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Damon grabbed Elena's arm, stopping her from going any further. "Stop!" he ordered. "You're not doing this! I'm not going to let you die, Elena."

"I'm not going to die," she said firmly.

Stefan stepped up to Damon, his eyes fierce. "Let her go, Damon," he said, his voice cold and quiet. "This is her choice to make. You don't get to interfere."

Damon didn't waver.

"Damon," Elena said softly, touching his arm, "let me go. I'll be fine. I have to do this. I need to save the ones I love."

"And the ones you love are supposed to stand by while you do this?"

Elena stretched up on her toes to hug Damon, giving him a kiss on the cheek. "Let me go," she whispered.

Tears filled Damon's eyes, but he let his fingers slip off of Elena. She stepped back carefully, back into Elijah's arms.

"He may be right," Elijah told her.

Instead of saying anything, Elena wrapped her arms around Elijah's neck and kissed him.

Elena screamed as she shot upright in her bed. She brought her hands to her heart, feeling its frantic beating slow and relax as she realized it was just a dream.

Outside her door, Elijah was standing there the moment she screamed. His hand stopped before it touched the doorknob, hesitating. He didn't want to go in, but he wanted to know what happened. Instead he just listened, but then there was nothing but soft breaths and a heartbeat.

Joanna reached the door a little slower. "Is she alright? What happened?" she whispered to Elijah.

Elijah shrugged and walked away as Joanna knocked on Elena's door and went inside.

"Honey, are you alright?" she asked, closing the door and going to sit on the edge of Elena's bed.

"Yeah, I'm fine," Elena mumbled. "Just had a bad dream."

"Oh, I'm sorry," Joanna said, stroking Elena's hair. "This whole thing is a bad dream for you, I realize. I promise nothing will happen to you. I won't allow it. You'll be perfectly safe on my watch. Just go with it for now and this will all be over soon."

"I doubt it," Elena muttered before she could stop herself. It was wrong to say things like that when someone was just trying to comfort you.

"Don't," Joanna said sternly. "Doubting won't get you anywhere. You need to have faith."

Elena nodded.

"Alright," Joanna said, turning bright again. "Would you like some breakfast? You're going to need the energy today, we'll be very busy."

"Yes, please." Elena threw the covers off of her and slid out of the bed.

"Oh, wait!" Joanna commanded. "Let's get you out of those old, bloody clothes first."

Elena had completely forgotten about that. She was very thankful when Joanna helped her out with her morning, finding her fresh clothes, a hairbrush, and a toothbrush. She put on a fresh pair of jeans and a dark blue, v-neck shirt. And she felt much better and more awake when her breath was fresh, her hair was knot-free, and her face was washed.

For breakfast, Joanna made Elena and herself some eggs, waffles, and toast. It was delicious. But they barely had a second after they were done before Elijah came in.

"Joanna, are you ready for this?"

Joanna stretched and shook herself out. "Elijah…I was born ready."

"Ready for what?" Elena asked, tired of everyone being so vague in what the hell was going on.

"We need to go to Mystic Falls for something. It shouldn't take long, as long as I don't get any trouble," Elijah said.

"We're going to Mystic Falls?" Elena sounded too happy about that.

"Yes, but first Joanna is going to transport us to a friend's house. You will stay there, because I need Joanna for a spell. You will not come with us, and I will not leave you alone. But someone has to watch you."

"You're giving me a babysitter?" Elena asked, raising an eyebrow.

"Or I can compel you to behave while you're with me."

"I'll stay with the babysitter," Elena settled begrudgingly.

"Very good," Elijah approved with a nod.

"Alright, give me just a sec," Joanna said, placing candles all around the room and lightening them. She decided it was enough when there were about a hundred of them, all circling them. She smirked and beckoned Elijah and Elena to step into the circle. "Come take my hands."

Joanna grabbed both Elijah's and Elena's hand, jerking them closer to her. Elijah held his hand out to Elena. She was hesitant to take it, but she eventually put her hand in his.

Was it wrong for her to be enjoy his cold touch? Even if it was just a little? Ugh, what's wrong with me? she thought, shivering as she closed her eyes.

Joanna breathed in deeply, closed her eyes, and began to mumble the spell, so low that no one else could hear. Elena kept her eyes closed, afraid to open them. But she could feel it, feel the power, the magic. It coursed through her, running up and down her body from head to toe. Making a circle, flowing from Joanna and moving on to Elijah through Elena. It was like an electric shock, without the pain. And then sort of a static feeling, or like touching cobwebs. And this feeling was inside of you.

Elena began to feel sick, like she was going to vomit, but then the feeling faded. And Joanna commanded Elena to open her eyes, so she did.

"Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo, and we are there," Elijah said.

Joanna rolled her eyes and kicked Elijah's leg with the spiked heel of her shoe. "Smartass."

"Elijah," a women said, walking into their little circle.

"Jackie," Elijah said, embracing the women.

Jackie was a tall women with short, dark, curly hair. She had pale blue eyes, and there was something about them that was simply frightening. But she wore a bright, friendly smile.

"Elena, this is my friend Jackie," Elijah introduced. "Jackie, Elena, the girl you're babysitting for me." Elijah used that word deliberately to annoy Elena, and it worked.

Jackie turned to look at Elena, and Elena got the reaction she was expecting. "Holy hell! She looks—"

"I get it!" Elena suddenly exploded. "I look like Katherine! Katerina, the doppelganger, whatever the hell you want to call her! I know! If I had a dime for every time I've heard that—!"

"Nice girl, Elijah," Jackie said, hitting Elijah's chest lightly.

"Have fun," Elijah said before turning and heading to the door. "Come along, Joanna."

Joanna blew Elena a kiss and followed Elijah out the door. Joanna waited until they were in the car to start questioning things.

"So, remind me," she said, "what exactly are we doing here?"

"We need the moonstone," Elijah answered simply.

"And when we get said moonstone?"

"We don't need it for anything, Joanna. We just need to have it to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. One pair of hands specifically. You know of who I am speaking of. Every other vampire and werewolf couldn't say what it does to save their life, yet every pitiful creature wants it in their greedy hands."

"Okay," Joanna said with a nod. "Now, my next question. What else do you want?" She gave Elijah a cheeky smile.

"Elena said the moonstone was in Mystic Falls, in the tomb, with Katerina."

"Aaaahhhh," Joanna sang, understanding. "And we need that little bitch why?"

"Play nice, kitten," Elijah warned. "I want her because she can be useful to us. She, being as sneaky and prying as she is, knows many things. She can help us seek out Klaus."

"I thought that was why we had Elena."

"The objective is to keep Elena alive. Perhaps instead of putting Miss Elena's life on the line, Katerina will be more helpful. Of course, we shouldn't want Klaus to find either one of them."

"Do you think this is dangerous, Elijah?" she asked. "Wait, actually, a better question would be if you even stop and think about what you're doing. Or do you just act on impulse? Because I must say, Elijah, your impulses are out of whack."

"There is a method to my madness, my dear. You'll see, it will work."

"Did you think about how Elena will feel when you bring Katerina home?"

"I don't need her consent," Elijah answered flatly.

Joanne turned her gaze to the window. "Well alright," she sighed. "But I don't need a crystal ball to tell you that this is not going to be pleasant."

When Elijah didn't respond, Joanna turned the radio on. She wanted to lighten the mood. Elijah was too serious. When David Bowie's "Let's Dance" came on, Joanna turned it up and started dancing in her seat, coaxing Elijah into joining her. He gave her a look and turned off the music. "No," he warned, in case she had ideas to turn it back on.

Joanna pouted. "Elijah, you're no fun."

"I know."

And from then on the ride was silent. Joanna enjoyed looking at everything. She couldn't remember the last she had been in Mystic Falls. It truly was a town filled with magic. Even she could feel it. It was not supernatural magic, there was just something very alluring about the town.

When their car stopped, it was in the middle of nowhere. Basically, they were at the edge of a forest.

"Do you know where the church ruins are, Elijah?" Joanna asked as she got out of the car, hauling her Mary Poppins Bag of Things, as she called it.

"Of course I do," Elijah responded almost snippily. He abruptly snaked an arm around her waist and pulled her against him. "But it's a good distance away. Hold on tight."

Joanna gritted he teeth and squeezed her eyes shut. She hated travelling at vampire speed. It made her feel sick. Of course, she didn't have to deal with the nausea for very long. The cold rush of wind that blew her hair back and made her feel like she was flying lasted only about ten seconds before Elijah was setting her down and holding her until she could maintain solid balance. She opened her eyes and shook her head, calming herself before walking forwards with Elijah.

Inside the tomb, Katherine was teasing Stefan with her body and Stefan was coldly refusing when the two of them froze, hearing people approaching. Cautiously, they started moving towards the tomb entrance, close to the boundary that they couldn't pass. Elijah rounded the corner and came into sight first. Stefan straightened, his eyebrows pulling together in confusion. Katherine gasped and drew back.

"Elijah," she said breathlessly.

Elijah smirked faintly at the greeting. "Hello, Katerina. Thank you for having the good sense to be frightened." Elijah then took note of Stefan. "Stefan Salvatore…." His smiled broadened, clearly amused. "How ever did you get yourself stuck in there?"

Stefan crossed his arms over his chest. Finally Joanna came to Elijah's side, dragging her huge bag and dropping it in the middle of the floor.

She looked up at Stefan and saluted. "Greeting, Salvatore."

"What are you doing here, Elijah?" Stefan question, his voice cold.

"I came for the moonstone," he answered. "The lovely Elena has already gave away its current resting place, so don't try to tell me it isn't here. Now show it to me, Katerina."

Katherine moved back further, looking near-panicked. She glanced at Stefan, and Elijah didn't miss it.

"Where is the moonstone?"he asked Stefan.

"Why do you need it?" Stefan rebuked.

Elijah blinked. "Well, you see, that's really none of your business."

During this, Joanna starting pulling candle after candle out of her bag, placing them all around her at Elijah. She lit up a match and started lighting them all, the small dark area illuminating with the dozens flickering little lights. She started running out of places to put them, but she needed as many as she could set up to drawn enough power from them.

"I don't have it," Stefan said smugly. "And neither does Katherine. She did. Fortunately I got it before you did, which was how I ended up stuck in here. You're never going to find the moonstone, because it's hidden."

Elijah shrugged. "I could compel you into telling me where it is."

"I don't know. I'm not the one that hid it."

Elijah smiled and laughed once, humorlessly. "I suppose I could just torture everyone you know until I get it."

Joanna's eyes went wide as she accidently set fire to the bottom of Elijah's pants. She bit her bottom lip and tried to discreetly kick dirt on it. Elijah felt the warmth and looked down, then quickly patted it out with his hand, glaring at Joanna who smiled innocently. Stefan and Katherine shared looks. Katherine covered her mouth to muffle her giggle and Stefan pressed his lips tightly together to stop the smile.

Elijah caught Stefan's eyes. "You are not to move until I leave here."

Stefan went motionless, staring blankly at nothing as he was put until Elijah's compulsion. Katherine's mouth popped open, and the giggling mood disappeared completely. She looked fearfully at Elijah.

"What do you want, Elijah?" she whispered.

"You," he said simply. "You got away from me once, and now that I have you I don't intend of letting you go. You could be useful to me, and this time we're doing things my way."

Joanna closed her eyes and began her chanting. The candles sparked and the flames grew. Joanna opened her eyes only briefly to look at Elijah, silently letting him know that she had opened the tomb. As long as Joanna was keeping it open, Elijah could walk into the tomb and be able to walk out again.

Katherine stood straight, pressing herself back against the wall as far as she could as Elijah approached her. She tried not to look into his eyes. Then the back of his fingers softly brushed across her jaw line, and she looked straight into his eyes in shock, finding it then impossible to look away.

"My dear Katerina," he said softly, his breath blowing into her face, "don't cower. The look doesn't suit you at all. Really, there's nothing to fear in me if you just promise to behave."

Katherine glared at him.

He sighed, dropping his hand from her face. "But I can see you're going to make this as difficult as possible. Very well. You are not to cause any trouble while you're with me. You are to do everything I say without hesitation until I proclaim you free. And I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for that. Is that clear?"

Katherine, under the compulsion, had no other choice but to nod dumbly.

Elijah smiled and began walking her out of the tomb. "Very good. Well then…back to Miss Elena, shall we?"

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