Even after more than a thousand years, my Maker could still surprise me.
The few nights since we returned from the Queen’s compound have been relatively normal, as they followed our established routine of working at Fangtasia and training Sookie. However, tonight was Monday and Fangtasia was closed. Because of this, Godric allowed Pam to take Sookie out shopping again. Unsurprisingly, Pam also added a movie to their itinerary, so we were not expecting them back for a few hours.
When the door closed behind them and the car could no longer be heard on the driveway, Godric motioned for me to follow him into the library.
I did not expect the conversation that followed with my Maker.
Of course, it made sense for Godric to use our alone time to discuss strategies or other issues he wished to keep from the younger vampires, for now, but the content of the conversation was unexpected.
Godric had promised Sookie he would attempt to locate her brother and give her time to talk to him. I knew Godric would keep his word and I had already provided him with the latest intelligence on Jason Stackhouse. Therefore, the fact that Jason had been located in Dallas at the Fellowship retreat was not a surprise.
No, the surprise was what Godric planned to do about it.
As I sat and listened to Godric’s plans, along with a couple of Maker’s commands he issued to me, I couldn’t help but smirk slightly.
I couldn’t wait to see Sookie’s reaction.
She was such a spitfire when she got worked up about something, and it just made her sexier. She had an innate strength most people, and vampires, lacked. Obviously, she needed to get a little better control over her temper, but I would never want her fire to be extinguished.
I shook my head slightly to clear my mind. Thinking of Sookie was taking too much of my time lately and I still wasn’t sure what to make of it. I knew I wanted her. I had wanted her when she was still human and she was even more attractive now. However, I had wanted others before and never felt this level of distraction. She could almost be termed as an obsession.
Unbelievably, I realized a few days ago that I had not fucked a woman since Sookie’s return. It wasn’t a conscious decision and I was rather annoyed by the possible implications of it. When I first connected the dots, I stubbornly made the impromptu decision to find a busty blonde to satisfy my needs with. However, when I left the office and stepped into the club, the first thing I saw was Pam and Sookie sitting on the stage playing one of their games with her telepathy. The camaraderie that had grown between them so quickly was nice to see, and all thoughts of finding a feed and fuck left my mind as I watched them.
It was frustrating.
However, I had not lived the last thousand years by ignoring my instincts. There had been times in my past where I had gone much longer without the feel of a woman’s body beneath me, and if my body and instincts were telling me to keep my dick in my pants . . . Well, then I would do that . . . for now.
Once again pulling my thoughts away from the new vampire, I spoke to Godric.
“Do you think she will argue with the plan?”
Godric smirked. “Actually, I don’t.”
“Why not? She’s never been particularly fond of me.” There may have been some bitterness in my voice.
I was surprised by the small chuckle that left Godric’s mouth. “You see too much through the shades of the past. Try to throw off your old notions of who Sookie was, and see who she is now.”
I could feel my eyebrows furrow as Godric left the room with his words still lingering in the air.
Was I not seeing Sookie for who she was? And if so, what was I missing?
A good fuck, a good feed, then shopping.
That was my list of favorite things – in that order.
Of course, shopping ranked above bad sex and bad blood. Anyone who said there was no such thing as bad sex just didn’t have enough experiences with dull humans and vampires who just lay there like corpses. Blood, laced with certain drugs or diseases, while meeting my ‘nutritional needs,’ is completely disgusting and leaves a bad after-taste. So, shopping definitely ranked top of that list.
Everyone knew my obsession with shopping, and that made it my perfect cover for getting Sookie alone. The boys didn’t like to shop unless they had a specific goal in mind so I knew they wouldn’t offer to come along. Plus, Sookie was still building a wardrobe for Fangtasia and the Palace. It was a perfect excuse to get her out of the house.
As Sookie wandered around through our first stop of the boutique rounds, I contemplated how best to approach the subject. While I didn’t feel like Sookie was necessarily to blame for the problem, I knew she could help address it.
He was distracted and distracted vampires were dead vampires.
As his child, it was my job to protect him even from himself. I know Godric protects him as well, but I’m unsure if he’s given much thought to the issue and I can’t really blame him. Having a new child, especially one as talented as Sookie, is a big responsibility. Normally, I probably would have discussed my concerns with Godric, but, in this case, I thought it better to go to the source of the problem.
Again, I didn’t blame her, but the issue did all come down to her.
We spent another forty minutes looking through the boutiques on Main Street before loading our purchases into the car. Sookie had found a few dresses appropriate for the Palace, along with some shoes and accessories. I, of course, bought a few new dresses as well. I loved shopping even when I had ulterior motives.
Now we were on our way across town to a shopping district more appropriate for Fangtasia clothing. While thinking of the best way to approach my intended topic with Sookie, I decided talking in the car would be best. I didn’t want anyone else to overhear.
Here goes nothing.
“Yeah, Pam?” She answered distractedly while reapplying some lip-gloss.
“What are you going to do about Eric?” I asked plainly.
Well, at least I thought it was clear, but Sookie’s wrinkled brow, along with the confused words that followed, told me I was going to have to be more blunt.
“Do about Eric?” She asked.
I sighed. “Sookie, you must have realized by now… he wants to fuck you!”
She laughed, albeit a little uncomfortably, “That’s been true since I was human, Pam.”
“Yes. He was distracted by you even then.” I interrupted before she could say anything else. “But you were not around long enough when you were human for his distraction to be a problem. However, now you will be around for a very long time.”
“What are you getting at here, Pam?” There was a little bit of anger building in her voice. I suppose I wasn’t handling this right but I wasn’t one to mince words.
“Distracted vampires are open to attack, Sookie.” I tried to explain patiently. “Others are always waiting in the wings to take power where it is available. Any change in attitude or habits by powerful vampires are quickly noticed and questioned. Ambitious vampires will use these types of changes to find weaknesses and attack.”
She seemed to think for a minute before cocking her head to the side. “I haven’t noticed any changes in Eric. Well, except for when he’s not at Fangtasia. I didn’t know him outside of the Sheriff persona before I was turned.”
I looked at her incredulously. Was she blind? “Seriously Sookie, you haven’t noticed?”
She shook her head. “Noticed what?”
I stared at her for a moment while I continued to drive. She was really serious. She had no clue.
How could a telepath miss this?
“Sookie, have you been listening in at the club?”
She shrugged. “I listen some but their thoughts are usually annoying so I block them out unless they seem to be a danger.”
I raised an eyebrow. “What about their thoughts is annoying?”
She huffed. “All they think about is biting and sex.”
Now we were getting somewhere. “Sex with who?”
“Vampires.” Her voice added the eyeroll I couldn’t see.
“Which vampire is featured most?” I pushed.
I saw her flinch slightly. “Eric.”
“And have you seen him in fantasies or in live action lately?”
She shook her head vehemently. “I don’t listen in to stuff like that!”
I huffed. I was getting impatient. “Of course not Sookie, but I know you’ve had to hear some things.”
I swear she would have been blushing if she could. “It’s been mostly fantasies from everyone, with only a few thoughts from those he’s been with in the past.”
I nodded and motioned for her to go on with my hand.
She sighed. “If I had to categorize them, most of the thoughts about Eric are frustrated. The common consensus is that he hasn’t chosen anyone from the club to have sex with recently and . . . “
When she stopped, my tone may have been a little harsh. “And what?”
Her head ducked a little. “Some of them think it started when I arrived so they are wondering if we’re together.”
I nodded. “So, you see my point.”
She folded her arms across her chest. “Not exactly, Pam.”
I rolled my eyes. “Sookie, Eric hasn’t fucked anyone since you showed up, and if the humans have noticed then I guarantee you the vampires have too.”
“Get to the point Pam. I don’t understand why you are talking to me about Eric’s sex life.” She demanded harshly.
I pulled off to the side of the road and into a deserted parking lot so I could give her all my attention.
“Its not just his sex life, Sookie.” I started as I stared into her angry face. “If you pay attention then you will see him get lost in his thoughts from time to time. Of course, this is normal when we are at home or out of the public eyes, but Eric is never distracted around other vampires – until now. It’s dangerous for him and, as his child, it’s my responsibility to watch his back.”
Sookie raised an eyebrow, “Are you threatening me Pam?”
“I’m not an idiot, Sook. Godric would end me.” I laughed before continuing. “However, I think you need to be aware of the situation so you can do something about it.”
“Pam.” She growled warningly.
I held up my hands in peace. “I’m not telling you to go fuck him.” I paused thinking about how to go against my blunt nature and word this correctly so she would truly hear me. “I know you are probably not ready for sex after what happened.”
“But I think Eric would be less distracted when the ‘if’ is taken out of the equation.” I finished.
I almost laughed. She sounded like Eric.
“Just what I said Sookie. Take the ‘if’ out of the whole situation. Either let him know you need time and you are not ready yet, or make it clear it is not going to happen – ever.” I paused. “I don’t think you’ve ever been the type to string someone along. Am I wrong?”
She was shaking her head before I finished speaking. “No, but Pam, I’m also not the type to fuck just anyone.”
I growled my reply. I couldn’t help it. “And Eric is just anyone?”
“No!” She exclaimed before continuing in a calmer voice. “No, but what I meant is you said he wanted to have sex with me. You never said he wanted any type of relationship with me.”
“I also didn’t say he didn’t want one, did I?.” We stared at each other for a moment before I spoke firmly. “I won’t betray my Maker’s confidence by telling you what I feel through my bond with him.”
“I wouldn’t ask you to.”
“Good.” I continued. “All I will tell you is that you are not just another fuck for him.”
I ended the conversation by turning back to the steering wheel and continuing out of the parking lot and back onto the road. After a couple of minutes, Sookie spoke up again.
“I’m not sure how I feel about everything you’ve said, but I will promise to think about it.”
As we neared our next stop, I decided I had one final thing I wanted her to think about, since her response made it seem as though she was confused by how she felt.
After I parked, she moved to open her door but I grasped her left wrist prompting her to turn and face me with curiosity.
“One more thing for you to think about, while you are figuring things out in that pretty little head of yours, and then I won’t mention anything else about this for the rest of the night.”
She nodded cautiously.
“Consider how you would feel if he was still fucking fangbangers.”
She growled automatically before slapping a hand over her mouth.
I smiled as I patted her hand and turned to get out of the driver’s seat. “That’s what I thought.”