My Beauty Ruined My Life

My Beauty Ruined My Life
Title: Wolf in the Forest Photo Credit: Philipp Pilz @buchstabenhousen

By: Katelyn Bowyer/Senior Writer

My life sucks! I went against every sense in my body that was telling me not to try and fall in love with someone if I wasn’t completely committed. I forced myself, because I had so much sympathy for his feelings and I didn’t want his life to be a living hell. On top of this, my father abandoned me and I had no friends, all because of the Beast I forced myself into loving. 

It all started about a year ago, when I moved to this majestically beautiful new town called Aurora. My father and I had to move because the plague killed my mother, and if we didn’t leave it would’ve killed us too. We settled into a little cottage on the corner of Albery and Shwartz. This was now my home, so I decided to go out and try to meet new people. Meeting new people wasn’t hard for me, considering that I had undeniable beauty. In fact, I met this very kind and very handsome guy named Gaston. He was definitely the one for me; it was love at first sight. I decided to play hard to get, just to see if he was into me too, and it turns out he was. We started going on dates all around the town. We were having the time of our lives, and I never wanted it to end. 

One day, Gaston and I went into the cornfield because we wanted to get “lost” together. We got split up at some point, and I started freaking out while trying to find him. I kept running, screaming, and searching for him, to no avail. All of a sudden, I stumbled down a drop off that I didn’t know was there, and everything went black. I don’t know how long I was out for, but I woke up inside this huge castle. Nobody was around. Not a sound was made – nothing, deadly silent, completely desolate. I thought to myself, “If nobody is here, then how in the world did I get here?” None of it made sense, and I was very confused. I stood up and started searching around to try and find out who brought me here and why. The castle was huge, so it would take me at least a couple of days to search the entire thing. I started at the lower level, searching the kitchen, the dining room, the ballroom, the living area, and the music room. But nobody nor anything was found. That concludes my first day of searching, and it was so tiresome, so I decided to lay by the fire in the living area to sleep.

 It was in the middle of the night when I was awoken by a dramatic, constant banging. It scared the life out of me. I slowly got up from where I was laying, and in a very slow manner, I walked up the long, spiral staircase. By the time I reached the top, the banging had stopped and everything was silent again. I started looking around on the top floor for what was making the ruckus. “Maybe if I find the source of the noise, it will answer why I´m here,” I thought. I reached a bedroom with doors that were an astounding nine feet tall. I pushed them open. On the other side of the door stood a large, bear-looking creature standing on two legs. I screamed, turned around, and started running for my life. The large beast-like creature started chasing after me. I thought I was going to die at that moment, but suddenly, I tripped over my own two clumsy feet and fell all the way down the stairs. When I woke up, I was in a place I had never seen before, but I could tell that I was still in the castle because of the ancient architecture. I sat up slowly and cautiously, making sure I made no sudden movements in fear that the large beast was near. As soon as I was up, the beast came out of nowhere and prevented me from running away. He started to explain everything, which I thought was strange because I expected that he was going to hurt me. The beast started out with, “Don’t be afraid, I am not here to hurt you. I saved you from wolves that were surrounding you because you fell down in the corn field.” 

Before I could get a word in, he went on about why he looks so ugly. He said, “I look like a beast because when I was in my early stage of adulthood I didn’t care about anyone other than myself. I turned away an old lady who was in need of shelter when it was storming outside. I feel terrible about it looking back, but I know that I cannot change the past. I can only do better in the future. There is a curse on me, and until I find true love, I’ll always be like this.” 

Skittish to respond, I was silent for a few seconds. Then I mustered up some courage and said, “Thank you for saving me, but I have to get back to my home, my friends, and my family.” He was going to let me leave, but I just couldn’t do it; the look he had on his face was too miserable. So I decided to stay. 

A few months later, we became married. I cannot lie to you and say it is what I wanted to do, but the empathy I had for this beast was like no other. I couldn’t let him stay in this beast body forever, because he had to be happy too, even if that meant making myself a little unhappy. Nobody showed up to the wedding, not even my father. That’s when I realized that I had lost everyone, just because I chose to love the Beast. 

Katelyn Bowyer
Katelyn Bowyer is senior who joined the Blue Ridge community her ninth grade year. She is the treasurer of the National Honor Society. Katelyn also participates in other clubs and activities. She hopes to attend college to become an Anesthesiologist.

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