Beauty and the Beast
By: angel Healer
Chapter One
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Once upon a time in a faraway land, there was a magical kingdome where just about everthing
was perfect. The land was green, the people were happy, the castle was majestic.

The young Prince, however, was another story. He has long red hair and green eyes he was really
hansome.

He had grown up with every thing he desierd, yet his heart remind cold. He was selfish, spoiled,
and unkind. Yet because he was the Prince, no one dared say no to him. No one dared try to teach
him a lesson.

Until one bitterly cold, raw, winter night.
On that night, an old beggar woman came to the castle, shivering and weak. The servants led
her to the Prince. She bowed to him, taking a red rose from her basket.

"Kind sir," she said, "would you grant me shelter from the cold? I regret I have no money, but
I can offer you this small, perfect rose as a token of my gratitude."

The servants had taken pity on the poor woman, but the Prince only saw her filth and ugliness
. "Be gone, you foul beggar," he said. "And look not at my mirrors on the way out, least they
crack in horror!"

"My loard," the woman said, "do not be fooled by my outward appearance. For beauty is found
within all things."

" I see," replaid the Prince. "Then find beauty within someone else's house!" He turned to his
servants. "Take this old bag of bones away, I say!"

But before the servants could tuch her, she began to glow with powerful light. As they look
on awe, the old woman was transformed into a beautiful enchantress.

The Prince shook with fright. In the eye of This enchantress, he could see the anger that was
terrifying. "Please forgive me," he cried, dropping to his knees. "I...Ididn't know__"

But she wouldn't let him finish. "I hae seen that there is no love in your heart," she said.
"That makes you no better than a beast___ and you shall BECOME a beast!"

"No!" the Prince protested." Please..."
The enchantress raised her hands high. Slowly the boy changed. His red hair transformed into
long silvery hair. Claws grew from his finger tips. He screamed with pain as his ears got
pointed and long silver tail from his bottom.

" I hereby cast a spell on the entier castel," the enchantress declared. "You shall remain
a prisoner here___and you shall have no human company."

Instantly, every one else in the castle changed too. The Head of the household, Taiki, become
a mantel clock. The maitred', Seiya, become a candelabra. The cook, Mirs. Makoto, become a
teapot. others become furniture, china, even silverware___until not one human being was left.

The enchantress then held up the rose. "This rose will bloom until your twenty-first bithday,
and then it will wither and die. You have until then to break the spell. If you don't, you will
be doomed to remain a beast forever."

"But how can I break the spell?" said the frightened boy-beast. His voice eas raspy snarl.
The enchantress leaned closer to him. "The only way to break it is to love another person and
earn that person's love in return."

She placed the rose in a bell jar on a table, then pulled a small silver mirror out of her
basket. "I also leave you with a gift. This enchanted mirror will show you any part of the world
you wish to see. Look well, for it is a world you can no longer be part of!"
Then, in a flash of light, the enchantress disapeard.

The beast stomped out of the room and ran up the stairs of the castle tower. Up, up, up he
climbed, tripping over his clumsy feet. When he finally reahed the top, he looked out the tower
window.

He was shoked by what he saw. There wasnot one person on the castle grounds, not one house, not
one road, not one grassy field. The sunny countryside had been swallowd by a thick gray mist.

He had to earn another person's love. That was what the enchantress had said.
"But who on Earth could learn to love a beast?" the boy thought in despair.

He rearedhis head back and howled. It was the howl of a caged animal. It was the howl of a boy
who had lost every thing.

End of Chapter one