I woke up in my bed with the sun shining on my face, trying to remember how I got into my bed. The last thing I remembered was leaving Fangtasia with Eric. Oh God, Eric! I pulled the blankets down to check my clothes. I knew I was not in my dress from last night and when I looked down; I saw that I was in the red Fangtasia shirt from after the Maenad attack. Fortunately, I was still in my bra and underwear.
I couldn’t believe that highhanded vampire! What gave him the right to think he could undress me? I stomped off to the bathroom to take care of my morning needs. When I walked back into my bedroom, I saw a note on my nightstand.
I picked up the note to see my name in the most elegant scroll I had ever seen. Of course, Eric would have perfect handwriting.
I’m sure that as you are reading this, you are mad at me for undressing you for bed. I didn’t think you would be comfortable sleeping in your dress. I hope you are feeling well today since you had so much to drink last night. Since it is Sunday, I thought I would come by tonight around eight. If you don’t want me to come then leave a message on my phone for when I rise.
I’ll see you tonight.
Of course, I wanted him to come tonight. We needed to talk about what happened last night. I couldn’t believe we were making out in his office. What I was having the hardest time wrapping my head around was that he actually stopped it from going further.
Could he actually want more from me than just a fuck and feed? Did he care for me? There was no way I could just have sex with him for a one night stand. I wanted to be in a relationship with someone if I was going to be having sex with him. Do I even want a relationship with Eric? Who wouldn’t want a relationship with Eric?
However, can he be in a relationship? Could he be faithful to me? I couldn’t be with him if he was going to be having sex and feeding off every fangbanger at Fangtasia. We definitely needed to talk because I couldn’t have what happened last night happen again or for it to go further if he couldn’t give me what I wanted and needed.
Disbelief flashed through me. I used to think I hated Eric, but ever since Dallas and seeing this new side of him; I didn’t know what to think anymore. He had been so nice to me, there for me, and tried helping with Bill. Plus, how could I forget those kisses? Last night the way he kissed me was unbelievable, I’d never been kissed like that before!
I sat there with my fingers touching my lips thinking about those kisses from last night. I didn’t realize how long I had been sitting there thinking until my stomach starting growling. I’d been sitting there on my bed for the last hour and a half. Folding up the note, I put it in my nightstand.
I headed downstairs, ate a bagel, and drank some coffee. After my breakfast, I hopped in the shower to get ready for work.
Work was horrible, and even though I was only working for five hours today, it felt as if I was doing a double shift. I had a hard time keeping my shields up and not making any mistakes. I kept thinking I only had a little while longer to go, and then I was off for two days.
I was so happy when Arlene came in to take over my shift. I wanted to get home, take a nice, long, hot bath, and relax. I was amazed that I was thinking about relaxing. I wasn’t thinking about Bill bothering me tonight. It must have been because I knew Eric was going to come by tonight. I hoped that he could handle Bill.
Once I got home, I put a lasagna in the oven to cook while I took my bath. I had an hour and a half until Eric got here, so that gave me plenty of time to relax and eat.
I filled my bath with jasmine bath oil and sank into the hot water and with every inch that I sank further into the water, the more relaxed I got.
The next thing I knew I heard banging on my front door. I realized that I had fallen asleep in the tub. I shot out of the tub and yelled to the person who was at my door, “Just a minute.” I dried off my body and threw on my robe. I started drying my hair a little bit with my towel as I ran downstairs to open the door.
I threw open the door with my head still down, “Sookie. I’m so glad you’re answering for me tonight. Have you changed your mind?”
My head snapped up. Fuck, it’s Bill. I thought it was Eric. I turned around to look at the time, and it was 7:50. I had ten minutes until Eric got here. I hoped he would get here early and save me from listening to Bill for too long.
“Bill, I wasn’t expecting you. I was hoping you had changed your mind and had actually started to listen to what I’ve been saying to you.”
“Who were you expecting if you were not expecting me?”
Was it that unbelievable that I would have someone coming over?
“She’s expecting me,” Eric’s smooth but authoritative voice said when he walked right up to the door.
“Good evening, Sookie,” he lifted up my hand and kissed it. “May I come in?”
I blushed. I can’t believe I just blushed. “Yes, please come in.”
“Eric, what are you doing here? You need to leave Sookie alone. She’s mine,” Bill growled out at Eric.
I scoffed at his statement. “I do believe she’s yours no longer, and it seems you’ve failed to notice which one of us is able to cross over the threshold.”
“Don’t let him trick you! You know that Eric Northman is a monster. He’ll only use you and throw you away. I’m the one that loves you!”
“The lady has already spoken, Bill. I’ve ordered you to leave her alone, and I have a call into the Queen about you.”
“You do not tell me what to do, Northman,” Bill glared at Eric. “Sookie, I will see you later,” Bill said and zipped off my porch and into the cemetery.
I looked up at Eric and sheepishly said, “Hi.”
He looked down at me with a smirk, “Hi.”
I realized then that I was standing there in my robe with my hair still wet.
“I fell asleep in the bath, and when I heard him knocking on the door, I thought it was you. Let me go up and get dressed really quick. Do you want a TruBlood?”
“Can you wait till I’m done getting dressed? My dinner should be done.”
“That’s fine. I’ll wait for you.”
I ran into the kitchen to grab the lasagna out of the oven. “Do you hate garlic?”
“Why?” He asked while he walked into the kitchen.
“Well, I made lasagna and normally I would eat it with garlic bread, but if you can’t stand it, I can eat a different kind.”
“I don’t mind garlic. It’s never bothered me. So you can eat your garlic bread.”
“Great. I’ll just throw a couple of pieces in the oven to toast while I’m getting dressed.”
I ran upstairs and threw on a white lacy bra and panty set, some jeans, and a pink long-sleeved T-shirt.
Once I got back into the kitchen, I grabbed a TruBlood out of the refrigerator and heated it up in the microwave. I grabbed a plate and fork, and then took a piece of lasagna. I pulled the garlic bread out of the oven, poured myself a tall glass of sweet tea, and started taking all the stuff to the kitchen table. Eric came over, grabbed both our drinks and placed them on the table where we sat down together.
“Did you have a good day today?” He asked.
“Not really. Work seemed long, and I had trouble keeping my shields up. I was happy to be home and able to take a bath and relax. I guess I got a little too relaxed,” I lightly laughed.
“I have put in another call to the Queen, so I hope to hear from her soon,” he said from across the table.
“I would ask you how your night has been, but I guess there hasn’t been much of it yet.”
He chuckled, “So far it has been very good. I got here to see you only in a bath robe.”
“So why did you want to come over tonight?”
“Do I need a reason?” He responded as his body tensed a little. Did I hurt his feelings? “I thought I would help you with your Bill problem tonight since Fangtasia is closed and hang out again.”
We sat in silence while I ate. I was amazed how it never seemed to be uncomfortable just sitting with him. Finally, I got up the nerve to talk about last night.
“Eric, about last night?” I started.
“What about it? Are you regretting it?”
“No, no,” I shook my head. “I’m not and thank you for being such a gentleman and making sure nothing else happened between us since I had been drinking.”
He gave me a small smile, “I think that you are the first person who has ever called me a gentleman.”
I laughed, “What? You don’t normally stop yourself with girls?”
“No, but you are not like them. When I have sex, it’s just for a feed and fuck. I don’t care what they think of me.”
“You know I am not just going to have sex with you for just a feed and fuck, don’t you?” He nodded. “I don’t do one night stands, and you do realize that I have only ever been with Bill?”
“I know you’ve only been with Bill, and I know you are not the type of woman who does one night stands.”
“I’m glad you realize that. I don’t see what I want and need being what you want,” I gave him a sad smile. “What do you want from me, Eric?”
I took another bite of my lasagna, and he took a sip of his TruBlood. He was sitting there looking at his bottle, spinning it around on the table in his hands. He finally looked up.
“I want everything.”
“Everything?” I questioned him.
“I want what you thought you had with Bill.” I stiffened at that. “Just listen to me for a moment. Remember how you felt about him before Dallas.” I thought for a moment and remembered how happy and in love I thought I was. I nodded my head in response. “I want you to look at me like that. I want you to defend me as you did him. I want you to love me. I want you to be mine,” he proclaimed.
To say I was stunned would be an understatement. Did he really want those things or was he only saying them because he thought it was what I wanted to hear?
“Do you really mean all that or are you just saying it because you think it’s what I want to hear?”
“It’s honestly what I want,” he said with an incline of his head.
“You do realize that what you’re talking about is a relationship. Being boyfriend and girlfriend. When was the last time you were in a relationship?”
“I have never been in a relationship,” he responded honestly.
I laughed on the inside. How could this possibly work? He had no clue about relationships, but I guess I didn’t either. I’d only had one and look how that turned out.
“You wouldn’t be able to have sex with anyone else or feed from them. No one else. Do you understand that?”
“Yes, I knew you would want that.”
“But could you do that?”
“Do you want the truth?” I nodded. Of course, I wanted the truth. “I have not had sex with anyone since I have returned from Dallas. I have not fed from anyone either.”
“So you’ve only been drinking TruBlood?”
“No, I have been drinking bagged blood.”
“Yes, it’s bagged blood that I buy from blood banks.”
“Oh, I didn’t know they did that.”
“They do, it’s just not widely known. We don’t sell it at Fangtasia, but it’s the next best thing to feeding from someone.”
“What does it entail being yours? I don’t want to be anyone’s property.”
“I understand you don’t like feeling as if you are anyone’s property. I will not treat you like a pet or a slave or anything like that. It’s the vampire way to stake claim on our human.” I stiffened up at hearing that. “It’s the same for humans when you are with a person and you call them your boyfriend. You are staking a claim on him. I know this is not how all vampires act, but this is how I feel. I will treat you how you want to be treated. Saying you are mine is me staking my claim that you are my girlfriend, so to speak.”
“What about with other vampires? How are you going to act and expect me to act when they’re around?”
“Other vampires will not get to see the side of me that you get to see. Only you and Pam get to see that. I will have to be the Sheriff of Area Five. I would expect you to act like the Southern Belle that you are and expect that you would not fight with me or question my judgment in front of other vampires. I cannot be made to look weak. All other times we will just be ourselves, and you can fight with me whenever you want.”
“Do you expect lots of fighting?” I laughed.
“I don’t know what to expect, but I do sometimes enjoy fighting with you,” he chuckled.
“Why do you enjoy fighting with me?”
“You are the only person other than Pam, who will stand up to me. You’re not afraid of a 1000-year-old vampire who could kill you. You fight for what you believe in, and I like it that you challenge me with your feisty personality.”
“I can’t believe you really want to be in a relationship with me,” I said in wonder.
“Well, believe it! I have wanted you since the moment I first saw you,” his eyes lit up only thinking about it. “I know you don’t like being called mine, but if you are mine, then I am yours,” He stated as if it was as simple as that.
“So now I have a question for you. Do you want to be in a relationship with me?” he asked.
Did I want to be in a relationship with Eric Northman? I would be crazy to deny that he was the sexiest and the most gorgeous man on the planet. He said he could be monogamous, but could I give him my heart? If I was truthful to myself, I think ever since Dallas he had been in my heart a little bit.
“I want you always to tell me the truth,” I stated with a pointed look.
He nodded, “I will always tell you the truth. I might not be able to tell you the whole truth, but I will always tell you the truth. If I cannot tell you something, then I will let you know why I cannot.”
“You told me in Dallas that you do not understand love. Will you be able to love me? I can’t be with you if you are never going to be able to love me,” I said, and then looked down to stare at my hands.
“Look at me,” Eric said, but I shook my head. “Please look at me.” I slowly looked at him. “This is all very new for me. I am feeling things that I have never felt before. You must understand it is very confusing to feel all these emotions after a thousand years. Therefore, I need your patience to let me sort out what I’m feeling and be able to express them to you. I am not in the habit of sharing so this will take some getting used to.”
“I understand, but do you think you can love me?”
“I think I can love you. If there’s one person who can get me to love, it’s you. Now, can you answer my question? Do you want to be with me?”
“I want to be with you,” I said with a smile. “I will be with you if you can be faithful to me and not feed off of anyone else.” I chuckled, “I never pictured you as the monogamous type.”
“I have not been before, but I’ve never been in a relationship before. I have also never wanted to be in one until you. I will promise you that I will be faithful to you, and I will not feed on anyone else unless I am injured in battle or I’m dying.”
I nodded. I could accept that, “Do you need a lot of blood?”
“I need very little to survive. The older the vampire is, the less we need. I would never make you feed me if you didn’t want to.”
“I know. I was just wondering. I had to take iron supplements when I was with Bill since he took so much of my blood.”
“I do not require as much as he does. You have nothing to worry about.”
We sat in silence while I finished my dinner and he finished his TruBlood.
“Are you done with your dinner?” I nodded. “Good, let’s go into the living room. It is much more comfortable in there, and we can talk some more if you want, or watch TV or a movie.”
“Sounds good. Let me clean up my dinner first. Why don’t you see if you can find something on TV or pick a movie? Do you want another TruBlood?”
“No, I’m good for now.”
Once I was done washing my dishes, I headed into the living room. In there sat Eric Northman in the middle of my old couch with his arms across the back of it. He definitely looked Viking-sized sitting on my furniture. It was almost comical. I sat down next to him and gave him a big smile.
“I thought we could continue the zombie movie that you fell asleep during the other night. How does that sound?”
“That sounds good. It was funny and not what I was expecting. The zombies are just kind of gross looking,” I said scrunching up my nose.
He chuckled and hit the play button on the controller. We had been watching the movie for about 45 minutes enjoying ourselves. Eric had his arm around me, and I was leaning into his side when his phone rang.
“It’s the Queen. Please stay quiet and I will let you listen.” I nodded. “Your Majesty, how are you this night?”
“Can it, Northman. Is the vampire you have been calling me about getting out of your Area William Compton?”
“Yes, it is, Your Majesty.”
“He will not be leaving your Area. He is there on special assignment and according to William, you are causing problems.”
“I do not know of any assignment he is on for you. What assignment are you speaking of?”
“I sent him there to procure me my telepath.”
Her telepath? Was Bill sent here for me?
“How was he to procure this telepath for you?”
“By any means necessary.”
“What do you mean by any means necessary?” Eric asked her.
“If he has to, he is to seduce her, get his blood into her, and convince her to come to New Orleans with him, anything for me to get my telepath!”
Oh My God! It had all been a lie! I couldn’t believe it. I looked up at Eric as tears started to well up in my eyes.
“Is there anything else he was supposed to do?”
“He is to verify that she is a fairy.”
“A fairy? We all know that fairies are extinct, Your Majesty. If you don’t mind my asking, where did you get this idea?”
“My favorite pet, Hadley, told me all about a cousin of hers, Sookie Stackhouse. If her blood tastes anything like Hadley’s, then she very well might have some fairy blood in her. William says that you are interrupting him from communicating with my telepath, and I am telling you to leave my telepath alone.”
Hadley did this to me. She couldn’t keep her big mouth shut, and now some Queen wanted me. Fairy? How could I possibly be a fairy? Tears started running down my cheeks while I was trying to make sense of all this in my head. Eric came over and knelt in front of me holding my hands in his and rubbing circles on the top them.
“I’m sorry to inform you, Your Majesty, but I cannot do that. Miss Stackhouse is mine, and I have a contract to use her for her telepathy. If you want to use her services, then you will have to go through me.”
I heard some screaming and crashing on the other end of the phone. After a few minutes, she calmed down.
“Very well, Northman. I will let you know when I’m in need her services. Good night.”
“Sookie, I am so sorry! I had no idea. I promise I will protect you from her! That’s why I said I had a contract. Do not worry, nothing will happen to you!” I started sobbing uncontrollably while Eric almost pleaded with me that he would let nothing happen to me.
Eric stood, picked me up, and took me into my bedroom. He sat me down on the edge of the bed, walked over to my dresser, and started going through it. He came back with a light-blue nightgown that went down to my knees. He took off my jeans and T-shirt and slipped on my nightgown.
He pulled back my covers, laid me down, and put the covers over me. He walked over to the other side of the bed and took off his boots. He slowly slid into bed next to me. He laid on his back pulling me to him and then wrapped his arms around me, making me feel secure.
We laid there for a long time with one of Eric’s hands stroking my hair while the other was rubbing my back.
“I am here, Sookie, and I’m not going anywhere. I’m not going to let anything happen to you,” he promised me.