Eric had left that morning before dawn approached. She woke up to find the other side of the bed empty. She sighed in disappointment. She had work today in the afternoon, so she decided to use her time to tend to the flowers outside in the front yard. Sookie was sorry to say that she has been neglecting them for some time. While she was pulling out weeds, she heard the familiar mental signature of her brother. She stopped what she was doing and got off the ground.
His truck pulled on the side of the farmhouse. Jason got out of his truck, quickly approaching his sister. He pulled her into a tight embrace, hugging her hello.
“Hey Sook. How’s my favorite sister?”
“I’m your only sister, Jase.” She said chuckling. He shrugged his shoulders.
“You got anything to eat? I’m starving.” Jason said, making his inside the house. Sookie smiled and sighed. Typical Jason, Sookie thought. She didn’t really mind cooking for her brother. She loved him dearly, and plus, she didn’t have anyone else other than herself to cook for. So she was okay with it. He was already inside and Sookie found him in the kitchen, filling a glass with water. He drank it down in one gulp.
“How’s everything? I feel like I haven’t seen you in a while.” Sookie said, getting out some eggs and bacon. As soon as she put the bacon on the skillet, it began to sizzle. Jason got up, went to the refrigerator and drank orange juice out if the jug. Sookie turned her head and rushed over to Jason slapping upside his head.
“Ow, shit Sook! What was that for?” Jason exclaimed rubbing the back of his head.
“Pour that in a glass next time, Jase!” Sookie said, thrusting a glass in Jason’s chest. He grabbed it and poured juice into his cup. He sat back down. Sookie was beating eggs and poured them into a skillet. While she was making scrambled eggs, she could hear Jason’s thoughts. He sounded troubled in his head. Things were quiet for a moment until Jason broke the silence.
"Hey Sook, you remember Maudette Pickens?" Jason was eyeballing her.
"Sure, I think she graduated in my class." Sookie replied, looking back at her brother. He sounded troubled in his thoughts because he was with her a couple of days ago.
"Someone killed her in her apartment last night."
"How did this happen?" Sookie gasped.
"She had some vampire bites, but, uh, that wasn't what did it." Jason was nervous. "She was strangled to death." Sookie couldn’t picture Maudette as the fangbanger type and said so.
"Didn't you used to hang around Maudette, Jason?" Sookie asked. She knew for a fact that Jason didn’t kill her, but slept around with her and a few other dozen women in Bon Temps. "I hope the sheriff won't want to talk to you." Andy had quite the grudge against Jason, simply because he had good looks and will try anything to shoot him down.
Sookie was done with the bacon and eggs and put them on a plate in front of Jason. Sookie poured herself some juice and sat in front of Jason. He was already nearly done by the time Sookie sat down.
"Lots of people knew Maudette." Jason said defensively. "She liked to go to that vampire bar in Shreveport. Maybe that's where she got those bites." Jason was wiping his mouth, done with the subject. He took his plate to the sink. "Thanks for breakfast. You working later, Sook?" She nodded. "Then I might see you later tonight. Bye, Sook." He said leaving.
Sookie shook her head and went upstairs to get ready for work. She had to be there in an hour.
The sun had gone down and Merlotte’s was nearly packed. Sookie was tired and ready to take a break; she hadn’t gotten one since she arrived around the afternoon. She felt a little sore between her legs…but deliciously so. She smiled to herself. Sookie couldn’t wait for her shift to end so she could see Eric again. She even had to read and sign the contract that she forgotten about; being distracted and all.
The whole dinner crowd was gossiping about Maudette’s death. Some people think she deserved it for hanging out with vampires. Some felt sorry for her and others just didn’t care. Her shields were failing today and she heard everyone’s thoughts. Sookie sat at the bar for a few minutes to relax; suddenly someone placed a glass of water in front of her. Sookie looked up to see that it was Sam.
“You okay, Cher?” Sam said with a concerned face.
“I’m fine, thank you Sam. Just a little tired is all.” Sookie said, sighing. Sam placed his hand atop hers and his mind was completely open to her.
No wonder she’s tired! She’s been hanging with them damn vamps! She’s gonna get herself killed. I have to tell her or it will be too late…I can smell them all over her… She instantly raised her shields.
“You sure?” asked Sam.
“Yeah…thanks for the water.” Sookie replied taking a sip. She looked down at her hands. What does Sam want to tell me? How does he know I was with a vampire? And he can smell me, Sookie thought to herself. The whole bar went completely silent; you could hear pin drop. That’s when she felt it…a void; which meant that another vampire had come to Merlotte’s. Sookie turned around to see a creepy, looking vampire with man-bangs and long side-burns. She felt a cold shiver down her spine.
Arlene started towards him. Sookie stood from her stool and shook her head at her, Arlene got the message, knowing that Sookie would serve the new customer, and walked up to him.
"Hey! I'm Sookie and I'll show you to a table if you'd like to follow me." She said, and started to pick a menu up from the stand, but he stopped her hand.
"No, No. A menu won't be necessary." He replied soothingly.
Sookie cast a quick look towards Jane Bodenhouse who was sitting at the bar completely sloshed! As per usual, it looked like Sam was going to have to call her son to come pick her up again. Sookie motioned for him to follow her and sit him in a booth. Once she had found a table for the new customer, she whipped out her order book.
“What would you like to drink?” Sookie asked.
"I'll just have a True Blood, if you don't mind." he said, with an impeccable Southern accent, full of charm, but to Sookie, it just seemed fake and over the top; like he was trying too hard to fit in. Sookie stifled a giggle.
"Sure thing. I’ll be right back with your drink." Sookie said. She microwaved the blood and shook it up, putting it on a tray with a napkin. She hurried back to the table with the True Blood and set it down in front of the vampire. Just as she was starting to walk away from the vampire, he lifted his arms from under the table and knotted his fingers together.
"Sookie…what time do you get off?"
"Excuse me?" Sookie said, annoyed.
"What time do you get off work? I was wondering if we could chat when you get off. The name's Bill by the way... Bill Compton." He said, smirking. He was laying on his southern gentlemen charm on too thick; fully expecting her to be naïve enough to fall for it.
"Well, I don't finish till much later and by that time I'll probably be extremely tired and grumpy." Sookie said. She felt uneasy around him for some reason and thought he was just plain creepy. Who in the world would ask a person they have just met what time did they get off? She felt extreme discomfort by the way he was looking at her, in which was just plain perverted. Sookie decided that she would not be having a little chat with this vampire, after work, in the dark, on her own, and without any witnesses or protection.
"Well ... that is extremely disappointing..." he growled.
"Don’t you growl at me! I don't care if you’re a human or a vampire, I am a lady and you will treat me as such!" Sookie said to him, angrily as if she were speaking to a toddler.
"Then would you please do me the honor of accompanying me out on a date ... to a place of your choosing." he said, in a much calmer voice. "It is a way of apologizing for my rudeness just now.” He finished, smiling. Sookie nearly gagged. For some reason, there was something off about him. Thankfully she was already seeing someone and she could turn down his offer.
“I’m sorry, but I’m gonna have to decline. My…” She paused. What could she call Eric? Boyfriend? Lover? Escort? “Boyfriend wouldn’t appreciate seeing me with another man or vampire.” She said sweetly. For some strange reason, she felt satisfaction telling the creepy vampire she was taken…and quite taken indeed.
“If I may ask, who is your boyfriend?”
“That’s none of your business, Mr. Compton. And I’d appreciated if you finished your blood and leave.” She said, walking away.
Bill smirked to himself.
Jade had awoken from her day rest; she sat up on the side edge of the bed thinking about future events, and how she was going to prevent Appius from getting to Eric. The only way for me to prevent Eric from further misery is to look for a way to break the Sire bond between Eric and his maker. Can it be done? She pondered those thoughts and suddenly she gasped. There was definitely a spell that could make this happen, but she wasn’t sure if there was a witch around willing to do it. Jade would have to ask the Ancient Pythoness.
She took a quick shower and dressed in to a black tank top, skin tight blue jeans and a leather jacket. After she was done with her meeting with the Ancient Pythoness she was going back to Shreveport. I’m sure they’re all anxious to find out what happened with the queen. Speaking of which, I need to inform Sookie of this situation before it’s too late, Jade thought.
It was around eight when she left her room and made her way to her maker and the Ancient Pythoness. She was down the hall when Rasul caught up with her. She walked ahead, turned and faced him, stopping him from walking further.
“You’re a spy for the Ancient Pythoness aren’t you?” Jade said, crossing her arms over her chest.
“Yes. I’ve been a spy for the last 10 years. I was to make sure the queen didn’t get ahead of herself or caused any trouble.”
“Let me guess, Pythia has foreseen this battle between me and the queen. And she wants to make sure I win. Right?” he shrugged his shoulders.
“You know how she is. She knows what she can.” Jade nodded her head. There was one thing Pythia was well known for and that was being cryptic. She knows there’s more to this whole situation than she’s letting on and Jade knows for a fact if you know the future ahead of time, you could end up altering it. Jade is no amateur psychic. Jade looked at Rasul.
“Well, if you’re going to continue spying on the queen, I would like for you to keep me posted. I wanna know her every move, every decision, every spoken word. Are we clear?” Rasul bowed his head.
“As you wish, your majesty.” Jade cringed and shook her head. She already knew why he called her that. Jade was pretty sure Pythia had informed him what was going on.
“I’m not exactly the queen yet. There’s no telling if I’m even gonna win this against the queen. You know how she is. I could end up screwing up.”
“And that is why I believe you are going to win. Unlike most vampires, you are not arrogant and cocky. Sophie-Ann truly believes she’ll win this and that will be her biggest downfall. The queen has been screwing up for quite some time now. I never thought her fit to be queen. Knowing of your reputation, I’m quite sure you are going to win. You are more powerful than any vampire that has ever existed. You may not be a queen yet, but you certainly will be.” Rasul said. Jade sighs; shrugging her shoulders and continued on to Pythia’s hotel room.
Rasul followed after her. Jade didn’t live four thousand years believing she was invincible. It’s not realistic. She is however impossible to kill because she’ll always see it coming. But one thing she’s learned: always expect the unexpected.
She can’t see everything.