Family Ties - (Book 3 of the Marvelous 3 Saga)

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31b. - Darkness Falls Pt. 2

Nick snapped the neck of a vampire before Marshala came running toward him. She got down on her knees and tightly hugged his large furry head. “We did it, Nicholas!” Marshala cried into his black fur. Nick pawed backward and licked her face.

Kiara emerged from the forest riding Leo’s wolf and saw several vampires surrendering at Gina and Ben’s feet. Everyone looked up in shock to see Evangeline emerge with Cole and Elijah holding up an unconscious William while Alexander held Peter’s hand.

“... Evangeline...”

Her name floated through the air as everyone stared at her as if they had seen a ghost. Gina quickly walked up to Evangeline. “Did it work?”

“Like a charm,” Evangeline smiled.

Gina grinned as they both embraced. “I’ve missed you so much, Evangeline.”

“And I you, Gina,” Evangeline said warmly.

“What did you do to him?” Rhea asked, looking at William.

“Binding spell,” Gina said. “The Blackbournes are still linked to him through a blood bond from witches long ago, though it is faint. They cannot feel his pain, but they may still die if he does. It is unsure. The dagger is laced with a chloroformic substance to keep him disabled until we figure it out.”

“Think you have a spell that can rid us of this bond for good?” Evangeline smiled.

“I’m sure Marshala does,” Gina smirked.

~*~

“It is because of the kindness of Elijah Blackbourne that you are all being spared,” Ben announced to the remaining vampires that had surrendered. “If it were me, you’d all be killed. Do not take this reprieve lightly.”

“You came,” Elijah said, walking up to Ben.

“Eh...” Ben shrugged, glancing past Elijah. “I had my reasons...”

Elijah followed Ben’s gaze. He saw Alice hugging her niece Amy who Ben had found after William was subdued. “And all this time, I thought you came for me,” Elijah grinned. “What happened to all that bollocks about being in love with mortals?”

Ben looked at Elijah sharply. “The concept of love is foolish. Especially love for mortals. I stand by that.”

Elijah eyed Ben, still staring at Alice. “Thank you for your help anyway... my foolish friend,” Elijah smirked before he walked back to Evangeline and his brothers.

~

Nick handed Akamu and Leo some clothes to put on after transforming back into their human form. “I guess this makes us even?” Nick grinned at Akamu.

Akamu shook his head and held out his hand. “It makes us brothers, Nick.”

Evangeline sat on a large boulder, holding Peter in her arms as he nuzzled his small face into her chest. She looked up at Cole and Alexander. Their faces were still stained from their blood tears as they both sported huge smiles.

She felt Peter tighten his grasp on her as he whimpered. “Hush now, there will be no more of that,” she said, pulling Peter off. She licked her thumb and wiped the blood tears from his face. “How did you fare without me? Did Cole behave?” she asked.

“He never behaves,” Peter chuckled.

“Gee, thanks, Peter,” Cole smirked.

Evangeline stood to her feet. “Come here, both of you,” she said. Cole and Alexander walked into her embrace without hesitation. Alexander closed his eyes shut and breathed in her scent. The motherly scent that he had missed for so long. That he never thought he’d smell again. “I saw your paintings,” Evangeline said, pulling back to look at Alexander. “The ones you decorated my room with. They’re lovely, Alexander.”

“Well... you were the inspiration,” Alexander smiled warmly.

“And Peter tells me you wrote me a song?” Evangeline said, looking at Cole.

“Wow, Peter. You’ve got a big ass mouth,” Cole said, looking at Peter.

Evangeline chuckled as Elijah walked up to them. “Thank you, Elijah,” she said, gently grabbing his face between her hands and looking into his eyes. “For looking after me and your brothers.”

“Eh... He did alright..” Cole smirked as Alexander laughed.

“I still can’t believe you’re here,” Elijah said. “How?”

“When Kiara broke the curse,” Evangeline explained. “When the curse was first placed I... felt like I was stuck in some sort of... limbo. Not alive... but not quite dead either. I was already coming out of it thanks to Kiara’s presence. But after the curse was broken, I could finally move, speak, and think.”

“Do you think Melissa knew the curse would have affected you like this?” Alexander asked.

“Of course not,” Evangeline said. “She thought I was dead. She... she loved me...” Evangeline looked down before she glanced up to see Kiara leaning back against a tree, staring at her. Kiara quickly looked away in embarrassment. Evangeline walked up to Kiara as Kiara darted her eyes, not knowing where to look. “So... you’re the woman my Alexander is in love with,” Evangeline smiled.

Kiara looked at her embarrassed. “Well... he has great taste,” she smirked.

Kiara’s eyes widened as her cheeks flushed with warmth. “Are you hitting on me?”

Evangeline immediately burst into laughter. “God! No! There’s only one woman who has my heart.” Kiara’s face softened as she smiled back at her. Evangeline eyed Kiara’s features as she brought a finger to her chin. She softly caressed Kiara’s cheek as her eyes shined brightly. “You look so much like her...” Evangeline said. “... my Mellie...”

“I get that a lot,” Kiara chuckled nervously. Evangeline cocked her head to the side as she looked at Kiara more closely.

Makiko sighed next to Gina as they watched everyone getting their bearings together. “I’m BOOOOORED!” Makiko groaned.

“Goodness, Makiko. As if you would have had more fun back at home on your tweeter,” Gina said.

“Twitter,” Makiko corrected with a roll of her eyes. She caught movement at the corner of her eye to see a tied up William heaving purposefully as the dagger slowly inched out of his chest. “GINA!” Makiko blurted. She quickly reached for William to stop him. But he grabbed her by the neck, tossing her backward and ran full speed.

“Melissa?” Evangeline asked, looking at Kiara in wonderment. “Is that-” Kiara waited for Evangeline to finish her sentence until she saw Evangeline’s eyes widen and a bloody hand jut out through her chest.

“You will always... belong... to me...” William seethed in Evangeline’s ear. Kiara screamed as William ripped Evangeline’s heart out through her back.

Cole and Alexander looked in pure shock as Peter screamed. Elijah quickly tackled his father to the ground as Nick and Akamu jumped in as well. Alexander fell to his knees in shock as his mother’s lifeless body fell to the ground in front of a screaming Kiara.

“No! No, no, no!” Cole shouted as he ran to Evangeline. “WE JUST FUCKING GOT YOU BACK!!! EVANGELINE!!! NO!!!”

Marshala couldn’t believe what was happening as she saw Ben help Elijah subdue William. As Kiara screamed louder, the skies thundered loudly as a hard rain fell. Lightning hit several trees, catching them on fire. “Kiara! Kiara!” Marshala shouted. She ran towards Kiara but immediately went flying back as Kiara’s screams intensified. A huge blast of energy reverberated around her.

A few witches covered their ears from the loud screams before Kiara fell to her knees, clutching her heart in anguish. She stared up at the sky as she struggled to breathe. “N-noo,” she choked out as tears flooded her eyes. “E... Evangeline...

“Kiara!” Alexander shouted. Leo and Alexander both sprinted towards her before a large green energy barrier surrounded her, keeping them back.

“Angel!” Leo shouted as he clawed at the barrier. Kiara screamed out in agony, tears streaming down her face as she held her head in her hands. The wind around them violently picked up as trees became uprooted and split into several sharp pieces.

“What’s happening?!” Rhea panicked.

“The aether...” Lillian muttered, stepping back. “She’s... she’s losing control...”

“Kiara!” Elijah shouted. “You have to control it!”

“I can’t!” Kiara cried out as trees and boulders started flying in the air. “I-I-” She let out a scream as she threw her head back. Her eyes opened and a bright jade green shined bright.

“Angel?!” Leo growled as he kept slashing at the barrier. “Angel, answer me, baby! Come on! Let us in!”

Alexander froze and stared at Kiara, swallowing hard. “That’s... that’s not Kiara...”

Kiara’s nostrils angrily flared as she set her bright jade green eyes on William. The vampire was writhing on the ground with Elijah and Ben still pinning his arms while Akamu and Nick pinned his legs. She raised her hand and all four men went flying off of William as his body levitated from the ground. William groaned as he felt the bones in his legs start to crack. “Is this the best you can do?” William mocked.

Kiara smirked menacingly as his arm bent backward, eliciting a pained groan from him. “I want… you... to suffer... slowly... agonizingly... as I did...” Kiara spoke with a rasp in her voice as her fingers contorted. More disturbing cracking noises could be heard as William’s body continued to bend awkwardly.

A heavy sense of fear overwhelmed Alexander and Leo as they relentlessly attacked the barrier keeping them walled off. “I want you to feel loneliness,” Kiara said to William. “Pain. Suffering. Hopelessness. Fear... as I did...

Bouts of lightning continued to strike the ground around them. A leg was torn from William’s body followed by one of his arms as his blood leaked onto the ground.

“Melissa...” Lillian whispered. Kiara quickly looked at Lillian with a snarl on her face. “Please,” Lillian choked out fearfully. “Please stop this before you lose complete control.”

Control?!” Kiara snarled angrily. “Where were you all when my family was hunted down and murdered?! Hiding! Groveling like cowards as all of my kin were killed! WHERE WERE YOU?!

Lillian put her hand to her throat as she started to lose oxygen. “Meli-”

“No! Lillian!” Alice blurted. She ran towards her sister before she heard a loud crack and saw Lillian fall to the ground with a broken neck.

ALL OF YOU!” Kiara growled angrily as her eyes glowed fiercely. “ALL OF YOU ARE FUCKING COWARDS!

Alice started to feel her chest tighten as she grabbed at the air. Ben quickly ran to her side. “Alice!” he shouted as he held her in his arms. He looked up at Kiara. “STOP THIS MADNESS!” Ben ran towards Kiara before he went flying backward and was impaled on the high branch of a tree. His body fell limp. Alice looked up at Ben’s corpse in shock before she stopped breathing.

My kin was hunted down and murdered!” Kiara growled. “BURN! LET THE MOTHERFUCKERS BURN!” Multiple vampires lit on fire as they screamed in agony.

“She’s lost it!” Cole said in shock.

“It’s not Kiara!” Leo growled. “I can’t feel her. It’s not her!”

“Kiara, you have to fight this!” Marshala shouted. “This isn’t you!”

“We just need to knock her out of it,” Nick said, rolling up his sleeves. “Levi, catch her from behind, and I’ll take her head-on.” Levi nodded as he quickly ran around. Nick ran towards Kiara before he stopped suspended in the air. Kiara’s eyes slanted as she threw him into a tree, his head smashing backward. Levi ran up behind her to tackle her when two large boulders slammed him in-between them.

“LEVI!!!” Rhea screamed. Ava looked in shock as Rhea ran towards Levi’s mutilated body that fell to the ground in a bloody heap. “NO! LEVI!” Rhea screamed. “KIARA! HOW COULD YOU?!” she snarled. She got up before she was lifted into the air. Kiara’s jade green eyes followed her as her body lifted until her spine cracked in half.

“OH MY GOD!” Ava shouted. “RHEA, NO!!!”

“ANGEL, PLEASE!” Leo shouted desperately as full-blown tears fell down his face, seeing Rhea and Levi dead on the ground. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. What was happening? “PLEASE, BABY, FIGHT THIS! THIS ISN’T YOU!”

Kiara’s eyes flickered temporarily to brown as she looked at Leo with shock and confusion. “I... I- can’t... I’m-”

Marshala had seen enough. She quickly used her magic as Gina and Makiko came to her side and aimed at Kiara. “ALL OF US!” Marshala shouted. “We can stop her together!”

“She’s right! Come on,” Elijah said as he, Akamu, and Cole charged at Kiara. Leo looked at Alexander with terror in his eyes, feeling heartbroken, terrified, and conflicted for the woman they loved.

Kiara’s eyes immediately flickered back to jade green as everyone charged her at once. Marshala, Gina, and Makiko hit Kiara with everything they had, but it barely pierced the energy dome surrounding her. Kiara lifted her hands as Gina and Makiko levitated into the air and were slammed into each other before being thrown into two large trees. Nick rubbed the blood from his head and ran for Marshala, grabbing her just before Kiara could target her.

Elijah, Cole, and Akamu had barely made it a few feet before they went flying backward. Akamu’s body made impact with several of the splintered trees picked up in the wind around them before he was impaled.

“Kiara, please!” Ava cried. She ran towards Kiara when a huge boulder came flying her away. Cole immediately ran to block it, but he didn’t see the second boulder that pinned Ava to the ground. “C-Cole,” Ava stuttered with tears in her eyes as she coughed up blood.

“SHIT!” Cole shouted angrily in desperation.

Gina spit out blood as she looked down to see a large tree branch sticking out of her stomach. “Makiko!” she shouted, looking around frantically. She glanced to the side and saw Makiko’s head and upper body in the tree next to her. The rest of her body was on the ground.

Several more vampires lit up on fire as large rocks and trees split in half smashed and impaled those unfortunate to be in the path of destruction. Whimpers and howls from the wolves of Nick and Akamu’s pack could be heard permeating the air.

“Kiara,” Elijah said, struggling to his feet as blood poured from his head. “Please, Kiara. You are stronger than this.”

Tears streamed down Kiara’s face as her jade green eyes flickered to brown and fell in sorrow. “I can’t! I can’t stop it, Elijah! I’m trying! I’m s-s-” She quickly grabbed her head as another agonizing pain hit her and the energy around her rippled.

Elijah let out a bloodcurdling scream as he fell to the ground in anguish. He coughed up blood as Peter crawled next to him. “Elijah!” Peter cried as he held his bleeding head.

Kiara’s eyes quickly darted once she realized Leo and Alexander were missing. She suddenly felt herself get tackled to the ground as Leo pinned her down. Alexander tried to bind her feet as Cole held her head still. “Just calm down, Angel. We’re going to help you!” Leo said frantically. “Please, baby, you’re stronger than this! I know you are! You-”

She let out a bloodcurdling scream that shook the ground, and Leo went flying backward into Alexander. They both landed hard on the ground. She instinctively reached up and put her hand to Cole’s forehead until his entire body lit on fire and he started to disintegrate.

“NOOO!” William shouted with only an arm and leg still attached to him.

Kiara looked up at him with a sneer on her face. “Welcome to your HELL!” she snarled. She moved her hands and tore William apart before his body lit on fire as well. In an unprecedented ripple effect, Peter, Alexander, and Elijah started screaming in torment.

“Elijah!” Peter shouted.

Elijah crawled on the ground, struggling to find his brother. “Peter! Come to me, little one! I’m here! Peter!” His eyes were clotting with blood until he felt around and grabbed Peter’s small, cold hand.

“Elijah... I’m... I’m so scared,” Peter cried as blood trickled from his eyes, nose, and mouth. “Please make it stop, Elijah... p-please...”

“It’s okay, Peter. I’m here, just-” Elijah gripped his brother’s hand and felt his heart stop. He looked down to see that Peter had already lost the life in his eyes as his body started to disintegrate.

“SHAL!”

Marshala coughed up blood and heaved, trying to pull the large tree branch out of her side. “Nicholas...” she choked out as tears fell down her bruised face.

“Shal, look at me, baby! It’s gonna be okay,” Nick stammered as he cradled her in his arms. “ELIJAH!” he shouted desperately. Fear cracked his voice as tears streamed down his blood-stained cheeks. He searched the dead bodies to see Elijah’s was one of them as he lay dead and disintegrated next to Peter.

“No. No, no, no, no,” Nick cried as he clutched Marshala closer. “Shal, come on, baby. Stay with me, okay? We’re gonna be okay. You’re gonna be okay. Shal? SHAL! FUCKING STAY WITH ME!”

Marshala clutched Nick’s shirt as she swallowed down the blood pooling in her mouth. “Nich...”

Leo could barely see through the tears blurring his vision as he looked down at Alexander slowly disintegrating in his arms. He grabbed Alexander’s cold hand. His grip was weak as his life started to fade.

“Kiara...” Alexander said faintly as he looked up at Leo. “Is she...did... we… I...”

Kiara lifted her head as her jade green eyes that flickered between brown and green, looked around her. Her face was wet with tears as she looked at all the dead bodies surrounding her. There was little to no movement. “M-Marshala..?” she said, staring in shock at Marshala lying dead in Nick’s lifeless arms.

Her eyes darted to Levi and Rhea, a bloody mess on the ground. She barely recognized Cole’s burnt disintegrated form next to her. Her eyes landed on Leo holding Alexander, and she felt her heart stop in her chest.

“No...” she breathed out as she watched Alexander close his eyes. “No! No, please! No!”

Leo looked up at her with tears in his light blue eyes as his breathing became more haggard. “I... I love you, Angel...” Leo said before his head drooped forward and his body stopped moving.

Tears streamed down Kiara’s face as her mouth parted in shock. She could feel her heartbeat slowing down. “What... Leo... A… Alexander… no… I-”

She fell to the ground staring at the faces of her two dead lovers before she took her last breath.

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