Fandom: Once Upon A Time, Princess Bride (movie and book)
Characters/Pairings: Mr. Gold, Emma, Henry, Rumbelle
Disclaimer: I don’t own anything this awesome.
Summary: This came out of yet another conversation with the RMC about awesome OUAT crossovers. This is an AU where Mr. Gold reads Henry a book about fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles, and a love story that is quite familiar to all of us. :D
(Also, I know I shouldn’t be starting a new story, but I COULD NOT HELP MYSELF. And new chapters for The Storybrooke Job and Intertwined should be out soon.)
Henry lay in bed, a small handheld video game in his hands. The only sounds in the room were the high pitched electronic beeps from the video game, punctuated every so often by the boy’s coughs. A knock sounded on the door a moment before a pretty blonde woman stepped inside.
“Hi, mom.” he said, managing to only sound partially miserable.
“How are you feelin’, kid?” his mother asked, putting her hand to his forehead.
She smiled slightly before sitting down on the bed. “Mr. Gold is here. I think he has something for you.”
Henry’s eyes lit up. Mr. Gold was an old family friend who had been there for them many times over the years and by this point was practically family.
“Shall I send him in?” she asked, smiling.
Henry nodded eagerly.
Emma stood up and quietly left the room. She returned moments later with a slight, short man with a cane in tow.
“How’s the invalid?” the man asked, smiling at the boy he almost thought of as a grandson.
“Better.” he replied, giving the same answer he had given to his mother. Mr. Gold sat down on a chair next to the bed.
Emma smiled. “Well, I’ll leave you boys to it.” she said, as she left the room.
Mr. Gold laughed. “Impatient, are we?” Henry nodded, and Mr. Gold pulled out a gold wrapped package from underneath the coat draped on his arm. He handed it to the boy and watched in amusement as Henry immediately began tearing off the wrapping paper. When he was done, he found himself holding an old, well-worn book in his hands.
“A Chipped Cup?”
“Izzy had an extra copy and we thought you might like it. I could read it to you if you like.” The boy nodded, his ears perking up at the mention of Mrs. Gold. She was kind and friendly, and even if some people had a problem with the fact that she was several years younger than her husband, Henry adored her. She was a librarian, and kept Henry well supplied with books.
Mr. Gold smiled slightly, reaching over to take the book from Henry. He opened it carefully to the first page and began to read.
“A Chipped Cup, Chapter One. Once upon a time, in a dark castle on the edge of the Enchanted Forest, there lived The Dark One, a powerful sorcerer, and his human maid. The Dark One, Rumplestiltskin, had brought the girl (Belle was her name), to his castle after naming her as his price for saving her family. He had originally wanted her to help make his castle seem less empty. He was quite lonely and he hadn’t had anyone to share his house with since the death of his wife and son.
“He certainly had not anticipate that any feelings would develop. He was quite surprised then, on the day he realized that when he responded to her requests with “As you wish”, what he meant was “I love you.” He was even more shocked the day he realized that her answering smiles and blushes meant she truly loved him back. With that love in his heart, he accepted the True Love’s Kiss she offered, and with it the chance to be a real man again. He stopped dealing and they stayed in the Dark Castle. But with their love, it wasn’t quite so dark anymore.”
“But Mr. Gold.” Henry interrupted. The older man paused. “We can’t be to the happy ending yet! You just started reading!”
Mr. Gold lowered the book and smiled, a smile full of knowledge and understanding the young boy didn’t have. “Well, you see Henry, it’s not their happy ending just yet. It’s only the beginning.” The boy seemed confused by this, but said nothing. With that, Mr. Gold raised the book back up, and continued to read.