I applaud this man.
"This doesn’t count," Belle commented, her arms folded, as they stood before the one bench Rumple had willingly donated to the Storybrooke Parks and Recreation Trust.
"You told me I had to donate," Rumple smirked, "You didn’t stipulate what, or where, or what it should say."
Belle groaned, “An anonymous gift was too much for you?”
"My reputation has softened somewhat, darling, since our relationship became public, especially since Bae’s return. And while I am happy, you know I am, that doesn’t make me a nice man."
"You are a nice man,” Belle insisted. Then she reread the inscription on the bench, and grimaced, “You just have an odd way of showing it.”
"I’m simply honest, my Belle," he snickered, "you did tell me that honesty was important, after all."
"This was not what I meant.”
By kind donation of Rumpelstiltskin, the bench read, He hates Storybrooke and everyone in it
And then, beneath it, in smaller print.
Except for Belle and Bae and Henry, it said, because they’re the whole world.
Oops I tripped and made fanart :3
Snow stood out to me in this scene. Her and Emma have never really discussed Emma giving Henry up. But hearing those same exact words come out of Henry’s mouth- the same words that came out of her mouth 28 years ago- it really hits her hard. She knows Emma’s pain. And the fact that Emma had to experience that same pain as her hurts her even more.