Chapter 27: Belle

“A touch to the right, mes chers neveux,” I said. “The school’s mismatched architecture can be rather deceptive, but I want the sofa directly beneath the painting.”

“Your dorm room is sooo amazing,” Caspian said, after helping Anders push everything into place. My nephews were quite useful for carrying and moving furniture, though Caspian’s elder vampire brother was by far the stronger of the two.

“Of course, mon petit chou,” I said. “I’ve lived with Maman and Papa during my time at the Institute thus far, but I wanted the ‘traditional college experience’ before I graduate. It’s certainly no castle, but it will do for now.”

“It suits you, Miss Blackwell-Straud,” said Anders.

“Oh, none of that butler nonsense here, s’il vous plaît,” I said. “I enlisted you two as my nephews, not hired help. It makes you sound like my professor–or your great-grandfather Thaddeus.”

“Ooh, I hope the place I get to work at for my first-year butler academy internship is as nice as this,” Caspian said. “You’re gonna write me a letter of recommendation, aren’t you, Aunt Belle?”

Going to,” corrected Anders, though he didn’t particularly sound like he had his heart in it, unlike his father–and my brother–Leopold. He’d already attended the Lyons Butler Academy for a couple of years, so perhaps the novelty had worn off.

Poor, dear Anders. He never dated (I had my ways of finding out), most likely because a butler academy was no place to meet a young lady. I had higher hopes for Caspian, but when I asked him what kind of man he liked, he presented me with a dozen photographs of Hamlet Richardson and added, “But without a temper.”

Clearly he was fond of older men–I hoped he didn’t fall for an instructor, le pauvre cher. Only heartbreak lay in store for a student-teacher match.

“Have you heard that ma charmante Lani was admitted to the Institute?” I asked them. They saw her far more often than I did. “I can’t wait to take her under my wing. She’s so terribly quiet, but her friend with the untamed mass of curls will be with her. I’d best purchase a dozen new brushes…”

“…Ellie’s coming here?” asked Anders, suddenly interested.

“Is it Ellie? Oh, and I’ve been calling her Ella all this time…”

“But she’s human.” His voice grew louder. “You’re certain?”

“Quite.”

“I see…I’m glad she’s doing well.”

Such a strange look crossed my serious-minded nephew’s face.

“Do take Gaston for a walk, won’t you? Mon beau chien requires exercise, and I have a very important academic matter to attend to.”

It was so very convenient having so many nieces and nephews to do my bidding.

As for my “important academic matter”…

Très bon, mon professeur préféré,” I said, running my fingers through my sleeping professor’s hair. “You didn’t even attempt to lock the door this time.”

He looked so very different when he was sleeping. If it weren’t for the snoring, I might describe his face as serene.

“Your future paramour may not be fond of the snoring,” I said softly. “Something to work on, perhaps.”

Professor Graves’ head snapped back, accompanied by a sharp intake of breath. “Miss Blackwell-Straud, this is not appropriate–”

“I know all about propriety,” I said dismissively. “Half my family are butlers, you know. But I shan’t tell a soul about the snoring–not even you-know-who.”

“…I don’t know who. Please put an acceptable distance between your body and mine immediately, Miss Blackwell-Straud.”

“But I’m your favorite research assistant, Professor Graves,” I said. “Our relationship is far closer than a mere instructor and student’s.”

“It isn’t,” he muttered. “And you’re my only research assistant, a position you achieved via outright extortion.”

“Such an unromantic way of describing the start of a beautiful relationship,” I said. “Oh, who could possibly be at the door?”

“Valerian?” called Professor Rexx. “I hope I’m not coincidentally interrupting your one and only office hour.”

Professor Rexx thought he was being quite clever and discreet, but I followed the Path of Love and Beauty. Therefore, I knew the truth behind these little rendezvous: Professor Rexx was deeply in love with the oblivious and standoffish Professor Graves.

A demon in love with the warlock who’d summoned him from the depths of eleven hells and sealed their pact with blood…très romantique!

Professor Graves avoided anyone else’s company–with the exception of my own–but I daresay he tolerated Professor Rexx’s quite well. Perhaps he was merely too shy to express his true feelings.

“What a surprise to see you here, Belle,” said Professor Rexx. “Apologies for interrupting.”

Non, it’s no interruption at all, truly,” I said. “Have you brought any of your work to show Professor Graves?”

“…My work?”

“Last time, you said one of your favorite hobbies was firing and glazing fine porcelain…”

Miss Blackwell-Straud,” interrupted Professor Graves, “office hours are now over. Rexxanathostrazor’mol, I will speak to you in private.”

“I don’t mind having her around, Valerian,” said Professor Rexx.

Of course le pauvre cher felt more comfortable in my presence; I helped soften the blow of Professor Graves’ ever-so-harsh words. I liked to think I offered encouragement merely by being in the room.

“I have no other obligations,” I said. “I’d be delighted to stay as long as you need me.”

Professor Graves brought his hand down on the arm of his leather chair. “Out. Now.

“Terribly sorry, Professor Rexx,” I said. “I’m afraid you’re on your own. Best of luck, beau diable.”

I returned to my “dorm room,” as normal university students call it. Gaston was waiting for me, naturally. Had my nephews given him a bath after his walk? How thoughtful.

Perhaps Professor Graves and Professor Rexx were making a new “pact” at this very moment. I couldn’t help but laugh to myself, enjoying the potential fruits of my romantic labors.

“Nobody laughs like that,” said my beastly nephew. “It’s creepy.”

It had been to great surprise–and disappointment on my part–that Sly had successfully applied to the Institute a couple years after I’d gained part-time admission. My nephew had never shown any interest in his fae heritage beforehand, and his grades had been quite abysmal from all accounts, and yet here he was. Papa’s influence, I suspected.

He plopped down on the sofa, the force of his derriere moving it ever so slightly out of place. “You check out the latest batch of freshman chicks? Damn.”

Non.” Should I let this line of conversation proceed…?

“You know how I’m all about ass, right? Well, shit, this one chick, I swear I could see her ass from space. I just wanted to grab those cheeks and spread–you know what hot dogging is?”

“I believe I would like to remain in blissful ignorance, s’il vous plaît.”

“Just think of what a hot dog bun looks like, is all I’m saying, and how you have to slide that dog right in–”

“The only food I eat consists of delicate, flaky plasmafruit-infused pastries,” I said. “So I’m afraid this topic of conversation is lost on me.”

“All you gotta know is I’m gonna fuck the shit out of her,” Sly said. “Not literally, even though I’ma do it in the ass. Hey, you’re always going on about manners and love and shit, but you don’t even pretend to be interested in what I got going on.”

Amour?” I scoffed. “Non, this is little more than luxure–lust. Entirely different.”

“Hell, haven’t you ever wanted a guy to just fuck you until you can’t think about anything but dick?”

Non, bien sûr que non! Where is the romance in such a thing, Silas?”

“…You’ve seriously never gotten laid? Shit, that explains a lot.”

Amour is a selfless thing,” I said, even if he could never understand such a concept, “and I prefer to dedicate myself to the love lives of others.”

“Yeah, well, have fun with that. Or don’t, since it’s not like you’re getting any action.”

Non, a bête mauvaise could never truly understand.

Still, I hoped that one day, he would find a lovely young lady who would teach him the truth of amour…and that her heart would survive the lesson.

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28 thoughts on “Chapter 27: Belle

  1. “Professor Rexx was deeply in love with the oblivious and standoffish Professor Graves.” Improbable stuff that I hope is true! Though either way, it looks like they’ll be very close with Belle in the middle. 😬

    Belle is definitely best at her position right now, instead of being in love. Her blunders pairing up others can only help her learn. ❤

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  2. Fun to see Belle interacting with so many loyal minions — er — other characters in this one! 😉

    I loved how oblivious she was to Rexx hitting on her. I’m sure he’d be more than happy to oblige Silas’ suggestion of her getting laid 😉

    I loved seeing Anders and Caspian again! (Especially Caspian ❤️) though I can tell Anders is headed straight back toward heartbreak if he tries to pursue Ellie again 😬

    And Sly… Yeah. He’s Sly. Lol

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    1. “Loyal minions” works too. 😉

      And Rexx isn’t used to people not realizing he’s hitting on them, oops. He’d definitely be happy to follow Sly’s suggestion.

      Anders is in big trouble if he goes after Ellie again. Things are going better for Caspian, at least!

      Sly is Sly, all right.

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  3. Valerian cracked me up. Then Rexx just happening to come in when it was the only office hour knowing Belle would be there. Totally hitting on her and she’s so oblivious.

    Anders is gonna – excuse me – going to get heartbroken again I’m afraid, unless Ellie not Ella comes around and realizes maybe he’s not so bad after all.

    And watch out Lani – Belle has her sites on her to if she can detach her from Ellie’s wheel chair.

    The one thing about Belle is she does try to see some good in everyone, even though she sees what she considers their “flaws”.

    Even Sly talking about Hotdogging and dicks didn’t phase her in the least. Hopping he would find someone to teach him about love and not lust ‘and survive the lesson’.

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    1. Whaaat, Rexx was totally in there by coincidence. 😉

      Anders should probably move on, alas. 😦 Unless Ellie has softened toward him over the years, but it seems like she’s moving on with her life.

      Lani better get good at hiding, that’s all I’m saying.

      And Belle really does try to see good in everyone! It’s a struggle with Sly though, but she doesn’t send him away, at least. LOL.

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  4. Lover WitcHazard: Oh dear Dr. Graves falling asleep and leaving the door unlocked with the possibility of being bothered by Belle! Your hard exterior is slowly falling apart piece by piece! Also my adorable Caspian! I can see it now his internship is with a older gentleman whose ready to teach him he true ways of servitude! Eeeeeeekkkkkkk I’m getting goose bumps!

    Dark WitcHazard: Rex how could you cheat on Violet when she finds out don’t be crying when she bites your ass! Speaking of Ass my main man Sly! Knowing I too have a fondness for a good ass I feel are bond becoming even stronger! Anders if you really want another shot at Ellie I’ll teach you all the ways you can kill a merman! You know if you’re interested! 😉

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    1. ROFL. That Valerian, getting sloppy and leaving the door unlocked. Tsk, tsk. Caspian’s internship will be…interesting. But that’s all I can say about that right now.

      Ha, luckily Velvet isn’t really the jealous type! She loves everyone. I’m not surprised that Dark and Sly both share a passion for ass. Poor merman though. 😦

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  5. OMG…there were so many quotables this chapter.

    “A demon in love with the warlock who’d summoned him from the depths of eleven hells and sealed their pact with blood…très romantique!”

    Bahahaaa! Very romantic. But I believe you’re the one who is oblivious, Mademoiselle Belle. Our red doggie has the hots for a white princess. Omg…this line: “Last time, you said one of your favorite hobbies was firing and glazing fine porcelain…”

    Hooo heee! Ahahahaaa…yes, fire indeed. And Valerian sure understood Rexx’s meaning. Oh, Mr. Ashes, you are a naughty demon, aren’t you? 😈

    I believe both professors wouldn’t mind some porcelain…in their bed. Ahem…I doubt Valerian would share, otherwise, I’d suggest a threesome (or add another doggie and make it a foursome! Woot! Velvet wouldn’t mind. She’s in heat.)

    And Sly…Belle has her hands full with him. But I bet even Belle might try her hand at taming her nephew. With the right lady. (But she has her work cut out: ” I just wanted to grab those cheeks and spread–you know what hot dogging is?” Errrr…Belle’s face! Hahahaaaa! o_O )

    I cannot forget the cuties–Anders and Caspian. I love to see them. Poor Anders is still hung up on Ellie. And Caspian still has his crush on Hamlet (except he’s still upset over his violence against his bro. 😮 ) I liked the red butler’s uniform on Hammy. 😉

    Fun chapter! Belle is the best! ❤

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    1. ROFL, glad you enjoyed this chapter so much. ❤ ❤ And you might be on to something re: a shared love of porcelain…

      Valerian 100% knew why Rexx was there, LOL. Unlike Belle, he's not oblivious. 😉

      Velvet really wouldn't mind sharing, as long as it's not a bone! …I will refrain from making a certain joke here.

      Good luck taming Sly, rofl. Not even Belle's "expert" matchmaking skills may be able to help…

      Glad I could squeeze the brothers butler into this chapter. ❤

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  6. Ahhhh, I’m loving this so much! It’s the only Sim blog that I follow and read regularly. Your story is just so unique and funny!

    I’m so happy to see Silas again. He truly is a beast, but I love that sex-obsessed boy all the same.

    I’ve been meaning to ask for a bit, have you ever put the original Blackwells up for download in the community? After finishing the first series, I found myself wanting to play with them myself so badly.

    Keep up the wonderful writing!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Wow, that’s such a compliment. Thank you so much for reading–and the compliments. ❤ ❤

      LOL, I'm glad you still like the sex-obsessed beast. 😉 Like Gal, he seems to be able to get away with a lot…

      Alas, I don't have anyone on the gallery, I'm sorry!

      Thank you again for leaving such a sweet comment. ❤

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  7. Holy shit Belle, you win first prize for being the most quotable character in the Fangsverse! ❤

    She's my favourite, hands down; it would take a miracle to dethrone her for me at this point ❤ ❤ ❤
    I wonder if she'll have successes in her matchmaking O.o
    Especially for Sly; seems like a hard job to pull a win out of her ass on that one (kekekeke)

    Love Val and Rexx (that demon want u bby) ❤
    Love Belle's obliviousness slapped up against her observational powers; she's just as utterly fascinating as her maman.
    Love seeing Daisy's boyssssss ahh ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. ❤ ❤ ❤

      I'm never bored writing her chapters. They're never a struggle, when she's so Belle. I know some people might find her too bratty or entitled but to me that’s part of the fun.

      Her Valerian x Rexx ship doesn’t seem too likely to sail, LOL. And Sly would probably be her toughest client. Or at least douchiest.

      Good luck reining Rexx in, Val.

      Man why do I have such a huge cast 😭

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  8. I 👏 need 👏 magic👏 school 👏ellie👏 right👏 now👏

    I don’t know why this image of Ellie and Lani at Hogwarts 2.0 with Belle taking them under her wing appeals to me so much but it does

    My favorite thing about Belle is that she doesn’t seem at all worried about her own love life. She is just so in love with love itself, and – for a very spoiled young lady – that makes her so endearing to me. I have a feeling love for Belle will sneak up on her somehow while she’s so caught up in everyone else’s love-lives. Or, maybe she won’t find love at all! She’s a vampire, she has eternity.

    ANDERS IS SO SWEET, I ACTUALLY WANT HIM TO GET THE GIRL like really badly. Since I know I can’t have Ellie x Lani, my fingers are crossed that fish boy is a long lost brother or something and Anders is Ellie’s true boy-toy.

    AS for Sly, I don’t even know what to say about this boy. Bless Gal and Bas. 🙏

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    1. Magic school Ellie is coming…! ❤

      Belle will also be around, LOL. Despite being so spoiled, it's true, she is really preoccupied with everyone else's love lives. Bianca was much more concerned with her own, LOL. Love could sneak up on her though…at any time.

      Aww, rooting for poor Anders. ❤

      Gal and Bas need all the blessings they can get tbh.

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  9. Could it be that Rexx isn’t in love with Graves, but BELLE?! Le gasp! I know, I know–radical prediction, amirite? 😉 I mean Rexx didn’t seem particularly eager to see her leave, and she noted that she sees a pattern with him coming in while she’s in with Graves…

    But that’s only my prediction. Then if it comes true I can be that annoying poster who waves it in everyone’s face that I CALLED IT FIRST!

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