Look Before You Leap

12 A Lot Of Thing Happen in 400 Years

LPOV

We couldn't have been inside more than five minutes with Bill showed up. He grabbed Eric and threw him up against the wall. "Stop it!" I yelled. Sookie came running down the stairs just as Eric tossed Bill onto the ground.

"What the fuck?" She said.

"Who is this vampire?" Eric asked.

"He's-he's the king," I told him. That made Eric stop resisting. Bill's guards came in and got Eric. I followed them over to Bill's house.

"You can't do this!" I said.

"I am his king," Bill said.

"But you aren't mine."

"Yes, you've clearly showed me that, when you not only lied to my face but also used fae magic to keep me from finding him."

"It's not my fault what gifts I posses. And how can you even talk to me about lying?"

"Lily was only protecting me. Whatever I've done she had no part in it," Eric said.

"Silver him," Bill said.

"Bill!" I shouted. The guards wrapped the chains around him and I cringed as the metal burned his skin.

"Lily, don't. You've done enough," Eric said.

"Yes, I think you have," Bill said.

"Really Bill? You can run around with every girl in town, hell Rachel can date every kind of supernatural that's out there. But when I find someone, you decide it's time to treat me like your daughter? Well I'm not; if I ever thought I was even close to that, I was obviously wrong."

"Believe it or not my entire life does not revolve around you and your sister's love lives."

"But when you see the chance to hold some power over us you don't hesitate to take it."

"I took an oath to protect the vampires in Louisiana," Bill said, ignoring me.

"By locking them up and slivering them? You sure have an interesting way of protecting people," I said.

"Eric is under the control of the necromancers. He's a danger to everyone."

"You have no idea what you're talking about. He can't remember anything! His whole life is just gone."

"He would say or do anything to get to you!"

"Oh so now he's faking it? Make up your mind Bill. Is he a danger or is he a liar?" I stared him down waiting for him to retaliate. "We were family," I shook my head slightly. "Rachel and I used to think of you as the dad we never had. If you ever loved us, you'll let him go."

"This is vampire business. I strongly suggest you stop acting like you're Rachel and get out of it." He turned away.

"Did you even notice Rachel is missing? Or are you too busy imprisoning innocent vampires? She went in to see those witches with Eric and she never came back."

"You should leave."

"That's it? You aren't even going to look for her? Or at least assure me she's alright?" I asked my voice cracking.

"You made it perfectly clear we are no longer family. You should go," he repeated.

"I'm not leaving without him."

"If Ms. Compton sets foot on my property again, I want her arrested for trespassing."

The guards grabbed me and pulled me out. "This is my house; I can't trespass on my own property! My name is on the deed!" I yelled at the guards as I tried to pull away from them. "I hate you," I said to Bill before I was pulled out of the house.

OoOoO

The next night I drove over to Jason's. He was afraid he was going to shift in to a werepanther and Sookie had offered to sit with him. I walked up in the middle of there conversation about wanting to be normal. "Rachel and I were always the freaks at school. Rachel was only popular because she knew how to use her powers to get what she wanted. But people were scared of her too. People always fear the unknown but once your embrace something, especially if it's part of you or someone you love, you realize how amazing that thing can be," I said.

"I guess that makes sense," Jason said. "Hey can you go grab me another beer?"

I laughed. "Sure."

"I'll come with you," Sookie said. We walked up to the house and I grabbed two beers out of the fridge for them and a Dr. Pepper for me. I had yet to acquire a taste for beer. We walked back down the hill to find Jason's chair empty.

"Jason?" I called.

"Jason!" Sookie yelled.

"Shit." Sookie grabbed the gun and we walked off into the trees. "Jason, come on!" I yelled.

"We can deal with this at home!" Sookie yelled. There was some shuffling in the trees. "Jason?"

Debbie came out into the clearing and Sookie pointed the gun at her. "Oh hey Sookie, and Rach-"

"Lily," I corrected her.

"Right."

"What are you doing out here?" Sookie asked.

Alcide stepped out of the trees. "She's with me." Sookie lowered the gun. "We're on our way to a meeting with our new pack."

"You really shouldn't be running around this late at night, it being a full moon and all," Debbie said.

"You never know what kind of things you'll run into," I mumbled.

"Werepanthers, they're like werewolves but cats right?" Sookie asked.

"Basically. Why?" Alcide asked.

"How would one become a werepanther?" I asked.

"They can't unless they have a least one full blooded parent," Debbie said.

"So if I had gotten bit-" Sookie started. Both Debbie and Alcide looked at her. "I didn't get bit. But if I did I wouldn't turn into a werepanther?"

"It's hereditary, not a virus," Alcide said.

"Are you sure?" I asked.

"You want to tell me what's going on?" he asked.

"Um, thanks for the help. Go on, go shift, kill things, do whatever you do," I said awkwardly.

"Yeah. We need to go," Sookie grabbed my arm.

"Yeah, bye Alcide!" We walked off back into the woods. "So pretty much Jason just dragged us out here for nothing?" I asked.

"Pretty much."

"I'm going back to the house," I said. "You keep looking for Jason."

"You sure?"

"Yeah, I'll be fine."

"Alright, see you back at home." I walked in the opposite direction ducking under tree branches till I finally got to something familiar. There was someone in the trees I could sense their mind was there. "Hello?" Eric appeared in front of me. "Oh my god." I ran towards him, threw my arms around his neck and kissed him.

OoOoO

Sookie wasn't home when we got back; I figured she must've stayed at Jason's, so Eric and I had the house all to ourselves. I was lying in my room later with Eric who seemed like he had fallen asleep. "Are you still there?" I asked.

"Just listening to your heart beat," he said.

"Do you think if I were to become into a vampire I'd still keep the fae powers?" I asked, more to myself than to Eric.

"Are you thinking about getting turned?" He asked.

"No. I mean probably not. It was just something I was thinking about. I have to remind myself this situation is only temporary."

"Do you want me to remember?" He asked.

"Of course I do."

"Would you still want me?"

"I don't know. I hope so. I know you're going to have to remember soon and I know it will probably change things but I still want to feel exactly the same way I feel right now."

"That's all I needed to hear."

OoOoO

After I'd gone and gotten dressed I went down stairs to fix myself something to eat. Before I could make it to the kitchen there was a knock on the door. I ran and opened it.

"Oh hi," I mumbled.

Bill was standing on the other side. "Hello, Lily."

"I don't know why you changed your mind about Eric, but thank you." I paused. "And I'm sorry for what I said last night. I didn't mean it. You're still family, of course you are."

"And I still think of you as my daughter," he said.

"I'm glad. I don't know what I'd do if I lost you and Rachel."

"I've got a team looking into her disappearance. We'll find her."

"Thank you. Did you come over for something?"

"We have reason to believe that the necromancers will be trying to raise the vampires in the morning."

"They're trying to kill vampires?" I asked.

"That is what we believe yes. 400 years ago there were two very powerful witches that vowed to destroy all vampires. They managed to take out quite a few, before they were put to death."

"So how do we prevent it?"

"The only way is to silver the vampires staying close enough to the spell," He said. He handed me a bag full of chains.

"You want me to sliver Eric."

"Yes. If you care for him you must do this."

I nodded. "Good luck," I told him.

IPOV

I walked towards Moon Goddess Emporium. An older lady was standing inside, she hadn't noticed me yet. I watched her. "Antonia?"

Her head snapped up. She looked at me suspiciously before realization crossed her face. "Ileana!"

"It's been over 400 years since I've seen you, my sister," I said smiling.

"Over 400 years since I watched those terrible creatures drain you dry," she said bitterly.

"The look of bitterness doesn't suite your new features little sister."

"I can't help it."

"Have you made plans?" I asked

"They're underway. Marnie had a nice little coven before I took control. I'm sure several of them will join out cause. What about your host?" Antonia asked me.

"I'm not sure there's anyone Rachel could scrounge up that isn't a supernatural or an empathizer."

"She did come with the vampire that bit Marnie."

"I couldn't resist her though. She's young and has endless potential. If I had known you were planning on taking a host I would have told you about her sister, Lily would have been harder to convince though. That girl is tough and powerful. We'll need to look out for her if the time comes."

"And there will be battles do not doubt that. We will show the world what vampires are truly capable of."

"Of course we will little sister, all in good time. You were always eager to jump ahead. A good spell is never complete without the proper planning and a proper coven. It's why you weren't successful 400 years ago," I informed her.

"You prepare everything we'll need, make a plan. I'll deal with the matter of a coven."

"I'll be waiting Antonia. I've been waiting 400 years, what are another few days?"

LPOV

I had explained everything to Eric and he understood. We went down to the cubby and I started chaining him down with the silver. "I don't want to do this but I can't lose anyone else," I said as I draped a chain over his ankles.

"I must be strong to need all these chains."

"You're the one of the oldest vampires I know. The older you are the stronger you get." I placed some more chains across his wrists and torso. "One more," I told him. He screamed in pain as I put the last set of chains across his neck.

"Will you stay with me?"He asked.

"Of course." I lay down next to him.

OoOoO

We lay there for hours waiting for the spell to come. "Maybe it won't happen today," he said.

"Maybe."

"Remove the sliver, please."

"We don't know that it won't come. If I let you go out there and you die, I'd hate myself."

"If the witches are really as powerful as Bill said, I might meet the sun anyway. I don't want your last memory of me to be like this."

"I'll remember you as the kind, sweet person I know you are. But I'm not going to let you die."

"I don't want my memory back," he said.

"Why?"

"If you can forgive me for all the things I did in the past then I don't need to remember. I'm happy here with you."

"Me too."

IPOV

"They're here Ileana," Antonia told me.

"Ready to make a dramatic entrance?" I asked.

"You always do." I flickered the candles in the room, I heard the people on the other side of the door grow silent. Then the doors opened and I walked in. I had a quick flash of a very similar scene, except it was at night and I was with a blonde man. I cleared my mind of the memories I was experiencing from Rachel. She was almost too strong a medium.

"Rachel?" One of the women gasped. I looked at her. Her name was Tara; I could pull up a few vague memories of her without trying to hard. Some of Rachel's memories could prove useful but if I dug too deep I might pull her out, and we can't have that.

"My name is Ileana," I said.

"That's Lily's twin! The one who's missing!" Another lady said, Holly. Lily, of course, I could remember her. A face just like the one I was currently wearing. No! I shoved back the memories that were threatening to pour through.

"She let me in. I'm only borrowing her."

"She let you in?" Tara asked.

"She did."

"I am Antonia. Ileana was my older sister. We both died at the hands of vampires over 400 years ago. And once again we are at war," my sister said.

"And this time we are better prepared to fight back. This time we will be successful," I said.

"If we do nothing we will be tortured, raped, murdered, eaten. But remember, vampires are not immortal. Only harder to kill," Antonia said.

"We have waited 400 years for this. Are you ready to fight?" I asked. There was a chorus of voices agreeing to join. "Join hands," I instructed them. Antonia and I walked to the middle of the circle and joined hands facing each other. We began to chant at the same time. People began to join us and slowly Antonia and I rose up off the ground. I could feel the spell working its way out of the building and into the streets, searching for the vampires it was destined to destroy.

LPOV

"Do you feel that?" I asked.

"It's coming," Eric said.

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