She did nothing to earn her beauty. It was given to her. And as with many such gifts, beauty was both a boon and a burden…
This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.
In Year One mostly, I wrote a number of alternate fairy tales based on “Sleeping Beauty,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Jack and the Beanstalk,” to name a few. In this story, I revisit another fairy tale and explore another “what if.” What if Beauty sought out the Beast on purpose? But why? And what happens when she finds him?
[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 31 seconds. No music. No sound effects. Digital drawing of a collage with four panels in two rows. Top left panel, a person’s sneering mouth with the canine teeth extended slightly. Top right panel, larger than the left, close-up of a person’s left eye wide open as if in surprise. Bottom left panel, a repeat of the top right panel image, except now the eye is a different color, red and gold, and the skin around it has sprouted small hairs. Bottom right panel, a growling mouth with long canines and a hairy face. The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fairy Tale” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade and are replaced by quotes from the story, at the top of this post, line by line. The story title appears at the end. Website URL is displayed at the very bottom throughout.]
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