From The Rooftop to Love Chapter 12

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I woke up to soft kisses being placed down my arm. What’s Eric doing up already? Did I sleep the whole day away? I thought as I turned on my back to look at him.

“Hi!” I smile at him. “Did I sleep the whole day?” I asked.

“I believe so if this is the first you are getting up,” I nod my head. I can’t believe I slept all day but I guess I did go to sleep at almost dawn. I was definitely starting to have vampire hours.

“I have something I need to tell you. I don’t want you to think I was hiding it from you when you find out about it later.” I nod for him to go ahead. “You asked me last night not to do anything to Sam for hurting you,” I nod again. “When we are bonded if anyone hurts you, I have the right to kill them. As it is now you’re mine and he hurt you, I could still hurt him but with being bonded it is my right and I wouldn’t get into any trouble for it no matter who it is. When we are bonded if I don’t do anything, it will make me look weak and also like I don’t care about what happens to you and we both know that isn’t the case.”

“Thank you for telling me and I appreciate it.”

“I told you I would always tell you the truth and I meant it. I hope that it doesn’t change your mind about bonding yourself to me.”

“I’m not going to change my mind about it. I’m glad I know now. Would Sam know once we are bonded that if he hurt me that he would die?” I ask him.

“He would know. All Supes know what would happen to them if they caused a blood offense. I wasn’t trying to hide it from you. It didn’t even occur to me until after you fell asleep.”

“Thank you for being honest. So what’s on the agenda tonight?”

“I have to work for a couple of hours. You can come with me or you can stay here.”

“I’ll come with you. I can read the crowd again but I need to eat something before we leave.”

“That’s fine. I’m going to go into my office and make a call. Come get me when you are ready to leave.”

I got up, took care of my human needs, and got ready for the night. Once I was ready to leave I went up to Eric’s office to let him know I was ready and right before I got to the door I heard him slam his phone down.

“Is everything okay?” I asked once I stepped into his office.

“It’s fine. I called your ex shifter boss to inform him that he hurt you last night and if it ever happens again that I will kill him. He didn’t believe me that he hurt you and demanded proof. We didn’t take pictures last night since we got so carried away. I told him that I had given you my blood so the bruises were gone.”

“I’m sorry it got ugly between the two of you,” he nods. “I’m ready to go whenever you are.” He stood up and grabbed a bunch of papers to take with him. “What’s with all the papers?”

“Work. I was just trying to get some work done here while you were getting ready.”

“Do you always have so much paperwork to do?”

“Yes. I have paperwork for my sheriff duties and then for the bar. Pam and I hate paperwork if you haven’t noticed all the papers on my desk. All those need to be filed and my filing system is horrible. The paperwork never ends.”

“What kind paperwork is it? Maybe I can help you?”

“For the bar there are receipts for the alcohol and merchandise. All the employee’s info and scheduling. Things like that. For my sheriff duties I have petitions to live in my area and files on the vampires that are in my area letting me know where they live and work.”

“If you want I can help organize your files and file your stuff away. Would that help?”

“That would help a great deal, Lover. I have an idea. How would you like to be the office manager? You would do the filing and you would schedule the staff. It’s not a full time job but you were worried about being bored. Since you will already be at Fangtasia you could do this too. We can even look into an online college classes for you.”

“That sounds good and I’ve done some of that stuff for Sam before so it won’t be new to me.”

“Good. I can even put you on our health insurance plan since you will have an official title.”

“I’ve never had insurance before that would really be nice.”

“All of our employees have health insurance. I take good care of my employees.”

“You certainly take good care of this employee,” I smile at him.

“You get extra perks that the others don’t get but I’m happy that you think I’m taking good care of you.”

“I’m glad I’m the only one getting these special perks. Nothing has happened to me since I’ve been in your care so I would have to say you are taking good care of me. Plus I am very happy being with you so that is another way you are taking care of me. I’m going to be sad when I have to go back to Bon Temps. I’m going to miss not being able to see you so much.”

“You don’t have to go back to Bon Temps. You can stay in Shreveport. We already talked about you working more at Fangtasia.”

“I know we talked about me working there more but where would I stay in Shreveport? My Gran’s house has been in my family for generations I can’t sell it.”

“You would stay with me where you have been staying and no one said you had to sell your house. If you don’t want it to be vacant maybe you can rent it out to someone.”

“Maybe I could rent it if I stayed here but don’t you want your house back to yourself? I’m sure you would like to go back to the peace and quiet that you had before I came along.”

“Sookie, we are going to be bonded tomorrow night. That’s a big commitment. Have I given you any reason to think that I would want you to leave?”

“No, you haven’t but I’m sure when you first asked me to come stay with you, you didn’t think I was never going to leave.”

“True at the time no I wasn’t thinking that but I like having you around. For once my house actually feels like a home and not just a resting place. I enjoy being home and watching TV with you and all the other things we do and I would miss you too. Just think about it. I know you have had a lot to deal with lately but really think about it. Just know that I want you here in Shreveport with me.”

“Are you sure you won’t get tired of me? I mean you will be seeing me at home and at work all the time.”

“I’m quite sure. I like you at work, in my house and in my bed,” he waggles his eyebrows at me during the last part.

“I’ll think about it. So much has changed in such a short period of time. Up until I met Bill my life only involved Gran and work.”

“Is your life so bad now?”

“It’s not bad at all. I mean I would like it if Bill wasn’t stalking me, the Queen wasn’t after me and Sam wasn’t such an asshole last night but I’m happy I have you and I’m using my telepathy for something good.”

“You could do more with it if you wanted to. I’m sure there would be lots of vampires that would hire you to read their employees, day people and pets for them.”

“Maybe someday I will do more with it but for now I’m happy to use it at Fangtasia. It’s getting easier to control it the more I use it.”

“If you ever want to do more with it let me know and we’ll figure out how to make that happen.”

“Thank you!” He nods and I smile at him.

Once we got to Fangtasia we headed straight to Eric’s office. There were tons of papers for me to go through and file. It took me a good couple of hours to sort through what was bar business and what was sheriff business. Once I did that I made each employee and resident their own file. Eric had left to go out to sit on his throne while I finished.

I got done filing everything away and went to head out to the bar. I ordered a gin and tonic and went to sit at Eric’s booth. When I got close to his throne Eric extended his hand out to me. I took it and he guided me to sit in the chair next to him.

“Are you done with the filling?”

“All done.”

“Really? You finished all of it?”

“I did. It really wasn’t that bad. Your office is now nice, clean, and organized.”

“Thank you. It will definitely make my job easier. Pam will be beyond happy once she finds out that you are taking care of the scheduling and she doesn’t have to deal with the employees.”

“I’m glad to help. She really isn’t much a people person.”

“I’m going to go into my office for a few minutes to make some calls about tomorrow night and once I’m done then we can leave.”

“You really don’t have to do anything to make tomorrow night special.”

“I know I don’t have to but I want to. Tomorrow night will be special because it will be the first and only time we bond to anyone.”

“You can’t say that. It will be the only time for me but you can’t say that about yourself. You will have a long life ahead of you once I am gone.”

Eric stands up, takes my hand, walks us back to his office, and sits us on the couch.

“First of all I don’t want to talk about you dying. We have already talked about if you take my blood you can live a lot longer than normal plus with your other heritage it could be even longer. Second, I have lived over a thousand years and have not bonded myself to anyone. You are the only one that I will ever bond myself to.”

“Are you sure there won’t be some other girl the Queen wants that you are not going to take pity on and then bond yourself to her?”

“If you haven’t noticed I don’t like many humans. If the Queen tries and procure someone else I’m not going to get in her way. I may not like the way she goes about doing things but as long as it doesn’t involve you then I will leave her be.  So no pity bonding. Not for you or anyone else. I am doing this because I care about you. There has never been another human that I’ve cared about besides my family,” he says while cupping my cheek with his palm.  We sit on the couch for a few minutes just looking at each other.

Eventually our night needed to proceed, “Why don’t you go back out to the bar and I will come and get you in just a little while after I make my phone calls?”

“I’ll go read the customers till we are ready to go,” I say as I stand up and walk to the door.

“Sookie,” he calls my name just as I start to head out the door. “The office looks good. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen my actual desk. Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” I walk back out to the bar and sit on a stool. I was just sitting there watching everyone and listening in. Almost in my own downtime. It was the same things they always think about: sex, sex, sex with a vampire, being bit, and sex. It seems like tonight I have no one to report on.

A few minutes later an average looking man with brown hair and eyes with khaki pants and a polo shirt came and sat down on the stool next to mine. When I say regular, I mean not a fangbanger. If they only knew that vampires don’t really like the way they dress, making them look all Goth like in their total black ensembles.

“Can I buy you a drink?” The man sitting next to me asks.

“No thank you.”

“Oh, come on. Your just sitting here the least you can do is let me buy you a drink.” The least I can do. Yeah right.

“I appreciate the offer but I’m getting ready to leave in a few minutes.”

“Can I talk you into staying a little while longer, the night’s still early? How about we get a drink and go sit in a booth and get to know each other a little better?”

“I’m waiting for my boyfriend to come and get me and then I’m leaving. I’m sure you can find someone else here to spend your night with.”

“I don’t see any other ladies here that I find as interesting as you. I think you’re just making up your boyfriend so I’ll leave you alone.”

“I’m not making him up and it would probably be smart if you’d leave me alone.”

“Why would it be smart? What’s he going to do to me? I can take care of myself.”

Just as he was saying that Eric walked up behind him.

“I think it would be smart to leave her alone so I don’t drain you dry blood bag,” Eric says with his fangs showing.

Now the poor guy looks like he is going to shit his pants. If he would have only left me alone.

“Hi honey!” I say to Eric and he lifts his eyebrow up at that. “I was just telling this guy here that I was waiting for my boyfriend and that we would be leaving soon but he didn’t believe that I have a boyfriend.”

“I am most certainly not a figment of your imagination. I wouldn’t exactly call me your boyfriend but …”

“I’m sorry I didn’t know she was yours. She doesn’t look like a fangbanger so I didn’t know. I’ll just go.” He gets up to try and get away but Eric just looms over him. His fangs look longer than I have ever seen before and he is pissed.  I can almost feel his rage rolling off him.

“She is MINE but she is no fangbanger. You got that? If I ever see you in my bar again it will be your last night alive.”

The man runs out of the bar running into a few people on his way out. I look up at Eric and see he is still seething. I put my hand on his arm and he slowly relaxes.

“Come on let’s go home. It’s not a big deal,” I say to him as I lead him out the back and to the car.

“What do you mean it’s not a big deal?” He finally says after he gets in and starts the car.

“It’s just not a big deal being called a fangbanger or someone thinking I’m one, it’s not the worst I’ve been called. I’m used to it.”

“You shouldn’t be used to it. No one should be thinking bad things about you. I’m happy you are out of that small town you grew up in. I don’t know how you stayed there as long as you did,” he says with a growl.

“I’ve lived with it all my life hearing all the horrible things people think about me and I never said I was leaving Bon Temps!”

“First of all you are one of the nicest, purest humans that I’ve ever known. I don’t know how anyone can think anything bad about you. Second, why would you want to stay in a town full of all t hose judgmental people you think bad things about you?”

“Not everyone thinks badly about me,” I say quietly.

“None of them should. You have never done anything wrong to them. I want to in Shreveport. I really think you will be happy here.”

“I told you I would think about it. It is nice to be somewhere were people don’t call me Crazy Sookie and to be accepted.”

“I don’t want to fight about this with you. I will support whatever decision you make but I want you to know you are very much wanted here and I want you with me,” He says as we pull into his garage.

“Thank you. I do like it here. It’s just a lot of changes in a short period. If I move here I need to find someone to rent my house. I don’t want it just sitting there. It needs to be lived in.”

“Can you think of anyone who you would want to rent it to?” He asks.

“Maybe Hoyt and Jessica. I know they are getting pretty serious.” He raises his eyebrow at that.

“What?” I ask.

“You think Hoyt and Jessica should live together because they are getting serious,” I nod. “When we finish the bond tomorrow night don’t you think our relationship will be a lot more serious than theirs?”

“Yeah, I guess so.”

“I think ours is already a lot more serious and stronger than theirs so I don’t see the problem with us living together.” I laugh at that. “What’s so funny?”

“I just never thought I would be fighting you, about living with you. I definitely would have thought it would be you who would want to live alone.”

“I did like living alone before you came to stay here. If it was anyone else I wouldn’t want them staying here but if it was anyone else they wouldn’t have gotten the invitation to even come to one of my houses. If you don’t want to live here we will make it work somehow but do know I would miss you. Don’t tell Pam I said that either!”

I laugh at him, “I won’t tell her. I promise.”

We were lying in bed after our second exchange with Eric’s head laying on my chest while I ran my fingers through his hair. I don’t know what he was thinking about but I was trying to work everything out in my head.

I knew it made sense for me to live here but I guess I thought I would always be in Bon Temps living alone. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I would never get to have a normal life like everyone else. Then I met Bill and I thought I was lucky to meet him and not be able to hear what he was thinking. Well not so lucky for me once I found out he was only sent to procure for the Queen. After we broke up I really thought I would grow old and alone living in Gran’s house. I guess I had set my mind to that line of thinking.

Now here I am lying in bed with a 1000 year old vampire who I used to hate until I got to see the real him. Yes, I know he is still ruthless and a killer and a whole lot of other bad things but when he is with me he’s nothing but sweet and caring.

I look down at him lying there on top of me listening to my heartbeat and he almost looks like he does when he is sleeping. He’s lying there with his eyes closed rubbing his hand up and down my arm while looking so relaxed and peaceful. I realize right then and there that I love him; I smile while still running my fingers through his hair.

So here I am. I just realized that I love Eric Northman. I love him! So why would I want to go back and live in Bon Temps where most people are not nice to me when I can be here where I’m excepted for who I am with someone who cares for me. I realize that when I’m with Eric I don’t have to hide who I am I’m just me and he accepts me for me. All of me.

I decided that one day soon I’m going to go to Bon Temps and get my clothes and everything else I need. I’m going to call Hoyt and ask him if he wants to rent the house from me. I shouldn’t put my life on hold in Bon Temps when I can be here living a much better life. I smile again.

Eric angles his head up to look at me better, “What’s going on in that pretty head of yours? You seemed to be contemplating for quite a while and now you’re very happy.”

“I am very happy. Just thinking about life, everything and making decisions, that kind of thing. I can’t wait to be able to tell what you’re feeling. It’s not quite fair that you get to feel everything I feel.”

“After tomorrow night you will be able to and you may have to tell me to close the bond down some until you get used to it. It may be too overwhelming.”

“I will let you know if it becomes too much. Will I be able to close it down?”

“I am not sure how it will work for you. I don’t think any vampire has ever been bonded to a fairy. I think you will be able to distinguish my feelings from yours because of your telepathy and I don’t think it will be a problem for you but let me know if it is too much and I will close it down. If you can close it down I do not want you to. What would happen if you were in danger and I couldn’t feel you? Plus I have grown accustomed to feeling you since Dallas and it will only become stronger after tomorrow night. It would bother me greatly if I could no longer feel you.”

“Well we don’t know if I will be able to or not but I won’t try to close it down. Do I get any hints for tomorrow night?” I ask him.

“No hints,” He smirks at me, gets off, and lays down beside me. “You should get some sleep. Tomorrow night is going to be a long night and I want you well rested,” he says.

I roll onto my side and Eric pulls me against him and holds me close to him.

“Good night, Eric,” I say to him. I can’t wait to tell him my decision to move in with him but I will wait until after tomorrow night. I’ll telling him I love him though. I don’t know when I will say that to him but I will, although that might be the one thing that scares him off.  However, he did say he would try to love me and mentioned that I should count on us being happy together and loving each other.

I turn around in his arms and kiss him. It’s a nice, slow, and gentle kiss. Then I lay my head on his chest as I wrap my arm around his side.

“Good night, Sookie. Sleep well,” Eric says. I feel him lay his cheek on top of my head and feel his chest expand as he breathes me in.

I was just about asleep when I heard Eric whisper into the top of my head. “Jag älskar dig, min Sookie. Alltid. (I love you, my Sookie.  Always)” I was too tired to say anything but whatever it was that he said it made me feel happy, special, and filled my body with warmth.

When I woke up the next day, it was already late afternoon. I decided I should start my coffee, eat breakfast, and then I would take a nice long bath.

Eric wanted tonight to be special so I figured I would scrub, shave, and lotion up my body so it would be silky smooth. Once I was done prepping my body it was only a few minutes until sunset so I slipped back into bed with Eric snuggling up to his side and draping his arm over me.

The moment Eric rose for the night he immediately tightened his hold on me. “Good evening, Lover,” he said before placing a kiss on the top of my head.

“Good evening, Eric. Did you sleep well?” I asked.

“Sleep is always the same for vampires since we die for the day. How has your day been?”

“I haven’t had much of a day. I got up late, had breakfast and then took a really long bath. Then it was time for you to get up so I came back in here to snuggle with you.”

“Hmmm. I really do like waking up with you here feeling your warmth. I have never had anyone stay with me while I died for the day but I think I am becoming quite addicted to having you in my bed.”

“Good. I think you’ll be waking up with me in your bed a lot more.”

“Really?” I smile and nod at him. “Did you decide this today?”

“Last night,” he raised an eyebrow at that. “I did lots of thinking last night and realized a few things.”

“I would love to hear more about what you realized last night but we really need to get ready for our night. If you go into the closet, you will find a garment bag on the left side of the closet where you’ll find a dress for tonight. There are shoes for you in their box on the floor.”

“How did you get a dress here already?” I asked him.

“It was part of my preparations from last night. I had Pam go and pick up your outfit and put it in the closet. Now go get dressed while I take a shower,” he said and smacked me on the butt.

I walked into the closet and opened up the garment bag to find a gorgeous dress that had black lace overlay over a nude silky slip and black lace peep toe Louboutins.

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Of course Eric had spent way too much money on my outfit. I wanted to tell him that he shouldn’t spend that much money on me but I knew it would only cause a fight and I didn’t want to fight with him. Not tonight.

I went into the bathroom to put on my makeup and do my hair. I put my makeup on a little heavier than normal and gave myself smoky eyes. Then put my hair into an updo with a braid that I had seen in a magazine that I really liked. I thought it would look nice for tonight.

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I walked back into the closet to put my dress and shoes on. I looked at myself in the mirror and almost didn’t recognize myself. When I stepped out of the closet Eric was just coming into the room. When he saw me he stopped dead in his tracks.

“You look absolutely stunning. I am a very lucky man.” I felt myself blush and it probably went all the way down to my toes. “Are you ready to go?”

“Yes and thank you so much for my lovely dress and shoes. They’re beautiful.”

“They are nothing compared to you,” he said and kissed my cheek. “We really should go so we are not late for our reservation.”

Eric held out his elbow for me to take and we walked downstairs and to the car. It was a little tricky getting into the car with this dress on and I hoped Eric would continue to be a gentleman helping me get in and out of the car so I wouldn’t flash anyone. Of course, I didn’t have anything to worry about, he was a perfect gentleman all night long helping me get in and out of the car, holding doors open for me and pulling out my chair.

I was quite impressed with his manners. I couldn’t believe the trouble he went to, to try and make our night special. When I think back to the Eric before Dallas I really didn’t know him at all. I also know that I’m the only one who gets to see this side of him. I’m very lucky that I get to do so he’s one amazing man.

He took me to a beautiful restaurant where he had reserved the whole place just for us. I had the ahi tuna with asparagus and a wild mushroom risotto. It was absolutely delicious. Eric drank some Royalty and for dessert, I had an amazing chocolate mousse. Everything was so yummy.

The restaurant also had a dance floor. We danced some fast and a couple of slow dances to a live band that was set up just for us. I love to dance but my feet are not used to dancing in high heels like the ones I had on tonight. My feet were starting to hurt so we decided that it was time to leave.

When we got back to the house Eric asked me to stay in the car for a few minutes while he went inside to do a few things. I had no idea what he could possibly be doing but that was okay. I was excited for his surprise so for this was the best date I had ever been on. It was nice talking to Eric about everyday normal stuff and being able to relax. Since he had reserved the whole place for us there was no one there except the staff so I didn’t have to shield everyone’s thoughts.

Eric came back out to the garage to get me about five minutes later. He led me by the hand through the house and there were a few candles lighting our way leading to the bedroom. When he opened the door to the bedroom, I was astonished. There were probably a hundred candles lit all over the room in different sizes. I could see candle lit coming from the bathroom also with soft classical music was playing in the background.

Slowly we walked over to the bed while I took everything in. It brought tears to my eyes seeing just how special he had made tonight. It was so romantic and my vampire had done all of this for me. I felt so special and it was the first time in my life someone besides Gran had made me feel that way.

Eric sat on the bed and I walked to stand in between his legs. He wiped a tear that was falling down my cheek with his thumb.

“I thought this was romantic although this is not something I have ever done before. Do you not like it?” He asks with a look of concern on his face.

“I love it! These are happy tears,” I smile and look up at him. “I was just thinking you are the first person to ever make me feel special besides Gran and how special you have made this night. “

“You are very special to me Sookie. I don’t want you to ever forget that.”

I reach up, put my hands on both sides of his face, and kissed him. I was trying to put all the emotions that I was feeling into that kiss, even though he can feel them, I still wanted to show him. When I pulled away to catch my breath I looked into Eric’s eyes. I could get lost in those eyes. They are so beautiful it’s like looking into an ocean of blue and so expressive.

I smile at him and run my thumb over his lips while I keep my other hand on his cheek. I gave him one soft, lingering kiss and I looked back into his eyes. “I love you, Eric. Thank you for tonight, for everything.”

Eric smiles the biggest most devastatingly, beautiful smile I have ever seen. “Do you really mean that?” He asks me. I smile brightly at him and nod.

“Jag älskar dig också, älskare. (I love you too, Lover)” He pulls me onto the bed with him, flipping us so that he is on top of me. Eric kisses my eyes, nose and then my lips. He trails his kisses down my neck to my chest until he gets to my dress and then growls. I know he is about to rip of my dress so push on his shoulders to get him to stop.

He looks up at me with a sad look on his face. “Please don’t rip this dress off of me Eric. Tonight has been so special I want to keep it and not have it torn to shreds. Please!” I beg.

“Very well but please hurry, Lover.” I jump off the bed and run to the bathroom to take care of my human needs while I’m at it and take off my dress. I was going to leave my lingerie on but I decided I would take that off as well so I could wear another time.

I walked back into the bedroom totally naked to find Eric the same way. I don’t know if I will ever get used to seeing him like this. He is utter perfection and I don’t know what he is doing with me but I know I am one lucky lady.

I slowly walk back to the bed with a little more swing to my hips and Eric growls. By the time I get to the bed Eric has me on my back and his head is in between my tights. Is there anything on him that is not talented I wonder once he’s finished giving me my first orgasm of the night.

Eric slowly kisses his way up my body and when he gets to my lips, I can taste myself on him and it turns me in even more. He kisses me passionately while snaking his hand in between us to place himself at my entrance. I thrust my hips forward to impale myself onto him.

We both moan once he is in all the way and he stills, letting my body stretch to accommodate him. I run my hands down his sides to his award winning ass and pull him against me. We start to slowly move together. This was him making love to me, showing me just how much he cares about me, while he touched my body reverently, and looking into my eyes the whole time.

Right when I felt the coiling of my orgasm start, Eric reaches over to the nightstand pulling out a knife that is gold with jewels on the handle with carvings on it. He slowly kept thrusting into me while saying, “Right before I bite you I’m going to place a cut on my neck, you will drink from it. If you want to back out, now is the time to do it. After this we will be one forever. Do you understand?”

“I understand. I don’t want to stop. I want this,” I say as my orgasm takes over me. I yell out and once I start coming down Eric’s thrusts quicken. He raises his head up and slices a small cut into his neck. I raise my head up and close my mouth around the wound on his neck and I feel him bite down where my shoulder and neck meet. Another orgasm rips through me and I feel like I’m floating on clouds. It’s euphoric.

I lay there with probably one of the biggest smiles on my face that I’ve ever had. I turn my head to look at Eric, he has a smile on his face too. I must have drifted off to sleep for a little while because when I woke, Eric was laying on his side with his head propped up by his hand looking down at me.

“I’m sorry I fell asleep. I didn’t mean to I guess I was just too relaxed.”

“No need to be sorry. We just shared something very intense and you needed some rest.”

“Yes, we did. Did you know it was going to be like that?” I asked.

“No. I was expecting it to be just like the other blood exchanges but this one was different, almost as if I had a slight buzz. How did you feel?”

“I felt amazing. I still do,” I giggle. “It was absolutely euphoric. I’ve never felt anything like it.”

“I haven’t either but I wouldn’t mind trying to recreate it a few more times tonight,” He said while wiggling his eyebrows at me and boy, did we try to recreate it. After a couple of rounds of the most incredible sex, I’ve ever had. I was feeling what Eric was feeling, feeling the pleasure I was giving him. I don’t know how to describe it. Eric got up from the bed and went into the bathroom. I could hear him turn on some water. He came back into the bedroom to retrieve me a few minutes later. I followed him in and saw he was filling up the bathtub. It had rose petals in the water and the bathroom was lit by more candle lite.

Eric stepped into the tub and then helped me in. I sat between his legs relaxing against his chest with my head on his shoulder. Eric’s hands rested on my stomach and we just sat there quietly, peaceful, nothing sexual just being content with each other.

“I didn’t expect the bond to feel this way. I don’t know what I was expecting but I like feeling you,” I smile at him over my shoulder.

“I can feel you a lot stronger than I could before. You will never be alone now Sookie. I will always be with you whether you like or not.”

“That doesn’t sound good.”

“If you are close to me when I am in bloodlust you will not enjoy it. When my darker side comes out, that is when you will not like it but I will try and tamper those feelings down for you so you do not get overwhelmed by them.”

“Are you planning on this happening a lot?”

“No but I am a vampire. I have told you, you get to see the good side of me but now you will also feel the bad when I have to deal with my other duties. Let’s not worry about that tonight though.”

“No let’s not. I want to thank you again for such a great night. You did a good job at making it very special to me.”

“I’m glad you enjoyed it. Let’s get you cleaned up before dawn comes.”

Eric started washing my body and apparently, there were a few choice places that needed to be extra clean. He washed my hair and gave my scalp a nice massage while he washed it. I could definitely get used to this. Once he was done I turned around to wash him then his hair. He seemed to enjoy it about as much as I did.

“Hmmm. No one has ever done this to me before.”

“No one has ever washed your hair or bathed you?” I asked.

“No. I have never allowed anyone to be close to me the way I have with you,” he says with his eyes still closed.  “I was probably a very young boy the last time anyone washed me like this. It was just a servant and not someone who cared for me.”

I leaned in and kissed him, my breast pressing against his chest. “I like caring for you so get used to I,” I say and kiss him again.

Eric helped me out of the bathtub and dried me off. He dried himself of at vamp speed and we got into bed. I laid my head on his chest and my leg over his. His body was still warm from the bath, which was definitely different from what I’m used to. I was so comfy laying in his arms that I knew I would be asleep in no time. I snuggled in a little closer and Eric tightened his arms around me. He placed a kiss on the top of my head and said, “Jag älskar dig, kära en. God natt. Sov gott. (I love you, dear one.  Good night. Sleep well.)”

All translations are from Google Translate.

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