Petulance: Chapter 14

Charlaine Harris owns almost everything. I own the rest.

 

All mistakes are my own. Short and action-packed!

 

Chapter 14


Sookie exhaled loudly as she stood just inside the door at Merlotte’s. Eric put his hand on the small of her back, which did wonders for her nerves. At ten o’clock on a Thursday night, only the usual crowd occupied the bar. Except one difference, instead of JB drinking at the bar, he was behind it. With an apron tied around his waist, he filled a few glasses, loading them onto a tray. Jason, Hoyt, and Rene sat at the bar, shooting the shit, Andy was at the far end, slumped over, and a handful of booths were occupied by people Sookie had known her entire life. Everything was just how she’d left it. No one had moved an inch. No one except her. Reality smacked her right between the eyes: that could’ve been her. Having the same tired conversations with the same boring people for the rest of her dull life. Not anymore. She squared her shoulders and stepped into the room.

Sam noticed them first and made a beeline for her. He pressed his lips into a grim line and grabbed Sookie by the arm. “Stay here,” he barked at Eric. Before she could say hi to anyone, he whisked her down the hall toward his office. His hand seared her arm and his thoughts came through loud and clear. He was happy to see her and piping mad all at once.

Sookie pulled away from him and entered his office on her own. “Look, I know you’re mad, but you really think I had anything to do with this?”

“Of course you did! You associated yourself with them and look what’s happened to you!”

Her mouth hung open. “Are you kidding me?”

“No!” His voice became hysterical, like he was trying not to cry. “Why couldn’t you just mind your own business? Why did you have to go?” He wiped the edges of his eyes and sniffed.

“I wanted to find out what happened to Dawn. We both did.”

He shook his head. “Now I’ve lost you both.”

“I haven’t gone anywhere!” she shouted. “I’m just a little … different.”

“Northman is going to pay for this.”

“Pay for what?” Eric said from the door.

“I told you to wait outside,” Sam growled, his eyes flashed gold and his shoulder hunched like a cat ready to pounce.

“She’s my Progeny.”

“I know that!” Sam yelled. “You think I don’t know that? How you stole her life so you could control her and use her.”

Sam and Eric faced off, Sam breathing hard, his skin humming with energy and Eric towering over him. A low growl came from one of them.

“First of all,” Sookie started, getting between them and pushing them apart, “Eric didn’t steal my life. He saved it. Second, I’m not going to stand here while you fight over me. You guys duke it out. I’m going to talk to my brother.” The moment she stepped backward, Eric and Sam snapped back toward each other almost bumping chests.

Stupid men. She slammed the door behind her and stormed over to the bar.

“Hey Sook!” Jason greeted. “I thought that was you. Where ya been? Why’s Sam so pissed?”

She rolled her eyes. “Long story. Hey, can I talk to you for a minute? Out back?”

“Sure.” Jason frowned and pushed away from his friends. “Don’t drink my beer.”

Hoyt laughed but Rene looked at her intently. She couldn’t worry about him right then. Jason was her top priority.

When they were alone on the back porch that served as a loading dock for Merlotte’s, Jason exhaled slowly.

“So, what’s up?”

Still a little agitated from her encounter with Sam and Eric, she put a little distance between her and her brother. “I need to tell you something.” She kept her voice low since anyone visiting the bathroom would be able to hear them through the screen door.

“You’re pregnant?”

She snorted. “When was the last time you saw me with a man?”

He shrugged. “I don’t know, a couple years ago when you went on that date with JB, why?”

“Because I’d need one of those to be pregnant. Of all the girls in Bon Temps, why would you assume I’d be the one to get knocked up?”

He rubbed the back of his head and slumped against the support beam opposite her. “I don’t know. Sorry. Why don’t you just tell me this time and I’ll keep my trap shut?” He gave her a crooked smile.

“I’m just going to come right out and say it.” She took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. “I’m a vampire.”

“No shit?” His eyes widened. “Vampire Bill have something to do with this?”

“Yeah, but not the way you think. He and his friend killed me. They both ended up dead, and here I am.” She gestured down her body.

He scooted a little closer and squinted in the dim light. “You got fangs?”

“Yeah, but they’re not out right now, thankfully,” she added in a whisper. “That guy I came in with, Eric, he’s been taking care of me. He saved me.”

He nodded as if she hadn’t just shocked him. “Have you been … okay?” He honestly didn’t know what to say to her. One little thought rattled around in his brain: holy shit.

“It’s been hard, but Eric is teaching me how to survive. He’s actually pretty great.” She smiled.

“Are you guys…?” His heart hammered in his chest.

“Together? Yeah.” Her smile grew. “Are you okay?”

“It’s a lot,” he mumbled. “Does Gran know?”

“I just told her, too. She was okay, mostly, but kind of freaked out.”

“I know the feeling!” He chuckled. “Can I tell the guys?”

She hesitated. “Maybe we should wait.”

“Okay, sure. I’ll just never talk to them again,” he joked.

“I know, but I’m not sure who would take the news well. My transition has been hard enough. I don’t need a bunch of my friends hating on me. I was worried you would be scared or something.”

“Me? No. We’re good.”

“Good,” she answered. “Thanks for being so understanding. I had to talk to you before we left. I’m living in Shreveport now.”

“Well don’t be a stranger, okay?” He smiled and then walked toward the back door. That was about as much heart-to-heart as he could handle.

She laughed and followed him inside. Sam and Eric’s argument leaked out of his office and spilled down the hall. Still at it. I should probably go break them up. She was so focused on what she was going to do next that she didn’t see what was coming.

Namely, a mop to her head.

Dazed by the blow she staggered to the wall and held on tight. Blood seeped from her forehead and spilled into her eyes. Her fangs descended. She winced when she prodded the wound, which had already started to heal.

“What the fuck, Rene?” Jason shouted and then another blow fell. The mop handle cracked and something heavy hit the ground.

“Jason?” Sookie called out. She wiped her eyes, but couldn’t see much of anything.

“Vampire scum,” Rene spat, holding the broken broom handle to her chest. The ragged tip cut through her clothes and dug into her skin, opening a new wound. His sour breath puffing against her face. His ugly thoughts overwhelmed her. What he’d done and what he was planning on doing to her. She wanted to vomit. “That’s right. Be afraid. I’m going to—”

She didn’t get to hear him say what he was going to do because in the next second, Rene was gasping for air.

“Sookie? Are you okay?” Eric asked.

A shotgun cocked next to them. “Put him down.”

Sookie wiped her face with the sleeve of her shirt and took in the scene. Eric had Rene by his neck, Rene dangling a foot off the ground. Sam blocked the hallway with a shotgun raised to his shoulder, aimed at Eric. Hoyt squatted next to Jason, who groaned on the floor behind Sam while the rest of the bar patrons stared on in disbelief.

“Calm down. Everyone, calm down.” Sookie held her hands up. “Eric, put him on the ground. He can’t breathe.”

“He doesn’t deserve to breathe, he was going to—” Eric shouted.

“I know what he was going to do. Put him down.”

“But he—”

“Sam has a gun on you, so why don’t you just do what I’m telling you to do.” Eric growled but eventually gave in. “Good. Now Sam, put the gun down.” She stared at him and nodded. When he finally lowered the barrel, she said, “Hoyt, call Bud. Tell him he needs to get out here to make an arrest.”

Rene tried to talk, but Eric squeezed his throat, making him wheeze.

“Don’t hurt him, Eric. He has to confess to the murders of Maudette, Dawn, and his sister.” Those disturbing images would stay with her for the rest of her undead life.

“Whores! All of them! Vamp whores!” Rene rasped.

Sam snarled and lunged toward them, jamming the barrel against Rene’s chest. Tears filled his eyes. “You fucking monster!”

“Don’t do it, Sam,” Sookie whispered, putting her hand on top of his, pushing the gun toward the ground.

“He should get what he deserves,” Sam choked out.

“He will.” She nodded. “But right now, you need to back off.” She didn’t have to tell Eric to keep his hold on Rene, so she went to check on her brother. “Where did he hit you?”

Jason squeezed his eyes shut. “The side of the head. Knocked me clean out.”

Thankfully, he wasn’t bleeding. Time would heal his injury. She sat next to him in silence for a few minutes until the wail of a police siren announced the arrival of Bud.

“I’ll talk to him,” Sam said, pushing through the crowd and into the parking lot.

“I guess I don’t have to keep your secret,” Jason whispered.

Sookie almost laughed. Leave it to her brother to find something positive about her near-death experience. “Nope. I bet half the town knows by now. I need a drink.” She stood and walked behind the bar, popped the top off a bottle of blood and downed it in two seconds flat.

Hoyt stared at her, his mouth agape.

She made the mistake of smiling, which made him flinch. She covered her mouth. “Sorry. Didn’t mean to scare you.” She tried to lick the red dye off her teeth, but knew it was a futile effort.

“Does this mean I’m out of a job?” JB asked, his shoulders slumped. “Sam asked me to fill in while you were gone.”

Of all the things that had just happened, that was what JB was most worried about. “Nope, JB, you can keep it. I bet you’re a hard worker. Sam would be crazy to let you go.”

JB grinned and held his head high.

“Where is he?” Bud boomed, as he walked into the bar, Sam close behind. “Damn it, Andy!” he said, hitting his friend’s shoulder hard enough to knock him off the stool.

Andy hit the ground hard and grunted. That’s what it took to wake him. “What’d I miss?”

Bud waved him away and shook his head.

“He’s in the hall,” Sookie said, leading the way. “Eric, this is Sheriff Bud.”

“You have the right to remain silent…” Bud started, whipping a pair of cuffs off his belt.

Rene gasped for breath and clutched at his neck the second Eric let go, and then Bud handcuffed him and read him the rest of his rights.

“Don’t nobody go nowhere,” Bud said before escorting Rene to his cruiser.

Within a few minutes, Kenya and Kevin walked inside, notebooks ready to record statements.

Sookie sat down next to her brother and waited for her turn.


Well? What do you think? After you’re done reviewing, read on! Petulance: Chapter 15

42 thoughts on “Petulance: Chapter 14

  1. Kittyinaz says:

    Holy cow!!! Stupid Sam! I never liked the guy after the show and books ended. The only one I like for sure is mine. Who is NOT attracted to her!

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  2. mom2goalies says:

    Sam is such an ass! Thinking he knows all and what is best for Sookie. He doesn’t really know her, just his own hatred for vampires. Loved Jason’s reaction, lol Glad Rene is taken care of.

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    • Sam is an ass. Eric actually does have some claim to her, being her Maker and all. Being boss doesn’t mean anything! Jason is easy going enough to accept his sister, who’s always been a bit outside normal, anyway! Rene was one of my loose ends… Sorry I’m so late to reply to reviews. Thanks for leaving such a lovely one!

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  3. lostinspace33 says:

    I’m glad your Jason didn’t have the horrible reaction to her revelation that many of them do. I like dim Jason, but not Jason the biggot. 😀

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  4. trubie35 says:

    I liked this Jason. I don’t like it when Sookie and Jason are at odds. Glad Rene was taken care of quickly. Thanks for the update. I can’t wait for each chapter.

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    • I always like Jason when he’s friendly toward his sis. She has few friends as it is. She should have him, shouldn’t she? Rene needed to be out of the picture before he did anything else. Scumbag. Thanks for reviewing! I look forward to reading each one!

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  5. ashmo2000 says:

    Kinda what Sookie expected, but Jason took everything well. Glad Rene was arrested and that whole mess is off the town of Bon Temps shoulders. Wonder how the rest of the night in Bon Temps will go?

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    • I’d like to think that Jason is a good guy, at heart, and loves his sister no matter what. 🙂 Rene was bad news from the beginning, and the one loose end in Bon Temps Sookie had to take care of! Thanks for reviewing!

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  6. Thelma says:

    I love the way Jason reacted to Sookie being a vampire. I also hope that he takes a turn telling Sam off. Sam, get it through your head Sookie don’t like you like that.

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Sookie needs all the support she can get at this point. Sam doesn’t know the first thing about Sookie, and he’s finally starting to realize it’ll never happen between them. Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  7. askarsgirl says:

    I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at Jason’s quick acceptance of Sookie! Good thing Eric was there to save her, again! Thanks for the update😃

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  8. cari1973 says:

    It was a clean way to catch René but Sookie will not long survive as a vampire, or as nothing, if she does not use her gifts as she should (eg hearing of a vampire she could have given an indication that someone was approaching her from behind).
    It is seen that the less brain has the individual adapts better to the news Sookie a vampire. Maybe we could use this as an IQ test.

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  9. valleystitcher says:

    I am late to this party, but love this story. I didn’t do anything last night but read. Just such a great spin on the original story. Thank you for not killing Gran.

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  10. murgatroid98 says:

    Nicely done. Gran hasn’t been killed, and I don’t think Sookie would have sat still while Rene killed her. Sam reacted out of grief and the shifter dislike of vampires. Hopefully, he will appreciate that she is still among the living. Eric didn’t twist a head off (Sam’s or Rene’s) and a murder case has been solved. It’s all good.

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    • I hated the idea of Gran dying at the hands of scum like Rene. Old age, sure, but not the way she went in the book. Poor Gran. I don’t hold anything against Sam. He’s a very emotional person, even when he shouldn’t be. Eric made his point crystal clear though! I’m glad you liked my tidying of all the Bon Temps loose ends! Thanks for reviewing!

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  11. msbuffy says:

    I love your interpretation of the story so much more! That was fantastic! Sookie didn’t have to nearly be killed by Rene and she didn’t have to kill him. Sam was still an ass, but he came through when it counted. I’m sure there will still be the same male posturing between him and Eric; it’s inevitable. So happy for Sookie that Jason took her news well and accepted the fact that she’s now a vampire. I’m sure that knock to the head didn’t help the squirrels in his brain though! LOL! Terrific chapter! 🙂

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    • LOL Poor Jason and his scattered brains! I am so glad you’re enjoying the story. I thought it was a much better final confrontation between Sookie and Rene. He’s going to pay for what he did. Death would be too easy for him. You’re right about Sam and Eric. They’re going to have the same pissing contest over and over. I guess it can’t be helped. Men. 😉 Thanks so much for the lovely review!

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      • msbuffy says:

        You’re so welcome as always. Those two and their pissing contests… Could not agree more, I always thought death was too easy for Rene and he should have lived his days locked up literally, in his own insanity.

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      • I’d like to think that Rene would have to be in solitary in prison and then he would slowly go mad inside his own insanity. Just like you said!

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  12. andrea says:

    These past chapters felt all too short, it’s my only complain !
    But it’s a major one.
    I know I am an ungrateful bitch but Sookie being turned by Eric is a divine plot. So why not dig into it and go for the real thing ? Grant’s and Jason’s reactions just felt not right because they were done with so quickly. Sam’s reaction was much more convincing but here again the dialog was kept minimal. I understand that posting every week is a big challenge and you have a great story going on here. The writing, the plot, the characters, everything is perfect except for the length. This is why I really really feel like an ungrateful bitch right now.

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    • LOL I understand your complaint. When I wrote the story and then dissected it into chapters, 13 and 14 were short. I had to end when I did to keep the plot moving. I didn’t dwell on the reunion because I have much bigger fish to fry. I’m about to go all in. So brace yourself. 🙂 Don’t be so hard on yourself. Life is too short to fell like an ungrateful bitch. 😉 Thanks for the review!

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  13. tleel says:

    Loving this story. Like how you’ve written Jason, Sam needs to get real and realize Sookie doesn’t care for him as anything more than a friend or big brother.

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    • I’m so glad you’re loving it! Thanks for reviewing and letting me know! Jason needs to be there for her, it was that simple. With everything else against her, family was really important! Sam is too thick-headed to get it…yet. It’ll sink in, but it’ll take time! Thanks again!

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  14. tamera rodriguez says:

    i loved it , i like all of your stories so keep up the good work.

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  15. sluggysmom says:

    Phew – I got behind in my reading, but am now all caught up! Got some other favs to catch up on now!

    I am soooo relieved that Jason took Sookie’s news well! I wasn’t worried about Gran, but I sure was worried about him!

    Awesome as always! 🙂

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  16. Lady Jade says:

    I wish Eric would habe ripped his throat out!!

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  17. I am glad that Sookie was able to find out about Rene. I guess Sookie being turned was just too much for his crazy brain. Sookie needs to take better care of her self.

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    • Oh yeah, Rene’s brain was probably imploding at the idea of Sookie being a vamp. She’s definitely not going to last long if she doesn’t learn to pay attention and listen to her Maker. One of these days… Thanks so much for reviewing!

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  18. valady1 says:

    Jason’s acceptance of Sookie’s new state was heartwarming. You would hope that if anyone would love her despite being changed, it would be him (and of course Adele).

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  19. theladykt says:

    Sam always was a fair weather friend. Everything so long as it was his way. twit. Poor Jason…. He can’t afford to loose too many brain cells. Glad he was accepting though

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  20. Well that wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be from the way you ended the previous chapter. I thought she was going to accidently attack someone, possibly drain someone. This is actually better. Now they capured the killer and cleared her brother. The worst thing to come out of this is everyone knowing she’s a vampire; unless I missed something major. But then again something bad can still happen. The night’s not over, right?

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    • That’s the joy of cliffhangers. Your imagination is far better than mine! 🙂 Rene will pay for what he’s done and Sookie learned a valuable lesson about listening to Eric. Bad things are headed their way…but you’ll have to wait for that. Thanks for reviewing!

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