Up All Night: Chapter 22

Charlaine Harris owns almost everything. I own the rest.

Big love to Meridian (yet again) for helping work out the kinks in this story. Padore has patiently nudged me along the way, and since this story is almost done, I hope she enjoys what I turned it into!

This chapter is short but so action-packed I think I might be doing you a favor by not making it longer. Are you ready? Take a deep breath and dive in.

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Chapter 22

Eric’s POV

Eric, Pam, and Sookie formed a circle, standing back to back, the women with their weapons at the ready. A tremor moved through Eric’s legs as they waited for the approaching fairies. “I need a sword,” he whispered.

“I’ll get one for you,” Pam promised.

“Where is Niall? I can feel the portal, we’re right next to it.” Sookie touched the space in front of her, making the air shimmer for a moment. She started saying something else when one of the fairies surrounding them broke formation and ran toward her, swinging his sword wildly back and forth.

“I will kill her for my master!” he shouted.

Pam dropped to her knees and rolled toward the attacker, knocking his feet out from under him. His sword fell to the ground with a solid thud as she sank the rusty tines of her garden rake into his forearm. She yanked on the handle, ripping his hand away from his arm, blood spraying out of his newly formed stump. She gripped him by the throat and threw him to Eric, who waited with an open mouth to feast on his delicious blood.

Each swallow brought him closer to full health, the poison being forced out of the muscles in his legs, replaced by the fairy’s essence. He roared when he reduced the body to a heap of twinkling powder. He dusted his hands and stood to his full height.

Pam gave him the sword, which Eric held above his head and bellowed, “Who’s next?”

No one stepped forward. They seemed to be waiting, but for what?

Eric tried to fly, but the gummy air wouldn’t let him, holding him to the ground. He grunted in frustration. “What are you waiting for?”

“Me,” a voice called out across the hills, thundering through the air. Breandan strode toward them, his head held high, his brilliant red hair streaming behind him, visible even in the murky light coming from the sky. He narrowed his eyes as he approached. “Where is Oran?”

Eric licked his lips. “He was delicious.”

Breandan’s eyes flashed gold as he growled. He walked around the group until he faced Sookie. “You must be the filthy hybrid causing so much trouble. Niall’s beloved human offspring.” He scrunched up his nose. “To think someone so ugly and pathetic could cause so much trouble.”

“I would watch your tongue, if I were you,” Eric warned.

Breandan’s attention flickered to Eric, the same look of disdain on his face. “There is nothing you can do to stop me, vampire.” He spat the last word and kicked Eric’s sword out of his hand.

Eric reached into his pocket with his free hand and gripped the medallion, holding it tightly in his palm.

“No, but I can,” Niall answered as he and a group of sky fairies joined the fray holding their weapons menacingly. He was surrounded by many familiar faces, including Claudine, Claudette, and Claude.

Breandan whirled to face him, walking away from the trio of captives. “Your time to reign is done, old man. I intend to lead the Fae into a new world, a world where our blood isn’t tainted by those pathetic creatures. They steal our magic!” he yelled to his group of supporters, who all shouted in agreement to answer him. “They have ruined our realm. We must seal them out!”

“Yes!” they cried in agreement.

Breandan looked at Niall in disgust. “You shouldn’t be allowed to stand in my presence. You have consorted with humans for a millennium.” He scoffed. “Taking them to bed. Filling them with your seed.”

“Yes, I have loved humans,” Niall admitted.

The water fairies booed him, grumbling their repulsion.

Niall went on, “But would you rather have a prince who practices tolerance and love, or a mad man intent on ending countless lives?”

Breandan’s group turned on Niall’s and began screaming, intent on showing them where their loyalties were when Eric spoke.

“The tide rises and falls, bringing us together,” he said, waiting for Breandan to react. The din of the crowd was too loud, so he repeated himself, louder, more clearly. “The tide rises and falls, bringing us together.”

That time, Breandan heard and turned to look at him. He took a step closer; voices subsided as they watched Breandan approach Eric.

“The sea calls to me, but I love you more than life itself,” Eric recited the words that seemed to be flowing out of the medallion and into his hand. He smiled. “Atla,” he said.

Breandan walked toward him, pushing through the barrier of guards again.

The medallion urged him on, whispering the next line against his skin. “Because you love me, I forsake my world, my rites, my kin.”

Everyone went silent, listening to Eric and watching Breandan.

Breandan glowered and raised his sword, stopping when the tip pressed against Eric’s torso. “Stop.”

Eric didn’t flinch. “I will not let the sea pull us apart. I will ignore the tide.” He paused, looking Breandan right in the eye. “I will give my life for your love.”

Breandan frowned, a bewildered look on his face.

“Breandan is a hypocrite,” Eric announced to the crowd without breaking eye contact.

“Stop,” Breandan whispered.

“Breandan loved a human too. So much that he was willing to leave Faery for her.” He lowered his voice. “Did you know she was with child?”

Breandan’s eyes widened.

“He loved Atla more than anything,” he declared.

“Don’t. Say. Her. Name,” Breandan warned through clenched teeth, the tip of his sword piercing Eric’s skin.

“Atla,” Eric echoed quietly. The blade cut into the muscle between his ribs. “If you cut me, you spill your own blood.”

Breandan gasped and pulled away.

“Breandan and Atla had a son, Håkan the Red: King of Adelsö.”

A collective gasp rippled through the fairies, and Breandan’s silence only confirmed that Eric spoke the truth.

“Håkan the Red was my father!” he proclaimed. “Breandan is my grandfather. I am the last of his line!”

That announcement fractured the uneasy peace that kept sky and water from war. Niall attacked, and his supporters followed suit. Some of Breandan’s warriors fled, refusing to fight for a lost cause.

“How dare you speak such lies to me,” Breandan said, spitting each word in Eric’s face.

“I speak the truth.” He held the medallion up, the shiny metal reflecting the lavender sky. “How many people have you murdered in the name of your cause? The cause you, yourself, have not been true to?”

“Not enough,” he replied as he stabbed Eric in the chest, sinking his sword into his flesh.

Eric cried out in pain and fell to his knees just as two of Breandan’s fairies descended with silver chains, pinning him to the ground.

Sookie crumpled next to him, reaching out to him. Pam growled and swung at him with her weapon, but Breandan stopped her with a swift kick to the sternum, sending her flying backward out of sight.

Breandan raised his sword and sliced into Sookie’s neck, her scream rising above the sound of battle.

“Stop!” a man yelled, knocking the sword away from Sookie and putting himself between her and Breandan.

“I’m just finishing the work you were meant to do, Dermot.” Breandan pushed the sword into Dermot’s stomach and turned his attention back to Sookie. Dermot fell to the ground next to her.

Sookie had covered her neck with her hand, blood oozing through her fingers and running down her arm. When Breandan turned his attention on her again, she clutched her knife in her palm, the blade hidden safely inside.

“When you want something done right, you have to do it yourself,” he said as he hovered over Sookie’s bleeding body. He sliced at her with his vicious blade, obviously enjoying her cries of pain, but that stopped suddenly when she stuck his arm with her knife.

“That’s for my parents,” she croaked and then she fell forward, onto the mass of Breandan’s disappearing form.

Eric fought his attackers with every ounce of strength, shifting his restraints around and burning new areas on his exposed skin. He could feel Sookie’s life force slipping away.

Pam loomed over him, slicing through the two fairies and coating him in fresh blood. She used the tip of her sword to lift the chains off him.

He rolled to Sookie and bit into his palm, moving her pale fingers out of the way and healing the gash in her neck. Her heart beat faintly against his skin. Next, he healed the wounds in her arm, licking her skin clean.

“She needs blood,” Pam said, squatting next to them, pushing Sookie’s hair out of her face and caressing her cheek.

“She’s too close to death,” Niall said as he approached, his regal face bleeding and his clothes ragged. “Let me heal you. We can live together here.” He put his hands together, forming a ball of pink light between his palms.

Sookie exhaled, her eyes blinking slowly. “No.”

Eric shifted Sookie in his arms, feeling the pain of each movement through their bond. Tears streamed down his face. “I love you too much to lose you.”

“Don’t let me go,” she murmured, struggling to form each word.

“Never,” he said, holding her tighter.

“I want to be with you,” she whispered and then added, “forever.”

Eric smiled and nodded. He bit into his wrist and held it to her lips.

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On to Up All Night: Epilogue

50 thoughts on “Up All Night: Chapter 22

  1. i kinda feel sorry for Breandan. i like that Sookie is more decisive. none of that “I don’t want to be a vampire crap.” can’t wait to see how you’re gonna end the story. 🙂

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    • Breandan couldn’t accept reality and that was the end of him. 🙂 Sookie would much rather spend her life with Eric than in Faery with a family she doesn’t know, right? 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  2. gyllene says:

    Only one more chapter?! No! Okay now that that’s out of the way. Wow! Talk about an action packed chapter. So happy that Sookie isn’t one of those I want to be human or die Sookie’s. I never understood that about SVM Sookie. My only theory is she never thought her and Eric would stay together. I’m sure a little communication would have helped but… I won’t even get started on that train wreck.

    I am going to be sad that this story is over, but I know that I’ll love your next story too. At least I have something to look forward to. 🙂

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    • I wouldn’t dream of leaving you hanging for too long…next story is coming along nicely! 🙂 I know…one more chapter doesn’t seem like enough, but it is. Well, at least for me it is. CH writing a ‘I’d rather die than be a vamp’ Sookie is maybe one of the worst things about her Sookie. Right after being a doormat and letting Bill take advantage of her. I’m so glad you enjoyed the chapter, I hope the last one doesn’t disappoint! 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  3. Meridian says:

    I adore that you’ve created a Sookie with enough common sense to know what she wants and who isn’t afraid to GET it. While I hate that Breandan couldn’t deal with Eric being his grandson, and indeed had to be such an asshole about it, I’m glad he’s gone and by Sookie’s hand at that.

    Now I have an acute case of the sads that there’s only one chapter left! *write fast on that new story – write…fast…*

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    • I’m writing fast, I promise!! Don’t be sad, you know I wouldn’t leave it without a HEA. Sookie and Eric need to be together, and that’s that. While I was writing the first outline for this story, I didn’t turn her, I had a nice peaceful reunion with Breandan, but the more I wrote, the more I knew he wouldn’t go quietly and accept Eric as being part of his line. I was so worried about that part…but I’m glad no one seems to be objecting (yet). Thanks for your help and for reviewing. ❤

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      • Meridian says:

        It would have been amazing if Breandan and Eric could have had a great reunion, but B. had spent SO much time perfecting his anger and bigotry that it just wouldn’t have been realistic. Maybe in another story he can be less rabid and more reasonable. Sookie’s decision could, logically, have gone either way, but she saw her chance to be with Eric in a forever sort of way and took it. Quite ballsy of her, really! 😀 Also: Anytime!

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      • You know I’m a fan of ballsy Sookie. It’s one of her more charming attributes. 😉 Perhaps in some other universe Breandan isn’t a douche bag. If that happens, I’m sure he’s quite nice. Here, not so much. 🙂

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      • Meridian says:

        You did make him deliciously evil albeit thankfully briefly…so there’s that. Ohhh, maybe in another universe he could be just as obnoxious, but Sookie could somehow tap into her spark and insta-sorb all of Breandon’s Fairy power… (evil grin)

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      • Deliciously evil is difficult, so I’m glad I nailed it. 🙂 Sookie’s always good in a pinch, since she has so many talents. This is the first time I’ve tapped into the TB aspect of her ‘light’ though, and I must say, it was handy. 🙂

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      • Meridian says:

        Sookie and Her Mysteriously Convenient Fairy Traits (playing in town all week, front row seating available) often come in VERY handy… 😉

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      • They really do! Write yourself into a corner? Just give her a new power! 🙂 It’s the bonus of writing paranormal. 🙂 That is a great band name, btw.

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  4. mom2goalies says:

    Amazing action. Good for Sookie to know what she wants and to have the balls to go for it! Especially wanting to be with Eric forever! Sad there’s only 1 chapter left but also excited about a new story!

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    • Thank you so much for that lovely review! Sookie’s not afraid to go for what she wants, and she’s not stupid either. Eric is hers. Who could pass that up? I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying this and looking forward to each chapter. I’m working hard on the new story!

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  5. valady1 says:

    Braeden was so filled with hate that even remembering his lost love didn’t stop him from trying to end his own grandson. Tragic. And it is a pleasure to hear Sookie say she wants to be with Eric forever…

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    • Yeah, Breandan’s one of my favorite villains. So set in his ways that nothing could touch him. His stubbornness was his undoing. Sookie knows a good thing when she’s got it, and with Eric by her side, everything is going to be okay. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  6. nicolle1977 says:

    Yay, so glad she’s all in!

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  7. shoegirl01 says:

    Glad she chose life with Eric 🙂

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  8. lostinspace33 says:

    Oh wow, that WAS exciting! I can’t believe this story’s about to end… 😦

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  9. ericluver says:

    Sad that there’s only one chapter left, but excited to meet vampire Sookie 😀

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  10. Lynn says:

    Can’t believe the water Fae would rather die for a liar. Can’t beli Sookie would choose to be vampire. Wow, that’s amour!
    Really have enjoyed this story.

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    • Thank you so much for reviewing! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the story! Breandan needed to go, which is why I made it happen. The power of writing!!! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the last chapter too!

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  11. murgatroid98 says:

    Breandan was so far gone, he had no feelings for his own kin. Sad. I am glad Sookie killed him. Now Eric and Sookie can be together. Too bad so many had to die. Dermott did the right thing. I hope he survives.

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    • You’re so right about Breandan. The more I wrote, the more I realized peace wouldn’t be an option. Not with him in the picture anyway. Yes, with Eric at her side, Sookie will be just fine. 🙂 You’ll find about Dermot on Friday. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  12. Natsgirl says:

    Sigh. It’s a heck of a decision. Well written fight scene!

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  13. sluggysmom says:

    WOW!!! Awesome chapter!!

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  14. ashmo2000 says:

    Well, Breandan’s character and then body was murdered. About damn time, that was a big bag of crazy! Eric was saved and now he has his Sookie for eternity. I hope Niall helped Dermot before it was too late.

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  15. askarsgirl says:

    Gah! The evil cliffie was only made tolerable by the news of your new story! 😉 Loved it! So full of action and excitement. Can’t wait to see if Sookie is going to be Eric’s newest progeny😃

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    • I know I’ve been killing you with evil cliffies. My apologies. 🙂 The new story is coming along nicely. I should have something soon… I’m so glad you enjoyed the action and excitement! Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  16. YvonnAd says:

    OMGosh. I didn’t realize I was holding my breath until I finished both chapters. Is it Friday yet???
    Love how you made it up to us by giving us 2 chapters. So nice of you. Guess you didn’t want to be responsible of some many readers going insane. LOL.
    seriously looking forward to this wonderful story. Hate to read the ending but looking forward to your new story.
    Thanks to M and P for all their lovely input. You have a great bunch of soundboard.
    Thanks always.
    YvonnA

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    • Thank you so much for that lovely review! I actually did post the chapters a week apart, you must’ve just missed chapter 21 when I posted a week and a half ago. I try to post a new chapter every Friday! 🙂 I hope you didn’t pass out from holding your breath! That wouldn’t be good!! I know you’ve been loving it every step of the way, but all good things must come to an end, right? I hope you’ll enjoy the next story as well! I made great progress on it today! Thanks again!

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  17. nedbella says:

    Excellent chapter. I love the confrontation between a Eric and Breandan. Reciting the love poem was a brilliant idea. I’m so glad Sookie wasn’t undecisive in what she wanted ( like we normally get ) and has chosen to fang up. Can’t wait for Vampire Sookie and I hope she can fly ( hint hint ). Won’t that piss Pam off….LOL

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    • Thanks for the love for the chapter! I knew the love poem would be Breandan’s undoing, but a peaceful resolution didn’t seem to fit. Sookie knew exactly what she wanted, and she would always pick Eric. My Sookie would, anyway! Your encounter with baby vamp Sookie will be brief, but will hopefully amuse and delight you. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  18. Kittyinaz says:

    Reblogged this on Kittyinaz's Reblog Page and commented:
    Absolutely stupendous!! Loved every second of it!!! Thank you so my Have!!

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  19. campyrs says:

    Wow! Exciting chapter! Sookie a vamp, can’t wait… I’m sorry to see this one coming to an end but excited hoping for a sequel all at the same time, lol.

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    • Thank you so much for reviewing! Vamp Sookie is always my favorite. I was sad when I realized I was nearly done writing it too. I get kind of attached to the characters, you know? The new story is coming along nicely, so you’ve got that to look forward to as well!! 🙂

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  20. Ali says:

    Ah so good! And yes finally, wanting to be with Eric! And I love vamp Sookie! As long as she isn’t missing all the characteristics of a baby vamp that is…

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for reviewing. 🙂 I hope my baby vamp Sookie doesn’t disappoint. The epilogue is kind of short, but it seemed just right for what I wanted to write. 🙂

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  21. theladykt says:

    Glad that Sookie got to end Brendan. Guessing Eric was still healing which is why he could get the sword kicked out of his hand? yey for Sookie making that choice.

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