I woke up to extreme darkness and what felt like a lead weight laying across my stomach. Slowly last night starts filtering back to me. Bill was sent to procure me, the Queen of Louisiana wants me, and I might be a fairy.
Everything I had with Bill was all a lie. I know that I am not with him but it still hurts to know that he was my first love, the person I gave my virginity to, and it meant absolutely nothing to him.
At least I know Eric wasn’t in on it. If he was, I don’t think I would be able to take it. Thinking back to last night and the conversation we had during dinner puts a little smile on my face. The fact that he actually wants a relationship with me and I think he has feeling for me. I can’t believe that I am going to try to be in a relationship with him.
He was so sweet with me last night, comforting me, and taking me to one of his houses. He said that he trusts me and I know how important it is for vampires to keep their resting place a secret. He put me into the security system here and I’m in awe that he trusts me so much.
Thinking about all this seems like it was hours but it was just a couple of minutes. I need to get up and take care of my human needs. Once that is all taken care of, I walk out of the bathroom and leave the light on so I can see inside the bedroom.
I find the keypad, scanner; input my code, thumbprint, and head out of the bedroom so I can eat some of the food I brought. I just eat a banana and have a bottle of water. I feel sick to my stomach thinking about the Queen and that I might being a fairy.
I decide that I will talk to Eric when he gets up. I wonder what he knows about fairies and what I need to do about the Queen.
I decide to go back and lay down with Eric for a while. Once I lay down, I take a few minutes to study his face. There’s no way I would do this while he was awake. He is so beautiful and when he sleeps, he looks so peaceful. Finally I push on him to get him to lay on his back and once he’s on his back I curl up against him and lay my head on his chest. Just laying here calms me and before I know it, I fall asleep.
I wake up with two big arms circling me and Eric’s face in my hair.
“Good morning,” I say to him.
“Hmmm, good morning Sookie. I could get used to waking up with your warm body next to me when I rise.”
“You could, could you?” I snuggle into his chest a little more.
“Sookie, we need to get ready and go to Fangtasia so you can sign a contract. I also know that you probably have many questions for me. Let’s get the contract signed and sent to the Queen and then I will answer your questions.”
I get dressed and have a quick bite to eat and get all my stuff together to leave.
“You’re going to need to put your coat on again so you don’t get to cold,” Eric says to me. “I will drive you home from Fangtasia once we are done there. “
He holds out his arms for me and when I step into his embrace, we take off into the air. I lay my head down on Eric’s shoulder and just look at the sky. It is so beautiful. Not very many people get this view and I can’t believe how lucky I am.
I can tell we are almost to Shreveport when I see all the lights of the city. Just a few more minutes and we are touching down in Fangtasia’s parking lot.
Once we are inside, I’ve settled on the couch, and Eric’s going through paperwork. Pam walks in.
“Sookie how lovely to see you again. Why is my master in such a bad mood tonight? Are you still denying him?”
“It’s good to see you too Pam.” I’m not going to answer her questions. I don’t know what Eric wants her to know and I really don’t want her embarrassing me with her sexual innuendoes. Not tonight.
“Pam we’re just here to fill out some paperwork that must be sent to the Queen and then I will be taking Sookie home. I need you to take care of the bar tonight.”
“Of course. Whatever you need me to do.”
“Thank you Pam. That will be all for now. I will fill you in on what’s going on later.”
“Very well master. I will go back out to the bar now. It was good seeing you Sookie. I hope to see you again soon.”
“You too Pam.”
“Sookie look over this contract and let me know if you have any questions. We want this sent to the Queen as soon as possible.”
I look over the contract he has printed out for me. It states that I will be paid $500 a night that I work for him. If I have to go out-of-town on a job, I will get paid $1500 a night plus wardrobe expenses. All travel will be paid for including food and Eric is to be with me on any out-of-town work. I may also have someone I trust with me for any jobs that are local.
“Eric, this is way too much money to pay me but everything else looks fine.”
“I don’t think you understand how valuable your services are. I know that you see your gift as a hindrance to know what people are thinking but for our kind, it is very important to have the people who work for us to have no hidden agenda. I would gladly pay you more but figured you would not accept any more than what I have included.”
“I understand that you want people who are loyal to you but you know that if we are together I will do that for free for you.”
“I don’t want you to do those things for me for free. What I would really like is for you to work here multiple times and week. You could help find drainers, drug dealers, underage customers and much more. If I have new people I need to hire I would like for you to interview them.”
“I already have a job. I don’t know that I could sit and listen to all the things people think here. If you need me to read people that you are going to hiring then I will be happy to do that,” I say as I sign the contract.
“Just think about it Sookie. We would get to see each other more and I would really like that.”
“I’ll think about it. I will and we’ll figure something out where will be able to see each other.”
“Let me fax this to the Queen and then I will take you home. On the way you can ask me any questions that you have for me.”
After Eric faxes the contract to the Queen, he puts the original in his safe and we leave for him to take me home.
After we had been on the road for a few minutes, I turn my body towards Eric and he glances over at me with a small smile.
“Do you really think the contract is going to be enough for the Queen to leave me alone?”
“Truthfully.” I nod. “It should be enough but Sophie Anne is a real bitch and I think she will still try to get you down to New Orleans. That’s why I wanted to get the contract faxed to her as soon as possible and set things in motion.”
“What I’m I going to do if you don’t think she will leave me alone?” I say as tears start to well up in my eyes.
“There are a couple of things we can do. I think we should wait and see how she proceeds the contract. I will keep planning. I don’t want you to worry. I’m not going to let her take you away.”
“Could you get in trouble for trying to help me? I don’t want you to get into trouble.”
“The only way I will get into trouble is by defying a direct order from her. We will talk more about what we can do later. I don’t think you are going to like your options so that is why I want to wait and I’d rather not talk about them in the confines of the car. You don’t need to worry about me Sookie. I am much older and stronger than Sophie Anne is. I’ll be fine.”
“What do you know about Fairies?”
“I don’t know much. They are a very secretive race. Vampires cannot be around fairies without draining them dry. Their smell and blood are irresistible to us. They have many different powers but what I do not know. They live in a different realm than us and are known to be extinct here.”
“Do you think I’m a fairy? Is that were I got the telepathy from?”
“I don’t think your telepathy comes from fairies. I don’t know if you have any fairy in you. You definitely smell better than most humans and I do believe there is something else in you.”
“Have you ever tasted a fairy?”
“I have a very long time ago it was during a war long ago.”
“If you tasted my blood again do you think you would know if there was any fairy in it?”
“Possibly. The only other time I have tasted your blood was when it was poisoned.”
“Will you taste it for me?”
He looks over at me with his eyebrow quirked up. “I never thought the first time I would tasted your blood without it being poisoned would be for such a clinical reason.”
“Oh! I doesn’t have to be for clinical reason. Just let me know if you do taste it. I really hope the Queen is wrong otherwise every vampire that’s out there is going to be after me.”
“Did Bill every mention your blood?”
“He told me I tasted different but he definitely didn’t mention anything about me being a fairy. Do you think he told the Queen I’m a fairy?”
“I certainly hope not. If she thinks you’re a fairy she will never give up trying to get you.”
For the rest of the ride to my house we are both quiet. We pull up to my house and Eric gets out and has my door open before I can even get my seatbelt undone. We head to my front door when I notice Eric stops mid stride.
“What is it? Is it Bill again?” I ask.
“Get back in the car and lock the doors. Stay in there until I come back. Go.”
I get in the car and lock the doors as instructed. I watch Eric run off and I see him circle the house. He is gone for a few minutes and then I’m startled when Eric traps on my window to get back in the car. I quickly unlock the door and Eric’s back inside the car taking off down my driveway.
“What’s going on?”
“I smelled two different Were scents and they went around your house but that’s the only place I smelled them.”
“What does that mean?”
“I think it means that the Queen sent someone to get you while I was in my daytime rest. She thought she could get you and have you in New Orleans by the time I rose.”
“What am I going to do now?” I say and start to get a hysterical edge to my voice.
“Don’t worry. I’m going to take care of you. Do you trust me?” I nod.
“I am going to take you to my house in Shreveport. I will have Pam get you some food and anything else you need. Then we will talk and figure out what we are going to do next.”
“Okay, okay. I trust you to know what is best in this situation.”
“Sookie I promise you that I will not let anything happen to you,” he says while placing a hand on my knee.
“Thank you!” I say as I look out the window and tears silently fall down my face.
“I need you get Sookie some food and anything else she needs. She will be staying with me for a few days. I will explain everything to you once you deliver everything,” Eric says. I guess he’s on the phone with Pam.
We drove in silence after that. Eric placed his hand over mine and I laced our fingers together. He didn’t remove his hand until we were pulling into a gated neighborhood and had to slow down.
After going through the gate, I tried to see what the houses looked like but it was too dark. Finally, we pulled into a very nice looking ranch style home with lights along the driveway and sidewalk. We pull into the garage and there was a black Escalade inside and nothing else. It was the cleanest garage I have ever seen.
After going through the security to get into the house, I walked into a very modern looking kitchen with all new appliances. We kept walking until we got into the living room. It had big comfortable leather couches and chairs, a giant entertainment center with probably the biggest TV I have ever seen, a fireplace with a sword above it and a fur rug below it.
“Please sit down Sookie. I know you are overwhelmed right now but I promise you that you are safe. Pam should be here shortly with food for you. I have bedrooms upstairs if you want to stay up there or there are bedrooms downstairs. The downstairs is completely light tight and no one can get in without being in the security system. I would like for you to stay with me but if you feel uncomfortable you can stay in Pam’s room or upstairs.”
I just sit there for a minute taking it all in. My life used to be so simple and now I’m hiding from the vampire Queen of Louisiana. Never thought I would say that.
“I’ll stay wherever you want me. I don’t want to inconvenience you any. I really appreciate everything you’re doing for me.”
“Sookie I take care of what is mine and you are not an inconvenience. I want you here. If I didn’t want you here, you wouldn’t be here.”
“I know. I’m sorry. You’re right I’m just overwhelmed right now.”
Eric pulls me closer and I snuggle up to his side. He lightly runs his hand up and down my arm until Pam arrives.
“Alright I have everything I can think of that our dear sweet Sookie could need for a couple of days. I can get more later. Now can you explain what is going on?”
“Sit down Pam and I’ll tell you all about it.”
I leave to go into the kitchen and put away the food while Eric tells Pam what’s going on with the Queen. After I put away all the groceries, I put a pizza into the oven. There’s still a bunch of bags on the counter but I decide to deal with all that later and join Eric and Pam.
“So what are you planning to do about the Queen?” Pam asks Eric.
“We have a few options that I want to discuss with Sookie. I have a feeling she isn’t going to like any of them. We are very new in this relationship.”
“Relationship? When did that happen? You don’t do relationships.”
“Pam,” Eric says sternly. “What are your ideas?”
“I don’t know. Obviously, you don’t want to hand her over. Right?” He nods. “Obviously.”
“Do you know if she’s a fairy?”
“No I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ll even be able to tell after having her blood.”
“You haven’t had her blood yet? What the hell have you two been doing?”
Eric just glares at her. “You don’t want to be King so you’re not going to kill Sophie Anne. Although it would be nice to get rid of her.”
“No. I don’t want to be King. I think I need to talk to Sookie alone about her options. Why don’t you go and close Fangtasia and come here first thing tomorrow night. We’ll finish discussing this then.”
“Fine. I’ll finish putting away the stuff in the kitchen and I’ll see you tomorrow night. Sookie you do make things so very interesting.”
“Come over here Sookie and let’s talk. I want to tell you what I think our options are.”
I sit on the other side of the couch from him and turn my body towards him. He slides over a little closer and holds both my hands in one of his.
“I know that we are very new to this relationship but I want you to know that what I’m about to suggest may sound extreme but I will do any of them for you. I wouldn’t suggest them if I didn’t want to do them.”
I nod. They must be bad if he is putting it like this. I don’t think I have ever seen Eric act like this.
“One option is to form a blood bond. On top of that, we can pledge to each other for extra protection. Another option is to leave the country but I don’t know when we would be able to come back. The last option would be for me to kill the Queen and become King.”
“I know you don’t want to be the King so that’s out,” He gives me a small smile. “I don’t want to leave the country and never see my friends and family again. Can you explain what a blood bond and pledging are?”
“A blood bond is when a vampire and a human exchange blood three times. Supes would be able to smell that you are mine. If anyone was to try to take you from me, hurt you or drink from you then it would be an offense and it would be my right to kill them. This is permanent and can never be broken. We would be bound together for the rest of your life. You would be able to feel my emotions just like if feel yours. You would be able to locate me, and we could send emotions back and forth to each other. If you were scared then I could try to send calm your way. The stronger we feel for each other and the more exchanges we have will have will make the bond stronger. There may be more but this is something rare that vampires normally do not form with humans so there isn’t a lot of information.”
“So could you make me feel things that are not real? Would you be able to control me?”
“No, I will not be able to control you or make you feel things that are not real. I cannot make you dislike someone or make you walk into traffic.”
“I thought vampires like their secrecy. I can’t imagine you wanting me to feel your emotions. How many times have you had a blood bond with someone?”
He chuckles at this, “You are right vampires do like their secrecy and I have never had a blood bond with anyone before. Vampires do not give their blood out freely. Before I met you, the last person I gave my blood to was Pam. Right now, the only humans that have my blood are you and Lafayette. I only gave him my blood to heal him after you found him in the basement.”
“Let’s not get into talking about Lafayette and the basement right now. What were you talking about when you said that pledging was extra protection?”
“If we pledge the ceremonial knife to each other it is the same as being married in the Supe community.”
“Married! I think it is a little soon to be getting married and I don’t know why you would want to be bound to me until I die. You do realize that one day I will die. I am going to get old, gray, wrinkly, and saggy. There is no way you could possibly want me when I look like your grandma.”
“I agree it is a little soon to be talking marriage. It doesn’t have to happen right now. It could wait. As for being bound to you until you die. Maybe one day you will decide that you would like to be turned but that is a discussion for another time. If you decide to remain human then yes you will get old and die but a relationship does not have to be sexual like that.”
“I don’t know Eric. This is a lot to take in and I can’t believe that you would be willing to do these things for me. I need time to think about this. It wouldn’t be so difficult if we both loved each other and had been together for a long time. I mean what if we don’t work out. I can’t imagine loving you and being old and having to see you with younger women and feel you with them.”
“I understand you need time, this a very big decision for you to make. Don’t worry about when you are older. You don’t know what you will be like then but I would never parade women in front of you. I told you I would be faithful to you and I meant it.”
“I’m pretty sure when you said you would be in a relationship with me you were not planning on being bound to me for the next 60 or so years. If we don’t work out or I decide to not be a vampire having a blood bond would not be very fair to either of us.”
“Are you already so sure that we will not make it Sookie? Please just think about it. Think about all your options. I will do whatever you want. I think that’s enough serious talk for tonight. You need to eat your pizza and we will watch some TV and try to relax.”