Chapter Three

EPOV

 

I lay here holding my promised, my destiny, my mate; holy hell I have a mate, a human mate. She is my love.  I feel complete for the first time in my very long life including my human life. I lean down, place three small kisses onto her forehead, take in her scent, and let it wash over me. My eyes close of their own accord and I am back with the psychic.

 

I am out in the night; I have fed. I find the night of the forest to relax my mind. I come upon an old woman she turns to me and says, “You are Erik the Norseman?”

“Yes, who are you to know me?”

“No one, I have a gift for you.”

“A gift for a vampire, unless it is blood I do not need your gift,” I say incredulously.

“Who is this gift from?”

“That even I do not know, I have been sent to give this to you but you must listen.”

“Speak now then.”

“I will tell you then give you the proof you will need to keep you at peace until you two are ready for each other.” I nod slightly so she will continue.

“She will be a mate like no other has ever had, she will be everything to you, you must always put her first, and you will love her immediately as she will you, she will lighten your dark existence, she will sing to your soul and you to hers. You two will be inseparable and do a great many things together. She will be true and innocent, she will have only you to depend on and keep her safe, there will be many of your kind who will try to do her harm and you are to be her only protector.”

“When, when will this happen, when will she come?”

“I do not know you will have to be ready for her before she comes to you. Do not look for her she will come to you willingly.”

“What proof do you offer me?”

“Here, this is your first meeting.”

“A drawing of us at our first meeting, where is this place?”

“Keep it safe, she will need to see it as I have shown you.”

 

I pull from my memories as Sookie snuggles in closer to me, takes a deep inhale of my scent, and sighs.

 

I am just about to die for the day, so I pull Sookie closer to me she feels perfect in my arms. I am at peace knowing that she is finally here with me.

I close my eyes and let the dawn take me, knowing we are safe in my light tight suite.

 

When I awaken, I am happy to see Sookie still in my arms. She has placed her hand over my dead un-beating heart and her leg over my legs.

 

I look down and she is still asleep, I know that humans need plenty of rest but I am a little concerned that she is still asleep.

 

Sookie, dear one you need to wake up. I give her a little shake with the arm I have tightly wrapped around her waist. She opens her beautiful blue eyes and smiles at me. I am in awe, she should be afraid of me. I am vampire, but she just gives me a heart-warming smile.

 

“You need to eat dear one.”

 

“Um, can I have a human moment?”

 

“Of course, what shall I order for you?”

 

“Anything will be fine; do you have a shirt I can put on? I was not strong enough to get my bag from my car last night.”

 

I give Sookie a Fangtasia t-shirt and call room service I order her a nice filet mignon medium rare, some cheddar mashed potatoes and steamed buttered broccoli. While she is showering, I call Pam. I notice that after Sookie has left the room I am again uncomfortable there is an ache in my chest to hold her. I wonder if she is feeling the same as I am.

 

“Master, the doctor will be there at nine instead of ten, I did not know what to tell her so I just told her that you had an issue to discuss with her.”

 

“That is very good Pam, you will need to run the bar for at least tonight. Is there any word on Compton?”

 

“Yes he will be coming into the bar to check in tomorrow, He came from New Orleans and says he has some paper work for you that are urgent.”

Very well then, I will do what I can to be there tomorrow.

 

“Master, what is going on with you and Miss Southern flower? Are you both still in pain?”

 

“I think I know but I will wait to talk to the doctor first.” She is my mate I have been waiting for. How will she take that?

 

She answers me with a “Very well then master.”

 

After I hang up with Pam, I hear the water turn off in the shower. When Sookie comes back from the bathroom, she looks incredible. She is wearing my t-shirt damn she looks good in my clothes, which comes down to mid-thigh and nothing else, no bra or panties. I can smell that she is innocent she is truly pure still a virgin. I wonder if she knows how acute vampire senses are.

 

Come dear one your food should be here soon.

 

She comes and sits right beside me on the bed shocking me that she is willing to be so close to me. As soon as she sits beside me she tenderly placed her hand on my leg and the spark was there humming again. I wrap my arm around her shoulders and pull her back towards my chest. “Tell me about yourself Sookie.”

 

“Well Eric there is not much to tell. I lost my parents and brother in a flash flood when I was five. I moved in with my grandmother, when I was old enough to work I got a job working at merlot’s as a server. I lost my gran about a year ago. I still work at merlots as a server just not at night now. I have a neighbor who will not leave me alone. I came to see you and….”

 

“And what dear one?”

 

“I can’t really explain what happened to me; Eric when I left you last night the pain was so un-like anything I have ever felt before. Thank you for coming to me.”

 

I gave her a little squeeze to let her know that I understood. Just then, there was a knock on the door. I released my arms from around Sookie and got up to let room service in with her food. When I turned around she was there sitting on the couch in the main room. I tipped the guy so he would stop staring at my woman, my woman I liked the thought of that. I brought the tray of food over to her and sat down next to her so our knees were touching. She turned to me and asked if this would bother me.

 

“No Sookie I do not miss it so it has no effect on me. I have been a vampire for a very long time. When you are first turned you reject what you miss of your human existence and so the younger ones would have a hard time being around food.”

 

“Sookie, do you know much about vampires?”

 

“No Eric I have only met Mr. Compton.”

 

“How did you know to make an appointment with me about him harassing you then?”

 

“Oh my boss told me that you were in charge so I made an appointment.”

 

“He told you I was Sheriff.”

 

“Well no, I kind of heardavoice tell me to ask for sheriff Northman. I know it sounds ludicrous but I was sitting on my bed trying to think who I should ask for when I heard a male voice say sheriff so I asked for sheriff Northman.”

 

“It’s okay I do not think it is ludicrous.”

 

“Sookie, can you tell me about the pain from last night?”

 

“Eric, it is going to sound crazy but as I was walking away from you the pain increased the further away from you I got by the time I got here I could barely move. But as you came into the room it became a dull ache and then when you held me it went away completely.”

 

“I had the same pain Sookie, I do not know for sure what it is but I called in a doctor that deals with my kind to help us figure this out.”

 

Just as I was telling Sookie about the doctor, good old Dr. Ludwig showed up.

 

“Northman what can I do for you.”

 

“Well I was hoping you could help us out here. It seems Miss Stackhouse and I have some touching issues.”

 

“Oh, what kind of touching issues would you be referring too?”

 

“Okay, well we met last night at my club and once she left, my chest began to ache”; as I am explaining this to the good doctor I reach over and give, Sookie’s knee a little squeeze because this is the first time I am acknowledging the same symptoms as she has had. “The further away she got from me the more intense the pain was. Then we got a call from the hotel they heard screaming coming from my suite. I had Pam rush me over here and the closer I got to Sookie the pain began to ease. When I came into the suite I instinctively knew that to ease her and my pain I needed to hold her.”

 

After I tell the doctor, all of that Sookie leans into me and I cannot resist putting my arms around her, pulling her closer, and kissing the top of her head.

 

“Well Northman, I believe I know what this is; but I thought this connection was only a myth.  I am going to be blunt and tell you that I am at a loss of exactly what and how it works. I will need to spend some time researching this.”

 

Sookie spoke in a soft tone and asked, “Well are you going to share with us?” Ah she is brave also, truly delightful in every way.

 

Well the myth is a soul connection, basically your souls were made for each other and the connection you feel, you both do feel something right?”

 

Sookie spoke again this time a little bolder, “Oh yes I feel as if I have known Eric my whole life” I gave her a small reassuring smile that I felt it too.

 

Can you two tell me exactly what you felt when you met?”

 

I looked down at Sookie and told her it is okay sweetheart I will go first. I look back at the doctor who is watching us analyzing us.

 

“Well at first, I was sitting at my desk and the most intense fragrance hit me. I just had to find out whom it belonged to, so I went out into the main portion of my bar and she was sitting in my booth with her eyes closed. I felt a humming all around my body and I just had to touch her. I walked over, we spoke but I really do not remember too much of that.  I reached my hand out to her, and when she took it; the electricity that came from her touch made me never want to let her go. When we got back into my office and I released her hand. I felt the loss immediately. When she sat down I made sure to sit next to her and where our legs where touching the same electric spark was there. When we finished the conversation, I got up to call the hotel and set up everything. But, I missed her touch. Once she started walking out the door the ache in my chest got more painful. Then all I could think of was that to make this go away I needed Sookie.”

 

Sookie took up telling her side. “I was sitting in the booth when a scent hit me it was the most wonderful scent I had ever smelled. Then as Eric described I felt a humming through my body I opened my eyes to look around and he was in the doorway. I don’t remember making a conscious effort to stand but I was standing there looking at him just wanting to touch him and wrap my arms around him.”

 

Just then, she looked up at me with a deep blush. I reached out and brushed her cheek with my hand staring into her eyes.

 

“Umm hum” That sound brought us back to the doctor. Sookie continued with describing the same electric spark, the loss she felt when we weren’t touching and then she got to the pain.

 

Here I am this big badass Viking vampire sheriff and I couldn’t help but feel that I was responsible for this poor little girl suffering because of our new connection. I knew at that exact moment; I would do anything to keep her from being in pain.

 

“Well you two as far as I can tell from the myths it would appear that you two are soul singers. Your souls are intertwined in such a way that as soon as your Bodies were within certain proximity of each other that the connection opened and bound you two to each other.”

 

“Okay doctor but how do we help Sookie with the pain? She lives in Bon temps and I live in Shreveport.”

 

“For right now I don’t think the connection will let you two be apart. Part of the myth is that the connection will tell you what it needs.”

 

I need to figure out how to get Sookie to stay with me without pushing her. As I turn to Sookie, she is blushing and she says, “Well as of right now I have about seven years of vacation stacked up along with personal sick days. I guess I could stay in Shreveport until we figure this out. That is if you don’t mind Eric?”

 

Hell no I don’t mind

 

“Sookie love that would be fine, would you like to stay here at the hotel or would you like to come to my home.” She ducks her head and blushes looking down at her lap and says “I can come to your house if you’re comfortable with that. I will need to go get clothes at some point and talk to my boss though.”

 

“Since the connection will not let us be apart from each other, I will come with you after my meeting tomorrow night. Would that be all right with you?”

 

“Sure Eric that would be alright with me.”

 

“So doctor will you look into what we can expect from this connection.”

 

“Like I have been telling you Northman, all I thought I knew said this was a myth but I will do some research on it.”

 

“That is all I am asking.”

 

“It might help the connection if you do a mutual blood exchange, but make sure she knows what that could entail. I really don‘t know how that will affect the connection either.”

 

Sookie and I will talk about that. After that, the doctor left just the way she came by just disappearing. I give Sookie another little squeeze and ask her “how are you doing dear one.”

 

She smiles at me. “I am fine Eric, I trust you completely. I have some things to tell you but we can discuss them when we get to your house.”

 

She asks me about her car. I let her know it will be safe here and will have my day man bring it to her at my house. If I am, correct, though she will not be able to use it now.

 

So I pack up my stuff that I will need and we head out to my favorite house that I have had decorated for her she will see our picture. I cannot wait.

 

 

 

SPOV

 

I go to sleep in the arms of my dream man. I don’t know how long I am asleep before I am dreaming about the most beautiful place.

 

I am on the beach that I have been on countless times when I have dreamt about Eric. Behind me is the most majestic garden I have ever seen. As I turn to stare out at the ocean I hear a women say,

“It is peaceful is it not?”

 “It is who are you?”

“For now that is not important, you have finally met your mate, yes.”

“What do you mean by mate?”

“Have you not been dreaming about him your entire adult life?”

“Yes but he is vampire.  He cannot be faithful, he cannot give me children, vampires do not marry, and will he not just use me and get bored then be rid of me? What of those dreams I have.”

“Do you not have faith that we your guardians would make sure you have all you could ever dream of?”

“You are my guardian like an angel.”

“No not like an angel, now is not the time to reveal what I am to you, soon dear heart.”

“What is going on with Eric and me? Can you tell me that?”

“I can tell you that you must listen to him, put your faith and trust in him. He loves you with a love no other could ever give to you. He will be your protector; he will be the love of your life.”

“Is it wrong to say I already love him, should I not be wary of that to love someone from the moment you meet? I didn’t know that kind of thing happened to anyone let alone me.”

“Oh dear heart, he has loved you for much longer. It will all be revealed as you two grow to know each other, but you must do as he tells you. You are to stay by his side the connection you share will ensure your safety if you heed it.”

“Tell him of this dream after the doctor has left, tell him Freya has been watching over you.”

“Will I see you again?”

“Oh my yes dear heart, you have been mine since your soul was created.”

“Now you will sleep until he awakens do not be afraid of him, do not be afraid to love him fully, he was created just for you as you were created just for him. Rest deep now.”

 

When I waken, I am still in the arms of Eric. When I open, my eyes and look into his I cannot help but to think that he is my true love and I smile up at him. He tells me I need to eat and I ask him for a human moment to take care of my needs. I really need a shower. I ask him for a shirt to wear since I could not think of my bag when I got here the pain was too intense. He hands me a Fangtasia t-shirt and I hurry off to the bathroom. I have an ache to just run out there and throw myself back into his arms.

 

As I start my shower, I think about Freya. I know that she was a goddess, but to believe in the goddess that was not something taught to me. Now she tells me that she is my guardian and has been watching out for me since my creation. I am also to allow myself to love Eric because he loves me. How could he love me? He does not even know me, but when I look in his eyes it is there the same love I have for him is there for me. I will need to tell him all about my dream and even more so my telepathy. Yes that little gift that only my family and Sam my boss knows about.

 

I get out of the shower and realize I have no bra or underwear to put on so I just throw on his t-shirt it has his scent on it and I inhale deeply, he smells so damn good. When I open the door, he is still sitting on the bed with his back against the massive headboard. I don’t even think about it I just crawl right up and sit next to him putting my hand on his thigh. He then pulls me back so my back is pressed to his massive chest.

 

“Tell me about yourself Sookie.”

 

“Well Eric there is not much to tell. I lost my parents and brother in a flash flood when I was five. I moved in with my grandmother, when I was old enough to work I got a job working at merlot’s as a server. I lost my gran about a year ago. I still work at merlots as a server just not at night now. I have a neighbor who will not leave me alone. I came to see you and….”

 

“And what dear one?”

 

“I can’t really explain what happened to me; Eric when I left you last night the pain was so un-like anything I have ever felt before. Thank you for coming to me.”

 

He gave me a little squeeze I am sure was meant to soothe me. Then there was a knock at the door so I got up and went to the main room and sat on the couch. He brought me my tray of food and my mouth began to water. I did not realize how hungry I was. He sat down next to me. I began to wonder if this would bother him. I had read somewhere that vampires thought that food smelled like dirt or something.

 

“Eric, will this bother you I don’t want to make you uncomfortable.”

 

“No Sookie I do not miss it so it has no effect on me. I have been a vampire for a very long time. When you are first turned you reject what you miss of your human existence and so the younger ones would have a hard time being around food.”

 

“Sookie, do you know much about vampires?”

 

“No Eric I have only met Mr. Compton.”

 

“How did you know to make an appointment with me about him harassing you then?”

 

“Oh, my boss told me that you were in charge so I made an appointment.”

 

“He told you I was Sheriff.”

 

“Well no, I kind of heardavoice tell me to ask for sheriff Northman. I know it sounds ludicrous but I was sitting on my bed trying to think who I should ask for when I heard a male voice say sheriff so I asked for sheriff Northman.”

 

“It is okay I do not think it is ludicrous.”

 

“Sookie, can you tell me about the pain from last night?”

 

“Eric, it is going to sound crazy but as I was walking away from you the pain increased the further away from you I got by the time I got here I could barely move. But as you came into the room, it became a dull ache.  Then when you held me, it went away completely.”

 

“I had the same pain Sookie, I do not know for sure what it is but I called in a doctor that deals with my kind to help us figure this out.”

 

At that precise moment a short little woman who looked to be a dwarf of some sort appeared. I mean she just friggin’ appeared.

 

“Northman what can I do for you.”

 

“Well I was hoping you could help us out here. It seems Miss Stackhouse and I have some touching issues.”

 

“Oh, what kind of touching issues would you be referring too?”

 

“Okay, well we met last night at my club and once she left, my chest began to ache;” as he is explaining this to the good doctor he reached over and gave, my knee a little squeeze. “The further away she got from me the more intense the pain was. Then we got a call from the hotel they heard screaming coming from my suite.” Oh, so that is how he knew I was in pain.

 

“I had Pam rush me over here and the closer I got to Sookie the pain began to ease. When I came into the suite I instinctively knew that to ease her and my pain I needed to hold her.”

 

After he explained that all I just felt the need to lean into him and have him hold me.

 

“Well Northman, I believe I know what this is; but I thought this connection was only a myth.  I am going to be blunt and tell you that I am at a loss of exactly what and how it works. I will need to spend some time researching this.”

 

“Well are you going to share with us?” I just had to ask don’t keep us in the dark.

 

Well the myth is a soul connection, basically your souls were made for each other and the connection you feel, you both do feel something right?” That would go along with what Freya had said to me in my dream we were truly made for each other. Oh yeah I need to answer.

 

“Oh yes I feel as if I have known Eric my whole life” Eric looked over and smiled at me. Ah, he is so beautiful I could just spend a lifetime with that smile.

 

Can you two tell me exactly what you felt when you met?”

 

“It is okay sweetheart I will go first.”

 

“Well at first, I was sitting at my desk and the most intense fragrance hit me. I just had to find out whom it belonged to, so I went out into the main portion of my bar and she was sitting in my booth with her eyes closed. I felt a humming all around my body and I just had to touch her. I walked over, we spoke but I really do not remember too much of that.  I reached my hand out to her, and when she took it; the electricity that came from her touch made me never want to let her go. When we got back into my office and I released her hand. I felt the loss immediately. When she sat down I made sure to sit next to her and where our legs where touching the same electric spark was there. When we finished the conversation, I got up to call the hotel and set up everything. But, I missed her touch. Once she started walking out the door the ache in my chest got more painful. Then all I could think of was that to make this go away I needed Sookie.”

 

Now that his side is done, which sounds surprising enough exactly like mine I tell my side of things?

 

“I was sitting in the booth when a scent hit me it was the most wonderful scent I had ever smelled. Then as Eric described I felt a humming through my body I opened my eyes to look around and he was in the doorway. I don’t remember making a conscious effort to stand but I was standing there looking at him just wanting to touch him and wrap my arms around him.”

 

I blushed deeply then realizing that I just admitted that I wanted him to hold me. He lightly brushes my cheek with his hand staring into each other’s eyes. I am so lost in him right now until I hear.

 

“Umm hum” That sound brought us back to the doctor. I continued with describing the same electric spark, the loss I felt when we weren’t touching and then to the pain. I wonder if there is anything, I can do to keep him from being in pain. I feel so guilty if I had just listened to my instincts maybe we would never have felt any of this pain.

 

“Well you two as far as I can tell from the myths it would appear that you two are soul singers. Your souls are intertwined in such a way that as soon as your Bodies were within certain proximity of each other that the connection opened and bound you two to each other.”

 

“Okay doctor but how do we help Sookie with the pain? She lives in Bon temps and I live in Shreveport.”

 

“For right now I don’t think the connection will let you two be apart. Part of the myth is that the connection will tell you what it needs.” Again, Freya said the connection would keep us safe and guide us.

 

I blush a deep shade of pink. I know that he cannot leave Shreveport so it will be up to me. “Well as of right now, I have about seven years of vacation stacked up along with personal sick days. I guess I could stay in Shreveport until we figure this out. That is if you don’t mind Eric.” Please don’t let him mind please don’t let him mind.

 

“Sookie, love that would be fine, would you like to stay here at the hotel or would you like to come to my home.”

 

“I can come to your house if you’re comfortable with that. I will need to go get clothes at some point and talk to my boss though.”

 

“Since the connection will not let us be apart from each other, I will come with you after my meeting tomorrow night. Would that be all right with you?”

 

“Sure Eric that would be all right with me.”

 

“So doctor will you look into what we can expect from this connection.”

 

“Like I have been telling you Northman, all I thought I knew said this was a myth but I will do some research on it.”

 

“That is all I am asking.”

 

“It might help the connection if you do a mutual blood exchange, but make sure she knows what that could entail. I really don‘t know how that will affect the connection either.”

 

Hmm what is a mutual blood exchange? Okay Freya said to trust him if he thinks this will help the connection I will try.

 

He gives me a little squeeze and asks me how I am doing. I am fine Eric, I trust you completely. I have some things to tell you but we can discuss them when we get to your house.

 

I go into the room and grab my clothes and the laundry bag that is in the armoire put my clothes in them.

 

“Eric, what about my car?”

 

“It will be safe her Sookie I will have my day man come and bring it to my house for you.”

 

“Oh, okay.”

 

With that, we head on out the door.

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