It's been three years since he's been back to his hometown. But when Tyler Lockwood receives a heartbreaking phone call about the woman he loves from Stefan Salvatore, he finds himself back in Mystic Falls...and back in Caroline Forbes's life.

A/N: Don't own VD! Caroline/Tyler. Enjoy!


Fade To Black

"You know, I never would've thought vampires could actually eat human food." Caroline said, licking the melting cookies and cream ice-cream with delight. Stefan laughed and shook his head.

"Do you believe everything you read in Twilight, Caroline?" He said, smirking.

"Well, no!" They continued walking toward the Mystic Grill and Stefan threw her a sideways glance. She rolled her eyes.

"Okay, so maybe I was a little disappointed when I actually burned in the sunlight and didn't sparkle. Maybe." Stefan laughed, Caroline joining him. She sighed and looked up at the sunset, her smile fading. Stefan observed her curiously.

"You okay?" He asked. She looked at him and scoffed, smiling.

"Yeah lost in la la land." She said, scooping the ice-cream into her mouth again.

"Thinking about something?" Stefan prodded on, a slight smirk forming on his face. She glared at him.

"No." She started walking more faster and Stefan laughed, catching up with her easily.

"It's okay to think about him, Caroline."

"I'm not thinking about him. He's nothing to me."

"That's a lie and you know it." Stefan grabbed her arm and spun her around lightly. She looked down at her arm, then up at him, her eyes sparkling in the sunset.

"Caroline, you felt something for him. You still feel something for him. Just, call him and-"

"No. He left me, Stefan. He didn't even say goodbye he just...left! He said goodbye to Matt, he said goodbye to Elena, he said goodbye to his mom! Bonnie, Jeremy, you, everyone! But he didn't say goodbye to me!"

"Because he knew that if he saw you again, he wouldn't have found it in himself to leave you. He loves you, Caroline."

"NO! He loved me. He doesn't love me anymore. So just...stay out of it, Stefan." Caroline broke Stefan's grip and walked away, Stefan watching her with worry.


"Thinks he knows about me and my feelings, stupid old vampire." Caroline muttered, shoving the key into her house door angrily and still muttering. The key didn't budge and Caroline growled in anger, punching to door. She sighed and pressed her head against the door, taking deep breaths to calm herself.

She sure as hell didn't want to admit it, but it was the truth.

She missed him.

Sure, he had betrayed her.

Sure he hadn't helped her when she was in trouble.

But they understood each other.

And she missed his warmth, and his comfort.

"OW!" She grabbed her neck in pain as something hit her hard, biting. She massaged it slowly, opening the door and closing it slowly. She ran to the mirror and looked to find two small blood spots, the blood running down her neck.

"What-?" She whispered, running her hand over the bumps. Slowly but surely, the veins in her neck turned black and began to spread all over her body, the veins in her face turning black. She screamed as her fangs protruded from her mouth and eyes turned red and black. She reached for her phone, her heart thundering but as she scrolled down her contacts, her vision became blurry, her mind spinning.

Her breathing heavy, she blinked several times until she saw the name "Stefan" in a blurred way before pressing the green button. She clutched her throbbing head, yelling in pain and put the phone to her ear. She put one foot in front of the other, trying to get to the bathroom. He answered and she tried speaking, but all that came out was a rasping sound as she tried to breath, pain exploding through her whole body.

"Caroline? You there?"

"What's wrong?" She heard Elena say through the phone distantly.

"Caroline?" Stefan said, more demanding this time.

"Help me." She finally managed. She tried to step forward again but her legs became numb and she collapsed to the floor, trying to breathe deeply as her body began to burn up, her veins on fire and her head thudding like a heartbeat. Her phone clattered to the floor, far from her reach and broke, the screen cracking and going black. She heard her door open loudly, then heard Stefan calling her name with worry.

"CAROLINE!" He yelled, but it was faint. His image appeared in front of her, but it was distorted and blurry. Her vision was slowly turning black and a tear leaked down her cheek as another figure appeared next to Stefan, calling her name as well.

She faded, her mind, body and soul calling for one thing only.

"Tyler..." She whispered.