"Bonnie, you know it's fine if you can't cast a locator spell yet. I completely understand. You're new to--"
your mother's missing. I can't sit back and do nothing. Plus, I can
feel myself getting stronger by the day." I see Bonnie pick up a
knife from the map she has put on my coffee table. "Now give me
her hand into Bonnie's, and the bland smell of Caroline's blood fills
she's your mother, your blood is the strongest tie I have to her."
Bonnie closes her eyes and begins to chant as Caroline steps back
toward Elena after dripping a few drops of blood onto the map. She
hugs herself around Elena's arm as the blood on the map starts to
move in a snake-like fashion. Even at her time of distress, I keep
wanting it to be me that Caroline is hugging for comfort.
Caroline's breathing come to a complete stop as she watches the trail
of blood on the map. The room is quiet. Too quiet.
A blur of mass
silently enters the room just as Bonnie opens her eyes and gasps.
at the graveyard."
Bonnie's voices blend together as Caroline's fear becomes tangible.
Hell are they at the graveyard?" Caroline's voice comes out in a
shriek as Elena fails to calm her down. Stefan walks over to the map
and lightly touches the area where the blood has pooled with his
family plot where Elena's parents are buried. Jenna included."
A twinge of
something familiar courses through me. Damon shrugs.
What does Elena's eccentric aunt have to do with any of this?"
Damon turns toward Elena as she throws a glare in his direction. "My
apologies, but even you can admit that she was a little crazy--"
mid-sentence as his eyes go wide. Without a word, he joins his
brother, and brings his hand up to the map.
crazy..." Damon trails off as Stefan turns his head toward his
older brother's mumbling. My eyes dart to Caroline's frowning
countenance, and impatience fills me as I fold my arms, and step
the rest of us would like to know what's going on, Damon." I
state. I don't miss Caroline's thankful look in my direction.
addressing me, Damon starts to speak to Bonnie.
Bon-Bon, you said that the more Alaric died, the crazier he got. So,
he died, what, three or four times?"
Four or five. Anyway, that means he's four of five times passed
crazy. Now riddle me this, witch, could crazy also branch into the 'I
see dead people' category?"
lights up with understanding.
an expert on any of this yet, but I'd say you have a point, Damon.
Although badly worded, it is
me get this straight," Caroline interrupts as she shrugs out of
Elena's hold and joins the others at the map. "You're telling me
that Alaric kidnapped my mom because his dead girlfriend told him
to?" I can hear the hysterics in Caroline's voice, and without
thinking, I use my vampire speed to get to her side, and capture my
hand in hers.
to understand, love, that although this does sound a bit iffy, Alaric
is not in a safe place in his mind right now. It also makes sense
that he's unconsciously looking to get revenge on your mother
Stefan's stone sounding voice makes me look up at him.
what?" Caroline questions eagerly.
I let my eyes
do the talking as I silently tell Stefan to follow me outside as I
quickly excuse myself from Caroline's side and exit the room.
doesn't know?" I can barely control my booming voice once Stefan
and I are alone.
about her mother being a murderer, or a vampire hunter?"
of course she doesn't know her mom hunts vampires! I'm inquiring on
the fact that Caroline doesn't know her mom was the one who killed
to meet my eyes. "About that..."
What am I missing?" I can feel the fire in my eyes as I become
couldn't tell her before for obvious reasons. We didn't want her to
know her mom was a murderer, Klaus."
don't want her to know that, but now we have to pair that with the
fact that Caroline is a vampire, and her mom is a vampire hunter."
Stefan looks pained.
does her mom hunting vampires have to do with any of this? We've
known she's hunted vampires long before Caroline even was one."
"Liz hunted Elena's family."
say hunted? Not murdered?"
Jenna was in transition. Elena's parents were just trying to protect
her from Liz."
I adjust my
hearing to hear Elena Gilbert comforting Caroline with soft words.
doesn't know." My statement isn't a question.
affirmatively. "She thinks they all died in a freak car
needs to know the truth, Stefan! Especially when we're scratching
this close to the surface--"
were Caroline, would you tell her?"
I would never
do anything to hurt my Caroline on purpose. I would endure physical
and mental anguish if it meant she were in a perfectly happy state.
She would always be happy on my watch.
she also deserve to know about the darkest parts of her life? Doesn't
she deserve to know how and why her life is her
There is no doubt in my mind about that, but she also deserves to be
kept away from the darkness. She deserves to always be surrounded by
the light she is infinitely bathed in. I would never be able to rip
that light away from her.
I look up at
Stefan; almost defeated by own answer.
A heavy fog
hangs around the small cemetery. I can't help but think it's more
than an undeniable coincidence. Fog works as a mask to cover things
we don't want to see. It traps us in our own darkness.
hear two hearts beating in the crypt. That's a good sign, right?"
Caroline's hopeful voice breaks through the silence. No one bothers
to answer her as we hear tires moving over the forest floor. Someone
has followed us here.
old pick-up truck breaks through the fog, and Jeremy Gilbert hops out
of the passenger side before it even comes to a complete stop.
Hell, Elena? Why are you guys at mom and dad's graves?"
bewildered as Jeremy jerks her by her arm out of Damon's grasp.
Elena screams as Damon harshly grabs Jeremy's shoulder.
go of him!" Matt Donovan runs up and stands in between the trio.
I realize I've doubted just how brave he really is.
quiet except for the angry breathing of Jeremy as he stares into
Elena's eyes. Matt lets his body soften from the hard stance he had
taken moments before as he exhales.
Elena. Just tell us what's going on.” Matt begs.
Stefan seem to have a silent conversation as Caroline looks around
nervously. Is she ashamed of what she has become? Or scared of what
Matt and Jeremy will think of her?
vampires, Alaric's a crazy ass vampire hunter who has kidnapped
Sheriff Forbes, and you two knuckleheads are slowing down the saving
process." Damon glances toward Bonnie. "Oh, and Bon-Bon's a
I see Matt and
Jeremy's eyebrows raise. Damon steps a little closer to them, and
Stefan seems to silently whisper for him to calm down.
believe me? Fine. Climb into that raggedy piece of crap you call a
truck, head on back to the party, and live your normal human lives,
because once you get into what's happening here..." Damon trails
off as he looks toward the crypt. "There's no getting out."
Damon gives no
warning as he begins to walk toward the crypt, and without another
word, the two boys follow him. I can't help but scream in my mind for
them to turn around. I wish I had been given a choice.
Please, help me!"
scream from the crypt makes Damon and the others pause in their
tracks. I almost can't believe what I'm hearing as Caroline turns
toward me with a questioning look.