I’m finally at a point in A Bed of Thorns where post-season-1 canon can be worked in if I want to. Or not if I don’t. I hedged my bets good and hard on the Snow/Regina/Curse timeline as it relates to Belle, and on Rumple’s backstory/motives with Regina, and that worked out okay. I blew it completely with Rumple’s future-seeing skillz and I’m still flailing trying to catch up there. I’d allowed enough wiggle room for Milah (well, okay, not for him actually tearing out her still-beating heart and crushing it before her eyes and everything, but for her eloping) and for Cora (for a bad breakup with someone who left him a tad bitter, though not so recently). Hook’s immortal vendetta, Zelena’s pie-baking cray cray and Peter Pan being his dad, not so much. Canon Rumple is just buried in the baggage of his childhood, and I haven’t left any space for that in ABoT at all. What to do, what to do?
And at no point did I allow for the canon where anyone and everyone can jump realms whenever they damned well like and source magic beans and magic trees and magic ships all over the place, so long as their name isn’t Rumpelstiltskin.
But that last one could come in really handy.