Redemption of a Heart: The Stable Girl Author: ariestessArtist(s): theonlysplLink to art: hereWord Count:
Word says 30383, AO3 says 30281Rating:
PG-NC17 [varies by chapter]Summary:
As the case against Mary Margaret grows, we finally learn the reason why Regina hates Snow White/Mary Margaret so much. But with a twist.Disclaimer:
Author’s Disclaimer: "Once Upon a Tme," the characters, and situations depicted are the property of Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Kitsis/Horowitz, and ABC Studios. This piece of fan fiction was created for entertainment not monetary purposes. Previously unrecognized characters and places, and this story, are copyrighted to the author. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author. This site is in no way affiliated with "Once Upon a Time," ABC, or any representatives of the actors.Notes:
This story has been a long time in the making. In fact, ever since I first heard about the episode "The Stable Boy", I have wanted to do this rewrite. It just took some time to plan out the changes and such. And then I kept finding new ideas to add in for later episodes in the first season. And thus, a new series was born. There will be more to this soon enough.
I have been doing nothing but actively obsessing over this story for at least 3 months now, even though it's been in my head longer. So many ideas, so many threads to weave together, and so very little time. LOL! I think it was the "Please, I'll be good" line of Regina's that really endeared this episode and this character to me. I wanted to explore her background in more detail, including the obvious abuse, and putting a femslash spin on it seemed logical to me. I can say that I'd considered doing this story initially with the characters as they were in the episode, but the femslash angle felt more appropriate.
The idea of joining the Regina/Emma relationship in media res, so to speak, amused and pleased me in a lot of ways. I may well go back and explore the earlier moments in their relationship. We'll see…
Dedication: My muses, as always…
Thanks to: Once Upon A Time Transcripts
, for the transcript I used for some scenes in this story; theonlyspl
, for being an AWESOME cheerleader; confessoralana
, for finding the shot of Emma that was used in theonlyspl
's graphic; Jane Espenson, for the writing sprint on Twitter last week; Lana Parrilla and Jennifer Morrison, for creating such absolutely compelling characters that I wanted to explore further; Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, for creating this show that I adore so much; and shatterpath
, for always being my cheerleader, and for putting up with this wacky obsession of mine. Y'all rock!
Beta: Many, MANY thanks to luscious_words
for the beta job on this beast. You are a goddess rock star, my friend. I SO owe you… Thanks also to traxsit
for the additional beta eyes. You rock for doing this when life was throwing you curve balls. And all remaining mistakes are completely and utterly my own fault.Link to fic: DW