Sookie’s Present: Chapter 3

Charlaine Harris owns almost everything. I own the rest. Thank you, SeriousCrush. I love you so! This chapter is inspired by the of Montreal song ‘Noir Blues to Tinnitus’ from the Daughter of Cloud album. (Haven’t heard it? You can find it on youtube.)

Erica, I added this chapter just for you.

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Chapter 3: You Won’t Be There

Eric’s POV.

Eric’s arm was wrapped around Sookie’s shoulder and he used his free hand to caress her hair. She radiated heat, warming him to his core. Her breath was even and slow, just like her heart. She had passed out over an hour ago, and there was no sign of her waking.

He smiled and buried his face in her hair. She smelled delicious. It had been years since he shared a bed so intimately with a human woman. Although sex was a regular occurrence, an emotional connection was rare. In fact, Pam was the last woman he’d been attracted to like that. He blinked. Suddenly, his mind filled with images of Sookie in his house, in his bed, and in his life for good. He shook the thoughts out of his head and swallowed hard.

Eric pulled away from her carefully, and walked to the window. He propped it open, letting the cool morning air kiss his naked body. The streets below were littered with fragments of costumes, empty cups, and broken beads.

The sun was coming. It was pushing against him, reminding him to go to ground. He had to get back to the Queen’s palace before it was too late.

He leaned over the bed and kissed Sookie on her swollen lips. A shiver went through him as a memory of her exquisite blood bloomed in his mind. “See you tonight.”

She smiled in her sleep and then rolled onto her side, clutching the pillow he had been using against her body.

He dressed quickly and ducked outside. Once he was in the cover of a dark alley, he took to the sky, flying quickly to the Royal Grounds. Eric stopped just outside. The man guarding the entrance nodded and let him pass. It was never a good idea to show up unannounced around the Queen. Sigebert and Wybert were known for their joy of dismemberment, and as Sophie-Anne’s personal bodyguards, they had plenty of opportunities to indulge themselves. Eric was quite attached to his appendages, so he always followed the rules.

The palace was fairly deserted. Everyone who had been at the meeting early that evening had left with Eric, spreading out to enjoy the one night a year when people didn’t seem to notice, or remember, that there were hungry vampires among them. It wasn’t an accident that their annual meeting with the Queen coincided with Mardi Gras.

Eric slipped into his room grateful he arrived before the others. He fell into his bed, closed his eyes, and inhaled. Sookie’s scent enveloped his body, lulling him to sleep.

He woke that evening with a smile on his lips and his fangs fully descended. Sookie’s name was on his lips. He couldn’t wait to see her again. Unfortunately, their second meeting was going to start soon. Eric fell into line with everyone else.

Sophie-Anne stood at the head of the table, her petite hands clasped. “I hope everyone enjoyed themselves last night. Now, on to the matters at hand, as you all know, the Great Revelation is coming. As Sheriffs of Louisiana, you will all have a role in keeping the peace in your Areas once that happens.”

The Great Revelation would change everything. Vampires could live openly. Of course, synthetic blood had a lot to do with making the Revelation possible. Humans had to feel safe before they could be expected to accept vampires. Eric just hoped it would be enough. Will Sookie accept me once we’re out in the open?

“Did you hear me, Mr. Northman?” Sophie-Anne was staring at him expectantly.

“No. I’m sorry.” He bowed his head deeply.

“You have my permission to go forward with the bar you and your partner have been asking about. You may open the night of the Great Revelation.”

“Thank you, Queen Sophie-Anne.” Eric bowed his head again. Pam would be thrilled. They already owned a building, but hadn’t renovated yet. Being a part of the system meant following orders and above all else, waiting for the Queen’s permission.

The Queen discussed business in every Area, speaking to each Sheriff until everyone was satisfied. She shared her plans for how the Great Revelation would take place and assured them she would do whatever she could to make the transition smooth for them.

The meeting seemed to drag on for hours. When Sophie-Anne finally dismissed them, Eric thanked her for her hospitality and rushed to his car.

The streets in New Orleans were crowded, but nothing like the previous night. The people swarming the roads were there to erase the evidence of the city’s annual celebration, toting around garbage bags and brooms.

Eric parked under the window of Sookie’s hotel. It was dark. He stayed close to the building as he hovered up to the second story window. It was still unlocked from the night before, and once Eric was inside, he knew immediately that something was wrong.

The beds were made and the room was empty. Sookie was gone.

Eric growled and gripped the edge of their bed, flipping it violently against the far wall. It landed with a heavy thud, crushing a lamp as it came to a stop. He focused his anger on the second bed, but stopped when he saw Sookie’s delicate purple wings crumpled between the headboard and box springs.

He held them gently in his hands and closed his eyes. They were the only proof his night with Sookie had actually happened.

Leaving the room in disarray, Eric took off. He had a long drive ahead of him. He tucked Sookie’s wings into the glove box of his car and sped out of town.

By the time he got to Shreveport, he was in a foul mood. He’d spent several frustrating hours in the car by himself. He chided himself for all the questions that went unanswered with her mysterious disappearance, but the one that stuck out above all others was: why did she matter so much?

He mulled it over in the parking lot outside the abandoned-looking building he and Pam bought last year. There was something about Sookie. Perhaps it was her innocence, or her raw desire, or the way her blood filled his body with euphoria. Whatever it was, he wanted her more than ever.

“Well?” Pam looked up over the ledger on his desk.

“She gave us her permission.” His voice was flat.

“Excellent!” Pam grinned and then narrowed her eyes. “What’s wrong? This is the news we’ve been waiting for since last year and you look like you just lost your fortune.” She gasped. “You didn’t, did you? We’re going to need it.”

“My accounts are fine, Pam,” he snapped. If only it was that simple. He would never admit he had feelings for a human. “The Great Revelation is in one month. Can you have it ready to open by then?” The empty building didn’t look like much, but Pam had a flair for decorating, which is why he called her and asked her to come back and help him.

She nodded. “You know I can.”

“Then get started, and let me work in peace.”

She slammed the ledger and walked toward the door. “Fine. I don’t want to spend time with you when you’re like this anyway.” With that, she was gone.

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Over the next few weeks, Pam came through. Every night the desolate space transformed more and more into an iconic vampire haven; it was straight out of a book by Anne Rice. Eric didn’t have much to do with it, except when she asked him for money. Other than that, she avoided him.

Everything worked out perfectly. Just as televisions across the globe announced their existence, Eric and Pam opened their doors to the public and Fangtasia was born.

Despite his success, Eric never found happiness. Night after night, Eric searched the crowd for Sookie, but she was never there.

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Poor Eric. He should’ve left a note. 🙂

On to Sookie’s Present: Chapter 4

54 thoughts on “Sookie’s Present: Chapter 3

  1. padore says:

    Although he is a vampire…he is just like a man! LOL I cannot wait for them to meet again!!

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  2. saldred75 says:

    a note would have been nice

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  3. E. B Rhome says:

    Oh Eric, for a thousand year old vampire, you can be pretty dense. If you want a repeat, you need to have a way to find her. *shakes head* She told him that she isn’t a local, and lives several hours away (ch. 1). What would make him think that she would be waiting in the hotel room for him to return if she had nothing to go on? A cell #, an email address, hell even the contact info for one of his companies would have better than nothing. If Sookie ends up attached to Bill, Eric with kick himself all the way to Valhalla for this missed opportunity. Wouldn’t that just be a bitch!

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    • LOL You nailed it! Eric made a mistake…and he will be kicking himself (sort of) in upcoming chapters. You’ll see! I feel bad for him though, being all secretive and whatnot. Of course Sookie’s terribly hurt by the whole thing. It’s just a mess. But don’t worry…I sort it all out…eventually. 🙂

      Thanks for reviewing!

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  4. theladykt says:

    yup def should have left a note. hmm wonder if SA is going to be as much trouble as in the past?

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  5. He definitely dropped the ball on leaving a note but really when has he wanted a woman more then one night? He’s clueless with good reason. I actually feel for poor Eric and his loneliness.

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  6. duckbutt60 says:

    Well –Sookie is certainly a unique name –could he start a search? I have to go back and re-read how much she told him about herself. Does he know she’s near?
    Oh my, I hope she doesn’t walk in on the arm of Compton –some things just shouldn’t happen 🙂
    Great update!
    Pat

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    • LOL There will be a bit of Bill in there, but only enough to rile poor Eric. 🙂 She didn’t tell him much, so he won’t have anything to go on. 🙂 But don’t worry, I’ll make things good again. Thanks so much for reviewing. Always lovely to hear from you Pat 🙂

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  7. ericluver says:

    I agree with duckbutt60. I hope that even if she does walk in with Bheeeeeel she really makes it clear that she’s NOT his. Maybe for once she’ll be smart. I hope she doesn’t give Eric too hard a time of it either. But this IS Sookie I suppose *sigh*

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    • Sookie’s going to be all kinds of confused, which will hopefully add just the right amount of fun. You’ll have to let me know. 🙂 Next chapter is when I start tweaking Dead Until Dark, so be prepared for more canon shifts. Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  8. What did he do with the fairy wings? Hmmm……

    Oh please, do not bring Beehl into this story!!! His presence would just ruin it.

    And I knew he should have left a note!!!!

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    • Bill’s going to be there, but only enough to complicate things for Sookie. Don’t worry…I’m not a fan of his. Poor Eric and his stupid man brain. He’ll get a chance to make it up to her though…eventually. 🙂

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  9. msbuffy says:

    Yes, he should have! My goodness, he’s been around long enough; if he wanted to see her the next night, he certainly knows how to go about getting his way! Silly vampire! Great chapter!

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    • Poor dumb Eric not knowing what to do. 🙂 I like to think he hasn’t been interested in anyone in a long time, so maybe he’s forgotten…and Sookie has no idea what to do either. Good times. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reviewing!

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  10. patsy1965 says:

    Poor Eric, he needs to relearn to think like a human just a little bit. He did keep her purple wings. I think if she finds out about that, she’ll be secretly happy. I can’t wait to see where you’re going to take this. patsy

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    • kardamon says:

      I agree! It will be a proof that he did come back looking for her, so he wasn’t trying to be a dick – just having a temporary idiocy attack…

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    • Who wouldn’t be happy to know Eric cherishes a tiny part of you? I hope you enjoy the next chapter…I’m a bit nervous, since Bill’s in there. But please keep in mind that I hate Bill…he’s just a tool (in more way than one) to get what I wanted out of the story. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  11. Tiffany says:

    Love this story and can’t wait for their future interactions!

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  12. lostinspace33 says:

    It astounds me that someone as old and experienced as Eric was surprised by her disappearance. She’s a young woman — and innocent to boot — who woke up alone in her hotel room after her very first night of passion…no note, no nothing! Granted, I wouldn’t have left — I would’ve stayed at Mardi Gras and gotten shit-faced to get over it — but I’ve never been much like Sookie. 😉

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    • He’s suffering from his emotions getting in the way of his brain functioning properly. I’ve had that happen before…and now he can’t find her and must focus all of his time on his new bar. Perfect for time to pass before they can reconnect. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  13. honulvr says:

    How sad is it that I feel so friggin’ bad for Eric? I guess I hadn’t thought about it last chapter, but I suppose they should have made some plans or talked about something personal enough to find each other. Did she even give him her full name? I hope for both their sakes that they find each other soon. Damn! Now I’m on pins and needles for them, but I am always a mess for Eric and what I tend to think of as his baby emotions that seem so strong, but that he doesn’t know what to do with. They can’t write bc no address 📫 they can’t email, no email address, 📩 no calling or texting without a number 📱 and definitely not close enough to use one of these 📢 it is quite shocking that Sookie isn’t more obsessed with finding a blank brain in such a pretty package. I can understand her panic since she has no way of knowing that he cannot give her pregnancy or disease, but that is all the more reason to try and find him. Oh, stupid inexperienced at wanting to see a woman for a second time Viking!! He should have left a note!!

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    • Well said! He’s so stupid sometimes!! 🙂 No name, no number, no address. Now they both must wait until chance brings them back together. Keep in mind the next chapter picks up in Dead Until Dark, so the characters and story line will be close to canon, except I hate Bill…so at least you’re lucky with that one. 🙂 I am so happy I elicited such a strong emotional response from you. Must mean I’m doing something right! But I am sorry to leave you hanging on pins and needles. I hope you continue to enjoy as you read! Thanks for the lovely review! 🙂

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  14. itsamia71 says:

    I almost feel sorry for him lol! Can’t wait for more.

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    • I totally feel sorry for him! He made a mistake and he knows it. Now he’s going to be tortured with the thoughts that he let her get away, and of course Sookie is pissed, so that’s not going to go well for him when they do meet again. 🙂 Poor, poor Eric. Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  15. ashmo2000 says:

    Eric should`ve left a note saying he’d be back and Sookie should’ve said she was there for only a night. Let’s see how they meet again 😉

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  16. murgatroid98 says:

    Great chapter. Poor, lonely Eric. It occurs to me he might have gotten her info from the desk clerk. Even if it was in (is it Dawn she was there with? It’s awful that I can’t remember.) Dawn’s name, he could have tracked them down.

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  17. trish1215 says:

    I hope Compton isn’t at their next meeting… Maybe Eric will recognize Dawn we she takes her walk on the wild side at Fangtasia… Better yet, perhaps the girls will go together.

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  18. YvonnA says:

    typical guy not saying goodbye….thats what you get E.
    More please…hehehe. I really where this is going.
    Btw, already got Kiss and Ride…Love it. And I added a review at Amazon. Keep up the wonderful stories….maybe if I come up with an exciting plot, I’ll suggest it.
    thank you so much – really enjoyed this chapter (even thou its so short)… 😉
    always,
    Yvonn

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    • Thank you so much for buying my short story. It’s a little thing, but I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for reviewing on Amazon too…always lovely to get reviews. 🙂

      I know, this chapter is rather short, but it’s what I had for his POV. I’m glad you liked it anyway! 🙂 Yep, Eric’s dumb, what can I say? They’ll meet again though, don’t you worry!! Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  19. redjane12 says:

    This broody Eric is lucky he’s got a patient-ish Pam around… He seems to be PMS-ing now when he only has himself to blame… I hope Sookie kicks his ass so he feels even worse… Perhaps she can make him jealous when she next visits Fangtasia? Although not with Bill Compton please… He is the worst…

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    • I agree, Bill is the worst, but he will be there…now, stick with me. Still there? Good. He serves a very good purpose, and that’s all. It’s the first time I’ve used Bill in a story to bring out the alpha in Eric, but I’m giving it a shot here… just know that I despise Bill and he’ll never have her in my stories. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!!

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      • redjane12 says:

        Always glad to see Alpha Eric… Esp in a jealous capacity… Most of my resentment towards Bill is due to writers (books, show etc) making Sookie fall for his bullshit far too easily as I do think Sookie is a smart woman, sure naive sometimes and not educate in the supernatural world at the beginning but once Bill showed his true nature I believe Sookie would have banished him forever… Alas…

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      • You and me both! I think she’s smart enough to know better. Eric was always the hero in the books, he saved her time and time again and what did CH do with him? Married him off to someone else. It’s horrible. I have no intention of doing that to her. 🙂 In my mind, Bill was always the villain. He uses her, lies to her, and mistreats her and she always goes back to him. Seriously disappointing. You gotta hand it to CH for writing an abusive relationship so well though, right? I think that was the one good thing about True Blood, the writers could see her as the victim, so they changed enough of the story to make her more powerful. In the meantime, they lost sight of Eric and made the storyline bizarre…but at least Bill isn’t AS douchey. The whole thing left me wanting more, which is why I write. 🙂

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  20. Pam says:

    Love the story! I can not wait to see how your Sookie interacts with Bill, Eric and also Pam. When can we have the next update?

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  21. Kim says:

    Poor Eric is clueless about this 21st century dating rituals. Maybe if he reads dear Abby he might get a glue. Ugh don’t even get me started on Billy boy.

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  22. Loftin says:

    Fantastic as usual. Im so excited for him and sookie to meet again. I hope she doesn’t stay upset for too long, especially once he explains what happened. Im sure in the heat of the impending dawn he forgot all about leaving a note for her. Cant wait for more.

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    • Thank you so much for reviewing! Lovely to hear from you. 🙂 I just posted chapter 4, and I hope you enjoy it! Eric and Sookie both made mistakes…and there’s going to be a lot of miscommunication they both need to deal with. 🙂 Thanks again!

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  23. gyllene says:

    He definitely should have left a note or woke her up.

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  24. geenakmom says:

    Oh he screwed the pooch on this one. I can’t believe he didn’t leave a note. And why would he think she’d be waiting in her hotel room? Why is he sitting there waiting for her to find him? Her name is so darn unique he should do a search for her. Ugh! Men can be so dense.

    Please no Beehl!

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  25. A note would have been a good idea. Now she’ll be pissed at him when they meet again. He should have broken into the hotel office & gotten her or Dawn’s address from the reservation.

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