Before I could blink an eye, I was lying on my back in Eric’s bed and he was hovering over me.
“There are some things that cannot be undone, Sookie.” He growled lowly, as he kissed sinuously down my neck.
“Once you are mine, you will be targeted by others for merely being at my side. Others will want to use you against me. Even if you were no longer seen with me, they would still believe they could use you to hurt me.”
Suddenly, his lips stopped their downward trek and his roaming hands stopped moving as he pulled back to look into my eyes.
The passion and intensity that showed on his face had me struggling to take my next breath.
“But make no mistake, Lover.” Eric’s eyes conveyed his passion but his words were firm. “If you choose to be mine, I will not let you go.”
My whole body heated up by about ten degrees with his words. I hated the possessive crap that all the Supes in my life seemed to swear by, but something in Eric’s demeanor and speech made being possessed sound like one of the most wonderful things in the world.
I reached a hand out to brush a piece of hair out of his face and behind his ear before I swallowed loudly and replied softly.
“You don’t remember, but you’ve already let me go once.” My voice faltered and I tried to tell myself to shut up but I just kept talking. “It didn’t work out so well for me.”
Eric looked like he was about to speak but I ran my thumb over his bottom lip before any words left his mouth.
“What I’m saying is that I rather like the idea of you not letting go of me again.”
Eric’s mouth suddenly devoured mine before he pulled away again.
“Say that you are mine.” Eric’s words were hard and demanding.
I put my arms around Eric’s neck and he allowed me to pull him down for a slow, sensual kiss.
Finally, I pulled back to look at him as I said emotionally, “As you are mine, I am yours.”
The booming female voice came from the doorway and the shock of the new voice sent me scrambling away from Eric as I yelped, “Jesus Christ Sheppard of Judea.”
While I was struggling to calm my heart rate after Pam’s unexpected entrance, Eric sat up on the bed to glare at her.
“This better be good.” He growled.
Pam shrugged as she went to the closet. “I need my things to get ready for the ball. Also, I saw Andre downstairs. The Queen wants to see you both as soon as you are dressed. It seems the tiger is roaring for everyone to hear.”
“Of course he is.” Eric said drily.
“What’s that suppose to mean?” I asked defensively.
“It means I didn’t expect him to go quietly.” Eric answered me before turning back to Pam. “Go to Sookie’s room and bring all her things here.”
“What?” I asked incredulously.
“Sookie,” Pam started. “Do you really think you should stay, unprotected, in your room after the little scene in the hallway last night that has everyone gossiping like human teenagers? Not to mention the tiger is trying to demand your return.”
Before I could say a word, she was already out of the door. So, I turned my glare to Eric. “You know I hate it when you are high-handed.”
“Yes.” He responded unapologetically, but before I could pout or get too pissed off Eric was kissing me again.
I’m ashamed to say I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about Eric’s kissing skills but none of my memories compared to the real thing. I’m not sure if his age or experience is to credit for his ability to turn me to a pool of useless muscle with his mouth, but the wickedly arousing things he does with his tongue are almost enough to make anyone kill to call Eric theirs.
But he was mine.
I felt my lips turn up into small smile and Eric pulled away slightly to look at me.
“What are you thinking about, Lover?” He asked as he leaned down and kissed the sweet spot behind my ear that always made my lower abdomen clinch in anticipation of heavenly pleasures.
I decided to return the favor and I leaned forward to nibble slightly on his neck. The action earned me a small growl as I said, “I was just thinking about how much I enjoy your tongue and how no one else gets the pleasure of your talents now.”
“Possessive.” He teased.
“Extremely.” I answered, as my hands started moving up Eric’s sides while taking his shirt with them.
Eric’s mouth had finally moved far enough along its tortuously slow southern journey to reach my cleavage when there was an inopportune knock on the door.
“UGH!” I threw my head back into the pillow behind me while Eric smirked at my frustration.
I decided he wasn’t frustrated enough for my liking so I stretched back up towards his neck and whispered in his ear, “Don’t act like your not at all frustrated with so many visitors,Lover.”
And then I nibbled on his neck again.
A lusty growl was my reward.
And the knocking on the door became louder and more insistent.
“Excuse me.” I said evenly as I pulled away from Eric’s neck and pushed slightly at his shoulder so I could get up and answer the door.
I had every intention of getting rid of whoever was out there so we could continue our previous claiming activities.
“You’re an evil woman.” Eric growled as he flopped back on the bed to allow me to get up and stop the incessant knocking at the door.
My only response was to turn back and wink at him.
Before I opened the door, I hadn’t thought about who might be on the other side it. I certainly wasn’t prepared for who it was.
Although I shouldn’t have been surprised.
“What do you want, Bill?” I asked shortly as I put one of my hands on my hip.
“Sookie, I heard about what happened with the tiger and wanted to check on your wellbeing.” Bill answered in a concerned gentlemanly drawl.
“Thank you for your concern.” Despite my annoyance with the interruption and anger towards Bill, Gran would expect me to control my manners. “As you can see, I am just fine.”
Bill’s eyes left mine for a moment and I saw his jaw tighten slightly as he took in my slightly rumpled appearance. I knew he was drawing his own conclusions as to why my clothing was a little messed up.
“Perhaps you would allow me to escort you to your room.” He asked. “I’m sure you would like to get ready for the ball.”
Before I could answer, someone else beat me to it.
“That won’t be necessary, Compton.” Pam said dryly as she led a bellhop towards the doorway with my luggage on a cart behind him. “I’ve got all of her things here.”
“Thank you, Pam.” I said tersely as I stepped aside and she led the bellhop inside to unload my things.
It wasn’t that I cared if Bill knew I was staying with Eric, but I would have preferred to tell him instead of showing him.
I glanced at Bill’s face to see his eyes trained on my luggage and his fangs peeking out slightly behind his lips.
“You are staying with Eric?” He growled out coldly.
“Yes.” My tone was neither gloating nor meek.
“I’m sure there are others available who would offer you a room or protection.” Bill said as he tried to calm himself and his voice.
I think he was clinging to the hope that I was only staying with Eric out of necessity.
We were interrupted for again as Pam and the bellhop needed to pass by to leave the room. The bellhop had new luggage on his cart.
“I’ll be staying in another room now.” Pam winked at me as she walked away. “Enjoy”
“Sookie.” Bill began pleadingly.
“Don’t, Bill.” I interrupted him and held my hand up in a ‘stop’ gesture. “I need to get ready and I don’t need another man telling me what he thinks is best for me.”
“But you don’t know what you are doing.” Bill’s words were urgent. “You don’t understand how the bond works.”
I could see that I had to say the words I detested or Bill wouldn’t be leaving any time soon. So, I straightened my shoulders and swallowed my pride to do what I had to do and move on with my life.
“I’m Eric’s. Accept it, Bill, as it will never change; no matter how long you try to convince me otherwise.”
Bill’s face was a stone face of shock. He knew I hated the possessive crap.
But he didn’t know how strongly I felt about Eric.
“Now, excuse me but I have to get ready. Goodnight.”
With those words, I softly closed the door and immediately leaned my back against it and let out a deep sigh of relief as I closed my eyes. At least that notification was over with.
“Have I told you how much I already love hearing you say that you are mine?”
My eyes may have been closed but I could hear the smirk in his voice.
“Maybe you could show me?” I teased as I opened my eyes to see Eric standing shirtless about five feet in front of me.
“Mmm.” He hummed. “I would like nothing more but unfortunately we are out of time.”
My brow crinkled in confusion. “What do you mean?”
“While you were dealing with Compton, Andre called.” He explained as he walked towards me. “We are expected in the Queen’s suite in thirty minutes.”
“Shoot.” I exclaimed as I walked by him to find my bags. Thirty minutes was not enough time for a woman to get ready for a ball. Leave it to vampires not to understand that fact.
Eric laughed slightly as I passed him. “Don’t worry, Lover. I will be out of the shower in just a moment and then it’s all yours.”
I whipped around to glare at him because the shower was the least of my worries. I had to do my hair and . . .
Eric interrupted my thoughts with a smile. “Also, Pam will be back shortly to help you with your hair and make-up since she can move much faster than you.”
I finally sighed in relief. “That would be helpful.”
Before I could take another breath, Eric was pulling me into his arms so he could whisper in my ear. “We will have time alone later tonight, Lover. I will make sure of it.”
Then he kissed me senseless before I felt a slight breeze and heard the bathroom door click closed behind him.
I closed my eyes and took a deep breath to settle myself.
He always did leave me aching for more.