Chapter 1: Genesis

Alpha

Chapter 1

Genesis

**

Pam’s wardrobe was the lazy way out. Sure it had been more than a decade since the last time I used her clothing as my weapon, but this was a spur of the moment prank. It wasn’t going to be nearly as funny as her Vanishing Gouchos.

My new ‘personal assistant’, humorless little ass kisser that he was, found exactly what I was looking for. Of course, Bobby thought I needed a storage facility in the middle of nowhere to store my collection of books thanks to the boxes and empty shelves in my study, but Belanger Move & Store would suit my needs just fine.

It might have been nearly an hour from Shreveport, but the drive would be worth it when I’d get to feel where Pam’s search was taking her.

The lights in the tiny rental office were off when I parked the van next to the only other vehicle in the lot. A Malibu. Windows down. Graduation tassel dangling from the rearview mirror. An annoying teenager singing “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye” as though she was hired to repel the wildlife in the woods surrounding the small business.

I rolled my eyes when she waved as though she knew me and suggested I buy her album…

The door to the empty office chimed, causing a rustling behind the counter. A female huffed, “Dang it, Tara, I know you have a life, but I’m not losing my job to take off 10 minutes early. If you want to wait in the air conditioning, you have to behave.”

I offered, “I’ll do my best.”

The girl appeared, shooting from the floor, gasping with a shocked expression on her face. Tiny frame, golden bronze tone, long blonde ponytail, brilliant blue eyes, innocent little pink tank top… sinfully, deliciously, short, tight denim shorts…

Fuck. I needed to feed.

She flipped the lights on and rambled, “I’m so sorry. My friend came to give me a ride home and she got here early and doesn’t want to wait the whole 10 minutes I have until…”

“Is she singing in the hopes of scaring away customers?”

She snorted, “If you think she’s bad, you should hear me… So, welcome to Belanger Move & Store. I’m Sookie. What can I do for you tonight?”

“I’m interested in renting a block of storage units for a month.”

“A block?”

I nodded. “I’m moving things from 5 storage units in Shreveport.”

She took a form and a pen from the desk behind the counter to begin writing. “Bodies?”

“Excuse me?”

She giggled without looking up. “Sorry. You have no idea how many people joke about it because of that Silence of the Lambs thing. There is a woman who keeps a unit… It’s creepy as all get out. She’s had every cat she’s ever owned stuffed. Her husband saw Pet Sematary and made her move them out of the house. There’s like a hundred… and they watch you.”

“It’s not as though they can do any damage. They’re dead.”

“So are Zombies… I’d have nightmares if I was locked in a storage unit with them too.”

“Fair enough… I suppose you could include Vampires.”

“Eh. Vampires, I can do. They’re usually pretty charming, aren’t they?” Cute.

“When they want to be.”

She nodded. “I’m not in the Vampire danger zone anyway. They usually prefer uppity aristocrats and disposable barmaids… Since I’m 18, just graduated, and blonde, I’m a slasher target…” She knocked on the countertop and continued, “I made it through last summer without running over the Gordon’s Fisherman though… so I’m doing good.”

“Congratulations. Cancel your plans to visit Camp Crystal Lake and you should survive the summer.”

She giggled, “Already did that. And I haven’t showered since my thirteenth birthday. You can’t be too safe… So the rules are: no fertilizers, accelerants, flammables, explosives…”

“Is the entire list redundant?”

She giggled again, “That’s what I said… and yeah, it is. Reader’s digest version: You can’t store anything that can burn or rot…”

I opened my mouth to tell her that nearly anything could burn or rot with a little effort, but she smiled and held her hand up.

“I know. It’s even more stupid when you consider we allow cars and boats without restricting how much fuel can be kept in them. And you can’t live here.”

“Because I could burn or rot, yes?”

She nodded, “Precisely… What are you storing?”

“Clothing.”

She stared blankly for a moment before asking, “And? You don’t need 5 units just for…?” One would think 5 storage units weren’t necessary.

I nodded. “I do.”

“Boxed?”

“Actually, they’re all in rolling wardrobes. Each ensemble is grouped together with its accessories and sealed into a bag. The wardrobes each have a record of its contents and a photo album on their sides. They’re color coded as to season. There are more ‘winter wardrobes’ because furs take a lot of space… It’s all very organized.”

She studied me, her eyes locking on mine as though she was trying to glamour me. She tilted her head to the side and asked, “Are you a… like an actor? Is it like a theater thing?” Not a bad guess.

“They all belong to the same person. My sister has an obsession. She returned from another shopping trip and mentioned she needed another storage unit and more wardrobes.”

“You’re going to the trouble of renting storage units as a lesson?”

“No. This is payback. I made fun of her infatuation with clothes, so she had my antique book collection replaced with second-hand paperbacks.” She was lucky I was hiding her clothes instead of having a bonfire.

She gasped, “Did you get them back?”

I chuckled at how serious she was… as though hiding my books was akin to kidnapping an only child. “Not yet.”

Her mouth pinched together as she balled up the form. She took another and began filling it out. “I’m giving you the non-profit rate. If anyone asks, you’re doing a clothes drive for charity. We do the same thing for churches when they do it. $20 per month for the first two months, then the rate goes up to the normal amount.” Not that expense was a factor, but…

I reached into my pocket and laid my credit card on the counter. “I admire your spirit for revenge.”

“It’s not revenge… going after books is just wrong. If it wasn’t so wasteful, I’d suggest you use the paperbacks as kindling for the wardrobes.”

“I thought about it. I’ll get them back. I know where she’s keeping them. As we speak there’s an envelope on its way to her with nothing but charred zippers and buttons from thrift store clothing.”

She laughed as she held her hand out asking for my ID. “That’s hilarious… so, Erik with a K, y’all just screw with each other, huh? Brother/sister boredom?” There hadn’t been much else to do since the 50s.

I was nodding when her friend honked the car horn and shrieked, “JESUS SOOK! COME ON! I’M GONNA BE STUCK WAITING FOR YOU TO EAT AND SHOWER TOO!”

She shook her head and offered, “Sorry about her,” while she lifted a large key ring from the desk. “Let me show you to your units.”

I took the two steps I needed to reach the door and held it open for her, but she stopped just inches from me. Her comment about avoiding showers was a blaringly obvious exaggeration, but her scent… I didn’t care why she paused. Before she could explain, I took what I could of the air around her, trying to place her scent… I couldn’t remember encountering another person who smelled like her. I was certain I wouldn’t have forgotten. She should have smelled like toner, moth balls, cheap paper and cardboard boxes… like the office, but other than smelling like what I wanted for dinner, I was at a loss for making out her sweetness.

I was already dazed when she mumbled, “If you aren’t in a hurry, we can walk instead of taking the golf cart just to annoy Tara.”

I nodded, smiling to cover my curiosity and hoping to stay downwind of her. “I only have one other errand. I have to find a landfill for the paperbacks.”

She motioned to her friend to wait as she led me to the gated entrance for the alley of storage units. “Don’t do that… I’m sure they aren’t as cool as your antiques, but someone would want them.”

“No one I know of.”

“Donate them to a library maybe?”

“I already filled one night drop box. I’m not invested enough to spend the whole night donating them.”

She snickered, “How many books are there?”

“Over a thousand. I think she went to a used book store, pointed to a wall, and made an offer.”

“Fine. I’ll take them.”

“You want over a thousand random books? Kosher cookbooks, car maintenance manuals and pulp romance novels.”

“Sure. I’ll take them home. Me and my Gran can sort out the ones we want to read first and have my brother take the rest to the library in his truck… You’re rid of them and the library’s night drop doesn’t get too crammed. Win/win.”

“How do you propose to get them home?” I had to borrow the van from Pam’s florist.

“You could follow us. I know for a fact I live closer than the closest landfill.” A completed errand with the added bonus of learning her address? Win/win.

“If you’re sure the chore isn’t an imposition.”

“Are you kidding? No problem at all… I love reading, but Gran considers all books sacred… She’ll call your sister a blasphemer or something.”

“Is she religious?”

“Yeah, but not like that… Gran says the bible is full of metaphorical hooey. It’s the tenants she lives by. Calls herself Omni-denominational because all religions have the same traps.”

“Given her generation, it’s remarkable for her to be so open-minded. What does she mean by traps?”

“Basically the Ten Commandments translate to every one of them and there’s loopholes galore… Your grandparents more God-fearing?” Gods-fearing was more fitting.

“You could say that. My grandmother used to take a storm during a full moon as a bad omen…”

She nodded thoughtfully before she asked, “Did she go all out and cover everything in valerian and juniper?” Yes. How the fuck would a girl her age know that if she wasn’t a Witch or an anthropologist?

“And what did you read to learn about warding against evil spirits?” Witches didn’t have a distinct scent, but she could have… fuck. I was grasping at straws.

“I was half joking, that isn’t from reading… that’s being born and raised in the VooDoo State… Where’d you grow up?” I couldn’t decide if she’d answered my question or avoided it.

“Sweden…” Her friend interrupted by honking again. “Is she in a hurry or just bored?”

Sookie shrugged. “Both. There’s a new place in town. We’re just going to hang out and maybe shoot some pool, but since we aren’t 21, we have to be out by midnight.”

“What kind of place?”

“Bar & Grille. Don’t ask me why Mr. Merlotte moved all the way from Texas to open a restaurant in a tiny place like Bon Temps, but he seems nice enough…” She stopped in front of an aluminum door and worked to remove the lock. “Here we are. 36, 38, 40, 42, 44…”

“You were allowed to graduate when you count like that?”

She laughed through her nose and shook her head, eventually moving to the next unit. “I got extra credit for not being pregnant at graduation.”

“That explains it… But doesn’t that mean you failed sex education too?” She must be doing it wrong.

“I skated through. The final was true/false…” She lifted the door of the middle unit while her impertinent friend honked again. “Ten by twelve… We have twelve by fifteens, but they aren’t all together like this. Think it’s enough room?”

“Will you be here tomorrow night when I come back if it isn’t?”

She grunted when she closed the door again and turned to walk back to the front. “Nope. Tomorrow night you’ll see Curtis. I’m off tomorrow. I’m taking Gran out to breakfast and a flea market to celebrate my first full-time paycheck.”

“You aren’t giving me much time to convince you to give me your phone number.”

She giggled, “Need a babysitter?” I didn’t look that much older than her.

“I might need to have you distribute more books.”

Ohhhhh, good thinking. Hell, you wouldn’t need to work for it with Gran. She’d give it to you in a heartbeat if it meant free reading material.”

“Good. I’ll go that route.”

She laughed and pointed to the van full of books as we turned the corner. “You’ve got the van… why not just bait me into the back with a puppy?”

“Will that work?”

It would have to be a really cute puppy… See you at the house. Don’t follow too close. Tara loves her brakes.”

**

As I followed the strobing brake lights of the Malibu through the small town, I was still at a loss…

There was something bizarrely unique to the girl… she was too tempting.

Her ‘farmer’s daughter’ appearance, while pleasing, wasn’t it. I wasn’t a sucker for a pretty face… not after as many as I’d seen.

It was wholly possible that I was simply taken aback by her personality. Her friend… her obnoxious, loud, impatient friend was much closer to the standard for teens. That had been the case for far too long. But Sookie didn’t carry herself like the overgrown child I would have expected… She carried tones of innocence, but was well spoken and outgoing. Her sense of humor wasn’t fitting of a child either. A lot could be said for the fact that she was capable of engaging banter… I had to struggle to pinpoint the last time an adult didn’t bore me within the first 5 minutes of conversation.

And her scent… that fresh, sweet fragrance… puzzling and nearly intoxicating… I might have called it alluring if it weren’t for the annoying Fae related connotation the word carried.

She was attractive. She was charming. She smelled heavenly.

Sookie had my attention.

**

The gravel driveway wasn’t in perfect repair before I turned the van carrying a cargo hold of books onto it. Every few feet there was a new divot that could potentially trap one of the tires. I was lucky to have made it as far as I did. Under normal circumstances, if I were alone, I would have been able to lift the van out of a rut…

Sookie bounced out of her friend’s car while it was still moving and jogged over to stand on the porch steps.

Her friend honked and waved as she drove by, leaving again and Sookie called, “Just back up to the steps so you don’t have to carry them as far.”

While I was adjusting the van, I heard another female voice… “My stars, Sookie, what’s this!?” The grandmother.

I was still backing up when Sookie explained, “This guy came into the office to rent some units. His sister is a shopaholic and he teased her for it. Sister got him back by hiding his antique book collection and replacing it with paperbacks…”

The woman gasped, “HERETIC!

Sookie giggled, “I told him you’d do that… anyway, his sister’s payback is that he’s hiding her clothes from her… He was going to throw away the paperbacks, but I figured we could sort through them and…”

The woman finished, “Find proper homes for them… You make me so proud…” I couldn’t help but be amused. Sookie hadn’t been exaggerating. “I thought you were going out with Tara. I heard her honk.”

I put the van in park and slid out as Sookie huffed, “I still am. Erik got to Belanger’s just before closing. She’s been chomping at the bit to get to Merlotte’s for a while. She’s afraid she’ll miss Paul and she’ll have to go a whole week without having her existence validated by accidental eye contact. I’m going to call Tara’s cell when I’m ready to go.”

“Sookie, you’re being sanctimonious. It’s perfectly normal for girls your age to be boy-crazy.” I had to wonder why Sookie was so cynical… and what was abnormal about her that she didn’t fall in line with the standard.

Sookie snorted, “So… Gran this is Erik Nordmann. Erik, my Gran, Adele Stackhouse… I was wrong. Your sister is a ‘heretic’, not a blasphemer.”

The old woman swatted Sookie’s ass and shook her head. “You think you know everything, don’t you…” She stepped from the porch with her hand out to shake mine. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Nordmann… Come on in. Any friend of books is a friend of mine… What kind of books do you collect?”

That invitation was easy to get. As I followed the women into the house, I was led to the kitchen. The house was in need of a handful of repairs and there weren’t any matching pieces of furniture, but it was immaculately kept. “Most of my collection consists of first edition novels. Pam crossed the line and took my Guttenberg Bible, replacing it with a pocket edition of the New Testament.”

Adele Stackhouse stopped so suddenly, Sookie bumped into her. I wasn’t as surprised that an ‘avid reader’ knew what a Guttenberg Bible was… I was surprised Sookie, a teenager barely out of high school, was giving me an impressed look rather than needing an explanation about the significance.

The old woman seemed frozen with her back to me while Sookie opened the microwave and shouted, “Chinese food!? Bonus!” As soon as the scent of cabbage reached me, I decided to be grateful her scent wouldn’t be as much of a temptation. She took the containers to the counter and pointed to the table. “Erik, you might want to take a load off. Gran’s still locked up. It could be a while.”

I chuckled and moved around the statue to sit facing her. “I don’t suppose I should mention my First Folio is missing as well.”

That broke the woman’s trance enough for her to shout, “NO!” as though she was trying to keep a child from licking a light socket.

I nodded. “She won’t harm the books. She knows better. In fact, she’s hidden them at one of my houses, so technically, they’re still in my possession…”

Sookie added, “Gran, it’s just brother/sister nonsense. He said they mess around like that all the time… Erik, are you hungry? There’s plenty. Except eggrolls. Not sharing those.” Wonderful. She was going to completely ruin her scent with fried cabbage. She’d smell like a Beijing ghetto. I changed my mind about being relieved of temptation as she took a large bite of eggroll.

“No thank you… Is there a spare room I should take your books to? I’m not sure either of you can move them if they’re in the way.”

Sookie nibbled her food, waiting for her grandmother to say something. She tilted her head and leaned to put herself in the woman’s line of sight and giggled, “Gran? Gran, Erik wants to know where to put the books… Sewing room? Gran?”

“She took a Guttenberg Bible and a First Folio!?”

I laughed, “What is your favorite book?”

Adele Stackhouse blurted, “Vanity Fair,” as Sookie hummed, “Count Of Monte Cristo,” past a mouthful. Neither of them had to think about their answers.

Remarkably, neither book had a fairy tale ending. Both were on my own list of favorites.

“Those were taken as well…” I stood to go back to the van. “I should get started. Sookie, if you like, I can take you to meet Tara when I’m done.”

She laughed, “Awesome!” and practically shoveled noodles into her mouth from the carton until her mouth was full. She grabbed two eggrolls and kissed her grandmother’s cheek on her way out of the kitchen. “I’ll show you where you’re taking them… Gran’s probably planning to quit her job so she can stand guard over your books for you.”

I followed her through the house to a dark bedroom with a sewing machine and a wardrobe, not much else. “Does she have any combat training?”

Sookie giggled as she turned the light on. “She’s handy with a rolling pin, that one. Watch out…” She turned to jog back towards the front of the house calling back, “It won’t take me long to get ready. I’m low maintenance.”

**

I was carrying the 14th box into the sewing room when Sookie emerged from the hall bathroom in a haze of steam. Another scant tank top, a denim skirt that managed to be shorter than her enticing little shorts from earlier and a pair of tall sandals…

That skirt alone… knowing she was planning to be bent over a pool table… fuck.

Imagination is a cruel cunt.

She smiled and shook her head. “Gran’s still locked up, huh?”

“She washed your dishes, but she hasn’t left the kitchen.”

“It’s all your fault, you know… Did you have to mention you own the Holy Grail of books?”

“I didn’t realize it would cause a stroke.”

She giggled, “Now you know. She’d kill to get a look at it… You almost done? Leaving her alone with the boxes might bring her back to the land of the living.”

“Only two boxes left…” She followed me to the front door, grabbing a small purse along the way. She leaned into the kitchen and said, “Gran, Erik’s just about done filling your sewing room with brain candy. Are you going to sort while I’m out?”

The woman actually answered, “Until I find something to read.”

Sookie giggled, “Don’t do too much. We need to be up early and I wanna play too.”

“Alright baby, have fun.”

“Gran, is eye contact too much to ask?” Nothing was said for a moment before Sookie cackled, “I guess so! I’ll see you when I get home. Love you.”

**

Sookie giggled as she pulled the seatbelt over her lap. “She’s so silly… tell me it’s incomplete so she doesn’t…”

“It’s complete.”

“She’s going to grill me about it when I get home. How did you find it?” It was offered in exchange for services rendered.

“It’s belonged to a Nordmann for centuries.”

She pointed to the right when we reached the end of the driveway. “The First Folio too?” I bought it directly from the publisher… in 1623.

I nodded. “You seem to know a lot about books.”

“Told you I love to read… Thanks for giving me a lift.”

“Don’t mention it.”

“What are you going to do now that you made my Gran retarded? You didn’t get my number.”

I chuckled, “Adele Stackhouse. 200 Hummingbird Lane. Bon Temps, Louisiana.”

She stomped and tossed her head against the seat. “Nuts! No puppy for Sookie.” For the first time in years I was tempted to keep a pet… Her company was entertaining to say the least…

“You’re already in the van. Why would I need bait?”

“You jerk! You’re throwing me off!” She wasn’t the only one. “So which ‘van-guy’ are you? Are you the guy that leaves a messy body on the side of the road after a thrill kill or are you going to stalk me for a while?”

“I’m a stalker… I enjoy a chase.” As far as she’d know, she’d have a night owl ‘boyfriend’… all I’d have to do is glamour her to forget feedings.

She nodded thoughtfully and offered, “Good looking, older guy with a sense of humor beyond potty jokes finds a pretty, naive blonde… Pretty blonde doesn’t realize what she’s getting into because she’s flattered by the attention. Everyone ends up a bloody mess… Yup. I deserve it.” If she only knew…

“I think Pretty Blonde’s only viable option is to accept Van-Guy’s attention.”

“You’re probably right. He could get bored and move on if he isn’t jilted. She can enjoy his company until he gets bored rather than rejecting him and facing his berserker rampage.” I was going to have to try to remember the standard for ‘dating’. Remember. As though I’d ever… Pam rambled about keeping her pets, but I ignored her and I certainly wouldn’t ask her… There would be no end to the jokes about Sookie’s age. My only justification for that was she didn’t seem like a ‘silly little girl’.

“Pretty Blonde isn’t as naïve as she thinks.”

Sookie giggled, “I have my moments… Turn left… So are you going to follow me into Merlotte’s and hang out? You didn’t eat anything earlier. You could use starvation as your excuse to go in and stalk me.” It wouldn’t be a lie.

“Perhaps. It might be telling if I don’t order anything.”

“You’ll have to order an obligatory basket of chicken fingers just for appearance’s sake. Even if you don’t eat it, you need it as a prop… Right here.” The parking lot for the dump was packed, making it obvious it was the only option for a Friday night in Bon Temps.

I nodded. “Thanks for the tip.”

She unbuckled her seatbelt as I pulled into a parking space at the far end of the lot. “Anytime… Brace yourself. This place is pretty much the afterhours club for the high school cafeteria now that school’s out.” Thankfully, she opened her door and slid out rather than catching me bracing myself.

Droves of teenagers. What the fuck was I thinking? I should have fed, glamoured, and left.

Sookie waited for me behind the van, eyes closed, taking deep breaths as though she was the one who needed to be prepared for the noise and chaos of a crowded bar.

She mumbled, “I don’t know how Tara talked me into coming again.”

“Did you not have fun the last time?”

She shook her head before she opened her eyes. “I got a headache the last time… truth be told, you’ve been a great stall tactic.” Social anxiety? I wouldn’t have guessed. I would have pegged her as a social butterfly like Pam given how pleasant her company had been. Large groups, perhaps?

“You’re using me?”

She giggled, “Just this once. I’m usually a homebody.” Hence the books. The beautiful bookworm?  Stepping close enough to offer my hand, I could smell her again. She’d eaten 3 eggrolls stuffed with cabbage that I saw and she still smelled as sweet as she did before. Impossibly hypnotic.

She looked at my hand and cringed so I joked, “You aren’t rejecting me, are you?”

Her cringe deepened as she took another deep breath…

When her hand touched mine, she gasped and I prepared the stock explanation for my cold hand. Generic thyroid disorder.

But she didn’t ask.

She didn’t mention it even though there was an obvious contrast between our body temperatures.

“Sookie?”

She looked up without saying anything.

“Is something wrong?”

She tilted her head to the side slightly, letting a grin creep to her lips slowly, concentrating on my eyes. “No… No, everything’s… amazing.”

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136 thoughts on “Chapter 1: Genesis

  1. ahhh what a way to meet, so innocent. Eric definetly has will power for this meeting, i am sure Sookie is killing him with her scent. Eric has no clue Sookie is telepathic and his hand gave her a comfort zone that she needs to tackle all those minds. HMMM wonder what Sam will say when he see Eric come into his bar with Sookie will he approach Eric? … So looking forward to the next update my best Kristie

    • ya know i have a love/hate relationship with you..i love and have read every one of your stories but i get to the end and i swear to god its like brain crack i just…cant…stop…unfortunatly i have work and the occasional food break i need to go on and then i see an update alert and im like…well,,,i dont realy NEED to eat today

  2. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    thats just… MEAN
    I was all prepared to be grouchy at a new story and lack of focus on ICB and such… and then you go and make it AWESOME and just ADD to my list of baited breath stories.
    Awesome.
    Love it! This Erik is great, and Sookie! and TARA~ and and … ok you win at life. Forever.

  3. Oh, yummy! Need. More! And just WHAT did Sookie find so amazing? Hmm???? The “Bubble”??? Brilliant yet again, my dear! Can’t wait to read more 😀

  4. Love this! Feisty and innocent young Sookie, surprised and amused Eric. Possibility to avoid all the unfortunate Bill nonsense from the rest of the multi verse. Great job. Can’t wait to see how he’ll woo her.
    Cheers, Balti K

  5. Just when everything seems to be winding down, you toss out another story. Thank you so much! If this is the Alpha, I’m curious as to what, if any, tragedy has befallen Sookie? No parents? Uncle Bartlett? Does being the Alpha mean they have the perfect existence? I’ve always thought that the multi-verse held the spectrum of possible lives for Eric and Sookie. From absolutely perfect to absolutely horrible and wretched. Can’t wait to see how this plays out.

    Off topic: are there still plot bunnies floating in your brain for “Life & Death”? Was reminiscing fondly on both S&S and L&D. 🙂

    • The Alpha’s were mentioned in Death’s Door – You all Take care they have been together for 7years the longest of all the Verse’s or the originals if we called it that… So far no tradegies listed so i guess we will all have to wait

  6. I adore this meeting. Wow. I wonder if Sam thinks of Sookie as his own personal fantasy already, or if that started after she began working there . . . Anyways, thank you for the Omega couple.

  7. Wow! Absolutely no reason for you to be nervous about this one: it’s a lovely innocient, complication free (so far) start to thier realtionship. I can’t wait to see how Sam and Erik interact with each other or to see how long it takes Sookie and Erik to reveal their respective secrets!

    I am so looking forward to an update to this one:)

  8. love it Love it Love it Love It ! LOVE IT!!!!! hehe i’m surprised she didn’t listen into him before then to check he wasn’t a big van slasher guy or something lol. But i must say it was a good ending to a good first chapter. x

  9. Is it possible this will be a new addition to the MulitiVerse?….Is this the start to another beautiful love affair between me and a new story?…..say yes!….PAAAAAAAAAAAAHLEEEEEEEEZ….

    Loved it and really hoping you continue with it 🙂

  10. I love it, love it, love it. I want more, more, more. Sorry got a little overexcited there. Brilliant start. Eric’s prank on Pam was great and so deserving. She should know better then to mess with his books. Pam’s reaction to her clothes being gone will be epic.

    Tara was mildly annoying and she didn’t even have that big of a presence. Loved Gran’s reaction for Eric’s books being taken. I could actually picture her all aghast.

    Be fun to read how everyone at Merlotte’s react to Eric. Or rather how they reaction to a hot man being with Sookie. Sam’s reaction should be priceless, hopefully he won’t act like a complete ass.

    I so can’t wait to read more.

  11. Awesome, there is no other word to describe it… I am always amazed at how you do this. I am soooooooooo looking forward to more!!!!

  12. absolutely loved it!!

    the storage place is a much better job for a telepath than a bar.

    i can’t wait for the next chapter.

  13. This one is going to be amazing. I love the first chapter. You have done it again. Seems everything to write is gold. I love that Sookie is still so raw. She isn’t tainted by life so Eric has a chance to teach her and show her what life has to offer. I can’t wait to see what is in store for these too.

  14. AHHHHH!!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!! and this is all pre-revelation so she gets to learn about things the right way!! OMG dude, you’re so fucking awesome! Can’t wait for the next instalment, dare I hope that this Sam isn’t a complete douchetarded asswipe? Even if he is, it won’t diminish the enjoyment of yet another awesome story spun by your wonderful self. Thank you!!

  15. Oh my god! I finally found something else worth reading and was thoroughly enjoying it when I checked my emails on my iPad and saw the new post from you… I literally dropped everything to read this and I soooooo was NOT disappointed! This story is amazing already! Such an original idea, I love how it is part of the multiverse but not really since its on a completely different time frame. I’m dying to see how the telepath/vampire conversation goes 🙂 I can’t wait for more!

  16. I love how with you one door closes and another one opens. Great first chapter, I hope there is more to follow. Since this is pre revelation and Sookie is only 18 then I suspect that Queen Sophie Anne has not met Hadley yet. So there will be no Bill interloping. Unless there has been a skip that Alerted QSA to Sookie’s abilities. Boy is Eric going to be surprised when he finds out he cannot glamour her. I wonder if Sookie will put it together right away that he is something different. Since Sookie has only been to Merlottes onec befor she has not relationship established with Sam. Though I am sure that Sam will know about Eric. I always love Adele. I always love how Eric interacts with the Stackhouse women. Thank you again for a love treat.

  17. no need to beg for comments, hon…we give them freely for a great read. and this, this was just all kinds of awesome 😀 i can’t wait for more!! its great to see an Eric meet Sookie when she’s younger AND before vamps were out. love it! i can’t wait to see how Sam reacts when Eric walks in…its gonna be epic!!! haha

    take care & keep up the great work 🙂

  18. Love it! 🙂 As always you create a wonderfully interesting story plot, in fact I prefer your SVM stories to Charlaine Harris’, I always love how persnickity your Sookie’s seem to be. Keep up the excellent work! 🙂

  19. As much as I am desperate for updates to L&D and AIW, a new Multiverse is a special treat, thanks 🙂
    I need Eric/Erik to invite Gran to visit his library, once he gets his books back – I just love Eric and Adele together. Another smart Sookie instead of an obnoxiously stubborn brat is always welcome and taking him to Merlottes when neither vamps or weres are out is going to be very interesting… I wonder if Sam will try for Sookie ?
    Wonderful start, we know they get together from the Death’s Door comment, but I can’t wait to see how it plays out and how Sookie and Adele cope in the supe world while it is all still secret. I’m thinking Adele will find out before Sookie does.

  20. One word…. WOW!!! I love how you started this. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!! post the next chapter really soon. I LOVE your stories. This one is going to be a great one. No matter how many times you do a variation to the SVM/TB story lines, you always make them amazing… I hope they learn about each other in the next chapter.

    Crossing my fingers for an email with an new chapter REALLY SOON!

  21. Love it! Sorry I’ve been MIA on reviewing lately, but I’ve been reading on my phone inbetween bouts of holiday mayhem. Let it be known, however, that I love you and all your updates. I enjoyed the cabbage bit in here. I hope this will turn out into a multichap story, it’s got potential 🙂

  22. I’m excited about this new story, thank you, thank you, thank you. Needless to say can’t wait for more. Gran locked up was too funny..

  23. I usually read your stories at least twice in a row. Once to know how it ends and then a second time to find all those little nuggets I’ve missed the first time. You are also my read of choice when I can’t sleep as I know them so well and your Eric is so comforting I can just drift off…
    As Sookie says; amazing…
    I daren’t ask for more but it would be nice…
    Love, Kajsa

  24. Loved it! Absolutely loved this. I’m not allowed to check my email before going to bed any more (lol) but I so very much enjoyed reading this. Thank you.

  25. As if getting an email for a new chapter isn’t exciting enough. Now we have another skip to look forward to.
    Wow! it’s great!how could you even doubt it?

  26. Love it! NEED MORE!!! How sam is going to react, how the teenagers are going to react to sex on leg guy with sookie?
    Eric is going to feed on her but wont be able to glamour her…. marvelous! just cant wait!!! too many possibilities

  27. Amazing indeed! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for starting this story. I hope it’s a long one! I will be very interested to see how Sam reacts to Eric in his bar in the next chapter and I also want to see how Hadley and QSA play out here. I hope there is more soon!!

  28. Love the banter between the two of them and the fact that each of them are naive about the other. He doesn’t know she is a telepathic fae, she doesn’t know he is a vampire, they just know they are intrigued by the side effects. I wonder how long the revelations will take, and hope Erik keeps his glamoring skills to himself until he reveals his nature or he might have a real fight on his hands.

  29. WHOOP! Awesome beginning. I adore teen Sookie and Eric/Pam harassing. Gran is wonderful. More! I need more! Thank you so much for this.

  30. I admit i was curious when you mentioned this in Y’all Take Care but I didn’t mention anything when I reviewed. I ASSumed that it was one of the skips that I missed reading.

    So, imagine my delight to see this email notification with this lovely new story posted. I loved it, i love that it is pre-revelation so this opens up a lot of possibilities for you to play in.

    I cannot wait for the next chapter to see how this story goes. Thank you for being such a prolific writer and during the holiday season no less. 🙂

  31. love this version 🙂 as always your characters are a lot of fun 🙂 it’ll be interesting to see how things develop in the earlier time when sooks is a Bub. Good work!

  32. As always you have done a great job . I am completely hooked on the Alpha version and want to know how it all works out. I hope there is more to come.

  33. I LOVE IT!!! I was definitely not expecting an update for days, was pleasantly surprised. I’m so happy to read about the first Eric and Sookie. I loved their banter and it sounds like they both will fit right in to each others lives. I can’t wait to read the next chapter and how Sookie reacts to Eric being silent. Please have it up sooner rather than later. Thank you so much.

  34. Please do not take this as a left-handed compliment. There is a lovely freshness to this version of E/S meeting that is missing from most of the multi-verse stories. This one has a clear, linear boy-meets-girl quality to it that makes me interested to see the development of their relationship. What lengths will Eric have to go to to conceal his otherness and for how long? How will Sookie absorb/react to that otherness? How will Tara factor into it at all? Will Bill make an appearance and if so, will he have the same mustache-twirling persona as in the other multi-verse stories? These and other questions intrigue me and I look forward to the next update. Thank you for sharing your prolific writing skills.

  35. Okay, I went back to read the last chapter of Death’s Door to get the reference to this one. And, of course, I read this chapter again. It’s that good and I couldn’t resist. Just one other comment: when you referred to Gran’s beliefs, I think you meant “tenets”. “Tenants” are renters. Just FYI. I’d forgotten by the time I reached the end of the chapter the first time.

  36. This is amazing, as usual, and so happy for another story in the multiverse. Will it be short like Couldn’t Get Away, or more like BTD? Personally I know that I would love the latter. And does the fact that you’re willing to go this far prior to canon mean that one day we might see Erik meet a child Sookie and actually have to wait?

  37. Oh wow! This new reality is awesome. Eric and Sookie don’t realize what they are in for. I can’t wait to read the next chapter to hear about sam’s reaction! 😉

  38. Brilliant!!! I’m always thrilled by anything in the multi-verse, and amazed at how you continually find very different plots and scenarios with the same characters! I wonder how the reveal will go… 🙂

  39. WOW – I love this! This is one of my favorite starts yet. And there are so many awesome multi-verses to choose from. This one seems really different though – so much promise! I can’t wait to see where you take it. Adele was simply adorable in this. Can’t wait for more of her. I miss her so much when she is not part of a multi-verse 🙂

  40. Wow! This was fantastic! I really hope you continue this one too. 🙂 I can’t wait to read what Pam’s reaction will be to all of her clothes disappearing! Hehehe.

  41. It was absolutely fantastic, thank you.
    I’m just surprised you would have Eric get with Sookie when she’s so young. Not that I’m in any way criticizing (in my own story, Eric and Sookie start dating when she’s technically legal but still 17). I just thought, based on some other stuff you wrote, that you wouldn’t approve.

    I’m glad you do, though, and I hope this is going to be a fairly long story (at least 10 chapters) with some time jumps so that we can see how Sookie reacts to discovering Eric is a Vampire, how their relationship progresses, how they deal with the great revelation (will there still be a Fangtasia if Eric is monogamous?) and the manner in which Bill gets his ass handed out to him when he comes sniffing around the Viking’s pet.

    Looking forwards to more. Thanks again.

  42. You have out done yourself again woman. Amazing from begining to end. I cackled throughout the whole thing. My family now thinks I am crazy, but hey for a good read who cares.

    Much love from the west coast,

    Jenn/Lilli

  43. OMG! You’ve done it again, I’m in love. I adore this chapter, innocent but still super smart Sookie is blowing me away and sneaky vampire Erik. YAY! Can’t wait for more! (Ignore the other stories and give me another chapter of this please!)

    • That would be a great bone to throw for all of us devoted fans – a version of the Multi-Verse kinda like S&S where everyone’s grown up semi-normally 🙂

  44. I know I said it in my beta comments but I have to say it again. I’m so very excited about this story. I wanted to know about the ‘alpha’ couple as soon as I read about it in the finale for DD. I can’t wait for them to discover the secrets about each other in such a new way (pre reveal – no compton – at least not yet). I also can’t wait until we see the ‘alpha’ couple skip. LOVE it!

  45. So would you smack me for asking for the next chapter ASAP! This skip is awesome! I can’t wait to see what happens when Sookie and Gran find out that Erik and Pam are vampires. You have set the scene so perfectly. I really hope that Sam doesn’t factor much in this story, he is my least favorite person.

  46. This was absolutely wonderful. I know you’re nervous, but it’s great! I can’t wait to see how this unwindes and how he reveales to her what he is. I love that she’s so… “green” for lack of a better word..

    xoxo
    Gaby

  47. Happy New Year thank you for this new story. Sookie is so sassy and Gran is great and Eric is already hooked. Can’t wait for more

  48. Oh gosh, is there anything you write that isn’t just bloody brilliant? I love it! I love everything you write! It doesn’t matter what it is just keep it coming!

  49. Oh I hope your muse doesn’t fail you and the kiddos leave you be so you can write. You don’t need to sleep you can do that when you die. Write for us oh wonderful author please. This story is already friggin awesome.

  50. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was so amazing! i am so excited about the alpha couple, and i can’t wait til he tries to glamour her, that should be fun. Overall complete rave and can’t wait to read more so thank you!!!

  51. I absolutely love this. Great starting point. I can’t wait to see what you do with Eric when his glamour doesn’t work. Things look like they’ll heat up fast for these two as Sookie will likely keep skin contact with him for use of his ‘bubble’, which he’ll take as a green light. Can’t wait for more!

  52. You’ve finally done it. I’m officially selling all of my earthly possessions and starting a religious order dedicated to worshiping you and your writing.

    The only mention of a skip that I didn’t care to read was the one where Sookie elopes with Bill. ALPHA is a great idea. It’s 5 or so years pre-Revelation so it will be interesting when she can’t be glamoured.

  53. Fuckfabulous!! I can say that without offending, right? Another stalk-ish moment from me… I was putting my daughter to bed and started thinking of your Multi-Verse stories (again) and came downstairs to re-read some of the more recent chapters and YAY! A new story! And not just a NEW story – a FREAKIN’ AWESOME NEW story! I had to tell my husband to shutup twice because he wouldn’t stop talking – I’m going to re-read it again (as soon as I’m done typing) but I, like so many others, cannot.wait.for.more!

  54. Fantastic as usual. Just another one of your stories to wait impatiently for updates for : ). I usually don’t read incomplete stories because I’m just that impatient, but just can’t resist yours. Thanks!

  55. Omg,i can’t wait for more.I wonder how ackward it will be if Erik does try to feed and glamor.lol i cant wait for the fuckery to begin. I love it!

  56. How can you keep getting better?!?! I really want more of this story. I loved it. I love that the Vampires aren’t “out” yet and the way they met is great. Looking foreward to more.

  57. Did you really think we wouldn’t like it? I was wondering about the “Alpha” couple and I’m so glad you’re writing their story! Just hope it doesn’t take too much away from the other ones. =)

    Continuously amazed that you’re able to keep all of these stories straight and update regularly.

  58. Love. Love. LOVE. Wow, this was unexpected but completely amazing! Can’t wait to see how they reveal their secrets to each other.

  59. THREE, yes 3, Charlaine Harris books sitting on my Nook. I don’t care and can hardly bring myself to think about reading them. You post a chapter and I’m ignoring family, friends, life in general to go find a corner to read. You are crazy talented and I hope the Multi Verse NEVER comes to an end… is that greedy?

  60. I am in love with this already! You’ve sucked me into your black hole of genius yet again 🙂 Can’t wait to see where this goes.

  61. Is it weird to be so excited to meet the lucky ‘original’ couple? I think the only thing more exciting is going to be seeing which skip(s) they meet. I hope this verse lasts a while, even if it means waiting longer for the rest of EPs Super Human dinner and ITD.
    You are amazing! Thank you!!!

  62. I love all ur stories I think I’m going to start them over. But I’m loving this one I was hoping u would write this skip bc u mentioned it in another one

  63. I had a feeling you would do the Alpha version, I am enjoying this young and innocent Sookie, it’s always different and that’s what I like.

  64. i really like this version of Sookie!! love how Erik deals with Merlotte hehe 🙂 perfect! I can see this one going great places 🙂

  65. OK, I had to stop mid story and tell you now. Kjwrit said how good your stories were and here I am, enjoying them. I am now on my third, so thanks to you I didn’t make it to the gym AGAIN!!! So, not helping I must say…but I digress…what I wanted to say is that I find myself laughing or thinking “something” during one of your stories and I find myself looking up into Eric/Alex’s eyes and he’s going…”Yeah, right!” back at me.. So, like…never take that picture down! Ok? OposKneg Beth

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