Summary: [Sequel to Benny's Baby] Following a nasty break up both Benny and Erica agree that a life together for them impossible, and that having a son was never meant to be. But when an urgent message from Ethan and Sarah arrives requesting their immediate presence in London the two are forced to aside their differences when they run into someone who not only can't exist, but shouldn't.
A/N: This story has been in production for a while now, in fact the moment I finish Benny's Baby I wanted to write it but decided to dwell on the idea for a little longer before it really clicked. Anyway I give you a true and blue sequel to 'Benny's Baby'. I hope you all enjoy it as much as the first one, because I certainly enjoyed writing it! Don't forget to leave a review, and if you have any questions send me a pm! Without further ado here it is!
Chapter One: The Unplanned Vacation
Ethan ran hand in hand with Sarah down the darkened street using both the moonlight and street lamps to navigate. Though he could no longer see their pursuers, he could still sense the animatistic anger, hatred, and malice that made them. A long piercing screech filled the air, and he immediately clapped his hands over his ears. He looked up and caught Sarah doing the same. From all around windows exploded outwards spraying glass in every possible direction. Ethan quickly pulled Sarah into his arms and covered her from the cascade of debris as it showered down from above.
That noise, everything always came back to that horrible inhumane noise.
No matter how hard Ethan had tried he couldn't block it out, it was impossible to block it out. He gripped Sarah's hand tightly and once again resumed their futile escape attempt. They rounded the corner and he motioned for her to stop.
"What?" Managed Sarah as she panted. "We-"
"Listen," said Ethan as he held a finger to his mouth. Apart from their own labored breathing he heard little to nothing else. He looked into her eyes and in the light of the full moon noticed for the first time how exhausted she looked. "Are you ok?"
Sarah shivered as she nodded in response. With adrenaline rushing through his system Ethan had forgotten how cold it could get out at night, he pulled off his jacket and handed it to her. With a smile she took it gratefully.
"Do you think we lost them?" Asked Sarah as she fastened the coat around her shoulders. "It's not like them to just stop."
"I don't know, but we need to-" Before he could finish a shadow passed overhead. Together they looked up and felt their hearts sink. High above the creatures were circling around, staring down with large un-blinking milky white eyes. "Damn it."
Without a second thought Ethan grabbed Sarah by the arm and pulled her further down the street. Little by little he slowed as the dark realization that they were surrounded began to sink in. The monsters were crawling on the buildings, flying in the air, walking through alleyways, all exits covered, all chances for escape gone. They had been waiting, waiting for them, waiting for their prey.
The horrible screeching resumed. Back to back with Sarah, Ethan took in the sight, and sighed. It was time for them to make their stand. A few days ago these creatures had been on the verge of complete and total destruction, and now here they were an entire swarm ready to close in around them.
"Ethan," whispered Sarah as she looked over her shoulder at him. "You have to do it, there's no other choice."
"I know," responded Ethan as the creatures got closer and closer. She squeezed his hand reassuringly. "I didn't want to get them involved in this, but we need help."
He pulled out his cell phone and looked at her, she nodded. Sensing that something was about to happen the monsters surged forward. Sarah gave Ethan one last smile and closed her eyes as he held the phone up high. There was a flash of light and almost half a continent away a cell phone went off.
Benny groaned as he turned over on the sofa, he just wanted to sleep, was that really too much to ask? Besides any person who had his number would be sleeping right now; especially considering his closest friend was over a thousand miles away. He reached for his phone and when he couldn't find it gave up. After all if fate didn't want him finding his cell it couldn't have been that important. He snuggled back under the covers, and felt the welcome return of sleep. At least until someone threw open the curtains.
"Why?" Moaned Benny as he turned his back on the light. There was only one person cruel enough to wake him up before ten, and it wasn't his Grandma. "Why do you hate me so much?"
"It's nine thirty," said Erica as she placed her hands on her hips. "I'm guessing you stayed up late playing videogames again."
He moaned in response and smiled when he heard her sigh in annoyance. If there was one thing that pleased him, it was annoying Erica.
"What do you want?"
"You out of my apartment," said Erica icily.
"Ouch," groaned Benny as he sat upright on the sofa. "Last time I checked I was paying for half the rent and it was our apartment."
"That was only for the semester, schools out and so are you."
Benny said nothing as he stood up and stretched. He had always known Erica to be a tough and commanding woman, but following their breakup those unique personality traits had de-escalated into just plain rude and mean. Every now and then the cold exterior would melt or crack and give way to the girl he's fallen in love with. But for every good day they spent together there would be at least three bad ones in between.
"I set up boxes for you in the corner," said Erica without looking at him. She took in a seat at their small kitchen table and opened her laptop. "Don't take anything that's mine."
"You know you can't afford rent without me," said Benny as he began to fold the blankets on the sofa. "What are you going to do next semester?"
"I'll think of something."
"Yeah because who else is going to be as understanding as me when it comes to their roommate being a vampire?"
"I'll think of something."
"What about…." She looked up at him and he knew it was going to be one of their bad days. "What about Eric?"
"What about Eric?"
"Nothing," sighed Benny as he dropped the subject. Sooner or later they were going to have to talk about it, and as much as he knew it hurt Erica she was going to have the face the fact their son was never coming back. A letter full of empty promises, days that were best forgotten, and a necklace that always brought it back were all that remained of their little blonde bundle of joy. "Never mind."
After a short silence between the two she whispered: "You promised."
"You promised," said Erica as tears welled up in her eyes and rolled down her cheeks. "In that letter you promised there was a way to bring him back, and after that you said you could bring him back and… and you couldn't."
Benny was at her side in an instant; this was the first time since their break up two weeks ago that she had actually opened up, actually said something about Eric other than forget it. He squatted next to her chair and took her hands in his.
"I know it's not an excuse but I really thought I could bring him back. I didn't-"
Erica's cellphone went off, and from somewhere on the sofa Benny's rang as well. He looked into her eyes and knew that they were done talking about it. He said nothing as he got to his feet and went searching for his missing phone. After a moment he heard her squeal in delight.
"You haven't checked your messages yet?"
"That's because I'm still trying to find my phone," said Benny annoyed at the fact his conversation with Erica about Eric had been interrupted. He reached between the cushions. "I kind of need it if I want to check my texts."
"It's from Ethan and Sarah."
That caught his attention. He hadn't seen Ethan since he left almost a year ago to study abroad, and Sarah in even longer. The younger boy had gone London to meet with the community of vampires in hopes of finding a cure, and if that had failed, to spend the rest of his days with the girl of he loved. Personally Benny hated the idea of his friend spending time with what he heard was the largest vampire coven in the world, but if Ethan could manage to find a cure…. He looked up at Erica and smiled when he felt the cold plastic of his phone. He pulled it free and let out an annoyed groan when he noticed the crack along the phone's screen.
"Did you read it yet?"
"No, but my phone cracked, must've happened when it fell into the sofa." She muttered something about keeping better track of his things and in response he rolled his eyes. He opened the flashing note and smiled.
Long time no talk/see B, I know I've been bad at keeping in contact lately and I'm really sorry about that. Anyway we pulled a few strings out here and managed to get you and Erica some plane tickets, if you don't mind spending a week with us in London that is. Plane leaves by 11 pm your time and should land by 5 pm our time. Sorry it's last minute, but things sort of just happened. (Don't worry about hotel rooms; we have a pullout sofa at our apartment.)
–Ethan and Sarah
"You got the same text?" asked Benny as he stood up. Erica nodded and held up her cell phone. It was the same message word for word; the only apparent difference was the sender and receiver. "That's really strange."
"What is?" asked Erica as she crossed her arms.
Benny shrugged his shoulders. "I don't know. I was talking with Ethan online the other day and he never mentioned this, and they know we've broken up so why invite us both together? It just seems… weird."
"You don't think something happened do you?"
"I don't know…." He noted the worried look in her eyes and felt stupid for even brining the possibility up. "Knowing E and Sarah, it's probably something they really wanted to do and completely forgot about. The only real question is do you feel up to going on vacation with me?"
She turned slightly red. "What's that supposed to mean?"
"Well for starters your kicking me out of our apartment, there's no way I can be done packing and have all my things good to go before the plane leaves tonight. I want to go to London to see Ethan and Sarah just as badly as you do, but I want to go as friends not as a couple that just broke up and can't stand one another, because that's how you've been acting lately."
For a moment he thought she was going to yell or scream or something of that nature, but instead she sighed and said:
"Your right." She fidgeted around with her phone and then turned to look at him. "I-I'm sorry. The whole incident and finals and-"
Benny gave her a hug; friends could give each other hugs right? "It's been a bad month, trust me I know. But maybe this is what we need, to get away from all these problems and to see our friends again."
"Y-your not mad at me?"
"Remember how much worse it was when we went through the first time?" She nodded. "I wasn't mad at you then, and I'm not mad at you now. It's just a way of dealing with grief."
When they separated Erica looked noticeably more relieved and Benny felt more at ease. He took a seat on the sofa, opened his laptop and began typing away.
"What are you doing?" asked Erica as she peered over his shoulder. "Our flight leaves tonight shouldn't we be packing?"
"I'm checking to see if there are any hotel rooms available, it's bad enough I have to sleep on the sofa here, but if we're going on vacation then there's no way I'm spending an entire week sleeping on a couch."
"It isn't that bad."
"Easy for you to say, ever since we broke up you've been sleeping away in the bed and I've been stuck out here. If you want we can spit the cost of a hotel room, or you can spend a week being the couch girl for once."
"Hotel room works for me," said Erica without a second thought as she took a seat next to him.
Benny tossed his bag into the corner of the hotel room and then launched himself onto on of the two beds with a loud sigh. Their flights had been delayed by half an hour and instead of arriving at five they had landed at six. The flight hadn't been so bad, but spending the better part of eleven hours on a plane was enough to drive any person crazy. Especially when it was next to the person you considered the love of your life, not to mention the constant stream of memories that had kept him awake. Eric, Eric, Eric, the impossible child…. He exhaled in defeat
"Not bad for last minute reservation," said Benny trying to escape his thoughts. He watched Erica on the far side of the room. She grunted in response and placed her own luggage on the sofa.
"I still can't believe it's almost nine pm and the sun is just starting to set."
She peered out the window and opened the door to the balcony. A wave of fresh air rushed in and with the sounds of cars and pedestrians. She took a step out and excitedly claimed:
"You can totally see Big Ben from here!"
Feeling like a young kid again Benny jumped up from his bed and stepped out onto the balcony behind her. Sure enough the clock tower stood in front of them shining in the glow of the setting sun. Erica leaned forward and Benny fought against every urge to wrap his arms around her, hold her tight, and tell her everything was going to be all right. Instead he opted leaned on the railing next to her.
"When I imagined coming to London for the first time," began Erica as her hair blew lazily in the wind. "I always knew it would be with you. But I imagined there would be three of us, you, me and Eric. We'd be standing here, your arms wrapped around me watching the sun set together. He would've been five, and asking questions about visiting uncle Ethan and aunt Sarah, and if he'd ever have a brother or sister…." A tear rolled down her cheek. "I never thought our first visit to one of the most beautiful cities in the world would be as exes on vacation."
He reached out for her hand only to pull back when she flinched at his touch. Whatever she had been thinking had quickly passed. She yawned and then asked:
"Do you want to get room service, I'm starving."
Benny was about to close the glass door when he noticed something moving in the alley across the street. He took a step outside and peered into the shadows of the building for a moment he could've sworn he saw something. He slid the glass door shut and locked it behind him. Whether that movement had been an actual thing or a trick of the light it had unnerved him.
Before, during and after the meal the two of them sat in silence unsure of how to talk to one another. Just one of the many things Benny had grown accustomed to since their break up. He checked his cell phone and tried to get ahold of Ethan. It didn't even ring, straight to voicemail just like before.
"Anything from Ethan?" Asked Erica as she emerged from the bathroom with a towel wrapped around her hair.
"No, his phone isn't on. I tried Sarah's and same thing. No one's picking up at their apartment either."
"I thought you said your phone was cracked."
"It is." He looked down at the perfectly reflective screen and did a double take. "I guess I was more tired than I thought this or was it yesterday morning."
"I have no idea," offered Erica with a sheepish grin. "Shower is all yours though."
He nodded and happily got into the shower. He moaned in relief when he felt the rush of warm water against his skin. The stress of the day began to slowly melt away, and he sunk to the ground feeling defeated. He felt the tears he had kept pent up mix in with the water. It wasn't fair, Eric would never come back, and now it seemed like Erica was getting farther and farther away from him. How long would it be before they were nothing but strangers with a few common memories? Strangers who happened at one point in their lives raised a child together?
When he stepped out of the bathroom he found Erica at the table typing away on her laptop an open newspaper to the left of her.
"Kind of. I was checking if anything strange had happened in the past few days, doesn't look like it though. There was a pretty creepy article in the editorials about a new child's game going around called the 'Faceless Men Tag', but other than that nothing."
Benny nodded and sat on the edge of his bed, he watched as she closed the laptop and gave him her signature look.
"What?" Asked Erica as she rubbed her face. "Do I have something on my face?"
"No, I'm just happy we're at least talking now."
Before she could respond a flash of purple light filled the hotel room. Benny jumped up from his bed and thought of every attack spell he knew. He watched as Erica's eyes turned yellow and her fangs appeared. The light began to fade and standing in front of them was young teenage boy.
"Who are you?" Demanded Benny as he noted the turquoise eyes, blondish almost brown hair. He motioned for Erica to be ready for anything. "What are you doing here?"
"Dad?" Asked the boy as he looked at Benny. He turned to face Erica with the same confused look. "Mom? It's me… Eric. You know Eric Alec Weir, your son."
He gave them a smile that was uniquely Benny's before collapsing onto the floor.
A/N: What do you think? If you want a sneek peek of an upcoming chapter let me know and dont forget to review!