All I could do was look at him. I never imagined he could look so handsome. He had dressed up for the occasion, wearing a blue tailcoat. As I continued down the stairs, I couldn't help but smile at him. My Beast. Finally I reached him. We bowed and he offered me his arm, which I gladly took.
We didn't talk much during dinner. He was trying very hard to use his utensils, and I couldn't help but smile a little to myself. It seemed only yesterday that we shared our first meal. I had been quite shocked to see him eat. Both his muzzle and his clothes had been covered in pieces of food. I smiled again. He had changed so much over the last few months, the beast he had been when he had imprisoned me was nowhere to be found anymore. The butterflies I felt in my stomach didn't surprise me anymore, I'd been feeling them for a while now. Suddenly, an idea popped into my head. I stood up and tried not to run to him.
'Dance with me?' I asked, wishing he'd say yes. 'Oh... well.. Um, I..Okay?' I smiled widely at him. He seemed as nervous as I felt as he led me to the ballroom. Yet I was convinced we were doing the right thing. Surely, something that felt so good couldn't be wrong? My beast didn't seem to know what to do, so I placed his paw at my waist, while I took the other one in my hand and started the dance. Soon he seemed so at ease that he took over the leading and twirled me around on the beautiful dance floor.
I let my head rest against his chest, knowing I could happily keep dancing like this for eternity. For that moment, everything was perfect. I knew I had to say something, the most important thing. For weeks I'd been wanting to tell him, but I couldn't. As we danced on, the butterflies in my stomach felt more and more intense. I looked up, into those blue eyes of his that I could always drown in. never had I seen more beautiful eyes. Once again I nestled my head into his chest and closed my eyes. I have to say it, I have to!
I took a deep breath, and whispered the words I had said in my head at least a hundred times already. 'I love you.'
I had to admit to myself that dancing was nowhere near as bad as I feared it would be. It seemed so silly now, not to want to dance with Belle. I tried to remember why I was so hesitant to do this, but I couldn't remember. The only thing on my mind now was her. Belle. I love you. I thought the words, but I didn't dare to say them out loud. Not when things were going so well. Afraid she might not feel the same way about me. Part of me realized how silly it was, I was probably not going to get another chance like this. I looked down, into those beautiful doe brown eyes, and lost myself completely in them. As we danced, I realized how far I-how far we had come in the last couple of months.
It seemed only yesterday that I imprisoned her father. Back then I'd been a beast in every way possible. Even though I still looked like one right now, I felt so much more human nowadays. Like a man. All thanks to Belle. I owed her so much. I love you. I still didn't say it loud. Why couldn't I just do it? What did I have to loose? As I was going over all the arguments in my head, something happened. Belle laid her head against my chest. Such a small gesture, yet so important. It felt as if I would explode, never in my life had I felt such love for somebody. I'm going to tell her. Belle looked up and smiled at me and I smiled back. The familiar butterflies fluttered through my stomach. I opened my mouth to speak, but changed my mind. Stupid! Once again, Belle laid her had her head against my chest. I could definitely get used to this. I smiled and took a deep breath. Tonight, I was finally going to confess my love for this beautiful young lady, as Lumière had said it. Just as I was about to say what I wanted to say, I heard her say, very quietly. 'I love you.' if I hadn't been a Beast, I wouldn't have been able to hear it, I was sure of that. Just then, it hit me. She said she loved me! Belle, the most beautiful girl I had ever laid eyes on, loved me! Despite my looks, despite the way I'd treated her, despite all my mistakes! I couldn't believe it. I was about to tell her I loved her as well, when everything went black.
Were was I? It was so light around me. This has to be what heaven looks like. Heaven? Oh no, was I...? 'You're not dead.' Who was that? 'Why, it's me of course! I know it's been ten years, but I thought I would have left a more permanent impression on you'. I looked around to find a beautiful woman with golden hair and matching eyes. 'You.' It was the Enchantress. She smiled. She looked as beautiful as she did on that faithful night. 'If I'm not dead, then where am I?' 'You're with me,' she said simply, as if that explained it all. I didn't quite understand, why was I here? I had to go to Belle, to tell her I loved her! The Enchantress smiled. 'Ah yes, your young lady. She's been very good to you, hasn't she?' No. She wasn't mine. She would never belong to anyone, I knew she couldn't do that. Not Belle, she was was much too free-spirited. She would do whatever she want. And if she's let me, I'd be right there next to her. I muttered something unintelligible and then asked 'But why am I here?' The Enchantress smiled again. 'I just wanted to be the first to congratulate you on breaking your curse, and to tell you to keep an eye out for me. This is only the beginning.' As I puzzled over what she had said, everything went black again and I felt my body falling down.