A/N: Yeah, this is happening. I hate myself. Because I literally have no time, but I'm doing this. I hope you enjoy!
Chapter 1 - Twisted Partner
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
"Okay? What do you mean by okay?"
"You said you have a way to get us out. So, let's do it. Together."
Kai threw back his chair and scoffed. "You expect me to believe you, after all the tricks you've pulled on me?"
"Tricks I pulled because of what you did to me," Bonnie retaliated.
"Semantics. I still don't buy it. You're never gonna let a meanie like me get near your perfect town and your perfect friends."
Bonnie hated how much he reminded her of Damon. A younger Damon, if that were possible. A teasing, volatile vampire of her innocent past.
"You're right. I'm not going to let you near the people I love."
"But I – I don't care what you do to your own family."
Kai paused, his fingers hovering over the fork. The peas stuck to the roof of his mouth.
Bonnie bit her lip. "No. That's your business. And I won't interfere."
Kai shook his head. "Why -?"
Bonnie got up shakily, betraying more inner turmoil than she would have liked to. She began pacing the Parker family kitchen with determination.
"I just can't protect them anymore."
"Who says you have to?"
"My conscience. It's…it's expected of me."
Kai watched her deliberate steps, watched how her body started forward and then shrank back as if she were afraid of her own words.
He shrugged. "Yeah, well, I was expected to rule my coven and when I turned out a disappointment, I went a bit insane. Expectations screw with you."
But Bonnie was only half-listening.
"I'm not in charge of everyone's life, am I? I can only help so many people. And I've already saved my share. I'm tired. I – I want to save my own life for a change. Is that so bad?"
Kai lifted an eyebrow in appraisal. He was not quite sure where this was coming from, but he could work with it, oh he could. So, the former witch was tired of her life as a goodie-two-shoes and wanted to be selfish. That sounded right up his street.
"No, it's not. And hey, if you don't save yourself, no one else will," he said, feigning detachment. He suppressed the satisfied smile dancing on his lips. Sometimes she was so easy to mess with.
Bonnie chuckled bitterly. "Seems that way."
Kai got up and removed the plates from the dinner table. He proceeded to wash them, without looking up at her or acknowledging her current distress. He needed her to stew in her own frustration for a while.
"I remember Damon used to talk to you about this chick he liked back home. Elena something?"
Bonnie stiffened. "...what about it?"
"Nothing," he said, head still lowered. "It was just so boring the way he went on about her like that. Like she was God's gift or something."
"He has reasons for loving her," Bonnie spoke, unable to lessen the unease in her voice. She didn't enjoy talking about Elena to him, lest he got any murderous ideas. "She's my best friend. She's pretty great." And you better stay away from her.
"Pretty great, huh? If you say so…I mean she sounds kind of lame."
"Everyone sounds lame to you."
"Not everyone. You're cool. Yeah, you could've not killed me those three times – but you know, that takes some balls," he smirked, sneaking a look at her disapproving face.
She wrinkled her nose. "Don't expect me to thank you for the compliment."
"Anyway, my point is, if he's so "in wuv" with what's-her-name, it makes sense he'd be too happy to get back with her to bother about who he left behind."
He didn't have to look at her to know she was disturbed by his suppositions. She had probably thought the same thing in the last couple of days. Still, he gave her credit for keeping her voice neutral when she spoke next.
"Can we get back to the point? I'm not talking about Damon right now."
"No…but it sucks he didn't come back for you."
He was busy wiping the plates, and so he didn't see her coming towards him furiously.
She pushed him up against one of the cupboards, making the china rattle.
"Listen, asshole, I will get us home and I won't stand in your way. I'm even going to give you a free pass at your so-called family. But don't think for one second you can stand here and mock me like this."
Kai held his breath as she swung one of the knives at his throat.
He grinned, licking his lips.
"Always so tense, Bon. Do you ever think you might enjoy hurting me a bit too much?"
"Watch your tongue," she warned him.
"But I would never mock you," he said with utmost seriousness. His eyes, however, couldn't quite stay serious. "I'm just looking out for you."
"Right. Don't make me laugh."
"It's true. I'm only pointing out what you already know."
"Then don't bother."
"I feel like you need it, though."
Bonnie walked away, dumping the knife on the table with a violent thud.
"What I need is to get out of this hell-hole and move on with my life."
Kai came up behind her and placed an awkward hand on her shoulder. She flinched as if scalded with hot water.
"What if your friends blame you for bringing me with you?" he whispered in her ear.
Bonnie pushed him away. "They'll just have to accept it."
"If they care about you, they will understand it was the only way. That's what you think, right? You might be overestimating them," he challenged.
"I know what you're doing. You're trying to alienate me from them. I don't know why. You're getting what you wanted, Kai. You're getting out."
He looked down awkwardly and scratched the back of his head.
"Can I show you something?"
Their feet made the leaves underfoot crunch with a sickening sounds. The sky was a golden violet, drawing close to dusk. The whole world – this made up world of illusions – stood quiet and waiting. They were home, in a faraway land that had no word for it. They were the only two living creatures who remembered what it meant. It felt wrong to feel empathy in this knowledge with a sociopath.
Kai stopped in front of a scorched tree stump covered in more leaves.
"What are we doing here?"
"Remember how you thwarted my perfectly sensible plans of going home by sticking your magic inside a teddy bear?"
Bonnie nodded her head warily.
"Yeah, well, my sneaky twin sister kind of did the same thing. Only she was less creative."
He dug through the leaves until he found what he was looking for.
Bonnie gasped. She was looking at a sharp blade. The dagger seemed to mold to his grip like a glove.
"You'll agree a weapon is not very original."
Bonnie frowned. "It can't still –"
"Have magic? Let's find out."
Without warning, he grabbed her arm and pulled her to his side. He glued her hand to his until she was gripping the dagger too. Bonnie wanted to wrench away from his grasp, but his other hand came round her waist and kept her attached to him.
He closed his eyes and channeled all his energy into the dagger. Bonnie felt a tingling in her fingers and a warmth that spread through her blood like a fever.
His grip on her waist tightened. She could see beads of sweat forming on his forehead. He leant towards her, his frame dangerously unhinged. Bonnie feared he would fall. She put a hand on his chest to steady him, while the other was still holding the dagger. His face was twisted in concentration and pain. She could hear his heartbeats dancing under her palm. His body vibrated with energy.
The fever grew stronger. She couldn't hold him any longer. She felt like fainting.
Kai released her.
It was over.
She reeled back in confusion, head swimming, stomach lurching.
"What did you do?" she asked, panting.
Kai released a breath and looked down at the fallen dagger. He closed his lips and narrowed his eyes.
The dagger slowly but surely started to lift from the ground until it was floating between them.
His face broke into a victorious grin.
"That's great," she muttered, shoulders sagging in disappointment. "You've got your magic back."
He laughed, exhilarated. It only made her hate him more.
"No, Bonnie. We both did."
She opened her mouth to contradict him, but the words died on her lips, because suddenly, the fever was no longer a fever but a pleasant aura stretching from her core to the tip of her fingers. She knew this feeling all too well, but had given up hope of ever feeling it again.
She darted her eyes at the autumnal nature around her and gave a start. Nothing had changed, and yet everything had.
But she didn't wait any longer. She let the magic flow from her, like water breaking free from a dam. The leaves around them rose up into the air, surrounding them in a fast vortex of color.
She put a hand over her mouth in disbelief. She didn't want him to see her smile. She was finding it hard not to cry.
"I think some thanks are in order," he said, smirking.
"How -? You only take magic away."
Kai closed the distance between them as the leaves flew by faster and faster, secluding them from the world in a cocoon of red and gold.
"I wanna get out of here. It's the only thing I've thought about for decades. But I don't want to be alone anymore."
"You…you won't," she replied with some reluctance.
He smiled. "Yeah, I will. I'll kill the rest of my miserable family and sit on their corpses and celebrate the victory all by myself. I'll probably find out it's not a lot of fun."
"So don't kill them."
"You don't get it. With or without them, it's the same. It's hollow. Well, it used to be. Until I met you. It's funny. I hate you most of the time, but you're the only person I've ever given a damn about, except my traitor twin sister. You kinda remind me of her."
"Well, the traitor part, not the sister," he winked.
Bonnie looked down embarrassed.
"You know that's just the confinement talking."
"Maybe. But I could have gotten rid of you, you know."
"What?" her eyes snapped back up.
"I know the spell, I've heard you do it twice now. I have the ascendant. I could've just taken some of your blood and I'd have been good to go."
Bonnie stepped back warily.
"…that was your initial plan?"
"You're a sick bastard." It shouldn't have surprised her, but he constantly came up with new ways to disgust her.
He laughed. "Yeah, well, this sick bastard just gave you magic. So I must have some good feelings left, deep down in my rotten heart."
"I wouldn't bet on it."
"How do you think I managed to give you magic? You said it yourself; I take and take some more."
Bonnie bit her lip. "You can't trick me into thinking you care, Kai. It doesn't work that way."
"I don't have to. You're a Bennett. You know this magic shit better than I do. Magical transfer requires a bond."
Bonnie had to acquiesce to that. Sheila had taught her as much, but that was not proof of a real bond.
"It's good enough for me," he replied grinning. "Plus, it goes both ways, sweetheart."
"What are you talking about?"
"I can give you magic because I want to, because I care. And you can take it from me…because, well, you do the math."
Bonnie gagged and made a disgusted face.
"You have got to be kidding me."
"So this lovely little display," he said, pointing at the leaves, "actually proves how much I've gotten under your skin."
The leaves fell dead around them.
"You little shit. You know I only feel hatred towards you."
"I don't know. Seems to me like the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
Bonnie turned away from him, but he caught her arm and pulled her back.
"Look, you can keep hating me. And I can keep hating you. That's fine. We can pretend that's all there is to it. But isn't it more tiresome?"
"I beg to differ. I enjoy hating you."
He laughed. "Yeah, me too. See? You're not always miserable with me."
"You're putting words into my mouth -"
"Me? I've always been honest with you."
She scoffed. "And pigs fly too."
"Okay. Here's honesty. I don't want to get out of here and never see you again," he blurted out.
Bonnie looked into his eyes and was surprised to find there was no trace of mockery or dark humor in them.
"Do you?" he asked. Do you never want to see me again?
Bonnie recoiled from him, but couldn't quite push him away. She wondered how he would react if she said no. Would he be angry, would he try to hurt her? They both had magic now. They were equals.
Yeah. He did give me magic…he didn't have to. Ugh, manipulative asshole.
"You're persuasive, I'll give you that."
"I told you, I'm not bullshitting you right now. The prospect of getting back out there and trying to figure out all that crap by myself without you is not fucking enticing."
Bonnie shook her head.
"You'll be fine, unfortunately."
"No, I won't. Maybe that's why I was talking crap about your friends. Because they seem kind of dumb. And ungrateful. You treat them right, you put them first and they don't give a shit. I know something about that," he said, picking up the dagger, holding its tip in his palm with a grim expression on his face. "But I wouldn't do that. I never had a friend. I wouldn't waste what you have to offer."
"I don't buy your act -"
"Fine. Don't buy it. It's easier to just think of me as a psycho. After all, Damon is just a homicidal vampire."
Bonnie made a sound in the back of her throat, like she couldn't quite believe she was about to say this.
"Look. If you promise, if you promise me not to kill your parents, not to harm anyone, and if you keep that promise – maybe I'll…" Oh God, Oh God, why am I offering him this? "…be your friend."
Kai's eyes glimmered with mischief and hope.
"You really mean that, Bon Bon?"
"Don't call me that."
"But you'll do it?"
"I'll consider it."
"What happened to you not interfering with my family?"
Bonnie scowled. "You can…defend yourself if they come after you. But you can't kill them. Those are my conditions."
Kai smiled to himself. Oh, Bonnie. You can't be selfish after all, can you? Don't worry. The magic I gave you will help with that. My magic.
He had neglected to tell her that his twin sister's magic was identical to his. And when she had taken part of it, she had taken part of himself.
"Take it or leave it," she said finally.
Kai made a show of pondering the choice she was offering, tapping his chin with his fingers, making her want to take it all back.
At length, he beamed at her and extended his hand.
"Let's shake on it."
She put out her hand reluctantly. He grabbed it, not very gently, and squeezed it tightly. She could feel the magic inside him touching the magic within her, but he was not trying to steal it, for a change. It was not entirely unpleasant, feeling connected through magic.
Bonnie quickly pulled away.
"Come on, let's head back to Mystic Falls," she said with a sigh, turning towards the house.
"Whatever my bestie wishes."
"Don't even, Kai."
"What am I supposed to call you? BFF?"
She groaned and walked faster.
Kai followed her with a petulant smirk at the corner of his mouth. He couldn't believe it had worked.
But it did. Guess I do like her.
Now that she had absorbed his magic, she would be changed, irrevocably. Soon, he wouldn't be alone anymore. He'd have someone as dark and wonderful as him.
Too bad. I kind of liked that righteous spark in her.
But he couldn't think like that. He might have told her half-lies, half-truths, but he couldn't afford to think about her selflessly. She was going to be his twisted partner, no matter what.