Friday, October 5, 2012

Meeting the New Dolls

I put off meeting the new Belle dolls for as long as I possibly could.  I don't know why the thought of it scared me so much.  I mean, besides the stuff I already discussed about feeling inferior and everything. ;)  I guess I just wasn't really eager to meet other dolls who would most likely remind me of my flaws and shortcomings as a Disney Princess doll. :}  I knew it was only a matter of time before I'd have to get past my issues and be polite.  I knew Rapunzel and Isabella wouldn't let me off that easily.

All too soon, the dreaded day came.  Beast'sbelle once again decided to rearrange things, so all of the extra Beauty and the Beast dolls and Tangled dolls were in one spot on the main dresser.  Robby, Rapunzel, Eugene and I were moved to the top of the curio with 3 of Beast'sbelle's boxed dolls.

[Side note here:  Some of you may be wondering why Abigail and Emmaline aren't always with us.  The reason is that Beast'sbelle keeps them in one of her drawers.  I know that must sound horrid to you humans, but baby dolls are different than baby humans.  The drawer is one of the safest places for them, especially since we're usually displayed in such high places.  Eugene and Rapunzel visit them hourly, at least, and Pascal is there to make sure nothing goes wrong.  If the babies need anything, Pascal comes and gets Rapunzel.  Just thought I'd address that in case any of you were worried.  Now, back to the story!] ;)  

Meeting the others was inevitable.  We couldn't get down without almost literally bumping into them.  Still, I avoided it for the first few days.

Then, on Monday, Rapunzel, who had finally had enough of my stalling, took my by the arm.  "Come on," she said gently but firmly.  "It's time you introduced yourself.  Even I've met all of the new dolls now.  If you wait any longer it will be rude."

"Okay," I agreed reluctantly.  I knew she was right, but still I felt nervous.  

Rapunzel led me to the dresser where everyone was displayed.  There were so many dolls, they all seemed to blur together.  They all chattered pleasantly among themselves, oblivious to our arrival.  She cleared her throat.  "Excuse me, everyone!" she called out politely.

Everyone stopped talking.  Instantly, fourteen pairs of eyes looked in our direction.  Huh.  Apparently I was aware enough to notice how many dolls there were. :}

"I'd like all of you to meet my best friend, Belle," Rapunzel said warmly.    

Smiles of recognition spread across their features.

"The one who writes 'Belle's Bulletins'?" the tallest Rapunzel doll in the back row called out excitedly.

I blushed.

My Rapunzel nodded proudly.  "The very same.  She wanted to meet all of you."

There were general murmurs of pleasure throughout the crowd.  The tallest Rapunzel spoke out again.  "We're so happy to meet you," she said with a grin.  "I'm Rapunzel."

I would never have guessed, I thought sarcastically, then chided myself for my rude thoughts.  She couldn't help her unoriginal name.

As if she'd read my thoughts, Rapunzel grinned.  "Of course, that's a pretty common name around here, so everyone calls me Tall Rapunzel, or T.R. for short."  She winked, and I found myself blushing again.

"We're all so thrilled to meet you!" another voice said softly.  I saw that it was the largest Belle doll in the white satin dress that was speaking.  "Isabella has told us all about your blog and how wonderful it is.  To think, we get to meet a real author!"  She gazed at me with a look of wonder and awe.

I couldn't get over how weird it was to basically be looking at a bigger version of myself.  Our face molds and face paint were very similar.  Then her words hit me.

"Oh, I'm not really a 'real' author!" I protested.  "I mean, I haven't technically been published or anything..."

"Close enough!" called a fiercely loyal voice with a soft, French accent.  I didn't have to look at the speaker to know it was Isabella.  

Rapunzel (my Rapunzel) could tell that things might get awkward quickly, so she jumped into the conversation.  "Would you each be willing to introduce yourselves?" she asked kindly.  "Of course," she continued, looking back at me, "you know Ben and Isabella, but I don't think you've met anyone else yet, besides Tall Rapunzel and Victoria."

It took me a moment to figure out who "Victoria" was, but when I saw the tall Belle in the white dress wave shyly, I made the connection.  

The Rapunzel closest to us started.  She looked like she was about the same size as Victoria.  "Hi," she began with a smile.  "I'm Singing Rapunzel, S.R. for short." 

I was beginning to worry about how hard it would be to remember all of the Rapunzel's personal nicknames until the next two spoke up.

"I'm Rowena," said the one in the short sleeves with the incredibly over-sparkly tulle dress, "and this is my sister Rosamonde."  The Rapunzel next to her with very pink lips and a stunning face waved.

"And I'm Romala," added the Rapunzel with the plastic bodice and super fancy braid, sitting in the front row.  Her pet Pascal was HUGE compared to my Rapunzel's Pascal.  Maybe she needed to stop feeding him so much!

"I'm Rosalinde," the bride Rapunzel in the back offered sweetly.  "This is my husband, Gene."  

A doll who looked exactly like the Eugene we all know and love (aside from his fancier clothes) smiled and gave me a polite nod.

My head was spinning.  Suddenly, I found myself wishing they had all been named Rapunzel with various added on nicknames.  I was sure I would never be able to keep all of the "R" names straight.  "Gene" should be easy enough to remember, being so close to Eugene's name.  The others?  I'd be lucky if I could even remember one of them. :{

Before I had time to dwell on that, though, the introductions continued.

"I'm Alexa," came from the Belle doll sitting next to...uh...Ro...oh, forget it!  Whichever one was sitting in the front with the giant Pascal!

"Nice to meet you," beamed the Belle doll with long, straight hair.  "I'm Hope."

"And I'm Isaac, but you can call me Ike," came a jovial voice from the back row.  It was another Prince doll.  He looked very similar to Raoul, but his face paint was slightly different, and his hair had more of an auburn tint to it.   

The next doll in the group was Ben, but he only gave me a curt nod and a funny little smile.  There was no need for introductions there!  Funny how in days gone by, that little exchange would have been enough to put me on cloud nine for the rest of the day! :}

The newest Disney Store Belle was the only doll left.  "I'm Grace," she said.  Her tone of voice was solemn, but not unfriendly.  Her expression was so much more severe than everyone else's that I'd been curious about her personality.  Of course, it wasn't her fault that her eyebrows were painted that way.  

It was so quiet, you could have heard a pin drop.  Rapunzel (my original friend) gently cleared her throat, and I suddenly realized that I needed to say something.  

"It was...very nice meeting you all," I began hesitantly.  "I'll try to remember all of your names, but it may take me a while."  

There were smiles and understanding looks all around.

"Well, we should get going," Rapunzel said graciously.  "Belle has some writing to do."

I looked at her, confused.  Then it hit me.  She was giving me a polite escape.  And I did need to catch up on my blogging.

"Yes, I should go.  It was nice meeting all of you," I said as warmly as I could.

They all waved goodbye.  As we left, I could hear the buzz of their conversation pick up again.  

As we turned in front of the bookshelf, Rapunzel whispered playfully, "There, that wasn't so bad, was it?"

"I guess not," I teased her.  Then I pursed my lips.  "I seriously have no idea how I'm going to be able to remember all of those R names, though!"

Rapunzel giggled.  "Don't took me weeks to get them straight!  They're very gracious about it."

I didn't stay long.  I felt it only right to work on the blog immediately.  It's taken me several days to finish this post, though. :}  

I must confess, they all seem very nice, and they're all so interested in my blog!  None of them seem to be here with the idea to replace Rapunzel or myself, and although they're pretty, they don't seem to think about it much.  I guess I should have given them the benefit of the doubt.  

I have to admit, too, that I am curious to get to know all of them better.  I think we could all have a lot of fun together, even if most of them are "display only" dolls that Beast'sbelle won't allow outside.

I'll keep you posted on how things go, dear readers! :)  Which dolls would all of you want to get to know the most?


MulanFan_95 said...

Ooh! Hahaha this was so hilarious! I didn't knew Beast'sbelle got the Belle Singing doll! Now she only needs to get the P&M Belle doll to balance the two groups.

beastsbelle said...

Yeah...hilarious. You try memorizing 20 million "R" names and see how funny you think it is. ;)

Apparently, Beast'sbelle's mom found Singing Belle (aka Victoria...she's easy to remember...she's the only "V" name!) at Goodwill. She didn't have any clothes, though (poor thing!), so Beast'sbelle dressed her in a wedding dress from a porcelain Wedding Belle doll she used to have.

And just so you know, I've been informed that a Disney Princess and Me Belle doll is on her way. It was apparently an unbelievable deal. I really wish Beast'sbelle would stay off of eBay! :}


MulanFan_95 said...

I feel just like you when I enter a new school year. I can't remember everyone's names until a month or so....
Goodwill, Flea Markets, and Thrift Stores are the best things in the world! You can find great treasures for really low prices! I hope the new Belle has a name you can memorize.

beastsbelle said...

Thanks, MulanFan...I hope so too! ;)


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness - if I were in your place, I'd freak out! The new dolls seem pretty nice though. I wonder why Grace is so solemn... maybe she's shy.
-A big fan of Belle's Bulletins

beastsbelle said...

Thanks for commenting. It's always nice to meet another fan. ;)

Yeah, it was pretty overwhelming meeting everyone at once. I guess that's what I get for putting it off for so long. :}

I was wondering the same thing about Grace. If I find anything out, I'll let you know. ;)


Ella said...

Hi Belle,

My names Ella, and like you I am a Disney doll, although I'm actually a Cinderella doll rather than a Beauty and the Beast one.

I just wanted to say what an inspiration you blog has been to me, I have since started writing my own about my little life experiences, although I am not nearly as good at story telling as you are.

I love reading about what you are getting up to, its nice to know that there are other dolls out there just like me, who have similar kinds of worries and dramas going on in their day to day lives.

Keep up the great work.

Luv from your fan, Ella x

beastsbelle said...

Hi Ella,

It's so wonderful to hear from you you! Beast'sbelle is not a member of Facebook, but she actually found your blog through the Disney Doll Lover's site. She shared some of it with me, too. I think you're doing a great job! :)

I feel the same way you's such a relief to know we're not the only ones, isn't it? ;)

I'm so glad you stopped by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)


P.S. Your Rocky is very sweet...I'm glad things seem to be working out for you two. :)

Ella said...

Oh Belle, it's so sweet that you have already heard of me, and seen some of my little blog. Like I said before, I am not nearly as good at telling stories as you are, I do unfortunatly have a bit of a problem with by written english (slight dyslexia I'm afraid), meaning that if can be quite a challange to convey my stories. But I do so enjoy telling them, and even if they aren't perfect, I think, well hope that is, that you can get a good sense of who I am, and what goes on inside my little plastic head. Although sometimes I do wonder if I tell people far too much of the turmoil and confusion which goes on up there hehehe ;o).

I have so loved reading back through your whole blog, its like watching your life unfold before my eyes. And even though we have never met, I do feel a little as though I kind of know you. I know that sounds totally daft, as we have only just sort of met on here, but having seen some of my blog you probably already have an idea of the daft, funny little things that go on in my mind.

I was so pleased reading back through your whole tale, when I got to the part where you finally realised how you felt about Robby, my heart was all a flutter when you told him how you felt about him at Christmas. He is such a perfect match for you.

Oooh, I also wanted to say thankyou for your kind comments about my Rocky, yes he is by far the sweetest guy I know, and much too good for me in reality. We did unfortunatly have a little, slight, horrid misunderstanding the other week, which was all rather upsetting at the time. But, thankfully things appear to be back on track again. I even met his sister properly for the first time yesterday, honestly she is like a female version of him ! I wish my own twin sister was as nice, she really does not approve of Rocky because he's not a Disney doll, or a Prince, but I really dont see why thats a problem ? I mean what does it really matter what type of dolls we are ?

Anyway, sorry to go on so much, I can be a bit of a blabber mouth.

Once again, I would just like to say, I think you're amazing !! :o)

Ella x

beastsbelle said...

Thanks, Ella. I've enjoyed getting to know you through your blog too. :)

I want to take more time to answer this comment, but I have to be on my way for now. Beast'sbelle is about to go on a trip and is wanting me to get off of the computer.

Anyway, I'll be back later to say more!! :)