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I've decided to enter the last lines of the first chapter of one of my WIPs, Thornbriar: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
I know they aren't the actual last lines of a book but I chose this because my YA is currently out to an agent and I don't want to be posting part of it while it's out.
Thornbriar: The end of Chapter One
Her father had received great riches for her hand in marriage, she knew, but exactly how much, she didn't know for sure. It must truly have been a King's ransom for him to acquiesce to the demands of a Beast. Of course, it was only right that her unequalled beauty be met by unequalled riches. But a Beast? All of Beauty's instincts cried for her to run away. To flee.
She could hardly do such a thing, however. Beast or not, she was honor-bound to marry the Woodlord. She would not dishonor herself by breaking the betrothal. Besides, she reasoned, even if the Beast was horrible to look on and wretchedly tempered, he still wouldn't have paid such a bride price only to kill her. Would he?
It seemed a foolish way to go about luring a young maiden to him, if that really was his plot. And even if the Beast did intend to kill her, she determined quickly that she would face her fate boldly and with grace. All her life she had been revered for her unearthly beauty. She would not be remembered for dying horribly and in an ugly fashion. Besides all that, perhaps it wouldn't be as bad as it seemed after all. Perhaps the Beast would be swayed by her beauty the way all others were.
"Oh my Lady Beauty," Selene whimpered, only once.
"Do hush!" Beauty cut her off in a venomous hiss. "I have not survived all the rogues of Court only to be vanquished by a Beast in the middle of nowhere!"