Disclaimer: I don't own Winx Club.
Stella came face to face with the man she despised and almost truly hated.
Her ex-fiancée, Zac, was looking at her with a surprised yet smug grin on his face.
Terrifying memories of Zac flooded through Stella's mind. They were engaged in an arranged marriage, but soon, Stella couldn't take it anymore. Zac was always pushing her past her comfort zone; he would always invade her personal space, make derogatory and inappropriate comments, and he even tried to force sex on her. Stella shuddered at the memory.
Brandon was equally surprised by his ex-girlfriend, who he broke up with because she was crazy. She was violent towards other girls and his friends, and she was extremely clingy. It got to the point where she took his mail, read his text messages, and scared off his friends.
"Alice?" asked Brandon, not really believing it.
"You think you can break up with me?" seethed Alice, getting over her initial shock of having Stella and Brandon barge in on them. She was an extremely skinny girl, with short brown hair. She had a pointed face, and she was medium height.
"Look, I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings but we just weren't meant to be." said Brandon.
"We are getting back together!" yelled Alice.
"You've been trying to kill me." Brandon pointed out.
"Out of love." said Alice.
Yup. She was definitely crazy.
"Zac, why are you doing this?" asked Stella.
"Aw, baby don't greet your fiancée like that." said Zac.
Brandon, caught up with his own surprising reveal, tensed at Zac's words.
He whipped around to look at them.
"Fiancée?" he asked.
"No, Brandon! It's not like that." said Stella.
"It's exactly like that." said Zac.
Brandon looked at him. Zac was not attractive. In fact, he was downright ugly. He was not as fit as Brandon, and he had this vibe around him that just shouted creepy.
What does she see in him? Brandon thought.
"I'm her fiancée." said Zac, moving closer to Stella.
"EX -fiancée." said Stella, emphasizing the ex and backing away from him.
"C'mon baby don't be like that." cooed Zac, wrapping his arm around Stella.
Brandon tensed seeing this.
"Let go of me." said Stella. Stella struggled against his grip, but he held on tighter. "Ow! Let go!"
"Let her go!" ordered Brandon. He pushed Zac away from Stella and punched him in the face.
Zac was completely shocked. His nose was gushing blood, and he looked over to Alice for some guidance.
"Tsk tsk Bran. Violence is never the answer." said Alice.
Brandon hated that nickname Alice gave him.
"Like you would know." said Brandon. "When we were dating, I remember you pulverizing this girl just because she was looking at me."
"You can't help a little jealousy." said Alice. "Love does impair your thinking."
"What we had was not love." stated Brandon. "I don't know what it was, but I'm glad it's over."
"What, you think you're happy with her?" she said. "Take a look. She's taken buddy."
Looking over to Stella and Zac, Brandon said, "Care to explain?"
"Listen, it was all an arranged marriage. I didn't want to do it!" explained Stella. "I begged and begged my father to get me out of it, and thankfully he did."
"Ouch, baby that hurt." said Zac, putting his hands over his heart. "We had something special. You rejected me."
"We had nothing." said Stella. "You disgust me."
"Baby, don't be like that." said Zac, getting closer to her again.
"Don't you dare touch me." said Stella, putting a hand out in front of her.
"You mean… like this?" said Zac, stroking her arm.
Stella tensed, and she shot an energy ball at him, sending him flying to the other side of the room.
"What the hell bitch!" yelled Zac as he got up.
"I warned you." stated Stella.
"You are so going to get it." said Zac as he lunged towards Stella.
Seeing this, Alice tensed and transformed into a fairy.
"It's time for the end Brandon." said Alice.
Thus, the fight began.
"I'm taking you down." sneered Zac.
"I would love to see you try." retorted Stella.
He ran towards her, but Stella was too quick for him.
"Solar Burst!" she exclaimed, sending Zac flying to the other side of the room.
Alice wasn't faring any better. Brandon had her cornered, and she knew she was going to lose soon. Seeing how Zac was also being pummeled by Stella, she got an idea.
"You should just give up now and come back to me." said Alice.
"Why would I do that?" asked Brandon.
"Because you won't have anyone else." she said. She then muttered a spell and pointed right at Brandon.
"NO!" screamed Stella, seeing what was happening.
Brandon felt kind of funny. He saw a purple mist surround him, making him feel vulnerable. He then felt like he couldn't control his body anymore.
No! This can't be happening! he thought.
He knew what his body wanted to do, and he didn't like it one bit. He was being controlled to kill Stella.
My work here is done thought Alice, as she reverted back to her regular form.
"Stella run!" Brandon shouted at her.
"No! I'm not leaving you!" said Stella. She was watching in horror as Brandon tried to fight for control of his body, but it was a losing battle.
"Run now!" Brandon shouted again. He couldn't hold on much longer. He was losing control fast.
Stella shot him one desperate look and decided to bolt for it and come back with reinforcements. However, she didn't get that far. Brandon tackled her to the ground, completely out of control of his body.
I have to break this spell thought Stella. Then she remembered.
Fairy dust! she thought. She prepared herself to transform and do the usual routine of sprinkling fairy dust on the victim, but she was interrupted by Brandon smashing her to the ground.
He then grabbed her by the neck and slowly started lifting her up.
In his mind, Brandon was in full blown panic mode. He was desperately trying to break free of this spell, but it was too powerful. He was successful to the point where he didn't snap Stella neck…yet.
"Brandon." choked Stella. She couldn't manage anything louder than that because he was cutting off her air. "Please don't do this."
She was frantically gripping at his hands around her neck in an attempt to loosen his grip, but her efforts were futile.
She looked into his eyes and was dismayed to meet cruel and empty eyes glaring back at her.
"You're about to meet your end, princess." sneered Brandon.
Stella was starting to slip out of consciousness. Her vision was getting blurry and she was seeing spots. Everything was getting darker and fading away.
No! NO! thought Brandon. He was watching Stella slip away at his own actions.
It can't end like this thought Stella as she slipped further into unconsciousness.
She focused the last of her energy. She felt the fairy dust gather around her, covering every inch of her body. She then released her energy, and the fairy dust projected out of her, engulfing Brandon. The fog cleared from Brandon's mind and eased out of his nervous system.
Brandon's grip loosened, and he blinked repeatedly.
He then realized the situation and let go of Stella completely.
Stella gasped for air, finally having a clear airway.
"Stella! Are you alright? I'm so sorry!" said Brandon. He felt terrible and weak for not being able to break Alice's spell.
"I'm… good. Just let me… catch my… breath." Stella panted.
She looked up into his eyes, and once again, they were the familiar warm chocolate brown color she loved.
They then turn around to see Alice staring at them in disbelief.
"What? How did you do that?" she shrieked. She didn't know any fairy who could undo dark spells.
"What? You've never heard of an Enchantix fairy?" asked Stella.
"Yo—you're an Enchan-Enchantix fairy?" stuttered Alice. Now she was in some deep shit. She didn't know she picked a fight with an Enchantix fairy.
Enchantix fairies were the elite of the elite. They were the most powerful. Alice's regular basic fairy form had nothing on Stella's Enchantix form.
Stella then transformed, and Alice was almost quivering in fear.
Alice gulped and took on a look of determination.
"Is that all you got?" huffed Alice, trying to look intimidating but failing miserably. She was practically shaking in her boots.
Alice then transformed.
Stella almost laughed out loud. Alice had nothing on her. Her pathetic excuse of a fairy form was a joke compared to Stella's Enchantix.
"Let's go." said Stella.
Alice attacked first, determined to take Stella down.
"Steam attack!" shouted Alice. Alice was the fairy of water. She could manipulate forms of pure water and readjust it to do what she wanted.
"Double eclipse!" said Stella as she created a barrier between her and the steam.
The steam did not harm Stella, and Alice was getting frustrated. She couldn't hold onto the spell anymore.
"Thanks Alice, I really needed that steam facial." said Stella as the last of the steam died away.
Now it was Stella's turn.
"Solarian Sun Beam!" she shouted.
"Vapor Shield!" defended Alice, but her measly shield couldn't hold up to Stella's attack. "AHHH" she screamed as she felt her shield slipping away.
Alice couldn't take it anymore. Her shield gave way, and she felt the effects of Stella's attack.
Alice was thrown to the ground.
"It's over." said Stella.
Brandon walked up to Stella and put his arms around her.
"Let's get out of here." he said.
Stella nodded. She created a cage to contain Alice and Zac for the authorities to pick them up.
Stella walked out with Brandon, hand in hand.
"Wait!" Stella stopped abruptly.
"What?" asked Brandon.
"We almost left Priscilla!" panicked Stella.
Brandon laughed. One of the many reasons he loved Stella. She always thought about other people.
They returned to their campsite to find Priscilla there waiting for them.
"Hey! How did it go?" asked Priscilla.
"We won!" exclaimed Stella smiling and laughing.
Priscilla laughed with her.
"So how are we going to get back?" asked Stella.
"Don't worry. I've got that covered." answered Brandon. He held up a radio device. "I picked this up back at the cabin and thought it would come in handy."
"Always thinking." smiled Stella and kissed him.
"I'll call the guys back at Red Fountain now." said Brandon.
Stella couldn't hide the relief and elation about finally being able to go back to her friends and above all, back to civilization.
The girls were over at Red Fountain visiting the guys at the time Brandon radioed them.
"Guys, guys be quiet, I'm getting something!" shushed Sky.
The noise died down to welcome the sound of Brandon's voice.
"Hey is anyone there?" they heard Brandon ask.
Cries of "Brandon!" echoed throughout the room.
"Hey guys!" they heard him say.
"Where the hell have you been?" growled Riven.
"Well, guys do you remember Alice?" they heard Brandon ask.
The guys practically shuddered. They remembered Alice alright.
"I'll take that as a yes." said Brandon. "She and this guy named Zac practically abducted us and trapped us on this weird forest. Oh and let's not leave out the part where they tried to kill us"
"Did he say Zac?" asked Bloom.
"Yeah, why?" said Sky.
"Because Zac was Stella's ex-fiancée." replied Musa.
"Is Stella with you?" asked Flora. "Please tell me she is and that she's alright."
"Yeah, Stella's with me, and don't worry, she's fine." answered Brandon.
The girls breathed out sighs of relief with the knowledge that their friend was okay.
"Listen guys, could you bring a squad ship over to pick us up?" asked Brandon. "I'll send you the coordinates."
"Sure buddy." said Nabu.
"Thanks man." said Brandon. "See you guys soon."
"Bye!" everyone said.
"Alright guys. Let's go." said Sky.
The specialists and Nabu then started to walk out of the room to gather everything together.
"Wait a minute." said Layla.
"What?" asked Nabu.
"We're coming with you guys." said Musa.
"No you're not." replied Riven.
"And why not?" challenged Musa.
"Because it's too dangerous." growled Riven.
"And who are you to decide what's too dangerous for me?" asked Musa.
"Because I'm your boyfriend, and...and I don't want to lose you." admitted Riven.
Musa stayed quiet.
"Didn't you hear what Brandon said? They almost died because people tried to kill them. I would prefer it if my girlfriend stayed alive." said Riven, just so Musa would hear.
Musa sighed, unable to fight back. "Fine."
A look of appreciation flashed across Riven's features.
"Thank you." he said.
He was about to leave before he murmured in her ear, "I love you."
Musa smiled. "I love you too. See you when you get back."
Riven flashed her one of his genuine smiles, the kind only Musa could get out of him, and left with the others.
"They're on their way." announced Brandon.
"Oh thank god!" breathed Stella. As much as she liked scrambling for survival in this wretched forest, she really missed her friends, her bed, and ,of course, her shower.
She, Brandon, and Priscilla were sitting together near their campsite waiting for the others to come pick them up in the squad ship.
Stella noticed Priscilla was fidgeting and apprehensive.
"What's wrong?" asked Stella.
"Nothing, it's just… what if no one likes me at Alfea?"
"Don't worry about that." assured Stella. "You'll be fine. You'll fit right in."
"You think?" asked Priscilla.
"I know." smiled Stella. She then turned to Brandon. "Right? We'll fix Priscilla up and find her a hero at Red Fountain."
"Sure, sure." laughed Brandon.
At that moment, a large shadow casted over them. Brandon looked up, and to his relief, he saw the squad ship landing next to them.
The hatch opened and out came Sky, Nabu, Riven, Timmy, and Helia.
Priscilla immediately perked up.
"All taken." said Brandon, noticing her attentiveness at the guys.
Priscilla noticeably slouched a little.
"Don't worry, we'll find you someone who'll be your perfect guy." said Stella.
"Hey man!" exclaimed Sky, as he pulled Brandon in a bro hug.
"Dude am I glad to see you!" said Brandon.
Brandon turned to see the rest of his friends. They all looked at him, and they all engulfed him in a fest full of bro hugs and back patting.
Stella laughed at their celebration.
"Are any of the girls here?" she asked.
"No, they stayed at Alfea. Don't worry we'll get there quickly." said Timmy.
"Okay." said Stella, sounding a little disappointed.
Riven noticed this and went up to her saying, "Sorry, it's kind of my fault they're not here."
"Really? Why?" questioned Stella.
"I asked them not to come." Riven said simply.
Stella caught on. "What's your name?" she asked.
"Riven." replied Riven.
"And which of my best friends are you dating?" asked Stella.
Riven went a little red at that. Stella noticed and raised her eyebrows.
"Musa." he finally said. He grimaced and poised himself for an outburst he'd commonly associated with the Princess of Solaria. He was a tough man, he could take her yelling.
Pft, what's this chick going to do to me? thought Riven. Still, he refused to relax.
However, no screams or outbursts came. Riven stared at her, awaiting her response and tensed when he saw her move. However, the outcome was unexpected. Instead of yelling and making a scene, Stella smiled.
"Good." she said.
Riven was baffled. "Good?" he repeated. Riven knew he wasn't always associated as being a nice guy or a romantic, so why was Musa's best friend happy with her dating a so-called "bad boy"?
"Yup. Good." said Stella. She was about to walk away when she suddenly turned towards him and said, "Musa needs to feel like she matters to someone."
"Don't worry. I will." said Riven, fulfilling an unspoken request.
"Good." repeated Stella.
"Good." mocked Riven, though he was smiling.
Stella smiled goodbye and walked away towards Brandon and the rest of the guys.
She met Priscilla along the way. "Hey come with me to meet the guys." said Stella.
"Okay." replied Priscilla.
Brandon noticed the girls walking toward them.
"Guys, be cool." he ushered.
"Cool is my middle name." joked Nabu.
Brandon rolled his eyes. "Seriously, I don't want you scaring this one away."
Stella and Priscilla walked up to them.
"Hey! Let me introduce you to the guys." said Brandon. "This is Sky," he pointed at the blond haired one.
"Nice to meet you, your Highness." greeted Sky and offering his hand to shake. "Hello." he said towards Priscilla.
"Just Stella's fine." laughed Stella. "Hi." She shook his hand.
Priscilla blushed and shook his hand as well.
"This, here, is Timmy." said Brandon, while giving Timmy's back a good hard pat.
"Oomph! Uh…h-hi!" stuttered Timmy as he readjusted his glasses.
"Hi." smiled Stella and Priscilla.
"This is Nabu." said Brandon, gesturing at the man with dark brown hair.
"Hey." said Nabu, giving her a small salute.
"Hi." said Stella.
Priscilla was practically drooling from the Specialists.
"This, here, is Helia." said Brandon, signaling towards the man with long dark hair and a fair complexion.
"Hello." greeted Helia. "Nice to meet you."
"Likewise." said Stella.
"Hi." managed Priscilla.
Brandon saw Riven make his way towards them.
"And I think you've already met Riven." said Brandon.
"Yeah I did." said Stella.
"Riven, this is Priscilla." said Brandon, hoping his friend wouldn't be too rude to the new girl.
Riven gave a curt nod towards Priscilla before asking, "So can we go now?"
"Yeah. Come aboard." said Timmy, making his way towards the ship.
"Finally we'll be able to go back." said Stella as she sat down next to Brandon.
"Yeah." said Brandon.
The trip home was not too eventful. Brandon and Stella retold their adventures, and the guys in return told them of the happenings at Red Fountain. They didn't really know too much of what had happened at Alfea, so Stella was still left in the dark. The girls had gone back to Alfea, so thye were headed there now.
When they were close to Alfea, Stella was practically bouncing in her seat.
"Whoa there." laughed Brandon.
"What?" asked Stella, practically beaming. "I'm excited. Sue me."
"You know what I'm excited about?" asked Brandon, leaning in to her.
"What?" asked Stella, slyly.
"Getting to spend more time with you and taking you out on proper dates." murmured Brandon. He was so close to her face now.
"Really now?" asked Stella. She coyly glanced up at him. He leaned even closer to her. Their lips brushed against each others.
"Hey lovebirds!" interrupted Riven. "Get a room!"
Brandon cursed under his breath, causing Stella to laugh.
"Don't worry. We'll pick this up later." hinted Stella.
Brandon smiled. "Will we now?"
"Excited are we now?" asked Stella.
"Sue me." mocked Brandon.
Stella gave him a quick kiss and pulled away too soon for Brandon's liking.
"And we are landing!" announced Timmy as he piloted the ship to the ground.
The squad ship shuddered as it hit the ground.
The hanger opened and Stella rushed out to be greeted by her best friends.
"STELLA!" screamed the girls.
Stella had tears of joy as she looked at each face of her friends.
"I've missed you so much." she choked.
"Stella, you don't know how much we've missed you." cried Bloom. She had tears dripping down her face.
"You had us so worried." said Flora, tears shining in her eyes.
"That's messed up how you got abducted!" said Musa, trying to hide her tears but in the end, unsuccessful.
"Tell us what happened." said Layla.
"Yes. It's highly unlikely that it happen to anyone. What caused your test to go wrong?" asked Tecna.
Stella told her friends of how the vortex in the quad carried her and Brandon to this unknown forest filled with blood-thirsty ex-girlfriends and murderous envious people. She told them of how she almost died, but Brandon took care of her and saved her. She then told them of how she and Brandon worked together to try and find out who imprisoned them on the island and was trying to kill them.
"That's horrible!" Musa.
"I'm okay though." reassured Stella.
"Thank you for looking out for her." said Bloom, turning towards Brandon.
"It was nothing." shrugged Brandon.
"No, it was really brave, and we don't know what we would have done if something had happened to Stella." said Flora.
Neither do I thought Brandon.
"You saved her Brandon." said Layla.
"To be honest, she saved me." said Brandon.
"He's just being modest." said Stella, walking up to him. He put his arms around her and smiled.
"It's the truth." he said.
"Well no matter, we're glad you're both okay." said Tecna.
"I can't believe Zac did this to you!" raged Musa.
"Well he is crazy." said Stella.
"Whatever happened to Zac and Alice?" asked Nabu.
"They were picked up by the Light Haven guards." answered Brandon.
The group exchanged knowing glances. They knew of three certain witches who were sent to Light Haven. They then burst out laughing.
"I can just imagine Zac being surrounded by positive people and fluffy bunnies!" managed Stella through her laughter. She was holding her stomach and wiping away tears of laughter.
"Alice will probably go crazy….er!" laughed Brandon. All the guys who knew Alice burst into a new fit of laughter.
When the group calmed down, they noticed a certain fairy who felt out of place.
"Hi, I'm Flora. What's your name?" asked Flora.
"My name is Priscilla." said Priscilla.
"My name's Musa! Nice to meet you." said Musa.
Priscilla managed a shy smile.
"Hey, don't be shy. We're all friends here." said Stella as she draped an arm over Priscilla's shoulders.
"Yeah. You're just one of us." said Musa.
"Really?" smiled Priscilla.
"Yeah." said Bloom. "Stella said you wanted a makeover?"
"Let's head back to the dorms, and we'll give you a complete makeover." said Bloom.
"Okay!" exclaimed Priscilla.
The Winx said bye to their boyfriends and lead Priscilla towards their dorm rooms.
"You coming Stell?" asked Layla.
"Yeah, I'll be right with you." replied Stella.
Brandon had taken her hand and was leading her away to a corner by the fountain of Alfea.
"So is it later yet?" he prompted.
Stella laughed. "Hmm… I'm going to have to think about that."
"For how long?" asked Brandon, practically making her melt with those puppy dog eyes of his.
"I'm going to have to think long and hard." dragged on Stella. She noticed Brandon leaning in. She teasingly brushed her lips against his.
"You're killing me." groaned Brandon.
Stella flashed him a dazzling smile, leaving him flustered.
"Well, we can't have that happen can we?" said Stella.
"No, we can't." answered Brandon.
He couldn't take it anymore. Stella was just too inviting. Her face, her body, her scent, her voice. They were all driving Brandon crazy. He grabbed her, taking her by surprise, and kissed her with enough passion to cause an avalanche.
"I love you." he said as he pulled away from her, breathless. Brandon couldn't believe how lucky he was. Here, in his arms, was the most perfect girl in all the realms. Someone who made him happy. Someone he could relate to past physical appeal. Someone he loved.
"I love you too." said Stella, feeling the utmost truth behind those words. She really, truly, loved him. She was elated. He was hers, and he was in love with her. At first, she never thought someone like him would even notice Stella in her disguised state back on Earth, but he did. He made her feel safe, secure, and most of all, loved.
She was his, and he was hers. Together, they made sense. Together, they were happy. Together, they had love.
Well, that's the end. Sorry for the long wait for the last chapter. Thanks for all the reviews and support to keep me motivated to finish this story. I've already got a bunch of ideas in my mind for new stories, so look out for those. This was a great ride, and I had a fun time writing it.
See you in the next story :)