Underletters #15 – Letter from Belladonna Black to Bella Jade Black

*letter left on Bella Jade’s pillow*


To the so-called Queen of the Underground.


Thank you oh so very much for our little conversation, it gave me a glimmer of hope that there is potential for you when I was fully prepared to write you off.


Understand this, dear Queen…you do not ‘tolerate’ me. I am not some phase that your husband is going through in order to ‘heal’ himself. I AM the healing. I will be here for a very long time unless circumstances dramatically change in such a way that your darling Jasper feels safe again.


Currently, he does not.


You are all under the illusion that I have some ulterior motive – some desire to see the world burn…no doubt you have heard already of my rather scathing correspondence with your self-proclaimed ‘Undergroupies’? Scathing…to them, perhaps…to me, I was nothing but honest. I say what I feel…and what I feel is almost always what your husband feels.


I am not testing you all, Bella Jade Black…HE is. Whether he knows it or not.


Make no mistake…I am fully aware that I am little more than a figment of his damaged imagination. It gave me life, and I intend to do everything in my power to ensure that I am worthy of it and live up to my charge. And my charge is and has always been to protect him. Which is what I am doing. I do not need to explain it to you, nor do I need to justify my actions or motives.


So go ahead and threaten me…lock me away, lock your husband away if that is what you feel is best for him and for your kingdom. I will react in whatever way he needs me to, I will protect him in whatever manner I feel he requires. And I will keep him under lock and key until you step up and do something about it.


This is your test too, my dear…you have always been such a stoic, long-suffering, martyrous and dedicated ruler…holding your husband up, hiding behind the role of nursemaid and lover. You don’t have that anymore. By default, you are no longer the strong one. You cannot be excused for your shortcomings by pleading that you are ‘just tired from caring for a mentally-ill invalid.’


Your kingdom is dying…your subjects are leaving, their battery is gone and the gatekeeper is killing them in droves.


What will you do, Bella Jade? Will you offer yourself up as the next battery? Will you let it all fall down?

Or will you be the Queen you were born to be and lead this kingdom in your own right? Will you rally those loyal to you by your side, set your house in order and show the world that Bella Jade Black is not just a nurse-like appendage to a fallen man, but a woman and a ruler of her own merits?


Your subjects are waiting for an address, dear Queen…they look to you for guidance.


Aside from threatening me behind the scenes, where no one can hear you roar, what else are you going to do about it?


I am currently in Spain with Grigori, no doubt you have heard and have one of your underlings watching over me. I will be back when I feel like returning…hopefully by then I shall return to a kingdom worthy of the one we both love so well.


It is your move, Queen Black.


Sincerely,

Belladonna.


All characters and story lines remain the property of N.Ristovski and the Underground. All character writings within the Underground are fictitious. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Copyright © 2013. Natalie Ristovski.

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