FINALLY! A non MikanxNatsume story! (Sorta...) Well anyway; this story is going to be based off the play Beauty and the Beast. Either the lyrics or script will be from the actual play, or I twisted the words around to make it sound non-OOCish. Warning: There MIGHT be OOC in there. Just warning you ahead of time. RukaxHotaru. Please Read!


Too Bland, don't you think?

I love books. Everyday I'm surrounded by books. But, at my village; everyone thinks I'm odd. Just because I'm most likely the only female to read in this stupid village, doesn't mean I'm odd. Stories are wonderful; in fact. One day, I want to create a robot to fall in love with. That's what I inspire to do; be an inventor like my brother.

I stepped outside of my small cottage, with a basket in my hands. I frowned to see that nothing changed from yesterday. And let me tell you, same old stuff bores me to tears. I tried to maintain my closure and walk into town.

"Little town, it's a quite village. Everyday like the one before… Little town, full of little people… Waking up to say…" I sang to myself, my eyes looking droopy.

"Bonjour!" "Bonjour!" "Bonjour, Bonjour, Bonjour!" Many people answered greeting one another. Of course, they left me out of their conversation.

"There goes the baker with his tray like always. The same old bread and rolls to sell," I sang, I glanced over to see the baker holding, well what do you know, a tray full of leftover bread. "Every morning just the same; since the morning that we came. To this poor provincial town…"

"Good morning, Hotaru!" A man yelled out to me. I staggered over to him.

"Morning monsieur." I tried to smile, but it didn't work. He stared at me strangely while I failed to smile. He chuckled.

"Where ya off to?" He asked. My eyes glistened a bit.

"The bookshop. I just finished the most wonderful story. It's about a beanstalk and an ogre and a-" The man cut me off.

"T-That's nice. Marie! The baguettes! Hurry up!" He yelled out to his wife, completely ignoring me. I shrugged it off and kept walking towards the bookshop.

"Look there she goes that girl is strange no question. Dazed and distracted can't you tell?" A few ladies sang out, thinking that I wouldn't hear them. Oh, I heard them all right. I glared at them and they immediately stopped singing.

"Never part of any crowd, cause her head's on some cloud. No denying she's a funny girl that Hotaru." Another group of aristocratic ladies murmured to one another. I was to exhausted to even stop them, I just kept on walking; keeping my eyes straight forward.

"Bonjour." "Good day" How is your family?" two people greeted each other.

"Bonjour." "Good day" "How is your wife?" Another two people chatted with one another. The man stared at the woman's chest. Noticing this, his wife smacked him hard upside the head with a rolling pan. I couldn't help but chuckle a bit.

"I need six eggs!" An obese, exhausted woman carrying several children screamed out.

"That's too expensive!" A man tried bargaining with a shop owner gasped.

"There must be more than this provincial life!" I screamed out, yet no one seemed to hear me. They continued their boring, simple lives. I walked inside the bookstore. The bookstore owner glanced at my way, smiling and waving towards me. I returned the gesture by waving back.

"Ah, Hotaru." He smiled.

"Good morning. I've came to return the book that I borrowed." I said, handing the short, stubby man his book.

"Finished already?" His eyes widened in shock.

"Oh, I couldn't put it down." I replied, giving a faint smile. "Have you got anything new?" I asked, looking through the countless aisles of the store.

"Not since yesterday!" He chuckled, I looked at him with disappointment.

"That's alright. I'll borrow… this one!" I said, picking out my favorite book.

"That one? But you red it twice!" He stared in amazement. I held the book closer to my face.

"Well, it's my favorite! Far off places, daring swordfights, magic spells, a prince in disguise-" I was, once again, cut off.

"If you like it all that much, it's yours!"

"But sir!" I protested.

"I insist." He smiled. I started to walk out the door; waving goodbye.

"Well thank you; Thank you very much!" I said with a bland tone to my voice. I walked out of the small shop and began re-reading my favorite story.

"Look here she goes that girl is so peculiar. I wonder if she's feeling well!" Now a group of villagers sang out.

"With a dreamy far off look." A group of females laughed, pointing to my face; which I didn't even see. I was too far into the book already, you see.

"And her nose stuck in a book." Now, only the males sang out; pointing towards my book.

"What a puzzle to the rest of us is Hotaru." Everyone face palmed their forehead. Noticing a fountain, I stat on the ledge. I was soon accompanied by sheep. I gave up after countless times of shooing them away; so I just tried to show them how wonderful this book was.

"Oh~ isn't this amazing? It's my favorite part because you'll see. Here's where she meets prince charming." I sang, a sheep tried to eat the page with the picture in it. "But she won't discover that it's him 'till chapter three." The sheep were chased away by a short, old man.

"Now it's no wonder that her name means beauty. Her looks have got no parallel." A fat, rich woman sang while trying on a hat; tossing her red wig to the side.

"But behind that fair façade; I'm afraid she's rather odd," Her husband whispered towards his wife. "very different from the rest of us."

"She's nothing like the rest of us." More villagers chimed in.

"Yes different from the rest of us is Hotaru!" Everyone, but me, sang. Suddenly a gun shot rang out. A geese, or an another type of flying bird, was killed by the bullet. A short fat man ran over to catch the meal; of course he failed trying to catch it. He pushed the dead animal in the sack he was carrying and ran over to his muscular companion.

"You didn't miss a shot, Youichi! You're the greatest hunter in the whole world!" The fat man praised the other man, Youichi. Youichi smiled deviously and answered him with 'I know'. "No beast alive stands a chance against you; and no girl for that matter." He smiled.

"It's true, Kusami. And I've got my eyes set on that one." He pointed towards me.

"The inventors' sister?" Kusami yelped.

"She's the lucky girl I'm going to marry." He proudly bellowed.

"B-But she's…"

"The most beautiful girl in town."

"I-I know but…"

"And don't I deserve the best?" Youichi asked, threatening poor Kusami.

"Well of course you do!"

"Right from the moment when I met her, saw her. I said 'She's gorgeous.' and I fell! Here in town there's only she, who is as beautiful as me. So I'm making plans to woo and marry Hotaru." He sang, trying to get my attention. I walked away from him; knowing his presence. He persistently followed; so did Kusami.

"Look there, he goes. Isn't he dreamy? Monsieur, Youichi…Oh he's so cute!" All bimbo girls squealed when they saw Youichi walk their way. "Be still my heart! I'm hardly breathing!" They almost fainted when they saw Youichi flex his muscles. Realizing he lost track, Youichi tried running up to catch me; which was already so many feet away. "He's such a tall, dark, strong and handsome brute!" They all said in unison.

"Bonjour, Pardon, Good day, Mais oui! You call this bacon? What lovely grapes. Some cheese, ten yards, one pound. 'Scuse me! I'll get the knife. Please let me through! This bread, those fish, it's stale! They smell! Madame's mistaken." A whole bunch of villagers, including me and Youichi ringed out.

"There must be more than this provincial life!" I yelled out.

"Just watch I'm going to make Hotaru my wife!" Youichi yelled out also.

"Look there she goes a girl whose strange but special. A most peculiar mademoiselle." All villagers sang in unison.

"It's a pity and a sin." All female villagers sang.

"She doesn't quite fit in." All male villagers replied.

"Cause she really is a funny girl. A beauty but a funny girl, she really is a funny girl that Hotaru!" All villagers sang together. I turned to face their direction, glaring at them with harsh eyes. They were all glad that looks couldn't kill. The villagers went back to their everyday lives. Youichi came over to me and started socializing with me.

"Hello Hotaru." He tried to seduce me, but of course, I replied coldly.

"Bonjour Youichi…" I muttered. He snatched my book right from my hands. "The hell? You BEST be giving back my book Youichi, or you'll wish you were dead." I fumed.

"How could you read this crap? It's got no pictures!" Youichi, ignoring me, flipped through pages of the book like a three year old.

"Some of us use something called our 'imagination'. And brains; which you don't have." He tilted my head, ripping my book from his grasp.

"You know, Hotaru-Honey." I held a fist when he called me that stupid nickname. "You should stop reading so much and pay more attention to more things like… me! Of course." He smiled deviously again.

"Oh please. Now if you excuse me, I'm going to go help my brother." I walked back the direction to my cottage. I stopped halfway when I heard a certain annoying boy sing out:

"Crazy old fool! He's going to need all the help he can get!" Kasumi laughed, Youichi joined him. Noticing my anger, Youichi punched Kasumi hard upside the head.

"Don't talk bad about her brother that way!" He tried hard to conceal his laughter.

"Yeah, he might be crazy. But at least he's smarter than fools like you-" Suddenly a crash came from my cottage. I gasped running towards the basement of my home. "Brother? Brother? Dammit, what'd you do this time?" I coughed upon the smoke.

"Sigh next time for sure… Hello Hotaru. Hand my me that clencher, would ya?" My older brother, Subaru Imai, smiled. I frowned upon his gesture and handed him his tool. "Thanks…" There was a long silence. "So, I see you got a new book." He broke it the long silence.

"Yeah, bookseller gave it to me as a gift. Strangely, people were singing all around me, thinking I can't hear them." I bluntly said. Subaru dropped his tool, picked it up, and sighed.

"Well… isn't that strange?" He tried to smile. "Well, you certainly love those books, Hotaru. When I win the grand prize at the fair tomorrow, want me to get you another one?"

"Sure, I don't care." I muttered. Still, there was a long silence. "Brother, do you think I'm odd?"

"Why of course you are." Subaru bluntly murmured.

"Thanks for that, stupid brother."

"Then why'd you ask?" He chuckled.

"Well… I'm not sure I don't fit in anymore. I have no one to talk to anymore." I clasped my hands together. "You know, ever since Mikan took the job as a maid or something."

"What about Youichi? He's a nice person." Subaru said. "Maybe a good husband. You are getting to that age you know."

"…Are you on drugs? There's no way that a girl like me is right for a guy like him!" I yelled. Subaru covered his ears. I glanced towards his way. "That invention better make us live in another town and restart our lives."

"Most likely." He smirked. Suddenly, the contraption that Subaru was working on came to life. "It works!" He yelled; hugging me tightly.

"Congrats, idiot. Now go, I want you to come home with prize money; got it?" I smiled happily.

"Thank you Hotaru. Better not forget my scarf! Bye! Take care of the house for me!" Subaru yelled, riding his horse out. He waved goodbye. I returned the gesture by waving goodbye to him. I smiled as the wind pushed my black hair back.

I'm strange huh?

End of Chapter 1


So what'd you think? Please leave a review! I need at least one review for chapter one! This was based of Beauty and the Beast. I do NOT own Gakuen Alice, NOR do I own Beauty and the Beast. I do not own any of the songs used in the story! Thank you for reading. If there is anything that you don't understand, please, ask me. I will answer you to the best of my abilities. Thanks again for reading. Please Review my other stories too! :)