Drained: Chapter 21
For the next four nights, I stayed in my room most of the night. Rasul escorted me to the cafeteria when I was hungry and I read two new employees in the conference room. I stayed out of the parlor and never saw Eric.
I could see what my future held here and was extremely unhappy.
When I woke on the fifth night, I found a suitcase inside my room by the door. I went into the bathroom and there was a matching overnight bag on the counter with some of my toiletries in it. Apparently, I was going on a trip. I had a brief thought that maybe I’d be going home, but knew that was unlikely.
I got dressed and Rasul and I went downstairs for me to eat. When I got back to my room, I was surprised to find Sophie-Anne sitting on my bed watching TV.
“How was your meal?” she asked when I came in.
“Delicious, thank you,” I replied.
She patted the bed beside her and turned the TV off with the remote. I sat down beside her.
“You’re about to make me the wealthiest monarch in the country. Maybe in the world,” she said.
“Yes, you are. I know you’re unhappy, but I’m working on an alternative for you that I hope will please you more. You were right when you said you’ve lost your free will. I understand how that must feel. I can’t give it back to you because then someone else will simply take it. I won’t risk that. But I hope I can make you happier.”
“Thank you. I would be most grateful,” I said.
“You’re going to Washington, D.C., tonight for a very important reading.”
“Eric will be there. There won’t be any cameras in the hotel rooms.”
I didn’t know what to say.
“Do you love him?” she asked.
“Yes,” I said, hoping it was the right answer.
“I thought that might be the case,” she stated matter-of-factly.
She stood and left the room without saying a goodbye and I finished packing my suitcase in the bathroom.
Rasul and I and a human security guard named Ross took a private jet to Washington and then a limousine drove us to our hotel. Of course, I was unaccustomed to such luxury, but can’t say I really enjoyed it under the circumstances. I was, however, very happy that I would see Eric and possibly have some privacy with him for the first time since we’d left Magnolia Grove.
I checked in at the front desk and said good night to Ross who was to get some sleep so he could guard me during the day.
Rasul and I dropped our suitcases off into our rooms and then went to the mezzanine level of the hotel to a conference room.
Eric and Pam and two human men and two other vampires were sitting at a table, waiting for us. Rasul excused himself and closed the door behind him.
“Good evening, Sookie,” Eric said. “I believe you know Pam.”
Pam and I nodded to each other. I was glad to see she looked in perfect health—at least, for a vampire.
“This is the King of California and the King of New Jersey.”
I nodded to both vampires.
“And this is Senator Warden. He heads the Committee for Commerce, Science, and Transportation.”
I shook the hand of a tall, gray-haired white man who stood from his seat.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Senator,” I said.
“Thank you. And you,” he replied.
Eric continued, “And this is Cyrus Rathburne, the director of the New Bureau of Vampire Affairs.”
I shook another old white guy’s hand as he stood. “How do you do?” I said.
“Nice to meet you,” he responded.
Wow, I thought, this was a little more than reading the new employees at the palace in New Orleans.
“Please be seated,” Eric said, and we all complied. I sat between the two humans.
“May I touch you?” I asked the senator and then the director.
They both said yes.
“Let’s begin with Senator Warden, Sookie,” Eric stated.
I touched his arm and watched Eric.
“Senator, thank you so much for coming tonight. I hope we’re not keeping you up too late,” he said.
“Not at all,” the senator responded.
“Um … he does want to go soon.”
“Please go on,” Eric added.
“He hopes to get out in time to meet a woman with dark brown hair.”
“Thank you,” Eric said. “Now please touch Mr. Rathburne.”
I did, and released the arm of the senator.
“Mr. Rathburne. Thank you for coming. It’s a pleasure to meet you,” Eric said.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you as well,” Mr. Rathburne answered politely.
“He is pleased to meet you … um … and especially Pam,” I said.
“Please go on,” Eric said.
“Okay. He … uh … wonders … um … if Pam’s vagina is cool to the touch.”
Pam snickered a little.
“Don’t hold back,” Eric continued.
“Okay. He wonders if Pam’s pussy would feel cold if he put his cock in it.”
“Okay, that’s enough!” Mr. Rathburne spoke out. “I get it. Yes, she is telepathic.”
“Senator?” Eric asked.
“Yes, yes, I agree. But that woman is just a friend.”
“Thank you, Sookie. You’re excused,” Eric said.
I stood and said good bye, but neither human stood or extended a hand to me.
I waited in my room for what seemed an eternity trying to stay awake. I finally heard a knock at the door and I jumped up and opened it to see Eric and Pam standing in the hallway with Rasul.
“Get your purse and room key,” Eric said to me.
I came out into the hall and Eric said to Rasul, “She’s coming to my room. You’re welcome to follow.”
Rasul looked at me and asked, “May I be excused, Sookie?”
“Yes, of course. I’ll see you tomorrow night.”
“She’ll be in my room at dusk tomorrow,” Eric added.
Rasul nodded and took off down the hallway and Pam, Eric and I went to the elevators.
Once inside the elevator, Pam said, “You kicked ass nicely tonight, Sookie.”
“Thanks. I’m so glad to see you’re looking well.”
“Thank you. And on behalf of all the undead, thank you for saving our species singlehandedly. Well-done.”
“Thanks,” I said, “But I wasn’t alone.” I looked at Eric and he smiled.
As we emerged onto the tenth floor—one with no windows I presumed, Eric said to Pam, “Wake Sookie’s human guard and have him wait outside my room. Tell him to expect a lengthy wait and to take his breaks as needed. Sookie will wait for him if she wakes and he isn’t there.”
“I will. Good night,” she said.
Pam kept walking and Eric produced a card key and opened his door.
As soon as it closed behind us, he grabbed me and kissed me. It was a hard, passionate kiss. Both of us clung tightly to each other as we pressed our bodies together.
I hopped up and wrapped my legs around Eric and he carried me over to the bed and set me down on my back. His body covered mine and I groaned at the contact and feel of being devoured by him as he continued to kiss me and press himself into me.
He broke the kiss and began to unfasten my choker, and then work on my blouse buttons and bra as he said, “We don’t have much time. There’s so much to tell you, but I need you now.”
He stopped speaking because his mouth was sucking on my breast. I wanted to answer him, but all I could do was moan incoherently as I blindly groped for the buttons of his shirt.
Eric’s hands went to the top button of my pants and so I did the same, searching for his belt buckle. Eric’s mouth left my nipple as he pulled my pants and panties off, sending my shoes to the floor somewhere behind him in the process.
I opened my legs and felt Eric’s talented fingers while I continued to frantically unbutton and unzip his pants. I got his pants and boxers pushed down to his thighs when his hand left me to guide him inside me.
His mouth covered mine as he entered me and we both groaned loudly. As he pushed hard, I cried out a few times only because he was so huge, but I pushed back with equal intensity. We were fast and rough and it felt like absolute mindless ecstasy. My only thought and only word spoken into his mouth was, “Eric.”
Eric’s mouth left mine and he looked into my eyes, but never broke the intense rhythm. He said, “Fuck, Sookie, dawn’s coming.”
I didn’t answer, but just kept moving my body and I touched his face. I was so close to coming, but didn’t want to close my eyes.
Eric’s gaze was intense, and he said, “I love you,” just before his eyes closed and his entire body went limp on top of me. His head fell forward against the side of my head and I was crushed by the sudden dead weight of him.
The bed was still. My heavy breathing was the only sound in the room. I was suddenly struck by the humor of the situation and began to laugh. It felt amazing to laugh, and I realized it had been so long since I’d felt the pleasure of laughter. I just closed my eyes and felt Eric on me and in me and laughed out loud in complete joy.
Eric soon lost his erection and I felt him slip out of me. I took that as my cue that the lovemaking was over and pushed him off me and onto his back. I sat up and looked at him. His hair was messed up and his shirt was only halfway unbuttoned, his suit jacket still on. His pants and boxers were down around his thighs. I bent forward and kissed his flaccid penis.
Then I looked down at myself, naked except for the bra just above my breasts and of course, my blouse was still on, but open down the front. My purse was on the bed beside me.
I climbed off the bed and removed my blouse and bra. Then I picked my pants and panties off of the floor and set all the items on a chair along with my purse. I went into Eric’s bathroom and washed my face. I found Eric’s toothbrush and squirted toothpaste on it and stood in the open doorway to ask, “Eric, do you mind if I use your toothbrush?”
I took his silence as a no, and finished getting ready for bed.
First, I pulled the covers back on the side of the bed that didn’t have the rudely exposed vampire on it. Then I went to work removing Eric’s clothes. It was a challenge, but I managed. Once he was naked and his clothes were hung up, I kind of rolled him around and had to push with my feet, but eventually, I got him in a reasonable position with his head on a pillow and his body underneath the covers. Then I turned off the lights and climbed into bed, settling myself directly on top of Eric in spite of the generous size of the bed. I pulled the covers over us.
I closed my eyes and in the pitch black room, it was easy to imagine we were safely tucked away in our little house in Magnolia Grove, and I fell asleep content and secure for the first time in what seemed a very long time.