I woke up back in our familiar bed but I missed our bed in the Bahamas. I’m going to miss having Eric all to myself.
After going to the bathroom and taking care of my needs and I headed into the kitchen for a light breakfast. After eating so much food this past week with Eric it will be weird to go back to eating by myself. I mean Eric normally sits with me while I eat and he drinks a True Blood but it won’t be the same.
I make myself a couple of pieces of toast and spread some jam on it and then pour myself a glass of orange juice.
I clean up my little mess and straighten up the kitchen. I hadn’t looked at the clock before now but I notice it’s already late. Eric would be up in about half an hour. I decide to write out my grocery list. There wasn’t a lot of food in the refrigerator. I’m going to need to go to the grocery store or have someone go. I’m not sure if Eric will let me go by myself right now. I’m not quite sure what the threat level is. Maybe that’s what Eric wants to talk about tonight.
I’m not really looking forward to the conversation because I know whatever it is, is not going to be good. When Eric mentioned it last night, I could feel that he was a little anxious about it. If it makes him nervous then it can’t be good. Eric’s rarely nervous. Just thinking about it is making me slightly sick to my stomach.
I feel Eric start to wake up so I head back into our bedroom. I quickly got onto the bed and sit beside Eric, wringing my hands in my lap. The first thing Eric did was reach out and place his hand on top of my hands to stop them from moving.
“Why are you nervous, Sookie? This was not the way I was expecting to wake up this evening. Did something happen?”
“Nothing happened. I was just thinking about what you said last night. That we need to talk but I could feel that you were nervous and if you’re nervous then whatever it is cannot be good.”
Eric lightly chuckles, “It’s not bad, at least I hope not. We need to discuss our future.”
Future? This doesn’t sound good at all. I’m more anxious than ever. It sounds like he’s breaking up with me. Isn’t that what someone says to you before they break up with you? Tears start to well up in my eyes and spill over.
“Dear one, don’t get upset. I don’t understand what is happening here,” Eric says while furrowing his brows. I can feel his concern and worry.
“Are you breaking up with me?”
Eric lets out a big laugh but that only made me confused and mad. What the hell.
“I’m not breaking up with you. Far from it. I’ve told you before that I would like to spend the rest of my existence with you. Where you’re getting that I want to end things, I have no idea.”
“I’m sorry. Really I am. It’s just your nervous and you want to talk about the future. I’m pretty sure in a lot of relationships that means breaking up. Please go ahead with what you want to talk about.”
Eric gives me a little smile, “I want to talk about the Queen. After sending the witches to curse me and kill me it’s obvious she’s not going to give up on trying to get you and kill me. She needs to be taken out. You know that if I kill her then I will be made king,” I nod. ”How do you feel about that?”
“I know that you don’t want to be king so it’s more how you feel about it. Will you have to move to New Orleans?”
“No, I wouldn’t have to move to New Orleans. I can rule from anywhere in Louisiana that I want. You are correct that I have never wanted to king but I see that it’s the only way to keep you safe.”
“Eric, I don’t want you to do this for me. Can’t you just kill her and then someone else can take over?”
“I could do that but there’s no one that I trust to rule that would not see you as something that they would want. The only way I see is for me to rule.”
I launch myself at Eric, hugging him tightly, “So then you’ve decided that this is what you’re going to do?”
“Yes if it will not be too much for you. Things will change. I will have to give up Fangtasia and being the sheriff for my kingly duties. At first it will be more work but after a while it should make it so I will have more time if I have the right people working for me.”
“Are you going to give Pam Fangtasia?”
“No, I will make her my second. I’m not quite sure what I will do with it. Possibly find someone to run it. Pam and I need to go through the vampires of Louisiana to see who are trustworthy. We will need to get a group together to kill the Queen then I will place them as sheriffs and other members of my staff.”
“I’m sorry you have to do this,” I whisper into his neck.
“There is nothing to be sorry for. My father always wanted me to be king. It’s about time I accept the position and responsibility. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for you,” I kiss Eric’s neck while still hugging him tightly.
“I have one question for you,” Eric says while pulling me back to sit on the bed. He cups my face with both of his hands while looking me in the eyes.
“You know you can ask me anything. Go ahead,” I say but I feel Eric beginning to get worried.
“When I kill the Queen and become King I would like it if you would be my Queen.”
Shock. Utter and complete shock. I was definitely not expecting that. Is that even possible?
“Eric, I don’t think that is a very good idea. I don’t think vampires would take you very seriously with a human for a queen.”
“Do not worry about them. Just think about it.”
“I will. I’ll think about it.”
“Thank you. When a vampire becomes king or queen they have a ceremony called a coronation. The king or queen is named and then all the vampires that are there swear fealty to him or her. During this ceremony I would like us to be pledged.”
“Are you asking me to marry you the vampire way?”
“I am,” Eric says. I can feel how nervous he is. Does he think I will say no?
“That has to be one of the most unromantic marriage proposals I have ever heard,” I laugh. “Are you afraid that I’m going to say no?”
Eric nods his head, “I want to pledge myself to you and you to me. I want for you to be my queen. I want to do this in front of all the vampires of Louisiana.”
“Saying it will be in front of all those vampires doesn’t exactly make me want to say yes.”
“We would not have to do it in front of everyone if you don’t want to but then all the vampires in Louisiana would know that you are my wife. That no one can take you away from me.”
“Are you only asking me this for my safety?”
“No! That is not how I meant it to come across. I only plan on being married once and I am only asking you because I truly want this. I love you, Sookie. You are the love of my long, dead life. You and our love are something I never knew I would want or have but now that I have you I know that I cannot live without you. Will you please marry me?”
Tears are pouring down my face from Eric’s words. I never thought I was going to get married or have anyone ask me. Who cares that humans would not recognize us as married? We would know and that is all that’s important.
I launch myself at Eric again. This time cupping his face with my hands. I lightly kiss him and I pull back just enough to look Eric in the eyes, “Yes! I’ll marry you!”
Eric quickly pinned me down on the bed and smashed his lips into mine. It was the most passionate kiss I’ve ever had. Eric kissed my entire body up and down. Not leaving a single area untouched.
A couple of hours later we finally got out of bed to get cleaned up. Eric needed to go to Fangtasia for a meeting, he had Pam setup. The vampires he most trusted would be there to plan killing Sophie Anne.
When we arrived at Fangtasia, there were only a few cars in the parking lot. I guess they closed down for the meeting. Eric parked in the back in his usual parking space and we walked in the back door and went immediately out to the floor. Eric sat on his throne and there was already a chair waiting there for me to sit on. I promptly took my seat and placed my hands in my lap.
Pam and Chow were behind the bar heating up True Bloods for all the vampires. I looked around the room to see three other vampires there. I saw Alcide sitting at a table by himself. I had only met Alcide a couple of times. Eric and I had an initial meeting with him when I meet him for the first time. Eric had Alcide had some trackers out for the Weres that had attacked him. We still don’t know where they are from but I know Eric will never give up his search. He wants vengeance for his family.
After waiting another five minutes while everyone sipped their drinks Jessica came in through the front door. She quickly took a seat and Eric got everyone’s attention.
“Thank you all for coming. What is said in this room tonight must not leave here. I asked you all here because you have never given me reason to not trust you. Some of you I have known for hundreds of years. I called this meeting because I plan on killing the Queen and I need your help.”
If the room could get any quieter it most certainly did.
“As you all know, the Queen recently sent some witches to curse me. She did this with the intention of having me killed and to take Sookie. If you don’t already know, this is Sookie Stackhouse my bonded and soon to be pledged.”
Pam’s eyebrows nearly shot to the sky while the rest of the vampires in the room eye’s bugged out. I guess us pledging was a big deal. Alcide was quiet on the outside but not on the inside.
That poor girl what has she gotten herself into. She sure seems like a sweet lady. I’ve heard Northman has never had a pet, so maybe he really likes her. I hope she knows what she’s doing.
Listening to Alcide’s thoughts really angered me. I had almost forgotten how prejudice people could be. I know no one gets to see how Eric treats me when it’s just us and I hate always trying to justify that I really am with him because I want to be. I guess his reputation certainly doesn’t help matters.
“I need to know if any of you are not willing to help us in New Orleans. I want this over by the end of next week so we need to make plans and preparations starting now,” Eric said.
No one said anything or got up so I guess they’re with us.
“Alcide do you think you can get any more from your pack to help us? After this is all over I’m hoping the vampires of Louisiana and the Weres will be able to work together. At least in area five. I’m planning on ruling Louisiana from Shreveport.”
“I am not sure how many will be willing to help but I will ask discretely and also let them know you want to work with them once this is all over but you can count on me.”
“Thank you that’s all I ask.”
Eric looks around the room for a moment.
“Maxwell Lee, I would like you and Indrina to scout out the Queen’s palace. I need to know how many guards there are and where they are. Report back to me as soon as you have the information. Once we have this information we will have another meeting. You two may go so you can get whatever you need for your trip.”
The two vampires nod their heads to Eric and make their way out the front door.
“Jessica I want you to work with Pam training to fight until we leave.”
Jessica nods her head.
“Thalia after we kill the Queen, I want to make you Sheriff of Area 3 and 4. As you know, they are not very populated areas. This will get you out of serving time here. Do you accept?”
Thalia just nods. Personally, she scares me. I don’t know much about her except she is older than Eric and never seems happy.
“Good. That’s all for tonight then we will reconvene once we know more on the palace security.”
Thalia leaves out the front and Jessica meets us at the bar.
“So Sookie you accepted my master proposal. Very good. We will have a short amount of time to plan the coronation and pledging. I need to start looking for dresses,” Pam says with a twinkle in her eyes.