AOM!Belle: I am so proud of you! Standing up to Edith, eating what you want, telling Erskine those beautiful three little words. How are you feeling right now?
Thank you! Well, I didn’t really eat the bread, did I? I threw it. Still, that was freeing in its own way. *nervous giggle*
Telling Erskine I love him was freeing, too. I’ve loved him for a while, but I guess the schnapps loosened my tongue a little. I was scared for a bit at dinner that he would be angry with me for the way Edith treated him, but I should have known better. He’s so incredible and brave and sweet–the way he stood up to her for both of us. No one has ever done anything like that for me before. Then he came into the hallway and I saw his face–he was so upset. His face was white and he was shaking from head to toe. He was scared, too, and I’m ashamed to say I was…glad. In that moment when he fell into my arms, I knew he needed me the way I need him. I love him so much.