Belle + boys requested by anonymous
Storybrooke AU! Kathryn finds out about Belle’s attack.
“Belle!” Kathryn burst through the hospital doors, leaving Frederick outside the door. Spying her best friend lying in the bed, Kathryn’s heart stops. Bringing her hand to her heart, she grasps the necklace that Belle had given her the first necklace for her birthday when they were princesses in Fairytale Land when they had spent their first summer at Midas’s palace.
Belle laid there, still as Kathryn approached. Kathryn felt the tears, stinging her eyes. Kathryn took a deep breath as she circled the side of the bed to stand next to the comatose woman.
“I’m… I’m.. so, so sorry, Belle,” Kathryn snuffed out as the tears started to fall. “I should have been there…. I’m sorry. I should have gone with you when you asked… I thought you’d be safe… I’m so sorry.” Kathryn grasped Belle’s hand as she placed her head on the bed, tears streaming down her face.
An extremely nervous Rumplestiltskin gives Belle a very extravagant gift while trying to pretend that’s absolutely not what he’s doing aka Belle’s Library Bedroom of Wonders (What A Good Beast Boyfriend You Have, Belle)
“So if I cross this line…”
“You’ll be safe.” He stepped back and watched her hop across the line, as if she expected some strange magic to happen. Nothing did. Not anymore. The line had already done its worst to her. He breathed out unsteadily. “I know you don’t remember, but I made you a promise once, sweetheart. I promised I would protect you. And I mean that.”
She came back to the line, her toes on the very edge of it. “You could come with me.”
“No. No, my place is here. I’ve ruined enough lives. I brought this magic, this curse. It’s only right that I’m there when it ends.”
Her blue eyes searched his face. “You want me to go?”
“I…” The lie nearly choked him. He would never want her to go, not really, but she had to. “I want you to live. I want you to see the world. Have all the adventures that you never got to have because of… well, all of this. I want you to be happy. Take the car. Drive as fast and as far as you can. There’s money enough for you to live well. Can you do that? For both of us?”
Lacey shook her head. “Why are you doing this for me?”
Rumpelstiltskin looked at the woman who wore Belle’s face. “Because once,” he murmured, “a wise young woman told me there was still good in me. I won’t let you die, just because I don’t want to be alone.”
“I don’t understand.”
“You don’t have to, love.” He held out the keys. “Here. Go. Live.” He smiled briefly. “Be happy.”
Her hand closed around his and the keys, her fingers so warm and soft. “Thank you,” she whispered, “Rumpel.”
Rumpelstiltskin looked up, and Lacey wasn’t the one looking back at him. “B-Belle?”
She didn’t say anything. She just stepped back across the line and into his arms and kissed him as if the world was ending.