Chapter One - Hurricane Ces Blows Into Town

Francesca Daniels drove her brand new black Dodge Charger down the dark and winding road. She pushed her foot down on the gas pedal, watching the speedometer go from 70 all the way up past 100 mph with a smirk on her face.

She had always loved driving fast and luckily she didn't have to worry about wrecking and dying. That was one good thing about being a vampire.

She kept her green eyes forward as she reached over and turned up the radio when a Beatles song began to play. Anyone who knew her, knew what a big Beatles fan she was. She even partied with them a few times back in the 60's. Another good thing about being a vampire; she's been around for years and had a chance to be around some of the singers and actors she loved.

She hummed along with the song as she ran a hand through her long blonde hair, trying to keep it out of her face. As the song ended, she turned off the radio and smiled when she passed the 'Welcome to Mystic Falls' had been awhile since she been here and she had to admit she kinda missed it a little.

She quickly drove through the town, it was close to midnight and no one was out walking around, which kind of bummed her out. She wouldn't have minded a little midnight snack before arriving at her destination.

Once out-of-town, she turned down a very familiar driveway and parked in front of the boarding house. She got out of the car and looked up at the house, hoping no one inside heard her pull up. She wanted her visit to be a surprise.

Her eyes glanced over at his room and noticed his bedroom window was open. In a flash, she jumped up to the window and sat on the windowsill, as she looked around the dark empty room.

"Hmm, where could he be?" She thought to herself as she stepped into the room.

She walked out into the hall and slowly made her way downstairs, making sure not to make a sound. She creeped into the study and smiled when she finally found him. His back was toward her as he faced the fireplace.

As he took a sip of liquor from his glass, she slowly started walking toward him, then froze when she stepped on a creaky floorboard, the sound traveled all around the silent room.

He took a deep breath, showing his annoyance, as he turned around and asked,"Who's there?"

With her vampire speed, she ran to the other side of the room before he could see her.

He looked around the room before saying,"I know someone is here. Where are you?"

"Over here." She said softly.

He looked on the left side of the room, where the voice came from. She quickly ran over to the right side, before saying,"Now, I'm over here."

He sighed in frustration,"Whoever this is I'm not in the mood for games, come out now or I will rip your heart out of your chest."

"Ouch, that was rude." She said, as she stepped out of the shadows and came to a stop in front of him.

"I should have known it was you."

She smiled,"Hi, Damon."

"Ces, what are you doing here?" He asked.

She shrugged,"I was in the neighborhood."

Damon scoffed,"You never just drop by to visit, there is always a reason."

She sighed,"Aright fine. I need help."

"Ah ha, I knew it. What did you do now?"

"Pissed off an old vamp and now he wants me dead." She said nonchalant.

He chuckled,"What did you do to him?"

She shrugged,"I killed his girlfriend."

Damon gave her a look, she scoffed,"What? She was a bitch."

"So you showed up here, hoping for what?"

"Hoping you would help me." She asked with a hopeful look.

"I'm not getting mixed up in your drama."

She sighed."I knew I should have ask Stefan."

"Go ahead, go ask him."

"So you won't help me?"

"Nope."

She gave him a dirty look,"I really hate you, you know."

"Yeah right, you know you love me." He yelled at her as she walked out of the room with a pout.

As she storms upstairs she passes by Stefan; who was surprised to see her.

"Hey, Stefan." She said cheerfully

"Hey, Ces." He said with confusion in his voice.

He walked into the study to see his brother drink a glassful of liquor before quickly filling it back up.

"You okay?" Stefan asked him.

He scoffed,"Of course I am, why do you ask?"

Stefan pointed upstairs,"Cause hurricane Ces just blew into town."

Damon rolled his eyes,"I don't care that she is in town."

"You sure? Cause her little trips goes a little something like this; she comes into town with a problem, she begs you to help, you say no so she begs till you finally give in. Then while fixing said problem, you two start up a little fling, she leaves before things get serious and leaves you broken hearted." He paused, as he shot his brother a look. "See why I am a little worried?"

"No, not really. It's not going to be like last time." Damon said.

Stefan laughed,"Right, you say that now. But we both know how Ces can be. Just be careful, brother."

Damon waved him off,"Yeah, yeah, whatever."

"I take it she is staying here, since she just stormed up stairs." Stefan said.

"Probably so." Damon said as he drank the rest of the liquor in his glass.

"You okay with that?"

Damon sighed as he slammed the glass down,"I told you, I don't care."

"Alright, if you say so." Stefan said, but he wasn't convinced. "Well, I've got to go check on Elena."

"Is she okay?" Damon asked.

"I guess, she just called. She thought she heard something outside her window, but she couldn't find anything. I'm going to go make sure everything is okay."

Damon scoffed,"Always the hero, huh?"

Stefan rolled his eyes before walking out of the room. Damon poured himself another glass before mumbling to himself,"It's going to be a long night."

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"From the sounds of it, Stefan isn't too happy I'm here." Francesca stated; a few minutes later as she walked back into the study.

"You were listening." Damon said, though he wasn't really surprised.

She laughed,"You would have done it too."

"Stefan has a lot on his mind and you being in town doesn't help."

"What's going on?"

"Katherine."

"Well, she was always good at messing with Stefan, as well as your, heads." She said.

He scoffed,"Whatever, yes I loved her, but, I loved someone else more and that person was you." He turned his head to look at her, his blue eyes catching her green ones,"But, you ran the minute I told you that."

She sighed, seeing the hurt still present in his eyes, no matter how hard he tried to hide it. "Damon, I'm sorry. But, it never would have worked. I'm a vampire and at that time, you were human."

He shrugged, as he turned his head away,"You could have turned me, like Katherine did."

"I didn't want this life for you, Damon, this life is not a good life for anyone. No matter how Katherine tried to make it sound."

"Don't you think that should have been my choice to make?" He questioned. "As long as I was with you, I wouldn't have cared what you were. I could have spent forever with you, but you made sure that never happened."

Before Francesca could say anything else, Stefan and Elena walked into the room, causing the conversation between her and Damon to end.

Francesca walked over to Elena; causing her to take a step back in fear. The blonde smiled and held her hand out,"Hey, you must be Elena."

Elena smiled, her earlier fears disappearing,"That's me. And you are Francesca, Stefan told me about you."

"Don't believe everything he says. And please call me Ces, that's what my friends call me."

"Except for me, I call her vamp bitch." Damon said.

"Ouch, Damon." Francesca said, as she shot him a look.

"Truth hurts, babe." Damon said before he walked out of the room

Francesca sighed,"Katherine sure did do a number on him."

"She's not the only one." Stefan said as he looked over at her.

"I never meant to hurt him, Stefan."

"Which time? Every time he falls for you, you leave. You and Katherine are one and the same."

"I am nothing like Katherine." She stated, her eyes lighting up in anger.

"You're right, you're worse. At least she is honest about it. She admits that she hurt Damon, but you act like you care while you're breaking his heart."

She shook her head, as tears filled her eyes. "I do care."

"Then leave. Leave town before you hurt him, again."

Francesca wipe the lone tear from her cheek, before she plastered a smile on her face and turned to look at a silent Elena. "It was nice to meet you, Elena."

Without another word, Francesca turned and began to walk out the room. She reached out to open the front door as a voice called out,"Leaving already; why am I not surprised?"

She looked up at the stairs and saw Damon standing at the top staring at her. She ignored him as she walked out of the door. He raced down the stairs, following her outside, then reached out to grab her arm, bringing her to a stop.

"Where are you going?" He asked angrily

"I'm leaving. That is what you want, right? That's what Stefan wants." She pointed out. "Sorry to bother you."

He sighed, dropping the attitude before asking,"Where are you going to go?"

She shrugged,"I don't know, Damon, but I have to find somewhere to hide. I wasn't kidding when I said a vamp is after me. He wants me dead, Damon, he wants my head on a stick and my heart on a platter. He will kill me."

Damon sighed again, feeling bad for her. "Alright, I will help you. But, this is strictly professional, okay?"

She smiled and nodded her head, agreeing with his terms. "Thank you, Damon."

She turned to walk away, causing him to grab her arm again,"Whoa, where are you going?"

"To a hotel." She said

"No, you are staying here. Until we kill the vamp that's after you I don't want you alone."

"What about Stefan?" She questioned. "I'm sure you noticed, he kinda doesn't want me here."

"I'll take care of Stefan." He stated, then nodded toward the house. "Now go on inside."

She walked over to him, wrapping her arms around his waist and laying her head on his chest. He sighed as he wrapped his arms around her almost out of instinct, remembering how well she fit in his arms. But he couldn't fall for her again, not this time. That was the vow he promised to himself as he held her close.

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a/n - Thank you to everyone reading this story. I posted this story years ago and never really edited it, so I recently went over it fix it, hopefully I caught all mistakes if not I apologize. Hope you enjoy, happy reading!