Eric was still buried inside Sookie when she revealed her glowing hands. He had only ever seen something like that once before, and it was during the war with the fae. Their hands would glow just like that when they were charged with magic. He offered Sookie a cocky smirk and boldly leaned down to kiss one of her palms.
“Relax, lover, I do believe I only tapped the fairy in you,” he said with his smirk firmly intact.
“Relax? Eric, my hands are glowing. This isn’t normal!” Sookie shrieked, but when she tried to push him back she ended up shocking him.
That didn’t help matters at all.
Little burns appeared where her hands had touched him, and Eric recoiled from her on instinct. Sookie quickly curled into a ball and tucked her hands to her chest. She looked positively terrified, but Eric wasn’t afraid of her.
“Sookie, I’m fine,” Eric moved closer to her. “I will heal. Look,” he said, and gestured to the burns even as they were already healing and fading away.
“I shot you with… whatever this is coming out of my hands! This is not okay, Eric! How can you be so calm about this?” Sookie demanded, her hands balled into fists and tucked under her chin.
He reached for her hands and gently pulled them away from her body. Carefully he uncurled her fingers until her palms were flat again. When they were he raised her right hand and kissed each of her fingertips before repeating the process with her left one.
“Did you do it on purpose, Sookie?” Eric asked his voice calm and free of accusation or judgment.
“No, of course not,” she said in a shaky voice. “I didn’t even know I could.”
“Then relax,” he said soothingly.
His eyes caught Sookie’s, and slowly but surely her breathing started to even out and her heartbeat began to return to normal. When she was calm again, Eric leaned down and kissed her softly on her forehead. He had barely been awake for an hour and already he was having quite the night. It was then that reality seemed to slap Sookie upside the head because she pulled back and looked at him skeptically.
“What?” Eric asked, since he knew she had something to say, but wasn’t saying it.
“You’re not being as smug as I thought you’d be,” Sookie admitted.
“I could gloat if you like,” he offered. “In fact, I could remind you every hour, on the hour just how wonderfully hot and tight your-”
Sookie covered his mouth and said, “No you won’t!”
Eric moved her hand away from his mouth and said, “You offered yourself to me. Why?”
In spite of all they had just done Sookie blushed a little as she said, “There are two reasons, actually. The first is that I wanted to thank you for taking care of me. There isn’t much I can do for you in return, but I can give you blood-”
“You don’t owe me anything, Sookie. I didn’t do any of this because I wanted your blood,” Eric said a little more harshly than he intended to. He didn’t want her, at any point, to see him the way she did Compton. Her blood was delicious, and he knew he would be a fool to turn it down but he wouldn’t take it if he thought she might, at some point, come to regret the decision.
“Eric, I offered it because I wanted to,” she reassured him. “We have spent enough time together for me to know that if my blood was all you wanted, you wouldn’t be shy about making it obvious to me. The other reason,” she said, and sat up on her knees so they were eye to eye, “is because I like the way it feels when you bite me.”
“Is that right?” he asked with a hint of a smirk, and when she nodded she found herself underneath him again. “Why is that, I wonder?”
He expected he would have to torture her for the answer, but instead she looked into his eyes and said very clearly, “Because you’re gentle with me when you don’t have to be. Because you wait for me to offer myself instead of taking me against my will, assuming my blood is yours to do with as you wish. But mostly because it just feels good.”
That was a good enough answer for him. She smiled up at him and he couldn’t help but lean in and kiss her with everything he had. His lower half began to move against hers, but he knew there was no time for that. They needed to get dressed and head over to Fangtasia so they could meet Pam in Bon Temps as planned.
“Why did you stop?” Sookie asked when he pulled away from her.
“Greedy, are we?” Eric smirked over his shoulder and got off the bed. Sookie threw a pillow at him playfully, but he caught it easily. “We have places to be, I’m afraid, and Pam isn’t a vampire who likes to be kept waiting. Besides, the sooner we take care of business, the sooner we can take care of… other things.”
Eric’s eyes traveled over her naked body and it really was bordering on painful not to throw himself back into bed to take advantage of what she was offering him. He had waited patiently for this, and of course now that he could have it there wasn’t proper time to enjoy it. The gods were funny, funny creatures when they wanted to be.
“Do I have time to take a quick shower?” Sookie asked while Eric began to get dressed.
“Lover, if you shower there will be nothing quick about it,” he warned her, and her blush deepened. “But you can clean up if you want to.”
Sookie leaned over the side of the bed and picked up her bra to put that on, followed by her shirt. When she got out of bed to go to the bathroom, Eric stopped her and leaned down to kiss her softly on her lips.
“What was that for?” Sookie smiled faintly.
“That was a thank you. It isn’t my preferred way of thanking you, but as I already said, we have places to be,” Eric winked at her, and Sookie blushed. She also got a playful slap on her ass as she walked past Eric to get to the bathroom.
They stopped at Fangtasia long enough to order Sookie her new phone and Eric put a rush on it so it would be delivered to Fangtasia where he could inspect it to make sure it hadn’t been fucked with by anyone. There was a short debated over what type of phone Sookie should have. She was content to stay with something less flashy and without all the “smart” options. They argued over data packages and just about anything they possibly could until Eric asked a key question that brought the argument to a halt.
“Sookie have you made up your mind about the blood bond?” he asked her.
“What does that have to do with a phone?” she narrowed her eyes at him.
“God, woman, do you ever answer a question directly?” Eric gritted in frustration.
“Woman?” Sookie’s eyes went wide, but before she could get too worked up over what she perceived to be an insult Eric grabbed her face and kissed her hard.
Sookie fought against him for just a few seconds before giving in, and then becoming a puddle of telepath that he was most definitely holding up and having a very difficult time refraining from depositing her on his desk so he could have his way with her.
“Have you decided about the blood bond?” Eric repeated himself in a soft, quieter tone when the kiss broke.
Sookie nodded and said, “I have.”
“And what did you decide?” Eric asked, although he already had a feeling he knew. If that had been pity sex earlier, he wasn’t going to be happy.
“I decided to do what Gran said and trust my instincts. My instincts tell me that bonding with you would be a good move. I don’t doubt for a second that there will be times when it will be frustrating or that it will take time to adjust to it, but you gave me a choice when you didn’t have to, and you’ve done a lot for me without asking for much of anything in return. You have trusted me with important information, and I know that by doing this you’re putting yourself at risk for me. But before we do it I have a few more questions,” Sookie informed him.
Eric gave her a genuine smile and said, “I will do my best to answer them for you. We’ll discuss it when we get back to the penthouse. For now, we need to order the phone and get going.”
Sookie nodded, but then the argument resumed over which phone to get. In the end Eric got his way when he told Sookie that he would simply add her phone to the plan he already shared with Pam. There was a brief argument over that as well, but it was nothing that couldn’t be solved with a little compromise and some distraction in the form of kisses that left Sookie breathless. She was being stubborn simply for the sake of being stubborn, but Eric would have been lying if he said he didn’t enjoy arguing with her at least a little bit.
He didn’t mind as long as they could come to an agreement in the end and she trusted him on the bigger, more important things. With the phone situation taken care of, Eric did a few other little things in his office pertaining to the business, and then they were headed for Bon Temps. But when they went outside Eric didn’t steer her toward the BMW.
“What are you doing? We have to get Moli,” Sookie said, glancing over to the car where Moli was waiting in the backseat.
“I’ll get her. I had Bobby bring a bigger vehicle here for us to take to Bon Temps,” he said, and gestured to an enormous black Escalade.
“I’m going to need a step ladder to get into that,” Sookie mumbled.
Eric grinned and then moved at vampire speed to the car. He opened the door, pushed a button and retractable steps appeared. Sookie’s jaw dropped at the feature, and Eric was at the BMW getting Moli before Sookie had time to close her mouth.
“Sookie, we’re already late,” Eric said from the SUV.
She nodded and started to walk toward him. “Just how many cars do you have anyway?” she asked while she climbed up into the passenger’s side.
“Just in America, or total?” Eric asked, and again Sookie was stunned. “I told you, Sookie, that I have more wealth than I can possibly spend. When Godric died everything he had was passed to me as well, which means I will never have to worry about going broke no matter how many pairs of shoes Pam purchases.”
Sookie laughed the laugh of a person who was overwhelmed, and buckled her seat belt while Eric started the car. Moli was sniffing things out in the back, and Sookie looked to see two more bucket seats behind her, and then a row of regular seats at the far end of the car. Moli hopped up on the back row and made herself comfortable there.
“You’ll have to forgive me,” Sookie said once they were on the highway. “I didn’t grow up with anything like this. I’m not used to it. Buyin’ my car, even if you think it’s awful, was a big deal for me. I paid for it with my own money that I worked for, and I was proud of myself for doin’ it. I worked hard for it. I’ve never had anything handed to me before.”
“I’m sure I’ll find ways for you to earn your keep,” Eric said in a teasing tone, but it was the exact wrong thing to say.
“I don’t want to be a kept woman, Eric!” Sookie fired right back at him. “If you think that us bonding means that I’ll be spendin’ my days lyin’ around just waitin’ for you to wake up so you can take my blood and fuck me you’ve got another thing comin’.”
“While your version definitely sounds more enticing, that wasn’t quite what I meant,” Eric glanced over at Sookie. “I was thinking more along the lines of reading humans in the bar, or perhaps going to school to get that degree you said you wanted but didn’t think you could ever have. There are online colleges now. Perhaps that would be the best thing for you. That way you could study in your own time, and not worry about the thoughts of others disturbing you while you work. Of course, if you change your mind and decide you would rather spend your days waiting for me, I wouldn’t object to that either.”
Sookie remained quiet and he could tell she was angry about something, but he wasn’t sure what it was. The rest of the trip to Bon Temps was spent in silence.