Hello everyone! I'm sorry to have kept you waiting so long. I've been sick and it sucks, but the chapter is here! Finally.
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He just realised that her blood tasted almost like it did before she was turned although all the blood running through her now was his own. He put the thought away, considering that he was probably too taken with what they were doing and he must have imagined it. Then, all of a sudden, the thought that had been nagging at the back of his head came forth.
"Sookie, how come you rose before me tonight?"
Sookie's stare was blank.
"I asked how come you rose before me tonight," Eric said.
"I... I don't know. Why? Is there something wrong?"
Eric's hand went to her cheek as he held her eyes.
"Lover, I am over a thousand years old. I wake earlier than younger vampires. Because of my age I don't feel the Sun's pull that much. Yet, you're a few days old and you woke before me. Do you see where I'm going with this?" he asked as his eyes bore into hers.
"Yes, oh Eric!" Sookie said as she gasped. "But how?"
"I do not know, Lover. Like I don't know how I can hear you. And I could swear that earlier your blood tasted like it always did..."
"How is that even possible? Shouldn't I be tasting like you, since it's your blood coursing through my veins?"
"I would say yes, my love, but nothing is certain where you are concerned. You are one magnificent creature, my wife," he said with pride.
She smiled at him, feeling like she was glowing with the love and pride she felt.
"What is it?" she asked in panic.
"Sookie, you were glowing."
"I was WHAT?"
"You were glowing, my love. You had a pink tinge to you. It was like an aura around you. What were you thinking about?"
"I was... I was thinking how much I love you and how good it makes me feel when you're proud of me. No one's... no one's ever been proud of me before you," Sookie said with sorrow in her voice as she tried to avert her eyes.
"Oh my Sookie... I can't even begin to tell you how extraordinary you are and how proud you've made me feel over all these years that I've known you. You are so many things put together in this tiny, tight body of yours," the Viking said as he nuzzled her neck. As he reached her ear he whispered "We will figure everything out. Don't worry, my dear. If your kin doesn't shed some light over all that's happening to you, then we'll search the world and find someone that knows, ok?"
Her face turned to him and she nodded as her lips pressed lightly to his.
"I love you. You are perfect."
"I love you too, my little wife. I can't begin to tell you in how many ways I love you."
His hand came to rest on her breast, fondling it gently. Her breath caught as her mouth opened to form a perfect 'O' of pleasure. Sookie's hands went to grasp his strong shoulders as he rolled on top of her. His head lowered to meet Sookie's lips into a searing kiss only to abandon her pout as he went to tease her nipple with his tongue, eliciting a deep moan from her. Eric's hand traced her figure, teasing her sides, passing her hip and going towards her knee, only to head back up her bended leg until his hand was under her ass and his fingers playing with her lips. Sookie was panting and she let out a deep growl as Eric nicked his fangs into her full breast.
"Eric, please! I need you," she begged breathlessly
With that she found herself being turned around on all fours with a ravenous vampire behind her. He entered her with a growl, alternating slow, agonizing strokes with vampire speed. He loved to be with her like this. Her trusting him to take her like that, enjoying it so much, arching her back and putting her ass higher in the air. God, how he loved her perfectly round bottom. She rose from her position and pressed her back to Eric's chest, enjoying the new angle. His right hand came around her to tease her left breast as his left hand traveled between her lower lips. She came with his name on her lips as he continued to pump into her and tease her nub. Love flowed through the bond and suddenly, as she came she starting glowing pink. He felt drawn into her and he bit into her neck as his wrist came in an offering to her mouth. They came roaring each other's names as the light engulfed them both.
They fell to the bed, spent but sated. They knew they'd have to talk about what had happened but they also knew neither had a valid explanation. They lay there cuddled for what felt like an eternity, just enjoying each other and sending feeling back and forth through the bond.
Eric's phone rang and broke the magic of their afterglow. He went to answer only to find it was Cataliades.
"Hello, Mr. Northman. I have arrived and checked in the hotel you are at. I will meet you first thing when you rise, if that's ok with you."
"Of course. That sounds perfect. We will see you then." He loved saying "we" when speaking about himself and his wife.
"Have a good rest!"
"We will. You, too. Good day."
Eric turned to Sookie and went to join her on the bed.
"Well, at least we're going to find out the answer to some of our concerns soon, as the daemon is here."
"Let's hope so, dear."
"I want to call Pam, if that's alright with you. I want to tell her she can start planning," he smirked at her.
"Plan what?" Sookie asked.
"Our wedding, of course," he said as he stole a kiss from her. "What else?"
"Oh. I didn't know you wanted a formal wedding."
"Of course I do, Lover. That's why I proposed. Now I can give you the wedding you've always wanted," Eric said, melting Sookie's unbeating heart.
"You don't have to do that, Eric. I'm happy to do something small, just the two of us, if you wish. I only need you."
Eric's brows furrowed.
"Why do you say this? I thought you always wanted for a big, lavish, southern wedding."
"I do. I mean, I did. It seems of little importance now. I have you and that's enough for me."
"Oh, Lover. That's very sweet of you to say, but we will have none of that nonsense. You're getting your dream wedding, with all your friends and all of mine, and a beautiful white dress. The only difference from your dreams is that it will be held in the moonlight rather than the day. " He smiled at her as he kissed her perfect pout.
"Well, ok! If you insist", she mocked, but inside she was a torrent of happiness, love and appreciation.
"I knew you'd see it my way, my wife," he said as he pecked her nose and went to dial Pam's number..
Sookie rolled her eyes thinking that there was nothing she could ever do to make him less high-handed. But she knew that he was only trying to provide for her all that she would ever need. She rose from the bed and went to the mini-fridge to get a blood out, questioning Eric with her eyes if he wanted one as well. She put two bottles in the microwave as he nodded his consent.
When Pam finally answered her phone, it seemed as though she had been busy.
"Good evening, my child. Sorry to interrupt your dinner", he leered.
"Oh, no problem, Master. I was just finishing," she answered in the same tone. Gosh, they are so alike, Sookie thought.
"I have news, Pamela. You can start that planning that you have been so eager for."
"Sookie said yes, then. Well, congratulations to you both. Although I'll never understand why you were so anxious about what she'd say. She agreed to be your childe, for Prada's sake!" You could see her rolling her eyes at them.
Eric smirked at Sookie as she brought the bottles and sat next to him to drink. "You will know why I was anxious when you finally find that someone you're looking for, Pamela."
"Yes, yes, of course. So, is Sookie planning on inviting her witch friend to the wedding? I'd looove to see that tasty little thing again."
Sookie almost choked on her blood, but nodded.
"We will see, but yes, you'll probably get to see her again. Now be careful with the planning, and don't go overboard. You know my bride won't like that very much."
"Yes, Master. When should I expect you back?"
"I'm not sure. We shouldn't be too long. We're meeting the lawyer tomorrow evening. He's got something for Sookie from Niall."
"Oh? Anything of importance?" Pam asked.
"I'm not sure. But that is most probable, yes. We will let you know."
"How are things with the bar?"
"The usual. The vermin are missing you," she said with a smirk in her voice.
"I'm sure they do. I just don't care and you know that."
"I do, and I'm sure some tasty blonde has something to do with that."
"Yeah, yeah! I'm sorry. She should really stop getting embarassed by this stuff now that she's a vampire."
Eric chose to ignore her comment. She was exhasperating most of the time. He really hoped Sookie would not take to her new "sister's" ways too much.
"He's still around. I swear I'm gonna put a toothpick through him. He's so annoying. He won't know what hit him.
Eric snickered at that. His child was exceptional and he loved to have her near.
"Yes, well, don't do anything stupid. The prick is mine," he said with venom in his voice.
"Oh hell, no! He's mine!" Sookie interrupted from his side. "He's put me through too much bullshit and tried to kill me one too many times to get away with it now."
Both Eric and Pam were silent, the Viking looking at her in awe and Pam stunned by the southern belle's words. A smile gently crawled onto Eric's lips.
"What?" Sookie asked, hearing them both quiet after her words.
"You're amazing, my little warrior."
"Yes, that! Sookie, I'm glad to see this side of you come to light," Pam said from an ocean away.
"You two didn't really think I wouldn't take advantage of my new found strength, did you?"
"Oh no, nothing of the sort. We're just glad to see you come to terms so quickly with your new nature," Eric said defensively.
"Pam, I'll talk to you tomorrow night."
"Of course. She's one of a kind, Eric," Pam said with emotion laced in her voice.
"I know," he said in a soft voice before he disconnected the call.
Eric set the phone on the nightstand and finished his bottle, taking Sookie's as well as he went to throw them in the trash can.
When he joined her in bed and had her settled in the crook of his arm, she finally spoke.
"About what, my love?"
"About what Niall has to say."
"I'm sure it will all be perfect. I love you, dear one."
"I love you, too," she said and felt him slip for the day.
Well, this is interesting. I never thought I'd have to watch him die for the day again, Sookie thought. She remained lost in her thoughts about Eric, about Niall, about Victor and her friends at home until the sun pulled her, too.
When Eric woke the next night he found the spot next to him empty. He could hear her in the shower and went to find her. Her naked form was evident through the matted glass.
"Come in here, loverboy," she told him, sensing he was awake.
"You really need to stop with these baby names, Lover," Eric said as he stepped into the shower with her, hugging her from behind and making her aware of exactly how awake he was.
"Sure, sugar. Anything you want," she said as she started grinding her ass on his gracious plenty.
His hands started roaming her body, teasing and demanding her response. Sookie was panting with need.
"Eric, please!" she moaned.
"What is it, Sookie? What do you want? Tell me!" he ordered.
She could only moan and pant as his hands played her like only he could.
"Tell me!" he ordered her again.
"Fuck me, Eric!" she demanded as she managed to catch her breath.
She suddenly found herself turned around and pressed into the cold tiles of the shower with a lusty Viking all over her. Her legs quickly wrapped around his waist as he entered her in one hard thrust. He loved how he could just lose control with her, now that she was a vampire. She felt like she was on fire, every nerve-ending active from her husband's assault. His hands were everywhere how that she could support her own weight by herself. One hand teased her breasts as the other played with her clit. His beautiful lips were either attached to hers or to her neck. She came screaming his name and tightening around him so hard that she pulled him with her into bliss.
They stayed there, panting. Although it was unnecessary since they didn't need to breathe, they were trying to calm down from their highs. He slowly put her down and they silently washed, enjoying their afterglow.
She put her arms around his waist and pressed her face into his chest. Love was flowing through the bond as he hugged her to him, kissing her head. He raised her face with his and kissed her so softly, she wondered if she imagined it.
"I love you."
"I love you," she said back.
"Come now, we need to get dressed and meet with the lawyer," he said as he pulled her into the room.
Sookie went to her closet and picked out a high-waisted navy pencil skirt with a cute ruffled blouse underneath, and a cropped midnight cardigan that she left open. She chose a pair of ruby and diamond earrings that Eric got her on her last birthday. Yes, she was certainly spoiled.
Eric, where are we meeting Cataliades? She thought to him.
Eric jumped a bit at the intrusion. That is going to take some time to get used to, Lover. We're meeting him in a small, private conference room downstairs.
Ok. I'm almost ready, by the way. She thought as she walked towards him, hugging his now-clothed body.
"I love seeing you naked, but I do love you in these shirts, dear. You clean up pretty good, Northman," she spoke into his neck.
"So do you, Mrs. Northman," he told her as he turned to take her in his arms and kiss her. "You look stunning, my love."
"Shall we?" he asked as he stepped out of her embrace and offered her his hand.
"We shall," she smiled at him.
They took the elevator downstairs and went to the conference room. It looked more like a relaxing room than a place to hold business meetings. The walls were painted in a warm color, and instead of stiff chairs, the room had soft armchairs that looked like you could lose yourself in. Cataliades was already waiting for them. He rose as the couple walked in.
"Hello Mr. Northman, Ms. Stackhouse," he said politely.
"Actually, it's Mrs. Northman since we're bonded and pledged, as you know. Now we are engaged, and will soon be wed," Eric corrected him. Sookie's heart grew two sizes.
"Yes, of course. My apologies, Mrs. Northman," the daemon said as he smiled at Sookie.
I'm glad these two made it work, they've always been good together.
Sookie returned the smile and tugged on Eric's hand to warn him of her next intrusion.
Guess what, sweetheart? I can read daemons now, too. He's happy for us, by the way.
Eric gave a slight nod towards her. "Well, if we could get started?" he told Cataliades.
"Of course, of course. I brought the papers that you asked for," he said as he pushed a big folder to Sookie. "Those are bank statements, a list of businesses owned by Mr. Northman and a list of other properties in his portfolio. You will also find a stock portfolio with all the companies your husband has shares in."
Sookie nodded to him and started skimming through the papers. Her eyes started bulging out of her head. She knew Eric was wealthy, but that really was an understatement. The twenty or so bank accounts from all over the world had sums of nine figures and the business list had hotels, bars, cafes, two strip malls and more as it continued on and on. He had over thirty houses around the globe and she was pretty sure those were at least as grand as the one they lived in in Shreveport.
She now understood why he never looked at money when he bought her gifts and she felt silly now, for having thought that any of the purchases he'd made in her name would put a dent to his 1000 year old fortune. She didn't even need to look at the stock portfolio.
Eric waited patiently as he felt her amazement at what she was seeing. He said nothing.
"Mrs. Northman?", the lawyer asked.
"Yes. Give me a minute. This is..." she left that phrase unfinished. She felt so silly. She'd fought him tooth and nail for so many things he wanted to buy her when he was wealthier than anyone she'd ever heard of. Not that THAT mattered to her, but she now understood why he wanted to lavish her with gifts. Because he could. Simple as that. She had moved into his Shrevenport house a year ago, leaving her old farmhouse in the care of her brother, and ever since then he'd brought up putting her name on his assets, but she didn't want to do that because she wasn't interested in his money. She wanted him, and him alone. She even quit her job for Sam when things started getting weird between them cause he couldn't accept her relationship with Eric. Now she scanned Fangtasia for trouble and did some of his accounting so she didn't feel like a kept woman. Apparently she had some math skills when she could concentrate on numbers rather than other people's thoughts.
She took a deep, unnecessary breath as she tried to take everything in. This was it. She was going to be a wealthy woman. Of course, she had some money from Claudine and some savings, but nothing of this magnitude.
"Where do I need to sign?" she asked with a smile.
Eric raised an eyebrow to this, but said nothing of it. She had grown so much in these past few years, taking things in stride. He knew it couldn't have been easy for her, but he also knew that the changed in her came as she accepted her nature and his, as well as their relationship.
The lawyer offered her a sympathetic smile, trying to convey that he understood her turmoil even though she tried to hide it. He showed her where to sign and then passed the papers to Eric. This was the first time she signed her new name. Sookie Stackhouse-Northman. They agreed she'd sign that way so when she'd legally have the new name, they wouldn't have to redo the papers.
"Now, Mrs. Northman, I have two envelopes from Niall. One he told me to instruct you to open in privacy, but the other needs your attention now. It contains properties that your great-grandfather left for you, since he won't be opening the portals to Fairy anytime soon."
"He left me stuff?"
"Yes. Here, let me show you," he said as he opened the envelope and pulled out a stack of papers.
Eric leaned forward so they could both read what the papers said.
Apparently, Sookie now owned a True Blood factory and the medical research facility which developed the invisible gloves Niall used. Among other properties. She was speechless.
"May I?" Eric asked as he wanted to read in more depth what her great-grandfather left Sookie. He was just as stunned at the news.
"But I don't know how to run these companies," Sookie said.
"That is of no matter, Mrs. Northman. It's all taken care of. There are already people that run the businesses. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the money influx.
"How much do these make?"
"About 10-15 million, I think. It's all written there in detail," the daemon said.
"10- 15 million a year? Oh my!"
"No, my dear. Per month."
Sookie's mouth opened as if to say something, but then closed. There wasn't anything she could say.
Your grand-grandfather is taking care of you, Sookie. You should be happy. Eric thought to her.
She gave a weak smile and nodded as she asked for the pen again to scribble her name. When everything was done, Cataliades handed her the other envelope.
"Do you know what's inside, Mr. C?"
The daemon smiled at the nickname she used for him.
"No. It was left to me to give you when you made a life-changing decision. I didn't know what he meant and how he thought I'd know when you made the decision, but I agreed to keep it. I guess now I know," he smiled at her.
"I couldn't have opened that envelope even if I tried. It's locked with fae magic and it can only be opened by you and you alone. I think it's something personal and important," he continued.
"I see. Thank you, Mr. C.," Sookie said sweetly to the daemon. She could hear his thoughts and although they were buzzing like a TV left open on a broken channel, she could easily tell that he had always liked her and he was happy for her union with Eric, whom he held in high regard.
"If that would be all, I will be returning home. I have a plane to catch."
"Yes, of course. Thank you, Cataliades. It's always a pleasure to see you. Send me the bill for your travel expenses and everything else. I will see to it."
"Of course. I'll be on my way then. Have a nice evening and call me if you need anything else."
With that he nodded and left.
"Are you ok, Lover?"
"Yes. It's just a lot to take in."
"I know", he said as he pulled her into his arms and kissed her temple as they walked back to their room.
"You never told me..."
"What difference would it have made?" he asked raising a brow at her.
"None, but I would have at least been prepared for tonight."
He chuckled. "I didn't mean to scare you, lover. I'm proud of you, though."
"For?" she asked.
"For taking things as you have."
"Oh, I don't think it's hit me yet," she laughed and clutched the envelope to her chest.
"I wonder what's in this," she said.
"We'll find out soon enough," Eric said as they reached their room.
Sookie went to sit on the chair in front of the vanity and set the envelope on the little table. She took a deep breath and broke the beautiful wax seal that held it closed, and took out Niall's letter.
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