More BatB Head-canons!
It never says exactly how long the castle was under the curse, but I’m gonna say around three-to-five years or so. And I can imagine the staff–and the Prince!–had a lot of adjusting to do, most of which ended in clumsy flops. So, here are a few of my head-canons regarding the first few weeks of the curse on the castle.
- Adam spent roughly the first week holed up in the West Wing. He was perpetually angry, scared, and everything in between.
- He would rip tapestries to shreds and knock down all of those beautiful objects that he taxed the village for. In a way, he kind of enjoyed the power that came with his new form.
- Several times he used the mirror to take him away from his darkened castle, but every time the image faded and showed him his face, he tried to break it. Enchanted objects don’t break, though. Ever.
- He eventually left the West Wing out of hunger.
- When he did leave, he liked to stamp his feet so that they echoed throughout the halls of the castle. This indirectly was a warning to the servants that he was out and about.
- The first time Lumiere found that he could create fire at will was a rather close call as he was near Plumette at the time. There was no harm done, but he was extra careful for a while after that.
- He was also the most mobile of the staff, and used this to run through the castle every morning to check on everyone.
- He made use of swinging from torches and chandeliers as a faster way to travel, but one time one of his candles got lodged in one of the designs in the torch-holders. He was hanging there for about an hour–which included Froufrou running by and not seeing him–before Chapeau found him and helped. He thought twice before ever doing it again afterwards.
- Plumette was a huge clutz during the first few weeks because she had to master flying as opposed to walking like a regular person would. She couldn’t do that with her tail because the feathers couldn’t support the weight of the handle. So there were a lot of falls.
- However, after getting used to it, she found it to be really fun. After all, who didn’t want to fly when they were a kid?
- Cogsworth always thought it was his job to keep the staff–particularly Lumiere–in check, but it infuriated him to find that he was a lot slower than most of the staff in his clock form. He had this idea that the castle would descend into chaos if he wasn’t around to make sure it didn’t.
- He panicked a lot. Sometimes for rational reasons, other times for no reason at all.
- Whenever Adam left the West Wing, he was on high alert, and this was probably the only time the staff would actually listen to him. But as the years went on, they gradually stopped.
- Despite the situation they were all in, Chip was the one that remained the most cheerful. After all, now there were so many new places to hide in!
- He also found that hopping around all the time was rather tiresome, so he found the saucers and invented a new way of travel that he liked to call plate-gliding. Though Mrs. Potts nearly had a heart attack when she saw it for the first time.
- Despite her decreased mobility, Mrs. Potts did not let herself get pessimistic. She actually got a lot stricter and more motherly with not just Chip, but any other members of the staff that looked like they needed it.
- She was also the one that left little food portions outside Adam’s door during the first week. She had always seen herself as a mother figure, so this was the perfect time to finally step in and be a mother figure to Adam, who had been without a mother’s touch for way too long of a time.
- She was the only one who Adam would actually listen to. If she gave him the strictest, most condescending tone she could muster, Adam would straighten up and listen. Worked like a charm every time.
- The only living thing that outran Lumiere (and Chapeau) in the castle staff was Froufrou. And that dog ran everywhere. She could not be contained by anyone except for Garderobe and Cadenza. And that would have been enough, had the two not been separated. So the staff only had control over Froufrou for half the time. The other half was them praying she didn’t break anything.
- This eventually led to them dog-proofing the castle, and that took longer than any of them cared to admit. They did add the dog flap, though, and Froufrou did most of her running outside after that.
- Once Froufrou became familiar with the rest of the staff, she gladly transported any of the slower-moving staff members where they needed to go. This only worked like 75% of the time, though.
- Froufrou also found Garderobe before anyone else did, the day after the ball. Needless to say, she and Cadenza were both overjoyed to hear that the other was safe and okay. Besides the obvious, anyway.
- Aside from being cursed and being separated from his wife for heaven knows how long, he was actually okay with the form the Enchantress chose for him. He could still talk, move around and compose/play music, so for a while that was all he did. What he really cared about was seeing Garderobe again.
- He was, however, a little irked that dental pain was still a thing. It didn’t interfere with his playing before, but now it did, and it was a real annoyance at times.
- One of the more successful ways of calming Froufrou down was him playing something slow and soothing. She’d hear it and run over to him, instantly forgetting whatever it was she was doing before. Sometimes he’d play her to sleep, and the staff got a few hours of time to either clean up or go about whatever they were doing before.
- Garderobe spent the first few weeks of the curse alone except for visits from Lumiere and Froufrou, sometimes both of them at once. This was where she got her unusual sleeping schedule. After a while, singing and talking to herself just grew to be rather tiresome without anyone to listen/accompany her.
- When she learned she could make dresses with the fabric in her drawers, she made a few for herself to wear if the spell was ever broken, but then decided to make little accessories for the rest of the staff. Plumette was her model a few times, and the two became great friends because of it.