"Oh my god," I heard Rachel say behind me.
"It's pretty," I told my sister.
"If you like things that are old and falling apart I guess you might think that."
"It's our house now. We'll fix it up. In a few months you won't recognize the place," I told her happily.
"I sure hope so." She shuddered.
It had only been a month since our mom passed away and when we were sorting out her will we found this old place she'd left to us. She'd gotten it from her father Jesse who'd given it to her when he died. Now we had it. Seeing as we had nowhere to go it seemed an old house in Bon Temps was the best place for us to be.
And the lack of vampire in Bon Temps is a plus too. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against vampire rights, I'm not one of those crazy religious people that want vampires to die, but if they want to stay out of my life well that's fine by me.
My sister Rachel, my twin sister, loves vampires. Not that she's ever met one, but she loves the idea of living forever, seeing the world and being powerful. Which is weird because she never read fantasy books as a kid, she told me that they were all fake and nothing like that could ever exist. Obviously she was wrong. I used to love stuff like that and I always wished things like fairies, witches, werewolves and vampires actually were real. And now that vampires are real I'm scared to death of them, while my sister who never believed in them loves them.
"Nothing happens in Bon Temps you know that right," Rachel told me as she lugged in another box.
"So?" I asked as I looked around.
"You are so lame." She sighed, "You know I could really use some help with these boxes."
"Be there in a second," I told her.
I looked outside, we had been here longer than I thought the sun had just set and it was getting really dark out. Then I heard a creak. "Rachel?" No answer. "Hello? Is anyone there?" Another noise and then a man walked around out of our kitchen and into the foyer to face me.
"Hello," he said calmly.
"What are you doing here?" I asked.
"I live here."
"No, we live here."
"What's your name?" He asked.
"Compton," I couldn't read his face which was unusual. What was even more unusual was when I finally let my guard down to peer inside his mind I got a brick wall. Rachel and I both could read minds, she could also see into the future. It wasn't an exact science but I'd never met someone I couldn't even get a flicker from. And then it was like magic I could hear him thinking about going to see a girl, and how he was worried about her. I could tell he really loved her and that she was human. I was surprised I could hear things. It was cloudy but it was something.
"Who are you?" I asked finally.
Just then I heard Rachel on the steps.
"What is it? Is it a spider? A rat? Oh my gosh if this house has rats…" She walked in. "Who are you? Lily, who is he?"
"He's a vampire," I said.
"And he's a Compton."
She was just standing there staring.
"Really?" She asked. "Like what is he? How many greats back is that?"
"You used to own this house?" I asked.
"Yes. I built it," He said.
"At least four," I told Rachel.
"I'm sorry I didn't realize Jesse had any heirs. I was told he was the end of his line."
"Jesse Compton was our grandfather. Our mom left us his house when she died."
"Ow!" I heard someone yell. "Fuck. Bill, can I come out now?"
A girl that looked a little younger than us came around the corner. "I heard everything! That's so cool that you guys are related! I'm Jessica by the way."
"Nice to meet you," I said.
"I love your hair," Rachel told her.
"Thanks! Whoa, you two are twins!"
"Yeah." Rachel laughed. "I'm Rachel and that stick in the mud is Lily."
"Thanks Rach for that wonderful introduction," I said sarcastically.
"Hey, do you want to go do something fun?" Jessica asked Rachel.
"I know this awesome vampire bar. It's pretty cool." Jessica stopped and turned to Bill, "Can I take her? Please? I'll introduce her to Pam and Eric."
"I think that's really up to her," Bill said.
"I'd love to go," Rachel said.
"Well what are we waiting for? I don't have all day."
Rachel dug through a box and found something to wear then ran upstairs and changed. When she came back down she was wear a little black dress with silver fringe hanging from the neckline. It was adorable.
"Bye!" They waved on the way out the door.
Once they were gone everything was quiet and peaceful I almost forgot Bill was there. When he spoke I jumped about a foot in the air. "You and your sister posses abilities don't you?"
"Don't worry. No one is going to hurt you."
"Yes. We can both read minds and Rachel can occasionally see the future."
"My girlfriend, Sookie, is a telepath as well."
"Really? Besides Rachel I've never met another telepath," I had to admit I was a little excited.
"She works at a bar called Merlotte's, would you like to meet her?"
"Yes, of course."
"Are you ready to go now?" He asked.
We were getting ready to leave. "Lily, I know you were able to read my mind."
I stopped moving. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to. I didn't even know what you were yet."
"It's ok, but other vampires won't think so. I'll try to protect you from them."
"Now, shall we go?"
Jessica pulled up out front of a bar called Fangtasia. "Ready to go?" She asked.
"How do I look?" I asked. She leaned over fixed a smudge on my lipstick.
"Perfect. Now come on!"
We walked in and through the main area to the back room. She knocked.
"Who is it?" A lady asked sounding very bored.
"It's Jessica and a friend."
There was a sigh. "Come on back." The door opened revealing a vampire.
"Rachel this is Pam. Pam this is Rachel Compton. She's related to Bill."
"Interesting. Eric will want to meet her."
Pam led us back into an office. Where a blonde vampire was sitting at a desk.
"Eric, this is Rachel Compton. She's related to Bill," Pam said. "This is Eric Northman, sheriff of area 5."
He looked up and our eyes met and I was instantly drawn to him. He stood up and walked towards me. He was tall and I had to look up to see him. He brushed one of my jet black curls behind my ear. He looked behind us at Pam and Jessica. "Leave us," he said. I heard the door open and close and then he was looking back at me again.
"There's something special about you," Eric said. "You glow. It's…wonderful."
He kissed me. "Someone's about to walk through that door," I said with a sigh.
"What?" He asked.
Then Pam walked in. "You have a call."
"Tell whoever it is, it can wait till tomorrow," He said.
"It's the queen, but I'll go tell her."
"The queen?" I asked.
"We'll finish this later," Eric told me.
"Tomorrow?" I asked.
"I'll pick you up."
He and Pam left. I walked out to the main area and found Jessica. "Hey!" She said. I walked over. "What just happened?" She asked.
"I have no idea. But I think I'm going on a date with Eric Northman."
Bill and I walked into Merlotte's and got a table from a sour looking redhead whose name tag read Arlene. "I'll go get Sookie."
"That would be nice, thank you," Bill said.
A blonde girl walked over. "Hi, Bill. Who's this?" She asked.
"This is Lily Compton; she's one of my descendants. She also has a twin sister Rachel who Jessica dragged off to Shreveport for the night. Lily this is Sookie."
"Nice to meet you," I said.
I'm a telepath like you. I said letting my guard down so she could read my thoughts. She jumped.
Oh my goodness! I've only ever met one other person like me…is your sister?
Yes and Rachel can tell the future sometimes too. Besides each other we've never met any other telepath's either. I told her.
This is just wonderful!
Bill cleared his throat.
"Sorry," We both said.
"That's quite alright but we don't want people to wonder. Sookie if you don't mind I'd like a Tru Blood O neg please."
"Coming right up. Anything for you Lily?"
I scanned the menu quickly. "I'll take a cheeseburger and a coke."
"Ok. It'll be out as soon as possible."
She walked off.
"She seems nice," I told Bill.
"I'm glad you like her."
She brought my burger out and our drinks. "Sookie, I was wondering. Are there any open waitressing spots? My sister and I could use a job."
"If you stay after closing I'll introducing to the guy who owns the place, Sam. I'm sure he can work something out."
A few hours later everyone had finally gone left. I had just finished up my piece of peanut butter pie and was chatting with Bill and vampire politics. I found it weird that vampires had kings and queens but it made sense I guess. They were all so organized and official, at least the ones on tv.
"Lily, you ready?" Sookie asked.
I nodded and got up.
"I'll wait here," Bill said.
I followed Sookie towards Sam's office. "Hey Sam, this was the girl I was telling you about. The one that's looking for a job."
"Oh nice to meet you, I'm Sam Merlotte."
"I'm Lily Compton."
"You aren't related to Bill are you?"
"Well that's something. Are you living at the old Compton place?" He asked.
"Yep, Rachel and I."
"Well Sookie tells me you're looking for a job. I think we could probably start you two tomorrow at the lunch shift."
"That'd be great," I said happily.
"Sookie will be working then so she can show you the ropes. I'll work out a schedule for you by then."
"Alright. See you tomorrow."
I went back out to where Sookie and Bill were talking. "Rachel and I start tomorrow at Lunch."
"That's great. I can stop by and pick you two up if you want," Sookie suggested.
"Yeah if you could."
"Ok then I'll give you a call before I come by."
"Sounds perfect. See you then."