Beauty and the Beast

By: Jenna Mogavero

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a prince lived in a shining castle.

Although he had everything his heart desired he was spoiled, selfish, and unkind.

But then, one winter's night an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold.

Repulsed by her haggard appearance the prince 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.

And when dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress.

The prince tried to apologize but it was too late for she had seen that there was no love in his heart.

And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there.

Ashamed of his monstrous form the Beast concealed himself inside his castle with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world.

The rose was truly and enchanted rose, which would bloom until his twenty-first year.

If he could learn to love another and earn her love in return before the last petal fell, the spell would be broken.

If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time.

As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope for who could learn to love a beast?

This narration may sound familiar to you. That is, if you have ever seen Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It is a tale about a cold-hearted prince who is conceited and unworthy of anyone's affections who eventually falls in love with a beautiful maiden. My story is somewhat similar to Walt Disney's fairytale. You'll just have to find out what is different and what is similar between these two tales of love and understanding.

A/N: Okay, I know it's short but I'm workin' on it! I got most of the story played out in my head, I just gotta write it all down. Hope you liked my little introduction. And remember folks! I do not own Walt Disney's Beauty and the Beast in any way shape or form. I'm not making any money off this. I did not come up with the story of Beauty and the Beast. If I did I wouldn't be sitting here in front of computer writing this, now would I? I didn't think so.

I'll put up the next chapter when I have enough material for it. Once again, I know it's short but all stories have to have a good intro right?