Note: Being a Klaroline shipper before they even met, that lovely scene we got made me extremely happy. I am now obsessed with the two even more.

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Genuine Beauty

Chapter 1

When Klaus appears in her bedroom, Caroline knows the werewolf bite must be responsible for this crazy hallucination she sees before her. After all, why else would an evil, Original Vampire who was obsessed with creating hybrids and busy destroying people's lives in every way possible - did she mention he was evil? – be leaning against the doorframe looking at her so intently?

"Are you going to kill me?" Caroline finally decides to ask as said hallucination is still there.

"On your birthday?" He looked appalled, like the thought hadn't even occurred to him. "You really think that low of me?"

"Yes." She bitterly answered without any hesitation. This man in front of her was a monster who had hurt her friends time and time again.

Klaus didn't look very surprised at her answer and in response simply moved closer to peel away the blanket, revealing the bite that was rapidly killing her. In doing so his fingers brushed against her bare skin. Caroline shouldn't be able to feel hallucinations and held back a groan, so this was real. He was real.

She heard him take a sharp intake of breath while observing the bite; she didn't dare look herself in fear of seeing just how much it had spread.

"That looks bad." She glanced at his face and saw an emotion she never thought would cross his face. Caroline saw regret. "My apologies. You are known as collateral damage, it's nothing personal."

She didn't accept his apology. She simply stared defiantly back as much as she could, which in her current weakened state probably wasn't all that intimidating.

He then takes notice of the bracelet she is wearing that Tyler gave her and reaches out, gently touching it like it may fall to pieces at any moment, while absently murmuring, "I love birthdays."

That caused her to scoff. "Yeah. Aren't you like…a billion, or something?" She really couldn't believe she was talking to Klaus, someone who had made Mystic Falls a living hell, about birthdays.

Her response immediately caused a grin to appear on his face. "You have to adjust your perception of time when you become a Vampire, Caroline. Celebrate the fact that you are no longer bound by trivial human conventions." That brought back memories of earlier that day when her friends attempted a birthday party for her. That wasn't trivial to her; she wanted to be bound to such things. "You're free."

"No." She was stuck, frozen like this forever. "I'm dying." She was already dead.

"And I could let you….die," he sat on her bed closing the distance between them, "if that's what you want. If you really believe your existence has no meaning. I've thought about it myself, once or twice over the centuries, truth be told." Klaus leaned in closer and Caroline could see his eyes clearly, now glinting with what could have been tears if it was anyone but him.

"But I'll let you in on a little secret. There's a whole world out there waiting for you. Great cities, and art, and music." He glanced at the bracelet again. "…Genuine beauty." He met her eyes, a smile gracing his features, "And you can have it all. You can have thousand more birthdays. All you have to do is ask."

Caroline's resolve was weakening and she could feel the tears overflowing despite trying to hold them back. She despised this man; the one who caused Elena so much pain; the one who took Tyler away from her, the whole reason she was in agony right now. But as he spoke she could imagine her next birthdays. Elena making her a beautiful cake and bringing the goofy party hats, Bonnie using her spells to light the place up, Matt being there to provide the alcohol and hugs, and Tyler. Tyler, knowing their relationship could go no-where, still showing up for her.

"I don't want to die." She sobbed out, allowing herself to display such a weakness this once.

Looking pleased with her decision, he carefully began to hold her against him with gentleness she would have never thought possible from the hybrid. Lifting his sleeve up Klaus put his bare wrist in front of her. "There you go sweetheart. Have at it."

The last thing she remembered was feeling the bed sheets tucked around her and being disappointed with the sudden lack of warmth.

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