Chapter 9

Disclaimer: I don't own the Vampire Diaries. I'm just borrowing. Only the story belongs to me.

Note: Previously, in "In the Lion's Den," Klaus and Caroline give into their feelings for each other.

Hello, lovelies! I'm back after what seemed like a long hiatus (the last time I updated being April 7). Real life was hectic for me and inspiration was lacking, hence the break. But, I've had an idea in mind for a while and now that I have a moment, I shall share. No spoilers, just relax and enjoy what I have for you!

LET THE ADVENTURE CONTINUE!

Later that Day…

Caroline smiled as she looked at the sleeping form of Klaus. They had just spent the early morning together in her bed and it had been a wonderful morning. That man certainly knew how to pleasure a woman. Of course, having been around for centuries, he was most certainly well practiced in the art of seduction.

No wonder I thought he resembled Sebastian, she thought. He's quite a lover.

She kissed him softly and was about to get out of bed when she heard him moan against her lips, returning her kiss and then pulling her closer to him, earning her a giggle. Just when she thought she could get away from him, he had to wake up and catch her. There wasn't going to be a dull moment in this relationship, she could tell.

"You didn't think you were going to leave without kissing me, did you?"

"No, I didn't," she replied. "But, seriously, I have to get out of bed so I can continue with my writing. My publisher is expecting a draft of what I have been doing so that he can tell me what to keep and what to leave out. I can't very well do that when my new boyfriend wants to have a continuation of our early morning love session."

Klaus smirked. "You can't blame me for being romantic, love. Besides, I think I probably inspired another steamy scene for Sebastian and Destiny."

Caroline couldn't help but smile at that. He was definitely right about that. With any luck, she'd be writing at that "steamy scene" he mentioned. After all, what kind of muse would he be if he didn't accomplish anything? She kissed him again and quickly got out of bed, practically flying into the shower to prepare for the day ahead, even though she probably missed breakfast thanks to Klaus. After she left, Klaus climbed out of bed, threw on his boxers and exited the room so that Caroline could have her privacy, going back to his own room to shower.

Back in her room, Caroline was trying not to think about Klaus as she showered. Unfortunately, she was failing miserably in the attempt.

Damn you, Klaus, you just have to be the kind of man no one forgets. I swear, you're going to drive me crazy one of these days.

Shaking her head to discourage any impure thoughts she might be having, Caroline washed her hair and body before ending the shower, stepping out and drying herself off before getting dressed and drying her hair. Once that was done, Caroline exited the room and proceeded to kitchen, taking her laptop with her so that she could at least get some writing in. That is, if she didn't get any interruptions from either Klaus or any of the others. Speaking of, she hoped that she didn't disturb them while she and Klaus were "having fun," for lack of a better term.

She arrived at the kitchen and looked around before entering, sighing in relief when she didn't see Elijah, Amelia, or Rebekah around. Not that she didn't like them, which she did, she just didn't want to risk having an awkward confrontation. Though, I wouldn't be surprised if such a thing happens whether I want it to or not, especially since my relationship with Klaus isn't exact a secret.

Caroline placed her laptop down on the table and fixed herself a bowl of fruit before she set to work, looking over her shoulder several times to make sure she really was alone. Thankfully, she had the whole room to herself and managed to finish a good twenty pages. Satisfied with what she had for now, she sent them to her editor, Galen Vaughn.

"I was wondering when you were going to come down."

Startled out of her thoughts, Caroline looked toward the door and saw Amelia standing there, a knowing smile on her face. "Oh, hi, Amelia. I didn't hear you come in." She got nervous. "You didn't happen to hear what Klaus and I were doing earlier this morning, did you? We were trying not to be too loud and..."

Amelia giggled. "Oh, pish posh, darling, there's no need to be nervous. You and Niklaus are in love, and it's perfectly understandable that you two would want to have some romantic time. Besides, you're not the only couple in this mansion."

"Oh, yeah, I forgot that you and Elijah are married," said Caroline. "But, I still feel a bit guilty."

"Guilty? Of what? Of showing the man you love how much he means to you?" said Amelia. "Caroline, you have done nothing wrong. We all knew this was going to happen eventually." She saw the mark on the blonde's neck. "I see Niklaus didn't waste any time marking you as his."

"Yeah, about that," said Caroline. "I gave him permission to bite me."

"I did the same thing with Elijah the first time we were intimate," said Amelia. "The poor dear was afraid that he was going to hurt me, but I assured him that he wouldn't, telling him that I wanted him to do it. My parents weren't exactly thrilled about it when they found out."

"They weren't?"

Amelia shook her head. "No, they wanted to kill Elijah for taking my innocence from me before marriage."

"Oh, Amelia, I'm so sorry."

"Don't be sorry," said Amelia. "I don't regret a bloody thing. At the time I had met Elijah, my parents were planning to marry me off to the son of a warlock friend of theirs, a man I didn't love. You could say that I saw my salvation in Elijah. He didn't see me as a way to continue a bloodline, he saw me as a woman who deserved to be loved and treasured."

"Your family had no right to do that," said Caroline. "For God's sake, you were their daughter!"

Amelia smiled again. "I appreciate that, Caroline. You're a true friend."

Caroline returned the smile and was about to say something when Klaus was seen coming into the kitchen. He saw the two women and scowled curiously, not sure just what had gone in before he came in. "I hope I wasn't interrupting anything."

"No, Amelia and I were just bonding," said Caroline. "She was telling me that her parents were going to marry her off to a man she didn't love, and that Elijah had saved her from a fate she didn't want."

"She saw the bite mark I gave you, didn't she?"

"Unfortunately," said Caroline. "That's what prompted her to tell me the story." She looked at Amelia. "Speaking of stories, you wouldn't be angry at me if I included it in my book, would you?"

"Not at all," said Amelia. "I'm more than willing to help you." She nodded at Klaus. "After all, Niklaus resembles Sebastian, and you're using the information Rebekah gave you, so what's a little more information?"

Note: Okay, I think I'll end Chapter 9 here before I repeat anything. Stay tuned for more!

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