Authors note: Okay this is kindof an experiment piece, just playing around with this fiction to see where they go. As I said in the introduction, this is a kindof alternate reality piece, what if Sookie met Eric first instead of Bill. How might it change things for the love triangle, and how might things stay the same. And as a writer Im struggling myself with using the same scenes from the show, so I promise there wont be many of these, if I can help it infact, things from season 1 wont carry out past chapter 3, so it will be all organic after that. I just need to get through a few key points in Sookies life before we can get to the good stuff. So hopefully people can bear with me with the structure and angst. And also, Im going to try to tell more of it from Erics point of view than I have with my other fictions in the past. Doesnt mean we wont have other characters in there, but I think more Eric will work well for this one. Anyway, let me know what you think, constructive criticism or advice welcome. I know its not exactly like the show or books, but similar, so hopefully it will be a creative take yet one that is enjoyable to everyone. Okay, thank you for reading and please review if you get a chance. Thanks much!

At Second Glance

She laughed and threw her hand down on the bar as he wiggled his brows.

"Stop it Sam Merlotte!" Sookie exclaimed unable to keep her giggles on the down low as Sam just smirked and reeled her in eating up all the attention…

"What? I swear to god Andy was totally checking Lafayette's ass out…"

She shook her head and flipped her eyes over at Tara. They both knew full well that Sam had a whopper sized crush on Sookie, and he was just biding his time till she took notice. And of course Sookie didn't mind encouraging him, although she knew full well the consequences and she joked...

"How do you know it was Lafayette? I seem to recall you walking by his line of site a few minutes ago too?"

Sam rolled his eyes and shook his head, thinking he walked right into that one.

Sookie laughed at Sam not even noticing when a gust of air blew across her face. Sam was just a nut, she thought. Shaking her head she was about to go check on her tables, when she realized that it had all of the sudden gotten strangely quiet. Even Sam had stiffened up some as he looked past her, and Tara finally replied under her breath...

"Guys, I think Merlottes just got its first Vampire."

Sookie creased her brows and turned around. The room had gone quiet, but she could hear her heart pumping in her ears. She had been waiting for this moment for the last 2 years since they came out of the coffin. She didn't know of any vampires in Bon Temps, but it looked like that was soon to change. And what a vampire he was, he was magnificent, probably the most beautiful creature she had ever seen with her own two eyes.

And then she caught his gaze. She was obviously star struck as the mysterious stranger approached his gaze flicking with hers as he strode past and made his way to the payphone in the back. Once her shock finally died down after the Vampire put some coins in the payphone Sookie turned around to Sam and Tara and she smiled...

"Oh my god! You know what this means right?" Sookie replied excitedly as she put her hand on her hip, not feeling intimidated in the slightest.

"Sook..." Sam shook his head. "The quicker that bloodsucker gets out of here, the better." Sam replied and Sookie looked back at him in shock.

"Do you have any idea how long they have suffered the injustices of the American legal system, they've gone through everything the slaves had to get their rights, and woman suffragists, and every other minority group. He deserves to be treated with the same kind of respect that any other human would."

"But he's not human Sook, he's dead. And dangerous." Sam replied, but Sookie was having none of it.

"I thought you were in support of the Vampire rights amendment?"

"Oh brother!" Tara replied rolling her eyes, knowing Sookie was getting ready for a long-winded speech. If it weren't for the big Vampire in the room she would have found something else to busy herself with, but as it was, she was stuck. And Sam shook his head arguing with Sookie...

"I support Vampire rights, as long as they keep to their own bars and establishments and we keep to ours."

Sookie rolled her eyes, and then she noticed that he was off the phone and coming their way.

"Well as long as its legal for me to serve them, I will." And with that Sookie strode off. Not quite sure what to say when she got there, she was kind of blocking him when she reached him and he looked down at her, his intense blue eyes boring into her skull. And she suddenly realized how tall he was as he stood towering before her. And she felt very small, and very aware that she was a woman in that moment. Sookie's swallowed and replied apprehensively...

"Uh Hi...Can I get you anything, Maybe a True Blood?"

She saw a smirk cross his lips as he sized her up in one glance, and he asked her...

"You think real Vampires drink that vile metallic stuff by choice my dear?"

Sookie looked confused, she had heard on the news about all the Vampires that were mainstreaming now, knowing that's why Sam had gotten a case and she shook her head...

"Well..." But he interrupted her before she could continue...

"Any Vampire who would willingly drink that vile crap isn't doing it for himself, he's doing it so he can get under your skirt."

He eyed her again up and down, noting her shapely physique making Sookie uncomfortable, " And I cant say Id blame them," Eric added, with a cool smile.

Sookie suddenly felt like a specimen that he was examining instead of a woman trying to have mature adult conversation.

Sookie creased her brows again, this time no longer confused but growing frustrated by the advances of this annoyingly handsome stranger, and she replied sharply, quickly realizing that Vampires weren't that different from humans after all...

"Well that's good to know! Guess you really are just like all other men!"

"Me?" Eric asked curiously as he put his hand on the bar stool and leaned in to Sookie, who's heart was thumping so fast she thought it just might run away from her and he finally replied…

"I'm nothing like them…I can promise you that…" Smiling he nodded once. Sookie finally let out the breath she didn't know she was holding when Sam approached.

By this time he did, Eric had already straightened up. Amazingly Sam kept a strong protective stance next to Sookie, and he glared at Eric, who had to be at least 6 foot 5.

He was huge, Sookie thought; still awestruck She didn't dare turn away from him. That was damn near impossible. Despite his jerky behavior, he was quite enigmatic. Curious about him she tried to pick up his thoughts, but his mind was blank and Sookie grew confused. Sam's however she could hear loud and clear...

"Fucking Vampires, I knew this would happen, come in here stirring up trouble...I should have gone for the deluxe set of wooden stakes When I had the chance."

Sookie rolled her eyes in response and Sam replied confrontationally...

"If your not going to buy anything, I'm going to have to ask you to leave."

"I never said I wasn't going to buy anything." He countered.

"You changed your mind then?" Sookie asked him with brows raised and Eric turned to Sam, ignoring her purposely, he asked Sam...

"You are Sam Merlotte are you not?"

Sam looked back at him with brows creased not liking the sound of this. He didn't have many acquaintances especially vampire and the fact that this vampire knew him and Sam finally replied...

"That depends on who's asking?"

He scanned the crowd in the bar; everyone was still watching them and he relaxed his face into a smile....

"My name is Eric, Eric Northman and I am interested in one of your rental properties."

"Well I just rented out the last space..." Sam replied but Eric cut him off..."Don't lie Mr. Merlotte, its not very becoming...I know exactly who you are and where you come from." Eric eyed him knowingly and Sam glared at him as Sookie and Tara looked on curiously. Both men had clearly come to some sort of silent agreement and Sam finally replied...

"Fine, I think I still have a house out by the old highway 69."

"Ill take it." Eric replied with a smile.

Sookie looked back at the two men, it was clear from Sam's thoughts that he did not want to rent to a vampire, but this Eric character must have had something on him. And Eric, replied finally...

"Don't fret, I promise there wont be any parties or orgies on my watch….We wouldn't want it to turn into one of those pack gatherings now would we?"

The sides of Eric's lips curved upwards in bemusement.

Sookie could see the fire behind Sam's eyes wondering what was wrong, but he was doing a good job of blocking himself right now and Sam cut him off sharply...

"Just come in for the keys after you've paid your first and last months rent, along with a security deposit."

Sookie was wondering why Sam wasn't inviting this vampire back into his office to do their business, but then she realized it was clear as day that Sam just wanted to get rid of him, and he added gesturing with his head back towards the door wanting to wrap this up...

"Twelve hundred should cover it, and then it's five hundred after for every additional month."

"Perhaps I can pay you 5 grand for the next 6 months and call it even? I don't believe I will need it any longer than that."

Sam leered, and Sookie wondered what on earth was going on, especially curious as to how this vampire knew Sam and why he wanted to rent one of Sam's apartments for 6 months? But Sam had clearly had enough and he replied before turning away...

"Just let me know when you will need it then."

And Sam strode off back to his office. Leaving a very awkward feeling Sookie standing alone with Eric and she looked up at him strangely. Eric looked down at her replying with a caddy smile. It was clear he quite enjoyed getting under Sam's skin...

"It was nice meeting you Sookie."

Sookie looked back at him confused and she asked him baffled...

"How did you know my name?"

Eric smirked again, raising his brow he finally replied, loving the flushed look she got on her face in that moment...

"Your name tag..."

"Oh." Sookie put her fingers up to her tag and Eric replied with a charming smile...

"You should consider dropping by my bar sometime in Shreveport...You would drive them wild." Sookie felt uncomfortable again, especially when she saw the way he was looking at her, like she was his next meal. Growing angry all of the sudden, because she had actually stuck up for him earlier, and he was acting like nothing but pig, she finally replied...

"Yes, maybe in my next life Id consider it!"

And with that Sookie turned angrily on her heel and left Eric standing there with that smirk plastered across his face as he watched her backside in those hot little shorts. Yes, they would love her indeed, and he would love her even more. Virgins after all were the crème de la crème of humans.

Smiling, he nodded to Tara on his way out and strode back to his car.

Little did Eric know that two nights later, Merlotte's would be getting their 2nd Vampire visitor and unbeknownst to him, their second meeting would turn his world upside down.

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It was a week later when Eric was sitting in his chair at Fangtasia and he spotted her from across the bar. She was with Bill Compton of all people. Someone Eric hadn't seen for quite some time and it piqued his curiosity that Bill had chosen this virgin to accompany him to his bar of all places tonight. Very interesting indeed, Eric thought, watching them submissively as they made their way to the bar and then Pam made her way over to him.

"What brings Bill here tonight?" Eric asked her with intrigue and she smirked and replied...

"He's trying to help his new fangbanger find a murderer...Although he proclaims to be mainstreaming now…" Pam snickered meeting Eric's gaze knowingly as they both looked over at Bill and Sookie with intrigue. Eric knew the girl was no fangbanger, recalling his last confrontation with the young waitress, wondering first off who had been murdered, and secondly, why Bill was with her. Suspicious, Eric replied to Pam...

"Well perhaps we should say hello to our old friend and his date."

Pam chuckled putting her hand on the back of his chair as Eric summoned Bill. When Bill stepped up Eric couldn't help but notice the grip he had on Sookie's hand. He could see the recognition in Sookie's eyes, but Eric pretended not to notice her, keeping his hand close, he wanted to find out what Bill was up to first and greeted him...

"Bill Compton, it has been awhile." Eric stated, and Bill answered...

"Yes, well, I've been..."

"Mainstreaming." Eric answered. "I heard. (He looked over at Sookie a spark of recognition in his dark blue gaze and he added) I see that is going well for you."

"Yes, of course, sorry (Bill looked back at Sookie as she did at him, it was clear he was uncomfortable and Bill started with the introductions) Eric this is my friend."

"Sookie, right?" Eric asked directly as his gaze bore into hers and Sookie swallowed...And she answered hesitantly...

"Yes, Sookie Stackhouse....Its nice to see you again Eric." She replied politely. But the truth was, she was apprehensive about this vampire bar. A week ago she would have been all for it, but a lot had happened since, and she wasn't sure who she could trust and who she couldn't. After what Sam told her about this place and his warnings, she felt she was just lucky she had Bill here with her to protect her. It seemed like exactly the kind of place Eric would hang out though. A seedy kind of underbelly establishment, yet almost reminiscent of some sort of theme bar. And he even had his own throne? She tried not to chuckle at the notion of how appropriate that really was for him. As her gaze remained steadfast returning Eric's glare.

Bill looked back at Sookie in surprise and he asked her...

"You've met?"

Eric didn't move a muscle as his eyes took in everything. Bills controlled nervousness, Sookie's brave yet defiant stance. He didn't miss a beat, and Eric replied with a blink directing his gaze to Bill...

"Yes, I had the pleasure of meeting Miss. Stackhouse last week at her place of business."

He tried not to smirk, seeing the fires of rage hidden behind Bills eyes, it served him right, Eric thought. It was his business to know everything that went on in his Area, Area 5, and Bill was clearly concealing something.

"Eric was renting an apartment from Sam." Sookie explained and added..."For 6 months." Bills eyes were darting nervously now. It was clear he was uncomfortable here, and Eric replied with perfect calmness...

"It was a memorable visit...And Miss. Stackhouse was more than helpful in facilitating our business as well as looking quite exquisite for us all in her lovely waitress uniform..." Eric smiled charmingly back at Sookie and she glared at him, thinking him the biggest ass hole that ever lived. It was clear he was enjoying toying with Bill like this. Some macho display of Vampire possessiveness and Sookie spat back...

"Yes, it was for all of 5 minutes before Sam practically kicked him out of the bar."

"I guess it's a small world after all." Bill replied, trying to keep his face straight, and Eric replied as his eyes bored into Bills...

"Yes, very small." Eric agreed.

Eric looked bored again as he glanced back at Pam, he lowered his gaze and asked them, knowing the answer already, but Eric wanted to see their reactions...

"Speaking of which....what brings you both here tonight?" Lifting his gaze to meet Sookie's with one brow raised expectantly.

Sookie looked back at Bill and then she took 2 photographs out of her purse and handed them to Eric, asking him...

"Have you seen either one of these girls?"

Eric looked at her once and then studied the photos and finally answered after a long moments pause...

"This one offered herself to me, but I found her too pathetic for my attentions." He put his finger on the other photo and replied with a little leering smile...

"Now this one however, (he raised his eyes to meet Sookie's) I have tasted."

Sookie's gaze flickered for a minute as she met Bills and took the photos back from him, replying with a swallow...

"Well, thank you very much, that is all your time I need to take." Sookie began to back away, realizing that this bar was pretty much a dead end. She couldn't read vampire minds and no one was very helpful. No one was as nice as Bill had been and she took Bills hand, intending to leave, before Eric stopped them...

"I'm not finished with you yet."

Sookie and Bill turned back around to face him and Eric replied gesturing to the chairs along side his, relaxing his face...

"Please, Sit...We have catching up to do..."

He smiled back at Sookie and she simply glared at him. It was clear she wanted out of this place just as badly as Bill did, but Eric couldn't help but play devils advocate...

"So, Bill...Are you quite attached to the lovely Miss Stackhouse?" Sookie's eyes widened and Bill replied with anger...

"She is mine."

Eric smirked. He could smell that she was still pure under that very enticing red and white floral dress of hers, and he met Sookie's gaze, replying with sarcastic bite...

"I just bet she is."

Sookie's eyes widened, thinking him a disgusting pig. He was just as bad as the rednecks that came into her bar and tried to grab her ass, but before Sookie could say anything, Eric asked Bill...

"So, besides mainstreaming, what have you been up to in the last year Bill?"

And then all of the sudden Sookie cut Bill off exclaiming as her eyes darted across the bar...

"We have to get out of here!"

"Sookie!" Bill tried to cut her off, shaking his head as if in warning and Sookie looked back at Eric and she replied....

"Eric, we have to get out of here, there's going to be a raid!"

Eric met her gaze questioningly and he asked her directly...

"How do you know this?"

"That man in the hat is an undercover cop...."

Bill was shaking his head now in gesture for Sookie to stop explaining, and Eric caught a glimpse of his motion, pretending not to notice he replied to Sookie....

"Even if you are right, we do nothing illegal here."

And Sookie answered..."There's a man in one of the bathrooms who is letting a vampire feed on him."

Eric's eyes grew wide in astonishment, wondering how it was she came to know this as he looked back at Bill and just then the cops broke through the doors and people began to scream...

"Follow me."

Sookie grabbed Bills hand and she followed Eric and Pam through the back room out into the alleyway behind the bar. They could hear the cop sirens on the other side of the bar and Bill was about to pull Sookie back to the car in safety when Eric looked back at her and he replied...

"It was nice to see you again Miss Stackhouse, I hope we will meet again."

And then in a flash, he and Pam were gone.

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On the car ride home, Sookie asked Bill curiously...

"What do you know about him, about Eric?"

"Why do you ask?" Bill asked her curiously trying to hide his apprehension under a smile, and Sookie replied trying to keep it light...

"Oh he just seems to have alot of connections, first he's renting a place from Sam, and then he own and runs his own bar, and then you tell me he's a Sheriff? What doesn't he do?"

Bill smiled and laughed hesitantly...

"Well that's Eric...You have to understand that Vampires don't function like humans, we don't have to spend time with our days, eating or going to doctor appointments, or taking care of our families, so we have lots of time to do other things..."

Sookie's brows were creased as she looked out the window and shook her head very agitated by the 1000 year old vampire and she didn't know why and Sookie finally replied...

"I just don't trust him...I know I cant read your minds, but I feel like he's hiding something..."

Sookie looked back at Bill and she shook her head, wondering if he thought she was insane, but he nodded his head in agreement and replied....

"I know exactly what you mean."

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Eric had just finished feeding when he noticed Pam was still standing there waiting for him. Eric knew why she had remained. Two words said it all: Sookie Stackhouse.

"Did you know she was a telepath?" Eric asked Pam in old Swedish. Although he hadn't spoken it religiously for quite some time, he used it now and again, and if he wanted it to remain private between the two of them and Pam replied…

"No, do you think Bill knows?"

Eric met Pam's gaze pointedly and finally answered…

"Oh I'm sure he knows, I just wonder what he is using her for, the fact that he is dating a telepath now can surely not be a coincidence…"

Pam chuckled in reply and Eric looked back at her questioningly and she asked him…

"You're just mad you didn't find her first aren't you?"

Eric fixed his gaze on an inanimate object in the room, wondering if there wasn't some truth to that statement, but he brushed it off and finally replied looking back at her…

" I did find her first."

"Touché" Pam replied with a glint in her eyes finally asking the question that needed asking…

"So what do you think she's doing with Bill?"

"I think the better question to ask is, what is Bill doing with her?" Eric replied.

"You know nothing of his endeavors in the past year?"

Pam asked him and Eric shook his head, ashamed to say it…

"Nothing more than his usual Business in Area 5, but he has done a good job of staying under my radar, a very good job…almost too good."

Pam nodded her head in agreement and she suggested…

"Perhaps we need to pay him a visit.

"Yes." Eric's lips curved into a smile loving that idea. Bill after all came into Fangtasia tonight with intentions of interrogating his staff, to which Bill fully knew none were guilty of the crime the ammature investigator was trying to solve. No Eric knew why Bill came in there. To flaunt Sookie in his face and let him know he was being underhanded. Well now it was his chance to return the favor.

"I think we should, tomorrow we will go to Merlottes to finish my business with the shifter and pay our dear friend Bill and his little telepath a visit they wont soon forget."

Pam smiled, and she replied with a cheerful snicker...

"This is going to be fun."

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Sookie was just leaving the restroom on her break at Merlottes when Sam pulled her aside...

"Hey Sook, would you mind coming into my office for a minute?"

Sookie looked back at him strangely wondering if he had something more negative to say about Bill. If he did, he was going to have another thing coming. And she asked him...

"What is it Sam? I don't have time for another lecture about the morals and danger of dating a vampire."

Sam sighed and he replied gesturing over to his office...

"Just come in please, don't make me order you."

Sookie rolled her eyes as she stood there arms folded waiting for him to begin after he closed the door.

"Well?" She asked him expectantly tapping her foot like an impatient child and Sam sighed again. Gesturing with his hand to the small couch in his office he told her...

"Sookie, why don't you sit down?"

She was defensive, anyone could tell but as Sam looked at her directly, Sookie finally realized it was important and she sat down begrudgingly. Finally after a moments pause, she asked him...

"So what's so important that you had to request a private meeting with me in your office on my lunch break?"

Sam took a sip of his beer and then he set the bottle down and looked back at Sookie thoughtfully, and finally replied with hands clasped as he leaned in to offer his support...

"I just want to tell you first off Sook, I'm your friend first and foremost, I wouldn't be telling you any of this if I thought it would be in the wrong or misjudging your boyfriend."

Sookie stiffened up not liking the way this was sounding. As she met Sam's concerned gaze and she shook her head, not wanting him to keep her in suspense any longer...

"Misjudging Bill? And why would you misjudge him Sam?" Sookie asked him with a sharp tone just waiting for him to say something bad about Bill and when he did, she would be up and out of here so fast he wouldn't know what hit him.

"I don't know if its Bill, but rumor has it and this is from a pretty credible source of mine, that a Vampire has taken up residency here in Bon Temps recently under orders of the Queen of Louisiana."

"The Queen of What?" Sookie choked out a laugh and Sam shook his head. In any other circumstance this would be funny, but right now he just couldn't bring himself to laugh and explained...

"The Vampires are run by a monarchy, each region has a king or queen, and then they are subdivided into Areas patrolled and watched by the Sheriffs."

Sookie immediately thought of Eric when Sam mentioned Sheriffs and Sam continued...

"That said vampire, has been sent here to school you in your telepathic abilities and then take you back to the Queen on further instructions."

"What!!!" Sookie exclaimed standing up now as she paced away from Sam and then turned around suddenly, still stunned she replied in denial...

"That's just the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard Sam!"

"Sookie, you can deny it all you want, but surely you can't help but notice all the Vampire clientele we have been attracting here recently?"

Sookie looked up at him, her face filled with dread and then she looked down at the floor and closed her eyes. She couldn't believe it. What if Sam was right?

"Just be careful with Bill." Sam warned her and she looked up at him and finally nodded her head in agreement. She would.

"I will."

"I care about you Sook, just don't want to see you get hurt."

Sookie nodded and Sam went over to her and pulled her into a hug. She knew Bill could be dangerous but she felt she could trust him. He'd never want to hurt her; he saved her life after all, or saved her from a whopping hospital bill anyway after the Rattrays attack.

"Thank you Sam." Sookie patted her hand on his back and she pulled back and smiled, agreeing with him she replied...

"Ill be careful, I promise."

Sam smiled and then Sookie announced...

"Well I better get back out there, wouldn't want Lafayette to get out of the kitchen and stir up more trouble.'' Sookie replied and smiled as she grabbed the door handle.

She wasn't quite sure what to think about Sam's confession. It actually disturbed her greatly, but she had to keep a level head now. If she didn't she didn't know what she would do. One murder after the other, her friends were dropping like flies, her brother had been picked up twice now by the police on suspicion of those murders, and now she had reason to believe her boyfriend or one of his friends might be trying to entrap her into working for his Queen? It was too much!

She tried to think rationally. On one hand, Sam hated Bill and from what she knew of him, he didn't really care for any vampires, and he especially didn't like her with Bill. But could it be Bill? Sookie couldn't bring herself to believe that. It had to be someone else.

She got back out to the bar area and tied her apron back on, noticing her table had left Sookie went over to grab a rag and wipe it down so the next group of customers could sit at a clean table. She was hoping Bill would stop by towards the end of her shift so they could hang out after work. And she intended on talking to him about Sam's warning. The song 'Tidal Wave' by the Killers came on the radio and Sookie closed her eyes for a moment just trying to escape the drama for a minute, it seemed like ever since Bill had come into her life it had been nonstop chaos, listening to the words "you say your heart aint never been broken; you think you know where your going, Tidal wave, tidal wave, come rushing over me..." She thought of her relationship with Bill and how it was still so new to her, wishing she had the answers she so desperately wanted, if this was smart of her to pursue this, if she knew what she was doing, if this was to dangerous, was she drowning now? And then Sookie opened her eyes finding her gaze locked with none other than Eric's.

She felt her heart pound again when she realized it was him, not sure why. Standing up straighter, Sookie noticed Pam now who had joined him at the door. And Eric walked over to her...

"Good evening Miss Stackhouse..."

"Hello Eric." Sookie nodded her head in acknowledgement and she looked over at Pam who simply smiled.

"Can I help you?" Sookie asked coolly trying to act busy as she cleared the dishes off another table, recalling all of the sudden their last encounter and how Eric had upset Bill, setting down the rag and putting her hand on her hip she looked back at him expectantly and Eric studied her for a moment. After glancing from Pam back to Sookie, Eric finally replied....

"May I have a word with you alone for a moment?"

Sookie looked back at him strangely, Sam's warning fresh in her mind knowing she shouldn't go with him, and she shook her head...

"No I don't think that's such a good idea Eric."

"Very well." Eric answered and he looked back at Pam who all of the sudden walked away and over to the bar.

"Fair enough?" He asked. And Sookie swallowed all of the sudden feeling like a bird in a cage. He was so close to her and there wasn't anyone else around and Eric finally replied getting to the point as he stepped even closer...

"I need to ask you something personal..."

Sookie's brows creased anxiously not sure she liked where this was going, and of course once Eric opened his mouth, Sookie knew the answer to that question, nodding she gestured for him to go on, as her knuckles held the back of the chair for support...And Eric finally questioned her...

"Has Bill been benefiting from your special abilities?"

"Excuse me? (Sookie stiffened up tensely and she asked for clarification) Has Bill been what?"

Eric met her gaze astutely wondering just how naive she was, feeling bad for her all of the sudden, she was caught in the middle of this, an innocent. There weren't many like her if any he knew. She was as pure as they came. And all of the sudden he didn't want her to fall into whatever trap Bill may or may have not set for her. He wasn't sure where those feelings came from. After a moments pause of surprise at his own crazy uncharacteristic thought he looked back at Sookie and explained...

"Your Telepathy."

"I know what it is!" Sookie grit her teeth together and stepped closer to him. Angry as hell now, she asked Eric growling...

"Why do you ask? Could you benefit from my telepathy Eric?"

Huffing now, Sookie tried to control herself and not make a scene but that was very hard to do here. Shaking her head the rage finally boiling over she asked him point blank....

"Did you come here to get those keys from Sam????"

Eric creased his brows in confusion. It seemed like Sookie was operating under some assumption, of which he had no clue. Eric looked back at Pam for a moment and then finally returned his gaze to Sookie who was grilling him with her eyes and he finally replied...

"Yes, and to talk to you and Bill of course!"

Suddenly it all clicked for Sookie. Sam said a vampire was trying to take advantage of her powers. Eric had been poking around alot lately and even made a deal with Sam to rent a place in Bon Temps, closer to her. It was him! He was the Vampire who was working for the Queen.

Her eyes widened in outrage as Sookie brought her shaky hand up above her head and let it rip, tearing a slap that was loud enough to wake the dead across Eric's left cheek.

It barely left a mark across his porcelain hard as granite skin, and Sookie's hand felt like it was about ready to fall off but it was worth it, finally raising her voice she warned him...

"STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM ME AND STAY AWAY FROM THIS BAR!!!!!"

"What the hell is wrong with you?" Eric asked her stunned into shock.

Eric looked back at her as if she had gone mad. The sound of course caught the attention of every living soul inside that bar, along with a couple of dead ones. Pam had approached again and Bill had finally arrived rushing over behind her.

Sookie had tears in her eyes, she couldn't believe someone could do that to her, could manipulate her like that, just relieved she caught him before he could do any harm. And then her blotchy eyes caught Bills and Sookie begged him...

"Bill! Please, make him go, Please!"

"What did he do to you?" Bill asked, looking back at Eric who was about as shocked as a 1000 year old vampire could be.

"What did I do to her? One minute She was asking me about keys and the next she was slapping me across the face!"

Eric met Sookies gaze with immense confusion. And then he darted back to Bill.

"Bill, what the HELL is going on?" Eric asked him with his booming voice getting angry himself now that the shock had subsided. He had a feeling Bill had something to do with this. And Bill looked back at him just as baffled, asking Sookie…

"Sookie, what happened?"

Sookie looked back at the two of them, her contempt for Eric was seething at the corners of her mouth, but now she realized Bill was standing by Eric's side as well.

"Sook, what's going on?" Sam dashed into the room after hearing the commotion in his office and Sookie looked back at him too. It seemed that every eye in the room was on her, dead and undead and Sookie couldn't take it anymore. Not bothering to answer any of their questions, she replied to Sam….

"Can I leave early tonight Sam? I need to go home. Vampire troubles." Sookie explained, looking back at Sam and Sam looked back from Eric to Bill wondering what on earth both of them did to upset Sookie. Just glad she was heeding his warning he replied…

"Yeah, I can take you…C'mon, lets get out of here."

Sookie looked back at both Vampires with a glare and Sam replied to both of them….

"You both better not be here when I get back."

"Sookie!!!!!" Bill called after her and was about to follow when Eric's hard as steel grip lashed out and caught Bills arm.

"NO Bill, you and me have some talking to do!"

Bill looked back at Eric in fear. Not only worried about what might happen with Eric's interrogation, but what Sookie might think of him as well, if the truth came out. Not to mention what would the Queen say?