"I want an answer," Klaus snapped tensely. "Have this affected her ability to conceive?"
Joanne hesitated and that was never a good thing. Klaus was already furious; he certainly didn't want to hear any bad news.
"I do not think so, but…"
"But what?" Klaus snapped.
Joanne looked at him calmly.
"I would advice you not to impregnate her at the moment; she must get rid of her addiction first, your blood would likely be harmful to the child."
Klaus clenched his fists, wanting to break something. There were plenty of jars and bottles at the witches' work room, but somehow he managed not to throw them against the wall. The room was lighted with dozens of candles; all the other witches were probably already sleeping. Joanne didn't mind working at nighttime, at least she had never complained about it.
But then again, she hardly ever complained about anything, she had been Klaus' favorite for years. Joanne had been the one who had figured out what was going on when Liliya had suddenly started to judder when she had still been unconscious. It had started few days after Kol had left, she have had withdrawal.
"So I must keep feeding her my blood?" he asked.
"Yes, that is the best way to control her addiction, replace your brother's blood with yours. Then you can slowly start to give her less and less blood until her body no longer needs it at all. But as I already told you; this process will take several months, maybe more."
"Damn Kol…" Klaus muttered. "When I get my hands on him…"
Joanne was smart enough for not to comment on that.
"How is it even possible for human to become addicted to vampire's blood?" Klaus snorted.
"Well, that does not happen very often," Joanne replied. "Not many vampires feed their blood to humans long enough for them to become addicted, but it can happen, especially when the blood is as strong as your brother's." Joanne paused and looked thoughtful. "I must admit that I am curious to know why he fed her his blood."
"That makes two of us," Klaus muttered tensely. "Kol can be wicked and reckless, but he is not stupid or suicidal. Rebekah implied that he might be interested in Liliya and I caught him lying on the bed next to her, there was definitely something strange about that. He had some ridiculous explanation, but I certainly did not believe him."
Joanne didn't usually show any emotions, but now she seemed repulsed.
"Do you suspect that he might have done something else to her when she was unconscious? Could the blood be for covering his tracks?"
For a moment Klaus was speechless, he hadn't even considered such option. No, he couldn't believe that his brother, as wicked as he might be, would do something like that. But, could he really be absolutely sure… Then he realized something.
"I do not think he would have done that, and besides, she is a virgin, I could taste it in her blood."
"That is good. He must have had some other reason then."
It was possible that the whole thing had simply been entertainment to Kol; his brother had always loved to break all the rules. Well, it was about time for his brother to learn that some rules could not be broken without some serious consequences. Kol had actually dared to touch his human and cause her unnecessary suffering, that alone would have been more than enough, but he had also delayed Klaus' plans, which was even worse. Klaus would have continued his original plan, although he had decided to be nicer to the girl, he would have allowed her to choose the father of her child freely. Well, almost freely, as long as he would have been healthy.
It wasn't only because of Elijah's endless sermons; the girl's wellbeing actually meant something to him. She would most likely always hate him, but for some reason he had found himself to be almost fond of her. Obviously she was useful to him, but there was more to it. He couldn't really explain his thoughts concerning her; there was simply something about her that pleased him. His little shrew.
She had proved to be a smart and surprisingly strong young human and he was curious to see what her child would be like. A part of him was even toying with the idea of raising the child with her; it could be an interesting experiment. Perhaps in time she would get over her hate towards him and then… Who knew. But first things first, he had to make sure that she would get rid of her addiction.
"Should I give her my blood every day?" he asked. "Would that hasten the process?"
"I would not recommend that," Joanne replied. "Especially if you are planning to keep using compulsion in order to make her forget. Doing so every day could be harmful to her mind."
"Would the damage be permanent?"
"Possibly. A human mind can only take so much."
Of course Klaus had known that a compulsion could be harmful, but he had never given the matter another thought. He had sometimes seen humans who had been compelled one time too many, they usually belonged to some vampire. There wasn't much left of their personality, only an empty look in their eyes. He certainly didn't want that to happen to Liliya.
"Alright, how often should I give her blood then?"
"When you see that she starts to experience withdrawal," Joanne replied. "That should be easy to tell."
"Yes," Klaus huffed. "I am not really surprised that Kol's blood causes her such tantrums…"
"Your blood will probably affect her the same way," Joanne pointed out. "It can make her more aggressive and I would imagine she will be confused since she does not understand what causes these changes."
Klaus raised his eyebrows.
"You think I should tell her?"
Joanne looked at him calmly.
"That is your decision to make, but perhaps it would be easier if she would know what she is dealing with."
"I will consider that, but right now it is best that she does not…"
He didn't finish his sentence when he suddenly heard something. The sound was so quiet that a human ear couldn't have heard it, but he did, someone was moving behind the door. His eyes narrowed before he zoomed to the door and yanked it open, grabbing the person behind it.
"Well, well," he muttered darkly and yanked Elijah's redheaded mistress in the room. "Did your mother not teach you that eavesdropping is naughty?"
The woman seemed frightened; she kept her eyes on the floor.
"I-I-I was not eavesdropping, my lord," she stuttered.
Klaus grabbed her arms and pulled her in front of him.
"Really? What were you doing then?"
She was trembling and her eyes were watering up, although she wasn't looking at him.
"Forgive me, my lord, I did not mean to bother you, I…I was just walking past the door."
"And where are you going in this hour?" Klaus asked menacingly. "My brother's chamber is not here."
"I…He wanted me to come to the bath chamber… I…I am sorry…"
"To the bath chamber?" Klaus repeated. "He is waiting for you there?"
"Yes, he…he sent for me. Please forgive me…"
Klaus looked at the trembling woman and he had a feeling that she was lying. If that was the case, he would certainly have a nice private chat with her, but first he wanted to toy with her a little. His lips curved into a smirk before he ran his fingers over her cheek and lifted her chin. There were tears in her eyes; she seemed almost too frightened considering that he hadn't even done anything to her yet.
"There, there, sweetheart," he purred and stroked her cheek. "Tell you what; I will personally escort you to my brother, I am sure he does not wish you to walk around here by yourself in this hour."
Fear. He could practically smell it on her.
"My lord is very kind, but…"
"I will not take no for an answer," he interrupted her and tightened his grip on her arm. "Let's go. Excuse me, Joanne."
The woman didn't resist when he dragged her towards the hallway, the bath chamber wasn't far from the witches' work room. Of course it was possible that the little redhead had simply been walking past the door, but Klaus doubted that. First of all, she had always acted like some kind of ice queen when she had been Liliya's maid, why would she suddenly be like some timid mouse. Unless of course she was afraid of Elijah. The thought almost made Klaus laugh. He didn't think for a second that Elijah would be in the bath chamber and judging by the little maid's fastened heartbeat he was right. He would certainly have some fun with her tonight; perhaps that was just what he needed in order to let off some steam.
"Here we are," he said smiling charmingly while opening the door. "Ladies first."
She pressed her lips together and apparently tried to look dignified while entering the room. Klaus smirked and followed her; he froze when he saw Elijah sitting on a sofa holding a goblet in his hand. There were few candles burning around the big bathtub. Elijah looked up and raised his eyebrows.
"Master," the redhead muttered and curtsied. For a moment Klaus thought that she looked surprised, but that only lasted a split second.
"Finally," Elijah replied coolly. "You know I do not like to be kept waiting."
"Forgive me, master," she said timidly and approached him.
Elijah huffed and lifted his other leg.
"Start with my feet."
Klaus stared at the redhead when she kneeled in front of Elijah and removed his boots before starting to massage his feet.
"Can I help you with something, brother?" Elijah asked carelessly.
Finally Klaus got over his surprise and found his voice again.
"You sent for her?"
"Yes, I felt like having a massage. Why do you ask?"
Klaus stared at his brother and the little maid who was massaging his feet.
"I caught her listening in my conversation."
Elijah looked amused.
"I doubt that."
"And why is that?"
Elijah touched her hair and raised his goblet; she stood up immediately and poured him some more wine. He gave her a patronizing smile and motioned her to get back on the floor. She wasn't looking at him and if Klaus wouldn't have known better, he would have thought that she was frightened. She hadn't been afraid of him, she had actually been afraid of Elijah. What…
"She is pleasant to look at and she has many…nice skills, but she is not very smart."
Klaus stared at his brother disbelievingly; the maid continued massaging Elijah's feet.
"That is an interesting way to treat your mistress," he stated.
"Are you disapproving the way I treat my property, brother?"
"Since when have you considered humans as property?" Klaus asked disbelievingly.
"I believe it was you who said that their life means nothing. Perhaps I am sick of being used and betrayed by women and I made it very clear to her."
Klaus couldn't believe what he was hearing.
"What… And you dared to preach me about the way I treated Liliya…"
"That is different," Elijah huffed. "She is an innocent young girl, my girl is just a maid and she is far from innocent. Now, if that was all, excuse us."
It took a moment before Klaus managed to react; his brother had surprised him completely. Who would have ever thought that Elijah, the noble, humanitarian Elijah, actually had a dark side?
"Well, well… It seems that you have managed to keep secrets from me, brother," Klaus stated grinning. "But I must say that good for you for finally loosening up, you have always been quite…tense. Anyhow, have fun with your girl."
"I intend to. Good night, brother."
Klaus was still grinning when he walked out and closed the door behind him. After all these years Elijah had finally giving into his predatorily nature. Perhaps it had been the treacherous little Katerina who had finally pushed him over the edge. Either way, good for him.