Chapter 05: Painful Truths


Sookie’s eyes closed. “Sam, your brain is tinged in red, and your thoughts are different—more feelings than specific words.” She opened her eyes. “I’ve heard other similar brains—just not nearly as many as other people—so I never wondered. I just always accepted that some people were different.”

“Sookie,” Sam whimpered.

She sighed loudly. “You should go, Sam. I’ll see you tomorrow for my shift.”

“You’re still gonna work for me?” he asked.

She let out a little laugh. “I don’t have much choice.” She took a deep breath. “I understand why you decided not to tell me. I do. I wish you would have trusted me, but I’ll get over it.”

“We’re okay?” the shifter asked.

I rolled my eyes.

“No,” Sookie responded. “We aren’t. You didn’t trust me, and now I don’t trust you. Maybe that’ll change one day. Maybe it won’t. Meanwhile, I need my job to pay my bills, so—as long as you don’t fire me—I’ll work,” she resolved.

I couldn’t help but to be impressed even more by Sookie Stackhouse. It had taken her only minutes to process that she was a Supernatural. It had taken her even less time to accept that her “friend” was one and that there were many others out there. Moreover, she’d used her cleverness to ascertain how two-natured beings were different when it came to their thoughts, too.

A gem, more precious than a diamond in the rough—that is what Sookie Stackhouse was!

“I don’t want to leave you alone with him,” Merlotte said, sending his derision in my direction.

“Why not?” Sookie asked.

“He’s a vampire,” Merlotte growled.

“You’re a dog during full moons,” she responded acerbically. Even Pam would have been proud of her tone. “And I can read minds,” she reminded.

“He has a reputation,” the dog said.

“As what?” she asked.

“He is likely trying to seduce you.”

“No likely about it,” I intoned under my breath.

“And he’s brutal!” the mutt cried out.


“Of course I am! To my enemies. Are you one of those, Fido?” I smirked.

Sookie gave me a warning look.

“Just asking to clarify,” I said innocently.

She shook her head, but I saw her tiny smile directed at me. So did the stray.

“Sam,” she asked, “do you know about vampire blood ties?”

If I could have gotten away with kissing her for her savviness, I would have. With a bit of training, she could rival any tactician.

“Yeah,” the shifter said, even as he shifted uncomfortably from foot to foot.

“Did you know that Bill had made one with me?” she asked.

He nodded. “Yeah, but he seems like a decent one, Sook. And he saved your life.”

Sookie sighed and closed her eyes. “You were there the night the Rats tried to kill me. I mean—Dean was there.”

“Yeah. I tried to help you, Sook.”

I rolled my eyes. Transforming into a fucking lion would have helped! Dean the fucking dog was a fucking waste of ability.

Of course, Sam in “human” form was a waste too. So that made sense.

“I appreciate that, Sam,” Sookie sighed. “But I still want you to leave.”

“But I know that Bill’s not around, and there’s a killer on the loose,” he insisted.

“I am a thousand years old,” I deadpanned. “Come fetch the newspaper tomorrow morning, Lassie, but for now—it’s covered.”

Sam glared at me, but then dropped the pillow even as he shifted into a hawk and flew away.

I heard Sookie exhale. “That is pretty cool,” she remarked.

I chuckled. Yes—she was one of a kind.


Finding out about Sam had left me a little raw.

Actually, I’d already been raw after learning about Hadley and her likely role in Bill approaching me.

And then there was the fact that Bill had likely been sent to procure me for the vampire queen of Louisiana.

“I was an easy target for Bill,” I said quietly. “A very easy target.”

“We are all easy targets until we learn to fight,” Eric returned.

“What should I do?” I asked him.

“I won’t tell you what to do,” he said firmly.

I think I might have fallen in love with him in that moment—if I weren’t so numb.

“What would you do?” I returned with a sigh.

“Know thyself,” he said simply.

“Magic, time, or a stronger vampire’s blood,” I said. “That’s what would take away the tie?”

He nodded.

“Would you give me your blood?” I asked.

“I would love to exchange with you,” he said, panting.

“Good,” I replied with a nod.

“But I won’t,” he added.

“What the fuck? Why not?” I asked.

“Wouldn’t you doubt me then?” he returned. “Wouldn’t you want to know what you wanted before you tied yourself to me—or to anyone?”

“You’re right,” I relented.

He smirked. “Of course I am. But I do know a witch or two,” he smirk, retrieving his phone from his jeans.

His really flattering jeans!

I listened as Eric quickly explained the situation to a woman whom he warmly greeted as Octavia. Five minutes later, he’d gathered several items, including some from Bill’s house—all the while mixing some sort of paste in a plastic mixing bowl.

He seemed to pause for a moment. “You’ll never be able to use this bowl again,” he told me apologetically. “Octavia just alerted me of this fact.”

“It’s okay,” I said. “It’s old anyway.”

“I will replace it,” he assured.

And—suddenly—just like that, I was in his mind again. Those slithering snakes were back. Again, I felt his desire to have me. It was overwhelming! He wanted me with everything that he was.

Bite. Take. Help. Give.

These were the impulses I heard from him.

“Sookie?” he asked with concern, even as the force of his thoughts and emotions made me have to sit down.

I guess there was no hiding my “slip-up” now.

“I heard you,” I whispered, looking up at him. Thankfully, his thoughts were now blanks again.

“My thoughts?” he asked, still stirring the mixture and still on the phone with Octavia.

I nodded.

He nodded too. “We’ll discuss that later,” he said.

“Are you gonna kill me?” I asked. Bill had suggested more than once that I was safe from vampires only because I couldn’t hear them.

“No,” he answered simply. “I like you too much to do something like that.”

He was smirking. I took that as a good sign.


So—Sookie had “heard” me. And—from her reaction—I posited that it had occurred at least one other time, too. For she’d not been surprised enough for it to have occurred just the once.

Horrified and scared? Yes.

Surprised? No.

I should have been more bothered by the fact that she’d heard me, but I found that I trusted her in the same intrinsic way that she seemed to trust me.

It was funny how that worked.

But it did seem to work.

“If I’m not Bill’s—if I don’t feel love for him after his blood is gone—then couldn’t anyone claim me?” she asked sagely.

I nodded.

“Does claiming require blood?” she asked.

I smirked. “The good kind does. But not when you have Were guards during the day and vampire ones sent by me at night.”

She blushed, and I reveled in it.

“Are you claiming me?” she asked, even as I listened to Octavia’s final directions and hung up the phone.

“If you ask after this spell has worked, then yes,” I responded.

“And what would that mean?” she asked.

“How about a salary and benefits for two nights of your service per week—at a thousand a night. As a start.”

She gasped. “Surely, I’m not . . . .”

“You are worth that and more. And I’ll have my lawyer draw up a contract between us so that other vampires have to go through me to approach you.”

She took a deep breath. “Okay—and us?”

“We’ll talk after,” I whispered, “once you know your own mind.”

She nodded her agreement. “So—uh—what do I need to do?” she asked, gesturing toward the paste in the bowl.

“We go outside, make a circle with salt, put this and you inside the circle, add some of your blood to the mix, and then light the bowl on fire.”

“Okay. Sounds easy enough.”

“I hear that it’ll hurt you a little,” I cautioned. Okay, I was low-balling it. Octavia said that it would hurt badly. But I wasn’t about to make her even more afraid than she already was.

“Knowledge tends to do that too,” she laughed ruefully.

“You’re sure you want to do this?” I asked. “No matter what?”

“I’ll get the salt,” she responded.

Oh the things I hoped to eventually do with and to her!

She had a warrior’s spirit—and a survivor’s heart.


I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t scared shitless. I was. I was really, really scared. But I was also anxious to know what my feelings were versus those that may have been influenced by Bill.

I also won’t lie by denying that I was in shock. To find out the man I thought I loved might had been sent to procure me for his queen was sobering to say the least.

Was I doing my very best to avoid thinking about the hurt I might very well be experiencing in just a few minutes? The betrayal?

Yes, I was.

And I was woman enough to admit it. Frankly, I was proud that I was still on my feet—still breathing.

Being sucker punched in the gut was not fun!

Being repeatedly sucker punched, though? Well—I just felt numb. And I was okay with that for now.

Eric instructed me how to draw the salt circle. Then he produced a knife from his pocket and handed me the bowl and the knife before stepping away from the circle.

“Sit in the center,” he instructed in a gentler tone than I would have thought him capable.

I followed his directions.

“Make a slash on your palm and hold the wounds over the bowl.”

“Do I need to say something?” I asked. “Chant or something?”

He chuckled. “Most spells don’t need that.”

“Um—okay,” I nodded and put the bowl onto the ground next to me. Then I took a deep breath and cut into my palm before letting the blood drip into the bowel.

I couldn’t ignore the fact that Eric’s fangs popped down.

“I’m not allowing myself to inhale,” he assured. “It’s just the sight that is exciting.”

By the looks of the sight in his pants, he was very excited indeed!

“Now what?” I asked, my voice quivering and tears falling because of the pain of the cut.

“Put the knife into the bowel.”

I did as instructed.

“Here,” he tossed a box of matches so that it landed right next to me. “Light one, and place it inside the bowl, and then brace yourself. In five minutes, I’ll be able to come in there and get you—okay? And I’ll be here the whole time.”

I nodded, picked up the matchbox, and lit a match. I’m not sure what I was praying for as I dropped it into the bowel.

For Bill to really love me?

For the pain to be bearable?

Or was I thanking God that painful truths were better than “pleasant” lies.

Soon, I had no thought for prayers, however. I had only pain. And a lot of it.

A/N: Did you like this chapter? If so, drop me a comment! Please….



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84 thoughts on “Chapter 05: Painful Truths

  1. Yes, Sookie’s used her brain. I loved how she handled the Sam reveal, very satisfying. I bet Bill’s gonna shit a kitten when he feels his blood leave her. I can’t wait to read more.

    Also, love the Puss in Boots begging pic.

  2. This was good. Thank you for the extra chapter. I’m so glad that Sookie is not sticking her head in the sand. Good for her!

  3. Omigosh! That was an epic cliffhanger! I wanna know what happens now!! But, alas, I have already had my birthday this year, so I guess my begging holds a bit less weight. 😽😼

    Thank you for humoring your friend! So glad we got the benefit.

  4. What a wonderful bonus! Great birthday gift for your friend 🎉🎁🎂 even if she guilt tripped you in to it 😋 (yay for her!)
    Sookies handled everything with surprising composure so far. I know she’s in shock but I hope she realizes that the awful truth is better than the pretty lies.
    Can’t wait to see the results of the spell. I also can’t wait for Sookies reaction to Bills reaction to losing his tie with her. Does that make sense!
    I’m picturing him ringing her (or turning up) and demanding to know what’s going on. “Sookeh, what have you done? How could you be so stupid. Did Eric force you do this? He is just manipulating you. Blah, blah, blah…”
    I hope she whoops his ass, both verbally and literally!
    Can’t wait til the next chapter. 😀😀😀

      1. He’s predictable. Turn up, screw up her name, demand to know what she’s done this time, blame Eric. You gotta love him just for consistency.

        1. lol, a perfect depiction of Bill Compton – it’s just astounding he doesn’t insist on being called William!

  5. Birthdays are always special – and extra special when we get to benefit w/o the calories!
    Bill is gonna shit kittens! Love Sookie putting Sam in his place; and at 1000$/night once or twice a week – she won’t be needing to waitress anymore 🙂

  6. Poor Sookie, I think this is going to hurt more than either of them expected because of how much blood douchebag Bill gave her. I can’t wait to see Bills reaction when he finds out that she agreed to get rid of his blood. I’m sure he’s going to drive the final nail in his own coffin when he reacts to what she has done (pun intended). I hope she takes Eric’s offer of working for him and makes sure that Sam knows it is Bill who is untrustworthy, not Eric.
    Argh, I can’t wait to find out more. Loving this fic.

  7. I’m not one for long reviews. Just wanted to say that ok thoroughly enjoying this story and cannot wait for next chapter. Thanks for the double dose today!

  8. So, so good. Olivetti way they communicate and that Sookie is using her brain. Loving this story. Have this feeling I won’t want it to end. Lol.

  9. My goodness. It’s probably just as well he only told her she would have pain, not how much. It’s great that they could do the spell right then instead of waiting for Octavia to come to Sookie or her to go to Octavia. I hope it hurts Bill as much as it’s hurting Sookie. Sam is annoying. It was okay for Bill to create a tie to her and not even take care of her, but not Eric, when he is ready to do anything for her. At two thousand a week, I don’t see why she would even want to keep working for Sam. Great chapter. Happy birthday to the young 58-year old and thank her for the new chapter.

  10. The lines with Sam were so funny with all the dog comments I was laughing so hard. I continue to like how honest Eric is. Interesting twist that they did a spell than just doing a blood exchange. Great chapter.

  11. I was thinking about finally going to sleep but wanted to check for story updates and hey presto! A great chapter to read at 1.30 in the morning. Love a reasonable Sookie and how she dealt with Sam. I love how your Eric has a goofy teenager dying to burst out at any moment – the aggression, the silliness and the lust. I can’t wait for Bills reaction – is that sadistic of me? 😝

  12. Loved the chapter. Sookie took Sam’s deception in stride. Love how she isn’t going to be all it is ok you lied, but I’m still gonna work for you and to even acknowledge his ability was cool boweds well for her and her future in the supe world. Can’t wait for the next chapter and thanks for the bonus. Happy birthday to you and your online friend

  13. Wow –seems easy peasy to break a tie –only have to bear the pain from the blood leaving the system. And Sookie has had a shit ton of Bill’s blood —brace yourself! And Eric will be there for you when it’s over.

    And Sam….I had wondered if he could shift into anything why he chose a doggy when Sookie was getting the stuffing kicked out of her by the Rats –could he shift into a T-Rex or something???

  14. Anybody else out there with a birthday and some sway????
    LOL, just kidding, sort of…
    Love this Sookie and Eric and can’t wait for the next chapter. She handles Sam extremely well and looking forward to finding out what Bill does when her tie to him is gone! Sookie needs to ask the claiming question again too, lol

  15. I loved this chapter and a smarter Sookie who actually listened to Eric and not fall back on what Beehl has told her of Eric. This is the type of Sookie that should’ve been played in True Blood!!! I believe things would’ve been so different and better!!! Can’t wait for the next chapter!!!!

  16. THANK YOU!! and Happy birthday – early – and also to your friend – She spoke for all of us today.

  17. I’m really glad you have awesome friends and that you’re awesome to them!!! anything that gets a story like this going is amazing! I have lived your talent for quite a while (just new at making myself leave comments). I hate how sookie is gonna hurt but really glad Eric is authentically looking out for her best interest and letting her make her decisions. ❤

  18. I don’t know who your friend is, but I love her already if she can get you to post more chapters. 🙂

  19. Whoever the friend is that Successfully manipulated you into posting early, thank them from your other readers. I LOVE this Sookie & Eric. I can’t wait until the next update.

  20. Kay, this is such a great story, all of them are! But I’m liking this pairing, smarter Skokie,Understanding Eric. Can not wit for more! Thank you birthday friend , and happy early birthday to you!

  21. Thanks for the bonus chapter today. A lot was learned in this one. Sookie has taken a very scary step toward claiming her life back. I’m sure she’ll realize she doesn’t love Bill once the tie is severed, but here’s hoping she really does have some feelings for Eric. I’m glad he’s letting her make decisions for herself so she won’t doubt him down the line.
    Happy Early Birthday!! 🎂🎂🎂🎂

  22. OMG!!!!! Poor Sookie. But kudos to Eric for turning her down. For doing the right thing. So far he is batting a thousand. This is the way you treat someone. Not lies and ignoring them!

  23. i am so excited that Eric suggested that she use magic to get rid of Bill. That was a smart move. And I like the fact that he wasn’t pissed that she heard him. Looking forward to how she handles the spell and what happens with Bill. Yay. Thanks to your friend for having a birthday.

  24. So glad that Eric was smart enough to realize that Sookie would question him and chose to use magic instead. Although, I agree with the comments above that this is probably going to hurt her a lot more than even Eric is anticipating due to ScumBill practically drowning her in his blood.

    Absolutely love all Eric’s snarky comments! The banter is fantastic in this story. I’m so glad to see Sookie SO much smarter and accepting. Yay!

    Finally, if I say it’s my birthday will I get an extra chapter?

    Okay, I confess, it was actually a month ago, but I’m willing to change it if it would get us another chapter! See how greedy you make me? You’re already spoiling us with a chapter a day, but even a bonus chapter just makes us all want more! 😉

  25. OMG! I am so loving this story! I can’t wait for Sookie to find out what she really feels for Bill, before he comes back from his little job as fast as he can, yelling out “Sookah! I can’t feel you!” Then start to fill her head with lies. I am surprised that Eric has not offered to put her up in a safe house, to keep her safe from Bill and the killer, during the day, while she figures out what she wants. Because she is a sitting duck at her house if Andre or the Queen come or if the send an army of weres to kidnap her! Loving this! Thanks so much for the update!

  26. “I am a thousand years old,” I deadpanned. “Come fetch the newspaper tomorrow morning, Lassie, but for now—it’s covered.” Most hilarious line in a fan fic story I’ve read in 2015!! I love this Eric, and may I suggest all future Erics be like him?
    Thanks for sharing the low-cal treat. Happy Birthday to you and Happy Birthday to the Manipulator!

  27. Okay this story is so good, and thank you to your friend who’s birthday is today who talked you into posting another chapter. And I still say this is looking like it is going to need a sequel, you just write such great stories.

  28. Thanks for this bonus chapter and Happy Birthday to you Kat!
    Loving this little story…can’t wait to see Bill’s reaction when he can’t “feel” Sookie anymore.

  29. You hit it out of the ballpark again. Love Eric taking care of Sookie. Sam is a dog. I hope she quits. Thank you for posting. As always I can’t wait for more.

  30. I’m a fan of all your stories but for some reason this one at this time in my life resonates with me. I think it’s your focus on making choice through knowledge good or bad. You weave your stories much like working a pattern in cross stitch – where each stitch cleverly builds on the next to create a beautiful picture. I’m glad your here.

  31. I can not wait for the next chapter you have me sitting on the edge of my seat. Update soon. It was wonderful to read both chapters
    you write beautifully.

  32. Lol… Dean the dog is a waste if inability, so very true. Seriously, if your going to help, then help ,at the very least turn into, an awesome dog! The dummy Sam. Any who, loving this story! Can’t wait for more. 🙂

  33. It is always good to know the truth about oneself, even if it hurts a lot, as in this case. So Sookie will want to know the truth about others, and stop seeing her telepathy as a default, to begin to see it as a gift.

  34. Glad Sookie has found out and is doing the spell, glad she finally thinking on her own and ignoring Bills influence about Eric. I won’t want this story to end, really enjoying it.

  35. Thank you for the update!. Loved that they have resolve the issue by phone with Octavia and that it was a no brainer for Sookie. Please please keep her safe. 🙂 thank you.

  36. Love how she dealt with Sam – see that was a realistic reaction to finding out your friend (who knew your deepest secret) has been lying to you for years!

    You’re now in my dream story territory – where Eric aprroaches Sookie with a job offer in the beginning, making money from her telepathy but they’d officially name her trainee manager or personal assistant as a cover. Eric and Pam would train her and provide the opportunity to get qualifications. She could easily manage the bar and staff at Fangtasia! She’d find out early on why Bill was there and Eric would extend his protection and have her tied by demon contract so SA couldn’t whisk her away – although SA would be more like the book one and accept that any use of a telepath was better than none. The relationship with Eric would grow deeper as she got to know him without people trying to influence her opinion of him. I’d want Bill around because I think his suffering would be worse seeing Eric take what he and hold on to it without deception.

    Totally loved the chapter, as I do the story!

  37. I’m so happy I looked at your page!!! I’ve been reading on the other site but I see you have more chapters over here so Yay!!! Love the new chapter by the way, can’t wait for you next!

  38. Your kitty “forced” me. I read most of your stories. This one is great. I love smarter Sookie. Good action to Sam’ s “second way of life”.

  39. Sam could have been a pit bull, an Alsatian, any framing mean ass dog… No he chose a collie to help defend the girl he wanted. Did I call him a moron already? It bears repeating, Moron!
    Yay for a magically break, no ‘is it real or the bond’ waxing and waning. Very smart Eric!

  40. An eagle! Sam could have been an eagle and pecked at their eyes! Distracted them to look up while Bill took care of them. Surely there are other menacing native animals he could have been too?

    Anyway, and thruths keep coming. So I think that covers all the ‘what-is’s I put out 🙂 and it is brilliant, and still going 🙂

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