Chapter 01: Gusts and Storms

Uncharted: Part II of the UN-iverse

NOTE: Uncharted is the sequel to Uninvited (which should be read first).

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Summary: Eric and Sookie must marshal allies as they evade Russell and his minions. Eric begins to formulate how to bring Russell down, even as Sookie learns more about her Fae powers. However, the greatest obstacle faced by Eric and Sookie might be letting themselves love each other without questioning “why” they love.

Disclaimer: I own no characters or plotlines related to True Blood or the Southern Vampire Mysteries. I write for my own pleasure (and yours) only and make no profit from my work.

Artwork: Sephrenia is responsible for the title banners for the story—as well as the character and chapter banners (which can be found on my WordPress site—californiakat. wordpress. com).


The End of Uninvited

“Have you a price for me, vampire?” Niall asked harshly.

“There is no price,” Eric answered, though he didn’t look away from Sookie.

“Come, Great-granddaughter,” Niall said, a bit more gently than before.

Tears continued to stream from Sookie’s eyes as she rose from the couch. Their hands still linked, Eric rose with her.

“Hunter,” Sookie said quietly. “If you get out of the Russell thing alive, will you find him? Will you help him?”

Eric nodded, understanding in an instant what Sookie was asking of him. It wasn’t protection from other vampires that she was hoping for him to provide. It was protection from his own “gift” of telepathy. She didn’t want him to go through the kinds of things that she had to as a child.

“Whether I live or die, I will see to it,” the vampire vowed.

Sookie nodded, and then—with another sob—she let go of his hands.


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“There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.”—George Eliot


Niall POV

Niall Brigant looked on warily as his great-granddaughter slowly approached him.

He had not expected her to have Fintan’s eyes. He had not expected her to be so much like his half-human son either. Certainly, they had both been gifted with powerful—almost identical—Fae sparks. Yet they both seemed to favor their humanity, and they were both clearly rebellious and stubborn by nature.

Moreover, Niall certainly hadn’t expected Sookie to have feelings for the vampire, Eric Northman!

Claudine, whom he’d tasked to watch over Sookie for many years, had reported that Sookie’s affections were with William Compton. Claudine had also reported that the “love” Sookie felt for Compton was not a true love—that it was based on her consumption of Compton’s blood.

After learning that, Niall had been looking into having a severing spell performed for the girl, but Eric Northman’s blood coming into the equation had complicated everything. Sookie’s spark, which had lain dormant, burst into life because of Northman’s powerful blood—blood which, according to the Norseman’s maker, had tasted slightly supernatural to begin with, though Godric hadn’t known if the trace was fairy or, perhaps, demon blood.

At this point, it didn’t matter to Niall what the Norseman had been as a human—except that it made his blood and magic more potent than it would have been otherwise.

Niall shook his head. No—what mattered to him was his great-granddaughter. It was only by happenstance that Breandan’s people hadn’t sensed Sookie in the human realm yet. Her having vampire blood had actually helped to prevent her detection after her spark had become active. And that had been incredibly lucky for her, for Breandan would have certainly killed Sookie if he’d found her—after torturing her, that is.

Once Niall had sensed that his spell inhibiting Sookie’s spark had been undone, he’d wanted to take her to Faerie immediately. However, the vampire blood prevented her from going there.

Thus, he’d given her up—at least for a time.

But things had changed when Desmond Cataliades had given him a message from Northman. From the demon, Niall had learned that Sookie had undergone a severing spell. After that, Niall had needed to wait for Sookie to heal, and that could only be done if she stayed in the presence of the vampire for a time, since he had acted as her so-called “helper” throughout the spell.

Niall had had a very difficult time believing that particular information! The thought of a vampire performing an unselfish act was unheard of! Then again, the vampire was calculating, and he wanted to use Sookie. The witch, Octavia, had indicated that there was more between them—that there was real care, maybe even love—but Niall had not believed that hypothesis. Thus, seeing their affection for one another with his own eyes was startling to the fairy.

However, he had to admit that it was there.

And it was true.

Niall steeled himself before he allowed his resolve to falter. Perhaps, Eric Northman wasn’t as bad as Compton had been, but he was still a vampire, and Niall was convinced that Sookie would be better off without him. In time, she would move on. Plus, there was her safety to consider.

Sookie continued to move slowly toward him, but her eyes stayed locked into the vampire’s eyes, just as the Norseman’s eyes continued to bore into hers. Niall had allowed them their time to say goodbye due to his own memories of such affection.

Niall stifled his sigh and tried to remain patient. He hated being in the human realm. It brought forth too many memories—too much anguish.

He had never loved his fairy wife, Leonie. She had been chosen for him by his parents. That said—Niall had grown to appreciate Leonie over time, and they had celebrated together when their daughter, Magallen, was born. A few years later, it was learned that Leonie could have no other children, so she and Niall had chosen to no longer lie together in a carnal way. After all, their affection for one another had never been of the sexual variety; however, Leonie was a wonderful partner and queen. And she had been an even better mother to Magallen.

Unfortunately, on her four hundredth birthday, Magallen had died in childbirth, though she’d left Leonie and him with the gift of three grandchildren: Claude, Claudine, and Claudette. And Claudette had already provided them with a great-grandchild.

Over the many years since Magallen’s birth, both Leonie and he had taken many lovers in many realms. It had been a human woman named Adira who had captured Niall’s own heart. He’d stayed with her for many years—according to human standards—and Adira had given him twin sons, Dermot and Fintan. But time had not been kind to Niall and his beloved.

Niall had chosen to come to the human realm during a period when time on earth was long compared to time in the fairy realm. Thus, he’d expected to share Adira’s lifetime with her while only a few months went by in Faerie.

But Niall had been called back to Faerie because of an attack on the Sky Fae made by his brother Rogan. Niall had been duty-bound to return to Faerie, even though he’d known that his beloved Adira would be long dead before he would be able to return to her. His sons both had strong sparks, and Niall’s only choice was to take them with him to Faerie. Without him, there would have been no way that they could have kept hidden, especially since they would not have aged as humans did. And—since the children were so young at the time—they’d needed him to help them develop their sparks.

Thus, Niall had been forced to do the hardest thing he’d ever done. He’d made love to Adira for a final time, and then he’d used a memory charm to erase himself and their sons from her mind. He’d left her with as much wealth as he could and then had taken their sons to Faerie.

The pain from that goodbye had never left him, and he could feel similar pain coming from Sookie. He closed his eyes tightly for a moment. Since Sookie had a fairy spark, a memory charm would not work on her any more than glamour would. Otherwise, he would take away her pain, just as he’d taken away Adira’s—and, many years later, Adele’s.

Niall let out an angry-sounding sigh. He’d allowed for his great-granddaughter to delay them for long enough.

“Give me your hand, Sookie,” Niall said, making a conscious effort to speak to her in a calm voice.

Niall had not wanted to alienate Sookie, but his anger over seeing her pine for the vampire was threatening to overtake him. He promised himself that he would do his best to make sure Sookie was well taken care of. And once she was in Faerie, the triplets would make her feel more welcome. Claudine, he knew, would be happy to get home as well. Her husband and she were anxious to begin trying for children. Claudine had been at her assignment in the human realm for almost fifteen years, although it had seemed like only a few months to them in Faerie.

Claude had spent some time with his sister so that she wouldn’t be so isolated, but—as far as Niall was concerned—they had worked and played long enough among the humans for now. It was time for all of his kin to be at home.


Sookie POV

Hesitantly, Sookie gave Niall her hand. Tears were still streaming from her eyes, and she couldn’t imagine them ever stopping. It wasn’t just Eric she would be leaving. It was everything else, and she cried for those things too—for her brother, Tara, Lafayette, and Sam. She also cried for the Stackhouse homestead that she’d always loved, but which didn’t really belong to her at all since she wasn’t even a Stackhouse. But mostly, she cried to mark the loss of a love she had only just found.

“Wait!” she said, looking desperately at Niall. “Please—can I have one minute more. Just one—please.”

The fairy nodded stiffly and turned his back.

Sookie launched herself at Eric again, and he caught her before devouring her lips with his own.

“I do love you,” Sookie said when she finally pulled away. “I do! I wanted you to know that! I needed you to know.”

He kissed her again, trying to infuse their last twenty seconds together with as much emotion as he was capable.

“Be safe, little one,” he said when he broke the kiss after their minute was up. He set her gently onto her feet and then caressed her cheek lightly, smoothing away some of her tears. “Be happy.”

“You too,” she managed.

“Come!” Niall said. “No more delays.”

Sookie disentangled herself from Eric’s arms and moved toward Niall a second time.


Eric POV

Eric felt something inside of him slipping away, even as a scarlet tear slipped from his eye. He should have been ashamed for showing such emotion in front of the fairy, but he was unable to control his sorrow, just as he was unable to stop the feeling of emptiness that was already throbbing in his un-beating heart.

He watched as Niall took Sookie’s hand. And then—with a loud pop—they were gone.

Eric was on his knees before the echo of the popping sound had left the room.

The words that fell from his lips were a surprise to him—and they were too late for her.

“Ek elska hana,” he whispered in the language of his father and mother. [“I love her.”]


A/N: 

Thanks to all who read Uninvited! I hope you will continue to delve into this “universe” with me.

I love reading your positive and constructive comments/observations. I hope that you will continue to share your thoughts with me as we move along. Finally, I hope that you will “trust” me enough to know that I am taking this story in a different direction than my previous ones. Sometimes things are not as they seem.

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Inspiration for the story title: As with Uninvited, the title for this story is inspired by the song “Uninvited” by Alanis Morissette.

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38 thoughts on “Chapter 01: Gusts and Storms

  1. oh our poor Viking, my heart aches for him and his realization that he is in love with her after she is taken… i think I am going to enjoy the roller coaster ride ahead of us…Niall is still a dick, and poor Sookie, i am glad she got to tell him before she was ripped out of his world… KY

    1. LOL–so Niall’s story didn’t soften you toward him? I’m not sure much will then. 🙂
      Thanks for always going on my journeys with me Kristie. I write for me and I write for my fans, but I count you as a good friend too. And your support means a lot.
      Kat

  2. Oh, so sad. Poor Eric. To realize it too late to tell her. You should have posted a tissue alert! A wonderful start. I can’t wait for more.

    I love the casting of Michael Emerson as Crowe. I can totally picture that. And I sure hope Matt Bomer’s character is a good guy. I’m going to be very sad if I can’t enjoy his hotness because he’s a bad guy. Lol.

  3. After reading uninvited I couldn’t wait to start this one! I just have to say… I spilled a tear or two for them. Niall has to bring her back! Ohh and stake asshat Compton.

  4. So glad you are posting this one already. I am ready to dump a gallon of lemon juice on Niall’s head though! I agree w/kleannhouse, he’s a dick! lol I hope that Eric is able to stay ahead of Russell and his trackers until Sookie makes it back from fairy. Looking forward to the next chapter!

    1. LOL–I’m ready to invest in MinuteMade too. Niall is an ass. I didn’t intend him to be at first, but he just kept on doing douchy things. LOL.

      See you next time.
      Kat

  5. Ok I saw this update pop in while I was updating my story and I had to make myself finish writing before zipping over here to read. Thank you for beating the monkeys down and posting soon. 🙂 Can’t wait for more,

    I was thinking of you today. I got a reviewer, a guest on FF, and they were demanding and rude (which was the second one this week) and I kept seeing your Oscar The Grouch posting in my mind and had to laugh even though I was pretty ticked..

    Don’t they know this is supposed to be FUN?? 🙂

    Solidarity against rudeness, sister! 🙂

    1. That’s right, sister! I had another yucky review today. This time–the person created an account, but had disabled private messaging. So I still couldn’t respond. She/he was reading “The Sleeper Must Awaken” and didn’t like the diary sections. She felt the need to tell me that it was my “worst story ever.” Nice–huh. Of course, I probably wouldn’t have responded to that b/c–let’s face it–she’s apparently read all of my work just to put them on her “worst” list. But she’d commented that she didn’t like the diary parts (which are mostly over after chapter 3), and I was going to let her know. But–nope–not possible.

      It’s like ff.net protects the readers/commenters from us “nasty authors,” but it does nothing to protect us–as the writers who are the ones giving their site tons of traffic. Again, such a head-scratcher. I wish they would disabled guest reviews and make it impossible for people to disable the author’s chance to respond, but oh well.

      Kat

      1. I got some more today. I am choosing to view this constructively. First, it means that folks are reading which is a good, and second it means that something I wrote touched part of them in a way that made them uncomfortable.

        Evoking any emotional response in today’s world is worth something. Probably more than I can truly appreciate as they abuse my sacred muse, but I will try to push through and appreciate those things.

        Mean time, we got each other :). You keep telling it like you see it, there is someone (lots of someones for you :)) that see the beauty of your stories.

        It is the truth of what you say that makes them scream and try to look away. Lashing out and trying to make you stop forcing them to see what they can’t look at on their own shows their issues, not yours.

        Part of them wants that truth you bring, or they wouldn’t keep coming back!

        Hugs 🙂
        Jeannie

  6. I thought for a minute there that Niall would change his mind and let Sookie stay. I hope it doesn’t take long for them to be reunited. My hearts breaking for Eric. Can’t wait for the next chapter!

  7. Ah Niall Leeson is such a dick. Tragic back story or not!
    I’m sort of glad Eric didn’t realise he loved her until she was gone because it will make their reunion all the more intense.

    1. Niall Leeson…..LOL. It’s a testament to Liam’s ability to be the bad guy that a lot of people are responding this way. I’m glad I picked him as my muse for the role. It definitely changed things.
      Kat

  8. Ugh! I can’t stand how much time will pass in the human realm while Sookie is in faerie. Thank God that Eric is immortal. Now she just needs to find out how to escape. Niall doesn’t even care about her and I’m sure he’ll pay her no mind once they get to faerie. Hopefully, Claudine might help her escape! Thanks for the new story starting. Uninvited really left a huge cliffie. (sighs) Anxiously awaiting the next chapter. And congratulations on all of your nominations. I nominated you in almost all of those categories for this story and many for your other stories. 🙂 Good luck.

  9. So glad to see this update of your new story so soon Thank you Kat !! So sad but I’m confident !! Fate will bring them back together !! Take care

  10. Needless to say there was a lot of fan girl-ing during this chapter, especially at the end! I can’t wait for more! Congratulations on the nominations!

  11. My heart aches for them both. To just have admitted they love each other and to be forcefully separated. Not fair! I know you’ll fix it, but it’s still sucks!
    Congrats on all the nominations 🙂

  12. It seems Niall is not the heartless bastard I thought. Perhaps he will be able to help Sookie without coming across as cold and uncaring. I know I will enjoy reading the way you bring Sookie & Eric back together in this story.

  13. I love Liam Neeson as Niall. I’m looking forward to reading about some of the newer cast members, too. I’m glad to see that Niall isn’t completely heartless, but rather protective. His prejudice just got eroded a little after seeing Eric and Sookie together. Obviously, Sookie needs to understand more about her Fae side and what having a spark means. Faerie is probably the best place for that, even if she doesn’t want to be taken from Eric–and i certainly don’t enjoy seeing them separated.

    i bookmarked this site a long time ago. I can’t imagine why I didn’t click on ‘follow’. I have now, so I’ll most likely read new chapters her instead of on FF. Thanks for another awesome story.

  14. What a way to start your next instalment . So I’m not liking this Niall all that much and I’m hoping Sookie learns what she can then gets the hell out of Dodge . Sniffles for Eric and Sookie and I believe Niall just stuffed up Eric’s escape plans and there is little time left on Octivia’s spell .
    Congrats to you and your multiple nominations ( well deserved ).

  15. I can’t say that Niall’s back story made me like him any more. I still think he’s a dick. Please don’t keep Eric and Sookie separated for long!

  16. Have I already told you how much I love your stories…? Yes, well let me tell you again. They are freaking fantastic, seriously…ALL of them. I love them all. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  17. Niall, Niall – it was nice to get a little back story on him, but I don’t know if that’s gonna help. I hate Sookie going to the fae realm, BUT Hallow won’t be able to find her at all now and maybe her spark will grow stronger before she and Eric meet again. Oh yeah, I love your stories, and I trust you’ll get them back together.

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