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It's midnight, it's raining, and Belle craves mushrooms with a raspberry sauce.

Soft rain drummed on the roof, slipping down the windows of the large house and watering the small garden that lay in the backyard. It was one of those weird nights where the sky is clear yet water seems to come from nowhere. Almost as if someone is spraying a large hose into the air to make their own atmosphere. Due to such, the full moon was suspended in the air uncovered by clouds; its bright light shone through the window of Belle and Rumple’s bedroom.

Rumple was sleeping soundly. Belle, however, was wide awake and staring blankly at the ceiling. She was uncomfortable and no matter which way she turned she couldn’t find the right position. Her hand drifted to her abdomen, it was fairly round by this point and she could feel movement. She rolled her eyes, knowing there was no one to see the exasperation she felt. She was so done with pregnancy and that was not good, considering she still had about two and a half months to go.

She shifted she she was on her side, looking to Rumple. His back was to her and she could see his shoulder rise and fall with steady breaths. She wanted to cuddle, but knew her belly would stop her from getting close enough. A second of reflection led her to decide she was going to try anyway and moved to him until her bump touched his back. He woke slightly, giving a half-hearted glance behind him and, seeming to know what she wanted, turned over. He slipped his arm around her; his eyes had not opened as if he had only arrived at the edge of consciousness, but hadn’t fully accepted it.

Belle touched her nose to his, only having to stretch her neck a little, to her surprise. A smile flitted across his lips.

“How long have you been awake?” Rumple whispered to her, his voice thick from sleep.

“It’s felt like hours,” she said, resting her head back on the pillow.

“Mmmm-hmmm…” he muttered, eyes still closed, “is everything alright?”

“Yes,” she said. Then, after a thought, “I’m hungry.”

“I’m going to guess our baby is being demanding?” As he said it he pulled his arm back a bit until his hand was rested on her side.

“Yes,” Belle admitted. She took this moment to study his face. He appeared to be very tired and she knew the Charmings had required his help for the vast majority of the day. Knowing that family, they would probably do the same the next, as well. He looked so peaceful and she realized suddenly that she didn’t want to bother him.

It was about a minute later, when Belle thought he had fallen back to sleep, that he spoke again, “What does he want?”

“Mushrooms,” she said sheepishly, “in raspberry sauce.” She had been craving it all day, but had dismissed it.

Rumple’s eyes fluttered open and he gave a faint chuckle, “You hate mushrooms.”

“That’s why I’m going to drown them in raspberry sauce,” she countered. Her son gave a sharp kick, the small foot directly hitting where Rumple’s palm was. He moved his hand away completely and went to sit up.

“Alright,” he said through a sigh.

“Rumple,” she protested, grabbing his pajama sleeve, “I didn’t mean right now. I can get some tomorrow.”

He took a deep breath and laid back down; he kissed her delicately, “You want mushrooms with raspberry sauce?”

“Yes,” Belle said, her voice small.

“Then let’s go make you mushrooms with raspberry sauce.”

“I love you, Rumplestiltskin.”

A gentle smile melted onto his features, “I love you, too, sweetheart. I love you, too.”

Solar System: Things to Know This Week

Reaching out into space yields benefits on Earth. Many of these have practical applications — but there’s something more than that. Call it inspiration, perhaps, what photographer Ansel Adams referred to as nature’s “endless prospect of magic and wonder." 

Our ongoing exploration of the solar system has yielded more than a few magical images. Why not keep some of them close by to inspire your own explorations? This week, we offer 10 planetary photos suitable for wallpapers on your desktop or phone. Find many more in our galleries. These images were the result of audacious expeditions into deep space; as author Edward Abbey said, "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.”

1. Martian Selfie

This self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the robotic geologist in the “Murray Buttes” area on lower Mount Sharp. Key features on the skyline of this panorama are the dark mesa called “M12” to the left of the rover’s mast and pale, upper Mount Sharp to the right of the mast. The top of M12 stands about 23 feet (7 meters) above the base of the sloping piles of rocks just behind Curiosity. The scene combines approximately 60 images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager, or MAHLI, camera at the end of the rover’s robotic arm. Most of the component images were taken on September 17, 2016.

2. The Colors of Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft captured this high-resolution, enhanced color view of Pluto on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC). Pluto’s surface sports a remarkable range of subtle colors, enhanced in this view to a rainbow of pale blues, yellows, oranges, and deep reds. Many landforms have their own distinct colors, telling a complex geological and climatological story that scientists have only just begun to decode.

3. The Day the Earth Smiled

On July 19, 2013, in an event celebrated the world over, our Cassini spacecraft slipped into Saturn’s shadow and turned to image the planet, seven of its moons, its inner rings — and, in the background, our home planet, Earth. This mosaic is special as it marks the third time our home planet was imaged from the outer solar system; the second time it was imaged by Cassini from Saturn’s orbit, the first time ever that inhabitants of Earth were made aware in advance that their photo would be taken from such a great distance.

4. Looking Back

Before leaving the Pluto system forever, New Horizons turned back to see Pluto backlit by the sun. The small world’s haze layer shows its blue color in this picture. The high-altitude haze is thought to be similar in nature to that seen at Saturn’s moon Titan. The source of both hazes likely involves sunlight-initiated chemical reactions of nitrogen and methane, leading to relatively small, soot-like particles called tholins. This image was generated by combining information from blue, red and near-infrared images to closely replicate the color a human eye would perceive.

5. Catching Its Own Tail

A huge storm churning through the atmosphere in Saturn’s northern hemisphere overtakes itself as it encircles the planet in this true-color view from Cassini. This picture, captured on February 25, 2011, was taken about 12 weeks after the storm began, and the clouds by this time had formed a tail that wrapped around the planet. The storm is a prodigious source of radio noise, which comes from lightning deep within the planet’s atmosphere.

6. The Great Red Spot

Another massive storm, this time on Jupiter, as seen in this dramatic close-up by Voyager 1 in 1979. The Great Red Spot is much larger than the entire Earth.

7. More Stormy Weather

Jupiter is still just as stormy today, as seen in this recent view from NASA’s Juno spacecraft, when it soared directly over Jupiter’s south pole on February 2, 2017, from an altitude of about 62,800 miles (101,000 kilometers) above the cloud tops. From this unique vantage point we see the terminator (where day meets night) cutting across the Jovian south polar region’s restless, marbled atmosphere with the south pole itself approximately in the center of that border. This image was processed by citizen scientist John Landino. This enhanced color version highlights the bright high clouds and numerous meandering oval storms.

8. X-Ray Vision

X-rays stream off the sun in this image showing observations from by our Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, overlaid on a picture taken by our Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The NuSTAR data, seen in green and blue, reveal solar high-energy emission. The high-energy X-rays come from gas heated to above 3 million degrees. The red channel represents ultraviolet light captured by SDO, and shows the presence of lower-temperature material in the solar atmosphere at 1 million degrees.

9. One Space Robot Photographs Another

This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Victoria crater, near the equator of Mars. The crater is approximately half a mile (800 meters) in diameter. It has a distinctive scalloped shape to its rim, caused by erosion and downhill movement of crater wall material. Since January 2004, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been operating in the region where Victoria crater is found. Five days before this image was taken in October 2006, Opportunity arrived at the rim of the crater after a drive of more than over 5 miles (9 kilometers). The rover can be seen in this image, as a dot at roughly the “ten o'clock” position along the rim of the crater. (You can zoom in on the full-resolution version here.)

10. Night Lights

Last, but far from least, is this remarkable new view of our home planet. Last week, we released new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. This composite image, one of three new full-hemisphere views, provides a view of the Americas at night from the NASA-NOAA Suomi-NPP satellite. The clouds and sun glint — added here for aesthetic effect — are derived from MODIS instrument land surface and cloud cover products.

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Dark Spot and Jovian ‘Galaxy’ - This enhanced-color image of a mysterious dark spot on Jupiter seems to reveal a Jovian “galaxy” of swirling storms. Juno acquired this JunoCam image on Feb. 2, 2017, at an altitude of 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) above the giant planet’s cloud tops. This publicly selected target was simply titled “Dark Spot.” In ground-based images it was difficult to tell that it is a dark storm. Citizen scientist Roman Tkachenko enhanced the color to bring out the rich detail in the storm and surrounding clouds. Just south of the dark storm is a bright, oval-shaped storm with high, bright, white clouds, reminiscent of a swirling galaxy. As a final touch, he rotated the image 90 degrees, turning the picture into a work of art.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Roman Tkachenko