Seeing Belle sitting in the otherwise empty diner, sipping the last bits of another iced tea as she was about to bring a new one she immediately noticed the aura surrounding the young woman she had never seen before - neither in Storybrooke nor back in the enchanted forest.
There was something about the way her lips curled into a shy smile when she told her she had never had iced tea before and about the way her eyes sparkled at her new discovery.
She wouldn’t necessarily call her naive, no, her deep blue eyes told her she had been through more than her seemingly light mood was giving away, but there was something in her kind nature that made Ruby feel safe and at ease.
Yet, when she offered Belle a place to stay at, something shifted in the view she had on the other brunette. It was a strange and unknown feeling that settled in the pit of her stomach upon seeing a look of happiness and gratitude cross Belle’s face and suddenly she felt a heat she knew all too well rising up in her. It was something she usually only felt around wolfstime, when her inner wolf was about to come out but this time it felt different. Her senses were heightened in the brunette’s presence and her flowery scent made her feel tingly and suddenly she had a hard time holding back the low growl that threatened to escape her lips.
It was only then that she realized that even though she had only just met Belle that she had just found her mate and the wolf in her knew she would do everything in her power to protect her and even though all those new feelings were overwhelming her it also excited her because she had a feeling that the wolf in her couldn’t have made a better choice.