CHAPTER 29

Kai grinned when he saw Bonnie had fallen asleep. She was cute like this. She looked vulnerable and sweet, which she was. But normally around him, Bonnie was guarded. She had a wall up, one that was missing at the moment.

Kai stroked her cheek and closed his eyes. He decided Bonnie had the right idea.

What time it was when he woke up, he had no idea, but someone was shaking him. He shot up and readied a spell only to find Bonnie staring at him with wide eyes.

"What is wrong with you?" Bonnie exclaimed.

"For the past eighteen years I have been on my father's kill list. Excuse me, if I am a little jumpy," Kai grumbled.

Bonnie scowled.

If looks could kill, Kai thought with amusement. Then realized Bonnie hadn't woken him for no reason.

"What's wrong, Bonster?"

Bonnie rolled her shoulders back and touched the nape of her neck.

"I'm not sure. I heard voices - at least I thought I did and there's this vibe."

As soon as the words were out of her mouth, Kai realized how right she was. And what an idiot he was. He should have sensed it sooner.

"Vampire."

"It feels like death."

"That's vampires for you," Kai said with a cheery smile that didn't fit the situation.

Bonnie was on her feet as well and she was moving toward the window that faced the backyard. There was nothing that way except forest. But Bonnie didn't appear entirely conscious of her actions. It was almost like she was sleep walking. She must be having one of her psychic feelings.

She paused in front of the window. Kai raced to her side and froze. There was a dark figure on the outskirts of their backyard. It was difficult to tell in the darkness, but it looked as if the figure was looking up at them.

"Kai -" Bonnie's voice was shaky. "What time is it?"

He glanced at the clock and paled. "Three in the morning.

"Then, who the hell is sneaking out of the house?"

Fog started to creep through the backyard and he heard a crow caw. Kai felt his magic flare up in the face of danger.

Damn vampires.

XXX

In one instant, Bonnie was watching a slim figure slip outside of the house and in the next, she was standing on the back porch. She looked down and saw Kai's fingers wrapped around her wrist.

He must have portaled them here.

Kai took off across the yard and Bonnie shot after him. They were moving in the general direction the man had been in. That cold, creeping feeling of death grew stronger. Goosebumps rose on her skin in answer. And Bonnie had the growing suspicion she knew just the vampire.

Kai came to a stop and when she caught up with him, she saw why.

Standing at the edge of the forest enveloped in fog was Damon. Caroline was passed out in his arms.

"Let her go," Bonnie growled.

On pure instinct, her hand had raised, ready to motus his ass into the nearest tree, but concern for Caroline stopped her. If she attacked Damon, she would hit Caroline too.

Damon smiled, flashing fang. His eyes were black and dark veins covered his face like spider veins.

"Hello, witchy. Did you miss me?"

"Leave her alone," Bonnie snarled. "This is between you and me."

Damon's face returned to normal and somehow that was scarier because of the deranged smile he wore. His eyes flickered to Kai and back to her.

"Why? You brought back up or should I say, breakfast?"

"How did you find us?"

"Easy. Little Caroline here spilled the beans. Nice spell, I can't see the house and no matter what I try, I just can't seem to break that pesky magic of yours."

There was no way Caroline had known that so Damon must have been caught off-guard by their wards. Score one for Joshua and his paranoia.

Kai smirked. "Sorry, no vampires."

Kai might be doing the whole macho posturing thing same as Damon, but Bonnie only had one concern.

"C-Caroline?" Bonnie stammered. "That's impossible. Elijah took care of your compulsion. Now let her go and let's settle this."

"I don't think so, I rather like my leverage."

"For now," Kai said.

Kai raised his hand and snapped his fingers. Caroline was in Damon's arms one second and gone the next.

Damon looked down and snarled. He ran at them. Bonnie didn't even think she just reacted. She waved her arm.

"MOTUS!"

Damon hit the tree nearest him with a sickening thwack sound, but it didn't stop him. He was back on his feet and charged.

Bonnie summoned all of her power and set him on fire. Out of the corner of her eye, she looked at Kai. He looked drawn and pale as if he was concentrating on something very far away. Whatever he had done to help Caroline, he was still doing it and it was a drain on his powers.

Damon's pants caught fire and within seconds, it had spread to the rest of him. He ran away at vampire speed, randomly throwing himself to the ground trying to douse the flames. Mercilessly, Bonnie continued the spell until she could no longer hear his screams.

Breathing hard, she put her hands on her knees, leaning forward. It was as if she had run a marathon.

"Are you alright?"

"Yes," Bonnie said and was embarrassed by how shaky her voice was. "You?"

"C'mon, we should get inside."

Before had a chance to protest, Kai's hand had snaked around her upper arm. He dragged her back toward the safety of the house.

"What are you doing? What about Caroline? Where is she? What did you do to her?" the questions poured out of her before they had even reached the backdoor.

"She's in her bed, safe and sleep. I threw up a few wards to keep her from harming anyone else in the house."

Kai opened the door. He shoved her through and closed it. He murmured something in Latin. It was too low and fast for her to catch more than snippets, but a gold light shimmered and covered the door, the walls and windows. He must have reinforced the protection wards on the house.

Damon might be the world's worst vampire, but it was obvious, Kai didn't like that he knew where they lived.

"How? How did you manage that?"

Kai was about to answer when all of his siblings and Elena rushed into the kitchen.

"Vampire!" Joey cried.

"What the hell was that racket?" Kyle demanded.

"Is everyone alright?" Elena asked with wide-eyes.

"Obviously," Kai scoffed. "You think one measly vamp is enough to take on me and Bunny? Fat chance of."

"Damon," Elena said with a sigh.

"You guys kicked his ass, am I right?" Kyle said with a wicked smile that made him look like Kai.

Bonnie gave him side-eye. "Don't swear."

"Well good to see your priorities are in order, babe," Kai said with a broad smile. "Yeah, Bonnie here sent him running while I saved your friend, Carol. You're welcome by the way."

Elena exhaled in relief.

"How is Damon still controlling her?" Bonnie asked.

"I need to call Stefan," Elena said.

Bonnie would have stopped her, but it was pointless. Elena wouldn't have the answer to that, but Stefan might.

"Excellent question," Kai said. "One we will get to once all the brats are back in bed."

Joey and Kyle started to grumble, but one look from Kai silenced them. They shuffled off with Annie and Katie between them. Bonnie thanked her lucky stars the twins were still asleep.

"You know how it happened? Elijah was supposed to -" Bonnie never did get to finish her question because just then Elena returned.

"Stefan doesn't think Damon will be back tonight."

"Doesn't matter even if he does show up, we're ready for him," Bonnie said.

"Can someone tell me exactly what the fuck this vampire did to Clarisse?" Kai interrupted.

Bonnie and Elena exchanged looks.

"He compelled her. We don't know the exact details because Caroline doesn't even remember herself," Bonnie ventured and glanced at Elena.

"And it's not exactly like Damon told us."

"But from what we gather, he compelled her for a pretty long period of time. He fed from her."

"A lot," Elena said with a grimace. "I saw the wounds."

Kai looked thoughtful and rubbed his chin. "In all of this time, did he ever feed her his blood?"

"Maybe, like I said we're not exactly sure," Bonnie answered.

"I doubt it. It didn't look like she was healed ever," Elena said and looked down at her shoes.

"He could have," Kai said slowly. "If she got too close to death and he didn't want to lose his plaything. Vampires are possessive as you well know."

"But what does that matter? Elijah's an Original, he could easily override Damon's compulsion."

"True," Kai said and inclined his head. "And he probably did, but if she had his blood in her system at any point, he could draw her in while she's asleep."

"That's possible?" Bonnie said alarmed.

She had Kol's blood in her system. That left her vulnerable to him. But she didn't think he would ever do anything like that, at least not to her.

"Not a lot of vampires know how, but he seems like the kind of sneak, who would."

"What's it like?" Elena asked. "I mean, how does he do it?"

"It's almost like he's whispering to her in her sleep."

"More like hypnosis than compulsion," Bonnie said thinking aloud as she followed along with Kai's theory.
"Exactly," Kai replied. "It would draw her out of the house."

"He must have been looking for a way in," Bonnie said.

"It's what I would do," Kai agreed. "Things are never quiet around, here are they?"

"How do we stop it?" Bonnie asked. Her number one priority had shifted from killing Damon to protecting Caroline.

"I don't think we can."

Bonnie had turned to look at Kai and that turned out to be a mistake. He was already studying her and she could see the heat in his blue eyes. She stood there transfixed, hardly daring to breathe.

There was a quick sound of footsteps, Elena had left. She had said something about Stefan picking her up, but neither Bonnie nor Kai had really been listening.

The longer Bonnie stood there, the harder it was to look away. Kai certainly didn't seem interested in looking elsewhere. He turned his chin down, and she still couldn't move. Not that she wanted to.

And maybe that was the problem.

Bonnie wanted to stay here with Kai. Wanted to keep feeling this – whatever this was between them.

A ripple went through the air and a shiver ran down her spine. Belatedly, she realized it was Kai's magic she was sensing. It moved the air, humming with power. It was like a thunderstorm, electric and powerful.

Her own magic rose in response. It burned through her veins like wildfire and let loose in the air. Just as powerful as Kai's magic only different. Softer, less violent. The rain to his thunderstorm.

Bonnie felt it then, the difference between Bennett and Gemini magic. The Gemini coven was forged on the basis of human sacrifice. The lives of the coven tethered to that of the victor of that sacrifice. It was created out of the darkest parts of nature. It was death in its own way.

Her own power was as fierce and wild as nature itself. Even when she had practiced spirit magic it had never felt as dark or raw as Kai's magic. And it made her wonder why she had never responded to Kai's presence like this before.

Was it because he had magic of his own now?

Kai took a step closer. She felt his magic, drawing her in. Her feet inched closer, but she stopped herself. After everything they had been through, there was still a part of her that did not fully trust Kai. And that part would not allow her to move closer. Neither did she want to run away.

Instead, she remained where she was, holding his gaze.

There was less than a foot between them now. Not only could Bonnie feel Kai's magic, she could feel him. His warmth, his strength and she could smell his sharp cologne. Kai moved closer and instinctively, her hands went to his chest.

He angled his mouth to hers and she hesitated before turning her head to the side. His lips brushed her cheek by accident and even that was scorching. Her magic whipped around them like whirlwind in answer to his touch. It was impossible to disguise her true feelings.

But Bonnie was scared. Petrified actually of what it would mean to kiss Kai now. Everything between them was different. He had asked her on a real date for once – sure, they had never made it out of the house, but that was her fault, not his. And she was no longer convinced Kai really had changed. Tonight, with the whole Damon thing, he had been his old self.

Now that she actually could have him, she hadn't even dared hope for in the past, it was too much. Too real, too terrifying. If Kai broke her heart one more time, she wasn't sure she would recover.

"What's wrong, Bunny?"

Bonnie grimaced. "You're still you. And I'm not sure I trust you to have my back."

Kai jerked as if she had burned him. He ran his hand through his hair, a frazzled expression crossing his face.

"Shit, Bon. You think that was the old me? I saved your friend. Pre-merge? I would have blown a hole right through her to get at the vampire."

That caught her off guard and she found her voice had disappeared. Finally, it sunk in how wrong she was. The old Kai wouldn't have cared if Caroline lived or died.

"You would have."

Kai moved closer again. His arm snaked around her waist, drawing her body closer to his. His lips ghosted along the shell of her ear and a shiver ran down her spine as his warm breath caressed her skin.

"Why are you really scared, Bunny?"

"I'm not scared," Bonnie said and was embarrassed by the breathiness of her voice.

But it was hard to speak, hard to even think straight with Kai this close to her. His cologne was sharp and fresh in a way that made her head spin.

"You are and I don't think it's me or the monsters that scare you."

"Then what does?"

Kai nipped on her earlobe and she bit down on her lower lip to keep from drawing blood. Her toes curled in anticipation and she could hardly believe a high school boy could be so adept at seduction.

What was it about Kai that made her unable to resist him?

"Easy. Same thing that scares me. This could work, you and me. All of this craziness with people trying to kill us could stop and this could be really freak fantastic. You felt it tonight, just like I did."

In that moment, Bonnie felt the truth in his words. The idea that Portland could truly be her home and that she could have something real with Kai was terrifying. For so long, she hadn't allowed herself to feel anything for him or even hope for a second, he could change because the disappointment would have been too much.

This time, it wasn't Kai, who kissed her like all the times before. Instead, Bonnie brushed her lips against his and the second she did it was as if something clicked into place. Her magic crashed through the air crashing into his like a tidal wave of pure power. It created ripples that spread to the rest of the room. Glass cracked and shattered, exploding violently all around them.

Kai pulled her into his arms and murmured a few quick words in Latin. She looked up and saw a golden sphere was protecting them. The glass hit it and bounced away harmlessly.

"Oh, no, your family," Bonnie said with wide-eyes. "We must have woken the whole house and how will we ever explain this mess?"

Mortified, she buried her face in his chest. Kai laughed and she could feel the vibrations of his chest. His laugh, it was warm and inviting, coaxing a reluctant smile out of her.

Kai stopped and listened intently. Bonnie glanced at the doorway to the kitchen and hoped no one appeared. She would die of embarrassment if she had to explain her magic went haywire because she kissed Kai. There was only so much excitement a girl could handle in one night.

Kai exhaled. "Looks like they slept through it."

He dropped the spell and the golden sphere disappeared. Bonnie kind of missed it when it was gone, it was beautiful.

"What was that spell?"

"Shield spell. Pretty basic. I'll teach you sometime."

Bonnie grinned or tried to, but only ended up yawning.

"How are you still tired?" Kai murmured and tucked a lock of her hair behind her ear.

"Long week, duh."

Bonnie wrapped her arms around Kai and rested her head on his chest. She was still afraid this could be real, but she would not let that rule her. And she was glad of it. Standing like this she could hear Kai's heartbeat. It was steady and strong.

His arms went around her and he rested his head on top of hers.

"I'll check on the brats if you wanna go straight to bed."

Bonnie stifled another yawn. "I'll go with you. It shouldn't take long."

Kai took her hand in his and gave it a squeeze. Warmth spread all through her and she followed him up the stairs. Elena was at the stairs peering down toward the kitchen with wide eyes.

"What was that noise?"

Bonnie grimaced and glanced guiltily at Kai, who appeared entirely nonchalant. "Just a little witchy-business, which reminds me," Kai waved his hand and she caught a glimpse of the mess in the kitchen repairing itself. "Are the brats asleep?"

Elena nodded and continued to stare dumbfounded toward the kitchen.

"Good, then I'm going to bed," Kai announced.

Elena started down on the stairs, which meant Bonnie paused on her way to follow Kai to his bedroom.

"Where are you going?"

Kai tugged lightly on her hand and she ignored him.

"Stefan is picking me up. Caroline and I only stayed so late because you never returned from your date," Elena replied.

"You should stay here," Bonnie said wary of danger after Damon's appearance. "Right?"

Bonnie pulled on Kai's hand, hoping to get his agreement.

"Right," Kai agreed quickly then flashed his usual Devil-may-care smile. "You'll be safer among us than with your vamp boyfriend."

"Stefan will protect me and even if he can't, I can take care of myself."

"Damon is stronger than Stefan," Bonnie insisted. "And Damon is a vampire. You shouldn't take him on. Not now, not ever."

"I'll be by in the morning. Don't worry about me, Bon."

"Just be careful."

"I will. Lock the door behind me, would you?"

"Yeah, because locks are what keep vampires out," Kai said sarcastically.

Bonnie elbowed him and he glared at her before rubbing his side.

"Knock it off."

Kai rolled his eyes. This time, when he took her hand, they portaled upstairs. Bonnie looked around his room uncertainly.

"Just so we're clear, I don't sleep with boys on the first date."

Kai's face lit up into a bright smile like she had just the thing he was hoping to hear.

"Too late. We already kind of did that, Bonster."

Frustrated, she tossed a pillow at him, which only made him laugh. Kai's laughter was infectious and before she quite knew how it happened, she was laughing with him.

In the next instant, Kai had pulled her into his arms and she wasn't any laughing anymore. His fingers ghosted along her cheek and she closed her eyes.

She felt his warm breath on her face and her arms went around his neck, bringing him closer. His hands on her hips steadied her and when their lips met this time, it was soft, so soft, she felt as if she was floating.

Nearly, but not quite lost in the heat of the moment, Bonnie drew her magic deep inside of her. Pulled it close like a cloak so it would not run wild and destroy the attic. Kai nipped on her lower lip eliciting a moan and her control nearly shattered. She could feel Kai's magic filling the air with an electric charge. It coaxed her own magic out, drew it to him as surely as he did her.

Kai deepened the kiss and her head spun. His hands tugged on her waist and they stumbled back toward the bed. Her fingers clawed at his T-shirt, and Kai was all too eager to help her remove it. She tossed it aside and ran her fingertips hungrily along his stomach.

He picked her up and walked backward to the bed. He stopped short and fell back against the bed. A squeak escaped her when she fell on him. Kai laughed, which coaxed a laugh out of her as well.

Kai kissed his way down her throat. She arched her back for more, her fingers running through his hair.

"We -" kiss. "Should -" lick. "stay in -" kiss. "more."

Bonnie giggled, which turned into a moan when he ran the tip of his tongue along her pulse line.

"All we ever do is stay in and run away from danger. Which is pretty much everything we did before we started dating. Except now we have a house full of kids."

Kai flashed a wicked smile. "Who are all asleep. Let's take advantage."

"I'm serious. It's all we do."

Bonnie was a little caught off guard by how much it bothered her. But it did. When she was with Kol, they used to go out all of the time. Restaurants, movies, even bars. She had never been much of a homebody and with all of Kai's siblings running around, she was starting to feel a little cooped up.

"You want to go out?"

"Yes!"

"I'll take you out next weekend."

Bonnie grinned and pulled him in for a kiss as a reward. She wrapped her arms around his neck and sighed when his fingers played with her zipper. She blushed realizing this was hardly the first time they had done more than kiss.

Slowly as if testing the waters, Kai undid her pants and she let him. She wiggled out of her jeans and she tried to pull his T-shirt off him. But she hadn't needed to, Kai was already shrugging out of it. Instead, she kicked her pants aside.

Kai shoved her shirt up and kissed his way down her stomach. Her breathing came in small puffs and pleasure rocked through her. Then just as she thought she was going to explode, he was where she needed him most. Roughly shoving aside her panties and devouring her. Colors danced behind her eyelids and she was on fire.

She grabbed at his hair, her fingers knotting into it. She pulled him closer and he ran his tongue along her slit. Kai kept going until a tightening wound in her stomach and she came with a cry. His hand went to her lips to shush her, but it wasn't necessary. Her magic poured out of her and the next thing she knew, they were both levitating.

Kai flipped their positions and she straddled his hips. It was the strangest feeling of because they were still floating above the bed and she should feel the mattress underneath her knees. Yet she didn't. Neither did it feel like there was nothing underneath her.

With a teasing smile, she reached between their bodies. Her fingers wrapped around his cock and she pumped. Kai groaned, his fell closed and his head tilted backward. He stiffened fully in her hand and she smiled as she continued her ministrations.

Bonnie reached for the roof and put her hand there to steady herself when Kai bucked his hips. She pumped her hand faster. He moaned and it sent a thrill through her. Dampness pooled between her legs. She loved this, loved seeing Kai losing himself to pleasure because of her.

Her magic exploded and sparks flew all around them. She could feel it in the air before she ever caught sight of them. It was beautiful, it was the blue light spell Kai had taught her ages ago.

"Holy shit, Bon," Kai groaned.

She felt him stiffen beneath her as he came. She leaned down and kissed him lingeringly. Her tongue traced the seam of his lip and he moaned. Her toes curled at the sound. His hands roamed up her stomach and cupped her breasts. His thumb circled her nipples. They hardened and he moved his thumb harder. She gasped for breath and touched her forehead to his.

"Kai," she moaned in a breathless whisper. Every nerve in her body felt as if it was on fire. "Oh my God, Kai. I need you."

"Tell me when to stop, babe."

But she didn't want him to stop.

Kai ripped her panties and spun her around. He positioned her on top of him. His cock slid between her folds, he was hard again already and they both moaned. Pleasure racked through her, more intensely than anything she had ever felt before. And that was what brought her crashing back to her senses. She kissed him again and withdrew.

"We should slow down."

Kai groaned in frustration, but he made no move to push things further.

"Alright. Then we should stop now before I lose my mind," he said with a throaty chuckle that made her stomach do a flip.

Kai said something too fast for her to catch, but the spell ceased and they slowly sunk back onto the mattress. He pulled her into his arms and she curled into his side. She closed her eyes, inhaling deeply. Even though she was still about to go crazy with lust this was the most content she had been in months.

"I don't think we should rush things, you know?"

"Makes sense. I suppose we have kind of skipped a few steps here, huh?"

Bonnie giggled. "Try all the steps."

Kai turned her face up to his and kissed her. It was soft and sweet. He sucked on her lower lip, coaxing her to mewl.

"Night, Bonster."

Kai tugged her closer and his arms wrapped tightly around her. She snuggled closer. She loved how big he was and how he always needed her closer.

XXX

The next morning, Bonnie felt unbelievably relaxed even though some distant part of her mind was aware there was a reason she should be on alert. Eyes still closed, she felt someone warm in bed next to her.

Kai.

Still half-asleep, Bonnie turned around, snuggling closer. She draped her arm around him and hugged him close. Slowly, she was starting to wake. She pressed a kiss to his chest and inhaled his scent.

"Morning, Bonster."

Kai turned his face down to hers and pressed his lips to hers. She sighed and her eyelids fluttered shut. She caressed his cheek and parted her lips for him. Their tongues swirled and she wrapped her legs around his hips. His hardness pressed against her and heat pooled between her legs.

Bonnie grinned and knotted her fingers in Kai's hair. His lips brushed hers and she tugged on him, wanting another kiss.

The loud noise of someone clearing their throat brought them crashing back to reality. Bonnie craned her neck toward the door to Kai's attack. Caroline was standing there with a disapproving look and her arms crossed.

"Well?" she demanded with a toss of her head.

A deep color stained her cheeks.

"Sorry?"

"You're sorry?" Kai grumbled. "She's the one that didn't knock."

"The kids are in the hallway, which by the way is the only reason I found this place. What is this your evil lair?"

"No, it's an attic. I trust you've seen one before Cally."

Caroline rolled her eyes and huffed. "Look, you're lucky I told the kids to wait downstairs. And where is Elena? Why isn't she here?"

"Maybe you could keep an eye on the brats for like another hour," Kai suggested with a wicked look in Bonnie's direction that made her toes curl.

"No," Caroline replied and pursed her lips. "I don't even like kids so consider the all-nighter my limit."

Caroline started climbing the trap door to get back downstairs.

"You do too like kids!" Bonnie called after her before muttering to herself. "I'm the one that doesn't like kids and do you hear me complaining?"

"Admit it, you like these particular kids, Bunny."

"Get off."

Bonnie shoved him to the side and ignored his laugh.

"At least we know there was no permanent damage done to your friend."

Bonnie exhaled in relief. "There is that."

As it turned out Caroline was right. All of Kai's siblings were in the hallway. They stared at Bonnie with big eyes before a litany of complaints broke out.

"We're hungry!"

"Where's Kai?"

"Where's dad?"

"I need help with my homework."
"Woah , one at a time -" Bonnie was immediately interrupted.

"Screw your homework! I need help with algebra. Algebra, dude."

"I want to play."

Bonnie tried to speak, but Kyle and Joey each shoved a twin at her. Bonnie scrambled to catch them before they could fall.

The second she had the twins in her arms, Joey and Kyle walked away.

"Wait! Where are you going?"

Bonnie almost dropped Luke and shifted him over his shoulder.

"To do my algebra homework, obviously," Kyle said.

"Video games. It's a Saturday," Joey said over his shoulder.

"Oh my God," Bonnie muttered. "KAI!"

Shouting turned out to be unnecessary because Kai was already on his way down the trap door.

"You hollered?" Kai said before taking in her frazzled state. "Jeepers, Bunny. You've been alone with my siblings for like two minutes."

Bonnie all, but threw Liv at him. "Take Liv and make breakfast. Everyone else, get dressed and brush your teeth."

"What are you going to do?"

"I'm going to get Luke ready and then I will trade twins with you afterwards. You got a problem with that?"

Kai held his hands up and looked genuinely alarmed. "No, ma'am."

Bonnie huffed and walked away with Luke.

XXX

Bonnie was soaking wet by the time she was done giving Luke a bath, but at least he was clean now. He was twirling around, freshly dressed in the bathroom while she surveyed her hair. It hung around her face in a wet mop.

"Oh my God."

"Breakfast!" Luke said with a bright smile.

Bonnie frowned. "Alright. Come on, kid."

Luke took her hand and she let him lead her toward the kitchen.

In the kitchen Kai was scarfing down waffles while Liv played with hers instead of eating them. Bonnie exhaled in a frustrated sigh. That drew Kai's attention. His eyes widened as he took in her appearance. A moment later, he burst out laughing.

"What the hell happened to you, Bon?"

"Your brother happened and this isn't funny."

"Gotta admit, it's kind of funny, but I can fix it."

Bonnie rolled her eyes.

Kai's smile only broadened. He said something quietly in Latin even as she strained to hear, she couldn't make out the words. Not that she was complaining a second later when she could feel the magic wrapping around her like a protective cloak. In seconds, she was warm and dry again.

"Thank you."

"You're welcome and I think that's the only time I have made a girl dry in my life."

Bonnie wrinkled her nose and rolled her eyes. "Ugh, you're as bad as your brothers."

"Are they bothering you?" Kai said immediately getting worked up. "Because if they are bothering you say the word and I will kick their asses."

"Chill, would you?"

Kai scoffed. "Not likely -"

"I am serious. It's fine. I actually like your brothers more than I do you most days."

Kai cracked a smile and looked as if he was having a hard time not laughing.

"Alright, alright. I can take a hint."

"Funny, how that's never been your thing in the past."

That earned her half a laugh. "Just because I choose to ignore the hint, doesn't mean I didn't take it."

Bonnie rolled her eyes. "Whatever. Just feed your siblings and I'll round up the rest of them."

This time when Kai slapped her bum, she wasn't surprised unlike at the amusement park. But because she didn't want to set that precedent, she did scowl at him before walking away. Yet there was a part of her that couldn't shake the feeling, Kai was enjoying this whole domestic thing between them.

XXX

Nothing else happened really happened until next Wednesday when Kai and Stefan had a dust-up at lunch. It started out calmly, but Bonnie should have known there would be trouble when it was them and the other witches, Elena and Stefan. With no oblivious humans like Caroline around, it usually meant the coven talked freely about things they wouldn't otherwise. Things that quickly had Kai and Stefan at each other's throats.

"You're telling me your brother is hunting witches in Portland?" Kai snarled. "This is Gemini territory."

"Then you handle him, I tracked him last night. That's all I can do."

"I will. I'll run a stake through his heart if I have to."

Bonnie for one believed Kai's words.

"He's my brother."

"There has to be another way to handle Damon," Elena said.

Bonnie sighed. She was so sick of Elena's soft spot for Damon. Out of all the vampires she knew, which was more than she liked, Damon was the worst. Not because he killed more than others, but because he pretended to be a friend. Pretended to be decent and tried to charm before he struck. He didn't care, who he hurt so long as he got what he wanted.

"Enough," Bonnie said. "Damon has made a lot of mistakes and he has never shown even an ounce of genuine remorse. He gets taken out. Either by you and Stefan or us. It's up to you, but whatever you decide just know he is going down."

"She's right. Even if he wasn't a complete psycho, the punishment for trespassing on Gemini territory is death."
"Could have fooled me," Stefan remarked.

"You came to warn one of our allies so I have granted you permission to stay until your brother is dead. Interfere with that in any way or stay a second longer, and I'll spit roast you too," Kai said with a chipper smile that Bonnie far from felt the situation warranted.

"Does that whole homicidal warlock thing scare anyone? And I mean anyone, ever?" Stefan asked pointing a fork at Kai.

Bonnie groaned and put her face in her hands. "Oh my God."

"Awe, were you trying to summon me, Bon-Bon?" a smarmy voice said.

Bonnie looked up to see Damon swagger over to their table. He slumped down between Elena and Stefan.

Such unearned swagger, Bonnie thought idly as everyone else took a moment to adjust. Except for Kai, he simply smirked. Whatever power he had to sense a vampire at a distance must have tipped him off.

"Boy, do you ever have a death wish," Kai said and whistled.

"What are you gonna do? Make a scene in public? Maybe expose magic to all these hapless muggles?" Damon asked making crazy eyes.

"What do you want?" Stefan asked.

"Me? Nothing much. Just to gab and ask you why you keep going back to high school? Is it the underage girls? Because honestly, that's the only explanation that makes any sense, little bro."

"You're disgusting."

"Damon," Elena hissed.

"Wow, I am gonna love killing you."

Kai raised his hand high in the air, snapped his finger once and said; "Transmotus."

In the blink of an eye, they were alone with Damon. Everyone else had vanished from the cafeteria. Bonnie had so many questions, but now wasn't the time.

Bonnie jumped to her feet and readied herself to cast. Elena was staring in stunned silence at Damon, but Stefan grabbed her and pulled her back.

"What's wrong? Scared I am going to steal your girl?"

"Do you ever shut up?" Kai asked. "Silentium!"

Bonnie stifled a cry when Damon's mouth knit over.

"Kai -"

"Much better," he sighed and rolled his shoulders back. "So who wants to do the honors and off this guy?"

"Can we talk about this for like two seconds?" Elena asked in a shrill voice.

Kai tilted his head to the side and his expression was pitying. "No, we can't."

"He has to go."

Stefan looked away in shame. "He's my brother, but they are right. Damon is a danger to everyone he comes into contact with and that will never change."

"You can't mean that -"

"I'm sorry," Stefan said and squeezed Damon's shoulder. "It was selfish of me to make you turn. I guess I just needed my big brother, but it was wrong of me to force this on you. I'll do it."

Kai summoned a stake and tossed it to Stefan. He raised the stake then sent a look of regret Bonnie's way. She knew what was about to happen even before it did.

"No!"

Stefan grabbed Damon's arm and they bolted out of here.

"Fucking hell," Kai muttered.

"Stefan?" Elena asked staring off in the same direction they had done in. She blinked as if she couldn't wrap her mind around what just happened.

Bonnie could relate. She expected this kind of bullshit from Damon, but not from Stefan. He was supposed to be the noble and reliable brother. Bonnie was starting to think that was just self-delusional crap so that Stefan didn't drown in the guilt from his past.

"I think we need to resort to some medieval tactics," Kai said slowly.

"What the hell does that mean?" Nick said.

Bonnie and Cassie shared a confused look before shrugging.

"Hell, if we know."

"I'll explain later," Kai said. "But for now, I need to get to gym class."

Kai shouldered past Nick, but it lacked his usual aggression. That immediately felt off to Bonnie and she went after him. She had to jog, but she finally caught up to him before he reached the locker rooms.

"Kai," Bonnie said and caught his arm. He turned around to face her and it was first then she saw how frazzled he was. "What's wrong?"

He ran his fingers through his hair and his laugh was hysterical.

"What's wrong? I just made something up! I have no idea what to do next and I don't know if you noticed, but I'm kind of freaking out!"

"I get it, I do. I'm kind of freaking out too, but I think I can fix that."

She caught his hand and started pulling him toward the car.

"Are you seriously suggesting we cut class, right now?" Kai asked in a voice full of amusement.

"Yeah. Whenever I would need a break, Kol and I would just ditch. I don't see why we can't do the same."

Kai slung his arm around her shoulder. He pressed his lips to her temple and rested his head on the top of her head.

"I think you might be a genius."

"Duh."

"So where are we going, Bunny?"

"Anywhere you want," she said with a smile. "Trust me anywhere is better than here."

XXX

As it turned out Kai's idea of skipping class wasn't nearly as exciting as Bonnie would have thought. Since the merge, he had become different in a lot of ways. But sometimes, she caught glimpses of the old Kai. Just like now when they were at a roadside diner on the outskirts of Portland. He was scarfing down a BLT at impressive speed, talking the whole while.

"I don't know, Bonster. I just think Night of the Living Dead is better than other zombie movies. Just scarier - I don't know if it's the gore or the camera work, but it's the best."

Bonnie smiled and had a few fries. "Zombies never were my thing."

"Oh, no, you did not just say that to me. Tell me you at least like horror movies."

"Of course, I do," Bonnie snorted. "At least I used to. Me, Elena and Caroline used to watch one every weekend, but then I don't know why, we just stopped."

"Real life became too much like one?"

"Maybe," she admitted with a grimace. "The last one we watched was Interview with a Vampire then ironically Stefan and Damon showed up the next week."

"Well there's your problem. Vampires suck in movies and the real world. The only vampire movie out that there isn't completely lame is Lost Boys."

"I've never seen it."

"Alright, that's it. I demand movie night stat. Well actually movie afternoon."

"What are you thinking?"

"Well I did promise you a date that wasn't at the house and since I get to pick today's activity, I vote we go see a movie."

"I hate to break it to you, but I don't think either Lost Boys or Night of the Living Dead is playing anymore."

Kai's grin was heart stopping. "You just leave that to me."

Bonnie returned his smile and Kai got to his feet. With a growing sense of curiosity, she followed Kai to the car. She got in the passenger side because according to Parker family rules, shot gun got to choose the music. And she was so over punk rock.

Another thing about Kai that was still the same was how he drove. He had always been a speed demon and he still was. She knew it wasn't something she should find comforting, but she did anyway. It was good to know the fun parts of Kai were still there. The reasons she had fallen for him to begin with hadn't changed in spite of everything. And she would have freaked out if he had become a completely different person. Instead, he just seemed like him, but with a conscience.

Bonnie played her pop mix and Kai reached for her hand. He laced their fingers together and put her hand in his lap. That was another thing, he was still surprisingly cuddly.

When they arrived at the movie theaters there was no one there even though a movie started in fifteen minutes. Not exactly a shock as it was barely noon, but Bonnie did see a few retired couples shuffling out of the movie that just ended.

They went through the snack bar and Kai piled up more junk food than Bonnie thought they could possibly eat. Then again it was Kai and she had seen him inhale more food in one sitting than she ate all day.

Then he paid for tickets and just as she suspected when they sat down in the theater, they were the only ones present. Kai used the extra room to put the snacks on an empty chair.

He held up the popcorn box for her. "Popcorn?"

Bonnie grabbed a handful and got comfy. Kai had already kicked his feet up on the chair in front him and she did the same.

Eventually the trailers started playing and she put her head on Kai's shoulder.

"The trailers are the best part," he said and she could hear the smile in his voice.

"Agreed. So what's this magic trick you're going to pull off?"

"Patience," Kai said his voice full of teasing.

That only served to pique her curiosity.

Kai flashed another teasing smile in her direction before he leaned forward. His brow furrowed in concentration as he whispered an incantation. She caught snippets and her stomach did a flip in anticipation.

Magic crackled through the air like a thunderstorm. The hairs at the nape of her neck rose and she felt Kai's magic aura around him. It roared to life with his magic and it brushed against hers. She bit down on her lower lip, to stifle a sigh. Her eyes closed and she enjoyed the touch of his magic like a caress against her skin.

The screen flickered with white static. The picture changed and instead of trailers, the credits for Night of the Dead showed up.

"Cool," she said with a grin.

She would never admit this, but Kai knew all the best magic.

"I know all the best magic."

Bonnie looked askance at him. "Did you just read my mind?"

"No," Kai said with a wicked smile. "I read your face it was wicked obvious."

Bonnie laughed and settled in. She was more than ready for some spooky fun.

Thank you to everyone, who has stayed with this fic. We're in the final parts now and I am really excited to finish writing the final chapters. I hope you are as excited to read them as I am to write them. As always, please let me know what you thought of this fic. I am trying to update a fic every Sunday because life is insane, but what else is new?

- Izzy

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