GENRE: YA Fantasy/Romance
Other is a Beauty and the Beast story in reverse. Alain is trapped in the estate of a powerful creature (much to the creature's annoyance) and is trying to convince her to teach him about "the Other World," the realm of magic which he has just discovered an affinity with.
“What?” she snapped.
“I want to learn about the Other World.”
“You’re the only one who can teach me.”
“That’s too bad.”
Alain’s imagination had seldom failed him before. He relied upon its full extremes now, pretending he was having a reasonable conversation with a civilized person. “Don’t you think it would benefit you as well as me?”
Her beady eyes narrowed. “I can’t imagine how.”
Ignore the nastiness. Imagine she’s perfectly pleasant. “Well, you keep complaining about how I’m a hopeless, bumbling idiot. Disturbing your solitude and all that. If I knew what I was doing, I wouldn’t disturb you any more, would I?”
She drew her bristling brows together for a moment. Alain realized she was actually considering it. Then her face settled into its habitual glower. “You think you’re clever, don’t you?”
“No.” He dared a smile. “I’m hoping you could help me become so.”
The creature bared her fang-like teeth. “All right, clever boy, explain to me how teaching you, requiring me to spend more time in your irritating presence, would disturb me less rather than more.”
“Maybe not in the short term. Long term, though…” Alain shrugged.
“It could take months. Years, judging from how you fumble about.”
Alain forced his face to remain bland and unaffected. She was watching him, waiting for him to pout or flinch or frown.
The creature threw her hands into the air. “Do you enjoy having people walk all over you? Fine. I’ll teach you, whatever good it will do.”