Synopsis: Charles Gold is less than impressed with his costume for the superhero charity benefit. Belle has her reasons for the choice.
Note: @little-inkstone Happy birthday to the best giftee anyone could ever ask for! You may recognize some of your own words back from my ask in February. I may have been planning ahead 🙂 I hope this is alright, I wanted to do something special for you. Hope you enjoy it!
the pursuit of power, had utterly consumed him.
He’d lied to
himself, said he was doing everything for his boy – for Bae, even as his
beloved son slipped through his fingers. Left to make a life of his own, left
in disgust at the man his father had become. Charles Gold – the man, the
legend, the inventor with the ‘golden’ touch. The man who had started with
nothing, and built an empire worth billions which spanned the globe, an empire
which had infiltrated almost every industry. Everyone saw the magazine covers,
the glossy spreads, the swagger and the sarcastic quotes.
Gold had become
invisible inside his own life and hadn’t even noticed. He’d been so caught up
in the whirlwind of power and glory, of finally being someone that mattered.
Then he’d made that fateful trip to the desert, which he’d hated at the time
because the sand got everywhere, and in the depths of Afghanistan
there had been nowhere left to hide. It was like a mirror had been turned on
his life and he saw what he’d become, and what he’d lost, and what he still
stood to lose.
and broken dreams of Bae, he’d built a way out. When he left that desert, he
had a shattered leg which would never fully heal, but the biggest change was in
his purpose. Belle, his long-suffering assistant, had been at the Air Force
base to welcome him back. She’d told him that Bae had worried, that he’d
called, but he wasn’t there when he returned home and Gold understood. Bae was
still angry, and he didn’t know that it was his father that had come home – not
*SCREAMS* OMG THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE WHAT YOU DID WITH BOTH RUM AND BELLE IN THIS!!!!! THEY MATCH PEPPER AND TONY SO WELL BUT YOU STILL MANAGED TO WORK IN SCARLET VISION TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*clears throat* *tries not to scream again* Seriously, this is a wonderful suprise and I just want to snuggle it and you!!!!! You’ve blended my love of rumbelle and superheroes so well together! And I love that before Gold knew what he was he wanted to be batman! XD
I love the reasons you had Belle give for why she picked their outfits and it is familiar! 😉 I love how you adapted the Iron Man story line to fit them! Of course Gold would get so involved in his work that he’d lose sight of what mattered, and then having his injury be his leg instead of his chest works so well! Belle’s insecurities about being just average when compared to him broke my heart, since that’s probably how the world sees her but to him she’s the amazing one!
I also love how you had Neal and Gold upset with each other and then slowly repaired their relationship once Gold had come back! And the line “Bae was still angry, and he didn’t know that it was his father that had come home – not Charles Gold.” It’s too much for my feels!!!!
Again, thank you so so much!!! This is beautiful and perfect and an amazing surprise and if I don’t stop here you’ll have an essay to read about my love for this!!!! Especially because now my imagination is going and I’m wondering what it was like for Belle and Gold to fall in love!!!
*cries forever* you are the nicest person in the world! Thank you so much for this amazing comment. It’s your birthday but you’ve totally just made my week! Heh speaking of your birthday, of course I had to work in Scarlet Vision that was the point 🙂 I am so thrilled *happy dance* that you liked it!
As for Belle and Gold falling in love… I always accept prompts for existing verses and this seems like a fun verse to play with, so I’d like to write more. Unfortunately, as is always the way, I want to write a ton of things heh, but yeah definitely one day! Thank you again *hugs you* I hope you had a brilliant day! Happy Birthday! 🙂
Adorable! Gold as Iron Man is a theme near and dear to my own heart. And I love how you used the costume party to make Gold aware of some of Belle’s insecurities being in love with such a powerful man.
Thank you! There is that public perception. I mean even within canon Rumple has magic and Belle is seen just as a pawn by so many people. When really I’ve always thought that they are equals. Belle has strong skills of her own, they are partners and learn on each other. Also yes! I do think Tony and Gold have a lot in common.
I was remembering today that scene when Pepper went down and found the robots trying to get Tony out of the suit and he said “let’s face it, this is not the worst thing you’ve caught me doing” and it reminded me of when Belle found Gold in the basement doing magic in The Crocodile, and of course what she saw him do while at the Dark Castle. Anyway, I’m really pleased that you liked it! Thank you so much 🙂
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Huh. Gold as Ironman. Didn’t see it coming but it makes sense. Especially interesting considering his limp outside the suit.
Thank you! I’ve always thought Gold and Tony had a lot in common, it was fun to explore that a little bit. Yeah rather than go with the chest full of shrapnel, I took his limp instead so it was more Gold. I’m glad you liked it! 🙂