Petulance: Chapter 18

Charlaine Harris owns almost everything. I own the rest.

 

All mistakes are my own. Hold onto your hats! Tleel I hope this is what you had in mind!

GabbieAnnie, I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate you sharing ideas with me. You’re creative and hilarious. Thanks for all the brainstorming!! ❤

Are you ready for the end? Because here it comes!


Chapter 18

 

Sookie squeezed her eyes shut in an attempt to block out the sound of Daniel’s heart. Even from her position in the trunk of Marjorie’s car, his heart thrummed louder than anything else. Or maybe it was all of their heartbeats, three human employees from Blood Lust, all pounding together. Two in Marjorie’s car, one in Rebecca’s.

Sookie’s body rocked as they came to a stop, and so did Eric and Clancy, who sandwiched her. Pam grunted as her head hit something hard.

“The queen is expecting me,” Marjorie said in a sharp, clear voice. “Marjorie O’Quain.”

“Your name isn’t on the list,” the man at the gate replied. Papers rustled.

“She owes me an explanation,” Marjorie insisted. “Last night was a disaster! Rebecca and I demand answers.”

The intercom system beeped and then the vampire at the gate whispered, “Marjorie O’Quain is here to see the queen. Something about last night?”

Sookie strained to listen to the reply but it was too muffled.

“Okay.” He cleared his throat and spoke loudly again, addressing Marjorie. “She’s in a meeting, but someone will escort you to a room in the palace where you can wait.”

“You bet your sweet ass she will!” she huffed.

The car moved again and then came to a stop. Rebecca had a similar, but truncated conversation with the vampire at the gate and then her car pulled up along side them. Doors slammed.

“She has some nerve,” Marjorie said loud enough that everyone outside could hear her.

Rebecca grumbled her agreement.

“Come on, it’s time to get some answers.” The group of vampires and humans from the brothel stormed away from the cars.

Marjorie pushed a button on her keys as she walked away and the trunk popped open. Rebecca must’ve done the same because it clicked open next to them.

“This has gone on long enough!” Rebecca yelled as they walked away.

The New Orleans Vampire Tour Company bus pulled up, right on time. “On your left, you’ll see the spectacular home of our queen,” Patrick’s voice squalled over the intercom.

The four Shreveport vampires remained perfectly still. Sookie listened to the angry footsteps of Marjorie and her group ascending the front steps of the palace.

“I don’t care if she’s in a meeting!” Marjorie shouted. “Get your hands off me!” Someone screamed. The queen’s uniformed guards came running from all directions to the front of the palace. An all out brawl ensued and quickly moved inside as the furious group was subdued.

Sookie looked up at Eric and smiled. That had gone better than they anticipated. Patrick had told them all that the royal guards would do anything to avoid a scene in front of tourists, and he turned out to be right.

Pam pushed the trunk open a little more and peered into the silent night. She nodded and then slithered out.

“Clear,” she whispered and then motioned to Clancy, Sookie, and Eric to join her.

Thalia and three New Orleans vamps spilled out of Rebecca’s trunk. The plan had been that the stowaways would clear the parking lot so the others could ascent the walls without sounding the alarm, but Marjorie had caused such a ruckus that there was no need. All of the queen’s employees had moved inside. Except the unfortunate vamp guarding the gate.

Sookie had just gotten her feet on the ground when she saw the New Orleans Vampire Tour Company bus pull up alongside the palace wall. A horde of the vamps scaled the wall, including Frank, who popped up outside the booth at the gate. The vampire on duty didn’t stand a chance.

They clung to the shadows and moved silently through the deserted parking lot. Thalia nodded at Sookie and smiled her terrible smile as Thalia pulled two knives out.

Frank swung his battleax over his broad shoulders as soon as he dropped to the ground. Sookie was grateful he was on their side. Eric had armed himself with a long sword, and Pam chose a wicked, curved blade. Everyone was ready to fight, even Sookie, who clutched two small stakes in her shaking hands.

“It’s going to be okay,” Eric whispered and then kissed her before he joined the fray.

She nodded and followed. It had to be okay. If they didn’t win…

Well, she didn’t want to think about what would happen if they didn’t win.

She worked her way through the quickly moving crowd and pushed to the front. She closed her eyes and focused on the handful of active brains inside and the overwhelming quantity of blank spots. Two vamps were just inside, one on either side of the door. Even through that thick door, everyone could hear Marjorie’s complaints and someone crying.

Sookie turned and faced the waiting mob. She held up two fingers and motioned to where they were. Thalia grinned and crouched low by the door while Eric stormed inside.

Thalia rolled forward and moved with incredible grace and speed, her knives whirling around her body like deadly helicopter blades. One of the big ugly twins who had stormed into the brothel the night before fell to the floor as bits and pieces of his body slopped against the carpet and wall.

Eric gripped the other by the neck, squeezing with one hand and punching him in the face with the other. While the element of surprise had given Eric the initial advantage, the tables turned quickly and the hulking man managed to twist out of Eric’s grasp. Just as the man was about to throw a devastating blow, Thalia flung herself at him and plunged her blade straight into his heart, thrashing furiously.

A gaping hole appeared in the middle of his chest and blood streamed out, coating her face. His body began to collapse and his shout of surprise died on his lips.

Thalia removed her knife and wiped it clean on the disintegrating vampire’s soiled clothing. Sookie stood in horror as Thalia licked her lips and grinned.

Sookie cleared her head and made sure Eric was okay. She had only been in the palace once, but even so, she knew where everyone was. The loud argument still spilled into the hall. Rebecca took a turn screaming and yelling, creating the perfect diversion for their coup.

Sookie focused on her surroundings and pointed toward the staircase. Most of the humans who lived at the palace were upstairs. She touched the side of her neck. That was their code for humans.

Frank nodded and stalked silently down the hall. Three other vamps joined him and crept up the stairs while the nine remaining Shreveport and New Orleans vamps crowded around the room where Marjorie’s group had been moved.

Sookie held up her hand and listened for Daniel. He was going to draw attention away from the door and then give her a signal. While she waited for his thoughts she counted blank spots on the other side of the door. There were thirty. Marjorie and Rebecca had come with three of their vampire colleagues and three human employees, which meant five of those blank spots were allies. The other twenty-five were enemies. Her shoulders sagged. She knew they would be outnumbered, but she didn’t realize it would be by so much.

I don’t know if you can hear me, Goldilocks, but now is as good a chance as ever. I’m restrained with zip ties, and so are the other humans. Heather’s been hurt, she’s bleeding badly and they won’t let Marjorie heal her. The vamps are being held at stake-point by three guards.

Sookie conveyed the message in a series of charades, which hopefully everyone understood. She wished she had brought a pad of paper and a pen! She made a note for the next time they would overthrow the ruling body.

She stood to the side and nodded and then Eric kicked the door in. The angry mob spilled into the room, deafening her with their war cries. When there was a gap between swinging weapons, she dove for Daniel, knocking into the queen’s guard who held him. She gripped her stake and plunged it into the heart of the guard and shouted, “Get your hands off my friend!” She recoiled as his body turned to sludge, overflowing his shoes.

Chaos surrounded her. The invading army had clearly surprised everyone in the room because the queen’s entourage barely had time to draw their weapons before they met their true deaths. One after another the vampires toppled to the ground, but there were so many!

“Are you okay?” she asked. Daniel nodded and hopped toward the wall so he was out of the way. She turned toward the nearest guard, yanked his feet out from under him, stole his stake, and threw it to Rebecca.

Rebecca spun to the other guards and took them out one after another before turning on Marjorie’s guards. As the sentinels fell to the ground, they dropped the swords they had been holding. Swords meant to protect the queen would now be used to defeat her. They stood side-by-side and faced the vampires closest to the queen.

Thalia screamed as someone cut off one of her arms, but she continued to whirl through the room, leaving a path of destruction and blood in her wake.

The army of revolt worked together to take out the remaining guards.

Eric fought his way toward the queen and Andre, who stood back-to-back with fear in their eyes. “Surrender!” Eric shouted.

“Never!” Andre returned, stepping in front of his queen.

Marjorie lunged forward and sliced him in half.

Tears filled the queen’s eyes. “You must kill me. I will never forgive you for as long as I live.”

“That won’t be very long,” Eric replied before plunging his blade into her heart, twisting it until it found the perfect spot.

Her beautiful face crumpled and then the rest of her body followed suit, leaving a sludgy pile of remains and ruined silk.

“The queen is dead!” Thalia screeched as she picked up her detached arm and held it against her body. “My arm needs help,” she stated matter-of-fact, as if she were trying get something on a shelf and couldn’t quite reach it.

Pam tore a strip of fabric off one of the curtains and wrapped it around Thalia’s shoulder holding her dangling limb in place like a makeshift sling.

A chorus of cheers went up around them, but Sookie didn’t want to celebrate. She had just been a part of a massacre. Countless vampires had been killed, along with Heather, who hadn’t survived long enough to be rescued. Her pale eyes stared blankly at the wall.

She died because of me. They all did. I’m responsible. The contents of Sookie’s stomach vacated, adding to the bloody mess on the floor. She fell to her knees as tears streamed down her face and sobs wracked her body.

Eric wrapped his arms around her and surrounded her with love.

Marjorie put her hand on Sookie’s shoulder. “I will make sure her family is taken care of.”

A moment of silence fell over the room but it didn’t last long.

“Bunny?” Hadley’s voice called out, frantic with worry.

The group from upstairs pushed into the room. Frank held Hadley’s shoulders tightly, impeding her progress into the bloody room.

Sookie pulled out of Eric’s embrace and stood to face her cousin. “She’s dead.”

Hadley’s chin quivered. “Dead?” she echoed in a whisper.

“You shouldn’t have told her about me. I died because of the actions you set into motion.” And then it dawned on her. She wasn’t guilty. Hadley was. “You are responsible for all of this. You and your greedy queen,” Sookie spat.

“I didn’t…”

“It wasn’t your secret to tell,” Sookie interrupted. “You won’t remember her or what happened here tonight,” she said, forcing her thoughts into Hadley’s head. “You’re going to leave tonight, but you’re not going home. You don’t have a home. You don’t have a family. You betrayed your family and you will carry that sorrow for the rest of your life.”

Hadley nodded numbly and cried as she was escorted outside with the rest of the queen’s humans.

“All hail king Eric!” Pam shouted.

Eric puffed out his chest and held his head high as he said, “All hail queen Sookie!”

Sookie frowned and shook her head. “No. I don’t want to be in charge.”

Eric picked up her hand. “We’ll rule together.” He pressed his lips to her hand and flooded her with love. “Together we’re unstoppable.”

The End


Okay, okay. I know you want a sequel. Sookie and Eric as the queen and king of Louisiana? That’s one hell of a story, right? Don’t worry. I’m working on it. 🙂 Please let me know if you have any ideas that might spark my imagination!

52 thoughts on “Petulance: Chapter 18

  1. Kittyinaz says:

    Wow!! Fast paced and quick!! I loved every second of it! And heck yeah we want to see King Eric and his Queen Sookie!!

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    • Aww! Thank you so much. I was so worried that I ended QSA too quickly, but I didn’t want to deal with her anymore, so yeah…

      I just read your blog about scaling back your FF writing and dedicating time for original fiction and getting well. I hope you succeed in both and know that I always appreciate you sharing the love and reading and reviewing. I know how much time that takes, and I appreciate it. Much love from me!

      Oh, and thanks for reviewing first! 🙂

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  2. ericluver says:

    Of course we want a follow up! D’uh!
    Great finish to this part though. A quick and bloody fight and then, victory. Can’t wait for the next part. 🙂

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    • I figured you might want more! 😉 I’m glad the bloody fight wasn’t too short. Any ideas about what you want to see in the next part? I’m still thinking it over and a little nudge in the right directions does wonders! Keep me posted! Thanks for reviewing. I’m so glad you enjoyed the story!

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  3. bearygirl05 says:

    Really enjoyed this story, would love to read a sequel.

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  4. Looking forward to King Eric and Queen Sookie. Maybe De Castro and Madden will try to mess with them.

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  5. cari1973 says:

    First and foremost, saying it was quick and bloody, as are vampires. I love it. Glad to see that Sookie is improving in place the blame where it belongs and has used her glamour for a perfect punishment for the guilty.

    As for a sequel, I’m in, as always.

    Ideas. Katrina is about to occur. Felipe de Castro has long been planning to take Louisiana and has infiltrated spies throughout the territory that belonged to Sophie-Ann (vampires as Jonathan Smith). Peter of Arkansas leads them to trial because Sophie-Ann and he had already been married (no public ceremonie without anyone knowing more than their seconds in command, waiting to make a public ceremony at the summit in Rhodes). A new player. Appius Livius makes an appearance to gain control of the state of Louisiana. Godric is depressed and let capture by religious fanatics waiting for the true death, only to be a plot to lead Sookie and Eric to them for another king to take the state of Louisiana for himself, since he is not able to infiltrate Louisiana inspire much loyalty because Eric and Sookie’s telepathy that is known everywhere.

    If you need more ideas, I have some more, depending on whether we are talking about SVM or TB, as a plot of witches, worldwide, to gain control of the Supes, with Freyda as a leader in disguise.

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    • Holy balls! That is a great list of ideas! I need to process all this. Like, a lot. You’re so right. Katrina hits and Louisiana is compromised. Of course there will be push-back from vamps loyal to QSA. Appius is a great villain, Arkansas poses a good threat, (but so would any surrounding state noticing weakness, right?). I’m all about SVM. I love me some TB Skarsgard, but I tend to stick with SVM canon most of the time. I like putting Sookie and Eric in immediate danger by throwing some serious curve balls at them. 🙂 I would LOVE more ideas/plot lines to lead them down. Then I can plant those seeds and wait for the sequel to grow in my brain! I would appreciate all the help you can offer!

      BTW, thank you so much for the review! I’m so glad you didn’t mind the quick end and that the punishment for Hadley was fitting. I really struggled to deal with her, and I thought being banished from her family was more painful than anything physical Sookie could do to her. I’m so glad you loved it. Thanks for reviewing to let me know!

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      • cari1973 says:

        Another idea for you. Make Hadley in the villainess. There is a reason why, even today, is executed traitors to death, and that is they can come back to bite you in the ass. Hadley is a traitor to her family at all levels, just looking for her own interests. She is partially immune to glamour in the way that, after a short time, remember what has been done to her. Hadley can return after allying with one of Eric’s enemies, or who wish Louisiana for themselves. Hadley has the inside knowledge necessary to cause much damage to the Viking and get revenge on Sookie. Hadley not matter if Sookie is made a slave. What’s more, I think for Hadley’s actions in SVM is the preferred way to live Sookie’s life. As SVM, telepathy Hunter is unknown to Hadley, as he is for Hadley’s family, which Hunter can be left out of the story forever.

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      • Very interesting, indeed! I need to stew things over and see what my brain comes up with. Thanks again!! 🙂

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  6. valady1 says:

    Well planned attack and quite successful, exactly what we have come to expect from Eric and team. The partnership with humans was a nice touch. Of course a sequel would be lovely. I’m interested to see what part Daniel plays in the future. Perhaps Thalia is in need of a progeny? She was very interested in him. Thank you for creating this delightful tale.

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    • I’ll definitely need to find a good place for Daniel among the loyal and hilarious. 🙂 Pam and Clancy are quite taken with him as well! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. Sookie was crucial for the success of the plan, even if she didn’t want to be a part of it. It was kill or be killed, right? Ooo, maybe that would be a good title for the sequel. 🙂 I’d love to know more ideas you have for the sequel, so please send your ideas my way! Thanks as always for the lovely review!

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  7. murgatroid98 says:

    Nice coup. Sophie Anne should have left Eric and Sookie alone. Poor Heather, but at least she was the only one of the team who was lost. I would love to see more of Daniel and company in the sequel.

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  8. tj6james6 says:

    Love this story!
    Somehow, I can just see Sookie with her human morals and feelings wanting to do things like adopt all the orphans, homeless and abandoned children. lol
    Eric manages to change her focus, instead she does things to help relations between human and vampire. Current orphanages are revamped (no pun intended) and vampires who were formerly teachers and nannies, etc. become the night shift so the humans, weres, et al do the caregiving during the day which makes them better since they will be better rested.
    I can see her going to school for social work, specializing in children who have been sexually abused.
    Even in the books I could have seen Eric supporting her if she had ever decided to go back to school, even if she would have made it difficult for the poor man.
    I can also see her going into law, specializing in human/vampire hate crimes and human/vampire relations. Changing the current laws so that a crime against a vampire (like what happened in Monroe to the disco triplets) would hold the same penalty as if it were human against human and bringing down the FOtS and like groups because of it :D.

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    • Excellent ideas!! Yes, Sookie is holding dearly to her humanity and can’t let go of all those feelings of being responsible and trying to use her gift to the benefit of as many as possible. I always wanted her to go back to school, but if she’s queen she’s too high profile for that. Maybe a private school? I like the idea of her helping. Perhaps her first act as ruling body will be to send aide to small cities like Bon Temps to boost the economy?

      I am SO glad you loved the story. I so appreciate the lovely review and the ideas. I hope you know…

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      • tj6james6 says:

        Perhaps online courses? Plus, as Queen she could have tutors and I’m sure there are vampires who wold happily give up a couple of hours a night to help/teach her what she wants to learn once they get their rule established.
        Since she is still so young by vampire standards I can’t imagine she would have the mental fortitude or the control to concentrate on matters of state for long periods of time. Perhaps she could rotate through many things in one night…learning, matters of state, relaxing, fighting skills, dressing, posture and elocution (I’m positive other monarchs would find her southernisms and slang quaint at first and be forgiving, but after a few years I’m sure it would grow old and they would be less likely to take her seriously), etc.
        I’m glad you liked the ideas :).
        On the other side of the token, perhaps she has a period where her humanity is nearly lost, the vampire in her takes center stage, nearly overwhelming her as it did in wylis’s She’s Not There.

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      • She is young and inexperienced, so in order to be a respected ruler, she would have much to learn. You’re so right! I think it will be along time before she loses her humanity and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Her humanity balances Eric nicely. Tutors would be a good way to go for sure! Thanks again for the awesome ideas! Now to find time to write…

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  9. tleel says:

    Loved the story. Want a sequel about the king & queen. I like the book version of things except forErics maker Godric is so much better to use and hopefully you keep him from meeting the sun. It doesn’t need to be a E/S/G story it can be an E/S story that has Godric finding the will to live and help his child rule and protect Sookie and we must not forget little Hunter who will need help with hie telepathy. Keep up your good work. Thank you for mentioning me at the beginning of this chapter I was completely surprised and honored once again thank you.

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    • I am SO glad you loved it! I think it was when you reviewed chapter 16 you TOTALLY guessed the ending I had in mind! LOL That’s why I was hoping you’d be happy with what I wrote (since you had such a specific idea and it was so close to mine!). Great minds think alike, right?

      Book Godric totally creeped me out, but I loved the TB version better, too. Appius is awful (which is why I tend to avoid the whole Maker thing for Eric.). I can’t remember when Hunter makes an appearance. He might not be conceived yet, right? Since this is during the first book. It’s years before Hadley is turned, and Hunter is only five when Sookie meets him. Which book is that? I can’t remember and it’s too late for my brain to work right. Probably why I’m rambling. LOL. Thank you so much for the lovely review and ideas! Keep ’em coming!

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  10. kyeager6 says:

    Very nice story thank you and of course a sequel would be very welcome…take care k

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  11. mom2goalies says:

    Well planned and quickly executed coup! Loved Sookie’s punishment of Hadley, very fitting. King Eric and Queen Sookie will be quite the formidable couple. And, yes, a sequel would be very welcomed! Thanks for sharing a great story and I look forward to see what is shared next!

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    • I was hoping it wouldn’t be too quick for the queen or too soft for Hadley. I’m glad you think they were both done right! I think they’ll be a wonderful ruling body, together! Thanks so much for all the lovely reviews. I appreciate each and every one!

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  12. msbuffy says:

    Now that’s an ending! WOW! I can’t wait for the sequel to see what kind of rulers our favorite couple will be! Thanks for another fantastic story! 🙂

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  13. sluggysmom says:

    Awesome ending!! Looking forward to the sequel!!! 😊

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the ending! I was hopeful that everyone would be happy. I guess anyone who is is keeping quiet. LOL. Any ideas for the sequel are greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for always reviewing. It’s always so wonderful to hear from you!

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  14. ashmo2000 says:

    That just as I thought it would, nice and bloody 😉

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  15. suzymeinen says:

    Loved this! As much as Eric changed a bit of his thinking I believe that it was Sookie that got more of a mind opening about the mine crap. With my own man, I want him to claim me because I want to claim him and that makes all the difference. He’s mine, I’m his. It was good to see Sookie understand that, it isn’t just about possession as an object, it’s about possessing them in your heart. After Bill I can understand why that would be difficult to see but I’m so glad Eric was able to explain it to her. And I’m squealing because you say there will be more with our king and queen!!!! Yeah!!!!!

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    • LOL I’m so glad you loved it!! You’re so right about Sookie growing emotionally because of her understanding about their bond. It’s not about possession, it’s about love and that’s give and take. Bill kind of ruined things for her, which is why it took her so long to get it.

      I’m so glad you’re looking forward to the sequel. Now I just need to find time to outline and start writing. August sucks in RL, so it might be a while… Thanks for reviewing!

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  16. patsy1965 says:

    This was such an awesome story. I love that Hadley got her comeuppance (don’t you love that word?). I can’t wait for the sequel. You know me… I’m up for any story you write 😉 I’d like to see Count Chocula try to take down Eric & Sookie. Just an idea. patsy

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    • LOL You mean the Count on the cereal box? I’m not sure if it’s because it’s so late, or if it’s because I can imagine his stupid, toothy smile, but I am laughing so hard right now. Thanks. I needed that. 🙂 I’m glad you’re game for a sequel. Now I just need to find time to write it! I hoped Hadley’s punishment would be enough, so I’m happy you thought it was fitting! Thanks for always reviewing and sharing the love. This is why I write. Because it makes you happy. That’s enough, isn’t it? 🙂 Thanks again!

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  17. theladykt says:

    I’ve always wanted Sookie to punch Hadley in the mouth for running it…. but I’ll take her everlasting grief as a suitable substitute. TY for writing and sharing.

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    • Thank YOU for reading and reviewing. I know your plate is full and I appreciate you always making time for me! I was tempted to write Sookie acting out on her emotions and punching Hadley, but then I thought everlasting misery would be pretty damn good, too. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks again! ❤

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  18. saintsfan022010 says:

    Well I am a bit late, but I always enjoy when a friend of Eric’s tries to make a play for Sookie in a funny way. Stan as King of Texas?

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  19. summerame says:

    This was a crazy story. I loved every word of it. I really enjoyed the fact that Sookie couldn’t be controlled and that she was more in tune with herself? she was great.
    I think my favorite character was Daniel. He was super cute with his ‘Daddy Bear’s.

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    • LOL I’m so glad you loved it! I had a great time writing it and need to find time to write the sequel. I have LOTS of ideas but none of them have made enough sense to come out of my brain yet… One of these days. Daniel was my favorite, too. I love him. Thanks for reading and reviewing! 🙂

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  20. So, I found your stories not too long ago and I’ve been binge reading. Sorry for the lack of reviews! I must say that I have loved all of your stories and I have read most of them at work… oops…! I can’t wait for more!

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    • You’re braver than I am! I must admit to reading fan fiction at work once or twice, though…

      I’m so glad you found me here. Binge reading means you must be enjoying what you’re reading. I always love reviews, so when you have time, drop me a line. 🙂

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