A/N Don't own the characters yadda yadda yadda if I did Swan Queen would have been cannon by now. This is un beta'd so probably gonna have some mistakes.
Regina stood with Snow's heart in hand she could see the darkness growing when the phone call came. Henry was in the woods alone. It was perfect, maybe she really could win, the potion was made all she needed to do was get Henry to drink it. But how? Then she remembered whose heart she was holding.
Just because she wasn't planning on killing Snow didn't mean Henry would know that. Henry would drink the potion if he thought she would kill Snow White. In a cloud of purple smoke she transported Snow and herself into the woods where she knew Henry would be. She knew her son.
"Henry what are you doing?" Regina was taken aback seeing her son trying to light stack of dynamite.
"I'm destroying magic!" He shouted.
"The only thing that's going to do is get you hurt." She tried to convince him but he lit a match.
Regina magicked away the explosives before Henry could meet the flame to the fuse. Henry was tempted to light another match just out of spite but stopped when he heard something. That's when he saw the glowing heart and he realized he and Regina weren't alone.
"Whose heart is that?" Henry asked fearfully.
Regina didn't need to answer as Snow finally came forward, still whimpering half because of fear and half due to the shame she felt for tricking Regina into killing Cora.
"Henry run." Snow yelled at the boy.
"Mom, don't do this." Henry begged.
Hearing him call her mom was almost enough to get her to stop this most recent attempt at vengeance. Maybe her mother had been right to take out her own heart but she quickly shook the idea from her head, still this was her chance. Henry would forgive her for all of this once he drank the potion she told herself.
"Henry I'm doing this for us," Regina pulled out the vial.
"No you're not your doing it for you." Henry pleaded.
Regina paused… was he right? This potion wasn't the answer she was about to spill the potion on the ground when Charming, Emma, and Neal showed up. Charming immediately pulled his gun and with a sneer Regina squeezed Snow's heart.
"Stop this." Charming demanded.
Regina continued to glare daggers at them, "Miss Swan, do you know what they did?"
"Don't." Emma stopped her. David had told her a version of what had happened. Emma knew it wasn't the whole story but right now she didn't really want to hear the whole thing.
"Did they tell you how the oh so good Snow White tricked me into killing my own mother." Snow let out a loud sob but Regina continued. "Now what kind of a person does that?"
Every as brash and impulsive as her father, Emma ran at Regina. Regina was not expecting it and they both tumbled to the ground knocking both the vial of potion and Snow's heart out of Regina's hands. In that moment everyone froze. The heart and potion were just out of reach then time seemed to start again as everyone scrambled to get them first.
"Enough!" Regina and Emma yelled simultaneously, Regina having regained control of Snow's heart but Emma having grabbed the vial.
Everyone froze again. Regina and Emma stood and glared at each other. Charming stood protectively over his wife and Neal had taken a stand next to Henry.
"Hurt her and I smash it." Emma pulled the cork from the glass and looked between Regina and Snow.
"Smash it and she dies." Regina growled magically bringing Snow to be right next to her. Regina had given up the idea of using the potion on Henry but there had only been enough ingredients for one dose of potion and it could be useful later.
The standoff seemed to last for hours but probably only lasted a few seconds.
"Miss Swan, just give me the vial and I'll give Snow back her heart." Regina offered realizing that like so many times before, this plan was no going well for her.
Emma hesitated looking around everyone watching, waiting for her to save them. Was it really so long ago that she was living in Boston working as a bailbonds person? Yet now here she was in a forest with her parents, her son, her son's father and her son's mother locked in a blood feud. Rumple had said the only way to end a blood feud was with more blood but Emma couldn't believe that was true. There was always another way. Regina just wanted love, Emma knew what that was like, and even with her limited knowledge of magic Emma knew this potion wasn't the answer.
"Give Snow her heart back." Emma looked at Regina.
"You'll destroy the potion." Regina eyed the blonde skeptically.
"Regina, I promise I won't destroy it if you just give Snow back her heart.
"Emma don't do it," Snow shouted but Regina cut her off.
"Very well Miss Swan." Regina pushed Snow's heart back into her chest. "Now my potion."
Emma stood hesitating she couldn't give it to Regina. Before she knew what she was doing the vial was empty and the faint taste of chocolate lingered in her mouth. There was a chorus of objections from everyone.
"What have you done?"
It might have been Regina who asked the question but Emma was still in a bit of a haze. What had she done? Emma looked at her family fear clearly etched on their faces. Then she saw Regina her face was as always the hardest to read, there was fear, anger and if Emma had to guess hope. Emma wondered was Regina so desperate for love she would even take her in Henry's place?
"Emma?" It was definitely Regina's voice this time.
"Your potion didn't work witch!" Charming shouted triumphantly at Regina and he walked over and patted his daughter on the back.
"I just wanted to win for once…" Regina said more to herself as Henry ran to Emma and threw his arms around her waist.
Everyone turned to go, none casting a second glance at Regina, none except Emma who saw not and evil queen but a woman who was very alone.