Author: originaldarling PM
It took one chance meeting for Caroline Forbes to become friends with Rebekah Mikaelson, one smart comment to become infuriatingly attracted to Rebekah's brother Klaus, one mistaken identity for Stefan to fall for Rebekah, and two lonely hearts for Caroline and Klaus to become inseparable. Will they survive the bond they all created or will enemies from the past destroy them?Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Drama - Caroline F. & Klaus - Chapters: 15 - Words: 40,981 - Reviews: 165 - Favs: 112 - Follows: 106 - Updated: 08-12-12 - Published: 07-15-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8324360
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Klaus and Stefan walked up the front door of the mansion Mikael had commandeered and Klaus used his fist to knock on the door, two exceptionally hard raps against the wood. Stefan could see Rebekah out of the corner of his eye as she slinked around the back of the mansion and held her skirt up her legs to hop over a bush, disappearing into the darkness.
"Ready?" Stefan whispered to Klaus, clapping him on the back.
Klaus clenched his jaw and smirked, eyeing the nearly invisible lump in Stefan's coat pocket that was the stake.
"I'm as ready as I'll ever be, mate."
The door swung open and Mikael stood just inside, his eyes wide with the shock of seeing Klaus. He looked between the two vampires and a slow smirk slid onto his face and curled his lips as his arms crossed over his chest.
"I see you've been following the plan quite thoroughly, Stefan," he said with a smile. "-and where is my daughter? Dead, I assume?"
Stefan growled and began to lunge but Klaus slapped a palm to his chest, holding him back. Mikael chuckled and then gestured for the two of them to come in. "Please, come in."
Rebekah listened from the back of the house and entered the back door just after Mikael invited the Klaus and Stefan in. She was hoping that his invitation would work for her and she silently clapped as the threshold allowed her entrance into the home.
She was immediately shocked by the lack of décor in the home and she stopped, truly disgusted with her father. He was merely in the city to dispose of her and Klaus.
Breaking from her stupor, Rebekah spied the swinging door that led to the kitchen and she sped forward, pushing the door lightly and shutting it with her hands to ensure it wouldn't squeak. The door to the basement was just in her sights and she ran for it, pulling it open and closing it behind her with a soft click.
The basement was cold and murky as Rebekah descended the staircase. She spotted Caroline just to her right and she felt her heart twist in her chest at the sight of her mangled and bleeding body.
"Oh, Caroline," she whimpered and her hand flew to her lips.
Caroline's eyes slowly opened and she stared at Rebekah as she flew across the room and to her side. Caroline's gaze was glassy and blurred but she could see the shining glow of Rebekah's blonde curls against the darkness of the room.
"Bekah." Caroline smiled brokenly. "Are you really here?"
Rebekah nodded and kissed Caroline's forehead as her lower lip trembled. "I'm so sorry, Caroline. This is going to hurt."
Rebekah wrapped her hands around the two stakes in Caroline's legs and she yanked them out, the slick, slippery sucking sound resounding through the dusky basement. Caroline began to cry out when Rebekah slapped her hand over her lips to silence her.
"I'm so sorry," she repeated miserably and tears slid down her cheeks. "Please forgive me."
"Just get them out," Caroline breathed in anguish.
Nodding, Rebekah quickly grasped the two small stakes holding Caroline's arms to her sides and she pulled, ignoring the sound. Caroline whimpered and bit her lips to hold them together as a sobs wracked her body. Tears fell down her cheeks in torrents and she thrashed from side to side as she tried desperately to outrun the pain soaring through her body.
"There's only one more, Caroline." Rebekah slid her hand around the last stake embedded in Caroline's stomach. "Just hold on."
She pulled hard and flew backwards as the stake gave way and left Caroline's body. Rebekah landed on her back, staring up at the ceiling, and felt her throat begin to swell with unshed tears. Caroline's blood was all over her and she could smell it in the air, suffocating her with the scent of blood.
Sitting up quickly, Rebekah scurried back to a nearly unconscious Caroline's side and quickly produced the small container of Klaus' blood that she had drained from him. She held the cup to Caroline's lips and tilted her head as the red liquid rolled down the inside of the cup to pool in the bottom of Caroline's open mouth.
Her eyes snapped open and she found the cup with her hands, draining the entire container until the very last drop was sliding down her throat. She dropped the cup back to the floor and relished in the feeling of her body healing. She could feel her organs begin to repair and her legs healed. Her arms stopped hurting and then she felt completely rejuvenated; ready to fight.
Caroline turned to Rebekah and smiled widely, grasping Rebekah's hands. Caroline's blue eyes widened as a figure appeared from the shadows, the silhouette of a slight, short haired woman.
Caroline blanched and Rebekah whipped around. "Elena?"
She shook her head with a smile and her cropped black hair swung around her cheek bones. "My name is Katherine and I'm afraid you've fallen deeper into this trap than you anticipated."
She flew forward and grabbed a stake that was sitting in front of her, jamming it through Rebekah's heart. Rebekah's lips formed an 'O' and she fell backwards onto her bottom, wheezing with the inability to breath.
"No!" Caroline screamed as she scrambled to Rebekah's side. "Rebekah, no!"
Rebekah swallowed hard and gritted her teeth. "I will heal, Caroline. Go! Run!"
Caroline turned to see Katherine grasp another stake in her hands and she knew that a stake through her heart would mean the end of her life. She took one last fleeting glance to Rebekah and dashed for the steps, taking two at a time until she reached the door.
She could hear Katherine in hot pursuit behind her and that's when Rebekah grabbed Katherine by the ankle, bringing her down against the ground. Rebekah ripped the stake from her own chest and crawled up Katherine's body to glare down into her ice cold eyes.
"You've caused my family a lot of pain," she whispered, shaking her head. "I can only hope to repay the favor."
Rebekah reared back, bringing the stake sailing the air and down towards Katherine's heart. Katherine's brown eyes widened and then she went still as stone as the stake plunged through her chest and pierced her heart.
The veins in her body protruded from her skin and she turned completely gray as her head fell to the side. She was dead.
Rebekah fell against the floor and breathed slowly as she crept her way to the bottom of the staircase. She slowly pulled herself up the stairs and through the door, shutting it behind her. In a desperate attempt to flee, she scrambled to her feet using the countertop as her support and she used her last bit of energy to speed from the home and into the woods.
She needed to replenish her body of the blood she lost if she had any chance of fighting alongside her brother.
Mikael led Klaus and Stefan into the room just inside of the door. It was the same room that Stefan had found the white oak stake. Seeing the chest missing, Stefan began to feel his heart race in his chest. Somewhere in this room, the white oak stake was hidden for Mikael to use against Klaus.
"I'm glad to see that you came willingly, my boy," Mikael began with a smile. "Though, I do believe a certain blonde vampire had something to do with it."
Klaus clenched his hands into fists. "Where is Caroline?"
Caroline was hiding around the corner and felt her heart swell with the need to run to Klaus. She desperately wanted to throw her arms around his neck and hug herself to his chest. She wanted to be lying in bed with him, snuggled underneath the covers. She just wanted him to be holding her.
"She's busy at the moment, I'm afraid. See, I'm not as dim witted as you presume, son. I knew the moment Elena walked into your home that she would not make it out alive. I also knew that Rebekah, while she was my initial target for sending Elena, would live through Elena's attack. This entire time, son, you have misjudged me. I am one step ahead. While your precious Rebekah was sneaking down to the basement to free Caroline, I had a small surprise waiting for the two of them. My sweet doppelganger Katerina."
Klaus and Stefan both took matching steps in retreat.
"No…" Klaus shook his head. "It was Elena! She admitted to the attacks!"
"She admitted to planting the note, Niklaus," Mikael corrected. "But she did not set off the bomb. That was Katerina – the one who I have waiting in the basement for Rebekah to arrive."
Caroline stilled as Rebekah appeared silently behind her, her hands digging into her lower back. Caroline turned around to see that Rebekah had replenished herself with much needed blood and the wound in her chest was completely healed. Caroline held back a sob and kissed Rebekah's cheek, squeezing her hand.
Mikael's eyes whipped to the corner that the girls were hiding behind and a slow grin graced his lips. "We have company."
Caroline had a mere moment to react before Mikael stood in front of her, wrapping a hand on her curls. He spared a moment's glance at his daughter before speeding back to his previous spot, holding Caroline in front of him.
Klaus watched in heartbroken horror as Caroline stared at him. Her eyes lit with happiness at the sight of him and Klaus' fingers twitched with the desire to hold her. He just needed to save Caroline and everything would be all right.
"Let her go, Mikael," Klaus growled. "Your plan has already worked. I am already here."
Rebekah strolled around the corner. "As am I."
Klaus and Stefan's eyes whipped to Rebekah in horror. "What are you doing?" Stefan roared. "Go!"
"I will not leave you! I will not leave my brother nor will I leave my best friend!" Silent tears fell down her cheeks. "I am here to fight."
"It will be a pointless battle, darling," Mikael purred. "I am well prepared to kill both you and your brother. Miss Forbes and Mr. Salvatore will both be a sad loss but I'm afraid there will be no one to miss them."
"You only have one white oak stake left!" Stefan argued as Rebekah came to stand beside him. He wrapped his arm around her waist and pushed her slightly behind him, holding onto her. "You can't kill them both."
"How many times must I tell you that my plan is far more intricate than you know, Stefan?" Mikael chuckled. "You truly believe that chest held my only white oak stakes? No, I'm afraid not."
Stefan paled and Klaus stepped in front of him and Rebekah. "You want to kill me, father; so do it. I'm right here. Kill me!"
Mikael grinned once last time before he produced a stake from behind his back. He pulled his arm back and high into the air as he began to bring it down towards Caroline's heart. She watched in paralyzed terror as the stake came closer and closer to her chest with every passing second of time.
"No!" Klaus roared, speeding forward.
He reached Mikael and Caroline just as the stake was shoved into her chest. Her eyes popped wide and she stared forward at Stefan as the pain set fire to her limbs, numbing them and then creating a feeling of static underneath her skin.
She cried out with the shock of the pain and fell forward, crashing to the floor. Her eyes slipped shut on the image of Stefan's face crumpling in and his legs flying towards her.
Klaus knocked into Mikael and Caroline, sending them both crashing to the hardwood floor. Klaus wrapped his fingers around the stake in Caroline's chest and yanked it out only to bring it up behind his head just over Mikael's heart.
Mikael's eyes opened wide at the sight of his son holding the white oak stake high above his head as his chest heaved with pained, despairing breaths. "I have wished for 1000 years that I could please you," Klaus whispered brokenly, shaking his head. "I was never good enough for you. I was always the monster. Look at yourself, father. You've destroyed us. You made us monsters!" Klaus stared down at Mikael with round, haunted eyes. "You are the monster."
Klaus brought the stake down and plunged it through Mikael's heart as Mikael's body arched into the intruding weapon. His mouth fell open and his wide eyes stared glassily at the ceiling just as Klaus jumped off of his body. Mikael's entire form erupted in flames and the three vampires watched as Mikael became nothing but a large, grey pile of ash on the floor.
Klaus felt his heart drop in his chest as his knees buckled beside Caroline. She was surrounded by her own blood and the gaping hole in her chest was puckered in jagged.
"She's dying," Stefan whimpered as his hands fluttered over her. "What do we do?"
Klaus reacted quickly, ripping into his wrist with his teeth. He held the bloodied flesh to Caroline's lips and tilted her head back with his hand to allow the blood to slide into her mouth and down her throat. She was nearly dead in his arms and Klaus could barely fathom the idea of eternity without her.
She still wouldn't move and her hands failed to hold onto Klaus' arm. She hadn't regained consciousness and the blood was merely dribbling down her throat and off of her chin, soaking into the material of her dress. Klaus emitted a broken sob as he lifted Caroline into his arms and cradled her body to his chest, rocking her back and forth.
He'd failed. He couldn't save her. He's destroyed the one thing he'd wanted to keep safe. Caroline made him remember why he was alive. She made him cherish the few moments of happiness he was given and she allowed him the ability to love someone the way he wanted to be loved. Klaus was sure the one regret he would die with was the fact that he hadn't told her he loved her.
Just then, Caroline arched with a loud gasp and her hands stretched out in front of her, clawing for air. She screamed through the burning pain in her chest as the wound began to heal and close from Klaus' blood. His blood slowly began to course through her veins and heal the dangerously deadly wounds in her chest.
The skin knitted itself back together as the wound closed and Caroline relaxed back into Klaus' arms. Stefan and Rebekah held onto each other as tears silently coated both of their cheeks and desperate cries emitted from their throats.
Caroline slowly opened her eyes and gazed up into Klaus' tear stained face and glassy eyes. She cracked a smile and lifted her hand to cup his cheeks, stroking the skin as she wiped away the tears. "Hello," she whispered, sliding her hand around the back of his neck to run her fingers through his soft blonde curls. "You saved me again."
Klaus coughed out a sob. "As if I have any other choice. You will not die, Caroline Forbes. I refuse to let you."
She smiled, pulling his head down to plant a tired kiss against his lips. "I wanted to tell you that I love you."
Klaus whimpered and clenched his jaw. "I do believe you've read my mind, sweetheart, because I was going to tell you that."
Caroline grinned and she blinked her eyes slowly as the exhaustion rose to life inside of her. "Tell me."
Klaus bit his lip and kissed her again. "I love you, my Caroline. I will love you until the end of time. You've made me happier in these last few days than I have been in my entire 1000 years. You've made me feels alive again, Caroline." He pulled her into his arms, burying his nose in her hair. "I was lucky to have found you."
"We're all lucky," Rebekah added as Stefan wrapped her in his arms. "We are all the lucky ones."
And that's the end! I hope you all liked it! Please review! I'll be posting a new Klaroline AU fic tomorrow! :)