Bailey glanced at Jorden, who was scooping the rock salt into a bag.
"Why are you doing that?" Bailey found it strange that he would be picking it up, after they had just laid it down.
Jorden glanced at him. "If Benson sees this, he'll know we were here, and he may be able to track how long we have been gone. I don't think the New World vampires have the power to do it, but the Old World do. They are stronger and faster. Some have telepathy, and if Benson is a mutant, he will have powers that will make him even more difficult," he glanced around to make sure he had not missed any salt, then stood up.
Bailey smiled at him. "We should be getting back, so we can talk this over with the captain."
Jorden sighed. "Yeah, we should."
No one spoke as they all walked to the vehicles. Heading back to the base, they all parked and went to the lounge. The chief and captain were already there, and they waited until the agents were all comfortable.
Bailey had snuggled up against Alex on the love seat, tired from the stressful day. Jorden glanced at them, then settled down on one of the futons in the corner.
The captain looked at all of them, smiling sadly. "As I am sure you all found out from Alex, Agent Benson was turned into an Old World vampire. We are not quite sure how the bite on his neck healed so quickly that we did not see it, but it did. I am truly sorry I was not more careful with keeping him completely protected, and will not take the same chance with you guys."
"Sir, what are we going to do about team B now?" Mike asked, holding Deana tightly against him. "They are now one man short, and need another member. Is headquarters going to pull someone from the academy, or will they bring in a transfer?"
The captain shook his head. "I really don't know," he looked at the leader of team B, who seemed to be blaming himself for it. "We can all discuss this later, but for now, we will do as before and mix the teams. Numbers are our best defense, right now," he turned to the rest of the group. "Since Agent Benson was turned, then injected with Bailey's blood, he will be much faster than the normal vampire, and he will still have his power of intangibility. He will still remember you, but may not be able to bring himself back to his human senses. He is a dangerous creature now, and not your teammate, so do not take him lightly," he glanced at the leader of team B again. Are we clear?"
The leader swallowed hard, then nodded. "Yes, sir. I understand, and will make sure my team complies." He was speaking softly, and Bailey felt sorry for him. He also felt bad for adding the extra speed to the vampire. He had only done it to help the agent, and everyone knew that.
The same weapons expert they had seen before stepped up to the podium, wearing a suit that covered his entire body, except for his head and fingers. He was also carrying a helmet. Smiling at the agents, he cleared his throat.
"This will be the uniform you will all be assigned. It is thin and light, but has the strength to protect against vampires," he unzipped it down to the chest. The inside had a type of netting over it, under the nylon material. "The netting you see here is a form of chain mail, and will protect against vampire bites," he grinned. "Add rock salt to that, and you have a powerful uniform. They were designed with mutants in mind, and that is why your fingers will be free. You will wear your regular boots, so you don't need to worry about breaking in any new ones. The suits have been effective, and are fairly comfortable to wear."
The chief joined him on the podium. "Agents, this is a very serious case, as I am sure you are already aware. You are expected to go against our former policy, and shoot to kill. The department will not come down on you, since these are not humans we are dealing with. I would like all of you to use your best judgement and work together. We need to get this done, and discord will not be tolerated," he glanced at Jorden, then Alex. "Now, get out there, and do your best. Be careful, and pull back if things get out of hand. Good luck, agents."
As soon as the chief, captain and weapons expert left, they all began exchanging ideas.
"Well, we could let Jorden lead us on this, since he has the most experience with vampires," the leader of team B seemed to be more stressed out than the rest of the members, since they would be after a vampire that had been one of his men. "I mean, he has given us good pointers, so far, and if he will be willing to take charge, we can get this taken care of."
Alex shook his head. "Well, he isn't a leader. Maybe we can take guidance from him, but we will be leading this. "
The other leader rolled his eyes. "I didn't mean for him to completely control the situation, and we listen to everything he says. It's just that he knows a lot about vampires, and how to handle them. It just might be a good idea to follow his ideas."
Jorden shifted uncomfortably. He did not like it that the others were speaking about him like he was not there.
Will smiled. "I think we just need to figure out something, before they do. We need to come up with a plan."
Bailey took a deep breath. "Guys, I know the captain had mentioned something about using me to catch the vampires. Well, if Benson does have the speed of one of them, I think I should try to catch him. I think there may is still be hope for him. If he hasn't made a kill and tasted human blood, it's possible that we could turn him back," he smiled at Benson's leader. "It might be worth a try."
Jorden was watching him carefully as he spoke. "I don't know where you got that information, but it's correct. The only problem with turning him back is that he may not come back the same, and he may not be good as an agent, after that."
The leader shook him head. "It would be worth a try, even if he isn't the same..." he seemed to space of for a moment. "We have to try, but if not...we will have to take him out."
Bailey was watching him as he spoke, and he thought he may have seen something beyond general concern in the man's eyes. That made him want this to work. He glanced at Alex, smiling. "I think we should track them down, and try the same strategy we had at that warehouse. We have the powers and equipment to take them out, and, like Will said, we need to hurry."
Alex smiled at him. "Yeah, we do. I think it could be a good idea to go in, but there should be more of us, now that we know what we're up against. Old World vampires are sure to be there, since they would not let Benson out of their sight. I think we should storm them, once we find them," he turned to Jorden. "Do you think you can track them? I know we can't sense them, but you might be able to, since you are not entirely human."
Jorden looked surprised that Alex had spoken to him. "Yes, I can. That is how I was able to catch the other two."
Mike nodded. "Well, are we set, then? We can have Jorden lead us to them, then he can speak to Deana to let us know where they are in the building," his girlfriend shot him a glare, at that. "After that, we can storm them, but try to catch Benson."
"Sounds good," Alex sighed, hugging Bailey against him before letting the other man up. Bailey squeezed his hand as he stood up, smiling softly.
When the others had cleared the room, Bailey turned to Alex. "You know I trust you, right, liebe?" He used the German word for love, something he had taken to calling Alex, recently. "Everything I said in that outburst the other day was stress and anger speaking. "I didn't mean that I can't trust you. Ich liebe dich." He smiled at Alex, kissing him softly.
Alex grinned at him, caressing his face, lightly. "I know you do. Now, let's go kick some vampire ass, and rescue Benson."
****Ich Liebe Dich means 'I love you' in German****