Bellamy DeWinter lived in a small town in northern Alaska named Yeti Town. The town got its namesake from the Nepal folklore legend of the yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman. A yeti was an ape-like creature, taller than an average man and covered in snowy, white fur. Apparently there’d been sightings of such a creature in the nearby forests by the Hunters that lived in town and the town’s name had been changed shortly thereafter.
The majority of the people that lived in Yeti Town were either Hunters or furriers. This was mostly due to the sudden increase in predators - bears, polar bears, lynxes and wolves - that started appearing around the town. This abrupt influx of predators in the area put not only the human towns that were in close proximity to the creatures in danger, but also the farms and cattle ranches, which had livestock to worry about protecting.
In recent years and in this modern era, the hunting of animals for their furs had become controversial, but due to the fact that this increase in predators in the area was not natural, but unexplainable the Hunters of Yeti Town were able to make a living hunting, and killing these predators and selling their meat and fur. Since they were providing a service to the ranchers and farmers the controversial aspect was entirely overlooked, and the Hunters were looked upon as heroes.
Eighteen-year-old Bellamy and his mother, Doris, had moved to the isolated town because Bellamy was cursed. If a female saw Bellamy without his round, nerdy glasses on his face she would instantly fall in love with him.
Bellamy had been aware of this strange curse since he could form rational thought, and his mother had taught him how to stop the effects of the curse by always wearing a pair of nonprescription glasses. Sunglasses would also have the same affect, and could nullify the effects of the curse.
When Bellamy became a senior in high school his luck finally ran out. Due to his nerdy appearance he’d been targeted by a group of bullies, taken to the men’s room, and beaten up. His glasses had been punched off his face and then stepped on.
Bellamy left the bathroom while trying to keep his head lowered, but it was inevitable that he had to look up to see where he was going. Unfortunately, at that very moment lunch had ended and the hall was flooded with students. When Bellamy looked up a large number of female students saw Bellamy’s handsome face and instantly fell in love with him.
At the time, Bellamy was living with his sickly mother, Doris, in their tiny apartment. The place was so small there was no escape from the phone that started ringing off the hook from Bellamy’s fan girls that began calling. Bellamy’s fax machine also started spitting out love letters from his new stalkers.
At first it was almost funny, but then the content of the love letters started to become more and more desperate as time passed. Other handwritten letters that were delivered by the mailman started to include photos of the girls, locks of their hair, fingernail clippings, and some letters were even written in blood. It was downright creepy.
Bellamy’s mother, Doris, already had a weak constitution and could barely handle the added stress of the unsettling love letters, the phone ringing off the hook, the girls that stood on the sidewalk outside of their apartment building demanding to see Bellamy, and later the kidnapping attempts on her son. It all just became too much for Doris to handle.
Even the therapy sessions Doris had been going to no longer gave her peace of mind. After the most recent kidnapping attempt on Bellamy, Doris decided that she had to protect her son somehow. Doris was also filled with an overwhelming sense of guilt. It was her fault that her son Bellamy was cursed after all. Doris had suffered from the curse herself before Bellamy had been born, and the curse had been passed onto him.
After one of Bellamy’s babysitters had tried to kidnap him, Doris decided she had to find a way to stop the curse from activating and had started covering Bellamy’s face with a scarf to see if that would work. When it did, Doris tried covering Bellamy’s face with just a mask where his eyes were barely visible, and this worked too. Next Doris tried sunglasses and when those worked she lastly tried nonprescription glasses.
Doris had the feeling that the reason the nonprescription glasses worked to stop the effects of the curse had something to do with the old mythos that ‘the eyes are the windows to the soul’. As long as females didn’t make direct eye contact with Bellamy he was safe from the effects of the curse.
Wearing glasses had become a simple solution to stop the curse, and Doris and Bellamy had been able to live in peace for many years. Doris reprimanded herself that perhaps she should have warned Bellamy to be more careful at school, or provided him with an extra pair of glasses, but it was too late now. Bellamy’s female classmates had already fallen crazily in love with him.
It was also around this time that Doris learned of the death of her parents. They’d been Hunters living in Yeti Town and had been overwhelmed by a pack of vicious wolves during one of their usual hunting expeditions. The hunting cabin that used to belong to her parents now belonged to her. Doris instantly decided to take Bellamy to live there. There in the isolated town Bellamy would be safe.
Unfortunately, Bellamy wouldn’t be able to graduate from high school, and it would be difficult for him to get into a college without a high school diploma, when and if they found a way to break the curse. But that’s why Doris was determined to support her son financially.
This is how Bellamy DeWinter found himself living in the small Alaskan town with his sickly mother. To make a living Doris made woodcarvings of various animals that lived in the Brooks Range area of Alaska: brown and black bears, polar bears, moose, goats, foxes, coyotes, ravens, lynxes, and wolves.
For hours and hours Doris would sit in her comfy armchair by the fireplace in the living room, and carve little wooden figurines of animals until the calluses on her fingers popped and bled. She was highly skilled at woodcarvings.
Sometimes Bellamy would help his mother by making woodcarvings of his own, but usually Doris insisted that Bellamy didn’t need to do anything to help out with the household finances, and that he should instead continue to concentrate on his self-study.
Bellamy knew his mother felt guilty and blamed herself for their current situation because of the curse. But Bellamy didn’t see it that way. He saw it as his fault that they had to live here in the middle of nowhere now. If only he’d been braver and fought back against those bullies. If only he hadn’t let them break his glasses, none of this would have happened.
Because of him, his mother had gone through a lot, and her already poor health had declined from all the stress. That’s why he never complained to his mom about living there in Yeti Town. There were only a few young single women his age in the town that might have showed an interest in him, and he made sure to avoid them as much as possible.
Most days, Bellamy had his nose stuck in a book in self-study. He was determined to go back to school one day, and get a college degree. He wanted to get a high-paying job so that he’d be able to support his mother financially, and give her the easy life she deserved after everything that had happened.
Bellamy had to admit to himself that it could get rather boring though living there when compared to how his life used to be back in New York. There wasn’t much to do for fun in Yeti Town. The town’s inhabitants were mostly Hunters, and Bellamy had no interested in learning that particular trade. The other people that lived there were either a part of the Hunters’ families, jewelry makers, or woodcarvers like his mother.
There was a mine close to Yeti Town that contained several types of semi-precious stones that the townspeople made jewelry out of. Alaska was known for its jade, quartzes and even diamonds, but this particular mine contained other semi-precious stones that were normally found in South America.
Bellamy had become fascinated by all the different types of semi-precious stones the jewelers worked with - agate, quartz, rose quartz, onyx, obsidian, jade, jasper, red jasper, tiger’s eye, turquoise, lapis lazuli, and more.
The semi-precious stones may not have been as valuable as diamonds, rubies and emeralds, but Bellamy thought that they were uniquely beautiful in their own way.
To stave off his boredom, Bellamy started going to the small local library and checked out all the books that were available on gemstones, and gemology. Bellamy had his nose buried in a book about stones more often than not.
Bellamy didn’t care about his lack of a social life since all he wanted was to protect the peaceful life he and his mother were currently enjoying in Yeti Town. His books became his only friends. It was lonesome without any friends his age, but peaceful. And Bellamy just wanted to keep it that way.
However, peace and quiet never lasts forever. The Hunters had become curious about their new neighbors and had confronted Doris about Bellamy. After they’d discovered that Bellamy was so young they instantly decided that he must be lonely, and should make some friends his own age. The Hunters immediately told their children that were around the same age as Bellamy all about him, and of his ‘plight’.
This meddling resulted in someone knocking on Bellamy’s front door one Saturday night. It was eight o’clock at night. Doris was in her usual spot, seated on the plush armchair by the fire in the living room and carving a small piece of wood into the shape of what Bellamy thought looked like a dancing monkey. Oookay.
Bellamy was seated in the armchair across from his mother, nose in a book about Alaskan jade. He frowned and looked up from his book at the door, wondering who would be coming to visit them at this late hour.
A secretive smile curled Doris’s lips when she heard the knock at the front door. “Could you be a dear and get the door, Bellamy?”
Bellamy frowned and his brow furrowed slightly. His mother was acting different from usual. “Are you expecting someone, Mom?” he questioned as he stood up, and approached the front door with his now closed book still in hand.
“I’m not,” she began softly. “But you are.”
“Huh?” Bellamy said as he opened the door to see who it was. Staring back at him with wide, mischievous grins on their faces were two young men around Bellamy’s age. Because of their flashy fur coats Bellamy deduced they were the sons of Hunters right off the bat.
One of the young men had sandy-blonde hair, pale skin, and honey-brown eyes. The other was an African-American teen with short black hair, brown eyes, and super white teeth. They were both wearing friendly, amiable expressions on their faces, but this didn’t make Bellamy any less nervous about what their intentions were. He already had a bad feeling about this.
They looked past Bellamy and smiled at Doris. “Good evening Mrs. DeWinter. We’re here to pick up Bellamy.”
Doris nodded knowingly. “You boys have fun!”
“Thanks, Mrs. DeWinter!” The African-American teen crowed as he and his friend latched onto Bellamy’s arms and began to drag him out the door.
“Huh? Wait, what?” Bellamy sputtered, giving his mother a look of sheer disbelief. Why had his mother o-kayed this? Didn’t she realize how dangerous it was for Bellamy to hang out with people his own age?
When his mother just waved him off, Bellamy let out a resigned sigh. My life officially sucks. He thought morosely as the sandy-haired teen shut the door.
Bellamy glowered at the two young men that had interrupted his precious reading time. “Who the hell are you guys?”
The two teens chuckled in amusement at Bellamy’s surly attitude. “I’m Crispin,” the sandy-haired boy started and jerked his thumb at the African-American teen. “And he’s Oscar.”
“And we’re here to rescue you, Belle.” Oscar flashed his gleaming white teeth in a teasing grin.
A muscle beneath Bellamy’s eye ticked in irritation. “Rescue?”
“Yeah, our parents told us all about you,” Crispin began to explain. “Like about how you didn’t get to graduate from high school due to your mother’s health, and more importantly how you have no friends.”
Oscar slung an arm around Bellamy’s shoulders amiably. “But fear not. Now, you have us.”
“Wonderful.” Bellamy’s tone was sarcastic.
“We’re going to introduce you to the other people in this town that are our age, so you can make even more friends,” Crispin said excitedly.
Bellamy felt his temples beginning to throb. Just how important did these guys think having a social life was? He was already feeling exhausted.
“And more importantly we’re going to introduce you to the fine, single ladies in this town.” Oscar waggled his eyebrows at Bellamy in a playful manner.
“And this is what I was afraid of,” Bellamy muttered darkly to himself in a voice so low that the other teens didn’t hear him. A chill of fear crawled up his spine, and he had to suppress a groan of despair. Young men his age had a one-track mind. This was nothing new. All they ever thought about was girls and sex.
The last thing Bellamy wanted right now was to be introduced to girls though. If something happened, and they saw his face - they’d fall madly in love with him. And go slightly crazy. Their ‘love’ would quickly turned into lustful desperation. And those girls can become freakin scary. He shuddered as he remembered how his old female classmates had finally formed an alliance and had tried to kidnap him.
What had his mother been thinking letting him go out with these guys? Sure, they were guys, and thankfully the curse didn’t affect them, but guys his age were always on the prowl for chicks.
Bellamy felt like hitting his head against the wall repeatedly. Why me? He inwardly moaned. Before Bellamy had even realized it, his two new ‘friends’ had dragged him down the main street in town and had stopped in front of some kind of bar or tavern.
Like most of the rustic buildings in Yeti Town it was made out of logs and had a sloping roof. Swinging over the front door from two chains was a hand-painted, wooden sign shaped like the head of a polar bear. The polar bear’s mouth was wide open and clenched between its sharp teeth was the establishment’s name: Polar Bear Pub.
Crispin puffed up his chest proudly and waved his hand at the pub in a dramatic fashion. “And this, my new friend, Belle, is the Polar Bear Pub. It’s the best bar in town!”
“It’s the only bar in town,” Oscar added dryly.
“My older brother, Wren, is one of the two bartenders working here, so we’ll be able to get a couple of beers!” Crispin bragged, since technically they were still underage.
“Great,” Bellamy droned as he was dragged into the pub.
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