Greg pulled up in front of the hotel, by the look in Katherine's face he could tell she was pleased with the red mustang he had picked. Gracefully Katherine got into the car, "Good, now drive"
The two of them headed down the strip then south on I15, she didn't tell him their destination but instead gave him directions on the spur of the moment. "If you're a vampire, how can you be out in the sunlight?" he asked.
"Sunscreen" she replied with disinterest as she stared out into the dessert.
He knew she was lying, but decided not to push the question any further; he turned on the radio and changed the stations until he came to a song he liked.
"Marilyn Manson" Katherine frowned.
"Yeah, you don't like it? I thought it would be right up your alley"
"It's not bad" she sighed, it's just a little cliché.
The two of them continued down the road for another half an hour until Katherine ordered him to stop in the middle of nowhere. "Where here"
"And where exactly is here?"
"Come with me" she said as she got out of the car, "I need some bait"
Greg couldn't do anything but obey, he followed her to the front of a large warehouse, "Take this" she handed him a wooden stake and a small crystal flask with a clear liquid inside it, "I want you to drink this, then go in there and stake every one inside" she said as she looked at his eyes. He nodded then drank the sour liquid.
"What was that?"
"Vervain" it's poison to vampires, and it will protect you from being compelled.
"Then I can…"
"You still have to follow your last compulsion" she interrupted, "Now go in there and do what I ordered"
"What if there are humans in there?"
"You have your orders" she replied coldly, "Everyone!"
Greg gulped as he turned around and stared at the door.
"Look at it as a test. If you kill everything in there, I promise I'll let you live; if you don't, well then it's not up to me to decide"
Slowly Greg opened the door and stepped inside, the place had the acrid smell of dried blood that he unfortunately knew all too well. He continued down a shadowed corridor then turned left at what appeared to be a guard station. Behind it he saw a woman, gagged and chained standing against a railing.
"Please" she cried when she saw him, "Help me!"
Calmly he stepped up to her, he could see her bare chest covered in blood and bite marks.
"Please, get me out of here"
He approached her, a tear slipping from his right eye, "I'm sorry" he whispered.
One quick thrust was all it took, he'd seen a lot of bad things in his life, he'd even caused a death once, yet he had never realized just how fragile life truly was until that moment. He wrestled to get the stake out, it had been launched in further than he realized.
"That was our lunch" he heard a voice behind him.
Greg turned around just in time to see as a vampire charged at him, but the shock of what he had just done had given him the adrenaline needed to react, he raised the stake and plunged it into the vampire's heart as he ran into him.
A large arm grabbed him from under the dead vampire; a large vampire lifted him from his feet and crunched into the side of his neck, he wasn't being carful as Katherine had been, this vampire meant to kill him.
Suddenly he was thrown against the wall, he saw the vampire fall to his knees as Katherine emerged from the shadows, "Katherine" he said angrily, "I should have known this was your doing" the vampire stared at her angrily, "You fed him vervain"
"Cole, you always did like to bite before thinking things through"
"So what was this…for?" he choked on the last word, "Revenge?"
"Just cutting some loose ends" she replied, "I will not let Klaus find me again"
Greg stared as the two of them talked, not understanding half of what they were saying. He begun to stand up, still compelled to do all he could to stake everyone that had been in the warehouse at the time of the command. He grabbed hold of the stake and clumsily walked up to Cole, as Katherine had called him. Katherine looked at him approvingly, not that he needed her approval anymore, he gripped the stake tight and just as he was about to thrust it with all his strength, the vampire pulled it from his hand and charged at Katherine.
"Watch out" Greg shouted as he pushed Katherine away, the stake landed on his stomach and he fell to his knees, blood oozing down the piece of wood. Clutching the stake he pulled it out, he still had his command to follow. The vampire had used the last of his strength in that blow and Greg had foiled his plan, he grabbed the vampire's head by the hair and plunged the stake into his heart.
"You saved me" Katherine said as she calmy walked towards them, "I said that if you staked everyone I'd let you live"
He could barely see now as everything around him began to fade into nothingness.
"I'm afraid your wound is too large for me to heal"
He felt her put something up against his lips.
"I will keep my promise"
A cool liquid ran down his throat, and then there was nothing.