Blood Bonds Part V

A Forever Knight story by Merrie Thomas

Disclaimer: All characters you're familiar with don't belong to me. Those that you aren't, do.

Characters: Lacroix, Nick, Natalie, Tracy, Erin Gabriel OFC,

Summary: Someone or something is after Lacroix, and it is up to Nick and Nat to find out who it is and how to stop them.

Author's Note: Okay, I'm very, very sorry that this took so long to post. College is hell on your writing schedule.

Rating: This story is rated PG-13

Chapter Five

"What the hell are you talking about? Seriously, you people are confusing. First you say he's a vampire, now you're saying he's human. Will you people make up you damn minds! By the way, how can you tell he's human?" Erin asked, casting a glance toward Lacroix.

"He's-" Nick started.

"No, wait. It doesn't matter right now. What does matter is getting him out of this tub and back on the couch. Help me lift him?" Erin asked.

Nick didn't answer as he lifted Lacroix's limp form out of the tub with ease. Erin gasped and blushed at the same time, hurriedly draping a towel over Lacroix.

"Oh come on!" Tracy complained. "Now I know this is a bit of an emergency, but he's dripping all over my carpet. Could you at least dry him off first? Take him for a flight around the block or something?" She grumbled at the looks she received in return.

After Nick placed Lacroix once more on the couch, Natalie ran over to check his pulse for herself. She gasped at the results. "Oh my God, Nick. You're right. He really is human." Nick just nodded in response. "How can this be possible?"

"I don't know, Nat. Did you find anything unusual in his blood back at the lab?" Nick asked.

"Oh my God! The blood tests! I completely forgot about them! I was about to do them when you came over. I have to get back to the lab, now! We need to know how this happened!"

"Alright," Nick said. "Tracy still has the keys to the Caddy, take it. I'm booked off for the night anyway. I'm going to stay here with him."

"Alright Nick. I'll be back as soon as I can. Call me if anything changes."

"I will." he answered.

"Tracy? Are you coming with me? I didn't know you had booked off too." Natalie asked, heading out the door.

"I didn't. Yeah, I'm coming. Some of us still have to work. You take care, Nick."

"You too, Tracy. Be careful out there tonight."

"I will, don't worry." With that, they left.

After a few moments of silence, Erin finally spoke. "What are you going to do? I take it, this is not normal for him?"

"No, not at all. As far as I knew, there was no cure for vampirism. That didn't stop me from trying, but I have been unsuccessful in my search until now."

"You mean you don't want to be a vampire? That you have been searching for a cure?"

"Yes. I have been searching for a cure to this curse for centuries now. I never expected Lacroix to be the source of it, though."

"Why not? Doesn't he want to be cured also?"

"Oh no, just the opposite in fact. Lacroix has always done everything in his power to turn me away from humanity. To accept what I am and to give up my quest. As far as I know he has never wanted to be human. I can't imagine what he will go through when he realizes what's happened to him."

"Should we wait to wake him up then? If what you say is true, he's going to be pretty freaked out when he wakes up. And you said that he has been a vampire for 2,000 years without ever wanting to be human?"

"Yes, as far as I know."

"Then I suggest we proceed with caution."

"What do you mean?"

"I mean, think about it Nick. He's been a vampire for 2000 years and he's suddenly human again? Imagine the changes he's going to have to go through. Take eating, for example. I assume you guys to the whole 'I vant to suck your blud' thing right?"

"If by that you mean do we drink blood, then yes." Nick replied with a slight roll of his eyes.

"Yeah, well, he can't anymore. He also won't be immortal, Nick. He can be injured, even killed now. He's just like the rest of us mere mortals. And if he remains human, he will also die." And you must be careful as well. You can no longer treat him like you once did."

"I know. I realize all of this, but I still somehow don't believe it. How did he become human in the first place? Why him and not me?"

"I don't know Nick. That's what Natalie is trying to figure out. And who knows? Maybe once she does, she will know how to make you human as well."

"Maybe." was all Nick had to say to that. Nick placed his hand on Lacroix's cheek, once again shocked by the warmth he felt there. 'It isn't fair,' he thought bitterly. 'Of all people to become human? Why him? Am I being punished?'

"You're not being punished, if that's what you think." Erin called out. Nick started and looked at her warily.

"It's not that, it's just..."

"You don't think it's fair that he should become human when you have longed for the return of your humanity nearly your entire existence?" Erin supplied.

"Well, yeah." Nick answered, looking down at the floor.

"Well, who knows? Maybe once we figure out how this happened to Lucien, Natalie can work on doing the same for you."

"Yeah, maybe." Nick said softly. He glanced over at Erin. "Why exactly are you doing this?"

"You mean, why am I helping?" She went on after Nick nodded. "I don't really know. Did you know I actually came to Toronto to meet him? I've been a fan of his show since it first came on the air a couple of years ago. I wanted to come down and meet him in person." Erin smiled bitterly and continued. "I just wanted an interview, perhaps an autograph for my office. I didn't want any of this." She gestured toward Lacrox's still form. "How am I supposed to deal with this? How could anyone deal with this! I'm only a secretary for Christ's sake!!" Nick winced at the shrillness of her voice.

"Erin, I'm sorry. With all that's been going on, we didn't even think about you. I didn't even know what you did for a living until just now."

"It's ok. It's not important." Erin said, looked at Lacroix again and calming herself. "Saving him is what's important. I hope Natalie gets back soon."

"So do I, Erin. So do I."

The bright pair of eyes watched once again as the two female figures left the apartment building. They seemed to be in a hurry, but that didn't matter. Vengeance was all that mattered to him. It was all that could matter. Thoughts of it had filled nearly his entire existence. Salen chuckled ruefully at that. His entire existence hadn't been that long. It was nothing near the length of his mistress'. 'She who should have lived forever.' He thought bitterly. 'My mother, my maker, my mistress. My Divia.'

TBC

A/N: Sorry this took so long to post. My life has been pretty hectic lately. I really appreciate all the kind reviews I received urging me to write a new chapter! You guys rock!!