Sookie’s Present: Chapter 8

Charlaine Harris owns almost everything. I own the rest. Thank you for always loving me, SeriousCrush.

On a very personal note, I would like to extend my thanks, once again, to all of you who came to my defense and helped me process the stupid negative reviews I’ve been getting on ff. I honestly can’t thank you enough for your love and support, because without it, I wouldn’t be here. As a thank you, I’ll be posting a spoiler for a little tiny hot story I’ve been working on. 🙂

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Chapter 8: Revelation

 

Sookie’s POV:

 

Sookie slept most of the day but when she woke, her body still ached. She was grateful that she was working the dinner shift.

When Bill showed up at Merlotte’s, she leaned over to him and said, “I’m not going anywhere tonight.”

His eyes registered hurt for a split second, and then it was gone. “Actually, I came here to tell you I’ll be gone for a few nights.”

The events of the previous evening had made her rethink her relationship with Bill, such as it was, but even then, she was still curious about his trip. He didn’t elaborate.

“I guess that’s fine.” She frowned. He hadn’t come to get her permission. It just seemed strange that he was so casual about leaving but still took the time out of his busy schedule to tell her.

“I care for you a great deal,” he said stiffly.

“I care for you too, things are just kind of complicated with you, aren’t they?”

“They would be complicated with Eric too.” Eric’s name came out as a snarl.

Jealousy didn’t suit him. It made his handsome features downright ugly.

She didn’t have time for petty arguments about whom she belonged to. She had work to do. She had to find a killer. That was when she remembered what Arlene said the night before. “Excuse me.”

She turned away from Bill and walked straight toward Arlene. “Can I have a word with you in the ladies?”

Arlene smiled and nodded, thinking Sookie had finally lost her mind.

When they were alone together, Sookie whispered, “I meant to ask you about what you said last night.”

“What’d I say?” Arlene scratched her head.

“About everything being okay at home.” Sookie listened to Arlene before she answered.

“Rene mentioned something about the lights not being on. Is something wrong with your power? You didn’t miss a bill did, ya?” Concern twisted her smile into a frown.

Why was Rene at her house? She couldn’t think of a reason he’d be at her house, without Arlene. And then it hit her. What if Rene was the Bon Temps Strangler? A sickening lump sunk to the pit of her stomach. If it was true, Arlene had no idea. Sookie plastered a smile on her face. “Oh, I need to replace the outside light, it burned out,” she lied. “Sorry to drag you in here. I guess I should get back to my tables.” She needed to tell Bill what was going on.

Sookie suspected most of the men in town at one point, but Rene was always off the list because he was a family friend and a good dad to Arlene’s kids. All that changed with the thought of him lurking outside her house.

Now, she needed help. For once, having a strong vampire stalking her at work seemed fine. She deflated when she turned the corner. Bill was already gone. Now what was she going to do? She couldn’t call the police, she had no evidence.

She had to tell someone, and then she saw Sam. He had been a reliable friend in the past, so he seemed like the perfect choice.

When she finally got his attention, she nodded down the hall toward his office. His eyes were filled with sorrow, silencing her.

“They’re coming for Jason.”

“Who is?” How had she missed that information in all her listening?

“Andy and Bud. They think he’s the one who’s killing those women. The knife you turned in is the same kind Jason uses.”

“Jason?”

“There’s um, evidence that he was with them the night they were killed, too.” Sam looked at his feet, but Sookie caught a glimpse of what was going on inside his head. Videotapes. The police had been really quiet about that.

Sookie grimaced and then shook her head. “They’re wrong. It’s Rene.”

“Arlene’s Rene?” He looked like he was going to laugh.

She nodded her head emphatically. “Don’t look at me like that. I’m not crazy.” A chuckle escaped his mouth, pushing her over the edge. “Whatever. Don’t believe me. But I’m not going to sit around here waiting for him to kill me.” She grabbed her purse from his desk and threw her apron down. She only had one more chance to get help.

*0*0*0*

Sookie’s heart raced as she sat outside Fangtasia. She tilted the rearview mirror and looked herself in the eyes. “What are you thinking? Eric’s not going to keep you safe.” Unless he staked another vamp for her. She shuddered at the thought of being splattered with paranormal entrails.

But the truth of the matter was that he was her last hope. She pulled the elastic away from her ponytail, letting her hair cascade over her shoulders. It was a slight improvement.

Once inside, she scanned the room and found him immediately. Eric was in the same chair he’d been in the first night she visited Fangtasia: surrounded by fangbangers and Pam. Pam saw her before he did. She smiled, probably waiting to see if Sookie would punch him in the face again.

As Sookie approached, Eric straightened his back and barked orders at the humans around him, making them go away. “Miss Stackhouse. What a surprise.”

“How’s your carpet?” she blurted out.

Amusement danced in his eyes. “Stained. How’s your side?”

She rubbed it. “Sore.” She cleared her throat. “Can I talk to you in private?”

Eric didn’t respond, he just got up and walked toward his office. Sookie followed him. When they got inside, she stared at the floor. It was remarkably clean. “Not as bad as I was thinking.”

“Why are you here?” Eric moved quickly and shut the door.

Her pulse sped up. “I think I know who the Bon Temps Strangler is.”

Eric raised his eyebrow. “And what do you expect me to do with this information?”

Her mouth opened and closed like a fish out of water. “Well I don’t know. Help me?”

“Do you want me to kill him?” Eric’s eyes lit up.

“No. There’s already been enough killing. I just thought you might want to…”

“Get mixed up in a case where police already suspect vampires?” He crossed his arms over his chest. “Why isn’t Bill helping you?”

She rolled her eyes. She’d had enough jealousy for the night. “Forget I even asked. I’m going to warn my gran.” She should’ve done that to begin with.

Sookie couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Eric didn’t stop her. Her eyes burned with tears. One after another, the people keeping her hope alive disappeared. The drive to and from Shreveport had cost her nearly two hours of time.

Time was not on her side.

She sped down the long driveway to her brother’s house and stopped abruptly when she saw how dark the house was. And then she remembered: it was Friday night. Gran’s Descendants of the Glorious Dead meetings were Friday nights, and although it was nearly ten o’clock, it wasn’t unusual for a meeting to go that late. Jason was probably out on a date. Either that, or Andy and Bud had already made a move on him and he was in jail. She’d sort that out as soon as she made sure Gran was okay.

With her keys in her hand, she walked toward the front door.

Headlights switched on, blinding her. She hadn’t even checked to see if she was alone. She held her hand up to shield her eyes and called out, “Jason?”

After a few steps toward the truck, she stopped dead in her tracks. A snarly mess of hate assaulted her as the killer’s thoughts filled her head. Boots crunched on the gravel when he got out. As he made his way toward her, his headlights illuminated the length of rope hanging slack from his hand. Sookie dropped her keys.

She willed her feet to move, but her body was paralyzed with fear. Rene stood a few feet away, backlit by his truck, giving him an angelic glow. A step closer and she could see the bitterness on his face.

“You deserve to die. Just like the rest of them.” A fine spray of spit accompanied every word. And then she saw them, Dawn, Maudette, and three other girls she didn’t recognize. Beaten, choked to death, and then raped.

Tears stung the corners of her eyes for the second time that night. He was thinking about how he was going to kill her. How sweet it was going to be to steal the life from her body. She couldn’t get out of his head, his thoughts pulling her down into a spiral of darkness.

Her flight instincts finally kicked in and she bolted, but she’d only gone a few feet when he hit her hard. Toppling her body like a linebacker coming after the quarterback. Her knees hit first, followed immediately by her face. Blood gushed out of her nose and pain shot to the front of her skull.

“You think you can run from me? Whore!” He was on top of her, forcing her face farther into the ground. He paused and flipped her body. He didn’t want her face down. He wanted to see the light leaving her eyes.

Sookie tried to scream as she struggled under him, but his calloused hand clamped down on her throat and squeezed. Stars burst behind her eyelids as her brain was deprived of oxygen. Her arms flailed, hitting him ineffectually. Rene laughed, a mean, dark laugh and squeezed tighter. He was delighted by the gurgling sound she made with each ragged breath.

She was sure she was going to die right then and there, and then her hand fell onto the knife he carried for work around his belt. Just like the one he’d left in her door. She wedged it out of its holder and pushed it as hard as she could into the softness of his belly.

Rene cried out and released his grip on her throat.

Sookie took a deep, raspy breath. Pain shot through her chest. She gritted her teeth and pushed on the knife, using both hands to jab it inside his body. There was more pain from her left shoulder. Blood oozed down the handle of the knife, his warm stickiness coating her fingers. She pulled the knife out in a swift movement and Rene fell backward, still clutching his gut to stop the bleeding. She couldn’t move and made mental notes of the various parts of her body that weren’t working right.

Her eyes closed. They were too tired to stay open. Her ears worked though, and someone was walking toward her. Dread gripped her as she waited for Rene to finish the job he started, but the moment never came. She focused her eyes and couldn’t help but smile when she found Eric’s face hovering above hers. And then she was in his arms as they moved toward Jason’s house.

“Invite me in.”

“Come in.” Each word was punctuated with agony. Sookie winced and tried to swallow, which came in a close second in the pain department.

Eric handled her gently and placed her on the couch. It didn’t seem so funky or itchy with Eric by her side.

“I’m sorry it took me so long to get here. I had business and I had to look up your brother’s address.” As he spoke, Sookie noticed his fangs were on full display. It wasn’t too surprising since she was covered with blood again.

As much as she wanted to say something, closing her eyes seemed like a better option.

Some time later, Eric’s voice drifted back to her conscious mind. “The police are almost here. I wasn’t. Understand?”

Sookie tried to nod, but it hurt too much. When she opened her eyes, he was gone.

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There I go…blurring the lines again…on to Sookie’s Present: Chapter 9

50 thoughts on “Sookie’s Present: Chapter 8

  1. askarsgirl says:

    Thank you for the great update! Ignore those fools over at ff, people who leave a nasty guest review are cowards and are really not worth one second of your time or thoughts. It is your prerogative as the author to decide which way your stories go and our duty as faithful readers to enjoy the ride and go with the flow. Just know that you are an extremely talented writer and I love love love your stories so so much!

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    • Thank you SO much! I’m so glad you love what I post here, and that you go with the flow (even if you might get worried from time to time). I’m working really hard at ignoring Guests over on FF. The love I’ve gotten over the past few days has certainly helped. Thank you again, I hope you know how much I appreciate your love and kindness!!

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  2. ljhjelm says:

    Oh my gosh poor girl. I hope Eric step up after this and Sookie lets him in. Great chapter.
    Linda

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  3. theladykt says:

    oooh so Eric did come. At least she got to stab Rene and Gran wasn’t there to get hurt.

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  4. angel921 says:

    Such an amazing writer, I love your stories! Never let the opinions of few out weigh the many. Keep doing what you love!

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    • Aww, thank you! I’m so glad you love my stories, and I’m flattered that you think I’m an amazing writer. I’m working on it, I promise. I’ll work on ignoring whiny complainers too… Thank you again! 🙂

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  5. redjane12 says:

    Good that Eric made it on time and could help… Hopefully they can rebuild bridges and all that… This was almost my favourite Bill ie a Bill LEAVING… nearly as good as DEAD Bill… but I guess that comes later! Can’t wait for the next chapter!

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    • I’m so glad you liked it! Bill leaving is always nice…and dead Bill, well you’ll have to wait for another story for that one. 🙂 There will be bridge rebuilding and much more. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  6. racecz5 says:

    So I’m thinking Eric is going to have a major guilt fit in the near future, especially if he see’s her injuries once they bloom in full. Thanks for the exciting chapter and for having Sookie stab Rene. So, stop reading reviews and get to work on the next chapter! I’m loving this story!

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    • LOL I can’t ignore my reviews. I love you guys! Not only do I have more chapters of this story, but two other stories almost ready for you. 🙂

      As for Eric, he’s going to be a very helpful friend for Sookie, and so much more. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Rene stabbing and all…

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  7. msbuffy says:

    No word but excellent describes this chapter. Thank you for the for the outstanding update!

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  8. meridiean says:

    Eric’s petty jealousy just about got Sookie killed – wonder if he knows that? But at least he did finally manage to show…but of course then told her to keep him out of it, lol. I’m thinking it’s still going to be a while before she actually trusts him all that much since at this point he comes off as being more of a jealous and opportunistic user than anything. I like how you write Sookie as being able to save herself when it comes down to it – love a self-sufficient, empowered Sook! 😀 Great chapter as always!!!

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    • Thank you for that lovely review. I considered writing Eric in there to save the day…but I do love a woman who can take care of herself. I never need a man to fight for me. I fight mean and dirty. 🙂

      Eric is ridiculously jealous and he’s going to have to get over it really fast if he wants to save things (guess what happens?). He’ll reveal his true self soon enough and Sookie won’t know what hit her. 🙂

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  9. padore says:

    Anxious to see where you go with this…love the fact that you are changing it up – only to make it better!!

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    • 🙂 I have enjoyed blurring the events more and more in each chapter. It’s hard for me to remember what really happened in the books now, so there’s that. I’m glad you’re enjoying it still! 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  10. duckbutt60 says:

    Great updates. Ignore the asshat(s) over at FF –they just want to discourage writers from posting there. You’re queen of your own site here; if you walk away from FF, everyone would follow you here!
    pat

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    • Well, as far as I’m concerned, everyone from FF worth anything already HAS followed me here. 🙂 Thanks for all the years of love and reviews and happiness, Pat. I’m glad you like the chapter too. 🙂

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  11. ashmo2000 says:

    At least Sookie found out who the killer is, but at what cost?

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  12. Yvonn Ad says:

    Seriously, you’re going to make me hold my breathe for another week. So many emotions going through me when i was reading this chapter. It is sooooo goood!!!
    I’m still suggesting in chapter 9 that Bill burst into flames (you can just add a few adjectives and adverb to make more colorful) LOL
    RE: Negative Reviews:
    Cant please everyone, right (in regards to those negative reviews). But if you love what your doing and you’re not hurting anyone (i think you make a lot of fun/fan readers HAPPY), then keep up the great work.
    I’m dont want to review your work cause i’m not even great at writting a grocery list, i will always appreciate and will happily write how each week i look forward to Sookie and Eric’s adventure together. So much fun.
    Sincerly,
    YvonnA
    Ok, might sound like i’m kissing a$$, but its so true – ok now get back to work and post me that new chappy (kidding) ;p

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    • Thank you for kissing ass YvonnA. 🙂 I can’t please everyone, but apparently I do a fine job at pleasing a lot of you, and that is totally worth it! I love writing these stories, and I’m so grateful that I have your love and support. Makes it all worthwhile!!

      I’m SO glad you loved the chapter…you’ll have to wait for Bill’s end…but I’m working on something you’ll love, so I’ll post a little spoiler. 🙂 Thank you again!

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  13. Loved the chapter, wtf is up with Eric. She may need to hit him again.

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  14. Shame Sookie couldnt have moved ghe knife lower and sliced Rene’s balls off! Good for her that she got him though.

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  15. valady1 says:

    Love the way you change things up to put your own stamp on canon. Really good that Gran is not a victim here, also good that Eric got there when he did, Why doesn’t he want the police to know he was there I wonder. Wouldn’t saving her from Rene be good since they will know that a vampire wasn’t involved in the murders (oh, right they had already made that leap of logic when they went after Jason).
    Another week before we get the next chapter…**heavy sigh**

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    • Don’t be sad! Sookie saved herself, Eric helped her get help (and a little something extra), and Rene is in bad shape. Now, we just need Eric to pull his head out of his ass and step up to watch over Sookie. All in good time. 🙂

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  16. Kim says:

    I knew Eric would put his jealousy away for a sec and go help Sookie. Hmm wonder why Bill has t leave town when he just told Sookie he cares for her while a serial killer is killing girls that associate with vamps? Hopefully Sookie thinks on that and drop Bill sorry behind, ugh can’t stand him. Thanks for updating. Love this story.

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    • I’m so glad you’re loving it! Bill’s a total loser, and selfish to say the least. Eric is blinded by his jealousy, but he did manage to do some good for her. 🙂 Now he’s going to step it up and be there for Sookie which is just what she needs from him. Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  17. Sharon says:

    Thanks for another awesome update. As always can’t wait for more. Hopefully Eric will pull his head out of his ass.
    I will never understand negative reviews, if someone doesn’t like a story, they don’t have to read it! Keep up the good work.

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Eric’s going to do so much more than just pull his head out of his ass…just you wait and see! 🙂

      That’s just what I think too, if you don’t like a story, move on. It’s not hard. Thanks for the love and support!!

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  18. Loftin says:

    Great chapter! I just knew Eric would come around.

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  19. nedbella says:

    Great chapter. This just keeps getting better and better. With Rene waiting for her, I guess that means Jason opened his mouth and said Sookie and Gran were staying with him. Silly boy. LOL. I’m glad she knifed him and even happier that Eric arrived. Can’t wait for Bill to come a gutsa. He’s a snake.

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    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying the direction of the story. Eric is going to be keeping a very close eye on Sookie while she recovers, and then some. 🙂 Bill’s going to get what he deserves, just you wait! 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  20. jules3677 says:

    Just finished the last four chapters. You have maintained the same high standard of writing throughout. Sookie is still confused. Really when isn’t she? Thankfully she appears to be getting a clue earlier than canon. I’m glad that Eric followed her. Even though she had knifed him. Even happier that Bill is away (physically … can he stay away?) Still enjoying reading this story. Looking forward to what happens with Eric in the forthcoming chapters.

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    • Thank you so much for that glowing review! Yes, Sookie is a bit dense, but not as dense as canon, Bill’s going to get what’s coming to him, sneaky little bastard, and Eric…well, he’s going to get something a whole lot better. Thank you so much for reviewing!

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  21. NinaTree says:

    Hey there! Long time no commentary on my part! I still love your stories as much as I always have, and you should know that you’re a great writer! Keep it up okay? I would be sad to see you stop writing.

    Much love,
    -Nina

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    • Nina! It’s been WAY too long! Thanks for the long-distance love…you know how I live for that. 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my stories, and you don’t need to worry…you all have outweighed a couple of lame reviews by a thousand fold! I’m working hard at not letting people get to me, and you’ve really helped with that….believe me!

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  22. Julianne says:

    Blur the lines all you want…I hope Gran was still at her meeting. Thanks for another great chapter.

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  23. geenakmom says:

    Ok first it’s good cuz Beehl is leaving and not fast enough for my tastes.

    Then it just goes downhill for our poor girl. No one believes her and no one will help her. My heart ached for her. Can not believe Eric turned her away when she came to him for help?!?!

    Oh poor girl. Attacked, beaten and strangled but I’m glad she stabbed Rene. Our Eric came to late to be a hero but then just left her. I’m kind of lost on that.

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    • I didn’t want Eric to be the hero with Rene. I wanted Sookie to save herself. It fit with her stubborn-ass personality. He can’t be involved in the investigation, but it doesn’t mean he’s not watching out for her. Eric was just being an idiot and suggesting Bill take care of things, because he’s hurt and stupid. What can I say, except she’s going to be okay. 🙂

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