2 Three Weeks Later
Rachel and I were going on our third week of work at Merlotte's and I think we both had adjusted well to the town, giving the circumstances. I was becoming friends with Tara Thornton and Sookie's brother, Jason. Who were currently at the bar arguing about something right now. "Tara, aren't you supposed to be working?" I asked.
"Lily! Tell Jason that nine times out of ten he's wrong," Tara said.
"I am not!" Jason said annoyed.
"Really you two?" I looked at them and sat down the tray I had been carrying. "No, it's more like…seven times out of ten."
"Thank you for that vote of confidence, Lil," Jason said."
"Would the two of you please get back to work?" Sam came up behind us. "Jason, stop distracting my employees."
"Sorry, Sam," he apologized.
I ran back out to give Maxine Fortenberry her refill on her iced tea. "Sorry about the wait," I said sitting the glass down on the table and taking away her empty one. I looked up and saw my sister outside with her boyfriend, Eric. Somehow Rachel had already found herself a new guy. She sure did move fast. I put the tray on an empty table behind me and walked outside.
"Oh stop it," I heard Rachel say giggling.
"But it's true. You always look beautiful," Eric told her. I had to admit, as much as I found the idea of my sister dating a vampire a little strange, they looked pretty cute together.
"Rachel," I called getting her attention.
"What?" She snapped.
"Out shift doesn't end for another ten minutes. Make him come inside and order a TruBlood or something." I looked over at Eric who was looking at me like I was something to eat, which I guess I was. The spell of the perfect couple was broken. If he looked away from her for a second he went back to being Eric, but when they were with each other it was like no one else existed. It was sweet and terrifying at the same time.
"Fine, I'll come inside." Of course by the time Rachel had dragged her feet up to the door the alarm on my cell went off telling me my shift was up. Seeing as Rachel had no tables right now she had nothing to tell Holly, her replacement.
"Oh, too bad. Well, see you in the morning, Lil." She and Eric walked back towards the parking lot and I rolled my eyes before going back inside. That's when I got the call from Sookie.
"Sook, what's up?" I answered. I knew Bill was taking her out for some special evening. From what I gathered reading his mind, accidentally I swear, he was going to propose to her.
"It's Bill, he's missing."
"Missing? What do you mean?"
"I went to the restroom and when I came back to our table he was gone and the place was wrecked."
"Oh my god! What should we do?"
"I don't know! Are Rachel and Eric still there?" She asked. I glanced out the window but they were long gone.
"No. Um, I'll go home. Maybe he went back?"
"Maybe." She didn't seem at all convinced and I didn't blame her one bit.
"Meet me there."
"Alright see you in a few."
I hung up and ran out the restaurant without telling Holly about her tables. I jumped in my car and flew down the road. When I got home I opened the door Jess was standing in the entrance to the living room, looking pretty terrible.
"Jess, have you seen Bill?" I asked.
"Nope just me…"
"Are you ok?" I asked.
She smeared blood across her face, she'd obviously been crying for a while. "Just things with Hoyt. I'll be fine," She said. Jessica and I weren't as good friends as she and Rachel had become, so I felt weird discussing her relationships with her.
Sookie walked in looking hopeful. I shook my head. "Bill's been kidnapped," she said told Jess.
"What?" Jessica asked.
"I don't know what happened, but if he comes home call me. Ok? Even if he commands you not to."
"I don't think…"
"Just do it!" Sookie snapped.
"Come on Sookie, we'll drive up to Fangtasia." I sighed. I tried to stay away from Eric as much as possible, and I already seen him once tonight. Thanks to Rachel and Bill keeping their mouths shut, Eric still didn't realize I had any abilities and I wanted to keep it that way.
When we got to Fangtasia, Sookie jumped out and ran inside while I parked. When I got in she was talking to Pam, who I'd met once when she'd come with Eric to the Merlotte's. "Hello Lily," Pam said smiling.
"Is he here?" I asked Sookie.
"No. Where's Eric?" She asked Pam.
"He's a little busy…"
"With Rachel? Wonderful because I need to hear about my sister and her oh-so-interesting love life," I mumbled. Sookie took off and I followed after her, more than a little reluctantly. I walked down the stairs behind Pam.
"Sookie and Lily, what a nice surprise," Eric said turning around revealing my sister who totally naked.
"God Rachel put some clothes on." I said. She glared at me before walking towards her Merlotte's uniform, which was in a pile on the floor, and started getting dressed.
"Well what brings you here tonight?" Eric asked walking towards us. I tried as hard as I could to look at his face.
"Bill's been kidnapped," Sookie told him.
"And knowing you, you probably did it," I added.
"Well I didn't. Anything else while you're here?"
"Where were you tonight?" Sookie asked.
"Picking up Rachel and Merlotte's then I came straight here. Ask Lily," He said looking towards me.
"He did pick her up right at the end of our shift. It was barely dark, he couldn't have had enough time to do it before hand," I said reluctantly.
"Look, it's my duty as the Sheriff of area 5 to look for him so I will. Does that make you feel better?" He asked.
I followed Sookie back up the stairs with Rachel behind me. "Sook, take my car. I'll ride home with Rachel." I tossed her the keys.
"See you tomorrow," She said. I got into the car with Rachel who turned the car on without looking at me.
"What the fuck Lily?"
"What?" I asked confused.
"You barged in there and accused my boyfriend of kidnapping Bill. Why would he do that? I'm dating him. I really doubt he'd do something like that, seeing as he knows that Bill is my family. Not to mention I think he has a thing for Sookie."
"If he has a thing for Sookie why are you fucking him in Fangtasia's basement?" I asked.
"Who I'm with, where we are, and what we're doing there are not any of your business."
It was quiet for a second. "Fangbanger," I mumbled.
"Tonight was the first night he'd ever bit me."
"Really?" I asked skeptically. Bill had told me that my and Rachel's blood smelt different than other humans, even better than Sookie's.
"And we've only had sex twice," she informed me.
"I'm impressed. Did you drink any of his blood?" I asked.
"Maybe a little, not that it's any of your business," she repeated.
I coughed. "You're still a Fangbanger."
"I hate you," she told me. There was a moment of silence before we both burst out laughing.
I was so tired by the time we got home from driving all around Shreveport looking for Bill that I slept the entire day; luckily I didn't have to work. It was around sunset when I woke up. There was a terrible smell. "Lily? It smells like something is rotting."
"Rachel Compton, I am trying to sleep," Lily said into her pillow. Then she sat up suddenly. "Oh my god, what is that smell!?"
"That's what I just said!" Lily jumped out of bed and ran downstairs. Jessica was just coming out of her hole. "Jess! Do you smell that?" I asked.
"Yeah. I think something died up in my hole under there. I'm going to clean it up tonight. Don't worry about it," she said.
"Are you sure you don't need help?" Lily offered, though I could tell she was hoping she would say no.
"No! I mean, no, I got it." Jessica seemed really weird today. Something was definitely up with her.
"Well we're going over to Sookie's maybe she heard something."
"Yeah, alright. I'll talk to ya'll later."
Lily and I drove over to Sookie's and knocked. She opened the door while she was on the phone. She motioned for us to come in. "Yeah, that's great. If you hear anything just let me know…Alright…Bye" She hung up. "I've been calling around seeing if anyone knows anything," she explained.
"I just got to thinking; I've seen Eric call Pam before, it's this weird vamp thing. But maybe Bill's called Jess," I said.
"Vampires can do that?" Sookie asked.
"Yeah, I guess." I shrugged.
"Let's go back over there," Lily said.
"Oh, let me grab your keys." Sookie ran into the kitchen and came back with Lil's keys. Sookie rode with Lily while I drove my car back to our house. When we walked in Jessica was in the foyer again.
"Hey Jess, has Bill called you? I was thinking Eric calls Pam so maybe Bill called you."
"No. You've been around you know he hasn't," she said shaking her head.
"No, like that way vampires call. Pam gets all shivery and I've seen Eric do it."
"I think last night maybe. I felt real sick…"
"Anything else?" Sookie asked.
"I don't know. Maybe a place."
"My car's big enough for all of us," I said with a sigh. The four of us loaded up in my Nissan Cube and I handed Jess the keys.
We'd been driving for a while when Jess slowed down. "Are you alright?" I asked.
"Feeling sick, like I did last night."
"Look over there. Isn't that Bill's car?" Lily asked pointing out the window. Sookie jumped out of the car and the rest of us followed her.
There was a dead body and Jess found a mark on his neck. "That looks like a rune," I said. Lily gave me a weird look. "What? My boyfriend was a Viking. I've been looking into stuff." I shrugged.
Jess tried to look it up finally she found it. She handed it to me and I read the label on it "Operation Werewolf?"
"Werewolf?" Sookie and Lily asked at the same time.
Lily groaned. "Are there seriously more supernatural creatures out there besides vampires? You have got to be kidding me."