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Wind Tunnel Dreams: Month of Myth 
6th-Apr-2009 11:23 am
Wind Tunnel Dreams
Her sisters flitted around her like butterflies, radiant in bright silks, trailing ribbons and laughter. Her father stood next to the groom, all puffed up in pride.

And the groom…

Her prince. Golden and noble, no trace of the Beast he’d been. Handsome. Courtly. And she the envy of her sisters, of everyone; she, who transformed him with a kiss.

Her, with the bravery to kiss the Beast.

They assume she knew. They imagine late nights in the library, researching his curse. They imagine her crying “Eureka!” and “Aha!” and running off to meet with him, perform the distasteful act…

She stood before the priest, numb; her prince’s joy infected the gathered crowd, and no one noticed that the bride was silent.

He is perfect, after all.

She lies beside him in bed later, watches him sleep. The moonlight illuminates those cheekbones, that mouth, that chest, that so-smooth skin. He was gentle and courtly even in this; she had felt little pain.

She cries as quietly as she can.

It was not the prince she wanted, after all; not a prince that she fell in love with, not a prince that she desired. It was the Beast.

My brain is full of financial jugglings today - not much in the writing zone. So this is from the sponsor-extras section of the Gojirawitz Girls Challenge.

Like the Gojirawitz Girls Challenge, all proceeds go to sending Miss Kid to Explo!
6th-Apr-2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Have you read Francesca Lia Block's The Rose and the Beast? You tooooooooooootally must.
6th-Apr-2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
6th-Apr-2009 03:47 pm (UTC)

Quiet, simple, beautiful.
6th-Apr-2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
I like this one.

But I also couldn't help but think: OH NOEZ SHE'S A FURRY!

6th-Apr-2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
6th-Apr-2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
My coffee's on the keyboard now.
6th-Apr-2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
I can say these things because I draw cute cuddling furry girls. Right? -_-
6th-Apr-2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Anyone who reads or hears the story and doesn't clue in to that isn't paying attention. *grin*
6th-Apr-2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
That was one of the many reasons I hated the Disney version. After the transformation, all I could think was "Gah! Change him back!"
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6th-Apr-2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
Awww that's cute. ::grins::
6th-Apr-2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
She's learned a valuable lesson. You choose the one with the books. If he turns handsome later, well, you're just going to have to get past that.
6th-Apr-2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
6th-Apr-2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Ditto. Because the human he turns into is probably one of the ugliest (in my opinion) of the Disney 'heroes', but the beast is very endearing.
6th-Apr-2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Yes. This makes my heart hurt, in a good way.
6th-Apr-2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
This, to me, is always the obvious unspoken ending to this story.

But you spoke it so beautifully I'm good with it. *grin*
6th-Apr-2009 07:44 pm (UTC)

Where do I send my prompt, if I donated enough to get one?
6th-Apr-2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
You did - right here!
7th-Apr-2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Oh, my. Love this.

I sometimes hate the fact that you're so efficient with your words -- I want more of this, but of course this is all that there is to it. More would weight it down, and now it floats.
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