Worth It: Chapter 2

Charlaine Harris owns almost everything. I own the rest.

A huge thanks to FairytaleAmber who not only brainstormed with me on this story, but also edited for me. Thanks a million times! 🙂 All remaining mistakes are my own.

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Chapter 2

Eric’s POV

“Looks like you’ve got another visitor.” Pam nodded her head slightly to the edge of the stage where Bill Compton lingered.

Eric forced a smile. “Bill, what brings you to my area?”

“The old family homestead in Bon Temps. The last of my kin has recently died.” Bill looked at his nails briefly. “I thought it best to settle in. Mainstream.”

“Ah, mainstreaming.” Eric sighed. “Any other plans? Are you going to open a business, perhaps?”

“No, I’ll be plenty busy.” He pressed his thin lips together.

Eric frowned. Busy doing what? “I appreciate you checking in.”

“It’s only right, you are in charge up here, after all.” With his hands tucked behind his back, Bill strolled away.

“What was that all about?” Pam asked.

“I have no idea. He made it sound like he was doing me a favor by following protocol. As if he’d been given orders but went ahead and checked in anyway. I wonder who is controlling him.”

“Want me to follow him? Torture him until he tells me?” Pam’s eyes gleamed.

“Maybe,” Eric said as he watched Bill heading toward the exit. “He didn’t even get a drink.”

Pam’s body tensed, ready to pounce, but Eric held up his hand. “Hold that thought.”

He left her waiting, while he made a phone call from the privacy of his office. “Rasul.”

“Eric,” Rasul answered, rolling the r.

“Do you know anything about Bill Compton being in my area?”

The noise in the background changed and when Rasul spoke again, his voice echoed as if he were in a closet. “Yes, he was here two nights ago.”

“Did he meet with the Queen?”

“Yes. About what, I have no idea.” Rasul’s voice strained.

“Of course. I will take it up with her myself. Good night.”

“Good night.” Rasul disconnected.

The second time he dialed, he called the Queen’s direct line. Andre answered.

“It’s Eric Northman, may I have a word with my Queen?” Eric asked. Whatever Bill is up to, I need to know what it is.

“One moment.” The phone clattered against a table and then Sophie-Anne answered.

“Sheriff Northman, what can I do for you?”

“Good Evening, my Queen. I was hoping you could help illuminate the purpose of a visitor in my area.”

“Oh? And who is this visitor?”

“Bill Compton. He came in tonight, and something didn’t seem right.” Everything about Bill seemed wrong. “You wouldn’t happen to know why he’s in this area, would you?”

“As a matter of fact I do,” she paused before she went on, “I met with him two nights ago to discuss a private matter.”

Eric took a deep breath to steady his voice. “If your private matter brings him into my area, I should know about it.” He knew he walked a fine line between being matter-of-fact and impertinent, but his gamble paid off.

“I had no idea you would be interested in such an insignificant errand.”

“Insignificant? He plans to settle here.”

Sophie-Anne sighed. “I sent Bill Compton to procure someone. It might take him a while.”

“Someone important,” Eric stated.

“Perhaps.”

“I have served you loyally for many years. Do you have reason to doubt me now?” Eric asked with a hint of dramatics.

“Of course not!” Another sigh. “I have reason to believe there is a telepath in Bon Temps.”

“Human?”

“Yes.”

“Male or female?”

“Female,” Sophie-Anne said.

“If you are interested in obtaining this human, why didn’t you ask me for help? She lives in my area.”

“Fangtasia is a very profitable business, surely that consumes much of your time.”

“I always have time for you. Of course, I will need to make arrangements, but I’m sure Pam is willing to help. Shall I tell Bill, or will you?”

“Tell him what, exactly?”

“That there’s no need for him to pursue this woman any further.”

Sophie-Anne laughed, light and airy. “Why in the world would I do that? At this rate, I should have her twice as fast as I originally anticipated.”

Eric clenched his jaw. “May I have her name?”

“Sookie Stackhouse.”

Eric jotted the name down on a piece of paper before he bid Sophie-Anne farewell. Moments later, he stood by Pam’s side. “Bill is here on the Queen’s business.”

“Without telling you?” Her eyebrows arched impossibly high.

“Bill is her procurer. She said it was an insignificant errand.”

“Bullshit.” Pam crossed her arms over her chest. Her eyes became tiny angry slits.

“I agree. She’s after a telepath from Bon Temps.”

“So the Queen wants her all to herself, does she?”

Eric nodded. “That’s my guess, and she’s willing to get her by any means necessary. I’ve heard Bill is very charming.”

Pam’s face scrunched up. “He doesn’t stand a chance against you.”

He took a deep breath. “We’ll see. He’s already gotten a head start. I need you to cover for me tomorrow night.”

“Of course.”

*0*0*0*

It didn’t take Eric long to drive to Bon Temps and find his way to Sookie Stackhouse’s address. He straightened his back as he knocked on the heavy wooden door of the old farmhouse.

A frail woman in a nightgown opened the door. “Yes?” Her forehead wrinkled with worry.

“I’m so sorry to bother you, ma’am. Does Sookie Stackhouse live here?” Eric smiled, bright and dazzling.

The old woman relaxed slightly, but she frowned when she answered, “Who’s asking?”

“Forgive me.” Eric bowed. “Eric Northman. I have a matter to discuss with her. Is she at home?”

“She’s at Merlotte’s. Just a few miles up the road on the left.”

“Thank you, ma’am.” Eric bowed again.

“You’re very welcome young man.” She gave him an approving smile.

With that, he made his way to his car, driving slowly down the bumpy driveway to the main road. The dim green lights coming off Merlotte’s illuminated a small parking lot three miles away.

As he got out of his car, muttering sounds near the dumpster got his attention. A blonde woman, wearing skimpy black shorts and a skin-tight T-shirt fought to dispose of a garbage bag. Eric moved silently around the side of it and then gripped the lid the woman struggled with.

She jumped and clutched at her chest. “Sweet Jesus, you scared me!” Her bright blue eyes went wide as she took him in.

Eric bowed slightly. “I’m so sorry. That was not my intention. You looked like you needed help.”

“I did.” She dusted her hands together and then looked at her white shirt, which had gotten smudged with fine black dust. She pawed at the fabric, making her breasts bounce. She smiled at him. “Do you always help barmaids take the garbage out?”

Eric laughed. “No. But I’m glad I helped you.”

Her shoulders relaxed as she looked into his face. Her cheek sported a matching smear of black.

He brought his thumb up and wiped the dirty spot off her flawless golden skin. “You have something on your cheek.” She’s so warm and beautiful. If I weren’t here on business…

Her eyes closed slowly, and she leaned into his touch. She pulled away from him and blushed and then wiped her face with the back of her hand. “Excuse me, I need to get back to work.”

He watched her enter the building through the back door before going to the entrance.

The bar bustled with activity, people talking and drinking, filling almost every booth in the small building. Which one of these women is Sookie Stackhouse? He scanned the room and spotted Bill immediately. Situated in the center of the room. He shifted uneasily as Eric walked by, but wouldn’t look at him. Eric slid into a corner booth positioning his back to the wall with Bill facing away from him. Bill didn’t turn around.

The small wiry shifter working behind the bar seemed to be having a difficult time trying to decide whom to watch. Eric or Bill.

And then she walked into the room: the beautiful blonde. Fresh-faced and smiling, she made her way over to Eric’s table, pulling out her pencil and paper. “What can I get you?”

“Can I peruse the menu?”

She smiled and pulled a menu out of her front pocket. “Sure thing. I’ll be back.” She turned, walked a few steps and then came right back. “We just got a delivery of synthetic blood, but it’s not on the menu yet.” Her eyes darted upward. “We’ve got B positive, and O negative … I think. Let me double check.”

Before he could say anything, she bounced away. She nodded when she returned. “Yep, B pos and O neg. What’ll you have?”

He couldn’t help but laugh at her exuberance. “And how do you know I’m the kind of person who would order that kind of thing?” He didn’t exactly fit the stereotype for dark, brooding vampire.

“I can tell you’re … different. Plus, when you touched me earlier, your hands were icy.” Her cheeks flushed.

He lifted an eyebrow. “B positive, please.”

“Coming right up.” She smiled, and then she disappeared. The next time she came to his table, she carried a bottle of blood and an empty wine glass.

“Thank you,” he said. She blushed and then got back to work.

He watched her over the next hour, and to his relief, she seemed to be avoiding Bill as much as possible. She also seemed to be spending more time in his corner of the room than anywhere else.

As the night wore on, the human patrons went home, one by one. Eric ordered another blood, and when the beautiful blonde delivered it, he whispered. “Is it my imagination, or are you avoiding that man in the middle of the room?” Bill’s head twitched, but he didn’t turn around.

The woman laughed and rolled her eyes. “It’s not your imagination.” She sat at a table next to him, close enough that it was almost as if she had chosen the seat across from him, and started unscrewing saltshakers and filling them. When she spoke, she kept her voice as low as possible. “He’s been coming in here for the past few nights. Hitting on me.”

Eric took a sip and nodded. “I can see why.” He meant it as a compliment, but she clearly didn’t take it that way. She rolled her eyes again. “You are very beautiful.” That time, she blushed. She worked for a minute in silence before he said, “How did you know I was different? Besides the coldness of my skin, after all, I could just have poor circulation.”

She looked into his eyes for a moment and then back to the table in front of her. “Your, um, skin. It looks different. Like his.” She jerked her head toward Bill’s table. “So, what brings you to Bon Temps? It’s your first time here, right?”

Eric arched his eyebrows.

“I’ve lived here my whole life, and I’ve never seen you around before,” she said matter-of-fact.

“I live in Shreveport, but business brought me here.” His shoulders slumped. For a couple of hours, he had forgotten his promise to the Queen. I’ve probably missed her already. Most of the humans have already gone home for the night. “Do you always take such an interest in strangers?”

She thought about it for a second, and when she opened her mouth to answer, the shifter behind the bar called out, “Sookie, can you lend me a hand?”

Eric’s mouth hung open. I didn’t miss her at all. She’s been sitting right in front of me this whole time!

“Hang on a sec, Sam. I need to cap these,” she said over her shoulder. Her fingers worked quickly, twisting the lids on all the saltshakers. She sighed when she looked at him. “Time to get back to work. Thanks for chatting.” She flashed him a smile and then she left.

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Eric or Bill…wonder who’s going to get the girl? 🙂 Find out in Worth It: Chapter 3

63 thoughts on “Worth It: Chapter 2

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  3. FairytaleAmber says:

    Lol! I think Bill has a chance. Not! I love an impatient Eric with QSA. Hehehe! I always thought it was a huge mistake for her not to include Eric in her plan since she was poaching his area. Excellent re-write! Thanks for letting me be apart of it!

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  4. meridiean says:

    Somehow I don’t see Eric blithely just handing “the girl” on over to the Queen…

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  5. gyllene says:

    Bill doesn’t have a chance in hell. Lol. I can’t wait to see this play out. I don’t see Eric just handing Sookie over to the Queen. I hope he’s honest with her about what’s going on.

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  6. VictoryInTrouble says:

    I just love how capable Eric is in contrast to Bill’s ineptness. Lol. I have no doubt Eric will gain Sookie’s trust and hopefully he will do right by her. Lovely revision of these characters. I can’t wait for more!

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    • Thank you so much for that lovely review! 🙂 Eric ALWAYS does right by Sookie…at least in my world. 🙂 It never made sense that Eric wouldn’t know about Bill being in his area, which is why I needed to change that and then everything else just fell into place! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  7. lostinspace33 says:

    Well if she’s not stupid it will be Eric, but Sookie isn’t exactly known for doing smart things! LOL

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  8. ozzo says:

    WOOT!

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  9. theladykt says:

    Oooh Skanky Anne. Bybassing your sheriff is gonna cost you. Scumbill is a moron.

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    • I never understood why QSA didn’t let Eric in on the whole situation in the books. Only bad things would come from that. Bill knows when he’s not wanted, but it’s not the last of him… Thanks for reviewing!

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  10. ericluver says:

    Eric…of course 🙂

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  11. chileah says:

    Oh my I am glad your not a Bill lover. I hate that QSA tried to manipulate sookie so much with Bill’s influence. Glad Eric will be taking care of things I imagine he will explain things to Sookie that Bill flat out refused to Explain.

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  12. jules3677 says:

    This doesn’t spell well for Sookie. Two vampires after her for the same reason … the Queen wants to own The Telepath. Though I hope Eric keeps her attention, it doesn’t sound as if his opinion of ‘breathers/ bloodbags is any different to any other Vampire. Looking forward to reading where you take your story. 🙂

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    • The Queen always wanted to own Sookie, she just sent the wrong guy after her. Just imagine how different it would’ve been if Eric had known from the beginning. I’m sure he’d want in on that action. 🙂 Eric’s going to get her attention, all right. Just you wait. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  13. YvonnAd says:

    Am of course Eric!! He will and always get the girl. (No disrespect) but your not turning CH on us, are you?
    Anyway I like how Eric is sooooo not creepy at his intro to Sookie. Love it.
    Is it sluttyish of me that I’d like to go home with Eric already. LOL.
    Ok let get this Paartee started.
    Very much loving this one.
    Hey can you just do your own version of all the books. Pretty please. Just call me Easy and Demanding. LOL.
    Take care,
    YvonnA

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    • Dear Easy and Demanding, you made me smile, and that is SO awesome! But come on! Me? Turn CH on you? Never!!!! Bill’s creepy, Eric’s dreamy. Easy peasy.

      I never really cared for being labeled ‘slutty’ because I enjoy sex as much as men. I’d just like to think I know what I want and I’m not afraid to take it. I think you’re the same way, and who could pass up Eric? 🙂

      I guess that’s kind of what I’ve done with all my stories, they’re a retelling of part of one of the books. 🙂 Don’t worry, I’ll keep coming up with stuff…

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      • YvonnAd says:

        Finally I’m definitely in good company. Part on me wants the next weekend to come only because of your stories.
        Hey have you ever jump in the 50shade bandwagon?

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      • LOL Enjoy the week…and I’ll be here on Friday! 🙂 Sadly, I haven’t read 50 shades yet. It’s on my list, but I just don’t make time to read. I use it to write instead. I’m hoping this fall brings more time…until then, I’ll just have to wait. 🙂

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  14. Nia says:

    Bill should just give up and leave but I’m sure we’ll see how creepy he can get. Can’t wait to see what happens next

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  15. askarsgirl says:

    The girl has eyes so of course it’s going to be Eric! Hands down cheeks up, Eric all the way! 😃

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    • LOL I got the most amazing visual. Hands down and cheeks up… wow. 🙂 She does indeed have eyes, but even if she didn’t she’d have hands and cheeks that could tell the difference. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  16. murgatroid98 says:

    Very nice. Eric’s approach is so much better. Too bad Bill didn’t learn some manners, or retain the ones he probably had. Some men don’t seem to understand that their are women who do not appreciate being demeaned. Bill’s reaction to Eric should be interesting. I can just about see him trying to claim Sookie and her hitting him over the head with something.

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    • That would be a great scene. Bill crossing the line and Sookie grabbing a frying pan or something handy. 🙂 Of course Eric’s approach is much better. Bill’s a douche and I have no interest in romanticizing him. Don’t worry, Sookie’s in good hands now. Very good hands. 😉 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  17. shandiii says:

    really liking it so far, ha ha things arent looking good for Bill

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  18. msbuffy says:

    Was that a trick question? Bill doesn’t stand a chance. He’s been there the last few nights trying to pick her up & Sookie hasn’t given him the time of night; Eric’s there one night & they’re chatting like old friends! LOL! The only foreseeable problem is keeping Sookie away from QSA. Eric’s devious enough to prevent that! GREAT chapter! Hope you’re feeling better these days! 🙂

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    • Yes, definitely a trick question! Bill doesn’t stand a chance in my world! Eric’s going to take very good care of Sookie (in more ways than one!), and that’s exactly what she needs. Thank you so much for reviewing!

      Thank you too for checking up on me. 🙂 I’m much more mobile these days and my brain is almost back to normal, which is good. Just another 5 weeks before I have my energy back. Yay. 🙂 Thanks again!

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  19. patsy1965 says:

    Seriously, “Who will get the girl?” I scoff in your general direction. I’m ready for more. But first, how are you feeling? patsy

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    • Patsy, you’re so great. 🙂 I’m feeling MUCH better. I can even stand and cook things! Yay! Which means my family is getting marinara from garden tomatoes for dinner!

      Of course we all know who’s going to get the girl. I’m funny, you know that. 😉 Thanks for reviewing and the love in general!

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  20. ashmo2000 says:

    Hm, Eric Seems to be at an advantage over Beehl. Beehl must have been creepy and now that he sees Eric there he’ll start his Eric is bad spiel on how Eric’s a womanizer and all that. Eric needs to beat Beehl to the punch by telling Sookie the truth about the queen wanting her telepathy and possibly more since she went around Eric which is highly suspect.

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    • It’s like we’re on the same page here or something! 😉 Eric’s going to beat Bill in so many ways…but first, he needs to woo Sookie. (BTW, it’s totally going to work!) Thanks so much for reviewing! 🙂

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  21. geenakmom says:

    As if there is a contest between those to? Eric will win every time!!

    Love the instant comraderie between Eric and Sookie. I hope everything plays out well for them.

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  22. honulvr says:

    Is that a serious question? eric or Bill? I thought you were writing this fic? Definitely not a question if you are! 🙂 Thank the Gods!!!!

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  23. tleel says:

    just found your story, and love your take on it, and Bill is still just slimy but then again I’ve always preferred Eric to Bill anyway.

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