The Beast looked at Gaston and closed his eyes to think of a lie. "You are a man loved in the village outside the wood. You a courting a beautiful blonde woman, she wears a green dress." He told him. Gaston nodded and ran off out the door. The Beast smiled to himself.
Chip came running into the great hall and tugged at his arm. "Master, Belle is asking for you. She has a fever." The boy was in tears and his voice was weak. The Beast nodded and ran to Belle's room.
His mind was racing, and his heart was pounding. He couldn't live without her, he wouldn't. Once inside her room, he couldn't think. He walked to her side slowly. She was very pale and her eyes glossy. "Beast?" she called out to him reaching for his hand.
The Beast took her hand and held it in his paw. "I love you Belle." He whispered. Belle smiled and stroked his paw.
"What is your name?" she asked him, her eyes were tearing up. The Beast smiled and kissed her forehead.
"Adam." He whispered, "My name is Adam." Belle smiled warmly and rubbed her face against his paw. Adam knelt before her as the serpents left the room. "I will tell you everything you want to know." Belle sighed happily and shifted in the bed.
"Lay next to me." She told him, "Please. I don't want to be cold." Adam nodded and lay in the bed next to her. She rested her head in his fur, and fell asleep almost instantly. "Love you Adam."
"Love you too Belle."
One more chapter to go!