Fic: Harmless - Chapter 8
AU: Belle arrives, bruised and bleeding, on the doorstep of a lame spinner and his son. On the run from the war and its causes, her short stop-over becomes something else entirely.
A/N: I’m sorry this update took so long, but this chapter was one of the hardest I’ve ever tried to write. And it wouldn’t have come out in any form I like without Marchie’s help, so she deserves all the thanks for that. It also denotes a rating change: this chapter is M-rated. I have put asterisks where the M-bit starts and ends, if anyone wants to skip it.
Chapter 1 - Chapter 2 - Chapter 3 - Chapter 4 - Chapter 5 - Chapter 6 - Chapter 7 - Chapter 8
For all that their differences have been brokered and sorted through, Rumpelstiltskin still feels an odd current of tension hanging in the air through the rest of the day.
He spins with Bae outside, and the boy is wise enough to keep his mouth shut and not ask about the knight he met on the road, or his parents’ conversation inside the house. He knows better than to ask for answers that he doesn’t want to hear.
Rum sees nothing of Belle, and is somewhat glad of it. Their conversation that morning had been a little too intense, too personal, for him to want to talk again so soon.
That was just pretty. I love how tender everything has gotten, it fills me with warm tingly feelings. Trepidation for what Rum may or may not be about to do, though.
Oh, thank you! <3