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Alcide had only left twenty minutes before Jason came knocking. He had a box with him, a bunch of black scribbles along the side tried to hide something written beneath it. Jason exhaled as he sipped his beer, leaning against the refrigerator.

"And he wants me to take it to her." Sookie pouted slightly at her brother, trying to express her understanding of his feelings. "I don't know what to do. On one hand, I am his best friend and he's right - if it ain't my place, whose is it?" He took another swig. "On the other hand...I care about Jess, too, ya know?" Another sip and he looked off, pondering something, which allowed Sookie a moment to look toward the living room where Eric had went to, allowing her privacy with her brother. She assumed he felt her gaze as he turned his head, their eyes meeting. She couldn't help but smile. "I think I have feelings for Jess." Sookie snapped her head toward Jason.

"What?" Jason took a much longer chug while nodding.

"I know - it's crazy. She's my best friends girl - well, ex-girlfriend." Sookie stood up from the table and walked toward her brother, resting a hand on his shoulder. At first she was surprised by the lack of rushing thoughts, but her surprise quickly melted into questions; did she lose the ability during her new integration? She focused and quickly found her head flooded with Jason's thoughts - they were mostly questions and doubts of his feelings for Jessica. She shook her head and found it quick and easy to once again shut his thoughts out.

"Look, Jason.. first things first, why don't you call her over and you give her, her things." Jason went to open his mouth. "And you can talk to her about your feelings. You already said she's mentioned having some kind of feelings for you, right?" He nodded.

"Yeah but you know I ain't good at talkin' about that stuff." Sookie smiled.

"That's why I said invite her over here. I'll help you the best I can."

"I ain't a kid, ya know." She cocked an eyebrow and laughed.

"Oh yeah?" Jason smiled at his sister and finished off his beer before pulling out his cell.

"You sure this ain't interrupting anything between you and Eric?" She shook her head.

"I'm sure. Let me just go tell him what's going on. You call Jessica." She made her way into the living and stopped beside Eric, who was standing. "I gotta help Jason with something, Jessica's gonna be coming over in a little bit."

"I heard. Do you want me to leave?" She instantly shook her head.

"No. No, not at all. I just don't know what you'll do while we all talk. I feel rude excluding you." He smiled softly as he stroked her cheek.

"I can read a book." She made a face.

"Read a book?" He chuckled at her expression. "I guess I have a few in my room by the fireplace." He kissed her forehead which warranted a smile. "I promise I won't be long."

"I've already waited over a thousand years for you. What is a few more hours?" He watched as her cheek tinted red and he could hear her heartbeat quicken. Wanting to leave her in that speechless feeling, he sped upstairs. She remained in the living room for a moment, absorbing how giddy he had just made her feel.

"Jess said she'll be right over." Sookie turned on her heel to face Jason who was walking toward her with a fresh beer in his hand. He sat on the edge of the couch, sighing before he took a swig of his drink. "Man, I cannot even begin to tell you the day and night I've had." Sookie sat across from him in a brown leather chair - something Eric had added in during her absence. "First off, I never got to see Jess last night cause Hoyt called to talk so I went home, had a few beers and passed out." Swig. "Then, I got a call to go over to Hoyt's because Lafayette was possessed with some chick's spirit and had Mikey hostage." Sookie's eyes flew open.

"Oh my god, Jason...wh-what happened?!" He took a longer drink this time.

"Everything's fine. Terry and Arlene called Jesus over and did you know, he's witch?" She shook her head. "Yup. Said some biddy-boppity-boo shit and poof - everything was fixed."

"I can't believe all of that happened in one day." He finished off his beer.

"Tell me about it. Then Hoyt calls me over to give that box to Jessica and the sumbitch had the nerve to write 'for you, monster' on it." Sookie glanced toward the kitchen for a second.

"Is that why there's all that scribbling over it?" Jason nodded as he set the empty bottle on the coffee table.

"She ain't no monster." Sookie nodded as she could smell a growing scent of lilacs and another familiar scent. A second passed and there was a knock on the door. Sookie smiled at her brother as she stood up and hurried toward it, opening it. There stood Jess, dressed in a floral patterned dress and behind her stood Bill.

"Bill." He smiled softly at her. "I wasn't expectin' ya with Jess." he nodded.

"I know and I apologize but I was hoping I could speak with you for a moment - privately." Sookie nodded as she stepped aside, now smiling at Jess.

"Jason's in the living room." Jess nodded as returned the smile as she headed in and Sookie stepped out onto the porch, shutting the door behind her. "Is everything alright?" Bill chuckled softly.

"Yes, of course it is. I apologize if I came off as though it was not. I was just curious as to how you are feeling."

"Me?"

"Yes, you. Afterall, you went through a lot last night and I was unable to see to it that you were indeed fine." She smiled.

"I'm fine. Infact, I've never felt better." He nodded.

"That's good. I'm glad to hear it." She could feel as though there was more but wasn't sure how to ask. "Honestly, I was a bit worried that drinking so much of Eric's blood at such a weakened state would've..." He suddenly felt stupid for even going this direction.

"would've what? Made me a vampire?" She laughed and after a second, he joined her. "First off, there was no dirt nap afterwards and that is part of it, right?" Bill nodded. "Not to mention, wouldn't you be able to tell? Isn't there some Vampire alarm in you that goes off when you're near another one?" He laughed.

"Something like that, and I do smell another Vampire." She felt her cheeks turning red. "You do not need to explain to me about you and Eric." She could see the sting of pain in his eyes. "I never thought it possible but...he does love you." Sookie couldn't hide the smile that grew quickly on her face. "As I can tell you love him." She nodded slowly.

"I'm sorry Bill." He smiled at her, thankful for her compassion.

"Do not be. I've had my chance and I know I blew it." She bit down a bit on her inner lower lip, trying to ignore that small knot in her throat. "I do not regret our time together, but I do wish I could have been the white knight you thought I was until..."

"Until Eric came and told me everything. The Truth." He nodded.

"I resented him for it at first but when you were gone..." He looked away, trying to hide the tint of tears in his eyes. "I hated myself for lying. For everything. I was thankful he had done something I was far too scared to do." He took an unnecessary breath and looked at her, his eyes pink. "I love you, Sookeh and I want you to be as happy as you deserve to be." She swallowed hard, blinking and feeling the heat of her tears nearing their fall. Silence blanketed them for several minutes. Sookie couldn't help but feel torn at that moment. Bill was being every part the Bill she'd believed he was in the beginning. The Bill she lost somewhere between Dallas and their dinner date gone awry. "I should go." Bill started to walk down the three steps, waiting for Sookie.

"Wait." He smiled, feeling victorious. As he turned to her, she approached him and hugged him tightly. "Thank you." He looked at her, puzzled.

"I don't understand." She smiled warmly.

"For everything. If it wasn't for you...I wouldn't have Eric in my life." His smile staggered as the words felt like silver across his heart. He nodded, forcing his smile. "Goodnight Bill."

"Goodnight Miss Stackhouse." This time he used all his speed as he quickly disappeared back toward his house, cradling the pieces of his shattered undead heart.


Inside, Jason had brought the box into the living room. Jessica was looking through it, nodding to herself as she fought a surge of anger and hurt. Tossing her Taylor Swift cd back in she crossed her arms and nodded at Jason.

"What's crossed out on the box?" Jason glanced at the pretty childish, but effective scribbles.

"Uh...I think it was labeled from a previous move or something." He laughed nervously. "Probably said kitchen dishes or something." She forced a small smile and nodded. She wasn't dumb. Hoyt had probably written something mean and then changed his mind. She looked at Jason who had never took his gaze off her. There was a pulling in her and she didn't know if it was his or hers.

"Jason...I..." She bit her lower lip, considering her next words. Once she settled on them, she cleared her throat slightly. "I...fuck. I'm sorry I came over to your house. After I broke up with Hoyt." She was looking toward the ground. She was afraid he'd see the truth in her eyes - the fact that she wasn't sorry for going to Jason. Hell, she wished she'd done so sooner.

"Look, Jess...If anyone should be sorry, it's me." She looked at him, unaware that her eyes were already lined thinly with hinting tears. "I shouldn't have thrown you out like that."

"You were right. Hoyt's your best friend and I had no right coming over there after I had just broken his heart."

"Why did you come over?" She felt herself lose her voice. She knew damn well why she went over to Jason. She needed him - not just as a friend - but in every way. She watched as Jason slowly closed the space between them, leaving a few inches. "I can't help but...feel this attraction to you." The corners of her mouth slowly started to curl into a small smile. Jason instantly sported one of his half smiles that Jessica found so cute. "Just somethin' about being with you - even just in the same room - it feels better." She giggled softly as she glanced down, blushing. "And that! I love seeing you smile." The sound of the front door closing brought both Jason and Jess' attention to it. Sookie flashed them a sheepish smile.

"Sorry." She noticed the body language and took a moment to focus on the thoughts in the room. "Y'all seem like you don't need my help." Jason looked at Jess who was blushing and shook her head no. 'Not unless you want to help me undress your brother.' Sookie laughed. "No thanks, I'll pass." Jess and Jason exchanged confused looks before looking at Sookie.

"Uh, Pass on what Sook?" Her smile faded as she looked at Jess.

"You didn't say anything Jess?" The vampire shook her head.

"No, I was quiet the whole time." Sookie swallowed as it dawned on her; she heard Jessica's thoughts.

"Fuck."


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