Hello Readers! Here is the next chapter! It is a bit shorter than the last one but I promise it is needed to keep the story going. I hope you guys enjoy!
"We should talk about Hope's dreams." Klaus said as he walked into Elijah's room. He had barely taken note that his brother had been preoccupied with what he was currently reading. When he stopped in front of Elijah's bed, he realized what his brother had been doing. "You've found her contract."
Elijah looked up from the paragraph he had been reading. He was trying to read each line carefully, looking for anything and everything that would give him something to work with. But so far there was nothing standing out to him.
"Only moments ago." Elijah said with a nod. "What did you see in Hope's dreams?"
Klaus sighed. There was no easy way to tell his brother what he needed to. "Going into her dreams confirmed everything. I watched as my daughter ran into a building looking for her Aunt. When we found her," Klaus shook his head wanting to spare his brother from the details that he had seen. "While I would do anything to help you find away to get Elizabeth back, I'd rather not have my daughter having dreams of her."
Elijah looked off to the side. Part of him hoped that whatever dreams Hope had weren't of reality. That if anything they'd be glimpses of Elizabeth and nothing of the truth that Klaus had seen. After a moment, Elijah nodded.
"It is what is best for your daughter." He looked over at Klaus.
Klaus could easily see the hurt in Elijah. May it have been in his words or even the way he looked away to look at nothing in particular. His brother was in pain as well, even if he wasn't physically in pain. And here Klaus was making the decision to cut off the only way that Elijah may get a glimpse of Elizabeth.
"If there was another way," Klaus shook his head. "I wouldn't be doing this. I fear for what Hope might see."
Elijah's jaw clenched at the words. The words had ignited something with in the bond. While Elizabeth may have closed off her side of things as much as she could, it was still there. Anger pulled through Elijah at the thought of what Klaus must have seen.
Elijah ran his hand along his chin as he tried to calm the fire that was beginning to rage of control within him. His mate was being tortured and there was nothing he could do to save her. "I'll find another way. It may be time to follow clues elsewhere."
Klaus nodded his head in understaning. He knew that eventually his brother would decide to leave in search for Eliazbeth. He just selfishly hoped it wouldn't be just days fter they had been reunited. He placed his hand on his brother's shoulder.
"You do what you need to to ensure Elizabeth's return home." Without another word, Klaus left the room.
Elijah watched as his brother had walked out of the room before his eyes landed back on the contract in front of him. He lifted the page he had been reading before Klaus had come into the room. "Give me something, Elizabeth." He said to himself as he dived back into the contract.
Hours had passed since Klaus had left the room and Elijah hadn't stopped going over the contract. Scattered beside him were the several pages that made up the contract. His eyes must have scanned the words repeatedly, looking for something, anything that would help him find Elizabeth. But Elizabeth had thought of everything. Every single detail Elijah believed would help in some way was mentioned in the contract.
"That doesn't look like light reading." Rebekah said as she leaned against Elijah's doorframe. "And by the looks of it you haven't slept a wink."
"How can one sleep while going through Elizabeth's contract?" Elijah asked as he never took his eyes off of the paper her was currently holding in his hand.
Rebekah sighed as she entered his room. "By how intensely you are looking at it, am I right to assumer there are no loopholes?" She asked as she sat the edge of the bed and picked up one of the pages.
Elijah shook his head. "She thought of everything." He placed the page down and picked up another. "Every possible reason to ensure this deal would be made."
"That would explain why the witch can't tell us anything." She said shaking her head. "Can't Freya remove the compulsion from her?"
Reaching over, Elijah picked up another sheet before handing it to Rebekah. "We try anything and Jess will take her own life. Ask the wrong question and Jess will warn us."
Rebekah stared at Elijah in disbelief before she quickly read over the page. "Elizabeth all but insured her death at even the slightest mention of the spell tied to Elizabeth's humanity. What the bloody hell was she thinking when she wrote this?"
"My cure." Elijah said softly as he placed the last page down. "She included each of us in some form to ensure that she wouldn't back out from this. Malakai and Kol would become Jax's if she so much as hesitated to uphold this contract. We were to be left alone completely once she handed herself over."
Rebekah shook her head once more. "Hayley is going to be upset to know that we were all in there, including Hope."
"Hope isn't-" Elijah stopped himself for a moment as relization him. Elizabeth would never put Hope in harms way. Even if it was a way to ensure she'd go through with her plan.
"Isn't what?" She asked looking at her brother confused.
Without saying a word, Elijah stood from his spot and quickly made his wayout of the room. An eyebrow raised on Rebekah's face as he did. Standing she followed her brother out of the room, hoping to get an answer. She followed all the way to Freya's room.
Freya had been pouring over the spell book once more when her siblings had come rushing into her room. "Is everything okay?"
She noticed how frantic Elijah looked in that moment. She could also tell he hadn't gotten any sleep since he had woken from his nightmare. Her eyes looked over at Rebekah who shrugged her shoulders.
"Please tell me you haven't found or done the spell to keep Hope from Visitng Elizabeth." That had probably been the fast words had ever left his mouth.
"I haven't yet." Freya said as she looked between the two. "It needs to be done right before she goes to bed tonight. What's going on?"
Elijah took a seat across from her. "Elizabeth said she never intended for Hope to see her that way." Elijah began. "That to me means she had some intention for Hope to in fact see her."
"But doesn't that go against the rules Elizabeth spoke about?" Freya asked with a raised brow.
"I was able to find the location of the contract. I've read every word of that document at least a dozen times. Not once was there a mention of the necklaces or even Hope. There was no mention of her interfering in any way. We were all mentioned expect for our niece." There was a slight excitement in his voice that his sisters could easily pick up on.
"Hope is the loophole to the contract." Rebekah said looking at Elijah, finally realizng what he had.
"But how does this work when Elizabeth doesn't have the charm with her?" Freya asked holding Elizabeth's up.
"Maybe one-sided is all we need." Elijah said hopeful. "If Hope can open doors and at least look out windows, she may just be able to give us the insight we need. Even if I entered her dreams, this would give us the advantage Jax won't see coming."
Rebekah sighed. "Before we get too excited about this, need I remind you that there is still her parents we need to talk to about this?" She bit down on her bottom lip for a moment. "There is also something Veronica said that we might have to take into consideration."
"I'm sure we'd be able to convince Klaus and Hayley of this plan. She'd always have me or her parents to keep her from seeing things she shouldn't. And if this is what Elizabeth wanted to, they have to take that into consideration." Elijah said as he looked at Rebekah. "As for what you've overheard Veronica say is something that you should enlighten us on."
Rebekah braced herself for this one. She was hoping that she wouldn't have to tell Elijah and it would come from Veronica herself. "I overheard her tell Malakai that Elizabeth is going to be gone for three years."
Elijah's face fell at Rebekah's words. "And how did she learn of this?"
"The letter Elizabeth wrote her," Rebekah began. "Elizabeth told her that for three years she'd have to keep Malakai in check."
Elijah shook his head. After the hope and excitement of possibly finding a way to save Elizabeth, it was shot down by the simple fact of time. "Where is Veronica now?"
"Out with Vincent." Freya said with a nod. "She needed time away from the compound."
Elijah stood from his seat. "When she returns, please ask her if I can borrow the letter for a few moments."
"What are you going to do?" Freya asked as he began walking out of the room.
"Freshen up a bit." He said looking over his shoulder. "Then I'm going to see this warehouse Elizabeth used. Perhaps by the time I return, I'll have some more information."
Elizabeth sat in the corner of her cell. Her back leaning right into the edge of it. Her eyes wandered around the cell and even past the cell door. Every detail of it her eyes had taken it in.
While she looked like a mess in that moment, she was healed. Maybe not back to her usual strength thanks to the lack of blood consumption, but she looked better than she had hours ago. Dirt caked her skin along with blood and sweat. How she would just enjoy a shower in that moment.
As her thoughts lingered on the thought of being cleaned, she picked up on the soft footsteps that approached her. Her eyebrow rose as she took the sound in. They were familiar to her ears and it almost caused a smirk to pull at her lips.
She hadn't moved from her spot even as they had come closer to her cell. Over the last several days, this is what she had been looking forward to. It wasn't the moments where she was being tortured or the fact that she had seen familiar faces while being tormented. It was this very vision that Jess had given her on her last day in New Orleans that she had been clinging on to that told her she was on the right track.
"Aunt Liz?" Hope's voice called out the moment her footsteps stopped a few feet away from her cell.
"One more down, kid." Elizabeth said without moving from her spot.
The moment Hope stepped in front of the cell, her eyes widened. She could see how differently her Aunt looked. May it have been the lack of blood or the fact she'd been tormented the last several days, this was the first time Hope actually saw her face.
Hope walked over to the bars and instantly walked through them. At first it startled her until she realized it wasn't a bad thing. She ran over to Elizabeth's side. But the moment she reached Elizabeth and tried to hug her, Hope couldn't feel her.
"It's not going to work that way." Elizabeth said as she watched her. "Don't have the necklace with me."
"How can I help?" Hope asked as she stepped back and sat down on the ground next to Elizabeth.
"You already are Hope." She said with a nod. "It's still early. I'm assuming you haven't woken up yet."
Hope shook her head. "I couldn't sleep last night."
"You were smart to bring your dad last night." Elizabeth offered as she adjusted herself in her spot.
"Dad didn't want Uncle Elijah to see you." She said with a nod of her head.
Elizabeth's eyes met Hopes. She could see the worry in the girls eyes. "Yeah, I don't know how well your Uncle would have taken seeing me like that. He's angry right now."
"How come you can feel his emotions, but Uncle Elijah doesnt?" Hope asked.
Elizabeth huffed a laugh. "Their clouded. I've got vervain, wolvesbane, and even good ol' human sedatives running through my veins half the time. The other half, it's Jess' spell. He doesn't need to feel what I'm feeling."
Hope looked around the cell. "Why did you leave us?"
"Even vampires keep their word." Elizabeth shrugged. "I made a deal with someone to get your Uncles cures for my bite. Now I have to keep my end of the deal."
"Can't you escape?" Hope wanted to find out as much as possible. She wasn't sure when she'd wake up or when they'd come and drag Elizabeth out of the room.
"That's against the rules, Hope. Plus, I'm too weak to make an escape right now. I need a lot more blood than what they are giving me." Elizabeth's mouth watered at the thought of blood. The veins under her eyes even made themselves known. The craving of blood was harder now. At Elizabeth's eyes, Hope got up and took a few steps back, causing Elizabeth to laugh. "I can't hurt you when you visit. This is just a dream."
Hope eyed her Aunt for a moment. "Like the spell Freya did."
"Something like that." Elizabeth shrugged. "Anything interesting going on at Home?"
Elizabeth figured if they were going to have these little visits, she'd make the best of them. She wanted to know what was going on just as much as Hope wanted to know where Elizabeth was to help her. There was only so much either of them could do.
"Mom and dad want to have Aunt Freya place a spell on me." She frowned.
"What spell?" Elizabeth asked.
"To stop me from seeing you." At that, Elizabeth sat up.
"Has your Uncle Elijah found the contract?" She shouldn't have asked but she needed to know.
"I don't know." She admitted.
Elizabeth looked up at the ceiling before looking back at Hope. "I'm gonna need you to wake up kid." Hope had already started shaking her head, but Elizabeth continued. "This is how you are going to help me. You're going to wake up and when you do, you are going to find your Aunt and tell her I said not to sever the link."
"What happens if they sever it?" Hope's eyes widened.
"I lose my loophole."