina said. Daniel lifted up his head and smiled.

"Gina, I have no idea what you're talking about."

Regina raised an eyebrow and walked in front of him. "You don't, huh?" He shrugged his shoulders. Regina sighed and started to walk away when Daniel pulled her back. He spun her around. He placed her on the bed and started to tickle her.

"Daniel! Stop, I can't breathe," Regina said laughing. He stopped after a few moments.

Regina pouted and said, "You will definitely pay for that little tease." Daniel smirked and winked at her.

"Hey, I meant to ask you last night, but how did the dinner go?" Regina's eyes got sad and Daniel regretted asking immediately.

"It started out ok. They still don't trust me," she said.

Daniel rubbed her back. "Don't worry. They'll come around. They don't know you like I do."

Regina smiled sadly. "Daniel, I don't even know me like you do. I've been lost for so long. So angry, so bitter. Honestly, I can't ask them to accept me or forgive me and expect it in an instant."

"True. All I'm saying is give it time. We know somebody sees that you are trying." She looked at him.


"Henry," he reminded her.

"Yes, Henry. You know Emma doesn't think it's a good idea for him to come here and spend the night."

Regina saw Daniel's eyes darken a little. "What? Why? You're his mother. He belongs here," he said.

Regina closed her eyes for a second and inhaled.

"I know but I've done so many things. I'm afraid I'll never get him back," she stated. She started to cry and Daniel hated it. He ran his thumb across her cheeks and kissed her temple.

"I know, Gina. Fear is real but you can also overcome your fear. Besides you have me to help you. One day, Henry will be back. Until then, let us focus on you. We'll deal with Emma and her parents when the time comes."

Regina smiled. He knew how to calm her. Make her see things differently. She looked at him and said thank you. Daniel was caught off guard. "For what?"

"Being patient with me and loving me despite everything."

He kissed her temple again. "You're welcome, love. Although you don't make it easy," he said playfully. She swatted him on the arm and laughed.

"There she is. My Gina and the queen of my heart." Regina hugged him.

"What are you going to do today?" she asked.

"Go by the stables and see if they need help. I need to do something with my time.

"Ok. I'll drive you," said Regina. See you downstairs. Regina walked out the room. "Today is going to be a good day," she thought.

She grabbed her keys while waiting for Daniel to come down. The doorbell rang. "Who could that be?" she thought. She opened the door only to see Emma at the door.