|| 7. I Have Loved You For A Thousand Years ||

I hesitantly asked Sam to leave, and he understood that Eric and I needed to discuss things privately, that matters between a maker and his progeny were important.

I stood on my porch and watched as Sam left. I sighed and ran a hand through my hair, knowing that no matter how much I told myself that I loved Sam, it was a lie. I loved Eric. Sam was amazing, one of the best men I knew, but Eric was too involved in my life now.

The moon shone above the bayou, and I looked up at the sky, stars bright above in the Lousianna sky, a light breeze rolling in. I bit my lip, and decided it was time to face the truth. I pushed aside the rickety porch door, walking to the kitchen, Eric standing there, towering over me as always.

"Please don't hit me again," I said miserably. "I'm sorry, I shouldn't have spoke to you like that. I'm just as guilty, I know. I. . .I just miss you. The old you. The way we were."

I stood in front of him, looking into his blue eyes. The eyes who had seen me even at my weakest. His eyes seemed to be glassed over.

He reached down and put a freezing hand to my right cheek, cupping it in his hand. He rubbed his thumb to my cheek caringly, a serious expression on his face, blinking calmly.

"You." Was all he said.

He was telling me he chose me. I inhaled, my breath quivering, and two tears slid down my cheeks, the crimson blood staining my chin. I gave Eric a small smile, and he brushed away the tears with his thumb.

"I don't want to lie to you," He said, his eyes glassy, "But there's no such thing as forever. Not even for the immortals, not for us. But I don't want to waste the time I have, no matter if it's decades, centuries or milleniums, without you with me. I'm sorry for everything, Evangeline. I care about Sookie, I do. But I don't love her. You're my progeny, and I care about you more than you could ever understand. I love you."

I scrunched my eyebrows together, looking up at him, choking out a sob. I jumped on him and hugged him tighter than I ever have, wrapping my arms around him. He caught me, and put a hand on the back of my neck, holding my lower back.

"I love you, Eric," I murmured as I rested my head on his shoulder, as he held me like a child. I held him so tight, as though I was afraid that if I let go of my grip, he'd disappear. He kissed my cheek, and I reached back and looked at him, my lip quivering as I smiled at him, tear stains going down my face.

He smiled at me, a genuine smile, something I hadn't seen in what seemed like weeks. Eric's genuine smile made him look human. A living, breathing, human man, his eyes full with life and his smile happy, no fangs. He didn't show his teeth. It was a loving, genuine smile.

"I have died everyday since you were gone, waiting for you to be the old you." I said to him, my arms linked around his neck, "I missed you. You're back, you're really back."

"You know I'll love you for a thousand years," Eric murmured, looking at me, our noses touching affectionately. I smiled at him, another tear streaking down my face. He leaned in and kissed me gently, and I pressed my lips against his, feeling the most freeing feeling I had ever felt.

Our blood bond was incredibly strong now, I could feel it pulsing in my veins.

We went into the old bedroom upstairs, and I laid beside Eric. The window on the slanted ceiling was open, the moon shining high above on us. Eric held my bare body against him, his cold chest up against mine. I buried my face in his chest, both of his arms around me, his tight arms clutching me against him. I felt so safe with my maker, with the one person who loved me. I saw Eric as both a vampire and a man.

He leaned down and kissed me, raking my blond hair out of my eyes. I shut my eyes as he did it, feeling happier than ever before with him. He smiled and I came closer to him, never feeling mentally more attached to Eric Northman before in my life.

"Du kommer att genomföra mitt arv som min avkomma, och jag är så stolt över att vårt blod är limmad (You will carry my legacy as my progeny, and I am so proud that our blood is bonded)." Eric said, staring directly into my eyes, "Even though the Magister's punishment to me for saving your life was to make you into a vampire. I no longer see how it was a punishment. You are one of the most important things that I have ever had, Evie."

"Jag vet (I know)." I whispered, and kissed him gently on the lips, "And you have given me everything, so much more than I deserve. You are best thing that has ever came into my life."

He smiled again, and clashed his lips with mine, raking a hand through my hair.

He rolled over, coming on top of me. We stared at each other, our noses touching. He pressed his lips against mine again, gently. I put my hands on his back, and he eased into me. He continued to kiss me gently, as if I was breakable. He broke away and kissed my neck. I smiled up at him.

Later that night, just before the sun came up, Eric and I found cover for the day under the house, deep under the wood, in the foundation.

He held me in his arms as he drifted to sleep. As my eyelids became heavy and dawn approached, I rested against Eric. The last thing I remember before drifting off into sleep was that there was nothing I would rather be doing.

I knew this was the way it should be.

A/N: I love the feedback I've gotten for the last chapter! Thank you! Nevertheless, as all stories do, "Show Me Your Teeth/Jar of Hearts" will be coming to an ending soon, within the next three chapters. I love writing Eric/Evie, and I'm happy to have written this much to the story. It is my highest reviewed story, and I really appreciate that! :)

In addition, with the end of this story, I want to begin a new True Blood fic, with the characters I don't really use, such as Alcide, Jason, Hoyt, Jessica, Luna, Martha, ect.

I already have begun to write a story about a female werewolf in Alcide's pack who loves Jason, and there would be a lot of obsticles with that. What do you think?

Would you read it? :)