Author's note: Hey guys, here's my new fanfic. I rewatched season 1 to tide over the hiatus and when I watched episode 20 I wondered what might have happened if Emma would have left Storybrook with Henry.
It might be a little confusing or illogical but however, I hope you like it!

Please, read&review!


Chapter 1- Neal's decision

Neal was about to leave his apartment when suddenly his telephone rang.

UNKNOWN NUMBER.

He hesitated. An unknown number. Under normal circumstances Neal would never accept this call but something lead him to get this one just like something greater forced him to. He inhaled sharply when he picked up the phone.

"Helllo?"

"Neal? Neal, it's me. I need your help."

"August?!"

Neal clearned his throat. He was confused; why would August out of all people call him?

"What the hell is going on? And how on earth did you get my number?!"

August sighed.

"That doesn't matter right now. Listen, I need your help."

"Yeah, you already mentioned that. Just get to your point; I'm running late to work."

"It's about Emma."

The moment August mentioned her name Neal felt an aching pain.
Emma.
Even after all those years it hurts so much to think about her. Even the sound of her name hurt.

"Is-is she..okay?"

"Yeah, yeah she is."

"Well, is the curse broken then?"

A glimpse of hip rushed through his body before he reminded himself what a broken curse would mean: His father,who he had been running from a lifetime, would remember everything and try to find him. And Neal was sure about one thing: Even though he wants a life with Emma more than anything else he wasn't able to face his father. He just couldn't. Neal remembered the day August told him that Emma arrived in Storybrooke and that she was about to break the curse. He was relieved but also very afraid when he heard these news. On the one hand it would mean that Emma will finally be reunited with her family and that's what he always wanted for her but on the other hand it would mean to face the devils of his past.

"No. And that's the problem."

"Okay man, I absolutely don't understand what the hell you are talking about!"

Neal nearly screamed but this man was driving him crazy.
August inhaled deeply.

"She's gone. Emma. She left Storybrooke."

"Why would she leave?"

"That's neither here nor there. The point is that the curse needs to be broken but that won't happen if she denies to accept the truth.
She has to believe in it. In herself. "

"Well, then get her back. I thought this is your creepy part in this whole crap."

"It used to be but i failed, Neal. You know that I'm turning back to wood right? I can barely move my arms or even walk. Even if I want to I CAN'T. I can't get her back. It's to late for but it's not to late for all the others in Storybrooke. That's why I need you."

"Me?! Why me?"

Even though Neal divined what August would ask him to do he just couldn't admit it.

"You need to get her back. Back to Storybrooke. You need to convince her. To make her believe."

There he said it.

"You know I can't do this, right?

"Oh, you can and you know that. You're just too afraid. Too afraid to face her and your father."

"August..."

"Look Neal, I know you think that Emma doesn't want to see you and yes, maybe she doesn't. But that's not the point. The point is that you let her go because you wanted to do right by her. To get her home. But if she doesn't break the curse this will never happen. Your sacrifice would mean nothing. All these years wasted. Is this what you really want? You have to do right by her again just like you always do. Just like you always wanted to.
Please, Neal. The curse NEEDS to be broken. Emma needs you. You're our only hope."

Neal knew that he was right. With every word he said but it was still a hard decision to make. Could he really do this? Was he really ready to face her? Emma? Or even his father? He didn't know. He never would.

"Are you still there, Cassidy?"

Neal took a deep breath. He made his decision: No matter how hard and complicated it would be Emma needed his help and that was all that mattered.

"Where can I find her?"