Chapter 09: You’re Calling to Me

SOOKIE POV, CONTINUED

Exactly an hour after sunset, Eric Northman knocked on the old farmhouse door. I’d arrived home from training Holly later than I’d wanted, so I was still getting dressed.

Of course, Gran wouldn’t have let me greet Eric at the door anyway.

As “tradition” called for when “a new gentleman came a callin’,” Gran answered the door. In fact, even if I had been ready, I’d already been instructed to linger upstairs for a few minutes after Eric’s arrival so that I could “make a memorable entrance”—as Gran put it. Of course, I “watched” Gran’s interaction with the vampire by eavesdropping on her thoughts.

I couldn’t help but to admire how Eric looked—so beautiful and alluring. So much more carefree than the last time I’d seen him.

Gran clearly liked what she saw, too! In fact, her eyes dragged up his body, assessing and appreciating the vampire.

Black boots. Dark blue jeans that fit so well they were likely illegal in some countries. A blood-red V-neck T-shirt. His long, golden hair neatly pulled into a low ponytail.

Gran’s thoughts about being “old but not too old to appreciate a good-looking hunk of Viking” were amusing to say the least.

Eric’s blue eyes sparkled as he presented Gran with a bouquet of flowers.

Pink lilies.

She giggled like a schoolgirl as she showed him into the living room and offered him a TrueBlood. He accepted immediately—even though I knew how much he hated the stuff.

As I quickly tied my shoes, I continued to listen in as Gran broached the subject of Eric’s origins—a faux pas when it came to vampires. I had a moment of panic as I worried that Eric might harm her. After all, he had no reason to behave with civility.

He didn’t know me. He didn’t know Gran.

However, I should never have doubted him—either the first time I’d known him or this time.

I’d always had the impression that Eric was prone to brutality, but it became clear to me now that he actually wasn’t. Eric was prone to honor.

He spoke with Gran comfortably—charmingly.

I scoffed at myself as I realized just how jaded I’d been toward Eric from the start—at least, from my “first” start. I was determined that my “second” start with him would be different.

I supposed that Bill could be blamed for a part of that jadedness. He’d certainly indicated—more than once—that Eric was dangerous. And, of course, the Viking was dangerous. But Bill had implied that Eric posed a clear threat to me—that he wanted to own me. That he’d hurt me in some way.

Eric—with all his sexual innuendos and “claiming” talk—hadn’t helped his cause. And my shortsightedness certainly hadn’t helped either. It hadn’t been until after I’d lost Eric that I realized that “claiming” and “owning” were different things altogether. Sophie-Anne had wanted to own me. So, too, had Victor and de Castro.

Eric had simply wanted to assert something he believed was true—intrinsic: that I belonged to him.

With him.

Not by force.

But by mutual need, desire, and affection.

Otherwise, Eric would never have bothered with me. He would have merely drained me.

Again—hindsight made the world so clear.

The truth was that Eric Northman could be a highhanded, manipulative jerk at times. He’d asked me to suck the silver from his body in Dallas, after all. However, when I’d initially balked at the idea, he’d quickly offered an alternative—getting a knife to cut out the bullet. I hadn’t run for the knife. Plus, Eric shouldn’t have needed to tell me anything about taking his blood anyway. By then, I’d already taken Bill’s blood more than once. I knew enough to know that it affected my senses and my feelings to a certain extent.

Yes, I could have run to the kitchen—a mere fifteen feet away; I could have taken a knife from the butcher’s block. I could have cut the silver from Eric’s body. But I hadn’t done that. Still—I’d managed to talk myself into believing that the bullet-sucking moment was a sure sign of Eric’s manipulation: his first step in making me his by using his blood.

And maybe it had been. And maybe Eric was highhanded and manipulative. He certainly was opportunistic. But—just as certainly—he’d saved my life in Dallas.

And I’d kept the bullet. Part of me had wanted him—even back then.

The completion of our bond had been another black mark against Eric in my book. I’d told myself that he’d taken advantage of the situation by presenting himself as the lesser of two evils.

But he hadn’t been any kind of evil at all in Rhodes!

Hindsight now told me that Eric had seen the completion of our bond as an opportunity to better protect me—not as a chance to control me. After all, when had he actually tried to control me? I’d been so fearful that my emotions weren’t really my own that I’d failed to recognize that—if Eric had been controlling me—I wouldn’t have been resisting him at every turn.

Through our bond, Eric had tried to comfort me. He’d attempted to use it to help me to understand his affection for me—to understand him. He’d used it to warn or caution me when a situation was dangerous. But he’d never tried to force me to do—or feel—anything against my will!

And—again, thanks to hindsight—I now realized that his support in our bond had kept me alive when I’d been held by Things 1 & 2.

I’d been so sure that Eric would come for me—despite all the pain Neave and Lochlan had bestowed upon me. Hindsight told me that I’d been so certain because Eric had been with me all along—at least through the bond.

I closed my eyes tightly, remembering how he’d acted as if I’d broken a part of his heart when I’d broken our bond.

When I’d saved Sam’s life with the cluviel dor, I’d broken another piece of his heart.

No wonder Eric had begun acting colder toward me!

Self-preservation was a vampire’s most fundamental urge, after all. And I’d behaved in such a way that Eric eventually needed to protect himself from me!

Shaking myself from my musings, I finally headed downstairs to “make my entrance.” I’d resisted the urge to wear my white dress with red flowers, despite the fact that “all Erics” would likely appreciate that garment.

However, I wanted for everything about this “new” time to be different from before. Thus, I wore a jean skirt and a red camisole with a button down white shirt over it. I’d put on my generic-brand Keds—because I knew that Eric and I would need to do the meat of our talking outside, at least until Gran was sound asleep.

I was met with an amazing sound as I took a step from the stairs toward the living room. Eric and Gran were laughing together. No one laughed like Eric did when he was truly amused by something. It was as if beautiful music grew legs and then skipped about the space that was trying to hold it. I closed my eyes, imagining how Eric’s whole face transformed and his spirit shown through his eyes whenever he laughed like that.

I paused for a long moment, having to work hard not to cry as it hit me that the two people I’d loved the most in my life had met—finally. And they liked each other, too! It was a beautiful moment.

Composed—and hoping to stay that way—I stepped into the living room. Eric stood and nodded toward me.

“For me?” I asked of the pink lilies that Gran had already put into her nicest vase and set on the coffee table.

“They’re mine,” Gran answered possessively—and playfully. It was nice to see her so giddy.

This is for you,” Eric said, pulling a little box from the pocket of his jeans.

I took it with a frown.

“Jewelry?” I asked, biting my tongue to keep myself for telling him that such a gift was inappropriate until he knew me better.

Of course, I already knew him.

“Perhaps,” the vampire smirked.

“Open it,” Gran urged, more excited than I was.

I chuckled when I saw what was inside the box. Indeed, it was a lovely piece of jewelry, and Eric had likely spent too much on it. But I loved it nonetheless.

It was a pendant on a delicate gold chain.

“A question mark?” Gran asked of the pendant, which was just that—as in the punctuation mark. It was adorned with two turquoise stones.

question mark

“An item I found in Victorian London,” Eric explained. I gasped at the little piece of history that I’d already taken out of the box.

“I shouldn’t accept it,” I said for Gran’s benefit.

Gran chided me. “Of course you should, but,” she looked at Eric sternly, “I’ll have you know that my grandbaby is a lady and should be treated as such.”

Eric smiled genuinely and bowed a little. “Of course.”

Seeming satisfied, Gran looked at me. “Well—put it on,” she ordered in an almost chastising way.

I looked up at Eric. “Thank you. It is beautiful.”

He was silent for a moment. “It is appropriate, my little enigma.”

Gran practically squealed, believing that Eric’s gesture was a sign of romance, rather than a literal symbol of all the questions I’m sure he had for me.

I held out the necklace to him and then turned, holding up my hair as I did so—a silent request for him to put the chain on me.

A silent gesture that I trusted him.

Plus, I enjoyed his touch as he secured the necklace.

“Would you like to take a walk?” I asked Eric once I turned back to look at him.

“That sounds lovely,” he replied, his eyes intense.

Gran smiled widely and gave me a hug, making sure that we “young people” knew that she was headed for bed and that Eric was welcome back any time.

For his part, Eric took a moment to remind Gran of how “young” he wasn’t before taking my hand.


ERIC POV

“Your grandmother truly believes that I’m here to court you,” I commented once we were outside of Sookie’s home.

“Easier that way,” Sookie responded. “Even if it’s not true, it’ll make her happy to think I’m not a complete recluse.”

“Recluse?” I asked, ignoring the fact that the enigma’s “even if” had left our current interaction up for interpretation. Maybe the young woman truly was insane enough to believe that I was there for a “social call.” Clearly, she didn’t recognize or fear the very real possibility that I’d have to kill her by the end of the night. I’d liked the grandmother, however, so I didn’t want to have to kill her as well. Hopefully, Adele could be glamoured so that I could remove all memory of me from her mind if I had to dispose of her granddaughter.

However—as I strolled beside Sookie—I realized I didn’t want to do that either. My instincts seemed to run more toward protecting the walking and talking question mark.

“I can’t date humans,” Sookie said in answer to my question. “Their thoughts come in too clearly—overwhelmingly—especially when I touch them.”

“You really can read minds,” I commented.

She nodded in confirmation. “Humans—yes. Weres and shifters too—but not as easily. Not fairies unless they allow it. Not vampires except on rare occasions. And demons sound like static to me unless they project thoughts into my head,” she responded.

“What do you mean that you cannot hear vampires except on rare occasions? How rare?” I asked, turning to look at her so that I would see any signs of deception.

She smiled up at me.

“I know what you’re doing,” she commented. “You’re trying to read my expression so that you’ll know if I’m telling the truth—but you saw me bluff Bill. So—no matter what you see—you’re going to wonder if I’m tellin’ the truth.”

“I am much more perceptive than Compton,” I stated flatly.

“No doubt,” she agreed. “But you can’t glamour me, so you won’t be one hundred percent sure—unless . . . .”

“Unless?” I asked, feeling my eyebrow rise with the question.

She took a deep breath. “There’s a way for you to know I’m telling the truth—with no doubt.”

“What way?” I asked, stepping toward her—invading her personal space.

Like before, she stood her ground. In fact, she seemed to move an inch closer to me—as if she were being drawn in.

“If you want, we can exchange blood so you can sense any dishonesty in me. Or you can just take my word for it.” She smirked. “I will never lie to you, Eric, though I might not always tell you the whole truth,” she added with a giggle.

Her statement sounded like something I would say.

I’d not exchanged my blood with a human since I’d made Pam, yet the thought of doing so with the relative stranger in front of me had an uncontrollable effect on my body. My fangs had extended even before she’d finished her offer. And—as she’d giggled mischievously—my cock had “extended” as well.

I inhaled deeply. Sookie Stackhouse smelled fucking divine! My nostrils flared as I tried to place what her scent reminded me of.

“Sunshine,” she smiled as if reading my mind. Despite what she’d said, I still wasn’t certain that she couldn’t read all of my thoughts. “You’ve told me before that I smell like sunshine and a certain kind of wildflower that grew near your human home.” She sighed and looked up at me with love-filled eyes. “You always did like the way I smelled.”

I shook my head and took a step back—in fear. In awe. I wasn’t certain which one. “How could you know that? I was still trying to recall what your scent reminded me of when you said that. So you couldn’t have gotten it from my mind. Are you a witch?” I accused, taking another step back.

“No,” she said with a frown, “but I will tell you about one who’s going to be a problem for you soon.”

We were quiet for a moment as I studied her. Her face was the picture of sincerity—and affection for me.

It was disconcerting to say the least.

“You speak as if we met well before last night,” I broke the silence.

She chuckled. “Actually, we won’t meet for more than a week.”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

She took a deep breath. “You won’t believe anything I say to you unless you can confirm that I’m not lying. So?” she asked, holding out her wrist to me.

Offering her blood.

My fangs quite literally ached for it.

“What if I want to drink from somewhere else?” I leered.

“Uh-uh. Not this time, buddy. You wrist. Me wrist. Clothes stay on. I know how you are.” She giggled. “Actually I’m almost as bad as you when we share, so I don’t wanna tempt fate. Let’s be,” she paused, “clinical about this.”

She knew how I was? Well—then—she also knew I was cautious by nature. What if her blood was poisoned somehow? What if her offer to exchange was a trap?

Exemplifying again that she seemed to know exactly how I was, she said nothing, waiting patiently for me to process my next step.

“My child knows of my location. If you try to trap me—or disable me in any way—she will come here. And your grandmother will likely be her first victim. The first of many,” I emphasized.

Sookie took a deep breath, but her resolve didn’t waver, nor did fear flash into her eyes. There was nothing but openness in them—and trust. And she didn’t lower her wrist either.

“I would never intentionally hurt you, Eric,” she promised.

“Unintentionally?” I asked.

Her eyes were suddenly full of guilt and pain. In that moment, she was the one who seemed to be a thousand years old.

“I’ve been through too much to not know that my intentions don’t matter at all sometimes,” she whispered.

It was in that moment that I made my choice. “You wrist. Me wrist. Clothing stays on. Because of how I am,” I smirked, wishing to lift her suddenly darkened spirits.

My attempts worked as her smile returned.

“Don’t forget clinical,” she said with mock sternness.

I stepped toward her and took her proffered wrist in my hands. I was anything but clinical as I carefully prepped her delicate wrist, licking to raise the artery and then to numb the area so that she’d feel less pain. When I bit, she sighed and moaned in pleasure.

So did I. She was exquisite.

Sweet, but not too sweet.

I felt full immediately, but I wanted more.

So much more.

Her blood was like nothing I’d ever had before. And—to add to the pleasure of the experience—she played with the hair at the nape of my neck as I took another draw.

“What are you?” I whispered around the wound, though I was careful to spill nothing.

“Part fairy,” she sighed, looking as stoned as I felt. “One-eighth. But—don’t worry—this time around I’m hoping that they stay out of my life.”

Her words sobered me enough so that I stopped pulling her blood into my body. “Fairy?” I gasped.

She nodded and then motioned for me to clean the mess I’d made. “Just part fairy.”

Automatically, I nicked my finger with my fang and spread blood onto her tiny wounds before licking up all the excess blood. Her eyes stayed on mine the whole time, and I saw lust that matched my own.

I should have run screaming for the hills. Tasting part-Fae blood was one thing. Giving a fairy my blood? That was another thing. Fairies were devious and dangerous to my kind.

However, instead of draining Sookie Stackhouse and getting the “hell out of Dodge,” as the humans in my area often said, I moaned at the flavor of our blood mingling together. She licked her lips as if wanting a taste. I longed for her to wrap those lips around many parts of me, the least of which was my wrist.

“My turn,” she rasped rather throatily once I’d cleaned her wrist thoroughly.

“It would be much more pleasurable if I was buried in you when you took my blood,” I said in a throaty tone of my own. “I’m sure we could make it—clinical.”

She gasped, and—as I inhaled—her arousal almost overwhelmed me. Her arousal and her . . .

“You are a virgin!” I asked with surprise. I’d had her investigated by an associate on the police force in Shreveport. Among the innocuous things that he’d discovered about her was her age: 25.

In today’s culture, it was rare to find an 18-year-old virgin, let alone one who’d “escaped the clutches” of men into her mid-20’s.

“I am?” she returned with a frown.

“Yes,” I answered with confusion.

A tear slipped from her eye. “Well—then,” she sighed. “I guess that’s another mistake fixed.”

“You truly are an enigma, Sookie Stackhouse,” I whispered, thumbing the pendant I’d given her before thumbing away her tear and bringing it to my mouth. Delicious. In the next moment, I was biting down on my wrist and offering her something I didn’t offer lightly.

And I still didn’t know exactly why I was doing it either.

I was generally much too methodical to do something such as this—with a part-Fae no-less!

I was generally too protective of myself to allow vulnerability of any kind.

Likely, the woman now eying my blood greedily was insane.

Or a witch.

Or just plain trouble.

Gods! How I liked trouble sometimes.


A/N: So what do you think of Life 2 Sookie’s solution for getting Eric to believe that she’s telling the truth? Is Eric being too cavalier with his safety?

I always thought that Eric was initially struck by Sookie in the books—that she intrigued him. And, relatively early in the book interactions, we see Eric doing things that demonstrate that he finds her valuable and worth taking risks for: Longshadow, Dallas, the orgy, etc. She wasn’t even “his” yet. Given how he was in the early books, I felt it was reasonable that he’d be captivated by her again. Plus, this time, she’s not denying her own interest. And—as Eric says at the end—I always figured he was up for a little trouble. I tried to write him as seeing an exchange as half calculated risk and half gut instinct.

Like I said in my post, I will be trying to release a chapter a day so the story’s momentum is—hopefully—built. I hope that you will keep the comments and support for the story coming!

Best,

Kat

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65 thoughts on “Chapter 09: You’re Calling to Me

  1. A chapter a day, what a wonderful surprise! I find it so satisfying that this time around Sookie has the advantage of no false ideas about Eric because of Bill’s blood and influence. They can be such a formidable team now with her knowledge of what is to come, and his incredible strategic thinking.

  2. Seriously every chapter just keeps getting more amazing!!! I love love love how she was using Eric’s lines. His charming Gran had me melting. I’m so glad she had the exchange idea, now he can tell she is truthful. This was an incredible chapter! 💕❤️💗

  3. As amiramo11 said, “Is it tomorrow yet?” lol
    Seriously, this is just one of those stories which, if it were in book form, I would be reading cover to cover with as few interruptions as possible!
    I think part of this Eric’s ‘need’ to figure out Sookie Stackhouse is the pull he feels, assuming that he went back in time himself as well. What I can’t figure out is why he doesn’t remember just as Sookie does, although I am infinitely glad that she does remember so she doesn’t make the same mistakes the second time around.
    I can’t wait to see how you resolve the Appius/Oklahoma issue :D.
    Sookie brought up a point about the bullet sucking in Dallas that I had never considered, obviously she hadn’t either the first time. Eric DID tell her she could get a knife (didn’t she have a pocket knife in her purse but didn’t want to take the time to hunt down her purse? Or is that a fanfiction I’m remembering?) but she chose not to get one so, in essence, her having his blood was just as much her fault as it was Eric being opportunistic.
    Now I’m counting the hours until the next chapter is posted, lol. If you weren’t editing I’d suggest posting ahead and putting it on time delay, lol. Gah! I hate waiting. But ohhhhhh, the wonder of a new chapter even when I do have to wait!

  4. First, thank you! You just made my day! 🙂 Getting to read a chapter every day makes this all the more special. I loved this chapter with Eric getting to meet Gran and the two of them enjoying one another’s company. I love how Sookie throws Eric’s lines at him. Too funny! I can just see his character taking a risk and exchanging blood with Sookie like this. Eric takes chances and damns the consequences even though he’s so pragmatic. He’s already thinking 10 steps ahead and this Sookie knows him well enough to know that. This is going to be so much fun!

  5. Bless your heart. I am feeling a bit under the weather as they say this weekend and your chapters brightened my days immensely.
    The scenario of Sookie hearing Eric and Gran laughing and interacting is beautiful. It also showed how Sookie had always stubbornly rejected any gifts thinking that ‘Gran woud not approve ‘ was a misinterpretation. Probably only one of many. Sookie had never dated or had any interaction of any relationship issues while Gran was alive. I always felt that whenever she would think Gran would skin me alive she was getting further and further away from her grandmother’s true credo. She did take a fairy for a lover after all. Me thinks she doest protest too much. Her actions may have been a result of hiding the truth-totally unfair to her granddaughter.
    Wonder how she plans to avoid the fae?
    Sorry to run on, thanks again!

  6. Thank you so much for deciding to post a chapter a day until it’s finished. You just made me look forward to Monday (no small feat). 🙂
    Such a smarter Sookie, so filled with regret but she has a chance to right all those “wrongs” her stubborn nature created as well as Bill’s influence. I’ll be happy to read at some point that Bill accidentally tripped and fell on a stake. 🙂 Oh Eric, already thinking of contingencies as he tries to decipher Sookie. 🙂

  7. OMG! ARE KIDDING ME! That was SOOOOO MEAN! LOL But the chapter a day news, that was WONDERFUL! Don’t hesitate to drop an extra one in every now and then. I love how she used Eric’s own lines on him. It was great. I can’t wait to see how he reacts to what she has to say. To be honest, I sort of expected all his memories of the prior time line to smack him in the head as soon as he tasted her blood. I’m just glad that he and Gran got to meet this time around, its a shame he doesn’t realize how much of a treat that actually is. PLEASE update more and soon. I love the chapters. **Singing the words as I say that**

  8. Wahoo! A chapter a day 😀
    Boo – you mean I have to wait 24 hours for my next fix!?!?!
    Sooo many errors can be fixed this time, looking forward to more (as usual)

  9. I just spent the last half hour or more trying to find my comment. Which disappeared again. Something isn’t working anymore.
    Anyway, you’ve just made me very happy. A chapter everyday.
    I hope I can remember what I wrote. It was good too. I can’t remember.
    It’s a great chapter. They exchanged blood, he met Gran. I think Eric noticed Sookie the moment he saw her. Love at first sight…maybe. Also glad that Sookie is being smart about it all.
    It was much better before. I hope your feeling better btw.

  10. Addictive!!!! On pins and needles awaiting the next chapter. I like this Sookie. She knows hi much Eric values honest and is giving it to him. Unlike other time stories you have them in it together. Sookie is not going to hid her knowledge or try to change things on her own. She’s showing she’s learned her lesson by accepting Eric’s help and advice early on.

  11. Eric is most definitely up, for trouble. I mean he thinks Sookie is a bit insane, with her intensity for him, and belief there something more going between them. Lol, little does he know the mostly certainty will be. I just hope that , Eric doesn’t eneded hurting Sookie be accident. I mean she’s already in love with him so seeing him someone else is going to hurt. I’m just glad that Eric and Gran finally got to meet. That felt like a meeting long over due. I always hated that Gran didn’t to meet the one person who actually Loved Sookie. Let alone she was fooled into believing along with Sookie Beehl was a true gentle, and match for Sookie. Look forward to more. So excited that there be a new chapter everyday. 😀

    1. Didn’t I warn you about feeding the beast? Three chapters in two days, the promise of a chapter a day from here on out….but when I got to the end, I was still thinking “noooo!! There has to be more!”. Lol! 😜 I’m a greedy bitch, what can I say? Only 6 hours till “tomorrow”. 😉

      I love, love, love that Eric and Gran got to meet. Sookie’s reaction when she heard them laughing together almost broke my heart though. I also loved that Gran had no problem with Sookie accepting a gift, as long as Eric treated her like a “lady”. Sookie’s stubbornness on that front always drove me crazy, especially after they were pledged. As if a wife wasn’t allowed to accept a gift from her husband. (I know, I know, she didn’t accept the pledge as marriage, but still. Ugh.)

      I completely agree that Eric always seemed to me to be very drawn to Sookie from their first meeting. He had women throwing themselves at him, he wouldn’t have wasted so much effort or taken so many risks just to fuck and feed from someone. I love that Sookie *finally* has the blinders off and that Eric is just as willing to take risks with her as he was the first time around.

      Now, don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here biting my nails until the next chapter! 😘

      1. I feel exactly the same way about the “gift” thing. That always annoyed the crap out of me. And the “kept woman” thing. Ugh! There’s pride and then there’s stupid pride. If she’d accepted Eric’s offer to stay with him for a little while, she’d never have been taken by the fairies! Duh!
        I also got really choked up with her reaction to hearing Gran and Eric laughing together. *sniffle* 😋

  12. I am loving this story and really loving all the extra updates. Thank you for feeding the monster.

    So I enjoy that Sookie was able to avoid Bill and can fix all the mistakes this time around. Really loved Gran and Eric meeting. The highest praise I can give you on their meeting is it was EIMesque.

  13. This will be so great to have a chapter a day, thank you. I’m so glad to see Sookie be smart and get Bill out of the way quick and no holding back with Eric. For once she is not repeating her mistakes. xx

  14. Yippeeeeee!!! I just got caught up on this awesome story and now I get to read a new chapter every day??!! You are too much! I’m loving your creative twist on the classic story line. Can’t wait till tomorrow!! XO

  15. Thank you for switching to daily updates, on occasion when stories get too angsty I will skip a few readings and then read them all at once, hopefully avoiding the cliff hangers and angst. Reading one of your comments, I was afraid I would have to resort to that. Honestly this story is so good it would be hard to do, now I won’t have too!

    Thanks!!

  16. Very cool seeing Gran and Eric meet… And the blood exchange is adventurous but sounds like it could do the job to get Eric to trust this intriguing ‘stranger’…

  17. First of all thanks for giving us daily updates,you really want to spoil us!
    You are protraying book Eric in such a perfect way,he was so intrigued by Sookie he would have done anything to take her from Bill.
    I love the necklace he gave her!
    I’m glad that in this timeline Gran met Eric.
    Can’t wait for tomorrow.
    Jackie69

  18. Yay!! Thank you so much for bumping up the posting schedule! I would likely have driven myself crazy if I had to keep waiting several days in between. I’m going to be biting my nails til tomorrow enough as it is! I agree that many times in canon he stuck his neck out before a cautious 1k year old should, so it does stand to reason he would be intrigued enough to want to know her story. I was surprised to see his plan of killing her after getting the story, but it fits and even with the sharing of the blood could still happen after share time is over. Though we all know he’s not going to actually do that… Thank you again for sharing and the daily posts!!! I may have missed it, but have you said how long this is going to be? I could stay in this universe forever!

  19. Eric meeting Gran was great. His present to Sookie was perfect! I’m glad he didn’t reject an exchange outright and that he is always up for a little trouble. I like Eric – a little playful, a little cocky and a little cautious, perfect mix. So excited to get to read this story daily!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  20. I love it. I usually don’t leave comments cause of my bad spelling; but this story rocks! I am so glad you are doing this daily, but I still feel sad when I get to the end of the chapter. I am too excited wondering what will happen next.

  21. Ok I squeed a little…before I started reading. Thank you so much for deciding on daily updates. I just hope there are many, many chapters left!

  22. An honest and smarter Sookie right from the start, amazing! So touching to have Gran and Eric meet. I always felt that if Gran would have met him she would have given Sookie better advice. Eric’s so much more her type they just get each other. Bill was always cold and distant, she was always an assignment for him, the lying douchebag! So excited to get this story daily, now I don’t have to stalk my inbox for an update.

  23. What an amazing story, brilliant idea, love it, fantastic writing as always, hope Eric will remember everything eventually after he falls for sookie that is lol. Can’t wait for more.

  24. well their meeting is going well. he likes Gran which is a plus and i wish in the books he was able to meet her too. so many mistakes could have been avoided with her tutelage. i chuckled at her virginness, i wonder how long that will last… KY

  25. Woohoo *happy dance*
    A chapter a day. I’m so excited for more. This is a great story and I’m really enjoying their interactions without all Sookies “first time around” suspicions and negativity towards Eric.
    I can hardly wait to see his reaction to what she has to tell him. Hopefully they’ll work out together what they can do about Bill, Rene, the Maenad, Hallow, Sophie Ann, Threadgill, the FOTS bombing Rhodes, Appius etc…the list goes on!!!
    I REALLY hope Appius gets staked before he can arrange the contract with Freyda, and I hope this time Eric and Sookie get to bond for all the right reasons. ❤️

  26. Yay! Daily updates- you’re too good to us greedy readers. I wonder if she checks the attic if the cluviel dor will be there at all. I can’t help thinking about Hunter, too. Maybe she’ll make contact with mr C. There are so many personal issues for her, but for Eric it is mostly political. She should get Mr C to contact Niall as proxy so her doesn’t draw her into the Fae war, and ask him to end Appius. I’m sure she could tell them what she knows will happen with the Fae, especially the Claude’s and breandan.
    As for Eric, he’s gonna need to be 50 steps ahead, as politically, any changes will be very hard to predict the outcomes. And fate has a way of happening despite all efforts to the contrary.
    Thanks so much for the daily updates. I can’t believe how you spoil us.
    Blessings

    1. what a great thought about the cluviel dor. she has lts to talk to a lot of people about ! Im looking forward to how this all unfolds

  27. I’m hoping that past mistakes are being fixed now that she has all the info. Can’t wait until Eric hears the whole story.. How with they avoid the problem with Appius??..Don’t want that to happen again..

  28. Really great news about an update a day. This story is so good that I check my email frequently hoping for more. There was a time when there were a lot of SVM fan fiction out there to read. Now that CH has finished her series and TB is over it has tapered off. It is so great that your are delivering fine stories still. My affection to the SVM world had not waned. I love that world and really cannot get enough. I think being unsatisfied with CH conclusion has a lot to do with it. CH made her people act very different in the last few books. I got the feeling that she really did not like them any more. That is a shame. I am so glad that you love Eric and Sookie. (I can tell). Great story and I will see you tomorrow.

  29. thank you for updating every day – I always try to tell myself to save up a few to really enjoy together, but I never have the will power. This is a real treat !

  30. I think it is totally reasonable that he would give her his blood. He likes challenges and unique things, of which Sookie is both. He also does not mind taking calculated risks plus he admitted early on to being bored before Sookie come into his life, so I think that even without Bill being around he still would have wanted to investigate that strange new thing that was Sookie stackhouse.

  31. It must be Christmas already because you are spoiling us with your generosity!
    I loved, loved, loved this chapter!
    Sookie’s playful confidence with Eric, Gran meeting the Viking, Eric not sure whether to trust his caution or his libido! LOL
    I am just so happy that Sookie gets to relive this part of her life the right way.
    You ‘get’ these characters so well and I am looking forward to just how they will negotiate the challenges to come.
    And to quote most everyone else here, is it tomorrow yet? 😉

  32. I absolutely love this idea. Just had time to read this from the start ano was so disappointed that the next button didn’t work! I really like the idea of sookie having a do-over and a chance to get things right. Think of all the things she could warn Eric about! My main concern is that he thinks she’s crazy and she believes what she’s saying is true but that she is ultimately an intriguing crazy person. I don’t think he’s being too cavalier though because he always was more interested in sookie than his own wellbeing xxx

  33. I agree with everyone else, love this!
    Wow. This is just wonderful. Grans response to Eric is hilarious.
    Oh it’s so nice to see Sookie reacting much better to Eric than last time. Hindsight is wonderful, and now she gets to use hindsight in real time!
    Yay, a blood exchange. No tricks, no subterfuge, no coercion!

  34. Eric’s gift to Sookie was fantastic and fun. I love that Eric and Gran were able to meet each other.

  35. This is rapidly becoming one of my all time favorite E/S stories. So delighted that you will be posting daily — the only downside is that I’m on EST and you are on PST….Love what you are doing with this and how methodical Sookie is being on round 2. I’m also happy that Eric is Eric 1.0 — I love tension and some angst, so that Sookie has to earn her way into Eric’s heart, especially given how she behaved towards him the first time round, to me makes for a better tale. Yes, he was intrigued by her from the start — just like he is now — but he is right to be a bit cautious.

    Thank you again for writing this marvelous fic — and for the now daily updates.

  36. You really fix all things. Adele meeting Eric 🙂 Eric will be Sookie’s first and hopefully last man. Just amazing.

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