3.15, Time is On My Side (after Dean encounters her in the hotel room)Canon Resource Link: Link hereCharacter History:
Not much is know about Bela's early childhood but what is established later is that she was abused physically (implied that it was sexually) by her father and this was ignored by her mother. It seemed like Bela was an only child and didn't seem to have any other friends, illustrated by her playing alone in a park in a flashback. Her real name is Abby.
She was fourteen years old when she made a deal with a demon called Lilith who told her that she could take care of her parents and that it wouldn't cost her anything for a whole ten years. Driven by her frustration and pain at what was happening to her, Bela took the deal and her parents died in a car crash a few days later; the brake lines of their car was cut and that led to their death. At the time, Bela didn't fully understand the full implications of the deal she made and would only learn this when she was older.
Bela inherited her family's fortune and it is assumed that she was taken care of by relatives or perhaps put into care. There isn't a lot of detail about her family life other than the mention of her parents. Between then and the moment she meets the Winchesters, it's implied that Bela learned more about the supernatural world and about hunters, but she didn't want to become one. It was money that she was after, and Bela decided that becoming a thief was the best option for her. This meant that she had to learn how to become one as well as carving out a career as a con-artist. She also changed her name and created a new identity for herself, instead of being Abby for the rest of her life.
Fast-forward to the year 2007 and Bela is on a job, looking for a rabbit's foot that brought you luck if you had it in your possession. But there was a downside: lose the foot and you were cursed with bad luck until it led to your death. The rabbit's foot in question was in a storage facility owned by the now deceased John Winchester and Bela hired two thieves to retrieve it for her, not wanting to do the dirty work for herself. The Winchesters find out about the missing foot and hunt down the thieves, taking the foot from them.
Their luck begins to change for the better and they find themselves at a diner. Unknown to them, Bela is aware of what happened and dons a waitress disguise so she can steal the foot back. She approaches the Winchesters' table and goes to top up Sam's coffee, spilling some of it on purpose as a distraction. While Sam is distracted, Bela swipes the foot and wraps it in a napkin before exiting the diner and heading back to her apartment in New York. The boys soon realise that the rabbit's foot was stolen after Sam's luck turns bad and Dean calls Bobby (a family friend and hunter) up for further information. He tells them about Bela and that he has a few contacts that can give them her location. Later, Bobby gives Dean her address in New York and he goes alone to track her down, leaving Sam in a hotel room for his own safety.
The buyer that Bela got the foot for is on the phone with her when Dean arrives outside her apartment, quietly breaking in. Bela arranges to meet with the buyer in an hour and after she hangs up, realises that there is an intruder. She grabs her concealed gun from a wine rack and walks through the apartment, pulling her weapon on Dean when she sees him. They have a talk and he learns about who she is and what she does before asking for the foot back. Bela tells him he can have it for $1.5 million dollars and a few not so kind words are exchanged before Dean says he's got to go after taking the foot back without Bela knowing. She shoots at him but its pointless-she misses because Dean has the luck.
She confronts the Winchesters in the graveyard while they are preparing to destroy the foot and end the cycle of bad luck. Bela shoots Sam in the shoulder as a warning and Dean agrees to give her the foot; but he makes sure that she touches it through trickery and she gets cursed. If Bela sold the foot now, her luck would become bad and then she'd die. She reluctantly hands it back to be destroyed, not at all happy with what happened. Before leaving them, she sneakily takes their winning lottery tickets and drives off, laughing.
The next time she comes across the boys is when they are investigating a ghost ship which causes people to die after they see it. They soon learn that Bela had been working with a woman they questioned and she tells them to keep out of her way. A while later, Bela comes to where the Winchesters are staying with information about the boat. In order to break the curse they have to destroy a hand of glory which was made from the right hand of a sailor on the boat. The hand is located in a nearby museum which is hosted by the woman the Winchesters spoke to earlier. Bela arranges for them to get invites to a gala hosted at the museum that night and she and Dean go to steal the hand whilst Sam keeps the woman busy.
It's soon revealed that Bela was tricking them, swiping the hand from Dean's pocket and replacing it with something else. She used them to steal the hand so she could sell it, already having a buyer lined up. Earlier, Bela saw the ghost ship and went to them for help, explaining how she used them. The Winchesters reveal that they figured out that the ship appears to people who've spilled their own family's blood. Bela pleads with them to help her and Dean refuses because she tricked them, but Sam works out a way and they save her life. As a thank you, Bela gives the Winchesters $10,000, stating that she doesn't like to be in anyone's debt.
Another hunter by the name of Gordon Walker tracks Bela down and knowing that she was with the Winchesters not so long, demands her to tell them where they are or he'll kill her. She's reluctant, saying that she doesn't respond well to threats. In the end, she tells Gordon where they are if he gives her a rare mojo bag she sees on his person (it's very valuable). He hands it over and Bela calls Dean, asking where he is. Sometime later, Dean calls Bela up and has an angry conversation with her, knowing that she was the one who sold them out to Gordon. She said she had no choice and Dean says the next time he sees her, he'll kill her. Not wishing to die, Bela contacts spirits to reveal the exact location of Gordon and she phones Dean to tell him where the other hunter is.
When their friend Bobby falls under a coma that gives him strange dreams, the Winchesters contact Bela to get them African dream root so they can enter Bobby's dream in a bid to bring him back to the waking world. Bela asks for nothing in return, saying that she's doing it for Bobby because he saved her life once. It's a ruse however and Bela stole the Colt (a mystical weapon that can kill almost any supernatural creature) from the safe in their hotel room whilst they were helping Bobby. Angered, Dean vows to go after her to get the Colt back.
The Winchesters think they have tracked Bela down in a hotel room but she's a few steps ahead of them and it's a trap she has set. Soon, the FBI come to the room to arrest them, giving Bela enough time to do what she wants to do with the stolen Colt. The boys end up in jail but after an attack by Lilith's demons at the prison they escape.
Both Sam and Dean are still hot on her tail as Dean's deal edges closer and eventually, he catches up to Bela. The encounter between them is quite tense, with Dean revealing that he knows about her deal and his assumptions on why she did it. He tells Bela that she got the demon to kill her parents to get their inheritance and how that sickened him. It's not the real reason of course and judging by the brief flicker of shock on her face when Dean tells her, Bela is not pleased. She doesn't give him the real reason, saying to him: 'They were lovely people. And I killed them. And I couldn't be bothered to give a damn.' Even on her last legs, Bela was defiant and never wanted anyone to know the truth.
Dean leaves her alone and goes on his way; Bela stole a receipt from his pocket to find out where he was staying in order to get out of the deal.
This is where I am taking her from.Abilities/Special Powers:
Bela doesn't have any powers or abilities per se but she can contact spirits and the dead through the use of an Ouija board. She uses this to acquire information for herself, mostly for her work. She can also conduct seances. Bela can blend into her surroundings and assume a different identity/alias if need be. This is useful for the con artist side of her job. She knows how to handle firearms (a handgun) and Bela would use it to protect herself if necessary.
Since she is primarily a thief, Bela is very nimble and quick, able to pick people's pockets without them noticing. She would also know how to crack a safe and pick locks to grant access to a room if it was locked.
As for her skills, Bela is good at manipulating people to get what she wants and make things go her own way. She knows how to flatter someone, accommodate their ego whilst having a secret agenda. Bela is a fast-thinker, quick on her feet and quite resourceful.Third-Person Sample:
The winning scratch cards were in her possession and Bela was trying to decide how to spend the money. While it wasn't the usual payment she received from finishing a job, it was still enough to play with and have a good time. Dean was probably cursing her right now; she didn't give a damn. When she slipped the scratch cards out of his jacket pocket she saw it as compensation for her losses on the rabbit's foot. Losing one and a half million dollars would piss anyone off but Bela had managed to keep her cool and not lose her temper in front of the Winchesters, tempting as it was.
Maybe they could prove to be useful to her one day, given their knowledge of the supernatural world and the way they handled themselves was something to notice, even if they weren't exactly the brightest. Like with most things, they were disposable and there was a limit to how much they were useful. Bela had no real plans to become best friends with them and really, she didn't go out of her way to make friends with anyone- at least in a meaningful way. Pretending to be someone's friend in order to get what she wanted was much easier for Bela and a practice she had relied upon for quite some time. It was smarter to not let herself form close relationships with anyone. Doing that meant she would have to trust them and trust didn't come easily for Bela when she was hurt at a young age by those whom were supposed to protect and love her.
The walls she had closed around herself were strong and hard to break. Walls that were strengthened by her wit, charm and often, her manipulative tendencies. For someone who lived the high life and indulged in many different ways, Bela could consider herself lonely at times, but only in her darkest moments. Times in which she realised that the clock was ticking and she needed to find a solution to get her out of the deal that was hanging over her head before it was too late.
Dwelling on those thoughts would not do her much good so Bela stopped herself, focusing on the winnings that were going to be transferred into her account. They could go towards a break in Italy or an apartment in France; better yet, some ammunition and perhaps a new gun. Protection was vital in her line of work and the presence of a gun usually put the odds in her favour.
Failing that, Bela could always just blow it all on champagne, chocolate and Egyptian cotton sheets. Yes. That would do. She could do with a little indulgence.
Life was too short after all.First-Person Sample:(NB: I'm writing this sample as if Bela has been here for some time)
[The feed clicks on to show Bela in her room, looking perfectly coiffed. For someone who was due to die back home, she sure isn't showing any signs of despair over it.
The longer I remain here, the further I go down the rabbit hole.
[She smirks. Points to anyone who picks up on that rather obvious reference.
Take away the annoyances of this place as well as the life-threatening situations and you realise that here isn't as bad as you think. A lot of you seem to be able to cope; I'd call that admirable but I'm not the type to just throw praise in just about anyone's direction.
[Unless they had something to give her of course. Only then was Bela full of compliments.
What I am curious about is how you are able to cope. How do you keep going? The ones among you who are so inherently good and righteous- [a roll of the eyes there
] -do you have any vices? Or do you just get a smug sense of satisfaction from helping someone who may not have even wanted
it in the first place.
[The feed ends there as Bela finishes with what was on her mind.