LbN: Had this idea about what could've happened if Marcus hadn't been a loose cannon and destroyed his own damn coven. For the sake of the story, William is just like the Lycans now, meaning he can change back to human form.

The New Coven

The messenger backed away at Erika's look of worry and anger. Without another glance at the young vampire, Erika sped out of the library and walked quickly through the living room to the stairs. She nodded at the vampires who stood respectfully as she passed, but paid them no other attention. Normally, she would've indulged in a smug smirk at this change in status. Ever since she had been bonded with the head Death Dealer, she'd enjoyed an elevated level of respect from the rest of the coven. She raced up the stairs and burst into the third door to the left on the third landing.

"Alright, what the hell happened?" she asked as the circle of people around the bed stood back.

"We were ambushed by Renegades," Kahn told her nodding to the nurses.

They had barely taken out the ointments and gauze when Erika took them from their hands.

"Out, everyone," she said. "Have you told Marcus?"

"We sent a messenger," Kahn nodded.

Not waiting for everyone to vacate their room, Erika began undressing Selene, taking in all of the bruises and cuts her wife had gotten.

"Evie, will you bring up some of the plasma? She's losing a lot of blood," she asked one of the nurses.

"Of course Erika."

The blonde turned back to her wife, trying to see which wounds were healing themselves. Not many, she gathered. Selene's eyes fluttered open as Erika began cleaning the biggest gash on the older vampire's torso. The Death Dealer groaned and tried to look down at the damage.

"Shhhh," Erika shook her head. "Just relax, okay? What happened? Kahn said you guys were ambushed."

"Yeah," Selene whispered. "We were tracking a couple of them through downtown. It was a trap…"

"It's alright," Erika kissed her forehead. "Most of the bruises have gone away already. You're cuts should be fine by the morning."

"Have a feeling I'm still going to feel like I was in a train wreck…"

"Don't worry," Erika smiled, "I'll take care of you."

The blonde turned around and glanced at the door.

"What the hell is taking her so long?" she muttered. "Wait a moment, alright?"

Just as she was about to go downstairs, Evie came racing back up carrying two plastic packages of red liquid.

"Sorry Erika," she breathed. "I had to wait for them to make some more; all of our stores were shipped out earlier today."

"It's alright," Erika took the packages from her. "Thank you. Is Marcus coming?"

"I think he's in a meeting with Kahn and Soren. He'll be up after that."

"Thank you Evie."

When she got back to their room, Selene was struggling into a sitting position on the bed. Erika glanced at the cut on her side; it was getting smaller already.

"What do you think you're doing?" she smiled.

"I'm a bad patient, you know that," Selene chuckled and winced. "I need you to get me a book from the library."

"Oh really? Well you'd better be planning on reading a fiction novel, because you are not doing work while you're hurt. Lie back down."

"I have to…" Selene began to argue.

"You don't have to do anything," a voice said. It was Marcus.

Erika stood respectfully and put a hand on Selene's shoulder as her wife tried to sit up again.

"Kahn and Soren have given me the situation. In the morning we're going to start reforming our plans for that area of the city. According to the number that Kahn's given me, there are more Renegades than we'd thought. Get some rest."

"Do you need anything?" Erika asked after he'd left the room.

"No," Selene shook her head.


Erika smiled and ran her fingers through Selene's hair, before beginning to change for bed. She got into a black tank top and underwear and yawned, picking up the plasma that Evie had given her a few minutes before.

"I don't need that," Selene whined.

"Yes you do. You lost a ton of blood before your wounds closed up, and I'd like you to not slip into a coma during the night. How do you want me to do this?"

"I don't want the IV."

"Fine," Erika nodded, going to their sink for a glass. She dumped some of the red stuff into it and handed it to Selene. "Drink. I'm going to get this extra one back to Evie, but I'll be right back."

Selene nodded, draining the glass of pseudo blood. Erika paused for a moment, and placed a hand on Selene's stomach. She looked down at her wife with a worried expression.

"You don't have to do this," she said quietly. It was an argument they'd had before, one that she had never won. She had a feeling that she'd win tonight though. "Marcus loves you, in a way that Viktor didn't. He really does love you like a daughter."

"I know, Erika," Selene said, tiredly. The blond sat down on the bed next to her.

"This is the third time this year that you've nearly been killed, and it's only April. If you just ask him, I'm sure Marcus will let you—"

"This is my life Erika. It's all I've ever done."

"I know, it's just…"

"Just what?"

"You can't keep doing this to yourself! I can't raise a child without you."

Selene looked at her. This wasn't exactly how Erika had planned on telling her, but it was affective nonetheless. After a minute of silence in which Selene was presumably letting Erika's words sink in, Selene spoke.

"A child? It worked?"

"Yes," Erika said, "and I don't really want you getting killed before you meet your son or daughter."

She tossed the extra pack of plasma onto the bedside table and crawled under the covers.

"I don't feel like going back down there tonight. Look," she gently turned Selene's face toward her and leaned over the Death Dealer. "I know you're a warrior. I don't expect you to just give that up after four hundred years. Just…tone down these super dangerous missions, okay?"

"Alright," Selene smiled. "You're really pregnant?"

"According to the most discreet doctor in this coven, yes," Erika smiled as Selene quirked an eyebrow at her. "I wanted to tell you myself. I didn't want the house buzzing about our new edition to the coven before I got the chance to talk to you."

"I'll see if Marcus will go with me to William's coven tomorrow. I'll ask Michael if he can take over my missions."

"Thank you," Erika hugged her wife. "Look, you're stomach's okay again."

"You're a wonderful nurse," Selene smiled.

"I know," Erika grinned. "Now go to sleep, you need some rest."

"Yes dear."

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