The Net: "The Need For Blood": Chapter 13

Angela moaned and rolled over, her senses slowly coming to from her night's deep sleep. When she was fully awake, she realized that Jacob was too. He was still weak, but he turned over to face her as best as he could.

"Angel, I'm really sorry. I didn't mean to scare you. I didn't mean to hurt you. I only thought it would be better that way. I thought well, they expected us both to die, but that way, at least one of us could make it, and then we could finally say we beat the Praetorians. And at least one of us would go on to lead a full life. We both know I can't. But there's a chance for you. I'm really sorry. Really. You know, I woke up in the night, and couldn't go back to sleep cause what I did just wouldn't leave my mind. I never dreamed I'd end up hurting you by doing that. Angel, I'm sorry, and I promise I won't do that again, OK? I promise."

"It's OK. I probably would have done the same if I were in your shoes."

"Yeah, and I wouldn't have let you….." Jacob sighed. "I guess I should have thought of that."

"Stop worrying over it. It's over. You're back here where you belong. Now look, why don't I go get breakfast for both of us as well as the TV and I'll come back here and we can spend the day watching TV in bed all day? Sound like fun?"

"Yeah, sounds good. Don't know what else I'd do otherwise."

Angela got up and went to the kitchen. As she was cooking eggs for herself, and drawing blood from the arm that wasn't bandaged, the phone rang. Pulling the full syringe out of her arm, she picked it up.

"Hello?"

"Hi, Angela, it's me, Walter."

"Walter? What's up?"

"I was praying you'd be up. I've got some great news for you!"

"Um, OK, what?"

"After we talked yesterday, I did some thinking. And I know this doctor, he believes in Big Foot too, in case you're wondering. Well, I talked to him last night. And he said he could help."

"Help? What do you mean?"

"He might be able to change Jacob's genes back again. You know, back to a normal human, instead of a vampire." There was a long silence on her end. "Angela?"

"Are you serious! Can he really do that!"

"He thinks so. Of course, there is no guarantee. Either he'll be back to normal or he'll remain the way he is now."

"When can he do this?"

"Whenever Jacob's well again. Whenever he can make it in. There's just one catch."

"What's that?"

"Well, besides there being no guarantee, you can't go with him. You both need to stay as far apart as possible."

"Oh. How long will this take? Do you know?"

"Well there's no guarantee there either. Maybe a week, possibly two. Hopefully no more than that."

"OK, wow, this is just amazing! Well, let me talk to Jacob, see what he thinks of all this."

"Sure."

When Angela got back to Jacob, all she carried with her was the cup of blood.

"What happened to your breakfast?" Jacob asked.

"I was talking on the phone to Walter, and I wasn't paying attention to it, and well, the eggs burned."

"Oh. That's too bad. The poor eggs! Being burned like that!"

And there it was, as Angela handed him the mug, she heard it, the hint of his old self showing through the curtain of sadness that had draped itself over the both of them. And now, having his old self back for good might become a reality. When the mug was clean he looked up at her. She had a weird look on her face.

"What? What's wrong?"

"Jacob, you're, you're, I can't explain it. But, you haven't made a comment like that since….since…well, since before Sean made you this way."

"Yeah, so? What about it? What are you getting at?"

"Walter called this morning to say that he knew a doctor that might be able to make you normal again."

"WHAT! Are you serious!"

"I am."

"Tell me about this!"

"Well, it could take a week, maybe two. I can't go with you. And, it might not work. You might come back still needing blood."

"I'll take that chance. When do I go?"

"When you're well again, if you want. No sooner than that, but any time after."

"OK, I'm all for it!"

"Alright. I'll go call him back now, and then try to make my breakfast again. Maybe I'll just have a bagel or something."

The following week Angela stood in front of her apartment facing Jacob. She reached out and pulled him into a tight embrace.

"I'm gonna miss you," she said.

"I'll miss you too."

"Just promise me you'll come back to me. Human or vampire, I don't care. I just want you to come back. OK? Will you promise me that?"

"Of course."

"And if you need ANYTHING, you call me. OK?"

"Yeah, OK."

When they finally pulled apart Jacob took his class ring off and put it back on Angela's hand.

"Jacob…."

"Just hold onto it for me, until I come back."

"Alright."

Jacob got into his Intrepid with its new window and Angela watched him drive away before she left for work.

"You've been very quiet lately, I've noticed," Walter casually mentioned a few days later. "Since Jacob's not here, I figured you'd be worried or something."

"You just thought I'd be wondering out loud how he's doing over and over again, right?" "Well, yeah, I suppose….."

"I am worried about him. I wonder every second, if this is gonna work, and if he's gonna be OK. I'm just trying to keep my mouth shut, so I don't bother others like you. I'm keeping my worrying and hoping to myself."

"Oh, I see."

"God, I wonder, what's going to happen to him. Is he going to be OK? Will this work?" She saw Walter giving her a look. "Yeah, I know. I just…I guess I can't keep it in for too long. Oh, this HAS to work! It just has to!"

Two weeks later, Angela sat at her desk typing a report on her latest case when suddenly she felt arms encircling her. Someone leaned around and kissed her full on the lips. She was so surprised and shocked she stood up and whirled around to attack. When she saw who it was she quickly changed modes and literally bear hugged him. "Jacob! You're back!" She let him go and looked him over. He wasn't thin or boney at all, and he hadn't had her blood in two whole weeks!

"Thanks to that guy, I'm back to normal now! On Monday I had spaghetti for dinner. Tuesday I had French toast for breakfast, tacos for lunch, and turkey and potatoes for dinner. Wednesday I had pancakes, ham and cheese sandwich, and fried chicken. Thursday I had cereal, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a salad, and macaroni and cheese! And that was only last week!"

"Oh my God! You look so great! This is so awesome!"

"Wanna celebrate?"

"Celebrate? Jacob, I think we'll be celebrating our whole lives!"

He threw an arm around her shoulders. "I talked to Walter and he's giving you the day off so we can spend it together however we want!"

"Then what are we waiting for!"