Thursday, August 7, 2014

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Hello, dearies. Guess what? Today, I'm posting my first ever fan fiction! 

I strongly recommend that you [finish] watch[ing] all three seasons before reading this. If you've seen all three, don't care about spoilers, or don't plan on watching Once, then proceed! Though, if you haven't seen it, it probably won't make any sense.

It occurs exactly at the end of season three, beginning about an instant after Regina tells Emma she better not have brought anything else back [from the past].

Warning!! Spoilers ahead!

Hook got up and took Emma by the arm, pulling her away from the gathering and back outside to the very place he'd just confessed to giving up his ship for her sake.

"What have you done?" he snapped.

Emma was still a bit shell-shocked. Marian? How, why... Hook's words registered and she fumbled to answer them. "I... But I couldn't just... She was going to be executed!"

"If that's how history happened the first time, then that's how it had to happen again. Now, judging by the way things went in there, we've quite possibly got the Evil Queen on our hands again."

"Or hand, in your case," Emma mumbled in response.

"Whatever," Hook sighed. "Swan, the point is, we've—"

"Emma!" Belle interrupted as she approached them, cutting Hook off.

"Belle, what is it?" Emma could see the confusion written across Belle's face.

"It's Rumple," she answered, choking back tears. "I think he's lying to us."

"What do you mean, he's lying to us?" Emma asked, Marian forgotten for the moment.

Belle held up the dagger she was holding. "I tried to use this." She paused. "It isn't working."

Emma groaned. "I'll get David, then we'll go talk to him." She wanted to say more, but not with Belle standing there.

Hook, Belle, Emma, and David stormed into Mr. Gold's shop. Gold himself was behind the counter, his back to them. When he heard the four enter, he finished what he was doing and turned to face them.

"What can I do for you all?" he began, but then he saw Belle's face. "Belle!" he muttered, walking around the counter towards her. "What's the matter?"

"You've been lying to us," Emma stated, ferocity creeping through her voice.

"I'm afraid I don't know what you mean," Rumple replied, his hand on Belle's arm. She looked at it but didn't move away.

"You know very well what we mean." Emma gestured to the dagger in Belle's hand. "That dagger is a fake."

"Whatever makes you think that?" he said, spreading his hands out in front of him.

"We used it," Emma answered, then added, "or tried to."

Rumple, shocked at his discovery, looked to Belle. "Belle? I thought you trusted me."

"I thought you trusted me," she responded softly.

"But I do."

"Then why," Belle asked, her voice begging for a better explanation, "did you lie to me? I gave the dagger to you, you didn't have to give it back!"

Gold looked around him at the faces of the others, his hands still spread wide, then back at Belle. She wanted so bad to believe in him still, he could see it in the way her eyes were pleading with him. But there was something else, something he hadn't seen in her before. Her walls were going up, and he had to stop them.

Rumple dropped his arms to his sides. "I killed Zelena."

"Come again?" Hook interjected.

"I killed Zelena," Gold repeated. "I took the real dagger because I knew I couldn't if Belle had it."

"But why—"

"I had to avenge my son!" he shouted, then softened again. "I swore it."

"But why give me a fake?" Belle cried. "You could have just taken it."

Gold looked down. "Because then everyone would have known I killed her."

"You used me."

He looked back up at her. "Belle..."

She didn't respond, just stared at him, tears scrolling down her cheeks, her feet frozen to the ground.

"Belle, I'm so sorry, I really am," Rumple apologized, cupping his hands around Belle's face. This time, she turned away.

"Belle, please." Rumple swallowed before continuing. "Forgive me."

Belle looked up, her eyes a fire. "You proposed to me, and then you used me," she bit off quietly, full of passion.

"Sure, you're sorry," Emma cut in, taking control again. "Maybe we'd believe that if you'd stop lying to us."

David put his hand on Emma's shoulder, quieting her, and looked at Gold. "Where is the dagger?"

"It's locked in the safe with magic. Only I can open it."

"Get it," David instructed.

"And don't even think about pulling any tricks," Emma said viciously.

"Emma." David looked at her reprovingly.

Gold held his hands up as he walked behind the counter and opened the safe. He ran his hand above the box stored inside, undoing the magic he'd sealed it with. He picked up the dagger with both hands and held it in front of him as he walked around the counter toward Emma.

"Take it," Emma motioned to Hook, never taking her eyes off Gold.

Hook took the dagger and stepped back as David handcuffed Rumple. Emma and David led Gold away, Belle and Hook trailing behind.

Killian slowed to a halt, stopping Belle with his hook. She froze, waiting. "I don't condone what he's done, lass," he started, "but if it's any comfort... that man does love you. And if there's one thing we've learned these past couple of years, it's that true love is stronger than anything." The words tasted strange on his tongue. "Don't give up, luv."

Belle looked at Hook. "Thank you," she smiled gratefully, her eyes still shimmering with tears.

Rumplestiltskin sat in the jail cell, the same one he'd vacated of Zelena not long ago. That woman had been his undoing. Why hadn't he taken care of her when he'd had the chance? Right, he'd no need to then. Now he was a changed man; was supposed to be. Yet, he again found himself in a cage because of her.


Belle had finally given up on him. And if she'd given up, how could he expect anyone else to believe in him? She'd always been that one.

Bae. His son, the one he'd crossed worlds and, despite the risks, enabled a curse to find, was gone. He'd found him only to lose him again, this time for ever.

You reap was you sow. The thought whirled around in his head. If that was true, did he really deserve all he was getting? Probably more, he thought resignedly.

Belle was hurting. She didn't understand how Rumple had lied to her, and in such a big way. She was torn between believing and giving up. She still loved him — she always would. But after this latest betrayal, she couldn't keep the question from haunting her soul: Can a man like Rumplestiltskin truly change?

yes, that's the end

I'm thinking of continuing this {I'm pretty sure Anna almost died when she realized that's where it ended} but I'm having a terrible time thinking of a title (for both this part and the possible series).

So, what do you think of this? Should I continue? Any title suggestions?
Tell me in the comments!


  1. I saw season one and adored this show! I love the twists, how all the fairytale characters there ever were are in here and the way they are portrayed is all so perfect and they just fit together so well. I love this series. But unfortunately, I've only been able to watch the first season. :( I usually work in the evenings and don't really watch TV series anymore. I'm hoping to find the next seasons on DVD. So I didn't read your actually posts, because I was afraid of spoilers. But I am ecstatic to find someone else who loves this series! :D

    1. Yes, it's awesome, isn't it‽‽ My favorite TV show of all time. I'd love to own the entire series. But in the meantime, I was able to watch all three seasons here (except for the first season or so, which I watched on Netflix while at my aunt's).

      That's fine, I'd ignore it, too! My sister is on the second season, and she's not reading this for the same reason. I tried counting how many spoilers were in what I wrote and... well, let's just say there's quite a lot, and big ones.

      The first season is my least favorite of the three, I think. (Speaking of which, I'll never understand why David SEASON ONE SPOILER and Kathryn are married, it would make more sense in so many ways for them to have only been engaged. END SPOILER) The third is definitely my favorite, though I keep changing my mind of which half I like best. (Season three is split into to half-seasons.)

  2. This was fun to read! It's really true to the characters' ways of acting and speaking, which I like. (And so many of my favorites are in here! If it's Rumple or Hook, it's got my attention. Hehe.)

    Hmm, perhaps "A Changed Man" could be a possible title? I'd love to see more if you decide to continue this. :)

    1. Thank you! I was trying to keep it that way. One of my pet peeves is when characters and events don't match the original story (unless, of course, it's a retelling – such as Once).

      Hmm, that's a good suggestion. Thanks!

  3. It just ENDED! D': You absolutely should write more!!! Only if you want to though. ;)

    I loved this. It was perfect. In fact, I could totally see this happening in the new season. You stayed so true to the characters. I could just HEAR them in my head perfectly. The dialogue was spot on. But alllll the feels! D: MY BABIES. *huggles them* Belle is one of my favoritest characters and Mr. Gold and just klsdlkjfaijdsf. *falls into a sobbing puddle*

    I loved it, I did. Thank you so much for sharing! <3 It helped fill the gap while we wait in agony for the new season.

    Although didn't Rumple and Belle get married at the end, not just engaged? The story felt like you were implying they were just engaged but I might have read it wrong. I do that...

    1. Thank you!! Half the fun of writing this was letting the characters act it out, imagining them each situation, instead of trying to force them into things. I was hoping it was as true as I thought it was. And yes, Belle, Mr. Gold, and Hook are part of my top five <3

      I'm so glad you liked it! Hmm, that's true. September 28th can't come soon enough!!

      Originally, I had had Belle say to Rumple that he married her and then used her. Until I realized that they'd only gotten married within minutes of this happening. He betrayed her after he proposed. You know, the whole scene where they give the dagger to each other, he talks of trust, then they get engaged. Not long after that is when he kills Zelena... Belle would be thinking of that, remembering what they said to each other and especially what he said to her and what she believed had finally come true forever, not of their marriage minutes earlier.

  4. Finally someone who seems to love OUAT as much as I do. This was excellent writing by the way and it stayed true to the characters. I loved this so much, thank you for writing it. As for the title A Twisting Blade, or something like that.

    1. I know, that's what I've been thinking! Thank you <3 And I love that title suggestion...

  5. Not gonna lie, I pretty much did die when the fanfic ended there.

    One thing that I noticed on my second read...why did Belle use the dagger? There didn't seem to be any danger, unless Regina turned on her from being so mad at Marian returning? haha. That would be something that I would either add to this part or to the next part (there better be one!). And more with Regina / Marian / Robin in the next part pleassssssse!!!

    1. Hmm, yes, that's the big plot hole nobody was supposed to notice yet... I'm not exactly sure, but I plan to figure that out and put the answer in the next part. My idea is that she must have needed him and for some reason couldn't get him herself or something. Like maybe she got stuck in the woods... flimsy, but I'll figure it out. And I still have to figure out why they weren't together, too. Maybe he sent her to a rendezvous and went to get something from the shop. Something like that. Anyway.

      I shall do my best...

  6. Well written! Makes me almost want to watch the show


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