In The Shadow of the Toll Bridge is a Once Upon a Time AU in which, rather than remembering his cursed memories of David Nolan's life in Mr Gold's shop during The Shepherd, Prince James regains his memories of the Enchanted Forest and, when he meets Mary Margaret Blanchard at the toll bridge that night, his kiss brings back her memory of having once been Snow White. The plot evolves from there, as Snow, James and their allies work to bring down Regina's dominance over Storybrooke and restore the happily ever afters to their world.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Actually Pretty Funny: Snow reacts this way when she learns James wound up "married" to the "nag with the bad attitude" in Storybrooke. James is decidedly less amused.
- Anti-Magic: As the only creature to reverse one of Circe's spells, Adam is immune to all enchantments, meaning he's the only person in Storybrooke not under the spell. As a result, he was imprisoned and drugged in the asylum for 28 years.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Poor, poor Abigail.
- Composite Character: Rodmilla Tremaine, Ella's stepmother is a composite of Lady Tremaine and Rodmilla de Ghent.
- Death Faked for You: Michael Tillman.
- Fish out of Water: Adam is only person in Storybrooke not under the spell, which means he has no memories and no understanding of how the "real world" works. The fact that he was drugged and imprisoned in an asylum really doesn't help.
- Good All Along: Maleficent.
- Happy Marriage Charade: James and Kathryn. Later, James and Abigail have one of these, pretending to be madly in love to throw Regina off the scent while carrying on with Snow and Fredrick respectively behind Regina's back. It also turns out that Phillip and Aurora had one of these, as Phillip married Aurora out of duty and Aurora was in love with Phillip's cousin Lucas. They do appear to have been friends despite this, however.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Phillip and his cousin Lucas.
- Not His Sled: Aurora's true love is in fact Philip's cousin Lucas.
- Original Character: Several of them. Justified, as this fic was written before we were introduced to many of the major characters of Once Upon a Time, and so characters such as Adam, Phillip and Ariel are very different from their incarnations on the show.
- Decomposite Character: Because of this, Adam was split from his actual incarnation: Rumplestiltskin.
- Touch Telepathy: Emma develops this ability.
- Warrior Prince: Adam, James and Phillip, among others.
- Yandere: While Gaston's feelings for Belle are genuine, he's manipulative, controlling and willing to do some pretty underhanded things to keep her at his side.