"I still don't understand why your old crush has to come over," Stefan complained, trying to keep the jealousy out of his voice.
"Stefan I told you already," Elena sighed, "he's coming back for senior year and I wanted to invite him over for a welcome home party."
Stefan finished sticking up the banner to turn to Elena, who was finishing mixing the cake batter.
"I understand that part, but why is his girlfriend coming back with him?"
Elena rolled her eyes and poured the cake into the pan, so it would start baking. She loved Stefan, but sometimes she wished that he would just stop asking so many questions.
"Look all I know is that his girlfriend's mom got transferred here and he begged his parents to come home. Can you at least try to be nice?"
"Fine." Stefan agreed, begrudgingly.
They worked in silence for a little while, the tension thick in the air. But soon Elena let out a small groan.
"What?" Stefan asked, curiously.
"I forgot to buy frosting and I still have to bake cookies," she explained.
She gave him her best puppy dog eyes and Stefan couldn't stop the grin from appearing on his face.
"You're lucky I love you!"
"I know," Elena answered, as he gave her a peck on the lips and grabbed his coat.
"I'll be back before the guests arrive," he called behind him, as he shut the door.
Stefan drove to the grocery store with a smile still playing on his lips and he was on his way to the dessert aisle, when he stopped and stared. In front of him was the most beautiful girl he'd ever laid his eyes on.
She had long, golden, curly locks that formed a type of halo around her head. Her sundress was white with small flowers all over it and Stefan couldn't help, but think that she looked like she embodied the sun. He tried to look away when he heard her giggle and he was drawn back in again. Her melodic voice seemed to hypnotize him, as he realized that, that was what true happiness looked like.
Stefan took a step towards her and as if she sensed it, she turned to face him. The world seemed to stop, as green met blue and sparks seemed to go off in the middle.
Her eyes were so blue that they were like the ocean, but Stefan didn't think that, that was a fair comparison, since the ocean can sometimes turn rough and he couldn't ever imagine this girl being mean.
So what about the sky? That seemed to fit, although the sky can change dramatically with the weather and this girl seemed like she would stick with what she believed in. Stefan didn't think she was necessarily stubborn, but believed in her opinion and would defend it as long as she lived.
So what else could he compare these blue orbs too? Flowers? No, it didn't look like she would break easily. A pond? No, she would never be that dirty. Water itself? No, she would never slowly break down something.
That was when Stefan decided that her eyes or anything about her couldn't be compared because she was truly one in a million and nothing could ever be worthy of her. However, that was also when Stefan vowed that he would be around her long enough in order to find something close.
So that with purposeful strides he started walking over to the girl and to his surprise he met her halfway.
"Hey," she greeted, shyly.
"Hey," Stefan answered, automatically.
The pair stared at each other, almost in shock, as if they didn't want to break the spell by talking. The inches between their faces suddenly started disappearing, as the two got closer and closer.
"Ew, they're gonna kiss!" yelled a young boy next to his mother, before she shooed him away.
Then suddenly the girl started laughing and without knowing why Stefan also began laughing. Soon they both had tears running down their faces and the girl was doubled over with the force over her laugh.
"I'm sor-sorry," the girl finally stuttered out. "I don't know what I'm doing."
"What do you mean?" Stefan asked.
"I don't even know your name and all we've said is 'hey'" she explained, reasonably.
Stefan watched, as she seemed to have a disagreement with herself and with sudden boldness he stuck out his hand.
"I'm Stefan Salvatore," he greeted.
The girl raised her eyebrows and grinned as she took his hand, "Caroline Forbes."
The shook their hands and smiled at each other.
"Well Caroline Forbes would you care to grocery shop with me?"
Caroline giggled, but nodded and that's what started their trip around the store. The pair spent over an hour just walking around and enjoying each other's company in their own little world.
"So what brings you to Mystic Falls?" Stefan asked, looking for candles.
"How do you know that I don't just live here?" Caroline asked, passing him some candles.
"Thank you. And believe me, I would've remembered you," Stefan admitted, causing Caroline to smile shyly up at him. "After all, not a lot of people in Mystic Falls try to kiss strangers," he joked.
"Shut up!" Caroline laughed, giving him a small slap on the arm.
Stefan laughed, as he picked up Caroline's basket and started heading to the checkout.
"You sure do laugh a lot," Caroline commented, trying to take back her basket.
"I don't normally, is it bad?" he questioned, suddenly panicked.
Caroline shook her head, "no, I think you look cute when you laugh."
They stood and stared at each other right before getting into line for the checkout. Caroline had a light blush across her cheek, as she thought about what she just told Stefan. However, Stefan was busy realizing how much he'd laughed while he was around this girl.
"Excuse me, are you two in line?" asked a woman behind them.
They jumped apart and got in line to pay for their groceries and before they knew it, Stefan had walked Caroline to her car and she had put her groceries in the back.
"Well I guess this is it," Caroline stated, sad that their little adventure was over.
"Yea I guess so," Stefan answered.
With slow movements he reached out and cupped her cheek. While rubbing his thumb up and down Stefan leaned down and placed a long kiss on her forehead. They both closed their eyes at the gesture and when Stefan pulled away he saw that Caroline had tears dancing in her eyes.
"Thank you for today," he whispered.
"Anytime," Caroline grinned and waved, sadly as he started walking away.
The drive home for Stefan was long and it was as if he was weighed down with the loss of Caroline. Of course they'd exchanged numbers, but he was now back into the real world and he already missed his little bubble with Caroline.
When Stefan arrived at the house there was already cars all around the house and he looked at the clock to realize that he had been out for almost two hours. So he wasn't really surprised when he got into the house to be pulled aside and yelled at by Elena.
"You're lucky that Tyler and his girlfriend aren't here yet," she scolded. "What were you doing anyway?"
Stefan opened his mouth to respond, when she cut him off.
"You know what? It doesn't matter. Just go upstairs to get changed, I'll go finish the cake."
Stefan nodded, thankful that she was done with her rant. However Elena leant in for a kiss and when their lips met Stefan couldn't explain how wrong he felt. It was as if he was cheating on someone and he couldn't stop the feeling of guilt in his stomach.
He ran up the stairs, saying hi to people as he went, and changed into his grey button up and dress pants. He stayed over last night and brought the suit with him, so that he wouldn't have to talk to his Uncle Zack and Damon about what he was doing. Thankfully Elena's Aunt Jenna let him stay over, as long as he slept on the couch.
Just as he got changed he heard a yell from downstairs and expected that Tyler and his girlfriend were here. Putting on a fake grin Stefan strode down the stairs and was faced with a tall man standing next to Elena.
"Hey, I'm Stefan," he greeted, shaking his hand.
"Hi, I'm Tyler."
Stefan couldn't explain what it was, but he didn't like Tyler and he could tell that Tyler didn't like him.
"Ty, where's Caroline?" Elena asked.
Stefan's heart stopped at her name. No way, there was no way that it was his Caroline. Wait, she isn't his, he hardly even knows her.
"She was just grabbing the wine."
Stefan clenched his fists at the thought of Tyler leaving his girlfriend outside of the house to carry in drinks.
"Oh speak of the devil," Tyler called, looking behind him.
Stefan swallowed, as Caroline appeared over Tyler's shoulder, holding the wine that Stefan had helped her pick out during their trip around the store. If he wasn't in such a panic he would've laughed, as Caroline's grin disappeared when she laid her eyes on Stefan.
"Hi nice to finally meet you, I'm Elena," Elena introduced herself, sticking out her hand.
Caroline tore her gaze away from Stefan to shoot a fake smile towards Elena. "Likewise, I'm Caroline," she answered, shaking her hand.
With hesitant movements they reached out and shook hands, feeling the familiar sparks between their hands. A million thoughts ran through Stefan's head, but he couldn't help the smile that graced his face. Caroline saw and smiled shyly up at him and Stefan realized that he wouldn't be able to lose this girl and that thought scared the crap out of him.