Up All Night: Chapter 20

Charlaine Harris owns almost everything. I own the rest.

This chapter was inspired by a book my husband is reading called the Poisoner’s Handbook. It’s absolutely fascinating. Bonus points to anyone who can guess which poison I’m referring to. 😉 Also, you asked for a dream sequence, so you get a dream sequence.

I changed the canon again. Why? Because I can, and because it makes things easier.

NSFW, yet again.

Please keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times. Hold on tight and have fun.

Meridian helped me with all sorts of helpful suggestions again. Thanks! All mistakes are my own.

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Chapter 20

Eric’s POV

Eric held his hand out to Marina as they walked from their home to the edge of the water. She spoke of her plans for her future. As she approached the age that daughters became wives, she began to accept her fate.

“I shall miss you the most,” she said, squeezing his hand.

He swallowed hard, trying to keep his emotions in check. Boys on the verge of manhood weren’t supposed to cry at the thought of their sister getting married and leaving home. It didn’t help when her eyes rimmed with tears.

“Hafþórr is very kind,” she said, trying to reassure him. “He gave me this.” She showed him a small piece of wood with the word beauty carved in it. “We will live here. Father has offered him a piece of land.”

Eric nodded, tightening his grip.

“When we have a son, I shall name him Eiríkr, and I will love him just as I love you.”

He couldn’t fight it anymore, he cried, hiding his face in his sleeve. Marina didn’t seem to mind. She wrapped her arms around him and held him as she always had, despite the fact that he was already taller than her.

It wasn’t long after that their walks became sporadic and finally ended. At first, he thought Marina was too busy preparing for her new life, and jealousy forced him to stay away during the day, but every night, over their meal, he noticed something changing in her.

Instead of eating, she held her head between her hands. She always seemed to have a headache. After a time, she stopped joining the family for dinner, complaining of stomachache. It was then that Eric started visiting her in her room.

She stayed on her bed, her pale face turned toward him. “Eric, tell me about your day,” she said in a hoarse voice.

So he did. He spoke of the lake and his work on a fishing vessel. While he grew in strength and his skin turned golden from his work in the sun, Marina vanished a little more each day.

“I need my medicine,” she said, pointing to the container next to her bed.

Eric lifted it to his nose and grimaced as the scent of garlic overpowered his sense. “This smells bad,” he said, hesitating to give it to her.

“Gustav says I must take it.” She sipped some of the liquid, grimacing as she swallowed. Her hands shook as she tried to put the cup down, so he helped her, taking her frail fingers in his. He frowned when he looked at her fingernails, striped brown and peeling. “My hands are numb. Will you rub them?”

“Of course.” He held her hands, massaging gently until she fell asleep.

The next day, she wasn’t well enough to be seen by him, and by the end of the week, the healer forbad anyone from visiting her. When he slipped into her room that night, he found Gustav holding her cup to her lips.

“The healer told everyone to stay away,” Gustav said.

“So why are you here?” Eric asked in defiance.

“You think you are the only one who cares for her?” Gustav glared at him.

Eric looked at the floor. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean—”

“Here,” he said, holding the cup out to Eric. “You can do it.”

“Of course.” Eric kept his eyes downcast. He followed his brother’s instructions and gave Marina her medicine regularly over the next few days.

On their last morning together, Marina spoke. Each word seemed more painful than the last. “I loved you more than anyone. The Gods brought you to this world for me. I know it.”

“Marina,” he half whispered, half sobbed.

“Shh.” A tremor moved through her hand. “Live the life I’m going to miss. Find someone to love. Find happiness.”

Tears rolled down his face. “I love you. Don’t leave me.”

She smiled, her dry lips stretching over her teeth, and then her body went still.

Eric let out a howl of pain as his heart broke. He held her until his mother pulled him away. He cried through her burial ritual, afraid that he might never be able to feel anything again if he stopped.

“Eric.”

He shook his head, trying to ignore whoever was talking to him. Couldn’t they see he was grieving?

“Eric, wake up,” they said again.

He opened his eyes. The memory slid to the back of his brain as reality took its place.

Sookie hovered over him, her forehead creased with worry. “Eric?”

He released his hold on the medallion and sat up. “I didn’t want that memory.” He touched his face, wet with tears, and licked his fingers clean.

“You were talking. Not in English. Are you okay?”

He sighed. How could he answer that?

“Who is Marina?”

“My sister. I watched her die.”

“Oh, Eric.” Sookie leaned against his chest and hugged him tight.

“She was so sick, for so long. And my brother—” He froze, mid-sentence as a thought popped into his head, making his blood boil with anger. “My brother…”

“What about your brother?” she asked.

“She was his first. Why didn’t I see that before?”

“His first what?” Sookie asked.

“Murder.” Even as he said the word, he could feel the truth of it.

Sookie gasped.

“He would’ve killed me too, but I left. My other siblings didn’t get that chance.” He shook his head. “I should’ve stayed and helped them.”

“You didn’t know. You can’t blame yourself for that.”

“Everything would’ve been different. If Marina hadn’t died, I never would’ve left home and met Appius.” He looked at her briefly. “My maker.”

“Oh,” she said.

“He taught me so much, and took me from my world of pain. We traveled together for many years.” Eric smiled.

“Is he still…?”

The smile on his face fell. “He died during the French Revolution. He couldn’t resist a battlefield! Once a soldier, always a soldier, I suppose.”

“I’m sorry,” she said, putting her hand on top of his.

“He died doing what he loved. There is no shame in that.” He exhaled. “After I lost him, I wandered through Europe for a while. That’s when I met Pam. She was such a sweet, innocent thing.”

Sookie snorted. “We’re talking about the Pam I know, right?”

“Yes. She wanted more. I gave that to her. Just as Appius educated me, I taught her not only how to survive, but how to live.”

“Doesn’t sound like a bad way to spend the last couple of centuries.”

“We’ve been through a lot together.”

Sookie hesitated before she said, “You must’ve met a lot of other vampires over the years.”

“Yes.” He knew she wanted more information, and it seemed like the perfect time to tell her. “When we moved to the States, Pam and I quickly found ourselves in one of the established territories. We moved to Louisiana because I’m fond of Sophie-Anne. She is a fair ruler.”

“Ruler? Like a queen?”

“Exactly.”

Sookie’s eyes grew wide. “Does each state have a queen?”

“Or king.”

“So you’re one of her … subjects?”

Eric scoffed. “No, I’m one of her Sheriffs. I uphold the law for my area.”

“Whoa.” She sat back on her heels. “And ya’ll are thinking about coming out? Exposing yourselves to the human world?”

“Yes.”

“If that happens, you’ll be a target.” She bit her lip and frowned. “You all will be. People are awful. You don’t know what’s going on inside their heads, but I do. It’s a terrible idea.”

“It’s something we’re willing to risk. Just imagine the freedom! To live our lives the way we want, out in the open. We wouldn’t have to hide anymore.”

“Hiding isn’t such a bad idea,” she said. “I learned that when I was six. It’s best for everyone if they don’t have a clue that you’re different.”

“It would give us rights.”

She shook her head and clenched her hands into fists. “What rights are worth dying for?”

“All of them. You don’t know how many rights you have because you were granted them at birth. We could vote, travel … get married.” He held her gaze, watching the fight leave her face.

“I… I…” She swallowed hard. Hope, confusion, and, above all, excitement radiated from her.

“I’ve never cared before. But I do now. I want to be a part of your life, and you a part of mine. You are my happiness,” he said, realizing he had already done what his sister asked him to do, despite the fact that it seemed impossible at the time. “We are already bonded, but we could have more.” He touched her naked shoulder and caressed her arm.

“What do you mean?” She held her breath.

“Sookie, will you marry me?”

Without hesitating, she cried, “Yes!” and threw her arms around his neck, pressing her breasts against his chest. “Oh yes.” She kissed him then, bathing him in pure bliss. “I love you,” she murmured against his lips.

“I love you,” he said, pulling her onto his lap and kissing her again. He pushed his tongue into her mouth at the same moment she closed the gap between their bodies, his cock sliding against her wet folds.

Her grasp tightened around his neck as she lifted her hips, aligning their bodies. She sucked on his tongue hard and sank down, taking him in all the way. They both went still, enjoying the initial shock of their union, and then the world slipped away. The warmth of her body, the love they shared, and her breath against his lips connected him to reality. Her pulse hammered against his skin, filling him with the familiar rhythm.

She scraped his back with her nails and moaned each time their bodies met, the sound fueling him to pump into her faster and harder, wanting nothing more than to bring her to the precipice again and again. When her pussy clenched around him, he roared and came with her. She collapsed against him and panted hard, filling his mouth with her breath. He inhaled, filling his lungs before repeating, “I love you.”

Before she could answer, he twisted their bodies until she fell back onto the bed and began spiraling his hips, thrusting into her ever so slowly. She closed her eyes and dug her head into the sheets. Her legs flexed as she locked her feet behind him, lifting her body to meet his. He cupped her breasts and squeezed her nipples. Her breath caught and a vibration moved through her as her pussy fluttered around him again. He didn’t stop, never relenting, slowly fucking her and drawing out her orgasm. She arched her back, pressing her breasts harder into his hands while she held her breath.

He bent over her body, kissing and licking his way up to her mouth. “I want to spend the rest of my life making you come.” He kissed a path along her jaw and down her neck.

“Bite me,” she whispered.

He hummed against her skin and opened his mouth wide, sinking his fangs into her flesh while he pumped into her harder and faster until they both came again. After removing his mouth and healing her, he cradled her weakened body in his arms and kissed her thoroughly.

“What would you like to do tonight?”

Sookie shrugged and smiled. “I don’t care, just so we get to spend it together.”

They showered, dressed, and cuddled on the couch in the front room and watched a couple of movies. While they paused so Sookie could use the bathroom, Eric heard a strange sound outside. He crept across the living room and put his ear to the front door just as something clattered against it. He frowned and turned the knob slowly, blocking the entrance with his body. A tiny rock fell inside next to his bare foot.

He inhaled deeply and his fangs descended. Fairies. His hunger overpowered his senses.

“Eric?” Sookie whispered as she approached.

“Stay back. There are fai—” Before he could finish, a tiny metal hook sailed through the air, imbedding in his forearm. He hissed as he tried to remove it by pulling on the fine silver chain attached to it and then another hook hit his other arm. All of a sudden, the chains tightened and he flew through the air, landing at the feet of Lochlan.

“Look what the cat dragged in,” Lochlan said as he sneered at Eric and caressed Neave’s back, obviously admiring his sister’s skill with the weapon that had launched and retracted the hooks, with Eric in tow.

Neave leaned over Eric’s body and inhaled the scent of his charring flesh. “Meow.” She barred her silver-tipped teeth and then scrapped them down Eric’s arm.

He let out a howl at the same moment Sookie screamed his name. She stood on the threshold of his house, her hands clenched into fists.

Lochlan edged closer to the curb, standing at the threshold of the protective bubble surrounding his house, and gripped the weapon and aimed it at the front door.

“Sookie! Get inside. Don’t come out!” Eric shouted.

She hesitated for a moment and then slammed the door, just as a hook connected with the wood.

Lochlan growled.

Neave stood, blood dripping off her teeth. She spat onto the street. “Disgusting.”

Eric squeezed his eyes shut as the silver seeped into his muscle, rendering his arm useless. The wound remained open.

“Breandan is waiting.” Lochlan used the silver chains to bind Eric’s legs together, the metal searing him through his clothing.

“This isn’t the one he wanted.”

Lochlan shrugged. “He’ll be a valuable bargaining chip.”

“We can’t take a vampire to Faery!” Neave recoiled. “It’s forbidden.”

“Breandan will make an exception. This undead piece of meat is the key to Niall’s undoing.”

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*gulp* I’ll just be hiding over here. You could just read Up All Night: Chapter 21 if you want…

62 thoughts on “Up All Night: Chapter 20

  1. Meridian says:

    Awww, you’re too kind! *mwah*

    Poor Marina! BAD GUSTAV! And THANK YOU for a good, decent Appius! I love how Eric asked Sookie to marry him – that was so sweet!
    NO NO NO NO NO BAD CLIFFIE BAD!!

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    • Don’t yell at me! I didn’t even want to get on here for fear of the backlash. 🙂 You’re great to help me through the rough bits near the end… Thanks for helping AND reviewing!

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      • Meridian says:

        I wasn’t yelling…I was whispering heatedly…yeah, “whispering”…”curling into a ball while waiting” may also be happening (as if I don’t know…). I did love this great transitional chapter – well done! And all I do is throw out suggestions – it’s up to you to choose what to go with and what to laugh at 😀

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      • Whispering heatedly…sure, whatever you say. 🙂 I felt a little tug of sadness for you curling into a ball, and then I remembered that you DO in fact know. So no sense in being anxious. You know it all ends well. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestions, you’re awesome.

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      • Meridian says:

        *falls asleep curled into ball formation whist cuddling soft fluffy pillow and mumbling about whether or not it’s Friday yet*

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      • I hope you have a splendid nap… 😉

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  2. nedbella says:

    Holy crap it’s all going downhill fast. I wonder when Sookie’s microwave fingers will kick in.

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  3. oh no! damn fairies. Sookie is gonna need extra help for this.
    poor Eric. and i thought i have problems with my family. BAH!
    can’t wait for the next chapter….things are starting to heat up! 😀

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  4. duckbutt60 says:

    oh myyyyyyyyy……..

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  5. sluggysmom says:

    Noooooo!!!!!! Well I guess it’s time to meet granddaddy!

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  6. Wow, wonder if Breandan will recognize his grandson, somehow I don’t think this is going to turn out quite the way those nasty fairies envision things. Hopefully Sookie can keep it together and be of help and not get herself into too much danger while trying to save Eric. I NEED that next chapter soon, lol

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  7. saldred75 says:

    whoa, so what happens to eric I wonder? and who is sookie going to call? obviously pam will be there soon, right? she must have felt him in pain

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  8. switbo says:

    Hiding is good! I can’t believe you left us with that cliffie! Auugggh! You are are cruel woman. But it hurts so good. Please write quickly! 🙂

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  9. mom2goalies says:

    ARG! Damn cliffhangers! Ok, breathes deeply….
    Wow, Eric’s memory – just don’t know what to say but I hope in the end Gustav got what he deserved. Interesting to see a good Appius, shame he’s dead if he was good.
    Damn fairies! Hopefully Eric can get free or Sookie will play it smart (as she did by closing the door) and can help to get him out of this.
    Can’t wait for next update, that hopefully you are working on while hiding! lol

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    • I’m working hard, you have my word! I’m so sorry to burden you with such an awful cliffhanger. Eric’s flashback was about the events that happened in the chapter I wrote the first time Eric remembered his past (I can’t remember the chapter #), and Gustav got what he deserved…although if Eric had known Gustav was responsible for his sister’s death, he might’ve tortured him first. Sookie’s going to do everything to get him back, rest assured. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the story! Thanks for reviewing!

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  10. ericluver says:

    Oh no! Poor Eric. Can’t wait for more:-)

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  11. lostinspace33 says:

    Oh shit, no they didn’t!!!

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  12. Kittyinaz says:

    Reblogged this on Kittyinaz's Reblog Page and commented:
    No!!!!! And by the way since I’m reblogging this, I believe it starts with an a and ends with c.

    And he has more of a chance marrying her now than later. Nice on having Appius nice and dead.

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  13. ashmo2000 says:

    Oooh, wonder how that meeting will go?

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  14. VictoryInTrouble says:

    Oh no! That wasn’t nice!! I was all aglow in their happiness and then you just snuffed that right out, didn’t you!? 😛 Excellent chapter. I’m glad we get to know Eric a little more. They are so sweet together. But you better bring him home fast!! 😀

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  15. ozzo says:

    YIKES!

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  16. murgatroid98 says:

    What! Poor Eric. I hope the wicked fairies don’t hurt him too much. I wonder how Breandan will react when he finds out Eric is his grandson.

    I can’t imagine someone poisoning all his siblings. Poor Marina. He must have been nuts. I’ m guessing lemon or iron, but I don’t know where he would get lemons back then, and how did Eric find out about it?

    It’s nice that he had a good relationship with his maker.

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    • When I created a new backstory for Eric, I thought I’d make Appius nice for once. 🙂 And no, it wasn’t lemons/iron. Gustav poisoned her with arsenic. It’s a common poison that’s been used for centuries and centuries. I’m so sorry to leave you like that, with Eric being taken by them and whisked away to Faery. He won’t be alone for long…Sookie is coming to rescue him. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  17. askarsgirl says:

    Omg! My brain is in overload! Eric’s dream, the sweet proposal and Neave and Lochlan! Oh and I love a kinder, OC Appius for a change. I can count on one hand the fics I’ve read where he isn’t a total bastard!
    You sure no how to leave a girl hanging😉
    Looking forward to next week!

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    • I’m so sorry to leave you hanging like that. That’s what I told you to hold on for the ride…down, up, then down again! Making a decent Appius was the least I could do. No one likes a douche bag maker. 🙂 Your brain is going to continue to hurt while I finish this story…we’re reaching the climax so it’s not going to slow down any time soon. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  18. redjane12 says:

    Oh no the creepy Fae siblings…. Please tell us they won’t torture Sookie as in the books (I found that character abuse on SVM beyond the pale and frankly unnecessary after all Sookie had been through already)?
    Eric’s memories were very sad too… We might need ’tissues warning’ for this story the way things are going?

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    • The moment CH described the torture and Sookie’s reaction to the pain was the moment I lost my love for the books. There didn’t seem to be any point to any of it, and she never really healed from any of it. I’ve taken canon and mixed it all up, so you’ll just have to see how things work out. Eric’s past is a mixture of happy and sad. He loved his sister so much, and now he’s finally happy, just like she wanted. 🙂 I promise I’ll make everything right. Promise. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  19. gyllene says:

    You should be hiding! Poor Eric! For having to deal with Thing 1 and 2 and for figuring out that it was his brother that caused his sister to die.

    I’m really loving this story and twists.

    I wanted to let you know that we have started a new fanfiction site. I don’t know if you post anywhere but here, but I wanted to let you know. You can post whatever you want. We have an age verification so you won’t have to worry about your stores being taken from the site. If you want to join and add your stories we would love to have you.

    http://fanfictionaffliction.com/

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    • Thanks so much for the lovely review! I feel bad for leaving you hanging like that…I’ll make it up to you eventually. 😉 I’m so glad you’re loving the story! Thank you too for letting me know about the new ff site. I’ll have to check it out next week when I get back from my trip. Thanks again! 🙂

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  20. theladykt says:

    Poor Marina. Ack for Neave and Lochlan!!!

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  21. Loftin says:

    I loved it as always. Your wicked for the cliffy but I love you still. LOL

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  22. YvonnAd says:

    OMG Woman how could you do this to me..***I just literally DIED!!!**
    Im having a very emotional read to this chapter.
    •Excited (new chapter)
    • Sad (Eric’s dream) I honestly cried. I really did. Thank you for that.
    • Happy (Eric’s proposal)
    • Hot (ehem steamy LEMONS)
    • Angry (Eric being hurt and taken)
    So basically you left me with angry….hmmm
    I’m glad you’re taking your advise and hiding…lol
    I’m honestly having a hard time typing this review…Cause my eyes are still watery.
    Have u told how much I enjoy this particular story? Cause I really do. No need to hide. Just make sure that chapter is coming very soon. 😊
    Thank you for being a great story teller.
    YvonnA

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    • YvonnA, I’m so sorry to put you such an emotional roller coaster!! Excited, sad, happy, excited, and then angry. I know I should’ve left on a happier note, but that’s not how the chapter came out! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the chapter (mostly) and I’m so grateful for your lovely review! If I can elicit that much emotion from you, I must be doing something right. 🙂 I cried while writing his dream too. Sometimes dreams aren’t sweet. Don’t die on me though. Everything always works out in the end when you read my stories. You know that…Thanks again! ❤

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      • yvonnA says:

        Hi,
        I dont think I’ll ever leave your site. Please give us notice if you ever do plan on retiring someday…cause I need to brace myself.
        I love the roller coaster of emotions….it what makes a great story.
        Thank you. And really I’m so looking forward to the next chapter….REALLY I am. lol
        YvonnA

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      • I’m not going anywhere any time soon! 🙂 Don’t worry about that! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the story, even if it does leave you a little frazzled. Friday is only 3 days away! 🙂

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