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After The Sunset

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(Some time has passed since the events under the Jabberwocky’s dark cloud and people are slowly getting back to normal. Or at least as normal as things get in this supposedly quiet, forgotten corner of Maine.)

(Standing in the main hall of the castle, Hook, Maleficent and Lily wait to be escorted to the dining room.)
Hook: (Sidling up to Maleficent:) “You know, pink really does suit you.”
Maleficent: “Just trying to match the decor.”
Hook: (Looks around:) “It certainly is a colourful place, Arendelle.”
Maleficent: “And colder than a witches t-”
Lily: “Guys! Can you please just behave yourselves for one night? Ugh, I could strangle Anna for suggesting this.”
Maleficent: “Oh I think it’s sweet. I mean, if we are going to be in-laws, we should get to know each other.”
Lily: “Mother, no one said anything about that.”
Maleficent: (Quietly, to Hook:) “Give it time.”
(Hook chuckles as the footman enters the room.)
Footman: “Her Royal Highness will see you now.”
Hook: “About bloody time.”
Lily: (Shooting him a look:) “Dad!”
Hook: (Forces a smile:) “After you, poppet.”
(Lily turns and smiles at the Footman who leads them into the dining room.)

Dining Room.
(Anna is still going over the dishes, wanting everything to be perfect.)
Anna: “Hurry, I want everything ready before they get here. Uh, chocolate fondue goes there. Chocolate toast, chocolate julekake. And chocolate ice cream. Oh, Elsa, I don’t know what dragons eat.”
Elsa: (Chuckles:) “Anna, I’m sure all of this is fine. They’re here to see us, not the food.”
Anna: (Sighs:) “You’re right. I know you’re right.”
Elsa: “And besides, who could possibly not like…”
Anna/Elsa: “Chocolate.”
Kristoff: (Standing by the fireplace:) “Uh, guys, they’re here.”
Elsa/Anna: (Turning towards the door:) “Hi!”
Lily: “Hey, this all looks…”
Maleficent: “Delicious. (Picking something from the table and popping it in her mouth:) Mm. I’m famished.”
(The sisters share a relieved smile.)
Kristoff: “So, Captain, can I get you something to drink?”
Hook: “Aye, rum, if you have it. (At Maleficent and Lily’s glares:) Or… anything that you have will be fine.”
Kristoff: “Ice cold beer?”
Hook: “Perfect.”
Elsa: “Let’s eat!”
(With murmurs of agreement, both families take their seats around the table.)

Storybrooke. Outside The Sorcerer’s Mansion.
(Exiting the Mansion, Emma and Regina stand and face Zelena and Henry.)
Emma: “Are you sure this is what you want?”
Henry: (Nods:) “It’s the right thing to do.”
Regina: “And you think it’ll work?”
Henry: (Shrugs:) “It’s the best shot we have.”
Zelena: “I think it’s a wonderful idea, and very sweet.”
Henry: “Thanks.”
Emma: “Do you want us to come with you?”
Henry: “No, I can handle it. Besides, you guys have barely been alone recently, I’ve got this.” (With that, Henry turns and heads down the mansion steps.)
Zelena: “I’ll make sure he’s all right. Henry’s right you know, you’ve barely let him out of your sight in weeks. That must be the longest you two have gone without f-”
Regina: (Eyes wide:) “Thank you, Zelena. Just… make sure he’s back home before midnight.”
Zelena: (Winks to Emma:) “That should give you two plenty of time.”
Regina: “Zelena!”
Zelena: “I’m going, I’m going.”

Swan-Mills House. Kitchen. A Short Time Later.
(Emma and Regina are in the kitchen talking. Regina is making them tea as Emma leans against the counter.)
Emma: “Do you think we’re doing the right thing, letting Henry do this?”
(Placing two cups on the counter in front of them, Regina moves to stand beside Emma, folding her arms.)
Regina: “Being the Author was always far too much responsibility for Henry. By relinquishing that power, he finally has a chance at a normal life.”
Emma: “You mean like Alice?”
Regina: (Smiles:) “Well I doubt that girl will ever be normal, but she and Robin certainly seem happy together.”
Emma: “Can you believe they moved into my parents old apartment?”
Regina: (Chuckles:) “Obviously Snow didn’t tell them about what we got up to in there.”
Emma: “Well have you told Henry about what we did in his room while he was away?”
Regina: (Suddenly serious:) “He must never know.”
Emma: (Laughs, playfully elbowing Regina:) “Relax, I don’t want to scar him for life either. Here. (Moves to pull out one of the kitchen stools for Regina:) So, did we decide which car we’re taking for this road trip?”
Regina: “Is that still happening?”
Emma: “Oh come on, it might be the last chance we get to travel anywhere for awhile.”
Regina: (Considers:) “You may be right. (Takes a seat on the stool:) Thank you.”
Emma: (Smiles:) “You’re welcome.”
Regina: “Well whatever car we decide on, it has to have plenty of room.”
Emma: “Right. Which would rule out my car.”
Regina: “One of many reasons.”
Emma: (Chuckles:) “Hey, we managed a surprising amount of different positions in the bug.”
Regina: “Each more undignified than the last.”
Emma: “You weren’t complaining at the time.”
Regina: “Hm.” (Sips her tea.)
Emma:(Taking a seat on another stool:) “Speaking of undignified, do you remember what happened at our bachelorette party yet, or are you still blocking it out?”
Regina: (Mock offended:) “I’m not blocking anything out, I genuinely don’t remember what happened. All I know is that I never should’ve entered a drinking competition with your mother.”
Emma: (Eagerly:) “Do you want me to tell you?”
Regina: (Eyes her suspiciously:) “All right. I suppose I should know.”
Emma: “Well, it’s not as bad as you may think.”
Regina: “What I think, is that I got blind, stinking drunk and passed out.”
Emma: (Laughs:) “Oh, it was much worse than that. (Regina groans:) So you don’t even remember the strippers?”
Regina: “Strippers?!”
Emma: “Yeah, well ‘exotic dancers’ from Agrabah. Zelena arranged it with Jasmine. They were pretty hot. Lily thought so too.”
Regina: (Scoffs:) “Coming from a fire-breather, that’s saying something.”
Emma: “Elsa seemed to like them. She kept magicking more and more ice around herself.”
Regina: “Some queen’s have no self restraint.”
Emma: “Ha! Funny you should say that.”
Regina: (Wincing:) “Oh god… I didn’t try and dance with them did I?”
Emma: (Chuckles:) “Hey, who’s telling the story?”
Regina: “Sorry, please continue.”
Emma: “When I went to check on Elsa, Lily almost crashed into us, sliding on the ice. I was just about to introduce them to each other when you came yelling at Elsa. (As Regina groans once more:) Something about 'Get away from my wife you Ice Sl-”
Regina: “I did not call her that, did I?”
Emma: (Laughs:) “Yep, loud enough for everyone to hear.”
Regina: “So that’s why she avoided me at the wedding.”
Emma: (Nods:) “I’ve arranged for us to have dinner with Lily and Elsa next week. You can work on your apology till then.”
Regina: (Groans once more:) “Please tell me that’s how the night ended?”
Emma: “Well, that pretty much ended Elsa’s contributions. But there was still the karaoke to come.”
Regina: “No!”
Emma: “Oh yeah. Despite what she said, Zelena couldn’t resist. It was a lot of fun actually. Mom and Dad sang a number and Zelena sang this song I’d never heard of before. Something about wicked always winning.”
Regina: “Did I…”
Emma:We sang 'Lay All Your Love On Me’ and ended up making out.”
Regina: “In front of everyone?”
Emma: “Mmhmm. Last thing I remember is suddenly finding ourselves back home before you pushed me onto the bed and passed out on top of me.”
Regina: (Cringes:) “Sorry.”
Emma: “Oh, I’m not. Trust me, you have more than made up for that night since then.”
Regina: (Smiles:) “Mm, we have, haven’t we?”
Emma: “No question about it.”
(They lean in and share a long, soft, unhurried kiss.)
Regina: (Sighs contentedly:) “I love you, Emma.”
Emma: “I love you, 'Gina. Always.”

(Tiana peers out from her balcony at the people gathered below, before stepping back inside.)
Tiana: (Smiles:) “I want to thank you, Will, for your help these last few weeks rebuilding Wonderland. But mostly, for being with me, through everything.“
Will: "Tiana, I’ve been many places in my life for one reason or another. Since Alice was locked in that tower and for a long time after, I never felt I had a home. That changed when I met you.”
Tiana: (Taking his hands in her own:) “It’s funny, many people have come and gone from Wonderland, but only the most special ones ever discover what it’s truly about.”
Will: “Finding love?”
Tiana: “Finding yourself. I spent so much time worrying about how I would be the queen these people deserve, that I never stopped to consider for a moment that I didn’t have to do it alone. With you, I feel I’ve finally found the Prince I’ve been looking for. Am I right to be putting my trust in you to help me protect the people of Wonderland, Will?”
Will: (Smiles, leans in and kisses her cheek:) “I won’t let you down.”
Tiana: “You better not.”
(They share a good natured laugh then together, they step out onto the balcony, welcomed warmly by the cheers of the crowd.)

Enchanted Forest.
(Anastasia and Drizella sit in the gardens of their restored family home. Anastasia pours the tea but sees that her sister is lost in her thoughts.)
Anastasia: "Drizzy, please talk to me.”
Drizella: (Flatly:) “There’s nothing left to say.”
Anastasia: “Try. For me? It’ll make you feel better.”
Drizella: (Sighs:) “When you died, my life became darkness. You were always the one bright light that guided me home. I loved you more than anyone. Gothel convinced me that you could be replaced, but she was wrong. She tricked me.”
Anastasia: (Nods, squeezing her sisters hand:) “Go on.”
Drizella: “Gothel gave me a chance at finding a new home, a new family, but all she taught me was death and destruction. I’ve done some horrible things because she pushed me to do them, but I can’t blame her for everything I did. Gothel may have opened the door, but I was the one who walked through it.”
Anastasia: “You were grieving, you didn’t know where to turn.”
Drizella: (Shaking her head:) “I thought turning towards darkness would help me cope with the pain of losing you, of losing my family. I should have known all along that family and love? That’s where the strongest magic comes from.”
Anastasia: (Kisses her sister’s hand:) “I love you, Drizzy.”
Drizella: (Smiles:) “I love you, Ana. I’m just so sorry that we had to come back here. The memories this house holds…”
Anastasia: “Then we’ll leave.”
Drizella: (Scoffs:) “Right, ‘cause we have so many other options waiting for us.”
Anastasia: “Drizella, don’t you see? The realms are united now. We can go wherever we want and start over. There are many places filled with magic and wonders beyond all imagination. Where anything is possible. Where we can be whoever we want to be.”
Drizella: (Wiping her eyes:) “Sounds lovely.”
Anastasia: “It will be, you’ll see.”
Drizella: “Oh Ana, after what I’ve done, I can only drag you down.”
Anastasia: “No, together we hold each other up. As long as I’m with you, I’m ready for anything.”
(Caught up by her sister’s eternal optimism, Drizella pulls her in for a tight embrace, her spirits lifted at the thought of a brand new beginning.)

(Aladdin and Jasmine stand together looking out upon their kingdom as Tinker Bell flies by on her way home to Neverland.)

Enchanted Forest.
(Henry leads Robin along the port side streets towards a tavern.)
Robin: “Henry, what are we doing here?”
Henry: “Hold on, we’re almost there. (They reach the outside of the tavern:) Okay so, ever since what happened with the Jabberwocky and what I did using my Author powers, I’ve been trying to find a way to get rid of them.”
Robin: “Yeah but, if you’re no longer the Author, doesn’t the position move to somebody else?”
Henry: “That’s what I’ve been trying to prevent. See, everyone thought I could be trusted with the Author’s pen, but I let them down.”
Robin: “No, Henry you didn’t-”
Henry: “Robin, it’s okay, I know what I did. Anyway, I think I’ve finally found a way to do it. Now that the Sorcerer and his Apprentice are gone, there’s no one left to make sure the Author does the right thing. I mean, I could literally throw the pen away and be free of it all, but I just can’t take the chance that someone else would find it.”
Robin: (Nods:) “Okay…”
Henry: “Inside this tavern I’ve found someone I trust that I can give the Author’s pen to, and they can then take it someplace where it can never do anymore harm.”
Robin: “Henry, that’s great! But, why am I here?”
Henry: “Well, I kinda had to break the rules a little bit. Authors aren’t supposed to do what I did.”
Robin: “What exactly are we talking about?”
Henry: (Hands her the Author’s pen:) “It’ll become clear once you’re inside. Oh and Robin, remember, this is just a glimpse.”
Robin: “A glimpse? (Henry opens the tavern door and ushers her inside:) I don’t-”
(Robin spots a man standing alone by the fireplace.)
Henry: (As Robin walks further inside:) “I’ll leave you two alone.”
(Henry closes the door and Robin draws closer to the man.)
Robin: “H-hello?”
Robin Hood: (Stepping into the light:) “Hello, Robin.”
Robin: (Moving closer:) “Daddy? (Removes her glasses:) I-is it really you?”
Robin Hood: (Nods:) “It’s me, my angel. I’ve been watching, and I couldn’t be more proud of you.”
Robin: “You are? (Robin approaches her father and, her hand trembling, reaches out to touch his face. Gasps:) You’re really here.”
Robin Hood: “Yes I am. (They hug each other tightly for a long moment, before parting:) Come, we’ve so much to talk about and so little time.”

Storybrooke. Granny’s Diner.
(It’s singles night at the diner and Ruby and Mulan share a booth.)
Mulan: “Ruby, remind me why we’re here again?”
Ruby: (Smiles:) “For moral support. These are our friends.”
Mulan: (Glances over her shoulder:) “Dr. Whale is your friend?”
Ruby: “Well, he’s… a fellow resident of Storybrooke? He’s the town doctor and also, a pretty generous tipper. So there, that’s plenty of reasons. (At Mulan’s look:) Okay, fine. The guy’s been feeling a little down lately and I promised I’d try and fix him up with someone.”
Mulan: (Rolling her eyes:) “After they found out what I’d done, the men in my village were too intimidated by me. Not that I’d have considered any of them to begin with, mind you.”
Ruby: (Smiles, shaking her head:) “You’re such a Gabrielle.”
Mulan: (Scoffs:) “A Gabrielle? I’m the warrior here, clearly I’m a Xena.”
Ruby: “I wouldn’t be so sure about that. I mean, I’m the one with the dark past and the uncontrollable blood-lust.”
Mulan: (Laughs:) “And how many battles have been in?”
Ruby: “Plenty, since teaming up with you.”
Mulan: (Considers:) “That’s true.”
Ruby: “And, I might add, we’ve won every last one of them. So what do you say to that?”
Mulan: “I’d say… I’m lucky to have you as a partner and, I’m glad I don’t have to worry about this dating stuff.”
Ruby: (Placing her hand on top of Mulan’s:) “And you never will.”

Elsewhere In The Diner.
(Dr. Whale is on a date with Dorothy, who is staring at him as he speaks.)
Dr. Whale: “So, in conclusion: I want kids, marriage, true love. I’m open to all of it. How about you?”
(Dorothy continues to stare at him coldly for a few more moments, causing Dr. Whale to fidget uncomfortably in his chair.)
Dorothy: (Leaning forward in her seat:) “You know something? You are so not my type.”
Dr. Whale: “Oh.”
Dorothy: (To the waitress:) “Hello, miss? Can I get this food in a doggy bag? Thanks. (To Whale:) No offense but, my dog is waiting for me and… well I just don’t want to be here anymore.”
Dr. Whale: (Nods:) “No, no. I totally understand.”
(With that, Dorothy stands, collects her food and leaves the diner. Unable to stop herself, Mulan bursts out laughing.)
Ruby: “Shh, don’t be mean! (As soon as she says this however, Ruby notices Whale begin to flirt with the waitress at his table:) Oh. Nevermind.”
(Soon the women’s laughter fills the restaurant as other couples continue their dates around them.)

Enchanted Forest. Past. Dark Palace.
(Regina sits at the head of a long table, eating her supper, alone.)

Storybrooke. Swan-Mills House. Present.
(The house is filled with family members. Zelena and David stand talking and laughing together, as Neal is held in his father’s arms. Robin and Alice place a basket onto the table.)
Alice: (Removing the cloth covering:) “Compliments of my brother and the Queen of Wonderland, we brought some of Tiana’s beignets.”
Emma: (Taking one immediately:) “Mm. These are amazing! Why does Tiana want to waste her time being queen when she could make a fortune making these?”
Regina: “Hey, Robin. How was your Dad?”
Robin: “Oh, he was fine. He took Henry’s pen with him and… yeah, he’s at peace.”
Regina: (Nods:) “We miss him every day.”
Robin: “Yeah, me too.”
Emma: “How about we all get some food?”
Henry: “Yeah!”

Rumplestiltskin: “Did someone say food? (Everyone turns to see Belle and Gideon arrive beside him:) Seems our timing is perfect.”
Regina: (Smiles:) “As usual.”
(Snow walks over to greet Belle and Gideon while Rumple stands, looking Regina up and down.)
Rumplestiltskin: “You’re glowing.”
Regina: (Chuckles, tears in her eyes:) “I know.”
(The former mentor and student share a long overdue embrace.)
Rumplestiltskin: “I’m so happy for you, Regina.”
Regina: (Whispered:) “Thank you. (As everyone takes their seats around the dining table, Regina stands prepared to make a toast, Emma smiling beside her proudly:) When I look around this table here today, I can’t help but think back to how my life used to be. I thought my story came to an end a long time ago, and then new people came into my life. People who gave me a second chance. (Raising a glass:) Here’s to family, and being together. Always.”
Everyone: “Always.”
(Taking a seat beside her wife, Regina stares lovingly into Emma’s eyes. As the rest of the family begin piling food onto their plates, Emma leans in for a kiss, moving her hand to rest upon Regina’s baby bump. Placing her own hand on top, Regina returns the kiss as we fade to black.)

The End.