The repugnant smell of death, cobwebs, and rat feces fills my nostrils immediately as we take a step into the crypt. Most of the bodies in here have been long gone for over a century, but the beast's sense of smell isn't one I can control. Spilled blood also fills my senses, but I choose to ignore it; for Caroline's sake.
I hear Stefan and Elena's soft voices from outside as they have volunteered to keep Matt and Jeremy with them, and try to explain the mess of a life we actually live.
Damon, Caroline and I don't have to look around long before my sister, hunched over against the far wall, and two humans with sheets thrown over them come into view. I use my vampire speed to get over to her, while Caroline and Damon go over to the humans.
"Rebekah, are you all right?"
Her head lulls over to the side as she looks up at me. I could never be more relieved to see my sister's face again.
injected me with a lot of vervain, but I can feel it wearing off.
Nik, the Sheriff--"
shriek interrupts Rebekah as I hear both sheets being whisked off of
not my mom!" I turn my head and see a barely alive groundskeeper
silently begging for help.
is this guy." Damon appears behind Caroline; holding the other
groundskeeper up by his collar.
going on?" Caroline is almost shaking as she stands up and
appears in front of Rebekah and I. I notice Damon silently ushering
the disoriented men out of the crypt.
History teacher is crazy and
vengeful. Those aren't great combinations."
What does that have to do with my mom?" Caroline scrunches her
face up in confusion. "Or you for that matter?"
shrugs before she slowly stands. "According to him, we're just
the diversions. I wish I knew what was going on, Caroline. He
hurriedly threw me in here with Dumb and Dumber, and stalked off
toward some cellar apparently owned by the Lockwood's." She
dusts off her clothes and turns to look me in the eyes.
something deep hidden in Rebekah's eyes. For some reason, I know that
this will be the last time I see my sister; if not for forever, then
for so long a time that it may as well be.
Before I can
respond, Rebekah's arms are around me; squeezing me tightly. I can
hear her softly sob as she slowly lets go and steps away.
As soon as I
look to where she should be standing, she's gone.
Caroline's hand on my shoulder. "I'm sure she'll be back,
won't. Like I said at the pond, she is done pretending not to see
what I truly am."
effectively tells Caroline to drop the subject, but as I try to turn
away from her, she takes both of my hands into her own.
I look into her blue eyes as they become unreadable seas of emotion.
I feel my face
soften at her stare, and I quickly see moisture begin to build up in
her eyes."What is it, Caroline?"
My hand slips
out of her grip, only to move up to cradle her jaw.
know--" Her breath stutters as she tries to fight back a sob. "I
know my mom's a vampire hunter."
hates me!" My heart stutters as Caroline gently rests her
fingers on my hand that's cradling her face, and looks down so that
her eyelashes graze her cheek. "Or at least, not yet. But when
she finds out what I am, I may as well be dead to her."
me, Caroline." She lets her eyes flick up at the sound of my
voice. The thought of her being dead brings out a rage in me that I
haven't felt before. "She's your mother, but if she thinks that
ill of you, then she doesn't deserve to be able to call you her
daughter; vampire or not."
I can feel the
burn in my eyes start to smolder as more tears make their way down
promise you that no matter what, even if you feel as though you have
no one," Caroline bites her lip and quickly releases it as I run
my thumb over her cheek. "You'll have me. Always."
I hold my
breath as I notice her head starting to incline toward mine. It's
when I feel her breath wash over my face that I realize I'm holding
my own. Her beautiful lips are mere moments away from grazing mine.
two knuckleheads' memories are wiped, Donovan and Little Gilbert are
now in the know, and--" Damon's voice comes to an abrupt halt as
he realizes what he has just walked in on. "And I have really
horrible timing. Wow. I'll just be go--"
quite all right, Damon. We were just about to join you." My
voice is cool as I let my hand drop from Caroline's jaw, and use it
to hold her hand in mine instead. Damon's eyes quickly dart down at
our connection, but they move back up just as fast.
I'll—I'll be outside."
As soon as
Damon is gone, I feel Caroline squeeze my hand lightly. I look at her
care if she'll hate me afterward. We have to save her. I
have to save her." With a determined look, Caroline gives a
small smile in my direction as she releases my hand, then uses her
vampire speed to get over to the entry way before stopping.
Her voice is soft; even more lovely than usual.
you." I feel myself smile at her words.
welcome. Now, I believe we have a Sheriff to save."
Caroline lean into me as her, Damon, Stefan, and I make our way to
the Lockwood cellar. Against her wishes, Stefan and Damon had both
ordered Elena to go to Bonnie's house with Matt and Jeremy, and after
realizing she wouldn't be much of a help anyway, she reluctantly
to the coordinates Bonnie sent, the cellar should be--" Stefan
stops talking as a desperate voice rings out from below ground.
Just let me go. I can't change what--"A sob followed by a hard
slap interrupts Elizabeth Forbes.
to get in there." Damon lurches for the stairs of the cellar,
but Stefan take a firm grasp of his shoulder.
out of his grip. "I know Alaric isn't coming out of there alive.
You don't have to rub it in my face, Stefan."
down the old, stone stairs, and Stefan quickly follows; leaving
Caroline and I alone. I chance a look at her, and what I see
mystifies me. The soft face I've fell in love with seeing is now a
stark serious countenance as she takes deep breaths in and out.
in this moment that I will love every expression of Caroline Forbes'.
She weaves her
hand into mine.
go into that cellar, Klaus, I could either be the thing that stops my
mom from hating us, or the thing that causes her to hate us even
more. If it's the latter, I hope what you said about me always having
you is true." Caroline eases her face a little closer to mine as
she brings her other hand up to stroke my jaw.
promise?" Her eyes are burning into mine like steel blue
promise it with my life." I can almost feel my heart stutter
lovingly at my truthful words. Caroline has me. Whether she wants me
for a week, a month, or a century, it was all up to her, but even if
she told me to leave, I'd still be there for her. No matter what.
She mumbles that single word quickly before I feel her hand put
pressure onto my jaw, and then guide my face forward. Her lips
hungrily meet mine, and for a moment, I swear I've been staked as I
taste her sweet tongue entering my mouth.
Nothing in my
life should feel this blissful. Nothing in this dark sea of abyss
should feel this beautiful.
This full of
pulls away, I can barely think enough to close my mouth. She's so
so sorry. If you didn't want me to--"
return, and I realize she is trying to apologize for doing the best
thing that has ever happened to me. I can't let that happen.
quickly covers hers again as I silence her. Her soft hand feels
amazing on my jawline as we tilt our heads so perfectly that our lips
seem to intricately mesh together. I love it.
I love her.
I pull away
once more, and I know that I have a big smile on my face that I
probably haven't had on it since I was human.
looks down, and I immediately tilt her head up with my fingers under
that was perfect. It was more than perfect. It was--"
here? Why is my baby girl here? Especially with you two vampires?"
Sheriff Forbes' tone is acidic as she screams her questions at Damon
and Stefan. I feel Caroline let go of my hand.
answer her, and we run at vampire speed into the cellar. We quickly
come to a stop as we see Liz in chains against the wall, and Alaric
sitting on a stool on the other side of the room. Damon and Stefan
are on each side of the stool, and Alaric is slumped back against the
stone wall behind him. It becomes obvious that Damon has hit Alaric's
head against the wall hard enough to render him unconscious.
God, Caroline! I don't know what you're doing here but please! Please
help me get these chains off. I don't want those monsters near me!"
Liz pointedly looks at Damon and Stefan, and in my peripheral vision,
I know what Caroline is about to do even before she does it.
In a quick
burst, Caroline ghosts across the room and stops right in front of
comes out in one, fearful gasp, and her eyes never leave Caroline's.
She breathlessly asks.