It Happened In Rhodes: Chapter 7

Charlaine Harris owns almost everything. I own the rest.

Just in case you don’t follow my September Roberts blog or my facebook page, I’ve got amazing news! I just signed a contract for my third book!!! I’ll post more info when I know more about the release date and all that. 🙂

What does that mean for you? That I’ll be spending my writing time working on edits with my publisher instead of writing FF stories. But don’t worry! This story is already completed, so I’ll stay on top of posting every Friday until it’s done. I’ve already started the sequel for Detox, but it will take a back burner while I work on my book. I hope you all know how much I love writing for you and receiving reviews! Writing original fiction is stressful and not terribly rewarding most of the time. I’m SO happy to have your support here! Not only do you inspire new stories, you motivate me to keep writing even when I think I suck. So thank you. ❤

Thank you, Meridian, for editing and reassuring me. For those of you who asked why Sookie and Eric hadn’t met before, I hope this chapter answers your questions. Short and NSFW!


Chapter 7

Sookie’s POV

The room buzzed with energy as the Ancient Pythoness stood to announce her verdict.

“I find Jennifer Carter guilty of attempted murder.”

Murmurs of agreement rang out around Sookie.

The old vampire turned her milky eyes toward the noisy crowd, compelling them into silence.

The Ancient Pythoness continued, outlining the terms of her sentence. She saddled Jennifer with a hefty fine, and based on Sookie and Barry’s testimonies, stated Peter Threadgill was just as guilty as Jennifer. With all her wisdom and power, she stripped Peter’s title from him on the spot, and promised to make arrangements for his replacement.

No one had expected that.

Hotel security escorted the entire Arkansas entourage out of the room. They didn’t struggle, but just before they left, Peter looked right at Sookie and bared his teeth. No one else seemed to notice, already too wrapped up in the celebration of victory.

The Royal Room emptied slowly, only a handful of vampires lingering for the trial for the King of Illinois, which had been moved to accommodate the more important trial between Arkansas and Louisiana.

Sookie couldn’t quiet the alarm going off in her brain, and when she asked to leave for the rest of the night, Rasul followed her.

“Did you see him?” she asked when they walked out together.

“Who?” Rasul’s dark eyebrows drew together.

“Peter. He snarled at me before they took him away. He’s not done.”

“Of course he’s not,” he said, summoning the elevator. “Why do you think I’m here?”

She sighed as the doors slid shut behind them and then pushed the button for the seventh floor.

Rasul frowned. “Where are we going?”

I’m going to the seventh floor.” She touched his arm lightly. “Listen, I appreciate you keeping me safe, but I have plans tonight.”

“With Northman?” He spat the name out and sneered.

“Yes.” She straightened her shoulders. “What have you got against him?”

“Why did you choose him?” he asked, not answering her question.

“What have you got against him?” she repeated.

“He’s using you,” he murmured.

“Or maybe I’m using him,” she said. The elevator came to a stop and she stepped out into the hallway. She held her hand up, keeping Rasul at bay. “He’ll watch over me for the rest of the night.” She turned away from him and walked down to room 707. The thought of spending the rest of the night with Eric put a big ol’ smile on her face. With her hand poised, ready to knock, Eric opened the door.

“How was the trial?” he asked before she could speak.

Her smile fell. “Long.”

Eric poked his head out and scanned down the hall. “He’s not staying, is he?”

Sookie’s mouth turned down when she saw Rasul leaning against the wall across from the elevator. “Goodnight,” she said firmly.

He scowled at Eric and then disappeared down another hall.

“Please, come in,” Eric said, adding, “before he comes back.”

She chuckled and stepped inside his room.

“Pam won’t be back until sunrise,” he stated, grinning.

“Pam from the booth downstairs? I thought she was with what’s-his-name, creepy dude with the sideburns.”

Eric’s smile spread to the corners of his eyes. “Pam is helping Bill during the convention, but she and I run a bar together in Shreveport.”

“Huh.”

He cleared his throat. “The trial was long?”

Sookie kicked off her shoes and strolled around his room, squinting at the impossibly dark glass. “Peter isn’t King of Arkansas anymore,” she blurted out.

“What?” He shouted.

She jumped slightly and spoke to his reflection in the inky glass. “Yep. The Ancient Pythoness stripped him of his title and fined him and Jennifer for attempted murder. It’s a mess. The most compelling evidence was what Barry and I saw and heard.” She tapped the side of her head.

“I’m sure the queen is grateful for your service,” he said, rubbing her shoulders slightly.

Her eyes drooped and her arms relaxed for the first time that night. “I promise I didn’t come here to use you for your magic fingers again,” she mumbled.

“I don’t mind.”

“That feels so good.” She sighed. “Do you have a jetted tub?”

“Yes. A very large one.”

“I think we should take a bath.”

The moment her words left her mouth, Eric sped to the bathroom and started filling the tub with water. He returned in a flash and resumed massaging her shoulders and arms.

“You look beautiful in blue,” he said, fingering the silky material.

“Thank you,” she said, blushing at his compliment. Remembering his request that morning to rub her bare skin, she unbuttoned her blouse and let it fall to the floor. “Is that better?”

Eric groaned. “You’re so warm and soft,” he whispered.

“And tense,” she added.

He pushed her bra straps out of the way and planted kisses across her shoulders, inhaling deeply. “And delectable.” His fangs scraped her skin, sending a shimmer of pleasure down her spine.

“How would you know?” she asked, trying to keep her voice steady, lingering somewhere between exhaustion and lust.

“I can imagine.”

“I’m part fairy,” she said. “I’ve been told my blood is delicious.”

He groaned again. “You’ve been bitten?”

She scoffed. “I work for vampires.” And then, there are the others…

“Fair point,” he said, moving his fingers to the back of her bra and unclasping it. “If I got a taste of you, I might not be able to let you go.”

Another ripple of desire moved through her. “Is the water ready?”

“Probably,” he murmured, running his hands over her ribs.

“We should get in.”

“We should.” He cupped her breasts and rolled her nipples between his fingers and thumbs.

Someone knocked on the door, forcing Sookie’s eyes open and stilling Eric’s hands. “What?” he shouted.

Incoherent words came through the door. Eric shook his head. “Fucking Bobby.”

Sookie smothered a smile. “I’ll be in the tub.”

He growled and stormed toward the door, practically ripping it off the hinges.

Sookie ducked out of sight and hoped Eric wouldn’t bring attention to her presence. She listened to their conversation and slipped into the water just as Eric closed the door. “Everything okay, master?” she teased once he came into the bathroom with her.

“I like the sound of that,” he said, smiling.

“Don’t get use to it, buddy.”

He frowned. “I like that less.”

“Are you going to join me?”

“I wouldn’t miss it.” He dropped his pants to the floor.

She hadn’t tired of looking at him naked. Maybe she never would. Perfect muscles, lean legs, and strong hands. Every time they were together, he excited her. But it was more than that. He put her at ease – a rare quality for a vampire. She scooted forward, clutching her knees to her chest to make room for his very long legs. He stepped into the tub carefully and sighed. “What did he want?” she asked.

“Bobby is taking care of the arrangements for the queen’s ceremony tonight,” he said as he got back to massaging her shoulders. “He’s very dedicated.”

Sookie scoffed.

“I know he didn’t make a great first impression,” he said, his mouth very close to her ear, “but he’s the best day man I’ve ever had.”

“I have a feeling he’s the reason we all flew to the Summit together,” she said, struggling to keep her eyes open.

“Why?” he asked, his hands hovering above her shoulders.

“The queen usually sets up meetings with humans who have dealings with vampires in her circle. Bobby said he hadn’t been with you long, which explains why I haven’t met you before. Same with Gervaise. Until he hooked up with Carla, there wasn’t anyone to investigate.” She revolved to face him, keeping her knees between them. “Since I can’t read vamps, I’m only valuable when humans are involved. I guess you don’t usually keep human company.”

“No. They’re too … easy,” he finally said.

She smiled. “Easy? Like me?” We had sex the night we met. Doesn’t get any easier than that.

He let out a short laugh, like a burst of air startled out of his lungs by her words. “No. You’re not easy. You’re…” he trailed off and swept the hair out of her face. He ran his thumb down her cheek and across her jaw, finally ending up on her lips.

She opened her mouth and sucked his thumb inside. He blinked in slow motion. She let her legs fall open and then pushed closer to him. His cock bumped against her sex, sending a thrill through her like nothing ever had. She scraped his thumb with her teeth and said, “What am I?”

“Spectacular,” he replied. His heavy eyes wandered over her exposed body, starting at her neck and lingering on her breasts. He tucked his fingers under her ass and lifted her up and onto his lap, sucking one nipple into his mouth.

Her mouth fell open and a moan spilled out. Supported by the water and his very large hands, she wiggled on top of him and wedged her feet around his body until they were intertwined. He slid down in the tub until his shoulders were submerged. She sighed when she aligned their bodies, his dick pressing against her opening. He kneaded the globes of her ass and moved his mouth to the other breast, sucking and licking her nipple. She tilted her hips and lowered her body, taking him in slowly, replacing the clingy droplets of water coating his length with her slipperiness.

Once he stretched her all the way, she sighed and opened her eyes. He had been watching her. He looked hungry. She couldn’t turn away, his intense gaze holding hers as they started moving. Her first orgasm built quickly, spilling out of her without much warning. She held onto his shoulders, digging her fingernails into his flesh as she rode the waves of pleasure.

She gasped and pulled her hands away, looking at her fingers in horror. Bright red blood tinged the water, diffusing quickly. “I’m so sorry,” she said.

“Don’t be.” Eric grabbed her wrists and quickly cleaned the trace of blood under her fingernails. He groaned and sat upright, wrapping his arms tightly around her waist. He held her steady and fucked her hard and fast, splashing water up and over the lip of the tub. Another orgasm erupted through her, dragging a scream out of her throat. He cradled her quaking body for a long minute, nuzzling the crook of her neck while she caught her breath.

Whether it was from the euphoria or the selfish desire to make him want her more, she whispered, “Bite me.”

Eric pulled away, his fangs glinting in the soft overhead light. “What?”

“You heard me,” she said. “Bite me.”

He leaned in toward her neck but she held up her hand to stop him.

“Make me come again first.” She wiggled on top of him, needing more.

“Gladly.” He kissed the side of her neck and pulled out of her almost all the way. When he slammed back into her, she moaned. Another kiss was followed by another thrust. He crashed into her over and over again, until her moans melted together, forming an incessant din of pleasure.

“Yes! Don’t stop,” she shouted as she teetered on the edge of release. Every muscle in her body tightened, and just as pure bliss washed over her, Eric sank his fangs into her taut neck.


Seems like Sookie is getting comfortable with the idea of Eric not letting her go. Find out now! It Happened In Rhodes: Chapter 8

61 thoughts on “It Happened In Rhodes: Chapter 7

  1. mom2goalies says:

    Damn, such a bad place to end it, sigh. I totally can’t wait to see what effect her blood has on Eric!
    I like that Sookie is feeling very comfortable around Eric, I have a feeling she might need him in the future to help deal with Threadgill.
    Poor, poor, poor Rasul – hopefully he will not become a problem trying to keep Sookie from Eric. Totally ecstatic that Bill does not seem to be in the picture at all with regards to Sookie! She seems way too smart to want to have anything to do with him.

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  2. ericluver says:

    Very sexy chapter. I’m glad it looks like Sookie is feeling more and more relaxed and comfortable with Eric. You can see feelings developing on both sides. I think Threadgill will be a problem and maybe Rasul? Not sure about him.
    Look forward to more. Congrats on the book contract 👍👍

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    • Thank you so much for that lovely review! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the story! Eric and Sookie are getting downright cozy with each other. Not quite a simple wam-bam-thank you-ma’am, right? 🙂 You’re right to worry about Sookie’s safety, as to where it will come from, you’ll just have to wait and see! Thanks again, and thanks for the love for my book. I’m still so excited!!

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  3. shoegirl01 says:

    another great chapter – glad that she’s being ‘protected’ by Eric 🙂

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  4. jules3677 says:

    Glad that Eric is getting on a more equal footing with Sookie with regards to their relationship. The plots and sub plots are fascinating in your story. Can’t wait for more.

    Congrats on the book being published. Please let us know. 🙂

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    • Eric never knew he wanted a relationship with a human, until she came along! 🙂 Thanks for the love for my plots and subplots. I figured if I was going to change canon, I might as well go all the way! Thanks for reviewing, too. I love hearing from you! One more: thanks for being excited for my book! I’ll be sure to keep you updated! 🙂

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  5. sluggysmom says:

    Smart girl! Glad she’s coming around!

    Congrats to you! So happy to hear your wonderful news!!

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  6. cari1973 says:

    The summit is like a holiday romance for the two of them. Distance relationships do not usually end well and she is in New Orleans, while he is in Shreveport. We’ll see from there.

    Peter is vindictive, like all good vampire (or bad, depending how you look at him) and Sookie is in his sights as the culprit of his fall. Surely you have something shocking waiting for this case.

    Congratulations about your book.

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    • Everyone needs an chance to hook up with Eric over a long weekend. Sookie’s lucky enough to have snagged him. 🙂 As for their relationship, you’ll just have to wait and see! Peter is not happy with her, and Sookie’s is wise to be cautious. Thanks for the congrats for my book! I’m so excited still!! Thank you for reviewing, too!

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  7. gaijinvamp says:

    It looks like Sookie and Eric are becoming fond of each other outside of politics, without the influence of others. They’d better watch out for Arkansas though. Peter seems vindictive.

    Congratulations on book contract #3.

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    • There won’t be much that can keep them apart, I’ll say that much!! Peter is a dick and needs to be taken care of. Thanks for your congratulations on my book! I still can’t believe it! Thank you for reviewing!!

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  8. VictoryInTrouble says:

    Yay for the 3rd book! Congratulations!

    I love that Sookie and Eric are behaving more like a couple. I’d love his strong hands on my body…for a massage, of course! 😉
    Poor poor Rasul. I wonder if he and Eric are going to have words.

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    • Thank you so much!! Book #3 will hopefully be loved by everyone who reads it…or at least tolerated. 😉 Sookie and Eric have come a long way in the last few days. If I happen to come across a Viking, I’ll send him, and his strong hands, your way! Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  9. Natsgirl says:

    So much fun and love this smart, in charge Sookie.

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  10. valady1 says:

    I think of this as a twofer.. I didn’t know about your blog or your original works so I’m now following you and will most certainly be checking out your books.
    And this chapter proves that tenacity works, Eric has made a lot of progress if she allows him to bite her.. Do feel a bit sorry for Rasul, he seems to be torching badly for her..and then we have Peter in the wings, he is definitely going to be coming after her.

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    • Aww! Thanks! I saw that you’re following my other blog, and I appreciate that. 🙂 My first book is very plot-light and filled with smut. I’ve learned my lesson since then and written conflict and plot galore, but if you want something hot, it’s the right book for you. 😉 I appreciate you supporting my original work, since that means real money for me! Woo!

      Tenacity always pays off. Eric has all the time in the world to wait for her, and believe me…he will. 🙂 Rasul is pining for her, but there can only be one winner. Peter is a problem. Luckily, Sookie is in good hands. Thank you so much for reviewing and for the love for my books. I appreciate it more than you know!!

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  11. Meridian says:

    You’re so right: tenacity does pay off, and look at you with contract #3!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! (WP seriously needs dancing fish stickers…!) Way to go!!

    I think this was one of my favorite chapters in this story because in it Sookie is becoming ever so slightly less dead-set against having something permanent with Eric even if she doesn’t fully realize it herself.

    Great job – all the way around!! Couldn’t happen to a nicer dame!

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    • Aw shucks. I think you deserve some sort of award for being the friend I bitched to for the last year of getting nowhere! Thanks. I mean it. One of the things that kept me tenacious was YOU! Dancing fish-head guy makes everything better.

      Thanks for helping me edit this, too. I appreciate it and the story was much improved because of you. It kind of is a turning point, isn’t it? She gets cozy with him and that can only mean good things. 🙂 Thanks for reviewing, for the love, AND the support along the way. You’re a damn nice dame if I say so myself!

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      • Meridian says:

        Now you’re going to make me blush and all I did was call upon my herd of rainbow-flatulating unicorns… and maybe a dancing fish-head guy or two.

        Three.

        *pfft* The editing was a breezy walk in the park. The tenacity-enhancing friending, was, too – you’re an awesome lady!

        And now I wanna be a dame (with feathers in my hair) in a ’40’s repro: It was a dark and rainy night…

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      • LOL I can see it all now. I think you’ll need a tiny hat that coordinates with your smart skirt. Editing is NEVER a breezy walk in the park. You caught a LOT of commas. Poor little guys keep sneaking in there. My fingers have no idea where they belong. 🙂

        Unicorns and fish-head guys are important, and as friends go, you’re great. 🙂

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      • Meridian says:

        It’s the white peacock feathers I haven’t been collecting for the tiny jauntily-placed hat that make me appear nice. *See also: jaunty
        Commas really are nice li’l fellas but, alas, I am The Comma Killer. #TCK Your commas do have quite a bit of class, though, and that’s always a plus. 😀

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      • My superfluous commas can suck it! Yeah, that’s right! I’ve kicked them all out…thanks to you. 😉

        White peacock feathers are a nice touch. Jaunty indeed! I say!

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  12. askarsgirl says:

    I’m sure he’s not going to want to let her go after getting a taste of her! But I think he was already in that mind set way before he ever tasted her blood.
    Congrats on your book deal! I’ll miss your weekly updates but look forward to your new book!

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    • I think Sookie is getting comfortable with the idea of Eric not letting go of her. 🙂 And you’re right, of course. He already had no intention of walking away from her!!

      Thanks so much for the love for my book. I’m thrilled and ready to get to work. I was assigned an editor this morning, so we’ll see how quickly she works. When I have time (like today), I’ll be working on the next story, so hopefully you won’t have to miss many updates on Fridays. 🙂 Thanks so much for everything!

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  13. ashmo2000 says:

    Looks there’s gonna plots to get even with Sookie, but Eric wouldn’t have let that happen before he bit Sookie and now it’s definite.

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  14. Kittyinaz says:

    Reblogged this on Kittyinaz's Reblog Page and commented:
    I so agree with what you are saying!!! And this chapter was freaking perfect!!! But I do worry about Peter…

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  15. Congrats on the new book! We’ll be here when you need a break and your Eric/Sookie fix.

    I think Eric is definitely attached. He’s probably already trying to figure out how to keep her. Sookie too, she cares for him just as much but she’s not going to admit it. I bet she tries her harder than Eric not to admit love.

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    • Thank you so much! I still can’t believe it finally happened!! 🙂

      I’ll be writing my new ff story when I can, so I’ll be around too!! Eric is definitely attached to her, no matter that Sookie is too stubborn to realize it. 🙂 This Sookie is more hard-headed than others, which won’t be easy for Eric, but she’ll come around! Thanks for the love and thanks for the review!! 🙂

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  16. nicolle1977 says:

    Oh they’re cute together, I hope he protects from Peter.

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  17. msbuffy says:

    Outstanding chapter! Congratulations on the book contract, my friend! Well deserved! So happy for you! 🙂

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  18. nedbella says:

    Congratulations on your third book. You are a great writer and whatever rewards you get are well deserved.
    Now, onto the story. OMG, love the tub scene. I was half expecting Sookie to bite Eric at the same time ( by accident out of the pure pleasure she was feeling ). Imagine if they’d started a bond by accident LOL. Looks like she will HAVE to have a guard at all times now, especially since Peter is after her for what happened at the trial. Maybe Eric will bring Alcide into the story by hiring him to be her day guard. Or to be a secret hidden day guard to watch in the background. You know, to be there in case the day guard the Queen has hired needs help. I hope Rasul doesn’t become a problem. Either way, great chapter.

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    • Aww! Thank you!! I appreciate the flattery and the love for my third book! I’m still super excited!!!

      I’m SO glad you’re loving this story! Sookie biting Eric is a bit more than she’s willing to invest at this point…but maybe with enough time she’d get there. 🙂 Eric’s got her back, which is good because Arkansas has come unhinged. Thank you so much for reviewing! It’s always a pleasure!

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  19. […] My Secret O It Happened in Rhodes […]

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  20. patsy1965 says:

    First, Congrats on the new book!!!! 😉 I promise to only pout a little. Second, I love the way you write Eric and Sookie. Now, get to work on your original. I’m waiting. 😉 patsy

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    • Patsy! Thank you so much!! I still can’t believe it! Please don’t pout, because as I wait for rounds of edits, I’m working on the Detox sequel, so you’ll have something, hopefully in time, to read! 🙂 I’m working on it. I promise!! Thanks for the love, I appreciate it so very much!!

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  21. azucar69 says:

    Congrats on your new venture my sweet! Just wanted to tell I appreciate any ff “bone” (yuk yuk, she said bone) you throw our way lol!

    xo,
    Joyce

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    • Dearest Joyce– Thanks for the love! I’m so excited and I still can’t believe it!! I’m glad you’re grateful for the bones I throw you. I’m still laughing, btw. 🙂 My editor is taking her sweet time, which is giving me more time to work on the Detox sequel. 🙂 Thanks again, I surely do appreciate it! ❤

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  22. theladykt says:

    Rasul is an idiot challenging Eric. Yummy bath time

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