The Beast was sitting beside the pond, and even though it was too far to tell, Beauty thought he might even be smiling. The ducklings were still splashing about in the water, except now there were lots of rose petals floating around as well. The ducklings were obviously having fun playing with the Beast.

Beauty was curious because although the Beast appeared to be terrifying and mean, every time she had seen him thus far he had acted very kind. In fact, he seemed kinder than any person she’d ever met.

Beauty gave in to her curiosity and went to speak to the Beast. She sat beside him on a wooden bench beside the pond. He did not say anything at first but instead handed Beauty a rose. She delicately removed each petal and let it float towards the water as the ducklings chirped and splashed happily.

Beauty and the Beast: bench



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