I stare at the end of the White Oak stake.
a monster! The world will be better off without you!"
that so?" I ask the man in front of me. I can see his body
betraying his courageous facade. The stake is shaking slightly as he
tries to point it firmly at me. I can feel myself smirk as I see a
cold sweat forming on his brow.
nervous, aren't you, mate? I'm the first, maybe second, vampire
you've even gotten this close to in your pathetic life, aren't I?"
He doesn't respond as I feel my smirk grow bigger. "You're just
some small town yahoo trying to play vigilante."
I see his
arm quickly snap back as he readies himself to spring the stake
forward. Before he can, I snap his wrist like a twig.
scream of agony echoes throughout the cabin. I can suddenly hear
swift footsteps as someone approaches the basement door. I bring my
finger up to my lips.
What's going on? I just got here, and Caroline said you were down in
the basement. Are you okay? Why are you in the dark?"
Bill's eyes dart up into the darkness that the moonlit basement can't
illuminate, then look back to me.
yeah. Just trying to take care of a pest problem. Wouldn't want the
light scaring them off, now would we? I hit my foot on the table leg.
I'm fine. Go tell Care Bear I'll be right up to watch that movie with
her before she leaves."
short moment of silence that seems far too long.
sure you're okay?"
I let the
beast take over as I see Bill's mouth open. Fear strikes through his
Liz. I'm fine! I'll be right up."
at me with tears threatening to over-flow from his cloudy, blue eyes.
love you." He states.
statement is met with the sound of fleeting footsteps. He closes his
eyes, and I can see him mouthing the Lord's Prayer.
where were we?" I ask.
going to die alone, you know. Alone with nothing!" He says
through his sobs.
walk forward and remove the stake from his hand. I turn the stake
backward so that the point is angled toward him. I smile.
can't wait." I say as I flick my wrist with too much power. The
stake moves fluidly forward, and the sobs stop. I welcome the silence
as I hear the beating of his heart slow. Finally, it stops.
Care is about to drive me crazy if you don't get your--"
flicker on, and a scream fills the room.
bright light seems to burst from behind my closed eyelids.
morning, Nik!" I can hear the seething anger in my sister's
voice as she throws open my bedroom's curtains. Her salty-sweet tone
does nothing to disguise it. I run my hands over my face before
finally opening my eyes and staring up at the ceiling.
what do I owe this wonderful wake up call, Rebekah?" I feel the
bed sink down under her weight.
nothing. I just wanted to make sure you didn't agonizingly kill over
in your sleep last night."
abruptly sit up at her tone of voice.
there something you'd like to say to me, dear sister?"
heard me. I'm leaving. I thought that after all these years even
someone like you could change. That just maybe someone like you could
better themselves. I was wrong. You prove that more to me each day
that I try to deny it."
like me? What exactly does that mean?"
means that you're a monster, Nik. That's all you'll ever be, and I am
so sorry we've wasted centuries trying to prove that fact wrong. For
some reason I thought moving to a quiet little town and going back to
innocent high school would help, but as it turns out, you ruined this
quiet little town even before I knew it existed. For one second, one
second, I thought that Caroline Forbes was the answer to all of this.
All of these years of hatred and death, I thought that maybe the one
person I've ever seen you show a benevolent interest in was the
ending to it all. As it turns out, I was wrong again."
gets up and slowly walks toward the window; looking out into the
was wrong when I thought that you ripping Mother's heart out was
sufficable after she forced us into this life, and I was wrong when
you turned all of our siblings into ash."
can hear her voice slightly tremble as she chokes on her words.
was wrong--I was wrong when I thought you were worth saving."
done a lot of dumb things in my lifetime, but I think you have me
glance over at Damon as we silently peer through the shrubbery
surrounding Caroline Forbes' home. I can see her slowly pushing the
swing she's on with the tips of her feet as her hair continuously
falls into her face.
she just beautiful?"
guess she's okay. Until she stakes the hell out of us for being
pointedly turn to Damon. "Care to tell me why you chose to join
me tonight, Damon?"
leans against a bush and crosses his arms over his chest. He doesn't
I see. Still avoiding the whole 'I need to kill my best friend but I
won't' bit, are we?"
says he's going crazy." He says hurriedly.
ring?" I inquire.
Apparently resurrection has its drawbacks. The more Ric dies, the
less sane he becomes. Which would be worrying, except for the fact
that we've finally realized that he's insane enough. If that makes
sorry, Damon. I really am." I hope Damon can hear the sincerity
in my voice as he just nods the affirmative.
well, if he hadn't had that ring, he'd have probably died long before
he met me anyway. Or at least that's what Stefan likes to tell me.
So, are you ready to go?"
look back at Caroline. She's on the phone.
go ahead. I'll drop by later. Send Elena my love." I smirk.
do." I hear Damon disappear at vampire speed, and my attention
is immediately back on Caroline as she speaks into the phone. I can
hear Sheriff Forbes' worried responses.
fine, Mom. I've just been spending some time at Dad's cabin."
you know I don't like you hanging out at that cabin alone. You're
coming to Tyler's funeral, right?"
see Caroline's blue eyes become moist as she looks down.
don't think that'd be the best idea, Mom. I just can't."
will be so disappointed, but we both understand. Listen, the station
is paging me, so I have to get going. Come home soon, okay? That's an
order, young lady."
can hear the smile in Sheriff Forbes' voice.
right." There's a short pause. "Mom?"
love you too, Sweetie. See you soon."
Caroline responds and quickly hangs up the phone.
hear her sigh as she leans against the side of the swing; staring
into the window of her house.
know, stalking me would be much more successful if you stopped
rustling the shrubbery."
eyes meet Caroline's semi-playful ones as she directs her attention
Whatever it is you're going to say, don't. And would you mind
actually facing me instead of looking at me through the landscaping?
I promise I'm pulling out a truce card."
voice sounds genuine enough. I quickly meet her by the swing at
It's occurred to me that my dad had stepped out of my life way before
you killed him. Not, you know, justifying you killing him, but it's
apparent he left my mom and I on his own."
Klaus. The last thing I need is sympathy. I'm slowly coming to terms
with the fact that I have, well, forever. And forever is more than
enough time to be sympathetic. I have forever to live with the fact
that my best friend is in some type of odd love triangle with two
vampire brothers. I have forever to see my other best friend become
Houdini." I can hear the tremble start in her voice. "I get
to watch my mom grow older while I remain eighteen forever. Having to
be invited into almost every house is something to look forward to,
also. Oh, and the fact I never get to experience the pains of child
birth. That's amazing."
that's all fine because," I start to see the tears moisten her
cheeks as they spill over from their icy depths. "That's all
fine because I have forever."
body starts to shake with sobs. I allow myself to get close enough to
her to slowly place my hand on her back and run soothing circles
between her shoulder blades. She abruptly fists my shirt between her
delicate hands as she brings her self forward and cries into my lower
don't want to have forever, Klaus!" Her shrill cries are
agonizing. I try to calm her down by patting her back softly.
emotions are out of control right now, Caroline. Just take a few deep
breaths for me." I hear her take a few slow, haggard breaths.
"That's it, love. Nice and easy."
After a few long moments, I feel Caroline start to steady herself. I almost feel empty as she slowly lets go of my shirt and tries to recapture her perfect composure.
sorry. I don't know what that was about. It's like my emotions have
been going haywire, and at times it's like I can't even figure out
how to blink properly."
a vampire now, Caroline. Your emotions are going to be out of control
until you will them not to be. You have to let yourself remember that
you're still you."
still me." Her words sound weak as she says them, but I decide
not to push her.
fills the space between Caroline and I, but it's not awkward.
haven't been home in a week." I raise my eyebrows as a sign for
Caroline to continue. "I tried to go in through the door, then
all the windows. It felt like I was trying to walk through a brick
wall. Finally on the third day, I decided to Google why. I've been
sulking on this swing ever since. I feel like a creeper watching my
Mom, but I don't want to be around her just yet. I mean, I'm sure I
can get her to tell me to come in, but I don't want to put her in
very smart of you." I respond.
Her eyes are focused downward, and I can see how exhausted she looks.
why don't you come over to my home for a little while? Just for
tonight if that's what you want? There's a lot of fresh blood, and
many rooms to choose from to sleep in. You need to rest." As I
speak, I can see Caroline's doubt already wavering at the idea.
like a warm bed to sleep in.” She sheepishly looks into my eyes.
“But just for tonight."
for tonight." I state.