Old Friends, New Alliances
Demosthenes had walk the Earth for over 2000 years. In that time he had made many friends. His lifestyle made friendships disposable. But he had made a few friends that he cherished. Demo sprung from a time where brotherhood meant everything and it was one of the thing he carried him.
When he met someone with whom he could share that bond with, he held fast and honored that bond because if he had learned nothing else in his lifetime, he had learned that friends are precious. It was that bond that had him sailing down Interstate 81 toward Mystic Falls, Virginia.
His friend, Damon Salvatore, had been telling him about the love of his life and Demo was intrigued to meet her, because of Damon's obsessive nature, he would reserve judgment as to whether or not his friend was truly in love. He was looking forward to spending time with both Stefan and Damon. Demo was glad that the brothers had worked out their differences. He knew that eventually that two would come to see that nothing was more important than their bond.
Demosthenes chuckled to him as he parked his Porsche Cayman S behind Damon's Camero. The two had often debated about which was better European exotics or American made muscle. It was clear which side of the argument each man fell on. He strode to the door and knocked.
“Did someone just knock on your door?” Elena Gilbert asked looking up from the magazine she was reading. Stefan nodded and rose to his feet and walked cautiously to the door. Damon followed at a close distance in case Stefan needed back up. No one ever knocked. To the people inside a knock on the door was an ominous occurrence bringing doom. Stefan opened the door slowly surprised to find his old friend Demosthenes standing there.
“Demo, what a surprise! Come in!” Stefan said stepping to the side to allow him to enter.
“Stefan, it is good to see you,” Demo said embracing the younger vampire. “Damon, my friend, how are you?” Demosthenes said walking over to hug Damon as well. Bonnie Bennett and Elena Gilbert watched the entire scene in silence. They looked at the impeccably dressed man that apparently was a friend to both Stefan and Damon. Stefan led him into the study and introduce him.
“Elena, this is Demosthenes. A very good friend of ours,” Stefan said with a smile. Demo inclined his head towards her.
“Pleased to make your acquaintance,” Demo said.
“Nice to meet you,” Elena said. She couldn't help but stare. He was gorgeous and she couldn't put it into words. Bonnie could feel power radiating from him. She didn't know why or how but it was like nothing she'd ever felt before, not even from Klaus.
“What brings you to Mystic Falls?” Damon asked Demo handing him a glass of bourbon.
“It has been many years since we have seen each other. I decided it was time,” Bonnie and Elena said mesmerized by his voice and mannerisms. He reminded Elena of Elijah but something extra she couldn't identify.
“Demo, this is the perfect chance for you to meet my little witch. I thought I was going to have to come to the god awful town you live in. What is it called again? Cumberland? It makes Mystic Falls look like New York,” Damon said cringing as he remembered Cumberland, Maryland.
“Cumberland suits my purpose. It is where Lillian wishes to stay,” Demo said with a smile.
“Yeah, right,” Damon said with a quirk of his eyebrows. “Anyway, this is Bonnie,” Damon said pushing her forward.
“Hello, Bonnie. I am pleased to meet you,” Demo said shaking her hand. Bonnie felt the power in his grip and overwhelming feeling of death.
“Hi, it's nice to meet you,” Bonnie said politely.
“Forgive me for sharing but it is uncanny how much you look like Shelia" Demo said fondly.
“You knew my Grams?” Bonnie asked shocked. Her grandmother didn't usually associate with vampires.
“Yes, I did. Let us just say that Shelia and I were great friends,” Demo said smiling at the fond memories of Shelia Bennett that flashed across his memory.
“I don't believe you. Grams would have mentioned you to me,” Bonnie said not liking what Demosthenes was insinuating about her grandmother.
“It was many years ago. She was a little older than you are now. I presented a conundrum to her. She knew of vampires, of course. But she knew nothing of my, we will say, species of vampire. I intrigued her, to say the least,” Demo replied nonplussed by Bonnie's reaction.
“What does that mean? Species? Are you like a long lost Original or something?” Bonnie asked confused by his answer.
“Original? Do you mean the Mikelsons? No. I am not a member of their family. I am different than them as well,” Demo said patiently.
“Different how?” Elena piped up. She was very curious about this new person.
“I do not need a piece of jewelry to walk in the sunlight. My blood can not cure and I have been gifted with the ability to protect myself in battle,” Demo explained. Stefan and Damon shared a look. They knew where his conversation was headed.
“Save the demonstration, my friend. Nobody want's to see you show off,” Damon interjected with a smirk.
“I see you are still jealous, then.” Demo said with a smile. The girls were shocked when Stefan laughed. It had been a very long time since the brothers had laughed together and if this mysterious stranger could cause that to happen Elena and Bonnie were happy for his presense.
“Demonstration? Of what?” Bonnie asked curiously.
“This,” a voice said from behind her. She turned and was face to face with and identical version of Demosthenes.
“Oh, you can astral project,” Bonnie said. “Are you some kind of vampire witch hybrid?” she asked turning back around. Whatever she was about to say next died on her lips. As she looked around the room, she realized that the study was filled with duplicates of Demosthenes. “What the hell?” she asked on guard.
“I mean you no harm. My kind upon entering into immortality are gifted with an ability. Most times it is are enhancement or manifestation of something they possessed as a human. My skill comes from my time as an elite soldier. All I had was the man next to me. So no I am the man next to me,” Demo told them as his duplicates disappeared.
“That's amazing,” Elena said in the silence.
“Wow, I can see why Grams was fascinated,” Bonnie said with a smile.
“And I can see why Damon is fascinated. You are lovely,” he said to her. “Stefan, how exactly did you end up with a woman who looks exactly like Katerina?” Demo asked the younger Salvatore.
“Unfortunately, Katherine is my ancestor. Lucky me,” Elena said with a smile. “Don't hold it against me,” she added.
“Never. Unlike some people I was never deluded into thinking that she was good person. So she was never granted an opportunity to betray me,” Demo said looking at both Stefan and Damon.
“Ancient history, Demo,” Damon said refilling his glass. “How long you staying?” Damon asked his friend.
“For a few days. We have much to talk about,” Demo said sitting down on the couch. Bonnie and Elena flanked him and began bombarding him with questions. After a few hours, Stefan interrupted.
“Elena, I thought we were having everyone over tonight. You want me to cancel since you're busy,” he said phone in hand.
“No. Why would we cancel? Damon can cook dinner. You can set the table and Bonnie and I can introduce our friends to Demosthenes as they arrive,” the brunette said without looking up. Stefan shook his head as he headed toward the dining room to set the table.