(I know this Hetalia/Disney is overused but I can't resist.
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Once upon a time, in a kingdom high in the green hills lived a brother and sister.
The Prince and Princess.
Although the Princess was sweet and very giving, the Prince was mean and very cheap.
He refused to give away expensive food to the townspeople, saving it all for himself and his sister.
Then one night, on the eve before he was to become King and while the Princess was off at a ball, a wandering traveler approached the Prince with a gift of the Edelweiss flower from the nearby country of Austria as a gift.
Being so cheap, the Prince took the Edelweiss out of the traveler's hand and tossed it aside, saying it would not help his rule as King to accept the gift of nothing more than a mangy traveler.
The traveler warned him not to put down such a gift, for even small things held such large importance.
But the Prince ignored the traveler once again.
It was then the traveler revealed himself to be a handsome traveling wizard who did not approve of the Prince's cheap way of thinking.
The Prince tried to apologize but the Wizard saw him for what he really was and placed a spell on the Prince, transforming him into what he was on the inside; a hideous beast.
The spell affected all inside the castle, cursing them into forms not normal to the eye.
The castle was transported far to the north, leaving the Princess to take the throne when she reached the age.
Ashamed of his disgusting form, the Beast hid himself away from all a magic mirror from the wizard being his only window to the outside world. The Edelweiss flower he had been offered was an enchanted flower, which would bloom for many years. If he could learn to love another and be loved in return by the time the last petal of the last flower fell, then the spell would be broken.
If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time.
As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost any strain of hope.
Because, who could ever learn to love a beast?