Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Chapter 7
Written by Rose
Edited by Krystal

Bill and Sookie had gone to the movies and when they returned to lay down on his new bed, conversation lead toward their childhood. Sookie realizes that Bill has to try desperately to remember what it’s like to be human. Bill asks if Sookie and her brother ever played ‘show me yours’, commenting how his own mother beat the tarnation out of his brother when she caught him in the bushes with his sister. When she answers no, Bill uses his coaxing voice to open her up and she begins to tell Bill about her ‘funny uncle’ and how he had molested her when she was little. She explains that every time he came to visit, she was able to read his mind and knew what he was thinking, feeling helpless at being able to do nothing about it. Sookie covered her mouth, feeling she’d spoken about something she shouldn’t have and becomes quiet.

Memorable Quotes:

Sookie: “- that the creature I loved was lying somewhere in a hole underground, to all intents and purposes dead until dawn” (Page 162)

Sookie: “I hope he’s in hell,” I said. “I hope every time he thinks of what he did to me, a demon pokes him in the butt with a pitchfork.” (Page 163)

Sookie: “That probably slowed him down chasing the five-year-olds.” (Page 164)

Sookie: “It’s like dating the Godfather, Bill. I’m scared to say anything around you now. I’m not used to my problems being solved that way.” (Page 166)

Bill: “Sookie, if you knew how different you taste, how much I want to protect you …”
Sookie: I could tell from Bill’s voice that these were very tender feelings he was sharing with me. (Page 167)

Fireman: “We got us some Southern fried vampires here!” (Page 176)

Questions for discussion:

What do you think of Bill’s response after Sookie told him about her past with Uncle Bartlett?

Who do you think the young girl was, the one found at the vampire nest?

Why do you think Sam helped keep Sookie busy until dark?

Did something or someone in this chapter take you by surprise?

What was your favorite scene or quote from this chapter?

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