I have no excuse to give so if you want to continue reading this or not is completely up to you, I can't blame you but you should be warned this is the last chapter. Don't fret though! I have another Steroline story called Love&Hate, its on a bit of a hiatus but I will be continuing soon. Thanks for staying with me and putting up with my slow updates, you guys are the best! Enjoy!
"So what is it that I have to do exactly?" I asked Tyler.
We were by the old Lockwood property getting ready for the full moon and Tyler's first transformation. He was a nervous wreck and was a little moody so I left him to do some of the stuff on his own but what was the point of helping him if he was going to do it by himself?
"Pretty much what we talked about, helping me put the stuff up and making sure that I don't hurt anybody," he said.
"Oh yea duh," I said playing it off, I was nevous too so it was hard for me to concentrate.
It was quiet after that. Tyler and I walked in silence down the steps into the basement and worked side by side putting up the chains. I didn't know what to say to him or how to say it, I didn't want him to feel the way he was but I didn't want to make it worse either.
I need Stefan. He always knew the right things to say in these situations and what to do, I babbled and always said the wrong thing. I guess thats why I need Stefan in my life, to help me through the tough times.
"Hey Caroline?" Tyler voice asked breaking me from my thoughts.
I turned. "Yea?"
He walked a few steps toward me. "Thanks for uh helping me, it means alot."
I could tell Tyler was nervous, he didn't seem to confident in what he was saying and was afraid to approach me too close. I walked up to him, I didn't want him to feel scared and nervous. "Tyler its no problem, your my friend why wouldn't I help you?"
An emotion crossed across Tyler's face that I couldn't catch, it looked like rejection. I grabbed onto his hands. "Tyler I am here for you until you transform back, I promise I won't leave you."
Silence crossed between us and I could feel the air become heavier. He grabbed tighter onto my hands and started to lean closer, I froze in place because I had no idea what to do. Tyler's lips met mine and I could feel his heart beat faster.
I stood there not knowing how to react, I liked Tyler but not the way he wanted me to.
Tyler broke away and I felt bad that I was glad he did. I didn't now how to respond because my heart belonged to someone else.
"I know what your thinking, I know you don't like me that way but I can't help but wonder what could have been," Tyler said. "Thanks again for all your help Caroline."
He went back to putting up the chains and whatever else he did to keep his mind off of the rejection I gave him. Was I doing the wrong thing? Tyler cared about me and didn't have another girl attached to his side. It's always gonna be about Elena in Stefan's life, there isn't room for me.
"Any idea where they would go?" Damon asked.
"Not a clue," I told him.
We were walking in the forest trying to find any clue as to where Tyler and Caroline could be. I was really worried about her, my mind kept coming up with the most horrendous images of Caroline being hurt or in trouble. I know she was doing this to help Tyler but if I found out hes laid a scratch on her I'm going to kill him.
Damon was pissed that she even agreed to help him and put herself in harms way, he may not admit it but just like Bonnie he cares about Caroline.
We walked in silence so we could keep a good ear on anything suspicious or what could give us idea where Caroline was, that is until Damon decided to get into my business.
"You love her don't you?"
I kept quiet, Damon didn't like bonding moments and right now I wasn't a fan of them either. He likes to keep to himself so I'll keep to mine.
"Oh come on Stefan, you think I haven't noticed? Your a completely different guy around her and you care about her in such a different way then Elena. You've took a ride on the Caroline express and now you don't want to get off," he said.
I just looked at him. "You want me to stay out of your business so stay out of mine."
"Well then you find Caroline on your own. I have a bottle of my best whiskey waiting for me at the Boarding House and I could use a drink," Damon said and made a move to leave.
"Yes, I love her. Happy now?" I said. I needed Damon's help, Tyler was werewolf so this was more of a two man vampire job.
Damon gave me that smirk thats always plastered on his face when he got what he wanted. "I'll be honest, I never really thought of you and Caroline together," he said walking back in step with me.
I looked around "To be honest, neither did I." I never did think of me and Caroline together, but she caught me by surprise.
"So when did it happen? You and Caroline?"
"I don't know, she and I just kept talking even after I helped her gain control. She was nice to talk to and just different." I said honestly.
I can't exactly pinpoint why or where I fell for her, I just did. She was just so happy and full of light and completely different. She smiled in the worst of times and she was strong enough to handle everything that was going on, she didn't whine or complain she stood against it and got back up everytime she fell, she didn't run.
"I kinda thought since you guys had the friendship thing going on she would remind you of Lexi and you wouldn't push it," Damon said.
"She does remind me of Lexi but I don't know, I just wound up falling in love with her."
Damon just nodded and we continued walking, looking for any clue as to where Caroline could be. Fear and worry were spreading through me like wildfire.
Tyler was chained up and I was sitting on the other side of the room feeling anxious and worried.
"So when does this all happen?" I asked.
"I don't know, I guess when the moon is at its highest peak or something," he said dragging his chains around.
I nodded and just kept sitting where I was by the door. I was sort of uncomfortable because Tyler wasn't being himself. He was sweating, mumbling under his breath, and sometimes he would gasp for air.
I felt bad for everything he had to go through, he didn't ask for it and honestly he had it worst then the rest of us. Every month for the rest of his life he had to through unspeakable pain while the rest of us only dealt with extreme hunger, what he faced was worse.
It sucked even more that Katherine made him this way just so she could strike a deal with Klaus. Tyler didn't deserve this, none of us deserved this but nothing we can do now except deal with it and keep each other alive.
I looked up again and watched Tyler continue to drag around his chains and mumble to himself.
"I'm sorry," I said looking at my hands.
Tyler stopped. "What?"
I looked up at him sincerly. "I'm sorry for everything you got thrown into."
"Not much that can be done about it now," he said starting to walk around with chains again.
"Well I still want to apoligize, you didn't deserved this you just became part of Katherine's sick twisted plan," I said mumbling the last part to myself.
"Well what about you? You don't deserve this either," he said.
"Like you said, not much that can be done about it now," I said standing up. The step was starting to get uncomfortable.
Tyler snorted. "If Stefan and Damon never came to town none of us would even be in this mess."
I turned to him. "Tyler its not their fault."
"Yea it is. Think about it Caroline, Stefan came town and Damon was looking for that Katherine chick and both fell in love with Elena. If they never came none if this would be happening," he said.
Tyler started dragging around his chains again.
I just looked down and dragged my feet as I started to pace a bit. I was pretty nervous about what was going to happen and how it was gonna affect Tyler.
"I'm sorry," he said.
I looked up and it was my turn to look confused. "For what?"
"For kissing you. I know you like Stefan but I don't know, I guess I just had to do it."
I averted my gaze from him. "Its alright."
"Why do you even like him, Caroline?" Tyler asked.
I sighed. "Hes just so caring. Stefan is loyal, protective and has so much respect for people. Being around him makes you want to better yourself."
Ignoring the situation I was currently in I leaned against the stone wall and just got lost in the thoughts of Stefan.
"He makes me feel so different then any guy I've ever been with. The kind of passion he has is what you wish every guy had, he may not be human but hes the most normal man I've ever met."
"Enough Caroline," Tyler said sternly.
I broke from my thoughts of Stefan and looked at Tyler. "Whats wrong?"
"Nothing, I just don't want to hear how your all in love with Stefan. If wasn't for him and stupid brother I wouldn't be in this mess," he said pissed off.
"I said enough Caroline!" Tyler yelled.
I shut up and backed away from him. I knew what I was getting into when I said I was going to help him but it was hard to see Tyler acting this way and it was kinda scary.
Tyler took some deep breaths and then he went back to normal. When he saw how frightend I was he looked sad. "I am so sorry Caroline, I didn't mean to yell at you."
I nodded. "I know."
Tyler looked at me but then dropped his head. He turned his back and walked from me, starting to mumble under his breath again.
I slid to the floor starting to feel the fear come through me. I knew what was I doing but now I was really starting to feel scared but I wasn't going to leave Tyler. He needed someone and I'll be damned if he feels alone through all this.
About an hour later Tyler was starting to feel pain. He fell to the ground and was groaning, I could hear his bones snapping. I covered my mouth to keep the noises in because it was hard to see the kind of hell Tyler was going through.
He kept crying out in pain and I wanted to come over to him but he was moving around so much I didn't know what to do. I looked up to see the moon was in its full circle and it was looking down right at us.
"AAHHH!" Tyler screamed.
I looked over at him and saw that his eyes turned amber. He was on his hands and knees and you could see the bones snapping in his back.
I sucked in breath. "Tyler."
"Get out of here Caroline," he said. I could see his wolf fangs.
"I'm not gonna leave you!" I said.
"Go Caroline!" he yelled an then fell to the floor again. He squirmed and more bones started to snap. He was going through so much pain and I had no idea what to do.
I ran to the gate that led inside here and started putting on the chain. I heard a growling noise and looked up to see a wolf staring me down like its prey.
"Tyler," I breathed out.
He growled and started coming toward me.
I started with the gates lock again and when I snapped it in place Tyler jumped at the gate and I screamed.
Damon and I were about to split up when we heard a scream.
We looked at each other and headed toward the scream. We ran to where the scream came from and we noticed it was the old Lockwood property. I ran faster worrying about Caroline's safety. She was with a werewolf and I didn't know how to deal with them with the small bit of information on them I had.
Damon and I stopped and started walking the rest of the way calling out Caroline's name.
We stopped to see if we could hear anything, when I didn't I was about to call out her name again when Damon stopped me.
"Hold on I hear somthing," he said.
Damon concentrated and so did I. It was crying.
Without looking at Damon I moved to where it was coming from. I've heard enough of her fears to know when it was her.
When I got to the Lockwood property I saw a figure sitting at the entrance of whatever was down there.
"Caroline," I said.
She looked up at me, tears running down her face. "Stefan?"
"Oh my gosh Caroline," I walked over to her pulling her up into my arms. "You scared me."
She nodded into my shoulder. "I know I'm sorry, I just had to help Tyler."
I pulled away from her and looked at her. "Are you okay? Did he hurt you?"
She shook her head. "No not really, I mean I have a scratch but I'm fine."
"What?" I asked. I was going to tear his head off.
"Calm down Stefan, werewolf scratches can't hurt anyone, well humans but not vampires," Damon said.
"Nice to see you too Caroline. For a minute there you had my brother ready to put out an Amber Alert. Huh Stef?" Damon smirked throwing his arm around my shoulders.
I shrugged his arm off and looked at him. Sending him a look.
Damon chuckled. "Now that are happy reunion is over, lets take you home Forbes."
Caroline moved out of my arms. "No I still have to help Tyler!"
"Caroline he hurt you, you've done your job," I told her.
"No hes my friend and I'm not leaving him," she said. This is how she drives me crazy, her way or the highway.
"Caroline," I started.
"I'm not leaving him," she said sternly.
I looked at her and she looked at me. She was pleading with me, I could tell she really wanted to help Tyler.
I sighed. "Alright fine."
"What?" Damon asked.
"Its her life Damon, her choice," I told him.
"Yeah a stupid one!" he said and then looked to Caroline. "Look you may wanna play little red riding hood and find something good with the wolf but its not gonna happen Caroline. If you haven't figured it out, he can kill us."
"I don't care Damon, hes my friend and I'm gonna stay here. I promised him," she said.
When she said that last sentence it made me think of that night in the bathroom when I made almost the same promise.
"Damon just let her go," I told him.
"Stefan," he started.
"Damon. Let her go," I said.
He looked like he was about to argue with me but he just shook his head. "Fine, but I'm going down there first to make sure wolfboy is locked up tight."
Damon started going downstairs and Caroline moved toward me.
"I'm sorry for making you worry," she said.
I pulled her into arms. "Its okay. I understand why you did but please make sure you know what your getting into next time."
She smiled. "I promise."
I smiled back.
Caroline and stood there looking at each other. When our faces begin to move closer I let it happen and so did she, nothing was holding us back.
I pressed my lips to hers and she met mine in a heated kiss. I'll never understand how I fell for Caroline and I don't think anyone else will either but I did. She took me by surprise, thats all I knew, how and when I wouldn't know but it happened.
Caroline was just easy for me to talk to because she understood everything I went through, she brightend my day, made me smile, she was just different. Her personality was a plus because she was so loyal and strong and didn't run when things got hard. I admired her, even if her stubborness was a little challenging.
Caroline kissed me back with so much force I could tell she missed me. We continued kissing and I let Caroline run her fingers through my hair, I knew its what she loved to do.
When we broke apart I smiled at her. "I hope this means a 'I forgive you.'"
She nodded and smiled. I could feel her fingers lace together behind my neck. "Know what else it means?"
"I love you too."
I smiled again at Caroline and pulled her into another kiss.
"Oh god, you two pick this time to make up? At least get a room and protect me from witnessing this," Damon said.
We broke apart and both of us glared at Damon. He just smirked.
"Well Lockwood is locked up but hes passed out so all you have do is deal with is a passed out werewolf," Damon told Caroline.
She nodded. "I can handle it from here you guys can go, the moon has lost its peak so theres no more danger."
"I think I'll wait here with you," I told her.
"Stefan no, Tyler will flip out if he sees you. Him and I have an issue we gotta talk about and it won't be good if your here," she said.
"Alright," I told her. "Just be careful please?"
She kissed me. "I will, hes free from pain and being in danger tonight. you don't have anything to worry about."
Damon chuckled. "Hes free alright."
We both ignored him.
"I'll see you guys later, okay?"
I nodded and Damon and I walked away. I took one last glance at Caroline and she smiled at me. Things were definitly looking up.
"Hey Stefan," Damon said.
"Now that you and Caroline are together I feel that as your older brother I should let you know something very important," he said. I could see a mischevious glint in his eye.
"What?" I asked cautiously.
He smirked. "Tyler's naked."
I'm gonna kill him. I'm gonna cut him up and turn him into a Salvatore shiskabob! Why couldn't Damon at least warn me Tyler was naked.
I shook my head and started to gather up all the stuff we brought, well mostly Tyler's bag of clothes. Thank god he knew his clothes were gonna get shredded off.
When I gathered up his bag I could hear him start to stir. "Caroline?"
I rushed over to him and knelt beside him. "Hey shhh its okay, your fine Tyler just relax now."
I ran my hand through his hair to comfort him.
"Its over already?" he asked.
I nodded. "Yea your done, the moon isn't at its peak anymore."
Tyler didn't say anything, he looked so worn out.
"Hey um I have your bag of clothes, you can change and I'll take you home," I told me a little nervous. Its weird being around someone whos unintenially naked.
Tyler looked down at himself. "Yea that would be a good idea."
I got up and took the bag over to Tyler. "I'm gonna go wait upstairs."
I turned away from him and walked upstairs to the spot I was just talking to Stefan and Damon. This night has been super crazy. First I'm with Tyler and he accidentally attacks me, then Stefan and Damon come an save me, then I make up with Stefan and now I can finally be with him. I guess above all I'm happy Tyler got through his first transformation but I still felt bad he had to pain like that for the rest of his life.
"Alright I'm decent," he walking up the steps. He had on cargo shorts and a loose grey muscle shirt.
I took his bag from him. "You wanna just come get the chains tomarrow?"
"No I have them hidden, no one will find them in the cellar," he said.
I nodded and walked to my car with Tyler following.
We got in the car and it was a silent drive. Tyler kinda nodded off a few times so I just let him rest. It had to be exhausting going through all that.
"Thanks again Caroline, I don't think I could have gone through all that alone," Tyler said out of the blue.
I glanced at him. "I told you Tyler its no problem. Its what friends do."
He smiled but it faded. "I wanna apoligize to for the way I acted. I'm sorry I bashed on Stefan and Damon like that and yelled at you. I know their your friends too."
I smiled at him. "Its okay, I forgave you right after you said it."
I thought about what he said about Stefan and Damon being my friends and then his feelings for me. Hes been through alot tonight and I didn't want to give him the rejection but if I didn't do it now I would keep pushing it off then Stefan would be jealous.
I gripped at the steering wheel. "Tyler we need to talk."
"Its okay Caroline, you don't have to explain about you and Stefan," he said.
"Yes I do," I said and took a deep breath.
"Tyler I like you just not the way you want me to," I said voicing my earlier thoughts. "I'm sorry but Stefan is the one I want to be with and I wish I didn't have to hurt you. I'm sorry."
Tyler was quiet for a while but then he sighed. "I'm not used to being rejected but as long as I know your going to a nice guy, even if his brother is an asshole, I'm glad its Stefan."
I glanced at him and smiled. "Thank you Tyler."
He smiled back.
Now that Tyler and I were friends I could look forward to spending time with a brooding vampire. I smiled at the thought.
A week passed since the events of Tyler's transfromation and things were going good. Katherine was still in the tomb and no one knew where Elena was. No threats but there was some guy named Elijah was walking around town, everyone says hes a writer or something but Damon and I have been keeping an eye on him.
Things have been good on the relationship status too. Elena and Damon were together and I was happy for them. Elena needed someone like Damon and I wish I would have noticed it before, their happy and so are me and Caroline.
Its only been a week but its been a great one. I haven't smiled so much in so long and it was all because of Caroline. People have been surprised to see us together and were even more surprised to see Elena and Damon but none of us cared, they've all gotten used to it now.
Matt and Bonnie are a little upset by it. Matt is upset Elena went for Damon and that Caroline wasn't in love with him anymore and Bonnie was mad about the same thing except she felt Caroline betrayed Elena. Elena tried to explain to them what all this was about but neither will listen so we all decieded to leave it alone. Tyler wasn't happy about it either but he accpeted it and that made him and Caroline alot closer.
Tonight though isn't about all that though, its about me and Caroline. I wanted to give her a special night where it was only about me and her. Damon did the same with Elena so we'll have no interuptions.
Caroline came over and we had a casual dinner that I made and we just talked till it was time for the surprise.
"Where are we going?" she asked.
"Caroline for the millionth time, its a surprise," I said leading her upstairs. I had her close her eyes because she was gonna love what I had to show her.
"Well this may be a surprise to you but I'm not a fan of them," she said.
I laughed. "You'll like this one."
She sighed. "Fine but if something pops out at me and I turn around and stake you, blame yourself."
"Will do," I told her.
I led her to my room and towards the window.
"Stefan where are we?" she asked scared.
"Do you trust me?"
She stood still. That was the same thing I said to her when she was afraid to jump off her roof and she started closing her eyes and grabbing onto my hand.
"I trust you."
I pulled her out the window and onto the small balcony I had. "Hold on tight."
Caroline grabbed on tight to my shirt and I jumped. When we were on the roof I faced Caroline toward the forest.
"Open your eyes."
When she did Caroline gasped.
"I thought you might like it," I smiled.
She turned to me.
"Stefan," she said breathlessly "Its beautiful."
I kissed her on the forehead. "No lights except for the moon."
"Its so beautiful, I've never seen anything like it," she said looking back at the forest again.
I loved the way Caroline was enjoying the scenary. She was the type of girl who could see beauty in anything.
"I also have this," I said.
Caroline looked behind me and saw the blanket and wine I had out.
"Well someone a little romantic isn't he?" she asked putting her arms around my neck smiling.
"Only for you," I told her.
She kissed me and then we walked over to the blanket and wine. I poured us some glasses and we drank. For the rest of the night all we did was talk. I liked that Caroline could just talk and still have fun, it was different from my relationship with Elena and thats what made it so great. We sat there talking about stupid things and random thing and anything that was just brought up but Caroline had started to get a little cold.
I pulled her into my arms and put the blanket around us and we sat their is a comfortable silence. She laid on my chest watching the moon and I ran my fingers through her hair.
"Thank you Stefan," she said.
I looked down at her. "For what?"
She looked up at me. "For just being there for me, no one has just been there and you were."
I smiled. "I'll always be here for you Caroline."
She smiled too. "Promise?"
And just like that Caroline kissed me. With that kiss alone I knew I was going to keep this girl safe and next to me forever.
A/N: And DONE! Wow this has been a long ride but I'm glad I got to enjoy it with all of you. I want to apoligize again for how long this story took to end. High School just really needed my all this year but now I'm in the summer so I hope to finish more stories especially since this is the first multi-chapter story I've finished! Speaking of I have a poll on my page that needs some votes and it would be greatly appreciated :) Thanks again my many readers! You made this story worth while.