The Course of True Love, A Monthly Rumbelling Fic
Prompt: Belle has the dagger and Rumple takes it back
Summary: Feeling that something is very wrong about his curse, Rumpel goes behind Belle’s back to seek out his dagger and confirm his fears that soon, the darkness will be out of control. When he finds it, however, he gets the surprise of his life…
[Takes place in a happy world that ignores the dagger switch at the end of S3Ep20 “Kansas”.]
Word Count: 1816
The Course of True Love
He knew where the dagger was, of course. That had never been a secret between them. Trust went both ways, after all. That was what Belle had said when he had given her the ultimate power over him. She changed its hiding place often, for safety’s sake, but she always told him where it was. They could never rule out the possibility of some kind of magical emergency that would require its use, but Belle had always trusted him to tell her if and why he needed it back. He felt a little twist of guilt as he parked up the Cadillac at the town line and got out, taking a route through the forest due east in the direction she had told him four months ago. He should have said something to her, he really should, but truth be told, he was afraid, and he wanted to make sure that whatever it was that was happening to him could not harm her, or god forbid harm the baby growing snugly in her belly. No, this was something that he had to do alone, and hopefully Belle would understand that after the fact. If all went well, then she would never need to know about this little indiscretion.
He’d been feeling it for so long now that it could no longer be put down to a twinge or his senses being a little off. Something was definitely changing. He was changing. He did not feel the same man as he had been a little over a year ago when he had willingly surrendered the dagger to Belle and they had taken their vows.
And Rumpelstiltskin was absolutely terrified.