Waking to Eric shifting out from under me, I rubbed my eyes and looked to see Eric snatching up his phone and hissing down the line.
I couldn’t understand a word he said as he spoke in harsh whispers, but the one thing I did know was that he was extremely displeased.
“Eric…,” I called, reaching my hand out to land on his lower back.
Moving toward me, he spoke once more into his phone before throwing it on the nightstand. It wasn’t but a moment before I was on my back with Eric’s weight on top of me and his lips crashing against mine. I was slightly taken aback by the swift change in mood but with Eric’s lips against mine and our tongues caressing I was instantly lost in him.
The moment my fingers tangled in Eric’s hair, he pulled back. I knew I had a confused look on my face from his back and forth. Why was this not progressing and stopping?
“Eric?” I questioned as his hand came up to cup my face and his fingers traced along my jaw. “Is everything alright?”
“I need to go to the other safe house,” he replied in a gruff voice. “Pam informed me that Godric has been on the phone since the moment he rose with Valken, and he’s very distressed. She’s unsure what about, but I think it has something to do with Nora. There are only two things in the world that trouble Valken and we know Godric’s fine,” he explained.
“Valken knows it was Nora who helped kidnap Godric, right?” I asked as Eric pulled us up into a sitting position.
“He knows and has been saddened by it, but he knew Nora was deeply jealous of her Maker’s affection for Godric. It was obvious that Nora wanted more from her Maker, but Valken never looked at her in that way.”
“In what way?” I asked, confused.
“Valken prefers men and had a long-standing relationship with Godric until he turned Nora. I never understood why he turned her, but after he had turned her, Valken left Godric’s side so that he could teach Nora how to be a vampire. He thought he’d be gone a decade if that, and he’s been away for over two hundred years.”
I could feel Eric’s confusion and how much he disliked what both Godric and Valken had been through for the last two hundred years.
“That’s a long time. They love each other?” I questioned.
“They do and for the last one hundred years, I witnessed Godric grow increasingly depressed. I don’t know why he didn’t call Valken back to him or go to him himself, but who am I to question his judgment. I knew nothing of love or what it’s like to have a Maker who loved me and treated me as an equal,” he answered leaving the bed. “I need to go and speak with Godric and Pam to let them know that Marcus is dead,” Eric said before going to the closet to get dressed.
“Will Thortin be there?” I asked, hoping that he would be gone but doubtful I’d be that lucky.
“Why? Do you want to come with me?” He asked as he sat on the bed to put his boots on.
“Yes, but not if it’s going to cause trouble,” I answered getting off the bed and headed for the bathroom.
“If you want to go then come with me. I can’t promise Thortin won’t be there, but I also don’t know how long I’ll be gone. Tomorrow night we should be able to leave and head back home with this news if Thortin is there he’ll be somewhat civil.”
Eric must have felt how happy his statement made me because one minute I was pulling on a pair of jeans and the next his hand swept my hair away and his lips were trailing down my neck.
“You’re happy,” he whispered, his cool breath caressing my ear.
“Yes,” I replied, turning around to kiss him. “I want you all to myself. I only got a couple of hours, and I fell asleep during a part of that.” I yawned, my body telling me I still needed to catch up on some much-needed sleep.
“I wouldn’t have let you sleep for long with your naked body sprawled on top of me. Come with me. Pam will be happy to see you. She’s missed you more than she lets on, älskare,” Eric responded as he trailed his nose along the column of my neck.
“I feel guilty that she’s had to take on the brunt of my work while I first recovered from the accident and then from me getting my telepathy back. From what you’ve told me, Pam and I were close, and although we’re close now, I know it’s not the same. She had such high expectations that I would be more into fashion and like shopping than I was before. Do most women like to shop as much as she does?” I asked, pulling away to slide on my shoes.
“I don’t think there is another being on this earth that likes to shop as much as Pam does, but yes, it seems most women like to shop. Before you would give into her whims but not often. You’ve never been one to shop so don’t feel bad. Pam was only trying to find a bright spot in what had happened. You didn’t see it, but she was hurting after you lost your memory.”
“No, I didn’t see it from Pam, but I caught glimpses of how much it hurt you,” I replied, stepping up and wrapping my arms around his trim waist and resting my head against his chest. Eric’s arms wrapped around me instantly and he placed a kiss on the top of my head.
“I was hurt,” he whispered against my hair. “I don’t know any being in existence who wouldn’t be saddened that the love of their life no longer remembered them and might still lose them. I was lucky that you are the woman that you are.”
“Eric,” I interrupted. “I know you don’t believe it, but you are not hard to love. I’d be an idiot not to fall in love with you again. I wish you could see yourself the way I see you.” I tried to pull myself together as tears began to fill my eyes.
“Maybe one day,” he murmured with a smile that didn’t reach his eyes.
Squeezing me once before pulling back, Eric’s hand engulfed mine before leading us out of our room. He didn’t stop as we came to the living room where Mason, Charlie, and Quinn were sitting. Instead, he gave them a chin lift and continued until we were outside in the dark, humid night. Pulling me into his arms, Eric took off into the night’s sky without a word. I could tell now that we were set out to see Godric; he was more worried what had caused Godric’s distress. At least, we knew that Valken was unharmed if he had been on the phone with Godric since he rose.
The safe houses were not far apart. At least not by flight. In no time at all Eric set us down and quickly walked us to the front door. I was surprised when he stopped abruptly and turned toward me, cupping my face with both of his large hands. I watched as his eyes traced along my face before he slowly lowered his head until his forehead was resting against mine. We were quiet as we stood there with our eyes locked onto each others. After only a couple of moments, Eric lightly caressed his lips against mine before he quietly said thank you and took my hand in his.
I wanted to question why he was thanking me, but the second we stepped inside Pam was upon us and ushering Eric to the staircase that led to the area that I assumed was their daytime resting places.
“Pam, stay with Sookie while I speak to Godric. We shouldn’t be long,” Eric said before descending the stairs and out of sight.
“Do you know what’s happening?” Pam and I both questioned at the same time and then busted out laughing.
Once I finally had control over myself, Pam led me into the living room where we sat on the couch with both of our gazes toward the staircase.
“Is Thortin here,” I whispered to Pam, who still had her eyes on the staircase.
“No, he left to go feed. He should be back shortly, though. I can’t wait until all this is over and I don’t have to see his ugly face every night.”
“You remember the other night when I was here?” I asked in a whisper.
“Of course, I do. Everything is in the vault,” Pam replied tapping her temple, “and it was just the other night.”
“Right, well the next night you called me because Eric had muted our bond, he wasn’t gone long that night, and when he got home he was…”
“Ravenous for your heavenly body?” She questioned with a quirked up eyebrow.
“You could say that. What happened that night?”
“If I tell you what happened here will you tell me what happened with my Master,” Pam asked playfully.
“You know I won’t. Was it to do with Thortin?” I couldn’t think of anything else and knew how upset Eric had been when I’d been there before.
“Why haven’t you asked Eric?” Pam questioned.
“Because we were busy talking and doing other things. Will you tell me?”
Throwing her hand out in dismissal she answered. “The second Eric walked into the house the air went electric with the tension between him and Thortin. We could all feel it, but Thortin seemed to be getting off on it. He knew after the night before if he said one word about you, Eric would not be able to hold back no matter that he supplied us with our safe houses. It was not smart of him with Eric being so much older, but he was itching for a fight. If this had been Louisiana, Eric would have probably killed him, but since were in Texas he couldn’t take that chance. Although I do believe Stan wouldn’t have cared if an asshole like Thortin went missing from his state.
“Thortin made a crude statement about you and Eric erupted. It was quite the sight to see although it only lasted a few minutes. You should see the office,” Pam said once again shaking her head, but this time with a smile on her face. “There’s not a piece of furniture in there that isn’t broke.”
“Bloodlust. He was so close to bloodlust. Personally, I think he protects you a little too much,” Pam said with a shrug. “If you’re going to be around for the next… forever. He can’t protect from the world without sheltering you to the point of hinderance, and I know he doesn’t want to do that to you. It’s a battle I know he fights. He wants so desperately to protect you yet let you live your life with ease. Something that will be so much easier when we don’t have a mad vampire out to kill us on our hands.”
“We don’t have to worry about that any longer,” Eric called as he came up the stairs. After making his way over to the couch, he plucked me up before he sat down next to Pam and sat me on his lap.
“What… When?” Pam looked at Eric to Godric and back to Eric.
I watched as Godric stood with his shoulder against the wall with his full attention on Eric. I tried to find any trace that he was in distress but found none. Although I wasn’t surprised, I couldn’t find anything. If I couldn’t feel Eric’s emotions most of the time, I wouldn’t be able to tell he was anything but bored when we were around others. I knew I wouldn’t be able to see anything from Godric unless he wanted us to.
“Sookie was quite busy today while we were all in our day rest. Weren’t you, Lover?” Eric said in an unhappy tone but squeezed his arms that were around me. “Why don’t you tell them what happened?”
Taking a deep breath, I sat up and squared my shoulders as I told Godric and Pam about what had happened that day from the time I woke up until I arrived back at the safe house. I didn’t think they needed to know what happened after Eric found out. It was obvious to everyone that he wasn’t exactly happy with what Hauk and I had done, but as I retold my story, I could feel that he was also proud of me. Even though he was proud, I knew that he didn’t want me to make it an everyday occurrence. Which I would not!
“My, my Sookie, I’m surprised. Good for you and Hauk,” Pam praised me with a smirk on her face. “Now we can get the hell out of this shithole. If I had known that you were an option…”
Pam’s words abruptly stopped from the fierce growl that emanated from deep in Eric’s chest. Not a word was spoken until we all heard Godric clear his voice, getting all of our attention since we all knew he didn’t need to clear his voice, ever.
“We are all very appreciative of what you have done for us, Sookie. You and Hauk. You both risked a lot to make us all safe and for that, I’ll always be grateful. Do you know around when you set the house on fire?” Godric asked what I thought was a strange question.
“Um… maybe around 4:30? I’m sorry. I don’t know exactly. Maybe if you ask Hauk he’d know since you all have that internal clock thing,” I answered.
“Yes, I’ll do that. He should know with his internal clock thing,” Godric replied with a smirk. “Thank you, Sookie.”
“Is everything alright with you and Valken,” I asked Godric and got another squeeze of Eric’s arms. This time longer.
“Yes, in a way. It seems that Nora died sometime during our day rest. Unfortunately, for Valken, it was night where he was, and he felt her pain and their bond break. It will take him a while to recover fully from her death and betrayal. I will be leaving first thing tomorrow night to go to him.”
“I hope you being there will help.”
“It will. I can give him more of my strength the closer I am,” Godric stated.
“Do you know what happened to Nora?” I asked, first looking at Godric and then turning to Eric.
“Min älskade, although we are not sure we think that Nora may have been in the house with Marcus. It would make sense since they were working so closely together, but we will never know unless someone confirms that they saw her enter the house. If they had, it would have been reported, and Hauk would have known through their message.”
“So I killed Nora too?” I questioned with a whisper. “I caused the pain that Valken is going through. What Godric is going through?”
“We can’t know that for sure, but…”
“No,” I said, interrupting him.
“Sookie,” Godric said kneeling in front of Eric and me. “Nora betrayed her Maker and me, but Valken would never have been able to end her, and because I love my child, I could never have killed his child knowing the pain he would endure. If, if, you did have anything to do with Nora’s end then you did us a favor.”
“How it is. Do not worry about us. We are all safe now because of you and once again I will be reunited with my child,” Godric stated with such intensity that I had to believe his words were true. “Okay?”
I could only nod my head yes.
“Does that mean we can go back to Louisiana?” Pam asked with a smile in her voice.
“Yes, we will also be leaving tomorrow night. Sookie and I will be staying in Shreveport while we make our travel arrangements and spending some much needed time alone. You will need to finalize the sale of Fangtasia and then you may open your boutique, shop or whatever you want to do once it is done,” Eric explained.
“Alone time?” Pam questioned. “You two are going on the honeymoon of honeymoon’s. Why do you need to have alone time when that’s exactly what you’ll have when traveling?”
“Sookie wants to go back to Shreveport and… enjoy some time there before we leave.”
Pam was quiet for a few moments before she finally spoke, “If we’re leaving tomorrow then I need to start packing. Do you wish for me to make our travel arrangements?”
“We’ll be driving back with Charlie. You are more than welcome to join us,” Eric said as he stood with me still in his arms before sitting me down on my feet.
Shaking her head, Pam replied, “No, I don’t know how you do it, but there’s no way in hell I’m going to be stuck in a car for any length of time with Charlie. He talks too much, among other things.” Switching her attention to Godric Pam asked him, “What about Mason?”
“Mason can make his own decisions. Like I said before, I’m leaving tomorrow night, and I don’t know when I’ll be back. If Mason and Hauk decide that they want to make something of what they’ve found together than he’s free to do what he wants. I’m not going to ask him to come with me or wait around for orders from me.”
“Do you think they are that serious?” Pam asked, sidling up to Godric.
“I think it’s getting pretty serious, but I don’t know what Hauk or Mason want.”
“You two and your gossip,” Eric chided. “Sookie and I are going to go back to our safe house. We will inform Hauk, Quinn, Charlie, and Mason that we will be leaving tomorrow. Godric good luck in your travels and be happy. I don’t want to see you miserable like you have been for the last one hundred years. Now is your chance.” Giving Godric a deep bow, I watched as Eric pulled Pam close and kissed her forehead before he murmured, “Thank you for coming when Sookie needed you. We’ll see you at home.”
“Goodbye, Godric, it was nice meeting you again. Hopefully, the next time I see you it will be under better circumstances.” I pulled away from Eric and lightly hugged Godric. “Thank you for helping Eric when we needed you,” I whispered. “I don’t know what would have happened to him if you hadn’t.”
I was sure Godric understand I was talking about when Eric had asked him to take care of his maker for him.
“It was my pleasure,” Godric replied, only then to wrap his arms around me and give me a quick hug. “Go back to your Bonded now,” he said amused. “We vampires are possessive creatures.”
It wasn’t until we were outside and I was in Eric’s arms did I question Godric’s words.
“Was it wrong that I hugged Godric?” I asked after wrapping me in his arms to take off.
“Normally, yes, but I understand why you did it. So do Godric and Pam. I will forever be in debt to him for taking care of my Maker. We wouldn’t be where we are now and I wouldn’t have you… I don’t even want to imagine what would have happened if Appius would have found you. Learned that you were the one making me happy.
“But you can’t go around hugging vampires,” he chuckled as we took off once again into the night.
“I should probably warn you then I might have to hug Pam and Hauk before we leave to go travel. Although I’m excited to see the world with you, I’ll miss them.”
“After that no more hugging vampires that are not your bonded and pledged. Will that work for you?”
“You are the only one that I want to hug,” I said with a kiss to his neck.
“So we’re going home?”
“We’re going home. It’s time to give you everything your heart desires,” Eric answered as he landed.
“You already have.”
This is the end of Lovers Always. There might be one or two outtakes of Eric and Sookie’s travels in the future but, for now, know that they have their happily ever after and are traveling the world happy and loving each other.
Now I’ll be concentrating on writing At That Moment, Missing Lover (Eric’s pov of Lover’s Amnesia) and hopefully my first all human cop story inspired by pictures from War on Everyone. I keep going back and forth on whether or not I should write it was an original story or as fanfiction. Hopefully, I’ll figure it out soon. 🙂