Beauty and the Beast – a Gaslight Fairy Tale: Chapter 14

For everyone, it was a restless night. Belle had barely slept as she tried to decide whether to remain another week and what the outcome might be. The Beast’s words drifted through her mind, leaving her torn, wondering if he would literally die or if it had been figurative because he knew he would miss Read More …

Beauty and the Beast – a Gaslight Fairy Tale – Chapter Thirteen

Isabelle ran as fast as she could to join the Hewitt party, never once looking back to see whether Winterbottom was following. The family was laughing at some joke or perhaps the playful miss by Lady Nicole. None noticed when Belle ran to her father’s side, slipping down beside him. “Father…” “Isabelle…it is past time Read More …

Beauty and the Beast – a Gaslight Fairy Tale – Chapter Eleven

The older sisters did not make an appearance downstairs until many hours later, when the hour of the banquet in Isabelle’s honor was announced to them. For the first time in their lives when it came to something related to their youngest sibling, they attempted to be on time, their plan for ingratiating themselves already Read More …

Beauty and the Beast – a Gaslight Fairy Tale: Chapter Ten

“Father?” At first the voice seemed far away. Sir Benjamin awoke, trying to concentrate on it, to recall where he had heard it before. It was familiar but had been missing from his life for far too long, and he blinked, shifting to his right so he might better see. The image bent towards him…and Read More …

Beauty and the Beast – a Gaslight Fairy Tale: Part Nine

The noise in the hallway was what caused her to stir, and sitting up in bed, Belle listened more carefully, her entire body at attention. She heard it again – a groan, barely perceptible, but it was definitely there. “Lights!” she whispered and the wicks immediately illuminated the room. Grabbing her robe, she hurried to Read More …

Beauty and the Beast: Part Eight

More than a week had passed since that day at the fountain when she had given him drink. It was a cool evening, perfect for the emerald green velvet gown she wore, and Belle nervously paced before the mantlepiece, barely noticing that the marble busts on either side were following her movements, not only with Read More …

Beauty and the Beast: Part Seven

It had taken an hour to return to sleep, and even after she did, she had not rested well, spending most of that time going over each moment of the scene, and deciding what must be done. She could not spend the day indoors with any activity when she needed to find him, to make Read More …

Beauty and the Beast: Part Six

Part Six   Isabelle sat in the chair at the head of the dining table, attempting to feel at ease, but finding it most difficult. It was not the oddness of having a disembodied hand serve her wine or slice her meat off the joint, although that was surreal and peculiar enough. It was not Read More …

Beauty and the Beast: Part Five

  She was uncertain how far they had ridden from her family’s property or where in the world she was, but – since she had no other choice – Isabelle permitted Magnifique to find his way through glades, through small streams, and finally through forests. None of it was familiar to the young woman, who Read More …