I woke up to soft kisses being placed down my arm. What was Eric doing up already? Did I sleep the whole day away? I turned on my back to look at him.

“Hi!” I smiled up at him. “Did I sleep the whole day?” I asked.

“I believe so if this is the first you’re waking up,” I nodded my head. I couldn’t believe I had slept all day, but I guess I did go to sleep around dawn. I was definitely starting to keep vampire hours much to Eric’s delight.

“I have something I need to tell you. I don’t want you to think I was hiding it from you when you find out about it later,” I nodded for him to go on. “You asked me last night not to do anything to Sam for hurting you,” I nodded again. “Once we are bonded if anyone hurts you, I have the right to kill them. As it is now, you’re mine and he hurt you, so I could still hurt him, but with being bonded, it’s my right. I wouldn’t get into any trouble for it, no matter who it is. When we are bonded if I didn’t do anything, it would make me look weak, and also look as if I didn’t care about what happens to you, and we both know that isn’t the case,” he said, his eyes searching my face for understanding.

“Thank you for telling me and I appreciate it.”

“I told you I would always tell you the truth and I meant it. I hope that it doesn’t change your mind about bonding to me.”

“I’m not going to change my mind about it. I’m glad I know now. Would Sam know once we are bonded that if he hurt me that he would die?” I asked him.

“He would know. All Supes know what would happen to them if they caused a blood offense. I wasn’t trying to hide it from you. It didn’t even occur to me until after you fell asleep.”

“Thank you for being honest. So what’s on the agenda tonight?”

“I have to work for a couple of hours. You can come with me or you can stay here.”

“I’ll come with you. I can read the crowd again, but I need to eat something before we leave.”

“That’s fine. I’m going to go into my office and make a call. Come get me when you’re ready to leave.”

I got up and got ready for the night. Once I was ready to leave, I went up to Eric’s office to tell him I was ready and right before I got to the door, I heard him slam his phone down.

“Is everything okay?” I asked once I stepped into his office.

“It’s fine. I called your ex-shifter boss to inform him that he had hurt you last night and if it ever happens again that I will kill him. He didn’t believe me that he hurt you and demanded proof. We didn’t take pictures last night since we got carried away,” he said with a devilish smile before it quickly dropped. “I informed him that I had given you my blood so the bruises were gone.”

“I’m sorry it got ugly between the two of you.” He gave a curt nod. “I’m ready to go whenever you are.” He stood up and grabbed a bunch of papers to take with him. “What’s with all the papers?”

“Work. I was trying to get some work done here while you were getting ready.”

“Do you always have so much paperwork?”

“Yes,” he sighed. “I have paperwork for my sheriff duties, and then for the bar. Pam and I hate paperwork if you haven’t noticed all the papers on my desk. All those need to be filed and my filing system is horrible. The paperwork never ends and it keeps piling up on my desk.”

“What kind paperwork is it? Maybe I can help you?”

“For the bar there are receipts for the alcohol, merchandise, all of the employee’s info and scheduling, and things of that nature. For my sheriff duties, I have petitions to live in my Area and files on the vampires that are in my Area informing me where they live and work.”

“If you want, I can help organize your files and file your stuff away. Would that help?”

“That would help a great deal, Lover,” he smiled and kissed the tip of my nose. “I have an idea. How would you like to be the office manager? You would do the filing and schedule the staff. It’s not a full-time job, but you were worried about being bored. Since you will already be at Fangtasia, you could do this too. We can even look into online college classes for you.”

“That sounds good, and I’ve done some of that stuff for Sam before so it won’t be new to me.”

“Good. I can even put you on our health insurance plan since you will have an official title.”

“I’ve never had insurance before. That would really be nice.”

“All of our employees have health insurance. I take good care of my employees.”

“You certainly take good care of this employee,” I smiled up at him.

“You get extra perks that the others don’t get, but I’m happy that you think I’m taking good care of you,” he said as he walked by and smacked my ass.

“I’m glad I’m the only one getting these special perks. Nothing has happened to me since I’ve been in your care so I would have to say you are taking good care of me. I’m also very happy being with you, so that’s another way you are taking care of me. I’m going to be sad when I have to go back to Bon Temps. I’m going to miss not being able to see you so much.”

“You don’t have to go back to Bon Temps. You can stay in Shreveport. We already talked about you working more at Fangtasia,” he said, turning to look at me.

“I know we talked about me working there more, but where would I stay in Shreveport? My Gran’s house has been in my family for generations. I can’t sell it.”

“You would stay with me where you have been staying, and no one said you had to sell your house. If you don’t want it to be vacant, maybe you can rent it out to someone.”

“Maybe I could rent it if I stayed here, but don’t you want your house back to yourself? I’m sure you would like to go back to the peace and quiet that you had before I came along.”

“Sookie, we are going to be bonded tomorrow night. That’s a big commitment in my world, and I hope you understand that. Have I given you any reason to think that I would want you to leave?”

“No, you haven’t, but I’m sure when you first asked me to come and stay with you, you didn’t think I was never going to leave.”

“True, at the time, no, I wasn’t thinking that, but I like having you here. For once, my house actually feels like a home and not just a resting place. I enjoy being home, watching TV with you, and all the other things we do. I would miss you, too,” he said and placed a chaste kiss upon my lips. “Think about it. I know you’ve had so much to deal with lately, but really think about it. Just know that I want you here in Shreveport with me.”

“Are you sure you won’t get tired of me? I mean, you will be seeing me at home and at work all the time.”

A big smile spread across his face. “I’m quite sure. I like you at work, in my house, and in my bed,” he wiggled his eyebrows during that last part.

“I’ll think about it. So much has changed in such a short period. Up until I met Bill my life only involved Gran and work.”

“Is your life so bad now?” he asked, his brows furrowed.

“It’s not bad at all. I mean I would like it if Bill wasn’t stalking me, the Queen wasn’t after me, and Sam wasn’t such an asshole last night, but I’m happy I have you and I’m using my telepathy for something good.”

“You could do more with it if you wanted. I’m sure there would be many vampires who would hire you to read their employees, day people, and pets.”

“Maybe someday I will do more with it, but for now I’m happy to use it at Fangtasia. It’s getting easier to control it the more I use it.”

“If you ever want to do more with it, let me know, and we’ll figure out a way to make that happen.”

“Thank you!” He nodded and I smiled at him.


Once we got to Fangtasia, we headed straight to Eric’s office. There were tons of papers for me to go through and file. It took me a couple of hours to sort through what was bar business and sheriff business. Once I did that, I made each employee and vampire resident their own file. Eric had left to go out to sit on his throne while I finished.

I completed the filing and headed out to the bar. I ordered a gin and tonic and went to sit in Eric’s booth. When I got close to his throne, Eric extended his hand to me. I took it and he guided me to sit in the chair next to him.

“Are you done with the filing?”

“All done.”

“Really? You finished all of it?”

“I did. It really wasn’t that bad. Your office is now nice, clean, and organized.”

“Thank you. It will definitely make my job easier. Pam will be beyond happy once she finds out that you are taking care of the scheduling and she doesn’t have to deal with the employees.”

“I’m happy to help. She really isn’t much of a people person.”

“I’m going to go into my office for a few minutes to make some calls about tomorrow night and once I’m done, we can leave.”

“You really don’t have to do anything to make tomorrow night special.”

“I know I don’t have to, but I want to. Tomorrow night will be special because it will be the first and only time we bond to anyone.”

“You can’t say that. It will be the only time for me, but you can’t say that about yourself. You’ll have a long life ahead of you once I am gone.”

Eric stood up, took my hand, walked us back to his office, and sat us down on the couch.

“First of all, I don’t want to talk about you dying,” he said, and his words were strained.  “We’ve already discussed that by taking my blood you could live much longer than normal, and with your Fae heritage it could be even longer. Secondly, I have lived over a thousand years and have never bonded to anyone. You are the only one with whom I will ever bond.”

“Are you sure there won’t be some other girl the Queen wants that you won’t take pity on, and then bond with her?”

“If you haven’t noticed, I don’t like many humans. If the Queen tries to procure someone else, I won’t get in her way. I may not like the way she goes about doing things, but as long as it doesn’t involve you then I will leave her be.  So no pity bonding,” he said seriously. “Not for you or anyone else. I’m doing this because I care about you. There has never been another human that I’ve cared about besides my family,” he said while cupping my cheek with his palm.  We sat on the couch for a few minutes looking at one other.

Eventually our night had to proceed. “Why don’t you go back out to the bar, and I will come and get you in just a little while after I make my phone calls?”

“I’ll go read the customers till we are ready to go,” I said as I stood up and walked to the door.

“Sookie,” he called just as I started to head out the door. “The office looks good. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen my actual desk. Thank you,” he said as he looked up from his paperwork and gave me a genuine smile.

“You’re welcome,” I replied.

I walked back out to the bar and sat on a stool. Sitting there watching everyone and listening in, I was almost in my own downtime. It was the same thoughts they always had: sex, sex, sex with a vampire, being bit, and sex. It seemed like tonight I had nothing to report.

A few minutes later, an average-looking man with brown hair and eyes wearing khaki pants and a polo shirt came and sat down on the stool next to mine. When I say regular, I mean not a fangbanger. If only they knew that vampires didn’t like the way they dressed, making them look all Goth-like in their total black ensembles.

“Can I buy you a drink?” The man sitting next to me asked.

“No, thank you,” I said looking over at him and answering.

“Oh, come on. You’re sitting here; the least you can do is let me buy you a drink.”

The least I could do. Yeah, right.

“I appreciate the offer, but I’m getting ready to leave in a few minutes.”

“Could I talk you into staying a little while longer? The night’s still young. How about we get a drink, go sit in a booth, and get to know each other a little better?”

“I’m waiting for my boyfriend to come and get me, and then I’m leaving. I’m sure you can find someone else here to spend your night with.”

“I don’t see any other ladies here that I find as interesting as you. I think you’re just making up a boyfriend so I’ll leave you alone.”

“I’m not making him up, and it would probably be best if you left me alone.”

“Why would it be best? What’s he going to do? I can take care of myself.”

Just as he said that, Eric walked up behind him.

“I think it would be wise to leave her alone so I don’t drain you dry, blood bag,” Eric said with his fangs down.

Now the poor guy looked as if he was going to shit his pants! If he would have only left me alone.

“Hi, honey!” I said to Eric and he lifted his eyebrow at that. “I was just telling this guy that I was waiting for my boyfriend and we would be leaving soon, but he didn’t believe that I had a boyfriend.”

“I am most certainly not a figment of your imagination. I wouldn’t exactly call me your boyfriend but …”

“I’m sorry; I didn’t know she was yours. She doesn’t look like a fangbanger. I didn’t know. I’ll just go.” He got up to try and get away, but Eric loomed over him. His fangs looked longer than I had ever seen before, and he was pissed.  I could almost feel the rage rolling off him.

“She is MINE, but she is no fangbanger. You understand? If I ever see you in my bar again, it will be your last night alive,” Eric growled at him.

As the man ran out of the bar he ran into a few people, never once looking back.  I looked up at Eric and saw he was still seething. I put my hand on his arm and he slowly relaxed.

“Come on, let’s go home. It’s not a big deal,” I said as I led him out the back and to the car.

“What do you mean it’s not a big deal?” He finally said after he got in and started the car.

“It’s not a big deal being called a fangbanger or someone thinking I’m one. It’s not the worst I’ve been called. I’m used to it.”

“You shouldn’t be used to it. No one should be thinking bad things about you. I’m happy you are out of that small town where you grew up. I don’t know how you stayed there as long as you did,” he said with a growl.

“I’ve lived my entire life hearing all the horrible things people think about me, and I never said I was leaving Bon Temps!”

“First of all, you are one of the nicest, purest humans I’ve ever known. I don’t know how anyone could think anything badly of you. Why would you want to stay in a town full of all those judgmental people who think such negative things about you?”

“Not everyone thinks badly about me,” I said quietly.

“None of them should,” he said, and it almost sounded like a demand.  “You’ve never done anything wrong to any of them. I want you in Shreveport. I really think you’ll be happy here.”

“I told you I would think about it, and it’s nice to be somewhere people don’t call me ‘Crazy Sookie’ and to be accepted.”

“I don’t want to fight over this with you,” he said with a glance my way and reached for my hand, bringing it up to kiss the back of it. “I’ll support whatever decision you make, but I want you to know you are very much wanted here and I want you with me,” He said as we pull into his garage.

“Thank you,” I said with a smile. “I do like it here. It’s just so many changes in a short period. If I move here, I need to find someone to rent my house. I don’t want it sitting there collecting dust and getting rundown. It needs to be lived in.”

“Can you think of anyone to whom you would want to rent it?” He asked.

“Maybe Hoyt and Jessica. I know they’re getting pretty serious.” He raised his eyebrow at that.

“What?” I asked.

“You think Hoyt and Jessica should live together because they’re getting serious?” I nodded. “When we finish the bond tomorrow night, you don’t think our relationship will be much more serious than theirs?”

“Yeah, I guess so,” I said quietly.

“I think ours is already more serious and stronger than theirs, so I don’t see the problem with us living together.” I laughed at that. “What’s so funny?”

“I never thought I would be fighting you about living with you. I definitely would have thought it would be you who would want to live alone.”

“I did like living alone before you came to stay here. If it was anyone else I wouldn’t want them living here, but if it was anyone else they wouldn’t have gotten the invitation to even come to one of my houses. If you don’t want to live here we will make it work somehow, but do know I would miss you,” he said giving me sad puppy dog eyes that were hard to resist. “Don’t tell Pam I said that either!”

I laughed at him. “I won’t tell her. I promise.”

We were lying in bed after our second exchange with Eric’s head on my chest as I ran my fingers through his hair. I didn’t know what he was thinking, but I was trying to work everything out in my head.

I knew it made sense for me to live here, but I guess I thought I would always be in Bon Temps, living alone. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I would never get to have a normal life like everyone else. Then I met Bill, and I thought I was lucky to meet him and not be able to hear what he was thinking. Well, not so lucky for me once I found out he was only sent to procure me for the Queen. After we broke up, I really thought I would grow old and alone living in Gran’s house. I guess I had set my mind to that line of thinking.

Now here I was lying in bed with a 1000-year-old vampire whom I used to hate until I got to see the real him. Yes, I knew he was still ruthless, a killer, and a whole host of other bad things, but when he was with me, he was nothing but sweet and caring.

I looked down at him lying there with his head on my chest listening to my heartbeat, and he looked just like he did when he was sleeping. He was lying there with his eyes closed rubbing his hand up and down my arm while looking relaxed and peaceful. I realized at the moment that I loved him and I smiled while still running my fingers through his hair.

So there I was. I just realized that I love Eric Northman. I love him! So why would I want to go back and live in Bon Temps where most people were not nice to me when I could be here where I’m accepted for who I am with someone who cares for me? I realized that when I was with Eric I didn’t have to hide who I was, I was just me and he accepted me. All of me.

I decided that one day soon I was going to go to Bon Temps to get my clothes and everything else I needed. I was going to call Hoyt and ask him if he wanted to rent the house. I wouldn’t put my life on hold in Bon Temps when I could be here living a much happier life. I smiled again.

Eric angled his head up to be able to see me. “What’s going on in that pretty head of yours? You seemed to be in a very contemplative mood for quite a while and now you’re very happy,” he smiled up at me.

“I am very happy. Just thinking about life, everything, and making decisions, that kind of thing. I can’t wait to be able to tell what you’re feeling. It’s not quite fair that you get to feel everything I feel.”

“After tomorrow night you’ll be able to, although you may have to tell me to close the bond down some until you get used to it. It could be too overwhelming.”

“I’ll let you know if it becomes too much. Will I be able to close it down?”

“I’m not sure how it will work for you. I don’t think any vampire has ever been bonded to a fairy. I think you’ll be able to distinguish my feelings from yours because of your telepathy, and I don’t think it will be a problem for you, but let me know if it’s too much. I’ll close it down. If you can close it down, I’d rather you didn’t. What would happen if you were in danger and I couldn’t feel you? I’ve also grown accustomed to feeling you since Dallas and it will only become stronger after tomorrow night. It would disturb me greatly if I could no longer feel you.”

“Well, we don’t know if I will be able to or not, but I won’t try to close it down. Do I get any hints for tomorrow night?” I asked him fluttering my eyelashes.

“No hints.” He smirked at me, got up, and lay down beside me. “You should get some sleep. Tomorrow night will be a long night and I want you well rested,” he said.

I rolled onto my side; Eric pulled me against him, and held me close to him.

“Good night, Eric,” I said. I couldn’t wait to tell him my decision to move in with him, but I would wait until after tomorrow night. I wouldn’t be telling him I love him though. I didn’t know when I would say it to him but I would, although that might be the one thing that could scare him off.  However, he did say he would try to love me and mentioned that I should count on us being happy together and loving each other.

I turned around in his arms and kissed him. It was a nice, slow, and gentle kiss. Then I laid my head on his chest as I wrapped my arm around his side.

“Good night, Sookie. Sleep well,” Eric said. I felt him lay his cheek on top of my head and his chest expanded as he breathed me in.

I was almost asleep when I heard Eric whisper into the top of my head. “Jag älskar dig, min Sookie. Alltid. (I love you, my Sookie.  Always.)” I was too tired to say anything, but whatever it was that he said made me feel happy, special, and filled my body with warmth.

When I woke up the next day, it was already late afternoon. I decided I should start my coffee, eat breakfast, and then I would take a nice long bath.

Eric wanted tonight to be special so I figured I would scrub, shave, and lotion up my body so it would be silky smooth for him later on tonight. Once I was done prepping my body, it was only a few minutes until sunset so I slipped back into bed with Eric, snuggled up to his side, and draped his arm over me.

The moment Eric rose for the night he immediately tightened his hold on me. “Good evening, Lover,” he said before placing a kiss on the top of my head.

“Good evening, Eric. Did you sleep well?” I asked.

“Sleep is always the same for vampires since we die for the day. How has your day been?”

“I haven’t had much of a day. I got up late, had breakfast, and then took a long bath. Then it was time for you to get up so I came back in here to snuggle with you.”

“Hmmm, I do like waking up with you here feeling your warmth. I’ve never had anyone stay with me while I was dead for the day, but I think I’m becoming addicted to having you in my bed.”

“Good,” I said as I rubbed my hand along his chest. “I think you’ll be waking up with me in your bed more often.”

“Really?” he asked with a smile so bright it could have lit up the room. I answered him back with my own smile and a nod. “Did you decide this today?”

“Last night,” he raised an eyebrow at that. “I did a lot of thinking last night and realized a few things.”

“I would love to hear more,” he said as he ran the back of his hand along my jaw. “But we need to get ready for our night. If you go into the closet, you’ll find a garment bag on the left side of the closet where your dress is for tonight. There are also shoes for you in their box on the floor.”

“How did you get a dress here already?” I asked him.

“It was part of my preparations from last night. I had Pam pick up your outfit and put it in the closet. Now go get dressed while I take a shower,” he said and smacked me on the butt.

I walked into the closet and opened up the garment bag to find a gorgeous dress that had black lace overlay over a nude silky slip and black lace peep toe Louboutins.

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As usual, Eric had spent way too much money on my outfit. I wanted to tell him that he shouldn’t spend that much money on me, but I knew it would only cause a fight and I didn’t want to fight with him, not tonight.

I went into the bathroom to put on my makeup and do my hair. I put my makeup on a little heavier than normal and gave myself smoky eyes. I styled my hair into an updo with a braid that I had seen in a magazine that I really liked. I thought it would look nice for tonight.


I walked back into the closet to put on my dress and shoes. When I looked in the mirror I almost didn’t recognize myself. As I stepped out of the closet Eric was coming into the room and when he caught sight of me, he stopped dead in his tracks.

“You look absolutely stunning. I am a very lucky man,” he said with a smile. I felt myself blush.  I wasn’t used to receiving compliments like the one Eric had given me. “Are you ready to go?”

“Yes, and thank you so much for my lovely dress and shoes. They’re beautiful.”

“They are nothing compared to you,” he said and kissed my cheek. “We really should go so we are not late for our reservation.”

Eric held out his elbow for me to take and we walked downstairs and to the car. It was a little tricky getting into the car with the dress on, and I hoped Eric would continue to be a gentleman, helping me in and out of the car so I wouldn’t flash anyone. Of course, I didn’t have to worry, he was a perfect gentleman all night long, helping me in and out of the car, holding doors open for me, and pulling out my chair.

I was quite impressed with his manners. I couldn’t believe the trouble he went to trying to make our night special. When I thought back to the Eric before Dallas, I really didn’t know him at all. I also knew that I was the only one who had seen this side of him. I felt lucky to have him.

He took me to a beautiful restaurant that he had reserved just for us. I had the Ahi tuna with asparagus and a wild mushroom risotto. It was absolutely delicious. Eric drank some Royalty and for dessert, I had an amazing chocolate mousse. Everything was yummy and I was a little surprised that he had chosen the restaurant.

The restaurant also had a dance floor. We danced some fast and a couple of slow dances to a live band that was set up just for us. I love to dance but my feet were not used to dancing in high heels like the ones I had on tonight. Once they started to hurt we decided it was time to leave.

When we returned to the house, Eric asked me to wait in the car for a few minutes while he went inside to prepare a few things. I had no idea what he could possibly be doing but that was fine. I was excited for his surprise; so far this was the best date I had ever been on! It was nice talking with Eric about everyday normal stuff and being able to relax. Since he had reserved the whole place for us, there was no one there except the staff so I didn’t have to shield anyone’s thoughts.

Eric came back out to get me about five minutes later. He led me by the hand through the house where there were a few candles lighting our way leading to the bedroom. When he opened the door to the bedroom, I was astonished. There were probably a hundred candles lit all over the room in different sizes. I could also see candle light coming from the bathroom with soft classical music playing in the background.

Slowly we walked over to the bed while I took everything in. It brought tears to my eyes seeing just how special he had made tonight. It was so romantic and my vampire had done all of this for me. I felt so special and it was the first time in my life someone besides Gran had made me feel that way.

Eric sat on the bed and I walked over to stand in between his legs. He wiped a tear that had fallen down my cheek with his thumb.

“Although this is not something I have ever done before I thought this was romantic. Do you not like it?” He asked looking concerned.

“I love it! These are happy tears,” I smiled and looked up at him. “I was thinking you are the first person to ever make me feel special besides Gran and just how special you’ve made this night. “

“You are very special to me, Sookie. I don’t want you to ever forget that,” he said tucking a strand of escaped hair behind my ear. I reached up, put my hands on both sides of his face, and kissed him. I tried to put all the emotions I was feeling into that kiss.  Even though he could feel them, I still wanted to show him. When I pulled away to catch my breath, I looked into Eric’s eyes and knew I could get lost in those eyes for the rest of my days. They were so beautiful it was as if I was looking into an ocean of blue and they were so expressive.  If you really knew him, his emotions were easily seen in his eyes.

I smiled at him and ran my thumb over his lips while I kept my other hand on his cheek. I gave him one soft, lingering kiss and looked back into his eyes. “I love you, Eric. Thank you for tonight, for everything.”

Eric smiled the biggest, most devastatingly, beautiful smile I had ever seen. “Do you really mean that?” He asked me. I smiled brightly at him and nodded.

“Jag älskar dig också, älskare. (I love you too, Lover)” He pulled me onto the bed with him and flipped us so that he was atop me. Eric kissed my eyes, nose, and then my lips. He trailed open mouth kisses down my neck to my chest until he got to my dress, and then growled. I knew he was about to rip off my dress so I pushed on his shoulders to stop him.

He looked up at me with a sad expression on his face. “Please don’t rip this dress off of me, Eric. Tonight has been so special. I want to keep it and not have it torn to shreds. Please!” I begged.

“Very well, but hurry, Lover.” I jumped off the bed, ran to the bathroom to take care of other things while I was at it, and removed my dress. I was going to leave my lingerie on, but decided I would take that off as well so I could wear another time.

I walked back into the bedroom completely naked to find Eric the same way. I didn’t know if I would ever get used to seeing him that way. He was sheer perfection, and I had no idea what he was doing with me, but I knew I was one lucky woman.

I slowly walked back to the bed with a little more swing to my hips and Eric growled. By the time I made it to the bed, Eric had me on my back and his head was in between my thighs. Was there anything the man was not talented at? I wondered after he had given me my first orgasm of the night.

Eric slowly kissed his way up my body and when he got to my lips, he kissed me passionately while snaking his hand in between us to place him at my entrance. I thrust my hips forward to impale myself on him.

We both moaned once he was in all the way and he stilled to allow my body to stretch and accommodate his size. I ran my hands down his sides to his award-winning ass and pulled him against me. We slowly started to move together. This was him making love to me, showing me how much he cared while he touched my body reverently, and looked into my eyes the entire time.

Right when I felt the coiling of my orgasm start, Eric reached over to the nightstand and pulled out a gold knife with a jeweled handle with carvings on it. He continued slowly thrusting into me while he said, “Right before I bite you, I will cut into my neck, and you will drink from it. If you want to back out, now is the time. After this, we will be one forever. Do you understand?” he asked as he stared into my eyes, making me feel as if he could see deep into my soul.

“I understand. I don’t want to stop. I want this,” I said as my orgasm took over me. I yelled out, and once I started coming down Eric’s thrusts quickened. He raised his head and sliced a small cut in his neck before placing his neck at my mouth. I closed my mouth around the wound on his neck, and I felt him bite down where my shoulder and neck met. Another orgasm ripped through me, and then I felt like I was floating on clouds. It was exhilarating. I lay there with one of the biggest smiles on my face I’d ever had. I turned my head to look at Eric, his faced mirrored mine. I must have drifted off to sleep for a little while because when I awoke, Eric was laying on his side with his head propped up by his hand looking down at me.

“I’m sorry I fell asleep. I didn’t mean to, I guess I was just too relaxed,” I said giving him a sleepy smile.

“No need to be sorry. We shared something very intense and you needed some rest.”

“Yes, we did. Did you know it was going to be like that?” I asked.

“No,” he said shaking his head. “I was expecting it to be like the other blood exchanges, but this one was different, almost as if I had a slight buzz. How did you feel?”

“I felt amazing. I still do,” I giggled. “It was absolutely breathtaking. I’ve never felt anything like it.”

“I haven’t either and I wouldn’t mind trying to recreate it a few more times tonight,” He said wiggling his eyebrows at me and boy did we try to recreate it! After a couple of rounds of the most incredible sex I’d ever had, I was feeling what Eric was feeling, feeling the pleasure I was giving him. I couldn’t describe it. Eric got up from the bed and went into the bathroom. I could hear him turn on some water. He came back into the bedroom to retrieve me a few minutes later. I followed him in and saw he was filling up the bathtub. There were rose petals in the water and the bathroom was lit by more candlelight.

Eric stepped into the tub, and then helped me in. I sat between his legs relaxing against his chest with my head on his shoulder. Eric’s hands rested on my stomach and we sat there quietly, serenely, just being content with each other.

“I didn’t expect the bond to feel this way. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I like feeling you,” I smiled at him over my shoulder.

“I can feel you much stronger than I could before. You’ll never be alone now, Sookie. I’ll always be with you whether you like or not.”

“That doesn’t sound good.”

“If you are close to me when I am in bloodlust you will not enjoy it. When my darker side comes out, that is when you will not like the bond we now share, but I will try to dampen those feelings down so you do not get overwhelmed by them.”

“Are you planning on this happening often?”

“No, but I am a vampire. I have told you that you get to see the good side of me, but now you will also feel the bad when I have to deal with my other duties. Let’s not worry about that tonight though,” he said as he rubbed his hands down my arms.

“No, let’s not. I want to thank you again for such a great night. You did very well making everything so special for me.”

“I’m glad you enjoyed it.” He wrapped his arms around me and squeezed. “Let’s get you cleaned up before dawn comes.”

Eric began washing my body and, apparently, there were a few choice places that needed to be extra clean. He washed my hair and gave my scalp a nice massage. I could definitely get used to this! Once he was done, I turned around to wash him, and then his hair. He seemed to enjoy it as much as I had.

“Hmmm, no one has ever done this for me.”

“No one has ever washed your hair or bathed you?” I asked.

“No,” he gave his head a little shake. “I’ve never allowed anyone to be close to me as I have with you,” he said, his eyes still closed.  “I was probably a very young boy the last time anyone washed me. It was just a servant and not someone who cared for me.”

I leaned in and kissed him, my breasts pressing against his chest. “I enjoy caring for you, so get used to it,” I said and kissed him again.

Eric helped me out of the bathtub, dried me, and then dried himself at vamp speed before we got into bed. I laid my head on his chest and my leg over his. His body was still warm from the bath, which was definitely different. I was so comfy lying in his arms that I knew I would be asleep in no time. I snuggled in a little closer and Eric tightened his arms around me. He placed a kiss atop my head and said, “Jag älskar dig, kära en. God natt. Sov gott. (I love you, dear one.  Good night. Sleep well.)”

I do not know Swedish. All translations are from Google Translate.





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