Shit. Wow. Sorry for the wait, you've heard it a thousand times. Honestly though, I had this entire chapter done for months except i couldn't come up with a way to end the chapter so it's just kind of been sitting. So for that i apologize. Just couldn't get anything decent out but finally i was able to so yeah. hope you like it.
Disclaimer: I don't own OUAT
Regina pushed away from the door and unlocked it, not even bothering to wipe her face of the tears or the smile but before she could open the door or her mouth to say something, she heard a voice from outside that wiped the smile on her face clean off and heard Emma mumble from the other side of the door,
"You've got to be fucking kidding me."
With a sign Emma turned away from the door to face the very unwelcome intrusion.
"I thought I told Neal to tell you I didn't want to see you for a very long time."
"Well actually you told Neal you didn't want to see Snow for a very long time. He said nothing about me not being able to come talk to you." David stood a few paces away from the porch with his hands tucked into his jean pockets.
"No, that little message extended to both of you. You both manipulated the situation, you both went to Rumple, and you both helped Neal get me alone even though I've told you both time and time again that we are over. You knew I was with Regina and you knew I had feelings for her. You both fucked me over so yeah, I don't want to see either of you." Emma crossed her arms over her chest and gave David an expectant look. His presence was not wanted nor was it welcome.
"I- Emma, I know you don't want to hear this and I know you probably won't believe me but I came here to apologize. Not only to you but to Regina too. I could see what was going on between you and Regina because, unlike your mother, I am not blinded by my hatred and the past so much so that I cannot see what's right in front of me. I was- well I was a coward. I didn't want to anger your mother. I hate fighting with Snow and I just wanted to avoid it so I just went along with what she wanted. I may not have agreed, completely, with what she was planning but I knew about it and did nothing to stop it and for that, Emma, I am truly sorry." David rubbed the back of his neck while looking down, obviously ashamed.
"Why would you want to apologize to Regina, though? I thought you hated her." Emma had figured that it was mostly Snow's plan and her suspicions were correct but that didn't make her any less mad at David because, like he said, he did nothing to stop any of it.
"Though I don't trust Regina, I do know what love looks like and how you two would look at each other and act around each other was enough for me. I trust a love that obvious though it did take me a while to connect the dots. Snow not only wanted to get you away from Regina but she wanted to hurt her too and I just- I thought about how I would have felt if I saw Snow kissing someone she used to love and I couldn't just let things be. Not without trying to rectify them first." He looked up then, hoping so much that Emma believed him. He didn't want his daughter to hate him. Hell he had fought with Snow about this before storming out and walking over here. "I also wanted to tell her that what she saw was a set-up and that the plan was for Rumple to make her appear as Neal kissed you."
Having listened to Emma's and David's confessions Regina couldn't just stand idly by anymore. She swung the door open, startling both father and daughter. Emma spun around before taking a few steps back off the porch. She looked up at Regina wide-eyed, giving the woman her full attention. After a few minutes of silence, Emma spoke up.
"Regina, I-" But she cut off when Regina held her hand up.
"I heard everything, so now I will talk and you will listen. Charming, had this been even a few months ago I have no doubt that I would have caused both you and Snow severe pain but I am going to refrain only because it would upset Henry and I feel like I have made great strides toward becoming a less violent person. You and the bird whisperer are determined to push those limits despite the fact that you've been told time and time again to stay out of our relationship. Now, herd yourself back to your apartment and stay out of my sight or so help me…" Regina let the threat hang in the dead air around them. David nodded slowly, dipped his head in Emma's direction, and walked out of sight.
When he was gone, both women returned their attention to each other. Emma was the epitome of nervous, she was biting her bottom lip, and her hands tucked into the back pocket of her jeans as she rocked back in forth from heal to toes, her eyes cast down like she was about to be scolded next.
Regina let the silence stretch on for a bit as she observed Emma. She knew Emma was sorry, she knew she never meant to cheat on her, if she could even call it that, and that Emma was just as much of a victim as she was. She walked down the steps of her porch, closing the distance between them, and took hold of Emma's hand, silently leading her into the house. Emma was startled at first, not expecting the soft touch, but stayed quiet and let herself be led to the study. Regina sat on the couch and tugged Emma's hand lightly, urging the blonde to sit down next to her.
"I'm not angry with you, Emma." She didn't look at her as she spoke, but stared at their entwined hands. "I heard you earlier. Before you were interrupted…I-I heard what you said about loving me." She trailed off then, the words feeling so strange to her. She cleared her throat, before continuing.
"I- I'm scared, Emma. Because if this doesn't work out-"
"It will, Regina. I know you're scared and I know you're still unsure about all of this but I think you'll regret it more if we don't at least try." Emma looked at her with wide, pleading eyes and Regina knew she couldn't deny her, couldn't deny them, a chance at this budding love that just seemed to get harder and harder to brought the hand that wasn't holding Emma's to rest on her soft, pale cheek and sighed as she watched her thumb move lightly across the woman's bottom lip.
"What am I getting myself into?" She said quietly, a small smile appearing on her face. Emma's face immediately broke into a wide grin and she swooped in giving the brunette a long and eager kiss, the smile never leaving her face.
"So we're really doing this?"
"Yes, dear, it would appear that we are." She flashed the blonde a grin before taking hold of her chin and pulling her back in for another kiss.
So yes, it was David. Everyone assumed it was Snow which made me chuckle. Even Snow has to know when to just stop. There's probably only gonna be two/three more chapters for this so thanks to everyone who stuck with it! Also yes, i have been working on All your Fault. The next chapter will be out by the end of this week i fucking promise. I swear on my OTP(s) ;P