Asked by riskpig
Newcomer to Storybrooke Neal Cassidy is already fed up with the small-town and its supposed charm. The only bright spot he’s found is a classmate, Emma Swan, who convinces him to go to the Mill’s Cottage, dragging his reluctant brother Henry along, where he learns of Cora Mills and her two daughters, Regina and Zelena, burned at the stake for witchcraft. He hears of the legend of the candle that would awaken them and, in an effort to make it clear to Emma that he’s not afraid of anything, lights it.
A moment later Emma and Neal find themselves in the middle of a real life horror story, being chased by the witches, who plan to use their life forces to ensure their definite return to the mortal plane.
To top it all they’re are also berated by a talking cat, who claims to be Rumford Gold, a warlock who’d trained Cora Mills in the Dark Arts only to have his pupil turn on him and sink deeper into evil magic. Seeking to atone for all the children Cora and her daughters had killed he’d first aided the village men in the capture and execution of the witched and then turned himself into a cat to guard the cottage and the candle for eternity. Now, with the candle lit, all that he can hope to do is ensure the witches are laid to rest once the dawn breaks.
Unsure of where to go, since all the responsible adults seem to have banished, Emma convinces Neal to seek the help of her Aunt, the town librarian Belle French, the only person odd enough to believe them and help them. The librarian is indeed quick to take their word, specially in the face of a talking animal who she finds utterly fascinating. Rumford is pleased to finally be in the company of someone bit a bit of sense who also gives the best pettings, much to his purring embarrassment.
Asked by just-a-zombie-killing-ninja
Belle French lives a quiet life as a librarian. In a time where books are a forgotten relic the library feels more like a tomb. Though passionate about her work she cannot help but wish for adventure, for danger and discoveries.
Then, one day, adventure crashes against a window in the form of a slight, dirty and half-naked man who speaks in a strange tongue and seems puzzled about the world around him. For the first time she’s able to apply her knowledge of ancient languages, however limited and stilted, to learn that the man, called Rumplestiltskin, is in a time-sensitive mission to retrieve some stones. He speaks of himself as a weapon and begs her to contact Father Archibald Hopper, who will assist him.
Though Father Archie seems kind he doesn’t look very competent and when it’s time to part Rumplestiltskin clings to her, reluctant to let her go. Determined to do the brave thing for once Belle cajoles her way into the mysterious mission, certain that the shy Rumple will need all the help he could get. She’s surprised to learn that beneath the bashful exterior lies a beast ready to tear down whoever stands in his way.
Asked by mockeryd
Rumplestiltskin, King of the Pumpking Patch, adored Halloween, but his son Baelfire hungered for something other, something more. So when he escapes through a strange door in the woods and returns with tales of the wonders of Christmas he’s at a loss as to what to do.
In an effort to gain the King’s favour Mad Scientist Victor Whale determines that what the boy is lacking, and making up for in the form of his obsession with Christmas, is a motherly touch. He creates, out of the sweetest-smelling leaves and the softest cloth, a living doll, his most perfect creation to date: Belle.
Bae takes to his “present” with relish, enchanted to have a mother. The doll’s curiosity and thirst for adventure, coupled with her gentleness and patience, gain his love immediately, though his obsession with Christmas still lingers, growing each day.
Rumplestiltskin, on the other hand, feels jealous and rejected. The living doll, that Belle, seems to have more of his son’s affections than his own father and it wouldn’t do at all. Being brave he proposes to Bae that they be in charge of Christmas, giving “Sandy Claws” a bit of a well-deserved vacation. Something like that, he’s sure, will make him a hero in his son’s eyes. Though everyone is properly enthused, with a bit of persuading, Belle is the only one that voices her concern. Rumplestiltskin refuses to pay her attention, reminding himself constantly that her blue eyes, her soft touch and her warmth had ensnared his son, captured affections that should have been his.
As time passes, and everyone prepares for Christmas, Rumplestiltskin begins to wonder whether he’s really jealous of Belle… or of Baelfire.
Asked by Anonymous
Belle French thought managing Gold Industries while her boss spent his time tinkering in his lab was already hard enough. She didn’t count on him getting kidnapped, acquiring some flashy upgrades and building a suit of armour. She was fairly sure most assistants never even contemplated those sorts of possibilities.
And though she knows him enough to understand why he revels in the freedom the suit gives him- without it he’s a cripple who barely stands taller than her- she cannot help but also worry about how heavy he leans on his shiny new crutch.
Asked by tinuviel-undomiel
When the was was clearly all but lost Malcolm Gold took his son and ran. Found himself a ship, found a crew and set off into space, determined to live life outside of the law and let the Alliance catch him if they could. He found himself some hired guns, Ruby Lucas and Frederick Knight, a good pilot, Abigail Midas, a trusted mechanic, Snow, a travelling companion, Mal, and a doctor on call, Whale.
He never expected to acquire any extra passengers but when needs pressed he took in runaway Emma Swan, barely out of her teens and with a suspicious amount of money and an eccentric man called Jefferson Madden, who was rabidly protective of his top hat and his only piece of luggage: a large white box.
When Miss Swan accidentally uncovered the sleeping naked woman inside the box he knew he should get rid of them all. But then the blasted girl woke up, looked squarely at him, and smiled.
"I’ve seen you in my dreams. I’m Belle."
And he was a goner.
Asked by nothingeverlost
Milah cheated and all the world knew it. Rumford Gold, already looked down upon for leaving the legal profession to raise his newborn son some ten years ago, must now stand by his unfaithful wife as she faces corruption charges as an accessory to her paramour, Killian Jones.
Without her income his degree is all he has to support his son and so he ventures into the professional world once more, a cripple too old to be considered hiring material. And just when he thinks every interview is just a chance for people to gawk at him and nothing else he receives a call from Madden, Finley and French, ran by the eccentric Jefferson Madden, the daughter of court legend Tristan Finley, Ariel Finley, and Isabelle French, known to be the sweetest person outside court and the prosecutor’s worst nightmare inside it.
He soon befriends the eccentric Jefferson and their investigator Whale. It is him who tells Gold that he owes his job to Belle French, who’d cajoled the rest of the senior parts into hiring him. He tells himself the warm feeling he gets inside every time he sees Belle is gratitude, but he knows better and soon late nights at the office leave him choking with UST.
But then he goes home to Bae and remembers he’s still married and divorcing his wife was out of the question.
Asked by findingmej13
Agent Gold is determined to find out where his missing son is. Though most suspect his ex wife abducted him in the middle of the night he knows different. He saw different.
His mission, he’s accepted, is a lonely one. Every now and then Agent Mills, his supervisor, will send a well-meaning spy his way under the guise of a new partner. That’s all that Agent French seems to be, at first. A sceptic, like all the others, but surprisingly well-read on all matters supernatural. Curious to a fault too, he sees, and more open-minded than all others.
Agent Mills, he thinks, has finally slipped and provided him with an actual partner he can work with. Belle is always willing to listen and consider all ideas and has great observational skills as well as a passion for her work and extensive knowledge of the most bizarre topics.
Little does he know Agent Mills hadn’t made mistake. She hadn’t just sent him a capable partner. She’d sent him a beautiful distraction.
Asked by Anonymous
Hiring a muggle to run the school library caused great surprise in Hogwarts. Though many were sceptic of the abilities of a non-magical person Belle French was determined to prove her worth. Having grown up next to a magical family (Ariel and her sisters had not been very subtle during the summer holidays, unwittingly revealing their magical nature) she’d immediately been fascinated by the world of magic, studying as much as she could about it. Now, however, she had carved herself a place in it and was going to fight for it.
Winning over the house elves went a long way in keeping the library neat and tidy and muggle savvy and technology, along with her hard-earned knowledge of magic, helped her deal with most situations.
The staff members, most of which had expected to find herself in over her head, are surprised at her success but mostly they’re surprised at how she befriends centaurs, the werewolf Gamekeeper and her daughter, teaching Care of Magical Creatures and, above all, the Dark Arts Master, the impish Rumplestiltskin, who always seems to consider those around him puppets to manipulate to his liking and whose past as a double agent secretly working for the Order of the Phoenix still makes him a shady character. The librarian seems to confuse him at first and intrigue him later on and the professors watch with a mixture of awe and revulsion as the imp becomes besotted and the librarian seems to respond in kind.
Asked by midstorm
Isobel Tully, saved from the tragic fate of most members of her house by the Tyrell blood in her veins, inherited from her mother, spends her days like a lamb amongst wolves (or rather lions) at the Red Keep, wishing her cousing Margaery would marry already so she could return to Highgarden, where her father had safely left her, with Lady Olenna, her only guarantee of protection.
To keep out of the Lannisters’s way she hides mostly in the forgotten libraries of the Keep, where few ever wander. There she meets the only palatable Lannister, Tyrion, and the elusive Master of Whispers, Rumplestiltskin, known as the Dark One for his shady appearance and dealings. Though at first he seems to barely notice her she observes him quietly, surprised to notice just how many of the strings he pulls around.
Though the more powerful he grows in her eyes the more she studies him she also finds a surprisingly kind side to him. Rumplestiltskin, on the other hand, notices the red-haired Tully girl easily, predicting she will not make it very far with that hair and her sullied name, but is pleasantly surprised to see that, besides honour, the girl has brains.
The closer they grow the more Isobel thinks with regret about him being a eunuch and the more Rumplestiltskin wishes he could tell her he wasn’t.
Asked by Anonymous
… I don’t know, anon. But, seriously, The Grinch is so easily Rumbellable it might as well be the plot of Skin Deep.
But Sister Act… That one’s way more delicious. Cause picture it. Belle watches a crime happen. She’s in danger, some mobster is kinda obsessed with her (Gaston) and so the FBI hides her away… In Storybrooke. At the Convent, where Mother Blue is none too pleased about the appearance of Sister Isabelle.
Cue cranky landlord Mr Gold, here to collect the rent when he stumbles across the new nun… and is enchanted. She’s smart, she’s witty, she laughs at his quips… She’s an angel.
… she’s a nun.
Asked by Anonymous
There is a rough first draft, unfinished and without much in the way of direction. But I do want it, anon! So much.
I think I might try and brainstorm with someone about it.
Hi guys! So, the Starbucks fic is coming along nicely but I could use some help. I need a suggestion about a business event where CEOs could gather to discuss… stuff. Maybe an environmental event? Or some financial event?
Any and all ideas would be more than welcomed. Thanks!
Edit: Sadly it can’t be a charity event because been there and done that.
Asked by Anonymous
Usually I would but my head’s kinda muddled today, anon. I’m sorry. But I’m sure the people in this fandom will be full of recs for you.