Thanks :3 The main reason I'm not having Belle speak with contractions is that she's actually French, and has only been living in this provincial English town for a few years! Initially I was going to give her a broken English, but decided against it. It's also something I do without meaning to haha. I tend to write without contractions a lot of the time, with the exceptions of "it's". The only times I consciously and purposely use contractions is for dialogue for American characters rofl.