As Sookie drove to Merlotte's, she thought about what Gracie said about Bill.
Stay away from Bill Compton, and don't invite him into your house. Gracie had very good reasons not to trust Bill.
How do I avoid him? Bill is gonna keep showing up, and keep trying to convince me to not trust Eric.
Sookie took a deep breath; she certainly hoped she wouldn't run into him any time soon. She parked in the parking lot of Merlotte's and got out of her car. Just as soon as she stepped out, she felt a violent shiver run down her spine. She looked around and saw nothing. She lowered her shields and felt a void hiding in the woods. She immediately knew who it was and quickly walked into Merlotte's.
Sookie walked through the doors of Merlotte's and went to sit at the bar. Sookie thought about Eric. Whoever did this to him thought they were going to succeed, but they were wrong. Sookie hoped when she finds these witches, she could find everything she can about what happened to Eric.
She ordered a gin and tonic, gulping it down quickly. She didn't want look suspicious just sitting there looking around, so she moved to a booth in her section. She didn't want to drink too much either, or it'll be impossible to concentrate. Her thoughts quickly switched to Gracie, who warned her about Bill. Sookie felt Bill would do anything to end Eric. It wouldn't be the first time Bill tried to get rid of Eric; especially out of jealousy and hatred. She lowered her shields and listened in on everyone's thoughts.
Wonder if I need to go grocery shopping…
Can't drink much tonight, have to work in the morning…
She sure has nice tits, wonder if she'll give me a blow job? Sookie rolled her eyes.
Forgot to feed my dog…
Can't stand the way he eats in public…
Sookie continued to listen to thoughts of the patrons, when she felt the void move from the woods, getting closer to Merlotte's. She felt he was standing right at the entrance. She wanted to leave to look somewhere else for the witches. Sookie had to stay and find out just how much Bill knows about Eric's problem. She stiffened when she heard the doors open and then close.
She turned her head and indeed found Bill standing there, staring straight at Sookie with cold eyes. The last time they saw each other, she specifically said she couldn't trust him anymore. And now that Eric is gone, she had no way of protecting herself if Bill decided to do anything rash.
Bill spotted Sookie sitting in a booth, nursing a gin and tonic. He walked over to her, sat on the other side of the booth across from her giving her a smile that didn't reach his eyes. Sookie knew that smile; that smile that had always made her insides tingle and melt…not anymore. She just felt annoyed by it.
"Hello, Sookie." Bill said, still smiling. Sookie fought the urge to roll her eyes and snort.
"Hey, Bill. What brings you to Merlotte's this evening?" Sookie asked politely. Unfortunately, her southern upbringing refused to let her be rude to Bill, despite what he's done and how much he hurt her.
"I meant to talk to you at your house only to find you weren't there. So, I assumed you came here. I came here to speak with you about Eric." He said. Sookie tensed.
"What about Eric?" Sooke said.
"Have you seen him? I've been trying to get ahold of him for a while now and he's not answering his phone and Fangtasia has been closed due to renovations." Bill said with a stoic face. Sookie stared at him for a moment,
"I was supposed to meet him here and he hasn't showed up yet. So no, I haven't seen Eric." Sookie lied. Bill's mouth twitched.
"Well, when you see him, tell him I need to speak with him immediately. There is an urgent matter he and I need to discuss." Bill said.
"Sure thing, Bill." Sookie said, taking another sip of her gin and tonic.
"I have something I need to tell you. I've been told recently that there's a rogue vampire on the loose. Her name's Gracie Vitello." Bill said. Sookie ears perked up at the news.
Gracie's a rogue vampire?
"No, who is she?" Sookie lied again. Sookie remembered just a couple of hours ago, that she heard Gracie say she visited Bill.
So how does he know about Gracie?
"She's a very old and very dangerous vampire. She's wanted by The Authority and has been hiding for centuries until now." Bill explained.
Who is the Authority and why are they after her? She must have done something bad for her to be wanted.
"Who's the Authority?" Sookie asked, she had to ask but had a feeling she knew what his answer was already. Bill looked surprised by her question, then quickly schooled his features.
"That's not something that concerns you, Sookie. Leave the vampire business to the vampires." He says, patronizingly. Sookie narrowed her eyes at Bill, fury filling her.
How dare he belittle me like that?!
"Bill, let's not forget who's fault it is I'm in the middle of vampire business in the first place! It doesn't even matter, because I can just ask Eric when I see him." She says, smugly with a little smile on her face. She knew this would tick Bill off, his jealousy always got the better of him. Bill glared at Sookie, then quickly softened his face with a fake smile.
"Sweetheart, there's no need to be childish. This is not the time for this nonsense."
"I have every right to be childish after all you have put me through. It won't make things better, but it'll sure as hell make me feel better." Bill frowned at that, not liking her attitude.
"Will you at least let me know when you see Eric?" he says, a little exasperated, reverting the conversation back to the Viking.
"I'll be sure to keep a look out, Bill." Sookie replied. They both went silent for a moment. Bill was staring intently at Sookie; Sookie was looking anywhere but at Bill. She knew he was going to try to convince her to stay away from Eric.
"Sookie, why are you with Eric now? You can't honestly trust him now after all he's done to you?" Bill said, quietly, feigning sadness. Maybe playing the sad ex-boyfriend would sway her.
Sookie scoffs at him, disbelieving his audacity. He didn't seriously think she was going fall for this act, did he?
"It's none of your business why I'm with Eric now, Bill. And how can I trust you after all you've done? You were gonna give me up to your queen…like a prized pig! How did you expect me to react? That I would just smile dumbly and forgive you?! What did you think I was going to do? Did you really think I wouldn't have found out?" Sookie said indignantly, her voice raising a little. She had to calm down before she caused a scene. Bill remained silent and looked down. He had no other words to say.
"You really thought I wasn't going to find out." Sookie said more as a statement than a question. She stared at Bill with cold, furious eyes.
The nerve of him! How can he be quick to judge Eric when he can be just as bad as him?
Sookie snorted and stood up. She put some money on the table for her drink and gave another look at Bill. How can she ever think of getting back with him? His lies and deceit are exposed, yet he expects her to just forgive him and forget it? Yeah right! Does he seriously think that little of her?
"Goodbye Bill." She said, walking out of Merlotte's.
Gracie stood outside of Merlotte's watching the whole scene between Bill and Sookie unfold. She chuckled to herself.
She had herself cloaked, so no one can see or sense her. She watched as Sookie got into her car and drove in the direction of Shreveport.
She must be going to Fangtasia. She saw Bill follow Sookie to Shreveport.
Fuck, why can't that little shit just leave her alone? Does she have to stake him to get the point across?! I got to catch up to him before he does something stupid;Incompetent little asshole.
Gracie caught up to Bill, grabbed him by his hair and held him in the air. He screamed and wailed like a little five-year-old…and boy was that pathetic.
"Hey there, Billy. Going somewhere?" Gracie said gleefully.
"What the hell is the matter with you? Put me down you bitch! I'm your king!" Bill shouted. Gracie cackled loudly and dragged him back to Bon Temps…by his hair.
"Yeah, yeah, yeah. You're the king and I'm the cat in the hat. The sky is blue; roses are red and blah, blah, blah! Shut up! No wonder everyone hates you! You whine too much! Don't you actually have something useful to say?" Gracie laughed.
She felt so annoyed with this shithead she wanted tie him to her car with silver and drag him around like a rag-doll.
"The Authority will hear about this!" Bill said. Gracie cackled holding him up in the air by his hair like a Barbie doll.
"Oh really?" she said.
"Yes." Bill replied.
"Oh please, no! Don't call the Authority! Whatever am I gonna do? How will I survive the Authority?" Gracie sarcastically yelled dramatically, chuckling.
"You really don't learn anything, do ya? They can't touch me no matter they think. The Authority can send their best assassin to kill me and they'll still fail. I'm too fast and too smart for them! No one can outsmart m…" Gracie said, as she was silvered from behind. She heard some chanting and blackness surrounded her.
Bill had called Marnie before he saw Sookie at Merlotte's. He commanded Marnie to stay close until Gracie showed up; knowing he couldn't take her down on his own. It was an excellent idea to keep them close just in case someone tried to stop him.
Bill knew Gracie came into contact with Sookie before she met with him at his house. He also knew Gracie would be around Sookie to make sure she was safe. He smelled her scent at Sookie's farmhouse and it led to Merlotte's, where Sookie was. He decided to go ahead, follow Sookie and lead Gracie into a trap.
"Good work, Marnie." Bill said.
"Thank you, your majesty. What would you like me to do with this?" Marnie said, gesturing to the vampire.
"I'll take care of it. Just keep you're end of the bargain and make sure no one else gets in the way of the plan!" Bill said, picking up Gracie and running at vampire speed back to his compound.