Chapter 11: Kith & Kin

It Can’t Be

Chapter 11

Kith And Kin

**

We’d only been a couple for 6 months by the time Jason’s wedding came around. As romantic as my ‘we should just get it over with’ invitation was, I was meeting her family for the first time. Jason was it. Her whole family. Anyone she held any claim to.

Her mother and father had been given empty invitations. They were mailed the embossed invites like everyone else, but only because Jason was sure that ‘dear ole mom and dad’ wouldn’t be bothering to make an appearance because they couldn’t afford to travel to Savannah.

He was half right… unfortunately the half wrong he was, was regrettable enough to cause tears before the wedding march started…

The rehearsal dinner had been held at the steakhouse Crystal’s parents owned.

Jason had jokingly told the waitress to bring Sookie 2 of whatever she ordered because she ate like a locust… She was just cutting into her second 20 ounce Porterhouse when her chair was suddenly shoved into mine. No one had seen Sandra arrive. She was yellow and since she stunk of booze and cigarettes, I couldn’t tell if she was nicotine stained or jaundiced. Her dress was at least a size too small, not to mention completely inappropriate for any occasion other than passing out drunk on a sidewalk. After she wedged a chair between Sookie and Jason’s best man, she uncouthly snatched a roll from the middle of the table and chewed it with her mouth open in front of the 50 strangers that made up the base of her son’s life and yelled for the waitress to bring her a drink. ‘The good shit’. It was the first time I’d ever seen Sookie cry. She was mortified by her mother’s behavior… for Jason. She knew I wouldn’t think anything of it. We’d talked, rather, compared notes about our disgusting kin since we’d gotten together. All I could do for her at the time was hold her hand under the table.

Sandra leaned over to Sookie to ask her how she’d been… It didn’t seem like she cared, more that she was just waiting for the chance to insult her. ‘Good’ had apparently been the wrong answer for Sookie to give. After Sandra announced at the top of her lungs that Daddy Dearest was in jail again and figured out a way to blame Sookie for it even though she was hundreds of miles away and not speaking to him, she set about cross examining Crystal’s family and friends as though she’d read a book on the most efficient ways to offend others.

For the obvious reasons, dinner fell flat even though everything had been as enjoyable as a weekend with strangers could be…

As we left the restaurant, Sandra followed us out to the parking lot. “I’m staying with you. All them is stuck up.”

Sookie snorted at her mother. “No. You’re not staying with us. And no, they aren’t stuck up. You’re on your own.”

“Us?” She looked at me like she just noticed I existed.

“Yes, us. Eric and I have a hotel room with one bed and you aren’t invited.”

“Ohhhhh, so not only have you been living it up at that little school of yours, but you got yourself a sugardaddy, huh?” I did clean up nicely, but then again… So did Sookie.

“Yes.” Sookie’s grip on my hand tightened as she tried to get around Sandra to Alcide’s car, but the nasty woman stepped to the side to block her. “Move.”

“Where am I gonna stay?”

“Not my problem. I knew where I was staying and how I was getting here for months now. Take care of yourself for once and stop being everyone else’s problem.”

“You’ve got a job. You can afford to… heyyyyy… Is this your car?” Alcide’s silver Camaro was hot. He knew it… and when he turned over the keys to us he made me promise to take care of it and Sookie… in that order.

“No. It belongs to a friend. He loaned it to us for the weekend so that I could be a bride’s maid in my brother’s wedding. Not so we could tote your unwelcome ass around Savannah. Go back to Bon Temps.”

Since Sandra didn’t seem like she was willing to let Sookie leave the parking lot before there was a catfight, I used the remote to unlock the doors and ‘ordered’ Sookie to get in. As far as Sandra knew, I was being the bad guy. There were still a few people from the wedding party lingering and trickling out of the restaurant. There didn’t need to be more of a scene than there was already and I was perfectly fine with letting Sandra think Sookie was scared of me.

That night in the hotel room Sookie cried angrily and vented… if I had kept track, ‘poor Jason’ and ‘that bitch’ would’ve won a prize from having been said the most and when she finally declared that her rant was over and collapsed to the bed she jokingly broke up with me because I was rubbing off on her… She’d been pacing.

**

Sookie had cried a couple of times during the service. Even though I was about half a church away from her, I could see her eyes leak the occasional tear. It wasn’t the pinchy shoes or knowing that there would forever be hundreds of pictures of her dressed in ‘Pepto lace over a hoop skirt’… She wouldn’t be able to play it off. She was just happy for Jason, even if his bride had frighteningly bad taste in bride’s maid dresses, which we were sure was mostly to appease her mother. Jason and Crystal’s wedding went off without a hitch and Sookie joked when we were driving to the reception hall that Sandra must’ve listened for the first time in her life since she hadn’t shown up…

Sookie and I had been placed at a table with the other 3 bride’s maids and their dates… four hoopskirts at one table didn’t leave a lot of legroom, but since all four couples were suffering the same problems, we made it a joke instead of a problem.

The toasts had been made, dinner had been served… I had to grab extra champagne for Sookie so that she’d loosen up enough to dance with me in her ‘pink hell’.

Everyone was getting into position to watch the bouquet and garter get tossed when Sandra made her entrance by knocking over the buffet tables. The horrible bitch was still wearing the same dress as she had the night before and she was so hammered that she grabbed the best man by the lapels and called him Jason. I’m not sure anyone ever got a straight answer about what had possessed her, but as she was dragged, kicking and screaming some of the most inflammatory shit I’d ever heard and she ‘warned’ Crystal that Jason wouldn’t take care of her and she was stupid to think otherwise since he’d turned his back on his own blood.

As she was pulled past where I was standing with my arms around Sookie, she called her children the biggest mistakes she’d ever made.

A lovely woman.

**

As we pulled up to the house, we noticed that Jason’s truck was already parked on the curb… He was sitting on the front stoop talking on his cell phone… I’d never seen him look less happy.

In fact, I’d never seen him more pissed.

By the time we dragged our overstuffed asses out of Sookie’s car, he’d ended the call and stood. He wasn’t just pissed. He was fuming enough to look red even in the dark.

When Sookie hugged him as a greeting, he barely returned it and when Eric said hello, he was given a grunt in return.

If Eric hadn’t been rattling on about checking on his fish before we left the restaurant, I might’ve wondered if the fire under his ass was lit by his pissy uncle. He put his to-go order in the fridge and wasted no time getting to the back doors.

Jason watched until the door slid shut behind Eric and as soon as he was gone, Jason started in…

Looking at me. Me? “Have you known all along?”

“Known what?”

“About where Sookie was or about Eric… any of it?”

“Of course not. I just called you again a couple months ago. Why would I…?”

He shook his head. “You’ve been calling our mom too.”

“Yeah. And she’s just as good of a liar as you are. Hell, the day Crystal showed up, I was running my usual internet search. What the hell is this about?”

He turned to Sookie and gave her a look he was close to having punched off of his face. “Because our mother called yesterday to ask me for money.” From what I knew of Sandra, I’d hardly call that newsworthy.

Sookie instantly looked like she was on the verge of tears again, but the set of her jaw made it seem like she was just that angry. “I’ll kill her.”

“You let her blackmail you.”

“Like I had the choice!?”

“You could’ve just come clean.”

“I wasn’t… Jason, you don’t understand…”

“You’re goddamn right I don’t understand! I left Bon Temps for the same reason you did… To get away from that shit! We promised each other. We promised. No bailing anybody out. No sending money. No hand outs for anyone. No matter what we let them figure out their own shit! All this time…”

“Yeah. I broke the promise. She got my damn phone number from Crystal to begin with… She found where I was living… She just showed up.”

“So you’ve been paying for her place all along because you were afraid she’d tell Eric how to find y’all?”

“No. I’ve been paying for her dream doublewide all along so that she wouldn’t tell my son that she knew his father didn’t want him. That…” She started gasping for air and held herself up at the counter until I grabbed her. “That… bitch… that… she…”

I tried shushing her, but I ended up carrying her to the sofa after her knees acted like they were going to give out. “Do you need anything?” Concentrating on the way she seemed very close to passing out was the only thing to keep me from digging another pond that would be the perfect place to hide Sandra’s body… That cunt could’ve sold Sookie’s address to me, but it only would’ve paid out once… she was smart and low enough to make Sookie her cash cow… again.

She shook her head and held onto my hand with a death grip.

Jason didn’t have the sense to shut up. “Sook, you’re stopping now, right? Now that Eric knows better. Now that everybody knows everything. You told her to fuck off, right?”

She nodded, still heaving and I saw Eric pacing back and forth on the lanai so I waved for him to come in.

Jason started shaking his head as Eric came in. “No. He don’t need to…”

I growled at him. “Yes, Jason.  He does. I’m not making him wait outside like a dog while he’s worried about his mother so that he can be spared the fact that his grandmother is an opportunistic, scheming cunt.”

“He’s just a boy…”

“He’s not just a boy. He’s my son and he’s grown enough to know that some of his own family would fuck with him for their own gain. You’ve got kids. How long do you think it’ll be before ‘Granny’ starts trying to use them?”

“This ain’t your family. You should just stay out of it.”

“Jason, just because I’m only now finding out about Eric, doesn’t make him any less mine. He needs to know that being around your mother is like tea-bagging a piranha tank. If you haven’t told your own kids that, then whatever she does to exploit them is on your head.”

“Oh, and I bet your family is full of saints, huh?” Hardly.

Eric finally had enough. “Will one of you tell me what Granny did that’s got Mom so upset!?”

Jason refused to answer him and Sookie still wasn’t calming down. “Your grandmother called Jason for money because your mother told her the gravy train stopped. Her bills have been getting paid every month in exchange for not telling you that I didn’t want you.”

“She… she told Mom that she’d tell me you took off… seriously?”

All Sookie could do is nod.

“That’s low… Mom? Since she stayed with us?”

Another nod and Sookie clutched her chest. She was starting to turn pink and even though she wasn’t calming down at all, her hand wasn’t holding mine as tightly. “Sookie, would a Xanex help? Octavia said that you have some.”

She shook her head and Eric added, “They don’t work that fast. If she passes out, she’ll start breathing normal again on her own.” Pass out? Fuck that… I wasn’t going to just let her pass out.

“Sookie… Sookie, look at me.”

She tried. I honestly believe that she did, but by the time her eyes met mine, she was crying too hard and having a hard time seeing past her tears. She ended up focusing on my mouth instead of my eyes…

“Sookie, it’s over now, right? Sandra can go fuck herself. She doesn’t have anything left to hold over you. Right? When you move here, she doesn’t need your new address or your phone number. Everything’s in the open. Eric knows about me and knows I love him and he knows to watch out for her. Ok? Blame me for this. When I was looking for you, I told her that finding you was worth everything to me… It’s probably where she got the idea…”

Between gasps for air, she panted out a ‘nnnnnn’, trying to shake her head.

“She could’ve gotten any amount out of me just for giving me your address… but she used our son and how much you love him for extortion… but it’s all over. She’s got nothing left.”

She tried nodding, her breathing was still so panicked that I could’ve sworn I felt it.

“Are you feeling up to it or do you want me to call her? I want to have some fun.”

She gasped, “What… what would… How…?” I smiled at her for managing to get words out, even if it wasn’t complete sentences…

“I could see how much your address is worth to her now that she’s desperate. Let her think she’ll get one more payday while you have the chance to take your name off of everything and cut her off…”

She finally managed to meet my eyes. “Nnnnno.”

“It’s a double wide. We could arrange to have all of her stuff taken out of it and leave it arranged on the empty lot. Oops. Where’d it go?”

She closed her eyes and let a snort get out between breaths. The corners of her mouth managed to turn up just a little.

“Does she have a cell phone? We can take a picture of the three of us and send it to her… All the message would have to say is: Game over.”

She started to nod. “I like… I like that… that one’s good… no cell… no cell though.”

“We could hire a camera crew to pose as Publisher’s Clearing House and deliver the picture instead… balloons, champagne, confetti… The recording could be the gift that keeps on giving.”

A real smile finally started to form. “That’s… that’s the winner.”

I smiled back and kissed her forehead. “Welcome back. Need anything?”

She gave my hand a squeeze and shook her head. “I’m… fine… I’ll be fine.”

**

I left Sookie with Eric so that I could walk Jason out…

As soon as I shut the door behind us, I shoved the stupid fucker so hard that he looked like he was running backwards to keep from falling. “It hasn’t been a whole fucking week since I told you that your sister has PTSD and you showed up to pick a fucking fight! You have the balls to stand in MY house and tell me that isn’t my family! Who the fuck do you think you are!?”

“I’m the mother fucker that learned to drive when I was 12 so that I could get her to the emergency room when our folks fucked her up! That’s who I am!”

“I know that! Why would you think our kids wouldn’t need to know what those people are capable of!?”

“Don’t say ‘THOSE PEOPLE’! Just because you didn’t…”

“Jason! I taught myself to drive at 13 because my parents were too broke to call a cab and too drunk to find their own car! My parents would beat the shit out of each other and make up in the emergency room or the drunk tank… I started working construction at 14 because they couldn’t stand up long enough to keep a job. I might not have gotten the severe beatings you did, but that would’ve required that they remembered I existed between paydays… My father is 53 and dying of cirrhosis and my mother is so saturated that she doesn’t need a drink to fail a sobriety test. If you think for a second that my opinion of your family is in any fucking way because I was spoiled by a charmed life you’re just as wrong as you were to come into my house and tell me how to handle something that’s effected MY SON for most of his life. IDIOT!” Writing the check to Sandra every month most likely compounded Sookie’s guilt and helped drag everything out for god knows how long.

“Really? I always figured you was just slumming.” The way he switched channels, from willing to throw a punch to ‘ding, fries ‘r done’ was infuriating.

“I wasn’t slumming. Sookie and I left home for the same fucking reasons.”

“You ain’t gonna let her send any more money to our mom, are ya? She don’t deserve it. She ain’t never worked for nothing like Sookie does. It ain’t fair.”

“Sandra doesn’t deserve it, but what Sookie does with her money is her business. Not mine…”

“Then tell her how stupid it is. She won’t listen to me.”

“I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. Sookie doesn’t seem to have anything left for her.”

“Will you let me know? I mean… So I can do something if you think Sookie might get sucked under by her shit again?”

“If Sookie lets me know anything, I’ll do what I can, but I’m not going to do anything that’ll cause trust issues right now.” Period.

It took him a while to understand that I wasn’t going to puppeteer his sister. I wasn’t then, nor was I ever, interested in controlling her. I’d always loved Sookie as a complete package… not as someone with potential. I’d always tried to tell Alcide that he wasted time with ‘fixer uppers’ when he should just find one he liked as-is.

After half an hour, I finally came up with something that made him feel better. His sense of redneck pride approved even if he wasn’t happy when I told him I’d be letting Sookie know about it every step of the way.

**

When I got back to the great room, Eric was still sitting next to Sookie. She’d calmed down so much that her eyes weren’t even red anymore.

Sookie patted his leg. “There. He’s back. You don’t have to worry about me being alone. Now, go download one of those ringtones that old people can’t hear. That text alert you’re using is annoying as all hell.”

He kissed her cheek as he got up. “Fine. I have blogs to look up anyway.”

I sat down next to her and she smiled at me and sighed, “It never ends.”

I nodded, fully understanding what she meant. “I want her address. I’m going to hire a private investigator to watch her and dig up something so that we can blackmail her to stay the fuck away… They shouldn’t have to dig too deep.”

“Don’t go through all that… I really am going to sever all ties.”

“I’m lumping Jason’s family into it. His kids are just as susceptible to her bullshit as Eric. It turns out that they have small trust funds for school that Crystal’s parents set up. He’s afraid that his oldest could get wrangled into helping her out next year when he gets access to it… How much time does she have before she would get evicted?”

“She’s current. Everything has a zero balance… Are you sure you want to do this?”

“She took advantage of you. I’m absolutely certain that it’s time she gets a taste of her own medicine.”

“Does Jason know?”

I nodded. “He’s pissed that I wasn’t willing to do anything behind your back. I think he’d rather we dress in camouflage and burn the trailer down around her.”

“Y’all could blow it up. She’s on oxygen now from smoking so much. She still smokes constantly.”

I actually smiled at the idea of seeing that happen. Accidentally, of course.

We went a few minutes without saying anything and Sookie finally sighed, “Eric Northman.”

“Uh oh. What I do?” I figured I was going to finally hear something about Eric’s cell phone or new clothes or that I’d been teaching him how to drive in a $90,000 high performance sports car…

“You yelled at my brother for upsetting me, but that’s not why I said Eric Northman.”

“Then what’s up?”

“He made up his mind… Eric did… about his name.”

“He wants to change it?”

She nodded.

“Shit, Sookie, I want him to change his name, but not just so he’s not a Stackhouse anymore… that’s just…” I didn’t want to just be the lesser of two evils… and he still hadn’t met my side of the ‘family’ yet.

She scooted close enough to grab my hand. “Eric, it’s not so he’s not a Stackhouse. He said it felt weird before, the idea of changing his name when y’all just met… He said you two have been getting along great, but more like friends… He said that when you bitched at Jason because of him, stuck up for him… he said it felt different. He blamed his friends… said that he was probably just confused because none of them like their dads, stepdads, whatever.”

Fighting the smile on my face would’ve been pointless. I was too busy dealing with the lump in my throat anyway. I could’ve cried. Really.

He wanted my name… “How sure do you think he is?”

“Metabolism isn’t the only thing he got from me. He got my stubborn streak too. He’s sure. He told me to tell you to call your lawyer… His pissed he’s going to have to go back to the DMV though… and decided that when he’s emperor of the universe, ugly people will be relocated to Rhode Island.”

I chuckled. “He went on for hours about the clerk that did his learner’s permit. He said she was the reason kids are afraid of clowns… and dogs… and jack-o-lanterns…”

She giggled, “That’s our boy… so humble.”

“He was right. I woke up screaming.” I jokingly shuddered.

She cackled and slapped my arm. “Nevermind. He’s yours… damn chip off the old block.”

69 thoughts on “Chapter 11: Kith & Kin

  1. omg am I the first to review? Lovely, as USUAL. it’s superb enough that even though I miss Alcide, I’m digging this hardcore.

  2. Great chapter. But I’m surprised that they’re shocked Sookie’s been paying blood money for years. They know what kind of woman Sandra is, and how hard Eric’s been looking for Sookie. It must have occurred to someone sometime, I would have thought. Wretched woman though. I’d love to see her trailer explode!
    Cheers, Balti K

  3. This is so good. I can’t help wondering what Sookie’s and Eric’s parents lives were like when they were growing up. That sort of thing seems to get passed on to the children unless they are strong enough to overcome it. I’m so glad Sookie, Jason and Eric are strong enough. I think most families have troubled members that frighten and embarrass them at times. I can’t imagine growing up in the midst of violence abuse though I certainly witnessed it as a child. As always, I am excited to see another chapter.

  4. Fricking awesome! I love how big Eric stuck up for his family, and how he doesn’t want to do anything to lose Sookie’s trust. Can’t wait for the next chapter, and for the day when they finally make a step to move their relationship forward in the direction it should have gone 16 years ago!

  5. In any time, with whatever else is going on, they are granite supports for one-another. I love how, in some ways, they just naturally fall into a natural, comfortable and comforting rapport.

    As always, I’m dying for more!

  6. I’m so Fail. I totally didn’t review the last chapters. But they were great.

    Love Eric sticking up for his family. And he said he loved Eric jr. Love it!!

    The ways to piss off Sandra are win

  7. Yes!!!!! They are so good for each other!!!

    May I join the gang that’s still wanting to burn down Sandra’s doublewide around her?!!! Grrrr!!!

  8. Sookie and Eric are getting along so well! Sookie should change her name to Northman too.
    They still have their fire and magnetism.
    Sandra is a bitch, beyond belief.

  9. Thank you! Can’t wait to read the next chapter.

    I’m glad Sookie was able to get control of herself. I’m glad Eric Sr. was able to talk her back from the edge. I’m relieved to know what it was Jason was all fired up about, and that it had to do with their mother. I appreciated the back story on Jason’s wedding. And I want to find out what the private investigator digs up on Sandra.

    Most of all, I want to read more about how Eric and Sookie become a couple again. I mean, I see that they are instant family because of Eric Jr., but I want to see how their relationship develops.

    Looking forward to the next installment!

  10. I am taking a bow for my mention… LOL i just want to mush thier cheeks together they are so cute…. half of me is so sad Sookie is so broken and the other half is on tender hooks that it will all work out…..

    LOVE IT!!! LOVE IT!!! LOVE IT!!!

    JoxX
    ***Remember girlies to Review; a well fed muse is a happy muse!!!***

  11. Yeah for Eric acting like a real dad. That’s what made EJ want to take his dad’s name. He was really being a father. Of course he can also see that Eric was protecting him and his mother. I’m glad that they are coming together as a family. Small little steps at a time. Gee I hope we get to “see” when Sookie’s mother gets her comeuppance. Good job as always.

  12. It’s “parents” like Sandra, et al. that make me wonder why we don’t issue parenting licenses. There are some seriously fucked up people in this world who have NO business breeding.

  13. You are expert at mixing humor with pathos..the bride’s maid dress..I read somewhere that they are supposed to be hideous..it makes the bride more beautiful by comparison. ..And poor Sookie & Jason have the mother from hell. But we don’t get to pick our families, do we? I guess they did one thing right, they created Sookie & Jason.. same thing could be said about Eric’s crappy parents as well. So enjoying this and I can’t wait for Eric’s revenge plan to play out..

  14. Wow I know some family can be down right evil. But to have you daughter pay blackmail:( I hope we get to see more of Eric and Sookie time. Love every minute of the story.

  15. you spoil us so…3 chapters in two days…blessed be!!
    loved this chapter, seeing Sookie slowly evolve, back to being a loving partner for Eric…and Eric is so supportive..what’s not to love?
    love love love your writing!

  16. Jason was really starting to tick me off but thank God for Eric shutting him up……Geesh…..I’ve heard of dysfunctional but the ‘Grandparents’ in this story are beyond anything I could ever see on Jerry Springer….Its great seeing how much Sookie and Eric seem to be ‘okay’ and dealing with things as they come up….Hopefully Sandra will not waste too many chapters of this awesome story….. :)

  17. Ding fries are done… Great, now after reading that I’ve got that stupid tune stuck in my head. Wonderful, not Peter Griffin is singing it too.
    Anyways, Great chapter, I can’t wait to find out what the plan is to get rid of dear ol’ mom.

  18. This is too close to home for me. I think the Sookie in this story is my Aunt Margaret’s daughter. I miss Alcide in wonderland… *sigh*

  19. I can’t wait to see what nastiness they’ve (you’ve) cooked up for Sandra –it can’t be bad enough for all that she’s put Sookie and Jason through –nothing is too good (bad) for her –nothing at all —
    a gas leak….the oxygen…lit match….and to the moon, Sandra!!

    Pat

  20. Great chapter as always!!! You are definitely one of my favorite fanfic authors!! You could totally change the names of the characters and get your stories published.

    Cat

  21. Wow… Sandra at the wedding… I take back my comment that I might be related to Sookie’s and/or Eric’s families. LOL

    Love that Eric Sr championed Eric Jr.

    Seems like the Stackhouses have needed an Eric Northman for sometime now… reasonable, pragmatic, calm, and supportive…

  22. First of all as a Rhode Islander I might have to kick Jr’s butt about moving the ugly people here! That’s a no! We’re a small state and there isn’t enough space for all of them. I love Eric sticking up for his family and letting Jason know exactly why he is family. Sookie’s mom seems like a nightmare and a half. I really hope Eric finds something quick to make her disappear.

  23. Wow. I wasn’t expecting that.

    I’ve got a lot in my head about this one. If Sandra knew Big Eric was looking for her, I’m surprised she didn’t use THAT against Sookie. How much more could she have gotten out of her? But then again, if Sookie really had been ready for years, she might have told her to go right ahead and tell him; it would have taken the burden of going to him off of her.
    That’s a pretty eff-ed up situation no matter how you look at it.

    I get why Jason is so protective of the kids though. He shouldn’t
    have told Eric to stay out of it, but I do understand the want to shield
    them.

    This is dtill going too well though; I still don’t trust it! :)

  24. so freaking goooooood!! eric is so right about sandra. you have to stop her because she will just latch on to the other kids and keep moving on until she finds someone to fall for her crap. i’m glad he is going to fight back. i am so glad he told jason that he was a jerk for yelling at her now that he knows what she has been dealing with. i knew eric was going to change his name to northman. :) can’t wait for more!!

  25. That should say ‘still’. I don’t know what ‘dtill’ is. Unless it’s for Damn! Time Is Lagging Lately (while we await AIW patiently).

  26. I would say that Sandra needs a lesson, but it won’t work, she has no moral code and wouldn’t get it. I’m glad Eric warned Jason that he needs to inform his kids to keep them safe from her, and I’m happy that Eric Jr has decided to take the Northman name. thanks for the chapter.

  27. I’m really happy that Eric wants to change his name. I know big Eric is more than happy.
    Ya, I say burn down the double wide!

  28. i loved hearing more of sookie’s back story. i hope this means that we will get more of big eric’s backstory as well.

  29. I like Jason, but Eric the elder probably should have hit him at least once. Some of the stuff he said was just plain bitchy and undeserved – even if his mama might be the anti-Christ. Poor Sookie still feeling trapped by her family – both noble and sad. I really like the publisher’s clearinghouse joke. good chapter!! Looking forward to the next one!

  30. Poor Jase… I understand why he was so upset. Sandra is a mess and I wouldn’t want to have anything to do with her either. But I def see Eric’s point. I’m glad Eric can be there for Sookie when she’s having her attacks. Call me a sapp but I’m really glad their love is still this strong after all of these years!

  31. i hate parents who can’t act like the adults they are supposed to be!

    lovely chapter, as always! I love Eric’s defensiveness, even if he hasn’t been in the picture for 17 years.

    loved it! :)

  32. ding! fries are done! – CLASSIC jason ‘oooh, shiny!’ moment… i was surprised he didn’t know about eric’ family…

    tekopp: i agree about the parenting licenses… 100%.

  33. You’ve done it again.

    Awesome chapter.

    Eric seems to be the one who can get Sookie focused again. Of course he would. Loved how Eric screamed at Jason how that WAS his family. DAMN SKIPPY, Sookie and Jr are his family and it took him 16 yrs to find them. You bet he will fight for them.

    Cant wait to see how he deals with Sandra!!

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!

  34. I think it was really great that Sr could talk her of the ledge and the she didn’t need the medication. It shows he really knows her well.
    It’s also great that Sr sees Jr as a teenager developing to be an adult. Jr is as much part of this as any other and should learn the truth abut all his family even if its only to protect him to be getting used by them in the future.

  35. Wow… both of them had trainwrecks for family. I’m glad Sookie and Jason had each other. I’m loving the flashbacks, I like learning about them like I’m remembering an old friend.
    Eric G is such a stubborn ass sweetie, and the comment about clowns etc – I don’t think they need help to be creepy, but I’ve never been to a DMV either. Y’know there’s a tv show called Reaper – the DMV is the drop off point for demons and correspondence with hell *snort*
    Another great chapter, can’t wait for the next one… thanks a bunch :D

  36. Ugh, no internet for a week and I miss 4 terrific chapters! Never. Going. On. Holiday. Again.
    Could never, would never, want to imagine having a mother like Sandra. A padded cell would be home for most people who’d had to endure the things Sookie’s had to endure. I’m so glad she’s stronger than that.
    I want a front-row seat when the double-wide has its ‘accident’. :)

  37. Jason… gotta love him. I was thinking that maybe the squirrels would make an appearance… LOL. And how hot is Eric Sr. when he was speaking with Jase! OMG.. seriously… I can’t wait for the next chapter.. with maybe a lil arson or Prize patrol ? :) Hey wait… 11 chapters… where’s Pam?? -gathers squirrels to ponder….

  38. I am glad that Eric stood up for Sookie and his son, but how surprised can Jason be he knows what kind of mother he has. This story is addicting and I look forward to the next chapter. I can’t wait to see what they dig up on Sandra to get her to leave all of them alone for good.

  39. Really love this chapter. What a hellish family Sookie and Eric grew up in. They are both really strong people to have overcome that. I love how Eric has accepted and loves Eric jr. It warms the heart. I too want Sookie to change her name to Northman so they can be a happy family. You are an awesome writer. So glad I came to your wordpress page. Thanks

  40. I so love this story. Eric is being so patient with Sookie and his love for Eric is amazing. Can’t wait for more.

  41. Great chapter. I hope Sookie wins something for herself at some point – E Jrs got a dad, Eric’s got his son and Sookie “back” (ie not missing anymore) – they’re shifting lives and getting Sandra back, righting wrongs. Can’t wait to see Sookie get her own fire back at some point to be able to take charge and win one for herself. Love it – great story as always. (pls ignore any unintentional Charlie Sheen references … He’s just ruined “win/winning” forever, hasn’t he?)

  42. Oh, I can’t imagine living up in family like that. I truly hope Sookie doesn’t have it in her anymore to put up with that shite so she can truly be happy with the incredible family she is finding with her Erics and the loving family she already has with Jase and Crystal and their kids. There deserves to be a special place in hell for parents like Sandra. That is no way to treat anyone, especially children. I won’t even begin the conversation about fairness when people like that reproduce and those who truly want and deserve children cannot have them.

  43. Really great chapter, though Jason really was asking to get punched. I can’t believe the ‘not your family’ crack. Harsh, even for Jason. Though I suppose it is a lot to adjust to very quickly. Looking forward to more!

  44. Loved the chapter. It was awesome to see big Eric defend his family. You made him really step into the role of being a father, it was good for not so little Eric to see. I’m all for the destroying Sandra plan :-) B*tch has to go! And silly Jason… always the hot head. Shooting his mouth off and asking questions later.

  45. Another fantastic chapter. I was so touched when Eric said his son wasn’t going go be shut out of the house like a dog, and that he loves him!

    Ummm, what have you got against Sandras and Sheilas? LOL

  46. I am really enjoying this story, though I find myself on tenterhooks about Sookie’s mental state. Didn’t quite understand the second last line though, from Eric, that he “woke up screaming”….

  47. Am I a bad person for laughing all the way through that flashback? Sandra is f*cking awesome: that insane b*tch sure know how to jump start a party.

    I am totally hooked to this story, thanks for enabling.

  48. I loved everyone of their ideas on how to get back at that piece of crap they call a mother.
    Jason was wrong but he’s so dumb sometimes you just gotta forgive him and move on!

  49. I think I’d rather them take a pic together with game over on it! I hate Sookie’s parents! However, I’m really glad they’re all starting to get al0ng now. Hurry with the next chapter!

  50. “the reason kids are afraid of clowns… and dogs… and jack-o-lanterns…” Seriously! You made me pull out my worst evil snorting cackle with that. Luckily Hubby isn’t home to witness, so I can pretend I never made that noise. I’m loving the idea of Jason and Eric with their maniacle plots for stealthy revenge.

  51. Never a shortage of drama in the life of Sookie… LOL! I can’t wait to see what they do to Sandra… OMG I was dying with the PCH idea… so fucking clever! LMAO!

  52. Dang, if it had been name, I would have slapped him! Jason the ignoramus… Grrrr…
    Wonder what blackmail they are going to dig up on mummy dearest?

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