Petulance: Chapter 13

Charlaine Harris owns almost everything. I own the rest.

All mistakes are my own. Short and plot-filled.


Chapter 13

Even though Sookie wanted to talk to Eric more than anything, she knew they would have to wait until they got to Eric’s house. As soon as the front door shut behind them, she opened her mouth to talk, but he covered it.

“Is there anyone around?” he whispered.

He had never been so cautious in his house and his anxiety put her on edge. She concentrated on the various brains in the neighborhood. “Just the usual. Humans. No vamps. What did he say to you?”

“The queen has requested an audience.”

“She sent him to spy on us. How do they even know about me?”

“It’s protocol. When a human is turned, their Maker must alert the Sheriff, and the Sheriff must tell the ruling body.”

“So when I died, you told the queen about me?” she asked trying to wrap her brain around what she’d picked up from Andre.

“I told her about Compton and Long Shadow’s fight to the death and turning you.”

“That’s not what I mean. Who was that guy, anyway? He gave me the creeps.”

“Andre is Sophie-Anne’s closest ally. What did you hear?”

“He thinks you’re lying about Long Shadow and Bill and that you turned me to keep me for yourself.” She narrowed her eyes. “He also didn’t think I looked special. Does he know about my telepathy? Was Bill working for her, too?”

Eric shrugged. “Yes, as her procurer.”

“He said Bill had never made contact. What does that mean? Was Bill hired by the queen to procure me?”

“Apparently so. I wonder how much they know.”

“She has a source. Someone who said something about me. What was she going to do with me?” she asked.

“We’ll never know.”

“Am I safe now?” Her eyes widened at the thought of leaving Eric and being forced to live with Andre.

“We’re bonded. No one can take my progeny.” He wrapped his arms around her and pulled her against his chest.

She relaxed into his arms and sighed; satisfied for once that Eric had claimed her. “Do you think Bill lied about me to the queen? Do you think she knew about his plan to rent me out? Was that her plan?” She shuddered.

“I’m not sure. I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.”

“When?”

“Friday.”

* * * *

As Sookie got ready for her day rest, her stomach churned. Not only did she have to meet the queen of Louisiana, but she would also be going home that night. Thursday had crept up on her. She had to face the reality that seeing Gran might be an emotional experience. Emotions were dangerous. Anxiety burrowed deep inside of her and made it more challenging than usual to find her happy place before sleeping.

Sensing her worry, Eric held her tightly and said, “It’s going to be okay.” It had become his standard statement of comfort, and even though he couldn’t force her to calm down, knowing he would be right there with her had the same effect. The fear and worry eased out of her mind as she slipped into unconsciousness.

As they were preparing to leave for Bon Temps that night, Eric said, “If you feel yourself slipping, wait outside and let me handle it. Don’t worry about tomorrow. One night at a time.”

She nodded and drank two more bottles of blood. She didn’t want to be hungry for her family reunion.

They drove in silence until he turned down Hummingbird Lane.

“Am I making a mistake?” she whispered, peering through the windshield at the familiar forest that surrounded the house she’d been raised in.

“No. She deserves to know the truth.”

Sookie took a deep, unnecessary breath in an attempt to calm her nerves. It didn’t work. Her legs quivered as she walked up the front steps. She knocked.

After a few seconds, Gran opened the door already in her nightgown, ready for bed. A smile crinkled the edges of her eyes. “Sookie, honey!” She opened her arms but when Sookie tried to hug her, something stopped her.

Sookie pushed against the invisible barrier, but it was stronger than she was.

“Good evening, Mrs. Stackhouse. My name is Eric Northman,” he said. “Would you please invite us in?”

“Of course! Come in.” Just like that, the barrier disappeared. “What’s going on, honey?” Gran reached out to touch her arm and recoiled. “You’re so cold.”

“I, um…”

“Why don’t we go inside to talk?” Eric suggested.

Sookie nodded and followed Gran into the living room, wincing when the overhead light came on.

“I know you’ve been working and all that, but I’ve been worried about you. You sounded … off the other night.” Gran sat across from her on the couch. “Can I get you something to eat?”

“God, no,” Sookie mumbled.

“Mrs. Stackhouse, there’s something you need to know, and there’s not easy way to tell you.” Eric folded himself into one of the squishy armchairs off to the side.

Gran looked at her granddaughter solemnly. “You’re pregnant.”

Sookie burst out laughing. If only it were that easy. “No.” She shook her head. “It all started a little over a week ago. Remember when Bill came to pick me up?”

Gran nodded.

“My other job, for my friend Eric,” she said, motioning to him.

“Oh!” Gran smiled. “I wondered how you fit into all this. So you hired Sookie to help you out?”

“Yes, but things didn’t go as planned,” he said.

“Someone was stealing from Eric, a lot. So I interviewed his employees to find out who it was.” Sookie twisted her hands in her lap. “It turned out to be one of his partners … and Bill.”

“What?” Gran’s mouth hung open.

“Yeah, that surprised me, too. Anyway, there was a fight between Bill and this other guy, and I was in the middle of it.”

“Oh honey, were you hurt?”

She nodded. “Yes, fatally.”

Gran frowned and turned her head. “I don’t…”

“If Eric hadn’t saved me, I would be dead.”

“Saved you?”

Sookie glanced at her gran and then down at her lap. “I’m a vampire,” she whispered.

The big clock on the wall ticked as the seconds passed and then Gran finally spoke. “I see.”

Sookie had been doing her best to stay out of her gran’s head, but at that moment, she couldn’t help herself. Fragments of thoughts swirled around as Gran put the pieces together. “Please don’t be mad.”

“Oh, honey, I’m not mad.” Gran smiled. “I’m sorry that happened, but I sure am glad you’re still here.”

Sookie smiled and sniffed. “Me, too.”

“Does your brother know?”

She shook her head again. “You’re the first person I’ve told.” It was technically true. Sam already knew about her, but she hadn’t told him and she didn’t figure he’d told anyone else, either. “I’ve been laying low in Shreveport, trying to figure things out.”

“With Eric?” Gran asked, looking him up and down.

“Yes. He’s helped me with the transition. I’d be lost without him.”

Eric smiled. It was the most recognition she had ever given him. He cleared his throat. “I’m sure you have a lot to catch up on. I’ll give you some privacy and wait outside. Unless you need me to stay?” He gave Sookie a meaningful glance.

She smiled. “I’m fine. Thanks.”

Eric bowed and stepped outside, closing the door behind him.

“So how have you been?” Sookie asked once they were alone.

“Same old, same old.” Gran shrugged. “Trying to keep up this old place and stay abreast of gossip. Everyone’s been talking about you and Vampire Bill.” Her frown returned. “What happened to him, anyway?”

She swallowed down the memories of his gruesome demise. “He died.”

“I wondered why I hadn’t seen him around.”

“It was really terrible.”

“I’m so sorry, honey,” Gran said. “And Eric is your new beau?”

“Bill was never my beau. He was only interested in using me. I found that out the hard way.”

“Eric isn’t using you?” she asked, raising her eyebrows.

“No. He’s … different. He cares about me. He’s teaching me how to survive, how to control myself, how to be happy. It hasn’t been easy.”

“And you’re living together,” Gran asked, her mouth set in a firm line.

“Yes. It’s not safe for me to be away from him.”

“Would you just tell me what’s going on with you two? Are you dating or not?” she asked finally.

“We’re together.” Sookie looked at her lap again, relieved she couldn’t blush. “I know it must seem sudden, but I’m happy with him. I’ve never felt this way before.”

“I guess there’s not a lot I can do at this point.” She sighed. “Are you in love with him?”

Sookie’s eyes met Gran’s and then she stared at her lap. She didn’t know how to answer that question. “He’s wonderful. You’ll see. We’ll visit a lot.”

“Visit?” Gran’s eyes filled with tears as the reality of the situation confronted her.

“I can’t stay here. As much as I want to be here for you, it’s not a good idea. There’s still so much for me to learn and I would be afraid of hurting you. Not on purpose,” she added quickly. “It’s all so new.”

Gran wiped her cheeks. “I knew this day would come. I just didn’t expect … this.”

“I know. I didn’t either.” She didn’t talk about the things she had anticipated in her life: marriage, children, living to old age, and eventually dying. None of that would happen now. Not in the same way, anyway.

“I really am glad you’re okay,” Gran whispered.

“I’m glad you’re okay with me,” Sookie countered. “I was so afraid you would be mad.”

“How could I ever be mad at you?” Gran reached out and hugged her then, her tears dripping onto Sookie’s shoulder. When they parted, Gran’s age showed.

“It’s late,” Sookie said. “We should go.”

Gran nodded. “I’m wiped out. You’re coming back, right?”

“As often as I can,” she replied. After one more hug, she stood and walked out of the room, stopping in the doorway. “Thank you, Gran. I love you.”

“I love you too, honey.”

Sookie closed the front door and joined Eric on the front porch. “She had a lot of questions.”

“I’m sure she did.” He leaned back in the chair and laced his fingers behind his head.

“Mostly about you.”

He smiled. “Really?”

“Yep. My gran is old-fashioned, so me moving in with you didn’t sit too well with her.”

He laughed and said, “Are you ready to go?”

Sookie nodded. “She’s pretty worn out. It was a lot to take in. I’d like to come back and help her around the house every now and then. I’d also like to take my car.” She walked over to the beat up yellow car parked near the side of the house. “That way I can come whenever I want to.”

“I don’t like the idea of you traveling alone.”

She sighed. She knew he wouldn’t let her go anywhere without him, but she didn’t have to be complacent about it. “Fine. But I’d like to drive some of the time.”

“We can discuss this later.”

Sookie dug in. “I’m not leaving without my car.”

“Sookie.”

She stared at him. “Eric?”

“Has anyone ever told you that you’re stubborn?”

“Yep.” She opened her door and got into her car. “Before we leave town, I’d like to stop by Merlotte’s.”

“I’m not sure that’s a good idea.”

“How bad could it be?” She joked before turning the key in the ignition. If she had known the answer to that question, she would’ve gone back to Shreveport that second.


More plot ready and waiting! Petulance: Chapter 14

36 thoughts on “Petulance: Chapter 13

  1. ashmo2000 says:

    Well visiting Gran went well. I think visiting Merlotte’s is a bad idea when most of the town didn’t like her too much anyway because of her telepathy. Their reaction will mostly be terrible.

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  2. cari1973 says:

    You’re the queen of the cliffys; now you have left me thinking what will happen in Merlotte’s for it would have been better to go to Shreveport immediately.
    Although it seems that the conversation with her grandmother went well, I do not like it to me. She has suggested to Sookie in children, marriages and death of old age in her old bed. It’s like her grandmother disapproved her not going to have children, that her current situation were living in sin and that she died of old was the best destination that Sookie could have wished. Have I ever told you what I really think of Sookie’s grandmother? Because I’ve always thought is a selfish, hypocritical woman.

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    • Oh how I agree with you. Gran is so old-fashioned, but of course those rules don’t apply to her!! I think a lot of young women feel like Sookie. There are all these expectations of what ‘should’ happen to them, even if they don’t want it (or can’t have it). I was trying to accurately represent Sookie’s struggle with her new life and what it means. Would she have been able to find someone to have children with? Would she have wanted that? The choice is no longer hers. Gran would naturally mourn the loss of the future of the Stackhouse name, especially since it means now that Jason will have to carry the weight of that. The conversation went as well as could be expected, but it is Gran we’re talking about here…

      I’ll post tomorrow, so hopefully you’ll enjoy the new chapter and continuation of Sookie’s adventures in Bon Temps. Thanks for reviewing! 🙂

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  3. mom2goalies says:

    The visit with Gran went ok but seeing as Gran had an affair I think she’s hypocritical when disapproving of Sookie and Eric living together especially since neither are human. About going to Merlotte’s, what’s that saying? Famous last words? Sookie should know better than to think the locals would behave…

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    • You are so right!! Gran is a mess, and holds Sookie to a standard she doesn’t hold herself to.

      I figured she would want to say goodbye to Sam in person. Of course, if she thinks she can sneak in under the radar, she’s mistaken. Sookie has a LOT to learn. 🙂 Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  4. valady1 says:

    I think Adele is a study in contrasts. Her view of what is right and proper is defined by her generation and what she was taught regarding right and wrong. Yet she engaged in an affair with Fintan, breaking her marriage vows which would seem to go against what she has raised Sookie to believe is the moral thing to do. A lot of Sookie’s conflict regarding how she should live her life is grounded in the things Adele taught her. I think the saying, “do as I say, not as I do” is a perfect description of Gran. But I also believe she truly loves Sookie and is glad she still walks the earth, even if she is a vampire.Have to hope that eventually Sookie will see that her life now is good and nothing to be ashamed of.

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    • It’s a huge hurtle for her to overcome. You said it perfectly. Gran has always assumed Sookie’s life would be ideal (not like hers). What did she expect with a telepath? Nothing normal comes from that. At this point, Sookie knows nothing about her gran’s indiscretions, so all she feels is the guilt of letting her down. She’ll overcome. Don’t you worry. 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and reviewing. It’s always lovely to hear from you!

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  5. murgatroid98 says:

    Yeah, I am not sure Merlotte’s is a good idea. Gran loves her even if her condition has changed. Great chapter.

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  6. askarsgirl says:

    Grab handled that well. Now we’ll have to see how Jason reacts. Merlotte’s is on for a surprise!

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  7. Kittyinaz says:

    Oh no. This had bad before that last sentence written all over it. Now I’m thinking along the lines of the apoplectic end of times bad.

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  8. Well Sookie should have known that Gran would never turn on her. Gran may have cheated on Mitchel with Fintan but I am not convinced that fairy allure was not involved in that decision. I really do not think that Gran had a chance. So Gran wanting to know if Sookie is “living in sin” with Eric is really not so out of line. I think Gran taught Sookie morals to the best of her ability. Gran has no idea of the way it is to be a vampire. I mean really how could she. It will just take time for her to figure it out. Going to Merlottes is not a good idea. I am looking forward to a visit with the Queen. she is going to be pissed. I wonder if Hadley is going to be there? Sookie is going to be so hurt that Hadley ratted her out.

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    • You need to get out of my brain! You have so many questions that are SO relevant to the plot that I can’t really comment on them. 🙂

      I agree with what you’re saying about Gran. She did her best, but I think she holds Sookie to an unrealistic standard. Sookie’s spent her life trying to live up to that and it’s going to be harder than ever to come to grips with her new life because of it! She’ll come around though, just give her some time…

      Thanks so much for the lovely review!

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  9. rachelaidensmommy@gmail.com says:

    Can’t wait to see what happens at Merrlotte’s!

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  10. andrea says:

    It’s a week long drive to Merlotte’s now …. bet Jason is hanging out there and will be “difficult” …

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  11. msbuffy says:

    I was happy to read that Sookie’s visit with Gran went well. I knew she would love & accept Sookie no matter what. The upcoming visit to Merlotte’s will most likely be a disaster, and I wish Sookie would heed Eric’s more given that he can’t use the Maker’s commands on her. She would do well to realize that he hasn’t made it this far by behaving spontaneously, and already having raised one progeny. These are the times when Sookie irritates me by not acting as intelligently as she is. Looking forward to next week’s chapter! 🙂 Have a great week!

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    • I think at a time like this, Sookie needs as many allies as she can get, even if that means the unfair judgement of her gran. Gran means well, and does love her, and that’s good enough for now. Merlotte’s is not a good idea. Eric knows it, but Sookie still doesn’t trust him. She’ll figure it out one of these nights! He knows what he’s doing and he knows humans. She’s determined to say goodbye to Sam, and can’t see past that. I hope you’ve had a great week, too! Thanks for reviewing!

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      • msbuffy says:

        You’re welcome, as always! Sookie does need allies, even the judgmental ones. Gran will be Gran, she’ll come around, but she can’t help being generationally-challenged (a term I’ve coined for me & my mother when it comes to my Ingrates & misunderstandings!). I figure it will take awhile before Sookie completely trusts Eric given that they don’t have a true Maker/Child bond and her past being what it was. Eric didn’t get be 1,000 without knowing what he’s doing though. Hope you had a great holiday weekend! 🙂

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      • Gran won’t be changing any time soon, even if Sookie knew the full truth! Generationally challenged seems just right. They are all ingrates! You’ve read my mind about Sookie learning to trust Eric. Chapter 15 has a bit about that! 😉 I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend…mine was noisy and I’m happy it’s over!

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      • msbuffy says:

        LOL! Fireworks made my 4th noisy, otherwise it was nice & peaceful. No grandkids, no arguing Ingrates, no fighting family. Wonderful! I don’t know why people get the notion that old people will change; they won’t! They are who are, you have to adapt to them. My mom is 77, so arguing with her is fruitless. It’s the same as my daughter arguing with me, even though I’m more open-minded. I’m not going to change, but I can see her point on some things. She knows everything anyway! What’s to argue? LOL!

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      • LOL I can’t wait… My Ingrates are still small enough to not know everything. It helps that I know so much about so many things! 😉 Where I live, the 4th and 24th are VERY popular fireworks holidays, so the whole month of July sucks balls around here. 😦 No worries, we’re going camping to miss the next session! Yay!!

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  12. theladykt says:

    Glad she got to see Gran. Just wait till Sookie finds out about how SA found out about her. Hadley needs a real big punch in the mouth. Merlotte’s is not going to go well. Guessing Jason will be there….. Sookie really needs to grow up though and listen more.

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    • Sookie’s not going to take the news of her discovery well. That’s coming up. Merlotte’s is going to be an important and dangerous visit! You’re right about Sookie though. She needs to trust and listen to Eric. He knows what he’s talking about. I’m glad you’re all caught up now! I’ll post the next chapter tomorrow! 🙂 Thanks for reviewing!

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  13. Guessing Merlottes is gonna be interesting…Glad a she saw her gran but I agree with galaxy she’s definitely “do ask say, not as I do” kinda person. Can’t wait for your next chapter!

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    • You’re so right! Gran never held herself to the same standards she held Sookie to. Sookie’s got a messed up view of the world because of that. I think that’s common with a lot of women. Merlotte’s is definitely going to be interesting! You’ll be able to read more tomorrow!! Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  14. saintsfan022010 says:

    Whenever someone says how bad can this be, the fur will soon fly. Lol

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  15. Tree says:

    Great chapter! I LOVE how the one thing Gran fixates on is that Sookie and Eric are “living in sin”, ha ha. I also love how Sookie still cannot part with her pos car. Eric should just toss it into the swamp sometime, lol. Looking forward to the next update!

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    • I’m so glad you loved the chapter! Gran has her priorities mixed up, that’s for sure! Sookie still doesn’t think about how much money she’s making, so her pos car is still the only thing she’s got! One day Eric will talk her into an upgrade! 😉 Thanks for reviewing!

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  16. patsy1965 says:

    That’s one of those questions like, ‘What could possibly go wrong now?’ 😉 And, are planning on killing off Gran? I hope not. For once I’d like to see Gran give Hadley a piece of her mind 😉 patsy

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