STORY DESCRIPTION: Sookie has tragically lost every man she has ever given her heart to; Eric doesn’t know how to give his heart to anyone. Can she teach him how to love, even as he helps her to overcome her losses? [SVM; Eric/Sookie; all human]
LONGER SUMMARY/STORY NOTE: In this all human story, Eric is a Marine, who grew up under the thumb of his oppressive father, Appius. Though stilted emotionally, he strikes an unlikely connection with Bill Compton, a fellow Marine. When Bill falls in battle, Eric must decide whether or not to carry out Bill’s last wish for him—to look after his young son, as well as his wife, Sookie.
This piece deals with overcoming both childhood mental abuse (a topic close to my own heart) and moving forward through grief and loss. I first began writing it in 2014(ish). However, not long after I began, the talented inlovewitheric began posting Semper Fi, in which Eric is a Marine. Though my story had begun quite differently from hers, I still worried that it might be seen as “too close” in some ways, so I decided to put it on the backburner and wait to see how Semper Fi turned out. By the time inlovewitheric was done with Semper Fi and I knew that my story was definitely different (beyond the fact that our Erics are both Marines) I had already turned to other stories. Recently, I found the beginning of this story and began reading it. It “reclaimed” me, and I continued the draft. I am aware that many of you seek out the TB/SVM universe because you love the supernatural/vampire genre. I hope that you will give this “all-human” tome a try, however. I think you will recognize many aspects of Eric’s & Sookie’s characteristics from the novels/show. And—please—if you haven’t already done so, check out inlovewitheric’s Semper Fi, which is complete and available on her WordPress site. Click HERE.
DISCLAIMER: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. No profit has been made from this work. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended. The characters in this story and some events have been inspired by True Blood and the Southern Vampire Mysteries book series.