au: ruby is a warrior in queen snow’s army; belle is a princess in a neighboring kingdom.
she could never sleep when ruby was away.
it took the sudden absence for her to realize just how much she’d grown used to a warm body next to her at night, longer legs tangling with hers, a steady breath on her neck.
but the call had come, as it always did, and ruby was loyal - to her queen, to her cause, to the armor she donned and the blade she swung. no matter what she told her at night (“i’m yours, only yours”), she was gone in the morning.
belle was no queen, not yet, perhaps not ever - but if only she were, if she were ruby’s queen, she’d forbid her from ever leaving her side.