AN: Alternate ending (SQ).
Emma ran up the stairs, taking them two at a time. Regina sat in the room of the possessions she had destroyed before the accidental curse had begun. Grey dust clung to her clothes but she didn't care. She hadn't been in the room since destroying everything. It seemed suitable that she come back here now.
"I know." Emma stepped quietly into the room as she spoke and Regina twisted around to look at her.
"You tried to make me think everything was just a dream, but you forgot a couple of things."
"Was it so horrible? Having a sandcastle competition, daring each other to try on ridiculous clothes we'd never wear? The dares involving Mr Gold?"
Regina stood up. "You have no proof any of that ever happened."
She grimaced in pain as Emma grabbed her hand to help her.
"What is it?"
"Nothing. I was just sitting too long."
"No, it's your hand. Let me see." Emma was still holding her hand and didn't wait for Regina to turn it over.
There was a round mark on Regina's hand where the skin had blackened. Emma gave a low whistle as Regina swayed unsteadily on her feet.
"What did you do?"
"You saw, I destroyed everything in this room."
"Quit lying to me for five seconds. Is it going to get infected? Do you need to see Dr. Whale?"
"I think I can heal it, when my magic recovers." Regina lied, not really sure how long that would take.
Emma still looked suspicious. "It's the same size and shape as the mirror."
"Do you mind if we go into another room? I think I need to sit back down again."
Regina leant on Emma as they walked towards the door. Emma's foot kicked against something on the floor. It rolled ahead of them, a small misshapen ball.
"That's the mirror." Emma told her, pausing where they were. "You destroyed it!"
Regina's eyes narrowed. "Of course I did. I had to. It was too dangerous. Once my moth….once it told me how to undo the curse I didn't need it anymore."
"Ha! There, you admit it."
"Fine, it was all true. I also had to put you under a sleeping spell, if you must know, because I needed it to believe I was doing what it wanted. It was the only way to get the information on reversing the curse and to give me time to figure out how to destroy the mirror. Are you happy now? You can go out and tell everyone the truth, that I behaved like a complete idiot when they were all asleep and that my mother created an evil mirror to make me…"
Emma grabbed Regina's shoulders to get her attention. "Shut up." She told her and leant in to kiss her.
It only lasted a few seconds, Emma's bravery wavering as she realised what she was doing. Regina looked completely stunned and pulled back as if afraid.
"You kissed me first." Emma reminded her.
Regina opened her mouth and closed it again. Her mind was completely blank, she couldn't think of anything to say and her heart was beating against her chest so fast she felt faint.
"I'm sorry." Emma tried to fill the silence. "You don't have to say anything, I'll just go and maybe we can forget this whole thing…"
As she turned to leave, Regina shook herself out of her daze. "Wait."
Emma paused and bit her bottom lip as she spun back around to face Regina, a faint trace of hope in her eyes.
"Look…" Regina began as she took a step towards her. "I don't want to hurt you."
"You won't. You've had more than enough chances if you wanted to. In fact, you've taken care of me. You cooked for me, looked after my hand when I cut it…"
Regina smiled at Emma and shook her head. There were no words for what was in her heart.
"To heck with the rest of Storybrooke." Emma told her, knowing what was on her mind. "Do you…"
Regina reached out and brushed her good hand through Emma's hair, drawing her closer. Emma took a deep breath in anticipation and closed her eyes as their lips finally met again.
This time the kiss lasted a lot longer. Neither of them could imagine breaking it. Eventually they could hear someone ringing the doorbell and banging on the front door.
"I guess I should answer that. They're probably worried I'm keeping you here against your will for revenge." Regina laughed.
"It's just Mary Margaret." Emma said off-hand, distracted by her lips tingling.
"In that case, let her wait a little longer." Regina's eyes twinkled mischievously at Emma as she spoke and she moved towards her for another kiss.
When they finally broke apart again, Emma laced her fingers through Regina's and rested her head on the other woman's shoulder.
"I'm still feeling a little weak from destroying the mirror. Perhaps you should go down on your own." A little bit of fear crept into her voice.
"No, we face her together."
The knocking continued from downstairs.
"Before she gets over her fear and tries to break down the door." Regina agreed. "What are you going to say to her?"
"That she needs to back off, I'm not a child. I can take care of myself and make my own decisions. You?"
"That I've had time to think and I don't want to take her heart. That's something the old me would have done."
"Too late." Emma teased her as they reached the top of the stairs. "I think you've just spent the last few …weeks?…months?…stealing my heart."
Regina blushed and there were tears of happiness in her eyes at Emma's words. "You're not innocent of such crimes yourself."
Emma gave a goofy-looking grin back. "I think we need another sleeping spell for everyone, I want some more time along with this new you."
"And Henry." Regina reminded her.
"Of course." Emma reached up to gently wipe at the tears on Regina's cheeks. "You old softy."
"I'm in pain. I just destroyed an evil, enchanted mirror and my hand is injured."
"You didn't start crying until…"
They were at the bottom of the stairs, then nearly at the front door, still walking holding hands.
"What sort of things did you have in mind?" Regina interrupted. "If we had more time alone."
Emma reached for the door handle, wanting to finish speaking before she opened it. "Just some normal dates, going to the beach, the movies. Maybe spending time together doing something fun… I know a dishwasher that needs re-fixing and a doghouse that needs painting."
Emma tightened her grip on Regina's hand, refusing to allow her to let go.
"Emma!" Regina's words coincided with the door opening and Mary Margaret staring at them in shock.
AN: Wow, that was a long chapter. So, what did you think? Did you read both endings, or just one? Please review it and let me know – because I'm curious and enjoy reading about what you did and didn't like. Thank you to everyone for reading and reviewing so far, it pushed me to keep writing. Don't forget – outtakes coming soon for the story…