A/N: Light trigger warning for mention of domestic abuse and manipulation.
You never would have thought that you'd be in this situation. You never would have imagined that you'd ever be desperate enough for him to show up. Just before you were about to start weeping, this strange man appeared before you, and while it took you little time to realize who he was, the initial shock did not waver in the slightest. The fact that Rumpelstiltskin, the man you'd come to learn so much about, was standing right in front of you, not only surprised you, but also left you feeling almost more devastated than you had to begin with.
You had never seen the man in person; only heard about him through rumors, and the picture you drew up of him in your head wasn't exactly what you saw now in front of you.
You imagined him to be no taller than four feet, maybe looking