I woke up to a big, strong, dead Viking holding me down. I thought back to last night to Eric and I having sex. I knew we would one day of course since that’s what you’re supposed to do with your boyfriend but so much has been going on and we are so new. What I definitely wasn’t expecting was for it to be slow and sweet and that he didn’t bite me. I’m glad that I get to see this side of him that no one else gets to see. Who would have thought that underneath it all Eric Northman has a soft side? I’m sure no one would believe me if I told them.
After wiggling my way out from under Eric, I head to the bathroom to take care of my morning routine. I decide that I need to call Sam and let him know that I wouldn’t be able to come into work. I figure I should give him some notice so he can find someone to work my shift tonight.
I head upstairs to retrieve my phone and get my coffee going. Once I had drank a cup of coffee and had a little bit breakfast I called Sam. It only rang a couple of time before Terri picked up the phone.
“Merlotte’s,” Terri answered.
“Hey, Terri! It’s Sookie. Is Sam there I need to speak to him?”
“Yeah, he just got done with a delivery. Let me go get him.”
“Thank you! I’ll talk to you soon.” It took Sam a couple of minutes before he answered.
“Hey Cher! How’s it going?”
“Hey Sam! That’s kind of why I am calling you. I’m kind of in some trouble and I don’t know when I’ll be able to come back to work. I’m safe where I am, so you don’t need to worry about me.”
“What the hell? What kind of trouble are you in now, that you can’t come into work? You know that I could protect you don’t you?”
“I don’t really want to get into with you right now. I know that you would try to protect me but I don’t want anyone getting hurt because of me. I just wanted to let you know so hopefully you can find someone to fill in for me and until further notice not to put me on the schedule.”
“Does this have anything to do with vampires? What have you got yourself into now?”
“I told you I don’t want to talk about it. This was not my doing. I did not try to get myself into any trouble Sam Merlotte!”
“Why can’t you talk to me about this? I want to help you.”
“I know you do Sam but it isn’t something I want to talk about over the phone. I will try to come in real soon and talk to you about it.”
“I guess that is all I can ask for. So I’ll see you soon?”
“Yeah Sam I’ll try and come by in a couple of days. I should go now but I’ll see you soon. Bye!”
With that out of the way I need to find something to do with my time until Eric gets up. I think I’ll explore his house and then take a shower so I can be ready when he wakes up.
Eric definitely has a beautiful home and it’s very manly but totally Eric. In his office, there are bookshelves filled with books in many languages all over the place. I will definitely be spending time in there while I’m here.
When I look outside, I can’t believe what I see. A beautiful flower garden that smells absolutely wonderful and a large pool with hot tub. I wonder if it is heated. It probably is since it doesn’t have a cover on it. I’m sure I can convince Eric to go swimming with me one night.
After taking one last look at Eric’s gorgeous backyard I hope I’ll be able to spend more time there, I head inside. I’m sure Eric will need to go to work tonight. I know he’s busy and I have kept him from work already for a couple of nights.
I take the bags of clothing and everything else Pam got me downstairs so I could take a shower and get ready. Looking through the bags it looks like Pam bought the most expensive products that were available. It should be interesting to see if they are any better than the stuff I get at Wal-Mart.
I turn on the shower and put all of my new products in there that I will need and sit an outfit out on the counter. It’s pretty simple, just a pair of jeans, and a red silky top. I do have to say that I love this shower. I have never showered with some many showerheads but it is great. I may have to look into have them installed at my house.
I had just finished rinsing the shampoo out of my hair when all of a sudden I felt big, strong, cool hands grasp me from behind. I just about jumped out of my skin.
“Oh my God Eric! You just about gave me a heart attack. Please don’t do that,” I say as I turn around to look at Eric.
“I didn’t mean to scare you. I’ve just never woke up and had someone in my shower before. I got excited.”
I look down at his strained erection. “Yes, I can see how excited you are,” I give him a little smirk, then take it in my hands, and start to slowly stroke him. He leans his head back a little and groans.
“If I have this to look forward to every time I find you in my shower you better get used to me sneaking up on you,” He says and then leans down and gives me a toe curling kiss that leaves me breathless.
The next thing I know Eric grabs me up by my tights and pushes me up against the cool tiles of the shower wall. He’s kissing down my neck and I feel him run his fingers through my folds and then enter me with two of his fingers.
“You are so wet. Is that all for me?” He asks as he pumps his fingers in and out of me.
“All for you! Please, I need you now!” I pant out.
His fingers leave me and then he thrusts into me in one deep thrust while crushing his lips to mine. He is thrusting hard and deep and his grip on my thighs will probably leave bruises but it feels too good, I don’t want him to stop.
“I’m so close! I’m so close,” I tell him as he thrusts into me two more times and I go tumbling over the edge. I yell his name out and bite his shoulder, which sends Eric over the edge right after me.
He stands there holding me against his chest while I catch my breath. Eric leans down and gives me the sweetest kiss.
“That was just … Wow!” I giggle.
He just chuckles, “I would say wow just about covers it.”
“Let me wash you. I seem to have gotten you all dirty,” he smirks at me.
We take our time washing each other. Paying extra attention to certain areas more than others. Once we are ready to get out of the shower, we are both squeaky clean. Eric gets out of the shower first, wraps a towel around his waist, and then wraps me up in a nice fluffy towel.
While I’m drying off, I decide to see what we are going to be doing tonight. “Do you need to go work tonight?” I ask.
“I do. I have some paperwork that I have to do and I need to spend some time on the throne or Pam will kill me. I hope that you will come with me.”
“Of course I’ll come with you. I talked to Sam today and I didn’t want to tell him what was going on over the phone so I told him I would try to come see him in a day or two and talk to him. I was wondering if it is not too late when we are done at Fangtasia if we could go by there so I can talk to him.”
Nodding he tells me, “If we do not have time tonight then we will go tomorrow. When we get to Fangtasia you can either join me in my office till I have to sit on the throne or you can sit out in the bar.”
“How long do you think your paperwork will take you?”
“Probably half an hour to an hour tops.”
“I’ll just sit out in the bar so you can get your paperwork done. Do you want me read people for you?”
“That is entirely up to you. I would like you to try but if it is too much for you then you do not have to. You can sit in my booth and alert Pam to whatever you find until I come out.”
“I can do that. Maybe while I’m there this week you can bring in some of your other employees for me to read. That way I’ll at least feel useful.”
“Sookie, you do not have to do that. I enjoy having you here and if you want to read my employees that’s fine. I understand that you are used to keeping busy but I will pay you for your time.”
“You don’t need to pay me. It’s just too much money and I want to help you.”
“How about we compromise? I will pay you $100 an hour tonight and if you read my employees on the other nights I will still pay you the $500 a night.”
“I don’t know about that. I could read for over five hours tonight and make more than $500.”
“I only plan on being there for about two hours. I will happily pay you $500 a night like our contracts says but I would be much happier if you let me pay you more.”
“It’s too much Eric. I don’t think I should get that much money for something I have no control over.”
“You will be doing me a great service. You don’t understand how helpful you could be and possibly save me lots of money and trouble. How about we talk about how much money I will pay you once you have done the job for a night and you can see how useful you are?”
“That’s fine we can discuss this later after you find out that I’m not that useful. I need to blow dry my hair and put a little makeup on and then I’ll be ready to go. Is this outfit alright with you?”
“Of course your outfit is fine. You look very nice tonight. Why are you asking about your outfit?”
“It’s just not what people normally wear into your bar so I thought I would ask.”
“You can wear whatever you want. I don’t want you to look like everyone else at the bar. I am not interested in them. None of them are unique like you.”
I give him a big smile while I walk over to him and reach up on my tippy toes to kiss him quickly before I finish getting ready. Once I’m already, I head upstairs where I find Eric drinking a glass full of blood.
“I’m ready whenever you are,” I say to him as I gather up my purse and phone.
Once we are in his Corvette driving at the speed of light towards Fangtasia I decide to ask him about not feeding from me.
“Can I ask you something?”
“You can ask me anything,” he says.
“Last night when we had sex you didn’t bite me. Why?” I see him glance over at me.
“That is not what last night was about.”
“Okay but you didn’t bite me tonight either.” He just raises an eyebrow at me.
“Bill always bit me when we had sex. I thought that vampires always bite whoever they have sex with.”
“We do not have to bite who we have sex with just like we can feed from someone and not have sex with them.”
“Have you been feeding off of anyone?” I ask almost afraid of the answer. I know that he said he wouldn’t when we had our talk but he hasn’t feed from me.
“No. I haven’t feed off anyone in a while. I told you that I wouldn’t. I am a very old vampire and I don’t need to feed very often.”
“When was the last time you feed off of anyone?”
“Right before Dallas.”
“That’s been a long time. How often do you need to feed?”
“Once every two to three weeks is how often I need to feed before I start feeling any side effects from not feeding. Normally I would feed every other day.”
“Do you not want to feed from me?” I have to ask since he didn’t bite me last night or tonight. It has been a long time from him.
“Of course I want to! I told you before that I would never make you feed me though. I am fine drinking from bagged blood and an occasional True Blood. I don’t want to pressure you.”
“I want to feed you,” I say with a blush. “You are taking care of me and I would like to take care of you. I want you to. I thought there was something wrong.”
“There is nothing wrong. I just didn’t want to pressure you. Just like, I was not expecting sex last night. I wanted to wait until you were ready.”
“You are a very sweet man Eric Northman,” I smile at him.
“I don’t think anyone has ever called me sweet. Don’t tell anyone. I can’t let it get out,” he smirks at me.
“I won’t tell a soul. Your secret is safe with me.” I laugh at him.
It only took another couple of minutes until we were at Fangtasia. When we walked into the back door for employees Pam was waiting for us.
“Pam show Sookie to my booth. She is going to be reading people so keep a look out in case she needs to tell you anything. I will be out to sit on the throne once I am done with my paperwork.” He leans down a kisses me on the top of my head and heads into his office.
I follow Pam out into the bar where she shows me to Eric’s booth. When I sit down, I notice Pam giving me a look.
“What’s with the look Pam?” I ask her.
“What’s going on with you and my Master?”
“Don’t you think you should ask him?”
“He would not tell me. Last night he was upset for most of the night and then very happy and the night before he was very distressed. So I’m asking you.”
“I couldn’t tell you Pam. I don’t know what’s causing what you are getting from him.”
“You know. You’ve been with him. What were you doing?”
“Well last night he found the scent of some Were’s at my house. So, we went back to his house. You know this. He gave me some options for protection. The night before that is when we found out the Queen sent Bill to procure me. That’s really all I know.”
“The Queen sent Bill? Interesting. Well my Master is happy again tonight. That is very good. He has not been happy in a long time. I don’t know if he has ever been this happy.”
“Really?” I ask. Could I be making him that happy?
“Yes. Really. I will be by the bar. Let me know if you need anything.”
After just a minute of Pam leaving the booth Ginger comes over to take my order.
“What can I get for you tonight?”
“I will have one of those Vampire Kiss drinks that I have had here before.”
“Sure thing. I be back with it in just a few minutes.”
I decided that I should get to work. I lowered my shields and listened in to everyone around me.
During the time Eric was in his office doing paperwork, I sipped my drink and found a few underage kids and a drug dealer. Pam got rid of the underage kids by scaring the crap of them and glamoured the drug dealer.
Once Eric came out most of the thoughts were about having sex with him. One girl’s thoughts though were definitely because she had been with him before. I tried not to let it bother me. I mean I know that Eric’s been with others before me but it was hard having front row seats into someone’s head remembering every detail.
I wonder if he is going to pick me tonight.
I haven’t seen him pick anyone since the last time he was with me.
Maybe he only wants me. He doesn’t want any others.
I bet I get him to take me home.
Maybe I should go up to him. Let him know that I’m interested.
I watch her as she decides if she should try to get his attention. This is definitely not part of the job that I like. If I have to deal with this every night then I without doubt do not want the job.
I notice Eric look over at me with a raised eyebrow. I’m sure he is sensing my frustration and slight jealousy. I wonder how many of these women he has slept with that are here right now.
Little Miss Fangbanger walks up into front of the dais but Eric doesn’t even notice. He is just messing around on his phone. I wonder what he does on his phone while he is up there. He can’t possibly be answering emails for an hour or more.
I watch as Miss Fangbanger tries to reach up to touch Eric’s leg. He lowers his phone and just glares at her. She looks scared but still doesn’t give up.
“Hey baby! I thought I would see if you were interested in going back to your office or maybe somewhere else,” I hear her say to Eric. I cannot believe she said that to him with him glaring out her like that. Does he always glare at the fangbangers like that and then go fuck them?
I watch as Eric leans forward glaring at her. “I do not want to go anywhere with you. Do not come back to my bar. Now go.” With that, he leans back but she doesn’t seem to get the picture.
“Come on baby. Don’t you want to have some fun? I noticed you haven’t been taking anyone else back to your office since you’ve had me. I can show you a real good time.”
Eric stands up towering over her then gets right in her face and his fangs snap down. “Did you not just hear me? I said to leave my bar and to never come back. I DO NOT want you! Get out of my face NOW!”
Little Miss Fangbanger scurries out of the bar as fast as she can. I see Pam over at the bar with an amused expression on her face. She just loves to scare the vermin.
I look over at Eric and he is already looking at me. I can’t tell what he is feeling since he has his stone cold face on. I just turn back to look at the crowd and see if I can find any more trouble.
It was only about another 30 minutes before Eric rose off his throne and came over to the booth. He extended his hand out to me. I took it and we walked out of the bar.
We were just getting on the highway to head to Bon Temps when he finally spoke. He seemed mad so I had just kept quiet and thought about what I would say to Sam when I saw him.
“Are you going to talk to me Sookie?” He asks looking over at me.
“Of course. What do you want to talk about? I found one drug dealer and a few underage customers. That was it. No drainers or anyone from the Fellowship of the Sun.”
“That was not what I thought you would want to talk about. I thought you might want to talk about the fangbanger that propositioned herself to me.”
“Well, she thought you must really like her since she hasn’t seen you taking anyone else back to your office. She thought maybe you would take her home or somewhere else.”
“I don’t want to know what she was thinking about. I want to know what you are thinking. I … I don’t know. I didn’t like that you … I don’t know Sookie. I’m sorry for the situation.”
“Well it wasn’t fun reading her thoughts before she tried to get your attention and I certainly didn’t enjoy watching the replay of you having sex with her. I don’t enjoy all the people there imagining having sex with you but reliving it wasn’t fun. But it’s not as if I thought you were a virgin before. It just sucks to have to watch it in someone else’s mind.”
“There shouldn’t be anyone else for you to read that from.”
“How can that be? Was she like your main fuck or something?”
“No,” he says and brings his hand up to pinch the bridge of his nose. “Nothing like that. Normally I would just glamour anyone I fucked or fed from but I was sloppy with her. It was right before Dallas and I was worried about Godric. So there should be no others.”
“I guess that makes me feel a little better. You certainly weren’t nice to her when you had sex.”
“No I was not. Does that scare you?”
“If I had saw that before we had sex then yes but I know you can be different. Is that how you want to have sex with me?”
“No! No! I would never treat you like that! I really wish you didn’t have to see that.”
“Why did you treat her like that? Is that how you treated all the people you had sex with?”
“Not all but most. It’s hard for me to explain. I’m a vampire and I never cared about the women I was with, it was just a release but they did enjoy it. I would never treat you like that. You know that I care about you and I will always treat you with respect.”
I really didn’t know what to say. I wish I hadn’t seen Eric in her memories. When I thought about what sex with Eric would be like it was pretty much like what I saw in her mind. I mean it was kind of like watching your boyfriend in a porn. No one wants to watch their boyfriend having sex with someone else especially when they just had sex for the first time with him the night before.
Eric brought me out of all my thinking. “Are you sure you want to go see Sam tonight?”
“I do. I want to get this over with. Can I ask you a question?”
“You know you can.”
“Can I tell Sam everything? I think it will be much easier if I can just tell him everything so he’ll understand.”
I look over at Eric and he has that damn eyebrow quirked up. “You can tell him anything you want. I just asking that you do not tell him where I live.”
“I would never tell him or anyone where you live. I hope you know that. I hold that knowledge as knowing it’s very sacred.”
He just nods. We didn’t speak for the rest of the way. I don’t know what he was thinking about but I was just hoping things go well with Sam. I know how much he hates me having anything to do with vampires.
Once we got to Merlotte’s I turned to look at Eric. “Could you just stay in the car while I go in and talk to Sam?”
“If that is what you want,” he shrugs.
“Thank you. I will right back,” I lean over and give him a quick kiss on the cheek.
When I walked in Sam was at the bar and gave me a big smile.
“Hey Cher! Do you want to come back to my office?” I nod and we head back to his office. Once we sit down Sam says, “So can you tell me what’s going on now?”
I take a deep breath before I start, “I found out the other night that Bill is working for the Queen of Louisiana as her procurer. He was sent for me so I signed a contract to work for Eric and he sent it to the Queen to hold her off. After signing the contract, Eric brought me home. When we got out, he smelled two different Were scents outside my home. He didn’t recognize them so we left and I’m staying with him until we get this cleared up.”
I look up to see Sam’s reaction and his face was so red. He looked like he was about ready to blow up.
“What the hell are you thinking? I told you to stay away from all those damn vampires.”
“This is not my fault. The Queen sent Bill here. I didn’t seek him out. This was going to happen no matter what. Hadley is the queen’s pet and she told her all about me.”
“Now you are even deeper with the vampires and you’re staying with Eric. Why didn’t you come to me? You know I would do anything for you and protect you.”
“How are you going to protect me from the Queen? You can’t take out a bunch of vampires. None of this is my fault and I’m sorry that you don’t like Eric but he is protecting me and knows what he’s doing.”
“You can’t trust Eric Northman. He is just using you. I just don’t want to see you get hurt by another vampire.”
“I’m sorry you feel that way but I want you to know that Eric and I are seeing each other now.”
“No! I can’t let you do that. I’m your friend and you need to get away from him and from all the vampires.”
“That’s not going to happen Sam! I really like Eric. I’m sorry you feel like that.”
“How can you like him? He is evil, cruel, and ruthless. He is just going to use you. Once he gets tired of you he is just going to toss you away.”
“He is not evil. Just because he’s a vampire does not make him evil. If that was the case then I could say that you’re evil since you’re a shifter.”
“How can you say that Sookie? I did not ask to be like this!”
“And guess what Eric didn’t ask to be a vampire!” I stand up because I see that this is going nowhere.
“Where are you going? You can’t leave. Stay here, I’ll take care of you, and keep you safe.”
“I’m leaving! I’ll let you know when I can come back.” I start to head to the door but Sam grabs my arm.
“You’re not going anywhere!”
“I’m leaving Sam. I’m sorry,” I say while trying to pull my arm out of his grasp. “You need to let go of my arm.”
“I’m trying to help you out but if you leave then don’t come back.”
“If that’s how you feel then fine I quit,” I say as the tears start to fall down my cheeks. “Now let go of me!” I rip my arm of his grasp and rush out his office.
When I crossed over the threshold of Sam’s office, I ran straight into a black cotton, hard chest. I looked up to see Eric’s face and he looked pissed. I felt his strong arms wrap around me.
“Can we please just go?” I ask Eric.
“Are you alright? Are you hurt?” He asks with concern etched all over his face.
“I’m fine. Let’s just please go home.” He wipes some tears from my face with the pads of his thumbs and nods.
Putting one arm around my shoulders, he says, “Let’s go home.”