Belle (Enchanted Forest).
|Portrayed by:||Emilie de Ravin|
|First appearance:||"Skin Deep"|
|Latest appearance:||"The New Neverland"|
I understand, but I also know that the future isn't always what it seems. I will see you again.
Belle, also known as Lacey, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the twelfth episode of the first season. She is portrayed by starring cast member Emilie de Ravin, and is the Storybrooke counterpart of Belle.
After the casting of the Dark Curse, Belle becomes a patient in the town hospital's psychiatric ward. Due to remembering his life from the Enchanted Forest, Mr. Gold has memories of how he lost Belle presumably at the hands of her father. One day, he takes away the delivery truck of Belle's father, Moe French, who is late on his rent payments. Later, Mr. Gold's house is ransacked and several items, including his only memento of Belle—a chipped cup—goes missing. All of the belongings except for the cup are returned. Suspecting Moe has it, Mr. Gold decides to take things into his own hands and tries to beat the truth out of the man while expressing a great deal of rage in blaming him for Belle's death. Instead, it is revealed Regina stole the cup, and uses it to goad Mr. Gold into telling her his real name. Satisfied, Regina gives the cup back and leaves to pay a visit to Belle at the hospital while Mr. Gold remains unaware his lost love is alive. ("Skin Deep")
Jefferson is jilted by Regina on her promise that if he helped her retrieve something from the Enchanted Forest to get rid of Emma, and then she'd bring his daughter back to him. To spite her, he decides to free the imprisoned girl in the psychiatric ward and bring her to Mr. Gold, who he knows won't be pleased at what Regina has done. He disguises himself as a hospital staff member and sneaks down to free Belle after drugging the nurse. He urges Belle to seek out Mr. Gold, and gives her instructions to tell him specifically that Regina locked her up. She goes into the pawn shop and informs Mr. Gold what happened. He is shocked to see her alive, and though Belle doesn't remember him, he promises to protect her. Whilst leading her out to the woods towards the wishing well, the Dark Curse breaks. Belle regains her Enchanted Forest memories, and reaffirms her love for Mr. Gold, who she still affectionately calls Rumplestiltskin. From the wishing well, she watches as Mr. Gold mixes the true love potion with the well water, which transforms it into a purple smoke and brings magic back to Storybrooke. ("A Land Without Magic")
Following the aftermath of the restoration of magic in Storybrooke, Belle and Mr. Gold speak beside the wishing well. She tells him of her imprisonment and asks if the release of magic was to seek revenge for her capture. He states it wasn't his intention, but will use it as an advantage. She makes him promise not to use the magic to seek revenge against Regina, which he agrees to. However, Mr. Gold finds a way to harm his nemesis without himself being the actual person to do so by releasing a Wraith to suck out Regina's soul. Upset at his broken oath, she leaves the pawn shop in tears of anger and frustration. After the Wraith disappears through a vortex, leaving Regina Mills unscathed, Belle returns and states she will remain with Mr. Gold because he is still a "monster." ("Broken")
On night, Belle has a nightmare in which Mr. Gold attacks Leroy, who has come looking for his axe. To her horror, he takes on his old appearance as the Dark One and proceeds to strangle Leroy to death. She wakes up in a cold sweat and goes looking for Mr. Gold; finding him in the basement secretly spinning gold thread and working on magic.
The next day, Belle asks Mr. Gold what he was doing in the basement when she saw him practicing magic. He tries to brush it off, but she states he is a coward for not letting her into his life. Then, without informing Mr. Gold, she leaves for the diner, where Ruby serves her iced tea. Ruby asks if she is all right, to which Belle responds she fears she is headed towards a break up. When offered a room at the bed and breakfast, Belle also makes mention of a possible job and talks about her love of books. Ruby points her in the direction of the closed down library that needs a librarian. Belle thanks her and goes to peek inside the library from the outside of a window. She is startled by William Smee, who distracts her with a number of questions, and then kidnaps her.
Taken to a back room, she is reunited with her father, Moe French. Though at first, Belle is overjoyed, she balks when Moe tells her to leave Mr. Gold for good. Unable to talk her out of not being with that man, Moe orders Smee to take his daughter to the town boundary so that she will lose her memory. Taken underground, she is tied to a mining cart and set off down a train track by Smee towards the boundary. In an attempt to free herself, she grabs the key to release the handcuffs, but drops it on the tracks. She is saved by Mr. Gold's magic, which pulls her to safety. Though grateful for Mr. Gold's help, she makes it clear they are not back together, and berates him for not being able to be truthful with her. Belle is also equally unhappy with her father for trying to make choices for her.
The next day, Belle is having breakfast at the diner while Ruby is introducing her to pancakes. Ruby gives her a small box with a bow; stating someone left it on the front desk. Belle opens it to see the key, which she uses on the library. Inside, Mr. Gold is waiting for her and informs Belle about an apartment available for the librarian. As Belle is handing the key back, he tells her to keep it. Mr. Gold admits he brought magic to Storybrooke because it is his crutch, and he doesn't know how to live without it. He also tells Belle when the Dark Curse broke, he thought he would be able to leave Storybrooke and search for his son, but instead a new curse forces those who try to leave will lose their Enchanted Forest memories. Through practicing magic, he had wanted to see if breaking the new curse was possible. Having given her the absolute truth, Mr. Gold turns to leave, but Belle invites him out for a hamburger at Granny's sometime, to which he happily agrees. ("The Crocodile")
Belle celebrates with the miners after the discovery of the diamonds in the Storybrooke mines. While drinking, she sees Ruby being asked out by Billy. Noting her friend's obvious discomfort, she comes over to excuse Ruby for the night with the reason being they are having a girls' night out. Billy takes the rejection in stride. After he leaves, Belle remarks he seems nice, though Ruby is distracted and heads to the back room of the diner.
Ruby is accused of murdering Billy, though David and Granny believe otherwise. To keep the townspeople from harming Ruby,she is taken from the jail cell to the library to hide out. Belle supports Ruby's innocence and allows her to stay. Later, she takes the chains off Ruby so she can use the restroom, but Belle herself is chained to the pipe. Ruby doesn't want to risk anyone else she cares about getting hurt, and believes the townspeople's anger towards her is justified. Leaving Belle in tears, Ruby goes to face the mob. ("Child of the Moon")
Later, Belle and Mr. Gold go on a date at Granny's and are served hamburgers. They are interrupted by the presence of Regina, who needs Mr. Gold's help in dealing with their nemesis, Cora. Belle asks who Cora is, though Mr. Gold replies she will never have to meet her. Mr. Gold argues he has defeated Cora before, but when Regina reminds him that last time he fought Cora he "didn't have anything to lose", she is referring to Belle, which makes the librarian nervous. ("Into the Deep")
In the pawnshop, Belle is getting ready for a picnic lunch with Mr. Gold when Emma, Mary Margaret, and David arrive and accuse Mr. Gold of causing Archie Hopper's death. Belle is in disbelief at this, and Mr. Gold states there is a way to prove his innocence in Archie's killing. With a little help from Emma, Pongo's memories show what appear to be Regina killing Archie in cold blood as Belle looks on. ("The Cricket Game")
She, along with the other townspeople, attend Archie's funeral where Mary Margaret gives a eulogy in remembrance of him. Afterwards, Belle meets up with Mr. Gold, who happily tells her the potion for crossing the border works. She expresses wishes to go with him, but he regretfully says the potion is only enough for one person. She heads to the library later on to sort through books. Once inside, she notices a stranger standing in the corner. Belle notifies him the library is not yet open for business and is shocked in recognizing him as the man who broke into her cell in the Evil Queen's palace, Captain Hook. In a state of panic, she runs from him but is unable to escape the building. Belle pushes over a bookshelf, which topples and pins him to the floor. Using time to her advantage, she scurries into the elevator. The elevator begins to shake from the force of Hook's exertions in breaking it open. Pulling out her cellphone to call Mr. Gold, she is able to tell him about the man trying to kill her, but when she attempts to give more details, Mr. Gold is unable to hear her through the bad reception. Belle does not return to the library until Mr. Gold operates the switch to open the elevator shaft.
Reunited, they hurry back to the pawnshop together. On the way there, Belle demands to know Mr. Gold's history with Hook. Hesitantly, he finally tells her Hook stole his wife, Milah, from him years ago. When she asks what happened to his wife, Mr. Gold can only say that she died. Later, they argue about her staying behind while he goes to deal with Hook. William Smee, acting as Hook's accomplice, stole Baelfire's cloak, which Mr. Gold wants to get back. He is adamant she does not come along, and under his anger is fear for Belle's safety with Hook still on the loose. He gives her a loaded gun to keep in case she needs to ever use it to protect herself. While Mr. Gold is away, Belle goes back into the library. There she finds a knot left behind from Hook, and she browses a shelf to find a book about knots. A brief glance through the book helps her realize the knot comes specifically from a ship.
Belle heads to the harbor to have a look around. Noting nothing out of the ordinary, she happens to look up at the seagulls, and is surprised to see one of them land and stand on something invisible. Suspecting something is there but she can't see it, Belle takes a pinch of dust and throws it over. The dust settles and reveals stairs leading up to an invisible ship. She goes up the steps until she passes a barrier that leads her onto the ship's visible deck. Belle opens a door below deck and makes the startling discovery of Archie tied up. She uses a sword to cut him free and urges him to get back to town. Then, she proceeds to rummage around the shelves, hoping to find Baelfire's cloak. She finds a key to a large chest box, but opening it only reveals gold coins inside. In her distraction, she puts down the gun, and just then Hook makes himself known to her. She lunges for the gun, but Hook is faster. He threateningly points the gun at her forehead, and whilst they converse, he reveals to her a truth Mr. Gold did not tell her—that Rumplestiltskin killed Milah by ripping out her heart. Even knowing this, Belle still believes in Mr. Gold and asserts that she knows he has changed and has good in him. She hits him with a rowing paddle and runs away to above deck while taking the cloak with her.
Mr. Gold shows up to save Belle and proceeds to beat Hook bloody with his cane. Belle pleads that they should leave, but Mr. Gold cannot contain his anger at Hook's presence. Finally, he stops when she reminds him of the hope she had in believing he changed, and that if he has, to walk away right now. They leave Hook's ship.
That night, Mr. Gold and Belle are at the town border. He uses the potion on himself and steps to the other side of the border line while his memory stays intact. Belle is very pleased the potion will give him the opportunity to find his son. She promises to wait for him in Storybrooke. The heartfelt moment is interrupted by the sound of a gunshot from behind Belle. The bullet pierces Belle's shoulder, causing her to trip and fall over the border into Mr. Gold's arms, and thus loses her memories. Hook is revealed to be the shooter, stating Mr. Gold knows how it feels to lose someone he loves. Mr. Gold yells her name in anguish, but she stares at him in confusion, asking, "Who is Belle?" In her amnesiac state, she witnesses Mr. Gold conjure a fireball from his hand. ("The Outsider")
Frantic and confused, Belle doesn't know who she is or how she got there. Mr. Gold is worried about her injuries, so he magically heals them. An ambulance arrives at the scene and takes Belle to the hospital. While she lies in the hospital bed, Mr. Gold tries to trigger her memory with true love's kiss, which does not work. Belle awakens, but screams in horror at the sight of him.
Later, Mr. Gold tries another method by magically charming the chipped cup. He gives it to Belle in hopes that she remember her past from the Enchanted Forest. Belle is afraid and unsure when he mentions magic and tries giving the cup back to Mr. Gold, but he insists she try. Belle becomes angry and throws the cup, shattering it to pieces. She asks him to leave one final time, and Mr. Gold finally leaves her room in tears. ("In the Name of the Brother")
Ruby comes to the hospital and gives Belle some familiar things to cheer her up. Belle questions Ruby about the accident and the man who magically healed her. Out of fear of exposing magic, Ruby tells Belle the tranquilizers she's been given must be causing hallucinations. Upset no one believes her, Belle acts out violently and has to be sedated by the nurse. Later that night, Greg visits Belle in her room. She thinks he, too, does not believe her about the fireball, though Greg admits he saw it. ("Tiny")
Still resting up in her hospital room, Belle is visited by Regina. Uneasy at the woman's presence, she asks if they were friends. Regina mentions they knew each other, and asks Belle about Mr. Gold and the dagger. She has no memories of anything, so Regina knocks the girl unconscious and uses magic to levitate the items in Belle's bag into the air to find clues on the dagger's location. ("Manhattan")
From her cellphone, she receives a call from Mr. Gold. Apologetically, Belle tries to tell Mr. Gold she doesn't remember him, which he knows, but wanted to give his last regards to her as he is dying. He knows she doesn't remember who she is, but describes the person he knew in her; a beautiful woman who loved an ugly man, and adds she creates goodness in those who don't have any. Belle begins to tear up at his words, but he hangs up before she can respond. ("The Miller's Daughter")
Mr. Gold visits Belle at the hospital. She is more trustworthy of him since their phone conversation and believes him when he wants to help her regain memories. While Mr. Gold is getting her discharged from the hospital, Belle packs up her belongings. She is visited by Regina, who makes herself known to Belle as the mayor. When she hears from Belle that Mr. Gold is going to help restore her memories, Regina is displeased. Thinking quickly, Regina bends down to pick up an item, and instead conjures an enchantment on little red card of the town bar, The Rabbit Hole. Regina asks if it belongs to Belle. Though Belle says no, Regina suggests she should take a better look at it. Belle glances down at the card and is surprised at the flood of memories, exclaiming she remembers who she is. In fact, Regina has given her false memories to replace the memories she lost as Belle. With the false memories, she assumes a new personality and a new name, Lacey.
Lacey promptly leaves the hospital on her own and heads to The Rabbit Hole. With her hair done up and in a blue sleeveless outfit, she begins to play pool by herself while chatting with Mr. Clark. When Mr. Gold shows up looking for her, she recognizes him as the man who once visited her in the hospital. Mr. Gold is completely at loss how to speak with her due to Lacey being so different from the Belle he knew. A man, Keith, tries to flirt with her but is shot down quickly when she says he is not her type. Seeking advice from David, Mr. Gold tries to act normally with Lacey and asks her out on a date. She accepts, and they meet at the diner for dinner. During the date, Lacey talks about how she has heard stories about him in town, but she is not afraid because to tell what is in a person's heart, one must truly know that person. Her words shock Mr. Gold because she once said those exact words in her previous life in the Enchanted Forest. He accidentally spills wine on her dress, and she goes to clean it up in the bathroom. In actuality, Lacey only decided to go out on a date with Mr. Gold because she felt sorry for him and planned to meet up with Keith secretly in the alley. Mr. Gold happens upon them and angrily shoves Keith off Lacey, thinking she is being assaulted by him. Instead, he realizes she meant to have a tryst with Keith. Finally, she admits to the real reason why she agreed to the date, and the reality is she and him do not fit together because she is not Belle.
Later, in The Rabbit Hole's parking lot, she finds Mr. Gold beating Keith for previously making out with her. She comments he really is as dark as what people say about him, and Mr. Gold bitterly agrees, embracing who he has always been. Lacey is glad he is not who she thought he was and watches with a mischievous smile as Mr. Gold continues to brutally take out his anger on Keith. ("Lacey")
Afterwards, she and Mr. Gold leave and walk down the street chatting happily, which is secretly witnessed by Hook through a telescope in the clock tower. ("The Evil Queen")
While on the streets one morning, Mr. Gold is annoyed when Dr. Whale supposedly eyes Lacey in a suggestive manner and intimidates him into a cowered state. With Lacey's approval, he is inches away from stamping his foot in Dr. Whale's face when Neal rushes out of the bed and breakfast to free him. Neal is disgusted at his father's actions and reminds him of the time he turned someone into a snail. Amused, Lacey laughs and asks to know more about it, but Mr. Gold senses tension from Neal, so he sends her off to wait for him elsewhere while he converses with his son.
Lacey spends more time with his Mr. Gold at his shop drinking alcohol. She is exasperated and annoyed when asked to step in the next room after Mary Margaret and David come to Mr. Gold for help in finding a missing Regina. After they are gone, Lacey corners him with the fact he can do magic and didn't tell her about it. He remarks she should pour another glass as he explains. She is amazed when he procures an expensive looking necklace out of thin air and helps her to put it on. After learning more about his inability to age as the Dark One, Lacey wonders if she, too, could become immortal so they could be together forever. He says it's possible, but mentions it doesn't keep a person immune from dying. Mr. Gold goes on to tell her about the prophecy a seer gave him a long time ago that a certain someone will be his undoing, which he takes to mean his death will occur because of that person. Puzzled, Lacey questions why he doesn't just get rid of the obstacle in his way as he's the kind of man who won't let anything stand in his way. ("Second Star to the Right")
As Leroy and the other dwarves are exiting the pawnshop, Lacey pops out from the backroom. She doesn't know what is going on, though Mr. Gold looks grim. Lacey remains unaware the entire town is in danger of reverting to a forest with all the current inhabitants, including herself, disappearing due to the activation of a trigger. When Lacey spills a cup of scotch all over the table, she hastily tries to use Baelfire's shawl as a wiping rag, to which Mr. Gold stops her and angrily exclaims it belonged to someone very important to him, and that she would not understand. Lacey apologizes, and in this moment, he realizes the person he needs most is Belle. Reaching into the cabinet, he pulls out a small bag and spills out the contents--broken pieces of the chipped cup--onto the table. Using magic, Mr. Gold reconstructs the cup to its unbroken state. Lacey expresses puzzlement at his fixation on the cup, but goes along and drinks the potion substance when he pours it into the object. After a moment, Lacey's persona is replaced by the return of Belle. They have an emotional reunion. Mr. Gold is sorry for waking her up only to die on the same day, but needed her back. She comforts him as he cries over the loss of his son.
The trigger is permanently stopped with the combined magic powers of Emma and Regina, but in the midst, Henry is kidnapped by Greg and Tamara and taken to another world. Mr. Gold decides he must go along to save him. Belle wants to go, too, but he instructs she must stay to keep the town safe and he's cloaked the town with a spell so no one can find a way in. She asks how he will find his way back to her. When the question is met with silence on his end, Belle is pained in her realization he is not coming back. Mr. Gold knows Henry is his undoing, but at the same time, he is also his grandson. He wishes to honor Neal by keeping Henry safe from harm. Though she's already been told this is the last time she'll see Mr. Gold, Belle believes the future is still uncertain and perhaps one day they will see each other again. They part with a farewell kiss. As she turns to walk away from the dock, Belle tells him Neal would be very proud of him. ("And Straight On 'Til Morning")
Numb with sadness, she watches the Jolly Roger sail off into a portal in the ocean and disappear from sight. From behind, Leroy ecstatically shouts in excitement over the town being saved as he, Archie, Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Mr. Clark, Mother Superior and Walter run up to her at the docks. She is unable to reply, to which Leroy questioningly prompts if Emma, David and Mary Margaret did save them. Belle is muted as she holds back tears. Leroy mistakes them as tears of joy until Archie asks if she is alright and Mother Superior inquiries about everyone else's whereabouts. Finally, Belle cops out the truth; yes, the self-destructor has been stopped, but Henry's kidnapping by Greg and Tamara to another world led everyone else to follow them there on Hook's ship. Leroy wonders why she stayed behind. To this, Belle unrolls the cloaking spell enchantment, along with a small vial of liquid, and shows it to Mother Superior. When asked why the spell is necessary, Belle repeats the warning she received Mr. Gold about other people coming to Storybrooke.
In a large group, they make their way down to the mines. Leroy wants to know when exactly these "other people" are coming, but Belle states that Mr. Gold never specified. Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Mr. Clark, Walter and Leroy all grab their axes. To calm down everyone's nerves, Archie chastises that there's no reason to panic since the cloaking spell may be a precaution. Uneasily, Belle remembers Mr. Gold did say the other people are working with the ones who tried to destroy Storybrooke, prompting Leroy to sarcastically remark about now being the time to panic, which Archie uncomfortably agrees with. Belle thinks everything will be fine as long as they get the spell up.
They walk deeper into a mining room, where Belle briefly looks at the cloaking spell parchment to see one of the ingredients they need is fairy dust, which Mother Superior says can be found in the walls. Additionally, all that is necessary is to open up a vein and the magic in the dust will be carried throughout the whole town. Leroy leads Bashful, Dopey, Mr. Clark and Walter in commencement of quarrying a large rock foundation containing fairy dust. With more than enough miners at work, Doc and Happy stand back to watch, along with Archie, Belle and Mother Superior. They stop when their efforts yield a crack opening and Belle approaches to uncap the vial and pour the contents onto it, but she hesitates over the enormous responsibility in casting the spell and suggests perhaps Mother Superior to do it instead. Mother Superior rejects the offer since Belle was entrusted with the task by Mr. Gold. With Mother Superior's encouragement to believe in herself, Belle dumps the vial liquid into the rock crevice. Nothing happens, at which time, Leroy presses Belle to believe a little harder. She tries to concentrate; causing an abrupt stream of magic to shoot out from the fissure and quickly trail out of the mines to cover a barrier over Storybrooke.
At the diner counter, Belle is served a cheeseburger with french fries, but doesn't even acknowledge the food plate. Seeing her down in the dumps, Granny wonders if there's something wrong with the food, such as too many pickles, or too little. Belle gives the weak excuse that she's probably not hungry. Granny accepts her reason and goes off to tend to the cash register, but Archie, sitting two seats away from Belle, puts down his newspaper and slides over to comment that's the fourth cheeseburger she has turned down this week. He suspects Belle's mood has to do with Mr. Gold, at which Granny passes by to remark that it's certainly got nothing to do with her cooking. Belle misses Mr. Gold and is extremely worried over what he said about going off to his death. She longs for a way to help him and save Henry. He indicates she helped protect Storybrooke, which is just as important, but Belle is dissatisfied her only action was pouring a potion over some rocks and the dwarves did all the hard work. Archie realizes Belle wants to be a hero and highlights the fact she did by keeping the bad guys out. Belle queries what bad guys are out there and believes no one is actually coming to town. The reality, as she puts it, is that she wasn't on the ship is because Mr. Gold doesn't need her. Incidentally, Leroy overhears her as he comes into the diner with a red-headed female guest, Ariel, in tow. He explains that she swam a long way in order to meet Belle.
Granny takes one look at Ariel's attire and makes clear that the outside sign states those without shoes or shirts will receive no diner service. Leroy is incredulous at Granny's new dress code since some of Ruby's outfits certainly never fit the guidelines. Belle asks further on Ariel's reason for being in town. Ariel explains her journey from Neverland on Mr. Gold's orders. At this, Belle is stunned to hear he is alive. Furthermore, Ariel hands over a sand dollar shell to her as Mr. Gold requested.
The two head over to the pawnshop to get Ariel a fresh change of clothes while Belle is dumbfounded by what to do with the sand dollar. Setting the item down on the table, she attempts to look at it with a magnifying glass, but suddenly, the sand dollar has a burst of light and illuminates an image of Mr. Gold in Neverland. Mr. Gold has hopes she already put up the cloaking spell as the people headed for town are more dangerous than he first believed since they are pawns in Pan's game. He establishes that there is indeed a way for him to defeat Pan without going to his own death, but to do that, Belle must help him acquire a hidden item in the shop and believes with the strength of their love, she will find it. The message ends with the light fading away back into the site of its projection. Belle happily gathers up the sand dollar while Ariel notices Mr. Gold is really into being cryptic. In unabashed excitement, Belle is thrilled that Mr. Gold wants her aid in saving not only him, but Henry and everyone else, too.
Ariel marvels over all the interesting items in the pawnshop as she and Belle try to find what Mr. Gold needs. She curiously looks at an item, which Belle helps her to learn the name of it is a corkscrew, and then picks up something else, a button, with a ship anchor engraved in the center. Ariel recognizes it as an exact replica of the one Eric used to have when she rescued him from a shipwreck. She tells Belle how fell in love with Eric, but it didn't work out. To this, Belle sees that as another reason they should carry out Mr. Gold's plan.
Thinking back to Mr. Gold's instructions, Belle remembers he said she will find the object's hiding space with the strength of their love. She thinks for a moment before realizing Mr. Gold was talking about the chipped cup and reminisces over how much wear and tear it's been through just like their love. Ariel ponders what to do next. Even Belle is unsure, but opens up the cupboard where the cup was always kept and places it back on its saucer. In doing so, she unveils a hidden location behind the counter on the floor of the pawnshop. Pulling away the floor covering, Belle takes out a cube box decorated all over with various designs topped off with a large circular red jewel. She recalls reading about such an item in books before, but never thought Mr. Gold might have it. Belle distinguishes its name as Pandora's Box, which legend says contains the world's darkest evil. Ariel is worried about Belle touching it with her bare hands, but is reassured nothing will happen as long as they don't open the box. They discuss what might be inside it. Belle is certain no matter what, it'll help Mr. Gold defeat Pan.
Abruptly, Belle and Ariel are ambushed by two strangers, Michael and John, aiming guns at them and discover they are the ones the cloaking spell was meant to keep out. Michael grabs both women and ties them together on chairs while John stands watch with his gun. Ariel doesn't understand why they are following their orders. Belle explains it's because they have guns, though Ariel has no inkling of what that is. John promises that she doesn't want to find out. Michael picks up Pandora's Box and grills Ariel on what Mr. Gold told her about it. Instead of replying, she exhibits fearlessness at their threats and guns. John prompts for a demonstration of a gun and demands an answer about the box. Finally, Belle decides it's best to confess that it's magic, but can't fathom why they care as it'll likely be destroyed by them. Michael confirms they're doing this on their boss's orders, but Belle scoffs at their ignorance over who they are working for. Yet, John puts out Peter Pan's name and reveals that while Greg and Tamara were blindsided until the very end, he and Michael are the real deal working towards stopping Mr. Gold's efforts from obtaining the box.
Constrained by ropes, Belle and Ariel are unable to escape after the two men have left. Ariel is more optimistic about the situation at hand, though Belle feels like a failure since every time she tries to be a hero, it backfires. She apologizes to Ariel for not being able to be with Eric. Re-assuredly, Ariel believes even when the magic of her bracelet wears off, she'll still go to Eric and confess her feelings for him; given if he lives near the beach. At the mention of a bracelet, which is the item keeping Ariel from turning back into a mermaid, Belle forms an idea of how to break free. She steers Ariel into pulling the bracelet off her wrist. However, Ariel can't reach it, so Belle manages to pry it off. Instantly, Ariel regains her fins, but the uneven weight sends both of them careening to the floor while still bound to the chairs. Easily slipping out of the binds, Ariel loosens herself and then helps Belle out, too. They leave once Ariel puts the bracelet back on. Outside, Belle reckons since the spell prevents anyone from going out of town, John and Michael will try to destroy the box with something powerful such as a dwarf pick ax.
Guided by flashlights, they go down to the mines to investigate. Though Ariel thinks they should wait for the dwarves, Belle presses that there's no time to delay anything. Belle shouts for them to stop just as John prepares to swing a pick ax to smash the box to bits. Michael cocks his gun, but this doesn't deter her from justifying that if they destroy the box, people they really care about will die. John notes that it's the same for them, too, and if the box isn't wrecked, someone they care about will perish. Belle inquiries what they mean, but Michael doesn't care to elaborate and tells them to stay back as they don't want to hurt them. Michael adds that they will if the two of them don't walk away now. Belle refuses to let up and instead pushes a switch, activating a mine cart on the tracks, which throws Michael and John off their feet. Using time to her advantage, she grabs the box and kicks their gun away.
Since Belle now has the upper hand, the two men change their tune. John begin pleading for her to reconsider the mistake she is making since there's so much more at stake. She looks down on their goal of destroying magic, but John clears up the misunderstanding with the real reason they are following Pan's orders is to save their sister, who has been Pan's prisoner for a long time. Michael adds that it's been over a century now. Belle finds their story to be impossible, given the time span, the both of them should be dead. John explains Pan has been keeping them alive so they can do his bidding. As long as they follow his orders, their sister will remain unharmed. Michael says when Pan is done with them, all three can be free, but now their plan is ruined. Nonetheless, Belle sees the opportunity at hand, to use the box to get rid of Pan, as their best chance. John has doubts Belle can do what she claims since both he and Michael have tried to outsmart Pan before, which failed and landed their sister as his prisoner. Furthermore, Michael mentions they tried to be heroes, but it just made things worse. While John frets over the outcome that Pan will kill their sister, Belle pledges if the box is brought back to Neverland, he most definitely can be stopped. Ariel asks for their sister's name. Hesitantly, Michael states her name to be Wendy Darling. He has hopes if they ever see Wendy, she must be informed that John and Michael are waiting for her.
Down by the coast land, Ariel tucks Pandora's Box into her collection bag as Belle says goodbye. She reminds Ariel to deliver the message about Wendy to Mr. Gold and wishes her luck on the travel back to Neverland. Belle watches Ariel take off into the sea. ("Dark Hollow")
- The name "Belle" is of French origin derived from the same word that means "beautiful".
- The name "Lacey" is of English origin derived from the variant name spelling "Lacy" and the word "lassy" that the name of a town in Normandy.
- Like Disney's adaption of the same character, Belle is interested in books and is given access to a library by her love interest, Mr. Gold. ("Lacey")
- Belle is the first person to whom Mr. Gold has revealed the motive for many of his actions and for creating the Dark Curse—to find his son. ("The Crocodile")
- Belle considers herself as an expert at rehabilitation. ("Child of the Moon")
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|"The Heart of|