The REAL chapter 10

Sorry for my rush to edit and post it seems my chapters 10 and 11 got mixed up. Sorry for those who have read the other  “10”  that should have been 11. SO if you were wondering why the jump in time… blame an overly excited and tired author who has been watching her nieces and nephew, not to meant my cousin’s baby shower…

 

 

Callie Pov

 

My arm linked with Ric’s as we walk through the door and into the well-lit room. Rows and rows of red and blue striped booths and long party sized tables with blue and red striped tablecloths filled the dining area. To the left, in the far corner, you could see that they had outside seating: It didn’t look half as bad as I thought it would. Over in the right corner, I see our speaker and his wife. I can feel my nervousness still slightly percolating in my stomach. I can’t  read Mrs.Skarsgård’s emotions. Now, come to think of it, I can’t get a reading on her husband much either, which didn’t scare me much since reading emotions is not an exact science.

 

Ric leads us over to the booth, and to our newly made acquaintances: Well my newly made acquaintances at any rate.

 

“Hey ,it’s nice to see you again.“ I smile at the two sitting closest to the wall. Mrs.Skarsgård motioned for us to sit. We both reached for the menus at the same time and I giggled. I looked over the menu to see that most of it were BBQ wings.Deciding on the honey BBQ boneless wings, fries, and a diet Pepsi, I close the menu and can’t help but smile.

 

The waiter comes up to our table and takes our orders. Ric orders his Royalty blend and so does Mr.Skarsgård. I can feel the shock hit me as I realize he’s a vampire? As if reading my mind the person in question smiles, “Yes, I am a vampire.” All I could do was nod, my mind going a mile a minute. I was sitting across from a real Viking! Ric starts to laugh.

 

“I think you have just stumped her Alex.Yes, dearest heart, Alex and I have been considered brothers for many long years now. I believe we met when you were in Sweden Alex?” The blond vampire nodded, smiling. I get a feeling they are hiding something and it is something I feel I should know by now. I shrug the feeling off. It doesn’t really matter: Vampires are still kind of secretive.

 

“I bet you have so many stories about Ric! I would love to hear them sometime.”  

 

He smiled and nodded, “Yes,  I may have a story or two that may interest you.”

 

Ric interrupted, “Just remember Alexander, I am your elder and I have just as many, if not more, embarrassing stories of you.”  I couldn’t help but look at the two old friends The electrically charged chemistry between them is a positive vibration against my skin, sending jovial waves of emotions at me. Rick looks like he is his physical age as he laughs at whatever Alex had said. I let myself bask in the flow of energy. Colors of red, blue and green dance between the two. I could tell their auras were nearly the same: Different shades and short or long tendrils that seem to dance around each other.

 

I wonder who is older? I will ask when Ric and I are on our way home.

 

“So tell us, Callie, how is it keeping this one out of trouble.” Suzanna pointed to Ric.

 

I couldn’t help but smile, “Oh,  there has been no trouble, although he did drop me in a lake.“ They laugh and I join in the chorus of giggles and chuckles.

 

“I  would think that you would not be the one to talk Suzanna. You, of all people, attract trouble.” He turned his head to look at me, “There was this one time Alex had cautioned her not go off the hiking trail. She thought she knew the way so she went off on her own. When we found her she was covered in mud, and being chased by a bear!” I looked at Suzana who was wearing a scowl.

 

“I thought that since I could commune with animals I would be able to pet the bear cub… It was so much cuter than a teddy bear,” she cooed that last part. “And what are you laughing at darling… From what Ric says…how many time were you chased by angry husbands and fathers… with pitchforks? A little birdie told me that one time your hair caught on fire and Ric had to dump a couple of buckets of water on your head.” We all busted out laughing, well all but Alex.

 

“That is not fair I am sure you have a couple of exes in your past my dearest.” Suzanna shoots him a  glare that I pretend not to notice. Alex smiles, and I can see that his aura has shifted to playful as he grins at Ric.

 

“Has Ric ever told you about that time he crossed a very nasty little witch?”

 

I shook my head. “No, he hasn’t, but I bet it’s a good story.”

 

He smiles at me, “Oh it is a very good story. We were in northern Romania when Ric stumbled on a fair and beautiful young girl. He was instantly taken with her. They did see each other over the weeks that followed. Until he was fatally wounded and he had crossed her path. He didn’t kill her, but she had been betrothed to another man. Well, let’s just say that the girl’s mother was not very happy. She cursed him, and for months his hair kept falling out. In fact, it fell out every night until we came across a much older witch who was able to remove the curse.” I just looked at Ric, who I’m sure would bright be red if vampires were capable of blushing,  but I doubt it was from his misdeed in the story, It was more the fact that I was told about it.

 

Not that I cared that he’d been with others before me. Hell, I’d dated some before him too, but no one would be with MY vampire other than me again if we decided to do the horizontal shuffle. It wasn’t lost on me that I was back to calling him mine, even If it was just in my head. I look over to Suzanna:  Her eyes meet mine and there is something warm in her eyes. I just smile as the waiter returns with our drinks and our food. Apparently, we lost track of time.

 

Sookie Pov

 

I can’t believe the turn this night has taken. The young girl across from me is a delight. Her laughter and general brightness seem to be natural and abundant. Callie seems more relaxed than she had been previously. I think the familial tie between  Eric and Godric put any fears to rest. I can see that we will be good friends.  The restaurant is almost a flashback to Merlotte’s, albeit this place smells less of beer. I can’t believe it has been so long since Sam has passed, and Alcide too.

 

Suddenly I come back to the topic at hand in time to hear that my husband had his hair on fire. That was not a story I had heard before. I wonder what else my father in law has kept to himself.

 

“Not that I cared that he had others before me. Hell I’d dated  some before him too, but no one would be with MY vampire other than me again if we decided to do the horizontal shuffle”

 

I turn to the source a little shocked; she had been muffled until now. I just smile at her. She just claimed one of the most powerful and oldest vampires as her own.The fierceness behind that thought was clear. She had already accepted Godric, and the vampire himself seems more relaxed around her: I only hope it doesn’t change when his real name is known to her.

 

They are good together. Even my serious, deadly Viking is relaxed around her: It is easy to relax around her. I can easily see her fitting into our family. She would fit so well that I can’t help but think she was made for our Godric.

 

The waiter approaches with our drinks and food. We thank him and dig in as the boys sip their blood. Our conversation stays light: As Eric starts to talk about his village I get only a few twinges of pain from him. A quick look at Callie and I see she is eating up every word. She truly has a thirst for knowledge. Her next question doesn’t shock me as much as it has me curious how my boys will handle this one.

 

“If you are as old as you say, then you may know Erikir, and Godric, his maker. I have enjoyed hearing about them. I wish I could meet Godric the most. Oh and Sookie the fairy queen. The ones who help spur the unity of the races. If Alcide were alive today I would love to meet him too. But sadly that isn’t the case.”

 

I sit looking at her as we eat. I can’t believe her desire to meet US. She doesn’t even know her dream has come true yet. Oh, this sweet girl is in for a shock.

 

Godric draws me out of my thought process when he asks, “And what would you do if you were to meet Godric.”

 

I can see her eyes sparkle at the thought. “I would ask him of the things he has seen. I would thank him for not meeting the sun and helping to make it so you and I, or any Vampire /human relationship is not only accepted, but celebrated. I would love to pick his brain and find out more about the Gauls and the ancient world.” I can see a slight shadow fall over Godric’s face and could tell that he is uncertain of his next response.

 

“You have studied him, yes?” Eric asks her. “Surely you know what  vampires call him?” At her look of uncertainty he continues,  “His name is Death, and not because he is a tribute to some higher power.” He shakes his head to emphasize his words. “No, he has killed many: A fact he is not proud of, although at one time he was. He has bathed in the blood of many. Even Vampires older than he fears him.”  Eric finishes.  Callie seems to draw into herself. The poor girl, I sigh to myself. It’s not her fault she’s in love with a legend: One hardly anyone knows a lot about. Godric sits stiffly as a board as she just looks at him.

 

“I honestly don’t care about the bloody acts he may have committed: I refuse to think he is evil. We all commit sins, we all do wrong. Hell humans do just as many horrible things to each other. How many human warriors have bathed in the blood of their fallen foes? But the books say he changed. And if you care for someone, you take the good with the bad. And I would tell Godric that if I ever met him. I would tell him that he is cared for. And his past means nothing except to teach him and others what not to do.”

 

She smiles at Godric and I can hear the truth of her words in her mind. She must be reaching out to me subconsciously for me to pick up on her clearly.

 

“That is a good lesson to learn, I wish I had learned that early on in life.Maybe I wouldn’t have gone through so much.I was quite stubborn when I was younger.In fact, I almost missed my chance with my husband.All because I tried to apply the human world with the vampire.”

 

The look on my husband’s face is one of shock and intrigue. He is happy for his maker, we both knew he may have found the one: His one. We fell into a comfortable silence as we finish our meal. And I beat my husband to the bill.  Speech in front of a bunch people,4500 dollars for new clothes. Dinner for four 39 dollars My husband’s face when I beat him to the check priceless…

 

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Drink Deeply and Dream chapter 11

 

 

Godric Pov

As my child finished his speech I could not help but feel elated at my companion. She was passionate and still, she remained calm. I liked how understanding she was. Her gift of perception was impressive. If I didn’t know any better I would’ve sworn she could read minds. Could she? Doubtful, she didn’t smell like the Fae. But, then again the Fae are not the only ones with such gifts. Witches could develop them only if the gift was in their clan line. Other than demons the list of telepathic creatures is scarce. I would have to look into her past a little bit.

 

“Rick, are you ok? “ I nodded my reply. “Oh, well, you didn’t say anything when the speaker stopped.”

 

I waved her off and smiled. “ Come Dearest heart, I believe you have someone to meet.”

 

She smiled nervously, “What if he finds me rude? I did interrupt his program. I just didn’t want some jerk to ruin the night with his bigoted narrow-mindedness. There is a lot to think about.To know about. But this exhibit won’t be in town long. And tonight was the only time the historian would be here.”

 

I flashed her a smile. “Shh, easy My love I am sure he was not put out by your words.” She gave me a “How could you know that” look” which is similar to the “You are just saying that” look I’ve seen Sookie give to Eric many times over the years.

 

“I am sure it will be fine. If you have changed your mind I can just let him know.” She placed her hand on my shoulder, “No, no it’s just my nerves, I haven’t been sleeping well lately. I’ll be fine. I may not get a chance to speak with an expert on the culture again.”

 

Her smile told me she was happy again. I could only imagine how much more happy she would be if she knew that she was talking to an actual Viking. The light in her eyes sent warm feelings through mem yet I could not let go of the fact that there was something below the surface: A sorrow she was hiding. Someone not as experienced as I would miss the subtle hints.

 

“Mr. Skarsgard, this is my girlfriend Callie. My dear, this is Mr. Skarsgard.” She beamed and brought her hand up as if to shake his.To my delight, he took her hand in his and shook it gently.

 

“Evening Mr.Skarsgard, I really enjoyed your speech. I find it interesting about mistletoe.I had no idea it had such a story behind it.” He smiled and I couldn’t help but return it. I could sense his mirth through the bond.

 

“Yes, so many legends have been lost with time unless one actively seeks them out: Unless it was through history where it was passed down from father to son.”  

 

Callie nodded, “I have always thought it would be better to learn first hand from an elder. I love it when my Aunt tells me legends of her people. I do agree with you on the fact that the passion for learning of our pasts and legends have been replaced  with modern theory and science.”

 

I could not have been more proud of how this was going. Callie was surely an interesting girl.

 

“You seem to be well versed in my culture and history,” my child inquired.

 

She nodded slightly, “I enjoy history. Last semester I studied Rome and Gaul cultures.This semester I am studying Viking culture and the immigration west, which I am writing a paper on and Vampire history and politics.”

 

Understanding dawned on him and I could see he had pieced together the interesting combination of studies. And the fact she is also supernatural. “Well, those are interesting subjects. Come, we should go somewhere to get something to eat, my wife is giving me the ‘I’m hungry’ look. Rick, my old friend, would you and your delightful companion join us?” Bright green eyes locked onto mine. Oh heaven, help me. If she ever uses those eyes against me. I see my child motion for his wife to join us.

 

“I see no reason not to. Callie, would you like to join them?” She nodded enthusiastically and I kissed her forehead. I was taken aback when I felt her temperature was much too high for a human. “Are you well? You feel warmer than usual.”

 

Again she nodded. “I’m fine, it’s just a little warm in here.” I spared a glance at Eric, his face matched my confusion. We may be dead but we can sense temperature: The room was not hot at all. I glanced at Sookie who acknowledged my findings.  

 

“If you are sure that you are well. Where should we meet?” I asked.

 

Sookie smiled. “Hello, I’m Suzana Skarsgard and I think I heard Rick say you are Callie it is nice to meet you.” Callie smiled and shook her hand. “ Yes, that is my name it is very nice to meet you.” Sookie smiled and turned to Eric. “I actually would love to check out that Barbecue place Callie mentioned. What do you say, sweetie?”

 

I choked down a laugh at the voice she used with Eric. It is no wonder she had him wrapped around her little finger. It seems both our women have a way of working magic only women seem to have. “Of course, Lover.” He turned to me and nodded. “We will see you in a couple of minutes.”  They were gone out the door. Callie just started after them. Leave it to my child to forget he never told her he is a vampire. I had a feeling that dinner would be entertaining. I guided us to the car and we pulled out of the parking lot.  

 

Sudden vibrations drew my attention to my love. She quickly slid her phone from its hiding place, Looked at it, then turned it to silent.

 

“Who was that Ma petite?”

 

She shrugged. “Nothing urgent.” She went silent and I did not feel inclined to pry further. Though I am almost sure it had to do with the call from earlier.

 

Thousands of miles away and quite a few hours earlier…

 

“Evening master, I bring news to you from our spies in the new world. It seems there has been a woman  vaguely matching the description you gave.” The gruff looking man behind the huge oak desk nodded his approval.

 

“Good Igor go, have her followed. I want to know if she meets a certain Vampire. You know him, he has distinctive tattoos.”  

 

The smaller, twitchy man smiled. “Already being done, master. That is why I came to see you: It seems she has already met him. The spies say she is in love.”

 

The desk broke as the man slammed his fist into it. “Does he love her?”

 

Swallowing what could have been a lump in his throat, Igor replied. “The spies say that he does not yet truly know that he does, but they say he acts like he does.” A fist slammed on the desk again.

 

“I want her dead! Send the order tonight! I want her dead by dawn. I was going to let her live to see her awakening. But If she has found her true mate then she cannot be allowed to live any longer if our plan to raise our king is to succeed.”

 

Igor stammered at the violent display of his master. “W..w..what king Master?”

 

The man smiled brightly. “Ocella. It is the time, God of our kings and queens rise and fix this debacle  Humans our equals? Weres bonding with vampires? There will be a reckoning.

 

Well, well Marco, it looks like you have failed. You couldn’t hide her. A shame really,” he smirked.

 

The startled form of Igor ran out the door to go and make the call his master bade him make.

 

The man turned to the window and gazed at the gray sky and the fog billowing over the sea. “Yes, brother, soon you will walk among us again to take your revenge on those impertinent children of yours.” He glanced at the moon which was barely covered in clouds.

 

“You have done well so far fairest ladies, but not even you can keep watch forever: Your luck will run its course soon enough.” With this, he went to find his nightly meals.

 

Sookie’s Pov -present time

 

It had been years since I had seen my father-in-law Godric smile so much. His happiness was overflowing over the bond I shared with Eric. Eric, on the other hand, may have been pleased with Callie’s display earlier, and he may have found her intriguing but he still had his doubts about her.

 

It brought to mind the time that a kid in my class got so protective of his momma when she started dating a new guy. Oh, my poor Viking.  I, on the other hand, could see a little of myself in her. She would most likely keep the old man on his toes. In fact, it is good for vampires to have some excitement in their lives.

 

On the drive over I had watched the bonds of my family closely. While Pam was safe and content in Paris I get an underlying tinge of homesickness. Maybe I should send Tristan to go bother his sister. I couldn’t help the smile on my face: Those two in Paris? I doubted the city would last long. Still, it could help with an antsy Hybrid. I filed away a note to bring it up to Eric once we got home. Godric’s emotions were all over.

 

What was this Callie doing to him? I hoped she never stopped. Not that it would matter since I doubted Godric would let her go. He can be stubborn that way: No shock there, Eric had to have gotten it from somewhere. It would be fun to see what she did to the ancient mystery of Godric.

 

Since she was calling him Ric, I had a feeling that he hadn’t told her much about himself.

 

I shook my head at that thought. It never goes well when secrets are kept. A shock of worry from my bonded mate drew my gaze to his most handsome face. “Min Alskare? Are you alright ?”

 

I shrugged “ I don’t think Callie knows who is she dating. And I can see this blowing up in his face.”

 

My husband nodded slowly, “I understand your concern but there must be a reason he has not told her. You heard her confession: She has studied his culture. Sookie, it is not a popular field of study. I’m surprised she knew of Upsala. He must have his reasons, and we should respect that.”

 

I nodded, mulling over his words. “We have been in hiding for a long time darling. And I do not regret doing so, but Tristan is older now: While we both have many obligations, I feel like I grow bored and restless. If you search yourself you feel it too. I feel that there may be something coming down the road and we may need all of our Allies.You know I am not one to go looking for trouble,” he nodded a glint his eye.

 

“Of course, not my wife, it just finds you. May the Gods help my maker if she is  your sort of trouble.”

 

I couldn’t help rolling my eyes, “Laugh it up, buddy but what seems to have slipped your senile old brain is that if I had not been such a trouble finder we would not have ever met, Godric would be finally dead, and we would not have a son together. Callie could be a good thing for him if he opens up to her. He has come along way from his younger days and his dealings with humans. But if she finds out he is hiding part of himself she may not trust him.”

 

After a long pause, he gripped my hand. “Forgive me, you are not so much the damsel in distress anymore. I worry about the old man, I do agree with you about honesty. I will stand by my maker, but what if she is hiding something?”

 

Of course, the daddy’s boy would stand by his Daddy.

 

The thought had crossed my mind: She seemed straightforward. Not like I could read her all that well, but she was excited to meet Eric. And her thoughts matched her words. The fuzziness of her thoughts makes me feel like a younger version of me. Almost Dae, and yet there is still a wall beyond the thoughts I can gather. What could have a wall that I couldn’t get by? But as long as her word keep matching the thoughts I could read clearly. I wouldn’t give her the third degree.

 

“Maybe she is, but they just started dating. Eric, the difference is that Callie is her real name. She does not exactly know his now does she?”  We both sank back into a comfortable silence.

 

We Finally pulled up to a roadside diner, not unlike Merlotte’s. Bigger and maybe a little more upscale but not by much.We waited to meet up with Godric and Callie before we entered the restaurant.

Sorry, it has been about a year since I posted a new chapter. But to be honest my muse is evil. Though she gives you guys a few stories.It has been a crazy year I have lost a few key people in my life.What does this mean for DD AND D? Well, I have two more chapter done and waiting for my Beta’s approval.Ty for sticking with me. I appreciate it. Until next time. Happy Holidays.