was beyond sense. His fledglings were attacking each other. More
than that, David, the stronger and younger of them had his older and
considerably weaker brother at a complete disadvantage.
Louis!” he heard Marius say from behind him, “I’ll take the
Lestat snarled in defiance. He did not think David was in his full
senses and however young David was he was still more powerful than
the old vampire. “You get Louis, I’ll deal with David!”
with that he sprang.
launched himself at David’s side, one arm reaching between the
two, pushing Louis forwards as he forced David back.
sickening sound echoed in his ears, like a watermelon hitting a hard
tiled floor, and flowing through it was the unmistakable sound of
shut it from his mind, Marius would deal with Louis, there was
nothing he could do for him right now.
grabbed a bloodied arm, pinning it behind David’s back then pinned
him to the ground, face down in the damp grass.
a struggle, but not as hard as Lestat had feared. David was almost
going down like a rag doll. There were a few twitches from his
latest fledgling then he lay limp beneath him.
he growled out. His temper was up though his concern for Louis was
almost out weighing it. He just couldn’t fathom out why David
would suddenly attack Louis, Yes, he could be annoying at times,
even stubborn to the point of shake him till his head fell off, but
nothing that counted to this level of violence, If anything he had
expected Louis to be the one who took exception to his new brother.
was no answer from beneath him.
quick movement he turned David over then sat on his chest.
“David!” he snarled again, but this time he looked into his
face was slack, his eyes normally bright and filled with new
curiosity now stared at nothing, dulled into something so inhuman
that Lestat couldn’t help the shiver that took him.
he whispered taking David’s lack face into his hands, he brushed
lank brown hair from his brow but there was not a flicker of
recognition. “David!” This time he shook him hard and still
nothing. The only thing to even signify that he was still alive in
some way was the reflex reaction of his lungs filling with air.
he called, still looking into dead eyes, “Marius can you feel
anything from him? Anything at all?”
was a pause then a quiet answer. “There is something but he is
beyond any sense… Lestat, I think you should come here…”
David…” Something in Lestat didn’t want him to turn round; he
would rather look into David’s dead features than face what he
didn’t think his heart could deal with.
him Lestat and get over here NOW!” Marius’s voice was razed and
there was another sound that sent a bolt of fear through his heart
that didn’t come from his old friend.
much thinking he yanked David’s belt off, then turned him back
onto his front and bound the unresponsive vampires wrists and ankles
together. It wasn’t much but if David did come to his senses then
they would have warning first as he broke his bindings.
Lestat stood and turned.
knelt only a few meters away, his arms around Louis supporting him
up on one knee as his arms held his head againced his shoulder. The
seen was almost charming and serene if not for the blood that now
covered both of them and the ground on which they sat.
great deal of force he managed to take a step forwards, then in a
rush he was on the other side of his old mentor, one hand reaching
out to smooth silky black hair from Louis face.
couldn’t help but gasp and pull his hand away as Louis head lolled
to the side to face him.
bloodshot eyes, narrowed with pain, rotated to fix on him.
this time they did not stair at him from that ageless face; never
changed and blank of every emotion but neutrality or annoyance.
time that ivory skin was sallow, his cheeks pinched againced the
delicate bones of his face. His once full lips now pulled back from
his teeth in an almost rictus expression. Those eyes sunken into his
head but the only thing that told he was still alive.
teeth opened a little as he tried to speak but in stead there was a
gurgling sound then a sickening stream of blood trickled from the
corner of his lips and over his chin.
touched it as if it was some kind of wonderful phenomena.
never seen Louis bleed before, even when he took his life away and
gave him the dark gift he had not bled, so drained was he at the
he needs blood,”
voice cut into his shocked musing. Louis eyes closed and he found
himself free to look up at the older vampire.
was series worry in Marius’s eyes until he looked down at Louis
followed his glance as Marius moved his arm so he could see the full
extent of Louis injury.
was a large gaping rip in Louis once white shirt, revealing a
sickeningly hole that disappeared into blackness. Blood oozed from
the hole soaking everything. With a shaking hand Lestat reached out
and touched the edge of ragged flesh and Louis twitched in pain.
did you hear me!” Marius again. “You have to feed him… He
can’t heal himself!”
shook his head numbly. “I can’t…”
grabbed his arm hard, “Lestat! Listen to me, you must feed him
I cannot…” he stuttered, something inside him was turning cold.
Marius sounded annoyed, Lestat looked up to see the older vampire
bit into his own wrist.
he cried grabbing his arm. “You cant!”
be stupid Lestat! This is no time for your petty squabbles or
feelings!” Marius growled at him.
cant!” Lestat screamed his anger.
want to see him die Lestat? Do you hate him that much for not doing
what you say all the time?”
know my feeling’s!” Lestat growled as he made to take Louis into
his own arms.
heal him Lestat! If you love him then DO this for him!”
managed to pull Louis to his own chest and hold him carefully as
another stream of blood trickled down his chin.
love him enough to let him die here, right now, than to force my
blood on him…” He whispered looking down into that once
beautiful face. He looked up at Marius then. “I love enough that I
am willing to loose him like this than to loos him later with him
hating me for the rest of eternity.”
blinked at him slowly. “I would like to tell you to stop being so
selfish… But I understand.”
nodded. “Do you know where Armand and Daniel are?”
looked at him quizzically. “Yes, I left them to come to you.”
get them… and tell them to come here tonight, if I must I will get
them. But we need Daniel, tell him to feed well.”
was about to protest as Lestat stood carefully with Louis.
David back to the flat when you’re done… If he wakes up, leave
him and come back alone, I’ll deal with him.”
stood, his fine tailored clothes covered with vampirick blood. “I
understand.” Then he was gone.
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stood by the door to Louis room. He had gotten Daniel on his mobile
and the young vampire had understood completely. It would be another
hour before they got here and he didn’t like Louis chances.
had told Lestat he had just nodded as he held Louis bone thin hand.
There was no way he could have got them here any faster.
Lestat sat besides Louis on his bed, socked with blood. Every now
and again Louis would twitch with another gurgle of pain. The wound
in his chest was not healing and the blood still flowed.
deep inside Marius’s chest felt hollow, all through their time on
the night island he had basically ignored the weaker Vampire, at
first he had been interested in Lestat’s first Fledgling after
they had met. He could then see why Lestat had chosen him, he was a
beautiful creature and on the few times that he or another member of
the coven had managed to catch his attention his green eyes had
sparkled, though back then when ever Lestat’s name was mentioned
he would slip back into a melancholy that was disturbing. He had
thought it was because he still felt some animosity towards his
maker, but when Armand had suggested that he should stop mooning
over Lestat, who at that time was held up in his room writing. The
beautiful creature had replied he had waited for so long and that
his maker would come out eventually.
then Louis had left for New Orleans, he had told them in a quiet
voice. He did not ask them to tell Lestat where he was going, and
when Armand had suggested it with a bitter catch in his voice, Louis
had just shrugged as he had walked away.
Lestat had finally come out of his room and they had told him of
Louis departure the Brat Prince had tried to act all nonchalant and
brash but in the end he had gone and all to eager.
had lived a mortal life together as Marius had suggested to Lestat.
Only their immortal child had finally separated them, but she had
also been the one that had bound them together for so long.
then if Lestat had not been so impatient and angry in his immortal
youth and taken the time to ease Louis into his own immortality they
might have become inseparable. The love was there, they loved each
other with such a passion that everyone could see it, but they could
not see or accept it for themselves, it was almost like watching
some huge romantic tragedy, always together but neither willing to
reach out in fear of rejection.
after Lestat’s last escapade with the body thief, Louis had still
been there and Lestat had still gone back to him in the end. Whether
for solace or someone to tell him how stupid he was, Marius would
he watched Lestat as he in turn watched Louis. His grey eyes never
leaving his fledgling and the look on his face was nothing but
on the other hand was still bound. On bringing him back to the flat,
Lestat had told him which room was David’s and that there were
chains that would hold him more firm than a leather belt. So Marius
had bound the newest fledgling to his own bed. He had not resisted
but his eyes staring off into nothing, and Marius could pick nothing
from his mind as to what had happened.
finally took another step into the room. “Lestat… Do you
normally have a spirit bored in the parlour?”
bored?” came the vague response.
ouiji bored… There is one on the desk in the living room, and you
need to replace one of the windows.”
looked up then with a frown. “Why the interest in that game?”
shrugged, “some would say it’s more than that… Did you know
that Louis or David were playing with it?”
snorted, “Louis would not bother with such a thing.”
was a blank look in Lestat’s eyes. “He never said anything…
It’s just a stupid game! It has nothing to do with what’s going
shrugged again, and then there was a knock on the front door.
stood as Daniel came charging onto the room with Armand close behind
god!” Daniel said as he looked down on Louis. He was almost human
looking, His pallor bright, he had fed well as he had said he would.
“What happened!” he demanded turning to Lestat.
just stared at him, “Feed him from yourself… I’ll explain
did not need to be told twice, He sat down on the bed where Lestat
had been and bit open his own wrist with a wince of pain then pushed
it againced Louis bared teeth.
watched in silence as Armand looked over his fledglings shoulder at
what he had once wanted to take from Lestat. His shoulders shook as
he spun on Lestat.
the hell happened here!” Armand screamed. “Why get us out here!
Feed him from yourself Lestat! God damn it are you that selfish of
who you give your blood too?”
brows shot down as he glared at Armand, “As always Armand, you
know nothing of Louis. This is what must be done…” he didn’t
shout but the tone of his voice was not one to be argued with.
give me that!” Armand seethed, “He’s got a huge hole in his
chest! You think Daniels blood is going to help!”
stepped in then, there was nothing to be gained by an argument here.
He put a hand on his fledglings shoulder. “That is enough… The
pair of you! Armand I’ll explain shortly what has transpired here,
until then please stay back.”
gave him a glare then stepped back. “You don’t deserve him…”
groaned as Lestat took a breath to start shouting himself. But
before he could even get a word out Daniel cried out and flinched
away from the bed.
all turned to see what the trouble was to find Louis arched on the
bed, his hands clutching and ripping at the sheet beneath him.
spluttered from his open mouth, one hand let go of the sheet to
start tearing at his chest.
was the first to act, he pulled the hand away to stop more damage,
then with his other hand he pushed Louis flat on the bed cooing to
him like a child and quickly Louis calmed and became limp.
happened?” Armand gasped.
wouldn’t feed…” Daniel whispered as he held his arm to
himself. “He couldn’t.”
watched a tremor pass through Lestat, There was nothing for it then.
He knew his own blood was not strong enough to heal such a wound in
they did nothing and watched a vampire die, or Lestat acted and
despite Louis’s misgivings, saved his immortal life… And his
moved towards Lestat and laid a hand on his shoulder, “You have to
Lestat… You’re the only one who can.”
shook his head then looked up at him, bloody tears in his grey eyes.
have to Lestat…”
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felt sick, for the first time in his life he could not just make
himself move on impulse.
what Marius said was right, he could not let this go on and neither
could he just let Louis die.
us…” he whispered looking back at his beautiful one who now lay
limp and seemingly unconscious.
they made an effort as they left, making sure they made a noise as
the door closed.
alone again Lestat leaned forwards and touched Louis sunken cheek.
look at me.” He whispered, “Come on Louis.”
slightly surprised to get a response; green eyes fluttered open and
fixed on him.
I have to help you… I can’t think of anything else… I… I
have to give you some of my blood…”
was a narrowing of eyes and Louis’s head moved to one side a
little in a shake, another gout of blood trickled over Lestat’s
fingers but he ignored it as he tried to reason with the dieing
please…. Just enough to heal you, that’s all.” He brushed
matted black hair from a damp forehead. He thought maybe a little
honesty might help. “You cant ask me to live without you
chastising me Louis… Who else will do it if I loose you?”
didn’t try and hide the slight pleading that enter his voice. “I
swear, only enough to help you heal.”
long time those eyes just looked at him, then closed slowly.
felt a stab of fear, “Louis! You listen to me!” he grasped a
thin shoulder, emaciated from the blood loss. “Your cant heal
Louis… Your dieing, do you understand me! If you die now your
never going to know how that trilogy you were reading finishes! You
will miss the next episode of that stupid teen vampire show!…”
He took a deep breath, “Who will I have to come home too… To
cracked open then to look at him and Lestat smiled an honest smile.
take into my arms and tell them… I love them…”
what seemed like forever they just looked at each other.
the corner of Louis lips quirked up for a second and he moved his
could not help the skip of his heart as he smiled down at his
enough to help you healing.” He promised as he brought his wrist
to his mouth.
it will be another chapter… bugger! Sorry guy’s I tend to waffle
a bit too much when writing. I’ll try to get the next one out
either tomorrow or the day after ^_^ and I’ll mail it the last
seen as I never seem to finish anything long and it not take me
years to do it and I know how annoying that is :P