Chapter 9

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

Note: Previously, in "Family Above All," Stefan pays an unexpected visit to Katherine and Damon and the brothers nearly come to blows.

Hey, loves! It's been a while since I updated (the last time being October 8), but real life has been hectic and inspiration has been seriously lacking. I've had an idea in mind for a while now, but I haven't gotten around to writing it. Since I have a moment now, I'll share.

ON WITH THE SHOW!

Later that Night…

Caroline sighed as she came downstairs. She had been trying to get Liam to talk to her since Klaus told them about Mikael's condition and so far, her son hadn't been responding. She knew she shouldn't push him, since he had just learned some terrible news and he needed time to himself, but she couldn't help but be concerned.

A knock at the door startled her out of her reverie and, her curiosity piquing, she went to answer it. Her eyes widened in shock when she saw…

"Meghan?"

Meghan Fell looked horrible, as though she had gone fifteen rounds in a Heavyweight title fight. "Caroline, you have to help me. Tyler, he...he's insane."

"What did he do?" The blonde was afraid to find out what her ex had done, but at the same time, she wanted to know, especially for Meghan's sake. "Meghan, I know this is hard, but please, you have to tell me exactly what Tyler did to you so I can help you." She saw the scared look in the other girl's eyes. "Meghan, did he threaten you?"

Meghan nodded tearfully. "Yes. He said that if I tried to get out of this wedding, he'd kill us."

"Who's 'us'?"

"I'm pregnant."

Caroline gasped. Meghan was pregnant? Shit, that's probably Tyler wants her to marry him. Not only to keep her quiet after raping her, but also to make sure their baby is officially a Lockwood. "Are you going to keep the baby or…."

"I was considering an abortion, but Tyler wouldn't allow it," said Meghan. "He said he'd be damned if he let me kill his child. I'm already four months along, so I'm going to carry it. But, I'm going to put it up for adoption."

Caroline nodded. "Does Tyler know you're doing this?"

"No, I haven't told him," said Meghan. "I'm afraid of how he'll react if I told him I'm putting his child up for adoption." She sobbed. "Shit, I don't know what I'm going to do. I never loved Tyler. I was only with him because he raped me."

Caroline was about to say something when she heard footsteps behind her. Turning around, she saw Klaus standing there, shirtless and wearing a pair of boxers.

"Caroline, love, I heard voices down here and I was wondering..." He saw Meghan. "Oh, I didn't know we were having visitors this early in the morning."

"Nik, this is Meghan Fell, Tyler's...ex-fiance."

"Ex-fiance?" he said. "You mean she's not going through with the wedding?"

"No, and for a good reason," said Caroline. "Tyler beat her up. He even threatened her." She bit her lip and sighed. "Nik, she's pregnant. She was going to get an abortion, but Tyler was against it. So, now she's going to put it up for adoption."

Klaus saw Meghan's injuries and didn't like it at all. In fact, he hated it. No woman deserved to be put through such hell. He still hated Tyler for how he had treated Caroline before they met. Now he was subjecting another woman to the same treatment. What made it worse was now there was a child involved.

"Tell me, Meghan, now that you're not going through with the wedding, what do you plan to do?"

Meghan bit her lip. "I don't know, I really didn't think that far ahead. But, I can't stay here in Mystic Falls. If I do, Tyler will come after me and I don't want to put you, Caroline, or your family in danger because of me."

Klaus looked at Caroline and then back to Meghan. It was clear that the poor woman needed help and fast. Finally, he got an idea.

"I think I know a way we can help you," he said. "It would seem I have connections in New Orleans. In fact, Jackson Kenner, a private investigator our family uses lives there with his wife. If I call him, I'm sure he'd be able to help you."

"You really don't have to do that," said Meghan. "I don't want to impose."

"You're not imposing," said Caroline. "You came here because you're afraid for your life and your baby's life. And if you want to know the truth, I never agreed to plan your wedding. When Tyler came to me yesterday, I had to leave because of my son."

"Then, I guess it's good that I'm not going to go through with it," said Meghan. "So, this Jackson Kenner, is he good at what he does?"

"The best," said Klaus. "We wouldn't use him if he wasn't. Trust me, you're in very good hands."

Meghan didn't say anything at first, just considered what she was hearing. She didn't want to stay in Mystic Falls any longer than she had to, especially not with Tyler living in the same town. Plus, she could probably find a family in New Orleans who would be willing to adopt her baby.

"All right, I'll take you up on the offer," she said. "Anything to get out of this piece of shit town. No offense, but I don't want to stay here."

"None taken, love," said Klaus. "You're doing the right thing." He looked at the clock and saw the time. "Oh, I need to get going before I'm late for work."

"Don't worry about it, Nik," said Caroline. "I'll call Jackson and let him know about Meghan's situation."

Klaus nodded and kissed her before heading back upstairs. Caroline looked back at Meghan and went over to her, gently hugging her.

Note: This chapter was kicking my ass. Originally, I was going to have Sydney and Thierry visit, but it didn't work out as well as I thought, so I changed my mind. Stay tuned for more.

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