“Are you sure this is the kind of route you wanna take? I mean after all, you have your pick at any girl in Villenueve.” Lefou asked as he watched Gaston wallow in ale at the tavern after another of his infamous failed attempts to woo Belle into marrying him.
Gaston lolled his head to the other side of the armchair to give him a half-hearted scowl as he sighed heavily. “They’re not the same, Lefou. Belle is the only one who intrigues me, everyone else pales in comparison to her.” He lamented.
“There must be someone else worthy enough for you.” Lefou exclaimed as he made a grand gesture of looking across the crowded floor to examine the ladies standing around and laughing with one another.
“How about her?”
Gaston shook his head. “Forget it, Lefou. Belle is the only one for me.”
Lefou looked on at his friend in discontent, not knowing how to make him feel better, not even an incredibly catchy song that ends in a dance.Deciding to let him have his moment, Lefou sat back and didn’t say anything else on the matter.
The bar was filled with it’s usual ambience, small creaks of bar stools being bushed about and an endless murmur of conversations that all swirled together and created an overall hum to the place. One could only describe it as peaceful, until the front doors were unlatched and the distant howl of the wind outside came whirling in and distributed that peace.
Naturally, all heads turned to discover who was causing the disruption, they all must have recognized the person because in an instant everyone back to their own affairs.
“Who is it Lefou?” Gaston asked, his hand now lazily covering his eyes.
Lefou stood up on the ledge of the fireplace and looked over the heads of people, his eyes found the girl and his eyes went wide before he sat down again. “No one.”
“You’re a terrible liar, Lefou. Now tell me before I grow impatient.”
Lefou looked around before leaning his head closer to Gaston’s ear. “The old musicians daughter, you know, the one who used to play the violin for the Opera in Paris?”
“I never knew he had any children.” Gaston said, his intrigue piqued, leaning his head up to find the girl.
Lefou’s face contorted into one of worry. “Y-You really needn’t bother, she’s sort of…”
“I’m fairly certain the word you are looking for is blind,“Came a voice from the other end of the fireplace. "My eyesight maybe gone but that doesn’t mean I don’t hear every word you’re saying, Lefou.”
Gaston’s eyes followed the voice and he came face to face with the girl, his head immediately came foward. You were a pretty thing, he wouldn’t have been able to even tell you had no eyesight had it not been for the unfocused gaze of your eyes and the fact that your hand had a tight grip on a leather leash of the dog next to you.
Gaston cleared his throat. “I don’t believe I’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to you.”
Gaston watched your head tilt slightly to the side as an unreadable expression flickered on your face. “Oh, that’s new, I’ve never heard your voice before.”
He raised an eyebrow. “Are you sure?”
A gentle smiled graced your face, and Gaston found himself eagerly awaiting your next response.
“I never forget a voice, a small perk that sort of makes up for the lack in sight.”
A smile of his own worked it’s way onto his face and he nodded. “I believe you. My name’s Gaston.”
“Well I’ve certainly heard of you,” You mused as your hand readjusted itself around the leash. “Regardless, it’s nice to make your acquaintance. My name’s (Y/n).”
“Lovely name, it suits you.” Gaston said as he took in more of your appearance. Your clothes were simple but in very fine condition, the colors of the fabric were more muted and toned down in comparison to those around you. But to him it made you stand out all the more.“
A tall man in a blue overcoat walked up to you and gently tapped your shoulder before placing a small brown bag into your hand before disappearing with a farewell.
"You must excuse me, I am only running an errand for my father. But it was very nice to meet you, Gaston.”
Gaston stood from his armchair and slowly took your hand in his own and placing a short kiss to the back of it. “It was very nice to meet you as well, Miss (Y/n).”
He saw the smile rise on your race before you nodded and tugged on the leath, letting the dog lead you out of the tavern with ease.
Gaston watched you until the doors close behind you, blocking your view from him, before he returned to his chair.
Lefou watched him get lost in his own thoughts again, but it was different. Gaston’s expression was soft and there was a certain glimmer to his eyeew that Lefou couldn’t place.
“Perhaps it’s time we head home?” Lefou said as he stood from his own spot, only to notice Gaston still stuck in his dreamlike state.
“Shall we head home?”
Gaston’s eyes focused again and he looked up at Lefou before shaking his head and moving to his feet. “Let’s, but on the way tell me more about this (Y/n) girl.”
Lefou helped him with his coat and hat before eyeing him curiously. “Any particular reason why?”
Gaston smiled off into the distance as they walked outside. “Because I would like to know.”