There story continues one year later in New York where Emma and Henry now reside; their glorious morning filled with hot chocolate + cinnamon is interrupted by a knock on the door revealing Hook. The final words Captain Swan spoke before the curse struck were, “quite the vessel you captain there, Swan. There’s not a day that will go by that I won’t think of you.” “Good” This scene long-established the undeniable feelings that have taken root within both of them, and though Emma doesn’t give an elaborate confession, she indicates that she appreciates him. Essentially, Emma hasn’t had the time to grasp her feelings for Killian, but his perpetual presence has become home to her; thus, knowing that there’s a man in this world whose love for her goes beyond anything she’s ever experienced is undeniably something she wants to preserve.
Unfortunately, Emma doesn’t remember Hook even when he kisses her, which intensifies the severity of the curse and the fact that he needs her assistance because her parents are in trouble. Emma completely changes the story when Henry asks about who was at the door. She could’ve said something along the lines of “wrong house” but her facial expression told a different story. Although she doesn’t exactly remember Hook, it unquestionably appears as though she felt something when they kissed – perhaps a familiar feeling of comfort? The point being, he somehow manages to find her one year later mirroring Charming always finding Snow. He authenticates the fact that he’ll do anything and everything to give her the happiness he knows she deserves by establishing that he’s without a doubt and wholeheartedly in it for the long haul. Once upon a time, Snow didn’t recognize Charming when he tried to bring her memories back with a kiss, and they’ve successfully found each other time and time again. Therefore, it’s undeniable that Killian and Emma are each other’s soul mates and that kind of love will transcend all obstacles.
Keeper of Captain Swan's first kiss