Chapter 06: Claimed

ERIC POV

Sookie writhed in the center of the salt circle as if she were dying.

Ironically, I circled the salt like a lion wanting into a cage. My fangs were down. My hands were curled as if in claws. My phone was ringing with Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin'”: Pam’s ringtone. I’m sure that she felt my distress. Hell—I felt like I was about to go into battle!

“I’m fine!” I yelled into the phone before hanging up on Pam.

My instinct? To pull Sookie out of her cage of pain and give her my blood.

To make her mine!

To protect what was MINE!

I denied my instinct, however.

Yes—I wanted her to be mine and I wanted her to take my blood and welcome my body. However, I wanted to be chosen by her.

And she would need time to heal from Compton’s machinations.

Time to trust herself and others again.

Time to mourn her grandmother once Compton’s blood is no longer inside of her to anesthetize and manipulate her.

Time to get used to the fact that she was a Supernatural being.

Time to understand that—by embracing her lineage—she could protect herself in some ways.

Time.

I was a fucking expert with time, and I counted down the five minutes required for the severing spell to take effect with the efficiency of a Swiss clock.

And as soon as the last second ticked down, I had Sookie’s collapsed body in my arms. I quickly carried her inside of her home and lay her on her couch before zipping into the kitchen to get her some cool water. Drinking many glasses of this liquid—Octavia had said—would help Sookie fend off the worst of the “hangover” from the severing spell. Oh—she would still be a little tired for the next several days (apparently nothing could stop that except for vampire blood—the taking of which wasn’t currently on the table). However, she would be okay to work—an important consideration for Sookie.

I looked down at the sleeping woman. Her face was peaceful, and I contemplated letting her rest, but then I recalled Octavia’s directions and gently woke her up.

Her face screwed up with pain as I offered her the water.

“Slowly,” I instructed when she started gulping it down. “Drink slowly.”

She nodded and did as I instructed. I had a second glass ready as soon as the first was gone.

As Sookie was in the middle of that one, her house phone rang. We both looked at the old answering machine located in the living room as it clicked on.

As soon as Sookie’s recorded instructions to leave a message had ended, Bill’s desperate voice was heard.

“Sookeh! Are you there? Are you alright? I—uh—felt that you might be in danger, and now I cannot feel you at all! Sookeh! Please, if you are there, pick up the phone!”

As Bill spoke, Sookie motioned for me to pick up the “antique”-looking cordless phone.

She took a deep breath.

“Be cautious about what you tell him,” I warned.

She nodded and answered the phone.

“Hi, Bill. Sorry. I was in the bathroom. I think I have food-poisoning,” she explained wearily.

Of course, the weariness was authentic, but the excuse was brilliant.

I listened to Bill’s desperate voice.

“Why can’t I sense you?” he asked.

“I vomited a lot,” she offered.

I smirked.

“And I am running a fever. Maybe it’s the flu?” she brilliantly lied. “Could that affect how you feel me? And you’re far away—right? Is there a range?”

“Sookeh, I’m coming home right now. You are not well. My blood will help you!”

She sighed and looked up at me. I could see an idea forming in her mind, and it was beautiful to witness.

“Bill, I don’t want you to get into trouble with Eric. We both know how he can be. Just do your work, and don’t worry about me. Humans get sick all the time; I’m sure I’ll feel right as rain in a couple of days. And then you’ll be back anyway.”

“But—with you ill and the killer lose—I will make Eric understand that you need protection.”

Her eyes twinkled. “But the protection you got for me is already enough! Thank you for that—by the way. I’d usually argue, but I know you did it only because you love me.”

“Protection,” Bill half-asked and half-stated.

“Yes. Pam called earlier and told me that it had been arranged for me to have Were guards during the day and a vampire guard at night. Of course, her explanation of Weres was surprising. Hey—did you know that Sam was shifter?”

“Yes,” Bill said, his jaw obviously clenched.

“I get why you didn’t tell me before, though, honey,” Sookie assured.

“I could not,” Bill lied.

I wondered if his fucking pants were on fire.

“Pam mentioned something about a bonus coming your way too. Is it because of your work up there?”

She was fucking brilliant in her questioning of him!

“Yes,” he answered.

“That’s great for you,” Sookie said with feigned sincerity that even I would believe.

“It is required for a sheriff to pay other vampires for services rendered,” he explained.

Her eyes filled with rage, but she’d held her composure—in a manner of speaking.

“Oh! Sorry, Bill—feeling sick again. Gotta go!”

She hung up.

I grinned at her as she took another drink of water and calmed herself.


SOOKIE POV

After my third glass of water, I wasn’t feeling nearly as much discomfort.

“How do you feel?” Eric asked.

I sighed. “Pissed off.”

He chuckled. “Care to elaborate.”

“When I met Bill, I will admit that he intrigued me. I’ve always felt like an outcast, and I thought that maybe—just maybe—he and I could be friends. I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t a little attracted to him too, but the main reason why I liked him was that his mind was silent. I can remember all of that clearly now. I can also remember just how quickly I fell in love with him after I had his blood! Even when fucked-up things happened—like when Malcolm, Diane, and Liam pawed at me or Bill started claiming me left and right—my misgivings seemed to disappear the very next time I saw him.”

I frowned. “Thinking about it, he hasn’t treated me well. And, if he cared, he would have never taken my virginity on the night of Gran’s funeral! He would have been the one to make us wait. Plus, he would have helped me clean up Gran’s blood. Or he would have noticed things—like the fact that I told him that I couldn’t really afford having a lot of TrueBlood in the house. Or the fact that I’d been taking as many shifts as possible since Gran died. If he would have cared, he would have asked me why I was doing that, and he wouldn’t have acted annoyed because of it. And—he would have given me some of the money for the services I rendered!”

“Speaking of which, I have a very important question to ask you,” Eric smirked.

I could tell that he wasn’t upset at all that I’d pretty much figured out that my “love” for Bill had been based upon the manipulation of his blood and my desperation for affection from the one being I’d met whom I couldn’t hear.

Yes. I had been a perfect victim for Bill. And I knew that—eventually—pain would come. But, right now, I felt anger both at Bill and at myself for not questioning how fast I’d fallen for him. Of course, with his blood influencing me, I wondered how much I’d really been able to question.

“What’s the question?” I asked Eric.

“Do you renounce Bill’s claim upon you? Do you belong to Bill Compton?” he asked.

I didn’t need to think. “I renounce Bill Compton’s claim. Oh—and I rescind his invitation to my house too! I do not belong to him.”

Eric smiled like the Cheshire Cat himself before dialing his phone.

“Desmond,” he said into the receiver, even as he turned on the speaker phone.

“Eric Northman,” a man with a gravelly voice said. “How may I help you this evening? Is this in regards to Hot Rain?”

“Not really,” Eric responded with a smirk. “I need you to craft a contract between myself and a newly-found and tested asset. A Miss Sookie Stackhouse.”

“Sookie,” the man said in a surprised whisper. “Granddaughter to Adele?”

Both of my eyebrows sky-rocketed, even as one of Eric’s did the same.

“Yes,” Eric confirmed. “She is with me now, and we are both highly curious of how you know about her.”

He sighed. “It is an association that has been kept secret for her safety. Tell me—how is she known to you?”

“Are you still serving the queen, too?” Eric asked.

“Yes, but my employment with you predates hers and my alliance with Miss Stackhouse’s,” he paused, “family is long-standing, so in areas of conflict of interest, I will recuse myself from involvement on the queen’s side. And—of course—attorney-client privilege is a sacred idea to a demon.”

“Demon?” I asked with a gasp, probably because I was still trying to catch up with the whole “long-standing” thing.

Eric nodded.

“Ah—Miss Stackhouse. Hello,” the demon said. I am Desmond Cataliades, and—yes—I am Dae, or demon in the layman’s term. Will you tell me how you came to be known by the vampire in your company?”

Eric offered me an encouraging nod, and I spilled the whole story, pausing between elements to give the vampire the chance to stop me or the demon the opportunity to ask questions. Neither spoke. In fact, Eric looked pleased that I was speaking about the matter to his lawyer—his lawyer who somehow knew my family!

Once I was done with my story, Mr. Cataliades spoke.

“In light of your introduction to the supernatural world—thanks to Hadley, the Queen of Louisiana, and Bill Compton—I feel that it is time to tell you how I knew your name.”

“Okay,” I said, my voice quivering.

“Some of it might be difficult to hear,” the demon warned.

“It’s a night for that,” I intoned, reaching out to take Eric’s hand. I was glad when he didn’t pull away. I found his presence comforting, which was why I denied Mr. Cataliades when he asked if I would prefer hearing the news without Eric present.

“Very well,” he began. “My involvement in your family’s life began many decades ago—when my closest friend, Fintan Brigant, met your grandmother, Adele Stackhouse. He was simply using the fairy portal in the area when he heard her crying. He investigated and fell in love with her at first sight.”

“Brigant,” Eric whispered.

“Fintan is Niall’s son,” the demon said. Of course, none of those names meant anything to me, but they clearly meant something to Eric. His eyes were wide open, and his grip on my hand loosened. I found I didn’t want to break contact, so I laced our fingers together.

Eric looked down at our entwined hands and explained, “Niall Brigant is the Prince of the Sky Fae, which is the most powerful group in Faerie.”

“Ooooo-kay,” I said. “So his son met Gran. What does that have to do with me?”

The demon cleared his throat. “Sookie, Adele was crying over the fact that she’d just learned that her husband couldn’t father children because of a childhood disease. Fintan offered Adele and Mitchell Stackhouse his services as sperm-donor in exchange for three nights with Adele.”

I felt my mouth gaping. I’d never been more shocked. “But Gran wouldn’t!” I stopped, my mouth suddenly dry. “Gran wouldn’t agree to that—let alone would Grandpa!” I added defensively.

“They both wanted children badly,” Mr. Cataliades explained. “Fintan offered them a memory charm so that Mitchell would never recall the true nature of any children made. On the other hand, Adele would remember only on the nights that Fintan came to her.”

I was speechless. Thank God Eric wasn’t.

“They agreed to that?” he asked.

“Yes. Fintan really did love Adele. Their first two encounters, timed two years apart, both bore fruit. During the third, Adele told Fintan that she didn’t want another child—that even if she couldn’t remember the next day—she didn’t want to be unfaithful again. Fintan, though he craved his lover, settled for simply spending the night with her and the young children. And then, knowing that his father had many enemies, he used magic to conceal his involvement with the Stackhouse family—though he did ask a request of me.”

“Request?” I managed.

“I was to keep watch over your family, especially over any child born with the essential spark, and—if Supernatural beings were to interfere in that child’s life—then Fintan asked me to contact him if he were alive or act on his behalf if he were dead.” The demon’s voice caught. “Fin died many years ago, and the magic that had concealed your family from other Supernaturals died with him. By then, Fintan already knew that you had the essential spark and the gift of telepathy, but—given his agreement with Adele—he couldn’t contact you directly. However, he did keep tabs on you from time to time. Once he was gone, I did the same.”

I gripped Eric’s hand harder.

The demon continued. “I have kept an informant in the area—a shifter. I believe that you work for him. He was to tell me if any other Supernaturals showed any interest in you, and he was to inform me immediately if they did—so that I could extract you.”

Again, I was too dumfounded to speak. Sam was the demon lawyer’s spy? Why hadn’t he told Mr. Cataliades about Bill being in the area?

Eric seemed to be asking himself the same questions I was pondering, but he was the first to voice a question: “Extraction?”

“I am what might be called a godfather to Sookie,” Mr. Cataliades said. “Trust me when I tell you that the Queen is an entitled brat who will not take no for an answer. Thus, the only way to keep Sookie safe is for me to claim her in Fintan’s stead. And I will have to contact Niall, too. We must both claim her and file her status as Fae with the Council—if she is to remain safe.”



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69 thoughts on “Chapter 06: Claimed

  1. And it just keeps getting better. I love a smart Sookie; the way she handled Bill on the phone was perfect. It looks like Sam is in even more trouble. He probably never reported Bill to Mr. C has he feared Sookie would be taken away from him.

    Can’t wait to read more.

  2. Loved it!
    I am so pleased that she’s talking to Mr C. He’s always been a proponent of her independence and awareness of her history.

    Eric is making my heart melt, what with his war-ready pacing and pride in Sookie’s quick thinking in pulling the wool over Bill’s eyes about the severing spell. You go, girl!

    Bill really is a dumb box of rocks. How he survived this long is beyond me.

    Thank you for your fabulous writing! As Tony the Tiger says, “You’re GRRRRREAT!”

  3. And the plot thickens. Its as if everyone has been keeping secrets from the telepath. At least she has Eric by her side but I wonder how her being acknowledged by the Fae will impact his plans for Sookie. Eric hates variables.
    Blessings

  4. Okayyyyy. I don’t think Eric’s going to be too happy about that “claiming” bit at the end (unless he’s doing the claiming!) I’m hoping Sookie isn’t too hot for the idea either. 😕 She doesn’t know Mr C or Niall at all…and where were they while her Gran was murdered and she was struggling to make ends meet???
    If like to know why Sam didn’t report Bill to Mr C too??? What’s a bet Bill’s on his way home tout suite as well!
    Can’t wait to see what Eric and Sookie have to say. 👍😀

    1. Everything you said ericluver. Good point – where the hell was darling Mr. C when Sookie was being molested or during Grans murder? How about the fact her and Grans lack of money/stability isn’t exactly a *new* issue? I understand Gran was a prideful woman, but did she deny help from Fintan/Mr. C….to the detriment of her own grandchildren? If so, I’m hating on Gran a little 😙 Or is Mr. C going to claim ignorance to it all for some bullshit reason? If so, fuck his “claiming”!
      I’m really diggin this version of Sookie with her working brain and wonderful questioning of all things baloney. Hopefully Mr.C will learn what a hot seat feels like from the oh so recently duped, manipulated and betrayed goddaughter! The ONLY person who has not lied or *withheld information for her own good* from Sookie is Eric. He’s also the ONLY one who’s given her any semblance of choice, especially seeing how Mr. C’s got the whole thing mapped out now–>sic ’em Sookie!

      Looks like Sammy-spy is holding back on A LOT of information and I’m betting Sam didn’t report Bill darkening their doorstep because he wanted the “Sookie prize” for his own self 🐕. Sam’s as bad as Bill at keeping Sookie both in the dark and dependent/vulnerable. This ties Sookie to her job – and therefore Sam – and she’s oh so grateful for “all Sam’s help”!

      1. Oops..forgot to say how much I’m loving this short! I love a Sookie who is portrayed as basically the same kind, somewhat naive-ish but brave woman so we knew from the early books, just tweaked with a brain *she uses*! I know she was overflowing with Bill juice, especially on the show, but I the cop-out ‘the blood made me’ excuse always rubs me the wrong way. I think the ‘independent woman’ she always claimed to be would’ve found a way to listen to facts…instead of stomping off (or worse, taking a nap). So I appreciate her portrayal here immensely. 👏🏻

  5. It is so exciting to see another chapter up. I can’t wait for the next one.
    I love the way that you brought in Mr. C. That was great. I can’t wait to see what Sam has to say about not notifiying Mr. C that Sookie was dating Bill. I hope a smack down is in the works.

  6. well this story just keeps getting better and better can’t wait to find out Bill’s reaction to Sookie renouncing his claim on her hope Mr. C let’s Eric claim her guess will see.

  7. Wow, wow wow. What a chapter. So many exciting events. I like how Eric wants to be there for Sookie but wants Sookie to choose him. The way Sookie talked to Bill was awesome best part of the chapter!!! The twist with Gran and Fatan is very interesting. Sam strikes again, wonder why he didn’t contact Mr. C? Fantastic chapter!!!!

  8. I could never deny Puss-in-Boots need for reviews, now can I? LOL

    Oh man, this NEEDS to be a longish short, or is it a shortish long tale. 😜 Anyhoo, Sookie is full Steel Magnolia status right now and I loves it!!! C’mon Shelby!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  9. Awesome chapter! It gets better with each installment. It looks like Eric is uncomfortable with what he is learning about Sookie. Can’t wait until tomorrow to see what happens.

  10. I have been longing for sometime to request your rewrite of the whole series as mentioned above. This would be an excellent place to start. The personalities of this E/S couple are quite satisfying-smart, not too sappy and willing to be open with each other.
    Part of your talent in these stories is creating unique characters in each version with them staying consistent within each tale. I would dearly love to see what develops between these two in particular for the long term!

  11. Love this story so much, but your still killing me with all these cliffies you leave us with. You sure this is only going to be 8 chapters, this story is just to good not to be longer. On pins and needles till tomorrow. I’ll have you know this the first time I have ever reviewed every chapter of a story I’ve read, my normal is the first chapter then the last chapter, just so you that is how much this story is intriguing me. As you are begging for reviews I’mbegging for more chapters/or a sequel for this story it is that good.

  12. HAH! i think Sam is gonna be in bigger trouble than Bill. not only did he just pissed of Eric and Sookie, i think Desmon is gonna be a little miffed with him too. and ooooh, i just want to hit Bill with a frying pan right now, lying bastard.

  13. Love all the twists you are putting us through!! Though you do make make me impatient for more so that instead of getting my 8, I instead checked my inbox for the update!!

  14. Well that put a spanner in Eric’s plans lol. It puts Sookie of being on a equal footing with Eric rather than relying on his protection so I like it! I just hope the next words aren’t going to be she needs to go to Fairy but I even if they were I know you’d never still make way for a E/S HEA! Great chapter, I was biting my nails and I really think they should make you a Pins and Needles lifetime achievement award lol.

  15. I love that she is now seeing Bill for what he really is, without the influence of his “blood blinders”.

  16. ok, kinda hating mr.c right now…assuming she wants anyone’s claiming (besides Eric). I think this sookie won’t like how he phrased that and has already decided she wants Eric to ‘sponser’ her. I hope! really really hope…a lot ❤

  17. It sounds like Sam has not kept Mr C up to date on what it happening in Sookies life. Surely he did not know about Bill or how Sookie was struggling for money. Sam is in big trouble with Mr C and Sookie now. Lol. Love this story.

  18. Gosh this is getting better and better!
    Loved how Sookie dealt with Bill;
    Looks like Sam is in deep trouble now…he sure didn’t inform Mr.C about Bill Compton!
    Poor Eric he wanted to claim Sookie but I guess he has to get in line!
    Jackie69

  19. I love this story… I had been reading on ff, today I couldn’t get into ff and was really pissed, then remembered I have her bookmarked and I come here and suddenly I have 3 AMAZING chapters… in your face ff. Love this mature Sookie and normal, honest and nice Eric. In one of your a/ns you said “for anyone still reading”, how could anyone stop?

  20. Oh god, I so don’t want to be in Sam’s place right now!!!!! Not a good spy at all as it seems he never reported Bill being there (which might have led to Gran still being alive, chew on that bone Sam!) I’m guessing Sam didn’t want ‘his’ Sookie extracted.
    Can I say again how much I’m loving this Sookie and Eric? She’s using her brains and he’s not being a total high handed jerk. Will be hard waiting to see the fallout of all this shit hitting the fan at once…

    1. Forgot to add that Eric will probably not be pleased if he is not the one claiming Sookie, but have a feeling Sookie just might claim him!

  21. loving this story, it keeps getting better and better and heed my words the readers would like more just like I said they would, and outtake or ten might appease them. KY

  22. The only complaint I have about this story is that it’s a ‘short’. I can’t believe its going to be over in a couple of chapters. This has been a wonderful rewrite of canon events. I agree that Sam is about to find himself in a world of trouble. I’d bet that Mr. C wasn’t even aware that the family was having money problems and he definitely didn’t know Bill had approached Sookie. I’m thinking he’ll have to answer for that from the demon himself. As for the claiming, I sort of like the idea simply because it puts Sookie and Eric on more equal footing. That way they can have a relationship that is not based on her dependence on him. She can truly “choose” him as a companion and not as a protector. Can’t wait ’til tomorrow to see where you take us.

  23. Let me guess Sam forgot lol thanks for another great chapter! In sure Bill would offer his blood to Sookie if she sneezed just to get it in her

  24. Fantastic Sookie. I think that many of us are weary of always reading a stubborn Sookie that fights even the good things for her. I certainly think that is refreshing to see her choosing right. good story. Thank you!.(love when I was not expecting a chapter and suddenly there is another, 3 in one day… wow)

  25. Great chapter !im cool with Sookie being claimed by Mr C and Niall, that way she can choose Eric freely, without being worried about influence/control. She would also be known as a fae princess, not a human pet. It wouldn’t solve all her problems but it would give her choices that she might not otherwise have.

  26. Hmm, a certain shifter fell down on the job. Why do I think he’s in league with Bill Compton? Things just got a lot more complicated for our Viking, but I think they will be sorted out to most everyone’s satisfaction. Those left unsatisfied deserve what they get.

  27. Love how Sookie dealt with Bill on the phone and the subsequent denouncing of his claim.

    Sam being a spy for Mr.C surprised me. Then I was surprised he didn’t inform him about Bill and what happened with Gran being murdered. Could he have been glamoured by Bill? I don’t think Sookie is going to take Mr.C claiming her well since she doesn’t know him and he’s just lurked in background letting things happen and had Sam who she thought was her friend spy on her (even if he didn’t inform Mr.C of the going ons).
    I look forward to Sookies’ reaction and I got to agree with others saying this short should be longer! ;D

  28. Well –not the “claiming” I’m expecting, but so glad Mr. C is on the job, so to speak —and I can’t wait for SA to have a melt-down when the information is revealed to her –heh….. Billy boy, you cheap skate bastard –you couldn’t even come clean with Sookie when she asked you in an indirect way about your “bonus” —

  29. Wow what a great idea, love it. Fantastic writing, you have such a creative mind, really love this story.

  30. Wow ! Bill leaves a homely clueless.controlled sookie and comes back to a fairy ! Of the royal brigant line ? Love this More please

  31. Damn this is good. I honestly don’t think I can get enough. le sigh…
    btw Happy happy birthday! I’m wishing you a fantastic day.

  32. Love the smart and rational sookie it’s definitely a nice change!! Can’t wait for the next update but I’m hoping sookie tells mr. C that eric will be the only one claiming her because he’s the only one looking out and doing right by her

  33. I love that Sookie is wanting to know what’s been going on and wants to know more. Sam is in the shit by not telling Mr C about Sookie so he could extract her. I hope Sookie is claimed by Eric and they exchange blood soon…..preferably before Bill gets back. This Sookie is smart and less likely to fall for Bill and his bullshit. Thank god for Eric. Excellent story, hope there is lots more to come.

  34. Omg…..the plot thickens. I love a smart Sookie. Douche-bag Bill will be coming home to a shit storm, that I definitely am looking forward to. I don’t think Sookie will allow herself to be extracted by strangers no matter how well meant, unless Eric is involved in some way, because she trusts him and is beginning to like him so much more. Loving the story.

  35. They’re both claiming her? How does that work? Whose claim is primary?

    BYW, love the review kitty. Who Cluld say no to that? 🙂

  36. Wow. Wowowowowowowowowwowow! That’s awesome! And… *singsong* Sam is in trouble. Hehe. Unless Bil glamour end him.
    Sookie has more allies than she thought!

  37. Hand here is where you ran with what I gave you. And I can’t stress enough how much I love love love it!!!
    So very glad I gave you my little idea 🙂
    Weirdly, it slightly mirrors another story running in my head, but this is so much better! It’s already out there! And written by you, so it is wonderful 😘😃😄😍

  38. another great chapter! sorry I don’t review every chapter but I can’t wait to read what happens next. bill is an even bigger asshat in this than usual, and sam? don’t get me started on that “little”prick!

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