May 15th, 2012

A Bed of Thorns by Nym (M)

Fandom Category: Once Upon A Time
Pairing: Belle/Rumpelstiltskin
Fic Title: A Bed of Thorns
Author: Nym
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/377718/chapters/616411
Rating/Warning(s): M
Genre: Romance, Drama
WIP?: Yes, updated regularly

Why This Must Be Read: This is a beautiful, lyrical, dark and delicious AU fairy tale in which Belle agrees to marry Rumpelstiltskin to save her people, and in true Belle-like fashion, decides to make the best of it. This Belle is innocent but not foolish, strong, and admirable, and it's easy to see why she pierces the armor of the usually unflappable Rumpelstiltskin so easily. In progress, but the author has posted nineteen chapters so far and updates frequently. My advice is to read it slowly.