Chapter 06: The Law of Life

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Chapter 6 WYD

Chapter 06: The Law of Life

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”—John F. Kennedy


NORA POV

“What have we here?” Nora asked as Nan led in her group, which was composed of a willing “guest,” an unwilling prisoner, and a human corpse. The unwilling one was the king of Louisiana. The guest?

Her brother!

“Orchestrate a little usurpation of Louisiana—did we, Nan?” Nora asked facetiously. Nan wasn’t Nora’s favorite vampire, but the elder vampiress’s bitchiness could be amusing at times. And, certainly, Nora had never had any inclination to end Nan.

Until Eric had asked her to.

Nan scoffed at Nora. “No. Tonight I had the honor of witnessing a birth. Please see to it that Sheriff Northman and his new child are taken to comfortable quarters, and make sure he has all that he requires—within reason.”

“And King Compton?” Nora asked.

“Oh—I’ll personally make sure he’s settled in a nice silver cage,” Nan grinned evilly, causing Compton to squirm.

“Nigel is down there. I’m sure he’d appreciate a neighbor—or a roommate,” Nora said with a smirk. She’d never thought Compton worthy of being a king, though Nan had vaunted his obedience. It seemed that Nan’s favoritism for the young monarch had come to an end, however.

To Nora, that was certainly a mark in her fellow Chancellor’s favor.

“How delightful for you, Bill. Someone almost as obsessive-compulsive as you,” Nan said sarcastically, “however, Nigel’s proclivities are toward the blood of infants.”

“Indeed,” Nora said disgustedly, “and it seems that Nigel’s fifty years in lye couldn’t even break him of that desire—though it did change his looks—eventually.”

Nan smirked. “Perhaps, Bill, you could regale Nigel with the story of your life. Maybe he’d end himself—finally—and save us the bother. In fact, time spent with you could be a common feature of our torture strategy from now on.”

Nora chuckled. “Of course, that would be torture for us as well.”

“Indeed,” Nan agreed, as she turned to lead Compton away.

“Wait,” Eric said. “Make sure he’s in silver tomorrow evening. If Sookie is—in part—his child too, I don’t want him in any condition to try to command her until she is calm and ready to deal with that possibility.”

“You fucking bastard!” Bill yelled out. “Sookie is mine—my child! You have no right to keep her from me!”

“Put a cork in him,” Nan intoned.

One of the storm troopers produced a ball gag from his pocket and quickly fit it over Bill’s mouth.

“Thank you,” Nora chuckled.

Nan nodded toward Eric. “He’ll stay silvered until you and your progeny are ready. And I will make sure that it is a thick enough chain so that he couldn’t command her—even if he wanted to.”

Eric nodded his thanks.


As Nora motioned for Eric to follow her, she was careful not to give away her relationship with him. The Authority had “ears” and “eyes” everywhere. Nora planned to take Eric to one of the “less” surveilled rooms in the converted warehouse that was serving as the base for the Authority; however, it—like all of the private quarters (even Roman’s)—had audio surveillance. Of course, there were ways around anything.

Eric, too, was not acknowledging any relationship between them—much to Nora’s relief. Roman, of course, knew all about Nora’s background, just as he knew about the backgrounds of all of the Chancellors. But he was discreet with that information.

Nora pulled out her cell phone as they walked down a long corridor, which led to the guest living quarters.

As her vampire mate, Tavio, answered, she felt the bond they’d made enliven as it always did when they interacted.

“Nora,” her mate said.

“Tav,” she responded.

There was a pause as they both enjoyed the sensation of their blood bond. It was relatively “new” to them—as they’d formed it only a decade before. Of course, they’d needed Roman’s permission since they were both Chancellors of the Authority. But he’d given it without reservations. In fact, Roman was Tavio’s maker—though no one knew that fact except for Nora. Roman had been very happy for them when they’d decided to bond their lives to each other.

Nora spoke. “Would you mind meeting me in the guest quarters in the southern corridor in thirty minutes? I could use your help.”

“I will be there,” her mate said, before hanging up.

Nora motioned toward a door at the end of the hall and then led Eric and the woman inside.

“I imagine you will want to bathe her and freshen up yourself,” she said evenly. “I will return in thirty minutes with fresh clothing and refreshments for you.”

Eric only nodded as Nora left.


ERIC POV

If someone would have asked Eric to explain what he was feeling, he would have had a difficult time.

Terror.

Guilt.

Elation.

Hope.

Perhaps, ironically, his current mixture of emotions was similar to what he’d felt when he’d first risen as a vampire. He’d been so frightened. He’d agreed to be the companion to Death, but—in doing so—he’d basically turned his back on his gods, denying the Valkyries the prize of him dying from battle.

He would never forget the night he’d awoken to his new life. He’d been hungry—so hungry. And he’d been led by his maker to blood. He’d fed on the living and dying bodies of his own men, as well as his enemies. That feeding had caused him much guilt and had brought him much elation.

His emotions had been the very definition of contradictory.

Strangely enough, he’d felt hope too—hope that his new life would suit him better than his old.

It had—as soon as he’d learned control.

But he found it difficult to imagine that Sookie would come to a similar conclusion. Still—he had hope.

His beloved looked completely dead. She was completely dead, except for the small spark in her that signaled her connection to him—and, unless Bill was lying, to him too. But Eric didn’t want to think about Compton at the moment. Once Sookie rose, he would deal with anything that came, including the “king.” Frankly—he’d grown accustomed to Compton being a nuisance.

He carried Sookie into the opulent bathroom—attached to the opulent bedroom they’d been brought to, and he turned on the water to fill the large, centrally located tub. He also turned on the shower. There was no toilet in the room, for no humans would have been welcome to stay in the suite.

As he looked down at Sookie, he couldn’t help speaking to her.

“If you could see yourself now, you would likely want to stake me. And—if you knew I was about to undress you without your permission—you would, of course, spout out a million protests.”

He chuckled as he quickly removed her ripped and stained clothing before doing the same with his. He lifted her again and took her to the shower.

“A rinse off first—that is the key to enjoying a bath after a battle,” he said to her, wishing he could hear her response. He was sure that she would say something to challenge him—something that would, undoubtedly, make him love her even more.

“Tomorrow night—I’m sure that you will give me challenge enough then,” he assured himself, even as he turned off the shower water and then walked them to the tub. The vessel was near full, and he shut off the water there too. He climbed in and settled Sookie in front of him.

He let the hot water fully warm her skin before he started to wash her.

“I already miss your warmth,” he whispered, even as he let the tears freely fall from his eyes. “I mourn your humanity, my love. I know you wanted to die and go to your Heaven, and I mourn—also—the taking of your choice.”

He dipped her body in order to wet her hair and then began to wash it.

“You will be a beautiful vampire—I have no doubt of that. But—until the dawn—you must indulge me in my grief for your humanity. Of course, you cannot even hear me, so this will be easy—for you.” He chuckled, even as more tears made paths over his cheekbones.

“For the rest of this night, I will allow myself to miss all that you were, Sookie Stackhouse. But, once you rise tomorrow night, I will not think of you that way again. I will think only of what you become once the magic of vampirism fully engulfs you. And I am certain that I will love the vampiress even more than I loved the human, for each night I rise, I find that my love for you has grown without my help—or my permission. It is simply a fact of my existence now, my love.

You are a fact of my existence.

“I know that you will hate your new self at first, so it is up to me to love that self even more. And that means I cannot cling to the warmth and the light that first attracted me to you. After this night, I will never lament the loss of it again—unless you meet your true death. If you do, I will lament all.”

From the ridge of his chin, a red drop fell into the water.

“I will lament everything.”

He rinsed her hair. “You are mine, Sookie, my child. Thus, the first thing that I must be to you is your maker. It will be difficult—for the both of us. But—know this—though I was ready to let you go tonight, I will never regret being your maker. You are even more a part of me now than you were before, min kära,” he whispered into her hair. “And, before, you were a very big part of me—though I know that was difficult for you to believe.”

He sighed.

“We’d formed a love bond in the cubby, but I didn’t know that until I’d gotten my memories back. However, before I could tell you of it, you told me that you loved Compton too, so I did not speak of it. I could not. But now I will.” He chuckled ruefully. “Now that you are dead and will not interrupt me.”

He rubbed conditioner into her hair.

“A love bond is a rare thing for a vampire to form; in simplest terms, the magic within us became linked that night in the cubby. Entwined. The bond was initially formed by the comingling of our blood, but blood cells come and go, Sookie. It is the magic that makes a Supernatural different—special. And it is by magic that we can connect forever. You chose me—just as I chose you—that night. And I would not have it any other way.” He sighed. “We are bound—soul to soul. Together, we will feel fulfilled. Apart, we will always feel that something is missing.”

He rinsed the conditioner from her hair, leaving her tresses soft and gleaming.

“I would have us together and fulfilled,” he whispered. “However, I will love you and care for you no matter what comes our way—even if you decide to leave me once more.”

After finishing cleaning her, Eric drained the water and toweled her off, not worrying about his own nudity as he walked her into the bedroom and wrapped her body with a robe that had been in the bathroom. Quickly, he combed and braided her hair.

He chuckled. “I once had hair as long as yours—that is how I know how to do this. You should know that our hair and fingernails do grow. They are the only things that change on our bodies. You can even dye your hair. Pam continuously tries to convince me to try red or dark brown, but I just don’t think it would seem right. Do you?”

Of course, Eric’s question remained unanswered. He zipped into the bathroom and covered himself with a towel. Then he returned to the bed and sat next to his child.

He reached out and took her lifeless hand.

“You will still likely be the death of me, little one,” he said honestly. “But—let us make a deal. I will willingly give up my undead life for you—if you will try to live your own undead life—for yourself.”

Of course, she didn’t hear him.

So she didn’t answer.

But, still, he hoped.


A/N: I hope you liked this chapter. Next up: We’ll get some interaction between Nora and Eric, and we will get to meet Nora’s mate, Tavio.

NOTE: In this fiction, Eric and Nora do have a past romantic relationship (not unlike Eric and Pam), but Nora is bonded to Tavio, and there will be no romance (or sex) between Nora and Eric. The character of Tav, as we will see, helped to solidify Nora’s loyalty to Roman over Salome. And that changes a lot of things for her. Feel free to let yourself “like” Nora. She was Godric’s child, after all.

Until next time,

Kat

P.S. If might be a while-a week or so-before the next chapter. I have a crazy few days at work coming up, and my next “fun” project is another chapter of Uncharted.


 

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31 thoughts on “Chapter 06: The Law of Life

  1. LOVE THIS. And, I love it even more that you’ve taken the whole Nora/Eric sex out of it. I found Nora to be extremely annoying in the show so this makes me happy. 🙂

  2. maybe she did hear him a little? this story has grown on me. at first I didn’t like the idea of bill, and I still don’t, but I still hope that eric is her daddy!!!

  3. Another Awesome chapter! I hope that Sookie is hearing everything Eric is saying to her now and will remember it when she rises. I hope she remembers how Eric tried to fight for what she wanted and how Bill fought for what he wanted. I can’t wait for more!

  4. I agree I wish Sookie could hear Eric but alas I fear she did not. Thank you for not having Nora and Eric hit the sheets in the present just the past. I like where Bill has ended up in silver with a ball gag in his mouth. Best place for him 🙂

    1. You can thank Seph for Mr. Navarro! She said he would make a wonderful vampire, and I was like–YEAH! I made sure that she was okay w/ him being Nora’s mate. I thought that there was tons of potential for her, but I’m changing her a lot.
      Glad you like.

  5. I agree that Sookie should be able to hear Eric. I want that SO bad, but I doubt that will happen. I absolutely adored this chapter, I am getting more and more anxious to find out how Sookie will react and exactly what she knows when she wakes. I hope that she will retain some fairy trait that makes her able to walk in the sun. I will wait for the next chapter very excitedly

    1. Another new poster here! Thanks for visiting and commenting. As reward, I’ll give you a little spoiler:
      Sadly, Sookie isn’t hearing Eric. 😦
      My goal in this story was to make her more “vamp” than “fairy” once she was transformed, though she is going to retain at least one fairy quality. But she won’t be able to walk in the day. I thought about that, but then I realized that I wanted her to have to accept being a “real” vampire or choose the true death. If she can accept vampirism, then she will come to truly accept Eric (and be worthy of him in a way). If I let her be “too fairy” (or too human), I worried that she’d be too different. I will tell you one more thing too. Sookie will be waking up during the next chapter. And she’s gonna be hungry. 🙂

  6. Sniff, I could picture the tears running down Eric’s face…I think we are as hopeful as he is. Thanks for the hints…I am looking forward to your depiction of vampiress Sookie. You have never done this, I think. Sookie has always been more fairy. Looking forward to the emotional journey.

  7. Eric was so sweet. I understand him taking this time to grieve. Otherwise Sookie will feel his grief and it may compound with her own. Ugly. On rhe other hand, it might be nice for her to know that he is sad that he could not follow her last wish.

    Geepers. I see much angst ahead! Love this 🙂

  8. Thanks for the tissue alert Kat ! Eric’s grief made me “leak” a bit.. It always bothers me that the blood bond on TB was dropped to soon…just so the writers could write WHAT THEY WANTED…but let’s talk about this! I’m so anxious now! I’m wondering what Sookie will do once she rises as a vampiress! I see a lot frustration ahead!….Take care

  9. Oh this is so good. I am glad they don’t have to be buried. And that Nora is different and has a mate . Bill can keep the ball gag in as far as I am concerned.

  10. i know you will twist this one a little and i am looking forward to it. I know Sookie heard what was going on when she was dying and i hope she heard everything to the end, with the bargaining that Eric did for her. But since she only has a faint spark in her now it makes sense for her not to hear him grieve, but if he is truly being video taped i am sure Nora can show her how despondent he was at her turning. There will certainly be some rocky road ahead especially if she is a hungry child and if Bill tries shit with her by command like stake Eric or some BS like that. KY .

  11. I actually kinda liked Nora in the show, or at least the potential of Nora. Then of course the potential of the character really wasn’t utilized IMHO. I am interested to see what you do with her here.

    It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when Sookie wakes up. As much as she will (probably) be angry at Eric, she will need him to get though this. And as much as Eric may want to give her space, if thats what she wants, he may not be able to giver her too much as her maker. Time will tell how this will play out.

  12. Loved this ep too and esp. your characterisation of Nora and Nan – better than in the show! Can’t wait to hear from Sookie herself… Soon right? I did like Eric’s monologue and it is a shame if Sookie never remembers such sweet words… Very touching…
    I look forward to meeting Tavio though that pic is a bit scary…

  13. awww, poor sookie not being able to hear Eric….I’m hoping audio survelliance will be kept and she will get the opportunity to hear so she can understand Eric’s feelings on the choice he was forced to make for her. love your writing, as always!

  14. Eric truly misses Sookie’s humanity (I refuse to pronounce it like that sideburned cocksucker) and he truly wishes he could have given her the death she wanted. You can bet that Compton will be chomping at the bit to see if he can bend Sookie to his will and could give a crap less about how she may not want this. He’s in it to see what he can use her for –maybe bargain her to the Authority?

    Anyway –i understand folks can hear what goes on around them while they’re in a coma –what about those undergoing metamorphasis? Himmmm……

    PJ

  15. Crap! Went back and read the comments and saw the spoiler. So….Sookie wasn’t hearing what Eric said –but I do hold out hope that that place is bugged up the butt so that his words are recorded and she’ll hear it later –especially if she’s acting like a vamp-brat and Nora, Roman or Nan read her the riot act about acting out…..

  16. Was enthralled how Eric talked to Sookie about his love for her. It was Eric mourning for the human/hybrid Sookie while he cleansed her of the dirt from the fatal fight. Now he looks forward & hopes Sookie will be able to embrace a future with him as vampire & he her Maker. Meanwhile maybe Bill can be misplaced at the bottom of the ocean encased in a silver lined coffin … just a thought/hope/aspiration/dream/fantasy. :0

  17. Very emotional chapter-sniffs. I like the video tape idea of KY. Bill silvered and with gags is always a good idea. LOL

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