Author's Note: I am re-writing this story with the help of my friend, Moheart7 because I feel the original version isn't as good as I once thought it was, and that I was straying a bit too far from the original Disney version, along with feeling rushed in some places. We hope you enjoy this new and improved version of the gender-swapped version of the tale as old as time. :)
Once upon a time, in a far away land, a young princess lived in a shining castle. Born to a beloved royal family, she had everything her heart desired. Her mother was a gentle soul who loved her daughter very much, and as such the princess was loving and kind to those around her. But her father, a cruel, vain and selfish man, who did not share the same views as his wife did, was terribly unkind to those around him, and even more so to his own family.
But then, one winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered the family a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the father sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. His wife tried to have her husband reconsider, but alas, he scoffed at her words and she fell silent. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The father tried to apologize and begged for her forgiveness, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart, and that he was far too cruel to ever be forgiven for his actions. As punishment, she waved her wand and he was immediately turned to stone, with a look of fear and despair forever plastered on his face. When the Enchantress turned to his wife, who neither said or did anything to stop her husband's cruelty, she too was unfortunately turned to stone, forever doomed to share a single pedestal, alongside her husband.
However, even then, the enchantress didn't believe that the two had suffered enough. But then, she turned her attention to the innocent young princess, and a more befitting punishment began to form in her mind. One that would surely make her point clear to the father's cruel ways of thinking. So with another wave of her wand, she transformed the poor child into a strange beast and placed a powerful spell on the castle, and all who lived there.
Ashamed and frightened of her monstrous form, the beast concealed herself inside her castle. But before she departed, the enchantress saw fit to provide her with a small token: A magic mirror, which would serve as her only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until her twenty-first year. And so, feeling sympathy and regret for the poor innocent child she had unjustly punished for her father's actions, the enchantress saw fit to provide her with a small ray of hope. If she could learn to love another and earn their love in return, despite her appearance, by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, she would be doomed to remain a beast for all time.
As the years passed, she fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?