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In Search of a New Tale

Title: In Search of a New Tale
Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: Disney/Cinderella/Beauty and the Beast
Character/Pairing: Belle/Cinderella
Rating: PG/K+
Challenge/Prompt: femslash100 Drabble Tag 8: Disney: Belle/Cinderella - story book - requested by fresh_brainss
Warning(s): None
Word Count: 250
Date Written: 6 February 2018
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to Disney, not the author, and are used without permission.

Belle has never looked at anyone more than she has at a book. She’s never allowed her attention to stray for long from whatever volume she’s currently reading to look at anyone or thing. She knows every step of her village by heart and doesn’t have to look up from her cherished pages to know where she’s going. She can walk amongst them all and around them all without ever having to look up.

Until now. Until today. For the first time in her life, there’s somebody new in her little village, somebody who is far more interesting than the pages of her book despite how well written it is, someone who captivates her attention with a single glance, someone so beautiful that she looks like she could have stepped off of the pages of her very own story book.

The town is naturally awash with whispers about the stranger. It appears she is a dignitary visiting from another kingdom, a young widow who, alone, is searching for the truth of her husband’s murder. She was blamed for his death so that she would inherit his wealth and status, but one look in her beautiful, troubled eyes tells Belle that this woman is no killer.

Her soul is every bit as beautiful as her face. She needs help; Belle has to help her. She has to put her books to the side. And perhaps, just perhaps, in helping her, they might find a new tale to weave together for themselves.

The End

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