Something More

Chapter 1

It was funny how sometimes the world was falling apart around you and yet, you were perfectly content. That's how Caroline Forbes felt at this very moment. It was strange because she knew how messed up her life was, with Stefan being gone for a little over four months now, her mom and her still riding the emotional wave of her being a vampire, Klaus being on the loose, being dumped by her boyfriend, and yet, she was as happy as a clam. Or vampire could be. And though she would never admit it out loud, a lot of that happiness was due to her friendship with Tyler.

Since he returned they had spent nearly every day together, with the exception of those two weeks Caroline was visiting her dad in Atlanta. But even then they texted non-stop. She was surprised at how much she missed him but perhaps a bit more surprised at how much he missed her. When she returned home he was beaming with joy. And since then, they remained inseparable. And she loved it. It was a very innocent friendship.

It's very telling when you spend so much time with someone that you don't even need to hear them verbalize when something is wrong, which is how she knew that on this night, their last night of freedom before senior year would start, that something was brewing in her friend's mind.

"Hey," she said nudging him, "what's wrong?" They had been watching some nonsensical show at her home. He looked at her with those intense eyes and she could feel herself blushing.

"It's nothing." She wasn't buying it.

"Tyler. I know you, it's something and you better tell me what it is, or else." He smiled a smile that only Caroline could get him to.

"Oh yeah? And what are you going to do?"

"I'm stronger than you. I could kick your ass Lockwood, so just tell me." He sighed, reluctant to answer her.

"It's just tomorrow everything goes back to normal, you know? We won't get to have this," he said, motioning to him and Caroline. She laughed, a bit relieved that's what was bothering him.

"Don't be silly, Tyler. So, school is starting up again tomorrow. We'll still hang out. Maybe not incessantly like we've been doing. We'll have classes and other things but it's not going to change anything. I mean, why would it?"

"I don't know, I guess I feel like maybe you've just been hiding out with me all summer, slumming. And once tomorrow comes and you see Matt…" He didn't finish his sentence.

"Tyler, Matt and I are over. You know that. We've been over for over four months now. Why would that suddenly change?" Tyler shrugged.

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder." Caroline rolled her eyes. She hated clichés like that.

"Whatever. Absence does not make a human guy forget that his ex is a vampire. And anyway, even if Matt did change his mind, what difference would that make? It wouldn't change anything with you and me. We're just friends."

"Just friends?"

"Well, no, I didn't mean it like that. You're one of my best friends Tyler. Nothing is going to get in the way of that." It was obviously not the answer he wanted to hear.

"Yeah, you're right. I'm just being silly. Anyway, I should really get going. School tomorrow and everything. Us werewolves need our strength. I'll see you tomorrow," he said giving her a hug and walking out the door, and in his leaving Caroline was left wondering if everything she had thought before was wrong, and maybe her friendship with Tyler wasn't as innocent as she once believed.