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Belle Marie Cygne ⚜ "Rose" ([personal profile] beheld_beauty) wrote2013-03-13 02:22 pm

mon ami

Not much happens at the castle. It's the two of them and the magic. She studies. He wanders around. He's not very careful about standing behind things - he does when he remembers and there is something nearby, but it's plain that nothing about being visible in the less-than-fluffy nude bothers Beast except on her behalf.

Finally she excises an hour of study time to spend on being able to look at him without intervening furniture or flinching. She finds it's possible to do this in her mindscape, without having to use a notebook. She can zoom in deep into a rose petal, find a level of detail beyond which there are no patterns, and write, directly there. This isn't an ideal memory aid - if she looks later the words aren't exactly the same - but it's much faster for sheer processing, and the chosen modifications morph into the structure of the rose without special effort as soon as she's sure she wants them.

She behaves with more equanimity about his nudity after that. "You can stop trying to remember to hide behind things," she tells him.
deslandes: (④ is it my body ⚦)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-13 09:24 pm (UTC)(link)
"Thank you," he says, smiling. "I was terrible at it."
deslandes: (③ have you got the time ⚦)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-13 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
He laughs.

"I'm sorry," he says ruefully.
deslandes: (⑪ earthly pleasures ♌)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-13 09:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"Good," he says.

And he curls up on the floor by her chair and leans his head on her knee.
deslandes: (③ have you got the time ⚦)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-13 09:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Purr!



Time passes. Belle continues her magical studies. The Beast continues to read when he can and snuggle when he can't.

A few days after Belle makes herself comfortable with his true form, a storm blows up and soaks the gardens with driving rain. The Beast, of course, dashes out almost immediately to play in it.

In less than an hour, he's back inside, soaking wet and slightly muddy, with twigs and brambles tangled in his mane. If she looks, she will find him on the kitchen floor, trying and failing to brush out his fur and laughing all the while.
Edited 2013-03-13 23:47 (UTC)
deslandes: (⑪ earthly pleasures ♌)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-13 11:51 pm (UTC)(link)
"That I am," he agrees. "Do I smell dreadful?"

(He doesn't - mostly he smells like rained-on roses.)
deslandes: (⑮ fangs ♌)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-14 12:00 am (UTC)(link)
He laughs, and twists to try to get the brush into a tangle of fur on his back. Despite catlike flexibility, it's not quite working.
deslandes: (① bring back the warmth ⚦)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-14 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
He gratefully untwists and relinquishes the brush to her, shaking his head.

"I always get it right in the end, but it sometimes takes a few days." With a flash of a grin, "Worth it anyway. I love the rain."
deslandes: (⑪ earthly pleasures ♌)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-14 12:09 am (UTC)(link)
The Beast purrs softly.

"Storms like this one... they're big and powerful, but they don't think, they just are. I like that. I think it's beautiful." Smiling, "It's fun to get all messy, too, even if I pay for it afterward."
deslandes: (② but I love this game ⚦)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-14 12:10 am (UTC)(link)
"What do you mean?"
deslandes: (⑧ never should have happened ⚦)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-14 12:12 am (UTC)(link)
"What's perplexing about it?" he wonders.
deslandes: (② but I love this game ⚦)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-14 01:29 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, of course not."
deslandes: (⑪ earthly pleasures ♌)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-14 01:31 am (UTC)(link)
(Purr purr purr.)

"Becaaaaaause," he says lazily, "I'm not any of those people."
deslandes: (④ is it my body ⚦)

[personal profile] deslandes 2013-03-14 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
"I don't know why," he says. "I just know it's been that way all my life."

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