Kol breathed a sigh of relief once he stepped inside the cavern and laid eyes on Bonnie. He was so relieved to see that she was okay that he barely noticed the older woman standing beside her looking as if she was comforting Bonnie.
"Thank God you're okay," he said and immediately wrapped her up in his arms but something felt different. He couldn't quite put his finger on it.
"Kol," she said his name softly as she pulled away from him.
He noticed the slight puffiness and redness of her eyes, like she had been crying. The shimmering dampness on her cheeks confirmed that she had been crying.
"What's going on?" he asked and cupped her face, his thumbs brushing away the dampness. A feeling of dread began to swell in the pit of his stomach and he just knew that he wasn't going to like the answer she was about to give him.
"Something went wrong," she told him with a shaky voice. She looked to the woman standing next to her before looking over to the other side of the cave. She sniffled and fresh tears began to form in her eyes. "It was all too much for me to handle."
Kol slowly followed her gaze and when he finally laid eyes on what she was referring to, it was like the ground began to fall out from under him, like his father's sword going through his heart all over again.
"No," he whispered, his eyes unable to leave Bonnie's body lying lifeless just a few feet away from where he stood. A second later he was knelt down beside her body, one of his hands grabbing her still warm hand. He knew it would be useless but he bit into his wrist anyway and held it to her mouth.
Kol had never been one for praying but he found himself pleading with whatever higher power there was for it to work, for his blood to heal the damage that had been done to her body and for her to gasp awake but nothing happened.
"That's not going to work," Sheila spoke for the first time since Kol entered the cave. She gripped her granddaughter's hand while she sobbed as she watched Kol try to bring her back to life.
Kol didn't have to ask who she was. He'd seen all the photos of her around Bonnie's house and in her room. It was her beloved Grams.
"What happened?" he demanded and stood up. His eyes were on Bonnie and whatever expression was on his face stopped her from moving towards him. "What did you do?"
Bonnie's eyes were basically anywhere where she couldn't see her own body lying on the ground or Kol's face. She didn't want to see how he looked when she told him how this happened. "I tried to bring Jeremy back to life," she confessed to him, still not looking at him and instead her eyes firmly planted on her own feet. "I thought I had enough power to do it but it turns out I didn't."
She finally looked up and her eyes fell upon her own body. More tears began to from and she dug her fingernails into her palm to hold them back. It was still hard for her to process what had happened. It had been so quick and sudden that she didn't even know what had happened until her Grams had shown her.
It was so quick, almost like falling asleep.
"Jeremy?" Kol's pained voice pulled her attention to him. There wasn't just pain in his voice but anger as well.
"I had to try and bring him back," she said to him. "He was supposed to have come back with us and he was the only family that Elena had left."
Bonnie did feel guilt over Jeremy's death even though she knew it wasn't her fault. And if she hadn't had been so quick to trust Shane, she'd never have Expression and never would have known about the Cure or Silas.
She flinched when Kol let out a laugh. It was dark, sarcastic and bitter.
"So you finally did it, huh?" he was in front of her within a blink of an eye. "You finally managed to kill yourself for that ungrateful little bitch."
"Kol," Bonnie started but he cut her off.
"She tried to kill you, twice, not even a week ago and here you are sacrificing yourself for her happiness as soon as she apologises to you."
Kol couldn't believe that all it took was some half-assed apology and crocodile tears for Bonnie to go through with something like this.
"That wasn't Elena," Bonnie tried to defend her friend. It wasn't Elena's fault she did this, this was her own decision.
Kol rolled his eyes. "Yes, it was. That was Elena who tried to kill you on Prom night and it was Elena who was so obsessed with killing Katherine that she didn't care that she could have killed you too."
"Just stop trying to blame this on Elena," Bonnie said and tried to touch his arm but he pulled it away from her. "This was my decision and I am to blame for the consequences. This is on me, Kol."
Kol turned his attention to Sheila who was still standing next to Bonnie. "Why didn't you try to stop her?"
"Believe me, I tried to," she responded, her tone grim as she recalled kneeling down next to her granddaughter after she fell to the ground.
Bonnie let out a sigh as Kol turned away from her. "Kol, I'm sorry for what happened," she said gently as she moved to stand behind him, her hand curling around his arm. When he refused to look at her, she stepped around him so he had to face him.
She was left completely stunning and speechless by what she saw.
Bonnie had seen Kol upset before but never had she seen him cry or even look like he was about to. He had always been so good at keeping his emotions hidden deep down, far away from the surface.
"I had no idea that it would turn out like this," she said to him and her hand moved down his arm to take lace her fingers with his.
"You should have known that it wouldn't have turned out good," he replied and squeezed her hand.
He was afraid to let her go. He was afraid that she'd disappear forever and he'd never see her again. Kol didn't know if he'd be able to handle that. Bonnie's mortality was something that always played in the back of his mind. He knew that unless she would let him turn her that they wouldn't last forever and when he was away from her for those months, she was all he could think about and he discovered just how much he truly loved and needed her in his life.
He could barely live without her then.
What would an eternity without her be like?
Was this his punishment for all his sins? His love and happiness ripped away from him so soon after he finally found it?
"I know you don't want to hear this, but I just wanted Elena to be happy and Jeremy didn't deserve what happened to him," she said and Kol sighed, his free hand moving to brush her cheek.
"I always knew your love and compassion for your friends would be the death of you," he told her and placed a gentle kiss to her forehead. "Is there any way to fix this?" he directed his question to both witches and wrapped his arms around Bonnie, holding her tight and close.
"I think you know the answer to that question," Sheila answered him.
She was right, he already knew the answer and there wasn't a way. There was nothing he could do to fix this, but like always, Kol was never one to take no for an answer. He'd find a way. He'd be damned if he was going to live the rest of his immortal life without her.
"There has to be a way," he pushed, refusing to let it go.
He didn't care what he had to do or who he had to sacrifice, if there was a way to bring Bonnie back to life and back to him, he was going to do it. "I refuse to let you go," he whispered and buried his head in Bonnie's hair.
He found that one of his favourite scents –her milk and honey shampoo- was no longer traceable.
"I don't want to let you go but we don't have any other solution," she said into his chest. "I've discovered that trying to bring people back from the dead never ends well," she tried to make a joke but none of them found it funny.
"I don't care what anyone has to go through as long as it brings you back," he replied seriously.
Bonnie let out a sigh and pulled back from Kol but he didn't let her pull too far away from him. He needed her close.
"I don't want to come back at someone else's expense," she said.
Bonnie didn't want to be dead, she didn't want to be stuck on the Other Side for the rest of eternity but she wouldn't accept someone hurting themselves to bring her back.
Kol let out a chuckle. "You are in this situation because you wanted to help someone but you don't want anyone to offer you the same."
"I don't want anyone to die, Kol," she said. "This is my mess and I have to pay for it. I should have known but I refused."
Kol didn't accept that. He wouldn't accept anything short of her standing alive in front of him. He put his hands on her shoulders and looked her straight in the eye. "I don't care who has to die so long as you are back in my arms."
At this point in Kol's life there were only two people in Kol's life he would risk everything for, Bonnie and Elijah.
The reappearance of the cure and his sister's desire for it at the expense of everything else put strain on their relationship while he had been on the outs with Niklaus for a while now. Besides, Nik would sell Kol out in a second if it meant getting whatever he wanted and the rest of his family were dead so Bonnie and Elijah was all he had left and he'd be damned if he let anything happen to either of them.
The three of them stayed down in the cave for a while longer before Sheila suggested that Bonnie goes home to her father. Kol immediately began to object but one look from the older woman made him shut his mouth.
Bonnie wanted to keep her death quiet, at least until after Graduation the next day and as much as Kol was against that, he would comply with her wishes. Grams also thought that it would be for the best, at least for a little while until they figured out what they were going to do.
Kol wanted to walk Bonnie home but she insisted that she spend some time alone with her dad. Kol promised to come by sometime before she left for the school tomorrow and they parted with a quick but deep and loving kiss.
Sheila waited a few minutes after Bonnie had left before she started talking.
"There is a way you can bring her back," she said to him. "It won't be easy but it'll bring her back."
"And you're now just mentioning this?" Kol questioned.
"She won't allow anyone to get hurt to bring her back and this may very well end in with someone getting hurt so it's best she not know at all," Sheila answered him. "As soon as I realised what she was doing and how it would end, I started asking around the Other Side, looking for a way, any way that would bring her back to life," she started explaining and walked over to her granddaughter's body. "This shouldn't have to be her fate and I refuse to let this be the end for her."
"Did you find a way?"
She nodded her head but her face showed no emotion. "She found me. Gave me an offer and if you're willing to take it, she promises to give Bonnie back her life."
He didn't even have to think about it, he was already prepared to do whatever it took but of course he was curious to what he had to do. "What is it?"
Sheila turned back around looked him dead in the eyes, "Kill Silas."
"Please tell me there is more information to be given."
Silas was virtually un-killable without the cure and while he had no problem with attempting to kill Silas, a fight with an un-killable monster seemed kind of one sided and Kol was no moron. He wasn't going to walk into a fight he knew he had no chance of winning, especially with stakes so high.
"You will need the cure," she confirmed what he already knew. "She's looking for it know and when she finds out where it is, she'll let me know and I'll tell you but until then," she reached into her pocket of her cardigan and pulled out a necklace that looked vaguely familiar and handed it out to him. "Keep this on you at all times. It's been spelled to shield your mind against Silas so he won't see you coming."
He reached out and took the necklace that looked to be made from human bone and put it in his jacket pocket. "So what do I do until I know where the cure is?"
"Prepare," she said. "Silas may not have superhuman strength, but as soon as you use that cure against him he will have his magic abilities back, he will use them to get the upper hand and believe me he is strong enough to kill you."
"So, a witch on the Other Side is prepared to help if I kill Silas…let me guess, Qetsiyah?"
Sheila nodded her head.
"Do you trust her?"
"I don't trust anyone," she replied.
"If you succeed and Qetsiyah keeps her word and brings Bonnie back, promise me that you will take care of her. Get her away from all this. She deserves to live a life and that's all I want for her. I never would have let her into all this if I had known this was her future."
Kol nodded. "You have my word. I'll take care of her."
He'd get her out of this town as soon as possible.
"I know you will," Sheila said with a tight smile. "Now, you should go to her. She'll need you."
Bonnie crawled into bed after taking a long and much needed shower but even that didn't wash away the feeling of death that she felt overwhelmed with. As soon as her head hit the pillow she wanted to cry her eyes out but couldn't. She couldn't even close her eyes without seeing her own dead body lying before her.
How the hell was she going to explain this to everyone, to her father?
And to make it worse, she failed. She died and had nothing to show for it. The spell didn't work, it didn't bring Jeremy back. What was the whole point? Now she had no one. Now she was going to die and leave behind everyone she loved for a life of isolation on the Other Side.
Needless to say, sleep never came that night and neither did Kol.
Her father had to leave early the next morning to get to the school for Graduation preparations and before Bonnie even had a chance to get out of bed; Lucy was letting herself into her room with a black dress bag folded over one arm and a take-out bag from the Grill in the other hand.
"The perfect dress and the perfect breakfast," Lucy smiled at her cousin and hung the bag up on the door and settled herself on Bonnie's bed with the food.
"You got me a dress?" Bonnie asked and sat herself up while Lucy started taking food out of the bag.
Lucy shrugged. "I walked passed it yesterday when I was in town and thought it'd look amazing on you and since today is your Graduation, you need to look extra beautiful."
"You didn't have to do all this," Bonnie said but was still insanely grateful.
"I wanted to," Lucy smiled at her and handed Bonnie her favourite bacon, egg and cheese burger from the Grill. "I also got your Graduation gown and cap from Caroline this morning so you don't have to worry about those either."
"Are you excited for today?" she asked and pulled more food out of the bag. "I remember I was more excited for the after party than the actual graduation."
Bonnie shrugged and picked at her food, not having much of an appetite. She wasn't excited for graduation and after everything it seemed more pointless than something to be excited about. What good is graduating if she wasn't even going to be around to make anything of it?
She'd love nothing more than to stay in bed all day but she knew both Lucy and Caroline would drag her to school by her feet if they had to.
She spent the rest of the morning with her cousin who could tell that there was something wrong but she thankfully didn't question it but after a while, Bonnie started to put on a front for her cousin, feeling horrible that Lucy was trying to make this a good day for her.
Eventually she even fooled herself into having a good time.
"I don't think we should wait around for this Qetsa or whatever the hell her name is before we do anything," Regina said after an hour of watching Kol pace around the room. "Who knows how long it'll even take her to find the damned thing. By then it might be too late to do anything with it."
"Qetsiyah," Kol corrected her and kept pacing. He was close to pulling his hair out if he didn't hear anything soon. He couldn't stand waiting around while Bonnie's life was on the line. "Where would we even start?"
"We start with the obvious," Regina stood up and grabbed his arm to stop him pacing. "Who had the cure last?"
Kol stopped and thought. The cure was beginning to change hands so many times it was getting hard to keep track. He didn't think anyone got it from Silas after he took it from Elijah but Bonnie did turn him to stone last night, someone could have grabbed it. "Anyone could have it now," he answered and slumped down onto the couch and put his head in his hands.
Regina rolled her eyes then kicked him in the shin causing him to snap his head up to look at her with a questioning glare. "Think, you idiot." She was one step away from slapping him across the head. "You know these people more than you'd care to admit so use that and figure out who has it."
Kol ran a hand through his messed up hair before he gave an annoyed growl. He may not know how currently had the cure but he knew who would end up with it. "Fucking Elena Gilbert."
"See, you're not a total idiot," Regina grinned and patted his shoulder. "So we know this 'Fucking Elena Gilbert' will eventually have the cure so now the question is where will she be when she gets it?"
"I'll just keep an eye on her until I know she has it. At least Silas will be out of the picture for a while." Kol said but Regina frowned. "What?" he asked her.
The witch sighed and repositioned herself on the couch to face him. "First of all –and I thought you would have realised this by now but Bonnie's spell on Silas would have broken when she died, a spell that big would is tied to her life force so when she died it would have broken and second of all, what if you can't beat Silas?" she asked him. "And if you don't then you're not going to get her back so do you really want to spend what is potentially her last day here snooping around a girl you clearly despise?"
"I'm going to kill Silas," he said with a fierce determination. "I'm going to kill him, Qetsiyah is going to bring Bonnie back then I'm going to get her out of this death trap of a town."
Kol refused to acknowledge the very real possibility that he could fail. He couldn't afford to think like that, not with what was at stake.
"I know you will," Regina smiled but Kol could see the doubt in her eyes. "I just think you should go see her. She's probably terrified and no one but you and her grandmother knows she's dead. She'd want you around."
Kol shook his head. As much as he wanted to go to her he knew that he wouldn't leave her side if he did. Thankfully it was her graduation today which meant she'd be surrounded by her family and friends so she wouldn't be alone.
"I have some friends on the Other Side, I can contact some of them and they can help us look for it," Regina suggested. "Trust worthy friends," she added for good measure, knowing that Kol wouldn't just let anyone help with this.
"The less people know the better. Just leave it between the two of us."
Bonnie's cheeks were beginning to hurt from all the fake smiling and her arms tired from all the clapping she had been doing but neither hurt as much as hearing her father tell her how proud he was of her, how happy her friends looked and how miserable she felt on a day she was meant to be bursting with joy.
No one even noticed her get up from her seat and slip away from the celebration, at least she hoped that nobody had noticed but Lucy had. Bonnie didn't see her cousin frown and walk away from all the other happy family members here to see their kids and family graduate and follow her into the empty school.
Bonnie walked past a few blocks of lockers and empty classrooms, ripping that stupid cap of her head and all but threw it on the ground.
"What's going on?" she heard Lucy ask when she caught up to her.
Bonnie slowly turned around, yet another fake smile plastered on her face. "Nothing. All that cheering was giving me a headache."
Not entirely a lie. Her head was thumping but she didn't think it was from all the noise outside.
"And that's why you look like you're about to break down?"
Bonnie shrugged. "It's a really bad one," she lied lamely and Lucy arched a brow at her cousin.
"What's really going on? And does it have anything to do with why Kol is nowhere to be seen?" she questioned and picked Bonnie's graduation cap up off the floor but didn't give it back to her. "Yeah, I noticed he wasn't here so you want to tell me why that is? Did you two have another fight?"
Bonnie sighed and shook her head. "Not exactly," she said and rubbed her sweaty hands down the front of her dress.
She hadn't seen Kol since the cave last night when she told him she died and it pissed her off more than upset her. She got that he was angry with what happened but he also knew she would have to put the veil back up tonight and he was ignoring her.
She needed him more than ever right now and he was nowhere to be found.
"This is clearly more than some dispute you two might or might not have had," Lucy tried to press the issue, wanting Bonnie to open up to her. "So start talking."
Again, Bonnie shook her head but Lucy didn't accept that as an answer and the look she wore told Bonnie that. "Just don't worry about it," Bonnie muttered bitterly and moved to walk passed Lucy but her cousin stopped her by grabbing her arm.
"What the hell is going on with you? This is your graduation; you should be happy right now."
"It doesn't matter," she tried to shake her cousin off. "Not anymore at least."
"Of course it does," Lucy argued and tried to turn Bonnie around to face her. "Whatever's wrong, you can tell me."
"Just leave me alone," she pleaded with her cousin and pulled her arm from Lucy's hand.
"Not until you tell me what the hell is going on with you."
"I'm dead!" Bonnie spun around and shouted. "I died last night and when I put the veil back up I'm going to disappear so I'm sorry that I can't bring myself to enjoy graduation."
Lucy's face fell and Bonnie immediately regretted what she said but it was too late to take it back.
"So, that's the problem, I'm dead and it kind of sucks," she said again, this time much quieter.
"Dead?" Lucy's voice was barely above a whisper. "What the hell happened? Was it when you dropped the veil?"
Bonnie let out a deep breath but shook her head. "It's a long story and one I'd rather not get into right now."
"And one better left for later on," a new voice joined them. "We're running out of time."
Bonnie saw Lucy's eyes widen when she looked over her shoulder and spotted Grams standing there.
"The veil needs to go back up tonight, Bonnie," Grams said to her with a deep frown. "Otherwise we risk too much damage being done." She then turned her attention to Lucy, her frown turning into a loving smile. "Lucy," she held her hands out towards her other grandchild. "Look at you," she smiled and held Lucy's hands. "You've grown so much since the last time I saw you."
Bonnie wondered how long that had been. She never knew much of her mother's side of the family except for the relatives who lived hundreds of years ago, one in particular who seemed to enjoy screwing her over. She never even met her aunt, Lucy's mother. She regretted never getting to know the other living members of the Bennett family.
Watching Lucy and Grams reunite made her feel warm, filled her with a sense of joy –even just a tiny amount. The first time she felt herself give a genuine smile and as much as she didn't want to she had to break them apart to move them back down to the cave. The last thing they needed was someone seeing Grams and questions being asked.
"We should go back down," she said to her cousin and grandmother.
"Then you can explain what exactly happened," Lucy said from behind her as the two of them followed Bonnie towards the boiler room. "Because I'm not letting this go or waiting for an explanation that I may never get because I know that's what you'll do."
"And one you're probably not going to like," Bonnie mumbled under her breath.
"Of course I'm not going to like any explanation you give me because you're dead," Lucy snapped at her.
Bonnie bit her tongue until the three of them reached the torch lit cavern. "When do I put the veil back up?" she asked her Grams and shed her red graduation gown.
"When the moon is at its highest," Grams answered and picked up the red gown Bonnie dropped and folded it properly making Bonnie roll her eyes.
"Start talking, cous," Lucy said and crossed her arms. "We got the time. The moon isn't going to rise for a while."
Bonnie looked to Grams who nodded. "I tried to bring Jeremy back to life and it overwhelmed me," she confessed.
Lucy stared at Bonnie like she grew a second head then faced Grams. "And you didn't try to stop her?"
"You know what your cousin is like," Grams shrugged. "She's as stubborn as her mother."
"Yeah but I never knew she was an idiot, too," Lucy shot.
"Hey!" Bonnie glared at her cousin.
"How many times do you need to be told that trying to bring the dead back to life is never a good idea?" Lucy questioned her. She was so angry and frustration with her cousin that she couldn't even comprehend that her cousin was actually dead.
"Well I've gotten the message now," Bonnie shot back. "Happy?"
"Of course I'm not happy! You're fucking dead!"
"I know that!"
"Girls," Sheila attempted to intervene, not liking seeing her grandchildren at each other's throats like this. "I think we are all aware of the seriousness of the situation and yelling at each other isn't going to solve this."
Lucy turned away from her two relatives and ran her hand through her hair before she turned back to face Bonnie. "How could you do this? How could you risk everything you had for this? Working against Silas and bringing down the veil is one thing but to take that extra step and try to bring someone back from the dead is something else."
Bonnie closed her eyes and sat down on one of the rocks, putting her head in her hands. "It was a stupid lapse of judgement, okay? I know I screwed up, believe me I know it."
She didn't know where she stood anymore. She just felt like she owed it to Elena to give her her brother back but now Jeremy's going to stay dead and she's going to join him on the Other Side. No one wins.
"So we have until the moon is at its fullest to find a way to fix this?" Lucy said and sat on the rock next to her cousin.
"There is no way," Bonnie said quietly and lifted her head from her hands. "I have to put the veil back up tonight so until then I guess I just make the most of it."
"I told you I wanted to keep this between us," Kol growled as he and Regina entered the Mystic Falls cemetery just before sun down.
"I know and I'm sorry but you needed help and I got it. She's going to meet us here. All I told her was that I was looking for the cure to use on Silas and she was happy to help."
Kol muttered something incoherent under his breath and Regina rolled her eyes at him.
"Still so stubborn," she shook her head at him with a hint of her smile playing on her face. "But you can thank me when you've shoved it down Silas's throat and have Bonnie back in your arms, alive and well, ah, here she is," Regina grinned when she caught sight of the tall blonde heading their way. "Lexi," she greeted the ghostly vampire with a hug then introduced her to Kol when they pulled away.
"Original vamp, yeah I know who you are," she said and turned back to Regina.
"Lexi is a good friend of Stefan's," Regina told Kol. "And since we knew the cure would pass through there at some point, I figured that Lexi could keep an eye out for it for us."
"Do you have it?" Kol asked the blonde.
Lexi shook her head. "Nope but you were right. Damon got it after Alaric took it from Silas and gave it to Stefan who then gave it to Elena."
Regina shot Kol a victorious grin.
"And I'm happy to tell you where Elena is heading so long as you promise not to kill her," she looked at Kol with a serious expression. "Stefan is my best friend and I'm not going to let the woman he loves die."
"I'm not going to let the woman I love die either," Kol said. "Elena's her best friend; I'm not going to kill her."
The thought may pass through his mind more than he'd care to admit, but he'd never go through with it so long as Bonnie considers her to be her best friend.
Lexi nodded. "Then she's heading to the high school. Jeremy went to say goodbye to Bonnie and Elena is meeting them there. Neither knows that Bonnie's dead."
Kol nearly flinched at the mention of Jeremy. He was partly the reason Bonnie was dead. He wished he could kill both Gilberts and have them stay dead.
"If you're such a good friend to Stefan then why are you helping us?"
"Because the cure and Silas is bigger than all of us," Lexi answered. "And Silas needs to die more than Elena needs to be human."
Regina looked to Kol. "Go get the cure. I'll track down Silas for you."
Kol gave a nod of thanks to Lexi then sped off towards the high school to get to Elena before she got to Bonnie.
"I guess I'll be seeing you back on the Other Side," Lexi grinned. "You know, I never thought I'd enjoy the company of a witch so much."
Regina let out a chuckle. "Well, when you're limited to who you can be around you tend to lower your standards."
"So he's going to kill Silas?" Lexi asked and Regina nodded. "All on his own?"
"He won't be on his own. As much as he likes to think he can do this by himself he can't and that's why I need to go talk to someone. He's going to need help, more help than I can offer him."
The kind of help Kol would be furious at her for getting.
It didn't take long for Kol to arrive at the school. He stood in the middle of the hall and focused on his hearing, trying to pin down Elena's location but it was the sound of clashing metal that caught his attention. Sounded almost like a locker door being ripped from its hinges.
Kol ran towards where the sounds were coming from and saw not only Elena but Katherine, too, the two of them going at in the hall. It was the outfits that helped him tell the two apart. Elena was on the floor with Katherine standing over her. He couldn't be bothered listening to the words that they shared but he quickly sprang into action when Elena kicked Katherine to the ground and pulled something out of her pocket and move towards Katherine with it.
He was next to the brawling doppelgangers within a second. His hands went to either side of Elena's face and snapped her neck to the side and removed the cure from her hands before she fell to the ground then he turned and looked down at Katherine.
"I would say thank you but I know you didn't save me out of the kindness of your heart," Katherine panted slightly as she got to her feet. She let out a puff of air and stood over Elena's body. "I can repay the favour, you know," she smirked and her foot hovered over Elena's neck. "Wait until she wakes up…" she trailed off and looked at Kol.
He pulled her away from Elena. "You don't touch her," he told her. "The only thing you are doing is leaving town."
"What about our deal?" she questioned and folded her arms.
"There's no way I can get your freedom from Klaus. The only thing you can do is stay off his radar and according to Elijah he has his hands full in New Orleans so I suggest you steer clear of him."
Katherine seemed to contemplate what he said then a glare appeared on her face. "You didn't exactly uphold your end of the deal, Katherine," he said and took a menacing step towards her. "You were supposed to call me before Bonnie lowered the veil. You're lucky that I'm not ripping you apart right now."
Her eyes narrowed but she was gone the next second.
Kol pocketed the cure then dragged Elena's body into the nearest empty classroom and away from anyone who came through the school at this hour.
Kol met Regina back at the cemetery after he left the school with the cure.
"Get it?" she asked him and he nodded, patting his pocket. "Good. Now, we find Silas."
"Great, so any idea where he is?" he questioned.
Kol didn't even know where to start looking for Silas. He seemed to be the kind of guy that found you rather than you finding him.
"I might have an idea," she told him. While Kol was gone, Regina found who she was looking for and she had managed to track down Silas. "I've narrowed it down to somewhere by the quarry."
"Now, you got the necklace?" When he nodded, Regina pulled out a blade and held it out for Kol to take. "Take this and stab that immortal bastard through the heart."
Kol's brow furrowed. "You're not coming?"
"Of course I am, you idiot but you're quicker than I am so go. Don't waste any more time, she'll have to put the veil back up soon."
Regina watched Kol leave and chewed the inside of her cheek when she came to stand next to her.
"You owe this to him," she said this to her. "If you have so much as an ounce of kindness left in your cold, dead heart then you will help him with this."
"If he needs me, then I will go to him but if not then I see no reason to show myself to him."
The higher the moon rose the more nervous Bonnie became. She couldn't even bring herself to leave the school and say goodbye to her friends and father. She had even tried calling Kol a number of times, all of which sent her straight to voice mail.
Then there was Lucy pacing the cavern trying to figure out a way to keep her here, even going as far to suggest not putting the veil back up but even she knew that could never be an option.
Grams had been suspiciously quiet most of the day - aside from talking with Lucy and catching up, she hadn't said much, not to Bonnie at least. Bonnie knew her grandmother was pissed off with her for doing something so stupid, hell, she was pissed with herself for doing it and it just made her feel worse wishing that she didn't even attempt the spell in the first place.
She was stupid for even thinking she could pull something like that off, that damned power had gone to her head like her grandmother and father feared it would. Even the last time she brought Jeremy back, it wasn't even her doing. She begged the ghosts of the witches to do it and that had come at a price that ended up destroying her relationship with Jeremy in the form of a ghostly ex-girlfriend plus she lost the power they gave her.
Bonnie tried his number again but still no answer. She tried to convince herself that he wasn't ignoring her and instead broke his phone. It wasn't that much of a stretch to believe considering how many cell phones he'd gone through in such a short period of time. He didn't quite understand that they weren't meant to be thrown at the wall or crushed.
She heard footsteps approaching, heavy ones that she knew immediately didn't belong to her grandmother or cousin. She stood and eyed the entrance but the bubble of hope she had burst when Jeremy walked through. It wasn't that she was disappointed to see Jeremy, it was just she'd rather see Kol instead.
"Hey, Jer," she smiled half-heartedly.
"Hey," he smiled back. "Everyone's been wondering where you've been," he told her. "I figured you'd be here."
Bonnie hadn't spoken to Elena or Caroline since before Graduation earlier that day, they hadn't even tried to call her since she disappeared half way through the ceremony so obviously they weren't too worried which was what Bonnie wanted.
Grams told her to say her goodbyes but Bonnie didn't exactly know how to say goodbye to her best friends since childhood. She knew she'd regret it later on but right now Bonnie just wanted to disappear quietly.
"You figured right," she replied and sat back down. "Got to put this veil back up soon," she said softly, giving him an apologetic look. "You should go spend time with Elena."
"I spent all last night and today with her," he said, "We've already said our goodbyes." Bonnie watched him move closer to her before he sat down next to her on the rock. "And I never got to say goodbye to you last time so I wanted to make sure I got the chance this time."
Bonnie smiled sadly, wishing that her spell last night worked. At least that way she wouldn't be dying for nothing. Her best friend would've gotten her brother back and would've been happy. But now neither of them was going to be around for much longer.
She looked down at the phone in her hands, willing it to ring and to see Kol's name and face flash on the screen. She almost smiled thinking about when she managed to get a picture of him without him even knowing.
Kol's hands were in his pockets when he arrived at the quarry, one hand clutched the necklace the other wrapped around the cure. He was paranoid that the moment he took his hand off of it it would disappear.
He spotted a shadowy figure at the edge of the quarry, looking over at the water below. He kept moving closer and closer to it, his heart beating louder and faster with each step. Kol couldn't remember the last time he felt nervous and if he dared admit it, frightened.
Silas was the one person Kol had truly feared in his one thousand years of existence, not even Mikael frightened Kol as much as Silas did and now here he stood, a few feet away from him, ready to force feed him the cure and end him for good.
He just hoped that whatever spell was used to enchant the necklace would work like Sheila said it would. He could use any advantage he could get for this.
"Am I supposed to be unnerved that I can't see into your mind?" Silas' rough voice spoke out when Kol stopped just a few short steps away from the immortal.
"It should," Kol said. "Without your physic abilities all you are is an immortal man."
"And when you give me the cure, I'll regain my powers," Kol could hear the smirk in his voice.
"So then you'll be a very killable mortal man with magic," the Original countered with a smirk of his own. "I've killed my fair share of witches."
"I take it Bonnie is the reason you're here. I guess she'll be joining her grandmother on the Other Side after tonight," he said and slowly turned around. Kol wasn't exactly sure what to expect but what he got was far from it. "Not what you were expecting, huh?"
"Now I get why you take on the appearance of others. If I had that face I wouldn't want to show it either."
"The first thing I do after I get my powers back and end you is undo the curse Qetsiyah put on me," his voice was laced with anger and the hand Kol gripped the necklace with moved to take hold of the blade's handle Regina gave him. Silas' eyes flickered down to it then back up to the Original. "That's not going to do much for you right now."
"It'll still hurt."
"You know you can just give me the cure and I'll take it right now. I've been waiting for two thousand years to take it."
Kol wasn't an idiot. He knew the moment he gave Silas any kind of head start he'd end up getting his ass kicked. His best bet was the hold him down, force feed him the cure then stab him in the heart.
"That's not going to happen."
The Original wasted no more time and grabbed for the Immortal. He threw Silas on the ground and held him down with one hand, the other pulling the cure out of his pocket but when he looked back at Silas, it wasn't him looking back.
It was Bonnie.
"Kol, stop," her voice begged him while her eyes stared up at him. "Please."
It wasn't Bonnie, he knew that but he didn't know how she was appearing to him. The necklace was supposed to prevent Silas from getting inside his head and altering his perception. He felt around in his pocket for the necklace but it was empty. Silas must have grabbed it when Kol tackled him to the ground.
"Don't try to trick me," Kol growled out and wrapped his hand around Silas' throat.
"If you want to kill me this way then I'll make as difficult as possible," Silas gave a devious smirked, it looking so out of place on Bonnie's face.
"You'll need to try harder," Kol used his free hand to get the cure; he bit off the lid and poured the liquid into Silas' mouth then covering it with his hand to make sure he swallowed it. He then removed his hand from around Silas' throat and pulled the blade out of his waistband. He didn't know how long it took for the cure to take effect but he figured he'd just stab Silas repeatedly until it did.
He believed it was a good sign when Bonnie's form disappeared and Silas' true one reappeared.
What he wasn't expecting was the stake that went through his stomach. He let out a loud growl and twisted his neck to see who it was.
"I swear your aim is getting worse and worse," he groaned and pulled the stake all the way through then chucked it towards the water. "Not a good time, Amy, I'm kind of busy here."
"Perfect timing," she laughed and pulled out another stake, this one just barely missing his heart. "As much as I want to kill you myself, I'd much rather watch Silas destroy you." Amy pushed Kol off Silas, giving the former immortal time to adjust to the effects of the cure.
"You're going to regret this, Amy," Kol growled and his head whipped to the side when she landed a punch to his cheek.
"I doubt that. I think I'm going to enjoy it actually."
"You always were an annoying little rat," Kol spat out, almost smiling when he saw Regina approaching.
"An annoying little rat that you fell in lo-"
"Jesus H. Christ, bitch, how many more times do I have to kill you before you get the hint?" Regina stressed before sticking a sharp wooden branch through Amy's heart and pushing her over the ledge and into the water below. "Kol, get up!" Regina yelled towards the Original as Silas started to rise.
Kol got up as he recovered from the wound left by the stake while Silas got to his feet. Amy's failed distraction might have only lasted a few minutes, but it was only a few minutes that Silas needed to recompose himself as well as break whatever curse Qetsiyah placed on him.
Silas sent Kol a grin that could rival his own in wickedness before unleashing a magical assault upon the Original vampire. Kol fell to his knees, clutching his head and screaming in agony when searing pains seem to shatter his skull.
Regina began to chant a spell that would temporarily dilute Silas' hold on Kol long enough for the Original to gain back control of the situation but unfortunately her powers were no match for that of a two thousand year old witch, it didn't do much but it got her Silas' attention.
With a wave of Silas' hand, Kol heard a crack followed by what sounded like Regina's body hitting the ground. Through the pain, Kol growled and grabbed Silas' arm and gripped and twisted it until he felt the bone shatter in his hands. Silas stumbled backwards and the spell broke long enough for Kol to get back to his feet and threw Silas towards the trees then using his speed to appear in front of him and pin him to the tree.
"Now isn't this way so much more fun," Silas laughed maniacally.
"I'll admit, it'll be far more satisfying to kill you after I've given you the beating of a lifetime," Kol replied and threw his fist against Silas' face, relishing in the sickening crack of his cheekbone smashing under his fist.
Kol threw Silas back to the ground and landed a hard boot to the rib cage, then another until Silas rolled onto his back, coughing and laughing. Kol was satisfied to see the blood on his mouth. Hopefully he punctured something.
There was a part of the Original that was screaming at him to kill Silas while he had the upper hand, it would be easy but then there was the other part of him dying to make Silas suffer for all the shit he brought upon them. Unfortunately that was the part of him that would more than likely get him killed.
But what Kol didn't see what Silas grab for one of the stakes that Amy had used on him earlier until Silas had shoved it through his gut and kicked him away and quickly reached for the other one. Kol pulled it out with an angered growl and threw it back at Silas who used his powers to deflect it.
"Your need to give me a beating of a lifetime is distracting you," Silas mocked him, using magic to keep Kol pinned on the spot and no matter how much or how hard he struggled, he couldn't move an inch. Silas came closer to him, holding the other stake in a tight grip. He raised the stake with his non injured hand, fully prepared to push it through his heart.
"That's not going to kill me," Kol gritted out, still struggling against the invisible restraints.
"I don't plan on killing you," Silas grinned. "I know why you're doing this and who put you up to it and I think it'll be more entertaining for me if you fail and your little witch remains dead."
Kol let out an animalistic growl as Silas brought the stake down to his heart, obviously planning on stabbing him excruciatingly slow for maximum pain but before he could he was sent flying back, the stake going in the opposite direction.
Kol was confused and looked around for Regina but she still laid lifeless a few paces away. Silas let out a howl of pain and Kol heard the cracking of bones being broken.
"If you actually plan on killing him, do it now," a voice said as a figure emerged from the trees – a voice that had Kol frozen on the spot, one he never imagined he'd hear again, one he never wanted to.
"Esther," he said her name, shocked that she of all people had appeared.
"Do it now, son," Esther called out to him, hand outstretched towards Silas keeping him immobilised with pain.
Enough was enough, Kol decided when he walked over towards Silas' cowering form, twitching and arching off the ground in pain. He knelt down and forced Silas to look him in the eye as he violently pushed his hand into Silas' chest, hand clutching around his heart and pulled it back out, Silas' heart in his hand.
Kol dropped Silas' heart next to his body and stood to his feet, turning around to look at his mother. "What are you doing here?" he questioned her, remaining in his place when she started walking towards him.
"Helping you fight for the only thing in your life worth fighting for," she answered.
"Don't ever forget that it was you and father who made the decision to turn us into what we are. It was never us. We never had a say and if we had we never would have agreed it to."
At one point in their many lifetimes, they had all admitted that they wished they lived and died as humans instead of turning into what they were today.
"I have never forgotten," she replied. "All I wanted was to right my wrong."
"And kill us."
"You were never a witch, Kol, you don't understand what I did and what it caused for nature's balance," Esther attempted to reason with him. "You don't understand what's it like to be punished by the Spirits for wanting to save your own children."
"Weak excuse mother, just admit that you hated us," Kol spat out venomously.
"I never hated any of you," she said and closed the distance between them. "I hate what you have become, I hate that I have lost my children because of my weakness and fear but never mistake any of that for me hating you, Kol." Esther raised her hand to brush her son's cheek. "But when I saw you with her, the lengths you will go to to keep her safe," a soft smile graced her face. "It reminds me of who you used to be."
"I don't even remember who that is," Kol admitted just as he heard Regina groan from behind him.
Esther smiled. "You may someday, my son," she told him and placed a kiss to his cheek like she used to when he was younger. "Goodbye, Kol." She gave him a final smile before retreating back to the woods, leaving him alone with a dead witch and Regina.
Kol helped Regina up who let out another groan and tried to stretch out her neck. "Ow, that hurt," she whined and Kol chuckled. "Please tell me you got that bastard." Kol looked over to where Silas lay with a hole in his chest and heart lying next to him.
"You contacted my mother?" he arched a brow at her and she gave him a sheepish look.
"Did she help?"
He nodded. "Surprisingly, yes."
But for a moment he was wondering if she were there to kill him.
"Then you're welcome," she grinned up at him and wrapped her arms around him in a tight hug. "We should get back," she mumbled into his shoulder. "Give your girl the good news."
"One more thing," Kol said as he pulled away from Regina and over to Silas' body. He picked it up and let him drop into the water. He couldn't exactly leave the body out and wasn't going to waste time burying so dropping his ass in the lake would have to do.
The two of them took their time getting back to the high school, there was still an hour or so until Bonnie would have to lift the veil and Kol wasn't exactly up to using his vampire speed right now after his smack down with Silas. He could definitely use some blood right about now but he would take care of that after he made sure Qetsiyah held up her end of the deal and Bonnie was alright.
"I still can't believe you actually did it," Regina said as they walked through the halls of the school.
Kol looked at her, eyes narrowed in offence. "You didn't think I could beat him?"
"No! Well I don't know. It's just that you were always so fearful of him," she replied. "But when you think about it, it makes it kind of poetic that you were the one to kill him."
Kol let out a scoff and shook his head at his friend. "Is that why you had to involve my mother?"
"I involved your mother because I knew I'd be a fat load of a good against him like you saw with him snapping my neck and because I knew there'd be a good chance you wouldn't kill him as soon as you got the chance," she shot him a sideways glance, "I know you Kol, you like to play with your food and it's a terrible habit."
Kol laughed as they entered and boiler room and headed towards the cavern underneath the school but the smile on his lips and any kind of happiness and joy he felt died the moment he walked into the cave and saw Bonnie kissing Jeremy.
Grams and Lucy had gone off somewhere while Jeremy helped Bonnie prepare for the nearing spell. Grams wanted to give Bonnie a chance to say goodbye to Jeremy while Lucy was ready to protest about leaving those two alone. Lucy had been glaring at Jeremy since he arrived few hours ago. She blamed Jeremy for what happened and that annoyed Bonnie. It wasn't his fault what she did.
It was her choice to do it.
"I wish you didn't have to do the spell," he said to her.
"I wish I didn't have to either," she replied with a sad smile.
She didn't think she could wait much longer before she had to do the spell. She'd have to start it whether Lucy and Grams were here or not. Whether Kol was here or not and clearly he had no plans on coming.
"Wait!" Jeremy called just as Bonnie closed her eyes and walked over to where she was standing in the middle of the lit torches.
"What's wrong?" she asked, almost alarmed by his sudden outburst.
"I can't leave without doing this first."
Bonnie found herself frozen with shock as Jeremy's lips came down on hers but she didn't push him away either even though she knew she should. It felt good, it felt comforting and familiar but it didn't have the same spark as it did with Kol and the whole thing just made everything feel worse.
The one person she wanted with her, to have their arms around her and their lips on hers was nowhere to be found but that still didn't make what was happening right, it just made it feel all the more wrong.
With her hands on Jeremy's chest, she lightly pushed him back to put some space between them. "Jeremy," she sighed. "You shouldn't have done that," she frowned.
Jeremy opened his mouth to say something but Bonnie heard a different voice.
"You really shouldn't have," she heard him growl out.
She was both shocked and relieved to see Kol standing there but she cringed at his timing and what he would have seen. She saw his fists clenched at his side and she could tell what was going through his mind and that wouldn't end well for Jeremy.
"Kol," Bonnie started but Kol just turned around and walked away.
Bonnie didn't hesitate to follow after him, calling his name and trying to get him to stop or at the very least slow down so she could catch up to him. She figured since he wasn't using his vampire speed that he wanted her to follow.
"Kol, wait," she said when she was close enough to grab a hold on his arm. "Please," she pleaded with him, finally getting him to stop in the middle of the dark and empty hallway but he didn't turn around to look at her nor did he say anything, waiting for her to talk first but she didn't know what to say that wouldn't sound like a total cliché.
It wasn't what it looked like.
I didn't kiss him, he kissed me.
"I'm sorry," she settled for and her hand slid down his arm to take his, her fingers going between his. "For everything," she added when she realised it wasn't just that kiss with Jeremy she was sorry for.
She was sorry for how their relationship began with lies and deceit on her part and Bonnie realised that the lies never truly ended. She was always hiding something from him. She hid her 'alliance' with Silas from him, hid what she was doing with Katherine from him and she didn't think of him at all when she decided to try and bring Jeremy back to life last night.
"You should put the veil back up," was all he said.
"You can't leave, Kol," it came out more like a plea.
He turned around to face her and Bonnie could see the anger in his eyes but most of all she saw the hurt and she hated it.
"If I go back in there I will kill him over and over again until that veil goes back up and I can no longer see him so believe me, Bonnie, you don't want me here."
"Did you forget that I died last night, Kol?" she questioned, almost annoyed, and let go of his hand. "When I put the veil back up it won't be just Jeremy you will no longer see."
"Yeah, all because of him," he shot back. "All this is because of him, you chose him over me when you decided to bring him back."
"I didn't choose him over you, don't be ridiculous. I had no idea it would end up like this," she said and ran a hand through her hair in frustration. "I made a mistake, Kol, and believe me I've been regretting it all day but then again you have exactly been around today."
Kol glared. "Are you going to turn this back on me?" Bonnie rolled her eyes. "Because today while you were spending quality time with your ex-boyfriend, I was trying to fix shit."
"Kol," Bonnie tried but he just shook his head at her and started to back away from her.
"Just go put the veil back up."
Bonnie watched helplessly as Kol disappeared around the corner and out of sight.
"Give him some time to calm down," someone said from behind her. Bonnie turned around and saw the woman who had been standing next to Kol earlier. "It's almost impossible to get through to him when he's in a mood like this."
"I can't leave him alone while he's like this," Bonnie said. "I need him to know that what that was with Jeremy meant nothing. It was nothing."
A sad smile crossed her face. "I'm sure he already knows that and I'll go calm him down but right now, your first priority needs to be putting that veil back up before someone else is hurt."
Too late for that, Bonnie thought to herself.
"Go to him after you put the veil back up, by that time he'll be fine," she assured her.
Bonnie felt her eyes well up and she swallowed the lump in her throat. "I'm not going to have that chance."
"Don't be so sure about that, Bonnie," she said and her eyes sparkled in the dim light of the hallway. "Kol loves you and I'm not sure if you know just how much but when you put that veil back up you'll realise."
She didn't even get to ask what she meant or even who she was before she was leaving in the same direction Kol left.
Bonnie reluctantly returned to the cavern, Jeremy, Grams and Lucy all turning to look at her when she walked in.
"You need to do the spell now, Bonnie," her Grams stepped forward and said.
Kol slammed the mansion door shut behind him so hard the glass nearly shattered. He was livid, the beast inside of him raging, itching to kill something, preferably someone with the last name Gilbert. He knew that kiss was one sided, a parting gift from Jeremy and he knew that it probably caught Bonnie off guard and he knew she pushed him away but that still didn't calm his anger.
He heard Elijah call him from the study. He was tempted to ignore his brother and continue to his room so he could linger in his fury in peaceful isolation but the tone of Elijah's voice was one all too familiar that told Kol to get his ass to the study.
"What is it?" Kol grunted as he walked into the room, grabbing a bottle of whatever liquor was close enough to get a hold of and sunk down on one of the chairs.
"Our brother," Elijah told him. "He needs our assistance in New Orleans."
Kol let out a scoff and took a long pull from the bottle, it wasn't blood but it would do for now. "I really do not have the patience for whatever shit our brother has gotten himself into."
"Lucy told me what happened," Elijah said, dropping the tone of authority and taking on one of more brotherly. "So I have to ask why you are here instead of with her. Surely the veil must be going back up soon."
"She'll be fine," Kol said and took another drink, ignoring his brother's disapproving stare.
"Care to elaborate?"
He took yet another large drink from the bottle. "Not particularly."
"Then you can listen to what I have to say about our brother," Elijah said rest his left ankle on his right knee. "What is happening in New Orleans does not just affect Niklaus, Kol, but our entire family."
Kol rolled his eyes and swirled the liquor in the bottle. "You've told me all this already, Elijah. Klaus is pissed because Marcel's taken over the French Quarter, Klaus' favourite toy."
"He's losing his way, Kol," Elijah said with a sigh, ever so surely growing more annoyed with his family's stubbornness. "He needs us now, more than ever."
"He lost his way a long time ago, Elijah, with or without us."
"Then we will help him find it."
Kol shook his head and put the top back on the bottle. "You can help him find it, Elijah, but I've already wasted too much time on our brother."
Kol never understood why Elijah was always so quick to help their brother after all that Klaus had done to them. Elijah was always there and no matter what Klaus did he always would be there and it only made Kol hate Klaus all the more. Klaus knew Elijah would never give up on family and he took advantage of that.
He and Rebekah had given up on their brother but Elijah never would. He would always claim to see hope for their bastard brother.
"Will you be staying here then?" Elijah asked him.
Kol shook his head. "I can't stay in this town any longer," he said to his brother.
His decision to leave wasn't completely about Bonnie or what had happened, he just needed to get out of this town. He'd take her with him if she'd agree; he did give his word to her grandmother that he'd get her out of this town.
"Return to the French Quarter with me," Elijah said. "I give it a few months before Rebekah finally caves and returns as well."
Kol leant back in the chair. "I'm not helping Klaus, Elijah and if I'm there that is exactly what's going to happen. He'll find a way to drag me into his bullshit."
"These problems in the French Quarter don't just concern, Niklaus, Kol, they concern us all," he said.
"They concern us because he starts these problems and we have to deal with them or get a dagger in the heart."
Elijah let out a sigh. "I need you there, Kol. You've always had an influence on our brother and if we are going to reclaim our home, he's going to need you there."
Kol arched a brow at his brother. "What's really going on there, Elijah?"
"More than we know which is why we need to get there as soon as possible," he said. "And if what you say about Bonnie is true, then New Orleans would be a great place for her."
"You told me that Marcel has some type of hold on the witches that is stopping them from using their magic. Witches are enemy number one in the French Quarter and you want me to take Bonnie there?" Kol questioned. "And all that aside, you know Klaus would use her as some kind of weapon to gain the upper hand on Marcel."
Kol gave his word that he'd keep Bonnie safe and New Orleans would be even worse than Mystic Falls. Here Bonnie was valuable asset to everyone, friends and enemies, without her they'd be screwed but in New Orleans, she'd just be another witch in a city full of them, a city also full of vampires hell bent on keeping those witches in line by any means necessary.
"Bonnie doesn't react well to vampires telling her what to do and the French Quarter is run by them. I'm not going to take her there only to put her in danger."
"But she'd have you," Elijah said. "You'd destroy anyone who looked like a threat to her. I'm sure Rebekah would, too."
Kol shook his head. "I can't, Elijah. I lost her last night but I got an opportunity to do something about it. I'm not going to risk losing her again. I'd rather her be alive and safe and without me than with me and die."
"Isn't that her decision to make, brother?"
Kol let out a short laugh. "She's not the best at making decisions, last night being a good example."
She had never made a decision that benefitted her, only those around her.
"If you leave her she'll stay here," Elijah said. "Things will most likely go back to how they were before you."
"Which is why I need for you to talk to Lucy, she's the only one who will look out for her."
"I suppose I will hear what happened from her since you clearly are not going to tell me."
Kol rolled his eyes. "Bonnie's grandmother made a deal with a scorned witch on the Other Side, I kill the witch's former lover and she'll bring Bonnie back."
Elijah's brow furrowed in confusion and Kol didn't wait for the realisation to set in, he got up and left the room. Regina was waiting by the stairs when Kol walked out.
"You could have come in," he told her and she followed him up the stairs.
"Thought I'd let you and your brother talk," she said. "He's always been good at calming you down."
"He and I can talk whenever," he turned to look at her with a smile. "Not every day I get to talk to you."
"Thank God for that," Regina smirked. "So you're going to New Orleans?"
Kol nodded. "Apparently."
"And you're leaving behind the girl you killed your worst nightmare for?"
Kol sighed and walked into his room, Regina following. "It's not safe for her there."
"It's not about her being safe there, it's about you being scared you'll lose her again, for good."
"Can we not talk about this?" Kol pleaded with his friend. He was about three seconds away from ripping out his hair out of annoyance, anxiety and anger.
He was worried that Qetsiyah would renege on her end of the deal and wouldn't bring Bonnie back to life and if that was the case then he'd never see her again and he'd forever regret how he left things with her in the hallway of the school.
He heard Regina sigh. "Fine," she agreed. "I suppose it would be nice not to argue or have to call you an idiot in the little time I have left with you. But you are an idiot."
Before Bonnie started the spell, her Grams embraced her, her hand running over her hair like she used to. "I love you, Bonnie," she said and kissed the side of her head. "You have no idea how proud of you I am and I know your mother would be, too."
As soon as Grams pulled away and stepped back, Lucy had her arms around her but she said nothing. Bonnie learnt that Lucy wasn't the most emotional person in the world, she preferred action to words and that's one of the things Bonnie loved most about her.
"I'm going to miss you," Bonnie said softly, loud enough for only Lucy to hear.
"Don't be so sure," Lucy said back and when they parted she gave her a wink.
Bonnie turned to Jeremy and gave him a small smile. She wasn't mad at him for what he did and it's not like he knew Kol would chose that exact moment to show his face.
"I'm sorry," she apologised and accepted the hug he offered her.
He gave a soft laugh, the one she used to love hearing so much. "You have nothing to be sorry about. I'm the one who should be apologising; I didn't want to mess things up between you and him."
She wanted to tell him that things were already messy before Jeremy kissed her but didn't. It wasn't Jeremy's fault she died and she knew he'd carry the guilt if she told him and she didn't want that.
Bonnie moved over to the circle then looked up at the three people standing before her and smiled, trying not to cry. She'd get to see her Grams on the Other Side and Jeremy, too. She'd get to watch over those who she'd leave behind.
She closed her eyes and focused. Putting the veil back up was a slow process, slower than lowering it. It would start from the edges of the Expression triangle and make its way to them in the centre. She, Jeremy and Grams would be the last to go.
Bonnie kept her eyes close the entire time, she could almost feel the veil going back up but what she didn't expect was the sharp pain that shot through her when the spell was nearing its end. It was sudden and was over quickly but it felt like something ripped through her and from the sound that came from Jeremy, he felt it, too.
"What the hell just happened?" Jeremy questioned wide-eyed.
Bonnie had a hand on her stomach and turned to look at her grandmother but could no longer see her. She could only see Lucy standing there. She looked back to Jeremy.
"She did it," Lucy said softly, brining Bonnie's attention to her. "She actually came through with it."
"Who?" Bonnie questioned and that's when she realised that her cousin could still see her but neither could see their Grams. "What's going on?"
Lucy smiled happily through her tears. "You're still here," she said closed the distance between them and threw her arms around her. "You're alive."
Bonnie felt like the wind got knocked out of her but not from Lucy's tight yet warm and comforting embrace. "I'm alive," she whispered in shock. "How?"
"You died?" Jeremy questioned with shock. "When? How?"
"Last night," she answered. "After I left you and Elena, I came back here."
"And you can see and hear me," he said slowly, realisation slowly sinking in.
"You're back, Jer," she said with a smile and walked over to him. "I thought it didn't work but it did."
"You brought me back," he said it as if he were still trying to convince himself that it was really happening but then a pained look crossed his face. "You died bringing me back."
"Don't feel bad, kid," Lucy spoke up. "She's not dead, you're both here and alive."
"You should go see Elena," Bonnie said, her smile still intact. It was quite possibly the longest she'd smiled all day. "She's going to be thrilled to have you back."
"You should come," Jeremy said. "You're the reason I'm back, you should be there."
Bonnie shook her head. "There's somewhere else I have to be." All she wanted to do was get to Kol.
Jeremy nodded knowingly and gave her another hug. "Thank you, Bonnie."
Lucy waited until Jeremy was gone before she whacked Bonnie with the back of her hand.
"Ow!" Bonnie gaped and grabbed her now sore arm. "What was that for?"
"I swear to God you ever do something so stupid like that again, I'm going to kill you myself, got it?" Bonnie nodded. "Good, now give me another hug."
Bonnie stifled a laugh and held her arms out.
"Are you going to tell me how you managed this?" Bonnie questioned her cousin as they left the school, Bonnie very happy to leave that place behind after what had happened in the last twenty four hours.
"I didn't do a thing other than keep it a secret when Grams told me," she answered. "Grams got into contact with Qetsiyah over on the Other Side," she said and watched Bonnie's eyes go wide. "She struck a deal with her. Kill Silas and you get brought back to life."
"That bitch," Bonnie cursed her ancestor. "I tried contacting her for the same thing and she didn't show her face."
They stopped by their cars, Bonnie not quite ready to get in even though there was someone she really wanted to go see.
"Did Grams kill Silas?" Bonnie asked and her brow arched in question. "I could definitely see her taking him down."
Lucy laughed. "No, she didn't," a sly smirk then appeared on Lucy's face. "Kol did." Bonnie froze but Lucy continued. "When Grams sent you home last night she told Kol that Qetsiyah would bring you back if Silas was dead and he was the only one Grams trusted to get it done no matter the cost and he did. He killed Silas and Qetsiyah surprisingly upheld her end of the deal."
She felt an ache in her chest. Kol had risked everything for her and killed the only being that had ever truly struck fear in him and what should have been their reunion was him seeing her in the arms of another guy.
"You should go," Lucy told her. "He's probably freaking out wondering if Qetsiyah kept her word or not."
She didn't need to be told twice.
Bonnie walked straight into the mansion just as Elijah was walking into the foyer, the oldest Original pointing towards the stairs, indicating that Kol was in his room. She gave him a small but thankful smile and all but ran up the steps (she had taken off her heels in the car) and followed the hallway until she reached Kol's room, pushing the door open and walking in.
Kol was seated on the edge of his bed, head in his hands and looked up when she came in. She could almost cry at the look that crossed his face when he saw her, the pure, absolute relief she saw. A second later, he was on his feet and in front of her. Her legs wrapped around his waist as he hoisted her up off the ground and into his arms.
Neither said a word as their lips connected in a kiss so passionate it made her toes curl and stomach knot. Bonnie sighed and her fingers threated through his hair as their tongues dances.
"We need to talk," he said when they broke apart for air but Bonnie quickly pulled his lips back to her.
"Later," her voice came out muffled against his mouth.
Kol chuckled. "We really need to talk," he said but kept kissing her.
"Okay," Bonnie groaned and reluctantly pulled back and Kol put her back on the ground.
They both sat on the edge of the bed and Bonnie waited for Kol to start talking but she wasn't expecting what he told her.
"I'm leaving town."
Bonnie sat statue still for a few moments before she responded. "What do you mean you're leaving town?"
"I mean just that," he said. "There are some problems in New Orleans and Klaus needs my help."
Bonnie eyed him. "Are you telling me this because you want me to come with you?"
Kol rubbed his hand over the back of his neck. "I'm telling you this because I know how much I hurt you last time I left without a word," he said. "And I really wish I could take you with me but I can't. It's far too dangerous there."
"I can protect myself, Kol."
"I know you can, Bon," he started.
"Then why can't I come with you?" she asked before he could finish.
"Because It's not that simple, Bonnie," he and got up to put some space between them. "I gave your grandmother my word that I would get you out of this town and make sure you had a life to live but I can't do that in New Orleans."
His voice had gotten louder and she could tell he was getting frustrated but she also knew it wasn't directed at her.
"Then don't go. We can go somewhere else. Together."
He shook his head. "No, I need to be in New Orleans."
"Why, because of Klaus?" Bonnie questioned. "Because once again he's managed to turn himself into another city's most hated person? That's his problem, not yours."
"It's not just about Klaus, Bonnie," he said to her and sat on the bed again, putting is head in his hands.
"Is this because of what happened?" she asked with a small voice.
"In a way," he answered and made her look at him. "But not in the way you're thinking. It's not because of what you did."
"Then why?" she questioned him. "Everything worked out, Silas is finally gone and I'm alive."
She wanted to add that she succeeded in bringing Jeremy back but decided against it.
Kol stood up. "When I saw your body last night, it almost killed me, Bonnie," he said, his hands cupping her face. "I have never felt that much pain before, not when my mother died, not when Regina did and I can't go through at again. I'm not going to have that opportunity to bring you back like I did today."
Her hands curled around his wrists. "You're not going to lose me again. You didn't lose me before, I'm still here. And whatever is going on in New Orleans, I can help."
"New Orleans isn't Mystic Falls, Bonnie," Kol told her. "The fact that you were the only witch in this town is the reason you are still alive today and the Salvatore's probably would have killed you long ago if you weren't important to Elena."
He knew that sounded harsh but it was the truth. His own brother admitted it. The only reason he tried to kill Bonnie that time was because she had the power to kill him and had every intention of using it but when she failed and that power faded, he saw more use in her alive than dead. Had she just been one of many witches in town, he knew Klaus would have killed her long ago. And he was well aware of how willing the Salvatore's were to sacrifice anyone for Elena, even her own friends and family.
"I can protect myself," she tried to reassure him but he shook it off. "And I know you wouldn't let anything happen to me."
"They execute witches who use their magic, Bonnie," he told her. "Vampires are fully in control of the city. The witches can't do a thing without them knowing and I don't want to put you in that situation and not only that but you being there during all this, Klaus will no doubt try to use you to advance himself."
"I wouldn't be there to help your brother. I'd be there to be with you," she said to him. "None of this means we should break up. Jesus Christ, Kol, you just killed Silas – someone people claimed was un-killable just to bring me back to life and now you want to leave? I get that you want to protect me but -"
"My family is a mess, Bonnie!" he shouted, finally snapping and Bonnie was glad she was finally getting a real reaction from him. "Rebekah, Klaus and I can barely be in a room without wanting to kill each other and the only reason we don't is Elijah who is constantly cleaning up our messes and if you think it's bad here, it'll be worse in New Orleans."
"I'm not dating your family, Kol, I'm dating you."
"Being involved with me means being involved with them and that is not going to end well for you. Not with the amount of bad blood is waiting there for us," his voice returned to normal but the anger and the pain still lingered on his face and in his eyes. "I don't want you to get caught in the cross-fire. I wouldn't be able to live with it."
Her hands went to either side of his face. "That's not your call to make." It was hers. If she was willing to take the risk then that should have been that.
His hands came up to cover hers. "I'm sorry, Bonnie, but it is." His hands removed hers from his face.
"That's not fair," she argued, anger rising. "You do not get to decide what is best for me." He didn't say anything and Bonnie sighed, a bitter smile on her face. "Well, this wasn't exactly what I was expecting when I came here."
She hadn't known what to expect but this was the last thing she saw coming.
"I'm sorry," he said and she let out a short laugh.
"So this is it, then huh?" she asked and pushed some hair away from her face. "We're done?" she almost couldn't get out the words and they sounded so wrong.
Again, he said nothing and for Bonnie that only made it worse.
"When are you leaving?" she asked already knowing the answer. He'd be leaving as soon as possible.
"Now, Elijah's waiting," he answered and even though she knew that'd be it, hearing him say it stung.
Bonnie grabbed his arm before he could turn away from her. "Elijah can wait a little longer," she said before standing on her toes and pressing her lips to his. "You can't leave without saying goodbye."
"This is a bad idea, Bonnie," he said but still kissed her back, his hands tangling in her hair. It was she knew he was right but she wasn't going to let this argument be the last memory she had of him.
She parted his lips by biting down on his bottom one and she slid his jacket from his shoulders, letting it fall to the floor. She moaned when their tongues met and grabbed the back of his neck to keep him close. They unzipped her dress and Kol grabbed the hem and lifted it, exposing her inch by inch before removing it completely.
Kol attached his lips to her neck, throat and chest. Her head lolled back and a lazy moan escaped her when he bit gently at her pulse point. His hands wandered over her body, gliding up her torso, his warm hands leaving chills in their wake.
She grabbed the hem of his shirt and lifted it over his head and immediately started to place kisses all over his chest, hands exploring his body. It was his turn to moan when she flicked her tongue over his nipple then gently bit down on it.
She could feel his hard against her stomach and her hands undid his belt then the zipper followed by the singular button and pushed his jeans down until they fell around his feet on their own and like always he had nothing on underneath.
He stepped out of them and lifted her up, her legs wrapping around his waist and she moaned loudly as he brushed against her core. He lowered her to the bed, one arm around her back, the hand undoing the clasp on her bra while the other rest on her lower back.
Bonnie threw her head back against the pillow when his mouth closed around her nipple after he removed her bra. One of his hands trailed down her side and his fingers hooked inside the edge of her underwear and started to pull them down, Bonnie helping by lifting her hips.
She almost protested when he pulled back but it was soon lost when he removed her underwear completely and settled between her legs. She sighed when he placed kisses around her abdomen and on her hip bones, his hands on her thighs.
"Kol," his name was a whisper on her lips.
His kisses moved to her inner thigh and his hands moving to her hips to keep her from moving too much. She bit down on her bottom lip to keep herself from crying out when he placed a kiss to her centre, followed by another.
"Don't," he said, knowing what she was doing. He dragged his tongue along her. "Let me hear you."
She brought her hand down to lace her fingers through his hair and she didn't hold back her cry when he closed his mouth around her clit and sucked gently. She could feel the pleasure building up inside of her and she wanted desperately to let go but he was holding off, making it last.
His name escaped her lips in a soft plea, needing more and she groaned in relief when she felt his finger circle her entrance before dipping inside of her. He kissed his way up her stomach, between her breasts, over her chest and up her throat before catching her lips, his fingers picking up where his mouth left off.
Her arm wrapped around his shoulders, holding his close and tight to her, not wanting to let him go. His fingers worked a steady but deep rhythm inside of her, a sweet form of torture. She repaid the favour by wrapping her hand around his hard length, slowly stroking from base to tip causing him to let out a deep moan, almost a growl.
Her strokes matched his fingers inside of her and she could feel him tense above her and twitch in her hand. He removed her hand from him and added another finger and stroked faster and deeper, bringing her to the edge and pushing her over when his thumb rubbed her clit. She didn't even have time to come down from her euphoric high before he was pushing himself inside of her, tortuously slow, inch by inch. He wanted to make this last, be something neither of them would forget but Bonnie's emotions got the better of her when she pushed him over and rolled on top, knees either side of his hips and her hands flat on his chest.
Kol looked up at her surprised but his signature smirk soon took form on his face. His hands slid up her thighs and gripped her hips tightly when she started to move against him.
Bonnie threw her head back and moaned when she found a rhythm, Kol meeting her thrusts, fingers digging painfully into her hips.
Soon enough Kol sat up and trapped Bonnie in his arms, his lips seeking hers. They moved together and Bonnie cried out against his mouth when one of his hands slipped between them and started to rub her clit. Her legs crossed behind his back.
His mouth went to her neck, biting and licking. He bit down hard on the space between her shoulder and neck, a silent question that Bonnie answered simply by tilting her neck to expose more to him.
She was done the moment his fangs pierced her skin and he started to suck to the rhythm of their thrusts, she just held him tight, riding out her orgasm.
He finished a few thrusts later, coming with a growl and pulled back from her neck.
Neither move. They stayed put, his arms still around her, her legs wrapped around his back and him still inside her. Silence fell over them, neither wanting to say anything to ruin the moment.
Eventually they untangled themselves and Bonnie was surprised but relieved when Kol pulled back the covers, even better when he climbed in after her, arms tightly wrapped around her but she wasn't stupid enough to fool herself into thinking this was him choosing to stay, it was her enjoying their last moment together.
Kol waited an hour before he got up out of bed and Bonnie turned to lie on her side, facing the balcony door and away from him; she listened to the rustling of clothes as he got redressed. She felt a tear seep out the corner of her eye and it was immediately soaked up by the pillow underneath.
She wanted him to leave before she fell apart, what she didn't want was for him to walk around to her side of the bed and kneel down next to her so his face level with hers. She closed her eyes, not wanting to look at him. She didn't want to see the guilt and the regret she knew she'd see.
His fingertips brushed down the side of her face then across her cheekbones to wipe away the rogue tears that had managed to escape.
Bonnie held her breath when she felt him lean forward and press his lips to her forehead then to her cheek and then finally, his lips touched hers. It took everything she had to remain to still, to not either break down or grab him and never let go.
"I'm always going to love you," he whispered against her lips. "Nothing will ever change that."
Then don't go, she wanted to say to him but she remained silent and kept her eyes closed. She couldn't look at him. She felt him pull away and she kept her eyes closed and her tears hidden until she heard his bedroom door open and then shut ten long seconds later.
Then the band holding her emotions intact snapped and she lost it, sobbing into the pillow and gripping the sheets to her tightly and she didn't stop until the sun rose.
As soon as the tears dried up she was putting on some clothes and packing away whatever was hers in the bag she kept here. She didn't want to stay here any longer; everything around her was just a memory of someone who wasn't coming back.
She was almost done packing her things when there was a knock on the door. Bonnie looked over her shoulder, smiling gently at her cousin standing in the doorway.
"Are you okay?" she asked and walked into the room. "Elijah told me what Kol was going to do."
Bonnie shook her head and her chest tightened and she felt the tears begin to form again. "I'm not okay," she admitted through a tearful smile. "I miss him, Lucy."
"I know, honey," her cousin frowned and moved to wrap Bonnie up in her arms. "You're going to and it might be for a long while but you're going to be okay."
Bonnie sobbed into her cousin's shoulder, her heart was hurting in a way it never had before.
Lucy ran her hand through Bonnie's hair trying to soothe her. "We're going to get away for a bit, you need to get out of this town even if it's just temporary, you need to get away," Lucy said and a smile started to play at her lips. "And I know just the place and it is full of people who have been dying to meet you."
They pulled apart and Bonnie wiped at her eyes, confusion mixing with her sadness. "Who?"
"Other Bennett witches," Lucy smiled. "Our family."
*throws up arms in defence* please don't hate me for ending it like this! It wasn't easy but for my sequel to go for the way I want it to I needed for this to happen. Bonnie needs to change and this will also create so much Kennett heat.
(also, I know Silas wasn't really cursed but since there will be none of that doppelganger crap, I just went with it)
But on another note IT'S FINISHED! AFTER NEARLY TWO AND A HALF YEARS, IT'S FINALLY DONE! I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW!
Seriously, thank you! To everyone, to those who either reviewed, followed, favourite or just read it, thank you so, so much! You have no idea how much it meant for me and I hope you've enjoyed reading this as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
I'm sorry that it would take me so long to update and thank you if you stuck with me and if you gave up I don't blame you lol
You guys are awesome and I love you!
Any mistakes, I'm sorry for and keep an eye out for the sequel which I have already started working on and it'll be called Once Bitten, Twice Shy.
Again, thank you guys so much.
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