Oh that was it. If that sad excuse for a wife ever showed up in this city Belle was going to slap her. And it was not going to be pretty and it was not going to be ladylike. How could she have abandoned her husband and her child. How could she just leave him there to raise the boy, to protect him from a War that Belle well knew the horrors of. Though protected in her castle she had seen much of the suffering of the townspeople. No wonder Rumple had taken the chance when he'd been offered it. Control over the Dark One. Belle wasn't going to judge as one who had urged her father to call on Rumplestiltskin for help. When they'd had no choice and nowhere else to turn. She knew the feeling.
And then he'd stabbed the old Dark One, gained the power and...Oh. Oh she understood. And it had all been to protect Baelfire. All of it. Everything he did, in their world had been for the boy he'd wanted to save from the Ogre Wars. Everything he...though how could that be if he had as he said, saved the boy?
But for now, she would put her thoughts and questions aside, he needed her and she would always be there for him just as she promised, "Oh my love..." she managed, her hand squeezing his that little bit harder. "You made a rash mistake in error and that power it, it took you over didn't it. That's why when I kissed you, you thought it was Regina attempting to take it from you, leave you weak. You thought I was going to make you weak."
She had a thousand questions with more forming in her mind the more she thought about the story he had told her, and there was yet more to ask. There was so much yet that she didn't know and that she wanted to know. So many mysteries still to be uncovered. But she knew as well that he had told her a lot. He had opened his heart to her and she should let him take a break now, they could get back to their tea, get back to the lights, get back to celebration and just be happy being together again after so long apart. But there were two questions that stayed. That refused to let her leave them lie. "Rumple, I'm going to ask two questions. You can answer them now, or you can leave it, you've told me more than enough, you've given me more information about your past than I ever could have imagined and really, you don't need to keep this up. But I have to ask them all the same because they're important and maybe they're relevent or maybe I just need to know. Where is Baelfire now? Is he back home? You saved him, did you lose him with the curse? And second...the Dagger now holds your name? Holds your curse. Where is it?"