Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for fans who are not caught up on (or have never read) Once Upon a Time (especially FrankenWolf shippers), Little Women, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and J.R. Ward's The Shadows
In the most recent season of Once Upon a Time, the showrunners made good on the promise that had been implicit ever since Mulan (Jamie Chung) first gazed longingly into the limpid blue eyes of Princess Aurora (Sarah Bolger): They introduced a lesbian romance into the plot. However, to the surprise of pretty much everyone, that romance did not involve either Aurora or Mulan. Instead, werewolf Ruby (Meghan Ory) fell in love (over the course of a single episode) with Kansas farm girl Dorothy (Teri Reeves), and the two ended the episode–having achieved the fastest HEA ever recorded on OUAT, the producers of that show being noteworthy for the glee they take in separating lovers for seasons at a time–living the dream back in Oz.
I mean, yay! Great! Love is love is love is love is love! But at the same time…a tiny part of me (okay, maybe not such a tiny part) admits to some abashed disappointment. You see, I’m one of those crazy folks who shipped Ruby and the womanizing Dr. Whale (David Anders)…hard.