Who We Are: Chapter 5

Title: Who We Are

Autor: killianthehero / maiqu20

Rating: T for now

Word Count:  8,083 (33,532)

Pairing: Bellarke

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Summary: Wrong information and misunderstandings can break even the strongest of couples. Bellamy and Clarke had a relationship back on the ark until one day it all stopped. Now it’s a year later and they are on the ground trying to figure out where they stand with each other, what really happened and how in the world are they going to protect the rest of the 100 from the threats of the earth and the threats from the arc.

AN: Sorry about the small delay I got caught up in a post-finale Bellamy/Finn bromance oneshot that I just had to write! It’s out now and it’s called Working Together.

Hope you enjoy this chapter! Thanks for those that review, reblog and/or like… You’re amazing and love you..Oh one last thing kind of important the Bellarke scenes and other characters scenes (wells, octavia etc) in the first part of the chapter are happening simultaneously until they meet up.

Ch 5

Raven was floating above the earth’s atmosphere- she needed to check everything was alright and that all the systems were ready for the decent.  Everything seemed great, of course the final test would be the landing, but her chances looked more than good from where she stood. For the first time, she was glad Abby was Gabriel’s daughter because it meant the part they got for him worked perfectly.

“Here goes nothing,” Raven muttered as her pod started it’s decent into the earth below. She just hoped she landed near the 100 so she could radio back quickly.

-*-*-

When Clarke woke up she felt completely rested, it had been the best night’s sleep she had had in a long time. She didn’t even know what time it was, which was strange because ever since they had gotten to earth they had always woken up early. All she knew was that is was probably past dawn. She turned next to her to see Bellamy still sound asleep. He looked so peaceful when he was asleep, like he didn’t have the weight of the world on his shoulders. She got out of the bed, careful not to wake him up- he deserved to sleep a little more.

She looked around and found a sketchbook and a few color pencils and for the first time since arriving on earth she was truly inspired to draw something. She sat down on a chair in front of the bed and just started sketching,  losing herself in her drawing, completely unaware of what was going on outside.

-*-*-

Everyone had seen the dropship come down to earth and they wondered who or what it could be. Would it be supplies or something along those lines? Finn, Wells, Connor, Jasper, Miller and Octavia were gathered in the discussions tent to find out what to do with it.

“If it cleared the ridge it’s probably near the lake,” Connor pointed out.

“Anyone heard from Clarke and Bellamy?” Finn wondered.

“It’s not that we can’t find them, it’s that no one wants to go into his tent in case…” Connor said, trying to find the words.

“In case they are both naked and Bellamy kills you for looking?” Octavia joked.

“Something like that,” Miller muttered.

“Well everyone is ready- we should get going,” Octavia told them.

“I don’t know if we should go out there at this hour, it’s still completely dark out, could be dangerous,” Wells said. “It might be better to head out at first light.”

Miller and Connor left the tent and Octavia turned to Wells, “Everyone for a 100 miles saw this thing come down, what if the grounders get to it first?”

“Octavia, it’s dangerous and Bellamy would kill us if something happened to you,” Wells told her, but all he got in response was Octavia storming out of the tent in anger. Jasper looked at both Wells and Finn and thought something was off, so he acted like he left after Octavia but followed after them as they left the tent. The two of them walked a bit away from camp and Jasper hid behind a shrub to listen to their conversation.

“Want to tell me why you riled up Octavia like that?” Finn asked.

“Bellamy is not in his tent,” Wells responded.

“So what?” Finn asked, confused as to why it was important. So Bellamy wasn’t in his tent maybe he was with Clarke. If both of them were gone, well let’s just say Finn had an idea of what they could be doing.

“He has spent every minute since we landed making sure the ark thinks we are dead. As Octavia pointed out, everyone saw and heard that come down, there’s no way he didn’t.”

“Do you really think he’d do something to sabotage it though? I don’t think Clarke would be okay with that,” Finn replied. He didn’t trust Bellamy- not even a little bit, but he saw the way the older boy acted around Clarke, and there’s no way he’d sabotage something that was so important to his girlfriend. Finn didn’t think Bellamy was that stupid, no matter what his agenda  was.

“She probably has no idea,” Wells commented. “We need to get there before he does- so are you with me or not?”

“I’m with you,” Finn told him. He still didn’t quite believe it but he figured Wells would need someone to watch his back, and in this case it was Finn. Jasper came out of hiding when they were both gone and hurried back to camp- he had to tell Octavia what the other  two were up to.

-*-*-

Bellamy woke up completely at ease, but when he turned to hug Clarke she wasn’t there. Where was she? He kept looking around until he heard a giggle from behind him. He turned around and saw Clarke sitting in a chair drawing.

“Good morning sleeping beauty,” Clarke said.

“Why didn’t you wake me?” he mumbled, rubbing his eyes, trying to fully wake up.

“You looked so peaceful it would have been a crime to wake you, so I settled on something more productive,” she joked, showing him her new sketchbook.

“Why don’t you come back to bed?” he asked, pouting.

“I’m working,” Clarke said, not looking up from her sketch. That’s when he reached forward and tugged her back into the bed.

“Bellamy Blake what do you think you are doing?”

“Bringing you back to bed with me,” Bellamy said, smirking. He took her sketchbook and started looking through it, his face taking on an awed look as he did.

“Bellamy, are you okay?”

“Is this how you see me?” Bellamy asked.

“I draw what I see- you know that.”

“You are amazing and seriously talented; you make me look better than I am you know.”

“Modesty- that’s a new one,” Clarke joked.

“Maybe you should do this more often,” he said, referring to the sketchbook. “What was the line from the movie you and O liked? ‘Draw me like one of your French girls’?”

“You’re an idiot. I can’t believe you remember that,” Clarke muttered, laughing as she grabbed the sketchbook and  put it on the floor next to the bed. “If you’re lucky maybe I will.”

“Good. Now where were we?” Bellamy muttered.

“You were talking about me coming back to bed,” Clarke said as she lay on his chest.

“Oh right,” he said as he started kissing her neck.

“We’re going to have to get out soon- we can’t stay here all day.”

“I know,” he mumbled, but didn’t stop what he was doing.

“If both of us go missing for a  too long Octavia  will probably send a search party, or the camp  will go up in flames.”

“I’m doing some of my best work and you’re just talking through it you know?”

“I’m sorry Mr. Bond, but we are the leaders, we have to be the responsible ones, you know?” Clarke remarked and Bellamy stopped what he was doing and stared her right in the eyes. “What?”

“It’s been a long time since I’ve heard that nickname.”

“Oh, if you want I’ll…” Clarke trailed off.

“No, it’s okay- I missed it,” Bellamy told her, earning one of Clarke’s trademark smiles in return. “You’re right- we do need to be responsible, but will you let me take you somewhere and then after that we’ll go back to being the responsible ones? How does that sound?”

“You drive a hard bargain- where are we going?”

“That’s a surprise princess. Come on- get dressed and let’s go.” He gave her a kiss on the cheek and started putting his clothes on. She just laughed and started getting dressed as well, putting the sketchbook and some of the art equipment in her bag for later use. Clarke saw him store something in his pack but thought nothing of it. She had no idea what he had planned, but it was definitely something good, he had that mischievous smile on his face that she had only seen on occasion.

-*-*-

Raven was waking up from the landing. Everything seemed to be in working order and she hadn’t crashed- which she saw as a good thing. Her head was pounding though; she reached up and saw there was a bit of blood.

“Oh fuck,” she muttered. Suddenly the door opened and a guy was there.

“Holy…- are you okay?” he asked.

“Hi, I made it?” she asked and the guy nodded, helping her out of the dropship.

“I’m Wells,” he said as she took off  her spacesuit and started walking on the earth. Raven just wanted to take all of it in- it was beautiful and smelled like home.
“Right, Jaha’s son. I’m Raven,” Raven said introducing herself, “I dreamed it would smell like this. Is this rain?”

Wells laughed and nodded, “Welcome home.”

Before Raven could say something else she heard a voice she had been longing to hear for a very long time.

“Raven!” Finn exclaimed, running towards her and they embraced.

“I knew you couldn’t be dead.”

“You’re bleeding,” Finn commented.

“I don’t care,” Raven said as she leaned in and kissed him, just in time for Octavia and Jasper to catch up to them.

“What’s going on here?” Octavia asked. Who was Finn kissing? A couple of days ago he had been trailing after Clarke like a puppy and now he was kissing someone else?

“This is my girlfriend Raven,” Finn admitted, much to the shock of the other three.

“Huh, pleasure to meet you. I’m Jasper and this is Octavia,” Jasper said, being the first to make a move. He exchanged a look with Octavia and she went forward and greeted the other girl.

“No offense, but how did you get here?” Wells wondered.

“You know that big scraphole- the one on K deck?” Raven told them, but more specifically Finn.

“You built that from scratch?” Finn asked, impressed at his girlfriend’s actions.

“I rebuilt it,” Raven admitted and Finn laughed. “Please like that’s hard? Just  needed a couple parts and some love.”

“Raven you are insane,” Finn said, laughing.

“I’d do more for you and worse, just like you’ve done for me,” Raven said, and then started  losing her balance. Finn got her to sit down on a log while Wells got a piece of cloth out of his pack and handed it to Finn.

“If Clarke were here she’d say to put pressure on the wound you know,” Octavia pointed out

“Clarke? She’s alive?” Raven asked, standing up and going towards Octavia and Jasper.

“Yeah she’s alive last I checked,” Jasper remarked.

“Why do you want to know?” Octavia asked cautiously. She didn’t want any surprises and with a random girl  coming down from the ark and  starting to ask about Clarke, she wasn’t taking any chances.

“This is all because of her mom. We were going to come down together- we waited… Oh my god, we couldn’t wait because the council is voting whether to kill 300 people to save air,” Raven recalled as everything came back to her.

“When?” Finn asked.

“Today, we have to tell them you’re alive,” Raven exclaimed, going back into the ship but  not finding the radio  in its usual place. “The radio is gone- it must have gotten loose during re-entry.”

“We all know what happened here. He took it, he must have,” Wells said, and started into the forest looking for Bellamy.

“You don’t know that!” Octavia exclaimed following after him. “You touch him you’re a dead man Jaha.”

“What’s going on here?” Raven asked.

“I’ll explain later,” Finn told her.

“I’m thinking we should probably go before a murder happens,” Jasper commented.

“Good point,” Finn said, grabbing Raven’s hand and following after the rest

-*-*-

“Before we get there I have something for you.”

“What is it?” Clarke wondered as Bellamy took something out of his pack. It was a knife very similar to Bellamy’s own, and he put it in her hands. “Bell what is it?”

“Princess, I thought you were smarter than that- it’s a knife. I figure I’m not always going to be there and you need a way to protect yourself- which I know you’re more than capable of but I wanted you to have a weapon of your own.”

“You made this?” Clarke asked, awed  at the craftsmanship, it had her initials CK engraved in the handle.

“Yeah, I did,” he said, scratching at the back of his neck.

“I love it,” she said, putting it inside her pack and putting her arms around him, she leaned in and kissed him, “thank you.”

“You’re welcome princess…Now let’s go- we are burning daylight,” Bellamy said, once again taking the lead in their trek.

“Bellamy Blake, can you please tell me where we are going?” Clarke said, running behind.

“We’re almost there,” Bellamy responded as they reached where they were going.

“Where?” she asked, and he turned around before she could see a thing and put his hands on her eyes. “Bell what are you doing?”

“It’s a surprise… Let me surprise you,” Bellamy told her as she felt him guide her until they stopped. “We’re here,” he said as he took his hands off and she opened her eyes to see a beautiful clearing. The water was the clearest blue she had seen since she had been on earth. She turned around with an awed expression on her face.

“What is this? How did you find it?”

“It’s a lake, princess,” he said smirking at her. “Spacewalker isn’t the only one that can find hidden spots- and before you ask, there’s no sea monsters here- I checked.”

“This is incredible,” she said, putting her arms around his neck.

”Well take your clothes off and jump in.”

“We can’t swim!”

“We’ve read all about it; we know the mechanics- we just need to work at it,” Bellamy said as he took of his clothes,  putting them next to his pack and jumping in. She took  off her shirt and her pants so she was in her underwear.

“Are you getting in or not? Take them off or I’ll take them off for you,” he said, splashing in the water.

“You’d like that wouldn’t you?”

“You know I would.”

When she was turned around he got out of the water and took her in his arms bride style.

“Bellamy Blake don’t you dare!” Clarke warned, but he just smirked at her, and before she knew it he had jumped into the water. When they resurfaced she splashed him, “I hate you!”

“Sure you do darling,” he said, laughing and then she just splashed his face. His hair got all curly and got in his face- he looked so cute, she just started laughing.

“Enjoying yourself?”

“Yeah I am… This was a good find.”

“I told you so,” he said, hugging her from behind.

“This could be our new place,” she told him softly, turning around so they were face to face.”

“As you wish princess,” he responded and he kissed her. “Want to do something probably reckless?”

“Probably?” Clarke laughed; knowing Bellamy it would be a bit more than probably.

“Well I’m not too sure if it is or not.”

“What is it?” she asked curiously.

“Want to have sex in a lake?” he asked, and the only answer he got was a kiss…

“Did that answer your question or are you waiting until we’re old and wrinkly?”

“Your wish is my command princess,” he said as they started kissing, once again getting lost in each other.

-*-*-

“Come out here you coward! Stop hiding!” Wells exclaimed, looking everywhere for Bellamy.

“You don’t know if he took it or not!” Octavia screamed.

“Who else would have done something so stupid and selfish??” Wells said, getting in her face about it. He didn’t trust either of the Blakes and he didn’t know why Clarke did- all he knew is that they were trouble. Right now it seemed as if Bellamy had practically sent 300 people to their deaths with his idiotic stance of being against communication with the ark.

“It could have been a mechanical error or it could have gotten loose on it’s own- he wasn’t even in camp when we saw it come down!” Octavia fought back.

“Open your eyes! He’s not the person you think he is!” Wells exclaimed, getting a bit too in her face for Jasper’s liking. He quickly got in between them and pushed Wells back.

“Hey- back off Wells!! Stop being so quick to judge- we don’t know what happened,” Jasper told him as Finn and Raven caught up to them. “For the record- leave her alone- alright?”

“Guys let’s just find them and not point fingers, okay?” Finn asked, as they started screaming for Clarke and Wells kept screaming a bit of profanities instead of screaming the older Blake’s name.

-*-*-

“Did you hear that?” Clarke muttered as she heard shouting from the trees.

“Hear what?” Bellamy mumbled as he kept kissing her

“I thought I heard something,” Clarke said- then they heard shouting again. This time Bellamy reacted.

“Okay now I heard that.”

“It sounds like Wells,” Clarke told him.

“Let’s get dressed,” Bellamy said, getting out and holding a hand for her to get out. “Why don’t you get dressed and I’ll go on ahead. You’ve got your knife?”

“I’ve got it,” she said, showing him the gift he had just given her.

“Guess we’ve got to go back to reality.”

“I guess so.”

“At least I’m pretty sure we were the first people to have sex in a lake or any water source here in 97 years.”

“You’re such a romantic,” Clarke said sarcastically, but she had a smile on her face so he knew she had appreciated the comment.

“Only with you,” he said, giving her a kiss on the head. “I’ll go on ahead see what’s up- catch up when you are ready.”

-*-*-

Abby couldn’t let this happen- she needed to give Raven more time- she was just at a loss as to how. Thelonious was ready to sacrifice himself and everything was going to hell. Then it came to her- Jake’s video- she needed to show it to the public. It would finally see the light of day, as it probably should have a long time ago. She should have listened to him, if she had maybe she could have spared herself a bit of the pain, but it was too late to look back. She needed to do this and quick.

-*-*-

Bellamy walked in the direction of the screams until he came across the group and leaned against a tree.

“Hello Jaha, you rang?” he asked, smirking.

“You bastard! Where is it?” Wells exclaimed, going towards Bellamy almost as if he was going to hit him, but Finn held him back.

“Where’s what?” Bellamy asked. What had he done now? He hadn’t done anything noteworthy as of late, well except for making his girlfriend come apart back at the bunker and later at the lake but he probably shouldn’t mention that.

“Stop smirking, you asshole! They are getting ready to kill 300 people up there up there and I can guarantee you it won’t be council members- it’ll be working people, your people,” Wells told him, getting away from Finn and getting in Bellamy’s face.

“Where’s the radio Bellamy?” Finn asked him, coming up to them and pushing Bellamy back.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Bellamy said, pushing Finn in response to him pushing Bellamy.

“Bellamy Blake?  The ark  is looking everywhere for you,” Raven pointed out.

“Shut up,” Bellamy responded. This was not good- in  a matter of minutes his perfect day had gone to hell. This random chick knew something and honestly he’d never seen her before. Where had she come from? And how did she know what he did?

“Looking for him why?” Octavia asked, and Bellamy just knew this would not go well.

“He shot Chancellor Jaha,” Raven said nonchalantly.

“That’s why you took the wristbands, needed everyone to think we were dead,” Wells hissed.

“All that, ‘Now we can do whatever the hell we want,’ you spouted. You just  cared about saving your own skin,” Finn admonished.

“Bell is that true?” Octavia muttered, her lip quivering a little bit as she held on to Jasper’s arm. Her brother wasn’t a murderer, he couldn’t be a murderer. He was her protector, her big brother. Bellamy couldn’t take the accusations anymore; he needed to get out of there. He started walking away when Raven caught up with him.

“Hey! Shooter! Where is it?” Raven demanded, and Bellamy felt himself get pushed against a tree,  a knife  suddenly at his throat. He could hear his sister exclaim profanities but he chose to dwell on the fact that there was a knife at his throat. Yes- this day was going spectacularly well for him. “Where is my radio?”

Unbeknownst to any of them, Clarke had just reached the group and saw someone  she’d never met with a knife at Bellamy’s throat. This was not even near okay. She discretely walked up to them and they paid no attention to her. They were all focused on Bellamy and the girl. Good. She pulled out her knife and placed the tip of it at the girl’s back.

“I have no idea who you are, but if you don’t remove your knife from my boyfriend’s throat, you’ll understand the literal version of the phrase ‘A knife in my back.’ And I was a medical apprentice before I got locked up, so trust that I know exactly where it hurts,” she whispered at the girl and saw Bellamy smirking at her.

“Clarke!” Wells exclaimed- shocked at his friend’s actions- but she ignored him. Finn looked shocked as well. Jasper and Octavia just looked impressed, and, if she was not mistaken and when it came to this she usually never was, Bellamy just looked turned on.

“You have 5 seconds…” Clarke warned, as she started counting down, “5…4…3…2…” Then the knife on Bellamy’s throat was dropped. “Good girl,” she said, putting her own knife back in her pocket as the girl walked towards Finn.  She just reached over and hugged Bellamy.

“That was totally sexy- I love your protective side,” Bellamy muttered into her ear but Clarke just smirked at him, then grabbed her hands and placed Bellamy behind her before she faced the group. “Anyone want to tell me what the hell is going on? Who the fuck is she,  why was she threatening Bellamy, and why weren’t any of you doing anything about it?”

“Ask your boyfriend,” Wells countered, and Clarke shot Bellamy an inquiring look.

“I’m just as confused as you are- I have never seen her in my life, cadet’s honor,” Bellamy answered, holding his right hand up.

“What about the other thing?” Octavia asked softly.

“What other thing?” Clarke inquired.

“He shot my father,” Wells announced, expecting Clarke to back away from Bellamy. What he got was the opposite, she just held him closer to her. Oh my god, she knew, “but you knew that already. How could you? I know we haven’t been friends for a long time, but how just how?” Wells muttered, trying to come up with a reason why Clarke wouldn’t tell him this or why she’d be with Bellamy after knowing this.

“Jaha deserved to die, you all know that,” Bellamy exclaimed, pulling the attention away from Clarke. He didn’t like the way they were looking at her; she was not going to pay for his mistakes.

“Yeah, he’s not my favorite person either, but he’s not dead,” Raven said, clearing the air, shocking everyone again.

“What?” Bellamy argued, Jaha wasn’t dead? Could it be possible?

“You’re a lousy shot,” Raven told him, and she saw relief coming from him. She was beginning to think Wells and Finn were wrong, because this guy didn’t seem to know anything about her radio or her. Of course, he could just be a great actor, but somehow she doubted that.

“Bellamy, see! I told you the probabilities of him being alive were good,” Clarke said, walking up to him and hugging him. He let himself be hugged, he wasn’t a killer. He wasn’t a killer. “You’re not a killer Bell, you’re not- I told you so.”

“Yeah you did, Princess,” he said as he hugged her back. She gave him a kiss on the cheek and turned back to the group.

“Now that we settled that, can we go back to who you are and how you got here?” Clarke asked as they walked back towards the group.

“I’m Raven Reyes, Finn’s girlfriend, and I’m guessing you’re Clarke Griffin,” Raven said, introducing herself. Clarke was definitely not what she had expected. “I came down in the pod that just arrived.”

“What pod?” Bellamy asked, and they all turned to look at him confused.

“The pod that came down around dawn today? You couldn’t have missed it, it made a lot of noise and everyone for 100 miles saw it,” Octavia clarified. She was still confused and a bit mad at her brother, but that could wait.

“We were inside the bunker,” Clarke told them.

“And you didn’t wake up to strange noises? I find that hard to believe, you two are early risers,” Wells pointed out.

“Okay- the point is that your mom and I came up with this plan because the council is voting on whether to kill 300 people.  We need to tell the ark that you’re alive and we need to do it fast.”

“Then what are we standing around for?” Clarke questioned.

“According to them, your boy has the radio,” Raven told her.

“What?” Bellamy asked, shocked.

“That’s impossible,” Clarke said.

“He’s the only one that makes sense Clarke,” Wells told her.

“He hasn’t left my side since last night,” Clarke told them.

“Maybe he woke up, took the radio, and went back to sleep,” Wells suggested.

“Right- so I woke up, put my clothes back on, and without making a sound left the bed and the bunker, went over to a pod that I don’t even know was here, stole a radio and came back to the bunker, again making no noise, took my clothes off again and got back into bed without Clarke noticing,” Bellamy remarked while Octavia and Clarke smirked a bit. “Yeah makes perfect sense.”

“I am light sleeper- any small noise wakes me up. Plus, I would like to say I woke up completely tangled in his body so there’s no way I wouldn’t have noticed something like that,” Clarke said, recalling how she had woken up this morning.

“Also, there’s the fact that once Bellamy wakes up in the mornings he can’t fall back asleep again,” Octavia pointed out. It was a weird little quirk she guessed was from having to wake up early for training; once Bellamy was fully awake in the morning he could not just lay in bed and fall back asleep. Clarke and herself had tested it on occasion.

“I’m sorry Clarke, but you being Blake’s alibi seems very convenient,” Wells commented.

“You want proof that I woke up before him and didn’t notice the pod come down because I was preoccupied?” Clarke responded, going towards her pack and getting the sketchbook out. “Fine you’ll get it.” Before she could hand it over Bellamy took it from her hands.

“This is personal- it’s yours to show whoever you want not because they demand it, but because you trust them. If they don’t believe us then I say screw them,” Bellamy argued.

“I believe them,” Raven called out.

“What?” Bellamy repeated- she was the last person he expected to believe them.

“The story does seem a bit far-fetched when you say it out loud. He didn’t recognize me when he first saw me and I think if he had stolen the radio there would have been a bit of recognition you know. Plus, look at them,” Raven said, taking in Bellamy and Clarke’s appearance for the first time. They were both wearing clothes that seemed to be a little wet, their hair was not just a little wet from the bit of rain that sometimes fell but, actually soaked. Like they had been in the water. But the most tall-tale sign of all was the hickeys. Bellamy’s skin was darker than Clarke’s so the ones on his neck didn’t exactly stand out, unless you knew they were there, then they were more obvious than anything. The ones on Clarke’s neck, on the other hand, were obnoxious and completely visible. They gave out a ‘look at me’ vibe. Plus, they both looked thoroughly fucked.

“What’s that supposed to mean?” Clarke questioned. What did their looks have to do with the missing radio?

“You haven’t looked at your necks, have you? Especially you, Clarke?” Raven wondered, and Octavia caught on to what she was referring to and started cracking up. She then took out the small mirror she and Jasper had found the other day.

“Here you go, Birdie,” Octavia said as she handed the mirror to Clarke and saw her best friend’s shocked expression at seeing the huge mark on her neck.

“Bellamy fucking Blake!” Clarke exclaimed as she turned around and playfully slapped him on the shoulder.

“I did say I was doing some of my best work.”

“Asshole,” Clarke mumbled, but couldn’t keep the fondness out of her voice.

“I love you too, princess.”

“Where’s the radio then?” Jasper wondered.

“Did you look near the pod? Maybe it fell out?” Clarke asked.

“Honestly, no. They just took off running, so we had to run after them,” Finn told them.

“Seriously?” Clarke exclaimed. “Please tell me your pod isn’t far from here.”

“It’s not, don’t worry,” Raven said as they took off running towards the pod.

-WWA-

They were looking all around the pod when they finally found it.

“Raven- is this it?” Jasper asked, coming up to where Raven was standing with Bellamy and Clarke.

“Yes, this is it. Thanks Jasper.”

“Is it in working order?” Clarke asked worriedly.

“It’s a little bruised, but I can fix it easily.”

“Do you think that’s enough time?” Octavia wondered.

“We should have a plan b.”

“We don’t have to talk to the arc right? They just have to see we’re down here.”

“What do you have in mind?” Bellamy wondered and Raven just smirked.

“I’ve got an idea that just might work,” Raven said as told them of her plans.

-*-*-

People had actually volunteered to die- they had volunteered to die just to give their loved ones extra air. Once again Abby was thrown back by how right Jake had been. She knew she shouldn’t dwell on the past, but she couldn’t avoid those thoughts. She saw Kane come up to stand next to her. She needed to know if there was any word from Raven yet.

“Have we heard from Raven?” she wondered, but he nodded no, and  she then focused on Jaha shaking hands with the last of the volunteers. “What changed his mind?”

“Just the truth,” Kane admitted, and she turned to look at him, “I reminded him that transitioning to a new chancellor would be destabilizing. We can’t afford any more upheaval.”

She looked at him, surprised at what she was hearing. He was sounding more and more like himself, like the guy who had been her friend since forever, instead of the power-hungry self-servicing ass he’d been of late.

“No we can’t,” she admitted.

“I looked into it by the way.”

“Looked into what?”

“Monitoring the radio. If there’s any word from Raven they’ll call down immediately,” he admitted, and she looked at him as if she was seeing him for the first time, “I gave clear orders.”

“Thank you,” she said softly and then turned to look at the volunteers again. If he kept looking at her in that way she wouldn’t know what to do. Maybe there was hope for the Kane she knew to come back. On his end Kane just wanted to figure out a way to make things better, they used to be really close once upon a time, and he wanted that closeness back.

-*-*-

“People- we need to launch those flares ASAP- just in case Raven can’t get through. People’s lives are at stake,” Clarke told the group that had been assigned to build the flares. Raven went around barking orders at the different people and then she got to Clarke.

“What’s the problem?” Raven asked.

“If we get the rockets to launch are they going to see these from the ark?”

“Like the good book says, it’s all about burn time and cloud cover. I know your mom will be watching. I’ve never seen a person love someone the way she loves you. You know that, right?” Raven asked.

“I did,” Clarke said, and when Raven fixed her a look she went, “it’s complicated.”

“Is it because of…” Raven asked, looking over at where Bellamy was standing. Clarke really didn’t want to talk about this. She didn’t know Raven at all- she didn’t want to talk about her relationships, either the one with her mother or Bellamy. She needed to change the subject.

“Like I said- it’s complicated. Now Raven, we’ve got this you go work on the radio.”

“Need any help princess?” Bellamy asked.

“Why don’t you work go work with Raven?” she asked, shocking both Raven and Bellamy, who both turned to look at her with the same expression. “You’ll need help, Raven, and Bellamy is free. Bell I’ll help around here with O- we both know if you two talk right now it will end in a screaming match…. Oh, and take Jasper with you!”

“Aye aye captain,” Bellamy saluted and grabbed Jasper. “Goggles, you’re with me right now.”

“Okay,” he said, turning to see Octavia and Clarke. When Clarke gave him a small smile he followed after Bellamy and Raven.

“Miller- can you make sure they are working? I need to talk to O for a bit,” Clarke told him, handing him the metaphorical reins for this project.

“Sure thing Clarke,” Miller responded as Octavia and Clarke walked away from the group. Once they were far away that they wouldn’t be heard, but close enough to see the group, Clarke sat down.

“I’m guessing you want to talk?” Octavia mumbled, but sat down next to her anyway.

“He didn’t shoot Jaha because he wanted to- he didn’t have a choice.”

“He shot someone Clarke.”

“Someone told him about the 100 and how they were sending us to the ground. They then gave him a choice, shoot Jaha and go down with you, or stay up there and be unable to protect you.”

“That’s the thing- I don’t need him protecting me Clarke!” Octavia exclaimed, and Clarke knew things were serious when Octavia called her Clarke. “I can take care of myself; I’m not a little girl.”

“Octavia, O, look at me,” Clarke pleaded as Octavia turned around and stared at her. “Bellamy knows you’re not a little girl, trust me he knows that, but it’s normal for him to get scared because even though he knows you’re perfectly capable, there’s no way for him to stop worrying about you. It’s part of his nature.”

“He almost killed someone, and it wasn’t like here where it’s kill or be killed. He deliberately shot a person, someone’s father.”

“Think of it in this way, what if the roles were reversed?” Clarke asked. “Say you were the older sister and Bellamy was your younger brother.”

“Okay I’ll bite.”

“You love your little brother more than life itself and you try to protect him to the best of your abilities and just when everything seems good it all starts to fall apart. The guy you love disappears and you don’t know why, and a short time later your little brother is found out. He’s locked away and your mother gets floated in front of your eyes. The last memory you have of them is them getting taken away or being floated. After this you get demoted to a janitor and get shit on repeatedly. Everything you had worked for has fallen down the drain and you weren’t able to protect anyone. You feel like a failure and you repeatedly get told that the guy you loved is part of the reason why everything happened,” Clarke explained, changing the story to fit Octavia instead of Bellamy.

“Is that what happened?” Octavia muttered, but Clarke continued with her story.

“So a year passes and you are stewing in feelings of self-loathing and betrayal and one of your old bosses comes to you and tells you that the little brother you feel like you failed is getting sent to a possibly radioactive planet where he could die just as soon as he lands, while you are up in the ark not knowing if he’s dead or alive. He puts you between a rock and a hard place, kill the Chancellor, or stay alone up there while your younger brother might be dying. Are you going to tell me you wouldn’t  have made the same decision?” Clarke questioned, but Octavia’s face said it all- she would  have made the same decision. That was the thing about the Blakes- they drove each other crazy but they would go to hell and back for each other.

“You might have a point,” Octavia conceded.

“I might have a point?” Clarke laughed a bit while standing up  and helping Octavia get up. “No one is saying what your brother did was right, but the circumstances paint a different picture don’t you think?”

“I really hate it when you’re right Birdie.”

“You love me.”

“God only knows why,” Octavia joked as they walked back to where they were working.

“Miller, how’s everything?” Clarke asked as they reached them.

“Things are going fast and we should be done in no time if we keep up the pace,” Miller responded.

“Great! That’s what I like to hear!” Clarke exclaimed as she and Octavia went back to the work they were doing before. She noticed Octavia was staring at her with a weird expression on her face. “What?”

“Nothing- you’re just taking this leader thing really well, aren’t you?” Octavia smirked.

“So what’s going on between you and Jasper?” Clarke responded, catching Octavia completely off guard. Oh yeah, Clarke thought, two could play at this game.

“Nothing.”

“O, I have eyes, and I was there when Jasper was fighting death- I saw your face.”

“He takes me off guard and he makes me feel special. He’s really sweet and I really like him.”

“But do you like, like him or like him?” Clarke asked.

“I kissed him.”

“What!?” Clarke replied, surprised.

“I don’t even know why I did it. He was feeling down on himself because of the ark communication thing with the wrist bands and I just felt like I had to do it- I had to make him feel better.”

“But was that because you like him as a friend or as more?”
“I don’t know Birdie, I’m all up in knots. Why can’t we just talk about your relationship? You guys seemed extremely chummy today? Soooo, what happened?” Octavia asked,  turning the conversation back to Clarke’s love life. She still had no clue how she felt about Jasper so she preferred not to think about it at the moment.

“Hey- I don’t mind giving you details,” Clarke smirked. “If you want to know anything about how your brother is in bed  there are a lot of details I could give you.”

“No, no, no! Do you want to scar me for life?” Octavia exclaimed.

“You asked,” Clarke said innocently.

“I take it back…You win this round Birdie,” Octavia muttered as Clarke laughed and they decided to focus on their work.

-*-*-

It had been completely awkward working together, especially considering what had happened in the woods- but they had made it work, kind of. Raven had Monty’s help  with fixing the radio, while Jasper and Bellamy helped  with bringing her things and giving her  status reports of the rockets. Bellamy was eternally grateful that Jasper and Monty were there- not that he would ever say it- they lightened up the atmosphere in the tent. He did not want to imagine how much more awkward it would be if he and Raven were alone together.

“How is everything going?” Bellamy wondered.

“The radio is almost ready- we’ve just got a few finishing touches and pray that it works,” Raven told them.

“Let’s hope this works,” Jasper muttered.

“It will work man- have faith,” Monty told him, giving him a pad on the back. Then Clarke came in to the tent.

“Hey Princess- long time no see,” Bellamy remarked with a smile on his face.

“Hello Mr. Bond,” Clarke said, and the other three exchanged looks at the nickname. “The rockets are ready to launch, they are setting them up as we speak.”

“Perfect, we’ll be right outside,” Bellamy told her. Clarke smiled and left the tent. “Monty and Jasper go help out Clarke.”

“Sir, yes sir!” Jasper joked, but left  everyone with a laughing Monty behind him. Bellamy noticed Raven staring at him and asked, “What?”

“You really love her don’t you?” Raven asked him.

“Yeah I do, she’s everything to me,” Bellamy replied as Raven nodded. She knew exactly how that was. They left the tent- the radio wasn’t ready but they would have to work on it later. For now the rockets would have to do, and Raven prayed it would work.

Bellamy went outside and joined Clarke just as the rockets launched. Clarke looked back at him and smiled as he put her arms around her. She looked around and saw Raven with Finn and smiled at her, Raven smiling back in return. Then she saw Octavia standing next to Jasper. They made a good pair- Clarke just hoped they would figure things out soon. All that made her think of how lucky she was to have Bellamy; she leaned into him as he broke the silence.

“You think they can see them from up there.”

“I don’t know, but I hope so,” Clarke said honestly. “Can you wish on this kind of shooting star?”

“I wouldn’t even know what to wish for- all of the people I care about are down here. What about you?”

“I don’t know what I would wish for either,” Clarke replied, but she knew what she’d wish for.  She’d wish to see her parents again, both of them, but she knew it wasn’t meant to be so she didn’t say it. Bellamy held her tighter as if he knew and Clarke didn’t doubt that he did. This day had started wonderfully, and then was close to perfect by the lake. The radio incident  had made things stressful, but now, with Clarke in his arms, it was perfect again. He didn’t want anything to change. They saw Octavia walk past them and Clarke turned to Bellamy.

“I’m going to go talk to Octavia okay?” Clarke told him.

“Are you staying in your tent tonight?” he wondered.

“Probably, I have a feeling she needs to talk away from it all.”

“Okay then, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“Until tomorrow,” Clarke said, giving him a light kiss on the lips   before taking off in the direction she had seen Octavia go.

-*-*-

“Do you think we deserve to be forgiven?” Abby asked Thelonious as they sat in the floor of her cell. Her only answer was him grabbing the bottle of moonshine back from her and taking a sip. That’s when she saw the flares.

“Did you see that?” she asked, but he just looked at her and then looked up. Sure enough, there were flares up in the sky. He didn’t know what that meant. They both sat in silence with shocked expressions on their faces, watching the flares, thinking back about what they meant. Were their kids still alive back at earth? Could it really be possible?

-*-*-

Clarke had finally caught up with Octavia after she had run out of camp. She didn’t know what was up with her friend but she knew they needed to go back to camp- it wasn’t safe out here at night.

“Octavia we need to go back to camp.”

“I can’t Birdie, I can’t face him.”

“You don’t have to face him, we’ll just head to our tent and deal with it tomorrow.”

“There’s no way they won’t notice us coming back and he’ll know and he’ll want to talk,” Octavia muttered and Clarke knew who she was talking about- Jasper.

“If you ask for your space he’ll give it to you but O, but we need to get back, it’s not safe out here!” Clarke pleaded and Octavia nodded. She knew it wasn’t safe, and it had been reckless to run out of the gate. They suddenly heard a sound and had no idea where it was coming from.

“Octavia let’s go,” Clarke muttered, and they started running. In their haste they didn’t notice the uneven ground, and before they knew they had fallen down a hole.

Clarke turned to see if Octavia was okay but all she saw was that Octavia was unconscious. Her head started pounding, her vision clouding, and the last thing she saw was a grounder coming towards them, then it all went black.

AN: *comes out from behind rock* Hope you liked it…You thought all was fun and games? Well here comes the fun part… Yes I am evil I know this.

If it wasn’t clear, the culling DID happen because they didn’t see the flares in time. I didn’t rewrite those parts bc well they were so well written in the show I wanted them to stay as they were.

Remember to leave a review if you liked it! Reviews are truly important and they motivate me to write faster.  I’ll try my best to put out another chapter this week but I make no promises.

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