Welcome to the latest and the last installment of the "Vampire Kimmie" series. I would like to thank everyone that has read this series. I would also like to thank my beta reader on this story Ken-zero. I hope you guys enjoy.

Blood Out

1: Mist

Shego groaned as she felt an elbow in her ribs. She had a feeling that the elbow was there on purpose, wanting to take her from her sleep. She refused to let it win, keeping her eyes closed tight and snuggling into the firm, comfortable mattress for the long haul. The elbow moved, but the mission was not abandoned if the weight on her chest meant anything. Her eyes remained closed, though.

"Shego…" The name was whispered with a high level of seduction. A wet kiss to her neck followed the whisper.

"Sleeping," the plasma-wielder muttered, turning over to her side, thinking that she would get rid of the sex-kitten that she shared a bed with.

"Doesn't sound like it…" Shego could feel the smile that was pressed against her flesh.

Shego groaned again. "Come on, Pumpkin. Lemme sleep!"

Kim chuckled a bit while clinging to her lover's back. She kissed the pale woman's bare shoulder, but she did not go any further, letting Shego go back to sleep. She busied herself by caressing the sharp muscles of Shego's biceps and her shoulders. Through out the exploration, the older woman barely moved, except for her breathing. Kim was amused by this for almost an hour, even though she already knew Shego's body better than her own. Eventually, she did want to get Shego up and it really had nothing to do with satisfying her sexual appetite.

"Shego…" Kim whispered into her companion's ear.

"Hmm?" the sleeping woman replied. It sounded more like she was groaning than responding, but it was good enough for her vampire lover.

"Are you up yet?"

"You know, we wouldn't have this problem if you didn't need sex to fall asleep," the former thief grumbled. She kept her eyes closed, but moved her arm a little to fluff up her pillow. A sigh escaped her lips as her head sank deeper into her pillow.

"I can't help it that you're so sexy!" the redhead remarked with a cheeky grin. Wrapping her arms around Shego, she rubbed herself against Shego while also rocking the older woman from side to side.

The older woman could not help snickering a little and turned over back onto her back. Kim quickly draped herself on top of the former thief. Shego still had her eyes closed, but her hands did not need any help in finding their way to Kim's lower back. Kim put her arms around Shego's neck and rested her head on Shego's shoulder.

"Are you getting up now?" Kim asked, putting on an adorable pout in case her lover decided to open her eyes.

"Why won't you let me sleep? You keep bugging me," Shego pretended to huff, eyes remaining shut. Her fingertips slid up and down the curve of Kim's back.

"I want you to get up, doy."

"Why? What's so important that I have to get up right this minute?"

"So we can go out and have fun together," Kim explained with an impish smile.

"Go out?" Shego muttered, snorting lightly through her nose.

Kim noted the hint of doubt in her lover's voice. "Yes, go out."

The vampire sensed some hesitation in her partner, beyond wanting to stay in bed. Crawling over the taller body, she faced the older woman. Shego turned away, which let Kim know that something was very wrong. The redhead reached out for Shego and forced Shego to look at her. The plasma-wielder glanced away, but eventually her eyes met her beloved's gaze.

"Shego, what's wrong with going outside?" Kim demanded to know.

"Nothing wrong with it. I just don't have time for it," Shego answered.

Kim frowned. "I thought we were past this. You don't have to keep blowing me off, thinking I'm going to leave."

"I'm not blowing you off because I think you're going to leave. I'm blowing you off because there's a lot to do around here and I don't have time to play outside." Her tone was firm, as if she was speaking the stone, cold truth.

Olive eyes narrowed, studying Shego more closely than she ever would have until what happened a few days ago. She found that Shego had been ducking her and avoiding doing things with her because the former thief thought that Kim was going to abandon her once she could settle in the real world. Apparently, Shego managed to forget that she was Kim's whole world. The very idea that Kim would forget such a thing seemed totally outlandish to the redhead and the fact that they were still going through it was even worse because they had already discussed it.

A soft hand came out to caress a pale green cheek and Kim spoke softly, "I don't understand why you're so frustrated, Shego. I know this place needs a lot of work, but this just isn't like you."

"What do you mean?" Shego asked curiously, as if she truly did not know.

Kim's brow furrowed, eyes squinting in confusion. Green eyes met and Kim could see that Shego was honestly bewildered about why it was not like her to want to fix everything up in a hurry. Kim studied this odd look, not sure what to make of it. Suddenly, Shego started blinking and her eyes started to clear of the mucky puzzlement, but not totally. Kim decided to explain what she meant to see if that might wipe away the strange expression.

"Shego, you know you're generally a lazy creature, unless you're burying yourself in your folklore research or trying to spar with me. This isn't like you at all. In fact, the first couple of days we moved in here, I thought I'd end up being the one doing all of the work and you'd find a way to lounge and tan."

Shego nodded, taking in the information. She glanced downward for a moment and Kim noticed that the bewildered look was coming back, as if Shego thought that Kim was lying. The vampire grabbed her mate by the chin and forced Shego to look at her in the eyes again. Kim wondered if this weird look had been in Shego's eyes for a while and she missed it or if it was something new. She hoped it was not the former because it meant that she had not been paying her mate much mind for longer than she liked.

"Shego, sweetheart, don't you remember how you used to be? I really thought you'd enjoy being free, but you're treating this like a new prison. Why? I know this can't just be because you're scared of losing me. It seems like something much more," Kim commented.

The green-skinned woman blinked hard and then rubbed her face with her hands, as if she was trying to honestly remember how she used to be. She started considering what was wrong with her. She and Kim had worked out that they were together forever, so she could not figure out what she was still acting like she had a couple of weeks ago when she was scared that she was going to lose the vampire to the outside world.

Emerald eyes locked onto dark olive eyes again. Shego felt like a fog was lifting from her, but going much too slowly for her to make any sense out of anything. It was just enough for her to know that something was wrong with her, just as Kim seemed to suspect.

"Kimmie, I don't know what's wrong with me, especially now. Ever since we got here, I have wanted to do two things at once. Yes, I want to lie in the sun, sleep forever, and maybe screw you every now and then." She paused to smirk, looking much like her former self. "But, on the other hand, I keep telling myself that I need to get this place in top condition and not do anything else. I don't know why, but I feel like I need to stay in here."

Kim's face twisted and she looked more than perplexed. It was almost like she did not know the person next to her, even though she knew Shego better than any other person on the planet. It was just that the words did not fit with anything that she knew about Shego.

"I don't get it, Shego. I mean, I remember when we first got here and you looked around at all of the work that we had to do and every time I added something to the list, you'd moan and groan as loudly as possible. I practically had to kick you in the ass to get you to go to the store with me the first time to buy supplies," Kim recalled.

Shego nodded. "I know what you mean. I remember too. Hell, I wake up and dread doing this most of the time, but still I'm compelled to do it. It's been that way…since we moved in here as far as I can tell."

"No, this didn't start the moment we moved in here. Like I said, you bitched and moaned—as expected—when we moved in. I'm sure it was after we moved in, but I'm not totally sure when. I don't know, but it might be after that first shopping trip for supplies. After that, it seemed like fixing this place was something that you could, maybe, possibly get into, but you still weren't so dogmatic about it."

Shego nodded again because that all did make sense to her, but even now, she felt compelled to go fix up the house while letting Kim go outside. Pale green features dropped, but emerald eyes remained locked on Kim. It was like the vampire was forcing Shego to keep looking. The thought that Kim might be forcing her to look at her heavily struck the former thief as soon as she had it.

"Kimmie," Shego said suddenly.

"Yes?" the redhead answered.

"Have you been practicing your thrall by any chance? You know, your weird, hypnotic stare," Shego pointed out. She knew it was called a thrall based on all of her research, but Kim rarely remembered the technical name for it because she rarely used the power.

"Not really. Why?"

"Because I can't look away," Shego answered honestly. It was a bit disturbing because she knew that she was caught in one of Kim's weaker powers. It was something that Kim could not do without conscious effort usually and even then she was never very good with it. She could not help wondering how strong the thrall would be if Kim knew how to use it.

"Sorry," Kim apologized, looking away, hoping that would release Shego from her unknown spell.

Shego blinked. "No, it's all right. It's not like you were doing that on purpose." She paused for a moment before taking the conversation back to what they were originally talking about. "Honestly, I don't know what the hell is wrong with me and never wanting to leave this place. And even after we talked, I still have this biting bit at the back of my mind telling me that you're going to leave…"

"Shego!" Kim grabbed her lover's hands and held them tightly. Once again green eyes locked on each other as the vampire continued on. "I told you that I'm not going anywhere. I won't leave you, not now, not ever!" she promised with her whole heart.

"Damn it, Kimmie, I know that! Deep inside I know that, but there's this fucking piece in me, like it isn't even a part of me that keeps telling me that you're going to leave and I should let you!" Shego replied.

"You better never listen to it!" Kim ordered, a bit of her new nature coming out—the nature of a predator, a creature used to being in charge. She clutched her lover tightly, physically commanding the older woman to never try to leave.

"Calm down, Pumpkin. I'm just telling you what's going on in my head now that we're on the topic."

Kim glanced down. "I'm sorry about that, Shego. It's just that thought of being apart from you makes me a little crazy. I can't imagine being without you. No one could ever replace you, you know that, right?" There was silence for longer than she liked. "Right?"

"I do know that, but something in my damn head is trying to contradict it right now. And when I say right now, I mean this very minute. There's just a voice in my head, snickering about how you're going to leave me the second I turn my back to you and there's nothing I can do about it!" Shego growled in frustration.

"Ignore the stupid voice and listen to me! I'm telling you what's in my heart right now and I never want us to be apart. I think we need to spend some time together for you to believe that. What do you think?" Kim proposed.

"It does sound like a good idea and I would love to do it. I mean, we haven't spent time together like we used to since we escaped from GJ."

Kim grinned because all she really wanted to do was spend time with her sweetheart. She hoped that Shego would agree to spending time outside since they agreed to spend some time together. She wanted to see some spark of the old Shego back…outside of a battle anyway.

"So, what do you want to do then?" Kim inquired, purring a little as she rubbed her body against her lover's, loving the feel of their skins meeting and pressing together. It was pretty obvious what she wanted to do spending time together. The vampire doubted that she would ever get enough of feeling her body against Shego's body.

"You think I'm giving into your perverted mind, Princess?" Shego inquired with a teasing grin.

"Please and thank you," Kim begged before taking a nip at Shego's pale throat.

"Usually, I would give in because you said please, but I want to get up and get dressed. Going outside is sounding really good to me and I think I need to do it now before that damned voice gets the better of me."

"Okay! I really did want to go outside with you. Of course, I would've preferred getting a little bit before hand," the redhead remarked, grinding against her mate.

Shego groaned with pleasure from the movement. "Cut that out, Princess. I really want to get up and go right now. I don't want to talk myself out of it."

"Then let's go take a shower and get out of here! I wonder what time it is," Kim commented, figuring knowing the time might help her plan out what to do with her lover.

The couple managed to crawl out of their large, firm bed. Shego grunted as she slammed into the coffin that was next to the bed, forgetting it was even there. She muttered a curse while Kim just laughed.

"Why the hell do we even have this in here? When was the last time you slept in this thing?" Shego complained, even though the little pain that she felt was gone already.

"I like it there just in case I do get the urge to crawl in there. Besides, we haven't been here that long. You don't know if I won't want to sleep in it just as often as I used to," Kim argued.

"Then can we move it to your side of the bed?" Shego huffed.

"I dunno, can we move your library to your side of the bed?" Kim countered. After all, she did almost run into a tower of books when she got out of bed. She just had the presence of mind to miss it. "Wait, we have sides of the bed?" she asked curiously.

Shego paused to think about it. "For the sake of this argument, yeah, we do." Honestly, she slept where she dropped and Kim would curl up to her on whichever side had more bed on it.

"Then why don't we just switch next time?" Kim asked.

"Now you're trying to be logical! God, don't you know how to have an argument yet?" Shego teased.

The redhead smiled. "Of course, but I want to take a shower a lot more than I want to have an argument."

"Agreed!" This was accompanied by an eager grin from the older woman.

The couple scurried off into the shower, which turned out to be a mistake. Their shower was similar to one that could be found in a gym locker room, nothing intimate about it. Shego started looking around, thinking about how she wanted to remodel the whole thing. Kim noticed that she was losing her lover for the simple fact that Shego was not looking at her in all of her naked glory.

"Shego," Kim said, cupping her beloved's face and turning Shego back to her.

"Hmm?" Shego replied, showing that she heard the vampire, even though she still was not looking at the smaller female.

"Shego, what is wrong with you?" Kim huffed.

"Sorry, Kimmie. I was just thinking that I wanted to do something about this shower. I hate that it seems like we're in a wrecked high school locker room. I want our shower to be rich and intimate," Shego explained.

Kim smiled. "Sounds good. I'd like that. Maybe this could be the first project we really work on together. We could go out and get supplies for it. What do you think?"

"Isn't this how this whole mess started? Are you sure you're going to help me with this?"

Kim held up her right hand with her left hand on her heart. "Pixie scout honor! I want to spend time with you, baby. I want us to be close again. Plus, I would love for us to have a nice shower! We could do something with a bench or something!"

Shego narrowed her gaze on the vampire, knowing there was a thinly disguised sexual reason for Kim wanting a bench in the shower. She really did not care about the reason. She was more curious to see if her lover was serious about helping out on their home now. After all, Kim had not done much since they moved in.

"Are you sure about this? Sure you're not just going to start and then go hang out with your family?" Shego asked.

"I'm not going to see my family until you agree to go back with me. They think you don't like them, but I've told you that already."

An ebony eyebrow arched. "Not going to see your family? Like hell you're not! We didn't bust out of GJ just for you to piss your time away like that!"

"We didn't bust out of GJ just for you to rot away in this place, crying over something that won't happen!" Olive eyes flashed with anger, burning into emerald eyes.

Shego blinked and it looked like something clicked in her mind. Her eyes cleared again and suddenly she found herself smiling. She embraced Kim, pulling them both directly underneath the shower-head. Moaning, they both leaned in for a heated kiss. When they broke apart, Shego felt whole for the first time in a while.

"I guess we can stop by your parents' house on the way to the store…" Shego muttered.

"Good. And what about the shower?" Kim asked between panting to catch her breath. It had been a while since she had been kissed like that.

"I guess we can figure out how to install a bench when we start to remodel the shower," the older woman conceded, even though she would have done that without being kissed senseless.

"And I'll help you with the floors after that. Are you still putting wood down?"

"Actually, I haven't finished pulling up the old floor. I do have the wood and I know how to do it, so I can show you while we go through."

Kim nodded and thought that she had a lot to catch up with in regards to Shego. The former thief was one of those people that only had to read about something and could figure out how to do it, so with a lot of the home improvements that they needed to make, Shego already had a feel for how to do them because she read up on them. Kim was more hands-on, so she had to follow Shego's example. She thought that it would be fun, though, since they would get to spend time together.

Once they were done with the shower, they dressed and finally found out what time it was. It was late in the afternoon, so they thought that it would be a nice time to visit Kim's parents before hitting up the local Home Depot for all of their home improvement needs. Kim grinned from ear to ear when they stepped out into the light while Shego shielded her eyes.

"For some reason, it feels like forever and a day since I've done this," Shego commented.

"What do you mean?" Kim asked.

"Just being outside, with you," the former thief replied with a small smile as a gentle breeze nipped at her face. The warmth of the sun kissed her pale cheek and she suddenly remembered that she was a sun-worshipper. "I need to get out more and sunbathe!" she declared.

The redhead grinned even more. "Now that's the Shego I know! I think you should get back into the sun. For those few days when you were out before, it looked like it was really improving your complexion. I mean, you've been beyond pasty for a while because of the lack of sunlight."

"You bet your sweet ass I'll be out here more! I can't believe I had forgotten how much I liked being outside just lounging around." Shego paused to take a big, deep breath. "I'll have to find my old lounge chairs and just hang out here. What do you think?"

"If I can lie on you or by you while you're just napping, I wouldn't mind," Kim answered honestly.

Shego smiled and they took a long stroll to the Possible residence. They did not talk much, just commenting on the lovely weather and such. Other than that, they just enjoyed each other's presence, going so far as to hold hands like they were giddy, little schoolgirls. Kim hugged up against Shego every now and then, just in case someone going by might wonder if they were together or not. By the time, they arrived at the house, both doctors were home and surprised to see that they had double the amount of guests that they were used to.

"Shego, Kim actually got you out of the house?" Ann teased, ushering both women through the door.

"Yeah, I don't know what's come over me, but Kim isn't content to just let me bury myself in chores," Shego replied with a good-natured smile. She could see that Ann was eyeing her oddly, seriously not expecting her, which made her feel a little bad.

"I'm glad you're here. Are you two staying for dinner?" Ann asked, forgetting her daughter's vampire status.

"Dinner sounds great!" Kim answered with a happy grin.

"Uh…Kimmie," Shego said, earning a glance from her mate.

"We can still make Home Depot, Shego. We eat pretty early," Kim promised.

"You need to go to Home Depot?" Ann asked as they all walked to the living room to sit together for a while. James was already there.

"We're going to try to fix up the shower in the lair together. I'm going to try to stop slacking on our home repairs and Shego's going to try to make it outside with me more," Kim explained while her father rose to greet her and Shego.

"Oh, that's nice. Shego, have you gotten far on the house? Should I even call it a house?" Ann inquired. Having never seen her daughter's home before, but knowing it was a former villain's lair, she was not sure what it could be considered.

Shego was paused in answering when James suddenly pulled her in a hug. Before she could fathom what was going on, the embrace was over and James moved onto Kim. Shego felt weird about it, somehow able to tell that the Possibles had really missed her. Guilt nipped at the back of her mind, but was held off by another little thing in her head that was telling her she should have stayed home no matter what. She tried to shake it off, turning back to answer Ann.

"I guess you could call it a house. It's where me and Kimmie plan to live, after all. It's a lot bigger than an actual house and much more rundown. I haven't gotten very far in fixing it up," Shego explained.

"No?" James asked, turning to her. "From the way Kim told it, we thought that you redesigned the whole place by now and that's why we never got to see you," he commented.

Shego scratched the back of her head, looking a strange mix of confused and sheepish. "Well, I don't know what happened with that. Maybe because I spent a lot of my time worrying about silly things than getting any work done," she replied honestly.

"Well, I hope you two work better together and you get out more. You need to realize you're a part of this family too!" James declared, patting her on the back and grinning broadly at her.

Shego smiled a bit and accepted the welcome, like they thought she had before. She seemed comfortable after a while, just like before. The Possibles, Kim included, could only hope that this visit did not end like the first one, where Shego seemed comfortable with them and then they only saw her again that day Kim was almost killed not too long ago.

"You two seemed to have healed nicely. Ron looked a little worse for wear when he left," Ann commented. She really did not want to bring the incident up, but Kim and Shego had healed much faster than poor Ron and she wanted to make sure that they were as healthy as they looked.

"He did. I hope Yori isn't upset with us for the shape that he showed up," Kim remarked with a laugh. "But, we're fine. Me and Shego are a tough pair," she assured her parents.

"You have to be to survive everything you've gone through," James said, even though he did not know half of the things that they had been through.

"And we'll keep on going," Kim stated soundly, looking her mate dead in the eye for Shego to know that they were going to make it—together—no matter what.

Shego smiled, making it seem like that she felt the same way, but the sentiment did not seem to last. Yes, they had an excellent visit with the Possibles, going so far as Kim forcing down some food, just because her mother did not remember until the plate was made that Kim was not human. Shego ate whatever Kim did not finish and they all exchanged pleasant conversation for the whole time. It seemed so perfect to Kim and then something happened to spoil it all—and Kim could not figure out what happened.

They were in the Home Depot, Shego had already picked out a book on fixing bathrooms and they were just looking for paint in order to do something simple for the rest of the night. Kim was inspecting the colors when Shego looked down into an aisle, spotting a pretty redhead. The pale redhead happened to glance at her at the same time. Electric blue eyes locked with her own, stared deeply at her for a few seconds before disappearing, leaving Shego staring at empty air.

"Shego?" Kim shook the older woman, finally gaining her attention.

"Hmm?" Shego said, turning her head to face Kim. She felt a cloud coming over her mind, but it started to lift a little as she focused on the shorter female.

"Shego, are you all right? I've been calling you for almost a minute to look at these colors for the foyer," Kim replied, tilting her head, examining Shego. She could feel that something was wrong, but she was not sure what it was. She could not figure out what could go wrong between paint cans either since everything was all right a couple of minutes ago.

"Yeah, I'm fine. Look, Kimmie, why don't you go hang out or something? I can handle all of this crap," Shego replied, waving her hand a little, like she was dismissing the redhead.

Kim blinked hard. "Wha—what? Are you all right? We agreed to do this together and we agreed to spend more time together. I'm not going to go run out on you now."

"No, it's all right, Princess. I would rather you go do something that you want to do," Shego argued.

"I am doing something I want to do, I'm spending time with you. Why the hell are you trying to run me off?" Kim inquired in a baffled tone, grabbing her lover's hands and holding them tightly.

The ebony-haired woman glanced down at their hands. "I'm not trying to run you off. I just want you to live your life. I can fix up the house."

"I want to fix up the house with you!" Kim declared with a growl, which actually kept her from shouting.

"Why? You have friends that you could hang out with," Shego insisted.

"Why the hell are you trying to push me away, Shego? I thought you wanted me around! Why are you acting like this?" Kim hissed, trying to keep her volume under control, but it was clear that she and Shego were having an argument. Something about the energy that they were giving off kept people from staring at what was happening, though.

"I'm not pushing you away. I just don't want you to be bored or anything like that. You can go do something better," Shego countered.

"I don't want to do something 'better.' I want to be with you. Now, come look at these damned paint colors or we're going to cause a damned spectacle in this damned Home Depot," Kim snarled, fangs gleaming in the light and eyes flashing from her fury.

Shego opened her mouth to argue, but a pointed finger silenced her. She turned to the paint colors as ordered and a glare kept her from opening her mouth again unless it was about the house. Kim made sure to keep her in line while wondering why Shego was trying to run her off. Something was quite wrong and she really wondered what it was because Shego was acting weird—and had been for a while now that she started thinking about it.

"Um…Kimmie…are you sure you don't want to go out?" Shego asked quietly as they started going home, painting products in hand.

Kim smiled and surprised Shego with her response. "Yeah, I would like to go out."

"Oh…okay. Have fun with your friends," Shego replied.

"I want to go out with you!" Kim huffed, frowning a bit. "I want to spend time with you! I thought you wanted us to be together forever, but now you're pushing me away! You tell me before that you're scared I'm going to leave you and now you're doing this. You're driving me nuts with this!" She glared at her lover, causing the former villain to flinch.

Shego scratched her head. "I don't know what the hell is wrong with me. I don't want you to go, but I keep saying you should! It's crazy!"

They both looked at each other, not sure what to make about what was going on. Even as they went home, Shego continued to try to push Kim to go hang out by explaining that she could handle the house. Kim started to ignore her after a while, but she was very troubled by this because it just led her believe that something was wrong with Shego.

"If only I could figure out what was wrong…" the vampire muttered under her breath.

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Next time: Kim and Shego go on a date to get back to normal, but only become more convinced something is wrong with Shego.