Hey Kids! I've been working on this for a while actually, and I'm hopeful to where it may end up! I do so hope you enjoy it, and would appreciate any feedback and commentary!

And now, to the show, my dears...

Chapter 1

What the Girl didn't know…

The Beast and the Girl had an arrangement. The Girl, young and beautiful, would lure meals to the Beast, the Beast would feed, sparing the Girl from the sights and sounds, and the Beast would protect the Girl, and her loved ones. But is it worth it?, the Girl would wonder. Is protection and endless riches worth condemning souls? The Beast must eat… But is it worth it? She wondered a thousand times. The Beast was rich, very rich, and he loved the Girl. She lived in his castle, and he gave her anything she desired. But the Girl was pure at heart, and she was selfless, and gave his riches to the poor time and time again. The Beast didn't mind, because if it made the Girl happy, it made him happy. To be Taken was a privilege in the Girl's city. But it was a death-sentence if you loved someone. Once a Beast took you, you were the Beast's. Husband or wife, once Taken, you were a Beast's, and no one else's. The Girl loved her family, and so she agreed to go with the Beast, though she didn't really have a choice. What she didn't know was the Beast that took her wasn't always a Beast; he was in fact, a human. But if he told her, if she didn't guess, he would stay a Beast forever. And that wasn't an option to the Beast…

Well? How do you like it, my dear little duckies?