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Elemental: After All by deslea Elemental: After All by deslea
Another illustration from the fic Elemental. Bella, injured in battle, endures an agonising treatment of Skele-Gro. To Tom's consternation, Bella's understanding husband-of-convenience, Rodolphus, offers to let him spend the night with her. Comforting someone is a bit like speaking a foreign language for Tom, but he finds that he wants to be there, after all.

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Rodolphus nodded to the door to Bella's room over his shoulder. "You can sit with her tonight, if you want."

He
didn't want. Sickrooms were ghastly things, and what fascinated him was Bella vital and well. The idea of seeing her frail and in pain was really rather repulsive. But Rodolphus clearly thought he would.

"Oh, no, Rod. Think how it would look."

"I'll keep her sister out. I'll say the Healer drugged her and gave me strict instructions to make sure she was left alone. She'd want you there." Rodolphus flashed him a meaningful look.

It was a concession, unmistakable. To not take it would be unforgivable. And the occasion called for a concession of his own.

"You're a good man, Rodolphus," he said. "One of my best."

Rodolphus gave an embarrassed little shrug, and they left it at that.




"What can I do to help?" Tom wondered.

It was his go-to phrase for such situations. Partly because it made him look suitably concerned, partly because he was usually absolved by the other party from doing anything at all, and partly because he honestly had no idea what was needed anyway.

Now was no exception. "Nothing," Bella said through thin, hard lips. "I'll be all right." She was very white.

He found the truth of it in her mind with ease. What she really wanted was to not be alone with it. What she really wanted was to be able to scream the bloody place down, and have the scream be heard.

On an impulse that he couldn't explain, he Transfigured the bed wider, and settled there beside her. Drew her against him. He felt her shudder with pain when he moved her.

He slid into her mind. It was loud in there; she was screaming.

I'm here, he said/thought, his arms tightening around her. Let it out. I won't leave you alone.

She did, and he didn't leave her alone with it, and that was when he knew that he loved her, after all.
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
It looks so tender that it literally makes my heart ache!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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deslea Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I've got a real soft spot for this one, too :)
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Tatgoat Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Who saw it and does't??? (still its your brain/heart child so a hundred times more:DDD) 
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deslea Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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