Once my tears had all dried up, my mind started to go a mile a minute. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. First, I thought Bill was just an ass for cheating on me, and then he wouldn’t leave me alone. Now I knew it was because he was sent by some vampire Queen to procure me.
What did this Queen want with me? Was I going to be safe now that Eric told her I was His? Was he going to get into trouble?
Why does she think I’m a fairy? How could I possibly be a fairy? Wouldn’t I know if I was a fairy? Would that explain my telepathy or why vampires thought I smelled so good?
“Sookie, I’m going to have to leave soon. There is only about an hour till sunrise,” He said while still rubbing my back.
I moved back to lay my head on my pillow so I could look at him. He had been so sweet laying here with me trying to comfort me. He turned on his side so we were facing each other and I could see the concern in his eyes. It made my eyes well up again and a lone tear escaped.
“Please don’t cry anymore,” he said looking uncomfortable.
I lightly laughed and he quirked up one of his eyebrows.
“You, Eric Northman, bad-ass vampire Sheriff, do not like to see women cry?”
“I don’t like seeing you cry. It’s very … disconcerting.”
“I’m sorry, but this is a little too much for me right now.” He nodded. “Thank you for staying with me. I wish you didn’t have to leave.”
“I wish I didn’t have to leave you either. I don’t like seeing you like this. Do you have a light tight space?”
I shook my head, “No, but right now I really wish I did.” My eyes started welling up again. I didn’t want to be alone, but I knew he needed to leave.
Eric looked away for a moment, deep in thought. “Do you want to come home with me? We can go to my nearest safe house.”
“You would let me go home with you?”
He nodded, “I need to tell you I only have one bedroom in this house. There’s no food or anything else you might need. I have never had anyone but Pam to my safe houses.”
I nodded my head, “How much time can you give me to get ready to leave?”
“Ten minutes,” he replied while he sat up and started putting on his boots.
“Let me get dressed real quick, and then I’ll pack something to eat. I’ll be quick. I promise.”
I ran around the house packing some clothes, bathroom essentials, and some food for myself to last until tomorrow night.
“Grab your coat so you don’t get cold,” he said when we started toward the front door.
“It’s not that cold out there. I think I’ll be OK.”
“Trust me. You’ll need it.”
I grabbed my coat out of the closet and headed out the door with my backpack. While I was locking my front door I noticed Eric’s car wasn’t in the driveway.
“Where’s your car? Are we taking my car?” He shook his head.
“My car isn’t here and we are definitely not taking your car. If we did, I don’t think we would make it by the time the sun came up.”
“Then how are we getting there?” I asked looking around and letting his comment about my car slide. At least for now.
“Fly?” He nodded. “I forgot that you can fly. Can all vampires fly?” I asked.
“No, only a few of us can,” He said with a smug look on his face.
“Is there anything you can’t do?” I paused. “Don’t answer that.”
He chuckled, “Come, we need to go.” He held his arms out to me and wrapped his arms around me when I got close enough.
“You promise that you won’t let me fall?”
“I promise to not let you fall. Don’t be nervous. I’ve got you,” he said looking down at me.
I wrapped my arms around his neck and my legs around his waist; I squeezed my eyes closed and buried my face into his chest. After a few seconds, I felt the wind whipping around us and I knew that we were in the air.
“Sookie, look at me,” I shook my head. “Trust me. Look at me.” I slowly raised my head and looked at him. “Now look up,” He raised his head and I did the same.
I looked up and saw what looked to be millions of stars. “It’s beautiful.”
“Yes, it is. When I fly, it’s one of the things that brings me the most peace.”
“I can understand why,” I said as I laid my head on Eric’s shoulder and looked into the beautiful night sky. It was so peaceful that it almost made me forget about everything I had learned earlier tonight.
After about 20 minutes, I noticed that we were starting to descend. I tried to look around to see where we are landing, but it was too dark for me to see anything.
I heard gravel and realized we had landed. I slid down Eric’s body, but he kept ahold of me until I was steady.
“Come. Let’s get inside,” he said while he motioned off into the dark.
“Thank you for trusting me.” I smiled at him while we walked to the house. It looked like a small log cabin and I couldn’t see any other houses around.
When we got to the front door, Eric pressed a panel, scanned his thumbprint, and then entered in a code.
As we walked inside, I took everything in. It all looked like one big room. There was a huge couch when you first walked in, a fireplace, a kitchen setup to the left, and then patio doors.
I followed Eric to the door I assumed was the bedroom. When he opened it, there was another thumb scan thing and a keypad. After he scanned his thumbprint again and put in the code, I heard a hiss when the door opened.
“That’s very James Bond,” I said.
He chuckled, “All of my houses have it. It’s much easier than carrying a bunch of keys around. I can go to whichever house I want or need this way.”
“How many houses do you have?”
“Many. I’ll tell you about them some other time. We need to get inside for now. Come.” He held his hand out for me to grab while we made our way down a staircase.
“I need to scan your thumbprint into the system and give you a code so you can go up above tomorrow if you want.” I nodded and followed him, looking at everything.
There was an entire other house down here! It was all pretty much one big room except for a door at the end of the room. There were big, brown, comfortable looking couches in front of an entertainment system with a huge TV. Past those was a door that probably led to the bedroom. Against one wall, there was a big, ornate desk with a laptop on it.
“Why don’t you put your food away while I start up the computer and get it ready?”
I walked into the kitchen area and put my food into the refrigerator alongside all the TruBlood.
“Come over here so I can get you set up. There isn’t much time before sunrise.” I walked over and stood in front of the desk. “Put your thumb here so it can scan you into the system. Your code is 092808. Can you remember your code?”
“I can remember it. How did you choose those numbers?” He turned his head back to the computer to finish setting up everything.
“It’s the date we met.” That was beyond sweet, but I didn’t want to comment on it, at least not yet. “Let me show you the bedroom,” he said while waggling his eyebrows.
I giggled at him and followed him to the bedroom.
“Try putting in your code and scanning your thumb print. We’ll know for sure then that it will work.”
After I scanned my thumb and put in my code the light turned green so I guess it worked.
I walked into the bedroom and saw the biggest bed I think I had ever seen in my life. The headboard was a dark wood with carvings in it. The sheets were red with a black comforter. All the furniture in the room was of the same dark wood.
“In here is the bathroom and the other door is the closet,” he said motioning to each.
I went into the bathroom and I think it was as big as my bedroom. There was a huge bathtub and the shower looked as if it was meant for at least five people. I went through my nighttime routine for bed, changed into my nightgown from earlier, and headed back into the bedroom.
When I walked in Eric was on the phone speaking in some foreign language. Once he saw me, he got off the phone. I headed over to the other side of the bed and got in.
Eric took off his shirt and boots and started taking off his pants.
“I know you probably normally sleep with nothing on, but do you think you could put something on?”
He chuckled at me, headed over to a dresser to pull out something, and then into the bathroom. When he came back out, he was only in black boxer briefs.
Really, what was the point in me asking him to put on something if he was just going to wear those? I stared, drinking him in while he walked over to the bed.
He was a gorgeous vampire with a Nordic God’s body. I scanned him from the floor up. Taking in his long muscular legs, once I got to his boxer briefs that did not leave much the imagination, I noticed how huge he was. Oh Lord. I gulped. I moved up to the ‘V’ leading down from his rock hard abs. Finally I was eyeing his biceps and pecs and I was about to drool at his perfection.
I tried to imagine what Eric must have been like when he was human. There couldn’t have been many men around back then that looked like him. He must have been considered a God back in his time.
I must have been staring at him for a little too long because once I looked up at his face he was smirking at me.
“See something you like?”
I blushed and shook my head while he got into bed and turned toward me.
“Eric, I want to thank you for being there for me tonight and for inviting me into your home. It really means so much to me.”
I leaned in, gave him a light kiss, and just as I was getting ready to pull back, he weaved his fingers through my hair and ran his tongue over my bottom lip. I opened my mouth to be rewarded with Eric’s cool tongue caressing my own. We continued exploring each other’s mouths for a short time. He sucked on my lower lip, sighed, and pulled back from me with a sad look in his eyes. “I only have a couple more minutes until I’m dead to the world. This wasn’t how I pictured the first time I had you in my bed going. I’ll see you when I rise.”
He gave me one last sweet kiss before I rolled over onto my side, exhausted from all the stress of the night. Eric pulled me against his body and wrapped his arm around me laying his hand against my stomach.
“Good night, Sookie.”
“Good night, Eric,” I said as we both fell asleep for the day.