Chapter Eighty-Eight: A Snit

“You got knocked out
by a-,”
“Finish that sentence
Teej and I will hurt so you so badly the DVM will be jealous.”
“So no dicking
Daniel would never hear
the end of it. His fellow Knights of the Last Order found his plight
simply hilarious, especially now that the threat was gone. The
Presidents Entrusted National Intelligence Service had cleared out,
the last part of their mission forever failed. The group was at Bills
restaurant, waiting for their meals.
“I'm just thankful
Peter and Thomas are okay. They could have gotten really screwed up.”
Sunny added the last part slyly.
“Will you all stop
with the puns?” Daniel grumbled. “You all know how bad Carbon
Power is. These two were MONSTERS!”
“Chill out mate,
we're all just having fun.” Charlie said, using a rather miffed
Belle as a back-rest.
“Fun, huh?” She
snapped at him. “Like your Dad did pretending to be DEAD?”
“It was a JOKE,
Belle-Belle.” Charlie rolled his eyes at her. “Relax, you've been
tense since we got to Brisvegas.”
TENSE CHARLIE?!” Belle suddenly jumped up and yelled. “MY FATHER
And with that Belle
stormed out of the room and into the back kitchen to sulk.
“Well SOMEONE is
moody.” Charlie also began to sulk.
“You're not gonna run
off to Awesomica again are you?” Sunny asked slyly.
“He's such a MORON!”
Belle grumbled at home later than evening after ranting for two
hours, fifteen minutes and twenty seconds about how horrible her best
friend and his father were.
“Him or his father?”
Peter said with a slight hint of bitterness.
“ALL OF YOU!” Belle
flopped to the sofa.
“Belle, I know you're
a bit mad still over the whole Ruby Suit issue-,” Lara started.
“Leave it.” Belle
“You do NOT speak to
your Mother that way!” Peter fired.
MOTHER!” Belle stormed upstairs. Where on earth had THAT come from?
Biologically they might not have been related, but it was accepted
fact now that Lara Masters nee Vargus was the Mother of Belle
Masters, especially by Belle herself.
Belle sighed, before
jumping out of her window, shimmying down the tree and heading off
for a much-needed walk. The whole business with the Ruby Suit had
certainly thrown her for several loops.
“Where's Belle? I
want to talk to her and apologise. I've been a bit rough on her
recently.” Charlie poked his head into the Masters kitchen a hour
“She WAS in her room.
Now she's gone walkabout.” Peter told him. “She's in a snit
“Between you and Dad
and I we've really gone and done it. Why on earth did you steal the
Ruby Suit?!” Charlie asked.
“I didn't STEAL the
Ruby Suit, I just fixed it up behind their backs.” Peter told him.
“UGH!” Charlie
stormed off in search of his best friend.
“Why would she be
over here? She's not particularly fond of us at the moment.” Thomas
said when Charlie went back home to check for Belle there.
“She's not here,
although to be honest if I were her I wouldn't want you near me
either.” Sunny looked down her nose at him when he checked at her
place for his best friend.
“She's not here.”
Daniel's place.
“Hasn't been here all
week. Want some cake?” TJ and Petunitas.
“Not since she
borrowed my sparkly blue nailpolish.” Tammys.
“Nope.” Sammys.
“Why the HELL would
she be here Begly?!” Judith Jofrey chased him out of her apartment.
“She must be really
mad at me.” Charlie slumped as he walked back home. He was just
turning into the street when he saw his sister Izzy walking the baby
Masters, Madeleine.
“What's up Charlie?”
Izzy asked him.
Madeleine waved her hands at her sisters best friend.
“Hi.” Charlie
“Aww, c'mon, what's
up?” Izzy asked.
Madeleine answered.
“Ah, you're still
upset that you haven't been taking your best friend seriously and now
you're angry because she's not around when you want to apologise.”
Izzy smirked. Suddenly Madeleine let out a wail and grabbed her eye.
“Sorry! She's still doesn't fully understand being Claused yet.”
Izzy picked the toddler up out of the pram and began to soothe her.
“You are SMITTEN with
that baby!” Charlie had to smile.
“If proper respect is
given, then age should be no deterant to friendship!” Izzy poked
her tongue out at him. “It's okay Madels, you're a smart girl yes
you are!”
“Anyway, HAVE you
seen Belle?” Charlie asked as Madeleine started giggling again.
“Nope. Have you tried
calling her phone?” Izzy said dismissively.
Charlie blinked.
“Anyway, we gotta go,
Sam is picking me up for a movie tonight and I need to be ready.”
Izzy grinned. “We're going on a double-date with Tammy and her
“Sounds good. Just
don't scare Tammys date off.” Charlie brushed her off as he dialled
Belle from his own phone. He vaguely thought that Izzy was as smitten
with Sammy as she was with the baby Madeleine as the phone rang out.
“DAMN!” He cried.
Belle must be totally
livid if she wasn't answering her phone. Charlie couldn't stand it.
He remembered the pain he had felt the day that Belle had woken up
after her grandfather Joe died. She hadn't forgiven him then either.
He HAD to make this
right. He was going to keep on calling until he got an answer. He
called again. And again. And again.
After about the sixth
time he finally got an answer. A cold voice simply said “She won't
answer.” and hung up.
Charlie felt his blood
run cold.
Belle Masters had been

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