I woke up to a big, strong, dead Viking holding me down. I thought back to last night with Eric and I having sex. I knew we would one day, of course, since that’s what you’re supposed to do with your boyfriend, but so much had been going on and we were so new. What I definitely hadn’t been expecting was for it to be slow and sweet. He didn’t bite me and I couldn’t understand why. Bill had always bitten me when we had sex. I was glad that I got to see a side of him that no one else ever got to see. Who would have thought that underneath it all Eric Northman had a soft side? I was sure no one would believe me if I told them.
After I wiggled my way out from under Eric, I headed to the bathroom to do my morning routine. I decided that I needed to call Sam and let him know that I wouldn’t be able to come to work. I figured I needed to give him some notice so he would be able to have enough time to find someone to cover my shift tonight.
I headed upstairs to retrieve my phone and got my coffee going. Once I had a cup of coffee and a little bit breakfast, I called Sam. It only rang a couple times before Terry picked up the phone.
“Merlotte’s,” Terry answered.
“Hey, Terry! It’s Sookie. Is Sam there? I need to speak to him.”
“Yeah, he just got done with a delivery. Let me go get him.”
“Thank you! I’ll talk to you soon.”
It took Sam a couple of minutes before he answered.
“Hey, Cher! How’s it going?”
“Hey, Sam! That’s kind of why I’m calling you. I’m kind of in some trouble and I don’t know when I’ll be able to return to work. I’m safe where I am, so you don’t need to worry about me.”
“What the hell? What kind of trouble are you in now that you can’t come to work? You know that I could protect you, don’t you?”
“I don’t really want to get into with you right now. I know that you would try to protect me, but I don’t want anyone getting hurt because of me. I just wanted to let you know so hopefully you can find someone to fill in for me, and until further notice not put me on the schedule.”
“Does this have anything to do with vampires? What have you gotten yourself into now?”
“I told you I don’t want to talk about it. This was not my doing. I didn’t try to get into any trouble, Sam Merlotte!”
“Why can’t you talk to me about this? I want to help you.” I could tell he was being sincere in wanting to help me.
“I know you do, Sam, but this isn’t something I want to talk about over the phone. I’ll try to come in real soon and discuss it with you.”
“I guess that’s all I can ask. So I’ll see you soon?”
“Yeah, Sam. I’ll try and come by in a couple of days. I should go now, but I’ll see you soon. Bye!”
With that out of the way, I needed to find something to occupy myself with until Eric rose. I decided I’d explore his house, and then take a shower so I could be ready when he woke up.
Eric definitely had a beautiful home and it was very masculine, but totally Eric. In his office, there were bookshelves filled with books in many languages from all over the world. I would definitely be spending some time in there during my stay.
When I looked outside, I couldn’t believe what I saw; a beautiful flower garden that smelled absolutely wonderful and a large pool with a hot tub! I wondered if it was heated. It probably was since there wasn’t a cover on it. I was sure I could convince Eric to go swimming with me one night.
After taking one last look at Eric’s gorgeous backyard, and hoping I’d be able to spend more time there, I headed back inside. I was certain that Eric would need to go into work tonight. I knew he was busy and I had already kept him from work for a couple of nights.
I took the bags of clothing and everything else Pam had picked up for me downstairs so I could shower and be ready. When I looked through the bags, it appeared as though Pam had bought the most expensive products available. It would be interesting to see if they were any better than the stuff I usually got at Wal-Mart.
I turned on the shower and placed all of my new products in there that I would need and put an outfit out on the counter. It was pretty simple; just a pair of jeans and a red silky top. I had to say that I really loved this shower. I’d never showered with so many showerheads, but it was great! I’d have to look into having them installed at my house.
I had just finished rinsing the shampoo out of my hair when all of a sudden I felt big, strong, cool hands grasp me from behind. I about jumped out of my skin.
“Oh My God, Eric! You just about gave me a heart attack. Please don’t do that,” I squealed when I turned around to look at him.
“I didn’t mean to scare you. I’ve never woken up and had someone in my shower before. I got excited!”
I looked down at his strained erection. “Yes, I can see how excited you are,” I gave him a little smirk, and then took it into my soapy hands and slowly started to stroke him. He leaned his head back a little and groaned.
“If I have this to look forward to every time I find you in my shower, you better get used to me sneaking up on you,” He said before he leaned down and gave me a toe curling kiss that left me breathless.
The next thing I knew, Eric grabbed me up by my thighs and pushed me up against the cool tiles of the shower wall. He was kissing down my neck and I felt him run his fingers through my folds before using two of them to enter me.
“You are so wet. Is this all for me?” He asked while he pumped his fingers in and out of me.
“All for you! Please, I need you now!” I panted.
His fingers left me, and then he buried himself to the hilt in one deep thrust while crushing his lips to mine. He was thrusting hard and deep, and his grip on my thighs would probably leave bruises, but it felt too good, and I didn’t want him to stop.
“Ah! Eric… So close…,” I told him as he thrust into me twice more before I tumbled over the edge. I screamed out his name and then bit his shoulder, sending him over the edge right after me.
He stood holding me against his chest while I caught my breath, and then he leaned down and gave me the sweetest kiss.
“That was just … Wow!” I giggled.
He chuckled, “I would say wow just about covers it.”
“Let me wash you. I seem to have gotten you all dirty,” he smirked.
We took our time washing each other paying extra attention to certain areas more than others. Once we were ready to get out of the shower we were both squeaky clean. Eric got out of the shower first, wrapped a towel around his waist, and then proceeded to wrap me up in a nice fluffy towel.
While I was drying off, I decided to ask what we were going to do tonight. “Do you need to go work tonight?” I asked.
“Unfortunately I do. I have some paperwork that I have to do and I need to spend some time on the throne or Pam will kill me. I hope that you will come with me,” he said with a hopeful look.
“Of course I’ll come with you. I talked to Sam today; I didn’t want to tell him what was going on over the phone so I told him I’d try to come see him in a day or two. I was wondering, if it’s not too late when we’re done at Fangtasia do you think we could stop by there so I can talk with him?”
Nodding he told me, “If we do not have time tonight then we will go tomorrow. When we get to Fangtasia, you can either join me in my office until I have to sit on the throne or you can sit out in the bar.”
“How long do you think your paperwork will take you?”
“Probably half an hour to an hour tops.”
“I’ll sit out in the bar so you can get your paperwork done. Do you want me read people for you?”
“That is entirely up to you. I would like you to try, but if it is too much for you then you don’t have to. You can sit in my booth and alert Pam to whatever you find until I come out.”
“I can do that. Maybe while I’m there this week you can bring in some of your other employees for me to read. That way I’ll at least feel useful.”
“Sookie, you don’t have to do that. I enjoy having you here and if you want to read my employees, that’s fine. I understand that you are used to keeping busy, but I will pay you for your time.”
“You don’t need to pay me. It’s too much money and I want to help you.”
“How about we compromise? I will pay you $100 an hour tonight and if you read my employees on the other nights I will still pay you the $500 a night.”
“I don’t know about that. I could read for over five hours tonight and make more than $500.”
“I only plan on being there for about two hours. I’ll happily pay you $500 a night as our contract states, but I would be much happier if you let me pay you more.”
“It’s too much, Eric. I don’t think I should get that much money for something I have no control over.”
“You’ll be doing me a great service. You don’t understand how helpful you would be while possibly saving me a great deal of money and trouble. How about we talk about how much money I’ll pay you once you’ve done the job for a night and you truly see how useful you are?”
“That’s fine; we can discuss this later after you find out that I’m not as useful as you think I’ll be. I need to blow dry my hair, put a little makeup on, and then I’ll be ready to go. Is this outfit alright with you?”
He scanned my body from head to toe, his eyes becoming more hooded the further he went.
“Of course your outfit’s fine. You look very nice tonight. Why are you asking about your outfit?” he asked with his brows furrowed.
“It’s not what people normally wear to your bar so I thought I would ask.”
“You can wear whatever you want. I don’t want you to look like everyone else at the bar. I’m not interested in them. None of them are unique like you.”
I gave him a big smile while I walked over to him and reached up on my tiptoes to kiss him quickly before I finished getting ready. Once I was all ready, I went upstairs where I found Eric drinking a glass full of blood.
“I’m ready whenever you are,” I said to him while I gathered up my purse and phone.
Once we were in his Corvette driving at the speed of light toward Fangtasia, I decided to ask him about not feeding from me.
“Can I ask you something?”
“You can ask me anything,” he said.
“Last night when we had sex you didn’t bite me. Why?” I saw him glance over at me.
“That’s not what last night was about.”
“Okay,” I said drawing out the work. “You didn’t bite me tonight either.” His only response was to raise an eyebrow at me.
“Bill always bit me when we had sex. I thought that vampires always bite whoever they have sex with.”
“We do not have to bite when we have sex just like we can feed from someone and not have sex with them,” he stated.
“Have you been feeding off of anyone?” I asked almost afraid of the answer. I knew that he said he wouldn’t when we had our talk, but he hadn’t feed from me.
“No, I haven’t fed off anyone in a while. I told you that I wouldn’t. I’m a very old vampire and I don’t need to feed very often.”
“When was the last time you fed off of anyone?”
“Right before Dallas,” he quickly glanced over at me.
“That’s been a long time. How often do you need to feed?”
“Once every two to three weeks is how often I need to feed before I start feeling any side effects from not feeding. Normally I would feed every other day.”
“Do you not want to feed from me?” I had to ask since he didn’t bite me last night or tonight. It had been a long time for him.
“Of course I want to! I told you before that I would never make you feed me though. I am fine drinking from bagged blood and an occasional TruBlood. I don’t want to pressure you.”
“I want to feed you,” I said with a blush. “You are taking care of me and I would like to take care of you. I want you to,” I said, and I quietly continued. “I thought there was something wrong.”
“There’s nothing wrong. I didn’t want to pressure you into anything. Just like I was not expecting sex last night. I wanted to wait until you were ready.”
“You are a very sweet man, Eric Northman,” I smiled at him.
“I don’t think anyone has ever called me sweet. Don’t tell anyone. I can’t let it get out,” he smirked at me.
“I won’t tell a soul. Your secret’s safe with me,” I laughed at him.
It only took another couple of minutes before we arrived at Fangtasia. When we walked into the back door for employees, Pam was waiting for us.
“Pam, show Sookie to my booth. She’s going to be reading people tonight, so keep a look out in case she needs to tell you anything. I’ll be out to sit on the throne once I am done with my paperwork.” He leaned down and kissed me on top of my head and headed into his office.
I followed Pam out into the bar where she showed me to Eric’s booth. When I sat down,
I noticed Pam giving me a look.
“What’s with the look Pam?” I asked her.
“What’s going on with you and my Master?”
“Don’t you think you should ask him?”
“He won’t tell me. Last night he was upset for most of the evening, and then very happy toward the end, and the night before he was very distressed. So I’m asking you,” she said, giving me an expectant look.
“I couldn’t tell you, Pam. I don’t know what’s causing whatever you’re getting from him.”
“You know,” she said. “You’ve been with him. What were you doing?”
“Well, last night he found the scents of some Weres at my house, so we went back to his house. You know that. He gave me some options for protection. The night before that was when we discovered the Queen sent Bill to procure me. That’s really all I know.”
“The Queen sent Bill? Interesting. Well, my Master is happy again tonight and that is very good. He hasn’t been happy in a long time. I don’t know if he has ever been this happy.”
“Really?” I asked. Could I be making him that happy?
“Yes. Really,” she said tilting her head to the side. “I will be by the bar. Let me know if you need anything.”
After just a minute of Pam leaving the booth, Ginger came over to take my order.
“What can I get for you tonight?”
“I’ll have one of those Vampire Kiss drinks that I had the other night.”
“Sure thing. I be back with it in just a few minutes.”
I decided that I should get to work. I lowered my shields and listened in on everyone around me.
During the time Eric was in his office doing paperwork, I sipped my drink and found a few underage kids and a drug dealer. Pam got rid of the underage kids by scaring the crap of them and glamoured the drug dealer to no longer sell drugs and to never come back.
Once Eric came out most of the thoughts were about having sex with him. One girl’s thoughts though were definitely because she had been with him before. I tried not to let it bother me. I mean, I knew that Eric had been with others before me, but it was hard having a front row seat into someone’s head remembering every detail.
I wonder if he is going to pick me tonight.
I haven’t seen him pick anyone since the last time he was with me.
Maybe he only wants me. He doesn’t want any others.
I bet I get him to take me home tonight.
Maybe I should go up to him, let him know that I’m interested.
I watched her while she decided if she should try to get his attention. This was definitely not a part of the job that I liked. If I had to deal with this every night, then I, without a doubt, did not want the job.
I noticed Eric look over at me with a raised eyebrow. I was sure he was sensing my frustration and slight jealousy toward the girl vying for his attention. I wondered how many of these women he had slept with were here right now.
Little Miss Fangbanger walked up into front of the dais, but Eric didn’t even notice. He was messing around with his phone. I wondered what he did on his phone while he was up there. He couldn’t possibly be answering emails for an hour or more.
I watched as Miss Fangbanger tried to reach up to touch Eric’s leg. He lowered his phone and glared at her with his fangs down. She looked scared, but still didn’t give up.
“Hey baby! I thought I would see if you were interested in going back to your office or maybe somewhere else,” I heard her say. I couldn’t believe she said that to him with him glaring at her like he was. It made me wonder if he always glared at the fangbangers like that, and then went to fuck them.
I watched as Eric leaned forward, still glaring at her. “I do not want to go anywhere with you. Do not come back to my bar. Now go,” With that, he leaned back, but she didn’t seem to get the picture; in fact, it only made her more persistent.
“Come on, baby. Don’t you want to have some fun? I noticed you haven’t been taking anyone else back to your office since you’ve had me. I can show you a good time.”
Eric stood up, towering over her, and then got right in her face with his fangs gleaming in the light. “Did you not just hear me? I said to leave my bar and to never come back. I DO NOT want you! Get out of my face NOW!”
Little Miss Fangbanger scurried out of the bar as fast as she could. I saw Pam over at the bar with an amused expression on her face. She loved to scare the vermin.
I looked over at Eric and he was already looking at me. I couldn’t tell what he was feeling since he had his stone cold face on. I turned back to look at the crowd to see if I could find any more trouble.
It was only about another thirty minutes before Eric rose from his throne and came over to the booth. He extended his hand to me. I took it and we walked out of the bar without saying a word to each other.
We were getting on the highway to head to Bon Temps when he finally spoke. He seemed angry, so I had just kept quiet and thought about what I would say to Sam when I saw him.
“Are you going to talk to me, Sookie?” He asked looking over at me.
“Of course,” I said as I turned my body toward him. “What do you want to talk about? I found one drug dealer and a few underage customers, but that was it,” I shrugged. “No drainers or anyone from the Fellowship of the Sun.”
“That was not what I thought you would want to talk about. I thought you might want to talk about the fangbanger who propositioned me.”
“Well, she thought you must really like her since she hasn’t seen you taking anyone else back to your office. She thought maybe you would take her home or somewhere else.”
“I didn’t want to know what she was thinking about,” he said heatedly. “I want to know what you’re thinking. I … I don’t know. I didn’t like that you … I don’t know, Sookie. I’m sorry for the situation.”
“Well, it wasn’t fun reading her thoughts before she tried to get your attention, and I certainly didn’t enjoy watching the replay of you having sex with her,” I noticed his grip on the steering wheel tighten. “I don’t enjoy all the people there imagining having sex with you, but reliving it wasn’t fun. It’s not as if I thought you were a virgin before. It just sucks to have to watch it in someone else’s mind.”
“There shouldn’t be anyone else from whom you will have to read that,” he said looking straight ahead.
“How could that be? Was she like your main fuck or something?”
“No,” he said, bringing his hand up to pinch the bridge of his nose. “Nothing like that. Normally I would glamour anyone I fucked or fed from, but I was sloppy with her. It was right before Dallas and I was worried about Godric, so there should be no others.”
“I guess that makes me feel a little better. You certainly weren’t nice to her when you had sex.”
“No, I was not,” he shook his head. “Does that scare you?”
“If I had seen that before we had sex, then, yes, it would have, but I know you can be different. Is that how you want to have sex with me?”
“No! No! I would never treat you that way! I really wish you wouldn’t have seen that.”
“Why did you treat her like that? Is that how you treated all the people you had sex with?”
“Not all, but most,” he shrugged. “It’s hard for me to explain. I’m a vampire and I never cared about the women I was with; it was just a release, but they did enjoy it. I would never treat you like that. You know that I care about you and I will always treat you with respect.”
I really didn’t know what to say. I wished I hadn’t seen Eric in her memories. When I thought about what sex with Eric would be like, it was pretty much like what I saw in her mind. I mean, it was kind of like watching your boyfriend in a porno. No one wants to watch their boyfriend having sex with someone else, especially when they just had sex for the first time with him the night before.
Eric brought me out of all my thinking. “Are you sure you want to go see Sam tonight?”
“I do. I want to get this over with. Can I ask you a question?”
“You know you can.”
“Can I tell Sam everything? I think it will be much easier if I can just tell him so he’ll understand.”
I looked over at Eric and he had that damn eyebrow quirked up. “You can tell him anything you want. I just ask that you do not tell him where I live.”
“I would never tell him or anyone where you live. I hope you know that. I hold that knowledge as knowing it’s very sacred.”
He only nodded. We didn’t speak for the rest of the way. I don’t know what he was thinking about, but I was hoping things went well with Sam. I knew how much he hated me having anything to do with vampires.
Once we got to Merlotte’s, I turned to look at Eric. “Could you stay in the car while I go in and talk to Sam?”
“If that is what you want,” he shrugged.
“Thank you, I’ll be right back,” I leaned over and give him a quick kiss on the cheek.
When I walked in Sam was at the bar and gave me a big smile.
“Hey Cher! Do you want to come back to my office?” I nodded and we went back to his office. Once we sat down, Sam said, “So, can you tell me what’s going on now?”
I took a deep breath before I started, “I found out the other night that Bill is working for the Queen of Louisiana as her procurer. He was sent for me so I signed a contract to work for Eric and he sent it to the Queen to hold her off. After signing the contract, Eric brought me home. When we got out, he smelled two different Were scents outside my home. He didn’t recognize them so we left, and I’m staying with him until we get this cleared up.”
I looked up to see Sam’s reaction and his face was beet red. He looked as if he was about ready to blow up.
“What the hell are you thinking? I told you to stay away from all those damn vampires.”
“This is not my fault,” I exclaimed. “The Queen sent Bill here. I didn’t seek him out. This was going to happen no matter what. Hadley’s the queen’s pet and she told her all about me.”
“Now you are in even deeper with the vampires and you’re staying with Eric. Why didn’t you come to me? You know I would do anything for you and protect you,” Sam replied, hurt evident in his voice.
“How are you going to protect me from the Queen? You can’t take out a bunch of vampires. None of this is my fault, and I’m sorry that you don’t like Eric, but he is protecting me and knows what he’s doing.”
“You can’t trust Eric Northman. He’s only using you. I don’t want to see you get hurt by another vampire.”
“I’m sorry you feel that way, but I also want you to know that Eric and I are seeing each other now.”
“No!” he shouted and stood up. “I can’t let you do that. I’m your friend and you need to get away from him and from all vampires.”
“That’s not going to happen Sam! I really like Eric. I’m sorry you feel like that, but you have no say in my love life.”
“How can you like him? He is evil, cruel, and ruthless. He’s only going to use you. Once he gets tired of you he’ll toss you away.”
“He’s not evil. Just because he’s a vampire does not make him evil. If that was the case then I could say that you’re evil since you’re a shifter.”
“How can you say that Sookie? I did not ask to be like this!”
“And guess what? Eric didn’t ask to be a vampire!” I stood up. This was going nowhere.
“Where are you going? You can’t leave. Stay here, I’ll take care of you, and keep you safe.”
“I’m leaving! I’ll let you know when I can come back to work.” I started for the door, but Sam grabbed my arm.
“You’re not going anywhere!”
“I’m leaving, Sam. I’m sorry,” I said while trying to pull my arm out of his grasp. “You need to let go of my arm.”
“I’m trying to help you out, but if you leave then don’t come back.”
“If that’s how you feel, then fine, I quit,” I said as the tears started to fall. “Now let go of me!” I ripped my arm from his grasp and rushed out of his office.
When I crossed over the threshold of Sam’s office, I ran straight into a black, cotton, hard chest. I looked up to see Eric’s face, and he looked pissed. I felt his strong arms wrap around me.
“Can we please just go?” I asked Eric.
“Are you alright? Are you hurt?” He asked with concern etched all over his face.
“I’m fine. Let’s just please go home.” He wiped some tears from my face with the pad of his thumb and nodded.
Putting one arm around my shoulders, he said, “Let’s go home.”