"He was a lot of things to me" "The only conclusion was love"
I don’t think Rumple holds his lover higher than his son. And I don’t think Rumple holds his son higher than his lover. When he thought Belle died, he fell deeper into madness. When he though Nealfire died, he decided to go on a suicide mission and never return. Rumple is full of love and it is for those two individuals, at the same time, in the same degree. Neal is his happy ending. Belle is his happily ever after.
Essentially, yes. Two plans, one goal that converges in Oz. I think they’ll have slightly different ideas at first about how to achieve OperationGOLD but their disparate journeys will eventually lead them to the same place: OZ. Belle and Bae are on the same time with the same goal. 😀