The Moon, Ch. 33

**A/N:  Behold:  There’s some potentially good news, a bit of an awww, a surprise, and a prelude!**

After bidding Edna a good evening, Eric walked the Were lady to the door then retook his seat beside Sookie after checking the security system.   He detested how weary she already seemed at such an early hour and vowed whichever troll sister was responsible for this mess would pay dearly.

Sookie had enough on her plate without having to doubt even the liquid that was supposed to nourish her and the babe.

“Do you think it would do any good to call Gail now and see if she could meet us at one of the office entrances tonight? I could tell her that I’m out of the orange stuff, that I’d had one left and dropped it or something. That would make it more of an emergency situation.”

Eric shrugged. “It certainly couldn’t hurt. We need to resolve the Ludwig situation as soon as possible.”

And now that the enemy in Fangtasia’s midst had been identified and contained, it should be somewhat safer, Eric theorized. The other personnel would be undergoing some Thalia-esque questioning later that night to ensure that their loyalties rested where they should, however…just in case. If Sookie felt up to it, what human staff there was could be interviewed too. Thalia could detect a vampire lie half-way across the planet and Sookie…was Sookie.

With a nod she began her struggle to rise from the sofa. The baby had gone through some sort of growth spurt during the past two days and her belly was noticeably tighter and slightly heavier. She kept waiting for her back to hurt more in response but luckily that hadn’t happened yet. She wasn’t talking to her ankles anymore, though. She figured they’d have a hard time hearing her though all the swelling.

At Eric’s inquisitive look – she knew he would gladly play fetch-and-carry for her if she needed something – she shook her head.

“Bathroom,” she mumbled, then added a little louder, “plus I need to get Gail’s information.”

Helpful vampires immediately surrounded her. With Eric on one side and a surprisingly gentle Sevrin on the other, together they were able to help her to rise.

Once assured she was steady on her feet, Sevrin returned to his seat as if sudden acts of kindness were an every-night part of his repertoire.

“As comfy as that sofa is, I guess it’s off my sitting list from now on,” she grumbled as Eric helped her waddle toward the bathroom. “And there’s, what, three more months of this mess to go? I’m suin’ somebody…there’s gotta be somebody I can sue…”

Sevrin grunted, his expression clearly stating that “suing” wasn’t an adequate option.

Eric agreed.

Eventually finished with her errands she returned to the room but wisely chose to sit in a chair instead. She placed her phone and the card with Gail’s information on the end table, then glared at her drink…on another table half-way across the room from where she now sat.

With a chuckle Eric handed it over.

Sookie took a sip then called Gail.

She was tired, she was hungry, and she was ready to put on her cranky-pants….better call while she could still fake nice.

After a few rings, Gail, whose voice Sookie recognized, answered.

“Gail? This is Sookie. I hate to bother you but I have kind of a situation over here.”

“Oh, hello Sookie. You’re not bothering me at all. What’s wrong?”

“You know that orange liquid I have to drink? Well, I was down to one jar but I dropped it and it busted,” she said convincingly as she crossed her fingers to “negate” the lie. Some childhood habits never died… “Do you have any more of it? Could we meet somewhere tonight so I could get it?”

“I figured it was about time to mix you up a new batch. I think Dr. Ludwig may have left you a couple more jars already prepared here in the pharmacy area. I’m here at the hospital for the night so I can check…just hang on…”

Sookie heard varying background noises and could tell that the Were was walking quickly.

“Well, there aren’t any more prepared in the fridge but I can mix you up another batch in no time at all. She’s on vacation but she left me the instructions because she knew you would need more.”

“You can mix it up? It comes in a powder or…?”

“Her sisters send it to her in a bulk powder form so she can make it as she needs to. It’s great for pregnant Weres who need a bit of extra nourishment to help them through a difficult or taxing pregnancy, especially when there are multiples in the coming litter.”

“Her sisters makes it?” Sookie shared a concerned glance with Eric.

“Oh, yes. Her sisters are both very dedicated medical researchers. She’s a triplet, you know. One of them, Carlene, works with pregnancy-related issues and conditions found in all species while the other one, Darlene, works primarily with those known for having the most difficulty reproducing themselves. Unfortunately all the Dae and Fae branches have troubles in that area and Darlene has made solving their problems her life’s work.”

“It’s so great that all three of them have gone into medicine to help others,” Sookie cooed appropriately. “And they came up with this powder through their research?”

“Um-hum,” the other woman affirmed. Sookie could hear her moving things around, heard a resealable bag being opened, heard the rattling of metal utensils being used.

A moment later, “Marlene, that’s Dr. Ludwig, well, it’s actually Patricia Marlene… Anyway a couple decades ago she worked with her sisters to develop a bolstering supplement that she could give a pack of panthers who were slowly dying out because of, um, well, problems, and that’s how the whole thing began. Over the years they’ve worked together to refine and expand the blend so that it would be suitable for any expecting female no matter the breed. I’ve heard she’s even given it to a few humans, too. Some benefit from just a tablespoon per jar while others, mainly the Dae and Fae and some offshoots of our lynx population, need a level cup per jar.”

Gail paused and Sookie heard more clinking, heard some liquid being poured…

“No lemon flavoring for you, correct? It’s why you get the orange-cream version…”

Sookie had to laugh at the woman’s tone. “Nope, nothing lemon for me, and the orange-cream version tastes just fine.”

Monuments later Gail’s attention returned to the call. “Dr. Ludwig, Marlene, she created the orange flavoring option, oh, several years ago when she became aware that the area apparently contained its own permanent fairy enclave in case any came along needing it. She’s a forward thinker, that one is, always wanting to be prepared.”

A fine moisture dampened Sookie’s eyes. “Several years ago” was when she’d first encountered the little doctor.

Forward thinking indeed…

Eric’s excellent hearing allowed him to easily follow the conversation, and the surprise on his face mirrored her own.

Sookie cleared her throat. “Is she having a good time on her vacation?”

“Oh, yes, that she is. She has a place in the Bahamas, her retreat if you will. I’m mixing you up a large batch but I’m sure she’ll be back before you need more. Poor thing never gets to take a whole vacation.”

The “dull thunk” mixing of liquid in glass jars with a wooden utensil could be heard in the background.

“If you would like you could come by the hospital this evening after your people rise and we could check your stats, too. It never hurts to keep an eye on those numbers, you know.”

Sookie glanced over to Eric who nodded.

“That would be great. We can bring the cooler back with us.”

Gail laughed. “Bring it in for a refill. See you after while, Sookie.”

After exchanging the mandatory goodbyes, Sookie ended the call and glanced at Eric and Sevrin.

“Ok, guys, what do you think?”

Sevrin shrugged. He would form no opinions until witnessing the female for himself.

Eric looked pleased as he said, “The hospital is the logical location for a meeting.”

“Why?”

“Hospitals such as Ludwig’s are a safe zone in the supe world. For decades powerful witches have layered numerous protection and curative spells on the buildings to shield and heal those within the affected structures. When you enter the main building in a little while, you should feel the whisper of magic flowing over your skin.”

Sevrin grunted as he looked toward the interior doorway with a slightly softened expression. “That is wise.”

“The hospital is protected by magic?” Willa asked in a sleepy voice as she entered the room mid-stretch.

For two cents Sookie thought about being jealous. Willa had obviously just “woke up” – her hair was still mussed and she still wore her pajamas – but otherwise she looked model-freakin’-perfect.

And she bet the brunette vampire could see her feet.

Without a word, although he could certainly sense her mood, Eric pulled an unnoticed ottoman over and placed her poor swollen feet upon it.

He crouched to the side and began rubbing one of those bare feet as he answered Willa’s question.

“The hospital is protected against attack from both without and within, and there are layers of healing spells placed upon it, too.”

“Well that’s smart,” she mumbled as she boldly settled on Sevrin’s lap. She almost instantly cuddled herself into his broad chest and closed her eyes. When she rubbed at her arms as if chilled, the throw on the back of the sofa rose and floated through the air in her general direction.

Bemused but not appearing unduly so, Sevrin simply caught the throw when it neared his hand, shook it out, and placed it around the sleepy weight in his lap.

Willa sighed and to all intents and purposes seemed to fall back to sleep.

Eric and Sevrin then exchanged surprised glances – this must be one of her vampire gifts finally emerging due to the old blood still active in her system.

Sookie tried to reconcile herself to having seen a throw fly itself across the room.

No one spoke, however, as all were curious to see if anything else would start floating or flying…and to see how long the youngest vampire in the room would “sleep”.

Eric and Sevrin both were very well aware that once a vampire rose from their dayrest the were immediately wide awake and couldn’t even fall into downtime from boredom for several hours.

After several very long minutes Eric came to the conclusion that Willa seemed to have genuinely fallen back into her dayrest.   It was still early enough in the evening that a vampire her age would be; the oddness was that she’d risen early in the first place.  When he checked their bond, the soft buzz of nothingness tinged with health reassured him, so he let her be.

Sevrin seemed to have the situation well in hand, he thought with slight snark, so he turned to Sookie.

“Well, then, would you like to go and take your own nap? It will be some time before we leave anyway, and you do need some rest.”

The warming light in his eyes suggested additional uses for their time.

Sevrin caught Eric’s attention and mouthed, “Give her blood. Her energy fails.”

Eric immediately nodded.

“Sevrin is right, you should feed from me. Regardless of the supplemental liquid, my blood is good for you.”

Sookie thought for a moment. Not only did taking a nap sound pretty damn good at the moment, but so did the idea of taking some Eric…in more ways than one.

“Will you rub my other foot too?” she asked with an unintentional pout.  The one felt great but the other felt neglected.

Eric smiled indulgently. “Of course I will.”

“Then back to bed it is,” she proclaimed with a tiredly brilliant smile.

If model-girl could nap while being vampire, she could nap while being pregnant, dammit.  And if the universe was fair at all, when she woke up maybe she could have some Eric, too…with a sip of his healing blood in the process.

**A/N:  Go Sookie!  Go Willa!  So…what’d ja think?**

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52 thoughts on “The Moon, Ch. 33

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  2. Loved it!!! So her powder drink mix should be mostly safe to drink then since it’s for all types of supes not just Sookie…some hmmm going on with Willa….

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  3. charity6201: Exactly, plus it shows that Ludwig’s sister isn’t automatically the bad guy (gal), too – adds complication. But yeah, the drink is good to go. Meanwhile in Willaville… *mwahahaha*

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  4. Thank you for the new chapter. I am really hoping that our Dr Ludwig is not in on the steal Sookie and her baby plot. Hurray for Willa getting a super cool gift! Feeling so bad for Sookie and her never ending pregnancy 😦

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  5. Interesting chapter. I didn’t know Dr. Ludwig was a triplet. I can’t wait to read the next chapter. Thanks!

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  6. Any nap where Eric is included sounds great! LOL 🙂 loving Willa’s new gift?

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  7. So I am hoping the supplement is okay. even if she was conspiring with the Dae, Ludwig wouldn’t want to harm Sookie or the baby. Looks like Willa has a cool new ability.

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  8. Good Heavens! Sookie’s that big & uncomfortable with 3 more months to go? What is she birthing? All of her discomforts are taking me back 30 years, making me remember that day when I couldn’t reach to tie my shoes… I’m feeling Sookie’s pain! LOL! So it seems as if Ludwig might be in the clear, maybe the sisters, too. I’ve still got reservations about them… What in the world is happening with Willa? Is she part-Fae, too? She’s got something going on! Curious…

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  9. Oh I’m loving Willa and her newly developed super power/gift and thoughts of her unintentionally lifting Sookie while thinking about helping her up has me in stitches ( I know I’m a bit weird/crazy but that’s where your story took me … so your partially to blame lol ) .
    Good to know that her jars are filled from the same mix used to treat everyone and but I’d still like Sookie and Sevrin to check in their special way .

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  10. “idea of taking some Eric…in more ways than one.” *Snicker, snicker*. Can I “take some Eric” too? I could use a pick-me-up.

    I’m really intrigued by all the intrigue (ha) surrounding Dr(s). Ludwig. I hope our Dr. Ludwig turns out to be good. I always liked her character. Such a curmudgeon.

    I absolutely love how thoughtful and caring Eric is with her. Love Willa’s new gift and I can’t wait to see where you’re going with that.

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  11. Well, unless others also use the orange cream powder it might still be suspect. Need to know who else besides Sookie has taken it before they are cleared of suspicion. Love Will’s new power and her comfy chair! Think we all would like a a body part rubbed by Eric and a nap with him…(off to daydream now, sigh)

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  12. I love this story. I was very excited about the update. Poor Sookie the last months of being pregnant are the worst and she got 3 more added. I can’t imagine . I like how Eric rubs her feet and helps. Willa is to cute for words , I like her snuggles.

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  13. oh looking forward to more of this one…. hmm what gifts does our Willa have and How will things turn out for Sookie, will they confront Dr. L? or let things slide for a while? KY

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  14. missingjasamalways: Ik,r? At least she has Eric to rub her feet and “fetch-and-carry”, so there’s that at least. Heh, Willa is going to be in for a shock! 😀 Glad you liked the chapter!

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  15. cari1973: Naps rock. I firmly believe that if the human inhabitants of this planet could get more sleep AND take naps, we’d all get along so much better. (Having an Eric of our own wouldn’t hurt, either…) Spoiler: Our Dr. Ludwig really is on vacation.

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  16. campyrs: Yup, that was in last chapter (you may not have gotten an email notification since WP doesn’t always send them out for some reason). Glad you liked the chapter!

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  17. Jackie69: *spoilery nod* Willa is going to freak over her gift! *evil grin* And a nap…yeah, that sounds pretty awesome right about now.

    I’ve always sent virtual evil – and highly impatient! – glares at writers who come out with a new story or book while leaving old stories or series hanging so I try REALLY hard not to do that myself. So…even though One Night *is* a new story – like BNP was – I still want to keep on top of my current WIPs at least to some extent. I don’t always succeed…sometimes I fail pretty spectacularly depending on how life is going, but I do try. 😀

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  18. rachelaidensmommy: Srsly…I could totally go for a nap with Eric riiiiiight about…now. And yup, Willa has a new gift! I feel like I should bake her a vampire-appropriate cake, lol. 😀

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  19. shoegirl01: Lol, srsly! Poor Sookie…here she is “barely” able to move, stretched out and distorted in weird directions, her body going crazy all round her and making her crave the strangest things and she can’t even see her feet and then here comes…Willa. The model-girl. I wouldn’t mind the figure, the gift, or the Sevrin either! 😀

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  20. msbuffy: Heh, Willa now has a great quantity of blood from two very old, very powerful vampires swirling through her veins…something is bound to happen… *innocent face* I do feel badly for Sookie, but she’ll eventually be fine. 😀

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  21. lorip100: (Gladly accepts all blame!!) Lol, Willa is great fun to write, and with all the blood in her veins from two very old, very powerful vampires, SUMPIN’ gotta happen! 😀 Sevrin, and more currently Sookie, are smart and are not prone to taking unnecessary chances, but yeah, (spoiler alert) the orange stuff is fine. #shhh

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  22. switbo: Heh yeah – triple snicker! 😀 I think we could all use a “little” Eric… *ok, still snickering over here*

    Ok, so, massive spoiler alert: “our” Dr Lugwig *is* good. There…that help?? 😀 And Willa is a blast! With all that strong, ancient blood in her veins SOMETHING had to happen, right??

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  23. mindyb781: Thank you!! Poor Sookie…she’ll be fine but yeah, she’s so not having an easy time, but she does have Eric, not to mention Edna and two other vampires by her side (even if Sevrin mainly grunts a lot, lol). Willa…she’s not been vampire so long that she’s forgotten how to human, lol, so to her it’s natural to climb in Sevrin’s lap and things like that. 😀 She’s fun to write!

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  24. kleannhouse: 😀 Glad you like it! 😀 Willa has the blood of two powerful, old vampires coursing through her veins…SOMETHING was bound to happen… 😀 (*big spoiler alert: the orange stuff is fine…hope that helps?)

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  25. Where is Niall in all of this? I thought he could pop in and out randomly. He would be having a fit about someone kidnapping Sookie. I also can’t see him not being around if she was pregnant given how he feels about family.

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  26. K, so who lays the smack down on the Dae for duping (with glamor) and impregnating under false pretenses a fae hybrid? There had to be consent, and there wasn’t, so… I’m super curious as to what the consequences might be! 🙂

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  27. bwtawny: At this point…he’s not a part of the story. I won’t stop myself from incorporating him if a great idea for him comes to mind, but yeah, he’s not in this story. Normally I like writing him, but thus far he honestly just hasn’t…fit.

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  28. somethingsomethingericcom: Heh, w/o spoiling it, I can say: nuclear.
    And exactly – while the sex itself may have been questionably consensual, the fact he was purposefully misrepresenting himself and his plans (by omission and otherwise) totally negates it all. Steve, though, is dead and gone, but those whose orders/wants he followed yet remain – if not for long… (Yes, I am giggling evilly while sipping my coffee.)

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  29. So, I’ve been working my way through all your stories and for some reason WordPress won’t let me comment *pout* Or, maybe it has and now you think I’m stalking you? *awkward!* I finished The Moon last night and I love this story! Sevrin and Willa!!! Yes! And, I really like your take on Pam in this story – her jealousy with Sookie always bugged me in TB. I am hoping you update this one soon? *please?!* Sending you virtual coffee and crunchy snacks to help your muse along!

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  30. Triplet doctors! I sure hope OUR Dr Ludwig is trustworthy, but I’ve been wonderinv why she didn’t tell Sookie & Eric WHY the gestation period would be 12-13 months (because of the dae, not the fae). Great story!

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  31. We shall all benefit from your coffee consumption and villainous chuckling. I’ll just sit here impatiently, waiting for the update to hit my inbox. 🙂

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  32. Teresa Rowell: WP is weird. From what I understand, sometimes if people are reading on their phones, it’s harder to leave comments or “like”, etc., but I always read from my PC or tablet and never have problems. But either way: STALK AWAY! WE’LL MAKE MORE! 😀

    Man, I’ve had a blast with basically re-creating Willa’s character (she was woefully under-expanded), and Sevrin? Ohhh, yeah, Sevrin has been a ton of fun to create. Pam…poor, poor Pam… She’s not all bad, though, and I wanted that part of her to show through, too, as well as that unreasoning jealousy. *Oh, coffee and crunchy snacks? Awesome!*

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  33. georgiasuzy: Can you imagine the “dinner table talk” between all those sisters as they were growing up? If our Dr Ludwig is the NICE one… Glad you like it!

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  34. I only have a moment because I am reading you on my cel before an appt. If they call me and I abruptly stop… I will continue me back later and finish.

    Your writing is a joy. Each story is vastly different from the last and yet, engrossing. I adore the characters you have built and how you paint them with words. It makes much them vivid and easily acceptable. As if, CH was a fool for not thinking of this herself.

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  35. I didn’t want to let anything another chapter go by without thanking you for your creatvity . You really should publish… I would buy your books in a heart beat !

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  36. tedimercer: Awww, thank you! You made my day!! 😀 I work really hard to ensure that not only is each story different, but that the characters in each story (from the main to the secondary to the rare tertiary) are also unique (at least in some ways) to their particular tale.

    Poor CH…I have no idea what happened to make her turn on her characters (and her readers!) so badly, but whatever it was, it must have been bad…and TB? Ugh, TB…yeah. *wanders off grumbling*

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  37. tedimercer: *preens* Thank you! I currently have about 12 (ok…ok…more like about 20…) works in progress, some are basically just brief plot layouts while others are several chapters long so far. They’ll get there…at some point…when I find my focus, lol. Thanks for the support! 😀 Now to finish my 5 fic WIPs, a sequel (Ant + Andre after I, you know, finish Andre), and 2, possibly 4, short-story/one-shot expansions… TOO LITTLE TIME!! *cries a little over coffee*

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