Eric helped me get into the car, was around his side, and starting the car before I could even blink.

“Sookie,” Eric said. “Will you tell me what happened in there with the shifter?”

“It was his standard bullshit about how I needed to stay away from vampires. I told him that you’re going to protect me and that we’re together. He didn’t like that very much and he told me he wasn’t going to let me leave. We fought, and he told me if I left then I shouldn’t come back, so I quit,” I told him as I looked out the window.

“Did he hurt you?” Eric asked anger apparent in his voice.

“He grabbed my arm to stop me, but it didn’t hurt.”

“Are you sure? Are you not telling me that so I don’t go back in and kill him? You were very upset.”

“Yes, I was upset, but I’m sure. He was trying to tell me you were evil because you’re a vampire. I told him if that was the case then the same could be said for him since he’s a shifter. He didn’t like that very much.”

“I would say not,” he chuckled.

I turned to give him a small smile. Eric reached over and wiped away the tears on my cheek with the pad of his thumb.

“I don’t like to see you cry,” he said.

“I know. I’m sorry. That’s not how I expected my talk would go with Sam. He knows he can’t protect me from a bunch of vampires. If he really cared he would be happy that you’re protecting me.”

“He’s acting this way because he’s interested in you and because of his hatred of vampires.”

“He was my boss and friend. I would never date Sam!” I exclaimed.

“I hope that isn’t your rule. Not dating your bosses,” he smirked.

“It is.  It’s never a good idea to date your boss.  Too many things could go wrong.”

“I thought you were going to work for me some.” He looked as if he could pout.

“I am,” I said with a coy smile.

“How will that work if you won’t date your boss?”

“I guess I’ll just have to make another rule stating that I can only date my boss if he’s super hot and sexy,” I giggled.

“You think I’m hot and sexy? I would definitely agree with the sexy, but not the hot part.”

“Could your ego be any bigger?” I laughed.

“We can always try to find out.” He laughed back. “So what did you do today, Lover?”

“Lover?” I asked. I noticed a big smile on his face. “Well, I explored your house. Do you mind if I read some of your books in your office?”

“You can read whatever you want. Nothing is off-limits to you.”

“How many languages do you speak? There are books in there that look like they are from several different languages.”

“I speak twenty-five and a few dead languages. No one speaks Old Norse, the language I grew up using as a human and Godric taught me a couple of others.”

“That is amazing! Maybe someday you can teach me a language, maybe Old Norse or Swedish.”

“You would want to learn my language?” He asked with wonder in his voice.

“Why wouldn’t I? It’s a part of you and I would like to learn more about you,” I said as I squeezed his hand over the gearshift.

“Then it would be my pleasure to teach you,” he said with seductive smile.

“Does it bother you to talk about your human life?”

“It does and it doesn’t,” he shrugged. “It is not that I’m bothered by remembering when I was human because I am a vampire like Compton. There are certain things that I do not wish to remember or talk about. I will tell you more about it someday, but now is not the time.”

“That’s fine,” I replied. I didn’t want to upset him. I knew it could be a touchy subject for some vampires.

“This is not the setting in which I would want to talk about it, and I don’t want to make the night any worse. We’ll talk about it some other time. I like that you want to know more about me. No one has ever been interested before,” he squeezed my hand in return.

“I want to know anything that you’ll tell me,” I said giving him a smile. “Hey! You didn’t tell me that you have a pool. Do you ever use it?”

“I don’t use it very often, maybe only a handful of times.”

“Really? You should definitely use it more often. Will you go swimming with me one night?”

“It would be an honor to go swimming with you. If you are at my house I will definitely use it more,” he said waggling his eyebrows.

I laughed at him, “How long have you lived in that house? How many do you have in the area?”

“I have lived in that house for ten years and it’s my primary residence. I have three other houses in the area besides the cabin you have also seen. The house we are at now is my most secure and it cannot be traced back to me.”

We were quiet for the rest of the way home. I couldn’t believe how badly my meeting with Sam went. I really thought he was a true friend. Now I had to worry about the Queen and losing my job at Merlotte’s.

I knew if I worked for Eric I would be making plenty of money, but what was I going to do with my free time? I couldn’t sit around all the time.

Once we pulled into the garage, Eric turned to look at me. “Where have you gone in your thoughts throughout most of our way home?”

“I’ve just been thinking about Sam’s reaction, how I quit, and what to do about the Queen, you know, what every girl thinks about,” I said and smiled at him.

“Let’s go inside, we can sit and talk or we can go swimming, whichever you prefer although we do need to figure out what you want to do.”

We went inside the house and I made myself a little snack of apples with caramel sauce. After fixing my snack, we sat down in the dining room. I didn’t want to get the living room or anywhere else sticky with caramel. I didn’t think Eric would appreciate that very much.

“I’m sorry the shifter reacted so badly. Maybe if you give him time he’ll calm down and see that he overreacted,” Eric said when he joined me at the table.

“It doesn’t matter. A true friend wouldn’t act like that,” I said shaking my head. “He should have been happy or relieved that you were protecting me. Instead, he went on a rant about you being evil. I know you’re no saint, but you’ve treated me better than anyone ever has. What I was supposed to do? I quit. I know I can work for you, but that’s a long drive to make all the time. What am I supposed to do all day?”

“We’ll figure out something. I would think you would be happy with one job that pays well.”

“I am. I’m just worried about being bored during the day. I guess if I keep staying awake during vampire hours I won’t have to worry about that.”

“I would very much like it if you kept vampire hours more often,” he replied with his smirk.

“I’m sure you would,” I giggled. “As for the Queen thing, I’m still thinking on that. I know I need to make a decision, but I hate putting you in this position.”

“As I have already told you, I’m not willing to do anything less but what’s best for you. Don’t worry about me. I should not affect your decision.”

“How can you say that? Of course it affects you! You will be bound to me until the day I die. What happens if we don’t work out, and then hate one other? Would you want to be tied to me for the next sixty years if that happened? What happens when I’m old, wrinkly, and gray? You’re not going to be attracted to me then. If I’m around, I would not want to see you with other women.”

“Sookie,” he sighed. “I’m not going to get tired of you. Never in all of my existence have I ever had feelings for anyone. Therefore, that makes you very special. I would never disrespect you by not remaining true to you. If for some reason in the future, you want to leave me and have a family then I would let you go if that is what you truly wanted.

“All of this is very intense for a new relationship and it would be much easier if we had been together for longer. As for you getting older, perhaps someday you might want to become a vampire. In addition, if you were to take my blood regularly then you would age much more slowly, and, with you being part-fairy, who knows how long you’ll live? Even if you were to grow old and gray, do you believe I am so shallow? You’re just as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. I will not forget that after spending the next sixty years with you. You need to believe and think on this as if we will work, love each other, and be happy. Are you already getting tired of me?”

“Of course I’m not getting tired of you! You’re right though; I should look at our situation just you said. We’ll be happy and I’m very lucky to have you,” I said as I gave him a big smile.

“Of course you are lucky to have me,” he replied with a smirk. “Do you have any questions for me? I would be willing to answer anything you have to ask me.”

“I don’t really have any questions about my options. I’m almost certain I know what I want to do.”

“I am glad you are close to a decision. I don’t want to pressure you, but I want to make you as safe as possible, as soon as possible.”

“I know, and I thank you for not pressuring me. Just give me a little more time. I need tonight and you’ll have your answer by tomorrow. I promise.”

“So what do you want to do now? Do you want to go swimming?” He asked, that damn eyebrow raised.

“We can go swimming, but I don’t have a swimsuit,” I said.

“We don’t need swimsuits to get into the pool. I don’t even own one.”

“I don’t doubt that. What if the neighbors saw us? You may be fine running around naked, but I don’t want other people to see me.”

“I don’t want others to see you naked either. You don’t have to worry about anyone seeing you. My neighbors cannot see into the backyard and if anyone even tried, I’d make sure they didn’t remember.”

“If you promise that no one will be able to see us then let’s go enjoy that pool! I’m going to go into the bathroom and take care of some things and I’ll bring out some towels.”

“I’ll meet you out there unless you need me for anything.”

“I’ll be fine on my own, but thank you. I’ll see you out there in just a few minutes.”

I headed into the bathroom to do what humans do and quickly undressed. I would be furious if anyone was to catch us, but I knew that Eric would fulfill his promise to take care of anyone that tried.


I walked out into the backyard, but I didn’t see Eric anywhere. I looked into the pool and saw him swimming back and forth at the bottom of the pool using vampire speed. Instead of waiting for him to surface I slowly stepped in.

Once I moved into the water deep enough, I submerged myself to get my hair wet. Once I re-surfaced, I swept my hair from my face and rubbed the water out of my eyes. I noticed Eric from the deep end looking at me with a very mischievous expression  upon his face.

“What are you doing all the way down there?” I asked, even though I knew it couldn’t be anything good.

“Just watching you, that’s all,” he said with his sexy smirk and I laughed.

“Who are you trying to kid? Is that you trying to act innocent? If it is, you’re not doing a very good job.”

“What? I can’t believe you would think I have any ill intentions toward you. I am completely innocent,” he said, mock horror expressed on his handsome face.

“I’m not buying it, buddy,” I laughed as I swam toward him. Once I reached to him, I wrapped my arms around his neck and my legs around his waist. I looked up at him and smiled. “Hi!” I said and gave him chaste kiss on the lips.

“Hi!” He said with a genuine smile.

“You really should smile more often, you know. You have a beautiful smile.”

“Lover, I think you are the only one who has ever said that to me.”

“That’s probably because no one ever sees you smile this way. Well, I’m sure Pam has, but somehow I don’t see her describing to you the beauty of your smile.”

“Most likely not, and I would appreciate it if you didn’t mention it to Pam. She will taunt me unmercifully with it for decades.”

“I promise I won’t,” I said giggling while he started rubbing his hands up my arms. Suddenly, he stopped and his entire body tensed. “What is it? Is someone watching us?”

“Did the shifter cause these bruises on your arms, Sookie?” I looked down at my arms where Sam had grabbed ahold of me earlier and saw the bruises that had begun to form.

“I don’t know. My adrenaline was really pumping, I guess.  I really didn’t feel it at the time. I’m fine though, Eric, really. Let’s just enjoy being in the pool for a little while.”

“I cannot allow him get away with this. He hurt you, Sookie. We should drive there right now to show him what he has done to you, and then I will rip off his arms,”  he said while growling.

“No! We don’t need to do that. Please! I just want to stay here and enjoy the pool with you. If you really have to do something, you can take a picture of them when we get inside. Please, can we just stay home?” I begged.

I hoped I would convince Eric to not go and retaliate against Sam. I knew Sam hadn’t meant to hurt me, and I would feel terrible and guilty as sin if he were killed over a trivial argument. I could tell in some way that if Eric weren’t with me at that moment that he would have been running off on a rampage.

“I must do something regarding this, Sookie. When we go back inside we will take pictures, but this isn’t over. The shifter should have never laid his hands on you. I should have just killed him while we were there.”

“Eric, please don’t do anything to Sam. My guilt would be overwhelming if anything were to happen to him because of me. You should be happy that I quit and I will only work for you at this point.”

“It does bring me great relief and happiness that you will no longer be there. You have always been so much more capable than that place. You will even surpass that which you’ll be offering Fangtasia, but I must admit that I have always been selfish and I will enjoy your presence there. It is only for you that I will not harm the shifter physically.”

“Physically? What’s that mean?” I asked him.

“I will threaten him and I will show him the pictures. We will send them to him tonight. I am certain he will attempt to talk to you tomorrow because when he sees them, he will know that he is in deep shit with me and will most probably be quite remorseful for having hurt you.”

“I have no intention of talking to him if or when he calls, don’t worry about it. I’m sorry he has ruined our night. Let me try to make it up to you?” I asked while I slid my hand down his back until I reached his award-winning ass.

“I like the way you think, Miss Stackhouse. I’m sure we will find something to do that will improve our night in much more pleasurable ways.”

He leaned down and sucked on my bottom lip before kissing each corner of my mouth. I never knew what to expect from this man! If I thought he was going to be fast, then he was sweet and if I thought he was going to be sweet, he surprised me once again. Well, I guess I never really expected him to be sweet, but it was always such a delightful surprise.

Eric swam us over to the edge of the pool. Putting my back against the edge, we proceeded to make out like a couple of teenagers for what seemed like forever until I could no longer take it. “Let’s go inside,” I coaxed while I made an effort to wrap my hand around his thick cock to stroke it. He growled and zipped us out of the water. I suddenly found that I was lying on the bed with Eric leaning over me before I could even distinguish we were out of the pool!

“I want you to lie down,” I said. “I want to try something with you that I’ve never done before, so tell me if I’m doing something wrong. Okay?”

Eric lay down on the bed, nodding, while I moved to rise up on my knees beside him. I leaned over and kissed him deeply for a couple of minutes, and then worked my way down his neck until I reached one of his nipples. I ran my tongue around it while I rolled the other between my fingers. I bit his nipple knowing how much he liked it, but not hard enough to draw blood and then switched to the other side.

I kept working my way down, and once I arrived at his thick, large shaft, I licked him from base to his tip while scratching my nails down his chest. Eric moaned and closed his eyes when I took as much of him as I could into my mouth all the while stroking the rest with one hand and massaging his balls with the other.

I swirled my tongue around his head, and then dived down further upon him, taking more than before into my mouth. Eric’s groans were coming all the more frequently, so I figured I must have been doing something right. Bill had never wanted me to do this, but I had seen it in the minds of plenty to at least have some idea. Eric’s hands were in my hair and he let out a long groan.

“Sookie, I’m going to cum,” he said when his hands tightened in my hair and hips thrust forward as he shot his cum down my throat. I slowed down my bobbing and licked him clean. When I was all done, I kissed his tip. Eric then grabbed me, pulling me up to lay the mother of all kisses on me.

Once the kiss ended Eric asked, “Why did you ask me to tell you if you did something wrong? I can tell you unequivocally that there was not one single thing wrong. It was all right.”

“Really? So I did alright?” I asked him.

“More than alright. Why were you second guessing yourself, Lover?”

“I’ve never done that before. Bill hated oral sex, so I never had the opportunity. I wanted to do a good job for you.” I felt myself blush. I’d been taught that you weren’t supposed to talk about sex.

“You did an excellent job, Lover. With that being your first time, I have to say you’re a natural. You pleased me immeasurably. It was one of the best blow jobs I have ever been given, so you should be proud.” I blushed even more at his compliments.

“I have missed seeing you blush,” he said while running the back of his knuckles across my cheekbone. “I suppose I’ll have to try harder so I get to see it more often.” I slapped his arm playfully. “Now it’s my turn to show you great pleasure,” He said as he rolled us over so he that was on top of me.

Eric kissed and licked every inch of my body except for where I most wanted him. When I could no longer take it, I begged him. “Please Eric! I need you now!”

“Tell me what you need, Lover.”

“I need you inside of me right now. Please!” I begged and let out a little whimper.

“I’ll give you anything you ask. You only have to say the word,” He said while two of his fingers entered me to check my readiness. He moved onto his knees and slowly entered me. Once he was in all the way, he stopped to wait for me to adjust to his size. I didn’t know if I’d ever get used to feeling so full and complete while he was inside of me this way.

Eric looked down at me with an odd expression on his face. “What?” I asked him.

“You are so beautiful,” he said whispering, and then leaned down to kiss me. At first, it was slow and full of emotion. I wasn’t sure what the emotions were, but I knew I had never before been kissed with such fervor.

The faster he thrust into me, the more passionate the kiss grew until I had to break away for air. I looked up into his eyes and saw a man before me who treated me as no other had and likely never would if given the chance. I knew at that moment that I’d made the right decision; we should bond.

“Bite me, Eric! I want you to,” I told him while I turned my head to give him easier access. He kissed down my neck, licked my pulse point, and with one last kiss, he sunk his fangs into my neck. The feeling of his bite sent me over the edge. I turned my head and bit down on Eric’s neck hard enough to draw blood. Eric roared against my neck and I felt him shoot his cool seed into me.

I stopped sucking after the wound closed and gave his neck a kiss. I lay back smiling lazily while I basked in the afterglow of my orgasm and tried to catch my breath.

Eric was looking down at me, a shocked expression upon his face at least it was for him. He leaned down again and gave me another slow, lingering kiss before he pulled out and rolled over taking me with him.

We laid there quietly for awhile until Eric rolled me on to my back once more and looked down at me.

“Sookie, you know we just had our first blood exchange, right?” I nodded.

“I know. I knew what I was doing. I want to bond with you and it’s not just for my protection.”

“You’ve decided to bond with me? Are you sure? Once we exchange blood three times it will be permanent.”

“I know and I would still want to bond with you, although I probably would have waited a little longer to make it permanent. Would you still want to bond with me if I wasn’t in this situation?”

“Of course I would bond to you, and just as you said, I think that if we had more time then I would have waited a little longer to make it permanent. I would like to make our third exchange special. How would you feel if we exchanged again tomorrow night, and then the night after that could be our final exchange?”

“That’s fine. I know we don’t have time to waste and we don’t want the Queen to get ahold of me.”

“She will not get ahold of you. I won’t not permit her, also this way I will not get into any trouble for protecting you. I only wanted to make sure we are on the same timetable for the exchanges so that I can make plans and arrangements for our final exchange.”

“That’s very sweet of you, but you know you don’t have to do anything like that,” I said.

“I know I don’t, but I want to, so let me plan something just for you.” I nodded. It was very sweet that he wanted to make it special. Just that he was thinking of it made it all the more special to me.

I let out a big yawn and Eric chuckled, “You should go to sleep. It’s less than an hour till dawn and you need your rest.”

“Will you stay here with me?” I asked.

“I wouldn’t be anywhere else. How could I pass on such an opportunity to snuggle?”

“You don’t have to if you have things to do. I’ll be fine. I’ll be asleep very soon.”

“I want to be here with you and I really do like to snuggle with you, but that’s another thing that can’t get out.”

“It will be our little secret,” I told him and gave him a chaste kiss on the lips. I turned over on my side facing away from Eric. He snuggled in closely behind me with one hand around my waist and his face in my hair. “Good night, Eric,” I said with another big yawn.

“Good night, Lover. Sleep well.” I felt him kiss the back of my neck. Eric, the vampire to whom I was going to bond myself, the man I was falling for was the last thing that crossed my mind before I fell into a peaceful sleep.











  1. sam the shifter is so full of shit! he’s as bad as Jason about flying off the handle and saying things to hurt others.

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