Chapter Seven

Blood Hungry

Caroline woke with a start, her heart racing.

"Thank god you're okay!" She felt someone hug her, and her vision began to set itself straight. She coughed and looked up-

And saw Elena looking at her.

It took her about two seconds to remember why elena shouldn't be there.


She looked around and saw Damon and Stefan helping Bonnie and Lucy up.

"What are you doing here? Where's Tyler?" Caroline asked Elena. She looked at her sadly.

"We...kind of knocked him out with Wolfsbane."

"YOU WHAT?" Caroline screamed.

"We were worried! And we knew Tyler would never let us go!"


"I'm sorry!" Elena yelled back.

"Damon get us home, RIGHT NOW!" Caroline growled. She walked over to the car without another word, fuming and glaring at Elena and Jeremy whenever she had the chance.

"Yeah...let's go home." Damon said, looking at the destroyed warehouse sadly.

"TYLER!" Caroline ran inside the house and found her boyfriend on the floor.

"Oh god, what did they do to you?" She said sadly. He suddenly woke with a start and looked at her.


"Oh, you're okay!" She hugged him tightly.

"THEY KNOCKED ME OUT!" He growled.

"Sorry dude!" Jeremy said.

"I'm gonna kill you, Gilbert!" Tyler growled.

"Baby, come on! You're okay, I'm okay! We're all okay!"

"But he knocked me out..." Tyler said sadly. Caroline laughed and kissed him.

"You're still a tough muscle man in my eyes." He smiled.

"Thank god you're okay." He said, hugging her tightly.

Elena took this as a sign that she was off the hook and walked over to Damon, who was looking outside with a glass of scotch in his hands.


"Is she really dead?" He said, turning around and looking at Lucy and Bonnie. They looked taken aback.


"Rosemarie. Are her and Klaus really..."

"Yes...they're gone, Damon." Lucy said sadly. Damon sighed with frustration.

"Damon, where's Stefan?" Elena asked him.

"He's in the cellar." Damon said, not looking at her. Elena half-ran half power walked down to the cellar. Damon sighed.

"Caroline!" Damon half-shouted. She appeared in the blink of an eye, Tyler right beside her. Jeremy came into the living room three seconds later.

"I hate being human sometimes." He murmured.

"Elena went down to the cellar to see Stefan, keep an eye on her." She nodded, and her and Tyler were gone in another flash.

"Rosemarie didn't deserve to die." Damon said. Lucy sighed and nodded.

"I know...but she knew what Klaus wanted to do. And she couldn't let him."

"How come the most purest people with the most purest hearts...are the ones dying?" Damon asked. Lucy sighed.

"Because the ones with the purest hearts are the ones trying to stop everything else unpure. There needs to be a balance. Always."

"Yeah well...Balancing sucks. Major." Damon said, skulling the rest of his scotch.


"Just stay away from me, Elena!" He growled, slamming into the corner of the cellar.

"Stefan i'm right here. I can stop you if you try anything." Caroline said softly.

"No. You all need to just leave. Go!" He growled again.

"We're not leaving. We did all this to save you!" Elena cried.

"I know, Elena! And I'm grateful. I'm free. But Elena...the bloodlust is still inside me. And all I want to do right now is rip your throat out and drink you dry. The only thing stopping me is Caroline and Tyler." He said, sweat dripping from his face with the effort. Caroline shifted, wincing, but righted herself.

"Stefan, you can do this."

"No, I can't, Caroline! I'm not as strong as you!"

"Yes you are! You're the one who taught me everything I know!"


"STEFAN, PLEASE!" Elena cried, tears pouring down her cheeks. Stefan looked at her, sadness in his eyes.

"I can't, Elena! I can't...I can't...control...myself..." He looked at her and suddenly, his fangs protruded.


Caroline ran in front of him and pushed him back. They slammed into the wall and Stefan grabbed Caroline's shoulder and twisted it, growling. Caroline swore loudly, but thrust her fist out. It connected with Stefan's face and Elena heard a crack.

"GET HER OUT OF HERE!" Caroline yelled at Tyler. Tyler grabbed Elena, who struggled against him, but was no match for his werewolf strength.

"STEFAN!" Elena screamed. Caroline slammed him to the floor and went to kick him, but he grabbed her foot and slammed his fist into her knee. It broke, clean in two. Caroline screamed in pain, and fell to the floor, screaming even louder.

"CAROLINE!" Tyler slammed the door and ran into the room.

"Oh god..." Stefan was watching Caroline writhe on the floor in horror.

"No, no, no. I'm so sorry, Caroline! Caroline..."

"It's...okay..." She gasped out, clutching her knee.

"Stay still baby, grab my hand." Tyler whispered. He kissed her forehead, then put his hands on her knee and snapped it back into place. She screamed once more, gripping Tyler's hand for support. Stefan winced at the sound and retreated back to his corner as Caroline healed.

"I'm sorry...I'm sorry." Stefan repeated, rocking back and forth.

"Get me...outside." Caroline gasped. Tyler half lifted, half carried her out and slammed the door behind him, locking it. Caroline looked up to see Damon looking at her in worry.

"You okay?"

"Fine." She whispered, leaning back on the wall.

"We need to just keep him off blood for awhile. Start feeding him the animal stuff." Damon said, frowning.

"You think it'll work?" Elena asked sadly.

"With Lucy and Bonnie with us...yeah. It'll work." Damon said, sighing. Elena nodded and looked at Caroline, who smiled.

"We'll get him back, 'Lena. I promise."

Elena closed her eyes and nodded.

With her friends by her side, they would stop at anything to bring Stefan back.