Title: The Enemy of My EnemySequel to: Tinseltown Rumor MillUniverse: Chloe & The Brothers SeriesRating: MPairings: MANY. Damn. Uhm. Main? Chlalvatore and Schlean; Lois/John; Lois/AlaricDisclaimer: Don't ownSummary: The whole world now knows about vampires, and most of it has been compelled by Klaus, via the "coming out" broadcast. With the Salvatores and the Winchesters unable to see eye to eye on anything, Lois learning the way of the vampire hunter, and someone from the past returning to 'help', things are about to become crazy. And, of course, E!News is happily covering it all.
"Morning sleepy head." Chloe's smile was the first thing Sam saw when he emerged from his bedroom, eyes still half-closed in sleep, and hair a mess.
"Hey." He smiled in return, voice hoarse and expression a mixture of intrigue and delight.
"You overslept," Dean scolded good-naturedly from where he was setting the table, which signaled to Sam the fact that the world was about to end at any minute. The younger Winchester was tempted to go to the window to peek outside and see if he could catch a glimpse of the four Horsemen as they galloped by.
"I was about to go in and dump ice all over you!" Lois informed him with a bright smile from where she sat on the kitchen counter, swinging her legs.
"I barely managed to convince her to at least let you sleep until the food was finished," Chloe chuckled, returning her attention to the stove. "Especially considering the fact that Dean was egging her on."
That was not surprising.
Sam didn't know what had happened between last night and this morning, but he was relieved. The tension that'd simmered between his brother and Chloe seemed to have died down considerably, and Dean wasn't watching the blonde's every move as if waiting for her to try and make a run for it.
"So, Perry and Martha are expecting a visit in Metropolis soon, and I really think it's work related." Lois chewed on a strawberry. "Technically, Chloe's been on a sabbatical this whole time."
Chloe made a face as she tended to the eggs and bacon. "I'm not sure if my fanged-self is ready for that, and Damon and Stefan don't need the added publicity. Despite the fact that vampires are out of the proverbial coffin now, I know for a fact that most of us will prefer anonymity."
The smiles on the trio's faces muted slightly at the mention of the Salvatores.
Chloe didn't seem to have noticed, turning off the stove and grabbing the empty plates next to her. "By the way, have you seen my phone? I seem to have misplaced it somewhere, and it's apparently dead, because no matter how many times I've used Lois' phone to call my own, I can't hear it."
"Sorry, I haven't seen it since last night." Sam shook his head, receiving the plate of eggs, bacon and pancakes.
"I feel the need to make a joke about a vampire's phone being dead, but I'm going to refrain," Dean mumbled to himself.
Chloe rolled her eyes and snickered in Lois' direction.
"Thanks." Lois didn't meet Chloe's gaze, smiling tremulously as she received her own plate and went towards the table.
"What's the rush with your phone anyway?" Dean wanted to know as he grabbed his own plate. "S'not like the world is going to end if you miss one phone call from Vampire Inc."
"I have important information on that phone which doesn't just involve Damon and Stefan." Chloe declared as she joined the others by the table, pulling out a chair and sitting down. "I need that phone."
Sam noticed Lois look up at that, eyes wide as guilt and worry flashed over her hazel orbs.
Apparently she was the reason why Chloe couldn't find her phone.
"Wow… You know, for a fang, you can still cook." Dean changed the subject as he took a bite of her food.
"How does it work, you know, being a vampire and eating normal food?" Lois latched onto the subject nearly desperately. "I mean, obviously I know you can eat our food because you've been eating, but, uh-I've read vampire lore and I thought vampires could eat human food, but have to throw it up later because it makes them sick?"
"Reading Twilight does not constitute as 'studying vampiric lore'," Chloe teased, ducking the pinch of salt Lois threw at her with a cry of mock insult. "And we're fine when it comes to human food. We don't need it to survive, but we can still consume and digest it. There are some vampires who have stopped eating it at all, unless to keep their cover as humans, but Damon still relishes it, and Stefan and I alternate cooking at home."
Sam fought the urge to flinch at that word, knowing he was more successful than Dean and Lois, who both gazed resentfully at their plates at the casual comment.
Chloe was truly at ease with the brothers.
They shared a home.
They were a family.
Sam knew that Dean had yet to accept it, but the younger Winchester had realized from a long time ago that they would never be able to tear Chloe away from Damon and Stefan. She depended on the vampires for so much, and the brothers did as well when it came to her. They shared a symbiotic relationship, both sides getting what they needed to survive and be happy, and from the little Sam had gathered he realized that Chloe was also the glue that kept the Salvatore brothers together. He'd seen (or heard) during the skype or phone calls, the many fights Chloe had ended between Stefan and Damon, fights which seemed about to end in the loss of appendages.
There was no way the vampires would let go of the blonde without a fight-hadn't Stefan told him that on the phone?
"Why don't you use my phone to call Stefan and see how they're doing?" Sam found himself offering, ignoring the ugly looks Dean and Lois sent him.
Chloe, though, gave him a beautiful smile. "Thanks Sam, I'll do that in a little bit."
Dean kicked him under the table.
Sam hissed and sent his brother a firm shake of his head before concentrating on eating, and on making his game plan.
"Her phone keeps going to voicemail." Stefan frowned as he tapped his phone to his lips and stared unseeingly at the road in front of him.
"Something's not right." Damon had been tense ever since Ric's phone call. The knowledge that Katherine was working along with the Originals, maybe even working for the Originals, having put him on edge. "She wouldn't keep her phone off this long. Not with everything's that has been going on."
"She might want some time alone with the Winchesters." But even as he said that Stefan doubted that, shaking his head.
"Or Katherine could have her grubby little hands on her." Damon pressed harder on the gas.
"We don't know that." Stefan tried to remind his older brother despite the fact that he himself found it hard to stay calm and controlled in this uncertainty. "We don't even know for a fact that Chloe's the reason Katherine made us go to Mystic Falls. It could be something else entirely, and we're just getting overprotective and worried for nothing."
"When is it ever that easy?" Damon shot back, taking a corner at a break-neck speed. "When have we ever gotten a break like that? Especially if Katherine is involved? If she's decided to stop playing dead and come out from whatever hole she's been hiding in all these years then there has to be a very important reason."
"But we don't know that it has to do with Chloe." Stefan tried.
"There's a reason we've tried to keep Baby Vamp hidden all this time, Stefan." Damon glared at him, the pressure he had on the steering wheel bending it slightly. "She's not the average vampire. That makes her a target. And she's too damn young to protect herself."
But if they were really up against Originals; weren't they all pretty fucked in that department?
The question hung unasked yet recognized between the brothers.
Stefan's phone ringing was the only thing that pierced the silence, and when he saw the caller I.D. he felt a mixture of relief, jealousy and worry. "Hello?"
The I.D. said Sam Winchester, but the voice wasn't his. "Hey Stef, how's things?"
"Chloe." Stefan let relief take over, ignoring the way his brother's head swung in his direction. "Are you okay?"
"Give that to me," Damon snapped, trying to yank the phone away.
Stefan slapped his brother's hand away and kept the phone out of his reach. "Watch the road, damn it."
"I'm fine." Chloe sounded a little confused. "Is everything alright over there? Sam said that you'd spoken to him yesterday and that you were heading here. Did something happen? What about the Katherine and Elena situation? Are everyone back at Mystic Falls okay?"
Stefan ran his hand over his hair. "What happened to your phone? We've been calling you."
"Yeah… I'm trying to figure out where my phone is too," she mumbled. "But Sam offered to let me use his, so now that they're working out and Lois is bathing I decided to call. I really haven't been alone since arriving."
"She's been the belle of the ball, huh?" Damon, with his vampire hearing, snorted. "Fucking Prom Queen."
"That was only thanks to the alternative vote!" Chloe proved her hearing was fine as she grumbled at that one.
Rolling his eyes, Stefan switched to speakerphone. "Chloe, Katherine hightailed it out Mystic Falls the second we got there."
"Oh." Her voice went soft. "I'm sorry. I know how much you both, but especially Damon, needed to talk to her and clear things between you all."
"Fuck that. It's not the important part." Damon interrupted her heartfelt feelings. "She left Mystic Falls because she's heading to Hollywood."
There was a pause. "She's coming here?"
"Ric called and told Damon that he believed Katherine is somehow involved with the Originals." Stefan tapped his finger against the dashboard. "And they're supposed to be doing something in Hollywood soon."
"Yeah, it's a series of public events." She seemed to be on top of the situation. "By the way: Originals. You never told me about them before."
"Didn't know about them before," Damon shot back.
"That isn't good," she mumbled to herself. "Did Ric or Elena or anybody at all have any idea as to why they've decided to come out of the coffin?"
"It can't be for anything good." Stefan was sure of that. "The fact that the Klaus Compelled those watching his broadcast says it all. They plan on making things go their way, by hook or crook."
"Which, you can understand." Of course, Damon could sympathize.
Stefan rolled his eyes. "We've driven nonstop and should be there in a couple of hours-by sunset at tops. Ric will be arriving a little later."
"Ric's coming?" Chloe sounded both nervous and excited, she'd always been intrigued yet intimidated by the Vampire Hunter.
"Yeah, yeah." Damon made a face. "We're going to need a safe place to crash. Know of any? Cuz last I knew you didn't own a place in Tinseltown."
"Let me think a moment." She could be heard moving out of a door, outside noises louder, proving she'd probably gone to a roof or balcony or something. People could be heard calling her name from afar off. "Paparazzi are totally stalking this place, they've actually camped outside and so I'm waving at them right now, trying to give them some shots so hopefully they'll go away."
"My girl's a celebrity," Damon snorted.
"I wouldn't say celebrity." But Chloe's voice was obviously amused. "We couldn't stay here or at Lois', and I don't have a place of my own…" she went quiet. "I know a place. It's not all gothic horror storyesque like Damon usually likes-."
"Hey!" Damon cried out.
Stefan grinned for the first time since they'd been separated.
"-but it will do just fine." She took in a deep breath. "I missed you guys."
"Yeah, can totally tell." Damon was being a spoiled, sulking brat. "The second we turned our backs you ran to the Winchesters."
"Damon, don't." Stefan tried.
"Look, once you guys come, we need to talk," Chloe announced.
The vampires went still, dread filling them at those horrible words.
"When you're an hour or so outside of Hollywood give me a call. I need to prepare stuff for when you get here." And with that she hung up.
Silence remained in the car in her wake, the vampires having a sinking feeling that they were about to lose their girl.
"I'll kill them," Damon promised calmly.
That worried Stefan so much more than his brother's previous furious snarls. "Damon…"
But Damon ignored him, gaze resolute on the road in front of him.
Stefan observed his brother before his gaze slid to the window, the younger vampire wondering if he'd really try stopping Damon if it meant keeping Chloe. He could look the other way. Stefan could let Damon be the bad guy, which was a part Damon was good at and reveled in. Stefan could say he hadn't known what Damon had been planning. He could let Chloe be angry at his brother. Stefan could console the blonde through her mourning of the Winchesters' deaths, and her fury at Damon for his part in said deaths. He could be there to pick up the pieces. He could. It shocked Stefan to realize that maybe his darker self wasn't completely gone, because that was Ripper-reasoning right there.
What shocked Stefan even worse was to realize and admit (even if only to himself) that if it meant not losing Chloe, he might be fine with the Ripper-logic.
Chloe raised her hand to knock on the bathroom that Lois was in, but stopped when she heard her cousin on the phone arguing with John Winchester. The blonde took in a deep breath and instead went towards the gym, where Sam and Dean were talking amongst themselves while doing their morning workout. She walked in, pausing for a moment to admire their shirtless glory, before clearing her throat and bringing their attention to her.
"I have to go out for a bit." She leaned against the Bowflex.
"Is everything okay?" Sam frowned, putting down the weights and grabbing a hand-towel to wipe the sweat from his face as he sat up.
"I'm not sure," she admitted, folding her arms over her chest and leaning her head against the metal. "Seems my Grandsire, who's a huge bitch by the way, might be heading here and could be connected to the Originals. Stefan, Damon, and a friend are headed this way. I need to feed if I'm going to deal with whatever's going on and then I need to ready some things." She picked up Sam's phone, which had been in her pocket. "Can I borrow this? That way you can call me if anything since I can't find my phone anywhere."
"Sure," Sam nodded.
Dean stood. "What's going on, Chlo?"
"I honestly have no idea, and that's not a good thing." She turned to leave before turning back towards them. "Do you have any vacation time coming to you? Maybe it would be better for the both of you to be safe and sound somewhere far from Hollywood until this all blows over." She paused. "And if you could trick Lois into going with you that would be great. Or, if the tricking doesn't work, just whacking her over the head with something and keeping her drugged until it's safe to come back would work too. You have my permission as her next of kin to do that."
"You want us to run and hide with our tails between our legs?" Dean glared at her.
"Now that's some image." She snorted, shaking her head.
"Is there any way we can help?" Sam stood as well, concern all over his face.
She smiled at them both, quickly finding herself reacclimatizing herself to them. "Thanks, but for now I have to deal with this on my own." She began backing away. "Until this blows over it would probably be best if we aren't seen too much together-at least until we figure out what exactly is going on."
Dean glared harder at her. "We might just be humans, but we're not cowards."
"And that's what worries me." She agreed without battle. "I won't let you guys get hurt. You or Lois." The phone in her hands rung and she gazed at the number before answering. "Ric? How did you get-?"
"Stefan gave me the number," the vampire hunter admitted.
"I see. Stefan's always thinking two steps ahead of me." She always felt both fascinated and intimidated by the handsome hunter, clearing her throat and pulling a strand of hair behind her ear as she slipped out of the gym to leave the brothers to their workout. "I just finished talking to Stefan and Damon and they filled me in. Said you should be arriving tonight?"
There was a hesitation. "I actually caught a plane. I'm here. Come to the window. The one facing the south."
Her eyes widening, Chloe raced to the window instructed, gazing out passed the paparazzi taking pictures, searching, searching, until she found Alaric leaning in an alleyway saluting her. "You haven't told them everything, have you?"
He sighed, shaking his head.
"Chloe?" Lois could be heard behind her. "Is everything okay?"
Chloe turned and nodded, giving her cousin a little smile, before turning back to Alaric with a frown. "Where?"
"There's a Chinese place some blocks from here. Has a red chicken on it. You know the place?"
She nodded. "Yeah."
"See you there in ten." And with that Alaric ended the phone call, pulling up his hoodie and walking away, hands in his pockets.
Chloe placed her hand to the glass, eyes narrowed. "What's going on?"
"Something is so obviously up it isn't even funny." Lois paced the living room floor with the newly bathed brothers, uneasy. "First the Original Vampires let the fanged cat out of the bag, and then Chloe Grandsire is somehow mixed up in it and then this other guy? The Vampire Hunter who hangs around with vampires?" How weird was that, anyway? "Something big is going down and she's shutting us out."
"She's trying to protect us." But it was obvious that Sam was barely keeping control of his annoyance either.
"Yeah, because we're frail humans." Dean's annoyance was icy as he growled.
"If that pack of picture-taking leeches weren't outside we could tail her and force our way into this somehow." Lois continued pacing.
There was a knock on the door.
Wondering who the hell that was, and hoping that it wasn't John, Lois hurried to the door before the boys could, opening it wide to see a petite, gorgeous woman with brown curls standing there with an angelic smile on her face. "Yeah?"
"Is Chloe here?" The woman wanted to know.
Lois' eyes narrowed. "No. Who are you?"
"Where is she?" The woman didn't answer, looking around her.
"I don't know." Lois really didn't like this woman.
The tiny brunette stepped forwards and her eyes shifted with Compulsion, betraying her for what she really was. "Invite me inside."
"Hell. No." Lois growled, tightening her hold on the door.
The woman's eyes went wide. "How-?"
"Vervain." Lois clutched at the necklace Chloe had given her.
The vampire hissed at her, face transforming as her eyes bled black into her veins and her skin went pale as fangs descended.
"Get the hell away from our door." Dean was by Lois' side in a second, staying inside of the doorway. "This isn't a restaurant."
"Who are you?" Sam was on Lois' other side.
The woman's dark eyes went to Sam and Dean's necklaces before she growled. "Really? She gave you all vervain necklaces? What sort of vampire is she?" Annoyance was obvious on her petite form as her face morphed back to its human form. "This is all Stefan's fault. If Damon had been in charge of her training…" she let that sentence fall short before suddenly sniffing, staring at the three of them before raising an eyebrow. "Interesting." She curved her lips in a smirk before shaking her head. "You tell Chloe that if she wants some sort of idea of what's about to befall her, she better get into contact with me. And soon." She pulled out a card and flung it through the barrier she couldn't get through due to not being invited in. "She needs me on her side if she's going to have any chance of getting out of this unscathed."
Lois bent down to pick up the card and stood, staring at the numbers written there, along with one word.
Her eyes widened in understanding as she looked up to see that the vampire wasn't there anymore, having disappeared while their attention was drawn elsewhere.
"What is it?" Dean frowned.
"That was…" Sam's eyes widened.
Lois tightened the grip on the card. "Katherine."