Hey ya'll! I'm really sorry about the wait! My computer has been on the fritz for weeks and I haven't been able to update. Please tell me what you think! As usual, I own nothing but Dallas.
I had barely met Jessica, Bill's new progeny, before she ran to Fangtasia to bond with Eric and Pam. Bill had cut his eyes at me and shrugged. I could tell he was already feeling defeated regarding her but I wasn't going out of my way to try to bring her home. With any luck, after meeting Eric and Pam, she would run home to Bill without a second thought.
Sookie didn't really like Jessica either but she was biting the bullet and trying to be her friend like I was. I just didn't understand why it was so hard to bond with a teenage girl. I wasn't that far off from my teenage years myself and yet, we were so different. She was rude and mean and she clearly didn't think highly of Bill. She was a bit too petulant for my liking, too much of a brat for me to get along with. But I didn't say any of that even to Sookie. It just wasn't in my nature.
I heard a knock on my door late one night and reluctantly, I moved to open it. I was more than a little sick of the Jessica visits but I wasn't very good at telling Bill "no". But when I opened the door, I almost slammed it shut again.
Eric was standing on the other side of my doorframe, leaning against it saucily. The first thing I noticed was that he had gotten his hair cut and that it looked incredible. The second thing I noticed was that he was looking me up and down and I remembered I was only wearing a nightgown. My eyes grew big and I quickly crossed my arms.
"Sorry," I said. "I figured you were Bill." Otherwise I wouldn't have opened the door. He smirked at me.
"You don't get dressed for Bill?" Eric responded. I felt my cheeks get hot.
"It's not like that," I replied, trying to make myself look taller. It was futile. Still, I was the one in control of this situation. I was inside my own house and he couldn't get in unless I let him. "Do you mind my asking why you're here?"
"Straight and to the point. Well, as a matter of fact, I was dropping Jessica back by Bill's." I could tell by his tone that he was as annoyed with her as I was.
"I still don't understand why you'd wanna pay me a visit." Eric looked me straight in the eyes.
"Why don't you invite me in and we can talk about it?" He leaned as close as he could without actually entering the house. I felt warmth spread through me, something that vaguely made me feel like I might take Eric up on that offer. I shook it off immediately. I knew what he was trying to do; glamour me.
I shook my head at him and moved to close the door. "No, thank you," I said. Eric lost his smirk and if I hadn't been freaked, I might've returned one of my own.
"What exactly are you, Ms. Montgomery?" he asked, making me pause before slamming the door in his face. I don't know, I thought. I really don't know. A million things blazed through my mind; I had pretty great insight and was a really good people-reader but that didn't border on supernatural, did it? I had dreams about a place that, as far as I knew, didn't exist on this planet, but still, that's fairly normal, right? And now I was resistant to glamouring, which I'm pretty sure no one is resilient to.
"I'm just a waitress, Mr. Northman, and I would prefer it if you didn't come here again." This time, I shut the door firmly and I waited until I knew he was no longer on the porch before I buried myself under the blankets on my bed and tried to sleep.
Unfortunately, I never fully achieved going to sleep. I was groggy the next day at work and jumpy whenever someone entered the bar. Lord knows, if I don't get the right amount of sleep, I can barely function. Sookie distracted me from that by asking what I was doing once I got off. Sadly, since I was free, she wrangled me into having a girl's night with Jessica.
It wasn't that I disliked Jessica. In the right light, she wasn't a bad kid. She was rebelling like most other teenagers. This was her first time out on her own and she was embracing her new life. I couldn't say that I would feel the same if I'd been kidnapped and turned into a vampire against my will. So I decided to give her the benefit of the doubt. She would warm up to Bill and to me and Sookie eventually.
Expecting a night of painting each other's nails and girl talk, I was in for a surprise when Jessica convinced Sookie to take us by her parents' house.
"I don't know how I feel about this," I muttered when we got in the car.
"I just want to see them, Dallas. Is that a fucking crime?" Jessica said. I knew she'd taken up cussing since becoming a fledgling vampire but that didn't mean she had to cuss at me.
"Do you honestly think it'll make you feel better rather than worse?" I asked. Sookie shrugged at me from the front seat. She didn't think it was a good idea either. Why were we doing this?
Jessica jabbered away for most of the ride there. I wondered whether Sookie and I would get in trouble with Bill for this. When Jessica vamp-ran up to her house, I knew we would be. Sookie gave me a look in the rearview mirror and I knew what it implied; stay here. You didn't have to tell me twice.
I got out of the car and paced for a little while until I heard some noises from inside the house. I knew it couldn't be going well. Jessica said she came from an oppressive family and I didn't imagine that they would take her turning well. Besides, Bill had to have stressed to her that it wasn't a good idea to pursue a continuing relationship with your human family.
I heard a yell and another noise from inside the house and I flinched. I turned to look behind me on instinct and I saw Bill. I can't say that he looked pleased to see me but he gave me a nod and proceeded up the sidewalk to the house. This can't be good.
Minutes later, I saw Bill dragging a crying Jessica out of the house with Sookie on his heels. I could hear them arguing from where I was. Before I got dragged into the conversation, I slid into the backseat of the car and buckled myself in. Surprisingly, Bill started driving the car and I regarded Jessica warily as she took a seat in the back with me. Sookie and Bill continued yelling at each other, colored with implications that Sookie was an idiot for agreeing to bring us here. I really had to agree. Jessica's tears kept falling and I decided to keep silent. With any luck, they had forgotten I was there.
I grabbed Jessica's hand and gave her a nod when she looked at me incredulously. I could respect someone caring about their family… and at least now I knew Jessica cared about something.
The car pulled to a stop suddenly, after Sookie exclaimed that she wanted to get out. I watched her keep her word as she began walking to the woods. Bill turned around in his seat and gave me a look.
"It wasn't my idea," I muttered at him. He shrugged.
"It never is," he responded before turning back in his seat. I felt a little bitter when I heard that but I had to agree with him. If there was anything I was not, it was assertive.
"I think you should go after Sookie."
Jessica agreed with me. "She's only doing it because she wants you to chase her down and tell her everything's fine," she said. I nodded when Bill cut his eyes at us in the rearview mirror.
Sookie let out a scream that made my blood run cold. "Bill!" I exclaimed but when I turned to look at him, he was already out of the car. I opened my door and almost started going after them but Jessica stopped me.
I gasped when Bill returned, cradling Sookie in his arms. She was injured and badly at that. In a daze, I gestured to Jessica to take the wheel as I fell into the passenger's seat and Bill and Sookie got into the back. I turned in my seat as Jessica took off, no doubt leaving tire marks behind us.
"What happened?" I asked. Bill only shook his head at me. He was covered in her blood.
"I don't know what did this to her," he replied. "I tried to give her my blood but her body completely rejected it." I shuddered. I had never heard of anything that could override the healing effects of vampire blood. It was also very clear that whatever had attacked Sookie was an animal or at least, part animal. "But I suggest we go to Fangtasia. Eric will surely know someone who can help." I felt my stomach drop but if it was the best for Sookie, then I had no choice.
When we got to Fangtasia, Bill told Jessica to drive me and her back home. I was so relieved to hear that that I almost hugged Bill. But then I heard Sookie say my name. She wasn't exactly coherent but if she wanted someone with her who wasn't a vampire, I could hardly blame her. Besides, being around Sookie usually served to help calm me down. She could be healed and we could all go back home in a few hours. I could deal with Eric for that long, couldn't I?
I held the door open for Bill before heading in behind him and standing back. I saw Eric emerge from his office with Pam and watched as Bill had a hushed conversation with them. Eric immediately pulled out his phone and made a call, I assume to a doctor.
I finally moved out from the shadows I was meekly trying to hide in and immediately went to Bill. I helped him lay Sookie face-down on a table and then I tried to cut her jacket and shirt off with the scissors that Pam had begrudgingly given to me. Ignoring Eric wasn't hard for the time being and I had yet to spare him a look.
Sookie screamed at the slightest touch I gave her but I figured putting pressure on the wounds wasn't that bad an idea. Her blood smeared down the front of my blue sundress. This was beginning to really freak me out. I could tell that there were things submerged in the wounds and I didn't want to think it but they almost resembled claws.
Seconds later, I was being shoved out of the way because the doctor was finally there. She was a little woman and she looked human. I moved away from her and Sookie after wiping my bloody hands on my already-ruined dress. I felt bile rise in my throat when I looked down at myself. I was going to need to soak in a bath after this.
My nausea only increased when Eric moved to stand beside me, clearly invading my personal space. I side-stepped him.
"Dr. Ludwig is great," he said, ignoring how rude I was being. "I have total faith that she will heal Sookie." I nodded, still not saying anything. To be frank, I wasn't sure the scratches wouldn't kill Sookie. None of us knew what we were dealing with and we didn't even know how she had been attacked.
"Well, thank you," I made myself respond. "That's reassuring." I had to remind myself that I was not a rude person and that this was not the way I should be acting. Eric was creepy and he scared me but he hadn't been untoward. Besides, anything I did might affect whether he wants to heal Sookie. I did not want that to be my fault.
"I know you don't like me, Ms. Montgomery." Perceptive, aren't you? "I suppose we got off on the wrong foot. I hope you'll let me prove to you that I'm not all bad." I crossed my arms and dug my nails into my skin as he edged closer to me. I nodded without looking at him.
"Sure," I responded. "I'm sorry for the way I've been acting. I'm just… not used to this kind of thing."
Bill walked over to us and said that the doctor was going to officially start on Sookie so she suggested that the vampires leave the room. I watched Eric and Bill retreat into his office with Pam. I stayed with Sookie throughout it all, even though it was difficult to hear. I helped hold her down at certain times and other times, I just gave her my hand to hold onto. Once it was over, the doctor reassured me that Sookie was going to fully recover and be fine.
After Bill finally gave her his blood, it was too late for us to return home. Sookie and I slept in the lobby after changing into large Fangtasia t-shirts. It made Sookie look cute and sexy. I had a feeling it only made me look like a slob.
Sookie was the one to wake me up later that day. Lafayette had been missing for a couple of weeks and it surprised me to learn that he'd been in Fangtasia the entire time. Sookie had found him chained up in the basement and was nothing short of infuriated. I seconded that motion. I knew there was a reason I was wary of Eric. My intuition never let me down.
I let Sookie take the lead when the vampires finally awoke. She started in on Eric the minute he entered the room. Bill seemed just as shocked as I was. I watched Sookie slap Eric so hard that a normal person might have bruised.
"Your friend Lafayette traded sexual services with a vampire in order to sell his blood," said Eric coolly. "It is a grave offense."
"You oughta be ashamed of yourself," I said, finally entering the conversation. "He's practically dead down there because of you." Eric only gave me a look. He didn't seem to care about what he'd done or hadn't done.
"You've tortured him and bitten him and shot him and left him down there in his own filth for weeks!" said Sookie.
"There are others who would've done far worse and you all know it," replied Eric.
"You could be arrested for this," I said. It was the first time I truly felt like I had a backbone in front of Eric. But even though I'd barely done a thing, Eric hissed and immediately cornered me in the couch I was sitting on. I made a noise and tried to get farther back from him when I noticed how close his fangs were to my face.
"Eric!" reprimanded Bill.
"I do not respond well to threats," Eric said down to me before backing off.
"My mistake," I said, eyes wide.
"But," he began, "perhaps we can come to some sort of arrangement." I glanced over at Sookie and then nodded at Eric. He began explaining a situation about a missing vampire in Dallas, which of course, meant the city, not my name.
"So if we go to Texas and help you find this missing vampire, you'll let Lafayette go?" I asked. I was ready to agree and judging by the look on Sookie's face, she was too.
Before anything else could be said, Bill interrupted. "No. Sookie almost died last night and Dallas owes you nothing. They are not going."
"Bill, I think I can make up my own mind," said Sookie. She turned to Eric. "I'm in."
"Then I will take Dallas's place," said Bill.
"Bill," I said, shaking my head. He didn't need to take up for me like that.
"If Dallas doesn't go, there's no deal," said Eric. I snapped my head over to look at him. "I will pay for all of your expenses, of course, and yes, I will release your friend."
"And I want five thousand dollars," said Sookie. When we all gave her a look, she shrugged and said, "I'm missing a lot of work."
"What about you, Dallas?" Eric asked. I shook my head. I was not going to take his money, whether I needed it or not.
"I've got my own job," I said.
"This is also a job so I'm paying you whether you like it or not." I could tell I had surprised him, which might or might not have been a good thing.
"Then Bill gets to come with us." Eric smirked.