Look Before You Leap

28The More You Know The Less You Believe


When we got back to Fangtasia I could hear screams coming from inside. We ran inside and found Tara lying on the bar screaming while Pam held her hand. "What happened?" Eric asked.

"They shot her and she's not healing!" Pam cried. The three of us joined Pam by Tara's side and Eric looked at her wound.

"Gunshots aren't supposed to glow like that," I mumbled. Eric pulled the hole and started to reach for the bullet, we all flinched as it burned him. "Silver bullet?"

"Silver bullets don't glow," Nora said. She pushed me aside lightly so she could get a better look.

"Lily, hand me something to get this out with," Eric said. I turned towards the bar looking for a knife or anything sharp. Eric reached past me and grabbed a beer bottle and smashed it into the counter. I closed my eyes as he stuck it into Tara's wound to dig out the bullet. Finally she stopped screaming and I peeked. Everyone was staring at the bullet, clearly made out of sliver but also something else.

"It emits UV rays, like those lights in the Authority," I realized.

"Where would humans get something like this?" Eric asked.

"General Cavanaugh said they were developing new weapons," Nora said.

"Shit, Salome was right, killing him was a stupid move," I said.

Pam turned to face us. "You're saying that the three of you basically caused this whole shit storm in the first place?"

"Bill started it, he bombed the TruBlood factories," I informed her. "But we didn't exactly help prevent it."

"If it weren't for you and your cunt of a sister coming into our lives we never would have ended up here. Do you know how much fucking trouble you've gotten us into?" Pam yelled at me.

"The humans have been planning this for years now; it's not something two human girls could have controlled," Nora said to Pam, surprisingly coming to my defense.

"And you and your fucking Authority destroyed everything! They have fucking weapons and they stole all my shit!" Pam yelled turning her attention to Nora. Eric threw the glass he was holding across the room and it shattered against the bar.

"If the humans want war, we'll give them war," Eric said. "Nora, go through the Bible find out what Bill is."

"We've been through this, there isn't anything there," Nora said.

"Try again!" Eric yelled. He grabbed my arm and yanked me out of Fangtasia. As soon as we were in the parking lot I planted my feet and he stopped.

"Do you at least want to fill me in on what the fuck we're going to do? Because I'm about done with being dragged around and tossed into situations I don't want to be in. I'm half dead because you and Bill wouldn't fucking listen to me."

"We're going to see the governor, is that enough of an explanation?" He asked.

"Yes, thank you," I said tersely.

He wrapped an arm around me to prepare for flight. "I'm about done with you using the "I'm a vampire" card to make me feel bad, in case you were wondering. You aren't that upset about it." As we took off I realized he was right, I wasn't upset about being a vampire. I was upset, however, that no one took a moment to check and see if I was keeping up. I knew he was right though, I had to get over it because I didn't have the luxury of adjustment time. We were at war.


We arrived at the Governor's mansion it looked like he was having a party and people were being checked on the guest list. "How are you going to get past them?" I asked.

"I'm going to get a name on that list."

"We could just glamour them," I suggested.

"There are too many of them. It's too dangerous for you, you're staying here," he said. We both heard a man talking on the phone behind us and Eric ran and grabbed him. I sighed as I waited for him to hide the body.

"If I'm not going in, why am I here?" I asked.

"To help me with this disguise. Grab his bag, I'll get his clothes."

I sighed again and started picking up the things the man had dropped. I flipped through his folders and read off the important information. "He's with the fish and wildlife agency, he's got a meeting with the governor to talk about cranes." When I turned around Eric had already changed into the man's clothes.

"How do I look?" He asked.

"Like you're wearing pants that are too short for you, hold on." I knelt down and cut the hem on his pants so they would get a little longer. "If you weren't so tall this would be a whole lot easier, now you just look like you have badly made pants. Let's see, your hair isn't working." I combed it out and flattened it down. I looked down at the body and snatched his glasses off and put them on Eric. "Roll your shoulders forward, walk with a slouch. Smile a lot." He followed my instructions and I laughed. "Perfect."

"Would you still like me if I looked like this all the time?" he joked.

"I don't know you do look pretty adorable," I said laughing. I stood on my tiptoes and kissed him quickly. "Now go forth and fly like the whooping crane." I waited in the trees until he was gone and then I followed him. I went around the back of the house where there was less security and I walked up to the door.

The security guard stopped me. "Is there a reason you're coming through the back door and not the front?" He asked.

I glanced at my outfit and then back up at him. I channeled by inner teenage girl. "Clearly I'm not dressed for the occasion and I'm supposed to be helping the governor with his campaign, but I totally forgot until I got a text from our manager. You cannot let me get fired, that would be so rude!"

"Is there someone out here?" A girl asked sticking her head out the door.

"This girl says she's part of your dad's campaign, do you recognize her?" The guard asked.

"Oh yeah, come in. I'll find you something to wear," she grabbed my arm and led me inside and upstairs where she steered me down the hall and into her room. "You're not on my dad's campaign are you?"

"How'd you guess?" I asked.

"I know basically everyone on the team. Don't worry though I'm not going to tell on you. I just wanted a little excitement my dad's been going crazy with all this vampire stuff. I don't even really care, you know? I'm Willa, by the way."

I took this as my opportunity to find out a little more about the governor's plans. "Any idea what your dad has been doing with vampires?"

"I guess you mean besides what he's been advertising to the public? He pretty much keeps me in the dark but I hear he's been studying them. I don't know what all that entails but its pissing off a lot of those activist groups." She paused and looked at me. "You aren't a member of that Vampire Unity Alliance or anything are you?"

"I-" Willa cut me off quickly.

"I'd rather not know actually." Suddenly there was a lot of commotion from down below. "Shit there must be a vampire, dad only freaks out when there's a vampire."

Lily, stay hidden. I'll meet you in the trees soon. I heard Eric think at me. I wanted to yell that I was fine and I was being more productive than him. "I should probably go," I told Willa.

"You can't just leave if there's a vampire out there," She said. "You'll have to stay here until morning. I'm not going to let you get eaten, even if I barely know you." I wasn't sure how to explain that I couldn't stay until morning because I was also a vampire without her freaking out, so I just nodded.


I was drinking a cup of coffee in my kitchen when Martha and Alcide came in. "We're going to Bon Temps to get my granddaughter back," Martha told me. "She's been staying with Sam and Luna."

"Isn't Luna her mom? Is she coming back with us too?" I asked.

"Luna and Sam are shifters, Emma is a werewolf, and she belongs with her pack."

"You're just going to run up in there and steal a little girl from her mom? Excuse me if I'm wrong, but isn't that called kidnapping?" I asked. I glanced at Alcide who hadn't said anything. "You're condoning this?"

"Emma is part of this pack, the pack sticks together," Alcide answered.

"She's a child, Alcide."

"Are you coming with us or not?" He asked. I grabbed my bag and nodded, if anything I might be able to help Luna and if not it was a free ride back home.

Danielle met us outside my house and I tried to refrain from doing something too harsh. She wouldn't meet my eyes and was staying far away from both Alcide and I as we got into Alcide's truck. Good for her at least she isn't stupid, I thought.

The ride to Bon Temps was quiet. Alcide and Martha knew I was pissed and Danielle was too freaked out by what I'd done to her to speak. When we pulled up outside of Sam's trailer I was the first one out though Martha quickly pushed past me. "Where's Emma?" She asked Sam, as he came out of the trailer.

"She's fine, she's inside," Sam told her.

"What about Luna?"

"Luna didn't make it."

"Oh my god, Sam, I'm so sorry," I said. Martha and Alcide both expressed their regrets as well.

"Emma is asleep right now, you should probably come back tomorrow," Sam told us.

Alcide stepped forward. "Look, Luna shifting on TV has put us all in danger of being exposed. They're going to be looking her, Emma too. It's best if she came with us, we're her pack."

"We'll be ok," Sam said.

With Luna out of the picture I had to admit Martha was probably the next best choice to raise her, she was Emma's grandmother after all and they were both weres. "Sam, you know me. I won't let anything bad happen to Emma," I told him.

Lafayette stepped out of the trailer. "Emma wants to stay with Sam," he announced. I bit my lip not wanting this to turn into a huge fight. The more heated the argument got the brighter everyone's threads of emotion shined. I was wrestling the moral problems I had with changing my friends' emotions when Emma ran out of the trailer. I knew everything was about to go to hell when Martha grabbed Emma and Sam started yelling at her. Alcide punched Sam and I grabbed his thread and tried to twist it into something nicer. I realized it was a whole lot easier to make people feel pain that it was to sooth their emotions but I wasn't going to hurt my boyfriend. I got to work calming them down; there were only a few more punches in either way before they both started breathing normally.

In the time that it took me to calm the two of them down though, Martha had gotten Emma into the truck. Sam was too dazed after my intrusion to do anything and Danielle had punched Lafayette hard enough to knock him out. "Let's go, Rachel," Alcide said.

I shook my head. "No, I'm staying here."

"Rachel-" he started.

"Unless you plan on carrying me off kicking and screaming, like Emma, I'm staying right here. I need some time to work out how it's possible that the man I fell in love with has been completely eradicated and turned into someone else. You are not the same man I met in Jackson." He looked like he was going to say something but then he just turned and got into his truck. I watched as they drove away before turning back to Sam. "Are you going to be ok?" I asked.

He nodded. "What did you do?" He asked.

"It's a new trick, comes in handy sometimes. I'm so sorry I couldn't stop them from taking Emma."

"You tried."

My phone rang and I pulled it out to check, to my surprise Jason was calling. "Um, hello?"

"Rach, god I've been calling for an hour. Can you come by Sookie's sometime soon? It's real important."

"I'm actually in Bon Temps right now, I can be over there in fifteen minutes," I told him. "What's going on?"

"Oh you should definitely just come over, because you aren't going to believe me," he said.

"Ok, fine I'm on my way." I hung up and turned back to Sam. "Can you deal with Lafayette?" I asked.

He nodded and pulled his keys out of his pocket and handed them to me. "Here take my car, since your ride is gone."

"Thanks, I'll see you soon."


When I got to Sookie's I ran up and knocked on the door. Jason answered and led me to the living room where Sookie was standing with an old man making light balls in between their hands. "Rach, meet Niall," Jason said.

The man turned and smiled when he saw me. "My daughter."

"Your what?" I asked.

"I told you, you weren't going to believe me. We're cousins! Or wait does that make you my aunt or something? Dude," Jason said. I glanced at Sookie who was shaking her head at Jason.

"Niall is our faerie grandfather," she told me. "According to him he is also your dad."

"My dad is dead," I told them.

"That's what your mother had to say, who would believe her if she told them that he was a faerie?"

"You're saying my mother knew what you were? And so she must have know what Lily and I were, yet she never told us."

"Well that's unfortunate you had to figure it out for yourselves," Niall said frowning. "You mentioned Lily, your twin. Where is she?"

"I don't know, busy being a vampire I would assume."

He frowned again. "That is highly problematic. I was hoping to have both of you to help defeat Warlow."

"Defeat who?" I asked.

"A very old vampire who has always been obsessed with our family. You see our bloodline is royal, I happen to be a faerie king," Niall said like that was a totally normal thing to say.

"In case these two didn't inform you, Lily and I have a whole lot of shit on our schedules right now. We don't really have a spare time slot to stage some battle of epic proportions."

"I should think that your life is a bit more important than whatever else you have planned," he said.

"I'm sorry if I can't just drop everything."

"Stay with us for just a few days, I'm sure I'll be able to make you understand. You are very important."

"Fine, I need a break from my life anyway."


Willa leant me a night gown and we were both getting ready for bed. We had spent the last few hours talking about her friends and I had to admit I missed the girl talks Rachel and I used to have. Even if I was ok with being less than normal it was nice to have that back for a little while. I kept waiting for Eric to contact me again but he never did, and I couldn't exactly call and explain what was happening with Willa around.

She sat at the vanity and removed her contacts. "God these things are annoying."

"Did you just get contacts or something?"I asked.

"Yeah, well they aren't normal contacts. Dad's making me wear them; they're supposed to keep a vampire from glamouring me. Everyone in my dad's campaign and his guards are getting them."

"Do they really work?" I asked.

"Supposedly, I've never tested them out, but I guess that's one of the things they've been experimenting with on those vampires they've been studying." There was a noise at the window and I glanced up to see Eric hovering outside. He looked as surprised to see me inside as I was to see him outside. Willa stood up and went to close the window and gasped when she noticed him.

"Good evening Miss Burrell," Eric said. "Why don't you invite me in?"

"Of course," she said. "Come in."

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