“Belle, please, one more night”
“You asked me for one more night last night and I gave it to you. Do not beg any more Zane. I’m spending the night in the castle. I’ve been here three nights and I have plans tomorrow with Rapunzel. I love you so much but we’re not married and I would never pressure you into somthing you don’t want but baby I refuse to live here unmarried. I enjoy the nights I stay over but living here is not somthing that will ever happen. As I said, don’t take that to mean I’m unhappy as your girlfriend. Definitely dont take it as pressure either. My father is the king and he already deals with enough over me sleeping over. Us shacking up would really be the talk and I wont do it to him. It’s so old fashioned but unwed couples living together is seen as bad taste. You know I don’t care personally but I care for my fathers sake. As a princess I must consider him in my choices. I love you and will see you tomorrow night”
Zanes heart cracked a little as both sadness and frustration welled within him. The frustration made him snap at Belle, somthing he instantly regretted ‘That makes no fucking sense! It’s the same dammit! You sleep here plenty enough for damn shacking up to be no different. You’re being stupid Belle” She looked at him indignantly for a short while without speaking. They had had such a wonderful past couple days and he was ruining it by throwing this tantrum. At first it was sweet but now he had finally pushed her into being angry at him “You know what fine you child. I guess if me sleeping over and not living with you is senseless i just wont sleep over any longer. Go finish your tantrum by yourself, I’m not sticking around for the rest. How dare you cuss at me and talk to me like that when I didn’t treat you that way.” Belle turned to leave his doorstep and he grabbed her “no, Belle, I’m so sorry, dont do that…please”
She jerked free of his grasp “I said finish your tantrum alone. You aren’t sorry, you’re just sorry I’m mad now” This time he let her go, knowing if he grabbed her again he would only piss her off more. If it wasn’t still pumping his blood he would have sworn his heart completely shattered at her words. A tear streamed down his cheek as he prayed that was only her anger talking and she would still sleep over some nights. Cexsler who had been happening by started to ask “Zane are” before he could finish asking if he was ok Zane slammed the door, breaking it instantly so that shutting it had been pointless.
As much as Cexsler wanted to be there for his friend he knew he risked deadly injury going anywhere near Zane at this moment. Belle walked home angrily. They could have ended the past few days together with a hug and a kiss but yet again Zane had to make an ass of himself. It was infuriating. She tried to be patient and normally was but him talking to her like that had really set Belle off. He didn’t want to marry her obviously and that was fine but all she didn’t want to do was live there and he had to be a jerk about it all the time. They would never fight if he would just grow up and stop demanding all the treats of marriage without marrying her.
Belle went straight to her bedroom to take a shower to help her not be so angry at Zane. It did none of the good she wished it to so she ended up pacing her bedroom. She wondered if cool air might help so she unlocked her window and pushed the glass open. She leaned into the cool night air and inhaled it’s scent and coolness. When she was calm enough to sleep she left the windows open and settled in for the night.
The next morning Zane had his door fixed and was now just drinking coffee. He spent his night crying and dealing with boughs of rage from his frustration at himself and the situation. He knew Belle thought he didn’t want marriage and it killed him. Now to make things worse she was considering not sleeping over at all anymore. He needed her to rest. He never got anywhere near the sleep he got when he could hold her. He hated himself for being selfish and not wanting to let her go but as the years of their relationship passed it was becoming unbearable to go through nights without her when nothing more than her will or a ring was in their way.
Zane had to hurry and talk to her now that dawn was here. She would be going out with Rapunzel after breakfast and he would have no chance to talk to her until tonight. When a maid opened the castle doors Zane said “I need to speak to Belle”
“I don’t know if she’s awake Zane”
“I have to see her”
“Go on then” Zane rushed up to Belles room and opened the door. Belle was just tugging a shirt on when Zane came in. Belle sighed “Zane, I told you I had plans with my sister today. Don’t fight with me about this too”
“I’m not, I just want you to know I’m sorry. I was being childish last night and I need you to forgive me”
“You’re forgiven Zane. I love you and I know you just miss me like I miss you when we’re apart”
“You didn’t mean what you said last night right?”
“All me staying over does is cause arguments. We never fight until I’ve spent the night with you and then want to sleep at the castle. Every single time you can’t just let me go you whine and then sometimes you just get angry like last night. I enjoy nights when you hold me but I don’t know if its worth having to argue with you to go home. I hate fighting” The crumbling pieces of his heart were so low now they had fallen out of his chest and into his stomach “I wont argue with you when you leave. I promise I’ll just let you go”
“we’ve had this talk before and you’ve made the same promise. It’s a promise you are obviously unable to keep. I’ll still be having sex with you. We don’t only have sex at night and sometimes we even nap together during the day. We’ll be fine if I don’t stay there days any longer and it will keep us from fighting and being ugly to eachother” Zane dropped down to his knees and pulled Belle into a hug against him “Please Belle…..” he was going to say more but he began crying too hard.
“Oh Zane, don’t” she hugged him back as he buried his face into her and cried. Belles heart couldn’t take his tears so she said ‘ok ok I’ll stay nights with you baby but this is your last chance. You have to let me go home when I’m ready to go home”
“I will” he said in his broken voice. He stood now and carried her over to her bed where he held her until Belle said “I’m late for breakfast and Rapunzel has probably already finished. I’m going to come over and spend a little time with you tonight but I’m coming back to the castle after we spend some time together”
“ok” Zane set Belle on her feet so she could go put her shoes on and finish with her hair. Zane just watched her finish getting ready because he knew if he waited she would give him another hug and kiss. When she was done they hugged and afterwards she gave him a long kiss “I hate when you cry” she said wiping his face. “I just need you Belle. I wish you knew how much”
“I do know” Zane shook his head “because I’m an idiot you don’t”
“hey, dont call yourself an idiot Zane. You are a sweet, loving, amazing boyfriend. Couples fight” Rapunzel knocked at the door “Belle?”
“I’m so sorry sister. I’m coming” she called back and the impatiently waiting Rapunzel walked back downstairs. Zane looked over at the window and wanted to fuss about it but decided this was definitely not the time to be protective so he just walked with Belle until they were passing the front doors. He took one more hug before leaving to let Belle be with her sister.
Zane went straight to town. He was buying a ring and he was going to ask the king for Belles hand in marriage. She needed to know what she meant to him. He wasn’t going to let her think any longer that he didn’t want marriage and kids with her. He wanted it all, had always wanted forever and he was letting his fear keep them from it. It was causing fights so he may just lose her anyway if he didn’t ask the king if they could marry. The frustration it was stirring in him to want her to live with him and not have her was causing him to lose his temper too much and in the end would cost him their relationship.
Zane knew the ring he wanted for Belle as he entered the jewelry shop. He had eyed it on many occasions and thought of his Belle. The clerk smiled at Zane as she accepted his money and handed the little box over. Zane waited until after lunch to be absolutely sure Belle was gone before asking for an audience with the king. He got one quickly since Gabriel had been in deteriorating health lately so was rarely working. Zane was surprised to see the king looking in even worse condition than what he had seen only days ago. “yes Zane?”
Zane grew pale, his fear gripping him again that the king woudl get angry at this bold question and forbid him to see Belle any longer. Gabriel gave Zane a puzzled look “are you alright?”
“Yes sir…I’m just.um” Zane was actually shaking a little at this point which confused Gabriel beyond measure since Zane was always so cool and collected in his presence. ” I know I am not a prince, a knight or of any sort of nobility though I serve the nobles. I know I could never be worthy to marry Belle but I love her so much your majesty. I do my best to make sure she’s happy and as my wife I would continue to do so. I want forever with her and I beg you to bless a union between us.” Zane forced out with a deep blush as he bowed low to the floor.
“Rise Zane” Gabriel said and Zane quickly obeyed “Of course you can. You have my full blessing”
“Thank you so much sir. You wont regret this”
“I know I wont” Zane left happily and went home to wait for Belle. He rehearsed what he would say for a time and then decided he should have flowers and chocolates for her. He slipped the ring in his pocket then ran as fast as he could to a nearby meadow. He plucked beautiful flowers until he had what he felt was the perfect bouquet then went into town to buy Belle some chocolates. Zane was surprised to find Hultons shop closed and went to his home to see why. “Oh, sorry Zane. The boy I had working for me up and quit and today I took the day off to be with my family. I don’t mind opening up quickly for you though”
“I’ll pay you double for your trouble”
“You don’t have to do that Zane.”
“You know I wont accept no for an answer in paying you double. I was confused so I just came to see. I’m sorry he quit with no warning”
“Eh, he’s just a boy. The young can be thoughtless at times but they are learning and growing. If you find anyone in need of a job refer them to me please.”
“I will” Hultons eldest daughter heard Zanes voice and rushed up behind her father “hey Zane” she said with a flirtatious smile. “Hello” He answered with as much disinterest as he felt towards her. Hulton chuckled lightly though he didn’t mean it. They walked back to Hultons shop where he let Zane buy what he wanted then Zane walked the man back home with his double pay “You sure you dont want anymore?” Zane asked and Hulton laughed “That took almost no time out of our day. We’re just being lazy around the house anyhow.”
“Alright, bye sir”
When Belle arrived at Zanes house it was an hour before dinner time. Seeing her made him forget the words he rehearsed and made his heart thunder even more than it had when he asked Gabriels permission. She could say no herself. Hearing no come from her would be devastating. She could also think he was proposing because of their fight which in part was true but he had been wanting to marry her since the beginning of their relationship. “Zane?” Belle asked since they had just been standing at his door. Zane hugged Belle ‘sorry baby, how was your day?”
“Fun, felt bad though about last night and this morning”
“I bought presents for you.” Belle smiled and he walked with her to the kitchen where her flowers and chocolates were sitting. “Thank you, I’ve already forgiven you though”
“I know, I just wanted to do somthing for you.” Belle smelled her flowers and popped one of the chocolates into her mouth. Zane had completely lost his nerve for a proposal and decided to pretend the flowers and chocolates were an apology instead of a romantic gesture in a proposal. It seemed his old fear of the king was replaced by a new one of Belles rejection. He had never worried about her saying no until he got the ok from king Gabriel.
Zane and Belle went into Zanes bedroom to cuddle while she told him of her day with Rapunzel. Zane listened, getting lost in her voice and comfort. He had almost fallen asleep he was so comfortable when Belle said “I need to get going now” a “but” almost slipped from his mouth but he was determined to stick by his word. “alright Belle, goodnight. Lock your window please. I saw it open this morning” Belle giggled “I’ll be fine Zane” Zane kissed Belle, unwilling to give protest since once he started he may not stop and cause another fight.
Belle realized on her way home they had skipped dinner. Luckily she had her chocolates from Zane so just ate them on the way so she wouldn’t need to go to the kitchens for a late dinner. She ate until all were gone then brushed her teeth before changing into a night gown. She fell asleep quickly but wasn’t asleep long before somthing pressing into her head roused her. She opened her eyes to see a man with his knees on either side of her, pushing a gun into her head. “Don’t scream, my partner has Ariel and if one peep is heard from you her brains are going to paint the walls and then yours aswell.”
The man paused for a time then got off her “get up” he commanded sternly. Belle obeyed, she wouldn’t play chance with the life of her sister. She now noticed two other men in her bedroom when the tallest one spoke “Gabriels daughters truly are the fairest. Maybe we should have fun with her boss” He said to the man still pointing a gun at her. “Do you only think with your little head. That isn’t why we are here so stop being a damn pervert. She’s beautiful but so are a million other bitches.”
“You aren’t any fucking fun”
“Just shut up, I’m paying you and you listen to me.”
“did you men kill our guards?” Belle ventured to ask, wondering how they got into her room. The one with the gun pointed at her laughed “We didn’t have to with your help. We just had to sneak around them and climb into your window. We noticed it wide open last night and were pleasantly surprised tonight to find it still just as unlocked as can be. Thank you princess for helping us get in here. We probably couldn’t have passed your night guards if we had to fight them. They keep such a strong front standing by all doors.” Belle remembered Zanes words and could kick herself for always blowing his warnings off as over protective paranoia.
They made her walk to her fathers room and enter. “wake him” The man with the gun growled. He followed closely as Belle approached Gabriels bed “daddy, wake up please” She said as she shook her sleeping father. She had to shake him a few times since he slept so hard lately. His eyes were open only moment before they widened at the site of a gun to his daughters head. “Back away from your father Belle” Belle obeyed and Gabriel asked “what do you want? Please, I’m awake now and willing to do as you ask. Let my baby go”
“We need her to keep you in line. Eveyone knows how much you treasure your children king. You might do somthing stupid if we don’t have your daughters at gun point?”
“Daughters?” He asked fearfully “yep, another associate of mine has little Ariel outside. He’s ready to shoot her if you and Belle don’t behave”
“What do you need?”
“You see, I like how concerned you are now. I’ve been trying to get an audience with you and I could never get one but now, now you want to hear me out”
‘Yes, I’m sorry, if it was this important I dont know why you were turned away. Just tell me what you need and I’ll do anything. Just dont hurt my girls”
“I want you to get out of bed and come with us” Gabriel got up as quickly as he could with his aching joints “lets go” Gabriel was wearing only boxers and a light shirt so Belle asked ‘please let my father put on pants and a better shirt” The leaders only response was to shoot Belle in the shoulder. She let out a loud scream which nearly stopped Gabriels heart “You don’t speak unless you’re spoken to you little bitch. Next time you open that mouth when one of us doesn’t talk to you first it’ll be your leg” Belle nodded as she gritted her teeth and held her shoulder. The shot woke Snow and Rapunzel who rushed out of their rooms to see Belle and Gabriel being walked down the hall. Rapunzel covered her mouth as she gave a muffled scream.
One of the lackys turned and said “We’ve got the king, Belle and princess Ariel. They will all be returned alive as long as nobody in this castle is stupid. We even think somebody is coming after us it’s a bullet in the head for all three of them. We cant get in more trouble than we’re in anyway so dont think to test us. Go back to your rooms, nobody hunts us down if you want the three back alive.”
Snow who normally stayed in anyone face still had enough love in her heart for her family to go back to her room. With fearful tears seeing the blood staining her sisters gown Rapunzel walked away too. Gabriel was glad his stubborn girls were smart enough to retreat in this moment. He didn’t want to see Belle shot a second time and hoped they would stop her bleeding.
They walked out to the guards fearlessly, all their eyes widening at the sight of their princess and king. They repeated basically the same thing they told Rapunzel and Snow. Gabriel gave his nod to tell the knights not to follow. He just clung to hope they truly would release his daughters once he did what they wanted to do. regardless the men had already shown they would shoot in a heartbeat for any reason and didn’t want anyone trying to save them only to end up making them kill Belle or Ariel.
As hard as Belle fought she couldn’t stop crying. It wasn’t loud but she whimpered as small tears ran down her cheeks. Gabriels heart was slamming into his chest, desperately wanting the men to stop his daughters bleeding. They were forced into a large carriage where the leader handed the gun to the man who had been lusting after Belle to hold her in the cart “thank you”
“Just don’t get vulgar and pull the damn bullet out. We need her as leverage so pull it out then shut the wound”
“Yes sir” Ariel was already in the cart with another gunman. Gabriel was sat on the bench beside Ariel while the other man who had been in Belles room sat beside him. Mort laid Belle down on the other bench and tugged down the top of her gown. He pulled it past her breasts though it wasn’t needed to get at her shoulder. He looked lecherously at her for a time then without warning tried to force his hand into Belles shoulder. She closed her mouth and screamed as her tears fell harder. He couldn’t quite get it so he pulled out his knife and made the hole bigger. Ariel was horror struck and hid her face with her hands.
It was now taking all of Gabriels strength not to cry in front of these men or attack the man hurting Belle like a wild beast. He might have tried if he wasn’t so old and this man so young and built. When he stuck his fingers back into her shoulder Belle could barely take it any longer. This time he managed to pull the bullet out. Mort picked up a bag and dropped the bullet inside before pulling out a few potions “drink these right now or I may just dig in that shoulder for fun” Belle downed them quickly, hoping at least one woudl dull her pain. Regardless she was surprised she was even still living with all the blood she had lost so far. The wound needed to be shut and fast.
When the vials were empty Belle went to pull up her nightgown but he grabbed her arm “No, I like this.You have a pretty chest. I see hickeys, you must have a boyfriend. Did you know king?’
“Yes” Gabriels voice came out strained “whats wrong daddy? Your daughters a beautiful girl”
“Why can’t you men stop this? It is I you are angry with”
“Yes but now we’ve got your attention and we plan to keep it. Now that I’ve seen your daughter I want to look at her more. I want more than to look but our leader said no and he pays me. Money is worth more than some bitch.” Belle felt dizzy and passed out. To gabriels relief at the same time her shoulder opening closed. She fell right into Morts lap and he smiled as he slid his hand onto her breast “I thought” Gabriel started with anger apparent in his tone. “I can fondle her. He never cares about that. This one looks almost identical to Queen Cantaly. That’s why we were waiting for an opportune time to snag her. We thought she might get your attention more than your other children. I bet it makes you madder I’m fondling Belle”
“I’d be just as mad if you were touching Ariel’ Gabriel practicably growled “Oh, temper temper king. Where’s the soft heated king we’ve heard so much about” Ariel whimpered in fear “shut up” Lossil said sternly. “sorry” Ariel responded, not wanting him to hit her again. Mort laughed even as he squeezed one of Belles breast “god shes soft” Mort would have just thought that but he wanted to piss off the king further. Mort stopped feeling Belle with one hand to hold the gun at her head again to remind the king what would happen if they thought he was going to be stupid.
“A gun is much faster than you are Gabriel. Think about that before you lunge over here at me”
“do you know who her boyfriend is you piece of shit?”
“Why should I care?”
“You’ll care when he finds you and he will find you” Mort laughed “The only man I’ve met I couldn’t beat is our leader. I’ll make him eat dirt if he comes after me. I doubt some spoiled little shit she’d be dating could do anything to me” Gabriel actually smiled though he was pissed. “You just think that” is all Gabriel said.
“Hey Peter! Stop by some water so i can get the blood off this bitch”
“Why?” he called from his drivers seat “because, she isn’t as pretty with all this blood on her body and hair”
“She isn’t for your sexual pleasure so get over it. Mess with the smaller one if shes too bloody for you”
“Ariel isn’t as pretty”
“Just fuck off. I’m not stopping to wash Belle” Mort groaned back and Peter stopped the cart. Geroge chuckled “you pissed him off” Peter came down “give the god damn gun to Geroge and come out here”
“Fine” Mort threw the gun at George and stood, letting Belles head hit the bench hard. It concerned Gabriel when Belle still didn’t wake. He wondered if she was ok. Lossil guessing this said “he knocked her out on purpose. One of those bottles he makes himself to rape women when we aren’t on jobs. He gets them to drink it somhow and they dont wake until about thirteen hours. I’ve used it on a woman before so I know. Sadly our boss doesn’t like raping, thinks its wrong.” The man chuckled before continuing “HE thinks hes better than somthing”
“You kidnap frequently”
“No” Lossils words followed with the groans and sounds of fighting just outside. “Our boss just knows things only get done with brute force. This time you wouldn’t listen to him when he tried to get an audience so we got your attention with your daughters. We also know we’ll have your full cooperation with guns at their heads” Mort came back in bloodied badly. “shit man” George said as he tossed back the gun “Boss still can kick my ass”
“He can kick anyones” Lossil said and put his arm around Ariel. Mort laid Belles body across him again, enjoying her body even though it was covered in blood. He wanted to see more and finished pulling the gown off. “god, please stop” Gabriel said. Mort ran his hand over Belles stomach and back up again. “I can do as i please as long as my length doesn’t enter her thighs. Shut your mouth or I’ll give her another injury. I could torture her you know. Just keep shooting, stabbing, pulling then healing as many times as I like. Do you want that? If not shut up”
Peter pulled over to make George drive after the horses got a drink. “we’re by water anyway right now Peter”
“It’s the principle of it now. You were subordinate so now you cant wash her atall. You should have known the horses would need water” Mort huffed but didn’t dare fight with Peter. They made the switch, Gabriel glad to see Mort stop his fondling because Peter was watching. Gabriel did however hate the way Peters eyes traveled his exposed and unconscious daughter. A snake slithered by the cart and startled the horses around four am. Their cry was loud and they refuses to go forward. Peter got out angrily and shouted at the horses as if that would settle them. Eventually Peter came back and angrily said “those idiot animals probably wont walk again for a few hours. We take a short break. I am sleeping along with eveyone else aside from Mort and Lossil. You two are to make sure Gabril and Ariel don’t escape. I know Belle will not be waking. I can smell your perverted potion Mort.”
They set up tents, forcing Gabriel to help. Ariel could see the goosebumps from cold all over her father and nearly cried again. Cold made his joints hurt worse so she could only imagine how much pain her father was in. That wasn’t even to mention Belles screams still sounding in her head, haunting her every thought process. Daevas who was sleeping only about twenty minuets away was awoken by a strange demon woman “What? It’s still night”
“Belle and her family need you” That caught his attention and he came to his feet “For what? How do you know?”
“It matters not. I’ve arrived here late already. Go west for about twenty minuets demon. They wont sell you Belle so dont anger them by trying. You will however be able to buy Ariel off them. Do it and take her to Zane so she can tell you both of the happenings. Pretend you are buying Ariel as a sex toy or they wont sell her.” Humble gave Daevas a bag of money “That offer they will accept. Hurry, please”
“can’t I just take Belle by force?”
“No, don’t try. You will fail. I know it. No more questions” Daevas ran off and Humble returned home. She prayed the demon wouldn’t be foolish and just obey her instructions. Daevas ran as fast as he could until finally he saw them and became angry at the sight of Belle naked. The men had set up two tents. One for their boss and Gabriel while the other was for George and Ariel. Ariel however wasn’t in the tent because Lossil was still holding her. She didn’t want to leave her sister anyway but it was odd how touchy Lossil was. She decided to simply be grateful she wasn’t knocked out and stripped like Belle.
Daevas had to pull himself together so he wouldn’t appear mad. When he had accomplished this he approached making the two men point their guns at him. “Hey, I’ve just come to make you an offer” The demons voice woke Peter and he came out. “begone demon”
“I just want to buy the blue eyed blond one. She’s so sexy. I’ll pay you a good price if I can take her” Gabriel who couldn’t possibly sleep was relieved to hear Daevas’s voice and hoped he could get Ariel. Peter pondered this then decided he could threaten to sell Belle off too if he didn’t behave. He also wanted to hurt the king for daring to ignore him. He didn’t normally let women get raped but he could make an exception this time to make the king suffer. Peter wouldn’t have to witness it so why should i matter to him.
“depends on the amount” Daevas threw the bag and Peter opened it with wide eyes “wow, yeah. Take the bitch” Ariel screamed and fought as Lossil took her over for the show of it. She knew she shouldn’t act like going to Daevas was a good thing. Gabriel was proud of Ariel for being smart enough to do that. He started thinking about all that had happened so far so that he could be crying when Peter came back in.
Daevas had his own money and would give it all to get Belle but somthing inside him told Daevas it wouldn’t be wise to ignore the female demons words. He ran with Ariel who started crying for real. “why didn’t you buy Belle. That man hurts her so much Daevas. Take me back and buy her instead. He just keeps touching and hurting her, please”
“It has to be done this way. We’re going to Zane. He’ll get her. Don’t worry.” Ariel cried all the way back home. Her face was sore and her eyes had never been in such pain. Daevas was glad she had cried out all she had so he and Zane would be able to understand her clearly when she explained what was going on. Before Daevas had been barely able to make out a word. Daevas kicked in Zanes door and almost instantly had Zane at his throat “it’s just me” Zane turned on the lights “you’re lucky Belle has asked me to wait and be sure who’s in my home before killing them for trespassing.” He then noticed the red eyed Ariel “what has happened?”
“I woke up with a gun to my head and this man snuck me through some passage around our guards. He said to behave or he’ll shoot me and have them shoot Belle because his comrades were climbing into her window as we spoke. Awhile later they forced Belle and our father into their carriage. Belle was bleeding so badly…those men shot her. What was worse is their boss told this other man who I think was named Mort to remove the bullet and close the wound. He dug his fingers into Belle and she screamed. He couldn’t get it out so he pulled out a knife and made the hole bigger….there was so much screaming…” Ariel began to cry again. Zane grabbed her ‘theres no time to cry Ariel. Talk to me” He said trying not to yell at her but failing miserably. “I don’t know where they are going but that disgusting man knocked Belle out and shes naked…he wont stop touching her and hurting her…you have to get Belle and my father back”
“Daevas, we’re getting Cexsler then taking Ariel home. You are to guide me to where you retrieved Ariel”
“Yes sir” Zane quickly grabbed a few things then they woke Cexsler “guys, it’s so early”
“Call on Errol right now. We need her to save Belle and the king” Cexsler needed no further explanation and quickly came out, not bothering to change either. They took Belle home then Cexsler called Errol, hoping she would come at this hour. To his relief she did. The situation was explained and Errol shifted to carry them where Daevas told her to go. With Errols wings they returned quickly but landed far off at Zanes request. Errol stayed in dragon form as everyone jumped off. “Cexsler you are to grab Gabriel and Daevas you take Belle. She has been through enough so you better be careful with her”
“Errol, thank you for your help. Wait here” She nodded at Zanes command and laid her head down. They ran up to camp stealthily. Zane motioned for the other two men to be still so he could slink silently behind the bastard who was still fondling Belle. With nobody to hold Lossil had gone to sleep so Mort sat out there alone with her. The second Mort knew Zane was there Zane had a dagger pressed into his throat and had taken the mans gun. “Daevas” he said in a voice that made Morts blood run cold. Daevas scooped up Belle and ran, not wanting to be near Zane. He was different now, a terrifying different and Daevas would rather be anywhere than near him. Peter was just stirring when Zane passed Mort off to Cexsler “keep him still until I can get Gabriel for you”
“who the fuck do you think you are” Peter said as he came out with his gun “Zane Koopmann. Give me Gabriel” Peter recognized the name but was having trouble placing it. Truly it didn’t matter anyway since he was the one with the gun. Peter noticed Belle was gone ‘where the fucking bitch!” Lossil was now out too pointing a gun at Zane. “you two truly think bullets will stop me from cutting the hearts from your chest?” Lossil knew who this was and was shaking. He shot and Zane pulled his katana from its sheath, cutting the bullet in midair before it hit him. “You idiots truly don’t know me.” peter was too shocked at what he had just witnessed to know what to do “that was…impossible” Peter said and the next second was screaming due to his hand being sliced off. Lossil ran as Zane practically minced their leader.
George lay quietly in his tent, hoping Zane didn’t notice him. Mort was shaking, causing Cexsels blade at his neck to slice the skin. Georges attempt at hiding was in vain since Ariel had told Zane of how many men were forcing them along. When he found only the pale faced Gabriel in the tent he said ‘get up my king. I’m sorry you had to listen to that.”
“Thank you Zane”
“When Cexsler can give me Mort he will take you to your daughter” Gabriel nodded and exited the tent slowly. Zane approached the other tent and cut it open. George tried to run but was beheaded instead. “Cexsler” was all Zane had to say for his friend to give him Mort. Cexsler grabbed the king then ran with him back to Errol.
When the king was long gone Zane said “You filthy son of a bitch.” Zane laughed in an eerie, pissed off way “You fucking touched my Belle. Ariel told me all you’ve been doing to her”
“I please” is all Mort could force out of his mouth. Zane took the gun from his pants that he had stolen form Mort and shot him in the shoulder. Mort wailed in agony as Zane pushed him to the ground. “seems like we need to take it out now”
“Oh god, no!” Mort protested just as Zane as painfully as possible swirled his fingers in Morts wound. Mort jerked and screamed, his wails carrying across the landscape. “I guess this hole just isn’t big enough” He grabbed his dagger, making the hole much larger than it needed to be. Zane swirled his fingers around again then threw the bullet away “stop crying. You’re fucking pathetic. Not so much fun when you’re the one it’s being done to.” Zanes voice calm and cold with an undertone of how wrathful he was. His breathing even depicted his rage. Mort didn’t dare speak but couldn’t stop crying.
Zane took his Katana back out and easily drove it down through his chest and into the ground, making sure to not hit his heart. Mort let out another loud wail even as Zane took his dagger and stripped Mort of his clothes. In almost an instant Zane had cut off his balls and let them hit the ground. Zane said in almost a taunting whisper “If you survive this let you be a warning to any who think of touching or hurting my wife. Let all your low life friends know why you have no balls and ensure they know who princess Belle is with so they dont suffer the same fate. You are all idiots for not knowing me and only you now and the fucker who ran off knows. The only reason I dont hunt him down or finish the job with you now is so you can be warnings. If I don’t hear somthing of you spreading whats happened tonight I will finish this job, understand? So tell everyone you can if you want to live. You have a week”
Zane removed his Katana from Morts chest and walked away, knowing he didn’t have to wash yet since he could smell strongly the potion Mort had used on Belle. A rapist he had once hunted had the same potions in his bag. they bust when he dropped it so he remembered that scent well and knew what the potion did to her. She would stay in a coma like state until atleast lunch tomorrow.
Zane approached the group, seeing nothing but Belle as he walked over “give her to me” He commanded of Daevas. Errol shifted and stripped her clothing “I dont need these while in dragon form. use them to cover her for the flight”
“Thank you Errol. You will be rewarded for your aid”
“I care for Belle very much. I require no payment”
“I dont take no for an answer. You know that” Cexsler hadn’t meant to stare but his eyes were locked on Errol as she stood there nude. When she shifted back he blushed and planned on apologizing rather she noticed him staring or not. Everyone crawled back on Errol once she changed into a dragon then flew to the castle. Upon arriving Gabriel offered to let everyone stay over which they all accepted gratefully. Eveyone in the castle was joyful for their return but Zane didn’t stay with them. He hurried up to Belles room to clean her and lay her down to sleep off what she had been given.
“Is she ok dad?” Rapunzel asked and Gabriel nodded “she’ll be fine. She should be awake by later today.” Gabriel turned to the servants. “Zane is understandably upset right now. I’m sure it goes without saying but don’t bother them until Belle is awake since he probably wont be back to normal until then.” The staff nodded and one maid asked “should we cook somthing for everyone?”
“Yes, thank you. I am going to soak until breakfast. Come for me when it’s ready” Gabriel answered then Theo asked ‘are you alright father. With how Ill you’ve been that had to be hard”
“aside from emotional distress for my girls I am fine. I would be a liar if I tried to say my joints dont hurt but the bath will help. Don’t worry. You and Laura are staying right”
“We wouldn’t think of leaving dad”
“Good, I need all my children in my sight that can be”
Zane took Belle into the bathroom and washed the dry blood out of her hair and off her body. When she was clean he lifted her out, dried her then gently put pajamas on her incase one of her family members wanted to come in. He set Belle lovingly down on the bed and gave her a kiss on the cheek before checking Belles closet for clothing. He kept an outfit or two in her closet despite a majority of their sleepovers being at his house. Zane set his clean clothes on the bathroom sink then returned to her bedroom where he locked Belles windows and slid a blade through the handles to ensure if anybody opened it he would be able to hear.
Zane wanted to slide somthing in front of her door but her family might want to see her. He was still dealing with the rage of what happened and didn’t want anybody in there with them but family meant too much to Belle for him to be selfish and seclude her. His hearing was honed anyway so any entry into Belles bedroom wouldn’t be missed by him. Zane took a quick but through shower so she wouldn’t have to see any more blood. Once he was dried and dressed he joined Belle in bed. Zane gave a soft kiss on each shoulder since he didn’t know which side had been wounded before they closed it up.
He knew they could have gotten in to her another way if they wanted it bad enough but it frustrated him she had left her window open. He warned her about it so much and yet she wouldn’t lock it. Zane was glad he had time to cool off about everything before she woke. After what she went through the last thing Belle needed was a lecture on locking her window while she slept. He also knew that his anger was truly at those men for touching and hurting his love. It would be wrong to take any of that anger out on her.
Casimer had been at Rapunzels side all morning, his heart still beating a fearful rhythm. He hated any of them were taken but was extremely grateful it wasn’t Rapunzel. Bernadette was upset aswell but gave Casimer a little one on one time with Rapunzel since she knew well his feelings for her. When breakfast was ready all in the house left Zane alone, knowing he wouldn’t want to leave Belles side. Lunch came and Gabriel arranged for a little to be saved since Belle should be waking soon.
Zane who was only half sleeping opened his eyes quickly when Belle made a noise the very next second she jerked as if afraid “baby you’re home. You’re in the castle with me. You’re safe now” Belle wrapped her arms around him and cried. Zane sat up and held her in his lap “shh, it’s ok baby. I’m so sorry you went through that” Belle didn’t answer for awhile. She just clung to him and let it all out before asking “Is my sister and father ok?”
“I got you all back here and safe and sound.” Zane proceeded to tell her all that happened, hating when a few tears would stream down her face. “Thank you baby. I’m so sorry I didn’t have my window locked”
“They would have found another way”
“Still, you warn me about it all the time” Zane kissed Belle. “don’t beat yourself up over it. You went through plenty enough without being scolded for the window being open. I do hope you’ll listen to me now about locking it when you sleep”
“I will” Zane kissed her again “good”
Belles stomach growled so Zane stood with her “lets get you somthing to eat” Zane had barely gotten out of the room with Belle when Theo and Laura were running to them. They embraced Belle then Zane said ‘she’s hungry” Belle smiled “I’d rather see my family”
“we’ll follow to the kitchen” Laura said. They all walked down and the cooks reheated what Gabriel instructed to set aside for his daughter. “let me get everyone else” Laura said as she stood. Laura came back with Rapunzel, Casimer, Bernadette, Theo Jr, Snow, Richard, Zac, Tali, Malachai, Ariel, and Candy. “your father is resting but you can wake him when you’re done eating. I figured you might want one on one time anyway” Laura said. Belles food was cold by the time she finished since she kept pausing to assure everyone she was fine and talk to them. After the hugs and her meal she told everyone she wanted to see their father. “I want to see him alone Zane” she said as she stood from the table.
Zane nodded “ok, I’ll wait in your bedroom”
“I love you”
“Love you too Belle.” They both walked out going separate ways. Belles family wasn’t surprised he still wasn’t in the mood to be social. Belle hurried to her fathers room and let herself in. She slowly approached his bed “daddy?” she spoke softly and he jerked awake in the same fear she had when she woke in Zanes arms “it’s just me dad”
“Oh Belle” Gabriel said as he tugged his daughter into his arms “I am so sorry honey”
“You have nothing to be sorry for dad”
“I do, I should have seen them. I should have already picked an heir with how much trouble I’ve been having”
“Dad, most kings have one to three children. You and mom had nine. Its hard choosing one of us to rule. Also, some days you are really bad. I’ve never seen you turn down an audience unless you just really couldn’t do it. I was so worried with you out at night so badly dressed. I knew the cold of night must have been killing you”
“I barely noticed with my worry over you girls. I…that man”
“shh, I’ll be ok. Zane said he took care of them”
“He did. I’m just glad Daevas showed up so he could inform Zane of what was happening. Without your boyfriend I dont know how that night might have ended. You have a good man Belle. I hope you’ll always be with him”
“Nobody else could make me happy” Gabriel smiled and looked at Belles hand, disjointedness when no ring was there. “do you know what they wanted?”
“I’ve tried asking the staff but nobody remembers why they came to see me.”
“I wish we could know”
“Me too dear. I’ll continue to look into it.”
“alright, that potion still has me nauseous. I’m going to lay back down with Zane”
“I’m tired too, though I’m always tired as of late.”
“Don’t say that like it makes you terrible dad. You’ve lived many years.” They hugged and Belle left. The instant she was gone her father cried. It was mainly relief to see her truly ok but the stress of last night was still weighing on him and he knew he had to pick a successor before somthing like that happened again. Belle passed Ariel in the hall and stopped to hug her “are you ok sister? Truly?”
“Yes, thankfully I didn’t go through anything like you.”
“good, I was so worried over you and father”
“I’m just happy you’re awake.” they hugged again then Belle continued to her bedroom. Zane leapt up from her bed and took Belle in his arms when she came in the room. “I hate that my dad feels he is at fault for last night”
“He is the king and your father. Kings tend to carry guilt that they shouldnt and any father would feel terrible that his daughters went through what you and Ariel did last night”
“you seem to be carrying guilt too. Why do your eyes look so sad Zane”
“Knowing what happened to you and you crying before is sill weighing my heart. Theres nothing that can be done to make me feel better. Just let me hold you so that I know you are safe”
“we could do somthing better. I want your hands all over my baby. I can still feel his disgusting touch and I want it replaced by yours” Zane needed no coaxing and stripped Belle of the pajamas he had put on her. He took his on clothes off then began feeling her soft body. He gave her long kisses on her stomach before licking up her sides then letting his mouth play over the sides of her neck. Belle moaned as she began to grow damp. Zane held Belle lovingly as he thrust inside of her, slowly moving his shaft in and out of her clasp around him. Zane let out deep moans when her insides began to quiver, teasing and milking him until there was nothing left.
Belle cried when he finsihed “are you ok?” he asked in concern “yeah, i feel a lot better. I’m thirsty now though” she said as she wiped her face and laughed. “then I’ll go get you a drink” Zane got up and pulled on pants before walking out of Belles room. He got glances from the maids who desired him but he didn’t even notice them as he never did. Zane came quickly back and handed Belle her water ‘thank you” Zane just smiled and waited for her to finish. When she was done he took the glass and set it on the dresser so he could hold her again.
Zane stayed in the castle a few days. Grateful nobody was asking him to leave. He still couldn’t manage his proposal. He had only just been through the terror or Belle being in danger and couldn’t take the blow of Belle sayd no to marriage. It could wait. Belle was his and loved him. The king had given his blessing and he had all the time in the world to ask Belle to be his bride.
~ The End ~