Chapter 7 – Bittersweet
I do not own SOA or Twilight.
“Them crazy peckerwoods talking about God’s will with a world free of color. Like that’ll fix everything!”
“And what about SAMCRO? They’re pushing us out of our own hometown.” Clay said and Henry Lin looked to be in thought.
“The Aryans are helping the Mayans take over the heroine business. Being financed by yours truly… Think about it… They’re using YOUR hard earned cash to take over. So here’s the deal, I say we take teach these Aryan and Mayan fuckers a lesson. And we do that by taking over the Mayan territory. Henry you get everything south of Ghost Town and Niners we you take everything else.” Jax stated and Clay nodded in full agreement.
“Friendly bullets… means we can focus on business.” The Niner leader stated and Jax smiled.
“Now you’re gettin’ it.”
Once they were finished with their meeting the boys headed to their bikes. Jax looked to Clay however and nodded his direction.
“That shit true?”
“You know. What Bella’s friend said… about you running her friend out of the clubhouse?”
Clay rubbed his arthritic hands and shook his head upon Jax.
“Talk about random. What brought that up?!”
“Just answer the question.”
“Are you blaming me for what happened?”
“No. But here we are doing business…” Jax hinted with a nod towards the Niners.
“I just want to know where you really stand. Did you run Dominque out of the clubhouse, or not?”
“Let’s just put it this way, son. We didn’t need him hanging around during a lockdown for the Winstons… Doesn’t look so good and from the looks of things, we’re about to have the ENTIRE SAMCRO family on lockdown…”
Jax regarded Clay in disbelief.
“So you ran him off…?”
Clay didn’t answer as he started his bike and put his helmet on. Jax sighed on this. He watched as Clay and the others headed out.
“That makes us no better than the Aryan brotherhood…” Jax muttered under his breath.
“Dizzy…” Bella called at the bathroom door.
She drew back a breath and tried knocking again. When Dizzy wouldn’t answer, Bella entered the bathroom.
“DIZZY!” Bella shouted.
She rushed on over and lifted Dizzy out of the water.
“Jesus Christ, buy me dinner first!” Dizzy shouted and Bella’s eyes widened.
“Sorry…” Bella cleared her throat then lowered her back down.
Bella’s entire face was flushed over and Dizzy sort of laughed. But that laughter turned into tears.
“Dizzy…” Bella whispered as she leaned against the counter and closed her eyes.
“I’m okay, Bella…” Dizzy assured.
“As in I can take a bath on my own. Sharp objects within range and all…”
Bella forced a smile.
“Gotcha… I’ll ummm leave ya to it.”
Just as Bella was to head on out…
“I meant thanks for giving a damn.”
Bella gave a simple nod and exited the bathroom. She grabbed her headphones from the kitchen counter and headed for the garage. Bella put herself to work but kept picturing Dominque. Everything from his laugh, to handing her whatever tools she needed, whilst making fun of her every chance he got. Her mind however began to wander and she could actually smell him burning and thought back to how his flesh was melting. Bella rolled out from under the car and came to her feet. She found it hard to breathe as she paced the area and pictured what he must’ve gone through. Bella leaned over the GT-R and placed a hand over her heart.
“Dom…” She whispered with a heavy heart.
Her cellphone rang and Bella looked to see it was Jax. This had made his fourth attempt in reaching her since that day. She went to hit accept, as she wanted nothing more than to hear his voice, but refrained and let it go to voicemail instead. She pocketed the phone then looked to the GT-R in thought. Once she was on the highway, she cut on the radio, rolled the windows down and floored it. After a good hour of getting that rush she needed, she spun the car around and headed into town.
“Nice ride…” An older blonde woman called as Bella stepped out.
Bella gave a simple nod and was heading for the grocery store. She froze however as the woman ran her hands along the car and was looking inside.
“You know… I did some racing back in my day as well.”
Bella narrowed her eyes on this.
“That’s great. Mind taking your hands off my car now?” Bella said as the woman was getting a little TOO nosey. She went as far as to try and open the door to see if it was locked.
“You got some NOS in that, baby?”
Bella lowered her shades and tilted her head upon the woman.
“Are you looking for some kind of trouble?”
The woman smiled and made her way over.
“Something tells me I already found her.”
Bella raised her brows as the woman went on to show off her badge.
“Wow… Pretty and observant. Such a rarity these days.”
“Thanks, but you’re not my type.”
“You sure about that? Seems like you got a thing for blonds.”
The agent looked around the area then handed a file over. Bella looked to the contents and sort of laughed. It was filled with pictures of her and Jax. Ones of them heading into the cabin, a couple hotels, bars, and a few of them being intimate with one another. “I believe this one’s my favorite!” The agent said and pointed to a picture where Jax and Bella were making out on his Harley.
“I wonder what that beautiful doctor of his would say…”
“Oh I know what she would say…”
The agent reared back on this.
“Old news. Try again.” Bella said and stuffed the folder back into her arms.
“Old news, huh?”
“And here I was thinking you were hard of hearing.”
“Damn. I like you.”
“Wish I could say the feeling was mutual. So you want to tell me what this is about?”
“Just getting a feel for the town and it’s occupants…”
“Yeah well that…” Bella pointed to the folder.
“Is bound to get you into some hot water… Stalking and harassment is against the law, even for a fed such as yourself. So watch it.”
“That’s right… Daddy was a cop!” She said whilst looking Bella’s records over.
“Good looking one too. That’s a shame.”
Bella gritted her teeth on this.
“I think we’re done here.”
“Mind if I have a look inside?”
“Yes, as a matter of fact I do. Get yourself a warrant or fuck off!”
“Feisty… I like that.”
Bella smiled and backed the agent up against the car.
“You’re about to find out just how feisty I can get…”
Bella lifted her head to see her grandfather pulling up on his trike. The agent stepped out from under Bella’s arm and gave a mere nod.
“It was pleasure.”
“Wish I could say the same, Agent…”
“Stahl.” She said whilst handing her card over.
“We’ll be in touch.”
Bella tore up the card then dusted her hands off after.
“Oh and a litterer… You really are trouble.”
“You’ve no idea.” Bella witted and Piney waited until the agent was gone, before smacking his granddaughter in the back of the head.
“What in the hell are you doing?”
“Good! That’s a federal agent you know?”
“I’m well aware.”
Piney raised his brows on this.
“What are you stupid?”
“No. Just know my rights. And is it just me or does she kind of look like a peacock, total bitchface!”
Her grandfather shook his head on this.
“What am I going to do with you?”
“Too old to spank.” She witted and was heading towards the store again.
“That’s debatable.” He said and followed her inside.
“So what was she asking you?”
Bella grabbed a hand basket and went on to load it with whatever she and Dizzy needed. Without even thinking on it she was grabbing a few things for Dominque as well.
“Bitch wanted to stir up some trouble. Had pictures of me and Jax. Thought she could blackmail me with them.”
“Not sure actually. She seemed a little disappointed when I didn’t lose my shit over it.”
Piney followed her to the register and offered to pay.
“I got it.”
“Yep.” But as she said this she looked to the items she was unloading.
She looked to the honey mustard and just gawked at it for a moment.
“Bella?” Her grandfather called with concern.
“Do you like honey mustard?” She asked but seemed off in another world.
“No. Shit’s nasty.”
Bella nodded but purchased it anyhow. Piney reared back as she chunked it into the trash on the way out.
“Bella, are you alright?”
She nodded and got into the car.
“Why don’t you come over? We’ll have supper.”
“Do you now?”
She didn’t answer as she pecked him on the cheek then went about her way.
Bella pulled up to a particular bar and just sat there for a moment. She jumped however as her cellphone sounded.
“Hey…” Bella answered seeing as how it was Dizzy.
“You’re there, aren’t you?”
“Yeah. I’m here.”
“Mind if I tag along?”
“I bought honey mustard…” Bella muttered behind a tearful laugh.
“I bought fucking honey mustard, Dizzy.”
“On my way…”
Dizzy hung up and Bella merely waited. A good fifteen minutes passed before Dizzy pulled up beside her. Bella stepped out and Dizzy rushed on over. They hugged one another and had themselves a good cry.
“Come on…” Bella said once they got it out of their system.
She took Dizzy by the hand then led her inside.
“Two Cruise Controls!” Bella called as she and Dizzy sat at the bar.
“But you hate those.”
“Not tonight. Tonight’s for Dom.”
“To Dom…” Dizzy said once they got their drinks.
Bella nodded. They clank their glasses together then drank in his honor.
“What’s this…?” Bella asked as Dizzy slid sketch pad over.
“Just look at it and tell me what you think.”
Bella flipped through it then regarded Dizzy in sheer amazement.
“You did these?”
“I wish. That was Dom’s doing.”
Bella reared back in surprise.
“These are really good. Like REALLY good.”
“He was going to ask what you thought, but never got the chance.”
Bella lifted her eyes on this. Dizzy gave a tearful smile.
“He thought it’d be kickass to have our Wraith leading us Phantoms.”
“Phantoms, huh?” Bella said with a grin.
“So what do you think?”
“I think it’s brilliant. These are perfect.”
“Dizzy, I couldn’t think of anything better. In fact, let’s go step further.”
Bella hopped to her feet and went on to ask the bartender for a pencil. When she returned she scribbled down something of her own. She slid the pad back over and Dizzy nodded.
“He’d love that.” She said as Bella had put in memory of Dom on the back of the shirts he’d sketched.
Bella nodded but looked to Dizzy with concern as she was on her sixth drink of the night. Bella was working on her second. Then again, she was taking it easy figuring she’d be the one driving home.
“Guess we need to talk funeral arrangements.” Dizzy sadly uttered.
“We don’t have to do that right now…”
“We should. You know Dom always wanted to visit Cuba.”
“I say we save up some money and take him with us…”
“As in his ashes?”
Bella leaned back in thought.
“You really think Cuba’s ready for us?”
Dizzy smiled on this.
“Not even a little…”
“YOU CAME!” Ellie shouted and Bella smiled as she ran up and hugged her.
“Of course…” Bella handed a box over and Ellie regarded her in question.
“I told you we were going to make this birthday kickass.”
“Bell…” Opie scolded but with a grin.
“Right… I meant awesome.”
He shook his head but chuckled. Ellie let out a gasp once she saw what was inside the box.
“OH MY GOD!” She squealed and Opie and Donna looked to their daughter in wonder.
“IT’S SHAWN MENDES!” She shouted and Donna regarded Bella in disbelief.
“How’d you…” She questioned as there were plates and all kind of decorations with him.
Donna had told Bella they couldn’t find anything with this particular singer and how disappointed Ellie was. She had a major crush on him. Bella got in touch with some friends and had them make some. Cost her a bit but she knew it’d be worth it.
“I’ve my ways… Cake’s in the car.” She said and Opie went to get it.
“TICKETS?! YOU GOT ME TICKETS?”
“One for you and a friend.”
Ellie hugged the tickets and started to cry.
“Ellie?!” Bella called with concern.
Bella drew back a breath of relief.
Opie opened the passenger side door and shook his head. This Shawn kid’s face was on the cake. He nodded upon Bella as she was gathering a couple gifts from the trunk.
“How much did this set you back?”
“It didn’t.” She said as he was digging money out from his wallet.
“Uncle Op… Just let me do this, please. After everything, it’s the least I could do. Keep the money. She might want a shirt or something from the concert.” Bella taunted.
“I can’t believe you got that kid concert tickets!”
“She’s at that age. Might as well suck it up.”
Opie sighed and grabbed the cake. Bella frowned however as Mary pulled up behind her car.
“Great. Bitch is blocking me in.” Bella uttered and Opie laughed.
“You two… I swear.”
“I’ll be nice.”
“You better be.”
Piney pulled up on his trike and Bella died of laughter.
“What?! I’m not doing anything.”
Ellie let out another squeal once she saw her cake. Bella smiled and went on to help Donna decorate.
“I’ll get the burgers going.” Opie said and pecked Donna on the lips.
Donna handed him a beer to take with him. Bella smiled as Opie smacked Donna on the butt on the way out. They might argue from time to time, but they were still very much in love. Bella never knew what that was like growing up. Renee couldn’t stand Charlie. But Charlie was over the moon for her. He did everything he could think of to make it work, but she still left him in the end.
After about an hour or so, Ellie’s friends showed up and were in awe. Bella snorted amongst herself as they were going on and on about this Shawn Mendes guy. Ellie bragged about her tickets etc…
“Who the hell is Shawn Mendes?” Kenny whispered with a disgusted look about him.
“Hell if I know…” Bella replied and Kenny laughed.
“He looks gay.”
“Everyone looks gay to you.”
“Just sayin’ he does.”
“Well if that kid comes out as gay. I know four girls that’ll have their hearts broken.” Bella teased and Kenny died of laughter.
“Nice tat…” He said and Bella looked to arm.
“That for your friend?” Kenny asked as it was a phantom-like skull with a date below.
Bella nodded. She and Dizzy got matching ones after their drunken night at the bar.
“Might as well add a Crow Eater one…”
Kenny looked to his grandmother in disbelief. Bella closed her eyes and sort of laughed.
“Well hello to you too, Mary.”
Mary gave a mere nod.
“Went a little overboard with the party, don’t you think?”
“You’re only thirteen once, Mary.”
“Still… looks like someone’s overcompensating. Feeling guilty?”
“Grandma…” Kenny groaned.
“It’s okay, Kenny. I got it… Why don’t you see if Uncle Op needs help?”
Kenny nodded and headed into the backyard. Bella grabbed a beer from the fridge. She took a good pull off it then nodded upon Mary.
“Alright… I’m listening. Get it out while the kids are out of the room.”
“Just like your uncle, you know that?”
Bella smiled on this.
“I’ll take that as a compliment. So thank you, Mary!”
“He’s your son or does that even mean anything to you?”
“He turned out to be just like his father.”
“That’s right. A man you willingly married and had a kid with. Hell, you knew he was a part of SAMCRO when I didn’t. So don’t stand there and play victim. You’re preaching to the wrong choir.”
“Can’t you see the bigger picture?”
Bella narrowed her eyes on this.
“You want Ellie and Kenny in that lifestyle? Kenny following in his grandfather and father’s footsteps, while Ellie follows yours and Donna’s? Just another…”
“Don’t even say it. Grandmother or not, I’ll pop the living shit out of you.”
“You heard me. I fucked up and can admit it. I take full responsibility. But don’t you ever talk shit about MY family again.”
Piney had entered the room at this point and had a massive grin about him.
“They’re my family too!” Mary fired back.
This had Bella stopping in her tracks as she was headed out back.
“Then woman up and act like it!”
Mary’s jaw dropped as Bella flipped her off and headed on out. Piney shook his head and chuckled.
“Well I believe she told you…”
“Shut up, Piney.”
His laughter continued as he joined his son and granddaughter outside.
Jax shook his head feeling like a complete idiot as he tried reaching Bella, yet again. Still, it went to her voicemail. He didn’t bother leaving a message as he’d already left a couple. It wasn’t like Jackson Teller to keep bothering with something like this. But she had him on edge, which is probably right where she wanted him. Part of him truly wondered if this was just another form of payback. If so… it was certainly working. All he could think about was that kiss and how it brought him back. That right there was how he and Bella used to be. They couldn’t keep their hands off one another. And the way she’d look at him… was enough to bring that man to his knees. But the more he thought on this, the angrier he became. He knew that wasn’t right. He had it coming, big time. He deserved whatever she dished out. But he had hopes of that kiss meaning something and that they could finally move on. He was more than ready to prove himself. If only she’d give him that chance…
He thought back to everything however and this had him throwing that phone across the living room. Jax shot up from the couch and pinched the bridge of his nose. Her friend was dead and she was still healing from whatever Diablo had done. Of course she wasn’t ready. What the fuck was he thinking?! Kissing her like that and at that very moment?! That probably fucked with her once she got home and truly thought back on it. Jax had never felt like a bigger dick. Why did he keep fucking up like this?! All he could think about was how much he wanted her and how he was tired of holding back. He didn’t even consider Dom’s body being in that very room at the time. Jax looked towards his son’s bedroom as he started to cry. He combed his fingers through his hair and headed that way.
“I gotcha little man…”
The following day…
“Gemma?” Tara called over the phone.
Her boss gave her a mere nod before exiting the room.
“What do you want, Gemma?”
“I kind of need a favor…”
“And you’re turning to me, because…?”
“Look, just do me a favor and pick up Abel from daycare. Something’s come up and I can’t.”
“You are aware that Jax and I…”
“Well aware. But other than Jax, you’re the only one on the list. So it has to be you. This is a bit of an emergency. You know where the hidden key is. I’ll send one of the prospects to pick him up and you’re home free from there.”
“Fine. But I’m not doing the club anymore favors after this.”
“Where you off to?” Dizzy asked as Bella was all dolled up and grabbing her keys.
“I suppose I’ve ignored his calls long enough.”
Dizzy let out a bit of a squeal then sat upon the couch.
“It’s only been what… four? Five days?!” Dizzy taunted and Bella sighed.
“Yeah he might be a little pissed.”
“Could lead to some very HOT sex…” Dizzy said with a shrug and Bella sort of laughed.
“We’ll see…” She teased in return.
“You sure you’ll be okay?” Bella hinted whilst looking around the massive penthouse.
“Get your ass out of here. I’ll be fine.”
Bella smiled and hugged her before heading out.
Bella drew back a nervous breath as she pulled up to Jax’s house. She looked into the rearview mirror, fixed her hair then put on a touch of lipstick.
“Well here goes nothing…” She murmured before stepping on out.
When she got to the front door however she noticed how it was cracked open. It was then she heard what sounded to be a woman and baby crying. There were two men shouting back and forth. Bella narrowed her eyes on this and inched her way to the door. She heard a man saying something about a son for a son… This was followed by another horrific scream of a woman. Bella’s heart raced as she ran back to the car and grabbed one of her hidden handguns. She darted on back to the house and carefully entered, with her gun ready to go.
What the fuck? She thought as she saw Tara sitting at the kitchen table. The prospect known as Half-Sack was rushing towards a man that had a knife over Jax’s son.
“HEY!” Bella shouted on top of her lungs.
It was the only thing she could think of, as she hadn’t a clear shot to take. Not without hitting the prospect or that of Abel even. The man dropped the knife, but Bella hadn’t noticed the gun, until she heard it go off. Bella let out a grunt and went to fire back, only to have the man put the gun to Abel’s head. Bella dropped her gun immediately. She raised her hands then nodded towards the man.
“Not the kid…” She said with a flashback to when she had Abel in her arms, gun in hand. To this day she never forgot the look on Jax’s face.
Bella took a step towards the man.
“ONE MORE STEP AND I’LL DO IT!”
“Put the gun on me.” Bella softly said.
The man shook his head then ran out the back.
“Hey!” Half-Sack said and was quick to bring his hand against Bella’s waist.
“I’m fine.” She murmured.
She started towards the door and Tara just sat there, huddled into a corner. Bella froze at the door then cranked her head the doctor’s direction.
“You coming, or not?!”
“I’M DONE!” Tara shouted like she was going into hysterics.
This had Bella darting back over. She grabbed Tara by the shirt and gave her a bit of a shake.
“DONE?! THAT’S HIS FUCKING KID, MAN. SO GET OFF YOUR FUCKING ASS AND HELP!”
“I’M DONE! DONE WITH ALL OF THIS!” Tara shouted and Bella slapped her across the face.
“THEN WHY IN THE FUUUCK ARE YOU HERE!?!” Bella roared before rushing out the door.
Once they were in the car, Bella looked to Half-Sack.
The boys were in the middle of dealing with Zobelle, his boys, and the Mayans when Bella pulled up. She rolled the window down.
“GET IN!” She shouted Jax’s direction.
“SOMEONE JUST TOOK ABEL!”
Jax dropped what he was doing and hopped into the backseat.
“I’d follow, if you can keep up.” Bella said towards the boys, before peeling on out.
Bella shifted gears and sped throughout town as she and Half-Sack went on to explain what had taken place.
“Oh and heads up… If you were planning on making things work with your old lady, as your crew puts it, she mentioned something about being done. I think she means it this time.”
Half-Sack sighed and told him about Gemma having Tara watch after Abel until he got there.
Bella looked to Jax as she was pulling into the area for the docks.
“Wait… So you and Tara aren’t…”
Bella gave a mere nod and came to an abrupt stop.
“GO!” She shouted and Jax shot out of the car and ran like a bat out of hell.
“Are you alright?” Half-Sack questioned.
“I’m fine.” She said whilst lifting her shirt a bit.
“Just a little graze.”
“Little?!” He said in slight panic as she’d a chunk of flesh missing.
“I’ve had worse.”
The rest of the Sons had pulled up on their bikes and Bella pointed to where Jax was. Clay gave a mere nod and they took off after him.
“Easy…” Half-Sack said and was quick to brace Bella against him.
“I’m fine. Seriously, Jackson needs you. Get that boy back.”
Half-Sack nodded and took off. Bella was headed that way herself when she heard Jax’s cry. She froze then snapped a look that direction. She cringed as she saw a boat off to the distance, hauling ass.
“HE TOOK MY SON!”
Bella staggered back on his words.
“HE TOOK MY SON!” He cried again as Clay and the others had to keep Jax from passing out.
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