Chapter Thirty-Six

Title: Flash Fire

Pairing: Garrett/Bella

Summary: She sacrificed a lot for her brother so he could escape hell. Now in isolation, will she find her own happiness or will war come knocking once more?

Author Note: this is going to be a drabble, so chapters will be anywhere between 100-600 words.

Chapter Thirty-Six

Bella felt her shoulders slump and let Garrett bathe her wounds, let him show her how much he trusted her by healing the very things that caused him pain. Oh, she could wield and spread her fire with any part of her body but she found them most comfortable and diverse with her hands.

“Just because I am your mate, doesn’t mean you cannot be afraid.” She whispered, her mind flashing back to those that found their mates in the war.

Charlotte had been terrified of Peter for a few months but there was a couple that stood out the most. She was a sweet girl, broken by cruelty and her mate was vicious, she feared him so.

Mating can be broken, can be corrupted. It wasn’t a beacon that pointed to happiness; you had to weave that yourself. It was rare that those things happened, rarer still when one did not feel the pull to the other but it has happened.

“You are not obligated to care for me or love me.” She stated firmly, keeping her eyes downcast and onto his slightly darkened skin from sticking his hands into the flames to rip hers out.

Garrett jerked his head back at that. “Love you? Who said I love you? I know how mating works Sabel, I know it’s not an instant attraction. But I will care for you because it’s who I am, my upbringing. I want to know you, not Enyo, the real you and see if we can build up to that.”

A few moments passed in silence, Garrett let her think over his words.

“Did you tell the others?” She asked softly, unable to voice her other thoughts.

“No. But I do want the story as to why everyone thinks you are dead.” He replied.

She sat in silence for a few more moments before nodding. “Okay. Okay.”

And Garrett knew then that it wasn’t just a reply to his demand for the story, it was a reply to his request to know her and he couldn’t help but feel warm at her willingness to do so, to see all her vulnerabilities and weaknesses, to know her.

And he will gladly do the same.

Author Note: FINALLY… don’t forget to review.



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