The rest of the week continued with Bill stopping by my house or at work every night. Luckily, every time he came in now, Sam would go and take care of him. Once Bill realized that I wasn’t going to wait on him or talk to him, he would leave.
It was Saturday night around 1:00 a.m. and I had just gotten home from work when my phone rang. “Hello?” I answered.
“Good evening, Sookie. How are you this evening?” It was Eric. I had almost forgotten that I would be talking to him tonight since I had been so worried about Bill. He hadn’t come into Merlotte’s tonight, so I was sure he would be stopping by my house since he wouldn’t leave me alone.
“I’m okay. How are you?” I replied.
“I’m well. I was calling to see about tomorrow night. Have you been having any problems with Bill?”
“He has been coming by Merlotte’s or by my house every night. I haven’t seen him tonight though.”
“Obviously he is not following my orders. I will come over tomorrow night and maybe we can put a stop to this. I will be there as soon as I can after sunset.”
“Alright. I’ll see you tomorrow night.”
I decided that I was going to take a shower and go to bed. I was almost asleep when I heard someone knocking on my door. Seriously, was Bill trying to make my life miserable? I was too tired to deal with this. I called out from my bed because I knew that he could hear me.
“I’m tired, Bill, and I’m not coming to the door. So go away! We have nothing to talk about.”
After a couple of minutes of not hearing anything, I rolled over and instantly fell asleep.
I woke up around 11:00 and went downstairs to start my morning coffee. Once out of the shower, I grabbed my cup of coffee, the book I had been reading, and headed out to sit out on my porch to enjoy the sunshine.
After a day of cleaning and going to the grocery store, I noticed that it had gotten quite late. I needed to make some dinner and eat before it got dark and all the vampires would be up for the night. This should be a very interesting night and I was a little nervous thinking about Eric being here.
It was nearly an hour after sunset when I heard the knock on my front door. It was a void and I was praying it was Eric. Amazing how just a couple of weeks ago, he would have been the last person I would have wanted at my door.
I opened my door to find Eric with a silly smirk on his face holding some movies fanned out in front of his chest. Moving aside of the door I said, “Come in. What movies did you bring?”
“Underworld, The Lost Boys, and Zombieland.”
“You know, you didn’t have to bring any movies with you.”
“I didn’t want to have to watch sappy love story movies all night,” He said with a wink.
“Do you want a TruBlood?” He nodded and I went into the kitchen to get us drinks. “Hey, Eric. Do you care if I eat popcorn while we watch the movie?”
“No, I don’t mind at all,” He replied right behind me. “Cheese and rice! Don’t sneak up on me like that!” He chuckled at me while I got the popcorn out of the cabinet.
“Did Bill show up last night?” He asked.
“Yes, I was just about asleep when I heard him knocking on the door. I was so tired I called out from my bedroom, told him I didn’t want to talk to him, and to go away, the same as I do every night. I wish he would leave me alone. He acts like he did nothing wrong and it’s driving me crazy!”
After I got our drinks and my popcorn, we settled in on the couch. “What movie do you want to watch?” He asked me.
“I don’t know. You pick. I don’t know anything about them,” I said as I looked at the cases.
“Well, two have vampires in them and one has zombies, but none of them are scary. The zombie movie is funny.”
“I don’t know anything about zombies. How about a vampire movie? Are they close to the real thing?”
“Not really, but one is closer than the other. We will watch Underworld. It has vampires and werewolves in it.”
He put in the movie and sat down to sip his TruBlood. I kept peeking out of the corner of my eye at him while we were waiting for the movie to get going. I didn’t know how to act with him here. It wasn’t as if we had actually really spent time together before except in Dallas, and that didn’t really count. We were both not in good places at the time.
“What?” He asked when he turned to look at me.
“Nothing. What are you talking about?”
“You keep looking over at me. Am I irresistible? If so, we can always do something about that,” he smirked at me.
“No. No. I don’t know,” I shook my head. “I’m just uncomfortable with you here.” He looked at me and for a brief second I thought I saw hurt in his eyes, but then it was gone.
“Why are you uncomfortable?” He asked me while he turned his body toward me.
“I don’t know. You used to be such an arrogant asshole all the time and since Dallas, you’ve been different,” I shrugged. “I like this Eric, but I guess I’m just waiting for you to go back to the way you were or for you to trick me again.”
“I’m not going to do anything to trick you.”
“Really? I’m sorry if I have such a hard time believing you,” I replied.
“I understand, but I promise I am not. I’m trying to help you with this Bill situation.”
“Can I ask you something and you’ll tell me the truth?” He nodded. “Why did you want me to have your blood?”
For a few minutes, he sat there looking straight ahead. When I was about to tell him to forget it, that I obviously couldn’t trust him since he couldn’t answer my question, he started talking.
“Truthfully?” he asked, and I nodded my response. “After everything that had happened at the FOTS church and the bombing, I wanted to make sure I could protect you.”
“I am grateful for all the times you have helped me and saved me, but why do you want to protect me?”
“I didn’t like that I didn’t know when you were in trouble or where you were. I’m sorry that I had to trick you into drinking my blood, but I’m not sorry that now I’ll be able to protect you better.”
“I don’t understand; why would you want to protect me?”
“Have I not made myself perfectly clear that I want you? I don’t want anything to happen to you.”
“You have, but you don’t need to protect me to have sex with me one time,” I paused for a minute thinking. “Is that what this is? You being nice to me, is it just so I will have sex with you?”
“NO! That is not what this is. Of course, I want to have sex with you many times but . . .”
“I’m not just going to go and have a one night stand with you! I’m not one your fangbangers!”
“I know you’re not! I have never called you that or treated you like them! You are nothing like them!” He was getting angry, and I wasn’t sure why my question had upset him.
“I’m sorry. I just don’t know why you are going to so much trouble for me. Do you go to this much trouble for all your conquests?”
“I don’t have conquests. No one denies me,” he said smugly.
“So is that what all this is? I’m the first one to deny you. I’m not going to be another notch on your belt,” I huffed at him.
“That is not the reason. You are unlike any woman I have ever met. You intrigue me, and I have never had anyone capture my attention as you have in over one thousand years.” He looked up to the ceiling and shook his head.
Hearing him say that took me back for a minute. How could simple ol’ me capture his attention? He could have anyone he wanted.
“Thank you for being honest with me. You know if you had always acted this way with me it would have definitely helped,” I smiled at him. “Thank you for sharing it with me. I like it when you are like this,” I rose up and gave him a kiss on the cheek. I knew that I may be the only person who got to see this side of him and I was grateful that he was sharing it with me.
We settled down to watch the movie, but my head was reeling with what we had just talked about. I decided to watch the movie and try not to think about it or anything else.
“You know werewolves look nothing like that,” he said.
“Werewolves? They’re real?”
“Did you think that vampires were the only things out there from fairy tales?”
“I don’t know. I hadn’t really thought about it. What do they look like?”
“When they transform they look just like a regular wolf, but bigger.”
“I’m sure if they looked like the ones in this movie, people would definitely know about them. They’re ugly!” He chuckled while he continued to watch the movie.
“What do you think about the vampires?” He asked me.
“Their blood thing with the memories is cool. Selene’s eyes are pretty. It would be cool if all vampires’ eyes looked like that.”
He smiled at me and then his whole body stiffened up. “What is it?” I asked him.
“It’s Bill. Do you want me to answer the door?”
“No, but would you come with me?” He nodded and we headed to the door. When Bill first saw me he smiled, but when Eric came into view, he glared at us.
“What is he doing here?” Bill asked.
“I’m here because you won’t leave Sookie alone. I have ordered you to leave her alone and she has asked you repeatedly, but you don’t seem to be listening,” Eric replied.
“Can I please just talk to you, Sookie, and explain? Please!” He whined.
“Go ahead, Bill! Let’s hear what you have to say,” I said sarcastically.
“Not with Eric here. I’m not talking with him here.” I rolled my eyes at him.
“If you want to talk to me, here’s your chance and you have to do it in front of Eric. So you choose. It’s now or never.”
Bill stood there for a minute before he started. “I’m sorry Sookie, but I was jealous. I knew you had gone over to see Eric so you could have sex with him and with his blood in you, I knew he could control you.”
“Stop right there. I didn’t go over there to have sex with him. I told you why I went to see him.”
“Yes, you went over there to see how he was doing, but I knew that he would manipulate you into sleeping with him,” Bill said.
“The blood doesn’t even work that way. I cannot manipulate her into sleeping with me because she has had a couple of drops of my blood,” Eric replied.
“If that was the case wouldn’t the same be true for you?” I asked.
“I’m sorry, Sookie, and I promise it will never happen again. Please take me back and we’ll be happy again.”
I noticed that for some reason he thought that when we talked about the side effects of vampire blood, he acted as if they didn’t apply to him. I was going to have to ask Eric sometime what their blood actually did entail.
“Are you kidding me? I’m never getting back together with you. Never. Obviously, you can’t trust me since you think I would walk across the hall from our hotel room and have sex with someone. Which I didn’t, but you did! I cannot trust you. So, please just go home and leave me alone. Goodbye, Bill!”
I slammed the door in his face, walked back into living room, and threw myself down on the couch. Eric sat down silently beside me. A few tears escaped and I brushed them away. Hiding my face with my hands, I said. “I don’t feel as if he is ever going to leave me alone. Why can’t he understand that we are over?”
“You are a hard woman to give up, Sookie Stackhouse,” Eric answered.
I looked out from under my hands and chuckled, “Only for vampires because humans want nothing to do with me.”
He frowned at that, “I will call the Queen tomorrow and see if I can get him out of my Area.”
“Thank you, and thank you for being here when he came over tonight. It was nice to not have to worry about dealing with him.” He nodded, looked at the TV, and said, “Do you want to watch another movie?”
“Are you sure? He’s already come by. If you need to go, I totally understand.”
“I’m sure. He might try and come by again once he thinks I’m gone.”
“OK, let’s watch another one and hopefully, he won’t be coming by any more.”
He got up and put in a different movie. “We’re going to watch the zombie movie. I think you’ll like it and you need to laugh. We can watch the other one some other time.”
“Another time, huh? Someone’s getting ahead of himself,” I smiled at him. “You’re right though. I do need to laugh, so let’s watch it.”
I fell asleep during the movie and woke up to Eric tucking me into my bed. “I’m sorry I fell asleep. I haven’t been getting much sleep lately.”
“Get some sleep, and I’ll talk to you soon. I’ll let you know what I hear from the Queen.” He leaned down and placed a soft, gentle kiss against my lips. “Goodnight, Sookie.”
“Goodnight, Eric,” I gave him a small smile. I laid there thinking about that kiss. Who would have thought that a 1000-year-old Viking vampire could kiss like that? His lips were so soft. I touched my own lips and it was as if I could still feel his there.
I fell asleep thinking about that kiss and, for once since this whole mess with Bill started; I actually had a good night’s sleep.