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Fanfic / The Golds

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The Golds is a Once Upon a Time fanfic by ShakespeareanHoneyBadgers.

Continuation of Mr and Mrs Gold. A young bookseller takes in a heavily pregnant Belle, drawn in by the mystery that surrounds her. Meanwhile, Mr. Gold juggles between trying to help his wife remember and keeping Storybrooke from falling apart.

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The Golds provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Mr. Gold was going to go out and get Rose himself, first going to Moe French and then to Gaston to test his memory-preserving spell. He was just about to leave when he is contacted by a newly awakened Belle telling him that she was coming home.
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  • Big "OMG!": Mr. Gold and Katja's reaction when they realized Mr. Gold’s pains are coming from Rose in labor.
  • Break the Cutie: Being held hostage, having one's heart ripped out and used as leverage against her own family and being called a monster by an angry mob could really be traumatizing for any adult, let alone a four-year old Bella. She gets better though.
  • Decomposite Character: Baelfire and Neal Cassidy are established as being two separate characters here.
  • Great Offscreen War: At some point between Belle, Baelfire and Bella returning to Storybrooke and "Moving Day", Cora found her way into Storybrooke and rallied half of its citizens into a frenzy, claiming that Bella is an abomination and should be killed before she brings disaster. Cora ripped her heart out and held it as leverage against her parents, only for Bella to use her first moment of instinctive magic to turn her into a rose.
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  • Love Hurts: Due to her feelings for Jefferson, Katja nearly throws herself over the town-line just so she could forget him, feeling like she is trapped with all of her regrets and shame in the town. Rumpelstiltskin of all people had to be the one to talk her out of it.
  • Mama Bear: Seeing her father wanting her daughter dead in the crowd was the last straw for Belle, having estranged him for good ever since.
  • Meaningful Name: Baelfire took up the name “Benjamin Spinner” when he came to live in the Land Without Magic.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently there is a “tea party” Katja and Jefferson agree to never tell Grace about.
  • Older Than They Look: While it is established that werecats age faster mentally than humans, it is brought up that she is actually older chronologically than she looks because of the effect world-jumping has on her age.
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  • Psychic Link: The moment Rose goes into labor, his magical connection to her causes Mr. Gold to feel extreme pain, nearly passing out from it in the process.
  • Racist Grandpa: Moe French seemed to be in the bad camp of people that saw his own granddaughter as a threat and joined in on the mob that declared her a monster.
  • Screaming Birth: Isabelle's birth is not portrayed as a "quiet affair".
  • Slow Transformation: It is casually mentioned that nonhuman curse-victims and magical creatures in Storybrooke like Katja and Ruby started exhibiting their pre-Storybrooke traits slowly after the curse was broken.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Turns out Baelfire seems perfectly qualified to help with a birth. Granted most of his experiences was with sheep, but he still gets the job done.
  • True Love's Kiss: Baelfire was able to return Belle's memories with a kiss on the forehead after he finds out that she is his stepmother.


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