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Title: Five Deals, Five Days
Character: Bela Talbot
Rating: PG-13 (gen)
Author's Notes: Written for the spnland 'All's Fair' challenge.
Length: 600 words
Disclaimer: Bela belongs to the CW.
Spoilers/Warnings: Season 3 spoilers. Casual disregard for human life and general amorality.
Summary: Bela has a reputation for doing whatever it takes to get what she wants.

The thing about this business, at this level, is that no one’s in it for the money. Oh, I’ll charge for expenses, and the wealthiest men and women in the world aren’t shy about throwing a hundred grand in the pot as a sweetener. But it’s all about acquiring the truly unique items. For example…

Deal 1
Object required: One tarnished soul, formerly my own, currently property of Lilith
Object desired in trade: One very special Colt, created by Samuel Colt in 1835, when Halley's Comet was overhead

I happened to know the men in possession of the Colt. They were, like most hunters, entirely unreasonable, and not interested in parting with the gun in question for love nor money. Theft, while always an option, wasn’t practical when the Winchesters were always on the move, and kept such a close eye on the Colt. So I needed an in. Luckily, just months before my deadline, they called with a request.

Deal 2
Object required: One very special Colt, created by Samuel Colt in 1835, when Halley's Comet was overhead
Object needed to gain access: African Dream Root

African Dream Root isn’t all that difficult to obtain, but to truly captivate the boys’ interest I would need a more powerful strain, one not grown in the wild. I’d previously dealt with a certain occult practitioner with a green thumb (one of his ancestors was intimate with a satyr, apparently) and a very unusual greenhouse.

Deal 3
Object required: African Dream Root
Object(s) desired in trade: The practitioner in question was engaged in some unsavory spell work for which he required three ingredients.

A) Tresses of a murderess. I needed a trim, anyway.
B) Blood of a virgin. Embarrassingly easy - I just swung by the children’s ward of the nearest hospital, threw on a labcoat, and jabbed the nearest two year-old.
C) Tears of a siren. Now that was more difficult. I’d had satisfactory dealings with a siren before, but this time, when I contacted her, she was rather demanding.

Deal 4
Object required: Tears of a Siren
Service desired in trade: The siren has six sisters who wanted to emigrate to the United States from the old county.

False papers would have been child’s play, but how do you create a passport for someone who will look different to every individual? How do you keep six sirens entertained over a trans-Atlantic journey, when their idea of entertainment involves sex and death?

I just so happened to know a certain wealthy man who was happy to allow the sirens access to the plane he used for his weekly heroin flight, and enough of his poppy field workers to prevent them from bothering the pilot. But he only wanted one thing in return.

Deal 5
Service required: Transportation of six sirens
Object desired in trade: The Shroud of Turin

Well, bugger me with a chainsaw.

Luckily, I’m not a woman who gives up easily. I obtained a cloth of the appropriate age and condition from a certain New York museum, gave my favorite local art forger a lapdance in return for a rush job, and sprinkled enough fairy dust over the damned thing for it to set off an EMF meter.

Shroud of Turin for the sirens’ transportation, sirens’ transportation for her tears, siren’s tears for African Dream Root, which gets me in with the Winchesters so I can get the Colt, the Colt for my soul. Time elapsed, five days.

Hallelujah, I’m saved, right? Wrong. Turns out that bitch Lilith double-crossed me.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 1st, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
Wow. Just... wow. Creative, clever, exciting (with minimal number of words!)... and, in the end, sad.
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks, viking princess! The word limit for the challenge was 600, and I used. every. single. one.
Oct. 1st, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
This was so freaking brilliant, and I just love how you wove it all together. Seriously, everything in this is just brilliant. And it fits so well into canon, that I'd swear it really was going on in the background. Personally, I still think this should've been first, by a long shot.
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
*beams* Next time you watch the episode, you'll know! Thanks, whitereflection!

And 'Covet' was amazing! Dean's deseration really came through, and those wings - I felt an epic mythology and frantic quest-story coalescing around that little gem.
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
BTW, I first got the idea for this one back in the Bela character challenge, never quite sat down to write it in time, and I guess it'd been stewing all these months. Because I wrote the whole damn thing in one sitting Monday morning before work when I realized the deadline was that afternoon!
Oct. 1st, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Nice one! Poor Bela, all that work for nothing...
Oct. 2nd, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
*nods* It's getting so a girl can't even trust a demon these days!
Oct. 1st, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
"A) Tresses of a murderess. I needed a trim, anyway." LOL, I love this line!

That's an amazing look at Bela and her machinations. One trade after another after another. Until the last one just didn't work out the way she planned. Can't trust a demon? You'd think SHE would have know better!
Oct. 2nd, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Hah! Glad you appreciated that line, it's one of my favorites! Bela's an interesting character, working her deals, in many ways a part of the world hunters only see from the outside. I'm glad hoy liked it, tifaching, thanks!
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