Chapter 8: Firsts

Bored To Death

Chapter 8

Firsts

***

As we all climbed into my SUV, I asked my tour guides where we were going.

Sookie smiled at me, but didn’t answer right away. “The fairgrounds.”

I returned the smile and leaned over to kiss her. Then I pulled my wallet out of my pocket, handed it to Sookie and climbed right back out of the fucking truck. “You ladies have fun.”

I had no intentions of letting them go alone, but I was certainly not going without putting up a fight. I imagine Sookie hoped I wouldn’t already know what kind of insanity was being held the fair grounds.

She was laughing when she caught up to me, bouncing onto my back. “Where do you think you’re going?”

“As far away from the Renaissance Fair as I can get.”

“Don’t be like that. It’ll be fun.”

“What about it will be fun?”

She slid down my back and took my hand. I gave her an annoyed look as I let her slowly lead me back to the garage. “Gran and I go to this kind of thing whenever we can, but we’ve always wondered how authentic they are. This’ll be fun because Gran and I can grab pasties for dinner while you set us straight. Then we can stop at Wal-Mart so that Gran can get her groceries for cookies to take to the meeting.”

“At least you have a plan.”

“And an ulterior motive.”

“Oh really?”

She nodded. “Right now we’re both wound tighter than a spring. We need to go relax and do something un-romantic. That nice dinner and dancing you had planned would have added gasoline to the ole fire.”

“That’s aggravating.”

She actually looked hurt. Her chin even quivered. “What?”

“That you managed to make perfect sense of attending one of the most ludicrous attractions known to mankind.”

**

Sookie and Adele were discussing cookie recipes for most of the drive and I reflected on our activity quietly, trying to remember something other than the stench of rot that covered most of Europe at the time.

Sookie reached over and patted my knee. “Eric, did you not want Bill to know you’ll be there tomorrow or was it that you wanted him to feel free to run his mouth?”

“The latter.”

“But since he doesn’t know about you coming to the meeting… You’re not going to behave, are you?”

“That depends on what you mean by ‘behave’.”

“Do you plan on doing that whole ‘mine’ thing? I hate that.”

I smiled at her, deciding not to discuss the inevitability of her being ‘mine’ and what it meant. “I won’t have to. You’ll smell like me.”

“So you’re just going to be all ‘neener, neener’ about things.”

Adele and I both laughed about how she’d put it. “I am a bastard, after all.”

“You’re going to gloat.”

I reached over and took her hand. “No. I won’t have to. I will be a very well mannered escort and it will annoy him to no end.”

“Promise?”

“No.”

“What?”

“I can’t promise that he will let things lie. He’s been antagonistic for two nights now. He may very well put me in a position where I have to remind him of some essential truths, so I can’t promise not to. My position doesn’t allow me to excuse a challenge. I am his superior and his elder.”

She was eyeing me with frustration, but still holding my hand when Adele proved again how precious she is. “Sookie, it’s no different from how I expect you to respect your elders. What would happen if Eric let Bill get away with being squirrelly? Especially in public. How fast would it get around?”

She took a deep breath. “I guess you’re right, Gran.” When I looked over, she stuck her tongue out at me.

“Sookie, I do promise that my priority tomorrow night is to keep you and Adele safe. Really, if I wanted to embarrass Bill Compton, I could summon him to Fangtasia to do it.”

She gave a little grin as she nodded, squeezing my hand slightly.

**

The ‘Ren Fair’…

It was just as I suspected.

Adele and Sookie searched out the food vendors right away since it was nearly 9 o’clock by the time we arrived. They both happily ate their meat pies and shortbreads, washing them down with lemonades as they led the way from tent to tent.

The evening would have been an entertaining walk had it not been ruined by the erroneous glorification of a period better known (and more suitably described) as the Dark Ages.

It wasn’t a miserable experience, just mistaken and I was dreading the moment when Adele finally asked me about the Fair’s accuracy.

The moment finally came once she seemed to get tired. Without a free picnic table in sight, I found a vender with woven blankets (made in Indonesia and smelling of goats) and the three of us found a place on the lawn near the stage. The music, surprisingly, wasn’t ghastly.

As soon as we were settled, she smiled at me with an expectant look. “You’ve been very tight lipped. Hit me with it.”

The two of them seemed to be having so much fun, the idea of deflating them bothered me. “There are some things that they simply couldn’t be accurate about. Other than that…”

“Liar.”

“Pardon me?”

“Don’t sugar coat. Don’t be afraid of ‘ruining it’ for me. I asked because I want to know.”

Her look was determined in spite of her friendly smile. “The obvious errors are that everyone is here. A public assembly like this would only be in the case of an execution or court marriage. Even then only in the courtyards of an estate. This meeting would have been considered unlawful. The organizers would have been put in stocks. On the rare occasion that plebes had a marriage ceremony, they’d do so in secret for various reasons.”

She gasped. “Really? What else?”

Sookie smiled as she wrapped herself around my arm, listening quietly. “The unattractive and unhealthy would have been barred entry.” I pointed out a grouping of very overconfident women, earning laughs from both ladies. “Meat wasn’t served because it had the tendency to turn since salt was the only preservative at the time. On the rare occasion that food was served, it was breads or fruits.”

“What about the battles and whatnot?”

“That was something that plebes couldn’t afford. Only royalty could afford horses strong enough or to have proper swords or javelins made. On occasion a classman would challenge a lower to prove a point or for personal reasons. Without any formal training, the lower man was sure to die. It wasn’t rare at all for both sportsmen to die. Medicine wasn’t what it is now. Something that would require stitches now, would get infected and cause a slow death.”

“So they played knowing that they could die?”

Her lack of disappointment was actually lifting my mood somehow. “It’s not like they had cable… At the time death wasn’t… If they made it out of childhood, they could only expect to live until they were in their 40s. War, famine, plague.  Longevity was another thing that only the upper classes enjoyed. Women died in childbirth and men died fighting for land they’d never own.”

“How did you do it? How did you make it?”

“On more than one occasion, I glamoured my way into extended visits with upper classes in the country when I was passing through. Since the supernatural races have always known of one another, we’ve been known to be hospitable in trade. Especially in the past, since it was just as hard for them to stay hidden. I’d stay for a month or so to gage the temperament of the area. I’d either move on or set up house. It wasn’t until the 1700s that I could live anywhere for longer than a decade though, even in the country.”

“Because people would realize that you weren’t aging.”

I nodded, surprised that she didn’t seem to be picturing pitch forks and torches as our reason for moving. “Occasionally, Pam was my ‘wife’ other times, my ‘sister’. In the 1700’s good health became a trend. Pale skin became high fashion because it was noticed that wrinkling was connected with tanning. People began looking for a fountain of youth. It bought us some time. We could stay in one area for 20 years at a time.”

“And now you can stay in one place as long as you like as long as you don’t mind having fangbangers throw themselves at you.”

“That’s been true for a while now. Moving from one neighborhood to the next and staying in the same city has been possible. I know of one vampire who’s lived in the same building in New York City for the last 200 years. Once the fable of vampires became popular, humans have been posing. It offered a certain amount of camouflage. Enough about that. Did you have any other questions?”

She smiled and leaned over to kiss my cheek. “No sir. Thank you. That was more fun than I expected. You’re a prince for talking about it all.”

**

Another visit to Wal-Mart. Another circuit around the Mecca to the unwashed, over-bred masses for cookie ingredients before returning home.

Sookie and Adele made quick work of putting everything away before Adele apologized for being exhausted and excused herself to get some rest.

As soon as Sookie heard Adele’s bedroom door close, she playfully hopped up on the island. “You were so sweet.”

My eyebrows went up. ‘Sweet’ wasn’t an accusation I was used to. “Sweet?”

She nodded. “Thank you. You could have just mentioned how miserable the period was for you though. I’d have understood.”

“It’s not that it was miserable. By comparison, it was easier than earlier times. I have to admit though; the days of indoor plumbing are my preference.”

She giggled. “No wonder!”

“I enjoyed myself.”

“Really?”

“As soon as we arrived, there were quite a few inaccuracies screaming at me. I was worried about how disenchanted I’d be leaving you both. I was relieved when she said she wanted the whole truth.”

She waved me over to her with a grin. “You still didn’t give it to her though. I could tell you were holding some things back.”

“I didn’t think she’d be too excited to hear details about the frequent executions and plagues.”

She winced and sucked air past her teeth. “Eww. Good call.”

I smiled at her. “You don’t mind that I omitted those details?”

She smiled, taking my arms and wrapping them around her. “Naw. Gran wanted to know what life was like, not what death was like.”

“Good. I’m pleased that she wasn’t disappointed.”

“Was I right? Did you manage to calm down a little?”

“Yes, but sadly… now that we’re alone…” I wiggled my eyebrows at her.

“Yeah, but now… you’ve already taken us out for our yard time. Now she’s nearly asleep. And for once, we have more than an hour before dawn.”

She punctuated her statement with a level stare that immediately raised my expectations. “What would you like to do with our time alone?”

She giggled, blushing again. “You’re the one with the list.”

I pulled her closer. “It’s quite a list.”

“You can’t be greedy.”

I started pulling her shirt over her head. “Why not?”

“Because I want to live through it.”

I laughed, tasting her shoulder. “You needn’t worry about that. I quite enjoy having you around.”

Her fingers laced into my hair as I inched up her neck. “That’s good to hear. I enjoy being around.”

“You shouldn’t have told me that. I might have to keep you here; lock you away for my own personal uses.”

She whispered between giggles. “Who says you’d need a lock.”

I lifted her, wrapping her legs around me and going towards my room. Sookie’s face was buried against my neck even as I set her on her feet again.

**

Her eyes wide open and moving wildly, trying in vain to focus on something. “I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere this dark before.”

“I’ll get a lamp for you.”

She giggled. “You can see me just fine, huh? Nice perk.”

When I took the waist of her shorts to undo the button, she jumped. “You’re scared.”

She bit her bottom lip, working over the thought before she slowly shook her head. “Nervous, I guess. Not scared. Not of you.”

She was smiling into the darkness as she kicked away her sneakers and pushed her shorts down, leaving her in nothing but her underthings. I peeled my clothes away artlessly and she only knew once the chill of my body was pressed against hers, stealing her warmth as I kissed her.

I laid her back on the bed, inching my mouth down her body slowly and taking her bra and panties out of the way as I worked.

I’d managed to control myself with ease until I tasted her. She wriggled anxiously as my tongue worked over and around her hot little clit, letting slight moans and gasps.

When my finger began to explore her, she grabbed my wrist with a catch in her breath. “Eric, I…”

“I remember.”

“It’s going to hurt.”

“Not this way.”

“Really?” She looked embarrassed when she realized she still had ahold of me. Sookie let my wrist go, apologizing as she lay back trying to relax again.

**

The time I spent was selfishly for my benefit as much as her own. Her taste was as intoxicating as her scent…

And when I sliced away her burden with my fang, the flash of her blood on my tongue took me away. I’d never had to control myself more than in that moment. Her blood carried an exotic flavor in spite of its purity. It was something extra without seeming foreign and it was gone too soon.

It was for the best, her moaning, her taste, her smell… pushing my self-control any further would have been dangerous.

As I crawled up her body, she shivered. While my body felt like a draft to her, hers was radiating heat and warming me. “What happened? I thought you were gonna… You know?”

I kissed her, amused that she was so bashful. “I did.”

She stared into the darkness with a confused look on her innocent face before she giggled, blushing. She covered her face with her hands again. “Ok. So what’s next?”

“You need to relax.”

“I’m sorry! I just… I’m sorry.”

It was hard to keep from laughing. “Sookie, would you prefer to wait?”

“No!” She grabbed my shoulders as though she was afraid I’d leave her.

“Stop worrying.”

She bit her lip, nodding. I reached back, pulling her knee up, then the other.

She whimpered as I slowly pushed into her, arching herself away.

It only seemed to take her a few moments before she managed to unwind enough to start enjoying herself, bringing her knees back and resting her heels on my back.

She began to nibble, then bite at my shoulder making it more and more difficult to behave myself. I tried at first to warn her gently, but found myself lifting away.

The view turned out to be far better.

Her eyes were closed, clamped shut as she gasped away heaving breaths until her body started to shake. Her eyes flew open, her jaw set forward and she began to moan as she arched towards me.

I slowed to a near stop letting her calm down, waiting for her to pull her finger nails out of my arms.

I could feel the extra heat of her blush as she started to giggle. “Oh my God.”

“How are you feeling?”

She covered her face again. “I guess it’s safe to say I was worried about not liking it for nothing.”

I leaned down to kiss her and rolled us over.

“Eric, I don’t know if I can… I mean… What if…”

She stopped talking as soon as I took her hips and started moving them. She bit her lip, whimpering and eventually starting to move on her own.

She surprised us both and by the time she had cum again, she was more sure of herself.

Sookie giggled again as she collapsed into my chest.

“You’re not tired, are you?”

She was breathless. “Getting there.”

I laughed, flipping us over again. “Then you may need some of my blood to help you keep up eventually.”

She smiled up at me. “Isn’t this something we can talk about later?”

I laughed again. “Are you telling me to get back to work, Sookie?”

She giggled. “I guess I am.”

**

I pushed her. I enjoyed every tremor and shiver she had. I reveled in her every response. I was as far inside her as I could get without hurting her, but still not close enough to her.

She started biting at my shoulder again, pushing me. It hurt to hold back.

I growled at her.

She clawed my back and purred against my neck.

“You need to stop.”

“Why? What am I doing?”

I’d almost forgotten how inexperienced she is. “You shouldn’t bite unless you want to be bitten.”

She looked startled for a moment, worrying me that stopping short of finishing was in my future.

I watched, waiting for her expression to change, to give me a hint.

She lifted her chin, reigning in her breathing to kiss me and then pulled my head to her. She whispered against my ear, “I’m not asking, just offering.”

Done.

**

She was still panting when she curled up next to my side, using my arm as her pillow.

“Do I want to know what you did so that it wouldn’t hurt?”

“There are numbing properties in vampire saliva… This doesn’t bother you? That I’m so cold.”

She hummed behind a contented smile. “Should it?”

“It’s… not uncommon.”

She gave my ribs a squeeze, pulling herself closer. “Even if you didn’t absorb my temperature, it wouldn’t bother me. I sleep with extra pillows so there’s always a cool side.”

That was probably the most profound statement I’d ever heard from someone I’d fucked and fed from. “You’re full of surprises.”

“And you’re full of shit. Say what you mean.”

I scowled at her, but didn’t say anything.

She snorted. “You’re talking around yourself. Turd.”

“Turd?”

“Yeah. You’re still doing it too. Is this you being evasive because you’re a vampire or avoiding a feeling because you’re a guy?”

“Brat.”

She giggled. “Waiting.”

I growled at her. “Even fangbangers find it off-putting. Yet, as it seems, you are a ‘fang-snuggler’. You aren’t frightened for the sake of being frightened. The only break you get from your ability is with vampire. Simply put, you seem to be wired to prefer vampire. Happy now?”

“Damn. Why was that so freaking hard to spit out?”

“Because it’s not something I’ve come across before.”

“There’s a major flaw in your theory.”

Ha. “What’s that?”

“Bill’s a tool.”

I started laughing. “An exception that proves the rule.”

She giggled again. “Maybe… Hey, do you think we could stop by our house for a few minutes tomorrow night? Jason said he’d take care of my cat, but she’s got to be getting lonely. I’m sure he’s just dumping her food out and leaving again.”

“I didn’t know you have a cat. Why didn’t you say something?”

She shrugged. “Cat’s are low maintenance. She’s fine in theory, but she isn’t used to being alone.”

“I’ll see what I can do.”

**

I was completely prepared to let voicemail answer when my phone started ringing.

Sookie moved her leg from where it was hooked around mine and lifted her head from my arm without complaint. I hated not having the excuse to stay where I was.

“What?” I returned to my place and Sookie resumed her position automatically.

“Uhhh… Mr… Northman… This… is…” An annoying little prick with horrible fucking timing.

“Bruce. What can I do for you?”

“Mr. Northman, I’ve been up all night… I thought at first that I’d made a mistake… but…”

“Bruce, I might not age, but you do. Do you think you could spit it out before you develop Alzheimer’s and forget why you called?”

“Sir, there is an excess of $60,000 missing from your Fangtasia accounts.”

“Interesting. Can you tell how?”

“Uh… I wish I could. I just… It’s the numbers, they aren’t adding up.”

Sookie lifted her head, patting my chest with a smile on her face so Bruce was put on hold.

“What can I do for you?”

“Do you think it could be a vampire?”

“It wouldn’t be Pam. If she wanted 60 grand, she’d tell me… after she pulled it from my personal account.”

She giggled into my side. “Then you should arrange a staff meeting, boss.”

“Boss?”

“Yup. I’m looking forward to my paycheck already.”

I rolled over, pinning her. “Are you asking for an advance?”

She grabbed my face, delivering a heated kiss. “Maybe… Eric… the phone.”

Shit. “Bruce?”

“Yyyyyyes sir?”

“Quit stammering. Be at Fangtasia at 2am tomorrow. Bring what you have.”

I was on top of Sookie again before my phone hit the floor.

**

She snuggled up to me again as soon as she got her breath back.

The insane amount of enjoyment I got from the simple act practically made me drunk.

Eventually she let a long yawn. “What time is it?”

“We have about an hour.”

She started getting up. “I guess I should get to bed… Help me find my clothes?”

“You’re leaving?”

“Well… yeah… I mean you need to call Pam and all…”

“You know why I’m calling Pam. You don’t have to leave.”

She smiled. “Are you inviting me to stay here? In your resting place?” Fuck. A famous first.

“I suppose I am.”

**

She was purring quietly by the time I forced myself to deal with Pam.

“You’re calling me now?”

“I wouldn’t be calling at all if we weren’t missing a substantial amount of money.”

She was quiet for a minute. “Fine. I’ll pay you back.”

“I beg your pardon.” Her having taken the money would make things much easier.

“I replaced the Givenchys with three pair of Louboutin. I was in a shit fucking mood.” No such luck.

“Nice. You kiss your maker with that mouth? Three thousand at Bloomingdale’s isn’t the problem. Bruce called. We’re 60K down by his numbers.”

She was quiet again. “What is that noise?”

“Sookie snores.”

“Asshole. Why do you always get the cherry gigs?”

“Because I say so, brat. I have Bruce coming to the bar at closing tomorrow night. Make sure the staff is accounted for.”

“You plan on glamouring them all?”

“No. Sookie will be interviewing them.”

“Sookie? Why would…?”

“She’s a telepath.”

“No really.”

“A mind reader.”

“Bullshit. You… How…”

“She’s agreed to help by reading the minds of the human employees.”

“What does she expect as payment?”

“A backrub.”

She cackled. “Can I give it to her?”

“No. That isn’t an option.”

“Eric! Are you…?”

“Pam. I’ll see you tomorrow at 2.”

“She’s yours? You haven’t had… It’s been years.”

I looked down at the way Sookie was wrapped around me, sleeping peacefully as though cuddling with a vampire was completely natural. There was no way that sharing was a consideration. “She’s mine.”

I snapped my phone shut with a rarely satisfied smile on my face and Sookie’s arm slid up to give me a halfhearted slap. She groaned only half awake, “I hate that ‘mine’ crap.”

**

Starting to feel the pull to rest, I typed my day guy’s list in just enough time for me to hit send.

Bobby,

Your list for the day.

  • What the fuck is taking you so long to find War And Peace? I’m adding to your list of books to get: Canterbury Tales. Stop dragging your ass.  ASAP doesn’t mean ‘whenever you get around to it’.
  • Sookie and Adele will be needing attire for an event tonight. They’ll need something that they could wear to something like a Ladies Luncheon. Shoes and accessories as well. Don’t be a fucking idiot. They should look like southern ladies, not lace nightmares.
  • Adele will be baking today and needs hardware and I have none. She’ll need everything. Do your best to find top of the line appliances in pink. White if pink is unavailable. The clothing and baking goods need to be delivered early: by 10am.
  • Deliver a small lamp and requisite low wattage bulbs.
  • Go to the Stackhouse residence and fetch their cat. Purchase its necessities and have it bathed then bring it to them. Be nice or I’ll feed it your hand. Pam has a recipe.
  • When you are done with the above shopping and errands, contact Maxine Fortenberry in Bon Temps. Tell her that you are a friend of Adele Stackhouse’s and offer your assistance for the meeting’s preparations. Do and provide anything she might need. Don’t be a fucking idiot. Do it gracefully. I’ll hear about it if you come off as a prick.

Text me with updates in regards to the security system and person of interest.

Seriously. Don’t forget about the books. I’m not asking for my health, asshole.

NEXT>>

44 thoughts on “Chapter 8: Firsts

  1. As usual,I´m in love with your work.Fucktastic first times for both,and I luuuuuv tha list of the day for Bobby,it was hilarious,like the last one.
    Can´t wait for Monday to come.

  2. Yay!! You made my weekend! I love your description of her first time – not so reverent. You described her nervousness perfectly. “OK what’s next?” Love it.

    The vampire likes to snuggle… mmmm.

    And my favorite part – the email to Bobby. Bahahaha!

    Thank you again. I know it has been quite an effort to post chapters lately.

  3. I LOVE IT!! Pam & Eric’s interaction was hilarious!! I also love the S/E relationship. Can’t wait for more!!

  4. Eric just slicing Sookie’s hymen with a fang is genius! No one else has ever thought of that!(I’ve read more FF than I like to admit)

    Pam & Eric are wonderful together, more like brother and sister than maker & child.

    Eric’s list to Bobby is always funny. Pam has a recipe for cooking hands? I imagine you’d have to remove the nails first, then braise with onions, red wine and garlic. OOPS! no garlic! Rosemary then, you need a strong herb.

  5. That was fabulous – I love Eric’s list for Bobby! Great first time for Sookie. Thank you – you are the best!

  6. Then I pulled my wallet out of my pocket, handed it to Sookie and climbed right back out of the fucking truck. “You ladies have fun.”…..that was great….The first time was wonderfully written.I just love your Eric and Sookie.I feel like my reviews are repetitive but hell you only have enough adjectives for perfection…thanks for the update lady!!!

  7. I’ve been checking a few times a day for an update and here it is when I least expect it…as always its fan-fucking-tastic 🙂

  8. I’m undecided on what I love more about this story, the banter and hotness of E/S or Eric’s notes to Bobby. I think the latter is a definite favorite and induces a lot of giggles.

  9. I am loving it as always. Sookie’s first time – Bill will be livid. hehehe Pam is in shock I think. Bobby’s lists are killer. Eric, give up, Bobby is a fucking idiot, no matter how many times you tell him not to be one! Tomorrow night is going to be BUSY. I hope they have a pleasant wake up time, but I doubt it since they need to get right to the meeting driving fast. Boohoo. Thank you so much. I really appreciate your effort to update for us even when it is difficult. You are brilliant.

  10. Brilliant as always!!!

    I’m always so excited when I see updates to your stories.
    I’m never disappointed.

    Cheers

  11. Your story gets better and better. I loved the whole chapter. Your idea about Eric slicing through Sookie’s hymen was genius, but an obvious solution when you think about it. Did they just make love in total darkness? Eric could see, but Sookie couldn’t see anything whatsoever. I can’t imagine doing that, but maybe if I was with a totally delicious vampire I wouldn’t care. How will she see to get out of the room when she wakes up? I worry about these things. 😀 Love Bobby’s notes for the day. I have a marvellous image of him trying to catch the cat and bathing it. Will he be as sliced up by its claws as personal experience tells me he will, or is he smart enough to delegate? Lol! I look forward to more.

  12. I’m so glad you don’t write Sookie as a twit! I love her and Gran’s interactions with Eric. And his talk with Pam had me cracking up! Great job as usual, and I’m glad your feeling better!

  13. nothing surprising here….you rockked it!!! Sook’s first TIMES couldn’t have been donne better and Eric’s letters are fucking halarious! I seriuosly can’t wait for your next chapters

  14. You are just the best, you make me laugh, and have me all excited waiting for the next adventure, and conversation. Notes to Bobbie are priceless, and his conversation with Pam so funny, I can see her now, just amazed at how this all worked out for him. can’t wait for more.

  15. As always, your writing is funny and witty. I love getting alerts in my email that you have updated. I particularly enjoy your characterizations of Sookie and Eric. Seriously, I enjoy reading your fiction just as much, if not more, than CH herself. Keep it up and thank you for writing! 😀

  16. Oh, happy day! You made my Saturday a Super Saturday! Renn Faire…Squeee!!! OK, I do medieval reenacting in the Society for Creative Anachronism, so this totally floats my boat!

    My gods I cracked up seriously out loud with Eric and Pam’s interactions. My favorite line: “Asshole. Why do you always get the cherry gigs?” Oh how I heart Pam! Eagerly awaiting Monday 🙂 I reread this whole story today again!

  17. You are awesome!

    I’ve had a horrid day already and this totally turned my mood around!

    I love the interactions between Eric and Sookie – the first time was great, by the way! – they’re just so wonderful and feel very natural.

    Also, Eric and Adele – too cute. I mean, c’mon, she kissed his cheek! I love it!

    The way you portray the relationship between Eric and Pam is one of the best I’ve seen – it feels/reads perfectly and to be honest I prefer your version of them to what we’ve seen in the books. (Or in TB, for that matter.)

    The To-Do lists for Bobby are always a treat and never fail to make me laugh. Funny as hell. (Total ‘aww, so sweet’ moment with Eric telling him to bring Tina to the Stackhouse ladies. Too cute that he’s providing them with ‘Ladies Luncheon’ clothes and baking equipment.)

    Pam would have a recipe for hands, wouldn’t she? She rocks that way.

    This was a fantastic read as always and I look forward to more. You’re fuck-awesomely talented and I enjoy the results very much!

    Best wishes!

  18. I finally left my Saints and Sinners read-a-thon for this chapter, and I’m glad I did. I can’t decide between the two stories, so I’m going to be greedy and claim them both as ‘favorite’.

    I loved how Pam assumed he was talking about the shoes and offered to pay it back; that one comment says quite a bit about their relationship.

  19. Awesome chapter and story but when are you going to add a chapter to the sequel to Saints and Sinners? I’ve just reread that story for the 3rd time.

  20. This story is sofa king great(ala dazedrose)! Im not sure which is better, the banter between E&P or his notes 2 Bobby.LMA0!You are viciously talented and rock my socks! Thank you ;-♭

  21. i just love it!!! *viking hug* love the interactions of the characters, love Eric’s note to Booby! Can’t wait till Monday

  22. I’ve loved the other chapters but alas, “Firsts” left me wanting. I’m a former medievalist and even I didn’t care about the details of a Renaissance Fair—sorry, but too long. Moving on, Sookie’s first experience had more “reporting” and less sensual savoring than I would have preferred. Eric removes her bra and then slides to her clit? What happened to her breasts–did he not notice them? Not stop along the way? The fanged hymen scene is creative though probably not anatomically possible, but who cares? Good descriptions then and to follow till the biting scene at the end. It starts out promising (nips) but then is just reported (“Done”) not described. What was Sookie’s perception of her first bite; this reader wants to know her POV.

    • Sorry to hear it… All of it. The ren fair wasn’t about history. It was a bonding moment between Adele and Eric. The lesson was that Eric was willing to do something altruistically. Sharing with Adele was just that. I didn’t think that 853 words was too much to demonstrate a building trust and friendship.
      The sex was reporting. Eric was holding back because he’s been fucking for a thousand years. He was letting her get a feel for things. She was intimidated by there being such an uneven playing field.
      Being more active would have been the equivalent of taking her from a tricycle and putting her on a Ducati on the Auto Bon.
      He didn’t skip her breasts, he ‘inched down her body slowly’.
      The ‘fanged hymen’ is possible. There are more than a dozen normal variations of the membrane. Then there are the anomalies. I have personally seen one that could have easily been taken care of with a fang.
      As for ‘done’ not sitting well with you, and that you wanted some of sookies pov… This story won’t flip/flop. Its all eric’s pov. The reason more wasn’t written about her first bite was because what meant something to eric was that she was offering. He’d already lingered on the taste of her blood.

      Yeah. Like I said, sorry to hear you didn’t aprove.

    • if you didn’t enjoy their first time then stop reading. some of us actually use our imaginations to set the scene, everyone is different! if you want to read sex in GREAT DETAIL there’s a separate web site for it. quit whining.

  23. I love that Gran is around! She’s sensible and she can talk some sense into Sookie. Sookie needs that.

    And WOOT! for Eric & Sookie finally have sex! He was so sweet with her. 🙂

    Eric’s messages to Bobby are hilarious!

    Oh! And Eric & Pam’s relationship is just fantastic! She’s all pouty, he scolds, she’s all jealous because she wants Sookie and he’s completely unwilling to share. Hehehe!

  24. I’ve never been to a Renaissance Fair before. It’s interesting to see your take on everything. Eric is such a sneaky shit. I love it. Giving Bill just enough rope to hang himself and allowing him to do what he will.

    And there was the Sookie that was stubborn and not thinking of anything but how nonhuman Eric was acting instead of how very human that is. I have always just thought of the vampire world as a sort of military: obey or suffer.

    The Ren Fair was interesting. Eric remembering but not going into a huge monologue was great. It is, of course, always interesting to see an authors take on how a vampire survived all that time when he couldn’t exactly settle down in one place.

    I liked the sex in this chapter. It was from Eric’s point of view so I didn’t expect romance and flowers and stars. It was, perhaps, better for the lack of fluff and sweet nothings. More Eric wanting Sookie’s first time to be good, memorable and I think that’s far better than if he’d given her chocolates and candles and wine and then lost control as you see in so many fanfictions. He’s a 1000 years old so you can’t expect him to find anything different about Sookie that he hasn’t seen a 100 1000 times before. The fact that he has found something different, in her fang-snuggler is even more perfect. It wasn’t the sex that was better or different, it was the after sex.

    And so starts the nasty business with Longshadow. Are you going to do the business with Charles whats-his-face? That could be interesting.

    Pam’s so confused being left out of the loop like she is. I wonder how much trouble that’s going to cause? The To-Do list for Bobby? Maybe my favorite things in the entire story so far and that’s saying something because I haven’t been able to wait to get back to your story.

    I returned the smile and leaned over to kiss her. Then I pulled my wallet out of my pocket, handed it to Sookie and climbed right back out of the fucking truck. “You ladies have fun.”

    It wouldn’t be Pam. If she wanted 60 grand, she’d tell me… after she pulled it from my personal account.

  25. LOL! Oh la la they finally do the deed… and he was so sweet about it…
    I love the way he writes his orders for Bobby… LOL I laugh hard at his threats to make him comply to the “T” too good!

  26. I am re reading this due to the lack of intelligent stories available….I had forgotten how funny this is . My family know I am a lunatic, but my loud gufawing has now moved me to nut case. “Be nice or I’ll feed it your hand. Pam has a recipe.”

  27. Re-re-re-re-etc…-reading this one before I read EP again making my way to the newest update. I totally forgot about the Bobby lists!! They are so frakkin’ hilarious! I really don’t understand why they constantly keep dragging him to WalMart though, don’t they have regular grocery stores down south? Anyway, I just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying reading this again. It doesn’t matter how many times I read it, I still get enjoyment out of it and discover new things here and there as well. Especially since I was completely obsessed this past weekend with checking for updates because I simply wanted to be in the multi-verse for a little while.

  28. God, I love the notes to Bobby. I was also very touched by Eric being happy that Sookie didn’t mind him being cold. I love that you’re playing that angle up and I am super happy that thewhole story is in epov.

  29. hello EIM i found a fixer it parralles up to AIW , Chapter 9, “Jason said he’d take of my cat” i think you are missing the word care….. take care of my cat my best Kristie

  30. I’ve been slowly getting through all of your (AMAZING!) fics, but this is the first comment I’ve left. I just have to say, aside from this story being fantastic, the notes Eric is leaving for Bobby are hilarious! “Be nice or I’ll feed it your hand. Pam has a recipe.” OMG I nearly spit soda all over my laptop. *back to reading*

  31. hey Hun another oops, i mentioned it above but it is still there
    She giggled again. “Maybe… Hey, do you think we could stop by our house for a few minutes tomorrow night? Jason said he’d take of my cat, but she’s got to be getting lonely. I’m sure he’s just dumping her food out and leaving again.” missing the word CARE “he’d take care of my cat”

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