WPOV: (Back at Fangtasia)
When Marnie turned the lights back on, Eric and his vampire child were gone. What the hell happened? Hallow thought. She shook with rage and threw a chair across the room through a wall. There was a big hole there and she could care less if it was fixed or not.
The spell should have worked! The vampire should have been knocked out and now he’s gone! Perhaps she performed the wrong spell? Impossible! The spell clearly stated it was to put him in a magic-induced coma. But instead he disappeared. She’s clearly missing something. He could not have got up and walked away. So someone else must’ve been here. She was broken out of her thoughts to Marnie shouting.
“What the hell? What happened to the vampires?” Marnie shouted. “I thought you said the spell would work! It was suppose to knock him out! Now what are we going to do?”
Hallow was suddenly in front of Marnie, gripping the collar of her shirt and holding her in the air. “Let’s get one thing straight…I’m in charge here! You don’t question me! You do as I tell you, no complaints, and no questions at all! Understand?” Hallow hissed coldly. She let go of Marnie and took a step back. Marnie bowed her head in subordination.
“Forgive me mistress. What will you have me do?” Marnie asked, lowering her voice and raising her head.
“Get the book and find a tracking spell. Locate the sheriff and bring him straight to me. Understood?” Hallow replied.
“Yes mistress.” Marnie said, disappearing from the room. Hallow turned to Antonia.
“Antonia, I want you to stay here and make sure no one know about this and in case the sheriff or his child comes back, report to me if you find anything.” Hallow said. Antonia only nodded her head, watching Hallow disappear from the room.
Sookie woke up the next morning to find herself alone in bed. Eric must’ve left sometime before dawn. She sighed in disappointment. She wished she could wake up in Eric’s arms every morning. She got out of bed and noticed a note on her nightstand. She smiled to herself and opened it.
Sadly I cannot stay and wake with you next to me. You look so angelic when you’re sleeping. I couldn’t stop watching you. I went to Fangtasia to rest for the day. I’ll return to you at sunset.
Shoot! She forgot to tell Eric about the hidey hole in her guest bedroom. No matter, she can tell him later this evening. Sookie put the note in her dresser and went into the bathroom. She took off her clothes and started the shower.
While she washed herself, she thought about everything that happened last night. Now that she’s Eric’s, she has to let Bill know. Knowing Bill, he’ll try everything he can to convince her to stay away from Eric.
Looking back, Bill had tried so hard before, to keep her away from Eric. Bill exaggerated Eric’s bad side and made him sound more like a self-centered monster. That he would use her, manipulate her and so on.
But deep down, she knew it wasn’t true. Eric wasn’t all that bad. He’s always been fair and only killed when it was absolutely necessary. He didn’t kill for fun and was sometimes generous.
She may have a little afraid of him when they first met, but she didn’t hate him. She started to dislike Eric when Bill told her about him. She listened to everything Bill said and believed every word…like a fool. When she found Lafayette in the basement, she was angry and hated him then.
She may have despised him for torturing Lafayette, but she understood why. Lafayette knew what he was doing was wrong, yet he continued to sell vampire blood anyway and he got caught.
When she was done with her shower, she dried herself off and blow-dried her hair. She walked out the bathroom, into her closet and put on some jean shorts and a white tank top. She brushed her hair, and put it into a high ponytail. She put on her shoes, grabbed her purse, car keys and headed to Merlotte’s.
She sat in her car for a few minutes and took a deep breath. No doubt everyone will wonder where she’s been. She didn’t like lying to her friends…but it had to be done. Sookie got out of her car and walked across the parking lot through doors of Merlotte’s. When she walked in, she spotted Sam behind the bar. When he looked up his eyes widened in surprise and relief. He rushed from behind the bar and stood in front of Sookie. He quickly pulled her into a hug and sniffed her.
“Sookie?” He asked.
“Hi Sam.” Sookie replied.
“Where the hell you been? You’ve been gone for a…”
“For a year…I know Sam. And I’m sorry. I…”
“You have any idea what we’ve all been through? We all thought you were dead!” Sam said angrily. Sookie looked down at her feet. She felt bad for leaving Sam high and dry and with no guarantee she was alive or coming back.
“I know what you must’ve gone throu-“
“No you don’t …a lots happened Sookie, a lots changed.” Sam interrupted.
“Yeah…you’ve gotten lot more prickly.” Sookie replied. Sam stared at her.
“You start part-time. Holly and Arlene got kids, they need the shifts.” Sam said. He walked back to his office. Suddenly Terry and Arlene walked through the doors and stood frozen as soon as they spotted Sookie. They rushed over to her and hugged her.
“Sookie, thank god!” Arlene exclaimed.
“Oh I’m so sorry I missed you’re wedding!” Sookie said.
“It’s OK! Oh, we were all thinking the worst!” Arlene said.
“I’m OK and still alive.” Sookie replied.
“Well you know where my mind went…the man you love, turned out to be a crazed killer…”Arlene trailed off.
“He wasn’t.” Sookie said quickly.
“I know, but-“
“He wasn’t.” Sookie interrupted quickly. Terry rolled his eyes and Arlene looked at Sookie with pity.
“Of course.” Arlene said.
“Good to have you back Sook.” Terry said after an awkward silence. He hugged her again and smiled.
“Thanks Terry.” Sookie replied smiling back. For the next few hours, she stuck around at Merlotte’s catching up with her friends and left moments later. She decided since she had time, she’d go grocery shopping and run other errands before she saw Eric again.
By the time she got home it was around 5 in the afternoon. When she got home, she decided she’d clean the house.
When she was done cleaning the house, she went to the kitchen to make herself dinner. She made herself some chicken salad, on toast with a salad, and a class of sweet tea. She sat down at the kitchen table and dug in.
By 6:30, it was sunrise, which means Eric will be on his way. When she was done eating she washed her dishes. To pass the time, she decided to read a book. Sookie went into the living room, picked up a random book and started reading.
She stopped reading for a moment and realized it was dark out. Eric should have been here by now, Sookie thought.
Suddenly someone knocked on the door. She lowered her shields and felt two voids. She stiffened and took a deep breath. Sookie got off the couch and looked out the window. It was Pam, and another female vampire she had never seen before. She opened the door.
“Can we come in Sookie?” Pam asked.
“Is something wrong Pam? Is Eric OK?” Sookie asked.
“Something’s happened to him. We need your help.” Pam replied.
“Who’s your friend?” Sookie asked. Gracie smiled and took a step forward.
“Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Gracie Law. It’s nice to meet you, Miss Stackhouse.” Gracie said gracefully. To Sookie’s surprise, Gracie held her hand out. She took Gracie’s hand and shook it slowly. I thought vampires didn’t liked to be touched, Sookie thought. Sookie couldn’t explain it, but she somehow knew Gracie meant no harm.
“Don’t be alarmed Miss Stackhouse, I’m not here to cause trouble or hurt you. But I am here however to tell you, that you and Eric Northman are in danger.” Gracie said coolly.
“Has something happened to him? Is he OK? He supposed to come back here tonight.” Sookie replied.
“Can we talk inside?” Gracie said. Sookie looked at both vampires and took a deep breath.
“Come on in.” Sookie said. Gracie and Pam walked into the foyer and Sookie closed the door behind them.
“Would either of you like a blood?” Sookie asked politely. Pam shook her head.
“No, thank you. I’ve already fed.” Gracie replied. Sookie walked to the living room with Gracie and Pam behind her. Sookie sat on the couch, while Gracie sat in a recliner across from her and Pam sat next to Sookie. They sat in silence for a moment, until Pam finally spoke.
“Sookie, something’s happened to Eric. Last night this witch named Marnie came to Fangtasia last night asking for an audience with him.” Pam said. Sookie looked at Pam and gasped.
“What did she want with Eric?” Sookie asked.
“She demanded 30 percent of Fangtasia’s profits and a week to use his body. When he refused, she threatened him and disappeared. Then later she came back with two other witches and silvered me to a chair. They hid until Eric showed up, and I tried to tell him to go, but it was too late, they reappeared and threatened to stake me if he didn’t take the deal. He was about to attack when suddenly the witch started chanting and he just…collapsed. I don’t know what else happened next, but I regained consciousness in a cabin in the middle of no where. That’s where Gracie comes in.”
“Right before the witches were about to take Pam and Eric, I flipped a light switch, flew in, grabbed them and flew outta there before the witches even knew what hit them. Eric is still unconscious though, I figured by sunset he’d be awake. But he’s not. We need your help, Miss Stackhouse. For some reason, I believe the witches put him in some kind of magic induced coma. We need your help, to help track the witches…with your telepathy.” Gracie said.
“One day and there’s already a problem…I’ll do whatever I can to help.” Sookie replied.
“One more thing…you by any chance know Bill Compton?” Gracie asked, narrowing her eyes at Sookie. Sookie stiffened. Even though she’s not sure she can forgive Bill, her hurt from his betrayal was still fresh in her mind and she couldn’t trust him again. What Bill has to do with this, Sookie thought.
“Well, I was coming to…visit the king, and I overheard him talking to the same witches that attacked Pam and Eric…” Gracie trailed off, gauging Sookie’s reaction.
“I believe he may have paid those witches to get rid of Eric and me. I’m not surprised the pompous little dork has anything to do with this…since he hates Eric.” Pam added angrily. Gracie laughed.
“Pompous little dork? More like foolish, incompetent pompous dork…yes, that’s more like it.” Gracie said. Pam snickered. Sookie rolled her eyes.
Sookie thought about it for a moment and nodded her head in agreement. Ever since Eric had Sookie’s blood and she his, he’s tried every possible way to get rid of Eric.
There were also a number of other reasons why Bill would try and get rid of Eric. One, Eric is stronger, and has more connections than he does. Two, like Pam said he always hated Eric. And three, Bill promised Sookie he end any vampire that has had her blood. It’s very much possible Bill would go to these lengths to have Sookie to himself and get rid of the competition.
Right now, Sookie wished she’d never met Bill Compton; he’s caused nothing but trouble, hurt and heartache.
“Now Sookie, when you go and find the witches hiding place, try to pretend everything is normal. When Bill comes asking for Eric, you haven’t seen him or Pam.” Gracie said seriously.
“OK then. Where is he?” Sookie asked.
“He’s safe somewhere in Shreveport. I’ll tell you the location soon; right now Pam and I are trying to make sure nobody finds him. Find anything you can on the witches, plans, spells they’ll use…anything. And let us hope we can find them, before they find him. I sense Louisiana will be in serious shit if they succeed.” Gracie said, as she stood up with Pam behind her.
They got to the front door and opened it; Gracie stopped in place and turned back to Sookie.
“And Sookie…stay away from Bill, and don’t invite him into this house.” Gracie said as she sped out the door closing it behind her.
Sookie sat on the couch, thinking about she just learned. She wondered how Gracie knew about her telepathy. How she knew her last name, and how she knew Bill and Eric? Sookie couldn’t help but feel she knows more about what’s going on than she’s letting on.
If these witches tried to kill Eric, then surely they’ll be looking for him? Sookie decided to go ahead and get dressed. If she was going to help find the witches, she’d better get to it soon.
And she’s going to start at Merlotte’s.