I woke up to the most beautiful lapis blue eyes looking at me. Eric was standing above the bed staring at me. “Good morning.” I say as I stretch my limbs.
“Good morning Sookie. We need to talk about our traveling. Do you want to take your flight home with Bill?”
I stiffen when I hear his name. “I would rather not go back with Bill. How are you getting back?” I cannot stand the thought of having to sit by Bill for a whole flight.
“I’m driving and if you want, I can give you a ride but we would need to leave soon. I have to be at Fangtasia tonight.”
“Great! I’ll just go shower really quick and get dressed. I’ll be no more than 30 minutes. I really appreciate this, Eric.”
I take the fastest shower I have ever had and get dressed. I will do anything to not be on that flight with Bill. If you had told me a week ago that I would be trying to avoid Bill at all cost and take any help that I could from Eric I would have thought you were out of your mind. Amazing what can happen in just a couple of days. I put everything in my suitcase and took it into the other room. “I’m ready!”
Eric grabs both of our suitcases and we head out the door. When we get down stairs, I follow Eric to a red Corvette with the license plate that says BLDSKR. I let out a laugh and Eric looks up from putting our luggage in his trunk with his eyebrows raised.
“What?” I can’t believe this is his car. Well of course, I can believe but still.
“This is your car? Is this what you always drive?”
“Bloodsucker? It’s a little much don’t you think.” I am trying to trying to stop laughing since Eric does not seem to think it’s funny and I don’t want to piss off my ride. I’m lucky to get this much hospitality from him. He looks at me for a few seconds before coming around to open my door for me. Before I even have my seat belt buckled, he is in his seat with the car started.
So here I am heading back to Louisiana with Eric Northman in his car that he but all took up. If I didn’t think his size was intimidating before I certainly do now. I try to look out the window trying to take in the scenery but I notice everything is going by way too fast.
“Eric, slow down you’re going to get us killed!”
He just laughs at me. A real laugh that I don’t think I have ever heard from him before. Something that I want to hear more of I think to myself. “Sookie I have never had a car wreck. You’re perfectly safe with me.”
I huff, “Says the vampire who can’t die if we get into a car accident. Remember me. I’m mortal. I’ll die.”
“Sookie this is how I always drive. I promise you will be fine. Why don’t you rest and you will be home soon?” Please how am supposed to rest when we are going more than 100 mph.
Eric turns on the radio and out comes the most peaceful music I have ever heard. I shoot a look over to him. “What?” he says not even looking at me.
“This is just not the type of music I would have expected you to listen to.”
“Did you think I listen to the music that is always playing at Fangtasia? That is what is expected of us to play. I listen to all kinds of music.” The music is so relaxing that I end up falling asleep.
The next thing I know I wake up hearing the gravel of my driveway crunching underneath the tires of Eric’s car. I sit up and rub my eyes taking in my dark house. I let down my shields to see if there’s anything out there and find nothing. Eric stops the car, has gotten my luggage out of the trunk, and has my door open before I can even get my hand on the handle. He holds his hand out to help me get out of his car.
Once we get onto my porch, I dig into my purse for my keys. I unlock my door and step inside. “Eric will you please come in?” I hope I am making the right decision letting him in but he has been so nice and has carried my luggage up for me. My Gran would want me to be polite.
“Thank you Miss Stackhouse. Do you want me to leave your luggage right here or would you like me take it into your bedroom?” He says with a smirk.
“Right here is fine. I want to thank you for letting me stay with you last night and for driving me home. I really appreciate it. You didn’t have to do that and you were actually a gentleman. So thank you.”
He actually bows at me and says, “You are welcome Sookie. I need to go and get to Fangtasia but I will see you soon.” He leans down and kisses me on the cheek and then before I can blink he is gone.
When I woke up the next morning, it felt so good to be in my bed with the sunlight streaming through my windows. I got up and made some coffee so I could continue with my day. I needed to do laundry, clean the house, and call Sam to let him know I was back. After I got my laundry started and I had drunk a cup of coffee I decided to call Sam. Terry answered after two rings.
“Merlotte’s. This is Terry.”
“Hey Terry, its Sookie. Is Sam there?”
“Hey Sookie, yeah he’s here let me get him for you.”
“Hey. Sam. It’s Sookie. I just wanted to let you know that I’m back. When do you have me on the schedule next?”
“Cher! I’m so glad your back. How did your trip to Dallas go?”
“Not good but I don’t want to talk about it right now. I’ll tell you about it when I see you.” I don’t want to talk about it but I knew I would have to eventually and Sam needed to know that I was not involved with Bill anymore.
“I hope you’re okay. Can you work tomorrow night?”
“I’m fine and I’ll see you tomorrow night. Bye.”
The rest of the day, I spend it doing laundry and cleaning the house from top to bottom. I needed to keep my mind busy and cleaning is always the best therapy for me. Around 6:00, I was done cleaning and decided I needed to take a shower before I made myself some dinner.
I got out of the shower and had just gotten dressed when I heard a knock on my door. I lowered my shields to scan to see who it is. A void. Bill. I head downstairs and answer the door.
“Sookie. Can I please come in and talk to you and explain things?” Explain. I don’t know what there is to explain. He cheated on me. There isn’t anything to explain about that.
“Bill there is nothing to explain. I don’t want to talk to you and I don’t want to see you! Just please leave me alone.”
“But Sookie please.”
“No! Bill no! Leave me alone!” I slam the door shut and lock it. I go into the kitchen to start making me something for dinner but I just sit down at the table and cry for a few minutes. I can’t believe my first boyfriend, my first love of my life, my first everything cheated on me. I guess it’s no different from any other relationship that I would have been in if I was with a human man.
After eating dinner, I grab the book that I have been reading and snuggle up in bed to read. I didn’t read much of it. I couldn’t stop thinking about Bill and what would have happened if I hadn’t caught him. I slept restlessly all night. I kept having nightmares of find Bill having sex with different women in different places.
When I finally got up, I had slept most of the day away. It was almost 2:00 and I had to be at work by 4:00. I ran downstairs to start my coffee so it would be ready when I got out of the shower. After drinking my coffee I got dressed in my uniform, grabbed my purse, cell phone, keys, head out to my car and I’m on my way to work.
As I walked into Merlotte’s it looked just like it always does. Arlene is picking up an order at the window, Terry is cooking in the kitchen, Holly is serving drinks to one of the tables, and Sam is behind the bar. The normalcy is just what I needed. When I see Sam, he gets a big smile on his face and nods his head towards his office. The second I walk into Sam’s office, he closes his door and then envelopes me into a big hug and says, “I’m glad to have you back Cher.”
“I was only gone for a few days Sam,” I say chuckling.
“I know now tell me what happened in Dallas.”
I sat down and told him about the FOTS, finding Godric, him meeting the Sun, going to see Eric (which he didn’t seem to like), getting into a fight with Bill, and then seeing that he had cheated on me.
“So we are over Sam and then last night he came to my house trying to explain himself again. I just thought you should know in case he comes in here. We are not together.”
“Good! You are too good for those bloodsuckers.”
“I need to get to work. I’ll see you out there.” I didn’t want to get into it with Sam. I wanted to get my mind of Bill not fight Sam about why I had a vampire for a boyfriend.
My shift was running smoothly. I kept my shields up and had on a real smile until the whole bar went quiet. I turned around a saw that Bill had just came in and was walking to sit in my section.
“Do you want me to take care of him?” Sam asks me.
“No, I got it. Just don’t expect me to be nice,” I say as I’m walking over to Bill. “What can I get for you?” I say with my fake smile plastered on my face.
“I’ll have a True Blood O +.”
“We only have AB. Is that okay?” I didn’t want him drinking my blood type. I used to think it was sweet but now I find it creepy.
“That will be fine,” He says coolly.
I walk over to Sam at the bar and tell him one True Blood AB. Once it is out of the microwave, I put the lid back on it and shake it up. I sit it down on Bill’s table and start to walk away when I feel a steel grip around my wrist. I turn around and glare at him. “Let go of me! Now!”
“Sookie. Can I please just talk to you? Give me five minutes of your time. Let me explain.” Now the whole bar is looking at us.
“Bill I don’t want to talk to you. It’s over. Stop bothering me and let go of me!” I say in a whisper yell.
“No! You will listen to me!” Bill says while his grasp on my wrist is getting stronger and stronger.
“STOP! YOU’RE HURTING ME!” I yell and try to get him to let go of my wrist. I look at him and he has the strangest smile on his face. One that I have never seen before from him. It scares me. Does he like that he is hurting me?
Sam comes from around the bar telling Bill, “You need to leave. You are no longer welcome here.”
Bill let’s go of my wrist and walks out of the bar like nothing ever happened. I’m just glad he left. I don’t know how Sam thought he was going to make him leave. Was he planning on staking him? It’s not like Bill would have allowed that to happen.
I go into the bathroom for a few minutes to try to collect myself. I just have a couple more hours left of my shift and then I can go home. I have a feeling it is going to be a long two hours. When I resumed the rest of my shift, my shields were not as good as they were earlier. Everyone’s thoughts were about Bill and me.
Did you see the way he was looking at her?
She’s going to get herself killed someday.
That fang banging whore totally deserves whatever happens to her.
I was messing up orders, trying so hard not to listen to what they were thinking and not cry. I was at the counter picking up an order when I felt a void walk in. ‘Great Bill’s back. Could this night get any worse?’ I quickly take the order to its table and turn around expecting to see Bill sitting in my area. Only to my surprise, it’s Eric.
“Hey Eric. What can I get you?” I say while trying to block everyone’s thoughts on who this new vampire is.
“I’ll have a True Blood and hopefully a moment of your time,” Eric says while looking me up and down.
“Sure. I’ll be right back.” I walk over to the bar and put a bottle of True Blood in the microwave. Once the microwave goes off, I take it out, put the lid over it, and shake it while walking over to Eric. Everyone is wondering how I know this gorgeous vampire. All the women and quite a few men want him. As I am walking over to him, I take in the sight that is Eric Northman. He looks so good it should be illegal. Dressed in his standard black jeans, boots, and a V-neck T-shirt with his leather jacket on. His hair is slicked back and he is staring at me with those piercing blue eyes.
I place the bottle in front of him and take a seat. “So what brings you all the way out here tonight?” I say while looking down at the table.
“Sookie . . .” he says. I look up at him. “Are you okay? I felt that you were scared earlier and in pain?”
“I’m fine. Bill was here earlier and he won’t leave me alone.” I say as I wring my hands on top of the table. Eric shoots his arm across the table and his cool fingers gingerly takes a hold my wrist that is now slightly bruised from where Bill was holding it earlier. He runs a cool finger all the way around my wrist looking at the bruise.
“Who did this to you? Was it Bill?” He says as his eyes have a murderous look to them.
“Yes, he wanted to talk to me and I told him that it was over between us and I didn’t want to talk to him anymore. When I tried to walk away, he grabbed my wrist and wouldn’t let go.” I replied trying to keep the tears at bay.
Eric just sits there for a minute while his finger keeps tracing the bruise. “Does it hurt?” he asks.
“A little but it’s not so bad. I’ll live.” I glance up and he is just staring at me as if he is trying to figure something out. What he is trying to figure out I don’t know.
“I will go and talk to him. I’ll tell him to leave you alone that’s my job as Sheriff. How much longer is your shift?”
“I have about an hour left.” I answer.
“Good. That should be enough time for me to talk to him. I’ll see you soon Ms. Stackhouse.” And with that, he was up and out of the bar before I could blink.
The rest of my shift I had a difficult time keeping everyone’s thoughts out of my head. Now they were all thinking about Eric and having sex with him. Even some of the men. It seemed like the only one who wasn’t thinking about sex with Eric was Sam. He was upset that I was talking to another vampire. Once my shift was over, I got my purse out Sam’s office and walked out the back entrance to go to my car.
Walking over to my car, I saw a tall shadow leaning against my car. “Eric, what are you doing here? I thought you were going to go talk to Bill,” I asked puzzled.
“I went to talk to Bill but I don’t think he is going to listen to my warning. He was acting strange. Anyway, I thought I would escort you home to make sure that you make it, if that is all right with you.”
“That would be nice. I have a feeling Bill isn’t going to give up so easily.” I looked around and then asked, “Where is your car?”
In his bored tone he simply said, “I flew.” I stood there with my mouth hanging open for a few seconds. “Of course you flew. Is there nothing you can’t do?” He just looked at me with that damn smirk of his.
“So I guess we are taking my car. Do you want to drive or shall I?” Eric just looked distastefully at my car. “I will drive. You will just mess up my seat if you do.” Watching Eric try to get into my car was something else. He was lucky I moved the passenger seat back all the way, so he could get in. Still it looked like my car could barely contain him.
Once I arrived home, Eric walked me to my door. He had stopped right before he got to my porch. I looked back at him before I opened the door. I saw his nostrils flaring. “Is everything all right?” I asked.
“Compton’s has been by here very recently. After my visit with him. Can we talk inside?” I was tired and just wanted to take a shower but I gave in. “Eric, won’t you please come in.”
We went in and took a seat on my couch. I sat there looking at Eric and he just sat there looking in front of him. I didn’t know what he was doing. It seemed like he was never going to speak. Finally, he turned to me and said, “Have you rescinded Bill’s invitation to your home?” I don’t think I like where this is going.
“No. Why?” I ask him.
“I think you need to rescind his invitation. When I was over there earlier, he was acting as if he didn’t have to follow my orders. It was like he’s following orders from someone else. It was the way he was wording what he was saying. Something just seemed off and when we got here, I could smell that he had been here very recently. I just want you to be on the safe just in case.”
Without even thinking I say, “Bill Compton I rescind your invitation to my house. Will that work?” I ask.
“That will be fine. Are there any other vampires that have an invitation to your home besides me?” He asks.
“Nope, you are the only one.”
“Good. Where’s your phone at?”
I get up and go over to my purse to get it out. As I am walking back over to the couch, he holds out his hand for the phone. I hand it over to him and he quickly types a bunch of stuff into my phone. “I have put all my numbers in plus Pam’s if you need to reach me. If Bill tries or does anything, call me. When is the next night you have off?”
“Do you have plans for Sunday night? I think if Bill finds you home by yourself for the whole night he might try something.” Great! That’s really, what I want to hear.
“No, I don’t have any plans. What should I do?”
“Well if you had said a different night I would have asked you to come to Fangtasia but we are closed on Sunday’s. How about I come here?”
“You don’t have to babysit me. I’m sure you have better things to do with your free time.”
“How about we talk Saturday. If Bill has been continually bothering you then I will come Sunday and if not then I won’t come. How does that sound?”
“And what are we going to do if you come over here? Hmm. I can tell you right now we will not be having sex.”
“Oh, Sookie. You spoil all the fun.” He says smirking at me. “We can just hang out.”
“You, Eric Northman, want to just hang out. Do you even know how to hang out?” He lets out a loud roaring laugh.
“Of course I do. What do you think I do with my free time?” I raise my eyebrows at him. I’m sure he is having sex with someone during almost all of his free time that’s what I think.
“Don’t worry about it Sookie. I will try to be a gentleman. Haven’t I been good lately?”
“Yes, you have been good. I have to admit it. Fine we will hang out as friends and watch a movie or something.”
“Friends?” He asks.
“Yes, friends don’t you have any friends?”
“No, I’m a vampire. We don’t have friends. We have acquaintances but we don’t have friends.”
“Well that must be lonely. If you don’t have any friends then who can you trust?”
“Sookie. You can’t always trust your friends. You should know that.”
“I know. I think sometimes I trust a little too easily but I would hate to not be able to trust anyone.”
“I have a very select few that I trust.”
“Who do you trust?” I ask him.
“I did trust Godric and Pam. Pam is very loyal and I think I’m beginning to trust someone else.”
“Who is it that you think you can trust? You obviously don’t trust a lot of people and I don’t think you would be careless in giving your trust away.”
“I’m not careless in giving away my trust.”
“So who?” I ask again.
“I trust you.”
“Me. You trust me. Why do you trust me?”
“Because you are very loyal, trustworthy and many other things.”
“Really?” He just nods. “Well I’m honored that you trust me.”
“You could have staked me in my sleep in Dallas. I have never let anyone besides Pam and Godric sleep with me. Do you trust me?” He asks.
“Why don’t we talk about that another time? How about Sunday? I’m really tired and you probably have plenty of things you need to do.”
“As you wish. I will see on Sunday.”
We both get up and I walk him to the door. When we get to the door, he lifts up my bruised wrist again and looks at it. “If you want, I can heal your bruise. I would just have to rub my blood on it. You don’t have to drink any.”
“That’s really sweet Eric but its okay. It does hurt but thank you.”
“Good night Sookie.” He leans down and kisses me on the cheek.
“Good night Eric.”