With Beast’s carriage leaving, Belle watched it go sadly. She paced throughout her room. “It was so nice to have company with the Beast,” Belle thought. She continued to pace for a while and then she opened the door. With the door shutting quietly, Belle paced across the hallway and then traveled down the stairs. She traversed her way through the castello hallways, and then, since she was hungry, Belle decided to stop in the cucina for her meal.
In the kitchen, three people were standing, looking as though they were just waiting there for Belle. Belle immediately recognized them as Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, and Lumiere. As Belle entered the room, they immediately greeted Belle enthusiastically. “Good day, Madamoiselle Belle!” Lumiere stated charmingly. “The three of us…are here to serve you!”
“That’s very nice of you,” Belle stated melancholically. “Can te serve me some baguettes?”
As Lumiere and Cogsworth began to bicker as they were busy cutting Belle’s baguettes, with Lumiere wanting to use Beast’s special coltello and Cogsworth arguing against it, Mrs. Potts kindly walked over to Belle. “What’s the matter, dear? te look oddly depressed today.”
“I want to go with Beast on an adventure,” Belle stated, “Over to wherever he is going?”
“Oh, but te can’t go, dear,” Mrs. Potts stated sadly. “It’s only for princes, te and the other princesses have to stay home.”
Lumiere abruptly stopped cutting the baguettes and turned to face her. “Did te say, “other princesses” who have to stay home?”
“Yes, I did,” Mrs. Potts stated warmly.
“No, no, no!” Cogsworth fumed angrily as he dropped his coltello to the ground. “Lumiere, don’t get any ideas!”
“You mean…there are other girls my age who are in the same spot that I am in?” Belle asked excitedly.
“Oh yes, dear,” Mrs. Potts told Belle “Many princes have their own wives.”
Lumiere then hustled back and forth and stated, “Let’s give them all a party in here! While the princes can talk, we can invite the other princesses for a celebration!”
“I was afraid you’d say this,” Cogsworth groaned. “We can’t have a party in here, even with the Master away. Think about all the commotion and all the preparation.”
“Oh Cogsworth, let them in! They must be bored silly. When their princes leave, they have no one to talk to! And they must be our guests!”
“Not this again,” Cogsworth groaned.
“Remember though, Cogsworth,” Lumiere stated. “Remember what happened the last time we let a guest in?”
Mrs. Potts interrupted Lumiere and asked Belle, “Belle, what do te think?”
“It would be nice to have some più company,” she stated. “I would like to meet a few più people I can talk to.”
“Splendid!” Lumiere stated, throwing his arms up in celebration. He looked at Mrs. Potts and asked her, “How many other princesses are there?”
“Five, last time I checked,” Mrs. Potts stated, and then Lumiere and Mrs. Potts hustled out of the kitchen. Cogsworth pouted, quietly stated, “The master would not like this…” and then waddled out of the room, leaving Belle alone.
Belle walked over to the countertop and began to finish cutting her baguettes with her knife. She wondered about all these other princesses that Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Cogsworth were talking about and what they must be like. Belle vaguely heard their voices from the hall, and then she heard a fourth voice.
“What’s this, Momma!” the fourth voice yelled. Belle knew that voice, this was Chip, Mrs. Potts’s son.
After a while, Mrs. Potts came in alone. She went over toward Belle and stated, “Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Chip have gone out to take care of the mirrors.”
“Mirrors?” Belle asked. “What do te mean?”
“You know that mirror the enchantress gave Beast?” Mrs. Potts asked Belle. She continued and stated, “Well, it also has the ability to duplicate and can be used as a method of travel and communication. It did not have that function before, but now that the curse broke, it can do anything that the inhabitants of our castello desire. Lumiere has devised a plan with the mirrors, and your father will help with the technical parts in the village, so that’s where they are heading now. They will get the mirror to duplicate and then will send these copies off to each of the princesses. He will tell them to meet us here da tomorrow evening and then they can travel da this mirror.”
“That’s neat!” Belle stated.
Mrs. Potts smiled, “Splendid! Now we can begin to prepare for the party.”
Belle and Mrs. Potts quickly began to clean up the cucina hurriedly, as the castello was so huge, it would take a long time to clean up. After an ora of laborious work, both of them took a break. Belle went to her library, and there, she realized that there were plenty of libri that the princesses would like to read. She looked on the shelves and decided to get out a stack of fantasies.
Belle then was curious to see what the other princesses would expect. Certainly they expected good tavolo manners, since they probably all came from royalty. So Belle opened up a book about manners in the biblioteca and reviewed basic courtesy. With all the excitement, there was soon a rapping on the door. Belle gently put her libri down on the nearest table, and she and Mrs. Potts rushed towards the front door.
As Mrs. Potts opened the door, in came Lumiere, smiling broadly, along with Maurice, who looked chipper, a very energetic Chip, and a somewhat dour looking Cogsworth. “Let’s begin to fix the mirrors, shall we!” Lumiere stated.
“I’m good with inventions,” Maurice stated excitedly. “Let me help build this thing.”
And with that, the two of them began to focus working on the mirror, and they decided to affix five birthstones onto the sides of each one...one sapphire, one aquamarine, one crystal, one rose zircon, and one ruby.
As soon as Maurice began to affix these gems, the mirror lit up and then multiplied into six mirrors. Lumiere smiled and stated, “We invite te to jump into the mirror, where te will find yourself in a town where te will find a party for princesses in the nearby castle. Once te find the castle, you’ll have the time of your lives! Just come da tomorrow at six in the evening, and we hope to see te there!”
As soon as Lumiere then gave the main mirror a tap, the other five mirrors flew upward and disappeared. Lumiere then stated, “Now, it’s only a matter of time before our guests come! Let’s prepare!”