I tore through the night with my only focus on getting to her as fast as I possibly could, barely registering the sounds of the police siren or flashing red lights lighting up the darkened highway. I couldn’t lose her, not now. Not when our life together had only barely just begun. I’d lived through the atrocities of war in a God forsaken desert watching men I’d considered my brothers die around me and still I managed to somehow survive, but I had no illusions that I would be able to survive the loss of her. Every breath she took was the air that filled my lungs. The blood that pumped through her veins made my heart beat. She was my life force, the sun in my sky and my entire being revolted at the idea of a world existing without her in it.
As the highway blurred underneath my tires my mind replayed our time together thus far, taunting me with the seemingly perfect way our worlds had collided while never once imagining it could all end in an instant. I should have known better given what had happened to my parents. I didn’t want to remember any of it right now, but my brain wouldn’t cooperate. I should have known my life wasn’t meant to have a happy ending.
Sookie and I had quickly settled into our life as a couple as soon as I’d made my way to Bon Temps. We’d spent the summer getting to know each other in every way imaginable. I’d never met anyone like her and I felt like the luckiest guy on earth to have captured her heart. She was beautiful both inside and out and it wasn’t lost on me that I wasn’t the only one that felt that way.
Over the first few weeks she’d slowly introduced me to everyone in town and it was obvious that a lot of the single men weren’t too happy to meet me. She might still think of them as the ten year old boys she’d known in her childhood, but it was apparent that they saw the sweet and sexy woman she had become. In the beginning I’d often felt the urge to give in to my caveman mentality and stake my claim on her by throwing her over my shoulder while clubbing every male within a 50 foot radius. But I quickly realized there was no need because Sookie only had eyes for me and scoffed in disbelief whenever I pointed out one of her numerous admirers. She had no idea how alluring she was and it only made her more beautiful.
Thankfully her family and friends were accepting of me from the start. She had been worried about what they would think with me moving in with Sookie right away and I had to admit that I was nervous at what their reaction would be as well. Sookie threw a barbeque at the farmhouse my first weekend in Bon Temps and invited all of her friends and family to introduce me to her inner circle. She’d been a nervous wreck which in turn made me nervous as well. I didn’t want our relationship to cause any discord in her family so I pulled her aside before anyone arrived and said, “Sookie, maybe I should look for an apartment in town.” I glanced over at Bonnie lying in the sunlight that spilled through the screen door onto the floor of the foyer and asked, “Do you know of any that allow pets?”
I’d meant to calm her nerves by showing her that I cared enough about her to sacrifice what I wanted by giving her the space I thought she might need, but it had the opposite effect as I watched tears spring to her eyes. “You don’t want to stay here?” She looked down at Bonnie and I heard her breath hitch in her throat as she whispered, “And you’re taking Bonnie too?” Her body started to tremble while her lower lip jutted out and I was at a loss. I’d never been in a relationship before and I didn’t know what I was supposed to do, but I couldn’t stand the sight of her crying and thankfully my instincts took over.
I quickly scooped her up in my arms and held her close trying to soothe her frayed nerves. Pulling back far enough to look in her eyes the truth just tumbled from my mouth. “Of course I want to stay here. I don’t ever want to leave, but I don’t want to make things difficult for you with your family. If that means I have to live somewhere else for now then that’s what I’ll do, but make no mistake about my true feelings. I love you Sookie Stackhouse and I have no intentions of letting you go.”
I could see the relief flood her body before it quickly turned into something else entirely. We’d been going at it like rabbits since my first day there, but I doubted I would ever have my fill of her. She pulled me down into a kiss pouring all of her emotions into it and I quickly got lost in her. We had already made love in every room of her house by that point, but neither one of us were wanting to ‘make love’ just then. This was about pure unadulterated need. I needed to feel that connection with her and it seemed she needed me just as much.
The guests were due to arrive at any time so we knew we didn’t have much time, but it only seemed to spur us on more. We were dressed casually for the barbeque with me in a t-shirt and shorts and Sookie in a sundress which provided me with quick and easy access to everywhere I wanted to be. We’d only physically been together for a few days, but I’d spent that time learning every square inch of her body and its reactions. Knowing time wasn’t on our side, I pulled my lips away from hers trailing them along her jaw to the spot behind her ear that always caused a moan from her lips that went straight to my dick.
She pressed her body against mine while her nails raked down my back and my hands ran down her shoulders pulling the straps of her dress down her arms freeing her breasts. I brushed my thumbs across her nipples causing her back to arch towards me so I took the opportunity to lean down and capture one in between my lips flicking my tongue over it in a steady rhythm while her hands slipped into the waistband of my shorts. I hissed at the sensation of her warm hand circling the base of my cock before she stroked up my length. My hands wandered farther down to the hem of her dress and slid up her smooth legs to the apex of her thighs while my body involuntarily thrust into her hand on her downward stroke.
“Fuck… Sookie,” I half moaned half growled. I discovered she was soaking wet as well as the fact that she was going commando too.
“Surprise,” she purred into my ear. It was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back because in the next instant I had her body up against the wall and my shorts around my ankles as I thrust into her in one stroke causing both of us to cry out. Her legs locked around my waist while my hands gripped her hips as I pounded her into the wall. She was so tight and warm and wet. It was like she was made just for me and I knew that I would never want anyone else. She was mine and, even more so, I was hers.
That thought alone threatened to make me lose all control and thankfully I could feel her muscles clamping down signaling she was almost there. I slid a hand in between us and rubbed her clit in time with my thrusts needing her to fall over the edge first while I distracted myself by clamping my mouth over hers swallowing her passionate cries. It wasn’t long before I felt her whole body tense as her muscles locked down and she screamed my name as her orgasm ripped through her body pulling mine out from me as well.
Our bodies were still twitching with aftershocks when we heard the sound of wheels crunching up the gravel driveway and had just barely put ourselves back together when a knock sounded at the door. It was Sookie’s parents along with her brother Jason and I had to bite the inside of my cheek to keep from laughing out loud at the blush that covered Sookie’s whole body when her mother asked if she was feeling okay because she looked feverish.
It turned out all of Sookie’s worrying was for nothing because her family and friends all welcomed me with open arms. It was the first time in my life that I felt like I truly belonged. It was the first time since my parents’ death that I felt like I was part of a family again.
When September came and Sookie had to go back to work teaching at the elementary school I started looking in earnest to find a job. I still didn’t know what it was I wanted to do and ended up applying for a position as a deputy in the Bon Temps Police Department when one of the deputies, Kenya, ended up resigning to stay home to take care of her newborn daughter. Her husband Kevin was also a deputy and he’d been relieved that she finally decided to leave the department because he’d always been worried for her safety.
I passed the exam and once I graduated from the Renard Parish Police Academy six months later, I was officially a Deputy. I’d never even thought about being a cop, but I ended up loving it. I enjoyed the freedom of being out in my patrol car instead of suffocating in an office environment forty hours a week. Another perk was the absolute lust that radiated from Sookie whenever she saw me in uniform. I never knew playing cops and robbers could be so erotic. Head mistress and the naughty pupil was great too. Just the thought of her in a tight skirt and her hair in a bun with a pencil sticking out of it along with her glasses perched on the end of her nose could make me hard in an instant.
From the moment I first walked into her classroom I never had any doubts that Sookie was all I would ever want or need. I’d bought the engagement ring within a month of being back in the States, but I was still nervous that she would think it was too soon so I waited until Christmas to ask her to be my wife. It was the first time I was happy to see tears fall from her eyes when she flung herself at me saying “YES!”
More tears were shed the following June when I watched her walk down the aisle towards me and she became Mrs. Sookie Northman. Bonnie was our ring bearer with our rings tied to her collar and she sat front and center wearing a veil matching Sookie’s in our wedding photo. That was five years ago.
Our life together continued on and we settled into our married life with ease. We’d discussed having children and we each wanted them, but it wasn’t something we were looking to happen right away since we were both still relatively young and we each had busy careers. Bonnie was our only child for now.
I worked my way up to detective and when Bud Dearborn decided to retire I was offered the Sheriff’s job. I talked it over with Sookie before accepting and we both agreed it was a good thing at the time, but right now I thought it was the worst thing I could have ever done.
I’d been attending a two day Sheriff’s convention in Alexandria, LA. It was about two hours southeast of Shreveport driving at normal speeds, but when Kevin called me in the middle of the night telling me what happened I hopped into my police cruiser and floored it with my only thought being I had to be with her. If I hadn’t accepted the Sheriff’s position I would have been there instead of almost 150 miles away.
I had just spoken to her a couple of hours earlier. She’d been feeling rundown lately and thought she was coming down with a cold so she said she was heading to bed as soon as she put the laundry into the dryer. I told her I loved her, like always, and she did the same. Only now all I could think was I hoped she knew how true those words were.
Key words from Kevin’s phone call were stuck on a never-ending loop in my mind.
Kevin had spoken to the Fire Chief and they concluded the fire had started on the back porch in the dryer. Our bedroom was on the main floor of the house at the opposite end from where the laundry room was and it was only because there were three closed doors separating Sookie from the fire that kept it from spreading too fast to where she was sleeping unaware. Bonnie always slept in bed with us and according to Kevin she must have tried to rouse Sookie because her pajamas were torn from where they assumed Bonnie tried pulling her awake. When that didn’t work she must have jumped through the bedroom window because the screen was torn out and she ran to our only neighbors, Bill and Judith Compton, who lived next door with a field and a cemetery between us. Bonnie barked non-stop until they opened their front door and they had been able to see the flames from their porch. Judith kept Bonnie with her while she called 911 as Bill ran over and thankfully pulled Sookie from the house through the bedroom window.
By the time I skidded into the emergency bay at the Monroe Hospital a little over an hour had passed since Kevin had called me. I had convinced myself to expect the worst and ran inside not even taking the time to turn off the lights and siren in the cruiser.
“Sookie Northman, where is she?” I half demanded half pleaded to the woman behind the counter.
She turned her head and I followed her eyes taking off once more before she could say anything when I saw Sookie’s parents walk into the hallway. I stopped short when I saw both of them were holding onto each other while crying and what little hope I’d held onto left me as my heart sank while I fell to my knees with all of the air leaving my lungs.
My traitorous brain worked against me once more forcing me to remember it all…
the first time I ever saw her in the picture she’d sent me with her dressed as a fairy;
seeing her for the first time sitting at her desk in her classroom when I walked through her door;
the first time I’d tasted her lips in a kiss in that very same classroom;
our very first time together with each of us unsure, but it was perfect nonetheless;
her whispered words “Welcome Home,” and the feeling of truly being home for the first time since I was a child;
the look of pure happiness on her face about our Christmas engagement;
the love in her eyes when she vowed to be mine forever in our summer wedding;
the last “I love you,” from her lips only hours before;
my life, my love.
My head was spinning and my vision tunneled as I felt my body sway on the floor already unable to function without her. It simultaneously felt like seconds and hours had passed since I first entered the hospital, but in reality it was probably only a couple of minutes.
I felt the hands on my shoulders shaking me first.
Then I saw Sookie’s parents talking to me, but I only knew it because their lips were moving. It looked like they were saying “Eric.”
Then I heard them saying “Eric,” as all of the other sounds rushed in with their words. I wouldn’t have really paid any attention if it hadn’t been followed by, “Sookie’s okay. She’s awake and the doctor is in with her now.”
My head was still spinning but I shot up off of the floor and through her door stopping short once again. I watched her inhale and I felt the air expand in my lungs. I heard the beep of her heart on the machine at her side and felt the beat in my chest. As if God himself was watching our reunion unfold the darkness of the night disappeared as the early morning sunlight streaked through the window. Her hair was a mess and there were smudges of soot on her face with rips in her nightgown and she’d never been more beautiful. Tears streaked down her face once she saw me and I’d never been so happy to see them.
I had her in my embrace in the next moment telling her how much I loved her over and over while silently thanking God for not taking her from me. I pulled back and ran my hands over her asking, “Are you okay? Are you hurt at all?”
She smiled saying, “I’m okay, right Doc?” Sookie looked over at the doctor I’d only now noticed was in the room and while I knew my sole focus had been on Sookie, it would be easy to miss this doctor considering she probably only came up to my hip. Her white lab coat indicated she was Dr. Amy Ludwig.
“Yes Mr. Northman, your wife is fine.” I felt my shoulders drop in relief and I had just turned to face Sookie once more when the doctor spoke again. “So is the baby, but I want to keep them here for a few more hours just for observation.”
What? I looked at the doctor and then back to Sookie. Her eyes filled with unshed tears while a small smile played on her lips. “Sookie?” I needed to hear it again to be sure I’d heard it right the first time.
“We’re going to have a baby in about 35 weeks. I was shocked too, but I’m happy about it.” Her eyes furrowed questioningly when she whispered, “Are you happy about it?”
Am I happy about it?
The love of my life is unharmed and healthy.
The life brought about by our love is unharmed and healthy.
Happy doesn’t even come close to describing it and I silently thanked God once more for giving me another chance at having a happy ending.