prompted: FTL AU, what if Rumple and Belle met in their youth
His most shameful memory. She was five, he was fifteen.
Rudd and Derek had thrown him on the ground and kicked him. He was rolled up into a ball, trying to protect himself from their kicks as good as possible. He was whimpering and tears streamed down his face. He hated that he cried. They called him a coward.
“Stop it immediately!” The girl just suddenly appeared next to them, her tiny hands pressed onto her tiny waist. She stomped her little feed. “Stop it, I said!” The voice of a mouse, so squeaky.
Rudd and Derek stopped and stared at her.
“You should be ashamed of yourselves,” the girl yelled. “Two against one! You’re both cowards!”
Rumplestiltskin hated what would happen next.
“Don’t,” he whispered, “not worth it.”
The boys took steps toward her. The girl better ran.
“Belle!” a voice screamed from behind the trees and a big dog rushed towards them, bellowing. A man followed close after.
Rudd and Derek fled while the dog chased them. The girl kneeled next to him.
“You’re safe now.” she said and stroked his hair. “I’ll protect you.”