Once my tears were all dried up, my mind was going a mile a minute. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. First, I thought Bill was just an ass for cheating on me and then he wouldn’t leave me alone. Now I know it’s because he was sent by some vampire Queen to procure me.
What does this Queen want with me? Am I going to be safe now that Eric told her I was his? Is he going to get into trouble?
Why does she think I’m a fairy? How could I possibly be a fairy? Wouldn’t I know if I was a fairy? Does that explain my telepathy? Why vampires think I smell so good?
“Sookie, I’m going to have to leave soon. There is only about an hour till sunrise.” He says while still rubbing my back.
I move back to lay my head on my pillow so I can look at him. He has been so sweet laying here with me trying to comfort me. He turns on his side so we are facing each other and I can see the concern in his eyes. It makes my eyes well up again and a lone tear escapes.
“Please don’t cry anymore.”
I lightly chuckle and he quirks up on of his eyebrows.
“You, Eric Northman, bad ass vampire Sheriff do not like to see women cry?”
“I don’t like seeing you cry. It’s very … disconcerting.”
“I’m sorry but this is just a little too much for me right now,” He nods. “Thank you for staying with me. I wish you didn’t have to leave.”
“I wish I didn’t have to leave you either. Do you have a light tight space?”
I shake my head, “No but right now I really wish I did.” My eyes start welling up again.
Eric looks away for a moment, “Do you want to come home with me? We can go to my nearest safe house.”
“You would let me go home with you?”
He nods, “But I need to tell you I only have one bedroom in this house. There is no food or anything else you might need. I have never had anyone but Pam to my safe houses.”
I nod my head. “How much time can you give me to get ready to leave?”
“Ok. Let me get dressed real quick and then I’ll pack something to eat. I will be quick.”
I ran around the house packing some clothes, bathroom essentials and some food for myself.
“Grab your coat so you don’t get cold.”
“It’s not that cold out there. I think I’ll be ok.”
“Trust me. You will need it.”
I go to grab my coat out of the closet and head out the door with my backpack. As I’m locking my front door I notice, Eric’s car isn’t in the driveway.
“Where’s your car? Are we taking my car?” He shakes his head.
“My car isn’t here and we are definitely not taking your car. If we did that I don’t think we would make it by the time the sun came up.”
“Then how are we getting there?”
“Fly?” He nods. “I forgot that you can fly. Can all vampires fly?” I ask. “No just a few of us can,” He says with a smug look on his face.
“Is there anything you can’t do?” I pause. “Don’t answer that.”
He chuckles, “Come we need to go.” He holds his arms out to me. I walk up to him and he wraps his arms around me.
“You promise that you won’t let me fall?”
“I promise to not let you fall. Don’t be nervous. I got you.”
I wrap my arms around his neck and my legs around his waist; I squeeze my eyes closed, and bury my face in his chest. I feel the wind whipping around us and I know that we are in the air. .
“Sookie. Look at me,” I shake my head. “Trust me. Look at me.” I slowly raise my head and look at him. “Now look up.” He raises his head up and I do the same.
I look up and see what looks to be millions of stars. “It’s beautiful.”
“Yes, it is. When I fly it is one of things that brings me the most peace.”
“I can understand why.” I lay my head on Eric’s shoulder and looked into the beautiful night’s sky. It’s so peaceful that it almost made me forget about everything that I had learned earlier tonight.
After about 20 minutes, I notice that we are starting to descend. I try to look around to see where we are landing but it’s too dark for me to see anything.
I hear gravel and realize we have landed. I slide down Eric’s body but he keeps a hold of me until I’m steady.
“Come. Let’s get inside.”
“Thank you for trusting me.” I smile at him as we walk to the house. It looks like a small log cabin. I don’t see anything other houses around.
When we get to the front door and Eric presses a panel, scans his thumbprint, and then enters in a code.
As we walk inside, I take everything in. It all looks like one big room. There is a huge couch when you first walk in, a fireplace and then there is a kitchen setup to the left and then patio doors.
I follow Eric to the door I’m assuming is the bedroom. When he opens it, there is another thumb scan thing and a keypad. After he scans his thumbprint again and puts in the code, I hear a hiss as the door opens.
“That’s very James Bond,” I say.
He chuckles, “All of my houses have it. It is much easier then carrying a bunch of keys around. I can go to which ever house I want or need this way.”
“How many houses do you have?”
“Many. I will tell you about them some other time. We need to get inside for now. Come. “He holds his hand out for me to grab as we make our way down a staircase.
“I need to scan your thumb print into the system and give you a code so you can go up above if you want.” I nod and follow him, looking at everything.
There was a whole other house down here. It was all pretty much one big room except for a door at the end of the room. There’s big brown comfortable looking couches were in front of an entertainment system with a huge TV. Past that, a door that probably leads to the bedroom. There was a big, ornate desk with a laptop on it.
“Why don’t you put your food away while I start up the computer and get it ready?”
I walked into the kitchen area and put my food into the refrigerator alongside all the True Blood.
“Come over here so I can get you setup. There isn’t much time before sunrise.” I walk over and stand in front of the desk. “Just put your thumb here so it can scan it into the system. Your code is 092808. Can you remember your code?”
“I can remember it. Where did you pick those numbers from?” He turns his head back to the computer to finish setting everything up.
“It is the date we meet.” That is beyond sweet but I don’t want to comment on it. At least not yet. “Let me show you the bedroom.” He says while waggling his eyebrows.
I giggle at him and follow him to the bedroom.
“Try putting in your code and scan your thumb print. We will know for sure then that it will work.”
I scan my thumb and put in my code and the light turns green so I guess it worked.
I walk into the bedroom and see the biggest bed I think I have ever seen in my life. The headboard is a dark wood with carvings in it. The sheets are red with a black comforter. All the furniture in the room is of the same dark wood.
“In here is the bathroom and the other door is the closet.”
I go into the bathroom and I think it’s as big as my bedroom. There’s a huge bathtub and the shower that looks like it is meant for at least five people. I tend to my human needs, brush my teeth, and wash my face. I put on my nightgown from earlier tonight and head back into the bedroom.
When I walk in Eric’s on the phone speaking in some foreign language. Once he sees me, he gets off the phone. I head over to the other side of the bed and get in.
Eric takes off his shirt and boots and starts taking off his pants.
“I know you probably normally sleep with no clothes on but do you think you could sleep with something on?”
He chuckles at me, heads over to a dresser to pulls something out, and heads into the bathroom. When he comes out of the bathroom, he is only in black boxer briefs.
Really, what was the point in me asking him to put on something if he is just going to wear those underwear? I just stare at him drinking him in while he walks over to the bed.
He is a gorgeous vampire with a Nordic God’s body. I scan him from the floor up. Taking in his long muscular legs, once I get to his boxer briefs that do not leave much the imagination, I notice how huge he is. Oh, Lord. I gulp. I move up to the ‘V’ leading down from his rock hard abs. Finally I’m eyeing his biceps and pecs and I think I’m about to drool at his perfection.
I try to imagine what Eric must have been like when he was human. There could not have been many men around back then that looked like him. He must have been considered a God back in his time.
I must have been staring at him for a little too long because once I look up at his face he is smirking at me.
“Do you see something that you like?”
I blush and shake my head as he gets into bed and turns toward me.
“Eric, I want to thank you for being there for me tonight and for inviting me into your home. It really means a lot to me.”
I lean in to give him a light kiss, as I’m getting ready to pull back; he weaves his fingers through my hair and runs his tongue over my bottom lip. I open my mouth to be rewarded with Eric’s cool tongue caressing my own. We continue exploring each other’s mouths for a short time. He sucks on my lower lip then sighs, and pulls back from me with a sad look in his eyes. “I only have a couple more minutes till I’m dead to the world. This is not how I pictured the first time I had you in my bed going. I will see you when I rise.”
He gives me one last sweet kiss. I roll over onto my side exhausted from all the stress of the night. Eric pulls me against his body and wraps his arm around me laying his hand against my stomach.
“Good night Sookie.”
“Good night Eric.” I say as we both fall asleep for the day.