Katherine Pierce was struggling.
In that moment when Mikael had grabbed her and fed off her, she thought she was going to die.
And in that moment, the only thing she could thing of was regret.
Regret that she didn't save her family from death.
Regret that she had selfishly turned Damon and Stefan.
Regret that she never truly apologised to them.
She looked beside her at Damon, who was driving.
"Damon?" She whispered. He looked at her.
"Yeah?" He asked, dragging his eyes back to the road. She cleared her throat.
"I'm sorry." She said, sighing. Damon cocked an eyebrow and looked at her again.
"For turning you. For using you. For...everything. If it wasn't for me, you and Stefan would've died a peaceful death many years ago...And Caroline...I don't really know much about her, but she seems nice and I just...I completely ruined her life by turning her."
"What is going on here? Are you...remorseful?"
"Yeah well, I'm starting to feel the consequences of what I've done." She said, sighing. Damon looked at her, his face filled with glee.
"Well, well, well...Katherine Pierce...sorry for what she's done."
"You don't have to forgive me, I'm just telling you I'm sorry!" Katherine snapped, crossing her arms and looking back at the road. She jumped when she heard Elena's voice behind her.
"I don't like you, Katherine. But even I have to admit...if Stefan and Damon never turned into vampires, I wouldn't have fallen in love with Stefan and I would still be lost, unsure and sad. Jeremy would probably still be using drugs. Caroline would still be that selfish girl that only cared for herself-"
"Hey!" Tyler said, shocked.
"Oh come on, Tyler. Even you have to admit that when Caroline was human, she was petty." Elena said, rolling her eyes. Tyler went to argue, then nodded.
"Yeah, you're right."
"This Caroline...this new Caroline...she's different. She's more human then when she WAS human, and she has you to thank for that."
"Right..." Katherine said, rolling her eyes. Elena sighed and put her hand on her doppleganger's shoulder.
"For what it's worth...if you help us save Stefan today...I'll consider forgiving you."
"Same here." Damon said. Katherine looked at him in surprise and he nodded.
"Thanks." She whispered.
Rebekah burst through the double doors breathlessly to find her brother kissing the blonde bombshell on the bed. She rolled her eyes.
"Nick, Damon and Tyler are here." She said anxiously. Klaus broke away from Caroline and looked up at his sister. Rebekah looked at Caroline and sighed. Her eyes were empty as she stared ahead.
"What did you do to her?" She asked. Klaus shrugged.
"The same thing I did to Stefan. Now...time to kill his brother and take that hybrid as my own."
"There's a problem." She said nervously. Klaus's smile faded and he looked at her.
"They...they have father with them."
Klaus's eyes went wide.
"Mikael..." he whispered. Rebekah nodded. Klaus got up and walked outside.
"Come with me."
Caroline got up immediately and followed him, Rebekah not far from her.
Mikael waiting impatiently outside as he called Klaus's name once more.
"This whole, 'vampires need to be invited inside' thing is annoying sometimes." Damon said, sighing.
Klaus walked through the front doors at that moment.
Tyler ran forward and Katherine restrained him.
"She's not Caroline." She hissed.
Damon looked at the young blonde and sighed. Her eyes were empty, vacant.
"Oh, Caroline..." He whispered.
"Hello, father!" Klaus called out. Damon looked at Mikael in surprise.
"Well, the surprises just keep on coming..." He muttered.
"Niklaus..." Mikael said, his face devoid of emotion.
"Caroline...would you be a darling and stand right here?" Klaus said, pointing in front of him. Caroline did it without hesitation.
"CAROLINE!" Tyler roared.
"Shhhh..." Klaus called. He grabbed Caroline's neck aggressively and Tyler hissed.
Just then, Rebekah and Stefan walked through the front doors.
"Stefan..." Elena whispered. Stefan looked at her and something flickered in his features, but then his mask came back on. He smirked.
"Hello, Elena." He said. Elena pursed her lips and looked at Damon, who was looking at his brother angrily.
"Enough of this." Mikael ran forward and pushed Caroline aside, grabbing Klaus pushing him back. Tyler ran to Caroline and made eye contact with her.
"Caroline, break Klaus's hold on you. Come back to me." He compelled her. She looked at him, then gasped looked at him, crying.
"Tyler?" She whispered. He kissed her fiercely and she kissed him back, wrapping her arms around him.
Mikael flew back as Klaus ran at Tyler, who growled and shoved him away.
"Caroline, stay with Elena!" He roared. Klaus glared at him furiously and ran at him again. Mikael went to join the fight, but was stopped by Rebekah and Stefan.
"You take my brother, I'll take your daughter. Even?" Damon said sarcastically. All of a sudden, Katherine pounced on Rebekah, growling.
"How about we both take your brother?" Mikael said.
"Deal." Damon muttered. They both ran forward as Stefan growled at them.
Caroline ran to Elena, who was watching the fight with wide eyes.
"Thank god you're okay." She whispered, looking at her blonde friend. They hugged tightly-
Until a howl sounded through the air and she whipped around.
"TYLER!" She screamed.
Klaus had broken through Tyler's chest, his hand closing around Tyler's heart.
"NO!" Caroline ran at him, but Klaus grabbed her around the throat with his other hand.
"Stop, please!" She begged, gasping for air. Klaus looked at her sadly and let her go.
"I love you." He whispered, a tear falling down his cheek.
Caroline looked down at Tyler, tears falling down her cheeks. Tyler was sweating, trying hard to breath as his eyes glowed gold, his face furrowed in pain. Klaus growled and went to rip his heart out-
When he gasped, lurching forward as Mikael's hand burst through his chest and pulled back, ripping his heart out clean. He looked up at his father for less than a second before Mikael brang his hand forward across Klaus's face and decapitated him. Klaus's body fell to the floor with a thud.
Rebekah howled sadly and Mikael ran forward, stabbing her in the heart with a White Ash Dagger. She gasped as the veins in her body turned black and she fell to the floor, dead.
"Well, that's that." Mikael said. He went to turn, grabbing another stake from his coat pocket.
His first target was Katherine.
He went to stake her-
And felt something sharp hit him in the chest. Elena was glaring at him angrily.
"She told me you would do this." She whispered, looking over at Katherine. Katherine smirked at Mikael as he fell to the floor next to his daughter.
"Looks like you were right." Elena said, looking at Katherine. Katherine scoffed.
"I'm always right." She said, walking away.
"STEFAN, STOP!" Damon roared, pinning his brother down. Stefan was growling at all of them angrily. Katherine helped Damon pin him down.
"We need to compel him to be himself again." She panted.
"We need Tyler." Damon said, looking over at Caroline, who was cradling Tyler to her chest. Elena ran over to them. She ran back to Mikael, grabbing the stake and cut her palm with it.
"Here!" She said, holding it to Tyler's mouth. He drank from her greedily and Elena felt herself become dizzy as he continued drinking from her. Finally, he let her go and got up slowly, wincing.
"Thank god you're okay!" Caroline said, hugging him tightly. He buried his head in her shoulder.
"I love you." He whispered.
"TYLER! WE NEED YOU!" Tyler broke from Caroline and walked over to Damon, who looked down at Stefan. Tyler looked Stefan in the eye.
"Break Klaus's compulsion, Stefan. Become the old you. Feel again." He said. Stefan's eyes went wide and he gasped for air. His struggles ceased...
And he started crying.
Elena ran to him, hugging him tightly as he cried, holding her tightly.
"Shh...it's okay." She whispered, brushing his hair away from his face.
"Klaus said he loved you." Tyler said, as he and Caroline sat down on the couch together, curled up. She sighed.
"I don't know...maybe he was."
"And was he compelling you to fall in love with him?" Tyler asked. She looked at him.
"I love you more. He can never break that." She said hollowly. He smiled and kissed her. Katherine watched them sadly, then turned to Damon, who was attempting to sneak up on her.
"We were like that once." She said.
"Mmm...but you were using me." Damon said, his eyes wide.
"I never used you, Damon. I really did love you and Stefan." Katherine said, sighing.
"So what now?" Damon asked her.
"I don't know...we'll see. Until then..." She walked forward and kissed him on the cheek.
"See you around, Damon."
"Wait." She turned to look at him.
"I forgive you." He whispered. Katherine nodded slowly, her eyes brimming with tears as she smiled.
She walked away, her heart racing more than it had in over 100 years.
She grinned and ran into the forest, feeling free from her burdens at last.