LATE Chapter 119

Sookie felt warm, she thought, as she stretched her arms and slowly opened her eyes, expecting to be in her bed with Bjorn sitting off to her left. To her surprise she was standing alone in front of a huge – maybe 10 feet tall – mirror in an ornate gold frame wearing the most beautiful dress she had ever seen! She ran her hands over her upper arms, hugging herself, trying to figure out where she was, fascinated by her own reflection as she ran her hands over the beautiful gown. 

“Wow, I hope I get to keep this dress,” she said out loud as the sound of footsteps approaching rang in a hallway behind her. Why wasn’t she scared? She wondered, ‘what color is this dress!?’ It was like a living watercolor catching the light in places that would seem to be a delicate blue at one moment while another part took on a lavender hue, then it would seem pink, then lavender and blue again. She was mesmerized as she played with the front of the skirt, the translucent colors continuing to change. She wished she could twirl but it had a long train in back, in intricate lace embroidered with beautiful shimmering flowers. “If this is a dream,” she whispered as she swayed a bit in front of the mirror “I‘d like to stay here a while.” 

She noticed now that the buzz of a crowd outside was somewhere nearby and she heard trumpeting like you’d hear in a movie about Queens and knights and “Dragons!” she said aloud as she noticed Puff watching her from a purple rug by a huge bed with a pink canopy. He raised his head and purred at her, hoping the Goddess would call him to Her.

“Hey, Puff!” she smiled, “I’m glad you’re here, too!” she petted his head and scratched him behind his ears as he pranced over to her, nuzzling at her tummy covered with lace. “Ok, sweet boy, I’m guessing we’re in Avalon or Elfyria, and this dress Is for my coronation? I hope no one steps on this train!”

There was a knock on the door and she heard a familiar voice calling “Milady, are you in the dress?”

”Yes, Sir Robert, I’m dressed.” She laughed as he came through the door.

He stopped for a minute when he saw her, stunned at her beauty as her aura swirled around her in beautiful ribbons of pink and yellow. “my Goddess, no one will doubt you are Queen when they see you in this!” he said, as he came in carrying a wooden chest about the size of a small toaster oven. “Your jewels, My Lady.”

“Oh, I can’t wait to see what I’ve got!” She laughed and bounced a bit, having decided it might be nice to be Queen.

He opened a drawer that held glass slippers!

Her eyes were big and bright. “Are those…?”

Sir Robert laughed, “The very ones! Only 2 previous owners – one Princess and one Queen!” he knelt down on one knee, gently helping her into each slipper, neither of them noticing Eric standing at the door.

“Ahem,” Eric cleared his throat, surprised to see a Faerie man kneeling in front of his wife. He wasn’t jealous – not much, anyway – he  just wanted them to know he was there. He forgot all about it when he saw Sookie dressed like an Angel.

“Eric! Look, Glass slippers!

“Lovely, Sookie – you are a vision!” He thought by now he should be used to seeing Sookie in full Freyja form, but Her beauty and power still shocked him. She was certainly the Faerie Queen if ever there was one!

“Your Majesty!” Robert addressed him, “would you like to place the Jewels?”

“Yes,” He smiled “Though they’ll hardly be noticed next to Sookie’s beauty.” 

“Aw, thank you!” she said with the most brilliant smile. “How’s the weather outside?”

“It’s a glorious day!” Sir Robert answered.

“Perfect for a Coronation, My Angel, the entire Fae Realm will be in love with you after today!” Eric agreed. 

 “Most of them, anyway,” she said softly, though she refused to let thoughts of Niall ruin her happy mood.

 Eric gently placed the freshly polished enchanted aquamarine around her neck, the heavy gold chain gleaming like a star. There was a matching pair of Aqua earrings in each earlobe and a small tiara crown on her head that would soon be replaced by something much more impressive.

”Where are the children?” she suddenly remembered to ask, berating herself for being a distracted Mom.

“Perfectly safe in the nursery, with Jerry, Bjorn and Bobbie? I think?” Robert was pretty sure those were the names of the Queens’s retinue. “along with guards that I trust implicitly.” 

“OK, where will they be while I do whatever I’m doing?” They both looked at Robert.

“Right on the stage with you, My Lady, they’ll get to see you crowned.” 

“Too bad they’re probably too young to remember it,” Sookie said wistfully.

“There will be film and pictures, your Majesty, though I’m confident they’ll be aware of the honor you’ll receive. Plus, there’ll be the announcement about the Princess, which only a few know about. It will be a special thrill for everyone.”

“Are we sure that’s a good idea?” She looked at them both, wanting some reassurance.

“The Council & the Witte Wieven have decided it’s best, sort of lagniappe as they say in New Orleans, I believe?” Everyone laughed and Sookie shook her head a little, getting herself into the right frame of mind for this.

“All right, Sookie,”  Eric nodded to Robert, “it’s time for the children and me to take our places.” He gave her a long, sweet kiss, winked at her and followed the guard that would guide them to their place in front of the palace.

“OK,” she said mostly to herself, l’ll see you soon!”

When Eric left, Sir Robert asked, “do you need a minute to compose yourself, My Lady?” 

“Yes, if you don’t mind.” She said as the attendants and Maddy came in and stood by the door.

Everyone stepped out into the hall as Sookie took a deep breath and looked intensely into the mirror making the adjustments she wanted.

“OK,” she said to herself, “you can do this!” She gave herself one more look – hair long and full, flowing down past her shoulders. Eyes rimmed black like a cat, touches of real gold on her lids and lips, porcelain skin, rosy cheeks and full sexy pout. She liked the way the dress fit her every curve and everything was fine. She opened the door where Maddy was waiting with two little Faerie girls in matching pink dresses with those “over-all” button shoulders that she’d seen before. 

“Ready, Milady?” Maddy smiled at her proudly.

“Yes, I am.” Sookie said confidently as the girls both lifted the train of her dress and they all proceeded to the corridor, Puff following beside Sookie like a good protector should.

 As she followed the little group she noticed this was an unusual hallway facing the one Titania’s room was in. 

“Maddy? Why was I getting dressed in the wrong room?”

“Oh that was a child’s room before, Milady. We’ll keep it just as it is to use as you’d like but as Queen you’ll be in the Royal suite of rooms. You and your King have already got wardrobes and anything you might need in place and ready for you. Everything in it is fresh and new, except for the heirlooms, the enchanted and museum pieces.”

“Great!” ‘More things to learn’ she thought to herself.

“You’ll have lots of fun exploring what all’s there, I’m sure!” Maddy said, knowing things were moving very quickly around this new Royal family.

They continued down the corridor where the line of suits of armor stood, then out to the great room where the throne sat. The huge room was buzzing with cooks and maids, waiters and waitresses setting up for the banquet after the ceremony. As Sookie’s escort moved through the back of grand room every worker turned and bowed or curtsied to her. On the other side was a hallway and the door to the library where she’d met with three of the Witte Wieven, or white ladies, or whatever. They turned to the right down a new hall that led to the outside of the palace where colorful silk banners formed a barrier so people could reach the front gardens without being seen. There were soldiers and wait staff running around in the tunnel making preparations. They stopped just inside the end of the tunnel and waited. Trumpets rang out, obviously announcing something important as people wearing robes and regalia of all kinds gathered in front of them.

*Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the official Coronation of the new H’Eloise Queen!* said a voice over a loudspeaker, which Sookie giggled at because it was so unexpected to find anything electric here. She was tickled to find an open seam where she could peek through and see the stage. Sookie remembered seeing crowds of this size in demonstrations at the Washington Monument. She guessed attendance was about a thousand people.

*Please welcome the governing body of Elfyria, our blessed Witte Wieven and their honored guests!* A group of women in embroidered silk blue and purple robes walked in a slow precession up the steps on the front of the palace. 

“Hey! Octavia is one of them! And there’s Amelia!” Sookie said to no one in particular, delighted to see some friends out there. ‘Why is Octavia wearing a robe, but Amelia is in a regular dress?’ she wondered silently, knowing there would be a reason.

*Please welcome the Royal Consort, His Royal Highness Eric Northman.* (Girls screamed with delight, most applauded, a few were shocked to see a Vampire here.)

*The Royal progeny, Eric Alexander* (Great applause followed.}

 *Prince Eric Auberon H’Eloise!* (wild applause and chanting of “Hail to the Prince”.}

*and In her first public appearance, Princess Sunna H’Eloise!* (the crowd went wild and cameras were clicking and flashing everywhere, which also surprised Sookie.)

From her spot in line, Sookie could see Eric holding the tiny baby in a tiny pink dress with the funny buttons. ‘Where did that come from?’ She laughed as she saw the boys buckled into little wooden chairs that put them at equal height to the adults next to Eric, the boys’ heads at his shoulder, then Bobbie and Bjorn beside them. The boys were wearing blue and purple in the same shades as the Wise Women, and Bobbie put a few Cheerios on each boy’s little tray, which they both enjoyed. Alex was looking at everything with wide blue eyes, and he seemed to be talking to Eric a lot. Eric was smiling proudly at him and answering his questions when he could. As always, he was very patient with the kids. Little Sunny was cuddled under his chin, drooling a bit on a nappy. Sookie finally noticed Eric was dressed in a white poet shirt with gold embroidery, black breeches with gold embroidery down the side and a pair of black boots she hoped he’d bring home with him. ‘Yum’ she laughed to herself.

*Please welcome honored members of the Global Council!* (Each of whom appeared and was seated as they arrived. The crowd applauded for them all.)

 *Priestess Penelope of Rome* 

*The Ancient Pythoness*

 *Hypatia of Alexandria*

*Lady Sybil Leek*

(One by one they appeared in front of Sookie’s escort and mounted the steps to their seats to the right, which faced the crowd.)

*Taliesin of Camelot*

*The Lady Diana of Bath* 

*The Goddess Bastet of The Nile Valley* 

*Rhiannon of Swansea*

*Our Lady Queen Helen of Troy*

*King Menelaus* 

*Agamemnon and 

*Niall Brigant?!*

Everyone drew breath at once. Everyone was frozen. Not knowing what to do, the announcer continued:

*Now taking the stage, honored Priestesses of Avalon.* (13 women in front of the group filed out to the stage, turning to the left and being seated behind Eric, the children and the Witte Wieven.

Everyone in front of Sookie moved forward and she followed. The little girls with her train popped their wings so they floated behind her and let her set the pace.

*Please welcome Our hostess for this ritual, the legendary Lady of the Lake, High Priestess Nivian.*

There on the front step, facing Sookie as she walked the red carpeted path to the palace alone, Nivian appeared with a big Whoosh! of air that fanned her hair like flames. Puff took that as his cue to run ahead and settle in front of the babies, because everyone was looking at the Goddess.

Everyone was seated now, Niall right in front where Sookie would be crowned, facing him and to his right. Bjorn was at the opposite position to Niall, ready to fight if need be, Jerry first in the next row right behind him. Amazons took the entire front row on the ground, swords in right hands, shields in left hands, all on one knee ready to spring forward and fight. Faerie soldiers surrounded the crowd as 1,000 Faeries held their breath. 

Nivian stood at least 7 foot tall and silent in a white lace dress, legs apart, both hands on Excalibur, the tip of which was touching the step. As she faced the crowd, she spoke loudly and clearly:

“I call thee forth, Sookie H’Eloise Northman, in front of the Goddesses and gods that move here among us, step forth and claim your throne.”

Sookie fixed her eyes on Nivian’s, which flashed brilliant green like emeralds, and she walked slowly and ceremoniously toward the steps. When she reached Nivian, she instinctively went to her knees. Her little attendants moved to the side as she knelt. Something shimmered and at once Freyja was standing behind her as the crowd all “oohed” together. Freyja looked at Eric and said “Sunna,” who was instantly flying in front of Freyja, her pink and yellow wings on full display to everyone’s delight. Sunna flew forward, coming down to Sookie and landing in her arms, folding her wings and facing Nivian, too. 

Nivian raised Excalibur to the sky in both hands, a brilliant white flash of energy or power or something like lightning flowed directly into the sword. She lowered the sword, tapping Sookie on her left shoulder 3 times, her right shoulder 3 times, and back to the left for a final 3 taps. 

Freyja removed the small tiara that Sookie was wearing, gently smoothing her hair. Sunna flew upward to Freyja’s arms. The Ancient Pythoness stepped forward with an aqua blue satin pillow that held the True Crown of Elfyria, which sparkled with 333 diamonds all reflecting light visible to the entire crowd.

Sookie was visibly trembling, not with fear but with a power she never even imagined. Nivian held out the sword so Sookie could take it. Sookie held it forward and it glowed with an unearthly light rarely seen even in Elfyria. Nivian placed the beautiful crown on Sookie’s head, setting it straight and firm as the light that was Sookie enrobed Sunna, Sookie and Freyja in a glorious display of fireworks that reached up out to the stars. The crowd was breathless again as the light exploded then gently swirled down like snow flakes and sparks, around the 3 finally as 1, and settled in Sookie’s head and heart and hands, flowing gracefully into the ground all around her.

Nivian spoke loudly “Arise, Sookie H’Eloise Northman, and claim your rightful throne as Queen of all lands of Faerie!”

Sookie stood and began to glow again, a gentle pink whirlwind that suddenly wrapped around Niall like a lasso and he was gone! A few people shrieked, one or two fainted, others stared at the empty seat with their mouths open. What next?

Freyja’s throne appeared behind Nivian, who took back Excalibur and stepped to the right where Niall had been. Sookie turned to the crowd, sitting in the throne, and everyone cried and cheered all at the same time.

When the crowd was still standing, but quieting a bit, Sookie stood up, the new Crown lighting up everyone and everything there, and she spoke.

“Hear me, Goddesses, gods and honored guests, family and friends. Niall Brigant still lives. I sent him away because he has no power over me, or anyone here, and never will again. I won’t begin my reign by killing him – that’s not who I am. Let this mark a new era of love and generosity and prosperity for everyone here, together!”

People cheered again, and Freyja held Sunna up to the sky, turning in a circle saying “Welcome this Winged one as you have welcomed Me.”  As the crowd went wild again, Freyja kissed the baby on the lips and put her gently in Sookie’s arms. “Love her as you love yourself Sookie, the 3 of Us are 1.”

Freyja kissed Sookie’s lips, stepped back and was gone.

The Crier called out:

*Ladies and gentleman, brunch is served.”

The crowd cheered and began to disperse, some moving into the castle, heading for the banquet in the great room, others finding pretty spots to throw down a quilt and picnic. They were all having fun, stretched out over castle grounds as far as the eye could see, tables and wagons of food setting all around them. There were games for children and a few for adults, and pets of all kinds joined the fun.

Sookie stood up and the throne was gone. Eric stepped forward, kissing her lips and taking Sunny from her because people were swarming around her offering blessings and congratulations. 

Eric had arranged for Sir Robert, Jerry and Amelia to help Auberon while Bjorn and Bobbie took Alex. Eric held the baby to his left, keeping his right hand on Sookie’s back as she gently ushered the crowd on the steps into the palace. Everyone wanted to touch her, which was a little scary but Eric’s touch comforted her so she reminded herself to relax and go slowly and they all made it in to the table saved for them in a few minutes.

The great room was awash in good feelings and delicious foods, and Sookie was still tingling and bouncing in her seat at the center of the farthest table in front of the throne. Eric and the family stretched out to her right, Nivian and the Avalon group to her left. The Witte Wieven and some other Witches filled a table to the right of the room, members of the Council and their retinue to the left. 

Sookie was happy and warm and felt love all around her. She looked around the room with great satisfaction, delighted to see familiar faces in the crowd.

“Eric look to the left!” she whispered nodding toward the Council’s table where Angelina and her movie star lifted a glass in their honor. Sookie returned the gesture, so pleased to see them and some others she remembered from Avalon.

Eric was happy but very aware that he and Alex were the only Vampires in the room, again. He didn’t say anything to Sookie, but she picked up his thought and smiled at him. 

“Eric, don’t be afraid, I can protect us here,” she sent looking into his eyes and squeezing his hand.

He didn’t doubt her confidence but was still very aware of his surroundings.

”Sookie, are you sure?” Eric asked aloud.

“Yes, maybe not at home yet, but here, I’m very sure. Something changed when I was crowned.”

“It looked very intense where we were sitting.”

“I’ve got a lot to tell you! I can’t wait until we get home,” she smiled and sent the most wonderful sense of love and protection over the whole family side of the table.

Sir Robert was aware of it and he nodded and smiled as he and Amelia fussed over Aubie, who was having a great time crawling on the table and eating bits of fruits and berries and petting Puff when he reached up to the table. Sookie saw Amelia and Jerry at the end of the table, but Octavia was at the Witte Wieven table. Interesting.

Alex was aware of Eric’s hesitance, too, as he sat between Bjorn and Eric eating a bowl of tender beef and potatoes with his fingers, feeding some to his kitty now and then. “Dadee, Mamee bid majig!”

Eric laughed out loud. “How big, Alex?” 

“Bid won wyd da Moon!” Alex said pointing up to a sort of skylight.

Sookie laughed, asking Eric “Is he talking about the moon?”

“Yes, he told me it’s always there but you can only see it in the dark.”

Sookie laughed, “how would he know about that?”

“I have no idea but he also told me Venus is the planet of love.”

“He knows planets?”

“He knows one planet, or has he says “bwan-ed.””  

Sookie cracked up at Eric imitating Alex’s pronunciation. She was trying to remember if Eric had ever done that before, and she thought that was new for him and it was a good thing.

“Dadee, Ma-mee isth gween!”

Eric tried to repeat what Alex said “Mommy is green?” 

“Nah dween, Dadee, Gween!”

Eric laughed, “Yes, Mommy is Queen now.”

“Faywees ah ap-pee!”

“Yes,” Eric laughed, “the Faeries are happy.”

“Daygid om?” Alex pointed to his head, then at Sookie, who was still wearing the crown.

“No, Alex, the crown will stay here when Mommy comes home.”

“Oday. Daygid om Sthumdee?”

Sookie cracked up, hearing what he said but knowing Eric didn’t understand it, “Yes, Alex, we’re taking Sunny home!”

“Oday, an Obee?” 

“Yes, Aubie, too!”

 “Oday. Dayt!” Alex held his bowl forward to Eric to show him “Ah gahn! Dayt!”

“Sookie what is “dayt?”” Eric laughed.

“Dayt? Oh, CAKE!” she laughed, “he’s showing you he finished his dinner and now he wants cake!”

Before Sookie could say anything else, one of the little servers who had been watching them closely brought chocolate cake with whipped cream and sprinkles for Alex and Aubie. 

“Thank you,” Sookie said, thrilling the little girl who would talk for weeks that the Queen had smiled and thanked her. 

Alex was looking at the cake but not eating yet. “Dadee, wadiz dat?”

“Sookie?” Eric deferred to her on food.

“Mamee, wadiz dat dween an peek an wed?”

“Those are sprinkles, Alex, you can eat them!”


“Yep, watch,” she told him and scooped a bit of whipped cream and sprinkles with her own fork and ate them.

“Oday,” Alex said and he patted Bjorn’s arm to feed him, which he was happy to do.

“Dadee, ah wyg spweeco.”

Most on the family side of the table laughed at Alex trying to say “sprinkles” which was too darn cute.

 Sir Robert felt the time was right so he stood up and clinked his wine glass with a spoon. Others followed and a few called out “speech!” As everyone turned their attention to him, Robert proposed “a toast!” 

“To our beautiful, merciful Queen Sookie – Welcome Home!”

People whistled and applauded and approved enthusiastically. 

Sookie had never seen such a banquet! It was even more impressive than the one in Avalon. There were three animals turning on a spit in the middle of the room! Wine was flowing freely and no one was feeling any pain. The little servers buzzed around Sookie and the rest of the family – no glass sat empty and there were platters of meat, poultry and gorgeous bright vegetables and fruit.

Eric was beside himself watching Sookie. She was beaming as he had never seen before. Their bond was singing with joy and strength and contentment. He had never loved her more.

The room was finishing desserts and coffee, many people wandering out and heading home. By almost 5:30, most of the dignitaries had departed.

“Your majesty?” Robert addressed Sookie directly, “Your official obligations are complete. Stay as long as you wish, but you can go home at any time now. It has been a splendid day!” Robert was honored by the fact that Aubie let him feed him and cuddled up to him asleep. He was amazed at his sweetness and felt wonderful energy from him.

“Eric, can we stay a bit? I want more dessert and I feel like hanging out now that the official stuff is over.”

“Whatever you want my Angel, relax and have fun!” He beamed at her, so proud of the whole family this day,

Octavia walked over with her blue and purple robe folded over her arm, stopping in front of Sookie. “Well, Queenie, that couldn’t have gone much better.”

Eric zipped around the table, pulling a chair over for Octavia so she could sit across from her and chat. As she got settled, Jerry and Amelia brought chairs around, too.

“Ooh, that’s a great idea! Everybody pull up a chair so it’s more like home! I’m going to the dessert table, and I’ll be right back!” Sookie bounced up out of her chair and took her plate. She felt at home here and at peace with the world. She radiated love and kindness felt by everyone still there.

Sunny was awake and beginning to fuss, but Bobbie was right there with a bottle for Eric to feed her. Sookie came back with about 6 different items that were all yummy and gooey and wonderful.

“Eric, what are you feeding her? Is that formula?” Sookie suddenly realized she hadn’t even thought about feeding the baby all day. 

“Sookie, I know you don’t remember it,” Bobbie explained, “but you expressed some milk for a few days so she has been fed several times.”

“Thank you for doing that! I’m so glad you’re here!”

Maddy came out of the pantry with two handled baskets lined with soft linens and set one in front of Sir Robert, who had Aubie sleeping on his shoulder. Alex was yawning, too, so she gave a basket to Bjorn and he tucked him in nice and snug. He was out like a light, full and happy.

“Maddy, thank you for this!” Sookie was so relieved to have help.

“No trouble at all, My Lady, this has been a long day for the wee ones. I’ve never seen sweeter babies in my life! They were extremely well behaved all day, and so smart! Little Alex notices everything.” Maddy said with great pride, smoothing Alex’s hair, then bowing and returning to the kitchen.

“So, Octavia,” Sookie asked, “are you going to be a white lady or whatever?” 

Everybody laughed at that, Octavia most of all. “They have extended the invitation, and I am thinking on it. Do you understand who they are, Sookie?” Octavia knew she had to approach this slowly.

“Yeah, they’re in charge here! They’re spirits of Witches who have become immortal…” then it hit her: “Octavia, are you going to die?”

She took Sookie’s hand and squeezed it. “Apparently, my time is near. If I choose to complete a few special rituals, they can extend my life indefinitely.”

“But I can’t lose you!” Sookie cried, “I want you with us! The babies need you!”

“Take a breath, girl. I’m not going to abandon you completely. If need be, I could get to you just like Doctor Ludwig does. I could keep my room at your house and visit and travel with you sometimes. More importantly, Sookie, I’d be able to tell you what is going on here politically.” 

Eric spoke up then. “Sookie, that would be a powerful advantage.”

“When do you have to tell them?” Sookie asked.

“By the next full moon. There is one process that can take up to 3 years, so I’d be with you most of that time.”

Sir Robert was listening silently. He was praying Octavia would say yes. A relationship to any Witte Wieven would be priceless to this Queen. As beloved as she was, she could still have opposition with the jewel smuggling Fae. Octavia could watch for trouble and give Sookie early warning.

“What would happen if you say “no?”” Amelia asked, almost as sad as Sookie about the idea.

“If I do nothing, at some point in the near future, I just won’t wake up. I pass naturally and return to the Summer Land like any other mortal.”

“Aren’t there already 13 of them, though?” Sookie asked. 

“One of them is choosing to pass on, so her spot will be open.” 

“Do you know what you’ll do yet?” Now Sookie wanted her to say “yes.”

“I’m thinking on it.”

A server came by for Sookie’s plate and they were starting to clean all around them.

“OK, so how do we all get home and which home do we go to?” 

“Don’t forget your aquamarine, your Majesty,” Sir Robert reminded her, “you can move armies between the worlds with it.”

“Seriously? I though the Wise Women were kidding about that.”

“Spend time with that stone, my Lady, it can teach you many things.”

Sookie took the crown off and gave it to Sir Robert, and she slipped off the glass slippers, sitting them on a bench. 

“OK, family, everybody going to Prytania Street join hands.”

Everyone made sure each was touching another, and Sookie said “Trygg i min säng”

At once they were all in the living room in New Orleans, ready to face the waking world.

“Sookie, was that a strain for you?” Bjorn asked.

“I don’t think so.”

“So all that took was the stone and saying that little spell?” Amelia and Octavia were mighty impressed.

“You’re all home!” Alicia came down from their rooms to see if anyone needed anything,

“Hi, Alicia! It’s nice to be home! I’d better get out of this dress. Sir Robert might pop in at any minute to take it back,” Sookie laughed as she picked up the train and bounced up the stairs to her room.

Eric, with Sunny, Bjorn with Alex in a basket and Jerry with Aubie all filed into the nursery on the second floor. Bobbie was right behind to help with diapers and clothing changes.

Amelia, Jerry and Octavia decided to head to Amelia’s house, and Alicia brought out some cold cuts for sandwiches in case anyone was hungry. 

Sookie grabbed a little yellow sun dress from her closet and slipped it on, then decided the beautiful gown would be best folded. She handled it carefully and wanted to preserve it in case she was ever anywhere that she could wear it again.


LATE Chapter 118

Breakfast, which was actually dinner at this hour, continued quietly as everyone,  lowered their voices just for a bit since Sunny was sleeping.

“OK, Bobbie and Amelia, you are both willing to be donors for Alex? How much does one pay for such a service?” Eric asked, getting back to business.

He “I don’t want to be paid for it. I love Alex as much as my own nephew.” Amelia said, “As close as we are, it just feels natural to want to help him.”

“Same with me.” Bobbie explained,”you already pay me a fortune for what I do. This seems like a logical next step.”

“All right then, Octavia, any idea how often we should do this?” Eric asked, s.ince it was her idea.

“Well, it will change over time, of course, but I’d start out on Mondays and Thursdays, once a week each, and see how it goes from there. That should give you girls time to build back up between feedings and you should both have weekends to rest.”

“That sounds reasonable. Can I take Monday?” Bobbie asked.

“Yep and I’ll take Thursday,” Amelia agreed.

“All right, I have one of these for each of you.” Octavia reached into her pocketbook that usually sat beside her and brought out 2 red velvet jewelry boxes, sliding them toward that end of the table so Jerry
could direct them to the girls. “These are called a “perceur” – it’s similar to a lancet diabetics use to draw blood, but it has a flat, sharp blade. You can use them two ways. One is to just use the blade and cut yourself, the other way is to pull that little lever back, put it where you want it, then push the button. It’s loud, but it’s fast, then it’s over. If you don’t flinch, you’ll hardly feel it. Now, you keep those clean and never share with anyone, not even each other.”

“Today is Sunday, so I’ll start instead of Alex’s second bottle in the morning before Sookie wakes up,” Bobbie planned. “Ok, I’m getting ready to swim. It’s really hot tonight.”

“Me, too – Jerry get your trunks on!” Amelia laughed as she, Jerry, Alicia and Margaret left Eric and Octavia to talk to Sookie so she wouldn’t feel like they were ganging up on her.
“OK, I’m confused,” Sookie said,“they’re getting bottles of RM – shouldn’t that be enough.”

“Maybe not for a growing baby.” Octavia explained. “A vamp who has been turned might survive on that, but it’s nowhere near as nutritious as fresh blood from a live source.”

How do we know it’s not enough, though?” Sookie didn’t like this idea, though they had talked about it before.

Octavia looked at Eric, who looked at Bjorn, who nodded his head.

“Sookie, you remember when the doctor took those blood samples a while back?” Eric reminded her.


“She had 6 different tests done. Most of them were done within a week, but there was a final test that took several weeks. That test shows what the doctor believes is a deficiency in Alex.”

“A deficiency? Of what, a vitamin?”

“Of a protein that may be required by vampires, similar to the way a cat has to have meat because they need a specific kind of protein only found in meat.”

“Alex is healthy as a horse!”

“But he isn’t growing – not since you became pregnant this time. The doctor compared Alex’s blood to mine, yours and Auberon’s. There’s a protein in Auberon’s blood, yours, and mine that is missing in Alex’s.”

“Is this a serious problem? How long have you known!?” Sookie was trying not to pitch a fit like she used to…

“Only a week – you were so close to delivery, we decided to wait to address the problem after the birth.”

“Is Alex sick? He can’t be sick…”

“We don’t know for sure – remember, Sookie, these babies are unique. It’s entirely possible that the protein in your blood, my blood and Auberon’s is incidental and means nothing, but the doctor wants us to try fresh blood for a month and see if it causes any change in him.”

“And it has to be a live donor?”

“For a while, at least.”

“What’s going on, Queenie?” Octavia was pretty sure what was bothering Sookie. It was natural for her to be a little green about it.

“I don’t know – it’s not logical.”

“OK, why isn’t it?”

“Blood from a bottle is one thing…”


“Blood from a person is, you know, personal.”

“It’s not sexual, Sookie, not at this stage,” Eric reminded her.
“True, it’s just… that’s one of the few things that only I can do for him. It’s like he’s drinking another mother’s milk.”

“You’re jealous?” Octavia was right.

“Yeah – is that crazy?”

“Feeling it is not crazy. Admitting it is very mature. Refusing to do it…” Octavia was telling her what she already knew.

“Yeah, I get it. I do want to do everything I can for him, to keep him healthy. OK, then, let’s all swim!”
“Sookie, I..,” Eric started to object.

“Yes, Eric, you want to sit with Sunny, but bring her outside for a while in the full moonlight.”
“Technically, tomorrow night is the full moon,” Bjorn laughed, “but it is really hot tonight.”
Eric laughed as everybody moved out back around the pool, and Alicia and Margaret said good night and retired to their apartment on the top floor.

Alex and Aubie were napping in their playpen near the kitchen door, kitten at their heels, dragon lying next to it in the moonlight.

“Hey, Sookie, are you up to doing a little shape-shifting tonight?” Bjorne asked as he jumped in the pool and splashed Amelia and Bobbie.

“Ah – I just had a baby, you know!” She said from the side of the pool where she was dangling her feet in the water.

“Come on, Sookie, you didn’t even work up a sweat. Look at that moon, don’t waste it. See if you can be a mermaid for fifteen minutes and I’ll leave you alone!” Bjorn teased her.

“Ok, who has a watch on?” Sookie asked, only half joking

.“I have, my Angel, Sunny and I will watch the time for you,” Eric teased her. It had been a few days since her last shift and he loved watching her do it. “Ready? Set… Shift!”

Sookie dived in as the others gathered in the shallow end of the pool to give her room. This pool wasn’t quite as big as the one in Shreveport, but she had room to walk on her tail fin a few times.

“10 more minutes, Sookie,” Eric laughed, studying the tiny baby’s little hand, wondering at her tiny little nails. How could a human be so small?

Sookie was just leaning on the side of the pool, swishing her tail, watching Eric with the baby. Was there anything sexier in the world than a man so in love with his child?

“5 minutes, my angel!” Eric laughed to himself, as Sunny squirmed a little and began getting upset.

“wah, wah…”

The cat jumped out of the playpen, spitting and crying out!

The baby let out a blood curdling scream – aaahhheeee!” She squalled at an ear-piercing level, then much higher “eEEEEE” as she pulled at the neck of her shirt.

Before anyone could react, some guards around the house, Jerry, Bjorn, Sookie and the kitten collapsed where they were.

Eric quickly pulled the t-shirt off the baby, who then flexed her little wings, sighed, and went back to sleep. Eric put the tiny girl in the playpen swiftly but gently, then ran to help Sookie in the pool. 

Daemon guards were yelling as Bobbie and Amelia were trying to keep Jerry and Bjorn from slipping under the water.

Sookie was the first to wake up . “Holy Mother, what was that sound?” She cried as Eric laid her gently on the pavement next to the pool, throwing a towel over her lower half.

Raphael came around the house as Amelia had Jerry responding a little bit and Bobbie pulled Bjorn over on to the pool’s steps. Bjorn and Jerry were both holding their ears as they shook their heads and tried to clear them.

“Your Majesssty,” Raphael addressed Eric, who was stunned by what had just happened, “I believe the Shiftersss and Weresss were immobilized by the child’sss cry. Everyone sssseemss to be recovering. Fortunately, my men appear to be unaffected. Perhapsss we ssshould add an extra daemon to every ssshift for a while?”

“Yes, I think that’s a good idea,” Eric agreed. He couldn’t believe that noise came from that tiny baby!

“Eric – that was Sunny?” Sookie asked as she wrapped a towel around her waist.

“I’m afraid so…”

“Where is she?”

“When everyone passed out I put her in the playpen.”

“You’d better get her, the boys might hurt her, accidentally..”

Eric nodded, “yes, now that you are recovered, I will get her.”

He went to the baby at vampire speed, being very gentle with her as he slowly brought her back.

“What made her scream like that?” Sookie had never heard anything like that.

“The t-shirt was binding her wings. As soon as she could move them, she went back to sleep.”

“So much for hiding them, then.” Sookie had wanted to keep it quiet if she could, at least for a while.
“Well, we certainly can’t risk that again. Do you think she might shriek like that for other reasons?” Eric asked.

“I hope not. What if I were holding her? Or Bjorn or Jerry?”

“Or if she were to do it in the car, when Bjorn is driving?” Eric said with a shudder.

“Sookie, what was that?” Bobbie asked as Bjorn was drying off.

“Apparently, the baby didn’t like not being able to flex her wings,” Sookie explained. “Are you OK, Bjorn?”

“Yeah, I am now. I never heard anything like that! It was definitely the baby?”

“Yes, I was holding her, “ Eric confirmed.

“Who was affected?” Jerry asked as he was putting a dry shirt on.

“According to Raphael, only Weres and Shifters,” Eric told them.

“What about me?” Sookie asked.

“You were a Shift at that moment, Sookie.” Bjorn explained. “This is probably about animals hearing high pitched sounds that others don’t.”

“But not Vampires? Or Daemons?” She still felt a little loopy, but she wanted to understand this. “Eric, you felt nothing at all with your sensitive hearing?”

“Only concern that the baby was uncomfortable and then panic when people started falling over. I was afraid you would drown, Sookie, so I put the baby down and came over at Vampire speed.”

“Thank you, Sweetie – you saved me again,” Sookie stood on tip-toes and kissed him, holding the towel tight around her bottom. “Wait – what about Puff? “

“As far as I know, he slept through it.” Eric shrugged. “So did the boys.”

“Shifters and Weres, but not Vampires, dragons or Daemons…”

“OH MY!” Sookie, Amelia and Bobbie all said at once.

LATE Chapter 117

[Author’s note:

It’s the most amazing coincidence – Sookie & I have the same birthday! What a coincidence! Sookie shares March 3 as the birth of Alexander Graham Bell, Jean Harlow, and me!

This is a short one but it’s been a long time so I wanted to party.

WARNING: If you are under 18 BE GONE from this site.

Extreme sexual content including pansexual Mer groups and shifters and other creatures of the night, NC? Maybe but not really. ]



Chapter 117 



Whoosh! Gurgle, bubble, yikes!

Sookie was suddenly sinking in water, her head throbbing from being hit by a big white thing that turned out to be a surfboard when she managed to find air.

“What the hell!?” she sputtered, realizing she was in the ocean, grabbing the board since it was floating and she couldn’t see much else in the dark. Pushing her wet hair out of her eyes, she yelped as something grabbed her by the waist, lifting her up on the board. “Eric! Where are we!?”

“We’re surfing, my little mermaid! Did you hit your head?” Eric realized Sookie had just “awakened” and might be asynchronous.

“Yeah, how did we get here?” She was starting to get her bearings now, realizing that she and her Vampire were completely naked as his body held her face-down to the board and they began to move on the surface of an ocean wave.

“We’re in Mexico, Sookie – your birthday, remember?” He was concerned now that she might be injured. “Are you hurt? Should we go in for a while?”

“I don’t feel any pain, necessarily, just a little confused. I think I’m outside of time again. So, we’re learning to surf?” She began to relax, feeling safe with Eric’s body pressing down on hers, covering her in the most wonderful way.

“Oh, we’re past learning,” he laughed. ” We all learned very quickly. At the moment, you and I are trying to see if it’s possible to fuck while we surf, lol.”

“What?!” she started to laugh, because of course they were trying to fuck and surf at the same time, what else would Eric and Sookie do in the ocean, LOL!

There was a swell in the water that lifted them up and forward as it became a wave. Once she knew where she was, and that she was with Eric, she wasn’t scared. This was actually pretty cool. “Let me turn over, please? I’d rather not try anal on the surfboard, lol.”

He cracked up at that, knowing she was all right.

“I guess the babies are safe?” She asked just to be sure.

“Yes, they are on the shore building sand castles with the rest of the family.” He raised his body a bit so Sookie could flip over, putting them face to face. She grabbed his face with both hands and kissed him on the mouth, then kissing one cheek, the other cheek, his forehead and she acted as if she were going to kiss his mouth again but instead she bit his lip and made him growl, with a big grin and he arched his eyebrow in that way she loved.

“Have we managed to actually have sex this way yet?” she laughed as she pushed his long hair out of his eyes. She wrapped her arms around him tight, feeling almost as safe as if they were home in bed. As long as she was with him, all was right with the world.

“We came close. Bobbie and Bjorn tried a few times, but they gave up. We think that you and I should be able to manage it with our ability to fly.”

“OK, so let’s try again,” she laughed, wrapping her legs around him as she let him slip into her. ‘Ah, yeah,’ she thought to herself, ‘Just like home!’

“The secret seems to be that we need to let ourselves “hang” at the surface, letting us feel the ocean moving us from underneath, but not relax so completely that we fall off the board,” he laughed.

The ocean seemed to respond to Eric’s words as it lifted them upwards. They pressed their foreheads together, focusing on their hips moving together and apart, not too far, just enough to give a little stimulation in rhythm with the wave.

Sookie relaxed against the board, pressing upwards to meet him, then relaxing again. She let her mind stretch out to the ocean, becoming one with it. She closed her eyes, reaching out to Eric with her mind in an invitation.

“Do you feel it, too, Eric?” She thought at him and he responded with a deep thrust.

*Do not be afraid, my Golden Warrior, we have people to meet!*

Eric and Sookie both opened their eyes for a minute, not really sure if that thought came from Sookie or from Freyja, but quickly realizing that the idea itself was an illusion – this was all Freyja – the cool, salty, living water, the almost still full moon shining on them, their bodies fitting together so perfectly, the presence of sea life nearby – they could both feel a pair of orcas about half a mile away, a pod of dolphins not too far from them and a beautiful song in an unknown language from an unearthly voice.

They managed to balance themselves as the wave beneath them grew and they were far up in the sky as the wave crested exactly when they came and then they gently they slipped through to the underside of the wave, so that they were climaxing as they rode inside the pipe. They were spent as the board dropped to the point where a surfer would start swimming, but Eric used his powerful arms to turn them back ocean-ward and they rode the current back out to sea.

*O Mio, YEMAYA! Stella Maris, come to us! O mio, Yemaya, bring your people now to us!*

The Voice of the Goddess was flowing to them, through them and the board began to move in a circle at a point far out from the shore. Eric stopped paddling and the board carried them around, and around and they circled down into a downspout that brought them out upon a tiny island with white sand and perfect blue water that glistened in the moonlight.

Another wave crested and they rode along on top of it, then they suddenly found themselves in the middle of a pod of dolphins!

“Eric! Look!”

“I see them, my Goddess – they’re looking for you, Sookie!”

“Yeah, they are! We don’t need the board anymore!” She laughed as the board disappeared and she and Eric held each other, then they grasped hands and held on as they each dove down deep and suddenly they swam upward still holding hands and flicking their new Mer tails!

They both laughed with delight and swam around each other, kissing, tickling, nipping at each other’s necks. The dolphins around them seemed as fascinated as they were with them, and they would come close to Eric and Sookie both and let them pet their heads and snouts. One small dolphin would circle them, then swim up behind Sookie and nudge her back side with his snout, making her shriek.

“He has a crush on you, Bebe’” The unearthly voice finally attached to a beautiful dark copper skinned Goddess in Mermaid form.

“Yemaya!” Sookie recognized her instantly and swam to Her, the two of them embracing and kissing on their mouths, each gently stroking each other’s arms, shoulders, their hips where their skin became scales.

Eric watched in awe as the Goddess took a long necklace of perfect pearls and hung them around Sookie’s neck with a flourish of her hair. The pearls hung perfectly framing the sacred Aquamarine she could never take off. Yemaya took Sookie’s face in Her hands, kissing Sookie’s forehead, her eyes, her mouth, then She ran her tongue down Sookie’s throat, kissing each alert nipple and then biting the left one as She extended her fangs. Sookie had an instant orgasm and so did Eric, both of  them seized in blue lightning as Yemaya fed from Sookie’s breast and pulled Eric to them, then She kissed him on the mouth.

“Come, Ma Bebes, the party is waiting!” Yemaya took each of them by the hand and they swam among the dolphins “You can breathe the water here as we do!”

There was a depression in the sand below them and gradually it led downward into what Sookie would later describe as a lounge. There were about 2o Mers scattered around boulders arranged as tables and places to sit, there were longer boulders that some were reclining on and there was a particular circle of stones covered with a net that was being used to hold tonight’s supper.

“Softshell crabs, Sookie, you like them, yes?” Yemaya showed them as a beautiful Merman lifted the heavy net to show a bunch of molting crabs roiling in the “pot.”

“Oh, yeah…” Sookie wondered if she could eat one in that form.

“Don’t worry, Sugar, you don’t have to eat them raw! There’s a dry party in the cave back there and you can cook ‘em there!”

“Oh, great!”

The other Mers were watching the Goddess with these two strangers whom they had never seen before closely, openly. A few of them, a blonde male and brunette female, and a tall male with shocking cherry colored hair that hung to his shoulders, were slowly approaching, them as Yemaya introduced them.

“Welcome, mes amis! This couple you see here are visitors, who speak a language strange to us. I will give you understanding so that we can all talk wit’ each other and come to understanding. They come from that place called America to the nort’ of Mexico where they are rich, and famous and very important. Eric is the Vampire King, Sookie is the Faerie Queen and they are married to each other!”

The other Mers looked at them with wide eyes. This was the King and Queen the whole Supe world was talking about! Others began to move toward them as the striking red haired Merman, approached Sookie and Eric directly.

“I am Satyre,” he said to Eric as he stroked his face from his jawline to his perfect V and simultaneously stoked Sookie’s face with the back of his hand, down to her throat and cupping her breast in his hand, giving it a subtle squeeze and rolling the nipple firmly between his thumb and forefinger.

Sookie froze, not sure what to do, but then the Mer took Eric’s erect penis in his hand. Before she could react, another male was at Sookie’s back rubbing his penis against her as he reached around and squeezed both of her breasts. A beautiful Mermaid with violet eyes took Sookie’s face in her hands, slowly starting at her eyebrows, pulling her thumbs softly across Sookie’s soft lips, pulling her hands to the side so that her thumbs were in front of Sookie’s ears and the rest of her fingers rubbing her scalp beneath her hair. She kissed Sookie hard with a sucking motion she had never experienced before. She reached out for Eric’s hand and they clasped fingers, but there was a warm current moving smoothly through the whole party which had quickly become an orgy. The Mermaid moved down to nibble at Sookie’s throat which left her free to look to the side and she Eric with a Merman kneeling before him and a Maid behind him. Another blonde girl came to Sookie’s side, massaging her breast with one hand and her “backside” with the other.

As he finished with Eric, letting a black-haired Maid take his place, Satyre took Sookie by the waist and pulled her to him as a pair of Mermen helped him isolate her against a low flat boulder that looked like it was part of an ancient ruin of some sort. He held her against it so that it came up to her lower back. One of the other Mers lay up on the boulder behind Sookie, pulling her hair back from her neck and began to feed on her gently though it made her feel as if she was plugged into and electric socket as Satyre took her from the front, has hard as he could.

When he was done, a blond male grabbed Sookie’s arm and turned her to face the boulder. As she turned she could see Eric in the middle of a swirl of Mers touching him everywhere as he laughed, crying out occasionally but obviously enjoying himself. A black-haired male came up on the ruin and took an iron grip on Sookie’s upper arms, pulling her forward and kissing hard as Satyre was hard behind her. Suddenly it wasn’t even an orgy, it was just a wild swarm.

“ERIC!” Sookie cried out.

Sookie’s eyes flew open, and she had a death grip on Eric’s arm.

“Where am I?” Sookie said, trying to shift gears since she had apparently been dreaming.

Everyone at the dining room table looked at Sookie like she was crazy went back to watching Sunny stretch her little wings.

“Oh, yeah,” Sookie said, “now I remember.”

Everyone was frozen, except Alex who said, “Sthundee aba weens por fyeen!”

Aubie was sitting in his high chair applauding. “Sthu-dee BY!”

Sunny hovered over the table and looked at Sookie very intensely, then at Eric, which made her giggle. “PA!” She said as she landed in his hands and her translucent pink and yellow wings disappeared into their scapular creases.

“Well, you won’t have to worry about that one being able to fly!” Octavia cracked up while everyone else was in shock.

“Why… I… wha….” Sookie couldn’t form a word.

Eric shook himself and got focused, “Sookie, did Dr. Ludwig ever mention this… possibility?”

“No, I’m sure I’d have remembered that,” she said, still in shock.

“Should we, perhaps, call Dr. Ludwig and apprise her of the situation?” Eric suggested.

Sookie nodded, slowly, “Yep, I’d say we should.”

Bjorn was already on his phone.

“Hello, Dr. This is Anderson. Yes, we’ve had an, um, unexpected development with the new baby and I think we need your immediate advice.”

“All right, I’ll be right there.” Ludwig popped into the dining room with her big carpet bag and the phone still in her hand. “So, what have we? Is the child sick?”

“No,” Sookie began slowly, “She’s not sick. Eric, show her?”

Eric sat the baby on the table and tickled her back in the right spot then FLIP! Out came the wings and the baby was hovering over the table again.

“OH, MY! WINGS!” Ludwig exclaimed.

“Weens por FYEEN!” Alex said with delight, making Aubie giggle and clap his little hands.

“WELL, NOW!“ the doctor continued, “That is a surprise! There hasn’t been a winged member in the Royal family in at least 6 generations! We thought that the tendency had been completely bred out of the H’Eloise line. It’s a recessive gene, you know, it would take a mother and a father both with the tendency in order to produce a flyer.”

“So, Eric and I both carry a recessive gene that combined to create a winged baby?”

“So, it would seem.”

“Will the Fae world consider this a good thing, or a bad thing?” Sookie wondered.

“Oh, they’ll be thrilled! Just think – a winged Princess! Why, the celebration will be huge!”

“Are we going to have to throw another big shindig like the Wiccaning?” Sookie couldn’t imagine going through that again.

“No, that wouldn’t really be appropriate. This is a Fae only event. I’ll consult with the White Ladies, of course, but I’m pretty sure this will be celebrated at your coronation, my dear.”

“And you are saying this is a good thing?” Sookie asked, still in shock.

“Well, it’s certainly unexpected. As I said, it’s a recessive gene, it takes a gene from each parent to manifest and even then, the odds are against it.”

“Doctor, are you sure that Sookie and I are equally the cause of this?” Eric couldn’t take his eyes off the tiny baby bobbing in the air in front of them. She was perfect, as far as he was concerned, wings or not.

“Oh, yes, you must both have flyers in your family line. The odds of two parents both having the recessive gene are astronomical!”

“Lucky us, huh?” Sookie couldn’t wrap her mind around it. It was too far outside anything she dreamed of having to deal with even with a child of magick! She remembered joking about it before Alex was born but that fear subsided once she had the ultrasound. She realized this pregnancy was never examined that way. She also remembered frequently describing Sunny’s movements inside her as “fluttering.” ‘Well,’ she thought to herself, ‘at least I got that part right.’

“My what a fuss there will be! Niall will never get that crown back now! Harming a hair on that child’s head would bring the entire Fae realm down upon him! A FLYER! My goodness! I can’t remember ever being this excited!” The Doctor seemed to be talking to herself as she disappeared.

“Huh,” Sookie said, not sure how to feel about this yet. “So, the Fae will think this is a great thing?”

“That would seem to be the case,” Eric agreed, still as confused as Sookie.

“Eric, do vampires ever have wings?” Sookie suddenly thought to ask.

“I’ve heard folklore of such a thing, but no one considers it true. Most say it must have been vampiric Fae, which are not unusual.”

“I wonder if she has fangs?” Sookie asked, considering the idea of being a pin cushion for four feeders now.

“You’ll know soon enough,” Octavia broke in. “It’s time to get serious about willing donors for Alex.”

Eric turned to her, “Only for Alex?”

“Yes, for right now. Aubie takes more blood than Alex because he needs to grow.  Alex is eating a lot of food so he only needs a feeder maybe twice a week. He’s smart enough to understand that there are certain times and certain sources to feed on.”

“Do we hire someone, like a wet nurse?” Eric was wondering where you’d advertise for such a service.

“I’ll volunteer to let Alex feed from me.” Bobbie said,

“Me, too,” said Amelia who was just coming in the door, “What …. Holy Smoke!” She stopped dead in her tracks.

“Yep, Sookie said, “We got us a winged baby.” It came out like a wise crack though she wasn’t to the point of laughing about it yet.

And with that the baby went up toward the ceiling and then circled the table, looking at each person with huge blue eyes, gurgling a little and then finally going back to Eric. “Pa!”

“Wow, how are you going to hide that,” Amelia laughed, knowing they probably didn’t think this was funny.

The baby sat in front of Eric, who smiled at her with such love Sookie thought she would melt if she wasn’t in shock. Sunny pulled herself up to standing on the table, holding Eric’s forefingers to steady herself, then she let out a little sneeze and at once her wings disappeared again.

“They fold into little flaps on her back,” Eric explained as he turned her so Amelia could see.

“I see that. You’ve already talked to Ludwig, I guess.”

“She was thrilled.” Sookie explained, “Apparently this will be huge news in the Fae Realm to have a winged Princess. They thought it had been bred out of the H’Eloise line.”

“So she inherited this from you, Sookie?” Amelia was beside herself – this was just too cool!

“Actually, Ludwig said it’s a recessive trait so you need a mother and a father with the gene to create a flyer,” Sookie explained.

“Well that’s good – neither of you can blame the other for this.”

“True,” Eric said, “Not that we would resent the child, but she is apparently the best of both of us, Sookie. The gods have allowed it…”

“Maybe,” Sookie said skeptically.

“What do you mean, Sookie?”

“Everything about us has been according to someone’s plan, Eric. Someone bred us for this like a couple of show ponies. Don’t get me wrong, I love our kids and I love our life but the idea that someone is pulling strings to get us to do exactly what they want us to do eats at me.”

“How deliberate could this be, Sookie?” Eric knew this was really bothering Sookie and he could feel in the bond that he had to talk her through this or there would be trouble. He had felt these feelings from her before – if he were unable to distract her then all hell could break loose.

“How deliberate?” Sookie ranted, “All of it – the pregnancy, the reincarnation, me being impregnated on a Sabbat in the largest ecumenical gathering in modern history. The goal isn’t just peace between the Vampires and the Fae. I think the Fae are about to come out the way the Vamps and the Shifters have.”

“Seriously, Sookie?” Bobbie couldn’t imagine that.

“Sure – think about the Wiccaning. There were a LOT of humans there and they weren’t all Pagans. Half the crowd was Fae. Half of them went down on one knee when I said the name H’Eloise. All those humans knew that there was something going on they didn’t know about. Maybe they just thought it was a family thing, but then the fight with Nivian leading the Amazons? Humans are learning, and I think that’s a part of the plan, too.”

“If the Fae came out, that would only leave…” Octavia was following her train of thought.

“The Council, various demigods and the Pantheon,” Eric finished.

“That’s it?” Sookie blinked a couple of tears back, “Eric that’s going to cause…”

“A revolution,” Eric, Bjorn and Jerry all said at the same time.

“VIG!” Alex yelled as his plastic sword appeared in his hand and he threw it on the table. “Uh-oh!”

“Uh-oh is right,” Sookie said as she used her napkin to catch the tears rolling out of her eyes.

“This is the next layer,” Eric said, “It’s why they’re anxious for peace between the Vampires and the Fae – we’ll have to join forces against humans.”

“That’s the full play,” Bjorn agreed, “Freyja is moving up and becoming tripartite so humans will begin to believe and make offerings again

“You realize some people will go bat crap crazy over this,” Octavia said.

Eric nodded. “The opposition on the Right is going to be massive once they get by the shock of it…”

“That makes the war with New Centurion the beginning of a push from the matriarchal forces. All of the Abrahamic groups will fight to the death against the idea of Pagan gods, even if they’re looking right at them,” Eric said grimly as Sookie squeezed his hand gently.

“No need to get upset about it.” Octavia reminded them all. “We know we’re at war. You’re being given everything you need to win. Alex is here for a reason, and so is Auberon, so is Sunna. You’ve got three very special children born to you two uniquely qualified parents. Don’t worry about what people will think. People are going to have to learn the way the world really is. On the other side of this fight, there’s peace of a kind that hasn’t existed in 6,000 years. You stay focused on that.”

Eric nodded in agreement, “Yes, you are right. Our sacrifices are small in comparison to what may be possible.” He kissed Sookie’s hair, saying “Being chosen, as we are, is a good thing, Sookie.”

“Yeah, you’re right. I just wish now and then somebody would say ‘Ok, you do A and B then C will happen.’”

“Pa!” Sunny said as she landed in Eric’s hands again and let out another tiny sneeze as she retracted her wings and laid her little head on his chest and let him snuggle her. Eric stroked her little back and she closed her eyes for a bit.

“Sookie, Sunna has goosebumps,” Eric pointed to her tiny arms.

“She’s cold,” she agreed, and looked around as Amelia reached into the diaper bag in the living room and coming up with a little t-shirt which she brought to the table and handed to Sookie.

“Ameeyah,” Alex waved to get her attention as she walked around the high chairs to sit by Jerry.

“What’s up, Alex?” She asked playfully as she kissed him on top of his head.

“Sthumbdee ava weens por FYEEN wyd a dwadon!”

“Sunny has wings for flying like a dragon?!” Amelia repeated him so those around the table not fluent in toddler would know what he said. “Is Sunny a dragon?”

“Nah, beebee sthisthta.” He said with his mouth full of pancake and dripping syrup on the floor between he and Aubie, who was gnawing on a piece of turkey bacon very deliberately, not quite sure how to use his teeth just yet.

“Baby sister,” she repeated. “Aren’t Alex and Aubie lucky to have a baby sister with wings?”

“EEAah,” Alex squealed, “Me an’ Obee bowf wuggy!”

Eric was holding the baby as Sookie fussed around with the little t-shirt that buttoned at the shoulder. Sunny was sucking her thumb, happy to be snuggled to Eric’s chest.

Breakfast proceeded without incident, if you didn’t count Alex throwing a pancake at Aubie.”Uh-oh!”





The Wheel is turning!

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