Special delivery to the Katorga Estate.
I appreciate that you have had the forethought to write to me, and I understand your position.
However, it is time for a few cold, hard truths.
I do not see Jasper as charming, I see him as honest. Brutally, sometimes unpleasantly honest. But with Jasper you know exactly where you stand at all times. There isn’t a layer of falsities, there is no protective shield, but equally there are no schemes, no plots, no alterior motives.
Belladonna is a creation of Jaspers own mind. She is beautiful only because he is beautiful. She also only exists because Jaspers mind needed protection at a time where he was being horrifically abused physically, sexually and mentally. Her suffering is nothing compared with what he has endured and survived. When I read his psychiatric reports it gave me nightmares for weeks, and as you know Grigori, I am not a woman who is easily shaken.
Initially Belladonna was the protective layer that took over because he could take no more. She was sweet, and strong, and happy, if a little bit selfish and spoilt. But that is what she needed to be. Whatever interactions she had were purely for self preservation, and that Grigori, includes you. You can’t really blame her, she was a child as you were and she needed love and reassurance.
Jasper was dragged back, sooner than he was ready for, but his father needed an heir. Perhaps that is why he has struggled all his life to regain a sense of normalcy.
Belladonna has now awoken and she is not some hazy beautiful memory for you. She is a real life danger to every member of the Black family and everyone around us. That self preserving, spoilt nature has been misdirected and now she thinks that in order to protect Jasper from becoming the monster his father was she has to sever all ties and bring down the entire empire. Anyone who attempts to reason with her, who stands in her way, will be destroyed. That includes you. Your friends. Your sister…
So ask yourself Grigori, what is more important to you? A childhood memory, glossed and buffed by the passing of time….or the safety of your sister and all those around you?
Do you really know Belladonna?
If you cannot see the truth of the situation then you are not the man I have respected for years.
Unfortunately Jasper is very fragile right now. He can feel his grip on reality slipping and your outburst last Thursday has destroyed the trust our family had in you as a close associate. He feels bitterly betrayed. I am personally horrified that the one person we did not background check out of assumed safety was the one with the biggest secret of all. If you decide that the years you have spent as a friend to our family are more important than that memory it is going to be a long hard road to gain back that trust.
I leave it to you.
Regards, Mrs Black
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