He was sometimes adorable. She could say no more about it. He just was. And Belle smiled shyly as he told her she reassured him. "See, I knew it going in, remember? I didn't walk in blind. Not by far. And I saw you my love. I saw good where no one else bothered to look. And its still there no matter what you have done. You just needed someone to bring it out of you. Someone to love you for you. If I'm honest Rumple, I don't understand your wife. Why she thought you were a coward, why she left. Why she didn't cling to what she had for dear life because dammit, I intend to."
She didn't like mentioning the woman. It was what it was, this woman had been the mother to his child. This woman had shared a life with him that Belle never would. Not in the same kind of way. But because of her actions Belle had Rumple now. She'd never have known him if not for all he'd done. And that meant something too.
"I told you once, long ago, that love was layered. A mystery to be uncovered. And I believe we're doing that. Getting there. And you turned me away but I was coming back. I was going to storm into the castle and tell you not to be so stupid because I loved you. Because true love doesn't just go away. I was going to fight for us even if I was fighting alone because I found something to believe in. I believed in you. And we've been apart long enough Rumple. I'm not going anywhere and you are not going to lose me again. I'll always come back to you."
She loved him. With all her heart and soul and time, and life, and everything in between would not take that from her. "And you're changing. You are. I don't expect you to be a different man. But you're trying for me. And that means the world."
To Belle this was all she wanted in her life. To be with him. To know he loved her. To know they had this. They had now. "We have our house here, our life. And I will drag you kicking and screaming into being social because unlike Regina, you don't need to shout your intentions from the rooftops. People aren't stupid and they can see the effort you're making. It will take time but you'll get there. You have me to rely on. Always remember that.