Story Recs: Epic Eric

Because sometimes Eric can be that much MORE!

Because sometimes Eric can be just that little bit MORE!

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-Epic Eric-

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The man is already epic, you say? Yes, this is undoubtedly true, and when we decided to counterbalance our beloved Supercharged Sookies with some much needed Epic Ericness, we actually struggled to match the stories by the numbers because what exactly constitutes an Epic Eric? By our definition, it is an Eric with just that little bit extra that puts him well above the rest, making him that much more from the get go, and who are we to say no to more Eric?

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Stories high in fantasy elements, often a rich Alternate Universe

 

Beholden by ElfChef

It’s hard being a telepathic barmaid but Sookie Stackhouse can’t complain. She has a nice life in her small town. It all goes up in smoke when a fairy blackmails her into marrying a vampire. A vampire that could care less who she is or what she feels. Watch their unlikely story unfold. This isn’t an easy love story but then again love and life seldom are. AU, E/S, rated M, -COMPLETE-

At the start of this tale, we are introduced to an Eric with a necessity to keep a tight control on himself and everything around him, one containing an anger that threatens to unleash at the slightest trigger. An anger that hints there is much more (and there certainly is) to this not-so-average vampire. In this constant state

of imposed order, a justifiably angry Sookie stands by his side to find herself, reluctantly, with a cold-hearted and controlling husband. She stages a number of often-humorous rebellions to establish her independence and guard her heart against the indifference that surrounds her. However, that fiercely-protected heart can’t help but thaw a little as slowly, but surely, the need for it all unravels. It is through ElfChef’s impeccable skill at creating complex, believable characters that this compelling story prevails, where our beloved twosome come to understand in each other as they draw closer, despite desperately trying to maintain their independence, only to realize what it truly means to rely on one another.

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For those who like to latch on to all those words and can only respond with, “More!”

 

Put Me First by AlphaEN

The first installment in the “Beyond the Invisible” series. Set after Dead in the Family. Eric’s powers are growing. Sookie is facing changes and new challenges. She finally tells Eric she wants him to put her first. Is it that simple?

Rated NC-17 for mature content, strong sexual language, and violence. Love/Action/Drama/Mystery. Complete. E/S, rated MA, -COMPLETE-

”Put Me First” offers the ‘oh so many’ disenchanted SVM readers a canon parallel of what could have been if Sookie and Eric had just done one simple thing. Talked. Actually addressing the issues that plagued their relationship? Yes, shocker! It can be done, and ”Put Me First” excels in that like no other to deliver a well written do-over at the end of Death in the Family, right after Appius meets that well-deserved stake.

We come to find what a future could be moving between Sookie and Eric’s point of views. There is no shortage of action, a fair amount between the sheets, but at its core, this story vividly dissects the inner thoughts and motivations of both characters, and shows the abyss that would naturally exist between a (mostly) human woman in her mid-twenties in the backwoods of Louisiana and a thousand-year-old vampire as they come into their own together (no spoilers here but Eric not only has a more interesting past but develops enhanced powers). What follows are a series of powerfully written conversations between the two where they work on their issues, sometimes more successfully than others, and ultimately come to an accord. It is not an easy journey by any means and that is what makes the story all the more compelling. ”Put Me First” does so much more, slowly and surely builds up additional canon that is masterfully crafted and full of potential that is later realized in the equally compelling sequel ”Die Tonight Rule Tomorrow.”

The Magic Eight ball assured us of it...

The Magic Eight ball assured us of it…

 

An Elegant Death by InLoveWithEric

What if the situation that caused Eric and Sookie to meet was altered?  The local waterhole is no more and there is a new owner.  How and why should this effect Sookie and what changes will come from a more Elegant establishment going up in Bon Temps?  Follow Eric and Sookie through this Alternative Universe as they make their way through trouble, pain, deception and supernatural interventions.  AU, E/S, rated MA, -COMPLETE-

“An Elegant Death” is a rich portrayal of Sookie coming into her powers with an open attitude, accepting of the supernatural world around her, while finding her place in it.  Eric is, as always, strong, decisive, and determined to protect what is his.

As the story unfolds, their powers increase, and a variation of supernatural creatures are drawn into their circle.  Some are there to protect and support them, but inevitably foes emerge in their midst.  As Sookie grows into her powers, Eric becomes more as well, much more than your average vampire.  Secrets long forgotten of Eric’s human life are revealed, and a great destiny is finally fulfilled in an epic journey for not only Eric and Sookie, but all those that surround them.

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Sometimes a little one-shot packs more punch than countless chapters…

 

Iron by GabrielleBlue

A warrior’s battle cry echoes through the field. His reason to live was taken away and he wants it back. Sookie’s pain is his pain. In that moment, he’s not the Sheriff, he’s not a vampire; he’s the warrior he used to be a thousand years before. And this Viking is thirsty for the blood of his enemies. AU, E/S, rated M, ONE-SHOT

A story that begins with a rush and never slows down, one that has you holding your breathe throughout. Eric is rescuing his love, and nothing and no one will stand in his way. Power surges through him as he pulls from an ancient reserve with a single-minded focus to retrieve his Sookie that is entrancing. Despite not being a long story and easily read in one sitting, it is a classic example of utter ruthlessness that features Eric at his best while he still shoulders the responsibility for events as they transpired and ultimately acts accordingly, so that in the end we can breathe again…

 

Hey, they may be human but they're still our Eric and Sookie!

Hey, they may be human but they’re still our Eric and Sookie!

 

Better Man by Seastarr08[1]

By day, Sookie and Eric are regular people, at first glance, but looks can be deceiving. Connected by their differences, they try to survive in a dangerous world, by using their abilities for good. AU, E/S, rated M, -COMPLETE-

While this story is AH with no vampires, it does offer us an Eric who retains his ability to fly and one who is also part of a vigilante crime-fighting network of people with extraordinary abilities.  The action in the story is well-paced with its personal themes and holds the reader’s interest through its ups and downs to the very end! We get superheroes, Eric in a spandex suit, and an all around, first-rate, epic production!

 

[1] Seastarr08’s site is marked as private, to gain access see her profile page on https://www.fanfiction.net/u/2075011/seastarr08

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As promised we’ll be back with Supercharged Sookie Part II next week but we only considered it fair that an Epically Proportioned Eric was squeezed in between!
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7 thoughts on “Story Recs: Epic Eric

    • hisviks says:

      Thanks, it’s a bit of a special occasion that they’re every week at the moment since we had such a hard time choosing the Supercharged Sookie stories and feared there would be too much time between them as normally we do story recs every other week.

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  1. AlphaEN says:

    Oh, wow, thank you so much for including Put Me First into Epic Eric recs! It was my first ever fic, and I’m so humbled it is mentioned in your post especially since it’s been completed more than a couple of years ago.
    Appreciate the Eric love 😉
    AlphaEN

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