The Return | Part One

Hours later, Tyler was sitting beside Matt in the waiting room at the hospital. He nervously tapped his foot and chewed on his thumbnail as they waited for word on either of the Forbes girls.

He couldn't help but go over the wreck in his mind over and over again. He still had no idea what that noise was, maybe he was just getting a terrible migraine or something. He wasn't sure and he guessed it really didn't matter how it happened, the bad thing is it did happen.

All that mattered was, he had wrecked and now two people were hurt; one of them being the girl he was in love with. The girl he knew he wouldn't be able to live without. She had to make it through this, she just had to.

Before Tyler could get lost in his own thoughts, Liz walked over to the two boys with an unreadable expression on her face. Matt lightly hit Tyler's arm then nodded his head toward Liz as she got closer to them.

The two boys quickly stood up and walked over to meet her. Tyler opened his mouth to ask how both girls were, the guilt eating at him, but before he could say a word, Matt beat him to it.

"How's Caroline?" Matt asked, worried about his girlfriend.

"She's going to be okay." Liz answered with a relieved expression. "Her injuries were not as severe as they thought."

"And Rissa?" Tyler asked, his voice cracking with emotion.

Liz's face fell as she shook her head, her eyes began to water, as she said,"We don't know yet. They're doing everything they can."

"She'll be okay." Matt said, hoping to reassure them all. A small smile appeared on his face, as he added,"She's a fighter. Just like her sister."

Liz softly smiled at his comment. It was true, both of her girls were strong and she knew they would fight with everything they had.

She glanced over at Tyler and saw the terrified expression on his face. She knew he was already devastated about the news about Marissa and now as much as she hated it, she was about to lay even more bad news on him.

"Tyler, have you talked to your mom?" Liz asked him.

"I left her a message telling her I was here." Tyler answered cautiously, wondering why she was bringing up his mom.

"You need to call her." Liz suggested.

"What is it?" Tyler asked, confused.

"It's your dad." Liz sadly answered.

Tyler raised his eyebrows in confusion. What could be wrong with his dad? He had seen him earlier and he was his normal dick-ish self. He couldn't help but wonder if he heard about the crash and was pissed at him. Either way, he didn't want to talk to either one of his parents. All he wanted was to wait on news about his girlfriend.

"I'll give her a call later." Tyler stated, assuming nothing major was wrong.

Liz shook her head at the younger boy, then said,"You might want to call her now, matter of fact, you should just go home."

"Why? What happened?" Tyler asked, as he started to worry something bad did happen.

"Just go home, Tyler." Liz said again. When she saw him about to argue, she added,"We'll keep you updated."

As much as he hated to leave in a time like this, he could tell by the look on the sheriff's face that it was something serious.

He finally nodded his head and turned around to leave. Once he was outside and in his car, he called his mom, wondering what the big emergency was.

Minutes later, he ended the call in shock and finally understood why the sheriff was pushing so hard for him to leave.

He rested his hands on the steering wheel and laid his head against them. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath, trying to keep his emotions at bay.

He didn't think his night could get worse, but it did. With watery eyes, he could hear his mother's voice over and over in his head as she broke the news to him about his dad's death... 'he's gone, Ty. Your dad is gone.'

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"Jeremy... Jeremy..." He faintly heard a female voice say, as she tried to wake him up.

"Jeremy, please, wake up." He heard her cry out, causing him to snap his eyes open to see a younger looking Marissa standing over him.

"Rissa? What's wrong?" Jeremy asked, as he sat up in bed, worried about his best friend as she had tears running down her face.

"He's gone, Jer. He's gone." Marissa cried.

"Who? What?" Jeremy asked, as he wiped the sleep from his eyes. He wasn't sure what time it was, he knew it had to be late but he didn't care. She needed him.

"Dad. He left, he left us." Marissa explained, as she crawled into the bed and fell beside him.

"It's okay, Ris. He'll be back. He always comes back." Jeremy said, trying to comfort her like he had done the last few years since her parents started fighting. Lately it had got worse and her dad would leave for days at a time before coming back again.

"No. He's really gone this time, Jer." Marissa cried. "I heard them fighting. The reason he has left so much lately is cause he was looking for a new place. He found one and tonight he asked for a divorce, it's over. He's gone."

Jeremy was at a lost for words as he wrapped an arm around her and brought her toward him. She laid her head on his chest as more tears fell down her face. He lightly kissed the top of her head, then whispered,"I'm sorry, Ris. I'm so sorry."

"Can I stay with you tonight, Jer?" Marissa asked quietly, not wanting to go back home.

"You know you can, Ris. You know I am always here for you." Jeremy answered, as he held on to her tighter.

"I heard him tell Mom that he'll be back in the morning to break the news to me and Caroline." Marissa said. "Maybe if I'm not there, maybe if he can't tell me, then he won't leave."

"I don't think that's going to work, Rissa."

"I know." She said with a sigh. She raised her head to look at him, then added,"I know that won't work, but one can hope, right?"

Jeremy nodded his head as he wiped the tears from her eyes, before repeating,"One can hope."

Marissa laid her head down on his chest as she thought back to the huge fight she heard her parents have and felt fresh tears fill her eyes when she thought about not seeing her dad every day.

She bit her bottom lip to keep a sob from escaping, but Jeremy could still feel her shaking in his arms as she began to cry.

"I can't do this, Jer. I can't watch him leave. I'm not strong enough." She cried into his chest.

Jeremy tightened his hold on her, wishing there was something he could do, but he knew there was nothing that would make a girl feel better about losing her father. All he could do was be there for her.

"You are strong, Ris. You are stronger than you know." Jeremy said. "But just remember you are not alone. You have me. Anytime you think you're not strong enough, I will be here to tell you that you are."

"You promise?" Marissa softly asked.

"I promise, Ris. I'm not going anywhere, ever. I'll always be here." Jeremy stated, meaning every word.

She softly smiled at his words, then said,"I got your back and you got mine."

"Always." Jeremy whispered back.

Jeremy suddenly gasp for breath as he snapped his eyes open, ending the memory of the night Marissa ran to him upset about her parents divorce. It was one of the many times in their lives that she ran to him for comfort.

He saw a frantic Elena standing over him. When she saw his eyes open, she pounced on him, wrapping her arms around him and asking if he was okay.

"What happened?" Elena questioned with a worried look on her face. For a moment she was worried that the vampire that hurt John had also done something to Jeremy.

"It- It was nothing." Jeremy lied, not wanting to talk about.

He nervously glanced over at his desk, where the empty vial of blood, as well as the empty bottle of pills sat, and hoped she wouldn't notice it. Unfortunately he wasn't so lucky, as her eyes followed his and she gasped in surprise.

She walked across the room to pick up the vial, then turned to Jeremy, as she demanded to know where he got it from. When he didn't answer, she added,"Jeremy, who gave you this?"

"Anna." Jeremy answered simply.

"Please tell me you didn't drink this and then take all of these pills." Elena said, as she gestured toward the empty bottle.

Instead of answering, Jeremy looked down at the floor, which was answer enough for her. She slipped out her cell phone from her pants pocket and quickly called Stefan to come check on him.

As soon as she ended the call, she heard an ambulance pull up in front of the house from when she called for help for John. She told Jeremy to stay put as she ran down the stairs and let the paramedics and the police in.

After answering the cops questions, she saw Stefan walk up on the porch and breathe out a sigh of relief upon seeing him. With everything that had happened that night, she really needed him now more than ever.

"He's okay." Elena called out, when the officer tried to stop Stefan from coming in.

Once he was in the house, she turned around and ran up the stairs with him following along behind her, as they went to check on Jeremy. She filled Stefan in on what happened, as he began to check him over, making sure he wasn't in transition.

"Is he okay?" Elena worriedly asked. "I mean he looks fine but then again so do you. So, I just... I don't know."

"Look at me." Stefan said, as he grabbed Jeremy's face, forcing him to look at him so he can look at his eyes.

"I'm fine, okay?" Jeremy said. He pulled his head away, then added,"I feel exactly the same."

"Should I call a paramedic up here? What should I do?" Elena asked, as she became even more worried. She didn't know what she would do if something happened to her little brother.

Stefan grabbed Jeremy's face again and looked him over, then said,"No, he's fine."

Elena breathed out a sigh of relief, then asked,"What about the pills that he took?"

"He didn't take enough to die so Anna's blood actually healed him, I bet." Stefan said.

Before anyone else in the room could say anything, one of the officers from downstairs knocked on the door frame, letting Elena know they were done and leaving the house. Elena nodded her head and thanked them then turned back to face Stefan and Jeremy.

"You should get to the hospital. Check on Caroline and Rissa." Stefan suggested.

At the mention of his best friend, Jeremy snapped his head up, as he asked,"Rissa? What's wrong with Rissa?"

Elena looked over at Stefan, wondering how much she should tell him. She knew how worried Jeremy would be if he knew how badly things look for Marissa, but at the same time she knew he deserved to know and she was tired of keeping things from him.

All she ever wanted was to protect him, but she couldn't protect him from this. She couldn't protect him from knowing that he might be losing his childhood friend.

"What is it?" Jeremy asked with a worried look, as he stood up from the bed.

"Rissa, Caroline, Tyler and Matt were in a wreck tonight." Elena began to say. "The boys are okay and Caroline's injuries are not as bad as they thought, but Rissa..."

"What?" Jeremy asked, as Elena paused to take a deep breath and get control of her emotions.

"She's not doing good, Jer." Elena continued with tears in her eyes. Marissa was like a little sister to all of them and the thought of losing her was upsetting to the whole group.

At her words, Jeremy felt his heart drop as he sat back down on the edge of his bed. He couldn't believe it, this couldn't be true, Marissa had to be okay.

He ran a hand through his hair and felt his eyes water. He couldn't believe while she was fighting for her life, he was trying to end his. Granted, he would have come back as a vampire, but instead of doing that, he should have been there for her.

Jeremy could hear Elena telling Stefan she was leaving and heard Stefan mention he would stay behind to watch over him. But he didn't want to be watched over, he didn't need a babysitter. Besides he needed to get to Marissa. He knew things were tense with them, but he didn't care, he was going to be there for her now.

"I'm going with you." Jeremy stated, as he quickly stood up from the bed, stopping Elena from walking out his bedroom.

"I don't think that's a good idea." Elena said, worried about his safety with vampire blood in his system.

"I don't care. I'm going." Jeremy snapped back.

Elena looked over at Stefan for help, unsure on what she should do. Jeremy took a step toward her, pleading with her, as he said,"I just want to be there for, Rissa. I'll do whatever you say to be safe, I just have to be there. She needs me."

Elena glanced back over at Stefan, who nodded his head, telling her it should be okay. She looked back at Jeremy and said,"Okay, but no more trying to kill yourself, okay?"

Stefan nodded his head in agreement, then added,"With every passing moment, Anna's blood is leaving your system. If you try to kill yourself right now, you could really die."

"Okay, I won't. I promise." Jeremy said, as he held up his hands in surrender. All he wanted was to be by Marissa's side as soon as possible. He would promise anything to make that happen.

"I'll meet you downstairs." Elena said, as she and Stefan left the room so he could change out of his pajamas.

Many minutes later, Elena and Jeremy rushed inside the hospital. Stefan had stayed behind just in case the vampire that attacked John returned.

Once inside, the two siblings looked around for a familiar face. After running down a few halls, they finally saw Bonnie and rushed over to her, asking for the latest updates.

Bonnie shook her head, as tears rolled down her face. "Rissa is really weak, they don't know if she's going to make it."

At her statement, the tears Elena had tried to hold back finally broke free, as she wrapped an arm around Bonnie's waist and wrapped the other around Jeremy's shoulders. Hoping they could all comfort each other.

"Is there something that you can do? Like a spell or something?" Jeremy asked Bonnie, knowing she was a witch since he read it in Elena's diary.

"She doesn't know how, do you?" Damon said out, as he interrupted their conversation.

"No, I don't." Bonnie answered, wished that she really did. She wished there was a way she could help Marissa.

"No, you don't because it took Emily years to learn a spell like that." Damon said back with a smug smile.

"Well, I can take down a vampire, that spell was easy to learn." Bonnie snapped back.

Damon ignored her comment, as he looked over at Elena and Jeremy, then said,"I can give Rissa some blood."

"No, no way." Elena quickly said. She already had to watch over Jeremy to keep him safe until the blood passed, she didn't want to do that to Marissa either.

"No, just enough to heal her. She will be safe in the hospital and it will be out of her system in a day, she will be better, Elena." Damon pointed out.

"Why are you so quick to help her?" Bonnie questioned. As much as she wanted Marissa to be saved she had to make sure there wasn't any ulterior motives on Damon's part.

"Mini-Forbes is a good kid. I would hate to see something bad happen to her." Damon answered honestly. He knew how upset his friend Liz would be to lose a daughter, beside he had a soft spot for the younger girl.

"Do it." Jeremy said, not having to think twice about it. When he saw the girls' expression, he added,"It's Rissa. We can't let her die. I'm not going to lose her."

Damon nodded his head, then said,"I'll come back later tonight to do it."

"Good." Jeremy said with a sigh of relief.

Damon gave him a small smile, feeling bad for the young boy. It felt weird to actually care about someone else's feeling. That was something he had not done in a long time, but he still found himself feeling for Jeremy. He had already lost so much in his life and he knew how much the younger Forbes girl meant to him. He felt a little sense of pride that he could actually do something to help for once instead of making things worse.

Elena was slowly changing him and he kind of like it. Just like earlier tonight on her porch when he opened up to her and they kissed, that he definitely liked.

With that thought in mind, he looked over at her, and said,"I know this is probably the last thing you want to do right now but we should talk about what happened tonight."

As Elena commented back and the two began to talk, Jeremy walked off from the group and went over to a group of chairs where Matt was sitting.

He sat down beside him as his mind was on Marissa. He felt like he was in the middle of a bad dream. He kept hoping any minute he would wake up and the day would be rewound. He would call her, apologize for his stupid comment the other day, make up with her then make her promise not to get in a car.

Actually if he could really rewind a day, he would go all the way back to the summer and save his parents. He would hold on tight to Marissa and tell her how he felt so he wouldn't lose her to Tyler and maybe he could have saved Vicki and Anna somehow too.

If he could have done that, then maybe his life would be perfect, but unfortunately he didn't live in a perfect world and now after losing so many people he loved, he knew he couldn't handle losing another. Not someone as important to him as Marissa.

While deep in thought, Matt reached over and patted his shoulder, as if he knew Jeremy needed comfort. "She'll be okay." He stated.

Jeremy looked over at Matt and nodded his head, hoping like hell he was right. He hoped by this time the next day she will be healed thanks to Damon's blood then he could make things right. All he knew was, he couldn't lose her. He would definitely not survive if he lost her.

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a/n - hello readers! Sorry for taking so long to update, but we are finally on season two! I am so excited and I hope you all are too :) I got to say writing the Rissa x Jeremy flashback almost made my cry cause of what has happened recently on the show. Thank you to everyone reading and/or adding the story. Also big thanks to TheOtherBlueEyedSalvatore, KittyShadesTs, cecld16, shippolove844, RHatch89, Lady Syndra, winxgirl1997, TeamGilbert, AlexisMariahh, Guest, Sage Londyn, Writteninthestars08, Guest, Featheredearring, weekendrusher and LilithJade4 for reviewing. Happy reading!