You know, with “Beauty” the Rumbelle fandom received something audiences rarely do, especially in fairy tales: we got to see what happened after the happily ever after. We were given so much more than an ending–it was a bookend to Skin Deep that was truly a new new beginning, and a promise that really honors the characters of Rumple and Belle and their journey together: Rumbelle’s love is eternal.
How often do we read a book or watch a television show or a movie where we get to experience exactly how our OTP’s life played out? Or see the lessons they’ve learned through their pain and suffering being applied to a long and happy marriage, a union of hearts and souls? For me, it’s never happened before. It’s one more quality that makes Rumbelle such a unique and beautiful story.
And now we have the privilege through stories of our own to fill in all the gaps of the years in between–all the adventures Rumple and Belle and Gideon shared as a family. Knowing they lived a long and happy life together, we can continue, as the fandom always has, to create new beginnings and endings for Rumbelle and new worlds for them to discover.
For me that’s really a huge blessing.