The tale of Beauty and her Beast—told their way…
A foolish, selfish, bored prince has run afoul of a Faery princess. Now he’s cursed to live as a beast, only able to become human for three nights out of each month. But there is hope. An impossible vision that haunts his dreams and makes him want to be better. But will his efforts be enough, or will his monstrous side chase away his one chance at redemption?
Most people have their favorite fairy tale, right? Well, mine is Beauty and the Beast. Some people like to say it’s just a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome. I prefer to think it’s one of the few fairy tales where the damsel rescues the hero. Also, give me a giant library and dishes that clean themselves any day! Just kidding… (or am I?) Anyway, I wanted to write this story because in all the versions of the tale (that I have come across, anyway), it always begins with the prince already cursed, and the story of how he got cursed is just a footnote, or brief reference. I thought he deserved better. With that said, Bastien is not for the faint of heart. He is not the romantic hero you are used to—there is a reason why he got cursed in the first place. And it’s not something stupid, like he failed to give shelter to a total stranger as a 10 year old child. No, he really, really deserved it. Because that’s the only way the story makes sense.