In “Hat Trick” they implied Grace’s mother being dead, but also not really. The line he uses is, “because of my work, she lost her mother.” You could read into that she’s still alive but lost, perhaps in an other dimension?! I’m still finding it hard to believe that him travelling through hats would somehow kill her? Perhaps next season we might find out! Even meet her!
Maybe I’m reading waay too much in to this but who knows? I’m still a firm believer that Alice is not Grace’s mother though.
What do you think?
Title: Eyes on Fire
Author: Simple Ruse
Fandom: Once Upon A Time
Summary: Takes place during “Hat Trick” but Mary Margaret was not abducted. Emma was driving to a crime scene when she hit Jefferson. Also Alice is not Grace’s mother. After the failed attempt of escape, Emma has to answer to Jefferson, and the consequences.
Type / Pairings: Jefferson/Emma
Warnings: Eventual bondage, smut, mad hatter being all psychotic, the usual.
Spoilers: Spoilers for Season 1, specifically 1x17 “Hat Trick”
Disclaimer: Don’t own any of the characters, just having my wicked way with them.
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Oh yes, I firmly hold with the idea that the physical confrontation at the end of Hat Trick was stemmed in a deep sense of betrayal. I’m not saying that excuses actual violence, by any means, but this is a man who’s lost his marbles a few times over. The loss of Grace, the abandonment, loneliness, the knowledge that he is the only one (that he knows of) who actually knows who he is and where he came from. And in comes Emma, the only person who can save him from all that. I kind of think he fell in love with her from afar, that he romanticized her because of her roll as the savior. Just look at this shot of him, after she tells him she’ll try to help him:
He has hope for the first time in thirty years. Its the first time anyone has bothered to listen to him, and he is battered throughout the whole conversation. When she calls him insane, when she says “You think you’re the Mad Hatter.” He doesn’t think, he knows, and he’s been afraid of being called crazy ever since he came to this world. It isolates him. He knows it’ll be hard for her to believe such a crazy story, that’s why he talks about it rationally and calmly at first with her. And then his worst feels are realized: its not working. And in a last ditch effort to get her to believe (maybe her believing well get it to work), he bares the part of his soul that is most deeply wounded. And it almost, almost works. She actually shares in his emotion, his pain of being so close yet so far from his child. But by now Emma’s made up her mind that if she doesn’t do something now, she’s never going to get away. She knows desperation and what it does to people. And that’s what the physical fight was about. To have hope dangled in front of him and then jerked away so suddenly and forcefully, with another “you’re crazy” shoved down his throat….
I’m not saying he did the right thing. I’m just saying I think I understand him a bit.
Reblogging because this is awesome. This was my reaction the entire time I was reading.
One of my favorite bits of Sebastian’s acting in Hat Trick is when Emma names him (sort of). “You think you’re the Mad Hatter.” The way he shifts uncomfortably and then quietly says, “My name is Jefferson.” No, I am not mad. I am not insane. And the first time she says he’s insane. The look on her face. It’s not fear, it’s pity. And he just blinks rapidly and then has to unclench his jaw before he can respond.
Clearly being called crazy, being called mad, is a trigger. For good reason. And making a guy trust you, making him feel that confiding in you was the right thing to do only to turn around and make your escape after calling him crazy one more time. It’s kind of like bear baiting. Not excusing him and the physical fighting and the aftermath at all, just thinking about it from that perspective.
I love this whole conversation, y’all. ;D
What I really loved about how he reacts to being called insane is that — he knows he’s not crazy now, because he has been in the past, and he knows what that feels like. He can tell the difference. So the denial does not come lightly. It is not a knee-jerk reaction. It is an absolute statement of fact. But to hear that still, to be so powerless to prove just how sane he is — you can see all the frustration of it on his face, how he’s struggling to keep from losing his temper about it, trying so hard to take the rational and patient route. Then Emma does something that is, from his point of view, really pretty low (from hers, fairly reasonable, considering the kidnapping and threatening and her priority of getting herself & Mary Margaret out safe) — and he loses that control. Desperation, anger, and panic take over.