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"Yeah, just set that there, Sook," Amelia directs me before I see her place her hands upon her hips and take careful assessment over the fruits of an afternoon's worth of hard work. "I don't know, I still think something's missing. It just seems off somehow," she sighs out for what must be the millionth time to earn annoyed growls from her other bridesmaids. I let out a small sigh before stepping before my flustered friend.
"Ames, everything will be perfect, I promise, besides, this is just the rehearsal, remember?" I gently remind her before she plops down to one of the perfectly aligned seats with a weary sigh. I send a nod to the rest of the girls to let them know I've got things under control, earning sympathetic gazes before the group backs away to give the two of us some space.
"I'm sorry, I promised myself I wouldn't become Bridezilla, and yet here I am," Amelia groans out, earning a light chuckle from me as I sit down beside her, slinging a supportive arm around her shoulders.
"You're not that bad," I tease, bumping my shoulder against her to earn a small smirk.
"Thanks," she answers back with an eye roll, a wide grin spread over her face. "I just need a distraction, something to take my mind off, well, everything for a bit," she admits before casting me a curious gaze. "Did you ever find out who it was Godric was seeing? 'Cuz if it was one of the other bridesmaids, I swear to God-," she starts, earning a firm headshake from me.
"No, no! We're good, Ames," I assure her. "And it definitely wasn't one of the bridesmaids," I inform her, earning a cocked brow in turn. I let out a small sigh, figuring Pam either already knows what's going on between Eric, Godric and I, or will soon enough before pressing forward. "Um, it was Eric," I admit, feeling a warm flush crawling up my cheeks as my friends chocolate eyes widen to the size of saucers.
"What!?" she exclaims, her jaw dropping in shock. "How did-? I mean-, what?" she stumbles out, forcing me to swallow down my laughter as I reacted much the same way upon first finding out.
"I walked in to see the two of them kissing the morning after Eric and I had spent the night together," I explain, earning a cocked brow from my friend.
"So, Eric leaves love bites on Godric and then sleeps with you the same night? Didn't that piss you off? I mean, what the hell is he playing at?" Amelia questions rather irritably to leave me shrugging, not really sure how well I really understand the situation myself.
"I expected to feel pissed, finding out he'd been chasing after the two of us at the same time the way he was, but, I dunno, I just didn't feel that way," I muse aloud with a thoughtful frown. "Maybe it was partial relief realizing Godric hadn't found another woman, or maybe it was hearing them both admit they had feelings for me as well, I really have no idea, Ames, but what I do know is that I'm quickly falling for not just one, but the both of them."
"And the two of them? What do they have to say about all of this?" she questions, her previous anger seeming to have shifted to burning curiosity instead.
"Eric sees convinced the three of us can manage some sort of crazy ménage à trois, and as insane as I might have thought that idea sounded only days ago, I really think I'm starting to warm up the idea," I admit, seeing my friend's eyes widen in mild shock. "Am I crazy, Ames? Thinking I can have it all, both Godric and Eric?"
"I-, well, shit," she answers back with a shrug. "I want to say yes, the three of you are fucking nuts, but honestly, if this works for the three of you, if this is really what you all want, hell, why not go for it? I mean, any relationship, even a wild threesome, is worlds better than what you had with Bill. You deserve to be happy Sookie and if this arrangement ensures as much, I'm all for it."
"Thanks, Ames," I sigh out, pulling my friend into a tight hug, a fond smile stretched over my face. She nods wordlessly, her knowing smile speaking volumes before her head tilts curiously.
"Do you love them?" she questions, this time succeeding in making my own eyes widen in surprise. "I mean, I know this is all new for the three of you, but do you think you could fall for both Eric and Godric?"
"I-, I'm not really sure," I answer back thoughtfully. "Godric loves me," I admit softly, a fond smile finding its way to my face. "Apparently he has for years, I was just too damn blind to see it," I sigh out, shaking my head. "And a part of me can't help but wonder if the feelings weren't mutual, I mean, once I left Bill, I headed straight for Godric's place, Ames. I'd never even been there before, I'd just known what house he'd bought after graduation, yet I felt drawn there, drawn to him; that has to mean something, doesn't it?"
"I think you already know the answer to that," she answers back with a soft smile, patting my knee softly to leave me sending her a light nod. "And Eric? I mean, you don't have years of friendship between the two of you, but you must feel something for him if you and Godric are actually considering pursing this kind of relationship with him," she reasons, earning a thoughtful shrug from me.
"Eric, well, he's Eric, I've honestly never met anyone like him in all my life," I admit with a thoughtful headshake. "He swept into both mine and Godric's lives like some crazy storm of alluring charm and teasing wit. Neither of us stood a chance of fighting against him from the very beginning and now, well, I can definitely say I'm falling for him and I think I can say the same for Godric as well. As strange as it sounds, the idea of him with the both of us just kind of fits, if that makes any sense?"
"You know, judging by what you've told me, I think you might be right, Sook," she answers back, pulling me in for another hug.
"Well, this certainly looks promising," I hear a familiar voice remark then, bringing an automatic grin to my face before I glance up to see Eric and Godric standing together above us.
"Eric," I chastise, earning only a wicked grin before he wraps his arm around me tightly, effectively melting any hint of anger from me.
"I take it you boys are here for the rehearsal?" Amelia questions us, her gaze studious as she looks over the three of us to leave me wondering just how much Sookie has told her, though, knowing these two, it's likely she's well aware of the entire dynamic of our present relationship situation.
"Yeah, we were actually planning on helping with the set up, but it seems you girls took care of everything already," I surmise, glancing over the adorned beach with an approving smile.
"Damn straight we did," Amelia answers back with a smirk. "And I think we'll be ready to start just as soon as the rest of the party shows up. Godric, would you be so kind as to stand in for the officiant?" she then adds in a sweet voice to leave me looking to her in shock.
"Me?" I gasp out. "I don't-, I mean-," I start, earning a challenging brow from the bride to be that tells me she's not about to take no for an answer. "Um, alright, I guess I can do that," I concede, seeing a glowing smile light up her face as she sends me an approving nod.
"Good, now, Eric, Sookie, if you two wouldn't mind helping me round up the rest of the gang, we can work on getting this thing under way," she directs to the two blondes, earning dual nods from the maid of honor and best man before she's marching off towards the group of rough housing groomsman, a no nonsense look etched over her face.
"Yeah, there's no fucking way I'm getting involved in that," Eric remarks softly, shaking his head sympathetically towards the groomsmen who are currently being chewed out by an apparently annoyed bride before turning his attention back to Sookie. "Lover, how was your day? And don't be afraid to admit just how much you missed the two of us," he teases, earning an amused smirk from her.
"Of course I did," she answers back, rising up to her tiptoes to grant him a chaste kiss before turning her attention to me. "How about you two, how was your game?" she questions before pressing a tender kiss to my lips.
"It was fine," I answer, a soft smile automatically falling over my face in her mere presence. "Eric's team got their asses kicked…again," I add, earning a mock pout from the blonde before he wraps an arm around both Sookie and I.
"Yeah, yeah, rub it in," Eric sighs out dramatically, shaking his head to leave Sookie and I sharing a smirk.
"But the rest of the guys got back a while ago," Sookie remarks then, a thoughtful look gracing her face. "Where were the two of you?" she questions, instantly succeeding in bringing a deep blush to my cheeks as a wicked grin stretches over Eric's face.
"I think I'll let Godric take this one," Eric remarks, sending me a wink before abruptly spinning on his heel and proceeding to trail back towards the rest of the bridal party. Sookie sends me a questioning look and I suddenly feel uneasy, unsure of how she may react to finding out what transpired between Eric and I this afternoon.
"You don't have to tell me, if you don't want, Goddy," Sookie remarks, sending me a genial smile that sends my heart skipping as I shake my head at her.
"No, no, if the three of us are gonna try and make this work between us, we need to be open and honest about everything," I reason, seeing a small frown come to her face. "Hey, it's not bad, Sook, Eric and I, well, we just spent some time together…alone," I explain, raising a brow as I hope she'll understand what it is I'm trying to tell her.
"Oh," she answers with a small frown. "Oooh!"she then remarks, her eyes widening in realization. "Right, of course, I should have known," she adds, shaking her head before a soft smile forms over her plush lips. "So, how was it?" she questions and this time it's me left looking to her in surprise.
"I, well, it hurt like a son of a bitch to be perfectly honest," I answer back lowly, a light flush coming to my cheeks as I hear Sookie's snort of amusement. "But he was sweet and it was…nice, really nice actually," I add, blushing harder still as Sookie pulls me into a tight hug.
"I'm glad to hear it," she whispers against my ear before pressing a soft kiss upon my cheek.
"You mean you're not upset? Not at all?" I question incredulously to see her shrugging in response.
"Why should I be? We said we were gonna make this work between us, didn't we?" she answers back matter of factly to leave me letting out a small sigh of relief, grateful to have such an understanding woman in my life. "But, while we're on the subject, I feel like there's something I should tell you as well," she adds, suddenly looking rather uncertain.
"What is it, Sook?" I question, feeling rather anxious myself as I see the wariness shining behind those stunning sapphire eyes of hers. "Whatever it is, you can tell me," I assure her, reaching up to gently comb my fingers through golden silk.
"Yeah, I know," she answers back as she raises her hands to rest them upon my chest, her sapphire eyes sparkling beautifully by the soft light of the setting sun. "I just, well, I was talking to Amelia earlier, you know, about you and me and Eric, and well," she breaks off, sighing softly. "I think, no, I know I love you, Godric," she admits to leave my jaw dropping in momentary shock before my arms wrap around her tightly.
"Sookie, God, you had me so worried," I remark, shaking my head to meet her elated gaze. "And now, well, I honestly don't think I've ever been so fucking happy in my whole life," I admit, leaning forward to kiss her softly. "I love you, Sookie. I love you so much," I whisper against her softly curling lips.
"I love you too," she whispers back, sending my heart soaring as I hold her tightly once more, thanking the powers that be for this small miracle.
"Hey, not to break up the moment, but we do have a rehearsal to run through," a familiar voice calls out to leave Sookie and I turning to see the two of us have managed to gain the undivided attention of the entire bridal party.
"Of course, sorry, Pam," Sookie calls back, granting me a parting kiss before skipping back towards the group. I shake my head at her retreating form, an assuredly goofy grin upon my face as I absently back along the aisle before positioning myself beneath the floral adorned archway.
She loves me; the woman I've been hopelessly in love with for years now finally returns my affections. I had hoped, had prayed that she'd feel this way given time and can hardly believe just how quickly she was able to come to this realization.
I then glance to the second blonde in my life, my head tilting in thought as I can't help but ponder over these growing feelings I have for him as well. Do I love him? Could I? Before this week, I'd have thought the very idea was insane, but now, well, I guess I'm not really sure.