Next to Normal (AU) Part 3, Emma/Regina, Rating NC17
Emma’s discovery at the house has far reaching consquences, not least of which is Snow going off the rails. Gold becomes further involved with Regina’s care.
Trigger warnings: suicide, suicidal ideation, hospitalisation, sedation, blood, drug use, institutionalisation, ECT, electroshock therapy.
Excerpt for the impatient:
“There aren’t many side effects,” Gold continues, as though she hadn’t responded at all. “You might feel a little hungover, afterwards.”
“I haven’t been able to drink in years, with all the pill-popping. So you’ll forgive me if I’m not thrilled at the prospect of reliving my college days.”
Oh, Henry. She gives him a look, because talking to him in front of the shrink is just asking for more trouble at this stage.
“It causes brain damage,” Henry continues. “And you know they’re just doing it to get rid of me. We were so close to being together for real, Mom. Don’t let this Ewan McGregor wannabe stop us.”
Regina snorts at that. Fuck.
“He’s here, isn’t he?” Gold asks. “Hello, Henry.”
“Can you see him?” Regina is sitting up then, the adrenalin of someone else finally understanding blowing her medication out of the water. “Over there, by the chair… oh. You can’t.”
“Because he isn’t here, Regina,” Gold reminds her. “You’ve been a good mother, caring about him all this time. But it’s time to let him go. This treatment will give you a clean slate, a way to deal with your feelings about him without the same strength of feeling about the loss. It gives you… distance, you might say. A chance to work through it.”