Fic Title: Time Around
Rating/Warning(s): PG:15 at the start. Ratings go up in the later chapters.
Genre: AU, Romance, Adventure
Why This Must Be Read: Typically there is the one fic for a rare pair in any given fandom that is so well written and beloved that it is the measure by which all others are judged by. Time Around is that fic. Not only does the author take us deep into the medieval (and magical) time period, she also explores the hows and whys behind the enigmatic character of Rumpelstiltskin before he became The Dark One. The writing is beautiful, the characterizations are spot on, and the set-up is the most entertaining read I've found in the fandom.