This is short and sweet campers. I wanted to get it out tonight while it’s still fresh. I will update more soon. I thought about using this for Gyllene’s HEA contest, but we needed something to smile about.
Sookie climbs out of the grave, her body covered in Bill’s blood, her face streaked with tears. Her hand slips on the dirt and she begins to fall. However, a strong hand reaches down to catch her. Sookie gasps in surprise to see Eric bending down to help her.
“Give me your other hand,” he says quietly. Sookie does as he asks, and Eric gently lifts her from the grave. Once she is standing beside him, she releases his hands in horror and takes a step back.
“Oh my God Eric! I’m so sorry, I wasn’t thinking!” She covers her face in horror as she realizes she has possibly infected another vampire she cares for. Her sobs begin again as she realizes she really is the angel of death.
Eric grabs her by the shoulders, shaking her lightly so she will listen to him. “Sookie, it’s OK! I’ve been vaccinated; you can’t infect me again. I promise.”
“Are you sure?” Sookie lowers her hands so she can see his face. Eric never could lie to her well; she knows all his tells. He nods his head solemnly and Sookie breathes a ragged sigh of relief.
“Will you help me cover his grave?” Sookie gestures helplessly to the pile of dirt beside the freshly dug hole, finally the final resting place of William T. Compton.
Without saying a word, Eric drops to his knees in the grass and begins shoveling the dirt on top of the empty coffin. Sookie kneels beside him. Together the two work silently to fill the grave. When all the dirt is back in place, Eric rises from his knees. He offers a hand to help Sookie rise. She takes the offered hand, and climbs slowly to her feet. Her fingers clasp his tightly as she looks at the final resting place of her first love.
“How much did you overhear?”
“I saw you close your hand on your ball of light. It’s a very brave thing you did,” Eric says quietly as he too looks at the grave of his sometime nemesis and friend. “You could have given up what made you different, what made you special. Instead you chose to keep it. I am very proud of you,” he says fiercely.