Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Characters: Belle, Rumplestiltskin, Baelfire
Summary: Quick Dark One!Belle & Rumplestiltskin piece for the FYCD prompt “your antagonist and your protagonist switch roles.”
Rumplestiltskin was a man of angles, of wiry muscles and pronounced bones, but you wouldn’t know it to look at him. He moved as if ducking the slings and arrows of the gods themselves, and his face was etched with a misery that aged him far beyond his forty years. Yet somehow this small, quivering man had produced a lad who met life’s trials keen hearted and unbowed. A lad who, rather than see his father flayed under accusations of theft, had taken the advice of the queer little woman skulking ‘round the gates of Hordor’s keep and stolen into the castle to retrieve the means by which his father might be freed.
And though the Dark One wasn’t pleased that the lad had proved more cunning than she’d thought and had refused to either yield his prize or use it to claim her power for himself, her new arrangement didn’t trouble her overmuch. Because she possessed a tongue of silver and a head full of unvarnished truths, and if between them she could not conjure fears enough to spur the boy to foolish action, then surely she could do so to his father. For while Baelfire was flexible, built to adapt and survive, Rumpelstiltskin was a man of angles and he couldn’t afford to break.