Bella had spent days isolated from anyone she could. She warred in her head, stacking all the evidence up and then trying to ignore it completely. It was no surprise that she had been nowhere to be seen for the days service, many had begun to notice her absence as of late. It wasn’t unknown to those at Zion that Bella had a temper and some even pretended to care about her well being but she knew none of them actually did.
The church service was running late and while people gathered in the tent amist lit votive candles, it lacked the usual musical accompaniment of Bella. Willis looked at his watch and decided that he’d waited for her long enough. He found his way to the pew and sighed as he looked around at his eager audience.
“Well it seems we must start our service without our music today, but don’t you worry none. We’ve got a choir of beautiful voices with us here today to rival angels.”
A soft laugh filled the room.
As she walked toward the tent, Bella’s feet seemed to move on their own. She wanted to scare him so bad he’d leave this place and never come back and she knew exactly how to do that. She’d convinced herself that she was in love with a demon when it was just all apart of the sick games he played with her. The whole of Zion needed to know how truly evil he was.
From outside she heard the crowd of people chanting the Lord’s Prayer.
“...on earth as it is in heaven.” Did such a thing even exist?
As her anger boiled to the surface she blew open the doors of the tent and walked inside. Gasps around the room of frightened church goers filled the temporary silence of the service.
She had everyone’s attention, including Wills. “Beware of false prophets..” she began, looking directly at the Reverend. “...which come to you in sheep's clothing,” she yelled and used her entire concentration to lift the votive candles from their tables. Everyone in the room began to mumble to one another, unsure of what to do next. Was something going to happen? Weren’t they all safe from harm?
Apollo had been scanning the grounds when he noticed something in the distance going into the church tent. It was Bells, and she looked angry. And god dammit if she wasn’t clear across the grounds. “Bells!” He yelled but it was clear she didn’t hear him. The flaps that served as doors for the church tent blew open and she walked inside.
“Shit!” His feet hit the dirt and he made his way across the grounds as fast as his feet would carry him.
Willis stood frozen as he watched Bella shout out bible verse at him. “Bella, what are ya doin’?”
“...but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” She finished with a shaky voice, the candles levitating in the air.
But the people of the congregation knew they were safe. They were, weren’t they?
“You said you loved me, but you can’t love anyone, can you?” She sobbed quietly but the candles remained in the air. “And it’s not your fault, it’s in your nature, cause you’re nothing but a dirty, lying demon.” She spat.
When Paul finally made it to the tent the candles were floating in the air. Quickly he ran to her and grabbed her arm. “Bella stop!”
Distracted, Bella turned around to regard Paul, her concentration broken.
All the candles fell to the ground, quickly igniting the walls of the tent. Within minutes the flames grew higher than Bella had ever seen. She felt Paul pick her up and take her outside to safety as everyone in the service ran out of the quickly growing flames.
Bella watched the flames grow. She hadn’t meant for this to happen, this wasn’t her fault. She didn’t mean to burn down anything, she just wanted to scare him yet there they were, running away from the flames that she caused.