Chapter 29

After Matt was thoroughly dealt with, Freya put Elena and Damon under with a sleeping spell only she could break and Peter and Jasper came to collect the two former vampires to make sure they were kept out of harm’s way. Myriam returned a day later after Bella and Isaac had promised that they had gone over every inch of the basement and made sure that no blood had been left behind.

Kol, deciding that he had handled himself well during this cure scare, treated himself to a wild night out. That wild night turned into a day. Two nights, two days, three days… before Myriam eventually found them in his room at the Owl. “You could have told us you were here!” Myriam cried out as she looked at Kol’s female companion. “Is that Jeri?!”

“Sorry, darling, I asked Jeri to cast a teeny spell around my room,” Kol smirked at Myriam as he was stood in front of her, totally naked.

“You had us worried!”

“Where else would I go but here?” Kol blinked at her. “Jeri stays at the school, our passionate and casual sex would be completely wrong for that kind of setting.”

Myriam rolled her eyes at him. “Incroyable. Get dressed. You two are having breakfast with us, because it’s been days and I bet you didn’t feed your pet witch.”

“I am not his pet witch, Myriam!” Jeri exclaimed as she finished getting dressed. “We were having fun, two consenting adults.”

“Bah! He’s barely classified to be an adult! Troublesome gnat!”

Jeri looked at Kol for a moment, really appreciating the view. “You should get dressed. Not that I oppose to your nudity.”

“Yes before I call your brother here. I promised him I’d help the wolves keep you out of trouble.”

“Jeri’s not trouble!” Kol whined as he turned around and found himself some clothes to wear. “We both had an itch to scratch, so what?”

“Jeri’s a teacher at the school for the gifted and she’s a witch. Not that gifted, so I don’t know what she’s doing there to begin with. She could get you in a whole lot of trouble.”

“Ah, I knew you never liked me, Myriam,” Jeri laughed, shaking her head as she collected her purse. “You know what? I think I’ll pass on the breakfast and head home.”

Myriam grabbed Jeri by the arm as she passed her. “Oh no, sweetheart, you’re going to have the breakfast of shame,” she grinned. “I’m pretty sure that the wolves will just love you.”

Kol growled. “They can’t stop me from having my fun, you know. Just because they’re in a relationship doesn’t mean that I have to be one to have meaningless sex.”

The vampire turned and glared at him. “You and I will have a discussion about this, this tryst, believe me. I strongly suggest you choose your words carefully from this point on if you truly do not wish for me to follow through on your brother’s threat as I had no intentions. This? This crosses a line you will learn.”

“Hey, stop it. My body, my choice,” Jeri said as she wrestled herself loose from Myriam’s hold before looping her arm through Kol’s. “Let’s have breakfast then.”

Bella hit Kol over the head with a newspaper. “Where. The. hell. Have. you. Been?!”

“Upstairs,” Kol grinned as he ducked away. “Silencing spell around the room while Jeri and I had a lot of fun the last few days.”

“You could have said something!” Bella shot at him and hit him again with the paper, this time on his back. “You had us all worried. No note. No phone call. Nothing! We’ve looked all over for you and we were about to ask Freya for yet another favor of tracking you!”

“Relax, darling,” he smiled at her as he sat down at the table. “There’s no need to worry about me.”

Bella watched as Myriam sat down between Kol and Jeri and felt some agitation coming off of her friend. Which was strange, because Bella had only experienced that with Isaac, who was merely feeling slightly confused at the moment. “I understand you want to have some fun, Kol, but you should have told us where you were,” she then looked at Jeri. “A silencing spell on the room? In this building? You’re not allowed to do magic in here, you know that. This place is protected by some powerful spells and you could have upset the balance.”

“I know what I’m doing,” Jeri countered angrily. “Sure, Freya is far more powerful than I am, but her magic is all over the place, spread too thinly. I specialize in defensive spells. Don’t worry, your protection is still in place.”

“It doesn’t matter, there are rules.”

“You need to loosen up.”

Myriam slammed her hand on the table. “And you need to get it through your skull that this place is a safe haven for those being attacked by hunters, and for the paying guests. If you’re messing with the magic of this place, you’re messing with their safety!”

Kol let out a deep breath. “Note to self; dingy motel next time.”

“No,” Bella smiled at him. “It’s nice that you’ve met someone you can have casual sex with and that you feel free enough to take her here. But no more magic. Promise me that. And please, tell me where you go. I don’t want to control you or belittle you, I want to know that you’re safe.”

“Darling, I’m an Original vampire.”

“And? Your point?” Bella retorted, cocking her head as a playful smile appeared on her face. “Doesn’t mean you can’t get into trouble. And here I thought you were doing so well…”

Kol could hear the disappointment in Bella’s voice and hung his head in shame. “My apologies, Bella.”

“Apology accepted. Don’t do it again,” she said before looking at Myriam. “And what has your knickers all in a twist?”

She pointed at Jeri and Kol. “These two shouldn’t be together.”

“What!” Jeri exclaimed. “I know you don’t like me but you’re not going to make decisions for me, Myriam. I will not allow it!”

“She kinda has a point,” Isaac nodded as he took a bite from his breakfast burrito. “Jeri’s 25 years old, she lives in a free world and she’s free to see who she wants to see. Who are you to say no? Besides, didn’t they say it was mutual and consensual? As long as they’re happy with their agreement, so should we. But Kol, just because you have the hots for your brother’s girlfriend doesn’t mean that you should date someone who’s looking like her.”

Myriam scowled then as she dismissed Isaac’s remark about Jeri looking like her. “I don’t think Jeri is worth it to even be in the same proximity as a Mikaelson,” she muttered.

“That’s not your decision to make!” Kol shot at her, causing Myriam to drive a fork through Kol’s hand. “Ouch?” He had seen the similarities but he didn’t care about them. He had just wanted a free, uncomplicated fuck for a few days and then he’d move on from her. His new family, the pack he was now a member of, were making things far more complicated than it had to be. He pried Myriam’s fingers off of the fork and pulled it out of his hand.

Bella sighed as she got to her feet, rounded the table and took Myriam’s hand before pulling her away from the breakfast table and straight into her office. After having closed the door, she looked at her friend. “What’s going on? I know you don’t like Jeri, but you never told me why. And now this?”

Myriam was jittery as she gnawed on the inside of her cheek as she debated if she should answer. A glare over her shoulder at her friend as she moved to stare out the window had her shaking her head. “It’s not so much that I don’t like her. I tolerate her. However I have to make sure she’s protected too.”

“And why is that?”

Myriam sucked in a breath. “Alright, fine. But you’re not going to tell anyone.”

“I promise.”

“My mother was a French prostitute, working in Barcelona in the late 1600’s, and around 1680 she fell pregnant with me, after one of her Johns took quite an interest in her and used her for pleasure multiple times. Once he realized my mother was pregnant, he tossed off again to Italy, making my mother raise me by herself,” she said carefully, still staring out the window. “She died when I was 15 and I spent the next three years travelling on my own until I met the Mikaelsons in Cádiz. I travelled a thousand kilometres on foot, sometimes on horseback and making ends meet. I went to Cádiz, because I thought it be possible for someone with a ship to take me to the New World, to exciting and exotic places.”

“You’ve known the Mikaelsons for that long?”

Myriam slowly nodded. “For years I didn’t care about being alone, it was a way of life, but upon seeing the Mikaelsons so happy together, and having fun, it made me realize that I missed that part of my life. Kol offered his help to track down my family, even if that meant we had to travel a long time,” she hesitated then. “Yes, we did have sex with each other, but that’s because we were traveling and always together. Things were bound to happen.”

Bella was flabbergasted. “Wow, I did not know that… and you two don’t act like exes, either.”

“Because we aren’t. I basically repaid him with sex for all that he was doing for me,” Myriam shrugged. “He kept me safe and made me feel safe, something I hadn’t felt in a very long time. Love is… hard for Kol, because of his family’s history and abuse, and that’s why I’m glad that you and Isaac are helping him now,” she added before sighing. “And then the dreaded day came; Kol had found my family. The man who donated his sperm over and over again to my mother. He was married, had a lovely family and very wealthy.”

“Typical.”

Myriam nodded, a small smile on her lips. “The man clearly knew who I was, but he pretended not to. Accused me of lying and being a criminal; wanting to rob him for all that he had while all I wanted was a family. Kol managed to sneak out some trinkets for me that were quite expensive looking and that was that. We went back to Cádiz,” she sucked in a breath then. “Years later, after I turned, I decided to go and see what had happened of that family, and saw that they were very prosperous despite having lost most of their wealth. Their legacy will continue forever, I suppose that’s most important. I had my minions look after the family when I couldn’t. Jeri is the last one of that family line.”

Bella’s jaw nearly dropped to the floor. “She’s your family? It makes so much sense why she looks so much like you! And then that attitude!”

The vampire’s brows furrowed. “Family is such an intimate word, don’t you think?”

“Well, I believe that family is what you make it to be, it doesn’t have to mean just blood.”

“The Mikaelsons are my family. Same as you, now. I suppose even the wretched dog that got Klaus’s head in a vice that spawned their child, but I adore Hope. She’s everything I couldn’t give him.”

“So you don’t want Kol and Jeri in a relationship to protect her?”

Myriam turned to face her. “I know Kol in a way his siblings will never know him and I know they will only find pain in one another. I object only because I mean to protect him like he has done for me. He does not see it now and I don’t want him to know the truth.”

“You’re afraid that this casual thing might end up in a full blown relationship? Or that he might do something stupid causing Jeri to lash out?”

She grew agitated again as she thought of telling her just what family they were blood of. “Bella, I’ve watched Jeri as she grew up. She is as much as every other one of the rest of that bloodline and she will get what she wants and turn her back on him. That is the last thing he needs.”

“Okay,” Bella nodded. “We’ll talk to Caroline to fire her for breaking our rules and then you can do whatever you want with Jeri, how’s that?”

“With the hunters, the school is the only place for her unless we convince her to go to New Orleans. Klaus knows and won’t say a thing.”

She thought again and smiled then. “What if we invite my brother back and have him and Jeri strike up a friendship and have him take her to Beacon Hills?”

Myriam scowled. “I like your brother too much to subjugate him to my cousin.”

“So on the one hand, you want to get rid of her. On the other, you want her protected and you want her away from your family. From Kol. So… sending her to New Orleans won’t be an option either, will it?”

“Until your little adoption, everything was just dandy,” she snapped, immediately feeling guilty. “I’m sorry.”

Bella walked over to her friend and smiled at her. “I’m sorry, but you agreed that Kol needed our help, too. You brought him here because he didn’t want to come on his own and look how much he has grown since! And I’m not mad at you. Maybe this was a one time deal and it won’t happen again. I mean, this is the first time he’s had some sort of connection to anyone since his girlfriend died.”

Sighing, Myriam wished she could share in her optimism. “Davina was no better. She used him too until she became regent and it was ripped from her.”

Bella then had a very naughty thought. “Maybe Isaac is into threesomes.”

“No. I guess call your brother. I’ll see if Hope might be able to spell an amulet so she can’t try any tricks on him,” she conceded with a roll of her eyes.

“Or we could give her the Elena and Damon treatment.”

“We could. But we’d have an Original throwing a fit. He likes his witches. She might be able to do some good for your brother if we can keep him from falling for her tricks.”

“Well, they say this was meaningless sex, I suppose we won’t know if it was until we split them up,” Bella still wasn’t sure what Myriam’s deal was with Jeri or what was so important about her, but she trusted Myriam’s opinion. And on top of that, Myriam was very easy going and never made any requests. She worked hard to be of help to Bella and Isaac, without any problems or reluctance. But this was something entirely different.

Bella fumbled her phone out of her pocket and dialled her brother’s number.

Hey!”

“Hey yourself,” Bella greeted him. “How are things going?”

Great! What can I do for you?”

“Ah, you’re not alone, are you?” she laughed. “Well, I may have found you a new project. We can’t keep her around and can’t send her to New Orleans. Family history and all that. But she’s hot, and she may benefit from your influence?”

Derek was quiet for a moment then and Bella could hear Stiles and Lydia bicker in the background. “Yeah, sure. Does that come with a manual?”

“That can be drafted, yes,” Myriam grinned. “I’ll start on one right away!”

I’m on my way.”

“Love you,” Bella smiled as she disconnected the call and watched as Myriam took a seat behind Bella’s desk and started to type furiously. “What are you doing?”

“Typing a manual,” Myriam grinned. “He’s going to be dealing with a witch. Like she said, she’s good with defensive spells but she’s a manipulative bitch, too. The Medici’s didn’t come as far as they did without their manipulation skills and she’s inherited those.”

Bella blinked as the information hit her. “You’re an illegitimate child of a Medici?!”

“You can say bastard child, you know. Works for females too,” she winked at her. “Yeah, I am, and I’ve watched her grow up, she’s just like them. She takes what she wants and leaves. I can’t just kill her, either. I mean… I’ve grown into the habit of allowing the descendants to spawn one child first, and then kill them when the child reaches 15 years of age. I might just raise the next one myself.”

“Does she know? About you being family?”

“No, and I intend to keep it that way, got it?”

“Got it,” Bella nodded. “Good luck writing that manual, I’m going to release Jeri from the breakfast of shame.” She walked back to the dining room with a big smile on her face. “Alright, Jeri, I believe you have some classes to teach. Caroline called me yesterday to see if you were here. So you are now released from this table,” she said as she put her hands on Kol’s shoulders as she could feel him wanting to get up. “Oh no, you have some chores to do, mister.”

“What are you doing?” Isaac asked her, curiously.

“He disappeared for days, hiding under our roof under a silencing spell, having wild monkey sex with a witch, you bet your ass he’s going to do chores for the next two weeks!”

“What!” Kol exclaimed.

“Oh yeah, buddy, you’re grounded,” Bella grinned as she ruffled his hair. “Your first chore is to clean the porch from all the sand and clean the windows. All the windows.”

“And what if I refuse?”

“Either Myriam calls Klaus, or we’re sending you back to New Orleans to continue drowning in your sorrows.” Kol scowled as he got to his feet, but Bella still kept a hold on him. “And no vampire speed.”

“You’re mean.”

“You started this,” she reminded him with a smile on her face.

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