It’s early morning as Sno arrives in the dining hall. She sees that Regina is already there waiting for her.
“Sno, we need to talk..” she says seriously.
Sno frowns, but follows her stepmother away from the table anyway.
“Sno, I want you to concede the throne to your sister, Selena. After all, she is the proper daughter of the King and Queen of Eleabeth. She’s bound to be a strong leader, she’ll do what needs to be done without fear of repercussions. You? Well, you are too nice. Too…pleasant. The kingdom needs someone they can fear! And my dear, that is not you!” Regina reasons loudly.
Sno is shocked that Regina feels that she is unfit to be Queen.
“Mother, the kingdom needs a leader. A royal they can look up to, someone with values and ambition. They need a ruler they can respect and love. You have it all wrong…I’m sorry. I am the rightful Queen.” Sno continues “It’s my birth right to be Queen when my father passes. I will not step aside for Selena. Though, I will not hinder her birth right either. She shall be Queen, and a fine one, but when it’s her turn.” Sno finishes proudly
Regina looks as though she is going to explode.
“You think you’re a ruler; that you make the decisions; when you really don’t.” she replies coldly.
Stewing with anger that Sno would deny her request, Regina seeks out the King. She finds him playing his early morning chess game in the far tower.
Regina thrusts herself angrily into the chair across from the King, who doesn’t notice her.
Enraged she hollers, “Darling! We need to talk about Sno! I don’t think she is fit to be Queen! I want her to let Selena take the throne first!”
The King is taken back by this request.
“My Queen, what’s brought about this preposterous appeal? Surely Sno will make a fine Queen. She will be a ruler the people can look up to, someone to admire. Why do you ask that she forfeit her birth right? Why would you deny Sno the throne?” The King asks stunned, standing and coming around to her side, as she stands.
Regina continues her tirade.
“Sno has no business ever being Queen! She’s too, nice. The kingdom needs someone strong enough to make the hard decisions! Someone who isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done, and Selena will be that Queen. She ought be the Monarch! Sno is nothing but a disappointment to me! She’s no ruler!” Regina continues in rage.
“Calm yourself my Queen, It’s true that Sno has much to learn and Selena’s still so young. We have time to prepare for this role. If it will make you happy, I will have the blacksmith fashion a tiara just for Selena in honor of her birthday. It will speak of the promise that she will one day be the Queen. My dear, all I ask in return is you resign yourself from speaking such hurtful things about Sno. If she ever found out how you feel, it would break her heart..” The King implores.
Regina realizes there will be no convincing the king.“ Of course, you’re right, my apologies Darling. Please Forgive me. I’m not sure what came over me. No doubt Sno is fit for the kingdom.”Regina says backing out of the room.
“… but after Selena.” Regina mutters under her breath, as she closes the door.