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Erik laughed as they exited the restaurant.
“I can’t believe you ordered Escargot…”
“You could’ve told me what they were!”
“I was still stuck on the whole… oh well this sounds good bit. I figured you knew what you were doing!’
“You’re such an ass. Ugh, that was so gross.”
She put a hand over her stomach looking a little queasy.
“I thought you were going to kill the waiter.”
“I wanted to kill you both!”
“Couldn’t be helped. The look on your face when he sat that plate down…” “In all fairness it wasn’t listed as Escargot! It just went on about the mushrooms, the wine sauce, and cheese! It sounded really good…”
Bella froze however as she spotted an all too familiar face. Just as she prayed he’d walk on by, he stopped before them and tilted his head. For whatever reason, his attention was on Erik. Erik had this look of utter amusement as he recognized the vampire all too well. Without meaning to, he was thinking about what he’d seen in the vision. This had the vampire snapping Bella a look.
“Do I know you?”
“No.” Bella lied.
The vampire tilted his head but Bella took notice of his crimson red eyes and this had her clinging to Erik’s arm. Edward closed his eyes and breathed in the area around them. When he opened them he offered Bella his hand in greeting. Erik was quick to smack it away.
“Glitter someone else…”
“Glitter?” The vampire hissed and Bella covered her mouth in laughter.
“I do believe I’ve made myself perfectly clear. Now run along and go play. This is a man’s world and clearly has no place for you. I do believe the high school is that way.” Erik pointed a certain direction.
Within the matter of seconds the vampire and Bella were gone. Erik reared back and regarded the area around him. Once he truly gathered what had taken place, everything metal reacted to his fury. Erik gritted his teeth and hovered off the ground as he began his search…
“Who are you?!” The vampire demanded as he had Bella in an alleyway and pinned up against one of the buildings.
Bella recoiled as he cupped her chin and had her looking him in the eyes.
“I want to know WHO you are…” He said with his lips brushing up against hers.
“Tell me everything…”
She couldn’t help but to wonder why Edward was here in the first place. It seemed a little strange, considering this was clearly the Edward Cullen of THIS time and not that of the future. The young woman was doing her best to fight it, but no matter what she did those OLD feelings surfaced. She found herself mesmerized and she couldn’t turn away. There was just something about the way he carried himself and his scent alone was intoxicating. Everything about him “drew” her in. Before she even realized what taken place, she had revealed the truth, behind everything. The vampire gave a simple nod afterward.
“So you’re the one. You’re my singer…” He uttered whilst breathing her in.
Bella blinked a couple times and was doing her best to snap out of whatever this was.
“…stop…” she pleaded as he nuzzled against the area of her neck.
When he wouldn’t, Bella placed a hand along his chest in attempts to push him away.
“You smell so good. It makes my throat ache.”
“This is wrong… Edward whatever you saw. That was of a different time. Please, I need you to stop.”
“Bella…” He crooned just as he used to in the future.
She didn’t understand any of this. There was someone… someone she was forgetting. She let out a gasp once it fully hit.
“Erik…” She whispered.
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME?!”
“Stop fighting it.” He replied with sheer annoyance.
“Oh. My. God!” Bella shouted and gave it her all in order to shove him back.
“The entire time?! You were using your abilities in order to lure me in, weren’t you?! You even went as far as to admit it, yet I never caught on. It’s just as you said that day in the woods; everything about you pulls me in… You created this sick fantasy between us! WHY?!”
“Because he’s a man trapped in the body of a teenage boy and for whatever reason he deems that reason enough to act as such.”
Bella’s jaw dropped as she looked up and saw Erik hovering from above. He gave a mere nod but his attention went back to the vampire.
“This seems to be a kink of yours. Doesn’t it, Mr. Cullen? Getting young women to fall for you… You get off to creating these illusions. Only with this one, you couldn’t read her like the others. Therefore, you developed an unhealthy obsession. Thus, making you believe she is this ‘singer’ of yours, but if that were truly the case… You wouldn’t feel the need use your charm in order to seduce her. Now would you, Mr. Cullen?”
“You… you’re one of them…” Edward hissed with a curled lip.
“You are such a fucking hypocrite…” Bella countered as Erik landed beside her.
“As you can see, the lovely Miss. Swan is no longer in your future. However…” Erik scooped her up and gathered this egotistical grin.
“She is in mine. Do have yourself a goodnight, Mr. Cullen!”
Bella laughed as he rose off the ground.
“You really are the worst vampire. Hell, you can’t even fly!” Bella called out and Erik chuckled on her words.
“That was awesome!” Bella called out once she and Erik landed.
“How are you doing that? Like that one day… when you lifted me?”
Erik set her down and dropped his hold.
“The earth beneath you is filled with magnetic energy. If I put forth enough focus….” He raised his hand and her jaw dropped as he had her a good ten feet in the air.
“I can control it and use it to my advantage. However…”
He lowered it, steadily and she landed in his arms.
“I can only hold it for so long.”
“That’s so cool!”
“It’s not quite ‘flying’ as you put it, but it’s enough…”
Bella kissed him and Erik ran his hand up along her skirt. They came to a pause however as they heard the clearing of a throat. Erik turned and sighed when he saw Charles standing at his front door.
“Well I see the two of you have made up.”’
“Yes and we wish to continue. So if you would be so kind…” Erik hinted.
“Be nice…” Bella said behind a giggle.
Erik lowered her down but let out a miserable sigh. Bella walked over and pecked Charles on the cheek. Erik patted him on the shoulder directly after.
“Keep dreaming, you old fool.”
“Old?!” Charles remarked but just as Erik gave his shoulder a slight squeeze, the professor reached to his temples in agony.
“Charles!” Bella hollered and rushed back over.
Erik regarded him with concern.
“What is it?”
Tears formed within the man’s eyes and streamed on down his face.
“Charles…” Erik called as he squatted down to his level.
“There is so much pain…”
“Pain?” Bella questioned. “How can we help?”
“It’s not mine but his…”
The veins within his face began to swell and Charles was turning a nice shade of red.
“Erik, what do we do?!”
“I don’t know.”
“Please, just find a way to snap him out of it!”
Erik nodded and looked to be in thought.
Charles’s nose was bleeding and his eyes were rolling into the back of his head. Erik looked to Charles and apologized ahead of time.
“JESUS, ERIK!” Bella scolded as he socked him across the face.
“You wanted me to snap him out of it and that’s just what I did!”
“And that’s the first thing that came to mind?!”
“You’ll have to forgive me; I still have a certain kiss in mind…”
Bella rolled her eyes and was checking Charles over. He was breathing rather heavily and looking to HER with concern.
“What is it?”
“I wish I knew…” Charles muttered gravely.
“You mentioned pain, but not your own. You said his…”
“Magneto’s.” She reared back wondering why he said Magneto rather than that of Erik.
“Charles… Why are you looking at me that way?”
“Because you’re the reason behind his pain.”
Bella tilted her head on this.
“Are you saying I’m going to hurt him?”
Erik shook his head as the look on Charles’s face said it all.
“Someone hurts her. Don’t they?!”
Charles didn’t comment, but closed his eyes.
“What did you see?”
“I’m not quite sure. The events that take place after… There is so much darkness and pain.”
“DAMMIT CHARLES, WHAT DID YOU SEE?!”
“Blood… so much blood. And she… she was standing in the middle of it all.”
Bella looked to Erik with alarm. She already knew what it was. It was the vision she once shared with Erik. The one Bella had every night. She swallowed back and thought back to that particular nightmare.
“The blood… it’s our son’s.” She gravely whispered.
This had both men gazing her direction.
“Every night… It’s always the same. I’m holding his lifeless body and standing in a pool of his blood.”
Erik gritted his teeth and spun back around. He placed his hands along the area of Charles’s temples.
“SHOW ME! SHOW ME WHAT YOU’RE HIDING!”
Charles jolted back and looked to be in shock.
“ERIK!” Bella shouted and went to intervene; only to find her wrist bond to a nearby chain link fence.
She was doing her best to break free when Erik hollered out.
He lowered his hands then paced the area.
“How do we prevent it?!”
Charles shook his head.
“It’s taken place once before already.”
Bella and Erik reared back on this.
“Something happened… Some sort of interference. Bella was reborn and YOU found a way to bring her back.”
“You mean older version?” Erik clarified.
“Yes, but you must realize that she’s been sent back to the proper time now. This is to take place, yet again, if we do not find a way of preventing it.”
“And just how do we go about that?!”
“I wish I knew…”
“And you were warned… when exactly?”
“You remember our old friend Logan and our little adventure?”
Erik nodded and went on to release her.
“Well let’s just say it was around that time… I had a moment to get in touch with Magneto and he let me know that she would be coming into the picture shortly.”
“If this had already taken place and she was reborn into that of the future then where would that put us at this very moment?”
“That’s what I’m trying to figure out. If my suspicions are correct, I believe our memories were wiped clean – at least anything that had to do with Isabelle. And for whatever reason there was a jump back in time. I cannot say how much, but someone has been toying around, with some very dangerous powers.”
Erik made no comment and headed on in. Just as Bella was to enter the house, Charles stopped her.
“If we do not prevent these events from taking place that darkness and pain I mentioned… it’s enough to destroy us all.”
Bella narrowed her eyes in thought.
“As in Magneto?”
Charles nodded. She went to say something on this, but refrained as she could see Erik through the corner of her eye.
“To be discussed later…” She whispered and Charles nodded in understanding.
Just as soon as she was inside, she lay on the couch.
“Are you alright?” Erik questioned as he was pouring himself a drink.
She nodded but closed her eyes. The little debacle with Edward had her somewhat drained and this… only topped it off. Without meaning to she’d fallen asleep. Erik downed his drink then walked on over. Charles observed as Erik put his hand to Bella’s abdomen and gave the infant another ‘charge’.
“Intriguing…” Charles remarked once he realized what Erik was doing.
“He needs a jump from time to time… otherwise he takes the energy from his mother.” Erik said with a shrug.
“That certainly explains a lot.”
Erik nodded in agreement.
“I suppose now isn’t a good time to finish what we started.”
“I’m afraid not…”
He cleared his throat afterward.
“Did you recognize him?” Erik asked referring to Bella’s murderer.
Erik nodded and looked to be in thought.
“And in the back…” he said with a scowl.
“Believe me I thought the same thing.”
“But our son?”
“It’s hard to tell if this man was responsible for that as well. There seems to be something missing from all this.”
Erik headed to the fridge; he opened the freezer, and tossed Charles a vegetable bag. Charles sighed and put it to the shiner Erik left behind.
“Why do I have the feeling you took entirely too much pleasure in that?”
“Because I did. What is it with us and the women in our lives, must we share everything?”
“You’re buying your own condoms, Erik.”
“Shhh…” Erik whispered as he ran a hand along Bella’s back.
Like clockwork… Erik already knew.
“I won’t let any harm come to you or the child. You know that right?”
Bella nodded and wrapped her arms around him. Erik pulled her into his lap and kissed her. “But if something were to happen…”
Erik shut her up with another kiss. Knowing this was his ‘Ella’, gave their relationship a whole new meaning. He never dreamed of getting that second chance. Yet here she was and with child, not just any child, but his. For whatever reason, the way her pregnancy was starting to show had him somewhat aroused. He had her straddling him as he ran his hands along her belly. He couldn’t help, but to think of the irony. He never wanted children to begin with and he wasn’t one to settle down. Erik took pleasure in having his freedom and there were more important matters to tend to. He didn’t need any distractions. But Erik knew when it came to HER… he wanted it all. Erik had never been so confused. How can one woman have so much impact? And from his understanding, he’d managed to fall in love with her not once, but twice. And if Charles’s calculations were right, this made three. Bella arched back and he went on to unbutton her blouse. For once even through his arousal, it wasn’t about sex. He felt the urge to see Bella in all her glory. This was something he’d never experienced before. He was robbed of that when it came to Wanda and Pietro.
“Have you felt him yet?” Erik asked with curiosity.
Erik got this winning smirk about him. “Wait… You’ve felt him?!”
He nodded and placed her hand along her belly.
“He’s awake… just give it time.”
Bella frowned as a couple minutes past.
“Great, our baby likes you more than me.” She whined. “The wannabe mommy killer…” Erik shook his head then replaced her hand with his own. They sat in silence and before long he was quick to place her hand back. Bella gasped back in utter surprise and Erik smiled with a mere nod.
“Honestly, how could you not feel that?! He’s pretty active.”
“Um hello… First time and all, so cut me some slack. Besides, it’s like little butterflies at the moment. That and I’m more than certain you have something to do with it.”
“Come on, Erik. I know you’re doing something. When I’m around you I feel perfectly fine, but the moment we part ways I’m struggling, just in order to keep anything down.”
“Must you be so inquisitive?”
“Hey buddy, I’m the one doing all hard work. So you bet your sweet ass.”
Erik reared back on her words.
The way he said it had her giggling uncontrollably. It didn’t help that Erik always had that rather posh way of talking. You add that accent in there and it only made the moment more comical.
“And why do you find that so humorous?”
“And why do you feel the need to keep me in the dark about everything. This is our child, Erik.”
He nodded and rolled her off him. He overlapped her then spread her blouse further apart. Erik placed his hand over her stomach but didn’t come into contact. He gestured towards the hair on his arm and how it was standing. Her jaw dropped and he gave another nod.
“Something about his power… He feeds off our energy, which is the reason behind you feeling more under the weather than usual. Something about my magnetic pull puts him at ease. The only way I can think of describing it – is like that of a battery.”
“So he’s weak?” Bella questioned with slight apprehension. “On the contrary, I get the feeling that he is quite strong as to his reason for needing constant fuel. Meaning we will have to take extra precaution, especially during that of your last trimester. He could very well drain you if we’re not careful. Then again, this is mere speculation from my own observations. But it’s a chance I’m not willing to take. Despite what you saw, your life is just as important to me as the child’s I want you both to stick around and for a very long time.”
Erik and Bella shot up in the middle of the night as they heard something crash into the house.
“What was that?” Bella whispered in a panic.
Just as he was to reply the entire house shook. This would happen off and on. Erik grabbed ahold of Bella and rolled onto the floor. He pointed to the closet.
“Get in there and stay put.”
She nodded and reluctantly did as he wished. Just as she pulled the closet door to, the bedroom door was busted down. Erik tilted his head upon the familiar mutant.
“Cain…,” he muttered looking baffled.
The mutant didn’t react. He was on a mission.
“And what is it you’re looking for?”
Juggernaut stomped about the room and was knocking stuff over as he searched. He even went as far as to lift the bed then flung it across the room. The mutant did a complete turnabout then punched at the wall in frustration.
“Perhaps if you told me what it is you’re looking for? I could be of service?”
Erik didn’t like that he was getting close to Bella’s hideout. He did his best to play it off however. He got dressed and kept a watchful eye on Juggernaut as he kept up the search. Juggernaut whipped his head towards the closet and Erik put his helmet on.
“Now I wouldn’t do that if I were you…” Erik remarked as he was to open the door.
This had Juggernaut tilting his head upon Erik. Erik smiled and shook his finger upon him as if scolding an unruly child.
“You’ve destroyed most of my home already. I’d like to keep my closet intact. Thank you.”
Juggernaut nodded but pivoted back around and drove his fist into the closet door. Erik shot out a hand and send Juggernaut flying on through the bedroom wall and into one of the other rooms.
Toad entered the room and Erik grabbed Bella then handed her over. “Guard her with your life!”
Toad nodded and Bella screamed out as Juggernaut was charging right for them. Erik gritted his teeth and flung out both hands.
“GO! TAKE HER SOMEPLACE SAFE!” He shouted as it took everything within him to hold Juggernaut off.
“ERIK!” Bella shouted as Toad took off with her in his hold.
“Must we do this?” Erik questioned as he struggled to keep Juggernaut at bay.
So much so that he came to his knees and his arms were starting to shake.
“CAIN…,” he growled in desperation.
“You do not wish to make me an enemy.” Erik warned.
“I don’t know who sent you, but coming after HER, that was a very BIG mistake!”
Bella paced the area and Toad draped his jacket over her shoulders.
“We should go back.” She said in a panic.
Toad shook his head knowing Erik would kill him if he went against his orders.
“Morti… please! He might need our help!”
He had a good laugh at this.
“And what is it you plan on doing? Flashing Juggernaut?”
Bella’s jaw dropped and she popped him in the chest.
“It might work. It’s been awhile for him, I can promise you that much.” He said as he zipped the jacket up.
“Thanks.” He nodded and looked towards the mansion in thought.
“Seems as if we’ll be stuck here for a bit.” He said with a scowl.
“And what’s wrong with that?”
“The X-Men…” Toad muttered as if it were a cuss word.
“And what’s wrong with the X-Men?”
“What isn’t wrong with them?” He scoffed as he opened the gate.
“A little bitter, aren’t we?”
Toad rolled his eyes and knocked on the door.
“Little goodie two-shoes is what they are.”
“You forget your pants…”
Bella blushed in response and was doing her best to cover herself.
“And your panties!” Quicksilver uttered with raised brows.
“Really…?” She hissed and he nodded.
“Yep. You sure did! Nice legs though, amongst other things… It’s really too bad about the old man. You and I could’ve had something.”
“Are you going to let us, in or are you going to stand there and continue with the perviness?”
“I prefer to stand… thank you very much.”
Bella rolled her eyes and pushed her way past. Quicksilver and Toad tilted their heads as they were gawking at the slight reveal of her ass cheeks.
“Ow!” They hollered simultaneously.
When they turned back Wanda was standing behind them. She had this stern presence about her. She had given them a little ‘zap’ of her energy and right on the back of their heads. She shook her head upon her brother.
“Pregnant, with our father’s child…,” she reminded and Pietro sighed.
“Why does she have to be so…”
“So?” Wanda challenged and he rubbed the back of his neck with an uncomfortable laugh.
“We haven’t officially met.” Wanda said as she made her way over and offered a hand.
“Wanda Maximoff the pervert’s sister.”
“Which one?” Bella taunted with a smirk and nod towards the boys.
“I’m starting to wonder… We look about the same size. Why don’t you come with me and you can borrow whatever clothes you want. The professor will be back shortly.”
Bella followed Wanda into her room. Wanda pulled the door to and pointed towards the closet.
Wanda nodded and sat at the edge of her bed while Bella picked something out. When she stepped out of the closet she was in one of Wanda’s hippie dresses. Bella hadn’t much choice since she couldn’t get Wanda’s jeans to fasten.
Bella found herself blushing in thought.
“Is something wrong?”
“It’s just a little awkward, that’s all.”
Wanda smiled in full understanding.
“Right? I mean no offense but aren’t you just a couple years older than me?”
“I’m not sure if I should cheer him on or hit him.”
“You and me both… Then again your father and I didn’t exactly plan on…”
“Getting pregnant.” Wanda finished.
“Seems to be a thing of his, not planning I mean.”
Bella narrowed her eyes sensing some bitterness to that. That only added to the uncomfortable situation. She could only imagine what she must look like in Wanda and Pietro’s eyes. And Erik well… it had to of been ten times worse. But she knew it wasn’t Erik’s agenda – to chase after young tail. The shock on his face said it all, once she revealed her age. Nevertheless, they couldn’t control their feelings for one another. There was history… and the only one that would even come close to understanding was Charles. Bella cleared her throat and sat beside Wanda.
“I can only imagine what this must look like, but I can assure you that is not the case.”
“You don’t have to defend him. He did the same thing to my mother.”
Bella let out an uncomfortable laugh.
“With all due respect to your mother, I do believe this is a little different. The circumstances are, to say the least.”
“I’ve offended you?”
“Not really, no. Perhaps I’m feeling a little protective of Erik.”
Wanda reared back looking to be somewhat amazed.
“You are aware of the things he’s done, right?”
“Not in whole, but I’ve an idea.”
“And he’ll never change.”
“Anyone is capable of change, if they’re willing.”
“You sound as if you’re hoping to fix him. Rather cliché, don’t you think?”
Bella raised her brows on this.
“So you’re assuming I’m one of ‘those’?”
“Well aren’t you? You seem nice enough and it would be just like him to take advantage of you. You’re only human after all.”
“Wow… Well you’re most certainly HIS daughter.”
“And now I’ve offended you.”
“You most certainly have. I swear to God, mutant or not; I’m going to deck the next person that says that.”
“The ‘only human’ bit.”
“You don’t like being human?”
“More like the indication behind it. When a mutant says that about a human, they are no better than the ones fighting against their God given rights. You see Wanda, I might be young and I can certainly see how this looks. I can even apologize on your father’s behalf for whatever he’s put you and your brother through. But I will NOT sit here and be manipulated into this little test of yours. I might be human, but I have a brain. And no matter how polite you wish come off as… your agenda is loud and clear.”
Wanda smiled and in such a way that reminded Bella of Erik.
“He was right.”
“My father… He said I’d like you.”
“I’m so sorry I put you through that, but I had to see if he was right about you and he was. You’ve got fire in you.”
“So you’ve talked about me?”
Wanda nodded once again.
“I was a bit of a fan, even before I knew about you and my father.” She admitted.
“Yes. You’re most certainly braver than most mutants I know.”
“And you’ve got your father’s dark sense of humor.”
Wanda had a good laugh at this.
“Shall we try this again?” Wanda offered. “I suppose.”
“Hi, I’m Wanda!”
“Well Wanda, I’m Bella it’s nice to meet you.”
“Likewise!” She said behind laughter.
Bella was pacing the area, when the door to the mansion opened. She sighed with disappointment as it wasn’t the one she’d hoped for. Charles raised his brows on this.
“Not happy to see me?”
“It’s not that, I was just hoping…
Bella sighed and pinched the bridge of her nose.
“Yes, what were you hoping for?”
Bella snapped a look towards Charles and saw that Erik was standing behind him now. Without another thought she took off. Charles chuckled as she wrapped arms around Erik and was hugging the daylights out of him. Erik found himself taken back. This had him thinking back to when they were children.
“None of that now…” He murmured as she started to cry.
“Who was that?! He was huge!”
Charles narrowed his eyes in question. Erik told him of the attack, but hadn’t the chance to reveal who was behind it.
“Well my dear Geliebte, he just so happens to be Charles’s stepbrother.”
“Cain?!” Charles uttered in disbelief.
Erik nodded and kissed the top of Bella’s head.
“Now why on earth would he come after Isabelle?”
“That’s what I’d like to know. He was on a mission that much is certain, but went out his way to make certain he didn’t harm me.”
“You called me Isabelle…” Bella remarked with a rather odd expression.
Charles nodded looking rather stunned himself.
“I suppose a bit of the past is coming back to me as well.”
“But I met Erik first…”
“That maybe… But you and I had a bit of history of our own.”
Bella tilted her head looking somewhat confused.
“I have no recollection. In fact even when it comes to Erik, it’s a bit fuzzy. It’s like I’m…” She paused and reached to her abdomen.
Erik reached out with slight alarm. Bella lifted her head and started to laugh.
“He’s just kicked again.”
Erik let out a breath of relief.
“Sorry, just caught me off-guard. I wasn’t expecting it to have that much oomph behind it.”
This had Erik and Charles exchanging looks of concern. Neither wished to alarm her, but were apprehensive on how this pregnancy would go.
“MORTI!” Bella scolded as he was taunting one of the students.
He cut her this ‘innocent’ look.
“Knock it off…” She hissed and Morti frowned.
Charles covered his mouth in laughter as Toad reared back and looked upon Bella as if she were crazy.
He rolled his eyes and turned his attention back to the girl he was teasing. Bella’s jaw dropped as he extended his tongue and licked the girl’s skirt. He strutted off directly after.
“I can’t believe him!”
“Seems as if she took a liking to it…” Erik murmured, taking notice of the young mutant blushing.
“Yes. Well that’s all I need… one of your students influencing mine.”
Erik got this genuine beam about him.
“And to think… we need a place to stay. At least until I get the house renovated.”
“Perhaps a hotel would suffice?” Xavier taunted in return.
“You came back…”
Bella turned towards the familiar voice. She smiled as he was hanging from the ceiling. He waved and she waved in return.
“You remembered!” He said looking rather stunned.
“How could I forget?!”
“I did you come to play?”
“Something like that… What would you like to play?”
“Hide and seek!”
Erik and Charles were off in a corner, discussing their ‘concerns’.
“Don’t you think I’m at a disadvantage?”
“I’ll make it easy for you.”
The boy nodded.
“Well as long as you promise…”
Bella laughed as the boy disappeared, leaving a cloud of brimstone behind. The young woman counted to ten and before long she heard him giggling. Bella smiled as she saw his tail sticking out from one of the curtains.
“Hmmm where could he be?” She whispered playing along.
He giggled once again and just as she made her way to the curtain, brimstone filled the air. She pulled back the curtain and smiled.
“I could’ve sworn…,” she murmured and sighed as if disappointed.
He giggled yet again and Bella turned to see him hiding behind an all too familiar face. She swallowed back and nodded. The blonde tilted her head as she eyed Bella down.
“You came!” The boy said while wrapping his tail around the woman’s leg.
She nodded and hunkered down to his level.
“That I did. Why don’t you go on to your room? I’ll be there in just a few…”
The boy frowned, but did as he was asked. Just as soon as he was out of sight, the mutant made her way over and walked a complete circle around Bella. Bella couldn’t help but to laugh. This had the mutant stopping in her tracks. She got right in Bella’s face.
“First Erik and now my son? Just who do you think you are?”
“Maybe if you were around in the first place they wouldn’t have come to me.” It wasn’t until the words left her mouth that Bella realized just how tacky that sounded. But she meant every word and there was no taking it back.
“You don’t know shit about me, Erik, or my son.”
“I know enough. And as a soon to be mother myself… I’d NEVER turn my back to my son, nor would I hand him over for someone else to raise.”
“No. You just go around fucking already taken men.”
“He wasn’t taken, but he clearly is now.”
“You truly believe this will last, don’t you?! I know Erik.” Raven said as she backed her up against the wall. She leaned into her ear and changed into her natural form.
“This… This is what he sees when he’s fucking you, it’s all he’ll ever see. You’re nothing and deep down… Erik knows this. Just you wait. Once you have that baby, you’re fair game.”
“Is that a threat?”
“Oh sweetie…” Raven purred as she altered her appearance into that of Erik.
She brushed her hair back and smiled.
“I don’t need to make threats. Erik will handle everything himself. I’m just waiting for the show.”
Bella gritted her teeth and slapped Raven’s hand away. She shoved her back, but gasped out as another vision hit. Bella gawked upon Raven in disbelief.
“Mystique…,” she whispered under her breath.
Raven tilted her head.
“I remember you… We grew up together. They took you from the orphanage.” Bella reached to hear head and staggered back. The vision of a 12 year old mutant with azure skin hit. She was crying and reaching to Bella as these men in suits were dragging her away. Some of the other orphans were yelling things like die mutie etc…
“You were my best friend…” Bella sadly uttered.
Raven switched back and rolled her eyes. She turned her back to Bella and went to exit the manor.
“Don’t! You promised. He is in there waiting!”
She ignored this and headed on out the door. Bella dashed after her and was chasing her down.
The mutant stopped in her tracks, but kept her back to Bella.
“I’ll leave, if that’s what it takes. Just don’t do this. Don’t ignore him. He needs his mother!”
“They need me.” Raven corrected.
“I’m not getting into that with you. I get it… Trust me I do! So I’m the other woman! And that’s all you’ll ever see, but don’t you take this out on your son. Just imagine how he must feel?! Hasn’t he been through enough?!”
“Imagine how it feels to have everything and come back to nothing!” The mutant barked in return.
Bella shook her head.
“And what is it you want from me?!”
“For you to no longer exist!”
Bella half laughed.
“Well Raven, if things go the way they’re looking you might just get your wish. In the meantime, I can’t very well give you that, now can I?! And just to make myself clear… I am willing to leave the mansion, considering the circumstances. But I’m not leaving Erik and I believe we BOTH know what I mean by that.”
Raven didn’t comment and went on to open the door to her cab.
“If it wasn’t for our situation with Erik, you’d be one of my biggest supporters and you know it! I was there for you! I fought in your corner, just as I always have! I’m sorry things didn’t turn out as you’d hoped. But I cannot control my feelings any more than you can. If you turn your back to him now, you will lose him forever!”
Raven slammed the door and the driver peeled on out of the drive. The gates to the manor opened and Bella watched as she drove away.
“I’m here!” Kurt called out as Bella knocked on the door.
She sighed knowing he was expecting his mother. Bella opened the door and forced a smile. The disappointment was written all over his face.
“Is my mom coming?”
“Something came up and she had to go.”
The boy nodded but looked as if he’d cry at any given moment. Bella made her way over and sat beside him.
“I like your room. It’s nice and cozy.”
“My friends don’t…”
“And why is that?”
“They don’t like the smell.”
Bella smiled and ran her fingers through the boy’s azure hair.
“I like the smell…”
“You’re just saying that…”
“No really. It says Nightcrawler was here! Now how cool is that?! Not everyone can say that!”
The boy nodded, but Bella could see that he was doing his best to keep it together.
“Do you think my mom likes the smell?” He asked with a quivery lip.
Bella was quick to wrap her arms around him. There were no words as she let him cry it out. Before long, he’d fallen asleep. Bella took it upon herself to tuck him in. Once she finished, she pecked him on the forehead and exited the room. The moment she pulled that door too, she sunk to the floor and broke into literal sobs.
Bella lifted her head and was quick to dry her tears.
The man drew back a breath. This made one of the few times Erik hadn’t a clue what to say or do exactly. He’d caught most of everything on one of the monitors to the security cameras in Charles’s office. The moment he spotted Raven, he decided it would be best to keep an eye on things. He just never dreamed that Raven had it in her to turn her back to her own child. He never saw that in her and he found himself greatly disappointed. It took a human to point out the error of her ways and even then, she wouldn’t listen. Part of him wondered if it had been THEIR child, if she would’ve reacted just the same, or if it would’ve made some sort of difference. But no matter the circumstances… He’d never see her in the same light again. It was one thing attacking Bella the way she had and setting him up. Part of him understood her reasoning, no matter how much it angered him, but not with this time. The only reason he wasn’t in Pietro or Wanda’s life was due to not having the knowledge of their existence. He was going out his way to change that. As to why he hadn’t left like originally planned. He stayed and found a way to make it work, no matter how awkward it felt at times.
“How long have you known…?” He questioned with curiosity.
“Why didn’t you tell me?”
“It wasn’t my place to. It was hers…”
Erik nodded in understanding. He couldn’t argue with that logic. With nothing else to say, he pulled her into his arms and kissed the top of her head.
“You should eat and get some rest.”
“So should you…”
“I’ve got something’s to take care of…”
“Something’s?” she questioned.
“As in you’re leaving?”
“Not right away, but soon…”
“And where are you going?”
“You need to let me worry on that.”
“Right… I’m only carrying your child and all. No big deal. Why should I know?”
He cocked a brow at this.
“Excellent. I’m glad we’re on the same page!”
“Shut it, Maggie.”
“Easy now… You’re starting to sound like we’re married.”
“I could make that happen!” She threatened.
Erik looked to be in thought.
“That doesn’t sound too terrible.” He said catching her off-guard.
Bella lifted her head off his chest and he chuckled.
“I would make it terrible.”
“By questioning you about EVERYTHING, all the time, no matter the time of day. You could be sound asleep and I’ll wake you up just to fight with you about where you went, who you talked to, etc…, etc… Then I’ll go through your cellphone and…”
“Right, wrong era… I’ll go through your wallet!”
“Why would you do that?”
“To see if you’re hiding any phone numbers or pictures of other women!”
“Now my dear Ella, why would I hide it?” He taunted back.
Bella scowled at this and he died of laughter.
“Well… I could have a boyfriend…”
“Two is more like it…”
“Oh?” She questioned curiously.
“A professor and the other a senator…”
“Damn! I have it made. Okay, let’s get married!”
“We’re not waiting for the wedding night, now are we?”
She ran her hand along her belly.
“A little late for that.”
“Hmmm.” He hummed as he kissed her.
“By the way… I want a burger, vanilla milkshake, and a HUGE order of fries.”
“Anything else? Maybe snails for dessert?”
She wrinkled her nose on this.
“Alright, stay put and I shall see to it.”
(Be a good sport by leaving your comment/review or a simple ‘like’, if you dug the chapter. I will be updating The Highlander next, followed by Set You Free, then back to this. Sorry it was late but had unexpected events that kept me busy. I apologize for any mistakes will read it over once again, after I fix supper, lol.)