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After Granny had released her from the chains, Belle had started to close up the library for the night. Granny had brought her a sandwich and some tea for dinner as an apology for the hectic night and had assured her that Ruby was fine. Belle believed her, but her mind simply wouldn't settle until she saw Ruby for herself. Unable to calm her worrying mind, she had spent most of the night restlessly moving about the library until almost dawn. As she made her way up to her loft, she spotted a large shadow outside the back door. Belle gazed out the back window to find a large wolf lying in the small back alley. Belle was startled by the sight of the large beast, but not afraid. The wolf shifted it's head on it's paws in what she could only describe as a clear Ruby-like motion, bring a large and relieved smile to Belle's face. She had seen Ruby make the same motion on their occasional girls night, when Belle read to her and she was trying to stay awake. The wolf's head snapped up at the sound of the door opening. It let out a whine, with it's head bowed down and ears flattened against it's head. Belle simply smiled and shook her head. "Come on, you" she beckoned as she opened the door wider. The beast immediately followed Belle upstairs. Once Belle had changed into her pajamas and had pulled back the covers, she spotted Ruby on the floor at the foot of her bed. "Don't be ridiculous" called Belle as she patted the space next to her. Dawn had just started to creep into the sky when an almost asleep Belle felt the fur beneath her arm turn back to skin. Ruby startled at her surroundings and the feeling of something holding her the moment she realized she wasn't in the woods. "Shh. You're safe, just rest." At the sound of the familiar voice, Ruby stopped. She let out a content sigh and snuggled deeper as Belle pulled her closer. Happy to let everything else wait, the two fell into a peaceful sleep.