Belinda and her mother live in poverty. Their only hope of escape is if Belinda can use her natural beauty to make the prince fall in love with her, but when Belinda meets him, she finds she can't help but be honest with him. She assumes that once he knows the truth, he will throw her out of the palace- or worse. But it turns out the prince has a secret of his own...
This is a twist on the traditional Beauty and the Beast tale, written for @BeautyandtheBeastUK 's short story competition. It's about the lengths we'll go to for the ones we love, and the power of inner beauty.