Everything Looks Better (in hindsight) – insanetwin

Read it on Archive of Our Own, art by MissLane

Lately I’ve been reading almost all Supercorp fanfic. But I knew I still had some SwanQueen fics I was curious about. I read this one first on the list and…wow! What a beautiful story 🥰. Makes me want to read more SwanQueen stories again.

In this fic, Emma and Regina are good friends. They have been through a lot together in the last 6 years. Their bond has grown stronger and stronger as a result. So strong that Emma now feels a lot of love for Regina. So much love, in fact, that she feels unrest in her life. A life she shares with Hook, but that brings her little joy. One day she wishes it was different, that she could change. And that wish comes true….

Through her wish, Emma travels back in time. The time before the curse is broken and Regina is exposed as the Evil Queen. But now Emma knows she’s in love with Regina and reacts differently than the first time to Regina’s threats and taunts. She is attentive and perceptive, and certainly not spiteful. Apparently, Regina was already fascinated by Emma and because of her remarkable behavior, she also falls in love with Emma.

The desired change is here! But unfortunately, if the timeline is disturbed too much, the future Emma will disappear, and everything will be for nothing. So, they shouldn’t give in too much to their love. A love that is very hard for them to resist. But they must! Emma will have to go back to her current timeline. And the love they have found for each other must be enough to find each other there again…… ✨.

This was a really nice story. Well written, it must have been quite difficult to keep all the storylines congruent. But insanetwin (those pen names sometimes 😁) succeeded. And more than that. She writes very nicely. Makes extensive use of visual language. I read this SwanQueen fic on one of the hottest days of the year. But the way of writing made it feel like a beautiful autumn day, comfortable and somewhat melancholy😊. And I love the Autumn 🍂.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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