Once Upon a Time
The Crocodile

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Rumpy asks what's wrong. Belle thanks him for saving her, but the fact remains that he is too cowardly to be honest with her. As Rumpy tries to argue his case, Mo interrupts and tells Belle to come with him. Belle: "After what you just tried to do to me? You're no better, Father. You don't get to decide what I do or how I feel. I do. If either of you cared about me, you would have listened. I don't want to see either of you again. Ever." Commercial. No Pitt.

Granny's. Red presents Belle with a plate full of pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, garnished with an orange slice, topped with strawberry. Thanks for making me hungry, show. "This one is a classic. The syrup goes on the pancakes -- the uh, round things -- but I kind of like when it gets on everything." Wordy McYum. Belle thanks Red for the food and for everything. She's welcome to stay at Granny's 'til she's on her feet. Ruby then pulls out a little gift box and tells Belle someone left it for her at the front desk. Inside there's a key. On the ring is a tag that reads, "Library." We cut to the...

Library. Belle unlocks the door and enters, eyes wide. Rumpy emerges from between the stacks and says, "We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth." When Belle holds up the key and says he must have given it to her, he admits he heard of her interest and made some inquiries. He informs her there's also a caretaker's apartment. Belle tries to warn him off of any attempt to win her back, but Rumpy says that's not why he's there. He confesses he's a coward and always has been. He collected power to compensate, but the power became important -- so important he couldn't let go, even though it meant losing the most important person in his life -- Baelfire. He tells Belle about his search for Bae, and how it led him to a curse that could take him to the land to which Bae escaped. Once he got to Storybrooke, all he could do was wait for the curse to be broken so he could find him.

Belle wonders why he brought magic to Storybrooke. Rumpy: "Because I'm still a coward." It's become a crutch that he can't walk without. He says even if he could, now he can't leave. Belle makes the connection with the town line amnesia. "...Anyone who leaves forgets the people they love, so when you go to look for Baelfire, you won't know him." Rumpy shakes his head. "Magic comes with a price." He has to break this new curse, which is why he was doing magic in his basement. "I have lost so much that I love, I didn't want to lose you again without you knowing everything." He approaches her and gently takes her face in his hands. "Goodbye, Belle."

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