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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Chapter 75 ~ House of Cards

Eric's temporary office in Shreveport found him sitting tall at his desk strategizing with Haldar and Pam. Until the new official compound he’d ordered was built, these digs would have to do. He’d thought about using Fangtasia until the new place was completed, but it was simply too small and too open for his needs. He was in the middle of discussing possible new recruits for his army when a sharp wave of pain, anger, and betrayal barreled across his bond with Sookie.

Alarmed, he held up his hand imperiously and the room went silent. Ignoring their concerned faces, he immediately pulled his phone from his pocket and called Sookie’s cell. When she answered, he demanded, “Sookie, what is wrong? What has happened? Is Sargon at the barrier now?”

There was a moment of silence that rolled out as if hours. He listened raptly. He could hear her breathing, his mind trying to analyze its cadence for a possible hint to the crisis. He was going to speak again when he heard Sookie’s icy reply, “Come. Home. Now.”

The coldness of her tone cut him to the core. Her voice held no emotion, no inflection of her love for him. It was stone, lifeless. He felt raw fear as his voice took on an edge of begging he winced inwardly at hearing. “Sookie, min √§lskade, what is wrong? Are you hurt? Is Sargon there? Is he threatening you?”

Another moment of silence passed between them, their bond calcifying as Sookie’s rage reached unimaginable heights while her pain beat at him, a form of articulation, detached, a staccato. He felt himself frightened, confused, unable to keep a steady tenor to his words. “Sookie, I do not understand!  What is wrong?”

“Come. Home. Now.”

Click.

The line went dead. Eric looked at the phone he gripped in his hands, willing it to somehow explain. He gritted his teeth anxiously, then looked to his friends and announced, “Something is very wrong. We must return immediately.”

He said nothing more as he vamped out of the building and took to the sky. His mind fought for reason as he felt his thoughts falling to the emotion of vivid imaginings. He didn’t know what was wrong, but he was filling in the blanks with nightmarish scenarios. Her voice! He had never heard it so cold, so empty. Anxiety beat a steady tattoo. He thought of her warmth and tenderness, saw her dancing eyes, heard her laugh, a slight smile as he pictured the curve of her belly, within, his child she was carrying. Was she safe? His anxiety stairstepped linearly. And the bond ... their bond ... such horrid emotions. He felt absolutely nothing from her physically, but her emotions were raging at him through the bond.

Behind him, Haldar shared a worried look with Pam before sweeping her into his arms and taking off after his friend. As Pam was unable to fly Haldar had no choice but to carry her, and for once Pam did not object to his touching her. She was just as concerned by what taken place. Haldar couldn’t even begin to keep pace with Eric as his Viking brother hurled himself through the sky at an impossible speed.

Within moments, Eric reached the compound. The magic of the barrier brushed against his skin as he dropped lithely from the sky and dashed up the front porch to barge into the house. He found Sookie sitting silently in the living room by herself. Looking around wildly he saw no one and nothing out of place but he overlooked the elephant in the room—her steely countenance, the ramrod back, the hands tightly gripped in her lap.

His body was poised for an assault and his gaze continued to scan their surroundings, searching for whomever or whatever had his mate summoning him home in such a way, as he demanded, “Sookie, min √§lskade, what has happened?”

Sookie looked at him with eyes that were equal parts heartbroken and furious. She didn’t rise from the couch as she ordered, “Do not call me that. Don’t. You. Ever! Call me that again.”

His stomach dropped out from under him. He had never seen Sookie like this. Ever. She was staring at him in a way he didn’t know how to interpret. Her body was nearly as still as a vampire’s, her deep breathing belying the rage he felt inside her, and her eyes—her eyes were filled with so much anger and betrayal it made his stomach roil. Moving forward to take her hands, he began, “Sookie, what has—“

“Don’t you fucking touch me!”

Jerking back at the viciousness of her tone and the sheer fury in her features, Eric begged, “Sookie, what has happened?!”

Looking at her mate, she wondered if she really even knew him after all. Her voice was rigid, “I know about Bill.”

Eric’s entire body went stiff, he took a step back as his mouth fell open in shock. His mind blanked for only a moment before kicking into overdrive to try and find a way to handle this situation. ‘How? How could she have found out? Who could have told her? Only Haldar, Pam, and I knew of my plans for Bill!’

As silence descended between them Sookie gazed coldly at the man she was seriously beginning to wonder if she could spend the rest of her life with. Her own emotions were a whirlwind inside her, pulling and pushing her in all directions. Part of her wanted to rant and rave at him, scream at him for destroying what was left of her trust in him. The other part wanted to break down and cry because he had completely and utterly destroyed something precious between them.

‘How could he do this? How could he do it behind my back? How could he lie to me about it? Is everything about him, about us, a lie?’

Her heart hurt as much as it raged. His face wore his surprise but there was more. She let another moment go by before she answered his unspoken question. “Jessica called me. She had a Maker/child vision and saw what you did to Bill.”

Eric wanted to stake the meddlesome bitch, but kept his anger carefully contained while silently berating himself for not considering Jessica before. Truthfully with everything that had been going on, the loud and obnoxious baby vampire had simply slipped his mind. Focusing on Sookie before him he remained silent as he thought on how to approach her and what to do in order to fix this.  He knew he was on dangerous ground, and the slightest misstep and he might well and truly lose his lover for all time. He needed to be careful, he needed to be convincing with the right mix of emotion. “Sookie, please let me explain.  I—“

“Don’t!”

She didn’t want to hear any more of his carefully worded responses, any more of his pretty little lies that swayed her heart again and again. Eric was very good at saying what he needed to say to get what he wanted, but as her Gran had always told her, actions spoke louder than words. And Eric’s actions had proven to her yet again that she couldn’t trust him. He’d proven to her in the worst possible way that her wants and needs, her morals and beliefs, would never truly matter to him.

‘All Eric cares about is what he wants, what he feels is right. He lied about Bill because he knew I wouldn’t have wanted him to kill him. He murdered Bill behind my back because he knew I would be hurt and angry over it. He knew killing Bill like that would hurt me, and yet he did it anyway.’

Holding tight to her anger, her voice thick with the emotions warring within her, Sookie hissed, “I don’t want to hear your excuses. Just tell me the truth. Did you kill him?”

“Sookie, I—“

“Yes or no?!”

She needed to hear it from his own lips. She needed him to tell her the truthfor once. Deep down she knew he’d done it. She knew as soon as Jessica had told her that the girl was telling the truth, but before she did what she had no other choice but to do, she needed to hear it from Eric’s own mouth.

Eric didn’t want to respond. He didn’t want to speak the damning words that might cost him everything and so instead he remained silent. In the end, it was enough.

When he refused to answer her it was all the truth she needed, and her broken heart hammered as she whispered, “So it’s true.” She wrung her hands in her lap and exhaled slowly. “You did it. You tortured and murdered him.”

Her words were more a statement than a question, and Eric could do nothing more than remain silent as he waited to see what Sookie would do. He didn’t know how he could fix this, what he could do or say to make this right, and so he waited for her to give him some clue on how he should proceed. Behind him he heard Haldar land with Pam as both rushed into the house to stand at his back.

“What is happening?” Pam’s eyes scanned the area for a threat as well. Neither she nor Haldar had seen anything amiss when they had landed, and while Sookie’s guards all looked upset, no one had seemed to be preparing to fight, but that did not mean there was not danger.

“Where is the threat?” Haldar moved to stand at his brother’s shoulder as he readied himself for battle, but there was nothing to fight. The air was eerily calm, and Sookie and Eric had eyes for no one but each other. Both ignored them as Sookie looked long and hard at her mate. She hated him for doing this to them. She hated him for finishing off what was left of her trust for him. She hated him for making her well and truly question whether or not the love between them was true. Because what was love without trust and respect?

Unable to look at Eric a moment longer Sookie finally stood from the couch, and announced, “You need to pack your things.”

Eric couldn’t choke back the gasp, but he held himself together as he denied, “No. I’m not leaving. You and I are going to talk about this. We’re going to get through this.”

Sookie finally let the tears fill her eyes as she announced, “I can’t even look at you right now, Eric. I—I don’t know you. I don’t think I’ve ever known you.”

“Sookie,” Eric begged as he moved forward, trying to get close to her, and heartbroken when she pulled back. He warred with himself, wanting to move towards her again, but knowing it would be unwise to push her. He stopped and allowed the distance between them as he insisted, “That is not true! I am your mate!  We are one! You know me better than anyone!”

“Eric, what’s going on?” Pam demanded. The scene unfolding before her was frightening. Especially with Eric and Sookie both ignoring them as they stared off against one another.

Looking deep into her mate’s eyes, Sookie began, “Eric, we will definitely talk about this, but not now. I meant it when I said I can’t even look at you. What you’ve done—there is no going back, and I honestly don’t see how we are going to move forward. All I know is that you can’t stay here anymore. Not now. Maybe not ever. You are not welcome in my home. I’ve already ordered the guards to prepare the underground lair for you in the guesthouse. Han and Ivan will be moving in here, as will the others from the guesthouse.”

“Sookie, I’m not—“

The tight hold she had on her emotions began to crack as the full weight of what was happening began to hit her. She couldn’t breathe through the tight fist in her throat. She felt like she’d been punched in her chest. Even her skin was suddenly far too tight for her body. Unable to listen to another word out of his lying mouth, Sookie shouted, “Get out! Get the fuck out!”

She was fast losing it. Her heart was shattering in her chest. So much pain, anger, loss, and betrayal was battling inside of her that she didn’t know what to do. It wasn’t that she was heartbroken over Bill’s death, though she had never wished him any harm despite what he had done to her. It was the fact that Eric had tortured and murdered him behind her back. That he had lied to her about it, manipulated her to think he’d banished him. He'd played her, yet again. She couldn’t stand that once again Eric had made himself her adversary. Someone she had to guard herself against. Possibly for good. Tears began falling from her eyes as she sobbed, “Just get out! I want you out! Now!”

Spinning around, Sookie made to run from the living room. She barely made it a step before Eric’s hand closed over her forearm as he tried to pull her into his embrace. He just needed to hold her. He needed to be connected to her so he could keep her by him as he explained why he had to kill Bill. Once he explained everything to her, once he made her aware of why he couldn’t let Bill live, and that he had only hid his actions from her to protect her tender heart she would understand. She had to.

He didn’t get the chance.

Without thinking, acting on pure instinct, Sookie brought her hand up and slapped it against Eric’s chest. Her hand lit up and her power flowed freely as they responded to the emotions raging inside her. There was a bright flash and Eric was sent hurling through the air to crash against the wall before sinking down to the floor. Everyone was stunned. Eric, while in no way harmed from the assault, could only stare at Sookie in growing shock while she gazed back at him with disappointment and a mournful expression. Her eyes held no warmth or love for him. Only pain and betrayal. Beside them, helpless to intercede, Pam and Haldar stood perfectly still, watching the drama unfold as both began to fear whatever had happened to cause Sookie to act like this.

As Sookie’s power slowly receded, the light folding back into her, she looked at Eric and warned in a chilling voice, “Don’t you fucking touch me. Just don’t. I want you out of my house. Now.”

She said nothing else as she turned and headed upstairs to her bedroom with Thor trotting after her.  She didn’t look back once. As she moved away from him Eric slowly rose from the floor and stared after his mate in abject horror. The weight of what had just taken place, the sheer magnitude of the consequences of his actions began to barrel down on him, as he whispered, “Sookie, please…”

His voice held all the love he refused to admit to, the need he felt for the small woman that had so easily become his whole world, and the fear he felt that what had just gone wrong between them could not be fixed. If Sookie heard him she gave no indication and continued to walk away from him without looking back until she disappeared upstairs.

The three vampires heard the sound of her door shutting softly but resolutely. Pam moved quickly to her maker’s side as she asked, “What the fuck, Eric? What just happened?”

Eric could only stare after his mate in mounting horror as he whispered, “She’s shutting the bond down. It’s cold. She’s—she’s leaving me.”

Turning his gaze to his child, and looking like a lost little boy, he said softly, “She knows, Pam, she knows and now she hates me.”

“Knows what, Eric?” Moving to stand beside Pam, Haldar could only look at the vampire he considered a brother with worry in his gaze. He didn’t know what had happened, but it had to have been horrific to have Sookie banishing Eric from her home. She hadn’t even done that when he’d forced her to kneel.

“She knows I killed Bill,” Eric admitted in a soft voice.

Pam jerked in shock before muttering, “Fuck.”

Haldar, still not truly comprehending the situation or the magnitude of what had just transpired, scoffed, “She’ll get over it. After what that fuck did to her she can’t be too broken up over it.”

Ignoring Haldar’s words, Eric faced his child and pleaded, “What do I do, Pam? How do I fix this? She wasn’t supposed to find out! I can’t lose her over this!”

Truthfully Pam didn’t know what her Maker could do to fix what had just gone horribly wrong between him and his mate. She didn’t understand Sookie. The woman baffled her. No matter how much someone wronged her Sookie never wanted anyone hurt, and it was why she’d tried so hard to convince Eric not to kill Bill behind her back. She’d known that sooner or later Sookie would find out, and that it would lead to a clusterfuck. Just as it had.

Still, she wanted to help her Maker who looked well and truly terrified, and soothed, “She’s going to need some time, Eric. You can’t speak to her now. Give her some time to process everything and explain to her why you had to kill him.”

Still wearing his shock and looking lost and afraid, Eric whispered, “She’s shut the bond down, Pam. I can’t feel anything other than the fact she is alive. I can’t feel her! I need to feel her!”

Haldar had never seen his friend like this before. Had he not been witnessing it with his own eyes he wouldn’t have thought it was possible for the great Eric Northman to be so thoroughly shaken and afraid. ‘He really does love her,’ he thought to himself while silently observing. He didn’t know how to help his friend either, and thought it best to let Pam handle Eric.

Pam approached her Maker slowly, as though he were a wounded animal, and in fact he truly was, and suggested, “Eric, I know you don’t want to hear this, but you need to respect Sookie’s wishes for now. She needs time. Time and space.”

Grasping what she was saying, Eric hissed, “You want me to leave? You want me to leave her? No way in hell!”

“Eric, if you stay, if you try to force Sookie to work through this before she is ready it won’t go well. You’ve pushed her past her limit. I know you are afraid, and I know how much you need to fix this, but you can’t bully Sookie right now. If you do it could very well cost you her for good.”

He could hear her words, see the rightness of them, but he couldn’t accept it. The thought of moving out of Sookie’s house, what it symbolized for them and their relationship, terrified him. He felt like she was slipping through his fingers, disappearing before his very eyes, and he couldn’t bear it.

Not giving a damn and how weak and needy he sounded before his two closest friends, Eric whispered, “I can’t leave her, Pam. She’s my whole fucking world.”

Slowly moving closer, careful not to make Eric feel threatened, Pam gently took hold of his arm and coaxed, “Then prove it, Eric, prove to her she’s your world. Do what is best for her right now.”

“I am what is best for her!”

“I know, Eric, I know,” Pam soothed, “but Sookie needs time to see that for herself. Right now she needs time and space to process everything. With everything else going on she’s on overload. As badly as you are hurting, she is hurting worse. You have to let her work through this with you her way. If you try to force her in any way it will make things worse.”

When Eric continued to stare down at her, his body taut with his raging emotions, Pam whispered, “Please listen to me, Eric. I know I haven’t been the biggest fan of your relationship with Sookie, but I love you and I want what is best for you. That is Sookie. You need her, so I’m begging you to give her space. Let her wrap her head around all of this and get to the point where she can talk to you about it. Right now she needs to calm down. You both do.”

Eric was silent a moment before his shoulders sagged as he finally accepted that he couldn’t force this situation. He looked completely and utterly defeated as he whispered softly, “See to my things.”

With that he vamped out of the house to take to the sky. He needed to fly. He needed to fly and let the wind take away the bloody tears he could no longer hold back.

When he was gone Haldar looked at Pam who was staring off after her maker worriedly and asked, “How bad is this?”

Finally looking at Haldar, Pam replied, “I don’t know if he can fix this.”

“But why? Sookie didn’t love Bill anymore, and he deserved to die. Why would Sookie banish Eric for killing him?”

“Because Sookie forgives everyone. Even those who are unworthy of her forgiveness," she shook her head, frowning. Haldar made to speak again and she hurried, "To her, Eric killing Bill behind her back like this, especially after the way he made her kneel, is going to shatter her trust in him, and to Sookie there is no love without trust.”

“They’re mates,” Haldar replied, as though that explained everything. In his mind there was no alternative to Eric and Sookie being together. Sookie would have to forgive him.

Pam had no reply and instead headed towards the underground chamber as she said, “We need to get his stuff moved. Everything needs to be done by the time he gets back.”

Haldar said nothing more as he followed after Pam, hoping that things were not as dire as she made them out to be.

Upstairs Sookie finally allowed her emotions to get the best of her. She clutched Thor to her chest and cried into his fur. She cried for the loss of trust she’d had for Eric, she cried for the uncertainty of their future, and she cried at the thought that her future with Eric might always be filled with lies, deception, and manipulation. She could feel Eric reaching for her through the bond, but she kept her barrier of anger and coldness around her tightly. She didn’t want him manipulating her through the bond as he’d done so many times before.

In the sky, Eric let his own bloody tears fall as he pushed his pain, need, regret, and longing for his mate towards her through the bond, but it was for naught. All he felt was coldness from her side of the bond. He could feel nothing else. It terrified him. He’d become so used to always feeling Sookie inside him. He didn’t know how he was going to survive without feeling the thrum of her heart through the bond, feeling her delight and wonder every time she saw her guards doing something magical or mystical, feeling her amusement when Thor bit his own foot for scratching his ear.

‘This can’t be happening,’ he thought to himself, ‘she can’t leave me. I fucked up. I know that, but she can’t really leave me. We are one. We can’t survive without one another. Our Destiny is to have many children and save the universe. She can’t walk away from it.’

He was seized with terror he barely understood. ‘But what if she stays only for the children? What if she stays with me but stops loving me? What if she only tolerates my presence for the sake of the children? What if—what if she only allows my touch to get pregnant and the rest of the time avoids me?’

To Eric, the thought was worse than death. To be a part of Sookie’s life but not have her love? To have her look at him with the same cool detachment as he’d seen her bestow upon Bill? To watch her share her love and smiles with their children and friends and only look at him with wariness? He would not be able to stand it.

‘What the fuck do I do now?’

Far away Sargon stood from his stooped position where he was gazing into his scrying bowl and laughed deeply. ’It’s all falling into place,’ he said triumphantly to himself before waving his hand to vanish the vision from his scrying bowl.

“So what happens now?”

Jessica stood with her arms folded looking hopeful. She’d been teleported to Sargon’s home after she’d accomplished her little mission of notifying Sookie. She hoped she was now in good favor with the powerful vampire.  “Next I make sure Sookie finds out about Eric’s little indiscretion at Fangtasia with Richelle. That will be the final nail in the coffin, so to speak, and ensure that they remain at odds long enough for me to put the final stages of my plan in place. Once I am ready to perform the ceremony to severe the tie between them I will attack in force. I must be ready when the stars are aligned. If the ceremony is not performed perfectly, Sookie will die along with Northman.”

“And how are you going to make sure Sookie finds out about Richelle?”

Sargon grinned, “You, Jessica, are going to tell her. In a few days you will contact Sookie again, asking to meet with her to discuss your predicament.”

“What predicament?”

“You are a newborn vampire with no Maker to care for you. Northman had all of Bill’s assets and financial accounts seized when he took over the state. For all intents and purposes, you are without a way to survive. You will contact Sookie and ask her to have Eric provide for you financially to start a new life, and while speaking with her you will let slip that you fed off a fangbanger from Fangtasia that saw Eric take Richelle back to his office. Sookie will know what that means and will question him.”

Rolling her eyes, Jessica scoffed, “He’ll just lie to her.”

Shaking his head, Sargon replied, “The bond between them has grown too great. Eric will not be able to lie to her now.”

Grinning, Sargon concluded, “Everything is going according to plan. It won’t be long now before Sookie is mine.”

35 comments:

  1. Hope that this post finds NYC and Ms. TL hale and hearty! So glad to see an update on my favorite story. Wow --talk about "darkest before the dawn" --this is like.....black hole type darkness...no light whatsoever escaping.
    Sargon is all smug and why shouldn't he be? These are not manufactured events that are being used to drive a wedge between Eric and Sookie --these are all Eric's doing. Killing Bill...Richelle.... even though he couldn't go through with the sex with her, will Sookie understand and give Eric credit for not cheating on her? Doubtful.....

    Don't know what actions he has to accomplish in order to win back Sookie's heart and to forge the togetherness that's going to defeat Sargon. These two are so inwardly focused right now, they are not concentrating on the foe without.....

    Chickens coming home to roost ---yes indeedy!
    Pat

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  2. Eric you better wise soon before it is too late Good chapter.

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  3. Wow! Didn't expect their relationship to deteriorate so dramatically. Though with Sargon manipulating just as much as Eric, those vampires! Sookie has no idea of the undercurrents in their world. She is blindly living in tumultuous time and in a political hothouse, using her Gran's beliefs and traditions which don't really work in the world. Yes, she needs to grow up. Eric needs to learn to start treating others, read not vampire, equally. This will be hard lessons for both of them. Excellent chapter, adored the drama.

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  4. ooooh no. no no no no no. this is not boding well. I had literally just thought to myself, "if she reacts like this re Bill, how the hell will she react re Richelle", when her named popped up. Oh man. I adore this fic but I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't bank a few of the next updates so I can try and fast forward the angst because theres no spoilers to be had and I love spoilers! Eric is a douche but a lovable one.

    Thank-you for the update and I hope you are both well. thank-you for continuing to post. I look forward to them!

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  5. That took a decidedly bad turn. I long for the time where they work through the issues, Eric finally admits he loves her and treats her as his equal, and Sookie forgives him....boy, he has some work to do. My heart just breaks for both Eric and Sookie. And damn you, Sargon! *shakes fist*

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  6. Boy, that took a decidedly bad turn. Eric needs to finally except that he loves her, treat her as his equal, and she needs to forgive him, as she forgives everyone. My heart breaks for them and I can't wait until they come together to love and fight for their future and the future of everyone. Damn you, Sargon! *shakes fist*

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  7. This was always going to come back and bite Eric. When is he going to learn to be honest with Sookie? I know it goes against his Vampire nature but this is his mate and the Mother of his unborn son - you NEED to be honest with her. She already knows that there are certain areas of his life that he needs to keep secret due to politics and whatnot but this wasn't one of them.

    Eric needs to pull his head out of his *** and wise up quickly. Everything wrong he does every mistake that's avoidable is only bringing Sargon closer and closer to Sookie. And whilst I would like to see that happen I know they won't be together. So wake up Eric and do what Pam said; give Sookie some time and space and when she's ready to talk be honest with her. Tell her why you did what you did and why you felt the need to keep it from her.

    And while you're at it, tell her about Richelle because if your fiery Southern belle finds out from a 3 party again... GAME OVER.

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  8. Wow, amazing chapter. It's always worth the wait!
    Can't believe what turn the story took, on one hand I'm kinda glad Sookie is finally being like 'ok, now it's enough, just leave' but on the other hand it's really sad because I can't really see a way for Eric to fix their relationship and I miss the happy moments between them. I can't wait to find out how this drama is going to continue and if they will be able to be together again.

    Thanks for the great update!

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  9. Wow Eric really stepped in it. I just hope Sookie wakes up and sees its not only Eric but Sargon who is also scheming. Can't wait for next update.

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  10. poor Eric . Bill needed to die in my book. Sookie is trusting to many people at this point, she needs to grow up as she is not 100% human. She needs to know that people are trying to tear her and Eric apart... Please update soon...

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  11. Another Awesome chapter! Eric is in big trouble now. I wonder if Sookie will catch on to Sargon using Jessica to mess up Her and Eric relationship. I bet Eric will really be in the dog house after this! I wonder if Sookie will blast him again! I can't wait for more! Loving it!

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  12. Damn, things are certainly coming back to bite Eric on his amazing ass! Have no idea how they can make things right now, and throw the next part of Sargon's plan into it....gonna have to be a hell of a talk between them! Looking forward to more when it comes out.

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  13. What a pleasant surprise to find a new chapter and it was SO WORTH THE WAIT! Finally Eric is getting a taste of his own medicine. Maybe this will finally be what Eric needs to admit Sookie is the Queen and they are equals and his loves her in his head, mind, and soul. At the same time I hope Sookie catches on to Jess manipulating her too thru Sargon!

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  14. What a pleasant surprise seeing a new chapter! Think Eric is finally going to get a taste of his own medicine. Only trouble for him is that it is coming from Sookie! Hopefully he realizes not only are they equals in everything she is the true Queen and love of his life in heart, mind, and soul! This was SO WORTH the wait!

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  15. Wow, that was tough. I hope there will be some hope soon. That was so heartbreaking .

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  16. Well Eric created himself a nice sh!t storm. He had hoped Sookie would not find out about Bill but needless to say Sookie got word it and Eric better figure out how to treat Sookie and talk to her more about stuff as if he's not truthful shortly he may find himself having to figure out how to get out of a second sh!t storm he managed to create though in theory this one would not be quite as bad but the timing if Sookie learning and the how is the issue.

    Hope the authors are doing well and I look forward to more

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  17. Awesome chapter. One thing I have to say is that Sookie forgiving people that do wrong by her.....well, she seems to do it in spades for everyone but Eric. Yes, she's forgiven him for some things, but it was like squeezing blood from a stone. I hope Jessica decides to not tell her about Eric and that fangbanger. What he did was wrong, but he stopped himself as soon as he entered her......that should account for something. Jessica should be more loyal to Sookie and tell her about Sargon. Then I hope Eric kills her ( Jessica ). This was definitely a heartbreaking chapter. I love angst, but even I'm starting to feel it physically by the end of the chapter......proof of amazing writing I guess. Nicely done ladies. Can't wait for more. I truly hope some love between Sookie and Eric comes back soon. Seeing them at odds with each other is so hard to see, but I know it's important to the story. I'll be going and putting on my Team Sookie/Eric shirt now, just to feel better. LOL. ❤️❤️

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  18. Well Eric, you reap what you sow. I can see they are about to hit bottom here or maybe sink right through the bottom but that's when you'll build them back up, right? Right?!

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  19. Well Eric you reap what you sow. I can see they are about to hit bottom, or maybe go right through it. But that just means you are going to start building them back up right? Right?!

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  20. need to re-read the chapter with Richelle - anyone remember which?

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  21. Chapter 68
    http://thearrangementtb.blogspot.com/search/label/Chapter%20068

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  22. oh my the mighty have fallen. it hurt to read his pain but dammit vampire stop lying and manipulating her. you need top realize if you want her in your life you are going to have to grovel before it is too late, you are going to have to admit out loud you are equals, you are going to have to admit she is just as important in making the rules as you are or Sargon will slip in and destroy it all. he has too many minions working for him that you are unaware of. as for Richelle only time will tell or maybe Sookie will smarten up to Jessica's tactics .... i wonder?? KY

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  23. Glad to get an update. I really hate that things have sunk so low between Eric and Sookie, but we knew it would happen when she found out what he had done. When she's able to listen, he really needs to be up front with her about things. I can't wait for her to figure out that some of the people she's so trusting of are actively working against her with Sargon. It's going to hurt, but she needs to apply some of the skepticism she uses for Eric to them also.

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  24. holy shit! wow. i just started this story a week ago and just finished this latest chapter I'm beyond hookeD! while i love eric and sookie (though i really hated this eric for a long time) he does need to be called out for his cheating. i cannot wait to see that moment. as much as i believe in them, and their love, they need to hit rock bottom and truth must come out. i can't wait! ahhhh the suspense!!!!!!

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  25. First, as always, thank you very much for the new chapter ladies. I hope that you are both doing well. I am very much enjoying seeing things begin to come to a head. I was curious though if you ladies were still considering doing an alternate ending where Sargon wins once this story is finished? I very much love Eric and Sookie, and I most certainly am for Eric; however, I can not deny that I really love and sympathize with Sargon. I for one, would still very much love to see another version where Sargon wins and he and Sookie live happily ever after. The way things are going at present made me wonder as I could see this being the beginning of Sargon's victory. Again, thank you so much for a wonderful chapter. I very much look forward to the next one!

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  27. Please continue writing! I've been following your story since you had the entire book on fiction press and couldn't bare it if this was the end. Please continue!

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    1. Still love this story every time I read it!

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  28. I really really love your stories. I hope that it has an ending though. It would have been such a pity that a great story such as this ever stop. Keep it up! =)

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  29. How do I get updates via email on all ur latest stories?

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  30. Okay ... Eric's in a really bad place. I'm sorry for him, but he put himself there.
    I'm totally a fan of Eric / Sookie, but I can not deny Sargon's cleverness. Even though Sookie knows he handles these events, as if Jessica tells Sookie about Richelle and Sookie notices that it's too much of a coincidence and tries to read Jessica's mind and is succeed in discovering Sarrgon's interference, it will not make much difference. Eric actually did these things, and if not for Sargon's schemes, she would never know.
    And I think it would make things worse, right?

    I wish Eric, out of nowhere, would hear some divine voice and confess this mistake with Richelle before Jessica tells Sookie. I believe this will not happen, but as we usually say here in Brazil: Dreaming costs nothing. LOL

    Expecting Sookie to open her eyes to some of these things happening around her, like Frannie ... I feel a little sad for her, what happened to her and Quinn in the past has affected her in a way she does not even notice. I do not want her to die or Quinn suffer. I like the way you portrayed Quinn in this story, except for the "Babe" part.

    Okay, I think that's enough for today. I just want to say that I'm loving this Sookie who grows stronger after every adversity she faces and this Eric who is learning the balance between being a good vampire and a good man for his lover, and is so lovable in all his knowledge and ignorance at the same time. I can not wait for they be together again, their relationship has been so well developed and it's so beautiful.

    Anxiously waiting for the next update.
    PS: I'm from Brazil, so English is not my first language. Forgive me for any grammatical errors.

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  31. its coming up on a year, Ladies xox

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