Switched Ch 19: Bonded

Charlaine Harris owns almost everything. I own the rest.

You did it! You all reviewed SO much on FF.net that I made it PAST 1,000 reviews! Now, does anyone know how to contact the community to have them add my story? I sure as hell don’t! 🙂 Thank you so much for each and every review, I wouldn’t have gotten here without them!

I am so sorry it took me longer to post than I was anticipating! I got my first round of edits back from my editor, and spent a week working on getting my book a little more polished. It was a grueling, but a very educational, process.

SeriousCrush gave me the green light, which means so much to me. All remaining mistakes are my own.

This chapter is NOT work friendly, blah, blah, blah. You know the drill.

Now…on with the story



Sookie and Eric held each other for a long time, enjoying the night that surrounded them. Eventually Sookie began to feel the chill in the night air and after trying to wrap herself in the blanket, she realized something.

“Why can’t we go in my house?” She spoke into Eric’s naked chest, where she had been resting her head.

“Well…” Eric began, “because your house is under construction.”

Sookie jerked away from him, sitting upright. The blanket fell away from her and her skin was covered with goose bumps almost instantly. “What do you mean it’s under construction?”

Eric couldn’t pull his eyes away from her exposed body, a body he had become so familiar with.

Sookie reached over and cupped his chin until he was looking up into her face. She was smiling. “Well?”

Eric blinked. “I might as well show you. Would you like to get dressed? You look cold.” He reached out and brushed his fingers across her nipples, which had formed tiny pink peaks.

She batted his hand away playfully and pulled the cover-up over her head. “Are you going to get dressed?”

Eric shook his head. “I need to get reacquainted with my body.” He stood up and sauntered towards the house.

Sookie stared after him and laughed to herself. She was relieved that they were together, because otherwise, she would miss that magnificent ass.

Eric led her around the house to the front door. He pushed it open and tried to walk through, but couldn’t. “Why can’t I go in?” he grunted in frustration.

Sookie came up behind him and started laughing again. “Remember? You rescinded your invitation.” She looked inside the house and it was dark. The floor was shiny and the faint scent of lacquer filled her nose. “Why does it smell so bad? What did you do?” She turned to face him and put her hands on her hips.

“Invite me in, and I’ll show you.”

“Eric, won’t you please come in?” she said sweetly.

He gave her a nod and flipped the light on in the hallway. The floors gleamed in the bright light, making even the old paint on the walls look bright and new. “Terry and I refinished the floors, we should be able to move the furniture back in three days.”

They walked through the house, where he showed her one room after another, stopping to explain how he and Terry had done it, and where they had run into a problem with the sander. Eric was beaming with pride.

It was the best the floors had ever looked, and it was the most thoughtful gift Eric could have ever given her. She stopped when they reached her bedroom, and leaned against the doorframe, where she began to cry.

“Please don’t cry.” Eric was in front of her instantly, wiping her tears away and touching her face gently. “It was supposed to make you happy…”

“I am happy,” she said between sniffs. “I am so very happy!” She threw her arms around his neck and kissed him. Her lips were wet and warm and inviting. She pulled away from him and smiled. “You did so much for me…the floors, the flowers, the washer and dryer! Eric, why are you so good to me?” She still couldn’t understand.

“Because I love you, and I want to make you happy.” He kissed her again. “Can I make you happy again?”

She smiled at him and was about to explain that she really was happy when he dipped his fingers between her wet folds and rubbed her clit expertly. Her legs felt weak and she was gripping the doorframe. Sookie gasped and came within thirty seconds. She smiled at him. “You learned a lot, didn’t you?”

“Oh yes…”

She let go of the wall and pulled off the cover-up, letting it fall on the shiny empty floor. She reached out and grasped his cock. “So did I.” She manipulated him skillfully, collecting the precum and using it to make the head of his dick slippery. She worked him slowly, making his whole body twitch. “I liked this the best.” She twisted her hand around and around.

“Mm,” Eric managed to get out. He leaned heavily against the opposite side of the doorframe. He relented control, happy to follow her lead.

“But what I really longed for, was you.” Sookie closed the gap between them, crushing her body against his. “Your desire was so powerful. I couldn’t think straight. All I wanted was you.” She rubbed her breasts up and down his chest, still working his dick slowly so the head rubbed against her soft skin. “I wanted to bite you.” She nipped at his skin with her blunt teeth. “I wanted to fuck you.” Her voice was low and rough as she remembered his primal impulses.

Eric slid down the doorframe, until his foot hit the other side, his leg bridging the two. “Yes.”

“Is that how you always feel around me? That all-consuming desire?”

“Yes,” he breathed. “You are so beautiful and you smell so delicious. It is hard to think of anything else.” He gasped when her hot hand gripped his cock tighter.

She swung her leg over his outstretched one, straddling it and rubbing her moist heat all over his cool leg. She closed her eyes and moved up his leg until her body was against his again. She squeezed her thighs together at the same moment she squeezed his dick. “I longed for this heat, this soft, sweet-smelling skin, and this pulsing heart. Your body ached to be with my body. I fought it every moment I was awake. I don’t want you to fight it anymore,” she whispered into his mouth just before she kissed him again.

He opened his mouth to say something and she licked his fang. He growled and gripped her hips tightly, dragging her on top of his raging hard-on.

Sookie released her grip on his dick and put her arms around his neck, lifting herself up. She moaned when he spread her slick lips with the head of his cock, and then she sank down, taking him in all at once.

Their cries of pleasure filled the room, echoing off every surface and spilling out into the hall.

Eric leaned his shoulders and feet against the doorframes and thrust into her wildly, holding onto her hips the whole time. He never wanted to let her go.

She kissed him again, this time, biting his tongue, making him moan and thrust erratically. “I want more…” she begged.

He did not hesitate to give her what she wanted. He pierced the tip of his tongue and pushed it inside her mouth.

Sookie sucked on the tiny wound and moaned as she came. She could feel his blood coursing through her, infusing her body with his power once again.

The growl coming from Eric intensified, and he fought the urge to cum with her as she milked his tongue and cock at the same time. He was waiting…waiting to taste her again.

As if she could read his mind, she pulled away from him, licking his fang as she did. She smiled at him, showing him the smudge of blood across her front teeth. She caressed his face and shifted her body so that her breasts were thrust towards his open mouth. She continued to ride him as he completed the bite. Her skin muffled his moan of pleasure as he thrust into her over and over again as he came. She held onto him and felt a heightened sense of happiness, desire, and oddly, hunger.

“Is that you?” Eric asked as he licked his lips.

“Is what me?”

“That hunger…” He narrowed his eyes as he searched her face.

“Yes.” Her stomach growled as if on cue. “Wait…how can you feel my hunger?”

“It’s been hours since you’ve eaten.” Eric smiled and kissed her. “That was the third time we have exchanged blood. Can you feel me too?”

Sookie nodded. “I can feel your happiness and desire…or is that me?”

Eric chuckled. “Perhaps it’s both.” He hugged her tightly against his chest. “Thank you,” he whispered.

Sookie felt like crying and couldn’t tell if it was his emotion or hers…not that it mattered since they felt the same. “Thank you.”

“Let’s get you something to eat.” Eric lifted her off of his legs and put her on the ground. They both shuddered at the loss of contact. “There’s a little food in the fridge.” He steadied her as she walked towards the kitchen.

“Pizza?” Sookie asked in shock as she held the fridge open and gazed inside. “You’ve been eating pizza? Don’t you know what that will do to my ass?”

“Make it more delicious?” Eric guessed. “I’ll have to bite it later to see.”

“Funny.” She stared at him. She ran her hands over the curves in her hips and ass, not noticing any extra bulges from eating out for a week.

“I’ll have you know that I was very active in your body. I reached my limit of eggs and toast.”

“I meant to show you how to cook other things…I just couldn’t trust your urges.” Sookie shrugged. She pulled a piece of pizza out of the box and ate it cold. “Mm, this is SO good!”

Eric smiled at her. “Terry recommended the place. Said it was the best pizza in a hundred miles.” His face darkened. “What is it that haunts him?”

“The war. He doesn’t talk about it, but I’ve picked up bits and pieces. He doesn’t sleep well.”

“I could tell.” A plan began to form in his head. “I want to help him. Will you help me help him? I don’t think he’ll trust me without you.”

Sookie stared at him again. She stopped eating and narrowed her eyes at him. “You want to help him do what?”

“Forget.” Eric knew that he could glamour Terry, and perhaps with Sookie’s help, he would trust him enough to let him do it without adding to his anxiety.

She hugged him and fought back the tears that threatened to fall. She nodded, but was so overcome with emotion that she couldn’t speak.

“Why don’t we shower first, and then we can call him,” Eric suggested.

Sookie nodded again and finished eating before they showered. She laughed as she watched Eric walk outside to retrieve his clothes and then begrudgingly put them back on. When she opened her closet, she found it empty. “Eric, where are my clothes?”

“I moved some of them, with everything else, onto the porch. I packed the rest away, and put them upstairs.” He led her to the pile of clothes he had left out. “You should wear this.” He handed her a beautiful silk dress.

“Where did this come from?” Sookie scolded.

“Me. Now put it on!” Eric held it over her head and urged her arms into position until it was over her head.

“Eric! It’s too much.” She was looking at the rest of her new wardrobe. She felt like crying again. “Why am I so weepy?”

“You always feel like that!” Eric was smiling. “It’s not too much. You deserve it, and so much more.”

Sookie was on the brink of arguing with him, but then remembered that she had done things for him too…things that would tip the scales, at least a little. “After we see Terry, we need to go to Fangtasia.”

Eric’s eyes twinkled. He could tell she had a surprise of some sort because he could feel her excitement.

“Thank you, for everything,” Sookie said as they walked away from her house. “It is such a wonderful gift.”

“You’re welcome.” Eric squeezed her body against his. He opened her door and helped her in, admiring the way the fine material clung to her body as she settled into the deep seat. He struggled to fit behind the steering wheel, and then laughed as he realized that he had moved the seat all the way forward. “You have the shortest legs!” He slid the seat back all the way and sighed.

“My legs are not short! Yours are gangly!”

Eric lifted an eyebrow. “I was stating a fact, there’s no need for name calling.”

“Whatever lurpy.” Sookie giggled.

She gave him directions to Terry’s. Light was flickering from one of the windows. They got out of the car, and Terry’s dog bayed to announce the presence of visitors.

“Annie! Quiet!” Terry’s gruff voice called out. He moved towards the door after he told her to lay down several times. “Sookie! What are you doing here so late?” Terry gasped when Eric stepped forward.

“Terry, it’s okay. Will you invite us in?” Sookie asked.

Terry nodded numbly, backing up. “Please come in.”

Annie trotted out to sniff the company, and although she was leery of Eric at first, she took a seat on the floor right next to his leg when they all sat down inside.

Eric rested his hand on her head and stroked her. “I can see why you love her.” He smiled at Terry.

Terry shifted uncomfortably and spoke to Sookie. “I’m sorry, but I don’t think we’ve met. I think I woulda remembered a tall blond fella like him.”

Sookie laughed. “This is my…Eric.” She was at a loss for what to call him. Boyfriend? Lover? Bonded vampire? She shrugged. “Eric, this is Terry.” She introduced them to put Terry at ease.

Terry made eye contact with Eric, and his face went slack.

Sookie leaned back and watched the whole process.

Eric’s face was focused on Terry and he spoke in a low voice. “You will forget the pain, killing, and torture. You will live your life with the knowledge that you went to war, but you won’t remember what happened while you were there. You don’t want to remember.”

“I don’t want to remember,” Terry repeated. Tears spilled down his cheeks.

Eric maintained eye contact for a few more seconds and then blinked and smiled. “Thank you, Terry, for introducing me to Annie. Sookie, we should be going.”

Terry blinked and shook his head. His face was peaceful, but confused. “I’m so sorry, I must’ve zoned out for a minute! It was so great to see you again, Sookie and…”

“Eric,” Sookie offered.

“Nice to meet you Eric.” Terry smiled and stood aside while they walked out the door.

Eric patted Annie’s head one more time and then took Sookie’s arm and led her to the car.

“He looked so content,” Sookie commented as they drove away. “Thank you for helping him.”

“I’m just returning the favor.” Eric said, humbly. “Now, what is it that you wanted to show me at Fangtasia?”

Sookie smiled. “You’ll see.”


Fangtasia was bustling with humans and vampires, and as they made their way to Eric’s office, Sookie bumped into a vamp that suddenly stood up from a table. She rolled her eyes when she realized it was Vinnie, who looked as sour-faced as the first time she met him. “What are you going to complain about this time, Vinnie?”

Vinnie pulled his lip back in a sneer and let his mouth hang open in shock.

“I took care of the problem, just like I said I would, so unless you have something nice to say, I suggest you sit back down and shut up,” Sookie added. She pushed past him, bumping him with her shoulder.

He obediently moved out of her way and sat down, looking stunned.

When they were half way down the hall, Eric stopped her. “What was that all about?” His eyes were dancing.

“Oh shit!” Sookie gasped and covered her mouth. “I forgot!” Her pulse quickened as she realized that she just insulted a vampire that could kill her in the blink of an eye.

Eric let out a burst of laughter. “I’ve never seen anyone talk to Vinnie like that before!” He was impressed by her moxie, whether it was intentional or not.

Sookie relaxed and laughed too. “Pam called it ‘getting all southern-lady’ on him. He’s such a jerk!”

“Anyone else I should know about?” Eric crossed his arms over his chest.

“Well, you already met Dan.” She pursed her lips together. “And then there’s Charlotte. She just moved to Bon Temps. She’s very nice. I think we should pay her a visit and introduce her to a few of the locals.”

Eric smiled and opened the door to his office, only to find Pam hovering over Mel, who was sprawled on top of his desk.

Mel’s hands immediately flew to the hem of her disheveled shirt and button of her jeans, which was open. She turned ten shades of pink as she tried to cover her exposed body.

Pam gave them a fangy smile. “Sorry. I didn’t know you were coming in tonight.”

Sookie smiled and turned away so Mel could cover up, “I just wanted to show Eric the paperwork.”

“You mean…” Pam trailed off and ran over to where they were standing, leaving Mel to finish covering herself. “You’re back?” she added in a whisper looking into Eric’s eyes. “If you are, then you won’t mind this.” She cupped Eric’s dick through his pants.

“No, but she might.” Eric nodded his head to me and laughed.

“Hey!” Sookie and Mel shouted in unison.

“Get your hands off, he’s mine.” Sookie pouted.

Pam raised her eyebrow. “Yours?”

Eric nodded.

“My, my, my, you have had a busy night.” She looked at Eric and Sookie, and then at Mel who was staring at her hand, which was still firmly attached to Eric’s crotch. “Sorry, darling, I didn’t mean any harm.” She was back by Mel’s side in a flash.

“Is this what you do when I’m not here? Defile your girlfriend on my desk?” Eric thought he sounded a little like Sookie as he said it.

“Maybe,” Pam sassed.

“We need to get you your own office. I think I’m going to need my desk.” Eric groped Sookie’s ass, making her squeal.

Pam clapped her hands together with delight. “I would love my own office!” She wrapped her arm around Mel’s waist. “Glad to see that things are so…good between you.” She winked at Sookie.

“Thanks for everything Pam.” Sookie gave her a knowing smile.

“Any time. Think about what we talked about. You can do both…and I’ll hire you first!” Pam stopped on their way out of the room and looked at Eric. “Good to have you back, although I have to say that Sookie handled things remarkably well.”

“I saw!” Eric smiled.

Once they were alone, Eric turned to face her. “What is Pam talking about? Why is she going to hire you?”

Sookie opened a drawer full of files and pulled a folder out, handing it to him with a flourish. “To organize her life.”

Eric held the folder in his large hands and thumbed through it quickly. “You?”

“I had to do something to keep my mind off of you! So Pam gave me paperwork to sort and file and label. It took me a while to figure out where everything went, but I looked at the old files in the drawer to get an idea.”

“Thank you. It is so thoughtful and helpful!”

Sookie beamed at him. “Good, now I feel like we’re a little more even… although this is nothing compared to refinishing my floors!”

“Yes it is. You don’t know how much I dread paperwork. Thank you!” He cupped her chin and kissed her face.

“That reminds me…”

“What?” Eric asked, urging her to go on.

“My house is kind of under construction right now…”

“Yes.” He smiled.

“Well, I don’t really feel like sleeping in the kitchen. How many days…”

“Stay at my house. Stay with me.” He punctuated each statement with a kiss.

“Really?” She asked. Sookie had no intention of forcing herself on him, but the idea of being with him day and night made her immeasurably happy. “Are you sure?”

He nodded, rubbing his forehead against hers. “Nothing would make me happier.”

It turns out they both found plenty to make them happy in his office, and then over and over again wherever they went, as long as they were together.


Please comment… On to Switched Ch 20: Meeting the Queen

107 thoughts on “Switched Ch 19: Bonded

  1. whew hot blooded says:

    nice ending. they both bring something more to each other, and they learned and experienced it from the inside out too. looking forward to the epilogue.


    • They’re definitely bringing a little extra something to their relationship. 🙂 The epilogue is next on my list…along with finishing La Vie En Rose and my Viking in a kilt story. It’s all muddled in there right now. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        ah yes, i forgot about that kilt story 😉 i am sure that everyone has been awating more la vie en rose too. thanks for reminding me there is other good stuff to anticipate. nomnomnom *wipes mouth with back of arm*


      • Yep, there’s a lot of Eric-y goodness coming your way. Just as soon as I can focus my brain enough to get it all down and in writing. I’m working on it, I promise. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        looking forward to some viking tastiness, whenever it ripens sufficiently on the vine and you are ready to serve it up. chilled, heated or …how about both? 🙂 😉


      • I do enjoy the contrast between hot and cold. 🙂 Viking tastiness is headed your way. Hope you enjoy it!


      • Hiya, I was going through a little withdrawls…hoping you’re doing all right over there. Give me a yell so I can stop worrying. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        i have gnome reason to yell at you, even when you request it 🙂 but to prevent any begging, consider this your official shout out!! ah, i bet you feel so much better now 😉 no worries, i am here and was without electricity for a bit due to storms.

        it is grand to know that you are writing and working hard. am i reading between the lines, or are you feeling a bit stressed? i hope not, and remember to take care of you.


      • Ah yes, power outages and crazy storms…good times. We haven’t suffered from much of that, but I know that’s not the case in much of the US.

        Yep, writing and working and feeling good about it most of the time. I’ve had a few issues with nasty reviews, one of which just came through (anonymously, of course, which was nice because I could delete it). What is is with people?

        Time to focus on writing…did you see I posted an excerpt for my book on my other blog? I’m so excited! 🙂


      • whew hot blooded and weathering the storms says:

        i did see that and just wrote you about it…but now there is freaking lightning again, and i am going to have to shut down to avoid electrocution i guess….

        i know that you realize that you cannot be everyone’s cuppa, and that is just fine. others can visit the starbucks on every corner *giggles* i know you do not just want the good, but i can understand how the negative if not constructive is wasteful and can also be hurtful too. hang in there and i will try to return again if the weather allows for safe posting later. GAH! i love technology but hate having limits on usage. if you are not suffering this crazy weather, then i am happy for you, and the dogs too 🙂


      • We had a few intense thunder storms over the weekend. I need to visit my vet for a little valium for my poor old girl, she had a panic attack with each storm. Poor baby, hates loud noises! Sorry it’s been so awful there!

        I know I can’t please everyone, and I need to thicken my skin pronto…once my book drops I need to expect the worst and hope for the best. I just don’t know how to do that yet. November is going to be stressful, that’s for sure!


      • whew hot blooded and not trying to be too preachy says:

        oh the poor baby. yeah, give her some relief if she is suffering so. it was rocking the floor of the house so fierce here, and more today too.

        i agree that you need to find some balance and perspective with reviews and/or negative comments…but not sure i agree with idea to expect the worst…i think you should plan for the best and accommodate anything less when and if the need arises…see what i mean?! it is just a schema for you. i really do not want you to lose your excitement and dread november when it should be such a special time for you, and us, the fangirls 🙂

        i realize you are putting yourself out there and all, but you know that we (your devoted and adoring fans) already really do like and appreciate your writing. i cannot fathom that you would suddenly screw it up and create something yuck but even if you did, we would find a way to share constructively with you. so hang in there, and keep it positive and do not lose your momentum on this once in a lifetime journey you are undertaking. *gooooooooooooo, my favorite O – well second favorite if honest about big Os 😉 *


      • You need to stop leaving comments like that. I’m laughing like a crazy person. Good thing no one else is awake! LOL

        Thank you for your love and support, seriously. I’m a little jittery about this crazy thing, and I honestly can’t believe it’s happening. I got a message from the publisher telling me my manuscript is going for Final Line Editing. That’s the last stop. Whoa. The cover is almost done, and when it is, I’ll be sure to post it. It’s really amazing to even think about all this…I talk about it constantly at home, but then again I do admit to having a one-track mind. 🙂

        A dear friend of mine was discussing the effect of negative reviews, and she said something like: Your stories aren’t for everyone. There’s always going to be people who want drama, angst, and pain…and you won’t give it to them, so they will complain and go somewhere else to get it.

        I can live with that. I just hope I haven’t overlooked some detail that will offend throngs of readers, since that is never my goal.

        Did I tell you I’ve started writing a second book? Already about a 1/4 of the way through. 🙂 Gotta do something to keep my hands busy, right? 😉


      • whew hot blooded says:

        wonderful news if you are laughing, smiling, listening to your readers and your wise, dear friend. even better is that you are writing more… 🙂 brava! well done, lady. congrats on the final line, not at all like final death, right?! *giggles* i anticipate lila and more.

        it seems that many fanfic authors are finally moving forward with publishing now that the industry recognizes that there are some talents out there. others are published that are not gifted at all; the current chaos over crappy writers and poor storytelling is what amazes me more. it is the dumbing down of pervtootie and women IMNSHO 😦 it is not surprising when worthy writers succeed, but when shite ones do so well. you can never write for everyone but you have already secured your audience, and will be able to expand it soon too.

        stay focused and positive at this magnificent time in your life.


      • I think what I need is to print your wise words and post them all over my house, so whenever I doubt my progress or worthiness, I can just look at your kind words, and feel better immediately. 🙂

        I hope you know how much I adore your lovely words. Now, if I knew your real name, I’d be able to thank you properly in my acknowledgements…ball’s in your court. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded, and your secret gnome says:

        *hacking a lung* 😦 oh, how you made me choke on my coffee right now. my head even hurts from the intensity. wow, you gave me sparkles in my eyeballs 🙂 i do not think posting print outs of hippie pervtootie around your home is ideal for young children, and sick up doggies 😉

        you are so funny to me, and so dear too. i am glad that you find some meaning in my thoughts, since they are intended to bring you peace of mind, and comfort and joy too. your stories and your comments do the same for me and your other fans here too.

        what’s in a name? that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet *dramatically continues shakespeare from the fainting couch* regardless of my label, i am still me, and you already give me acknowledgment with your lovely words in return. i am honored that you thought of it, and it warms my heart on this challenging day. so thank you for that gift, dearest O. you are my secret O, and i am your secret gnome 😉


      • MySecretOFanFiction says:

        Well, I guess I’ll just give a generic shout out to my ff fans then. 🙂 I understand the need for privacy…it certainly is a tricky thing. 🙂 I am going to apologize again for disappearing for a month. I didn’t want to be gone so long, just so you know! 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        just got back into town and helping friend with surgery. glad to see you are ok. hope that you enjoyed your birthday. i appreciate your thoughts as always. i gnome you always have the best of intentions. *smooch*

        any other news?


      • Sounds like your life is even more full than mine! My birthday was marvelous. Trip to Vegas, not so much. The book is done, and now I’m supposed to be promoting it somehow. I guess this counts, right? 🙂

        Working on a second book, and over a long weekend (where I was in bed with stomach flu), a new book formed in my head! I love when that happens. While I have been writing, and working on my ‘craft’ through a class my publisher is offering, I have realized why my first book was rejected SO much: I suck at writing conflict. And why is that, you may ask? Because CH writes enough conflict for 50 books, but no happy ever afters…so I’m well versed in the happy part, but not the conflict/plot part! Lame. So the more I learn, the more I know I don’t know. It’s frustrating. I may have vented these issues to you before, and if that is the case, I’m so sorry! It’s been too long since we’ve spent any kind of quality time together. 🙂 Hope you’re well. I’ve missed you.


      • whew hot blooded says:

        never fear, i am here… barely…i should be in bed but am finishing laundry. today was a whopper combo of fear and fun, celebrations and surgery for loved ones. it was beyond being spread thin but i am here.

        i think conflict is not hard to pinpoint or develop, it is just not a fun escape from reality since we all deal with this in our daily grind. so i get the reason why you like to write a lighter, sexier story with minimal angst. it will be fascinating to see how you develop your new skills. the way i see (or in this case, read) it, we are never too old to learn something new…IN BED! ahhhhhhhhhhhh, pulled a fortune cookie on you! i am all about mirth over conflict too. however, i can deal with both if need be. so can you 🙂

        i gnome you can do it! it cannot be worse than vegas. *giggles in ignorance but gets the scent of family conflict*


      • I totally agree about conflict. It is not an escape from reality…but apparently it’s a necessity for plot development. I’m just grateful I found a publisher that was willing to take the time and explain that to me! LOL Otherwise I would’ve just thrown my hands up. Turns out the conflict I write is very subdued, so you shouldn’t cringe too much. 🙂 I am definitely learning new tricks (I’m the dog in this analogy), and hopefully I can keep all the rules and guidelines straight in my head. Very funny fortune cookie twist. You really got me with that one!

        I too am up to my eyeballs in laundry…but I didn’t stay up last night doing it. It can wait until today. 🙂 I’ll be harvesting the last of my garden too, since it’s going to freeze tonight. I have the most spectacular winter squashes, which are going to make awesome cookies and soups!

        Your gnomey nose is on the nose. Family conflict abounds, and I’m done with that. Life is too short for misery. Right? Right!


      • whew hot blooded says:

        you read me loud and clear and i read you loud and clear too. i made some chocozucchini muffins and some pumpkin soup. so we may not have been in touch but we are on the same page, in more ways than one.

        good to know that conflict will not be so overwhelming as to freak me out 🙂 yup, i too was recently on a trip with sibling issues, so again, feel you. yeah, life is definitely too short for misery if you can find an alternative.


      • whew hot blooded says:

        btw, congrats on second book, hope you are feeling better since flu and yippee on the birthday too. it is nice that you have courses being offered too since these may make things easier for future writing.

        learning new things does not mean that you should tear apart previous efforts, but consider the differences in what you can gain and apply as you move forward with new knowledge and skills. ADD to self, not subtract from self…mhhhmmm.

        i am not quite on top of my game and realized i missed saying stuff in my other post. i gnome you will pardon my errors today 🙂

        i have missed you too. i offer diminished quality but not intentionally; i am officially impaired from overuse in past couple weeks.


      • I totally agree. I have learned a lot, and can see a lot of things I would’ve done differently with Orchids for Lila, but I don’t intend to change them. It is a big huge piece of my life and while I can see mistakes, I am also proud of getting it together. Each story I write helps me grow and learn, and it’s scary as hell to do that in a public forum. It’s bad enough when you can see the flaws, but when countless others can too, it’s terrifying. It’s also rewarding that I got as far as I did. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I don’t plan on reading reviews for my book, because I already know it has problems. I just hope readers will understand it was a labor of love and cut me a break. 🙂

        Of course I will pardon your overused brain…you are nothing if not considerate. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        nice to know you are recognizing the good and allowing yourself to be imperfect, like the rest of us! i have never read a perfect story, or novel, and i never expect to read one. i cannot imagine trying to write a perfect anything either.

        if your writing entertains, and touches others, that is pretty damn good stuff IMHO. sounds like you have found and are maintaining the balance with this new venture. i am so proud of your growth and accomplishment, and it is wonderful to know that you are too!

        yearning to write better, and taking steps to make it happen shows that you care about what you do…and that is big deal when you look at others who publish for profit without polish. at least you are making an effort, and have not lost touch with the difference.

        nice to gnome, and i look forward to reading more of you now, and into the future.


      • Ok, I’m consolidating my responses! I’m sorry that you too have faced sibling issues recently. So stupid.

        I really am trying to find a balance with my writing and letting go of the idea it will all be just perfect. What it comes down to is that it was perfect for me at the time I wrote it. I have learned a lot since I wrote it, and assume I’ll continue to learn new things each and every time I write something new. Thanks for sharing your opinion about everything. It is lovely to know there are readers out there who don’t expect perfection, only entertainment. 🙂 I try to write love into every one of my stories, and could never crank out stories like some authors do. I always figure if I enjoy an author’s work, I’ll go read their other stuff, which means I’ll be disappointed if it’s just the same stuff over and over. Not that there are any ‘new’ love stories, but the scenes and characters are all different. I guess that makes them different enough for me. 🙂

        Ok, on to more writing. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        well done…i agree with all you said. i really like the idea that it may not be perfect but it was perfect for you at the time. this shows you are ready for growth and recognize the difference. *pats on the back*

        i am going to borrow that idea for myself when i try and feel succeeded, and then learn or do more and think wtf happened before- when i thought i was on track. i will now use my O-ism that it was just fine then, and be glad i am ready for even more 🙂

        i feel the love that you write. it reminds me of home cooking…hearty and real, with unique flair, and not too showy or overdone. always comfortable and just feels right. nothing beats the food made in a kitchen with love to spread like butter 😉 *giggles since i might have made myself hungry*

        i think that you get the idea, and, if not, i offer apologies. i am so tired that i hope i am making some sense. i wanted to write first chance i got since bit of time had passed. it has been bit busy hosting visitors, and dealing with neighbor’s surgery follow up. i am even too tired to bake right now, but guess what i did do……..*drum rolls* laundry and then some more laundry. some things never change it seems.

        stay well and thanks for recipes.


      • You know, if you happened to want to come and fold laundry at MY house, I wouldn’t stop you. Seriously. There are four baskets waiting for me. Why won’t it stop? 🙂 At least it’s clean, that’s better than dirty.

        Thanks for the love for my writing. You made ME hungry with your comparison to food…although in my defense, it is nearly lunchtime, so I’m starting to get really hungry. I always try to write stories that capture a character, and as I am learning about backstory and how to make characters deep, I know I have made tons of mistakes in the past. Hopefully the rest will even it out. 🙂

        I’m glad you agree with my sentiment, about how it was perfect at that moment. I remind myself all the time that I’m doing the best I can. Sometimes I fall short of %100, but who has time for that kind of perfection? I certainly don’t. You know, it was funny…in preschool this week, we had a Halloween party, and I was working with a couple of other parents to make mini pizzas for all the kids and parents, and one of the moms said, “I think you missed your calling in life! You should’ve run a pizza place!” I laughed and told her, “I’ve missed a great many callings in my life…but that doesn’t stop me from trying to do them all.” It was a very funny moment, because sometimes I feel so torn between the things I want to do that I can’t decide what I want to be ‘when I grow up,’ you know? Writing is definitely my favorite ‘missed calling’ and I’m just glad I found it before I died. 🙂

        Off to eat lunch! 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        i really like the way you expressed yourself in your reply. i agree with so much of what you said. we do not need or desire perfection, but to simply enjoy the effort and fruits of labors associated with creativity (including chores). some days, it is nicely folded laundry during dancing, and others, it is the delicious baked goods or soup i made from scratch…while singing and dancing badly again 🙂 it can be a poem i wrote, or the person i assisted, or the paid bill. if i find meaning in the way i did it, and not just the end task, then all the better for my being (and those around me too). if i focus on the futility of dusting…i may never function again! i am big on the mix and match activity as it makes the yuck seem less nasty. spoonful of sugar kinda thinking, i guess.

        if you open the restaurant, hippiepervtooties, and wear a kilt…i swear i will be there with squidily on! growth is the only evidence of life, and if we keep evolving or finding something to move forward with, i think it makes it so much better. i am not always best on this but i try to follow through and keep going in the better direction…most days 😉

        just switched out most of halloween stuff for turkey/harvest theme. lil bits of silly decor make the housework less taxing for me. i got some great baby gourds to put around candles, and some gobble napkins (yeah, i am that simple). i also made some pumpkin molasses dark chocolate cookies, apple cheddar ww bread, and pumpkin veg soup. sticking with a harvest theme until turkey time!

        i would fold the laundry if my arms stretched far enough to reach you dearO 😉 at least it is clean, and available to use. speaking of pizza, just had some delicious pesto shroom on ww this week. tasty and i bet you had a fun party.

        oh no! i am on a ramble…please accept my apologies. back to chores.


      • I love that you understand my sentiments…and I also love that my brain turned your sentence: assisting other people to: assaulting other people. I’m still laughing. 🙂 You’re right though, there’s no way you can get bogged down with expecting everything to be done all the time. It’s just impossible, and we are human, after all.

        I’m not sure I can compete with the menu of deliciousness you have shared here…but I will tell you I’m making pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes right now. It’s going to be awesome!! But perhaps not as awesome as your pesto mushroom pizza. Now I’m hungry!! Thanks for giving me menu ideas! 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        too funny that assist became assault…no, be nice to others. what kinda hippie are you? 😉

        yep, pancakes sound tasty. i made some cheese bread with veggies and some nutmeg bites. i have tomato harvest soup with avocado and gorgonzola for later. too bad you cannot partake of the safer bits 😉

        we are human? are you sure? that seems a bit disappointing sometimes… being more would be desired if it meant i could wiggle my nose and finish the chores. *snickers*


      • I know, I know…I don’t know what’s wrong with my brain! Seriously, I promise I don’t go around assaulting people. 🙂

        It sounds to me like your menu of yumminess puts mine to shame. Of course, since I can’t do dairy at my house, gorgonzola is out, but goat cheese is okay some of the time. I made tomato soup just before our first frost last month and it was SO delicious. My garden was awesome for the first time in years, which only makes me miss it more now that it’s freezing cold every day.

        I always wanted to be a bewitched witch. Wouldn’t that be handy? Laundry would be done, and my nose my be tired, but nothing else would be! 🙂


      • whew hot blooded and kilt talented says:

        good to know that you are not assaulting anyone 🙂 it was an amusing brainfart 😉

        aside from dairy, i am not close to putting you to shame…you have a garden for goodness sake! cooking is my outlet during chores, and a way to be creative. i do laundry and bake some zucchini or pumpkin things…i pay bills and go make soup. it is a hobby more than a required event. we could always eat processed and less bioavailable foods since we are not vegetarians. i do prefer to eat real and healthier foods though. cooking seems to be good time to sing and dance while all the mis en place occurs *giggles* i make it up as i go along.

        i do think it would be great to wiggle my nose to clean up and do chores, and it would make baking and cooking, and general living so much more hearty and free. if i did not have to follow up with all of it, i might be quite a mess…naw, i doubt it, but i would leave kitchen and bathrooms alone for sure 😉 *wiggle wiggle wiggle and snorts* 😦 i do not have witch powers for clean up apparently…and my mind is not able to lift kilts…but other parts of me still can quite effectively 🙂 one of two is not so bad after all…or is it very naughty *hmmm*


      • If only we could wiggle our noses to make all sorts of things happen. I think I should put my husband in a kilt and practice. A lot. 🙂 If only it were true. The world would be in trouble!

        I also sing and dance while I cook and bake…except for today. I was too tired today to do anything but get ready for one of two Thanksgiving feasts tomorrow. It feels REALLY good to sit down. My garden is sorely missed during the winter months. I should probably move to a warmer climate like CA. That would be even better because then I could grow lemons and avocados, and then I’d be SO happy. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        yummy…lemons and avocados. i do not envy you prep for two feasts but i do hope that you feast well, and give thanks too. 🙂 i know that you do already. i hope you enjoy the holiday.

        now, stop cooking and go practice making pretend kilt babies *gasps as pulls on floor to reach fainting couch since wiggling nose not moving me closer*


      • I’m laughing like a lunatic here. Thanks! 🙂 The work was long, but the feast was delicious. Speaking of avocados, I made ‘turkey’ avocado sandwiches for dinner and it was amazing. Not as good as real turkey, but hey, I use what I have. 🙂 Just to be clear does ‘practice making pretend kilt babies’ mean have sex? LOL


      • whew hot blooded and bit insane perhaps says:

        i have heard of avocado and i have heard of turkey…but never turkey as avocado. please explain this to me. i just ate some and plan to cook with some more avocado this week. i love the combo of t and a (turkey and avocado) too. i know you do not partake of the meat…i mean poultry..

        sex? what are you talking about? i meant for you to sew some kilts into fake babies? like squidily! *snorts and rolls around not even fooling myself with the delivery of this one* YOU GNOME WHAT I MEAN, jellybean…

        *slipping off of fainting couch while wiggling nose and trying to disappear*


      • I’m definitely crazy if I didn’t convey the turkey avocado thing. I made vegan turkey roast (with vital wheat gluten and seasonings) and then sliced it, put it on a sandwich, added avocados and ate it! See? No confusion, right?

        You didn’t convince me for even a second. Honestly, you need to work on your lying skills. 🙂 Or just keep making comments that make us both snort. Up to you! 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        i do have vital wheat gluten, and use it in my ww yeast breads…that i knead by hand 😉 can you share link or recipe for your vegan turkey? is it something i might like to make? hurry so i can decide if i need to add it to the list for myself and some friends. one of my vegan friends is doing a tofu based meal. we saw an article for veggieturducken and were horrified…so i am curious. i refer to it as veggieTURDucken, and do not get it wrong, i would not eat turducken either 🙂

        a sammie is just fine. i wish i was eating your meals instead of the gazillion heavy duty difficult to digest meals i am about to encounter. i am trying to keep the veggies under my control to keep them somewhat less cumbersome. it is hard during holidays to find lighter real food fare amongst my crew. what can i do? i do not want to offend but i do not want to be sick to my belly either.

        i am not a liar as there is no need to be one…i just say it like i mean it…urhm, usually, honestly, truthfully, genuinely, *coughs and drops far away from fainting couch*


      • Sorry I didn’t hurry enough. This is the link for the recipe: http://www.sabjimatablog.com/2010/11/05/thanksgiving-vegan-seitan-roast-turkey-recipe/

        Just keep in mind, it takes five-six hours to make. 😦 I like it, and once it’s cooled, you can slice it really thin for sandwiches. Very flavorful and all that.

        I know exactly what you mean about trying to moderate food during the holidays. I have a weakness for sweets and bread, and I know for a fact tomorrow that there will be five different kinds of pies. Oh god. I’m in trouble. 🙂 On the upside, I’m making rolls, which will be fairly healthy (and vegan). 🙂

        BTW, I am also horrified by a turducken, veg or otherwise. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        homemade kneaded bread takes hours so i am not phased at all. i love my carbs too and i can live off taters and bread and stuffing and dessert so it is a crazy time of year. i want to just sample and not go for seconds.

        i did make whole wheat cheesy rolls, pumpkin bread, veg medley, potato mash to ensure they are at least a bit healthier and real foodie. however, i am bound to lose a bit of control and gain a bit of weight…i accept it. i normally do not eat potatoes, bread, dressing, dessert in one sitting 🙂 that is just dangerous more than a hungry newbie vampire 😉 but believe me i am gonna today, and tomorrow is another day to give my belly a rest!

        which roll recipe do you use? wonder if similar to ones i make or not? i am going to check out the “turkey” recipe now.


      • Thanksgiving is a time of serious over eating for sure. I was laughing as we ate at one until none of us could move…and then for dinner? Pie of course! LOL It’s taken me a week to recover from the abundance of food, and only now, am I feeling comfortable in my pants again! 🙂 My friend just shared a potato roll recipe with me and it is fabulous. It calls for mashed potatoes which make them really soft. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        mhhh, sounds so good. *bends down and opens mouth awaiting a nibble*

        fresh herb cheddar whole wheat bread is next- once i am better.


      • whew hot blooded says:

        oh, i am missing quite a bit of ingredients so this is a no go for me right now. no way in universe am i going to head to a store right now if i can help it 😉


      • Yeah, don’t do it. I also recommend borrowing a stand mixer or bread machine for it. The dough is so gluteny it would make your arms fall off if you tried to knead it by hand. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        too sick to bake right now anyway but thanks for warning…of course, i do not own a stand mixer. i am out of the loop once again it seems.

        making hot tea is up my alley right about now.


      • So, are you better by now? Please say yes! I’ve been off the computer (except to write, really) for a few days, so I’m hoping you’re doing better!


      • whew hot blooded says:

        i am getting better. it was a bit of a wipe out and having holidays and some travel compounded things a bit. not baking yet and surprised i am missing it. hope you are well.


      • not yet…but working on it. This latest cold is all in my throat and sinuses. Sucky. I found a new recipe for wonton soup and it was AWESOME. I’ll be having it for lunch today!


      • whew hot blooded says:

        ohh what is that recipe. perhaps it will be my return to cooking again.

        feel better soon *making slurpy sounds imitating soup and sniffles*


      • I think I’m turning the corner on this illness…I’ve had a few low-key days, so that helps. 🙂 Here’s the soup recipe: http://dairyfreecooking.about.com/od/hotsoups/r/Recipe_VeganWontonSoup.htm

        I added baby corn and sugar snap peas to the broth and a little toasted sesame oil to each bowl. Delish. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        yummy, thanks for sharing. good you are feeling better now. physically…at least. now, get the mental bit on board and your soup will taste even better 😉 *slurps and snorts*


      • You’re right…it does taste better when my mind is sorted. I would be a fool to question if you’re always right…because I know you are. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        oh no, not always right, but close enough in this, i hope 😉

        it is good that you are feeling better and sorting it all out. feels good to have the flow back so you can hold your head up high, and bask in your own glorious self *feels like sunburn to me when you shine so brightly*


      • Oh no! I’m putting off enough glorious rays that you’re getting burned? I’m not sure it’s worth it at that price. 🙂

        Yes, you do seem to be right all the time. Just pointing out the obvious. 🙂 Just nod and smile. It’s good to agree with me. I know what I’m talking about here.


      • whew hot blooded and gatorade overloaded says:

        *nodding just to please you*

        i am sick with horrible stomach flu and it is dreadful. been laid up and not in a good way at all…

        you gnome how sick i am of gatorade about now? gah!

        sadly, just doing brief stints on computer so still not reading anything yet…hope you are still feeling better.


      • I am so sorry you’ve got the flu. I’ve heard it’s SO bad this year, and everyone seems to have it. Which means it’s just a matter of time before our house gets hit. So far, I’m just working on getting the tail end of this bronchial infection out of my lungs (but I was the only one who got it in my house, so that was a huge bonus. Sick tiny kids sucks.).

        I’m glad you know what’s good for you and agree with me. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        can you not just heal me somehow? am i asking too much? too much sick is wearing my big ass downnnnnnn…

        my worst is when i cannot eat or sleep and am losing it from both ends. just simply unbearable and i am miserable. *pitying self*

        good that you are better and the lil ones not affected. i surely hope this does not hit your household. if it does, tarp up asap!


      • Oh god, it sounds just as bad as the strain going around here. Is it lame for me to want to stay in lockdown in my house for the rest of winter? I don’t know if I could survive it…

        If I could heal you, I totally would. I would send you a big magical healing potions if I could…but alas, I am a human and of no help. I can tell you that this too shall pass, and when it does you will sing the praises of every day that goes on when you feel well again. 🙂 Hang in there… hugs from Utah.


      • whew hot blooded says:

        germ-free hugs back to you too. off to be still now. i am loathe to admit, but i am depleted just from our minor exchanges.

        yeah, i am ready to tent my surroundings and avoid any toxins from the outside world about now…*snorts*

        what do you mean you are human? wtf? you gotta be kidding me? no potions or cures for me? *sighs in frustration and weakly stomps off*


      • Are you really trying to throw a tantrum in your state? Save it, sister. Get back to me when you can storm off in style. 🙂 You should definitely snuggle in, keep food/drinks down, and get better. Every day helps, right? That means today is better, right? 🙂 Don’t respond if you’re tired, just keep them in your inbox and get back to me when you feel up to it. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        tantrum was lacking style fo sho…seem to only work when i can flail around on the fainting couch. perfect timing from you as i just sat down to be still a bit after finally stripping bed and washing linens. now too tired to make the bed again…just trying to wait it out a bit. lysol’d helloutta house and am sucking germ-free fumes- i hope 😉

        now to make bed and shower…then hopefully rest well. small goals and baby steps. tomorrow is another day…she said, right? *snorts*


      • I hate when that happens…you’re all sick, but you need to be in a clean bed, and then you change the bed and all you want to do is sleep…but then there’s not enough energy to even do that. Sometimes I just want to hire a maid. Really. Actually, sometimes I just want to hire a mom. That’s what I need when I’m sick, a woman to come in here and take care of me and everything else. My husband is a wonderful person, but he’s a man, and when I’m sick, he takes care of me, but the rest is forgotten, so I never really relax because I can’t stop thinking about the mountain of things piling up and waiting for me. It’s rough for sure. I got sick in October at a friend’s house while we were on vacation for a long weekend, and I got better after staying in bed for a day because while we were there, everything was taken care of. 🙂 I need to plan my illnesses better for sure! 🙂

        Today is a new day and I hope it finds you feeling better and not quite so ill and weak. I’m counting on being able to breathe through my nose one of these days…my throat has had enough! 🙂 Maybe tomorrow. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        think we are both finally turning the corner *knocking on wood and lighting candles and anything else not to hex it* i am tired of being sick with something…and my body is too old and worn out for this…it is too cold to be a crone gnome at your house right now…so not sure what will become of me. although cryotherapy might kill the germs for sure!!

        today is better, and i am taking baby steps to keep it that way. i have so much piling up, and i do understand what you mean. there is only so much i can do, and i do agree that women multitask in ways that men simply cannot due to brain differences. not being snarky but serious here. i hope you do not plan to be sick when vacay with friends but i get why that is easier sometimes 😉 i just want to not be sick for one whole week at this point…i am not even greedy about it right now 😉

        keep yourself healthy and breathing well 🙂


      • I know exactly what you mean. I got sick in December with a similar cough/sinus crap, and now this…only two weeks later. Not cool. Not cool.

        I agree. Men don’t typically multitask as well as women, and maybe it’s because of gender roles, I’m not sure. All I know is, left to his own devices, my husband wouldn’t get the kids to bed until after 9 and sandwiches would be the extent of prepared meals. Yes, I have high hopes, and no, I’m never pleasantly surprised when I leave them alone for a night out. 🙂 I’m not complaining though, because occasionally, I have a night out! Wahoo. 🙂 I’m due for another one coming up here…been cooped up with this damn cold for so long. I need a break for sure. 🙂

        Yes, it’s too cold here for sure. We’ve been below freezing for weeks now, and I’m all worried about our bees. I’ve read they can survive -20 weather, but I don’t want to find out. I just want it to be right around freezing every day just like it’s supposed to be. How can anyone enjoy the fluffy snow when it’s 7F? No one can! Not that I’m going snowshoeing any time soon…my lungs couldn’t take it. 🙂

        Get better, and keep eating. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        food still in the belly so success there. it is hard since most things i eat are too heavy to return to after such a body slam…i do not want to eat beans, avocados, broccoli, spinach, etc etc until i am bit less sloppy. it is always hard as this is my staple kind of stuff but i cannot tolerate it well for weeks usually. but rice and egg whites are not bad either. maybe i will graduate to some pumpkin soup soon. but right now i want nothing mushy for a bit 😉 too weak to cook and clean up still. baking some fresh bread or muffins might be good. perhaps a banana muffin some day soon.

        i love the snow too but it is tricky when you are still sick and it is so cold. i think bees will be okay. do you have a special overwinter house/shed for them to regulate temps, or prevent specific temps from killing them off? i am sure you know what you are doing. get that honey in your belly since it has antibac and anti inflammatory properties to heal you right now.

        the prarie is hard for ladies such as us *snorts*


      • That’s the way to do it, take things nice and slow and don’t overdo it in the kitchen. Nothing wrong with buying bread when you’re feeling like death! 🙂 I always know when I’m really starting to feel better because I start cooking again. 🙂

        No, the bees are just in their hive, with a windbreak on one side. No insulation or warming stuff, because it can prevent air circulation and cause mold. If they get too warm, they might venture out and freeze to death. I just hope the hive is cozy enough to keep them going for a another few weeks. Hopefully February won’t be so bitterly cold. It’s supposed to get above freezing next week, so that’s a bonus!


      • whew hot blooded says:

        you got windbreak so you are on track; i did not mean any warming or insulating stuff at all…that would be a problem. just meant structures like windbreak or surround to block some of the crazy nasty chills. sounds like you did it right, and i bet the bees will make you extra sweet honey out of gratitude 😉


      • Oh I hope they make it. I hope the wind break is enough, and I hope they come out once it warms up. We won’t see them until March or April at this rate (it has to be above 50F for them to be active). The inversion that traps the pollution around these parts is back, and only getting worse. So much for a chance to not cough…it’s just a whole different reason now. 🙂 Apparently, when we have an inversion, our pollution ranks up there with China. Wow. That’s saying something. The Wasatch mountains make a bowl, so the smog has nowhere to go. Lucky us.


      • whew hot blooded says:

        yikes. air purifier for all of you…the birds and the bees too 😉

        that is just not good for my crone gnome plans at all 😦


      • Air purifiers can’t touch this crap in the air. My eyes are bloodshot every day from it. Stupid pollution! When you come to live in my garden, bring a gas mask. 🙂


      • whew hot blooded says:

        you might just need to start digging my hole for when i come a crone gnoming…it might be for a final resting place, if that is the case. i do not think i would be able to see or breathe and then what is the point of it all *fake wails and falls to ground in defeat*


      • Yep, it’s disgusting. The air has been a green color for weeks now. Yuk. We had fog today, which is weird and uncommon, but at least you couldn’t see the pollution clearly. 🙂 I’ll make room for you in my garden, right next to all my raspberries. 🙂


  2. Duckbutt says:

    Great ending. Love the glamouring of Terry. That kind of made me well up a bit in the book. When Terry was asked what he wanted by Eric and Naill, I think what he wanted for keeping watch over Sookie he said he didn’t want his dogs to die (they were constantly being snake bitten or getting into something) and he said, ‘to forget”…..I lived through that Vietnam era and know a lot of men who suffered. He has a soft spot in my heart as a character.

    Now…on to the epilogue….any last minute Bill-bashing??? 🙂

    Always good! Pat


    • I agree about Terry needing a little extra love. Eric could easily take care of his poor broken brain, and I had to give him the opportunity to do it. I remember reading that in the book and it kills me that CH would write Eric and Naill as such manipulative jerks. I guess I’m just too soft. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Last minute Bill bashing? Hmm, tempting, but no. I’m pretty much done with that douche bag. LOL Thanks so much Pat, I do appreciate your reviews. 🙂


  3. Honulvr says:

    Very cute ending!


  4. I love this ending. Eric glamouring Terry so nice, it made me a little weepy! I’m glad they finally got to see what it’s like to be each other so they’ll be able to understand each other better from now on. I can’t wait for the epilogue!


    • It’s about time someone’s nice to Terry, isn’t it? There is a lot of understanding happening between them…and the epilogue is about half way done, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long! Thanks for reviewing! 🙂


  5. Fozzie says:

    Love the ending glamouring Terry was lovely of Eric. I think the things they have learned about each other is going to be a great help to the relationship. Wonderful as always.


    • Thank you so much for such a lovely review. 🙂 I think it’s about time Terry got some kindness from vamps, don’t you? Their relationship is going to be nice and solid, don’t you worry about that! 🙂


  6. Filagirl says:

    That was nice what you did for Terry, he needed help. You are so good at writing lemons. Thanks! I love the way this story is going. More please.


    • Thank you so much for that lovely comment, AND the compliments! I’m so glad you enjoyed the lemons…had to break in the new house, didn’t they? 🙂 I’m about half way through with the epilogue, so you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer for more. I just love Terry’s character, and it’s a shame that CH never helped him for the sake of helping him.


  7. This was a fabulous chapter. So glad that sook was able to accept things without her usual stubborn bullshit. Can’t wait for final update.


  8. Vicki (Ilive2read) says:

    Cannon Sookie would have went ballistic, so glad you wrote her a little more grateful for the gifts she was given. They will have a wonderful relationship. I enjoyed this story, and the ending was wonderful, especially Terry. Pam was as usual Pam lol. Looking forward to epi.


    • Thank you so much for that lovely comment! You know…I’m not a huge fan of canon Sookie. She’s too damn stubborn and stupid. She’d have to be to resist the Viking. 🙂 I love a good relationship building up and doing something nice for someone in need is always good in my books. The epilogue is about half finished, so it’s coming soon. Thanks again!


  9. Gemma C says:

    I adore the fact that Eric felt so strongly for Terry’s suffering that he glamoured him to give him some relief- a tear jerker for sure and something else to endear Eric to Sookie.
    I love this story, i can’t wait for the epilogue
    Best Wishes


    • Thank you so much! I’m so glad you have enjoyed the story, and I’m glad to hear that you loved Eric being a decent person to Terry. I thought it was about time. 🙂 Thanks again, and I’ll post the epilogue as soon as I finish it. 🙂


  10. MistressCinder says:

    I loved this story! It was interesting & a lot of fun. : )


  11. TriceNorthman says:

    Love the chapter and I’m dyin’ to read the epilogue. Thanks a lot for another great chapter and I’m soooo happy for Eric and Sookie, they’re together and they’re sweet!!!


    • Thanks so much for the lovely comment! I’m about half way through the epilogue, so I’ll post as soon as I get it done. 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the story…and thank you for always reviewing, here or there. 🙂


      • TriceNorthman says:

        Wow, I’m looking for read this new chapter, the epilogue, I can’t believe you’re ending this story already. Well, at least I hope you write more chapter of La Vie en Rose, 😀


      • I know, it’s your excitement that drives me to write. 🙂


      • TriceNorthman says:

        Thanks so much, I really love this fic. It’s totally different from others and I’m glad they’re together in the end. They know what it is to be in the other’s shoes and that’s something we all of us would want to experiement.


      • I know I would love to experience being in my husband’s body. 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it, and thanks for sharing the love. 🙂


  12. Cassandramrph says:

    I love how they came together in the end. Wonder if that is what you had in mind all along…..you said That the story had changed. Can’t wait to read more!


    • Oh yes, that is definitely what I had planned all along, there was just a little extra that needed to be added. I never can plan for the extra bits that beg to be written, I just have to get there and then write them! 🙂 More coming as soon as I finish it! 🙂


  13. Lauinia says:

    So, so lovely! Sookie and Eric are magnificent in this chapter and the sex feels so *real*. Awesome work.

    The part where Terry is glamoured is a really nice touch. I love the kind Eric almost as much as I love his badass side!

    Looking forward to the epilogue and more Vie En. x


    • Thank you so much for that amazing comment! I really love writing kind Eric (as you might have guessed). Thanks for the compliments! I’m working on the epilogue, so I’ll post it as soon as I can. 🙂 Thanks again…you just made my day!


  14. Loftin says:

    Awww…that was a sweet ending. This story was quite hilarious! I loved it just ask do all of your writing. I’m only too exited to read your book when it’s ready.


    • Thank you so much for reviewing here and sharing the love with me. I really enjoyed writing this story, and I’m hoping that you enjoy the epilogue just as much.

      My book gets closer to being done every day. I’ve gone through a second round of edits and it’s really starting to flow nicely, I think. Thank goodness for editors!

      Thanks agin for the review and the love, I always love hearing from you!


  15. AlphaEN says:

    Nice ending and a happy one! Looking forward to reading the epilogue. Thank you for this very entertaining and lighthearted story.


    • Thank you so much for reviewing here! 🙂 The epilogue is giving me a little trouble, but my editor and I are working on it…so hopefully you won’t have to wait too much longer. 🙂 Thanks again!


  16. Loved that he fixes Terry. I may borrow that – and give credit. OK – Steal! I know – but I love it.


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