Okay so I told Adriana that I was going to write up a post about the Eric I wrote for the Fire Diaries series. This post may contain some spoilery material for that series so read on only if you want to be spoiled for upcoming events. I promise that I won’t get too detailed and once the series is complete I will post about him again because I’m sure there will be more thoughts on this version of Eric. The rest of this is under the cut for those that don’t want spoilery bits.
Right, so by now you’re aware that Missy and I operate under the policy of:
You should also be aware, if you read the comments and my responses to them, that I was nowhere near in love with this Eric when the story started. The way we approached this story was to throw in every fucked up thing we could possibly think of for Eric and Sookie to do. We wanted them to be raunchy and heartless in their actions because even though it’s not fanfic normal, it’s real life normal.
As I’ve said several times in my review responses, this story was about good people doing bad things for no reason other than they could. Does that make them sociopathic? Perhaps. Personally, I think it’s more about exercising poor judgment. Of course that’s easy for me to say because I know how this story ends.
That said, let me start by talking about Eric’s background because that’s something we don’t really go into with this story. First of all, I didn’t see the point in digging too deep into it. There is mention of relationships previous to Michele that talk about his experience with the D/s lifestyle. I didn’t bother to include much of a family history for him because it didn’t seem prudent to the story.
So, I’ll give you one here. I see this Eric as being an only child, the product of a married couple that were probably upper-middle class. I see him as having a strict, bordering on domineering father which would explain his tendencies to drift that way. He learned it from somewhere. I see his parents divorcing after Eric was out of the nest and on his own, so perhaps while he was in college. Being an only child from a generally well-to-do family meant Eric was used to getting his way and having whatever he wanted.
He works hard, however, as he’s building his own ‘practice’ with the real estate firm that he’s co-running. If I had to guess, I think both of his parents are deceased by the time the story starts, which means Eric is essentially alone in the world. Rasul is the only family he has but they aren’t blood related.
Now when it comes to Michele, I believe that he loved her. Eric speaks about that later on in the second part of the story. He’s had time to analyze his decisions and the things he’s done. He realizes that while he loved her, it wasn’t enough.
Right, I know, that’s obviously an understatement. When he married Michele, his intentions were pure. He believed that she was the one he wanted for the rest of his life. Sookie wasn’t on his radar as a potential love interest. It was pointed out in reviews that Sookie bordered on being a child. Yes, emotionally and maybe a little bit mentally, that’s true. She obviously wasn’t an independent adult that was fully supporting herself. Part of me thinks that this wouldn’t have happened had she left the house to go away to college, but one can never know for certain about that.
I don’t see Eric’s actions here as being ones of a pederist, although he’s definitely walking a fine line with Sookie. Now had he pursued her I would concede that the relationship is completely toxic and twisted. However, Sookie was the pursuer. This idea sprang from me watching Lolita. If you’re familiar with that book then you’re already a little familiar with this Eric’s psychology. Clear thinking isn’t the order of the day.
As it has been suggested, yes, I think it’s safe to say that Eric was blinded by lust and his attraction to Sookie. For him it came out of left field and surprised him. Until Sookie flaunted herself like she did, it never occurred to him that he might be interested in her, or that she might interested in him.
A lot of people have asked how Eric and Sookie could do what they did to Michele. I’m not so in tune with Sookie’s thought process since I didn’t write her. You’ll have to talk to Missy about that. For Eric… I think initially it was something that happened purely by impulse. He didn’t even think; he just acted. After that I think it was a combination of arrogance and selfishness. Like any other person that behaves badly, Eric got away with it. He wasn’t caught by his wife or by Preston, so there weren’t any consequences for his actions.
All of the consequences were there in the ether and he knew that it was a huge risk to keep going. Obviously, he was either arrogant enough to think that he could keep going without getting caught or that he just wouldn’t get caught. To this day, I’m not sure which of the two options it was.
Ultimately, I think what it comes down to is that he feels a pull toward Sookie. There is something about her that he can’t explain that keeps him coming back, even when he knows that he shouldn’t. Yes, in the beginning, their relationship is obsessive. It’s thoughtless and reckless. The collateral damage for both of them is significant. Sookie absolutely loses more than he does because she not only loses her boyfriend, but also her mother, her lover and her home.
She also knew going in that those things were hanging in the balance, and yet she chose to pursue a relationship with Eric that was completely inappropriate. Should Eric have known better and walked away from her? Yes, probably. But that leads us back to the notion that sometimes good people do bad things for no reason other than they can. It’s possible that this affair with Sookie was a mistake.
It ruined a lot of lives and relationships by being brought out into the relative open. It also put both of them in a position to be able to start over. The way they chose to handle the changes in their lives couldn’t be more different.
Eric opted to go out on his own for a while, clear his head and try to make some sort of sense of all the things that happened. He moved on with Isabel, and yes, he did love her. Once again, he believed there was a future with her. His daughter being born changed the way he looks at life, and the way he looks at Sookie. I also believe there’s some denial mixed in there.
It’s a case of having to move on because the person he wants is unavailable to him. Plus, frankly, it’s a really bad idea to get involved with her again. Any progress she’s made with her mother in the last two years could potentially be wiped out. This time around he’s aware of the consequences. Despite his callousness and how cold he is toward Michele sometimes, the one thing he regrets is that this affair fucked up Sookie’s relationship with her mother. That is a forever deal and because of him, it’s shot to shit.
There’s more I want to say but it would completely spoil Light My Fire and it would definitely ruin Eternal Flame so I’m going to stop here. I will, however, offer you the opportunity to ask Eric a question, so feel free to leave one for him in the comments and he’ll get you an answer ASAP.