Chapter 08: The Beginning

ERIC POV

Sookie’s expression changed suddenly.

She closed her eyes. “I can hear you again,” she whispered.

I was glad to see that she didn’t seem afraid this time.

“What is it like?” I asked.

“At first, I thought it was like a snake pit—where every thought and impulse you had was slithering around.”

I chuckled. “Doesn’t sound very flattering.

She shrugged, though her eyes stayed closed. “Sorry. But it is like lots of writhing tubes of light. And there’s a weight to your thoughts. There are so many things going through your head! How do you keep them all straight?”

“Practice,” I said simply. “Can you pick up any specific thoughts?”

She bit her lip and closed her eyes even tighter. “One is the same as earlier—the same as last night.”

“Last night, too?”

“Yeah,” she admitted. “I’ve heard you three times.” Her eyes popped open. “But now your thoughts are gone again! It lasts only a few seconds.”

“What was the thought?”

“That you wanted me—to possess me. To keep me.”

I chuckled. “Quite true.”

“But you are holding yourself back,” she whispered.

“Not really,” I said. “I am simply choosing which of the snakes in my head has the best plan for getting you.”

“And which snake is that?” she asked.

“The one that tells me that we should get to know each other,” I said self-assuredly. “I think that my like for you will grow, and I am confident that you will enjoy me more and more with time, too.”

She laughed. “Oh—you are confident. Huh?”

I nodded. “Yes. And patient. You need time to adjust to the new realities which have been presented to you tonight. You need time to realize that Bill is not indicative of all men or vampires—or vampire men,” I winked. “You need time, and I have plenty of it.”

“Speaking of which,” she asked as she put a few pictures into her suitcase, cushioning them with clothing, “when will I see you again?”

“Already anxious?” I smirked.

“Honestly?”

I nodded.

“Yes. I already like you, Eric. Bill said things against you, but I know not to believe them now, and—from everything I’ve seen about you—I want to get to know you. At the very least, I could learn a good deal about history from you.”

I laughed. “Well, there is that! Desmond lives in New Orleans. And I’m supposed to attend a conference there with the other Louisiana sheriffs next week.”

“Will the queen be there?” she asked with a frown.

“The conference is being held in an out-building on her estate, but she is bored by the actual running of her kingdom. I wouldn’t expect her to drop by.”

“Will you get into trouble for any of this?” she asked, motioning between us.

I shook my head. “Two words: plausible deniability. Sophie-Anne was attempting to poach in Area 5 by sending Compton. I had no idea that you were coveted by her because she didn’t tell me about you.”

“Shouldn’t you have reported me?” Sookie asked astutely.

I grinned and nodded. “Of course. But Sophie-Anne has made it clear that she doesn’t want to deal with matters of the state except for once a month. Thus, new assets are logged in monthly Sheriffs’ reports. The end of the month is next week. I will most certainly include a report of meeting you at Fangtasia, becoming aware of your potential gift during the raid, confirming the efficacy of said gift at Fangtasia last night, and then securing guards to look after you. I will even report that I came here tonight—to explain the guard situation. Sadly,” I intoned, “the demon, Desmond Cataliades, was already here when I arrived. That is when he made clear that the guards wouldn’t be needed, for you were being claimed as his ward. Given the fact that I—unfortunately—arrived after your blood tie with Compton had been severed, I couldn’t act to keep you from the demon. By luck, however, the man who’d been killing women who associated with vampires showed up while I was here, and I made sure he was taken care of. But—sadly—you left Area 5 with your guardian. Indeed, I will make a thorough report of our dealings, Miss Stackhouse—just as I am required.”

“But we met last month,” she reminded. “Was I in your report then?”

I grinned. “That is the best part! I did mention that Bill Compton had checked into Area 5 and that he’d introduced me to his claimed human, who might prove of use. I reported that I intended to test your value when an opportunity arose.”

“You’re good at covering your ass—and at telling lies,” she said with a frown.

“I only lie to people I don’t respect or like,” I returned. “And—even then—only when it benefits me—and I cannot get caught,” I added with a smirk.

She took in what I was saying.

“Sookie, I am wise enough to know that lying to you wouldn’t be of benefit to me.”

She nodded in acceptance.

Thank the gods.

“Why do you think that you’re the only vampire I’ve ever heard?” she asked.

“I have my theories,” I smirked.

“What are they?”

“Well—I’m the oldest that you have ever met. Maybe my thoughts are just ‘stronger.'”

She nodded. “Okay. That seems reasonable. What’s another possibility?”

“Maybe you just want to hear me,” I said taking a step toward her.

“Another?” she asked, licking her lips.

I focused on those lips. I couldn’t help myself.

“Maybe I want you to hear me,” I responded as I moved so that I was standing right in front of her.

“You never told me why you are being so nice in all of this—why you are helping me?” she asked even as she focused on my lips.

I leaned down and gave her the gentlest of kisses.

“Possibility,” I whispered.

Just then, we both looked toward the window. I’d heard an automobile rattling its way loudly down the battered driveway. That was on my list of things to fix as “caretaker” of Sookie’s home. She’d just have to be mad afterwards at my highhanded ways.

With her, I figured that—at times—asking for forgiveness would be expedient to asking for permission.

Sookie had obviously heard thoughts entering her range.

“Wow! It’s like they’re buzzing!” she exclaimed.

“Demons,” I confirmed when they were within my range of scent.

“Three,” she said.

I nodded. “Likely Desmond and the flowers.”

“Flowers?”

“His nieces Gladiola and Diantha. You’ll like them,” I smiled.

She looked a little unsure, but latched her suitcase. I carried it downstairs as she grabbed her purse.

She opened the door as soon as there was a knock.

“Hi, Mr. Cataliades,” she said tentatively, taking in Desmond’s rotund figure and shaking his hand.

“Call me Desmond,” he smiled warmly. “Are you ready, dear?”

She looked around. “Can I take a minute to say goodbye to the house?”

The demon nodded, and he and I stood in the entryway as Sookie walked into a room that must have been her Gran’s bedroom.

“May I call upon you next week?” I asked the demon. “The yearly Sheriffs’ meeting is then, but I will have some free time.”

Desmond’s eyes twinkled as he looked up at me. “I think you like my goddaughter, Eric.”

I chuckled. “I do.”

“Your actions will be honorable toward her, or I will destroy you with fireballs,” he said bluntly.

“Added incentive,” I chuckled again.

He smiled. “Excellent! Niall will disapprove of your courtship of Sookie, of course, but I know you won’t let that stop you.”

“No,” I confirmed with a smirk.

“Anyway,” he offered, “that’s why Fin made sure that I would be her legal guardian.”

“Why didn’t you come for her sooner? Her life hasn’t been easy—you know,” I commented quietly.

Desmond nodded. “Fin wanted for his offspring to be shielded and kept secret if possible for as long as the fairy war brewed. But that’s not possible now.”

“I told Sookie of the danger from Niall’s enemies,” I reported.

“I’m already arranging for a Britlingen to be her full-time guard after she leaves my immediate care.”

“Fintan must have left a great deal of money,” I commented.

“Yes!” Desmond grinned. “And most is in investments and still growing larger. Sookie has no idea how wealthy she could be.”

“Best to ease her into that.”

He chuckled. “Of course, some of the fortune must be set aside for the other decedent who has shown a spark.”

“Another?”

“Yes,” the demon reported. “Hadley had a child. In truth, I’ve known that Hadley was with the queen for a while, but the association seemed good for her, and I had no idea that she was using information about her cousin to garner favor. She dumped her son onto his father when he was born. And she has made very few attempts to contact him during the years. But—given her loose lips about Sookie—I think it is wise to act on the child’s behalf now,” he sighed.

I smiled to myself. “Sookie will be glad to have more family. By the way, do you have bottled water in your vehicle?” I asked suddenly.

He nodded. “Sure. And on the plane. Why?”

“Good. Sookie should drink more water before she rests to help to offset the severing spell.”

He slapped me on the back affectionately.

“You are welcome next week, Northman! In fact, I insist that you stay at my estate—and extend your visit a few days extra! After all, we have a lot of legal matters to discuss. And I want to discuss some,” he paused, “investment opportunities with you,” he added with a wink.

“Are you playing matchmaker?” I smirked.

“Just offering you opportunity. Of course, if Sookie doesn’t want to spend time with you, my estate is large. It will be her choice.”

I nodded in acknowledgment.

Sookie stepped out of her Gran’s room with an afghan.

“Can I—uh—take this?” she asked tentatively.

“You can take anything you wish, dear,” Desmond smiled.

“Thanks.” She looked up at me. “What about Sam? He’ll expect me at work tomorrow.”

“Oh—Sam Merlotte will no longer be an issue,” Desmond said darkly. “I financed his business venture in return for his service, and tomorrow morning, he will be receiving legal paperwork kicking him out of my establishment. And he will be leaving this area too—tomorrow,” the demon added, his eyes darkening until they were almost black. “He still owes me, and I have an assignment in Uruguay that should suit him very well.”

“You won’t hurt him—will you?” Sookie asked.

“I should, but I anticipated that you wouldn’t want that, so I am simply giving him a shit assignment,” Desmond said with a cruel smile.

“Uh—okay,” Sookie responded. “But what about Merlotte’s. A lot of people count on it for jobs.”

Desmond looked at me. “Northman—do you know of someone who can step in as manager of the place?”

“Human, Were, or vampire?” I asked.

He chuckled. “Were. I’m not sure Bon Temps is ready for a vampire.”

“What time will the shifter receive his news?” I asked.

“Ten. If your recommendation can be there by then, I’ll have papers for him or her to sign taking over the running of the place.”

I nodded. I knew of a few worthy Weres in Area 5 who would appreciate the consistent work. Plus, I’m sure that Colonel Flood knew of others. And—unlike Merlotte—they would be good watchdogs over the town!

Pun intended!

“Sam’s got other properties too,” Sookie frowned.

Desmond shook his head. “No—he manages other investments of mine.”

I chuckled. “I’ll have two Weres waiting at ten. If Sam gives your courier any trouble, they can help. And they can share in whatever management opportunities you have—if that is acceptable.”

“Ohtheshifterwillnotbeaproblem,” Diantha said with a scowl. She’d moved so that she was behind her uncle.

Sookie frowned, trying to decipher Diantha’s quick sentence. It was difficult for me to understand her at times too!

“Sookie, this is my niece, Diantha. Gladiola is still in the car,” Desmond said.

“Nice to meet you,” Sookie said.

“Youtoo. Wearegonnahavelotsoffun!” Diantha said.

Again, it took Sookie a moment before the confusion left her face.

“Di is taking care of Merlotte’s walking papers,” Desmond smirked.

I chuckled. Diantha could kill as fast as she could talk.

“So,” Sookie sighed, looking up at me. “I guess this is goodbye for now.” She bit her bottom lip worriedly.

I touched her cheek and she leaned into my palm. We both sighed at the contact.

“Possibility,” she whispered.

I nodded in agreement. “Worry about nothing,” I told her. “Your brother will be guarded by sunrise. Compton will be informed of your change in status tomorrow night. I’ll place a guard on this house and see to its upkeep while you are gone.”

Desmond passed Sookie a piece of paper.

“Sign this,” the demon instructed.

“What is it?” Sookie asked.

“Power of attorney to let Eric pay your bills and such, and he is required to keep a careful accounting of all he does,” the demon added with a chuckle.

Sookie opened the short document and quickly read it. “Okay—uh—looks good,” Sookie stammered, though obviously torn about accepting help.

“Remember, it is only an advance,” I reminded, handing her a pen.

She nodded and signed the document before handing it back to Desmond.

“I’ll fax you a copy tomorrow night,” Desmond told me before taking Sookie’s suitcase from me. “See you in the car,” he added knowingly. Diantha followed him.

Sookie and I stepped out onto the porch and I waited for her to lock up the house.

“It’s been a long night,” she said, looking up at me.

“Not all bad though?” I asked.

“Not all bad,” she agreed, standing on her tiptoes to initiate a kiss.

This time, I didn’t settle for just a peck, and she didn’t either.

Once she was breathless, I let her go.

“This is only the beginning,” I whispered, before taking her hand and walking her to the car.


A/N: I hope that you all enjoyed the “ending” to this short! One more thank you to Gwynwyvar for the inspiration! And, as always, I wanna thank Seph for the art and Kleannhouse for the quick beta work!

Given how many of you seem interested in knowing what would happen with these two after this One Night, I will add this to the stories that I MIGHT develop in the future; however, it’ll be a while, so please be patient with me.

Thanks so much for reading!!!!

ckat


 

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94 thoughts on “Chapter 08: The Beginning

  1. But, but, but I don’t want it to be over 😔. Thank you so much for writing such a beautiful story. I hope your muse convinces you to finish it soon. It will be difficult to be patient but, with all the other wonderful stories you are churning out, I’m sure it’s doable. 😉Thanks again you’re golden, Kat, & congrats on your win! The Goblin was my vote for favorite.

    1. Ditto, I also don’t want it to be over. Please hurry and move it to the top of your list to write more on. Begging here not above doing more begging either.

  2. What a lovely ending to a wonderful story. Sookie showed real maturity in dealing with everything. I’m happy that you are considering developing it more later as I have to admit I so want to see not only Bill’s but Sam’s reaction as well. I think in someways Sam was actually worse than Bill.

  3. Fantastic! The ending left many “possibilities”. Thank you. Looking foward to whatever comes next.

  4. Loved the story! Hope you are inspired to write a follow up at some point. A Sookie that was educated about the supernatural world, may have avoided a lot of the problems she had in the books and show and may have ended up with Eric. Thank you for writing such enjoyable plot improvements/corrections!!

  5. If a continuation is do-able then that would be great, but for now thank you for this great short. 👍😀

  6. Great short!
    I liked how Sookie was able to deal with everything so calmly and maturely. Also, how you have left the possibility of revisiting the story at a later date but also bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion.

  7. A lovely ending, but……I didn’t WANT it to end. 😦

    I’m glad to hear that you are considering continuing it at some point and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it will be soon. Maybe even as another ‘short’? Or longer… I agree with the commenter above that this story has ‘good bones’, I think it would be excellent as a longer story!

    In the mean time, I look forward to reading your other work.

  8. Great last chapter!! I so enjoyed this short, but so hope you continue it later. I really want to find out what happens next. Like Bills and Sam’s reactions. How does Sookie meeting Desmond and coming out now change Rhodes and everything else that would have happened? Thanks again for another wonderful story.

  9. I do hope you are inspired to continue this at some point. You have set them on a completely different path. I have so enjoyed reading this story, another wonderful creation.

  10. This was so good. I just want to keep reading. Please add to it when you get a chance. It had great potential. Loved it!

  11. Nooooo! You can’t end it now. Your not even close to the 50 chapters 😦 This was such a great story with so many possibilities. I really hope you develop a new story updating our couple.

  12. I loved this short, but you have written it so well, that it has so much potential to be a lllloooonnnngggggg story with lots of juicy goodness. And if you continue it, I would love to see Godric as Eric’s maker and not Appius and for Godric to live of course. I also want to see how you have Sam react to Desmond kicking Sam out of town and what Diantha will do to make sure he leaves, as well as Bill hearing from Eric how Sookie has left town, what the Queens reaction will be upon hearing for Bill of Sookies leaving and/or her reaction to Eric’s report and the monthly meeting in a weeks time. Oh and lets not for get Eric coming to Desmond’s compound in a week to visit Sookie. So I am so please to hear you thinking about expanding on this story. Love you work. 🙂

  13. I’m with everybody else… I can’t wait for you to add to it! Would love to read Bills reaction! Thanks for the great story so far!

  14. How do you do this?!?! Make me fall in love with these shirts to where I’m starving for more?!?!

    I’ll be very patient with this one. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!!

  15. Thank you again for this great story. It is in a great place to pick up in the future should you decide to do so. I love when Sookie is more thoughtful and much smarter!

  16. Superb finish! Desmond & the Flowers yay! I’m glad you gave him a more prominent role in this short. Would love to read more about what happens next. However, instead of more cowbell I need more “Gift Horse” in my life. Ha!

  17. Oh I really hope this story becomes many many many more nights. Did I say many. I seriously loved this short, I think it was my favorite. I serious did not want it to end. There are so many possibilities for more. The end with a kiss was perfect. I wonder if Eric will fix up her house. The visits at Mr C’s. Her new life. So many possibilities. And Bill will be pissed and Sophie Anne. Such a great story.

  18. this story has so much potential to become something huge and great. you did some new things, like having Sam being basically owned by Mr.C (love that). I’m wondering about the possibility of you letting this be adopted by another and see where it goes (I know you are so busy with so much already, I just hate to see this potential lost). ❤

      1. I totally understand. you have such great talent. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed in anything you have written. congrats to your win, I voted for the goblin, it was exceptionally well integrated. I thank everyone who helps get the ideas clicking in your brain too ❤

  19. Awesome story! Love that you might get back to them at some point. I would love to see how Mr. C helps in getting them together and Niall’s reaction! LOL

  20. Great way to wrap it up. I really hope you’re inspired to write more in the future, I’d love to read Bill and Sam’s reactions. Plus it’s such a great formula! Brilliant story from a great idea.

  21. I love these two and definitely need more of them! I hope you’re able to continue the story soon. Thanks for the story!

  22. one thing I always detested CH for was the lack of follow through on what Sookie’s essential spark was, how it could affect her life in a positive manner, etc. But no…..she gets to live her “human” life in near poverty and raise three kids who don’t seem to have much going for them. It was like she wrote herself into a corner with these powerful relatives/benefactors and then swept it to the side like it didn’t matter. Her inconsistencies were the size of the grand canyon

  23. Oh no, I can’t believe it’s over! I did not get to read about Bill’s reaction…..bummer. I loved this story. I hope you decide to expand on this story soon. Looking forward to it. Thanks, for such a great story, but you always do. Congratulations on your new win.

  24. Omg! I loved this story! I am sad to see it end. I want to see Sam get the news, that he was getting kicked out of town, since he left Sookie open to be blood drugged and kidnapped by Bill. I wanted to see Bill and the Queen hear the news about Sookie! But I loved it!

  25. Really great story, thanks so much. I sincerely hope you manage to continue it in the not too distant future, i wait with great anticipation. Take care xx

  26. What a great story. Hopefully this was a promise in Erics/Kats words – This is only the beginning.:)
    I will be patient.

  27. Loved it and am sad to see it go away (I cant say end). Are you open to negotiations? I am willing to earn a quick glimpse of the reactions of Bill, Sam and SA… eat my veggies? mow the lawn? charity work? Name your price

  28. So glad to hear you are considering expanding on this in the future! Even if it will be awhile before you can get to it, might you consider a one shot now and then? Maybe tell about Sam getting his walking papers? Or when Eric gets to tell Bill his services are no longer required? Maybe Eric sitting down to explain to Jason that Sookie is in NOLA and get him started on the path to being a better brother?

  29. Bellissima! Really wonderful story and I know whatever direction you take these lovebirds in the future will bliss me out just as well!

    I loved the last line, and how left each other with a fantastic kiss. Sookie and Eric will both be thinking about that one for a while.

    And, Desmond was delightfully enthusiastic about Eric’s courting Sookie. Adorableness abounds!

    Thank you for taking on this idea, and thank you to Gwynwyvar for inspiring greatness for Kat.

  30. I really hope this isn’t the end. I want to know what happens to Sookie and Eric at Desmond’s estate. Also Sam’s and Bill’s reaction to all of it.

  31. Better than I could have imagined. And so many possibilities!
    Love love love Dear. Thankyou for making such a wonderful story from my little suggestion.
    Hmm. Sam was only managing Mr C’s investments? Lol, oh he is going to be pissed! And, yeah, he earned it himself because he is a … Moron!

    Wonderful place to leave it. Full of the promise of a HEA 🙂

    Hugs hugs hugs
    Squuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeeeee
    *celebratory happy dance*

  32. Just wanted to say that I love the way you write Eric and Sookie. Their “voices” are very realistic and true to character. I wish this is the way the books/TB would have gone. Keep up the stellar writing!!

  33. I’ve just read this for the third time. I’m *really* liking the direction of how this could play out! So while I’m patiently waiting for you to continue on all your *other* WIP, I’m adding my vote for more of this too! Your writing is fabulous and the way you fix Sookie and Eric is exceptionally satisfying.

  34. I love this so very very much!
    I had a thought. A curious musing. I wonder. Mr C has investments. Mr C is looking after Fintan’s investments. I’m wondering if Fintan’s investments include properties and businesses. Maybe Mr C expanded Fintan’s investments in Bon Temp? Cos… That would be hilarious. Sookie finding out that she was essentially Sams boss all along? Hehe. Just a thought.

    And now I should really go back to studying. Except…. There is a certain historical story I have already started to read 😉

  35. I just finished reading this story for the 3rd time, and I will wait as calmly as I can for you to add to it. but I love all of your work.

  36. I loved this short and would be thrilled to see it expanded. Of course, I have loved every one of your stories that I have read. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing!

  37. I just listened to this via the PDF file being exported to my text reader. Not perfect, but a joy to have the fanfic I love when I can’t actually read it myself! So firstly, thankyou for putting your stories in PDF!

    Ah fanfic, how I have missed you so!

    And California Kat, your stories are at the top of my
    List of faves, along with a few other brilliant writers 🙂

    Yes, you have probably seen me on this page more than others, I just love what you did with my little prompt. This ‘what-if’ had been bugging me since I started reading the book. It probably explains why this story sits at the very top next to Bored to death and MultiVerse. I can’t say enough how much I enjoy every aspect of what you have done with this story!!!!

    From Sookie being broke and redoing her budgeting math, to Eric’s unease about getting the wrong info from the website on what to do with Sookie. Lmao every time I imagine Eric looking at a dating site for hints. 😂

    And Bill. Really, there is no word big enough for his epic douchbaggery. Actually using the word epic in any relation to that twat is just wrong. Crap. He is…. Bill. I pity all others tarred with that name, because he has rebranded it into the epitome of the douchbaggiest of the douchbagartists. He even eclipses my ex. Something I never thought was possible to happen. Now, any time some one does something even remotely douchbaggy, I will consider them as ‘pulling a Bill’.

    Sigh. Onto a much lighter subject………

    Squeeeeee. There is a happily ever after just around the corner for these two.

    This is another reason why I love what you have done! This story is complete, while also leaving it open for you to continue!!!! You already know that I’d love it if you would 🙂 But, even still. You have thrown emerging rainbows into the night sky, and unicorns are singing triumphantly while cupids dance a jig! So utterly, perfectly full of hope.

    Thankyou
    💗💜♥️💞💖❤️💓

  38. Oh wow ! please I just love your work and this was so awesome!!! I just loved the interaction with Eric And I can just imagine Bill’s constipated look …what’s gonna happen at the monthly meeting? will sookie still help find Godric probably….she’d be able to comfort Eric better without Bill’s interference…. maybe she could help heal Godric sense she would be more familiar with him(through stories Eric shared)and more confident in herself..or if you go the Appius route as someone she cares for couldn’t she use her status to help protect what is “hers” from that POS oh please either way or a diffrent I need to know what happens lol !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  39. just re-read this one again and it leaves me wanting more …. so i do think you need to read this one and maybe it will push your muse into wanting to write it too… so gift horse, who’s your daddy and one night…. my list is growing i see. KY

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