Chapter 19: Uh Oh

 It Can’t Be

Chapter 19

Uh Oh


It was getting harder and harder to wake up with Sookie. Since we told Eric we were going to try to be together again, Sookie had been going to bed with me instead of waiting for him to go to bed… and staying in bed with me instead of making sure she was gone before he woke up.

The secrecy had made it easy to behave, but the urge to fall into old habits was coming back to me… Even though I didn’t want to pressure her, I couldn’t help but think about what waking up with her used to mean.

Nookie. Sookie Nookie to be specific… It was silly, but that’s what we used to call it and it was as much a part of our mornings as sharing a shower and eating our cereal out of the same huge serving bowl.

Waking up and seeing her bright blue eyes already on me was a problem. I’d wanted to be out of bed and in the shower before she woke up.

Avoid temptation.

The sweet smile she had wasn’t helping matters. “Morning.”

“No it’s not. The sunlight is just a dream.”

“Nope. It’s really morning. 6:30 Arabica Meridiem.” Coffee time… as opposed to PM… Pirate Meridiem. Rum hours.

I chuckled, wondering if she’d always used her own am/pm or if it was coming back to her like so many things were for me. “Did I sleep through my alarm?”

“Not that I heard.”

“Are you up because you’re worrying? Excited?”

She wrinkled her nose. “Both. Not too worried though. Just moving woes. Boxes and tape and what to pack versus what to leave.” She had already mentioned that she was thinking about leaving the furniture since it wouldn’t fit the style of the new house.

“Without furniture to get in the way…”

“I’m thinking I’ll just pack up our personals… leave the household goods and whatnot.”

“The house would be vacation ready.” Somewhere to sneak away to when life got hectic or just so she could see old friends.

She nodded. “And I’ll just call Dixie to help with the house here.” She’d been looking for an excuse to meet my Interior Designer ever since I’d described her as ‘Paula Dean with swatches’.

“And you’ll have an excuse to go shopping with Emm again.”

Another nod, but she didn’t say anything for a minute. She just stared. I couldn’t tell why… It was the blank stare that I couldn’t read. I never knew if I was in trouble; it had always been a tossup. When she finally said something I realized I’d been holding my breath. “We should probably talk.”

“Uh oh.”

She laughed. “Why ‘uh oh’? Why do you always say ‘uh oh’?”

“Because you have a tendency to start conversations with long stares and announcing that we should ‘talk’… ask around, impartial conversations don’t start like that.”

“Well this isn’t exactly an impartial conversation.”

“Like I said, ‘uh oh’.”

She growled and narrowed her eyes. “Why do you have to make this so hard?”

“Why don’t you just say what’s on your mind?”

She started rolling away, to leave the bed. “Nevermind then.”

Without thinking, I grabbed her and pulled her back to me, putting my knee between hers to sort of pin her. “No. Too late. Say it.”

She giggled, “We need to talk about sleeping arrangements.”

“Are you kicking me out of the bed and sending me to a guest room?”

“In Jackson… did you see the reservation confirmation?”

“No. I trusted Eric to make arrangements. He said he had the confirmation. Is something wrong?”

“Your son reserved 3 king rooms.”

“Shit. Now that Belle is going…”

“He fixed that. He changed one to a double.”

“Oh… Then what’s wrong?”

“Well, when I was double checking everything last night, I saw all the emails… He originally booked two kings and a double… Then Tuesday, he changed it to three kings, then once we told him that Belle was going with Alcide, he changed it back…”

“He assumed that he’d a share a room with one of us until after our meeting with Claudia.”


“Then he took it upon himself to put us into the same room and play King Poobah in his own room.”


“That little ass.” Not that I minded rooming with Sookie or giving him his own room, but he was being presumptuous and risked making things awkward. If Sookie hadn’t checked his confirmations, there might not have been a way to fix the room assignments.  Summer. Weekend. One of the nicer hotels that Jackson had to offer… It could have been booked.

“So you didn’t have any part of that?”


“What would you have done if he’d asked?”

“I’d have… That’s not the point.”

“So you still would’ve wanted to share a room with me?”

“We can get another room… or change one to a double if you want to, but you’ve been sleeping in here with me…”

“That’s not what I’m getting at.”

“Then what are you getting at?”

“Do hotels still turn you into a ‘fiend’?”

I narrowed my eyes, sure that she didn’t realize that pinning her had ‘encouraged’ me as much as hotel stays used to. “I think I can behave myself, if that’s what you mean. We’ve been sleeping together for nearly a week…” I wasn’t sure if I believed it myself, but I could try.

“I’ve never seen you behave for long in a hotel room.” If I wasn’t already starting to think that she was goading me, feeling her leg slide up so that she could rest her foot behind my knee would’ve pushed the point… old habits…

Too much of the last week had made the saying, ‘like riding a bike’ echo through my thoughts… brainstorming about the pool plans; two hands, one drawing… the way we moved around one another while we made breakfast yesterday… finishing sentences… picking radio stations… settling on movies… planning our trip to Indiana…

Like riding a bike.

Her foot behind my knee…

Like riding a bike.

The way she curled her hands around the dent of my biceps, her thumb poised to tickle if the mood struck her…

Like riding a bike.

The look on her face like she was waiting for or inviting me to do something…

Like riding a bike.

I missed my bike… and I lapsed…

I forgot that I’d promised myself that I’d let her make the first move for anything more.

I forgot that it had been 16 fucking years since we’d been together… It was too much like the 2 and a half years we had together to remember the time I’d gone without her…

It was so easy.

Too easy to kiss her…

It wasn’t the first kiss I’d had with her since I got her back… but being together in bed made everything different…

Kissing shoved us past familiar and comfortable…

Staying in the mindset of ‘a kiss is just a kiss’ would’ve killed me anyway, but…

Sookie’s hands slid up to my neck to hold us together…

Her knee pulled out to put her heel into the small of my back…

When I groaned, she whimpered…

She needed air before I did, but she started chewing my ear instead of giving me the chance to calm down…

Wriggling under me just enough to cause friction…

I was already starting to throb when she started nibbling along my jaw…

Reaching between us…

Into my pants…

Wrapping her hand around my dick…

Squeezing until the perfect amount of pressure made me growl her name…

If that wasn’t her ‘making the first move’ I was going to die.

I tried. God help me, I tried. As miserable as the idea of stopping made me, I didn’t want her to regret anything… I didn’t want her to, but I still tried to get her to stop… calm down… something…

She only stopped chewing long enough to tell me to shut up…

My last effort…

I rolled to my side, taking her with me…

Getting off of her so she could get away, leave, call a time out if she felt like it… so she wouldn’t feel trapped…

She didn’t stop.

She didn’t stop and I couldn’t bring myself to stop her.

I finally gave up… the damage was done… no matter what the fuck happened from that point. If we stopped, I’d deal with it, but I wasn’t going to fuck it up, whatever it was, by resisting…

Every move her hand made could be felt in my teeth…

A streak of anxiety ran up my spine when she took her leg away from my back, putting her knees under her…

I thought it was over, that she’d ‘come to her senses’…

Before I had the chance to turn that inkling into a full blown mind-fuck, she twisted, diving under the covers to wrap her lips around my dick…

My whole body tensed fast enough that I jerked, shoving deeper…

She giggled at what she’d done to me, only making it worse…

Without thinking, I grabbed her ankle, pulling her leg so that I could pay her back for making me so fucking helpless…

Chewing, starting at her calf, one inch at a time, pulling her closer and closer until our bodies met…

Rolling to my back and pulling her with me…

Yanking her panties out of my way and growling the fucking instant I tasted her…

She was shaking before I slid my fingers into her…

Wrapping my arm around her hips and pulling her back, holding her still…

Every one of her whimpers gave me a fresh wave of chills…

Every one of my groans made her buck against me…

“Gooooood mornin’, Asshole…” Alcide. In the hall. Fuck.

Sookie and I froze, hoping like hell that Alcide was going after Eric first.

“McMuffins are… MOTHERFUCK!” No such luck.

My reaction: Yank the covers over Sookie’s exposed ass and yell at him to shut the fuck up.

Sookie’s reaction: Growl. The problem with that was that my dick was still in her mouth. My eyes rolled back so fast that they hurt. I had never been that painfully close to cumming and left hanging…



I screamed, “I’m going to kill you, you piece of sh…”

“Y’all were fucking with me! That was just part of the joke… Y’all aren’t together!”

Since I was trying to unclench my jaw, Sookie yelled from under the covers, “You assumed that was part of the joke. Great timing. Jerk!”

It took her a moment, and she didn’t waste any grace doing it, but Sookie managed to rearrange herself under the covers to face me. She whispered, “So… do hotels still make you a fiend?

I smiled at her, refusing to fucking laugh. “I guess we’ll find out.”

She kissed me. It was quick, but it didn’t do anything to discourage my mood or my urge to rip Alcide’s fat fucking head from his thick fucking neck. “I’ll bring red panties.”

“I’ll pack rubbers.”

She giggled, “Lots and lots of…”

She was interrupted by the sound of the bedroom door bouncing off of the wall. “What the hell happened!?” Eric.

I think I bit through my tongue.

Sookie folded back the covers we sat up to see our ‘friend’ (Alcide Interruptus) standing there with a McDonald’s bag and our son looking like he was expecting to see a crime scene.

I clenched my jaw and growled before I could make myself say anything. It wasn’t like Sookie could. She was blushing bright enough to look like she had a sunburn. “Mr. Boundaries thought that your mom and me being together again was bullshit because of the prank at lunch the other day. You woke up to his reaction to seeing us in bed together. Nice, huh?” In bed… mid-69… but I could hope that Eric would assume that she just had bed head and Uncle Rainman just over reacted to seeing us asleep…

Eric punched Alcide’s arm. “You gave me a heart attack, DICK! I thought something was wrong!”

“I… They… Sorry.” Good boy. For a split second, I thought he was going to say what he walked in on, but he thought better of it. He didn’t want to die.

Eric snorted at him, yanking the bag out of his hand and stomping out of the room. “Nice wake up call. If your buildings start caving in, you can make a living waking up narcoleptics and coma gorks!” OK. I laughed at that. It sounded exactly like something Sookie would say.

Alcide was still staring at us. His hand was still up like he didn’t know Eric had absconded with the McMuffins.

Without Eric in the room, Sookie wasn’t as uptight. “Is there something you want?”

“Y’all were serious?”


“Y’all are back together?”


“For real?”


“Y’all are back together, together?”

“Sweet baby Jesus, yes. Eric and I are back together and if I didn’t still have ahold of him, you’d need stitches. Out.”

He opened his mouth to say something but, when he noticed that one of her hands was still under the covers, he assumed she meant that she had me by the dick and practically ran out of the room.

She waited until she heard Eric start bitching at Alcide again before she giggled and gave me a kiss. “Go get in the shower.”

“Come with me?”

She cringed. “Can’t. I have to go kill your friend.” That fucking mood killer.

“You’re going to have to wait. You don’t want to kill him in front of Belle.”

She threw herself back on the bed and hissed while I willed myself towards the bathroom. “Fine, but if you give him a key to our room tonight, I’ll kill you too.”



I could hear her puttering around while I showered. Moving here and there… closets opening and closing, footsteps, baggage zipping and unzipping…

I’d already pulled my cache of rubbers out of the cabinet and was drying off when I heard her giggling.

“What’s so funny?”

“I just looked in your overnight… You forgot socks.”

“What’s funny about that?” The sad part was that I had plenty since every time I traveled, I had to buy more.

“That you still forget to pack socks.”

“Do you still have to buy a new brush everywhere you go?”

She laughed, “Shut up.”

“Do you still blame The Littles for stealing your room keys?”

When she didn’t answer, I assumed that she had wandered to ‘her’ room to get something…

But when I came out of the bathroom, she was sitting on the side of my bed…

With a jewelry box in her hand. The ring. Fuck.

“Uh oh.”

She didn’t move. She just stared at the box.


She opened her mouth, but closed it again… exhaling a deep breath through her nose. “I… When I grabbed your socks for you I saw it and thought you might need cufflinks since…”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Yes it does. How long ago?”

“No. It really doesn’t. I don’t want you to think about it. I should’ve gotten rid of it a long time ago.”


I sighed, wishing there was a way to avoid the conversation. “Not long after you left.”

She still hadn’t taken her eyes off the box and fumbled to open it again. Her eyebrows bounced and one side of her mouth turned down. “You said you tried to move on…”

“I did, but it didn’t work out.”

“Did you change your mind… did she give it back to you…?” Oh shit! She thought it was bought for someone else…


“I know it’s not my place. I’m just curious.”

“I bought the ring for you, Sookie.”

“Never mind… I didn’t mean to find it.” She hadn’t heard me.



I went over and knelt between her feet. “Sookie.”

She shoved the ring at me and tried to avoid looking at me… like I wouldn’t notice that she was close to tears. She thought I’d gotten close, loved someone enough to think about marrying them, love someone else at all…

“Sookie. I bought it right after you left. I convinced myself that you had just gotten cold feet or something. I’m not sure why I thought that a ring was going to help that, but it made sense to me at the time… I bought it for you.”

“You… you bought it for me?

I nodded, happy to see that she was finally on track instead of thinking I’d bought it for someone else.

“You didn’t…?”

I shook my head. “Never even close. I haven’t wasted more than a month on anyone.”

“That’s a little harsh. They couldn’t all have been bad.”

“Good or bad, it didn’t matter. None of them were you.”

“What? You wanted another bitch to walk out on you?”

“No. I wanted my girl back.”

She shook her head. “I’m not a girl anymore.”

I nodded to differ. “You’re my girl.”

She sniffled. “You’re too sweet to me…”

“You said that before too though…”

“I didn’t realize how true it was… I don’t deserve you.”

That’s my line.”


I don’t deserve you.”

“You didn’t deserve what I did to you…”

“I don’t know about that. If I’m so sweet then why wouldn’t I deserve the way you loved me back and took care of our son?” Yes, if a tree falls and there’s no one to hear it, it STILL makes a fucking sound.

She rolled her eyes, making it clear that she was feeling guilty again. I should’ve pitched the ring in the trash years ago, but that would’ve meant I gave up on her when I hadn’t… Getting rid of the ring would’ve been a lie.

I took the ring out of the box and she yanked her left hand away from me, twisting it up behind her back. I couldn’t help but laugh… I took her right hand instead and slid the ring into place on her ring finger… where it belonged. I wasn’t going to put it back in my sock drawer. “It’s your ring. Why not wear it?”

“Because it’s an engagement ring.”

I shrugged. “So? I bought it for you.”


“But what?”

“You don’t want to marry me.”

“I’ve always wanted to marry you.”

“Eric, I…”

“Why don’t you just consider it a late Mother’s Day present? When I ask you again, I’ll do it with another ring.”

“Because you bought this one for the silly bitch who ran away from you?”

“Because I bought this one for the girl who stole my heart… I think the woman who brought it back to me deserves her own.”

66 thoughts on “Chapter 19: Uh Oh

  1. Awweeeee! This was such a great chapter! I love these two together! If I wasn’t smiling, I was laughing out right the whole chapter. Thank you for the update.

  2. Totally agree w\Pamela – great why to ack that his girl is now a woman.
    Now, about Alcide… He needs to be taught a lesson! 😉

  3. OH! MY! GOD! What a truly great chapter. The almost sex aside the way Eric speaks to her, the way he feels about her it gives me goose bumps and has me smiling like an idiot! LOVED LOVED LOVED the last part about the girl who stole his heart and the woman who brought it back to him.

  4. God, this chapter was perfect! The almost-lemon, the conversation, that not-actually proposal. The last line got me in tears. Just perfect. I love it!
    Thank you for writing all these beautiful stories, hon!


  5. Yeah, damn that Alcide …

    Loved the update. So glad they are getting closer! Poor Eric … that must have hurt …

    Loved the .gif at the top. As always, so appropriate. Your choices always add so much to the chapter.

    I can’t wait to read what happens at the hotel. And not just about Jr’s party, either … 😉

    I loved how he handled her finding the ring. She really needs reassurance, and still feels so guilty about what happened. I think she’s learned her lesson about running away, and I don’t think he’s being gullible by trusting her. There’s more at stake this time than just them, and I don’t think she would run again.

    Can’t wait to read whatever you post next!

  6. oh…fuck… my eyes just welled up with the last part… that was beautiful. Sigh. I wish I have my own version of Eric

  7. Perfect chapter. At least Alcide tried to make excuses to Eric even though he was clearly in shock. Loved the way Sookie finally took the first step. Even when she found the ring he continued talking her through her melt down. Can’t wait for the next chapter. thanks.

  8. Wonderful! I’ll have a big smile on my face for the rest of the day. So glad all that happened. I’d say more but I’m on a netbook and it’s hard to type. *big hugs*

  9. They have got to get a lock for that bedroom door or condoms won’t ever be needed. Such a fun, touching, loving chapter. And the last thing he says at the end just makes you turn into a puddle of love goo…

  10. That last line was priceless. How adorable was Eric trying to give Sookie space and not pressure her into anything physical while she is throwing out hints that she’s ready to make it happen. Poor Alcide certainly got a wake up when he entered their room. That will teach him to enter without knocking.

  11. Poor Alcide, I’m sure he’s just a little frazzled about walking in on them, and it seems they will be able to get over the trauma of it. funny. So glad that Eric Jr is an enabler for their relationship. Eric Sr. major romantic words, (sigh).

  12. What a tender way to end the chapter especially after she thought she’d found a ring intended for another woman.

    Alcide cock blocker extraordinaire!

  13. Such a romantic! Don’t you wish people had the right thing to say in reality? Alcide walking in was priceless. Especially with Jr’s reaction to it.

  14. Geeeeesh…..can I swoon now?…….omg, I can only imagine how HOT, LEMONY and freakin’ sexy as hell their ‘first’ time will be……I wanna be Sookie 😉

  15. What an awesome chapter! Poor Eric, though, getting cock-blocked…I’m glad he didn’t actually kill Alcide!! I like how Eric Jr didn’t even seemed phased :). I love that Sookie found the ring and now knows that Eric wanted and still wants to marry her. I wonder what will happen in the hotel room…hmmmmm :)!! I cannot wait to read more!!!

  16. I always feel like a dog on a short leash with you –my feelings during your chapters get jerked right and left, up and down. I’m waiting with baited breath for ESN, then smile at Alcide’s interference, laugh at Jr. taking off with the Mc Muffins, and then sigh at the interaction with Sookie, Eric and “the ring”…and finally, you gut-punched me with that last line and I had run to the bathroom to blow my nose. Hubby makes fun of me when I start crying when reading fic stories –especially yours!

    You’re a master manipulator, you!

  17. I’m so glad I’m not the only one crying after I read this last bit…..I CAN NOT WAIT for their trip. Thanks for the chapter!

  18. Ohhhh MY GOD!! I wanted to cry while I was fanning myself?? This was all sorts of yummy. Surely there’s a Costco or Sam’s for condoms on the way. Just their conversation about it was too much. Does Alcide actually expect to survive this trip just because Belle is going? I’m sure payback will be one helluva bitch. I loved how Junior was trying to figure out what exactly was wrong. Awesome as always.

  19. I agree with Tracey, but it’s more than golden. I would have to say platinum. Lol. He is such a sweetheart, sheesh…it’s just not fair.
    I could have strangled Alcide. Lol! Love lil E running to check on mom and dad. Sighs…such a sweet family they make. Sookie should just move on in…they all know that’s what they really want. More please!

  20. Eric always seems to say just the right things. After laughing my ass off with the cock block, the last line had me in tears. Awesome chapter. Can’t wait for the next chapter.

  21. At least it wasn’t Amelia who cock blocked them this time, typically cock blocker extrordinare falls to her but it seems you’re letting Alcide borrow the title for a little while, Eric is a sweetheart but I can’t help but wonder if hotel still turn Eric into a ‘fiend’? 😉

  22. tears falling, silent sniffles….awesome chpt. simply loved it. wanna kick alcides butt around or get even and also wanna just hug eric so hard that he becomes part of me. if i was a canibal id eat him up. hes like the best chocolate just so sweet. awwwwwwww keep up the great work.

  23. OK, first Laugh-Out-Loud tears for Alcide Interruptus…loved that scene and then Eric Jr’s reaction. God, I love that kid!

    As I read the chapter it was like a wound-up spring letting loose inside of me as you listed Eric’s feelings of all the little things about his and Sookie’s life together coming back to him as it was becoming harder and harder to just let her make the first move. And then she does. And then Cock. Blocked! OMG! Wow, that hotel won’t know what hit it!

    When Sookie found the ring and she immediately thought it was for someone else…I don’t know…part of me wonders why she wouldn’t have thought it was for her since they had talked about a life together. Then again, since she was so torn apart by her rape and the guilt of what she had done to Eric by leaving afterwards, I guess I could see why she would think that way. Oh, but I totally was melted by Eric’s final line….why can’t I find a man like that? *sigh* I guess that’s why they call it fan _fiction_

    Brilliant as usual!

  24. What an excellent read! You set the “bar” for fan fiction writers! I read alot and the introduction to your work opened an entire world of amazing authors/writing styles/education/enjoyment/and pleasure. I’m positive that there are many readers world wide who agree with my opinion but either are too shy to tell you or do not know how. The many, many authors that you and your valued co-hearts are mntioned in the author notes and I agree with them all!!!! Thank you for sharing!!! ~ this story is exceptional!

  25. WoW!! you are a master of so many things.

    The closeness they have. The way they are with each other.
    Cant wait for their time in the hotel room. There are locks on them doors.

    Wow when sookie thought eric bought the ring for someone else just about broke your heart and when he got thru to her that he bought it for her and yeah you got all of us with eric’s last line. You should own Hallmark or something.

    Absolutely fabulous.

  26. I LOVE THIS CHAPTER! You are so amazing.. i love this story and everything about it.. I cant believe she found the ring.. that has to be my favorite part about this chapter. : ) MORE MORE MORE PLEASE

  27. Absolutely loved the last line.. Cant wait to see of Eric is still a fiend at hotels.. Alcide catching them mid 69?? Yikes!

  28. I have fallen hopelessly in love with this story. I wish it was finished because I am not ready for it to end. Good thing it’s only temporary. Not sure what ur schedule is but I am very excited about more!

  29. I am sitting at work with tears in my eyes and everyone thinks I am crazy! I love, love, love this chapter!!!!

  30. Great Chapter! Darn that Alcide… although, he probably has to bleach his eyes now, so I’ll take pity on him…

    love it! and the last couple lines, pure gold!

  31. Please tell me that you are going to continue this story. I love all your stories and I reread them all quite frequently. This story is to good to forget. Thank you for writing.

  32. So I finally had a chance to read this wonderful story and I just LOVE it. I love how well you convey everyone’s emotions and how much detail is in the writing about the little things (like the pool design). More than anything, I always love the relationship dynamics that you write. Loved this chapter and the final line was perfect. Can’t wait for more.

  33. 3/7/2013. Is “It Can’t Be” finished and on some other site? if so WHERE?…this is a great story. If not finished,… do you plan on completing it? Please hurry. I just found this story and its great.

  34. To start with, Aldicus Interuptus was hilarious! Had to laugh that Alcide really didn’t believe they were together. Well, after what he walked in on I guess he believes now! Lmao.
    And junior is very cheeky booking himself a king room. Well, at least he’s had ‘the talk’.
    So off to Jackson huh? I think this should be fun. Wonder if Belle will stop being a ‘princess’?

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