I woke up in my bed with the sun shining on my face. Trying to remember how I got into my bed. The last thing I remembered was leaving Fangtasia with Eric. Oh, God Eric. I pulled the blankets down to check my clothes. I know I’m not in my dress from last night and as I look down, I see I’m in the red Fangtasia shirt from after the Maenad attack. Luckily, I’m still in my bra and underwear.
I can’t believe that highhanded vampire. What gives him the right to think he can undress me? I stomp off to the bathroom to take care of my morning needs. When I walk back into my bedroom, I see a note on my nightstand.
I pick up the note and see my name in the most elegant scroll I have ever seen. Of course, Eric would have perfect handwriting.
I’m sure that as you are reading this you are mad at me for undressing you for bed. I didn’t think you would be comfortable sleeping in your dress. I hope you are feeling well today since you had so much to drink last night. Since it is Sunday I thought I would come by tonight around eight. If you don’t want me to come then leave a message on my phone for when I wake.
I’ll see you tonight.
Of course, I want him to come tonight. We need to talk about what happened last night. I can’t believe we were making out in his office. What I’m having the hardest time wrapping my head around is that he actually stopped anything from really happening.
Could he actually want more from me than just a fuck and a feed? Does he care for me? I can’t just have sex with him and it be a one-night stand. I want to be in a relationship with someone if I’m going to be having sex with him. Do I even want a relationship with Eric? Who wouldn’t want a relationship with Eric?
However, can he be in a relationship? Can he be faithful to me? I cannot be with him if he is going to be having sex and feeding off every fang banger at Fangtasia. We definitely need to talk because I can’t have what happened last night happen again or for it to go further if he cannot give me what I want and need.
I can’t believe I am even having these thoughts. I used to think I hated Eric but ever since Dallas and seeing this new side of him, I don’t know what to think anymore. He’s been so nice to me, been there for me, and tried helping with Bill. Plus, how could I forget those kisses. Last night the way he kissed me was unbelievable and I’ve never been kissed like that before.
I sat there with my fingers touching my lips thinking about those kissed from last night. I didn’t realize how long I had been sitting there thinking until my stomach starting growling. I’ve been sitting here on my bed for the last hour and a half. I fold up the note and put it in my nightstand.
I head downstairs, eat a bagel, and drink some coffee. After my breakfast, I hop in the shower to get ready for work.
Work was horrible and even though I was only working for five hours today, it felt like I was doing a double shift. I had a hard time keeping up my shields and not making any mistakes. I just kept thinking I only have a little while longer to go then I am off for two days.
I was so happy when Arlene came in to take over my shift. I just wanted to get home, take a nice long, hot bath, and relax. I was amazed that I was thinking about relaxing. I wasn’t thinking about Bill bothering me tonight. It must be since Eric is going to come by tonight. I hope that he can handle him tonight.
Once I got home, I put a lasagna in the oven to cook while I took my bath. I had an hour and a half until Eric got here so that should be plenty of time for me to relax and eat.
I filled my bath with jasmine bath oil and sank into the hot water. Every inch that I sank into the water, the more relaxed I got.
The next thing I knew I heard banging on my front door. I realized that I had fallen asleep in the tub. I shot out of the tub and yelled. “Just a minute.” I dried off my body and threw on my robe. I started drying my hair a little bit with my towel as I ran downstairs to open the door.
I threw open the door with my head still down, “Sookie. I’m so glad you are answering for me tonight. Have you changed your mind?”
My head snaps up. Fuck its Bill. I thought it was Eric. I turn around to look at the time and its 7:50. I have ten minutes until Eric gets here. I hope he gets here early.
“Bill, I wasn’t expecting you. I was hoping you had changed your mind and actually started listening to what I’ve been saying to you.”
“Who were you expecting if you were not expecting me?”
Is it that unbelievable that I would have someone coming over?
“She’s expecting me,” Eric’s smooth but authoritative voice says. He walks right up to the door.
“Good evening Sookie,” he lifts up my hand and kisses it. “May I come in?”
I blush. I can’t believe I just blushed. “Yes, please come in.”
“Eric what are you doing here? You need to leave Sookie alone. She is mine.”
I scoff at that statement. “I do believe she is yours no longer and it seems you’ve failed to notice which one of us is able to cross over the threshold.”
“Don’t let him trick you! You know that Eric Northman is a monster. He will only use you and throw you away. I love you!”
“The lady has already spoken Bill. I ‘ve ordered you to leave her alone and I have a call into the Queen about you.”
“You do not tell me what to do Northman,” Bill glares at Eric. “Sookie I will see you later,” Bill says and zips off my porch and into the cemetery.
I look up at Eric. “Hi!”
He looks down at me with a smirk. “Hi!”
I realize then that I am standing there in my robe with my hair still wet.
“I feel asleep in the bath and when I heard him knocking on the door I thought it was you. Let me go up and get dressed really quick. Do you want a True Blood?”
“Can you wait till I’m done getting dressed? My dinner should be done.”
“That’s fine. I’ll wait for you.”
I run into the kitchen to grab the lasagna out of the oven. “Do you really hate garlic?”
“Why?” He asks as he walks into the kitchen.
“Well, I made lasagna and normally I would eat it with garlic bread but if you can’t stand it I can eat a different kind.”
“I don’t mind garlic. It’s never bothered me. So you can eat your garlic bread.”
“Great. I’ll just throw a couple pieces in the oven to toast while I’m getting dressed.”
I run upstairs and throw on a white lacy bra and panty set, some jeans, and a pink long sleeved T-shirt.
Once I get into the kitchen, I grab a True Blood out of the refrigerator and heat it up in the microwave. I get it out, shake it, and then grab a plate and fork out of the cabinets. I got me a piece of lasagna and then the garlic bread out of the oven. I poured myself a tall glass of sweet tea and started taking all the stuff to the kitchen table. Eric comes over, grabs both our drinks, and places them on the table.
“Did you have a good day today?” He asks.
“Not really. Work seemed long and I had trouble keeping my shields up. So I was happy to be home and able to take a bath and relax. I guess I got a little too relaxed,” I chuckle.
“I have put in another call to the Queen so I hope to hear from her soon.”
“I would ask you how your night has been but I guess there hasn’t been much of it yet.”
He chuckle, “So far it has been very good. I got here to see you only in a bath robe.”
“So why did you want to come over tonight?”
“Do I need a reason?” I think I might have just hurt his feelings. “I thought I would help you with your Bill problem tonight since Fangtasia is closed and hang out again.”
We sit in silence while I eat. I’m always amazed that it is never uncomfortable just sitting with him. Finally, I get up the nerve to talk about last night.
“Eric about last night?”
“What about it? Are you regretting it?”
“No. No, I’m not and I thank you for being such a gentleman and making sure nothing else happened between us since I had been drinking.”
“I think that you are the first person who has ever called me a gentleman.”
I laugh. “What you don’t normally stop yourself with girls?”
“No but you are not like them. When I am with all the fang bangers, it is just for a fuck and feed. I don’t care what they think of me.”
“You know I am not just going to have sex with you for just a fuck and feed don’t you?” He nods. “I don’t do one night stands and do you realize that I have only ever been with Bill?”
“I know you’ve only been with Bill and I know you are not the type of woman who does one night stands.”
“I’m glad you realize that. I just don’t see what I want and need being what you want. What do you want from me Eric?”
I take another bite of my lasagna and he takes a sip of his True Blood. He is sitting there looking at his bottle, spinning it around on the table in his hands. He finally looks up.
“I want everything.”
“Everything?” I question him.
“I want what you thought you had with Bill.” I stiffen at that. “Just listen to me for a moment. Remember how you felt about him before Dallas. I want you to look at me like that. I want you to defend me as you did him. I want you to love me. I want you to be mine.”
To say I’m stunned would be an understatement. Does he really want those things or is he just saying this because he thinks it is what I want to hear?
“Do you really mean all that or are you just saying it because you think it is what I want to hear?”
“It is honestly what I want.”
“You do realize that what you’re talking about is a relationship. Being boyfriend and girlfriend. When is the last time you were in a relationship?”
“I have never been in a relationship.”
I laugh on the inside. How could this possibly work? He has no clue about relationships but I guess I don’t either. I’ve only had one and look how that turned out.
“You wouldn’t be able to have sex with anyone else or feed from them. No one else. Do you understand that?”
“Yes. I know you want that.”
“But can you do that?”
“Do you want the truth?” I nod. Of course, I want the truth. “I have not had sex with anyone since I have gotten back from Dallas. I also have not feed from anyone.”
“So you’ve only been drinking True Blood?”
“No. I have been drinking bagged blood.”
“Yes. It is bagged blood that I buy from blood banks.”
“Oh, I didn’t know they do that.”
“They do it’s just not widely known. We don’t sell it at Fangtasia but it is the next best thing to feeding from someone.”
“What does it entail being yours? I don’t like being anyone’s property.”
“I understand you don’t like feeling like you are anyone’s property. I will not treat like a pet or a slave or anything like that. It’s the vampire way to stake claim to our human.” I stiffen up at hearing that. “It is the same for humans when you are with a person and you call them your boyfriend. You are staking a claim on him. I know this is not how all vampires act but this is how I feel. I will treat you how you what to be treated. Saying you are mine is me staking my claim that you are my girlfriend so to speak.”
“What about with other vampires how are you going to act and expect me to act when they are around?”
“Well other vampires will not get to see the side of me that you get to see. Only you and Pam get to see that. I have to be the Sheriff of Area 5. I would expect you to act like the Southern Belle that you are. I would expect that you would not fight with me or question my judgment in front of other vampires. I cannot be made to look weak. All other times we will just be ourselves and you can fight with me whenever you want.”
“Do you expect lots of fighting?” I chuckle.
“I don’t’ know what to expect but I do sometimes enjoy fighting with you,” he chuckles.
“Why do you enjoy fighting with me?”
“You are the only person besides Pam who will stand up to me. You are not afraid of a 1000 year of vampire who could kill you. You fight for what you believe in and I like it that you challenge me and your feisty personality.”
“I can’t believe you really want to be in a relationship with me.”
“Well, believe it! I have wanted you since the moment I first saw you. I know you don’t like being called mine but if you are mine then I am yours.
“So now I have a question for you. Do you want to be in a relationship with me?”
Do I want to be in a relationship with Eric Northman? I would be crazy to deny that he is the sexiest and the most gorgeous man on the planet. He says he can be monogamous but can I give him my heart? If I’m truthful to myself, I think ever since Dallas he has been in my heart a little bit.
“I want you to always tell me truth.”
He nods, “I will always tell you truth. I might not be able to tell you the whole truth but I will always tell you the truth. If I cannot tell you something then I will let you know why I cannot.”
“You told me in Dallas that you do not understand love. Will you be able to love me? I can’t be with you if you are never going to be able to love me,” I say and then look down to stare at my hands.
“Look at me,” Eric says but I shake my head. “Please look at me.” I slowly look at him. “This is all very new for me. I am feeling things that I have never felt before. You must understand it is very confusing to feel all these emotions after a thousand years. Therefore, I need your patience to let me sort out what I’m feeling and be able to express them to you. I am not in the habit of sharing so this will take some getting used to.”
“I understand but do you think you can love me?”
“I think I can love you. How could I not? Now, can you answer my question? Do you want to be with me?”
“I want to be with you,” I say with a smile. “I will be with you if you can be faithful to me and not feed off of anyone else.” I chuckle, “I just never pictured you as the monogamy type.”
“I have not been before but I’ve never been in a relationship before. I have also never wanted to be in one until you. I will promise you that I will be faithful to you and I will not feed on anyone else unless I am injured in battle or I’m dying.”
I nod. I can accept that, “Do you need a lot of blood?”
“I need very little to survive. The older the vampire is the less we need. I would never make you fed me if you didn’t want to.”
“I know. I was just wondering. I had to take iron supplements when I was Bill since he took so much of my blood.”
“I do not require as much as he does. You have nothing to worry about.”
We sit in silence while I finish my dinner and he finishes his True Blood.
“Are you done with your dinner?” I nod. “Good lets go into the living room. It is much more comfortable in there and we can talk some more if you want or watch TV or a movie.”
“Sounds good. Let me clean up my dinner first. Why don’t you see if you can find something on TV or pick a movie? Do you want another True Blood?”
“No, I’m good for now.”
Once I’m done washing my dishes from dinner I head into the living room. In there sits Eric Northman in the middle of my old couch with his arms across the back of it. He definitely looks Viking size sitting on my furniture. It’s almost comical. I sit down next to him and give him a big smile.
“I thought we could continue the zombie movie that you fell asleep during the other night. How does that sound?”
“That sounds good. It was funny and not what I was expecting. The zombies are just kind of gross looking,” I say scrunching up my nose.
He chuckles and hits the play button on the controller. We had been watching the movie for about 45 minutes enjoy ourselves. Eric had his arm around me and I was leaning into his side when his phone rang.
“It’s the Queen. Please stay quiet and I will let you listen.” I nod. “Queen Sophie Ann. How are you this night?”
“Can it Northman. Is the vampire you have been calling me about getting out of your area William Compton?”
“Yes it is your Majesty.”
“He is not going to be leaving your area. He is there on special assignment and according to William you are causing problems.”
“I do not know of any assignment that he is on for you. What assignment are you speaking of?”
“I sent him there to procure me my telepath.”
Her telepath? Bill was sent here for me?
“How was he to procure this telepath for you?”
“He is to seduce her if necessary, get his blood into her, and convince her to come to New Orleans with him by any means necessary.”
Oh my god! It has all been a lie. I cannot believe it. I look up at Eric as tears start to well up in my eyes.
“Is there anything else he was supposed to do?”
“He is to see if she is a fairy.”
“A fairy? We all know that fairies are extinct your Majesty. If you don’t mind me asking where did you get this idea?”
“My favorite pet Hadley told me all about a cousin of hers, Sookie Stackhouse. If her blood tastes like Hadley’s then she very well might have some fairy blood in her. William says that you are intercepting him from communicating with my telepath and I am telling you to leave my telepath alone.”
Hadley did this to me. She couldn’t keep her big mouth shut and now some Queen wants me. Fairy? Fairies exists? How could I possibly be a fairy? Tears start running down my cheeks while I try to make sense of this in my head. Eric comes over and kneels in front of me holding my hands in his and rubbing circles on the top them.
“Well your Majesty I cannot do that. Miss Stackhouse is mine and I have a contract to use her for her telepathy. If you want to use her services then you will have to go through me.”
I hear some screaming and crashing on the other end of the phone. After a few minutes, she calms down.
“Very well Northman. I will let you know when I’m in need her services. Good night.”
“Sookie, I am so sorry! I had no idea. I promise I will protect you from her. That is why I said I had a contract. Do not worry. Nothing will happen to you.” I start sobbing uncontrollably while Eric almost pleads with me that he will let nothing happen to me.
Eric stands, picks me up, and takes me into my bedroom. He sits me down on the edge of the bed, then walks over to my dresser, and starts going through it. He comes back with a light-blue nightgown that goes down to my knees. He takes off my jeans and T-shirt and slips on my nightgown.
He pulls back my covers, lays me down, and puts the covers over me. Then he walks to the other side of the bed and takes off his boots. He slowly slides into bed next to me. He lies on his back pulling me into him and then wraps his arms around me. Making me feel secure.
We lay there for a long time while one of Eric’s hands was stroking my hair and the other was rubbing my back.
“I am here Sookie and I’m not going anywhere. I’m not going to let anything happen to you.”