The Vision's Theft

Elena and Stefan 6

"I can't believe you let her talk you into bringing a kid back here," screamed Alaric. "I mean do you fail to realize how dangerous our lifestyle is. Your nickname is the Ripper after all."

"I agree with you which is why I talked her out of keeping the girl permanently," said Stefan.

"So what's she doing here?" asked Alaric.

"Emma's an orphan she'll be staying with us in the interim while Caroline finds her a new home," he said.

"How long do you think that might take Stefan? Any vampire within 100 mile radius can walk in and out at any time it's just not safe here."

"I've actually thought about that on the ride here. I'll be transferring the deed of the house over to Emma. That will offer a layer of protection against unwanted guests."

"I am going to go on the record here and say it's really selfish to keep the girl. But I do believe you and Caroline are trying to do the right thing so I'll go along with it," said Alaric.

"I want her to be happy. She's put up with a lot of my garbage lately. She lost someone to and if this helps her get passed that I'm all for it," said Stefan.

"You sure that's all it is?" asked Alaric teasingly.

"What do you mean?" asked Stefan not sure what he was alluding to.

"I looked in on you guys a couple of times looked like some sparks were flying. You sure this wasn't a Caroline I think I love you here's a seven-year old," said Alaric laughing.

"Here's a seven-year old," said Stefan laughing, "No."

"Guys I'm taking Emma grocery shopping theirs only B-l-o-o-d in the house," said Caroline bounding in from the kitchen with Emma on her hip.

"Any, particular reason you're carrying her and she's not walking," said Alaric amused.

"In my defense she wanted to be picked up," she said blushing, "Stefan I need money for groceries."

He reached in his wallet and pulled out a hundred-dollar bill and handed it to her.

"Be back in a couple of hours."

"She staying here to?" asked Alaric.

"Yea, while Emma's here," said Stefan.

"I take it all back this is going to be fun to watch," said Alaric laughing.

"What why?" said Stefan returning his friend's smile.

"She's going to spoil that kid rotten. Those two together are going to be very expensive for you."

"It's just groceries I think I can handle it," said Stefan sitting up on the couch.

"Oh its groceries now and then its matching outfits and shoes later," said Alaric smiling.

"On another note how's Elena been?" asked Stefan.

"I've only seen her a couple of hours at a time. She's been hanging out with Enzo a lot."

"So he hasn't left town," commented Stefan.

"Doesn't seem like he has any plans to either. That probably has a lot to do with Elena. Jeremy's throwing himself into work to forget Bonnie, but I'm probably partly to blame for that one."

"If it were Damon he'd be drinking and killing a few people along the way. So maybe we should count our blessings with Jeremy. Don't worry about Elena I'll find out her connection to Enzo?" said Stefan seriously.

"Did I hear my name?" said Elena entering with Enzo not far behind.

"See this is what I'm talking about," said Alaric noticing how easy it was for Enzo to walk into the house. He wasn't ready to call that walking time bomb a friend.

"Yeah i get that picture," stated Stefan noticing Enzo to, "What are you doing with Enzo?"

"He's helping me see Damon," she said bluntly taking a seat next to Alaric.

"How?" asked Stefan eyeing Enzo wearily.

"It doesn't matter," she said.

"If whatever you're doing could be potentially dangerous you need to tell us," said Stefan.

"It's not."

"What don't have faith in me mate. I can keep her safe from all the baddies she doesn't need her white knights," said Enzo rolling his eyes.

"Not that theirs anything to keep me safe from," interjected Elena.

"How are you going to see him?" asked Alaric curious.

"We still haven't figured that out yet," said Elena speaking up quickly before Enzo could say anything. She didn't like lying to them, but she already knew that they wouldn't approve.

"Theirs no right or wrong way to grieve," said Stefan, "But don't put your life in danger."

"Speaking of that, did you find away to bring Damon back?" asked Elena hopeful.

"No, but I did find the person whose going to bring him back," said Stefan leading everyone to the cellar.

"Who is that?" asked Enzo peering in at the women who appeared sleep.

"The witch whose bringing Damon and Bonnie back. Contact says she can speak to the dead," said Stefan.

"She has a plan already to bring them back or some spell?" asked Alaric astonished.

"No not yet, but I'll let you know when she does," said Stefan.

"Wow, I'm impressed you kidnapped her didn't you. Damon would approve I think," said Enzo smiling.

"We're not kidnapping some innocent women," said Elena appalled.

"We're not kidnapping her. When she wake's I'm going to compel her to think that she met me on vacation. I convinced her to work on Damon's case here," said Stefan.

"You want a witch to live here under the same roof as Caroline and Emma," said Alaric.

"Do we have any other choice?" asked Stefan.

"Whose Emma?" asked Elena.

"The kid Caroline and Stefan brought home to live with us," said Alaric.

"Wow, you stole a kid too," commented Enzo, "I'm looking better and better."

"Is that what happened? Elena asked Alaric, "Caroline would never agree to take a child from its parents."

"Emma's not the issue here. Getting Damon back is," said Stefan.

"She can stay with me and Caroline. If she thinks this is a vacation will be the supportive friends," said Elena.

"Caroline is staying here with Emma and no she wasn't kidnapped from her parents," said Stefan a little upset that Elena would think that they'd even do something like that.

"Fine, she'll stay in the apartment with me I'll be able to keep an eye on her," said Elena.

"In the meantime, you don't want her waking up down here. Maybe she'd be more comfortable on the couch upstairs," said Enzo.

Stefan carried the women upstairs and put her down gently on the couch. "Elena you should stay and meet Emma. I'm sure Caroline will want to explain herself why we have Emma."

"Yeah sure," she said absent-mindedly heading up to Damon's room. She ran her hand along the dresser and went to his closet. She pulled out one of his shirts and pressed it against her body. Tears fell from her cheeks as she collapsed by the closet door. He promised that everything would be okay and it wasn't. All she wanted was to be able to see him again. She pulled the bottle out of her pocket. She chickened out of taking it worried about the consequences. But sitting in his room now all she wanted was to see him walk through that door.

"Don't take it," said Enzo entering the room.

"I need this," said Elena choking on the words through her sobs.

He sat on the floor next to her and pulled her in for a hug. Paying no attention to the tears that soaked his sleeve. "Don't let the good that's left in you die with Damon. This potion comes with a big risk. It's not one that you want to take."

"Why do you care?" she asked.

He wiped the tears from her face. "My head really wants to scream not me, but my heart knows that would just be stupid. You don't want to hurt the one's you love and we both know that's a possibility. So I'm going to take it first and you'll take it second."

"You'd do that for me?" asked Elena.

"Against my better judgment yes," said Enzo taking the bottle from her. She hugs him and for a moment he realizes why Damon fell for her.

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