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Belle stood in front of Mr. Gold's bedroom door clenching and unclenching her hands. She was afraid of what he might say, but she was even more afraid of going back to the room he had provided for her alone. The door was cracked, and she could hear him moving around, so she knew she wouldn't wake him, but still she hesitated.
"Do the brave thing and bravery will follow." The words echoed in her head like a half-remembered song. How long had it been since she'd thought that?
Swallowing her fear, she tapped on the door. "Rumple?"
"Belle?" his voice returned, tinged with surprise. "Is something wrong?"
"May I come in?"
"Yes, of course. Just a moment."
A few seconds later, Gold opened the door, his robe wrapped hastily around him. Belle wore the very modest nightgown he had provided her, but hadn't thought to don the robe that was hanging on the back of her