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Unexpected Beginning

By Narugirl Twothousandthree

Adventure / Romance

Cold as Ice

Unexpected Beginning

Summary:  Wedded bliss came easily for Belle and Rumpelstiltskin until the unthinkable happened; Elsa has come to StoryBrooke!  Will Emma, Snow, and Charming save their happily ever after from this frozen foe or will they become as cold as ice?

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Chapter 1 Cold as Ice

It was morning in Storybrooke, and Mr. Gold rolled over in his bed to see his beautiful wife sound asleep.  He reached over and moved a lock of curly reddish brown hair from her face to behind her ear.  Her eyes flickered and slowly opened to see her husband admiring her.

“Good morning,” Mr. Gold stated as he brushed the back of his hand on her cheek.

Belle smiled and replied, “Good morning to you, too.  How about last night’s little entertainment?”

“Oh, darling, I’m sorry if I was too…too…rough…”

Belle didn’t let him finish what he wanted to say, “Nonsense!  It was amazing.”

Gold smiled, and Belle sat up taking his face into her hands.  His eyes were fixed on hers gazing into the darkness of her pupils deep down into her soul. 

She smiled, “How about I make us some tea then it’s off to work for you and me?”

“I’d like that,” he replied and watched as his wife covered herself with a plush white robe while walking to the kitchen.

*   *  *  *  *ONCE UPON A TIME*  *  *  *  *

At the home of Regina Mills, Regina sat in her bed gazing out the window with tears streaming down her face.  Her second chance at love was gone.  Emma had to bring Marion back!  Regina knew her chance to be with Robin was gone because she knew that Marion would tell him what she did to her back in the Enchanted Forest.  She cried as that thought continued to flash in her mind.  Suddenly, she heard someone walk in after ringing the doorbell three times.  The foot falls continued to grow louder as the person walked toward her room.  The foot falls stopped and Regina knew exactly who was standing in her doorway.

“You’ve got some nerve coming here!” she camouflaged her voice to hide that she was crying, “Why are you here, Ms Swan?  Do you have some sort of death wish?”

Emma replied, “Regina, I’m so sorry.  I didn’t know she was Maid Marion!”

Regina turned sharply to face Emma and sarcastically stated, “Of course, you didn’t!  Some things are supposed to happen for a reason, Ms Swan, in order for other things to happen.  You just so happen to bring the wife of the man that I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with back from the Enchanted Forest.  When you showed Marion to me, I didn’t know who she was.  I remembered that I arrested her for housing Snow White, but I didn’t know she was Maid Marion.”

“Maybe Robin still has feelings for you,” Emma gave Regina a ray of hope; however, Regina denied, “The only way that I will see Robin here again is when he comes to ask about me wanting to execute his wife for treason.  It won’t be to sweep me off my feet and we ride off into the sunset on horseback!”

The doorbell rang.  Regina gave Emma the “see I told you so” expression then walked out the room.  She walked to the door, and gracefully opened it.  It was Robin.

Regina acted surprised, “Robin, what are you doing here?”

“I came here to talk, your majesty.”

She showed him in.  Robin walked in, Regina shut the door, and Robin immediately questioned her, “You arrested my wife and planned on executing her?”

Regina began, “Robin, I arrested a peasant girl who was housing a fugitive, Snow White.  This action was treason.  I had no idea that she was Marion!  I’ve never known Marion before today!”

“And I’m supposed to accept that?”

“Robin, I know that I am no angel.  I have hurt many people in the Enchanted Forest and in StoryBrooke.  I can’t change the past.  All I can do is beg for forgiveness.”

It was silent.  Robin reached into his pocket and pulled out a black satchel.  He opened it up, and took out Regina’s heart.  Regina knew this was her last effort to save what she had with Robin.

“Look at my heart,” she pointed out then Robin looked in his hand, “my heart has no more darkness when I’m with you.  You bring out the best in me.  It’s because of you that I defeated Zelena with light magic; the most pure and powerful magic of all!  You make me feel so alive!  Please, I don’t want to lose you!”

Robin gazed at her heart and she was telling the truth; the dark heart is replaced with a glowing heart.  He stretched his arm out to give the heart back, but Regina retaliated, “If you give my heart back to me, you might as well crush it!  I am nothing without you!  Pixie Dust and my heart don’t lie when it comes to love.  Tinker Bell told me and showed me that you are my second chance at love!  She’s right.  I love you, Robin!  Please don’t leave me and please don’t give me back my heart because I don’t want to feel heartbreaks again!  I lost the love of my life and I almost lost my adopted son.  I don’t want to lose you.”

Robin placed the heart back inside the black satchel, “I told Marion about us.  I told her that I am in love with two women, and I need some time for soul searching.  She and Rowland are staying at Granny’s while I’m making a decision.”

Regina nodded, “Take as long as you need.  I’ll be waiting.”

Robin walked up to her, brushed his hand across her cheek, and they gazed into each other’s eyes.  His kissed her forehead then showed himself out.  Emma walked into the foyer and Regina continued to stare at the front door.

She knew Emma was behind her, so she hardened her face then turned around, “You better hope Robin picks me over Marion.  If he doesn’t, may someone have mercy on your soul.”

Regina walked passed Emma back to her bedroom.  Emma decided to leave to give her some space.

When Emma stepped foot outside, the temperature dropped about thirty degrees.  Emma could see when she was breathing, and she began to shiver.

“Didn’t go well, eh mate?”

Killian Hook walked up the driveway to meet Emma who was trying to figure out why it was so cold.

“Better than what I thought.  She still managed to threaten me so she’s alright for now.”

The temperature was dropping by the second and Emma really began to shiver, “We are going to Gold!  He’s up to something!”

“Why do you think he is up to something?” Hook questioned as he followed Emma down the street.

“What other reason would there be for the temperature to drop forty degrees in three minutes?”

“That would be a valuable reason.”

*  *  *  *  *UNEXPECTED BEGINNING*  *  *  *  *

At the library, Belle was walking out the bathroom for the twelfth time today.  Snow walked in with little Neil and Henry.

Belle smiled, “Snow, Henry, and the little prince; what do I owe the pleasure of helping you with?”

Snow noticed how green Belle looked and couldn’t continue without asking, “Are you alright?  You don’t look well.”

“No, I feel…I feel…”

Belle collapsed and Snow turned to Henry, “Call Gold!  Now!” then she turned to her unconscious friend, “Belle…can you hear me?  Belle!”

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