Several minutes passed and Beauty began to cry on the steps of the castle. All of a sudden she heard quacking on the steps of the castle. Her duckling friends must have snuck into her bag when she was at home. She opened her eyes and was startled to see a handsome prince kneeling beside her and playing with her ducklings.
He looked towards Beauty and smiled softly, “I love you too, Beauty. I am so thankful that you returned.”
“Beast? That cannot be you!” Beauty exclaimed in surprise, “You’ve changed so much.”
“My name is Benedict and I am a prince from a land not far from here. The witch’s curse would only last until I could find someone to love me despite my mean and ugly appearance,” he explained.