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The Freedom of a Lily | A Fan Fiction Tribute to Rumpelstiltskin from ABC's Once Upon a Time

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Belle has been changing. After an outburst at Granny's, Rumpelstiltskin, her devoted husband, decides to investigate. What he discovers will change his life forever. Read on!

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Author's notes: Robert Carlyle is, to my view, one of the greatest actors in the world today. For seven seasons he appeared as Rumpelstiltskin in ABC's Once Upon a Time, a series Kye and I love, but one that was beset by massive plot-holes and poor writing, especially the last three seasons. The show, quite frankly, should have ended at the conclusion of season six, but limped on into a seventh.

Rumpelstiltskin, like Rebecca Mader's Wicked Witch, was given short shrift over the show's final two seasons. His story was utterly mangled to boot. The writers worked tirelessly to de-fang him and suburbanize him in order to appeal to suburban audiences. They also mangled in the process any adult discussion about morality and good versus evil. It outraged me to the point that at the end of season six, I stomped around the TARDIS for an hour afterward raging about poor Rumpel's plight.

I don't just let things like that go, of course. I'm a writer! And so I decided to write my own happy ending for the Wicked Witch, and now for arguably my favorite character on any television series I've ever watched, Rumpelstiltskin.

Six chapters are published, all fairly roughly edited. Much more, of course, is coming.

Enjoy.

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