You were in the Underworld. No big deal. You’d been here for quite some time. You even knew what your unfinished business was. You just didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye to him, which meant waiting for him to show up.
Once you found out about the “heroes coming to help people move on” gossip, you decided to try and avoid them. You really weren’t sure about this weird “town” you were in while here in the Underworld, but you figured it had something to do with the curse you missed out on. It’s hard to go to a new land when you’re dead.
A few days after you heard that gossip, however, you found out that he was with them. Maybe…just maybe, you could catch him before he left. You had heard that he went to the “pawnshop” a lot, so you waited by it. Sure enough, odd clothes and all, it was him. You somewhat snuck up on him. “Hello Rumple.”
He stopped, suddenly, and turned to face you. The shock on his face only grew once he recognized you. “What are you doing here?”
You shrugged, pushing off from the wall you were leaning against. “What is anyone doing in the Underworld? Everyone here wants to move on to a better place. Everyone has their unfinished business…”
“When did you die?” He looked pained. He was, truthfully. He hadn’t bothered to look for you after the curse was lifted. He never tried to find you in town. He was a little ashamed of himself for not thinking of you before Belle, all things considered.
You sighed, thinking back to it. It made you giggle a little. “From what the gossip said, around a month or so before the curse was enacted. I hear you were imprisoned.” He nodded. “That explains why you couldn’t come help me. I was hiding near your castle, but some thugs found me. I didn’t even have time to scream. As soon as I realized what they were really going to do to me, I grabbed one of their daggers and killed myself. I wasn’t going to be used like that, and I couldn’t get away…”
“Are they here, now?” You could see the pent up anger, the rage building inside of him. He was going to make sure they couldn’t move on, you knew. He still cared, which meant more than anything.
You shook your head. “I wouldn’t know. I haven’t seen them, but I don’t even know who they were. I don’t know if I would tell you even if I knew, though. I think…I think this is better. You have Belle now, correct?”
“As soon as she finds that I am the Dark One again, she will leave me. She wants me to be a good man, use light magic instead of dark…”
“But you like the dark. It’s part of who you are. Without the Darkness, you aren’t you.” You gave him a sad smile. “Either she will learn to accept it, or she will decide to just be a stubborn idiot. She fell in love with you while you were consumed by Darkness. She can’t really change her mind now.”
He stared at you for a moment, tilting his head slightly. “You’d challenge her for her position as my wife if you were alive.”
You sniffed. “Of course I would. I’ve known you longer. I’ve loved you longer.” You sighed, then muttered, “Annoying little brat…”
“Ah, ah. It’s as much my fault as hers. And seeing you challenge her would be interesting. I’ll help you-“
“No, Rumple. There is no point. You love her, that much is quite clear. Show her that.”
“Perhaps you can find another love in Storybrooke.” You shook your head. “I can’t lose you again…”
You stepped up to him and cupped his face in your hands. “How can you lose something when you didn’t realize it was lost? You never tried to find me, and I decided not to pry into your business.”
“But you could still possibly find love…”
You shook your head again. “That’s the thing, Rumple. I haven’t loved since you left.” You could feel the tears welling up at the corners of your eyes. “Just let me go. I will always love you, Rumple, no matter where I go. Just remember that though you love the Darkness, it does not exist without some light. There will always be good in you. It’s the only thing Belle and I have in common: we see the light in you. So let me say goodbye. Let me go.”
He reluctantly nodded, but held you tight first. “I don’t want to lose you…”
“Then don’t watch…” You could see the light pouring from a nearby alleyway. “Goodbye Rumple. Remember, I will always love you. Perhaps I’ll see you on the other side, when you’re ready.” You smiled at him and walked off towards the light.