Chapter 12: Reunited
Suddenly a girl from behind the girl in front ran onto the balcony and yelled, "Beast!"
He fixed his gaze on the new girl and noticed that she looked exactly like the one in front of him.
"Wh…What's going on?" he stuttered, completely confused by the whole situation.
"Beast…don't you remember me? It's me Belle." She cried as she tried to push her way past the other girl.
However she was pushed back onto the floor below and gazed upon with threatening green eyes.
Belle flinched as if she knew something bad was going to happen.
"Can someone please tell me what's going on?" Demanded the prince who was becoming frustrated.
The girl standing spun around and wrapped her arms around his neck and cried, "She is an impostor. She is trying to take me away for you."
He looked down at the girl on the floor as if to say, is this true?
She seemed to understand and shook her head slowly, as she let tears fall from her hazel eyes down her flushed cheeks.
He looked back at the girl in front and asked, "Are you Belle?"
She nodded and smiled happily.
But she couldn't have been the right Belle. If she was, she wouldn't have been so comfortable in this whole situation right now. And there was something about her eyes.
He pulled her arms away from his neck and saw a man run in behind them.
He suddenly felt a pang of jealousy and hate run through his veins as he glared into his eyes.
"What's going on here Belle?" Asked the man.
Both of the girls replied, "My husband has come back for me."
"Oh no you don't." said the man grabbing the girl on the ground by the wrist and dragging her away from the scene.Huh? Why was he taking that girl? It must be the real Belle. And this one is…
The Belle in front of him suddenly flashed green eyes at him, causing him to step back towards the railing.
He looked down and saw that it was an awfully long drop.
He then looked back at the girl.
"Oh please…don't leave me again. I love you so much."
An idea suddenly came to his mind. He somehow knew that this Belle wasn't real.
"Um…so what will happen when the elders know that you've completed your mission?" he asked casually
"Oh, then everything will go back to normal I suppose and…" she gasped at her sudden words. "You tricked me." She growled.
He smiled evilly and replied, "Yes, funny how that worked out didn't it. Now if you'll excuse me I have to find the real Belle, before that brother of yours causes any more harm to her."
He didn't exactly remember Belle. But he knew that she was in danger, so there was no time to waste.
However he was stopped by this Belle blocking his entrance.
"Let me pass." He growled.
"I think not." She said transforming into her true from. "Why do you want to be with her anyway?"
He frowned and whispered, "I don't remember her all right. All I want to do is make sure that guy doesn't hurt her."
She nodded and let him pass, letting a gold tear fall down her cheek. As it landed on the ground it made a little clank, as it turned into a tiny piece of hard gold.
He was now running down the stairs after the cries of the girl.
Don't worry Belle I'm coming.
A few minutes later he was outside the front of the castle, searching the grounds for a sign of life.
Finally a man approached him, with Belle in his grasp.
"You can't have her. Belle is mine." He whispered, with an evil grin.
The prince frowned and said, "Hand her over to me. You are already in trouble with the elders as it is."
However this seemed to have no affect on the man. He just smiled and said, "Fool. I will never hand Belle over to you."
"Look…please…for once do the right thing. Hand her over to me. Can't you see she's petrified of you?" The prince informed him.
Belle was gazing up at her prince longingly. But he didn't feel he could return the gaze.
"All right. We'll fight for her. How about that?" the man asked.
Believing that he had no other choice, the prince nodded and sighed, "All right. But if I win, you must hand Belle over to me. Is that understood?"
The man nodded and pushed Belle off to the side forcefully.
He held out his right hand and a red fireball lit up and just as he was about to strike, Philippe galloped up from behind and trampled on top of him violently.
The prince ran to Belle, moving her out of harms way.
When Philippe backed off, the man was groaning in pain, clutching his ribs and bleeding, in several places on his arms and face.
The prince and Belle both watched as a flicker of green light appeared from the man's body. Then a few moments later, his body vanished and the Enchantress lay in his place.
Shocked, the prince slowly walked towards her and bent down to look over her exhausted body, that didn't seem to be hurt at all.
"What…" he trailed off.
She gazed up at him and smiled, placing her right hand on his cheek, "I tried. I tried. But your love for Belle cannot be removed by a simple spell. I see that now."
"What did you try?" he asked, as he stared at her slowly vanishing body.
She closed her eyes and said, "I tried to make you love me as much as I love you."
He gasped in shock and fell onto his behind beside her.
She then held out her hand and a mirror appeared immediately.
"I believe this belongs to you. I took it from The West Wing so that I could look at you every day. I wanted too much and almost ruined you." She breathed quietly.
He took it and replied, "I hate you for whatever you've done."
She then smiled and whispered, "That is understandable. Perhaps one day you will forgive me. As I have forgiven you for never being able to love me."
Suddenly she vanished and all traces of her were gone.
With that he fell to the ground motionless, causing Belle to run to him frantically.
She ran her hands over his body, not knowing whether he was dead or alive.
"Please don't leave me. I love you." She whispered, as she laid her cheek down on his chest.
Suddenly his chest lifted as he breathed in a deep breath of air. His blue eyes flashed open and he gazed down at Belle, who had now lifted her head to look at him in shock.
He remembered everything.
"Beast?" she whispered questioningly, with tears streaming down her cheeks.
He stared at her for a moment before nodding and embracing her in his arms.
She cried with happiness and listened as he said, "I love you."
There they stayed for a while until suddenly, little sparks of gold began to shimmer in the air. They both looked up as the castle suddenly started to glow brightly and looked like it had come back to life. Then a few moments later both Cogsworth and Lumiere came scurrying outside to see Belle and the prince lying on the ground in an intimate embrace.
"Awe…look at the two little love birds." Commented Lumiere.
Cogsworth however started to push him back inside hurriedly saying, "Leave the master and the girl alone."
Both Belle and the prince laughed humorously before Belle said, "Beast…"
"Yes Belle." He replied looking at her seriously.
"Can we forget everything that's happened and try to get on with our lives again?" she asked quietly.
He smiled and nodded, "Yes Belle."
They both then leaned in to kiss each other passionately, bringing an end to the tale of The Beast's Beauty.
A/N: And that is the end of The Beast's Beauty. How was it? Was it too quick? I'm sorry if it was. But I have loads of work at home right now. TAFE, school, my traineeship, and I was afraid that if I didn't end it now, I wouldn't end it at all.
Hopefully next year when I am out of school, I will have loads of more time to do more stories. Until then I hope you enjoyed my story.