What's your favourite Beauty and the Beast song? *smiles* Probably "Beauty and the Beast"? Or maybe "Bonjour"? No, I know, it has to be "Be Our Guest"!
What I say:
Oh, I can't possibly choose, I love them all!
Meanwhile, inside my head:
SO IT'S TIME TO TAKE SOME ACTION, BOYS, IT'S TIME TO FOLLOW MEEEEEEEEE! THROUGH THE MIST, THROUGH THE WOOD, THROUGH THE DARKNESS AND THE SHADOWS, IT'S A NIGHTMARE BUT IT'S ONE EXCITING RIIIIDE! SAY A PRAYER, THEN WE'RE THERE, AT THE DRAWBRIDGE OF A CASTLE AND THERE'S SOMETHING TRULY TERRIBLE INSIDE!
Everything Politically Correct About Beauty and the Beast
Hollywood has been dry of creativity in recent years, so they figure instead of just doing remakes of classic films, they can “modernize” them. From black Annie to the all-female Ghostbusters, it was only a matter of time until Disney got in on the PC action.
Here is everything that is politically correct about the new live-action Beauty and the Beast.
(Warning: Politically-Correct Spoilers)
1. The “poor provincial town” is very diverse.
Despite the film taking place in 1700s France, the cross-section of the people there could have been borrowed from contemporary New York City. And yes, slavery was a thing in 1700s France. Sure, this is a fairytale, but this film namedrops real-life things like Shakespeare, so there is an element of realism in this universe. While it’s nice to be inclusive, seeing people of color singing and dancing in a time period when they were slaves eliminates believably. Either fully commit to it like Hamilton or don’t. And the town earns extra PC points for having a black guy run the bookshop.
2. Belle is a feminist.
What made Belle so brilliant in the original animated film was that she was intelligent, independent, and kind. Even when she turned down Gaston, she was still charming. In the new film, Belle (played by Emma Watson) was actually pretty mean to Gaston! She definitely had a “I’m a woman, hear me roar” attitude that sorta tainted Belle’s gentle nature. And to drive the feminism message even further, they added a scene of her teaching a little girl how to read and showing a couple of townspeople scowling at her for it.
3. LeFou is gay.
The new Beauty and the Beast film got lots of free press when it was announced that they made LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick, gay (a first for any Disney film). Upon seeing the film, the controversy was waaaaaay overblown. In a nutshell, he’s flamboyant, drops a couple of verbal hints, and shares a brief romantic embrace with Gaston (which was solely meant for comedic effect). Honestly, unless you’re a bible thumper, this isn’t a big deal. That said, while the filmmakers can be seen as brave for making LeFou gay, they’re definitely cowardly for making him a good guy in the end. According to Political Correctness 101, you can’t make a gay guy a villain. Throughout the film, LeFou expresses sympathy for others and after being left for dead by Gaston in the third act, he decides to help the inanimate objects fight the mob that crashed the castle. So in short, making LeFou gay? Whatever. Making him good? Weak.
4. Interracial relationships are totally common.
Remember how controversial it was when a Cheerios commercial featured an interracial family? Well Disney wanted to top it by having not one but two interracial relationships in the Beauty and the Beast remake. One relationship was between Lumière (Ewan McGregor) and Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), aka the feather duster, and the other was Madame Garderobe (Audra McDonald), aka the wardrobe, and a brand new character Maestro Cadenza (Stanley Tucci), aka a grand piano. Granted, at least 90% of their screen time is in CGI-mode, but that 10% of the time that they aren’t, they flaunt it.
5. Women can be angry villagers too!
In the original film, Gaston led a mob full of angry men from the village to “kill the beast” and you see a woman and her child waving to the men from the window as they go marching into battle. Obviously, it’s sexist to force women to stay at home to protect the children. So in the new film, women get to fight too!
6. Gaston shows us that guns are EVIL.
In the climax of the animated film, Gaston’s weapons of choice were a bow and arrow and a knife on The Beast. So naturally in the 2017 remake, he uses a scary gun instead. The subliminal messaging ain’t so subliminal Disney!
Look, the new Beauty and the Beast is still entertaining and fun for the whole family. Is there a chance that I’m simply overanalyzing this movie? Perhaps. But there’s something that I want to make very clear. It’s okay to have a diverse village. It’s okay to have interracial relationships. It’s okay to make someone gay. Just because I point these things out, it doesn’t mean they’re bad. However, what’s bad is Hollywood’s lack of creativity. They think by changing the race or sexual orientation of famous characters of the past is “fresh and original.” If being fresh and original is their ultimate goal, maybe they shouldn’t remake a tale as old as time.
Rhetorical Ink Reviews: Beauty and the Beast (2017 Live Action)
**Careful for SPOILERS below**
I will be the first to admit that I’m a HUGE Beauty and the Beast fan. I had the book as a kid, wanted to be Belle, and have had a large fascination with the story and believe it spurned me into wanting to draw more.
So, the Live Action adaptation had HUGE shoes to fill for me before even going in. I tried to look at the film as a standalone and not judge it based on the predecessor…a VERY hard task when watching, I might add.
My best friend saw it with me and she loved it! What did I think? Well, putting ten thoughts alone would not do my favorite childhood movie justice. So instead, I am doing a Top Ten Likes and Top Ten Dislikes. Careful for spoilers!
My Top Ten Likes of Beauty and the Beast (2017):
10. The set and costumes: Everything has layers and detail and colors that pop but also makes sense for the time period. I LOVED the costumes and even the yellow gown, considering the wardrobe “makes it” in this, grew on me quickly. As for the sets? They are beautifully ornate and have a classic “other worldly” look to them. I could watch the movie over and over to gawk at the scenery and character designs.
9. The Opening Scene: Nothing will ever live up to the deep voice of the narrator and the stained glass…but there was something so fresh about how we started on the Prince, how the dance unfolded, and how the Enchantress appeared. She looked gorgeous and the classic French scene was a welcome addition (more so than others…but we’ll talk of that soon). In any case, it is a worthy contrast from the beginning, when he’s surrounded by beautiful girls, to late when there’s only Belle.
8. Kevin Kline as Maurice: Kevin Kline is a fine actor, and he brings such a charm and dignity to the formerly bumbling character. I still like Maurice in the animated movie, but it makes more sense for Belle’s father to be an artist and hopeless romantic than a “world famous inventor.” Kline’s performance was a highlight for me and definitely added to the movie as a whole.
7. “Kill the Beast!” I’ll talk more about some other songs below, but this was by far my favorite number; this is EXACTLY what I was hoping for with this song in live action form. It does not disappoint. Speaking of “Kill the Beast…”
6. We see Gaston and Lefou learning where the castle is: A big question I had as a kid was, “How did they know where to go to find the Beast?” In this, we get our answer. Lefou and Gaston actually follow Maurice to the woods, where he believes he can route them to the Beast’s castle. This backfires on him, but in any case we learn how Gaston and Lefou knew where to go in the first place.
5. Belle is more an inventor….and a teacher: It makes sense for Belle to be as learned as she is to be more of the inventor. I loved the little scene where she does her own laundry with the contraption she made and is trying to teach a little girl to read. After having to sit through a preview for a CGI movie where the boy character is an inventor and the girl, lo and behold, wants to just be a dancer…it’s nice to see “ahead of their time” people represented in a modern movie’s version of a classic time period.
4. Lefou paying off the people to dance and help during “Gaston:”
It was a little tidbit to note for the film, but Lefou pays off the people to help dance in the “Gaston” music number; and Belle does pay for the food in the market she gets. It’s little touches like that which help to cement this story in a more “realistic” world.
3. The ensemble of side characters:
This entire cast was well-chosen. Josh Gad as Lefou? Perfection; he was born for the role! Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts? She’s about as close to Angela Lansbury as you can get for this role, I feel. Ewan McGregor as Lumiere? I was on the fence about this casting, but it works so well. Luke Evans as Gaston? He fits the part great. Sir Ian McKellan as Cogsworth? Again, I had no clue what to think, but he may have been my favorite in the whole side cast. Even Stanley Tucci and the Wardrobe’s actress were great choices. They really did a perfect job casting the side characters…but as for the main characters…
2. Dan Stevens as The Beast/The Prince:
This WAS perfect casting! I know they’ve altered the voice and distorted it to sound similar to the animated Beast. But seriously, the motion capture work on his face and his range of emotion are perfect here. It’s hard to believe, but I care more for his character as the Beast than the animated (for reasons below); plus, the main thing: He looks SO much better as the human Prince. From the opening to the end scene, he may be my favorite character, actor, and part of the film. Definitely a genius casting choice and excellent performance!
1. All of the added scenes of Belle and The Beast learning about one another:
If I had one, minuscule complaint with the original Beauty and the Beast, it is that we don’t get many scenes of Belle and the Beast “falling in love” and getting to know one another. He saves her, gives her a library, and then they just sort of fall in love post-dance…obviously, it’s not a huge issue, since you’re pacing this out in movie format.
However, I feel this movie allowed more time for these two to connect. Also, they found common ground; first, with their love of literature, but second, with losing their mothers and how their father’s shaped who they were: The Prince’s with hate, and Belle’s with love. It was a beautiful duality and connection created between them and it helped to make the ending better and more satisfying.
Of course, especially considering the movie is based on a staple of my childhood, it CERTAINLY has flaws, as noted below.
My Top 10 Dislikes of Beauty and the Beast (2017):
10. The obvious Enchantress:
I do like the twist of The Enchantress being Agathe, a character we see throughout the story…perhaps she’s keeping the magic strong? However, there are a lot of problematic elements of her being in the movie so much. For one thing, she saves Maurice, which is good, but then when Maurice confronts Gaston, she doesn’t do anything. She could have stopped all of our conflict! Also, at the end, while she shows up and it does make sense in a technical sense…she just vanishes. Belle doesn’t even see her…what was the point? In the animated movie, the spell was broken without her having to be there. Having her there didn’t answer questions; it created more! It just seemed awkward at times.
9. Gaston’s “post-war” blood rage?
While I appreciate them trying to flesh out Gaston’s character…this was their choice? He’s got post-war bursts of rage? I love how the animated movie treated Gaston just as the jerk-bro who becomes jealous and can’t stand that Belle chooses someone over him. Here, his villainous outbursts are “justified” by his post-war blood lust. It just seemed almost like a distraction and didn’t seem warranted for me. Gaston is a near-perfect villain. Let Luke Evans do a good job of playing him without trying to make him too complex. Gaston’s not smart enough for that.
8. The unnecessary additional songs:
Maybe I’m in a minority here, but I wasn’t crazy about the new songs. The Soundtrack of Beauty and the Beast is nearly flawless. Even the special edition with “Human Again” is okay. The Broadway songs they add…are okay. “Evermore” is not a terrible song (we’ll talk more about it below), but the song about “Sunny skies” and “Evermore” are not necessary to make the story better. If you wanted to include them in a “Director’s Cut,” that would have sufficed for me…I just didn’t see the need for them here…again, I’ll touch back on this point twice below.
7. Don’t bring an arrow to a gun fight:
In the original, Gaston was a hunter, so it made sense he had multiple weapons at his disposal. It also made sense for the time period. And he hunted a lot of deer-like animals, so it seemed fitting that he would shoot an arrow at the Beast and then stab him with a knife….hunting tools for the type of game he hunted.
In this? We just full blown (literally) gun the Beast down. Gaston shoots the Beast three times in the climax. At the very least, he still uses a club like the original. It just seemed like overkill and to me, didn’t make as much sense as keeping like the original would have.
6. The rushed beginning and scenes out of place:
The opening, I loved; however, once that scene was over, the first thirty minutes seemed SO rushed! They rushed through “Belle,” then moved some scenes around, and quickly went through the reprise! There wasn’t the “wedding proposal” scene with Gaston and Belle! I did LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the reaction of Maurice and Chip, but there were little scenes that were skimmed over and rearranged that just seemed to rush the opening and didn’t let us the audience “settle down” into the film. It’s not until we’re at the scene of Belle running away from the castle that the movie starts to slow down. The editing of the movie in those places was a little disappointing to me.
5. Lefou and the lack of controversy:
Okay, so the last week has been filled with news stories about how Lefou is the first openly gay character in a Disney film. It was a huge source of controversy…but….in all seriousness……you wouldn’t really know that watching this film. It’s clear he cares for Gaston, but the animated picture portrayed that as well. He shares two seconds with a male character at the very end of the movie in a brief dance…but that’s it. All that press and controversy for a tiny scene that seems inconsequential. Eh. Come on, Disney. Commit or not; don’t try to play up something that’s halfway even developed.
4. The Enchantress’s book:
I loved the extra scenes with Belle and Beast developing their relationship over the course of a few scenes. However, one comes out of nowhere and does nothing to the plot as a whole. At one point, the Beast shows her a book the Enchantress gave him as a “joke.” It is able to take them anywhere you think of; and Belle chooses the room she was born in, where her mother dies of the plague. While I DO love a few things about this: the fact that it connects Belle and the Beast more, and it explains what happened to her…it’s never used again. The book is just a one-time only plot device. The scene it was used in was SO out of place! I would have rather Belle had known why her mother died and just talked it out with the Beast than having used this forced book that logically doesn’t fit in with the story.
3. The Beast’s Song, “Evermore:”
I don’t dislike “Evermore,” I don’t…but…in the animated movie, when Belle leaves Beast, he is so heartbroken. He lets out a howl of despair, knowing his only chance of happiness has left him, potentially forever. Here, he immediately bursts into a Phantom of the Opera style musical number. Maybe upon reviewing, I’ll appreciate it. But I loved how the original was so organic and raw…this seemed almost too Broadway and too theatrical.
2. Emma Watson’s facial expressions vs. animated Belle:
I love the original because of the animation, mainly. The expressions and line work showed SO much emotion. Now, I like Emma Watson a lot as an actress. BUT, aside from the wolf scene on….her facial expressions are so subdued. This is most apparent in “Be Our Guest.” Belle in that musical number is in AWE! She is so excited, bewildered, and amazed…but here? She just smiles and watches the show. Granted, Emma Watson would have been watching a Green Screen throughout this; but STILL. She doesn’t even seem in shock or awe…and that I sorely missed in this film. Now, after the wolves attack Belle, Watson’s acting becomes more pronounced. I just wish she could have acted a little more in-character through some of the CGI numbers.
1. The cut out comedy:
When I asked my brother if he was thinking of seeing the movie, he asked about the fight scene at the end:
Brother: “Do they have the part where Lumiere burns Lefou’s butt? Or Cogsworth with the scissors?”
Brother: “What?! How could they?”
There is so much physical comedy in the original that works; here, and yes, I understand that it is “physically” impossible some of the things they do, I still was hoping there would be more of the original comedy. For example, Cogsworth taking Belle on a tour of the castle isn’t even in the FILM! “If it’s not baroque, don’t fix it.” SERIOUSLY.
The original is near-perfect for me. Still today, it is the better film. If you love the original and are expecting a closely faithful adaptation; they try, but it’s a miss there, because some of the best parts are either condensed or left out.
If you love Beauty and the Beast, but you’re comfortable with them altering parts and want to see new additions to the story? You’ll probably like this!
The original is still better though. If you don’t want to spend the $10 at the theatre, just wait until the DVD or Blu-Ray comes out and watch the original in the meantime.
If you’ve never seen the original Beauty and the Beast? PLEASE watch that one first; it’s better. If you’ve already seen the live action one? STILL go view the animated version; you’ll appreciate it more.
A/N: Request from @btrombley13: You should write a Gaston x reader where, much like Belle, he just keeps trying to win her over but the reader just keeps denying. Maybe where the reader continously teases him, whether it’s by joking with him or wearing a dress which just compliments the reader in best ways. I just thought that would be funny and actually kind of cute. Cause lets face it, Luke Evans Gaston is amazing ^_^ have a good day :)
A/N: Sure! Of course! I hope this was what you were looking for!!
For years, Gaston offered you his heart and hand, but you would respectfully decline his wish. You liked Gaston and all, but you feared of settling. You didn’t want to settle to early on in life. You were young and ambitious. Plus, Gaston and you have been companions longer then before Gaston showed you signs of love. You also didn’t want to see that kindled relationship be destroyed if things fell through. Gaston, on the other hand, knew he had you reeled in, it only just a matter of time. But since you and Gaston were still only friends, you were certainly not shy from the idea of messing with one another.
You guys this is Monsieur Jean from the opening scene who im pretty sure is a certain character at the end we all see (i dont want to spoil anything and also can’t remember) but it makes sense now that he can’t remember what hes forgotten……
These days it wasn’t as easy to get around, you waddled along your swollen feet everywhere you went. Plus, everywhere you went, your darling husband, Gaston accompanied you. Which you didn’t mind most of the time, he was good to have around, but it was when he didn’t leave you alone for a moment. It got extremely old rather quickly. Luckily, Lefou could manage to get him out of your house for a couple of hours daily, so you could have some time alone to yourself and attempt to get some rest.
What they mean:
Christine and Raoul's relationship in the book is actually so developed and complex and OTP material but this isn't accurately portrayed in any of the big adaptions and their roles in it are always warped and cut down and the depth of the relationship they had as children is never shown and although Erik can be a pitiful character Phantom is actually a sadistic serial killer who spends much of the book being torturous and completely lacking empathy for Christine's suffering as he forces and grovels his way into trying to form a captor's relationship with her but the musical doesn't show much of Raoul and Christine's past or Phantom's crimes and romanticizes the relationship of Christine and Phantom so much and that is why so many people think Raoul is a dense, fickle or useless character and dislike their ship and ruthlessly ship Phantom and Christine I just want a meticulously accurate aesthetic crazy film adaption of the book I'm so mad
Warnings: Battle wounds (not too graphic), medium-heavy cursing
Give a special thanks to @the-fic-files for this idea! We sort of swapped prompts, and this is what came out of my end of the deal! Hope you enjoy!
Gaston winced once again as he shifted on his cot. The last battle left Gaston with more than a few wounds, the bayonet-caused wound across his chest reopened with every movement he made, opening and closing like thin, red lips. However that was the least of his pains, or rather lesser than the musket ball lodged in his thigh. Thankfully it hadn’t burst on impact and shattered his bone, nevertheless the metal bullet was still embedded in his skin.
Anonymous prompted: “Rumbelle Enchanted! Belle was set to marry Gaston, however as it would happen Belle is pushed down a portal, leading to the real world where she meets Mr Gold and Bae.”
New, And A Bit Alarming
Belle looked out of the window of the large castle of which, come tomorrow, she would be lady and mistress, and sighed. It was not that she did not want to get married to Sir Gaston, after all, he was the most eligible bachelor in the entirety of the kingdom and his estate was the largest for miles around, but she couldn’t help thinking that she was missing out on… something. She wasn’t sure what. There must be something more out there, beyond the wild woods, and Belle had always longed to see it. After tomorrow, though, she would never have that chance again. She would no longer be free to come and go as she pleased; she would have duties to perform as the lady of the castle. Namely, ensuring that the servants were not pilfering the silverware and, more importantly (since the servants of the castle were well-treated and unlikely to pilfer the silverware), bearing several children to carry on Gaston’s family line. Belle shuddered at the thought. She was not against children, but surely there was more to the life of a noblewoman than a constant cycle of pregnancy and childbirth. She thought of her own mother, who was not noble by any stretch of the imagination. She had been a fun-loving, courageous woman, and Belle’s father had adored her sense of adventure, encouraging her every step of the way. Gaston, however… Well, Gaston had taken one look at her collection of books and promptly announced that they would have to stay at her father’s house, there was no room for them in the castle and it wasn’t right for women to start getting all kinds of ideas in their heads.
TITLE: Scarlet Rose
WORD COUNT: 3678
PAIRING: Gaston x OC
At the break of dawn, the small town of Villianueve was quiet and peaceful. The streets were deserted as if it was frozen in time. Early morning I left the house, eager to explore this charming little village. Everything was so peaceful… that was, until it the clock struck twelve.
Almost simultaneously, the villagers burst open their windows and echoed their calls as life started to bustle through Villianueve. They started to open up their shops and start their lives. The streets were filled almost instantly.
The sight of all these people with something constant in their lives made me smile. It was so cheerful here.
Suddenly, Belle walked over from behind me and hooked her arm with mine. I smiled, greatful for her company.
“First day in Villianueve. How’s it so far?” Belle asked me cheerfully
“Does everyone here sing?” I asked, smiling
She laughed “Yes, and sooner or later, we’ll find a voice in you somewhere.”
“Oh, I highly doubt that.” I told her
“I’m going to stop by Piere Robert’s to borrow a new book. He usually has new stories for me by now.” She told me
“Could you maybe give him this one back with my thanks?” I asked, taking out a copy of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. The same one Belle had leant to me yesterday before we had dinner at her house. It was an amazing story. I finished it before I feel asleep.
Belle looked at me with disbelief “You’ve finished it already?”
I nodded “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind” I recited a line
A smile played on her face as she too recited her own line “The course of true love never did run smooth” She took the book
“It was a good story. Twists and turns with every page. The ending was a bit sappy, but I loved it all the same.” I told her
“How about giving this one a try?” She offered, holding out a leather book
I took it and read the cover “Romeo and Juliet?”
“Its wonderfully tragic!” She said enthusiastically with a bright smile
“Its romance.” I said “I’d rather have adventure.”
“There’s adventure in this one as well as many other things. You’ll love it, I promise.” She told me
I looked at the book. Needless to say, it was tempting. Never could I say no to new book.
“Alright, fine.” I said and she grinned, handing the book to me.
“I’ll see you back at the house then?” Belle said and with that, she was on her way.
My footsteps took me to the village center, where eyes seemed to follow me everywhere I went. My clothes were borrowed from Belle, who greatfully lent me a spare dress of hers. It was simple, a white dress with a dark blue (almost black) apron draped over it. Simple, not eye catching at all. And yet I could still feel people’s eyes burning the back of my head as their voices rang through my ears.
“Who is that girl, the one that acts so strangely?”
“She’s not from here, that you can tell.”
“Every morning not the same, since the morning that she came.”
“To this poor, provincial town.”
I suddenly stopped and turned to look at whoever had spoken. Everyone just quickly looked away and went on with their lives as if they had been doing so the entire time.
“Curiouser and curiouser.” I said to myself
“Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow." I read the line off the page of the book quietly myself. Though I would never admit it to Belle, the romance had me attached on the first lines. True, I was never to type for romance novels, but this wasn’t purely just romance. It tested family ties, how far one was willing to go for what they wished to achieve, and even had fights worth morals. If only real life held all of that. It may sound cliche, but what I wouldn’t give to live in a storybook. Maybe not one as a damsel who’s only role is marry a prince.
My quiet reading only lasted a few more moments until a commotion in the square caught my attention. A pair on two horses had just rode into town. To say that they attracted attention was putting it lightly, especially when one of them wore an unbelievably bright red jacket. A small crowd had gathered around to see them, especially the three siblings (who looked like they had just fell into a cake factory with flour and icing covering their faces) who Belle had called the "Bimbettes”.
Whoever the pair was, they must’ve been the stars of the town- even if this town wasn’t very big. Especially the man in the jacket.
I, however, was not starstruck with the two like the entire town was. With a huff, I went back to the book sitting on top of my lap and emersed myself with the tale.
“Tempt not a desperate man… Not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty…”
That was, until I was interrupted yet again
“Who is that girl, Le Fou?” A deep voice said
I sighed, but kept my eyes glued to my book in the hope that they weren’t talking about me. As tempted as I was to glance up, my goal was to sit and pretend I wasn’t here. Sadly, that was a dream that could never come true.
“Oh, thats the new girl who came in just today.” A lighter voice- Le Fou maybe- told the other man “Maurice found her on the roads when her horse threw her over and brought her here.”
Was that really the story going on around here? Arion did not THROW ME OFF! We slipped on the road. Honestly, the gossip was worse than I thought. I hate being the center of attention- absolutely loath it.
“How could that old fool find something so beautiful?” The deeper voice said
At those words, my grip on the book tightened. How could he call Maurice a fool? That man was brilliant! By far the smartest man I’ve met in the village- even in my whole life. Despite my anger towards the statement, my cheeks heated up at being called beautiful. No one has ever said that… and I certainly never thought of myself that way.
“Nobody in town knows much about her, only that she’s from Paris.” Le Fou said
“None. But she’s staying with Belle and Maurice.”
“Perfect!” The deep voice said
That was… certainly a strange thing to say. At that point, I found myself paying more attention to the conversation than to Shakespeare’s tale.
“Um… I don’t think that would be wise.” Le Fou said
“What wouldn’t be wise?” The deep voice sounded confused as he asked
“I’ve seen that look in your eyes.” Le Fou said “You’re going to go talk to the girl.”
“Yes, I am. And that’s bad why?”
“Um… well…” Le Fou cleared his throat “She’s so… well read. And you’re so… athletically inclined.”
“Nonesense! When have I ever let that stop me?”
I heard Le Fou sigh “Thats true…”
The man's… well, “persistent” behavior made me stiffle a small laugh. Suddenly, I heard the sound of footsteps coming my way. Heavy, slightly squeaking, footsteps in the mud coming my way and I tensed.
“Bonjour!” The same deep voice said, only closer.
I looked up from my book hesitantly and was almost blinded by the same bright red jacket I had seen earlier. Standing there was the same man I had seen on the horse alongside Le Fou, who was now watching curiously and not very discreetly from his place by the horses. The man was handsome, no doubt, but I never payed attention to looks very much.
“Bonjour, monsieur.” I said, looking up at him and closing the book on my lap, placing it aside “Can I help you?”
“I’m very sure you could, madame.” The man said, which made me frown slightly “ but, for now, I would like you to have these.”
A large bouquet of flowers were suddenly pushed into view as he brought them upfront. My eyes widened at the gesture and the man only flashed what the Bimbettes would call a charming smile. I’m sure they would’ve been swooning at the gesture, but for now they were just sending me not so discrete glared from the distance.
I glanced around to see a nearby shopkeeper in a flower store who looked almost harassed as he fixed around the shop, trying to fill in the hole where a bouquet once sat with other flowers. In his hands were a few gold coins. My guess was a certain someone had a surprise rushed order.
“Um, thank you, monsieur…” I said, a small frown of bewilderment on my face as I took them and set them ontop of my book aside “And its mademoiselle, not madame. I am not married.”
“Apologies.” The man said, although he still had that smirk on his face. “So you must be the girl I’ve heard so much about.”
“From your little friend over there?” I asked, eyebrow raised as I glanced past him and looked at Le Fou.
He seemed a bit startled that I had noticed him, but he gave a small smile and waved both hesitantly and awkwardly.
“Yes… that’s Le Fou. My most loyal friend.” The man said, glancing back at Le Fou before turning back to me with his trademark smirk back on
“So you’ve heard about me?” I asked him, arms crossed with a small frown. He didn’t seem to notice.
“Yes, I have! Its a small town and word gets around.” He said “Although no words could’ve prepared me for the beauty I see now.”
My cheeks heated more, but I tried to hide the fact that I was as red as my hair.
“Really? Then I’m guessing you know my name then?”
“Of course-” His smile wavered “Um… Of course I do… it’s…”
At that, I gave a small smile “Let’s start again, shall we?” I stood up, straightening my skirt, and looked up at him. He frowned at me, confused at the gesture.
“Bonjour.” I said, giving him a small smile “My name is Scarlett Le Fey. And you are?”
The man stared at me for a moment. He was probably used to girls not talking this much. They probably got weak in the knees with his smile, just squeal and agree with everything that comes out of his mouth, and just ooh and awe at everything.
No, sir. Not me.
“Gaston.” The man finally said, his smirk returning once more “My name is Gaston, mademoiselle.”
I smiled “Very nice to meet you, monsieur Gaston.” With that, I grabbed my book and the bouquet of flowers (what on earth am I going to do with those?) and started to leave. To my surprise, the man called Gaston followed me.
“Where are you headed?” He asked me curiously, jogging to fall into rhythm as me. The next thing I knew, we were walking side by side. It didn’t help my wish of people to stop looking at me.
“Back to the house.” I replied vaguely. I looked at him “Do you always wear that jacket?”
He frowned at me “Why?”
“It’s oh so… Distracting.” I said, waving a hand
He smirked “Oh? Distracting you from what, exactly?”
I blushed and I didn’t like it. Why was everything he said so… So flirtatious?
Fine, I thought. I’ll humor him just this once. But only this once.
“Distracting me from everything. It’s so bright it could’ve been mistaken for the sun.” I spoke simply
Gaston stayed silent for a moment before his deep laugh startled me. It was so loud and startling I almost jumped. More people looked and I wished I could’ve hid behind the massive bundle of flowers in my hand.
“If you must know, this jacket of mine has a very special meaning to me.” Gaston said. For a moment, his voice was softer. No longer boastful, nor narcissistic, nor full of hinself. His look almost wistful as if remembering something very special to him. He was almost- I dare say it- normal
“It reminds me of the times I felt most… Well, the time I actually felt something more.”
“Really?” I asked curiously as I looked at him “When was that?”
He looked at me “The war.”
I couldn’t help but be impressed. War isn’t something many people come back from. Neither was it an experience that many people return sane.
"You fought in the war?”
His smirk returned when he saw my eyes widen. I cleared my throat and looked away, wiping the look off my face.
And he was back
“Yes, I did. In fact, I was a captain.” Gaston said, puffing his chest out proudly
We reached the farmhouse surprisingly quickly- quicker than I imagined. Thankfully, neither Belle nor Maurice were there to see me walking in with the “town hero”.
“Well, this is where we part ways… sadly.” I spoke, standing on the first step towards the door and turning to face Gaston, who was almost my eye level from my boosted height. The last word came out laced with sarcasm he probably didn’t recognize.
“Of course.” Gaston said
I had only just started on the third step when he said: “Perhaps we can talk more over dinner?”
I stopped in my tracks. Puzzled, I turned back to face him “What?”
“Dinner.” Gaston repeated, a smug smirk on his lips yet again “It would be such a waste if we cannot finish this conversation of ours. Besides, it will give us more time to talk about the war and-”
“Yourself?” I asked, raising an eyebrow at him
He smirked, looking up at me and taking a step up on the first stair “Well, if you’d like to I certainly won’t object.”
“Tempting.” I said sarcastically “But I’m afraid I’ll have to take decline.”
Again, I turned towards the door and took another step. To my dismay, so did he.
“Why?” Gaston asked
“Other arrangements.” I lied
I frowned at him, crossing my arms “Why does it matter to you so much?”
He raised an eyebrow at me “Why?” Something in his look wavered “Do you have a boyfriend? A cute boyfriend?”
I snickered, shaking my head “For your information, no. I do not, monsieur.”
It was both annoying and adorable in a way how he kept asking questions. He was like a puppy… a very large puppy.
“Goodbye, monsieur.” I said, my hand reaching for the doorknob behind me
“You know I find stubbornness attractive.” He said, a matter of factly
I sighed “Look, Gaston… You’ve only just met me. I’m sure many of the other girls in this town would absolutely love to marry you-”
“Of course they would.” He interrupted “But they’re not you.”
“Charming.” I said sarcastically, crossing my arms across my chest “But I’m not that easy to win over.”
Finally, I managed to twist the knob and only managed to get it slightly ajar before a deep voice interrupted yet again
“You’re something else, aren’t you?” Gaston told me
I shrugged, although a grin spread on my face “I’m not one of those powder faced girls, if that’s what you’re thinking.“
"I always enjoy a challenge.”
Later that day, I was in the kitchen helping Belle with dinner. It was a simple meal with whatever we had bought from the market. Fish, fruits, and bread. Not much, but it would taste as good as a dish for kings.
“There’s a lot of talk going around the town today.” Belle said as she washed the dishes clean for serving “You’re becoming quite famous.”
“I don’t want to be.” I admitted as I got out the silverware “Gossip isn’t as glamorous if you hear the words they say.”
“Welcome to my world.” She muttered with a small chuckle, shaking her head. Then, she suddenly asked “What of you and the brute?”
I stopped, my hands inches from grabbing the spoon “What?”
“Gaston.” Belle clarified, her voice was blank “People talk. They say he walked you home?”
“More like followed me like a lost puppy.” I said with a small roll of my eyes, although my cheeks heated up against my will
“You’ll get used to it. It gets annoying.” Belle said with a roll of her eyes. She grinned at me “Now its your turn.”
“Oh, shut it.” I told her, using my elbow to nudge her playfully. She only just laughed and I soon joined her.
“Look there he goes, isn’t he queasy?” Belle sung jokingly
I laughed and sung my own paraphrased verse “Monsieur Gaston.” I immitated the Bimbettes “He’s such a brute!”
Belle and I were laughing uncontrollably and clutching our sides by then. Maurice then walked inside, his glasses on as usual.
“Now, now, girls.” He chided, although he too was smiling
“Sorry, Maurice.” I said, grinning sheepishly as I went back to slicing the bread
“Sorry, papa.” Belle said with the same smile on her face
Maurice just chuckled, not very discretely taking one of the grapes from the plate and popping it in his mouth.
“Papa!” Belle protested jokingly, moving the plate away from him “At that pace we won’t have any left for the table!”
I smiled, watching the two of them. Father and daughter. I don’t remember much of my father… but I don’t think we had a very good relationship.
“It smells wonderful.” Maurice said, looking at the cooking pot
“Thank you. I must admit, I’ve never cooked before. Belle did the most.” I said, walking over to stir the soup. It did smell amazing. Nothing fancy, just plain soup. Even with that I was contented. Others didn’t even have bread to put on their own plates. For that I should be greatful.
“Madame Hansel may be hiring in that little shop of hers.” I spoke after a few moments of silence “Nothing big, and it doesn’t pay much, but it’s a job. Just an errand girl around the town to do jobs for her.”
Both Maurice and Belle looked at me
“A job? Aren’t you too young? You’re about Belle’s age.” Maurice said
“Yes, but how else do I earn a living without a job? The cruel truth of the world: you need money. Even in a small town like this.” I said “Besides, I have no father to provide for me like you do- and I can’t expect you to do the same for me.”
He opened his mouth to speak again but Belle spoke first.
“So you’re staying then?” She asked
I nodded “If you don’t mind me staying a while longer. That is, until I have enough money to buy a place of my own-”
“Of course not!” Maurice said with a smile “You’re no bother at all. We quite enjoy your company. But are you sure about settling in here? A small, poor, provincial town?”
“The change of scenery might do me some good.” I said with a small smile
“Villianueve could do more with a mindset like yours.” Maurice said
“Troublesome, sarcastic, and stubborn?” I asked, jokingly with a grin
“I was thinking adventurous, indipendent, and determined.” He said
I chuckled “I’m not all those things.”
“You should put some of that hope you have in people in yourself.” Belle told me as she set the plates with food.
“Maybe…” I said quietly. She was right. Self doubt never did anyone any good…
The fish was cooked moments later. Belle was taking her and Maurice’s plate, walking towards the dining room. I had my plate in my hand before something outside caught my attention. A small light, coming from a handheld lantern. There was even the faintest sound of a bell being rung.
Curiously, I took my plate and walked towards the sound outside the house. Standing there was a woman in plain clothes and a matching hooded cloak. There was a bucket sitting at her feet, one that had only several coins siting inside. Her gaze was at the floor, not bothering to lift it. But when the door creaked as I opened it, she looked up with golden brown eyes. Her face gave a sort of dreamy look, but she looked almost startled and shocked when she saw me.
“Bonjour.” I said with a small smile
“Bonjour.” The woman said with a small nod “You must be new in town, because I have not seen you before.”
“Scarlett, Le Fey.” I introduced “I’m from Paris.”
“Agatha. Pleasure to meet you.” The woman said
“Are you hungry?” I asked, walking over with my plate
Agatha’s eyes widened ever so slightly “I couldn’t-”
“Please. Take it.” I said, holding out the loaf of bread off from my plate.
Her eyes flickered from the bread to my face back and forth. Why was she acting so unnerved around me? Whatever the case, I didn’t care.
“The others in this town will call you strange for talking with a beggar.” Agatha spoke
I gave a smile “They already think me weird as it is. A small act of kindness won’t change it.”
With that, Agatha took the bread from me and her mouth twisted into a small smile
“Thank you, Madamoiselle.” Agatha said, sounding genuinely greatful as she took the bread
“Have I met you before?” I asked, even though I felt like it was highly unlikely “The way you look at me-”
“Oh, no, madamoiselle.” Agatha said quickly “Just… not many people show kindess to people like me.”
“Apologies for asking.” I spoke “I don’t see why they would be.”
“People need a little more kindness in their lives. Even little actions can mean a lot to people who lack it, as cliche as it sounds.”
Certain as the sun rising in the east | Beauty and the Beast AU | Closed
Many years ago, when Matthieu was but a child, a woman knocked on the palace doors.
An old woman, hobbled, with an icy glare in her eyes. When the young prince answered, she requested a place to stay in exchange for a beautiful rose. In a panic, the prince refused, closing the door on the stranger.
When he awoke the next day, he was turned into a hairy beast, all of his friends - the castle staff - turned to furniture, and a magic mirror beside his bed that showed him the outside world.
Upon waking, he also found a rose along with a note. If he didn’t find true love by his 21st birthday, he would remain a beast forever. For years, the rose sat in a far off wing, petals falling one by one, and the beast stayed hidden within his castle.
Allen and Mattie were - as usual - in their favourite book shop, trying to find something new to read. The two young men were voracious readers. Raised together as best friends after the unfortunate loss of both of their parents, and being taken care of by a kindly inventor, Allen and Mattie were practically inseperable.
Unfortunately, there was one man who had his eyes (though undoubtedly not his heart) set on the two boys, determined to get one - if not both - of them. Allen gave a soft sigh as he heard the shop’s door slammed open, looking over at Mattie with a look of annoyance.