1. Trusting Decisions
Prince Ben of Auradon stared out of his bedroom window, at the small and long lost island with a golden barrier. Curiosity took over his features. The tailor had to forcefully crane his head so he could measure it.
"Head, Sleeves...aha." The tailor mumbled to himself.
The door opened and King Beast and Queen Belle, Ben's parents, walked in
"How is it that you're going to be crowned king next month?" King Beast
asked. "You're just a baby!"
"He's turning sixteen, dear." Belle reminded her husband with a warm and wide smile on her face. Looking directly at his eyes.
"I gave you a second chance." She reminded him. King Beasts' features
softened. "Who are their parents?" Belle asked Ben.
"Cruella De Vil, Jafar, Evil Queen, Medusa and Maleficent." Ben recounted slowly.
"Hey, Pops." Ben said. But his greeting went unnoticed by his father.
"Sixteen? That's far too young to be crowned king. I didn't make a good decision until I was at least 42." King Beast repeated.
"Uh, you decided to marry me at 28." Queen Belle gave him a stern look.
"Well, it was either you or the teapot." King Beast smiled at Belle and winked at Ben. "Kidding." He chuckled.
"Mom, Dad," Ben said, nervous to start, "I have chosen my first official proclamation."
King Beast and Queen Belle looked at each other, seeming quite impressed.
Ben took a deep breath before continuing, "I have decided, that the children of the Isle of Lost should be given a chance to live here Auradon."
King Beast and Queen Belle looked shocked. Queen Belle squeaked softly as she dropped the coat she was holding. Jumping up a bit.
Ben had to keep talking, and explaining himself. So he did. Pointing out the window, to the island. "Every time I look out the window, to the island, I feel like they've been abandoned!" He said.
King Beast glanced at the island out the window. "The children of our sworn enemies, living among us?" He huffed.
Ben nodded. "We start out with a few at first, just the ones who really need our help." He looked at his mother, who nodded encouragingly. "I've already chosen them." Ben continued.
"Have you?" King Beast asked. Looking skeptical. Ben frowned at his fathers remark. Queen Belle put her hand on Beast's arm.
Both the parents looked shocked. "Maleficent and Medusa!" The king roared, "They are the worst villain in the land!" King Beast sighed, "Medusa turns people into stone. Heaven knows if her daughter inherited the same. And don't get me started on Malificent!"
"Dad, just hear me out here-" Ben asked.
"I won't hear of it." King Beast declared. The three servants and the tailor stepped out of the room, nervously closing the door. "They are guilty of unspeakable crimes!" Reminded King Beast.
"No, Dad, their children are innocent!" Ben protested. "Don't you think they deserve a shot at a normal life? Dad?" Asked Ben.
Queen Belle looked at her husband with a hopeful expression on her face.
King Beast looked between his wife and son. "I suppose....their children are innocent." He resented.
Ben smiled, victoriously
"Well done," Queen Belle said as she and King Beast walked out of the room.
Ben stared out the window, at the small island with the magical barrier surrounding it, then looked down at the beast-head ring on his finger. Debated if he did the right choose.