Nick pulled himself away without trouble; he'd gotten good at it. Since they'd started this crazy plan he'd fed on more humans than he thought he would be capable of, but it seemed that the more he fed the hungrier he got. The first few times Caroline had to pull him away before he could cause any serious injury, but now he'd learned enough self control to eat and leave without causing any real harm to his prey.
"Go home" he said as he looked at the prostitute in the eyes, "Eat something, wash your self and go to sleep. By tomorrow you won't remember any of this ever happening"
The woman nodded as she ran down the alley crying.
"No more talks of get out of this life, look for something better, you're worth more than this?" Caroline walked out of the shadows.
"If I keep it up I'll leave Vegas with out whores" he replied, "What was that. number fifteen? Sixteen?"
"Twenty seven" Caroline crossed her arms, "You should head home, it'll be dawn soon"
"I think there's still time for another…"
"No!" Caroline interrupted, "You can continue tomorrow, right now you need to go home"
"I need to find another one first, I…"
"There will be plenty more whores to eat here tomorrow, but right now you have to go home"
"You can't tell me what to do" Nick begun to walk away.
"But not stronger!" Nick interrupted her, "Not any more"
"Sara is waiting" Caroline lowered her voice, "remember why you're doing this" she held her hand out to him.
Nick looked out of the alleyway, where the nightlife was still raging, then turned back at Caroline, "You're right, I'm sorry" he took her hand and followed her.
Caroline left him alone once he was in his home; the sun was rising so the risk of him going anywhere else was gone. For several hours he sat alone in his own living room, contemplating on what he would do once Greg made contact with him. It wasn't until midday that Sara stopped by to visit him.
"Sorry I'm so late" she said as she closed the door behind her so he could approach her without scorching, "I had a crime scene that took forever, I still have to go to the lab and run some tests"
"Need any help?" Nick said anxiously, he really missed his work. "Walk me through it"
"No need" she said glumly, "I already know I'm going to have to leave it as a cold case"
"What? why?" Nick frowned.
"There were teeth marks on the victim's neck, body was drained of blood"
"So it was Greg" Nick said angrily, sure he was feeding on human blood, but he was leaving his victims basically unharmed, even using his compulsion so they wouldn't be scared during and after the experience; but Greg was right out killing them on purpose.
"Either Greg or another vampire" Sara replied, "We know there are at least three vampire's in the city, whose to say there aren't more?"
"But the vampire is killing his victims, that's Greg's M.O."
"That's the M.O. of all vampires" Sara laid her head on his shoulder, "As far as we know, only you and Caroline are an exception to the rule"
He hugged her gently until she finally backed away, "I should go, Katherine will want the results as soon as possible"
"Sara!" Nick stopped her, "What did you and Katherine tell the others about me?"
"We told them that you were better, that you were home. But that you weren't planning on going back to work as a CSI"
"As good a story as any I guess" he sighed then kissed her goodbye.
Sara had been gone for no more than five minutes when there was a knock on the door.
"Sorry, I forgot you can't answer" Greg said as he stepped into the house, "How are things going Nicky?"
"What do you want Sanders?"
"What? no hello Greg? What's up Greggo? What's new G?" Greg said sarcastically, "What happened to the old happy go lucky Nick?"
"He died" Nick replied coldly, "Now what do you want?"
"All right, I came to see if you had reconsidered my offer"
"Offer?" Nick tried his best to control his rage; "You turned me into a vegetable"
"And now you're better" Greg smiled.
"Better? You took a year of my life from me!" Nick raised his voice.
"And now you'll get to live many more"
"I'm dead, I'm a freaking vampire because of you!"
"And you'd be lying if you said you didn't enjoy it!" This time Greg too raised his voice.
Breathing deeply Nick did his best to calm down "I'm not a monster, I'm not like you" he sat on the couch.
"Oh, so it wasn't you who I saw last night having an all you can eat whore buffet?" Greg frowned, "Tell me, does Sara know about your extracurricular activities?"
"She knows I'm out hunting" Nick replied, "that's all she needs to know"
"Yes, I suppose it is" Greg smiled, "But if you really believe you're not like me, you're fooling yourself"
"I don't kill my food"
"Neither do I" Greg raised an eyebrow, "It draws too much attention"
"Like hell you don't, you killed a woman last night, Sara's working the case"
"She wasn't food, she was work"
"Work? She was sucked dry!"
"Ok, so I had a bite to eat" Greg shrugged, "My first intention was to kill her, but I wasn't about to let all that blood go to waste" Greg sat on the couch before Nick and looked at him, "My point is, I kill because I have to; not because I want to"
"So if it were up to you no one would die?"
"If it were up to me a whole lot of people would die" Greg smiled, "That's not my point, what I'm trying to say is there needs to be order, that's why I came to you with my proposal"
"I don't even know what your offer is"
"I plan to unify vampires, take down the evil dictator and start a new regime, a civilized one"
"So you want power?" Nick scuffed.
"Tell me Nick, when we were human did I ever strike you as power hungry? Did I ever want the better paid job or the boss's office?" Greg said calmly, "Our personalities are enhanced when we become vampires, so tell me, did I seem like that kind of person to you?"
"No" Nick replied, "Then again, you also didn't strike me as the murderous type"
"Says the man covered in prostitute blood" Greg moved closer to him, "I'm not doing this for power, the truth is I'm doing it for someone else...to save some one else"
Nick begun to feel bad, he could see in Greg's eyes that he was telling the truth, "Who do you want to save"
"The woman I love"
Greg's reply felt as sharp as steel, suddenly he understood him. He knew that if Sara were in danger, he too would stop at nothing to save her.
"Klaus is the oldest living vampire, he's an original and he wants her dead" Greg continued his story, "That's why I plan to kill him first"
"Then why try to rule, why not kill him and get it over with?"
"Can you imagine what such a void in power would do?" Greg frowned, "If no one takes Klaus's seat when he dies, vampires all over the world will unleash wars among themselves and on humans to take his place"
"So you're watching out for the world?" Nick said incredulously.
"Believe it or not, I'm the best chance humans have to survive"
"And what's my part in all this?"
"Well, I can't be everywhere at once; I'm going to need lieutenants to help me rule"
"You want me to rule beside you?"
"You´d be vampire president of the united states, as long as you vow down to me of course"
"You're offering me the U.S. of A.?" Nick smiled.
"The vampire side at least" Greg added, "Real world conquest would be too perilous to our kind, but you would rule over all vampires and answer to no one but me"
"I must say that does sound tempting" Nick raised his hand out to Greg, "Promise me that no one that I care for will be hurt, and you have yourself a deal"
"Believe it or not, we care for mostly the same people" Greg looked at Nick's hand without shaking it and snapped his fingers. A beautiful young woman entered the house and walked up to them. Greg grabbed the girls right arm and took a large bite in to her wrist, pulling himself away he handed the wrist towards Nick, "This is how vampire´s close a deal"
Nick looked at him coldly then at the girl, his eyes turning a dark red color as the veins around them filled with blood. He took the woman's wrist then bit hard in to it, enjoying himself.
Getting loose of his inhibitions he moved slowly up to the right side of her neck as Greg joined in on her left from the back.