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: It's a shame. I mean... Writing a happy ending for the Evil Queen. Well, you... you've always been a favourite of mine. Very clear goals plus totally damaged personality, with a self-destructive streak? A recipe for compelling... And of all the characters I've written for, you really do get screwed over the most. Evil Queen
: I'm well aware.
August W. Booth
: There have been many authors throughout time. It's a job, not a person, and the one trapped in here was just the last tasked with the great responsibility: To record, to witness, the greatest stories of all time and record them for posterity. The job has gone back eons: From the man who watched shadows dance across cave walls and developed an entire philosophy, to playwrights who tell tales of poetry, to a man named Walt. Many have had this sacred job. Great women and men who took on the responsibility with the gravity that it deserved, until this last one. He started to manipulate rather than record. He did something, I don't know exactly what, but something that pushed them over the edge. The Apprentice
: [Back in the Enchanted Forest
] How dare you? How dare you force me to do that to that child. Isaac Heller
: Makes for a better story. The Apprentice
: Return the quill. You are ill-suited for this job. You have abused all the rules. You have lied, you have deceived us, you have forsaken your holy duty, and now you must be punished.
[He waves his wand and sends the Author into the book, leaving the quill and the book behind
] August W. Booth
: That's why the Sorcerer and his Apprentice put him in there. They're the ones who choose the Author, and they took responsibility for their error.