|The Four Elements
Author: Jyuoa PM
A small group of witches move to Mystic Falls and find themselves having to protect Elena and Bonnie from the oldest known vampire. These witches are different, though, their powers are based of one of the four elements. To protect their home, they have to work together, but will their personal issues get in the way or can they pull together long enough to help them?Rated: Fiction T - English - Friendship - Damon S. & Stefan S. - Chapters: 24 - Words: 68,826 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 05-21-13 - Published: 05-13-12 - id: 8112186
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A few days later, the group was at their meeting house before school. "Okay, we need to get to school." Terra pointed out. "We can't be there to help protect them if we're late."
"Why the heck would they even go to school under these circumstances?" Lea asked. "Doesn't that blow the point of having a safe house?" They knew all about the guys' plan to sign the Boarding House to Elena.
"Well, that's why we're going to be there." Marina said. "If anything goes down at the school, we'll be able to stop it."
"Besides, just cause there's a threat, that doesn't mean we have to stop living." Vanessa added. "And this town is a lot more interesting than I thought it'd be."
"I still think this is a bad idea."
"There's no other choice, Lea." Terra said. "Unless you wanna drop out."
"Fine, I'm in." She said. "My mother would kill me if I weren't getting good grades. And trust me, you don't wanna mess with fire."
At the school, Marina and Terra headed to the history classroom. "What kept you guys?" Terra heard Bonnie thinking.
"We had to make sure we were all on the same page." She thought back, taking her seat next to her. Marina sat to Elena's right. Alaric walked in then.
"Hello, class. What are we learning today?"
"Wouldn't he know?" Terra asked in her head.
"I don't even know." Marina thought to her. "I've kinda spaced out the last couple days with Katherine betraying them and all."
"With the decade dance tonight, we've been covering the sixties all week." A girl said.
"Right. The sixties." He turned to the board. "The sixties. I wish there was something good I could say about the sixties, but... Actually, they kind of sucked. Except for the Beatles, of course. They made it bearable."
Terra and Marina looked at each other. Something clearly was not right.
"Uh, what else was there? The Cuban missile thing, the... we walked on the moon. There was Watergate."
"Watergate was the seventies, Ric." Elena said. The whole class looked at her. "I-I mean, Mr. Saltzman."
"Nice cover, Lena." Terra thought.
"Oh, give it a rest, will you?" She thought back.
"Right. It all kind of mushes together up here, the sixties, seventies. Thank you, Elena."
In the cafeteria, Vanessa headed over to the table where Bonnie was talking with Jeremy and the others. "Hey, what's up?"
"She thinks she'll be able to take out Klaus, but the risks are kinda high." Marina explained.
"You mean she managed to do that?" Vanessa asked.
"It wasn't hard. We all sensed them nearby." Lea pointed out.
"You can't harness the power of a hundred dead witches. It'll kill you." Jeremy told Bonnie.
"Shh! We don't know that for certain." Bonnie said. "You promised to keep my secret, I'm trusting you. I'm going through with this, and if you tell anyone, I swear..."
"What? What are you gonna do?"
"Look, Jer's right." Terra said. "You need some kind of protection if you're going to risk…" She cut off as Elena headed over.
"Hey, Jer. How you doing?" Elena asked. "Are you ok at the house alone with John?"
"It's not ideal." Jeremy said.
"You haven't heard from Jenna, have you?" Elena said.
"It looks like she's staying on campus instead of coming home. I'm late for class." He got up and left. Elena sat down.
"Sorry about your aunt." Marina said. She heard all about the fight.
"Well, keeping secrets is hard." Elena said. "I'm surprised no one besides us knows about…"
"Yeah, about that…" Terra began.
"Who did you tell?" Lea asked.
"I didn't. You know who I am talking about." She said.
"Oh." Vanessa said.
"Let me guess, one of you has a sibling?" Bonnie asked. The others nodded.
"Anyway, what's going on?" Elena asked.
"I told him he had to dress up tonight and he got all uptight." Bonnie said.
"Why is it that they always get so uptight about theme parties?" Lea asked.
"You're telling me." Vanessa said. "I love dressing up for those."
"Yeah, she really likes Halloween, too." Marina added. One of the girls from class joined them.
"Hey, Elena, there you are. Ok. This is going to sound freaky, but this totally hot guy just asked me to ask you if you're going to the dance tonight." She told her.
"Tell him she has a boyfriend." Bonnie said.
"Speaking of, where is he?" Vanessa asked in her head.
"I think he went outside to check something." Terra thought.
"You could at least meet him. He'll be at the dance tonight. Look for him. His name is Klaus." That got everyone's attention.
"I'm sorry, what did you just say?" Elena asked.
"His name's Klaus." The girl said. "I know the name's stupid, but I swear he's hot."
"Where is he? Is he here?" Bonnie asked, glancing around.
"I don't feel anything." Terra whispered to her.
"I don't know." Marina looked at the girl.
"Look at her closely." She told Bonnie.
"She's being compelled." Bonnie realized.
"But he wants to know if you'll save him the last dance. How cute is that?"
"Yeah, she already has a date." Lea said. "But we'll tell him she said hi, okay?"
"We'll see you later, Dana." Vanessa told her. She and Lea left so they could head somewhere to talk.
That afternoon, they all met in the Salvatore's living room. "So we go to the dance, we find him." Damon said.
"Really? How are we going to do that?" Stefan asked. "We don't even know what he looks like."
"Something tells me he's not going to be sixteen and pimply." Damon said.
"No kidding." Vanessa said.
"He could be anywhere at any time. He compelled somebody at school." Stefan turned to the girls. "I guess it's not as safe as you guys thought, huh?"
"Please, if he showed himself, we would've kicked his…" Lea began. There was a knock at the door and Alaric came in.
"There you are." Damon said.
"Sorry I'm late."
"Wasn't he supposed to be here fifteen minutes ago?" Marina asked.
"Maybe he got held back grading papers." Terra told her.
"Hey, I need you to put me down as a chaperone at the dance tonight. Klaus made his first move." Damon told him.
"Okay, so we find him and then what, hmm? What's our plan of attack?" Elena asked.
"Me. I'm the plan. He has no idea how much power I can channel." Bonnie said. "If you can find him, I can kill him."
"That's not going to be that easy." Alaric said. "I mean, he is the biggest, baddest vampire around." Marina and Terra noticed something off about him.
"Alaric has a point." Damon said. "I mean, what if he..." He sped over to Bonnie, but she used her powers to throw him to the other side of the room. Lea started laughing.
"Well, I was impressed." Stefan said.
"That was pretty awesome, though." Vanessa said.
"It doesn't matter if he's an Original. I can take down anyone who comes at me." Bonnie said. "I can kill him, Elena. I know I can."
"I think you should let us help anyway." Marina told her.
"Yeah, we're stronger together." Terra added.
"Would you just trust me on this?" Bonnie asked. The girls met with her upstairs.
"Look, we know the risk you're taking, Bonnie."
"If you're trying to stop me, it won't work." Bonnie told them.
"We're not trying to stop you. We're trying to help you." Terra said.
"There might be a way to keep you alive and kill Klaus." Marina said. "But until we find it, we made you this." She handed her a necklace. It was similar to the ones that they all wore, only the stone in the center was clear.
"What is this?" Bonnie asked.
"These pendants protect us from those who try to cause us harm." Terra explained. "As our powers are based around a single element, they're our best chance of surviving a threat."
"We also make pendants to protect others, in case of emergencies or something happens, though it also depends on the individual." Marina continued. "We made this one for you."
"They also help us with our powers sometimes." Lea added.
"It's nice, but I don't know if it'll go with what I'm wearing." Bonnie told them.
"Just keep it on you." Vanessa said. "You don't have to wear it, you could keep it in your pocket or something."
"You really think I can do this?"
"Of course we do." Marina said. "You're like one of us, Bonnie. We aren't just going to give up."
"Thanks." Bonnie said. "I have to go home and change for the dance tonight." She hurried downstairs.
"Speaking of which, we better get going too." Vanessa said. "We can't go undercover and not wear the appropriate attire."
"As much as it annoys me, she's right." Lea said. "Let's get this over with."
The girls met up outside the school. "Whoa, uh, Terra, Nessa, you two sure you've got the right decade?" Marina asked. She was wearing a light blue dress with sleeves and silver belt around the waist.
"For the record, I'm not the one dressed like a disco ball." Terra pointed out. She was wearing a green dress similar to Marina's, only instead of a heart shape, her belt had a flower.
"Speak for yourselves." Vanessa said. Her dress was pale yellow with a lot of silver sequins and sparkles sewn in.
"Seriously, we enemies waiting and you're arguing about fashion choices?" Lea said. "Not that there were any good ones back then, but still." She was wearing a red dress with detached sleeves.
"When did you become the voice of reason?" Marina asked.
"When I realized if we don't go through with this, then this season's bad guy will probably kill all of us." Lea told them.
Bonnie came over to them. "Hey, guys."
"Where's your date?" Marina asked.
"Right here." Jeremy said, coming up behind her.
"Okay, we just need to wait for the others to get here." Marina said.
"Hang on." Jeremy took his ring off. "Look, I, um, I want you to have this."
"If you're asking me to go steady, I think that was the fifties." Bonnie said.
"No, I'm serious, Bonnie." Jeremy told her.
"The ring won't work on me, Jeremy."
"But it was made by a witch." He pointed out.
"To protect from the supernatural, not for someone who is." Bonnie said.
"Hate to say it, but she's right." Terra said. "They were made to protect humans from supernatural enemies, there's a very low chance it'd work on a witch."
"Well, I have to do something. I can't just... I can't just let you get yourself killed." Jeremy said.
"Just because a bunch of dead witches gave me a warning doesn't mean I'm going to die." Bonnie told him.
"So you're saying there's a 50-50 shot you won't?" Jeremy asked. "Look, I'm sorry. But... you know I don't have the best luck in the girlfriend department."
"Hey. Listen, I... I can't explain it. But I can feel them. I'm empowered, Jeremy, I can do this. I know I can. I'm strong enough." Bonnie said.
"And we'll be there with her." Vanessa pointed out. "If anything happens, we'll be able to give her some help."
"They're here." Terra said, interrupting the moment. Bonnie looked up from Jeremy.
"Damon." The group turned around to find they were all there.
"Evening." Elena and Stefan headed over to the others.
"Hey, you two. Oh, you look nice." Elena said, hugging Bonnie.
"You too." Bonnie said.
"You guys ready to do this?" Stefan asked.
"Yeah, let's go." Lea said.
The group entered the gym, where the dance was taking place. "Thanks for being here, everybody. We have a special shout-out tonight. This is for Elena. From Klaus."
That surprised the whole group. "That was a lame, cheap shot. He's just trying to bait us." Damon said, trying to relieve the tension.
"Seriously, who does that anymore, anyway?" Lea added. "This isn't Total Request Live."
"I know everyone here." Elena pointed out.
"Maybe he's not here. Just wants us to believe that he is." Stefan told her.
"No, I feel a faint trace of darkness, but I can't tell where it's coming from." Terra said. "He must be here somewhere."
"How are you gonna find him if you're tracker's blocked?" Vanessa asked.
"Just cause Earth is my element, that doesn't mean I can always trace people. Even my powers have limits."
"It's a party, people. Blend. Let him come to us." Damon said.
"Good idea." Bonnie said. She took Jeremy's arm.
"No, no, I really don't feel like dancing." He protested.
"Too bad." Bonnie said.
"Mind if I have this dance?" Vanessa nearly jumped when she saw Joe. She was really that freaked.
"Okay." She went with him, but made sure to stay in sight of the group.
"There's Ric. I'll be back." Damon told them.
"I'm going to go with him." Lea said. "It's a good idea if we all keep an eye out for each other."
"Careful." Marina said.
"Remember the last time you said that?" Terra asked.
"When are you ever gonna let that go, Terri?" Lea asked.
"When you finally separate your anger from your powers." Terra told her. Lea walked over to Damon and Alaric.
"Special dedication, huh? This guy's a little twisted."
"I'm not impressed." Damon said.
"Please, it's one of the lamest guy moves I've ever seen." Lea said.
"Let me know if you see anything out of whack." Damon told him. They left.
"Don't worry, I'm sure we'll pick up on it if something happens." Lea said as they headed back to the others.
"Right." Damon said. "You wanna dance?"
"What? No!" Lea said. "I mean…okay, I can't dance."
"Really? I thought you were a great dancer."
"I lied." Lea admitted. "I had a few lessons, but it didn't stick."
"Alright, just follow my lead." He told her. She nodded. This really wasn't the time to argue with him.
"I can't remember the last time I saw Lea dance." Marina said, watching from a few feet.
"Well, she grew up kinda lonely." Terra pointed out. "She didn't want to embarrass herself more." They noticed Caroline and Matt show up. "I'm getting weird vibe from Matt." Terra said.
"They don't know what's going on." Elena realized. "We have to tell her."
"I'm on it." Stefan told her. Lea went over to the girls as Damon headed over to Elena.
"You looked good out there." Marina said.
"You weren't supposed to see that." Lea said.
"Actually, you looked different. You looked…happier." Marina told her.
"Well, I haven't exactly had a good time since we moved here." Lea pointed out. "It helps that it takes some of the stress off. That stupid meditation Terra had me doing, wasn't working."
"You should dance more often." Marina said. "I took a few classes, maybe I could help you out."
"It would be nice to get back to it again." Lea admitted.
Terra and Stefan went over to Matt and Caroline. "Hey, guys."
"Hey, man, what's up?" Matt asked.
"Hey. Do you mind if I steal your date for a moment?" Stefan asked him.
"No, not all. I'll get us something to drink."
"Thanks." Terra followed Matt.
"Are you okay?" Joe asked as he spun Vanessa in. "You seem a little…distracted."
"Yeah, it's that stupid dedication." Vanessa told him. "I don't know the guy personally, but my friend from before says he's a stalker. I'm worried about Elena."
"I can't stand guys like that." Joe said. "You better make sure your friend's okay."
"Thanks for understanding." Vanessa walked back to the group.
Terra was talking to Matt. "So, what's up with you and Caroline?"
"I found out a few things about her." Matt told her. "Things she'd been hiding from me. But I don't know what to do about it."
So that explained his sudden shift in energy. Terra thought. He knows. "Look, I might not know what's going on," She told him. "But if Caroline was hiding whatever it was, it's probably because she's trying to protect the people she cares about." She left to find Bonnie.
She found her with Jeremy and the rest of the group. Jeremy left when Damon showed up. "You heard Jeremy and me talking, didn't you?" Bonnie asked.
"Is it true?" Damon asked.
"The part about you having a 50-50 shot of surviving? Is that true?"
"I knew it. You were eavesdropping!" Lea said.
"Well, it was important." Marina pointed out.
"He was upset. I didn't want him to worry." Bonnie explained.
"So you lay it out on the line for Elena, no matter what." Damon said.
"No matter what."
"Yeah, but she's under our protection." Terra added. "Even if she did attempt something dangerous, she'd live through it."
"Really?" Bonnie asked.
"You'd be surprised." Vanessa said. "I was protected from a bad storm once because of it."
"Remember, we can't tell Elena." Bonnie said. Marina nodded and walked away.
"Your secret's safe with me." Damon told her.
"And us." Vanessa added.
Marina found Stefan and Jeremy in the hallway. "I don't know what else to do." Jeremy was saying.
"Hey." Marina said. "Look, if you're worried about Bonnie, don't be."
"There's a chance she could die." Jeremy pointed out.
"Stefan, can you give us a minute?" Marina asked. Stefan nodded and left them. "Look, Bonnie's not going to go through it alone. And even if she did use all that power, she's protected like us." She showed him her pendant. "We have these stones to protect us from enemies of any kind."
"Are you saying she has a stone like that, too?" Jeremy asked.
"Yes." Marina said. "But this has to be our secret." Jeremy nodded, understanding.
Outside, Terra found Bonnie and Elena arguing. "How could you not tell me?
"'Cause I knew how'd you react." Bonnie said.
"No. No way, it's not an option."
"It's our only option."
"Then we'll find another way, okay? Bonnie, you're not dying to save my life."
"I have the power to save you! If I don't use it and something happens, that would kill me more."
"I can't let you."
"Elena." Terra's voice startled the girls.
"How can you be okay with this?" Elena asked.
"We're going to help her." Terra said. "If we use our powers with hers, it will possibly remove the danger of her dying."
"I still think it's too risky."
"I have to do this, Elena." Bonnie said. "It's the only choice we have." Elena looked at them.
Marina and Jeremy were walking back to the gym, when a few guys stopped them. "What's going on, guys?" Jeremy asked.
"You okay, Gilbert? You don't look so good."
"Dude, seriously? Wrong day, wrong guy."
"Be careful, Jeremy." Marina told him. "I don't sense any emotions from these guys."
"What does that mean?" Jeremy asked, getting a bad feeling.
"They've been compelled." Marina said. The guys started fighting. She stood back and tried to pull Jeremy away as Stefan and Damon showed up, with Lea.
One of the guys fired a stake, but Damon caught it. "Let me guess... Klaus says hi."
"Some welcome." Marina said. She went over to see if Jeremy was okay. Stefan and Lea managed to take down two of the guys. Stefan looked impressed.
"How'd you learn to fight like that?"
"I've taken self-defense and several martial arts classes." Lea told them.
"Yeah, she and Terra are the best fighters in our group." Marina said. "Though we are getting better." Damon caught one of the guys they were fighting.
"No, don't kill him. He's compelled." Stefan pointed out.
"So, the whole thing's a distraction. Go find Bonnie and Elena."
"We can handle this, Damon." Lea told him. Marina helped Jeremy up and headed back to the gym as Damon left.
Outside, Terra was with the girls when Alaric came over. "Elena!"
"What is it?" Elena asked.
"He has Jeremy." Alaric told them.
"Yeah, Klaus has Jeremy. Come on." They followed him into the school. Terra could sense that Jeremy was in the gym with Marina.
"Okay, so where are you taking us?" Elena asked.
"Just a little further." Alaric said.
"Wait, something's not right." Elena realized.
"Where's Jeremy?" Bonnie asked.
"He's safe." Terra told them. "This is a trap."
"How observant." Alaric said, turning around. "I just had to get away from that dance. The sixties. Not my decade. I mean, whose call was that, anyway? I much prefer the twenties. The style, the parties, the jazz."
"Alaric. Are you on vervain?"
"Now why would you ask me that question, Elena?" Alaric asked. Terra felt as though the earth was trying to warn her just then and wondered if the rest of her group could feel it, too.
"He's being compelled." Bonnie told her.
"Nope. Try again."
"What's going on?" Elena asked.
"I think I know what's wrong here." Terra told them.
"Okay, I'll give you a hint. I am not Alaric." Terra looked at him, knowing that's why things felt off.
"I should've known it was you." She said.
"Klaus." Elena realized.
"Oh, no. No, it's not possible."
"I've heard of body possession before, but I've never seen it till now." Terra said.
"Just relax, Elena. I'm not here to hurt you. You're not on my hit list tonight." Klaus told her. He turned to Bonnie. "But you are." Bonnie used her powers to throw him back. He got up "Now, did I mention that I knew a witch? You're gonna have to hit me a lot harder than that." Suddenly, he was thrown back into a display case.
The girls turned. "Vanessa!" Terra said as she ran over to them. "How'd you find us?"
"It wasn't hard. I was in the gym went it felt as though the wind was filled with dark energy. I knew something was wrong, so I ran out here as fast as I could." She explained.
Klaus was getting up. The girls turned. "If you kill this body, I'll just get a new one. Maybe Jeremy."
"Go. Run. Run!" Bonnie called to Elena. Vanessa took Elena and they ran off. Terra used her powers push him back to the ground, then ran after them with Bonnie. The four of them ran down the hallway and Bonnie shut the door with her powers. They ran into Damon.
"What happened?" He asked.
"Klaus is in Alaric's body." Elena said.
"He's possessing it or something."
"We need to do something, fast." Terra said.
"Go find Stefan. Now."
"Okay." Elena left.
"Better call the others, too." Vanessa said. While she was messing with her pendant, the others were talking.
"Can you kill him?" Damon asked.
"He's got some kind of protection spell." Bonnie told him.
"You have the power of a hundred witches. Break it." Damon said.
"I'm trying! If I kill Alaric, he'll just possess someone else." Bonnie said. "He knows I have my power, Damon. He's trying to kill me."
"I've been trying, too. It's too strong for one witch, even an element based one." Terra said.
"No. Klaus does not get to win tonight, no way. You still willing to do whatever it takes to kill him?"
"Damon, you better not be thinking what I think you're thinking." Vanessa said. "Lea would kill you for sure."
"It has to be done. Besides, we can help." Terra told her.
"What's your idea?"
A few minutes later, Bonnie entered the hallway alone. She knew the girls' plan would work. She found Klaus waiting for her. "What took you so long? Now, do you want to do this the easy way or the hard way?" She used her powers to take the knife out of his hand, surprising him. "The hard way. Got it." He got up, but she used her powers to stop him "What? You'd kill your favorite history teacher?"
"It's what Alaric would want. And he'd want you to suffer first." Bonnie said. She was starting to get a nosebleed, when she felt the elements rush to her. She knew she could handle this now.
"Is that all you got?"
"Let's find out."
In the hallway, Marina and Lea joined Stefan, Elena, Vanessa, and Damon. "There you are."
"What are you doing? Where's Bonnie?" Elena asked.
"She's doing what she has to do."
"You didn't." Lea said.
"Where is she?" Stefan asked.
"She will be okay." Vanessa told them. "Let her do this."
"Girls…" Marina said. She was looking at her pendant. The stone was glowing. Lea and Vanessa checked theirs. They were glowing, too.
"What's going on?" Stefan asked.
"I don't know." Marina said. "Our pendants specifically only glow when we're either using a lot of power or if we're doing a spell together…mainly if it's a really strong one."
"It also happens when we combine our powers together, even with a normal witch." Vanessa added. While the others took off, the girls remained behind.
"Wait, where's Terra?"
"She must've followed her." Vanessa said. "Come on!"
Outside the room, Terra was using her powers to shield Bonnie from a distance. She heard everyone else arrive. "What's going on?" Lea asked.
"I'm trying to help." Terra told them. "We all are." Stefan and Elena showed up and watched as Bonnie tried to fight Klaus off. The door was locked.
"It's no use." Marina said, touching the door. "It's spelled shut." Bonnie turned and noticed Elena. Suddenly, she collapsed. Everyone rushed into the room at once, narrowly avoiding colliding into each other.
Elena held Bonnie while Terra and Marina went to check on her. Stefan looked to see if there was any sign of Klaus. "He was never here." Terra told him, looking up at him. "It was an illusion spell."
"Stefan, she's not breathing!"
Vanessa looked at her. Lea joined the other witches. "I can still feel her life force."
"So can I." Marina said. "She must've overexerted herself."
"What are you saying?" Elena asked.
"She's in a coma." Lea said. "At least, I think she is."
"For how long?" Elena asked.
"We don't know." Vanessa said. "She might wake up, but it's too soon to tell right now." Elena burst into tears as Damon entered the room.
"Stefan, get Elena out of here. I'll deal with this." Damon said.
"I don't think so. She's our friend. We'll deal with it." Lea told him.
"Look, we can't let anyone find out about this." Damon pointed out.
"Okay, how about we go with Elena and you three help Bonnie?" Marina asked. The girls nodded in agreement. Stefan helped Elena up.
"What about Jeremy?" Elena asked.
"I'll find him." Damon told her. Stefan and Marina left with Elena, Lea following shortly afterward.
"That was a close one." Vanessa said.
"Yeah, now we better get her out of here." Terra said. "Take her to the car. I'm going to find Jeremy and tell him what happened."
"We'll meet back at their house, right?" Vanessa asked. Terra nodded.
At the Salvatore's, Marina was sitting next to Elena. "Hey, I'm sure she'll wake up soon, Elena." Lea was sitting in a chair across the room. Stefan showed up with a glass.
"Hey. Here, drink this."
"Yeah. Yeah, you can." Elena took the glass from him, but began to cry again. Marina put a hand and her arm.
"This is my fault."
"No, no, no, no, no. No. Hey. This was Klaus. Listen to me. Klaus did this."
"I don't like it anymore than you guys." Marina said.
"It's because they listened to him." Lea said. As if on cue, Damon entered, with Terra and Vanessa.
"What did you do with her?" Elena demanded.
"Will you please calm her down?" Damon asked Stefan.
"Don't talk like I'm not standing right in front of you." Elena said.
"She deserves the truth after all this, you know…" Lea said, getting up and walking over to him. Terra got in front of her.
"You need to know something." Terra thought to her. Lea was listening to her over Elena's voice.
"You knew! Didn't you? You knew that if she harnessed all that power, that something like this would happen, didn't you?"
"Yes. Yes, I knew." Damon told her. The room was stunned silent as Elena slapped him. Marina looked surprised.
"You need to listen to me, and prepare for what I'm about to say." Damon said. "Klaus using Alaric's body was a total surprise. She wasn't prepared for that."
"None of us were." Terra added.
"And he wasn't going to stop, and we weren't going to be able to stop him until he knew she was dead or worse. He had to believe it."
Just then, the girls pendants flashed briefly before going back to normal. "Bonnie…" Marina said.
"She's okay." Lea realized. "She's awake." She turned to Damon. Then she slapped him.
"What was that for?"
"For making the rest of us think she was gone, even for a while." Lea said. "It's true we aren't like the traditional witches, but we still care about the ones we've become friends with." Damon left the room. Stefan followed him out. While Elena was on the phone, the others talked.
"Well, at least she's safe and everyone survived tonight." Marina said.
"Speak for yourself." Vanessa said, throwing her hat down. "That protection spell was hard to keep up. If I hadn't used my powers, she really could've been sleeping."
"I'm just glad she's okay." Lea told her. "Why didn't you tell us earlier?"
"We didn't have time, with Klaus trying to kill Bonnie and all." Vanessa pointed out.
"How will we keep them both safe, though?" Marina asked. "I'd hate for either one to die for the other."
"We'll figure this out." Terra said. "We won't let either of them get hurt."