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.MERRY CHRISTMAS!
"I always knew you'd take to the training like a fish to water, but I have to admit that I'm shocked at just how quickly you really are learning these techniques and making them your own."
Lois wiped at the sweat on her forehead, a smile tilting her lips and pride welling in her chest as she sidled a sideways glance in Alaric's direction. "Well, thank you, Sensei."
Alaric grinned as he shook his head. "You even took Stefan by surprise at that last part, and got him in the balls."
Lois bit down on her bottom lip and chuckled, admittedly feeling a little bad for that one. "To be fair, that one wasn't premeditated. He had me really locked down and my dad's self-defense training mixed in with your lessons and culminated in me finding out that vampire testicles are just as sensitive as human testicles."
"They don't grow a steel covering when guys turn into vampires." Stefan offered that bit of information from the backseat, a pack of ice still cradled against his crutch.
Lois made a face as she turned in her seat to look back at him. "I really didn't even realize what I was doing."
He raised an eyebrow at her.
"I didn't! I swear!" Lois' eyes widened. "Even though you and Chloe totally deserve a knee in the testicles and boob-punch respectively for doing the dirty-multiple times-on my car's hood in plain view from the living room window!"
Alaric snorted in dark amusement.
Stefan had the grace to look ashamed. "We're going to buy you a new car."
She rolled her eyes. "No need to go to such extremes. A very thorough car wash will do." She was still firmly Team Winchester, but unlike with Damon, Lois couldn't dislike Stefan. There was just something about this vampire that was annoyingly likable, and she could see why he'd gotten so completely under her cousin's skin. It irritated her to no small degree, but she'd come to terms with the fact that she actually got along with Stefan Salvatore and kinda liked him as a person.
Stefan shifted in his seat and pressed the bag of ice against his manhood.
Lois eyed him before she turned around in her seat and cleared her throat. "So, where are Striperella and Prince Uncharming?"
Alaric tensed slightly at the wheel. "Katherine's been sneaking out these last couple of nights and Damon's tailing her to see where she's going."
Lois raised an eyebrow. "You guys don't think we can trust her?"
"We know we can't trust her." Stefan leaned his head back and looked up at the ceiling. "We're just waiting for some concrete proof before Damon has the permission to stake her."
The brunette frowned slightly as she undid her seatbelt and turned once more to stare at the vampire in the back seat. "On the day we first met you told me that for vampires family was everything. Katherine is your family, so why don't you not only not care if she lives or dies-but are actively seeking out her death?" She licked her lips. "I get that she's annoying and all that, and if she's boning us then I'll be joining the line of those who want to jam a stake through her heart, but if vampires can switch so easily from loving their family to killing them I'm really uneasy with the fact that you consider my cousin your family. Who's to say in the next ten years she won't be the one you guys decide needs to be staked once you have a falling out?"
Stefan turned his gaze on Lois. "That wouldn't happen."
"Why not?" She narrowed her hazels. "What's to stop this ugly dance from repeating itself?"
He hissed as he straightened. "I'm in love with your cousin."
Lois' eyes widened in shock that the vampire had actually admitted that out loud, she'd realized those words had never been exchanged between her cousin and the Salvatore brothers.
Alaric sent them a sideways glance, his body tense and his eyes wide, displaying his own shock at this revelation.
"But you were once in love with Katherine." Lois licked her lips as she stalled for a moment, gaze on Stefan.
"It's more complicated than that." Stefan eyed Lois thoughtfully. "I loved Katherine once, that's true, when I thought she was human. And then I found out she was a vampire, and that love turned into terror. She Compelled it away though, and that Compulsion didn't leave me until I died and became a vampire."
Lois' eyes widened in horror at that revelation.
Stefan hesitated. "There is something I feel the need to tell you, something, I believe, you have already figured out for yourself."
Lois stared at him, something heavy on her chest.
Something dark and tortured flashed over Stefan's face as he stared at her. "I was the one who turned your cousin into a vampire."
Lois froze, eyes wide.
That shame was thick and heavy on his face. "I was a different person then than I am now, but that doesn't change what I did, or that I hate myself for it." Stefan lowered his gaze, as if unable to look at her. "As she struggled with her bloodlust, with her control of her vampire abilities… As her peculiarities emerged... I knew that it was all my fault. And know if I hadn't lost control of my bloodlust, if I hadn't gone Ripper, if Chloe hadn't tried to save that girl at Miss Mystic… She's being targeted by these Original Vampires because I turned her into a vampire-this is all my fault." Stefan took in a deep breath as he looked away, visibly affected. "You don't understand how much that kills me. She-Chloe's the best thing that has happened to me since I became a vampire, I could never hurt her." Stefan's gaze finally rose to Lois. "I'd diefor her."
Lois felt so cold as she stared at the vampire. She'd always known deep down inside of her that one of the Salvatores had turned Chloe, but she'd always assumed that it was Damon and not Stefan. This news rocked her and she didn't know what to do with it. The brunette took in a deep breath. "What if she leaves you? What if she chooses Dean? Or Sam? Or even both of them? How will that change how you feel?"
"It won't." Stefan's face was resolute.
"I would never hurt her." Stefan interrupted Lois, voice even but eyes hard. "She's the one person I could never hurt. Never."
"You killed her once before." Lois narrowed her eyes, needing to be sure, not willing to have any doubts when it came to her cousin's safety. "What's to stop you from doing it again?"
Stefan flinched before his eyes went harder as he opened his mouth to answer.
"Hold onto something!" Alaric suddenly yelled as he held out his arm across Lois's back protectively before he slammed on the breaks.
Damon wasn't the most patient of guys, and a part of him wanted to go and demand Katherine tell him what the hell she was up to, but he decided he'd play by Ric's rules for at least ten more minutes. If no one else appeared at Katherine's table in the bar she'd been in by herself all this time, then Damon figured he'd done his part and was going to screw the rules and do this his way. He was never one to do things by the books anyway. The only reason he hadn't taken things into his hands already was because if Katherine was working with someone else, he wanted to know who it was, because this involved Chloe. And if there was someone else other than the Originals involved in this mixture he'd like to know. Didn't mean he had to know though. If a surprise cropped up he'd find a way to handle it and protect his girl. It was as simple as that.
At the table, Katherine texted on her phone while sipping a glass of wine.
Damon's phone rang and he raised an eyebrow as he received a text which read: Are you just going to stand there all night like a Creeper or are you going to join me?
A muscle jumped in his cheek as he put his phone back in his jacket pocket. "Screw this." The vampire made his way into the bar towards the table and slid into the chair opposite Katherine, raising an eyebrow at her. "What game are you playing?"
"This coming from the guy stalking me." She took a calm sip of her drink.
He leaned over the table, far from amused. "Who are you meeting here?"
He snorted. "Don't play games with me."
Katherine took another sip of her wine. "I knew this was the only way to get you out of the house and alone with me. You wouldn't send Chloe to trail me, Alaric is busy training Lois, and Stefan's been helping him lately. So that leaves you to see what Big Bad Katherine is up to." She put down the glass and clasped her hands in front of her. "You took longer to take the bait than I expected, but what the hell. You're here."
Damon frowned and stood, not at all happy that he'd fallen into another of her traps. "I'm leaving."
"Not if you actually want your little plaything to live." Katherine leaned back and picked up her glass of wine, swirling the dark red liquid inside of it. "We both know that no one else in that house is capable or willing of doing what needs to be done. Things like morals get in their way. But you and me? We're not hampered by those sorts of things. We are more than willing to do what needs to be done to make sure she's safe, forever."
Damon's eyes narrowed his eyes as he sat down once more and leaned across the table. "I don't believe for one second that you actually give a rat's ass that she's safe."
"I care that I am safe, and for me to be safe, she has to be safe." Katherine took another sip of her drink. "It's in both of our interests that Niklaus never gets his hands on her."
"You see, I've been wondering about that." Damon smirked darkly. "I'm beginning to ask why it's in my best interest to keep her from him. He just wants her to Compel humans into thinking vampires are friendlies, and he wants you dead. Either way, I have no problem with his plan."
A muscle ticked in Katherine's cheek before she smirked and leaned forwards on the table, face close to Damon's. "I wonder how the hunter would feel knowing you'd so happily sell out the humans and their well being for your own selfishness."
"He wouldn't be that surprised, really." Damon shrugged. "He does know me."
Katherine pouted. "What happened to the sweet boy I used to know?"
"You killed him, let him think you were trapped in a crypt desiccated and that he had to free you, he spent centuries trying to figure out how to do so, and then he realized you were free all this time and a that you were a monumental bitch." Damon counted off on his fingers. "There's more to it than that, of course, but those were what I could think of off of the top of my head." He leaned back hard against the seat and gave her a smirk.
Katherine glared at him and finished her glass of wine. "You're a fool if you think Klaus is just going to be happy with making Chloe Compel the humans who have Vervain in their system that one time for that one issue. Once he gets his claws into her, you'll never get her back."
Damon narrowed his eyes and opened his mouth when his phone rang. He raised his hand as he eyed the blocked number. "Hold that thought." The vampire brought the phone to his ear. "Yes?"
"Mr Damon Salvatore, I presume."
Damon narrowed his eyes further. "Who the hell is this and how did you get this number?"
"How I obtained your number is inconsequential," the voice on the other end of the line declared. "What is of importance is the fact that I have credible information that Niklaus Mikealson has your brother, and Alaric Saltzman. Miss Lois Lane has been dropped off to the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, although it will be found that despite the conditions of the wreckage her injuries are minimal. Measures were taken to insure her safe arrival at the hospital."
Damon could read between the lines and understood enough that the Originals had caused a crash that had injured Lois badly enough that vampire blood had been needed to keep her alive to get her to the hospital. But he really didn't care about that, what he cared about was the fact that they'd taken Alaric and Stefan hostage. "What the hell does that Original bastard want with my brother and Ric?"
Katherine's eyes widened. "He has Stefan?"
"I'd ask your pretty drinking buddy about that. She knows more than she's telling you." And with that he hung up.
Damon tried calling the number only to find it disconnected. He then hissed before he reached over and grabbed Katherine by the neck, squeezing her viciously, ignoring the looks he was receiving from the humans in the bar. "Start talking. Now."