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A Tale Yet Untold (Beast/Belle | G | 1,001 words): What if Beast didn't return to his human form at the end of the movie? This is so sweet, with Beast's uncertainty and Belle's caring.

Excerpt:
Over the next three days he regains his strength and returns to his routines. Depression hangs over him, though he dare not betray it to the woman who despite mortal danger has remained by his side. His twenty-first birthday has passed, and he is forever a monster.

Belle is too perceptive to fall for the ruse.
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Passing of a Winter Love (Beauty/Beast | PG | 1,578 words) takes place after the story ends. It's melancholy and beautiful because fairy tales really aren't happily ever after. After all, Beauty fell in love with the Beast -- not the Prince.

Excerpt:
The story had ended the right way, she knew, with the deserving prince restored to his crown and the spell broken for the faithful servants. She couldn't deny them their happiness, their freedom, their rights.

But where was her place in this tale? She was no princess. She had braved no trials for him, fought no monsters, destroyed no evil sorcerer. She was not beautiful and wise and good. She had only fallen in love, and it had taken death even to make her see the truth of it. She was not the heroine, and the prince was not her reward.


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