Before the Curse
An ogre terrorizes a village. ("Operation Mongoose, Part 1")
There is the sudden and mighty roar of an ogre, and Henry looks up in shock as the massive beast approaches the village he's trapped in. Isaac comments that it's "right on time", while Henry is left to wonder what it even is. The man who wrote all of this explains that it's the exciting incident of this chapter: an ogre attack. "And you know what they say, you don't have to be faster than the ogre, you just have to be faster than the next guy." He walks away, leaving Henry to die, and the ogre continues to approach. It senses the captive child and stares down at him, roaring harshly in his face and creating a heavy wind with its breath. Henry begs for help, and, as if by miracle, a knight in shining, golden armor can be seen riding a valiant white steed up a hill and towards the attack taking place. The ogre turns to the knight, lifting its hand so as to grab him, but the hero simply waves his arm and emanates light magic from his palm. This magic hits the ogre at its center and causes it to collapse to the ground, dead, much to the joy of the villagers who only now step out from their huts.
Rumplestiltskin to the rescue. ("Operation Mongoose, Part 1")
One such villager announces the monster's demise, praising the Ogre Slayer on having saved them. She then approaches the slayer himself and thanks him directly, wanting to repay him somehow, but Rumplestiltskin lifts the visor of his helmet and tells her that good deeds are their own reward; "This comes with no price." Henry is stunned to see his inherently evil grandfather in such a getup, and the great and noble purveyor of light magic then uses his powers to free the boy of the ropes that bind him. Henry walks free of the wagon, and Rumple asks him if he's alright; however, Henry has been rendered speechless, and so the Ogre Slayer simply asks him his name. "Henry," he says, which is met by, "I am Rumplestiltskin, a knight, at your service." Rumple asks if Henry has any family around here, and Henry replies that he thinks so. Thus, Rumple suggests that he runs home for his supper because he, in the meantime, has another village to save. Drawing down his visor, the brave knight turns around on his white horse and rides off to the cheers of grateful villagers. Henry, after seeing this, searches his inside pockets and finds a copy Isaac's book, turning the pages toward the end so as to figure out where to go from here. He begins walking. ("Operation Mongoose, Part 1")