Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a kind and beautiful young woman named Belle. She lived with her father, Maurice, a quirky inventor, in a small village.
One day, Maurice got lost in the woods and stumbled upon a mysterious castle. Unknowingly, he plucked a rose from the garden for Belle. Suddenly, a Beast appeared, roaring, “Who dares steal my roses?”
Frightened, Maurice explained about Belle. The Beast, moved by the story, allowed Maurice to leave but on one condition – Belle must come to the castle. When Belle heard this, she bravely went to the castle to protect her father.
At the castle, Belle met the Beast. “You must stay here forever,” the Beast growled.
Belle, although scared, responded with courage, “I will stay, but you must promise to treat me kindly.”
As days passed, Belle discovered that the Beast wasn’t as terrible as he seemed. He had a gentle heart and loved reading, just like her. They spent hours in the library, where Belle said, “These books are wonderful! Will you read with me?”
The Beast, who was lonely and had long forgotten kindness, found comfort in Belle’s company. “I would be honored,” he replied, his gruff voice softening.
One evening, as they dined, Belle asked, “Why do you live alone here?”
The Beast sighed, “I was cursed for my arrogance, destined to remain this way unless someone truly loves me for who I am.”
Belle saw the sadness in his eyes and felt a wave of empathy. Over time, their friendship blossomed into love. One starlit night, Belle whispered, “I see the kind soul behind the Beast. I love you.”
At those words, magic swirled around them. The Beast transformed back into a handsome prince, the curse broken by true love. The castle came alive, with every object turning back into humans. The prince joyfully explained, “Your love has freed us all.”
Belle, amazed and overjoyed, realized that true beauty lies within. The Prince, once a Beast, asked, “Will you be my princess?”
With a radiant smile, Belle replied, “Yes, for you have shown me the beauty of a loving heart.”
They celebrated their love with a grand ball. The villagers, including Belle’s father, were invited, where they witnessed the power of love and kindness.
From then on, Belle and the Prince lived happily ever after, their love a testament to the adage that beauty truly lies within.
And that’s the enchanting tale of “Beauty and the Beast,” a story of love, understanding, and looking beyond appearances to find true beauty.
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Follow Up Questions
- What brave thing did Belle do to protect her father from the Beast?
- How did Belle and the Beast become friends in the castle?
- What happened when Belle told the Beast that she loved him?