Cinderella's sight was blurred with tears as she watched the blood pour out of her husband's body.
"Charming!" she screamed.
He was still breathing, but she could tell that he was trying hard.
Gaston pulled the dagger back out. "I've been meaning to make an offer with you princesses." He snapped his fingers, and the cage began to rise over the pit of green slime.
"This pit--" he pointed at it. "...is full of poisonous chemicals. Once Le Fou drops it, Snow White and Princey here will go bye-bye." He looked up at Charming. "Well, if he makes it to the end..."
He straightened his back. "For a long time, I've been chasing Belle for her hand in marriage. But since her brain is crazy, she denied me and chose an ugly, hairy, beast!"
"He is not ugly!" Belle shouted. "At least he has better character than you do, Gaston!"
Gaston chuckled. "But then I thought, 'there are prettier princesses, and I could marry them all!'"
"We already have better husbands!" said Aurora.
Gaston crossed his arms. "So, I'll make a deal with you." His eyes scared the living daylights out of the girls. "If all of you become my brides, I will spare Princey and Snow here."
He looked at Cinderella. "And I'll also be certain that Princey recovers in no time!"
He walked closer to the princesses. "But if you reject me, Le Fou!"
The cage lowered faster to the pit and stopped just two feet above it. "Well, you see what I mean..."
"So! What do you say?"
Aurora looked at Phillip, then Charming and Snow White, then back at Gaston. "If we marry you," she whimpered. "Then you have to promise that none of our husbands get hurt!" She looked up. "And Snow White."
Gaston held out his hand. "Deal."
The vine holding Aurora's hand went away, and Gaston was waiting. She looked at her friends. They nodded sadly, but agreed.
She shook his hand, and Gaston laughed.
"Yes!" he roared. He pulled Aurora from the vines and danced with her. "After all this time, they're finally mine! I already have the wedding preparations done--"
"Our husbands," Mulan reminded him.
"Oh! Right. Le Fou!"
Le Fou brought the cage back to solid grown again, then began untying all the prince's ropes. Gaston opened the cage and ripped the blindfold off Snow White. "So, Snow, ready to be my wife?"
Snow White couldn't answer.
The vines died away, and Cinderella rushed to Charming. She took his blindfold off and caressed his face.
"Char? Could you hear me?"
His breathing was shallow, so she didn't know.
Gaston pulled Cindy away from him. "I'm your husband now!" He ordered Le Fou to take Charming away.
"What are you doing?" Cinderella demanded.
Gaston clicked his tongue. "Silly Cindy, everybody knows that Gaston cannot heal the almost dead."
"But you promised!" Pocahontas argued.
"I made a deal with AURORA and not you people! Her Philip will be fine, and the rest of you will never see your princes again."
Mulan kung-fu kicked him on the chin. "Think again!"
Jasmine bent over him. "A princess takes a deal very seriously!"
They crowded over him. "There's nowhere to run now, Gaston," Tiana threatened.
Gaston turned his head and right behind him was the pit of green slime. The princes quickly joined their wives and tied Gaston up with their ropes.
"It's over, Gaston," Aladdin told him.
"You will be taken to trial for attempted murder," Prince informed.
Gaston cackled. "It won't be attempted if you can't catch Le Fou!"
They all gasped and ran after the little elf.
Tune in to "Disney Princess: The Quest to Find the Missing Princes, Chapter Ten" to find out what happens next!