Chapter 2: That Red Shit

It Can’t Be

Chapter 2

That Red Shit

**

“What are your rates?” I rubbed the sleep from my eyes. I’d only answered the door because I thought ‘my date’ had just walked out. If she’d left her car keys, I was more than anxious to make sure she get them back.

The boy shrugged. “Your front yard isn’t that big. How about the back? D’you have jungle gyms and play stuff to dodge with the mower?”

“No. No kid-gear. That would imply that a kid has ever been in the house… Just a patio.”

“These your only flower beds?”

“That’s it…” I pushed the door open for him. “Come on through so you can take a look.”

When he stepped up from the stoop, I noticed how tall he was. Only 15ish… he was well on his way to being as tall as I was, if not taller.

He looked up to the vaulted ceiling of the foyer until it broke at the wall and suddenly became glass in the great room. He breathed ‘damn’ with the same awe I had when the builders finally got it right after 3 tries. “Glass houses…”

“I’m safe. I don’t throw a lot of stones.”

“What is that… Like a… a… the vines… is that honeysuckle?” The border around the room was done in stained glass to look like lattice…

“Impressive. Most people assume its wisteria.”

“Wisteria looks like grapes…” That’s what Sookie always said. “So… I guess you don’t have kids because you couldn’t afford the Windex, huh?”

I laughed, “Something like that.” I pushed open the sliding glass panels to lead him out to the back yard and waited for him to stop gawking and catch up. I was too arrogant to hurry him along. He was admiring my house. My design. My showcase.

He gave me an incredulous look and the arched eyebrow to go with it. “You call this a patio?”

“No, but most people don’t know what…”

“Lanai.”

“Not bad.” There were pompous housewives in the neighborhood that had them and still called them ‘porches’.

“I even like the furniture. Your wife has great taste.”

“My interior designer has been working with me for long enough to know MY taste. No wife.” I suddenly had the feeling he was either flirting with me or casing out my house to rob later.

“Oh. Sorry… I just assumed because well… I mean…”

“Single guys have a black pleather couch until the wife makes them trade it in?”

“Yeah. You gay or something?”

“No. I’m an architect. I like details.”

He tilted his head like he approved of my answer and stepped into the yard. “Big house though. I was just curious…” He walked out to the middle of the lawn and turned, surveying. The lot was only one acre and it was annoyingly flat. “…Bald barbers, skinny chefs and all that?”

“Exactly. I couldn’t really get away with living in a cookie-cutter home.”

“I bet… $50? I can trim around that board on board fencing, mow the lawn, pull weeds.”

“Sounds fair.”

“That’s what I get when I do it at home… but you’re gonna have to take out your own trash.”

“$50 is a lot more than I got as an allowance.” I was lucky to get money to pitch in for gas.

“How much did Captain Caveman give you to take out the garbage?” Old jokes? I wasn’t even 40 yet. Little pischer.

“My parents didn’t pay me. They were sneaky enough to call it pitching in.”

He started laughing. “Did I say $50? I meant $100.”

I had to admire the kid’s sense of humor. I held my hand out and he took it. “$50 it is…” The kid’s hand was the same size as mine. “I’m Eric by the way.”

“Ditto.”

“Really?”

“I prefer to think that my mother is a loyal AmERICan as opposed to facing the nightmare that she could’ve named me after Enrique Iglesias since she has all of his CDs. How’d you get stuck with it?”

My eyes rolled on their own. “All the other names were taken.”

“Big family?”

“Sort of… counting both sides, I have 34 first cousins, but I’m an only child.”

“Three cousins, only child… So will your neighbors be pissed if I start your yard early?” The way he kept changing back and forth between subjects was amusing. Teenagers and their ADD… at least he had some manners.

“It should be fine. I only ever hear from one. He’s a tool, harmless, but still a tool.” Bill Compton and his notions that he needed to be liked by everyone were completely benign, if not amusing. Mr. Status Quo.

“One of those yuppy douche bags?”

“Oh, don’t let Bill fool you. If being homeless made networking easier, he’d be living under a bench at the zoo. The saying ‘an ounce of pretention is worth a pound of bullshit’ confuses him. He looks like a monkey doing long division every time I say it.”

He laughed, “My mom says that crap all the time… it’s usually when I tell her I need money for new clothes… and the other one… my mom says it about her boss so much that I picture a chimp humping a calculator every time I see him.”

“It must be a Southern thing. The first time I heard them was from a girlfriend in college.”

“Southern belle?”

“Hardly. She was white trash and I was a thug who worked construction from the time I could get a work permit.”

He snorted. “You should’ve married her so she could divorce you and take away half of everything.”

“She wasn’t like that. College was her ticket out of the trailer park too…”

“Want me to start now or next week?”

I rolled my eyes at his attention span. “Next week. Bright and early would be better. My neighbor’s daughter is a debutant. Annoying her is the most fun I get from the neighbors.”

“Gotcha… ‘Til then.” He shook my hand again and left through the gate in the privacy fence.

**

It wasn’t the only conversation I’d had with him. I’d talked to him every time he’d been over. Taking him a bottle of water usually led to a few minutes of polite small talk. But that first conversation held enough clues that I felt like I was watching The Sixth Sense’s reveal scene. The flashes of all the clues Bruce Willis’s character should’ve picked up on. He should’ve known he was dead… I should’ve known, noticed…

Everything, all of the clues added up in such small increments that I didn’t quite feel like a complete idiot. It didn’t help that I was defensively in denial because of Bill’s sideways comments. But I’d be full of as much shit as he was if I tried to claim I’d have put two and two together without his snobbish taunting. I didn’t pay Bill any more attention than I did my desk blotter. He was just there, even on a good day.

I stared at the boy who, as my white trash mother would’ve said ‘coulda been spit outta my mouth’ and I felt a shift…

Not 10 minutes ago I was wallowing in melancholy. I’d let myself get caught in all the questions I’d wanted to ask Sookie for 16 fucking years. Why did she leave? What had I done wrong? Where did she go?

10 minutes ago, I would’ve been a retarded sap if I ran into her… I could’ve forgiven her with a few answers. That’s all I really wanted. Not knowing anything had haunted me ever since…

16 fucking years… He was practically an adult and I was only just finding out about him… Sookie had robbed me of everything.

**

I took an unsteady step back, feeling like I might be sick. “Crystal, Eric… I think this is a conversation we should have inside.”

Eric started trudging my way, but Crystal shook her head. “No… I think this is a conversation…”

“Crystal, Jason’s going to be involved, but I think this bullshit has gone on more than long enough.” I took another step back to make room for her to get by, but I would’ve snatched her into the house if I needed to. She wasn’t getting away.

She let out a loud sigh and stepped in, stopping just behind me.

When Eric came up the steps, I saw it all. Every fucking similarity that had only been coincidence to me before was screaming at me. “This isn’t what I planned. I just wanted to meet you.”

All I could do was nod. It was all I could let myself do. I was feeling too much at once. I didn’t know whether to scream, cry, break something… “We’ll sort this out.”

“Don’t be too pissed at them alright… They didn’t know I was doing this… I didn’t expect you to hire me.”

Another nod, but before I had the chance to ask him what he did expect or what he would’ve done if I’d just told him to fuck off like my other neighbors would’ve, Crystal got my attention. She’d hit speed dial on her phone.

“You’re calling Jason?”

She nodded with hesitation.

I snatched her cell phone out of her hand as I walked through the foyer to lead the way to the great room. She gasped and hummed her disapproval instead of putting up a real argument.

“Hey hotness.”

“Hey there yourself.”

“Shit Eric, you gotta get yourself a cell. I flirt with you more than I do my own wife.” He still sounded like the same Kentucky Fried Goon I’d met 18 years ago when Sookie and I started dating.

“Sounds like a real problem. Mind if I ask you a question?”

“Yeah… You alright? You sound like your sinuses are acting up again. You forget to take your allergy pills this morning?” As a matter of fact I had forgotten them.

“I’m fine. I was wondering how you managed to graduate high school when your memory can be so shitty.”

“I played football, kid. I earned extra credit in the end zone… What crawled up your butt? I know I didn’t forget your birthday. That’s why I got a wife.”

“What crawled up my butt is that for 16 years, I’ve been calling you to look for Sookie and it’s consistently slipped your mind that I have a son.”

The silence coming from his end of the line was all the answer I needed.

“You sack of shit. You let me file missing persons reports and go to every fucking hospital for miles looking for Jane Does for years and you knew all along where she was and that she was fine.” I watched Eric pace around, walking from one room to the next with his arms folded over his chest and eyes on his feet…

“She didn’t want you to find her.”

“You could’ve had the balls to tell me that.”

“You’re right… You know how she is when she sets her mind on something… She wouldn’t even tell me why.”

“Well then that makes two of us.”

“Look… I… wait… Did you like run into Crystal or something?”

“You could say that. She arrived on my front step to retrieve her nephew who just so happens to be my lawn boy.”

“Small world, huh?”

“No its not! You asshole! He wanted to fucking meet his father. Seems like everyone he knows refused to tell him the first fucking thing about me.”

“Look man… I’m sorry… I guess it’s been fourteen years now I’ve been trying to get Sook to contact you. She stopped talking to me for a year over it. I never could get it out of her why she left… I didn’t know if you got rough with her or something so I… Ask Crystal… She’ll tell ya. We been trying to get Sookie to contact you since she told us about the baby.”

“The baby? Not the pregnancy?”

“When she left school she didn’t call us for a long time. We figured y’all were moving and settling in and all. She called us when Eric was born.”

“You didn’t know she was pregnant until he was born?”

“Yeah… said she was thinking about putting him up for adoption but when she saw him she changed her mind.” And never tell me?

“What the fuck?”

“I don’t know. That’s what I’m saying. I’d have told you if… Seriously. You’re a big guy… If you were knocking her around or…” Never. I wouldn’t. Ever.

“Jason… if she was scared of me then why would she NAME HIM AFTER ME!?”

“I don’t know! That’s what I’m saying… She acted like she was hiding from you and then she named him Eric… You’re smart. If you don’t know why she left, then what makes you think I’d figure it out?”

“Don’t breathe a word to her. Do you understand? This is something Eric and I will figure out. We’ll handle it. You fucking owe us that much after lying to us for 16 years.”

“Yeah, no problem.”

**

Crystal couldn’t leave the house fast enough once her phone was back in her hand. She only asked that we let her know whether to expect Eric to be returned tonight or not. Not. Neither of us had to say it. We’d already decided. Even though it was only noon, we had 15 years worth of talking to do. Talking as a minimum.

He wasted no time once the door was closed behind his aunt. “You were looking for my mom.”

“Of course I was. She disappeared into thin air without a word, a note, nothing. She vanished the day after graduation. I thought she had gone to get breakfast because the only thing missing was her keys and her purse… She didn’t take anything with her. Did she tell you why she left?”

“It wasn’t working out…”

“What? That makes her one hell of a bullshit artist. The last fucking thing she said to me before we fell asleep was that she’d always love me. We were about to move here to… fuck!

“I meant earlier… Your computer… You should’ve been looking for Belle. That’s what she goes by now. Only Jason and Crystal call her Sookie anymore… You’re still looking for her.”

I stopped pacing and looked at him. “Yes, of course I was. We lived just off campus in a shitty part of town. Anything could’ve happened to her…”

“I think she still loves you.”

I snorted. I couldn’t help it. “She’s got a fucked up way of showing it. She disappeared…”

“When?”

“Monday, May 8th, 1994 between 3 and 8am.”

“I was born on December 10th.”

“That’s good to know. If we don’t tell her that we met, there’s half a chance I can celebrate a birthday with you.”

He snorted, “I know right… but that’s not was I was getting at… She’s got locked lips over the whole thing. I know I was a couple weeks early… So I happened around St. Patrick’s Day.”

I shrugged. I knew jack shit about pregnancy since I’d never been along for the fucking ride. “Wonderful. She probably knew and left anyway.”

“You didn’t know?”

“No. I had no idea. What do you know about me that I didn’t tell you?”

“Nothing.”

“Nothing? Not a single thing?”

“Well, since mom’s kind of a midget, I figured you were tall.”

“How did you find me?”

“Uncle Jason is kind of retarded. Wedding pictures.”

“So when you asked about your father what did she say?”

“I stopped asking a few years ago. I thought you were dead for a long time because she’d cry whenever I brought it up. She’d always take me on a road trip for Father’s Day so I wouldn’t think about it.” Road trips…

“Where did she take you?”

“This year I was here… Last year we drove out to Atlanta. We went to a Braves game and to some museum…”

“The Morse Museum of Modern Art?”

“Yeah. You know it?”

“Inside and out… I designed it.”

“No way. Really?”

I nodded. “I did it in college… What’s your middle name?” It bothered me, infuriated me to no end that I knew nothing about my own son. Not that I had no idea how to change his diaper… That he was in HIGH SCHOOL and I only knew that he looked like me, had allergies like me and some of my ticks… We were both pacing again.

“Gehry.” That bitch.

“Eric Gehry Stackhouse… What would you rather do? Call her or go see her?”

“You’re really pissed.”

“On a lot of levels. For a lot of reasons… not because of anything you’ve done though.”

“I… I think I’d rather do it in person.”

“Do you have a stepfather that might be unhappy about…?”

“No. Mom’s never even been on a date that I know of.”

“Do you want to go back to Jason’s to get cleaned up?”

“No. I can shower at home… You sure you want to drive though. It’s 3 hours away.”

I was already on my way to grab my keychain. “Eric, your mother is the one who hates road trips.”

75 thoughts on “Chapter 2: That Red Shit

  1. Way less angst than I expected, but I’m sure Sookie will supply it. Good on Eric Junior for taking all kinds of initiative.

  2. I’m trying not to judge Sookie until we find out why she left but it’s really, really difficult. Also, the Eric/Eric relationship is great and I can’t wait for another chapter to see it develop more!

  3. Well, someone has got some ‘splainin to do. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of Eric’s wrath right about now. Of course it’ll be something like, ” it was for the best; I didn’t want to hold you back; blah blah blah.” Don’t you just LOVE rationalization? Anyway, so glad that Eric is manning up and his son is not being all defensive about Sookie. Should be great.

  4. AWESOME I love it. You have done a great job. Eric Sr has a right (maybe to be pissed) to be mad. Why would Sookie do such a thing and not tell him he has a son?
    Linda

  5. Talk about a take charge response to what has happened. I’m glad Eric is accepting of Jr and that he is going to confront Sookie about what happened. Jason is clearly a moron and I think Eric should hit him for not telling him about his son. Very curious about what made Sookie leave.

  6. Oh my GOD! What was Sookie thinking? I have a feeling that this story is going to be extremely emotionally intense. My lord, I feel so bad that the Eric’s have been kept from one another and my vindictive streak can’t wait to see them show up at her place:)

    As always, I can’t wait to read more!

  7. The great wrath of Eric Sr is going to come showering down upon Sookie! LOL Cannot wait to learn why she kept this Eric Jr a secret.

  8. I love this story already!! though was wondering if you are still going to do chapters for alternative POVs for Dead Tired/Dead Sexy?? All your stories re totally awesome and I get so excited every time I see an update, just have to read it right away :)

  9. Interesting. I can’t wait to see how Sookie reacts to Eric and Eric showing up on her doorstep. What a way for him to find out. I can kind of sympathize. My husbands ex told his son that he was dead for years (she fianlly came clean about ti 7 years ago- he’s 15 now), and though we knew about him and paid child support, she never stayed in one place long enough for us to catch up with her until last year. It was very tramatic for all of us. I can’t imagine not knowing anything.

  10. I love it sp much!!! My only teensy criticism is that with Eric and Eric sometimes it gets a little confusing, and I’m sure it will get even more so next chapter. Maybe calling Eric Jr, Junior or something? I’m easily confused so I may be the only one with this problem.

    Love this story so much already though!,,,

  11. I LOVE this story…so excited to see it develop and as an architect, in the South no less, I love the references and the PERFECT middle name! Can’t wait for more so bring it on!! Please…? Oh, and soon!! :)xoxo.

  12. I’m totally pissed on Eric’s behalf! What was she thinking keeping something like this from him? Good intentions or not, she’s going to be in for it when he finally sees her after all of this time. Def can’t wait for the next update to see what happens on the road trip… and I’m dying to hear what Sookie’s reason was.

  13. I suppose Sookie never told Eric because she wanted to give the baby up for adoption, so she could leave the trailer park, but once she saw him… he looked so much like Eric, she couldn’t. I’m angry with her, that she refused them contact. It sounds like she did a good job with Eric Jr. , but 16 years is a long time to hide the truth.

  14. I love this story! I actually love everything you write but my favorite thing about you is that your stories tend to be happy. There is angst and drama but its not usually about Eric and Sookie im hoping this one isnt too much. But as always I cant wait to read more! Looking forward to new stuff of urs on any of your stories!

  15. Holy crackers! I’m hooked. This is definitely going to have to be re read to catch all of the hints when the answers finally start coming. Can’t wait.

  16. Yep, this totally has me hooked. It’s worse (in the good way) than watching my stories. Thanks for the super quick update – I won’t be greedy and ask for another one, but I will be super exited to get the next chapter.

  17. i think you made me fall more in love with eric. swoon.

    i really hope sooks has a good reason.!! love the story already

  18. I’m so excited to find out the reason. I just hope its something legit so they can move things in the right direction faster.

  19. And she gets me with another one…hook, line, and sinker! What a story!!! I can’t wait to find out WTF Sookie has been thinking.

  20. I’m with GV, above. I can’t wait to find out Sookie’s motivations and rationalizations. It would be one thing if Eric never tried to find her, or stopped trying to find her. But for 16 years, he’s not stopped looking or asking questions. Right now, I think she’s got a lot of nerve …

    I like the way Eric has reacted to this. I like that he’s more or less treating his son like an adult than a child. I like Jr’s subterfuge and follow-through, and although I feel like I should be surprised that he’s not defending Sookie, I can imagine that Eric’s reaction and his own desire to meet his father are coloring his response.

    I also want to know more about how Jr. tracked Eric down. Wedding pictures? They don’t always come with names on them, and he can’t drive. Do Jason and Crystal still live in the same town as Eric, and he’s staying with them?

    Anyway, obviously, I can’t wait to read more of this one. Love the description of Eric’s house and how knowledgeable Jr. seems to be. But I’ll take an update on any of your stories. I’m just that addicted. :-)

  21. You draw us readers in so quickly. I get invested in you charecters right away. You are so good at this. Are you writing anything original ? If not you should. I love fanfiction. But I think I would love anything that comes from your brain.

  22. I can’t believe that Sookie left Eric hanging for 16 years. For him to not know what happened to her. If she went on her own account, was kidnapped, murdered, being tortured, laying in a ditch some where, what ever. This is the lowest she can ever sink.

  23. HOLY SMOKES! – I really didn’t expect Eric to find out about LIL eric so soon.. yay!! And I totally love the Bill bashing… what a tool!! :) can’t wait for chapter 3!

  24. He’s been looking for her all these years, Jason knew and let him keep on thinking something awful had happened to her. To use a trite old southern term, Eric needs to open up a can of whop ass on Jason. Trying to think of a reason why she would do this is difficult. Of course if she’s like canon Sookie, she probably thought having a baby would keep Eric from being able to pursue his dreams so she made a unilateral decision to sacrifice her own happiness for his.. that would certainly fit. It would be a stupid reason, but it would fit..great chapter and I’m really looking forward to the next one and Sookie facing the music with her two “men”..

  25. I’m sorry I didn’t comment on chapter one, I love AH Eric as much as your canon, and that is saying a lot. I love the fast chapters too!

    Thank you. You are great!

  26. Please please also continue with Life & Death and Dead Sexy. I understand you’ve lost your muse with them but I’m rereading them atm (hey it trumps grocery shopping) and there are so many ways these stories have to go.

    Deep breath: I think you are one of the greatest writers out there so WHY is this a fanfic? Why do you not call your characters Harry and Fred and Sara or something? The stories have nothing to do with the SVM books or TB series! You deserve the credit of publishing this as it’s own story! You are a good enough writer not to need the crotch of knowing what your leads look like from a tv program! You write descriptivly enough that we can make up our own images!
    Rant over, sorry…
    Please update soon?

  27. I don’t know if I like this yet or not, I think its because it looks like there is going to be a lot of angst and I dread it coming but I’m interested to see what happens. Its a compliment that you can keep me interested despite the coming angst. Please, Please tell me that Sookie hasn’t been celibate for 15 yrs, that would just be inhuman.

  28. I love your story! Two pissed off Erics and poor Sookie. I can’t wait to read what will happen. Thank you for this wonderful story, and please update soon.

  29. Awesome.
    Good to know that Jason is still an idiot, but what blow Sookie’s sense of fair play?
    Is Gehry for Frank Gehry or what?

  30. The beginning conversations is so obvious that Eric the Younger was on a fact finding mission… he all but told Eric the Older “I see dad people”… sorry that was pretty lame but you started it with The Sixth Sense’s reveal scene reference. However, knowing that Jason had been lying to Eric for years whenever he called asking about Sookie and that Eric has continued to look for her really makes very curious about what kind of excuse Sookie has for him… and want to slap her. SO sad that Eric missed so many years with his son. Look forward to the next update and very much enjoy these fast paced shorter chapters. Great story!

  31. Road Trip! Excellent.
    Can’t wait to (hopefully) hear the Erics getting to know one another on their way to Jackson.
    And then I suppose the holy terror of Eric Northman is about to rain down on Sookie Stackhouse. Is it insensitive of me that I can’t wait?

  32. I’m so glad they got that figured out. I can hardly wait to find out what happened to make her run though. It sounds like she’s loved him all this time so it must have been something big that scared her off. Great story, I can hardly wait for more.

  33. Loved it!! “mini” Eric is a smart kid.. He’s got guts! Can’t wait for Sookie to see baby daddy after all these years!
    I’m curious as to why she left..I’ve got a few ideas floating in my head!

  34. Aaawwww, poor Eric (both of them). Having not known each other for juniors entire life. I can’t wait to see how the 3 hour drive goes between father and son, not to mention how bad Sookie shits herself when she sees the 2 guys walk in together! Can’t wait!!!

  35. Okay so I am LOVING this…… But my poor mind is trying to come up with a senario where Sookie isn’t such a bitch over the whole babygate! here’s a few my minds spewed in the last hour; she was hit in the head and forgot who she was when she remembered she seen Eric Snr had moved on….
    She believed Eric snr was cheating on her???
    She was raped and didn’t know who the father was???? (i know clutching at straws.)
    She had a mental breakdown….caused by child abuse, the pregnacy triggered it???

    I know so lame…..just a tad obsessed… Write like the wind…because I need to know JoXxx

    P.s. a little confused at the two Eric’s doesn’t take a lot mind, for me but help a gal out with some Jnr & Snr thrown in for the slow ppl in the class.

  36. so soon, wonderful. I don’t know the reason for Sookie baling out on Eric but I hope it made sense somewhere in her mind. Ought to be a bit of drama when they both show up. can’t wait for more.

  37. did Sookie think he didn’t want kids? Or is this going to be some kind of “she didn’t want to hold him back and tie him down” thing?

    absolutely wonderful! love it already! :)

  38. WHY ?! Why did she disappear without even discussing the pregnancy with him ? Was she thinking that with her gone he could chase his dreams ? Some bizarre self sacrifice ? I cant think of anything else, but then why not contact him later – like any time in the next 15 years – or maybe each year it just got harder to admit her mistake ? Cos this was, without a doubt, a huge fucking mistake ! And poor Eric Jnr, having no knowledge of his dad when he is right there – she must have known how wrong that was ?
    I am waiting for a seriously good explanation from Sookie, even then, it might be a ways off til I can forgive her. Just sayin.
    Brilliant chapter, thanks !

  39. You sure know how to put our little minds working in the possible scenarios for what´s coming up,and what the hell happened to Sookie for having such a shitty reaction towards both Erics.Two chapters and we become junkies of the story.Simply fantastic.

  40. As usual you have done a wonderful job.
    You never dissapoint with where you take your stories. Always throwing in some little twist that has us on the edge of our seats. You’ve done it again with this one.
    Sookie running away from Eric and now a 16 year old “mini” eric. Can’t wait to see what happens when they both confront Sookie!!!!

    You are the greatest!!!!

  41. This chapter is too short! I need more! And what the hell is/was Sookie’s problem? Why the hell would she do that to Eric. The least she could have done was TELL the man she was pregnant! DAMN!

  42. Jeepers. Sookie is gonna get a “come to Jesus”. I’m curious as to what her reasons were and how she justified staying hidden all this time – if she says anything about not being sure how he’d take it or whatever I’m going to have to slap her… she changed her name, she intentionally hid, she’d better have a damn good reason.
    Yay for Eric Sr and Eric Jr being cool with each other already… can’t wait for the next chapter – i’ll be watching my inbox with an eagle eye.

  43. you have no idea how into this story i am…the concept’s been explored before but so far i can tell its going to be phenomenal ! unlike anything iv’e read !

  44. I know she had her reasons, but I’m pissed at Sookie. He missed his sons whole life. I don’t blame him if he’s mad. I’ll bet he takes one look at her and all will be forgiven.

  45. So, Eric’s middle name is Gehry after Frank Gehry the architect. So, clearly, there is love there but why did she run? Did she figure he was better off careerwise without her and a kid?

  46. I am not too happy with Sookie but i will wait on my judgement call until we find out her side of the story…. I think it is awesome that Eric and Eric junior are so much alike… i also like the fact that Jason is willing to keep his mouth shut…. until the next chapter

  47. Love the story & hooked again.

    Now, I’ve been trying and trying, but there is NO excuse, NO good intention that makes what Sookie did okay. I’ve gone so far thinking up reasons why she did it, even thinking maybe she was abducted/raped or even simply cheated so she didn’t know who the father was, that’s why she was going the adoption route, then when she saw it was Eric’s she changed her mind. Even if something like that happened, it’s still no excuse. Sure, maybe she was afraid at the time passing & Eric would be mad she ran, but STILL NO EXCUSE- just pure and total cowardice. So is something lame like ‘I didn’t want to hold you back’. Whatever, at this rate, I hope Eric Jr. decides it’s time to go live with his dad & Sookie can sit her callous ass home alone and wallow in fucking up 3 lives. Sounds like she raised the kid right, but…that’s the LEAST she could do since she stole his right to have a father from him. Sorry for the rant. I really hate her right now.

  48. Uh-oh! Someone’s pissed! Look out Sookie. Haha. I can’t wait to see the confrontation and to hear her explanation!

  49. Story is awesome! Love it! You have a gift – I hope one day you get the opportunity to publish and I mean that!

  50. LOL… hmmm did he say something to spook her? I can’t see her leaving for any other reason, especially after telling him she loved him… then again it kinda sounded like she was saying good-bye :( can’t wait to “read” the look on her face when they both show up, LOL :)

  51. damn, here is an oops… “My mom says that crap all the time… it’s usually when I tell her I need money for new clothes… and the other one… my mom says it about her boss so much that I picture a chimp humping a calculator every time is see him.” take out is and put I…. a calculator every time I see him….. KY

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