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Counting On You

By Sydney

Adventure / Romance

Chapter 1

Sookie stood on her porch looking at the man that had brought chaos into her life. Even though it's been a year to Bill, it had only been a couple of hours to Sookie. The emotional wounds were still fresh and she couldn't trust herself to be alone with Bill anymore, not after all he's done and lied about.

He used her, betrayed her and manipulated her into falling in love with him…how could she forgive him? The only vampire she could possibly trust was Eric.

"Forgive me, I know I'm not welcomed. I've not felt your presence for over a year." Bill said sadly.

"Well… I'm fine Bill." Sookie said, eying Bill warily. She wasn't surprised he still cared about her even though she hated him and didn't want to see him again.

"You were with Claudine?" Bill asked with suspicion in his tone. Sookie almost gave herself away by looking surprised, but she quickly regained her composure.

"That's none of your business Bill. What I do or who I'm with is not your concern. We aren't together anymore!" Sookie said to Bill, sounding irritated.

"Sookie, for over twelve months I have felt so empty…I thought…you had died." Bill said sadly, looking down at his feet. Suddenly, she heard the sound of another vampire approaching. Eric appeared at vampire speed in front of her house, slowly approaching the bottom steps.

"Oh, I knew you weren't dead…" Eric paused. "Eric, not now!" Bill yelled with annoyance.

"I never lost hope." Eric said, looking straight at Sookie and ignoring Bill.

"Don't you have an obligation at Fangtasia?" Bill said to Eric. "I don't think so." Eric retorted.

"I believe you do," Bill interrupted.

"Pam can handle it…" Eric interjected.

"I specifically asked you…" Bill replied.

"I appreciate your concern, but we're fine thank you."

"Eric, GO!" Bill shouted to Eric angrily. Sookie rolled her eyes watching them both bicker like little children.

I thought they were supposed to be wise and ancient.

"No!" Sookie yelled. Bill looked back at Sookie in shock, while Eric just smiled at her…smugly, that is.

"Eric can stay if he wants…I don't really trust being alone with you anymore, Bill. After what's happened, I just don't feel comfortable around you." Sookie said. Bill had a pissed, then pained expression on his face. Eric, however, looked gleeful.

Now, Eric Northman the blonde, Viking, vampire that has been truthful with her from the beginning…well, as much as he could be. He's lied has lied to her twice, but came clean shortly after. Unlike others, who were forced to tell the truth and maybe wasn't planning on telling the truth at all.

Eric saved her whenever he could, even if she disapproved the way he did it. He even tried to warn her about Bill. She realized then, that she should have trusted Eric since Dallas. If she had, she maybe would've been saved from getting hurt and betrayed.

She'd been gone for over a year; she couldn't imagine the things Eric did to find her.

"Well, you heard the lady Bill. I am staying." Eric said to Bill grinning.

"Sookie I need to talk to you…in private." Bill said, ignoring Eric.

"I'm sure whatever you have to say to me you can say in front of Eric! Besides, how can I ever trust you again? You manipulated me, used me…how can I trust if we're alone you won't just snatch me up and lock me up from everyone…claiming you're trying to protect me? I'm sorry Bill, but it'll be a while before I trust you again." Sookie said her accent thick with emotion. Bill looked as if he'd been slapped. He looked down at shoes, then back to Sookie again.

"For what it's worth…I'm sorry." He said with sadness, zooming off to his house at vampire speed.

She was left alone with Eric, who was staring at her with longing. They both stood there staring at each other, until finally Eric broke the silence.

"Where have you been, Miss Stackhouse? What happened to you?" he asked softly. She saw an emotion flicker in his eyes…it looked like love? She looked at him, wondering if she could tell him where she's been. If she could trust him with very sensitive information. When Claudine had told her he was going to steal her light, she didn't know whom she was referring to.

Eric or Bill? Now that she is aware of Bill's lies, she knows for sure Claudine was talking about Bill. She was about to say something when she heard something buzzed. Eric took phone out of his pocket and read the text message from Pam. He cursed to himself, hating Pam for interrupting this moment.

"Apparently I have to go. But understand this, everyone who claim's to love you…you're friends, you're brother…even Bill Compton, they all gave upon you…I…Never…Did…nice paint." Eric said smiling, running off at vampire speed.

She smiled to herself, she had a feeling she was going to be seeing even more of Eric.

Looking forward to it.

She's starting to realize she could always count on Eric.

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