Deadly and Blond

Chapter 14: Meal time

Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to Jurassic Park, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Barney, the book "Blood and Chocolate", the album "Blood and Chocolate", the movie "Blood and Chocolate", Dracula, Hellsing, Parasite Eve, Weetabix, or the country of England. In fact, it's best to assume I don't own the rights to any sort of copyrighted material being as I'm a poor college student.

The meal was an interesting affair, the vampires all sat together on one side of the long table which had been laid out for the group. The settings stood in stark contrast to one another, the vampires each having only a soup bowl, a spoon, and a wine glass in front of them, the humans having full formal place settings with more utensils than Eve could even think of using during a single meal. Eve stared in confusion at her place setting until Jodie told her which utensils were for what. "I take it you've never taken her to a fancy restaurant?" Jodie asked Aya.

"No, a lot of the places fancy enough to have more than two forks, a spoon, and a knife have age restrictions. Hell, I'm not sure if some of them would let me in."

Jodie and Aya had a good laugh at that which lasted until everyone was seated and one of the maids came out of the kitchen and handed everyone a menu. "Can I get anyone something to drink?" The adults all requested water, except for Seras who requested a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Shielle initially requested water as well but changed her order when Eve asked for chocolate milk. The maid left a moment later to fetch their drinks.

"So, blood and chocolate huh?" said eve, making an amused face.

"That's right. Don't knock it 'till you've tried it. I'm not much of a fan of Elvis Costello though."

"Actually, I was thinking of the book, even though it's about werewolves." Gesturing towards Shielle's menu, she asked, "So what d'you have on there anyway, choice of blood types or can you get your blood in a mixed drink? 'I'll take a Bloody Mary, O positive,'" she inquired with an impish little grin. Shielle, for lack of a clever response stuck out her tongue which reached nearly half way across the table. "Watch it," said Eve, "you could take someone's eye out with that thing."

Shielle put on a pained look and turned to Aya, "Is this girl going to a school for smart asses and majoring in witty one-liners?"

This set Eve to laughing once again while Jodie replied with an amused glance at Aya, "I guess after being around Aya long enough she was bound to pick some of it up. Or maybe it's a hereditary thing."

Shielle turned back to Eve who was still giggling and said, "Quit that, or I'll give you a tongue lashing you'll really never forget," then added, "besides if I got a Bloody Mary you know I'd get A negative."

"Okay, okay you win. Geez, your tongue is bigger than your head. Where do you keep it all?"

"Down my throat mostly I think. Since I don't need to eat solid foods and don't have to worry about breathing I don't need as big of an opening as you do. Beyond that, I'm a vampire and we get to ignore some of the laws of physics, or at least I do, I don't know about the rest of these people," she replied aiming a curious look at Seras.

"Yes, we can also. Actually, it would seem to be that only the more recent generations of artificial vampires can't. I think that it's likely that whoever is making them probably traded off some of our more mystical abilities for the ability to control the ones they turn via chips. I'd doubt you could control a true vampire to the degree that these people control their minions, almost like puppets in some cases. It seems that as an early subject, you're much closer in your abilities to us than the newer chipped vampires are."

"Well, the reason they were going to kill me was because they said I couldn't be controlled the way they wanted…" she trailed off as the maid returned with their drinks.

"Does everyone know what they'd like?" receiving nods of assent all around the table, she continued, "I'll start with the young ladies then." Eve ordered a hamburger and Shielle asked for her blood warm with a side of Weetabix which for some reason she couldn't determine seemed to amuse Eve to no end. After the maid finished taking orders and left for the kitchen Shielle asked Eve, who was still giggling to herself, just what was so amusing.

"It's just that there's a TV character who does the same thing…"

"Really?"

"Yeah, Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He likes to crumble it in his blood for the texture apparently."

"Well, the guy's got good taste." She turned to Seras, "the maid didn't seem as perturbed as she ought to be by our meal orders."

"Yes, well…Samantha is a rather interesting girl. She has a security clearance higher than half of the Knights and I think she's the only one of the maids that really knows what kind of place this is. She's asked me to turn her twice now actually."

Samantha returned with their meals a few minutes later, "Sorry it took so long, I had to raid Walter's private stash to get the Weetabix." She handed out everyone's meals and turned to Seras, "So now that you've…"

"No," interrupted Seras, "I'm not going to turn you. Why do you want it so badly anyhow? Almost everyone at this table can tell you about how problematic things like not aging can be. Not to mention you'd have to leave your whole life behind."

Samantha looked slightly miffed but continued on, "I know I've told you that I don't have much of a life to begin with." She perked back up a moment later though, "Anyway what I was actually going to ask was if you wanted me to watch the girls for you. Sir Hellsing suggested I offer to take them off of your hands so you're free to take care of your other responsibilities, plus we don't know when you'll be deployed or how long you'll be away. This would also free up Jodie to deploy along with the rest of you as it would be a better use of her skills than babysitting.

"Hey! I don't need a babysitter!" the girls declared in unison.

"Oh, I don't know about that," replied Tamsen, smirking at Eve, "I think some adult supervision could be a good thing for the two of you. Who knows what kind of trouble you could get into running around a place like this unsupervised." She turned to face Samantha, "we'd appreciate it if you'd keep an eye on them if we're deployed, I'll tell you that neither of them is as young as they appear to be though.

"I had thought that might be the case. Based on the way they talk and behave, I'd wager that they're both probably in their mid to late teen years.

"Yes, Eve is around fifteen at the moment, and so far as we can figure Shielle is either seventeen or eighteen based on her estimate of how long ago she stopped aging and how old she is physically according to the doctors."

"Alright, note to self, return Barney, pick up Jurassic Park."

"What are those?" asked Shielle.

"Well, Jurassic Park is a Spielberg flick about a bunch of people who go to see an island full of cloned dinosaurs which, of course, escape. So the visitors to the island have to try to get back off the island without being eaten, it's a pretty good movie. Barney…" Eve made a face, "You probably don't really want to know."

"What do you have against singing, dancing, purple dinosaurs?"

Shielle grimaced upon hearing the description, "She's right, I probably don't want to know."

"Alright, no Barney then," conceded Samantha, making a mental note to herself to, of course, rent some Barney. "Is there anything the two of you would be interested in doing or seeing while the adults are away?"

The two leaned in over the table and spent a moment whispering to each other before sitting back down and declaring, "We need to see Dracula!"

Samantha looked pensive for a moment, "I'm not sure that's possible since Sir Hellsing ordered him to stay away from you…" She looked up and noticed that both of the girls were eying her with puzzled expressions, "oh, did you mean the movie?" She glanced at the other adults around the table, "would that be alright for them to watch?"

"Well, Shielle is actually old enough that she'd be able to get in to see the movie anyway, Eve…" Seras glanced over at Aya.

"She's seen it before, all four or so versions of it, plus she's read the book so she'll be fine."

"I liked the one with Christopher Lee the best!" Eve interjected.

Samantha smiled at her, "That's my favorite one too, though Dead and Loving It comes in a close second."

Shielle began to look slightly crestfallen as Eve and Samantha talked about their favorite iterations of the story. Eve noticed after a moment though and smiled at her, "don't worry, you'll see for yourself soon enough." Shielle smiled back after a moment's hesitation.

"Well, I have a few things that I must see to before I am able to begin my sitting duties," she looked around for a moment to evaluate how far along everyone was with their meal. She quickly refilled everyone's glasses and cleared some of the dishes. "You can leave the dishes here when you're finished, I'll take care of them in a little while. Now, if you ladies will excuse me for about an hour and a half I'll meet up with you later and take these two little imps off your hands."

"Alright, we'll probably be back down in the firing range in the basement," said Aya. Samantha nodded her understanding and after picking up Shielle's empty bowl of Weetabix, left the room through the kitchen doors.

The group made some idle chat for a few minutes while Eve and Aya finished their meals. "Looks like you inherited her slow eating habits too," said Jodie. Eve attempted to scowl at her, but was foiled by the mouth full of burger she had. She settled a moment later for throwing a French fry at Jodie's head which the older woman easily caught and ate. "I should tease you more often if you're going to give me free food every time." This got a laugh from everyone at the table. "So back to the range?" she said as she got up. Nobody raised any objections as the rest of the group started to get up from the table.

"Well Jodie, looks like you may get your wish for a bit of adventure on this trip," said Eve, pushing away from the table. Aya, however, put a hand on her shoulder before she could get up. Eve looked at her questioningly, but didn't say anything.

"We need to have a little chat before we join the others at the range," she turned to Jodie, "You go ahead, we'll meet you down there in a few minutes."

"As ordered," said Jodie, throwing a mock salute before leading the rest of the group from the room.

Aya waited patiently for the rest of the group to leave, Jodie closing the door behind, them before turning her chair to face Eve who had moved to sit next to her. "I don't want to put this off any more since I'm not sure when we might all end up having to run off on a mission." Eve nodded, so she went on, "Jodie said that you were having nightmares about your past, but that you wouldn't tell her what…"

"Memories," said Eve, cutting off Aya and leaving the pair to sit in silence for a moment while Aya worriedly wrinkled her brow. Eve was generally very good at hiding her emotions behind a cheery façade, but confronted with the concerned looking Aya, her resolve seemed to be crumbling. Her smile had faded now and she was diverting her eyes to keep from looking her guardian in the face.

"How much do you remember?"

Eve hesitated for a moment, fidgeting uncomfortably before looking up at Aya through her bangs, keeping her head bowed. She opened her mouth to speak, but her voice emerged as a hoarse whisper, unintelligible to her and, she knew, to Aya. She swallowed once and tried again, as tears began to well up and spill down her cheeks, "everything," was all she managed to say as she struggled to maintain her composure.

Aya stood and walked over to Eve, hugging the younger version of herself. Her resolve continuing to crumble, Eve finally broke down and began crying into Aya's shoulder. Aya was reminded of the time she'd first found Eve, when the girl had broken down in her arms after Aya had removed her helmet. Aya hadn't known what to do at the time, and found herself once again at a loss for anything to say to try to comfort Eve. She settled on alternating between gently rubbing Eve's back and just holding her, letting her release some of her pent up emotion.

The two sat there holding each other until Eve's sobs began to subside. Eve gently pulled away after a few moments and grabbed a napkin from the table to wipe her face with. She continued to sniffle as she made an attempt to compose herself. After wiping at her eyes again and blowing her nose, she sat back down in the chair to face the very concerned looking Aya. Aya reached out and brushed some of Eve's hair out of her face, then continued to gently run her fingers through Eve's long blond hair. "Eve, why didn't you tell me you were starting to remember?" she asked as gently as she could.

Eve sniffled a bit and cleared her throat before slowly replying, her voice little more than a hoarse whisper, "I…only started remembering things a few days ago. The night you said Tamsen almost got killed. It was just fragments at first, but things started coming back faster and faster. I still have some gaps here and there, but I think I can remember almost everything now. A lot's come back to me within the last two or so hours." Tears started to well up in her eyes again, but she swallowed and forced them back, it was a bit easier now that she'd cried a bit.

"How about your…" Aya was cut off as Eve anticipated the question and pointed to one of the water glasses remaining on the table, the contents of which suddenly began to boil. "Oh, Eve. I really hoped you'd be able to live your life without having to confront this again. I mean, I know that you're not aging, but I didn't want you to have to remember everything that was done to you."

"I've actually had some idea about that for a while," Eve responded, her voice still quiet, "I got into the records that were found when I was recovered. Reading about it didn't really prepare me for actually remembering though."

"Eve, are you going to be alright staying with us here, or do you want to go back and stay with Pierce?"

Eve shook her head, "No, I should stay here. Even though some of the others know about me, I think that you and Shielle are the only ones who probably really understand any of the things that I've gone through. I also…I mean, if I should…You're probably the only one who could stop me if I…if I…" Aya put her finger over Eve's mouth to quiet the girl.

"That's not going to happen. I'm not going to let that happen to you," Aya promised, hugging Eve again. Yeah, just like you weren't going to let anything happen to Tamsen, the voice in her head admonished her. "I'll be here to watch over you for as long as I can, and I want you to call me right away if you start feeling like anything is wrong." Aya pulled away just enough to look Eve in the face, "You don't always have to be so brave you know, you're allowed to cry, you've certainly got more reason to than most people do. I know it's so hard for you to trust people Eve, but you can always talk to me or Tamsen or Jodie. Just remember we're here for you, okay?"

Eve nodded, "okay."

"Do you want to go down and join the others at the range, or do you need a few more minutes?"

"I think I'll be okay now," she said as she stood and smoothed out her clothing a bit. Aya smiled at her and motioned her to stay for a moment. She grabbed a clean napkin and the glass of water Eve had heated a bit before. The water had already cooled down to a comfortably warm temperature, so she dipped the napkin in it and wiped the tear stains from Eve's face.

"Okay, I think you're good to go now. Shall we?" she asked extending her hand. Eve took it and followed as Aya started toward the door.

"Can I practice using my powers with you?" Aya considered this a bit before answering. Some practice might get Eve more ready to defend herself if the need were to arise, it would also allow her to see how much of her power Eve had really retained. It also seemed that Eve had already regained most of her memory, so it was unlikely that learning to use her powers would have any negative affect on her psyche. Actually, she reflected, it would probably be a good idea to make sure Eve had a reasonable degree of control over her abilities in the event that she had to release them.

"Okay, but we need to be very careful and start off slowly, because I don't know how powerful you are yet. Alright?"

"Alright," replied Eve as she let Aya lead her from the room.

HAHAHAHA! I LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE! Well, sort of anyway. I'd like to thank in advance anyone who's going to continue reading my story since I haven't updated in over a year now. I'd also like to thank in advance all of the reviewers. Samantha is probably going to be the last of the original main characters to be introduced unless something drastic happens to the outline I have of the story. Next chapter involves some fun at the shooting range followed by guns, bombs, a cameo, and the gravitational pull of Seras' boobs (FGMm/R2 ?).