alinaandalion replied to your post: Those race bending gifsets were fantastic. Which ones are your favorites?Can you imagine Regina with a little girl? I mean, I know I flail over her relationship with Henry, but a little baby girl…JUST IMAGINE IT.
okay but part of me also really does think like regina was petrified of little girls not only because of her history with cora but also because of snow
like she’d be afraid to treat an infant and small child like her mother treated her
and then she’d be afraid to be near a pre-teen/teenager because anything that resembled snow’s behavior would straight up trigger her
but ugh could you imagine the show if henry was henrietta/harriet. this little girl child with a SuperSpecialDestiny whose mothers both had SuperSpecialDestinies and how hard both of them would fight to make sure their little girl never had to live the lives they led and to make sure that she always always always had choice
ugh ugh ugh i want it so bad
also just give me LP and all the babies, no i don’t need ovaries here explode them all you want.
Oh, no, I totally think she wanted a little boy for those specific reasons that you just mentioned and then she got Henry and we know the rest of the story.
But, if it was a little girl who got caught up in all this stuff, and then you have Emma and Regina who have suffered their whole lives to fulfill someone else’s plans and prophecies and curses and then they find out their little girl is supposed to do the exact same thing…the world would BURN before they ever let that happen.
And then I’m just thinking about how when Henry was pulling away from Regina, and it would be so different if he had been a girl because even though Regina is always, ALWAYS terrified of turning into her mother, it would be even worse and she would be just so lost and on her own and trying her best and it would HURT…
Yes Lana and all the babies. I don’t even like kids and my ovaries would explode if I got to see her with baby Henry.
… ugh, babyverse headcanons incoming.
but also if we’re specifically going with the Quvenzhané Wallis fancast, if she specifically had a Black little girl the kid probably wouldn’t be as entitled and arrogant as Henry is, maybe? and might not actually pull away from Regina but rather be able to see Regina’s sadness and sorta ask herself, where does this come from?
or maybe be immediately distrustful of The Book even while terrified of it?
basically yeah i am kind of imagining Eshu’s character Keisha from her “Adam” fic in this role, which doesn’t make sense really because obvs Keisha and Henry grew up in two totally different environments. but yeah. it still seems to me like Harriet would be much less oblivious to everything than Henry is
If we go with Quvenzhane, or a girl of color, then yes, absolutely, that actually changes the entire mother/child dynamic from the child’s perspective, as well.
I mean, to go back to what I was talking about earlier with how society would operate on Regina’s adopted child—the bond between them would be emphasized and strengthened in a place like Storybrooke because of mutual outsider status/”othering.” Henrietta/Harriet would be hit with “I’m different, but Mama’s different like me.”
And I think that would probably lead to the changes you’ve said—actually seeing Regina’s sadness, doubting the Book in favor of her mother, displaying a deeper and more nuanced understanding of “the rules” and how they operate unfairly on good/innocents.
In sum: I WANTS IT.
Not exactly Regina with a little girl instead of Henry, but I did write this.