It's been a while, so, let's do this shall we? This chapter is for Jeremy, Elena, and Alaric.
Elena and Bonnie carefully lowered Bella into the deep bathtub, filled with bubbles. Damon said be very generous with the bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, as well as conditioners. Her body was completely naked, neither girl bothered by it; this was their sister, one by blood, the other by bond.
"It's hard handling her, looking at her, with her not fed yet." Bonnie choked out.
They hadn't the time. Damon was already weak from carrying her; due to whatever it was used against her in the assault. He had to rush out of the room, to Stefan's bath, to shower. They hadn't fed her yet, due to the fact that they simply couldn't be near her with the toxins on her body, as Elena had them on her when she arrived from the lake house.
"Let's just wash her as good as we can, twice. Once we are done, we drain the bath, rinse her. The guys will come in and take care of the rest after we've dressed her." Elena whispered, tears streaming down her face, her voice fading from trying to fight it.
Together, they started on washing Bella. Bonnie started at her feet, Elena at her hair. Bonnie was so thorough, she cleaned Bella's toenails as if she were giving her a pedicure. Elena was being thorough as well, she used half a bottle of shampoo in one go, and started massaging it all over Bella's head.
"Hand me the face wash, please." Elena whispered
Nodding Bonnie handed over the facial wash, and gasped at the amount Elena was using. It was one of Bella's favorites, and very expensive.
"She'll kill you." Bonnie laughed lightly, nodding towards the bottle.
"We need to leave it on her skin, it needs to clean it. If she threatens me, I'll be glad to hear it." Elena didn't laugh; she didn't have it in her. "She saw Aunt Jenna die, Bon. She's going to leave again. She's going to leave us." Elena wept sobs really.
Bonnie shook her head and cleaned Bella's lady parts, no shame whatsoever, but looked at Elena.
"There is no way in hell she is going to leave. To be honest, Jenna was your guardian, now that she is gone, Bella will now be pointed the Guardian as she is 18. She won't leave, she left the last time because she needed to, she will stay because she will need to, but mostly because she will want to." Bonnie's voice was strong, it never wavered
And because her voice stayed so strong, Elena calmed down, and believed it herself.
Once Bella had her body, and hair washed and rinsed twice, Elena and Bonnie dried her off and applied the general lotions Bella used. Once she was washed, dried, and moisturized, they dressed her. Light clothing, nothing too constricting; one of Damon's tank tops, and a pair of Bella's yoga pants. They wanted her comfortable.
"Bonnie, will you brush and French braid her hair? I'm going to tell the guys, we're almost ready for them. She needs the blood; I don't like seeing her like this." She didn't give Bonnie a chance to agree, she left quickly.
Walking down stairs no matter how quiet it was, made all the supernatural men blur to the landing, Alaric, Jeremy, and Matt not too far behind. Every single one of them looking anxious, but it was Klaus' face that surprised her the most. He looked like a grieving father, a devastated father; it practically flowed off him in waves. Damn was no better, but she could never be surprised by his worry and devastation when it came to her sister.
Klaus was a monster to her, that's all she was able to see him ass. Now she was starting to second guess it.
"We've got her cleaned up, dressed, and Bonnie is doing her hair. Whatever you have to transfer the blood, bring it upstairs. She's ready to feed." She whispers, her eyes never leaving Stefan's once they land on his.
She finally had him back, he was finally home. After all the searching she had done, all the tracking down, he was home. She hates that Bella's not so death, death is what brought him back. That its brought Klaus with him. They hadn't the time to even speak, merely hug, and she didn't feel too reassured with the hug no matter how amazing it felt to be back in arms.
They all nod, and make their way up the stairs to Damon and Bella's room, Damon and Klaus in the lead. As they are about to go upstairs, when they reach her, they pause, Alaric and Jeremy both hold out their hands, waiting for Elena to take. Together, they would do this together, they were family.
The look on Jeremy's face has her reassuring her brother, as Bonnie reassured her.
"She won't leave. She isn't leaving us Jer, she wouldn't do that. She wouldn't even want to leave." Elena whispered fiercely, tears not only streaming down her face, but Alaric and Jeremy as well.
"What about Aunt Jenna. Bella and she were like sisters, a different bond from what you have. What if she decides too much, and leaves us. What if we aren't enough for her to stay?" He protests, as he gasps out at the pain of the mere thought of it.
He barely survived when she left when their parents died, but now? He would never survive it, he really wouldn't.
"You guys are enough; she needs you guys as much as you need her now." Alaric whispered.
Elena and Jeremy both shake their heads at this, and face him.
"You're enough too, she needs you too. Never doubt that, I bet she even asks you to stay with us, as long as you're comfortable." Elena nods with a small smirk on her face.
Alaric nods, never arguing because he prayed and hoped that Bella would need him as she needs him. He hoped he wasn't cast aside now that Jenna was no long alive, now that he wasn't sure if he has a place for them now. He was no longer her boyfriend, she's dead. Their relationship besides the supernatural bonded him to those kids, to Bella. He never felt as insecure as he felt just now. He never felt more scared as he felt now, by the mere chance that, she could cast him out now.
He lost Jenna too; he hoped his love not only for their aunt, but for them showed.
Walking into the room, looking at everybody having IV's connected to veins, ready to plunge into his sister, nearly made him gag at the thought of her being so dead, she needed all of them. And the thought that she was dead, even hurt just the slightest bit, made him want to both sob and scream and just hit anybody.
The girl lying there, grey, lifeless, was the girl that hugged and held him for as long as he could remember. She played with him, made him laugh, even made him cry when picked on him. She read stories to him, made up stories for him, scared girls off for him when the thought they were disgustingly covered in kooties and didn't want to die like she said would happen. She protected and defended his life, would kill and has killed for him. When their parents were asleep, and Jeremy didn't want to wake his dad or mom because of a nightmare, Bella would allow him to cuddle her, or she would come cuddle him. She was everything Elena wasn't and never will be as a sister, even though he loved Elena. She wouldn't be able to give him the sense of love, siblingship, or protection.
Bella was a mom but not a mother. She was all things bright, colorful, and soothing. He never felt smothered by her, never felt judged or pushed by her.
He couldn't lose her; he won't allow it to happen.
Damon blocks his view of his sister, so he looks up at the man he's battled with every now and then, because no brother wanted their sister with the type of guy Damon use to be.
Their eyes met and Damon held up an IV, wishing to help his loves brother. Jeremy nodded and stuck an arm out making a fist. Once the IV was in, and the blood rushed to the end of the tubing, just reaching the stopper and another needle for Bella's own vein, they nodded at each other.
"I think its best that Elena, Damon, myself, and 'Lijah are the firsts to start." Klaus' voice startled them, nobody had really spoken since coming into the room, and the sound, so grave, so haunted caused them all to look at him for the first time without suspicion.
"Why?" Bonnie, Alaric, and Matt ask at the same time
"We share the same blood as her; Elena, my brother and I. Damon is her mate, his blood and her blood no doubt, have been shared. Their bond is just as strong as the powerful effect has they been related by DNA." Elijah speaks this time
"What's a mate? What does that mean?" Matt askes, confused.
Klaus growls softly, looked directly in Damon's eyes. "He is her soulmate, no bond in this room, is as strong as theirs."
"Can we stop with the Q&A's please? Bella needs all of our blood, so the sooner you all start with yours, we need to give her ours. We need her to wake up, I'm sure she will want to know about the woman in the basement." Alaric nearly historical says.
So it started.
Klaus connected his IV to Bella's jugular, Elena had hers connected to Bella's left arm as Elijah connected to the right, but they all watch as Damon take the small needle off the end of his and reattach a longer one. With that, he plunges it directly in her heart.
Her body jumps but no other movement was detected. After a minute and a half, the others join in at giving their blood to her. Slowly her color starts coming back, and the veins they were connected too, soon weren't as prominent. She didn't look dead anymore.
They all sighed in relief.
"Don't you think this is too much for her?" Bonnie askes as her pint is finished and Stefan switches the stopper and takes it out, handing her a cotton ball and band aide.
"I rather provide her with too much blood, than without enough. She will be stronger." Klaus says as he rips his wrist open, nodding at Damon to do the same.
Her body replenished with blood, now it was time to seriously feed her, and feed her both men did.
Klaus went first, Damon second, and just as he was about to pull away, her hand connected with Elijah's IV, flashed to stop him and held his wrist firmly in place as she drinks on her own, pulling large amounts of blood in her mouth and down her throat.
Damon's knees buckle and he leans against Bella's uncle for support.
"That's enough! You're taking too much." Klaus firmly and gruffly tells her, pulling the wrist away from her.
That's when her eyes open, and she looks at Elena, Jeremy, and Alaric.
"Leave us." Her voice sounds as if she had lost her voice and it was barely coming back. It was so horse.
"Bell." Damon whispers he suddenly feels as Alaric felt, that she was going to leave, run from the pain, and leave him as well as everybody else.
As if he would let her.
"I said leave us!" her growl and yell sounded as if it were painful for her.
Everybody nods, and they all head out slowly, looking at her with such sadness she meets none of their eyes but her families.
Damon is the last one out, and with her magic she sends him love, and then pushes him out before he put up a fight, and closed the door behind him.
Once the door closes and the lock is heard, she looks to Alaric and just cries.
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