5 Two Can Play At That Game
Bill, Sookie and I were dragged into Russell's mansion. I saw Eric coming around the corner. The vampire that was holding me pushed me away and Eric grabbed me. "Are you ok?" He asked.
I nodded. "Eric, what's going on?" He didn't answer. Two seconds later I was standing alone and I looked up to see him blocking Sookie from Bill.
"Eric, get them out of here. Please," Bill cried.
Eric took Sookie to Russell. "I don't know what she is but it's quite valuable."
"What about the other one?" Russell asked looking at me. "I didn't see her do anything particularly interesting."
Eric looked at me intently, but I had no idea what he was trying to tell me. I wished for the first time that I was my sister, so I could read his mind. "She's valuable as well. I wouldn't get rid of either of them." He was giving me up to Russell. Why? Russell grabbed me and brought me over to where he'd been standing with Eric and Sookie. I looked at Eric hoping to see something that would explain why he would just give me away to some crazy man like this. "I've only tasted this one. She's extraordinary." He seemed to hesitate. "I bet Sookie would be even better." I knew that was a lie. I'd heard from both Bill and Eric that my blood smelt twice as good as Sookie's. I was completely confused.
"What are you going to do with, Bill?" A woman vampire asked Russell.
Who's that? I asked Sookie.
Lorena, Bill's maker. She told me.
"You are going to kill him," Russell told her.
"No!" Sookie screamed. Even Lorena looked like she didn't want to do it.
"Eric, take the girls into the library," Russell told him. We were led through the double doors of the library.
"Eric, are you really giving us to Russell?" Sookie asked.
"No one crosses the king of Mississippi and lives," He said.
"I know about the wolves with the marks," I said. He stopped. "They killed your family, didn't they? Your human family is the one thing you won't ever talk about."
"We'll talk about it later," He said.
"Eric, there isn't going to be a later. At least not for me." I paused. "Russell is the leader of that pack, but you know that already don't you? That's why you're here."
"Stop talking Rachel," Eric said.
"What about all that stuff about caring about me and not wanting to see me get hurt?" I asked my voice rising. He stared at me again trying to make me understand something. I could tell I was beginning to unravel his plan. I wouldn't stand in the way of whatever he wanted to do but I wanted to stir Sookie up to make him nervous. Maybe you didn't cross Russell and live, but you certainly didn't get out scot free if you crossed me either.
"Rachel, you mean nothing to me," He said. Even though I thought he was lying it still hurt to hear him say it. He turned away from me and started pacing across the room.
"Yeah? Well, I don't care much about you either. I had sex with a werewolf." He stopped suddenly and looked at me. Just like that, cold and callous Eric was gone. "I'm sorry. Not that you would care, since I mean nothing to you. Right?" I asked tauntingly. The two of us were going to have a lot to talk about if we made it out of here alive.
Russell Edgington came in before Eric could say anything else to me. "Sorry to have kept you waiting." He waved Eric away, "Leave us." Eric walked out, pausing to look at me over his shoulder. I looked away.
"Now Ms. Compton, Ms. Stackhouse, I have a few questions for you."
"I have some questions too," Sookie said.
Russell laughed. "Alright well go ahead."
Please don't ask about vampire politics. I told her. I just had a flash of Sookie asking some very stupid questions that I could answer easily. Obviously Bill never taught Sookie about the vampire hierarchy like he had me and Lily.
"Are you the king of all vampires?" Sookie asked. I groaned internally.
"No, just the king of Mississippi. What are the two of you?" He asked.
"My parents we're human," I said.
"How do you know they were really your parents?" He asked.
"My grandfather was like me," Sookie said.
"We can read people's minds," I said.
"Shifter and weres too but not vamps," Sookie added. But Lily can.
"Is Lorena really going to kill Bill?" Sookie asked.
"If she's smart. What are you besides a telepath?"
"I'm clairvoyant, a little at least. I'm not very good at it, I can only see a few minutes into the future most times," I told him.
"Well, that is interesting. That's all I need tonight. I have places to be. I'll have someone show you to your room."
The next morning we were in our room sitting in silence. Then I got a flash of someone coming down the hall. "Tara is here. Sookie, grab the vase, stand over there by the door." She did what I said. I grabbed another small statue that was heavier than it looked.
The door swung open. "Look at that, stupid werewolves, you must've fallen asleep and let her escape," Tara said.
"I did not!" He walked into the room and Sookie and I hit him. He pushed us back and Tara kicked his legs out from underneath him. I hit him over the head to knock him out.
"Come on you two!" Tara grabbed us and pulled us down the hall.
"I'm going to go to try and find Bill. You two go try to get help," Sookie said. Sookie ran one direction while Tara and I ran towards the gates. We cut through the trees so people wouldn't see us and ran right into one of the wolves.
"Shit!" Tara took off.
"Tara, wait! He's on our side," I called after her. The wolf shifted and Alcide stood up.
"Thank god you're ok," He said. I hugged him. Tara stopped running and looked at us. "I'm a good guy," Alcide told her.
She walked towards us. "You got a car?" She asked.
"Yeah," she said.
"Good, we're going to need it," I told him.
We pulled up outside the old slave quarters where Tara said they were keeping Bill. I jumped out of the truck and ran in. "Oh god is he all right?" I asked.
"He's in really bad shape. But he's not dead yet."
"Ok." I turned to Alcide. "Help me wrap him up."
"Rachel, we don't have enough time," Alcide told me.
"I'm not leaving him here!" Sookie said.
Sookie and I started wrapping him up in a rug. I saw Debbie pushing through the door and groaned. "Debbie is here." A few moments later she flew through the door. "Those feeling really could happen a few seconds earlier."
"Hey, skank," Debbie said to me. She was pointing a gun at us.
"Hey, whore," I answered.
Alcide stood up. "Let them go Debbie."
"I'm the one with the gun here," She said pointing it at him.
"You aren't a killer Debbie," He said.
"I was listening in and she's really not misrepresenting herself," Sookie said. Debbie swung the gun wildly towards Sookie.
"Debbie!" Alcide said. She turned back to him. "I'm sorry."
"It's too fucking late to be sorry!" She yelled. Then Sookie screamed, distracting Debbie before she could shoot. Tara jumped on Debbie and started fighting her.
Coot ran through the door. "What the fuck is going on?" He yelled. He lunged at me and Alcide shot him. Debbie screamed and jumped down towards his body.
"Come on Sookie. Help me get Bill," I said. Sookie, Tara and I grabbed Bill and got out. We put Bill in the back of Alcide's truck and Sookie made us close her in there.
"We gotta go," Alcide said. The three of us jumped in the cab of the truck. I could hear wolves howling behind us.
Once we were on the road I relaxed a little. "Tara are you ok?"
"No, I'm not fucking ok."
"Well, you're away from that place now. You're alright." I wasn't sure what to say to her. She and I weren't that close, she disapproved of my relationship with Eric. If Lily was here she would surely know what to say to Tara.
"Yeah, I guess."
"We should pull over and check on Sookie," I said.
We pulled over and Tara and I hopped out. I walked around and knocked on the back. There wasn't an answer. "Sookie?" I called. Still nothing.
"Open it!" Tara said. I nodded. I pulled open the door. Sookie was lying on the floor of the truck not moving.
Tara threw Bill out of the back and into the sun. I jumped in the back with the Tara. "We have to get to a hospital," I said. Alcide shut the door and a few seconds later we were moving.
When we got to the hospital they the doctors took Sookie to the back. They put the three of us in the waiting room. Tara was pacing and I started crying. Alcide held me until my sobbing quieted down. A doctor walked in. "Ms. Thornton, Ms. Compton," She said.
"How is she?" I asked standing up.
"She lost a lot of blood."
"Did you give her a transfusion?" I asked.
"We tried but," the doctor hesitated, "your friend doesn't have a blood type."
"Everyone has a blood type," Alcide said. Except for people like me and Sookie.
A few hours later we were in her hospital room. Jason, Lafayette and Lily had just shown up from Bon Temps. Jason was refusing to make any decisions about Sookie. Tara and I stood by Sookie. "How can Sookie not have a blood type?" She asked me.
"I think, people like us, whatever we are, we're different." I looked at Lily.
"Like mind readers?" Jason asked.
"Yeah, but I think it's something more. We aren't just mind readers; I think it's a whole other supernatural race," I tried to explain.
Jason walked over to Sookie and grabbed her hand. "You can't leave me Sook, I need you."
Lily walked over and touched Sookie's arm and gasped. She collapsed; Lafayette managed to catch her before she hit the ground. "What the fuck?" Lafayette said.
I could hear something, just barely coming from Sookie. It sounded like she was having a conversation with someone. "No fucking way." I reached out and touched Sookie and was instantly taken away from the room.
I was in another place. It looked like the hospital but it obviously wasn't. Sookie was sitting up in bed talking to Lily. They were both wearing beautiful dresses. When I looked down I realized I was wearing one too.
"Where are we?" I asked.
"I don't know," Sookie shrugged.
"We could look around," I suggested.
"This is weird," Lily mumbled.
"You think you'd be used to weird by now," I said.
Sookie climbed out of bed. "Come on you two; let's go see what's happening." We walked down the hallway; it was covered with rose petals. There was a door at the end of the hallway that opened to a beautiful garden. People were running around playing, or sitting and talking. They all looked so happy and they were all wearing beautiful clothes.
"Girls," A voice said behind you. "Welcome."
"Do you know us?" Lily asked.
"Of course. I'm Claudine," she introduced herself.
She poured us all a cup of glowing water and served us. "It's delicious," I said.
"It's the best thing I've ever tasted," Sookie agreed.
Everyone around us was dancing. "Can we dance?" Lily asked.
"We can always dance," Claudine said.
"I knew you were going to say that," I said.
"And I knew you'd say that. Come." She stood up and we all joined her dancing around the pond.
"This is so much fun!" I said. We spun around and danced and danced. The hours seemed to go by.
"Don't go back. You all could come with us," Claudine said to us.
"Where?" Lily asked.
"Our home, your home. It's more amazing than you could ever know."
"Well I don't know…" Sookie said.
"You'll love it! I promise." It began to get very dark and everyone stopped dancing. "Everyone, the dark is coming. Go!"
"What's going on?" Sookie asked
"Girls come with us. Those vampires will steal your light."
"We just met you! We aren't going anywhere with you," I said grabbing my sister and Sookie's arms.
"Don't let them take your light," Claudine said before jumping into the pool and disappearing with the others. Everything went dark.
When I woke up Alcide was holding me. He was asleep but woke up when I started moving. "Rachel, you're alright."
"Yeah, I'm fine." Lily was sitting up too and so was Sookie. When Sookie saw Bill next to her she started screaming.