I stared outside my window looking at the garden when I heard a knock at the door.
I silently said, come in.
I heard Charles’s voice behind me, saying my name.
I just continued to stare out the window, he comes behind wrapping his arms around me.
Charles- Maria I’m...
Maria- Please Charles, Just hold me. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.
He sighed softly as I snuggled into him.
Thinking of my brother, I let a teardrop down my cheek. I wipe it away with my sleeve.
Maria- Just promise me, everything will be alright.
Charles- It will, I promise.
Katherina walked into Maria’s room, maria spread out on her bed.
Katherina sighing as she saw her grieving friend.
Katherina- Please, Maria you must leave your room, catch some fresh air. Its been over a week now, this isn’t healthy. I understand you are grieving but as your friend, I want the best for you.
Maria propping herself up with her elbow, sighing as she looked at Katherina.
Maria- I know you mean well, he wouldn’t want me to waste away in here. I have an idea, would you teach me how to protect myself?
Katherina- Of course, but you know how to fence and fight already, thanks to your father.
Maria- No, I mean against the supernatural. I know what I saw and my brother was killed by a vampire, I know it. I can’t let his death be in vain.
Katherina- Are you sure of this, Maria?
Maria- I can’t be scared anymore.
Katherina- Well, alright.
Katherine and Maria were in a secluded part of the courtyard.
Katherina- Okay if I am going to teach you how to fight a vampire, you have to know the basics. Vampires are stronger the older they are. You might have a chance if you take a wooden stake through the heart. There is this special plant, called vervain, its deadly to vampires. I recommend you consume it daily in your morning tea, it will prevent you from being compelled or worse drained. Once they taste your blood, the vervain will burn them from the inside.
Maria- What do you mean compulsion?
Katherina-Vampires have the ability to control and manipulate humans. By looking into their eyes, we could make them do whatever it is we want.
Maria- Like steal or kill? Wait, have you ever compelled me before?
Katherina- Yes, we could. I’ve never, you might be one of the few that I have not. You are family to me, I could never.
Maria- I am surprised you haven’t told me this before.
Katherina- You never asked and I suppose I thought you were safe before since I was always there to protect you.
Maria- Now everything is different. Thank you for helping me.
I walked down the corridor, escorted by two of Charles’s guards.
Charles had added extra security for my safety and the rest of the castle.
I thought it was much needed but excessive.
I knew what was coming and the guards didn’t have any training to fight a vampire.
Maria-(sighs) Ugh, can I please get a moment alone?
Guard 1- Sorry, Princess but we cannot.
Guard 2- It is the King’s order that you’d be under watch at all times.
Maria- Well, I don’t need to be protected in my room. Just stand outside my chambers, I’ll scream if I need you both.
Guards 1 and 2-(simultaneously ) Yes, Your Highness.
Both bowing before I went into my room.
I love Charles but he is treating me as this fragile little girl. Once Katherina gives me the training, that vampire won’t stand a chance.
Charles has ordered his guards to find my brother’s killer. They have sent search party’s into the forest and the nearby towns.
But not before I kill them myself, they have unleashed hell on earth. I will avenge my brother’s death if its the last thing I do.
It’s been five days since my brother’s death, I am still in shock.
I look out my window, waiting for him to come walking out the woods.
I stay in bed most days, I rarely go outside anymore.
I replay that day in my head over and over, it keeps me awake at night.
I’ve written a letter to my father about what has happened.
Still, no response yet, knowing my father he would order my arrival home.
I need to find my brother’s killer before then.
I miss him, I miss his presence, I miss everything about him.
He was always there and now he is not.
Charles plans on having his burial in a day or two as the doctors inspect his body for any clues.
I looked around my room that was decorated with flowers and gifts from friends of the court even the Mikaelsons who sent my favorite flowers and their condolences.
I hadn’t spoken or seen them since my brother’s death.
Elijah had tried to pay me a visit to see how I was doing but I told my guards to send him away.
I need my time to grieve.
What has helped my pain was being with Thomas.
He would sleep in my bed and keep me company when Katherina wasn’t here.
He never left my side.
It pains me to think Miguel will not see Thomas grown-up or I someday married.
I laid in bed as I began to get dressed early for bed when I heard a knock at my door.
Guard 1- Your Highness, a gift has arrived for you.
I walk up, wrapping myself in my robe to open the door.
Maria- Bring it inside, please.
One of the guards brought in a large frame covered in brown wrapping.
Maria-Thank you, that will be all.
I loosen the string holding it together, revealing a painting.
I held candlelight near it, it was a painting of me.
Its the painting Klaus had made for me.
It was me standing in the rose garden, I looked so beautiful.
I couldn’t recognize myself, was this how Klaus saw me?
I was speechless, this might be one of the sweetest things anyone has done for me.
I look to see if there was a note, but nothing.
I took the painting and hid it away in my closet so that no one would suspect anything.
I finished getting ready, I sat at my mirror braiding my hair when I heard another knock.
Guard 2- Your Highness, Sir Lord Mikaelson has wished to see you.
I thought to myself, is it, Klaus?
I rush to the door opening it.
Maria-Elijah, what are you doing here? Come in.
Elijah-I wanted to see you.
I smile at him as he pulled me into a hug.
He gently kissing my head.
Maria-I missed you.
Elijah- I missed you too.
I sigh deeply into his chest, I missed him and I didn’t even know it.
My body became accustomed to his when my brother died he stayed with me and held me, for hours until I could sleep.
Maria- Could you stay with me tonight? I don’t want to be alone.
Elijah- As you wish.
He looked deeply into my eyes as he kissed my cheek.
I could feel the hairs on my skin stand as he looked at me.
At that moment, all I could think of was him. Not the pain, not even Klaus.
Elijah-Maria, there is something I must tell you...
Grabbing the sides of his face pulling him in, closing the space between us. I kissed him with all the strength in my body.
I knew then I loved him and I know now, I wanted to lose myself for tonight. Forget everything.
Elijah pulling me in by my waist, running his hands up and down my back.
Elijah pulling back from the kiss.
Elijah- Are you sure?
Maria- I want to be here with you.
He pulls me in, kissing me passionately.
Carrying me off to my bed.
Lifting my gown over my head as he continued to kiss me.
Elijah flipping us over, hovering over top of me.
I look deeply into his eyes as he looked into mine.
Maria- I think I am falling in love with you.
Elijah-(smiles) I love you, Maria.
He leaned in, kissing me with so much passion and love.