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.
"Hey Ric," Chloe slipped into the alleyway next to him, a small smile on her face.
"It's good to see you Chloe." Alaric Saltzman surprised the blonde by giving her a hug. It wasn't that they were on bad terms or anything, he was Damon's best friend, but Alaric had always been someone she'd always looked up to and felt a bit intimidated by in Mystic Falls, and whenever he'd been around she'd always tried to give him and Damon time to be alone. He was Damon's only friend and she'd wanted to give them space.
Still, she hugged him back tightly and smiled brightly once she pulled back. "How have you been doing?"
"It's been busy in Mystic Falls." Alaric made a face as he motioned for her to join him as they moved from the alleyway and began to walk together, mingling and losing themselves in the crowd. "But I'm here because of the Originals, and Katherine, and because of you, Chloe." His gaze rested on her as he sighed. "I feel bad for lying to Damon but I knew I needed to talk to you alone when he nor the others were around, but especially him."
"It's really not good, huh?" She licked her lips and pulled down the baseball cap she wore, trying to cover her face better as they spoke. "You're worried he's going to do something rash and reckless like he always does."
"You know Damon." Alaric let out a sigh. "If he knew you were in danger he'd do something incredibly stupid."
"Why exactly am I in danger though, and from whom this time? I mean, I know I'm somewhat different, but what part of my difference has made me a target, and who is targeting me?" Chloe turned her gaze towards him with a frown. "Is it Katherine?"
"Why am I always painted the bad guy?" A voice wanted to know, causing both blondes to stop in their tracks. "Can't I actually want to help for once?"
Chloe's eyes widened as she turned to her left to see the vampire she'd only heard about for so long, Katherine Pierce, standing in all her ridiculously high-heeled glory.
Alaric tensed before he let out a little sigh. "If you want to convince them to let you help, you'll have to come up with a more believable reason than you actually wanting to help."
Chloe's eyes widened as she turned to Alaric. "Huh?"
"Why can't it just be out of the goodness of my blackened heart?" Katherine's lips twitched as she began to saunter towards them, hips swaying, curls bouncing perfectly. "So, hunter, you realized that I'm actually here to offer my assistance to my favorite boys and their little plaything. I have to admit that I'm impressed."
"It's part of the reason why I needed to talk to Chloe without Damon around." Alaric didn't look happy about this at all, in fact, he look very annoyed. "Damon wouldn't want to listen to reason and would just want to kill you."
"I'm way older than him, plus his sire, I could handle his temper tantrum." Katherine rolled her eyes, obviously not taking that threat seriously. Her gaze then turned on Chloe observantly, examining the blonde thoroughly as she tapped a finger to her glossed lips. "Other than the need for a serious fashion intervention, you're not too bad, I suppose."
Chloe felt completely confused. "What's going on?"
"Well, Goldielocks, let me put it this way…" Katherine reached out and picked judgmentally at Chloe's clothes, an unhappy expression on her pinched face. "Even though I stayed away, I kept an eye on my boys and so I know all about you and your… peculiarities. So I know that I'm not the only one who knows about them. I also know that egomanic of Klaus, and he's in the middle of a powerplay right now and wants you because you can give him something that he doesn't have, which means I don't want him to have you. And when it comes to keeping Klaus from having what he wants, well, let's just say I havehundreds of years of experience."
"What could I possibly have that Klaus would want?" Chloe made a face.
Katherine rolled her eyes. "I know you're blonde, but just stop and think about it for two seconds."
Chloe glared at her Grandsire.
Alaric glared at Katherine as well before he turned to Chloe. "What's your greatest ability?"
Chloe honestly couldn't think of one except: "Being able to go into a house without being invited?"
"Wait, I didn't know that one." Katherine blinked her thick eyelashes.
Alaric ignored Katherine. "What did Klaus do when he let out the vampire secret?"
And then it hit Chloe, hard. "He Compelled all those who weren't wearing Vervain."
"Dingdingding, we have a winner!" Katherine folded her arms over her chest as she raised a perfectly plucked eyebrow. "And who is the only vampire that we know of who seems to only be able to use her Compulsion on people using Vervain?"
"Just how closely have you been watching us?" Chloe narrowed her eyes at Katherine.
"Believe me, if it wasn't for the fact that you were useful, I would have killed you a long time ago," Katherine assured her spitefully. "But despite the fact that you've taken my two favorites from me, you're probably the most interesting vampire to have come from my bloodline, and there's no way in hell that I'm letting anything happen to you." She snorted. "Or letting Klaus get his grubby hands on you, and through you, total world domination."
Chloe made a face at the older vampire. "It wouldn't matter even if he did 'get his hands on me' because I wouldn't help him."
"That's sweet, but you wouldn't have a choice," Katherine sneered. "Originals have a nifty little ability you don't know of: they can Compel other vampires."
Chloe's eyes widened. "What?"
"It's one of the perks of being the first of the species." Katherine was obviously highly annoyed with this. "Believe me, it's highly unpleasant because you think that once you're not human anymore you're free from the threat of Compulsion ever again. Boy, are you wrong." She was obviously speaking from experience. "That doesn't matter now though, what matters is that Klaus knows about you and your ability, and he is planning on using you to finish Compelling the rest of the world."
Alaric narrowed his eyes. "Why wouldn't you want this? You're a vampire. Wouldn't you want even those wearing Vervain to think vampires are harmless and friendlies?"
"Of course." Katherine's smirk was pure mischief before her expression went serious. "But I don't trust what Klaus will do with no one to oppose him."
Chloe's phone rang and she reached into her pocket, pulling it out to see that the number was Dean's. She answered the phone. "Hey, uhm, now isn't the best-."
"Your psycho vampire grandmother was here."
Chloe's lips twitched when she saw Katherine pout at the description, the brunette able to hear him thanks to her vampiric hearing. "I'm staring at her right now, actually."
"What? Are you okay? Do you need-?"
"I'm fine, Dean. Don't worry about me, I'll handle this. You guys just go about your normal day as if nothing weird is happening, it's the best thing that you all can do right now." She took in a deep breath. "I'll, uh, I'll talk to you later, and thanks for the heads up." She hung up the phone and stared at Katherine. "You leave them out of this."
"I go for two brothers and I'm labeled a whore. You, on the other hand, go for four, and what do you get? A fanbase." Katherine rolled her eyes. "Seriously, it's sickening." She planted her hands on her hips and turned to Alaric. "Have you read the fanfiction on the websites circling around on the internet? It's basically hardcore porn."
Alaric raised an eyebrow before he turned to Chloe. "We need a place where we can set up a homebase. I brought my gear with me. I'm guessing the Winchesters' place is off limits so…"
"I know a place we can use," she assured him. "It's not exactly the Ritz, but it's big, and most importantly, private and secure."
"How about with a living owner who'll invite us in?" Katherine wanted to know, hands anchored on her hips. "Because not all of us can just go into places without being invited, but it's the best way to be safe from Klaus and other vampires in general."
"She's right," and Alaric looked pained to have to side with Katherine in any way. "Not that I will have a problem with invitation, but Stefan and Damon will."
"I know," Chloe reassured him as she put the phone back into her pocket. "I've got that covered." And yet she hesitated, gaze on Alaric. "Damon and Stefan took me out of Mystic Falls so she wouldn't know about me, how can you be so sure that we can trust her?"
"We can't," Alaric announced. "Katherine is a manipulative personality who'd sell us if it'd get her ahead."
"I'm right here," the vampire reminded them.
"But, it would seem, from my research, that this Klaus wants her dead," the hunter continued, as if she hadn't spoken.
Katherine's eyes widened before they narrowed and darkened. "How the hell do you know that?"
Alaric continued to ignore Katherine. "So it's in her best interest to protect you and keep you from him. And that is something we can trust: her need to protect herself."
Katherine moved lightning fast and grabbed Alaric by his throat, her eyes black. "I asked you a question."
Chloe moved and grabbed Katherine's fingers, bending them away from Ric's throat and pulling them free, pushing Katherine a couple of steps away as she moved in between the hunter and older vampire.
Katherine shook her head as she huffed. "Watch the manicure, I just got it done. Not that you'd know about those sorts of things. Your fingernails look like they're used to being bare."
Chloe ignored the constant jabs at her physical appearance and raised an eyebrow at the much older and stronger vampire. "I don't care if you're annoyed and jealous because you think I've stolen your favorite toys. If you really want to work together, you're going to do it our way or no way at all. And part of our way is that Ric doesn't get manhandled."
"I can take care of myself," he assured her.
Chloe ignored him, eyes narrowed on the brunette, realizing that this was Katherine testing her, seeing how far she could push, how far back the blonde would bend. Chloe had heard Stefan's stories about Katherine Pierce, and while Damon would only talk about Katherine when he was really drunk the blonde had heard about her from him as well, and she'd learnt a lot about the vampire who'd made the Salvatore brothers what they were. She knew Katherine was smart and cunning and resourceful, she knew that the brunette used people and situation to her advantage. The thing was that Chloe knew all of this, and she wasn't about to be taken advantage of, or to be blindly manipulated or played by Katherine Pierce.
The brunette eyed her darkly as she took a menacing step towards the blonde. "I'm older and stronger than you, you should remember that."
"And you need us," Chloe reminded. "You should remember that."
A muscle ticked in Katherine's cheek before she smirked darker. "We need each other."
Chloe let out a sigh.
That was what she was afraid of.
"Damn it!" Dean was shaking with fury. "She's cutting us out!"
"She's trying to protect us, but-." Sam clenched his fist.
Lois was quiet as she grabbed her things and headed towards the door.
Dean frowned as he looked up at her. "Where are you doing?"
"I need fresh air," the brunette announced as she opened the door. "I'll be back later." With that she closed the door and headed down the hallway towards the elevator, feeling horrible for lying to the boys, but it couldn't be helped. She was acting on a hunch anyway. And it wasn't as if they hadn't lied to her for a whole damned year either, so this was payback.
Anyway, how she saw it, things were happening and those vampire dudes were coming. Chloe wouldn't be bringing them here so she'd need to find a place to hole up, somewhere safe, and from the rules that had been discussed last night, Lois believed she might have an idea where Chloe was headed right now. There was no way that the brunette could sneak out if she had Dean and Sam with her, but alone she could definitely get out of here unnoticed and check out the place to see if her hunch was right. If so, she could get her cousin to spill on what exactly was going on and make sure that she wasn't left out of the loop.
Lois wasn't going to lose her cousin this time.
Determined, the brunette pushed on.