Let’s talk about something I never realized.
I had always assumed that the Beast heard Belle say “I love you” before he “died.” But no, your hearing doesn’t miraculously stay or something weird like that. Adam didn’t hear her say it.
So imagine him fading away thinking that even though his life had been horrible, there was one small light that really truly meant the world over and more to him, and that he was glad that her face would be the last thing he’d ever see…
…then suddenly he’s feeling less cold and much more warm, and there’s a golden light at the end of a tunnel, and he’s still not sure if he’s alive, but then there’s more and more of it and he’s back in the West Wing, standing upright, his bare feet cold on the tile floor, his hair tickling his face and neck, claws absent from smaller, thinner hands, fingers, and it’s not a dream, it’s not a dream, it’s not a dream
And then he turns around and sees Belle standing there, shocked into silence but unafraid, fearless. He stares at her incredulously because there’s only one way this could be happening: she loves him. He used to think such an emotion was impossible and yet here he is and she loves him
He wants to run into her arms and laugh and cry and jump but he can only convey this with a look, an expression. The night is over, the sun has risen, and the curse is lifted, but he did nothing, it was her, his beauty, his angel, his saving grace.
She smiles in realization, their lips touch, and his world is ablaze with life, love, color. The ground shakes beneath their feet and dawn breaks across the castle. This is his new beginning, his rebirth into a better life, a better man, and he is not alone anymore, he will never be alone again.
for she has set him free.