Summary: An anonymous prompt from my Chance Encounter
‘verse: “It’s Belle’s first time of the museum’s annual event. People tell her
that their director, Mr. Gold, is a scary, mysterious man but is definitely
cool and genuine when he dresses up as Rumplestiltskin for this event.”
Chance Encounter was one of the fics I wrote for the
Rumbelle Showdown earlier this year, and it can be read here.
Family Fun Day
Belle had always had to hide a smile when her colleagues at
the maritime museum would warn her about the terrifying director, Mr Gold. They
told her all the horror stories of the interns that he’d made cry with a single
scathing comment, of the many secretaries he’d given nervous breakdowns, of the
way he could manipulate the museum board into satisfying his every demand. Truth
be told, Belle just found the tales amusing, because her first and lasting
impression of Rum Gold would always be a slightly scruffy stranger in a parka
in a cave, telling her all about the legend of the great smuggler
Rumpelstiltskin’s missing hoard of treasure, and although, in her position as
chief archivist at the museum, she frequently crossed paths with the director,
their interactions had been never been anything but civil.
And perhaps, Belle admitted to herself, a little bit
flirtatious. They did, after all, share something of an inside joke. Well, it
wasn’t really a joke per se, just a little thing that no-one else knew about.
That morning in the hidden cave was their private little secret, and Belle was
content to keep it that way.
Me, fandom and writer 2/2 this has become a mix of comical and bitter but for the first time in YEARS I’m excited and in mood of just watch, enjoy and roll eyes a lot. One last Dance for Rumbelle I’m too much ready for that!
Pd. Not related to real fandom life if it just coincidence but very intentional.
Emilie took the character of Belle to a deep and soulful place, bringing great intelligence and warmth to the character, making her fiercely independent, strong-willed but also an eternal optimist who saw only the best in all those she encountered.
Heroism. Sacrifice. You know, there aren’t a lot of opportunities in this land for women to show what they can do. To see the world, to be heroes. So, when you arrived, that was my chance. I always wanted to be brave. I figured, do the brave thing, and bravery would follow.