Over the next three days, Sookie remained in the underground lair while the sun was up with Eric, Ahmose and her Vampire guards. Her security access had been removed from the system and she was literally trapped. Eric kept her up until dawn so she was able to sleep almost to noon and Ahmose ensured she had food and drinks to snack on when she woke. She would watch TV, read and play on a laptop that Ahmose provided her.
would also sit at the repaired console and watch the monitors while
Edwin interviewed human employees at various business Ahmose owned. She
would expand her shields to hear them while Edwin questioned them and
write down any information she picked up on. She and Edwin would then
keep in contact through the communication system to relay any points of
interest. She wasn't exactly bored, but she did resent the restriction
on her movement. She hoped that this situation would just be temporary
and that Eric would come down from his anger once they returned to
nights were spent in equal parts working and touring. The beginning of
the night was reserved for going to major public gathering places for
Vampires where she would listen in for trouble. She found two other
Fellowship cells and they were apprehended. She didn't ask what would be
done with them and frankly didn't want to know. Things continued to be
uncomfortable with Bill around, and he and Eric never missed a chance to
insult each other. Bill's were subtle as he couldn't afford to be as
blatant as his Sheriff due to their different statuses, but Eric was
more than obvious with his barbs. Sookie just tried to keep the peace as
much as she could. When her jobs with Ahmose were done Eric would take
her around the city. He took her to see the Empire State building, ice
skating at Rockefeller Center, to see a concert by Taylor Swift at Radio
City Music Hall, walking in Central Park, and he took her to see the
Metropolitan Museum of Art which was by far her favorite. She tried to
bring up the topic about keeping her confined once they returned home
but he refused to speak of it any further. So she simply tried to enjoy
her time with him and hoped to be able to sway him when they got back.
it was Friday morning and they were scheduled to fly home soon after
sunset that night. Eric had decided with this new enemy it was no longer
safe for them to fly during the day in travel coffins so they would do
all their traveling at night. He would be safe from the sun if they were
attacked but Han and Ivan would not. He didn't really care about Bill.
At the moment Eric was dead for the day and Sookie was draped across his
chest sleeping as she found herself pulled into a dream not of her own
was wearing a shimmering white gown with gold embroidery as she walked
alone in a beautiful forest. The trees danced around her and sunlight
streamed down through the leaves to light the path she was on. Turning
her head and looking around Sookie saw birds, butterflies, squirrels and
all kinds of gentle creatures. They all watched her as she walked.
Ahead of her she could see a sunny meadow. The grass swayed in the warm
breeze and the scent of flowers tinged her senses. Stepping out of the
woods she looked around and her eyes widened as she saw a women sitting
quietly amongst the flowers. She was young and beautiful with flowing
golden hair, but Sookie knew who she was, "Gran?"
smiled softly at her granddaughter, the girl she had raised as her own,
and nodded her head. "Come here Sookie. Sit with me."
forward Sookie sat down in the sweet smelling grass with white flowers
sprinkled throughout facing a much younger version of her grandmother.
Tucking her legs under her as she adjusted her skirt Sookie asked,
"Where are we."
"Somewhere," Adele answered with a smile.
"You look beautiful Gran. Happy."
"Thank you Sookie. I am happy."
one of the flowers from the ground and twirling it between her fingers
Sookie asked, "This isn't a dream is it? This is another one of those visions that's not really a dream isn't it?"
her hands in her lap Adele nodded her head and replied, "This is one of
those dreams you will learn from. I've brought you here."
"You'll learn that soon enough. When the time is right for you to know."
"I'm hearing an awful lot of that lately."
"Indeed you are."
the young face of the woman that had meant so much to her Sookie
finally said, "You knew didn't you? Those walls in your mind, the
thoughts I couldn't get to, they were about all this weren't they? You
knew about the prophecy?"
Smiling softly at her granddaughter Adele answered, "Yes Sookie. I knew."
"Why didn't you tell me?"
if I had it would have altered the natural course of your life. Had I
told you what you were destined for, you would not have become who you
are now, and who you are, will allow you to be what you were meant to be.
Fate is a tricky thing my dear. A very tricky thing."
the flower in her hand Sookie growled, "I'm getting so tired of people
planning my future and leaving me out of the planning! It's not fair!"
few things in life are fair. You were born to do great things; not only
for yourself but the world as a whole. You were destined to save
millions. I love you Sookie. I love you with my whole heart, but what is
coming is beyond you. Life must always come first."
know very soon, but I did not bring you here to speak to you of your
destiny. I brought you here to speak to you about the powers and tools
you have in your possession."
"What do you mean?"
forward to take Sookie's hand in her own Adele explained, "Sookie you
have power inside you. Untapped power. Just as your Viking's powers grew
with your bond your own powers will grow, are already growing."
"I don't understand. What powers?"
you already using your telepathy with more ease than you ever did? Did
you not tap into the Fae magic inside of you the night you faced off
Eyes widening Sookie asked, "You know about that?"
"There are few secrets here."
"That was Fae Magic? Like fairies?"
"How is that possible?"
her hand around Sookie's Adele replied, "Because I had an affair
Sookie. Your true grandfather was a man named Fintan Brigant. He was
half Fae and his father is Niall Brigant. The Prince of the Faeries; a
very powerful supernatural. You are a Faery Princess Sookie; from a
strong and powerful line."
Sookie looked stunned as she gasped, "Are you serious?"
That man you saw at your parents' funeral and those nights out by the
woods was your Great Grandfather Niall. He was the one that sent you the
earrings. He watches over you even now, but keeps his distance to
ensure he does not interfere with your destiny."
"Is Jason part Faery too?"
but the power of the Fae is not in him. He carries only the genetic
appeal of the Fae; their looks and magnetism. You were the only one to
inherit any power. Your father received only looks and appeal as well.
The spark was passed only to you."
Essential Spark. Combined with the power of our own line, the power the
women in our family have carried inside them for thousands of years has
created a source of unimaginable possibilities inside of you."
"What's so special about the women in our family?"
"You'll learn that soon enough as well."
Glaring at her Grandmother for her evasive answers Sookie pressed, "What kind of possibilities?"
her head Adele replied, "Even we are unsure of that. For right now all I
know is that you have the power to read all supernatural minds.
Eyes widening Sookie argued, "I don't want to! Eric said I'll be killed if Vampires find out I can read them."
is why you can't let them know. Your telepathy is growing Sookie and
you will need it. You need to start honing your skill, but keep it a
secret. You can tell your Viking as he will feel the power growing in
you through your bond, but he will keep your secret. Your guards Han and
Ivan know as well as Ahmose. These Vampires you can trust, but let no
one else know until the Pythoness tells you it is safe. Stop being
afraid of the things you can do and start respecting the power inside of
you. You will need it soon enough."
"That's it? Work on my telepathy?"
"No. I know of one other power you have for sure."
Holding her Grandmother's gaze Sookie asked, "What's that?"
barriers you create in your mind are pure energy Sookie. You can expand
them beyond your mind. Create them around yourself and others. Hone
this skill as well."
"What do you mean barriers?"
shields, Sookie. The shields you can create in your mind to keep
thoughts out are made of energy. You can manipulate them to surround
yourself and others. Not just your mind, but your body and beyond as
well. Nothing would be able to get past your barriers once you erect
them. No one and nothing. There is no magic in existence powerful enough
to get beyond your energy barriers. The power you use to create them is
not Fae and it is not mortal magic. It is a power beyond this realm."
"I can't tell you that. Not until the prophecy is well under way. You will know soon enough."
"How do I build the barriers?"
don't know. I don't know how you do what you do. You must simply
try and keep trying until you succeed. Work on building them the same
way you built them in your mind when you were little. You will need
these barriers. Not only to protect yourself and others from your
enemies, but from your Vampire when he loses control."
Biting her lip Sookie whispered, "He's going to hurt me that bad?"
"It's going to get much worse before things are right between the two of you Sookie."
"Then help me get away from him! Tell me how to break the bond!"
her head Adele replied gently, "I can't do that. You two are
fated. You two have a destiny greater than any other and I can't
interfere in that any more than I already am by calling you here now."
"What's going to happen?"
is going to happen Sookie. You and your Viking will live and problems
will arise. As his emotions for you overtake him more and more he will
respond with dominance and brutality to prove he is still in control. I
tell you to fight because I do not want to risk him hurting your heart
beyond his ability to heal it. There is no escape for either of you. You
both are bound for eternity. I want you to live together in love and
happiness. To ensure that I want you to have the tools you need to fight
back so that he doesn't go too far before he realizes the truth."
he loves you more than life itself. That you are his whole world. That
there is no one and nothing for him without you. Your Viking loves and
needs you far more than you do or will him. You will be his heart and
soul, Sookie, and I don't want him damaging it before he comes to
understand that truth."
could do little more than sit in front of her Grandmother and stare at
her in shock. Her mind was whirling with this information. She could
hardly believe what she'd just heard. Finally she asked, "Why didn't you
ever tell me this?"
you couldn't know. You couldn't know where you truly came from. Your
Grandfather has many enemies that would gladly see him and all his line
destroyed. Not to mention the enemies you yourself have due to the
prophecy. I couldn't tell you, but now you need to know."
"Why? Why is it ok for you to tell me now and not then?"
not ok for me to tell you now. I shouldn't be telling you what I have,
but I am willing to defy all those interfering in your life to help
"Help me what?"
Shaking her head Sookie asked, "Fight who?"
Sookie's hand lightly Adele explained, "He loves you, Sookie. He loves
you more than himself, but who he is, what he is, the life he's led,
have caused him to be hard. He's buried his heart to survive. The
emotions you bring out in him scare him. He's not used to any of this.
He can't let you go, but he fears letting you close. He
fears admitting what it is you make him feel. He admits only to lust and
possession. He is going to hurt you as he tries to control what you
make him feel."
Looking down Sookie whispered, "He's already hurt me."
"He will hurt you far worse in the months to come."
"What's going to happen?"
"I won't tell you that. I brought you here to help you fight back."
"How do I do that?"
Tightening her hand around Sookie's Adele explained, "Hone your skills. Embrace the power inside you. Fight. Fight for your rights. Fight for the right to be who you are.
He wants to control you and in many cases you must bow to his leadership
to survive, but the personal relationship between the two of you should
be equal. You are his queen as he is your king. Learn to build the
barriers to force him back when he goes too far. Try and learn to tap
into the Fae Magic inside of you. I don't know what you can do with it,
but I know you have it in you. Know that it is different from the power
you have that creates your shields."
When she remained silent Adele pressed on, "You need to keep in mind that
he does love you. His love is not like a man's because he has
not been a human in many years. Even before he was made vampire he was
not quite a man. He has always been more. Just as you have."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
softly Adele replied, "The full truth of what your Eric is will be
known to the both of you in time. He has great power in him just as you
do. The both of you were literally created for each other. You are truly
halves of the same whole."
"He's so mean to me."
has lived in darkness for a thousand years. There has been no
place for light in his life for centuries. He does not know how to give
you what you need, but that does not mean the desire is not there. You
must grow with him Sookie. The two of you must learn and grow together.
The path the two of you walk will not be easy Sookie, but I can promise
the destiny you are meant for is one you will find complete happiness
in … but you must be willing to fight for it Sookie. You must fight with everything you have."
"Fight what? Fight who?"
tightened her hand on Sookie's and pressed, "You must fight your Eric
for equality. You must make him see that you are a team. It is the two
of you against the world. Fight him as much as he fights himself.
However you must know when to offer peace as well. Love is about give
and take. He knows nothing of love so you must teach it to him.
And the rest? The enemies that will come for you both? Your Eric will
tell you when to fight then. For now fight for your heart and fight for
Sookie met her grandmother's eyes and whispered, "I miss you Gran. I miss you so much."
forward to stroke Sookie's cheek Adele replied, "I miss you too Sookie,
but I know you are strong enough to go on. I wish we'd had more time.
More time for so many things, but I have faith in you Sookie. You are a
beautiful woman inside and out. Your heart is strong and pure. I know
you can do this."
Adele pulled Sookie up and continued, "I love you, Sookie. I loved you
as my own daughter and there was never a day when I wasn't proud of you.
I wish I'd been able to tell you the truth, and regret you must face
these changes in your life so unprepared. I wish for so many things my
Sookie, but wishes don't go far. For now I want you to know that you are
loved. You are loved greatly. Your Viking refuses to admit it but he
loves you greatly. He will come to see that and admit it before the end.
Those you hold close and those that watch you so closely love you as
well. You were born to love and be loved Sookie. Fight for that."
Holding tight to her grandmother's hands Sookie begged, "Will I see you again?"
Sookie into a hug Adele promised, "I will call you here again. When the
time is right. For now you must go. Go and live your life Sookie. Fight
for all you love and believe in and try to remember that your Eric is
new to emotions. He doesn't know how to express them. The things he
feels for you make him afraid and because of that he responds with
dominance and cruelty. These things he knows. You must approach him
her grandmother released her Sookie stepped back and wiped the tears
from her eyes as she said, "I'll try to remember that. He's still a jerk,
men are. Your Eric doesn't have a monopoly on that area. As
women we have to learn to temper their natural male stupidity with our
overabundance of patience. It has been that way since the beginning.
You'll get used to it."
laughed. She could feel a pull inside her chest and knew she was going
to wake up soon. Looking down at herself she saw her body begin to
shimmer and fade. Her eyes darted to her grandmother as she begged,
"Promise me I'll see you again! I have to see you again!"
Sookie fade from sight Adele assured, "We'll see each other again my
darling Sookie. For now go and live. Embrace your power and embrace your
destiny. Know that I will always be with you."
eyes shot open and she sat up on the bed gasping for breath. She was
next to Eric who was still dead for the day. She'd been lying on top of
him as she slept and now she sat staring down at his still form next to
her as she tried to come to terms with what had happened. 'Was it real? Was all of that real? She was so young in my dream, but I know it was her.'
something in her hand Sookie looked down and gasped as she saw the
white flower she'd plucked in her dream. It was crumpled from her tight
grasp but it was there nonetheless. "Oh my God," she whispered as she
looked at it in wonder. 'It was real. All of it. I was really with her. So everything she said ….'
thoughts trailed off as her heart sped up. Everything her Gran had
revealed to her whirled in her mind as she tried to take it all in. It
was too much. The powers her Gran had spoken of, the relationship
between her and Eric, the affair, being a Faery Princess, all of it hit
her like a ton of bricks. Scooting away from Eric she wrapped her arms
around her legs and rocked back and forth as she clutched the flower in
am I going to do? Why is all of this happening? Why me? Why I am so
important to so many people all of a sudden when no one has wanted
anything to do with me my entire life? Why are things so confusing all
of a sudden? And why didn't Gran tell me any of this? She knew I hated
being different. She knew it drove me crazy wondering why I was so
different than everyone else. Why didn't she ever tell me? She knew how
much I wanted to know why I could hear things. Why would she keep all of
this from me?'
by minute she could feel her panic and resentment growing. Learning
so many truths from her dead grandmother in a dream she knew was real by
the flower she woke with in her hand was quickly pushing her towards
the edge. She was so angry with her Gran for hiding all of this from
her. She was so angry at everyone telling her how to live her life;
giving her no options. She was angry that no one was on her side. She
was angry that everyone wanted to help Eric trap her. She was just angry.
her Eric was roused from death by the torrent of emotions ripping
through Sookie and flooding into him through the bond. He felt the
panic, fear, shock, sadness, resentment and anger overcoming her. His
eyes opened slowly to take in the sight of Sookie in a white silk shirt
of his beside him on the bed. She was sitting with her knees drawn to
her chest and her arms wrapped around them as she stared vacantly ahead.
Sitting up as well he said, "Sookie?"
she didn't respond and continued to rock herself slowly he pulled her
into his lap. Stroking her hair back from her face he asked, "What's wrong?"
She was silent a moment before she answered, "I talked to my Gran."
That surprised him. "What do you mean?"
"In my dream. I talked to my Gran."
Realizing she'd had another one of those special dreams of hers, Eric pressed, "What happened?"
"Did you know I'm a Faery Princess?"
stiffened under her. It had been made clear to him that Sookie was not
supposed to know of her heritage yet and he wondered why Sookie's
grandmother was telling her this now. He rolled the question over in his
mind and finally decided he would not lie to her over this. "Yes, I
"So you knew my great grandfather was Niall Brigant?"
"What all did your grandmother say?"
"You didn't answer me."
his arms around her waist he pulled her back against his chest and
replied, "Yes. I know you are a descendent of Niall Brigant."
"Did you know I'm going to be able to read all Supernatural minds including vampires?"
"Han, Ivan and Ahmose know."
She laughed bitterly. "Of course you are. Everybody seems to know all
about me. I know jack of course, but it's all supposed to be ok since
everybody else is in on the secret. Everything's just great since
everybody knows who and what I am except for me. I'd say that's not fair
but as it has been pointed out to me over and over by so many nothing
in my life is fair."
pleased with the anger and resentment in her voice and coming through
the bond, Eric soothed, "No one keeps things from you to hurt you
Sookie. I was told your heritage was kept from you for your own
"My own benefit? More like the benefit of those that want to use me."
"Sookie you must …"
"She said you're going to hurt me."
Eric stilled before growling, "Sookie I will never …."
lie to me!" Jerking out of his hold Sookie stood from the bed and faced
him with fists clenched. His large shirt dipped off her shoulder and
she hissed, "I'm sick and tired of people lying to me! I'm tired of
being used and manipulated! I'm tired of being a pawn for everybody
else! Don't you dare say you would never hurt me! You've done enough
lying to my face!"
Feeling how close she was to losing control through the bond Eric said, "You need to calm down. You're upset."
"Damn right I am! I just found out the only person I ever trusted or believed in completely was lying to me my whole life! She knew!
She knew about this damn prophecy! She knew that this damn bond was
going to happen between us! She knew why I wasn't right my whole life
and never told me! She let me believe I was a freak to keep her damn
secret! She knew I wanted answers more than anything else and she never
gave them to me! Now she's here telling me that she loves me but cares
more about this damn prophecy we're in and that I need to find a way to
stick it out with you! I fucking hate this shit! I'm tired of all it! I
wish I'd never met you! I hate you!"
a pain in his chest at her words, Eric forced back the emotion and
embraced his anger. Standing from the bed as well, he moved in front of
her and growled, "You are upset and therefore I will forgive you your
words. I understand you are afraid and I understand you are confused. I
promise I will help you through this. I …"
don't want your damn help! You only help me for your own benefit. You
only help me so you can take from me! You've made it quite clear that my
emotions only matter to you as long as they don't interfere with your happiness. So keep your damn handouts! I don't want or need anything from you!"
"Sookie stop this at once!"
what? You'll spank me? You'll lock me up? You'll put me in my place? Go
ahead! Let's stop the charade that you give a damn about my happiness!
I'm tired of all of it!"
Clenching his fists Eric hissed, "I'm warning you, you don't want to push me like this."
closer to him with her head tilted all the way back to hold his gaze,
Sookie pressed, "Don't I? To hell with all of this! I'm sick and tired
of your crap. I'm tired of everyone telling me I have to put up with it
because it's what I was born to do. I'm tired of all of it! I don't have
to be with you if I don't want to! Fate, destiny, the Gods, all of them
can go take a hike! You're not my Master and I am done putting up with
your overbearing I-own-you-and-you-will-do-as-I-say shit!"
"Sookie you will shut your mouth…now."
"Make me! Go ahead! Hit me! Pop me one and show me whose boss!"
Taking hold of her arms and shaking her Eric snarled, "Enough! You will stop this now!"
Laughing hysterically now, Sookie cried, "Of course, my Master.
You say, I do, right? I'm not allowed to have my own thoughts or words.
I'm just supposed to stand around and look pretty. I'm here to feed you
when you get hungry and spread my legs for you when you want to fuck
me, right? You'll break me down with the bond until I think I love you
and then I'll really be nothing more than your feed and fuck toy, right?
Smile and nod when you tell me, and use my telepathy like a trick pony
whenever you want it! Well, fuck you Eric! If you want anything out of me anymore, you're going to have to beat it out of me!"
her onto the bed with him, hovering over her, Eric pressed her body
down with his own and hissed, "Oh I don't have to beat you to make you
obey. All I have to do is use your brother and friends against
you. Hell I could use a stranger. That tender heart of yours will have
you falling in line soon enough the second another's life depends upon
you. If you fail to obey me when the time comes for me to give you
orders I will kill anyone I have to in order to bring you under control.
Their blood will be on your hands."
Her smile was bitter as her eyes glistened with tears. "And there you are, Eric. Right there.
You're not the man that tells me stories or buys me puppies. You're the
man that threatens to kill my family and friends when I don't do what
you want. I am and will always be nothing but a tool to you, and you
will always be a monster dressed like a prince. The truth is ugly but
it's better than your pretty lies."
held her gaze for long moments before moving off of her. He laid on the
far side of the bed staring up at the ceiling leaving plenty of space
between them as he said, "Go back to sleep. We'll speak after the sun
up Sookie said, "I'm not going to be able to go back to sleep. I'm
going to get a book out of Ahmose's library and read … if that's ok with
his teeth at the resentment in her tone, Eric simply moved to lie on
his stomach and called forth death to escape the harsh situation he'd
found himself in. "Do as you please."
she was out of the bedroom Sookie curled up on the couch in the main
living area of the underground lair. She cried into her knees as all the
events and truths she'd learned over the past few months filled her
mind. It was simply too much too fast. Her entire world had changed,
everything she thought she knew about herself and her family had been
called into question and she didn't know what to do. She cried for a
half hour before she heard a voice behind her.
think we all forget how very young you are, child," Ahmose said as he
moved between the couches to sit across from Sookie. When she raised red
rimmed eyes to look at him with tears streaming down her cheeks he
continued, "So much is being asked from you and you are so very young.
It is unfair. Necessary, but unfair."
Wiping her tears Sookie replied, "At least someone else is saying that besides me for once."
forward Ahmose handed her a silk handkerchief he'd brought from his
room with him and offered, "Unfair does not mean bad, Sookie."
her nose she answered, "I didn't chose any of this, Ahmose. It's all
just been dumped on me and I'm supposed to be happy with it. I'm just
supposed to fall in line with being Eric's slave and having my entire
life and future taken away. I'm supposed to be all smiles and cheer that
I never get a say in my life again."
focus too much on the here and now Sookie. You are both learning at the
moment. You are learning of the supernatural world and he is learning
what it is to feel again. Already you both change. What is now will not
always be. You must look to the future Sookie. Focus on the things to
he saw Sookie look over her shoulder towards the door of the bedroom
she shared with the Viking he assured, "He is dead. He cannot hear what
we speak of and I will not tell him. You and I are the only ones up at
the moment. Our words here are our own."
"Why aren't you dead?"
vampire of my age is able to stay awake for days if I choose. I
actually die only a few hours a day most of the time." Silence stretched
between them before Ahmose offered, "I didn't want to be a vampire, you
know. I never chose this life, and did not want it when offered to me."
Clearly shocked Sookie asked, "You were turned against your will?"
quite. I was chosen for this. I was chosen to walk through time so I
would be here to aid you and your bonded. My Maker came to me when I was
but a boy of 13 and told me I was destined to be a Night Walker. I was
already Pharaoh by that point, but still learning to rule. My Maker told
me one day she would return for me and give me eternal life. I feared
it and sought a way to avoid it."
would not go out at night. I had powerful magic cast to protect me from
vampires at night. I covered myself in silver to ward off the Night
Walkers as we called them. I prayed to Sekhmet, often referred to as the
Goddess of the Dead and Lady of Slaughter, for salvation. I made her
numerous offerings to spare me from the fate I was chosen for. The night
before I was turned she came to me in my room. She told me that she and
the other Gods had chosen me for this life. They had chosen me out of
all their Pharaohs, who truly were descended from the gods by the way,
to walk through time so I could be here to help you fulfill the
prophecy. I was told of what would happen. She told me how she and the
other gods and goddesses of my people would fall to disbelief and lack
of faith over time. She told me how their fate would mirror the fates of
other deities around the world. She told me of how one day a girl child
would be born. A girl child with a heart so big and pure she could
carry the weight of the world. I was told of the fate of this girl and
her king and I was told to wait for them. Wait and offer aid when they
stood before me. This I have done. I accepted my fate and lot in life
and have done my duty as I was born to. I will stand and fight beside
you and your king for as long as I am able."
Sookie was silent for a moment before she said, "So you're telling me to buck up and get with the program?"
Chuckling softly, Ahmose replied, "No. I'm telling you that sometimes we are
called to do things we do not wish to do, but that does not mean we will
not grow to appreciate the lives we live. I did not choose this life
and did not want it, but if given the chance to go back and change it,
to give this fate to another, I would not. I love all of my children. I
appreciate all of the memories I hold and the lessons I've learned. My
life has been one of hardship and pain, but there has been love,
friendship, joy, adventure, and happiness. I weather the low points when
they come and rejoice in the high."
"Eric said something like that."
I said before the Viking is wise beyond his years, but he is unskilled
and unlearned in many things still. Emotions being one of them."
Holding his gaze Sookie pressed, "If I ask for your honest opinion will you give it?"
"Do you think what he's doing is right?"
all of it. Your Viking is making many mistakes and he will pay for
them. You are worth more than slavery, but I understand why he's doing
what he's doing. I understand his reasoning."
"So you think he should let me go?"
his head Ahmose replied, "I did not say that. I'm saying I do not agree
with his methods. Your Eric is taking a new situation that involves
emotions he's never experienced and trying to force it into a role he is
more comfortable with. He's never felt for anyone or anything the way
he feels for you, not even Godric, and yet every part of who he is cries
out for you. He doesn't understand it and doesn't want to. He wants to
force you into a manageable position. He believes if he can make you a
slave, something he owns, then he can control the situation he finds
himself in. He is wrong in this belief and he will come to understand
that. He will come to regret the crimes he commits against you now."
"So you don't think he should lock me up like he's choosing to do?"
that's not what I said. I agree with him that you act based on emotion
and presently that is beyond dangerous and costly. You are too young;
too young and too unaware of the danger around you. As unfair as it is
your life is no longer your own. You are now responsible for the world … literally.
Your life along with your Viking's are more important than any other.
You cannot die Sookie. Because of who you are and the intensity with
which you feel you will always follow your heart. That is both good and
bad. It is good as that you will never lose your humanity, and it is bad
as you will never approach a dangerous situation as you should. You
will always put yourself and your own wellbeing last despite the fact
that no one on this earth is more important than you. Because of that
your Viking's guidance and protection is necessary."
"So you're saying he should have control of me?"
"I'm saying you should have control of each other."
Laughing at that Sookie replied, "I'll never be able to control Eric."
smiled genially. "You will. You will never beat him physically,
but you control more and more of his heart by the day. Soon your
happiness will matter greatly to him. Soon your word will have sway over
him. You will be the moral compass and he will be the might. He will do
the fighting and killing that must take place to keep you and yours
safe, and you will keep the darkness in him at bay. Already the changes
in you both grow."
"I still don't like this. It's not fair and I don't accept it. I will not be a vampire."
Eyes widening Sookie gasped, "What?"
forward Ahmose replied, "What I tell you now you cannot mention to your
Viking. Not until you are both told of the prophecy. Do you
will never be a vampire. You will never be turned and you will
never live off blood. Your heart will never stop beating. You will
always be what you are now."
Smiling softly Sookie asked, "I'm always going to be human?"
his head Ahmose laughed, "You are not human. Parts of you are of
course, but there are parts of you that are most definitely not."
"Then what am I?"
I cannot tell you. What I can tell you is that you will never lose your
sunlight. You will never lose your compassion or kindness. You will
always value life above all things. In the end Eric will take nothing
from you that you do not freely give. Least of all your humanity."
"He's taken my freedom and right to choose."
Shrugging Ahmose replied, "That is only temporary. Soon enough you will be equals."
"I'm learning soon is different for me than you guys."
again Ahmose said, "Indeed it is. Eternity is a long time Sookie.
Plenty long for the two of you to resolve your issues."
"I thought you said I wouldn't be turned?"
"I did and you won't."
"Then how will I live for eternity?"
softly, Ahmose replied, "You'll learn that soon enough. For now know
that nothing will be done to you. The power to live past a normal mortal
existence was created in you at birth. Your joining with the Viking
awakened it. The power in you grows by the day; already your
body's aging process is slowing. Soon it will stop entirely and you will
be preserved in time as you are now. Death will only come to you
through a mortal wound. Never sickness or old age."
Mouth falling open in shock Sookie whispered, "Oh my gosh."
You were born to be immortal Sookie. You were born to walk many worlds
and see things few can even imagine. Your destiny is great, Sookie, and
one day you will rejoice in it. For now you must endure the hardships
you face and fight for equality with your Viking. However I suggest you
"What's that supposed to mean?"
Ahmose offered, "Despite what you see in the movies of grand gun fights
and battles fought by armies true tacticians know that battles are won
by superior minds. You must outsmart your bonded. Use his affection for
you against him. He says your happiness is nothing compared to his and
yet he sacrifices many things that would make him happy for you. Find a
middle ground and build upon it."
"How do I do that?"
certain you're smart enough to figure that out. Put your mind to
it and I'm sure you'll find a way to regain some of the ground you've
lost." Standing Ahmose continued, "For now I shall leave you to your
thoughts. I will also reiterate that just because you did not choose
this destiny for yourself and do not understand it does not mean you
will not eventually want it. Take all things in stride my lady. Take
them in stride and with an open heart and mind. Perhaps you will find
more there than you think."
As Ahmose walked away Sookie called after him, "Thank you Ahmose."
to face her Ahmose nodded his head and replied, "Always, my lady. If
ever you have need of me I will give it." With that he headed back to
his room. When he was at his door he said over his shoulder, "If I may
Smiling softly at him Sookie replied, "You can always speak your mind to me Ahmose."
hurt him, Sookie. I know he's hurting you as well, but he's just as
unsure and confused by all of this as you are. Add that to the fact you
are making him feel, truly feel with everything he is,
for the first time in centuries and he is just as lost as you. He hides
it better but he doesn't know what to do anymore than you do. All he's
ever known is the fight for control and you're robbing him of that. He
will not give you up, but he doesn't know how to keep you without
changing. You must give him time. I know it's not fair that he expects
you to change and fit the mold he's placed you in, but you must give him
time. He's coming to understand that he's changing. He hasn't accepted
that yet, but he will. You simply must be patient. Be patient and be
gentle. As strong as your heart is his is just as weak. He hasn't used
it in so long he's forgotten how. You must give him time to learn to
feel and understand it again. You must teach him how to love properly. You must give his heart time to grow as strong as yours."
Sookie was silent a moment before asking, "Is he truly capable of loving me? Real and true love that is unconditional?"
well on his way. He's fighting it and you. Something has to
give. You can't defeat a warrior such as him with force. He was
born and raised to never back down in a head on assault. He can't ignore
a challenge. The beast in him will not allow it. Approach him gently.
Appeal to the softness growing inside him for you. His heart yearns for
you. Use that."
"Did I really hurt him?"
Nodding, Ahmose replied, "I think your rejection has the power to wound
him even more than Godric's passing. Godric was his beginning. You are
his present and future. He knows this. He won't admit it, but the truth
is there inside him all the same. Your heart is strong. His is
not. He has kept it buried for centuries. Don't beat it down. Instead
build it up. It is the only way the two of you will come to realize the
true bond you share."
As Ahmose pushed open his bedroom door Sookie asked, "Will we ever be truly happy?"
paused. He didn't turn around as he answered, "You will if you are both
willing to fight for it. Love is give and take Sookie. Sadly for now
you must give more than you take, but soon enough there will be equality
between you, but you must fight for it."
he was gone Sookie sat and thought about what she'd learned. Her
greatest fear had been resolved. She'd been terrified of being a
Vampire; completely and totally terrified. Now knowing it wasn't going
to happen had taken a large load off her shoulders and she was thankful.
However that didn't mean she didn't have other problems to consider. 'Like everything to do with Eric and our relationship,' she thought with mixed emotions.
that she'd had a chance to calm down she recognized the fact that she
had kind of lost it with him earlier. Her dream with her Gran had
freaked her out and the truths she'd learned had really shocked the hell
out of her. Most of the anger she took out on Eric had been directed at
her Gran's secrecy and the situation she found herself in entirely.
Eric had simply been a convenient outlet. She'd been so upset about
being lied to by everyone and everything that she had taken it out on
him to make herself feel better. She recognized it as being wrong now,
but at the time she hadn't been able to help herself. Looking at the
clock on the wall she saw it was a little past 2pm now and she knew that
Eric wouldn't rise for a few more hours. She decided she might as well
get dressed and then read a book. She would need her energy to face him
when he did rise. Especially since they would be stuck down here
together until the sunset.
into the bedroom she forced herself not to look at Eric as she shed his
silk shirt she'd slept in and dressed in one of her new outfits. She
put on a beaded light blue sweater with dark leggings and suede boots. When she
was done, she headed to Ahmose's library to retrieve the book she'd been
reading on Egyptian mythology. As she settled on the couch, she thought, 'I hope he's willing to hear me out when he rises. If he doesn't things are going to get a whole lot worse.'
few hours later Eric's eyes opened as he sat up. Immediately he saw
Sookie sitting beside him on the bed. She was cross legged and obviously
waiting for him. He could remember their earlier altercation clearly
and was tempted to ignore her or punish her. He couldn't decide which.
However it was also obvious that she was waiting to speak to him. 'She'd better be ready to beg my forgiveness for her words, because if she goes off on me again I'm pulling her over my knee,' he thought as he waited for her to speak.
watched as Eric sat up and raised a knee to drape his arm over while he
stared at her with hard eyes. Taking a deep breath she said, "There's
actually a lot I want to talk to you about, but first I have a request to
a brow Eric laughed coldly, "I thought you wanted nothing from me? Yet
here you are asking for favors as soon as I rise."
this will go a lot better if you're willing to meet me halfway. I want
to talk about what happened earlier but first I have two very important
questions to ask you. What I want from you now is for you to open the
bond on your end so I can feel your honesty when you give me your
"My word alone is not good enough?"
"Not for these questions. I need to know
beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are telling me the truth when you
answer them. You can always feel me and whether or not I'm hiding
something from you so I'd appreciate it if you would open your end this
one time so I can feel the truth of your answers."
was silent a moment before he threw open the bond. He watched her jerk
back as his anger and rage washed over her and said, "Good enough for
Closing her eyes as their connection tore at her, as his barely leashed fury burnt her from the inside she begged, "Eric please … please don't use this against me … I'm trying here … please."
looked her over for a moment before he reined in the bond. He left
himself open enough that she'd be able to feel his emotions, but not so
much that she would be hurt by them. "Ask your questions."
a sigh as the pain inside her from his attack faded Sookie asked,
"Would you ever truly kill my brother or friends, or hurt them in any
way to force me to do what you want?"
"That's a difficult question to answer."
"Answer it as best you can."
how to word his answer Eric finally replied, "I would never harm any
you care about over simple obedience. However if your life and safety
are ever on the line and your compliance with my orders are absolutely
necessary to ensure your survival I will do whatever I must to keep you
if I ever broke one of your rules and refused to obey you wouldn't use
them against me? You'd only use them against me in a life or death
could feel his honesty through the answer. She felt some of her fear
evaporate as she pressed, "Is there anything else you know about me that
you haven't told me?"
"Yes. Two things."
"What are they?"
can only tell you one. The other you have to be able to see for
yourself. Magic hides it from you and I will not go against it."
Biting her lip Sookie finally said, "Ok then tell me the other."
"Fairies killed your parents. They did not die in the flood. That was merely a cover up. They were murdered."
Sookie's mouth dropped open and she gasped, "What?"
her growing pain and horror Eric continued, "I know no more than that
but I will get answers for you if you want them. I was told very little
by Niall. He merely confirmed my suspicions that they were murdered. I
believe your Gran knew it as well. Fae are greatly harmed by lemon juice
and iron Sookie. I think your Gran knew you were a target."
"How could you not tell me this!"
does you no good to know. You cannot gain vengeance on those that
killed them and this information only hurts you. However you asked and
wanted the truth so I have given it."
Shaking her head, Sookie pressed, "Why? Why were they killed? What happened!"
"I don't know. As I said I was told very little by Niall, but I will contact him and ask for answers if you want them."
"You know him? You've spoken to him?"
"I've known him for centuries. I've only
recently become aware that you are related to him though. He and I have
never been on the best of terms but I guess you could say that currently
we see eye to eye. If you desire answers I will aid you in seeking
them. I cannot promise you will get them. Niall is a powerful supernatural and I cannot force him to answer your questions."
"But you'll try?"
"I will contact him as soon as we get home."
Sookie was quiet a moment before she asked, "Can I meet him?"
not sure. He knows you exist and my understanding is he watches over
you but doesn't take part in your life to keep from interfering with the
prophecy. I will ask if it will make you happy though."
thought that over before finally saying, "Ok. I guess I'll cross that
bridge when I come to it. Those were the two questions I had for you.
Now I want to talk about what happened earlier." When Eric simply
continued to look at her she said, "I'm sorry I yelled at you like that.
I was upset. It's no excuse for going off on you like I did but it's
all I have."
Clearly surprised Eric asked, "You're apologizing?"
I realize that I took out my anger on you unfairly and I'm sorry for
saying mean things simply to hurt you. I was upset by what I learned in
my dream and I lashed out … so I'm sorry."
"So you didn't mean any of it?"
I meant plenty of it. I still think it's total crap that you get to
order me around and I can't stop you. I think it's total crap that
there's apparently been this big whole plan for me my entire life that
so many people knew about and do know about but no one thinks I have the
right to be clued in on. I think it's crap that I didn't choose this
course in my life, and I think it's crap I don't have the right to
change it. There's just a whole lot of crap in my life right now … but I
didn't mean it when I said I wish I'd never met you and I didn't mean it
when I said I hate you. Those things I said in anger and I'm sorry."
"And what you said about being nothing more than a feed and fuck toy to me?"
Sookie winced. "I shouldn't have said that. You've proven
I'm more than that to you. I know if you only saw me as that you'd have
taken both from me by force when we first met. I know you treat me
better than other vampires treat their humans and I appreciate that. I'm
sorry I said that."
looked at her for a moment before he said, "I want you to tell me of
this dream you had of your Grandmother. Tell me what she told you."
Shaking her head Sookie replied, "I'm not ready to do that. I … I need time to sort through it all."
"I want to know what—"
"Eric have I ever asked you to speak about Godric when you weren't ready to?"
Stiffening, he replied, "No."
please do me the same courtesy. What Godric was to you my Gran was to
me, and I just found out that she lied to me my whole life. She told me a
lot in my dream and I need time to come to terms with it all. I'll tell
you about it, but only when I'm ready."
a few moments of silence Eric finally nodded and replied,
"Very well. I'll give you your time as long as you promise that none of
it is important for me to know in order to keep you safe."
Sookie shook her head, "It was all personal stuff. Some of it had to
do with you but it was more along the lines of her speculating on our
bond and relationship. I guess you could say she was giving me advice.
If it makes you feel any better she fell in with everyone else and
spouted off that crap about us being destined and I had to stay with you
and all that."
Smirking, Eric reached forward to take hold of her wrist and pull her to
his side. "It pleases me to hear that. Her opinion means much to you and
I like that her vote was cast in my favor."
her eyes, Sookie added, "She also said all men are jerks and the only
reason women can tolerate any of you is because we have an overabundance
of patience. She said our patience counters your natural male
it's obvious at that point your Gran was just spewing nonsense. As I
understand humans tend to become somewhat senile in their old age. That
must have been the reason behind those words."
softly at that Sookie replied, "I like her version better, and she was
young in my dream. Like my age young. She was beautiful."
"If you're descended from her I can believe she was a striking woman in her prime."
Laying her head on his shoulder Sookie whispered, "I really am sorry for what happened earlier."
the top of her head, Eric replied, "I know and I forgive you your words.
I knew you were speaking in anger and should not have responded in
kind. I also regret threatening your brother and friends. That was low
of me and untrue. I, too, was speaking in anger at that point."
Sookie was silent for a moment before she asked, "Do you think we're going to get through this?"
"I know we will. It just might be a hell of fight to ensure we land on top."
"I'm no good in a fight Eric."
Laughing softly Eric said, "I'm plenty good enough for the both of us. Stick with me and you'll be just fine."
"You are so arrogant."
"It's not arrogance if it's true. I'm just that good."
"Don't forget sexy as hell."
"Now that's just not true. I slum it around fangbangers at Fangtasia all the time."
Scoffing Sookie replied, "You sit on a throne above them all and kick them in the head to send them flying when they annoy you."
"A man has to have his hobbies Sookie."
"You're such a jerk."
"Don't forget Viking sex God. Never that one."
"You soooo need to get over yourself."
"I could stand to have you over me right now. Specifically over the groin area."
he kissed the top of her head and stood from the bed to get dressed.
"Come, my Sookie. You practically begged for that one."
As she watched him pull on his pants and shirt Sookie thought, 'Maybe there's hope for us yet.'