Three months later…
‘Mum? Mumma?’ Faith gently prodded Crystal awake the next morning while Belle urged the others’ to get ready for school. And she was having Hell with it. Thomas and Daniel were currently attempting to brush their none-stop changing hair, Destiny and Noah were waiting impatiently by the door, while Joy hovered in her bunk bed reluctant to come down because of a spider on the school shoes!
‘Go to school Faith’ Crystal groaned turning away to face the back of the sofa, not wanting to get into any more trouble with her angry wife.
‘But mumma-' she was cut off by Belle’s cold voice.
‘Faith leave her alone and get to school, you’re late enough as it is’
Crystal felt the ice in Belle’s voice chill her entire body. Faith hesitated for a moment. It was clear belle wouldn’t turn away until Faith followed her. Slowly Faith obeyed her mothers’ stare. She waited until she heard the front door close before she punched the back of the sofa, in frustration. This wasn't going well at all, and this sofa was giving her back Hell! More Hell then her wife! Which was saying something! She sighed heavily and collapsed against her pillow, and tried to get some sleep.
Once the kids were at school Belle grunted and reluctantly returned home. Once inside she found Crystal in the kitchen. When she closed the door behind her and slumped into the hallway Crystal looked up from the table.
‘Hey’ she muttered unsure of how to sound.
‘Hey’ Belle replied.
Crystal watched as belle dragged herself over to the sofa and collapsed onto the blankets that she hadn’t yet put away. ‘You tired?’
‘What do you think, not that you’d care anyway?’
‘Don’t be like that with me’
‘Oh so sorry, did I hurt you? Well call up Jo and see if she’s free’ Belle bit harshly.
Crystal sighed, gripping the edges of the sofa willing her temper down ‘Belle for Merlin’s sake! You got her to confess! She used salvia divinorum on me, along with opium, that isn’t the best combination, you of all people should know that’
‘So you want out, on a technicality?’
‘No, I’m just saying that you shouldn’t single me out!’ Crystal softened her glare, staring deeply into belle’s hurt eyes ‘it’s still me, belle’ she offered her hand.
Belle looked at the hand as if she were debating on taking it and refusing it, eventually negativity won over ‘is it?’
Two little words was all it took for crystal to snap ‘LISTEN HERE YOU LITTLE TART. I AM STILL THE SAME PERSON! THE SAME PERSON YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH! THE SAME PERSON WHO CARRIED OVER HALF OUR BLOODY CHILDREN!’
‘YES BUT YOU SLEPT WITH MY SISTER!’
‘HARDLY!’ Crystal could see the tears in belle’s eyes. She’d let her guard down. Long enough for crystal to slide her onto her lap and begin pressing kisses to her neck ‘how many times have I told you that I hate your sister?’
‘C-countless’ Belle maanged to sob.
‘And how many times have I told you that I love you?’
‘Come on, baby, let me show you how much I love you’
‘No’ Belle stood up hastily seeing the trap ‘you think you can kiss me and it’ll all go away? Well it doesn’t work like that around here!’
‘Get. Up. Now.’
‘Why?’ Belle grabbed Brystal’s shirt and forced her into the bedroom. She pinned Crystal onto the bed. Crystal felt scared. She thought belle was going to rape her and so was major shocked when belle pressed a tender kiss to her lips. She blinked several times before looking up at her wife. ‘Belle?’ Crystal felt her clothes ripped from her body, and the weight of belle pressing down on her.
‘I’m going to show you who you belong to’
‘B-belle don’t do this’ Crystal pleaded desperately. She didn't want her little bee to become like this. Like...Like Jocelyn!!!
‘Don’t do what? Fuck you? I thought you wanted that?’ Belle sneered under her breath.
‘What’s the matter with you? Look at yourself, your turning into her!’
For some reason that didn’t faze belle, although she did release Crystals wrists and pressed a very shy watery kiss to her lips. Her entire body seemed to deflate. She shook slightly on her arms over Crystal, ‘I…I do love you Crissi, it’s just-’
'Shh, shh' crystal sat up and pressed her mouth to Belle's. The younger woman kissed back depserately, tears raining from her emerald eyes. Crystal clutched the back of her head willing the kiss deeper. 'I know it'll take time, but...will you give me a chance to amke it up to you?' Belle nodded her cheeks shining with tears. Crystal turned her head to the side and kissed the tear tracks running down Belle's china-doll features.
'I wouldn't w-want to h-hurt you Crissi... I'd never d-do what she d-did' Belle sobbed as Crystal clutched her to her chest, and stroked her hair.
'I know you wouldn't, that's why I love you'
'You can sleep in here tonight'
It was a small gesture, but to Crystal it meant three things...
1) She would finally get a good nights' sleep
2) She would have the chance to regain Belle's trust.
3) It meant that they were another step closer to being a family again.