A/N I am so sorry for the long wait for this chapter, real life has been difficult then with the terrible loss of one of our own writers Ericizmine, it's just been difficult to be inspired, but i think the muse is finally coming back. Hopefully it won't be so long for the next update, knock on wood. So read on, Happy New Year and leave me some love.
I wasn't sure how long I was out for, but when I started to open my eyes I could feel fear and panic coming from Eric. I was afraid that something terrible had happened to him for a second, but I was feeling too weak to help. "Eric." It was barely more than a whisper past my lips, but I knew that he heard me.
"Lover, I'm right here." He clutched my hand tightly in his own. "Are you all right? You scared your Gran and I half to death."
"I'm sorry. I over did it a bit, didn't I?"
"Yes you did my love." I watched his fangs extend, and then he bit into his wrist and held it out to me. "This will make you and our son all better." I didn't hesitate to latch on and drink, but I only had time for a couple of mouthfuls before I heard Gran coming back into the room. She'd seen enough craziness for one day.
I was quick to pull away from Eric's wrist and licked the blood from my lips just as Gran walked into the room carrying a tall glass of sweet tea and a plate piled high with fried chicken. "Here my sweet girl. I want you to drink this and I want you to eat every bite of this chicken. You need to keep up your strength."
"More than you realize Gran."
"What do you mean darling?"
I pulled Eric down so that he sitting next to me and I held tight to his hand. "I'm pregnant Gran."
She sat down on my other side and took my other hand in hers. "Oh my sweet Sookie, that is absolutely wonderful, but I didn't think that vampires procreated that way."
"Normally they can't Gran, but the fairy part of me was able to make it possible for Eric and I to have a baby."
"Oh honey, you are making me a great-grandma. This little one is going to be spoiled rotten."
"And he is going to love you to pieces."
"Yeah Gran, it's a boy."
"How do you know that already? Isn't it way too soon to know that yet?
"Well Gran, with all of these new powers that I'm getting, I've actually seen him. He's going to be so beautiful Gran. I can't wait to meet him and his little sister that I've seen too."
"Two great-grandbabies? "Oh Sookie, I'm so happy for both of you."
"And Eric and I are getting married."
"Oh sweetheart, everything is just falling into place for you."
"It really is Gran. I've never been so happy before, but there is trouble brewing around us too as you can tell from your earlier guests."
"What kind of trouble? What do they want with you?"
"It's better for you not to know Gran. I don't want anything bad to happen to you."
"Oh hush girl. I've had a good life. If somebody is coming after my grand-baby, I'm not going to just sit back on the sidelines."
I should have known that Gran wouldn't just let this go, so I told her as much as I thought she could handle about what was going on.
When I was done she pulled me into her arms and just held me. "My poor little angel, you just can't get away from people wanting to take you away."
"That's not going to happen Mrs. Stackhouse. I love your granddaughter too much to let anything ever happen to her."
"I know that you do and please call me Adele. We're practically family. Now Sookie, you eat up this whole plate of chicken and I'll get you some milk to have with the sweet tea. It's good for the baby." She kissed my cheek before she disappeared back into the kitchen.
I tore into the chicken like I hadn't eaten in a week and it was the best tasting chicken ever. I was more than half way through the plate when I looked over to Eric. He was standing by the window looking out into the yard. The bond was churning with negative emotions and I could see even from where I was sitting the he was incredibly tense. "Eric, sweetie, what's wrong?"
"This isn't the end of this."
"I know, but we'll be more prepared next time. They'll find out that they shouldn't mess with us."
"I can't let you take that chance."
"What are you talking about?"
He kept his back to me as he spoke again. "Sookie, there is more than just you to worry about now. You need to focus on taking care of yourself and growing our son, not fighting battles. Look at what happened just now and there wasn't even any fighting."
"Eric, what are you saying?"
"I think that you should go someplace safe for a while."
"The safest place for me is with you."
He finally turned towards me and I could see the pain on his face. It was nothing compared to what I was feeling inside right now, but I held all my feelings inside. "Sookie, you barely used your powers earlier and it was enough for you to pass out. I will not allow anything to happen to either one of you."
"So you're just letting me go like you said you wouldn't do."
He came over and knelt in front of me and took my hands in his, but I wouldn't look at him. "Sookie, my angel, this is the hardest thing I've ever had to do, but if anything ever happened to you and our son I wouldn't be able to live with myself."
"You know that I feel the same way about you."
"I do, but you are very vulnerable right now. I have friends and favors that I can cash in on so I can fix this. I will make things safe for you and our son, then I will come for you and we can start our life together. We can start making plans for our wedding and preparations for our son's arrival."
I knew deep down that he was right, but that didn't mean that I had to like it. "Where am I going? Am I just going to be isolated in the middle of nowhere?"
"Kind of. It's a beach house in Barbados. No one knows that I own it. You'll be able to rest and relax in the sun."
"All by myself? That will be just wonderful for my psyche."
"No you wouldn't be alone. Adele and your brother could go with you and I could send Pam along with you as well if you wanted."
"Lover, please don't be like this."
"Let's just do this and get it over with."
"You stay here and I'll go and pack your things. I'll also call Pam and have her arrange your flight for tonight. You get Adele and Jason on board and I'll be back as soon as I can." He kissed my forehead before he popped away.