“It was Nora,” Godric lightly growled. “Valken’s child.”
Who the hell are Nora and Valken?
“She could never get over her jealousy of how much her Maker loves you,” Eric said pulling me closer to him.
“So she somehow decided that if she got rid of you,” I asked looking at Godric,” her Maker would love her more?”
“Nora’s never thought clearly where her Maker’s involved,” Godric replied solemnly.
“Obviously, if she thinks having the Fellowship kidnap you was going to help her get into his good graces.” I shook my head at the stupidity of it all. “What was her plan? Do you think it was her who helped them out with the weapons?” I asked.
“No,” Godric said, shaking his head sadly. “Nora doesn’t have the resources to pull together new weapon technology.”
“Who does?” Pam asked.
“I have no idea, but we have to find out and stop them,” Godric replied.
“Do you know where to find Nora?” Eric asked.
“Unfortunately, I don’t. I wasn’t even aware that she was in Texas.”
“Should we call for Valken to help find her?” Eric asked hesitantly.
“Let’s wait for now. It will pain him greatly to find out what Nora has done. I’m assuming it was him who called for you to find me?” Eric gave a deep nod but said nothing. “I should call him while I have a chance before he dies for the day. Let’s all take a break while I call my child to let him know I’m alright, and it will give you an opportunity to show Sookie the house again, the security, and to call your Queen if you’re planning on staying.”
Eric gave me a tour of the house with his arm wrapped around my shoulders and securely by his side. I thought it was a little big for only one vampire to live there, but that seemed to be the vampire way. They definitely liked their luxury, but I guess I would if I had lived when there wasn’t such a thing as a toilet.
“Would you like to finish getting ready now that our luggage has arrived while I call Sophie-Ann?” Eric asked while he carried our luggage downstairs. “I’ll show you how to lock down our room. We will have the same security when we get home.”
“I would like to put on my own clothes and wear clean underwear,” I whispered as we stepped into our private living space downstairs.
“You could have gone without,” he replied with a wink. He sat our luggage in the closet and then made short work of showing me how to set and deactivate the alarm.
“Your code is 082576. Don’t tell anyone your code.”
“I won’t,” I told him. “Are you going to be in trouble with the Queen?”
“Trouble? No, but she may demand that we return,” he replied as he took his phone off the charger.
“What happens if she does?” I asked worriedly from the closet.
“That depends on how she reacts when I tell her we won’t be returning until matters are settled here.”
“I don’t like it,” I replied, chewing on my bottom lip.
“Neither do I, but we have nothing to worry about from her. I’m older and stronger than she is.”
As I quietly got dressed, I listened to Eric’s conversation with the Queen.
“This is Eric Northman for Her Majesty.”
“Yes, I’ll hold.”
He was quiet as I slipped out of the t-shirt and boxers and into a soft sundress. I silently made my way into the bathroom to brush my hair out now that it was dry and to brush my teeth.
“Good evening, Your Majesty.”
“No, no trouble. I rarely have any problems with those in my Area. I was calling to inform you that my wife, my child Pamela, and I are in Dallas with an emergency situation.”
“No, we are all fine, but a friend of mine had gone missing, and I came to help locate him.”
“That’s why I was calling. I don’t know when we’ll be back. Thalia was left in charge of the Area.”
I stepped into the room to see Eric sitting on the bed with his eyes closed and squeezing the bridge of his nose. I quietly made my way over to his side and sat down next to him. He didn’t open his eyes, but a slight smile graced his lips as he brought down his hand from his nose to lace with mine.
“We won’t be back until we’ve caught the assailants.”
Eric growled as the air seemed to thicken and sizzle with dangerous tension.
“Was that a threat, Your Majesty?” Eric’s cold voice went dangerously low. “Because I believe that any threats made against me or mine will only end poorly in your favor.”
This was not good. I tightened my grip on his hand and was shaking with anxiety and fear. The look on his face was radiating power, perception, and calm.
Dangerous and in control.
I could hear the shrill shrieks of the vampire Queen, and for a moment I wondered how Eric could stand to have the phone so close to his ear with his enhanced hearing.
“You forget so quickly, Sophie-Ann that ‘Queen’ is nothing more than a title. A title that makes it necessary to need an ancient vampire like myself to protect you, so may I suggest that you choose your next words carefully… Your Grace.”
Eric listened as the Queen spoke and a small smirk grew on his face.
“If you cannot accept my leave then you force me to resign my position as your most profitable and influential Sheriff,” Eric smiled and quickly continued. “I’d be more than happy to have my lawyers draw up my resignation papers as well as send you my resignation fee. My bonded and I were growing weary of Louisiana anyway.”
Weary of Louisiana?
I only had a little over half a year’s worth of memories, and what about our house and belongings? I wasn’t so sure I wanted to leave Louisiana.
“In fact, I think I’ll call Mr. Cataliades right now.” Eric hung up the phone.
I, on the other hand, found a chair and slumped down into it as I closed my eyes. It wasn’t but a moment later I felt Eric’s cool touch on my cheek and his concern.
“Are you alright, Lover?” He asked as he scooped me up, traded places with me, and sat me on his lap.
“Can we ever go back?” I asked quietly as I snuggled into the crook of his neck.
“To Louisiana?” He asked, rubbing my back. I nodded against his neck. “We can go back although I think we should give it a little time. Sophie-Ann isn’t very happy with me at the moment, and I don’t want to put you into a situation where there’s a possibility of any danger.”
“What about our house? We didn’t pack enough to stay here for very long.”
“Do you not like it here in Dallas?” He asked, pulling me back to look me in the face.
“I don’t know. We haven’t been here long enough for me to like it or not. I don’t like that you were shot last night and by staying here looking for this Nora, you’re putting yourself in more danger,” I explained.
“I know you don’t, but I promise to be careful,” he replied before placing a kiss on my nose.
“You promised to be careful last night. Were you not careful? Do you know how worried I was?” I said getting upset from remembering what he looked like last night and not waking up.
Eric let out a deep sigh before running a hand through his hair.
“I was careful and on my guard until I rescued Godric. I admit I let my guard down and was overly confident when we met up with the last of the humans. I had no idea they had that type of weaponry, but it is not a mistake I will make again. I am deeply sorry for making you worry. I hate that I caused you so much stress,” he explained resting his forehead against mine.
“I know you do,” I replied, kissing him softly on the lips.
“We were going to stay here until we caught Nora anyway. Now we don’t have to worry about responsibilities there and can focus on the task at hand. You can get to know Godric all over again.”
“What about Fangtasia? That’s still our responsibility.”
“I’ve already thought of that. We’ll put it up for sale. That was our plan before. We would either sell it or let Pam take over once my contract with the Queen was over so that we could travel. Now we can do it that much sooner. We’ve talked about visiting my homeland, and where we honeymooned, now we’ll have no problems taking time away. Unless you don’t want to?” He asked, his eyes boring into my own.
“I absolutely do. This all happened so fast, and it’s going to take time to get used to. What about more clothes though?”
Eric let out a small chuckle before he tucked a strand of hair behind my ear. “We can buy more, or if you really want your clothes from Shreveport, we can send Charlie back to pack for himself and us. Whatever you’d like. I’m sorry, I didn’t think it would cause you more stress, but I couldn’t let her threaten us. After a little time when she sees that I’m not planning on killing her and taking over the state, and she’s been paid her fine for breaking the contract, we should have no problems with Sophie Ann.”
“I hope not. I’m all for us traveling, but I want to be able to go home eventually.”
“Good. I can’t wait to show you the world, my beautiful wife,” he said before dipping down and kissing me breathless.
“We should go upstairs and inform everyone on the new developments,” Eric spoke as he kissed down my neck.
“We should,” I replied as I pulled his shirt over his head, “but first I need a little more time with my husband.”
I stood and started to slowly take off my clothes as I made my way over to the bed.
“Anything you want, älskling,” he purred as he rose from the chair and stalked toward me.
A/N: Thank you 4Padfoot for finding Godric’s house.