Chapter 16: Hot Coals

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Intrepid

Chapter 16

Hot Coals

**

I was waiting on the roof of Patty Ingram’s house, watching for my signal from Shawn, when I received a text from Sookie asking me if Sheriff Northman was available to entertain Erica Weiss.

Hmmmmm. Tough decision.

Go home and rack my brain trying to solve the Stackhouse family puzzle until Gawain returned to the house and reminded me that I want to fuck Sookie… or meet her at Fangtasia and enjoy a multifaceted entertainment experience…

When I replied to ask if there was a dress code, she asked what I planned to wear so she could avoid being a ‘matched set’… She didn’t respond when I told her I’d wear a burqa, so my mind wandered to how far she would go to wear something immodest.

Midnightish couldn’t come soon enough.

**

In a matter of seconds after walking into Fangtasia, all eyes were on Erica Weiss.

The annoying drone of fangbangers mewling about their dysfunctional families and the advances of Vampires arranging for their holiday meals were hushed as though someone had found a dial to turn the volume down.

Erica’s drink for the evening was Malibu and Coke, served by Long Shadow with a surly snarl…

And tonight’s outfit was veiled by a long red trench coat. My only hints to what was beneath it was the tight French twist in her hair and her pair of black knee-high stiletto boots.

She stepped onto the platform as she began unbuttoning her coat, giving me a nod and greeting, “Good evening, Sheriff.”

Since I’d been ordered to kiss her ass, there wasn’t anything keeping me from standing to help her with her coat…

She turned her back to me to shrug it off and when she turned around

The shortness of her black flared miniskirt was almost forgotten once I laid eyes on the bolero style jacket she was wearing… There weren’t any buttons and she wasn’t wearing anything under it except for a choker necklace with fringe that draped between her breasts…

I couldn’t help but imagine that little skirt pushed up around her waist.

She already knew she had my attention.

She licked her lips as she took her seat, crossing her legs to face the crowd and giving me a view into her bolero that would distract me indefinitely.

The scenic quality of Fangtasia had suddenly improved immeasurably.

“That’s a very daring ensemble, Miss Weiss. I think most women would be too insecure to wear that without a blouse.”

She sipped her drink before asking, “Would they?”

I nodded. “And in most cases, that would be a very good thing… So, what brings you to Fangtasia tonight?”

“I’m in a holding pattern, waiting for all of the tumblers to fall into place so I can complete my errands for King Milne…” She moped, “I’m bored.”

“I’m afraid nothing exciting happens at Fangtasia… but the Queen sent a few gifts to welcome you to Louisiana. She wanted to make it clear you’re working in a friendly territory.”

“Did she now? What did she send?”

“There are spa and boutique certificates in the glovebox of a convertible Jaguar XK8.”

She was quiet for a moment, scanning the crowd as though she was deep in thought. I was just as sure that she’d known since last night how she’d react to the gifts as I was that I should have asked so I could be prepared.

She finally asked, “Sheriff, would you mind calling the Queen so I can thank her?”

Uh oh.

While I dialed the Queen, I tried to convince myself that (no matter what) I could at least be sure the show would be entertaining.

I was still on tenterhooks.

Andre answered, “What can you do for me?”

“Erica Weiss would like to speak to her Majesty.”

After a pause he replied, “Put her on then.”

Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.

I knew Erica could manage. I didn’t doubt her, but… it was Andre.

She took the phone from me, offering, “Thank you, Sheriff,” before lifting the phone to her ear. “Your Majesty…”

Andre corrected, “Andre Cuif…”

“Oh. My apologies, Andre. My name is Erica Weiss. Be a sweetheart and take the phone to your Mistress, please.”

At least I wasn’t alone… the nosy twats in Fangtasia who’d been ignoring potential meals to watch her were just as close to laughing as I was.

Andre snarled, “Queen Sophie-Anne is my Maker.”

Sookie replied, “That’s nice. Erica Weiss, calling for Queen Sophie-Anne.”

Hilarious… without saying it, she was reminding him that his Maker was nothing compared to the powers she was familiar with.

“Can I tell her why you’re calling?”

“Only if I were willing to chat up an underling long enough to tell you. Erica Weiss, calling for Queen Sophie-Anne.

It was absolutely beautiful… not just seeing Erica treat Andre like he treated nearly everyone, but picturing the look on his face while he struggled to play nice.

Andre started, “Miss Weiss…”

She snorted, “Andre… I’m… Erica… Weiss… I’m… calling… to… speak… to… the… Queen… Passer un coup de fil? Telephonieren? Telefonare? Dǎ diànhuà?

It hurt. I didn’t need to keep a straight face, but keeping from laughing… especially since so many of the Vampires in the bar didn’t bother hiding their amusement. Actual pain.

After a moment of silence from Andre, Erica asked me, “Is he one of those retarded eye candy Vampires? He doesn’t seem to be catching on.”

“He’s the Queen’s second, Miss Weiss. He’s probably quite offended.”

She rolled her eyes. “Thank God. I was picturing some cretin playing behind a throne with mommy’s cell phone…”

Somehow her Welsh accent made it even funnier… and I finally broke, but at least I managed to chuckle quietly.

She returned her attention to Andre and offered, “Now that we’ve established that you aren’t retarded, do you think you can stop wasting my time?”

“I don’t think…”

Before he could finish, she ended the call and returned my phone to me. She huffed, “Rankling fuck,” and left her seat to order a refill from Long Shadow… and when she returned to her seat next to me, she slyly winked just in time for my phone to begin ringing.

**

I answered, “Northman.”

Sophie-Anne grumbled, “How offended is she? Is she still there?”

“She is.”

“Did he ruin every chance I had? Do you need time to calm her down?”

“She’s enjoying a drink.”

“She’s right there. Right there next to you. Right now.”

“Yes ma’am. Are you returning her call?”

After a pause, she answered, almost whimpering, “I am.”

I passed my phone to Sookie and waited for ‘Act II’ to begin.

Sookie greeted, “Thank you for returning my call so quickly, your Majesty.”

Sophie-Anne replied, “I apologize for my child, Miss Weiss. He’s integral to my reign, but…”

Erica interrupted, “No need to apologize, your Majesty. I was just calling to tell you how flattered I am by your gifts…”

“I’m happy you’re pleased.”

“But I can’t accept…”

Sophie-Anne cooed, “Of course you can. My gifts to you don’t oblige you to anything…”

“Of course not, but given my reason to be in Area 5, I’m sure the Jaguar would attract attention I can’t afford… As for the generous spa and boutique certificates, I’ll gladly accept those. I’m sure I can put them to use. It was incredibly thoughtful of you. I certainly feel welcome in Louisiana, Majesty.”

Perfect form.

“Has Sheriff Northman extended the offer to provide anything you need while you’re staying with us?”

“He has, and in addition to being a very gracious host, he’s very easy on the eyes… I think I’m… Hold on…”

She laid the phone on her chair as she left it, walking through the crowd briskly before tapping the shoulder of a man dancing with a female Vampire named Georgette…

And as soon as the man turned around, Erica drove her knee into his groin with so much force that he was dropping before her foot was on the floor again.

The crowd of dancers backed away, bringing back memories of being in the same position as though she’d kneed me in the balls just last night… she went as far as kicking him a couple of times before stooping over him to rifle through his pockets.

I couldn’t see through the crowd to have any hints as to why, but Georgette offered a deep nod in Sookie’s direction and thanked her…

It wasn’t until she cleared the crowd and stepped behind the bar that I was clued in…

Erica was holding a silver net and a draining kit… After dropping her pilfered items into the bin, she began washing her hands and whispered, “Sheriff, if you’re feeling generous, I have the names of his friends and an address.”

Beautiful.

I motioned for Georgette to step towards me and asked Erica, “How many friends?”

“Three.”

Georgette’s lucky night.

I offered, “Take a friend. Merry Christmas.”

Sookie was already scribbling the address on the back of a receipt by the time Georgette thanked me…

As Erica passed the receipt to Georgette she explained in German, “They’re dealers, not junkies. Make sure to take all the drugs and cash you can find. If you ransack the house, the police will look for other drug dealers. It’s in your best interest to be sloppy. God knows Humans would be.”

Georgette gave another deep nod as she offered, “Thank you, Miss Weiss. I believe I owe you a favor now.”

Sookie grinned at her and shook her head. “Think nothing of it, but I’ll gladly take any pot you might find off your hands.”

Clever little bitch.

As Erica joined me again, she smirked and chided playfully, “You lied to me, Sheriff. You said nothing exciting ever happens here.”

“I wasn’t lying at the time. You made a liar of me. There’s a difference.”

She sipped her drink before lifting my phone to her ear. “I’m very sorry, your Majesty. The audacity of some Humans still embarrasses me… I think I was saying Sheriff Northman will make sure I feel as comfortable in Louisiana as he possibly can… In fact, just before you returned my call, I mentioned to him that I’ll be working in Greece in the near future. He was so generous as to offer to help me learn the language.”

We could start with politís since we were on the subject of salesmanship

And what was that? Three birds with one stone? Starting the ball rolling on how much she liked me, assuring the Queen that I was obeying my orders to cater to the telepathic princess, and mentioning Greece as an upcoming destination to quell some of Sophie-Anne’s irksome anxiety.

Sophie-Anne took the bait and asked, “Greece? I’ve never had the pleasure. I enjoyed Western Europe.”

“I’ve had a marvelous time along the Mediterranean in the past, so when Marcos offered a contract, I jumped at the chance.”

“Providing you enjoy your stay in Louisiana, would you consider a contract with me?”

Erica took a deep breath and explained, “Majesty, I’m sure you understand why I only work under referral. It is a cutthroat world we live in… As hospitable as you’ve already been, none of my previous employers have suggested I entertain a contract with Louisiana. Sheriffs Northman and Kansu, yes, but not Louisiana as a whole…”

The balls Gawain had mentioned… telling a Queen that her Sheriffs have better reputations than she does, and while she was working in her state no less.

I could imagine how puckered Sophie-Anne’s face was as Erica continued, “As you know, I’m actually quite booked by Texas for several months, and afterward I’ll fulfill another contract that came through this morning… Not to mention that by the end of next year, I need to add no less than three languages to my repertoire… Buuuuuut… we might be able to work something out.”

Sophie-Anne sounded completely desperate when she urged, “Something?” It was something between a whimper and a whine.

“Perhaps something short term. We might be able to work something out since I’m already in Louisiana and know the language.” For all the ambiguity in Erica’s ‘perhaps’, her tone left nothing to the imagination. As polite as she was, Erica might as well have said ‘play nicely or you can go fuck yourself’.

Sophie-Anne actually sighed. “That would be most appreciated.”

Erica offered, “King Tyson would probably be the most helpful of my previous employers to contact while you begin an initial proposal. He was very hands-on while I worked for him. He traveled to his annexes with me and made notes that he’s passed on to my subsequent employers.”

One last dig… and it was beautiful. To paraphrase, ‘My favorite reference is the Vampire who shipped you and your children crated with rancid food and Human waste, hoping the sailors onboard would dump you overboard to spare themselves from the stench.’

Sophie-Anne didn’t recover quickly at all.

She was quiet long enough for a few of my thralls to begin whispering old rumors to each other.

She finally offered, “Thank you, Miss Weiss. I’ll take that under advisement… In the meantime anything you need…”

“Yes ma’am. Don’t forget to send someone for the Jag. It’s a beautiful car, so I’d hate for it to be wasted…” Erica ended the call and returned my phone to me. “She’s very eager, Sheriff. Is there currently a fire under her, or is she simply seizing an opportunity to vie for my services?”

“I wouldn’t call it a fire… Perhaps a few hot coals.”

She raised an eyebrow at me and asked, “What’s the value of the gift certificates?”

“If I’m not mistaken they’re worth a thousand dollars each.”

Her cheek pulled in when she bit the inside of it to keep from laughing. When I’d arrived at Fangtasia to find the envelopes on my desk, I was amused… the gifts weren’t exactly in scale with each other. By itself, the Jag was a nice gesture, but the gift certificates were an awkward addition because they had nothing to do with the car.

Sookie was enough of a brat to lift her foot and watch herself roll her ankle to indicate that her boots exceeded the value of the certificates.

Pam would have been so proud.

She asked, “Does she have a particular fondness for Jaguars or did she mention a reason for the selection?”

I shook my head. “She knows you drove a Jeep last night. Perhaps she assumed you have an affinity for convertibles.”

Sookie twisted to put her mouth to my ear and breathed, “Perhaps she’s assuming she’s spoiling me because she’s seriously underestimating my rates.”

Fuck.

That was it.

Sophie-Anne had to be working under the assumption that Erica Weiss was a six-figure contract who wasn’t likely to splurge… When Sookie was actually an eight-figure talent who wasn’t likely to consider price tags as much as bottom lines.

Sookie gave me a steady look as she leaned back in her seat, blindly reaching into her trench coat to remove her phone.

I was already reaching into my pocket for my phone before her text arrived.

If she embarrasses herself by lowballing me, it could be biblical re: Arkansas & Nevada.”

They were only interested in Louisiana’s revenues, so they’d probably pounce if word reached him that Louisiana was holding a light purse, true or not, because they’d assume they could do better.

We just needed a passive way to correct the presumption before Sophie-Anne could send the wrong message.

I didn’t have to confirm how correct Sookie’s analysis was. She was already sending another message…

Rodrigo made the same mistake at first, but that was because he was surprised Wouter and Nicholas could afford me. When you’re at my place tonight, I’ll give you a copy of R’s first proposal. You can say you followed me back to my hotel and got it that way, and you called an old friend who told you what I really make. I’ll have Wallace call her the next night to say something about me being followed.

She was a natural at maneuvering… staging… excellent at thinking on her feet…

She immediately sent another message.

“Maybe we’ll get lucky and the sticker shock will make the balance on your contract more of a commodity. She’ll think she’s getting a bargain.”

I chuckled as I typed, “Has it occurred to you that you’re trying to buy me?”

She typed, “How sad is it that I know better and SA doesn’t? And I’m not trying to buy anything. I just know how much fun you had in London and how much you didn’t want to come back just because you had to. I consider this a balloon launch.”

“Given your age, it’s desperately pathetic. Given your experience, it’s not a surprise. SA hasn’t ever taken anyone else’s position seriously.” I sent a second message while she was typing. “Did your contract with Martín come through or were you teasing SA so she’d assume you meant de Castro?”

When she winked at me, I translated that to ‘both’, and when her text arrived in my inbox, it read, “Welcome to the Hotel California. Wait until you see the pictures of my house. Maximo told Martín how much I loved the beach, so he found the house for me with an entourage in mind. The basement has four Vampire suites. The main floor is wide open. And the upstairs has four more big bedrooms.”

I replied, “Perhaps SA should be leaked that information. She clearly doesn’t know how to impress a telepath.”

“Maybe you should tell her to call Nicholas and Wouter. They weren’t part of her exile and they’re ‘new’ Kings, so she won’t water her shoes at the idea of talking to them.”

“Good idea, but she’ll probably insist that I call them.”

“Speaking of them…” was immediately followed by, “I was thinking Klaasje could officially check in with you when Atum gets here, implying she’s part of my guard to the audience. She’s old enough and it might keep her from being hassled by the locals. By the way- Josef is the apple polisher. He might as well be sitting on your lap, but he’s trying his ass off to look like he’s just working a donor.”

As soon as I looked in Josef’s direction, he turned his head and asked his fangbanger if she’d like another drink.

I sent, “Good catch. You put on quite the show last night, so there are too many repeats to know for sure. Is Klaasje feeding from Brandon?”

Not that he seemed over-tapped, but I was curious how she was feeding in such a small town.

“Some. He takes her to hunt as a couple. He baits girls at dance clubs to bathrooms so Klaasje can feed, then they go home to the kids.”

He might as well be her Master as fragile as she was.

When I received a new text, it was actually from Pam. “Are you at Fangtasia?”

If she’d left Shawn and Hadley’s house, she’d only gone as far as her new house a few doors down… and she was as nervous as when Hadley was in labor.

I replied, “Yes. What’s wrong?”

Sookie immediately texted, “Something wrong?”

Fuck.

I replied, “I’m not sure yet,” and received an answer from Pam…

“Linda’s on her way there. There was a bit of a spat after you and Shawn left with the puppy. Linda was quiet for a moment before she grabbed her keys and said she had a bone to pick with you.”

Uh oh.

“Who was involved in this spat?”

Sookie was watching me, monitoring my mood when Pam answered, “Linda wasn’t happy that no one was interested in cornering Sookie.”

Fuck.

Instead of reiterating, I passed my phone to Sookie so she could read the messages Pam had sent.

When she was finished reading, she coolly returned my phone and began texting.

“Merry fucking Christmas,” was followed by, “That woman needs to be put in a fucking cage.”

I asked, “Ideas?”

“Other than letting someone drain her dumb ass for walking into a Vampire bar? No. I’m good with that.”

I sent, “You don’t mean that.”

She snorted as she typed.

“I spend too much time with Vampires. I can’t remember how Humans react when someone treats them like shit. Since I’m constantly reminded that you spend more time with my family than I do, maybe you can think of something.”

Her façade never faltered.

I sent, “We can leave.”

“Your office is soundproof. We’ll deal with her there. I’d ask you to glamour her to shut the fuck up about it, but her fucking ability is a problem. It’ll just come back.”

Over and over and over. Sookie wouldn’t have any fucking peace until her aunt and grandmother were dead… And since they were otherwise enjoyable people, that wasn’t exactly something to plan for.

**

Pam had left out that Trey was with Linda, but it made perfect sense that he’d joined her… If I knew anything about Trey, he spent the drive trying to talk her out of waltzing into Fangtasia.

When Linda recklessly stormed into Fangtasia, Sookie grabbed her coat and bag as we left our seats to lead the way to my office as quickly as possible.

As I closed the door to my office behind us, Linda snorted at Sookie, “You look like a slut. Why are you here?”

That was completely uncalled for.

Sookie rolled her eyes and leaned back against my desk. “The better question would be what the fuck are you doing in Fangtasia? Especially after you called me reckless earlier.”

Linda demanded, “Cover yourself. Show some fucking resp-”

She was cut off when the door to my office was shoved open…

I was hit with the door and Long Shadow tossed Trey to the floor so he could grab Linda…

Linda’s scent was so much stronger than Sookie’s… And the way she’d breezed through Fangtasia, I was lucky Long Shadow was the only one trying to drain her.

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38 thoughts on “Chapter 16: Hot Coals

  1. DAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!!! Despite the lovely length of this chapter, it wasn’t long enough! I really want to get to the bottom of the family being a bag of mouldy dicks. I am seriously trying to think of a way to kick the shit out of a fictional character. Even QSA isn’t as much of a twat as Linda is right now.
    Hope your A/C run is successful and you can live in comfort very soon. *brain licks!*

    • So, my long rambling post was supposed to go under this one and not the next one because I agree with everything you said. That’s not to say that I didn’t agree with her too but my comments make more sense when they’re read after your reply.

      I’m thinking I should go back to bed … I woke up to check for this chapter more time before I finally gave in to the Sandman and apparently I ramble like a fool when I’m tired.

    • Very well said! WTCF (C = Crispy … and I got that from BTD, right? I say it all the time and I love it! I tried to get my husband to say it because it’s just so much fun! Of course he thought I was nuts, but that’s not new.)

      I was side tracked on the Crispy portion of this reply — sorry 🙂 WTCF is wrong with Linda? Why is she such a twat? (another word I like to say 😛 ) and Adele altho what Brandon said last chapter seemed to hit home with her.

      And Longshadow is going to die in the next chapter… he just snatched Linda out of Eric’s office!! I know you write and post chapters pretty quickly and I really shouldn’t complain, but I’m going to complain. I apologize in advance. PLEASE tell us that you have the next chapter half-way written and it’s ready to go to the Beta-Team very soon so we don’t have to wait very long (and by long, I mean a day) to find out what happens!

      Love! Love! Love!
      Jess

  2. I think there is more major drama on the way. I want to know what crawled up Linda’s butt, and I guess Longshadow may be done for, I love the way Sookie handled the queen, and cannot wait for the next chapter. Thanks

  3. Love the way Erica treated the Queen. Linda was stupid to show up at Fangtasia. First it could blow Sookie’s cover and second her smell. I’m really not liking this version of her family treating her like shit. When are poor Sookie and Eric going to get to be alone?

  4. Woo Hoo some action! Hopefully Linda will only get scared and a bit bloody. Perhaps a good smack upside her head? I’m not liking how Sookie’s being treated. It doesn’t seem to matter what Sookie says to Gran or Aunt Linda they still always shit in her punch bowl. (gross but true) Keep the action/adventure coming. I for one really like this skip.

  5. This is seriously the first bad gran or bad Linda. I so want to know what started them down this path. Sookie is so kick ass in this and I’d love to see her and Eric end up just happily traveling the world together.

    Speaking of seeing though…I am really, truly, madly hoping last chapters recap of what was going on in other verses through the eyes of the Intrepid crew was not the wrap up for all those stories. I am jonesing for Alpha and Like a Rock and In The Dark and Rubbernecking and….yeah, pretty much all of them.

  6. Thanks for another fantastic chapter. Linda needs to be taken down a peg or too. Love how Sookie handled the Queen. Can’t wait to read more.

  7. Wow! What a place to end the chapter! Looking forward to the next one. I hope that you get AC soon. My brother lives in VA and I would never want to be at his house without AC. Keep cool!

  8. Wow!! Where to start with this. Loved how Erica asked if Andre was one of those retarded vamps. Poor Sookie even when she working her family can’t stop. Linda so needs to be taken down a couple of pegs then Gran. I do hope the next chapter is on its way to Beta’s.

  9. I’m glad that we’ve seen “good” Linda and Gran in some other Verses so that there is a comparison. There seems to be a lot going on here and I’d love to hear if any of you think I’m on the right track…
    -We’ve seen meddling Linda before…remember how she was with Sookie in BT over the relationship
    with Alcide and pretty much all her choices? That Linda could be reasoned with and in several
    versions she asks Eric to “give me the math” which is her way of asking for a logic breakdown.
    She knows something isn’t adding up and her default position in this one seems to be attack. I
    think the closeness they shared in other Verses allowed her to give Sookie the benefit of the doubt
    instead of go all Fae on her ass. All the Stackhouses except Adele (so all the Faeries) seem to
    have a hair trigger temper that is overcome by a good relationship- which they don’t have in this
    Verse. That said, I too want to kick Linda’s ass.
    -Eric seems so ambivalent about Sookie. He’s known her as an adult for years now. Is this related
    to the phenomenon from NW? That Eric and Gawain implied she has the ability to influence
    people and pointed out several instances where Sookie calmed down Alleck, Eric, and others or
    pushed someone towards a particular behavior. Is the cool façade she projects why Eric responds
    the way he does when EVERY other Eric has wanted her whether she was with someone else or
    not?
    I feel so sad for this Sookie I want to cry. Is the inability to have children the real reason she
    pushed Asa away? Does she let anyone in?

    • I was pretty much thinking the same thing about Linda in BT and her pushing Sookie for what she thought Sookie should want w/ Alcide. It’s probably harder since A) Sookie’s behavior is a lot further from the ‘ideal’ in this verse than in any of the others, and B) the family is pretty much excluded from her alternate life. In other verses where she worked as a telepath she was usually on tour with the people she considered family, here they get left behind probably with very little information as to what she is doing. That being said Linda is a total twat, at least Gran took her ‘come to Jesus’ with some grace.
      I also found it weird that Eric has only now realized that he is sexually attracted to Sookie, it seems so OOC for him. The only other verse that we saw that happen in was NW and he wasn’t even smelling when she met him there.

  10. I’m so confused. Why are they like this? How stupid could one person be? Linda could out Sookie, get herself killed, get Trey killed, and so many issues. Update soon please! This is going to drive me crazy.

  11. I am SO glad you started this verse up again! LOVE this Sookie!
    None of the Sookie’s ever just lay down and take the crap that’s handed to them but this one??? She kicks ass and takes names!
    Bye-bye Long Shadow, can’t say it was nice knowing you.
    Linda needs to get her head out of her ass, maybe this is her come to Jesus?

  12. Loved Sookie’s “talk” with SA. Hehe!
    What the HELL is Linda thinking? Waltzing into Fangtasia? WTF? And what is her problem?
    Bye bye Longshadow…
    When are Eric ans Sookie going to get some alone time *waggles eyebrows*

  13. Oh yikes! Well, Long Shadow needed to be ended anyway. And maybe it will snap a little sense into Linda? She’s stupid mad and being incredibly harsh & I’m still a little confused as to why. I guess they think Sookie is a slut and that’s how she got PID. Though I’m guessing she actually got it from what Bartlett did to her.

    I’m really hoping someone gets Linda’s head screwed on straight soon.

  14. What the fuck are Linda’s & Adele’s problem? Maybe they should allow Linda to be drained. Or at least snacked from a little. Might do her a world of good. I certainly enjoy reading the bitch get some comeuppance. It would be nice for her to relay to Adele that Linda got the punishment both of them deserve. I think Sookie’s life is exactly the way she wants it & her family have no business bringing up her private details & bashing her with them. I really hope Linda & Adele get a few come to jesuses from every family member & every vampire they know. They so richly deserve them tenfold. I can’t wait to read what happens to Linda & of course Eric & Sookie’s hopeful build up to something in the next chapter. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. I think Linda (and by extension Gran and everyone not in major contact with vampires) has been spoiled by Eric, Pam, Shawn, and Gawain. Each of them have their own reasons for why & how the fairy smell doesn’t affect them as much. Even though it was previously mentioned that fairies are crack to vampires, I can see Linda easily forgetting that fact because she’s determined and stubborn in her wrong headedness to see it through. In effect, she’s behaving more recklessly than she seems to think Sookie has been behaving. And I can certainly see her using an attack by Longshadow as an excuse for why Sookie shouldn’t be working for all these vampires, but hopefully that will get nipped in the bud when it is made clear that Sookie can handle herself, has protection, has respect from her vampires, and isn’t as fragrant as Linda. I get the sense there is a two faced moment coming where Linda calls into question Sookie working for vampires, and if so I hope it’s mentioned how unfair it is that Hadley can marry a vampire but Sookie can’t work for them.

    And we’ve seen other Lindas & Grans treat someone this way before: Hadley. The Hadley who didn’t know about her ability and was so messed up by Barlett. The difference is what Sookie portrays in being Erica Weiss isn’t everything she is, especially around her family, and she’s never cruel in the way Hadley could be. She definitely isn’t slutty – confident in her sexuality – but not slutty. She’s more or less the same Sookie we’ve always seen. But Gran & Linda are so blinded by Sookie’s desire to be away from home (which I’m guessing has increased tenfold since they’ve gotten bitchier), the expensive gifts they’ve never stopped to consider why they are so expensive, and the clothes Sookie wears for her performance that they consider slutty; that they are making incorrect assumptions about her. It seems like they think the telepathy is just a front for Sookie to be passed around by her vampire friends and whoever those vampires wish her to be with. I imagine they think the gifts are for sexual services rendered. As Hadley said, this wasn’t the case until Sookie was diagnosed with PID which can be caused by an STD and perhaps they think Sookie contracted one in the practice of working for vampires. I don’t know the origins but it could just be an unfortunate thing that happened to this Sookie and not others. It could have have been there all along. It could have something to do with Bartlett. Maybe it has something to do with that mysterious time that Sookie needed blood. Or it could have very well been because of an STD, but I don’t think that’s a reason to judge Sookie even if it is so. In any case, putting pressure on her to settle down if that’s not what she wants and especially if she can’t have children isn’t right.

    All the same, I do think the price Sookie paid for getting a relatively calm childhood where no one felt sorry for her for what Bartlett did is that she’s now got a Gran & Linda who don’t seem to appreciate the severity of what Sookie has been through and continues to struggle with her telepathy. It’s easy to think “it would be awful to hear every person’s every thought” in a general sense. It gets a lot more real when you know those awful thoughts come from someone you know, thought you could trust, and they were directed and acted on a child. I wish that weren’t the case, and I’d hate for that to be brought back up, especially for Hadley given that her life is so much better not knowing, but I have worried if a skip was going to bring someone who would mention it without knowing that it shouldn’t be mentioned. And as Sookie mentioned with Linda’s ability, it seems inevitable. Still, I wish Linda & Gran can get a come to Jesus without Sookie having to relive those memories and experience their pity. I’m not sure which she’d hate more, pity or scorn, but either would only make her want to stay away longer.

    I love this entire series, and I’m sorry I have reviewed before (and my first review is a rambling post). I’m shy even when on the internet, but I’m going to try to review more. I don’t know if I want Sookie to tell her family off and travel the world with Eric, or see if Gran & Linda can try to be better and still travel the world with Eric. I like Brandon & Jason for sticking up for Sookie, and Hadley for recognizing it even if she makes excuses for Linda & Gran. But either way, Linda & Gran need a dose of reality either in the form of a crash course in what the vampire world is really like and how much respect these vampires have for Sookie or in Sookie (and probably Brandon, maybe Jason) exiting their lives for a long while to see how much their thoughts and opinions have hurt her.

  16. Linda is a super dumbass for just walking into a vampire bar, smelling of fae. Yup, Darwin Award deserved. I’m looking forward to Eric removing what little there is of Sookie’s outfit >:) Give us some S&E loving!

  17. If ya all remember Eric glamoured Gran, Linda and Hadley to forget about what Bartlett had done to the girls. The only one who remembers is Sookie and Eric. I am sure Sookie’s family sees her anti social behavior as something odd and worrisome. I am sure they think there is no way to make that kind of money except flat on your back. Bartlett very well could have given Sookie a STD which led to PID. She could have had it a while before getting medical treatment for it. Linda is stupid for going to a Fang bar but I am thinking that she may have gotten a flash of Bartlett molesting the girls. I know that Eric and Trey will take care of Longshadow. Looking forward to more.

  18. Wow. Awesome. All of it. I can hardly wait to see what crawled up Linda’s butt. And even after being told how sweet she smells to vampires, she storms into a vampire bar? Longshadow doesn’t seem to have much restraint. It’s sad that Linda and Gran don’t trust Sookie any better. They’re lucky she even comes to see them. More questions, needing more answers.

  19. Auntie isn’t getting much love right now! Not that she deserves it. Maybe seeing a vamp staked after he tried to eat her will give her a little perspective on what Sookie does for a living and why the kings that she helps to rid of ickys like Long Shadow are so appreciative. Because I think they said she had quite a bit of blood recently to heal an injury, and with Long Shadow taking Trey down as soon as he walked in the room, Sookie is going to be the second fastest, the one to get the stake and get the job done. So maybe Linda will also realize she knows how to protect herself when she’s out prancing around the world.

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  21. Dang. SA is not handling things well. And that public call certainly didn’t impress any of the vamps present, I would think.
    Dang Linda. Does she have no brains? But, if they new she was incoming… Trying to think of a way they could have headed her off so she didn’t enter Fangtasia and became vamp bait. Without making a scene. Crap!

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