Look Before You Leap

31 All Good Things Come To An End

LPOV

We made it to Bill's house, it was the first time I'd seen him since Sookie had tried to kill him. It was weird to feel unwelcome in my own home. Bill came to the top of the stairs; he didn't look crazy, he just looked like Bill. I wanted to run into his arms and have him tell me the past few weeks were just a huge nightmare, but I knew they weren't.

Eric stepped forward still clutching Nora. Bill slowly descended the stairs. "I don't know what you are, but I saw Sookie stake you and you survived. If you're really," he paused. "If you're really god, then please save her."

"Bring her upstairs." We went into Rachel's old room and Eric deposited Nora on the bed. "What happened to her?" Bill asked me.

"Governor Burrell's scientists have created a new strain of hepatitis, this one kills vampires," I explained.

"Give her your blood, it's the only way," Eric said.

"No!" Nora said pushing back, suddenly invigorated. "Please, it's Lilith's blood. You can't!"

"She saw what the blood did to us, can you blame her?" Bill asked.

"I don't care," Eric said.

"I won't. This is her dying wish."

"Nora, please, you'll be ok. Just please drink his blood," I begged her.

"I've made peace with this, Lily. You don't have to save me."

"Nora," I mumbled, but didn't know what else to say.

"I'll leave you alone," Bill said.

Eric and I stayed with Nora until the sun came up and she fell asleep. "I'm going to go call Rachel. I haven't talked to her since we got out of the Authority, she's probably worried."

"I'll be here," he told me. I walked across the hall and into my old room. It felt like ages since I'd last stayed here but it still had little touches of me. There was an empty perfume bottle on the shelf, because I thought it was pretty. On my nightstand was a photo of Rachel and me, skis in hand, at Buttermilk Mountain.

I picked up the landline and called her, I'd lost my cell phone at some point. It rang twice before she answered it. "Bill?"

"No, it's me."

"Lily, oh my god. It's so nice to hear your voice." She sighed. "I wish everything could go back to normal."

"I don't even know what normal means anymore," I told her.

"Me either." There was a pause. "Are you ok?"

"Physically, yeah. Eric's sister is dying."

"He has a sister?"

"At least I know he didn't tell you everything."

"Did you know her well?" She asked.

"Not really, when we were around each other we mostly just argued. I wish we hadn't, I wish I'd tried harder. When did I become such a jealous person, Rach? I've never been like this with anyone before Eric. I feel like I am constantly trying to one up everyone around him, because if I don't he won't love me anymore."

"I know that feeling. I thought I was in competition with every girl that walked by. My whole life revolved around becoming everything Eric could ever want. It was exhausting." She groaned.

"He made a new vampire and I hate her. I even went as far as to glamour her to keep her away from Eric," I confessed. "I blame her for everything that's happening. Pam and Tara and Jessica might die because of her. But I'm the reason she got turned in the first place, so really it's my fault. I put myself in this situation and I'm terrified it's eating me alive."

"I hurt a girl because she kissed Alcide and I was proud of doing it. I threatened her because I thought it was the only way to keep him. But then I realized, if I had to hurt people to be with Alcide, I didn't want to be with him."

"You and Alcide broke up?" I asked.

"Yeah. I think it's temporary. At least I hope it is. He changed and not for the better, but I am trying to give him time to come to his senses. I don't want to let him go yet." She paused. "Maybe you should reevaluate your relationship. Do you really want to be with someone you feel the need to constantly impress? You're going to be alive for centuries, maybe millenniums. There will be other guys out there."

I nodded. "You're right, but I think that I need to reevaluate myself before I start cutting ties. I'm not ready to let him go either."

"I love you, Lil. I really hope that things settle down soon. I haven't seen you in ages."

"Yeah, it's been weeks." I heard Eric walk downstairs. "I should go. I love you too, Rach."

I hung up and went to the top of the stairs. Bill and Eric both stood in the foyer. "I saw a white circular room, and in it Pam, Tara, Jessica, Lily, and you meet the sun." I had a feeling I knew exactly what room he'd seen. "That is why I am going to get Warlow right now. He is half-fae, half-vampire, it is his blood that is letting me walk in the sun."

"Tell me what you want from me," Eric said.

"I must bring Warlow here so we can use his blood to save those vampires."

"I will help you, if you help Nora." I was still at the top of the stairs when Eric and Bill came up to go into Rachel's room. Neither of them met my eyes. Nora was still asleep and Eric and Bill sat on either side of her. I wanted to respect Nora's wishes but I also wanted her to live, it was the latter desire that kept me silent as Bill forced her to drink from him.

"I'm sorry, we had to try," Eric told her.

"I know," she said. I moved to sit next to Bill.

"Is it working?" I asked. "Are you feeling any better?"

"I don't think so."

"Then, Warlow's blood," Eric said looking at Bill. "Bring him here, he can help."

"No, his blood can help me walk in the sun, but it will not heal me," Nora said.

"It has to."

"Lily, please, make him see. This is the end for me." She grabbed my hand.

"Bill, bring the blood," Eric said.

Bill stood up. "Alright."

OoOoO

By nightfall Nora was significantly worse, but if she was in pain she didn't let it show. Even on her death bed Nora was beautiful. Eric prayed to Godric and I sat in silence wishing I could go back in time. "When Eric met me I was dying of the plague, it is only fitting that I die just like this," Nora told me. Eric moved back to her bedside. "This time there is no Godric to save me, only you to comfort me."

"Who will comfort me for centuries to come?" He asked. I could see the blood tears brimming.

Nora smiled at him. "You are not alone, brother. Pamela and Lily will be here for you always."

"And Willa," I added.

"Yes, you saw in each of them what you saw in me."

"No one can ever replace this."

Nora clutched my hand. "But they will love you the way you need to be loved. Let them be there for you and you will never loose them." Eric nodded. For a moment he locked eyes with me before we both looked to Nora again. "Lily, I know I told you, but I truly regret not knowing you. You are the kind of person I would have liked to have in my life, and I am so happy Eric will have you." I felt the tears I'd been holding back run down my cheeks.

She looked back at Eric and then closed her eyes. I knew that this was it. "No!" Eric said grabbing her. "Please don't leave me! Please!" He clutched her as she slowly disintegrated into goo. He sat there holding what was left of her and sobbing before he looked up at me. "Lily, she's gone." I slid closer to him and pulled him to my chest and let him cry.

It wasn't long before I heard Bill's footsteps in the hallway. Eric sat up and I turned to face Bill. I wiped the bloody tears from my cheeks. "Did you know this whole time?" I asked. "That she was going to die."

He shook his head. "The visions don't work that way, much like your sister's they come at random and show me only pieces."

"At least Rachel's visions gave us some warning."

"I may not have seen Nora's death, but she knew it was coming." He paused. "We still have a job to do."

Eric stood up. "My sister's blood is still warm and you want me to fight your holy war?" He asked. "You were supposed to bring Warlow here, you were supposed to help her. I do not owe you anything." Eric slowly walked towards Bill.

"Sookie has Warlow, she is bringing him to us. Nora knew Warlow's blood would not help her."

"But we could have tried!"

"Both of you, please," I interjected. "We have to help, if we don't we are risking the lives of every vampire in that camp."

"We have no proof that he is what he says he is," Eric said. "We don't even know if his vision will come true."

"He pulled a stake out of his heart, Eric. What more proof do you need?" I asked skeptically. "A white circular room, does that ring any bells? I'm sure you went through the same things I did, you were there. Are you really willing to risk a few hundred vampires meeting the sun on your pride?"

"You're no fucking god," Eric spat at Bill.

"I never said I was," Bill said. "Get out of my house."

"I'm already gone." Eric took off and I looked at Bill apologetically, before running after him.

When I found Eric, he was standing in the cemetery waving his hand around. "What are you doing?

"Sookie just appeared out of nowhere, from this spot."

"She must have been in the faerie garden," I told him.

"Do you think Warlow is there?"

I shrugged. "I don't keep tabs on Sookie." He batted at the air again. "You're never going to get in there. It's vampire proof."

"Can you get in?"

"Maybe. Probably, yeah. But I don't know how. The only time I've been to the garden was through Sookie, back at that hospital in Jackson." I reached a hand out and searched for the doorway. Suddenly I felt a change in temperature, I pushed the rest of the way into the garden. Inside I saw a man tied to a tombstone. He looked at me, fangs bared. "Warlow?"

"Who are you?"

"You're a vampire, and a faerie," I realized. "Like me."

"You're a hybrid?"

I nodded. "Lily?" Eric called. I quickly stepped back into the real world. "Well?"

"He's here." I bit my lip. "Eric, we should take him back to the other vampires."

"I'm not a hero."

"Then leave him for Bill." He started towards the doorway. "You can't get in without me."

"Then take me to him."

"No, Eric. I know you want to blame someone for Nora's death, but it wasn't Bill's fault. Killing Warlow won't hurt Bill, but it will hurt our friends that are going to meet the sun in that white room."

"Take me in or I'll make you."

"You wouldn't."

"As your maker-"

"If you do this I'll never forgive you." I shook my head. "I don't think you'll forgive yourself either."

"As your maker I command you to take me to Warlow."

I let out a small cry. "Give me your hands." I concentrated and pulled him through the portal. I didn't turn around, but I could hear Warlow trying to fight Eric off. Then the struggling stopped.

After a moment, Eric rejoined me. "Let's go." Once we were out of the garden, Eric asked me, "Are you coming with me?"

"It's almost daylight."

"I have Warlow's blood, I won't burn. You're a faerie, neither will you."

I shook my head. "I'm not doing this for you, I'm doing this for my friends. We're saving them today."

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