Stay: Chapter 5

Charlaine Harris owns almost everything. I own the rest. All mistakes are my own.

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Chapter 5

Sookie’s POV

It was her last day off. Tomorrow would bring a dinner shift at Merlotte’s and the stress of being around other people. On one hand, she couldn’t stand to be alone, too afraid something was going to happen to her. On the other hand, she didn’t want to be around anyone. Well…anyone but Eric.

Just thinking about him made her relax.

Out of habit, she checked for mail, which was silly, because it was still on hold. What she found on her front porch made her heart pound in her chest. Her luggage. The only piece she owned. The one she had taken to Dallas.

Bill must’ve come home. Sookie peered through the trees as if she could see his house from her front porch. When did he drop it off? He didn’t even say hello. She chided herself for even thinking that. She was still so angry at him. Seeing him was out of the question.

While she unpacked, she noticed everything had been shoved inside haphazardly. No note, no apology, no gifts. She sighed. Would an apology letter do any good at that point?

Sookie got in her car and drove to town. She had bills waiting for her at the post office, and she couldn’t pretend to be gone any longer. It was nearly lunch, so she took her pile of mail to a diner where no one would talk to her. Or so she thought.

As she was sorting the important pieces from the junk mail, Jason plopped down in the seat across from her and ordered a sandwich and beer from the server.

“Hey Sook. How was Dallas?” He radiated big brother protection.

“It was…” Sookie took a deep breath. How could she answer that? She had been kidnaped, nearly raped, rescued, watched an ancient vampire meet the sun, and been part of a terrorist attack. “Fine,” she said finally.

“What’s with you and Bill?” There it was, the question he had been trying to figure out how to ask her.

“I got mad at him. We haven’t talked for a few days.”

“Why?” Jason leaned forward.

“He broke a promise to me.” He killed an innocent kid. Not that he cares about that.

“He was seen over in Monroe last night.” Jason winced when he said it. Obviously terrified to be the bearer of bad news.

“With someone else?”

He nodded. “Yes.”

“Who?”

Jason took a deep breath. “You’re not going to believe this. Portia Bellefleur.”

Sookie’s mouth hung open. Not only had Bill moved on, but he’d also moved on pretty damn fast…with her complete opposite. Tears filled her eyes and she buried her face in her hands.

“I’m sorry Sook, I didn’t mean to make you cry. You’re better than them. He’s the one who’s missing out. Not you.” He touched her hand until she looked at him. “We may not have money, but you’re nicer and prettier than the whole Bellefleur family put together.”

“Thanks.” Maybe he’s wrong. Jason’s been known to get things mixed up. She sniffed and dabbed at the corners of her eyes with her napkin. “How’d you know I was here?”

He shrugged. “I didn’t. Just stopping in for lunch and there you were.”

“How are things with Liz?” she asked. Anything would be better than talking about and thinking about Bill.

“Going great.” He grinned. “We’re real steady.” He proceeded to tell her how good he was doing at not looking at other women, as if he wanted to be rewarded for being monogamous. Sookie laughed. Her brother was a piece of work, but a welcome distraction from her shitty life.

Before they parted he apologized for telling her about Bill.

It hurt, she couldn’t deny that, but at least she would be prepared for when she saw them together.

Sookie spent the rest of the afternoon keeping herself busy finishing projects at home. Even after everything she got done, she couldn’t unwind. The shadows around her house poisoned her mind, filling her with dread. Every noise set her on edge.

With her keys in her hand, she locked her house and drove to Shreveport. She smoothed her sundress in place and walked toward the front door. There was no sense in letting Pam find her again. She didn’t think her heart could take it.

There was a line outside, and as Sookie waited, she pulled her drivers license and money out.

Pam greeted her with a friendly smile. “Back for another visit to his couch?”

Sookie’s cheeks burned with embarrassment but she nodded and handed her the cover charge.

“I don’t think Eric would want me to take your money,” Pam said as she pushed the money back toward Sookie.

“Thank you Pam.”

“He’s inside.”

The bar was noisy, just like it had been the night before, but Sookie didn’t mind. She moved through the crowd toward Eric, letting his calm wash over her. Her shoulders relaxed and by the time she was standing in front of him, she was downright drowsy.

Eric had been watching her approach with obvious pleasure, but Sookie was too tired to chastise him. She spent the day on an emotional rollercoaster, and that had taken a toll.

“Can I go to your office and lay down?” Sookie whispered.

Eric beamed. “Of course. I’ll escort you.” He stood, towering over her, and then they walked down the hall.

Sookie ignored the glares shooting across the room at her by every human in the building and followed him. Once they were alone, she looked at her feet. “I’m sorry to show up like this again.”

“Don’t be. You are always welcome.” He gestured to his couch and then tidied the paperwork on his desk, turned the light off, and said, “I will make sure no one disturbs you.” And just like that, he was gone.

She sat down and yawned. She couldn’t fight her fatigue anymore and stretched out on Eric’s couch. The leather warmed under her body, lulling her to sleep.

He’s here. I can feel him, even though we’re separated by a giant chasm. Sookie stood on one side, Eric on the other. She fixated on his mouth, wishing it were on her. Kissing, sucking, and licking. But he was too far away, and no matter how much she tried, she couldn’t reach him. Just a little farther…

Something jarred Sookie. Her hazy mind woke slowly, piecing together her surroundings. Eric’s scent intoxicated her. She had been sleeping on his couch, having a frustrating dream, but had apparently fallen off onto the lumpy floor, and when she shifted her body to sit up, the ground moaned.

Her hands spread out, coming in contact with a hard body. “Eric?”

“Mm hmm,” he answered, inches away.

No wonder it smells so good in here. “Why am I on top of you?” Her knees dug into the carpet on either side of him, her skirt stretching between her thighs as it inched up her legs.

“Because you can’t resist me.” She could hear the smile in his words.

She scurried away from him and fumbled with the light switch. It blinded her. Squinting through a gap in her hands, she looked at the floor a few feet away, where Eric was still stretched out, hands behind his head. His fangs jutting out from the bottom of his lip. He was staring at her legs. She couldn’t help but notice the bulge in his jeans. She had bumped it in her exodus. Just thinking about her body pressed against his made her head swim.

She walked carefully to the couch so he couldn’t see up her dress, sat back down, and closed her eyes. Did he know about her dream? It was the same one she’d had the night before. Both times she’d ended up sleeping on him. Maybe that’s why she was having those kinds of dreams. Normally, Bill was the lead in her dreams. She sighed and opened her eyes again. Eric watched her with amusement. “I was on the couch, and then, I wasn’t.”

“You rolled off. Good thing I was here to catch you.” He pushed himself up on one elbow.

“You had nothing to do with that?” She narrowed her eyes. She wouldn’t put it past him.

Eric laughed, revealing the full length of his fangs. “I was tempted.” His smile spread. “What were you dreaming about?”

She swallowed hard. “I can’t remember,” she lied.

“Sounded nice. Better than the nightmares you’ve been having.”

So much better. Time to change subjects. “Why do I sleep so well when I’m here?”

Eric shrugged with one shoulder. “It’s a very comfortable couch.”

“Thank you for sharing it with me.”

“Will you be back tonight?”

Sookie shook her head. “I work the closing shift at Merlotte’s for the next week.” She sighed. “I should get home. It’s late.”

“Early,” he corrected, and then he stood and stretched. It was a sight to behold. “It’s almost dawn.”

As she left, pain tugged at her heart knowing she wouldn’t be able to come back for a while. I wonder if Eric feels the same way.

*0*0*0*

Eric consumed her thoughts for rest of the day and into evening, which was good, because if she thought about how long her shift was without the promise of sleep that night, she would’ve cried. She managed to avoid answering most of Sam’s questions by bringing up the Dallas shifters. He didn’t seem interested for some reason, and finally gave up asking her about her trip and the fading bruises on her face. Nothing much changed in Bon Temps, so it only took her a few minutes to get caught up on the latest gossip with Arlene.

Everything was going well until Bill walked in at midnight with Portia on his arm.

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Stupid Bill…on to Stay: Chapter 6

84 thoughts on “Stay: Chapter 5

  1. ericluver says:

    Yeah…stupid Bill! She’s going to have to realise soon that Eric makes her feel safe so he can’t be so bad 😉

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  2. FairytaleAmber says:

    Boo! Bill sucks, always did and continues on his mission of being the lamest vampire ever created.

    I love that Sookie can not get Eric out of her mind or dreams. Come on heart, speak up!! 🙂

    Great chapter!

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  3. meridiean says:

    Awww, poor Sookie. I hope Eric feels her wee heart break and comes and saves the night!

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    • Jana says:

      yeah, I hope so, too 🙂

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    • We’ve had this conversation before…if you’re going to get inside my brain, the least you could do is sweep or something. 🙂 It’s all kinds of messy in there. Eric’s gonna make everything right. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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      • meridiean says:

        LMAO!!! Ohhh, gotta say I love a Viking to the Rescue!! 😀 *grabs broom…and a snack – this might take a while…*

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      • All I ask is that you clean up after yourself. Also, don’t take granola bars into my brain, they’re too messy. 🙂 Viking to the rescue is what I’m all about. 🙂

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      • meridiean says:

        Heh, it’s YOUR mess in there I’d be trying to clean up! I may just give up and hire Merry Maids or something cause you know how messy you and your delightfully dirty, dirty, DIRTY brain can get…

        😀

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      • I think you’re right…you might just need a crew of cleaners. My brain is REALLY dirty. I gave up years ago. 🙂

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      • meridiean says:

        LMAO – Wise decision – no sense fighting an up-hill battle!

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      • I know, right? I’ve got better things to do than worry about cleaning house, right? 🙂

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      • meridiean says:

        See? NOW you’re thinking outside that box of paper towels! You’ve got writing to do and reading to do and more writing to do and…yeah, so, take your vitamins – you’re gonna be gettin’ busy… 😀

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      • Reading? Who has time for reading? I don’t know how YOU do it! I’m treading water as it is…reading an amazing story will only suck me under and steal my will to write. Because when I read something so beautiful that it makes my heart hurt, I always feel like giving up. Does that ever happen to you?

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      • meridiean says:

        Luckily, it usually just inspires me to find even more powerful, poignant, or forceful words to use in my own stories to help evolve the plot and characterizations I’m trying to portray. Of course, then I get frustrated when I can’t find just that right word and flip off whichever thesaurus I’m using (I have 3 in rotation) and go find something else to read… 😉

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      • You’re a better woman (and writer) than I am. 🙂 I just let it pull me under into a pit of despair. That’s why I just stay inside my little bubble and hope like hell someone else likes what I write. 🙂

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      • meridiean says:

        Ohhhh, I could easily get bogged down in the “I’ll never be as good as so-n-so” pit of misery snakes, and while it’s absolutely true that I’ll never be as good as my favorite writers, I can at least be as good as “me”.

        I figure we all have different strengths, and we need to figure out what they are and not only play to and improve on them, but do what we can to shore up our weaknesses without miring ourselves in woe-is-me’ing over them. Fix them, don’t fixate on them.

        Like, I suck ass at baking, but I can “home cook” with the best of them. Therefore I buy the good rolls and bake the awesome meat, lmao! 😀

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      • Damn, you’re full of all kinds of wisdom!! I try my best to be my best me, and to write what I know and not suck ass. Fixing my problems is an ongoing project and not fixating on them is perhaps the hardest thing I’ve had to do (as you can see).

        I kick ass at a lot of things, but it’s hard not to see someone who is obviously better and not feel inferior. Clearly I need to see a therapist again… 🙂

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      • meridiean says:

        It’s SO easy to get bogged down and see only the things you might need to improve upon, but it’s just as easy to make a list of “doable” things that you can concentrate on doing to improve, then just do them.

        In the long run that takes WAY less energy, and if you’re anywhere NEARLY as lazy as I am, you’ll learn to take the “easier in the long-run” route, lmao! 😀

        Me? I know I’ll never be a great baker – part of it is innate UNtalent, but also part of it is that I just don’t care ENOUGH to put that kind of time and energy into learning the art. So, I say “fukkit” (often) and go buy the good rolls… See? Laziness pays off!!

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      • Laziness might just be my route to happiness. I tend to overdo it and push myself too hard. I’ve been working on that over the years, but it’s not easy to dismiss. That’s one of the reasons why I can’t go back through my older stories to edit them. I would just end up taking them down…They were the best I could do at the time, and that’s good enough, right? 🙂

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      • meridiean says:

        Hell yeah it is! I remember reading your older stuff and even with MY shitty memory, they’re FINIE – DON’T YOU DARE TOUCH THEM!!!

        And on a completely unrelated note, I really do need to go back and revamp (ha ha) Anticipating – the first story I ever published on ff – because I’m sure it’s filled with ooopsies and blenders, but ya know what? Fukkit. I’d end up reWRITING the damn thing and I don’t have time to write the 5+ stories I’ve got going on NOW.

        What we really need are 48-hour days and the energy of a sugar’d up toddler, that’s all…

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      • I’m grateful for a shitty memory too, that way I just remember the lovely feeling of writing my first fics without actually remembering how bad they are. LOL I’m not touching anything, and you shouldn’t either. It’s a journey that shows our growth, right? Right. Who has time to relive the past when the present is so damn exciting?

        48 hour days would probably do the trick, and one of those giant pixie sticks (it’s the secret to all sugared up toddlers). We could rule the world!!!

        I’m consolidating threads here: the fact that he owns a really sweet karaoke machine is one of the reasons I drive an hour to hang out with him. 😉

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      • meridiean says:

        Heh, just delete the songs you don’t like from it and don’t tell him, lmao!

        *orders a case of giant pixie sticks and 5-hour energy drinks*

        Lol, my problem w/ my first story is that I’m going to have to go back and re-read the damn thing when I ever get ready to write its sequel… That’s so going to hurt…

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      • Oh yes, I feel your pain on writing sequels! That’s how I felt about La Vie En Rose… the only good thing was that I started the sequel pretty soon after I finished Getaway, but it took me a year to write 10 chapters of it. Pixie sticks don’t hurt. 🙂

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      • meridiean says:

        I like to imagine that I’ll get around to it one day. Or not….

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      • I’m sure your readers want more. 🙂 Do it for the children! Not little ones. Grown up ones. 🙂 I need sleep. LOL

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      • meridiean says:

        Do it – for the loved ones in your life…

        And I’ve just HAD sleep…it doesn’t really help…

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      • Funny, I had sleep too. Didn’t seem to help. I’m still kind of insane. Guess it’s fitting, huh? 🙂

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  4. Shyann says:

    Sookie’s rose colored glasses are starting to come off where Bill is concerned.

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  5. gyllene says:

    I hope she figures out that she feels safe with Eric and stops leaving. Stay with Eric, Sookie.

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  6. lostinspace33 says:

    Bill’s such a douche! He owes her one hell of an apology…not to go running around with another woman!

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    • I agree! How could Sookie forgive him for that (even if Portia was just doing it for attention in the books, he was still taking her out!!)?? This part of the book was always troublesome for me because Sookie turned into a doormat and just let Bill back in despite how much he hurt her. CH sums it up in less than a chapter, but I couldn’t stand it. Eric is obviously the better choice here!! 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  7. Jana says:

    Soooo cute – can’t wait to read what Eric does next 🙂

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  8. valady1 says:

    And of course the only reason to bring Portia to Merlotte’s when Sookie is working is to try to make her feel bad.

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  9. Nia says:

    Since Sookie can’t visit Eric maybe he could visit her..while douche bill is there with Portia 🙂

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    • It’s like you read my mind…:) What better way to make Bill look like the ass he is? I do hate him. Sookie deserves so much better. In fact, she deserves Eric. Wouldn’t you say? 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  10. msbuffy says:

    Gah! I can’t stand Bill. I am laughing though at the fact that he’s “dating” his 4x-greatgranddaughter & how fun it will be once Sookie discovers it! 🙂

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    • I’m with you on that. Bill’s a douche and he’s about to be put in his place. 🙂 Dating relatives aside, Bill’s trying to make Sookie jealous, and it’s working. Eric won’t stand for it though, don’t you worry. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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      • msbuffy says:

        Of course Bill’s trying to make her jealous. He’s an idiot.

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      • So very much an idiot. I do hate him. Break ups are hard enough without stupid guys like him.

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      • msbuffy says:

        I don’t remember ever having a hard break up, not even with my first husband. I can’t imagine what it would be like to break up with such an idiot! I’d probably kill him!

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      • I remember dating some real losers in my younger life…and each and every breakup was ridiculous! I learned early that stupid boys aren’t worth dating. I married a smart one. 🙂

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      • msbuffy says:

        I wish I would have that earlier, or paid attention. On the other hand, I would have my beautiful daughter… At least he wasn’t so stupid there! Otherwise, he was just like Jason, pretty but like a box of hair. Now I have the right combination, not perfect, but pretty damn close (I’ll never tell him.). 🙂

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      • I never tell mine how perfect he is either. Don’t want it to go to his clever head. 🙂 I dated a pretty/dumb boy. He’s still pretty and still dumb. Really dodged a bullet on that one. 🙂

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  11. Kim says:

    Ugh, Bill. Yes my dislike for Bill is obvious..maybe Eric shows up to visit her so she wouldn’t moon over the pathetic vampire bringing another woman at her job.

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    • You’re very right…except about her mooning over Bill. She’s kind of done with him, now she just has to get her heart broken before she can move on. Eric is going to save the day, don’t you worry! 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  12. patsy1965 says:

    What a jerk. At least he should have the common courtesy to end it with Sookie or let her end it with him. patsy

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    • Yep. This part of the book always bothered me! How could Sookie ever forgive him for what he did? He brings another woman around just to make her jealous, and then he pays her a visit, practically rapes her, and all is forgotten? WTF? It’s always bothered me, which is why I wrote this story. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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      • patsy1965 says:

        I read somewhere that CH was a rape victim. I would think that would give her different (not better) insight into how Sookie would react and feel. As a survivor myself, I feel as if she’s kinda smacked all of us who survive and go on to better and happier lives in the face. 🙂 But, that could just be my experiences speaking. I’ve been to everyone of my attackers parole hearings. I don’t want that bastard out. I want him to serve his complete sentence. I’m vengeful that way.

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      • I would be too! I can’t imagine the horror of being raped and then to feel like you deserved it on top of that. CH managed to write a woman who thinks what Bill did was okay, even though he lied to and assaulted her on more than one occasion. I agree, if CH is a survivor, she should’ve presented a whole different outlook on what a real man looks like. I don’t think you’re vengeful at all, just strong enough to find justice to a heinous crime.

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  13. Adriana says:

    Good Grief, poor Sookie. She’s having PTSD and Bill is a prize winning asshole. How is she going to cope these next few days without Eric? Please update soon, these are burning questions!!! 🙂

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    • Burning questions MUST be answered!! Yes, Bill IS a prize winning asshole. She’s NOT going to cope without Eric. Good thing Eric is the kind of guy who saves the day, right? Bill is crossing the line and Sookie can see exactly how awful he is and Eric is going to do something about it. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing! 🙂

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  14. geenakmom says:

    I really hope Sookie looks deep inside to see her want/need for Eric then admit it to herself. She’s realized she’s safer with him. I can’t wait for her revelation to her feelings.
    Beehl is just a douche. Yes Sookie may have left him in Dallas but he just moves on to another girl? What about talking out like adults? Mutual break-up in person? Feel so sorry Sookie is going to get hurt. I mean Beehl showing up to Merlotte’s with Portia is a blatant slap to the face.

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    • Yep. Bill has definitely crossed the line! That bit is straight out of the books. Sookie leaves Dallas, Bill is seen ‘dating’ Portia. There’s no discussion, no explanation, nothing! I hated it, which is why I wanted to write this story and fix it. 🙂 Eric is going to be very helpful, that’s for sure. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  15. redjane12 says:

    Stupid Bill indeed… Hope Eric makes a trip to Bon Temps since Sookie can’t make it to the Fangtasia ‘magic’ sofa….

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  16. ozzo says:

    I think you like leaving me in fits! More please!

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  17. YvonnAd says:

    Omgoodness…stupid bill…but at lease she can get rid of him finally. Well until the next chapter. Then she and E can get together. And let the party starts.
    Aside from Pam, do you have any other character fav?

    Feeling kind of tired…so my mind is a total blank right now. But still very happy i got to read the latest chapter.
    Woohooo.
    Ok have a great one. Looking forward for more E/S than S/B. For next chapter.
    thank you.
    YvonnA

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    • I think it’s safe to say we all hate Bill. A lot, huh? Sookie definitely needs to let go and move on to better things (Eric). I’m so glad you enjoyed the chapter. I think you’ll like the next one too. 🙂 I hope you had a great weekend too. Thanks so much for reviewing!!!

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  18. askarsgirl says:

    Stupid Bill is an understatement! Lol
    I think I could come up with quite a few nastier descriptors for him😜
    Love this story and looking forward to what Stupid Bill has to say for himself, if anything, and I hope Eric happens to drop by Merlotte’s while he’s there!!

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    • I could come up with some better titles for him too…but he is supremely stupid. I’m SO glad you’re loving the story. I really think you’re going to be happy with where I’m going to take you. Bill is going to be very surprised by Eric, who can’t resist Sookie…even for one night. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  19. honulvr says:

    Yay! Bill’s back. (There’s something I’ve never said before). I Like that she is coming around mentally and recognizes some things. Wondering if Bill is related to Portia in this one and if so, does he know it? Does Sookie know it? It’s always so much fun when Sook tells him about the relation. 🙂 Nothing that says you can’t cause embarrassment and mental pain as well as physical. 😀

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    • You shocked the hell out of me! I’ve never seen you excited over Bill before! 🙂 Sookie’s got her head on straight and she’s on the verge of a whole world of discovering things about herself.

      Now, about Portia. It doesn’t really matter that they’re related. Portia is using Bill (to make a name for herself to clear Andy’s name from Lafayette’s murder by getting into the sex club) and Bill is using Portia to make Sookie jealous. The point is, he’s an ass and he’s crossed the line with Sookie. I hated this part of the book, and I cringe every time I read it. That’s why I had to write this story. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re enjoying it!

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  20. eaaustin85 says:

    love that she is recognizing that she feels safe around eric. now she just needs to accept n appreciate eric for who n what he is n all that implies. n she really needs to get with the times, I mean her gran raised her good n all but “yuck”?

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  21. luvvamps says:

    Bill is an ass. I hope Eric shows up to help her with her Bill problem! Waiting for more, thanks.

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  22. ashmo2000 says:

    I hope Sookie doesn’t fight her feelings as far as Eric is concerned and falls back into Beehl.

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    • Oh hell no! Just had to put your fears to rest. There’s no falling back to Bill. There’s just a bit of sorrow as he hurts her and then she can get over it. Eric’s going to take very good care of her. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  23. theladykt says:

    Would love to see Sookie dump something over Scumbill and Portia’s head.

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    • “Oops, did you get covered with fries? My bad!”

      Sookie’s too nice for that sort of thing, plus the shock of being put on the spot like that would kind of paralyze her. Don’t worry, she’ll have help. 😉 Thanks for reviewing!

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