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Title: Well -Timed Rescue
Author: dancingdragon3
Fandom/Setting: Once Upon a Time, post 5x19 “Sisters”.
Characters/pairings: Rumplestiltskin, Hook/David.
Length: 999 words ~ edited for length. Full length at 1157 words.
Rating/Genre: NC-17 for slight description of sex, slash, fantasy drama.
Disclaimer: For fun not profit.
Set-up/summary: Sometime after Zelena pretends to join Hades, and Belle puts herself under the sleeping curse, David and Hook are captured by Hades. Rumple is called upon to rescue them. He’s not happy with the task, except that it gives him an excuse to steal Hades’ helmet of invisibility.

Rumplestiltskin’s heart pounded in his ears. The slow, cautious journey through the tunnels of Hades’ abode had been nerve wracking. His fingers trembled just a bit when he slowly inserted the small key Zelena had procured for him. The armoire looked ordinary enough, but there was always a chance this was a trap. Not that he didn’t believe her commitment to her child. He knew exactly how she felt, fearing what Hades had in store for them all.



The key moved easily. He heard the small bolt click back, and one wooden door swung slightly ajar. His senses were stretched to their furthest, pulling him taught in all directions, like he was precariously caught at the middle of a web. But nothing exploded. Ghouls didn’t descend. Nor did Hades appear in a cloud of smoke. He let out a pent up breath, then carefully opened double doors of green and black inlay.

He gave the bronze helmet, on its cushion of emerald velvet, only enough attention to verify its identity. Then he quickly put it on. A cascade of liquid mirror drops showered down over him, then disappeared. Now he was protected from any mortal or magical person’s sight, but most importantly, Hades’ awareness.

He imagined what Belle would say, if she were awake. Here he was, gaining even more power, and from the Lord of the Underworld, no less. It would be another excuse to not trust the Dark One. After he finished using it for her friends, that is. Bitter resentment welled up in his throat, as his gut twisted. Belle’s voice, her caustic words, flitted through his mind. Speaking to him like he was a thing to be proudly scorned, as Milah once had. Calling him a monster. Blaming him for everything under blue and red skies.

Yet, as per usual, it was up to him to save the day. Stop Hades from stealing their child. Rescue Charming and Hook. Oh, and could you, please, get everyone back home, and find my bastard of a father, while you're at it? Never mind the mode de guerre, when it was for her and the Charmings’ welfare. But let it just be for -

He stopped his thoughts in their tracks. Gritting his teeth, he called up the feeling of Baelfire dying to bring him back to life, then called up the image of Belle, sleeping and cursed to protect their unborn child. There was more than pride on the line now. A second child, a second wife, a second chance. If the town could accept their mass murdering, evil queen, and never give up on their Dark Swan, then there was hope for Rumplestiltskin. He only had to prove himself. That he could use darkness for the light. And this was his best chance yet.

Goal reaffirmed, he headed in the direction of the dungeon, and the latest obstacle to going home. He only needed to dodge a few toadys on his way, before finding himself at the threshold of the dank, oblong room. He could partially see his quarry on the far side of the honeycomb. They were talking, voices low and hushed. He held his tongue, in case they were saying things they wouldn’t want him to know. A few steps brought them into partial view.

“...come for us. You’ll see,” Hook said.

“...don’t want them...” Charming’s voice was fainter, as though it was muffled.

“Course ya do, mate. That’s just the hopelessness of this place getting to your head. You’ve got to fight it. Remember the true love that’s waiting for you.”

Rumplestiltskin rolled his eyes at Killian Charming. His didn’t hear Charming’s response, but Hook’s next words slowed his pace.

“David...that’s just the pain talking. We both know that’s not what you really want.”

Stunned by the soft tone and words, Rumplestiltskin stopped short, almost stumbling. He quickly righted himself, suddenly unsure whether the helmet deadened sounds as well as sight.

“...know that’s why I stayed down here. You agreed to it.”

“I agreed to change your names. I didn’t know -” Hook’s voice cut off to the sound of flesh and cloth moving against one another.

He tip toed closer, and finally got a full look into the cell. Oh, ho, ho. Now this was an unexpected treat. He held back a giggle he thought long dead. The two men were sitting on the floor, engaged in a passionate, if bloody kiss. That must hurt. Both of their faces looked mangled with cuts and bruises, blackening eyes and swollen cheeks. But, he supposed painful infidelity was a step up from alcoholism for the both of them. He couldn’t say anything for their taste in accomplices, though.

Hook finally broke the kiss. He pushed Charming back, but kept hold of his ripped, dirty, shirt. “For god’s sake, man, I’m in love with your daughter.”

“And I love her mother. Doesn’t stop me from wanting you.” Charming’s voice lowered, quickly defeated. “A hell of a lot more,” he added gruffly, shoulders hunched inwards. His hand shook as it slowly covered Hook’s. “Needing you,” he whispered.

Rumplestiltskin was grudgingly impressed at the manipulation, clumsy though it was. He held his breath, waiting for the response. He stood very still as Hook’s glance swept over the cells, and where he stood in the middle of the room.

Hook’s face showed worry, misery, resignation, then determination. Finally, he turned to face Charming, and pulled him back for another blood and tongue-filled kiss.

Rumplestiltskin smirked at their enthusiasm. He glanced from side to side, reaching out with his mind, but didn’t sense any danger in letting them incriminate themselves a little more. Right on cue, Charming pushed Hook back on the floor, and tackled the opening to the pirate’s pants.

Joy suffused Rumplestiltskin’s body as a smile stretched his face for the first time in too long. Enjoy it boys and thank you, because this prison interlude is going to cost you quite a lot.

Date: 2017-04-02 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrani.livejournal.com
I think we're going to get along swimingly, Dearie. :)

Enjoyed it. Good to have another Oncer around.

Date: 2017-04-02 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrani.livejournal.com
Lol. I'm not necessarily a fan of ... Geez, I don't know all these pairings official titles... Captain Charming? What do they use these days? But something written well doesn't bother me at all.

You must warn me if you care about spoilers, because I tend to throw in stuff that hasn't happened yet, but we know is coming... I say this as if I regularly write Once... I've done the one posted here, which was put out in a rush so I wouldn't forget it for later. :p I think people who know the story will get it better than those that don't. Very hard to have Rumple explain something that happened while he was unconscious and totally unaware. ... And of course didn't really happen on screen. :)

Date: 2017-04-03 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrani.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to say this, but I think ANYONE has higher standards than the writers on the show. :p

Date: 2017-04-03 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrani.livejournal.com
I like Espenson's work too... and I liked last night's episode well enough. I don't know that it will be my favorite since they obviously spent the hour cramming as much stuff into it as they could in case they ran out of seasons by the end of this year, but... I dunno. I'm a sucker for Oded as Jafar. So I'm probably biased.

Date: 2017-04-05 11:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrani.livejournal.com
Yeah... In the past they have made a season all about the movie of the year. Not so with Aladin. Furious that they got rid of Jafar like that and wasn't impressed with how they used him in the final ep either. I was seriously hoping he would be part of the "reboot" They will need someone "evil" to replace the queen and Dark One... Assuming Rumple gets back to his not so evil ways...
Edited Date: 2017-04-05 11:28 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-02 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cedargrove.livejournal.com
I enjoyed reading this, even though it came from one of my least favorite of times in OUAT :) It's good to have you around and I'd certainly like to see some more of your Once fic, I was starting to despair from what I'd dipped my toe into around the internet.

Date: 2017-04-03 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cedargrove.livejournal.com
You're welcome, I've actually been fighting writing OUAT, but have finally succumbed... I simply couldn't take it any more.

No... didn't really like the Hades plotline - or rather, didn't like the direction that the writers jumped off from it. And no... definitely didn't like their Arthur - don't mess with my spiritual fics!

I despair at the state of a lot of fanfiction tbh. It's why I relish the good fics when I find them :)

Am I right in thinking you are in NC as well?

Date: 2017-04-03 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cedargrove.livejournal.com
I'm done fighting my muse. First fic is up and plan on starting work on the second. I have a lot to get through LOL.

OMG! Mirrani and I both are in Chapel Hill.

I am also pagan, Wiccan primarily, although so eclectic that I think most purists would run screaming. I love Starhawk. I am from England originally and my ancestry is also Welsh, so yes... OFK is sacrosanct. This season...? Excuse me?

Date: 2017-04-03 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrani.livejournal.com
I think we have macarthurpark in common as well?

Date: 2017-04-05 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrani.livejournal.com
So we all need to plan a rendezvous at the Honeysuckle Teahouse this summer. It'd be a schlep for you but I think we could be entertaining enough for the day to make it worth your while.;)

Date: 2017-04-07 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cedargrove.livejournal.com
Finally manage to watch the video... seems very cool, but yeah, as Mordred... eeps. Met JM once at a convention in England. He managed to impress me by being able to pronounce my name (correctly) after only seeing it written. (Eirian) LOL

We live far outside of the college town life... (in the sticks as they say in England), just have a Chapel Hill address because that's where our post office used to be... they switched us to the Carrboro post office - and we're praying they don't switch our address too... the county have already done that to us once, and it's still a right old 'arse-ache!'

I'm from a town called 'Oadby' in the city of Leicester. It's in the East Midlands.

Awww, no running away... I'm harmless - mostly. :) So how about your. May I enquire as to your pagan roots?

Date: 2017-04-09 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrani.livejournal.com
I am very jealous of your college town life :-)

And WE are very jealous that you live in a city where Trainspotting is showing. :p

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