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Bonnie’s POV

I lost my mom when I was three years old and after her death I made a promise to myself, I promised myself that I wouldn’t lose anyone else I love. It was such an easy promise to make, as if I could control how life works. I learnt the hard way that I didn’t, because no one does.

I looked up at my best friend who’s currently lying on a hospital bed and grab a hold of his hand. I don’t know how long I’ve been sitting here watching him, it must’ve been a few days because Elena came by a few times to keep me updated on what was going on, but I couldn’t think of all that right now so I just ignored her and stayed in this same chair watching him the way I am now “How did we get here?” I whispered to myself without taking my eyes off of him. This is the most peaceful I’ve ever seen him, even in his sleep his brain always seemed to be working, but right now he looked beautiful.

“I know, I’m too pretty for my own good”

A stray tear escaped from my eyes as I let myself think of him and I quickly wiped it away just as the doctor walked in “I got his test results back and if I didn’t see the shape he was in when you brought him in I wouldn’t think there was ever anything wrong with him. It’s truly a miracle” I heard the doctor say as he stood at the foot of the bed “Are you going to wait for him to wake up?”

I didn’t look at the doctor once, but kept looking at him. He’s going to be just fine I kept repeating those words in my head, I knew this already of course, but I had to keep reminding myself that this time we made it, this time I got to see someone I love live another day. It finally hit me that the doctor asked me a question “No” I finally said because I won’t be able to handle having him look at me and not know who I am or what we are to each other and in that moment all I want to do is go back and keep him from getting hurt, but that’s my demon now. “I’m so sorry” I whispered before placing a kiss on the back of his hand and got up to leave just as the floodgates open and I finally let the tears I’ve been holding back fall from my eyes.

 

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Bonnie's POV

'God only puts us through as much as we can handle, so the people who struggle the most, have been chosen by God to be the strongest'

My grams used to tell me that whenever the dark days came, the days when I just wanted to give up. My name is Bonnie Bennett and I'm a 17 year old witch. In order for you to follow my story I have to go back to a year ago, when he came back.

A year ago

Stefan's POV

"This place looks exactly the same" I sighed as I stood on the roof of the Salvatore boarding house. I shouldn't have come home. I know the risk. But I had no choice. I jumped off the roof with a destination in mind.

The Bennett Household

I saw Bonnie head out of her house from down the street where I was parked. I've been back for three weeks now and everyday I've talked myself out of going to see her. I haven't seen her in five years and I missed my best friend.

"You're leaving again, aren't you" she said as tears filled her eyes while gripping the door knob tighter. She didn't pose it as a question, she didn't have to because they both knew he was. I moved closer to her to give her a hug and was flooded with relief as she let me hold her.

"I'm so sorry, Bonnie".

"It's okay I knew this day would come. I just thought I'd have more time with you this time" she said against my chest and I knew she was trying to be strong and hide her feeling, but she was scared of being alone again and if I was being completely honest so was I, but I had to leave.

"You're gonna come back?" she asked the one question I was hoping to avoid and I couldn't answer her, but she already knew that she'd never see me again. "Oh" she pulled away from me, her dejected tone breaking my un-beating heart a little bit "Well um, have a nice life Stefan" she said trying to keep her voice from shaking and closed the door in my face.

I coulld still see the detached look on her face as she watched yet another person she loved leave her. I never wanted to leave, but I couldn't risk him ever finding out about her even though looking back now I know my efforts were for nothing.

I pulled out of the driveway and headed to Mystic falls high school, I didn't want to be late for my first day.



Bonnie's POV

I pulled out of Elena's house and start the trek to school. I still couldn't shake the feeling that someone was watching me when I walked out of my house, but I kept telling myself it was probably nothing. My dad was out of town again so living by myself wasn't ideal. I stayed with my grams sometimes, but some of the things she said freaked me out a little so I'd stay with Elena too, or somewhere else, Lord knows she needs a friend right now. She lost her parents over the summer, car accident, which sucked because no one deserved to lose their parents so suddenly and at the same time, especially not someone as great as Elena.

"So Grams is telling me I'm psychic. Our ancestors were from Salem, witches and all that, I know, crazy, but she's going on and on about it, and I'm like, put this woman in a home already! But then I started thinking, I predicted Obama and I predicted Heath Ledger, and I still think Florida will break off and turn into little resort islands" I said trying to distract her from her misery, but her head was already elsewhere "Elena! Back in the car".

She snapped out of her trance then "I did it again, didn't I? I--I'm sorry, Bonnie. You were telling me that..."

"That I'm psychic now".

"Right. Okay, then predict something. About me" she said, neither of us really believed I'm psychic obviously, but I'm glad she's at least entertaining my craziness.

"I see-" I start but get cut off when a crow hits the car "What was that?! Oh, my gosh! Elena, are you okay?" I quickly hit the brakes and checked on my friend.

"It's okay. I'm fine" she tried to reassure me, but I could tell she was a little shaken up.

"It was like a bird or something. It came out of nowhere".

"Really, I can't be freaked out by cars for the rest of my life" she said and she was right, there were things in life we had to move on from. That applied to me too and for the first time in five years I entertained the idea of letting go of the past and moving on. I smiled at her as I started the car again, heading to school.

"I predict this year is going to be kick ass. And I predict all the sad and dark times are over and we are going to be beyond happy".


 

Mystic Falls High School

General POV

Bonnie walked through the doors of the school with a new found determination, this was going to be a good year for her and her friends. Nothing would ever happened to them if she could help it.

"Major lack of male real estate. Look at the shower curtain on Kelly Beech. She looks like a hot - can I still say 'tranny mess'?"

"No, that's over"

"Ahh, find a man, coin a phrase. It's a busy year" Bonnie said none of the things coming out of her mouth sounding like her, but this was what normal teenage girls talked about right? And that's what she was determined to be; a normal teenager.

She noticed Elena awkwardly wave at her ex only to be ignored and she couldn't help but feel bad for her "He hates me" she said slowly crawling back into her shell again, but Bonnie was already shaking her head "That's not hate. That's 'you dumped me, but I'm too cool to show it, but secretly I'm listening to Air Supply's greatest hits'".

As soon as the words left her mouth Caroline approached them, enveloping Elena in a tight hug "Elena, oh my gosh" she said before drawing back to look at her "How are you? Oh, it's so good to see you" Caroline said sympathetically before turning to Bonnie without getting a response from Elena "How is she? Is she good?"

"Caroline, I'm right here. And I'm fine. Thank you" Elena said convincingly, but Bonnie knew better.

"Really?"

"Yes. Much better".

"Oh, you poor thing" Caroline said giving her another hug.

"Okay, Caroline"

"Oh! Okay" she said pulling away "See you guys later?"

"Okay! Bye!" Bonnie said waving her goodbye.

"No comment" Elena said giving her a 'Not a word' look, which made Bonnie smile and lift her hands in surrender "I'm not going to say anything"


 

Stefan walked into the administrations office to get his schedule. He hadn't planned on going back to high school, but he knew it was the only place Bonnie couldn't avoid him in case she was still mad about him leaving the way he did also it would be easier for him to keep her safe if he was close by.

He was busy speaking to the secretary about his transcripts when he heard a familiar voice just outside the office "Hold up. Who's this?" he heard her say and another voice responded, oddly enough it sounded familiar too, but he couldn't place it "All I see is back".

"It's a hot back" he smiled at the comment, but he's quickly drawn back to the conversation with the secretary. "Your records are incomplete. You're missing immunization records, and we do insist on transcripts".

"Please look again. I'm sure everything you need is there" Stefan said, compelling the secretary.

"Well, you're right. So it is".

Outside the office Bonnie continued to stare at the guy's back, something about him kept nagging at her but she ignored it "I'm sensing Seattle, and he plays the guitar".

"You're really going to run this whole psychic thing into the ground, huh?"

"Pretty much".

"Jeremy, good batch, man" they heard someone say and Elena was immediately on big sister mode "I'll be right back" she said and left Bonnie alone to keep staring at the guy in the office.

"Please be hot" Bonnie whispered to herself, pleading to God to grant her this favor.

"Thank you" she heard the guy say to the secretary before he turned to leave. Their eyes connected the moment he turned around, shock clear in her features as she looked into the eyes of the person she used to call her best friend. They stood there for a good minute just looking at each other before Bonnie finally got over her initial shock "Stefan" she whispered in a barely audible tone, but he heard her loud and clear.

"Hello, Bonnie" he said giving her a hopeful smile which she didn't return, instead she just turned around and walked away from him.

 

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Stefan's POV

I chased her down before she could get far and grabbed ahold of her arm so she’d stop, but clearly that was a mistake judging by the death glare she was giving me right now so I let go of her arm. “What are you doing here? I wasn't ever supposed to see you again so why are you here?” she said in a harsh tone which let me know that she was still pissed about how I just left her.

“I moved back. I missed you, Bonnie so I came back” I said being partially honest with her.

“I don't believe you”

“Bonnie, please hear me out. I-”


“I don't believe you” she said again, cutting me off “And since you're not going to be honest with me, leave me alone” she said putting more emphasis on the last part and walked away from me again, but I knew better than to follow her this time.


Bonnie's POV

He can't be here those words kept repeating themselves in my head over and over again as I sat in history class trying to concentrate on what Mr. Tanner was saying.

“The Battle of Willow Creek took place right at the end of the war in our very own Mystic Falls. How many casualties resulted in this battle? Ms. Bennett?” I heard him call my name and I knew I was screwed, he could probably tell I wasn't paying attention.

“Um...a lot? I'm not sure. Like a whole lot”.

“Cute becomes dumb in an instant, Ms. Bennett” leave it to Mr. Tanner to make me feel only an inch tall, but luckily he left me alone after that “Mr. Donovan? Would you like to take this opportunity to overcome your embedded jock stereotype?”

“It's okay, Mr. Tanner, I'm cool with it” Matt responded, but I didn’t turn around to look at him because if I did then I'd see him sitting in the very next row.

“Hmm. Elena? Surely you can enlighten us about one of the town's most significantly historical events?” Mr. Tanner continued his attempt to make us look like idiots.

“I'm sorry, I--I don't know.” Elena said quietly, she was still fragile and Tanner is a jerk for singling her out like that.

“I was willing to be lenient last year for obvious reasons, Elena. But the personal excuses ended with summer break” he said in a cold tone and I was about to say something I'd probably regret later, but someone else beat me to it.

“There were 346 casualties. Unless you're counting local civilians” Stefan said and yet again I tried to resist the urge to turn around, but I failed and turned just in time to see the satisfied smirk on his stupid face which was too pretty for its own good. I quickly turned to the front again when he caught me looking at him and cursed myself for looking in the first place.

“That's correct. Mister...?”

“Salvatore”

“Salvatore. Any relation to the original settlers here at Mystic Falls?”

“Distant”

“Well, very good. Except, of course, there were no civilian casualties in this battle” Mr. Tanner said, his voice sounding distant again as I started thinking about Stefan's uncle Zach, he was the only family he had left, that I know of anyway. In case you haven't noticed I don't trust him anymore, the weeks before he left he always seemed to be watching his back, almost as if something or someone was chasing him and after he left the only connection I had to him was his Uncle Zach who I'd visit, especially on the days I missed Stefan the most. No one knew about that though except for uncle Zach.

“Actually, there were 27, sir. Confederate soldiers, they fired on the church, believing it to be housing weapons. They were wrong. It was a night of great loss. The founder's archives are, uh, stored in civil hall if you'd like to brush up on your facts, Mr. Tanner” Stefan said drawing me out of my thoughts as the class chuckled and I had to physically keep myself from rolling my eyes, cocky idiot.

“Hmm” is all Mr. Tanner said in response.


Stefan's POV

I watched as Bonnie sprinted out of class once the bell rang and sighed heavily because I thought I could try and talk to her again. When she looked at me in class I let myself hope that maybe she'd at least let me explain and make things right between us. Bonnie and I used to always have stupid fights while she was growing up and she'd get so mad at me, but it was never like this. I really hurt her this time.

“You can't stay mad at me forever” I said kneeling before her while she sat on the couch at the boarding house. She's been giving me the silent treatment for five straight hours now and I wondered why she didn't just go home if she didn't want to talk to me.

“Watch me” she finally spoke up and I couldn't help the grin that crept onto my lips “she speaks” I said only to get the death glare in return, which, for a five year old, was actually pretty frightening.

“You're being petty” I tried again, which in retrospect, I knew was the wrong thing to say, but she shot back anyway “and you're a cheater” she said referring to the video game we'd been playing before. I beat her at football three times in a row before she finally caught me.

“Okay, you're right, but if you didn't want to talk to me then why didn't you just go home?”

“Because I wanted to give you a chance to make it right” she said as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.

“You gotta give me a chance to make it right, B” I whispered to myself as I looked at her now vacant seat before the Katherine look-alike got my attention when she got up from her seat with a worried look on her face and walked out the door.

I first saw her with Bonnie three weeks ago. At first I thought she was Katherine until I found out she was human. The more I saw her with Bonnie the more I realised she wasn't Katherine at all, she was sweet and kind and human, even though she had this sadness around her from her parents' death and it was messing with my mind to see a girl with the same face as the girl I once fell for.

I don't know what possessed me to follow her, but I did and ended up at the cemetery watching her write in her diary “Okay. Hi, bird. That's not creepy or anything. Shoo!” I heard her say to a crow which sat on one of the gravestones and the bird flew away.
The crow reappeared and fog started to ascend around the cemetery. Something must of freaked her out because I saw her suddenly take off running. I ran to get closer to her when I saw her trip and fall “You okay?” I asked her as she got up and looked at me.

“Were you following me?”

“No, I-a, uh, I-a just — I saw you fall” I said because it's true, even though the only reason I saw her fall in the first place was because I was following me, but she didn't need to know that.

“Uh-huh, and you just happened to be hanging out in a cemetery” she said skeptically, she clearly didn't believe him.

“I'm visiting. I have family here” I easily lied Bonnie would've seen right through that the thought comes before I could stop it, but I don't dwell on it though.

“Oh. Wow. Tactless. I'm sorry. It's the fog, It's making me foggy. And then back there, there was this - this bird, and it was all very Hitchcock for a second. That is the bird movie, right, the Hitchcock?...I'm Elena” she rambled with a smile I couldn't help but return and extended her hand for me to take.

“I'm Stefan”.

“ I know. We have History together”.

“And English and French” that's not creepy at all.

“Right” she said blushing a little bit, it was cute and I noticed a leaf in her hair so I quickly pulled it out without thinking.

“Thanks…Nice ring” she said looking at the ring on my finger.

“Oh. Um, It's a family ring, yeah. I'm kinda stuck with it. It's weird, huh?”

“No, no. It's just, I mean, there are rings and then there's that” I barely heard her say as I caught the scent of blood “Did you hurt yourself?”

“Oh, uh, I don't  know” she said sounding confused for a brief moment before she pulled up her pant leg and saw a cut gushing blood. “Oh! Would you look at that. That is not pretty”.

Crap I quickly turn around as my face changes “You should go. Take care of that” I said as my eyes start to change as well and I quickly make a break for it while she inspected her bleeding knee.


Mystic Grill

Bonnie's POV

I could just kill Caroline right now. She wouldn't shut up about Stefan and all I wanted to do is shove a sock down her throat to keep her from talking about him. Ugh! This is just like Stefan to show up unannounced just when I decide to move on from my past.

I bolted right after class just to avoid him and briefly considered going to see Uncle Zach, but decided against it. I couldn't risk bumping into him at the boarding house, I wasn't ready to talk to him, I'm still not and listening to Caroline go on and on and on about him wasn't helping the situation.

“His name is Stefan Salvatore. He lives with his uncle up at the old Salvatore Boarding House. He hasn't lived here since he was a kid. Military family, so they moved around a lot. He's a Gemini, and his favorite color is blue” she said, making me think about how I've never actually seen him as a kid and yet we were around the same age. In fact, Stefan still looked the same as he did when I was five.

“You got all of that in one day?” I said not really paying attention, my mind getting fixated on this new revelation.

“Oh, please, I got all that between third and fourth period. We're planning a June wedding”.

I rolled my eyes at her as Matt approached our table and I couldn't help but count my lucky stars for Matt “Hey, Matt”.

“Hey guys. Um Bonnie, can I speak to you for a minute?” he asked and I turned to look at Caroline.

“Fine I'll let you two talk. See you, Matt” she said and walked towards the ladies’ room. Matt took Caroline's seat “How's Elena doing?”

“Her mom and dad died. How do you think? She's putting on a good face, but it's only been four months”.

“Has she said anything about me?” Is he serious right now?

“Oh, no. So not getting in the middle. You pick up the phone and call her”.

“I feel weird calling her. She broke up with me” he said in such a sad voice that I couldn't help, but feel sorry for him. Elena must've really messed him up.

“Give it more time, Matt” I said, but he seemed distracted so I turned to see what he was looking at and I saw Elena walk into the grill with Stefan Just my luck.

Matt’s voice draws my attention again “More time, huh?”. He left the table before I could respond and went to introduce himself to Stefan. This was my chance to get away undetected, but as I was about to walk out the door I heard Elena call my name, stopping me in my tracks.

I take a deep breath before turning around only to find Stefan watching me.

“Where are you going?” she asked in a confused tone, which made sense because we agreed to meet up here.
I walked closer to them as I tried to come up with a logical explanation as to why I had to leave right then, but I never got the chance to because Stefan decided to open his big mouth.

“Hello, Bonnie” Damn you, Salvatore.

“Stefan” is all I say, avoiding eye contact.

“Bonnie you didn't tell me you knew Stefan” Caroline said from behind me. Where did she come from?

“Bonnie and I go way back” SHUT UP! My brain was screaming as everyone's eyes turned to me, but I couldn't  handle this right now.

“I have to go” I said heading for the door again and just as I made it outside I felt a hand on my arm stopping my movement “Bonnie” Stefan said and I turned around, removing my arm from his grasp “ I told you to leave me alone”.

“You have to let me make things right. You're my best friend, B”.

“No, I'm not!” I snapped at him “Best friends tell each other everything, Best friends don't lie to each other. You were my Best friend, but I was never yours. I told you everything and I feel like I don't know anything about you” I yelled trying to keep my tears at bay. I wasn't about to cry in front of him. “I asked you not to leave and you lied to my face”.

“I didn't lie to you, Bonnie, but I didn't have a choi-”

“There's always a choice! You made yours, and now I'm making mine” I said caimly and turned to walk away, but the sound of his voice gave me pause.

“I'm not gonna stop. I don't care how many times I have to watch you walk away from me. I'm not going to stop trying to make things right” she took a shaky breath as a tear fell down her cheek and continued walking to my car without turning back.

 

 

 

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Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan's POV

I couldn't bring myself to go back into the grill after what happened with Bonnie so I just went home, I did feel bad for just leaving Elena like that though especially after she invited me to go there with her after I returned her diary. The moment I walk through the door Zach thrusts a newspaper article at me "You promised".

I look at the newspaper article with a confused look on my face "This was an animal attack" I said not really getting where he was going with this.

"Don't give me that. I know the game. You tear them up enough, they always suspect an animal attack. You said you had it under control".

"And I do".

"Please, Uncle Stefan. Mystic Falls is a different place now. It's been quiet for years, but there are people who still remember. And you being here, it's just going to stir things up".

"It's not my intention".

"Then what is? Why did you come back?

"You know why" he was starting to get on my last nerve.

"Yes, you said you came back to protect Bonnie, but for the first three weeks you've been back you didn't even tell her and now suddenly you're going to her school? What is your plan exactly?"

"I don't have to explain myself to you".

"You do, because while you've been gone I've been the one to help keep her together" This is news.

"What do you mean?"

"She's been coming here, to talk and sometimes, when things were really bad she'd sleepover in your room". I took in what Zach just said to me and for the first time since I've been back I started to regret ever leaving in the first place.


The Woods

I walked through the woods looking for Bonnie, I meant it when I said I wasn't going to stop until she forgave me and I had nothing to lose, she already hated me anyway. There was a party at the falls; a back to school type thing. I overheard Caroline convince Bonnie and Elena into coming.

"I can't talk about it, Elena" I picked up on Bonnie's voice with my enhanced hearing and was about to head over there when I was intercepted by a head of blonde hair.

"Hey! You made it!" Caroline said in her always so optimistic voice.

"I did".

"Well let's get you a drink"

"Well I'm-"

"Oh, come on" I didn't have the patience for this I had a best friend to find.

"When you're ready I'm right here for you Bonnie"

"Thanks, Lena"

"Have you been down to the falls yet? Because they are really cool at night. And I can show you...if you want" Caroline drew me back from eavesdropping on Bonnie and Elena.

"I think you've had too much to drink".

"Well, of course I have. So-"

"Caroline. You and me, it's not gonna happen. Sorry" I tell her truthfully, I don't mean to hurt her feelings, but I really have to talk to Bonnie. I walked away from Caroline and saw Bonnie pull her hand away from Elena as if she's been burnt "what?" I heard Elena ask.

"That was weird, when I touched you I saw a crow". Oh no.

"what?"

"A crow. There was fog, a man. I'm drunk. It's the drinking. There's nothing psychic about it. Yeah? Ok, I'm gonna get a refill". This can't be happening.

"Okay? Bonnie!" Elena was about to go after her, but got distracted by her drunk brother "oh, Jeremy" she whines before choosing to go check on him.

I looked at her briefly before going after Bonnie "Bonnie" I called out to her.

"Leave me alone, Stefan" she said not even turning around, but I ignored her "What did you see?" I asked and that seemed to peak her interest and she turned around as I got closer to her. She had an annoyed expression on her face "So you're stalking me now" she said in a bored tone, crossing her arms over her chest and I guess I should have thought about what I said before I said, but it was too late now.

"Well you won't talk to me so what else am I supposed to do?"

"You're supposed to leave me alone"

"Just tell me what you saw".

"I'm not telling you anything, Stef-"

"Damn it Bonnie, just tell me" I said losing my patience, but she just looked at me and didn't say a word.

I was about to say something else when a blood curdling scream rang in my ears. "Somebody help!" That's Elena's voice.

Bonnie took off towards all the commotion while I ran after her "Vicky? Vicky, what the hell?" Matt said freaking out over his sister.

"What happened to her?" one of the jocks in our class asked, Tyler I think his name was.

"Somebody, call an ambulance" Matt said clutching at his sister.

"It's her neck. Something bit her. She's losing a lot of blood" Elena said and that caught my attention Another animal attack?!.

"Vicki, Vicki, come on, open your eyes, look at me" I heard Matt say, but I couldn't focus on that right now. If something was out here hurting people then I had to take Bonnie home. I turn to Bonnie who has gone as pale as a ghost and hasn't said a word since she ran up to see what was going on, her eyes trained on the unconscious girl in her brother's arms.

"Bonnie" I said grabbing her shoulder to gain her attention " Bonnie let me take you home" I said once she turned to me. It seemed to take her a minute to understand what I was saying before she moved her shoulder away from my hand "I'm not going anywhere with you Stefan" she said and then walked towards Elena as the ambulance came and took Vicki away.

"Elena, there's no way I'm psychic. I know that. But whatever I saw, or I think I saw, I have this feeling..."

"Bonnie, what?"

"That it's just the beginning" Elena's eyes snapped to me then and I looked at her briefly before looking down at my best friend.

Elena looked behind her briefly before giving Bonnie a worried look "I have to take Jeremy home, but..." she stopped seeming to contemplate something "Stefan could you take her home?"

"Yeah, come on Bon" I said wrapping my arms around her shoulders and leading her to my car, she didn't fight me this time. She didn't seem to have the strength to.


Salvatore Boarding House

After dropping Bonnie off I headed back to the boarding house to talk to Zach. I see him the moment I burst through the door. "What's going on?"

"Someone else was attacked tonight, Zach, and it wasn't me" I said and walked passed him to get to my room. The moment I walked in a crow appeared on the windowsill and there's a man standing on the balcony, I'd know him anywhere "Damon".

"Hello, brother".

"Crow's a bit much, don't you think?"

"Wait till you see what I can do with the fog" he said with his infamous smirk which still annoyed me to this day, but I don't have time to be annoyed with him right now. I need to figure out if he knows about Bonnie. "When'd you get here?"

"Well, I couldn't miss your first day at school. Your hair's different. I like it"

"It's been 15 years, Damon". He's the reason I left the first time. Bonnie was five years old back then and my source told me that Damon found me so I had to leave so he wouldn't find out about the promise I made to Emily.

"Thank goodness. I couldn't take another day of the nineties. That horrible grunge look? Did not suit you. Remember, Stefan, it's important to stay away from fads" he made it sound like he was reprimanding me and I had to stop myself from rolling my eyes.

"Why are you here?"

"I miss my little brother". That's a lie.

"You hate small towns. It's boring. There's nothing for you to do".

"I've managed to keep myself busy". Of course he's the one behind the animal attacks, he was always reckless.

"You know, you left that girl alive tonight. That's very clumsy of you".

"Ah. That can be a problem...for you".

"Why are you here now?" I kept trying to push him for an answer.

"I could ask you the same question. However, I'm fairly certain your answer can be summed up all into one little word...Elena". And just like that I felt relief flood over me, he didn't know about Bonnie and after all these years he was still obsessed with Katherine even though she used us, but Elena was not Katherine.

"She took my breath away. Elena. She's a dead ringer for Katherine. Is it working, Stefan? Being around her, being in her world? Does it make you feel alive?" he continued to speak, drawing me out of my thoughts.

"She's not Katherine".

"Well, let's hope not. We both know how that ended. Tell me something, when's the last time you had something stronger than a squirrel?" he said walking closer to me, but I refused to be intimidated by him.

" I know what you're doing, Damon. It's not gonna work".

"Yeah? Come on. Don't you crave a little?" he said slapping me in the face while I stood there and took it. Fighting with Damon would be a bad idea, I'd lose, and we both knew it. "Stop it".

"Let's do it. Together. I saw a couple girls out there. Or just, let's just cut to the chase, let's just go straight for Elena" he continued to taunt me, pissing me off a little bit.

"You know, it's all fun and games, Damon, huh? But wherever you go, people die" I said louder than I intended, but it didn't seem to faze him because he just shrugged "That's a given".

"Not here. I won't allow it".

"I take that as an invitation".

"Damon, please. After all these years, can't we just give it a rest?" This feud between us was really messing up my life, I couldn't live like a normal person because of it and it's kept me from my best friend. I'm over it now.

"I promised you an eternity of misery, so I'm just keeping my word" but clearly he's not.

"Where's your ring?" he asked suddenly, making me look down at the finger where its supposed to be. When did he? "Oh, yeah, sun's coming up in a couple of hours, and, poof, ashes to ashes" My brother really knew how to make me squirm "Relax. It's right here" He said before tossing the ring at my feet and heading for the door.

"Stay out of my way, Stefan" he called out before shutting the door behind him.


Hospital

 General POV

Matt was sitting next to Vicki's hospital bed when she slowly woke up and he finally let out a breath he didn't know he was holding when he saw her open her eyes.

"Vicki...Hey. Hey, it's okay. You're gonna be okay" he said holding onto her hand.

"Matt-"

"Hey, don't try to talk, okay? You're fine" he said cutting her off as she tried to speak, but she had to tell him, he had to know, so she too a deep breath and tried again.

"Vampire".


Salvatore Boarding House/Bennett household

Stefan's POV

I had a plan. I wanted to change who I was;to be able to protect the people I love without my past haunting me. But it's not that easy. The bad things stay with you. They follow you. You can't escape them, as much as you want to.

I closed my journal and headed to the Bennett household only to find all the lights turned off. I climbed my usual tree and saw her sleeping through her window and let out a sigh of relief that she's okay. I decided to stay there for a few hours to watch her sleep, her heartbeat soothing me as I let my mind wander.

"I'm so sorry for your loss" I said from behind her and the little girl with the big green eyes which were filled with tears looked up at me with a hesitant expression "who are you?"

"My name is Stefan, I'm a family friend" I said handing her a tissue.

"I've seen you around, always by yourself. Were you friends with my mom?" she asked as she blew her little nose with the tissue and I nodded my head.

"I was uh...supposed to protect her" I said hesitantly, not able to meet her eyes.

"You can't protect everyone" she said, turning back to look at her mother's gravestone.

"I can try though, I'll try to protect you Bonnie, I made a promise to your family".

"I don't need protection, I just need a friend, and so do you" she responded, wiping her tears away as they escaped from her eyes.

"What makes you think I need a friend?" what she said made me curious.

"Because you're always alone, and no one deserves to be alone"

 

Chapter Text

Mystic Falls High School

Stefan's POV

I should've gone to check on her before I came to school because now she's late and it's starting to worry me. When I left her house last night she was fine, she was sleeping so why wasn't she here yet. 

“Originally discovered nearly 5 centuries ago, it hasn't been over Mystic Falls in over 145 years. Now, the comet will be its brightest right after dusk during tomorrow's celebration. Are we bothering you, Mr. Salvatore? Am I keeping you from your one man staring contest with Miss Bennett's seat?"

I was about to respond when the door burst open and a flustered Bonnie walked in just as the bell rang. She kept her head down as she walked up to Tanner's desk to take what I assumed was a detention slip. She walked out with Caroline and the rest of the students without even glancing in my direction and I sighed as I got out of my seat. At least she's safe.

I was about to go talk to her when Elena walked up to me “Hey, Stefan. Can I talk to you for a second?” she said and led us out of the classroom.

“What can I do for you, Elena?” I asked. She looked nice today, happier even, like she didn't have that dark cloud over her anymore, but she also seemed nervous.

“I wanted to ask you about Bonnie, I know it's probably none of my business but she's my friend and whatever happened between you two is affecting her” she said, I couldn't speak for Bonnie because she wasn't here, but she seemed really worried about her friend and I wanted to take away some of that worry. It made me happy that even after everything that happened that she at least had Elena.

“Bonnie and I have been best friends since we were three. We always depended on each other, had each other’s backs, but then I left her and that's my biggest regret”.

“Why'd you leave? You don't have to answer that by the way” she added as soon as she asked that question.

“…grams woke me up. She came to check on me this morning since I didn't go to see her yesterday. She said she had a bad feeling about something” I heard Bonnie say, she was trying to make light of it, but I could tell she wasn't so sure anymore.

“Ah grams, did she bring up the whole psychic thing again? Wait, I'm confused actually. Are you psychic or clairvoyant?” Caroline asked Bonnie and I barely noticed Elena turn her head to see what caught my attention suddenly.

“Technically, Grams says I'm a witch. My ancestors were these really cool Salem witch chicks or something. Grams tried to explain it all, but she was looped on the liquor so I kinda tuned out. Crazy family, yes. Witches? I don't think so”

“Do you do that a lot?” Elena asked me, her eyes searching my face for something. She clarified when she saw confused look on my face “Just watch her, I mean”.

“I'm just trying to figure out how to get my best friend back” I replied and she nodded as if she was thinking about something. “Piece of advice?” she asked and I gave her my undivided attention again “Don't lie to her. Bonnie doesn't take to well to lies, and she'll know if you are”.

“Thank you, Elena” I said sincerely even though I already knew that, I was just trying to avoid telling her anything, but maybe it was time for the truth to come out. I just hope she doesn’t completely hate me afterwards.

“No problem” she said before leaving to go join her friends. “Why didn't you just go talk to him?” I heard Bonnie ask Caroline as Elena approached them.

“I don't know. I was drunk”.

I'll talk to you later, B I decided as I left the school. Right now I had to go fix my brother's mess.


Hospital

General POV

Matt was in the hospital room waiting for Vicki to wake up when she started tossing around restlessly “Whoa! Vick. Vicki, hey. Vick, it's Matt. Hey, what's wrong?”

“No! No! Get off! No! No! No!”

“Nurse!” Matt called out before getting up to go look for a doctor. Stefan saw him walk out the room and made his way inside before he got caught so he'd compel Vicki “It was an animal that attacked you. It came out of the night and jumped you. You blacked out. It's all you remember” he said maintaining eye contact with her.

“It's all I remember” Vicki replied mechanically.

“An animal attacked you. You blacked out. It's all you remember”.

“It's all I remember”. Satisfied, Stefan quickly left.

“Nurse! I need help! It's my sister” Matt said as the nurse walked into the room ahead of him and he spotted Stefan leaving.

“She seems fine” he heard the nurse say and nodded absentmindedly before deciding to follow Stefan. He saw him enter a room with blood donors and blood bags. Stefan's face started to change, but he left as quickly as possible. When Matt entered the same room he looked for Stefan but didn’t find him.


The Bennett Household

Bonnie's POV

I am so late, I promised Elena and Caroline I'd meet them at the grill half an hour ago. “Baby, there's someone at the door for you” Grams called out and I sighed in frustration, I didn't have time for guests I had to go “Coming” I responded heading downstairs.

“How have you been, Stefan?”  My eyes went as wide as saucers when I heard my grams ask the last person I wanted to see right now. I was about to go hide in my room when “Hello, Bonnie” damn it.

I took a deep breath and turned back around to face him “I don't have time for your next attempt at let's be friends, Stefan, I gotta go meet my real friends” I said putting an emphasis on the word real before I walked past him to get to the door.

“Bonnie Sheila Bennett don't be rude. Now you come back here and talk to this boy” Grams reprimanded me, did I mention she loved Stefan? You'd swear he was her grandchild. I turned around slowly because I knew better than to defy my grams.

“What do you want, Stefan?” I asked giving him my most annoyed face, which made him wipe that smug look off his face.

“I want the same thing I want every day, Bonnie. For us to be friends again” I groaned loudly at that and tried to leave, but what he said next stopped me in my tracks.

“The other night you said you felt like you didn't know anything about me and I guess in some ways that's true. I haven't been completely honest with you about what I am and I want to be now” he said and I turned around slowly, curious about where he was going with this.

For the first time since he came to my house I took a good look at him, he seemed nervous, scared even, as if what he said next would make or break our relationship. “145 years ago I made a promise to Emily Bennett that I would protect her line, I haven't always been successful, but it's a promise I don't intend to break which is why I had to make hard decisions sometimes”.

I didn't understand what he was saying “145 years ago” I whispered to myself, it was barely audible but he responded anyway “Yes. I'm a vampire, Bonnie”.

“Vampires don't exist” I responded immediately, as a reflex. He can't be a vampire, can he?

“Yes they do” he said and made me jump a little because in the blink of an eye he was right in front of me. “Don't freak out okay? He said and his face changed, his eyes went blood red and black veins appeared on his face before his went back to normal.

“You're a vampire” I said slowly trying to get used to it. A thought hit me which scared me to my core “Are you responsible for all those animal attacks? Oh my Gosh, Stefan did you attack Vicki?” I asked kinda frantic, creating some space between us.

“No no, that wasn't me. I only feed on animals to survive, that was Damon, my brother” brother! I was trying to wrap my head around that, but he was talking again “He's the reason I left five years ago. Damon has been making my life miserable for over a century and if he found out about you I’m afraid he'll kill you just to hurt me and I can't let that happened, Bonnie so when my source told me he knew where I was, I left”.

This was way too much information for me to absorb at once, it freaked me out, but it made sense. Stefan didn't age and now that I think about it I don't think I've ever heard his heartbeat. “You said you made a promise to protect Emily Bennett's line, I know that means the Bennett family, right?” when he nods I continue “but what do we need protection from?”

“It's not my place to tell you that. Just know that you're important” he said and I rolled my eyes him, of course, more secrets. I was hit by another realization which broke my heart “So you were only my friend because it was your job” he opened his mouth to say something, but grams beat him to it.

“Baby, the protector of the Bennett line is only required to keep an eye on us and check in once in a while, but Stefan stayed with you, that isn't in the job description”.

I looked at my grams for a while before turning back to Stefan who was looking at me with pleading eyes. I had more questions of course, but this was a step in the right direction.

“Okay, Salvatore. I believe you” I said and he smiled at me with that smile that made my heart melt. I missed that smile. “I'm headed to the grill to meet up with Elena and Caroline, do you want to come with?”

“Um I should probably go home and make sure Damon stays out of trouble, but I'll meet you later”.

I nodded in agreement, if his brother was feeding on humans then that was probably best. He pulled me into a hug, wrapping his arms around my waist and I hugged him back, “I missed you, B” he whispered in my ear, making me smile.

“I missed you too, Salvatore” I said and he pulled back and said a quick goodbye to grams, who was giving us a weird look, before he walked out the door.

“What is it, Grams?”

“Oh nothing, nothing at all. You go meet up with your friends” oh yeah I'm late.


Salvatore Boarding House

Elena's POV

I was standing outside the Salvatore Boarding house debating whether or not to actually go in. This was all Bonnie's fault, if she'd shown up at the grill on time then I wouldn't have let Caroline talk me into doing this. I told her about my little crush on Stefan, but that I wasn't sure I should do anything because of Bonnie. I was still unsure about their relationship, Stefan said they used to be best friends and he really seems to care about her, but what if there was something more there.

I shook my head at the thought. Caroline, she's the reason I'm here, she seemed to think that Stefan may be interested in me and said there's only one way to find out for sure, which is true I guess but that didn't help with my nerves as I made the decision to knock on the door. I started to knock on the door when it opened so I walked in “Stefan? Stefan?” I called out for him, but there’s no response. This house is massive.

A crow flies right past me then and into the house and when I turned around I saw a man I’ve never seen before standing there. “You must be Elena. I’m Damon, Stefan’s brother” the man, Damon, introduced himself. I tried to contain my excitement over the fact that apparently Stefan talked to his family about me.

“Oh yeah, that’s me, I’m sorry for just walking in here, the door was open” I said feeling a little embarrassed about just barging into someone’s house, but he waved a dismissive hand “Stefan didn’t tell me he had a brother” We just met, why would he? I resisted the urge to face palm myself.

“Well, Stefan’s not one to brag. Please, come. I’m sure Stefan will be along any second” he said leading me into another room.

“Wow. This is your living room?”

“Living room, parlor, Sotheby’s auction. It’s a little kitschy for my taste” he turned to face me then, the look he was giving me making me a little uneasy “I see why my brother’s so smitten. It’s about time. For a while there, I never thought he’d get over the last one. Nearly destroyed him”.

What he said about Stefan liking me made me so giddy that I almost didn’t hear the last comment he made “The last one?” my heart sank a little bit.
“Yeah. Katherine, his girlfriend? Oh, you two haven’t had the awkward exes conversation yet”.

“Nope” I said feeling awkward and slowly regretting ever listening to Caroline.

“Oops. Well I’m sure it’ll come up now. Or maybe he didn’t want you to think he was on the rebound. We all know how those relationships end” he said, making me feel uncomfortable again. There something off-putting about Damon.

“You say it like every relationship is doomed to end”.

“I’m a fatalist. Hello, Stefan” he said, looking behind me. I turned around in time to catch the death stare Stefan was giving his brother before his face softened as he looked down at me “Elena. I didn’t know you were coming over” he said that like he meant to say something else, but stopped himself.

“I know. I should have called, I just…”

“Oh, don’t be silly. You’re welcome any time. Isn’t she, Stefan?” he said, and man you could cut the tension in here with a steak knife “You know, I should break out the family photo album or some home movies. But…I have to warn you. He wasn’t always such a looker” Damon smirked, winking at me and that unnerved me a little bit.

“Thank you for stopping by, Elena. Nice to see you” Stefan said catching my attention again and at this point I was grateful for the lifeline being tossed at me.

“Yeah, I should probably go. It was nice to meet you, Damon” It really wasn’t.

“Great meeting you too, Elena”.  
I couldn’t get past Stefan, who was blocking my way as he stared at Damon “Stefan…Stefan?” He finally moved and I hurried out the door without turning back.


Stefan’s POV

“Great gal. Whoo. She’s got spunk. You, on the other hand, look pooped. Did you over-exert yourself today? Let me guess…hospital” Damon said the moment the door closed and I had to work hard to reign in my anger. What the hell was Elena doing here, she was supposed to be at the grill with Bonnie.

“Someone had to clean up your mess” I said annoyed, and I was having such a great day.

“Well, were you successful? Did the powers of persuasion work? Remember, if you don’t feed properly, none of those little tricks work right” He said sounding like a puppet in one of those educational programs.

“How long was Elena here?” she probably got tired of waiting for Bonnie and left, but why did she come here?

“Were you worried, Stefan? Scared we may be doomed to repeat the past? Isn’t that why you play your little game ‘I’m a high school human’?”

“I’m not playing any game” I’m not gonna lie and say I’m not attracted to Elena, I am, but it’s not really something I’ve been thinking about and if something were to happen with Elena I wasn’t worried about repeating the past because Elena isn’t Katherine.

“Of course you are. We both know the closest you’ll ever get to humanity is when you rip it open and feed on it”.
“What kind of game are you playing, Damon?”

“Guess you’ll just have to wait and see, won’t you?” He’s going to ruin my life, isn’t he?

 

Chapter Text

Mystic Falls Town Square

Bonnie’s POV

Today was a good day. For the first time in a while I was okay, I got my best friend back. Granted he just told me he’s a vampire, which makes me question my own sanity because most people would be freaked out, right? Maybe I was handling it so well because of the history there, I don’t know or maybe it was taking longer to really sink in. It really didn’t matter to me what the reason was.

“Tonight, night of the comet! Would you like a program” I said. Elena and I were at the town square handing out pamphlets for ‘The night of the Comet’, but she didn’t really seem into it.

“Hey, what’s up with you?” I asked a little concerned, I nudged her to get her attention and she snapped out of whatever funk she was in “Huh?”

“What’s wrong?” I asked again and she seemed to be debating on what to tell me.

“Oh it’s nothing. I mean, uh, it’s about Stefan, but I don’t really want to bring it up to you because I know how you feel about him and all” she said, fidgeting a little bit. Was she nervous?

“Actually Stefan and I talked yesterday and I guess you’d say we’re on the road to recovery”.

“Oh Bonnie, that’s so great” she said giving me a hug.

“Okay, back to you” I said pulling away “Now what’s this about Stefan?”

“Well I may have gone to his house yesterday to talk to him about something, but he wasn’t there so I ended up having a really uncomfortable conversation with his brother-”

“Wait? Damon?” I asked, my voice sounding a little frantic as I cut her off and she nodded “Elena stay away from Damon, he’s bad news”.

“I didn’t go seeking him out Bonnie, and why? What’s wrong with him?”

“Elena trust me, just promise me you’ll stay away from him, please?” I pleaded with her and she must’ve noticed how serious I looked because she just nodded without further question and sighed in relief.

“So what did you want to talk to Stefan about?” I asked getting us back on track. “Oh uhm, just that…” she seemed nervous again, which made me curious.

“Elena, do- do you like Stefan?” I asked and watched as her whole face turned scarlet “Oh my gosh, you do” I said getting a little excited. I haven’t really thought about Stefan and Elena as a thing, but they’d actually be really cute together and both of them would be happy, which would make me happy.

“Okay, yeah I do, but Bonnie the timing is all wrong” she said, bursting my bubble.

“When is it ever right?”

“I’m not ready, Bonnie”

“Who is?” she best believe I was going to counter her argument at every turn.

“At least I put myself out there” and I couldn’t help but scoff at that. “Is that what you’re calling it?”

“What do you mean?” I mean you went to his house and he wasn’t even there!

“All I’m hearing is reasons why you can’t”


Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan’s POV

“What is Damon doing here? Why did he come home?” Zach asked as he walked into the parlor where I was currently sitting on the couch reading a book and waiting for Bonnie to text me.

“Cause I came home. He wants to make my life miserable. That’s how he enjoys his” I said flatly without looking up from my book.

“Well he’s putting us all at risk. This girl in the hospital could talk”.

“She won’t. I took care of her”.

“You’re sure?” I looked up at him then to see the anxious expression on his face. I closed the book and got up from the couch to face him head on.

“I’m not sure, Zach. I don’t know how well it worked. I’m not as strong as Damon” I knew it wasn’t reassuring, but I wanted to be honest with him.

“So what happens if it doesn’t work?”

“I don’t know. I’ll deal with it” I said as my phone went off. I pulled it out of my pocket to see the text I’ve been waiting for Meet me @ the grill- B.

“Look Zach, I gotta go” I said and walked out before he could respond.


Mystic Grill

Bonnie’s POV

I sat at the grill waiting for Stefan. After I left Elena I was too wound up over the fact that she had feelings for Stefan and I wanted to play matchmaker so badly, but I had to figure out if he felt the same way. This was going to be my good deed for the year.

I saw Stefan walk in and waved him over “Hey, Salvatore” I said once he got closer and got out of my chair to give him a hug “Hey, Bunny” he said making me roll my eyes at the childhood nickname he gave me and pulled away from him, punching him in the shoulder which ended up hurting my hand “What are you made of, steel?” I asked as I sat down massaging my hand and he only chuckled before sitting down as well.

“Yeah well you should know better than to punch a vampire” he said softly leaning towards me so only I could hear and I rolled my eyes again. “So we’re watching the comet together, right?” he asked as he flagged down a waiter and I shook my head “No”.

“Why not?” He asked in confusion, which turned to suspicion when he saw the giddy expression on my face “What did you do, Bonnie?”

I waved him closer as if to tell him a secret, “Guess who likes you?” I whispered, and he furrowed his brows before playing along “Who?” he whispered back.

“Elena” I said sitting up straight again with a grin so huge he could probably see all my teeth.

I watched as his expression varied from shock, to something else I didn’t recognize before settling on annoyance “Bonnie, what did you do?” he asked a little frantic and, wait, is he blushing?

“What? I didn’t do anything. I was just talking to Elena and she just happened to mention that she likes you, and you like her too I can tell”.

“And how can you possibly tell that?” he asked, skeptical.

“Stefan, I can clearly see you blushing” I said with a smug look on my face because we both knew I was right “And may I say, I didn’t even know vampires could blush that much, but hey you learn something new everyday” I said softly after checking to see if anyone was paying any attention to us.

“Okay you need to shut up about that” he said “And so what if I do like her. I can’t do anything about it”.

“Why not? Come on Stefan now’s not the time to be shy”.

He sighed, turning serious and leaned onto the table again, making me do the same “Okay, I’m going to tell you something I found out about Elena”.

“What is it?”

“I’m getting to it, Bennett” he said before continuing “Back in 1864, when Damon and I were still human we fell for this woman named Katherine. She was a vampire, but I didn’t know that at the time and when I found out that she was sleeping with me and Damon I confronted her about it, and she compelled me, which is basically like mind control, and she fed on us and healed us with her blood which is how we became vampires. We died with vampire blood in our system and we had a choice to die, or complete the transition by drinking human blood. I wasn’t ready to die, Bonnie and I wasn’t ready to live without my brother either so I drank human blood and I guilt tripped Damon into feeding as well. He’s hated me ever since” I grabbed a hold of his hand to let him know I understood, he was seventeen years old, a kid, no one wants to die so young or be alone. Apparently he wasn’t done cause he started speaking again “Anyway, Katherine was selfish and hateful, and she died that way, but she was beautiful, and when I first got to town I thought Elena was Katherine” he said that last part slowly and I just looked at him for a minute.

“Are you saying that my best friend Elena Gilbert, looks like your ex who died over a century ago?”

“Yes, but then I realized that it wasn’t her. For one because Elena is human, and also because she’s the complete opposite of Katherine. I just don’t know how they look alike, so far the only logical reason I can come up with it that they are related somehow which I know doesn’t explain how they look exactly alike”

“Okay, I’m going to wrap my head around that later, but Stef you said so yourself, she’s not Katherine so why are you so scared to be with her” I asked before something else he said made me realize why he was so scared “You scared the past will repeat itself” It wasn’t a question and him hiding his face from me let me know I was right.

I removed his hands from his face and held onto them “Stefan listen to me, Elena is not Katherine, and besides Elena is a one man, woman and you are the man she’s chosen. You only have one life, Salvatore well technically two for you, but this is your last one, so how are you going to live it?” I asked seriously, I knew I won him over when he squeezed my hands.

He go up from his seat and leaned over to kiss my cheek “Thank you, Bunny” he said pulling away. There was really no point in punching him again, I’d only really be hurting myself.

“Stop thanking me and go get your woman, man” I said pushing him to the exit, chuckling a little bit as I watched him go.


Mystic Falls Town Square

Stefan’s POV

I was walking in the square when I caught Elena’s scent, I can’t believe I’m actually going to do this. When Bonnie first told me Elena liked me I wasn’t sure what to think, I had a weird feeling about it at first but figured that had to do with the fact that she looks like Katherine. It felt good to tell Bonnie about Katherine and about how I was turned, but then again it’s always been easy to talk to Bonnie. She had this way of talking me off the ledge, which is what she did for me now.

I am attracted to Elena so what’s really stopping me from pursuing something with her, Bonnie’s right we only have one life and I can’t keep living in the past. “Hey, I got some candles” I heard Caroline say as I approached them, grabbing a candle, and quickly made my way next to Elena as Matt finished lighting her candle and she turned to light mine “Thank you” I said and she looked up at me “Hi” I greeted her with a smile, she really was beautiful, her brown eyes sparkling in the candle light.

“Hi” she said, returning the smile. I looked at her mesmerized for a moment, noticing the subtle differences between her and Katherine before turning to look at the Comet “You know, that comet…it’s been traveling across space for thousands of years. All alone” ‘that’s just great, Salvatore. As if she doesn’t learn enough at school’ I could hear Bonnie say sarcastically in my head.

“Yeah, Bonnie says it’s a harbinger of evil” and I couldn’t help, but chuckle at that. “Yeah that sounds like something Sheila would’ve probably said to her” I said before continuing more solemnly “I think it’s just a ball of…snow and ice, trapped on a path that it can’t escape. And once every 145 years, it gets to come home. I’m sorry about yesterday. I wasn’t myself” I decided to apologize for her run in with Damon, I think we may have scared her a little bit.

“You seem to spend a lot of time apologizing”

“Well, I have a lot to apologize for. Yesterday, that wasn’t about you, okay?”

“You never mentioned you had a brother”

“We’re not close. It’s uh…it’s complicated” I can’t even begin to explain my relationship with Damon to her.

“Always. He told me about your ex. Katherine” she said choosing to look at the comet instead of maintaining eye contact with me.

“What did he say?”

“That she broke your heart”.

“That was a long time ago” why would he even bring that up with her, oh right, misery.

“When you lose someone, it stays with you, always reminding you of how easy it is to get hurt” she said and I could tell this was making her emotional, and I wanted to reassure her that everything would be okay, I just didn’t know how.

“Elena…” I trailed off, trying to get her to look at me and she did, but I could see the tears in her eyes begging to break free before she blinked them away

“Its okay, Stefan. I get it. You have no idea how much I get it. Complicated brother? Check. Complicated ex? Check. Too complicated to even contemplate dating, double check. So really, It’s okay” she said before she blew out her candle and walked away. I just stood there looking after her, not really sure what to do.


Mystic Grill

General POV

Vicki Donovan was waiting tables when she spotted a familiar face and walks over to him “I know you” she said trying to figure out where she may have seen him before.

“Well, that’s unfortunate” Damon said, he knew Stefan wouldn’t be able to handle this little problem. “Um…I don’t…I don’t know how, but…your face” she said feeling frustrated with herself, maybe she was mistaken and was just giving herself a headache for nothing “Excuse me. Sorry” she said and went to the restroom to take some pills. When she looked into the mirror, Damon was behind her and attacked her, making her scream.

Inside the grill Jeremy was wandering around looking for Vicki when he spotted everyone “Hey, has anyone seen Vicki?”

“You’re her stalker. You tell us” Tyler said, but Jeremy chose to ignore him.

“I can’t find her”.

“She probably found somebody else to party with. Sorry, pill pusher, I guess you’ve been replaced”.

“What’s with the pill pusher?” Elena cut into their conversation before Jeremy could react. “Ask Him”.

“You wanna do this right now?” Jeremy asked his sister.

“Are you dealing?”

“She’s never gonna go for you” Tyler decided to inject himself again. “She already did. Over and over and over again” Jeremy responded with a smug look on his face.

“Yeah, right”

“You slept with Vicki Donovan? I mean, Vicki Donovan slept with you?” Caroline spoke up for the first time, a little louder than she intended with shock clear in her voice, but Tyler still wasn’t buying it “There’s no way”.

“And I didn’t even have to force her into it”.

“What the hell is he talking about, Ty?” Matt asked, getting pissed off about what Jeremy was implying. “Nothing, man, just ignore him, he’s a punk”. Matt didn’t have time to deal with this feud over his sister, he had to find her.

“You know what, how about all of you shut up and help me find my sister”.

“I’ll check the square” Bonnie was the first to volunteer after having to listen to these guy’s dumb bickering and walked out of the grill.

Matt nodded gratefully “I’ll check the back”.

“I’ll come with you” Jeremy said, but Elena was already pulling him by the collar “Oh, no, no, no. You are coming with me” she said, ready to give him an earful.


Street

Stefan’s POV

I was headed back to the grill when I saw Bonnie heading in my direction “Bon” I called out to her and she turned her head to look at me, she looked worried about something. When she saw me she ran over “Stefan, hey. Where were you?” she asked. I was about to answer her when she held up a hand “Later. Right now we’re looking for Vicki Donovan” she said dragging me towards the square. She was missing again? Someone should really put a bell on that girl.

I grabbed Bonnie’s arm making her stop as I heard a girl scream “What is it?” she asked confused, but I was busy listening to Damon and Vicki’s voices.

“You really have to stop screaming” I heard Damon say.

“No, please, stop. Don’t…”

“Shh. I got you…”

“Damon’s got her on the roof” I said and she gave me a shocked look mixed with confusion before she looked up trying to find them herself.

“What?! Oh my gosh, Stefan. Can you hear them?” she asked a little frantic and I nodded “I’m gonna go get her, okay? Wait for me at the grill” I said about to jump on the roof when she grabbed ahold of my arm.

“What, no?! Stefan from what you’ve told me, Damon is crazy. I am not letting you go up there by yourself!”

“I can’t let him find out that you exist, Bonnie!” I yelled at her, I wanted to get my point across and she wasn’t listening. I took a deep breath before calming down again “We don’t have time for this okay? Listen to me, if he finds out about you he could kill you just to hurt me and I can’t let that happened, come on we’ve been over this. Now let me do this, go back to the grill and I’ll be right back, I promise”.

She let out a frustrated sigh “Fine, but you better be careful Salvatore” she said shoving me a bit and I smiled at her before kissing her forehead “I’ll be right back”.

I jumped onto the roof in time to see Damon holding Vicki by the edge of the roof “No! No!” Vicki cried, clutching onto him for dear life.

“Shh, I’m not gonna drop you” Damon said against her hair, brushing it with his free hand before turning to me “Not bad. Have you been eating bunnies?”

“Let her go”.

“Shh. Really? Okay” he said nonchalantly, pulling Vicki closer to the edge.

“No!” she screamed, while I took a step closer “No, no, no!” I said trying to keep him from doing something stupid and he threw her at me instead.

“Ugh! Relax”.

“What’s happening?” Vicki asked me while her heart beat erratically and I looked up at Damon again “I don’t need her to be dead, but…you might” he said and grabbed her from my grasp, forcing her to look at him “What attacked you the other night?”

“I don’t know. An animal” she said scared to death. He was trying to undo the compulsion.

“Are you sure about that? Think. Think about it. Think really hard. What attacked you?”

“A vampire”.

“Who did this to you?”

“You did!” she screeched when she remembered what happened to her.
“Wrong!” he yelled at her and I finally caught on to what he was doing. “Don’t”

“It was Stefan”

“Don’t” I said a little louder, trying to get him to stop, but this was Damon and Bonnie was right about him. He was crazy. Damon grabbed Vicki on both sides of her head and compelled her “Stefan Salvatore did this to you”.

“Stefan Salvatore did this to me” she responded mechanically, the compulsion taking effect.

“He’s a vampire. A vicious, murderous monster”.

“Please, Damon. Please don’t do this” I begged him.

“If you couldn’t fix it before, I don’t know what you can do now” Damon pulled of Vicki’s bandage and throws her to me again “Aah!” she screamed while I tried to control the bloodlust.

“Ugh! Your choice of lifestyle has made you weak. A couple of vampire parlor tricks is nothing compared to the power that you could have, that you now need. But you can change that. Human blood gives you that” he taunted me as I tried keep myself from biting into her neck.

“No!” the girl in my arms screamed.

“You have two choices. You can feed and make her forget. Or you can let her run, screaming ‘vampire’ through the town square”.

“That’s what this is about? You want to expose me?” I asked finally able to think straight enough to push her away from me.

“No! I want you to remember who you are!” Damon’s voice boomed throughout the rooftop. He was getting frustrated.

“Why? So what, so I’ll feed? So I’ll kill? So I’ll remember what it’s like to be brothers again? You know what, let her go. Let her tell everyone that vampires have returned to Mystic Falls. Let them chain me up, and let them drive a stake through my heart, because at least I’ll be free of you” I called his bluff, I was so sick and tired of his shit!

“Huh. Huh. Wow. Come here, sweetheart” he said reaching for the girl again as she tried to squirm away from him “No!”

“It’s okay” He said and whispered something into her ear. I watched her physically calm down before she turned around with a confused look on her face “What happened? Where am I? Oh, I ripped my stitches open. Ugh…” she said touching her wound.

“You okay?” I asked making sure she was really okay.

“I took some pills, man. I’m good” she said before leaving to go back to the grill. I watched her as she left to make sure she was gone before I heard Damon let out a content sigh “It’s good to be home. Think I might stay a while. This town could use a bit of a wake-up call, don’t you think? Anyway, it was good catching up little brother. Give Elena my best”.


Inside The Grill

Bonnie’s POV

It’s been over fifteen minutes since I left Stefan to go face his psycho brother and I was starting to get antsy just sitting here waiting. I should have never let him talk me into coming back here “Ugh, it’s just so much drama. Ever notice how the druggies are the biggest attention whores?” Caroline asked from beside me as she nodded towards Vicki who walked through the door and was immediately drawn into a hug by Matt and I let myself relax a little bit.  “Bonnie, are you even listening to me?”

“Uh, yeah” I said distracted and could practically feel Caroline roll her eyes at me.

Matt was busy helping Vicki with her Bandage when I saw Stefan walk through the door “She said you found her wandering around”  I heard Matt say and Stefan nodded “So, um, thanks” he said and Stefan nodded again before his eyes searched the room until he spotted Caroline and I seated at one of the tables. I got up from my seat as he got closer and gave him a tight hug, letting myself relax in his arms before pulling away again and shoving his shoulder “You really need to stop doing that” he said grabbing my wrist and dropping it.

I took a seat again “Now that you found Vicki, tell us what happened with Elena”.

“Wait so she told him?” Caroline asked, her interest peaked and I shake my head. “Well if she didn’t tell him then what happened?”

“This one totally blabbed”

“Stefan!” I yelled smacking his shoulder while he laughed along with Caroline “I did not blab, but I will admit that I meddled just a little bit”.

“Okay well how did it go?” Caroline asked Stefan, who shook his head.

“What did you do?” I asked sitting up straight in my chair and giving him a serious look.

“I didn’t do anything. I tried, but in a nutshell she told me that the timing wasn’t right”.

“Then you try again, Stefan” I said. Urgh these people need to work with me. I dug into my bag for a pen and paper “Look, here’s her number” I said writing it down “She’s big on texting, and you can tell her…‘I said so’” I handed him the piece of paper, our fingers touching, when I saw something. I pulled away quickly, feeling scared for him for some reason before concealing my fear so he wouldn’t worry about me. We can deal with what I saw tomorrow.

“You okay, B?” he asked with a worried look on his face as he placed a hand on my shoulder.

“Oh no, we are not changing the subject, Salvatore” I said drawing the attention away from myself “We’ll talk tomorrow, don’t worry. Now go” I said basically pulling him out of the chair and towards the door.

“This is going to be your thing now, isn’t it?” Caroline asked as I sat down again, referring to the visions.


Gilbert Residence

Elena’s POV

I walked into Jeremy’s room to find Jenna snooping around “What are you doing?” I asked her, a little suspicious.

“I’ve become my worst nightmare” She said rummaging through one of his shoes “The authority figure who has to violate a 15 year old’s privacy. Jackpot” she said finding his stash “I see the hiding places haven’t gotten any more creative”.

“What brought this on?” I asked, not blaming her. To be honest I was probably going to do it myself eventually.

“Your ass-hat of a history teacher shamed me good yesterday”.

“You got tannered. Been there” I nodded in understanding, her behavior finally making sense.

“Discover the impossible, Ms. Sommers” she said imitating him, which was pretty good. “Got it. Thanks. Like I didn’t know I was screwing up”.

“You’re not screwing up, Aunt Jenna”.

“Yes, I am. You know why? Because I’m not her. She made everything look so easy. You know, high school, marriage, having you” she said referring to my mother, Aunt Jenna felt like she needed to fill my mother’s shoes, but she really didn’t “I can’t do it. I’m gonna say or do the wrong thing, and he’s gonna get worse, and it’s gonna be my fault. It’s impossible”.

“This is just the fear talking. You’re a little scared, that’s all. We all are” I said finally realizing that’s what I was being with Stefan, scared, well not anymore “I have to go do something. But are you going to be okay?” I asked and she just waved me off so I quickly headed for the door.


Mystic Grill

General POV

Caroline was walking to her car when she heard something and stopped. She continued her trek to her car when she didn’t see anything and dropped her keys trying to open her car. She picked them up and saw Damon in front of her as she was standing up again. “Oh…whoa”.

“Sorry. Didn’t mean to scare you” Damon smirked at her.

“No, it’s fine. Um…I was hoping I’d see you again”.

“I know”

“Cocky much?” she snorted with a raised brow.

“Very much” he said with a smug smile on his face.


Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan’s POV

I didn’t go see Elena, and I didn’t text her either. I know Bonnie said I should, but I was too wound up from the events of tonight and I couldn’t stop worrying about her. I know she saw something, I just had to wait for her to tell me what it was tomorrow. It doesn’t really matter that I didn’t go see her, right? I mean, if it’s meant to happen then it will and I’ll just have to face Bonnie’s wrath tomorrow.

I was about to head up to my room when I heard a knock on the front door and went to open it “Hi” I said as I saw Elena standing on the other side. Was this a sign?

“Hey”

“Would you like to come in?”

“The comet’s actually this way” she said pointing to the opposite direction and walking backwards until she sat down on the porch and I followed after her. “Sorry for barging in. Especially after earlier”.

“No, no. I’m glad you’re here. The way we left things…I didn’t like it” I said and I didn’t, I really felt bad for just letting her go like that. My feelings were all over the place, but her being here means something right? Maybe Bonnie was right, I just need to try again.

“See, the thing is, I got home tonight planning on doing what I always do, write in my diary, like I have been since my mom gave me one when I was ten. It’s where I get everything out, everything I’m feeling. It all goes in this little book that I hide behind this really hideous ceramic mermaid” she said before turning to look at me “But then I realized that I’d just be writing things that I should probably be telling you”.

“What would you write?” I asked curious, I was getting lost in her eyes again.

“I would write…’Dear diary, today I convinced myself it was okay to give up. Don’t take risks. Stick to the status quo. No drama, now is just not the time. But my reasons aren’t reasons, they’re excuses. All I’m doing is hiding from the truth, and the truth is that…’ I’m scared, Stefan. I’m scared that if I let myself be happy for even a moment that…the world’s just going to come crashing down, and I…don’t know if I can survive that”.

Since I’ve been back I haven’t really thought about a relationship with Elena, at first all I saw was Katherine’s lookalike and then I saw my best friend’s friend, with her own quirky qualities which made me even more attracted to her, but right now, this is the first time I’m seeing Elena for who she is and the more I look at her right now and the more I talk to her, the more I want to be with her.

“Do you want to know what I would right? ‘I met a girl who I found more and more amazing every time I talked to her. She isn’t like anyone I’ve ever met and I guess that’s what makes me want to get to know her so much. I just hope she’ll let me’” I said leaning closer to her until our lips touched, and we were kissing.


Forbes Residence

General POV

Damon was kissing Caroline’s stomach when all of a sudden his face transformed and he bit her, making her scream.

“Ahh!”

 

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Forbes Residence

General POV

Caroline woke up praying that the events of last night were nothing more than a nightmare, that she didn’t see Damon’s face change in front of her eyes before he fed on her. Her heart sank to her stomach and fear crept in when she turned her head and saw her pillow covered in blood. She looked up and saw Damon sleeping next to her and she couldn’t get out of the bed fast enough. She tried to leave the room, but Damon woke up and saw her.

“Good Morning” he said with a sinister smile on his face, making her jump at the sound of his voice and turn around as she started to cry hysterically, wondering how she got herself into this situation.

“Please…Don’t!”

“Don’t do that. Ah, ah, ah, ah” He said calmly as he sat up, but she didn’t calm down and she grabbed the closest thing she could find, which was her lamp, and threw it at him.

“No! No! No! Get away from me! No!” she screamed in a panic and tossed the pillow covered in blood at him as well, which Damon caught easily.

“This could have gone a completely different way” he smelt the pillow and his face began to change before attacking Caroline again.


 

Mystic Falls High

Stefan’s POV

Bonnie and I walked from the parking lot and onto the school grounds while I told her about what happened with Damon the night before. I was busy telling her that Damon decided to stick around town which meant we had to be extra careful when “How long am I going to have to pretend to listen to you before you tell me what happened with Elena? You know, I had to convince her to get a ride from Aunt Jenna just so we could talk about it” she said impatiently, with an annoyed look in her eyes.

“Bonnie, this is important”.

“I know, Stefan, but we’ve been talking about it since you got to my house this morning so can we please lay it to rest for a bit?” she asked giving me her best puppy dog eyes. She grinned when I sighed, knowing I couldn’t say no to her. “Okay spill”.

“Only if you promise to tell me what you saw last night” I said trying to compromise with her and she lifted her right hand and used her index finger to make a cross sign over her heart. That made me smile fondly at her, she hasn’t done that in a while. It was her way of making a promise.

“Okay, well she came over last night and we talked for a while. She told me her fears and I tried to reassure her that everything would work out, and then we kissed”. She started jumping up and down, clapping her hands while she giggled excitedly “Aww, that’s so sweet! How was the kiss?” she asked and I actually feared that if her grin got any wider she’d break her face.

“It was fine, Bonnie. I don’t know, it was cool I liked it” I said, not sure what she wanted me to say.

“You suck at detail, Salvatore, but lucky for you I’m best friends with both of you so I’ll just ask her” she said and I rolled my eyes wondering why she didn’t just do that in the first place.

“Your turn” I said crossing my arms over my chest and she stopped walking then, her face turning serious again and I almost regretted bringing it up because I wanted to see that smile again.

“It wasn’t clear like a picture. When I touched you, it was a feeling. And it vibrated through me, and it was cold, and it…”

“What?” I asked, grabbing a hold of her arm, encouraging her to finish what she was saying.

“It was death. It’s what I imagine death to be like” She said taking a deep breath before she continued “I felt your death, Stefan”.

Her powers were getting stronger and it was killing me to not be able to help her, but Sheila told me once that when the time came she’d have to get there on her own.

I must of been quiet for a long time because she looked at me with fear, her green eyes sparkling with unshed tears “You don’t really think that I could be a witch, do you?” she asked her eyes pleading for me to tell her that she was just being paranoid and that this was just something that would pass, but I couldn’t do that as much as I wanted to take away her fear and worry, I couldn’t lie to her anymore.

“Anything’s possible, Bunny, maybe it’s time you started believing that too” I said as I let go of her arm.

“Hey guys” I heard Elena’s voice say from behind us and Bonnie immediately plastered a smile on her face which I could tell wasn’t genuine, but Elena didn’t seem to notice.

“Hey, Lena” Bonnie said giving her a hug which Elena returned before she pulled away. Elena looked up at me, her eyes sparkling as she greeted me fondly “Hey Stefan” she said kissing my cheek and hugging me, but I couldn’t get into it as I looked over her shoulder and saw Bonnie fidling with her fingers. She gave me a weak smile when she caught me, but I couldn’t bring myself to return it.

Elena pulled away from me and just looked at me. “I’m going to leave you guys alone” Bonnie said, catching Elena’s attention “You don’t have to leave”.

“I know, but I have a feeling you guys are going to get all touchy feely and I don’t want to be around when that happens so I’ll see you guys in class” she said before walking towards the school building.

Elena turned to me with a bright smile on her face as she took both my hands in hers, intertwining our fingers “What were you two talking about?”

“You” I said without hesitation, and it wasn’t a lie we did talk about her and her face lit up at my response “Good answer, Mr. Salvatore” she said planting a chaste kiss on my lips and for some reason I chose to ignore, it felt different.

“So I’ve never really seen you and Bonnie interact with each other as friends, so I was thinking the three of us could have dinner tonight” she said as we continued walking towards the building Bonnie disappeared into a few minutes ago, our hands still intertwined.

“Sounds like a plan”.

I saw Matt and Tyler throwing a football around and quickly reminded myself that his sister was fine, and that any reservations he had about me were now water under the bridge.

“Look…there’s Elena and her new boyfriend. Now, what are they doing? Oh, they’re walking, walking. Yep. Right into the sunset” I heard Tyler tell Matt, making me question the kind of friend he was exactly.

“You’re a dick”.

“While you just stand there looking like one of those little yard trolls”.

“Gnomes” Matt corrected him.

“Okay so dinner is going to be at eight” Elena was saying, drawing my attention back to her.

“No problem” I said listening to Matt and Tyler again. The guy was sketchy and seemed to have a bad boy streak.

“Hey, what am I supposed to do, Ty? She made her choice”.

“Let her know she made the wrong one” Tyler said catching the football.

“What are you doing? Ty, don’t. Ty, don’t! Ty!” I heard Matt try to stop his friend from doing something stupid, but it was already too late and I heard the football fly through the air heading straight towards me. I quickly turned around and caught the ball before it could hit me and I threw it back at Tyler with a little more strength than necessary, shocking both of them while Elena laughed beside me.

“That throw was insane. I didn’t know you played football” she said as we walked inside the school building.

“I used to. It was a long time ago”

“So why don’t you try out for the team?”

“Yeah, I don’t think so” I wasn’t about to join a team where two of its players already hated me.

“So you don’t like football?”

“No, I love football. I think it’s a great sport. But in this case, I don’t think football likes me. You saw Tyler over there, and we both know how Matt feels”.

“They don’t know you. To them, you’re mysterious loner guy. Wouldn’t hurt to be part of something. Make some friends”.

“I have friends” I said a little offended.

“You have a friend, singular, as in one. Couldn’t hurt to make more”.

“Hmm…I don’t think my one friend is gonna like the competition” and if I’m being completely honest I was just boosting my own ego. Bonnie would probably love it if I made more friends, but I don’t know, I guess I liked that it was just the two of us against the world.


 

In history class I kept looking at Bonnie as she wrote numbers in her book “8”, “14”, “22”, tracing over them over and over again as if she was in a trance and I couldn’t help but be worried again. Something bad was going to happened and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to stop it.

“World War II ended in…Anyone got anything? Miss Juan? 1945” I heard Mr. Tanner answer his own question, but kept my eyes on my slouched over best friend before Elena whispered to me, drawing my attention “Psst. FYI…Our team sucks. They could use you”.

“Can’t”

“Pearl Harbor” Mr. Tanner said in the background, but I continued to whisper to Elena. “I’m a loner”.

“Miss Gilbert?”

“Hmm?” she asked turning to the teacher again “Pearl Harbor?”

“Um…”

“December 7, 1941” I said deciding to save my girlfriend from our jerk of a teacher.

“Thank you, Miss Gilbert” He said making the rest of the class chuckles “Anytime”.

“Very well. The fall of the Berlin wall” he was challenging me.

“1989. I’m good with dates, sir”

“Are you? How good? Keep it to the year. Civil Rights Act.”

“1964”

“John F. Kennedy assassination”.

“1963” I said, the rest of the class seeming interested in how far this would go.

“Martin Luther King”

“‘68”

“Lincoln”

“1865”

“Roe vs. Wade”

“1973”

“Brown vs. Board”

“1954”

“The battle of Gettysburg”

“1863”

“Korean War”

“1950 to 1953”

“Ha! It ended in ‘52” he said loudly, he seemed proud of himself, even though he was wrong. “Uh, actually, sir, it was ‘53” I corrected him and he looked uncertain for a moment.

“Look it up, somebody. Quickly” he said and one of the students took out their phone and searched the date “It was 19…53” the person said and I couldn’t help the smug look on my face as I looked up at Mr. Tanner. He didn’t seem too happy as he looked back at me before he turned around, heading to his desk as the bell rang. I turned my head towards Bonnie who, even after all the commotion, was still slouched over her desk tracing over the numbers “8”, “14”, “22”.


 

Football Field

General POV

After school the team was on the football field practicing for the game on Friday “Nice job! Nice job!” Matt said motivating his team.

Mr. Tanner, who was also the football couch, watched the boys play. He wasn’t really satisfied with their form and just hoped they didn’t get their asses kicked in Friday’s game, but he was getting frustrated with them “Mr. Lockwood, is there anything you’re good at? ‘Cause it isn’t history, and it sure as hell isn’t defending the ball!”

“Yes, coach”

“Now do it again!”

Stefan was sitting at the bleachers watching the football team practice and contemplating whether he should actually try out for the team, while the cheerleaders were on the other side of the field warming up. Bonnie was stretching when she saw Elena approach her and couldn’t help but be happy that her friend came to practice.

“Oh, my gosh! You’re here!” she said jumping up and giving Elena a warm hug.

“Yep. I can’t be sad girl forever” Elena said pulling away from her “The only way to get things back to the way they were are to do things that were. Oh, and you’re coming to dinner tonight”.

“I am?”

“Mm-hmm. You, me and Stefan are hanging out”.

“Oh that’s cool. Um, have you seen Caroline? I texted her like a hundred times” Bonnie said a little worried. Caroline didn’t show up to school and she hadn’t arrived for practice yet, which for Caroline was odd because she’s usually one of the first people there.

“I haven’t”.

Stefan finally got up to go talk to Mr. Tanner about joining the football team, but the man was giving him a hard time “Varsity trials were last spring, Mr. Salvatore” he said, not looking away from the field.

“I wasn’t here then, sir”.

“And you’re not here now, as far as I’m concerned”.

“Mr. Tanner, I realize that you and I didn’t get off to the best start, and I want to apologize for that. I’ve played football before. Wide receiver, mostly, and I’m pretty good” He said trying to reason with the coach.

“Well, I won’t be asking you who won the super bowl in ‘71”.

“’71 was the-” he started, but cut himself off when he saw the glare his teacher gave him “Sorry. I…I understand that, sir”.

“Just to see you get knocked on your ass. Borrow some gear. Go! Before I change my mind” he said and Stefan went off in search of football gear “Let’s run it again!”

“First my girlfriend, now my team?” Matt said from beside Tyler after they heard the conversation between Tanner and Stefan. “Dude, this is an opportunity. Football’s a contact sport. Sometimes people get hurt” he said patting his friend’s back “Whoo! Ha ha! He yelled before running onto the field again.

At the cheerleader’s practice Bonnie was getting anxious, Caroline still hadn’t shown up “Seriously, where is Caroline?” she asked, frustrated.

“I don’t know. It’s not like her”.

“I’ll try her again” Bonnie said pulling out her phone to dial her again when Caroline arrived in Damon’s car. They watched as she kissed him, cringing a little bit “Is that…?”

“Yep, Damon Salvatore” Elena answered her friend’s unfinished question.

“Oh, my gosh. He must be the mystery guy from the grill” Bonnie said in realization as Caroline approached them “I got the other brother. Hope you don’t mind” she said to Elena who seemed to not know how to respond to that.

“Sorry I’m late, girls. I, uh, was busy. All right, let’s start with the double pike herkey hurdler, what do you say? She said in an authoritative tone as the girls got into their positions “And 5 6 7 8, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8. Elena, sweetie, why don’t you just observe today? Okay?” she asked in a fake sweet tone and Elena stepped away from the group to stand to the side. “Keep going! Okay. Do it again from the top. And 5 6 7 8, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8”.

Elena turned towards the football field, a smile creeping its way to her lips as she saw Stefan on the field. Deciding to watch him instead she made her way towards the bleachers to get a better view.

“Blue lady! Blue lady! Set, hut!” Matt said making the play “Go! Come on Tyler, cover it! Let’s do it”.

“Get it” Tanner yelled.

“Line up!” Elena heard Matt yell as she continued to watch her boyfriend, thinking how well he was doing.

“You don’t get to walk on the field and act like you own the place after five minutes. Just hang one up there and I’ll take care of the rest” Tyler said while Stefan listened in to their conversation.

“Do it again” Tanner said and Matt gathered his team together “All right, let’s huddle up. Set, hut!” They broke apart and Tyler threw the ball, hitting Stefan hard with it “Oh! Whoo! Welcome to the team, buddy”.

“You gonna live, Salvatore?” Coach Tanner asked him.

“Yeah”

“Walk it off, son”.

Matt approached them “Hey. That was my bad”.

“It’s all right”

“Yeah”

“All right”

Stefan watched them walk further onto the field before looking down at his broken finger and popping it back into place.


 

Gilbert Residence

General POV

Bonnie and Elena were in the kitchen preparing dinner while they waited for Stefan to arrive and Bonnie was busy telling Elena about her psychic abilities, but her best friend was skeptical.

“You explain it. Last night, I’m watching Nine-o, a commercial break comes on and I’m like, I bet it’s that phone commercial. And sure enough, it’s that guy and the girl with the bench, he flies to Paris and he flies back. They take a picture”.

“Oh, come on. That commercial’s on a constant loop” Elena countered.

“Fine. Well, how about this? Today I’m obsessed with numbers. Three numbers. I keep seeing 8, 14 and 22. How weird is that?”

“Maybe we should play the lottery” Elena joked and Bonnie just gave her a ‘be serious’ look “Have you talked to your Grams?” and Bonnie sighed deeply at that “She’s just gonna say it’s because I’m a witch. I don’t want to be a witch. Do you want to be a witch?”

“I don’t want to be a witch” she said as she poured the to-go food into the bowl.

“And putting it in a nice bowl isn’t fooling anybody”.

“Okay, serving spoons. Where are the serving spoons?”

“Middle drawer on your left” Bonnie said and Elena opened the drawer finding the spoons inside.

“Okay, so you’ve been in this kitchen like a thousand times” she said taking them out and Bonnie gave her a bored look “Yeah, that’s it” she said as the doorbell rings and Elena goes to open the door for Stefan.

“Birthday candles” Bonnie said before opening the drawer in front of her and finds the birthday candles inside.

“Bon, Stefan’s here” Elena called out to her and Bonnie took the bowls of food and headed to the dining room.

They were busy eating and laughing together when the doorbell rang again “I wonder who that could be” Elena said getting up from the table to go open the door while Bonnie and Stefan exchanged confused looks.

“Surprise! Bonnie said you were doing dinner, so we brought dessert” They heard Caroline voice say from where they were sitting and Stefan gave her a disapproving look “I was just making conversation, I didn’t think she’d take it as an invitation” Bonnie whisper shouted at him and he just sighed before getting up to go join Elena at the door “What are you doing here?” he asked looking at his brother.

“Waiting for Elena to invite me in” Damon responded looking at the girl in question “Oh, yeah, you can-”

“No, no, no. He can’t, uh…he can’t stay. Can you, Damon?” Stefan asked cutting Elena off, but Damon just smiled at the two of them until Elena sighed “It’s fine. Just come on in”.

“You have a beautiful home, Elena” Damon said as he crossed the threshold and walked into the house.

“Thank you”.

After an awkward dinner Elena went to the kitchen to clean up when Damon came in with more dishes “One more” he said and Elena thanked him. He stayed to help her out around the kitchen and was busy handing her a dirty glass when it accidently fell, but Damon quickly caught it “Nice save” she said giggling a little.

“I like you. You know how to laugh. And you make Stefan smile, which is something I haven’t seen in a very long time”.

“Earlier, did you mean…Katherine?” she finally asked the question she’s been dying to know the answer to since he brought up people him and Stefan lost during dinner.

“Mm-hmm”

“How did she die?”

“In a fire. Tragic fire” he said and Elena could see the haunted look on his face.

“Recently?”

“It seems like it was yesterday”.

“What was she like?”

“She was beautiful. A lot like you in that department. She was also very complicated and selfish and at times not very kind, but very sexy and seductive” Damon said with a fond look on his face and Elena knew right then that he loved her.

“So which one of you dated her first?”

“Nicely deduced. Ask Stefan. I’m sure his answer differs from mine. I’d quit cheerleading if I were you” It clearly wasn’t who she was anymore and pretending it was wouldn’t help.

“Why do you say that?”

“Oh, I saw you at practice. You looked miserable”.

“You saw that?”

“Am I wrong?”

“I used to love it. It was fun. Things are different this year. Everything that used to matter doesn’t anymore”.

“So don’t let it. Quit, move on. Problem solved. Ta-da”.

“Some things could matter again”.

“Maybe. But…seems a little unrealistic to me”.

“I’m sorry. About Katherine. You lost her too” she said feeling the need to apologize to him for the past when Bonnie walked in. Damon knew she was Emily’s descendant, the resemblance was there, but what he couldn’t put his finger on was what she and Stefan were hiding exactly.

He wasn’t an idiot, he knew things were going to be awkward when he arrived with Caroline, he even knew that his brother would be all broody and upset the whole night, but what he didn’t know was why he didn’t interact with the witch at all. It was almost as if he was purposefully trying to act like she wasn’t even there and vice versa. You’d think she’d be the one he would be talking to the most since she was Elena’s best friend and he’d want her approval.

“Hey, need some help?” she asked Elena, but Damon responded instead “Sure, why not?”

Bonnie walked further into the kitchen avoiding eye contact with Damon as she wiped down the counter “So, what are you to Stefan?” Damon asked, cutting to the chase and Bonnie froze for a second before seeming unfazed by the question, but Damon already saw it.

“I just met Stefan” she said still looking down at the counter she was cleaning and Damon scoffed. “If you said that a little more convincingly maybe I’d believe you” he said before walking out of the kitchen.

Once he was gone Elena turned away from the dishes she was cleaning to look at Bonnie “Why’d you lie?” she asked confused.

“Because he’s bad news, and I don’t want him knowing a lot about me”.

“Looks like he saw right through it though” Elena said making Bonnie sigh “Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of”.

Damon walked into the living room to find Stefan asking Caroline to take off her scarf. It was obvious that Stefan found out that he was feeding on her and compelling her to forget, but Stefan wasn’t the only one who figured things out tonight. That witch knew about them, meaning his brother told her because they know each other and he trusted her with their secret.

He thinks back to a few years ago when he heard that Stefan had been living in Mystic falls, but by the time he thought to come back himself he heard he’d left again. He didn’t think much of it at the time, but maybe it had something to do with the girl in the kitchen, and not the one he thought of at first.

“What are you two kids talking about?” He asked as he took a seat across from his brother.

“I was just commenting on her scarf” Stefan said pointing at Caroline’s neck.

“Hmm. Hey, you know, um, Bonnie and Elena are finishing up the dishes. Why don’t you go see if you can help?”

“Does it look like I do dishes?”

“For me?” Damon said in a false sweet tone “Hmm…I don’t think so”.

Damon sighed in frustration before compelling her “Go see if Elena needs help in the kitchen”.

“You know what? I’m gonna go see if Elena needs some help in the kitchen”.

“Great”.

Once she was gone Stefan gave his brother a disapproving look “They are people, Damon. She’s not a puppet. She doesn’t exist for your amusement, for you to feed on whenever you want to”.

“Sure she does. They all do. They’re whatever I want them to be. They’re mine for the taking”.

“All right, you’ve had your fun. You used Caroline, you got to meet Elena, good for you. Now it’s time for you to go”.

“Mmm, but that’s not who you really want to keep away from me, is it brother?”

“What are you talking about?”

“I’m talking about Bon-bon” he said with a sly smile while Stefan tried to keep a disinterested expression.

“I just met her”.

“You know, that’s exactly what she said, she wasn’t that convincing either, but she knows about us doesn’t she?” he asked rhetorically before continuing “You can try to deny it, but I already know I’m right. My question though is why? Why try so hard to keep her from me. Elena isn’t the reason you came back, is she? Our little Bon-bon is”.

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Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan’s POV

We all headed home after dinner and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what Damon said to me. He knew. He found out about the one person I’ve been trying so hard to keep him from and now Bonnie had a target on her back and it was all my fault. I was busy writing down the events of tonight in my journal when I heard a knock on the front door before Bonnie’s voice filled my ears when Zach opened the door. “Hey, Uncle Zach” I heard her greet my nephew “Bonnie, how are you?”

“I’m good, is he up there?” I heard her ask before she walked up the stairs. I closed my journal as my bedroom door opened to reveal my best friend.

“Hey, Bunny” I said waving her forward and she complied, taking off her shoes before getting onto the bed to give me a hug. It felt nice having her head on my chest as we laid there for a minute, not saying anything as her heartbeat soothed me, reminding me that she was still safe. She pulled away, too soon for my liking, and sat crisscrossed in front of me “Hey Salvatore, so that was awkward as hell, huh?” she said with a soft smile on her lips.

“Sorry I couldn’t keep you from Damon”.

“Hey that wasn’t your fault, you couldn’t have known he was going to show up like that” she said grabbing my hand and squeezing it.

“Yeah, but still-”

“Hey! You’re my protector” she said sternly “And I know you’ll protect me. I trust you, Stefan” she said so sincerely that I couldn’t help, but lift the hand holding mine up to my lips and kissing it softly before dropping it again.

“Okay, so if you didn’t come here to tell me I suck at my job then why are you here?” I asked feeling a little better.

“Cause I wanted to be the first to see you in your new gear, Mr. Football Player” she said bouncing herself up and down on the bed and I couldn’t help, but chuckle at her antics “Move it, Salvatore we’re losing daylight here” she snapped her fingers at me, trying to get me to move faster and I got up from the bed and took my maroon and white jersey out of the wardrobe before taking off the shirt I wore to dinner and replacing it with my jersey.

The moment I turned around again Bonnie started whistling and catcalling that I just burst out laughing this time because she was really bad at it “Damn, if the girls weren’t after you before, they’ll be clawing their way to get to you now. I feel kinda bad for Elena” she said with a teasing smirk as I laid back on the bed again opening my arms up for her to come lay with me and she came and snuggled against me again as she whispered against my chest “We’re going to be just fine, Salvatore”.

I ran my hand through her curls, stroking them “Tell me what you saw” I finally spoke up softly after a long while and when she didn’t answer immediately I thought she may have fallen asleep and judging by the sound of her voice I think she was halfway there “I already told you this morning”.

“No, not that. I mean the numbers you kept writing in your book”.

“You saw that?”

Yeah, you seemed out of it in class”.

“I don’t know what it is, just keep seeing three numbers; 8 14 22, but I don’t know what they mean”.

I sighed stroking her hair again “That’s okay, we’ll figure it out together” I whispered into her hair before closing my eyes.


 

Game Night

General POV

Stefan and Bonnie were busy talking as they waited for Elena to get there. Bonnie was glad to see Stefan excited about the game. When she made the decision to go see him last night she knew he’d be brooding over the whole Damon thing, but she didn’t want him to feel guilty for her mistake so she decided to go cheer him up, and it worked. She still remembered the sound of his laughter and it made her heart swell that she got that out of him. “Hey you two” Elena’s voice broke Bonnie out of her thoughts and she turned to see Elena standing beside Stefan with a smile on her face, although there was something off about it or maybe she was just being paranoid.

“Hey, why aren’t you in uniform?” Bonnie asked as she took in Elena’s outfit.

“I quit. I’m a quitter”.

“No, hey, you’re not a quitter. You suffered a great loss. You’re not the same person” Stefan said looking down at her “You should be looking ahead. You should be starting over, okay?”

She nodded, grabbing ahold of his hand and Bonnie couldn’t help but stare at their intertwined hands before snapping out of it “Stefan’s right, stop trying to do something that clearly isn’t you anymore” she said avoiding Stefan’s eyes for some reason she didn’t understand yet as they heard Tanner’s voice through the speakers.

“Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Let’s be honest here, in the past we used to let other teams come into our town and roll right over us” he shouted as the crowd booed “But that is about to change” and the crowd cheered this time “We’ve got some great new talent tonight starting on the offense, and I’m going to tell you right now, it has been a long time since I have seen a kid like this with hands like these. Let’s give it up for Stefan Salvatore!”

“I’m up. See you guys after the game” Stefan said and headed towards Matt “You good?” Matt asked as he reached him.

“I’m good”.

“Listen, this week at practice I was a dick” Matt said owning up to what he did.

“Had your reasons”.

“No excuse” he said holding out his hand for Stefan to shake and he took it, shaking it firmly “Good luck tonight. We’re lucky to have you”.

Matt left him standing there and soon after Stefan heard clapping and turned to see his brother standing in the corner “Isn’t that nice? Stefan joins a team, makes a friend. It’s all so, ‘rah, rah, go team, yeah!” he said mockingly as he approached Stefan.

“Not tonight. I’m done with you”.

“Third wheeling your own girlfriend, Stefan? Not cool…so what were you and Bon-bon whispering about, huh?”

“None of your business, and leave her alone Damon” he said threateningly.

“That’s okay, I guess I’ll just have to seduce Elena instead. Or I could just…eat her”.

“No. You’re not gonna hurt her, Damon”.

“No?”

“Because deep down inside, there is a part of you that feels for her. I was worried that you had no humanity left inside you, that you may have actually become the monster that you pretend to be”.

“Who’s pretending?”

“Then kill me”.

“Well, I’m…I’m tempted”.

“No, you’re not. You’ve had lifetimes to do it, and yet, here I am. I’m still alive. And there you are. You’re still haunting me. After 145 years. Katherine is dead. And you hate me because you loved her, and you torture me because you still do. And that, my brother, is your humanity” Stefan finished his speech when he heard someone approaching them “Salvatore! What the hell? We’ve got a game to play!” Coach Tanner’s voice came through their ears.

“If that’s my humanity…then what’s this?” Damon spat in anger before speeding towards Tanner, killing him.

“No!”

“Anyone, anytime, any place” he growled before speeding off, leaving Stefan to stand there in shock before running off to go find Bonnie.

When he saw her standing with some of the other cheerleaders he sighed in relief, she was okay. She looked up when she felt eyes on her and saw the horror in Stefan’s eyes. She split from the group and walked up to him and grabbed a hold of his arm, with a concerned look in her eyes “Damon killed Tanner” he said lowly, his voice not sounding like his own.

“What?!” Bonnie asked in horror, as fear filled her very core “Show me” she whispered earnestly and he just nodded once before they heard Matt yell for help and they rushed to go see.

As they watched Tanner’s body being taken away, Bonnie looked at the scene. She saw the license plate ‘BLDG 8’, the immatriculation’s car is ‘FHT 14’ and on the ground, the number 22. Her blood ran cold at the realization that this is what her vision meant and shook uncontrollably as tears filled her eyes “Stefan” she breathed shakily, pointing at the scene before them and he saw what had her so terrified. He grabbed her shoulder pulling her against his chest as she cried, clutching onto him for dear life.

A while later, after Bonnie calmed down a little, they saw Elena “She doesn’t look too good, come on” he said before he grabbed her hand and lead her to where Elena was standing, in the parking lot.

“What kind of animal could be doing all this? Why would it come out of the woods and attack someone in the middle of town?” Elena asked in fear as Bonnie and Stefan got to her.

“I don’t know. I don’t know” Stefan responded hugging her.

“Take her home, Stefan” Bonnie said from behind them “What about you?” he asked letting go of Elena. He didn’t want to leave her alone, especially after what Damon just did. He was unpredictable right now.

“I’m going to get in my car right now. I have to go see grams” she said and he understood what she meant and nodded. He watched her leave before he got into his own car and took Elena home.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan’s POV

I thought there was hope that somewhere deep inside, something in Damon was still human, normal. But I was wrong. There’s nothing human left in Damon. No good, no kindness. No love. Only a monster who must be stopped.

Chapter Text

Bennett Household

General POV

Stefan was standing on the street in front of Bonnie’s house when he heard a scream coming from inside and took off towards the house because he’d recognize that scream anywhere. He yanked the door open, removing it from its hinges and saw Bonnie standing in the hallway with blood dripping from her neck while Damon held her against him with his hand around her neck and her blood dripping down the side of his mouth.

Damon flashed his fangs at him “Hello, Brother” he said with a sinister smile on his face. Stefan’s face changed instantly as he was filled with rage and charged at his brother only to be stopped by an invisible barrier “Why can’t I get in?” he whispered to himself before looking at his best friend as she got weaker and weaker. He tried pushing against the barrier again and again to no avail “Bonnie!” he yelled, trying to get her attention while she tried to keep her eyes open so she could look at him and saw the absolute pain in his eyes “I’m okay, Stefan” she tried to reassure him, her voice barely audible as tears rolled down her cheeks and his own eyes filled with tears. He failed her, all he had to do was keep her safe and he couldn’t do that and now she was dying right in front of his eyes. He pushed at the barrier again with his vampire speed, trying again as he cried in agony because every time he couldn’t get through he lost a peace of himself at the realization that he couldn’t save her.

“Damon, Damon!” he growled at his brother, the urgency clear in his own ears “Damon don’t do this, please. PLEASE!” his voiced boomed as he slammed his hand against the barrier and Damon just looked at him with a vacant expression “You made a mistake, Stefan. I have no humanity” he sneered before twisting her neck and dropping her lifeless body to the floor.


Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan woke up with a start, breathing heavily as he took in his surroundings. He took a deep breath when he realized he was in his room and wiped the tears that escaped his eyes from his dream.

“Bad dream? Do you know how easy it was to get into your head just now? You really need some human blood. It might even the playing field. Football reference. Too soon” Damon said in false innocence from the foot of his bed and Stefan grabbed the knife on his night stand and threw it at him, hitting him in the stomach.

Damon groaned at the impact before taking the knife out and wiping off the blood “All right, I deserved that. But I just wanted to let you know, they caught the culprit. The animal responsible for killing coach Tanner and all those people”.

“What are you talking about?” Stefan asked rubbing his eyes and trying to get his mind off that dream. He got out of the bed and put a t-shirt on as he faced his brother.

“It was a mountain lion. Really big one. It attacked a hunter this morning. It’s all over the news. ‘Deadly beast captured. All’s well in Mystic falls’”.

“Why would you cover your tracks?”

“I’ve decided to stay a while. And I’m just having way too much fun here” he said before stabbing Stefan in the stomach. “Aah!” Stefan yelled out in pain as he dropped to the floor.

“This is John Varvatos, dude. Dick move” he said showing him his ruined t-shirt before he walked out the door. Stefan removed the knife from his stomach and dropped it to the floor before reaching for his journal as he watched the news “I can confirm that a 12-foot puma mountain lion attacked a hunter and was subsequently shot and killed. The hunter is in stable condition” Sheriff Forbes was saying as Stefan wrote in his Journal.

The real animal is still out there, waiting for me, challenging me to fight back, to stop him. But how do I stop a monster without becoming one myself?


 Mystic Grill

Matt was sitting at the bar filing out a job application when someone walked over to him from the other side of the bar and placed a tray of glasses down on the counter “Matt Donovan. What do you know?” The man said, making Matt look up from his application. Matt smiled when he recognized the guy before him, “Ben McKittrick. What’s up, man?” he said shaking hands with him. Ben used to be the star quarterback of Mystic Falls High School for three years straight before he graduated and moved away after getting a football scholarship.

“Rough season, bud”.

“Yeah. It’s kind of hard to recover when you have to forfeit half your games” Matt said sympathetically and Ben smiled before changing the subject “You gonna be working here?”

“Yep, following in your footsteps, minus the state championship” The team was having a hard time dealing with coach Tanner’s death and Matt was still trying to get used to Stefan being on the team. Ben sighed when he saw his mood change. “Hey I heard about what happened to coach Tanner. I’m really sorry, man”.

“Yeah it really hit the team hard, I don’t know how we’re gonna go on the rest of the season” he said and Ben placed a hand on his shoulder in comfort. “It’s going to be okay, man”.

“Yeah”.

“So what’s the plan? Cook line?”

“Busboy”.

Bonnie was sitting at another table running the events of last night over in her mind. Tanner was dead, Damon killed him. What kind of person does that without any remorse? The sound of her phone buzzing in her pocket snapped her out of her thoughts and she pulled it out to see a text from Stefan.

Where are you?

At the grill, why? Did something happened?

At this point she wouldn’t be surprised if it did, everything seemed to be going wrong ever since Damon showed up and it made her understand more and more why Stefan left to keep him from coming here.

No, I just want to see you. Stay there, okay?

And there’s that feeling again, the same one she felt yesterday when she was with him. The one that made her feel like her heart was swelling up.

No problem, Salvatore.

She stared at her phone for a while after that, just looking at the last text he sent her until she heard someone talking to her. “I’m sorry, what?” she said looking up, coming face to face with Ben McKittrick. She always thought he was gorgeous and she used to have a crush on him back when he was still in high school, but he was an older guy and never noticed her; story of her life and looking at him now he still had the same effect on her.

“I just asked if you’re okay. You’ve been in a daze since you walked in here, Bonnie”.

“Wait. You remember me?” she asked surprised, her voice going high. Her face burnt hot from the embarrassment and thanked God in heaven that he couldn’t see her blush. “I didn’t graduate that long ago. You’re making me feel old” he said with a chuckle.

“No, sorry. I didn’t…I didn’t mean that. I just-I didn’t know you knew me” she stuttered, struggling to get the words out and he just smiled at her, making her breath catch in her throat “I always know a pretty face” he said seductively before walking away and now her ears burnt for a completely different reason.


 Salvatore Boarding House

Zach headed to Stefan’s room to talk to him about the whole Damon situation. When he walked through the door of his room he was taken aback when he saw Damon instead, going through Stefan’s stuff. Zach’s always been scared of Damon, of what he would do when pushed to his limit. They already saw a glimpse of it last night when he killed Tanner for no reason and he didn’t want to give him a chance to do it again, which is why he needed to speak to Stefan.

“I didn’t know you were here” he said cautiously while stepping into the room. “Just going through Stefan’s homework. Boy, this country sure has dumbed down in the last hundred years. Why he wants to go to high school is beyond me. I mean, in the seventies, he went Ivy League. Harvard, I understood. Actually, no I didn’t get that either” he said reconsidering what he just said. “Go ahead, purge. Get it out. What’s on your mind” Damon continued going through his brother’s things, not really paying Zach any mind.

“Why are you here, Damon?”

“To spend time with you, Zach. Family’s important” he said turning around to face him.

“I know you. You always have a motive. So tell me, what is it this time?” He asked and Damon used his vampire speed to get in his face, grabbing Zach by the throat “You are in no position to question me” Damon sneered “I didn’t mean to upset you” Zach said, his voice shaking a little bit.

“What’s going on?” They turned to the sound of Stefan’s voice by the doorway. Damon dropped Zach before giving Stefan an innocent smile “Having a family moment, Stefan. Spending some quality time” he said before leaving them alone. Stefan helped Zach up off the floor “Hey, are you okay?” he asked concerned as he saw the man still holding on to his neck.

Zach yanked himself from Stefan’s grip “No, I’m not and neither are you. How many more people have to die before you see that?”

“I see it. All right, Zach. I see it”.

“Then why aren’t you doing anything about it?”

Stefan sighed, running his hands through his hair in frustration “I can’t, Zach. I can’t. It would take human blood. It’s the only way that I could stop him, and I can’t do that” he said feeling defeated.

“The vervain could weaken him if he ingested it. It would help get you the upper hand”.

“Vervain hasn’t grown here since 1865. Damon saw to that. What?” he asked seeing the look on Zach’s face. Zach didn’t say anything and just led him down to the cellar. He opened the door once they reached it and Stefan was shocked to see what was on the other side.

“You’ve been growing it”.

“It’s just something that’s been passed down through the generations. Blood only runs so deep when you’re related to vampires. Damon would kill me if he knew that I had it”.

“But you’re telling me. Why?”

“Because I trust you. And you’re gonna need it if you want to get rid of him”.


 Mystic Grill

Bonnie’s POV

I was staring. I knew I was staring, but as hard as I tried I couldn’t take my eyes off the new bartender as he mixed drinks. “Ben McKittrick? Seriously?”

“Aah! Caroline, don’t do that” I almost jumped out of my skin at the sound of her voice. I didn’t even notice her walk up to the table. I finally calmed down enough to relax back into my seat, this whole Damon thing had me more spooked than I realized. “He’s hot” I shrugged.

“He’s a washed-up jock who pours drinks for a living. You could do way better” she said sitting down in the seat in front of me. I rolled my eyes at that “What’s up, Caroline?”

“Are you going to the founder’s party?” she asked and I groaned in frustration. The founder’s party, as if this town didn’t have enough reasons to throw parties.

“I don’t have a date” I shrugged hoping that was enough of an answer for her, but then again this was Caroline Forbes. “Go with Elena”.

“She’s asking Stefan”.

“Okay, go by yourself” she said as if it was no big deal, making me roll my eyes. “Who are you going with? Please don’t say Damon”.

Caroline just shrugged and took a bunch of peanuts from the bowl on the table “Fine” she said before popping them in her mouth.

“Caroline, Damon is a bad guy. Stay away from him”.

“Did your bestie tell you that?”

“I’m serious, Caroline. And he didn’t have to tell me, I can tell” I said getting a little impatient with her uncaring attitude.

“Because of your witchy juju?”

“Caroline!” I snapped, making her jump a little bit. She was so infuriating sometimes and I couldn’t help her if she wouldn’t even listen to me “And no more witch jokes, okay? That whole Mr. Tanner prediction thing has me freaked”.

“Okay, but Damon’s not dangerous. He just has a lot of issues with his brother” That made me roll my eyes. Damon had issues with everyone.

“Is your mom even okay with you bringing Damon?”

“And I’m supposed to care why?” she asked rhetorically as she ate more peanuts. I was about to respond when I spotted Stefan at the corner of my eye. He was standing by the entrance just looking at me. He seemed to snap out of it when our eyes connected, his eyes softening as he charged towards us.

When he got to our table he grabbed me by the shoulders, lifting me from my seat and gave me a bone crushing hug. I was taken aback for a moment before I let myself melt into his arms, my heart melting again. It was the look in his eyes, like he wasn’t okay until he saw me and finally let himself relax.

“Okay, that’s my cue. I refuse to be a third wheel in, whatever this is” I heard Caroline say before she got up and left the table, probably to go pick out her dress for the party.

After a while of just standing there in his arms Stefan finally drew back, but he didn’t let go completely. I looked up at him and saw his eyes shining, which made me worry about what could have happened to make him act this way “Are you okay, Salvatore?” I asked rubbing his sides in comfort, my arms still on his waist.

“I am now” is all he said before he buried his face in my neck again, hugging me.

When he let go again he kissed my forehead and took the seat Caroline was in “Did something happened?” He shook his head “Damon got into my head, but I really don’t want to talk about it. I just want to forget about it, is that okay?” he asked with a pained expression and I knew that whatever Damon did to him really had him scared so I just nodded, letting it go.

“We need to get rid of him, Salvatore. I think he’s done something to Caroline, I just don’t know what and I want her as far away from him as possible” I ranted and Stefan nodded in agreement.

“He’s compelling her, but I promise you, Bonnie, I’ll get her away from him” he said grabbing my hand that’s on the table and rubbing circles at the back of my hand with his thumb and it calmed me down a bit. “How are you? Are you okay?”

He was asking me about last night. He knew I was in bad shape when we parted ways yesterday even though I tried to hide it. “I’m fine, I guess. I really won’t be 100% until he’s gone, but right now I feel safe” I said squeezing the hand that held mine. “Can we change the subject now please?”

“Sure” he said with a smile “You’re going to the founder’s party, right?” he asked and I groaned, letting go of his hand “Not to that”.

“Why what’s wrong?”

“I don’t have a date, Salvatore, okay? And I really don’t want to go by myself”.

“You can join me and Elena, I’m sure she won’t mind” he suggested, but I was already vigorously shaking my head no. “Oh no, no, no, no, no, no. I am not going to be a third wheel on your date with Elena”.

“Well what are you going to do then? Come on, you have to go. It won’t be as much fun without you” he said pleadingly and I hated him for sounding so sincere.

“I’ll go with her” a voice said from beside the table, making us both look up to see Ben. When did he get here? “Sorry I didn’t mean to eavesdrop” he said rubbing his hands together, he seemed nervous. “It’s just that I was just at the next table and I happened to hear you guys. Anyway I’d love to take you, Bonnie”.

“I don’t need you to take me on a pity date, Ben”.

“It’s not a pity date. I actually really want to go out with you, I just didn’t know how to ask you” he said sincerely as he turned fully towards me. I turned to Stefan again only to find him staring down Ben. I looked at Ben again who was smiling nervously so I put him out of his misery “Sure, Ben. I’d love too” I said and we just smiled at each other. I couldn’t believe I was actually going on a date with Ben McKittrick. We snapped out of our staring contest when I heard Stefan clear his throat next to me. “Oh, I’m being rude. Ben, this is my best friend Stefan Salvatore, Stefan this is Ben McKittrick. He graduated from our school three years ago?” I asked Ben to make sure.

“Yeah, Bonnie was always one of the prettiest girls in school, shy though”.

“Hey! I am not shy, I’m just an introvert” I said, pretending to be offended by the comment. “Yeah okay” he said with a chuckle before turning to look behind him “I should probably go back to the bar, customers aren’t going to pour their own drinks. I’ll pick you up later, Bonnie and it was nice to meet you Stefan” he said before he left and Stefan just responded with incoherent sounds.

“You are being rude”.

“What?”

“You didn’t even talk to him. And you kept glaring at him, What was that about?” I asked folding my arms over my chest and leaning onto my chair. “I don’t trust him”.

“You don’t know him, Stefan!” I said in false laughter.

“That doesn’t mean I’m not right”.

“You’re being jerk right now. I trust him and I’m going to the founder’s party with him” I said getting up from my seat. “Where are you going?” He asked confused.

“I’m leaving, Stefan, what’s it look like?. You know it wouldn’t have hurt for you to show just a little bit of support, but no instead you have to be rude to my date” I said frustrated with him. A guy is finally interested in me and he has to go and be a jerk about it. “I’ll see you at the party” I said and left before he could say anything else.


 Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan’s POV

“Do they still wear ties at this thing?” Damon asked snapping me out of my thoughts. After Bonnie left it took me a second to reconcile what happened. She was right, I was being rude and a jerk, but I couldn’t help myself. When that guy approached our table it was like a switch flipped and all I wanted to do was punch him in the face. “You’re brooding, Stefan. What’s wrong, trouble in paradise?”

“Elena and I are fine, Damon just leave it alone” I said rolling my eyes, I was already dreading seeing Bonnie tonight with that Ben guy, I didn’t need his commentary as well.

“I wasn’t talking about Elena” he said in a sing song voice.

“What are you getting at, Damon?”

“You’re a smart guy, Stefan, you’ll figure it out soon enough” he said as if he knew something I didn’t. “What do you think?” he asked pointing at his tie and I just rolled my eyes at him and continued getting ready.

“It’s cool not growing old. I like being the eternal stud” Damon spoke up again just as I was starting to think I’d gotten some peace and quiet.

“Yes, being a 160-year-old teenager has been the height of my happiness” I said sarcastically.

“You cracked a funny, Stefan. I should have a drink to celebrate” he said pouring himself a glass. He discovered it was spiked with vervain after he smelt it and dumped it on the floor before turning to me “I admire your effort, Stefan. Pouring yourself a drink then spiking the bottle with vervain. I'm not some drunk sorority chick. You can't roofie me. But I can't help but feel a little used. I thought we were having a moment. I have to go to the party angry. Who knows what I'll do?” he said walking out of the room.

Zach walked in right after he left “That was his favorite scotch. I’m sorry, I thought it would work”.

“I wasn’t counting on it” Damon was a lot of things, but he wasn’t an idiot.

“You knew it would fail?”

“Did what I wanted. It lowered his guard. He won’t expect me to try again so soon” I explained and Zach nodded before handing me more vervain.

“I doubled what I put in the scotch”.


 Lockwood Residence

General POV

Bonnie wasn’t having as much fun at this party as she thought she would, but then again the fact that she was still mad at Stefan probably had something to do with that, not that she’d ever admit it.

“You look beautiful, I don’t think I said that yet” Ben said warmly, making her smile up at him. She was wearing a long golden dress she got from her grams, she said it was one of her mother’s old dresses and that it was time she had it. Sheila really knew how to make her crumble into a fit of tears when she really wanted to.

“Thank you. It was my mom’s dress” she said shyly before looking down embarrassed that she just admitted that. He placed his thumb and index finger under her chin so she’d look at him “It looks beautiful” he said softly, making her blush.

Stefan and Elena were walking through the doors of the Lockwood mansion when they saw Bonnie with her date. “Is that Ben McKittrick?” Elena asked recognizing her best friend’s date. Bonnie’s always had a crush on that guy and it made her happy that she seemed to be having a good time with him.

“Yeah” Stefan said in a clipped tone, making her turn to him “You know him?”

“We met earlier. I was there when he asked Bonnie out” he said sounding less than pleased.

“Why does it sound like you’re not too happy about that” she said a little worried. If she was being honest she was a little jealous at the amount of time Bonnie and Stefan spent together. Anyone would think they were the ones dating, but she didn’t want to bring it up because despite her growing jealousy she knew that Bonnie would never do anything to hurt her and bringing it up would only hurt her best friend, which was the last thing she wanted.

“I just don’t trust the guy” Stefan said kissing his teeth “I tried telling Bonnie that, but she called me a jerk and now she’s mad at me”.

“Stefan, Bonnie has had a crush on Ben McKittrick since freshman year and for him to finally ask her out, that’s big for her” she said trying to get him to understand Bonnie’s side “Look, Bonnie has been single since forever and she always felt like guys were never into her. Me and Caroline, yes, but never Bonnie Bennett and now her first crush asks her out and her best friend can’t just be happy for her. So yeah I get why she’s mad”.

Stefan felt guilty all of a sudden, he was just trying to look out for her. He didn’t realize he was actually hurting her. He never knew that she went through that, Bonnie was a beautiful person, inside and out, and guys that didn’t want to be with her were idiots.

“Elena will you excuse me? I need to go talk to my best friend”.

“Um, yeah sure I’ll go join Caroline and Damon” she said and sighed feeling a little insecure again as she watched him walk towards Bonnie and her date.

Ben was the first one to spot Stefan heading towards them and looked down at Bonnie who seemed to be distracted by the party. He was curious about what the deal was between the two of them; when Stefan walked into the grill yesterday he seemed to only have eyes for her. He’s never seen a man look at a woman like that before, like if he didn’t have her his whole world would spin off its axis. At first he actually thought they were together until he overheard their conversation and realized he was dating Elena Gilbert. He kinda felt sorry for her because even though the pair seemed unaware of their feelings, their actions said otherwise.

“Hey” Stefan said awkwardly as he reached them and Bonnie looked up at him in surprise before scowling at him. “What do you want, Salvatore?”

“Can we talk, please? In Private?” he asked as he reached forward and touched her arm.

“I’m on a date, Stefan” she said sternly, but didn’t remove his hand from her arm.

“It’s okay, Bonnie. I’ll go get us drinks” Ben said before walking away and Bonnie let Stefan lead her out onto the patio. Bonnie couldn’t help, but feel calmer as the cool air hit her face once they were outside. Stefan closed the door behind him as Bonnie turned to face him with her arms crossed over her chest and an impatient look on her face. Stefan sighed before taking a cautious step closer “I’m sorry, Bonnie”.

“What are you apologizing for exactly, Stefan?” She asked with a furrowed brow and lifted her chin at him.

“For being a jerk about Ben. For hurting your feelings, it was never my intention. I’m going to apologize to Ben too for being rude” he said sincerely and Bonnie finally dropped her arms, her face softening a little.

“So you’re going to support me on this?” she asked skeptical, not really believing he was just going to let this go.

He hesitated before responding “Yes, I will”.

“You hesitated”.

“I didn’t hesitate”.

“Yeah you did, but its fine” She sighed before stepping closer to him “Look Stefan, I know that you want to protect me and I love that cause sometimes I feel like no one really has my back, but that’s taught me to look out for myself, so what I’m saying is that I can take care of myself, okay?”

“Fine, but as long as you know that I’ll always have your back” he said wrapping his arms around her and drawing her into a hug. She hugged him back for a moment before pulling back. “I have a date to get back to, Salvatore” she said pulling away from him and heading for the door. Stefan reached out and grabbed her hand before she could get very far “You’re the most beautiful person I’ve ever met, Bonnie, inside and out. And if a guy doesn’t see that he’s an idiot” he said without breaking eye contact. Bonnie felt her breath catch in her throat and got that feeling in her heart again.

Stefan couldn’t help but notice how green her eyes were in the moonlight and how warm her hand was in his. He meant every word he said to her and it hurt him that she had insecurities like that. They seemed to gravitate towards each other because next thing they knew they were in each other’s space with Stefan’s free hand touching her cheek as he leaned in slowly.

Bonnie snapped out of the moment just before their lips touched and pulled away, breaking all contact with him. She cleared her throat “Um, Ben’s waiting. I’ll see you, Salvatore”.

She didn’t wait for a response and practically ran back inside, leaving Stefan alone to wonder what just happened.

Bonnie was busy looking for her date while trying to calm down her rapidly beating heart when she walked into the living room only to find Mrs Lockwood yelling at one of her employees “Look around. What’s missing? The flames, the candles” she said gesturing at the unlit candles “Why aren’t they lit? There’s matches in the kitchen” she said before storming out of the living room while the waiter headed in the direction of the kitchen “Bitch” Bonnie muttered before focusing on one of the candles propped up on the wall, thinking about what her grams told her.

When the candle doesn’t light she snorts, thinking how crazy she is for actually entertaining this. She shook her head and started heading towards the door, but spotted a lit candle right by the door. She furrowed her brow at the sight before turning around to see that all the candles had lit up.

A few hours later the party was in full swing and Stefan was dancing with Elena when he saw Damon dragging Caroline outside by her arm. He looked over to where Bonnie was dancing with Ben and noticed her looking at the exit as well before turning towards him, with a fearful look in her eyes.

“Elena, will you excuse me? I have to go handle something real quick. I’ll be right back” he said kissing her cheek and heading for the exit with Bonnie hot on his heel.

Elena looked over at Ben, who was now standing alone on the other end of the room, and sighed.

They saw Damon and Caroline arguing on the lawn and Bonnie charged forward only to be stopped by Stefan’s hand on her arm. She ignored the spark she felt from his touch and looked up at him “Stefan, why’d you stop me he’s hurting her!” she whisper shouted at him.

“I know, but I have a plan and it won’t work if you go charging in there, Okay?” he said trying to reason with her and she calmed down a little bit before turning back to the scene before them just as Damon was sinking his teeth into Caroline’s neck, both of them falling to the ground soon after.

Stefan grabbed Bonnie’s hand and used his super speed to get them to where the pair was “What the hell?” Damon groaned in pain as he got weaker.

“You know, I couldn’t spike your drink…So I spiked hers” Stefan said before snapping his brother’s neck.

“Is he dead?” Bonnie asked from behind him and Stefan shook his head as he slung him over his shoulder “He’ll wake up in a few hours, but I’ll already have him locked away by then”.

“What are you going to do with him?”

“I’m gonna desiccate him. Do you want me to take you home?”

“No, I’m going to stay with Caroline, make sure she’s okay” She said looking down at her unconscious friend. Stefan placed a free hand on her shoulder, getting her attention again “Everything’s going to be okay, Bonnie” he said and she nodded as she took a calming breath.

“I better go before anyone sees us”.

“I’ll see you, Salvatore” She responded before he was gone and it was just her and Caroline.

A while later Caroline finally woke up and Bonnie helped her sit up “Are you okay?” She asked concerned about her friend.

“Yeah. I’m fine” she said weakly as she thought about what happened to her and started shaking. “No. You’re shaking. Caroline-”

“I’m fine!” She yelled as tears started streaming down her face uncontrollably and Bonnie felt her own tears sting her eyes as she reached for her friend “Caroline, come here, come here” she breathed as she hugged her friend while she cried in her arms.


 Lockwood Residence

General POV

“Thank you for staying so late” Mr. Lockwood said as the council sat down for their late night meeting. This morning they covered up people’s deaths on the news by saying that it was a mountain lion when in actual fact they knew exactly what was killing people, after all, they’ve been dreading this for years.

“We’re going to need the Gilbert watch” Sheriff Forbes spoke up.

“I can get it” Logan fell, the news reporter, who interviewed the Sheriff, said. Back in high school he used to date Elena Gilbert’s Aunt Jenna and he knew that she still had a soft spot for him which he planned to exploit.

“Are you sure it’s them?” Mrs. Lockwood asked the Sheriff hoping their concerns were for nothing.

“Five Bodies all drained of blood? I’m certain”.

“They’ve come back”.

Chapter Text

The Bennett Residence

Bonnie’s POV

Dear Diary

My whole life I’ve felt like I was different, like I was a puzzle piece that didn’t quite fit anywhere. Then I met Stefan and all of a sudden it didn’t matter that I didn’t fit anywhere because neither did he, but we seemed to fit each other, completing our own little puzzle. And now, now things are complicated and both our puzzle pieces seem to be changing and I have no idea if they’ll ever fit again.

“Ugh! I don’t know how Stefan does this” I mumbled to myself as I ripped the page off of my neglected diary. I sucked at writing my feelings down, but I needed an outlet to express my frustration. That used to be Elena, but seeing as I almost kissed her boyfriend I figured that was out of the question and I felt guilty just thinking about it, and his constant texting didn’t help the situation.

“Baby, you’re going to be late for school!” I heard my grams yell from downstairs. I haven’t told her about the candle incident at the Lockwood party three days ago and I was probably living in denial, but I wasn’t a witch, I couldn’t be. I quickly tossed my diary onto my night stand and grabbed my backpack, heading downstairs.


 

 The Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan’s POV

I headed to the cellar to go check on my brother before leaving for school. Zach and I have had him down there for three days now, keeping him close to the vervain so he couldn’t escape. I spent the rest of the weekend keeping an eye on him and sending Bonnie texts she wouldn’t respond to. The first few were just me apologizing for what almost happened between us, even though I felt off about apologizing for it. I don’t know how to explain it, but in that moment when it was just me and her it was the most content I’ve felt in over a hundred years. Anyway I freaked her out and now she’s avoiding me, but not for long because she’d have to face me at school. I’d rather not go into detail about the other texts I sent her, all I can say is it was like going through the five stages of grief.

“Where’s my ring” Damon groaned from the other side of the cellar door as I reached it and peaked inside. He was still in the suit he wore at the party, minus the blazer and he looked even worse than when I first put him in there, the hunger on top of the vervain made him look like he was slowly withering away, which he was.

“Won’t be needing it anymore” I said as he attempted to sit up more, using the wall to keep himself up.

“How long have I been here?”

“Three days”.

“What are you doing?” He asked finally making eye contact through the bars that were on the door.

“During the dark ages when a vampire’s actions threatened to expose or bring harm upon the entire race, they would face judgment. They sought to reeducate them rather than punish them” I explained.

“You know what will happen if I don’t…feed on blood” the last part came out as a groan, but I heard him anyway.

“You’ll grow weaker and weaker. Eventually you won’t be able to move or speak. In a week your skin will desiccate, and you’ll mummify. A living corpse. Unable to hurt anyone. Ever” I said thinking about the nightmare he put me through.

“So what, you’re just going to leave me in the basement forever?”

“I’ve injected you with enough vervain to keep you weak. Once your circulation stops, I’ll move you to the family crypt, and then in 50 years, we can reevaluate”.

“I’m stronger than you think”.

“You always have been. But you’re not stronger than the vervain. And we both know it. I’m sorry. Didn’t have to be this way” I said before turning to leave him alone and headed back upstairs.


 

 The Gilbert Residence

Elena’s POV

I quickly made my way towards the kitchen after and awkward encounter with Vicki in the Bathroom I shared with Jeremy. At least he’s getting some I thought bitterly as I thought about my so called relationship. Dating Stefan Salvatore was so frustrating, it was like we’d take a step forward, only to take two steps back and as much as I didn’t want to admit it, Bonnie was a big reason why. I felt a twinge of guilt even thinking about it because Bonnie is my best friend.

I shook my head, trying to clear it as I walked into the kitchen and found Jenna drinking her coffee by the sink “Jenna! Are you aware of what’s going on upstairs?” I asked as I reached for the pot to make myself a cup of coffee.

“Uh-huh” she said into her coffee mug, “And you have no objection?” I turned to her with a brow lifted in question. She shrugged and pushed herself off the sink so she’d lean against the counter with her elbows on the countertop “He could be craftier about it, at least make an effort to sneak her in and out. Oh, and just so you know, I won’t be home for dinner”.

“Oh, so you’re actually going to do it. You’re going to go out with Logan” I said giving her a sly smile. I knew she was attracted to him, all that animosity came from physical attraction.

“I’m going to show up and torture him, yes. And have you heard from Stefan?”

“Not since he left that very vague message three days ago” I started before changing my voice to mimic him “Hi, um, Elena, I, um, have something I have to do. I’ll, uh, explain in a few days”.

Jenna gave me a sympathetic look, which I really didn’t need right now. What I needed were answers.

“Haven’t you called him?”

“Nope. Not going to either”.

“And you’re okay with everything?”

“No, I’m not okay with any of it” I sighed in frustration “I just feel like he’s pulling away from me, or maybe he was never mine to begin with and I just couldn’t see it before until now” I said unknowingly voicing my thoughts and fears. Jenna didn’t say anything, she didn’t have to. She knew exactly what I was talking about, everyone did.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan’s POV

“He’s awake. He’s weak, but it’s probably best to stay out of the basement. He’s Damon. I’m not sure how dangerous he still might be” I told Zach as I grabbed my bag from the couch preparing to leave.

“You’re going to school?”

“Yeah. I gotta check in with Bonnie, her powers are starting to manifest themselves, and she’s trying to act like it doesn’t bother her, but I know it’s freaking her out” I said being partially honest, I hadn’t told Zach about what happened at the founder’s party and I just felt guilty because the only person I should be wanting to kiss is my girlfriend, who I’ve been neglecting. I sighed, slinging my bag over my shoulder “And I haven’t spoken to Elena in three days, she’s probably worried. I just hope she’s still speaking to me”.

“You haven’t called her?”

“No…”

“If you’re serious about her why don’t you just tell her?”

“You sound just like Bonnie” I said before heading out the door. This is going to be a long day.


 

Forbes Residence

Bonnie’s POV

I went to go check on Caroline before heading to school. She was in really bad shape Saturday night and I just wanted to make sure she was okay, but then again she’s Caroline Forbes, she always bounces back. It’s actually one of the things I admired about her. I was currently sitting on her bed as she ran around the room trying to get ready. “Are you sure you want to go to school?” I asked concerned as I focused on the candle in my hands. I grabbed it when I walked into the house and I couldn’t help but try to light it. I realized I was obsessed, but I couldn’t help it.

“Tomorrow is the sexy suds car wash, Bonnie and if you think that I’m leaving the planning of it in the hands of any of you guys, you are sadly mistaken” she sassed, making me chuckle. It was quiet for a bit before I noticed that Caroline wasn’t running around anymore and was instead looking right at me “I remember the party. Damon came up behind me and he was kissing my neck, or biting my neck. I passed out” she started before groaning in frustration “It’s like there’s holes in my memory lately. It’s just weird. Maybe let him bite me”.

“Why would you do that?” I felt really bad for what happened to Caroline, she didn’t deserve what happened to her and thank God for Stefan, he may just have saved her life.

“Can we just not talk about it, okay? Don’t want to talk about Damon. I don’t want to talk about any of it. Just want to go back to normal” she said before noticing the candle in my hand “What are you doing with that candle?”

“Um…nothing. Come on let’s go” I said dropping the candle onto the bed before we left for school.


 

Mystic Falls High School

General POV

Bonnie and Elena watched as their perky friend floated around the hallway sprouting out instructions to everyone in front of her. Bonnie filled her in on the whole Caroline/Damon debacle, leaving some things out of course, Stefan would tell her those himself and hopefully soon because keeping this secret was becoming harder and harder, especially with the stuff that was going on with her.

“The sexy suds car wash is tomorrow. The football team and the band have committed. Well, not all the band. Just the ones who could pull off the bikini. I want, in your face, sexy. I mean, it’s a fundraiser, for goodness’ sakes” they heard Caroline say to Tikki, one of the cheerleaders.

“Unbelievable. It’s like nothing happened” Elena said shaking her head in disbelief. “She’s in denial”.

“Hey” they turned around at the sound of Stefan’s voice behind them, both with different reactions at his sudden appearance. Elena wasn’t sure how to feel, on the one hand she was still upset with him for not communicating with her while also being cautious of him and Bonnie, especially after her mini rant this morning and on the other hand she just wanted to wrap her arms around him and kiss him until neither of them could breathe.

Bonnie seemed to shrink back into herself, images of their almost kiss popping into her head, making her feel guilty all over again. “Hey. You know, I gotta go. Be somewhere right now” she said quickly before scurrying off and Stefan sighed, so she really was avoiding him. He wanted to go after her, but decided against it when he saw the questioning look in Elena’s eyes over what that was about before she shook her head deciding not to say anything and Stefan was grateful for her silence on the matter.

“I’m sorry I haven’t called”.

“No worries. I’ll live” she said brushing it off as if it didn’t affect her. “I was dealing with Damon”.

“And did you…deal with Damon?”

“Yes. Yeah”.

“For four days?”

“You have every right to be upset with me. But can I explain it all to you? Please?” he asked pleadingly and she caved “Sure. When?”

“I gotta be home after school, but The Grill, around four o’clock?”

“Okay”

“Thanks” he said and saw Caroline heading towards them “Stefan, where is Damon? He has some serious apologizing to do”.

“He’s gone, Caroline”.

“When is he coming back?”

“He’s not coming back. I’m sorry” he said and left them alone, in search of a Bennett witch.

“This is a good thing, Caroline” Elena said rubbing circles on Caroline’s back “I know that”.


 

Mystic Grill

Elena’s POV

I walked into The Grill, but couldn’t see Stefan anywhere. He still had five minutes so he’d better get here soon. I saw Matt cleaning up one of the tables and decided to go say hi, I feel like I haven’t spoken to him in forever “Hey, Matt, um, have you seen Stefan?”

“Nope. If you want to kill some time, um, you can rack. Come on. We haven’t played in forever. I’ll let you break” he said hopefully, and really what was a few games of pool while I waited for Stefan.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Bonnie’s POV

I stood outside ready to face him. I’ve been dodging him all day and he’s respected the fact that I needed space because he stopped trying to talk to me at around lunch time. Once I stopped hiding I was finally able to think straight and in all reality I couldn’t avoid Stefan forever, he was my protector after all and my best friend.

I was about to knock on the door when it opened and revealed the person I’ve been dreading to see. He had the most relieved smile on his face that I almost felt guilty for avoiding him for three days, almost.

“Hey, Bonnie” he said softly and I hated him for making me so aware of him now, which is why I started punching at his chest as I punctuated every word that came out of my mouth “WHAT. THE. HELL. IS. WRONG. WITH. YOU?!” I yelled with each punch, getting even angrier at the fact the he just stood there because I couldn’t even hurt him because he was a stupid vampire. I stopped once I’d worn myself out and just looked up at him as I tried to catch my breath.

“Are you done now?” And that right there was all the momentum I needed to start punching him again while making sounds of frustration that even I wasn’t familiar with until he grabbed my arms, halting my assault. “Bonnie! Bonnie, stop!” he yelled until I finally stopped squirming in his arms. I yanked my arms from him once I was calm enough to realize that I was way closer to him than was appropriate and took a step back.

He sighed and ran a hand through his hair in what I’ve come to learn that it meant he was stressed “Would you like to come in so we can talk about this like civil human beings?”

“Are you insane? I’m not stepping foot inside this house while your brother is in there” I said crossing my arms over my chest.

“We have him locked in the basement so he can’t hurt you”.

“I don’t care, I’m not going in there” I said with a determined look. Damon was unpredictable and there was no way in hell I’d be anywhere in that house if he went loose.

Stefan shrugged “Fine, we’ll talk out here then” he said and closed the door behind him “I’m sorry, Bonnie. I shouldn’t have tried to kiss you”. He sat on the wall of the veranda and looked at me.

“Stefan, you have a girlfriend” I started as I sat down next to him, ignoring the rapid beating of my heart. I told myself it was because of all the punching and overexerting myself.

“I know”.

“Who is my best friend and who I really don’t want to get hurt. Are you going to hurt my friend, Stefan?” I asked trying to get him to look up at me again. He seemed to be thinking about something and I’ve never wished to be able to read minds more than I did at this moment, but the thoughtful look was gone before I could try to decipher it. “No, I won’t hurt your friend. I won’t hurt you either” he said his eyes boring into mine with a look so intense that I had to look away. “Good” I said quickly, getting up, but he grabbed my wrist, stopping me.

“I don’t want things to be awkward between us, Bonnie” he said and I could tell he wanted to say more, but stopped himself. I smiled softly at him because I didn’t want things to be awkward either and I didn’t want to lose him “They won’t be” I assured him and he returned the smile before getting up to give me a warm hug. I melted in his arms as he buried his face in my hair, but I quickly cleared the fog being around him seemed to create and cleared my throat before pulling away from him, getting ready to leave.

“I’ll see you, Salvatore”.


 

Mystic Grill

Elena’s POV

“And there’s Vicki, all nonchalant in the bathroom like it’s no big deal that they’re hooking up” I told Matt, catching him up on this morning’s events and he shuddered as he thought about it “Yeah, I’m not gonna lie. Your brother and my sister, that’s weird”.

“Yeah” I said as my phone rang in my pocket, probably a text from Stefan apologizing for being late, but I ignored it. “How late is he?”

“Hitting the hour mark. Nothing’s wrong though. Which means I’m not talking boy problems with you” I said as I shot the cue ball. In the last hour I’ve only managed to beat Matt once, but I was off my game because of the whole Stefan thing so he didn’t rub it in as much.

“Good. I mean, it’s not like we were ever best friends or anything” he said sarcastically, which made me feel kinda guilty because he was right, before we ever dated we were best friends and we could talk about anything. When did that change?

“Okay. Here goes- What do you think of Stefan? Is he a good guy?”

“Why? What’s he done?”

“Not any one thing. He’s just so secretive all the time. I think there’s something that he doesn’t want me to know, which makes me want to know all the more” I said, not even pretending to focus on the game anymore.

“Like what? Like that he’s a serial killer and keeps a clown suit in his trunk?” Jokes? Really, Matt?

“No of course not. But what do we know about him, really?”

“Maybe this is a conversation you should be having with Bonnie, I mean, they have history” Matt suggested and I had to fight to not roll my eyes.

“Are you kidding me? Those two are practically attached at the hip, he’s probably with her right now” I said, not meaning to sound bitter or jealous, but Matt picked up on it anyway.

“Whoa, did I pluck a nerve?”

“You didn’t pluck anything, Matt” I said, but he wasn’t convinced “Elena, you know Bonnie would never do anything to hurt you, right?”

“Yeah, I know” I said deflating, because I did know. I just don’t know what’s going on with me lately. “I’m probably just being paranoid”.

“If you won’t talk to Bonnie then maybe you should talk to him”.

“Talk to who?” Stefan asked from behind us “I’m so sorry that I’m late” he said before kissing my cheek.

“What happened?”

“I got held up”. There he goes with the secrecy again.

“Is everything okay?”

“I had to clear things up with Bonnie” he said, I gave Matt a quick ‘I told you so’ look and he ran his hand down his face probably because of the grave Stefan was busy digging himself.

“And you couldn’t call and tell me that you were going to be an hour late?” I asked frustrated, and what could they possibly have been talking about that made him so late after he asked me to meet up. “Okay. You two have fun” Matt said before making a run for it.

“I’m really sorry, Elena”. I was so sick of him apologizing, I just wanted the truth, was that too much to ask?

“What are you hiding from me, Stefan?” I asked, done tiptoeing around the problem. When he didn’t respond I sighed and headed for the door with Stefan chasing after me when an old man stopped him “I know you” he said and that made me stop and turn around.

“I’m sorry?”

“I know you. How can it be?” the man asked, he looked like he’d seen a ghost.

“I think you have the wrong person, sir”.

“You haven’t aged a day” the old man continued as if Stefan hadn’t said a word.

“I’m sorry, excuse me” Stefan said walking passed the old man and straight towards me “Hey, can we…can I take you home and we can talk about it? Is that okay?” he asked guiding me towards the exit, but I wasn’t having it. I wanted to know what the heck just happened “Wait, what was that?”

“I-I don’t know. Uh, nothing” Stefan Salvatore was a really bad liar, but he wasn’t about to tell me the truth either so what was the point.

“Right, nothing. Okay, um…I gotta go, Stefan. Excuse me” I said and left him standing there.


 

Bennett Household

Stefan’s POV

“Cooking? You think that will help?” I asked Bonnie from my spot on the island chair. We were in her kitchen while she cooked dinner for herself and Sheila. Her dad was out of town again so Sheila decided to stay with her after what happened at the football game.

I was glad that we were okay again, she was happy so I was happy even though there were so many things I left unsaid after our talk. I didn’t want to scare her off again and I didn’t want to put her in a position where she’d hurt Elena so I kept my mouth shut and I just enjoyed having her in my arms. The truth is I’m starting to gain perspective on a lot of things, like how I’m not really sorry about our almost kiss and about how I really want to kiss her, but I couldn’t because Bonnie was incredibly loyal and she would hate me for it, and I couldn’t live in a world where I was hated by Bonnie Bennett.

I really like Elena, but what I feel for Bonnie is a lot deeper and I think the reason I went for Elena was because of the obvious physical attraction I felt towards her, it reminded me of when I first met Katherine. I guess I thought since Elena was different that maybe I could have the relationship with her that I could’ve had with Katherine if she didn’t turn out to be a vampire and now I was in a mess I didn’t know how to get myself out of.

After Elena left the grill I went to Bonnie and told her what happened. Honestly I just wanted to be around her, but for some reason she was so invested in making my relationship with Elena work. It hurt that she didn’t seem to feel the same way about me and now here we were, in her kitchen with her trying to give me advice on how to get Elena to forgive me.

“It’s the way to a woman’s heart, besides you’re a great cook and you’re Italian. Come on that’s a great combination” she said waving her wooden spoon around.

“Actually I’m a great cook because I’m Italian, besides what’s that got to do with anything?”

“Devi solo sfruttare le tue radici italiane, Salvatore” You just have to tap into your italian roots, Salvatore.

“I knew I’d regret teaching you Italian” I mumbled loud enough for her to hear and she hit me with the spoon she was holding, making me chuckle as I grabbed it, pulling it from her grasp.

“All I’m saying is she will dump your ass if you don’t at least give her something, anything; you don’t have to tell her everything at once”.


 

Mystic Grill

General POV

Logan Fell walked into The Grill for his date with Jenna Sommers when he saw Sheriff Forbes sitting at one of the tables and decided to go check in about the status of the vampires. “Evening Sheriff, anything?” he asked as he sat down.

“We went over the entire west side of the lake. All the caverns by the falls were clean, no signs of habitat”.

“Then they’re staying in town”.

“We canvassed all abandoned buildings and warehouses”.

“There has to be a private residence” he said. If they weren’t in any of the abandoned houses then they were living amongst them and they didn’t even know it. They also didn’t notice someone listening to their conversation from the bar.

“And that much harder to locate, if not impossible. These creatures are smart, they know how to go undetected”.

“Well, someone who only comes out at night should eventually become obvious”.

“What about the watch?” She asked him and he sighed because he hasn’t gotten it yet “I’m working on it”.

“I know the Gilberts. That watch is passed down to the men in the family. I’d start with Jeremy” she said and left just as Jenna was walking into The Grill “Hey, Logan”.

“I can’t believe you really came” he said pulling out her seat for her.

“You have an hour. Make it count”.


 

Gilbert Household

Elena’s POV

I groaned into my pillow as I fell face down on my bed. I hated myself for being so affected by a guy I’ve only known for a few weeks. “You okay?” I heard Jeremy ask and lifted my head so I could look at him. He was standing against the door of the bathroom that connected to his room and my brain went to this morning “Is Vicki in there?” I asked cautiously, afraid of the answer.

“Don’t answer a question with another question. Maybe. What’s wrong with you?”

“I’m miserable”.

“Well, you should go get something to eat” he said before disappearing into his bedroom and I sighed and got out of bed. I heard a ruckus in the kitchen and thought it was Aunt Jenna until I remembered that she was on a date with Logan. I walked into the kitchen and sighed in relief when I saw that it was Stefan and not some robber, but I didn’t know what he was doing here.  “Stefan? What are you doing here?”

“Dinner. Jeremy told me that Chicken Parmesan is one of your favorites, and I happen to be a good cook. The Italian roots demand it. I can make my own homemade mozzarella. Only tonight, it’s unfortunately store bought. Sorry” he said showing me the packet as I sat down at the table.

“I don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish”.

“You want to know me, right? Well, I figure if you're going to dump me, you should at least, um, know who you're dumping. So let's start with Katherine”.

“Stefan…” I don’t know how I was going to finish that thought because I really wanted to know, and he seemed to want to tell me.

“She was...the most beautiful girl that I had ever met. She had this perfect olive skin. And she had this laugh. It was ridiculous. I mean, her laugh made you laugh. And she was fun. She knew how to have a good time. But Katherine was also very impatient and entitled and selfish, and, um, impulsive. Enter Damon. He claims that he was with her first. I don't know. I do know that I did some things that...I'm not proud of, which ruined my relationship with my brother” he said thinking about it seemed to cause him pain, but I wasn’t sure if that was regret over what happened with Katherine or what happened with his brother, maybe both. I got up from my seat to go help him chop the garlic while he continued.

“I'm an avid reader, a huge Fitzgerald fan, ‘The Great Gatsby’, his masterpiece. But I'm no snob. I love some good Grisham. I think ‘Seinfeld’ is the best American television show for the past 50 years, but ‘I Love Lucy’ is all-time. ‘The loving cup’ episode was the best, I think. Huge Scorsese fan. I can watch ‘Taxi Driver’ over and over again”.

“Bonnie is obsessed with Fitzgerald” I said thinking about all the times I’ve been in her room, you just had to walk in there and you’d know.

Stefan chuckled probably thinking the same thing and I couldn’t help but notice how his eyes sparkled brighter in the light all of a sudden “Who do you think got her into it?” he said with a smirk and I just rolled my eyes “I hope you know you’ve created a monster”.

He just shrugged before continuing “As far as music, it's pretty much across the board. Um, Dylan, Hendrix, Patsy, Willie. A little Kanye. You know what? I even like that one Miley song” he said and I smirked at him.

“Easy”.

“I didn't say anything. Hey, this is for the garlic bread, right? Because I'm not eating garlic unless you agree to, too”.

“Are you kidding me? I love garlic” he said and I lost focus for a second, which resulted in me cutting my finger with the knife. “Ow! Ahh” I cried out in pain and headed to the sink to wash off my hand. When I looked up I saw Stefan’s reflection in the window, and blinked as I saw his face change, or at least I think that’s what I saw. “Your face…” I breathed as I turned around, but he quickly covered his eyes with his hand.

“I-I, uh, I think I got something in my eye” he said rubbing them. I reached up to remove his hand from his face, but he evaded my touch “Stefan. Hey. Stefan!” I said trying to get him to look at me and when he did his face was normal. Okay I’m going completely insane.

“Um, I think my paranoia has turned into full-blown hallucinations” I said looking out the window again before turning back to look at him again. “Part of your charm” he replied taking my face into his hands, but hesitated to kiss me so I took matters into my own hands and kissed him first.


 

Forbes Residence

General POV

Caroline was in her room in bed busy speaking on the phone with one of her cheerleaders when she heard someone call her name. Her mom was still at work, which wasn’t surprising and she was at the house by herself so there was no way someone could be calling her, which meant her mind was playing tricks on her so she ignored it and continued speaking to Tiki.

“No, Tiki, do not do the one-piece, okay? I’ve seen it on you. Trust me. Yeah, but you’re going for stripper pole vibe this year”.

“Caroline” Damon called to her again and still nothing. “Yeah, maybe we should cash the cars in slow motion. No”.

“Caroline”.

“What? Oh, um, no, sorry. Um, so I’ll just see you tomorrow. Two-piece. Okay, bye” she hung up and saw a crow at her window. She got out of bed to chase it away so she could close the window and couldn’t help the uneasy feeling she got as she got back in bed.

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Sexy Suds Car Wash

General POV

“No friend discounts. No freebies. No pay ya laters. We are not running a charity here. No, we are not” Caroline was in dictator mode and Elena knew better than to argue with her when she got like this so she just nodded and agreed with everything she said “No, we are not”. She woke up so happy this morning that nothing was going to spoil her mood, the dinner she had with Stefan was exactly what they needed to get back on track and she hoped it would stay that way.

“Hey” Stefan greeted from behind her, making her giddy as she turned around. “Hey!” she said with a goofy smile on her face.

“The event is called sexy suds, you know” Caroline said undermining their outfits before walking away to go handle more important busy than a couple that refuses to follow the rules.

“Did we just get scolded?” Stefan asked taken aback by the blonde’s outburst and Elena was already nodding her head at him “And judged, yeah” she said.

“Wow”.

“I’m sorry, but I guess you’re going to have to take that off” she said yanking on his shirt. “I think you have to go first” he said and she pulled off her shirt, but it got stuck so Stefan helped her out. She blushed feeling embarrassed once they’d taken in off “Okay, um- sorry, so not sexy. Ugh”.

“I disagree” Stefan said before kissing her lips softly.

On the other side of the parking lot Bonnie watched her two best friends talk and laugh with each other, ignoring the sick feeling at the pit of her stomach. Everything was as it should be, it’s what was best for everyone. She turned her head and saw Matt with a pained look on his face as he looked at the couple as well and sighed “Uh-uh, no. None of that tortured pining stuff”.

“I’m just observing”.

“Mm-hmm. Oh Tiki, this one’s yours” she said to the cheerleader next to her as a another car parked in front of them and the owner got out.

“Why do I always get the homely ones? Just to be clear, your car's a P.O.S. I mean, we can wash it, but it's still a P.O.S”.

“You don’t have to be rude” Bonnie reprimanded before giving the owner an apologetic smile as he walked away, ignoring the comment.

“Rude is uglying up the road with that junk” she responded and Bonnie unknowingly used her powers to splash water on Tiki as she tried to use the hose.

“Whoa! What the hell?” Tiki screamed and Bonnie snapped out of it, did she do that?

“Wet and wild, Tik” Matt said laughing at her.

Stefan was busy washing one of the cars when Elena approached him “You’re getting soap in that” she said drawing his attention to the ring on his finger “Oh, it’s fine”.

“I noticed that Damon has one, too. Is there a story behind it?” she asked taking his hand in hers and examining the unusual ring. “Yeah, it’s the family crest from the Italian renaissance”.

“Hmm. What’s the stone?”

“It’s called lapis lazuli”.

“Oh. You should really take it off. I could put it in my bag” she said reaching for it, but Stefan withdrew his hand from her “No, it’s…it’s fine, really. Thanks, though” he said rubbing his wet hands against his pants.

“Okay. I’m gonna get some towels” she said and went to Caroline, who was manning the stand “Hey, we’re out of towels and those shimmy things”.

“I’ll go get some more. Mind the money” Caroline said before leaving. She was walking through the halls of the school when she saw a shadow and heard Damon’s voice “Caroline. Caroline, help me. Caroline, help me. Help me”.

“That’ll be $20” Elena said before looking up at the old man she recognized from yesterday at the grill. “I saw you last night. You were talking to a friend of mine. At the grill?” she asked hoping he remembered.

“Well, I…I thought it was somebody I knew”.

“Stefan Salvatore” Elena supplied helpfully and the man shook his head “Nah, it can’t be. It’s just my mind playing tricks on me”.

“Where did you think you’d seen him before?” she asked pushing, all the secrecy was getting to her and the more she didn’t know, the more she wanted to find out. “When I first moved here, I stayed at the Salvatore boarding house. Stefan was just passing through to visit his uncle. I mean, none of us knew he was even here until the attack”.

“The attack?” She asked confused.

“His uncle got killed. Mauled by an animal in the woods”.

“His uncle? Zach?” she asked none of this making sense. She hadn’t personally met Zach, but she knew he was alive.

“Mm-mmm. Joseph”.

“I’m sorry, sir. I don’t think I’m familiar with the story” She said, not aware of Stefan ever having an Uncle Joseph who was killed, but maybe Bonnie knew. She’d ask her later.

“Oh, how could you? I mean, this happened years ago”.

“Grandpa, you gotta go. Mom wants you home, okay?” Tiki said approaching them “He wasn’t bugging you, was he? He’s a little alzy-heimer” she said directing her grandfather towards his car.

“No, he was sweet” Elena said getting up from her seat to talk to the old man some more before he left “Hey sir, I’m sorry. Um, are you sure that the man that you saw, that you knew, his name was Stefan Salvatore?”

“Yes. I remember his ring and his brother-”.

“Damon?” Elena asked cutting him off. “Yeah, Stefan and Damon Salvatore” he said remembering it all clearly now.

“When was this?”

“It was early June, 1953. Yeah. June, 1953” the man said before leaving Elena alone with her thoughts, that she didn’t even notice Stefan walk up to where she was now standing alone “Caroline finally freed you, huh?”

“Uh, I don’t know where she went. She abandoned me. Hey, I realized earlier, I had no idea that your family was from Italy”.

“No? Last name Salvatore didn’t do it for you?” he asked playfully and she face-palmed “Right. Duh. Are there any other Salvatores in Mystic Falls?”

“My uncle Zach”.

“Where did everyone else go?”

“Kinda just spread out. Why?”

“I’m just trying to learn more about you” she said giving him a hug, determined to get to the bottom of this.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

General POV

Caroline entered the boarding house and headed straight for the basement where she heard Damon’s voice “Caroline, help me. Caroline. Help me”.

“Damon?” she asked as she got to the door and peeped through the bars only to see him leaning against the wall barely conscious “Oh my gosh! What is this? How did I know that you were here?”

“Because I wanted you to. Very, very badly. Let me out of here please” he said pleading for her to listen to him. “You bit me”.

“You liked it. Remember?”

“Why do I keep remembering the same things, but in different ways?” she asked confused. Her mind was messed up and she wasn’t sure what was real anymore.

“You remember what I want you to remember. And now that the vervain has passed out of your system, you won't remember what you're about to do”.

“What am I about to do?”

“You’re gonna open the door. You’re gonna open the door” he said willing her to do it with what was left of his abilities and she reached for the door, unlocking it before Zach showed up.

“No! No! Get out of here” he ran to stop her, but was too late because Damon was already at the door, pushing it open. Caroline ran away scared while Damon caught Zach and snapped his neck. He ran after Caroline, but got burnt by the sun when she opened the door and ran out


 

Sexy Suds Car Wash

“Sweeper duty” Tiki said handing Bonnie a broom to clean the pavement “What?”

“We have to clean the pavement” she said and Bonnie rolled her eyes at her “It’s a car wash. By definition, the pavement’s clean”.

“But not dry” she said starting to annoy Bonnie “And I’m doing this why?”

“Caroline bailed, so that leaves me in charge. Fabulous”

Tiki left Bonnie standing there pissed off when the next thing she knows Tiki’s car is on fire in front of her and Stefan is shaking her trying to get her to snap out of it “Bonnie! Bonnie! Bonnie! Hey”.

“What just happened?” she asked frightened as she clutched onto his sides. “You were in some kind of a trance” He explained and watched as her fear turned to horror.

“Did I do this?” she asked what she already knew, but hoped he’d tell her that something else set Tiki’s car on fire.

“I think so, yeah” he said and Bonnie broke down in his arms as she finally accepted what she was. “Shh. Come on let’s go” he said as he hugged her, trying to calm her down before leading her to his car

He was going to tell Elena he was leaving, but she disappeared on him and he didn’t have the time to go around looking for her.


 

TV Station

Elena’s POV

“We digitized all our archives last year. You can pull all the remote footage right up on screen. What is it exactly you're looking for?” Logan asked as he pulled up the archives. I left the car wash early when I saw Jenna talking to him and asked for a favor. Logan was a news anchor so he’d be the person to ask about past news stories. I had to find out for myself if what the old man said was true, and if it was then I’d have a lot more questions than answers.

“An incident from 1953. If it even happened-at the old Salvatore Boarding House”. Logan’s phone went off and he looked at who was calling, it must’ve been important because he excused himself soon after and answered it “Yeah? Fire? All right, be right there” he said before he hung up “I gotta go. You believe there's actual news to cover in this town?” he asked before showing me how it works “All right, use keywords to search the database. It's pretty easy to navigate. And Brady down in tech will help you out with anything you need”.

“Okay”.

“All right?” he asked, turning to leave before he thought of something “Oh, hey. Could you put in a good word for me with Jenna?”

“You got it”.

“All right. Good luck” he said before he left.

It took her a bit of time to finally find some footage of on the events of 1953, but she did.

“This is Franklin Fell reporting to you from the Salvatore Boarding House, where a brutal animal attack has ended in tragedy” The reporter said before turning around to face the house “Ok, they're bringing out the bodies. See if you can get closer. Is that the nephew?” he said as the camera zoomed in on the man standing on the veranda of the house and Elena recognized him instantly, his hair was different, but that was undoubtedly Stefan Salvatore in the background.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan and Bonnie walked into the Boarding house and Bonnie immediately felt uneasy, something wasn’t right. “Zach’s supposed to be here” Stefan said from beside her confirming her suspicion. “He’s supposed to be watching Damon. Something’s wrong, come on” he said grabbing her hand and they ran down to the basement to find Zach dead and the door open, which meant Damon was gone.

“Zach!” Bonnie cried as she got on her knees “Oh, no, Zach…” she sobbed over his body. Stefan knelt down next to her, feeling responsible for Zach’s death as he wrapped his arms around Bonnie’s shoulder and she cried on his chest.

A while later Bonnie stopped crying and they just sat there until Stefan spoke up “You want me to take you to Sheila?” he asked softly into her hair and she shook her head no “Not right now” she whispered back still looking down at Zach’s body as fresh tears stung her eyes “It’s just a lot, you know?” she said looking up at him as a tear escaped from her eye. He wiped it away and drew her back to his chest “Yeah, I know”.


 

Gilbert Residence

Dear Diary

I’m not a believer. People are born, they grow old, and then they die. That’s the world we live in. There’s no magic, no mysticism, no immortality. There’s nothing that defies rational thought.

“Logan? Logan?” Jenna called out from downstairs, but the news reporter already snuck into the younger Gilbert’s room and stole his watch.

People are supposed to be who they say they are and not lie or hide their true selves.

“What are you doing here?” Jeremy asked the man that was in his room without permission. He left Vicki at the cemetery with her friends after deciding he’d had enough of partying for one night. “Oh hey, man. Just looking for the bathroom” he said walking out of the room and headed in the direction Jeremy pointed him to.

It’s not possible. I’m not a believer, I can’t be. But how can I deny what’s right in front of me? Someone who never grows old…

“1953”.

Someone who changes in ways that can’t be explained…

“Hey, um, are you okay? Your eye. Your face”.

Girl’s bitten…

“What is that? Oh, my gosh, what happened to you?”

“It’s nothing!”

Bodies drained of blood…

“Did she say what kind of animal it was?”

“She said it was a vampire”.

Elena closed her diary and grabbed her keys, intending to get to the bottom of this.


 

Bennett Household

Stefan watched from his car as a heartbroken Bonnie walked towards her grandmother, who was standing by the door waiting for her “I don’t know what’s happening to me” she said softly as her eyes filled with tears again.

“I know, dear” Grams said and opened up her arms for her granddaughter to walk into “Oh, grams” she said as she cried in her grams’ arms. Sheila nodded at Stefan over Bonnie’s shoulder before she turned and walked them into the house.

Stefan waited for the door to close before he sped down the road, heading back to the boarding house before he hunted down his brother.


 

Cemetery

Vicki was leaning against a tree, high as all hell when one of her buddies offers her a smoke “No, I’m good” she said as the music they were listening to suddenly stops.

“Not it. Not it. Not it. Ah, Vicki” the guys hanging with her all call out at once and she groans when they nominate her to go turn it back on. She’s about to open the car when she saw Damon by the car coughing and groaning.

“Hey, man. You okay?”

“Come here” Damon whispered before repeating himself a little louder. “You don’t look good” she said getting closer to him.

“Come closer. I have something…that I have to tell you” he said as he reaches for her, but loses his balance “Whoa, whoa, whoa. I got you, I got you. It’s okay. It’s okay” she said helping him up only to get bitten when he reaches her neck.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan grabbed a stake and ran to the door only to find Elena standing on the other side of it.

“What are you?”

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Salvatore Estate 1864

General POV

Stefan stood at the porch of the Salvatore Estate as a carriage arrived in front of him. Emily Bennett stepped out first followed by Katherine Pierce, who observed him for a moment before he approached her after Emily finished smoothing out Katherine’s dress. “You must be Miss Pierce” he said reaching for her hand and kissing the back of it and she smiled at him as he looked up at her again “Please, call me Katherine”.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

“What are you?” Elena asked with so much venom in her voice that he knew instantly that she figured out his secret. “You know”.

“No, I don’t” she said in denial, but they both knew the truth. She wouldn’t be here if she didn’t. “It’s not possible. It can’t be” she said shaking her head in denial as she took a step back from him.

“Everything you know…and every belief that you have is about to change. Are you ready for that?” he asked staying where he was, figuring if she needed space then he’d give it to her.

“What are you?” she asked again this time not so sure she wanted an answer to that question. “I’m a vampire”.

“I shouldn’t have come” she said turning to leave but he grabbed her wrist, but not too tightly. He couldn’t let her leave now, at least not until she heard him out and honestly he was scared of what she’d do if she left now with things the way they were. Would she go tell the whole town his secret? He didn’t know, but he knew that he had to try and keep that from happening because it wasn’t just him he had to think about. He couldn’t let Bonnie and Sheila expose themselves in order to protect him.

“No. Please, don’t leave” he pleaded, but she yanked her arm away and started running. Stefan sighed before using his vampire speed to appear in front for her, making her jump. “No! How did you do that?” she asked frantically, trying to calm down her rapidly beating heart before it burst out of her chest.

“Please don’t be afraid of me” he said grabbing a hold of her shoulders and she squirmed, trying to get out of his grasp “Let me go”.

“No. Elena, there’s things that you have to know and understand”.

“Let me go!” she screamed begging him to just let her leave, which he did and she quickly got into her car before driving away.


 

Gilbert Residence

Elena arrived at her house and quickly ran up to her room only to get there and find Stefan waiting for her “Elena” he started to say, but she turned around and tried to run out of her room. Stefan beat her to it and closed the door shut before she could reach it “I would never hurt you. You’re safe with me”.

“All those animal attacks, those people who died…” she said piecing it all together “No. That was Damon!”

“Damon?”

“Yes. I don’t drink human blood. That’s not how I choose to survive, but Damon does! I’ll explain everything to you, but I beg you, Elena, do not tell anybody” he begged her, trying to make her see where he was coming from, but she only looked at him as if he was completely insane.

“How can you ask me that?”

“Because people I care about deeply could get hurt if people knew about me” he said and her face softened for a moment, probably knowing who he was talking about, before it turned to one of utter betrayal “You can hate me, but I need you to trust me”.

She turned away from him then, choosing to go sit on her bed instead before looking up at him with unshed tears “Just go. Just go, please. Go. If you mean me no harm, then you’ll go!” she said pleadingly.

“I never wanted this, Elena” he said softly before leaving the room just as she broke down on her bed.


 

Cemetery

Damon burnt the bodies he fed from and spotted someone’s cellphone on the ground and decided to use it to call his little brother. “Hello?” Stefan answered the phone questioningly, not recognizing the number, as he headed to the Bennett’s to tell them what happened.

“I want my ring” Damon said in greeting, making his brother groan, this was just what he needed right now. “Where are you?”

“I’m at the sizzler. I had the buffet. Where’s my ring?”

“I don’t have it. Where are you? What have you done?” he asked afraid of the amount of damage Damon could’ve caused in just a few hours.

“No, what have you done? You’re the one that locked me in the basement and starved me, so whatever I’ve done, whoever I’ve sucked dry is on you, buddy”.

“You’re being careless. How many more animal attacks is this town gonna believe, Huh?” Stefan asked getting frustrated with Damon.

“I know how to cover my tracks, Stefan. Where’s my ring?”

“I gave it to Zach to hide. Probably shouldn’t have killed him” He said and Damon hesitated for a moment before realizing he was being played.

“…Ah, you almost got me. Where is it?”

“I’ll get it back, but I need time”.

“What, did you FedEx it to Rome?! Where is it? I want my ring, Stefan, or that little nightmare of yours will become a reality” He said and Stefan gripped his phone tighter at the threat.

“I already want you dead. Don’t give me another reason to make it happened”.

“Don’t give me another reason to rip you apart”.

“Yeah? Is that going to be before or after you get your ring back?”

“Just get it” Damon said before hanging up. He walked over to Vicki and poured alcohol on her body. She woke up at the contact, gasping for air and Damon kneeled down beside her “You just don’t wanna die, do you?”

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Bennett Household

General POV

Bonnie jumped when she felt something at her feet only to calm down once she saw that it was just Stefan lying at the edge of her bed. He was asleep so he probably got there late last night. She found comfort in having him there with her, it was a rough night and she couldn’t stop thinking about how Zach looked just lying there, lifeless.

Bonnie had spent so much time with Zach when Stefan was gone that she’d come to think of him as a father figure and she could talk to him about anything.

“Do you think he’s ever coming back?” She asked Zach, who’d brought her breakfast, and was now sitting on the edge of Stefan’s bed. She slept over last night, even though she told her grams she was going to Elena’s house for a sleepover and she was going to go, but she felt empty and missed Stefan so she went to the boarding house instead.

“You were crying again last night” Zach said instead, ignoring her question “Where were you this time?”

“The falls. We were just sitting there talking about nothing” she said before seeing his face, he knew she was lying so she sighed and told him the truth “He was telling me about my mom. I don’t really remember her, you know, but he knew everything about her. I guess it helped paint a picture of what she was like, then he just disappeared and I was alone” she finished as tears rolled down her cheeks again before she quickly wiped them away.

“You won’t be sad forever, Bonnie. You can’t let this cripple you anymore, you’re starting high school in a few weeks so you should be looking forward to that” he started and took her hand in his “Look, I don’t know if he’s ever coming back, but I do know that you’ll always have me and I’ll always be here to listen to you” he added and she hugged him tightly before pulling back. “Thanks, Uncle Zach”.

“My pleasure. Now eat your food before it gets cold” he said passing it to her before he left to go get ready for the day.

“He told me you’d sleep over” Stefan said snapping her out of the memory and she wiped the tears that escaped from her eyes with the palm of her hand before smiling at him “When’d you get here?” she asked deflecting, cause really how was she supposed to talk to him about this without breaking down again.

“Late last night” he said pulling himself up to lean against the headboard next to her. “That’s really creepy, Salvatore” she said looking up at him as she rested her head on the headboard so she could get a better look at him. He had his eyes closed again, but she knew he wasn’t sleeping, just thinking.

He huffed in amusement before opening his eyes again. Her heart beat faster when he looked down at her and she had to turn away for a second “I know, but I wanted to tell you something, but when I got here and you were asleep, I couldn’t bring myself to leave”.

“W-what is it?” she struggled to get the words out, feeling nervous about having him in her room all of a sudden.

“Elena knows. She figured it out somehow and I tried to calm her down and keep her from doing anything rash, but honestly I don’t know what she’s going to do”.

Bonnie jumped out of her bed at the news “We have to tell grams”.

“Grams already knows” Sheila said as she opened the door, making Stefan jump this time and he wondered how he didn’t hear her. “Thin walls. And we’re going to talk about this” she said pointing at the two teens and then at the bed “later”.

“Grams it’s not-”

“Oh hush up child” Sheila said cutting her off, ignoring the embarrassed look on her granddaughter’s face, but saw the sadness in Stefan’s eyes at what Bonnie was about to say “Now both of you come downstairs before the food gets cold”. Sheila turned to leave, her granddaughter at her heels and Stefan right behind them.

After breakfast Stefan got a text from Elena to meet at the grill and he sighed in relief that she was at least going to give him a chance to explain so she can make an informed decision.

“Elena wants to meet at the grill” he told them and Grams smiled “Okay, don’t scare her off again. The fact that you’re a vampire freaked her out enough so don’t give her another reason to run” Sheila said as a warning.

“Grams is right, if she’s asking you to meet in a public place then it means she doesn’t trust you so don’t screw this up. Actually I think I should come with you, right?” she asked and they both shook their heads.

“No, we’re starting your lessons today” Sheila said.

“And I don’t want you too involved in any of this”.

Bonnie deflated “Fine” she said slouching into her chair, “You better get a move on then, Salvatore”.

“I’ll walk you out. Bonnie, please clean this up” Sheila said getting up from her seat and walking Stefan to the door.

“So, have you told her?” she asked without preamble, confusing Stefan “Told who, what?”

“Oh come on Stefan, I may be old but I’m not stupid. I’m talking about Bonnie. Have you told her you have feelings for her?”

That got his attention “Sheila, I don’t know what you’re-”

“You know exactly what I’m talking about, and your little bedroom visit this morning only confirmed what I already knew. You can try to deny it Stefan and tell me you like Elena, but you’ll only be lying to yourself and you’d know that you’re lying because you’re already fully aware of your feelings” She said and he sighed deeply “I haven’t told her, I mean what if she doesn’t feel the same way. And then there’s the Elena of it all. I don’t want anyone to get hurt”.

“Let me tell you something you already know, Stefan. Bonnie is stubborn, and she is loyal so she’s going to be a hard one to win over. And she will probably push you away sometimes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she doesn’t feel the same way it just means you have to keep at it and not give up” she said and placed a hand on his shoulder “And no matter which way you twist it someone will get hurt, you just have to decide who means more to you. You go on now, you don’t want to be late to meeting Elena” she said and turned back towards the kitchen.

Stefan sighed just watching her disappear into the kitchen before he left.


 

Mystic Grill

Stefan sat in one of the tables at the grill waiting for Elena. She was taking too long and he was worried that she may have changed her mind, but then she walked in and saw him “You said you would explain everything. That’s why I asked you to meet me here. When you Google ‘vampire’ you get a world of fiction. What’s the reality?” she asked as she sat down.

“I can tell you whatever you wanna know”.

“I know you eat garlic”.

“Yes”.

“And somehow, sunlight’s not an issue”.

“We have rings that protect us”.

“Crucifixes?”

“Decorative”.

“Holy water?”

“Drinkable”.

“Mirrors?”

“Myth”.

“You said you don’t kill to survive” she said wanting him to explain more “Animal blood keeps me alive, but not as strong as Damon. He can be very powerful”.

“And yet you let him get involved with Caroline?” How could he claim to be a good guy and yet let his brother hurt one of her friends?

“Forcing Damon not to do something is much more dangerous, believe me”.

“He was hurting her! She said a little loudly, because how could he justify what Damon was doing.

“He was feeding on her. He was able to take away her memories of being bitten using a form of mind compulsion. She never knew what was happening to her. If he wanted to kill her, he would have”.

“Is that supposed to be okay?”

“No. No, none of this is okay, Elena. I know that”.

“Are there any others, aside from you and Damon?”

“Not in Mystic Falls; not anymore” he said making her curious “Not anymore?”

“There was a time when this town was...very much aware of vampires, and it didn't end well for anybody. That's why it's important that you don't tell anyone”.

“I can’t promise that” she said getting up, having heard enough, but stopped when she thought of something else he said “Last night you said if anyone knew then people you cared about would get hurt, were you talking about Bonnie? Does she know?” she asked and Stefan remained silent, but he didn’t have to say anything because they both knew the truth.

“I thought so” she said and turned to leave, but Stefan grabbed her wrist to keep her from leaving and quickly let go when he saw the fear in her eyes “She wanted me to tell you, Elena, she begged me. Please, don’t be mad at her for my mistake” he pleaded, but she just walked away not saying anything else.

Stefan sat back down and covered his face with his hands when his phone went off. He took it out of his pocket and saw a voice message from Damon. He sighed deeply before reluctantly listening to it “Where are you, Stefan? I’m trapped at the house, and I’m getting really bored and really impatient, and I don’t do bored and impatient. Bring me my ring, damn it!”

Stefan groaned once the message ended, Damon could be such a child sometimes. He’s about to call him back when he saw Bonnie walk in and he’s pretty sure she’s not supposed to be here because Sheila said she had lessons today, “What are you doing here, Bonnie?” he asked once she was close enough and watched her take a seat as she said “I snuck out, so how’d it go?”

Stefan rolled his eyes, of course she did, “I’m pretty sure she hates me. But I tried to keep her from being mad at you, not really sure it worked very well” he said and she sighed, thinking about how she had to talk to Elena herself.

“Don’t worry about it. I should’ve told her, but…”

“It wasn’t your secret to tell, plus you were trying to protect me” he said with a smile that warmed her heart. “It’s what we do” she said grabbing his hand and squeezing it. He looked down at their hands before turning his palm upward, intertwining their fingers and Bonnie had to fight the urge to pull her hand away because this was slowly entering territory she wanted to stay away from. She cleared her throat, trying to get back on track and he looked up at her with a look that gave her pause “Um, you know you never really told me everything about life back then”.

“I guess I didn’t” he said and got up pulling on her hand “Come on, I want to show you something”.


 

Cemetery

Logan arrived at the cemetery to come talk to Sheriff Forbes about what happened last night. As he got closer he noticed that there were charred bodies on the ground and had to cover his nose from the smell of burnt flesh. “Never smelled one this bad before”.

“It tried to cover its tracks” the sheriff said as she stood up straight, looking up at the news reporter.

“Are you sure?”

“I'm positive. You only burn a corpse to try to hide cause of death, and there are no shell casings”.

“We know who they are?” he asked and she shook her head no “Doc'll have to check their dental records”.

“What story should I run?”

“Drug deal gone bad. It's not too big a stretch”. He nodded before reaching for his pocket “I got the Gilbert watch”.

“Good” she said as one of her deputies arrived “Found this in the bush about 10 yards away” he said handing her an ID.

“Vicki Donovan”.

“You know her?”

“I went to high school with her mother”.

“Think she's one of these?” he asked and she looked up at him with a worried expression on her face before turning back to the bodies in front of her “I hope not”.


 

Salvatore Ruins

“What are we doing here?” Bonnie asked as they stepped out of Stefan’s car. “I want to show you something”.

“In the middle of nowhere?” she asked examining the ruins, but from the few pillars she could see she knew something once stood there.

“This…Didn’t used to be nowhere. This used to be my home”.

“It looks so…”

“Old? It’s because they are” he said touching one of the pillars while she stood back and watched him. “You said you made the promise to Emily Bennett 145 years ago, so that means…”

“I’ve been 17 years old since 1864” he said finishing her thought “Half a century before the boarding house was even built, this was my family's home. Damon and I...We were both born here. The Salvatore brothers, best friends”.

Salvatore Estate 1864

Stefan and Damon ran out of the house, playing football, a game Damon learnt in the army “Wait. Where did you learn this game?” Stefan asked his older brother as they tossed it at each other on the yard. “Camp outside Atlanta. One of the officers picked it up at Harvard. Catch” Damon threw the ball and Stefan caught it easily.

“Wait a minute. Wait a minute. What are the rules? What are the rules?” Stefan asked as they playfully struggled for the ball. “Who needs rules?” Katherine asked as she walked out of the house “Mind if I join you?”

“Uh, well, you could, uh…you could get hurt. My brother likes to play rough” Stefan said, but she didn’t seem fazed by it “Somehow, I think that you play rougher” she said before snatching the ball from him and running off while he just stood there staring at her longingly.

“Why are you just standing there? That is a girl who clearly wants to be chased. If you don’t do it, I will” Damon said before running off after her with Stefan hot on their heels.

“Oh wow, you guys both really fell for her, didn’t you?”

“In the beginning, yes”.

Stefan was chasing Katherine through a garden maze and when she reached a statue they both stopped running “Ha! I win. What’s my prize?” She asked after giving a victorious shout.

“What would you like it to be?” Damon asked from behind them and Stefan turned smiling, happy his brother has returned so soon. “They extended your leave?”

“I was simply having too much fun to return to battle” Damon said with a cheeky smile which Stefan returned “Your commitment to the confederacy is inspiring” Stefan said sarcastically as he hugged his brother, both of them unaware of the ramifications of being a deserter.

“Well, this works out wonderfully for me” Katherine said innocently as they broke apart, but kept their arms around each other’s shoulders. “How’s that, Miss Katherine?”

“Now I’ll have both of you here to keep me entertained. First and foremost, I’ll need someone to escort me to the founder’s ball”.

“With pleasure. I would be honored” Both Damon and Stefan jumped at the chance.

“The smart and kind Salvatore brothers both coming to my rescue. How will I ever choose?” she said thoughtfully as she walked away.

“She chose me and I escorted her to the ball at the original Lockwood Mansion” He said turning to Bonnie “I didn’t care that I had gotten something that my brother wanted. I didn’t even care if it hurt him. I only knew that I wanted her”.

“So he was mad”.

“That’s the thing about Damon. He doesn’t get mad, he just gets even”.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Damon was dancing around the Boarding house while listening to music when Vicki walked out of the bedroom freshly showered. “Oh, man. That shower was so great. What did you give me?”

After he found her alive at the cemetery he decided to take her back to the Boarding House where he fed her his blood “Some blood. You loved it” he said still dancing.

“I did? Wait. I'm confused. How did we get here?” Damon sighed before walking up to her “We met in the woods. You were drunk. I attacked you. Then I killed all of your friends and brought you here, gave you same blood. You loved it. And now we're gonna party till the sun goes down”.

“Ok. Um, but first, can I have another hit? That blood was so good”.

“Only if I can” he smirked before biting into his wrist and giving it to Vicki to feed while he drank from her wrist.


 

Salvatore Ruins

“What Damon wants, Damon usually gets. I didn’t know it at the time, but…turns out that night…Katherine was with him, too” Stefan continued telling Bonnie the story.

“That’s messed up”.

“Tell me about it”.

Stefan was with Katherine in her room making out when he felt the need to confess “I will love you forever”.

“Forever is a very long time, you know?”

“Not long enough” he breathed as she started kissing his neck before elongating her fangs and biting him and he cried out in pain.

The next morning, Katherine’s handmaiden, Emily, was helping her get dressed when Stefan woke up “Good morning. Clear the room please” she told Emily, who stole a glance at Stefan before walking out the door.

“You’re upset” Katherine said walking closer to the bed. “Your face, it was like a demon” Stefan said pushing his body closer to the wall and away from her. “But you’re not afraid” she said climbing onto the bed.

“Get away from me. Get away” he said trying to escape her, but she was already compelling him. “It doesn’t change the way you feel about me. You will not tell anyone”.

“I…”

“Shh. We will go on exactly as we have”.

“Yes. We will go on” he responded mechanically. “You have no idea of the future I have planned for us, Stefan…You, me, and Damon. No rules”.

“Emily was there?” Bonnie asked and Stefan nodded. “Emily saved me from Katherine, Bonnie. She undid the compulsion, but told me to keep it a secret because Katherine would kill her if she found out, and she’d know it was her because she was the only witch around”.

“What about Damon?”

“It was too late, for any of us. The Townspeople found out about the vampires that were in Mystic Falls and trapped them, including Katherine” he said and paused, remembering the details of that night “Damon went after her and I followed him to try and stop him, but we were spotted and we were killed on sight. When we woke up we were so…hungry and I fed…and made Damon feed as well when all he wanted was to be with Katherine. He’s hated me ever since”.

“What happened to Emily?” Bonnie asked as she placed a hand on his shoulder to ease the pain she saw in his eyes.

“I found her tied up and being dragged to the stake. I wanted to help her, but she cried for me to go make sure her children were safe and to make sure nothing happened to them” he said and Bonnie couldn’t stop the stray tear that escaped her eyes “And as I watched her being burnt alive, I promised that I would protect her family”.

He pulled away from her grasp and pulled out Damon’s ring from a ruin “We’re not really gonna give that to him, right?”

“We don’t have a choice” he said turning back to her and she sighed “I know we don’t. I guess I was hoping you’d come up with a brilliant plan or something”.

“Sorry, all out”.

“Me too”.


 

Lockwood House

“We're working on it, Mayor Lockwood” The Sheriff told the Mayor, she was updating him on what happened at the cemetery. “Doc ID the bodies?”

“A few townies. Notorious druggies”.

“I suppose that'll make it easy for people to buy the story. And Vicki Donovan?”

“She's not one of the deceased” The Sheriff said, she’d been worried she’d have to tell Matt that his sister was dead, when she was the only family he had left. His mom gallivanting who knows where.

“Where the hell is she?” Mayor Lockwood asked the question she’s been asking herself since she got the results earlier.

“I wish I knew”.

Just then Logan Fell burst through the doors “Sorry I'm late”.

“You have the watch?” The Mayor asked and Logan handed it to him. He opened it to reveal a compass underneath that seeks out vampires. “It's ready” he handed it back to the reporter who looked at it “That's it?”

“Yes. That's it”.


 

Woods

After they left the Lockwood Property, Logan and the sheriff headed for the woods to search for the vampire that’s been killing people “I got Stanley on the Moore street entrance. The rest of us will cover other access points. Call him or call me if that thing goes off. Don't use the radio. Cellphones only” she instructed Logan as they prepared to split up.

“Got it”.

“You've got 8 rounds. Remember, wooden bullets won't kill him, but it'll wound him enough for you to get close and stake him. You sure you can handle this?” She asked making sure he was fully on board, she wasn’t ready to have his blood on her hands.

“Of course I can”.

“You ever staked a vampire before?” she asked him.

“Have you?”


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Vicki was dancing while Damon was up on the railing dancing with his shirt open before speeding down to sit on the couch and Vicki continued dancing “I am so over Tyler, so over him. I knew from the beginning that I was only a piece of ass to him, but I thought maybe if he got to know me better, he might see something more. But no. Now, Jeremy, on the other hand, that's all he's ever seen in me is something more, and I like that”.

“Jeremy, huh? Elena's brother?” He asked sitting up.

“Yeah, yeah” She said waving her arms around “So, Elena used to date my brother, and they were always together, so Jeremy would always be hanging around and crushing on me and...Hey, why don't you have a girlfriend? You're, like, totally cool and so hot”.

“I know”.

“Don't you wanna be in love?”

“I've been in love. It's painful and pointless and overrated” he said paging through the book that was sitting on the table.

“Except when it isn't”. Damon sighed getting up before throwing the book on the couch.

“No more talking. Let's dance” He said grabbing her arm so they could dance together. “My mom spends most of her time in Virginia beach with Pete. He drives trucks. I don't remember my dad, but from what I gather, he's not worth remembering”.

Your life is so pathetic”.

“Yeah. I mean, I'm the screwed-up one. Matt's got it so easy. He's the golden boy. I mean, he's gonna get a football scholarship and marry Elena and have a lawn mower and some babies, and when I think of my future, I just come up blank”.

“You are so damaged” he said brushing his hand against her cheek. “I mean, you don't have one hint of self-esteem”.

“Nope, none” she shook her head against his palm. “I think I know what can help you”.

“What's that?” She asked as he placed the other hand on her face as well.

“Death” he said and twisted her neck. He sat there for a few minutes waiting for her to wake up and when she did she groaned holding her neck “What happened? We were dancing, and then...”

“Then I killed you”.

“What?” she asked in shock. “You're dead”.

“I'm dead?”

“Yeah, well, let's not make a big deal out of it. You drank my blood, I killed you, and now you have to feed in order to complete the process” he said, but she didn’t buy it “You're wasted” she said getting up and heading for the door, but Damon blocked her way.

“You don't wanna be out there all alone. You're about to get really freaky”.

“Ok, I had a really good time. I just wanna go home”.

“You're gonna start craving blood, and until you get it, you're gonna feel very out of it. You have to be careful” Damon said trying to get her to understand.

“Come on, move” she said feeling aggravated at him. “See? You're already starting to fall apart”.

“And I'm going home now”.

“Ok, fine. I’m just warning you” he said lifting his hands in surrender before thinking better of it “Actually, you know what? You should go. In fact, if I were you, I would stop by your boyfriend Jeremy's house”.

“Yeah, whatever” she said as he helped her out the door.

“Bye. Tell Elena I said hi and if you see Stefan, tell him to call me” he said before shutting the door in her face.

About half an hour after Vicki left Bonnie and Stefan showed up at the boarding house to find Damon lounging around on the couch reading a book as if he didn’t just let a vampire in transition loose out in Mystic Falls “Where’s my ring, Stefan?” he asked without looking up from his book and Stefan tossed it at him. Damon caught it easily and placed it back on his finger and Stefan examined the living room “You look like you had an eventful day. What did you do to Vicki? I can smell her everywhere”.

“Oh nothing much, we just hung out, danced” he started getting up from his place on the couch and started walking closer to them. “Things got really depressing there for a second, man that girl can talk. And I turned her into a vampire. Hey, BonBon” he added winking at her and she unconsciously moved closer to Stefan.

“You turned her? How could you be so reckless”.

“I see it as I saved her life, which was incredibly depressing”.

“Where is she now, Damon?”

“Oh she said something about going to see her boyfriend, I wasn’t really paying attention” he said waving a dismissing hand. “If you leave now you could probably still catch her”.

“We have to go find her, Stefan” Bonnie said yanking at his arm and he nodded in agreement “I can track her, come on” he said leading her out the door and Damon sighed deciding to tag along.


 

Woods

Sheriff Forbes was still searching the woods when her phone started ringing “Yeah” she said into the speaker. “I think I got something. It’s pointing towards the old cemetery”.

“Headed your way”.


 

Cemetery

Vicki” Stefan called out to her as they found her wandering around the old cemetery. He kept Bonnie behind him in case something happened. Vicki turned to them and immediately recognized them. “I'm starting to remember things, what he is, what he said. I remember you. The hospital, the...the rooftop, it's all coming back” she said holding onto her head as the memories came back to her.

I'm so sorry. Damon had no right to do this to you” he said sincerely taking a step closer to her while Bonnie stayed behind him, with worry in her eyes over the girl in front of them.

He said that I need to feed. What will happen if I don't?”

You'll fade quickly...And then it'll all just be over”.

I'll be dead” she said absolutely terrified of dying and leaving her brother alone “I don’t want this”.

“I know. It'll be ok. You're gonna be ok. I can help you” he said extending his free hand for her to take. Vicki looked at Bonnie momentarily and she gave her an encouraging smile to accept the hand offered to her.

“Is it better? Is it better? Will I be better? I wanna go home. Will you take me home?” she asked her brain all over the place and Stefan nodded “Okay” he said just as a gunshot went off, hitting him on the chest “Ahh!” he cried out, dropping to his knees and clutching his chest.

“Stefan!” Bonnie cried kneeling beside him “You’re going to be okay” she said as Damon showed up, biting Logan on the neck. He dropped the reporter once he was done and approached Bonnie who was trying to stop the bleeding. She held back her tears as she watched Damon move her hand away and remove the bullet from Stefan’s chest. The younger Salvatore cried out again as the bullet was being pulled from his chest and Bonnie held his hand as a stray tear escaped from her eyes.

“It's wood” Damon said examining the bullet before he tossed it to the side “They know. If anyone's gonna kill you, it's gonna be me” he said helping his brother up as the wound healed. None of them noticed Vicki drinking Logan’s blood until it was too late “No! No! Vicki!” Bonnie cried out, seeing her first. “I'm sorry” Vicki said before she disappeared into the woods.

Oops” Damon said, that being his only acknowledgement of what he’s done before he moved to where Logan’s body laid lifeless and picked up the compass “We need to leave” he said showing Stefan the compass and they all left the cemetery heading back to the house.

Sheriff Forbes got there a few minutes later and found Logan’s body on the ground before she frantically started looking for the watch as her deputies got there “The watch. Find the watch”.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

“You sure you’re okay?” Bonnie asked as she handed Stefan a cup of animal blood and sat down next to him on the couch “Yeah I’m fine, the wounds already gone” he said and she reached for his chest, where the wound was, to make sure. Stefan placed a hand over the one on his chest and looked at her intensely again making Damon roll his eyes because they seem to have forgotten he’s also in the room and if he doesn’t make his presence known then he might see something he wouldn’t want to.

“As sweet as this little moment is, can we please talk about how we’re going to fix our little Vicki problem?” He asked with a satisfied smile as Bonnie jumped a little before withdrawing her hand from Stefan’s chest.

Stefan sighed in frustration as he realized that his brother was still in the room, and alive. “I texted Elena” Bonnie said and justified what she did when they looked at her as if she was crazy “She deserves to know what’s going on, I mean haven’t we hidden enough from her already? And it’s her brother’s girlfriend that’s on the loose so they’re affected by this. She should be here in a few minutes”.

There was a knock on the door a few minutes later before Elena burst through the door “Bonnie I got your text, what happened to Vicki?” she asked feeling uneasy with being around Stefan and Damon.

“You need to sit down, Elena” she responded calmly, trying to calm her friend.

“I don’t want to sit, Bonnie. Matt called us and told us Vicki was missing and then I get a text from you saying something happened-”

“You should really take a seat, Elena. Trust me” Damon said firmly and she obeyed without further question before Bonnie got into the details of what happened.

“So Damon turned her into a vampire and you guys lost her in the woods?” Elena asked cautiously as she gave Damon a wary look and she looked even more scared than when she first walked in the door when Bonnie nodded.

“I'll take care of it. I'll find her, and I will show her that she can live like I do. I will make sure that she does not hurt anybody, Elena. I promise you” Stefan said from the seat next to hers.

“What do I tell my brother and…and Matt?” Elena asked frantically as tears started to build up in her eyes.

“We’ll come up with a story” he said and tried to reach for her hand, only to have her pull away. “You mean we’ll come up with a lie”.

“I’m so sorry, Elena”.

“Look Stefan, I understand that you would never do anything to hurt me, and I promise I will keep your secret” She said addressing all of them before turning to Stefan again with tears in her eyes “But...I can't be with you, Stefan. I'm sorry. I...I just can't...” she said and rushed out of the house, leaving the three of them in a daze. Bonnie looked at her best friend thinking this isn’t how it was supposed to go.

Chapter Text

Bennett Household

Bonnie’s POV

I was sitting on the couch listening to grams tell me about our family’s history for what felt like the hundredth time and as interesting as it was I couldn’t stop thinking about Vicki. We lost her last night after she fed and officially became a vampire.

Stefan took me home after our talk with Elena and told me that they’d keep looking for Vicki and that I had to focus on learning about what I am and letting grams teach me how to control my magic. I knew he was right, after I set Tiki’s car on fire I knew that I needed to get whatever was happening to me under control before I seriously hurt someone.

I snapped out of my thoughts and focused on what grams was saying about us being from Salem. “Was our family burned in the witch trial?”

“No, the girls that were persecuted in Salem were entirely innocent. You have to have more than ignorance to trap a real witch”.

“How did we end up in Mystic Falls?” I asked wanting to know how we ended up splitting up.

“Our family fled Salem in 1692 and relocated here. Our ancestors lived in secrecy for over a hundred years. It's important that we still do” she said, making me wonder why witches would still be persecuted in this day and age. Besides people were aware of what she was, but didn’t do anything about it.

‘Grams, everybody knows you're a witch”.

“They also know it's absurd, can't be true. I'm just a kooky lady that teaches occult at the university. No one really believes. They just poke fun. And let 'em. Don't let 'em know the truth” she said and I nodded in understanding. It was like when I first told my friends I was a witch, none of us really believed it was true.

“Where's the witchcraft? I mean, you've been talking history for 2 days. I wanna get to the fun part” I said tired of hearing about our history. I wanted to start practicing.

“Firstly, it hasn’t been two days because you snuck out before and ended up getting yourself involved in something you’re not ready for and secondly, it's not meant to be fun. It's real and it's serious, and you must understand it before you practice it”.

“Then help me understand it grams” I said, determined. I wanted to understand and learn everything I could. Grams must’ve seen the look in my eyes because she nodded before she went to open our bookshelf, pulling out a big ass book.


 

Mystic Falls High

Stefan’s POV

Damon and I tracked Vicki to Mystic Falls high where we heard her speaking to Tyler in his car. We needed to get that kid out of there before Vicki killed him. “Don’t do anything stupid, Damon” I warned my brother before I sped off towards the car and pulled Vicki out of it just as she attacked Tyler. “Aah! Let go of me!” She screamed, struggling in my arms.

“What's going on here, Stefan? What's wrong with her?” Tyler asked frantically as Damon approached us. “You don't talk” Damon said pointing at the jock in front of me.

“Screw you, dude” Tyler spat, and I could tell Damon was getting pissed off “’Dude’? Really? ‘Dude’?”

“Damon, don't!”

“Oh come on. Who's gonna miss this idiot?” Damon asked and Tyler punched him in the face. Damon’s face transformed, ready to attack Tyler himself when Vicki saw this and screamed “Ooh! Don't you hurt him” I rolled my eyes at the unnecessary drama unfolding before me. Damon grabbed Tyler by the throat and compelled him instead “Forget what you saw here tonight. None of us were here” he said and threw Tyler on the ground before we sped away. At least we finally found her, now we can help her.


 

Woods

Bonnie’s POV

It was one o’clock in the morning and grams and I were in the middle of the woods. She brought me out here after hours of explaining where our magic came from and showing me a few spells that were in the book she called a grimoire.

I watched as my grams drew a circle on the ground with a stick she picked up before she stood in the middle of it and turned to me. “Witches are connected to nature, Bonnie. We can control the elements; Earth, water, air and fire, but each of us have a specialty”.

“What’s yours, grams?” I asked curious and she just smirked at me before closing her eyes “Phasmatos Incendia” I heard her say before a fire erupted around her and I stood there gaping in shock.

“Whoa” I breathed as grams opened her eyes looking at me with a smile on her face, probably amused by the look on my face “Suctus Incendia” she said with conviction and I watched as the fire extinguished around her.

“I can control the other three elements as well, but I’m strongest when I’m using fire”.

“That’s really cool, grams. What about me? What’s my specialty?” I asked curious. “That’s for you to figure out child, but from what you’ve told me you’re probably like me” she said bringing a smile to my face because I didn’t mind that at all.

“Will you show me how to do that too?” I asked eager to learn some more. “Later, you first have to learn control otherwise your magic could get out of hand. We’ll start with something simple” she said walking towards me. She kneeled in front of me and told me to kneel as well “Close your eyes, Bonnie” she said after placing my hands on the ground between us “Concentrate. Focus on tapping into your power, listen to the sound of your heart beating, the sound of your lungs filling with air” she said and I did as she told me, shutting everything else out of my mind as I focused. “Now, repeat the following words until you feel secure in what you’re saying, let the magic flow through you and let yourself connect with the Earth ‘Phasmatos Tribum, Plantus Vivifey, Plantus Herbus’” she said and I took a deep breath before repeating those same words over and over again.

I felt my magic flow through me as I connected with the elements, it felt incredible, like I was floating on air. When I opened my eyes I was met with a worried expression on my grams face before she quickly covered it up with a proud smile. I was about to question her on it when I got distracted by the flowers that were suddenly blooming around me as far as the eye could see. Did I do this?

A smile spread across my face as we got up and I looked at my grams “Wow, grams that was incredible. Did I really do this?” I asked and she nodded “You did baby, you did really well for your first try. Do you feel okay?” she asked and I nodded still distracted by what I just did “Yeah I feel great” I said as I picked a flower and gave it to my grams “Thank you, grams”.

“You’re quite welcome, baby” she said giving me a curious look “I think that’s enough practice for today, come on let’s go home and get some rest” she said and I nodded as we walked back to her car, feeling excited about learning more.

 I woke up to the sound of a knock on my door and groaned when I spotted the time on my night stand. I was about to go back to sleep when I heard knocking again and reluctantly got out of bed to go open the door. “Good morning, Baby” Grams said brightly once I opened the door “Grams, it’s six o’clock in the morning. I don’t have to get up for school for at least another half hour, please let me sleep”.

“You’re not going to school today” she said, “You have to practice some more”.

“Can’t I practice after school?” I asked confused and she shook her head. “One day isn’t going to kill you Bonnie, besides today’s Halloween isn’t it so you won’t be doing school work anyway”.

“I know, but Caroline asked me to help the decorating committee and she’s going to kill me if I don’t show up”.

“This is important, Bonnie. You can call your friend and apologize, now get dressed and come downstairs” Grams said sternly before she turned around and walked downstairs. I sighed as I closed the door and went to the bathroom to get ready for the day.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan’s POV

“I don't understand why I have to stay cooped up here. Why can't I just go home?” Vicki asked for what felt like the hundredth time. I swear this girl’s hearing is selective because I’ve been explaining why she can’t leave since we found her yesterday and I let her call her brother so he wouldn’t be worried about her.

“Because you're changing, Vicki, and it's not something you wanna do alone” I said trying not to lose my patience with her. She’s not the only one who wanted to be somewhere else, I wanted to go see Bonnie, but I couldn’t because I had to stay here and help her before she hurt somebody.

“There's nothin' about that Logan guy I killed in here. Not a word. Someone's covering it up” Damon’s voice snapped me out of my thoughts. He was watching the news while unconsciously fiddling with the compass in his hand.

“What is that?” Vicki asked curiously as she noticed it as well. “This is a very special, very old compass. What was Logan Fell doing with it? Aren't you curious?” He asked me “Well, if you're so worried that somebody's onto you, why don't you just leave town, Damon?”

“We should all be worried” he said firmly and he was right, if someone is onto us then it won’t be long till they start hunting us down.

“Hey, um, I'm hungry. Do you have anything to eat?” Vicki asked and I poured her some blood before handing it to her.

“What is it?” she asked examining the contents of the cup. “It's what you're craving”.

“Heh. Don't lie to the girl. It's so not what you're craving, but it'll do in a pinch, right, Stef?”

“What is it?” Vicki asked again scrunching up her face. “Yeah, what is it? Is it a skunk? Saint Bernard? Bambi?” Damon asked eagerly as he stood next to her and I rolled my eyes at him before addressing Vicki “Go on. Give it a try”.

“She's new. She needs people blood. She can't sustain on that stuff”.

“Yeah, why can't I have people blood?”

“Because it's wrong to pray on innocent people, Vicki” I told them both, because it was pretty obvious.

“You don't have to kill to feed. Just find someone really tasty and then erase their memory afterwards. It's so easy”.

“No, no, no. There's no guarantee that you can control yourself, okay? It takes years to learn that. You could easily kill somebody, and then you have to carry that with you for the rest of your life, which, if I haven't made clear, is eternity”.

“Don't listen to him. He walks on a moral plane way out of our eye line. I say snatch, eat, erase” Damon said slinging his arm over her shoulder. I could tell she was tempted but I couldn’t let her listen to Damon and I couldn’t help but think this was like having an angel and demon on your shoulder while you struggled to figure out who to listen to.

“Hey, look at me. We choose our own path. Our values and our actions, they define who we are”.

Damon rolled his eyes “Okay, count deepak. I am outta here” he said heading for the door. Once Damon was gone Vicki drank the blood before handing it to me “Can I have some more?” she asked and I took the cup from her about to pour her some more blood when I heard footsteps coming from the hallway before I heard Elena’s voice.

“Stefan? Stefan?” She called out to me as I headed down the stairs to intercept her “Yes” I said as she came into view. She looked better this morning, more calm and less frightened which was a good thing, but to be honest I didn’t think she’d ever step foot in this house again after she broke up with me. As much as I tried I couldn’t bring myself to be heartbroken about our break up, instead all I felt was relief. Elena and I were never going to work, I knew that now.

“Where is Vicki?” she asked keeping her distance “She's upstairs”.

“What happens now? Because my brother is out there searching for her with the rest of the town. What do I tell him?”

“I'm working with her, but it's gonna take time. She's a very volatile and impulsive personality. She's a drug user. I mean, all that's gonna play a part in how she responds to this”.

“So, she's a vampire with issues? What am I supposed to do? Because I'm lying to everyone that I care about. What's gonna happen to her?”

“I'm gonna keep her here with me until I know that she's safe”.

“How long is that?” Vicki asked appearing seemingly from nowhere and I turned to her “We can talk about that later” I told her as she turned to look at Elena.

“Hey, Vicki, How are you?” she asked cautiously, which only served to piss the other girl off “How am I? You're kidding, right?”


 

Mystic Grill

General POV

Mayor Lockwood and Mrs. Lockwood were sitting in a booth discussing what happened last night. Logan Fell was dead and now the watch was gone, meaning whatever they were dealing with knew that they were coming after it.

“We never should have trusted that Logan weasel with the watch” The mayor snapped as he thought about what happened. “How many are we dealing with?”

“Well, the coroner thinks one. Something about the wound radius and the jaw pattern”.

“Are we in danger? I mean, if it found the watch, then it knows we know, and could it come after us? A-and should I even be saying "it"? Or...or is it a he or a she?” Mrs. Lockwood asked in a frightened ramble.

“If it has any historical knowledge of the town, then it'll know where the watch came from, so yes, we could very much be in danger”.

“So what do we do?” She asked fearing for her son. “Just keep it quiet. We can't have the entire town aware of this. We need to find it before it finds us” Mayor Lockwood said unaware that Damon was listening to their entire conversation.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan’s POV

I was officially running a vampire 101 class in the living room of my house to help Vicki while Elena watched. She decided to stick around for some reason which was odd to me because one minute she was scared of us and hated me for lying to her and the next minute she couldn’t leave us alone. I didn’t have time to deal with Elena right now so I just pretended she wasn’t there. “Coffee is our friend. It's the caffeine. It circulates through our veins, and it warms our body so we're not so cold to the touch”.

“Well, what if I wanna drink human blood?” Vicki asked and there was really nothing she could do about that other than learn to control it.

“You're gonna have to learn to live with that urge and fight it on a daily basis, take it one day at a time”.

“Oh gosh! Don't start with that whole 12 steps thing. School counselor has been down that road, and it doesn't work for me”.

“It can work. It's your choice, Vicki”.

“So you've never tasted human blood?” She asked and I could feel Elena’s eyes on me as she waited for a response.

“Not in a long time”.

“How long?”

“Years and years. I'm not proud of my past behavior” I said because I couldn’t change the things I did in the past, all I could do was live with it.

“Does this sketchy feeling ever go away? It's like I have a massive hangover. This daylight thing is a bitch. I need more blood. Where's your bathroom? I have to pee. Why do I have to pee? I thought I was dead” She said rambling before she got up and left the room. I sighed and turned to Elena who was looking at me strangely, but I didn’t have the energy to try and figure Elena out right now, this was my chance to call Bonnie and tell her what was happening. “I'm going to, uh...I'm gonna get her some more blood. All right. I'll be quick” I said speeding out the door.

I pulled out my cellphone and called Bonnie while I poured Vicki some blood. She wasn’t picking up and I was about to give up when I suddenly heard yelling on the other end of the line “Bonnie Bennett, I told you to switch off that phone!”

“I know, Grams, but it’s Stefan. I’ll be right back!” I heard Bonnie call back “Hey, Salvatore. What’s up?”

“Hey, did I catch you at a bad time?” I asked her cause judging by the back and forth with her grams she was probably busy learning magic with Sheila, which got me thinking “You didn’t go to school”.

“We’re talking on borrowed time here, Salvatore. I’m going to need you to get to it, and no I didn’t go to school”.

“Oh, anyway we found Vicki and we’re keeping her at the house until she’s ready to be around others” I said and heard Bonnie sigh in relief “That’s good, so you’re teaching her?”

“Yeah, and we have an audience. Elena came over”.

“Really? That’s a good sign, right? Maybe she’ll take you back” she said and I sighed regretting bringing it up in the first place.

“It’s not a sign for anything, Bonnie. Look, Elena and I were never going to work, and you need to let go of the idea that we’re going to get back together” I said, finally speaking the words I’ve been holding back from her. She was quiet for a bit on the other end and if it wasn’t for her breathing I would’ve thought she’d hung up on me.

“Okay Salvatore, I’ll let it go” she said quietly and I was relieved she wasn’t stubborn this time “Thank you, so will I see you at all today?” I asked, hopeful. I feel like I haven’t seen her in a long time and I miss her, a lot.

“Probably not, Grams is on a rampage and you’re on babysitting duty. Maybe tomorrow, okay?” she said and I sighed, a little disappointed “I’ll hold you to that”.

“Okay, I’ll see you, Salvatore” she said quickly before the line went dead and I sighed before grabbing the cup of blood and heading back upstairs to two women who weren’t Bonnie.


 

Bennett Household

Bonnie’s POV

I quickly hung up on Stefan when I heard Grams “You ready to get back to work” she said as she came into view and I nodded, following her back into our living room which was filled with candles while the grimoire sat in the middle of the room. We’ve been practicing for hours and grams taught me the basics before she taught me some of the harder spells.

Grams left the room for a bit before returning with a bowl of water “My mama first taught me how to control the water element with a bowl of water” she said as she placed it on the floor next to the grimoire before she waved me closer, telling me to sit down in front of the bowl. “She told me to concentrate on what I wanted the water to do for me, and make the shape with my hands as I felt the water move through my fingers”. I closed my eyes and focused like Grams said, extending my arms over the bowl and the spell just flowed from my lips “Confuso Fatina, ignos et ignos mortifina” I said firmly and opened my eyes in time to see the water lift from the bowl. I smiled as I touched it with my fingers shaping it into an arrowhead. I got excited when I saw it take shape before my eyes and I could see my grams smile as well when she knelt down in front of me. I was about to make something else when I heard the pipes creak around the house before they burst and suddenly there was water everywhere.

Grams quickly got up and performed a spell to mend the pipes before the water did too much damage on the house “Grams what’s going on?” I asked, a little worried, my magic got out of control again.

“I don’t know baby, but I promise you I’ll figure it out. Right now let’s go get dried up” she said and I nodded before heading up the stairs to my room to change my clothes.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan’s POV

I walked back to the room to find Elena kneeling on the floor, hunched over and coughing up a storm “What happened?” I asked helping her up. “She threatened me” Elena answered once she got her breathing under control and I sighed because of course Elena figured out a way to piss off a newbie vampire. She didn’t leave though, I could hear her in my room.

“She's on edge. Imagine every sense in your body operating at super speed. I mean, she's uncomfortable in her own skin. And then when you throw in her other issues...” I said trying to explain to her what a bad idea it was to upset Vicki right now.

“How long before it settles? Hours? Days? Weeks?”

“There's no rule book”.

“Well, how long before you learned to control it?”

“A while, but I didn't have anybody helping me. I had to do it on my own. The thing is it's hard to resist certain people especially when you're new, it's difficult to separate your feelings. Love, lust, anger, desire...it can all blur into one urge, hunger”.

“What does that mean?”

“It means that Jeremy can't see her, not now. She might not be able to resist him, and she could hurt him” I said and saw the fear in her eyes. “I need to get going” she said gathering her things before she walked out the door. I went upstairs when I heard Damon speaking to Vicki, I could not let her be alone with him right now.

“What are you doing?” I said as I walked into my room just as Damon and Vicki were getting ready to head out. “She's been cooped up in your room all day. She's not Anne Frank”.

“No no. Hey hey...Now's not the time for this”.

“If you're gonna teach her. Teach her. Show her what it's all about”

“She could hurt someone” I don’t know how many times I have to keep saying this before the two of them hear me. “I'm not takin' her to Disneyland. We're going in the front yard. Come on”.

“Bad idea, Damon” I said blocking their way, “She's a vampire Stefan, she should know the perks”.

“Like what?” she asked, curious and Damon smirked before using his super-speed to get behind her.

“Whoa. How did you do that? Ho ho ho ho” she said getting excited and I rolled my eyes at the scene before me, this was not going to end well.

“Come on Vicki, live a little. No pun intended” Damon said and Vicki used her super-speed to run away. I groaned and rubbed my eyes, feeling frustrated by what just happened. Damon turned to me, giving me an innocent look “Uh...my bad”.

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Donovan Residence

Stefan’s POV

I tracked Vicki back to her house. I can’t believe Damon could be stupid enough to teach Vicki her abilities before they got a handle on her hunger. I hesitated before ringing their doorbell, I really didn’t want to be here and Damon offered to come with me but I really didn’t need him here to mess this up again.

“Stefan, what are you doing here?” Matt asked when he opened the door “Is Vicki home?”

“Yeah”.

“Can I see her, please?”

“Don't let him in. I don't want him in here” Vicki said from inside the house and Matt turned to talk to her “Did he do something to you?”

“No, I just don't want him in here”

“Just let me come in so I can explain myself” I said trying to get him to invite me in so I could talk to Vicki and get her to see that I’m only trying to help her, but Matt wasn’t having any of it “Look, I don't know what's going on but I think you should leave now”.

“Matt...”

“Please, now, Stefan” he said and I nodded before turning to leave, this was going to be harder than I thought.


 

Mystic Falls High

General POV

The Halloween dance was in full swing with everyone there enjoying themselves, except for Stefan who was stuck with trying to look for Vicki before she hurt Jeremy. He saw her walking through the halls in a vampire costume and grabbed her, pulling her into a classroom “What, you’re following me now?” she said once she knew it was him and was annoyed because try as she might she couldn’t escape him.

“You didn’t really give me much of a choice”.

“Let me out of here” she said trying to push past him, but he wasn’t budging “You shouldn’t be here Vicki. Crowds like this, it makes it even harder for you to keep yourself under control”.

“I’m fine”.

“Really? No headache? Your stomach's not screaming at you? You're not feeling lightheaded or anxious or cranky like if someone looks at you the wrong way you could just rip their head off? Do you wanna know what that's called? It's called hunger and it's only gonna get worse and worse every minute that you pretend like it's not controlling you” he said taunting her, making her want to rip his head off. Vicki was about to respond when Elena barged into the classroom and saw them “Thank God” she breathed, feeling relieved at the sight of them.

“What's the matter?” Stefan asked as he saw her standing at the doorway, her being here wasn’t helpful. “I lost track of Jeremy. I was worried”.

“What's goin' on?” Matt burst through soon after and Stefan had to fight to not groan in frustration over this whole situation. “Hey uh, everything's fine” he tried to reassure Matt

“I told you to quit bothering me” Vicki blurted out all of a sudden and they all turned to her, Elena trying to stop her from doing something stupid. “No. Vicki, don't do this”.

“Matt, he won't leave me alone” she continued to whine to her brother and Matt became hostile towards Stefan “You need to back off, man”.

“Matt, it's...it's okay” Elena said trying to calm him down, but Matt wouldn’t listen.

“No, it's not okay. What the hell is your problem?” He yelled at him and they didn’t notice her leave until she was gone “Stefan. She's gone”. Stefan ran to the door and quickly looked down the hallway to see if he could find her before turning to Elena and Matt “I'm trying to help her” he said and ran out the room.

Jeremy was walking around the party trying to find his way when Vicki grabbed him and pulled him into her as they turned a corner “Whoa. Vic, you scared the hell out of me” he said once he saw that it was her and Vicki pouted her lips “Sorry. I'm sorry” she whispered and kissed him before grabbing his arm and running off.

They ran out the back entrance and continued making out by the busses “I was so worried about you” he said between kisses “I’m fine now, but…I gotta leave” she said kissing him again, but Jeremy pulled away “What? Where?”

“I gotta get out of here, Jer. I just...I can't live at home with Matt. He just doesn't get it”.

“No, you can't. You can't just leave”.

“Come with me. If you come with me, we can be together forever” she said and pulled him down to her again, kissing him. The kiss heats up and Vicki unconsciously bites his lip and sucked on the blood that poured out.

“Okay. Yeah. Ow. You're taking that costume a little too far” he said pulling away and she chased his lips “What? What is it? Vicki! Vicki, what the hell?!” He yelled struggled to get away from the hold she had on him “Oh, my god. No! stop! Vicki! No! Ah!” Jeremy screamed as Vicki pulled him closer, biting his neck as she overpowered him. Just then, Elena ran out the back entrance and saw Vicki attacking Jeremy “Vicki, no!” she screamed running over to them and hit Vicki with a wooden plank she picked up.

Vicki grabbed her by the neck and threw her into a pile of garbage nearby and was about to feed on Jeremy again when Stefan came and grabbed her, holding her against the bus as Jeremy ran over to Elena. Vicki used her strength to get Stefan off of her and pushed Jeremy out of the way, grabbing Elena and biting her. Stefan quickly grabbed a piece of wood and stabbed Vicki in the heart with it.

Her skin desiccated and she fell lifelessly on the ground “Vicki! Vicki! Vicki! Vicki!” Jeremy cried as he ran over to her and held her in his arms. Stefan walked up to Jeremy and pulled him away from Vicki.

“Get him out of here” Elena said clutching her neck and Stefan pulled out his phone, calling Damon. He answered on the first ring “What?”

“I need your help”.


 

Bennett Household

Bonnie’s POV

“Were you able to figure out what’s wrong with my magic?” I asked Grams as we packed up the candles we were using today. After we got the place cleaned up grams encouraged me to continue practicing, which I did, but we didn’t really do any big spells only a few levitation spells. Everything went well and I didn’t destroy my house again, but I was exhausted now. I guess practicing magic all day will do that to you. “Not yet baby, but I’ll keep looking, don’t you worry. You should go get some rest” she said taking the candles from my arms and pushing me towards the stairs. “Okay, goodnight Grams”.

“Goodnight, baby” she said heading to the kitchen. I walked up to my room and jumped when I saw the figure sitting on my bed in the dark when I opened the door. I switched on the light and the figure turned out to be Stefan, with his face turned to the floor, not even looking at me as I walked into the room and sat down next to him. He didn’t seem to want to talk so I just sat there and took a hold of his hand, quietly waiting for him to tell me what happened.

“I, uh…I wanted to help her” he spoke softly after a while “But instead I-” he cut himself off and I squeezed his hand in comfort. “What happened, Stefan?” I asked softly, lifting his head with my free hand, getting him to look at me.

“I killed Vicki” he said with a pained expression on his face before continuing “She was at the Halloween party and attacked Elena and the next thing I know I was stabbing her in the heart with a stake”.

I hugged him tightly then as a tear escaped from my eyes, why does everything have to end in death. “I’m sorry, Bonnie” he whispered as he squeezed me tighter, but I shook my head “You don’t have to apologize to me, Stefan. I’m not the one who lost my sister today, you have to apologize to him” I said thinking about Matt as I pulled away.

“He doesn’t know” he said looking at me and I shook my head “It doesn’t matter, you still need to apologize”. He sighed and wiped the tears that fell from my eyes.

“Where’s Elena now?” I asked grabbing his hand “I asked Damon to take her and Jeremy home”. I got onto the bed and patted the free space next to me for him to lie down next to me and he obeyed without question. He leaned against the headboard and opened his arms for me to snuggle against his chest “I missed you today” he said softly, but I barely heard him and even though I was already half asleep I managed to respond with an “I missed you too” before letting sleep take me.

I was running through the woods when I suddenly stopped in front of an old house. Feeling drawn to it, I walked up the stairs and opened the door, coming face to face with a woman I’ve never seen before. “He’s coming”.

I woke up then, breathing heavily as I took in the familiar surroundings of my room as I calmed down. I looked next to me and saw that Stefan was gone, he must’ve left in the middle of the night so I laid back down onto the bed as I breathed deeply and tried to fall asleep again.

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Salvatore Boarding House

General POV

Stefan was asleep in the parlor when the book he was reading fell from his lap to the floor, making him wake up. He left Bonnie asleep last night when he went to see her after killing Vicki. He felt guilty about what he did, it wasn’t supposed to end the way it did, but it did and he had to live with that even though seeing Bonnie made him feel better, she made him feel like he wasn’t a monster. She made him feel whole, but that wasn’t what he needed right then he didn’t want her to make him feel better, so he left.

He left in the middle of the night so grams wouldn’t catch them again, he didn’t want to leave but he knew he had too otherwise he never would, but when he got home he couldn’t get to sleep so he read on the couch and must’ve fallen asleep judging by the light coming in from the window.

He sat up on the couch when he heard a noise in the house “Damon?” he called out, thinking it might be his brother, but he didn’t get a response. He heard a further disturbance coming from the kitchen and the smell of baked goods before he actually got up to look what it was. When he walked into the kitchen he saw his best friend bent over by the oven and pulling out a cake tray “Bonnie? What are you doing here at six in the morning?”

“Morning, Salvatore” she said with a bright smile as she placed the tray on the counter and went to give him a hug “Happy Birthday”.

Bonnie has been up since three in the morning, after her dream she tried going back to sleep, but gave up after a while and started thinking up ways to celebrate Stefan’s 162nd birthday, yes she’d done the math. If she was honest she also had selfish reasons for throwing herself into planning Stefan’s party. She wanted to distract herself from her dream and what better way to do that than by throwing a party for your oldest friend, even though he wasn’t a fan.

She’d called Caroline early this morning before heading to the boarding house, Caroline has always been an early riser; said it meant she had more time in the day to get things done, and she was more than happy to help. She also asked Grams for her famous chocolate cake recipe and was off on a mission to make this the best day ever. Grams also performed a spell to hide her scent from Stefan in case he caught her before she got anything done.

“I baked you a cake, it’s Grams’ recipe” she said as she pulled away and he smiled at her fondly, wiping away the flour from her cheek.

“With everything going on, I forgot about it, and you didn’t have to do this”.

“I wanted to, besides it’s not everyday your best friend turns 162 years old, right?” she said enthusiastically as she went to put icing on the cake “You’ve been through a lot too, Stef, and after what happened last night…” she stopped herself before she started feeling miserable again, which she refused to be because today was the one day they were going to be normal and do normal things, like celebrate Stefan’s birthday. Stefan must’ve seen her face because he came closer and reached for her hand, stopping what she was doing. She looked up at him and gave him weak smile before she shrugged “I just want you to have a happy birthday”. Her eyes were pleading with him to let her do this and he nodded, today they’d be normal.

“You know I can’t eat that right?” he said pointing to the cake and Bonnie blushed in embarrassment for forgetting before brushing it off “It doesn’t matter, everyone deserves to have cake on their birthday”.


 

Sheriff’s Office

Two hours. That’s how long they hung out for before being called into the Sheriff’s office to be questioned about last night. This didn’t apply to Bonnie though because she wasn’t there, but she wanted to be there for Stefan. When they got there the others were already sitting there anxiously waiting as they got called in one by one.

“Where did Vicki say she was going?” Sheriff Forbes asked Jeremy who was sitting in the chair in front of her. Last night when Damon dropped them off Elena begged him to compel Jeremy to forget, he was just a kid and didn’t need to feel the pain of losing yet another important person in his life.

“She didn’t”.

“Did she tell her brother where she was going?”

“No she didn’t say anything to me. She told Jeremy to tell me that she was leaving town” Matt answered when he was called in “Is there anyone I can talk to that may know what happened to her prior to her leaving town?”.

“Stefan Salvatore may know. He came by the house to see her, but she wouldn’t talk to him”.

“What was he doing there?” she asked.

“I was trying to help her, I knew that Elena was worried about her brother, he was dating Vicki and she had a drug problem, so I tried to help” Stefan responded as he thought back to the events of last night.

“So you got involved because Elena asked you to?”

“I asked Stefan to help. I thought that, by helping Vicki, he was helping my brother”.

“What was her behavior like those last few days before she left?” The Sheriff asked Matt and he thought about it for a minute trying to remember the details of his sister’s behavior “Up and down, very sketchy, like she was coming down from some major partying” he said thoughtfully as he remembered what she was like.

“Any signs of aggression or violence?”

“None that I remember”.

“No”.

“No”.

They each gave their answers and the sheriff nodded, satisfied “So you believe Vicki really has left town?” she asked her last question before letting them leave.

“Yes”.

“Yes”.

“Yes”.

“I’ll miss her, but…I think it’s for the best”.

Stefan stood by the door of the Sheriff’s office waiting for Matt to finish up inside. When he walked out, he almost bumped into the vampire standing there “Matt, I wanted to apologize for what happened with Vicki, I really was trying to help her ,that’s all, I’m sorry for the way things turned out” he said, but Matt really wasn’t interested right now, maybe when it all sinks in and he’s accepted that she’s left him alone he might be ready to listen to what Stefan had to say, but not right now so he just left him standing there without saying anything and Stefan sighed before leaving the building himself, going outside to where Bonnie was waiting for him.

“How’d it go?” she asked when she saw him approaching “I don’t think the Sheriff suspected anything” he said, but she could tell something was bothering him.

“What’s wrong, Salvatore?” she asked concerned, “Nothing, I just tried apologizing to Matt for what happened, but he didn’t really want to hear anything I had to say, and I get it”.

“Give it time, Salvatore. He just lost his sister and he doesn’t even know it, I just hope one day we’ll have the courage to tell him”.

They saw Elena walk to the car with Jeremy and Bonnie gave her a weak smile and an awkward wave which she returned before Elena got into the car, driving off. “Why don’t you talk to her?”

“I will, I just want to give her some space” she said before changing the subject “Come help me pack grams’ things”. Her dad had texted her that he was coming back today when she was waiting for Stefan so she had to help grams pack before her dad got back. They didn’t really get along, her dad said that grams was filling her head with ‘witchy juju’, as he put it and it bothered him that she had to stay with her when he was gone even though he never did anything to actually change that.

“Your dad’s back?”

“Yeah” she said and headed to the car, with Stefan following closely behind. As they drove off Damon arrived at the sheriff’s office. He peeked his head through the door and the sheriff waved him in, “I understand from Mrs. Lockwood that your uncle is out of town” she said as he sat down.

“Yes he is. But I spoke with Zach. He filled me in and asked if I could bring this to you” he said handing over the box he was holding in his hands. Sheriff Forbes opened it and saw what was inside “Vervain”.

“That’s all we have at the moment, I hope it’s enough”.

“It’s a small circle…Founding families, a few city officials”.

“And your deputies ofcourse, right?” He asked “Are we any closer?”

“I think our facts are wrong. We’ve always believed that vampires can only come out in the dark. What if that’s changed?” she asked, mostly herself as Damon watched her try to piece it all together. “So is that even possible?”

“We’ve exhausted every other option. We have to consider that the vampire may be walking around during the day. Right in front of us”

“So what’s the next step” Damon asked already working on a plan of his own. “We’re now looking at anyone new to town, since the deaths began. Should turn up a suspect or two”.

“And I, of course, will do anything I can to help”.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan threw himself onto the bed the moment he got in his room, while Bonnie made herself comfortable at the foot of the bed. They’d gone to help out her grams pack up her stuff and took them back to her house before her dad got home, everything got done pretty quickly thanks to Stefan’s speed “So what do you want to do?” she asked when he turned to lie on his back so he could look at her.

“Nothing”.

“Okay, you’re not helping me make this a happy birthday” she scowled at his lack of enthusiasm “Hey you’re the one who jumped onto this birthday bandwagon and now you gotta ride it out” he said laying his head on the pillow again and looked at the ceiling. Bonnie didn’t like the fact that he just wanted to wallow in his own misery the whole day, on his birthday no less so she decided to cheer him up. She grabbed the pillow next to his head and the knife on his nightstand, why he kept it there? She didn’t know and didn’t really care at the moment. “Okay, you asked for it” she said and used the knife to cut through the pillow as he sat up.

“You know that’s destruction of property right?”

“Shut up, Salvatore” she said and emptied the feathers that were inside before she sat cross-legged on the bed again “It’s one of the things grams showed me during our lessons” she said, not mentioning that it was the only thing she could do without her magic going haywire. She took a deep breath before using her hand to levitate a feather in front of him. Stefan sat quietly in awe as he watched her levitate several more until soon they were surrounded by floating feathers.

“It’s true, Stefan. Everything my grams told me. It’s impossible and it’s true. I’m a witch” she said with a proud smile, finally accepting who she was and Stefan returned it with one of his own before he pulled her to him making them both fall onto the bed with her on top of him, her head comfortably snuggled on his chest as he whispered “I told you anything is possible”.


 

Mystic Grill

Caroline was busy setting everything up for the party and spouting out orders the only way Caroline Forbes could “Tyler Lockwood, I swear if you tear that sign up I will kill you” she said through gritted teeth as Ben and Tyler hung up a ‘Happy Birthday’ banner, it would have said ‘Happy Birthday, Stefan’ but she was working on a tight schedule. When Bonnie called her this morning she was happy to help, her best work was done under pressure.

Her phone went off as she ticked off the last item on her list, she pulled it out and saw a text from Bonnie. Everything on track?

Yeah, everything is set up. She texted back.

Cool we’ll be there in a bit.

See you soon.

“Planning a little bash for my brother” Damon said looking over her shoulder, making her jump and almost drop her phone. She took a calming breath as she turned around to look at him, remembering him biting her during the founders’ party. She still had holes in her memory when it came to him, but figured it would always be that way and she tried to accept that fact. What she wasn’t going to let happened though was let him hurt her again, not if she could help it. “That’s none of your business” she said giving him a stony look before she walked away from him.

Damon just shrugged figuring he should just let it go and went to sit at the bar so he could think of a way to get the suspicion off of himself and Stefan. He was having his third glass of bourbon when he heard someone call his name, making him look up from his glass “Do I know you?” he asked warily as he looked at the bartender in front of him before taking a drink.

“No you don’t, but I know you” Ben said as he poured him some more “You’re Stefan Salvatore’s brother”.

“That’s great, you can leave now” he said slowly losing his patience with the man who interrupted his quiet moment. “I have a preposition for you, Damon” he said instead, ignoring the murderous look in his eyes.

“Oh yeah” Damon said with a fake smile “What’s that?”

Ben leaned onto the counter, getting closer as if he’s about to tell him a secret “So I have a bone to pick with your brother, see I went to this party at the Lockwood Mansion when I got ditched by my date. Anyway I decided to take a walk on the grounds and spotted something I probably shouldn’t have, something you wouldn’t want your good friend the Sheriff or the rest of this town to know about, especially after what you did to Caroline Forbes” he said and watched as recognition set in on Damon’s face, probably remembering that night clearly.

Damon reached over and strangled him while he was still within reach “Now you wouldn’t be thinking of doing something stupid, would you?” Damon sneered menacingly, his voice dripping with venom. Ben smirked at him as he twisted Damon’s hand from his neck, reveling in the shocked look on his face. “So are you ready to play nice now?” He said letting go of him, and Damon didn’t miss the evil glint in his eyes.

“I guess I’m not the only one with a secret” Damon said drinking again “What makes you think I can’t make the same threat?”

“Because of your brother’s little girlfriend. You know I’d never met a Bennett witch before, I hear they’re very powerful”.

“You see that’s where you’re wrong, I don’t care about the witch or my brother for that matter” That made Ben laugh out loud “I’m very observant Damon, being around as long as I have teaches you to read people and you are a page turner” Ben said pouring Damon yet another glass of bourbon “Now, are you ready to do business?”

“What do you want?” Damon asked gripping his glass so hard that it cracks a little before he realizes what he’s doing and loosens his hold on it. “I have someone after me that I’d rather not know my location and I need the witch to help me disappear, so to speak”.

“Why come to me? Why not just threaten my brother, he’s the one close to the witch” Damon asked genuinely curious about what exactly his plan was and about who he was running from. Whoever it was had him shaken judging by the look he’s so desperately trying to hide, meaning whoever he was running from must be powerful and very dangerous.

“We both know Saint Stefan would rather be staked than let anything happened to his precious Bonnie, but you’re smart Damon and that’s why I like you” he said slapping his face slowly, making Damon growl in anger, but kept himself from lashing out at him. “You have till the end of the day” he said as he walked away. Damon watched him walk away, his blood boiling with anger as he imagined all the ways he could killed him with his bare hands until he thought of something the sheriff said about her hunt for vampires and smirked thinking he might get his chance sooner than he thought.


 

 Salvatore Boarding House

“Get dressed, we’re leaving” Bonnie said as she walked back into the room, coming from the bathroom. She went in there pretending she needed the bathroom so that she could text Caroline without Stefan finding out what she was up to.

“Come on, Bunny. I’m comfortable” he groaned as he buried his head further into the pillow. He didn’t want to leave, he just wanted to cuddle like they were before, but he couldn’t exactly tell her that because it would just make things awkward again and he didn’t need that right now.

Bonnie jumped onto the bed and smacked his legs, making him begrudgingly turnover and look at her “Stefan, it’s been a stressful weekend and today is your birthday and we are going to celebrate it properly, with good music, friends and drinking, hopefully a lot of it” she said earnestly, hoping she was convincing enough, but judging by the look on his face he wasn’t being convinced of anything so it was time to pull out the puppy dog eyes and the pout “Come on, Please!” she begged, clasping her hands together pleadingly. He sighed before sitting up “Fine” he groaned before going to change and she grinned to herself, it was going to be a great night.


 

Mystic Grill

Bonnie walked into the grill with a reluctant Stefan, he knew she was dragging him to a party, but what he didn’t know was that it was in his honor, which is exactly what he found out when they walked through the door.

Stefan took in the appearance of the grill after everyone surprised him, or at least tried to cause you can’t surprise a vampire. What did surprise him was the birthday banner and the decorations and all the kids from their school “Bonnie, what is this?”

“It’s your birthday party” she said with a bright smile from beside him. She threw him a party? No one has ever thrown him birthday party before, it wasn’t exactly something that was celebrated in 1864 and over the years he’s mostly been alone so he never celebrated it and for Bonnie to do it for him now meant the world to him. “You did this?” he whispered in disbelief looking at her as if she was some kind of miracle, but she didn’t seem to notice the look he was giving her as she looked at the work Caroline put in animatedly.

“I just came up with the idea, Caroline is the one who put everything together so don’t forget to thank her” she said taking in the party before finally turning to look up at him and catching the look on his face, it was the same look he gave her the night they almost kissed. “Thank you” he said in such a sincere voice that it made her think of doing something she shouldn’t be thinking about doing. Instead she smiled up at her best friend “Happy Birthday, Salvatore” she said before hugging him, he wrapped his arms around her waist, burying his head in her neck. It felt nice and they didn’t want to let go, but they had to.

“Let’s party” she whispered as they reluctantly pulled away from each other and joined the party.

Outside the grill Damon heard a sound and followed it “Where are we going?” he heard a girl ask her boyfriend “No one’s gonna see us” her boyfriend said and Damon saw him pull her into a kiss. He rolled his eyes at the scene in front of him before speeding towards them, biting the boy. The girl started screaming only to stop when she looked at Damon. He smirked, walking away as he finished the first phase of his plan.

Elena walked into the bar and immediately spotted Bonnie and Stefan playing pool together, which was weird because Bonnie couldn’t play to save her life. She watched as Bonnie missed yet another ball before turning to Stefan and saying something she couldn’t hear, but it must’ve been funny because Stefan started laughing while Bonnie tried and failed to keep a straight face. That sight alone made Elena wish she didn’t come here because now she was starting to regret ever breaking up with Stefan and couldn’t help but wish that it was her up there with him instead of Bonnie. “Stefan smiles. Alert the media” Damon said from behind her, making her stiffen as she continued to watch the two best friends “You haven’t given him a lot of reasons to be happy lately”.

“Oh, you’re right. Poor Stefan persecuted throughout eternity by his depraved brother; does it get tiring being so righteous?” Damon asked with lifted eyebrows as she turned around to face him “It flares up in the presence of psychopaths” she sassed, she wasn’t about to give him the satisfaction of knowing she was afraid of him.

“Ouch” he said clutching his heart, feigning hurt “Well consider this psychopath’s feelings hurt”.

“What did you do to my brother?” Elena asked changing the subject as she remembered watching Jeremy doing his homework for the first time in ages. “I’m gonna need a less vague question”.

“When you did what you did to Jeremy’s memory of Vicki, what else did you do to him?”

“You asked me to take away his memory of fangs and all the bad stuff. You wanted me to take away his suffering” he said making it as clear as possible. “But he’s acting different. He seems okay with everything and a little too okay. I mean he’s studying, he’s not doing drugs; he’s not drinking; are you sure you didn’t do something else?” she asked wanting to know, but Damon only rolled his eyes before looking at her dead in the eye so she’d understand “Elena, I took away his suffering” he said before walking away from her. Elena sighed in relief that her brother finally had a chance to be happy. When she turned around again Bonnie and Stefan were gone.

Stefan walked up to Caroline who was busy having an animated conversation with one of her cheerleading friends. Bonnie had decided that she needed the ladies room after he tried for the hundredth time to teach her how to play pool and figured he’d use the time to thank Caroline for the work she put into this party “Hey, Caroline” he said from behind her, making the girl in question turn around and look up at him “Hey, Birthday boy. Where’s your better half?” she asked looking behind him as if Bonnie was hiding there.

“Oh um, she had to go to the bathroom” he said pointing in that general direction “I actually wanted to talk to you, to thank you for this party. Bonnie told me you put everything together”.

“Well I love a challenge, and that girl can be really convincing when she wants to be”.

“Yeah” he said with a goofy smile on his face which Caroline rolled her eyes at. “Can I ask you a serious question?” she asked using this opportunity to ask the question she’s been dying to ask since he first showed up in mystic falls. He seemed to snap out of whatever he was thinking about right then “Um, yeah sure”.

“What’s going on with you and Bonnie? I mean I know you guys are best friends and that there’s history there, but let me tell you Stefan I don’t look at any of my best friends the way you look at Bonnie. You have feelings for her, and really strong ones at that” she didn’t state it as a question which only served to make Stefan uncomfortable. Did everyone know?

 “And it’s okay if you do” she said quickly when she saw the freaked out look on his face “It’s just, why did you date Elena if you felt so strongly about Bonnie”.

“I didn’t know” was all he thought to say right then. “I’ve always felt the same way about Bonnie, I guess I never realized what those feelings were until recently”.

Caroline nodded in understanding as she grabbed ahold of his shoulder in comfort “You have your work cut out for you, Stefan” she said without elaborating, but he knew what she meant. He was grateful that she didn’t judge him and that she didn’t think that he was just using Elena because that’s not what he did at all, he really did like Elena. Caroline was about to leave him alone when he called out to her, stopping her “I’m sorry for what Damon did to you, I never should have let it go that far” he said sincerely and she shook her head at him “It’s not your fault, Stefan, but thank you for the apology” she said turning from him again and he stopped her again “Caroline, I’d really like us to be friends if that’s okay” he said thinking that this is the most that they’ve ever spoken. She was Bonnie’s friend and despite the fact that she always looked so put together, right now he saw another side of her, her real self.

“Yeah, I’d really like that” she said smiling and he returned it before finally letting her go.

Outside, Sheriff Forbes looked at the bite marks on the dead teenager’s neck before standing up again and turning to one of her officers “Keep this contained”.

“That’s not all” he said before showing her the frightened witness who was quietly sobbing in the corner “Hey, hey” the sheriff said soothingly as she approached the young girl. “Did you see what did this?” she asked and the girl nodded slowly “Tell me everything you saw”.

Bonnie bumped into a strong chest as she walked out of the girl’s room “Oh sorry, I didn’t s-” she started but cut herself off when she saw who it was “Ben, um hey”.

“Hey, Bonnie” he said with a smile that made her slightly uncomfortable “How are you?”

“I’m good, thanks. Listen Ben, I’m so sorry for ditching you at the founders’ party” she said still feeling guilty about it. She would’ve apologized sooner, but with everything that’s happened, it wasn’t really something that was on her mind. “That’s okay, but you know that means we have to have a second date, right?” he said and she only smiled uneasily, not really sure she wanted to go on another date with him.

“Sorry to interrupt this little awkward moment” Damon’s voice said from next to them, making Bonnie feel a little less uncomfortable by his presence. She never thought she’d ever be happy about Damon inserting himself in her conversations, but right now he was saving her from an awkward conversation with Ben. “It’s fine” she said quickly before Ben could send him away “What do you want, Damon?”

“I actually want to talk to your little boy toy over here” he said looking at Ben, who smirked at him and Bonnie didn’t even care enough to wonder how they knew each other, she was just grateful for the escape, from both of them. “Okay, bye Ben” she said and quickly walked off.

“You didn’t do what I told you” Ben said without preamble and Damon rolled his eyes “The night is young, I’ll get to it” he said which only seemed to antagonize Ben, which is exactly what Damon wanted, he needed him distracted.

“Look around let me know if you see anything” Sheriff Forbes said from the door as she walked in with the witness. The girl looked around until she spotted Damon and Ben and pointed towards them.

Ben subtly grabbed ahold of Damon’s arm and twisted it a bit without anyone seeing and stepped into his personal space “I’m not a very patient man, Damon” he sneered close to his ear while Damon tried to keep a straight face and not show any pain. Suddenly Ben felt himself get weaker and touched his neck as Sheriff Forbes injected vervain into him. Ben dropped to the ground, letting go of Damon “Thank you for the vervain; now if you’ll excuse me” she said as her officers took Ben away.

Bonnie saw what happened and ran after them to see what was happening, what had Damon done this time? Stefan saw her running towards the exit and went after her along with Damon and other curious teens, including Elena and Caroline.

Outside, the officers and Sheriff were taking Ben to the police car when he threw the officers off of him. Sheriff Forbes shot him with rubber bullets when he tried to attack her, but he was too strong and she ended up pressed against her police car with nowhere to go “Mom!” she heard Caroline yell for her, but ignored her, silently willing her to go back inside so she wouldn’t have to see this. She closed her eyes and waited with bated breath for her death to come, but it never did. When she opened her eyes again she saw Damon’s back towards her as he stood between them, with a stake through Ben’s heart “You were right, I am smart” he whispered in his ear before dropping Ben’s lifeless body to the ground. “Oh my gosh!” Bonnie whispered in shock, trying to reconcile what just happened. Stefan saw what happened and pulled a shocked Bonnie against his chest so she wouldn’t have to look at Ben’s body.

Damon turned around to look at the Sheriff “You okay?” he asked and she nodded “Thank you” she said sincerely before turning to her officers, who were on their feet again “Get him in the car quickly” she said and turned around just in time to be enveloped into a hug by her daughter “I was so scared, mom” she said as she cried on her shoulder.

“It’s okay, honey. It’s okay” she said and that only seemed to make her cry more. After a few more minutes of just standing there hugging, Caroline pulled away and looked at her mom with tears in her eyes. The sheriff wiped the tears from her eyes before kissing her forehead “I’m sorry I haven’t been a very good mother to you” she said as her own eyes filled with tears “That’s going to change”.

“I’m holding you to that” Caroline said and embraced her mom again. When they let go off each other again Sheriff Forbes noticed that Damon was still standing there “Pretty handy with that Stake” she said with one arm still around Caroline, keeping her close and Damon noticed that she wouldn’t look at him.

“It just…reflex. I guess the adrenaline kicked in” he said still looking at the young girl before turning to her mother “This nightmare is finally over” she breathed, but Damon wasn’t so sure. He couldn’t stop thinking about who Ben was running from, and that this might just be the beginning of a never ending nightmare. “Thank you again, Damon” she said drawing him from his thoughts and he smiled down at her “You’re welcome” he said before leaving them alone to go search for his brother.


 

Salvatore Boarding house

Stefan led Bonnie into the parlor so she could sit down. After what happened at the grill he decided to bring her back here so she could think. He was having trouble with what happened himself, how could they have missed the fact that Ben was a vampire. Who turned him? When? How did Damon find out about him? And how many more were there? There were so many unanswered questions and the only person who could’ve answered them was dead.

Something was coming, something bad and they had to figure out what it was. He poured Bonnie a glass of water and handed it to her before taking a seat next to her. He could tell by the look on her face that she was asking questions of her own “Are you okay?” he asked as he quietly placed his hand on the one that wasn’t holding the glass of water, pulling her out of her thoughts “Ben was a vampire?” she said it as a question, it still didn’t make sense in her mind. She was a witch, if he was a vampire then she would’ve felt it, right. Like she did with Stefan and Damon. Why didn’t she feel it this time?

“Yes, he was” he said and she looked up at him for the first time since they got there and shook her head “I’m a witch, Stefan. If he was a vampire then I would’ve known, right? Why didn’t I know?” she asked him even though she knew he didn’t have an answer for her. “I don’t know Bonnie, maybe you didn’t know because you’re still new at this, your powers haven’t fully manifested yet”. She looked down at the glass of water again and thought about how she almost flooded her house, it wasn’t because her magic hadn’t fully manifested yet, it was because she had too much of it and she didn’t know how to use it but she hadn’t told him that yet and she was starting to feel guilty about keeping it from him.

“Stefan” she said quietly still looking at her glass “I-” she started to get the words out when the door opened and in walked Damon. “What was that, Damon?” Stefan asked as he got off the couch and Damon sighed as he went to go pour himself a glass of bourbon while they patiently waited for him to finish what he was doing. Damon took a sip of his drink before he actually addressed them “He was a vampire” he said shrugging which only annoyed Bonnie “Yeah we know that Damon, but how is he a vampire? Who turned him?” Stefan asked and Damon shook his head “I don’t know, but he was stronger than me which means he’s older than us”.

“How is that possible? I used to go to high school with him before he graduated” Bonnie spoke up for the first time.

“That doesn’t mean anything. Stefan goes to high school with you and 95% of your student body believes he’s human”.

“Yeah, but there were no animal attacks when he was around back then, Damon” she said getting frustrated with him. “Maybe he was careful, Bonnie or got his food somewhere else!” he said just as frustrated with her.

“Okay, both of you calm down” he said placing a hand on Bonnie’s shoulder, silently pleading with her. He knew that Bonnie hated Damon for what he did to Zach and all those people, and honestly he was impressed by the fact that she hadn’t attacked him yet, now that she had her magic. “How did you find out he was a vampire?” Stefan asked. Damon sighed before he took a seat on the couch opposite theirs and told them everything Ben had said to him.

“He knew I was a witch?” Bonnie asked feeling sick all of a sudden and Damon nodded “From what I could gather he seemed to know about the entire Bennett line, he just never met one before”.

“And you killed him to protect Bonnie? Why?” Stefan asked skeptically and Damon was already vigorously shaking his head no “No, no, no. I did it to protect myself. He said I either get the witch or he exposes us so I had to kill him because I knew that if I let him get BonBon then you’d do something stupid which would get us exposed anyway” he said exasperated by the fact that everyone seemed to think they know him.

“So you did it to protect Stefan” Bonnie said with a hint of a smirk on her face and Damon glared at her, but she wasn’t intimidated by him because as hard as Damon tried to hide it, he really cared for his brother, even if he didn’t care about anyone else.

“Okay so we need to figure out who he was running from so we know what we’re up against in case they decide to come here looking for him” Stefan said getting them back on track and Bonnie nodded before her mind unconsciously went back to her dream He’s coming.  Her blood ran cold as she remembered the dream as clear as day and couldn’t help, but wonder if all this was connected.

“You okay there BonBon, you look like you’ve seen a ghost” Damon said watching her carefully and Bonnie blinked up at them and tried to keep the fear from her eyes. Stefan looked worried about her, but she didn’t want to worry him in case it was nothing, she was just speculating so there was no need to make anyone else worry. “Caroline almost lost her mom tonight” she said instead of telling them what had her so scared, and honestly Caroline had been on her mind as well. If the Sheriff knew about vampires it was only a matter of time until Caroline got caught in the middle of it all and she wanted her to be prepared for it all. “I’m gonna go see her, and I’m gonna tell her about all of this. If her mom’s involved then she deserves to know” she said as she got off the couch and placed the glass of water on the coffee table before turning to the two brothers to see if they had any objections “You’re right” Stefan said “She deserves to know”. Bonnie nodded at him before turning to Damon, who was looking down at his glass “Damon” she said, trying to get his attention.

“Do what you want, BonBon” he said without looking up at her and Bonnie wondered what was bothering him before deciding she didn’t care enough to ask. “You want me to come with you?” Stefan asked turning to face her again, he was probably wondering what was wrong with Damon too.

“No I’ll be fine” she said and gave him a quick hug “I’ll see you, Salvatore” she said before leaving the boarding house, heading to the Forbes residence.

Something was after them and she hoped she could figure out what it was before any of her friends got hurt, but first she had to figure out who the woman in her dream was.

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Mystic Falls High

Bonnie’s POV

“Today we're going to talk about shadow reckoning. This is a method of measuring heights by the sun's shadow. Let's say, for example, that we're going to measure the distance of a shadow. We're gonna take this measure here, measure the length, and we're going to multiply that by the height of the source. Building height can also be measured, using a clinometer, which we're going to make in class tomorrow” Mr. Samuels was saying in class while I was sitting at my desk in Math class, trying to stay awake during his boring lecture. I sat up on my desk to try and wake myself up when I noticed something in the hallway. I stole a glance at Mr. Samuels, who was busy writing on the board so I got up and made my escape.

I noticed a woman standing at the end of the hallway wearing weird clothes which looked to be from a different era “Hello?” I called out to her as I got closer, but I still couldn’t see her face properly. She turned around and walked out of the school, I felt drawn to her for some reason so I followed her and when I walked out the double doors of the school I could see the house from my dream up ahead with the woman walking towards it.

I continued to follow her and when I turned around the school was gone and instead there was an open space with a bunch of trees; we were in the woods. I rubbed my eyes, wondering if this was really happening and when I opened them again I was inside an abandoned house I’ve never been in before with the woman from my dream standing in front of me. She was beautiful, with soft dark skin and dreadlocks she tied up. What surprised me was the fact that I wasn’t scared like I was before, this woman’s eyes were warm and familiar, like I’d seen them before on someone else.

“It’s you, who are you?” I asked in wonder and curiosity. “I'm Ayanna” she said with a warm smile “You know that. We're family”.

“Where am I?” I asked looking around the house, how did I even get here?

“This is where it all started, where the original vampires were created. This is where I died, Bonnie” She said, her face solemn, and filled with pain and regret all of a sudden. I shook my head in disbelief “No. This isn't real” I said feeling frightened again and started to run towards the door, but Ayanna blocked my way “Come to me, Bonnie”.

I woke up with a gasp in the middle of the woods with the old house right ahead of me “What is going on with me?” I asked no one in particular, my voice shaking with fear. I knew the answers I wanted were inside that house, I could feel it, but I wasn’t ready to find out what was waiting for me inside.


 

Mystic Falls High

Stefan’s POV

I walked into the school hallway when I was immediately pulled by the arm by a pissed off looking Elena “Hey Elena” I greeted as I let her push me against the lockers “No, don’t hey me. What the hell was that last night? I though you and Damon were the only vampires around, did Damon turn Ben?” she whisper-shouted at me and I really didn’t need this from her right now, not when there was a possibility that we could all be in danger because of that guy.

“It wasn’t Damon, Elena. Ben was already a vampire when Damon found out and before you ask, no I don’t know who turned him. It’s what we’re trying to figure out. Right now all we know is that he was running from someone”.

“Do you have any clues as to who that is?” she asked concerned now and I shook my head no. “Well I want to help” she said determined.

“I thought you didn’t want to have anything to do with this” I said plainly “I changed my mind, if Bonnie’s involved then I want to help her” she said and I knew she wasn’t going to back down, great now I had to worry about her wellbeing as well.

“I think you should talk to Bonnie about this, okay” I said hoping Bonnie could talk some sense into her. Speaking of Bonnie, she’d be late if she didn’t get here soon. She texted me last night when she got home and told me that Caroline knew everything and that she seemed to understand, but would need some time. She also asked me not to pick her up this morning, well more like begged until I reluctantly agreed, which I was regretting right now.

“Fine, but I’m not backing down” she said pulling me from my thoughts “Where is she?” she asked and I was about to tell her that she was probably running late when we saw her walking down the hallway, something was different. She looked like she hadn’t gotten any sleep, her green eyes were darker and her curls were wilder than usually. I pushed myself off the locker and went to her, but she didn’t seem to see me. “Bonnie” I called her name and she looked up, finally noticing me “What’s wrong?” I asked and she just shook her head, “What’s going on, Bonnie I can see you’re clearly not okay. You look like you’ve been up all night” I said as Elena came closer too “Now tell me what’s wrong with you” I said sternly and she sighed, showing how exhausted she really was. She nudged her head towards an empty classroom before walking towards it with us walking closely behind her. I closed the door behind us while Bonnie sat on one of the desks with her head in her hands, her curls falling onto her face. When she heard the door close she looked up again and tried to move her hair from her face, but a few curls weren’t behaving.

“I’ve been having these…dreams, visions…I don’t know, but they’ve been keeping me up at night”.

“What kind of dreams?” Elena asked while I stood by the door watching Bonnie, whatever was going on with her had her really freaked out even though she tried to hide it “I’m in this house, and there’s always this woman there” Bonnie said, she looked like she was either trying to make sense of it all or trying to figure out how much to actually tell us. “I don’t know what she wants” she looked down when she said that and I knew she was lying, but why?

“It’s going to be okay, Bonnie. You’re sleeping at my house tonight, both you and Caroline” Elena said hugging her while I stayed where I am watching the two friends hug. Bonnie was scared of something and whatever it was kept her from being honest with me.

At lunch time I went looking for Bonnie, she wasn’t in the lunchroom which meant there was only one other place she’d be, if she was even still at school. I walked outside and saw her sitting at our table, the one we’d sit at when we didn’t want to eat with the rest of the school. It was behind the school and students rarely ever went there so we claimed it as ours. She looked like she was asleep, her arms were crossed, acting as a pillow for her head and she was breathing evenly while her hair formed a curtain over her face. I put the sandwich I got her on the table and sat down across from her before shaking her awake “Wake up, Bunny” I said close to her ear and she groaned in response “I got you your favorite sandwich” I said pushing it closer to her and she opened one eye, inspecting it, before actually lifting her head, taking it out of its wrapper and taking a bite.

She finished it quickly, which meant she must’ve been really hungry because she probably skipped breakfast, and then propped her elbows onto the table to rest her head in her hands “Did you get any sleep last night?”

“Nope” she mumbled into her hands and I reached over and pulled her hands from her face so she’d look at me and I used my free hand to move her hair from her face, and even though she looked exhausted she was still so beautiful, the untamed hair making her look adorable. She finally looked up at me and gave me a weak smile.

As much as I wanted to get to the bottom of what was going on with her I could tell that right now she didn’t need me grilling her about it and I really didn’t have the heart to do it right now either so I just kept holding her hands, playing with them. “I think I’ll just head home, get some sleep before going to Elena’s” She said after a while, breaking the comfortable silence we were in.

“You want me to come with you?” I asked, still playing with her hands. “No, I’ll be fine” she said getting up “I’ll, um I’ll see you, Salvatore” she said softly and walked away from me.


 

Mystic Grill

General POV

Stefan walked into the grill wondering what he was going to do with himself since Bonnie was gone for the rest of the night. He was happy that they were having a girl’s night, she deserved it after what’s been going on, but he just hoped that she’d be honest with him about everything soon because if they were going to stand any kind of a chance against what was coming then they needed to work together.

As he got closer to the bar he saw his brother drinking by himself in one of the stools. Damon has always been complicated, even when they were kids. Stefan always thought that maybe it was because their mother passed away when they were little. He didn’t remember much of her, not like Damon, they had a special bond and it broke him when she died and left them alone with their abusive father. Giuseppe would get drunk every night and beat them up just because he could, he especially picked on Damon because he would always stand up to him and stand up for Stefan as well.

“You’re my brother”.

“So are you just going to stand behind me and keep being creepy or are you actually going to take a seat” Damon’s voice drew him from the memory.

“Can I get a coffee, please?” Stefan said to the new bartender as he took a seat on the stool next to Damon’s. “So, what’s with the bottle?”

“I’m on edge. Crash diet. You know, I’m trying to keep a low profile” he said, which was smart because they didn’t need to draw any more attention to themselves after getting lucky the last time.

“You could just leave, find a new town to turn into your own personal Gas ‘n Sip”.

“I’ll manage” he said ignoring the little twist in his undead heart from what Stefan just said “You don’t need to keep an eye on me” he said drinking his bourbon.

“I’m not keeping an eye on you” he said as he got his coffee. “So, why are you here?”

“Why not?”


 

Gilbert Residence

The three friends were in the kitchen making snacks so they could get this slumber party on the road. Bonnie had gotten there first, feeling a lot better than she did earlier that day and told Elena that she told Caroline about everything that’s been going on. Bonnie also apologized about not telling her about Stefan, and Elena got where she was coming from because it really wasn’t her secret to tell. They hugged it out and Bonnie told her that she was a witch and that it was the reason she was being haunted after Elena asked her if she was okay, so all in all it was a lot to take in for her, but it was also really cool. Caroline showed up half an hour later and they all changed into their pajamas before they headed to the kitchen.

“You know, ever since you told me about Damon and Stefan, a lot of things started making sense to me” Caroline said as she poured the popcorn into a bowl and her two friends looked at her, waiting for her to continue “Like all the gaps in my memory and the bite marks” she said not looking at them and they could tell that even though she was trying to make light of what happened to her, it still really hurt.

“Caroline” Bonnie said sympathetically and the girl just shook her head, she didn’t want them feeling sorry for her. The bite marks were fading and soon they’d be gone, all she needed was time then her heart would heal as well. What pissed her off even more was the fact that the same guy that hurt her saved her mom’s life, like what the hell kind of game was he playing?

“You know what’s messed up though?” she asked not really expecting an answer “He saved my mom and I don’t know how to feel about that” she said, at this point they’d all stopped what they were doing and were all standing around the counter listening to each other.

“Damon’s complicated” Bonnie spoke up, not knowing how else to explain it. “No, he’s a psychopath, plain and simple” Elena responded simply because in her eyes Damon wasn’t some equation that had to be figured out, he was a killer and that would never change.

“No Elena, you know how life isn’t always black and white? Well, Damon lives in the grey”.

“You’re only saying that because he’s your best friend’s brother, you don’t really get it” Caroline said a little upset that Bonnie was taking his side. Bonnie cleared her throat and blinked away the tears that started forming in her eyes “Damon killed my Uncle Zach, and then he turned around and protected me and Stefan. I hate him for what he did, but I’m not only consumed by hate when it comes to Damon Salvatore” Bonnie said quickly before she could get emotional again and the two girls stared at her in shock before their faces softened “I didn’t know you and Uncle Zach were close” Elena said quietly and Bonnie nodded, “Nobody did, I kept it a secret. He was like a father to me, and now he’s dead but for some twisted reason I can still stand here and say Damon is no psychopath”. Caroline approached her first and gave her a bone crushing hug and pretty sooner she was enveloped into a group hug with her friends, each of them tearing up a little bit.

“Alright enough of this” Caroline said pulling away and fanning her eyes so she wouldn’t start crying again. “So my best friend’s a badass witch, what’s that like?” she asked changing the subject.

“I’m not badass” Bonnie chuckled, wiping away her tears “And it’s awful”. That worried Caroline “Why what’s wrong?”

“I’m being haunted by my ancestor” she said making Caroline look at her in surprise “Seriously? Well, have you talked to your Grams about it?”

“She’s just going to tell me to accept it, and I don’t want to accept it I want it to stop” she said and both girls gave her a sympathetic look which she really didn’t need right now “No, don’t feel sorry for me” she told them sternly and they both tried to look normal again.

“Okay well you know what we could do? A séance” Caroline said enthusiastically and Bonnie was already shaking her head no “I don’t think that’s a good idea” she said nervously.

“Come on. Let’s summon some spirits” she said already heading to Elena’s room with the two girls reluctantly trailing after her.


 

Mystic Grill

“Lucky Shot” Damon said as he watched his brother hit another bullseye. After they finished their drinks they decided to play some darts seeing as neither of them had anything better to do.

“More like a carefully honed skill over many decades” Stefan responded with a smirk as he walked over to the dart board to retrieve the darts. “You’re beating me”.

“Yeah. It’s because I’m better than you” he said as he handed over the darts and Damon shook his head “I’m onto you. Reverse psychology. It’s a little transparent, but I admire the effort”.

“You’re prefer the brooding forehead?”

“No one prefers that” Damon said as he walked up to his spot so he could start throwing darts, but Stefan stopped him “I know you hate me for what I did to you” he said as Damon turned to look at him, wondering why he would bring this up now “But Damon, I want you to know that I’m truly sorry for taking that choice away from you. I guess I needed my brother” Stefan said hoping he could see how sincere he was being.

“Why are you apologizing to me?” Damon asked skeptically and a little uncomfortable, he wasn’t good with feelings and Stefan knew this so why were they talking about this now? “Because you need to know how truly sorry I am, I never said it before and you need to hear it”. Damon didn’t know how to respond to that so he just handed him the darts and left him standing there.


 

Gilbert Residence

They were sitting on the floor in Elena’s room holding hands with lit candles around them, Bonnie didn’t use her magic to light them though, and she wasn’t ready to cause another accident so they used match sticks.

“What are we doing?” Bonnie whispered to Elena, leaning closer to her so Caroline wouldn’t hear. “I don’t know” She whispered back.

“Be quiet and concentrate” Caroline reprimanded them as she opened her eyes to speak at them “Close your eyes and take a deep breath” She said and they obeyed, not even wanting to know how she knew how to perform a séance. “Bonnie, call to her”.

Bonnie took a deep breath and couldn’t believe that she was actually doing this “Um, Ayanna, you there?” she asked unsure how she’s exactly supposed to “call to her”.

Caroline opened her eyes and glared at her “Really? ‘Ayanna, you there?’ That’s all you got? Come on”.

“Fine, geez. Ayanna. I call on you. I know you have a message. I’m here to listen” and the candles immediately flare stronger and they immediately let go of each other, a little freaked out. “Did that just-” Elena said cutting herself off, this was such a bad idea.

“Yeah it just happened” Caroline responded. “It’s just the air conditioning” Bonnie said, not wanting to believe that Ayanna was really there. She wasn’t sure she wanted to know what her message was at all.

“Ask her to show you a sign” Caroline pushed and Bonnie swallowed nervously, she wasn’t ready for this. When she didn’t say anything Caroline spoke up “Ayanna, if you’re among us, show us another sign”. They wait for a minute and nothing happens, making Bonnie sigh in relief.

“See? It’s not working” she said and the windows burst open, scaring her to death “I can’t, I’m done” she said getting up and suddenly the candles blew out, making her even more jumpy “Get the light. Please, get the light! She said frantically, regretting ever listening to Caroline about doing this stupid Séance.

“Hold on. I got it” Elena said calmly, hoping it would help Bonnie calm down herself. “Bonnie, are you okay?” she asked her friend once the lights were on again.

“Yeah I’m fine, I just need a splash of water” she said before walking into the bathroom and the door shut immediately behind her. “You guys open the door! Help me!” Bonnie screamed when she couldn’t get the door open.

“Bonnie! Bonnie! What’s going on, Bonnie?” Elena yelled through the door, trying to get it open, but it wouldn’t budge.

“Bonnie” a new voice said calmly from behind her and she immediately stiffened because she recognized that voice. She slowly turned around to come face to face with the woman who’s been haunting her.

“Bonnie! Bonnie! Unlock the door!” She could still hear Caroline yelling on the other side of the door while the woman in front of her walked closer. When she’s close enough, Ayanna reaches out her hand towards Bonnie’s forehead and as soon as she makes contact Bonnie passes out.

The door opened suddenly and the two girls found her unconscious on the floor. “Oh my gosh” Elena breathes as they run to her and lift her head “Bonnie wake up. Come on Bon, wake up” Elena said slapping her face lightly hoping it’ll wake her up.

“What’s wrong with her? Why isn’t she waking up?” Caroline asked frantic, feeling a little guilty for what happened.

“I don’t know, Caroline!” she yelled at her before taking a calming breath, “I’m sorry I didn’t mean to yell at you, just get my phone and call Stefan, he’ll know what to do” she instructed her and Caroline ran out the room to go get Elena’s phone. She dialed his number once she found it “Elena?” his voice came through the speakers a little confused.

“No, this is Caroline. Stefan, its Bonnie, something happened” she said before she heard the line go dead without getting a response.

In the bathroom, Elena was trying to splash Bonnie’s face with water “Come on Bon, wake up” she whispered, pleading for her to wake up.

“Why me? I’m just a newbie witch whose powers don’t even work right” Bonnie told Ayanna, they were back at the old house again, but this time she knew it wasn’t a dream because she was just with her friends. Ayanna was telling her to go to where it all began and Bonnie remembered her saying that it was where the house now stood, she knew where it was, she did wake up there this morning after all, but she ran away wanting to get as far away from that house as possible.

“Because I chose you, Bonnie and the problem is not with your magic, it’s you. You refuse to accept who you are” She said and Bonnie shook her head, “What are you talking about? I have been practicing everyday since I found out I was a witch” Bonnie said feeling frustrated, how dare she accuse her of not accepting who she was.

“No Bonnie, you haven’t. You have a purpose, a destiny and I have been trying to tell you this, but you keep rejecting my call to you, running from who you were meant to be”.

“That’s because I’m terrified!” she yelled in frustration, finally voicing out her fears as tears stung her eyes “I’m new at this and I just want to protect my friends, I don’t want to be a part of some greater purpose, so why does it have to be me?” she asked defeated, as a stray tear fell from her eyes.

“Because you’re the strongest”.

“What the hell happened?” Stefan demanded as he barged into the bathroom and picked up an unconscious Bonnie into his arms and carried her to Elena’s bed. “It was an accident” Elena said following after him while Caroline stood by the door watching them anxiously “She was telling us about her ancestor who was haunting her so we decided to have a séance an-”.

“A what?” Stefan yelled, his voice booming in the room. “It was my fault” Caroline spoke up, not wanting Elena to be yelled at for her mistake. She honestly didn’t believe that it would work when she suggested it, she just thought it would be fun, she was wrong. “I’m sorry, Stefan”.

“Do you guys have any idea how dangerous a séance is?” he asked them and they just looked down, scared to look him in the eye. Stefan sighed trying to calm himself down, there was no point in yelling at them now, the damage was already done and he just hoped that Bonnie would wake up soon so he wouldn’t have to call Sheila and explain to her that her only granddaughter was involved in a séance.

He walked back towards the bed sat on it, leaning closer to Bonnie “Come on, wake up Bunny” he whispered in her ear.

“We don’t have much time, he will wake you soon” Ayanna said making her curious. “Who?”

Ayanna only shook her head, refusing to respond “Come to where it all began, Bonnie. Accept who you are” she said before she disappeared.

Bonnie slowly opened her eyes and came face to face with Stefan, who was looking down at her with a fond smile on his face as he watched her wake up “Are you okay?” he asked softly for only her to hear, he was still leaning close to her, hovering over her body. It only took her a minute to wake up after he asked her to and right now as she looked at him all she could do was reach out her hand and trace his face with her finger, engraving what he looked like into her memory. All she could see was him, she didn’t know where she was or what happened to her and she didn’t care because Stefan was there, and that was all that mattered.

It was such an intimate moment that Elena and Caroline felt like they were intruding. Caroline looked over at Elena and saw the hurt look in her eyes so she cleared her throat so she’d put her out of her misery “Are you okay, Bonnie?” Caroline asked, smiling at her friend as she walked closer to the bed. She was still amazed at the fact that it was Stefan’s voice that seemed to bring her back from where ever she was.

The couple snapped out of whatever moment they were in, with Bonnie dropping her hand as she remembered where she was, the guilt setting in when she saw Elena standing off in the corner. “What happened?” Bonnie asked as she sat up, making Stefan reluctantly move away from her.

“You passed out. It was all my fault, I’m so sorry, Bonnie” Caroline said apologetically and Bonnie was already shaking her head “No it wasn’t, Caroline. It was my fault, I shouldn’t have run” she said confusing everyone in the room. “What do you mean?” Stefan asked and she looked at him again, wondering what had gotten into her to make her act the way she did when she first woke up.

“I mean I’m a witch, and I need to accept every part of what that entails”.

He nodded, but was still kinda worried about her “Do you want me to call Sheila?”

“No, please. I just, I just need some fresh air” she said getting off the bed. Stefan was about to get up too when she stopped him with her hand “Alone” she said sternly before heading for the door.

“Is she gonna be okay?” Elena asked, speaking up for the first time since Bonnie woke up. She finally managed to compose herself and tried to brush off what just happened between Bonnie and Stefan, as impossible as it was.

“Yeah, um thanks for calling me” he said as he got off the bed “And I’m sorry for yelling at you guys”.

“No it’s fine, you were worried, we all were” Caroline said looking at Elena, who nodded in agreement.

“Does this happened a lot? With witches I mean, have you ever…” Elena trailed off, hoping he got what she meant. This was all still very awkward for her to talk about with him.

“I understand…and no. I mean I’ve seen witches do a séance to call on a spirit, but none of them ever passed out from it, which is what worries me. I think she’s hiding something” he said the last part more to himself.

“What do you think it is?” Caroline asked curiously. “I don’t know, but I’m going to get it out of her. I’ll see you guys late” He said. Elena was about to tell him that she didn’t think that was a good idea, but he was already gone.

Stefan walked out the front door of the Gilbert household and when he got outside he realized that Bonnie’s car was missing “Damn it, Bonnie!” he yelled in frustration, that girl was going to be the death of him.

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Salvatore Boarding House

General POV

Damon could just punch Stefan in the face right now, he just had to go and ruin a perfectly good love-hate relationship by apologizing for the past. He was standing in his room holding a picture of them from when they were kids. Stefan didn’t know he had it and if he got his way, he never will. It was taken two years after their mom passed away, he was eleven years old at the time, and it was supposed to be a family portrait, but after Lily Salvatore died from consumption you couldn’t get Giuseppe to do much of anything other than drink and beat up his kids.

You couldn’t tell from the black and white picture, but Damon actually had a black eye. He still remembered the day he got it like it was yesterday, Giuseppe had been drinking, but then again what else was new and he was agitated with Stefan for some reason because Damon heard yelling coming from his office as he walked down the stairs. He’d rushed to his father’s office when he heard a loud thud against the door and when he opened the door he found six year old Stefan on the floor clutching his cheek as he sobbed quietly. The sight of his brother crying was enough to make Damon attack his father, even though he knew it was a fight he wasn’t going to win.

“Damon, why would you do such a thing?” Stefan asked as he passed his brother a packet of frozen peas for his eye. Stefan never understood why Damon would always anger his father more and try to attack him even though he knew the odds were against him. “He hurt you, I was not going to let him get away with it” Damon responded simply as he placed the packet on his eye.

“Damon, he could have seriously hurt you. You do not have to come to my rescue every time father hits me. He just wants to see me down, and when I am he leaves me alone”.

“Hey!” Damon said slightly louder than he intended, making Stefan jump a little. Every little thing scared him now, and he blamed his father for that “You are my brother, and not his punching bag. It doesn’t matter how big he is or how badly he beats me up, I will always protect you, from anyone who tries to hurt you” he said grabbing a hold of his shoulder so he would look at him and understand that what he was saying was true.

“I don’t wish to lose you, Damon” the little boy said with tears in her eyes. “And you won’t. It’s you and me, right?” Stefan nodded before giving his brother a tight hug “I will always need you, Damon” he whispered into his ear, not ready to let go yet.

Like he said, he remembered that day like it was yesterday and right now he felt like it was haunting him.


 

The Old House

Bonnie stood outside the door of the old house, trying to gather up enough courage to actually go inside. She lied to her friends, she lied to Stefan, because as soon as she got outside back at Elena’s house she got into her car before she could talk herself out of it and drove to this house and now that she was here she could feel the fear creep in again so she took a quick breath and opened the door, walking inside.

It looked deserted, like no one had stayed there in years “Okay!” she yelled into the air “I’m here!” she walked further into the house, looking around and wondering what she was doing here exactly. “Bonnie” a voice said from behind her, making her jump. She turned around and came face to face with her best friend “Don’t do that! You scared the crap out of me!” she yelled at him, as if being here didn’t freak her out enough “How did you find me anyway?”

“I followed your scent. What is this place?”

“I don’t know, but she told me to come here”.

“Who?”

“Ayanna Bennett” she said being drawn to the basement all of a sudden, with Stefan following closely behind her. When she got to the basement Bonnie closed her eyes, trying to focus on the woman who's been haunting her dreams. She was about to give up when she felt something, a connection.

“Bonnie” the familiar voice said and she opened her eyes to see a young woman standing in front of her.

“Ayanna”. The woman gave her a warm smile and then turned to look at the man behind her “Stefan Salvatore” she smiled at him as well, looking at the both of them with fondness in her eyes as he stepped forward to stand next to Bonnie.

“How do you know me?”

“It's my business to know. You are connected to my family after all”,

“I'm the protector of the Bennett line”.

Ayanna chuckled a bit at the information he gave her because she already knew that, only that wasn't really the case. “I'm sorry for the burden I've placed on you” she told them and Bonnie could see the sadness in her eyes. “There is a great evil coming, an abomination that should've never been allowed to walk on this Earth, and that is my fault”.

“What do you mean?” Stefan asked.

“Back in the 10th Century this used to be my home, mine and my best friend, Esther’s. It was long before this house was built though, anyway Esther and I were both witches and we grew up here and when we were of age she met her husband, Mikael Mikaelson. She was so in love with him and so was he so they married and had seven children over the years that they were married, but then tragedy struck and they lost their youngest, Hendrik, to a werewolf attack”. She was about to continue when Bonnie stopped her.

“Wait, werewolves exist?”

“This surprises you? Bonnie you need to believe that everything mythical and often described as fictional, exists because that’s the supernatural world we live in” she said and Bonnie nodded in understanding so Ayanna took that as her que to continue. “After little Henrik died Esther was so heartbroken that she came to me and asked me to help her make her family indestructible because she couldn’t bear to lose anyone else. I found an immortality spell created by our ancestor Qetsiyah, but it also spoke of the dire consequences of creating Vampires so I hid it from Esther. Her husband, Mikael found me with it and told me I was a traitor. Esther hated me after that, needless to say we fought because what they wanted to do would upset the balance of nature, but they did it anyway.

She wasn’t strong enough to perform the spell alone, but knew that if she killed me then she could channel my magic from the Earth and use it. I already knew this of course, every witch did, so I performed a transference spell so that my magic could be inherited by a member of my family who was strong enough to bear it without being consumed by it” she said looking right at her young descendant, she looked so young and frightened and Stefan could see it too, but since they are so closely connected because of her magic she’s been watching Bonnie since she was little and based on what she’s seen, fear and heartache never stopped her from doing something, especially when it came to the people she loved, so she could see why her magic chose her, even if Bonnie couldn’t see it herself, she would soon.

“What happened after they killed you?” Stefan asked pulling her back to the story. “Esther tapped into some dark magic and performed the spell anyway, but with the use of dark magic there are consequences, the ones that you experience everyday Stefan, because from that family all of you were created”.

“What do you want from me?” Bonnie asked softly looking at the ground, she couldn’t believe that this was actually happening right now and Ayanna felt saddened by what she was about to say next. “Esther had an affair, with the chief of the village’s werewolf clan so one of her children, Niklaus, was not Mikael’s son and when he was turned that triggered his werewolf gene and ever since he found out about who he truly was he’s been in search of a way to break the curse that was placed upon him to suppress his werewolf side so he could become a true hybrid. He intends on creating an army just like him, Bonnie”.

“And my destiny is to stop him” Bonnie whispered as she felt the full weight of what Ayanna was saying. She never asked for any of this, how was she supposed to face a thousand year old hybrid intent on destroying the world? She was only seventeen years old. Ayanna was wrong, she made a mistake because she wasn’t strong like she said.

All of this became too much for Bonnie to handle so she ran out. Stefan was about to go after her when Ayanna's voice stopped him in his tracks “Stefan” she said and he turned to her “You are more than just her protector, the two of you are connected” she could see the confusion in his eyes and she wanted to tell him everything, but she couldn't, she wasn't allowed to. “I can't tell you anymore, but everything happens for a reason. Emily could've chosen to save Damon that night, but she didn't. She risked being exposed and burning at the stake just to save you. Ask yourself why, Stefan and protect each other” she said and disappeared before Stefan could ask her what she meant.

He stood there dazed for a second before speeding out to find Bonnie. He finds her sitting outside on the stairs crying, at least she didn't just leave this time. She got up when she heard him walk out and quickly wiped her eyes.

“Are you okay?” he asked coming to stand in front of her. “Yeah, I'm fine” she sniffed a little as she got herself together, but wouldn’t look at him.

“Bonnie, you're not fine”

“I'm fine, Stef-“

“Stop saying you're fine when I can see you're not. You're not fine, you're far from fine. You just found out that you're supposed to stop a psychopathic hybrid from creating an army to kill innocent people” he said placing his hands on her shoulders and stepping closer to her. “It's scary and overwhelming, you just realized your magic only to be told that you've inherited more magic from your ancestor, so don't tell me you're fine when you're clearly freaking out”.

Her eyes were glassy again, but she refused to cry again “I don't know if I'm build for this, Stefan. Her magic is too powerful for me, I can’t control it” she said, finally being honest with him and he is grateful that she's opening up to him again so he drew her into his arms and held her tight against his chest because if he was being honest he was freaking out himself and he was terrified of losing her, so he held her, reminding himself that she was still here, still safe. “Everything is going to be okay, we’ll figure this out together” he murmured against her neck as he buried his face there and he felt her nod in agreement as she held on tighter. 

He finally drew back a little to look at her, not quite ready to let go yet “I'll never let anything happened to you, Bunny” he said wiping her tears away and she can't help but chuckle a little bit at the name before seeing the intense look in his eyes and she swears no one has ever looked at her like that before. His eyes move to her lips before he leans in closer to her and she doesn't stop him and pretty soon their lips are touching and neither of them have ever felt more alive than they do in this moment. Bonnie's arms wrap around Stefan's neck as his arms come around her waist pulling her closer to him. Soon he pulls away from her so she can breathe and places his forehead against hers as she catches her breath. “Please don't run” he begged because he wouldn't be able to bear it if she pulled away from him right now. Bonnie didn't respond though she just stood there holding onto him, not ready to break his heart or her own yet. It was true, Bonnie Bennett was a loyal friend and she'd never do anything to intentionally hurt her friends, which is why she couldn't be with Stefan, as much as she wanted to. But for now she could pretend, so she let him kiss her again, enjoying the feel of his lips against hers and memorizing how she felt in this moment, where they were, how he looked at her. She memorized everything about this moment so she'd know that this wasn't a dream, that she let herself be happy with her love, even if it was for just a moment.

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Grams Residence

General POV

“What are you doing home? I thought you were sleeping over at Elena’s house?” Grams called out to her from the kitchen, Bonnie stopped questioning how grams always knew it was her without even seeing her a long time ago and right now she didn’t even care how she knew because she was just glad grams was still up this late. After what Ayanna told her, she didn’t know where else to go, she didn’t want to go back to her empty house and grams was the only person she could talk to about this.

When Sheila didn’t get a response she walked out of the Kitchen and saw her granddaughter standing by the door with tears stinging her eyes “What happened?” grams asked as she stood in the hallway, she had a worried look on her face. Bonnie started crying again when grams came up to her and gave her a hug. She couldn’t help it, this was all too much and on top of it all, she felt guilty for hiding it from her “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you sooner, Grams” she managed to get out, feeling emotionally drained. Sheila let the girl cry on her shoulder for a bit while she whispered comforting words in her ear before she finally pulled away and wiped her tears away.

“Tell me what happened,” she said leading her into the living room so she could sit. Bonnie didn’t know if she could get through telling her what Ayanna said and after what happened with Stefan, all she wanted to do was sleep, but the lying had to stop so I took a deep breath and told her everything.

When Bonnie was done telling her story she eventually fell asleep on the couch. Sheila covered her granddaughter with a blanket, letting her sleep there for the night before she went and got her grimoire, looking for what she’s been dreading would come true for the past 30 years.


 

Salvatore Boarding house

“You’re brooding, what’s wrong with you?” Damon asked as he watched Stefan from the door of his room. He’s been standing there for five minutes, watching him write in his journal and he still hadn’t acknowledged him, which meant something was wrong. Plus Damon hated being ignored.

“So you’re talking to me now?” Stefan asked without looking up. He was hurt when Damon just left the way he did, and since he’s been home Damon’s been ignoring him so why was he here now? He tried to fix their relationship and Damon basically slapped him in the face for it so he really didn’t need his opinion on his non-existent love life. When Stefan dropped Bonnie off at her Grams’ house she told him that she couldn’t be with him and he knew why, even though she didn’t come out and say it, because Bonnie Bennett is a loyal friend even when it hurts her, but if she thought he’d give up so easily then she was wrong.

Damon sighed as he walked into the room, he deserved Stefan’s hostility after basically spitting in his face after he apologized to him. The truth was he just needed to think about everything and he tried to pinpoint where exactly their relationship went wrong and it all led back to Katherine. Damon loved her, she never compelled him to do anything and he knew she was a vampire. That fact never stopped him from loving her, and yet she still chose Stefan, it was always Stefan and he resented his brother for that. Then Stefan had to go and apologize for the past and that took him back to when they relied on each other for survival against their Grinch of a father. For the first time in over a century he looked past himself and saw the bigger picture and questioned what kind of woman would let two brothers fight over her and watch them ruin their relationship over her? They really were idiots for letting her get between them and Damon was never good at admitting he was wrong, but he could admit it to himself that the events of the past weren’t all Stefan’s fault, they all played a part in how things turned out.

“Look Stefan, I’m not very good with feelings, and what you said threw me off, but I want you to know that I don’t hate you” He paused before quickly adding “anymore” and Stefan closed his journal and looked up at him for the first time since he walked in “What I’m trying to say is, it wasn’t all your fault. I mean, Katherine was a bitch” he said with a light smile playing on his lips. Stefan tried to keep a straight face, but he could tell he was slowly breaking down his little brother’s defenses.

“Now are you going to tell me what’s wrong with you or am I going to have to read it in your diary later, even though I can already take a guess as to what’s got you down”.

“That’s all I’m going to get as an apology, isn’t it?” Stefan said, knowing that it was probably torture for Damon to have to say what he did. “Take it, Stefan”.

“Fine,” he said before getting into the events of tonight. They were going to need all the help they could get for this one.


 

Mystic Falls High

It was weird being back in school as if everything was normal after what happened last night. For Elena and Caroline, they were just worried about Bonnie because she hadn’t updated them on what was going on with her and when they tried to talk to her this morning she just shook her head and headed to history class, which is where they all were right now because despite their lives right now, they were still teenagers who needed an education.

“Good morning everyone,” the new teacher said addressing the class. The school finally got a replacement for Mr. Tanner, he was from out of town and Bonnie hoped he’d survive the year because if he knew of the things that went bump in the night in this town then he would’ve stayed far away. “Alrighty,” he said and turned to write his name on the chalkboard. Elena takes the opportunity to mouth a quick ‘Are you okay?’ to Bonnie and she just shrugged, because she really didn’t know.

Bonnie stole a quick glance at Stefan and he gave her a weak smile which she couldn’t bring herself to return. She knew he was worried, even though he tried to hide it, she knew. “Alaric Saltzman” the teacher said drawing her attention again and she turned to the front “It’s a mouthful, I know. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Saltzman is of German origins. My family immigrated here in 1755 to Texas. I, however, was born and raised in Boston. Now the name Alaric belongs to a very dead great grandfather I will never be able to thank enough. You’ll probably want to pronounce it as ‘Alric’, but it’s ‘Alaric’, okay? So, you can call me Rick. I’m your new history teacher”.

“You should go back to Boston,” Bonnie said the words before she could stop herself and the whole class turned to her, but she wasn’t saying it to be rude or mean like they probably thought. She was being dead serious, she didn’t want him to end up dead like Mr. Tanner so he had to leave while he still had the chance.

“I’m sorry Miss?”

“Bennett”

“Miss Bennett,” he said, the name sounding familiar to him for some reason “But I’m fine where I am,” he said as the bell went off “Alright I’ll see you all tomorrow,” he said getting distracted by the students getting out of their seats. When he looked at where the girl was sitting she was already gone, she must’ve run out as soon as the bell rang. Her name was Bennett, where did he know that name from?

Elena quickly intercepted Stefan before he could rush out of class like Bonnie did “Hey, Stefan” she greeted. “Hey, what’s up, Elena? Look I’d really like to talk, but I gotta g-”.

“Is Bonnie okay?” she asked, cutting him off. She knew he was in a rush to get to Bonnie, but she really wanted to know what was going on. “I mean I haven’t heard from her since last night and she didn’t look so good in class, and what she said to Mr. Saltzman-”.

“Someone had to say it” It was his turn to cut her off “You know as well as I do how dangerous it is here right now, especially after what happened with Ben. Who knows how many more vampires there are that we don’t know about” he said a little harsh, but he was under stress right now and he didn’t have the time to talk to her right now.

“You’re right, I’m sorry. Will you tell me what’s going on with Bonnie?” she asked calmly.

“I can’t really talk about it with you, Elena”.

“Of course, again with the secrets,” She said quietly, fiddling with her hands and Stefan sighed running his hands through his hair “Look, Elena, no one’s trying to exclude you or anything I just mean that it’s not my place. You should talk to her yourself” he said as she looked up and nodded at him, he returned the nod before walking away from her.

Bonnie was standing in the parking lot trying to get her car to open when she felt like she was being watched and that made her anxious. Since the events of last night, she’s been hyper-aware of everything so she tried to get it open faster only to drop her keys. She took a deep calming breath because clearly, she was being paranoid because she couldn’t see anyone around, other than a few students she could see having lunch. She bent down to pick them up when “Hey BonBon”. She straightened immediately and almost jumped out of her skin “Someone’s jumpy” Damon said as she turned around to face him once she calmed down.

“Stefan’s still inside, Damon, so leave me alone,” she said in a bored tone of voice and turned around to open her car. “Actually, I’m here to see you,” he said with a bright smile, which only served to annoy her further.

“Yeah, well I don’t want to see you so leave me alone”. She tried to get into the car once she got it open, but he closed the door before she could, making her jump back before she turned her anger on him “Get out of my way, Damon!” She yelled at him.

“I’m here to help you, okay! Let me!” he yelled right back, getting just as frustrated with her. “Oh please, you don’t help anyone other than yourself, you said it yourself”.

“Damn it, Bonnie, let me help you!” he snapped, this girl was so freakin stubborn she made him want to pull his hair out.

“Is there a problem here?” Stefan said when he got to them. He heard them yelling at each other from the entrance of the school and he didn’t even have to enhance his hearing because they were so loud, but he did have to use his super-speed to get there before they ripped each other’s heads off.

Bonnie crossed her arms over her chest to seem more intimidating, but her height wasn’t doing her any favors “Fine” she ground out “I’ll bite. What do you want?” she asked as if Stefan hadn’t said anything.

“A little birdie told me you’ve been seeing ghosts,” he said with a smirk and watched her whip her head around to look at the guy standing between them, giving him a betrayed look. “I thought he could help, Bonnie, we’re going to need it,” He said justifying what he did.

“Why would I want anything from him, he killed Uncle Zach I want nothing to do with him and for you to tell him without asking is-” She cut herself off, trying to calm down “I can’t deal with this right now” she said reaching for the door handle again, but Stefan stopped her before she could open the door “Bonnie wait, I’m sorry I told Damon, but we need him. We don’t know what we’re up against and I am absolutely terrified of losing you because I let my pride get in the way” he said looking at her intently, which made Damon feel awkward just standing there. “So please, if you won’t let Damon help us kill Niklaus and save your life, along with everyone we love, then do it for me, please”.

Damon watched the couple in front of him in awe, wondering how he could have missed it. He knew that Stefan had a thing for the witch, he even pointed it out, but he thought it was just an attraction that would fade away and that ultimately it would be Elena for him in the end. She did look like the woman they loved after all, but then again he wasn’t sure if what Stefan felt for Katherine was ever love because he never looked at her the way he was looking at the witch, like she was his whole world and if anything happened to her that world would shatter.

“Get in the car,” Bonnie said after a while, in such a low voice that if they weren’t vampires they would’ve missed it and it took Damon even longer to realize that she was talking to him. He got into the car with Stefan while she sent a quick text to her Grams that said she’d be having her lessons in the woods today before she got in the car and drove off.


 

Mystic Falls High Cafeteria

Elena walked into the school Cafeteria and saw Caroline sitting at their usual table waiting for her “So, how’d it go?” Caroline asked once she sat down across from her and Elena shook her head “He told me I had to talk to her myself, but I don’t know how I’m supposed to do that when she won’t even talk to me”.

“I think she’s still freaked out,” Caroline said looking at her unappetizing tray of food, how they expected them to eat this, she had no idea “I hope she’ll be okay. Did you see her?”

“I think they left”.

“Left? It’s only lunch time. Well, are they coming back?”

“I don’t know, Caroline” She said, sounding down and Caroline looked up at her “Hey, are you okay?” she asked concerned and Elena nodded absently “You know, I saw you last night” Caroline said quietly making Elena look up at her questioningly “When Bonnie first woke up and didn’t remember what happened to her, I saw the way Stefan was looking at her and I saw the look on your face. You were heartbroken” Caroline said gently, reaching for her hand. Elena shook her head frantically as she looked at her friend with glassy eyes “I should’ve never broken up with him, Caroline, and now it’s too late because he’s in love with Bonnie”. And he was, anyone with eyes could see it and as much as Bonnie tried to hide it, Caroline saw that she felt the same way when she first woke up last night.

This whole thing was a mess because you had Stefan who was in love with Bonnie, Bonnie who loved him back, but refused to act on it or acknowledge it because she wanted to protect Elena’s feelings and then there was Elena who broke up with Stefan after finding out he was a vampire and now wants him back after realizing that he was a good vampire. It hurt Caroline’s head just thinking about it and she didn’t want to get in the middle of it because both these girls were her friends.

“I’m sorry, Lena”.

“No it’s okay, I’m fine,” Elena said waving a dismissive hand, “Let’s go before we’re late for class”.

Ayanna Bennett was known as the healer and prophet of her village due to her frequent communion with the Spirits and her insight into the metaphysical and spiritual realms of the universe.

That’s where he recognized the name from Alaric thought as he read through his old notes on the town and wondered if they were related if they were it was possible that she may have inherited her ancestor’s gifts. He’s been doing research on this town since he finished his masters’ degree ten years ago when he first heard stories about vampires that used to roam around here. Most historians never really believed what they were studying, but he did and was fascinated by the supernatural world, it’s part of the reason why he moved here.

“Hey, Mr. Saltzman” One of his students called his name, getting his attention as he stood by the door. Alaric waved him in, “I’m Jeremy Gilbert. You wanted to see me?” The young man said as he approached his desk.

Alaric put away his notes before giving the kid his full attention “You know that your old teacher had a jackass file? No joke” he said retrieving the file from his drawer and holding it up for him to see “It’s typed on a label. It has all the troublemakers in it” he said and Jeremy gave him an alarmed look “Don’t worry about it” he said throwing the file in the trashcan “I’m not him. Clean slate. Now…let’s talk about grades”.

“I know it’s been a rough couple of months, but I’ve been trying to turn them around”.

“Yeah, I saw that. But, the problem is, we’re halfway through a semester and half a fail is still pretty bleak” He said and went quiet, giving him an opportunity to respond, but the kid stays quiet as well “This is the part where you say to me, ‘But what can I do to change that?’, I’m glad you asked! How do you feel about extra credit?” he asked and Jeremy enthusiastically shook his head in agreement “Yeah, yeah, totally! Whatever”.

“Good! Write me a paper, then”.

“Okay. About what?”

“History. Pick a topic, keep it local, and no Wikipedia-regurgitate. These old towns have a rich history, so just get your hands dirty, make it sing and you’re back on track. Deal?” he asked and Jeremy smiled, grateful “Yeah. Deal”. Jeremy noticed the ring on Alaric’s finger “That’s a cool ring” he said pointing at it and Alaric awkwardly fiddled with it, feeling a bit uncomfortable all of a sudden “Oh, thanks. It was my father’s. A little garish, but family, you know?” he said before giving him the deadline “You’ve got a week”.


 

Woods

“As much as I love the woods, what are we doing here?” Damon asked as they got out of the car only to be ignored by Bonnie, but he was quick to figure it out though when he saw Sheila standing at a distance waiting for them.

“Damon Salvatore” Sheila said as they got closer “I can’t say it’s a pleasure to see you again, especially after you killed the only father figure my grandbaby has ever known”.

“You knew?” Bonnie interjected into their conversation in shock and Sheila scoffed at the fact that she thought she didn’t. “Of course I knew, my job is to look out for you and that’s exactly what I’ve done. I didn’t want to discourage you in doing what you had to do to cope so I didn’t say anything, and I’m so sorry you lost him baby” She said and Bonnie refused to start crying again so she changed the subject.

“What are we doing today, Grams?”

“There’s something you all need to know,” she said solemnly and Bonnie sucked in a breath feeling anxious until she felt someone grab her hand and looked up to see Stefan standing next to her and smiling at her in silent support.

“Your great great great grandmother, Emily was chosen by Ayanna to foretell of a time when the hybrid would break the curse placed on him and create an army that would help make him the most powerful supernatural to ever walk the Earth” She said, “Ayanna told her of the spell she created to pass down her magic to someone in our family that would be strong enough to handle it. I thought it was your mama, Bonnie”.

She furrowed her brows at that “What do you mean, grams?”

“Everyone in our family knew about the prophecy, I found out from my mama and when Abby got her magic she was powerful, Bonnie and I thought she was the one. I wasn’t the only one”.

“This is a dangerous life we’re living and we both know that the witch never gets a happy ending. Promise me you’ll protect my daughter”.

“Abby knew,” Stefan said absentmindedly snapping out of the memory “Why didn’t you ever tell me, Sheila?”

“You weren’t supposed to know”.

“No, you should’ve told me. I’m the protector, I could’ve saved her” Stefan snapped and Bonnie squeezed his hand, calming him down. “Grams, who killed my mom?” she asked as she tried to keep her tears at bay.

“Your mama sacrificed herself, Bonnie. I think-”

“What grams?”

“When you were three years old there was an incident, your mama refused to tell me what it was, and then months later, before she died, she told me to call Stefan, and to keep a low profile. I got the sense that she didn’t want anyone to know about you and when I went to get you, I could sense the magic on you and I thought Abby had cast a spell on you, but I was wrong, it was something else”.

“What was it?” Damon was the one to ask, completely engrossed in the story.

“It was your magic, Bonnie. Most witches get their magic when they are in their teen years, you got yours at three years old. Then your mother died and suddenly I couldn’t sense your magic anymore. I didn’t think much of it because when a witch dies the spell they cast breaks, so I didn’t pay it no mind and you never showed any signs of being a witch again. Until Stefan came back” When Sheila was done Bonnie just stood there not knowing what to say while the Salvatore brothers both took in what Sheila just said until Stefan remembered something.

“Ayanna told me that Bonnie and I were connected, that I was more than just the protector of the Bennett line”.

“You and Bonnie share the same spirit, you’re different, but beneath it all, you have a purity only you two share, which connects you to each other. The three of you need each other to survive”.

“Three?”

“You and Stefan are brothers, you are connected by blood and a bond only brothers share” Sheila said  before turning to her granddaughter again “Your fear is holding you back” Sheila said walking closer to her baby “The sooner you let go of that fear, the sooner you’ll be able to control your magic”.

“But it’s not my magic, grams-”

“Yes it is, it chose you so it’s yours and you need to choose it right back”. Sheila walked to her car and got the grimoire before coming back to give it to Bonnie. The girl in question eyed it warily, not sure she was ready to try using her magic again “Don’t be afraid” Grams whispered and Bonnie nodded, finally taking it from her hands. “I’ll see you at home, Baby,” She said before leaving them alone.

Bonnie watched her grams drive away before turning to the Salvatore brothers “Okay, let’s get to work”.

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Gilbert Household

General POV

Jenna walks into Elena's room to find her in tears “Elena?” she calls out to her as she walks further into the room and the girl in question wipes away her tears as she looks at her aunt “I'm okay” she whispers, but Jenna shakes her head, not believing her “No you're not. Now we can do this the easy way or the hard way, either way, I'm getting it out of you” she said as she sat down next to Elena on the bed, “Is this about Stefan?” she asked cautiously, realizing that this was a sensitive subject for her niece. Jenna knew that she broke up with him, but Elena never told her why and she didn't push her even though she wanted to because Elena really liked Stefan and judging by the state she was in right now she still did.

Elena spent the rest of her day trying to keep herself together after her conversation with Caroline, but the moment she got home she hid in her room and dropped her walls. That must’ve been hours ago judging by the fact that Aunt Jenna was back from work.

“I can't really talk to you about this Jenna” she sniffled and Jenna sighed in understanding “Then tell me what you can”.

“I broke up with Stefan because I thought he was dangerous and couldn't be trusted when I should've just trusted him or let the fact that Bonnie trusted him to be enough, but I didn't and now it's too late”.

“Are you sure?”

“Yeah. Besides, he was never mine, to begin with, so I really shouldn't be crying over losing him anyway”.

“What are you talking about Elena?”

“Stefan's in love with Bonnie. He belongs to her”

“You don't know th-“

“Yes I do,” she said cutting her off “You should see the way he looks at her Aunt Jenna like she's the only woman he sees like he doesn't see me. And I know she feels the same way too, she just hides it better”.

“You'll never know for sure until you voice what you want,” Aunt Jenna said before getting up and leaving her alone. Elena sat there thinking about what her Aunt said, she could stay here and wallow in her own misery or she could take a risk and try to get Stefan back, Bonnie cared about her too much to make a move with Stefan so she had a chance and she’d use it.


 

Salvatore Boarding House

Stefan’s POV

Damon and I got to the house and went to the living room, after the day we’ve had we needed it. Bonnie finally had the courage to use her magic again without letting the fear hold her back and even though she was still having trouble with control it seemed like she had more of a handle on it. I’ve seen a lot of witches perform magic over the years, but none of them were as beautiful as Bonnie was, she looked so content out there like she was in her own world where nothing bad could ever get to her.

I could tell that she was exhausted afterward so I offered to drive us all home with the promise that I’d pick her up in the morning seeing as her car was in the driveway and mine and Damon’s were still at school. And speaking of Damon, he actually behaved himself and kept his snide comments to a minimum, which I was grateful for. Right now he was pouring us a drink before handing me one “Thanks” I said and he nodded in acknowledgment “Not just for this, but for today”.

“Don’t mention it” he said taking a sip of his drink just as we heard a knock on the door. We looked at each other for a moment before the person let themselves in and judging by the scent it was-

“Hey,” Elena said by the doorway of our living room and I got up to greet her “Hey Elena, um what can I do for you?” I asked cautiously, and she walked further into the room eyeing Damon warily as she stepped closer to me. “Um, Can I talk to you?” she asked looking up at me before she stole a glance at Damon, who was looking at us as he drank his bourbon while he seemed quite interested in our conversation. “In private” she added.

Damon got up then and walked towards us, drink in hand “I’ll be in my room” he told me before turning to Elena with a smirk on his face “Elena, always a pleasure” he said before leaving the room and heading up the stairs. Once he was gone she seemed to relax a bit more and sat on the couch, indicating for me to sit next to her, which I did and I watched her take a deep breath while she fiddled with her hands, was she nervous?

“How’s Bonnie?” she asked looking at me, and I could tell she was stalling whatever it was she wanted to tell me because if she just came here to ask how Bonnie was then Damon wouldn’t have had to leave the room and really she wouldn’t be here at all, but I kept all this to myself “She’s okay, she’s better”.

“That’s good, I’m glad,” she said with a nod as if she was trying to convince herself of something. “I’m sorry, I’m a little nervous,” she said with a nervous chuckle while I sat there and waited for her to say what was on her mind. “Look, Stefan, I don’t know how to say this so I’ll just say it,” she said looking at me again.

“Part of me wishes that I could forget…forget ever meeting you, finding out what you are and everything that’s happened since” she said softly before she took my hand in hers and continued “But I can’t, with everything that’s happened I can’t because as scared as I am of this life, I don’t regret meeting you and falling for you, Stefan. My only regret is letting you go and not trusting you” she said as her eyes filled with tears. “Elena…”

“Please, let me finish” she pleaded and I nodded because she deserved to speak her mind. She was a great girl and she deserved someone who would appreciate her and love her with everything in him, but I wasn’t that guy.

“And no matter which way you twist it someone will get hurt, you just have to decide who means more to you”.

I remembered what Sheila told me a couple weeks ago and as I thought about it some more I realized that what she said wasn’t completely true, no one person would be hurt by this twisted triangle we’ve found ourselves in, all of us would get hurt and all of us would be miserable because neither of us would get who we wanted. I had to admit though I admired Elena for having the courage to voice what she wanted even though she knew the odds were against her.

It would be so much easier if I wasn’t in love with someone else, but life didn’t work that way.

“I know I’m crazy for telling you all this because we both know you don’t feel the same way about me, but I guess I was hoping that by some miracle you’d be willing to give us another chance” She finished and I sighed as I looked down at her, already hating myself for what I was about to say “I’m sorry, Elena. I wish that I felt the same way you do, I wish that I could tell you what you wanted to hear-”.

“But you can’t,” she said letting go of my hand “But I can’t,” I said as a tear escaped her eyes and she quickly wiped it away.

“Because you’re in love with someone else,” she said, and I nodded. She drew me into a hug “I’ll always be here for you, Stefan and I hope you get her”.

“I hope so too,” I said releasing her, “And if it doesn’t work out you know where to find me,” she said as she got up to leave. What she said made me uneasy and I could see the hint of a smile on her lips as she left, but I didn’t have much time to dwell on it because Damon walked back in.

“Well, that was awkward to listen to,” He said as he poured himself more bourbon and I rolled my eyes at him “Well you shouldn’t have been eavesdropping in the first place”.

“As if I wasn’t gonna listen” he mumbled, “But you gotta admire how she’s just willing to break her friend’s heart just to be with you”.

“You think that’s what she’s doing?” I asked, interested in his theory and he nodded “Oh yeah, I mean the little witch’s willing to be miserable just to protect her feelings and here she is telling you she wants you back, knowing how you and BonBon feel about each other, which you two are very bad at hiding by the way” he said downing his drink.

“I think you’re right,” I said thoughtfully and Damon rolled his eyes “Of course I’m right Stefan, it’s something Katherine would do”.

“Elena’s not Katherine, Damon,” I said, I mean what she was doing was underhanded, but that didn’t mean she was Katherine.

“If you say so, little brother”.


 

Grams’ Residence

Bonnie’s POV

I was up in my room doing some homework while Grams was in the kitchen making us dinner. I figured since I skipped out on school today it was the least I could do, and Caroline was a saint for bringing me the homework due tomorrow. I was busy doing maths when I heard a knock on the front door and quickly ran downstairs to go get it. “I got it grams!” I called to her from the hallway so she wouldn’t have to come check.

I opened the door to see ‘Oh crap’. “Mr. Saltzman, um hi,” I said awkwardly as my new history teacher stood on the other side of the door with a warm smile on his face “Hello, Miss Bennett”.

“Please call me Bonnie,” I said awkwardly as I wondered why my teacher was at my house, maybe he’s here to talk to my grams and tell her about how rude I was to him this morning. “Listen, Mr. Saltzman, I’m really sorry for this morning I didn’t mean to be rude” I rambled nervously “So there’s really no need for you to talk to my grams since I just apologized, right?” I said only to have him chuckle in amusement “It’s okay, Bonnie and that’s not why I’m here. I’m actually here to talk to you” he said and I furrowed my brow in confusion, I literally just met the man a few hours ago so what could he possibly have to talk about with me “Oh um, my grams is making dinner” I said pointing to the general direction of the kitchen “Would you like to join us?” He agreed and I invited him inside so we could talk in the living room when my grams came in “Bonnie, who was at the door?”

“Hello Mrs. Bennett, I’m Alaric Saltzman, Bonnie’s new history teacher” He said extending his hand for her to shake and she accepted it with a smile “It’s nice to meet you, Mr. Saltzman, that’s a lovely ring you have there” she said and I looked at the hand with the ring, noticing it for the first time. It looked almost like the one Stefan had, but I knew it wasn’t the same.

“So what can we do for you?” Grams asked as we all sat down on the couch. “I actually wanted to speak to your granddaughter about Ayanna Bennett”.