Chapter Twenty-Eight

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 Twenty-Eight

Once again Bella found herself in her home with strange vampires. The head of the one she had taken resting next to the other on top of her mantel piece. It amused her greatly seeing the panic upon the dark skinned vampires face as he finally saw it.

Horror, fear, regret… oh it was tantalizing.

It was also a tactic she had picked up in the south, also having been part of this form of punishment. A vampire could survive without their body, forever feeling the phantom echo of their body. Even when the venom dries up in their head, they’re still there just locked inside their brain.

They make for good warnings and excellent decor.

The Denali’s and Garrett stared on in horror or in Garrett’s case slight weary amusement as they watched her place the head on the other end of the mantle, wrapping his long hair around the base of the neck so it didn’t hang over.

“When did you flee?” Eleazer asked after a brief moment, his head cocked to the side as he tried to read what her gift was.

“If you have a mental gift it will not work.” Bella supplied without turning around, you grow to learn quickly who has a gift and what it is… be if physical or mental. “I fled many years ago and have been living here for a decade or so… I’m not sure.”

Garrett frowned as he caught the slight frown upon her face. “How did you escape? It took the Major and Enyo culling my captor for me to be free.”

No one noticed the slight tensing of her jaw or the way her eyes flinched at the names of her and her brother’s beasts and if they did then she hoped it was caused by the memory of her escape. She turned her back on them, showing them that she had no fear of them, that she was stronger than them.

“I didn’t escape unscathed. I spent many years in pieces, strewn across the country I suspect. A punishment.” It wasn’t a total lie but it was close.

But as she looked into the Nomad’s eyes, she knew he didn’t believe her.

Author Note: Poor poor Bella, all she wanted was peace.



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