Chap. 6

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It took us only around ten minutes to get to Skull Rock. The whole boat ride over I was worrying about what was going to happen next. What if it was already too late?

I watched the water as it sparkled. It reminded me of my first night here, of the adventure I was taken on. It reminded me of Peter.

Peter. What was going to happen with him? If his plan fails, obviously he was going to die. If his plan succeeds... Henry dies. I knew that no matter what, I would choose Henry over Peter any day. Henry was like a brother to me.

But a part of me still didn't want Peter to die. If he did, I'd have let him down. And maybe, as crazy as it sounded, I did care for him. Truly. I closed my eyes, already feeling a headache coming on. This wasn't going good. None of this was going good.

I felt the boat stop moving and I opened my eyes. We were at Skull Rock already. We all got off of the boat and onto the land. The world felt like it was slowly slipping away from me. My heart hurt and my mind was busy with worry.

"Y/n," Regina said. I looked up. "It's going to be okay. We're going to get Henry back."

"Yeah, I know," I mumbled.

"These are Henry's shoes," Emma said, looking at the ground. "Wendy was right. They're here."

She then walked over to enter Skull Rock but she was cast backwards.

"Are you okay?" Neal asked, helping Emma up from the ground.

"I think so," Emma said.

"What was that?" Neal asked.

Rumple spoke up. "Pan cast a protection spell."

"There has to be a way to break it," Regina said.

She tried to use a magic fireball on it but it bounced off. We all ducked and I heard Neal yell, "Careful with that!"

"We need to get in there," I said, starting to freak out.

"Hey, hey, hey," Emma said, rushing over to me to pull me in a hug. "We'll find a way, I promise."

"Try all you want but Pan's magic is too powerful," Rumple said. "At least for you." He pointed at Regina.

Rumple walked into the spell and was able to pass through freely. My eyes widened.

"Wh-" Regina said.

"Excuse me?" I said.

"How did you do that?" Emma asked.

"The spell is designed to keep anyone who casts a shadow from entering," Rumple said.

"And you don't have one," Neal said as he walked closer to the group. "You were telling the truth about ripping your shadow off."

"And Pan knows it," Rumple said. "That's why he cast the spell he did. This isn't about keeping you out, it's about drawing me in. He knows I won't give up the chance to finish what I came here to do."

"You really did come here to save Henry," Neal said.

I furrowed my eyebrows. Was he planning on hurting Henry earlier?

"I gave you my trust with that box. Now I need you to give it back," Rumple said as he held out his hand.

Neal was about to hand it to Rumple but Regina snatched it away.

"Hey!" Neal said.

Regina walked closer to Rumple. "You better come through, Gold, or I'll make whatever Pan has planned for you look like child's play. You understand me?"

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