Shortly after Belle & Adam’s wedding, the Reign of Terror begins in France. While the population of Villeneuve holds no grudges against their recently remembered Prince and newfound Princess, what with their generous and just leadership style, the revolutionaries in Paris have quite different views. To them, Adam & Belle represent everything that they hate and are no different than Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette.
In the dead of night, the revolutionaries storm the village and mount a mob using their ever-so-persuasive “if you’re not with us, then you’re against us!” strategy. Anyone who failed to aid in the plundering of the castle would be deemed sympathizers and lose their heads, as well - and that included those who were employed and lived there.
When LeFou brings word to the castle of the impending attack, Adam and Cogsworth have varying opinions on what aught to be done. Adam, still attempting to make up for everything that he put his staff - his family - through, feels that they should flee. Cogsworth, ever the militant, feels they should stay and fight for what is theirs. But Adam isn’t about to put Belle’s life in danger. Not when merely being married to him had inevitably destined her for the chopping block.
Their window for escape is horribly limited - would they be able to flee to safety in time, or would they all watch everything that they loved burn on the way to the guillotine?
“I never enjoy anything. I’m always waiting for whatever’s next. I think everyone’s like that…living life in fast forward, never stopping to enjoy the moment, too busy trying to rush through everything, so we can get on with what we’re really supposed to be doing with our lives.”
Azriel had been in love with Mor from the moment she’d strutted into the Illyrian war-camp five centuries ago […] of Mor’s shy glances at Azriel in those first few weeks, and the fact that his dearest friend and brother, was looking at someone else.