When Jade got home, it was only 45 minutes before dawn. She sat down on the stairs in the foyer and thought about everything that has happened. She got up and went straight to her bedroom, stripped all her clothes and took a shower. She felt the warm droplets of water hit her skin and she sighed. Hot showers are awesome, she thought.
When she was done, she stepped out, grabbed a towel and wrapped it around herself. Suddenly she felt that tingly feeling down her spine, that feeling she gets when she’s about to have a vision. She hated this, following the tingly feeling, was something more painful than getting staked. It always felt like her brain was splitting in two when it happens. She fell to her knees on the floor and grabbed her head. She started panting and saw the future before her eyes:
Jade saw Eric get down on one knee and held her hand in his hand.
“I love you so much Sookie. When I first saw you, I knew you were special. I knew at that moment we would be together forever. We were simply destined to be together. Will you marry me?” She saw Eric say to Sookie. Sookie wrapped her arms around Eric’s neck and kissed all over his face; crying happy tears.
“Yes Eric Northman, I will marry you!” She saw Sookie whisper in Eric’s ear. He picked her up in his arms and swung her around happily; crying bloody tears. He then crushed his lips against hers; leaning his forehead against hers.
Jade saw herself behind a desk grinning like a fool; feeling happy for the two lovebirds. She approached them both and hugged them.
“Congratulations… to the both of you. I can’t believe it; Eric Northman, getting married and in love. I was about to lose all hope for you man. But goddammit, it finally happened!” Jade said, chuckling.
“Thank you, your majesty. If it weren’t for you, we would have never met.” Eric said, bowing to Jade.
“Oh stop it with all this your majesty nonsense. You both are my friends, and I hold you both close to my heart. My friends don’t bow to me.” Jade said earnestly. Suddenly Carrie barged through the doors of her office, looking excited.
“We found him, your majesty.”
Suddenly Jade gasped as she came back to herself. Her eyes widened in shock.
Eric is going to ask Sookie to marry him? I’m going to be Queen of Louisiana? And who did Carrie find?
When Jade thought about all of this the prophecy came to mind. Her maker, Vera had told her long time ago that 3 people with great power would bring peace to the world of humans and the Supernatural.
Jade got up off the floor and sat on her bed.
So they really were destined for each other. And I guess I’ve been chosen to protect them both from anything that could harm them.
She finally knew why she felt there was more to Sookie than she saw earlier before when they met. There was also something familiar about her, she a lot like someone she knew a very long time ago.
Could she be…no she couldn’t be; it isn’t possible. I haven’t seen him since my transformation. But anything could be possible.
Jade smiled to herself. Now she finally understands what her father explained to her a long time ago. “You were born into greatness, you‘ve been chosen by the gods themselves for an important task in the distant future, my daughter. You will be a guardian. It is an honor to have raised you for this, and I will be forever proud for bringing you into this world.” He said to her.
She knew what she had to do.
Now that Jade understood what was going on, she can now plan the most epic takeover since the 18th century. She had to be careful, the queen may be young, but she didn’t become queen just by being beautiful. Sophie-Ann was a tricky, crafty bitch; but Jade was just as crafty and tricky as Sophie-Ann was. Sophie-Ann can also be predictable, impulsive and impatient. All Jade had to do was take her time and plan; starting with Bill Compton. Yes, this will all soon come into play, Jade thought, smiling. She looked at the clock and noticed it was ten minutes before dawn.
She went to her dresser and took out a white tank top and pair of shorts. She put them on, went over to her bed and lay down. She felt the pull of the sun and was immediately dead to the world.
Sookie woke up the next morning, feeling delightfully cheerful. Meeting those two vampires last night might have shaken her up a bit, but in the end deep down, she felt they both meant no harm to her. She felt a pull drawing her to Eric last night and it got stronger when they came in physical contact. Then when Eric left her, she felt a faint ache in her chest. The further he got away the more her chest ached.
Although, it still puzzles her how they knew she was telepathic. She was going to ask about it whenever she could. Unfortunately, she had a shift today and it didn’t end until 10 pm and conveniently her day off is tomorrow, the night where she has to decide whether to work for Fangtasia or not.
Sookie was ecstatic that she was seeing Eric again. She had never seen so much intense emotion in a man’s (or vampire) eyes before. Her heart warmed and she blushed when she remembered that amazing kiss from last night. Sookie wouldn’t mind doing that again.
She was about to take a shower when she heard someone knock on the door downstairs. She quickly put on her robe and went downstairs. When she looked out the window of the door, she saw a white van that said eloquent flowers on the side of the van. She opened the door and saw a man holding a bouquet of red roses.
"Hi, I have a delivery for Sookie Stackhouse."
"That's me." She says smiling.
He hands Sookie a vase with a bouquet of red roses. Smiling even brighter she thanked him and walked with the vase back to the kitchen. As she placed the arrangement on the center of the table, she pulls the card. She opens it and reads it.
When I first laid my eyes on you, I was smitten. These beautiful red roses are for you, but they are not as beautiful as you are. What is it about you that have me hooked?
You’re unlike any other woman I’ve ever met. I count the hours till I see you again.
Until this evening.
Sookie smiled broadly at Eric’s words. He’s not the only one who’s smitten, Sookie thought to herself. She realized what the time was and went up to the bathroom to take a shower.
While Sookie stood in the shower under the warm spray of water she thought about the vampire’s offer to work at Fangtasia as a human lie detector. She didn’t like that she was using her disability to point out liars and such; Sookie spent years trying to hide her ability and stay out of everyone’s head, but it was hard. Luckily over the years she learned how to build shields…the only way to keep her from literally going crazy.
She tried being normal and fitting in, but she was automatically casted out as abnormal. Dating was complicated. Physical touch made Sookie able to hear their every disgusting and disturbing thought and it was a turnoff. And everyone kept their distance from her, because they thought she was crazy. Her Gran always told her not to let narrow minded people bring her down or make her feel any less inferior; but that was easier said than done.
Her Gran; she wished she was still alive; she could shed some light on this situation she’s in and could assure her that everything’s gonna be alright. But then suddenly her Gran’s words in her head before she died:
“My Sookie, don’t waste your life away being scared and hiding yourself from the world. You need to blossom like a rose, and flutter like a butterfly. You were born into this world for way more than just existing. Someday you will understand when that time comes.” Sookie nodded her head at her Gran, and moments later watched her drift away.
Sookie thought about Gran’s words and tears welled in her eyes. She missed her so much. Gran was right, she can’t spend the rest of her life hiding who she is and what she can do. She was tired of hiding. She wanted to be known. Hearing Gran’s words of wisdom gave her the boost she needed to make her decision.
Looks like her decision has been made.
The morning and afternoon shifts were eventful and dragged on. Listening to the patrons nasty yet boring thoughts had taken its toll on Sookie. But it didn’t damp the mood she was in. Sookie was in such a good mood no one’s nasty thoughts were affecting her at all.
There was only an hour left before sunset and her vampire would be showing his handsome face. Whoa, my vampire? Since when did I become possessive, Sookie thought?
She was taking someone’s order when Dawn approached her. Sookie mentally rolled her eyes and sighed. The only time Dawn talks her is when she wants info on Jason. He really knows how to leave em’ hanging and wanting more, Sookie thought.
“Hey Sookie, can I talk to you for a moment?” Dawn said with a fake smile plastered on her face.
“Sure hun, just give me a sec.” Sookie said, not at all wanting to deal with Dawn. She finished writing down the order and gave it to Lafayette.
Dawn approached Sookie with a phony smile plastered on her face. Sookie resisted the urge to roll her eyes.
“Have you heard from Jason lately? He was supposed to call me two nights ago. I’m thinking maybe something happened to him.” Dawn said.
“I don’t know what to tell you Dawn, I haven’t heard from my brother either. But when I hear from him, I’ll be sure to tell him you’ve been asking for him.” Sookie replied. Dawn just looked at her. Sookie then, accidently looked into Dawn’s mind and saw she was on a desk with her legs wrapped around Eric while he roughly thrust into her biting her neck.
Sookie bristled at image. But she quickly squashed it down knowing they didn’t know each other then, so she had no right feeling jealous. She took a deep breath.
“OK.” Dawn said, walking away without saying thank you.
“You’re welcome.” Sookie muttered.
The sun had gone down and Jade drove off to Bon Temps to check on Eric. She had a feeling in her gut that tonight was going to be a good night.
She pulled up in the Merlotte’s parking lot and saw Eric standing outside looking through the window. He must be watching Sookie, Jade thought. Jade got out of her car and called Eric over. He sped over to Jade, looking happier than he did last night.
Jade looked at Eric and noticed he was smiling. He looked almost…excited? Jade stopped him a few inches from the door and turned him to face her. He had a look of confusion on his face.
“Well don’t you look excited to be back here? Tell me, what happened after I left? Did you get laid?” Jade said giddily. She had a mischievous glint in her eyes. Eric huffed, looked at her; annoyed and rolled his eyes.
“No!” Eric said indignantly. Jade blinked her eyes in surprise. She looked around, pretending to look around for people; then she looked back at him, narrowing her eyes in disbelief.
“Who are you and what did you do with Eric Northman?” she walked away from him into the middle of the parking lot. “ERIC?! OK NOW! YOU CAN COME OUT FROM HIDING! IT’S NOT FUNNY!” Jade yelled out. She stood there for a few more minutes and walked back over to Eric. She laughed.
“I’m being punked aren’t I?” Jade grinned and chuckled. Eric glared at her angrily, not finding this funny at all.
“I’m not finding this funny!” Eric growled.
“Well I do! How can you expect me to believe that you didn’t fuck her? You’re Eric Northman! You’ll fuck any sexy woman, even if they’re crazy!” Jade exclaimed, trying not to laugh. Eric grumbled and walked into Merlotte’s. Jade stood behind and smiled.
Her plan worked beautifully. She knows if he slept with her, for sure he would’ve gone back to Fangtasia and bragged about it. He also, would have forgotten about her completely. So, she knows for a fact he’s completely smitten with her. Jade laughed softly. Yeah, we’ll be seeing more of Miss Stackhouse, Jade chuckled to herself.
She walked through the doors of Merlotte’s and sat at the bar next to Eric in front of a black woman with braids and a mean looking expression. Jade smiled at her, not at all annoyed with her facial expression.
“What will ya have?” she asked.
“I’ll take a true blood. Eric, do you want anything?” Jade asked, looking at Eric.
“I’ll take a true blood.” He said nonchalantly looking away. Jade widen her eyes in surprise. Eric? Drinking a true blood? Oh yes, he’s definitely smitten with the girl. Especially if he hasn’t tasted her yet, Jade thought.
The lady placed two warm true bloods in front of Eric and Jade. Jade took a sip and placed it down. She saw Eric down the whole drink in three gulps. He cringed.
“I thought you said that stuff was vile and disgusting.” Jade asked. Eric ignored her question and turned to look at the blonde beauty that just walked into the bar from the back, holding a tray with plates on it and carrying it to a table in her section.
After she set the plates down, she turned around facing Eric’s direction; a look of excitement, happiness and a grin plastered on her face.
“Hello, my lover.” Eric said huskily. Jade looked at them both with interest and surprise. His lover? Oh I see, damn he moves fast, Jade thought to herself.
Sookie smiled at Eric and saw that the other vampire was with him. “Hi Miss…You never gave me your name.” Sookie said.
“Oh my! Where are my manners? I should’ve introduced myself yesterday. My name is Jade Valentine. But please, call me Jade.” Jade replied, grinning while dramatically placing her hand over her heart.
“Nice to meet you, Jade. I was wondering when I go on my break I could talk to you about the job you offered me?” Sookie asked sweetly. Jade smiled.
“Well sure you can Miss Stackhouse. I’ll be waiting over there in your section.” Jade said walking away. As Jade walked away she looked back at Eric kissing Sookie on the cheek and smiling broadly. What the hell happened last night if Eric didn’t have sex with her?
“Hi, Eric. Good evening so far?” Sookie asked.
“Yes, thank you. And you as well?” he asked, staring at her intently. He could still feel the pull drawing him to her; it was even stronger than last night. I fucking love her sweet, sexy southern accent. Just thinking about her screaming my name in pleasure makes me instantly hard.
“Yes. Thank you for asking.” She replied with her accent more pronounced. She was very nervous; after last night she couldn’t stop the butterflies fluttering in her stomach.
How can he make me feel this way? God, he is so sexy.
Sookie saw that Eric was dressed in a black V-neck T-shirt with black jeans that hugs him in the right places and a leather jacket. Her panties felt damp, she needed to stop thinking this way or she’ll ruin her panties completely. He simply looked hot and beyond. She could definitely imagining Eric ravaging her all night till dawn.
“Miss Stackhouse would you like to go on a…date with me tomorrow night?” Eric asked, slightly timidly. Sookie looked at Eric in surprise and then she grinned.
“I would be delighted to go out with you.” Sookie replied, trying hard not to sound excited. Eric grinned at her, grabbing her hand and kissing it. He stared at her with lustful eyes; undressing her under his gaze. Sookie blush the color of an apple and looked down at her shoes. He used his forefinger to tilt her chin up, so she could look into his eyes.
“That’s a very delicious color on you.” Eric said huskily. He pulled her closer, in between his legs, wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her neck. Sookie wrapped her arms around his neck and rubbed her cheek against his.
Jade sat in her booth watching the two and grinned. It’s been a little under 36 hours and already they’re in each other’s arms as if they’ve been together longer, Jade thought.
Sookie and Eric unwrapped themselves from each other and walked over to Jade’s booth. It didn’t get past Jade’s eyes they were holding hands. She smiled to herself. They both sat across from Jade; Jade looked at Sookie expectantly. Sookie took deep breath.
“I’ve been doing some thinking and I’ve decided to accept your job offer…but I have a few questions, if you don’t mind?” Sookie asked.
“Fire away.” Jade replied with a smile.
“I remember last night you mentioned something about Area 5. What is that exactly?” Sookie questioned. Very attentive, Jade thought; impressed.
“Well, it’s quite a long explanation, but Area 5 is in which I’m sheriff of. Vampires have their own form of government…a hierarchy, perhaps. You have kings and queens who rule states and the states are broken down into areas in which sheriff’s rule. Basically, I govern over vampires that reside in Shreveport, Monroe and Bon Temps, hence Area 5. I run the area as such and most of the time things run smoothly as they have generally for over a century. I'm the oldest vampire in the state, nobody challenges me. I keep the vampires in order; give permission for their latest jaunts if it's acceptable, and give minor punishments.” Jade explained.
“And what about Eric, what does he do?” Sookie said. Observant too, Jade thought.
“Well, Eric here is my second in command. In case I get called away, I put him in charge of the area. He and I have an arrangement. We both sort of split the duties of being Sheriff in half. I do the paperwork, in which I don’t mind doing, and Eric does the enforcing and punishing. Sometimes we may switch places.” Jade said, she noticed Sookie seemed to be letting that sink in.
“So about this job offer, what will I be doing, exactly?” Sookie asked.
“You’ll basically read humans for us. Find anything that’ll cause trouble for both humans, vampires and the bar itself.” Eric explained.
“And what’ll happen to the humans if they were to break vampire law?” Sookie asked.
“Well, I don’t kill them, I assure you. But if humans were to break one of our laws I of course punish them…but I don’t punish them like Eric would a vampire. Afterwards I send them to the police and let the local authorities handle the rest.” Jade explained. Sookie looked at Jade and seemed pleased with her answer.
“Well, that’s all the questions I have…for now.” Sookie replied.
“OK, good. Come down to Fangtasia tomorrow at 8pm. Dress like you normally would, there’s no need to be professional or whatever.” Jade said. Sookie nodded. Suddenly a chill ran down Jade’s spine. She looked around and her eyes landed on the entrance just when a vampire had walked into Merlotte’s. She smiled. Ah, just the man I’ve been waiting for, Jade thought. Bill Compton.
“Miss Stackhouse you enjoy the rest of your night and Eric and I will see you tomorrow night. Let’s go, Eric. We have something to take care of.” Jade said, not taking her eyes off of Bill Compton. Eric followed Jade’s stare and looked back at Jade with a knowing look on his face. He nodded. He looked at Sookie and caressed her cheek with his thumb. He then kissed Sookie on her cheek and looked into her eyes.
“We’ll have our date after Fangtasia. Until tomorrow night, my lover.” He said softly. Jade stood up from the booth and walked over to Bill Compton. Eric followed behind her. When they approached Compton, they stood in front of him smiling…sinisterly that is.
“Compton, how nice of you to visit my area, but what are you doing here at Merlotte’s? You’re supposed to check in at Fangtasia immediately after you arrive in my area. Yet you haven’t. Care to explain yourself? You know what let’s have a little chat outside, shall we?” Jade said, walking out without waiting for his answer.
They stood in the parking lot, with Jade pacing and Eric standing off to the side staring at Bill menacingly. If looks could kill, Bill would be a pile of goo. Bill stood and waited a moments for Jade to speak. Finally Jade stopped pacing and suddenly appeared in front of Compton.
“I know you have orders from the queen to kidnap a human from my area…a telepathic human. So she attempts to tip toe around me to acquire her and turn her into a pet against her will. Both you and the queen know that is illegal." Jade said, nonchalantly. Bill eyes widened in shock and fear, but he quickly schooled his facial features and appeared to look stoic.
"How did you know that?" Bill asked.
“You silly little vampire.” Jade cooed lightly tapping his cheek with her hand. "Did you think I was turned yesterday?" Jade asked incredulously; chuckling.
"No harm was going to come to her."
"She was going to be held against her will." Jade countered. "What are the queen’s plans for Ms. Stackhouse?"
“I don’t know. She just ordered me only to procure her and bring her to New Orleans."
“By what means exactly?” Eric added.
"She didn't want her harmed." Bill said.
"You mean dead. Knowing the queen, I don’t think she would’ve cared if she were injured. So you were to seduce her, by any means necessary?" Jade concluded and by Bill's glare and lack of verbal response, Jade knew she was right. She was angry on Sookie's behalf. Sookie was sweet and naïve enough to have fallen for that. Eric growled.
Suddenly zipped to Compton and held him by his neck; ready to beat him to a bloody pile of goo. She zipped to them and grabbed Compton from Eric. She then threw him on the ground.
"Eric, the queen would be very upset if you killed her favorite procurer when she obviously had no idea Sookie belonged to you." Jade coolly, using air quotes.
Bill perked up. "What?"
"Sookie is Eric's human." Jade looked at Bill. "And obviously, the queen does not know that."
"No." Bill agreed forcefully. "No, she must not have. I am not prepared to make any sort of monetary compensation offer for the girl."
"And I am not now, nor will I ever be, prepared to accept such an offer." Jade said, right in his face. If the queen's next thought was that she could buy Sookie from Jade, she was sorely mistaken. She then grabbed Compton by his neck and held him in the air.
“Here’s the deal, Compton. You are to go back to the queen and give her my letter regarding Sookie Stackhouse. If you don’t and remain in my area, it’s not just the queen’s or Eric’s wrath you’ll have to worry about…it’s mine. You think Eric or the queen can make suffer greatly…oh you have no idea how much pain you’ll endure!” Jade said in a calm, yet low and menacing voice. She took an envelope out of her back pocket, put it into bill’s jacket pocket and threw him across the lot out on the street.
“I suggest you get a move on, especially if you want to make it before sunrise!” Eric said. Bill then got off the ground and sped in the direction of New Orleans, disappearing into the night.
Jade and Eric then looked at each other and started laughing.
As Bill was running through the streets, he took a moment and stopped in the middle of the road. He was pissed just arrived in Bon Temps and already someone had found out what the queen's plans were. The queen is going to be very upset with me, Bill thought, shuddering. He thought of all the ways the queen would punish and make him suffer. This was something he was not looking forward too.
He took out his phone and dialed the queen's number. He listened to the phone ring on the other end, when someone finally answered.
"Compton for the queen." Bill said.
"One moment please." A woman said.
"Compton. This had better be important." The queen snapped.
"Your majesty…there's something you should know."
"Explain." The queen said.
Bill then took out the letter, and read it aloud to the queen. When he was finished, he heard a loud crash on the queen's end and high-pitched scream that would make his ears bleed. Bill flinched.
"WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?! SHE CANNOT DO THIS TO ME! I AM HER QUEEN!" Bill was shifting his feet awkwardly while standing in the middle of the street listening to queen ramble on angrily how Jade will pay and that she always get what she wants. Finally moments later, the queen calmed down.
"No matter, I can easily rectify this. Andre has recently gotten a new toy and he hasn't had the chance to test it…till now. Compton, you shall remain in Bon Temps and by any means necessary turn the girl against Valentine and Northman. Then you will earn the girl's trust and when the time is right bring her to me in New Orleans, is that clear?"
"As you wish my queen." Bill replied.
"Good. DO NOT FAIL ME COMPTON." She said and hung up.
Bill put his phone in his pocket and sped back to Bon Temps.