"I won't let that happen," I said, holding the lantern so I could see The Beast.
He still remained a shadow, and I backed up to where Greg was. He was so young. So innocent. He can't die.
"Well then," The Beast started.
I looked back at it.
"Perhaps we better make a deal," The Beast suggested.
"A deal?" I asked.
"I can put his spirit in the lantern," The Beast replied, reaching for it. "As long as the flame stays lit, he will live on inside."
I looked at the lantern, then back at Greg.
"Take on the task of lantern bearer," The Beast said. "Or watch your brother perish."
I looked back at The Beast.
"Come here," The Beast ordered.
"Okay," I said and walked towards The Beast.
Beatrice gasped. "Wirt!"
"I'm sorry, Beatrice," I said, looking back at her. "But I can't risk Greg's life."
I handed The Beast the lantern.
"Thank you, my boy," The Beast said, and snapped his fingers.
The ground rushed up to greet me, voices ringing in my ears.
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I had to save my brother. Now, I obey The Beast. Forever carrying the dark lantern. The people of The Unknown now fear me. All of my friends. No longer help me. I need help. I need someone to help me break this curse. Before I turn into The Beast. *...