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(Spoilers for all aired OUaT eps, through the first half of season 3)

I'm terrible at keeping track of non-linear storytelling, and this is hampering my ability to write early!Rumbelle, which is one of favorite kinds of fic. So (unless anyone knows if someone else has already done this and I can just borrow theirs) here is a clumsy work in progress timeline, for my own reference. (Any and all help/corrections VERY much appreciated!)

-GIFs not mine :)

-I'm including a rough approximation of (my guesses of) time that had to have passed off screen for their relationship to have developed to a point where, for example, Belle hugs Rumple for not killing Hood.

-Bolded text is on screen, hence canon.

-Italicized is off screen, AKA my headcanon.

-Purple is from the ep "Lacey"; red is from "Skin Deep"; green is from s3 "Going Home"; Fuchsia (?) is from the Skin Deep script



1. Rum takes Belle from her father.
rumpelstiltskin largeestatetakenwalk

2. Journey to dark castle, it's clearly winter, snow everywhere.

3. Rum shoves her into the dungeon.

4. First evening in the dark castle. Except apparently he keeps her in the dungeon a week before this happens, which is in the script, but doesn't account for how she looks as clean and well-kempt as when he first took her.

5. Belle drops the cup

6. First night in the dark castle.

7. Early days in the dark castle.

8.

9.

10.

11.

13.


17. Night/dawn when he gives her a pillow.

18. Discovery of Robin Hood

19. Rum tortures Hood, Belle disapproves.

20. Belle frees Hood



21. Carriage ride to hunt Hood, including the Sheriff of Nottingham trying to barter for a night with Belle.

shesnotforsale

22. Carriage ride to kill Hood, after meeting the Sheriff of Nottingham.

19. Belle saves Hood, hugs Rum.
hug

24. Rum gives her a library. (She's still in the yellow dress.)

first library giftlibrary

Rum gives her a better room. Now canon because the script has Belle tell Regina that Rum kept her in a dungeon for "a while".
Gives her the blue dress.

Prima Nocta fic about here.

*Somewhere around here Belle interrupts Rum doing his remembrance candle thing on Bae's birthday. She's wearing the blue dress, but he acts defensively cold toward her, so this is probably before she falls off the ladder...except no because she knows about his son, she assumes he's dead...but he didn't tell her about the son until right before he permitted her to leave the dark castle (to "fetch straw".) During this remembrance scene he tells her Bae is still alive. So this COULD be AFTER the tender conversation sitting on the table, but before she leaves for the straw/running away?

"Weeks have passed" according to the script. Belle falls off the ladder into Rum's arms. "It's almost spring!" (OR DOES THIS TAKE PLACE BEFORE THE HOOD ENCOUNTER?)
catch

(Probably same day, but possible to insert space here.)

"Many months have passed." Belle questions Rum about his son. "I've been here a couple of months now." Spring flowers outside. Gaston's rescue attempt fails, Rumbelle flirting ensues, he gives her a rose and bows.
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*Remembrance candle scene could occur here.

Rum lets Belle leave the dark castle to fetch straw.

Belle meets Regina on the road.

Belle returns to the dark castle and kisses Rum
twooluvskiss

Rum throws Belle back in the dungeon.

Rum throws Belle out of the dark castle.


Belle drinks in a tavern, meets Grumpy (Dreamy at the time) and tells him to go after his love (Nova). That falls apart and she sees him again at the same tavern when he tells her to go with the people looking for the Yaoguai. (Thanks to Crysania4 for the info!)

Belle runs about with Mulan, being generally awesome.

Belle finds the Yaoguai, puts out the flames, uncurses Philip.

Belle heads back to Rum.

Regina imprisons Belle.

Months later Regina tells Rum Belle is dead.
RumFEELSticktockdearie

Date: 2014-02-02 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
This is so GOOD...

*Happy!Dance!*

Date: 2014-02-02 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liliannabelle.livejournal.com
Aww thank you! I thought people would be shaking their heads at all the stuff I've missed, but it's a work in progress!

Date: 2014-02-02 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crysania4.livejournal.com
I don't think he gave her the yellow dress. That's what she arrived in. Somewhere in there he gave her the blue dress though. Those are the later scenes at the castle.

Date: 2014-02-02 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liliannabelle.livejournal.com
*edits*

Thank you! ♥♥♥ That actually helps make a lot more sense of things. She's wearing the yellow dress right up to the scene when he gives her the library to "clean"--and then if my chronology is correct, we next see her fall off the ladder, in the blue dress. So the blue dress and her own bedroom happen, I'm gonna say, shortly after the Hood encounter, and before she falls off the ladder.

Date: 2014-02-02 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crysania4.livejournal.com
Yep...we know the library happens the instant they get back from his going after Hood, because he has the bow and he's talking about it. And then he takes her right up to give her the library (I suspect he magics the whole thing together on their way up). She's still in the gold dress then.

So sometime between that moment and the next time we see them (when he's at his wheel and she's up on the ladder) he gives her the blue dress. NO idea when that happens as it's not been done on screen (who knows...maybe we'll luck out and see it in 3x15 if it turns out it does have Dark Castle moments in it).

The other thing to fit in and it makes NO SENSE ANYWHERE is the brief remembrance scene from 3x11. I can't make that one fit unless it's a hallucination.

Date: 2014-02-02 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liliannabelle.livejournal.com
Ah! Thanks for the episode name, I just re-watched it. Here's my best guess:


Rum gives her a better room.
Gives her the blue dress.

*Somewhere around here Belle interrupts Rum doing his remembrance candle thing on Bae's birthday. She's wearing the blue dress, but he acts defensively cold toward her, so this is probably before she falls off the ladder...except no because she knows about his son, she assumes he's dead...but he didn't tell her about the son until right before he permitted her to leave the dark castle (to "fetch straw".) During this scene he tells her Bae is still alive. So this COULD be AFTER the tender conversation sitting on the table, but before she leaves for the straw/running away?


I am SO hoping for more dark castle flashbacks, even though the writers' grasp of the timeline seems even flimsier than mine (!)

Date: 2014-02-02 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crysania4.livejournal.com
The problem is that all of that scene goes together. They have the conversation about her finding the clothes, then the "you think you're uglier than you are" thing.. Gaston interrupts, he gives her the rose, they talk about love being a mystery and he lets her go to "fetch straw." It's one continuous scene and so it just doesn't fit anywhere.

Date: 2014-02-02 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liliannabelle.livejournal.com
Yeah, I'm stretching believability to imagine that she took an hour or so to think about leaving him after he said she could go fetch the straw, and in that time (perhaps assuming she was already gone) he happened to squeeze in a remembrance candle? But Rum's demeanor (and I suspect his outfit) is so different from Skin Deep to the flashback in Going Home that as you say, it just doesn't fit.

Date: 2014-02-02 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crysania4.livejournal.com
Yep it just doesn't fit AT ALL. The only way I've been able to make it fit is to believe it's his hallucinating her after he thinks she's dead. Based mostly on his "You're real...you're alive" thing in Storybrooke because that implies he's hallucinated her before.

Date: 2014-02-03 12:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liliannabelle.livejournal.com
Yup, works for me!

Date: 2014-02-02 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crysania4.livejournal.com
And yes she goes to the tavern and meets Grumpy (Dreamy at the time) and tells him to go after his love (Nova). That falls apart and she sees him again at the same tavern when he tells her to go with the people looking for the Yaoguai.

And Phillip WAS the Yaoguai. She didn't free him from it...he had been cursed to be that beast.

I think that's all I got at the moment!

Date: 2014-02-02 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liliannabelle.livejournal.com
Ah thank you! You rock! Thank you for your patience with my swiss cheese memory!

You don't happen to know the name of the Yaoguai episode do you?

Date: 2014-02-02 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crysania4.livejournal.com
That's the Outsider (2x11)...one of my favorite episodes!

The one where she's first seen drinking at the tavern is Dreamy (1x14).

Date: 2014-02-02 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liliannabelle.livejournal.com
Awesome! *fires up iTunes* thanks again!!

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