Beauty and the Beast

May 31, 2013
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The carpet was worn all the way through. Footsteps followed the tattered path up to her deprived body, lying limp in the wooden, lace-stricken casket. She was so beautiful. They all walked past her and attempted to hold in their distressed cries and disheartening moans. Pure silence hung over them like a heavy rainstorm. It was pouring sorrow and grief as they stood there, dead, with no umbrellas to shelter them.

Ugly. She was utter beauty, but that truth evaded the world. They only saw her difference from the mind swept minions of society. Good for nothing. Her story was a bestseller, one that would touch the hearts of many, if only they listened. She was held together by weary tape and dissipating glue. She had fallen from great heights, only to be pushed off again and again. She lost hope, she lost faith. Fat. She was bruised and scarred by spoken daggers and fists. The beast within her grew stronger with every grimace of pain with no intentions of stopping its tirade until her touch was as cold as her shriveled soul.

She was truly beautiful, but it was hidden by disapproval. She longed to feel the slender touch of bones against her skin. The beast, obsessed with image, drove her to become that lifeless figure she’d dreamt of. Her heart fluttered with the synonymous quavering of a butterflies deathly wings. But, still the dissatisfaction on their faces was too much to carry on with her. She couldn’t kill the demon inside her without killing herself.

The only thing left to eat was happiness, so inevitably she starved. Finally, she slid her delicate hand down her torso. The bones?she could feel their presence up against her perfectly smooth skin. She smiled, as she lay in the cold, porcelain bath. A slow, struggling inhale and then the evenly chiseled knife slithered into the spaces between her grooved ribs. She managed to destroy the beauty on the outside trying to kill the beast on the inside. But she was finally free, and she never worried again.

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Creative-Writer said...
Sept. 28, 2014 at 10:22 pm
once I began reading, I couldn't pull myself away from the screen.  I am very glad I had the chance to read such a brilliantly well-written story.  And I hope to read more and more of your stuff! 
AutumnMoon said...
Sept. 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm
I found this to be the most powerful of all of your work. This is something that people deal with far to often and I believe that it is a good subject to discuss. You are a fantastic writer and I urge you to continue. Absolutly lovely! 5/5
Extraterrestrial said...
Sept. 22, 2014 at 5:11 am
I just read all your written work in one sitting, and I need to remember that it's something I should not do again because it's not healthy for my heart. Again, that's a compliment. I apologize if it seems like I am sending mixed messages. You have a talent for making words flow so nicely. Honestly, if written words were to become human, I'm pretty sure you both would be best friends. I got goosebumps reading this. So many touching lines, so many metaphors and figurative comparis... (more »)
kamkit said...
Jul. 22, 2014 at 11:31 pm
I must agree with the other comments and say I absolutely loved this. Granted, I was a little confused in the beginning because I wasn't quite sure of the context before reading the second paragraph, but after I went back again I saw even more how wonderfully(and terribly- in a good way) you protrayed the subject. You have a lot of description in here which aids the story because it is 80% raw emotion, and perfectly original lines that really got me ("Her story was a bestseller"... (more »)
mxckingbird replied...
Sept. 21, 2014 at 10:05 pm
Oh my gosh thank you so much, that really means a lot :)
Liv.HarrisThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 13, 2014 at 10:59 pm
This is a great take on the story, very well written and flawlessly put forth! Please keep writing, you are an excellent author! :)
akstory said...
Jun. 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm
Oh my gosh Daniella Maria... That was amazing. Extremely depressing but definitely well-written. Ah you're such a good writer!
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