A/N: Hey, sorry I didn't update when I said I would. My dad took away my privileges and made me summarize a 25 page chapter that barely had any pictures, and he made me memorize 50 vocab words. He said until I get that done, I couldn't go on the computer or watch TV. If you have any complaints about his decision, send them to me and I'll be more than happy to tell him.

I'm glad I finally updated, so read and enjoy. I also decided to work more on the plot than pairings. Pairings are probably going to be Krista/Chase and slight Karen/Blade. My opinion on Marcus/Krista was that she was pretending to like him to gain his trust, and that she slept with him when she was highly emotional, and therefore very vulnerable. But that's just my opinion. Hope you like the story.

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"And just how do you think we're supposed to take Chase out? Go right up to the House of Chthon and shoot her dead?" Krista asked. Karen's eyes narrowed.

"You know, I could really do without the sarcasm," Karen growled.

"Well, I'm just pointing out the faults."

"I don't have everything planned out, so chill," Karen warned. Blade placed his hand on her shoulder and squeezed.

"Calm down, Karen," he whispered.

"Well speed it up!" Krista urged. Karen's eyes went dark.

"Look, you little ungrateful bitch. I am trying to help you and Blade. If you don't back off, I am going to hurt you. I am tired and exhausted from working on new weapons and a serum, and I haven't gotten laid in months! I swear, if you complain one more time…"

"Karen!"

Karen turned to Blade. "What?!"

"Can I talk to you for a sec?" he asked.

"Sure," she said and followed him to an empty room.

"You've been a little irritable lately," he observed.

"It's nothing," she said passively. Her tone of voice told him that she was lying.

"You also look very tired," he noted. He cupped her chin and forced her to look at him.

"I'm just a little stressed. I'm working hard to perfect the new serum and to create more creative chemical weapons," she admitted.

"That's not it and we both know it," he said. "Relax, you know it's not good for you to be stressed right now.

"I know. It's just hard and exhausting to worry about," she said sadly.

"Everything will be okay. We'll be okay," he reassured. He stroked her cheek softly. Then his hand drifted to her waist and pulled her to him.

"So it's been months, huh?" he asked, slyly trying to change the subject.

"Three to be exact," she smiled.

"I didn't know it had been that long."

Karen's eyes became suggestive. "Way too long," she purred. Their faces seemed to be inching closer towards each other. Then Krista rushed in. They jumped apart.

"Blade! Karen! We just got a message from…" she stopped and noticed that they were both breathing hard. She raised an eyebrow.

"What were you two doing in here?" she asked playfully.

"Nothing!" they both said at once.

"Well, anyway, we just received a message from Chase," she said.

"I'll check it out," Karen said and practically ran out of the room. Krista turned to Blade.

"So you and Karen…" she began.

"Not a word," Blade growled and walked out of the room.

Karen was seated in the lab area working at the computer. As Blade and Krista approached she explained everything to them.

"She left a message saying to contact her," Shen explained to them.

Karen pulled up a live web cam chat. Chase appeared on the screen. She was relaxing in a nice business office.

"Hello, pets," she said in her playful Australian accent.

"What do you want, Chase?" Krista asked sternly.

"Many things, but one particular headache seems to top the list. Oh, by the way Krista, thanks for the little tumble I took down the stairs. It was quite refreshing," she teased.

"Get to the point" Karen ordered. Chase feigned shock.

"Ooh, a feisty one. I'm surprised you haven't tapped that yet, Blade." She licked her lips. "I would." Karen recoiled in disgust while Shen looked at Blade questioningly.

"Anyway, I need your help to find Marcus. If he unleashes his weapon again, I'm out of a job."

"What will you give us in turn," asked Karen. Everybody looked surprised with the change of events.

"Information, of course. I could give you the name, phone number, and address of every single Pureblood in existence. Which is something, your dear Marcus no longer had access to." She smiled innocently.

"And why should we help you?" Blade asked.

"Because you can do the same thing that you were planning to do with Krista. If you help me capture Marcus, I gain control over his weapon. Then I can give it to you to help me move up in the ranks. The higher I move up, the more vampires you can ash. It's a win-win situation," she said.

"We'll think about it," Karen said.

"Don't think too long sweetheart. You have 15 minutes, starting now." The screen went blank. Karen turned off the mike and the screen.

"What the hell was that about? I thought we were sticking to the original plan." Krista questioned. Karen started to rise out her chair, but Blade firmly pushed her back down. Karen counted to ten then answered.

"It'll be easier for us to achieve our objective if Chase believes that we are helping her," Karen said.

"That makes sense," Shen commented.

"We do need to be able to come in contact with her to take her out," Blade said.

"But how are we going to be able to get close enough to her. She doesn't trust us," Karen wondered aloud.

"She doesn't trust me, you, or Blade," Shen pointed out. They all looked to Krista.

"You'd be the perfect person to get under her skin. She knows you," Karen said.

"What are you trying to do? Pimp me out to all the high-ranking vampires?" she asked.

"No, we just need you to get close her. Get her to let her guard down. It'll help us succeed," Karen suggested.

"Fine, but I'm not sleeping with her!" Everybody turned their heads.

"Does Chase have a thing for you?" Shen asked suddenly interested.

"She just kissed me once, no big thing." Even Blade was interested.

"How come I never heard this?" Shen asked.

"Yeah, why not?" Blade asked.

"Guys!" Karen snapped. "We need to focus! Our time is almost up." She turned the screen and mike back on.

In a matter of minutes, Chase's image filled the screen once more.

"What have you decided?" she asked impatiently.

"We accept," Karen said.

"But we have a few conditions," Krista added.

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