As Jade walked into the hotel, she felt a wave emotions wash over her. Her maker was here, for what reason she didn’t know; but she was certainly going to find out soon. As she approached the elevator, she recognized her vampire sister Scarlet. She looked relieved to see her. Scarlet embraced Jade, pulled back and smiled.
“It’s great to see you again, big sister.” She said with a broad grin.
“It’s good to see you too. What’s going on? Why did Vera call us both here?” Jade asked, looking concerned.
“Our master is here with the Ancient Pythoness and they needed to see us immediately, they’re both waiting upstairs right now.” Scarlet said as she pressed the top floor button. They both got on the elevator and up they went to the top floor.
Scarlet and Jade stood in front of the door, ready to knock. But before her hand could hit the door it was suddenly opened by none other than Rasul himself, who she saw at the Queen’s compound no more than an hour ago.
“Rasul? What are you doing here?” Jade asked, narrowing her eyes at him.
“The Ancient Pythoness is here to see you.” He simply said, not answering her question. He opened the door and motioned for them both to come in.
Jade and Scarlet stood in the door way looking around; Scarlet looked excited to be here, while Jade was cautious. Whenever the Ancient Pythoness called Jade it was always bad news. However, her grace has always cryptically said one day she wasn’t going to be here and Jade would have to take her place.
Jade would look at her with incredulous disbelief. Jade was nowhere near the psychic the Ancient Pythoness was. Jade couldn’t have visions at will, and come up with many outcomes. Her visions came randomly, had only one outcome, and they always came true. It was a curse of sorts and a gift. A gift she hated having.
She looked ahead and noticed her maker Vera and the Ancient Pythoness were both sitting on a couch in front of a fire place chatting away like gossiping old ladies. Vera turned her attention to both her beautiful and strong children she was so proud of. She smiled.
“Come closer, my children. We have much to discuss. We fear trouble will be coming for the both of you and your friends real soon.”
We both instantly bowed in front of Vera and the Ancient Pythoness. I looked at them both with very little fear.
“What are you talking about?” Jade asked. She sat in an arm chair that was across from where her maker and the Ancient Pythoness were sitting.
“Don’t ask questions, child. Just sit and listen.” Vera said with a firm voice. Jade nodded her head. The Ancient Pythoness grabbed her hand and looked into her eyes.
“Child, I feel you are deeply troubled for your friend the Northman, yes?” The AP said in a soft voice. Jade nodded.
“Yes I am. I may not have seen it yet, but lately I’ve been getting this feeling…like something really bad is going to happen. I’m just waiting for it to happen. I don’t know…” Jade trailed off.
“You must listen closely for his future and future bonded are in grave danger.” Jade eyes widened, she motioned for her to continue on. “There will be dark forces from every direction that will stop at nothing to keep the Nothman and Miss Stackhouse apart, especially one in particular…Appius Livius Ocella.” Jade widened her eyes in shock. She stood up and faced away from the AP. She paced back and forth. This is so not good! Dammit, Eric is going to freak out, I know it, Jade thought.
“You…cannot be serious?! You mean to tell me that sadistic psychopath is coming to Louisiana soon? Great! Now hell’s about to really break loose!” Jade exclaimed angrily. He put Eric through so much and tried to turn Eric into a monster; a mindless, submissive monster. Eric despised his maker, even though he taught him everything he knew about surviving and fighting. Jade hated Appius, with a deep passion. So deep she’d kill him herself. Why haven’t I killed him then? Oh yes, that’s right…vampire protocol. She had to figure out a way to keep Eric safe. As long as Eric was still Ocella’s child…he was doomed.
Damn, she forgot about Sookie. Appius will not like Eric’s new love interest. If she knew Ocella, then he would make Eric do unspeakable, monstrous things to her and then Appius will kill her right in front of Eric. Jade sighs. She felt determined to make sure no one gets hurt…in any capacity. She stood right in front of the AP again and looked at her with pleading eyes.
“Your grace, I need to know if there’s a way to protect him. Tell me what I need to do! I can’t let that asshole do this to Eric, not again. He nearly lost Pam the last time. I won’t let it happen again, not as long Eric and I are still friends.” Jade pleaded.
“Yes there is a way. But it’s pretty risky. And you must make a choice.”
“What choice?!” Jade replied quickly.
“You’ll know soon. In the meantime, it’s 20 minutes till dawn. V has gotten a room for you and your sister we’ll talk tomorrow at dusk. Rest in peace child.” The AP said.
Vera saw the desperation and her loyalty to Eric in her child’s eyes. She was proud of her. She had taught her well. Vera knew there weren’t many vampires that had views on humanity like Jade did. Vera was awed at her oldest child’s ability to have constant compassion for humans; regardless of how they are. Jade had more respect for humanity than vampirism which says a lot about Jade. Four thousand years of seeing vampires act like savages and not giving a damn about humans made her more uncaring and cold towards vampires. Vera remembered when they had that conversation:
“My child, you astound me. You have more compassion towards humans than I’ve ever seen. Why?” Jade looked at her maker for a few moments and smiled.
“Just because I’m a vampire doesn’t mean I have to act all savage and evil. That’s not who I am. I admit the first few centuries were rough and I acted like a different person; killing, feeding and fucking. Then I saw my reflection in a puddle of water one night; I had blood all over my face, my pupils were dilated and it made me look monstrous. I hated it. I let my blood-lust control me and I became a savage. The vampire doesn’t make me, I make the vampire. Yes I’m stronger, faster and more capable, but it doesn’t make me better than humans. I’ll kill for self-defense and survival…but never for sport or fun, no matter how much the need arises inside me.” Jade explained earnestly.
“You are very unique, my child. Very unique.”
“Thank you. I may be thinking this now, but I’m sure in the future I’ll change. The way I think will change, the way of how I see people, the way I see the world.” Jade said sighing. She could tell her child wasn’t looking forward to the future.
“But aren’t you excited to see the world change?”
“Yes, I am excited. I’m just not excited to see myself change. I don’t know what to expect. I might turn back into a monster…or worse. We’ll see what we see.” Jade said, staring off into the night.
“Yes, we’ll see.”
Vera watched as Jade slumped her shoulders and sighed in defeat. Both her children went off to their rooms to rest for the day.
Vera smiled. She was absolutely sure Jade was going to win and succeed.
Eric was waiting outside of Fangtasia when Sookie pulled into the parking lot. Eric smiled; he instantly felt calmer and happier. He had been craving her company all day since last night even when he was in his day-rest. His dreams of her didn’t do much for his wanting her either. It was impossible for a vampire to dream at all, but with Sookie; it seems anything is possible.
As soon as her car stopped, Eric zipped over to the driver’s door; opening it. He grabbed her hand, helped her out of the car and she closed it behind her. he pushed her against the car; crushed his lips against her, giving her a heated kiss. He pulled away and grinned at her.
“Good evening, lover. Did you have a nice day?” he asked with his forehead leaning against hers.
“Yes I did, thank you. And yourself?” Sookie replied, kissing his nose.
“I’m well. Are you ready?” he asked, raising an eyebrow. Sookie nodded. Eric grabbed her hand and pulled her to the fangtasia entrance. When they got inside the place was empty except for 3 other vampires. One approached walked up to them with a bored look on her. She had long blonde hair, wore a pink sweater with gray pants; she looked stunning.
“Hello, I’m Pam. Pleasure to meet you.”
“Hi, I’m Sookie. Nice to meet you too.” Sookie said, smiling brightly.
“Aren’t you sweet?” Pam said to Sookie.
“Not particularly.” Sookie replied. Pam smiled.
“I like her.” Pam said, giving a nod of approval to Eric. A short vampire with short black hair approached Sookie with a bright smile.
“Hi, I’m Caroline! But everyone calls me Carrie. Pleased to meet you!” she said enthused. When Sookie looked at Carrie, she grinned. She was very warm and friendly; Sookie could tell underneath all that was a vicious, fierce vampire. Sookie liked her instantly.
“I’m Sookie, same here.” Sookie said, chuckling at Carrie’s enthusiasm. Sookie looked over to see the bartender that served her before behind the bar playing with a lighter. He looked up and gave her a nod.
“That’s Longshadow. Come take a seat over here.” Eric said. He led her to a table where a pudgy, sweaty man was sitting. He looked like he was about to puke. Eric pulled her chair out and Sookie sat down.
“You remember last night, when I informed you that 80 thousand dollars has gone missing from the books. Perhaps you could start by listening to Bruce our accountant.” Eric explained. Sookie nodded. She grabbed Bruce’s hand and listened to his thoughts. His thoughts were a mixture of fear and guilt. Then his thoughts were jumbling together and he started to panic.
“Bruce, it’s OK. Take a deep breath…Did you steal their money?” Sookie asked in a gentle tone. Bruce vehemently shook his head.
“No, you gotta believe me! I didn’t…” Sookie shushed him.
“Do you know who did?” he started shaking.
“No.” His thoughts drifted to his family and Sookie needed to redirect them. Again he was thinking about how he'd caught the mistake, how he wanted to let Eric know right away, and Sookie knew he hadn't done it even before he answered her out loud.
"He's telling you the truth," Sookie looked up at Eric, who was now leaning against the bar. He was staring at her intently before he nodded and flicked his hand at Bruce.
“You trust the skinny human to clear the fat one?!!” Longshadow shouted.
“Silence!” Eric shouted to Longshadow. “Bring the next one in.” Eric says to Pam coolly. Pam disappeared and reappeared with a short blonde woman who wore a really tight skirt that reached mid-thigh and a shirt that barely covered her breasts.
“This is the last of our humans.” Pam said as she pushed her into a chair across from Sookie.
“Ginger, this woman has some questions for you. Be a good girl and answer them, will you?”
“Aye aye, Master.” Ginger said. Sookie reached over to grab her hand, only ginger quickly snatched hand away. “Don’t you touch me!” she snarled.
“Hold her still.” Eric growled, annoyed with Ginger. Pam placed her hands on Ginger’s shoulder pushing her forward on the table so Sookie could grab her hand. Sookie reached for her hand again.
“Ginger, someone’s been stealing money from the bar.”
“Really? Huh.” Don’t look at me you fucking bitch. I didn’t nothin’, I’ll fucking beat the shit outta you if you say I did, it wasn’t me. It fucking wasn’t me!
“She didn’t do it…but she knows who did.”
“What? Fuck you!” Shit! Who did she know? I didn’t tell anyone. I swear. Fuck! He’s gonna kill me!
“Who? Who’s gonna kill you? Ginger, honey what’s his name?” Suddenly Ginger’s mind went blank; like static on television.
“It’s blank, almost like her memory’s been erased.”
“She’s been glamored.” Eric stated.
“It’s a vampire.” Sookie acknowledged. She gasped instantly knowing it wasn’t Pam, but Longshadow. He zoomed over to Sookie with his fangs bared. Before he could reach her, Eric zoomed in front of her; grabbing Longshadow’s neck to prevent him from reaching Sookie and killing her.
Holding Longshadow in air, Eric carried him to his office. Pam and Sookie followed behind him.
“Pam, get me a silver chain.” Pam zoomed out the office, and instantly returned back with gloves on; carrying a chain. She wrapped it around his neck; weakening him, then he placed him into a chair in front of his desk. Eric turned his chair around, facing him and looked at Longshadow expectantly. Pam and Sookie stood there as well and waited for him to say something. He didn't bother speaking.
Faster than even any human could see, he pounced on Long Shadow and held him by his hair, in the air.
"I will only ask you once: why were you stealing from me?" He growled. Long Shadow just scowled at him.
“Pam, take Longshadow to the basement. I’m sure Jade will be itching to have a little chat with him once she gets back from New Orleans.” He said to Pam, smiling evilly.
“Yes, Master.” Pam grinned and dragged a silent Longshadow to the basement.
“How are you feeling after what happened?” Eric asked concerned.
“I don’t know what to feel. At most, I feel shaken up. But I also feel a little scared…that if I continue to do this with people, vampires, whatever will want to kill me or take me away.” Sookie admitted.
If Eric hadn’t stood in the way she’d either be injured or dead. She was lucky to still be alive. Sookie pounced in Eric, wrapping her arms around his neck and squeezing him tightly. He wrapped his arms around her waist and nuzzled her neck.
God, I love the way she smells.
“Take me home?” she said in a small voice, looking up at Eric. He smiled softly and nodded his head. He carried all the way to her car, putting her into the passenger’s seat. He quickly zoomed over to the driver’s side, getting into the seat and driving off. her breathing evened out, indicating she fell asleep. He smiled and sighed.
Thank goodness she’s OK.