Chapter 4: Property

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Chapter 4

Property

**

For the next hour, Jason, Andy and I moved hundreds of pounds of canned goods and cases of institutional (prison) grade food from the walk-in freezer to the back of Jason’s truck (and three kegs to the front seat)… We were joined by Sheriff Dearborn to fill the squad car and the department’s van with cases of liquor and I was given the open containers to take with me…

When I returned to the Stackhouse home at nearly midnight, Adele and Linda were on the porch swing, Sookie was on the steps and Tina was leaping through the grass in hot pursuit of another insect. The lights were off and the windows were still open… the smell of natural gas had managed to dissipate while I was still at Merlotte’s, but the scent of fruit was still thick on the Stackhouses’ property.

I sat on the top step to face them all and enjoyed a deep breath of Sookie fragrance… She’d bathed and smelled of herself again…

“Have your nerves settled, Mrs. Stackhouse?”

“In a manner of speaking. How did things go?”

“The church now has a ridiculous amount of hamburger patties and chicken fingers. According to what the pastor told the Deputy, his wife would be looking for volunteers at first light to help parcel and distribute as much as they can. He mentioned keeping some of it for fundraising during a fair next month.”

There was a long silence, and Sookie used it to move, sitting next to me in her tiny yellow pajama set and laying her head on my shoulder…

Awkward silence or not, I had an excellent view. I almost didn’t notice that Tina had taken up residence on my legs to watch over the yard.

“Erik?”

“Yes?”

“They’re freaking out about what you said to Andy. They…”

“Hold on. Explain why you call an officer of the law by first name and you addressed a bar owner formally.”

“Gran used to change Andy’s diapers… and Mr. Merlotte was a stranger.”

“That would make sense if you called me Mr. Nordmann.”

“Stalkers don’t get to be picky. Moving on?”

I chuckled, “Fair enough.”

“You told Andy about an ivory tower of a sandwich shop. By lunch tomorrow, there’s going to be some folks with pipe dreams of getting a job back.”

“It’s not impossible. We didn’t have the chance to discuss it before Adele stormed out of the house armed… Linda, how much was on your loan application aside from the cost of property?”

She shook her head while her chin bounced, searching for words. “I… It’s been a few years… I… $20,000, I think… but that was including estimates for most of the upgrades Merlotte already made.”

“Merlotte left the place intact, including the kitchen. Other than ingredients, dishes and superficial remodeling so it doesn’t seem like the same bar, can you think of any other expenses?”

“Only trivial stuff like menus… but we had the idea to use those big, novelty playing cards as the backing… a card theme on account of…”

“The Earl of Sandwich’s penchant for cards… Inspired… If you think you can manage the incidentals, I’ll buy the property and rent it to you.”

“THAT’S not funny. Don’t toy with poor people.”

“I’m not joking. I own the Claiborne Mall, Moore Medical Tower and Red River Casino along with dozens of small properties with various uses. A small restaurant won’t…”

Sookie shook her head. “Erik, don’t…”

I cut her off by shushing her. “Don’t interfere.”

She leaned away from me with her eyebrows raised. “Excuse you?

“This is business, not personal. This isn’t a friendly offer. I’m not proposing a partnership or a loan. I’m considering a property to invest in and discussing the matter with a prospective tenant. There will be a lease and your name won’t be on it.” Pride is a fragile thing and I wasn’t setting a precedent with my offer to Linda… of course, it was usually an offer I made to young Vampires trying to establish themselves in my Area. It’s not easy to build credit when you’re dead and using a different identity every decade.

Before Sookie had the chance to respond, Linda chuckled, “Since you put it that way, you’ve got yourself a deal.” Adele’s eyes almost doubled in size.

I grinned and gave the woman a nod. “The ‘friendly’ part of my offer is reminding you of my invitation to pilfer my warehouse for anything you might find useful.”

Linda breathed, “I could definitely scrape together the rest… if Merlotte sells…”

“My cellular doesn’t have a signal here… If I could use your phone, we can find out where he stands.”

Sookie was still glaring at me as her aunt practically ran into the house and returned with a tabletop phone tethered by a long cord.

**

Sookie continued to glower while I deciphered the Deputy’s atrocious penmanship…

While I waited, listening to the phone ring, I told her, “You can leave while the grownups do business if you’re going to choose now to be one of the few occasions you act like a child.”

She gasped and slapped my ribs before storming into the house and slamming the door behind herself… stomping up the stairs… slamming another door…

Linda whispered, “You’re going to pay for that.”

I shook my head. “She might tally a bill, but she won’t get far.” I had to hang up, check the number and redial.

Adele quietly warned, “You need to watch out for stuff like that… Sookie doesn’t know how to act with someone who isn’t scared of her.”

Scared of her? I didn’t have the chance to ask who the fuck would have been scared of 120 pounds of sass before the phone was finally answered…

A female groaned, “Hello?”

“I’m calling for Sam Merlotte.”

She snapped, “It’s a little late.”

“Is it? I didn’t notice. Put him on anyway.”

“This is his mother, Bernadette Merlotte. I’ll take a message.” Uh oh. Sammy might get grounded for having calls after bedtime. Oops.

“This is Erik Nordmann. Bernadette, you’ll put him on or my associates from Dallas will be dropping by tonight.”

She scoffed and mumbled as she passed the phone, “I told you, didn’t I? Even the boonies of Area 5 is a bad idea… He didn’t even ask if you’re here. That asshole knows everything.”

Merlotte whined, “Thanks, Mom. Big help…” He took a deep breath and huffed, “What do you want?”

“A photo of the look on your face… What do you plan to do with the property now that you’ve evacuated Bon Temps?”

“That’s none of your damn…”

“Let me rephrase. Now that I’ve turned off the gas and power to your bar before a broiler could accidentally cause an explosion, what do you plan to do with the property?”

The silence on his end of the line was magnificent.

Considering the anxious set to Linda and Adele’s faces, I explained, “This could take a while. I think he’s shitting in his pants.” They both snickered into their hands.

He barked, “That’s not funny!”

“Yes, it is. Let me simplify this for you. Take my offer of $35,000 for Merlotte’s Bar and Grille…”

“I paid 47 BEFORE I built the dining room and replaced every damn applian-!” Like I cared…

It could burn down. Now that your insurance agent has been contacted by the authorities, he’s cancelled your policy. And if I’m not mistaken you’ve set a precedent for trying to set fires from hundreds of miles away.”

“You son of a bitch! It’s not enough that I left?”

“It’s more than enough that you left… available real estate is a bonus. What will it be?”

“Do I have a goddamn choice?”

“Yes.”

“This is bullshit, Vampire.”

“Merlotte, your fuckery is boring me. Do you want to accept my offer?”

“No… but I kind of have to, don’t I?”

“Good boy. I’ll have an associate contact you tomorrow night with a cashier’s check. Have the deed on hand.”

**

As I hung up the phone, Linda grabbed her mother’s hand and urged, “Yeah?”

“You two are going to be very busy opening your new restaurant…”

Before I could say anything else, Linda pushed herself from the swing, dropping to her knees to hug my neck. Fruit and a sweetness slightly stronger than Sookie’s. “You have to hug me back! This IS business! I’d be hugging a loan officer too!”

I chuckled and faked my way through a hug while I decided I needed to know more about Sookie’s family tree.

She leaned back, remaining in a squat and squeezed my cheeks together. “You’re just too good to be true.”

“I would’ve thought I’d lose some fans for bullying him out of his property.”

“I must have missed that while I was trying to decide which sandwich to name after you.” She was completely serious about naming a sandwich after a Vampire.

“A trencher. Are you familiar with those?”

“No. That’s a new one for me.”

“My mother used to make them when I went hunting with my brothers… A flat bread topped with slices of meat and broth. Usually roasted lamb or beef.” It was the closest thing to a sandwich I’d ever eaten… I didn’t have a name for it until I was a few centuries old.

“That actually sounds really good…” She turned enough to look at Adele and for a moment I thought I’d have to fabricate something because the ‘history junkie’ seemed to be thinking more deeply than a sandwich would require. “Momma, an open-faced roast beef with au jus? We’ll call it ‘The Nordmann’. Sound good?”

Adele seemed to shake off whatever she was thinking about and nodded. “It does… hearty… That’ll be popular. Were there any veggies?”

“Carrots from time to time. If anything else was added, I didn’t eat it.”

Linda giggled, “So help me, it’s 85 degrees and I want to go home and fire up the oven to make a roast… Momma, I think we ate dinner too early.”

Adele stood up, shaking her head. “We didn’t eat dinner too early. We’re up too late… It’s midnight, girl. Nothing but Vampires and teenagers up at this hour…” She said that like there was something wrong with that.

Linda looked at her watch and sucked her teeth. “I didn’t realize how late it was. I should git…” She kissed my cheek before standing, then Adele’s. “Keep your fingers crossed I don’t run into any teens on my way home.”

I chuckled, “You think teens are worse than Vampires?”

Way worse… Vampires are loners. Teenagers swarm in vicious little hoards.” She shuddered as she slid into her car.

I knew she was being facetious, but I still laughed at how ironic it was given her company… Then again, Sookie had been the one to attack someone in Merlotte’s the night before.

**

As Linda’s car pulled away, Adele offered, “You’re welcome to go and try to calm Sookie down.”

As tempting as the invitation into Sookie’s bedroom was, all it would have taken to expose me would have been an ill-tempered ‘get out’.

“If I go to her, she’ll think I’m delivering an apology.” My answer was designed to leave Adele open to give unsolicited advice… I had plenty of practice hiding that I was a Vampire, but Human etiquette wasn’t something I spent any amount of time practicing. Other than feeding from them and rejecting their attention at the club, I was at a loss. Adele had told me I needed a ‘whoopin’ and I was actually hoping she’d mention it if she thought I’d been too harsh.

She nodded with a smirk. “I’ll send Sookie out to get Tina then.” That told me nothing… and it wasn’t until Adele mentioned the puppy that I realized she was still happily stationed on my lap… protecting the house from the diabolical nature of moths.

When Sookie flung the door open, Tina startled and skittered from the porch.

“Why are you still here? I thought your business meeting was over.”

“I took the night off to visit with you… are you finished reacting badly to being embarrassed?”

“Embarrassed? Who’s embarrassed? I’m pissed. You were an asshole.”

“When exactly was I being an asshole?”

“When you told me to shut up and called me a kid.”

“I told you not to meddle to keep you from leading your aunt to believe my offer was based on a sense of charity I don’t have. And I suggested you leave because your childish pouting was irksome. If you heard ‘shut up and run along, little girl’ that isn’t my fault… however I would like to mention how ironic your reaction has been.”

Her leg twitched, making it clear she considered kicking me. “I was only going to tell you Aunt Linda would have felt like a charity case… like she hadn’t earned it on her own.”

“And by explaining why the matter didn’t concern you, I accomplished that on my own. I don’t begrudge you for not knowing me better than to think I’d offer anyone a hand out. Are we done? I preferred looking down your shirt. Your shorts aren’t offering me a view of anything.”

I think she kicked me just for making her crack a smile.

I reached up to take her hips and pulled her down to straddle my legs…

Sookie didn’t resist until I ran my finger from her neck to the V of her shirt, pushing it down to improve my view.

She giggled as she swatted my hand away. “Rude.”

I shook my head. “You’re free to look in my clothing too.”

Oh, I bet I am. I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours, huh?” I knew what she meant, but I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity…

“Oh really?” She didn’t have the chance to argue before I pulled my T-shirt over my head. “Your turn.”

Her mouth hung open for a moment before she shook her head. “But… I’m not even, like… wearing a bra.”

“Neither am I.”

“You know what I mean…”

I pulled her further up my legs, enjoying the friction and the way Sookie’s breathing hitched too much. “What you mean is despite the fact that you showcase that delicious body of yours in tight little tank tops and sinfully short skirts and shorts, you are still shy.” Innocent.

She whined, “Don’t say ‘showcase’ like I’m a stripper. The heat index has gotten into three digits everyday for weeks.”

“Don’t say ‘stripper’ when I’m trying to convince you to take off your clothes.”

She laughed, “I’m not taking off my clothes.”

“So you’re limiting me to the fun I can have while you’re still dressed, yes?”

She nodded and said, “Yeah,” a split second before she realized how many loopholes she’d left me.

Her breathing hitched again and goosebumps swept over her skin when I slipped my hand under the hem of her shirt. She showed her surprise when I moved my hand over her stomach, around her side, to her back to pull her to me. She arched her back trying to keep herself as vertical as possible. “I can work with that.”

She whimpered, “This isn’t exactly what I meant.”

Perfect handfuls of her ass… watching her eyelids flutter as I moved her body against mine… “It’s not my fault it didn’t occur to you that I could fuck you with our clothes on… Are you already trying to renege?”

She shook her head. “I’m soooo not having sex with you.”

“I know… you’re being very lazy.”

She snickered and put hands in the center of my chest to push herself away slightly. “You’re bad.”

I growled, “You have no idea.”

She pushed back a little more and sighed, “Erik…”

“Are you about to tell me you’re ‘saving it’ for your wedding night?”

She tilted her head to the side and studied me for a moment. “I was about to say that I like you and all, but we just met. Why would you jump to assuming I’m a virgin?”

“Because of the way people who know you have gawked every time we’ve touched one another. Are you?”

“Why do you care?” Fuck. She was. She was a virgin. There was actually a girl who slipped through the cracks and made it to the legal age of consent (and beyond) in a state where the teen pregnancy rate and the dropout rate were nearly identical. I was tempted to call the news.

“What was wrong with JB?”

She deflated slightly, blushing rather than admitting anything aloud. “I just didn’t like him enough.”

“And how do I measure up on your ‘scale of like’?”

“I can honestly say I haven’t ever liked anyone more.”

“If you’re so clearly ‘in like’ with me, why aren’t we fucking?”

She shrugged. “I just don’t want to rush into anything. We’ve only been out once… Are you mad?” It would be my luck. Instead of all of the annoyingly, uninteresting, vacuous, gold-digging bimbos I could have naked with nothing more than a ‘free drink from the owner’, I’d opted for the unique treat of stimulating conversation and pleasant company… The drawback to my source of entertainment turned out to be virtue. She didn’t say she was waiting until she was ‘in love’. She didn’t give me a single hint that she was playing a game or teasing… I could withstand the temptation of seeing her a few more times before I’d have to hide how much of an asshole waiting would make me… if all I wanted had been available in the pool of desperate sluts at Glamour, Sookie wouldn’t have had my attention to begin with…

Without an answer from me, Sookie began trying to get up. “Nuts, Erik… I’m sorry… I just…”

I held her hips to keep her from leaving. “I’m not ‘mad’… I’m just preparing myself for having a prolonged case of blue balls…” After a thousand years, one could say I was due.

She winced. “Don’t put it like that. Danny was full of crap… that turd gave me a ride home from a football game and I ended up having to fight him off. The only guy I’ve ever done that to was JB and I felt horrible.” The fact that she couldn’t even bring herself to say ‘blue balls’ was one part maddening, one part endearing.

“Did you break up with JB to put him out of his misery… cut him loose because you weren’t ready?”

“No… He’s just… He’s pretty, but the elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top…”

“No superficial relationships for Sookie?”

She shook her head. “No… Not for me.”

I nodded. “That having been said…” I pulled her back to me.

“What are you doing?”

“Hoping to get back on track.”

“You think you’re going to make me change my mind?”

I leaned in, nibbling the side of her neck and whispering, “No… but I’m going to push your resolve… if I’m not going with you, I want you to go to bed thinking about me.” If her blood tasted half as incredible as her skin, I could definitely wait… prolong the torment… push her until she begged me to fuck her…

She whimpered, “But… you’re just…”

As I trailed from her neck to her cleavage, I breathed, “I’m just enjoying myself… until you tell me to stop.”

Breathing felt less phony than it ever had before…

Sliding my hands under her shirt, pushing her breasts out of her top…

She laced her fingers into my hair and halfheartedly tried to pull my head away just as I caught her nipple between my teeth. When she didn’t budge me, she groaned, “Jeeeesusss, Erik…

“Do you want me to stop, Sookie?”

She squirmed, moving just enough to rub herself against my hard on… the way she shuddered as she said, “No,” was delicious. Corrupting her was going to be the most fun I’d had in centuries….

I pushed, and gnawed, and fought back my fangs until she was shivering and she was so wet my jeans were damp…

She’d broken a sweat and even that smelled and tasted phenomenal…

And it was all ruined by headlights in the driveway.

Sookie whined, “Damn it, Jason.”

I chuckled, if for no better reason than to pretend my cock wasn’t in excruciating pain. “What’s the matter, Sookie? You weren’t having sex with me.”

She scowled for a split second before she swatted my cheek. “Smart ass.”

“Maybe next time, he’ll interrupt while I’m going down on you.”

She blushed and removed herself from my lap. “That’s it… I’m going to bed. That’s the last face I want to see right now.”

“Because you’re going to go to bed thinking of me.”

She staggered to the lawn to lift Tina and stopped to kiss me on her way by. “Like I have a choice after that… When am I going to see you again? I work every night but Tuesday and Thursday.”

“Can you meet me at my warehouse Tuesday night?”

She giggled, “I’m sure that can be arranged…” She left the door open as I watched her go upstairs. “Don’t forget your dolls. G’nite.”

**

Jason chuckled at me when I opened my trunk to take out the boxes of liquor meant for Adele and Linda.

“What’s so funny?”

Awww nothin’… Didn’t mean to interrupt, but I didn’t get my cobbler earlier.” Oh, good… There I was, thinking I’d been cock-blocked for something stupid.

“You didn’t interrupt. I was just saying goodnight.”

He snorted and took one of the boxes from my trunk. “Right… last time I had a ‘goodnight’ like ‘at, it turned into breakfast.”

He followed me into the house and since everything was still covered by candles, I led the way back to the sewing room.

He was still on my heels as I went into the kitchen to retrieve the box of tortured little dolls.

Jason reached into the refrigerator and held a dish out. “Want some?”

“No, thank you.”

He shrugged and took a fork from the dish rack… it was like watching an ape in its natural habitat as he shoveled cobbler into his mouth. “So how’d ya meet Sookie?”

“I rented a few storage units last night.”

“Damn… I was pissed. Thought she’d been seeing you and ain’t mentioned it to no one. My bad.”

“Why would you think she’s known me longer?”

“Cuz she wasn’t being all shy like usual.” That was it… That was the last ‘hint’ I was going to take without asking…

“Why does everyone mention that? She was called ‘crazy Sookie’ last night and it’s been suggested people are afraid of her.”

He gave me a look that could only be called squirrelly and continued shoveling food into his mouth. “She’s just… she kinda has a sixth sense about people. Like a crazy sensitive bullshit-meter. She ain’t shy about calling folks on stuff either. Most people can’t get close enough to touch her.” Sookie wasn’t the only one with a bullshit-meter and mine was registering Jason’s answer as a false… false and most likely a stock answer.

“So the constant remarks about her allowing me to touch her were abstract, yes?”

He shrugged. “She’s always been skittish about getting touched… So, d’you get a riot act when you got back about that restaurant thing?” And the transparent subject change confirmed it. I was being smoke-screened. And the more I fucking thought about it, the maddening it was that I couldn’t think of anything ‘wrong’ with Sookie.

“Your aunt attacked me with aggressive hugging and cheek squeezing when I arranged to buy Merlotte’s and lease the property to her, if that’s what you mean.”

He grinned with a cheek full of partially masticated peaches. “No shit!? They’re finally gonna get to do it? Well damn… That’s fuckin’ awesome.”

I nodded and reached for my box, but Jason set his snack on the counter and took a step towards me.

“Ummm… I ain’t gay or nuthin’… but…” He put his arms around my shoulders, slapped my back and stepped back quickly. “Thanks and all… I don’t even want to think about what woulda happened if Gran shoved that screwdriver into the lock… Them women’s all I got and they was too close to that building.” Yes, they were. They were close enough that one spark would have made it difficult to identify their remains.

“It was no trouble.”

He nodded. “You seem like good people and… and I don’t think it even occurred to ‘em they got close to punchin’ their tickets… just didn’t want it going unsaid’s all… thanks.” So says the goober with a chunk of peach stuck to his chin.

I nodded. “Goodnight then… enjoy your cobbler.”

When I started for the door, he followed me again. “Hey, I’ma have a thing at my place Friday night. You know, on account of the beer and all. You wanna come, bring Sookie?”

“She said she’s working every night but Tuesday and Thursday…”

“Yeah, but she’s off at nine. That ain’t too late.” A small scale version of Glamour. How could I resist?

“I’ll talk to her about it…”

“K… If she’s cool with it, bring your swim trunks… We’ll party on the deck and cool off in the pond.” Sookie in a bathing suit? That was definitely tempting.

“Sounds good.”

“And I promise I won’t go huggin’ ya again.” Even better.

**

As soon as I was on the highway again, I checked my messages…

Thankfully there wasn’t any business to attend to. I needed to be able to go directly to my stash of bagged blood after what I’d used Sookie to do to myself…

My mailbox was full, but every message was from Pam…

I’d been called everything I could think of, in every language she knew… The most recent of them were because after visiting every storage facility in Shreveport and glamouring all of the attendants, she returned to find her house warded so she couldn’t get in…

Apparently, that was ‘low’ even for me, but what was I supposed to do?

Something had to be done to keep her from her clothing and I didn’t want to waste time moving it when something more fun was waiting for me in Bon Temps.

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67 thoughts on “Chapter 4: Property

  1. Bahaha, I’m still waiting for ‘the other shoe to drop’, i.e. when Sookie and Erik find out about eachother – I wonder how long you’re going to draw it along – I get the feeling Sookie would react better to him being upfront than hiding it… Any money says she finds when he tries to glamour her to forget something. And by any money, I mean whatever’s in my wallet, which I’m pretty sure is less than $1.

    Great chapter and thanks for double posting! It made for a great highlight to my sickday.

  2. I thought he was going want to take a nibble while they were on the porch. i can just imagine without being able to be glamoured! That should be a hell of a conversation :)

    I’m loving this one standing everything on its head. Gran and Linda are going to have a business. Merlotte get run out of town. Everyone thinks Eric is just swell. So much fun.

  3. Oh I cannot wait for the big reveal! I hope that sookie doesn’t freak out and can appreciate that she’s not alone in being different!

    Oh! And does Adele suspect him? Linda’s comment was one thing, but Adele…

  4. Wonderful chapter. I love the interaction between Eric, Linda and Adele. Sookie’s Attitude was priceless.I wonder how long Eric will go on only the stock answers. Looking forward to more. THANKS!!!!!

  5. yesi love being a brat if that means i get two updates in one night! ;)

    i cant wait until they both find our about each other! i love the interactions you made with everything i love this jason!

    i think adele knows a little something, specially if she knows about fairies , ill guess we wll have to wait and see. hope no to long ;)!! loved it

  6. ok so were super spoiled but ur a review whore and love us to death. besides its ur own fault were so damn spoiled!!!! I love every thing u write and cant resist checking my email when i get up or home from work and multiple times thru the day i love ur work!!!

  7. I’m looking forward to Eric’s reaction to Sookie’s gift more than Sookie’s reaction to Eric being a vampire. I just can’t imagine her not being okay with it after all Eric has done for her and her family (whether his motives were selfless or not). Also that was a steamy goodnight. If I had been in Miss Sookie’s shoes it definitely would have turned into breakfast.

  8. Yay for Aunt Linda and Gran getting their sandwich shop!! And to “Mr Merlotte” losing over $12,000 on the property. He deserves it. Sookie is in so far over her head, thinking she can hold out on Eric for very long at all. I am interested to see if they’ll spill their secrets before she gives in. Jason seems to have some elevator problems himself, but at least he shows his gratitude to Eric about saving his family. And Pam. Poor poor Pam!! All her clothes are gone and now she can’t get in her house? What’s a fashionista like Pam to do? Now she’ll have to go buy a whole new wardrobe or two ;-)

    • Apparently my elevator didn’t reach the top floor today either. Thank you so much for a double dose of the multiverse tonight!! I think everyone will agree that we appreciate it very much. You spoil us like crazy!!

  9. I love this as it like being privy to an epic inside joke…from both sides…i can’t wait for them to find out but at the same time…i feel soo smug…like i want to sing nana na nana at them keep up the great story telling and i’ll keep reading

    JoXx

  10. I always like the beginning of their relationship in stories, I’m thinking Adele knows more than she’s telling, and am glad they at least got a friendly goodnight. great chapter

  11. Adele KNOWS!!! she had to know….with her comments on vampires and having Sookie come outside to talk to him. she had to know! i really can’t wait till they find out the truth about each other – its gonna be awesome :D

    gosh, its just not gonna be Sookie dreaming about Erik tonight ;) haha

  12. Let me say first, we bug you to update
    because we love you and can’t get enough. Your stories are so good waiting is sometimes painful. Sniff sniff. See now you feel bad for us, right !?
    Moving on, I think Adele already knows Erik is a vampire. She must have already had a visit. It will be interesting to see how everyone reacts during the big revele. I can’t wait for more.

  13. Can’t wait till he tries to glamor Sookie… Linda’s remarks about perfering vampires to teenagers – priceless!

  14. I have now joined the legion; have been issued my pitchfork and whiny beggar pants along with visine to help with tear production. All that being said is it too early to beg for the next chapter. Because I have read everything on the site and all I can hope is that you’re working on original fiction to be published soon, so I can add that to my e-reader…speaking of that, do you cross post to archive of our own?

  15. It seems like Adele might be picking up on something….I wonder how long it will take for them to be honest with each other since there seems to be continual clues. At least Sookie is young enough to justify her bratty reaction this time. I love Eric for helping them get their business of the ground. probably as much as Pam hates him for hiding her stuff.

  16. I think Adele knows that he is a vampire. I mean she know about the supernatural. She is not freaking out either. I like that he put Sookie in her place about his buissenss dealings. This is going to be great fun.

  17. Adele’s behavior during this chapter, makes me think she knows something. She’s on to him. The ‘Vampires, and Teenagers’ comment is just too telling. And her quiet, contemplative demeanor was no accident. Was she studying him?

    Adele’s a smart cookie. I wouldn’t put it past her to rescind his invitation to the house while no one is home, just to test her theory next time he comes to visit.

    I also really like ‘Alpha’, Jason. He’s sweet, more thoughtful, and still very close to his sis, at this stage. I guess that has a lot to do with still being henpecked by his gran, and aunt.

  18. Heart you! Heart this Eric and Sookie. Can’t wait for more of Eric playing detective trying to figure out what’s up with Sookie.

  19. Are you going to kill Linda? In your Euro story you had Erik say: “It will exacerbate cancers, viruses and some infections because it strengthens cells.,” about Vampire blood and Adele in Death’s Door didn’t say anything about her. Didn’t Linda die of cancer? I know it will be a while yet but please don’t let Linda die. She is awesome!
    That aside this story is great and I hope you keep this one for a while since you seem to be closing down Euro. It’s so fun to see you thoroughly mess up the timeline as we know it. Yet I got to say I miss Pam! I can’t wait to see what she will volley back with for being locked out of her house!

  20. love it i like this Eric and Sookie. It is going to be too much fun when she realizes that Eric was not joking about being a Vampire. I like how this Jason is getting along with Eric right away. Looking forward to more Alpha. Plus i think Gran is figuring out that Eric is Vampire and that is why she made the comment about Vampires and Teenagers. until the reveal my best Kristie

  21. Totally funny –at least Sookie didn’t railroad Erik with her snit fit…
    And Jason –I can just picture him with the peach cobbler smeared on his face.
    Merlotte –what can you say –he tucked tail and ran and almost killed folks with his nasty insurance scam –serves him well to lose money on th deal.

    Now….can’t wait to see whose eyes get bigger when Eric and Sookie reveal their secrets to each other….
    I know there are bad times ahead for the Sooks, but I’m enjoying their getting to know each other..
    Pat

  22. LOL, I can’t wait till Erik finds out that Sookie is a telepath! I really like this story and I can’t wait for all the reveals!

  23. I can’t help but wonder how long they can keep each other in the dark about their “peculiarities.” It should be entertaining watching them try though.
    I really like Aunt Linda, and Jason’s being surprisingly supportive, which I dig. Can’t wait to see more of the prank war with Pam.
    Cheers, Balti K

  24. TOO FUNNY! I’m surprised he didn’t glamor Jason into telling him what’s wrong with Sookie. I hope you update really soon… I need my next “Alpha” fix.

  25. Love Jason, Adele & Linda’s reaction to his offer. But him getting Sookie all turned on while trying to figure out what’s so different or special about her is funny!

  26. Thank so much for more of this story. Sookie just didn’t understand what Eric was doing. I love Linda. It makes sense that she’d be a lot like her mother. And Jason is a hoot. He also has a sixth sense about people. It’s gonna be even more fun when they all figure out the truth about each other. Wonderful. I almost feel sorry for Pam, but she brought on herself.

  27. Linda is so great, nice to see her. I always love Gran but it’s cool to see her as a ‘Momma’ as well as a Gran. Jason is so cute. I thought how Eric drove Sam out of town was a bit over the top to be honest, but he is a ruthless vampire and this is pre revelation. I wonder why Sookie hasn’t mentioned the glow? I thought Eric was going to glamour Jason to find out Sookie’s secret…I’m glad he’s finding out another way though!

  28. Another great chapter. Thanks so much for the update. I love the prank and seeing a S & E before vampires were out… Very fun.

      • Vampire blood may not cure cancer but can noses smell disease early enough for effecive treatment?

        Great chapter again, can’t help but think if you didn’t want bratty behaviour you wouldn’t have said the chapter was ready.

        Loving the Alpha couple so much. I like all your characters and multi-verses but especially love them they’re both so sweet and really hope no bad things happen to them as was stated to make them the ultimate couple.

        Gran so put 2 & 2 together in this chapter, and I love all the interactions between charries keep up the wonderful work.

  29. This is a great story!! It’s just too much fun. Thanks for the quick updates, seems like you’re having fun writing this Erik & Sookie as much as we are enjoying reading about them. :-)

  30. Love the sandwich shop idea. They’ll make a killing without making Renard Parish fatter.

    *deadpans* Poor Sam *rolls eyes* He didn’t get his insurance fraud payout and had to go hide under his mama’s apron. That was such a brilliant take down.

  31. A really terrific story so far. I love how well Sookie and Erik connect and how refreshing Erik finds the Stackhouses. I wonder how long it’ll take before their secrets are revealed. It’s nerve-chewing! Really awesome job. I love your work.

  32. Cobbler as a cock blocker..yet another use for that indispensable dish..And Eric is still trying to figure out what is different about Sookie, can’t wait for the reveal when they both fess up about what they are.. Linda’s hug gave him food for thought with her enhanced scent..And Adele knows something, but of course she knows about the supernatural world already..Such fun to read these flips..

  33. Oh my goodness – this story is really heating up! I say this about every new multi-verse, but I really think this one is shaping up to be my new favorite! Love the Eric/Jason friendship that is evolving. So cute. This Sookie is really interesting. No Sam, no Bill – what a big difference. Wow! I am constantly amazed by your creativity. Thanks for another fantastic update!!!

  34. I somehow got off the email subscriptions so I’ve been playing catch up. Love this new story in the Multiverse! It’s going to be interesting to see how the two secrets come out and how long they go without coming out. :)

  35. I have a question, since Adele knows her history and the history of sandwiches was she trying to date Erik (figure out how old he is) when he brought up a trencher?

  36. This is beginning to be one of my favorite skips!! Can’t wait for more.

    “So says the goober with a chunk of peach stuck to his chin.” hahahahhahah

  37. just read chapter 4 and I’m euphoric…your reparte between Sookie and Eric is so enjoyable to read..it’s smart, sexy, funny…God! I’m so happy for Adele and Linda…you’re going to get sick of seeing it, but I’m going to keep saying it…Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!……/

  38. Lol, I just found this story and I’m LOVING it!

    (Am I the only one who doesn’t think Sookie was really being a brat? Seemed to me like she was trying to look out for her aunt and grandmother to keep them from being disappointed and he could have been a LOT nicer to her…but that could just me not liking high-handed Erik, lol.)

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