Chapter 8 – Nothing, No One
I couldn’t believe the break we caught on that whole deal at Barksdale AFB. We owed everything to Sookie of course. It was her idea in the first place to go there to begin with, and then to come up with the idea they may have made a dry run in the day time was pure brilliance. She WAS my smart and sexy.
I had a difficult time keeping my hands off of her all day long. That outfit she was wearing tortured me like no other. As soon as I calmed down enough from hearing what Quinn had been saying to her and actually saw her there in front of me, it took a great deal of willpower not to drag her into an office and claim her as mine. She was the perfect combination of sophisticated and sex kitten.
I had a feeling all weekend long that she was still coming to terms with the whirlwind start of our relationship and I didn’t want to push her into being intimate again so soon. But, after seeing her this morning and hearing her say that she wasn’t sorry for driving me mad? I would make sure she wasn’t sorry a few times tonight.
We hauled ass back to town and dropped Sookie off at the courthouse so she could wait on the warrant. Alcide and I went back to the station to brief our lieutenant, Andre LeClerque. The address we were given was in an older strip mall downtown. I knew that it was mostly rundown shops over there that lost business when all of the new shopping centers popped up all over town during the housing boom. We were itching to get over there, but we had to wait on the warrant.
It took another hour before Sookie finally called me. “Hi Eric, I got the warrant. The judge was in session and he just now got out.”
“Okay, we had an unmarked patrol car do a drive-by and, the van is parked in back of the building.”
“I’ll take the warrant and just meet you over there. Oh, and Eric? This one has the right address on it. I checked”, she added chuckling.
What a smart-ass. I liked it. But I wasn’t above just staying on the line in complete silence to see what her reaction would be.
After a few moments I heard, “Eric? Are you mad? I’m sorry, I was just joking.” The worried sound in her voice broke my resolve and I laughed out loud. “Eric! That was not funny! You had me worried!” I laughed harder.
Lowering my voice I said, “No need to worry lover, you can pay me back later. And I haven’t forgotten that I owe you.”
God. Just saying it out lout had me wanting to say to hell with the search and just take her back to my place and fuck her senseless.
“I haven’t forgotten either.” Her voice was so low I barely heard her, but the sound of our heavy breathing was increasing exponentially.
I took a deep breath and let out an exasperated sigh. “Uh, what were we talking about before? Oh yeah, the warrant. You have it. That’s good. I’ll see you over there. Oh, and make sure you stay parked on the street. I don’t want you to come up until I call you to let you know it’s safe.”
I was having a hard time re-focusing my brain. She drove me crazy in the best of ways.
I could hear her take a deep breath. “I will, Eric. See you there. Be safe”, she added and then hung up.
I grabbed Alcide and we took off for EEE. We had a couple of patrol cars meet us around the corner as back-up. As soon as we saw Sookie park down the street we went over and got the warrant from her. Alcide and I drove over together along with one of the patrol cars pulling up to the front door while the other patrol parked in the back of the building.
The strip mall was empty except for EEE on one end and a laundromat on the other end. The front window of EEE had their name on the tinted glass, but other than that, there was no other indication it was a business. After pulling on our bulletproof vests and hanging our badges around our necks on breakaway chains Alc and I walked through the open front door with our guns drawn down in front of us and into the empty store front. There was a counter with a fake potted plant on it and a couple of chairs sitting along the walls.
I called out, “POLICE! Anybody here?” When there was no response I looked at Alcide and shrugged. He motioned for the patrolman to come in and had him radio the patrol at the back door that we were going to sweep the building.
Systematically we checked every room in the building and found nothing. No one. Empty. Shit. I called Sookie and told her she could come in while I was going through and office. The file cabinet had been left open, but any files it may have held were gone. There was a computer monitor but all that was left of the desktop were the cables that would have attached it to the monitor and printer. There was nothing to indicate any type of business, caterer or gun runner. Then I noticed a coffee pot in the corner. Walking over I felt the carafe and it was still hot. Whoever was here hadn’t been gone for long.
I walked back into the front room when I could hear Sookie talking to the patrolman there. A look of relief came across her face when she saw me. Nothing or no one was more beautiful than her. I must have been staring at her for a while because she smiled and raised her eyebrow questioningly. Right, the search.
“Nothing. No one. Whoever was here is gone and I doubt they’re coming back because they emptied the file cabinet and took the computer. There’s a coffee pot back there that’s still hot so they couldn’t have been gone long.”
“Why would they up and leave? It doesn’t make sense. Unless, they got tipped off somehow?”
Shit. This isn’t good. The forensic team was just arriving to dust the place for fingerprints. I motioned for Sookie to follow me to the back where we got Alcide and walked into the back alleyway where the van was parked. It was the same van from the video except it had a large magnetic decal on each side with the EEE logo.
I had the patrolman waiting back there go inside with the rest of the crew so we could have some privacy. Running my fingers through my hair I asked, “So, how many people knew we were checking this place out or coming here?”
We hadn’t told Alcide that we suspected they were tipped off, but he came to the same realization once I asked the question. “On our end I guess it would be the desk sergeant that ran the plate, the lieutenant, the unmarked patrol that did the driveby, and the two black and whites that are here but they didn’t know what we needed them for until we met them around the block.”
I ticked them off in my head. The two patrolman with us were pretty much ruled out since they didn’t know where we were going exactly or what we were looking for.
The desk sergeant I spoke to was a guy named Parnell. He has been on the force for nearly 25 years and is due to retire soon. I’ve known him my entire career and I never saw or heard anything bad about him. He was dedicated to the job and mentored most of the rookies on the force whenever they needed it, including me when I first started. I didn’t think it was him, but I guess I couldn’t rule him out.
Lieutenant LeClerque has been on the job for 20 years and my boss for the last 3 years. He’s a no nonsense type of guy and doesn’t hesitate to get in your ass if you fuck up, but he’s also the type to have your back if anyone else is looking to jam you up. I would bet my entire pension it wasn’t him.
The last was the unmarked patrol. Felicia had been assigned that car today. Could it be her? She was all kinds of crazy, but involved in stealing weapons from the base? I didn’t think so, but I couldn’t rule her out either. Parnell was the one that had her do the drive-by looking for the van, but he didn’t tell her why.
I quickly ran through my thoughts out loud to Alcide and Sookie. Alcide agreed with all of my assessments but we would do some digging on Parnell and Felicia just to be sure.
Looking over at Sookie I saw she had taken a small notebook out of her purse to take notes. I asked, “So Sookie, who knew on your end?”
While she stood there thinking about it she pressed the top of her pen onto her bottom lip and bit down on it lightly. Seeing her made me recall when I had been pressed down on her bottom lip and in her mouth just a few nights ago and I felt Eric Jr. stirring to life. I noticed her lips moving and realized she had started talking while I was busy reminiscing.
“I’m sorry, what?”
I guess she had noticed I’d zoned out and she smiled saying, “I said, the only people who knew were the court clerk I called for the warrant, the judge, and Pam, if she even checked her email yet. She was still in court when I was there getting the warrant. The clerk is an older woman named Octavia Fant and she’s been there forever. She’s seems nice enough, but I don’t know her that well at all. I guess we should look into her too.”
Since there wasn’t much left for us to do at EEE we decided Alcide and I would head back to the station to brief the lieutenant and Sookie would go back to her office to try and trace who owned EEE. She and I made plans for her to meet me at my house later on tonight.
A couple of hours later I pulled into my garage and parked the car. I greeted Bubba with his customary milkbone. I had weird hours so I had installed an electronic doggie door for him that was activated by a sensor on his collar to open the door whenever he was in front of it. It was money well spent. Tired, I flopped on the couch and kicked my shoes off.
I must have dozed off because I was woken up by Bubba barking and someone knocking at the front door. I opened it to find Sookie on my doorstep. Smiling I moved to the side to give her room to come in.
I had barely shut the door when she shoved me up against it attacking my mouth with hers. My shock quickly turned to lust and I spun us around to where she was pressed up against the door. My hands were running up and down her sides and she fisted her hand in my hair keeping my mouth to hers while making the most delicious sounds.
I finally broke the kiss to let her breathe and moved along her jaw with open mouth kisses to her earlobe, running my teeth along the edges causing her to gasp. Her body was rubbing against mine as her hands trailed down my back to my ass which she grabbed it pulling me against her. When she moved one of her hands to my front and stroked me through my pants I couldn’t help grinding into it.
I lifted her up and placed her against the back of the couch. While she continued stroking me through my pants I pulled her shirt out of her skirt and slowly unbuttoned it kissing each piece of flesh I exposed. Sliding it down her arms I let it fall to the floor while I paid homage to each of her breasts through her lacey bra before I dropped to my knees. I ran my hands up the sides of her skirt, finding the zipper at the back. While pulling the zipper down I leaned forward and kissed her center blowing hot air onto her through the fabric. She grabbed the back of my head and pushed me into her, rubbing herself against my face.
Smiling I bit down lightly before pulling back. Hearing her moan in frustration I chuckled, “Eager lover?”
I think she said “mmhmm” but I’m not sure because when I let the skirt drop to the floor I saw she was wearing nothing underneath it. Minx! As she went to step out of her stilettos I stopped her, “Leave them on.” I put her left leg over my shoulder as I leaned forward and licked her from her entrance to her clit. Her taste was like nothing I have ever experienced. She was exquisite. I continued to lap at her slowly, flicking my tongue against her clit with every pass.
She braced herself against the back of the couch and held my head in place crying out, “More.” I concentrated on suckling her nub while I plunged two fingers inside of her hooking them with each stroke. Her cries and whimpers were becoming louder and as I felt her walls beginning to clench around my fingers I reached up with my other hand to her breasts. I pinched her nipple through the fabric of her bra and she came hard screaming out, “ERIC!”
Hearing her scream my name set off a primal need in me. I stood up and spun her around to face the back of the couch. I dropped my pants while bending her over in front of me and buried myself deep inside of her setting off another orgasm. She screamed out “YES!” and pushed herself back further onto me. I grabbed her hips as she held onto the couch and pounded into her over and over. I could see the sheen of sweat glistening across her back and her muscles flex as she held onto the couch. I knew I wasn’t going to last much longer but I wanted her to come with me. Reaching around I rubbed circles over her clit and I could feel her insides clenching down once more. When her orgasm hit her she screamed out my name again triggering me to spill out into her yelling, “SOOKIE!”
We stayed that way for a few minutes catching our breath. As the panting died down I slid myself out of her which is exactly when I realized I wasn’t wearing a condom.
“Oh God, Sookie. I didn’t put on a condom. I’m so sorry, I wasn’t thinking.” I was afraid of what her reaction would be.
She turned to face me in nothing but her bra and heels, her body flush with color from what we had just done. “Well, I got tested after my last relationship and I’m on the pill.” She seemed apprehensive.
I was flooded with relief that she wasn’t upset. “Me too. I mean I got tested last year and I’m clean too.”
Her eyebrow quirked up, “Last year?”
“Yes Sookie, last year. You’re the first person I’ve been with in a year.”
I could see her working the idea of that through her mind. “Oh. Well, you’re only the second person I’ve been with ever.”
What? She’s fucking gorgeous! “Oh.” I kept screaming MINE MINE MINE in my head and loved the idea of it even more.
I pulled her up against me and kissed her putting all of the emotions and feelings I had for her into it that I could. When I finally pulled away I looked down into her blue eyes and could see she felt it too. “I know we haven’t known each other long, but I can honestly say I’ve never felt this way about anyone. Nothing or no one has ever captivated me like you do. Will you be mine?” I held my breath waiting for her answer.