AU - Regina is successful in putting herself under her sleeping curse after returning to The Enchanted Forest. She finds her way into the burning room only to discover that she’s not as alone as she thought she’d be under this curse. Henry, who’s memories of this place are now gone (along with his memories of her) is there with her, and is now reliving all of his fears of this “new nightmare”. But just like the first time, Regina intends to protect Henry and keep him safe anyway she can.
Every night he returns to the room and every night she’s there waiting for him. She tells him stories, bedtime stories that he reminds her he’s far too old for (though he listens and loves every one) of better places. Of a Queen and a Little Prince and the adventures they shared and the “Happily Ever Afters” they had.
They spend a year like this, keeping each other company and getting to know one another, until the day when he finally finds her.