to the anon that sent me the regina war crimes ask, it’s probably gonna be a day or 2 before i actually get my thoughts together enough to fully answer it but pls know that i got it and i’m working on it!!
#or did Snow have a go at that before so Ruby knew it would work??
And she pulls the cloak off of Red like it's her own and mounts her like yep, we're doing this, keep up, Red.
Snow White is IN CHARGE and I love her for that.
I KEEP FORGETTING THAT THIS IS A THING!!! (Because I also like repressing my knowledge about Red’s Untold Tale.)
SNOW IS IN CHARGE!!!!!! And Red loves that, too. (As does Charming. And just wait until those three sit around a campfire and there’s only a single blanket.......)
Wait, didn’t we once have a good laugh about all the Storybrooke ladies talking about their time they... rode the wolf. And everybody is like “I though I was the only one”???? Or did I imagine this? And Snow is so smug for at least being the first. Dorothy would be so pissed. “So, you do that with all the girls, Wolfie?” (At least the show manned up to give us this ONCE.)
It's the power imbalance x balance for me, with that whole Snow sitting on Red's lap, straddling her, keeping her down with just her weight.
It's the fact that Snow is not a physically strong fighter (or a friend). It's the fact that Red could lift two times her weight without sweating. It's the fact that Snow sits down and Red lets her. The fact that Red doesn't dare try to push her off, because it would embarrassingly easy, because Snow is human and Snow is Snow and Red wouldn't dare hurt her, shove her, manhandle her. Because Red loves her.
It's the fact that it's not Snow's weight keeping her down, or her tiny hands holding her wrists, or the legs around her waist, it's the fact that it's Snow, all of her, all around her, and that surrenders Red immediately. That gets to me. I am weak. You made me weak with that post. But you knew that.
Now picture all of this — all these sweet natural laws of Red Snow — broken. Imagine the dark scenario when Red does push her off. Easily. Scarily easily. Red doesn't let herself be held down anymore. Desperate, Snow tries her other tricks. Another touches, hugs, soft words, all the other natural rules she knows should work to calm Red down.
But they fail. The perfect balance in their power imbalance is no longer a sweet unspoken agreement between them (a quirk of their relationship).
Now, it's a problem.
(Yeah I made it angst. Two can fight this fight of feelings)
This is only angst if we start in a good place though. If... somebody... would write this dynamic in a sinister way (hypothetical speaking, because what monster would), than Red finding a way to throw Snow off, to not react to these touches, to this... conditioning... would be an excellent power move. (Please know I hate the original ending already and wish I had thought of all these implications sooner. But I can put it in the sequel that will take me another eight years to write.)
Angst! YES! And it doesn’t even have to be a super big deal. Like this is no live-or-die-situation where they disagree. The stakes don’t even have to be high for the ~emotional impact~. It’s a small thing where Snow does, what she does. Hold Red back. It’s how they work. It was never meant to be mean or controlling, it was just their dynamic they both settled into. Because Snow never decided anything for Red that was against any of her own interests.
Until now. Maybe this time Snow is selfish. (Snow is good and kind, she wants Red to be happy. But sometimes it’s a coin toss and for a second she can’t bring herself to be this better person.) Snow says “no, don’t do it”.
And like so many times before they end up on the ground. And Snow looks her in the eye. Maybe it’s even the hard concrete street of Storybrooke where all this is happening. Once again Red is passive, looking up, this tiny person with the strong will and the bigger heart on top. And everything is so familiar. But one decision can change this.
One flick of her wrists and Red holds on to Snow’s arms. She squirms a bit, scoots and sits up. Now they are face to face. Sure, Snow’s legs are on the outside, she looks in control for a second longer. But Red shakes her head. She always could have done this and it feels like breaking something precious. Now, this is not about hurting Snow (isn’t it somewhat humiliating enough, people looking at them and their leader getting put in place?), she won’t push her off literally, make her sit on her ass. No, Red can just stand up and pull Snow right with her.
Equal footing. Red never saw Snow being above her, but she was always happy to make her feel in charge of ~everything~. Red was happy that way. Until today. And she hugs Snow. “I know you mean well, but this is not your decision.”
Maybe this is Red leaving in a less graceful way (you know, the flashback scene). Letting go hurts. And maybe Snow needed to test Red’s resolve like this. She hugs back. They will miss each other. No doubt. Snow was so used to this form of “power” over Red, she forgot she never had any chance. It hurts. But it’s better this way, because Snow wouldn’t like herself if she ever abused this illusion Red agreed to.
Oh no... now I’m sad...... why did you make me do this?????
Credit of the fedora goes to @hollyethecurious and also credit to @cocohook38 both inspired me to give it a try , I checked its been 10 months since I last drew something ,it was fun and since Eduardo Castro gave us new material it was fair I gave it a try lol
I love drawing but since my surgery its exhausting to do it since I cant stay sitting for too long
I dream that I'm a princess who's been whisked away into a faraway castle to serve a very powerful, if not a very naughty creature. I keep house for him and occasionally this very powerful, naughty creature allows me to spend time with him. The more we're together, the more I see the man this creatures tries desperately to hide using this mask of ugliness and hardheartedness to keep anyone from getting too close to him. He can be horribly wretched at times but he can also be very generous to the extent that I can't think ill of him.
I find myself drawn to him in ways I can't explain. It’s in those rare moments as we share parts of ourselves that I feel the closest to him. I can feel him resisting but I think even he has come to realize there's a strong connection growing between us. I've come to love him with all of my heart and I believe he loves me too but sadly he chooses to not accept my love and sends me away.
Such a strange dream, isn't it? It's a dream I dream so often that it sometimes feels more real to me than the reality in which I'm living in. It certainly makes me feel happy but also such heartache when the end is drawing near and I know what's going to happen.
I feel like we should have seen more of Dr. Whale on Once Upon a Time. The only times we really saw him was when someone was hurt and had to go to the hospital. The most we saw of him in an episode was episode 5 of season 2 when his backstory was explained. I thought that Dr. Whale was really funny at times and he could have been amazing if he had more screen time.
Ruby and Regina having to hide the evidences of their relationship because: 1) it's too early to let anyone know and this bubble is so cozy and 2) it could kill Snow.
So Regina shows up with some minor bruising around her thighs, which Snow can see because that skirt is too short for a Mayor. "Oh, these? I... rode for too long." Snow smiles. "You're riding horses again? That's great, Regina! I'm glad you found a hobby!". Yeah, horses...
Ruby shows up to the Charmings weekly meeting sweaty and breathless. Snow frowns. "You've been running a lot lately. Tiring yourself out before Wolfstime, huh?" Ruby says nothing.
Snow finds a bra in Ruby's car that she's never seen Ruby wear before. It doesn't even look like it fits her properly. "Ruby?" Her friend gasps, but Snow continues. "Thrift shopping again?" Ruby nods. When Regina hears about it, she'll cast another curse.
Please know, you sent me this while I was writing that other thing in your submit box. I’m so glad we both had to write stupid SIDCU moments. I LOVE THIS!!!!
First off, yes, the cozy bubble in the beginning is super wholesome and sacred. Everything is new, and come on, they both have a very unsuccessful history in the love department (for different reasons). So just lying in bed, gazing at each other with so many feelings, suddenly feeling like teenagers who just discovered how fun boobs are... they can’t just burst into the diner hand in hand!
Also, omg, it will kill Snow. They both think about it the night they finally kiss. They talk about it, without one being surprised. It’s just... “how even do we tell her?” “I know she likes you. I know she likes me. I know she wants both of us to be happy. But I don’t think this is the way she was envisioning her future. With us. As in... us. Together.” “It is kinda weird.”
“You said you did what??” “Riding. It’s not like I was lying exactly. Snow suggested it was about horses.” “Regina!” Ruby buries her face in her hands, beet red all over. Regina walks over and hugs her from behind, whispering in her ear. “I’m not complaining about those bruises, you know. It was an excellent work-out.” She can pretty much feel the shiver running through Ruby’s whole body. Then she shakes it off. “You need to invite Snow to the stables though, plan on actual horse riding with Snow.” “But this will be free time I’d rather spend with you.” “It’s a sacrifice you have to make.”
And that’s how they end up doing very stupid things to keep up the charade.
- The incident at Snow running in on their date at the Rabbit Hole? Ruby is now officially part of the dart team, weekly training.
- Snow found them lying on a blanket by the pond? Regina needs to find money in the town budget for a gazebo (”Ruby happened to run by, helped me find a spot that would be lovely for couples”).
- Bathroom stalls at Granny’s will be renovated. “Regina made me aware of how narrow they are and the one handicapped stall isn’t enough. Thank you, Madame Mayor, a great oversight on our part.”
“Regina, why was Ruby’s car in your driveway yesterday?” “I needed a jump start. Who else should I ask, Emma with her bug?” “Where did you need to go at ten at night?” “I like to patrol the streets, show some presence, you know.” “Oh good idea, we should make that a thing, with everything that keeps happening. But with a buddy system next time!” “....... I will add it to the list of obligations.”