After the "gang" had tried discussing how to defeat Klaus as well as the mystery of Max and come up with nothing new, they had dispersed, most of them headed toward the school. Katherine disappeared and Damon was left alone in the house. He had decided to take a day trip to the bar before snooping around at the library where Lexi had been holed up in a desperate attempt to find anything useful. It was no use. Damon couldn't find any "An Idiot's guide to Defeating An Evil, Thousand Year Old Vampire, Werewolf, Hybrid" in stock.
Finally, he gave up all together and headed home. He had just poured himself a glass of bourbon when he felt a presence behind him. It was amazing, that although they looked identical, even their presences felt so different. Damon knew it was Katherine before he even turned around. "What was that little stunt you pulled this morning?" He said, skipping any pretense.
Damon felt her hand on his shoulder. "What little stunt? Maybe I really want to join your little gang."
He turned around to face the vampire. "You visited me for weeks, using me just to get information about Elena, didn't you?" Katherine didn't seem concerned. Damon continued, "Now that I remember everything, I've put it together. You never were there for me, you were there to further your plan to freedom."
Katherine shrugged and stepped in closer. "You never protested. And just because I wanted information doesn't mean I didn't enjoy our little visits."
Damon didn't move, not having anything to say against her claims. She slowly reached up, about to kiss him, but he stopped her with another question. "Katherine. Why did you say you wanted into our 'little gang'?"
She rolled her eyes and sighed, stepping away from Damon and sliding her hand along the back of the couch. "I have been at the mercy of Klaus my entire life. I'm tired of it. I'm free now. And I want revenge." She turned back to face Damon. "I want to make him suffer like he did to me."
Damon was taken back by this response. He knew, in the back of his mind, that she was manipulative and deceitful, and that it shouldn't surprise him that she wanted revenge, but it was a whole other thing to see her admit it to her face.
But Damon also saw something else in her eyes. When she had said that last sentence, he had seen pain. It was quick. So quick he would have missed it if he hadn't been looking directly at her, but he didn't. She was strong, but she knew pain. Whatever Klaus had done to her, it was more than just chase her around and take away her freedom. He had deeply hurt her.
"I'll help you bring Klaus down. We need him out of the way anyways, and I guess it would be to all of our best interests to work together to make that happen."
She started making her way back to him, smiling like she was plotting something. That seemed like it was the only way she knew how to smile. "Good." She said. She ran a finger down the front of his shirt and back up again. "Even if you're human, I think you will make a valuable ally."
She leaned up and kissed him, but this time he didn't stop her, instead, he kissed her back. "Wait." He said, quickly pulling back again before anything more could happen. "I won't let you use me for information anymore. So if that is what this is, you can leave right now."
Katherine glanced at the door for a second before kissing him with a renewed fervor.
"Bonnie, what is going on? What is he talking about? What did you just do?" Jeremy's question flew out of his mouth, one after the other.
Bonnie stood up the moment Klaus left the room, looking around for anything she could use as a weapon against him. There seemed to be nothing made of wood in the entire room. She cursed and ran her fingers through her hair.
"What are you looking for?" was Jeremy's next question. "And could you maybe help me out of these ropes?"
Bonnie finally looked at Jeremy. How could she have let this happen? Jeremy was innocent, but he was being used to keep Bonnie in check. "I'm looking for anything wood." She said, not totally with him, her brain still trying to figure a way out of her situation.
Jeremy looked confused. "Well, I don't know if it will work for whatever you need wood for, but I'm pretty sure the chair I'm tied to is wood."
That caught Bonnie's attention. She rushed over to Jeremy, and began to untie him. "Jeremy, you're a genius. This is perfect."
Jeremy pulled loose from the ropes and stood up, rubbing his wrists where the ropes had been. "Uh, I am?"
Bonnie barely noticed Jeremy. She quickly picked up the chair he had been sitting in and slammed it against the ground. The chair shattered into pieces and she grabbed one of the legs, now with a pointy end where it had splintered from the chair. She smirked. It may not work for long, but it would do what she needed it to do. Take Klaus down long enough so that she and Jeremy could escape.
The door clicked open, sooner than she had been expecting, but Bonnie was ready anyways.
Klaus walked back in. "Bonnie, I need you to do that spell again. I need more-" He never finished his sentence as Bonnie drove the homemade stake into his stomach.
Klaus doubled over and started to turn grey. The veins around his eyes popped out and his eyes went wide, surprised that someone like Bonnie could take him by surprise.
Bonnie turned to Jeremy, who was staring, shocked, at the body on the ground in front of him. "Come on!" Bonnie grabbed his hand. She hated that she didn't have time to comfort him or explain exactly what was happening, but they needed to get out of there as fast as they could.
Jeremy snapped out of the trance he had been in ran out the door after with Bonnie.
"Are you sure this is a good idea?" Elena asked Caroline again. The two of them stood in Caroline's room in front of the mirror. Caroline held up a new shirt up in front of her friend to see how it would look, but dropped it to her side when she heard Elena's question.
She sighed. "Of course I am. Look, Lexi said she would watch Max, so there's no problem there, and you and Stefan are back together, right?"
Elena shrugged and grabbed a new shirt from Caroline's closet. "Yeah, I guess, but I don't see how-"
"Then it's about time you two went on a date." Caroline interrupted, making a face at the shirt in Elena's hand. "And I mean a real date, not a, lets go try to rescue someone or stop an ancient curse date."
"But Caroline we need to research-"
"Research can wait." Replied Caroline, who was now digging around in her closet, looking for the perfect shirt. "It'll be there tomorrow for you to worry about. Anyways, that's all the more reason to do this. You need a break from the supernatural world for a night." Caroline turned around and handed Elena a shirt.
Elena grabbed it and held it up to the mirror. "Okay fine, I'll go on the date. But what about you? Can you control yourself around Matt?"
Caroline bit her lip. "Honestly Elena, I don't really know. But I figure, if I'm going to continue dating, I need to learn to control myself and better to do that when I'm with you and Stefan who can both pull me off him and compel him to forget anything if it comes to that."
Elena nodded, letting Caroline's words sink in. It did seem to make sense. "Well," She said after a moment, "If we are really going to go on this double date, we might as well find you something decent to wear as well."
Caroline smiled and headed back to her closet. The two friends took another half an hour to pick out their outfits before heading out to the grill. Matt was already there. He must have just finished a shift and was waiting for them in one of the booths at the back.
They headed over and Caroline threw a hopeful glance at Elena before sliding in next to her boyfriend. Stefan arrived a few minutes later.
They made small talk for a while and ordered dinner.
"So, Elena," Matt said after a lull in the conversation. "Where are you from exactly? I haven't seen you around town before."
Elena smiled "I was born here actually, but I moved away a long time ago. Family rivalries and all." More like the founding families chasing down all the vampires in town and forcing her to flee, but she thought she had better leave that part out. Anyways, what she had said wasn't all lies. There really had been and probably still were quite a few family rivalries.
Matt said, "So you are a Pierce, like the founding family Pierce?"
Elena nodded. "Yep."
"So why did you move back?" Matt asked
Elena shrugged. "I missed it. My life was getting too hectic and I needed to start over."
"That's when you meet me." Stefan jumped in, smiling at Elena.
She smiled back and gave him a kiss, but there was no passion. They may have said they were just starting over, but there was still something missing between them. "That's right." she said.
"Only after I introduced you." Caroline said, never one to let someone else take all the credit.
"Of course you did." Matt said. He went to kiss Caroline but she pulled back and threw a frantic glance at Elena. Matt looked hurt, even though he tried to hide it. "What's wrong Caroline?"
"Nothing." She smiled and tried to laugh it off, but Elena could tell she was still shaken up. Caroline wasn't ready for him to kiss her. It could be too much of a temptation.
"Caroline!" Came a yell from the front of the Grill.
The group of four spun towards the sound, Caroline looking relieved for the distraction. Bonnie came running towards them with a confused, and slightly scared, Jeremy Gilbert behind her. The two newcomers rushed to the table.
"Caroline, I know what he wants and why he has taken so long to make a move. Caroline, Stefan and Elena glanced at each other, immediately understanding who Bonnie was talking about.
Matt, on the other hand, had no idea what was going on. "Who wants what?" He turned to Jeremy. "What's she talking about?"
Jeremy didn't respond.
Caroline stood up and addressed Bonnie. "What do you mean? And where have you been all this time?"
Bonnie threw a glance at Matt. "I need to talk to you all alone. It's important."
Stefan and Elena stood up and Caroline turned around to Matt. She grabbed his face and looked straight into his eyes. "You will forget what just happened. You had a good night on a double date with me and Stefan and Elena and now you want to get straight home. Okay?"
Matt nodded and immediately headed towards the door.
Elena turned to Bonnie. "Tell us everything."