When You Least Expect It
by Erin Salvatore
Disclaimer: I don't own the Vampire Diaries. I'm just borrowing. Only the story is mine.
Note: This story is the Klaroline version of "Angel of Destiny," a collaboration I did with TheIrishShipperholic some time ago. It is an AU/AH and the plot is this: Wedding planner Caroline Forbes has been living vicariously through her clients and never really looked for herself. That is, until she meets dashing doctor Klaus Mikaelson. Don't ask, I've been bombarded with ideas and this seemed to jump out at me.
No spoilers, just enjoy what I have here.
Caroline Forbes sat back in her swivel chair and sipped from the coffee she had gotten from the cafe on the way to work. She was the owner of a wedding planning company known as Forbes & Bennett, which had gotten a reputation as the best business in all of Mystic Falls. Ever since the doors opened two years ago, Caroline and her partner, Bonnie Bennett, had been requested by just about everyone to plan their weddings, vow renewals, and even anniversary parties.
One warm spring day in late April, while she was going over some brochures, Caroline received a visit from a very familiar face that she thought she'd never see again.
"Lexi, oh my God, what are you doing here?"
The other blonde smiled at her. "Well, considering how I happen to be in your little establishment, I'm in need of the best wedding planner in town." She saw the surprised look on Caroline's face and showed her the ring on her hand. "I'm getting married."
Caroline gasped and looked at the ring. "Holy shit, that must've cost a fortune!" Still looking at the ring, she added, "Who's the lucky guy?"
"The Kol Mikaelson?" That was asked by Bonnie, who happened to be walking by when she heard Caroline and Lexi talking. "The model whose most recent picture is on the cover of GQ?"
Lexi nodded. "Yep, that's the one. I know that it's strange that I'm engaged to a sexy model. Hell, I didn't even expect it. But, you know, love is like that sometimes. It leads you to paths that you never thought were there." Clearing her throat, she added, "So, what do you say, ladies? Would you like to help me plan my wedding?"
"Are you kidding, Lexi?" said Caroline. "We'd love to plan your wedding!" She let go of her hand and forced herself to calm down before she added, "The first thing we need to figure out is where the wedding is going to be held, as well as how many guests are expected to show up."
"Well, the location has already been taken care of," said Lexi. "It's going to be held at the Mikaelson mansion, and, of course, the whole family is going to be in attendance, as well as some friends of the family." She sighed. "Kind of makes me feel awkward, since I don't have any family to speak of."
Caroline nodded, knowing what Lexi was talking about. She lost her parents when she was sixteen, so she was raised by her grandmother, who recently passed. With a sympathetic smile, Caroline placed a gentle hand on her friend's shoulder.
"I know it's going to be difficult for you, but you know that they're going to be there in spirit."
"I do," said Lexi. "Even if it's not the same, I know that they'll be smiling down from wherever they are." She grabbed a Kleenex from her purse and gently wiped her eyes with it. "Well, unless you want me to have a complete breakdown in the middle of your shop, let's say we get down to business and plan this wedding?"
Mystic Falls Medical Center – That Same Moment…
Klaus Mikaelson rolled his eyes at the grin staring back at him. It was bad enough that Kol was the center of attention as a child, now his smug face was plastered on the cover of GQ. GQ, a magazine that he loved to read whenever he got a free moment from the endless parade of patients that he saw on a daily basis. Klaus was a respected oncologist and although his work wasn't exactly the most pleasant, people still depended on him to make their loved ones comfortable while battling their disease as long as possible.
He placed the magazine down on the table and was about to walk away when he saw his older brother, Elijah, approaching him. Elijah was a lawyer and happily married to his college sweetheart, Amelia Spencer, with whom had a three-year-old daughter named Evelyn. The couple was also expecting their second child in another three months.
"Hello, Elijah," he said before the older man could speak. "I suppose you've seen this month's cover of GQ?"
"Yes, I have," said Elijah. "Amelia thinks it's charming."
Klaus scoffed. "Apparently, she and I differ somewhat on what passes as charming."
Elijah could see that Klaus was getting agitated, so he decided to change the subject before he made a scene in the middle of the hallway. "Magazine cover aside, I assume that you're aware that Kol is getting married?"
"Of course I'm aware," said Klaus. "I have to be, I'm the bloody best man."
There was a silence between them before Elijah said, "Sadly, I am unable to attend. I received a new client recently. She and her husband are filing for divorce and because she's heard of my reputation, she's hired me to handle her case."
"Will Amelia be attending in your stead?"
"Yes," said Elijah. "I did tell her not to exert herself too much, especially not at this stage in the pregnancy. She's assured me that she'll sit down. Plus, Eleanor agreed to help her with Evelyn to make things easier on her."
Eleanor Hamilton Mikaelson was their stepmother. Their father, Mikael, had an affair with her during his marriage to their mother, Esther. Of course, things between them had been rapidly deteriorating and Mikael found solace in Eleanor. Once the divorce from Esther was final, they were married. The affair also resulted in Eleanor getting pregnant and having Sabrina and Olivier, the youngest members of the Mikaelson family.
"I will give everyone your regards, Elijah," said Klaus. "I wish you a lot of luck on your court case."
"Thank you, Niklaus," said Elijah. "I am definitely going to need it."
Klaus smiled and then hugged his brother to him. In that moment, the mood was somewhat lifted and Klaus forgot all about the GQ cover, since making Elijah feel better was more important.
Note: Thus begins my new AU/AH. Klaus and Caroline will run into each other at the wedding.