OUAT - (fake!)Rumpelstiltskin
@kacymyth asked: Rumbelle 40? ( “Have I entered an alternate universe or did you really just crack a smile for me?”)
It took him twelve years to find the perfect world.
Like the proverbial one-eyed man in the midst of blind people, Rumpelstiltskin had grasped onto the advantage the others were unaware of, even if he was afflicted as well. They were all fake, background characters in a wish, unimportant and easily molded by someone else’s needs. Even time meant nothing, as proved by the archer whose original version had been of an age with the Evil Queen.
Oh, but that piece of information had been reason enough to not care when the pair escaped!
Once his eyes were opened to the truth, the holes in the tapestry of their reality appeared large and glaring. There was no need for the Hatter’s aid to slip between dimensions, not when they were all outside reality.
A bit of will, a splash of power, and just enough concentration to slip through the cracks of space and time so he would arrive at the best possible moment.