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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

futurewriting Jul 25, 2011
Lyra Sparrow is the bookworm daughter of once renowned and well-respected inventor _______ Sparrow. His belief in faeries and the supernatural cost him his marriage, family, and credibility (as his inventions began to gravitate toward proving the existence of magic)
The only one of his children to stick with him was Lyra. Though his humiliation has caused a deep-seated hatred for the supernatural in her, she loves him very dearly and tolerates his musings. 
(Near California, Oregon, Maryland, or New York) 
After the divorce, the two moved to a small town near forested area. They live in a small house with their dog Orion where her father tinkers with inventions that no longer work and works as a general handyman for the town.
Lyra is admired for her beauty but generally sneered at or avoided due to her oddities and father, who is regarded as a madman. Not many in the town understand her love of books. Every day, she wonders where she belongs in the world and longs for an exciting life like those she reads about. Lyra is a steadfast believer in all that is proven science and rebukes anything that even resembles the supernatural. She is also a failing on/off vegetarian. Lyra has studied Buddha and Ghandi's teachings but can't find it in her to be a pacifist.
Meanwhile, there is a cocky bastard on her nuts but he isn't the main cocky bastard that has a chance. He's the c.b. that's coincidentally the son of her father's rich friend. She puts up with him but avoids this c.b. at all costs.
Anyway, some odd years ago, there was a spoiled little rich bitch who was like the prince of his family. They lived in a big manor in the countryside near Lyra's town but he never sees his parents and is raised by the staff. Yeah, one of those kids.
So this shallow cunt-muffin pisses off the wrong haggard beggar/secretly beautiful enchantress by being a dick and gets cursed to look like a beast. If he doesn't find a true reciprocated love by 21, he's either dead or forever inhuman. His whole staff is the same. His parents come 'round and they pretty much disown him, leaving him to his own devices in that manor and moving elsewhere.
So the heir to a massive company disappeared into thin air.