Beauty and the Beast

A/N: This is a take on the disney version

Prologue

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince named Darien lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince 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 he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal the beautiful enchantress, Selenity. 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 she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his twenty-first year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then 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 ever learn to love a beast?

In the little town of Jubann, there lived a young girl by the name of Serena Tsukino. She lived with her widowed father Ken and her younger brother Sammy. Serena and Sammy exited thier small cottage and began the walk into town. When the reached town, The baker, Andrew Furuhata was just setting us his bakery.

"Good morning, Serena!" He said. She skipped over.

"Good morning, sir" She replied.

"Where are you off to?" He asked. Sammy groaned, but Serena grinned.

"The bookshop! I just finished the most wonderful story, about a beanstalk and an ogre and..." She was cut off.

"That's nice" He said. He turned to his helper. "Reika, the baguettes, hurry up" Serena shrugged and continued her walk. As they walked, Serena noticed people looking her way and whispering, but she was used to it. Ever since they had moved to the small town, people had considered her odd. Well, all except for Diamond. She shuddered as she thought off him. He was an arrogant hunter determined to get his way all the time. His younger brother Sapphire was okay. When she reached the book shop, the book keeper smiled.

" Ah, Serena" She said. Serena smiled.

"Good morning Amy. I've come to return the book I borrowed" She said. Amy was a bit surprised.

"Finished already?" She inquired. Serena grinned.

"Oh I couldn't put it down! Have you got anything new?" She asked as she browsed the shelves. Amy laughed.

"Not since yesterday" She replied.

"That's alright" Serena replied, selecting a book. "I'll borrow this one" She handed it to Amy.

"That one, but you've read it twice" Amy said.

"But it's my favorite, far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise" She said. Sammy sat on a chair and waited. Amy laughed again.

"Well if you like it all that much, than it's yours" She replied.

"But..." Serena protested.

"I insist" Amy said. Sammy stood up as Serena got ready to leave.

"Thank you very much" Serena said as she left the shop. Serena sat down near a fountian and a crowd of kids gathered near her. She smiled and opened the book and began to read. As she read, a ways in the distance, a gun shot could be heard. The hunter, Diamond was holding his rifel and staring at Serena. His brother, Sapphire sighed and scooped up the goose that had fallen, dead. He turned to Diamond and said exactly what his older brother wanted to hear.

"You didn't miss a shot Diamond. You're the greatest hunter in the whole world" He rolled his eyes as he said it, but Diamond didn't notice. Instead he turned the talk to Serena.

"I've got my sights set on that girl!" He said, pointing at the petite blonde. Sapphire looked toward the fountian.

"The inventor's daughter?" He inquired. "You must be out of your mind" immediately he realized that it was the wrong thing to say. Diamond turned and glared at him.

"She's the one! The lucky girl I'm going to marry." He spat, grabbing Sapphire by the collar. "She's the best, and don't I deserve the best?" Sapphire nodded quickly.

"Of course you do" He said softly. He glanced toward Serena and knew that she wasn't going to easily succomb to his brother. He watched as Serena stood up, took her brother by the hand and began walking away. He tried to follow her but the crowd got in his way. Finally, on the edge of town, He managed to stop in front of her.

"Hello Serena" He said silkily. Serena looked up and groaned inwardly. Pasting a fake smile on her face, She said,

"Good morning Diamond" sh tried to side step him, but he beat her to it. He grabbed the book from her hands. "May I have my book back please?" She asked impatiently. He ingnored her and flipped through it.

"How can you read this, there are no pictures" He said. She sighed.

"Some people use thier imagination" She said trying to get the book from him.

"Serena, it's time you get your head out of those books and pay attention to more important things...like me" He said, tossing the book in the mud. "The whole town's talking about it. It's not right for a woman to read--soon she starts getting ideas... and thinking." Serena shook her head in frustration.

"Hey, whaddya say you and me take a walk over to the tavern and have a look at my hunting trophies." Diamond suggested.

"Sorry, but I can't" Serena said. She turned to walk towards her brother. Diamond stared at her, than walked back to the cavern.

"What's the matter with her?" Minako asked.

"He's dreamy" Raye sighed.

"He looks like my old boyfriend" Lita announced. The three girls sighed again. Sapphire picked the book up and whiped it off. He handed it to Serena.

"Here" He said softly. "I'm sorry about my brother" Serena smiled.

"Thanks" Just than they heard an explosion coming from The cottage. Serena and Sammy began running to the house. Sapphire smiled as he watched them.