Chapter 16: Two Hours

SOPHIE-ANNE POV

“Is Eric awake?” I asked.

“I don’t know,” Sookie responded, her voice full of fear and pain.

“Are you okay?” I asked.

“A concussion.”

“The baby?”

“They think she’ll be fine,” she said, relief flooding her tone.

“Thank God,” I whispered. Yes—I’d been a Christian before I’d been turned. So I did believe that there was a being watching over the world and all the creatures in it—including vampires.

“They wouldn’t let me stay with him. They took him somewhere else,” Sookie said desperately into the phone. “I don’t know what to do!”

“Where are you? Where is he?” I asked.

“The vampires are being taken to an underground garage about five miles from where the Pyramid of Gizeh collapsed. I’m in the Rhodes Memorial Hospital—in the ER,” she said.

“Do you know how bad Eric’s condition is?” I asked.

She sobbed. “No—not fully. He was burned quite a bit even before we got him into the ambulance. Afterwards . . . .” She was quiet for a moment, and I heard her sniffling. “After the ambulance crashed, I was out for a few minutes. I know that sunlight was let in, and part of Eric was uncovered in the crash. From the thoughts of the second team of rescuers . . . .” There was another pause and more sobbing.

“Sookie?”

“His left hand and part of his arm. I know they’re gone,” she whimpered. “And he’s burned really bad. His . . . .” She paused again. “His body is blackened so much I couldn’t even recognize him from their thoughts.”

“But he’s alive?”

“I think so,” she sobbed. “He wasn’t ash.”

“Then he’ll be fine,” I said, trying to sound more certain than I felt. I’d seen plenty of vampires succumb to their injuries when the magic within them was simply not enough to keep them alive.

“I don’t know where Hennesy and Olivia are,” Sookie whimpered. “I think they would have had enough time to get to safety, but I just don’t know. And I have no idea where Thalia is. The hotel manager said she didn’t stay in the hotel.”

I sighed. Hennesy was supposed to protect Sookie—not Olivia—even if Sookie ordered her to do otherwise. But it wasn’t the time to chastise the telepath for ditching her guard now.

“Don’t worry about them, Sookie. I will look into it.”

Her crying worsened. “I need to get to Eric, Sophie! He’s all alone! He needs blood!”

She was gasping hysterically.

“Is there a clock in the room?” I asked sternly.

“What?”

“A clock!” I said adding even more force to my voice.

“Uh—yeah.”

“What time is it?” I asked.

“7:14 p.m.,” she whispered. “After I got here, they didn’t give me a phone for a while,” she added bitterly. “And mine was lost!”

“It’s okay. By 9:14 p.m., the world will be better. Do you trust me to make it so?” I asked.

“Yeah,” she said in such a timid voice that I barely heard her.

“Good. Keep your eyes on that clock, and keep yourself calm for little baby Sophie.”

“I told you—I’m not naming her after you,” Sookie said with a tentative chuckle.

“At 9:14, you might change your mind,” I responded before hanging up.

I looked at Andre. “Get Ludwig here ASAP. Then call Anubis. I want an airplane chartered and waiting for our people at the Rhodes airport within the hour.”

Without argument, Andre pulled out his phone and dialed.

Andre and I’d had quite a few disagreements over Sookie at the beginning of our affiliation with her, but he’d gotten over his “issues” regarding the young telepath—after some “tough love,” as modern parents would say.

Initially, he had wanted to kill Bill Compton and bond with Sookie himself. But I could tell that he wanted to possess her in ways that would have turned my child into a monster. And I wouldn’t allow that—not ever.

When it seemed as if Andre might try to claim Sookie despite my wishes, I’d issued my first maker’s command to him in over 800 years: I’d forbidden him from harming Sookie either directly or indirectly.

He’d been bitter. Angry. Petulant.

I’d had my Berts place him in silver and had sat by his bedside for a full night and a day, sharing in his pain.

And then I’d found the courage to tell my child why I’d refused him free reign over Sookie. Of course, Andre had known about some of my past; so much of it had been spent with him, after all. However, I’d kept from him the full extent of the abject horrors I’d faced when I’d been used sexually by more men than I could remember.

Frankly, I’d loved Andre too much to share the details with him before, but—this time—I left nothing out as I spoke vividly about my past and explained why I wanted Sookie protected. In truth, she reminded me of myself. She’d been lied to, manipulated, and used. And I wasn’t about to let her become the plaything to anyone else—especially not my child.

And, truthfully, I blamed myself—at least in part—for Sookie’s current predicament. After all, I’d sent Bill—though I’d never dreamed that he would treat Sookie as he did. However, I should have followed up with the situation. Instead, I’d figured that Bill was too much of a coward to misrepresent the situation in Bon Temps. And, then, I’d become busy with Hadley, whom I’d newly made my child; Waldo’s jealousy of her; the negotiations with Arkansas; and Hadley’s true death.

I could hear the unpleasant voice of Dr. Ludwig as Andre’s call connected to her. She’d lived in my kingdom for many years. I’d offered her sanctuary—in exchange for her services.

And before that, I’d saved her life in order to settle a debt that I’d owed to her parents.

Few knew much about Amy Ludwig, but I was one who did. She was half Water Fae and half goblin—an odd combination to say the least. Her parents, Jacob and Ennika, had been exiled from their respective realms for the sin of loving each other; however, they made a good life for themselves in the human realm. Both had been healers, and they taught their child the healing arts of their respective cultures, even as they augmented their skills by exploring the medicinal arts of humans, especially their usage of various plants.

It was many years before Amy was born, however, that I interacted with her parents. Jacob and Ennika lived in peace—using their skills to aid those whom they felt were worthy. Luckily, when I sought their aid, they thought me qualified to be in that category.

When I found Andre, he was near death—having been malnourished and beaten by those who had kept him as a servant. I was prepared to turn him then—after I killed those who had mistreated him—but I wanted for him to be strong before I did so. I also wanted for him to choose to be my companion.

Thus, I gave him only enough of my blood to stabilize him and took him to the Ludwigs, whom I’d heard about from the queen of the realm I was staying in. The physicians helped Andre’s body to heal and to become strong—by using a combination of my blood, their innate magic, and the plants of the earth. And—when he was ready—Andre was able to choose me with a clear mind.

To say that I had owed the doctors a debt was an understatement.

It was fifty years ago that I heard that the family of healers had been attacked by the Water Fae, who had begun their onslaught of those of “mixed blood.” They had killed Jacob and Ennika, but they had not killed their daughter—not yet. They had found amusement in experimenting upon the mixed blood Amy Ludwig, for she was the only one ever of her kind. The Water Fae had certainly intended to kill her—eventually—but they were enjoying their torture of her too much to give her a quick death.

When I arrived, I was glad to rip out their throats.

Though she’d been in terrible shape physically, Amy had declined my offer to turn her. She had, however, accepted some of my blood. But that blood had been too little and had come too late to prevent some permanent damage. Even after fifty years, her back was hunched, and she couldn’t walk easily or quickly. Of course, she was part Fae and had mastered the skill of teleportation years before. And as part goblin, she could also literally sneak into almost anywhere—including a warded palace.

Thus, I wasn’t surprised when I heard a “popping” noise in front of me.

She looked up at me. “Sophie-Anne, your brat said you required my aid. What do you want?” she asked gruffly.

I smiled at her. Despite her lack of bedside manner, I appreciated Amy’s consistency. In all the years I’d known her—and even on the day I’d saved her life—she’d never been what one would call “pleasant” company. Of course, goblins were not known for pleasantries, and she’d clearly inherited most of her personality from her goblin mother.

“Amy, I need for you to go to Rhodes immediately. Eric and Sookie have both been hurt. I’m arranging for a private jet, which will be ready when you are prepared to get them out of there. I want them back in Louisiana as soon as possible,” I relayed.

She nodded and then “popped” away without even asking where to find my sheriff or the telepath. I knew that she had her own ways of knowing, however.

“What about Bill?” Andre asked. “And Thalia, the Were guard, and Northman’s woman?”

“Ah, yes,” I sighed. I’d been so worried about Sookie, her child, and my sheriff that I’d forgotten that Bill was in Rhodes, too—selling the database.

He’d been under strict orders not to interact with Sookie in any way. In fact, I’d told Eric that he could kill Bill if he bothered Sookie, much to Bill’s chagrin. Bill was still going on and on ad nauseum about being bonded to Sookie. But he had no allies and was too weak of a vampire to keep me from pulling rank—despite the “maybe” bond that he’d never admitted “maybe” existed to Sookie.

Most of the time, Bill’s protestations were a moot-point, for I kept him very busy overseas. However, because of Hurricane Katrina, the profits from the database were too tempting to pass up at the Rhodes summit, so I’d allowed him to be there. Of course, Eric and Thalia had been keeping their eyes on Bill to make sure he behaved.

Frankly, I was more worried about Thalia than I was about Compton. If he’d died in the Rhodes explosions, it would actually solve quite a few problems—especially where Sookie’s moral dilemmas were concerned. I just hoped that Thalia had kept to her usual practice of going to rest in the ground. A room for her was not in the copy of the arrangements that Eric had made for Rhodes, so I took that as a positive sign.

I looked at my child. “After you arrange for the plane, see if you can contact Bill and Thalia by phone. If you can, they can meet the plane and travel back with Amy and her patients. Try to contact Hennesy, too. According to Sookie, Olivia will be with her if they are still alive. Beyond that, we’ll just have to wait for word on all of them. However, Sookie, her child, and Eric are my main concerns right now.”

Andre nodded and began to complete the tasks I’d set out for him to do as I took out my own cell phone and dialed Pam.

“My queen,” she answered, obviously recognizing my number. She was one of the few who enjoyed the privilege of having my private one. Her voice was quivering, and she was clearly upset.

“You know what happened?” I asked.

“Yes,” she said. “I am watching the news reports right now. I can tell that Eric’s been hurt, but I know that he lives. He’s,” she paused, “not awake, so it must be bad. I just got off the phone with Thalia, who is the only one in our group that I was able to contact. She is going to search for Eric in the makeshift hospital where they’ve taken a lot of the vampires.”

“I’m glad Thalia is okay,” I said, truly pleased. “And she will find him where she seeks him.”

“How do you know?” Pam asked.

“Sookie. Somehow, she woke Eric up as the bombs were going off, and they escaped the hotel before it collapsed. She was too hysterical to make much sense about how they did so, however. Something about sledding,” I said. “She and Eric were in an ambulance making their way from the site when the hotel went down. The shockwave from the implosion made the ambulance wreck. Sookie has a concussion, and all that she knows about Eric is what she saw from the human minds around her when she came to.”

“What did she see?” Pam asked nervously.

“A missing hand. And a lot of burns.”

“Sookie’s baby?” Pam asked after she’d taken a moment to compose herself.

“She seems fine. Ludwig is on her way. And arrangements have been made to bring Eric and Sookie to Louisiana as soon as possible.”

“Thank you,” Pam said, though she was clearly and understandably still upset that her maker had been so gravely injured.

“I need you to be strong, Pamela,” I returned. I wanted to comfort her, considering that we now shared a fledgling personal relationship that had gone beyond mere fucking months before. However, I needed her to be in sheriff-mode right now. “As I’m sure you know, Peter Threadgill was found guilty the night before last of an overthrow attempt on Louisiana.”

“Eric told me,” she said, obviously trying to hide the emotion in her tone.

Good girl.

“Threadgill was executed; however, since we were not yet officially pledged, I wasn’t automatically given Arkansas. The Ancient Pythoness asked if I wanted the state, but—given the fact that I am concentrating most of my efforts onto the rebuild—I didn’t want my resources stretched too thin. Thus, Jennifer Cater was pronounced the new Queen of Arkansas. It is possible that she might try something, so I need you to make sure the Northern border remains secure.”

“I will,” Pam said, her voice stronger.

I smiled. She was her maker’s child; that was for sure. There was no hesitation in her tone—no uncertainty. “I am sending Rasul with some others to help you,” I informed. “He will function as your second until your maker is recovered.”

“Thank you,” she said.

“Queen Cater shares a maker with Freyda of Oklahoma,” I informed. “It is possible that they will align. Normally, I wouldn’t worry about them since Freyda is scared shitless of Stan, whom she knows is my ally. However, Texas had a large contingency in Rhodes, including Isabel, though I know that Stan was not there. I will call him after I hang up with you to see if he has any news. I’m sure that he will try to shore up his borders, but we will all need to be vigilant for the foreseeable. Vipers like de Castro are always on the ready to strike when they sense weakness, and Freyda and Jennifer could be easily convinced to be his pawns.”

“If anyone thinks we are weak, they’ll get a big fucking surprise,” Pam said with authority.

“Yes—they will,” I responded before hanging up.


SOOKIE POV

I looked at the clock: 8:45 p.m.

Sophie had promised that my world would look better by 9:14 p.m., and I trusted her. I truly did. But that hadn’t made the time since 7:14 p.m. go by any more easily.

I was worried about Eric, so worried that I had successfully fought against my pain medication to stay awake—though certain parts of my body felt numb. I knew that the staff hadn’t given me a whole lot of medicine, given my concussion, but I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t have been able to sleep even if I’d been sporting a morphine drip.

I hadn’t told Sophie about all of my injuries. My right hand was fractured—probably from hitting Eric until he woke up—and my left shoulder had been dislocated. My left ankle was sprained because something had fallen on me during the ambulance crash. There were also second degree burns on that leg.

Apparently—it had been Eric’s body which had fallen on me. And—if I had second degree burns from the contact—I couldn’t imagine what his burns were like.

I looked at the clock: 8:47 p.m.

Just as I was getting ready to call Sophie again, I heard a “popping” noise. My first thought was Claudine, but my visitor turned out to be much shorter.

“Dr. Ludwig?” I asked, when I didn’t initially see who was there. The diminutive doctor approached the bed with my chart in her hands. Apparently, she’d taken it from its holder at the end of my bed.

“Your child? How’s her activity?” she asked by way of greeting.

“Fine. She was asleep for a bit, probably from the medicine they gave me, but she’s started kicking again,” I reported.

“Good,” she responded before coming over to me and touching my hurt hand and then my belly.

“Eric,” I said. “He needs you more than I do. He was burned. He’s at the . . . .”

“Airport,” she interrupted. “Waiting for us.”

“What?” I asked.

“He was in more need,” she said simply. “So I did go to him first.”

“How is he?” I asked desperately.

“Why do you care?” she responded in her gruff manner. At that moment, I wanted to hit her. But making a fist hurt like hell.

“Because I love him!” I answered.

“Does he know that?” she asked sourly.

“Eric deserves better than me. Please—how is he?” I begged.

“Very burned and very broken. But he’ll probably recover—in time.”

“Is he awake?” I asked.

“He will not be healed enough to awaken for quite some time,” she said.

A sob escaped my lips.

“It could have been worse,” she informed. “Very few survived the hotel’s collapse.”

For the first time since nightfall had come, I consciously tried to feel Bill.

“Bill?” I asked.

“He wasn’t at the makeshift hospital, so you tell me,” the doctor smirked.

“I can’t tell you,” I said honestly. “I can’t feel him anymore.”

She nodded. “Then he is likely dead—or very badly injured. Shall we hope for the former?”

I didn’t know how to respond—or how to feel—as Hennesy came rushing into the room.

“Olivia?” I asked her.

“Uninjured. She is already on the plane—with Eric and Thalia,” the Were responded.

I sighed with relief, though I felt a jolt of jealousy that Olivia was with Eric and I was not. But then I stifled that feeling. After all, the right woman was by Eric’s side now—the woman he would want to see when he woke up.

“The queen is displeased that I got Olivia out and not you,” Hennesy said stonily, as if she were angry at me.

“I’ll tell her that I told you to go get her,” I promised.

“You said you’d be waiting at the concierge’s desk,” she added.

“I needed to help Eric,” I explained. “He was in danger!”

“And you weren’t?” she growled. Yep—the Were was angry.

“Clearly—you were as safe as a babe in church,” the doctor intoned.

I glared at her. “What was I supposed to do? If I hadn’t gone to Eric, he would have died. The Were that was sent for him ran as soon as the first blast went off.”

Hennesy seemed unimpressed. “If I’m to continue guarding you, we will be discussing this later.” She looked at the doctor. “The ambulance is ready.”

Ludwig nodded. “I’ll meet you in it,” she said as she “popped” away.

Before I knew it, Hennesy was wheeling me out of my room, but I didn’t protest. I knew that she was taking me to where Eric was—even if another woman was already by his side.


QUINN POV

I woke up groggy, and the events of the day filtered into my mind slowly.

I’d been overseeing the decorating of the ballroom when the alarms had first gone off.

I’d thought about trying to get Victor Madden out of the hotel, knowing that his favor would be useful with de Castro. However, as soon as I heard the word “bombs” from the frightened lips of one of the hotel employees, I decided that no vampire was worth risking my hide for.

The stream of humans from the hotel had been pretty thick as they’d quite literally run for their lives. I sneered as I also remembered seeing quite a few coffins being wheeled out of the hotel—notably one being guided by the King of Kentucky’s Britlingen guards.

Most of the evacuees had followed several members of the hotel staff like cattle, moving as far away from the hotel as possible.

Foolishly, I’d apparently stopped before I was truly clear.

I remembered intense heat. And then I was being propelled into the air.

I took a deep breath and tried to assess my current condition. I could feel that my spine was broken, and I couldn’t move my legs. However, I also knew that I would heal. My two-natured blood would ensure it—hopefully before the next full moon.

Having managed to get my mind turned back on fully, I took in my surroundings. I was in a hospital bed in a curtained area; I was likely in an emergency room.

I inhaled.

Ash.

Burned flesh.

Sweat.

Blood.

Ammonia.

Bleach.

And then something lovely.

Sookie?

And then something that smelled like me.

Almost. Just. Like. Me!

I grunted and tried to sit up, but I could not.

“My child!” I growled.

That bitch had been carrying my child all along!


 

Many thanks to Seph and Kleannhouse!  As always!


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53 thoughts on “Chapter 16: Two Hours

  1. Oh wow. Is it very wrong of me to be kinda hoping Olivia died too!?! Oopsie. But YAY!!! Bills dead!!! Still he could have waited till Sookie could keep her baby safe the inconsiderate waste of fangs!! I have to confess this though I honestly don’t see how you can heal Eric and reconcile him with Sookie in 4 more chapters. Looking forward to more x

  2. Eek! This is bad. Why, oh why couldn’t Quinn be dead too? Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled that ScumBeehl is dead (especially since was humiliated and manipulated into something he didn’t want before he died – karma is a bitch), but had hoped that Quinn wouldn’t find out about the baby if he didn’t get killed. (I was really hoping for those headphones though! 😈)

    I also have to say “Bad Kat!” You hurt our lovely Viking! A hand?! But, but, but…he has such gorgeous, sexy hands. Sniff sniff.

    Once again, you’ve managed to leave me twitching for another update! 😜 It seems no matter how quickly you post, that it’s never enough to feed the beast. I must just be greedy. Lol.

  3. If Quinn can smell it, so will the vamps, and then the cat will be out of the bag (sorry). Hopefully they find out that Quinn knows and he can be disappeared before he causes more trouble.
    I wonder what Eric’s reaction will be to Sookie’s determination to save him, as well as Olivia. With a bit of luck one of them might crack and reveal their true feelings. We can live in hope.
    Blessings

  4. Each chapter has me wanting more….can’t wait to see how this realisation of Quinns plays out. The AP didn’t seem to think Quinn was going to be causing any problems so I hope that’s true. Sad how Sookie thinks that Olivia is the one that Eric will be wanting after all she has just gone thru.

  5. Dammit! I knew it . I knew either Quinn or Bill or both make out alive. It sucks that the one that would benefit Sookie, the most died. Now , I really hope someone is able to rip Quinn’s head off before, he can do too much damage, now that he knows the truth. Maybe , Sophie Anne will do it . I have to say, I love this Sophie Anne, she such a great friend, and Queen. Hope, that Eric is able to heal quickly, and come out of this with his eyes and heart open. 😉 I can’t wait til tomorrow, thank you Kat.

    1. I hope Eric is the one to break it off with Olivia. ( not that want her to be hurt) . I just think , otherwise Sookie going feel she’s his second choice. She is going to be doubting his choice be with her in the end , as it is. I mean he did a good job showing how he moved on . I mean she risked her child’s life and hers, and still thinks he prefer Olivia .

  6. Oh no!!! Quinn’s gonna be trouble! I really really hope that Olivia doesn’t have what it takes to stand by Eric. Oh who am I kidding? Of course she will – she’s a good person! LOL! I’m thinking that maybe she’ll see the love that Sookie has for him and figure out that Sookie is the “one.” Soooo happy that Bill is finally dead!!

  7. Lets do a happy dance that Bill is dead. However, I can’t believe you let Quinn live. Ugg. I guess we have to have a little angst. Weird Sophie being so concerned over Sookie. But it is a good weird.

  8. Oh no! Now Quinn knows! He is going to be a problem! At least he is really hurt, so it will take a while for him to be able to do anything. I wonder if Bill is really dead or if he is really hurt. I hope he and Victor are dead. I hope that Stan and Barry are ok. I am glad that Sookies guard and Thailia made it! I hope the Queen and Pam tell Eric how Sookie saved him, risking her child in the process! Maybe that will open Erics eyes!

  9. O Ship ! Now Quinn Will Be One Big Ship Storm ! Poor Sookie.. Thank You So Much For Back To Back Chapters I Have Been Eagerly Waiting For The next Chapter.. However Most Your Work Doe’s This To Me. More Please

  10. I thought Quinn might be paralyzed when he said his spine was broken. Then he said he’ll heal. Oh well, hopefully it will take a very long time. Maybe put him in a coma for a couple of months to get him out of the way.
    So Olivia is on the plane, with Eric. What is she going to say to Sookie? Maybe Olivia will realized Sookie still loves him and walk away gracefully. (Hope she doesn’t give Eric blood).
    Sophia must truly like Sookie. She chained Andre up in sliver and told him everything. I would like to know what Andre thought about all that.

  11. It hurts my heart that Sookie can tell everyone and anyone that she loves Eric but him.😣 I think she’s punished herself enough. After how hysterical she’s been their reunion on the plane is going to be bittersweet with Olivia there. 😢💩

  12. Oh damn, now Quinn knows! So glad Bill is no more. But it never goes easy for Sookie. Now she will have to deal with everyone knowing whose baby it is. Thank you for the update.

  13. Now Quinn knows –I wonder who will kill Quinn? SA, Andre or Eric? My bet it will be Andre….
    As for Olivia –she’s been to two vampire events –the “engagement” party for SA and Peter which resulted in vampire heads flying, and now Rhodes –with explosions, building collapse and many, many lost lives. Will she have the intestinal fortitude to still want to be with Eric? She loves him, sure….but can she stomach his world? Will her sense of self-preservation overrule her love for him?
    Glad Bill is gone, gone, gone….. victor being also gone (my assumption here) will be a boon in the event DeCastro starts snooping around….. Cater and Freyda –what will they stir up?
    wonderful update —dare we ask for another today???
    Pat

  14. NOOOOO!
    I can’t believe Quinn is still alive!
    Very bad news indeed, hopefully something very awful happens to him.
    Sophie is awesome…I like her relationship with both Sookie and Pam
    Can’t wait to see Eric heal and wake up
    Jackie69

  15. Ok hoping for both to be fried but only got 1.5… Hmm broken back means he’s stuck there while Sookie leaves 🙂 I’m hoping that if he does find her the scent will be covered again- please??

  16. So Quinn knows the truth and will probably be calling de Castro at the first opportunity unless someone is able to put him to sleep permanently. As for Bill…is he really dead? He always manages to turn up again, as if he’s got more lives than that damn Were Tiger. I wonder if Sookie will just feed her blood to Eric on the plane, Olivia’s presence be damned. Fabulous chapter, and I’ll be holding my breath till tomorrow!

  17. Ding dong the Behl is dead! While I normally rejoice at this it couldn’t have happened at the worst time for Sookie. I’m hoping Ludwig pops Sookie out of the hospital before Quinn gets to her.

    Glad you didn’t kill Olivia off tbh. It would have been a far too easy way for her to be gone. I’m guessing Sookie will join them on the place (if Quinn does’t get to her first) so it will be interesting to see if Olivia picks up on how distraught Sookie is over Eric and puts two and two together.

    Really looking forward to more.

  18. What will Quinn do ? Why, he’ll die of course ! Andre would be poetic justice 😉
    Bit surprised Ludwig didn’t think to warn Sookie about the smell once they realised Bill was probably dead.
    Eric is going to ramble about Sookie will he is semi conscious and then Olivia will know. And from getting to know her a bit, I reckon she will step aside, sad but dignified. If she isn’t too hurt, they (Olivia and Sookie) might even stay friends.
    And I realise I’m probably quite wrong with all my speculating, but your story has me really gripped so I can’t help my imagination running wild ! Even if I’m right with any of it don’t tell me, I’m looking forward to seeing it play out properly.

  19. love how she is worried about everyone but herself, that will never change. Quinn will be an issue for sure now that he knows she is carrying his child. can Dr. L pop back in and inject his ass with something to get rid of him now, pretty please. KY

  20. Sookie is hurt so bad for the man she loves, emotionally and physically. Hopefully when he wakes Eric will see the results of Sookie’s aid on her pregnant body and remember the little conversation they had. Crap! Quinn’s alive and he knows, could someone just kill his lying ass already? Sookie needs blood quick. I hope she gets it from Eric or Sophie, they’re old enough. Then if Quinn tries anything either or both can kill him.

  21. Wonderful chapter. Good news – Bill is slush. Very bad news – Quinn know’s. I love Sophie more and more. Nice to hear more about Dr. Ludwig’s background. Now I’m dying to know what will happen on tha plane.

  22. Well, I certainly wished that Quinn had died too but things are never that simple for Sookie. Have I mentioned before how much I love this story? Didn’t you say it was 20 chapters? No way 20 chapters is enough – I could read about these characters and their lives much longer than that! Anxiously awaiting the next chapter… Thanks so much for sharing your work. It’s fantastic.

  23. Oh my! problem, Quinn knows . I like how concerned she was for Eric . She needs to tell him! She still needs to gain confidence. I’m glad she has Sophie otherwise I would be worried for her safety now that Quinn knows.

  24. I have to agree with mazzablue! How on earth are you going to get Eric and Sookie back together in only 4 chapters. I know you will though, since yous is all amazin’ an stuff!!!

  25. Why did you have to make Olivia so nice when I really want to hate her!!….. Please have her be maybe not able to stand Eric in his “condition” or something to make her not so nice and perfect. Please?????

  26. Amazing amazing chapter! Loved Dr. Lugwid’s back story from Sophie’s POV (I’ve always had quite a fondness for the good doctor). The ending was the perfect cliffie! Freaking Quinn…someone must need a new rug somewhere, maybe in the baby’s nursery (ooooh, that’s just gross, lol, I’m only kidding).

    Sadly, I believe Sookie is in no position to offer Eric any of her blood (maybe I’m wrong). Let’s face it, poor Olivia is serving little more than an entitled blood bag to him right now anyway, so she’s the perfect donor (let her have at it). The bottom line is Sookie needs to keep up her strength for her baby, that should be her priority. Eric will heal in time with donor blood and when he does, hopefully then he will recognize all the sacrifices that Sookie made in order to protect him and those he would have protected (like Olivia). That…is the ultimate sign of true love if there ever was one. She put her life in danger by sending her OWN personal body guard away in order to protect Olivia and then further risked herself to personally get Eric out (yes Sookie did that, NOT Olivia).

    Thank you so much for the exciting update!

    1. *** Oops Ludwig, lol **** Hey, when Sookie arrives to get on the plane, all the supes are going to smell that the baby is Quinn’s… Maybe Thalia will take him out for good measure, haha; gee do I want Quinn dead or what? The crazy thing is my RL middle name is Quinn and I’m the year of the tiger, go figure? LMAO

  27. This amazing, riveting, incredible story is currently my favorite, if not, of all time for me. This story has kept me on pins and needles, and on the edge of my seat at every chapter. Emmy worthy. This story screams trilogy, not four chapters. I’m thrilled the douche-bag is dead, though I was hoping Quinn, as well. Maybe, he will meet with an unfortunate accident down the road. I hope Olivia is graceful and strong enough to step aside. Hoping our Viking heals and awakens quick enough, with realization and acceptance of the truth in front of him. Anxiously, waiting for your next update. Thank you Lajayden1973 for the prompt, and thank you Kat, for writing this story as wonderful as, only you can.

  28. so glad that bill is really dead… Quinn knows now Sookie needs blood now from Eric.may be thaila or Pam since Sookie saved Eric…… Maybe Eric will say Sookie name and Olivia will know who the other women is now… or maybe Olivia won’t be able to handle Eric losing a hand….

  29. what an amazing story you’ve been sharing with us. I can’t wait to see what happens when Sookie gets on that airplane. Eric needs her blood. Thalia will have to help Sookie with that. I enjoy reading everyone else’s comments for this story.

  30. Guess I was wrong. Looks like Quinn is going to be a problem after all. At least Bill is out of the way. Now I just have to wait ’til tomorrow to see what happens on the plane.

  31. WOW great story. Eric needs a safe place to heal and Sookie needs a place to hide from Quinn. Maybe that place will be the same and they can finally talk .

  32. I honestly hope Eric kills that asshole Quinn! He needs to suffer big time! Cant wait for them both to pull their heads out and admit their settling if they have a life without eachother! cant wait for your next chapter!

  33. Oh hell. Now I’m gonna sit up tonight, plotting a gruesome and bloody death for that damned tiger. Please, make sure he can’t get it up due to his spine. He deserves it. That baby is NOT his… he’s a prick! Please get Eric well soon. And I think we are going to see Olivia’s eyes opened and a classy act. I almost hate that she’s so sweet! Finally, Sophie calling th baby after herself… adorable!

  34. Cats out of the bag……LOL. Quinn will stop at nothing to get Sookie now. With Eric injured ( please heal him quickly ), the sate will be even more vulnerable and with the addition of a child from Sookie and Quinn, DeCastro WILL want them as part of his retinue. I smell a take over attempt. Eric will have to kill Quinn. I think that will happen when Quinn tries to kidnap Sookie. He will feel her fear ( I’m hoping Sookie gives Eric some blood to help heal him – so that is how he can feel her ). Just like the scenes from CH’s book when Quinn snuck into the state to see Sookie and Quinn and Bill scrapped. This time it will be Eric and Quinn, with Eric turning Quinn into a floor rug…..LOL. Just like Bill said to him in the book. That was a great line. Can’t wait for more. I hope Eric breaks up with Olivia very soon. Even though I like her, I don’t like seeing her with Eric…….glamour her to forget your time together Eric – then go to Sookie. AWESOME STORY.

  35. I am liking Sophie and Andre more and more as the story progresses… Douchebag Quinn on the other hand couldn’t die like annoying Bill??? What kind of guy refers to his child’s mother as a ‘bitch’? A nasty bloody waste of space one, that’s who… A slow painful end for him is definitely in order…

  36. Uh-oh! I’d say Quinn’s going to be a much bigger problem now. Hopefully QSA, Eric and co. can keep her safe until he’s dealt with.

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