Reaping of New Orleans: Chapter 3

ronol chpt 3

Klaus carried Bella to the bed after getting her into dry clothes. He set her down carefully making sure she was tucked in properly before paying attention to the two others in the room.

“What’s wrong with her?” Both Marco and Henrik asked at the same time their eyes never wavering from Bella’s sleeping form on the bed.

“Nothing, she’ll be fine,” Klaus replied, he didn’t want to say anything before he could speak to Bella herself.

Marco shook his head having tried to read Klaus’s thoughts he only found dodging thoughts. “How are you hiding your thoughts?”

“Bella taught me how to do it not so long ago.” Klaus responded with a shrug of his shoulders. “I understand you both want to know what it is happening, but understand that it’s Isabella’s decision whether or not she wants to tell you. Respect that.”

Marco looked at his sister, “Tell me when she wakes up.” Klaus nodded and watched the stressed Reaper leave the room. Klaus turned his attention to Henrik who had a worried look, but held the calm posture as he stood watching Klaus and then Bella.

“I’ll come back in the morning,” Henrik said. “Just, if something else happens. Tell me, I might be able to help.” He took one last sad look at Bella and left the room.

Klaus sighed and rubbed his face, it was a worrying thought to know he would be the one to tell Bella about her being pregnant. He got into the bed with his back pressed against the headboard. He brought Bella closer, her head laying on his lap as she slept. He took in a deep breath, her breathing had steadied and she was dead asleep. He wouldn’t be able to sleep, of that he was sure. Instead he kept an arm around Bella while he leaned his head back and decided to search through his thoughts.

“Klaus?” Bella’s voice came through hours later bringing Klaus out of his thoughts. “What happened?”

“You went unconscious,” Klaus said he ran his hand up and down Bella’s side trying to keep her relaxed. “We brought your father to come and see you. He helped you and then went to further explain what was wrong with you.”

“Really?” Bella asked sitting up she moved so she was sitting on Klaus’s lap her legs on either side of him as she looked at him. “What’s happening to me? What’s wrong?”

“Isabella,” Klaus muttered as he put his hand to her cheek. “Your father said that you retained a trait from your human side,” Klaus began slowly making sure he wasn’t going to overwhelm Bella. “This trait somehow fought its way to the surface and was eventually triggered by my werewolf side. Your father gave you blood to help you, but you’re going to need to drink blood daily ”

“I don’t understand what you’re trying to say,” Bella said rubbing her face in an attempt to help her understand.

“You’re pregnant,” Klaus said deciding to just get to the point. “You’re human side has allowed you to become pregnant. The reason you were sick was because the babies needed blood and they were reacting to the thirst. They’re hybrids, not reapers, they only inherited your humanity.”

Bella shook her head, “This can’t be real… I can’t…”

“Isabella,” Klaus said wrapping his arms around her and bringing her to his chest. “You need to calm down.”

Bella took in a deep breath, “This is real?”

“This is real,” Klaus confirmed. “We’re having kids, we’re going to be parents.”

“Plural?” Bella asked in a hushed tone as she realized his use of the word babies.

“They’re twins,” Klaus replied softly hoping she wouldn’t go into a panic. “It runs in your genes.”

Bella sighed she rested her head on Klaus’s chest and closed her eyes. Not another word was spoken for minutes as they sat there together. Bella looked down at her stomach for a moment it didn’t look different, but it felt different to her now. “We’re going to be parents.” She stated softly.

Klaus nodded, “How are you doing with the news?”

“I never thought something like this could happen,” Bella said taking in a deep breath she turned and looked at Klaus. “I don’t regret this, do you?”

Klaus pushed some of Bella’s hair behind her ear, he cupped her cheek. “I don’t regret this, Bella. I’m looking forward to this. I can’t guarantee I’ll be the best father, but I will do my best.”

Bella smiled, “I love you.” She kissed Klaus lightly before pulled back. “But there’s a slight problem.”

“And what would that be” Klaus asked the worry growing inside him.

“I’m thirsty,” Bella said hinting she wanted more than a regular drink. “I don’t have fangs to feed, so I’m going to need pre-collected blood.”

Klaus chuckled, “I’ll go to the hospital and get you some. Your brother wanted to know what was happening, you might wish to speak to him.”

“Not right now, I have a witch to track down,” Bella said as a determined came about her face at the thought of Charlie.

“Isabella,” Klaus said halting Bella as she went to leave the bed. “You’re going to have to be more careful than before.”

“I won’t fight, or use any of my powers, I can promise you that. I just want to talk. I’ll even take Henri and Marco with me,” Bella smiled. “I won’t do anything that will put our babies in harm’s way.”

Klaus nodded, “I’ll get you some blood before you leave.”

Bella smiled slightly and went into the bathroom. She began to change clothes and as she was changing shirt she paused and looked at the mirror. Her hand ran over her flat stomach as she looked at her reflection. There wasn’t any indication that she was pregnant yet and she was grateful for that. She didn’t want people using her to-be born children against her. A grin crawled onto her face as she observed her stomach. She was going to be a mother. She was of course scared, but had faith she would be able to raise a child, and with Klaus she knew she would be able to do anything. Her head turned as the bathroom door opened slowly.

Klaus walked in carrying a blood bag in his hands. “Your brother was curious on what I was doing bringing this to you. I would highly suggest telling him what’s going on soon as he’s getting on everyone’s nerves.”

Bella laughed lightly and nodded. She smiled as Klaus wrapped his arms around her his hands laying on her bare stomach. She grinned at him through the mirror and was happy at the happiness she saw on his face. They were going to be parents.

Finally leaving the room Bella entered the kitchen she smiled as everyone seemed to be gathered around the kitchen table. “Family breakfast?”

“More like, family meeting,” Henrik replied he was more than relieved she looked better than she did yesterday. “We’re all worried about you, Elle. What’s going on?”

“Oh,” Bella said with a smirk seeing this meeting was about her. “This is an intervention about last night. Well, if you all must know, I’m perfectly fine.”

“Not according to your brother and Henrik,” Kol said he stood with a smirk. “But, you’ll come out with it eventually. I’m going into town to mess with the local vampires if anyone wishes to join me.”

“I’ll join you,” Klaus said from the doorway, “I want to speak to Marcel again. Get our real home back.”

“I’ll go to make sure none of you do anything stupid,” Elijah announced as he was taking his role as eldest brother, something he did so perfectly.

“I’ll join you if we can stop at a few shops along the way,” Rebekah said feeling the need to be with her brothers on this, she wanted to face her past not run from it.

Bella grinned, “That’s perfect! I was hoping Henri and Marc could with me to do a few errands.”

“It looks like we all have plans for the day,” Henrik said standing up he looked to Bella and smiled. “I’ll be ready to go in a minute, Elle, just have to get my jacket.”

Klaus kissed Bella before leaving with his siblings. Bella turned to Marco and shrugged, “You won’t believe what happened.”

“You’re pregnant,” Marco said standing up and facing his sister.

Bella raised an eyebrow, “How did you know?”

Marco shrugged, “Twin intuition? I don’t know Izzy, I just knew. Congratulations.”

Bella smiled she walked up to her brother and hugged him. “I’m sorry. For being so angry, I know you have your own life Marc, it just bothered me that I didn’t seem to be a part of it. You’re here now, that’s what matters.”

Marco smiled and kissed the top of his sister’s head, “It’s over now. I just want you to know that I won’t leave you again.”

Bella nodded against her brother chest, “They’re not going to be like you and me. They’ll be more like Klaus and Henrik. They’re natural born hybrids.”

“No reaper gene?” Marco asked a bit relieved.

Bella nodded with a beam to her, “No reaper gene. They only got my human trait.” Bella smiled and stepped back. “I won’t be able to torture this Agnes, so you’ll have to take care of that.”

“Why can’t you torture,” Henrik asked coming into the room.

Bella shrugged, “Turns out I’m pregnant.” Bella laughed lightly at Henrik’s face. “Thought you should know before I told the rest of your siblings.”

“You’re serious,” Henrik turned to Marco, “She’s serious?”

Marco nodded, “Bella got pregnant, and out of wedlock too, the shame.”

Bella hit her brother upside the head. “I’m pregnant, Henri, they’re twins.” Bella paused and looked at Henrik. “I decided to break it to you two first. This would be the time to speak, Henri.”

“I’m happy for you Elle,” Henrik said with a grin. He hugged Bella and smirked. “There’s a lot you’re going to need to do.” Henrik stepped back and went to the notepad by the fridge and began to scribble down the things Bella would need.

Bella turned to Marco with an amused smirk, “Henri, I do have some things to do today and I kind of need your help with it. I promised Klaus I wouldn’t use my powers or do anything dangerous.”

“Alight, let’s go,” Henrik said grabbing the notepad.

Bella smirked as she followed him out. “This is why I told you both first, I find Henrik’s enthusiasm about everything contagious.”

“It’s because I’m adorable, and your favorite Mikaelson!” Henrik shouted from outside behind the sound of an engine starting. Marco chuckled and walked beside his sister as they made their way out of the house.

-Page Break-

Bella stood between Marco and Henrik. They had been walking around the quarter for a while trying to catch Agnes outside with the other street witches. Both Henrik and Marco had taken a defensive stance at her side never leaving any room for anyone to harm her. She had almost rolled her eyes at them, but figured they were just trying to protect her and she was grateful they cared so much about her. Bella grabbed at her stomach startling both men.

“Something wrong, Elle?” Henrik asked as he abruptly stopped walking and put a hand on her shoulder.

“Do you need us to get you something Izzy?” Marco asked.

Bella shook her head, “I just got really hungry, I need food.”

Henrik laughed, “It’s the cravings they must be starting early.”

“Whatever it is, I need to eat,” Bella said she looked around and couldn’t make a decision. She took in a deep breath and found a scent she liked. Walking a few blocks down she was met with a small restaurants. She walked in she scanned the place before she took a seat at a table.

Henrik and Marco took a seat near her. Henrik grabbed a menu and looked at Bella. “Anything you want?”

Bella skimmed through it eyeing every item carefully, “I don’t know yet.”

“I need a drink,” Marco said standing up from the table.

Bella glared at him. “Sit down, Marc! If I can’t drink you can’t drink. It’s what twins do.”

Marco rolled his eyes, and took a seat. “Fine. I think what you want is the Gumbo by the way.”

“Gumbo?” Bella asked with a raised eyebrow. “What the hell is Gumbo?”

“It’s our house special,” a girl said appearing at the table. “I’m Sophie, I’ll be taking your orders today.”

Bella studied her and nodded. “I’ll have the Gumbo then.”

“Okay,” She said jotting it down she turned to Marco and Henrik. “And what will you two be having?”

“I’ll have the same as her,” Marco said handing Sophie the menu.

Henrik smiled, “I’ll just have a hamburger with extra fries, thank you.”

“Okay,” Sophie said she took the menus and left.

Bella watched after her and then turned to Henrik. “Is she a witch?”

“Yeah she is,” Henrik said as he looked at Sophie. “She doesn’t seem strong though.”

“And the one behind the bar counter?” Marco asked as he saw the similarity between the two girls they had to be related.

Henrik focused and felt for the magic. “She’s stronger, a lot stronger than the waitress. Their magic is linked though. If I had to guess, I think we’re near a coven of witches, one to which Agnes might belong to.”

“Did they feel you?” Bella asked feeling worried they might try something against them.

“No, but I’m pretty sure they felt the two of you,” Henrik said as he looked at both Reapers.

“What makes you say that?” Marco asked as he studied the witches.

“The fact that every supernatural creature can feel the power rolling off the two of you,” Henrik responded. “Everyone in this place can feel you, the humans are just too ignorant to know what you are, but the witches know what you two are. They’re being cautious.”

Bella sat up straighter and tensed. “Let’s go.”

“Why? We just ordered,” Henrik said.

“I don’t want them to do something to my food,” Bella replied she looked to Marco for support.

Marco nodded, “We understand that, but you’re hungry. They’re hungry.” Pointing to her stomach. “You need to eat, we’ll make sure your food is clean before you take a bite.”

Bella didn’t see a point in arguing, she was hungry and there was no way she could face Agnes with an empty stomach. “Fine, but I swear anything happens to my babies, there will be no controlling me.”

They both nodded and continued to talk lightly. All three still keeping an ear open on the two witches that were preparing their meals. “I haven’t gotten anything from their minds.” Marco said as he noticed Sophie bringing the food.

Bella just stared at the plate of gumbo as it was set down in front of her. She ignored Sophie completely not giving her the time of day. She heard faintly as Henrik thanked her, but she was busy trying to see if there was anything in her food.

Marco leaned in he grabbed a spoonful and put it in his mouth. He swallowed the food and nodded. “It’s clean, go ahead and eat.”

Bella smiled, “Thank god it’s clean I’m starving.”

Henrik smiled, “That’s probably going to happen often. You’re going to be eating a lot more now.”

“Not to mention those damn mood swings,” Marco said with a smirk.

Bella glared at him, “Don’t provoke the mood swings, Marc.”

Marco smiled and winked at Bella, “I make no promises my dear Izzy.”

Henrik smiled and took a fry in his mouth. “The mood swings will die down eventually. Eventually the morning sickness will also go away.”

Bella’s eyes widened. “Morning sickness? You don’t actually think that will happen do you?”

“It’s normal in any pregnancy,” Henrik answered, “Granted your pregnancy isn’t exactly normal, but I’m assuming you’ll go through the same stages as a normal pregnancy.”

Bella paused and shook her head as she set down he spoon of gumbo. “This doesn’t taste as good as it smells.”

Henrik moved Bella’s bowl and set his fries and burger in front of her. “Here, you and I can trade. I had a feeling you wouldn’t like the gumbo too much.”

Bella smiled at Henrik, “You are wonderful.”

Marco watched them interact and felt a small pang of jealousy shoot through him at their bond. He shook his head and tucked the feeling away. She was still his Izzy, his twin nothing would ever change that and that and no matter what happened, they would always have their own bond, their own special connection.

Bella practically moaned as she took a bite of the burger. “Oh, this is great.”

Henrik laughed, “I thought you would like it, so what are we doing after this?”

“We’re finding Agnes,” Marco said letting Bella eat her burger. “And we’ll take it from there.”

Bella nodded swallowing down her burger. “No matter what, we’re not going home until I’m closer to Charlie’s soul.”

Henrik nodded, he paused as he caught something. “The older witch is coming.”

Bella tensed as did Marco as they both turned and watched the witch coming closer. Bella took a sip of her drink and sat up straight her entire body and mood going in defense. It was no longer just about her, it was about the two lives growing inside of her.

“You’re the reapers correct?” The witch said not wasting any time to get to the point at no answer she spoke again. “My name is Jane-Ann, I own this place. Look, I don’t want trouble with you, I just need to talk.”

Bella tilted her head and eyed Jane-Ann she knew the decision was in her hands. She nodded and stood, “Let’s go somewhere private. You may bring the other witch if you wish.”

Marco and Henrik stood and walked behind Bella making sure no one got too close to her. “You’re serious?”

Bella shrugged, “Can’t do things the violent way, I might as well try the other option. Besides, they try anything, I brought you two for a reason.” She followed Jane-Ann into what seemed the back office. “Alright, out with it what do you want?”

“My coven of witches we’re bonded to our ancestors. We have to complete a ritual one in which four girls must die at the hands of the elders in order to keep the ancestors happy. These four girls are then brought back to life by the ancestors. Except in this harvest, one of the girls escaped her name is Davina. She now holds greater power than we can imagine. My daughter was the first to die, she can’t be brought back until the last girl dies.” Jane-Anne explained the best to her ability.

Bella shook her head and scoffed. “Are you asking me to go after a young girl? I hope this isn’t what you really want? I can understand you wanting me to bring back your daughter, but going after a girl you tried to kill isn’t something I nor my brother want to do.”

“It’s not our fault your coven of witches messed up nor is it our responsibility to clean up the mess.” Marco added.

“Elle,” Henrik said catching Bella’s attention he tapped his head twice.

They didn’t have a choice. I’ve read about these harvests before the witches either comply or the ancestor spirits seek retribution. They destroy the land and take away all the magic from the witches. If they didn’t comply with the spirits, New Orleans would be completely destroyed. –Henrik

Bella sighed and looked at Jane-Ann, “I don’t understand how a coven a witches can lose a 17-year old girl.”

“We didn’t lose her,” Jane-Ann said slightly relieved she wasn’t turned down just yet. “She was taken. By the ruling vampire, Marcel.”

Bella smirked, “Well, he won’t be ruling for long. We have other things to do, so well let time take its course on this one.”

“Wait!” Jane-Ann said before they could get out the door. “I know where his soul is.”

Bella froze and turned slowly her eyes going cold as she stared down the witch. Marco stood close behind Bella grateful the witch had the right mindset to back away from Bella. Henrik stood a bit closer to the witch just in case he needed to stop her from attacking Bella. “Excuse me?”

Jane-Ann gulped, “I know where Charlie Swan’s soul is. He was your adoptive father, right? I can help you get his soul back. I can help you set him free.”

Bella stepped forward, both Marco and Henrik watching her movements. “Listen carefully. He is my father. He means more to me than most, and you have no idea what I am capable of or what I will do to retrieve his soul.” Bella stood directly in front of the witch now. “If you’re trying to make a deal, this won’t end well for you.”

Jane-Ann took in a deep breath and shook her head. “I don’t want a deal. I want help. These girls will be brought back if this ritual is completed, I need my daughter just like you need your father.”

Bella turned to Marco and raised an eyebrow in silent question. He nodded, she than turned to Henrik who tapped his head again.

I don’t trust this coven Elle, but she seems truthful enough. From what I’ve studied about Harvests, which isn’t too much, it’s guaranteed that four witches will be brought back. This can be any four witches, it’s not guaranteed to be these four girls. We will need to be careful if we agree to help her, this is a trade Elle. Her help for yours. – Henrik

Bella nodded, she smiled as sweetly as she could. “I’m not someone you double cross, so I’ll make this clear now. I’ll give you a week to give me the exact location of his soul. In that week I’ll give you the location of the girl. If I don’t get his soul in the end of this be sure that you along with your coven of witches will die.”

“As long as I get my little girl back in the end I’ll make sure you get his soul back,” Jane-Ann responded.

Bella nodded, “We’ll be in contact.”

Jane-Anne spoke again before Bella could leave. “She doesn’t know.”

“You’re going to have to clarify yourself more,” Bella said turning around as she was just about to reach for the door.

“Agnes, she doesn’t know about you being in town or that Charlie is your adoptive father. She took his soul because he made a deal with her.” Jane-Anne said.

“What deal?” Bella asked.

Jane-Anne shook her head, “I don’t know, that’s all she told me, that’s all she told anyone. I only knew he was your father because I met you before.”

“I would’ve remembered being in New Orleans.” Bella responded.

“You wouldn’t have,” Jane-Anne said, “You were no more than one. Your dad came here to see Agnes it’s when they made their deal. He left you in the care of my mother while they talked. Agnes wasn’t an elder than, but she was the only witch willing to do what Charlie wanted. If she sees you, she’ll know who you are.”

“How did you know who I was,” Bella said tilting her head. “Like you said I was one I’ve changed quite a lot since then.”

“You have,” Jane-Anne said, she paused. “But you have the same eyes as you did then. I looked into Charlie a few times. After he left he never came back, and my curiosity got the better of me I wanted to know what happened to the mysterious man who made a deal worth his soul. I checked in on him years ago I ran across a picture of you and him. You don’t change much.”

Bella nodded, “We’ll be in contact.” She walked out of the room and instead of going back to their food she headed out of the place. Marco gestured for Henrik to follow while he paid the bill. As Henrik exited the restaurant Marco ordered a few burgers to go his sister would still be hungry.

Meeting Bella and Henrik outside Marco saw his sister leaning against a wall. Henrik standing at her side talking lowly with her.

“You don’t understand, you’re going to need vitamins,” Henrik said in a tone that was meant to persuade Bella.

Bella shook her head, “I do not need vitamins, Henri.”

“Yeah, you do.” Henrik argued. “Elle, you’re having kids, who are part human. You have to treat this pregnancy as if you were human. You need to take better care of yourself.”

“He has a point,” Marco said joining them. “You will need to take some extra precautions.”

Bella sighed, “Fine. We’ll stop by a pharmacy and get me everything you both think I’ll need.”

Marco smirked, “I got you food though.”

Bella smiled, “Thanks, I’m starving.”

-Page Break-

Klaus and his siblings walked to the quarter they once called their home so many years ago.

“So what’s wrong with Isa?” Kol asked breaking the silence.

Klaus smirked, “Nothing is wrong with her.”

“That’s not what Henrik said, and by the way Marco was looking this morning she wasn’t okay,” Elijah added.

“Marco isn’t one to worry,” Rebekah added as they all stopped to question Niklaus further before they went into question Marcel.

Klaus turned to his siblings, he smirked as he saw that all of them were dying with curiosity. “There’s nothing wrong with Isabella. In all honestly, she’s more than okay, as for what was worrying Henrik and Marco, I’m afraid you’re all just going to have to wait to find out what has occurred.” His smirk never faltered. “Now, I want our true home back so can we hurry up?”

Kol rolled his eyes, “Fine, I guess I’ll just have to annoy this little secret out of Isa.”

Klaus shook his head at his brother, “Let’s continue on with what we came here to do.”

The originals walked into what used to be their home. They looked around and all caught sight of the large M sign that was hanging on one of the walls. Of course, people would believe that it most likely stood for Marcel, but that was their family crest. This was their home.

“What are you doing here again?” Marcel asked as he came down the stairs. The home was emptier than the day before as there were no vampires hanging around. Marcel walked up to the originals two of his closest allies were at his side.

“Well, we’re here to revisit our home,” Klaus responded his smirk grew as he stepped closer to Marcel. “I’m sure you remember my siblings. Elijah, Kol, and Rebekah. We’re all here to reclaim our home.”

“This isn’t yours anymore. All of this is mine, now,” Marcel said more forceful as he stepped closer to Klaus staring him in the face not willing to back down.

Elijah chuckled, “This will never truly be yours. You weren’t the one to build this city to what it is today.”

“Nor were you the one to truly make this city magical,” Kol said a menacing gleam in his eyes as he saw the prospect of a fight in the horizon.

“We made this city, it’ll always be ours. This city belongs to the Mikaelsons. To the original family not you and your group of misfit vampires,” Rebekah said not really affected in seeing Marcel again.

Marcel stood tall not showing any fear to the four originals. “You’ll have to pry it from my dead hands.”

Klaus smirked, “That can be arranged, but I rather not kill you. We didn’t come here to take this all away from you now. We merely came to revisit our home, but rest assured in time this will all be ours again and there will be nothing you can do to stop us.”

“If I were you, I’d start packing your things,” Kol said he mock saluted the three as he and his siblings left. They hadn’t come to fight, they just came to intimidate to present a united front, something no one would be able to break apart. They all wore identical smirks as they left the building knowing full well that they’re simple talk had done what they wanted it to do. It made Marcel worry, it made him fearful of what they would do next.

“I was really hoping they would throw the first punch,” Kol said with a dramatic sigh. “I did really want to be a part of a good fight.”

“Do you have to kill someone once a day to be happy Kol?” Rebekah asked.

“Not every day, I just prefer it to be most days. I like a good fight, Rebekah,” Kol said as he looked around, “Where do we go now?”

“We get to know the town,” Klaus responded as he looked around. “Things have changed and we should know exactly what’s changed.

-Page Break-

Bella sighed as Henrik was still walking through the aisles of the grocery store. “Klaus mentioned the witches were acting different. Do you think it’s possible that this Davina girl is using her extra power to control the witches?”

“How would she, one girl, control a coven of witches,” Marco said as he walked beside Bella.

“They can sense each other,” Henrik replied scratching things off the notepad he had brought with him. “A witch can sense a witch. If a witch is using magic it’s very likely another witch in the same coven can feel it. If this girl’s power is heightened, it’s possible that she can not only sense the magic, but she can see who is using it and at what time exactly. Jane-Ann said Davina was taken by Marcel right?” Bella nodded, “Well, if Marcel is the supposed ruler of New Orleans, isn’t it possible that the girl is working for Marcel.”

“She owes him her life,” Bella said with a smile as she saw what Henrik was getting at. “That’s how the witches are being controlled, the vampires have the upper hand. Marcel can tell when a witch is using magic and can punish any witch who’s using.”

“If we can get Davina away from Marcel. He loses his edge and the witches get their completed Harvest.” Marco said he looked at his sister.

“It can’t be this easy,” Bella said with a shake of her head. “We have to be missing something. There’s something we’re overlooking.”

“The deal,” Marco said a few seconds later. “Jane-Anne said Charlie made a deal with his soul. What did Agnes do for Charlie?”

Bella rubbed her face. “It’s convenient that Charlie’s soul was taken at the same time of the harvest.”

Henrik tapped his feet on the floor. He looked at the cart that was now filled with vegetables and a lot of other things he thought they would need. “Am I missing something?”

Bella looked over the cart, “The sweets.”

“Right!” Henrik said with a grin, “Give me a second Elle.”

Bella smiled and watched as Henrik disappeared she turned to her brother. “What’s wrong with you today? You’ve been acting a bit weird around Henrik.”

“I have not,” Marco replied crossing his arms over his chest.

Bella rolled her eyes, “Marc, I know you pretty well. Now, spit it out before Henri gets back, he’s oblivious to your attitude.”

“Nothing’s wrong, Izzy.” Marco said, “I just had a fit, nothing major.”

“A fit? Over what?” Bella asked eyeing her brother.

“The fact that it seemed like while I was gone you replaced me with Henrik,” Marco admitted.

Bella stared at her brother and a few seconds she laughed. “I admit while you were gone I did get closer to Henri, but I also got closer to Kol and Elijah, even Finn when he was with us. They’re family Marc and granted Henri and I have a strong bond, but’s it’s always been that way between Henri and me. Don’t forget that you’re my twin. You and I, we’re a team, we’ll always be a team. Obviously you and I haven’t been as close as we used to be in the past few years, but we’re still close. You’re my brother, my twin nothing can change that. Now stopping being such a girl.”

Marco laughed and kissed his sisters forehead. “It’s good to see that being pregnant hasn’t changed you.”

“We never know,” Bella said with a smirk, “It just might, I might start wearing mom jeans and wearing my hair in a bun all the time.”

Marco laughed, “Don’t forget only wearing men’s shirts and aprons.”

Bella smiled her face softened as she looked at her brother. “We good?”

“Yeah, we’re good,” Marco said he smiled as Henrik came back and set down several different sweets in the cart. “Is that all for this trip?”

“Yeah, I think this is it.” Henrik replied with a grin, he was more than excited to be an uncle.


Bella got out of the car as they parked in front of the house. It looked like the rest of the family were home by the distant noise from inside. Marco watched his sister as she was climbing the steps to the house. “Aren’t you going to help with the bags?”

Bella turned with a smile. “I don’t think it would be wise for me to do so.” She patted her stomach in emphasis.

Henrik laughed and grabbed some bags. “You’re milking this.”

“I have every right to do so,” Bella said as she went inside the home.

“Isa!” Kol said as she entered. “How are you doing?”

Bella eyed him, “I’m fine.”

“Really, so you’re feeling better?” Kol asked as he walked beside Bella.

“I suppose so, is there something you want to ask Kol?” Bella asked with a smirk she knew Kol, he was curious, his curiosity was the only thing that was larger than his need for bloodshed.

“Just what occurred last night?” Kol replied a real smile on his face.

“Well, the sun went down and we all went to sleep, I don’t know what else you want to know.” Bella said she was having fun with this.

“Don’t keep me in the dark Isa,” Kol said with a smirk. “I’m assuming you already told Henrik and Marco, so it won’t be long until the rest of us know. All I’m asking for is that you tell me before my other two siblings.”

Bella smiled, “Okay.” Bella leaned in and whispered. “You’re going to be an Uncle.”

Kol’s head tilted as he looked at Bella. He glanced down at her stomach. “You don’t really mean…”

Bella smiled, “A human trait stuck around.”

Kol grinned, “Well this is new.”

“Yes, it’ll be an interesting change,” Bella said she than smirked. “They’ll be a joy to have.”

“They?” Kol asked with a look of curiosity. “You don’t mean two….”

Bella nodded and laughed as Kol broke out in a happy grin. “Is that all you wanted to know Kol?”

“For now it is sweet Isa,” Kol said he put his hand around her shoulders, “Now, can we break it to my other siblings, so can I watch?”

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