I was slowly coming back to the world with the most annoying noise known to mankind, the buzzing of my alarm clock. It had been over six months since the last time I heard this infernal racket. It took me a few seconds to remember why it was even buzzing.
“What is that noise?” Eric asked. I giggled. I was sure he had never been woken up by an alarm. That reminded me of the mess we were in. Eric was human; or mostly human since we still had our bond, but just slightly. The Queen wanted him finally dead, and me taken to live in New Orleans so we were leaving today for the Bahamas where Eric had a house deeded in my name.
After shutting off the alarm, I slowly turned toward Eric and said, “Good morning! That was the alarm we needed to wake us up to get ready so we can make it to the airport on time.”
Eric sighed, “This is so unlike me. I would never run from a fight.”
“I know you wouldn’t under normal circumstances, but right now we both need be safe. I couldn’t bear it if you died trying to protect me. I don’t want you or anyone dying for me. Ever,” I said with a pointed look before I kissed him softly on the lips and got out of bed.
“I feel the same way about you, you know, but I would die my true death to protect you,” he said while he got out of bed and followed me into the bathroom. I didn’t comment. I didn’t want to fight and we needed to get ready. We were going to the Bahamas so neither one of us would get hurt or die. We were going to be fine I repeatedly said to myself unconvincingly.
I was standing at the sink getting my toothbrush ready when I noticed Eric 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 asked.
“I don’t need help; it has just been a very long time since I’ve had to do that and …” he trailed off.
“I don’t like this weak human body,” he said without looking at me. I rolled my eyes at him.
“Well, luckily for you, you won’t have to be in it for very long. Go do what you gotta do,” I said to him a little bitterly.
I finished getting ready and headed upstairs to make some breakfast. I was mad at Eric. I understood that he was used to being stronger than everyone and vampires think they’re better than humans, but was it really so bad?
I decided to make biscuits and gravy because I had the time, and it had been quite a while since I’d had them. Normally I would make a quick breakfast since it was just me.
Eric came upstairs and sat at the table. He hadn’t tried talking to me yet. I hoped that he knew that I needed this time to fume to myself, or we would probably get into a big fight. I didn’t want to be stuck on a plane with him fighting.
I poured us each a glass of milk and we ate our breakfast in silence. Once we were done, I quickly cleaned up the breakfast mess. I had no idea how long we were going to be away, and I didn’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 wouldn’t be traced back to us. Once everything was packed in the car, we set off for the airport. It only took us ten minutes to get there yet the drive went by in complete silence. We checked in and sat down by our boarding gate. Our first flight was to Dallas, and then to Fort Lauderdale, and then we had a short flight to Freeport, Bahamas. All the flights were relatively short, but each had a ninety-minute layover. In all, it would take seven hours for us to arrive. Eric was irritated that we couldn’t get a direct flight. He was used to chartering a plane to go wherever he wanted, but because we had to lay low, we had to go commercial.
I had always hated takeoffs and landings, and this time was no different, except I was more nervous because we were attempting to escape so no one killed Eric or me. I was staring out the window when I felt Eric take my hand. I squeezed it lightly, looked over, and gave 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 sighed loudly, “It really irritates me that you hate being human. Is it really so bad? I mean, if you hate humans so much, then how is it you can love me? How are you able to be with me?” I could feel tears beginning to well up.
Eric rubbed his hands over his face, and then turned to face me. “It’s not bad for being on vacation, but it’s not something I want to remain. 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 would again be alive.” It was my turn to raise an eyebrow. “I love that I’ll get to do things with you that I normally would never have the chance to do and that will be something really special between us 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’m displeased that I’m running from this problem. I’m a warrior and I always have been. It’s 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 wants that. I want to show you the world, but at our leisure.”
I understood it was in his nature to fight and not run.
“It’s 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 don’t mind your friends from Bon Temps that we have dinners with,” he ran one of his hands through his hair. “I don’t know if I am explaining this well. 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’ll 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 eternity with you. The only way to do that is for you to be a vampire. Do you love me only 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’s the only peace I get. I love you for you, and if you stay like this, I’ll still love you. I want you to know that even if I started hearing you, I would still stay with you,” I said and gave 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 my being part-fairy, I may live longer, so maybe one day, but not 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 cupped Eric’s face with my hands and gave him a big kiss, and then I wrapped my arms around his neck and hugged him. After a few moments, I sat back, wiped my tears, and smiled at him.
“You know, you can be really sweet sometimes. I really love you!” I said and kissed him again. Eric gripped the back of my head, kissed me more deeply and passionately. By the time we were done kissing, the flight was halfway over. “You definitely distracted me from takeoff,” I giggled. “What are you doing to do all the other times?” I asked him.
“I’ll think of something,” he smirked at me. The rest of the flights went by quickly. Eric definitely knew how to distract me. By the time we deplaned from the last flight, we were both on edge and couldn’t wait to get to the house.
“We need to stop and get groceries and anything else we might need. To get to our house, we have to take a boat so we’ll 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 of that we’ll need are some sunscreen and sunglasses for you. It would be really awful if you were to get horrible sunburn, and then you were miserable. I wouldn’t be able to touch you.”
“I agree, Lover.”
There was a car waiting for us at the airport. Once we finished our shopping, we headed to pick up some sunscreen for Eric and he chose 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 went walking through the aisles looking for Eric. You would think with how tall he was it would be easy to find him, but they had some really tall shelving. I was scanning the contents of the current aisle when I spotted a certain item that I had never thought about before.
We had no idea just how human Eric was. Nearly 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 I could tell what Eric was feeling.
I stood staring at all the different condoms wondering if I should buy some. I grabbed a box of Magnums since I was sure the regular size wouldn’t fit and I was hoping these would. This would be interesting. I quickly went to the checkout to buy my items. I noticed Eric standing just inside the doors staring outside. I wondered what he was doing, but I knew that we needed to hurry and Eric wanted to get off this island before dark.
Once we were done shopping, we headed to the marina. Eric led me, along with all of our purchases, to a speedboat. I should have known. Eric loved to go fast. After putting all of our luggage and purchases on the boat, Eric made sure I was comfortable and secure.
“How long will it take to get there?” I asked.
“Only about fifteen minutes. I have to put the coordinates into the GPS.”
“Have you ever been here?” I asked.
“No, I only bought it about three months ago. I was hoping to take you here soon though.”
“Where are we going exactly?” I asked when we were underway. The water was so beautiful. I loved looking at the different colors of blues and greens.
“It’s called Scotland Cay Island,” He told me and after that we were pretty much quiet. Every once in a while I would look back at Eric. He always had a huge smile plastered on his face. It was so weird seeing him out in the sun with his sunglasses on and the sun glinting off his hair. He looked more gorgeous than ever. I was still amazed that this man had chosen me.
We pulled up to a boat dock and unloaded everything. “Is no one coming to help us?” I asked.
“We’re all alone with no one to help us. You see that white house up there?” I nodded, looking up at a white house not too far off in the distance. “That’s where we’re 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’re all alone?”
“There is no one else on this island. I have someone come once a month to clean the house, but other than that, no one will be here. I have canceled 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 be just us,” he said while he arranged our luggage in order for the best way of getting it to the house. 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 asked him, afraid of his answer.
“I did,” was all he said. Oh. My. God.
“How much did this cost, Eric?”
“A little over four and a half.”
“Four and a half what?” I questioned him. He was being evasive.
“Million,” he replied before he started for the house.
“Million!” I shrieked. “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’s a whole island. Eric …” I trailed off. I didn’t know what to say. This was unbelievable. I couldn’t believe him. I wanted to scream.
“Four and a half million is not much for a whole island. I thought you would like it. I know you’ll like it if you 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’m 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 only 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 wanted it. Not even Pam knows where this is. This place is just for you and me.”
“It’s still too much,” I let out a big sigh.
“You’re 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 you have. You’re the first person who has only wanted me for me and nothing else.” It made me sad to think of people always trying to use him. “Why don’t you want that?” He asked as we continued walking up the beach to the house.
“I have nothing to offer you in return. I have an old house and that’s 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 could this man be so sweet and not know it?
“Thank you,” I replied quietly. I was overwhelmed that Eric thought so highly of me, that I gave him all those things. I didn’t think he understood he did the same to me so anything else he brought to the table was just too much, but I didn’t want to fight him over it right now. We needed to get all of our things to the house before dark. I didn’t want to take any chances, even though it seemed we would be safe and no one would be looking for us here.
As we walked up to the house, I finally got a good look at it. It was white with lots of floor to ceiling windows at the back to look out at the ocean and beach. It was two stories with white loungers, chairs, tables, and a hammock on the porch that wrapped around the whole house. There was a hot tub in the floor of the deck. There were beautiful red flowers and palm trees in the yard.
Eric obviously had someone here since there was a keypad and fingerprint scanner at the door. It definitely was convenient not needing to have any keys.
“Sookie, can you unlock the door for us?” Eric asked 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,” I responded.
“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, scanned my fingerprint, and opened 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 had 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 entire bottom floor 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 I put in my code and fingerprint once again. Fortunately, this room had furniture. There was a huge king size four-poster bed in the middle of the room, nightstands, and an armoire. The walls were painted a dark gray. The bedding looked like silk and was 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 luxuriously. Seriously, vampires seemed to really like big spa-like bathrooms, or at least Eric did. At home, we did make use of the shower and tub quite frequently so I’d say it was a good investment.
After looking over the entire house, Eric took our luggage to our bedroom and I put away the groceries. I decided I should probably start dinner and made fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and biscuits. I noticed a fireplace in the living room so I thought maybe later tonight we could make s’mores. I was really excited about Eric getting to taste foods he never had a chance to try 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 check what all I could see on the monitors. It’s 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,” I said.
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’ve 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, put them on top of a graham cracker, add a piece of chocolate, and then put another graham cracker on top. They’re 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,” I smiled; it was somewhat funny because it was normally me wanting to ask questions.
“I found a box called Magnums in the bag with the sunscreen you bought. Why did you buy that?”
“Well, I was walking through the aisles looking for you when I saw them. It made me think that we don’t know how human you are,” he nodded. “So I bought them for us to use so I don’t get pregnant.”
“You expect us to use them,” I nodded.
“Yes, we already had sex once without using any protection, and with everything else we have going on, I don’t need or want to worry about getting pregnant, so can we please try to use them?”
“We can try to use them, but I’ve never used them before. We had nothing like that in my time,” Eric said, looking 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 a 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 wouldn’t 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? 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 only chased you until you married me and we would have had many children together. It does make me sad to think I’ll 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 was a vampire. Eric 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, caressed his face, and gave him my own sad smile.
I went back to washing the dishes. While I cleaned the kitchen, Eric went and opened up all the windows. I noticed when I walked into the living room 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 had never seen that look on Eric’s face so I was wondered what he was doing.
“What are you doing down here?”
“Looking up some information.”
“Oh. On what?” Eric blushed. He actually blushed. So cute!
“As I said I have never used a condom before, so I 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,” Eric raised an eyebrow, but he did what I asked. 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 said, 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 this together. We may not get to live here, but we can visit often. Does that mean you’re no longer mad at me for buying this place?”
“At this moment I’m not. How could I be when I’m so relaxed?” I closed my eyes and 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 lay 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 tons of pictures of our time here.
Eric had been rubbing my back and every once in a while he would rub my butt and thighs.
“Are you getting tired?” I asked him.
“No, not really,” he smirked at me.
“Are you ready to head downstairs then?”
“Most definitely. I 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 nightly things, which I thought was funny, doing these things with Eric. It was so domestic. I bought Eric a toothbrush while we were at the pharmacy. I was glad I had walked down those aisles. It made me realize there were a few more things that we needed like condoms, deodorant, and a toothbrush.
When I walked out into the bedroom the box of condoms was sitting on one of the night stands. I was happy that 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 was glad he was taking this so well. I guess because this was also a first for him he was excited.
Once Eric got to the bed, he launched himself at me. I giggled at him until all I could do was moan. I was so lucky that Eric was a sex god. Once he had finally brought me to completion not once, but twice, with his oh-so-talented mouth and fingers, he slid 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 as Eric 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 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 halfway 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 doesn’t feel the same. It doesn’t feel right. Keep moving. Let me get used to this,” he said as he placed his hands on my hips.
I moved faster and 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 lying 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 were done? And how are you ready to go again?”
“I’m always ready for you, 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 as good as 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 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 went over to the computer. A few minutes later, he turned around and came back to the bed.
“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 shrieked. “That so gross. I don’t want you to have to look down there, but if you have to, then hurry up and look and get it out.” I couldn’t believe our luck. If this thing was 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 chuckled at me. “Just do it!”
After a couple of minutes down there that felt as if I was having an annual gynecologist’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 lay 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 with a pout. 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’s almost nothing I haven’t done. After tonight maybe I’ve done it all,” he chuckled.
“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 make 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, you only have to 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 could only 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. That is a very good thing for us. Are you feeling better now?” I nodded my head again and snuggled deeper into Eric. “Good. Go to sleep, my love. “
“Good night, Eric,” I said and he pressed a kiss to the top of my head and held me tight.