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SCENE: Somewhere in the woods. Past. Snow White is running from two of the Evil Queen’s guards. They spot her and begin to chase her.

Guards: Hurry! After her! Stop!
Snow White: (She stops running when she reaches the edge of a cliff) Uhh! Oh! Really?
Guard 1: You're a long way from home, Snow White. Did you really think you could hide from the queen here?
Snow White: Actually, yes.
Guard 1: (As he and the second guard unsheathe their swords) Well, don't worry. We're here to take you back. The queen is eager to see you again.
Snow White: Not gonna happen. (Goes to the edge of cliff)
Guard 1: No, no, no! Wait! (Run towards the edge of the cliff to get her, but she jumps off before they can catch her. The guards watch as Snow White plummets into the water below with a splash. Transition to her under water, drowning. A pair of arms grab her and bring her to the surface of the water. When she’s pulled up to the surface she gasps for air. She swims around to face her saviour)
Snow White: Thank you.
Ariel: No problem. You might wanna try diving in calmer waters next time. (Snow White looks down at the water and notices Ariel has a tail)
Snow White: You're a...
Ariel: Yeah. I'm a mermaid. Name's Ariel. (Transition to opening sequence)

SCENE: Neverland. Present. At a camp. Emma is standing in front of an unlit campfire, concentrating.

Regina: Focus. Concentrate.
Emma: It's kind of hard when you're talking in my ear.
Regina: And when the wind blows or it's raining, or... someone's shooting arrows at you. Yes, concentration's hard. That's the point. Find your anger and use it to focus.
Emma: No. There has to be a way without going dark.
Regina: You're such a pathetic waste of ability.
Emma: And you're a monster.
Regina: ...Smell that?
Emma: What?
Regina: Smoke. (Emma looks at the campfire, which has no lit)
David: (Sighs) This is a bad idea.
Mary Margaret: She has it in her. She should learn to use it. We just have to trust her.
David: Yeah, it's not Emma I don't trust. (Hook enters)
Hook: (To Mary Margaret and David) We need to talk. Pan paid me a visit. He, uh... He told me that Neal is alive, that he's on this very island.
Mary Margaret: Emma saw him. He was shot. He fell through a portal. No one could survive that.
Hook: Well, he did, and now he's here. He said he took him from this very camp while we were off in his cave.
Mary Margaret: According to Pan, if he's telling the truth.
David: And, uh, why would he tell you? What does he hope to gain?
Hook: Who knows why he does anything? He has his reasons, but it's a sure bet they're not good ones.
Mary Margaret: He's telling the truth. Tracks... and a scuffle. Someone was here while we were gone. We have to tell her.
David: No, no, no. She already lost Neal once. And if this is a game, we can't put her through losing him again.
Hook: He's right. Either way, telling her is what Pan wants, which is why we shouldn't do it.
Mary Margaret: You want to find him without letting her know?
Hook: Why hurt her unnecessarily?
Mary Margaret: I've never lied to her before.
Hook: You're not lying. You're just keeping a secret until confirmation.
Mary Margaret: Secrets always seem to keep us from the people we really care about.
David: And sometimes secrets protect the people we love.

SCENE: Prince Eric's Castle. Past. Snow and Ariel are by the shore.

Ariel: What on earth would possess you to jump like that?
Snow White: You ever been chased by an evil queen?
Ariel: I can't say that I have.
Snow White: Makes you do crazy things.
Ariel: Well, that I know.
Snow White: Are you on the run from someone?
Ariel: More like on the run to someone.
Snow White: What's his name? Come on. The one thing that makes everyone crazy is love.
Ariel: Eric. He's a prince in this kingdom.
Snow White: So wait. He... Lives on land? He's human?
Ariel: Okay. Here's the thing. About a year ago, his ship wrecked, and I rescued him. I do that. He was unconscious. We never spoke, but... When I looked at his face, I just... I knew.
Snow White: Love at first sight.
Ariel: It sounds dumb. I know.
Snow White: No. It doesn't sound dumb at all. (Ariel empties her bag, which surprises Snow)Interesting.
Ariel: I collect things... And I found this. (Shows her a piece of paper) There's a ball at his castle tonight... the annual under the sea celebration honoring the sea goddess Ursula... And I was hoping to meet him there.
Snow White: How are you planning on doing that? With a tail? How did you do that?
Ariel: You really know nothing of your mermaid mythology, do you?
Snow White: Uh, probably about as much as you know about people mythology, I think.
Ariel: Good point. Well, anyway, every year at the highest tide, the legend says that the sea goddess Ursula grants our kind with the ability to walk on dry land until the next high tide.
Snow White: Which is when?
Ariel: Twelve hours. Enough time for dinner and dancing and...
Snow White: Twelve hours? Why don't you ask this Ursula for a little more time?
Ariel: Well, no one's seen her in a thousand years. She's a bit of a myth.
Snow White: Well, myth or no myth, you saved my life. The least I can do is help you find the love of yours.
Ariel: Thank you. But can you keep a secret?
Snow White: Mm-hmm.
Ariel: I'm a mermaid.
Snow White: Yeah, I got that.
Ariel: But Eric doesn't know that. So... Can we just maybe... Keep that under the sea for now?
Snow White: Isn't that something he eventually needs to find out?
Ariel: Just let him fall for me first, okay?
Snow White: Okay. Your secret's safe with me.

SCENE: Neverland. Present. David, Mary Margaret, and Hook are all getting ready to head out.

Mary Margaret: If we're gonna hide this, we need a good cover story.
David: Done.
Hook: That's no problem.
Emma: Where you guys going?
Hook and David (at the same time): Firewood. To get water.
Emma: Guys, what's going on?
Mary Margaret: Neal's alive.
Emma: Neal i... is... Alive?
Mary Margaret: Maybe. (To David and Hook) Sorry, she deserved to know. (Transition to Gold somewhere else on the island, in deep concentration)
Peter Pan: You can't see the future here. It's impossible to see the future in a place where time stands still.
Gold: I may not see the future here, but I can make one happen.
Peter Pan: Was that a threat? (He scoffs) And here I made you your favourite breakfast... eggs in a basket. I thought you could use it. You looked a little down in the dumps.
Gold: I'm fine.
Peter Pan: Sure you are, Rumple. You lost your son, Neal. Again. And Henry's unattainable because... Well, you'd have to go through me, and we both know you can't. You still like the yolk runny, don't you?
Gold: What do you want?
Peter Pan: Well, if you won't eat, then I will. (Takes a bite of food) I'm just trying to point out the silver lining in your cloudy life.
Gold: That by killing you, all our troubles end?
Peter Pan: We both know that's not going to happen, because the only way to do that is for you to die, too. You can go, leave the island.
Gold: And abandon my son? And Henry? I don't think so.
Peter Pan: Look, even if you did save them... which you won't... what would be the point? They'll never forgive you for all the horrible things you've done.
Gold: You don't know that.
Peter Pan: Have you forgiven your father? ...You see my point? Back to that silver lining... you have a nice girl waiting for you back in Storybrooke. Belle, is it? Stop this foolishness and go back to her. Make a new start. She looks fertile. Maybe a new child? You and I both know that's the only future for you... Assuming you want to live. Enjoy the eggs. (Transition back to Emma and the others at the camp)
Regina: This is a waste of time. He's toying with us.
Mary Margaret: I don't think so. Look. More scuffling. Someone was definitely resisting.
Emma: How do we know that means Neal?
Mary Margaret: Well, then someone was fighting for his life.
Regina: Are you really going to fall for this? Fine. You wanna follow the Evil Munchkin's dirt road? Be my guest.
Emma: Wait. Where are you going?
Regina: To save our son.
Emma: We need to stick together.
Regina: (She laughs) No, we don't. You may be prepared to risk Henry's life over some heartbroken fool's errand, but I'm not. I'm tired of waiting around.
Emma: What if she's right? Pan could be lying.
Mary Margaret: Just because it seems too good to be true doesn't mean it is. Don't give up. You owe it to Henry to find out if his father's still alive, and you owe it to yourself.

SCENE: Maritime Kingdom. Past. Inside Prince Eric's Castle. Snow White and Ariel are both wearing ball gowns.

Ariel: Wow! It's even better than I imagined. Do I look okay? Is this how people dress?
Snow White: You look fantastic.
Ariel: Does it fit right? Because it just feels a little...
Snow White: Tight? That's a corset. It's supposed to be.
Ariel: How do you know all these things?
Snow White: In another life, I was a princess.
Ariel: Well, perhaps you'll be one again.
Snow White: I doubt it. But tonight, you can be. (Ariel laughs softly. Snow White picks up a fork) Remember what I taught you. (She shows Ariel the fork) What's this?
Ariel: Mini-trident. ...Salad-trident?
Snow White: Fork. Salad fork. (Ariel pockets the fork) Oh. It's really not that valuable.
Ariel: There. Look.
Snow White: Is that him?
Ariel: (She laughs) Yes. That's him. He's just as I remembered. Less wet... But more handsome. (They meet eyes and smile at each other)
Snow White: Go to him.
Ariel: Just... walk over there?
Snow White: Love at first sight doesn't need much prompting. (She pushes Ariel forward. Ariel walks over toward Prince Eric but trips over her own feet)
Ariel: Oh! Uhh! (Eric approaches her)
Prince Eric: Would you like to dance? (He holds out a hand and helps Ariel get up) Might be easier than walking.
Ariel: (She laughs nervously) No one's dancing.
Prince Eric: Well, that's one of the perks of being the prince. If I want to dance, (He holds out his hand) I can. (He nods to the musicians and music starts to play) I'm Eric.
Ariel: Ariel.
Prince Eric: You look familiar. (He bows and she curtsies) Have we met?
Ariel: I don't think so.
Prince Eric: (A look of realisation forms on his face. He takes her hand and they begin to dance) I know where it's from.
Ariel: Where?
Prince Eric: I was in a shipwreck. I nearly drowned. Someone saved me. I didn't see them, but... I've had a recurring dream since then, of a face. Your face.
Ariel: That can't be. I'm new in town, so... How could I have possibly saved you?
Prince Eric: I know. Ursula's the one who saved me. And in doing so, she showed me a vision of my future. That's the face I saw. That's you.
Ariel: Ursula is just a myth.
Prince Eric: Is she? 'Cause you're right here in front of me. Now what brings you to our kingdom?
Ariel: Well... I wanna see the world.
Prince Eric: Then you and I have something in common. I'm leaving in the morning... a grand expedition... to do just that.
Ariel: What?
Prince Eric: I've been planning it for years. This shall be my final Ursula ball, for tomorrow, I'm exploring the unknown lands... the desert from this realm to Agrabah.
Ariel: You're actually doing it. I've always wanted to see the world.
Prince Eric: Then come. I see it in your eyes. You want to. Unless I've misread things.
Ariel: No. Um, I mean... Yes. I mean no.
Prince Eric: I'm pressuring you. That's unfair. How about this? Tomorrow morning, I'll wait for you. If you show up, I'll be filled with joy. If you don't, well... I may be heartbroken, but I'll understand. So nice to meet you, Ariel. (He bows and she curtsies, and the crowd applauds. Ariel walks away toward Snow White and a full length mirror)

SCENE: The Evil Queen's palace. Past. The Evil Queen and the two guards from earlier that were chasing Snow White are looking into the Magic Mirror at Snow White speaking to Ariel.

Evil Queen: Uck.
Guard 1: That's the woman that rescued Snow White. The red hair. It's unmistakable. I thought she had a tail, but yes, I'm sure.
Evil Queen: Next time you let someone fall to their death, make sure they're actually dead.
Guard 1: She looked dead.
Evil Queen: No. Death looks more like this... (She flicks her wrist and the guard's neck snaps, and he drops dead)
Guard 2: Sh-shall I lead more knights after Snow White?
Evil Queen: You boys have proved unequal to the task. (She is about to kill him, but then her face changes and she smiles) ...No. I've got a new idea.

SCENE: Neverland. Present. Peter Pan is looking through a telescope, and Felix is standing next to him. Through the telescope Peter sees Mary Margaret, Emma, and the others heading through the woods.

Peter Pan: Look at them go. So determined to find their missing friend.
Felix: Speaking of that friend... What should we do with Neal?
Peter Pan: It's time to move him. Take him to the Echo Caves. (Felix gestures to several Lost Boys, signalling for them to lower Neal's cage) The game is about to get interesting. (Transition to Gold and Belle)
Belle: You don't know what to do, do you?
Gold: No, I don't.
Belle: Come home to Storybrooke.
Gold: And just leave... Henry, my family behind?
Belle: Come with me, and we can start a new family. Our own family. That's what I want. Don't you?
Gold: No, you... you can't want anything. You're just a figment of my self-conscious.
Belle: No. No. I'm really here. Take my hand. Believe in our love, and we can go back. Take it, Rumple. Please. Come home to me. (Belle starts choking, and Regina approaches, her hand stretched out as she chokes Belle with her magic)
Regina: Enough of this.
Gold: Regina!
Regina: Are you really going to fall for this?
Belle: Rumple, st... stop her.
Regina: Don't listen to him.
Gold: What are you doing?
Regina: Showing you the truth.
Belle: (Belle collapses) Aah!
Gold: No! (Belle is consumed by a cloud of smoke and it is revealed to actually be the Shadow, which then flies away)
Regina: Look who you're really dealing with.
Gold: (surprised) Pan. (Transition to Emma and Mary Margaret)
Emma: I kissed him.
Mary Margaret: What? Who?
Emma: Hook. I kissed Hook.
Mary Margaret: Oh! Well... Why?
Emma: I... I don't know. I... I was... It's been a while. I was feeling good. I don't know.
Mary Margaret: Did it mean anything?
Emma: It... it was just a kiss.
Mary Margaret: I'm sure Neal will understand.
Emma: If he's still alive.
Mary Margaret: Emma, I get what you're doing, you know. You don't want to open yourself up to the hope that he's alive, but you should.
Emma: Why?
Mary Margaret: Because you deserve a happy ending, Emma. And happy endings always start with hope.

SCENE: Maritime Kingdom. Past. Snow White and Ariel are sitting on a bench in the ballroom, talking to one another.

Ariel: This was a terrible, terrible mistake.
Snow White: You met him. It's a start.
Ariel: More like an end. I can't ask him to give up his dream for someone he just met.
Snow White: Maybe you're the dream.
Ariel: Maybe. But I can't make him choose. It's not right.
Snow White: You can't make him choose? Or you don't want to make him choose? You're afraid.
Ariel: Of what?
Snow White: Of his choice.
Ariel: There is nothing about any of this... that's easy.
Snow White: So take my advice. Do the hard thing. Be honest. No secrets. Open your heart to love. It is so worth the risk, even if you get hurt. Then you'll know... you'll know you tried.
Ariel: I just need some time to think.
Snow White: Well, you have three hours. So I'll be here if you need me. (They take smile, take each other's hands, and then Ariel walks away)

SCENE: Maritime Kingdom. Past. By the ocean shore. Ariel, in her human form, is back in her regular clothes and standing by the water.

Ariel: What should I do? That's right, I'm talking to you, Ursula, mythical goddess of the sea. He thought you brought us together, but we both know that's lie, so... Tell me, between girlfriends, what do I do? Nothing, huh? Well, what should I expect from a long-dead myth? You gave me legs, but that's it, right? No answers? Thanks... for nothin'. (The Evil Queen emerges from the water. She has tentacles like an octopus') Ursula?
Evil Queen: Hello... Ariel.

SCENE: Neverland. Present. Regina and Gold face each other.

Regina: What is this? Amateur hour? Did you really believe that was Belle?
Gold: Why are you here?
Regina: Well, for starters, it appears I'm saving your ass. You were about to be Pan's lunch.
Gold: Oh, what do you care?
Regina: I care because I've been camping with the Charmings for a week and getting nowhere. If we're gonna get Henry, I need you. I need Rumplestiltskin.
Gold: Well, the problem, dearie, is that Rumplestiltskin can only stop Pan by dying.
Regina: You're not gonna die at anyone's hands but my own. We're the two most powerful practitioners of magic who have ever lived. The Evil Queen and the Dark One joining forces? I'd say we can find another way to handle one smug teenager.
Gold: You've never faced him. I have. And I know what killing him requires. And that is–my life.
Regina: Well, as much as I want to, maybe we don't have to kill him. If that's the case, then... Maybe we can find another way... something to contain him, some other fate.
Gold: A fate worse than death.
Regina: Now we're talkin'. There's my malevolent imp. Is there a spell you know? Something we can enact?
Gold: No. But back in my shop, I might have just the thing.
Regina: Well, why didn't you bring it with you in the first place?
Gold: Because I came here to kill him and die in the process!
Regina: (She laughs) Well, I could've told you that wasn't gonna happen. You forget, dear. I've known you a long time. I know all about your survival instincts.
Gold: Yeah, well, they just kicked in.
Regina: Good. So now we just need a change of plans. We need to get back to your shop, pick up this magical item, and then all of our problems are solved.
Gold: Crossing realms? Is that all?
Regina: Yes. That's all.

SCENE: Maritime Kingdom. Past. Ariel on the beach, staring at the Evil Queen, who is disguised as Ursula.

Ariel: You're... real.
Evil Queen: (She laughs) As real as the legs you're standing on.
Ariel: I'm sorry if I was rude before. I...
Evil Queen: My dear sweet child. Don't fret. I understand. But you're also in luck. I can help with your... dilemma.
Ariel: With Prince Eric? I have to tell him the truth, don't I?
Evil Queen: Bah! Your friend was mistaken.
Ariel: Are you sure?
Evil Queen: Of course I'm sure. If you tell him the truth... that you're from two different worlds... he won't accept that. Or you.
Ariel: How is this helping again?
Evil Queen: What if I told you that you could keep your... legs? That you can walk on land, be a part of his world... Forever, without ever telling him your secret, that you're a mermaid? Would you be interested?
Ariel: Of course. (The Evil Queen laughs to herself)

SCENE: Maritime Kingdom. Past. At the docks. Snow White is sitting at the edge of the docks, and Ariel runs up to her.

Snow White: What is it? What happened?
Ariel: Something amazing. And not just for me, but for the both of us.
Snow White: What are you talking about?
Ariel: I received a gift... a gift that will allow me to spend the rest of my life with Eric, and a way for you to escape your evil queen.
Snow White: How is that possible?
Ariel: Look. (Pulls out a bracelet and puts it on Snow White's wrist)
Snow White: What are you doing?
Ariel: This is no ordinary bracelet. (A dark green smoke forms around Snow White's legs) Look.
Snow White: Ohh..
Ariel: (She helps Snow White sit down) Here.
Snow White: What's happening? Oh! Oh! (Her legs turn into a mermaid's tail. She starts to fall, but Ariel helps her to stay upright)
Ariel: You're a mermaid.
Snow White: Ariel... What have you done?
Ariel: The bracelet is magic. I got it from Ursula. By wearing it, you get my tail, and I can keep my legs. That's the price, but it's a good price. Don't you see? You can escape. You can travel to my land... a land where the evil queen cannot follow. And you can have a life, a wonderful life, under the sea.
Snow White: Ursula gave you the bracelet?
Ariel: Yes.
Snow White: Ursula is a myth. She hasn't existed for thousands of years. She's not real.
Ariel: Yes, she is.
Evil Queen: Actually... It's not entirely true.
Ariel: What's going on?
Evil Queen: Well, well, well. Look at the catch of the day.
Ariel: Ursula?
Snow White: No, this isn't Ursula. This is Regina, the Evil Queen.

SCENE: Neverland. Present. Outside of Echo Ccave

Mary Margaret: The tracks lead directly into that cave. This must be where Pan is keeping Neal.
David: If the cave is some sort of prison, why aren't there any guards posted to stop us?
Hook: Because this prison doesn't require guards. Echo cave.
Mary Margaret: You know it?
Hook: All too well. I lost half my crew inside those rock walls. The only way to rescue someone from inside is to reveal a secret.
Mary Margaret: A secret? That's all?
Hook: Your darkest secret. Echo cave derives its name from an old saying... "the deeper the lie, the more truth in its echo." The cave demands that you reveal a truth about yourself. A secret you would never admit to anyone.
Emma: This is ridiculous.
Hook: Don't kill the messenger, luv.
Emma: Even if we spill our guts, how do we know Neal's still alive in there?
Hook: Because this is what Pan wants. He wants us to rescue him.
David: Why?
Hook: So that we reveal our secrets. He believes once we do, our secrets will destroy us.

SCENE: Maritime Kingdom. Past. At the docks.

Evil Queen: Having trouble with your fin?
Snow White: I'll figure it out!
Ariel: Snow, the bracelet. (Snow White attempts to remove the bracelet)
Evil Queen: The wearer can't take it off. Oh. Did I leave that detail out? For once, Snow, you won't be able to run away.
Ariel: You tricked me?
Evil Queen: You went to a long-dead octopus for advice, and you're going to blame me for your problems?
Ariel: This is wrong.
Evil Queen: Unh-unh-unh. Sorry, dear. You're not helping her.
Snow White: Ariel, get out of here.
Evil Queen: For once we're in agreement. Get out of here, mermaid!
Ariel: Not if you're gonna hurt my friend.
Evil Queen: You have a choice. Your friend's going to be hurt either way. The real question is whether you're going to join her. Or are you going to run off and get your happy ending? Hmm? Go on. There are no second chances.
Snow White: It's okay, Ariel. I can't keep running forever. You have a chance at happiness. That's something the queen will never have. Eric is going to leave any moment. Go to him.
Evil Queen: Listen to her, Ariel! Are you really going to give up the love of your life...? For a friend?
Ariel: I'm sorry. (She walks away)
Evil Queen: Now... Where were we? Oh, right. The catch of the day. (She uses her magic to start choking snow White, who gasps for air. Ariel runs up and stabs the Evil Queen in the neck with a fork. Regina cries out in pain, and Ariel runs up to Snow White, takes the bracelet off, and throws it into the ocean)
Snow White: What are you doing? (Her tail changes back into legs, and Ariel regains her tail)
Ariel: Hold your breath. (She dives into the water with Snow White, and they swim away)

SCENE: Neverland. Present. In Echo Cave. Emma, Mary Margaret, David, and Hook enter. Moving forward, on the other end of the cave, locked in a cage and unreachable because of a gap in the cave floor, is Neal.

Neal: Emma!
Emma: Neal.
Mary Margaret: It must be a hundred feet across.
David: Even if we fashioned some sort of rope, there's nothing to attach it to. No way to swing over.
Emma: So what do we do?
Hook: I told you what needs to be done. Consider this the moment of truth, literally. Now... who wants to kick things off?
Emma: So, what? Someone tells their secret and they sprout wings?
Hook: I don't know the particulars, only what I've been told.
David: Well, how do you know it'll work? (Hook takes a deep breath and turns to face Neal)
Hook: There's only one way to find out, I suppose. (He turns back to face everyone) I kissed Emma. (Emma rolls her eyes)
David: You did what?
Mary Margaret: David, now is not the time.
Emma: I already told Mary Margaret, so technically it's not a secret. But it was just a kiss. How's that your darkest secret?
Hook: It's what the kiss exposed. My secret is, I never thought I'd be capable of letting go of my first love... of my Milah... to believe that I could find someone else that is, until I met you. (The ground quakes and a large chunk of rock grows from the floor, forming a partial bridge to reach the part of the gave where Neal is)
David: Uh... Mary Margaret...
Mary Margaret: No, no, no. Me next. Ever since the curse broke, since we found each other, since we found Emma... And all of that happiness, there is something I haven't wanted to admit. Our daughter is a beautiful, smart, amazing woman whom I love very much, and of whom I could not be more proud. But she's all grown up. And... As much as I wanna pretend I'm okay with that, I'm not. We missed it, David. What we have with her is unique, but it's not what I wanted. We were cheated out of everything... her first step, her first word, her first smile. We missed it all.
David: What are you saying?
Mary Margaret: When we get off this island and get back to Storybrooke, I want another go at it. I wanna have another baby. (The ground quakes and the bridge extends)
David: Nothing in this world would make me happier, and I know with all my heart that you would make... An amazing mother. But it can never happen... At least not with me.
Mary Margaret: What do you mean?
David: When Hook and I went to search for the sextant, he was really taking me to find a cure.
Mary Margaret: A cure for what?
David: Dreamshade.
Mary Margaret: The lost boys, the arrow... you pushed me out of the way–
David: –I wasn't fast enough. I was hit. Hook was able to find a cure, but it comes at a price. I can't leave Neverland. If I do, I'll die. (The bridge finishes forming. Emma unsheathes her sword and carefully walks across. Half-way across, when she's sure it's sturdy, she runs the rest of the way and bends down to face Neal)
Emma: You okay?
Neal: Yeah. But Henry...
Emma: I... It's okay. We're gonna take care of him. Just need to get you out of there first. (She takes her sword and starts hacking at the bamboo bars, though she does no damage)
Neal: Wha... Emma, Emma, Emma, Emma! (Emma stops) You know that's not how this works. It's okay. You can tell me anything.
Emma: When I heard you might be here, and that you might still be alive, I knew I should be happy, but I wasn't. I was terrified. I didn't understand why until now. From the moment I saw you in New York, in the instant you stepped back in my life, I knew. I knew I'd never stopped loving you. And before I even had a chance to take a breath, I... I lost you once more, and all that pain that I had pushed down for all those years, it just came... rushing back, and I... I didn't know if I could go through it again. I love you. I probably always will. But my secret... Is that I was hoping that this was a trick. I was hoping you were dead... Because it would be easier for me to put you behind me than to face all the pain that we went through all over again. (The bars of the cage dissolve, and Neal gets out and hugs Emma. Transition outside of Echo Cave, which everyone is emerging from.)
Neal: Thank you.
David: Well, don't thank us yet. We still have to save Henry.
Hook: We found your star map, so the real question is, do you know how to get off this island?
Neal: Well, if we can find Henry, I can get us home.
Hook: Let's go get Tinker Bell and... retrieve the boy. (He, Mary Margaret and David walk ahead, and Emma and Neal stay behind)
Emma: You all right?
Neal: Yeah, I'm fine.
Emma: About what I said...
Neal: Hey. Hey, Emma, it's okay.
Emma: No, it's not. I wish I could change how I feel more than anything, but... I can't. I'm sorry.
Neal: Don't be. After everything I've put you through, you don't ever have to apologize to me about how you feel. Hey, I'm glad you told me. I have a secret, too, Emma. I'm never gonna stop fighting for you. Never. (Neal walks away, and Hook is hiding behind the brush, having listened to the entire conversation. Transition to Mary Margaret and David up ahead)
David: (To Mary Margaret) Look, I know I should've told you...
Mary Margaret: Don't. Just... not now.

SCENE: Maritime Kingdom. Past. The beach. Ariel is in the water, and Snow White crawls onto the shore.

Ariel: I am so sorry, Snow. Are you okay?
Snow White: (She takes a deep breath) Yeah. I'm fine! But you need to go.
Ariel: What?
Snow White: Eric... tell him the truth. Go to him.
Ariel: The caravan is probably long gone by now, and we're miles from the docks.
Snow White: I saw how he looked at you at the ball. He'll wait as long as possible.
Ariel: You think he's still there?
Snow White: There is only one way to find out. Go!
Ariel: Thank you, Snow!
Snow White: Go! Just go! (Ariel dives underwater)

SCENE: Maritime Kingdom. Past. At the Castle. Prince Eric is waiting on a balcony.

Man: Your Highness... It's time.
Prince Eric: Just a little longer.
Ariel: (She moves her mouth to speak the following, but no noise comes out) Eric! (She touches her throat) Eric! Eric? Eric? (Unable to hear her, Eric walks away) No, please, no, Eric! (Eric leaves and Ariel shakes her head)
Evil Queen: I told you there'd be no second chances. (Ariel looks up at the docks, where the Evil Queen is standing, looking down at her. The Evil Queen takes a seat) Hmm? (Ariel touches her throat) Oh, that. Your voice. I took it. The only thing worse about telling your prince how you feel and rejecting you is... Never telling him at all. Never knowing. Never even having... a chance at true love. That's right, dear. He's gone. Time to swim back home... Little mermaid. (Ariel dives back underwater)

SCENE: Enchanted Forest. Past. In the Dark Castle. The Evil Queen is walking and then stops when she hears a voice coming from a full-length mirror.

Ursula: Hello, Regina.
Evil Queen: You. You're real?
Ursula: (Her tentacles emerge from the mirror and she wraps them tightly around the Evil Queen) Next time you claim to be me, you'll find out just how real I am.
Evil Queen: (As the tentacles tighten) Oh!
Ursula: Don't ever do that again. (She withdraws her tentacles)

SCENE: Neverland. Present. The beach. Regina and Gold are walking along the shore, and Regina stops when she sees a conch, and picks it up.

Gold: If you think summoning a giant squid is the answer, I've already tried that.
Regina: Oh, you've had fun, haven't you? I have no intention of ordering calamari. (Regina whispers into the conch. Ariel surfaces from the water) Hello, Ariel. Long time.
Gold: It's true mermaids can travel across realms. But they can't be trusted.
Regina: This one can. We have history together.
Gold: Well, that would explain the distasteful look on her face.
Regina: And now she's going to help us.
Ariel: (She mouths "no")
Regina: Oh, right, your voice. (She waves her hand)
Ariel: Why would I help you?
Regina: Because I can give you what you want. (She puts out her hand, and the same bracelet from earlier appears in Ariel's hand) I can give you legs, Ariel, and this time, control over them. But more importantly, I can give you what you need most.
Ariel: What?
Regina: The place I'm sending you... among its residents... is your Prince Eric.
Ariel: What's the name of this place?
Regina: Storybrooke.

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