a plague on both your houses (how to curse your acquaintances in a thousand easy steps) by TheGreatPuzzle
24 Jul 2020
Bilbo wondered for a moment whether his soft old heart would give in at the sight of this increased suffering and woe. More than ever the two princes looked like children, pouting and miserable.
Then the wind changed direction slightly and he caught again the briny smell of his bedroll, strapped to his pack, and he realized that his heart was strong yet.
In which Hobbits know the correct serving temperature of any dish (including revenge).
It’s not that Belle doesn’t love Adam. It’s not even the transformation - it was surprising, but she wouldn’t say that the Beast becoming a handsome prince was a bad surprise. In many ways it made the entire situation much easier; but in others, it was somehow more complicated.
A Beast might live a life filled with wonder and whimsy, but most decent Princes won’t. And despite the odd temper tantrum, Adam was a good Prince. He had learned the harsh lesson imposed upon him, as intended.
It was all wonderful, really. It was amazing to see the changes come to the surrounding towns, left without central leadership for so long, without development, or infrastructure, or expanding trade. Even Belle would have been hard pressed to dismiss them as quaint and provincial now, blossoming as they were.
She wanted it to be enough.
"Shane was almost unnerved by how quickly he’d settled into this body, this name, this life - his friendship with Ryan was the most time he’d spent with any human before, and yet the man fascinated him."
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