Rose sighed again, looking down at her feet. "Nathan is under...a lot of magical influence. I did put that curse on him but...there were things already on him and his entire family." She looked up at her niece. "Years ago, when I was training, your father decided he wanted to go after pures. He started to hunt Nathan, and his family, as well as two other packs that were in the area at the time."
Rose paused for a moment. "He destroyed Nathan's family, entirely. with some help from your uncle, the one we don't talk about much. So then when Nathan killed my fiance...I figured it was revenge. When I went to kill him, he took away my power somehow. So, to get back at him, I tried to take away his power, by cursing him."
There was another pause. "One thing I don't think anyone's willing to take into account is Nathan's brother. His body was never found. He could still be alive. I think...he's the one responsible."
"That's heavy, Rose." Jess said, shaking her head. She had always thought the council had taken her aunt's powers away. Could Nathan take her powers too? She wouldn't give him the chance. "I guess I've got a wolf to track." She sighed. "But first things first, I'm going to get a burger. And a nap. And a drink sounds pretty good right now..."
Rose shook her head. "Jess, a lesson hard learned by this family is that you don't go after a pure. The consequences far outweigh the gain. More people get hurt than if you'd just leave them be. This is a personal matter anyway. I don't want you involved."
"Well what am I supposed to do? Sit around and do nothing? I'm involved wether you like it or not." Jess said stubbornly.
"Respect my space!" Rose snapped. "Or so help me I will curse you!" She sighed, trying to calm down. "Stay out of my business, Jess. I didn't tell you to start with because it's my own private matter. If I wanted help, I'd have already gotten it."
Jess was taken aback, and she turned away, hovering over her bike. "You do realize your house was just burnt down right?" Jess snapped. "You don't want anyone's help, fine. But don't expect me to roll over and wait for the bodies to start dropping." She revved up the engine and sped away down the road. It was time to find Nathan.
Rose winced and stood there, staring after her niece. She felt so many emotions it hurt. She sighed and started walking.
Nathan had gotten wind of the fire. He was just glad Jess and Rose hadn't been home. He quickly hurried to find Jess, figuring she'd be looking for him by now.
Rose wasn't aware, but instead of temporarily lifting the curse, Jess had completely lifted it. He'd already had some of her blood before, after all. He was full strength, and once again able to shift and bring his clothes with him every time. He felt better, even as a human.
Jess was only riding for a few minutes before she got that familiar tingling in her spine that told her a werewolf was near. She pulled over and drew her machete from her bag, stepping into the woods. "Come out and play." She demanded.
"I'm not in the mood for games." Nathan growled, coming out into her view. "What's going on? They're saying the hunter's house was set on fire. I told you that barier your aunt had was flawed. It wasn't just me!"
"Yeah." Jess said, without turning around. "I think I figured that one out on my own." She sighed and sheathed her machete, turning to face Nathan. "As far as I've been able to tell, you're trust worthy. I don't care about your past... Or my aunt's, or any history you had together. But someone tried to kill Rose tonight, and I'm sure you can understand how I'm not gonna let that happen. Can you tell me something? What happened to your brother?"
Nathan narrowed his eyes. "What did Rose tell you?" He asked, a little annoyed at the little witch for revealing anything of his own personal past. "What do you know about Gabriel?" He was definitely tense, and kept a certain distance between him and Jess. His trust for her was still suffering, even after all they'd been through. Memories of when she'd shot him filled his mind.
"Nothing much. She said my as.shole uncle hunted your family down. She also said your brother's body was never found, and he could be looking for revenge." Jess said, eyeing Nathan carefully to gauge his reaction. "I hope you understand what that means for me and Rose."
Nathan growled and shook his head. "My brother is dead, end of story. If anyone was looking for revenge, it'd be me. And it's not me. Not...quite at least." He looked away. Given the oportunity, there were still people he'd love to shred to pieces. "You and Rose need to get away from people. You're just going to put them in danger."
"That's it? All you have to say? I don't defend what my family has done in the past, but I'm still a hunter, and I need to track down this whackjob before anyone gets hurt." Jess said. "And I'm gonna find whoever it is, with or without your help. I only thought you'd want in because all the clues lead to your brother."
"My brother is dead." Nathan repeated. "I buried him myself. He's dead, Jess. I'm rather certain of that. I'll take you to the grave myself if that'll convince you." He sighed, looking around. "I never said I wouldn't help, but I'm stating out the facts. You two do need to get away so no one else gets hurt. Then you can work on tracking down whoever did this/"
"We'll be fine." Jess insisted. "We're hunters. And it's ok, I believe you, you haven't given me reason not to." Jess sheathed her machete and turned back to the road. "I think I'll start with the local wiccan population. You're welcome to join me." Rose had some friends who practiced magic as well, and from Jess's experience, witches tended to get real nasty real quick when crossed. It wasn't that far of a stretch to assume another wiccan had set fire to Rose's house.
"Jess I'm worried about the people around you." Nathan said, a slight growl in his voice. "As in call Rose now and tell her to get away. If people start getting hurt you two could be exposed and taken away. My kind could be exposed and cause panic."
"Ok, ok, chill out, I'm on it." Jess said placatingly, sending a quick test to Rose. "By the way, if either of those terribly unlikely and chaotic situations occur, we'll just kill everyone, no witnesses. Problem solved." Jess said, half sarcastically. "Now, do you want in or do you wanna bolt? I won't blame you if you choose to run."
Nathan shook his head. "Don't be heartless." He muttered. "worse than the mutts..." He sighed, looking over his shoulder. "I'm not going anywhere. That's for certain. Maybe we need to pay our local vampire slayer a visit, and the demon hunter, get permission to start killing anything and everything that's not human, just to be on the safe side."
Jess rolled her eyes as she turned away to walk back to the road. "I'm a hunter. We go by the general rule if it's evil, kill it, permission be dam.ned. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't curious about the others. Do you know where they live?"