My life didn't exactly play out the way the world has come to believe. It wasn't one of love, and friendship, and kindness. It was much darker than that, and I assure you, incredibly more painful.
The man they call the beast held me captive in his castle for months. He tore me from my family and everything I ever knew. He forced me into a life which I can only now describe as miserable. If you are so naïve to believe the monster that held me captive in his home, kept me there for no other reason than to dine with me and be my friend, you are sadly mistaken.
He took everything from me and to this day I cannot recall what it was that I did to deserve it. I don't know where I went wrong or why my path has led me here, but I do know that it has changed me irrevocably.
He surprised me, left me reeling, baffled me, but most of all – he scared me more than anyone ever had.
My name is Belle, and this is my story.
The real one.