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To say that I’ve become addicted to the TV show, Once Upon a Time, would be a big understatement. I don’t like every single detail that’s happened, but a plot twist based in fairy tales is a little hard to overlook.
Now, I know that *technically* Prince Charming and Snow White are the beginning romantic relationship of the show, and I’ve spent some time encouraging them with my thoughts – and probably words actually spoken as if they could hear me. And I appreciate Emma’s struggle to choose between the man she loved (and Henry’s dad) and the insanely hot Captain Hook.
But if I’m being completely honest here, neither of these relationships offers my favorite romance of the show.
What is my favorite?
Rumplestiltskin and Belle are, to me, one of the most adorable couples that have ever been in a fictional story. I was hooked (no pun intended) way back in the Enchanted Forest when Belle and Rumple began to develop a friendship that seemed so incredibly out of character for the guy who’d become possibly the most evil man in their world. But she was sweet where he was tainted, and it built into a romance that spilled over into Storybrooke.
I won’t go into too much detail and offer spoiler after spoiler, because for all I know someone reading this is thinking (or might think) about giving the show a try. But, oh goodness. The number of times I’ve adored this couple has to surpass any appreciation I’ve had for Charming and Snow.
They need each other. Plain and simple. And it’s a pairing that makes both of them happy and better.
Belle isn’t the type of girl I expect to pick up a sword and charge onto a battlefield. Granted, she’s had her moments of adventure, but her strength – to me – comes from within her. She’s hopeful, and loving, and loyal. And she fights for what she loves, even if it isn’t by wielding a sword or chanting a bunch of spells.
Rumple isn’t a walk in the park. He’s capable of horrible things, and has a lot of less-than-good moments in his history that make him someone to fear. But Belle doesn’t fear him. She sees what’s beyond that, clings to it, and doesn’t let it go.
He needs that, because it’s the only bright spot he’s had in his existence in so long. Because that little bit of hope and loyalty lets him find something within himself that maybe he didn’t know was there. He’s better because she’s by his side.
I like that. I like seeing characters who fall, and who are willing to hold the other one up to find sure-footing again.
They’re both strong in their own rights, but they’re never stronger than they are when they’re together. Two people, holding to one another, surviving the storms around them, constantly helping the other find stability and calm once more. Trading off moments of weakness to depend on the other’s strength.
I love this romance. They’re not perfect as people, or even as a couple, but it makes perfect sense. They struggle and they fight, all in the other’s (at least figurative) embrace.
So yes. Rumbelle all the way for me!
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