As the hours went by Marinette sobbed, wept, and begged for the ring to be returned but her pleas were ignored and dismissed. She had never been so desperate to get back to anyone in all her life.
"Marinette you must understand that creature doesn't care for you." Nathaniel told her. "If you were to go back to him he would only hurt you."
"No he wouldn't! He loves me! He cares about me!"
"Can you not realize that he has dome kind of spell over you?"
"There is no spell."
"There must be, how else could anyone care for that monster?"
"He is not a monster! He is the kindest, sweetest, most gentle man I've ever met and I care for him with all my heart and some how...Some how I will get back to him!"
She then went to the barn and left riding on a farm horse. Nathaniel growled, Marinette could not possibly love that monster. It enraged him that this beast was making her suffer like this. Why couldn't he just die already? Then her misery would end.
Just then he heard a loud ruckus. He followed it to see Chloe trying to mount a black stallion and the horse was fighting her.
"Hold still you mangy beast!" She snarled.
"What the devil is going on here?" Nathaniel asked her.
"This is the horse who brought Marinette to the castle and I'm trying to get it to take me there!"
"Wait! Let me go." He volunteered. "I'll kill the monster and then come back for all of you."
"But Nathaniel what he kills you?" Sabrina asked.
"The beast is probably too weak to put up much of fight. He's just a dying animal waiting to be put out of his misery. I'll fetch my sword, the two of you hold the horse."
The horse struggled to throw Nathaniel off but Nathaniel was a master rider and he had a strong grip on the reins. The horse had no choice but to take the young man to the castle.
"Just think Sabrina soon we'll be living like queens." Chloe gloated.
"Chloe I don't know about this anymore." Sabrina said. "I got a bad feeling about all this, were we wrong to do this?"
"Shut up Sabrina! Now's not the time to be squeamish! Now do me a favor and go get me my mirror."
Sabrina sighed and went to has she was told. When she came back down from Chloe's room with the mirror she found that Marinette had returned from her ride out and was sobbing in her father's arms.
"I couldn't find it!" She sobbed. "I couldn't find the castle Father!"
"Marinette you mustn't feel guilty."
"I can't help it! I let him die! He's been too kind and good to me and I let him die!"
"That's not the way I remember it." Tom said. "I remember an angry beast who wanted to enslave me just for plucking rose."
"Father you don't understand those roses were growing on his mother's grave."
"He has a mother?"
"Yes, he had a mother and she died when he was young just like mine did. Those roses were all he had left of her. He had a loving mother who left him too soon and a cruel father who mistreated him due to his appearance. He's terrified of being left alone so I have to go back."
"I still don't understand why you're so determined to go back to him."
"Because I love him! I love him and I want to be him! If he dies I don't know if I'll ever be able to forgive myself."
Hearing this Sabrina felt guilty. Despite the fact that Marinette wore gowns, jewels, and had lived like a princess in the castle it wasn't why she wanted to go back. She had genuinely learned to love Adrien and wanted to go back to be with him. Sabrina quickly left the house and went to the stable where Nathaniel kept his horse. The horse held a satchel and in that satchel was the ring. She took the ring out of the satchel and then went back to the house.
"Marinette." She said. "Marinette here."
"Where did you find it?" Marinette asked when Sabrina handed her the ring.
"Chloe and I took it and then Nathaniel hid it."
"Yes and you need to get back there as fast as you can because right now Nathaniel is own his way to the castle to kill him."
"The horse that brought you there the first time came back and Nathaniel took it."
"You better hurry, I don't think you have much time."
"Marinette wait!" Tom objected.
"Father please let me go back."
"I was just going to say good luck."
She hugged her father and stepsister.
"Thank you, thank you both so much."
She then slipped the ring on her finger, twisted it three times, and the next time she opened her eyes she was back at the castle but it was very different this time. All the light, color, and warmth of the castle had faded. Everything was so dark, cold, and empty.
"Adrien!" She called searching for him. "Adrien! I'm back! I came back Adrien! Where are you?"
But there was no anwser. She ran through castle calling out his name while praying from the bottom of her heart that he was okay. She checked every room in the castle but found no sign of him then she ran to the garden. Every flower in the garden had wilted away and died, there was no sun just a cold blistering winter and there she saw him. Her beloved friend lying in the ground motionless.
She ran to him and kneeled by his side. His body felt so cold and still, tears fell from her eyes.
"Oh he's dead." She wept. "I should have never left for so long."
Warm tears falling on to his back is what woke Adrien from the darkness and he heard a sweet voice he had longed to hear sniffling by over him. At first he thought he was dreaming, but the familiar gentle touch of her hand gave him hope.
"Ma...Marinette?" He said weakly.
"Oh." She cried in relieved sobs. "Oh you frighten me, I was so sure you were dead."
"I wasn't." A voice said. Nathaniel stood behind her holding a sword.
"Move aside Marinette."
"No. I won't let you kill him."
"I refuse to let you suffer any longer under his spell."
"I'm not under a spell! I wanted to go back! I want to be with him! Can't you see that?"
"Forgive me Marinette." He shoved her aside and made his way toward Adrien's body. He raised his sword up ready to strike with one blow that would end his life. But just before he could bring the blade down Marinette caught his arm.
"Spare him and I'm yours!" She cried desperately.
"What?" Nathaniel said surprised.
"If you spare him then I'm yours. I'll marry you, I'll do whatever you want just please don't kill him."
Nathaniel looked at her for a moment and then lowered his sword.
"As you wish." He said.
"No." Adrien protested in a weak voice. "Marinette...You can't...You don't love him."
"Be quiet you monster!" Nathaniel snapped, threatening to raise his sword.
"No don't!" Marinette said stopping the sword. "Adrien it's okay. It's alright in time I'll learn to be happy with him."
"No...You won't...You'll...You'll be miserable."
"It's gonna be alright."
"Come Marinette." Nathaniel said offering his hand to her. She went to take it.
"No! I won't let you!"
Then with the last of his strength Adrien took Nathaniel's sword and plunged into right into his chest. Marinette cried out in terror as he collapsed to the ground with a bleeding chest. She burst into tears and threw herself on top of him, crying greatly.
"Why?" She wept. "Why would you do that?"
"A loveless marriage is a fate worse than death...You would...Have been so sad...You deserve to marry a man you love."
She continued to cry into his chest. Nathaniel could only walk away feeling guilty and regretful. Seeing this made him realize that Adrien truly did love Marinette and that there never was a spell. Heavy with regret he left the two alone.
"How beautiful you are." Adrien raised a weak hand to cup her face and wipe away her tears. "Not even tears can tarnish your beauty."
"Oh Adrien...I'm so sorry." She cried.
"You...You came back...I thought...I thought you abandoned me."
"Forgive me. I didn't mean to stay away so long but I'm here now. I've come back to you my prince."
"Yes you have and now my princess, I can die happy."
"No! You can't die! Please! I came back because I love you! Don't you see that? I love you! I love you! Don't die please! I love you!"
"Can you really love such an ugly creature?"
"Yes! I can and I do! I never realized how much I loved you til we were apart."
"You...You love me."
"Yes with all my heart so please live Adrien. Please live and marry me."
"Marinette a long time ago, after my mother died he was desperate to have her back, so much so that he began a search for seven stones which brought together can grant any wish but if used selfishly it would come at a terrible price. When he collected the stones my father wished for my mother to live again they granted his wish but not how he wanted it. The wish was granted by having roses grow on her grave so her memory would live on forever and the price for his selfishness was that I had to remain as a beast until a maiden as beautiful as rose could love me."
Just then a green mist surrounded the Adrien's body and it gave off a light so bright that she had to cover her eyes. When she opened her eyes she saw that standing in the beast's place was a prince. The prince from her dreams who was smiling down at her.
"There's no need to cry anymore Marinette." He told her gently.
"It's...It's you." She realized. "Where's Adrien? Where is he?"
"I'm here my love."
"No...No! Where is he? What's happened to him?"
"I'm right here Marinette, I am Adrien and I can prove it. The pink gown and pearls you wear, I gave them to you. For months we walked in the garden, we danced, and we laughed, and I showed you my mother's roses."
She gazed into his warm, gentle, and familiar green eyes.
"Is it really you?"
"Yes Marinette I was both your prince and your beast and thanks to you my beauty I am free."
He took her into his arms, as their cheeks blushed and their eyes closed they leaned in closer then their lips met in a passionate kiss of true love. A shower of stardust fell from the heavens causing all the darkness and cold winter surrounding the castle to transform into a glowing and warm summer. The sun was shinning and all the flowers were revived. Marinette's love had broken the spell and restored the castle to it's former beauty.