A/N Basically my updating had sucked as of late. Real life is a bitch, and I've been in a bit of a funk lately, but hopefully I can pull myself out of it. Anywho I will shut up now and let you read on. Enjoy and leave me some love.
The next morning I woke up before my Sookie, so I decided to make her breakfast in bed; waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, toast, bacon, sausage, milk and orange juice. I was tempted to make just enough for Sookie and myself, but I wasn't about to let my son suffer just because his mother was a nuisance. I left plenty for her warming in the oven with a note before heading upstairs to wake my beloved.
I slipped into our room and found Sookie sitting up in bed talking to our children. "And your daddy is going to be the best daddy ever. He was a Viking you know and he is so brave and strong and handsome."
"Lover, why are you talking me up to our children?" I went over and set the tray on the bed, then slipped back in under the covers.
"I'm not telling them anything that isn't true. You're their daddy and their protector and they need to know that." Her attention was quickly turned to the breakfast that I'd prepared for us. She let out when of her sexy food moans with her first bite. "Oh Sweetie, this is delicious. I never knew that you were such a good cook."
"It's only something that I have recently picked up. I'm glad that you're enjoying everything." I paused and took a bite of my own before continuing. "Sookie, there are certain things that we need to discuss and take care of before our wedding."
She swallowed the bite in her mouth before she spoke. "That doesn't sound good at all."
"It's nothing bad, it just things involving our taking over Louisiana."
"Okay, you talk and I'll eat."
"Of course my love." I filled her in on everything that I'd discovered from Rasul and about our upcoming trip to New Orleans. I had been a little uncertain about her reaction since I hadn't run my decision by her first, but she surprised me with her reaction.
"Can Gran come with us?"
"Of course my angel. Did you want Hadley to come as well?"
"Yeah I do. Oh my gosh, Gran doesn't even know Hadley's here yet. I know she'll want to see her and spend time with her and I don't want to be too far away from Hunter right now."
"Is something wrong Lover?"
"I don't know, I just have this feeling that I need to keep him close."
"Okay, it will be our first family vacation."
"Will we have time to shop and see some sites while we're down there? I still need more things for the nursery and more furniture for the house and I know that New Orleans will have a much better selection than even Shreveport does."
"We will make the time my love. I want you to have anything and everything that your heart desires."
"You are too good to me Eric Northman."
"You are giving me everything I have ever wanted, but never thought was possible. How could I not do everything in my power to make you happy." I leaned in and gently kissed her on the lips. "You are my love, my life, and soon you will be my wife and my queen and I can hardly wait."
We spent the next two days preparing for our trip to New Orleans. We were going down earlier in the day so we could have a little time to look around before the vampire politics took over.
Adele, Fintan, and Jason were coming with Pam, Hadley, Sookie and I. Everyone was excited, but I had a bad feeling about this trip. I don't know what had brought this feeling on, but the minute we arrived at the airport in Shreveport I felt like we were being followed, but I couldn't find anything suspicious.
When we were on the plane and in the air I pulled Fintan aside while the girls were discussing the wedding and Jason was preoccupied with the bar. "Fintan, have you sensed any fairies lurking nearby or anyone following you lately?"
"No, why? Is something wrong?"
"I just have a bad feeling about going to New Orleans and I just can't shake it. I feel like something is going to happen, I just don't know what it is."
"You trust that feeling Eric. I know that your instincts have served you well during your years. I will also keep vigilant around the girls. Nothing will happen to them or your children Eric, I swear to this." That made me feel somewhat comforted, but I still had a bad feeling in my gut.
After Fintan went back to the girls I stayed behind and made some phone calls. I called every contact I could think of with ties to the Fae to see if I could get ahead of what might possibly on the horizon. None of them knew anything, but I had a feeling that Niall was not far away, I just needed to know what he was up to.
We landed in New Orleans at the royal compound just before noon. The staff had been working double time to get everything ready for our arrival. Some of the guest rooms still needed attention, but the living room, my office, the master bedroom and three guest rooms were ready for our arrival. I knew that Sookie would want to turn one of the bedrooms into a nursery and add her own touches to the rooms once we were settled, but I would leave that up to her.
The staff was surprised when I walked inside in broad daylight, but they were wise to keep their thoughts to themselves. They showed us to our rooms and were quick to unpack our things.
After everything was put away and I had shown Sookie around the upstairs we all met up in the living room to see what everyone's plans were. Adele was excited to visit the New Orleans Botanical Garden and with a little Fae influence Hadley was convinced to go with her and Fintan. Jason decided he wanted to check out Bourbon Street, so that left just me and my Sookie.
I pulled my lover down onto my lap on the sofa. "And what would you like to do my love?" I was sliding my hand up her thigh to show her what I had in mind for our afternoon.
She smiled at me, but was quick to pull my hand away. "As tempting as you are Sweetie, these little ones are hungry."
"Of course my love. What would you and the little ones like for lunch?"
I couldn't help the smile that spread across my face at her excitement over slimy shellfish. "Really?" She nodded her head with a huge smile on her face. "You do know that they're an aphrodisiac, don't you?"
"Don't really care. Babies want oysters, NOW!"
"Okay Lover, we will get you some oysters."
"Yay!" I called down for a car and driver and within minutes we were on our way to the Acme Oyster House.
Less than then twenty minutes later we were walking inside and I watched as my Sookie was quick to take a seat at the bar. As soon as the gentleman walked up to her she was quick to order three dozen oysters with a big bottle of hot sauce. I sat down next to her and ordered a dozen of my own. This was definitely going to be a new experience for me.
The smell of the ocean was heavy in the restaurant, but Sookie didn't seem to mind in the least. Her oysters were barely set down in front of her before she loaded them with hot sauce and was devouring them like this was her last meal. I was a bit more subdued with my own oysters.
I lifted one to my nose and it had a fishy smell to it, but it wasn't unpleasant. It looked a bit on the slimy side, but Sookie didn't seem to mind, so I went for it.
I poured it into my mouth and it just slid down my throat. It was quite slimy, but it wasn't as unpleasant as I had expected. "These are actually quite good my love."
I looked over at her and she was already more than half way through her third dozen. She managed to stop long enough to talk to me. "Try them with some hot sauce or the cocktail sauce. It makes them even better." She finished off the rest of her oysters, then ordered three dozen more.
"Sookie, don't you think that you should have something else besides the oysters?"
"Sure. I'm hoping that you'll take me for beignets after this."'
She had the sweetest smile on her face and I just couldn't say no to her. "Anything for you my love."
We continued eating our oysters for another half an house before heading over to Café Du Monde for beignets. The beignets were much more enjoyable than the oysters.
After we were both full Sookie wanted to walk around the French Quarter for a bit to stretch her legs and work off some of the calories from lunch. I was definitely okay with that.
As we walked hand in hand through the quarter and dipping into a couple of shops making purchases for our children, for the first time I really felt like Sookie and I were a normal couple. Never at any time in our previous past had I ever felt like this before. I like it a lot and I wanted to keep that feeling, but I knew that I was asking too much. I would just take what I could get for now until it was time to go back to reality.