Chapter 21: Elephant In The Room

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Chapter 21

Elephant In The Room

**

I wasn’t thinking about anything but reaching Sookie…

Racing from the car as soon as I dug the wheels into the gravel driveway…

Darting through the house because it was too quiet for her to be upstairs…

And the only reason I stopped at the base of the stairs was that my legs stopped moving…

I was terrified to turn around…

Chills shot up my spine while I listened to the sounds of a body tumbling down the stairs…

I couldn’t decide if the body sounded so large because it wasn’t Sookie or if I was dying at the thought it was…

As fast as I was going, as hard as I shoved the door… I could have killed her and listening for a heartbeat or breathing didn’t give me any reason to turn around.

All I knew for sure was that I smelled her blood.

And the closer the other Sookie’s footsteps got, the sooner I was going to know…

The hammering of Her heels stopped at the top of the stairs and She gasped, “Sweet Jesus, Eric!”

Asking who my victim was as Sookie ran down the steps went unanswered.

I needed to turn around…

I needed to tend to her…

It was the only way I’d keep Her…

Sookie sniffled, “You crushed His skull,” finally giving me the information I needed…

Fuck Him. He’d heal on His own…

**

Droplets of Sookie’s blood on the pillowcase and sheet…

Quiet, calm breathing coming from the bathroom…

I scanned the room quickly, only becoming more furious when she wasn’t in plain sight…

She was in the corner of the shower… the fetal position… cold marble… her gown was pushed up and panties pushed down… bloody smears and rubs from the door, the sink, the toilet, the corner she was lying in like discarded garbage…

She looked like she’d been punched. Like He’d hit her… perhaps He’d shoved her out of the bed… The last straw was seeing the marking on her neck…

I was going to kill him…

I took the stake from the otherwise unused medicine cabinet and returned to the hall…

Sookie jumped and yelped, “Jesus! Don’t sneak up on me… How long should it take Him to heal?”

“He won’t heal. Get out of my way.”

She shook her head, probing the back of his head as though He was worth the effort. “What? Why?”

“Saying He’s ‘a jerk’ was an understatement… Stand clear of Him. I don’t want to harm you…”

“What happened? Where’s Sookie?”

“She’s in a bloody heap in His shower…”

“Bloody heap!?”

“Yes… a bloody heap with a battered face and bite marks…”

When I offered my hand to help her up, she smacked it away. “NO! I won’t let you end him! She probably offered! When You smell Us, You feel hungry even if You just fed!”

“You haven’t been feeding Him. If she offered, His reaction would have given Him away…”

When I offered my hand for a second time, she smacked it away again and spun around quickly to sit on His back.

“DON’T YOU DARE!”

He began to stir, lifting His head and turning it slowly. There was a glazed look to His eyes.

“I’d be doing you a favor!” If He was so wild He’d abuse any Sookie, She needed to be saved from suffering His existence.

Sookie shouted, “They’re both unconscious. We don’t know what the fuck happened! You’re going to have to hurt Me to get to Him before We hear details… Go see to Her.”

Go! Look at what He did to HerHe bit her. Her nose is broken! If you’d been feeding Him, He’d have an excuse for the bite… Will you still defend Him if you hear He thought that was you!?”

When He pushed against the floor, trying to stand, she moved from His back, turning enough to take His hand to help and still keep an eye on me.

He was unstable, swaying and ashen, leaning enough for Sookie to be doing most of the work of keeping Him upright.

He grunted, “I did think it was My Sookie when I bit her… I thought she was trying to manipulate me… When Yours realized I’m not You, She ran away and tripped…”

Bullshit.

Sookie turned to snarl, “I fucking told you… He wouldn’t have done that…”

“How the fuck would you know!? You said He’d been rough.”

“I also told you it hadn’t been anything I couldn’t handle and I can tell when You’re lying. Besides, I stabbed My Eric last night at dinner and all He did was grab my arm… Go see to your Sookie.”

“If She wakes and tells a different story, you won’t have the chance to say goodbye.”

That wasn’t a threat, it was a promise…

On my way back to My Sookie, I kicked aside several pairs of jeans, sending a scattering of receipts and even cash and credit cards onto the floor…

“What the fuck is wrong with you? Is this some sort of depression induced adolescence? Instead of fast-food wrappers, are there exsanguinated bodies under this debris? Fucking child… No… children are neater. I have proof. Hunter separates his laundry. He’s four. FOUR… Burn it down, the whole fucking castle. Having the ashes bulldozed into the river will be easier than cleaning this pigsty…”

**

I didn’t have any luck waking Sookie…

Not knowing if she was knocked out or if she had panicked until she collapsed again…

The deep gash across her eyebrow and broken nose were all the excuse I needed to risk her feelings about being treated without consent.

I sat on the floor of the shower and pulled her up to lean against me…

Reaching to turn the showerhead on and doing my best to clean her face…

Healing Sookie’s wounds was the easy part…

A dab of my blood on the punctures and over the wound on her face took no effort.

But even though she didn’t respond, straightening her nose felt as though I was breaking my own…

Knowing I caused her pain, even when she couldn’t feel it, caused its own horrible sensation.

I was just happy to have thought to do it before she woke, but I was still going to have to give her my blood eventually to heal that completely.

A lot of effort went into washing her… holding her limp body up, rinsing the blood from her hair, keeping her head from falling back so she couldn’t drown…

And ignoring how caringly the other Sookie washed the blood from Her pathetic excuse for a Me.

I actually hoped My Sookie wouldn’t wake in the process of the shower… I didn’t want her to remember the ‘help’ she used to have while she bathed.

By the time I was done, the other Sookie had sent Her Eric away and She was waiting… holding out a towel, crying sympathetic tears…

She wrapped the towel around My Sookie and held her so I could replace my soaked robe with my own towel.

She offered quietly, “The bed’s clean so you can lay her down.”

I nodded as I lifted My Sookie. “Thank you.”

“I’m sorry, but I wasn’t going to let you do anything until we heard both sides.” Hence giving Him babysitting duty and sending Him on an errand.

“I was serious when I said I’d end Him if He did this.”

As She followed me, she sighed, “I know… but He didn’t… Eric, we need to talk.”

I placed My Sookie on clean sheets and sat next to her… the other Sookie put her hands on my shoulders from behind and gave a gentle squeeze. That didn’t bode well.

“What do we need to talk about?” I searched my memory for anything I might have forgotten to tell her before we left her hotel room, anything she needed to be warned about. “Wait… Did I mention Appius made another child?”

She sighed and let go of my shoulders to begin tossing Her Eric’s rubble towards the door.

“You didn’t, but he’s in the journal. That bastard turned Alexei Romanov and the poor thing went insane. My first Eric had to end the boy because he liked feeding from children, talk about twisted symbolism, anyway we know to be on the lookout.”

“I heard about him because of a skip as well. He’s been killing children for years and leaving his messes in public. He killed a boy in Tandel recently… Less than two hours away.”

“Damn. That’s not far enough.”

“No… It would be wise for you to keep the children close to you until he’s found. It won’t be difficult to find him once Gawain sends the word out. There were plenty of photos of the boy before he was brought over.”

“God bless Google… I haven’t heard of Gawain. Who’s he?”

“Lord Constable. Long time friend.”

“I don’t think My Eric has any of those left. Selma begged me not to get in involved with Him. She said she used to trust Eric… It isn’t like I could tell her I came here to bond with a stranger so he could see his dead child, even if I thought it would make her feel better. She thinks I’m here for peace and quiet.” Why not? That’s why I chose Eijsden.

“She’s the Lord of Hamburg for Us… How do you know her?” I had to ask since she’d moved to Baton Rouge and taken the name ‘Salome’ in all of the versions mentioned in our journal. I hadn’t called her Selma in years.

“She’s my publicist. She bought a publishing house ages ago. When I sent in my manuscript for my first book, it got her attention because certain details were too accurate… The books were what I meant when I said your Sookie could get some therapy from a cause. If she had a panic attack over the idea of someone else having to go through what she did… Eric, I’ve published young adult novels about a telepathic crime fighter. Hundreds of people, all ages, have contacted me trying to feel me out. She could help them. She could tell them what happened to her so they know to steer clear.”

It would probably do wonders for her… to have control… to help inform and protect others… as ardent as she’d been about protecting as many as We could… Brandon, Julie, Hunter- they could all help her.

“Have you put a list on your Journal?”

She walked over, nodding as she pulled a long chain out of her sweater to reveal a USB drive and offering it to me. “Names, ages, homes, schools, jobs. Selma did a family tree and connected some that never knew about each other. And the books are here. Since you’re the King, I’m sure you could pull some strings to see they’re published. You might find more. We can share notes through skips. I’ll tell you what though, Daan Klompenhower lives on the other side of town and he’d probably be ecstatic to meet another telepath. He cried when he met me last night.”

“There’s a telepath in Eijsden?”

“He was born near Rotterdam, but he was sent to live with family in Eijsden when his mother died.”

“He could still be in Rotterdam for us.”

She winced. “Good point… His aunt’s name is Bennis if you want to look him up.”

“Are you sure you don’t mind that she’d publish your work?”

She shook her head. “I’m just pissed that I didn’t think about it until after my last skip was over. It’s for a good cause. Maybe other Sookie’s can do some ghostwriting and we can swap stories back and forth. The more publicity there is, the more of us come forward. Strength in numbers and all that. The book signings are the big thing though. A lot of them are too timid to make contact any other way.”

Beautiful. My Sookie needed something to do… A purpose.

I nodded and took the memory card from her. “I’ll keep that in mind.”

“Do you think she’d mind if I wrote one about a Vampire who kidnapped the telepath? I’d have to church it up so it would be suitable for kids, but given what happened to her, I think it would be irresponsible to not mention the dangers… I’d have her rescued by a beautiful and magnanimous Vampire though.” She grinned and winked as she made her promise.

“I don’t think she’d mind… Thank you… You should tell Your Eric to use His connections to find Compton, Ball and Roth. He’ll probably have fun ending them with or without the principle attached.”

She snorted, “I was thinking about taking advantage of being stronger once We’re bonded to do that myself.” Cute.

She was carefully placing the contents from Her Eric’s pockets on the dresser… One pair after another. It was needling my nerves to see her tidying up after him.

Just one night ago, My Sookie told me We needed to make sure actual children had some sense of responsibility.

“Don’t do that. Fuck Him. Don’t clean up His mess.”

She snorted as she used the old sheet to bundle the mass of laundry to drag it to the hall. “Ohhhhh, trust me… This is payback. That shit thought I was trying to work him… I can’t think of a better way to get back at him than invading his space… And the best part is that he’ll think I was being nice, so he’ll swallow how annoyed he is.” So perfect.

More of the tenacity I followed to Shreveport. If anything could turn Him around, it would be Sookie.

“Were your books what we needed to talk about?” I wanted to wake My Sookie, reset, get on with Our night, put this skip behind us.

Her eyes shifted to the floor and she slowly made her way over to sit on the opposite side of the bed. She cleared her throat and practically whispered, “Um… How often does Sookie get sick?”

“Not often. She feels nauseated from time to time, but she’s only vomited when she’s overwhelmed that I know about.”

She nodded slowly and cleared her throat again. “I’ve only thrown up a handful of times myself. I don’t have much of a gag reflex.” Small talk about vomit was certainly a first for me.

“And?”

“I’ve only thrown up twice when I wasn’t pregnant. Both times alcohol was a factor…”

“I’m still not seeing your point… She was probably scared that I’d be upset with her for feeding Him.”

She shook her head. “Eric, I think you should consider she could be pregnant.”

“What? How? She’s only been with Vampires.”

Her throat clenched as she shook her head again…

I was beginning to feel as though I was going to be ill…

“Eric, she was… a woman, was punishing them… Sookie and Bill… because Bill couldn’t control her… Sookie tried to escape… I think drugs were involved… She’s been thinking about it while I’ve been here… nightmares.”

“NO!”

She nodded, not making eye contact.

“Lorena? She gave Sookie to a Human to punish Bill?”

She shrugged, breaking the surface tension to spill a few tears. “She made him watch… I’m pretty sure they aren’t just dreams. They’re too real. I could feel it when I tried to listen earlier…”

I thought she’d been eating so much just because she’d been starved.

I thought she’d been vomiting just because she couldn’t tolerate surprises or stress.

Perfectly reasonable assumptions…

But knowing…

Knowing Sookie wasn’t prone to gagging unless she was pregnant…

But… It could have been a coincidence… It could… Sookie wouldn’t know. How could she? She’d never been through what Mine had.

She patted the bed to get my attention.

“You should probably wait until you reset to talk to her about it… For what it’s worth, I’m sorry.”

“Sorry for what? That We see another reason every-fucking-night to make Us wish We hadn’t ended them so quickly.”

She sniffled, “Yeah… I guess so…” She wiped her tears and cleared her throat again. “I’m all locked up so she can’t get any hints from me if you want to try to wake her up…”

“WOULDN’T SHE KNOW!?”

She still wasn’t looking at me when she cringed. “I… I didn’t feel Lindy move until I was four months along… And… all kinds of things can make a girl miss periods. Stress, malnutrition… I’m going to guess you don’t know what it smells or tastes like, huh?”

“No. I don’t spend any time with Humans, let alone pregnant Humans. Not until recently.” Klaasje. Klaasje would know in an instant. If she didn’t already know and assumed I knew too… FUCK!

“Selma knew… She’s the reason I took a test. She said I smelled sweeter than usual.”

“She doesn’t smell any sweeter than the first Sookie I met…”

I left my seat to meet her on her side of the bed, smelling her, burying my nose against her neck in an effort to prove her wrong.

“You smell Like Mine. You aren’t…”

She sniffled, “I was… Until last week. I miscarried and taking Eric’s blood last night healed me, but I’m still a little hormonal. I was 13 weeks along and I hadn’t felt the baby move. I wasn’t showing… My only symptoms were eating like a pig, getting sick from time to time, and smelling sweeter than usu-”

“FUCK!”

There was no fucking way to plan for this.

None.

How the fuck was I supposed to go about explaining to Sookie she’s most likely pregnant.

Pregnant because she was raped…

There was no way to anticipate Sookie’s reaction… or what she’d want to do… or how much more broken she’d be…

What the fuck was this going to do to her?

**

I’d paced until I’d walked out of my towel, finally deciding there wasn’t much else to do until I knew for certain.

I refused to upset her without knowing for sure… I wasn’t going to remind her of her hell unless it was absolutely necessary.

Sitting next to Sookie again, doing my best to calm down…

This time, waking her was easy… After saying her name just a few times, she opened her eyes slowly.

Looking at me, scanning the room to see another Her…

Knitting her eyebrows together as she sat up slowly. “Which one are you?”

“I’m yours.”

Her chin wrinkled. “I guess I should have asked that earlier. I’m soooooo sorry. I didn’t know…”

“How could you? We look the same.”

“His mind is different. Dark, scary… Like… like…” Like Bill Compton.

“He lost Pam…”

She gasped and clasped her hands over her mouth. “That poor man! Oh God!”

“I found you in a bloody bathroom and you’re concerned for His loss?”

She grabbed my wrists with widened eyes. “Is He alright? You didn’t hurt Him, did you? He didn’t hurt me… not even when He fed.” Only Sookie. Only She would defend Him

I was at least marginally amused by the cocky smirk the other Sookie offered. I told you so.

“Your nose is broken.”

“I tripped over something trying to get to the bathroom… I did it to myself… God knows how long He sat on the bed confused.”

“Why did you lose consciousness? Did you panic again?”

The look on her face seemed pained as she thought about her answer…

“Maybe the knock I took… I was upset… I mean, I felt stupid for not knowing better. And… it was the first time, but it was the wrong Eric… I tried to stand up to wash my face, but I was too dizzy and seeing spots.”

Physical pain combined with disorientation… it sounded like a recipe for the flashbacks the other Sookie witnessed.

I growled, “He has no idea how lucky He is.”

The other Sookie nodded. “I’ll try to make sure He understands.”

My Sookie sighed, “How long have I been out? What’s different about this version other than Pam being gone?”

“I’d rather discuss it once we’re back in Our bed.” I wasn’t sure I wanted to see Sookie’s reaction to Lindy.

She nodded slowly as the other Sookie left the bed…

She grinned and walked towards the door. “I can take a hint… I’ve got cleaning to do anyway.”

**

My Sookie gave me a confused look as I stretched out next to her. “What are you both so worried about?”

The fragile psyche of a woman who’d already gone through too much.

“I was worried for you. She was worried for Him.” Vague enough, I thought.

“I’m sorry for being so much trouble.”

“You aren’t trouble.”

I wasn’t going to be able to stall for long. I was going to be lucky to make it long enough to have more finite information.

“This Eric… How did He lose Pam?”

“Halfdan ended her.”

She frowned sympathetically, feeling bizarrely curious. “I wonder if this is how Our first Sookie felt when She met me since I was the one who lost everyone I loved.”

I nodded, sure she was excusing my mood as morbid distress over a close call.

She rolled towards me, resting her hand on my chest as she closed her eyes. “I might just have to find a reason to give Pam an extra hug tonight.”

I couldn’t find a reason to argue with that.

“I think I will too.”

I wondered if it was possible for the spell to work for nine months.

I wondered if the pot she’d been smoking would harm the baby she may or may not want.

Why would she want it?

How much of a setback was this going to be?

While I stared at the ceiling, I made a list of chores that needed to be taken care of immediately…

Because there was no way in hell I was going to be able to hide the elephant in the room for long.

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54 thoughts on “Chapter 21: Elephant In The Room

  1. I know I am an ass for saying anything because you are simply amazing with your writing and so many quick updates, but this is just cruel. I was so excited seeing that there was a new chapter and then I click on it and it says ‘Coming soon…’ Oh well, like I said, I’m an ass for complaining. It really was a let down though because I love reading these so much.

  2. OMG, I never saw that coming! I never would have imagined Lorena having a human raping Sookie as punishment for Bill. I now wish that those 3 could be raised up and killed again. Update soon, you rock!

    • I hope she reads about or sees that Sookie (The one raped by Rene and had a daughter – Erika-around Thankgiving) so she can see that it could turn out well with the baby….

  3. Seriously! I never would have seen that coming! That is all EP Sookie needs. Eric is so good to care for her the way he does. I hope there is more soon. Did I see something about two chapters tonight?

  4. Holy shit! Holy shit! HOLY SHIT! I WAS going to ask when another chapter of In The Dark was going to happen since we haven’t found out yet if Pam is okay or not in that one, but I’ll wait longer. I need to know if this Sookie is preggers or not and how she takes the news if she is! That poor, poor girl. She just can’t get away from her fucking abuse. I mean, I know it’s only been a week, but still. She needs a ton of good luck and good karma coming her way STAT!

  5. She’s not very far along and he’s already calling her an elephant!! How completely rude of him!! (Maybe I’m just mad cuz my guess on the brat Facebook page was wrong.) Great chapter, but I wonder if they actually reset since Alexei is still running around in the NW verse and that could be the reason they are there just as much as the pregnancy reality check. I know that in one of the skips way back when one couple told the other couple that if they tried to reset before their “objective” (totally my term for why they skip) was finished, they couldn’t reset.

    • I hope you know that ‘Elephant in the Room’ is a saying. It means a big subject that everyone knows about but are avoiding talking about…

  6. Wow Wow Wow……You sure know how to make hairpin turns in the plot of your stories. You always keep us guessing. I would have never guessed that EP Sookie could be pregnant. Is this going to slow down EP Eric and Sookie consumating their relationship? Will EP Sookie and Eric still be there to deal with Alexi? I get a new chapter and it answers a lot of questions but then again I get more Questions. I guess that is the mark of a great author. You always keep my interest. Love the multiverse.

  7. When NW Sookie said she had only ever been sick twice that she wasn’t pregnant, all I could think was ‘No, no, no, no!’ The yfucking pimped her out, after everything else? That is psychotic.
    As a medical professional, there is not much that can turn my stomach, but rape does it every time. I can’t believe it.
    I know she will keep the baby, but I honestly hope there is a serious conversation and arguments made for not keeping the baby. If she does not know she was raped by ANOTHER person besides what she already knows, it could ruin her.
    I was really looking forward to her getting to Eijsden and settling into domestic life with Eric and seeing their relationship progress. Guess that will be on hold.
    Poor girl. Ugh. Just. Ugh.
    hope you post Ch. 23 soon. Thanks again for writing!

    • have to agree with elw2. EP Sookie has been thru so much hell and sorry, but this is just too much. Of course we already have insight from other Erics who love Sookie’s rape babys, but this poor Sookie. I don’t doubt she’s strong, we’ve already seen that, but there is a limit everyone has and can’t image how bad this will be for her. I really really really hope she isn’t pregnant – I personally don’t think all Sookies have to be – but that’s beside the point, I just hope this one doesn’t have to go thru this, she is too too fragile. I hope the real reason for the skip is Alexi. Since he’s currently skulking in NW’s world AND according to Gawain, he’s almost right up EP’s alley too. Please please let it be Alexi or to straighten out NW Eric’s twisted mental shit. Pam should give him a real come to Jesus her own self.

  8. oh shit sherlock that definetly was a twist i wasn’t expecting…. and EP Eric doen’t even know how close Alexi was to his home but he cannot hide this information from his Sookie, it would be another step back…. and Selma being Salome, that is just priceless…. so i am guessing EP Sookie will publish those books at Eric’s urging and she may be able to set herself right and find others like her to help…. so many question EIM, so many questions. Now the biggest question when will we get back to the Elephant in the NW’s room. we need to know what Alexi is up to … and that the children are safe and secure….. my best Kristie .

  9. Just when she’s coming back onto the show, a tidal wave slams down on her and pulls her back into the water. I think she’ll keep it. Rene is a good choice for the human unless it’s someone random we’ve never heard of.

  10. Wow! That was not a twist I was expecting!! How much more does EP Sook have to deal with? The stress and guilt from the pot while pregnant could really ruin her. Love EP Sookie though and still chomping at the bit to see NW Eric deal with his ‘bro’!! Love the idea of all the Sookie’s publishing the books though…frakkin’ fantastic idea!!

  11. OMFG As if you dont have enough twists and turns!!!. So glad they offed Scumbill and Company. God knows what those thing would have done to a baby had she had it. Shiver

    LOVE the idea of sharing books.

  12. Poor Sookie, yet another hurdle. Eric is so good to her and protective, a real hero. Great job bringing these stories together. I never thought about how they are so opposite yet same with Strong Sookie/Broke Eric vs Strong Eric/Broke Sookie. Sooooo good!

  13. Oh My Gravy! What the hell?!?! Poor Sookie! I’m really hoping her NW counterpart is wrong, because I can’t even imagine what being pregnant as the result of a rape will do to her, even though we’ve seen other Sookie’s who have dealt with that. Just that this one is so fragile, I can’t imagine what it will do to her. I feel like a schmuck for saying so, but I hope you come out with at least a teaser soon, since I’m all on tenterhooks.
    Cheers, Balti K

  14. just when i thought i couldn’t feel any worse for ep sookie! i know that she’s still broken, but she’s also much stronger than she was thanks to eric. i can’t wait to see what happens next!

  15. Oh my god!! You’ve done it again! That was epic!! I loved the interaction between NW Sookie and EP Eric, they are awesome!! I still love the whole idea of sookie being a successful writer and for EP Sookie it may help her deal!! Bill and Co know no limit to their evilness!! I’d love to kill them several tImes over!!
    Can’t wait for more!!!

  16. WOW…dropped a bomb there! Has EP Sookie read the journals yet? She could end up with an “Erin the Great” and maybe that would soften the edges of how the baby came to be… then again… EP Sookie went through a whole lot more than rape. I hope things work out ok. It’s promising that she was worried about how EP Eric reacted to her state and made sure that NW Eric was ok – maybe she’s getting some of herself back?
    I’m glad NW Sookie was able to protect NW Eric, even though he does kind of need a slap, he doesn’t deserve a staking just yet… and hopefully NW Eric will start waking up soon, now that he knows Alexi would be a problem for Sookie and not just him.

    • I also thought maybe it would be another Erin the great situation. Not that having a child of those circumstances is easy, but perhaps she can change her mindset and think of it as her child with Eric as well since she is out of that situation. Also it would be another person in her family. I love alter-Sookie pointing out how the books can be a form of therapy and suggesting she publish them in their version of the world.

  17. OH! OMG! OMG! You did it to me again! That was amazing. You throw me off every time & put in twists I never expected. Oh Sookie… Oh Eric… I pitty him having to give her that news. Bill and company got off too easy, I hope that this Eric and Sookie beat the ever living snot out of him. I spent the day with my hubby and missed all the updates & then when I checked tonight. Thank you. This is wonderful, sad but wonderful.

  18. another major hurdle for EP Sookie, I hope it doesn’t put her too far back in her recovery, but I’ll be hoping for the best.

  19. Oh my gosh. So Sookie was already pregnant before Eric got her out of the cell. It’s a wonder she didn’t miscarry. I think that’s a huge bandaid that will need to be ripped off. If nothing else, she’ll here it in the other Sookie’s mind or one of the girls. I think they need to get the other Eric back with the kids, and bring Daan along, too. I think this little setback, just might be the catalyst to get NW Eric’s head out of his butt. Excellent, excellent, excellent.

  20. Oh my god. I need to know more. Oh i hope eric doesn’t leave her over this baby. I hope this doesn’t set her back to much. What a shock. Love it. Can’t wait for more. Another great chapter. Definitely didn’t see this coming.

  21. Though I really love this and all your stories these last two chapters you posted one for each of two different stories this one and the other have parts that basicly are just repeat of what you wrote for the other, with small extras that could be classified as maybe 3 paragraphs. so these two were kind of a disapointment.

    That being said I love your writing I look forward to more hopefully real life does not get in the way to much and that your muse stays strong you have many fans so thank you for the awesome work and entertaining stories. I like your stories better then the real books lol.

    • Actually, Since NW6 has 4000 words (mostly light bonding between Eric and the children) and EP21 has 3600 words (mostly angst-ridden), the slight overlap in the one brief encounter that accounted for less that 300 words of either chapter isn’t much…
      The slight overlapping of scenes in each story isn’t bad… especially when you consider that this morning i received an update alert for a 2200-word chapter that read like an acid flashback… did I mention it had been months since that stories last substandard chapter?
      I’m sorry you were disappointed by the chapters I’ve posted recently, but considering that the two stories crossed-over, let’s try to keep it in perspective, please.

      • geeze focus on the negitive much what ever you have just never over lapped before quite like this and due to that it was shocking and slightly disapointing. I still love this the other and the rest of ur stories but god never knew stating ones feelings were such a darn crime Ill remember that in the future and wont let you know either way so bye.

  22. Well I never saw that coming… Until NW Sookie said she only threw up when. Poor, poor, EP Sookie. She has been through so much. I guess this could go either way it could make her worse or she could rally because now there is a little life involved. I know this is just a story but you characters are so real I sit here wondering about her and what she will do. Will she make the right choice and what is that? I am all pro choice but I can’t I aging being in a situation like this. I think just from reading the post from the brat pack everyone is thinking the same thing. Which again brings me back to kudos to you. Only a great writer could rouse such passion in people that they discuss it so passionately. Any Hoo, having said all that Sookie is luck to have Eric he will hold her up through it all. The big question is when will we get another chapter?

  23. Eeep, Eric, no hiding the pregnancy from Sookie! I hope that they are able to confirm it soon and that it will be a positive thing for both of them. That’s likely the reason the skip happened – the pregnancy. A great chapter. Looking forward to more 🙂

  24. So..the plot thickens. Either EP Sookie will accept the pregnancy and it will be a catalyst to her healing, or it will “end” her. But she’s a strong Stackhouse woman, and if she ever had a dream of having a child, I think she’ll embrace this one –even if it’s the product of rape. The child and seh are innocent victims –and Eric would be a wonderful and generous father, if Erin the Great and Maddie are any indication!

    You dune gude!

    Pat

  25. I think the overlap between EP and NW is important to the storylines here and will diverge eventually. We know that the skips happen for a reason. This overlap is necessary to “fix” what is wrong right now. Or at least get Broken Eric and Broken Sookie back on their paths. In this case, it looks like Broken Sookie needs two steps to get back on her path. There is so much going on here!

    I almost feel like I got “brained” trying to keep it straight 🙂 Brilliant as usual Angela and a kicker that I totally did not expect!

  26. Thanks for the speedy updates. I’m thinking Sooke will want to keep the baby. During one of the skips Sookie and Eric keep a baby born of rape and I think this Sookie even suffering through the stagering amount of trauma would still eventually decide to keep it. Of course a doctor might not agree since many important development phases are started during the time she was starving herself to taste bland to her captors. Then again she had so much vampire blood, who knows how that would effect a fetus. I’ll stop babbling and wait for your next updates.

  27. Oh, twisty!!! This is really going to complicate things! I’m loving the cross-over chapters here, because we’re getting both Erics’ perspectives!!!!

    And the complaining about the state of other Eric’s room is perfect! Hunter is a lovely child! Giggle!!!

  28. I mean really…what can I say. I’m speechless. Definitely the farthest thing from my mind. Awesomeness none the less.

  29. fabulous – again! now so torn as to whether I want you to update this story or rubber neckers or Alcide in Wonderland or Alpha – dang girl – i love all your stories and have no effing idea how you keep so many story lines going in your head! SSOOOO impressive!! love it all

  30. Okay! I didn’t see that coming. I am a person who vomits when I am in a lot of pain. So, I just assumed Sookie was vomiting for the same reason or due to her malnutrition. Now, to find out that there is a baby coming. A baby conceived by rape. To find out, she was raped multiple times by a human as punishment for not obeying Bill. There is no end for this girl is there… This baby will be loved if she decides to keep it. I agree NW Sookie should do a preemptive strike on those bastards so they never get their hands on a telepath. I know I am sick but I thought it was totally BAMF how EP Eric was going to end NW Eric. No Mercy! He did not care that he dented his brain with the door. Wow! Now I have to find the Erin the Great skip & re-read it.

  31. Crap. on. a. cracker!!

    Did Rene rape Sookie? Will the babies b twins? Triplets? Will Brandon’s daughter look at the Sookie videos on the laptop? Or while they r on the skip, will Brandon take a look at what’s on the laptop? Did Lorena rape Sookie with a human to create a baby so she could control Sookie? Is that what triggered their 1st skip?

    Looking forward to finding out!!!

  32. I want him to kill Gwen, Lorena and Bill all over again! It just gets worse! How the heck is he going to tell her, and her body isn’t strong enough for that, not that this will stop life. Poor Sookie, bet she turns it into a positive.

    I loved seeing how caring NW S is becoming towards her Eric, sitting on his back to prevent his staking. I really think we needed to see her defense instincts coming out in response to a threat. They are the least connected couple. Also I loved how he got more connected to the kids.

    Go Flyers 🙂

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