The Boston Hour (4/?)

In which Belle is an Antiques Roadshow super-fan and Gold is her favorite appraiser.

CHAPTER SUMMARY: Ruby works her charm on a certain appraiser. David gives Gold a pep talk.
WORDS: 2,507
A/N:  It’s been a few weeks, so there are lots of TMI questions for these two dorks you can catch up on in my [tmi: bh3] tag. Thank you all for your lovely questions, comments, and enthusiasm!
And special thanks to @maplesyrupao3 for looking over this chapter for me and giving me the push to stop sitting on it and post it already *blows kisses*

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Belle was studying Rumford’s business card while she waited outside the ladies’ room for Ruby. It was printed on thick, cream-colored cardstock that had a rich, pulpy texture to it. Made from 100% recycled paper, she thought with a smile. His named was pressed in large, gold, serif letters, and his contact information in smaller, black ones below it. The card felt nice in her hands. The sharp corners pricked her fingers pleasantly when she held it by the edges, rather than folding under the pressure. She might find it a little excessive were it anyone else’s, but somehow it suited him.

“I have his number…” Belle whispered to herself, gliding her thumb over the letterpressing.

“Yeah, I know,” Ruby snorted, appearing at her side and tossing a paper towel in the trash.

“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!” Belle shrieked, jumping and clutching the card against her chest.

“You looked up his shop like, three years ago, Belle. And then you spent the next two years trying to convince me that Syracuse was the perfect spring break spot.”

“Yeah, but–” Belle took a few panting breaths while her pulse returned to normal. “Ruby, he gave me his number.” She said. “He told me to call him if I find out anything.”

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Okay, so the newest episode of Steven Universe made me re-evaluate Navy’s character a LOT, particularly her behaviour in Hit the Diamond. Originally I thought she was just flighty and oblivious, but like…

I think it was an act here, too. I think she knew DAMN well our Ruby didn’t belong with the rest of them and something was up, but she smugly pretended otherwise because…Idk, she thought they’d gain more information by playing along? Or maybe she’s a true Agent of Chaos and she just wanted to see how things would play out? I’m not sure, and I’ll def rewatch that other Rubies episode to see how I feel about that, but man I just don’t buy this lady at all anymore. “What a turn of events!” no longer sounds like like anything other than SARCASM to me. What do y'all think?