I was slowly coming back to the world with the most annoying noise known to humankind. My alarm clock. It has been over six months since the last time I heard this infernal racket. It takes me a few seconds to remember why it is going off.
“What is that noise?” Eric asks. I giggle. I’m sure he has never been woken up by an alarm. That reminds me of the mess we are in. Eric’s human or mostly human since we still have our bond but only slightly. The Queen wants him dead and to take me to live in New Orleans, so we are leaving today to go to the Bahamas where Eric has bought a house in my name.
After turning off the alarm, I slowly turn towards Eric. “Good morning. That was the alarm so we need to get up and get ready so we can make it to the airport on time.”
Eric sighs, “This is not like me. I do not run from a fight.”
“I know you don’t but right now we both need be safe. I couldn’t bare it if you died trying to protect me. I don’t want you dying for me. Ever,” I kiss him softly on the lips and get out of bed.
“I feel the same way about you, you know, but I would die my true death to protect you,” he says as he gets out of bed following me into the bathroom. I don’t comment. I don’t want to fight and we need to get ready. We are going to the Bahamas so that neither one of us gets hurt nor dies. We are going to be fine I tell myself.
I was standing at the sink getting my toothbrush ready when I noticed Eric just standing there staring at the alcove with the toilet.
“Is something wrong?”
“No, I just think I need to go in there.” Oh.
“Do you need help?” I ask.
“I don’t need help it has just been a very long time since I’ve had to do that and …” he trails off.
“I don’t like this weak human body,” he says without looking at me. I roll my eyes at him.
“Well luckily for you, you won’t have to be in it for very long. Go do what you got to do,” I say to him a little bitterly. I finish getting ready and head upstairs to make us some breakfast. I’m mad at Eric. I understand that he is used to being stronger than everyone else is and vampires think they are better than humans are but is it really so bad.
I decide to make biscuits and gravy since I have the time and it’s been quite a while since I’ve had it. Normally I just make myself a quick breakfast since it’s just me. Eric comes down and sits at the table. He hasn’t tried talking to me yet. I hope that he knows that I just need this time to fume to myself or we will probably get into a big fight and I don’t want to be stuck on a plane with him fighting. I pour us each a glass of milk and we eat our breakfast in silence. Once we are done I quickly clean up the breakfast mess. I don’t know how long we are going to be gone but I don’t want to come home to our breakfast after a few days.
Pam had rented a car for us so we could take it to the airport and it couldn’t be traced back to either one of us. Once we have everything packed in the car we set off for the airport. It doesn’t take us but ten minutes to get there, which is in silence. We check in and sit down by our boarding gate. Our first flight is to Dallas and then to Fort Lauderdale and then a short flight to Freeport, Bahamas. All the flights are relatively short but each having an hour and a half layover. In all it will take seven hours for us to get there. Eric is irritated that we couldn’t get a direct flight since he’s used to just chartering a plane to go where ever he wants but since we are trying to lay low we have to go commercial.
I have always hated takeoffs and landings so this time is no different except I’m more nervous since we are trying to get away so no one kills Eric or me. I’m staring out the window when I feel Eric take my hand. I squeeze it lightly, look over, and give him a small smile.
“Are you okay? You’re really nervous,” Eric said.
“I just hate takeoffs and landings. I’ll be fine once we’re in the air.”
“Is there anything I can do to make it better?”
“You can try to distract me I guess.”
“Do you want to tell me why you were so mad before?”
I sigh loudly, “That you hate being human. Is it really so bad? I mean if you hate humans so much then how can you love me? How can you be with me?”
Eric rubs his hands over his face and then turns to look at me. “It’s not bad for being on vacation but it’s not something I want to stay as. I was human for thirty years; I have been a vampire for over a thousand. I love that you make me feel alive but I never thought I was going to be this alive,” I just raise my eyebrow at him. ”I like that I will get to do things with you that I normally cannot do and that will be really special because it will never happen again and it’s happening with you. I hate that you sacrifice those things to be with me and I don’t like that I am running from this problem. I am a warrior. I always have been. It is not in my nature to run. I want to be strong and be able to protect you. If I am not changed back, we could be on the run for the rest of our lives or at least out of the country. I don’t think either of us want that. I want to show you the world but at our leisure,” I understand it is in his nature to fight and not run.
“It is true that I don’t like most humans but you see the kind that I’m around at Fangtasia or who are with the vampires in my area. You know how they are. I do not mind your friends from Bon Temps that we have dinners with,” he runs one of his hands through his hair. “I don’t know if I am explaining this to you well enough. I love you for you. I don’t care that you’re human. One day I hope that you will want to be turned by me and then I will love you forever as a vampire but I don’t want you to misunderstand why I want you to be a vampire. I want you to be a vampire so that I can spend an eternity with you and the only way to do that is for you to be a vampire. Do you love me just because I’m a vampire?”
“No! Of course not but I don’t despise vampires. You know that initially I was attracted to vampires because it is the only peace I get. I love you for you and if you stay like this, I will still love you. I want you to know that even if I started hearing you I would still stay with you,” I say and give him a small smile. ”As for one day being a vampire, I just don’t know. I’m not saying no and I’m not saying yes. You said that by giving me your blood and with me being part fairy I will live longer so maybe one day but in the near future.”
“Fair enough and I do know that you love me for me. You see beyond the fangs, my still heart, and my cold skin. You see beyond everything and just see me.”
I cup Eric’s face with my hands and give him with a big kiss. Then I wrapped my arms around his neck and hugged him. I sat back, wiped the tears from my eyes, and smiled at him.
“You know you can be really sweet sometimes. I really love you!” I say and kiss him again. Eric grips the back of my head and kisses me deeper and passionately. By the time, we are done kissing the flight is half way over. ”You definitely distracted me from takeoff,” I giggle. ”What are you doing to do all the other times?” I ask him.
“I’ll think of something,” he smirks at me.
The rest of the flights go by quickly. Eric definitely knows how to distract me. By the time, we got off the last flight we are both on edge and couldn’t wait to get to the house.
“We need to stop and get groceries and anything else you can think of. To get to our house we have to take a boat so we will probably want to get enough for a few days.”
“Alright. I made a list last night of the groceries I thought we would need. The only other things I can think that we’ll need is some sunscreen and sunglasses for you. It would be really bad if you got a horrible sunburn and you were miserable and I couldn’t touch you.”
There was a car waiting for us at the airport for us to take. After getting all our groceries, we headed to get Eric some sunscreen. He picked up a pair of sunglasses for himself and a red sarong for me from a street vendor.
After I found the sunscreen in the local pharmacy, I was walking through the isles looking for Eric. You would think with how tall he is it would be easy to find him but they had some really tall shelving. I was scanning the contents of the current isle I was in when I spotted a certain item that I had never thought about before. Condoms.
We have no idea how human Eric is. Almost everything about him seemed human except that we could still feel each other through the bond. It wasn’t as strong as it was normally but if I really concentrated on it, I could tell what Eric’s feeling.
I stood staring at all the different condoms wondering if I should buy some. I grabbed a box of Magnum’s since I was sure the regular size would not fit Eric. I was hoping these would. This should be interesting. I quickly went to the checkout to buy my items. I noticed Eric was standing just inside the doors staring outside. I wondered what he was doing but I knew that we needed to hurry up and that Eric wanted to get off this island before it got dark.
Once we are done shopping we head to the marina. Eric led me with all of our purchases to a speedboat. I should have known. Eric loves to go fast. After putting all of our luggage and purchases on the boat Eric makes sure, I’m comfortable and secure on the boat.
“How long will it take us to get there?” I ask him.
“Only about fifteen minutes. I just got to put the coordinates into the GPS.”
“Have you ever been here?” I ask him.
“No, I just bought it about three months ago. I was hoping to take you there soon though.”
“Where are we going exactly?” I ask when we are underway. The water is so beautiful. I love looking at the different colors of blues and greens.
“It is called Scotland Cay Island,” after that, we are pretty much silent. Every once in a while I would look back at Eric. He always had a huge smile plastered on his face. It’s so weird seeing him out in the sun with his sunglasses on and the sun glinting off his hair. He looks more gorgeous than ever. I’m still amazed that this man has chosen me.
We pull up to a boat dock and unload everything. ”Is no one coming to help us?” I ask.
“We are all alone. No one to help us. You see that white house up there,” I nod seeing a white house not too far off in the distance. ”That’s where we are headed. We don’t have to get everything in one trip. I can make another trip to get the rest.”
“What do you mean we are all alone?”
“There is no one else on this island. I have someone come once a month to clean the house but besides that, no one will be here. I have cancelled the cleaning service for this month so no one will know we are here.”
“Why isn’t there anyone else here? How did you manage to get everyone to leave?”
“No one else lives or stays here. It will just be us.”
I think I stood there with my mouth open for a full five minutes. Did he buy this whole place? When I looked up at Eric, he had a very worried look on his face.
“Did you buy this whole place? The whole island?” I ask him. Afraid of his answer.
“I did,” is all he says. Oh my god.
“How much did this cost Eric?”
“A little over four and a half.”
“Four and a half what?”
“Million,” I shriek. “That’s too much money and you put this place in my name. I didn’t even like it when I thought it was just a house and now it is a whole island. Eric …” I trail off. I don’t know what to say. This is unbelievable. I can’t believe him. I just want to scream.
“Four and a half million is not a lot for a whole island. I thought you would like it. I know you will like it if you just give it a chance.”
“What’s not to like. It’s beautiful but it is so much money. You didn’t have to do this.”
“I know I didn’t have to but I wanted to. I am a very wealthy man. You know this. I wanted some place for us that would be safe, that couldn’t be traced back to me and I know that you love the sun. I just wanted a place for us to be happy and away from everything. A place where no one would be able to find us unless we want them to. Not even Pam knows where this is. This place is just for you and me.”
“It is still too much,” I let out a big sigh.
“You are going to have to get used to having money Sookie. We’re planning to stay together. Hopefully forever and that’s a long time. What’s mine is yours.”
“Don’t say that. I don’t want that. I only want you.”
“I know you do and that’s a very endearing quality that you have. You are the first person who has only wanted me for me and nothing else,” It makes me sad to think of people always trying to use him. ”Why don’t you want that?” He asks as we continue walking up the beach to the house.
“I have nothing to offer you in return. I have an old house and that is all. It just doesn’t balance out.”
“You don’t see yourself clearly or what you mean to me. You give me things no one else ever has or will. You make me happy, feel joy. You love me and make me feel alive. Those are much more valuable than anything money can buy. To me, you and what you give me are priceless.” Seriously, how can this man be so sweet?
“Thank you,” I say. I am overwhelmed that Eric thinks so highly of me. That I give him all those things. I don’t think he understands he does the same to me so anything else he brings to the table is just too much but I don’t want to fight him over it right now. We need to get all of our things to the house before dark. I don’t want to take any chances even though it seems we should be safe and no one should be looking for us here.
As we walk up to the house, I finally get a good look at it. It’s white with lots of floor to ceiling windows on the back of it to look out at the ocean and beach. Its two stories with white loungers, chairs, tables, and a hammock up on the porch that wraps around the whole house. There’s a hot tub in the floor of the deck. There are beautiful red flowers and palm trees in the yard.
Eric has obviously had someone here since there’s a keypad and fingerprint scanner at the door. It definitely is convenient not having to have any keys.
“Sookie, can you unlock the door for us?” Eric asks me.
“I haven’t been put into the system here. Just set all our stuff down and I’ll bring it in once you unlock the door.”
“You don’t need to be put into the system here. You are in THE system. You always have been with your code and fingerprint you can access any of my, now our properties.”
“I’ve really been able to access everything all this time?”
“Yes, so please unlock the door. I don’t have my supernatural strength anymore and this stuff is starting to get heavy.”
“I’m sorry. Of course I’ll unlock it.”
I quickly input my code: 092808 and scan my fingerprint and open the door holding it for Eric to get through with most of our luggage. Eric sat our stuff down and we both looked around. All the furniture was white. The whole house has a theme of white and blue. Very beachy. It was just starting to get dark so we started turning on the lights and trying to find our way downstairs.
Eric had told me that the whole downstairs was light tight and had extra security. We found the downstairs but it was empty of all furniture. To the far left, we found the bedroom and Eric put in his code and fingerprint. Luckily, this room had furniture. There was a big king size four-poster bed in the middle of the room, nightstands and an armoire. The walls were painted a dark gray. The bedding looks like silk and in gray and red. The door to the left was to the bathroom. It was again obvious Eric had someone here to work on the place since the bedroom and bathroom had both been outfitted with luxury. Seriously, vampires seemed to really like big spa like bathrooms or at least Eric does. At home, we do make use of the shower and tub quite frequently.
After looking over the whole house Eric took our luggage to our bedroom and I put the groceries away. I decided that I should probably start dinner and make fried chicken, mashed potatoes and biscuits. I saw a fireplace in the living room so I thought maybe later on tonight we could make s’mores. I was really excited about Eric getting to try foods that he never had a chance to until now. Dinner was almost done before Eric finally made his way back upstairs.
“What took you so long?”
“I put away our stuff and then logged into the security system here to see what all I could see on the monitors. They’re located in the armoire in our bedroom.”
“Do they cover everything you want them to cover?”
“Yes, they cover all over the outside of the house, the boat dock, some of the beach, upstairs, the stairway leading downstairs and the area in front of our bedroom door. I think that should cover it.”
“I hope so. Dinner’s done.”
We sat down to eat and talked about the house. It was all very beautiful but I still thought it was too much.
“This is very good food. So far, everything that you have made for me has been wonderful. It’s nothing like what I ate when I was human.”
“I’m glad you like it. I thought that maybe tonight or tomorrow we could light a fire in the fireplace. I bought stuff to make s’mores. You toast marshmallows and put them on top of a graham crackers and a piece of chocolate then put another graham cracker on top. It’s very good.”
“We’ll definitely have to try that.”
We both fell into a comfortable silence while finishing our dinner. I was at the sink washing our dishes when Eric came to stand next to me at the counter looking down at me. I smiled up at him.
“Sookie I want to ask you something.”
“Okay, go ahead,” it was somewhat funny because it’s normally me wanting to ask questions.
“I found a box called Magnum’s in the bag with the sunscreen you bought. Why did you buy that?”
“Well, I was walking through the isles looking for you when I saw them. It made me think that we don’t know how human you are,” he nods. ”So I bought them for us to use so I don’t get pregnant.”
“You expect us to use them,” I nod.
“Yes, we already had sex once without using any protection and with everything else we have going on I don’t want to worry about getting pregnant. So can we please try to use them?”
“We can try to use them but I have never used them before. We had nothing like that in my time,” Eric looked out the window above the sink. I noticed Eric looked somewhat sad and I thought about it. Maybe he was sad that I didn’t want to have baby with him.
“Eric,” he looked down at me. “I want you to know that if our lives were different, if I wasn’t telepathic and a fairy, if our lives weren’t dangerous, I would love to have a child with you. I wouldn’t want my child to be telepathic and it would not be fair to bring a child into the world that’s so dangerous. I know that you would protect our child but that child would not deserve to be put into the supernatural world and all that goes with it. You understand that don’t you? That I love you so much and it would be wonderful to have something that special between us. Made from each of us but it wouldn’t be fair to our child.”
“I understand where you are coming from and you know I would protect you and our child but you’re right. It wouldn’t be the kind of life a child should have. He or she would always be a target but I know we would both love that child. If circumstances were different, if you had been around when I was human a thousand years ago, I wouldn’t have been chasing women, I would have just chased you until you married me and we would have had many children together. It does make me sad to think I will never see you round with our child,” he gave me a sad smile.
I hugged Eric wrapping my arms around his middle tightly and he wrapped his arms around me. It was a sad moment between us. I stood there crying for a child we would never have because our circumstances were far from what a child should be brought up in and most of the time Eric is a vampire. Eric just squeezed me tighter when my tears finally soaked through his t-shirt. After a few minutes, I pulled myself together, and wiped away my tears away with the back of my hand. I leaned up to kiss Eric on his chin and caressed his face. I gave him my own sad smile.
I went back to washing the dishes. While I was cleaning up the kitchen, Eric went and opened up all the windows. I noticed that when I walked into the living room and I could hear the waves. I loved that all the windows could be opened. I turned off all the lights and found Eric downstairs on the computer. When he caught sight of me, he almost looked embarrassed. I have never seen that look on Eric’s face so I was wondering what he was doing.
“What are you doing down here?”
“Just looking up some information.”
“Oh. On what?”
Eric blushed. He actually blushed. So cute! “Like I said before I have never used a condom before so I just wanted to look up how to use them.”
I closed the laptop and grabbed his hand pulling him out of his chair. “Good. Come with me,” I pulled Eric upstairs into the living room. “Lay down on the couch for me,” Eric raised an eyebrow at me but he did what I asked of him. I crawled over him to put myself between him and the back of the couch, laid my head on his shoulder, and wrapped my arm around his waist.
We were both quiet for a few minutes before I broke the silence. “I love listening to the waves. It’s very peaceful and I love that I get to lay here with you and listen to them. It’s almost too bad that we can’t just live here. I feel like I could do this every night,” I say and then placed a kiss on his chest.
“Listening to the water has always been very calming to me. I’m glad to we get to enjoy it together. We may not get to live here but we can visit often. So are you no longer mad at me for buying this place?”
“Not right now I’m not. How could I be? I’m so relaxed.” I closed my eyes and just listened to the waves crashing and two things I never thought I would hear but would treasure forever for the short time I could hear them. Eric’s breathing and his heartbeat.
We laid there on that couch for what seemed like most of the night. Although the last six months had been pretty quiet, it was nothing like this and I wanted to enjoy it and try to remember everything that I could. I was happy that Eric had sent Pam to buy a camera because I was planning to take lots of pictures of our time here.
Eric had been rubbing my back and every once in a while he would rub my butt and tights.
“Are you getting tired?” I asked him.
“No, not really,” he smirked at me.
“Are you ready to head downstairs then?”
“Most definitely. I just need to close and lock everything and then we can go down.”
I helped Eric close and lock all the windows and doors. We made our way down into the bathroom to take care of our human needs. Which I thought was funny doing these things with Eric. It was so domestic. I had bought Eric a toothbrush while we were at the pharmacy. I’m glad I was walking down those isles it made me realize there were a few more things that we would need like condoms, deodorant, and a toothbrush.
When I walked out into the bedroom the box of condoms were sitting on one of the nightstands. I’m glad Eric was willing to try this. I got into bed and Eric walked out of the bathroom naked and ready to go. He had a big smile on his face. I’m glad he’s taking this so well. I guess this is a first for him so he’s excited.
Once Eric got to the bed, he launched himself at me. I giggled at him until all I could do was moan. I’m so lucky that Eric is a sex god. Once he had finally brought me to completion not once but twice with his talented mouth and fingers, he slide up my body and kissed me until we were both breathless. He rolled off me and grabbed the box of condoms taking one out. He ripped open the foil and looked over at me. I kissed him this time until we were breathless and couldn’t wait any longer. I sat up on my elbows to watch Eric as he put on the condom. I was curious since I had never been with a man who used one.
Eric was rolling it on when it just shot off him and across the room. I giggled and Eric scowled at me. On his next try, it broke while he was putting it on. I grabbed the box and took out a condom. We were already half way through them and we hadn’t used one yet. I had no idea it would be this difficult. I ripped the foil and slowly pulled it down over his massive erection. I wasn’t sure if it was going to fit but I finally got it all the way on and then sighed in relief.
Eric smiled at me as I straddled him. I slowly lowered myself onto him. When Eric was finally buried all the way inside of me, I started to move. All the while looking Eric in the eyes. He had a slight frown on his face.
“What’s wrong?” I asked him as I rocked faster.
“It just doesn’t feel the same. It doesn’t feel right. Keep moving. Let me get used to this.”
I moved faster and I would grind my hips against him once I was all the way down. I had kept up this rhythm for a couple of minutes when Eric’s face smoothed out. I could tell he was enjoying it finally. He was thrusting up and grunting, pulling me down harder and harder.
I was laying on Eric’s chest catching my breath running my fingers through Eric’s chest hair. When Eric spoke.
“I think I’m supposed to throw away the condom. I should do that so it doesn’t make a mess,” I nodded and rolled over to my side.
Eric walked into the bathroom and came out looking confused.
“I don’t know where the condom is. I went to take it off and throw it away and it was gone.”
“What do you mean gone?”
“It wasn’t there. Missing.”
“Well what happened to it? Did you feel it fly off once we we’re done? And how are you ready to go again?”
“At least that part of me hasn’t changed but no I didn’t feel it fly off. I didn’t feel anything. It didn’t feel right at first when we were having sex and then all of a sudden it felt great like it does normally. I thought maybe it just had to warm up or something.”
“Did you read that it had to warm up? Where did it go Eric? Look around to see if you can find it,” Eric turned on the overhead light. It was so bright it blinded us both for a minute before we got used to it.
“I didn’t read anything about warming up,” I watched as Eric walked around looking for our lost condom. ”I don’t see it.”
“Any ideas where it could be?” He just shook his head and sat down on the bed. “Maybe we should look it up on the internet. Go look. Please.”
Eric got up off the bed and left to go to the computer. A few minutes later, he walked back in.
“Did you find anything?”
Eric nodded, “Yes,” he sat down beside me and took my hand. “I need to look inside of you. It may have come off while we were having sex. Probably when it started to feel good.”
“It could be inside of me?” I shriek. “That so gross. I don’t really want you to have to look down there but if you have to then look and get it out,” I cannot believe our luck. If this thing is inside of me then what was the point.
“Sookie, I was just down there earlier I don’t see the difference. You’ve never had a problem …” I cut him off.
“It just is. You weren’t down there doing an inspection,” he chuckles at me. “Just do it.”
After a couple of minutes down there which felt like I was having a doctor’s office visit. Eric finally came up with the evil, offending condom. He took it into the bathroom and threw it away. By the time, Eric came back into the room I was laying on my side curled up with the blankets pulled up to my chin. Eric laid down behind me and pulled me tightly against him but I didn’t relax.
“Are you alright?” Eric asked me.
“No, that was gross and embarrassing,” I said and pouted. Eric pulled me around to look at him.
“You don’t need to be embarrassed. You never need to feel embarrassed around me. Okay? I feel no differently toward you. You have to remember I’m very old and there is almost nothing I haven’t done. After tonight maybe I’ve done it all,” he chuckles.
“Is that supposed to make me feel better? You reminding me that you’ve had sex with thousands of people and done all kinds of things I can’t possibly imagine. It doesn’t it makes me feel good. It makes me feel like I’m not enough. That I won’t be enough for you.”
“Have I ever made you feel that way?” I shook my head. “Whenever we try something new, you never seem to have a problem with it. If there is anything, you want to do or don’t want to do just tell me. I may have tried everything but that doesn’t mean that I liked it all. Some things I tried and I really enjoyed them but others I didn’t. All you have to do is tell me. Don’t ever worry about telling me if you don’t want to do something or if you don’t like it. Okay?” I just nod and hug Eric.
“I’ll look up other ways to prevent pregnancy tomorrow. I definitely think condoms are out of the question. My rebound rate definitely isn’t human. Which is a very good thing for us. Are you feeling better now?” I nod my head again and snuggle deeper into Eric. “Good. Go to sleep my love. “
“Good night, Eric,” I say and he presses a kiss to the top of my head and holds me tight.