1) This 1000% ignores "Manhattan" and the whole Baelfire reveal, because I'm not interested in the idea that it was Emma's DESTINY to get knocked up and abandoned by the much-older and incredibly cowardly son of that asshole who is ultimately responsible for her godawful life, especially not if the show is going to try to sell any of that as being "romantic" or whatever. I'm also not here for everyone other than Regina being biologically related to Henry, and I'm especially not here for Emma being more traumatized by seeing her ex-boyfriend again than by, idk, finding out her parents are 30 year old fairy tale characters who put her in a tree when she was a baby. I mean, gosh, I really enjoyed Jennifer Morrison's acting this week, but beyond that, no thanks.
2) Actually, this is now so far removed from the show that you really ought to read parts 1 and 2 first.
3) Hook is both more competent and less gross here than he is on the show; mea culpa, I didn't realize they'd turn him into the misogynist Wile E Coyote of Fairy Tale Land when he was first introduced.
4) This is still in progress so as we go along, minor changes to what's already been posted may be necessary, but I promise they will be minor. I just wanted to get going on posting the story while I still remember why I really love Regina and Emma and why I once liked Snow and Charming and why I once thought this show would tell a fairly feminist, female-focused story about unconventional families, or something.
Thank you all for sticking around and being excited about this still (I hope!)--and as always, my endless gratitude to the Fab Four for making sure the end product is both legible and enjoyable.