Serious warning here guys! That's right. Some major mushy sappy goodness here. :D

I'm sorry it took so long. I was sick, went to grandparents for the weekend, then dentist, then drama practice at church.

Chapter 16:

Days past into weeks as they flew by.

Walking had become a daily routine to Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin. Every morning they would walk for an hour or until Rapunzel began to get tired.

Every day she was able to walk longer, getting into shape now.

Rapunzel had noticed a change in Rumpelstiltskin. He was always so gentle and kind to her. Always considerate of her needs. Often she found herself falling asleep after supper usually in the library or parlor. Having slumped against Rumpelstiltskin. She'd wake the next morning to find herself in the bed. He either teleported them or carried her. But she knew he had carried her because once she woke up while he was carrying her. She hadn't alerted him that she was awake and as he laid her down he kissed her forehead.

It made her blush to think of him kissing her forehead. But it was innocent and didn't really mean anything…well maybe it did.

Rapunzel knew in her heart she had fallen deeply and over heels in love with her captor. Every time he came near her she felt as if she were alit on fire. And often felt weak in his presence. She could deny it as much as she liked but eventually she would come back to the truth of the matter.

Now as they walked in the woods she knew she couldn't leave Rumpelstiltskin. She had become to think of the mansion as home. Rumpelstiltskin was too dear to her to leave and forget.

Rumpelstiltskin tried to fight it. He tried hard. Only it was no use. He was madly in love with Rapunzel and there was no way out of it. He also knew it was only a matter of time before he ended up losing his power.

Another thing he was sure of…Rapunzel had feelings for him that were just as strong as his even if she tried to hide them. He could tell by the way he heard her sharp intake of breath when he came close to her…the loud sound of her heart beating. He wasn't sure how he even heard that but it must beat very loud for him to hear it. He certainly didn't have that type of super human hearing.

To be honest he didn't know why he still kept Rapunzel shackled to him. Maybe it was the fact that he had an excuse to always be close to her. Or maybe he was still if ever so slightly afraid that she would try to run again.

She had become so trusting with him. Every night it seemed she fell asleep while they were sitting in the parlor. And always she ended up with her head against his shoulder. Of course he had the option to wake her and send her off to bed only he couldn't bring himself to do it. Instead he picked her up in his arms and carried her. He also had the option of teleporting only he wasn't able to resist carrying her. Every single time he did so he didn't want to let go of her.

He always chastised himself as he laid her down on the bed. Yes the mighty most powerful dangerous person in the whole realm was going soft and falling in love with a mere peasant.

He always took out the rose hair clip and laid it on the bedside table. It was always pink when Rapunzel was wearing it. When took it out it immediately went to the regular Opal stone. If he held it in his hand a few seconds it always turned the very unmistakable color pink. As always he let it drop hurriedly to the tabletop.

He had allowed The Queen to visit him once while Rapunzel was asleep. He had temporarily unshackled himself from her to speak with her.

The Queen wanted help about the curse she was trying to enact. He had vowed to help her only if she would give him a good comfortable life and made a deal with her. Whenever he said please in the new world she was putting them all in if he said please she had to obey anything he said.

"Where are we going?" Rapunzel asked as they went on their daily walk. This was a different route than usual. This one was barely familiar. Not to mention there were a lot of thorns and Rumpelstiltskin had to help her with her hair whenever it was caught.

"The same path we took on our first walk, Dearie," he said as they continued on their way.

"Why?" Rapunzel wondered out loud.

Rumpelstiltskin couldn't answer that question because he barely knew why himself. He had this feeling that today he was going to lose his magic and he wasn't going to try to keep it.

They were quiet for now as they kept walking

Suddenly Rumpelstiltskin stopped and Rapunzel wondered why. She then realized they were by the same rose bush that caught her hair. He bent down and picked a thorn less rose.

This was just like her dream. Rapunzel stared at him in a bit of shock. She stared up at him in silent question. She felt her heart overflow a feeling that was so over whelming it was hard to contain. She knew this feeling and knew what it was. But was she crazy to even think of what it was and get her hopes up? She felt her heart brimming with love for this man. A captive was supposed to hate her captor not love him.

Rumpelstiltskin handed her the rose and their fingers brushed slightly both freezing at the contact.

They stared at each other what felt like hours and then noticed how close they were to each other. Nose to nose almost as it seemed.

Rapunzel's heart skipped two beats.

The next thing both of them knew they had closed in the space and their lips met. It was chaste and sweet but it was enough.

Rumpelstiltskin felt himself changing immediately. It felt strange but he accepted it.

Just like the dream Rapunzel wrapped her arms around his neck. Her fingers tangling into his curly hair as she kissed him back. Her eyes were closed so she hadn't seen his transformation just yet.

A clank sounded. The chains fell from their wrists to the ground at their feet.

He pulled away then and cupped her cheek in his hand. His golden eyes held terrible sadness, "You're free, go." Tears shone in his eyes.

"W-what?" Rapunzel opened her eyes and stared back at him. Her eyes widened as she realized what had happened to him. He was normal. No longer were the golden gray skin and excessive strange wrinkling and rotten teeth. His eyes were still gold and his curly hair was the only remnant of The Dark One.

"You're free to leave." Rumpelstiltskin choked. He let his hand drop. His voice was different. Smoother and had a different accent.

"No," Rapunzel protested.

"Why would you stay with a monster like I?" Rumpelstiltskin gave a bitter laugh.

"Because I love you and I know you love me." Rapunzel grabbed his arm.

Rumpelstiltskin looked like he was going sob.

Before he had hardly any time to even realize what she was doing until she did it. She kissed him. "I'm not ever leaving you. You can try and push me away and I won't go. I can't."

Then he did cry.

This was decent length.

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