Something I have tried to keep hidden about myself is that I am a closet romantic. Deep down underneath all of my bourbon swigging swagger and penchant for post-apocalyptic thrillers is a girl who loves a good romance. As much as I try to hide that part of myself it’s there and today is no exception. The fanfiction I have chosen for today is a very sweet once shot of the first kiss between Emma and Neal from Once Upon a Time. 

Michael Raymond James and Jennifer Morrison as Neal Cassady and Emma Swan on Once Upon A Time OUAT Tallahassee S02E6 Michael Raymond-James 12

So. Freaking. Cute. Sigh…..

I am, and always shall be, Team Neal. My apologies to the Hook fangirls out there, but I always thought Neal was superior. This has nothing to do with the fact that the actor Michael Raymond-James can do a Cajon accent and I kind of pretend that he can be Gambit… hehe… wait… what was I talking about? Oh yes, the fanfiction. This week’s Awesome Fanfic Monday goes to Counting the Stars by mamaXunicorn of Fanfiction.net.

Who doesn’t love a story about the first kiss? In this story it recounts the author’s interpretation of what the first kiss was like between Emma and Neal. I really enjoyed this story because it shows the connection the two have, especially when it comes to being abandoned. Neal shares a little bit about where he came from and Emma sees and relates to that pain.

The author, mamaXunicorn, writes the characters very well and the words flow nicely. I like the motif that is added about looking at the stars and counting them. To be blunt, it’s romantic, but not saccharine which is important. Basically if you enjoyed and rooted for this pairing like I did you will read this, sigh, and let the stars twinkle in your eyes. As I said, I am a closet romantic and this story made a big stupid grin spread across my face. Thanks for that, mamaXunicorn.

Did you ship Emma and Neal, or are you Team Hook? Let us know in the comments below!

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