Chapter 14: The Nest Mentality

Chapter 14 WYD

Last Time: Through their bond, Sookie could sense that Eric was trying to make a decision. Though he was filled with caution, he answered Salome’s question.
“Bill Compton was a rival with me for Sookie’s affection—when she was a human,” he said. “And he’s never been my biggest fan.”
Dieter chuckled. “What? Are you afraid that he’ll command your child to kill you or something?”


“He might try,” Eric said soberly. “He is not above such things. And I do not want my child to feel the pain of disobeying him—even if his bond with her is weak.”

“How horrible,” Tavio commented, looking at Sookie compassionately. His warm brown eyes immediately put Sookie to ease, though he’d not said anything else during the meeting.

In fact, she found that she instinctively “liked” several of the vampires in the room, while others made her wary. It was as if their minds had an aura about them, and—though she couldn’t hear their thoughts, nor was she trying to do so—she could still sense their intensions toward her in some way.

Tavio and the vampiress next to him, whom Sookie recalled was named Nora, both seemed “nice.” Surprisingly, Nan seemed “friendly” too.

Dieter and Kibwe were both regarding her with curiosity. Rosalyn didn’t seem interested in her at all, though she was eyeing Eric hungrily.

Meanwhile, Hyun-ae and Salome “felt” like enemies, while Margeaux made the hair on the back of Sookie’s neck stand up.

Roman seemed almost protective—for lack of a better word—though Sookie could also sense his lust for her.

In fact, she’d never felt more lust directed at her. In addition to Roman, she sensed lust directed at her from almost all of the vampires in the room, with the only exceptions being Rosalyn, Nora, and Nan.

With surprise, she realized that her body wanted to respond to that lust—at least in regards to the males in the room, especially Kibwe, who was very attractive to her. In fact, her body seemed to be leaning slightly in his direction as he gazed at her with warm, earthy eyes.

She sensed immediate jealousy from her maker as she stared back at Kibwe and worked to tone down her own body’s reactions. Indeed, vampires were possessive and sensual beings.

Sookie sighed. It was a lot to get used to.

Again, Sookie marveled at the speed of her vampire brain. Her assessments of the others as well as her carnal reaction to some of them seemed to occur in seconds as the others looked at her.

“And how do you feel about Bill Compton, Sookie?” Dieter asked curiously. “Would you have preferred him as your main maker?”

“No,” Sookie answered simply. She refrained from adding that she would have preferred not to have been “made” at all.

“Still—it seems unfair that he has no say in her,” Hyun-Ae remarked. “After all, a maker ought never be separated from his or her child—especially not at first.”

“I am her maker,” Eric said evenly, though Sookie could feel anger and fervor from him.

“Of course you are,” Roman said, alleviating the growing tenseness in the room with a wave of his hand. “Still—it is an almost unprecedented situation.”

“Yes,” Eric agreed. “And my progeny will—I’m sure—wish to speak with Compton, but I want to allow her to do this in her own time. Meanwhile, I request that he stay under silver.”

Hyun-Ae scoffed but said nothing.

“That seems a bit unfair—does it not?” Salome asked.

Roman considered for a moment. “Not when his plans against Nan are taken into account.”

“He should be tortured. Perhaps, he wished to kill Nan because he is aligned with the Sanguinista faction,” Dieter commented, licking his lips as if he liked the thought of Bill’s pain. And then he licked them again in Sookie’s direction as if he wanted to torture her in a very different way.

Roman nodded and looked at his mate. “Salome, you will question Compton tomorrow night at midnight.” He looked back at Sookie and Eric. “Child, you should see him before that time, or be prepared to wait a few nights. My mate is excellent at her work.”

Sookie gulped, the human reaction again feeling odd to her.

“Well!” Roman said with a clap of his hands. “I say that we all share a dinner!”

Sookie felt Eric’s other hand come to her other shoulder, and his hold on her tightened.

“Roman,” he said, “we are honored by your hospitality, but would you please excuse Sookie and me? She has expressed a desire to learn how to tell the difference between her blood-fueled desires and what she truly wants. I believe that she might lose her control with so many feeding all at once,” he paused, “not to mention the after-dinner activities.”

“Why should she not embrace her vampiric desires?” Salome asked.

“I am certain that she will,” Eric responded carefully. “But I would rather she do this out of choice—not because she cannot help herself.”

Salome scoffed. “The Book of Lilith is clear that a vampire’s impulses to feed and take pleasure are sacrosanct and right. She should follow her instincts, not try to stifle them.”

“She is,” Eric responded. “It is her instinct to be careful as she begins her new life,” he added with an edge.

Salome went to speak again, but Roman interrupted. “We will miss you at dinner—of course—but as her maker, we will respect your decision, Eric,” he said with a mixture of disappointment and conciliation as he leered at Sookie.

Eric nodded and bowed before reaching for Sookie’s hand. “Come.”

Sookie obeyed, though, in truth, a part of her—a part she was frightened of—wanted to stay in that room. She felt herself panting as they left it.

“We will get you blood as soon as we are back in our room,” Eric said, gripping her hand tighter.

Sookie nodded and didn’t say anything else until they were back in their room and she’d already drunk a glass of blood.

“Why was that dinner thing such a big deal?” she asked.

“Feeding with other vampires is not just about feeding,” Eric informed.

“Wait!” Sookie exclaimed. “They’re gonna have an orgy or something?”

“Yes,” Eric nodded, “and many of them very much wanted you to participate.”

“But I wouldn’t want that!” she said, even as her eyebrows scrunched together. “But, then again, part of me does!” she added almost fearfully.

“Yes,” Eric said as she looked at the door with longing.

Eric went to the dresser and turned on the device that would prevent them from being heard.

“Sookie, if you choose—now that you have fed and can make a rational choice—I will take you back.”

“What?!” she exclaimed, looking up at him with wide eyes.

“I promised to make sure you didn’t have sex with humans because of your ability to hear their thoughts. And I promised to ensure that you didn’t choose sex with anyone because of mere bloodlust. I can command you not to kill or have sex with any of the donors, but if you want one or more of the vampires—we will return.”

“What?” Sookie gasped.

“If you want those men who so clearly want you, we will go back. If you want the women who desire you, we will go back. It is your choice, dear one.”

“You’d let me do things with all of those people?” Sookie asked, sounding both horrified and intrigued.

“Not all of them. Some of them will pair off after they feed. For instance, Nora and Tavio are the vampire equivalent of a married couple. Likely, they will feed with the others, but then they will have sex with only each other. I am not sure of the others’ preferences.”

“What would happen—if we went back?”

Eric sighed. “Specifically?”

Sookie shrugged. “You don’t have to go into gory detail, but yeah. I need to know what I would do.”

“Likely, the group has ten to fifteen donors who will join them,” Eric began. “The donors will be there voluntarily, and they will likely be dressed provocatively—if at all.”

Sookie gasped.

“Do you want me to go on?”

“Yes.”

“Feeding, as you experienced, increases lust. Some of the vampires will feed their lust by fucking the donors. Others will feed it by fucking each other. I would ensure that you did only the latter if we returned.” He paused. “You would not be able to control yourself—not in the presence of so many who want you, especially not after your own lust is stimulated by feeding from a live donor.” He closed his eyes. “You are already intrigued by some of the others. I felt you recognizing their interest in you.”

“But I didn’t want to be interested,” Sookie said, not really. “At least, I’m not sure if I want to be or not.”

“And that’s why I turned the Guardian down. So that I could bring you back here. So that you could find your control again. So that you could consider your choices.”

They were silent for a few moments.

“I could command you to avoid being with the ones you know you don’t want: some or all of the other females, for example. And I would, as I said, command you to not kill any donors.”

“But I’d have sex with Roman? Kibwe? Dieter?”

“Yes. You were attracted to all of them—correct?”

“I don’t know,” she sighed. “Yes.”

“You would be attracted to them as a human too—I imagine, but vampires feel things more. So our attraction runs deeper—stronger.”

“What would you do—if we went back?”

“I’d get my ass kicked,” Eric chuckled.

“Huh?”

He sat down on the bed next to her. “If I saw you with others, every jealous impulse that I have regarding you would be amplified, especially in an environment like that. I would want you for myself and would try to prevent the others from having you. In fact, several of us would fight—with Roman winning since he’s oldest.”

“You’d be hurt?” she asked, frightened.

“Oh, yes,” he said with a chuckle. “But not too badly. Likely more donors would need to be called in. I would drink and heal. And I would probably continue growling in your general direction as Roman had his way with you. But I would eventually have to release my lust somewhere, so I would fuck someone else—probably Salome—so that I could reestablish more equal footing with Roman.”

“He screwed what’s yours so you would screw what’s his?” Sookie asked with disgust.

“Something like that.”

“What then?”

“After Roman had had you, there would be many others in line for your affections—myself being among them. Of course, if I’d commanded you not to accept certain advances—including my own if you chose—you would reject them. The others would understand that you were indicating your preferences and would stay away.”

“They would?”

“Yes,” he chuckled wryly. “You would quite literally snarl out your rejection if someone unwelcome tried to touch you. Unless a vampire wanted to force you, he or she would get the message.”

“What if someone tried to force me?” she cringed.

“I would likely go berserker,” Eric chuckled.

“How can you find any humor in this?” Sookie asked dumbfounded.

“It is the nest mentality. I have lived in nests before.”

“Is there always fighting?”

“No—not always. Mostly just when new things are introduced,” he smirked. “Some of the women would likely fight over me too—and maybe Dieter as well. He was eyeing me just as much as you, after all.”

Sookie gasped. “So—uh—since I’m the new girl, they all want me?”

“I’m sure they’d want you again,” he said musingly, “but the first time would be more of a frenzy.”

“And I’d enjoy it?” she asked.

“Oh, yes!”

“Until it was over and I started thinking about what I’d done.”

“‘Aye—there lies the rub.'”

“Hamlet,” she said.

He nodded. “To go or not to go. That is the question,” he added with a smirk.

“Do you want to go?” she asked.

“I will tell you after you have made your own choice, dear one. Not before.”

She nodded. “I know that the human me wouldn’t want it, but I’m not feeling very human right now.”

“That’s why you need to make a considered choice. Many vampires follow their instincts without apology or regret. Pam was like this—especially at first. But I think that you are a very different kind of child. Still, it is best that you choose for yourself.”

“I already did—earlier,” she said. “I asked you to stop me from having sex with people I wouldn’t choose in my right mind.”

“I know. And so I have.” He paused. “Before you had not realized the possibilities that are open to you here—the options that have been set before you.” He sighed. “And I did not prepare you because I did not know this Guardianship was a nest. I thought that—with mainstreaming—it would not be. I was wrong. Now, you have the right to make up your mind, given this new information. As your maker, I felt it was important to bring you here—to explain this new option—and to see if you wanted to pursue it.”

“What if I do and then regret it?”

“For some, regrets are as much a part of the vampire existence as the human one.”

“Did you—uh—like living in a nest? When you did in the past?” she asked.

He contemplated for a moment. “To be honest? Sometimes. I’ve lived in several throughout my long years—usually smaller ones. To feed Pam’s appetites, I lived in one with her for about a decade. All nests are different. Especially centuries ago, some nests killed their human victims, but I always chose nests that did not follow that practice—or, at least, tried not to. Here, Roman will be careful not to let the humans be killed.”

“Because he runs the nest?”

“Yes, he’s the oldest here.”

“But if Salome ran it . . . ,” she began.

“Death all around,” he finished with a wry smile.

“I can sense negative things from some of them, Eric,” she said softly. “I can’t read their thoughts, but I have a sense of their intentions toward me—and you.”

“Whom do we have to worry about, dear one?”

“Salome and Hyun-Ae—definitely. And I think Margeaux too.”

“Are there any we can be certain about?” he asked.

“Nora, Tavio, and Nan,” she said, adding the last name reluctantly. “And I think Kibwe. It’s too soon to tell about the others.”

Eric sighed. “Will you let me command you—if it is to ensure that you keep a few secrets?”

Sookie nodded. “Okay.”

“I command you not to speak of what I am about to tell you, unless I give you direct permission,” he said firmly, authoritatively.

Immediately, she felt the tendrils of his will entrap her own. “I won’t speak of it,” she said obediently.

He smiled softly at her. “I want you to know that this command is not out of mistrust. It is merely so that you cannot be compelled to speak. Do you understand, dear one?”

She nodded. “Yes. Thanks.”

“Okay then. Here is what you need to know. Nora is my vampire sister. Godric was her maker too.”

“Really?”

Eric nodded. “You are right about Nora, Tavio, and Nan being our allies here. Kibwe too. They are all with Roman. You are right about Salome and Hyun-Ae too—and likely Margeaux. They are Sanguinistas?”

“Sanguinistas?”

“Yes. It is a group that is against mainstreaming. Basically, we have been recruited by Nan to figure out if others are betraying Roman. I am to use my skills as a spy and a tactician to figure out how far the Sanguinista Movement has spread.”

“And I’m to use my telepathy,” she sighed.

“Yes. And it seems Salome will make her move soon.”

“Thus the month timetable,” Sookie said, shaking her head.

“Indeed.”

She looked up at him almost lovingly. “Thank you, Eric, for telling me this. It’s nice to know whom to trust.”

“Be careful not to show your trust or your mistrust openly. Others will see.”

She nodded. “I won’t.”

They were silent for a minute.
“Thank you,” she whispered.

“For what this time?” he smirked a little.

“The lust I felt—the desire to go to that orgy and . . . .” She stopped midsentence. “It’s not gone, but I know it’s not what I want. I don’t want sex to be meaningless. I don’t want to have multiple partners in one night and lose myself to lust, and that’s not just my Christian upbringing talking. That’s me deciding the kind of person—human or vampire—that I want to be. The kind that I’m comfortable being.”

She sighed and continued. “I not judging them for how they live, but I don’t think I’m nest material. And I certainly don’t want to be fought over and pawed over just because I’m the new girl on the block. Plus,” she smiled up at him, “I don’t want you to have to get your ass kicked by Roman.”

He chuckled and leaned in to kiss her forehead. “I appreciate that very much, dear one.”

For a moment, it was clear that Sookie wanted to lean upward and capture his lips.

“Hungry again?” Eric asked, quickly taking her cup to refill it.

“Yes.”

He handed it back to her with a smile and then went to get one of his own.

“Will you tell me now? Did you want to join them?”

He looked at her with passion, but he took a step back from her. “To know that I would likely get to have you tonight—even if it was after getting my ass kicked—was a tempting thought. But I was tempted for only a moment. I would have gone with you—and been the maker you needed me to be—but I am glad you didn’t choose to go. I do not want any others, Sookie. And I do not want any others to have you,” he said possessively.

“Eric . . . ,” she started, but then couldn’t complete her thought.

“It has been a long night, min dottir,” he said, almost paternalistically, the passion leaving his eyes. “Why don’t I teach you the benefits of down-time?”


A/N: I hope you liked this chapter! I’m not sure when I’ll be back w/ another. I’ll try not to be too long, but I tend to work on this one when I get blocked on others. I know a lot of you are looking forward to the Bill confrontation. I’m still working out how that will be, however.

Best,

Kat

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45 thoughts on “Chapter 14: The Nest Mentality

  1. Love how Eric is explaining things to Sookie as soon as he can so she can make informed decisions. I think I am just as excited for Salome and her minions to get slapped down as I am for Bill to get what’s coming to him! Thanks for the extra chapter!

  2. Yay! Bonus chapter on one of my faves! Seriously, how is it not clear to absolutely everyone that Salome is a traitor? Pretty fucking obvious, no? I enjoyed this take on nest behaviour – it doesn’t come up very often in stories, so Eric’s play by play was intriguing.

  3. Great chapter. Salome needs to be slapped around and I can’t wait for the Sanguinistas to be routed and for Bill to get a come-to-Jesus!

  4. Eric is a really good Maker to Sookie. I know he yearns for their relationship to progress but I think this “slow burn” is what they need. Now, on to the confrontation with Bill.

  5. More than anything else, we are seeing what a caring maker Eric is. That is an added element to his desire for her as a woman. Quite the powerful combination and bodes well for her continued existence as his progeny going into the future.

  6. I love the honesty between Eric and Sookie. I think/hope it is the start of a long, happy vampire life for her. I am glad Eric let her choose and helped her stick to her principles.

  7. Eric is so amazing as a Maker to Sookie. The way he is explaining things so she can make decisions she can live with, how he is not pushing his feelings and wants onto her but letting her know what he feels, love this so much.
    Glad Sookie can feel the intentions of others, this will help so much. Also happy she seems to be making level headed decisions and not freaking out so much. Looking forward to the baddies and especially Bill getting what they deserve.

  8. Omg…i waited so long for this …I’m so excited about the out come…what other powers will sookie have being a hybrid fae? And hopping bill can’t control her at all…and of course hopefully bill will get dead….lol see ya next chapter 😉

  9. I was a little surprised by this chapter at first. I wasn’t expecting Sookie to be lusting after the other vampires, especially when she hadn’t been feeding. As I continued reading though, your explanation was so well done that it eased my mind. And you gave an excellent break down of nest behavior. One of the best I’ve ever read.

    Eric is being such an excellent maker to her. I love this very open and honest Eric. How well he is communicating with her and how he is letting her make her own well-informed, rational decisions. Telling her what he wants only after she has decided what she wants. Just wonderful. We all know ScumBill wouldn’t have done that. He’d have thrown her at Roman to suck up and then happily started screwing everyone in sight.

  10. it was a great chapter and i am glad that Eric is letting her think for herself and making decisions wisely. I think if Bill was in the picture right now that would not be happening. Don’t push the Bill thing none of us want to see what asinine things he will try to make her do. Hopefully she can stake his ass when he tries. and hopefully he is unable to give her a makers command. maybe her faeness will help with that. until the next post KY

  11. So happy this story got the vote!!! It is one of my fav stories… Love vamp Sookie and this one is particularly true to character in her reluctance to accept staying a vampire…. Eric is a pretty amazing Maker looking after her like this… Loved how you showed the nest mentality and dynamics and the effects of sharing space… and presumably ‘food’ and sex partners… As a newborn, Sookie was of course affected though I am guessing perhaps a bit less than a regular gun-ho new vamp? She really got lucky with Eric… I can’t even begin to imagine the mind (and body) games Compton would play with her if in that situation… I was a bit disappointed Eric didn’t through horny Sookie a bone there at the end… though not as disappointed as Sookie has to be…
    Very excited about a new chapter!

  12. Excellent chapter. I love the growing connection between Sookie and Eric. Not just as maker and child, but emotionally. Great idea with Sookie being able to feel a vampire’s intent. I hope she gets the ability to fly….hint hint. LOL. Can’t wait for more.

  13. Eric is such a great, thoughtful maker to Sookie. I’m glad Sookie decided not to join the nest for the feed and orgy fest, I can’t see Sookie human or vampire participate in something like that. I would much rather see her relationship with Eric progress. However, I am anxious to get to some Bill bashing/torture, this should be fun. Great chapter. Looking forward to the next update.

  14. Loved this chapter!
    What an amazing maker Eric is to Sookie!
    I like how he’s allowing her to come to her ” Vampiric instincts ” on her own…
    he really knows that Sookie wouldn’t forgive herself if she “gave” herself freely…
    Loving this honest and open Eric…
    Can’t wait for Bill!
    Jackie69

  15. Masterful chapter. Actually wonderfully written story. Just finished reading all the available chapters. Liked the visuals you have aiding the story too. Impressed with how you have created the vampire Sookie character. Like that she has some control over her actions. Especially impressed with your Eric and his patience with Sookie, also his desire to abide by her wishes not to be turned. His explanations of what is happening to her plus potential outcomes is very informative. Looking forward to the meeting with Bill where she shoots him down and leaves him wearing silver for the month while Eric plots to extradite them from their current situation.

  16. The already have a wonderful maker/child relationship. I hope Sookie quickly works out that she feels more than that. For me, this is a very realistic telling of a newborn Vampire’s instincts. I’m glad you have Sookie experiencing it as a Vampire would instead of as a human would. I think even as his child she would be jealous of others wanting Eric so at this time she doesn’t have to examine her feelings for him too closely. Really loving this – I crave stories with a Vampire Sookie written this way.

  17. Great work here, Such a good chapter. I’m enjoying seeing this calm, patient, and practical Eric. I hope the next chapter is coming soon!

  18. I’m missing this a lot too…but I know I’m just being greedy! It was fun to re-read though. I’m enjoying all the other gifts your sending our way but I’m so looking forward to more of this and The Gift Horse series. 😀

  19. I am really enjoying this story, even as a newcomer to your writing. I especially like the in depth training Sookie is receiving from Eric. He knows her well and is trying to help her to hang onto herself and understand that she does not have to just give in to her new instincts. Bill never did much to help Jessica except to try various cocktails of True Blood whereas Eric is training her how to feed from a human without killing them or having sex with them, and using so much common sense, first bagged blood with the “family” favorite type, then humans with the least liked type and her non preferred gender of sexual partner. Bill would be more than happy to have Sookie give in to having sex with him, which would just make Sookie hate herself and him later. God I hope Bill has minimal influence over her as it seems the Sanguinistas are going to try to bring Bill to their side by offering to get rid of Eric so Bill can have full control over Sookie. And is the fairy on the scene at Sookie’s turning friend or foe? Niall, Claude or Warlow? And can Sookie still go to the Fae realm as a vampire if she was drained of her fairy blood? She could be a real threat to the Fae if she can go there. The Fae may want her true death to be safe. It would be nice if she retained her light balls, both as offense and healing. I do hope you come back to this to finish. It seems you usually favor Eric and Sookie HEA so hopefully that is where we are going. I cringe to think of Bill having the power of a maker command over her, it would be like non stop rohypnol knowing Bill, he would never stop to think of her own wishes, just what he wants, unlike Eric. Princessspot5

  20. we need to kick start your muse on this one. i want to see the lack of interrogation skills Salome uses on Beehl. i want to see how the empath in Sookie rises to the challenge against the shady vampire in the Authority… i want to see her have passionate sex with Eric, while Bill feels the whole damn thing. I think we also need to see her call her brother. and we need to see her resist Bill’s maker commands and laugh in his face when he tries. okay MUSE what do you need from me to make this happen?…. KY

  21. Hope you are well and the muse has come to life all of your stories are wonderful and we all have different ones we love but the most important is for you to be able to be there to complete them for us .I just hope you can give some time to Who’s Your Daddy? Take care stay well
    Thank You
    Ericsbickerchick

  22. While I’m absolutely loving The Boot (as I love anything you write) I’m so looking forward to you continuing this. Just re-read for the fun of it. Can’t believe it’s been close to three years since this chapter! 😳😋

    I’m dying for the Bill confrontation because I’m sure Bill will try to compel her or influence her to do something. Whether that’s to hurt Eric or make her feel more for him Bill) I’m not sure. But I absolutely bet Sookie will realize what he’s doing and resent him for it. Meanwhile Eric is everything a good Maker should be. Hopefully Sookie is realizing this.

    I think you did say in a post that you’d be getting back to this after The Boot, so I will enjoy that while I can and look forward to the continuation of this.

    Every chapter you give us, in whatever story, is a joy. This fandom is winding down slowly and I want it to continue as long as possible. I get soooo much enjoyment from it. Wonderful authors like you are a gift!

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