Fandom: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Word Count: 1995
Rating: general audiences
Characters: Belle, Maurice, Belle's mother, Philippe
Summary: How Belle came to live in her poor, provincial town.
My Yuletide assignment!!
I tried writing this story from a few different angles, to no avail. I was about to default when it suddenly hit me that it would work as a kind of father/daughter road-trip. And we were off! In their request, the recipient had referenced a YA novel set in the B&B universe, in which the enchantress is actually Belle's long-lost mother (!) I thought that sounded cool, but I hadn't read the book and I didn't have time to read the book. So I kind of alluded to the possibility, and you can interpret that however you like. See my notes for an explanation of the historical references, which were fun to wrangle. (In an old, old draft, I had young Belle meeting with Voltaire.)
Anyway, Happy New Year! I'm supposed to be hiking right now, but I did a long hike in the snow yesterday with some friends, got chilled and exhausted, and woke up this morning with zero desire to get in my car and drive an hour, never mind put one foot in front of the other. Too bad: it's a beautiful morning. But yesterday's hike was great, so I'm not too put out. It brought my total summits to 66. And I butt-slid down a cliff (on purpose) which was kind of awesome.
Maybe I'll do something mildly athletic tomorrow, if there's time.
I had a dream last night that John Boyega and I were on some sort of Resistance mission together. I had no idea what I was doing, but he was pretty bad-ass, as one might expect.