Title: Angel of Faith
Author: Katie (TheIrishShipperholic) and Erin (Erin Salvatore)
Disclaimer: We own nothing but this story
Show/Movie/Book: The Vampire Diaries
Couples/Category: Kol and Lexi, Lee/TBD, all the normal couples mixed through out. Alternate Universe (AU) and All Human (AH)
Rating: Mature, for language and sexual situations/scenes
Summary: AU/AH, Lexol. They were happily married, their children all grown and happy in their lives, but when a blast from the past suddenly resurfaces, will it all be thrown out the window? [Sequel to "Angel of Destiny"]
Author's Note: While this sequel was planned in advance, we don't know where it will lead, so we hope that you enjoy it!
Previously in "Angel of Destiny", it's discovered that Lee is actually alive while Grace plans to elope with Rowan and Lee's friend Gary tells Lexi that Lee had a child with a woman he slept with during a business trip to Denver.

Chapter One

Using his cane, Lee Carter carefully stood up from his seat on the plane he'd boarded back in Tokyo and took the arm of the woman who had accompanied him back to the United States. He was going to see his family again today; Lexi, Grace, Evan. All three of them. The woman Lee was with smiled at him. "I'll bet you're happy to be back."

"I am," he replied. "I feel like I've been gone forever."

"Where will we be going first?" she asked.

"We're going to the house that Alexia and I lived in during the 16 years of our marriage," Lee replied.

"You're aware that she's moved on, right? I mean, in her mind you were dead," the woman said. "Plus, you don't know how she's going to react. For that matter, you don't know how her HUSBAND is going to react."

"She hasn't seen me since our daughter was 16 years old, Deana. And I'd rather see my children first, if you don't mind," he replied.

Deana nodded. "Of course you do. I just hope that you're not disappointed if they don't remember you."

"I sincerely hope that they do," Lee replied as Deana helped him into a cab once they were outside the airport.

Deana got into the cab with Lee, saying nothing more as they drove away from the airport and to Lee's old house. When they got there, she helped him out, giving him his cane as she followed him, marveling at the beautiful mansion-like home. Deana followed him as he limped up to the porch, going up the stairs slowly, where he knocked on the front door.

It was soon answered, but not by the face he had hoped to see, by a face he hadn't expected to see. "Grace?" he whispered, his eyes falling to her pregnant stomach.

"Dad!?" she whispered in the same tone, her eyes falling back in her head as she fainted dead away. Lee caught her before she could hit the floor, throwing his cane down in the process.

Deana saw what had happened and helped Lee take Grace to the couch, laying her down on the cushions. As they did that, they saw a young man approach them. "What's going on? Who are you?"

Lee looked at him after Deana gave him his cane. "I am Lee Carter, Grace's father. The woman with me is Deana Thornton."

"Rowan Hastings, Grace's fiancé," he replied. "But, how is it that you're here? You're supposed to be dead."

"I never got in that car," Lee replied. "I allowed Alexia to believe that I had died, but knew that we were over long before that accident took place."

Rowan nodded. "I can understand your reasons for doing what you did, sir." He heard Grace moan and immediately went to her, taking her hand. "Though, I just hope that your presence here doesn't cause any problems. Alexia is happily married to her husband, Kol Mikaelson, who loves Grace and Evan like his own children. They have three other children as well, Xavier, Nadia and the newest one, Jade. Plus, they adopted Kol's daughter, Hannah, so they've had quite a life together."

"I have no reason whatsoever to interrupt Alexia's new life. I am only here to express that she is free to legally marry the new gentleman in her life," Lee said with a nod. He turned when he heard another gentle voice speak his name and saw his former beloved drop the bag of groceries in her hand. "Alexia…I can explain."

Lexi shook her head. "No, Lee, I DON'T want to hear it! It's bad enough that you cheated on me before we got engaged, but I'm not about to listen to your explanation for being alive when you're supposed to be dead! In fact, I wish you WERE dead!"

"Alexia," Lee said firmly, refusing to waver from his spot. "Sit down, please." She did as she was told, going to set Jade down in her playpen. Lee joined her on the couch and Deana went to go start picking up the mess made from the grocery bag.

Lexi scowled at Lee, still unsure of why he was here. "I don't get why you're here, Lee. I've moved on. I love the life Kol and I made together. He loves me and takes care of me and our children. The Mikaelson family is very generous and they make sure that we have everything we need. I was part of it before Kol and I met."

"I have no intention of interrupting your new life," he replied. "As a matter of fact, I'm glad you have a new life. If Kol makes you happy, then I won't disrupt what you have with him. I met Grace's young man just before you came home, and he told me how well you're being treated and that's all I could ever ask for."

"Thank you, Lee." Lexi's eyes then fell on Deana when she returned. "Who is she?"

"Alexia, I'd like you to meet Deana Thornton," he said, gesturing for Deana to come forward.

Deana smiled. "It's nice to finally meet you, Alexia. Lee has told me about you."

"That's funny. I've never heard him mention you before," Lexi said with a slight scowl.

"Alexia, that's not nice," Lee said with a stern look over at her. "Deana is my friend, my guest and I've brought her here because she's also a doctor like you are. The only difference is she works for Doctors without Borders."

Lexi nodded. "Yes, I've heard of that organization. They help people in foreign countries that need medical aid."

"We do," Deana replied. "And Lee, somehow, he fell into my care, but it wasn't until I'd aided him in his recovery that I finally recognized him from the news programs I'd watched or seen. He asked me to keep his 'death' a secret, and although I'd almost refused, I still agreed."

"And in that time, we fell in love," Lee piped in.

Lexi saw the look in Lee's eye as he said that last part. It was the look of a man in love, the same look that was always in Kol's eyes. "Well, I'm happy that you two found each other and I hope that everything works out."

"Thank you, Alexia," Lee said. "Deana is very special to me, just like Kol is special to you."

Lexi smiled and then cleared her throat. "I, uh, received a phone call from your son, Ryan."

"You did? What did he want?" Lee asked.

"He was looking for you, I think," Lexi said. "I told him you had died several years ago." She sighed. "Why he waited this long is beyond me. He's twenty-three, for pity's sake!"

"I'll talk to him, Alexia. And we'll sort everything out," Lee told her.

Lexi nodded. "That sounds good to me. He needs to hear it from his father."

"Take care, Alexia, and I'll be back soon," Lee said and then leaned over to kiss her forehead then stood with help from Deana, walking out of the house with his girlfriend.

As he and Deana were walking to the car, a voice stopped him. "Daddy, wait!"

Deana and Lee turned to see Grace coming toward them. She must've regained consciousness during the conversation with Lexi. Lee smiled at his daughter. "Hello, Gracie. I'm sorry I scared you like that."

"It's okay, I'm not angry," she replied. "I just…wasn't prepared to see you. That's all."

"I know, sweetheart. I still didn't mean to scare you anyhow," he said, moving forward to open his arms to her. She fell into them, her sobs muffled by the material of his shirt. Lee stroked her dark blonde hair as she cried.

As he heard her sob against him, Lee held her tighter, while also being mindful of her belly. "Hush now, Gracie, I know. I missed you so much. I'm so sorry that I had to lie and make your mother think that I was dead."

"I'm not mad at you, Daddy," she replied. "I know you had your reasons for it. But, I'm also glad you're here, especially since you're going to be a grandfather."

"I can see that, sweetheart. Do you know what you and your fiancé are having, or do you two want it to be a secret?"

"We're kind of hesitant to find out," Grace said. "We already lost one baby, and we're looking to get joint custody of Rowan's daughter."

Lee gave her a sympathetic look upon hearing that she'd lost a child, an innocent baby. "I am so very sorry to hear that, sweetheart, but if you do want some further help, Deana is a midwife and she could help your mother?" he suggested.

"I'd like that. Also, it's very nice to meet you, Deana," his daughter said, smiling at the woman who stood behind Lee.

Deana returned Grace's smile. "It's nice to meet you too, Grace. I'm also sorry to hear that you lost a child. I know what that feels like. I've seen it many times in my line of work. I even lost one of my own. It was devastating."

"You…you lost a child too?" Grace asked with surprise.

"I did. I was quite young, before I met your father," Deana said with a nod.

Grace placed a gentle hand on her shoulder. "I'm sorry, Deana."

"It was a long time ago, but it still hurts sometimes."

Grace nodded and was about to reply when another car pulled up in the driveway. She turned her head when Rowan came out cautiously and went to stand beside her. "That's the car we were supposed to watch for," he murmured to her.

Right, it's the ex, Grace thought as she walked with Rowan over to the other car. Libby was just stepping out of the car and saw Rowan coming toward her. She let out a soft gasp when she saw him. He had definitely gotten even more handsome since high school. However, she reminded herself that her mother told her that he was engaged. She waited until Rowan and Grace got close enough and smiled at them. "Hello, Rowan."

Rowan returned her smile. "Hello, Olivia. You're looking good."

"Thank you," she replied. "You're looking good as well." She looked at Grace. "I take this is your fiancé?"

Rowan nodded. "She is." He squeezed Grace's hand. "Olivia Bridges, this is Grace Mikaelson. Grace, this is Olivia."

"It's nice to finally meet you, Olivia," Grace said with a nod of her head, smiling.

"And you as well, Grace," Libby said, smiling back.

Libby then saw Lilly climb out of the car and come over toward her. "Mommy, I was waiting for you to open the door for me."

"I'm sorry, sweetie," her mother replied. "I was talking to your daddy."

Lilly walked over cautiously then stood just so behind her mother, peeking out at the man with medium brown hair. "Is that my daddy?"

"It is, Lilly. This is Rowan Hastings and the pretty lady is his fiancé, Grace Mikaelson," Libby said as she gently nudged her daughter forward.

Carefully, Grace knelt down to Lilly's level. "It's very nice to finally meet you, Lilly. You're a very pretty girl," she told the 5 year old.

Lilly smiled shyly at Grace. "Thank you. Are you going to marry my daddy?"

"Yes, sweetheart, I am," Grace said. "I love him very much and he loves me too."

Lilly smiled then moved from out behind her mother's legs and came up to Grace, hugging her around her neck. "Can I be the flower girl?"

"Of course you can, Lilly," Rowan said, answering the question for Grace. "We would love for you to be the flower girl."

"Okay," she said, turning to hug Rowan after he knelt down next to his future wife and his daughter.

Libby smiled as she watched Rowan, Grace and Lilly hug. Although she had been hesitant in the beginning, she knew that Lilly needed this and if she didn't allow her to meet her father, she would never let her live it down. "Lilly, sweetie, why don't we go inside out of the cool, okay?" she suggested.

"Okay, Momma," Lilly said after stepping back from the hug she'd given Grace and taking her mother's hand.

Grace looked at Rowan as they walked to the house. "Lilly is a very pretty little girl. I like her already."

"She likes you too, darling," Rowan said, pulling her into his side and kissing the side of her head affectionately.

Grace cleared her throat. "I think we should head in as well. Wouldn't want to catch my death of cold, now would we?"

Rowan nodded and held fast to her hand as they headed inside after his daughter and her mother.

Author's Note: Thus begins the sequel to "Angel of Destiny", which turned into a full length fan fiction after starting out small. All of the other couples from the first story will be featured though not as much, so please ENJOY!