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Emma Swan is a 28 year-old bail bondswoman from Boston who is strong and self-reliant, though still somehow not quite at home in her own skin. Abandoned at birth, Emma grew up in the foster care system. She has learned to rely only on herself, never letting anyone else get close enough to let her down. She takes a special pleasure in out-maneuvering skips on the job, and seems to prefer hauling them in by their ears.
When Emma was 18 years old she got pregnant and, knowing she was in no position to raise a child and wanting to give him the best chance possible, decided to give him up for adoption. But when Henry, her now 10 year-old biological son, runs away from home and hunts her down in Boston, Emma agrees to drive him back home to Storybrooke, Maine.
During the ride, Henry tells her a seemingly outrageous story: everyone in Storybrooke is a fairy tale character trapped in time by the Evil Queen with no memory of who they truly are. He believes Emma is the long-lost daughter of Snow White & Prince Charming and that it is her destiny to free the enchanted inhabitants of Storybrooke.
Of course, Emma doesn’t buy it. She’s a skeptic with an uncanny knack—call it a "superpower”—for knowing when people are lying. But, man, Henry sure does seem to believe what he’s saying. When Emma returns Henry to Regina, Regina tells Emma it’s time for her to leave town and stay out of Henry’s life. Emma knows she doesn’t quite belong in Storybrooke, but something about Regina raises her hackles... and from the moment she decides to stay, strange and mysterious things begin to happen.
[Character and writer are both well over the age of 18. ABC owns Emma Swan and OUAT, and Jennifer Morrison owns herself. Icons were passed along to me without credit, so please, if you recognize one, drop me a PM and I'll adjust it.]