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19 March 2014 @ 09:53 am
Four Belle/Rumpelstiltskin Recs  
Special Rec: # 17
Fandom Category: Once Upon A Time
Pairings: Belle/Rumpelstiltskin
Fic Title: The Darling Buds of May
Author: Bad_Faery
Link: On AO3
Rating/Warning(s): E (Belle is 16)
Genre: AU!Storybrooke, Romance, Angst
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: As the curse is enacted, Rumpelstiltskin is made aware of Belle’s existence, and in his panic makes a less-than-optimal bargain with the dark magic. Rumpel is sweet in his own twisted way, and Belle is full of sass.



Special Rec: # 18
Fandom Category: Once Upon A Time
Pairings: Belle/Rumpelstiltskin
Fic Title: Not Broken
Author: Fyre
Link: On AO3
Rating/Warning(s): M (Off-screen rape)
Genre: Angst, Drama
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: In war, young girls with pretty faces become victims more than they become heroes. Belle is the Dark One, and this story explores what would have happened if it had been her instead of Rumpelstiltskin in that position. Dark, sad, but with hope at the end.

Special Rec: # 19
Fandom Category: Once Upon A Time
Pairings: Belle/Rumpelstiltskin, Belle/Gaston
Fic Title: From the Ashes
Author: Fyre
Link: On AO3
Rating/Warning(s): M (Character Death)
Genre: Angst, Drama
WIP?:No

Why This Must Be Read: In this one, Belle is the leader of her people, and becomes the master of the Dark One in order to end the Ogre Wars. Rumpel helps her heal, and while it’s not quite love there’s need and the foundations for a great partnership. Slow burn through the rest of the series, which should also be read.

Special Rec: # 20
Fandom Category: Once Upon A Time
Pairings: Belle/Rumpelstiltskin
Fic Title: A Willow Before The Wind
Author: Fyre
Link: On AO3
Rating/Warning(s): T
Genre: Japanese Mythology!AU
WIP?:No

Why This Must Be Read: I couldn’t resist reccing another one of Fyre’s great AUs – This is a lovely retelling of the Belle/Rumpel story in a medieval Japan where the gods and demons of folklore and legend are very much real.