“Sookie you look lovely this evening.”
“Thank you, Eric. How are you?” Immediately I see he is starting to try and shut me out. “I’m fine Sookie. I’m a vampire.”
“I know you are a vampire Eric but you can still be upset. I know pain doesn’t just go away overnight.” Right then I hear a door slam and I know it was Bill slamming our hotel room door. I jump a little and then walk over to the couch and sit myself down and put my face in my hands. Why is Bill acting so childish?
I felt a cool hand on my shoulder and I looked up into the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen. They are like looking into the ocean and it looks like he is concerned.
He walks over and sits on the other end of the couch Eric asks, “Are you alright Miss Stackhouse?”
“I’m fine. Bill and I just had a fight and he said something to hurt my feelings.” What am I doing? Why am I telling him all this?
“What did he say to upset you?”
“It doesn’t matter.” I say with a sigh.
“Sookie . . . ” I look at him and see that same concerned look on his face again. Why is Eric concerned with me? I mean nothing to him. Eric doesn’t care about humans. He doesn’t care about anyone else but himself.
“Why do you care Eric? I would think you would be happy we are fighting.”
“I don’t know why I care but . . . I don’t like seeing you unhappy.” Wow, really! What is going on with him?
“Tell me Sookie and maybe I can help you.”
“Eric . . . I seriously doubt you can help. What do you know about relationships?”
“Nothing but maybe if you tell me about it you will feel better.” What the hell is going on? Eric Northman is trying to make me feel better?
“Fine but if you make fun of me I will stake you.” With that he gives me an up raised eyebrow.
“We were fighting about me coming over here. Bill says that you have no feelings and last night was a big act. I told him that I know that you have feelings. If he can have them then so can you.” I let out a big sigh and look up at him. “Then he told me that he wouldn’t be in the room when I got back because he was going to feed.”
Eric actually looks shocked that I just told him all that. “I can’t believe he would go and feed and tell you about it. Is this something he normally does? I would think that you would not want him feeding on other people or at least telling you about it.”
Wow! Could Eric actually know that people or I would expect monogamy? “I’m surprised you would even think there is something wrong with him feeding on other people. I didn’t know you knew about monogamy.” I say to him and I’m sure my shock is showing on my face.
Eric gives me that eyebrow and says. “I know what monogamy is Sookie. I’ve been around for a very long time. I just know you are not like all the other typical humans out there and you would most probably expect it.”
“Yes, I expect monogamy. I’m not a fang banger. I don’t sleep around and I expect the same from whoever I am with.”
We sit there quietly for a few minutes. I don’t know what to say or do. My stomach makes the loudest rumble I have ever heard. I’m so embarrassed I feel like I’m blushing from my head to my toes.
“Have you had dinner yet Sookie?”
“No, not yet. I haven’t had time to eat yet today.” Where is he going with this? Is he bipolar?
“Would you like to accompany me to dinner in the restaurant they have here?”
“Eric, I know you don’t mainstream and I would not want to watch you feeding in front of me.”
“Sookie, Sookie, Sookie. Do really think I would feed in front of you? I will drink synthetic.”
“Really, you would have dinner with me and drink synthetic?
“Of course that’s what I said.”
“I guess. Are you sure?” He just gives me a nod and then gives me that wink of his. Oh, that wink of his. Maybe this isn’t such a good idea but I am here trying to comfort him and he is being more open with me then he normally is. I actually like this Eric. I wonder when he is going to go back to being the smug, annoying asshole he normally is.
He holds out his hand for me and we head for the elevator.
We walk up to the hostess and she immediately starts to drool over Eric. “Table for one or do you need a donor?” Are you kidding me? Could she be any more obvious?
“Table for two.” Eric says in his very bored tone. She finally looks at me and then acts like I’m not there again.
What does he see in her?
I’m way prettier than her.
Maybe it’s some type of business deal or something.
Nice, real nice. Not like I’m not used to it but still.
“Right this way.” She leads us to our table and I have to slam my shields into place to not hear all the thought’s people are thinking about us. Most of it is about how I’m not good enough for him and they are prettier but some are really gross sex things they are imaging with Eric.
“Sookie are you okay?” He says as he leans closer over the table. A little too close but this is Eric we are talking about.
“I’m fine Eric. It’s just all the nasty thoughts about me and all the wonderfully disgusting sex things they want to do to you. Lucky me!”
With an upraised eyebrow he says, “Why would they be thinking nasty things about you Sookie?”
“Come on Eric! Really! Like you don’t know that you’re this Viking Vampire Sex God. Everyone thinks they are prettier than me and wondering why I am even in your company.”
“This is why I have such little faith in humans if they cannot see what I see in you. Do you really see me as a Viking Vampire Sex God?” he says with his eyebrows raised.
Just then our waitress comes over to take our order. The whole while looking at Eric. “What can I get for you?”
“Sookie . . . “
“I’ll have the Chicken Parmesan and a sweet tea, please.” She barely looks over at me when she hears my voice. “And for you, would you like for me to get our donorsout for you?” It was obvious. She was offering herself.
“I’ll have the Royalty Blended. That will be all,” he said in a dismissive tone.
We sat there in silence for a few minutes. It was so nice using his void to drown out all of the thoughts in the room. It wasn’t long before the waitress brought our drinks.
“I didn’t know there was any synthetic stuff called Royalty Blended. What’s that all about?”
Eric just chuckled and said “Do you really want to know?”
“Of course I want to know or I wouldn’t have asked you about it.”
Leaning in closer once again Eric told me as quietly as he could so only I could hear, “It’s mostly blood from royal families with just a little amount of synthetic blood in it. It’s as close to the real thing without it being bagged blood or a donor.”
“Oh,” was all I could say. I did ask and I did want to know.
When the waitress brought out my food, which looked delicious by the way, she brought Eric out another glass of Royalty Blended. This time she included her phone number on the napkin. Eric just flipped over the napkin so we couldn’t see the writing. When I was about half way through with my meal. I thought I heard Bill laugh. I looked over to my left and saw Bill with an exotic looking girl coming from a hallway. I didn’t mind so much that Bill was walking down a hallway coming from God knows where. What I did mind was that the girl was pulling down the bottom of her dress trying to get it situated and Bill was tucking his shirt into his pants. I turn back to Eric with tears in my eyes. I can’t believe this. Did Bill think that went to Eric’s room to have sex with him? Did he think that gave him the right to go and cheat on me?
I stood up abruptly and my chair made a loud noise as it scrapped the floor. Out of the corner of my eye I can see that Bill has looked over and he has been caught. “I’m sorry Eric but I have to go.” I picked up my purse and left the restaurant as quickly as I could. I heard Bill calling out for me to wait but I didn’t care I just wanted to make to the elevator and up to my room. I made to the elevator and hit the button. Praying that it would get down here as soon as possible.
“Sookie please let me explain,” Bill says but I don’t want to hear it. I could not be special to him if he could cheat on me.
“Bill I don’t want to hear it. I can’t believe you did this to me.”
Looking almost as furious as he had earlier he says, “What were you even doing in the restaurant? And what were you doing there with Eric?”
Out of nowhere a 6 foot, 4inch blonde Viking Sheriff appeared with a smug look on his face. “I took her down to dinner after she explained to me how you didn’t bother to and instead you were going to go feed but it looks and smells like you had a little more than just a feed.”
Bill just glared at Eric. “Sookie. I love you, please, let me explain.” Just then the elevator door opened and I rushed inside.
Eric gave Bill a deadly, icy stare. “I suggest you stay out of the elevator and leave Sookie alone.” The whole ride up to the 5th floor I was trying to keep it together. I didn’t want to cry in front of Eric. When we got to the 5th floor, I quickly made it to my hotel room door when I had a horrible thought.
“Oh my God Eric! He will be up here any minute won’t he? What am I going to do? I can’t stay here.”
“Give me your room key and I will go in and get your luggage. You can go to my room for now and we will call the front desk to see if they have any rooms available.” He hands me his room key and I wait in his room worrying my bottom lip. I can’t believe Bill cheated on me. I wonder if he has ever been faithful to me.
After just a couple of minutes Eric walks in with all my luggage, he takes into the bedroom, and then comes to sit down beside me on the couch.
“Sookie. I’m sorry you had to see that but he shouldn’t bother you in here. Do you want me to see if I can get you another room?”
“Would it be okay with you if I stay here? I would just feel safer but if I’ll be in your way or you don’t want me to I can get another room,” I say nervously.
“You can stay here Sookie. I only have to do business with Isabel. I need to call her and meet up with her sometime tonight since we will be heading back to Shreveport tomorrow night.” Eric says with just a brief look of sadness but he covers it up quickly.
“Thank you, Eric. I really appreciate it. I’ll try and stay out of your way. Do mind if I go and take a bath?”
“That’s fine, go ahead and take a bath and you won’t be in the way Sookie. I’m going go call Isabel now. All your stuff is in the bedroom.” He gets out his phone to call Isabel as I make my way into the bedroom to get everything I need.
Once the tub is full, I lower myself into the warm water and breakdown. I can’t stop sobbing and thinking about the fact that my boyfriend had just cheated on me. Finally, after about 30 minutes I stop crying and my sobs quiet down but the tears continue to streaming down my face. The next thing I know the water is freezing. I must have fell asleep. I step out of the tub and dry myself off as quickly as possible. Once I put on some pajama pants and a camisole I start drying my hair with my towel. As I am drying my hair, I think, I can’t believe where I am. I’m Eric Northman’s hotel room and oddly enough he hasn’t bothered me at all. This is so not what I am used to. No flirting or sexual innuendoes. I can’t believe I took a bath without any interruptions. It must be because Eric is still upset. It won’t last long.
As I am walking out into the bedroom, I hear Eric talking to a woman. I hope it’s Isabel because I am definitely not staying here if he is going to be fucking somebody in the other room. “Sookie can you come in here for a minute.” I hear Eric say. Great now he is probably going to kick me out of the room so he can have sex or invite me to join them.
I slowly walk into the other room to see Eric and Isabel sitting down. “I want to thank you Sookie for staying with Godric during his final moments when we couldn’t. I have been Godric’s second for a long time and I am going to miss him terribly.” Isabel says and I just look at her and nod. “Well I should get back to my room. Thank you again Sookie. You will always have friends here in Texas.” she says as gets up to leave.
“Thank you Isabel I appreciate it.”
After Isabel leaves, I look over at Eric and he is still sitting on the couch with his head hung down. I leave to go to the bedroom to get the shirt Godric took off. Sitting down next to Eric I hand him the shirt. “I thought you would like to have this.” He takes it from me and just nods his head while looking at the shirt. I don’t know what to do. I want to comfort him but it’s not like vampires liked to be comforted. Maybe I should just go to bed but I know how hard it was for me when Gran died.
I reach over and put my hand on his knee. He looks at my hand on his knee and then he looks up at me. One lone bloody tear is running down his cheek. I reach up to wipe it away and he says “Sookie why are being so nice to me?”
Sighing I say, ” That is what you do for friends.”
He chuckles lightly. “You think of me as a friend?” I nod my head. “I thought you hated me?”
” I don’t hate you. I mean you’re being so sweet right now letting me stay here so I don’t have to deal with Bill and you saved my life twice since we’ve been in Dallas. I am mad at you but we will talk about that some other time though.”
“Another time.” He nods. “Right now I need to get to bed. The sun will be rising in just a few minutes. Are you coming Miss Stackhouse?”
“Yes but no funny business Mister.” We both got into bed and laid on our backs for a moment. I was the first to turn towards Eric, looking over at him with tears in my eyes. Eric turned towards me and held his hand out for me to hold. I gave him a small smile and put my hand in his. He gave it small squeeze and said.
“We will talk when I rise about traveling home. Good night Sookie.”