Can’t Take Back the Bullet
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Bella crawled through the window and looked around the familiar home. She found her way to the living room and smiled. “Number 24, Do something dangerously stupid on a whim.” Bella grinned as she got Klaus’s attention. “Breaking into a vampire’s home would count as dangerously stupid, right?”
Klaus smirked, “I would believe so, love. Glad to see you’re up and about.”
“It’s strange,” Bella said with a smile. “I was sure I was going to die, but then I wake up in my room with Damon. My therapist had a field day with that, she’s insisting I finish up the rest of my list and make a new one, with harder tasks to accomplish. She thinks this is some sort of rebirth, as if my clock has been reset and its finally time for me to start over. Oddly enough, she thinks you’ve done me a great service by killing me.”
“Do you remember it?” Klaus questioned curiously looking her over.
Bella shook her head. “Glimpses, but I don’t remember being dead. I am curious what you did. How am I alive?”
Klaus smirked, “You ask too many questions, love, but you should know by now that I always get what I want.”
“Just like any other spoiled child would say.” Bella responded with a smirk. “You have to tell me; how did you bring me back to life?”
“It’s nothing of importance, love.” Klaus responded he smiled as Bella stepped closer. “Feeling well?”
“As good as I can be.” Bella responded taking a few steps closer to Klaus, she took in a deep breath and her senses was assaulted by his scent. It was such a surprise how much she actually messed his smell. She swallowed back as she looked up at him as he was only a couple inches away. Pushing back any questions in her head she leaned up her hand going to rest on the back of his neck as she pulled him down to meet her lips.
She really only came here to thank him, but this wasn’t what she though thanking him would end up with them doing. It was a positive alternative though.
Bella opened her eyes and sat up pulling the bed sheet with her as she watched Klaus painting. “You do know that normal people are sleeping at this time of night?”
“I’ve never been normal, love.” Klaus responded his brush moving in calculated strokes against the canvas.
Bella stood from the bed moving the sheet to cover her fully. She walked up to Klaus and rested her head against his shoulder as she looked at the canvas. “It’s beautiful.” She whispered quietly as she eyed the painting.
Klaus smiled he moved his arm to wrap around her waist. “I’ve painted better. This is only a distraction, I couldn’t sleep and I didn’t want to leave you in the room by yourself.”
Bella turned her head to look up at him. “Careful, Nik.” She whispered. “Someone might think you care about my well-being.”
Klaus smirked, he kissed her head before turning back to the painting. “You slept well.”
Bella grinned, “You tired me out, I needed my rest.” Bella turned her head and kissed Klaus’s chest. “I should probably get ready to go back to the boarding house. Damon gets weird whenever I stay over, I don’t want to spend the day hearing him complain.”
Klaus smirked, “You could just stay here and avoid him altogether.”
“Wonderful idea, but I can’t. As soon as I mentioned an interest in going back to school he made appointments to have tours on all the nearby campuses.” Bella said with a smirk. “One comment on wanting to study literature and suddenly Damon becomes a genius on which schools have the best programs. We’ll be spending the next three days visiting schools.”
Klaus sighed, “Three days? I thought it was only meant to be for the remainder of this day.”
Bella smiled, “No, there’s a few schools’ states away that Damon thinks are just perfect for me. This trip should only take three days.”
Sighing Klaus moved so Bella was standing in front of him. He brushed back the hair that had moved to fall in front of her face. Cupping her cheek, he brushed his thumb just under her eye. “Call if you need my help.”
Bella grinned, “What if I just need something else?”
Klaus chuckled, a warm smile gracing his face. “Then I’ll be sure to be there as well.”
“Good.” Bella said she stepped back and turned to the door to Klaus’s bathroom. “Join me for a shower?”
Klaus smirked, “Of course, love.”
Bella turned to Damon as he was obviously on the verge of making some sort of statement. “Something on your mind?”
“What the hell is going on between you and Klaus?” Damon said exasperated. “Two months and he sees more of you than I do.”
Bella smiled, “I like being with Klaus. He’s straightforward about everything, I never really have to worry about what’s on his mind. It’s simple, whatever it is that we’re doing, it’s simple and I really enjoy being with him. Now, if my happiness bothers you, please tell me now.”
Damon rolled his eyes. “You’re being a drama queen. You’re becoming worst then Elena, lately.”
Bella looked to Damon curiously. “How is it going with Elena? I’ve sort of pushed her entire existent to the back of my mind. She’s graduating soon, right?”
“Next week.” Damon responded, “If you’re curious to know, she broke up with Stefan.”
Bella turned to Damon with wide eyes. “No? Really? I thought they’re love was supposed to last an eternity. You know, the whole I could never live without you type of love.”
Damon chuckled, “Apparently an eternity meant something different to Elena. She dumped him a week ago, but it wasn’t because she wanted to stay human.”
Bella frowned not catching up to what Damon was hinting at. “Was she seeing someone else?”
Damon coughed and smirked, “Not exactly. She wanted to see someone else. Care to take a guess?”
Bella smirked widely at the smug look on Damon’s face. “You? Elena dumped your brother because she wants you?”
Damon nodded laughing, “Caroline came to me the other day and told me all about it. Apparently Elena believes we share a mystical connection, something beautiful, beyond comprehension.”
“Let me guess, Caroline wasn’t too happy to have Elena claiming something that was hers?” Bella said leaning back in the seat. “By the way, just because I’m human doesn’t mean I don’t hear the two of you going at it in middle of the night.”
Damon laughed loudly. “Should’ve known. You’re right, Caroline wasn’t too happy about it, but angry sex is always the best.”
Bella smirked, “I’ll have to keep that in mind.”
Damon made a gagging noise. “Don’t go there, Bells. You’re like my kid and I don’t want to hear it.”
“I’ve had the displeasure of hearing you and Caroline in action, I think that wins the disgust factor.” Bella said with a frown. “How much longer until we’re at our first stop?”
“Less than an hour.” Damon responded. “Have you told Charlie about going back to school?”
Bella shook her head. “No, I don’t want to get his hopes up until I’m sure it’s what I want to do.”
“You should make a trip to see him.” Damon suggested.
Bella nodded, “I’ll look into it.”
Bella fidgeted back and forth as she entered Klaus’s house, but this time her hand was tucked into Damon’s elbow. She looked down at the large ball gown she was in, a gift from Klaus, it was a deep maroon color that he seemed to enjoy for her to wear. “I regret this.” Bella whispered as she looked down at the floor to avoid the eyes that were on her.
Damon led Bella to the bar. “Don’t tell your dad.” He whispered as he grabbed a bottle of bourbon and two glasses.
Bella laughed, “I didn’t tell him when you gave me my first beer. Or when you let me drive when I was 14. I didn’t even mention to him when you taught me to use a motorcycle. You really think I’m going to start tattle tailing now?”
“He would kill me if he knew I let you get on a motorcycle.” Damon said with a shake of his head. “Your dad is one of the scariest humans I’ve ever met. He’s so calm, but he’s always seconds away from blowing. And that arsenal of guns he has will really do some damage.”
Bella smirked and took a sip of the bourbon, she coughed as it burned as it came down her throat. “Nope. This tastes horrible.”
Damon smirked, “Give it some time, you’ll get used to the taste.”
Bella nodded, “Yeah, I’m sure that’ll happen.”
“Caroline just got here, give me a moment.” Damon said leaving Bella to go speak to his girlfriend for a moment.
Bella took a small sip of her drink and sighed, no this wasn’t something she could get used to. She looked up being able to feel his presence around her. “Glad to see you’re alive. I’m assuming everything with your siblings went well?”
Klaus smirked, “As well as it could have gone. You look breathtaking tonight, love.”
“Good. I’m assuming this cost you a fortune, so at the very least it should look good on me.” Bella responded she smiled as Klaus’s being towered over her. She moved and rested her hand on his chest. “You look dashing in a suit, Nik.”
Klaus smirked, he leaned down and without any hesitation he kissed her. His arm wrapping around her waist and keeping her tucked tightly to him. He had her lifted up slightly off the ground as he kissed her. He could feel her hands gripping onto the jacket of his tux. He pulled her back and set her on her feet. “Do me a favor.” He said quietly. “Don’t speak to any of my siblings. I don’t trust them.”
Bella nodded, “Okay. I suppose you do know more about your siblings then I do. What exactly do I do if they try to speak to me?”
Klaus brushed his hand down Bella’s face. “You simply ignore them. Stay close to Damon, I doubt he’ll let them speak to you. I’ll be keeping an eye on you, love, I don’t want them to try and hurt you.”
Bella smirked, “Careful, Nik, someone might think you care about my well-being.”
Klaus smirked, he leaned down and kissed her cheek. “Don’t leave without saying goodbye.”
Bella smiled, “I wouldn’t leave, I can’t pass up a goodbye kiss. They happen to be one of my favorite.”
Bella blinked as she was waking up, she looked around the room not seeing Klaus anywhere. She sat up bringing the sheet with her. She brushed the hair away from her face, she went to stand only to pause when Klaus entered the room. “Everything alright?”
Klaus smiled, something about seeing Bella in his bed always brought a happy feeling to his heart. “Everything’s fine. Any plans for the day?”
Bella shrugged, “Not at the moment, but I should be going back to the boarding house. It’s going to be interesting to make my way back in that gown.”
Klaus chuckled, “You can have one of my shirts and I’ll drive you back. I want to make sure my siblings can’t get anywhere near you.”
Bella stood, “You really think they’d try and attack me?”
“They’re my siblings, they’re capable of anything.” Klaus responded handing Bella one of his shirts.
“Don’t worry, Nik.” Bella said with a smirk. “I’m more than sure that you’re stronger than all of them.”
Klaus chuckled, “I’m glad to see how strong your faith in me is.”
Bella smiled, “Didn’t you once tell me that whatever you wanted you got? I’m more than sure that if you wanted your siblings dead, they would be.”
Bella took in a deep breath running her hands through her hair as she stood in front of Klaus. “It’s okay, Nik. I guess I realized this couldn’t be forever.”
“Isabella.” Klaus said with a frown. “You could always come with me.”
Bella smiled. “Not right now.” She said with a shrug. “I think I’m going to visit my dad soon.”
Klaus inched forward and his hand cupped her cheek. “I’ll expect to see you soon. You’ll enjoy New Orleans.”
“I’m sure it’s a lovely place, but I owe it to my dad to visit him.” Bella said quietly. “I’ll never understand why you and your entire family have decided to move to one of the most vampire infested cities in the world.”
“We like a challenge, and I want my kingdom back.” Klaus responded honestly.
Bella grinned, “And whatever you want, you always get.”
Klaus nodded, “I also want you to come with me.”
“Then I’m sure I’ll be there.” Bella said quietly. She closed her eyes and enjoyed the feelings of his lips on hers, because this was something she wouldn’t be feeling in a bit of time.
Klaus pulled back running his thumb across her cheek over the red stain of her blush. “Call me once you’re in Seattle. I want to make sure you got there safely.”
“Careful, Nik.” Bella said quietly resting her forehead against his chest being close enough to hear his heartbeat, she was sure it matched the rhythm of her own heart. “Someone might think you care about my well-being.”
Klaus kissed the top of her head, “I do.”
Bella smiled as she rode in her dad’s cruiser. “So, how’s your life of fighting criminals?”
Charlie chuckled, “You make it sound as if I’m some sort of superhero.”
“You are dad.” Bella assured as she looked out the window. “Can we stop by for a bite to eat?”
“Sure thing, I know the perfect cop diner.” Charlie said with a grin. “Cops get a special discount.”
Bella laughed lightly. “But how’s the food?”
“It’s delicious.” Charlie insisted.
Bella smiled as they pulled into a diner. “Can I call Damon? Let him know I landed fine.”
“Weren’t you just on the phone with him?” Charlie questioned. “You were talking to someone when we were at the airport.”
Bella blushed, she was talking to Klaus, but now it was time to call Damon. “It was a friend, not Damon.”
“I’ll have to meet this friend.” Charlie said as he got out of the car. “I’ll go ahead and order you a veggie burger. Don’t go too far, Bells, you don’t want to be wandering the streets of Seattle by yourself.”
“Thank you.” Bella said as she got out to make the call.
Bella walked as she talked to Damon. She paused as she heard some screaming, “I’ll call you back Damon. I have to walk back to the diner.” Bella put her phone away and as the screaming grew closer she looked around and hid behind the nearby trash bins. She kneeled down and tried to keep her body from sight. She looked over the bins just as she heard the approaching footsteps.
The girl’s clothes were torn and there was blood on her face. Bella could see her running in tot he alleyway clearly trying to escape whomever it was that was chasing her. Sensing this was bigger than she expected Bella crouched back down, but she could still see the woman from where she was. Bella put a hand over her mouth as she saw the large man in a suit come into the alleyway.
“You don’t run from me.” He said in low voice that had chills going up Bella’s spine.
Bella’s eyes widened as he pulled out a gun and aimed it at the girl. She could see his jaw clench, and he cracked his neck before lifting his gun to point it at the girl before him.
“This is the part where you die, sweetheart.” He responded quietly. “Sorry to have things end this way.”
Bella’s eyes watered as the girl cried and pleaded with him to let her free. “You’re fucking pathetic.” The man stated his gun still raised and pointing at the woman’s head.
Bella gasped as he pulled the trigger and the girl’s body hit the floor. She crouched further back and tried to contain the tears that were swelling in her eyes. She heard the retreating footsteps and once several minutes passed she stood looking around to see if there was someone around. Seeing no one she started to run as fast as she could back to her dad.
Bella’s hands shook as she looked through the book of perpetrators she was handed in the Seattle police department. Her hands trembled as she flipped the page her eyes scanning the photos for the familiar face. She paused as she saw the familiar jaw-line, the cold stare. “This is him.”
The lead detective leant over and his eyes widened. “Are you sure?”
Bella nodded, “I’ll remember his face forever, this is him. He killed that girl.”
Charlie looked at the detective. “Who is he?”
“That’s John Williams.” The detective said, he looked on at his partner. “He’s one of the biggest crime bosses in Seattle. The F.B.I. has been trying to get dirt on him for years, this could be what finally puts him behind bars.”
Bella’s eyes watered. “He laughed as she begged for her life. Called her pathetic…”
Bella stepped out of the hotel building and looked to Damon and her dad. “I just have to go in and testify, right?”
“Once his trial has ended and he is convicted you’ll be able to leave the city.” Charlie responded. “It’s not too late to back out, Bells.”
Bella shook her head. “I’ve been through worst, I’m sure I can handle this.”
Damon looked around, “Charlie, there’s something wrong here.” His enhanced eyesight was seeing too many men with guns.
Charlie looked around noticing what Damon was seeing. “Back inside!” Charlie demanded, a few seconds too late.
Bullets were flying everywhere and Damon pressed Bella back using his body to cover hers as he pushed her back into the hotel.
“FUCKIING HELL!” Bella hissed as she fell to the ground clutching her ankle, a clear bullet wound on her leg. “The one time I wear a dress!”
Damon hissed, “They were after your life, this was an attempt to keep your quiet, Bella, permanently.”
Bella looked around the room. “Where’s my dad?”
Damon looked around. “He’s still outside. He’s fine, I don’t smell his blood.”
Bella nodded she looked to Damon with wide eyes. “What the hell have I gotten myself into, Damon?”
“You’ve not only managed to have enemies in the supernatural world, but now in the human world as well.” Damon said taking a look around. He bit into his wrist and held it up to Bella. “I’ve got to make sure that you get to the courthouse in one piece.”
Bella nodded, “I just have to make a mess out of everything, Damon.”
“It’s that damn moral compass of yours, it’s making you do the right thing.” Damon responded watching Bella’s wound begin to heal. “I doubt this will be the last attempt at your life. You’re the only reason a large criminal boss is going behind bars.”
Bella sighed, “Just my fucking luck.”