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Certain Sacrifices [PG-13] Gabriel/Bela

Fandom: Supernatural
Characters: Bela, Gabriel (aka Loki)
Rating: PG-13
Author's Notes: Written for the spn_bitesized Bela Challenge to jena's Gabriel/Bela prompt.
Spoilers: Mild spoilers for seasons 3-5.
Length: 828 words
Disclaimer: These characters belong to the CW.
Summary: Bela's running out of time on her Deal. There's only one chance left - to invoke a god who can find a loophole in anything.

Everything was ready.

Bowls of alder, mullein, and mistletoe smoldered at three equilateral points around the ritual circle. Every stroke of the fuþark runes was perfect. Bela’s Siamese cat, Chai, lay drugged and snoring on the slate altar, ready for the iron dagger she clutched tight in her hand. For a moment, she debated going out and finding some stray. Chai was probably the only living thing that would actually care if she got dragged down to Hell. But that was what made it a true Sacrifice.

Bela had two days left. She’d tried to trade the Colt for her soul, but Lilith had screwed her over. This, an ancient ritual to invoke Loki, was her last chance. If there was any loophole in her Deal, He could find it.

Bela knelt before the altar. She began the long chant in Old Norse, finished it flawlessly, and began again. On the third repetition Bela felt its power build, but she kept going. Bela’s throat grew sore and the words blurred to meaninglessness, but she repeated the chant again and again. Nine was the most holy number in Norse mythology. Yggdrasil supported nine worlds. The sacred valknut held nine points. Odin hung as a sacrifice for nine days and nine nights.

The smoke from the sacred herbs hung thick in the air. The traffic sounds of the city fell away into silence as Bela gasped out the final words of the ninth repetition and stabbed the dagger down towards her cat’s still form.

The dagger clattered jarringly on an empty piece of slate. Bela froze. Behind her, a cat purred. Bela turned around slowly.

“Points for authenticity,” said the man holding her cat, “but I was never all that fond of blood sacrifices.”

He was unprepossessing, a slim white male dressed in bargain-basement clothing. Chai happily kneaded her paws against his chest as he cradled her in his arms.

“Loki?” Bela asked.

He cocked his head. “I should hope so, with all the effort you went through to summon me. Did you know that no one’s attempted that ritual for over 300 years?”

Yes, she was very bloody aware. She’d blown most of her remaining cash and a decade’s worth of favors on the references to get it done properly. Bela stood up, smoothed down her skirt, and found she was right at eye-level with the god. “I thought you’d be taller.”

Loki smirked.

Bela found herself getting irritated. “Seriously - you’re the most notorious shape shifter in human history, and this is the look you go for?”

He shrugged. “I’m incognito. The world’s not so pagan-friendly these days, and even my fellow gods keep trying to chain me up in nasty places. I mean, I could transform into a mare or something, if you really want, but I don’t think your carpets would survive the experience.”

“No, that’s … that’s fine.”

Chai meowed imperiously. Loki let her down. She twined around his ankles, scent-marking the god as her own, and then headed for her water dish.

Bela made up her mind not to pussy-foot around anymore. “Look, I made a Deal with a crossroads demon a few years back, and it comes due in a few days. Can you get me out of it?”

His eyes narrowed. “Maybe. What’s in it for me?”

She smiled. “Me.” Bela sauntered towards the little god, slow and sensual, stopping just a few inches away from him. She took a deep breath, and like magic, his eyes dropped to her cleavage. He reached to cup her breast but somehow his hand slipped inside her. A sudden, brutal pain ripped through her. Before she could scream it was over.

Loki licked at his fingers. “Hmm. Lilith’s got a claim on your soul. And …” He sucked thoughtfully on a fingertip. “Have you been playing with the Winchesters?”

“Why? Are they yours?” Sam and Dean certainly caused enough chaos to be worshippers of Loki.

“Oh no,” he said, stepping away from her, hands held up as if to deny the very possibility. “My brothers called dibs there a long time ago. But I’ve had a few run-ins with them. Those boys are a handful. It might be a little easier to shove them in the right direction with your help. Plus,” he grinned nastily, “screwing with Lilith? Always good for a laugh.”

“So it’s agreed?” Bela asked. “You’ll remove Lilith’s claim on my soul in return for … how does ten years service sound?”

“Like quite a deal, considering that you’re facing down an eternity of hellfire,” Loki answered drily. “But, sure, why be greedy? We can always renegotiate in ten years time. You just might find that you like working for me.”

“Deal,” Bela said, and gestured gracefully towards her bed. “Shall we?”

“I’ll have to replace her claim with my own,” Loki warned her, unbuttoning his shirt. “It’s gonna hurt like Hell.”

Bela shrugged. “I’m a big girl. I can take it.”

Comments

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darth_firefly
Apr. 18th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oooh.. this was awesome! Will there be more? +hopeful look+ please?
keerawa
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
Oh, that would call for real porn. Or real plot. Or both! I'm not intending on a sequel right now, but if either Gabriel or Bela let's me in on what happens next, I'll be sure to pass it along. Thanks, darth_firefly!
tifaching
Apr. 18th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
That was perfectly characterized for both of them! Bela would kill her cat and the Trickster would save it. He was wonderfully snarky and "I thought you'd be taller."!

Now that was a bit of brilliant casting. I just love him in that role.

And Bela working for the Trickster. The world doesn't know what's about to hit it!
keerawa
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:14 am (UTC)
"I thought you'd be taller."
*snickers* I looked it up - they're exactly the same height!

Richard Speight Jr. is the PERFECT Trickster. He was my favorite panel at Vancon last summer.

They would make quite a splash, wouldn't they? Thanks, Ti!
mizface
Apr. 19th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
Okay, so I didn't know i wanted this until I read it, and now I want more! I love the way you've woven in his powers, and the "brothers" reference. and of course th efact that she knows Sam and Dean is what makes the difference!

Most excellent, keerawa (except now I miss the Trickster even more)!
keerawa
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
I didn't know i wanted this until I read it, and now I want more!
That is a WONDERFUL compliment, mizface, thank you! I didn't realize, when I posted this fic, what a tease it was. Gabriel's brothers totally called dibs.

The beautiful thing about fanfic is that wwe can bring him back anytime we want!
riais
Apr. 19th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
Love where this is heading. I hope you plan on continuing? Characterizations were spot on and I really enjoyed the detail. Nice!
keerawa
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
If the characters let me know what happens next, I'll pass it along. I've just got no clue at the moment. I'm happy that they felt in-character to you. And the details! I spent 45 minutes researching Loki, and the herbs and rituals associated with him.
auroramama
Apr. 19th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
More, please!
keerawa
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Both Bela and Gabriel are being cagey about what they got up to next. If I find out, I'll certainly write a sequel. Thanks for teh comment!
vanillafluffy
Apr. 19th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Love it! (And like everybody else, I'd love to see more!)


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keerawa
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, vanillafluffy, I'll see what I can do.
denazia
Apr. 19th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
I like this! GabrielLoki and Bela? Brilliant! This is totally a pairing I would've loved to have seen on Show. If only for the snark fest it would have created :) Bela was so totally under used on Show; she could've been a great nemesis for the boys but alas it was not to be.
keerawa
Apr. 19th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
VAST amounts of snark. They were both a bit under-used, to my mind, but that's what fanfic's for! Thanks, denazia!
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keerawa
Apr. 19th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
blurriness of ethics
*laughs* Absolutely! Did you notice that, when Bela asks if he's Loki, Gabriel never actually answers her?

Gabriel would definitely find some creative uses for Bela's talents.
scyllaya
Apr. 20th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Very interesting, Bela is the type of chick Gabe likes if I think of Kali.

It would be interesting to read more :)
keerawa
Apr. 20th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree! Kali and Bela - Gabriel like to watch the fireworks! Thanks, scyllaya!
wolfish_willow
May. 1st, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
Dude, you know she's gonna end up staying with him after the ten years. I... didn't even know I could read this pairing and OMG, <3
keerawa
May. 1st, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
I suspect she will! They'd be quite the pair, eh? Thanks, wolfish_willow!
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