— Do I Know You?, Rumbelle AU
Do I Know You?
So here is chapter 1 of my new Rumbelle AU fic. It’s going to be darker, a bit angsty. Rated PG-13 for possible language and for darker themes, like the fall out from psychological trauma and forced drug use.
His arms were full of Belle, and they’ve been standing like this for good bit of time now, but Gold can’t help being thankful that she hadn’t protested because needed to hold her here, to hold her close to convince himself this wasn’t a dream. Billows of smoky purple slowly faded out of the trees, leaving them in a circle of quiet.
It was the very last thing he had expected, the last possible person—ever—that he expected to see in his shop. It had taken a moment, a heartbeat, for him to process the tangled and dirty hair and the shabby collection of clothing, if he could call it that, hanging loosely on her frame. Belle. His Belle. In his shop.
Physical appearance aside, it had become quite obvious to Gold that she was not herself. Much like the rest of this town, she had remained under the curse and her demeanor was nothing like the Belle of the EnchantedForest.
When he had reached for her, pulling her into his embrace, he would later admit it was more for his benefit than hers. He’d needed to feel her, to touch and know she was truly here—to know he wasn’t losing his last bits of sanity.