Thehinkypanda prompted: Belle discovers Harry Potter
What Others Lose
Belle sobs, one hand pressed to her swollen belly, the other shoved tight between her teeth. As though she will fall apart if she cannot bite through bone. As though she is falling apart already, great heartrending earthquakes wracking her frame, and she cannot breathe. She sounds as though she is drowning, dying, and time slows. Gold stands in the doorframe, just home from the shop, and his heart hurts.
He can only think—can only try not to think—the baby.
They’ve lost the baby.