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Full Summary: Bulgaria 1492Katrina and Elizabeth Petrova; identical twins, except for one difference; their eyes. While Katrina had warm brown eyes, Elizabeth had eyes the color of shocking lapis lazul. When Katrina had a child out of wedlock, her family banished her to Europe; not wanting her twin to be alone Elizabeth followed her. Once in England the two easily became English and one of the Lords that resigned there took surprising interest in Katrina's looks and Elizabeth's powers. Modern day; Elena and Aileen Joelle aka A.J. Gilbert exact copies of Katrina and Elizabeth. After the deaths of their parents A.J. fled to a preforming arts school in Boston and Elena stayed home with what remained of her family.

The Secrets of the Girl

Chapter One



I rushed into the hospital and up the staircase; not even bothering with the elevator; to the floor where my twin had told me Caroline was going to be after her surgery. I ran into the hallway brushing my long curly hair back with one of my hands. I spotted my twin who was talking to a man with black hair. I watched as she started to walk away but the guy grabbed her arm. That's when I quickly made my way over to them, "Hey!" I said pushing my way between them, "Don't grab her." I growled my strange eyes flashing.

"Elizabeth." He growled grabbing me tightly by the arms.

I gasped in pain; man did this guy have a grip. My twin was talking to him angrily in a low voice as if not to gather attention to us. But when I met his blue eyes it all faded away.

Flashback Mystic Falls, Virginia, 1864;

Katherine and Elizabeth were behind the horse stables, "You can have Damon when I'm done sister but it is very important to me that I have both Salvatore brothers on my arms for now." Katherine whispered angrily at her twin sister.

"He kissed me! He initiated it! I want nothing to do with your pets, sister!" Elizabeth hissed back.

Katherine grabbed Elizabeth by the shoulders and pinned her to the wall, "Break his heart if you have to, but the Salvatore brothers will be mine." She growled.

Elizabeth quickly pinned Katherine by her neck and let her true face come out for a few fleeting seconds, "I will do whatever I wish to do Katherine, but never forget who is older." She growled shaking Katherine slightly.

"Miss Katherine, Miss Elizabeth?" Stefan's voice came from behind the two causing Elizabeth to let go of Katherine and straighten herself.

Elizabeth turned to see both Salvatore brothers looking at her, "My apologies Mr. and Mr. Salvatore I was just telling my sister not to threaten me." She answered.

"I apologize sister, I should not have said what I said." Katherine said to Elizabeth, "Stefan would you mind walking with me?"

Stefan nodded and the two left leaving Elizabeth and Damon alone. "You shouldn't do that in public, what if father had seen your face?" Damon asked stepping close to Elizabeth.

She smirked, "Then I would leave, but you do not wish that do you?" Elizabeth asked innocently stepping closer so their bodies brushed.

"Of course not." Damon replied as if shocked she'd ask.

"Good because I do not wish to leave yet." Elizabeth replied smiling.

"Until later Mr. Salvatore." She said kissing his cheek and walking away, her skirts rustling.

A.J. gasped pulling herself from Damon's grip, "Elena we need to leave, now."

"What, Why?" Elena asked confused.

I opened my mouth to speak but Jenna walked up cutting me off, "Elena I came as soon as I got your message, how's John?" She asked before turning to me. "Hey sweetie." She said hugging me which I gladly returned.

"Where have you been?" Elena asked.

Jenna looked at her like she was on something, "At- at the fire department, I had to fill out a report. I told you earlier, I-"

"No you didn't." Elena denied while I looked back and forth between the two confused and Damon walked a few steps away so he could still eavesdrop.

"Yes, I did." Jenna argued furrowing her eyebrows.

"No Jenna, you didn't." Elena insisted exasperated.

"Yes, I did." Jenna said clearly annoyed with Elena now.

Elena just looked at her completely confused. "Oh, you've gotta be kidding me." Damon said drawing all three of ours attention.

Damon saw us looking at him and quickly walked off straightening his dress shirt. "Well he's weird." I said bluntly earning a slap on the arm from Elena and a smirk from Jenna.

"Bully." I said as Jenna walked off.

Elena rolled her eyes at me, "So what were you saying earlier?" Elena asked.

I pulled my sister away from the people and into a dark corner, looking over my shoulders for counsel members, "I was saying that your friend Damon Salvatore should have died in 1864." I whispered.

I was finally letting my sister in on the family secret, after all of these years. Daddy had told me not to tell her or Jeremy, they weren't ready yet; I was the oldest and Daddy's strong little warrior. "You mean you know about vampires?" Elena hissed.

I smirked, "There's some things you should know, 'Lena." I said fiddling with the ring on my finger; the band itself had an intricate design that slightly wrapped around the lapis lazuli stone that sat in the center. (link on profile)

"Like what?" She asked pushing some hair behind her ear.

That's when I noticed her hair was slightly curly, she never curled her hair unless- OH CRAP! I must have missed Miss Mystic Falls! Mom wanted the both of us to sign up for that she said that will Matt on Elena's arm and Tyler on mine we would have tied for first. Of course then Mom and Dad died, I broke up with Tyler (I hear he turned into an asshole-Caroline blames me go figure.), Elena broke up with Matt, Jeremy turned to drugs, and I accepted a scholarship in Boston; leaving Elena alone with Jenna and Jeremy. "I'm psychic. I assume you already know about Katherine, but did Damon or Stefan tell you about her twin sister Elizabeth?" I asked.

"No they di- wait did you just say your psychic?" Elena asked eyes wide.

"Yeah visions, and a few other tricks. Now back to Elizabeth, I assume you know that you are Katherine's doppelgänger?" Elena nodded, "I'm Elizabeth's."

"Hey." Damon said walking up to us, eyeing me warily, "We should go Caroline won't wake up for awhile and they're sewing up John's fingers as we speak."

We nodded, "I'll just follow on my bike, you can catch blue eyes here up to speed." I said hugging Elena before walking off.

I killed the engine on my sleek black bike and I parked next to Damon's blue Mustang, where Elena and Damon were waiting. I pulled off my helmet, shaking out my curly hair. I hooked the helmet onto one of the handles as I put down the kickstand and swung my leg off the bike. I then lifted up the seat, placing the helmet into the hidden compartment. "Nice bike." Damon said smirking.

"So you don't want to kill me anymore? Good to know." I replied sarcastically before heading up the drive behind Elena.

As we walked inside the house Stefan was getting up off the floor in the living room. "Stefan?" Elena questioned.

I moved so I was slightly behind Damon, no need for both brothers to try to kill me in less than an hour. "Elena." Stefan said.

"W-what happened?" She asked.

My eyes widened in realization and Damon said, "Katherine happened."

"Bitch sure knows how to make an entrance." I said stepping out from behind Damon.

Elena shot me a look that clearly said, 'You're not funny.' Stefan rushed me and next thing I knew I was pinned against the wall, his hand cutting off my air in a death grip. I gasped for air and clawed at his hand, "STEFAN!" I heard Elena scream. The only thing I could see was his green eyes and the hate that was clearly there, "What the hell are you doing here huh?" He demanded shaking me, "What are you two doing!"

"I'm not-" I rasped out before it hit me like a slap to the face.

I sent Stefan flying back into the back of the couch and rubbed my throat. I cleared my throat before sauntering over to him and sticking out my hand, "Hi I'm A.J. Gilbert, your girlfriend's twin sister and you are the second Salvatore brother who thought I was Elizabeth in the last hour." I said sweetly.

His eyes widened in realization, "You're her doppelganger." Stefan said taking my hand and allowing me to help him up.

I gasped as another vision hit me.

Flashback: Mystic Falls, Virginia 1864

"Where are we going?" Stefan heard Damon's cheerful voice ask from down the hallway.

"To my rooms, I have something for you." Elizabeth replied as the two came into view.

Stefan ducked out of sight and back into his room, leaving the door open just a crack so he could watch. Elizabeth came into view first, tugging Damon along behind her. Stefan watched as Damon pulled her back against him, "And what would that be?" Damon asked leaning in close to her face so that their noses brushed.

"You should not think of me that way Mr. Salvatore; my sister would not be pleased." Elizabeth scolded though her smile never left her face.

"For some reason, I do not believe you care." Damon said grinning.

"Maybe I don't." Elizabeth said meeting Damon's lips half way.

Stefan jerks back from the door in surprise he knew his brother and Elizabeth were close, but not that close.

I jerked back from Stefan, "What happened?" He asked.

"A? Did you see something?" Elena asked me.

Elizabeth and Damon had been together? While Damon was with Katherine and Katherine was with Stefan? I shot Damon a look before answering my sister, "Yeah, it was nothing though don't worry about it." I said.

"A.J. it couldn't have been nothing, you saw something at the hospital didn't you? Was it about Elizabeth?" Elena asked stepping closer to me.

"Elena, I said it was nothing, just a vision, just because I was touching Stefan when it happened doesn't mean it was about Elizabeth." I said shooting her a look that clearly said that I didn't want to talk about it.

"Okay, but how did you send Stefan flying like that?" She asked.

I looked at Damon, "I know I've been gone for awhile but does she always ask questions like this?" I asked.

He nodded and I sighed, "So did Jenna pick up any ice cream?" I asked heading to the kitchen, the heels on my lace up leather boots clicking on the hard wood floor.

"Did she say what she wanted?" Damon asked a few minutes later as I sat at the table with Elena and a tub of delectable chocolate chunk ice cream.

"No." Stefan answered.

"Woman certainly knows how to make an entrance." Damon muttered.

I glared at the back of his head and turned to my twin, 'He messed with my line!' I mouthed to her. She faked a tear and I rolled my eyes at her. "She said she fooled one of us at least, what does that mean?" Stefan asked confused.

"She pretended to be Elena earlier when I stopped by tonight." Damon said with an unreadable expression.

I gave Elena a confused look and she just shook her head at me in a way that said, 'you won't like it.' "I told Jeremy. I can't lie to him anymore." Elena said breaking the tension between the two brothers.

"You shouldn't have been lying to him in the first place." I muttered crossing my arms.

"You alright?" Stefan asked looking at her with concern on his face.

He looked at her with such a love I had to turn away, he acted around Elena the way Tyler used to act around me, before everything happened and apparently I turned him into a dick. "No I'm not alright, I thought with the tomb vampires gone things would get better." She said standing up to meet him.

"I know we all did." Stefan said sighing.

"Katherine was in the house, that means that she's been invited in, what are we gonna do?" Elena asked.

"Kill her." I said shrugging at the same time Damon said, "Move."

I glared at him, "My ideas better." I said trying not to sound like a pouty 5 year old.

"Well, nobody cares about your idea." Damon snapped glaring back at me.

"Elena does, especially about things, plans, and people." I said standing up and smirking at him.

"Alright you two stop." Elena said and I fake pouted at her.

"Now back to business," Damon said, "If Katherine wants you dead, there is zero you can do about it; you will be dead. But, clearly you're not so she must have other plans."

"Very comforting, Damon." I said.

"Right we need to find out what those other plans are, and not provoke her in the process." Stefan said looking pointedly at Damon.

I grinned earning myself a kick under the table from Elena. I scowled at her as I took a spoonful of ice cream. "What happened tonight when you thought she was Elena?" Stefan asked causing me to perk up.

"Well to risk another frown like encroaching on your very crowded forehead...we...kissed." He said.

I stood up immediately. "And you thought it was me?" Elena asked right before Stefan and I exploded, "What do you mean you kissed?" We demanded, me being the older twin sister yelled it, unlike Stefan who kept a cool front, despite wanting to kill Damon.

"Well you know when two lips pucker and they go-"

Damon flashed over by the door as Stefan lunged for him. I took a step closer to him, "Don't be obvious, Stefan." Damon said as Stefan continued towards him.

"Guys wait." Elena said popping up in the middle of our triangle, "He kissed Katherine, not me. I wouldn't do that." She said looking at Damon.

Damon frowned and I continued towards him until Elena grabbed my shoulder, "Oh c'mon Elena, she cant hurt me." Damon said smirking.

I shrugged Elena off and walked until I was nose to nose with Damon, "Lets get one thing straight if you ever touch my sister or even think about kissing her again I have no problem in tearing you limb from limb until you are a writhering mass of blood and flesh before taking a wooden stake and plunging it into your heart. That's a promise." I said smiling sweetly at him before sauntering back to my seat at the table.

Stefan was looking at me in shock, Elena with embarrassment, and Damon with slight amusement. "And how do you plan on keeping that promise?" He asked me.

"I'm psychic remember? I can use my mind." I said smirking as his face fell.

"Listen guys we don't have time for this." Elena said.

"Later." Stefan said to Damon who nodded.

"Ooh, I'll join." I said

"You are so much like her." Damon said smirking.

"Wrong." I said glaring at him, my face dark.

Damon just looked at me amused, knowing that he'd gotten to me.

I sat down, "John must know something, there has to be a reason why Katherine tried to kill him." Elena said looking between the two brothers.

"She's Katherine!" Damon exclaimed causing me to jump, "She loves to play games and you're fooling yourself if you think you're gonna find out what she's up to before she wants you to." He said leaning against the wall.

"No actually Elena's right John could know something through Isobel." Stefan said causing Damon's face to darken.

"Actually she's 100% correct, mommy dearest was in touch with Katherine so when you go visit daddy dearest once he's awake, I'm sure you'll be surprised at what you can get out of him." I said.

Stefan nodded and looked at Elena who nodded back, "I've got a better idea." Damon said smirking.

"Do tell." I said smirking back.

"I'm just gonna ignore the bitch, see ya." He said turning to the door.

"Is that a good idea?" Elena asked.

"If Katherine thinks she's being ignored it'll lure her out, she'll make a move."Damon said smirking.

"Oh yeah then what?" Stefan asked.

"Stake her, rip her head off, something poetic, we'll see." He said before leaving.

"You know for an ass, he's kinda entertaining." I said getting looks from Elena and Stefan.

"Why thank you." Damon said poking his head back in shortly.

Elena glared at me, "What?" I asked.

She just shook her head and took the ice cream tub from me before heading upstairs with Stefan. I rolled my eyes before putting my spoon in the sink to be washed. I jogged up the stairs and poked my head into Jeremy's room where he was laying on his bed passed out. I said on the edge of his bed and ran a hand through his hair causing him to stir. "A.J.?" He asked sleepily.

"Hey, bro." I said grinning at him, "Scootch?"I asked and he obliged.

I slipped off my boots and got into the bed. Jeremy laid his head on my stomach and I ran my fingers through his hair, "Are you mad at me too?" He asked sadly.

"Shh," I said softly, "We can talk in the morning."

I felt him relax against me and smiled, "Love you A." He mumbled sleepily.

"Love you too, Jer." I said letting a tear roll down my cheek.

I had missed so much of my little brother's life, of my sister's too. They had both experienced so much pain, maybe I could've stopped it.

AN: So I'm back, this time for real. I really like how this chapter left and I know that alot of stories don't get reviews after only one chapter but I don't care good or bad let me know your thoughts, feelings, questions. I could really use the feedback especially about A.J. do you like her hate her? Let me know the other half of THE RETURN should be up soon. :)