“We still have a whole day before any princess comes,” Lumiere stated energetically.
Maurice then stated, “Glad to be a help! I have to go rebuild my log machine.” Maurice then shuffled out of the castle.
Lumiere stated, “I have another idea! Let’s provide entertainment for the guests!” Mrs. Potts , Chip, and Cogsworth turned to face Lumiere, and then he suggested, “When the first mirror copy comes back to us, indicating that a princess has arrived here, let’s turn into our old forms in order to surprise our guests!”
“No, no, no!” Cogsworth stated angrily. “Come on Lumiere, stop coming up with all of these ideas!”
“I wouldn’t mind being a teapot for a day to interest the guests,” Mrs. Potts stated. “The other princesses would be really interested in us.”
“But you can’t,” Belle stated. “If you do, wouldn’t you change Beast back to his old form?”
“It only affects those in the castle,” Mrs. Potts stated. “Curses like these can’t extend too far.”
“Well, fine!” Cogsworth stated angrily as Lumiere walked up to the mirror. He stated, “Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and I would like to temporarily change inhabitants of our castle to its old self. Leave Beast alone, don’t affect him or anyone besides servants in our castle right now.” At once, the four servants started to change bodies and soon were on the floor, with Lumiere saying, “This feels different with my old body now!” However, once all four servants changed bodies, the whole castle began to change, and all of a sudden, it was dark just like it was before.
“Uh-oh!” Chip stated worriedly.
Cogsworth bounced over with his cogs beating angrily. “Well look what you’ve done, Lumiere! I told you this would never work! All of our guests would just laugh at us now!”
Mrs. Potts stated, “Cheer up…let’s go over to the kitchen and clean things up there and prepare food.”
Belle was now alone in the hallway to clean up. She decided to get out a bucket and rags and clean the entryway. She became a little bit nervous now, because what would the other princesses think of a messy castle? With Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, and Chip unable to help clean up, the house would still be dirty by tomorrow evening.
Belle hurriedly tried to hang many torches on the walls and tried to cover up some less attractive things in the hallway. She also hurriedly put on many paintings in the main hallway to hide some gruesome things in the castle. Belle decided to hide a few of these artifacts in the West Wing, since they would have been really unsightly at a party that was supposed to be fun.
Soon the hallway began to look presentable, but before she could work anywhere else, Belle heard a loud beeping noise began to occur. It only increased in volume, and got louder and louder, and abruptly Belle stopped cleaning and looked behind her. The mirror was sinking slowly to reach the table. Lumiere arrived and stated, “Oh dear! This must be an arrival of a princess! But this can’t be, for she must be at least a whole day early!”
“It has to be, Lumiere,” Mrs. Potts replied. “There is no other way for our mirrors to come back. And if you notice, one of the gems is gone from the mirror. This indicates that one mirror has already done its job.”
“Lumiere, we would have been perfectly ready if you didn’t have to be a candlestick!” Cogsworth fumed.
“But there would be less surprising things…” Lumiere began to say, but soon a door knock stopped him.
“Goodness gracious!” Mrs. Potts screamed and bounced upward, spitting a bit of tea onto the floor. “Who would arrive a whole day early? She only spent a few minutes in time to find this place.”
“Let’s go and find out,” Lumiere stated, but before Lumiere could move an inch, a gentle voice spoke, “Hello? Is anybody home?”
The door opened slowly a bit, and Belle was shocked about what she saw. There was a young girl who entered the castle, but she wasn’t dressing frivolously. Instead, she dressed very modestly; she was wearing a servant dress. She had medium-length strawberry-blonde hair and was wearing a kerchief. She was wearing brown flats and had bright blue eyes.
“Hello,” the girl spoke and then she shut the door. “I am so sorry.”
“What are you sorry for?” Belle asked.
“For being so late,” the girl replied.
“Actually, you’re a whole day early,” Belle stated.
“Oh I am, really?” she asked in surprise. “I thought for sure I was going to be late, since I was…oh no! I have to get my things from my carriage!”
The girl raced out of the castle to retrieve her things. Lumiere stated, “See Cogsworth, some things can work out.”
“I wonder if she really is a princess,” Belle stated as she sat down on the stair steps. It looked like she didn’t have to worry about changing her demeanor. Soon enough, the girl rushed back into the house and carried a few sets of clothes, including a much fancier set. She asked, “Where should I put these?”
“Let me put them away,” a voice replied back. The girl looked down, and then she noticed Lumiere, smiling at her.
“Oh my goodness gracious!” the girl exclaimed and backed up a couple of steps. “You’re a…”
“Indeed,” Lumiere stated, smiling at her. “I am Lumiere. The clock over there is Cogsworth, the teapot is Mrs. Potts, and the cup is Chip. We are here to be your servants.”
“If you say so,” the girl stated, and after looking at all the servants, she put her clothes on Mrs. Potts, who bounced off to the kitchen carrying the clothes.
“You have a neat castle,” the girl told Belle.
“It’s just an enchantment,” Belle replied, and then she stated, “Sometimes I wish there was an enchantment that helps the servants to get along,” and then they both chuckled.