Look Before You Leap

4 Down in Mississippi and up to no good

RPOV

When we got back to Alcide's apartment I noticed a cut on his back. "Let me help you with that," I said.

"It's nothing. I've got it."

I sighed annoyed. "Sit down. Where's the first aid kit?" He pointed it out and Sookie brought it to me before going to sit in the living room.

"Take off your shirt," I said. He did and I have to admit I was impressed, but now was not the time to be focusing on hot guys. "That were, he had V. He admitted himself."

"Weres don't do V."

"The ones that took Bill did."

I dabbed a bit of alcohol on his back."Ow!"

"Quit squirming or I'll never get done!"

"Well that hurt."

"Sorry. So who's Debbie?" I asked.

"My ex. She moved out a month ago."

"Oh. Do you still talk to her?" I asked putting a bit of pressure on the cut to dry everything.

"No, my sister does though." He looked at me annoyed.

"Almost done, sorry."

Sookie's phone rang in the other room. "Bill?" I heard her ask and ran in there.

"Is it him?" I asked.

She nodded. "Are you alright?" She asked him. "Shut the fuck up." She said a moment later.

"What?" I asked.

"The last time I saw you, you asked me to marry you," she said sounding hurt.

"Is he breaking up with you?" I asked.

"You have to say that. Someone is listening." She told him. I sat down, having no idea what was going on. "Bill. That's not true." She sounded like she was about to cry now. She put down the phone slowly. "He says he loves you and your sister and he'll miss you," Sookie started bawling.

"Did he break up with you?" I asked again. She nodded. I pulled her over to the couch and she lay on me and cried. Alcide came out of his room and stopped.

Is she going to be ok? He asked. I shrugged. She cried until she ended up falling asleep. Alcide helped me move her to the bed and the two of us sat on the couch. "How many relationships has she been in?" He asked.

"I'm not sure but my thought is very few." And then it really hit me. Bill wasn't dead but the way he said goodbye pretty much said he never planned on seeing me again. It was almost the same as a family member dying, almost worse. I don't cry much, but family really is my weakness. I tried not to start blubbering but it was extremely hard and eventually I just let the tears come. "I haven't known him long but he's already become like the dad I never had and he said goodbye over the phone, through Sookie," I sniffed through tears.

"Come here." He pulled me over towards him.

"You're really warm. I like it."

He wrapped him arms around me. "It's a were thing. We run hot." I choked out a laugh but it just ended up in more tears. "You can stay in there with Sookie if you want."

"I don't want to go."

"Alright stay here I'll be right back, just let me go put on a shirt."Any other time I would've made a flirty comment but I was too busy crying all my makeup off to even think about it. When he came back I curled up against him and fell asleep on the couch with him still holding me.

OoOoO

When I woke up the next morning I could smell bacon. Bacon is probably the only food that will make me get out of bed, no questions asked. I jumped up and walked in the kitchen. Alcide was standing over the stove cooking. "Are you planning on going back home today?" He asked

I laughed. "There's no way."

"What about Sookie."

"Oh, that's who I'm talking about. Sure I want a proper goodbye at least, but Sookie isn't going to let this go."

He sighed. "Well alright then if she just wants him to hurt her all over again."

"She thinks he's in trouble. I do too. At least I think there's something he's not telling. I'm pretty good at knowing when people are hiding things." Alcide started putting bacon and eggs on his plate.

"I hear you two talking about me," Sookie said coming in. "We're going to that engagement party tonight."

"No fucking way," Alcide said. "You go if you want, don't drag me into this." He walked off.

"Rachel, you coming with me?" Sookie asked.

"After last night? Maybe you should fly this one solo." I walked out after Alcide. "Hey."

"Hey," he said.

"Sorry about Sookie being so set on going to that party. I know you're still hurting about Debbie."

"It's not your fault."

"I know, but I still feel bad. I'm not going to the bar tonight, you don't have to go either."

"Are you really considering letting her go by herself?"

"She might get in a lot of trouble," I said.

"Or worse. We've got go with her."

I sighed. "Of course we do." I grabbed a piece of bacon off his plate. He laughed.

"Do you always steal food from people you just met?" He asked.

"Pretty much, yeah. Plus I feel like I've know you for a long time."

"I feel the same way about you," he said. I smiled then grabbed another piece.

OoOoO

Later Alcide had to go out and so sent his sister Janice over. There was a knock and I answered the door. "You must be Janice."

"And you must be Rachel. You're gorgeous!"

"Thanks, this is Sookie."

"Aw cute," she said.

Should I be offended that I' m only cute and you're gorgeous? Sookie asked.

Nope. I responded.

"You are just what my brother needs right now," Janice said walking around me playing with my curls.

"We aren't dating. I have a boyfriend," I said. She gave me one of those looks that said she thought she knew everything about my life. "Well, we need to fit in at Lou Pines. Sookie obviously needs more help than me."

She looked us both over and nodded. "Yup."

"I want to look like I can kick some serious ass. Which I can." Sookie said. I snorted and Sookie glared at me.

Janice picked up a book of temporary tattoos and sat down next to me. The two of us flipped through trying to find the perfect ones. "So there's no way you and Alcide-"

"Like I said, I'm in a relationship."

"That's too bad."

OoOoO

That night Sookie and I went to Lou Pines in the perfect disguises. I'd had to borrow some pants from Janice but I had a top that worked perfectly. She had put tattoos all over both of us and I had my always curly hair straightened with several different purple clip ins. Alcide was there too of course, watching out for us. I spotted the guy Alcide had gotten into a fight with yesterday and we went over to talk to him. He didn't seem to remember us, which was good. Sookie and I did shots and some of the guys were cheering us on. Then some girl came up. "Who the fuck are you?" She asked us.

"They're with me Debbie," Alcide said coming up behind her. So this was Debbie. She wasn't as pretty as I thought she'd be and her hair needed some serious work. Alcide tried to talk some sense into her but of course she wouldn't listen, they never do.

"And what about this skank you brought?" Debbie looked directly at me.

"That's a little like the pot calling the kettle black, don't you think?" I asked.

"Rachel," Alcide warned.

"You did not just try to start something with me at my own party."

Actually yes. Yes I did. I thought.

Calm down. Sookie told me.

"Alcide came here tonight because he thinks that the girl you used to be is still there some place," Sookie said taking over. Coot, Debbie's fiancé, showed up and he and Debbie started making out right in front of us.

And being me, whose motto is something along the lines of act now, think later, obviously I had to one up her. I pulled Alcide towards me and kissed him. Sookie, Debbie, Coot and Alcide were totally caught off guard. I pulled back and smirked at Debbie who looked incredibly pissed, I might pay for that later but right now it felt damn good.

You do not know how to play it safe at all. Sookie said. I was getting ready to say something when she cut me off. Coot is one of the weres who took Bill. We didn't have any time to talk about it before another guy came on stage. Debbie reached the stage at about the same time as him. Alcide told us the man was Russell Edgington. Russell popped out his fangs and poured the wolves shots of his own blood.

"Oh my god," I said. Then werewolves started shifting all around us.

"What's going on?" Sookie asked. She grabbed my arm. "Come on!"

"Go Rachel!" Alcide said. When he turned around his eyes were red. Sookie pulled me by my arm out of the bar. We got in Alcide's car and just sat there shocked. Alcide came running out a few seconds later and got in next to me.

"What just happened?" Sookie asked.

"When the energy gets going it's hard not to shift." Alcide was driving faster and faster.

"Alcide, slow down right now!" I yelled.

He pulled off the road. "I'm sorry," he said.

"It's ok, I understand. I'm sorry about Debbie."

"That vampire, Russell, he must know where Bill is. I have to talk to him," Sookie said. I nodded in agreement.

"You're insane," Alcide told us.

"Vampires are sort of our specialty," I said.

"I told Eric that I would keep you safe."

OoOoO

That night I was sitting in bed when I heard shouting in the living room. I got up to see what was going on. "Where are you going?" Sookie asked.

"To make sure everything is ok. You stay in here," I told her.

When Debbie saw me she freaked out. "That little skank is living here now? You're fucking my wolf in my house?" She asked taking a step towards me. Her brain was flashing so many images at me, her heightened emotions making it easier to read her mind.

"Just like you did with all those other guys while you were with Alcide, right here in this apartment," I smirked. She lunged at me and Alcide grabbed her. "No I'm not sleeping with him, you crazy bitch. But you went and traded him for someone that isn't even half the man Alcide is, it's really not any of your business who he's fucking now." After Debbie left and Sookie had gone back to sleep Alcide and I were sitting on the couch again. "I'm sorry about that," I said.

He laughed. "I understand. You were just sticking up for yourself. You might've been a little more careful though. Debbie can get pretty out of hand."

"Sookie says I don't know how to play it safe, she's right."

He sighed. "Debbie's just gotten so messed up."

"She's crazy if she thinks that Coot and some vampire blood is a good trade for you. You love her and you're everything a girl could want. You're sweet and funny and you're sexy as hell."

"You think so?"

"Of course I do. How could I not?"

"You kissed me tonight," He said.

"I'm sorry. It just kind of happened."

"Don't apologize. I needed that. For a minute I wasn't thinking about Debbie. It made me think that maybe I can get over her."

"I could do it again," I said. I looked up at him and met his eyes. He leaned towards me pressing me into the couch and kissed me. His hand slid up my shirt and I broke the kiss long enough to take it off. I unbuttoned his shirt and pushed it back off his shoulders. I ran my fingers over his abs. He tugged on the belt loop on my jeans. He stopped and looked at me. Eric only crossed my mind for a millisecond before I nodded.

OoOoO

The next morning Alcide took Sookie and I to see the pack leader. He wasn't happy that Alcide had told two humans about them. Three really, but who's counting?

"We just came to tell you what we saw," I said.

"I already knew about it," he told us.

"Then you've got to be planning something," Sookie said.

"Do nothing, and don't tell anyone," He said.

"But Russell-" I started to say.

"He's the king of Mississippi. He's had a group of werewolves serving him for thousands of years." And then it all seemed to fall into place for me. If this Russell guy had had a group of weres for that long, and he was the guy giving those weres the marks that Eric was so freaked out about, then this had to do with Eric's past. Not just the last several decades but all the way back. I wished that he was around so I could talk to him about it, it would just have to wait until I got back to Bon Temps.

I sighed. "Alcide, let him go. He's scared out of his mind."

"Bullshit." The pack master said. He jumped in his car and left.

"That was true," I mumbled.

"I know I trust you," Alcide said putting his hand on my arm.

OoOoO

That night back at Alcide's apartment Sookie and I were getting ready for bed. "Rachel, Sookie!"

We went into the living room and there was Bill. "Oh my god!" I ran towards him and he hugged me.

"The two of you have to leave," He said.

"What? Is that all you have to say?" Sookie asked.

"It isn't safe for either of you here," He said.

"Well come with us," I said.

"I can't, it's too late."

"But Eric could come. He'd help," I said. I felt a little guilty offering Eric's help after what I'd done the night before.

"Eric is here."

"In Jackson?" I asked surprised and a little worried. What if he'd felt what was going on last night? Bill nodded.

"Now you have to get out of here." He looked at Alcide, "Get them out of Jackson as fast as you can."

"I will."

I got a flash of someone about to enter the building. "Guys we need to leave now," I said.

"Wait!" Sookie yelled. "I'll leave but you have to tell me why."

"Sookie! Come on!" I yelled. The images were getting stronger, they were about to come upstairs. And then someone burst through the door. Bill started fighting one of the vampires and Coot knocked Alcide to the ground. The other vampire was Russell Edgington.

"Grab the girls," he told Coot. We were cornered. Coot lunged after us and Sookie shot him with an energy burst out of her hand. Russell Edgington started laughing. "This is perfect." He looked at me. "Oh you must be Rachel. I'm sure Eric will be pleased to see you."

"He won't be very happy that you kidnapped me," I said

"We'll see about that."

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