Maybe I'm just a sucker, but, every moment that you see Rumple and Belle together, or see them mentioning each other, I'm so overwhelmed with emotion. It's more than just the actors, how incredibly attractive Robert Carlyle is, even with the make-up of the Dark One. It's the chemistry between the two, it's the story, the way you can see the emotions in every glance.
I'm a fan of Labyrinth, of Jareth and Sarah, but... my gods, these two are more. Rumple and Belle.
There's a purity to it, the way she's this brave young woman, already knowing her life is going to be spent with whatever man she's given to, choosing the Dark One, to save her friends, her family. Maybe she gives up her chance to see the world, but... did she really have that chance to begin with? She was already engaged to a shallow knight she never cared for, what loss is it to become a housekeeper at his estate? He isn't looking for 'love', she isn't expected to do more than respect him. So what if he is the Dark One, she decides her own fate.
The way he'd given up on love when he lost his son. Every waking moment, he'd devoted to finding Bae, and then this young woman comes into his life and his heart is there again, and he has love again. But love would take away his powers, and he can't pick his own happiness over his son. He has to send her away, even if it means he'll never get another chance at love.
And then.... she dies. And when Regina tells him, because of her association with him, she was thought tainted, and was mistreated until she threw herself from a tower.... he breaks. You can see that he thought, maybe, maybe I can apologize to her, once I get my boy back, and now it's too late.
But she's alive. She's real. And when Jefferson (The new captain of the SS Rumbelle! Hat's off to the Hatter, go find your daughter!) sets her free, you know, you KNOW the world has just given them a second chance.
His face, when he turns, and the disbelief...
gods. I can't even write.
I love these two.
Love them so much.