With the birth of Anastacia, things slow down quite a bit in the palace. Sno now spends most of her time taking care of Anastacia, while Charming has taken the lead in teaching Selena. He is teaching her how to talk and read. He’s such a proud father to both his girls. And tonight, Selena is celebrating her eighth birthday, with a party.
Esther is busy supervising food preparations, making sure the castle is clean and tidy, and double checking the guest list. Charming and Sno thought long and hard about inviting Regina, but in the end, they decide not to.
Tonight, Royals from all across the land show up for Selena’s party. She’s received, among other gifts, a cake made in her honor and a dance with her Father. Things are going remarkably well. Then there is a loud boom from the grand hall.
“Move! Out of my way!” someone calls loudly.
Charming is shocked to see Regina. She shoves her way into the ball room.
Charming sends Selena to Sno and she runs toward her, while Charming proceeds to engage with Regina.
“Regina, what are you doing here? This is a private party! Invitation only.” Charming says pointedly.
“Oh, calm down Majesty. I’m only here to see my daughter blow out her candles.” she replies pleasantly.
Charming glares at her, “You are mistaken. Selena is MY daughter.” he snarls through gritted teeth.
Regina smiles, “Your daughter? That’s laughable.” she says, rolling her eyes and pointing at him. “Although, I have heard a rumor that you do have a daughter. One who is actually your daughter.” she says still smiling.
Charming glares at her angerly. “Leave now!” he demands.
Regina purses her lips and again rolls her eyes, before sweetly replying sarcastically, “Please. Majesty, you would deny that I see my grand baby?”
Charming huffs, and asks annoyed, “So, why have you really come? Can’t you see that things are well here. Selena is growing up with a Mother AND a Father. She’s a bright child with an even brighter future.”
Regina purses her lips in disgust. “The fact still remains, Highness,” she sneers, “She is my Daughter. I gave birth to her. Now, if you would excuse me, I have someone I have to see.” Regina says with a smile.
Regina pushes past Charming and approaches Sno.
Sno frowns as she sees her coming, and sends Selena back to her father.
“And who is this?” Regina demands sweetly, presenting herself in front of Sno, “Such a tiny little thing. Not more than a couple months old. I have heard so much about this new child…”
“Stepmother. This is Anastacia. Yes, she is only a few months old. Why have you come?” Sno asks, changing the topic.. “You weren’t wanted. You did not receive an invitation.” Sno continues.
“This is my daughter’s birthday party…my little girl. The child you stole from me.” Regina replies with disgust, looking toward Selena, as she dances with Charming.
“Just remember, you always get what you deserve…” Regina says, looking down at sweet Anastacia asleep in her mother’s arms..
Regina turns on her heel and starts toward the Palace entrance.
“Don’t say I didn’t warn you..” she calls over her shoulder as she makes her way to the grand hall.