Today, as I was standing by the curio cabinet, twiddling my thumbs, I heard a thumping and squeaking from below me. Curious, I carefully leaned over the edge of the dresser. The bottom drawer was pushed open, and two heads were peeking out, looking around cautiously. One head had dark plastic hair, while the other had the longest and blondest hair I'd ever seen. They were whispering to each other and seemed to be deciding whether or not to venture out. I'd heard about Beast'sbelle's Tangled dolls. This had to be them! Beast'sbelle must have finally taken them out of their boxes.
"It's okay!" I assured them in a whisper. "I was just trying to welcome you to the collection," I said, a little more haughtily than I meant to.
I was instantly won over by her friendliness. "I'm Belle," I offered with a smile.
"It's not so bad," I assured them. "Beast'sbelle is pretty nice. She basically leaves you to yourself, so there's a lot of freedom. We just have to make sure we don't go wandering around when her girls are home...they're not supposed to know we're alive unless they say the code."
[Just a guide for those non-vinyl readers here: there's a special code or phrase that humans have to say to us if they want us to come alive in front of them. What is it? Sorry, that's top secret. You have to discover it for yourself. As dolls, Eugene and Rapunzel already knew about this, so they didn't question me. Okay, back to the story! :) ]
"Beast'sbelle?" Eugene asked sharply. "Is she the grown one who takes everyone out of their boxes?"
"Usually," I said slowly, confused at his tone. "Why?"
"You may think she's nice, but I beg to differ. Do you know what she did two nights ago?" He was seething.
I shrugged my shoulders, at a loss for words.
"She took Rapunzel's freckles off, with nail polish remover, no less! And no anesthetic!! Do you know how much that stuff burns?"
"Maybe she would if we tried removing hers with it!" he responded cooly.
"Eugene, would you mind going and checking on Pascal for me? He could probably use something to eat," Rapunzel said softly.
Eugene didn't look too thrilled about this request, but he crawled back in the drawer anyway.
Rapunzel came up close to me. "I hope you won't think badly about him," she whispered. "He's really very sweet once you get to know him. He's just extremely protective, and he gets a little uptight about change. Once he's used to the place, he'll be a lot more fun. I promise."