ladymsinclair asked:Can I just say how funny it is that Neal hiding of having been stuck in a timeless island for centuries is worse than Hook hiding the fact he abandoned him on said island in first place? Or the fact that the age difference between Neal and Emma is gross but not the fact that Hook dated - and ran away with - Henry's grandmother?
There’s also the fact that he still allows Emma to think that he found Eric for Ariel and she has no idea that he chose his ship over Eric’s life.
But there is no point in bringing Hook into conversations about Neal, or Neal into conversations about Hook, because it doesn’t matter. The behavior and mistakes made by one character do not suddenly make another character’s actions okay. So man CSers try to bring Neal into the conversation, but if you’re doing that then you’re pretty much just showing that you don’t have much of an argument to defend Hook.
As for the age difference… with a lot of people, I don’t think it’s the 300 years that bothers them, it’s the possible seven years because Emma was 17. And it’s understandable if that bothers them or if they’re triggered by it. But if they’re going to try to argue that the relationship is wrong or unhealthy, they’re flat out wrong, because their experience is not everyone’s experience, and there is nothing that happened in canon that shows that there was an kind of imbalance of power or maturity. There is no canon evidence that he manipulated her or took advantage of her.