The rest of the week continued with Bill stopping by my house or at work every night. Luckily, every time he came in now Sam would go and take care of him. Once Bill realized that I wasn’t going to wait on him or talk to him, he would leave.
It was Saturday night around 1:00 a.m. and I had just gotten home from work when my phone rang. “Hello?” I answered.
“Good evening Sookie. How are you this evening?” It was Eric. I had almost forgotten that I would talk to him tonight since I was so worried about Bill. He hadn’t come into Merlotte’s so I was sure he would be stopping by my house since he wouldn’t leave me alone.
“I’m okay. How are you?” I replied.
“I’m well. I was calling to see about tomorrow night. Have you been having any problems with Bill?”
“He has come by Merlotte’s or by my house every night. I haven’t seen him tonight though.”
“Obviously he is not following my orders. I will come tomorrow night and maybe we can put a stop to this. I will be there as soon as I can after sunset.”
“Alright. I’ll see tomorrow night.”
I decided that I was going to take a shower and go to bed. I was almost asleep when I heard someone knocking on my door. Seriously, is Bill just trying to make my life miserable? I’m too tired to deal with this. I call out from my bed because I know he can hear me. “I’m tired Bill and I’m not coming to the door. So go away! We have nothing to talk about.” After a couple of minutes of not hearing anything, I roll over and instantly fall asleep.
I woke up around 11 and went downstairs to start my coffee so it would be ready when I get out of the shower. Once out of the shower I grab my cup of coffee, the book I have been reading and head out to sit out on my porch to enjoy the sunshine.
After a day of cleaning and going to the grocery store, I notice that it has gotten quite late. I need to go make myself some dinner and eat before it gets dark and all the vampires will be up. This should be a very interesting night and I’m a little nervous thinking about Eric being here.
It was about 45 minutes after sunset when I heard the knock on my front door. It was a void and I was praying it was Eric. Amazing how just a couple of weeks ago that would have been the last person I would want at my door.
I open my door to find Eric with a silly smirk on his face holding some movies fanned out in front of his chest. Moving out of the way of the door, I say, “Come in. What movies did you bring?”
“Underworld, The Lost Boys, and Zombieland.”
“You didn’t have to bring any movies with you. You know.”
“I didn’t want to have to watch sappy love story movies all night.” He says with a wink.
“Do you want a True Blood?” He nodded and I went into the kitchen to get us drinks. “Hey Eric. Do you care if I eat popcorn while we watch the movie?”
“No, I don’t mind at all.” He replied right behind me. “Cheese and rice. Don’t sneak up on me like that!” He just chuckled at me while I got the popcorn out of the cabinet.
“Did Bill show up last night?” He asks.
“Yes. I was just about asleep when I heard him knocking on the door. I was so tired I just called out from my bedroom and told him I didn’t want to talk to him and to go away like I do every night. I wish he would just leave me alone. He acts like he did nothing wrong and its driving me crazy!”
After I got our drinks and my popcorn, we settled in on the couch. “What movie do you want to watch?” He asks me.
“I don’t know. You pick. I don’t know anything about them,” I say.
“Well, two have vampires in them and one has zombies but none of them are scary. The zombie movie is funny.”
“I don’t know about zombies. How about a vampire movie? Are they close to the real thing?”
“Not really but one is closer than the other. We will watch Underworld. It has vampires and werewolves in it.”
He put in the movie and sat down to sip on his True Blood. I kept peeking out of the corner of my eye at him while we were waiting for the movie to get going. I just didn’t know how to act with him here. It’s not like we have actually really spent time together.
“What?” He asks.
“Nothing. What are you talking about?”
“You keep looking over at me. Am I that irresistible? If so, we can always do something about that,” he smirks at me.
“No. No. I don’t know. I’m just uncomfortable with you here.” He just looks at me and for a brief second I think I see hurt in his eyes but then it’s gone.
“Why are you uncomfortable?” He asks me.
“I don’t know. You used to be such an arrogant asshole all the time and since Dallas, you’ve been different. I like this Eric but I guess I’m just waiting for you to go back to the way you were or for you to trick me again.”
“I’m going to do anything to trick you.”
“Really? I’m sorry if I have such a hard time believing you.”
“I understand but I promise I am not. I’m trying to help you with this Bill situation.”
“Can I ask you something and you will tell me the truth?” He nods. “Why did you want me to have your blood?”
For a few minutes, he just sits there looking straight ahead. Just when I am about to tell him to forget it that I obviously can’t trust him. He starts talking. “Truthfully.” I nod. “I just wanted to make sure I could protect you. After everything that happened at the FOTS church and the bombing.”
“I am grateful for all the times you have helped me and saved me but why do you want to protect me? “
“I didn’t like that I didn’t know when you were in trouble or where you were. I’m sorry that I had to trick into drinking my blood but I’m not sorry that now I’ll be able to protect you better.”
“I don’t understand why you want to protect me?”
“Have I not made myself perfectly clear that I want you? I don’t want anything to happen to you.”
“You have but you don’t need to protect me to have sex with me one time,” I pause for a minutes thinking. “Is that what this is? You being nice to me. Is it just so I will have sex with you?”
“NO! That is not what this is. Of course, I want to have sex with many times but . . . “
“I’m not just going to go and have a one night stand with you. I’m not one your fang bangers.”
“I know you’re not! I have never called you that or treated you like them! You are nothing like them!” He was getting angry now and I’m not sure why.
“I’m sorry I just don’t know why you are going to so much trouble for me. Do you go to this much trouble for all your conquests?”
“I don’t have conquests. No one denies me,” he says smugly.
“So is that what all this is? I’m the first one to deny you. I’m not going to be another notch on your belt.”
“That is not the reason why. You are unlike any woman I have ever met. You intrigue me and I have never had anyone capture my attention like you have in a 1000 years.” He looks up to the ceiling and shakes his head.
Hearing him say that took me back for a minute. How could simple ole me capture his attention? He could have anyone he wants.
“Thank you for being honest with me. You know if you had always acted like this with me it would have definitely helped,” I smile at him. “Thank you for sharing it with me. I like it when you are like this.” I rise up and give him a kiss on the cheek. I know that I may be the only person that gets to see this side of him and I am grateful that he is sharing it with me.
We settle down to watch the movie but my head is reeling with what we just talked about. I decide to just watch the movie and try not to think about it or anything else.
“You know werewolves look nothing like that,” he says.
“Werewolves? They’re real?”
“Did you think that vampires were the only things out there from fairy tales? “
“I don’t know. I hadn’t really thought about it. What do they look like?”
“When they transform they look just like a regular wolf but bigger.”
“I’m sure if they looked like the ones in this movie, people would definitely know about them. They are ugly.” He chuckles.
“What do you think about the vampires?” He asks me.
“Their blood thing with the memories is very cool. Selene’s eyes are pretty. It would be cool if all vampires’ eyes looked like that.”
He chuckles at me and then his whole body stiffens up. “What is it?” I ask him.
“It’s Bill. Do you want me to answer the door?”
“No but could you come with me?” He nods and we head to the door. When Bill first saw me, he smiled but then Eric came into view and he just glared at us.
“What is he doing here?” Bill asks.
“I’m here because you won’t leave Sookie alone. I have ordered you to leave her alone and she has asked you repeatedly but you don’t seem to be listening,” Eric replies.
“Can I please just talk to you Sookie and explain? Please!” He whines.
“Go ahead Bill! Let’s hear what you have to say,” I say sarcastically.
“Not with Eric here. I’m not talking with him here.” I roll my eyes at him. “If you want to talk to me here is your chance and you have to do it in front of Eric. So you choose. It’s now or never.”
Bill stands there for a minute before he starts. “I’m sorry Sookie but I was jealous. I knew you had gone over to see Eric so you could have sex with him with his blood in you and controlling you.”
“Stop right there. I didn’t go over there to have sex with him. I told you why I went to see him.”
“Yes, you went over there to see how he was doing but I knew that he would manipulate you into sleeping with him,” Bill says.
“The blood doesn’t even work that way. I cannot manipulate her into sleeping with me because she has had a couple of drops of my blood,” Eric says.
“If that was the case wouldn’t the same be true for you?” I reply.
“I’m sorry Sookie and I promise it will never happen again. Just take me back and we will be happy again.”
I notice that for some reason he thinks that when we talk about the side effects of vampire blood he acts as if they don’t apply to him. I am going to have to ask Eric sometime what their blood actually does.
“Are you kidding me? I am never getting back together with you. Never. Obviously, you can’t trust me since you think I would just walk across the hall from our hotel room and sleep with someone. Which I didn’t but you did! I cannot trust you. So, please just go home and leave me alone. Goodbye Bill!”
I slam the door in his face, walk back into living room, and throw myself down on the couch. Eric just sits down silently beside me. A few tears escape and I brush them away. Hiding my face with my hands, I say. “I don’t feel like he is ever going to leave me alone. Why can’t he understand that we are over?”
“You are a hard woman to give up Sookie Stackhouse,” Eric replies.
I look out from under my hands and chuckle, “Only for vampires because humans want nothing to do with me.”
He frowns at that, “I will call the Queen tomorrow and see if I can get him out of my area.”
“Thank you and thank you for being here when he came over tonight. It was nice to not have to worry about dealing with him.” He nods and says, “Do you want to watch another movie?”
“Are you sure? He has already come by. If you need to go I totally understand.”
“I am sure and he might try and come by again once he thinks I’m gone.”
“Okay lets watch another one and hopefully he won’t be coming by any more.”
He gets up and puts in a different movie. “We are going to watch the zombie movie. I think you will like it and you need to laugh. We can watch the other one some other time.”
“Another time huh? Someone’s getting ahead of himself.” I smile at him. “But you are right. I do need to laugh. So let’s watch it.”
I fell asleep during the movie and woke up to Eric tucking me into my bed. “I’m sorry I feel asleep. I haven’t been getting much sleep lately.”
“Get some sleep and I will talk to you soon. I will let you know what I hear from the Queen.” He leans down and places a soft, gentle kiss against my lips. “Goodnight Sookie.”
“Goodnight Eric.” I give him a small smile. I lay there thinking about that kiss. Who would have thought that a 1000-year-old Viking vampire could kiss like that? His lips were so soft. I touch my own lips and it’s like I can still feel it there.
I fell asleep thinking about that kiss and for once since this whole mess with Bill started; I actually had a good night’s sleep.