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Family is someone who you can depend on, no matter what, someone who has your back even when you feel like you are alone.


I rolled over and looked at the time on my clock and it read that it was just past midnight. I knew the only people coming by my house this late at night would be my vampire family and I knew that if I didn't want a pissed off vampire dragging me out of bed by my feet, I needed to get up and hurry to the door. Only a few vampires could come and go out of my house when they wanted. I was not crazy enough to let any vamp in.

"Hang on I'm coming," I said knowing that whoever was on the other side of the door could hear me put my slippers on and walked out of my light purple room and down the stairs of my house that Eric had put in my name. I made it down to the door and opened it to see Eric standing there. He looked worried and not at all like his cocky normal self.

"Eric, you do know normal people sleep at night, right?" I asked opening the door for him and moving aside so he could step in the doorway. He was dressed in his normal jeans, wife beater and leather jacket but his hair was shorter.

"You have never been normal little valkyrie," Eric said coming to stand by my side as I closed and locked my door. I knew no one in their right mind would mess with my house with Eric around. but it always made me feel a little bit better.

"Whatcha need? I do have my final test in the morning and I need sleep so I can pass it," I said leaning on the door. My head was pulsing and my shoulders slumped from all the studying I had been doing.

"Do I need to have a reason to come and see my favorite warrior?" he asked with a cheeky grin. I knew something was up. Both Pam and Eric knew how important my school work was,so they stayed clear of me until it was over. They did this every year since I started college and would only come by if there was an emergency or if something could not be said over the phone.

"No, not really but seeing as Finals are here, you and Pam are both MIA and what not until it's over" I said giving him a soft smile thinking of my many time's great grandmother.

"You're right, I do need your help" he said the words as if they left a nasty taste in his mouth. Eric Northman hated asking for help and he never did unless it was life or death.

"What's wrong?" I asked picking up something wrong through our blood bond, Both he and Pam gave me some of their blood so if I was ever in danger they would be able to find me.

"Godric is missing and no one has heard or seen him in weeks," Eric said. I could tell this bothered him greatly.

"Your maker?" I asked, remembering all the times Eric talked about Godric. I never met him,but the way Eric talked about him, I felt like I already have.

"Yes, I need your help Please Tora," he said. I hated to hear him sound like this. Eric Northman did not beg. It broke my heart and I felt the sting in my eyes that came from holding back tears my heart hurt and my chest felt tight I hated to cry on the best of days and I knew that Eric would not like it if I started to cry.

"No need to beg Eric, you know I'd do anything in the world for you," I said with a reassuring smile. If it wasn't for Eric and Pam who knows what would have happened to me. I owe them my life.

"Thank you," he said returning the smile. I grabbed his hand and led him into the living room.

"Where was he last seen?" I asked as Eric sat down on my right, the whole time Eric was clutching my hand as if I would disappear as well. Once we were comfortable, I looked over at him waiting for his answer

"Dallas," he replied. I tried not to let the worry show on my face but this was very hard to do. I could track anyone if I was close enough but I had never tried to find someone in an entirely different state than me.

"Eric I've never tried to find someone that far away," I said unsure if I would be able to do it.

"Could you at least try?" he asked sounding so desperate.

"Of course I'm going to try Eric, it just might not work unless I'm in Dallas," I said looking him in the eyes.

"Okay," was all he said as I closed my eyes. I calmed my body, hoping to find Godric. His blood ran through Eric and through Pam as his prodigy, but as a blood relative it's second nature to track Pam but before i gave up I got a glimpse of something.

"I think I found him. Umm, it's foggy and not clear but he's alive and unharmed," I said feeling something running out of my nose.

"Shit you're bleeding," Eric said he was noting more than a blur as he left returning a second later holding a roll of paper towels.

"Yeah, I think it was because of how far I was trying to track" I said a blanket of exhaustion settling over it was a fight just to keep my eyes open and it was one that I was losing.

"Could you do it if you were in dallas?" he asked watching me. His whole body was tense and his eyes spoke all the words he was not saying. At a young age I learned how to read him it was something that has come in handy more than once. I knew he was worried but I had no idea if it was over me over using my powers or if it was for Godric.

"Yeah," I said leaning back on my couch curling my feet under me.

"What time will you be done with your testing tomorrow?" he asked never taking his eyes off me.

"About five in the afternoon. It's my last final and then I will graduate," I said feeling proud at how far I had come.

"We leave after you graduate," he said before standing up cutting of my feeble attempt at a response.

"Wait where are we going? And it has to be the day after finals, when I graduate," I said attempting to stand as my world to started to spin. The edges of my vision darkened and I felt as my legs started to give out under me only I was to slow to catch myself. But before I could hit the floor I felt strong hands grab onto me and hold me up to a cold body. When I was able to open my eyes without feeling like I was gonna fall. I found myself leaning against Eric with my head on his chest.

"To Dallas to find Godric. Are you alright?" I could hear the worry in his voice and it made me smile. Eric was cold, cruel and a downright ass to everyone else. When it came to me though he was sweet and caring and let his walls come down that he kept up with everyone else

"Yes, that just took a lot out of me. I'll go with you Eric. I would love to finally meet Godric," I said leaning heavily into his cold body as we started up the steps. I knew he wanted to carry me and it meant so much that he let me do this on my own.

"Thank you," Eric said as I got into my bed. The exhaustion finally getting to be to much for me to handle as my body welcomed my cool bed. I looked at the clock and realized that it was about one Am and I would only be getting a couple more hours of sleep before I would have to get up and start my day. Eric started for my door after making sure I was alright and that I didn't need anything. I felt a bit of panic as he started to open my bedroom door. I hated to be alone when I was this weak and wouldn't be able to fend for myself.

"Eric? Will you stay with me? At least until dawn?" I asked giving him a small tired smile, hoping he would stay with me.

"Of course," was all he said as he kicked off his shoes and walked over to my bed. I scooted over and adjusted the blankets for him to have room. I rolled over until I was facing him. Eirc didn't move from the spot he was laying on his back my bright purple blanket was covering his waist. I finally got comfortable and put my head on his chest right where his heart should be besting only no sound met my ears. I felt Eric wrap his arm around my shoulder holding me closer to him and his face was in my hair I knew he was taking in my sent It was something he always did. It was his way of getting comfort without saying he needed it.

"Thank you for staying with me," I said my voice was slurring like the drunks at merlotte's.

"No one will hurt you not while i'm here" was the last thing I heard before I was dragged into the depths of sleep. I always slept the best when Eric was here because I always knew that in his arms I was safe. I knew that as long as Eric was here, no one could hurt me.