AU: Aubrey can’t find a job as a lawyer when she graduates from college and in search of any job she travels to New York – after a few months she finds a job in a dingy café and finds herself in an unhealthy relationship with an older man.
Five months after Aubrey gets a job in the diner Ruby moves to the same area with her best friend Belle, who is trying to rebuild her life away from Storybrooke now that the curse has broken and they’re free to cross the barrier. She goes to the small café around the corner from where they live and notices the blonde immediately – from then on she makes a point to go to the café every morning.
For a few months both Ruby and Aubrey notice each other in the café and share longing looks however neither of them say anything to the other. Aubrey is prevented by her work and Ruby is prevented by the ‘wolf thing’ – much to Belle’s dismay (Ruby talks her ear off about Aubrey). During that time Aubrey breaks up with the older man she’s seeing and continues to work unhappily at the diner.
Finally Ruby gathers up the courage to ask Aubrey out – Belle goes along for support. When the blonde is jostled by a man, causing her to smash a cup Ruby takes her shot. Aubrey is inevitably distracted by her work however and Ruby’s chance is gone. Forlorn she returns to her table with Belle. The next time Aubrey looks up from her work she sees Ruby sitting at the table with Belle and assumes they’re together. She goes back to work but when she notices that Ruby and Belle have left she thinks she’s lost her chance for good – she whips off her apron and hurries outside in hopes of finding Ruby – although she’s down the street by that time Ruby hears Aubrey and goes back.
Ruby Lucas aka Little Red Riding Hood - Once Upon A Time…
#there is no universe in which red and belle wouldn’t fall in love with each other#sorry but #red is everything that belle wants in a partner #she is inherently good and selfless and protective and happy #she’s brave and kind and comforting and reassuring #she is the fairytale ‘prince’ #she’s better than charming tbh #and obviously a thousand times better than rumpel #i don’t see how it would be possible for belle to ignore that #especially after losing her memory #ugh #fuck everything
You ever see a wild animal just turn its back and walk away like you don’t matter? If this wolf is like that, there is no defeating it. It’s already won just by existing in our world. You don’t kill it. You just hide.