“I don’t love you at all water serpent,”
She said to the eel.
“Your eyes are those of a demon’s,
And you just aren’t lover material.”
“If I love you it will be untrue,”
She spoke with vehemence.
“I will go anywhere to get away from you
Even if I have to cross the ocean.”
“I think you’ve mistaken my kindness,”
She said with disgust in her eyes.
“For what you perceive as romance.
Oh I’d rather die!”
The eel became so angry but he spoke softly:
“Oh Xena you were so quick to speak
If you had loved me I would have made you wealthy
But now that I know of your animosity
I will change myself to my true beauty
I took on this appearance so I could see
What kind of heart you have in your body
It’s too late now for you unfortunately
For if you had agreed to love me,
You would have become my Queen
Therefore your physical beauty I shall erase
As payment for your unkind ways
Look into the river and see your face
Goodbye and suffer for the rest of your days.”
Xena looked into the river and screamed
Her face that was once so smooth and clean
Has now become wrinkled and warty
No matter how much she begged the King for mercy
He would not undo his deed.
So Xena lived and died alone and unmarried
While the King got himself a Queen and a family
Thus ends this retelling of
The Pacific Islander version of The Beauty and the Beast.