With The Dark Curse lifted, Belle regained her memories and was overjoyed to be reunited with her beloved Rumplestiltskin, known in Storybrooke as Mr. Gold. But he brought magic to the town and she worried that the corrupting influence of magical power would lead him back down a dark path which she could not follow. She convinced him to go against his darker instincts, and seemed to be coaxing the good in him to the surface, until she was shot by Captain Hook and lost her true memories. Mr. Gold was heartbroken, but then Regina made matters worse by giving Belle cursed memories of an identity named Lacey—a woman with a pretty serious dark side. Gold began to slip back into his old ways with Lacey gleefully encouraging him until her true memories were restored. Now that Henry’s been kidnapped, Gold has entrusted Belle with a magic spell that will once again hide Storybrooke, keeping away any more sinister agents who may be lurking in our world. She can only hope that her true love returns to her from a desperate mission to save Henry.
Have you ever seen something in someone that he didn’t even see in himself? Belle is nothing if not fearless, a fact she proved when she willingly gave herself over to Rumplestiltskin to fulfill her father’s debt. That same courage allows her to look past Rumple’s beastly exterior to see—perhaps even to love—the broken man underneath. However, just when their relationship seemed like it might flourish, Rumple cast Belle out, and when the curse struck she became the Evil Queen’s captive. Held in an insane asylum for twenty-eight years, she is finally free and able to live life on her own terms for the first time. Strong-willed and fiercely independent, no man is Belle’s master.